Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 81-66 win over No. 25 Notre Dame

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 28, 2016 at 8:59 pm Syracuse (14-8, 4-5 Atlantic Coast) defeated No. 25 Notre Dame (14-6, 5-3), 81-66 in the Carrier Dome on Thursday night. Syracuse has won four of its last five games after an 0-4 start to ACC play.Here are three quick reactions to the Orange win.The HunchbackNotre Dame’s nemesis, Trevor Cooney, played the role again on Thursday. Two seasons ago, he drained nine 3-pointers versus the Fighting Irish. Cooney’s late scoring propelled the Orange to a road win over a Top-10 UND team last year.The senior scored 15 first-half points and 22 total. His highlight came when he intercepted a Bonzie Colson pass after the Orange had already retreated back on defense. He went right up to the basket and Colson fouled him. He scored 10 points in SU’s 26-3 run that broke the game open, and continued to dominate overall in conference play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe missed his first three shots to start the second half — including two 3s in the first minute — but hit his last long-ball attempt from the right wing as the score pushed toward a blowout.Tables TurningNotre Dame is one of the best offensive teams in the country when it comes to protecting the basketball, averaging just around nine turnovers a game. The Orange had forced that many by halftime, and as a result controlled tempo of the game and created more — and better — shots.Syracuse only committed eight turnovers on offense, and did a great job creating shots in its half-court offense. Yes, the Irish were without its starting point guard in Demetrius Jackson, but the best offensively efficient team in the country per Kenpom.com shot just 41.8 percent from the field.Making amendsDajuan Coleman had a short leash during his first two stints of the night, and for good reason. Colson hit a hook-shot jumper off the glass just 12 seconds into the game. He came out less than two minutes in with the Orange down 5-0. When he re-entered to start the second half, again, Notre Dame scored the first five points.But he was forced to re-enter the game when Tyler Lydon, who had been playing very well at both ends of the floor, recorded his third foul.On his first defensive possession he recorded a block. On offense he got fouled after scoring post-power dribble. It got one of the loudest ovations from a Carrier Dome crowd that continues to wait for Coleman to be the play he was expected to be. On the next time down the court, he dunked it again, giving Syracuse a 63-40 lead, it’s largest of the night. Commentslast_img read more

Ballon d’Or the talk of the town

first_imgHe’s a good guy. He deserves to be rewarded with the Ballon d’Or: he’s had his best-ever season and won the lot with Bayern Munich. Football is a team game, but you have to admit that he’s played a decisive role in every match.” German tennis legend Boris Becker champions Franck Ribery’s claim“All things being equal, the trophy should definitely go to Franck Ribery. In my opinion, he’s the clear winner. […] For me, the winner should be first and foremost the player who does the most to help his team to win. It’s the same in the NBA: the best player of the season should be part of the best team and in 2013, the most dominant team in Europe was Bayern Munich.”French NBA star Nicolas Batum, of the Portland Trail Blazers“If I had to vote, I’d give it to Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s a player who always gives his all.”The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy“Messi has had a lot of injuries over the past year, which is why I think Cristiano should win the Ballon d’Or.”Argentina legend Diego Armando Maradona”They are all great players, huge names and top athletes. I’d find it a tall order to choose just one of them because they’re all fantastic players.” Greece and Olympiacos forward Kostas Mitroglou”Franck Ribery is my favourite. If he doesn’t win it this time around, he never will. He’s won practically everything there is to win with his club. He recently picked up the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award and he’s still in great form. In my opinion it should definitely go to Ribery.”Monaco midfielder Jeremy Toulalan “Cristiano and Messi are very good players, while Ribery has won the lot. They are three great players and this is the toughest Ballon d’Or to call in the history of the trophy.”UEFA President and former France player Michel Platini“You can never rule out Lionel [Messi]. A lot of people vote for the prize; he’s won it four times and is hugely popular all around the world. I’d laugh a lot if he won it.” Barcelona and Spain defender Gerard Pique“If the Ballon d’Or comes, I have room for it.” Cristiano Ronaldo during the official opening of his museum in his native Madeira”I voted for the Spanish players because they haven’t had as much recognition as they’ve deserved over the last few years and I didn’t want to get involved in a Real Madrid-Barcelona war – it’s as simple as that.”Spain coach Vicente del Bosque lifts the lid on his 2013 Ballon d’Or picks”My wife has already prepared a place for it above the fireplace in the living room. I try not to think about it too much, but she really believes [it’s my year].”2013 Ballon d’Or finalist Franck Ribery talks to L’Equipe about his chances of scooping the awardlast_img read more

Celtics, Al Horford discussing new contract, report says

first_imgAl Horford could stay in Boston a little longer.The big man is discussing an extension with the Celtics, according to a report from the Boston Herald. The Celtics struck out at trying to trade for Pelicans star Anthony Davis and were unwilling to part with young wing Jayson Tatum. But they also reportedly had some interest in Rockets center Clint Capela. Horford, 33, has one year remaining on a four-year, $113 million deal and a player option he may decline for the 2019-20 season worth $30.1 million. It is unclear how the possible departure of star point guard Kyrie Irving could impact Horford’s decision.Horford averaged 13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game in 2018-19 and is expected to have a slew of options should he become an unrestricted free agent. Related News NBA trade rumors: Celtics refused to include Jayson Tatum in Anthony Davis offercenter_img Celtics free agency rumors: Terry Rozier ‘more than open’ to re-signing with Boston if Kyrie Irving leaves Boston finished last season with a 49-33 record but was eliminated from the playoffs by the Bucks in the second round.Members of the young core like Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier led an impressive postseason push in 2017-18, but ultimately fell short of the NBA Finals after losing to Cleveland in the Eastern Conference finals.last_img read more