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first_imgCarlingford Lough, joint top-weight for the Crabbie’s Grand National, has been ruled out of the Aintree centrepiece on April 11. McManus’ racing manager Frank Berry said: “That (Grand National) won’t be happening.” The County Waterford trainer raised the possibility of Carlingford Lough lining up in the Punchestown Gold Cup, depending on how quickly he recovers from his Cheltenham exertions. Kiely said: “He’s come back fine. We agreed the ground probably wasn’t ideal, but I’m not sure he would have been good enough anyway. “I think we’ll give our horse a break for a couple of weeks and see how he is after that. “He could go to Punchestown, maybe.” The JP McManus-owned nine-year-old claimed the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown on his penultimate start, but failed to provide Tony McCoy with a final Cheltenham Gold Cup success, finishing ninth behind Coneygree. John Kiely’s charge heads the weights for the National, along with last year’s Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere, but he will not be heading to Merseyside. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Published on January 23, 2018 at 9:28 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ Adrian Autry scowled and hurled the paper cup still full of water to the hardwood. Two managers bolted from behind the bench to sop up the spill with towels. A referee, running to Syracuse’s end of the court after a change of possession, tiptoed around the scrubbers while his eyes monitored the players and his mouth chastised Syracuse’s assistant coach.It was Jan. 6, Syracuse was playing a depleted Notre Dame team, but none of the 24,000 fans in the Carrier Dome seemed to notice the incident. Autry turned away from the court, as if he had seen enough, and toward fellow assistant Gerry McNamara.“Why would you shoot that?” he said.On the first play of the second half in a closer-than-it-should-be game, Syracuse freshman forward Oshae Brissett had driven from the left wing, spun right, where the defense met him and smashed a lefty layup attempt off the backboard that never touched the rim.Four minutes later, Brissett sunk a deep 3-pointer as the shot-clock expired. Autry, his position coach, simply nodded.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor Syracuse coaches, those two plays illustrate Brissett’s season: Sometimes maddening, sometimes marvelous. For each rebound he snares for his team-leading 9.4 per game, and for each basket he scores for his 14.9 points per game, there’s a shot that leaves coaches mystified on the bench.Though SU head coach Jim Boeheim has played Brissett through rough patches — totaling the third-most minutes this season of all freshmen in the country — he needs Brissett to take better shots if Syracuse (13-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) is to beat Boston College (13-7, 3-4) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome and spark a run to the NCAA Tournament.“Oshae, too, has taken a little step back,” Boeheim said after the team’s last game, a win over Pittsburgh on Jan. 16. “He was getting to the basket better early in the year. I still think he did try tonight. He might have gotten hit a couple of times, but you’ve still got to finish those. We need him to get back in there.”That’s because Brissett’s game all season has been keyed by his ability to get to the rim. Every opposing team knows it. As they realized Brissett wanted to put his head down and barrel in, they instructed defenders to play further off him and dare him to shoot jumpers.Brissett has struggled overall, hitting 25 for 78 shots (32.1 percent) in conference play, but has started to find a stroke from beyond the arc. In the ACC, he has hit 9-for-25 (36 percent) after starting the year 14 for 50 (28 percent).Still, the answer for Brissett in how to respond to this new defensive approach lies where he’s always been most comfortable: in the lane. He wants to jumpstart from inside-out like he did in the nonconference, he said.Autry brushed off the thought that Brissett has taken a step back.“I don’t think he’s struggling,” he told The Daily Orange. “He’s struggled to finish, but he’s being more conscious of his shot selection. At the beginning of the year, he was all go, all go, all go, all go, all go. And then the defenses got a little better.”Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorBrissett noticed. After his first ACC road game at Wake Forest, he noted that, just like point guard Frank Howard told him, “I wasn’t getting the calls I normally do.” After each ACC game since, he has remarked about the size and physicality of the opponents’ big me. But it’s less a surprise and more a diagnosis on why he struggled to score or why, as a team, Syracuse got pinched on the boards again.Bruising ACC play has directly affected how Brissett gets his points. In the nonconference slate, driving the lane masked struggles with shot-selection. Against Maryland, Brissett finished 0-for-13 outside the layup lane, but Boeheim thought he “was really good” because he got to the basket. Ditto against Texas Southern, when Boeheim ripped him — “Usually the first shot he takes is a terrible shot, and tonight was the worst shot he’s taken” — but ultimately concluded Brissett made up for it by driving.In the nonconference, Brissett could shoot below 36 percent and still end up with 25 points because teams rewarded his aggression off the bounce with bailout fouls on less-than-ideal looks. Brissett’s penchant for getting to the free-throw line — making 9-for-12 against Georgetown and all 16 against Buffalo — enabled those shots.“Now, they don’t really call fouls,” Brissett said. “I have to figure out how to get in there and make the shot, not just put it up.”Autry has been preparing him for this because he knew the physicality would come. All year, he has drilled Brissett and fellow wing Matthew Moyer on finishing with balance. For one drill at practice, they start in one corner and drive toward the high post. Then, when they’re almost there, the player has to spin back inside toward two defenders: Autry, standing above the block, and a tall, rim-protecting dummy called a D-MAN.The goal for each player is to come out of the spin “low and explosive,” leap with two feet and finish the layup with balance. The last part, “balance,” is crucial, Autry said.“A lot of times, these guys try to go away from the contact,” Autry said. “That’s why they don’t get the foul or can’t finish it. We just want to try to teach them to be a little more explosive. … The physical-ness of finishing off of two (feet) is something most freshmen struggle with.”Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorThe offense has also tried to diversify in order to spring Brissett for good looks. His game, until now, has almost exclusively been receiving the ball on the perimeter and either passing, driving or shooting.Sometimes, though, Boeheim has had Brissett flash the high post to shake up a stagnant offense. Against Pittsburgh on Jan. 16, Brissett did so, but Boeheim came away frustrated, saying after the game that Brissett couldn’t make plays from there. Howard blamed himself for not communicating.“He’s used to being on the perimeter a lot,” Howard said. “Sometimes, he just kind of gets caught in the middle. He doesn’t really know when to flash or when to be on the perimeter. But to be honest, that’s on me.”When Brissett has received the ball, Autry said the 3-point improvement as something that will force defenses to creep back up on him and open driving lanes again. There’s been real progress on finishing with balance, Autry said, and this recent week-long layoff should recharge Brissett for the postseason push.“He’s starting to understand where he can get his shots at, what are good shots for him and open shots in rhythm,” Autry said. “It’s getting better.”Syracuse, a team consistently in need of reliable offensive options, is counting on it. Commentslast_img read more

first_imgAndrew Ayew’s worldie: #SWABRE pic.twitter.com/yHPr3PQkLl— Dan〽️ (@dmlnkv) July 26, 2020 The Premier League’s Top 4 and relegation battles might have dominated the headlines on Sunday but one Ghanaian in the Championship might have scored the goal of the weekend.Ghana captain, Andre Ayew scored a fantastic goal on Sunday to give Swansea a slight advantage in their Playoffs semi against Brentford.The Black Stars captain had earlier missed a penalty for the Swans as the Welsh side looked to take an important lead into the second leg.With the game seemingly heading to a stalemate Ayew pounced on some great build-up play from Gallagher and Fulton to fire home a magnificent winner.His effort was beautifully hit on the half-volley and flew into the back of the net.It sparked wild celebrations from the home players and fans who had scraped into the playoffs on goal difference.The Swans will now take their slim lead into the second leg at Brentford with both teams aiming to reach the final which will be played at Wembley.The winner of that final will take the final Premier League spot for next season.Take a look at the magnificent strike below:last_img read more