WLAX : Defense quietly putting together dominating season

first_img Comments The potent offensive duo of Michelle Tumolo and Alyssa Murray has garnered attention all season long for Syracuse. Both of the attacks have been named Big East Offensive Player of the Week once this season and have combined for more than 100 points.On the other end of the field, the Orange defense has been quietly toiling away. The unit has been focused on winning games and keeping that defender’s mentality of doing whatever it takes to do just that.‘It’s certainly gratifying for them to step up,’ SU head coach Gary Gait said.The Orange defense has held firm since the start of the season. SU hasn’t allowed more than 12 goals in a single game. The defense’s stellar season-long performance reached its peak Monday as No. 2 Syracuse held No. 6 Dartmouth to just four goals, breaking its previous best of six goals allowed March 31 against Harvard in Foxborough, Mass.But the Crimson was unranked. The Big Green is among the best teams in the nation.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It was definitely a huge win for us,’ SU defender Becca Block said. ‘I think we really got the win together as a whole team, which feels good. We made a statement.’In that victory, the Orange defense stole the show from the Big Green’s vaunted defense. Before allowing 22 goals to the Syracuse offense, Dartmouth allowed just 8.89 goals per game, 11th fewest in the nation. The Orange’s wasn’t far behind, as the 14th best scoring defense in the country, but SU’s top-20 offense has diverted attention away from that.The Big Green’s reputation as the defensive powerhouse added a little bit of extra motivation for the talented Syracuse defense.‘I think our defense took that as a challenge and said, ‘We’re a solid core,” Gait said. ”We’ve got a great defense. And we can prove it to you.’ And they did.’The Orange defense has been at its best when it has received help from the offense. During a 15-10 victory over Rutgers on April 7, SU attack Michelle Tumolo felt the offense failed to possess the ball as well as it would’ve liked. The struggles to control the ball led to a 10-goal outing from the unranked Scarlet Knights, just the fifth time Syracuse allowed as many goals this season and the first time against an unranked team.On Monday, that was fixed. With the Orange holding a double-digit halftime lead against Dartmouth, the final 30 minutes were played with a running clock.The running clock combined with Syracuse’s ability to extend possessions and win the majority of second-half draws to hold Big Green to just six shots in the second half.‘Last game against Rutgers we didn’t do it so well, so we definitely took that and wanted to change that and do better,’ Tumolo said. ‘And it definitely feels good to beat them because in the past we haven’t really done, so it was really good to beat them.’Even with the recent performances, the success doesn’t seem to be going to any of the Syracuse defenders’ heads.After the victory over Dartmouth, Block heaped praise upon stalwart goalkeeping the Orange received from Alyssa Costantino and Kelsey Richardson.But Costantino tossed that praise right back upon the defense in front of her, crediting it for pressuring shots, gathering 17 ground balls and causing nine turnovers.‘With the help of the defense,’ Costantino said, ‘… they’re easy saves to make.’Even with those kind words, Block was modest when speaking of her defense’s accomplishments keeping a defender’s mentality. Her defense just kept doing the dirty work it needed.‘We got the ball when we needed it in the beginning of the first half,’ Block said. ‘We came up with the ground balls.’[email protected] Published on April 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Magic says he wants to restore Dodger pride

