Alexis Peterson develops into do-it-all point guard in senior season

first_imgAlexis Peterson needed one more assist for another double-double in her All-American caliber senior season, so she beat her defender with a quick crossover. She spun a pass to Gabby Cooper, who completed the play with a 3-pointer. Peterson reached 10 assists — with almost 14 minutes still to go.Peterson’s greatest achievement this season has been her ability to score nearly at will. Beat opponents off the dribble, pull up for a midrange jumper, step back for a 3-pointer or continue her momentum into the lane. That’s what makes her the conference’s leading scorer at 23.4 points per game during a season in which she’s reached double figures every time out.Then there’s the other part of her game. Peterson has 46 percent of Syracuse’s assists this year (197), more than double anyone else. No. 20 Syracuse’s (18-9, 9-5 Atlantic Coast) loss to then-No. 7 Notre Dame on Sunday proved SU can contend with the best teams, even when its best player doesn’t reach her season scoring average. Peterson’s 19 points matched Brittney Sykes’ for most on SU, but her 14 assists are what drove the Syracuse offense. She already has 24 more assists this season than last year, when she played in 10 more games.“Peterson’s come a long way,” Notre Dame Hall of Fame coach Muffet McGraw said after UND’s 85-80 win Sunday night. “She might be the most improved player in the league. She is somebody that you didn’t have to guard quite as closely in the past.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPlaying in an up-tempo offense helps her clutter the box score. The ball seems to always be in her control, whether in transition or in the half court, where she feasts on the pick-and-roll. When Day comes up for a middle-high screen, Peterson weighs her options, scanning her defender for a possible hedge or sag. Sensing where she is on the court allows her to shake up defenders. Whatever they do, she counters.Her 7.3 assists per game ranks first in the ACC this season and fourth in all of college basketball. And while her 3.15 steals per game ranks second in the ACC, she’s thrown balls out of bounds or dribbled into high pressure, so her assist-to-turnover ratio is 42nd in the nation. Syracuse sits at sixth in the ACC standings with two regular-season games remaining and ranks merely 42nd in the country in total assists. Most of them come from its pilot of the offense.“That’s what bumping those assist numbers up,” Syracuse assistant coach Tammi Reiss said. “She’s doing a great job of reading and reacting as a point guard. ‘Now I can take you, I can make a basketball play.’ She’s really, really hard to guard.”The no-look passes come in transition. Some of the plays Peterson constructs at full speed seem to slow the game down, players said, because of how easy she weaves through man-to-man, 2-3 zones and any other combinations that have come her way. Peterson estimates at least half of her assists come on breakaways.In the half court, not only does she draw two or three defenders in the lane, but her very presence also forces defenders to turn around and check where she is. That split-second proves costly.“This year I really focused on where I’m getting teammates the ball to score,” Peterson said. “Making the pass where all they have to do is shoot.”Thursday will mark what’s likely her final game in the Carrier Dome and the culmination of four years at SU. Her sophomore year, she averaged 4.1 assists per game. Last year, she bumped that up to 4.7. This year, she’s at more than seven.“You have to play her to score,” Reiss said. “She’s a scoring point guard. You can’t sag off. You add that with the aggressiveness, as soon as she beats people, it’s her poison. Now she can do whatever she wants.”After SU’s 75-66 loss at Georgia Tech in January, Peterson broke down film with Reiss. That afternoon was Peterson’s least efficient game of the season. She scored 29 points, but it took a 10-of-37 showing from the field and 2-for-16 mark from 3-point range. She dished out only five assists and committed five turnovers.“Coach, never let me look like that again,” Peterson said. “That was awful.”In the next three games, two of which came against Top 25 teams, Peterson exploded. She scored 26, 24 and 22, while handing out a combined 23 assists. She now knows she can salvage a poor shooting night with 10 assists or stuff the stat sheet with a double-double. She has seven of those this season, the sort of showing Syracuse needs from her as it gears up for a postseason run.“That’s what makes her a great point guard,” Reiss said. “Her ability to pass.” Comments Published on February 22, 2017 at 8:15 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Obama: Reported comments by Clippers owner Sterling ‘racist’

