MBB : Jardine sparks SU with heady play late in win over Hoyas

first_imgScoop Jardine scored three points, went 1-of-7 from the field and turned the ball over four times against Georgetown on Wednesday. Most of the shots that he missed, he missed badly.Still, the senior point guard repeatedly found the ball in his hands as Syracuse struggled to break down the Hoyas’ 2-3 zone. And while he failed to create for himself, he said he got into a rhythm creating for his teammates in the second half.‘It’s controlling the game,’ Jardine said. ‘That’s my job. That’s what I’m here to do. That’s what makes our team run.’Although the rest of Jardine’s stat line was less than stellar, the senior point guard dished out eight assists —six of them in the second half and overtime —against Georgetown to help No. 2 Syracuse (24-1, 11-1 Big East) to a 64-61 overtime win over the No. 12 Hoyas (18-5, 8-4 Big East) in the Carrier Dome. He played all 25 minutes after halftime, and his six helpers in that span led to 17 points for the Orange, including Kris Joseph’s game-winning 3-pointer with 29 seconds left in overtime. To cap it off, Jardine forced Jason Clark into a turnover on Georgetown’s last possession that secured the win for SU.‘Scoop’s a great point guard,’ Joseph said. ‘I’ve been alongside him for four years now, and it’s just great to have a player like him on your side. I would hate to have to play against Scoop because he makes the right decisions.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJardine turned almost entirely into a passer in the second half and overtime against Georgetown. After playing only seven minutes in the first half, the senior started off the second with a layup and a foul over three Hoyas defenders to spark an 8-0 SU run.From there, it was his calming demeanor that took over the game for the Orange.‘Me controlling the team, I have the ability to get everybody all on the same page with my personality and the way I play,’ Jardine said. ‘So for the most part, today in the second half, I was able to do that.’Although Georgetown had played mostly man-to-man defense throughout the year, it relied on a 2-3 zone against the Orange. While it threw off his SU teammates, Jardine seemed unfazed by the different look.His first assist in the second half came just after the Hoyas took a 37-35 lead. The senior caught the Hoyas backline napping and connected with center Fab Melo for an alley-oop to tie the game.On Syracuse’s next possession, Jardine came around a C.J. Fair screen at the top of the key and dished off to an open Joseph on the left wing. Joseph then knocked down the triple in rhythm to put SU in front by two.‘I thought he was making plays (in the second half) rather than trying to make a shot,’ head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘I thought he made some plays in the second half, and he got five or six assists trying to get in the lane and making plays.’Jardine set up two more 3s in regulation along with a three-point play for Melo that started with a dunk.With the scored tied at 61-61 in overtime, he turned a broken play into the game-winning triple.After a timeout, Boeheim’s original set fell apart when Georgetown’s defense collapsed on Joseph as he tried to drive to the hoop. The senior kicked it back out to Jardine with 10 seconds on the shot clock.Jardine then set up a new play, drove around a Melo screen on the right wing and found a wide-open Joseph on the left side for the game’s final bucket.‘Sometimes, that’s what happens in basketball,’ Jardine said. ‘You just have to play off of instinct in basketball, and that’s what I did right there.He then came up with an equally as important play on the defensive end by harassing Clark on the perimeter and knocking the ball free before the Georgetown guard knocked it out of bounds.While Jardine’s final stat line wasn’t perfect, the good still outweighed the bad for the Orange’s only true point guard.‘He’s really the only point guard that gets us into plays, gets us into set and makes plays,’ Boeheim said. ‘He’s going to make a bad play once in a while, but he makes good plays. And we need that. We need him doing that.’zjbrown@syr.edu Published on February 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Recruiting class has room to improve

