WATCH: Ominous AB plays another gem of an innings

first_imgA superb bowling display followed by an AB de Villiers gem in front of the Centurion faithful sent the Tshwane Spartans top of the Mzansi Super League (MSL) table after they crushed the previous log-leaders Paarl Rocks by eight wickets for a bonus-point win at SuperSport Park on Friday night.The right-hander crunched 69 off 37 balls, which included three sixes and six fours, to help the hosts chase down a below par 127-run target with a full five overs to spare.It’s been a good week for the Proteas legend, who also scored a vital half-century against the Jozi Stars last Sunday.Here’s some sheer viewing pleasure…For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

Golfer Koepka says playing without fans will be ‘weird’

first_img“It’s going to be so weird, man,” Koepka said on the Pardon My Take sports podcast on the prospect of playing without galleries because of continuing coronavirus concerns.“The energy that the fans bring, that’s what we all live for, we all strive for,” Koepka said. “You want to play coming down the stretch and have everyone cheering for you. Imagine this: you sink the putt on the last hole and no one’s clapping. You’re just there by yourself, and you’re like ‘Yes!’ Just you, your caddie and just silence.”Lack of a gallery could have a more concrete effect as well, Koepka said.“Every once in a while, we just hit some foul balls and the fans kind of help you find it,” he said. “I mean, guys are going to lose balls because of that.”Koepka’s comments came a day before the US PGA Tour said Thursday it is targeting a June 11 restart at Colonial Country Club in Texas, the first of four tournaments that will be played without fans in attendance.The RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina, the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut, and the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit are scheduled to follow.In announcing the revised schedule to a season halted after the first round of the Players Championship on March 12, tour commissioner Jay Monahan said officials would follow the guidance of local and state health authorities.“The health and safety of all associated with the PGA Tour and our global community continues to be our number one priority, and our hope is to play a role — responsibly — in the world’s return to enjoying the things we love,” Monahan said.last_img read more

Japan’s Sunwolves exit Super Rugby as Australia bid fails

first_imgThe Sunwolves, who are being kicked out of Super Rugby at the end of the season, said Australian officials had told them they won’t be able to take part.The series between Australia’s four Super Rugby teams — Queensland Reds, NSW Waratahs, ACT Brumbies and Melbourne Rebels — along with the previously axed Western Force, is set to kick off on July 3.Super Rugby, which also includes teams from New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina, has been on hold since March.“We are announcing that we have been told by the Australian rugby association officially that we are unable to participate in the competition,” a Sunwolves statement said.The decision ends a nearly five-year run in Super Rugby for the Sunwolves, who won only nine games in that time and were on the receiving end of some giant scorelines.The Tokyo-based side would have had to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Australia, and they also faced problems in securing a permanent base for 12 weeks.They said they had consulted with Australia’s rugby authorities and government, but “we reached the conclusion that we will not be ready to join matches in Australia from July 3”.“We apologise to people who had been looking forward to the resumption of matches,” said Sunwolves CEO Yuji Watase.“Following this decision, the Sunwolves’ time with Super Rugby, which has seen us participate for the past five seasons, will end.“We are bitterly disappointed to conclude the season in this way, but we also feel honoured to have participated in the best rugby competition.”The Sunwolves, who also played home matches in Singapore and Hong Kong, were introduced in 2016 to bring rugby to new markets.But southern hemisphere governing body SANZAAR (South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina Rugby) were reluctant to bankroll the perennial wooden-spooners after Japan’s rugby board withdrew financial support.Rugby Australia’s interim chief executive, Rob Clarke, said officials had been trying to work through “significant challenges” to field a Sunwolves team in Australia.“However, the reality is, given the timeframe available the team’s preparation for the competition would be severely compromised,” he said in a statement.“All parties agree that despite our collective efforts and desire to see the Sunwolves take part in the competition, under the current circumstances their participation will not be feasible.”The Sunwolves’ exit comes despite the success of last year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan and the lure of Japan’s well-heeled Top League, which has attracted a series of marquee players from overseas.New Zealand, like Australia, is also planning a domestic competition, kicking off on June 13, to fill the hole left by Super Rugby’s postponement.last_img read more

