Opponent preview: What to know about North Carolina

first_img Published on April 13, 2019 at 12:13 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 9 Syracuse (7-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) visits No. 18 North Carolina (7-4, 1-1) in the Orange’s regular-season conference finale. A win potentially keeps SU out of the new play-in game, between the four and five seeds, in the ACC tournament. A loss guarantees an appearance in the Apr. 25 contest.Here’s what to know about the Tar Heels.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 17-8Last time they played: At the Carrier Dome almost a year ago to the day, then-freshman midfielder Brendan Curry scored two goals in the final 1:34 of the game to force overtime. He then assisted on Brendan Bomberry’s overtime winner. The win sealed SU’s No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament and it’s second-straight undefeated conference season.The North Carolina report: Though the Tar Heels have hung behind the rest of the ACC in the national polls, UNC is the only team besides Virginia with a chance to finish 3-1 in conference (UVA holds the tiebreak). Three of their four losses came against the Top 10.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the Tar Heels have one of the best offenses in the conference, churning out 19.73 points a game, No. 17 nationally. UNC’s 13 goals a game ranks 14th.Still, North Carolina struggles to get the ball to its offense at times, winning barely more than half of faceoffs (50.3 percent). In turn, the Tar Heels scoring defense is good (9.91 goals per game), but not a unit to smother an opposing attack line.How Syracuse beats UNC: Hope one of Jakob Phaup and Danny Varello gets hot and ride them to victory.Syracuse demonstrated how it can beat a dominant offense when it muzzled Cornell on Tuesday: Deny the ball. Phaup dominated at the faceoff X and the Orange in turn ran long possession after long possession, generating goals and keeping the ball away from it’s defense at the same time.If the Orange can do the same against the Tar Heels — command the ball as much as possible — it should have a very clear path to victory. And with Phaup, the country’s fifth-most effective faceoff man, it’s a viable plan, too.Stat to know: -3 — Syracuse’s conference goal differential. In avoiding the four-five ACC game, there are two scenarios in which SU gets stuck in a three way tie with Duke and Notre Dame for the second, third and fourth or third, fourth and fifth seeds, respectively. If it comes to that, the tiebreak is conference goal differential, where the Orange lack. Notre Dame, still to host North Carolina in a week, sit at -5, currently and Duke, which plays Virginia on Saturday, is +3 in goal differential.Player to watch: Nicky Solomon, freshman attack, No. 5The true freshman and younger brother of Syracuse attack Nate Solomon is third on the Tar Heels with points (24) and tied for second in goals (16). Last Saturday against Virginia, he recorded his first career hat trick and ninth multi-point game. Commentslast_img read more

LeBron James wants ‘swift action’ against Warriors part-owner who shoved Kyle Lowry

first_imgLeBron James called for “swift action” against the Warriors minority owner who shoved Kyle Lowry in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Finals.James took to social media to express his disbelief that part-owner Mark Stevens blatantly shoved Lowry after he landed in the seats chasing a loose ball. NBA Finals 2019: Stephen Curry expects DeMarcus Cousins to bounce back from ‘rough’ Game 3 Stevens was ejected from the game and later the Warriors announced he would not be attending any other NBA Finals games this year, but James said it wasn’t enough.Ok cool but still ain’t enough! They did exactly what they had to do. Get in front of it before anyone else and plus there’s only 4 games left(2 max in GS).— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 6, 2019″Ok cool but still ain’t enough! They did exactly what they had to do. Get in front of it before anyone else and plus there’s only 4 games left( 2 max in GS),” the Lakers star wrote on Twitter Thursday. Related News NBA spokesman Mike Bass issued a statement later in the day saying Stevens will not be permitted to attend games as the league reviews the incident. “A team representative must be held to the highest possible standard and the conduct of Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens last night was beyond unacceptable and has no place in our league,” the statement read. The Raptors won Game 3, 123-109, to take a 2-1 Finals. Game 4 is set for 9 p.m. ET Friday in Oakland. 🗣There’s absolutely no place in our BEAUTIFUL game for that AT ALL. There’s so many issues here. When you sit courtside you absolutely know what comes with being on the floor and if you don’t know it’s on the back on the ticket itself that states the guidelines. But he himself being a fan but more importantly PART-OWNER of the Warriors knew exactly what he was doing which was so uncalled for. He knew the rules more than just the average person sitting watching the game courtside so for that Something needs to be done ASAP! A swift action for his actions. Just think to yourself, what if @kyle_lowry7 would have reacted and put his hands back on him. You guys would be going CRAZY!! Calling for him to damn near be put in jail let alone being suspended for the rest of the Finals all because he was protected himself. I’ve been quite throughout the whole NBA playoffs watching every game (haven’t missed one) but after I saw what I saw last night, took time to let it manifest into my thinking 🧢 I couldn’t and wouldn’t be quiet on this! #ProtectThePlayers #PrivilegeAintWelcomeHereA post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Jun 6, 2019 at 9:42am PDT”There’s absolutely no place in our BEAUTIFUL game for that AT ALL,” James wrote. “There’s so many issues here. When you sit courtside you absolutely know what comes with being on the floor and if you don’t know it’s on the back on the ticket itself that states the guidelines. But he himself being a fan but more importantly PART-OWNER of the Warriors knew exactly what he was doing which was so uncalled for. He knew the rules more than just the average person sitting watching the game courtside so for that Something needs to be done ASAP! A swift action for his actions.James also said that if the roles were reversed and Lowry put his hands on Stevens, the narrative would be very different.”Just think to yourself, what if (Kyle Lowry) would have reacted and put his hands back on him,” James wrote. “You guys would be going CRAZY!! Calling for him to damn near be put in jail let alone being suspended for the rest of the Finals all because he was protected himself.”National Basketball Players’ Association president Michelle Roberts released a statement Thursday afternoon expressing her concern over the incident.“We are closely monitoring both the Warriors’ and the league’s continued investigation into this matter and anxiously await their conclusions and response,” Roberts’ statement read. “The NBPA has previously expressed its support of a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy with respect to verbal and/or physical assaults perpetrated against players. Stevens’ status as a member of the ownership group does not alter that view.” James followed up his tweet with a lengthy post on Instagram, in which he called out Stevens for knowing “exactly what he was doing” and to try and get the league to do a better job of protecting players from similar situations. NBA Finals 2019: Raptors aren’t focused on who is or isn’t playing for Warriors View this post on Instagram NBA Finals 2019: Warriors part-owner Mark Stevens banned from games after shoving Raptors’ Kyle Lowrylast_img read more

