first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 18, 2015 at 4:54 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Briana Day’s absence already posed enough of an obstacle for Syracuse.Then in the first half, SU’s top three scorers shot a combined 3-for-15. Alexis Peterson, Brianna Butler and Diamond Henderson weren’t producing.“I told them if you want to win the game, you guys can’t play like that,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “You guys have to make shots… The more shots we made, obviously we could get into our press and get pressure and we did a good job of doing that.”It wasn’t the guards who came out firing in the second half, but the reserve bigs who picked up for the starting center, who was out with a right ankle injury.In Briana Day’s place, twin sister Bria Day made her first career start, scoring two points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Taylor Ford also pitched in at center with a season-high 15 points and six rebounds, as the No. 25 Orange (13-5, 3-2 Atlantic Coast) defeated Boston College (8-10, 0-5), 64-46, on Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBriana Day, the ACC’s second best rebounder with 10.5 boards per game entering Sunday, tweaked her ankle on Thursday against Wake Forest, but returned for nine minutes after the injury. Hillsman said she could have played today, but chose not to take any risks.Despite her absence, SU outscored BC 26-14 in the paint on the day and 18-8 in the second half. While Syracuse was outrebounded in the game, SU grabbed seven more boards than the Eagles in the second frame, largely in part to Bria Day and Ford.“I thought they did a good job rebounding the ball,” Hillsman said. “I thought they did good as a whole, really good job being athletic in our press. So I thought they did an awesome job.”The Orange’s defense sparked its offense, especially in the second half, and the Eagles’ 23 turnovers led to 23 SU points.Tied at 26 with 17 minutes to play, Syracuse kicked it into gear.Peterson picked Ashley Kelsick’s pocket and scored an easy layup on the other end. Ford attacked the rim and converted an and-one. Bria Day held the ball in the low post and her shot was blocked, but picked up the loose ball and finished inside.All of a sudden, just three minutes later, it was a 10-point game and Boston College never came within single digits the rest of the way.“Our players did a great job of coming into the game and contributing,” Hillsman said. “When you play a game like that, when you have a player out and you kind of have a short bench, everyone stepped in and made some shots and carried the load.” Commentslast_img read more

first_imgA little more than four years ago, while cruising down PCH with my mother and sister, I got my first glimpse of it. The scene was set: sun shining, wind blowing, ocean on the horizon. The beauty of Mother Nature around me complemented the allure of what sat right in front of me — a fresh copy of the Daily Trojan. Its texture, its scent and most significantly, its content reeled me in the very moment we met back in what seemed like simpler times  — my mom still had to sign my permission slips.After browsing through different columns, stories and photos in the DT, I knew that this was something that I wanted to do. More than a hundred bylines later — it’s pretty easy to lose count — I’m publishing my last words in this publication that has meant so much to me. The Daily Trojan is one of the main reasons I decided to come to USC and it’s also why it is so hard to let go and say goodbye.From my time as a sports writer to sports editor to columnist, I’ve had my fair share of memorable moments, both on and off the page. The best part about writing is that it allows those moments to come to life.Whether I was writing a story in the middle of the night or pulling my hair in the newsroom because the basketball game was headed into its fourth overtime while on deadline, I’m lucky to be able to go back, find the headline and say, ”Oh yeah, I remember that.” Regardless of how good, bad or ugly the circumstances, I’m pretty sure I almost always had a smile on my face while writing and editing for the DT, mainly because I loved what I was doing.I’ve been blessed to be able to have this platform at my disposal at least once a week for the past three years, and its value shouldn’t be taken for