Marial Shayok increases physicality to become a top threat for No. 9 Virginia

first_imgMarial Shayok said he doesn’t take a single minute on the court for granted. Especially since before this year, he wasn’t getting many.Despite a rich basketball family, Shayok began his career at Virginia as a minimal contributor. Now, his scoring average has more than doubled and he leads his team in his percentage of shots taken when on the floor (30.1), per Kenpom.com.“We have gone to a more physical lineup and he has played well,” head coach Tony Bennett said. “Marial has always shown good stretches, but I think he is getting more comfortable and establishing his spot.”Shayok showcased the difference against Georgia Tech on Jan. 21. Late in the game, Shayok caught a pass at the elbow after skirting an off-ball screen. He busted through the defense, absorbed a whack on the arm and laid the ball in off the glass for an and-1. Shayok walked calmly to the charity stripe while the Cavaliers home crowd applauded him for totaling a new career-high in points (19).Shayok has always exhibited that composure on the court. His quiet but aggressive style has him in the middle of his most successful season yet. Shayok averages a career high in both points (10.1) and minutes (21.1) per game and has become an essential piece of the No. 9 Virginia (17-4, 7-2 Atlantic Coast) team that visits the Carrier Dome this Saturday at noon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s always been a scorer,” teammate Devon Hall said. “I think him being patient … (and) letting the game come to him, I think that really changed for him this year.”It’s another development in a game that the Virginia guard has spent his life honing. His father Markur, sister Yar and brother Shayok Shayok all played basketball at the collegiate level. Marial Shayok watched his four older siblings play outside and gravitated to the sport. He eventually joined their daily games.Shayok grew up in Ottawa, Canada, though his father comes from Khartoum, Sudan. There, Markur belonged to the Dinka tribe responsible for NBA players Manute Bol and Luol Deng. Markur moved to the United States in 1986 to play basketball, fleeing Sudanese civil unrest and seeking a better life for his family. Shayok has never visited his parent’s home country, but he feels at peace with that.“I just try to rep family as best as I can,” Shayok said. “Everything I do is a testament to them.”This season, Shayok is doing just that. Bennett praised Shayok for his offensive consistency. The guard has become just one of the weapons in Virginia’s armory. He ranks third in points per game behind London Perrantes (12) and Austin Nichols (11). That’s a direct product of his increased physicality enabling him to attack the rim more often.Early in the first half against then-No. 1 Villanova, Shayok received a pass at the three-point line with only one defender between him and the rim. He put his head down and barreled toward the defender. A lowered shoulder knocked the defender to the ground before Shayok rose up and hit the floater. He left the celebration up to teammate Isaiah Wilkins while he strode to the line to finish his and-1.“Marial is wired to score,” Bennet said. “I am so happy to see him playing at this level and we will need it to continue.”This Saturday, Shayok will see some familiar faces in a sea of Orange as he goes to work. His parents usually watch every game on television, but now will make the two-hour drive from their home in Canada to visit the Dome.On the court, Shayok doesn’t feel obligated to follow in the footsteps of his family. He treats that notion with the same demeanor he’s had his whole career.“Definitely no pressure,” Shayok said. “… They instilled confidence in me. You just try to play free.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 2, 2017 at 11:47 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarezlast_img read more

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Syracuse football injury report: Dungey and Strickland questionable again for season-finale

first_img Published on November 23, 2017 at 2:34 pm Contact: [email protected] | @jtbloss Eric Dungey and Dontae Strickland, as they were a week ago when they did not play against Louisville, are listed as questionable for Syracuse’s (4-7, 2-5 Atlantic Coast) final game of the season against Boston College (6-5, 3-4 ACC).Earlier this week, head coach Dino Babers said he “wouldn’t bet” on Dungey playing this weekend. Dungey, SU’s junior quarterback who injured his right foot/leg against Florida State, has not played in the last two games. Orange quarterbacks have thrown six interceptions in his absence.Strickland, the starting running back when healthy, did not travel to Louisville last week. The junior’s most recent appearance, SU’s Nov. 11 loss to Wake Forest, was the first time all season sophomore Moe Neal carried more than Strickland.The rest of Syracuse’s injury report remains the same. Sophomore defensive lineman Josh Black hasn’t played since the LSU game on Sept. 23. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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CAF Match Commissioner Dies in Ethiopian Air Crash

