Syracuse offense scores nine runs in 18-9 loss to No. 2 Florida State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 8, 2017 at 9:30 pm Contact Matt: Syracuse entered the bottom of the first inning down 4-0. After Florida State took an early 1-0 lead, SU starter Alexa Romero surrendered a three-run home run to deep right field. SU looked outmatched early against the No. 2 team in the country.But SU responded. Five hits, a walk and a wild pitch tied the game at four. The Orange would keep competing even when falling behind by large deficits.“We were seeing the ball well today,” Orange first baseman Sydney O’Hara said.Syracuse (19-13, 3-7 Atlantic Coast) lost to No. 2 Florida State (36-1-1, 16-0), 18-9 on Saturday afternoon, as the Seminoles blasted five home runs. But despite the lopsided score, SU’s offense showed reasons for optimism. The nine runs were tied for the third-most in a game this year, and they came on a season-high 15 hits.“If we would’ve said we’d score nine runs,” head coach Mike Bosch said, “We would’ve probably signed up for that and thought we’d have a great chance to win.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFSU’s starter, Meghan King, had given up just 15 runs all season and no other team has registered more than seven hits against her. The redshirt sophomore entered this Saturday’s game with a 0.75 ERA and a record of 16-0. Florida State, as a team, has 19 shutouts in 38 games.Sammy Fernandez led off the bottom of the first with a line drive to left field and then Alicia Hansen singled by beating out the throw on a three-foot dribbler. After a wild pitch, a Sydney O’Hara single, a walk and Rachel Burkhardt single, Hannah Dossett ripped a two-run double to tie the game at four with runners on second and third. The inning ended with the two runners stranded, but Syracuse bounced back.A few relatively uneventful innings ended when SU took a beating in the fourth.The Seminoles put up seven runs in the frame, and again, hope looked lost.But the Orange continued to rack up runs.Alyssa Dewes, who has struggled all season, doubled on a line drive to deep center field. After Fernandez advanced Dewes on a groundout, Hansen drove Dewes in on a single. O’Hara followed Hansen by hitting a single to deep right field, but when the right fielder, Carsyn Gordon, tried to field the ball, it bounced off of her leg for an error. O’Hara advanced to third on the error and Hansen scored.With O’Hara on third, Faith Cain reached first on another FSU error, and O’Hara came in to score. Still with only one out, SU quickly scored three runs and had a runner on base. After a Bryce Holmgren walk and a Rachel Burkhardt strikeout, Dossett reached on a fielder’s choice, but a botched catch sent Cain home. But Cain was thrown out by a mile to end the inning at 12-7, leaving two runners on base and nearing the top of the lineup.FSU added two more runs in the fifth, but couldn’t separate from the Orange. In the bottom of the fifth Hansen sent a ball deep to center field. FSU’s center fielder, Morgan Klaevemann climbed the wall to make a catch, but Hansen’s ball was too far, landing just in front of the Seminole team bus.The sophomore rounded the bases, arms out, mimicking an airplane. The team ran out to greet her at home plate, all players bouncing up and down. There was still life in the game.“I don’t hit a lot of home runs,” Hansen said, “so I just did what came to mind.”Florida State left two runners on base in the sixth, and faced a dangerous SU lineup. After two easy outs, the Orange put two runners on. Dewes, who hit well earlier in the game, struck out on three straight pitches, leaving two runners on. SU abandoned ten runners on base Saturday.FSU capitalized in the seventh, scoring four more runs, including the team’s fifth home run. SU’s bats fell short in the seventh, falling 18-9.“An opportunity lost,” Bosch said. “An opportunity to have a big win.” Commentslast_img read more