Verstappen wants repeat of Spanish magic to pile pressure on Hamilton

first_imgThe 22-year-old Dutchman was only 18 when, on his debut with Red Bull, he took full advantage of a first lap collision involving both Mercedes drivers, to surge to victory in the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.Four years on, with Mercedes running Valtteri Bottas alongside Lewis Hamilton, the champion team will be keen to avoid a similar scenario to that torrid afternoon when Nico Rosberg was his combative team-mate.This time around, they will also hope that they do not have the same tyre-wear and blistering problems that afflicted both Hamilton and Bottas at Silverstone in the recent British and 70th Anniversary races, won by the six-time champion and Verstappen on successive weekends.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsTyres are expected, once again, to be a key factor in deciding the outcome at the Circuit de Catalunya where high temperatures may also influence the result, notably because the race, scheduled originally to take place in May, has been delayed until August due to the coronavirus pandemic.Air temperatures are forecast to be in the high twenties, cooler than at sweltering Silverstone last Sunday, but warmer than usual in early May.To Mercedes’ likely relief, Pirelli have said they will revert to their harder tyre compounds, instead of the extra-soft tyres used at Silverstone where Hamilton suffered a last lap puncture in one race and struggled with severe blisters in the other.“It’s a different track so let’s see how competitive we are against Mercedes this time and how the temperatures impact everyone,” said Verstappen, who is 30 points behind Hamilton in the championship after five races.– ‘Like Schumacher’ –“The Barcleona track is quite hard on the tyres so I’m not sure how they will hold out in the heat — there will be a lot of unknowns as we usually race there earlier in the year, but I’m looking forward to it.“After the win last weekend I’m excited to get back on track. It was a massive team achievement for us and for Honda to win – an amazing result, if a bit unexpected.“It just shows that if you keep pushing towards one a goal then great results are always possible.”The Dutchman’s impressive performance last weekend stirred memories for former Ferrari technical director and present F1 motorsport managing director Ross Brawn who said he reminded him of seven-time champion Michael Schumacher.The great German driver won all of his titles under Brawn’s guidance, two at Benetton and five with Ferrari.“He was simply sensational at Silverstone,” said Brawn.“He reminds me of Michael in so many ways. When you listen to his radio, he’s clearly got spare capacity.”Mercedes performance boss Andrew Shovlin said they were anticipating another difficult weekend.“I think we’d be foolish to say that we are not going to see this problem again and we are not going to see it in Spain,” he said.“We need to be looking at solutions and if we can make good progress and understand the nature of our problem then I’d like to think we can get on top of it.“But there’s no doubt Spain is going to be tough.”last_img read more

WWE Hell in a Cell 2019 start time, matches, PPV cost, location, rumors

first_imgThe demonic, bone-chilling steel structure makes its return at WWE Hell in a Cell 2019 taking place on Sunday, October 6 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.Several matches including ones for the WWE Universal championship and for the “RAW” women’s championship will take place inside the unforgiving Hell in a Cell that night along with other bouts that will be announced. — Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross vs. Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) for the women’s tag team titles— King Corbin vs. Chad Gable— Lacey Evans vs. Natalya (kickoff show) It will be part of a busy week for WWE with “SmackDown” debuting on Fox just two days earlier on that Friday night along with NXT airing both hours of its expanded show on USA Network that Wednesday.The card is coming together and should be solidified in the coming weeks. Until then, here’s all you need to know about WWE Hell in a Cell 2019.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWhat time does WWE Hell in a Cell start?Date: Sunday, Oct. 6Time: 6 p.m. ET (preshow) | 7 p.m. ET (main card)Location: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CATV channel: WWE Network (PPV)Live stream: Hell in a Cell  2019 will air live on Sunday, Aug. 11. The preshow is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. ET and the main card will begin at 7 p.m. ET.WWE Hell in a Cell 2019 PPV price, how to watchWWE Hell in a Cell 2019 will be available for purchase on pay-per-view or via the WWE Network.The WWE Network is available at or by downloading the app on certain smart TVs – including Samsung, LG, Sony, and Panasonic – as well as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire, Roku, Google Play, and Chromecast. You can also watch the network on your Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4 by downloading the app through its stores.It costs $9.99 per month to sign up to watch the WWE Network online.WWE Hell in a Cell 2019 matches— Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt in a Hell in a Cell match for the Universal championship— Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks in a Hell in a Cell match for the “RAW” women’s championship— Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan vs. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper in a Tornado tag team match— Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair for the “SmackDown” women’s championship— The OC (AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows) vs. Viking Raiders and a mystery partnerlast_img read more