first_imgIt’s been an intriguing week for USC football recruiting, as five-star quarterback and former Alabama recruit Ricky Town de-committed from the Crimson Tide and gave his verbal commitment to USC. Though there’s plenty of intrigue about Town’s potential at the college level, the high school junior (class of 2015) still isn’t going to put on a Trojan uniform until after next season. The class of 2014 recruiting season, however, is about to be finalized, and precisely a week from now, National Signing Day will set all the new recruits and rosters in stone.Though the vast majority of the Trojans’ 2014 recruits are expected to sign their letters next Wednesday, there are a couple key recruits the Trojans will need to pursue in order to take 2014’s recruiting class from “intriguing” to “outstanding.”The first of these recruits is Gardena, Calif. safety/athlete Adoree’ Jackson: listed at 5-foot-9 and a solid 182 pounds with a 4.44 40 yard dash, Jackson has yet to commit. According to 247sports.com, however, Jackson is a solid favorite to follow in the footsteps of his fellow Junipero Serra High School alumni Marqise Lee, George Farmer and Robert Woods in taking his talents to South Central.Watching film of the 2012 CIF SS Western title game between Junipero Serra and Chaminade, it becomes quickly apparent that Jackson is no ordinary athlete. On one particular kick return, the recruit’s next-level athleticism is on full display. He has the long, fluid strides of a track runner and transitions effortlessly between evading defenders, maintaining his balance and immediately firing on some world-class jets to torch his pursuers.Jackson seems to have an otherworldly grasp of his body’s internal momentum, to the point where he’s spinning and pirouetting naturally not just in a flashy way to avoid defenders, but employing the circular motion with force to twist free from poorly executed shoestring tackles.This type of fluidity of movement makes him best suited at a defensive back position and as a kick returner, though the possibilities offered by his athletic versatility are practically endless. He has fantastic hip flexor and upper body control, and could make for a very long 60 minutes for opposing Pac-12 receivers. Jackson is a consensus five-star athlete, and though he hasn’t set a schedule for his last official visits quite yet, his final three schools (in no particular order) include USC, that one school across town which will remain unnamed and the University of Florida.Another top recruit and five-star athlete the Trojans could haul in is John “JuJu” Smith from Long Beach Poly High School in Long Beach, Calif. According to 247sports’ “Crystal Ball,” Smith is heavily favored to commit to USC. Smith is the 20th ranked player in the nation according to the site and the No. 4 recruit in the state of California.Smith, who was a two-way star in high school, draws comparisons to another Long Beach Poly graduate: Cal alumnus and Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson. But position and high school are where the comparisons end. Whereas the 5-foot-10 DeSean Jackson had game-changing speed and agility that translated well to big-play potential on offense, Smith’s strength and coverage instincts on intermediate routes could land him a spot at free safety.This assessment is not to rule out any possibilities. A review of Smith’s game film against Santa Ana-Mater Dei reveals one of his greatest assets: Smith’s size and wingspan. It would be unsurprising if Smith came to USC and became part of an already deep wide receiving corps. At 6-foot-1, 200 lbs., the Long Beach Poly senior already has professional size and is capable of breaking tackles and tacking on yards after the catch.Adding Adoree’ Jackson and John “Juju” Smith could be two huge flourishes on the USC recruitment haul, and could bump the Trojans into the top 20 of overall rankings for recruiting classes.Though the Trojans could run into depth issues in the trenches with the departure of defensive lineman George Uko and offensive lineman Marcus Martin, junior college transfer Claude Pelon, who enrolled for the spring semester earlier this week, should be part of the solution to that problem.The Trojans have also addressed needs at the offensive line by recruiting two of California’s top three offensive linemen in Toa Lobendahn and Viane Talamaivao. Both are rated as consensus four-star recruits and will provide valuable depth on the Trojans’ thinning offensive line.In many ways, 2014 is shaping up to be a highly successful recruiting class for the USC Trojans -— not only as a way to build depth on the roster, but laying the foundation for future success.So sure, Ricky Town is verbally committed to USC for the recruiting class of 2015 — but the Trojan faithful have plenty to be excited about in the more immediate future. Euno Lee is a senior majoring in English literature. He is also the Managing Editor of the Daily Trojan. His column “Euno What Time it is” runs Wednesdays.UPDATE: in an earlier version of this article it was reported the Trojans would need to replace senior offensive lineman Aundrey Walker. The article has been corrected to refer to Marcus Martin, who will be leaving to the NFL.last_img read more