Rumpel and Badgers tame Seawolves, sit above .500

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s hockey team entered the rink Saturday night looking for its second WCHA sweep of the season after winning 4-0 Friday against Alaska-Anchorage.They had to work for it, but the Badgers accomplished what they wanted at the Kohl Center.In a 3-2 game, the highlight reel play of the night was also the most important goal of the game. Tied at 2-2 with just over four minutes to play in regulation, UW center Mark Zengerle found teammate Joseph LaBate at center ice, who proceeded to pass the puck to Justin Schultz flying down the right wing.It looked as if Schultz would take the puck all the way to the net, but instead dumped it off at the last second for LaBate, who was crashing hard to the net and put it away for the game-winning goal.The win put the Badgers (11-10-2, 6-9-2) two games above .500 for the first time all season and added to a season-best stretch of five wins in their last six games.“We hope [the winning streak] helps us mature as a team,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “One of the things that we felt was frustrating after the first period tonight, we didn’t come out and play nearly as hard or as effective as we needed to, which was disappointing.”Apart from the exciting game winner, most of the game’s entertainment was contained to a three minute and 15 second span in the second period when both teams exploded.UAA got the scoring barrage started, earning its first lead of the series with a goal from Austin Coldwell just over three minutes into the period. The Badgers answered immediately with a goal just 16 seconds later from Tyler Barnes and a goal from Derek Lee a little more than a minute after Barnes’ quick response. But UAA wasn’t about to go away, getting a game-tying goal from Curtis Leinweber less than two minutes after the Badgers took the lead, tying the game at 2-2.“The nice thing about that part of the game, it got the crowd into it and there was some energy back in the building again,” Eaves said. “Then it was a couple of heavyweights throwing punches at each other trying to find a weak spot and take over.”Game one Friday night marked a historical stretch of play by Rumpel and the resurgence of an offense that had been shut out 3-0 in its previous game against Minnesota State.Winning 4-0 in front of more than 10,000 fans who braved Friday’s snow storm, the Badgers scored once in the first period, twice in the second and recorded one final tally in the third period as Rumpel put the finishing touch on his second shutout in three games. Friday’s game marked the first time a rookie Badger goaltender has had multiple shutouts since the 1980-81 campaign when Terry Kleisinger accomplished the feat.“He looks a lot more confident [than at the beginning of the season] for sure… He was doing great before break for us, and ever since break he’s been locking the door for us,” Zengerle said.Despite the wide margin of victory for Wisconsin, the game had a relatively uneventful feel, as a back and forth pace dominated much of the action. The first penalty of the contest didn’t even occur until the second period as there were a total of just four power plays in the entire game.“The first period seemed… very methodical, but that’s not the level of energy we need to play with,” Eaves said. “We said to the boys, ‘You know fellas you battle so much harder against each other all week and then you come out in the game and they want to do things right,’ but there has got to be that level of compete and energy.”Zengerle, who had his 20-game point streak halted last weekend, broke the monotonous tempo with his tenth goal of the season midway through the first period to put Wisconsin up 1-0. Zengerle also went on to score his team-leading 34th, 35th and 36th points of the season.“[Zengerle] is playing to his strengths and his strengths are his ability to see the ice, and he really has the innate ability to know what he is going to do before he gets the puck on his stick,” Eaves said. “That’s what good offensive players do.”All-American Justin Schultz, who had been held scoreless in three consecutive contests, complemented Zengerle by collecting three points of his own including the Badgers’ final goal and assists on the goal by Zengerle and a second-period score by Jake McCabe.“I think those guys like Mark [Zengerle] and Justin [Schultz], they know they are going to be back on the score sheet,” Eaves said. “It is part of who they are, the fact that they weren’t is a rare thing.”Wisconsin’s other goal was scored by Frank Simonelli barely 40 seconds into the second period to put the Badgers up 2-0.last_img read more