Jim Calhoun ‘stunned and saddened’ after being accused of sexual discrimination

first_img“I was stunned and saddened to read the inflated and misleading headlines and the accusations directed at me this past Wednesday, and again in an editorial in Friday’s Hartford Courant, by an ex-USJ employee and an all-too-eager click-driven media,” Calhoun said Saturday in a released statement to the Hartford Courant.”I am angry and hurt that the reputation that I’ve worked so hard to achieve for over 50 years — actually, for more than 77 years — was so easily dismissed and thrown aside in return for headlines or eyeballs or whatever the appropriate term is here. And I’m especially angry that my career and my name are being used for legal grandstanding instead of in support for the victims of discrimination.” Related News On Wednesday, Jaclyn Piscitelli filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court against Saint Joseph, which is a small Catholic school in Connecticut that just recently started admitting men in 2018.Piscitelli said in the filing that he was fired in June after complaining about the conduct of men in the athletic department, which included Calhoun. She claimed the 77-year-old coach helped create “a boys club” atmosphere and that she was subjected to menial tasks, such as opening doors for Calhoun when he had his keys in his hand and stomping on coffee K-cups, then having Piscitelli clean them up.She also said that Calhoun referred to her as “hot.” Calhoun has denied all the allegations.”I’m not sure when asking a colleague if they would mind opening the door because my hands were full became discrimination or when self-deprecation for being an aging, clumsy husband became an insult,” Calhoun wrote in his statement. “And call me old-fashioned in this regard … I use the word ‘hot’ to describe the weather and the temperature of my morning coffee. And the only woman I openly compliment is my wife of 53 years and frankly, I call her ‘beautiful’ or ‘pretty’ … because she is.” Jim Calhoun has broken his silence after he was accused of sexual discrimination by a former employee earlier this week.The Hall of Fame basketball coach, who currently works at Saint Joseph, said he didn’t knowingly discriminate against any woman and he has “never treated any woman inappropriately.” Calhoun also said he while he isn’t perfect, he believes in treating people fairly and was proud of his reputation at Saint Joseph.”I have made mistakes throughout my life and I know that I will continue to do so. However, I firmly and unequivocally, at no time, knowingly treated any woman unfairly because of her gender. In addition, let me be clear, I have never treated any woman inappropriately,” he wrote.Calhoun won three national championships as UConn men’s basketball coach before he retired in 2012 after a 26-year tenure with the Huskies. He decided to come out of retirement in 2018 to serve as Saint Joseph’s first-ever head coach of the men’s basketball team. Kansas coach Bill Self dismisses ‘narrative’ that promo video was aimed at NCAA Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun named in sex discrimination lawsuit Villanova 5-star freshman Bryan Antoine, coach Jay Wright quell redshirt speculationlast_img read more

