Evans joins Murray in Australian Open fourth round

first_imgDAN Evans joined Andy Murray in the last 16 of the Australian Open tennis yesterday with a brilliant performance to give Britain two men in the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time since 2002.Top seed Murray made short work of American Sam Querrey, winning 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 in one hour 59 minutes.Evans, the world number 51, then upset Australian 27th seed Bernard Tomic with a 6-3, 7-6(7-2), 7-6(7-3) victory.Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski reached round four at Wimbledon 15 years ago.It is the first time Evans has made it so far at a Grand Slam, and he next faces French 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.Murray, meanwhile, plays Germany’s Mischa Zverev, the world number 50.Querrey was the man who upset then world number one Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon last summer, but Murray made sure he did not fall victim to another shock after the Serb’s surprise defeat by Denis Istomin on Thursday.With six-time champion Djokovic out, Murray is a clear favourite among many observers to finally land the third leg of the career Grand Slam.Dan Evans“I don’t worry about that, really,” said Murray, who has lost four Melbourne finals to Djokovic.“Obviously, if you’re to get to the final, then it has an effect. A lot of the times when I’ve been in the final here, I’ve played against him. Had some tough ones.”Andy Murray column: Everyone needs to give Djokovic a break.Querrey gave the Scot plenty to think about in the early stages of their third-round match, attacking the net and hurrying the top seed, but a first-serve percentage of just 57% was not enough to keep Murray at bay.The American missed a fleeting chance with a break point in game eight and Murray immediately took advantage, getting the break himself in the next game with a beautiful lob.He took a firm grip on the match with a run of six out of seven games, easing through the second set with two more breaks.There was a flurry of resistance as Querrey reeled off three straight games to lead 3-2 in the third set, but Murray once again turned up the pressure with his return to break for a fifth time on his way to a comprehensive victory.“Sam, especially in the first set, was hitting a huge ball,” added Murray, who had no problem with the ankle he turned during his previous match.“There was a key moment at 3-4 when I saved a break point and then managed to break the next game and had the momentum after that.” (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Holder wants more consistency from Windies

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, England (CMC) – While the West Indies have shown at times they can compete with the best teams in the world, their captain Jason Holder wants to see them do it more consistently at the World Cup.The Windies were thoroughly outplayed by England, going down by eight wickets on Friday. It was their second loss of the tournament.The regional team also went down by 15 runs to Australia in a game which they dominated for the majority of the contest.Following the team’s loss to England, Holder called for his teammates to deliver more consistent performances.“We were showing glimpses of what we can produce here in this tournament so far and also in the recent past and in the past generally.“First, it is just a matter of bringing it together for long periods, stringing together a complete game and being consistent. I have always spoken about consistency whenever I speak to you guys, so it’s a matter for us to find it,” Holder said.“We have to dig deep within to make sure we take the responsibility as batters and as bowlers to keep being aggressive.”The Windies skipper said with five games remaining, the team was still very confident of reaching the knockout phase of the competition.He said a clinical performance was needed against Bangladesh in their next match.“I think it would be very foolish not to be confident. There’s still a lot of cricket to be played in this tournament. We have only played four games. A hell of a lot of cricket is left to be played.“We have just got to be disciplined and make sure we come against Bangladesh, firstly, in our next game and make sure we beat Bangladesh,” Holder said.last_img read more

