After fast start, Syracuse is failing to play up to potential against ranked opponents

first_imgYounes Limam’s body language hasn’t changed all season when addressing the media. The fifth-year Syracuse head coach stands with his arms crossed and mulls over each question before responding. Regardless if SU has just won or lost, Limam believes in his team, he said, and defends their play.This year, No. 32 Syracuse (10-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) hasn’t had the same success it did last season, countering Limam’s early expectations of his team. He’s said multiple times this season that the Orange have the potential to win all six singles matches and take all seven points in a match. Wins against then-No. 30 Virginia Tech and then-No. 3 Georgia Tech showed the Orange could do it last season. But the results haven’t come in 2019 with just one win against six ranked opponents.“I’m a big believer on playing a tough schedule,” Limam said. “It’s only going to get harder the next couple of weeks, and our ultimate goal is to be ready in May and at the end of April.”Since defeating then-No. 9 Michigan in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, Syracuse has had opportunities to defeat top teams — then-No. 19 Virginia, then-No. 16 Ohio State, then-No. 7 Pepperdine — but hasn’t capitalized.In SU’s loss on Sunday to then-No. 15 Wake Forest, it happened again. The depth Limam raved about, third singles and down, lost their matches. The Orange dropped both first and third doubles in tiebreakers, but the SU head coach still felt his players played some of their best tennis all year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“You look at every match, the main thing is to compete hard, extremely hard from start to finish,” Limam said, “and I think we’ve done that the last two matches. Now we need to have that same mentality on a daily basis.”To create day-to-day intensity, Syracuse has turned to with the idea that every point is a deuce point. It creates an “urgency,” Limam said, and the mindset that there are “no points off” against ranked teams.After a loss to No. 37 Georgia Tech on March 3, Syracuse started practicing doubles with more intensity, Dina Hegab said. Fast starts are key because the matches are only one set, and top teams won’t relinquish early leads. And slowly, the Orange’s doubles play has followed suit.“We played one of our best doubles this past weekend, and just came up a little bit short,” Limam said. “But I’m very pleased on the direction that the team is headed.”As Syracuse starts the brunt of its conference play, it’ll face five top-25 opponents in the span of less than a month, including three-straight starting on Sunday against No. 15 Florida State. When SU earned its highest ranking in program history earlier this year at No. 10, its rise as a top program in the ACC was being quantified. Coming out of its ranked stretch of games with a winning record would improve its ranking, which has dipped 22 spots.As the questions began this week, Limam stayed loose even though SU was coming off another loss on Sunday. He continued to defend his team’s performance and repeated what he has preached all season.“I still go back to, we are a deep team,” Limam said. “We’re going to have a very special team when everybody plays at their potential.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 19, 2019 at 10:57 pm Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder last_img read more

Logan Couture on Sharks’ dismal start: ‘Talk is cheap, right?’

first_imgBOSTON — The Sharks didn’t have a big team meeting or something of the sort before Tuesday’s game against the Boston Bruins.“We have to stop talking,” Sharks center Tomas Hertl said, “and play hockey right now.”The Sharks, two days removed from a disheartening 5-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators, finish their five game road trip with arguably their toughest test, as they face the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.The Sharks have just one win in five games and entered Tuesday with a 4-7-1 record, the …last_img read more

Ateneo ‘a better team’ than last year heading into finals rematch vs DLSU

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ateneo escapes FEU in OT, faces La Salle in UAAP Finals rematch Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo head coach Tab Baldwin doesn’t have time to ponder over the Blue Eagles’ hard-fought Final Four duel against Far Eastern University.After overcoming the Tamaraws in overtime in their do-or-die, Baldwin said he immediately turned his attention to the defending champions, whom the Eagles will face in a best-of-three finals for the second straight time.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Baldwin is raring to get back at La Salle after it swept Ateneo last year.“We’re a better team [this season],” said Baldwin after his Blue Eagles topped the elimination round with a 13-1 card. “We’ve proven we’re a better team all year long.” “La Salle, what else would I be thinking about?” said Baldwin after Ateneo pulled off an 88-84 win Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “We have to move on. I think the coaching staff has to set the tone and we got to come down the cloud pretty quick.”READ: Ateneo escapes FEU in OT, faces DLSU in UAAP Finals rematchFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We have to put our focus on the next game because we didn’t play this season just to win in the semis. We played this season to go as far as this team is capable of going.”La Salle is already in the championship round after scoring a controversial 82-75 win over Adamson University that saw the three referees, who officiated the game get suspended for four games. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