granted. It has the power to share people’s stories, catalyze change and start dialogue about important issues both on our campus and around the world. From what I’ve learned, words are never greater than sports themselves, but they do possess the capacity to draw awareness — to a sport, an athlete or an overarching theme.With great power also comes great responsibility that many of my readers, time and time again, held me accountable for, providing me with a variety of funny stories and learning experiences along the way. I’ve been publicly called names and slurs. I’ve been blatantly told that my opinions or predictions were erroneous. I’ve even received death threats— thanks to O.J. Simpson, ironically.I’m human and I’ve been wrong, sometimes very wrong. The 2015 Stanford football team is responsible for that one, but right or wrong, I never stopped coming back, putting my head down and getting back to writing the next day.It’s cliche, but you get out what you put into an experience, and I threw down almost all of my marbles. Hours of writing and editing, laying out pages in the newsroom, conducting interviews, sending e-mails to Sports Information directors: It all surely adds up over time. My friends always asked me why I was inflicting all of this responsibility on myself, and I think I’ve finally found an answer for them.You see, the DT is a lot like that clingy significant other. As hard as you try to get rid of them or spend time apart, they keep managing to find ways to stay with you. I couldn’t get away from the DT. From the plains of rural Indiana to the “Windy City” to the beaches of Orange County, it was always there, so naturally, I did everything I could to keep it happy. Sometimes that required writing on my phone at the Lakers’ game, ditching class to cover a press conference, or working on a breaking news story on a bus filled with a bunch of fraternity drunkards. As we prepare to actually part ways for real now, though, I look back and know that it was all worth it.There’s so much I’m going to miss. There are the media scrums with one of four head football coaches, who were hired or fired at what seemed like the most inopportune times. There’s the Pac-12 after dark, AKA 8 p.m. basketball games that allowed me to flirt with deadlines. Finally, there’s the coaches, student-athletes and Sports Information directors who I’ve had the great privilege of working with and learning more about over the years.From my first interview with former women’s basketball coach Michael Cooper, to my last one with Athletic Director Pat Haden, and everything in between, it’s been quite the ride.Words are powerless to express my gratitude to all of them, and not to forget, to each and every person who took time out of their day to read one of my stories or columns: I hope I didn’t let you down.Last but not least, I have to thank every single one of my amazing colleagues, editors, writers and photographers alike, that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing in both the past and present. Like the Trojan family, the DT family is something that is very real and it possesses a sort of gravitational pull that never really lets go.I’m not going to lie: The thing I’m going to miss most is being that kid from the DT. It’s a brand that was cast on me early in my college career and one I still embrace today. It’s one of the many things that is keeping me from wanting to pick up my fingers from the keyboard for the last time. If only I could get in one more word, phrase or paragraph.Sadly, Father Time has finally caught up to me. Now that he has, I’m going to drive off into the sunset where it all started, a copy of the DT in one hand and four unforgettable years of writing for this paper in the other, because like words in print, the memories you make at the DT  last forever.Darian Nourian is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” ran Thursdays.last_img read more

