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Lyons leads Furman to stunning upset of No. 8 Villanova

first_imgJordan Lyons scored 17 points, Matt Rafferty had 15 points and 17 rebounds, and Furman stunned the defending national champion and eighth-ranked Wildcats in overtime, 76-68 on Saturday.“We’re just tiny old Furman,” coach Bob Richey said. “Most people ask us what state we’re in, what city we’re in. Now all of a sudden people are starting to figure out who Furman is.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Lyons and Rafferty delivered huge buckets in overtime to key a 7-0 spurt that put the Paladins ahead 69-63 in the final minute, enough cushion for them to hang on for the victory in front of a shocked sellout crowd at the recently renovated Finneran Pavilion.“It almost can bring me to tears to think about how proud I am of the resolve, the resiliency and the fight this team has,” Richey said. “They play together, they play connected. It’s the definition of a team.”Phil Booth scored 20 points and Colin Gillespie had 19 for the Wildcats (2-2), who were coming off a 27-point loss to Michigan in a rematch of April’s national championship game. It marked the first time Villanova lost back-to-back games since March of 2013.“It’s not that shocking, to be honest,” Booth said. “They’re a very good team. We’re still a young team trying to find our way.”Trailing 58-53 with under four minutes to play in regulation, Joe Cremo hit a 3-pointer, Booth scored and Gillespie made a layup in transition to put Villanova in front, 60-58, in the final minute.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rike leads NU in final UAAP game over UE If opponents and fans aren’t paying attention to the team from Greenville, South Carolina, they’d better start now.Clay Mounce added 15 points and Noah Gurley and Alex Hunter scored 13 apiece for the surging Paladins, who have started 5-0 for the first time in 30 years. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Furman guard Alex Hunter (10) and forward Clay Mounce (45) celebrate after their team defeated Villanova 76-68 in overtime in an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)VILLANOVA, Pa. — First, it was Loyola. Next came Villanova.One by one, Furman is picking off teams from last year’s Final Four and proving to be the surprise story of the first month of the college basketball season.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title After Lyons hit two free throws to tie the game at 60, Booth missed on the other end and Hunter misfired on a long 3-pointer in the final seconds. Cremo was called for a foul while going for the rebound, but Rafferty couldn’t connect on the front end of a 1-and-1 with 2.6 seconds left, setting the game up for OT.Rafferty said his teammates picked him up and told him to make up for the missed free throw in overtime — which he did.“This was incredible,” Rafferty said. “I’ve never been a part of something like this.”ROAR OF THE LYONSTwo days after pouring in 54 points while matching an NCAA record with 15 3-pointers in a 107-67 win over North Greenville, Lyons had more big buckets, including one that put Furman ahead 48-46 with a little over eight minutes remaining.Richey was proud of how the junior guard dealt with ’Nova’s defense, especially after he was held to five points in the first half.“He was mature enough to know he had to play within our team concept,” Richey said. “He got going in the second half. I was really proud of him.”CHEMISTRY ISSUESAlthough he put his team on his back at times, scoring five straight points during one stretch to tie the game at 51, Booth shouldered a lot of the blame for the loss.“I have to do a better job of showing the team what Villanova basketball is on both ends of the floor,” said Booth, a senior guard who was a part of the Wildcats’ national championship teams in both 2016 and 2018. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “We’re trying to work on a lot of chemistry things as a team,” he added.BIG PICTUREFurman: It’s only November, but the Paladins are looking like a team that will be dangerous in March. In their only other road game of the season, they upset last season’s NCAA Tournament darling, Loyola-Chicago, on a last-second dunk.Villanova: After losing four players from last year’s national championship squad to the NBA draft, coach Jay Wright continues to search for his best rotation. On Saturday, freshman Jahvon Quinerly, a five-star recruit, didn’t get in the game after playing key minutes in Villanova’s first three games. The Wildcats’ depth also took a hit Friday when the team announced that redshirt sophomore Dylan Painter will transfer.“You always want to get the young guys in,” Wright said. “It was close and then we got down the stretch and you try to ride it out with the older guys and hope you can get through the game.”UP NEXTFurman hosts Southern Wesleyan on Wednesday.Villanova faces Canisius in the Advocare Invitational in Orlando on Thanksgiving.last_img read more

