Iniesta hints at bitterness over Barcelona split

first_img In a documentary on his career, he declared ‘in relationships, if you don’t speak about things, a moment arrives when there’s no going back’. Asked about the phrase, Iniesta told Sport: “I think it’s clear, don’t you?Advertisement Loading… Vissel Kobe midfielder, Andres Iniesta, has hinted at some bitterness over his departure from Barcelona. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyTarantino Wants To End His Career With This Movie?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical “In the context of my exit from Barça, I think the phrase is very explicit, very real. It’s usually said that you give value to things when you’ve lost them. The important thing is to give value to things when you have them, and that that is reciprocated. But these things happen, and they are done for various reasons. read also:Iniesta sorcery sparks Japan’s Kobe to 5-1 Asian win “In my heart, I missed certain things, and that phrase that we spoke about says a lot. Regardless of that, the decision that I took was the one I felt I had to take.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Allardyce has say on Diame exit

first_imgMohamed Diame was allowed to leave West Ham for Hull after failing to build on his impressive opening season, Hammers’ boss Sam Allardyce has revealed. Press Association The 27-year-old central midfielder was an instant hit with the fans at Upton Park having completed a free transfer from Wigan and was soon attracting reported attention from the likes of Arsenal. West Ham kept hold of the player but, with his contract running down, Allardyce decided the time was right to sell – will Monday’s opponents Hull signing him on transfer deadline day. In a parting shot at the club, Diame hit out at Allardyce for ‘shunting’ him around the team and putting off prospective suitors. “At West Ham I was shunted around all the different positions,” he told the Daily Star earlier in the week. “I remember one time I had to play as a striker. At least with Hull I will be certain of playing in my favoured role. That was not good for my career. I wanted to play for a club that is high in the Premier League table. “At least with Hull I will be certain of playing in my favoured role. I should have left West Ham a long time ago, as with them I wasn’t permitted to play in central midfield. “I wasn’t able to get the biggest clubs interested in me, as when they came to watch me I’d been put in a position that was not mine.” But now both Allardyce and co-chairman David Gold have had their say on the situation, with the latter taking to Twitter to put his view across. “Mohamed Diame said it was always his aim to play for a team higher up the league table,” Gold wrote. “Good luck at Hull Mohamed.” Allardyce went deeper into the reasoning behind his willingness to allow Diame’s departure – and confirmed a last-minute deal was struck with Marseille winger Morgan Amalfitano to fill the vacant space in his squad. “Mo was running out of contract and there was a fantastic offer from Hull City which meant that, with Mo coming to us on a free transfer, we made a very handsome profit on that deal,” he said. “He had two seasons with us. I think that his first season was something we expected him to improve on. “He didn’t quite go as fas as we expected from thereon unfortunately. So it was good business all round from our point of view because it allowed us to get Morgan in and Mo got what he wanted in the end and that was a move and obviously a bigger contract. “Mo would have continued to play in central midfield had his performances been as his first season with us. In the end, those performances didn’t quite live up to the ones he gave us in the early part of his career here. “My responsibility is the team and the whole team, not one particular player. If there’s a particular position you need to play somebody to find if they can play that little bit better than they did, then you try and do that. That’s why I moved Mo around. “If he wasn’t happy with it and he’s moved on then that’s fine. From my point of view, I have to look after 25 players throughout the season and then select the best team available. Within that, a player picks himself. That’s what a player does. And a player drops himself. It’s not me, they do it themselves by calculating and keeping track of their performances. “When their performances don’t meet the level you expect then their position is in jeopardy. And if their performances do meet expectations then they stay in the team.” One man who does not appear set to leave Upton Park is assistant manager Neil McDonald. The 48-year-old was linked to the vacant manager’s position at Sky Bet League Two strugglers Carlisle, but Allardyce quashed the speculation and said he intends to keep working closely with McDonald. “No we are not going to lose him,” he said. “I think we have had a huge amount of changes and when you have got somebody you trust and is your right hand man over many years, you don’t let that go.” last_img read more