first_imgby Greg BeachamLOS ANGELES (AP)—Opening day at Dodger Stadium is uncommonly important in Southern California, standing for generations as a daylong celebration of the franchise that put Los Angeles on the national sports map back in 1958.It’s also among the few team traditions that didn’t lose luster during Frank McCourt’s rocky ownership tenure. INCOMING AND OUTGOING OWNERS—Former Lakers star Magic Johnson, left, and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt watch the Dodgers play the against the San Diego Padres on opening day for the two baseball teams on April 5, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) The Los Angeles Dodgers’ opener against Pittsburgh on Tuesday is doubly special this year: Their venerable ballpark is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and a guy named Magic just bought the team.Magic Johnson says the new Dodgers ownership group wants to restore pride in one of baseball’s most storied clubs.The former Lakers star is part of the group that is buying the Los Angeles franchise for more than $2 billion. Johnson says it’s “all about winning” and restoring “the Dodger pride.”He says the group will invest to get good players and wants to make sure “the fan experience is great, make sure the fans are safe, make sure the mothers are happy they can bring their kids to the game.Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw is grateful to be on the mound 50 years to the day after Dodger Stadium opened when Los Angeles looks to build on a 3-1 start to the season against Kevin Correia and the Pirates.“I definitely think there’s some renewed excitement,” Kershaw said. “With change comes a little bit of excitement, and with some unknown comes a little bit of enthusiasm and everything like that. But opening day is opening day. Last year we had a sellout, and it was an unbelievable crowd. It was awesome. This year I don’t expect any different.”After Angel Stadium drew more fans than Dodger Stadium for the first time in their 46 years of shared history last season, fans have rallied back to the Dodgers since the ownership group featuring beloved former Lakers guard Magic Johnson reached a deal for the team last month.Optimism is always the fuel of spring baseball, and Magic’s move into the owners’ box seats has sparked a wealth of good feelings around a team that had little in recent years.The players are simply grateful to be back at work in beautiful Chavez Ravine without hearing about uncertainty in the front office.The majors’ third-oldest ballpark is still a sparkling example of preservation and judicious modernization, and the Dodgers are honoring its golden jubilee year in style.Even the Pirates realize they’re walking into a big party, and former Dodgers catcher Rod Barajas doesn’t mind at all.“Having Magic involved is unbelievable,” said Barajas, a Los Angeles-area native who spent the past two seasons in Dodger Blue. “He’s an icon down there. Everybody loves him. I loved him growing up. Just to have stability there, to know there’s not going to be any more questions.”The Pirates are heading out on their first road trip of the season in good shape after consecutive victories over vaunted Philadelphia in their final at-bat.“I think (last) weekend helps with some confidence going out there (when) we’ve got two more opening days, which is kind of difficult when you’re on the road,” Pirates second baseman Neil Walker said. “It doesn’t change our mentality. We have to pace ourselves, but typically the way we played last year was better earlier on than it was later on. Let’s bring on the big dogs early and see where we go from there.”last_img read more

India’s own Lionel Messi: Kerala kid nails wondershot into top corner and celebrates like…

first_imgAdvertisement ct5f3NBA Finals | Brooklyn VszbkWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eon1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 255cbfWould you ever consider trying this?😱qxd33Can your students do this? 🌚ch3d4Roller skating! Powered by Firework Lionel Messi is undoubtedly one of the greatest names that has emerged from football, and the Argentine striker’s fan base reaches every corner of the globe. The supporters are often on board to mimic the FC Barcelona talisman’s every move, even those that take to the pitch with a football themselves. However, here’s a young Indian kid that has perfected Messi’s free kick, and on top of that, performs the maestro’s signature celebration!Advertisement Image Courtesy: InUth.comThe video, which has become viral after emerging on various online news outlets, shows a kid from Kerala, wearing the famed no. 10 jersey of the Argentina national football team, and performs a spectacular free kick with his left foot, exactly similar to the six times Ballon d’Or winner.The ball swerves into a ring at the top left corner of the goalpost, and the clip ends with the kid doing Messi’s famous celebration move- kneeling down and praying to the Almighty.Advertisement Check out the kid’s amazing performance in the clip below, courtesy of InUth’s official Instagram account-Since its upload on yesterday, the clip has gone viral on multiple social media platforms, and has even come under the radar of a number of international media accounts. Additionally, tthe Indian football fandom has been crazy on the Keralite child’s amazing execution.It later came to light that the kid’s name is Mishal Abulais, he is 12 years old and hails from the Malappuram district of Kerala. Many netizens also brought the video to the attention of Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.Messi has been a fundamental factor behind Barcelona’s success in the past decade. The forward has 474 appearances for the Catalans, scoring 438 goals across all competitions. The 32 year old has also made 138 international appearances, and netted the ball 70 times.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Sachin vs Dravid: who is the toughest Indian batsman Shoaib Akhtar has ever faced?Imperfect 10: Bundesliga confirms 10 players positive for Covid-19Sachin vs Dravid: who is the toughest Indian batsman Shoaib Akhtar has ever faced? Advertisementlast_img read more