X-ED OUT: Maryland doubles up Syracuse thanks to dominance at faceoff X

first_img Published on February 22, 2014 at 5:51 pm Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu For Syracuse, it was a nightmarish flashback to one of the most heartbreaking losses in program history.On Saturday in the Carrier Dome, the same plague that troubled the Orange against Duke in last year’s national championship game resurfaced once again. No. 2 Syracuse (2-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) lost 19-of-27 draws against No. 5 Maryland (3-0, 1-0), and fell to the Terrapins 16-8 in front of 5,283 in its first-ever ACC contest.“It’s been a concern for us in the past,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “But I think Chris (Daddio) has come a long way. We’ve changed some technique there. I think a couple of times we jumped and we shouldn’t have, because that put us in man-down situations.”Syracuse’s problems at the X have been heavily discussed, dissected and analyzed since the loss to Duke last May. But despite bringing in a new faceoff specialist — Mike Iacono — and spending more time practicing draws than ever before, SU once again struggled to take control of the ball.The Orange had no answer for Maryland faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa. The junior scooped up loose ball after loose ball. He beat Daddio. He beat Iacono. He beat Daddio again before beating Austin Wentworth.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter keeping Syracuse in the game in the first quarter, Daddio was outplayed in the second. Syracuse went from being up 4-2 to trailing 10-4, due in large part to its inability to gain possession at the X.“Right before that run, I gave a little high-five to Charlie and I saw something in his eyes,” Maryland goalkeeper Niko Amato said. “And boom. He went down and won a faceoff and scored and made continuous plays after that.”Raffa won 9-of-13 faceoffs in the second quarter. With SU trailing 5-4, Daddio was flagged for an illegal procedure. On the man-up advantage, Terrapins attack Connor Cannizzaro threw a bouncer past Tom Grimm and SU goalie Dominic Lamolinara and into the net.“He’s a great faceoff guy,” Daddio said of Raffa. “He got a good start. We were going back and forth for the first couple and then he started getting away a little bit and I got caught in a game of catch-up. That’s the last thing you want to do against a kid who’s better than decent.”On the ensuing faceoff, Iacono took his first draw of the match and was whistled for a procedural penalty. UMD’s Joe LoCascio found Jay Carlson, who put a shot by Lamolinara from five yards out.On the next draw, Raffa won it cleanly and went straight through the SU defense, beating Lamolinara with a shot from 10 yards out. SU defender Bobby Tait stood still in disbelief.Iacono won the next draw, which was met with a sarcastic cheer from the home crowd.On Maryland’s next possession, Matt Rambo came around a screen and fired a shot past Lamolinara. Bobby Wardwell came in for Lamolinara after the Maryland native yielded nine goals to his former team.But for Raffa, it didn’t matter who was in net. On the next draw, he beat Iacono down the field and took it through the defense himself. Raffa put a shot by Wardwell for his second goal of the game.“Charlie got into a pretty good groove,” Maryland head coach John Tillman said. “Anytime you get possessions it just allows you to get into a rhythm offensively and it can, at times, make the other team a little more uncomfortable.”Trailing 14-5, the Orange sent Wentworth to the X. The result didn’t change. Raffa won another draw and Maryland scored another goal.“I knew that that would be a big part of the game,” Raffa said. “We worked on it all week so I thought that really helped out.”But it wasn’t just faceoffs. Maryland beat Syracuse in every facet of the game. Maryland had 36 groundballs to Syracuse’s 17. Fifty-five shots to Syracuse’s 32.Despite blowing out Siena in its season opener, Syracuse only held a 15-13 edge at the X. SU was able to dominate the X against Albany on Sunday, but that was against a trio of inexperienced faceoff specialists. With the Orange facing six of the top teams in the country this year, it’ll have to find an answer at the X soon.“I think the best thing about today is that we can’t play any worse all-around. It’s never one guy or one position,” said attack Kevin Rice. “If one guy is having a down day then the rest of the team has to step up. I just think as a team, collectively, we need to step it up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Breaking down Wisconsin football’s wonky conference-only schedule

