Published on January 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Before Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis could finish her wide-open drive to the basket, Syracuse’s Iasia Hemingway slid over from the opposite block and met her just outside the lane. The Connecticut forward bowled over Hemingway, drawing an offensive foul.The hustle play by Hemingway protected a tied score more than 10 minutes into the game and ignited a fire in her Syracuse teammates. Elashier Hall let out a jolting scream and vigorously pumped her fist as she and the entire Orange lineup greeted Hemingway under the rim.‘I just try to bring positive energy,’ Hemingway said. ‘Even if it’s the little things like taking a charge or getting a stop, you got to really be excited because when you’re excited, it brings everybody excitement.’The excitement for Syracuse (13-8, 2-5 Big East) was warranted as the Orange stuck with No. 3 UConn (18-2, 7-1) for the first 20 minutes Wednesday night. In front of a record home crowd, SU came out energized and thinking upset against the vaunted Huskies. Connecticut only managed a seven-point lead at halftime, but broke the game open in the second half to blow the Orange away 95-54 in the Carrier Dome.Syracuse used an efficient performance on offense and kept the Huskies out of rhythm with its full-court press. UConn came into the game riding a five-game win streak in which they outscored their opponents by an average of 44.4 points.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange came out determined to keep Connecticut from running away with another victory.‘We had the mindset, and we always do in the first half,’ SU guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas said. ‘We got to jump out first, whoever gets the first lick first. And we came out with a lot of energy and intensity and effort, and we had a goal, and we wanted to win, of course.’Hemingway ensured Syracuse kept that mindset in the first half, setting the tone on offense right out of the gates.The Syracuse forward scored the Orange’s first six points, all coming off aggressive drives down the right side of the lane from the right wing.Two minutes in, SU was up four and playing with confidence.‘At the start of the game we understood what we had to do,’ Hillsman said. ‘And we just really needed to get the ball to Iasia and to the 14-foot range and get some straight line drives, and that’s what we did.’With Connecticut soon keying on Hemingway, opportunities opened up for her teammates.Syracuse maintained a 9-6 lead more than four minutes in when Hemingway rolled down the lane to receive an inbounds pass. She was immediately draped past two Huskies and fell to the ground as a result of the suffocating defense. But as she lost her balance, Hemingway hit SU center Kayla Alexander in the middle of the paint for a short jumper.Connecticut seized the lead for good with 6:25 remaining in the half, but Syracuse kept fighting.Down 10 with less than a minute on the clock, Tyson-Thomas grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed free throw over UConn guard Bria Hartley and kicked it out to Coffey for a wide-open 3 from the left wing.The point guard drilled it, bringing the entire SU bench to its feet as it was within striking distance heading into the half.‘We were positive. We wanted to come back out with the same mentality we had in the first half,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘We went in the locker room and said the same things that we did at the start of the game. We wanted to continue doing what we were doing.’But Syracuse couldn’t keep it going in the second half. The Huskies hit three 3-pointers to open up a 17-point lead less than three minutes into the half.Hillsman saw it slipping away and tried to salvage the game with two timeouts. But he knew after Hartley put the Huskies up by 13 that the game was over. He jumped out of his crouch to signal for the first timeout before walking out to the paint and clapping his hands twice in a sign of his frustration.And by the time Hillsman stepped to the podium after the game, that positive energy from the first half disappeared in a humbling 41-point loss.‘We don’t take moral victories here,’ Hillsman said. ‘We lost the game. We lost the game big.’[email protected] Comments
Black Stars vice-captain Andre Ayew sat out Swansea City’s English Premier League game with a feared ankle injury on Saturday.Swansea lost their away match away at AFC Bournemouth by three goals to two.Ghanaian defender Abdul Baba Rahman could only make the bench for his Chelsea team in their FA Cup game against Everton at Goodison Park.Chelsea were eliminated from the FA Cup in the game against Everton as their former player Romelu Lukaka scored the two goals that kicked them out.Jordan Ayew and his Aston Villa side continued their failure to win a game as their losing streak continued against Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League on Sunday.The Ghanaian forward and his team were handed a 2-0 defeat at their own backyard as Spurs went two points