Rebels closing in on Kootenay Title, winner meets Osoyoos

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe Castlegar Rebels are within a game of playing for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title.First period goals by Ryan Aynsley and Diego Bartlett would be all the scoring the Rebels would need as Castlegar edged Fernie Ghostriders 3-1 in Kootenay Conference Final action Saturday night in the Sunflower City.After taking game one in Fernie, the Rebels took care of business on home ice, sweeping the two games in Castlegar to grab a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.Game five is Monday in Fernie.“We’re very happy to get the wins (but) now we have to figure out a way to get back to Fernie and get a win which is a tall order against a very good team,” Rebel head coach Steve Junker told The Nelson Daily.“Winning the fourth game is always the toughest but we have to figure out a way to get it done cause opportunities like these don’t come along every day and you don’t want to let a team like Fernie get any momentum.”Getting the two first period goals was huge for the Rebels. It got the home crowd into the game. The players could relax playing with the lead. However, Junker feels the ability of the Rebels to keep the high-octane Rider offence under control was the key to sweeping the two games at home.“To completely shutdown their offence is a tall order,” Junker, making a difference in his first season coaching the Rebels, explained. “Guys like (Scott) Morriseau, (Thomas) Abenante and (Cale) Wright are great players so limiting their chances is key.”Morriseau and Abenante are one, two in KIJHL playoff scoring combing for 60 points.Luke Richardson scored in the second period for Fernie to cut the lead to 2-1. Morriseau and Abenante assisted on the goals.But Alex Ross slammed the door on the Rider offence in the third, and when Spencer Brodt scored into the empty net the Rebels were on their way to the win.After getting out shot 17-9 in the first period, Fernie pushed the envelope in the next two periods as the teams tied 32-32 in shots.Tempers flared with 55 seconds remaining in the second frame as referee Shawn Peel handed out 38 minutes in penalties.Aynsley and Brodt each finished with two points for Castlegar.If a game six is necessary it will be played Tuesday in Castlegar. Game time 7:30 p.m.Coyotes wrap up Okanagan title SundaySteve Sasyniuk scored twice to lead the Osoyoos Coyotes to a 4-2 victory over the Grizzlies Sunday night in Okanagan Conference Final in Revelstoke.The win gives the Desert Dogs the series 4-2. Osoyoos jumped to a 2-0 lead, increased the margin to 3-1 after 40 minutes en route to the victory. Jason Bell and Thierry Martine also scored for the Coyotes. Bruce Silvera and Brad Friedrich replied for Revelstoke which was unable to defend its 2010 KIJHL title. Saturday, Ross Mancuso and Sam Nigg scored second period goals to spark the Osoyoos to a 4-2 win in the South Okanagan City.Taylor House and Steve Sasyniuk also scored for the Coyotes, which lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.Devon Hascarl and Lucas Hildebrand replied for the defending KIJHL [email protected]last_img read more

PLENTY OF ‘HORSE SENSE’ USED TO CLEAN UP LOUGHSIDE COMMUNITY

first_imgThe last load of rubbish collected at Loughside.The residents of the Loughside Community were out in force yesterday with a massive cleanup operation taking place in the townlands between Ramelton and Letterkenny.More than 100 residents again took to the roads and streets of the Loughside to clear the area of rubbish and litter.Loughside residents met at a number of prearranged meeting points at 10:30am and townland area coordinators managed the clean up in their respective Townland areas. We can’t skip over this load of rubbish!The residents spent two hours lifting rubbish and litter before meeting in the Silver Tassie at 1pm for a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits, kindly sponsored by the Ciaran and Rose Blaney. The collection equipment, bags, gloves, high viz vests and the collection Skip were all provided by Donegal County Council.Loughside Community PRO Tom Higgins said “This was our second year organising a clean-up day and we were delighted with the turn out. It was a very worthwhile exercise and the residents of Loughside Community should be extremely proud of themselves.“We had boys and girls, Mammies and Daddies and a few Grannies and Granddad’s all lending a helping hand. The rubbish lifted included crisp bags, bottles, fast food boxes, old traffic cones, a gas cylinder, an ironing board, a lorry tyre, a TV, an old bicycle, a car bumper and a few old political candidate posters. We filled the skip that was provided and two additional trailers. Tom Giblin kindly brought along his Shetland pony and cart to entertain the children and as it seems some of the adults too”.The Loughside Community would again like to thank Martin Roarty and the Waste Department of Donegal County Council for the support and the Silver Tassie for providing the tea coffee and biscuits. A special word of thanks must also go to Hugo Callan, Tom McMullan, Tom Giblin, Kieran Sweeney, Conor Crossan, John Murphy and Tom Higgins who all provided their cars, vans and trailers to transport the rubbish.PLENTY OF ‘HORSE SENSE’ USED TO CLEAN UP LOUGHSIDE COMMUNITY was last modified: April 28th, 2015 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:clean-upletterkennyLoughside communityRameltonrubbishlast_img read more