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Liverpool boys soccer stuns F-M; C-NS girls advance

first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story On Oct. 10, when the Liverpool boys soccer team dropped a 4-1 decision to Baldwinsville, it fell to 3-10 on the season.If anyone, at that point, would go up to the Warriors and tell them that, exactly two weeks later, it would take down the state’s no. 6-ranked team in the Section III Class AA playoffs, players, coaches and fans alike might find that hard to believe.Yet that’s how things played out, Liverpool winning its last three regular-season games to rush into the post-season, and then, on Thursday night, shocking Fayetteville-Manlius in the sectional AA quarterfinals, playing the Hornets to a 0-0 draw through regulation and overtime and then prevailing in penalty kicks. Liverpool didn’t restrict itself to the defensive end, taking 10 shots of its own, though none of them found the net. And when OT ended 0-0, it went to penalty kicks, each side getting five opportunities at the net.They were still tied through five rounds, and then a sixth round. Finally, in the seventh round, the Warriors converted, and F-M’s Corey Gallagher beat Schaeber, but the shot caromed off the crossbar.Suddenly, Liverpool finds itself in the sectional Class AA semifinals, where it will face no. 6 seed Henninger Wednesday night at Jamesville-DeWitt. The Warriors beat the Black Knights 2-1 in its late-season surge after losing to them by that same margin in September.The winner of that game faces Baldwinsville or West Genesee in the Nov. 4 sectional final. It was the no. 4 seed Wildcats that ended the season for Cicero-North Syracuse Thursday night in yet another 1-0 decision at Mike Messere Field.Justin Klasczko’s first-half goal held up for WG as its defense shut out the Northstars for the second time in as many weeks. C-NS closed its season with a 7-9-1 record.Moving to the girls soccer sectional Class AA playoffs, Cicero-North Syracuse entered as the no. 4 seed, knowing that, if it defeated no. 5 seed Auburn in Saturday’s opening round at Bragman Stadium, it would have a shot at top seed and defending champion F-M in the semifinal round.The afternoon belonged to Northstars sophomore forward Maddie Jackson. Twice in the first half, Jackson put in goals, with assists credited to two other sophomores, Victoria Iannotti and Ashey Evans.That’s all C-NS needed as it blanked the Maroons in the second half and prevailed 2-0, the Northstars’ defense limiting Auburn to just three shots, all grabbed by Avery Byrnes.So it’s the Northstars trying to avenge two regular-season defeats to F-M in Wednesday night’s semifinal at Central Square. The winner there gets Baldwinsville or West Genesee in next Saturday’s AA title game at LHS Stadium. Tags: C-NSliverpoolsoccer The two times the Warriors met F-M this season, it lost. Yet the second game, at home on the Field Turf at LHS Stadium Oct. 3, was a 2-0 decision, far closer than the 5-1 loss it took on the grass at Swan Pond in September.And this playoff game would take place on Field Turf, too, with F-M not playing at Swan Pond. That played to the Warriors’ advantage, since it was more familiar with games on an artificial surface.Throughout the 80 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of overtime, Liverpool’s defense continually frustrated F-M’s potent group of forwards, containing the league’s top scorer, Cheech Pagano, and anytime the Hornets did get a shot, Dan Schaeber grabbed it, eventually getting 12 saves.last_img read more

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NCAA drug policy explained by officials

