UC Irvine wins Big West, will make first NCAA appearance

first_imgANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — When coach Russell Turner crossed the continents to recruit English guard Luke Nelson to get him to become an integral part of what he was building at UC Irvine, he said all the right things.The Anteaters had never advanced to the NCAA Tournament in the first 38 years of the school’s basketball program, but Nelson and his teammates made it happen Saturday night with a 67-58 victory over Hawaii in the Big West championship game.“That was one of the things that really drew me to coming here, the fact that I could be a part of school history and doing something special at Irvine that no other team has done here before,” said Nelson, who led the way with 17 points. “I came here with that as my goal. That was something that Coach pushed to me. We came close to it last year, my freshman year.”The Anteaters (21-12) lost all four previous times they went to the Big West title game (1988, 1994, 2008 and 2013). They were the top seed in the tournament last year, but lost in the semifinals to Cal Poly. This long-awaited moment was equally satisfying for freshmen Will Davis II and Travis Souza, who were high school teammates in New Hampshire for a year after playing summer ball together for two years.“It’s kind of hard to describe the feeling. It’s unbelievable,” Souza said. “We knew how hard we’ve worked over the last four years here, and Luke for the last two. And knowing we’re the first team here to do it … I mean, we went to the finals two years ago and lost. So we knew what that heartbreak felt like. And knowing the other side of it now, it’s a phenomenal feeling.”Davis, the tournament MVP, had 10 points and 10 rebounds for his third straight double-double.“This was my last chance, so I felt like this was the year we had to make it because there was no other option,” he said. “We came out and played our hearts out every night, and tonight we ended up victorious.”Irvine made six of eight free throws in the final 51 seconds before Davis II put the punctuation mark on it with a tomahawk dunk with 6.6 seconds to go.Aaron Valdes scored 17 points for Hawaii (22-12), 14 of them in the first half to pace the Rainbow Warriors to a 33-29 lead at intermission.Valdes’ layup in the final minute of the opening half came after Alex Young’s 3-pointer capped an 11-2 run that sliced Irvine’s 11-point deficit to 31-29 with 1:04 left on the clock.The Anteaters tied the score four times during the first 7:34 of the second half, but didn’t take their first lead of the game until Ioannis Dimakopoulos made a short hook shot over Stefan Jovanovic in the lane to put Irvine ahead 41-39 with 11:02 remaining.Hawaii’s Roderick Bobbitt, the Big West defensive player of the year, stole the ball from Nelson near midcourt and drove the rest of the way for a layup that tied the score at 43 with 9 minutes left. It was Bobbitt’s 100th steal of the season, making him the fourth player in Big West history to accomplish the feat.The Anteaters and Rainbow Warriors combined for 10 3-pointers in the first half, but neither team made one in the second half until Valdes connected from the left elbow to trim Irvine’s lead to 52-50 with 3:03 to play. Nelson and Hawaii’s Garrett Nevels then traded 3-pointers 17 seconds apart, leaving the Anteaters ahead 59-55 with 1:05 left.But that was as close as Hawaii got. The Warriors didn’t make a field goal the rest of the way.“These guys have been through a lot, and we made it a nice year,” Hawaii coach Benjy Taylor said. “We’re disappointed about tonight, but we won’t be broken by this. We’ve got a lot of young guys and we’ll get better. We’ll bounce back. I’m confident of that. It just hurts right now.”TIP-INSHawaii: The women’s team lost its championship game to Cal State Northridge, 67-60. Only two schools in Big West Tournament history have won the men’s and women’s bracket in the same year — UC Santa Barbara (2002) and UNLV (1985, 1986 and 1990). … This is the fourth straight year that a Big West school got its women’s and men’s teams into the finals. Last season, it was Northridge and Cal Poly. In 2013 it was Pacific, and in 2012 it was UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State. … Hawaii got to the title game with a 65-58 upset of top-seeded UC Davis.UC Irvine: The only other time the Anteaters faced Hawaii in this tournament was 2013, when they won 71-60 in the quarterfinals. … Irvine got to the title game with a 72-63 overtime victory over UC Santa Barbara, which gave it three consecutive 20-win seasons and eight in the program’s 50-year history. … The Anteaters also won both regular-season meetings against Hawaii, 78-72 on Jan. 24 at home, and 75-60 on Feb. 19 at Irvine. … Irvine leads the all-time series 9-5.last_img read more

