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Statistics show how Klopp’s ‘heavy metal’ Liverpool hit the right notes

first_imgLiverpool are on the cusp of winning their first-ever English Premier League trophy and their stellar run has highlighted their transformation.It is a story of how manager Juergen Klopp transformed a club struggling to mount consistent title challenges into one of the best teams in the world. With 27 wins and 82 points under their belt after only one defeat all season, red-hot Liverpool have set a record-breaking pace to leave teams behind them in their wake.They are now six points shy of ending a 30-year wait for the top-flight title.Compared to Klopp’s predecessor, Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool have vastly improved at both ends of the pitch: creating more chances, converting chances more effectively and conceding fewer shots on goal.In 173 matches after adopting Klopp’s aggressive “heavy metal” approach, Liverpool have scored 2.15 goals per game compared to 1.9 under Rodgers.Their shot conversion rate has also gone up from 11.09 per cent to 13.24 per cent, according to Gracenote data. “Liverpool have improved the quality of their chances under Klopp’s leadership,” said Simon Gleave, head of sports analysis at Gracenote.During the 2015/2016 season in which Klopp took over, the average chance of a Liverpool goal attempt going in was 9.5 per cent, according to Gracenote’s statistical modelling.This season, that critical number sits at 12.8 per cent.Much of that is down to Klopp’s lethal front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.They scored 38 goals and grabbed 20 assists to push Liverpool a whopping 22 points clear at the top. Meanwhile, Trent Alexander-Arnold has redefined the role of a full-back with 12 assists – second only to Manchester City’s playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who has 16.In defence, Liverpool now concede 8.26 shots per match compared to 10.7 under Rodgers.The drastic improvement is largely due to the club record 75 million pound (92.85 million pounds) signing of centre-back Virgil van Dijk in 2018.In 83 games since the Dutchman’s arrival at Anfield, Liverpool have lost only five times and conceded 56 goals.RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel This is compared to 24 defeats and 100 goals conceded in the same period prior to the club securing his services.“Since his debut in January 2018, the club have almost cut the number of goals they concede by half and have taken a third more points in comparison to the same number of matches prior to his arrival,” Gleave added.As things stand, the European champions are on course to eclipse league records for most points in a season (100), most points at home (55) and most wins (32).Reuters/NAN.Tags: English Premier LeagueJurgen KloppLiverpoolTransformationlast_img read more