James, Cavs, Beat Warriors in OT, 95-93

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — The final buzzer sounded, and LeBron James wasn’t done.As fans filed out of the quieting arena, James grabbed the ball and spiked it with all his might. He flexed his arms and pounded his chest, letting out a roar that echoed from California to Cleveland.James turned in a triple-double to remember, Matthew Dellavedova made the go-ahead free throws in overtime, and the Cavaliers overcame a fourth-quarter collapse to outlast the Golden State Warriors 95-93 on June 7 to even the NBA Finals at a game apiece.James finished with 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists in 50 minutes, carrying Cleveland’s depleted roster to victory on the NBA’s toughest home floor. The Warriors had been 47-3 at ear-piercing Oracle Arena.“I tried to give it all to my teammates. And they do a great job of giving it back to me. Total team effort,” said James, who shot 11 of 35 from the floor and seemed to wear down as the game dragged on. “To be back in the same position we were in three days ago and to come back and even the series is big time.”It was the second straight overtime game, and one the Cavs never should’ve let happen.Stephen Curry had a horrific shooting performance but converted the tying layup for the Warriors late in regulation. The MVP also put Golden State in front 93-92 on free throws with 29.5 seconds left in overtime.Then, Draymond Green met James at the rim to block his left-handed layup, but the Cavs retained possession. After James Jones missed a 3-pointer, Dellavedova grabbed the rebound and was fouled.“That’s the classic thing you practice as a kid growing up,” Dellavedova said. “I felt like I’ve been in that situation a million times before.”Dellavedova made both to put Cleveland up with 10.1 seconds to play. Curry air-balled a jumper contested by Dellavedova, James got the rebound and hit one of two free throws with 4.4 seconds left.After James made his free throw, Curry, without a timeout, raced up court and tried to pass ahead to Klay Thompson. But Iman Shumpert batted the ball away to seal the Cavs’ win.Game 3 is June 9 in Cleveland.It was a pivotal point for the Cavs, who won their first finals game in franchise history. They were swept by the Spurs in their only other appearance in 2007, when James was just growing into the planet’s best player.Cleveland was staring at a major deficit again. Teams with a 2-0 lead have gone on to win 28 of 31 series.Now that’s one thing the Cavs won’t have to overcome.James is still left trying to carry Cleveland to its first championship in 51 years after Kyrie Irving fractured his left kneecap in Game 1. Irving had surgery in Cleveland on June 6 to join sidelined starters Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao, both of whom had already been lost for the season with injuries.He got a little help this time.Timofey Mozgov had 17 points and 11 rebounds but sat out a lot late in the fourth quarter and overtime when the Warriors went to a smaller lineup. J.R. Smith scored 13 points and Dellavedova had nine.Cavs coach David Blatt went with the same lineup that won Games 2 and 3 of the Eastern Conference finals when Irving was out with an injured knee. He started Dellavedova in Irving’s place, and the scrappy Australian corralled Curry as much as anybody has this season.Curry scored 19 points and shot 5 of 23 from the floor, including 2 of 15 from 3-point range, and had six turnovers.“Shots I normally make I knew as soon as they left my hand that they were off. That doesn’t usually happen,” Curry said. “Mechanically, I don’t know if there is an explanation for it, just didn’t have a rhythm and didn’t find one the whole game.”Klay Thompson tried to pick up the backcourt slack, scoring 34 points. But the Warriors went 8 for 35 from long range and shot 39.8 percent overall.The Cavs, who shot 32.2 percent, outrebounded the Warriors 55 to 45. It was the lowest shooting percentage for a winning team in the playoffs since at least 1984-85.“It’s the grit squad right now,” James said. “If you expect us to play sexy cute basketball, that’s not us right now. Everything is tough and it has to be that for rest of series.”James sat for just 52 seconds in the first half and got two quick breaks in the third quarter. He nearly had to stay on the sideline when Green hit him the face as drove hard for a layup in the fourth quarter.James dropped to a knee near the baseline and walked gingerly to the bench, where he sat with his head down before returning to make both free throws.He seemed to deliver the dagger with a pull-up 3-pointer to extend the Cavs’ lead to 83-72 with 3:13 to play in the fourth quarter. He stopped and turned to Cleveland’s bench, taking out his mouthpiece and staring at the stunned and silent crowd.But Golden State gave its fervent fans more reason to cheer.Curry broke his 18-minute scoring drought with a 3-pointer during the Warriors’ furious rally, which he finished with a tying finger-roll with 7.2 seconds remaining.Cleveland called timeout, and got James the ball isolated on Andre Iguodala at the top of the key. James drove hard to his left and his layup rimmed out, and Tristan Thompson’s tip missed to send the game to overtime.“This is the finals. It’s hard. It’s supposed to be hard,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We had a tough night. So you have to move on. You’ve got to learn from it and get better, and that’s what we’re going to do.”(ANTONIO GONZALEZ, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Pulisic to Chelsea? Another…

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: Pulisic to Chelsea? Another…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has offered his opinion on Chelsea’s deal for Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic.Liverpool had been in competition with the Stamford Bridge club to land the American this January, but Klopp cooled his interest in the forward and the Blues swooped.Chelsea opted to loan the American back to Germany until the end of the season, at which point the 20-year-old will link up with his new team.And Klopp said: “[He’s] a really good player, another good player for Chelsea. “I’ve known him for a while and followed him [in his career]. Another really skilled boy playing in England.” last_img read more