Columbus crowd witnesses Cavaliers victory over Bucks

In front of 7,092 fans at the Schottenstein Center, the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks 83-77, in their final tune-up before the start of the regular season. “It’s fun to play in cities like this that don’t have an opportunity to see you on a day-to-day basis, especially in the state of Ohio,” Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. “It’s fun for us and hopefully it’s fun for the city of Columbus.” Point guard Ramon Sessions led the Cavaliers with 26 points. Sessions started in place of Mo Williams, who was excused from the game because of the death of his father-in-law. “I thought he played well. He was in a kind of tough situation with Mo not being here,” Scott said. “He knew he would have to play some tough minutes, but I thought he played pretty well on both ends.” Point guard Daniel Gibson also missed the game for the Cavaliers with a neck strain, while the Bucks were without former Ohio State star Michael Redd and rotation regulars John Salmons, Luc Mbah a Moute, and Corey Maggette. With neither team at full strength, the game was closely contested throughout. Cavaliers guard Anthony Parker connected with Sessions for an alley-oop layup to give the Cavaliers a two-point lead to start the second half, but a scoring burst from guard Chris Douglas-Roberts gave the Bucks a one-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter. After battling back and fourth throughout the final quarter, a breakaway lay-up by Sessions gave the Cavaliers a one-point lead with less than four minutes remaining. The Cavaliers extended their lead to as many as seven points, and forward Jamario Moon intercepted a pass from Bucks center Brian Skinner, which lead to a Parker 3-pointer to give the Cavaliers an eight point lead with 24 seconds left. Parker finished the game with 18 points and zero turnovers, while playing a team-high 38 minutes for the Cavaliers. “He not only picked up the scoring, but he ran the offense a lot. He played 37 to 38 minutes and not one turnover,” Scott said. “That means that you can count on him to do the little things, and he’s one of the guys who knows what we’re doing pretty well.” The 7,092 attendance number was a significant drop from last year’s Cavaliers preseason game in Columbus, which drew 18,021 fans. Now the Cavalier with the longest tenure with the team, center Anderson Varejao said that he wasn’t disappointed with the Columbus fans. “It’s my fourth time here and it’s always good to come here and play games,” Varejao said. “The fans do a good job.” Despite not playing, Gibson said that it’s a good experience for Cavaliers fans in Columbus to get to see the team live. “It’s just a lot of fun, getting out there in front of fans that don’t have the opportunity to come to the ‘Q,’” Gibson said. “You got to assume you have funs in just other than Cleveland.” Moon said that playing in front of a city without an NBA franchise reminds him of his days playing with the Harlem Globetrotters. “I’m always excited to play in front of different people who can’t come watch me play, and that’s what I did for my whole career for my other teams that I played for trying to come and get to the NBA,” Moon said. “It gives a lot of people that can’t get to Cleveland a chance to come out and see a good brand of basketball that the Cavaliers put out on the floor.” read more