Vanderbilt’s Mason: “We’re a much different football team”

first_imgHOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Derek Mason says Vanderbilt underwent an offseason transformation in everything from maturity to physiques.His coaching staff certainly has a new look.Mason approaches his second season with the Commodores with four new coaches after firing both coordinators. The former Stanford defensive coordinator is now running the defense.“I know it’s disappointing, the season we had a year ago,” Mason said Monday at Southeastern Conference media days. “But that’s a comma. It’s a comma, and not a period.“This football team has definitely done the things that we need to do in order to get ourselves back on track and be exactly what we want to be. Our program’s made great strides in the last eight months since that Tennessee finale.He assessed the Commodores as “a much different football team than it was a year ago.”Vandy was 3-9 and winless in league games during Mason’s debut season. He can point to a resurgence by Arkansas after posting the same records in Bret Bielema’s first season.The Commodores ranked last in the league in both scoring offense and scoring defense in 2014. Their season included a 37-7 opening loss to Temple and a 51-0 thrashing by Mississippi State.“We weren’t a very competitive football team in 2014, and that’s on me,” Mason said. “I take full responsibility for that.”He said new strength coach James Dobson has already had an impact. “We look like an SEC football team,” Mason said.He also had high praise for new offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, who held the same job the past two seasons at Wisconsin.Vanderbilt center Spencer Pulley said the team needed to change its attitude, “which we all knew wasn’t good.”“This is a completely different team,” Pulley said.Mason isn’t predicting results in terms of wins and losses, but does believe the Commodores will be better this season.In the meantime, he’s not sweating his own job security after just one season as a head coach. Pressure comes with the territory, after all.“It’s college football. I’ve been coaching 22 years,” Mason said. “Every year I coach on a one-year mentality. That’s a mind-set. That’s what you do.“You understand exactly what this game is and what you have to do, and it’s about production.”last_img read more

Indian Premier League Indian And International Players Face ‘No Play, No Pay’ Situation If IPL 2020 Is Cancelled Due To Coronavirus

first_imgNew Delhi: The coronavirus pandemic has already postponed the 2020 Indian Premier League to April 15. However, with the announcement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 21-day lockdown due to the coronavirus in India, the chances of the IPL taking place in April and May are also looking bleak. The international restrictions imposed in travel might mean that foreign players from South Africa, Australia, England and New Zealand might not be available for IPL 2020. With England and Australia pondering a lengthy lockdown period, the chances of the players being available for IPL 2020 is very slim. Now, the players are facing a double whammy. The players face the prospect of ‘No Play, No Pay’.According to one senior BCCI official, the prospects of players taking a big hit in their pockets is now becoming a reality. The players, who have signed up for this year’s IPL, which has been postponed and seems unlikely to go ahead unless BCCI figures an alternate window later in the year, compromising a few bilateral commitments.Speaking to PTI, the official said, “The system of IPL payments is that 15 per cent is paid a week before the tournament starts. 65 per cent more is paid during the tournament. The remaining 20 percent is paid within a stipulated time after the tournament ends. The BCCI has specific guidelines. Obviously, no player will be paid as of now,” the official said.The economic upheaval caused by it has led to players of England and Australia to admit that they are bracing up for pay cuts. The IPL, unlike Wimbledon that has given out insurance for a pandemic and wil withstand the financial brunt of a cancellation significantly, has not even been insured in case of a cancellation. “We will not get any money from insurance company as pandemic is not covered in the clause. Each franchise has salary overheads ranging between Rs 75 to 85 crore. How can we pay if there’s no action. From English Premier League, La Liga to Bundesliga, players are taking pay cuts. Also there is no certainty anywhere as to when things will get normal,” the official said.Kohli, Dhoni Might Not Be Affected MuchMS Dhoni, Virat Kohli have been earning big bucks ever since the start of the Indian Premier League and through their decade long experience in international cricket, they have acquired a fair chunk of money. However, players who have been bought for under Rs 1 crore for the first time will be hit financially if the IPL is cancelled this season. BCCI Players’ body — the Indian Cricketers’ Association — president Ashok Malhotra has said the BCCI needed to be practical. “The BCCI earns its money from cricket. If cricket is not happening, where will the money come from? We have to be sensible here. So, it’s not just international cricketers but domestic players will also be affected. It’s not the board’s fault. This is an unavoidable situation,” Malhotra said.BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal said that at present, there hasn’t been any discussion about pay cuts. (Image credit: Getty Images)The BCCI official stated, “It’s not just the Dhonis and the Kohlis who will be affected. Surely they would feel the pinch but for many first-timers, the Rs 20, 40 or 60 lakh is serious life-changing money after all the hard work. Hope the BCCI has a plan in place.”Also Read | Sourav Ganguly Says Only Truncated Indian Premier League Possible In Wake Of CoronavirusBCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal, however, said that at present, there hasn’t been any discussion about pay cuts. “There has been no discussion at all on pay cuts. IPL obviously is BCCI’s biggest tournament. But at this point, it is very difficult to do calculations and estimate losses. The calculations are complex and till office-bearers get together, we can’t say anything,” Dhumal told PTI. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Holloway hits back at reports he was close to being axed