WBB : Tyson-Thomas serves as catalyst for Syracuse’s early-season success

first_img Published on November 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: Kayla Alexander missed an easy layup on the right block early in the first half against Lafayette on Nov. 19. The ball fell back off the rim past Alexander, where Carmen Tyson-Thomas’s outstretched right hand got a piece of the ball to tip it in from right of the hoop.The follow by the SU guard demonstrated the athletic ability and instincts on the court that have made her one of the team’s top playmakers early this season.‘I have a nose for the ball. I like to locate the ball,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘So I mean whether I’m boxed out or whether I’m supposed to be boxing out, I’m going after the ball at all times. And I just happened to always know where the ball is, and I’m in the same area.’Tyson-Thomas has solidified her place in the starting lineup through five games this year after coming off the bench in all but one of Syracuse’s 35 games last season. The junior has gone from being the team’s spark plug to leading its new up-tempo style of play. In her increased role, Tyson-Thomas set a career high with 21 points against Lafayette and then topped that total three nights later with 23 against Buffalo.The Philadelphia native will look to continue her strong start to the season when Syracuse (5-0) plays Boise State (4-2) at 9 p.m. Tuesday in Boise, Idaho.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTyson-Thomas is currently second on the team in scoring with 13.8 points per game and tied for third in rebounding with 7.8 per game — increases from her scoring average of 8.6 and rebounding average of 6.7 as a sophomore.On the season, the guard has played with a fearless attitude, taking 65 shots — the most of any Syracuse player. She has connected on 40 percent of her shots overall, including 6-of-22 from 3-point range. That improved shooting ability coupled with her ability to make plays on the glass has made her a dynamic threat for the Orange.‘Me, Carmen and Iasia, we can all be forwards, we can also play wings,’ SU guard Elashier Hall said. ‘So I think that’s good, and it shows our versatility.’That knack for rebounding is something Tyson-Thomas has had since she was in high school. She grabbed 1,052 boards in her career at Conwell-Egan Catholic (Pa.) High School, averaging 11.2 rebounds in four years there.And she continued to excel on the glass when she arrived at Syracuse. Last season, she finished third on the team in rebounding despite playing just 23.9 minutes per game. SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said she has picked up right where she left off, causing problems for opponents on the offensive end.‘Last year, she was an awesome rebounder for us, and obviously she has continued on the same trend,’ Hillsman said. ‘She’s a tough box-out on the weakside of the floor, so when you can get her into space and where she can really crash the boards and a running start, you’re going to have a hard time keeping her off the glass.’Tyson-Thomas said she is a ‘leaper’ and considers her jumping ability to be her biggest asset as a rebounder. She has worked on her vertical leap by doing hurdles, lunges and squats during workouts.And she also does 100 calf raises every night before she goes to bed.‘I do calf raises and people think I’m a little neurotic when it comes to that,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘But I value my calves and I like to get up, I like to have some bounce.’It’s a ritual Tyson-Thomas said she first started when she was 12 years old. She first learned about the advantages of calf raises when she was 10, when a friend told her she should do the exercise every night.Tyson-Thomas said her friend was 12 at the time and was able to grab the rim, so she started doing them, too.‘He was grabbing the rim, so when I got to 12, I was grabbing the rim also,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘So ever since then, I never let it go. I do calf raises every night, and I keep my bounce, and I grab offensive rebounds, and I’m everywhere on the floor.’Those calf raises that turned her into a dominant rebounder in high school have remained a part of her routine at SU. And that rebounding ability has remained Tyson-Thomas’ calling card at Syracuse.‘It’s a knack. I have a real good knack for rebounding the ball,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘That’s something I like to do.’  Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC travels to Houston for elite national tournament

first_imgThis weekend, the No. 3 Trojans (4-0) will head into the Texas heat for this year’s ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Houston, with their first match coming today at 3 p.m. against No. 14 Tennessee.Clincher · Junior Roberto Quiroz provided the winning point against UCLA in the semifinals of last year’s ITA National Indoor Championships. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanAround this time last year, USC’s men’s tennis team experienced its first loss of the 2013 season against No. 1 Virginia in the championship match of last year’s tournament in Seattle. The team hopes that its luck will be different this time around.After last weekend’s showdown with Stanford was cancelled due to rain, the Trojans will enter the first game of the tournament after an almost two-weeks off. Still, USC head coach Peter Smith believes the time off has prepared them well going forward.“This game is bigger than Stanford, so we’re ready to go,” Smith said. “The team’s in a great place. [Now] the season is really starting.”Though the Trojans are ranked 11 spots ahead of Tennessee, the Volunteers are worthy opponents having qualified for the ITA National Indoors for the last six seasons. Tennessee’s talent has impressed Smith.“The guys were already sizing each other up,” Smith said. “[We are] ready for a chance to see all the other teams and feel the intensity of the tournament.”In regards to the tournament as a whole, however, both Smith and senior captain Ray Sarmiento aren’t looking any farther than round one.“[I’m taking it] one match at a time,” Sarmiento said. [I will] take care of each game and practice … [and] the results will come.”Sarmiento has been stellar so far this season, not dropping a single set in singles play. He and doubles partner junior Yannick Hanfmann have also delivered at the top spot so far this season, and recently jumped to the No. 35 ranking in the country together. Smith, when asked about Sarmiento, focused on his growth and leadership position.“We just need him to lead the team, with his head and his heart,” Smith said.Sarmiento is ranked No. 7 in the nation in singles, and is joined on the national rankings list by Hanfmann at No. 16 and junior Jonny Wang at No. 47. Despite outstanding performances in singles and doubles play so far this season, junior Roberto Quiroz fell out of the latest rankings.The Trojans earned a No. 4 preseason ranking, but after sweeping then-No. 3 Georgia in the Pac-12/SEC Showdown, USC moved up to the third spot in the country. But the team and coaching staff consistently downplay these rankings.“The program is used to being No. 1,” Smith said. “[We] don’t get excited about No. 3. [I am] excited about how good [the team is] and how tough they are.”With this weekend’s tournament being played indoors, there are a number of new conditions to which the team will have to adjust. There are no indoor tennis courts near campus for the Trojans to practice on, so the team has had to simulate indoor conditions as best as they could — even going as far as to practice with sunglasses on.The environment might be different, but the Trojans think it could still be beneficial.“Playing indoors really adds to the excitement,” Sarmiento said. “You get to play like this once a year, and it’s definitely different. There’s a different feel, a different type of game, and you just do your best with the courts. I think we have a really good indoor team.”Another adjustment the Trojans have had to deal with is the experimental scoring system college tennis teams have been using for the last two months. As always, teams will be vying for four team points, but the match scoring is slightly different. The three doubles matches to start the contest will be played as six-game sets, instead of eight-game sets. Matches will feature no-ad scoring and a tiebreakers if tied at 5-5. Six singles matches will then be played, each worth one team point. Matches will be best-of-three sets with no-ad scoring. Rules will return to NCAA format after this tournament.A first-round win over the Volunteers this afternoon would take the Trojans to a Saturday quarterfinal matchup against either No. 6 Baylor or No. 11 Texas A&M. If the Trojans advance further, the semifinals are set for Sunday, and the championship match will take place at noon on Monday.last_img read more

