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first_img February 12, 2020 San Francisco looks to sweep Santa Clara Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSan Francisco (16-10, 5-6) vs. Santa Clara (18-7, 5-5)Leavey Center, Santa Clara, California; Thursday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: San Francisco goes for the season sweep over Santa Clara after winning the previous matchup in San Francisco. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 9, when the Dons shot 52.7 percent from the field while holding Santa Clara’s shooters to just 32.8 percent en route to a 19-point victory.center_img SUPER SENIORS: San Francisco has benefited heavily from its seniors. Jamaree Bouyea, Charles Minlend, Jimbo Lull and Jordan Ratinho have collectively accounted for 63 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 57 percent of all Dons points over the team’s last five games.CLAMPING DOWN: The Dons have given up only 68.3 points per game across 11 conference games. That’s an improvement from the 73.2 per game they allowed over 14 non-conference games.JUMPING FOR JAMAREE: Bouyea has connected on 32.7 percent of the 98 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 4 of 17 over his last five games. He’s also converted 65.2 percent of his free throws this season.WINNING WHEN: The Broncos are 15-0 when holding opponents to 43.1 percent or worse from the field, and 3-7 when opponents shoot better than that. The Dons are 10-0 when they make 10 or more 3-pointers and 6-10 when the team hits fewer than 10 from long range.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Broncos have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Dons. Santa Clara has an assist on 52 of 87 field goals (59.8 percent) over its previous three outings while San Francisco has assists on 29 of 70 field goals (41.4 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Santa Clara is rated first in the WCC with an average of 73.3 possessions per game. The uptempo Broncos have pushed that total to 76.5 possessions per game over their last five games. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

first_imgGerard Pique has offered to leave FC Barcelona following the club’s humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the quarter finals of the Champions League in Lisbon, Portugal.The Catalans were 4-1 down after just thirty-one minutes with a brace from Thomas Mueller sanwiched by Ivan Perisic and Serge Gnabry strikes.After the break, Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski added two more goals after Luis Suarez’s 57th minute strike threatened a comeback. Substitute and Barcelona player on loan at Bayern, Philippe Coutinho added a late brace to complete the rout.After the game, Pique gave an honest reflection, offering to leave the club for new players to be brought in.“It was a horrible game,” Pique said at full time.“It’s a disaster.“Disgrace is the word.“You can’t compete like that.“It’s not the first, second or third time this has happened to us.“It’s very tough, very tough, and I hope something [good] comes out of this.“We all need to reflect.“The club needs changes. I’m not talking about the coach or the players.“I don’t want to single out anybody, the team structurally.“The club needs changes of all kinds because it’s not the first time this has happened to us, nor the second or third.“No one is indispensable.“I’m the first person to step forward.“If new blood has to come in and the dynamic [has to] change, I’ll be the first person to leave because I think we’ve hit rock bottom.“We all need to look and reflect on it internally and decide what is best for the club, what is the most important thing.”last_img read more

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pat Venditte throws during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Dodgers relief pitcher Pat Venditte throws to the plate during a Cactus League game against the Cleveland Indians earlier this month in Glendale, Ariz. Ten years ago, the sport’s only ‘switch pitcher’ forced the creation of a permanent rule. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pat Venditte throws during a baseball spring exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pat Venditte throws during a baseball spring exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pat Venditte throws during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)NextShow Caption1 of 4Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Pat Venditte throws during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, March 1, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)ExpandGLENDALE, Ariz. — It isn’t often that the birth of a baseball rule is preserved on video. Such is the beauty of Pat Venditte’s first professional game.Venditte, the Dodgers’ ambidextrous pitcher, was 22 years old when he took the mound on June 19, 2008 for the Staten Island Yankees. When the month began, Venditte was a little-known college pitcher with a novel talent. Soon he would become a YouTube sensation. Accounts of that night’s game against the Brooklyn Cyclones appeared in the major New York papers. The secret of baseball’s only “switch pitcher” was out.Pat McMahon was the Staten Island manager that night. Nearly a decade later, his memory of that warm, clear night on Coney Island remains crisp.“It was a really neat environment, the Yankees against Brooklyn,” McMahon said. “It was a loud, boisterous rivalry game.” Dennis Santana aims to be the Dodgers’ next position player-turned-pitcher The game’s final out has been viewed more than 1.4 million times on YouTube. That’s because Venditte and Brooklyn switch-hitter Ralph Henriquez needed nearly seven minutes to figure out who would get their preferred matchup. Did the pitcher have the final say, or the batter?The fans didn’t seem to know. The broadcasters didn’t know. Critically, neither did home plate umpire Shaylor Smith.Ultimately Smith ordered Henriquez to stand in the right-handed batter’s box. Venditte would be allowed to pitch with his right hand. Henriquez struck out on four pitches, ending the game. It was the last time that Venditte, now 32 and pitching for his fifth organization, had the final say when facing a switch-hitter.“I’m still here pitching,” he said, “so it’s all right.” Kenta Maeda, Kyle Farmer help Dodgers beat Royals The legacy of Venditte’s debut was inevitable. McMahon insists he was firm on the rule before that night, but the protocol wasn’t formalized until afterward, when the Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation consulted with Major League Baseball’s Rules Committee to create the so-called “Pat Venditte Rule.” A switch-pitcher must declare which hand he’s throwing with first, then the batter can step into whichever box he chooses.The consequences played out rather dramatically on Thursday.In the Dodgers’ Cactus League game against the Cleveland Indians, Venditte had the misfortune of facing Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez in the same inning. In retrospect, Venditte said he had never faced two more talented switch hitters in one outing.Lindor, batting left-handed, hit a home run. Ramirez, batting right-handed, flew out to deep center field.Related Articles With one famous exception, Venditte has never enjoyed the advantage over a switch-hitter. Now he merely takes it for granted.“Every time I go into a series, there’s switch-hitters,” Venditte said. “It’s not something I really think about in a negative way. It’s just a way I have to go about facing the hitters. You try to go through things in your head about how you’re going to get those guys out and just be ready for any situation.”McMahon, the Yankees’ director of international player development, believes that Venditte’s debut game offered another lesson that can’t be overlooked. The rookie pitcher had about seven minutes to lose his cool. He never did.After the game, McMahon said, “I brought him in and I wanted him to know how proud I was of him – most of all of the way he handled it in a first-class manner with tremendous principles. It was a huge check of his makeup, his character, and his competitiveness.”ALSODodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen was scratched from his scheduled Cactus League debut when he felt some tightness in his upper right hamstring warming up. Manager Dave Roberts said the injury wasn’t serious and that Jansen would not need an MRI. … Jansen is scheduled to pitch in a “B” game Monday at Camelback Ranch. … Roberts didn’t want to formalize his plans for the season-opening starting rotation, but the Dodgers’ five top starters have already established a predictable order behind opening day starter Clayton Kershaw: Alex Wood, Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu. “As it stands right now you can read between the lines,” Roberts said. … Utility player Max Muncy suffered a strained oblique and will be down “a few days,” according to the manager. When will Dodgers’ prospect Walker Buehler be ready to blossom? Dodgers poised to use their stash of starter/relievers in 2018 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more