Aussies too good for Ireland in Rules Test

first_imgIt finished Australia 56-46 Ireland at the Paterson’s Stadium.Australia deserved their victory, as they completely dominated the opening two quarters.The home side led by 35-7 heading into the third quarter, but it was in that period that Paul Earley’s side came back into it. However, they left themselves with too much to do and couldn’t catch the Australians, despitw two goals.last_img

Villa through to FA Cup Final

first_imgTim Sherwood’s side came from behind to beat Liverpool 2-1 in today’s last four pairing.Liverpool held the lead for all of six minutes as Philippe Coutinho put Brendan Rodgers’ side into the lead, before Jack Grealish teed Christian Benteke up for Villa’s equaliser before half-time.Villa Captain, Fabian Delph, scored the winner. They’ll now face Arsenal in the final next month.last_img

Later on this evening, after training in Thurles, Tipperary will name their starting fifteen

first_imgA number of new players have impressed during the national league campaign and will be in contention for starting places.Former Tipperary defender Eamon Corcoran says Ronan Maher and Michael Breen are two that will push for starting spots Limerick corner forward Graham Mulcahy says Limerick are looking forward to it and are keen to put back to back wins together in the championship Former All Ireland winning captain Eoin Kelly says its going to be battle but that Eamon O’Shea’s side have the forwards to win this game.center_img Meanwhile all stand tickets for Sundays encounter are sold out with a bumper crowd of in excess of 30,000 people expected.Throw-in at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday is at 4 o’clock and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in assocation with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh.last_img read more

Ronald Koeman wants Memphis Depay at Barcelona

first_imgAccording to RAC1, Lyon forward Memphis Depay is a transfer target for new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman.Koeman was officially appointed Barcelona boss on Wednesday and has already discussed possible transfer targets with the club’s board.Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek and Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum have been linked, but RAC1 is also putting forward Memphis Depay.The forward was an essential part of Koeman’s Netherlands side, and the coach reportedly recommended the Lyon striker as a potential recruit.Barcelona may need a new forward this summer if Luis Suarez does depart the club, and Memphis is set to depart Lyon after they failed to claim a European spot next season.Memphis has a contract until 2021 at Lyon and reportedly has an asking price of €55 million. However, that fee is expected to drop with the fear that Memphis could leave on a free next summer. Source: FootballOranje.comlast_img read more

Catch Up With Austin Radio Saturday November 22

first_imgFacebook39Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Austin RadioAustin Radio’s Mark Medalen and Angie Ward play a popular blend of warm harmony vocals, driving acoustic guitar, harmonica, and humor. Photo by Monica MedalenThis Saturday night, November 22, local music duo Austin Radio are bringing their popular blend of warm harmony vocals, driving acoustic guitar, harmonica, and humor back to Forrey’s Forza in Lacey. Showtime is 7pm-10pm. You will hear uptempo acoustic versions of popular country and rock songs old and new.Austin Radio are Angie Ward and Mark Medalen, longtime performers throughout the Northwest, and partners in their lives both on and off the stage. They performed in various bands and as solo artists for many years before forming Austin Radio nearly ten years ago. Ward fronted the funk/rock/R&B Seattle big band known as Get Off The Stage (GOTS) and sang with Olympia’s Fishtrap for several years. In addition to Austin Radio, Medalen also performs with the country band Broken Trail.These Forrey’s Forza shows are truly hometown shows for the duo. Ward and Medalen grew up in Lacey, are both graduates of Timberline High School, and have many ties to the area. Ward grew up singing with her siblings and picking strawberries on their Ward Farms on Yelm Highway. Two of her relatives now own and operate successful businesses on the same property, with cousin Jeff at Country Green Turf Farms and cousin Erica at Van’s Burgers. Medalen grew up in Lacey with parents who were career educators in the Yelm School District. He followed his passion for music and, after graduating from Central Washington University, brought his guitar back home and settled in Olympia. In addition to writing and playing music, Ward and Medalen are employed with the State of Washington.Austin Radio’s name is a tribute to the diverse styles of music that can be found in Austin, Texas. Just like their namesake city, their song list covers a variety of artists and spans several decades and musical genres. At their shows, you will hear the music and influence of Trisha Yearwood, Indigo Girls, Tom Petty, Brandi Carlile, John Mellencamp, The Dixie Chicks, Dwight Yoakam, The Civil Wars, Kim Richey, Steve Earle, Tim McGraw, Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, John Mellencamp, and more.All shows at Forrey’s Forza are open to all ages and there is no cover charge. For additional information about Austin Radio, including upcoming shows, videos, music, photos and more, visit Austin Radio online and find them at “Austin Radio Music” on Facebook. A list of upcoming events at Forrey’s Forza can be found at  here and on their Facebook page.Forrey’s Forza130 Marvin Road SELacey, WA 98503last_img read more