Redshirt senior Christina Oyawale solid in return from ankle injury

first_imgChristina Oyawale struck a kill down the line in the first set to give the Orange a 23-18 lead. It was her first kill since Aug. 31 and her first game action since she missed her first game with an ankle injury on Sept. 7. Loud cheers echoed the Syracuse sideline, something Oyawale often plays a hand in conducting.“It’s like I never left,” she said. “My team was there to support me and I was back and we did what we had to do to win.”With four kills, the redshirt senior was one of six SU players to reach that mark on Sunday in the Women’s Building, helping lead Syracuse (6-4, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) to a 3-1 win over the Clemson Tigers (9-6, 0-2). Freshman Polina Shemanova led the team with 14 while Ella Saada and Amber Witherspoon tallied 11 each. Oyawale said she felt comfortable in her return.Head coach Leonid Yelin said he was pleased with what he saw out of Oyawale, especially considering it was her first game back. With injuries, he said, it’s not about rushing to get healthy but rather being able to get back to the same level of play.Syracuse has remained a top 25 team in blocks per set without the six-foot-four presence of Oyawale in its lineup the past three weeks, but 107 of their 118.5 blocks have come just from Witherspoon or Santita Ebangwese. Now, Oyawale — who had four blocks in two games of action prior to Sunday — is a helpful addition.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It takes a little bit of time,” Yelin said. “Good for us we could give this opportunity to her to get and start feeling the game, the ball, and clicking with the setter. Hopefully soon, she’s going to give us what she gave before in the first place.”Today, Oyawale contributed three total blocks, matching Jalissa Trotter and Witherspoon’s mark. Ebangwese collected five against the Tigers.Saada believed blocking was key in helping force 27 Clemson attack errors, nine more than SU’s 18. The Tigers also finished with a hitting percentage of just .178 to Syracuse’s .310.“We have [Christina], she just got back, Santita and Amber,” Saada said. “All of them are really tall, jumping high in the right place. I think we have a good block there.”Before the game, just like on Friday, Oyawale helped Ebangwese lead SU’s pregame chant. Only now, Oyawale could then go out and play. The team huddled in a circle with Ebangwese and Oyawale in the center shouting.“S who?” they yelled.“SU!” the team shouted in response.For Oyawale, being a starter doesn’t change anything about how amped she gets prior to games. But, during the game, when cheers were heard from the SU bench, she had a role in the momentum.“There really isn’t a difference because I have the same attitude when I’m not able to play,” she said. “…When I’m able to play, it’s the same energy but it was a great feeling being able to come out and give my team what they needed from me.” Comments Published on September 23, 2018 at 4:56 pm Contact Eric: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

