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  • Dzeko double cheers champions

    first_img Aguero needed just one touch to shoot across McGregor and into the corner. Four minutes later Dzeko lashed in the second, collecting David Silva’s pass and turning Liam Rosenior before expertly finding the top corner. Although early, it looked to be game over, as minds immediately turned to the visitors’ 7-0 thrashing of Sheffield Wednesday and whether it could be repeated. But Hull’s response was emphatic. Clichy, notionally supported by Silva, was an obvious target and was exposed as the hosts hit back in the 21st minute. Ahmed Elmohamady linked well with Rosenior before the latter breezed past Clichy and crossed from the right. There were plenty of blue shirts on hand but the first, Mangala, lost his bearings completely as he sent an unstoppable header arrowing into his own net. Aguero nearly dampened the celebrations when he went straight up the pitch and slotted an inch or two wide on the counter but Hull were not finished either. Diame began to boss the midfield, Toure and Fernandinho dropping deeper and deeper, while Elmohamady and Rosenior continued their assault on Clichy. The reward came in the 32nd minute, Diame chipping to Hernandez only for the striker to be taken out by Mangala’s wild high-footed challenge. The Uruguayan sent Caballero the wrong way and the champions were glad to hear the half-time whistle. But the balance shifted again soon after the restart, Toure clattering the post from long distance. Pellegrini’s men were back on the front foot, Silva re-emerging after a quiet period and Aguero always nagging. But with the scores still tied the ineffective Fernandinho gave way for Jesus Navas for the last 25 minutes. It was a risky switch that left Manchester City light on ball-winners but they regained the lead in a matter of minutes. Silva was the driver, cutting inside and riding Diame’s challenge before freeing Dzeko on the left. The striker finished clinically, sliding his shot past the outstretched McGregor and in at the far post. Hull had not given up, Gaston Ramirez working Caballero after stepping off the bench alongside Hatem Ben Arfa, and Tom Huddlestone seeing his 20-yard drive loop up off Kompany and over the crossbar. But there was just enough time for Lampard to add to his remarkable scoring sequence, arriving with a typical late run to convert Zabaleta’s cut-back. Edin Dzeko’s wonderful double and Frank Lampard’s fourth goal in three games sealed victory for Manchester City despite the champions at one stage surrendering a two-goal lead over Hull. The Frenchman, so impressive on debut against Chelsea last weekend, headed a calamitous own-goal past Willy Cabellero – handed a Barclays Premier League debut ahead of the dropped Joe Hart – and then gave away a penalty with a reckless high tackle on Abel Hernandez. Hull’s record signing converted the spot-kick and at half-time it was the hosts who seemed likelier winners. But Manuel Pellegrini’s visiting side regained control after the interval and sealed victory through Dzeko’s clinical finish and a trademark strike from the evergreen Lampard. For Pellegrini a first win in four league matches will be relief, but there was plenty of room for improvement. Gael Clichy was a near liability at left-back and the expensively assembled midfield pairing of Yaya Toure and Fernandinho was frequently cowed by £3.5million man Mohamed Diame. The game began at a furious pace, Aguero charging at goal and testing Allan McGregor at the near post with just 40 seconds on the clock. Hull wasted little time making inroads of their own, Jake Livermore sending a devilish cross into the six-yard box where Nikica Jelavic just failed to make contact having slipped between Vincent Kompany and Mangala. It took just seven minutes for the opener to arrive, Hull having twice failed to get the ball clear. They left Aguero criminally unmarked as Pablo Zabaleta battled hard to head back into the danger zone. City looked to have pocketed the points early on as Sergio Aguero and Dzeko both found the net inside 11 minutes, the Bosnian hitting a stunning strike from the edge of the penalty area. But Hull wrestled their way back into contention with a helping hand from £32million centre-back Eliaquim Mangala. Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Players from 1992-93 team reflect on that year’s NCAA Tournament, NIT bans handed down by NCAA