State saw more highway crashes, but fewer highway deaths in 2018

first_imgDES MOINES — Fewer people were killed in traffic crashes in Iowa last year, but Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Nathan Ludwig says it’s not necessarily because people are being more careful when they get behind the wheel.“So, just the State Patrol…we covered almost 500 more crashes (in 2018) compared to a year ago,” Ludwig said. Traffic accidents have increased in Iowa in recent years, while fatalities have dropped. Ludwig credits several factors. “The biggest reason is cars are safer. We saw an all-time high with seat-belt compliance (in 2018) at 93.8-percent,” Ludwig said. “The other biggest reason is that response time and medical care is probably at an all-time high. Every vehicle has a cell phone in it so when an accident occurs, dispatch is notified immediately, and response time is pretty quick.”Statistics from the Iowa Department of Transportation show 318 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2018, down from 330 the previous year. Iowa nearly improved on a low fatality count posted five years ago. In 2013, there were 317 traffic deaths – the fewest since 1944 when there were 310. According to Ludwig, troopers are catching more motorists on interstates who are clocked in the triple digits – traveling at speeds of 100 miles-per-hour or more.“We’ve seen a lot of accidents involving extreme speed,” Ludwig said. “Probably the most obvious thing is accidents occur because people are so distracted – not just from phones but doing other things inside of their vehicle beside just driving.”last_img read more

New players’ Rule book is published

first_img Tags: R&A, Rules, USGA Golf’s new Rules have been published by The R&A and the USGA ahead of coming into effect on 1 January 2019.For the first time, a new Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf is being introduced to provide a shorter, more user-friendly version of the Rules for golfers at all levels of the sport. This version, which will serve as the primary publication for all golfers, features:• A more intuitive organisation with ten simplified topical groupings• A “Purpose of the Rule” description at the top of each Rule, to better define why the Rule exists• Easy-to-follow, full-colour diagrams and charts• A simpler, more direct writing style.Four million copies of the Player’s Edition will be distributed by The R&A and the USGA, all with the support of Rolex. The new book will be translated into more than 30 different languages. Approximately 800,000 copies have been distributed among over 3,000 clubs and societies in Great Britain and Ireland.The Player’s Edition is being launched alongside the modernised full Rules of Golf book, which includes some of the most significant changes made to the Rules in more than 60 years.David Rickman, Executive Director – Governance at The R&A, said, “We are delighted to be rolling out the modernised Rules of Golf today. This is the biggest set of changes to the Rules in a generation and a major step forward in our efforts to make the Rules, and golf itself, more accessible and more in tune with the way the modern sport is played.”A new Official Guide to the Rules of Golf is also available in digital, on website and app, from today, with a printed version being released in November. Designed for golf administrators and club officials, the Guide features Interpretations on specific Rules (which replace the current Decisions) and includes the first jointly-produced Committee Procedures document providing practical guidance to Committees for running competitions and overseeing general play.Another key feature is the Modified Rules of Golf for Players with Disabilities. This document is released alongside the Rules of Golf and enables players with disabilities to play fairly with other players with the same or different types of disability and, importantly, with those without disabilities. The Modified Rules were developed in close consultation with the community of players with disabilities and disability organisations.All of the new books are available in digital formats on www.randa.org and through The R&A Rules of Golf app. A range of explanatory videos and resources are available to enable all golfers to learn about the 2019 Rules.England Golf is among the organisations running extensive educational programmes to ensure that golfers and administrators throughout amateur and professional golf are ready for the new Rules when they take effect on 1 January. 12 Sep 2018 New players’ Rule book is published last_img read more