first_imgSee also:Sylla’s goal gives QPR victory over Sheffield UnitedChelsea’s Blackman assessed after being carried off at QPRQPR v Sheffield United player ratingsSheffield United boss praises QPR fansHolloway considering options for Forest tripThree players QPR really need to step up after the international breakHolloway and Smith shortlisted for award Embed from Getty ImagesIan Holloway praised his players after the win against Sheffield United and hit back at recent reports his future at QPR was in doubt.Idrissa Sylla scored the winner as Holloway celebrated his 300th game as Rangers manager with a second home victory in three days.AdChoices广告It followed Saturday’s beating of Wolves, prior to which the R’s had failed to win in seven matches and a newspaper report claimed Holloway was close to being sacked.“You do your best for your team and then get up on a Sunday morning and read a load of tripe,” he said.“I knew this (an improvement) was happening, as did anyone who watched the team, because we’d been playing well. This division is so tough, but don’t write us off.Embed from Getty Images“We’re looking to bring the club together and my lads feel really good about themselves.“It was a big win and we needed it. We had a big win as well against Wolves on Saturday and now let’s see if we can get that first away win.“I’m very, very proud of my players. My senior pros at the moment are leading the way.“It feels great. It’s so important to find that buzz and the fans are starting to trust their team.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Whitecaps drop series opener of Eastern Division Championship to the Loons

first_img FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… MIRITY Women Racerback Sports Bra… × Report a problem This item is… Shop Now LocalSportsJournal.comA three-run seventh inning was the difference as the West Michigan Whitecaps dropped Game 1 of the Midwest League Eastern Division Championship to the Great Lakes Loons by a score of 4-1 Sunday night at Dow Diamond.The Whitecaps enjoyed an early 1-0 lead in after Josh Lester pounded a two-out double off the left field wall and scored on a single by David Gonzalez in the second inning.Great Lakes’ Jake Henson tied the game 1-1 in the fourth with an RBI-single.The Loons took the lead in the seventh inning on a two-run single by Saige Jenco. Brendan Davis increased their lead to 4-1 on an RBI single one pitch after Jenco’s game-winning hit.Great Lakes’ Ivan Vietez earned his first win of the postseason with three scoreless innings in relief, while West Michigan’s Toller Boardman took the loss after allowing two runs.Loons’ closer Shea Spitzbarth pitched a scoreless ninth inning to finish the ballgame and pick up his first save of the playoffs.Jose Azocar posted a 3-for-4 performance at the plate to the lead the ‘Caps in a losing cause.The Whitecaps loss puts the Loons one win away from reaching the Midwest League Championship with the series heading back to Fifth Third Ballpark for the final two games.West Michigan needs a win in Game 2 to force another winner-take-all Game 3 Tuesday night at Fifth Third Ballpark.Last season the Whitecaps lost the first game of the Eastern Division Championship to Lansing, but rallied to win the final two games on the road, which led to their sixth Midwest League Title. Share Not relevant × Report a problem This item is… Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Inappropriate / Offensive × Other Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. DEAL OF THE DAY Report a problem This item is… ENDS IN Fox Sports Go Report a problem This item is… (34271) ENDS IN Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Displayed poorly Inappropriate / Offensive Inappropriate / Offensive Bestseller $37.99 Other The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extr… $0.00 $49.95 (657) Report a problem This item is… $9.99 × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Bestseller Other ENDS IN Displayed poorly × Inappropriate / Offensive Inappropriate / Offensive Shares NBC Sports DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller (2) Inappropriate / Offensive Not relevant $14.99$18.00 Not relevant (7802) $15.29$17.99 Bestseller Inappropriate / Offensive DEAL OF THE DAY (31628) Displayed poorly (17612)center_img Other Mail Not relevant Bestseller (117) Not relevant Other Displayed poorly Add Comments (Max 320 characters) × Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Not relevant Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. × Other DEAL OF THE DAY $0.00 Share Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Displayed poorly DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN 50PC Disposable Face MàSc/Mack Anti-Dust … Report a problem This item is… Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Displayed poorly (822) Other $0.00 Displayed poorly The League Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. ENDS IN Inappropriate / Offensive Displayed poorly Bestseller ENDS IN × ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY Not relevant Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Report a problem This item is… Twelve ENDS IN Ads by Amazon Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Report a problem This item is… Not relevant Bestseller Add Comments (Max 320 characters) DEAL OF THE DAY Other Ads by Amazonlast_img read more