Urban Meyer wants Ohio State quarterbacks rough and tough

Whether it was an apparent knee injury at Michigan State or a hit to the head versus Purdue, then-sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller made Ohio State football fans hold their breaths last season on multiple occasions when he had to leave the field due to injury. Miller went through another injury scare Tuesday during the Buckeyes’ ninth practice of the spring football season. The reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year was slow to get up following a hit during a team scrimmage near the end of practice. Following Tuesday’s practice, coach Urban Meyer said his junior quarterback was also hit during practice Thursday and is dealing with a sore rib. Miller was clearly unhappy about the hit – it occurred after the ball was out of his hands – and he approached the defensive sideline to confront a teammate before being restrained by coaches. He returned to throw more passes later in the scrimmage. Meyer said he was glad to see his quarterback’s competitive side even after the hit. “I like quarterbacks that want to go get in a street fight and go after it,” Meyer said. “That’s not probably the time to do it, but he’s a competitor. So you’re asking what kind of reaction would I want out of a quarterback? … That’s better than the opposite, (to) just lay on the ground and curl up … He’s a tough kid.” Offensive line issues Junior offensive lineman Antonio Underwood suffered a torn ACL during practice Thursday, Meyer said Tuesday. Meyer said it is a shame that Underwood suffered the injury, which will sideline him for at least a portion of the 2013 season. “For the first time in his career, he’s made a real push,” Meyer said of Underwood. “He’s going to have surgery, and we’ll see what happens, but he was having a heck of a spring.” Meyer said Underwood was “fighting his way into the rotation.” “He was in the top eight (offensive lineman on the depth chart),” Meyer said. Losing Underwood is not Meyer’s only concern with his offensive line. Meyer and the Buckeyes are still trying to determine their starter at right tackle where they are replacing last year’s starter, Reid Fragel, whose OSU career concluded last fall. Meyer said no one has established himself as a starter yet at the position, but it is currently a three-way competition between sophomore Taylor Decker, redshirt sophomore Chase Farris and redshirt freshman Pat Elflein. “That’s the hardest position to make a jump,” Meyer said of the right tackle position. Meyer said Decker, who was the early favorite to start, is “probably a little ahead of where Fragel was” at this point in the spring football season last year, as Fragel was still transitioning to the position after playing his first three OSU seasons at tight end. Meyer said Decker needs to make the same strides that Fragel did last season. Offense and defense compete in scrimmages The offense and defense competed against one another in a scrimmage to conclude Tuesday’s practice, which the offense won on a touchdown pass to the right rear corner of the end zone from redshirt senior quarterback Kenny Guiton to redshirt sophomore tight end Nick Vannett. Points were awarded to the offense for first downs and touchdowns and to the defense for stops and forced turnovers, but Meyer declined a request to explain the scoring system. “That’s between me and Mick (Mickey Marotti, assistant athletic director for football sports performance),” Meyer said. Other scrimmage highlights included a 51-yard field goal made by senior kicker Drew Basil and a deep-ball interception returned past midfield by sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves, though Reeves was also beaten for a couple of deep pass completions. The Buckeyes had a scrimmage Saturday as well, which Meyer said the defense won. The Buckeyes will practice twice more this week on Thursday and Saturday, with Saturday’s practice being the program’s second annual Student Appreciation Day, which is open to students and begins at 11 a.m. OSU has five more spring practices between this week and next week leading up to the LiFESports Spring Game, which will be played April 13 at 1 p.m. in Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. read more

Womens Basketball No 8 Ohio State upset by No 19 Michigan 8475

The No. 8 Ohio State women’s basketball team (15-3, 5-1 Big Ten) led by five points at halftime, but failed to finish off No. 19 Michigan (16-4, 5-2 Big Ten) in the second half, falling 84-75 to the Wolverines Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center.The Wolverines clawed their way back into the game after trailing the majority of the game. Over the final 2:59 of the third quarter, they went on a 13-4 run to take a 62-58 lead. The visiting team extended its lead and closed the game with a 22-17 fourth-quarter run.Ohio State struggled in the second half, shooting just 25.6 percent from the field. The Buckeyes also finished 6-for-30 from 3-point range. Their shooting woes were not the only problem. Ohio State was out-rebounded 44-31 in the game.“I don’t think we had the focus that we needed tonight to win, way too many mental errors against a good Michigan team,” Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff said. “I thought they played well, and when we made mistakes they made us pay. They shot 53 percent and outrebounded us by 13, we shot 36 percent, you’re not going to win a game.”A 15-point first half from senior forward Stephanie Mavunga boosted the Buckeyes to a 41-36 lead, but she was held to just six second-half points before fouling out with 1:52 remaining in the game.Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell added 20 points, shooting 5-for-14 from the field. Mitchell tied the all-time made 3-point record in all divisions with 58.3 seconds remaining in the game. She has made 441 career triples.The Buckeyes forced 21 turnovers to their eight, but Michigan executed its offense well when it maintained possession, shooting 53.7 percent from the field.The Buckeyes’ pesky defense and solid ball movement was effective in the first half. That changed in the second half behind Michigan center Hallie Thome’s domination in the paint. The 6-foot-5 junior finished with 27 points, despite facing early foul trouble.“[Thome] was incredible the first go around so we really wanted to make sure we found her early and got her touches early and last game it was the opposite. Last game Mavunga got those two fouls early and she was out,” Michigan head coach Kim Barnes Arico said. “For our team to stay as close as we did at half without [Thome] being in the game, I felt pretty good at half going in.”Michigan senior guard Katelynn Flaherty, who averaged 23.1 points per game entering the game, was held to just three points on 1-for-9 shooting in the first half. But she finished with 21 points, four rebounds and three assists, with most of her scoring coming during the Wolverines’ second-half charge. read more

