Masakadza’s unbeaten 102 leads Zimbabwe recovery

first_imgHAMILTON Masakadza’s fifth Test century helped Zimbabwe recover from a horror start to the second Test against the West Indies on Sunday and end a rain-hit first day on 169 for four.Just 61 overs were possible as rain wiped out most of the final session, but that was still enough time for Masakadza to register an unbeaten 101 and drag Zimbabwe out of a hole.The home side slumped to 14 for three after winning the toss and electing to bat first, as fast bowlers Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel struck with the new ball.In cloudy conditions it took Roach just two overs to make the first breakthrough as he had Solomon Mire caught behind, and Craig Ervine and Brendan Taylor soon followed when they were bowled by Gabriel and Roach respectively.Those early setbacks meant that Peter Moor, who was only picked at the last minute when allrounder Sean Williams withdrew because of illness, walked out to bat in challenging conditions.But he duly dug in for a 142-run stand for the fourth wicket with Masakadza, putting Zimbabwe back in a match that they must win to earn a share of the series.“I actually had quite a bit of fun batting with Peter today, because he brought a lot of energy and he was very positive. I fed quite a bit off that,” said Masakadza.The opener was fortunate to survive in the 11th over of the day, when he was caught at gully off Gabriel before replays revealed a no-ball. Masakadza was on 15 at the time.While Moor reached a patient half-century moments after tea, he was then bowled by offspinner Roston Chase to give the West Indies a welcome breakthrough.Masakadza went to three figures soon after, reaching his fifth Test century more than 16 years after recording his first one on debut against the same opponents.“He had a bit of luck with the no-ball, but he’s certainly played well. He hits the ball well and on wickets like these he’s tough to contain as well,” said West Indies coach Stuart Law.(AFP)ZIMBABWE 1st inningsH Masakadza not out 101S Mire c wkp Dowrich b Roach 4C Ervine b Gabriel 0B Taylor b RoachP Moor b Chase 52Sikandar Raza not out 9Extras (nb2) 2TOTAL (4 wkts, 61 overs) 169To bat: M Waller, +R Chakabva, *A Cremer, C Mpofu, T Chisoro.Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-11, 3-14, 4-156.Bowling: Gabriel 13-3-37-1, Roach 10-4-24-2, Blackwood 4-1-8-0, Holder 11-1-28-0, Bishoo 14-2-46-0, Chase 9-1-26-1.WEST INDIES – *J Holder, K Brathwaite, K Powell, K Hope, S Hope, R Chase, J Blackwood, +S Dowrich, K Roach, D Bishoo, S Gabriel.last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s season-ending loss to Akron