first_imgFrom what Donte Davis remembers about being drug tested by Syracuse University’s athletic department, there was little wiggle room to get around the rules. ‘It’d be real early in the morning. They don’t want you to be able to do nothing like get rid of any drugs or anything like that, so they’ll test you real early,’ said Davis, a former football player. ‘They make you pull your pants down. They watch you pee into a cup. It’s like no cheating the system.’ But according to a Yahoo! Sports article released yesterday, four sources with knowledge of SU basketball teams alleged at least 10 players in the last decade cheated the system and avoided punishment outlined by the athletics’ drug policy. There is a drug policy in place within the department today, but the policy is not made available to the public. Whether the information is made public is completely determined by the institution, said Andrea Wickerham, vice president of Free Drug Sport, which oversees the NCAA drug testing program. She also said it does not matter whether the university is public or private.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘I know some of our clients put their institutional testing program on their athletic department website,’ Wickerham said. ‘And I’m familiar with some institutions that aren’t our clients that put it out there for access for their student athletes, for their coaches, for the public. To me it’s not something that they should be concerned about. It’s just a written document.’ When asked why the policy is not made public, Sue Edson, assistant director of athletics for communications, cited privacy as a reason. ‘Because it’s something we choose to keep private because it impacts student athletes, and it’s not something that we deem necessary to be public information because we believe its private information,’ Edson said. Though the athletic department could not go into detail regarding the policy, former athletes gave some insight regarding what they experienced during their time at Syracuse. At the start of the school year, all athletes attend an orientation that explains what the athletes must do to stay eligible throughout the season. This ranges from many topics, including avoiding drugs to stay in compliance with department and NCAA policy. ‘The meeting is basically of eligibility outside of academics,’ former football player Da’Mon Merkerson said. ‘All the things that can get you in trouble.’ Wickerham said what the NCAA tests for and what individual institutions test for are usually different. The NCAA has a stronger emphasis on steroids, for which Drug Free Sport administers tests automatically at Division-I football programs, Wickerham said. The focus of college drug testing is more stringent regarding street drugs, which include marijuana, cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamines, certain prescription drugs and opium, Wickerham said. ‘Individual institutions and I’m guessing Syracuse would be similar. It tends to focus most of their testing on street drugs, but probably does some anabolic steroids testing, and that could be for a variety of reasons,’ she said. As for punishment, Merkerson, who never failed a drug test during his time at Syracuse, said he doesn’t have firsthand experience with what the consequences are. But from what he understood, the athletic department has its own punishment. Then, depending on the coach of a certain sport, he or she can level a more sincere punishment. Merkerson said every team received equal treatment. Wickerham said that the NCAA does not dictate to schools what its individual sanctions should be if an athlete fails a drug test, but a school can face consequences if it does not enforce the sanctions it sets. Don Siegel, the chair of the University Senate Committee on Athletic Policy at SU, said from what he has seen of the drug policy, the athletic department goes to great measures to ensure the policy is adhered to. Siegel added that the department self-reports if it does not follow procedure. Siegel said his position, along with others on the committee, is an advisory board for the department. He said he couldn’t remember the last time the committee and the athletic department talked about the drug policy. Still, speaking generally, he thinks the drug policy is fine. ‘From our understanding, the athletic department has always done it’s best to adhere to NCAA policy and then go beyond that sometimes,’ Siegel said. ‘To ensure that our program is as compliant as possible to the benefit of the student and that athletic program.’ dgproppe@syr.edu  Comments Published on March 6, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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’SC leads in international students

first_imgUSC leads the nation in international student enrollment for the 11th year in a row, according to a report released Monday.The report was released by the Institute of International Education and supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the Department of State. In the 2011-12 school year, USC enrolled 9,269 international students with a record enrollment of 2,515 Chinese students representing the largest group. The second-largest group of international students were from India, with 1,265 enrolled. In fall 2011, about 71 percent of international students were participating in graduate programs.President C. L. Max Nikias said in a statement released Monday that USC’s large international student population enhances the educations of all students on campus.“USC is so proud of its exceptional international students, as well as its ability to continually draw such talented students from all over the world,” Nikias said in a statement. “These students arrive on our campuses with a broad range of experiences and perspectives, as well as tremendous intellect and creativity. They benefit enormously from their time at USC, while our domestic students learn about cultures outside their own. The bonds our students form — and the professional connections they establish — remain with them for life.”Associate Dean of Student Affairs Tony Tambascia said USC’s concerted efforts to attract international students will encourage them to attend the university.“At USC, international students from over 115 different countries participate fully in both the academic and co-curricular aspects of campus life,” Tambascia said in a statement. “The university’s leadership is dedicated to helping international students have a great Trojan experience, and I think this is part of why so many students from around the world enroll each year.The report also found that USC ranked sixth for the total number of students pursuing study abroad programs, with 2,340 students participating in these programs in the 2010-11 school year.The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and New York University ranked second and third place, respectively, for number of international students, according to the report.last_img read more