Huesca wants to be the first La Liga team to play

first_imgThe team’s president has volunteered his club to play an official match in the United States this seasonSociedad Deportiva Huesca is a small team playing for the first time in La Liga, the top level of the Spanish football.With a stadium supporting only 5,500 supporters, the team is doing everything it can to grow its fan base.And president Jose Antonio Martin Otin might have found the answer.After La Liga reported to sign a 15-year deal taking at least one official La Liga match to the United States, Huesca says they want in.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Huesca has made an offer to the LFP to be one of the teams that play the game in the United States, as long as there’s an agreement with the players in Spain,” Martin Otin told ESPN as reported by Four Four Two.“If there’s an agreement with the players, Huesca have told the LFP president to keep us in mind when it comes to playing this game. We would love to be involved in it.”Huesca opened up their 2018-2019 campaign with a win at Eibar.They later tied 2-2 against Athletic Bilbao.And this Sunday they will visit the Camp Nou to play against Barcelona.last_img read more

Burnley captain hails the addition of Hart to the team

first_imgBurnley captain Ben Mee has praised the addition of former England number 1, Joe Hart to the Lancashire team.Hart’s arrival means the Clarets & Blue can boast of three of the last five goalkeepers capped by England on their books.The former Manchester City shotstopper spent the last two seasons on loan at Torino and West Ham, but was first choice for much of his 12-year association with the current Premier League holders and and Mee feels he has been a great addition.“He’s well thought of at the club for what he did over the years. He was there a long time, yeah, I’m sure he will get a very good reception.” He said, according to Burnley Express.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“I get on well personally with him, so it’s good to have him around.”“He’s looked at us, how we train and how the club’s developed and thought he could come here and maybe get back on track to where he was a couple of years ago. ““That’s testament to the club.”“He’s a good personality, he’s a big personality in the squad. He brings experience to our game.”last_img read more

Hazard Sarri told me I could be a great striker

first_imgEden Hazard revealed that Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri always believed he could make an excellent central strikerThe 27-year-old, who normally plays down the wing, has been deployed as a false nine recently for Chelsea with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud benched as a result.Hazard has repaid Sarri’s confidence in him by contributing a staggering nine goals in the Blues’ last seven games and leads the Premier League assists charts with nine.And the Belgium international is relishing the change in the role he has at Stamford Bridge.“Sarri told me before the season started that playing as a number nine could be an option,” Hazard told the club website.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“It is good not just to be a target man, but also as a false nine where I can move, I can drop, I can go deep, I can go on the wing.“I like to change a lot, but we also have two great strikers. We will see. It depends on who is on the pitch. He’s a good guy, he’s from another generation because he’s an older man, but he is close with the players.“He is laughing a lot with us, and then when we are on the pitch we are working a lot also. It’s not just fun.”Chelsea will face Crystal Palace in another Premier League match on Sunday with kick-off set for 13:00 (CET).last_img read more

2017 is costliest storm season record breaking

first_img Related Items:#hurricaneseasonofficiallyends, #MagnetidMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 30, 2017 – Providenciales – The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially ends today, November 30 and it was a record breaker with 17 named systems and it is said to be by far be the costliest season in history.   Nearly $370b in damages and lives lost were put at 441.From the designated names of Arlene to Rina, the season is historic with some of the strongest storms ever recorded.#MagnetidMediaNews#hurricaneseasonofficiallyends Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more