Osimhen Says He’s in Wolfsburg to Learn

first_imgWolfsburg will be home to Ausburg on January 28.The Wolves are 13th on the table with 16 points from as many matches.Elsewhere, another Nigerian international, Wilfred Ndidi, who moved to Leicester City from Genk in Belgium trained with his teammates at English Premier League champions Leicester City for the first time.After completing the session, Ndidi voiced his sentiments about his new surroundings and objectives he wishes to achieve.The former KRC Genk man says he will gain plenty of experience at Leicester City after training with his team-mates for the first time on Thursday.“I feel good. My team-mates are nice people and they have welcomed me, so I’m happy.“My first impression was ‘wow.’ I trained and it was really good because it was really high intensity. I feel I can learn a lot here.“Claudio (Ranieri) welcomed me and then he explained to me how the team and everything worked, which I’ve sometimes seen on TV,” he told LCFC TV.The pace of the Premier League is notoriously difficult for new entrants to adapt to and the Nigerian star knows he must hit the ground running if he is to hit the heights at the King Power Stadium.He is now aiming to get a good understanding of how games in the Premier League unfold, as he prepares to ply his trade in one of the most highly-regarded leagues in the world.“I want to just try and understand how the game flows in the Premier League and then work towards that.“For now, I am the kind of player that plays for the team. I try to win the ball for the team – that is one of my main attributes.“I have to achieve a lot here,” he said.Ndidi, 20, will be in the travelling party that heads to Merseyside on Friday ahead of the weekend’s FA Cup game against Everton.Subject to his registration being cleared by the Premier League and the Football Association, he could feature in the third round tie at Goodison Park.City manager Ranieri expressed happiness at the arrival of the Nigerian who will now add to his options in midfield.“We’re very happy to have Ndidi here – he’s an impressive player with a big future.“We’ve followed him a lot and we hope he can impress our fans quickly.“He trained well with the squad today (Thursday). It was his first training session so we need to see him tomorrow before we decide whether he will play at Everton on Saturday,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria youngster Victor Osimhen has said he is at German Bundesliga Wolfsburg to learn after he signed a three and a half year contract today.“I am here to learn and wait for my time,” said an elated Wolfsburg.He first signed a pre-contract to join the top German club last year.He has been handed jersey No 18.He was presented to the media at the Wolfsburg training base in Spain, where they are preparing for the resumption of the Bundesliga season.last_img read more

Better Collective Spotlight: France’s final World Cup push tops tipster roundup on bettingexpert

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Share Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Submit Related Articles The World Cup semi-final between France and Belgium came out as the top match in 2018 across the bettingexpert tipster community.The match finished 1-0 at the Krestovsky Stadium, as Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti scored the only goal to take Les Bleus into the final.As part of the Better Collective Spotlight series, SBC News also learned that France’s subsequent victory over Croatia produced the longest odds win of the year, as one bettingexpert player correctly tipped the final 4-2 scoreline at odds of 150.00.Meanwhile, Germany’s nightmare World Cup campaign in Russia was reflected in the tipster activity, as the pre-tournament holders became the subject of the shortest odds flop on bettingexpert after a shock defeat against South Korea. One tipster took odds of 1.04 on Germany in the Draw No Bet market, only for Joachim Löw’s side to lose 2-0, and exit at the first round stage for the first time since 1938.Over the course of 2018, data collected by bettingexpert showed that Real Madrid were the team that caused the most lost tips, despite profiting from a pair of Loris Karius errors to lift the Champions League trophy for a third year in a row.The team’s talismanic striker Cristiano Ronaldo – who scored 450 goals in all competitions for Los Blancos over just nine seasons – subsequently made a big-money move to Juventus, who came out as the most popular team for tips placed across the network.The data also revealed the most popular team to bet against across the top three sports leagues in the US, as well as the Premier League. This unwanted accolade went to Baltimore Orioles for MLB, Oakland Raiders in the NFL and Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA, while Brighton were seen as the ‘whipping’ boys in the Premier League – a surprising finding given that the Seagulls finished in 15th place. FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020last_img read more

Press Statement: Badminton Association for National Congress next week

first_imgThe Badminton Association of Ghana (BAG) will on Saturday, December 20, organize their second National Delegates Congress.The congress will be held at the Conference Hall of the Ghana Ports and Habour Authority (GPHA) according to the General Secretary of BAG.According to the a press statement signed by Ignatius Elletey, General Secretary of BAG, delegates are expected to discuss the report from the president and the annual financial statement, as well as consider amendments to the statutes of the Association.The Congress is also expected to new executives for the Association.Positions to be contested for President, Vice President, Treasurer and three other executive members.Interested candidates are to submit their nomination in writing to be seconded by two members of the association to the General Secretary by the close of work on December 16, 2014.last_img read more

