first_imgIn other virus-related developments:— The Islanders and Hurricanes conducted postgame interviews outside their dressing rooms Saturday in an effort to avoid the spread of illness. Players convened in the hallway or near the corridor where the Islanders skate onto the ice.— The Giants, Nationals, A’s and other teams are taking Major League Baseball’s recommendation and pre-signing cards and baseballs to hand out to fans, cutting down on interactions around the ballpark. At the Giants’ complex in Scottsdale, Arizona, stadium personnel disinfected railings shortly before fans arrived for an afternoon game against the White Sox, and the team is spending extra time sanitizing around the clubhouse and other facilities.— The women’s world hockey championships in Canada have been canceled because of the virus. The two-week tournament was set to open March 31, with venues in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia. The 2003 tournament scheduled for Beijing was called off because of the SARS outbreak in China.FORMULA ONE-BAHRAIN-NO SPECTATORS Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:— Eric Paschall (PAS’-kul) scored 23 points, including a pair of free throws with 51.7 seconds remaining to push the Warriors past the 76ers, 118-114. Damion Lee finished with 24 points and six rebounds to help the Warriors end a 10-game home losing streak.— Kevin Love scored 27 points including the go-ahead basket with four minutes remaining as the Cavaliers downed the Nuggets, 104-102 to complete a sweep of the two-game season series. Collin Sexton also scored 27 points and Matthew Dellavedova (deh-lah-veh-DOH’-vah) had a career-high 14 assists to help Cleveland end a four-game losing streak.— Jonas Valanciunas (YOH’-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO’-nuhs) had 27 points and 17 rebounds in the Grizzlies’ fourth win in five games, 118-101 over the Hawks. Rookie Ja (jah) Morant added 24 points for Memphis, which led by 26 points at one point and held Atlanta to 33.7% shooting.— Bogdan Bogdanovic was productive in the Kings’ 123-111 thumping of the Trail Blazers, contributing 27 points, eight assists and five boards. Buddy Hield (heeld) dropped in 22 points and Harrison Barnes added 20 for Sacramento, which piled up 77 points in the first half. McIlroy also shot a 73 to fall into a tie with Leishman, who carded a 72. Four others are within three strokes of the lead.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNBA tells teams to plan for empty arenasUNDATED (AP) — The NBA wants its teams to prepare to play games without fans if necessary because of the coronavirus crisis. The league circulated a memo to its teams Friday telling them to prepare in case it becomes necessary to play games without fans or media, as sports leagues in Europe have already done. The memo detailed potential actions that teams might need to take “if it were to become necessary to play a game with only essential staff present.”The memo, obtained by The Associated Press, says teams should identify which team and arena people would be needed to conduct games, and be able to communicate quickly with non-essential staff, as well as ticket holders and corporate partners. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEJayhawks take outright Big 12 crownUNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Kansas has wrapped up the Big 12 regular-season title with a little help from West Virginia. Devon Dotson had 17 points and the Jayhawks finished 17-1 in the conference by defeating Texas Tech, 66-62. Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah az-ah-BOO’-kay) was the key man for the Jayhawks, providing 15 points, 11 rebounds and a putback with 1:41 left that put them ahead to stay.Baylor’s chance for a share of the conference title ended when the Mountaineers used a big second half to down the fourth-ranked Bears, 76-64. West Virginia went on a 21-5 run and held Baylor without a field goal for eight minutes midway through the second half.Emmitt Matthews scored a season-high 18 points and freshman Oscar Tshiebwe (SHEEB’-way) added 16 with 12 rebounds for WVU.In other top 25 games Saturday:— Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) contributed 27 points and third-ranked Dayton rolled George Washington 76-51 to finish the regular season with its school-record 29th victory. Jalen