    first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ After losing in a blowout to Seton Hall in the 1993 Big East tournament final, Steve Keating remembers the Syracuse team bus pulling into the parking lot outside of Manley Field House with about three feet of snow on the ground.Then-assistant coach Bernie Fine was planning wind sprints and workouts for the next day. But a 20-9 SU team that went 10-8 in the Big East and 2-4 against Top 25 teams knew it wasn’t going to play for another 259 days.The Orangemen had been banned from postseason play by the NCAA for “repeated and conscious efforts by representatives of the university’s athletic interests to gain recruiting and competitive advantages for the men’s basketball program,” according to the governing body’s infractions committee. Its ban was released by the NCAA before the season on Oct. 2, 1992 and the Big East voted to allow SU to play in the conference tournament.It left the then-defending Big East champions with no shot at a national title. Those Orangemen — including now former NBA players Lawrence Moten and John Wallace — were the last to miss out on the national postseason and the last Syracuse men’s basketball team to receive a postseason ban.“Your hopes are to have a successful season and make the NCAA, and especially when you’re at Syracuse, you want to win it,” then-SU forward Glenn Sekunda said. “And it’s not far-fetched to think that either.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCurrent SU assistant coaches Mike Hopkins and Adrian Autry were also on the 1992–93 team — Hopkins was a senior — but were not made available for comment for this story.In the wake of SU’s decision to self-impose a postseason ban for this year’s team, after an NCAA investigation that hasn’t produced sanctions yet, Keating and his former teammate on that team, Sekunda, reflected on the experience of accepting the ban and playing through a season knowing no NCAA Tournament or NIT awaited.“The biggest thing is disappointment and you feel like you’ve done nothing wrong to warrant that,” Sekunda said.Keating was a walk-on and an engineering major who only played one minute in his two-year career. The NCAA-sanctioned loss of a scholarship for each of the next two seasons contributed to Keating’s decision to leave the team after the 1992–93 season as he figured he wouldn’t be able to earn one as a walk-on, he said.Current walk-ons may do the same if the NCAA issues any sanctions that affect scholarships too, he said.“As a walk-on, these are some of the thing you look forward to,” he said of NCAA Tournament appearances.Keating emphasized that bans are much worse for scholarship players who have a reasonable chance of getting scouted for and playing professional basketball.Sekunda transferred to Penn State after the season due to limited playing time and went on to play 12 years of professional basketball in Europe. He said that while the fact that there was no postseason did enter his mind and his teammates’, it didn’t change game days.“You try to prove to your opponent ‘Hey, I’m better than you,’” Sekunda said. Comments Published on February 8, 2015 at 11:52 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_last_img read more

  • Desmond Harrison charged with strangulation, released by Cardinals

    first_imgThe Cardinals have yet to comment further on the [email protected] agree to a contract with supplemental draft pick S Jalen Thompson, and cut T Desmond Harrison after he was charged with assault.https://t.co/vpmxSNDlsc— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) July 17, 2019According to multiple reports, a felony arrest warrant has been issued by Greensboro, North Carolina, police for Harrison, who is being charged with assault on a person by strangulation and assault on a female by a male. Related News The warrant was first reported by Bleacher Report’s Brent Sobieski. Browns’ Baker Mayfield admits he wanted ‘revenge’ against Hue Jackson The Cardinals have cut ties with Desmond Harrison.The team on Wednesday announced it released the offensive tackle “soon after the news came out that he was being charged with assault against a female in North Carolina.” Mike Vrabel discusses Marcus Mariota’s future with Titans Broncos’ contract negotiations stall with 2nd-round pick Drew Lock, report says BREAKING: Greensboro (NC) Police Department issued a felony arrest warrant for @AZCardinals offensive tackle Desmond Harrison, per source. Charges involve assault on a person by strangulation and assault on a female by a male.— Brent Sobleski (@brentsobleski) July 17, 2019Harrison, 25, signed with the Browns as an undrafted free agent last May and started the first eight games at left tackle as a rookie before being benched and was later waived after the season, reportedly for missing multiple team meetings and being viewed as unreliable.He was claimed off waivers by the Cardinals in June after being released by the Browns.He was suspended several times while playing college football at Texas before leaving the program. Harrison later played collegiately at Division II West Georgia after spending two years away from the field.last_img read more

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