Fantasy Waiver Wire Week 8: Cam Newton, Derrius Guice, Kareem Hunt among free agent pickups worth stashing

first_imgWeek 8 DFS Lineups: Y! Cash | Y! GPP | FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPPBenjamin Watson, TE, Patriots. Watson had just three catches for 18 yards in his 2019 season debut, but he ran well and received five targets, showing he’s part of the offense. Watson isn’t going to be consistent, but at TE, he still has value. With Mark Andrews and Jason Witten on bye this week and Jared Cook and Delanie Walker ailing, Watson has some fill-in potential against a Browns team allowing 8.5 standard-league fantasy points per game to TEs. Check out our full Week 8 waiver list for additional waiver and free agent ideas, including potential starting RBs Chase Edmonds, Ty Johnson, Benny Snell Jr. and Mark Walton, WR3s like Kenny Stills, Olabisi Johnson and Corey Davis, and a ton of Week 8 QB, TE, and D/ST streamers. WEEK 8: Waiver wire | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap countsThere will definitely be waiver claims used this week, and you could really go a variety of directions depending on what you need. Edmonds and Johnson are the easy calls for the top claims since they’re RBs who could see relatively high-volume roles in the coming weeks, but Snell is in a similar spot considering James Conner left Pittsburgh’s last game early because of a quad injury. Even if Conner is healthy for Week 8, it’s worth noting that Jaylen Samuels was seeing heavy volume before his injury, so Snell could be in line for double-digit touches against Miami on Monday night. Either way, RBs tend to rule the wire, but Stills is also worth a high claim given Will Fuller’s upcoming multi-game absence. If you need WR help more than RB help, it wouldn’t be crazy to use a higher claim on Stills than any of the backs.LISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 8 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWWEEK 8 NON-PPR RANKINGSQuarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerTop fantasy football waiver wire pickups and free agent adds for Week 8Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered.Cam Newton, QB, Panthers. Newton is purely a speculative add, as he won’t start in Week 8 and likely won’t see the field again as long as Kyle Allen and the Panthers keep winning. However, Newton’s foot injury is reportedly feeling better, so he should be ready to go if called upon. Newton hasn’t done much since the middle of 2018, so perhaps it’s foolish to expect him to start putting up vintage Newton numbers again, but if he plays, we know he has upside. He’s available in more than half of Yahoo leagues, so if you have room, stashing him isn’t a bad option.  Derrius Guice, RB, Redskins. Guice has been out since Week 1 because of a knee injury, but Redskins coach Bill Callahan implied Guice could return to practice this week. He would likely still be at least a few weeks away from playing in actual games even if that were to happen, but since most leagues have a designated IR slot, you could grab Guice and stash him without wasting a roster spot. Considering Guice has just played only one game in his NFL career, the Redskins will likely want to get him reps even in a lost season as they try to determine what they have in him. Even if Guice were to return just for the fantasy playoffs, he has two nice matchups (at Packers in Week 14, vs. Giants in Week 16) sandwiched around a tough one (vs. Eagles) in Week 15. WEEK 8 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endKareem Hunt, RB, Browns. Hunt’s suspension is up after Week 9, so he still has a couple games to go before he can even officially be allowed to attend team meetings. It will likely be a slow burn once he is back on the practice field, and obviously he’s not going to simply unseat Nick Chubb for the starting job. Clearly, you can wait a few weeks before stashing Hunt if you want, but given how talented he is, he has the potential to be a difference-maker down the stretch, especially if something were to happen to Chubb. Starting in Week 12, Cleveland has a mostly favorable schedule that features the Dolphins, Steelers, Bengals, Cardinals, and Ravens. WEEK 8: Waiver wire | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap countsPhillip Dorsett, WR, Patriots. Dorsett returned from what was essentially a two-week absence because of a hamstring injury and caught all three of his targets for 46 yards and a score. Dorsett has played four full games without Antonio Brown, scoring in three and averaging 4.8 targets, three catches, 51 yards and a touchdown overall. The only team to really stop him was Buffalo, which boasts an elite pass defense. You could do a lot worse for your WR3, especially during bye weeks. (Update: With Mohamed Sanu now in New England, Dorsett’s value takes a hit.) Make no mistake, the top Week 8 fantasy waiver wire pickups are WR and RB handcuffs like Chase Edmonds, Ty Johnson, Benny Snell Jr., Kenny Stills, and Olabisi Johnson, but when it comes to free agent adds after waivers clears around 4-5 a.m. ET on Wednesday morning in Yahoo and ESPN leagues, there are plenty of deeper options. Whether you’re playing the matchup game for Week 8 streamers or looking for injured/suspended players to stash who could pay off a month from now, we have you covered with our full free agent list.Even with only two teams on bye this week (Dallas, Baltimore), the need for streamers is likely being felt by more than a few teams in your league because of injuries. Thankfully, there are a host of potential receivers, quarterbacks, tight ends, and defenses who can fill in and get you points this week. The QBs, TEs, and D/STs streamer recommendations can be found at the end of our free agent list. If you hate yourself and don’t value your own time, you can also check out our Week 8 kicker rankings.last_img read more