first_img Published on November 18, 2018 at 4:18 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Too little, too lateAfter a header goal by Morgan Hackworth doubled Akron’s lead in the second half, Syracuse stared at a two-goal deficit in the waning moments of its season. Julio Fulcar and Kamal Miller picked the ball out of twine immediately after the score and pressed the team forward. “Maybe that’s your wake up call!” one fan hollered at SU after Akron’s third goal. SU sent as many as eight players in its offensive-third at one point. As time bled off the clock, more Orange passes intended for covered strikers bounced weakly out of any danger areas. A late shot by Raposo flew over the bar, and the crowd groaned. The Zips dropped back in as the defense absorbed pressure and Lundt paused before each goal kick or restart. Two door-step saves by Hilpert did little but keep the score respectable.It was Syracuse’s third multi-goal deficit in its last four games and again, it couldn’t overcome the widening-gap on the scoreboard. Full-on sprints by Syracuse players turned into jogs in the game’s final seconds. When the final buzzer sounded, Hagman dropped to the turf. The clock had run out. HAMILTON, N.Y. — 16th-seeded Syracuse (7-7-4, 1-4-3 Atlantic Coast) fell short against Akron (11-6-2, 1-2-1 Mid-American) 3-1 in the second round of the NCAA tournament underneath a snow flurry at Beyer-Small ‘76 Field on Sunday afternoon. A win would’ve marked the fourth tournament appearance in a row for Syracuse in which it made the third round. Instead, the Zips won their sixth-straight. In a season where Syracuse struggled to win close matches, Akron took advantage. Here are three takeaways from the season-ending loss. Transfer MarketBoth goal-scorers in the opening frame were transfers in their first year with a new program. In the 37th minute, Akron’s Abdi Mohamed capitalized on the Zips’ mounting offense. A Sondre Norheim yellow-card kept the ball in Akron’s offensive-third. Moments later, Akron’s leading-scorer David Egbo slid a pass to Mohamed, an Ohio State-transfer, who smashed the ball into the open net. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFour minutes later, Massimo Ferrin settled a pass from Jonathan Hagman down Syracuse’s left wing. A defender on his back, Ferrin sped into the box and slotted a shot past Akron keeper Ben Lundt. Ferrin, a transfer from Alabama-Birmingham, recorded 10 points in the regular season. He developed his role within the offense — he’s an alternative to playmakers Hugo Delhommelle or Ryan Raposo — and maximized his opportunity off the bench in SU’s biggest game of the year. Rust-lessPlaying in its first game in 18 days, Syracuse didn’t show signs of rust against Akron. SU tallied 12 shots in the first half, one more than the Zips, and utilized a crafty midfield and dominated possession. The attempts were a sign of an executed Orange gameplan. In the team’s earlier contest this season — a 3-1 victory on Oct. 1 — pressure on the offensive end allowed Hagman to record the lone hat-trick of his career. Multiple SU players said they planned to follow a similar plan of attack on Sunday. For the most part, they did. Forwards Tajon Buchanan and Raposo spent most of the first half darting forward and behind the Zips’ backline. SU’s midfield skied through balls and even the Orange backline got involved on the offensive end. Syracuse’s first goal sequence started as Hagman dispossessed an Akron defender who corralled a goal kick. Immediately after, Hagman found Ferrin down the wing who notched an equalizer. The tactic continued in the second-half. It nearly resulted in a goal early in the half as Raposo whipped a cross in front of Akron’s box to a streaking Buchanan and defender Jan Breitenmoser. While the pass rolled to the sidelines, an SU fan motioned his arms forward as if to will more orange-and-blue checkered jerseys across midfield. last_img read more

Watch video: James Rodriguez reveals practice behind this wonder volley

first_imgJames Rodriguez’s astonishing volleyed goal was the highlight of Real Madrid’s routine 3-0 win over Almeria, as Carlo Ancelotti’s side kept up the pressure on Liga leaders Barcelona.The home side struggled to find their attacking groove in the first half, dominating much of the possession but failing to produce the final product up front.But Rodriguez gave Real Madrid the lead on the stroke of half-time with a magical volleyed finish off the underside of the crossbar.An own goal from Mauro Dos Santos, who sent a cross into his own net with an attempt to prevent Ronaldo from finishing into the gaping net, doubled Real Madrid’s advantage, before Alvaro Arbeloa capped the scoring with a third six minutes from the end.Norwegian teenager Martin Odegaard was included in the Real Madrid match-day squad for the fixture, but the 16-year-old will have to wait to make his debut as Ancelotti decided against bringing the youngster on as a late substitute.With four games to go, James believes Real are capable of catching Barcelona, who are two points ahead. VIDEOlast_img read more