first_imgThe announcement of the Big Ten Conference to keep all fall sports competitions strictly conference-only made waves throughout the college sports realm. For the University of Wisconsin football team, everything changes.Ideally, discussions in late July about 2020 Badger football usually concern expectations and the make-up of the team — how the team will move on from and replace key playmakers like Jonathan Taylor and Quintez Cephus at the skill positions on offense, whether senior Jack Coan will fend off rising prospect Graham Mertz at quarterback, if the offensive line will live up to annual high expectations or whether the young defense will build on their dominance from a year ago.Unfortunately, all these fun discussions fade into the shadow of how the season will operate under a pandemic. So, let’s break down this limited Wisconsin football schedule.UW Athletics: Big Ten announces fall athletics will be conference-only amidst COVID-19 pandemicThe Big Ten released a statement July 9 stating that the conference will adjust their fall sports schedule to “conference Read…First off, Wisconsin loses the opportunity to play one FCS opponent in Southern Illinois at home on Sept. 12 and two FBS opponents in Appalachian State at home on Sept. 19 and the highly anticipated Notre Dame game at Lambeau Field on Oct. 3 in Green Bay.With a bye week scheduled for week seven — Oct. 17 — Wisconsin is now limited to three games in the first seven weeks of the season. These first three opponents are Indiana at home Sept. 4, at Michigan Sept. 26 and Minnesota at home Oct. 10. Michigan and Minnesota are almost sure-fire top 25 teams while a surging Indiana program should prove a tough opening matchup.Many fans have had a difficult time understanding why the Notre Dame game needed cancellation instead of relocating. If Notre Dame is in South Bend, Indiana, it seems far more plausible to compete against them on either team’s home turf as opposed to flying out to play conference foe Maryland on Oct. 24. But this is where the Big Ten’s decision to keep everything in-house comes in to play. Despite Maryland and Rutgers’ physical separation from the rest of the conference, under the umbrella of the Big Ten, all 14 of its schools can operate in uniform under the same protocols and procedures in dealing with COVID-19.The same cannot be said for Notre Dame, who has remained an independent in football for years, but may join its basketball program in becoming a member of the ACC in 2020. Whether Notre Dame chooses to remain independent or join the ACC, Wisconsin and the Big Ten cannot be sure they will handle their team with the same safety measures through this pandemic.Additionally, Notre Dame and Wisconsin remain hopeful their 2021 contest at Soldier Field will happen and that they can reschedule their contest at Lambeau for a future date. Still, we wonder why Notre Dame and the Big Ten can’t work something out for at least 2020. It makes a lot more sense geographically for Notre Dame to join the Big Ten rather than the ACC.Aside from this marquee matchup against Notre Dame at Lambeau, Wisconsin was also scheduled to have another exciting neutral site game against Northwestern at historic Wrigley Field in Chicago. The landmark venue would have likely been host to an electric atmosphere full of both Northwestern and Wisconsin fans. Now, it will be played at Northwestern’s Ryan Field.Report shows UW Athletics economic impact down compared to 2011While the University of Wisconsin’s overall athletic performance has stayed roughly the same, if not better than it was in Read…In all, the loss of two home games and two neutral site games leaves Wisconsin with nine total contests against Big Ten foes with four games at home in Camp Randall Stadium and five games on the road.Home field advantage tends to be a very real thing in college sports, however, there could be little to no effect where these games are played in 2020 with little to no fans expected at all sporting events.The stadium factor at both Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor and Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City make away games at Michigan and Iowa much more difficult than they already are, but with a lack of fans this season, the playing field might be leveled. Camp Randall has always proved a hostile environment to visiting opponents and without the stadium rocking this year, the Badgers will likely lose at least some of their home-field advantage.Just as 2020 has been impossible to predict, so too is the reality of this football season. But if it does happen, it’s even harder to predict who emerges as the top dogs in the Big Ten. The Big Ten has proven year in, year out that it is one of the toughest conferences to successfully navigate. In a season without non-conference games, it will be even more difficult to come by wins.Before the pandemic, on paper, the Big Ten West division was shaping up to be well-rounded and deep with the Badgers at the forefront, while the Big Ten East improves in depth behind legit championship contenders like Ohio State and Penn State.With a full Big Ten West slate and Michigan, Indiana and Maryland coming from the Big Ten East, no win is guaranteed for the 2020 Badger football team.If the season does happen, there is no reason to set Wisconsin’s expectations any lower as they should still be expected to come out of the West, though in a narrow margin. If they play all nine games, 7-2 seems a reasonable prediction for their final record. Any record prediction should be taken with a grain of salt, however.Regardless of Wisconsin’s final record this year, expect new and advanced statistics and analytics to measure the strength of the conference, i.e. pitting the SEC against the Big Ten to decide the nation’s best teams. Perhaps we could see an expanded playoff at the end of this season to provide a more accurate measure of dictating college football’s best.Men’s Basketball: Looking back on Wisconsin’s roller-coaster seasonThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s 2019-20 season was a rollercoaster in the truest sense of the word. While Read…Shortly after the Big Ten announced its decision for fall sports, Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez wrote a letter to Badger stakeholders. Wisconsin football then tweeted the letter. The main takeaways include the importance of being flexible this fall. As administrators, as players or as fans, it’s important to understand that some things this upcoming season may change in a moment’s notice.One thing that remains flexible is the schedule. With so many dates during the season now open, the schedule can shift to allow for fewer gaps between games and a reordering of matchups across the season.With so much uncertainty this upcoming season, we don’t know if any fans will get to experience tailgates, the atmosphere in Camp Randall, or a full gameday at the bars. We don’t even know if our beloved Badgers will be able to play the sport that allows us the opportunity to participate in such activities.One thing is certain: If college football is played this season, it will look a whole lot different.last_img read more