What channel is NASCAR on today? Time, TV schedule for Martinsville race

first_imgWhat channel is the NASCAR race on today? What time does the NASCAR race start? These are the questions that plague race fans every Sunday, when each Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will be on either NBC or NBCSN for the second half of the 2019 season with differing start times.As for Sunday’s First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway, the Cup Series’ second visit to the track this season and the seventh race of the 2019 playoffs, the channel that will broadcast the race is NBCSN. The race at Martinsville will start at 3 p.m. ET. The winner of the Martinsville playoff race has gone on to win the Cup Series championship six times. Jimmie Johnson did it during his title runs in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2016. Tony Stewart did it in 2011, and Logano did it last season.A non-playoff driver has won the Martinsville playoff race just twice: Jeff Gordon in 2005 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2014. The worst finish in the Martinsville playoff race by a driver who went on to win the title was 33rd by Kevin Harvick in 2014.MORE: Current NASCAR playoff standingsNASCAR schedule 2019DateRaceTrackTime/TV info/winnerFeb. 10Advance Auto Parts ClashDaytona International SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonFeb. 14Gander RV Duel 1 at DaytonaDaytona International SpeedwayKevin HarvickFeb. 14Gander RV Duel 2 at DaytonaDaytona International SpeedwayJoey LoganoFeb. 17Daytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayDenny HamlinFeb. 24Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayBrad KeselowskiMarch 3Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy LubeLas Vegas Motor SpeedwayJoey LoganoMarch 10TicketGuardian 500ISM RacewayKyle BuschMarch 17AutoClub 400Auto Club SpeedwayKyle BuschMarch 24STP 500Martinsville SpeedwayBrad KeselowskiMarch 31O’Reilly Auto Parts 500Texas Motor SpeedwayDenny HamlinApril 7Food City 500Bristol Motor SpeedwayKyle BuschApril 13Toyota Owners 400Richmond RacewayMartin Truex Jr.April 28Geico 500Talladega SpeedwayChase ElliottMay 5Cup Series Race at DoverDover International SpeedwayMartin Truex Jr.May 11Cup Series Race at KansasKansas SpeedwayBrad KeselowskiMay 18Monster Energy OpenCharlotte Motor Speedway—May 18Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star RaceCharlotte Motor SpeedwayKyle LarsonMay 26Coca-Cola 600Charlotte Motor SpeedwayMartin Truex Jr.June 2Pocono 400Pocono RacewayKyle BuschJune 10FireKeepers Casino 400Michigan International SpeedwayJoey LoganoJune 23Toyota/Save Mart 350Sonoma RacewayMartin Truex Jr.June 30Camping World 400Chicagoland SpeedwayAlex BowmanJuly 6Coke Zero Sugar 400Daytona International SpeedwayJustin HaleyJuly 13Quaker State 400Kentucky SpeedwayKurt BuschJuly 21Foxwoods Resort Casino 301New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayKevin HarvickJuly 28Gander Outdoors 400Pocono RacewayDenny HamlinAug. 4Go Bowling at The GlenWatkins Glen InternationalChase ElliottAug. 11Consumers Energy 400Michigan International SpeedwayKevin HarvickAug. 17Bass Pro Shops NRA Night RaceBristol Motor SpeedwayDenny HamlinSept. 