West Ham star calls on the Hammers to prove a point to their critics

first_img Carl Jenkinson in action for West Ham against Manchester City West Ham defender Carl Jenkinson insists the players have a major point to prove in their final five games.Despite breaking into the top four in the first half of the season, the east London club has suffered a nightmare spell in 2015, winning just one of their last 12 games.The Hammers produced another poor performance during the 2-0 defeat against Manchester City and are in danger of slipping into the bottom half of the table.But Jenkinson, who is on loan from Arsenal, is adamant the players are determined to put things right and says they will be fired up to get back on the winning trail when they face a London derby against QPR on Saturday.He said: “People in our dressing room are fired up. If you came in the changing room after the game [against Manchester City] you’d see that.“People aren’t resting on their laurels, people aren’t happy finishing mid-table. We want to kick on.“We have got something to prove now because we have been on a bad run of games and we want to put that right. We owe that to ourselves and the fans.” 1last_img read more

Video: One game, one goal – the right decision to leave Spurs?

first_img1 After we all had a laugh at his Villarreal unveiling, Roberto Soldado scored on his debut for the Spanish club.The striker made the move from Tottenham earlier in the transfer window and when meeting his new fans, failed to find any of them when kicking footballs into the stands.But on La Liga’s opening day, Soldado put his side ahead in their 1-1 draw with Real Betis. He spent two seasons at Spurs, but found goals hard to come by and claimed he lost his confidence during his stay.Check out the goal below. Video: Roberto Soldado scores on his Villarreal debut last_img read more

Kings notes: Unobstructed view of ‘new’ Norstrom

first_img In this first season of the “new NHL” era in which obstruction is being limited, Norstrom has transformed his game. Always known as a tactically brilliant defenseman who rarely is out of position, Norstrom has taken advantage of the new rules to elevate his offensive game. “With the new rules, you need to be able to do more than just one thing,” Norstrom said. Popular guy: About 14 hours after breaking Marcel Dionne’s record for career goals by a King, Luc Robitaille hadn’t had time to clear all the messages off his cell phone. By Robitaille’s estimate, there were 45 callers, including former teammates Rob Blake and Ian Laperriere, and a day later, there was still plenty to celebrate for Robitaille, who had a hat trick in the victory. “It was a real special night,” Robitaille said. “Any time you set any kind of record, it’s so much more fun when the team wins. It’s amazing how good the feeling is.” Status report: The Kings appear to be slowly returning to health. Goaltender Mathieu Garon, who missed Thursday’s game with a shoulder bruise, completed a lengthy practice without problem Friday and pronounced himself ready to play this afternoon. Aaron Miller (back) and Jeremy Roenick (broken finger) continue to make progress, Murray said. Both will accompany the team to San Jose next week and might be ready to play by the end of next week. Murray said Pavol Demitra, who has missed six games with a severe leg bruise, has made significant progress in recent days but hasn’t skated since Monday. Rich Hammond, (818) 713-3611 rich.hammond@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Norstrom, 33, and in his 12th NHL season, is just one point from tying his career high in of 22 set in 1996-97, his first full year in Los Angeles. Thursday’s third-period shorthanded goal was Norstrom’s career-high third goal of the season. “I’m trying to do a little more, but it’s also kind of my responsibility now,” said Norstrom, who has become a fixture on the Kings’ power play. “It’s kind of, `This is what we need from you now. We don’t only need good defense, we need you on the power play also.’ ” Thursday’s was indicative of Norstrom’s evolution. Twice he skated through center ice and into the neutral zone, free from the obstruction of seasons past. He passed to Tom Kostopoulos for a goal and later scored on a slap shot. “Matty is one of the strongest skaters, if not the strongest skater, on our team,” coach Andy Murray said. “If you don’t touch him early, he’s going to be able to blow by you.” EL SEGUNDO – One day after his career-best five-point game, Kings defenseman Mattias Norstrom remained typically unassuming and humble as he referred to his effort as “just one of those nights.” There are plenty of Kings who would disagree with their captain. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded cardlast_img