behind Jeffrey Schlupp and Daniel Amartey’s Leicester City who have a game in hand. In the English Championship, Albert Adomah played the full game for his Middlesbrough team who were handed a two nil defeat away from home by Charlton Athletic.Godfred Donsah had 77 minutes of playing time in the Italian Serie A for his Bologna team who lost by two goals to one away at Inter Milan.Kevin-Prince Boateng was an unused substitute for AC Milan in their goalless draw game against Chievo Verona away from home in the Italian Serie A.Isaac Cofie played the full game for Carpi in their 2-1 Serie A win against Frosinone on Sunday. Afriyie Acquah and his Torino team were edged by Genoa in a five-goal thriller on Sunday in the Italian Serie A. The Ghanaian played the full duration of the away game as his team lost by three goals to two. Acquah received a yellow card booking in the game.Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu played 78 minutes for his team as they lost their home game by two goals to one against Roma.Bernard Mensah made a substitute appearance in the Spanish La Liga on Saturday as his Getafe team were humiliated by Barcelona.The Ghanaian and his team lost by six goals without reply with Juan Rodriguez, Munir El Haddadi, Neymar, Lionel Messi and Arda Turan getting on the score sheet.Mensah replaced Wanderson in the 6-0 thrashing when his Getafe team were already down by six goals. Thomas Teye Partey was an unused substitute for Atletico Madrid who won their Spanish La Liga home game against Deportivo La Coruna by three goals to nil.Christian Atsu played four minutes of regulation time for Malaga on Friday night in their La Liga win at home to Sporting Gijon. The Ghanaian was named on the bench and replaced Juanpi in the later part of the 1-0 victory for his Malaga side.In the French Ligue 1, Abdul Majeed Waris scored for FC Lorient as they held Olympique Marseille to a 1-1 draw at home. The Black Stars forward started and played in the entire duration of the game against Andre and Jordan Ayew’s former club. Frank Acheampong scored a second consecutive goal for Belgium side Anderlecht in the league after bagging a consolation in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night.The Ghanaian forward scored the second of three for Anderlecht as they won their league game against Kortrijk by 3-0. Acheampong started and played in the entire duration of the game against Kortrijk.Nana Asare played the full game for Gent as they drew away at Sporting Charleroi. The Ghanaian received a yellow card booking in the 1-1 draw for his team in the Belgium Pro League.In Switzerland, Ebenezer Assifuah scored the opening goal of the game against Young Boys for his Sion team who were unable to hold on in the game. Young Boys came back twice in the game to finally win it by three goals to two against Assifuah’s team. The Ghanaian forward played the full game without a booking for Sion.In the Major League Soccer, David Accam scored again for his Chicago Fire team who took a point against Orlando City away from home with a 1-1 draw. The Ghanaian forward who scored the equalizer to grab a point for Chicago Fire played in the full duration of the game.Kofi Opare was an unused substitute for DC United who played a goalless draw away from home against New England Revolution.Gideon Baah and Lloyd Sam both played for their team New York Red Bulls who were beaten at home by three goals to nil against Montreal Impact.Baah started and played in the full duration of the game with Sam being replaced by Anatole Abang in the 61st minute. Dominic Oduro played 80 minutes in helping his Montreal Impact team beat Gideon Baah and Lloyd Sam’s New York Red Bulls.Emmanuel Boateng made a 67th minute appearance for his LA Galaxy team alongside former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard as they lost by a single goal without reply. Former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole sat out the game for LA Galaxy.Harrison Afful of Columbus Crew lost against Charles Sapong’s Philadelphia Union on Sunday. Afful played the full game for Columbus Crew in the 2-1 defeat. Sarpong also enjoyed the full duration for his Philadelphia Union team.Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan returned from injury to play in the full game against Shanghai Shenhua for his Chinese team Shanghai SIPG. The Ghanaian forward and his team played a 1-1 draw in the game.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
