BOSTON – Aaron Craft, meet the back court of Syracuse men’s basketball. Craft, the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s sophomore guard, could face the toughest challenge of his career Saturday when the No. 2-seeded Buckeyes (30-7) face No. 1-seeded Syracuse (34-2) at TD Garden in Boston with a berth to the Final Four on the line. Craft, the Big Ten’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, has been hailed as the best on-ball defender in the country, but Saturday’s game will see him go up against a trio of Syracuse guards that Orange coach Jim Boeheim calls the best in the country. Heading the Orange’s offensive attack is senior Scoop Jardine, a second-team All-Big East selection who is averages nearly nine points and five assists per game. Fellow starter, junior Brandon Triche, averages nine points per game as well. Former Duke guard and current OSU video coordinator Greg Paulus said that Jardine and Triche would be hard for Craft to handle. “I think those guys are really good players,” Paulus said. “Offensively, they’re strong – shifty with the basketball. The can do it inside with the mid-range game. They can go out and hit the three from behind the ball screen – it’s going to be a very difficult matchup.” When either Jardine or Triche need a break, sophomore guard Dion Waiters – recipient of the Big East’s 6th Man of the Year award – comes off the bench for the Orange. Waiters averages nearly 13 points per game for Syracuse. After OSU’s Thursday win against No. 6-seeded Cincinnati, Craft sighed at the mention of Syracuse’s guards. Craft said he’s well aware of the threat his opposition poses in Saturday game. “It’s going to be tough, you know. It’s definitely not going to be just me,” Craft said. “I mean, those guys are great players, and they bring great players off the bench. So, it’s going to be a big personnel game. Just understanding what they like to do, what they don’t like to do and try to stay as connected as possible.” In the Syracuse camp, Craft is held in high regard as well, and with good reason – he contributed 11 second-half points against the Bearcats to go along with five assists and six steals to help lead OSU to its 81-66 win Thursday. Triche said Craft, who averages nearly nine points, five assists and three rebounds per game for OSU, is a guy that’s “always up on you.” “He pretty much just makes it tough,” Triche said. “He’s one of those guys that never gives up. He’s one of those guys who helps others, dives on the floor.” So, how will this collision of talent at the guard position shake out Saturday? OSU assistant coach Jeff Boals said he is confident in Craft. “Aaron is a huge force on both ends of the court,” Boals said. “It’ll be a good challenge for him.” Craft said he’ll need to rely on his teammates for help in the game to guard Syracuse’s guards, which totaled 39 points in the Orange’s 64-63 win against No. 4-seeded Wisconsin to advance to the NCAA Tournament’s round of eight teams. While he isn’t going to emphasize the one-on-one match ups, Craft also said he would need to keep the Syracuse guards in front of him. “All three of them have shown that they can take over a game when they need to,” Craft said. “It’s going to be all five of us trying to stop all five of them, and hopefully we can do something.” Paulus agreed with Boals and said he is confident in OSU’s guard. “I know (Craft) is the best defender in college basketball,” he said. “I know he’ll be up to the challenge.” OSU’s game against Syracuse at TD Garden in Boston will tip at 7:05 p.m. The game will be televised on CBS.
The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team can’t seem to top Penn State. Coming into Sunday’s game, OSU had not beaten the Nittany Lions since 2008. Despite OSU being the higher ranked team, nothing changed in the two teams’ most recent meeting, and the No. 10 OSU squad fell to No. 13 Penn State, 15-12. “We didn’t come out strong, we came out pretty flat,” said OSU senior attacker Alayna Markwordt. “Penn State has always been one of our biggest rivals, so this is a frustrating one to lose.” Markwordt, Ohio State’s leading scorer, was held without a goal but did contribute two assists and had two groundballs. The Buckeyes (9-4, 1-3) struck first on sophomore attacker Katie Chase’s unassisted goal two-and-a-half minutes into the game. From that point, it was a back-and-forth battle, with the two teams trading sets of goals for the rest of the first half. OSU jumped out to a 4-2 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the half, but the lead would turn into a 5-4 deficit after Penn State freshman attacker Maggie McCormick ripped off three straight goals in less than two minutes. The two teams went into the locker room tied at 6-6 after a goal from OSU sophomore midfielder Cara Facchina, which came after an assist from freshman attacker Jackie Cifarelli with 24 seconds left. Penn State (10-4, 2-2 Big Ten) had 13 fouls compared to OSU’s four in the first half. “The heat of the game builds up ’cause you know you’re playing your rival that you come out against every year, and it’s always a battle,” said freshman goalie Tori DeScenza. She finished the game playing all but the last three minutes and had seven saves, including five in the second half. The next 30 minutes started much like the first except Penn State struck first. Sophomore attacker Mackenzie Cyr scored with McCormick chipping in on one of her team-leading four assists. Cyr and McCormick lead the team with four goals and four assists apiece, and were responsible for teaming up on five of the teams 15 goals. The back-and-forth battle continued as OSU’s Kirsten Donahue tied the game at 7-7 on a free position shot. The senior midfielder went on to score three of her team-leading four goals in the second half. The game was tied at 11-11 with 17:34 to play when once again, Donahue scored. But that would be the last time OSU would stay tied with Penn State as the Nittany Lions jumped out to a 13-11 lead with 15 minutes to go. Penn State would go on to score the last two goals, the final one coming on Cyr’s fourth of the game. “They just kind of took it at the end and we just couldn’t be there with it,” DeScenza said. The team has two regular season games left, including a home match-up against American University 2 p.m. Saturday.