Buyer of Knight Ridder may sell off 12 papers

first_imgPHILADELPHIA – The union of the McClatchy Co. and Knight Ridder Inc. will result in the sale of a dozen newspapers whose growth potential isn’t considered up to snuff, further pressuring the publications at a time when the industry is scrambling to improve profits. It didn’t matter that several of the newspapers to be jettisoned have won Pulitzer Prizes, journalism’s highest honor. The Philadelphia Inquirer, for one, has garnered 18 Pulitzers since its founding in 1829. Other buyers are out there – William Dean Singleton of MediaNews Group Inc., which owns the Daily News of Los Angeles, has visited Philadelphia, the biggest of the papers. But the uncertainty over what’s next has made all the papers a bit nervous, and analysts say the publications won’t escape changes in ownership without some pain, in the form of job cuts, wage concessions and reduced benefits. McClatchy said it will shed 12 of the 32 newspapers it plans to acquire because they don’t meet the company’s strategy of owning publications in rapidly growing markets. Those to be resold include the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio, Contra Costa Times in California, Philadelphia Daily News, San Jose Mercury News in California and St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota. “These are terrific publications but simply do not fit with our long-standing acquisition and operating strategies,” Gary Pruitt, McClatchy’s chairman, president and chief executive, said in a statement. “For the 12 newspapers that will be sold, the uncertainty is not over and I regret that very much.” McClatchy, a 149-year-old newspaper publisher based in Sacramento, is buying Knight-Ridder of San Jose for $4.5 billion in what would create the nation’s second-largest newspaper chain. The company has a reputation for being a shrewd financial manager. “They’re very disciplined,” said Donald Wong, an analyst with Standard & Poor’s in New York. “Newspapers that are on their list of divestitures don’t fit their acquisition criteria.” McClatchy said the newspapers being sold are in markets where household growth is projected to be 4.8 percent from 2004 to 2009. McClatchy’s own properties are in communities where the growth is 11.9 percent; the 20 Knight-Ridder properties it will keep are in areas with a forecast growth rate of 11.1 percent. “This wasn’t a rejection of those papers, but of those cities,” said Lauren Rich Fine, an analyst at Merrill Lynch in New York. The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., another of the papers to be sold off, is in the Rust Belt and its economy is dependent upon the eroding automotive industry. That’s not to say that there won’t be buyers for the 12 papers. “Not all newspaper companies have McClatchy’s strategy of only owning newspapers in growing markets,” said John Morton, president of Morton Research Inc. in Silver Spring, Md. In Philadelphia, at least two potential buyers have come over to kick the tires – Singleton and also a group comprising The Newspaper Guild and investment group Yucaipa Cos. of Los Angeles. The Guild had expressed interest in buying eight of the 12 newspapers on the block but wasn’t successful. On Monday, the union said it would consider buying all the publications being divested. Analysts said Gannett Co. might also want to enter a big market like Philadelphia. But whichever company ends up buying the newspapers, there’s bound to be some cost-cutting, Morton said. The Philadelphia Inquirer is vulnerable because it has a “fairly fat staff by newspaper standards,” said Morton, who predicts the new owner will close the Philadelphia Daily News. The Inquirer has already been cutting jobs due to declines in circulation and revenue. Last fall, the paper and its sister publication, the Philadelphia Daily News, cut 100 newsroom positions. In the six months ended Sept. 25, the Inquirer’s weekday circulation was nearly 358,000, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. That’s down 7.5 percent from March 2003. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

MAN WHO TRIED TO PUNCH WOMAN IS ORDERED TO KEEP THE PEACE

first_imgA Letterkenny man who Gardai claimed tried to punch a woman in the face at a fast-food restaurant has been ordered to keep the peace for a year.Letterkenny court.Adrian Brogan had stopped off for something to eat at the Four Lanterns restaurant in Letterkenny on December 13th last year. However, a row ensued and Brogan ended up in a scuffle with a young woman and her friend.Garda Sean Barrett told Letterkenny District Court that when he arrived at the restaurant, Brogan was about to swing and punch a woman.However, he was stopped when another Garda managed to pull his hand.Brogan, of 25 McGinley Road, Letterkenny was charged with using threatening and abusive language in a public place – a charge he denied.Garda Sean Barrett that only for another Garda managed to step in, Brogan could have caused the woman a serious injury.“If that punch had not been deflected, that woman could have received a very serious injury,” claimed Garda Barrett.Brogan was eventually pepper-sprayed and was brought to Milford Garda station.Garda Barrett said he drove the accused home the following morning and said he was very apologetic and admitted he had very little memory of what happened.However, when giving evidence Mr Brogan had a completely different story of what had happened.He said he had ben standing with his hands in his pockets when a woman, whom he did not know, got into his face and began abusing him.He said he merely pushed her away and that is when Gardai arrived and pepper-sprayed him.He said he had gone into the Four Lanterns the following day having been released by Gardai and viewed the CCTV footage with the manager on duty.He said the CCTV footage showed the woman approaching him for not reason and getting into his face.It also showed him pushing the woman away in self-defense.He added that he would never strike a woman and if he had, he would have admitted it.Garda Barrett said he went to view the CCTV footage a number of weeks later but it had been erased.Judge Paul Kelly said Mr Brogan was not charged with assault but using threatening and abusive behaviour and that Garda Barrett’s evidence was clear.“He should not have responded the way he did and that led to him being pepper-sprayed. I find the facts proved,” said Judge Kelly.He ordered Brogan to keep the peace for a period of 12 months.MAN WHO TRIED TO PUNCH WOMAN IS ORDERED TO KEEP THE PEACE was last modified: June 24th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Adrian Brogandonegalletterkennylast_img read more

