Update on the latest in sports:

first_img— The Blue Jackets have a nine-game point streak after beating the Panthers, 1-0 on Zach Werenski’s goal against former Columbus netminder Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF’-skee) 1:54 into overtime. Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LIH’-kihnz) had 32 saves in picking up his fourth shutout of the season, helping the Jackets move to 8-0-1 in their last nine games. The Panthers lost for just the second time in their last nine games.— Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) capped his two-goal night by scoring 2:52 into overtime to give the Islanders a 4-3 win over the Stars. Dallas led 3-2 until Mathew Barzal (bahr-ZAL’) notched a power-play goal late in the third period. Kieffer Bellows made his NHL debut and registered an assist against the team his father, Brian, spent most of his career.— Shootout goals by Ondrej Kase (KAH’-shah) and Rickard Rakell (rah-KEHL’) gave the Ducks a 3-2 victory at Ottawa. Kase also scored in the second period and Rakell assisted on Nick Ritchie’s first-period goal.— The Canadiens erased a 3-0 deficit and knocked off the Devils, 5-4 on Ilya Kovalchuk’s (KOH’-vul-chuhks) shootout goal. Montreal’s Charlie Lindgren had 20 saves filling for an ailing Carey Price. Kyle Palmieri scored two-power-play goals for New Jersey, including the game-tying tally with 20 seconds left in regulation.COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS — Lamar Stevens had 24 points and Myreon Jones made a career-high six 3-pointers while scoring 20 points as No. 22 Penn State earned a 75-70 win over No. 16 Michigan State. Stevens hit five free throws over the final 16 seconds to help the Nittany Lions wrap up their fifth consecutive win. Michigan State’s Cassius Winston scored 25 points but could not convert on chances to pull into a tie twice in the closing seconds.NHL-SCHEDULEOvechkin leads Caps’ comebackUNDATED (AP) — Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) is two away from becoming the eighth player in NHL history to score 700 goals.The Washington Capitals trailed 2-1 with just over six minutes left before the left winger scored three times in lead a 4-2 triumph over the Kings. Ovechkin tallied twice in a 70-second span to put the Caps ahead before completing his 27th career hat trick with an empty-netter. The Chargers also say Shane Steichen will remain the offensive coordinator after taking over midway through the season.In other NFL news:— The Jaguars have hired former 49ers general manager Trent Baalke as their director of player personnel. Baalke replaces Chris Polian, who was fired last month after seven seasons in Jacksonville. Baalke spent the last three years working for the NFL as a football operations consultant.— Jacksonville announced that it will play consecutive home games in London next season. The Jaguars have played a home game at Wembley Stadium every year since 2013 and expect to extend a contract that runs through 2020.— The NFL has suspended Jaguars defensive tackle Carl Davis without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Davis’ contract is set to expire when the new league calendar begins in March. John Carlson scored a goal and set up two others, giving him league-highs for defensemen with 51 assists and 65 points.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask picked up his third shutout of the season and 48th of his career by making 25 saves in the Bruins’ 4-0 victory over the Canucks. Charlie Coyle had a goal and an assist as Boston earned its fourth straight win. Brad Marchand, David Krejci (KRAY’-chee) and Karson Kuhlman (KOOL’-muhn) also tallied for the Bruins, who remain one point behind the Capitals for the top total in the Eastern Conference.— Steven Stamkos tipped in his 24th goal of the season in the third period to send the Lightning to a 4-2 win over the Golden Knights. Andrei Vasilevskiy (vah-sih-LEHV’-skee) made 28 saves and extended his streak of consecutive games without a regulation loss to 16 games, matching the franchise record set by Nikolai Khabibulin (hah-bee-BOO’-lihn) in 2002-03. Brayden Point and Anthony Cirelli also scored, and Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) had two assists for Tampa Bay.— Andre Burakovsky (bur-ah-KAHF’-skee) collected a career-high four points on one goal and three assists as the Avalanche mauled the Sabres, 6-1. Burakovsky tied a career high with his 17th goal and ran his point streak to five games. Valeri Nichushkin (nih-CHOOSH’-kihn) had a goal and two assists for Colorado, which scored six times in its first 14 shots. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-the-toh-KOON’-poh) delivered 34 points on 12 of 17 shooting and had 17 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks topped Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans, 120-108. Williamson finished with 20 points, but he shot just 5-for-19 and had seven rebounds in his first meeting with Antetokounmpo.Khris Middleton had 20 points for the Bucks, who took control by outscoring the Pelicans 42-24 in the third quarter.The outcome leads Milwaukee with an NBA-best 42-7 record.NBA-NEWSKnicks dump president Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEBucks down PelicansUNDATED (AP) — The NBA’s reigning MVP got the better of the league’s No. 1 pick last season. — The league is changing the format to this season’s 3-point contest at All-Star Saturday Night in Chicago by adding a pair of deep shots that will be worth three points apiece. That change means each round will now be a total of 27 shots instead of 25. Competitors will now get 70 seconds to finish their shots instead of the customary 60.