first_imgMORE:  Join DAZN and watch Canelo vs. Jacobs on May 4Not the fashion that Crawford wanted to get his latest victory in, but a win, nonetheless.Even if the low blow never happened, you got the distinct feeling that Khan (33-5) didn’t stand a chance anyway.Crawford started the fight dropping Khan with a vicious overhand right, which spun Khan around before he fell to the canvas.From there, “Bud” asserted his complete control and punished Khan’s body and stung him with hard shots that landed flush to the British fighter’s face.If the fight didn’t end on a low blow, there’s a solid chance that Crawford would have made sure to finish it via his scintillating skills as boxing’s arguable pound-for-pound best.”I could tell I was breaking him down. It was just a matter of time,” Crawford (35-0, 25 KOs) said during his post-fight interview. “I just took my time. I was disappointed the corner stopped the fight in that manner, but Virgil [Hunter] is a great coach, and he was looking out for his fighter. I know he didn’t want to go out like that.”After the disappointing win, Crawford also didn’t waste time calling out IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. for a unification fight.“The fight I want next is Errol Spence,” Crawford said. “Whenever he is ready, he can come and get it.”Here’s how the Crawford vs. Khan main card went.( All times Eastern. )Main card live updates, resultsMain event: Terence Crawford def. Amir Khan by TKO to retain WBO welterweight title after Khan can’t continue due to accidental low blowRound 6:  Crawford hits Khan with an accidental low blow, as the ref is giving him some time to recover here early in the sixth. But Khan claiming he can’t continue and just like that, the fight has been stopped. You never want to see a fight end like this. Any way, but this. Round 5:  A punishing left hook to the body begins Crawford’s attack and a left-right combo lands flush to Khan’s face moments later. Electric stuff from “Bud.” Left-handed uppercut lands for good measure. Khan trying to fight back, but it’s Crawford showcasing all of his skills, polish, power and boxing superiority five rounds in. (50-44 Crawford)Round 4:  A left hook lands for Crawford, who’s in complete control here. Vicious bodywork from Crawford that follows, working Khan’s body with unanswered punches — about six of them in a flurry. A punishing right to the body hurts Khan even further. Khan’s body is battered. (40-35 Crawford)Round 3:  Khan lands a left-right combination to get Crawford’s attention early in the third. A stiff right lands moments later. Just as I was close to giving Khan the edge this round, Crawford begins to dig into the body and ends the third with a left upstairs. Khan might have landed more shots this round, but Crawford still stuck the crisper punches. (30-26 Crawford)Round 2: Another overhand right followed by a left to the body was the highlight of the punishment Crawford dished out in the second round. Entering this bout, Khan had carved out the reputation of being a quick starter. Well, not this fight. (20-17 Crawford)Round 1:  Crawford drops Khan! And he’s going for the kill, trying to end this early. He was almost successful, too. Good grief! “Bud” dropped Khan on a vicious overhand right, which spun Khan around, before he fell to the canvas. Wow. Major fireworks from Crawford already and we’re only one round in. (10-8 Crawford)12:01 a.m.:  Crawford out to DMX’s “What’s My Name?” cut to Jadakiss “The Champ is Here” and cut to Jay Z’s “Encore.” The building is rocking, eating up every bit of this entrance from the arguable pound-for-pound best.12:00 a.m.:  Here comes Amir Khan out to Eminem’s “Not Afraid” and a loud ovation from the crowd here at MSG.11:50 p.m.:  Crawford-Khan in the main event is up next.11:47 p.m.:  Teofimo Lopez is one bad man. Perhaps Rosie Perez says it best: And I think he #Teofimo is going to get even better with time and experience. Imagine that power intensifying🥊🔥. @trboxing @espn #LopezTatli @ESPNDeportes— Rosie Perez (@rosieperezbklyn) April 21, 2019 Co-main event: Teofimo Lopez demolishes Edis Tatli by fifth-round KORound 5:  A straight punch to the gut and Tatli goes down … and stays down. It’s a wrap. Yet another KO for Lopez. Not as spectacular as the last couple of knockouts, but stinging nonetheless. Plus, you know when you’re comparing a fighter’s own knockouts, it’s someone special in the ring. “The Takeover” continues. And Lopez hits the LeBron James’ celebration, before sticking his traditional backflip. Lopez did say that he would end this fight before the sixth round and made good on that prediction. A KO, a @KingJames celebration and a backflip. No one is more entertaining than @TeofimoLopez #TheTakeover #CrawfordKhan— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) April 21, 2019After the fight, Lopez (13-0, 11 KOs) made it clear that it’s all main events from here on out.”I want a world title shot next,” he said in the ring. “That’s what I want. We promised to take over the show, and once again, I took it over. I’m ready for Richard Commey or the WBC title. As long as it’s for a title, I am ready to go. No one can take my power.”Round 4:  Lopez is tenderizing meat out here, repeatedly working the body and aiming upstairs with that right hook. (40-35 Lopez)Round 3:  “The Takeover” looking all too strong here early on, as Lopez lands a three-punch combination near the end of the third. All Lopez thus far. (30-27 Lopez)Round 2:  Lopez continuing to pepper Tatli with colorful jabs and combinations. Meanwhile, Tatli is hardly throwing any punches. This looks like it’s not going to end well for the fighter from Helsinki, Finland. (20-18 Lopez)Round 1: Lopez and Tatli trying to get a feel for each other, with the former landing stinging jabs to start things up. At about the minute mark of the first, Lopez takes an angle and lands a hook-uppercut combination to put Tatli on notice. (10-9 Lopez)11:12 p.m.:  Teofimo Lopez entering the ring to Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” is going over really well. Another dynamic KO from Lopez, followed by another viral celebration would go over even better. The co-main event is up next.11:05 p.m.:  Terence Crawford looking more than ready to defend his WBO welterweight title against Amir Khan. The champ is ready! @terencecrawford #CrawfordKhan— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) April 21, 2019 11:03 p.m.:  You get the feeling that this Garden crowd is ready to unhinge. Let’s see if Brooklyn’s own Teofimo Lopez can give them a reason to do just that.10:58 p.m.:  Shakur Stevenson def. Christopher Diaz via unanimous decision (100-90, 99-91, 98-92). The 21-year-old Newark product made that look too easy. “I’m the smartest boxer in boxing,” Stevenson said, earning him boos from the Garden crowd. “I feel like I’m the next Floyd.”Well, Mayweather himself dubbed Stevenson as “the next Floyd Mayweather” at one point. With the way the kid hits and doesn’t get hit much, you kind of see why.10:52 p.m.:  The 10th and final round of Stevenson-Diaz is coming up. Meanwhile, “The Takeover” looks to continue, as Teofimo Lopez faces Edis Tatli next. And you already know that Lopez is going to try to steal the show.  Final good luck wishes from family before @teofimolopez takes center stage. #CrawfordKhan— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) April 21, 2019 10:44 p.m.:  Replays caught Diaz resorting to stepping on Stevenson’s lead foot before Shakur returned the favor. That’s about the only way that Diaz is going to slow Stevenson down at this point, as he’s just not landing enough shots.10:33 p.m.: Stevenson’s hand speed is blinding, as he puts combinations together lighting fast. About 40 seconds into the fifth round, Diaz manages to get in close and unleash a couple of hooks. He has to continue doing that and try to muddy up this fight or else it feels like Stevenson is going to use the real estate given to him, pump that jab and keep stinging Diaz to yet another victory. 10:24 p.m.:  Diaz hits the canvas early in the third round and it’s ruled a slip, but that doesn’t stop a Stevenson supporter in the crowd from yelling “Get used to it!” Stevenson is about as polished of a 21-year-old boxer that you’ll see. SN has him pitching a shutout thus far.10:18 p.m.:  Stevenson looking razor sharp in the opening round, going straight down the middle with his jab and even piecing together combinations.10:12 p.m.:  Newark, N.J.’s own Shakur Stevenson getting a nice pop from the Garden crowd. Let’s see if he could pass his toughest test to date and inch closer to a world title shot.10:08 p.m.:  Tracy Morgan and Rosie Perez just a couple of the celebs in the house here tonight. Perez tells the Garden crowd that she can’t wait to see “The Takeover” of Teofimo Lopez continue later on this evening.10:05 p.m.:  The next bout between undefeated Shakur Stevenson (10-0, 6 KOs) and Christopher Diaz (24-1, 16 KOs) in featherweight action should be a good one.10:01 p.m.: Felix Verdejo gets the unanimous decision victory   (97-93, 97-93 98-92) over Bryan Vasquez to improve to 25-1.9:45 p.m.:  Neither Vasquez or Verdejo has given the crowd here at MSG anything to really get up