I bet my boyfriend on a match

first_imgThe Olympic champion and holder of two titles from the largest MMA organization UFC – Henry Sehudo, is ready to bet his boyfriend in a match with Alexander Volkanovski. This is the first boyfriend of the American.Sehudo is retiring, but is adamant that he would return to fight the featherweight champion. The reason for his words was a statement by Volkanovski, which affected him.Winbet – victory is an emotion! (18+)“If I ever go back to MMA, it will be to take your head, a grown dwarf like that. “I’m betting on my Olympic gold medal, my two UFC belts and my ‘first boyfriend’ that you won’t last more than two rounds,” Sehudo wrote on Twitter.If I ever comeback to MMA it’s going to be after your head your overgrown midget. I’d bet my Olympic Gold medal, my two belts and “my first girlfriend ever”, that you wouldn’t make it pass two rounds with Triple C! #bendtheknee @alexvolkanovski pic.twitter.com/k3uJzRYNIb– Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) June 18, 2020last_img read more

England gain consolation win

first_img(BBC) England claimed a consolation 232-run victory over West Indies despite Roston Chase’s unbeaten 102 on yesterday’s fourth day of the final Test in St Lucia. West Indies, set 485 for victory, were dismissed for 252, with James Anderson taking 3-27 and Moeen Ali 3-99.The hosts were reduced to 10-3 and 110-6 but Chase batted for more than four hours to frustrate the tourists, before last man Keemo Paul was dismissed.Earlier, England declared on 361-5 after Joe Root was out for 122. It was a disappointing end to the series for West Indies, who had an unassailable 2-0 lead going into the match and had dominated England’s batsmen.Chase was the only batsman who withstood England’s pressure, scoring his century from 191 balls with 12 fours and one six.James Anderson was the pick of the England bowlers yesterday with 3-27 from 11 overs.There were positives in this match for England – off-spinner Moeen bowled tidily and captain Root found form with the bat – but ultimately, it came too late for the series. Their fielding was disappointing on the fourth day, with three catches dropped, and the questions over their batting line-up remain.After spending almost three days in the field, and with two days remaining in the game, West Indies needed a strong start.Instead, they were 10-3 after seven overs, with all three of the side’s senior batsmen playing loose drives to be caught behind the wicket off Anderson. Anderson has been given a heavy workload in the Caribbean and has struggled since taking 5-46 the first Test, but he spent time on Monday working with bowling Coach Chris Silverwood to tighten up his action.He bowled accurately, with John Campbell caught brilliantly in the gully by a leaping Moeen off the third ball of the innings, before Kraigg Brathwaite edged to second slip.England could have made further inroads had Jos Buttler not dropped Shai Hope at third slip, but Root at second was able to cling on when Anderson found the edge of Darren Bravo’s bat. Chase was the mainstay of the innings but he was unable to form partnerships – Shimron Hetmyer was run out going for a third run that was never possible, and Shane Dowrich was caught at slip off a drifting Moeen delivery.The tail hit out as Chase continued to accumulate, with Alzarri Joseph twice slogging Moeen for six, and it looked as though the all-rounder would miss out on three figures when Joseph was caught at mid-on.However, he cut Joe Denly’s leg-spin to the boundary for his fifth Test century, before Paul’s entertaining six-ball cameo came to an end as he was caught and bowled by Ben Stokes.It was a tame end to a competitive series from West Indies, but their performances in the first two Tests were enough to ensure the series win. It has been a mixed winter for England, starting with an impressive 3-0 series victory in Sri Lanka and ending with several batting collapses and a 2-1 defeat in the Caribbean.In six away Tests they have used four different opening batsmen and five different number threes, with Jonny Bairstow moving from a top-order batsman to a wicketkeeper batting at seven.Coach Trevor Bayliss said before the West Indian tour that he wanted to establish a settled top three before the home summer begins. Keaton Jennings scored just 62 runs in four innings at the top of the order and was out in familiar fashion each time, driving outside the off stump, while Denly and Rory Burns made contributions but not a big score.England collapsed in four of their six Caribbean innings and struggled against the West Indies’ pace, which will give Australia’s quick bowlers hope before the Ashes series in August.However, Mark Wood’s emergence as a bowler of genuine pace – albeit his speeds were down in the fourth innings – and wickets for Moeen and Stokes adds further confidence to their bowling attack. There are five months until England’s next red-ball outing against Ireland in July, which means early runs in the county season will be crucial.England captain Joe Root said afterwards that the West Indies deserved to win the series.“West Indies deserved to win the series, they outplayed us in the first two games, but it’s a real step forward for this team to perform like we did this week,” he said. “It was important we played well this week. It should be a real confidence-booster going into an exciting summer for us,” he added.West Indies captain Jason Holder said the team needs to keep on improving.“We have got to keep improving in the three facets of the game and be clinical and lot more consistent. “We need to continue to build and not rest on our laurels. Our number one goal is to be the number one team in the world so there is a lot to improve on.”last_img read more