Claim filed in shooting of suspect

first_imgLANCASTER – The family of an unarmed man shot to death in a fight with a sheriff’s deputy has filed a $2 million civil-rights claim against Los Angeles County, accusing the deputy of mishandling the situation and using excessive force. The claim accuses sheriff’s officials of wrongfully withholding information from the family of Clint Updyke, who was shot about 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 8 in a field after he crashed a car in an apparent road rage incident. “They get to investigate themselves to see if they’ve been bad and it all happens in secret,” said attorney Marc Grossman, who is representing Updyke’s wife, two children and parents. The deputy, whom sheriff’s officials will not identify, was negligent in allowing a confrontation with an unarmed man to escalate after first hitting Updyke with a baton and shocking him with a Taser electronic stun device, Grossman said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “How he ended up in an altercation, with a Taser and ultimately deadly force, is just crazy,” Grossman said. The claim, a precursor to a lawsuit, was filed Dec. 16 with the county Board of Supervisors. A Sheriff’s Department spokesman said the department will not comment on pending litigation. Grossman earlier filed two requests for information about the shooting, but sheriff’s officials ignored one and denied the second, he said. Sheriff’s officials will not identify the name of the deputy, nor disclose the names of witnesses, Grossman said. A sheriff’s official incorrectly told reporters the day of the shooting that Updyke had tried to hit the deputy with a large rock, but a coroner’s report said it was really a clump of dirt, Grossman said. Los Angeles County district attorney’s officials are reviewing the department’s investigation to decide if a criminal charges are warranted, officials said Wednesday. After prosecutors make a decision on criminal charges, sheriff’s internal affairs officials will decide whether the deputy violated department policies or procedures, a sheriff’s lieutenant said. The shooting will also be examined by the Office of Independent Review, an agency created in 2001 to oversee the Sheriff’s Department. Updyke, 26, was shot after knocking the deputy to the ground and while he stood or knelt over him, punching him, homicide Lt. Joe Hartshorne said. As he was being punched, the deputy told Updyke he would be shot if he didn’t stop the attack, Hartshorne said. The deputy had earlier hit Updyke with his baton and shocked him with a Taser, but that did not subdue him, Hartshorne said. “The deputy felt he’s losing the fight,” Hartshorne said. Two other deputies arrived after Updyke was shot and helped subdue him. Updyke died at a hospital. A coroner’s examination found traces of methamphetamine in Updyke’s system. Hartshorne said Updyke attacked the deputy as soon as the deputy got out of his patrol car, after witnesses pointed out Updyke as the man who minutes earlier had crashed a car in a drainage ditch and run off. The deputy radioed for other deputies to back him up but they didn’t arrive until after he shot Updyke, Hartshorne said. The deputy shocked Updyke when Updyke raised what the deputy thought was a large rock – but proved to be a dirt clod – over his head to hit him, Hartshorne said. Moments before the deputy arrived, Updyke had tried to force his way onto a school bus that had stopped to pick up students but the driver drove off, Hartshorne said. Sheriff’s officials had received several 911 calls after the 5:30 a.m. Nov. 8 crash on Newgrove Street near 30th Street West, Hartshorne said. One came from two people whose vehicle had been followed closely by Updyke’s compact for a couple miles before it crashed. Updyke had been passing the other car closely and then braking, Hartshorne said. Updyke’s car was behind them when it crashed. The people didn’t know of anything that might have provoked him, Hartshorne said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Warriors have good health news on Steph Curry, Klay Thompson

