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Petra Girls champions to be crowned today

first_imgTHE champions of the 2019 Smalta Girls Pee Wee will be known today when the semi-finals and final of the tournament take place.The games will open at 13:00hrs with the 5-8 playoff between Smith Memorial and South Riumveldt while Timehri play St Stephen’s on pitch two.North Georgetown and Tucville will clash in the first semi-final from 13:50hrs with West Ruimveldt playing Redeemer in the second semifinal.Those matches were scheduled for last weekend but the inclement weather made the ground unplayable for a major part of the day.Following that, the seventh and eighth place playoffs will take place along with the fifth- and sixth-place playoff.The third-place playoff is set for 15:30hrs with the final on the opposing pitch.last_img read more

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Syracuse loses fourth straight game, 101-90, in double overtime at No. 23 Florida State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With no true point guard and all eyes fixated on Tyus Battle, two defenders swarmed the Syracuse star. There was no room to move. Battle played all of regulation and all but 24.6 seconds of both overtimes, pouring every ounce he had into a game- and career-high 37 points to pace the Orange.A 10-second rule was called because Syracuse could not get the ball across mid-court. The Seminoles drilled their 11th 3-pointer of the game on their next possession, paving the path for a late surge to separate themselves from the Orange in the second overtime on Saturday afternoon.In Syracuse’s first multi-OT game since the Connecticut six-OT game in the 2009 Big East Tournament, Florida State launched from deep and brought an offensive attack Syracuse (12-6, 1-4) has not seen this season. Sagging to protect the rim comes with a risk — an open perimeter — and the Seminoles converted on 11 3-pointers. When the Orange stretched out to defend 3s, the Seminoles (13-4, 2-3) worked inside with their considerable size, winning 101-90 at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center and handing SU its fourth straight loss.“That was a good effort,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said, noting that SU overcame a 10-point deficit out of the break. “Tremendous effort … we played well and we’re playing better on offense.”The SU defense was strong early, but the offense was inflammable. They swapped in the second half and much of overtime, as Battle exploded for drives, 3-pointers and an array of versatility to make it a game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt the end of regulation, Battle drilled a 3-pointer from the right wing with six seconds left. It sent the game into overtime, the score even at 74, and silenced a previously raucous home crowd. He scored 22 points in the second half and added 10 more in the overtime periods. Battle is SU’s leading scorer, who lifted SU to a win at Georgetown a month ago with two late 3-pointers in an overtime thriller. Saturday, with starting point guard Frank Howard fouled out and no other consistent scoring option, Battle put SU on his back.“I was playing too fast, they were speeding me up,” Battle said. “In the second half, I just slowed down, saw the floor, stayed aggressive.“Just little mistakes that lost us the game. Defensive errors, defensive breakdowns. I let their guys get wide open corner 3s.”What followed many of Battle’s scoring plays was an FSU answer. The high-scoring Seminoles knew how they would beat Syracuse, even without their leading scorer in junior Terance Mann.Shoot the 3.The Seminoles take more 3s per game than any team in the conference and they entered Saturday with the 29th-best scoring offense in the country, averaging nearly 84 points per game. They were held to only 31 points in the first half. But the goal was to beat SU via the 3, and they stuck to their gameplan. FSU shot 11-for-32 from deep.Despite Battle’s outing and the fact that four SU players reached double figures, the Syracuse offense could not keep pace. It was a close game, but Syracuse is stuck in neutral, held back by few scoring options, lethargy and a bevy of turnovers. The Orange committed 19, and FSU turned those into 31 points.At point guard, Howard scored 13 points and dished out five assists before fouling out late in regulation. He was subdued post-game, but he extracted the positive from Syracuse’s 90-point offensive outburst.“We played well, moved the ball a lot better in the second half,” Howard said. “We got some driving lanes. I think we’re starting to find our niche on the offensive end.”It may have come at a convenient time. The Orange’s near upset win could provide Syracuse a momentum boost at a needed time. For one, it was a near a road win against a ranked opponent, something that eluded the program last season. It would have snapped a three-game skid, as well, and the victory represents how formidable the Syracuse defense can be.The Orange will return home Tuesday for Pittsburgh (8-10, 0-5), the worst team in the ACC. Boston College follows, and the Orange is predicted to win each of its next four games, according to Kenpom.com.It may not be time to panic just yet, considering Syracuse started conference play 0-4 two years ago, when the Orange went dancing all of the way to the Final Four. But SU’s fourth straight loss is significant and it will take a strong next month and a half of play to dig itself out of this hole and earn an NCAA Tournament berth.“It’s five games. Who cares?” Boeheim said. “You got a whole season, 14 games left. Who cares? It doesn’t matter. We had a tough start, three tough road games. If we lost them by 10 or 12, I’d be really worried. We had a really good chance to win two of the three.” Comments Published on January 13, 2018 at 5:28 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

