RABAT, Morocco, (CMC) – Olympic champion Elaine Thompson’s smooth build-up to next month’s London World Championships continued when she streaked to a new meet record in capturing the women’s 100 metres at the Rabat Diamond League here Sunday.The 24-year-old clocked 10.87 seconds to post her 17th consecutive 100m win and finish ahead of Cote d’Ivoire’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou in 10.90, with Trinidadian Michelle-Lee Ahye clinching third place in 11.02.Thompson, the heavy favourite ahead of next month’s showpiece, said she was exactly where she wanted to be in her preparation.“I’m pleased with my race. I came here last year and the organisers made a lot of effort for me,” the Jamaican said.“My races are going fine, I’m in the shape that I want to be in and I’m looking forward to the London World Championships.”Running out of lane five, Thompson was kept honest over the first 40 metres by countryman Christiania Williams in lane one and Nigerian Blessing Okagbare and Ta Lou, as they all challenged strongly.Ta Lou in lane six seemed to be getting the better of the last 40 metres but Thompson battled back superbly to pull away at the end.Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo also tasted success when she raced to victory in the women’s 400 metres to clinch her 10th straight win.Miller-Uibo, the reigning Olympic champion, clocked 49.80 to force Americans Natasha Hastings into second with 50.86 seconds and Quanera Hayes into third with 51.08.“This was actually a training race for me,” Miller-Uibo said. “This time is good but it is not very important for me now. What counts are the World Championships.”Jamaicans Novlene Williams-Mills (51.18) and Shericka Jackson (51.20) finished fourth and fifth respectively.In the men’s 200m, former Anguilla star Zharnel Hughes finished third in a season-best 20.22 as Canadian Andre de Grasse took the win in a meet record 20.03.Jamaicans Rasheed Dwyer (20.43) and Warren Weir (2.48) were sixth and seventh respectively.
It could have been worse. Syracuse returned from the media timeout after the second half’s four-minute mark up by three points. It was set to inbound the ball underneath Buffalo’s net, so more points, ideally, were on the way to pad the thin lead.Except Frank Howard’s inbound pass didn’t make it to an Orange teammate. It floated into the hands of Buffalo’s CJ Massinburg, who went the length of the court for a dunk. While Howard returned to the offensive end with the ball, the Bulls’ Wes Clark swiped it and dropped in another two points for Buffalo.It was now worse. Buffalo led by a point with a little more than three minutes left.Howard, SU’s hot-and-cold, reborn-as-a-junior point guard, responded better this time. He nailed a 3-pointer on SU’s next possession to put the Orange ahead by two, and the lead wouldn’t slip again in Syracuse’s (10-1) 81-74 win over Buffalo (7-4) in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night.“That shot was the shot of the game,” head coach Jim Boeheim said, “We would have had trouble winning that game if he had missed that shot.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHoward’s dagger came after the 17,335 fans in attendance feared SU would blot the first stain on its 2017-2018 resume. Syracuse had a loss entering Tuesday’s game. But that was to then-No.2 Kansas, not a mid-major school. An Atlantic Coast Conference team that ranks 52nd on Kenpom.com should not be losing to 129th ranked Buffalo, and for a while late in the game, it seemed like it would. Syracuse once led by 13 in the second half but trailed in the game’s final five minutes.“I didn’t want to shy away from the moment,” Howard, who finished with 18 points, said. “I didn’t want them to continue to be the aggressor.”The win continues SU’s dodge of a December similar to the one it experienced a year ago, when avoidable losses to mediocre teams like Connecticut, Georgetown and St. John’s eventually doomed the Orange come March. So far, SU approaches ACC play with one loss. It will want to keep it that way when it finishes its nonconference schedule with teams ranked outside Kenpom’s top 60 in St. Bonaventure and Eastern Michigan in the next week.On Tuesday, though, entered a Buffalo team that averaged 82.1 points per game. Six of its players averaged double figures. Against Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 zone, it made just eight shots in the first half. Four were 3-pointers, which limited SU’s lead at halftime to just nine. All seemed well enough for SU, even if Tyus Battle — who finished with his second-lowest point total of the season (13) after Buffalo face-guarded him for nearly the entire game — wasn’t lighting up the scoreboard.“A lot of teams are going to do that to me,” Battle said. “…I have to get used to it.”If it could hold defensively in the second half, the Orange would be fine. It didn’t. Buffalo shrunk its once-13-point deficit to five. Then three. Then one. When Buffalo took a one-point lead with under nine minutes remaining in the game, a small contingent of Bulls fans midway up the Carrier Dome seats lost their minds and SU called a full timeout.The lead would swap seven more times before the final buzzer, but SU didn’t fold against an in-state foe surely gunning for the Orange on its home floor. Near the five-minute mark, freshman guard Oshae Brissett drove to the rim and converted plus a foul. He rose back to his feet and clenched his fist in approval of the clutch play he had just made. Three rows into the seats, SU athletic director John Wildhack stood up and did the same. The ferocity became apparent in a game that could have been a formality.SU led by three after Brissett added the free throw. He finished the day a perfect 16-for-16 from the line, one short make of the best performance in program history, and SU totaled 24-for-29 at the stripe. Boeheim said after the game that because Buffalo keyed on Battle, the Orange needed to drive. When the whistles followed, SU hit its shots.