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USC places fifth in MPSF Tournament

first_imgHosting the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament for the first time this weekend, the No. 3 USC women’s water polo team had a lot to prove heading into next week’s NCAA Tournament.Stunned · Junior driver Monica Vavic scored two goals in USC’s 10-9 loss to ASU and added six more in USC’s games against CSUB and SJSU. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan USC was coming off its lone home loss in the regular season finale against No. 2 UCLA, and the Women of Troy (24-3, 5-2) looked to regain control of their home at Uytengsu Aquatics Center and capture a second straight MPSF title. Unfortunately for the Cardinal and Gold, this pursuit was shut down early.Jumping into the pool Friday afternoon, USC faced off against a sixth-seeded Arizona State team that it had dominated throughout the year. USC had outscored the Sun Devils by a total of 25-10 in the previous two regular season victories, but offense was scarce in Friday’s first-round battle.After getting out to a 3-1 lead by the end of the first quarter, the Women of Troy were held scoreless in the second period and entered intermission trailing, 4-3.“We had the opportunities; we just didn’t place the shot,” said junior driver Monica Vavic. “We would hit the goalie or hit the bar. If we can’t get the ball in the goal, it’s going to be a difficult game.”Though the offense was unable to produce much first-half success, the USC defense remained strong, anchored by senior goalie Flora Bolonyai. The Hungarian native tallied 12 saves for the day — four in the first half — passing Bernice Orwig as USC’s all-time saves leader.Following another ASU goal midway through the third quarter, which increased the lead to 5-3, the Women of Troy were finally able to gain momentum and end a 15-minute scoring drought. Vavic launched a bullet towards the cage, which tipped  off the goaltender’s fingertips into the top corner. Sophomore two-meter Jayde Appel quickly followed with a pretty touch shot in transition to level the score at 5-5.After trading goals to begin the fourth quarter, ASU was able to convert on a 6-on-5 advantage to regain a one-goal lead with just over a minute to play. Calm and composed, the Women of Troy exhibited unselfish ball movement as time winded down until senior co-captain Kaleigh Gilchrist rose and propelled a scorcher to even the score with only two seconds remaining in regulation.“I felt confident [going into overtime],” Vavic said. “I thought that we would be able to take them up and down the pool. We all look forward to those close games — that’s why we’re all athletes. We love those tight games.”Entering just the second overtime game of the season, USC once again struggled to find the back of the net. After surrendering a goal off of a deep shot attempt, the Cardinal and Gold surged down the pool and drew a 5-meter penalty shot. Junior two-meter Eike Daube’s attempt ricocheted off the post, ending the first half of the extra period trailing, 9-8.Daube, the hero of USC’s first overtime victory against UCLA earlier in the season, wasted no time making up for her penalty stroke, providing the lone goal of the extra time to force a sudden-death period.Following a turnover on a USC offensive position, an ASU attacker leaked out in transition to receive a deep outlet pass. Bolonyai left the cage in a race for the ball that found its way past the goaltender, providing ASU with an open-net goal to knock off the Women of Troy, 10-9.Forced into the consolation bracket with the surprising loss, USC regained its offensive power in Saturday’s contest against seventh-seeded CSU Bakersfield.In the 22-3 rout of the Roadrunners, nine different Women of Troy tallied goals, led by a career-high six goals from freshman driver Stephania Haralabidis and four from Appel, which also marked a career high.It took over 20 minutes for Bakersfield to make its presence known on the scoreboard, finally converting on a lob shot over Bolonyai. The saves leader recorded 12 stops in three periods of work before being replaced by sophomore goalie Alegra Hueso.Earning a spot in the fifth-place game against San Jose State, USC would not let another victory slip through the cracks. The offensive outing displayed against Bakersfield carried over to Sunday’s battle from the beginning. Exploding out of the gates, the Women of Troy posted seven goals in the first quarter, with two apiece  coming from Gilchrist and senior driver Kelly Mendoza.The second period was no different in regard to offensive dominance. With the help of Appel’s first-half hat trick, capped off by a savvy tipped-in goal from a lob pass by Vavic, the Women of Troy took an 11-5 lead into intermission.“I think that we were more confident in our shooting and putting the ball in the cage,” Gilchrist said. “Once you put the ball in the cage, it’s pretty simple, you’ll get the goal. That was the difference from the Arizona game.”USC continued its dominance over the Spartans in the second half, fueled by Vavic’s stellar performance.Bursting out with a rocket that found the back of the cage just 40 seconds into the half, USC’s No. 7 all-time leader in scoring added on two more to propel the Women of Troy to a 21-9 victory.With the win, USC claimed a disappointing fifth place in the MPSF Tournament, which was won by No. 1 Stanford.Still, the team looks at its  experience with some positivity.“We just need to know what we need to work on,” Gilchrist said. “We have two hard weeks of training and we’ll be ready to go come NCAAs.”The defending national champions now await the NCAA bracket’s announcement this evening, when they will discover their next opponent. The Women of Troy will play host to the NCAA Tournament in two weeks, featuring the nation’s top 10 teams.last_img read more