1Bojangles’ Southern 500Darlington RacewayErik JonesSept. 8Big Machine Vodka 400Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayKevin Harvick2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup playoff scheduleDateRaceTrackTime/TV info/winnerSept. 15South Point 400Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayMartin Truex Jr.Sept. 21Federated Auto Parts 400Richmond RacewayMartin Truex Jr.Sept. 29Bank of America ROVAL 400Charlotte Motor Speedway Road CoarseChase ElliottOct. 6Cup Series Race at DoverDover International SpeedwayKyle LarsonOct. 500Talladega SuperspeedwayRyan BlaneyOct. 20Hollywood Casino 400Kansas SpeedwayDenny HamlinOct. 27First Data 500Martinsville Speedway3 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTVNov. 3AAA Texas 500Texas Motor Speedway3 p.m., NBCSN/fuboTVNov. 10Cup Series Race at ISMISM Raceway2:30 p.m., NBC/fuboTVNov. 17Ford EcoBoost 400Homestead-Miami Speedway3 p.m., NBC/fuboTV The 3 p.m. ET start time for the Martinsville race Sunday is the first of three such start times for the Cup Series playoffs (Texas and Homestead) this season. As for the TV channel, the NASCAR Cup Series this weekend is on NBCSN for the 12th time this year. As part of NBC’s TV deal with NASCAR for the 2019 season, NBC was slated to show seven of the final 20 races of the season, with the other 13 scheduled to be shown on NBCSN.Q&A: Jimmie Johnson talks NASCAR’s future, midweek Cup races, moreSunday’s race at Martinsville, which will consist of three stages (130 laps, 130 laps and 240 laps), is the 34rd race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule (33rd when not counting the All-Star Race). There are just four races left this season and three races to go before the final cut-off point of the playoffs.Martinsville Speedway is a 0.526-mile oval with just 12-degree banking in the turns and no banking on the straights. Brad Keselowski won the spring race this year at Martinsville, and his Penske teammate, Joey Logano, won the fall Martinsville race last year in dramatic fashion on his way to the Cup Series championship.Below is all the info you need regarding how to watch Sunday’s NASCAR race at Martinsville.What channel is NASCAR on today?TV channel: NBCSNLive stream: NBC Sports AppRadio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR RadioSunday’s race at Martinsville is the 12th of 13 races this season scheduled to be shown on NBCSN. The network’s broadcast crew consists of Rick Allen, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte in the booth, with Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Kelli Stavast and Parker Kligerman reporting from pit road.In addition to the TV coverage on NBCSN, Sunday’s race at Martinsville is available via live stream on the NBC Sports App and at Martinsville: What time does today’s race start?Date: Sunday, Oct. 27Time: 3 p.m. ETLocation: Martinsville SpeedwaySince the Cup Series playoff inception in 2004, Martinsville has occupied two different positions on the playoff schedule. Until 2010, the Martinsville playoff race was the sixth race in the postseason. It has been the seventh race on the playoff schedule since 2011.last_img read more

Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita marred by death of Mongolian Groom

first_imgMORE: Famed trainer was banned from track in June after horse deaths”The death of Mongolian Groom is a loss to the entire horse racing community,” Breeders’ Cup Ltd. said in its statement. “We have worked closely with Santa Anita leading up to the World Championships to promote enhanced equine safety.” Mongolian Groom is the 37th horse to die at Santa Anita since last Dec. 26. The fatalities have brought the track into the national spotlight and posed serious questions about racing there in the future.U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called last April for racing to be suspended at the track. This week, she called the two-day Breeders’ Cup a “critical test for the future of horse racing in California.”Racing was temporarily suspended at Santa Anita in February and again in March as an investigation into horse deaths at the track was launched. Vino Rosso’s victory Saturday at the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park was overshadowed by the death of Mongolian Groom.The 4-year-old gelding suffered an injury to its left hind leg while racing in the homestretch and was later taken off the track via horse ambulance. Breeders’ Cup Ltd., which operates the Breeders’ Cup, announced Saturday night that Mongolian Groom had been euthanized.last_img read more

Utah Utes basketball: Utes bombard Rebels to get victory

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — After seeing Utah center Luke Nevill average 24 points and 14 rebounds in the Utes’ first two games, Mississippi thought it had a good game plan coming into Friday night’s game against the Utes.Slow down Nevill — win game.The Rebels got the first part right, holding Nevill to just 10 points on eight shots. However, it didn’t result in a victory, because the Utes found their shooting range and bombarded the Rebels with an array of 3-pointers to run away with an 83-72 victory.Friday night’s game was part of the Glen Wilkes Classic, which involves six other teams in a semi-round robin format. Today at 2:15 p.m., the Utes, now 2-1, will take on Morgan State (2-2) at the Ocean Center.The win over Mississippi was a big one for the Utes, who began the year with a disheartening one-point loss to Southwest Baptist before beating Green Bay Tuesday night. The Rebels were picked high in the SEC preseason polls and expected to make the NCAA Tournament this year.However, Utah took control, hitting 3-pointers early and often and never let up. The Utes built up a 10-point halftime lead and never allowed the Rebels back in the game.”I’m proud of my team,” said Ute coach Jim Boylen. “Depth and bench-scoring — that’s what I envisioned this team would be.”Indeed, the Ute bench outscored the starters 44 to 39 as Shaun Green scored 19, Tyler Kepkay 13 and freshman Jordan Cyphers 12. The trio also combined for 10 of 17 from 3-point range as the Utes overall hit 12 of 25 from behind the line.”I feel we’re a good-shooting team,” Boylen said. “My guys work at it, they care about it.”The outside opened up because the Rebels were double- and triple-teaming Nevill nearly every time he got the ball inside.”Like a lot of teams, their main concern was Luke and we just took the open shots that we got,” said Green. “They just happened to be threes and we hit them tonight.”Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy acknowledged his team was most worried about Nevill.”Obviously coming into the game we were very concerned about Nevill,” he said. “We had no one who could match up with him, so we made a conscious choice to not let him get any rhythm. We were pretty successful, but unfortunately Utah did an unbelievable job of their ball movement and spacing and they had guy after guy after guy step up and make shots.”The first guy was Green, who hit five 3-pointers in the first half including a couple from behind the NBA 3-point line on the court. The next guy was Lawrence Borha, who hit a pair of threes in the first half, on his way to 19 points for the game. Finally it was Cyphers, the true freshman, who sank four 3-pointers, including three during a 1:13 stretch in the second half when the Utes extended an 8-point lead to 13.”Cyphers plays four minutes all year and against us he makes four threes,” lamented Kennedy.Utah broke away from a 19-19 tie midway through the first half as Green, then Borha, then Green again, sank 3-pointers to push the lead to nine. The lead got as high as 12 before Utah settled for a 46-36 halftime lead.Green was better covered after getting 17 first-half points, so he just looked for the open man. A couple of key baskets were Kepkay’s high floater on the baseline to barely beat the shot clock with the Utes up seven and Borha’s drive to make it 77-69 with 5:02 left.”They have a swarming defense and I was open on perimeter,” Borha said. “I saw them rushing me, so I just drove to the rack and hope to get fouled.”Nevill finished with 10 rebounds, giving him his third double-double of the year and the 21st of his career. Carlon Brown led the Utes with 6 assists and also had 6 points and 8 rebounds.The Rebels, who outrebounded Utah 31-30, got 22 points from guard Chris Warren and 18 from David Heurtas. When they play Morgan State today, it will be the first-ever meeting between the Utes and the Baltimore-based school. E-mail: sor@desnews.comUtah 83Mississippi 72Utes on the airUtah (2-1) vs. Morgan St. (2-2)Saturday, 2:15 p.m. MSTTV: None; Radio: 700 AMlast_img read more