Crutcher added 21 points on 5-for-8 shooting from 3-point range in the Flyers’ 20th straight win, matching the team mark set in 1951-52. Flyers extend win streak, stay tied with CapsUNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have retained their share of first place in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division by earning their ninth consecutive win.Claude Giroux’s second goal of the game snapped a 1-1 tie midway through the third period of the Flyers’ 3-1 victory at Buffalo. Carter Hart turned back 38 shots in winning his seventh straight decision and 10th in his last 11 games.Both the Flyers and Capitals top the division with 89 points.Washington kept pace with a 5-2 win over the Penguins as Nic Dowd scored twice for the first multi-goal game of his career. Nicklas Backstrom, Richard Panik and TJ Oshie (OH’-shee) also scored to back Braden Holtby, who stopped 26 shots in the Caps’ fifth victory in their last 14 games. — Vernon Carey Jr. poured in 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead 12th-ranked Duke to an 89-76 win against arch-rival North Carolina. Tre Jones had 21 points and Cassius Stanley added 19 as the Blue Devils finished in a second-place tie with Virginia in the ACC.— Payton Pritchard hit for 29 points and 13th-ranked Oregon claimed the Pac-12 regular-season title by earning its fourth straight win, 80-67 over Stanford. Anthony Mathis chipped in 14 points and Will Richardson added 12 to help the Ducks improve to 24-7 overall.— Jermaine Samuels had a 3-point play with 5.6 seconds left as No. 14 Villanova survived a late scare to defeat Georgetown 70-69. Saddiq Bey (sah-DEEK’ bay) led the Wildcats with 18 points.— Samir Doughty made eight of 13 3-pointers and finished with 32 points as 17th-ranked Auburn beat Tennessee 85-63 to end a two-game slide. Doughty finished one off his career high in points, going 10 of 17 from the floor overall.— Miller Kopp provided 22 points and Northwestern pulled away in the second half to beat No. 20 Penn State, 80-69. The Wildcats scored a season-high 46 points in the second half and ended a seven-game home losing streak. — Chris Tierney atoned for his missed penalty shot by scoring 35 seconds into overtime to give the Senators their fourth win in five games, 2-1 at San Jose. Nick Paul also tallied and Craig Anderson stopped 31 shots as Ottawa took the opener of a five-game road trip.PGA-ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONALHatton leads through 54ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tyrrell Hatton is the third-round leader at the Arnold Palmer Invitational as he seeks his first PGA Tour victory.Hatton braved strong winds in shooting a 1-over 73 that puts him two strokes ahead of Rory McIlroy and Marc Leishman. Hatton has earned four international victories during his career. — Nate Reuvers (REE’-vurs) scored 17 points and No. 24 Wisconsin held Indiana to just one basket over the final 10 minutes of a 60-56 comeback over the Hoosiers. The win gives the Badgers at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season crown.NBA-SCHEDULERockets lose againCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Houston Rockets have fallen another game behind Utah in the battle for the fourth seed in the NBA’s Western Conference and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Rockets have lost three straight after winning six straight and 10 of 12.Terry Rozier scored 24 points and had six assists for the fast-starting Hornets in a 108-99 win over the Rockets. Charlotte roared ahead 20-0 while Houston missed five 3-pointers and committed eight turnovers on its first 12 possessions. Bahrain F1 to run without fans due to virus as markets fallDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain says its Formula One race this month will only allow “participants only” over fears about the new coronavirus. Bahrain’s crown prince made the announcement Sunday via the state-run Bahrain News Agency. The crown prince says the decision was “to preserve the safety of citizens, residents and racing fans.” The race is scheduled for March 22. Across the Mideast, stock markets suffered sharp drops in early trading Sunday over fears about the new coronavirus as well as falling demand for crude oil. that came after a failure by OPEC and allied nations to cut production. The wider Mideast now has over 6,200 confirmed cases of the virus. — Sam Merrill scored 17 of his 27 points in the second half, including a contested 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left to lift Utah State to a 59-56 victory over No. 5 San Diego State in the Mountain West Tournament championship. Neemias Queta scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half for the Aggies, who trailed 27-11 in the first half and at one point went nearly 13 minutes without making a field goal.