out of their seats about, but Verdejo is in control entering the eighth round.9:15 p.m.:  Both Bryan Vasquez and Felix Verdejo are in the ring, the bright lights are on and this main card is about to begin.9:10 p.m.:  A relaxed Amir Khan made his way into the Garden a short while ago. Time to go to work for @amirkingkhan #CrawfordKhan— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) April 21, 2019 9:05 p.m.:  The first pay-per-view under the Top Rank on ESPN banner is live and underway.8:35 p.m.:  The main card of the inaugural Top Rank on ESPN pay-per-view is slated to go live at 9:00 p.m. There’s a nice buzz in MSG as the anticipation builds toward the bright lights. Bryan Vasquez and Felix Verdejo will kick off the main card in lightweight action.Undercard live updates, results8:24 p.m.:  Adames with a scintillating left hook that puts Galarza on his backside right by the ropes, before closing out the show with a barrage of unanswered punches to get the fourth-round TKO. Impressive showing from the Dominican boxer who resides in the Washington Heights section of NYC. Absolutely relentless, great finish by Carlos Adames 👊 #CrawfordKhan— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) April 21, 2019 “This was a message to all of the 154-pounders. I want to face all the best,” Adames said following his victory. “I’m coming hungry, and I’m determined to fight for a world title by the end of the year. I don’t care who has a title. I want it.”8:15 p.m.: Carlos Adames in there with Frank Galarza in junior middleweight action right now, with the first round in the books.8:05 p.m.:  The crowd here at Madison Square Garden came alive with Edgar Berlanga 46-second TKO of Samir Barbosa. Undercard action is still going on here, with the main card set to begin at 9:00 p.m. Edgar Berlanga finishes Samir Barbosa and remains undefeated with the 46-second TKO 👊 #CrawfordKhan— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) April 20, 2019 Crawford vs. Khan main card resultsMain event: Terence Crawford def. Amir Khan by sixth-round TKO to retain WBO welterweight title after Khan couldn’t continue from an accidental low blowCo-main event: Teofimo Lopez def. Edis Tatli by fifth-round KO; LightweightsShakur Stevenson def. Christopher Diaz via unanimous decision (100-90, 99-91, 98-92); Featherweights Felix Verdejo def. Bryan Vasquez by unanimous decision (97-93, 97-93 98-92); LightweightsUndercard resultsCarlos Adames def. Frank Galarza via fourth-round TKO; Junior middleweightsEdgar Berlanga def. Samir Barbosa by first-round TKO; MiddleweightsLarry Fryers def. Dakota Polley via unanimous decision; Super lightweightsVikas Krishan def. Noah Kidd by unanimous decision; Super welterweightsLawrence Newton def. Jonathan Garza via unanimous decision; BantamweightsCrawford vs. Khan latest news- Everything to lose and nothing to gain is the position Terence Crawford finds himself in facing Amir Khan .- Crawford prepares to deliver a convincing victory over Khan, while the urgency to cement a title-unification fight with Errol Spence looms .- Here’s how Crawford’s last five fights , including his blistering TKO of Jose Benavidez Jr. in October.- Here’s what Khan’s last five fights have looked like, including his unimpressive decision win over Samuel Vargas in September. – As the reigning WBO welterweight champion and arguable pound-for-pound best, Crawford deems Amir Khan as his best-available option . Meanwhile as a huge underdog, Khan is eyeing this fight as a legacy fight to define his career.- Teofimo Lopez has been working his angles inside and outside the ring under the branding of “The Takeover,” with the aim to eventually get a shot against lightweight unified champion Vasiliy Lomachenko .- Shakur Stevenson is eyeing his fight against Christopher Diaz on Saturday night as a springboard to landing him a world title shot in the featherweight division . NEW YORK — Terence Crawford was fully dominating Amir Khan in every aspect of boxing through five rounds, having knocked him down in the first round and peppering him with jabs, combinations and his flat out superior skills at will.Continuing his attack, Crawford hit Khan with an accidental low blow during the sixth round and whether Khan took the moment as an opportunity for a way out or not, he claimed he couldn’t continue the fight and thus the bout was called a TKO in favor of Crawford, allowing “Bud” to retain his WBO welterweight championship.last_img read more