SUPER BOWL: Tom Brady Loses Winning Jersey Again

first_imgHistory seems to be repeating itself. Yes, the New England Patriots won another Super Bowl, but Tom Brady was once again looking for his jersey after the Big Dance.The Patriots quarterback, 41, had his jersey stolen two years ago in Houston following a dramatic comeback against the Atlanta Falcons.And after the 13-3 victory over the LA Rams, Brady was recorded in a pulsating Patriots locker room searching for the missing garment. Asked by a journalist if he knew where his famous No 12 jersey was, Brady replied: ‘I gotta find that out.’Two years ago at Houston’s NRG Stadium Mexican journalist Martin Mauricio Ortega reportedly pilfered the attire.He also allegedly stole Brady’s game-winning jersey from Super Bowl XLIX and the helmet of Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller in San Francisco.US police forces recovered the items in Mexico in 2017.As a result, security to the locker rooms has been tightened, with many media unable to access after the NFL’s annual showpiece.Following the game, Brady said: ‘I can’t believe it – what a year.‘Our defense played unbelievable and we finally had a touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.‘It took us a while but you’ve got to grind it out and find a way.’On winning his sixth Super Bowl, Brady added: ‘It probably won’t sink in for a very, very long time.‘I’m just so blessed to play with the best team-mates through the years from our 2001 team and all the way through to now – I love these guys.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 03: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates after the Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)last_img read more

Overwatch League eyes expansion into Europe, Oceania, and Middle East

first_imgIt was previously reported that the Overwatch League was eyeing an expansion once its inaugural season had finished, and now in an interview, Nate Nanzer, Commissioner, Overwatch League has listed some of the destinations that may be included in the future.The first season of the Overwatch League isn’t too far off of completion, but as Nanzer, reveals, Blizzard has some ambitious plans about where it plans to bring the competition to next. The main region it is targeting is Europe, the home of many endemic sports clubs – it’s been revealed that Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard gave “a speech on esports at the European Club Association General Assembly,” where “all the European football clubs come together.”Specific countries that are being targeted include France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Benelux, and the Nordic region according to the interview. “We want teams in the big great cities across Europe like Paris, Berlin,” explained Nanzer. The potential list of destinations doesn’t end there, though.Perhaps surprisingly, Brazil is “a market that’s particularly interesting” to the Overwatch League. Nanzer also listed countries within the Asia Pacific region such as New Zealand and Australia. “There’s been lots of activity in Australia with AFL teams getting involved with esports, so there could be something interesting there,” added the Commissioner.Nate Nanzer, Overwatch LeagueThe Middle East is also an area that could well home Overwatch League franchises, as Nanzer explained that “gaming is huge in countries like UAE and Saudi Arabia.” There’s no word on whether any of the aforementioned locations will be embedded into the League from Season 2, or whether it’ll see the inclusion of more North American and Asian teams. One thing’s for sure though: there will be more teams included next season.It’s also unknown as to exactly when teams will host games from their respective namesakes (London Spitfire, Houston Outlaws, and Seoul Dynasty, for example). Nanzer said that they “haven’t made the decision yet, but we want it as soon as possible. If it doesn’t happen in Season 2, it’ll happen very quickly after that.”Esports Insider says: While we’re glad to see that there will be other regions represented in the League beyond North America and Asia, we’ve been caught by surprise by the potential of Middle Eastern franchises being formed so soon. Looking to European sports clubs makes complete sense though, considering the amount of North American sports clubs that have been involved thus far.last_img read more