first_imgIn this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, center, and V. Stiviano, right, watch the Clippers play the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — President Barack Obama said Sunday that comments reportedly made by the owner of a U.S. pro basketball team are “incredibly offensive racist statements,” before casting them as part of a continuing legacy of slavery and segregation that Americans must confront.“When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk,” Obama said when asked to respond to the reported comments from Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling.Obama’s description of the controversy as part of a larger historical context is the latest example of his continuing willingness to expound on matters of race in his second term.After avoiding much mention of race relations during his campaign to become the first Black president and in his first term, the president last summer offered a personal reflection in response to the shooting of Black teenager Trayvon Martin. And now Obama has spoken out against an audio recording of a man identified as Sterling telling his girlfriend not to bring Black people to games.The firestorm over Sterling’s comments has quickly engulfed the National Basketball Association.Obama cast the comments through a broader prism of racism in America, adding that “we constantly have to be on guard on racial attitudes that divide us rather than embracing our diversity as a strength.”“The United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation, that’s still there, the vestiges of discrimination,” Obama said during a news conference in Malaysia, where he was traveling.“We’ve made enormous strides, but you’re going to continue to see this percolate up every so often,” he added. “And I think that we just have to be clear and steady in denouncing it, teaching our children differently, but also remaining hopeful that part of why statements like this stand out some much is because there has been this shift in how we view ourselves.”In the recording attributed to Sterling recording and posted on the website TMZ, a male voice questions his girlfriend’s association with minorities. TMZ reported the woman, V. Stiviano, is of Black and Mexican descent.The man asks Stiviano not to broadcast her association with Black people or bring Black people to games. The man specifically mentions Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson on the recording, saying, “Don’t bring him to my games, OK?”Obama said he’s confident NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will address the matter. He said the NBA has “an awful lot of African American players, it’s steeped in African American culture. And I suspect that the NBA is going to be deeply concerned in resolving this.”Silver had said the NBA needs to confirm authenticity of the audio tape and interview both Sterling and the woman in the recording. He called the tape “disturbing and offensive” and promised to investigate quickly.last_img read more

Cain breezes to seventh Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon title; Ramsay surprises women’s division

first_imgJay Krieger was fifth with Nelson Rocha sixth and former Nelsonite Greg Welwood, now from Burnaby, seventh and Kurt Beerens eighth.Mike Krahn was ninth while Nelson’s David Harasym was tenth.“I had no idea to be completely honest, (winning this race) is very exciting,” Ramsay said after the race.“I only actually started training at the beginning of 2015 so this has been quite the process,” Ramsay added.“It’s very humbling getting beat by everyone and teenagers I train with all the time, but it’s good to have a good race.”In the sprint distance, or short course, race, Rob Roth edged out Jackson Konkin of Trail for the top prize.It appeared Konkin was the winner, however, the Silver City participant was penalized for going off course twice.Kyle Jensen was third with Charlie Cooper and Mike Orsini fourth and fifth, respectively.Sierra Cooper won the women’s race ahead of Sarah Berrett with Danita Schreiber, Kim Jolleymore and Louise Poole of Nelson rounding out the top five.“Nelson is a nice race and has a great course,” said Konkin, who flashed of course a few meters after coming off the Big Orange Bridge.Konkin, competing in his first individual category at the Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon, set the pace early in the 500 meter swim, 22 km cycle and five km run.“Nice rolling hills on the bike and the run is pretty flat,” added Konkin, who was first out of the water and second on the bike after getting five minutes of penalty added to his time.The field was treated to post-race messages before awards were handed out at Lakeside Rotary Park.Team Lindsay Takes Home Team TitleThe trio of Shona Lindsay, Darin Lindsay and Leanne Kalabis blazed over the 1.5-kilometer swim, 39 km cycle and 10 km run distance to capture the Team Title in the 2015 Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon Sunday at Lakeside Rotary Park.The Nelson trio finished ahead of Tri Like A Girl — Cynthia Pfeiffer, Kathryn Bibby-Fox and Leanne Douglas.Fishryder Bailey — Kim Irving, Mike Adams and Glenn McCallum — placed third ahead of Salmo ShopEasy — Steve Bradley, Mario Parnmentier and Brent Gallie.Worth Considering — Austin Ryter and Andrew Berry — took fourth ahead of Hey Baby . . . no more cryin’ — Nadine Benrhaba, Wayne Schuab and Jennifer Straub.There were 14 teams entered in the Team Category. Athletes have their favourite places to compete, and for Rossland’s Dallas Cain, the Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon is number on his list.Cain breezed to his seventh title in the Heritage City, blowing the field away to capture the 2015 Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon Sunday at Lakeside Rotary Park.Cain finished the 1.5-kilometer swim, 39 km cycle and 10 km run distance in a time of two hours and five minutes.The time was more than eight minutes ahead of second place finisher, Seth Bitting.Scott Nichol was third behind Bitting.“I love this race . . . this is just awesome,” Cain told The Nelson Daily after breezing across the finishing line at the main entrance to Lakeside Rotary Park to the cheering of his young family — kids Ryder, Ruby and newly born Thomas.“I was in Calgary last weekend for the big Ironman 70.3 . . . I would take this race any day. I just love it here. . . . It’s great.”Rookie triathlon competitor, Isabel Ramsay of Calgary, who has relatives in Nelson, was the top woman in the Olympic Distance race.Ramsay, surprised to win the woman’s top prize, finished in a time of 2:32.29.Suzie Poirier was second while Carol Currie finished third and Catherine Lundstrom of Nelson finished fourth.Like he has done so many times before, Cain wasn’t first out of the water — three minutes behind leader Stephen Webber, who finished fourth overall.However, on the bike, where the lanky Cain is so dangerous, is where the champion took over, blazing over the 39 kilometer Highway 3A course in under an hour.Then it was a nice jog over the Big Orange Bridge and back to secure his seventh Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon title.“The swim is always challenging,” Cain explained. “It feels like your going against the current and for me never a fast swim time.”“The bike was awesome,” Cain added. “Not much wind. Rolled along and caught up to the front of the race around Six Mile and then just tried to put as much time into the lead as I could.“And the run, I had a feeling I has about four or five minute lead so that made it very enjoyable.”last_img read more