first_imgIn all, there were 32 Kenyans aboard the flight which was reportedly piloted by an experienced Ethiopian-born Kenyan, Captain Yared Mulugeta.Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam remarked that Mulugeta was a senior pilot, who had been flying the same plane since November 2007. His first officer had several flight hours under his belt too.The cause of the crash is yet to be ascertained. It happened at 08.44 local time, six minutes after the flight took-off from the Ethiopian capital.“It is believed that there were 149 passengers and eight crew on board but we are currently confirming the details of the passenger manifest for the flight,” it said.It added that search and rescue operations had been launched and that its officials were also checking for information on survivors and casualties.“Staff will be sent to the accident scene and will do everything possible to assist the emergency services,” the statement said.The airline also said it would set up an information centre and provide a phone number for family and friends.Ethiopian Airlines identified the flight number as ET 302/10 and said the crash took place around Bishoftu, formerly known as Debre-Zeit.The plane’s other identification details were given as B-737-800MAX, registration ET-AVJ.The aircraft left Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital at 8.38am local time and lost contact six minutes later.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Confederation of African Football (CAF) has lost one of its Match Commissioners as Hussein Swaleh, a Kenyan was one of the victims of the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines that crashed on Sunday morning on its way from Addis Ababa to Nairobi.Swaleh, who was a former Kenya Football Federation (KFF) Secretary General was returning from CAF Champions League match pitting Egyptian side Ismailia and DRC’s TP Mazembe played on Friday in Cairo. He was the match commissioner of the encounter.He was among the 157 aboard of the aircraft which had Kenya as the most affected of the 33 countries that lost citizens in the ill-fated flight.last_img read more

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Titans coach still waiting for chance to work with Beasley

first_img First Published: 6th August, 2020 07:55 IST Titans coach Mike Vrabel wants to start coaching Vic Beasley Jr.A week after rookies and other players got started, Tennessee still is waiting for Beasley to report.And Vrabel said Wednesday he’s not had any communication with Tennessee’s top free agent signee of the offseason even as the coach made clear he can’t wait to see Beasley.“He’s not here,” Vrabel said. “Everybody else is, and he’s under contract. We expect him to be here. But again, have reached out, have not had much conversation with him. And we still look forward to getting him in here and coaching him when he gets here. I want to coach him and want him to be a part of the football team.”Beasley led the NFL with 15 1/2 sacks in 2016 after being the eighth overall pick by Atlanta out of Clemson in 2015. The Titans signed Beasley to a one-year, $9.5 million contract in March wanting to see what Vrabel could do with a linebacker who has 37 1/2 sacks in his career.General manager Jon Robinson issued a statement last week that he had been in contact with Beasley, who knew his absence from training camp was unexcused. Robinson also said Beasley told him he would report in the near future.The Titans put Beasley on the Reserve/Did Not Report list on July 28. Beasley is subject to a $50,000 fine each day he’s absent from training camp.Tennessee already has had seven days with rookies, quarterbacks and injured players. Vrabel had his first full team meeting Sunday, and the Titans are scheduled for their first team practice Aug. 14.Once Beasley reports, he’ll have to go through the testing process that requires three negative tests over the course of five days and then a physical.“That’s where we’re at with that,” Vrabel said.Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV COMMENTcenter_img FOLLOW US Last Updated: 6th August, 2020 07:55 IST Titans Coach Still Waiting For Chance To Work With Beasley And Vrabel said Wednesday he’s not had any communication with Tennessee’s top free agent signee of the offseason even as the coach made clear he can’t wait to see Beasley Written By Associated Press Television News last_img read more

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LA Clippers can’t overcome triple-double by Thunder’s Russell Westbrook