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Dodgers’ offensive problems don’t start at the top, Dave Roberts says

first_img“It’s just more magnified. These guys have taken 40, 50 at-bats. I absolutely understand that it’s a shorter season. But they’re going to get going.”A career .303 hitter with a .911 OPS in the leadoff spot, Betts has gone 7 for 21 with a .417 on-base percentage in his five starts there this season while batting .250 (10 for 40) with a .286 on-base percentage batting second.But Roberts doesn’t believe in trickle-down economics. Moving Betts into the leadoff spot wouldn’t be a panacea for the Dodgers’ other offensive woes, he said.“Certainly you talk about the leadoff hitter, the role, the spark — I absolutely understand that,” Roberts said. “But you look up and down our lineup, there’s really not anyone swinging the bat considerably well. So just to have Mookie in the leadoff role I don’t think makes everybody in the order get hot.“When you’re talking about one player and lineup construction where he hits leadoff once a game, the numbers to last year are very similar as far as (Betts’) production. Now you’re taking in eight other players in a lineup that particular game that matter as well. So when you potentially give them matchups and make it a little more difficult for the opposing managers, I think that has some value too.”SEAGER PROGRESSFor the second consecutive day, injured shortstop Corey Seager tested his back by doing agility drills, running, swinging a bat and playing catch.“He came out of it feeling good,” Roberts said. “It’s just going to be a slow progression. I don’t know when he’s going to get on the field and take batting practice, take grounders at full speed. Then we’ll know more.”Roberts said the Dodgers still do not feel it’s necessary to put Seager on the injured list despite playing shorthanded for a fourth consecutive game Tuesday.“Right now we’re OK with the versatility we have to just stand pat,” Roberts said.GONSOLIN STARTThe Dodgers have yet to start a pitcher on less than five days’ rest this season. And they’re not about to start now.In the midst of a stretch of 17 consecutive days with games, Roberts said the Dodgers will promote right-hander Tony Gonsolin to start Wednesday’s game against the San Diego Padres, pushing left-hander Julio Urias (and the rest of the rotation) back a day.“I think right now, trying to appreciate that we’ve got 17 in a row and we want to make sure that we really take care of the starters and pitchers in general,” Roberts said. “So I think right now to give them the extra day over a few turns, I think makes sense for everybody. And, we can kind of push them a little bit more as we get into September.”This has become standard procedure for the Dodgers. Over the previous three seasons, their starting pitcher has been operating on five days’ rest or more in 70 percent (339 of 487) of their regular-season games.“It’s not just a Julio thing,” Roberts said of Urias who is 1-0 with a 2.40 ERA after his first three starts. “I think it’s a good thing for all of our starters.”ALSOReliever Joe Kelly did have the hearing for his appeal of an eight-game suspension on Monday. The Dodgers are awaiting word on the decision.Related Articles “That’s kind of been my whole career,” he said accurately — 567 of his 794 career starts in the big leagues have been at the top of the order. “I don’t foresee hitting somewhere else. If there’s a need then I’m always ready if it needs to happen.“I’d like to hit in one spot. I don’t like moving around. … I think it’s just a comfort level for me. I can only speak for myself, to know that every day I’m going to be in the lineup, batting first.”But Betts has started as the leadoff hitter just five times in the first 18 games since signing a 12-year contract extension with the Dodgers. Instead, Joc Pederson (seven) and Max Muncy (five) have appeared there more often with Betts batting second as Roberts seeks a “left-right” lineup that makes it more difficult for opposing managers to make pitching decisions (particularly with the new three-batter rule for pitchers).The results have not been good. Despite overall good production that puts them near the top of the National League in most offensive categories, the Dodgers’ lineup has had some soft spots and the leadoff spot is one. Going into Tuesday’s game, the Dodgers’ leadoff hitters had combined for a .188 average and .685 OPS.“Obviously having Muncy in there at times, he’s a traditional on-base guy and he’s just not swinging the bat well,” Roberts said Tuesday. “Right now, he’s just in a little bit of a funk. He’s going to get out of it. I don’t think the leadoff spot is the reason. Joc has hit leadoff many times over for us in years past. And he’s just not swinging the bat well. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire LOS ANGELES — When the Dodgers traded for Mookie Betts, they acquired one of the best leadoff hitters in baseball.But they haven’t used him that way.In spring training, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he would — “That’s where he feels comfortable and that’s where we’re at right now,” he said in February.Betts himself made it clear that was his preference. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season last_img read more