The road less travelled

first_imgTwenty-five-year-old Rohit Kuttappa has a pedaling passion; his life revolves around bicycles, so much so that he has started a business venture in which people are encouraged to pedal their way to Mahabalipuram as part of a monthly group getaway which is slowly turning into a very popular movement in,Twenty-five-year-old Rohit Kuttappa has a pedaling passion; his life revolves around bicycles, so much so that he has started a business venture in which people are encouraged to pedal their way to Mahabalipuram as part of a monthly group getaway which is slowly turning into a very popular movement in Chennai.Cycling, which he took up after a cricketing injury, made him see business potential. What started off as just another timepass with friends like renowned musician Tanvi Shah of the Slumdog Millionaire fame and Abhay Shah, Suhail Ahmed and Siddharth Mohapatra, soon became enterprise and the group started CRX Sports. “We wanted people to get up and have fun,”says Tanvi Shah. She adds, “To begin with we were very causal about it, but because more and more people wanted to join, we started CRX Sports.”CRX involves 100-150 people cycling from Chennai to Mahabalipuram, one Sunday of every month. Flagging off during the wee hours in the morning, the ride lasts for around two hours and ends with a hearty breakfast and a friendly game of football at Temple Bay.”Right now CRX Sports is at a nascent stage but we are trying to take to the next level, by organising a cyclothon in the city soon. Currently we are operational consultants for the Mumbai and Pune cyclothons, and hope to bring it to Chennai soon,” says Kuttappa.Come October and a similar kind of cycling event will start in four other major cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and Mumbai. “India needs outdoor entertainment,” believes Kuttappa, “Our idea is to finally move into sports entertainment,” she says.advertisementWe started off with cycling but want to expand to various other sports and reach out to cities that dont have such sporting oppurtunities,” she says with a smile.Encouraging has been the response so far and unlike a few months back when they had to goad people to attend, the numbers are now spilling.Cycling is not only one of the most healthy workout options today, but is also environment friendly and besides a safety briefing, and an ambulance on call at all times, CRX sports also provides a mechanic, well oiled cycles and helmets with ample pit stops for all its riders. “Safety is paramount and we ask all our participants to take enough fluids 48 hours prior to the event, along with advising them to wear bright clothes and to stay within the safety lines. After all, a safe ride is the best ride,” says Kuttappa.So how much would a ride like this cost? “A total of Rs.750 per person and people are urged to register online at, informs Kuttappa. CRX Sports is also hoping to encourage corporate houses to embrace this and get their employees to cycle to work once in a while.”It has opened up roads, to the city literally and is comforting to know that enthusiastic Chennaiites are still looking to explore innovative ways to have fun and get fit.” Something that started as a way to enjoy is now becomming a national craze.last_img read more

Jimmy Alapag joins San Miguel coaching staff

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid San Miguel head coach Leo Austria and new assistant coach Jimmy Alapag. Photo by Bong LozadaMANILA, Philippines—Good luck stopping the juggernaut that is San Miguel.In the day that Terrence Romeo officially became a Beermen, the league’s most illustrious club announced that it tapped the legendary Jimmy Alapag as the newest deputy in head coach Leo Austria’s staff.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Alapag, who’s also the head coach of Sam Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League, expressed his gratitude to the San Miguel bosses for trusting him and making him part of the franchise that won a league-best 25 championships.“History speaks for itself what you guys have already done in the PBA and I’m just here to help in whatever shape or form,” said Alapag who will help lead the Beermen to a potential fifth straight Philippine Cup and seventh championship in five seasons.“If you guys need me I’m here and the goal every season is to win and that’s what I’m all about,” added Alapag.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments Team governor Robert Non formally introduced Alapag, Romeo, the returning Ronald Tubid, and Paul Zamar to the fold before the Beermen started its Thursday practice at Acropolis Clubhouse.Non said Alapag has been on San Miguel’s radar even before the six-time champion got drafted into the league and he also expressed his elation that the iconic point guard is now under his team in a coaching capacity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“I’m so happy that we got him as one of the assistant coaches of coach Leo, he’d be of great help just like the other assistant coaches who made it possible for this team to win championships,” said Non. Schumacher family asks for privacy before his 50th birthday LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

