Poll: Is Dino Babers the right football coach for Syracuse?

first_imgIs Dino Babers the right football coach for Syracuse?Yes, it’s a great hire.No, there were better options.Scott Shafer would still do a better job than Babers.VoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comIs Dino Babers the right football coach for Syracuse?Rate the Dino Babers hire5 (Terrific)4321 (Terrible)VoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comRate the Dino Babers hire Comments Related Stories 5 quick facts about new Syracuse football head coach Dino BabersStorify: Social media reacts to Dino Babers being hired as Syracuse’s next football coachSyracuse makes hiring of Dino Babers official in press releaseSyracuse football recruits react to Dino Babers hiring Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on December 5, 2015 at 12:19 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettuslast_img

National Women’s League Matchday 7: Lions tamed, Nothing supreme, Undefeated

first_imgNorthern ZoneThe unpredictability of results from the North continued in Week 7. The biggest shock of Matchday 7 had to be Pearl Pia’s loss to struggling Ashtown Ladies by a lone goal at home. The win drew a sigh of relief for one of the oldest clubs in the history of the Women’s league as they try to avoid the drop.Encounters between Ampem Darkoa and Kumasi Sports Academy have always been cagey and this installment match lived up to its billing. The two teams had to share the spoils. Ampem Darkoa were without the services of lethal forward, Ophelia Amponsah. More importantly, for the first time since season four, Ampem Darkoa failed to top the Northern Zone table in the first round.(Image credit: NB Sports/ Ekow 3D Sports)Visiting Fabulous Ladies deepened the wounds of Supreme Ladies by clinching a lone goal victory on the road. For the home side, their performance has been anything but Supreme on the pitch. It was a third consecutive defeat for Supreme and the team has picked just a point in seven games.Assistant coach of Supreme Ladies, Peter Boakye said after the match:“The team played very well against Fabulous. We have a very youthful team with some in school. Hence, the challenge in fusing the team. In the second round, we will introduce some experienced players and everyone will see the fortunes of Supreme Ladies turn around.”In another match in the zone, Prison Ladies drew blank with Northern Ladies in a very tough game. Although they dropped points, Prison Ladies are five points clear of 2nd placed team, Ampem Darkoa and remain the only undefeated team in the North.The writer can be reached on Twitter on @akosuaamoo. Southern Zone“At long last, the battle has ended! And thus, Ghana, your beloved country is free forever!”As the nation gears up for its 63rd Independence celebration, the famous words of Dr Kwame Nkrumah re-echoes and there is one team in the South that had an ‘at long last’ moment.Finally, after six failed attempts, Immigration picked up their first win of the season in a battle against Sea Lions in Elmina. Gifty Appiah announced her return to the league in style, after an injury lay off with the solitary goal that tamed the lions.Hasaacas continued their winning ways after they went past Halifax Ladies in a 2-1 win at Tema but for the first time since match day 2, the team conceded a goal. The absence of the two stalwarts at the back, Linda Eshun and Janet Egyir – who were on national duty for Black Queens, was quite evident. The ‘Doo’ Ladies wrapped up the first round on top of the Southern Zone table.In Ajumako, Soccer Intellectuals beat Ladystrikers 2-0 to end the first round in second place. Soccer Intellectuals defender, Linda Amoako, won the Woman of the Match award for a second consecutive time.The game between Samaria Ladies and Police had to be rescheduled as a result of the security team having 6 players on national duty. Freelance sports journalist, Akosua Addai Amoo, recaps the story of Week 7 of the National Women’s League with a special focus on Sea Lions’ loss to Immigration Ladies, Supreme Ladies’ rather underwhelming performances and how Prison Ladies have barred their goals from opponents. FORMATThere are 16 teams in the National Women’s league. The teams are divided into two zones: the Southern Zone and the Northern Zone. There will be 14 rounds of matches played in the respective zones. There will be a play-off between the champions of the two zones to determine the winner of the league. GHANA WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH WEEK SEVEN – FULL RESULTSNorthern ZonePrisons Ladies 0- 0 Northern LadiesSupreme Ladies 0-1 FabulousKumasi Sports Academy 1-1 Ampem Darkoa LadiesPearl Pia Ladies 0-1 Ashtown Ladies Southern ZoneSamaria Ladies -Police Ladies (postponed)Soccer Intellectual 2-0 LadystrikersHalifax Ladies 1-2 Hasaacas LadiesSea Lions Ladies 0-1 Immigrations Ladieslast_img read more

Warriors vs. Clippers: Predictions, picks for 2019 NBA playoffs first-round series

first_imgNBA PLAYOFFS 2019: Full schedule | West predictionsWarriors vs. Clippers: Schedule, breakdown, predictionDateMatchupTime (TV channel)April 13Game 1 at Golden State8 p.m. ET (ABC)April 15Game 2 at Golden State10:30 p.m. ET (TNT/fuboTV)April 18Game 3 at Los Angeles10:30 p.m. ET (TNT/fuboTV)April 21Game 4 at Los Angeles3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)*April 24Game 5 at Golden StateTBD*April 26Game 6 at Los AngelesTBD*April 28Game 7 at Golden StateTBD(*if necessary)The key playerHo-hum. All Stephen Curry did this year for the Warriors was score 27.3 points per game, with 5.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists, while shooting 47.2 percent from the field and 43.7 percent from the 3-point line.The Clippers mostly used Avery Bradley against Curry this season, but Bradley is gone, leaving Doc Rivers with some choices. He can use long-armed point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander against Curry or gritty defensive guard Patrick Beverley on him. Neither played Curry much during the regular season, but both can be expected to be physical with him in this series.The big number11. The Warriors will enter the postseason with the No. 11 ranked defense in the NBA, allowing 108.5 points per 100 possessions. That might seem to give the Clippers some hope, given that LA was ranked ninth in offensive efficiency this season (111.3) and averaged 115.1 points per game during the season.Problem is, the Warriors coasted most of the first chunk of the season defensively, as they did last year when they also were 11th in defensive efficiency. But when the playoffs came around, Golden State was the No. 1 team in defensive efficiency, and ranked fifth in the category over its final 16 games (they were 12-4 in that stretch). The Clippers put together a scrappy, inspiring season with a good combination of tough veterans and talented, chip-on-the-shoulder youngsters. Unfortunately, three losses in their final four games left them stuck in the No. 8 slot with a meeting against the Warriors, West champs for four straight years.All that scrap and inspiration does not figure to mean much against a juggernaut like Golden State, which is looking for one last championship before free agency kicks in, possibly costing the team star forward Kevin Durant. That’s a subplot here — if Durant leaves the Warriors, the Clippers are one of the biggest contenders to sign him. This series could be the prelude to a real rivalry. Most teams can’t really flick a switch in the playoffs, but the Warriors are an exception.Warriors vs. Clippers predictionIt’s remarkable that the Clippers managed 48 wins this season, and they might have had a chance at an upset if they had not been stuck with the eighth seed. LA is a team on the rise, but they’re not ready for a Warriors upset just yet.Warriors over Clippers, 4-1last_img read more