Van Dyk takes eighth Boston win

first_img28 April 2009South African wheelchair athlete Ernst van Dyk won the Boston Marathon last Monday, 20 April, to continue a remarkable record of success in the prestigious race. It was his eighth win in nine years.The Boston Herald, in its report on the race, appropriately headlined its story “Van Dyk an eighth wonder”. He won his first Boston Marathon in 2001 and since then has taken victory every year except for 2007, when he finished in third place.His time of one hour, 33 minutes and 29 seconds was his slowest winning time yet – a long way off his amazing world record time of one hour, 18 minutes and 27 seconds in 2004 – but a strong headwind put paid to any thoughts of a fast race.Equalled recordVan Dyk’s victory, nonetheless, pulled him level with Irishwoman Jean Driscoll’s record of eight victories in the Boston Marathon. Driscoll won the race from 1990 to 1996 and again in 2000.He moved clear of his challengers after about five kilometres, but the ever increasing strength of the wind concerned the South African star, whose preparations for the race had been hampered by injuries, as well as by the birth of a daughter.Van Dyk remained strong, however, and went on to claim victory by over three minutes over 2007 champion, Masazumi Soejima of Japan, who finished in one hour, 36 minutes and 57 seconds.The Japanese star said after the race that he had been troubled by the wind, and vowed to put on weight so that he could challenge the heavier Van Dyk.Schabort fourthSpain’s Roger Paigbo Verdaguer finished 50 seconds later in 1:37:47, while former South African Krige Schabort, now an American citizen, was the top local racer, ending in fourth place in 1:38:06.The 36-year-old Van Dyk, who won gold in the road race at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, says he will contest the Boston Marathon at least one more time; he wants to be the sole owner of the most victories in the history of the event.Colleen De ReuckColleen de Reuck, who competed in three Olympic Games for South Africa, including the marathon in 1992 and 2000, before becoming an American citizen, excelled in the Masters division of the women’s marathon.Now 45 years of age, De Reuck led the race until eight kilometres from the end. She eventually settled for eighth place in a time of 2:35:37, a minute and 13 seconds ahead of the second Masters’ finisher Alina Ivanova of Russia, who finished in tenth place.Victory in the women’s race went to Kenya’s Salina Kosgei in 2:32:16. Ethiopia’s Dire Tune finished just a second behind her, while third place went to the USA’s Kara Goucher a further eight seconds back.Deriba Merga of Ethiopia, fourth in the Beijing Olympics, captured the men’s title in 2:08:42. Kenya’s Daniel Rono finished in second place 50 seconds later, while Ryan Hall of the USA took third place eight seconds later.Race historyThe Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, having first been held in 1897, and it is also one of the world’s most famous races. It regularly attracts fields of about 20 000 competitors, but the record is almost double that at 38 000 in the centenary year of the race.Wheelchair competition in the Boston Marathon began in 1975, when one entrant entered and completed the race.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Siding and Soffits at the Blue Heron EcoHaus