— Sixth-ranked Kentucky rallied from 18 down to beat Florida, 71-70 at Gainesville. Nick Richards scored 17 of his 19 points after halftime to help the Wildcats avoid their first losing streak in three months.— No. 7 Florida State clinched the ACC regular-season title with its 16th consecutive home win, 80-62 against Boston College. Balsa Koprivica (koh-prih-VEET’-suh) posted 15 points and Dominik Olejniczak (oh-LAY’-nee-chuhk) had 14 points as the Seminoles finished 16-4 in the conference.— No. 22 Virginia picked up its eighth straight win as Mamadi Diakite (MAH’-mah-dee dee-ah-KEE’-tay) contributed 17 points and eight rebounds to a 57-54 downing of 10th-ranked Louisville. Kihei (KEE’-hay) Clark posted 18 points had a team-high 18 points for the Cavaliers, whose late-season surge allowed them to finish in a tie for second in the ACC.— Marcus Zegarowski made all five of his 3-pointers and finished with 23 points to lead 11th-ranked Creighton to a 77-60 victory against No. 8 Seton Hall and a share of the Big East regular-season title. The Bluejays finished the game on a 21-6 run, won for the 11th time in 13 games and came away with the top seed in next week’s conference tournament. Atkinson was 118-190 in 3 1/2 seasons of his first NBA head coaching job.Also in the NBA:— Warriors guard Stephen Curry missed Saturday’s game against the 76ers because of the flu. The team also said that Curry is not at specific risk for COVID-19 or coronavirus.— The Pacers say point guard Malcolm Brogdon will be out indefinitely with a torn left hip muscle. Brogdon is listed as week to week.NHL-SCHEDULE Associated Press — The Predators pulled out a 1-0 win over the Stars as Juuse Saros (YOO’-see SAH’-rohs) blanked Dallas for the second straight game. Ryan Ellis scored a power-play goal in support of Saros, who made 37 saves in his fourth shutout of the season and 11th overall.— Vincent Trochek’s first goal as a Hurricane was the game-winner 1:36 into overtime as Carolina downed the Islanders, 3-2 to end a four-game skid. Josh Bailey tied it with 4:58 left in regulation before New York fell to 0-3-3 in its last six games.— Dustin Brown had three goals and an assist in the Kings’ fifth straight win, 7-3 over the Wild. Blake Lizotte and Trevor Moore scored 53 seconds apart in the second period to help Los Angeles improve to 8-2-1 in its last 11 games.— The Rangers are three points out of a playoff berth after Travis Zajac (ZAY’-jak) and Kyle Palmieri each had a pair of goals in the Devils’ 6-4 win against New York. Blueshirts netminder Igor Shesterkin (shehs-TUR’-kihn) allowed five goals on 23 shots over two periods in his first game since sustaining a rib fracture in a car accident on Feb. 23.— Mike Hoffman had a goal and an assist while the Panthers scored three times in the third period to down the Canadiens, 4-1. Chris Driedger (DREE’-gur) stopped 33 shots on a night Florida retired Roberto Luongo’s (loo-AHN’-gohz) jersey No. 1. March 8, 2020 The Penguins lost for the seventh time in nine games to fall five points behind the Capitals. Sidney Crosby scored for the third straight game and Evgeni Malkin notched his 22nd for Pittsburgh.The Flyers begin their game two points behind Washington.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Tampa Bay ended the Bruins’ four-game losing streak as Anthony Cirelli and Mikhail Sergachev (SUR’-gah-chehv) scored short-handed goals just 62 seconds apart in the first period of the Lightning’s 5-3 victory at Boston. David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nahk) scored his 48th goal for the Bruins, who trailed 3-0 after one period and watched their lead in the Atlantic Division shrink to seven points over the Bolts.