Joy Sports Transfer Daily: Thursday’s top 11 stories

first_imgThe new series from the team at 99.7FM, tracking the latest moves in the window. We call it the #JoySports Transfer Daily. Here, we summarize all the moves and rumours in a quick, easy to read format.The series started in July 1 and ends on August 31.When does the transfer window open?The Premier League season wrapped up on May 24 and there has been a slew of confirmed transfers since – including James Milner and Danny Ings to Liverpool and Memphis Depay’s move to Manchester United. But the window did not officially open until 12am on Wednesday 1 July 2015.Is that the same across Europe?No it is not. The transfer window dates for the major European leagues have yet to be finalised, but France, Germany, Spain and Italy’s tends to open at the beginning of June rather than July. This means players from those leagues can agree moves into England, but transfers will not be ratified until July 1. The Dutch summer transfer window tends to open in the second week of June.In today’s edition… Nothing concrete on Baba RahmanChelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal are among a stellar list of clubs to have registered an interest in signing Baba Rahman (main picture) from the German side Augsburg, but they have been told the Ghana defender could cost up to €20m (£14m). Last week, Augsburg’s sporting director Stefan Reuter insisted they wanted to hold on to a player who still has four years of his contract remaining. “There is nothing concrete on our table with regard to Abdul Rahman Baba,” he told the German publication Kicker. “We are very happy to have him at our club, we are delighted he is playing for our club. We have been happy to hear him saying he feels great being with us.”Chicharito injury could complicate moveJavier Hernández (above) may see a move away from Old Trafford become complicated after suffering a broken collarbone while on international duty with Mexico. The 27-year-old collided with Honduras’s Brayan Beckeles shortly before half-time in Mexico’s warm-up friendly before the Gold Cup and could be for three to four weeks. The injury could complicate Hernández’s attempts to secure a move away from Old Trafford after a season out on loan with Real Madrid, who declined to take up an option to make the move permanent… Benitez makes first signing…Real Madrid have signed 24-year-old winger Lucas Vazquez from Espanyol just a year after selling him to the Catalan side.The right-sided forward impressed in his season away from the club, scoring four goals in 39 games in all competitions. Having brought Vazquez through their youth system, Real placed a buy-back option in the deal when they agreed to sell him last summer. Real have activated that option, meaning Vazquez is Rafa Benitez’s first official signing since being appointed as head coach……and wants Llorente at RealRafael Benitez reportedly wants to lure Juventus striker, Fernando Llorente, to Real Madrid. Los Blancos are still looking for a back-up striker for Karim Benzema and it seems the 30-year-old could be Benitez’s first signing…Adriano signs for Milan Striker Luiz Adriano (below), a former Shakhtar Donetsk man, has put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him at the San Siro until 2020, according to the club. Adriano, who finished the 2014-15 Champions League campaign with nine goals, was reported to have an agreement in place to join Qatari-based club Al Ahli. But the Rossoneri have beaten them to the former Brazil international’s signature. The 28-year-old, who joined Shakhtar from Internacional in 2007, has won six Ukrainian Premier League titles, four Ukrainian Cups and the 2009 UEFA Cup during his time with the club……and they get Bacca for €30mSevilla striker, Carlos Bacca, is a Milan player. The Serie A side will pay the striker’s buy-out clause of €30million and reportedly sent a delegation to Colombia to oversee his medical… CLICK TO READ: Joy Sports analysis – what Milan can get from Bacca West Ham want to re-sign JenkoWest Ham co-chairman David Gold has confirmed the club is working hard to secure Carl Jenkinson’s return to Upton Park.The Arsenal right-back spent last season on loan with the Hammers and manager Slaven Bilic is hopeful of retaining his services for the new campaign. 23-year-old Jenkinson made 36 appearances for the Hammers last season and has been linked with various clubs this summer, including Southampton and Sunderland…Villa get a thirdLille midfielder Idrissa Gueye flew into Birmingham on Thursday morning with a view to tying up a £9million switch to Aston Villa.The 25-year-old Senegalese player jetted in to hold talks and undergo a medical after the two clubs agreed a fee on Wednesday. If the deal is completed, Gueye will become manager Tim Sherwood’s third summer signing following the arrivals of Micah Richards and Scott Sinclair from Manchester City, and Villa’s biggest outlay on a player since they signed striker Darren Bent from Sunderland for an initial £18million in January 2011…Sunderland want Belgian law student Sunderland are maintaining an interest in Zenit St Petesburg defender Nicolas Lombaerts, who has 35 caps for Belgium.The Wearside club have been tracking the Bruges-born 30-year-old as one of a series of potential targets, but they have not made an official bid for him yet. A former law student, Lombaerts has been at Zenit since 2007 and has made 240 appearances for the club…Porto confirm €35m Martinez deal with Atleti FC Porto have announced that Jackson Martinez will join Atletico Madrid after the La Liga side confirmed that they will pay his release clause of €35 million. The Colombian was the best striker in the Portuguese League for the last three seasons and will now try his luck in Spain…Rio suggests Schneiderlin is closeFormer Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has suggested that Morgan Schneiderlin’s move to Old Trafford “looks like it’s going to be done”. United and Arsenal have appeared to be in a two-club battle to sign the 25-year-old Frenchman (above), but Ferdinand clearly thinks his former club are poised to come out on top. “£20-something million, it looks like it’s going to be done,” he says…– Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more news from the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more

Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal: Costa, Gabriel clash as Blues muscle nine-man Arsenal

first_imgGabriel Paulista and Santi Cazorla were both sent off for Arsenal as Chelsea clinched a 2-0 win over their Premier League rivals.Gabriel was dismissed after clashing with Chelsea striker Diego Costa while Cazorla received a second yellow late in the second half at Stamford Bridge.Kurt Zouma opened the scoring in the second half before the Blues wrapped up the match late on through Eden Hazard’s strike.Blues manager Jose Mourinho dropped captain John Terry to the bench and handed Branislav Ivanovic the armband, with Kurt Zouma and Gary Cahill preferred in the centre of defence.For Arsenal, Theo Walcott started up front ahead of Olivier Giroud after the France international was sent off in the 2-1 Champions League loss to Dinamo Zagreb.It was a tight first half as both sides were largely restricted to long-range efforts, with Theo Walcott drawing a comfortable save from goalkeeper Asmir Begovic after receiving Mesut Ozil’s pass. On 32 minutes, Chelsea came close to opening the scoring when Pedro received Cesc Fabregas’ defence-splitting pass only for former Blues shot-stopper Petr Cech to smother the ball.Just before half-time, Arsenal were reduced to 10 men. Diego Costa and Gabriel clashed with both players booked by referee Mike Dean, before the Arsenal defender was handed his marching orders for flicking his boot at the striker.Chelsea made their numerical advantage pay eight minutes into the second half as Kurt Zouma headed in from close range following Fabregas’ delivery from a free kick.Arsenal had a chance to level on the hour mark but Alexis Sanchez sliced his chance, before the task was put beyond Arsene Wenger’s team when Cazorla received a second yellow for a sliding tackle on Fabregas. And the three points were sealed by Chelsea when Hazard saw his shot deflect off defender Calum Chambers to leave Cech with no chance.–CLICK TO READ: Mourinho explains why Baba isn’t yet ready for BPL–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Don’t label Johnny Walker: Arizona State standout’s unique style grows college hockey in the desert