U.S. Census 2020 – Stand Up And Be Counted

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – The next decennial U.S. national survey or census begins on April 1, 2020. This important survey not only counts how many people live in America but determines allocation of federal benefits.However, there are indications that if a coordinated and effective promotional campaign isn’t maintained until Census Day, April 1, several communities, including the black community, could be undercounted in the census.Earlier this month, results of a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found black Americans are roughly twice as likely as their white counterparts to be doubtful about participating in the 2020 census. In the survey, a combined 26 percent of black respondents said they might not, probably would not, or definitely would not, participate in the census, compared to 21 percent of Hispanics who said the same, and 12 percent of white Americans.Should the results of this survey hold true during next year’s census, it could result in communities with significant black populations, including Caribbean-Americans, being undercounted.When communities are undercounted in the U.S. Census, it is usually to the detriment of residents, since the census data is used to determine how an annual federal allocation of $800 billion will be apportioned across the U.S. for the next 10 years.Florida is budgeted to receive $45 billion annually in federal funding, but the amount allocated to respective political districts depends on the population size of the district counted during the 2020 census.It would be rather unfortunate—after the coordinated community effort to have the Trump administration reverse its plan to place a citizenship question on the census questionnaire—for America’s black population to be undercounted. A primary argument for pushing for the removal of the citizenship question was that it could result in several minority and immigrant communities being undercounted.According to the Center on Poverty and Inequality of the Leadership Conference Educational Fund, the black population has been historically undercounted in past censuses, disadvantaging families, communities, and neighborhoods. The 2010 Census undercounted the African-American population by more than 800,000. Approximately 7 percent of African-American children were overlooked by that census, roughly twice the rate for non-Hispanic White children; and African-American men have been historically undercounted in greater numbers than men of other racial or ethnic groups.The reasons given why some aspects of the black population are regarded as “hard to count” tracks in the U.S. Census include poverty, lack of homeownership, and immigration insecurity.It’s also ironic that although through proper counting of the black population more benefits can be accrued to help the poor, former censuses saw very low participation by low-income individuals. The overburdened poor have little interest in a survey in which they do not understand nor trust the outcome.Also, in past censuses people who rent homes were harder to count than homeowners. Renters tend to relocate more frequently and are more difficult for census takers to find.Immigrants who are not citizens tend to be particularly suspicious of the census, fearing the information taken by the government could in some way affect their future residential status.Besides a serious mistrust for the census, a primary reason for the undercounting of black and other minority communities is ignorance of the benefits derived from the census.Many programs that impact African- and Caribbean-Americans are dependent on the data derived from the census. It’s this data that allocate federal funding for:Education and childcare – Helping low-income students to meet state academic standards, assist students with disabilities, assist preschoolers from low-income families to participate in the Head Start program, and help low-income parents obtain childcare so they can work or further their education.Food and Nutrition – Food stamps and other benefits under the Supplemental National Assistance Program (SNAP), and meals for students under the National School Lunch Program.Healthcare and Housing – Health coverage for low-income families under Medicaid, and housing assistance under the Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers Program.In addition to these benefits, it’s the proper counting of communities through the census that determine the number of political representatives from the community that sit in the U.S. Congress.It’s vital that South Florida community organizations collaborate with municipalities, like some have already done in joining the Miami-Dade Counts 2020 initiative, to encourage residents to participate in the 2020 Census.The black community, traditionally one of America’s more economically challenged, often complain about the lack of access to, or inadequacy of federal benefits. It’s important the community be aware if they stand up and are counted in the 2020 Census there’s a better chance more of these benefits will become accessible.last_img read more