first_imgSiding ChoicesThe Counterintuitive CladdingLstiburek’s Rules for Venting RoofsMore on shou sugi ban: Prescott Passive HouseMore on shou sugi ban: Zip Sheathing Tips Curious to see it in real life, we drove over to take a look. And well, to be honest, we really hated it. Perhaps it was just that the people who did it did a bad job, but it looked really… gross. It basically looked like a house that had had a fire recently go through it (which I suppose is true). I think I would like to test it out on a shed or coffee table or something before I invest thousands of dollars in the siding of my house and ended up hating myself over it.So, we turned to the natural (and perhaps most obvious) option: stain. Stain is all well and good, but you really need to stain your wood every five years (or less) to preserve the wood and keep it looking good. And really, you still should use cedar to have optimal rot protection with plain old stain. That’s what we thought, at least, until my wife came across a little black Swedish house called House Morran.Granted, this house is actually sided in plywood, which I would never do, but what intrigued me was the rich black color, and the fact that the grain of the wood still came through (unlike with painted siding), and that they had used a siding that was not cedar.As I read more about this house, I discovered that they used “black tar” for the siding. Through some detective work, we eventually found this same house linked to a Swedish product called Auson black pine tar.I had never heard of or seen this product before, but I was very intrigued. Also, it was Swedish, and seeing as our house had a lot of Scandinavian inspiration, this only seemed fitting.We found that the product was available in Canada through a website called Solvent-Free Paint. Score. We emailed the company to learn a bit more about it: We knew we wanted a black house. In fact, when designing the house, it was one of the only things that really remained consistent and we didn’t change our minds about. (OK, truthfully, we strayed a little bit — testing the waters. But as they say, once you go black, you probably won’t go back… or something like that.)Our previous house had been painted black by the previous owners (we are soul mates) and we loved it dearly. But really, we did not want to simply paint our new house black. Paint is great for covering up years of other layers of toxic paint, as at our old house, but not as an initial coat. So, what to do?In the process of researching, planning, and designing the house, we collected hundreds of inspiration pictures. The majority of my “architecture” folder on Pinterest is of black houses. I’d look at each one and try to figure out what they used: paint, stain, or something else?One of the first “something else” options we were initially really drawn to was the traditional Japanese siding treatment called shou sugi ban. An article posted at Treehugger said: “This is a traditional Japanese method of preserving cedar, where it is burned enough to create a layer of char on the outside. The char serves a number of functions: it seals and preserves the wood, it makes it significantly more fire-resistant, and termites and bugs hate it.”It is said that this type of treatment can allow the wood to survive for 80 to 100 years without maintenance and much longer if treated with oil every 15 years.A video of the traditional process in Japan.OK, so just imagine doing that 200 times over to clad your moderately sized house. Now that is labor intensive! Most people nowadays, from what I’ve read, use a blowtorch to char each board, then dunk it in water, scrub the charred bits off, and then oil it. Even with a blowtorch, this a crazy amount of work, but in the end you get something really impressive and unique. RELATED ARTICLES An all-natural productWe corresponded with John Sinclair at Solvent-Free Paint, the Canadian distributor, who wrote, “Genuine Pine Tar is one of the more effective wood preservers we’ve seen, and it is all-natural, which is amazing. In Scandinavia, they have been using pine tar for around 1,500 years as a preservative on everything from stave wood churches to wooden splint roofs to Viking ships, and it is still the predominant choice for continuing to preserve these old wooden structures to this day. Amazing. In fact, the heritage arm of the government of Québec has been making studies on this with respect to preserving wooden roofs, and its current recommendation is to use pine tar.