In this Nov. 28, 2013 file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin stands on the sideline during an official play review in the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, in Baltimore. Tomlin has been fined $100,000 for interfering with a play against the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving. The NFL also said Wednesday, Dev. 4, 2013, that it would consider docking Pittsburgh a draft pick “because the conduct affected a play on the field.” (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File) It was without a doubt the most important game of the season for both teams, with the winner having a solid chance of making the playoffs, and with the loser having to regroup and start looking at how to improve for next season. The Baltimore Ravens beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 22-20 last week forcing the Steelers front office to start looking toward how to improve the team for next season, while the team will try to avoid its first losing season since 2003 when they went 6-10 under Bill Cower.At 5-7 the team will have to win its remaining 4 games against the Miami Dolphins (6-6), Cincinnati Bengals (8-4), Green Bay Packers (5-6-1) and the Cleveland Browns (4-8). But a loss to any one of these teams will drop them into another 8-8 season, and two loses, well you know. I predict they will go 3-1 to finish with another 8-8 season. The Ravens will not catch up with the Bengals, nor will they make the playoffs. Their final four games are: Minnesota Vikings(3-8-1), Detroit Lions (7-5), New England Patriots (9-3), and the Bengals . If they win out they deserve to be in the playoffs, but they could very easily lose two of the four or even three of the four. They are favorites only over the Vikings. The Lions and Patriots are playing great ball right now and the Bengals should be super fired up to eliminate their arch rival. Cincinnati on the other hand has an easier schedule as they face the Indianapolis Colts(7-5), Steelers, Minnesota Vikings and the Ravens. This game could be huge if the Ravens win out and the Bengals drops one or two before the clash.
ZENYATTA IS ONE OF FIVE BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACES ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 1, 2016)–In what shaped up as the rubber match in a best out of three series, 4-year-old filly Stellar Wind got the nod Saturday at Santa Anita, taking the Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes by a neck while getting 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.80. With Victor Espinoza garnering his third Grade I stakes victory on the day, trainer John Sadler has the likely favorite in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Nov. 4.Breaking from post position two in a field of five fillies and mares three and up, Beholder’s options appeared limited and thus, Gary Stevens opted to send three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder, who was immediately engaged by Tara’s Tango and Stellar Wind, with the three of them separated by roughly three quarters of length until the 3 ½ furlong pole. At that point, it developed into a match race between the top two, who finished some 11 ¾ lengths clear of the third place finisher.“I worked harder in the last race, the Clement Hirsch (taken by Stellar Wind by a half length over Beholder at Del Mar on July 30), than I did today,” said Espinoza. “It’s always good to be next to Beholder, next to the queen…To be able to pull away the last eighth, it’s not easy! It’s hard, but Stellar Wind is an incredible mare and she will continue to be good.”Last year’s Eclipse Champion 3-year-old Filly, Stellar Wind, who is owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, had been idle since beating Beholder in the Grade I Hirsch and was off at odds of 2-1 and paid $6.00, $2.20 and $2.10.A Kentucky-bred daughter of Curlin, she picked up her seventh win from 11 starts and with the winner’s share of $180,000, she increased her earnings to $1,353,200.“We thought she’d be a better 4-year-old,” said Sadler. “These mares peak at four and she’s a bigger, stronger horse this year. She’s relatively fresh and we get to go into the Breeders’ Cup off of three starts. We’re looking forward to it.Beholder, who was seeking a record fourth win in the Zenyatta, has now suffered three consecutive defeats, her most recent a second place finish behind superstar California Chrome in the Grade I Pacific Classic on Aug. 20. The 2-5 favorite, she paid $2.10 and $2.10.“Nothing really went wrong, except I was on the lead and a sitting duck again,” said Stevens. “No pace except for me, and realistic fractions. I flat got out-run. I have no excuses, carrying equal weight. Hat’s off to the winner, and hat’s off to my mare. She shows up every day. Unfortunately, three losses in a row and it’s tough for a champion…Hopefully we can bounce back and get some pace in the Breeders’ Cup.”As for Mandella, who’s trained Beholder from day-one, he took a straight forward tack following the race. “We’ll go to the Distaff from here. My mare didn’t look like she ever gave up and those two finished well clear of the rest of them. We didn’t really intend to go to the lead, but with a five-horse field, what are you gonna do? Not to make excuses, but yes, I think a full field will help us next time.”Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Argentine-bred Vale Dori was third and paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.55, 46.23, 1:09.75 and 1:35.06.As a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge event, Stellar Wind has earned a fees-paid berth into the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 4.