Alexis Peterson, Brittney Sykes combine for 53 points in Syracuse women’s basketball’s 81-48 upset over No. 14 Miami

first_img Published on January 22, 2017 at 6:55 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Miami’s Laura Cornelius thought she had an easy transition layup after an Alexis Peterson turnover. But she couldn’t see Brittney Sykes running down right behind her.As Cornelius went up for a layup, Sykes leapt and swatted the ball down toward her before it trickled out of bounds. She turned and stared at Cornelius.“I kinda give a little look, but I don’t want to get a (technical foul), so I just walk back and set up for our 2-3 out of bounds,” a laughing Sykes said after Syracuse’s 81-48 upset over No. 14 Miami on Sunday afternoon. “The little look,” Sykes added, “is almost like I have to double check, like, did you really try that … it’s like a quick glance and like, alright, you buggin.”Later in the first quarter, Peterson got called for a foul she and her coach Quentin Hillsman didn’t agree with. Hillsman turned around in frustration as Peterson looked unsatisfied by the explanation the referee was giving her.On the next possession, Peterson lined up for a 3-pointer, missed, but got the ball from Briana Day after an offensive rebound. Peterson pulled up and drained the next one. She jumped up and yelled, looking in the same direction of where the referee who had just called the foul on her was standing.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange (14-7, 5-3 Atlantic Coast) was frustrated after back-to-back road losses to Georgia Tech and No. 7 Florida State. Its senior backcourt of Sykes and Peterson — dubbed by Hillsman as the best backcourt in the country and branded as such by the team’s social media accounts — channeled that frustration into a masterful performance.SU’s two best players combined to score 53 — five more than Miami did as a team — ensuring its two-game slide would end. It also marks 16 straight home wins, extending back to last season. The third regular-season victory over a ranked opponent ties a program-best mark in the dominating 81-48 win over No. 14 Miami (14-5, 3-4) on Sunday afternoon.Sykes scored in a multitude of ways for the Orange. Her first basket was a layup following an offense rebound by Day. On the next possession she drilled a transition 3-pointer. Her first bucket of the second half was a turnaround jumper from the free-throw line. She also had three and-1s in the game. At times, she was the primary ball-handler.“She’s just special. She’s really, really special,” Miami head coach Katie Meier said. “We let her play to her scout in the first half. In the second half, she went against our scout and torched us, too.”Meier said she didn’t want to give up her full scouting report on Sykes, but she thought Sykes would get hesitant if she was forced to certain areas on the court. That never happened.On defense, Sykes wreaked havoc. On one possession, Sykes started off playing up top with Peterson and Cooper, pressuring the ball on a possession that started at midcourt. Miami broke the pressure and passed a ball deep into the corner, but Sykes had already recovered and managed to deflect the ball away. She finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three steals.When the Hurricanes scored, they threw full-court pressure at Peterson as she brought the ball up court. First it was one defender, but Peterson normally broke that easily. Then it was two Miami players trying to trap her, but she split them, too.Jeff Anderson | Staff PhotographerMiami was often left to foul. On one play, Peterson split two defenders in the backcourt and got fouled by a third near midcourt. Hillsman yelled “all day” at Peterson. The next possession, the press was called off. In the second quarter alone, the Orange shot 11-of-14 from the free-throw line.“They did everything they could but Lex is just, she’s a good ball handler,” Hillsman said. “If you give her space, she’s going to make you pay.”In the second half, SU was even more dominant. Miami couldn’t shake any of the momentum that SU had. After back-to-back baskets for the Hurricanes —something that rarely happened in the second half — Sykes converted an and-1.On the next possession, Peterson spun out of pressuring defense, dribbled toward the free-throw line and passed a ball toward an open spot the baseline. Sykes swooped in on a backdoor cut and went up for the layup.Peterson, who finished the game with 24 points and seven assists, turned around and celebrated before Sykes even finished the play.The two got subbed out at separate points late in the fourth quarter. Each one of them got a standing ovation from the crowd. Together, they led SU to its best win of the season.“This was a must win and we said it was that,” Hillsman said. “We didn’t shy away from saying that this win could possible define our season. And hopefully it has defined it in a positive way.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Ireland preparing to ban fur farming

first_imgThe Irish government is preparing to phase out fur farming and bring an end to mink farms.Agriculture Minister Michael Creed is expected to seek Cabinet approval tomorrow to draft legislation to ban the practice.There are three mink farms in Ireland. One farm is in operation outside Glenties in Donegal, while two more are located in Kerry and Laois. The three farms rear up to 200,000 mink per year. The farming of mink has already been banned in 14 EU countries.Minister Creed is due to begin work on a plan to phase out the industry in a legal manner. At the same time, People Before Profit TD Ruth Coppinger is planning to bring her Prohibition of Fur Farming Bill before the Dáil on the 3rd of July.Deputy Coppinger said she has written to Minister Creed to discuss the ban. “I think he should support our Bill, and bring forward amendments he thinks needed. Our Bill offers an opportunity to move next week on a ban,” she said.Ireland preparing to ban fur farming was last modified: June 24th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bandailfur farmingminklast_img read more

The Wigan v QPR quiz

first_imgTest your knowledge by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-94]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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Pair of 49ers players part of St. Thomas Aquinas’ remarkable tradition

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The learning curve is still steep, but 49ers rookie defensive end Nick Bosa feels playing at an elite program like Ohio State will help with the transition into the NFL.There’s also no question in Bosa’s mind that attending St. Thomas Aquinas High School helped get him ready for the NCAA.For complete 49ers coverage follow us on Flipboard.“It was great. It prepared me for my future, and I built some really good relationships,” Bosa said of the Fort Lauderdale, Fla. school. …last_img