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Black Stars photo exhibition and auction comes off today.

first_imgA special Black Stars autographed photo exhibition and auction comes off Today at the 29 Josif Broz Tito Avenue, Cantonments in Accra. The special organized exhibition and auction is being put up by FIFA accredited photographer Senyuiedzom Adadevoh in support of the ‘1’ Ball Support Project. The‘1’ Ball Support Project is to provide  footballs for street teams across the length and breadth of Ghana and  in support, part of the proceeds realized will be used to support the project.On exhibition will be authentic autographed pictures by the 23 –man Black Stars squad currently training in America. These pictures are made from superior canvas material and of different sizes and will be on sale as well.The exhibition and auction is expected to see all corporate entities and the general public in their numbers present.last_img read more

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Yasiel Puig merchandise removed from Dodger Stadium as party video goes viral

first_img“We are aware of what Yasiel posted on social media last night and while we are disappointed in his and some of our other players’ judgment, this is a matter we will address internally,” the statement read.Puig had been with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate less than 48 hours when the videos hit the internet. Whatever internal discipline he faced Tuesday did not keep him out of the starting lineup. Puig even hit a home run in his first at-bat against the Iowa Cubs.Puig was batting .260 with seven home runs when the Dodgers optioned him out, after failing to find a partner at the non-waiver trade deadline Aug. 1. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday that Puig’s “goal is and should be to continue to be a better baseball player.”A home run at Triple-A might have moved the needle in that direction, but it’s fighting a massive current in a stadium where Puig has no locker and now, no jerseys for sale.Van Slyke ailingScott Van Slyke was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right wrist. Now the first baseman/outfielder can only hope the injury does not end his season.Van Slyke said this is related to the wrist injury that bothered him last September; he’s also missed time each of the last two seasons with back problems.The Dodgers have placed 26 different players on the disabled list this season, believed to be one shy of the major league record. The more Van Slyke spoke of his latest injury, the more trivial the DL record seemed.“Since last year, I know I’ve lost range of motion,” he said. “I’ve known it wasn’t normal.”Van Slyke said he was told to take a week to 10 days to rest his wrist. If he doesn’t feel better at that point, surgery would be an option. The procedure would be an “arthroscopic, run-of-the-mill clean-up,” Van Slyke said, but it would probably end his season.“The goal is to find a scenario where I’m not completely shut down but can still help the team in certain capacities,” Van Slyke said.Now in his fifth major league season, Van Slyke hasn’t been able to help the team at the plate much lately by his own admission. The limited range of motion in his wrist has contributed to his .225 batting average in 52 games. Among the Dodgers’ regulars, only catcher A.J. Ellis (.562) has a lower OPS this season than Van Slyke (.606).If surgery is the recommended course of action, Van Slyke said he would prefer not to wait.“You don’t want to wait until November or December because then you’re short on time going into spring training” next season, he said.Chris Taylor, who was optioned to Triple-A on Friday, was recalled to take Van Slyke’s spot. He was hitting .229 in 24 games this season after the Dodgers acquired him in a trade with the Seattle Mariners.AlsoRight-hander Brandon McCarthy threw a bullpen session at Dodger Stadium absent any of the wildness that plagued his fastball Sunday. He remains on track to start Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Roberts said. … Left-hander Rich Hill’s bullpen session was scratched, but he is scheduled to make his Dodgers debut Friday against the Pirates. Hill is on the 15-day disabled list with a blister on his left middle finger. … Right-hander Ross Stripling, who threw five shutout innings against the Red Sox in a spot start Saturday, also threw a bullpen session. He and left-hander Brett Anderson, who pitched five innings in a Triple-A rehab game Monday, could potentially fill in this weekend if needed. … In a private ceremony, California state assemblymen Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) and Jimmy Gomez (D-Riverside) presented Assembly Concurrent Resolution 195 to Vin Scully, recognizing his 67 year-long career with the Dodgers. LOS ANGELES >> Two large action photos of Yasiel Puig awaited visitors in the official merchandise store at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. Facing inward from opposite sides of the room, Puig was hard to miss.Much easier to miss Tuesday: actual Yasiel Puig merchandise.Other than the photos, the Dodgers removed all traces of number 66 from their official team store this week. Any merchandise bearing his name, jersey number or likeness has been placed in storage.This wasn’t the most awkward situation for the Dodgers since Puig was demoted to Triple-A last week, but it was among the most obvious. A quick scan around Dodger Stadium Tuesday revealed the enduring popularity of Puig apparel. As recently as July 2015, Puig’s number 66 was the 21st-most popular Majestic jersey in MLB according to data provided by the league. Meanwhile, down in the Dodgers’ clubhouse, Rob Segedin was catching up on messages from his former Oklahoma City teammates and answering questions about party buses.Late Monday night Puig posted a series of 16 video clips to his Snapchat account depicting a raucous celebration, beginning in a clubhouse and ending on a bus. Fueled by beer and loud music, Puig and the other Triple-A players shouted profanities directed at Segedin, who was promoted to the Dodgers on Friday.“A bunch of guys texted me this morning. They didn’t know (the video) was going to go so viral, I guess,” Segedin said. “They were all just having fun. They were trying to have a team bonding experience.“There’s no negative feelings toward any of those guys. Some of those guys (in the video) are my best friends on the team.”Puig deleted his Snapchat account, but only after the videos made the social media rounds. Much of the content was not suitable for work. None of it appeared to be illegal, or necessarily irresponsible. Still, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman issued a statement condemning Puig’s behavior Tuesday afternoon.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Three takeaways from Seahawks’ narrow victory over Rams