Hubert Lawrence | Well done, Grenada

first_imgSince 2004, the Jamaica Invitational has guaranteed local fans an up close and personal look at some of the world best track and field athletes. From Gail Devers and Marion Jones to Carmelita Jeter and Sanya Richards-Ross, from Lashawn Merritt to Justin Gatlin, much of track’s glitterati have come and run inside the National Stadium. The opportunity has doubled with the fast-paced Racers Grand Prix, which appeared with the likes of Wayde van Niekerk last year. Even more importantly, the Invitational and now, the Grand Prix give locals a chance to see their own Jamaican heroes compete at home. It’s a time-honoured tradition that begun with superstars Herb McKenley and George Rhoden and their contemporary rivals, including the American, Mal Whitfield, the 1948 and 1952 Olympic 800 metre champion. The tradition brought famous sprint duels between Don Quarrie and American Steve Williams at the Norman Manley Games. That meet even saw a world record in the mile by Filbert Bayi of Tanzania. The Invitational follows the Mutual Games, host to the likes of Javier Sotomayor and the young Michael Johnson, in that familiar early May slot that so many now punch into their electronic diaries. By contrast, the people of Grenada have never had that luxury … until now. With their first and only Olympic and World Champion Kirani James as the centrepiece, the Spice Isle hosted a fine show at the first Grenada Invitational last Saturday. It was a remarkable show of resolve and ambition. Merritt, who has performed in many countries in the region, dutifully reported for action in the 200m, alongside Asafa Powell, and Veronica Campbell-Brown. The presence of the latter pair is to be praised as a wonderful endorsement. Like the Cayman Invitational, the new meet inspires the hope of a Caribbean track and field circuit. Good scheduling, air-travel coordination, and the right accommodation partners could make it work. It’s a sports-tourism idea worth pursuing. Until then, the people of Grenada deserve a pat on the back for bringing the world home to their new 7,000-seat stadium. It’s a bold step forward. The athletic payback is the inspiration Kirani will be for young Grenadians who saw him run in person for the first time. The bigger, more regional payback could come if a well planned and scheduled Caribbean track and field circuit could arise. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes from trackside since 1980. WONDERFUL ENDORSEMENTlast_img read more

WINTER VOMITING BUG HITS DONEGAL

first_imgDOZENS of children and adults in the county have been hit by the winter vomiting bug which is sweeping other parts of the country.There have been reported outbreaks in Galway and Dublin in recent weeks.But dozens of families here in Co Donegal have also suffered at the hands of the merciless illness. As the name suggests, it has horrible symptoms.And it can last for up to a week and can be dangerous for the very young and the elderly.Doctors are advising families hit by the illness to contact their local GP immediately.There are fears that it could spread, though the closure of schools for the next two weeks may help to contain it. The father of one nine-year-old Letterkenny girl who had the illness contacted donegaldaily.com to say: “I’m just annoyed that there has been no public health warning from the HSE.“My daughter was very ill for five days and it was only afterwards that she told us that some of her classmates at school had also been very ill in recent weeks.“Surely in this day and age, there should be some announcement so that people are aware of it and I thought the best way to get the message out was to at least tell donegaldaily about it.”Hospitals in Galway and Dublin have placed visiting restrictions in recent days.No-one from the HSE was available for comment last night. © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comWINTER VOMITING BUG HITS DONEGAL was last modified: December 24th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:donegalletterkennywinter vomiting buglast_img read more