Short-handed Lakers make short work of New Orleans Pelicans

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) and New Orleans Pelicans guard Ian Clark (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives to the basket in front of New Orleans Pelicans forward Cheick Diallo (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) after an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. The Lakers won 130-102. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) is defended by New Orleans Pelicans forward Cheick Diallo (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) drives up to the basket in-between New Orleans Pelicans forward Cheick Diallo (13) and guard Ian Clark (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives past New Orleans Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)New Orleans Pelicans forward Christian Wood, left, is defended by Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) dunks in front of New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers center Moritz Wagner (15) drives to the basket in front of New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor (8) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. The Lakers won 130-102. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)New Orleans Pelicans forward Christian Wood (35) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee (7) dunks the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) and New Orleans Pelicans guard Ian Clark (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives to the basket in front of New Orleans Pelicans forward Cheick Diallo (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)NextShow Caption1 of 14Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives to the basket in front of New Orleans Pelicans forward Cheick Diallo (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)ExpandNEW ORLEANS – A purple exercise ball in the visiting locker room was as good a seat as any to watch the must-see game of Sunday afternoon.As Michigan State and Duke tipped off, LeBron James leaned back on top of the ball, lounging in shorts, flip-flops and socks. Moments later, Kyle Kuzma pulled up a chair a few feet away, eyes focused on the screen as he grazed at an early dinner.Neither would play in the game that would tip off nearly an hour later – a 130-102 Lakers win that was much less compelling viewing, albeit a gritty effort.It was the first game the Lakers played since announcing James won’t play for the rest of the season. The Pelicans, who have limited Anthony Davis’ minutes since he requested a trade in January, did not play their All-Star either. Kuzma was a late scratch with apparent left ankle tendinitis. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat left a group of mostly role players to scrap against another Western Conference team well out of the playoffs. And to that group’s credit, they delivered as James sat courtside dressed in black from head to toe.“This time of the season, a lot of guys are trying to get stats,” coach Luke Walton said. “But if someone was open we were making the extra pass and guys were cheering for each other and having a good time.”It was a stage for second-year guard Alex Caruso to showcase a career-best 23-point performance. That included a third-quarter sequence in which he hit a long three, notched a breakaway dunk off a steal and took a charge as the Lakers outscored the Pelicans by 22 in the pivotal frame. The team totaled 30 assists on the night.Since joining the regular rotation, Caruso is averaging 10.7 points while shooting 47 percent from 3-point range. Sitting with his feet in an ice bath post game — a common media set-up for James when he plays — Caruso said he’s looking for more than a few good games: He’d like a permanent roster spot rather than a contract that splits his time between the G League.“Every game for me is a job application,” he said. “It’s me going out there and showing this is where I’m supposed to be. I’m one of the best 350, 400 players in the world and I want to be in this league.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Rajon Rondo – who left the game temporarily in the second half to stitch up a cut on his forehead – finished with a 24-point, 12-assist double-double, his second straight strong game for the depleted Lakers.A recent ESPN report cited that James made a raspberry sound to express disapproval of how the Lakers’ experiment went this season, with the front office surrounding him with playmakers instead of shooters. After the win, in which the Lakers scored more points in regulation than only other one game this season, Rondo spoke up for the other argument: That there wasn’t enough time with a healthy roster to come to a more definitive conclusion.“I just don’t think we had a fair opportunity,” he said. “That experiment didn’t work, probably because we had probably 100 games total missed of court appearances. I can’t really comment on whether it was a good or bad thing. I’m not really sure.”On Sunday night, it was probably as much about the caliber of competition: No Pelican scored more than Julius Randle’s 17 points. Davis wore a suit as well, and he stopped to talk to James on his way out of the arena after the game.It was the Lakers’ fourth win in their last five games, and with 35 wins, they’ve matched last season’s total with five games remaining on the schedule. Walton has, at times, seemed unable to explain why his team is suddenly playing well with nothing on the line, but he’s also enjoying some aspect of it as well.“For where we’re at,” Walton said, “it’s been fun to coach this group lately, and the way they’ve been playing out there.” Job applications may also be on the minds of some other veteran Lakers who will see their contracts expire at the end of the season.JaVale McGee added 23 points and 16 rebounds, his fourth double-double in his last five games. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (19 points), Reggie Bullock (19 points) and Mike Muscala (10 points) all found ways to make an impact.Related Articleslast_img read more