first_imgThe Rams-Seahawks matchups have always been good, especially in Seattle — minus the lopsided, 42-7, Rams’ win in 2017.This time around, on “Thursday Night Football,” it was no different. The two teams were separated by just one point at halftime after an impressive first half from Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson and a solid two quarters in Los Angeles wide receiver Cooper Kupp’s homecoming. After Los Angeles put up 14 unanswered points following a missed Seahawks field goal late in the second quarter, Wilson led a scoring drive in the third and another to open the fourth. But at this point, the Seahawks were still trailing.He continued to escape the clutches of Aaron Donald and Clay Matthews late in the game — only getting sacked once — and had one last scoring drive in him to give Seattle its go-ahead touchdown that almost didn’t happen after a bobbled catch….Aaaaand got it! 😅Touchdown, #Seahawks ‼️Q4: SEA 30, LAR 29 pic.twitter.com/xXg5BihtF1— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) October 4, 2019Wilson, however, remained composed despite a late slip up under the two-minute mark that could have ended the game. The Seahawks secured an impressive interception to give Wilson and company the ball back, but he couldn’t get the first down. Despite the rare mistake, it was another nail-biting win that Wilson has become famous for, and much like coach Pete Carroll who was yelling and sprinting down the sideline after a missed Rams field goal, Wilson could barely control his emotions after the game.”He gave me an opportunity… Paul was here tonight.”An emotional @DangeRussWilson reacts after the @Seahawks’ dramatic win on the night that the late Paul Allen was honored. pic.twitter.com/XAJRKOnPEs— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) October 4, 2019Todd Gurley gets goingThe Rams underutilized their star rusher Sunday. Todd Gurley finished with a career-low five carries in the team’s 55-40 loss to the Buccaneers. But they looked to the three-time Pro Bowl player for 15 carries and 51 yards to help open up the field for quarterback Jared Goff.It wasn’t an amazing performance, but it was one the offense needed if it wanted a chance. He accounted for two touchdowns on the ground against a tough Seahawks defense and showed that not only could he could still get it going, but that the Rams’ offensive line can create opportunities for him.He finished the night with 15 career games having multiple rushing touchdowns — passing Eric Dickerson for the most in Rams history. Russell Wilson delivers improbable touchdown pass to Tyler Lockett They were again separated by just one point before the two-minute warning after the Rams were rolling and Seattle sputtered. But in true Seahawks fashion, they sealed a 30-29 victory after Wilson executed a late scoring drive.Three takeaways from another narrow Seahawks victoryWhat can’t Russell Wilson do?The eighth-year veteran is quietly having the best start of his career and it was highlighted in primetime against the Rams when he finished 17-of-23 passing for 268 yards and four touchdowns. Related News Jared Goff was way too hot and coldIt seems like Goff can’t string along enough successful plays to keep momentum on the Rams side. It was apparent Sunday, when L.A. just couldn’t turn the tide despite its late efforts, and it happened again in Seattle.He, again, looked to Cooper Kupp to do a bulk of the work. Kupp finished with nine receptions for 117 yards and one touchdown but it wasn’t enough for L.A.Some poor decisions in the end, including a false start penalty that backed the Rams up on their potential game-winning drive resulting in an unsuccessful 44-yard field goal attempt, left the Rams on the losing end. They drop to 3-2 on the season, while the Seahawks move to 4-1.last_img read more