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I was born in 1988,” Westbrook said.It also was the first triple-double with at least 20 points and 20 assists since Rod Strickland did it for the Washington Wizards in 1998.“That’s unheard of,” Durant said. “Words can’t even describe it because it looks so effortless, easy and smooth in the game, and you don’t even know what’s going on.” Westbrook made 9 of 15 shots and all seven of his free throws. It was the 30th triple-double of his career, his 11th this season, second straight and third in his past five games. The Thunder are unbeaten this season when Westbrook gets a triple-double, and 26-4 in his career. “Just a win, man,” Westbrook said. “More important just to see all my teammates happy and all see my teammates enjoy the game and enjoy this win. That’s the most important part for me, is just making sure everybody feels comfortable about their game.” OKLAHOMA CITY >> Kevin Durant couldn’t think of a real-life example of what he saw Russell Westbrook do on Wednesday night.It resembled a video game.“NBA 2K,” Durant said. “On rookie.”Westbrook had 25 points, a career-high 20 assists and 11 rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Clippers 120-108. According to STATS, it was the first triple-double with at least 25 points, 20 assists and 10 rebounds since Magic Johnson did it for the Lakers in 1988. center_img Durant had 30 points and 12 rebounds, and Serge Ibaka added 15 points for Oklahoma City.Jeff Green scored 23 points and J.J. Redick had 22 for the Clippers. Chris Paul added 12 points and 16 assists, and he made just 5 of 15 shots.The Thunder extended their lead to 21/2 games over the Clippers for third place in the Western Conference standings.“They got a little bit of everything tonight,” Paul said. “They got the shots they wanted. They got 3s. They got layups. They got a little bit of everything.”Westbrook’s performance was the highlight of an otherwise somber day for the franchise. The Thunder already were reeling after assistant coach Monty Williams’ wife, Ingrid, was killed last month in a car crash in Oklahoma City. Part-owner Aubrey McClendon died last week in a one-car accident in Oklahoma City, then Thunder guard Dion Waiters’ younger brother, Demetrius Pinckney, was shot and killed Tuesday in Philadelphia. The Thunder reflected on McClendon’s life with a video tribute and held a moment of silence for McClendon and Pinckney before the game. The Thunder were ready at game time. Their 39 points in the first quarter were a season high, and helped them take a 10-point lead. Westbrook’s eight assists in the period tied a career high for the first.The Clippers trimmed Oklahoma City’s lead to 64-62 at halftime. The Clippers shot 59.5 percent in the first half, while the Thunder shot 52.2 percent. Westbrook had 17 points and 12 assists at the break.Durant went to the bench to rest midway through the third with the Thunder leading 79-75. Two quick assists from Westbrook to Ibaka doubled the margin and forced the Clippers to call a timeout. The Thunder closed the quarter strong and led 93-83 heading into the fourth.In their loss to the Clippers last week, the Thunder squandered the 17-point lead they took into the fourth quarter. This time, they finished the job.“I thought it was growth,” Westbrook said. “I thought we did a good job of sticking together.”NotesCoach Doc Rivers called a timeout 63 seconds into the game after the Clippers fell behind 5-0. He also was called for a technical in the first quarter. … Luc Mbah a Moute sat out with a left eyelid laceration. … The Clippers were outrebounded 52-29 and had just two offensive rebounds.Thunder: Waiters returned to Philadelphia to be with family and was not with the team. … Enes Kanter scored 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting in the first half. last_img read more

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BROADWAY DIMS ITS LIGHTS FOR PLAYWRIGHT LEGEND BRIAN FRIEL

first_imgThe great Brian Friel is laid to rest in Glenties. Pic by Northwest Newspix.THE bright lights of Broadway have been dimmed in memory of legendary Irish playwright Brian Friel.The award-winning writer, who penned the Donegal-based Dancing at Lughnasa — died in October at the age of 86 and was buried in his beloved Glenties in October.The late Brian Friel.The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York dimmed their lights for one minute yesterday evening, in honour of a man who has been described as “a colossus in theatre”.The tradition of dimming the lights for theatre greats dates back decades and is reserved for people who are “synonymous with Broadway”. Charlotte St Martin, president of the Broadway League, said: “Known as a gifted storyteller whose work achieved international acclaim for over four decades, Brian Friel’s writing explored social and political life in Ireland through lyrical dramas which played notably on the Broadway stage.“Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and many fans.”Friel was born in Killyclogher, near Omagh, Co Tyrone, in 1929.He moved to Derry with his family at the age of ten and then to Greencastle, Co Donegal, in the 1960s, where he penned most of his great works including Philadelphia, Here I Come and The Freedom of the City. BROADWAY DIMS ITS LIGHTS FOR PLAYWRIGHT LEGEND BRIAN FRIEL was last modified: December 9th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brian FrieldonegalGlentiesGreencastlelast_img read more

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Dillinger fighting, but struggling against ‘big boys’ at Ginebra