South Africa’s banks in upbeat mood

first_img19 April 2012 South Africa’s banking confidence has risen above its long-term average levels for the first time in over three years, and the sector looks set for sustained earnings growth, according to a survey by Ernst & Young. Ernst & Young’s lead financial services director, Emilio Pera, said on Tuesday that it looked like South Africa’s banks had finally shrugged off the effects of the 2008/09 global financial crisis, with profit growth back at pre-crisis levels. “Until the beginning of 2012, investment banking profits were erratic,” Pera said in a statement. “Despite not all business lines firing on all cylinders, there is a trend evident in profit growth which is looking positive.”Strong turnaround in revenue, rising headcount The survey findings include a strong turnaround in interest and non-interest revenue, sustained fee income growth for both retail and investment banks, and continued easing in credit impairments and losses. Another positive indicator was continued growth in bank employee headcount. Despite recent rumours, South Africa’s banking sector was growing net employee numbers, rather than cutting back, the survey found. Pera said the country’s banks had struggled to contain costs in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, given the regulatory pressures, IT systems enhancements and general inflationary pressures they faced. It had taken a strong degree of focus from the banks to align their cost base with the slower revenue growth environment. Banks ‘managing their costs carefully’ The recent reporting season indicated that South Africa’s major banks were all now managing their costs carefully, and as a result overall 2011 operating costs across the banking sector were only marginally ahead of 2010 levels. “Banks nevertheless have certain unavoidable costs they have to endure, and we can see that in the first quarter’s survey results, with all banks in the retail segment experiencing upward cost pressure,” Pera said. According to Ernst & Young, credit growth continues to strengthen, and is moving gradually upwards from low single-digit to high single-digit figures. “Banks are particularly excited about prospects in select key segments, and are focusing their efforts to support those product markets,” Pera said. “It is thus no surprise that confidence levels have risen as sharply as they did in the first quarter.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Topless Tongan eyes unique Olympic treble

first_img(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 25, 2018 Tonga’s Pita Taufatofua attends the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium. – Taufatofua — the bare-chested flag bearer who became an online sensation at both the Rio and Pyeongchang Olympics — plans to break out the baby oil once again and compete at the Tokyo Games in 2020. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP)Tongan athlete Pita Taufatofua — the bare-chested flag-bearer who became an online sensation at both the Rio and Pyeongchang Olympics — plans to break out the baby oil once again and compete at the Tokyo Games in 2020.After traveling to Brazil as a taekwondo fighter and South Korea as a cross-country skier, Taufatofua is aiming to paddle his way to the Tokyo Olympics as a kayaker.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m trying to be the first person in the modern Olympics to do three unrelated sports,” said the 35-year-old, who will also attempt to compete again in taekwondo in Japan.“You’ll have indoor sports, winter with the cross country skiing and water,” he told AFP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I grew up in a kayak on the ocean, so it’s not such a big leap for me.”Taufatofua first captured global attention when he appeared at the Rio opening ceremony shirtless in 2016, his torso glistening in oil and wearing just a traditional Tongan ta’ovala mat around his waist. LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss After the ceremony he went viral, racking up 45 million mentions on Twitter and later appearing on US talk shows.He repeated his performance two years later at Pyeongchang, this time risking frostbite in sub-zero temperatures.Brisbane-born but fiercely proud of his Tongan heritage, Taufatofua had been practicing taekwondo for 15 years before the Rio Games.Qualifying for Pyeongchang was a much more bizarre affair. Not only had Taufatofua never skied before, but he’d also only seen snow once in his life.‘Not scared of failing’ADVERTISEMENT He made it after completing a training regime that included strapping planks of wood to his feet, in an attempt to recreate the rigors of cross-country skiing in sweltering Australian heat.Preparation for the 200-meter kayak sprint in Tokyo has been no less madcap, with Taufatofua starting his bid for Olympic glory paddling a plastic toy canoe — the only vessel he had available.He now has a proper kayak but it weighs 40 kilograms (88 pounds) and, compared to the sleek 10-kilogram Olympic vessels, more closely resembles a bathtub.“I’ve sat on a race kayak and I’m struggling just to even balance on the thing at the moment,” he said.“Maybe in time we’ll get the right kayak but for now we don’t have the funds.”He faces a tough challenge to reach Tokyo. He needs to either finish in the top five at the World Championships in Hungary in August, or win outright at the Oceania qualifiers against seasoned rivals from Australia and New Zealand.Taufatofua was eliminated in the first round of the taekwondo competition in Rio and finished 114th out of 119 in his event in Pyeongchang.But results are not the prime motivation for the personable engineering graduate, who works with homeless children when not pursuing quixotic sporting quests.“I’m not scared of coming last, I’m not scared of failing in front of everyone,” he said.“That gives me freedom to allow myself to try. It’s about what’s the next level that we can try and achieve.” Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Taufatofua’s Olympic adventures are not for everyone. His tilt at the winter Games left some established skiers decidedly off-piste.“I think he looks better covered in oil than with skis on his feet,” sniffed one Norwegian Olympic champion.The kayaking fraternity have been more welcoming, with the International Canoe Federation tweeting its support.“We are very excited to have @pitaTofua choose our sport to target a potential third Olympics! It will be a tough road, but if anyone can do it…,” it posted.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Tebow struggling in Triple-A, still a work in progresslast_img read more