Clippers pass first big test of season, turn back Jazz rally to win

first_imgPreviousUtah Jazz guard Joe Johnson, right, loses handle of the ball as Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Clippers guard Austin Rivers, center, drives past Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, left, and forward Thabo Sefolosha during the second half of Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed, left, fouls Utah Jazz forward Ekpe Udoh during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsUtah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, right, blocks the shot by Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha, left, is defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles sneaks a pass behind Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, left, steals the ball from Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, looks to dunk over Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles, right, drives past Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto saves the ball from going out of bounds during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, right, defends Utah Jazz guard Raul Neto during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers yells instructions to his players during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari, right, goes up for a basket under pressure by Utah Jazz forward Ekpe Udoh during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, drives past Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, shoots a floater over Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, right, shoots a three-pointer over Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, top, reaches for a rebound over Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, and forward Wesley Johnson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder yells instructions to his players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Utah Jazz guard Joe Johnson, right, loses handle of the ball as Los Angeles Clippers forward Wesley Johnson defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)Clippers guard Austin Rivers, center, drives past Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, left, and forward Thabo Sefolosha during the second half of Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)NextShow Caption1 of 18Clippers guard Austin Rivers, center, drives past Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, left, and forward Thabo Sefolosha during the second half of Tuesday’s game at Staples Center. The Clippers won, 102-84. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Clippers knew what was coming. They were prepared. They weren’t surprised.Expectations were one thing, though. Reality was something else.The Utah Jazz represented the Clippers’ biggest challenge to start the season, a far more experienced, cohesive and disciplined opponent than the Lakers or the Phoenix Suns. The threat was real, and the Clippers responded with a 102-84 victory Tuesday at Staples Center.Related Articles Contributions came from each of the Clippers’ starters down the stretch.Beverley made a hook shot, Danilo Gallinari made a steal, Austin Rivers sank a 3-pointer, Jordan stole the ball, Gallinari sank a jumper, Beverley stole the ball and then Griffin lobbed to Jordan for a dunk to extend the Clippers’ lead to 100-84 with 1:40 to play.“It was great,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “We had stops and we made big buckets.”Griffin’s thunderous dunk over a reeling Rudy Gobert highlighted a back-and-forth first half that featured nine lead changes and six ties. The Clippers pushed and the Jazz pushed back. The Clippers punched and the Jazz counter-punched. The Clippers improved to 3-0 to start 2017-18, holding off the Jazz down the stretch after appearing to break the game open by outscoring Utah 33-15 in the third quarter. The Clippers routed the Lakers and Suns with similar third-quarter bursts, but the Jazz fought back. It was that way during the team’s first-round playoff series last spring, when the Clippers lost Griffin to a toe injury that required surgery at season’s end. The Clippers wound up dropping the series in a winner-take-all Game 7 at Staples Center.A summer of change followed for both teams, but especially for the Clippers.So, any thoughts of revenge or a payback were quickly dismissed.“I don’t even know what a revenge game means unless you’re in boxing,” Doc Rivers said beforehand. “You know that team beat you, even though half of your guys don’t and half of their guys don’t. They’re two good teams, so it always lends itself to a good game.”Mostly, the Clippers were concerned about the Clippers.After all, they lost Milos Teodosic to a plantar fascia injury in his left foot during their 42-point victory Saturday over the Suns, and juggling his guard rotation was Doc Rivers’ top priority Tuesday. Austin Rivers started in place of Teodosic, who is sidelined indefinitely.Teodosic rolled around the Staples Center corridors and the Clippers’ locker room with the aid of a self-propelled scooter. He smiled and laughed as he talked with Jazz coach Quin Snyder before the game. Snyder was an assistant coach with CSKA Moscow in 2012-13 when Teodosic was a star guard.Teodosic hasn’t spoken publicly about his injury, but is expected to do so soon.Doc Rivers shortened his four-guard rotation to three for the most part against the Jazz. Lou Williams played his customary backup role in support of Beverley and Austin Rivers. Beverley and Utah’s Ricky Rubio led their teams in the early going, each scoring 10 points in the first half.Beverley’s standout defense has been all Doc Rivers could have hoped for to start the season.Doc Rivers referred to Beverley as “a nuisance.”Naturally, he meant it as a compliment. Plan for homes draws critics Donovan Mitchell got hot in the fourth and the Jazz trimmed the Clippers’ 21-point lead to 83-76 with 6 minutes, 38 seconds left. Moments later, it was only 88-82, and suddenly, but not unexpectedly, the Clippers were locked in a game in which every possession counted for something.The Clippers’ starters regrouped and powered away in the closing minutes, using a 14-2 run to subdue the Jazz (2-2). Blake Griffin led five Clippers in double figures with 22 points. Patrick Beverley added 19 and Austin Rivers scored 16. DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 18 rebounds.Mitchell led the Jazz with 19 points, including 15 on 6-for-10 shooting in the fourth quarter.“I think it was important for us, after two games that weren’t really close down the stretch, to be tested a little bit,” said Griffin, the Clippers’ leading scorer in each of their first three games. “I thought we did a good job of maintaining our composure and getting stops when we needed them.“Guys hit big shots. It’s a good lesson for us.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Andy Murray beaten at Winston-Salem Open as singles return continues