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEMilestone win for Coach KUNDATED (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEHF’-skee) has hit another milestone in his Hall of Fame coaching career.Krzyzewski picked up his 500th ACC victory as Vernon Carey Jr. had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead seventh-ranked Duke to a 63-55 win at Boston College. Carey made a layup and then hit two free throws with about six minutes left during a 10-0 run that put the Blue Devils ahead to stay. February 4, 2020 Associated Press Tre Jones scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half to help Krzyzewski improve to 500-200 in all ACC regular season and tournament games.Duke missed its first 10 shots in allowing the Eagles to race out to a 12-2 lead.In other top-25 men’s basketball action:— No. 9 Maryland trailed by five before opening the second half on a 14-4 spurt to pull ahead in a 56-51 victory against Rutgers. Jalen Smith had 14 points and 15 rebounds to help the Terrapins move to 13-0 at home. Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 17, including three free throws that put the Terps ahead, 52-49 with 2:12 remaining.— Samir Doughty scored 23 points, including hitting two free throws in the final seconds of overtime, to send 11th-ranked Auburn past Arkansas, 79-76. The Tigers closed the second half on a 15-4 run before improving to 16-6. The Razorbacks lost despite Mason Jones’ 40 points for the Razorbacks.center_img Golf rulers says increased distance must be slowedPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Golf’s governing bodies have released a two-year project showing that golfers at all levels keep hitting the ball so far that it’s hurting the game.The R&A and USGA plan to stop the cycle of golf courses expanding to accommodate the long ball of the modern game. The governing bodies are looking at equipment standards for clubs and golf balls.The report says it will not consider other factors like athleticism and training and swing technique. When such changes will occur is unclear.  With feedback and research, it could take more than a year to find a solution.VANDERBILT-ATHLETIC DIRECTOR Michigan State’s Dantonio announces retirementUNDATED (AP) — Michigan State’s winningest football coach has stepped down.Mark Dantonio has announced his retirement, ending a 13-year run in which his teams won three Big Ten titles and he became the school’s winningest coach. Dantonio went 114-57 as the Spartans’ coach and won Big Ten titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015. He won at least 11 games five times in that six-year span — the first time a Big Ten coach had done that.The 63-year-old Dantonio called his decision a difficult one while noting the nonstop demands of the job.Defensive coordinator Mike Tressel will be the acting head coach while Michigan State seeks a replacement. UNDATED (AP) — The New York Knicks are changing team presidents once again.The Knicks have dismissed Steve Mills with the team about to miss the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season. Mills took over the post less than three years ago following Phil Jackson’s three-year run at the helm. The move came two days after the NBA trade deadline, and two months after head coach David Fizdale was dismissed.The Knicks entered Tuesday with the NBA’s fourth-worst record at 15-36. They’ve lost at least 50 games each season since 2013-14.General manager Scott Perry will take control of the basketball operations while the team seeks a permanent replacement for Mills.Also around the NBA: NFL-NEWSChargers’ Lynn gets extensionUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have announced a contract extension for head coach Anthony Lynn.Lynn is 27-24 in three seasons with the Chargers. He guided the team to a 12-4 mark and a berth in the AFC divisional round in 2018, but the Chargers fell to 5-11 this past season.Lynn had one year left on his contract. Update on the latest in sports: — Braves reliever Shane Greene has become the first player to go to salary arbitration this year. The 31-year-old right-hander asked a three-man panel for a raise from $4 million to $6.75 million, while the Braves countered with $6.25 million. Greene was a first-time All-Star last year and compiled a 2.30 ERA in 65 appearances with the Braves and Detroit, striking out 64 and walking 17 over 62 2/3 innings.— Outfielder Jon Jay and pitcher Edwin Jackson are among four players signed by the Diamondbacks to minor league contracts. Arizona also worked out minor league deals with John Hicks and outfielder Trayce Thompson.— The Phillies will retire the late Hall of Fame pitcher Roy Halladay’s No. 34 on May 29, 2020, the 10th anniversary of his perfect game against the Marlins. Halladay was 40 when he was killed in a plane crash in November 2017.  He was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year.— The lone baseball writer who did not vote for Derek Jeter for the Hall of Fame chose to keep his or her ballot private. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America released the ballots of 315 Hall voters, and all public ballots included the longtime New York Yankees captain. Jeter was on 396 of 397 ballots in voting announced Jan. 21.GOLF NEWS MLB-NEWSBryant loses grievance attemptUNDATED (AP) — An arbitrator has denied the grievance filed by Chicago Cubs infielder Kris Bryant, according to a person who has read the unreleased document of the decision. Mark Irvings ruled the players’ association did not prove the team’s reasons for holding the third baseman in the minors at the start of the 2015 season were a pretext to push back his eligibility for free agency. Bryant hit .425 with nine homers in 40 at-bats during 2015 spring training and was held in the minors until April 17, one day after he would have been eligible for a full year of service time.In other Major League Baseball news:— The Astros have introduced James Click as their new general manager. He takes over for Jeff Luhnow, who was suspended for a season by Major League Baseball before being fired in the wake of Houston’s sign-stealing scandal. The Astros last week hired 70-year-old Dusty Baker to take over for AJ Hinch as manager. Turner resigns as Vanderbilt ADNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Malcolm Turner has resigned as Vanderbilt athletic director after one year on the job.Turner was president of the NBA G League when hired in December 2018 by Vanderbilt to replace David Williams. He started Feb. 1, 2019.Turner fired Bryce Drew as men’s basketball coach last spring and hired Jerry Stackhouse.Candice Storey Lee has been named interim athletic director effectively immediately.last_img read more