first_img (Courtesy of Arizona State athletics) (Courtesy of Arizona State athletics) (Photo courtesy of Arizona State athletics)Walker’s fun-loving persona is something he’s decided to embrace. He enjoys achieving his goals, no pun intended, so why not let that show?“I think that sometimes a lot of people can make (hockey) more serious than it should be,” Walker told Sporting News. “At the end of the day, you play the game to have fun and that’s why you started. Some people get caught up in playing to move to the next level. My goal was to play college hockey when I was younger. I finally made it and it’s time to have some fun with it. Every day I get to play is a little gravy on top, a little extra.”Walker’s enthusiasm for the game may not make him the most well-liked by the opposition, especially as he’s accumulated 65 penalty minutes in two seasons. It makes sense, then, that the NHL player who Walker models his game after is Brad Marchand, who has built a reputation as a love-him-or-hate-him talent for the Bruins.MORE: SN’s top 50 NHL prospects | 2018-19 farm system rankings“He is kind of an undersized guy that competes really hard and doesn’t back down to anyone and still finds a way to contribute offensively too,” Walker said about Marchand. “He is exactly what I try to be.”Tempe, Ariz., the home to Arizona State University roughly 10 miles outside Phoenix, goes against everything you think about hockey.Oceanside Ice Arena, the Sun Devils’ home arena, is ill-fitted considering there is no ocean in the state, let alone beside the venue (the name was actually given so as to fit with the West Coast theme of the businesses around the arena)..@Jwalks96 just Walk’n through the back door! 🚪🚶— Sun Devil Hockey (@SunDevilHockey) October 13, 2018The entire premise of the sport revolves around ice, yet Phoenix is the warmest major U.S. city on average and sees snow once in a blue moon.So it might come as a surprise that the Sun Devils not only have an NCAA hockey team, but a very good one at that, with wins over traditional powers like Penn State, Michigan State and Harvard this season playing as an independent. ASU has a recruiting weapon at its disposal that is seldom found at other schools with Division I team: the very sunny, warm-weather climate that makes it an outlier in college hockey. Walker recognizes the luxury this provides and attributes it to why playing hockey in his home state is appealing. It especially gives a new perspective for Canadian kids who experienced plenty of snow growing up. Shortly after scoring the game-winning goal to defeat then-No. 6 Penn State, Johnny Walker dropped down to a sitting position onto the ice, a hockey pose uncharacteristic even for goal celebrations. Using his stick as a paddle, he pretended to row a boat.Not only did Walker give his Arizona State Sun Devils an upset victory over the Nittany Lions, but he offered up his submission for best goal celebration of the year. (Photo courtesy of Arizona State athletics)“You are not going to go anywhere else in the country, go to the rink in flip flops and then compete on Friday and Saturday night with top ten teams in the country,” Walker said.In the past, desert dwellers only had the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL — who play in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale — as a way of getting their hockey fix.The emergence of the Sun Devils in the NCAA landscape has given fans of the sport an alternative to the pros.When Walker was growing up in Arizona, college hockey was foreign to the area.MORE: The evolution of Auston Matthews“The only college hockey game I ever saw was when I went and played in a tournament in North Dakota, it was on TV,” Walker said. “Just for college hockey to be in the Valley and for kids to see more like a culture step than the Coyotes.”Perhaps his status as a homegrown star is why Walker has made an effort to give back to the Arizona hockey community and is revered when he shows up to his brother’s youth hockey games.“I know (Walker) has been doing a lot of community service with the local youth teams and he has got a little brother that plays on the junior Coyotes,” teammate Jacob Wilson said. “He is usually going out Sundays to watch his brother play, so I think that’s pretty cool of him to show his face around there. The kids know who he is.”High & inside…just like @jwalks96 likes it! 🎩🎩🎩— Sun Devil Hockey (@SunDevilHockey) October 28, 2018Arizona’s stock has been rising in the sport, and Walker seems to be the next big face in the state’s hockey scene, following the lead of Scottsdale native and two-time NHL All-Star Auston Matthews, the first selection in the 2016 draft. Walker and Matthews played on summer West Coast selects and other summer league teams together, offering a glimpse at hockey’s future in the state of Arizona from a young age.Part of the reason why ASU has had a successful season is its clubhouse culture, which Walker has actively contributed to. He keeps things loose and fun, but knows how to step up in a leadership role.“He’s not afraid to really call guys out and tell them we need more from them,” Wilson said. “He definitely helps us in the locker room.”Someone left the backdoor open for @jwalks96! 🚪— Sun Devil Hockey (@SunDevilHockey) October 28, 2018If anyone on the Sun Devils knows Walker as a person, it’s Wilson. The two roomed together as freshmen and chose to live together again. TOP 25 UNDER 25: Ranking the NHL’s best young starsKnow what else @jwalks96 is good at? Rowing a boat apparently… #SCTop10 #ForksUp— Sun Devil Hockey (@SunDevilHockey) November 4, 2018The celebration was more than just Walker’s way of enjoying his winning goal. It was the embodiment of him as a player.The sophomore forward is more than just a piece of the winning puzzle for ASU hockey — which has been ranked as high as No. 16, according to Walker, a Phoenix native, is becoming the face of a southwestern hockey program that some don’t even know exists. Arizona State is the only Pac-12 school with a Division I team, a geographic polar compared to college hockey hotbeds like Massachusetts and Minnesota, but Walker’s on-ice flair is helping to elevate the program on the national stage.He is popular among Arizona State’s fans and his teammates, known as someone who likes to have fun on the ice and rile up opponents before leaving them in the dust as he scores. That formula has proven especially successful this season for Walker, who holds a share of the NCAA goals lead and has been consistently among the nation’s top scorers. “He works hard on the ice and I enjoy having him as a roommate,” Wilson said. “He’s always fun and he’s always got something to say so it’s never a dull moment with Johnny Walker, that’s for sure.”Walker’s post-college plans are centered around playing in the NHL, following in the footsteps of Matthews and a select few other Phoenix residents in the professional ranks. However, just like his on-ice skillset, he’s versatile and wants to put the business law degree he plans to obtain from ASU to good use. Regardless of what he opts to do, hockey seems to be a big part of the future.“At some point I am going to have to get a real job, whether it is right out of college or if I’m lucky enough to play professional hockey for a little bit,” Walker said. “I think I would want to take it and be something on the sports agency side, whether it’s an agent or something related to hockey and stay in the sport as long as I can.”last_img read more