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Get to know Sabrina Ionescu, from her stellar Oregon career to Kobe Bryant friendship

first_imgIonescu very well could have done just that; she is the NCAA’s all-time leader in career triple-doubles and the Pac-12 Conference’s all-time leader in assists. Ionescu won the Naismith and Wade trophies — on top of her second-straight Wooden Award — as the best player in women’s college basketball for the 2019-20 season. She also was named national player of the year by the Associated Press, USBWA and ESPN.Here’s everything you need to know about Ionescu’s Oregon career as she takes her game to the next level:MORE: A timeline of Sabrina Ionescu’s friendship with Kobe BryantSabrina Ionescu Oregon statsOn Feb. 24, 2020, in the Ducks’ 74-66 win at No. 4 Stanford, Ionescu became the first NCAA player ever (man or woman) to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 assists, and 1,000 rebounds in a career.Ionescu had previously passed the 2,000-point, 1,000-assist milestones, but entered the game nine rebounds short of 1,000. With 1:50 left in the third quarter, she made history.HISTORY!! 🐐👑Sabrina Ionescu is the first NCAA player EVER with 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds!!#GoDucks | @sabrina_i20 pic.twitter.com/TrJPrWLUW0— Oregon Women’s Basketball (@OregonWBB) February 25, 2020Ionescu career stats at OregonGames played/started142/142Minutes per game34.6Field goals/attempts (pct.)905/1991 (.455)3-pointers/attempts (pct.)329/799 (.422)Free throws/attempts (pct.)423/497 (.851)Rebounds1,040Assists1,091Blocks38Steals207Scoring (per game)2,562 (18.0)Sabrina Ionescu Oregon highlightsIonescu’s 2,000-1,000-1,000 mark may be her most notable recent highlight, but she has enjoyed plenty more over her four-year career in Eugene.The season before Ionescu arrived, the average home attendance for the Ducks was 1,501. By her sophomore season, it had increased to more than 4,200; in her junior season, that average jumped to 7,148. Wherever she goes, Ionescu raises the attendance — even on the road. When the Ducks visited Washington during her junior season, the crowd was 3,000 more than the Huskies drew two nights earlier against Oregon State.Ionescu helped lead the Ducks to 23 wins as a freshman in 2016-17; that mark improved to 33, 33 and 31 in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons, respectively. The team also reached the Elite Eight in each of her first three seasons, including the Final Four in 2019.Because she would have been 22 before the end of 2019, Ionescu was eligible to declare for the 2019 WNBA Draft, where she likely would have been a top pick. Instead, Ionescu chose to come back to Oregon for her senior year, saying in “The Players’ Tribune” that she would be back her senior year to attend to “unfinished business” — meaning an Oregon national championship. She penned the open letter the day after Oregon lost to Baylor in the Final Four.With her leading the way, Oregon also won the Pac-12 regular-season titles in 2018, ’19 and ’20 and the Pac-12 Tournament in 2018 and ’20. Here are some highlights packages from Ionescu’s storied Oregon career:2020 Pac-12 championship highlights2019 NCAA Tournament highlights2018 NCAA Tournament highlights2018 Pac-12 championship highlights2016-17 highlightsSabrina Ionescu heightIonescu is listed at 5-11, 3 inches taller than the average WNBA guard (5-8).Sabrina Ionescu-Kobe Bryant friendshipIonescu became the first player to reach the historic 2,000-1,000-1,000 mark on one of the most difficult days of her life — after speaking at Kobe Bryant’s celebration of life earlier that morning.Bryant was invested in the future of women’s basketball, and he and Ionescu bonded through their shared interest in the sport. Ionescu considered him a mentor and a friend, and even helped coach his daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant. Ionescu said it was special for her to reach that milestone on Feb. 24 (2/24) in honor of both Kobe and Gigi — Gianna Bryant wore No. 2, and Kobe Bryant wore No. 24 for half of his career.”That one was for him,” Ionescu said. “To do it on 2/24/20 is huge. We had talked about it in the preseason. I can’t really put that