first_img Coco Gauff gets U.S. Open wild card Nick Kyrgios lands heavy ATP punishment after losing temper in Cincinnati Sandgren needed four set points — and Murray squandered one of his own — in the tiebreak to take the opening set in 74 minutes following a poor drop shot by the Brit. Andy Murray suffered a first-round loss to Tennys Sandgren as his singles comeback continued at the Winston-Salem Open.Playing his second singles match since a major hip operation in January, Murray went down to Sandgren 7-6 (10-8), 7-5 in North Carolina. The loss of the first set seemed to affect Murray as he was broken in the opening game of the second before falling 3-0 behind.Murray managed to get a break back and then struck again when Sandgren was serving for the match to level the second set at 5-5.However, Sandgren broke again when Murray netted a forehand in the 11th game and this time made no mistake in closing out his win. Murray, who accepted a wildcard into the ATP 250 event, showed glimpses of some fine form but was inconsistent before losing to the world No. 73.Rain led to the clash being pushed back before it eventually started after 10 p.m. ET, Sandgren holding following a 14-minute opening game. Related News Andy Murray says he needs time after skipping U.S. Open singleslast_img read more

Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury 2: Fury weighs in 42 pounds heavier than Wilder for rematch

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearFury (29-0-1) was almost 50 pounds heavier than Wilder (42-0-1) in the first meeting and the former WBA, IBF and WBO champion carries another huge weight advantage heading into the showdown at MGM Grand.Fury tipped the scales Friday at 273 pounds, up from his 256.5-pound weight in 2018. Wilder — who was 212.5 pounds for the first bout — weighed in at 231 pounds. @BronzeBomber – 231 |  @Tyson_Fury – 273… and a sorta face-off. 504 pounds of pure in the ring tomorrow.Good luck getting any sleep tonight. #WilderFury2— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) February 22, 2020″I just told him, ’24 hours, 24 hours,'” Wilder said of Saturday. “He’s nervous, nervous energy as always.”At the end of the day, we’re heavyweights, so it doesn’t really matter about the weight.” Tyson Fury weighed in 42 pounds heavier than world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder for their blockbuster rematch in Las Vegas.Wilder will put his WBC belt on the line against challenger Fury in the second installment of their rivalry on Saturday after the pair fought to a contentious draw in December 2018. WILDER-FURY 2: Odds, prediction, trends, prop bets for fightFury added: “The weight’s not a problem. It’s 273 pounds of pure British beef.”The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) banned a faceoff between Wilder and Fury on Friday. The comission made that decision after Wilder and Fury’s prefight news conference Wednesday erupted into pushing and shoving. Security intervened to keep the fighters apart.last_img read more