“Pine tar is made from burning the pine resin out of the stumps of pine trees. The sticky resin is then collected and cleaned to various degrees, and pigment is added for color. In this state, pine tar has the consistency of molasses and can be used for preserving wood, even below grade. Above grade, we recommend mixing pine tar 50/50 with Allback Purified Raw Linseed Oil and applying it warm so that the pine tar and oil mixture really penetrates the wood. This mixture offers the best of both preservation and nourishment for the wood; it also takes down the stickiness of the surface so that it is more pleasant to touch or walk on.”Even better, this product is ideal for use in Scandinavia, where pine and spruce are much more readily available and cedar is not. It preserves the wood and needs to be recoated only once every 15 years.Bingo, we’d found our product. We ordered a few liters of this stuff. We had debated about using cedar for our soffits as well, but once we saw this, we realized we could use pine lumber treated with a natural clear pine tar for much less than half the cost of cedar. BLOGS BY KENT EARLE Placing the Concrete FloorsAdding Walls and RoofDealing With Really Bad WaterMaking an ICF FoundationLet Construction BeginPicking High-Performance WindowsHow Small Can We Go?Choosing a Superinsulated Wall SystemHeating a Superinsulated House in a Cold ClimateIs Passivhaus Right for a Cold Canadian Climate? Let’s find a more reasonable alternativeI really thought we were going to do this for our place. However, there were a few reasons we abandoned this idea. Firstly was the obvious: OMG, that would be so much work! Second, cedar is crazy expensive right now, running in the range of $7 to $9 per square foot. But the final reason was that we had heard that someone had decided to do a house in shou sugi ban in the City. Editor’s note: Kent Earle and his wife, Darcie, write a blog called Blue Heron EcoHaus, documenting their journey “from urbanites to ruralites” and the construction of a superinsulated house on the Canadian prairies. Their previous blog on GBA was called Placing the Concrete Floors. The blog below was originally published in August 2015. (A complete list of Kent Earle’s GBA blogs is provided in the “Related articles” sidebar below.) Soffits come firstWe started with the soffits, which would be easiest to install first. Yes, it is true that most people use aluminum or vinyl vented soffits, which are foolproof but also so incredibly boring. Instead, we purchased 1×6 tongue-and-groove white pine.Now, one thing you need to know about staining (or painting) wood for siding or soffits, is that you mustn’t let any part of the wood be left untreated (otherwise the lifespan of the wood will drop by 50% to 75%, so preparation is key)! That is, you must stain all six sides of the wood. For the tongue-and-groove pine, this meant that, yes, we had to stain the tongue and the groove, which is a crazy, tedious, and annoying task.Pine soffits with slots cut for attic ventilation.We had about 800 square feet of soffit to stain on all sides — twice. It took us about 14 hours, but it looked pretty nice by the time we were done. The pine tar was actually easier to use than we expected. Once mixed 50/50 with the linseed oil, it was really just like a slightly thickened stain. It brushed on easy and evenly.However, we had to keep it warm. On the hot 30°C (86°F) days, it was easy, but on the cooler days we had to heat it up on the stove in the shop. Also, each coat took between four and seven days to dry, and even then it still had a bit of residue on it that, hopefully, will dry someday. Surprisingly, it was not at all sticky. (I had fears of moths and dust sticking to the house.)As for venting the soffits, there is a calculation of square footage of ventilation versus square footage of attic space which is approximately 1 square foot of venting to every 100 square feet of attic. We figured a gap of about 3/4 inches by 30 inches lengthwise along every fourth board would be about right. We used a router to cut the gaps and covered it with a bug screen.I was so impressed with how well these boards turned out. Much better than I’d expected, to be honest.Next up was the siding, which I was most excited about. We ordered the tight-knot white pine siding as a “shiplap reveal” in 1×8. That pile took a ridiculous amount of time for us to work through. I had expected it to go relatively quickly, seeing as we did not have to stain a stupid groove, but 30 hours later we were finally done.We were exhausted, but man, did it look badass. (See the photo below.)last_img read more