— Edmonton is dead even with Vegas for the Pacific Division lead after Alex Chiasson (CHAY’-sahn) furnished a goal and an assist in the Oilers’ 4-1 victory against the Blue Jackets. Mikko Koskinen stopped 46 shots in the Oilers’ fourth win in five games. Update on the latest sports NBA-NEWSKenny Atkinson out as Nets coachUNDATED (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have made a surprising coaching change with the team on track for a second consecutive playoff berth.The Nets have parted company with Kenny Atkinson and put assistant Jacque Vaughn in charge for the rest of the season. The move comes with the team 28-34 and seventh in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.General manager Sean Marks says it was a mutual decision. Devonte Graham had 23 points and PJ Washington added 22 to help the Hornets end a three-game losing streak.The Rockets wasted James Harden’s triple-double of 30 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds while Russell Westbrook sat out the game.Houston is 1 ½ games behind the Jazz in the West and only one game ahead of Dallas for the Southwest Division lead.The Jazz picked up their fifth straight win as Bojan (BOY’-ahn) Bogdanovic furnished 32 points in their 111-105 decision over the Pistons. Donovan Mitchell scored 25 for Utah, which squandered a 22-point, first-half lead before going on an 18-2 run in the fourth quarter.The Jazz swept a four-game road trip that also included games against the Cavaliers, Knicks and Celtics.last_img read more


first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team announced Wednesday the signing of Taylor Wurtz, a 6-foot guard from Brandon, Wis.Wurtz, an Associated Press first-team all-state honoree last season, signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Wisconsin in 2009-10, according to UW head coach Lisa Stone.“[Taylor] is by far, in our opinion, the best player in the state of Wisconsin in her class,” Stone said. “She is a player that can play a point guard, a two-guard, a three-guard, she can post up, [and] she can get to the basket.”In her first three years at Ripon High School, Wurtz earned Eastern Valley Conference Player of the Year honors each year and led her team to three conference titles. After averaging 21.4 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals per game as a junior, ESPN HoopGurlz has ranked Wurtz No. 86 overall and No. 20 among guards in the class of 2009.“[Taylor] is strong, physical — a great Big Ten body,” Stone said. “[She] is a deep 3-point shooter [and] can get her shot off very, very quickly. She handles the basketball very well … [and] has the capability of putting up very, very big numbers.”As great as Wurtz is at scoring, Stone is very excited about all other aspects of Wurtz’s game, especially her ability to feed the ball to others and her defensive versatility.“Her passing ability is something that really, really impressed me this summer,” Stone said. “Defensively, she matches up very well with smaller players, athletic players [and] bigger players.”According to ESPN HoopGurlz, Wurtz is a player that can be expected to contribute right away for the Badgers, but may not have as much potential for improvement as other more athletic guards. For Stone, Wurtz’s ability to compete right away is important.“I’m looking forward to her really step in right away as a Badger and contributing,” Stone said. “Taylor is a ready-made player. She is very, very strong; she’s physical [and] she can hold her own on the court.”Stone also recalled the day she sat in the top row of section 222 at the Kohl Center talking with Wurtz looking down on the court. It was in that moment when Wurtz really seemed to be convinced to attend the UW.“As we were sitting there, out walks Mariah Dunham to shoot and [Wurtz] said, ‘I can just like go out there and shoot if the court’s available?’” Stone said. “I said, ‘Yes,’ and she was really excited about that — to be able to be in that facility, go out there and shoot around in the summer time, and have an opportunity to play on such a great court in front of a lot of people.”“It was a very moving moment,” Stone added. “The two of us sat there and just kind of visualized her future as a Badger, and it will be very bright.”Badgers name D’Alie as captainWisconsin made another announcement Wednesday as the players unanimously chose junior guard Rae Lin D’Alie to be their captain for the 2008-09 season.D’Alie, a Waterford, Wis., native, starts at guard for the third consecutive season for the Badgers and has started 66 consecutive games.D’Alie led the Big Ten Conference two years ago as a freshman with five assists per game in conference play and 4.58 per game overall. She also set the UW freshman record with 165 assists and currently ranks 14th in school history with 272 assists.