French Open: Crowd makes me cry, says happy Kristina Mladenovic after beating defending champion Garbine Muguruza

first_imgNever mind the 16 double faults, Kristina Mladenovic downed defending champion Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 , sending the Roland Garros crowd into raptures as their darling reached the quarter-finals of the French Open on Sunday.After a jittery opening set, Spanish fourth seed Muguruza rallied but 13th-seeded Frenchwoman Mladenovic perfectly played the key points in the decider to set up a meeting with Timea Bascinszky.Mladenovic, who has been hampered by back problems, leads the tournament in terms of double faults, having served 40 of them since it started. Even though she won on Sunday, she added a big contribution to that total.’Kiki, Kiki!” yelled the crowd as Mladenovic, a player born of Serbian parents and who speaks good English and cheers herself up in Italian, negotiated her way through the tricky fourth-round match.”I love you, too,” she told the chanting crowd after the win on a sunbathed Court Suzanne Lenglen.She paused.”You make me cry,” she continued. “Let me try to speak. It’s a last-16 match against the defending champion. Big match, which I was waiting for.”It’s not perfect, there are little problems but I fight as I can. I served 35 doubles but it’s good because you give me so much strength,” added Mladenovic, who has been tipped as one of the tournament favourites after reaching the finals in Stuttgart and Madrid on clay this season.With Alize Cornet taking on Caroline Garcia in the fourth round on Monday, two Frenchwomen will be in the last eight for the first time since 1994.advertisementThat year, Mary Pierce, the last Frenchwoman to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup in 2000, reached the final, losing to Spaniard Arantxa Sanchez.last_img read more

Dhoni pays surprise visit to Army Public School Srinagar

first_imgSrinagar, Nov 23 (PTI) Cricketer M S Dhoni paid a surprise visit to Army Public School here and emphasised the importance of education and sports during his interaction with the students.Dhoni, who holds an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel, visited the school located inside the Chinar Corps headquarters in the Badamibagh Cantonment in a low key and unannounced event yesterday.The Chinar Corps put out a photograph of the former Indian Captain on its Twitter handle late last evening.”Lt Col (Hony) Mahendra Singh #Dhoni interacting with the enthusiastic children of #APS #Srinagar; emphasised upon importance of #studies and #sports,” the tweet accompanying the picture reads. PTI MIJ RCJlast_img read more

AltaGas selling noncore assets in Canada and the US for 560 million

first_imgCALGARY – AltaGas Ltd. says it has signed deals to sell about $560 million worth of natural gas midstream assets and power generating assets to two buyers.Birch Hill Equity Partners Management Inc. has agreed to pay $165 million for a group of smaller scale gas midstream and power assets in Canada, as well as its commercial and industrial customer portfolio in Canada.The transaction also includes the 43.7 million shares of Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Inc., which AltaGas holds.In a second transaction, AltaGas says it will sell its San Joaquin power assets in California to a subsidiary of Avenue Capital for roughly $400 million.The assets include the Tracy, Hanford and Henrietta plants totalling 523 megawatts of generating capacity.AltaGas says the proceeds from the sales will be used to repay debt related to its acquisition of Washington, D.C.-based energy utility company WGL Holdings, Inc., which closed in July.Companies in this story: (TSX:ALA)last_img read more

Police investigate shooting in Grande Prairie

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. –  Mounties in Grande Prairie are investigating a shooting that occurred yesterday.On Thursday at approximately 5:50 p.m., members of the Grande Prairie RCMP responded to a report of a man who had been shot in the area of 92 Street and 100 Avenue.The man was transported to a local hospital by EMS with unknown injuries, while two suspects were arrested and are currently in police custody. Police believe that this is an isolated incident and that there is no additional risk to public safety.If you have any information about this, or any other crime, please call the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at read more

BC chief says one major oil spill could ruin her nations economy

first_imgOTTAWA – Leaders from several north-coast B.C. First Nations say if the Senate doesn’t approve a bill barring super-sized oil tankers from the region their fragile but thriving marine-based economies will die.The legislation would put into law an existing moratorium on tankers carrying more than 12,500 tonnes of crude oil in the waters between the northern tip of Vancouver Island and the Alaska border.The legislation passed the House of Commons last spring and is now being debated in the Senate. Chief Marilyn Slett of the Heiltsuk Nation is leading a delegation of chiefs and elected leaders in Ottawa this week to lobby senators to pass the legislation, which cleared the House of Commons last spring.The bill is strongly opposed by the Alberta government, which believes it cuts off an entire option for shipping crude oil. Premier Rachel Notley has added it to the list of irritants between her province and the federal government.Slett says the waters the ban covers are difficult to navigate and a single major spill would be the end of her nation’s livelihood.last_img read more