Ryan Giggs has warned his side to be cautious of Luka Modric as Wales will face Croatia in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.Wales were drawn in Group E alongside Croatia, Slovakia, Hungary, and Azerbaijan.Giggs, who became Wales manager in January, is confident of his team’s chances of qualification and was happy to be in a five-team group.The 45-year-old while happy with the draw, singled out Croatia as the biggest threat for his team as they aim qualification.Real Madrid suffer a Luka Modric injury blow Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has suffered an adductor injury, which could rule him out of some key fixtures.“It’s a five-team group so I think you’ve got to be relatively happy with that,” Giggs told Sky Sports.“It could have been worse, could have been better.“There are some tough teams in there, Croatia being the stand-out one. In Modric, they’ve got one of the world’s best players.“They’ve got some really, really outstanding players. A team that’s just full of character never gives up. So we’re going to have to play really well to beat them.”
Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock says his team deserved all three points at the King Power Stadium as they went home with a 1-0 victory against Leicester City.Cardiff goalkeeper kept his side in the game by saving James Maddison’s 75th penalty, before Camasara Victor sent a rocket shot into the top right corner of Leicester’s goal to give the visitors all three points.“I’m really pleased and I’m proud of the lads because I thought we played some good stuff. I thought we deserved it today, we got the late goal, but I thought we shaded it a bit,” Warnock told Sky Sports.“If we had a little bit more clinical finishing in the last third, I think we could have to put it to bed. But all credit to them, it took a penalty save to keep us in the game.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I thought it was an iffy penalty, a little bit like Mo Salah’s last week, some would have given it and some wouldn’t, but I thought the right result came out of that. I’m glad that penalty didn’t win the game if I’m honest.“We haven’t had that much luck away. We missed a penalty at West Ham at 0-0 and there were a couple of other games where we could have put a lot of pressure on teams, but we have improved as the season’s gone on.“I can’t tell you how much we’ve improved since August/September time and I think we can get better now, especially with one or two additions in January, I think we can give everybody a good run for their money.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 8, 2018 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Peter Turnquest said in line with the brighter economic outlook globally and especially in the U.S., the International Monetary Fund has marked up its forecast for economic growth in The Bahamas.“Real growth in 2018 is now forecast at 2.5 per cent, up from 2.2 per cent at the time of the last Budget. For 2019, the forecast calls for growth on the order of 2.2 per cent,” the DPM said during his Contribution to the 2017/18 Mid-Year Budget Debate in the House of Assembly, Wednesday, March 7, 2018.He said this outlook reflects projected modest growth in tourism sector output, due in part to the sustained improvement in key source markets and in light of the multi-billion Baha Mar resort becoming fully operational. In addition, DPM Turnquest said construction activity should be supported by a number of varied-scale foreign investment projects in both the capital and the Family Islands.“In this environment, employment conditions are expected to continue to gradually improve while inflationary pressures should continue to be well contained over the near-term, as international oil prices remain relatively low.”He said as for monetary sector developments, the Central Bank expects continued high levels of bank liquidity to be a dominant feature. “As well, credit conditions are likely to remain subdued, while bank arrears and non-performing loans should continue their downward trajectory, underpinned mainly by additional asset sales and ongoing loan recovery efforts.The DPM said further, banks are projected to stay highly capitalised, thereby mitigating any threats to financial sector stability.He also noted that developments in respect of external reserves are expected to depend heavily on factors such as the performance of foreign exchange earning sectors, international crude oil price developments and the Government’s financing activities.DPM Turnquest added, “However, external reserve indicators are likely to remain above international benchmarks during the year. At the end of January, external reserves totalled $1,460.5 million, equivalent to 5.5 months of total merchandise imports and well above the benchmark of three months.” Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Kolkata: The secretary of the Department of Posts, AN Nanda, said on Saturday that the Postal department will be embracing the latest technology and utilise it in a way beneficial for the common people and will continue its journey even at a time when internet, smart phones and e-mails have almost replaced the practice of writing personal letters.”We are past rich but at the same time we are future ready as well. We will adopt technology as and when it comes. When telegram was introduced somebody had said there will be no use of post office as it reached its recipient so fast. But now telegram is history but post offices have remained,” Nanda said at a programme to commemorate the 150 years of Kolkata General Post Office (GPO). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe added that it is the strength of network and the relevance to the public that have made the postal services survive in the days of cell phones and emails.Chief Post Master General (West Bengal) Arundhaty Ghosh said the postal payment bank that has been introduced recently has taken the postal services to the doorstep of every one.”The postmen are now carrying smartphones with them. More than 53,000 accounts have been opened under the payment bank,” Ghosh said adding that the department has introduced a number of services in the last few years to serve the people.A coffee table book on the history of Kolkata GPO was released by Nanda and a documentary on the GPO’s history was also screened during the programme.The employees of the GPO, who have given a commendable service, were also awarded at the programme.