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Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 90-46 win over Holy Cross

first_imgSyracuse jumped out to another early lead and cruised to its second win in as many games. The No. 18 Orange (2-0) beat Holy Cross (0-2), 90-46, Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. Tyler Lydon improved around the basket, SU head coach Jim Boeheim went to his bench early and Andrew White flashed the shooting ability he displayed at Nebraska last season.Lydon attacks at the rimAfter scoring just two points in Syracuse’s season opener against Colgate, Boeheim said Lydon had to do a better job getting near the basket. Boeheim mentioned that once Lydon gets offensive boards, he has to finish the easy layups. Lydon’s first four baskets were all near the rim. He racked up three offensive boards in the first half.He continued his strong play early in the second half with a sequence in which he saved a loose ball from going out of bounds along the baseline. After whipping the ball back onto the court and to Tyler Roberson without looking, he tumbled into the folding chairs adjacent to the court. The offensive board led to a Frank Howard layup. SU’s student section began chanting his name and on the Orange’s next possession, Lydon hit his first 3 of the season.After struggling in Syracuse’s two exhibition games and against Colgate, the player who was named to the Wooden Award watch list on Tuesday proved why against the Crusaders. He finished with 17 points and six rebounds.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShort leashOn Holy Cross’ first possession of the game, Robert Champion received a pass at the top of the 3-point arc on Howard’s side of the zone. Champion, with time and space, stepped into the shot and knocked it down to give the Crusaders a 3-0 lead. SU head coach Jim Boeheim immediately spun around and told backup point guard John Gillon to check in.Gillon checked in at the next stoppage, three minutes into the game. He subbed in alongside backup center Paschal Chukwu, who replaced Dajuan Coleman. The possession before subbing out, Coleman allowed Champion to slip behind him and Champion had an easy path to the hoop along the baseline to tie the game, 5-5.Both substitutions were made as a result of Syracuse’s defense, something that Boeheim said needs work with new players being added to the mix this season. In the early going on Tuesday, it was two more experienced players who were taken out early.White hot againAndrew White impressed again with a game-high 19 points on 5-of-10 from 3. He got off to a hot start with 12 of Syracuse’s first 31 points in the first 12 minutes of the game. He helped spark the Orange’s 18-3 run to put SU up, 36-14.White scored 17 in the season opener but made only two 3s against Colgate.Early on, White answered Holy Cross when the score was still tight. White tied the game up at 3-3 and knocked down another triple after the Crusaders cut the deficit to 13-8. He flashed his highly-touted shooting skills that had SU fans salivating in the offseason. As a junior at Nebraska, White made 41 percent of the 3s he took. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 15, 2016 at 9:22 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti opposes Shelly Sterling’s continued Clippers ownership

first_imgLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined a chorus of local leaders in speaking out against Shelly Sterling’s ownership in the Clippers, even as some sports experts questioned whether political pressure to oust her could backfire. Speaking to reporters at City Hall Friday, Garcetti said the Sterling family’s continued ownership in the team would mean ongoing “chaos” for the franchise and suggested Shelly Sterling shouldn’t continue on as a co-owner.“We need to make a clean break, I think,” Garcetti said. “It’s clear to me that we need to have ownership that reflects the values of Los Angeles. As long as there is ownership in the Sterling family, there are fans, sponsors and players who will stay away.”The mayor’s remarks come days after the wife of Donald Sterling announced her intention to retain a stake in the Clippers, prompting concern from local leaders. Los Angeles Police Commission president Steve Soboroff said she was too heavily associated with her husband’s actions, stating: “The Sterlings need to go away.” Several Los Angeles City Council members also publicly questioned her continued role with the team. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Mrs. Sterling has made it clear that she abhors the attitudes reflected in her estranged husband’s recent remarks and that she supports the NBA’s decision to ban him for life.”Sports marketing expert Marc Ganis said he believes politicians are speaking out to put pressure on Shelly Sterling to sell in part because the NBA may not have any legal right to force her out. Donald Sterling may been recorded making racist remarks to a woman, V. Stiviano, but Shelly Sterling “hasn’t done anything wrong,” he said.Ganis questioned whether some women’s rights groups would criticize the notion that “wives, or even estranged wives, are responsible for what their husband has done. I can’t help but think that this intense pressure on her could backfire, that people will say, ‘You shouldn’t tar the wife with the sins of the husband.’ ” center_img Donald Sterling was caught on tape making racist comments in a scandal that broke two weeks ago. He has largely stayed out of the public eye since being banned for life from the NBA by Commissioner Adam Silver. Since then, the NBA hasn’t weighed in on the role of Shelly Sterling, who is a part owner in the team. At his press conference, it was noted that no decisions had been made yet on other Sterling family members in terms of ownership, with Silver saying, “The ruling applies specifically to Donald Sterling and Donald Sterling’s conduct only.”Critics of Shelly Sterling’s push to stay on with the Clippers pointed to several discrimination lawsuits involving the Sterlings’ rental properties, where Shelly is named alongside her husband. She is alleged to have also made racist remarks in one lawsuit, which she denies.A comment from Shelly Sterling on Friday wasn’t immediately available. On Thursday, Shelly Sterling’s attorney Pierce O’Donnell, released a statement defending his client, saying her detractors were basing their claims on “allegations and rumors.”last_img read more

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Juventus ahead of Arsenal in Gonzalo Higuain chase as talks begin over deal

first_imgJuventus are in talks over a deal for Arsenal target Gonzal Higuain, according to reports in Italy.The striker has been linked with a move away from Napoli this summer and he has a release clause of £78m.Arsenal are interested in signing the Argentina international and a swap deal involving Olivier Giroud has been mooted.However, according to Radio CRC, it is Juventus who are in talks with Napoli over the signing of Higuain.The Italian champions are currently negotiating with Manchester United over a £100m move for Paul Pogba – meaning they could have plenty of money to spend soon.The club have already lost Alvaro Morata to Real Madrid and as a result they are willing to go all out for Higuain. Gonzalo Higuain celebrates scoring for Argentina 1last_img read more