first_img2 years later and I’m still fighting the Skins on something they’ve continued to do countless time . Which is why the best tackle in the game refuses to play for them now. Same reason I left. Mishandled injuries and withheld info. All evidence points to them being guilty!— Va-Cay 🌤🌴 (@iammsuzy) August 12, 2019I will continue to fight this case and as the Skins continue to call countless irrelevant witnesses to buy time and hopefully wait me out from their due fate . I will not settle no matter how much the Skins drag their feet on this . They know they’re guilty!— Va-Cay 🌤🌴 (@iammsuzy) August 12, 2019During the time I was put on the exempt list the Skins went out of their way to cut my insurance off, froze my payments, refuse to pay me and even recoup pay. All for a very real injury that THEY decided was made up. Which is why people fear being hurt in the league.— Va-Cay 🌤🌴 (@iammsuzy) August 12, 2019I will not be intimated nor will this go away anytime soon Skins. The evidence in court shows your guilty actions. The lies and mixed stories your witness provided have all been proven false . Use the CBA rules to your advantage all you want I will still win ! You will not! 💯— Va-Cay 🌤🌴 (@iammsuzy) August 12, 20192 years and no interest added to what I’m rightfully due and no timetable as to when the Skins will be forced to pay me what they owe. I’m willing to fight until the end. I thank the players who have experienced this with this team first hand that have called them on it!— Va-Cay 🌤🌴 (@iammsuzy) August 12, 20192019 NFL PREDICTIONS:AFC East | AFC West | AFC North | AFC SouthNFC East | NFC West | NFC North | NFC SouthCravens, a second-round pick in 2016, had a promising rookie season but then sat out all of 2017. A week before the start of the 2017 season, Cravens told the team he planned to retire. He was eventually placed on the reserve/left squad list by Washington.In December of that season, Cravens’ agent, Fadde Mikhail, released the following statement:“My client suffered from Post Concussion Syndrome and, under the care of Dr. Michael Collins at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, Su’a has undergone targeted treatment and rehabilitation. He is now asymptomatic and clear to return back to ALL THINGS FOOTBALL. Su’a is excited and looking forward to the 2018 NFL season and the many years to follow.”At no point that year did Washington reveal Cravens was dealing with a medical issue.MMQB took a deep dive into the subject last year, interviewing people on both sides.Here’s an excerpt from that story: Su’a Cravens took to Twitter Monday to discuss his situation with his former team: the Washington Redskins.This isn’t the first time he’s voiced his frustrations with the franchise. But with Trent Williams’ holdout, Cravens saw an opportunity to shed light on his situation once again. Cravens believes Washington did not entertain the idea that he had a football-related injury when he met with them after learning he was placed on the left squad. “There was no argument,” he says. “It was just, This is not a football injury. You were cleared by our guys, you sprung this on us and you walked away and you basically quit.”Cravens seems to believe Williams is dealing with a similar issue with Washington. The 7-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman had a surgical procedure performed earlier in the year to remove a growth from his head.”He feels like that situation was mishandled and that when it’s something that significant and you end up having to go through a pretty serious procedure that he went through it’s not water under the bridge, it’s not something you can easily get beyond and he has not gotten beyond it,” NFL reporter Jason La Canfora said in June about Williams’ situation with the Redskins.The last 5 yrs, no team has lost more players to injury than the Redskins.Their games lost to injury is 44% above avg (per FO).Ranks18: 3217: 2516: 2815: 3114: 24In the last yr they botched Guice, Smith & McCoy injuries. All needed at least 3 surgeries for same injury.— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) June 5, 2019Cravens was dealt to the Broncos before last season, and played in five games in 2018. He’s listed as the backup strong safety for Denver heading into 2019.last_img read more