Syracuse takes step closer to NCAA Tournament in 79-54 win over Wake Forest

first_img Published on March 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Frank Howard tossed the ball toward the rim from the right wing. Elijah Hughes, instead of staying still behind the 3-point lane, cut behind the Wake Forest zone from the left corner. For the second time in the second half, Hughes dunked off a dime from Howard.“They stay connected on our guys, really,” Hughes said. “That made it easier to get in the lane … Frank and I just made eye contact, he just threw it up and I caught it. It was cool.”Syracuse carried over its solid offensive showing from Tuesday night’s loss against No. 5 North Carolina, but this time, it came within the arc. Syracuse (19-10, 10-6 Atlantic Coast) handled business against a lower-tier ACC team in Wake Forest (11-17, 4-12) on Saturday, 79-54. The Orange rode dominance inside — shooting 71.1 percent from 2-point range — to an early lead that SU held for the last 35 minutes and 50 seconds of the game. It gives the Orange a win that bracketologists think should solidify SU’s NCAA Tournament hopes and breaks their two-game losing skid.“I thought we did a great job with it,” junior Tyus Battle said. “It was a game that we’re supposed to win, but a lot of times, you’re not up and ready for those games.”The inside assertiveness began with Hughes choosing to take his defender off the dribble. He hadn’t shot above 50 percent from the floor since Jan. 24, but he made 4-of-6 attempts in Saturday’s first half, and finished 8-for-12. Three came inside the paint after driving from the left wing with his right hand, and he also knocked down a right corner jumper to stake Syracuse to an early advantage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter the game, Hughes heard a reporter ask Battle about his performance. So Hughes jumped in, leaned into the scrum and nodded his head as SU’s leading scorer praised his play.“I’ve been telling him all season, get to the basket,” Battle said. “Finally did it. It was good to see as a teammate, and he’s capable of doing that every night, every game.”Hughes set up two of his teammates for easy first-half buckets, too. On one drive, he chose to lob a pass toward Paschal Chukwu instead of scoring himself. The 7-foot-2 center threw down a slam. Then, in transition, Hughes picked out a wide-open Oshae Brissett for an up-fake and layup.Battle attacked from the beginning, as well. A miss off an early floater bounced right back to the SU junior, so he put it back up and in. Running back down the floor, he matched his head coach, raising his arms and wondering where the foul call was. Then, Battle swished a foul line pull-up jumper and used a sidestep to score as the trailer in transition.“That was one of our objectives: to attack them off the bounce,” Battle said. “… We had a size advantage, and we were just trying to take advantage of that.”The Orange were coming off one of their better offensive showings of the season: 85 points on the road at No. 5 North Carolina. But that was a loss, just as SU’s prior game against then-No. 1 Duke had been. The Demon Deacons provided a respite, enough so that a solid outing on the attacking end of the floor held up.But it was a different win for the Orange because Syracuse struggled to make 3s. Instead, its offensive dominance came inside, with the Orange winning the battle in the paint, 44-10 — the most paint points for SU in conference play this season.“Defense dictates our offense,” Hughes said. “If we’re not getting going from the 3, then we get stops and get on the breaks.”Out of halftime, Hughes cut backdoor for his first alley-oop jam behind WFU’s zone. A few minutes later, Battle hit two tough pull-ups from the left side of the floor. Shots kept falling from all over, but they weren’t 3-pointers. Hughes caught his second lob a bit later, this time after more telling eye contact with Howard. That put the Orange up 56-37 and extended SU’s run to 10-0, effectively putting Saturday’s game out of reach.“(Hughes) was really good early today,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “Tyus was really good the whole game. Those two guys were really solid out there.”A game against Wake Forest didn’t have season-making potential, but it had season-breaking implications. A few days ago, bracketologist Patrick Stevens told The Daily Orange that Syracuse had to avoid a loss to Wake Forest to be in “no real danger” of missing the NCAA Tournament.A year ago, SU was the final at-large team selected to the NCAA Tournament. The season before, Syracuse barely missed and was a one-seed in the National Invitation Tournament. This year, though, the Orange rebounded to propel themselves past a subpar bubble. Preseason point guard injuries and consistent struggles at the center spot didn’t do them in. Neither did two losses in each of November and December.The selection committee has proven to be unpredictable. But barring an unprecedented decision, Saturday’s interior dominance affords the Orange a certain comfort: For the first time in three years, Syracuse should avoid being affected by its instability.“I feel comfortable,” Hughes said of SU’s postseason resume. “I feel confident in where we stand on Selection Sunday, whatever the case may be. I feel like we should be all right.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more