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich ‘eligible to be Israeli citizen’

first_imgThe Russian-Jewish billionaire owner of Chelsea football club, Roman Abramovich, has flown to Tel Aviv after being found eligible for Israeli citizenship.Immigration officials told the BBC that he was interviewed last week at the Israeli embassy in Moscow. He has faced delays in renewing his UK visa.His spokesman would not comment on reports citizenship had been granted.Mr Abramovich, 51, would be the richest person in Israel.His UK investor visa reportedly expired some weeks ago but the British government has refused to comment on his individual case.The delay in issuing him a new one comes amid increased diplomatic tensions between London and Moscow after the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in southern England. Mr Abramovich did not attend the FA cup final at Wembley earlier this month when Chelsea beat Manchester United.Israeli media reports say he has been given an identity card in Israel under the Law of Return, which allows Jews to become citizens of Israel.The Times of Israel said the interior ministry had confirmed Mr Abramovich arrived in Israel on Monday and that he had emigrated to the country.He is a frequent visitor to Israel and bought a hotel in Tel Aviv in 2015 that reports say he has turned into a residence.Israel passport holders are allowed to enter Britain without a visa for short stays. Mr Abramovich is worth $11.5bn (£8.6bn), according to Forbes magazine. The move could pay off financially as new Israeli citizens are exempt from paying tax on foreign income for 10 years.Who is Abramovich?Mr Abramovich (right) has often been spotted at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground– One of Russia’s richest people, he bought Chelsea FC in 2003 – He reportedly sold dolls before making his fortune in oil in the 1990s after the collapse of the former Soviet Union – Mr Abramovich was a one-time business partner of the late tycoon Boris Berezovky, an associate of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin – Critics say the two businessmen used their Kremlin “family” ties to acquire key state companies for below market value– Mr Abramovich served as governor of Russia’s Chukotka region– He is believed to be close to current Russian President Vladimir Putinlast_img read more