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – The two Warriors stars have cemented themselves as the best NBA shooters of all time. Lately, though, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson share a common bond for another reason.Instead of trading 3-point baskets, both Curry and Thompson have spent time recently in the trainer’s …last_img read more

South Africa’s ‘year of action’: Zuma

first_img12 February 2010 President Jacob Zuma has dubbed 2010 South Africa’s “year of action”, saying government officials would be expected to work faster, harder and smarter to improve service delivery in the country, and would be systematically monitored and evaluated to make sure they did so. “We will expect the executives and the public service to comply with this vision,” Zuma said during his State of the Nation address in Parliament, Cape Town on Thursday, adding that a performance-orientated state would be achieved by improving planning, performance monitoring and evaluation. He said ministers would sign detailed delivery agreements with the President, outlining exactly what was to be done, how, by whom, within what period, and what measurements and resources were to be used. The government was also working on a public service development programme that would set norms and standards for South Africa’s public servants in all spheres of government. Zuma said a turnaround strategy for the country’s local government had been approved in December following a meeting with mayors and municipal managers. This strategy would ensure that municipalities had the right management, technical and administrative skills. In addition, an inter-ministerial committee on corruption was looking at ways of cutting out corruption in the public service. This was already having an effect, Zuma said, with the termination of 32 687 fraudulent social grants payments, valued at R180-million, this week alone. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

New beginning for 2010 host cities

first_img1 July 2010 After years of preparation, development, planning and excitement, Nelspruit, Polokwane and Mangaung/Bloemfontein look to the future and what they can take from their experience of hosting the world’s biggest sporting event now that their World Cup duties are over.Neslpruit Nelspruit’s Mbombela stadium has hosted some of the tournament’s most exciting clashes while bringing the fanfare of the World Cup to the people of Mpumalanga province. “This tournament has placed Nelspruit on the map,” Differ Mogale, Nelspruit’s 2010 coordinator, said this week. “We know we are a city that has hosted the world’s biggest tournament.” Nelspruit was the site of the Socceroos’ swansong, as they beat Serbia 2-1 in their final group game. “One of the biggest bars in the city was sold out of beer as the Australian fans celebrated,” Mogale said. “Moments like this show us that we are not living in isolation, but part of the world and the bigger picture.” Looking to the future, Nelspruit hopes to capitalise on the success of the World Cup. “People are still excited. We did well during the tournament, this experience will help us be the best city for our people and citizens.”Polokwane Polokwane was another host city that received a built-from-scratch stadium ahead of the tournament, bringing the people of Limpopo province closer to both the tournament action and making the city eligible for future large-scale sporting fixtures. “The experience itself was remarkable for us as a city,” said Ndavhe Ramakuela, Polokwane’s 2010 coordinator. “The support from the local people has been great, there were 30 000 spectators plus for every game. This cemented the belief that we are capable of hosting big events like the Fifa World Cup.” The Peter Mokaba stadium hosted the France vs Mexico clash, one of the most important matches for the group that contained the host nation. “The people of Limpopo are big football fans, and we were excited for all the games,” said Ramakuela. “There was great support, and already people are excited for the next match in the stadium.” Polokwane will take more than infrastructure and development out of hosting the Fifa World Cup. “The city has learnt a lot,” said Ramakuela. “We now have the skills to run mega projects set to global standards; we have come a long way.”Mangaung/Bloemfontein As England fell to Germany and left the World Cup, so too did the fixture signalling the end of match days in the city of Mangaung/Bloemfontein. “We feel extremely delighted to have been a part of hosting the 2010 World Cup,” said George Mohlakoana, Mangaung/Bloemfontein’s 2010 coordinator. “And to have England and German was very lucky, it was a quarter or a semi in itself.” Like many of the other host cities, Mangaung/Bloemfontein will inherit improved infrastructure, including road upgrades, stadium upgrades and improved transport systems. “There is sadness that we will not be hosting anymore games,” said Mohlakoana. “But we are very happy with what we have achieved. Our city’s experience in event delivery and infrastructure will last long after the tournament is over.” For Mangaung/Bloemfontein, the experience of hosting the tournament has demonstrated the capacity of the city to host major events. “There is a passion for the game of football, our fans have been shown to the international community and they are now famous outside of the country,” said Mohlakoana. “The electric atmosphere of our stadium is something fans will want to experience again.” “The main element is to build on what we have achieved and ensure South Africa grows from this in leaps and bounds.” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more