ON THIS DAY: Legendary long-distance runner Kenenisa Bekele turns 38

first_img LIVE TV FOLLOW US First Published: 13th June, 2020 06:28 IST COMMENT Legendary long-distance runner Kenenisa Bekele turns 38.The Ethiopian is currently world record holder over 5,000 and 10,000 metres and who won gold in both events at the 2008 Olympics.The three-time Olympic and five-time world champion is one of Africa’s finest ever runners, and still has his eyes set on the marathon world record. Last Updated: 13th June, 2020 06:28 IST ON THIS DAY: Legendary Long-distance Runner Kenenisa Bekele Turns 38 Legendary long-distance runner Kenenisa Bekele turns 38center_img SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Written By Associated Press Television News last_img

St Michael’s face into Junior Cup Final today

first_imgPhoto © – pixabay It’s been a long wait for the Tipperary town side, who last emerged victorious in the FAI Cup final as recently as 2014.St Michael’s are heading into their sixth final since 2000, but Sherrif YC provide tough opponants – they’ve won the competition 4 times since 2012.However, this year’s path to the final for the Dublin side wasn’t straight forward – as they were beaten in the quarter finals, but appealed the result.Sheriff had their result overturned and were reinstated at the expense of Regional United.Then the Dublin side won their semi final – as did the Saints – but Sherrif’s opponents Aisling Annacotty launched an appeal against that result.That meant the original date for the FAI Junior Cup final had to be scrapped.However, the Limerick side were unsuccessful, and Sherrif have marched on to the final. The game is fixed for 2pm this afternoon in Eamonn Deasy Park, in Galway – 16 weeks after it was due to take place. Following a 16 week delay St Michael’s will finally get to play the FAI Junior Cup final.They take on Sherrif YC in Galway this afternoon.The last time the sides met in this competition – in a quarter final in 2015 – penalties were needed before the Dublin side came out on top. last_img read more

Ibrahimovic Set For AC Milan Return

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic is set to rejoin Italian side AC Milan after his successful stint at LA Galaxy, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has said.The 38-year-old Swedish striker has spent the past 18 months in MLS but his contract with Galaxy expires at the end of the year and he has been linked with a host of European clubs.Ibrahimovic played for Milan between 2010 and 2012, scoring 42 goals in 61 league appearances, and Garber said he was on his way back to Serie A.“Zlatan is such an interesting guy,” he told ESPN. “He keeps my hands full and my inbox full, but he’s a thrill-a-minute.“He is a 38-year-old guy who is being recruited by AC Milan, one of the top clubs in the world.”Ibrahimovic was named in the MLS Best XI in 2018 and 2019 after netting 53 goals in the competition.His season with Galaxy ended after they suffered a 5-3 defeat by local rivals Los Angeles Football Club in the MLS Cup Western Conference semi-finals last month.Relatedlast_img read more