As Houston waits, Warriors will try again to oust Clippers

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, left, waits for play to resume in the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Golden State was looking ahead to facing Houston. At least, Klay Thompson acknowledged that was the case.Kevin Durant said he wasn’t sure about that.ADVERTISEMENT The Clippers are a No. 8 seed, facing a two-time defending champion, in a series that they entered as massive underdogs.There’s no pressure on them, and that clearly seems to help their cause.“We didn’t want our season to be over because we know how hard we worked and how much time and effort everybody in the whole coaching staff and the whole organization has put into our season,” Harrell said. “It’s about coming out here playing our style of basketball and extending the series.”Houston is waiting; if the Warriors win Friday, Game 1 of the Rockets-Golden State series is Sunday.Regardless of whether they were in Game 5 or not, the Warriors say they won’t look past the Clippers in Game 6.“They’ve been tough,” Thompson said. “But now it’s time to do what we do.”FRIDAY’S GAMEWARRIORS AT CLIPPERSWarriors lead 3-2. Game 6, 10 p.m. EDT, ESPNNEED TO KNOW: This is the first time that a 1-versus-8 series in the West has extended past five games since 2014, when San Antonio was pushed to Game 7 by Dallas. The Spurs went on to win the NBA title. … The Clippers lost Games 3 and 4 of this series in Los Angeles. They have never gone 0-3 at home in a playoff matchup; they were 1-3 against Utah in 2017. Those tickets were flying Thursday.This is the first time in Steve Kerr’s five seasons as Warriors coach that his team — winner of three of the last four NBA titles — has been pushed past five games in the opening round. The Warriors had won 31 consecutive games at home when scoring 121 or more points in regulation; they’re 0-2 in this series when that’s the case.“The Clippers are a hell of a team,” Kerr said. “They won 48 games. The West is amazingly deep this year. … So they have our respect, for sure. They outplayed us (in Game 5) and they’ve got a hell of a team. So we’ve got to bring it if we’re going to beat them.”When Kerr says “bring it,” he’s talking about the defensive side.The Warriors lost Game 5 at home despite Durant scoring 45 points, and Thompson and Curry combining for 46 more. They made 15 3s; they hadn’t done that in a home loss in more than a year. But they allowed Clippers star reserves Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell to score a combined 57 points on 23 for 33 shooting, let Danilo Gallinari get on track with 26 points and somehow gave up 14 rebounds to 6-foot-1 Clippers guard Patrick Beverley.ADVERTISEMENT And Stephen Curry flatly dismissed the notion.The Warriors weren’t in sync for Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers — and still weren’t in sync afterward when asked if their minds drifted ahead to what would be a second-round date with Houston in a rematch of last season’s West finals. And perhaps to the surprise of many, the Warriors-Clippers series is still chugging along.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Clippers will play host to Game 6 on Friday night, looking to knot the series at 3-3 and send it back to Oracle Arena for a winner-take-all Game 7 on Sunday. They staved off elimination with a 129-121 win on the Warriors’ home floor in Game 5 on Wednesday.“We’re looking forward to going home,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “My guess is that probably not a lot of tickets sold because I don’t think a lot of people thought Game 6 would happen. I think our guys did.” INJURY WATCH: Andrew Bogut is a fine rim protector, but the Warriors clearly miss DeMarcus Cousins. Since Cousins got hurt, the Clippers are averaging 48 points per game inside the paint.KEEP AN EYE ON: Curry. He’s due for a big game at Staples Center. In five appearances there this season, Curry is shooting 26 for 70 (.371) from the field, 11 for 45 (.244) from 3-point range.PRESSURE IS ON: The Warriors, without question. Houston is sitting home, resting and waiting for a matchup that there’s no question the Rockets have clamored for all season after letting last season’s West finals and a 3-2 lead slip away.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Josie Gabuco takes home gold medal in Asian Boxing Championships PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp’s Christmas Message: Why these players so special

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp’s Christmas Message: Why these players so specialby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to his players in his Christmas Day message.Klopp says a key to their success so far this season is the ability of his team to ignore “the noise” of the media and press.He told Liverpoolfc.com: “This is my fourth Christmas as the manager of this incredible football club and although I am not the kind of guy to allow myself to look backwards, I think it is fair to say we have had an incredible ride in 2018 with some real highs and a couple of disappointments.”That’s what gives me the confidence and belief there is more to come from these boys in 2019, that there is more to come from this journey we are all involved in.”We can – and should – all be proud of what the team have done so far this season, but this is only the beginning and there is still such a long way to go, both this season and in terms of what this group of players can achieve.”The best thing about these boys, and what has helped us have such a good start to the season, is they do not listen to the noise; they are 100 per cent every single day in training and every single matchday. We know when we say ‘one game at a time’ some people might consider it football talk, but that really is the way for us. It is the philosophy that has got us to where we are currently.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more