A caddie for the ages celebrates 50th Masters

first_imgJackson will be caddying in his 50th Masters this week, a link to a segregated past in which all the players were White and required to use Black caddies who worked for the club.He grew up just a few miles away, “right over that tree line,” Jackson says, gazing toward the southwest from a spot beneath the famous oak tree next to the clubhouse.Now, as he prepares to mark a half-century as a Masters caddie, he keeps remembering all those guys who came before him, the African-Americans who grew up and lived in tiny shotgun houses just like his in the Sand Hill section of Augusta.“I tend to keep thinking back to the old days,” Jackson said Monday, adorned in those familiar white coveralls that all Masters caddies must wear. “Pappy Stokes. Iron Man. Those guys are just on my mind right now.”He was only 14 when he carried the bag for Billy Burke in 1961. Jackson has been back every year since then except one.Now 64, Jackson has long held the record for most Masters worked by a caddie. This one, though, is something special.“Fifty Masters is more than a lifetime,” marveled Ben Crenshaw, Jackson’s longtime employer. “A lot of blood, sweat and tears go into those 50 years.”Jackson knows he’s unlikely to be caddying for another Masters champion. By the weekend, players such as defending champion Phil Mickelson or Tiger Woods will surely claim the spotlight.But before all the attention turns to someone who could actually win the tournament, let’s honor someone who’s spent so much time walking these historic grounds and “knows this place like the back on his hand,” according to Crenshaw.Jackson’s first employer was Burke, who closed out his career playing in a white dress shirt and tie.But the caddie will forever be linked to Crenshaw.The Texan was a young stud trying to harness his erratic game when he first hooked up with the 6-foot-5 Jackson in 1976. Their temperaments meshed perfectly—Crenshaw, outgoing and a ball of emotions; the caddie, quiet and steady. The result was a runner-up finish and a rest-of-their-lives friendship.This will be their 35th Masters together, the only break coming in 2000 when Jackson was battling cancer. He beat the disease and intends to keep coming back as long as his health holds and Crenshaw keeps coming back.“We are so lucky to have come this far and shared so many things,” Crenshaw said. “I couldn’t have accomplished the things I’ve accomplished (at Augusta) without Carl.”They worked together only one year on the Tour. Jackson had children to care for and didn’t want to be away from home that often. Besides, the local knowledge he had at Augusta wasn’t so helpful at other courses, so it has been largely a once-a-year partnership.But, ohhhh, what a partnership it’s been.With Jackson on the bag, Crenshaw was a perennial contender at Augusta National through the prime of his career, winning his first green jacket in 1984 and posting nine other top-10 finishes over a 16-year period.“A lot of near misses, and some really fun times, and some painful times as well,” Crenshaw said.Then, with his career in a downward spiral and mourning the death of mentor Harvey Penick, Crenshaw teamed with Jackson for his most memorable triumph in 1995. A tip from the caddie helped Crenshaw get his swing straightened out on the practice range. After returning from Penick’s funeral, Crenshaw put together three straight rounds in the 60s to beat Davis Love III by a single stroke.The picture of Crenshaw—bent over and crying his eyes out on the 18th green, Jackson having walked up from behind to put his two large hands gently on the player’s shoulders—remains one of the most memorable in Masters history.These days, Jackson runs a caddie program at the Alotian Golf Club near Little Rock, Ark., hoping to lure people of color into the sport.He was a pretty good golfer in his day, getting his handicap into the single digits. He might’ve made it to the Tour himself with the right instruction and access to the best courses, and he certainly knows of other African-Americans who were even more skilled but never got the chance to advance beyond the caddie ranks.Times have changed, of course. Augusta National has Black members. Tiger Woods has won 14 major titles. The days of being forced to use club caddies ended nearly three decades ago.But there are still few African-Americans in the golf pipeline, something that Jackson hopes to change. The first rule of being a good caddie, he says, is being a good golfer.“If you’re going to make suggestions, you’ve got to have an understanding of what you’re trying to suggest,” he said. “I can’t see myself making a suggestion to a surgeon.”Jackson wants to help ensure the next Tiger Woods doesn’t fall through the cracks.He can think of no better way to honor those who came before him, like Pappy and Iron Man.“They just adopted me,” Jackson said. “They thought I had some instincts for the game, and they helped me bring them out. Those are the guys who did it.” HALF-CENTURY—Ben Crenshaw’s caddie Carl Jackson tips his cap before a practice round for the Masters golf tournament April 4, in Augusta, Ga. Jackson will be caddying in his 50th Masters this week. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) by Paul NewberryAssociated Press Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP)—Everywhere he turns at Augusta National, Carl Jackson is asked to pose for a picture or sign an autograph.No surprise there.He’s as much a part of this place as the green jacket or Magnolia Lane.last_img read more