“I just felt like I was practicing and going up there and shooting it like I’m by myself in the gym,” Brissett, who scored a game-high 25 points said. “…If they’re going to do that and not let (Battle) touch the ball, then it’s on mine and Franks hands to get the scoring in bunches.”Attribute another portion of Buffalo’s comeback to a shift on the interior. In the first half, of which Syracuse center Paschal Chukwu played the entirety, Buffalo forward Nick Perkins struggled to score. On one possession, the 7-foot-2 Chukwu swatted a Perkins jumper from the high post for one of his eight blocks. After the break, though, Perkins had his way and finished with 18 points. Although he stands six inches shorter than Syracuse center Paschal Chukwu, a quick glance shows the contrast in thickness.Yet it would be a Perkins turnover that made SU’s win feel safe. When it mattered most, in the final two minutes of a game that was closer than it should have been, Perkins traveled under the basket while two towers from the nation’s tallest team blocked his desired ascension to the rim. As the ref cranked his arms to signal the violation, the Carrier Dome crowd erupted. At midcourt, Tyus Battle punched the air with an outburst of emotion.“A tough game for us,” Battle said, “but we came out with a win, so it’s a good day.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 19, 2017 at 9:28 pm Contact: [email protected] | @jtbloss
Inter Milan have joined Leicester City and Newcastle in the race to sign Villarreal striker Luciano Vietto.The 20-year-old has caught the eye of several clubs this season after netting six goals in 17 appearances in all competitions.Vietto only joined Villarreal from Argentine side Racing Club this summer, but European scouts have reportedly been impressed enough to persuade interested parties to bid in January.Leicester and Newcastle were said to be keen on Vietto during the summer transfer window, while the youngster also had offers from France.However, according to Sport Mediaset, Inter Milan are now preparing to swoop for Vietto in January.New boss Roberto Mancini has reportedly already identified his transfer targets, with the Argentinian at the top of his list. 1 Luciano Vietto
0Shares0000Gor Mahia captain Harun Shakava receives the 2018 Kenyan Premier League title from former Prime Minister Raila Odinga at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on September 30, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI Kenya, Sep 30 – Though not entirely in the way they had envisaged it, Gor Mahia laid their hands on a record 17th Kenyan Premier League title on Sunday in their coronation ceremony at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.Gor threw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Mathare United, a result that left even head coach Dylan kerr red-faced. “I am happy we are lifting the title but I am not happy that we have to do it this way. I wanted us to win today and make it a happy occasion but it’s entirely not. But I am happy for the players they have worked hard for this and I am happy for the supporters. This is their trophy,” Kerr told Capital Sport.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr celebrates with the 2018 Kenyan Premier League title at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on September 30, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe added; “We threw away the lead and we seemed in a comfort zone. We didn’t fight enough and we threw away balls very easily.”Skipper Harun Shakava who received the trophy from former Prime Minister Raila Odinga acknowledged his teammates for putting in the hard yards of hard work.Gor Mahia players celebrate with the 2018 Kenyan Premier League title at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on September 30, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We are disappointed not to win on this special day but anyway, it is a happy day for us to finally get our hands on this title. We should go back to the drawing board and ensure we correct the mistakes we had in the last part of the season and prepare well for next season,” the skipper added.But despite the disappointment of a fourth consecutive match without winning, the fans savored the moment with the players.Gor Mahia players Francis Mustafa, Jacques Tuyisenge and Karim Nizigiyimana celebrate with the 2018 Kenyan Premier League title at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on September 30, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAfter the short trophy presentation, Gor drove out on their team bus with head coach Dylan Kerr on top with the trophy as they snaked their way through the streets of Kisumu celebrating their conquest.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)