“She has started off the season leading this team in many ways, both on and off the court,” Stone said of D’Alie. “She has a ‘bulldog’ mentality defensively and offensively is in her best shape she’s ever been.”D’Alie is a very vocal leader both on and off the court and is known for her positive attitude. This season will be her first as team captain for the Badgers and should provide an opportunity for her to demonstrate her capabilities as a leader.“[Rae Lin] is a very tough leader in terms of how she plays and in terms of her ability to communicate with her coaches and teammates,” Stone said. “She was selected by her teammates and [is] looking forward to taking on that challenge.”last_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ In the first of two exhibitions to start the 2017-18 season, Syracuse beat Southern New Hampshire, a Division II program, 84-54, on Wednesday night inside the Carrier Dome. The Orange went down early, 13-8, but implemented a full-court defense to rip off a 22-0 first-half run and pull away from the Penmen. Nine days before the season opener, sophomore guard Tyus Battle led all players with 20 points. Freshman forward Oshae Brissett added 17.Here are superlatives from the game.The turning point: Tyus Battle’s dunkA two-handed slam by Syracuse’s sophomore guard provided the lift the Orange needed. To dismiss a sloppy first nine and a half minutes, SU flashed full-court pressure. The first SNHU possession after the change resulted in a quick steal and dish to Battle, who slammed it with two hands to give SU a 15-13 lead. Syracuse rode the dunk amid a 22-0 run, part of a 33-8 explosion headed into the break.Stud: Tyus BattleAdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s lone returning starter from last season was aggressive from the start. Battle commanded the SU offense early, finding his way into the lane and establishing his shot. He went 0-for-4 from 3 but went 8-for-9 from the charity stripe over 26 minutes of turnover-free basketball. On consecutive possessions in the second half, Battle drove and hit an open Howard Washington for 3.Dud: Matthew MoyerMoyer, a redshirt freshman, started at forward and finished with 10 rebounds. But he was slow to get to perimeter shooters on a couple of closeouts and had only five points across a team-high 28 minutes. He went 2-for-7 from the field and committed four fouls.Highlight: Bourama Sidibe’s blockingIn his first unofficial game of college basketball, Sidibe drew immediate attention. He came off the bench to replace starter Paschal Chukwu, a junior, and racked up five blocks in nine minutes of first-half play. Sidibe blocked the layup attempt of the first driver that came his way. With about seven minutes before the half, Sidibe stuffed a shot that hit a fan in the second row behind the basket.He hit four straight free throws, too, amid SU’s 22-0 run. When Chukwu fell into foul trouble at the start of the second half, Sidibe got more time than the 20 minutes per game head coach Jim Boeheim anticipated. Sidibe finished with six blocks, 10 points and eight boards.Lowlight: Frank Howard’s turnoversHoward, the starting point guard, scored Syracuse’s first points of the game on a 3-pointer from the right wing. He racked up 15 points and three steals, but the junior finished with six turnovers against a Division-II defense. With SU down one about four minutes in, Howard dribbled into traffic around the left elbow and lost control.With Syracuse down 8-5, he didn’t hit rim on an awkward lefty layup attempt. Later, after Syracuse commanded a double-digit lead, Howard tossed a pass out of bounds. Boeheim slapped his forehead in frustration.Out due to injury: Geno ThorpeThorpe, a graduate transfer from South Florida, sat on the bench in a jumpsuit because he hurt his ankle in practice. He did not play, leaving the SU frontcourt to Battle, Howard and Washington.Syracuse plays next on Monday night against Southern Connecticut State in its second and final exhibition. Comments Published on November 1, 2017 at 9:20 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more