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOutspoken against Ginebra going to the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, Jared Dillinger seems to have bit more than he can chew as Meralco stares at a 0-2 deficit in the championship series.But the Fil-Am forward is man enough to admit that the Bolts, especially the locals, have their work cut out for them after a dismal showing in the first two games.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Letran slips past St. Benilde to earn Final 4 playoff Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City READ: Brownlee fires 32 as Ginebra draws first blood in PBA FinalsThe 33-year-old acknowledges that the taller and bigger Gin Kings have played a part on intimidating and forcing the Bolts shooters to struggle in the series.“It’s tough. Those guys are 20-30 pounds heavier than me. I’m fighting but they’re big boys over there. It’s not like we don’t know that to begin with, but it wears down on you especially when they post up on you,” he said.But Meralco isn’t just going to roll over and die as Dillinger and company plot their revenge on Game 3 on Wednesday.“We just got to go back and look at the film, keep doing the same routine you got to get some shots up, see the ball going a little bit. No excuses. It’s tough, but we got to adjust and we have to figure it out,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Brownlee, Tenorio shine as Ginebra takes 2-0 Finals lead“Something’s got to happen. Aside from Allen Durham, no one’s shooting that well – Del (de Ocampo), me, Baser (Amer), (Chris) Newsome, Cliff (Hodge). We got to make shots, that’s it. We’re not making our end and it’s tough on AD,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThrough the first two games, Meralco has shot 23 percent from three, down from their average of 37 percent, the league-best, prior to the Finals.Dillinger has also played subpar in the series, where he’s averaging 5.5 points on a 17-percent shooting, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 steals while committing two turnovers.last_img read more

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Zaheer returns; Sreesanth, Raina rested for next 3 ODIs

first_imgPace spearhead Zaheer Khan, who missed the first two matches due to an injury, was brought back to the Indian side for the next three matches of the ongoing ODI series against New Zealand, while batsman Suresh Raina and pacer Sreesanth were rested ahead of the upcoming South Africa series.The selectors announced two separate teams for the third ODI in Baroda on Saturday and fourth and fifth matches of the series in Bangalore and Chennai on December 7 and 10 respectively.Gautam Gambhir has been retained as the captain of the side for the next three matches, BCCI secretary N. Srinivasan said in a press release after a meeting of the selection committee here.Even though the selectors have called back Zaheer, they have decided to prolong the rest period of four senior players — regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh, who were not considered for the first two matches due to injury concerns.Zaheer makes his way into the team in place of in-form Sreesanth, who has picked up an impressive seven wickets in the first two ODIs and has been rested ahead of the upcoming South Africa series.Zaheer missed the third Test against New Zealand and the first two ODIs of the five-match series after sustaining a groin injury during the second Test in Hyderabad last month.Left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra, who was a late induction in the team for the first two ODIs after Praveen Kumar was down with fever, has also managed to retain his place in the side for the next three matches alongwith Praveen.advertisementHowever, wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, who retained his place for Baroda match, will hand over the gloves to Parthiv Patel in the last two matches, while R Ashwin will make way for Rohit Sharma.India lead the five-match series 2-0 against New Zealand.Team for Baroda ODI: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Sourav Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, R Vinay Kumar.Team for Bangalore and Chennai ODIs: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Sourav Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Parthiv Patel (wk), R Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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a month agoSheffield Utd midfielder John Lundstram happy with Everton revenge

first_imgSheffield Utd midfielder John Lundstram happy with Everton revengeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United midfielder John Lundstram was delighted to beat former club Everton on Saturday.Lundstram was happy to take revenge.”I had people coming out of the woodwork on Saturday morning texting me for tickets,” Lundstram, who resurrected his career at Oxford before joining United, told the Sheffield Star. “I tried to do my best for everyone to try and get them in. I was raring to go and it was always the one I was looking forward to when the fixtures came out. I have finally got it over with and to get a win has just makes it really special.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Henderson praises Klopps management style

first_imgLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson has praised manager, Jurgen Klopp’s management style.The England midfielder who helped his country reach the last four of this summer’s World Cup, explained the logic behind the German tactician’s style.“The lads have worked so hard in pre-season and I can see the benefits already in how fit they are, the rhythm they have got from playing games,” said Henderson, according to France24.“You can see that in the performances, they are winning games. So it’s normal for me that I’m not playing, I can accept it.”“Obviously, it’s a lot easier when you’ve had longer in pre-season and more games to play before the season starts then of course it is a lot easier to get in your rhythm straight away, your fitness levels will be higher.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“When you are coming back from a World Cup when you have had time off, you come back in and you have still got to get back up to speed straight away.”“I’ve used this period to try and refresh my body, refresh my mind because last season was long.”“Especially with the World Cup, it was enjoyable and ended with the disappointment but it was a long season and this is going to be another long season hopefully with a lot of games so I’m using this period to be as ready as possible.”Klopp’s rotational policy has also been aided by the club’s summer recruitments, bringing in players like Fabinho, Keita, Alisson.last_img read more

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