Clippers hold on to beat Oklahoma City in opening-night nail-biter

first_img“Everybody has to do it,” Griffin said. “It’s part of being on a team. When it’s your time, you step up and make a play. J.J. did the same thing. It’s not something I want to shy away from.” The Thunder’s Serge Ibaka missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.Griffin led the Clippers (1-0) with 23 points, Paul scored 22 and Crawford had 16. Perry Jones led OKC (0-2) with 32 points and Serge Ibaka had 17.The Clippers trailed 28-22 after one quarter, but led 46-41 at halftime and 70-62 after three quarters. Afterward, Clippers coach Doc Rivers walked into the postgame news conference. He sat down and addressed reporters.“I don’t have a stat sheet. Don’t need one. It was pretty ugly, he said.Rivers knew his team did not do that well, the victory notwithstanding. He said he walked into the locker room and his players wore long faces.“And I said, ‘Guys, we won,’” Rivers said. “We didn’t play well. I think everybody who missed wide-open shots, we would like to get those same wide-open shots every night. And they didn’t go in. What I was proud of them for was they kept fighting defensively. I don’t know if we win this game last year, definitely not early in the season because our defense wasn’t ready. Tonight, we got stops when we needed to. We held them to 90 points and our offense just wasn’t working tonight.”Rivers talked about Jordan’s key block of Telfair’s shot.“That’s what he does,” Rivers said. “He’s just a great defensive player and he gets to places a lot of people can’t get to. He has quick hands and he’s moving his feet now. It’s something he really worked on this summer. He’s just a terrific guy to have on the team and down the stretch of games, you love having him … because you know if there is a play to be made, he’s probably going to make it.”The Clippers, who play the Lakers on Friday night, shot 39.1 percent from the field, 23.3 (7 of 30) from 3-point range. OKC shot 43.1 percent overall, 28.6 (6 of 21) from beyond the arc. OKC outrebounded Los Angeles 47-33.Alas, the Clippers won and that’s what Paul cared most about.“This was the first game of the season so there were a lot of jitters,” he said. “We were talking in the third quarter about this being one of those scary games. The other team can make a few shots and be back in the game. And that’s what happened.“At the end of the day it is a win, and we’ll take it.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Spencer Hawes was not with the Clippers last season, so he could not have known exactly how they might have felt when they blew Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinal series at Oklahoma City, then lost the series in Game 6.But Hawes, a 7-foot-1 post player who signed with the Clippers during the offseason, spent all of training camp with his new team. He therefore now knows how difficult that loss to the Thunder was to take, so he expected Thursday night’s game against OKC would carry more weight than most season openers.“Absolutely,” he said at the morning shootaround. “I think any time you go out to a team, especially when you feel like you’re that close, you have a little extra something coming into it the next year. … I definitely sense a little bit of that.”The Thunder were missing reigning MVP Kevin Durant (fractured foot) and their other star — guard Russell Westbrook — who played just eight minutes because he fractured a finger on his right hand. The Clippers still had a hard time shaking the Thunder. They eventually did, coming away with a 93-90 victory before a sellout crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center. center_img OKC was also without guard Reggie Jackson, who is out with an ankle injury.The Clippers had a 10-point lead at 84-74 with 6:03 to play. But when Sebastian Telfair hit a 3-pointer with 1:44 to play, the Thunder were within 89-88. Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick (twice) then missed jump shots the next four times down the floor. The Clippers stole the ball from the Thunder’s Steven Adams, but Chris Paul missed both free throws after being fouled with 13.8 seconds to play. OKC called timeout, but Telfair had his shot blocked by DeAndre Jordan. Griffin was then fouled and made two free throws for a 91-88 lead with 5.8 seconds left.The Thunder called another timeout, but Crawford did not give them a chance for a 3-point basket, fouling Nick Collison immediately. Collison made both free throws, but then Redick made two of his own with 2.8 seconds left. Griffin liked that he and Redick came through at the line, where the Clippers shot 18 of 25 for 72 percent.last_img read more