into words. He’s looking down and really proud of me and just really happy for this moment with my team.”Ionescu also secured her 26th triple-double in the fourth quarter as Oregon clinched the Pac-12 regular-season title with a 74-66 win over Stanford. Ionescu finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists.Bay Area for lifeIonescu grew up in Walnut Creek, Calif., 30 minutes from where the Warriors play in Oracle Arena. When Oregon played Cal in February, Steph Curry brought his daughters to see their first ever women’s basketball game.Steph and Sabrina Ionescu after Oregon’s win 🐐 pic.twitter.com/k62APaWfyh— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) February 22, 2020Ionescu has attended Warriors games for years, and has become friends with Curry; while he doesn’t know if his daughters will play basketball, he still views Ionescu as a role model for them.”It’s amazing to see what she’s made of herself,” Curry told ESPN after the game, a 93-61 win for the Ducks. “And it’s amazing what she’s done on the court. How that’s transformed the attention and awareness of where the women’s game is. The eye test when you see her out on the floor. Stats, they mean a lot. But when you get to watching somebody and see the passion that she brings, it’s in her eyes.”The competitive nature that she has, you can’t teach that.”How to pronounce Sabrina Ionescu’s nameIonescu’s name, which is Romanian, has caused some confusion as to its pronunciation. People won’t be getting her last name wrong for much longer if her meteoric rise continues.Repeat after us: YO-ness-coo.YO-NESS-COO. Say it with us. #GoDucks https://t.co/nQk7eFetZ9— Oregon Women’s Basketball (@OregonWBB) October 11, 2017It should be noted Ionescu is the daughter of Romanian immigrants. Her father, Dan Ionescu, left Romania during the 1989 revolution and sought asylum in America. He ended up owning a limousine service in northern California, where he had chosen to settle because of several extended family members in that area. Sabrina and her brother are both “fairly fluent” in Romanian. Speaking of which. …Sabrina Ionescu’s twin Eddy also plays for OregonIonescu has a twin brother, Eddy, who also plays basketball at Oregon. They’ve jokingly compared themselves to “(Steph) Curry and Klay (Thompson),” with Ionescu being Curry. Ionescu is older by 18 minutes, and they have been very competitive since childhood. When she was younger, Ionescu played on a club team and filled in on Eddy’s all-male team when needed.Ionescu admitted to the Washington Post that she is a “natural scorer,” but the development of the rest of her game came from playing alongside boys and older girls. “When I was younger, I was always playing with the guys, and I had to find ways to get the ball, because they never wanted to pass to me,” Ionescu said in an interview. “So I figured that if I could rebound, I would be able to get the ball myself. Then passing-wise, when I was in sixth grade playing with the eighth-grade team, I was obviously a lot shorter, skinnier, smaller than they were. I would just have to find ways to impact the game other than shooting or scoring, and that was passing.”In Ionescu’s middle school, there weren’t enough players to form a girls’ team. When she requested to play on the boys’ team, she was denied.“My middle school said I should be playing with dolls. Seriously, word-for-word,” Ionescu told the Post. “It’s funny now. I wish I could go back and just tell those people they had made a mistake.” All eyes are on Sabrina Ionescu this week as she prepares to be the likely No. 1 pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft. Ionescu is in that position thanks to her incredible talent — matched by an equally impressive career at Oregon — which has led her to become friends with some of the best basketball players in the game.Before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic canceled major sporting events across the world, including the NCAA Women’s Tournament, Ionescu looked to lead the projected 1-seed Ducks to the national championship, just four years removed from the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.last_img read more

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