Butler to play in national title game

first_imgButler forward Gordon Hayward secured key rebounds down the stretch to help the Bulldogs advance.[/media-credit]INDIANAPOLIS — Butler coach Brad Stevens said he wasn’t happy with his team’s poor shooting in Saturday evening’s matchup against Michigan State.The Bulldogs barely cracked 50 points. They shot 70 percent from the free-throw line. They were outrebounded.Yet Butler continued its historic run with a 52-50 victory in its Final Four semifinal.“I never would have dreamed we would’ve won if we shot 15 for 49,” Stevens said, “but our guys did a great job defending in the last 30 minutes of the game.”MSU coach Tom Izzo said he thought the toughness of the Bulldog defense caught his team off guard.“We didn’t get it done,” Izzo said. “I thought the physical play bothered us, that surprised me.”For a game with only 102 total points, four first-half minutes without a basket and a nine second-half minutes in which Butler couldn’t make a field goal, this Final Four matchup started fast for both teams.Michigan State guard Korie Lucious and Butler forward Gordon Hayward came out firing for their squads, nailing two 3-pointers each in the first two and a half minutes. MSU’s Draymond Green and Durrell Summers also chipped in for the Spartans, while Shelvin Mack of the Bulldogs put up 14 points.Green picked up the majority of his minutes after the Spartan’s second-leading scorer Raymar Morgan hit the bench. Morgan committed three fouls by the halfway point of the first half. Except for those fouls, the beginning of the first half was clean, with only three turnovers in the first 10 minutes.As time went on, though, the game lost its luster, with nine turnovers and a significant scoring dip. Both teams went into the second half with 28 points.“It was definitely Butler basketball,” Bulldog forward Avery Jukes said. “We had to grind it out. It was a long game.”Lucious started the second half the same way he did the first, putting up a three-pointer and bringing MSU fans to their feet. They would be silenced toward the middle of the half, though, as Morgan picked up his fourth foul.As Morgan walked off the court, it was the Bulldog fans’ turn to make some noise, and Butler jumped ahead for the first time since its 7-6 lead in the first half.As the second half went on, the Spartans’ foul troubles grew. Green, Morgan’s main replacement, picked up three fouls. So did starter Delvon Roe. Butler was in the bonus within the first nine minutes of play.“You keep putting yourself on the edge of a cliff. You’re not going be able to stand on it long,” Roe said.Still, Butler could not capitalize. The game remained close, and the Bulldogs went on the scoring drought that lasted more than nine minutes.The lack of baskets didn’t lead to a lack of confidence, though.“We’ve gone through stretches like that before where it feels like we can’t throw it in the ocean if we’re standing on the beach,” Hayward said. “For us, as long as we guard, we feel like we can still stay in the game.”With a little less than a minute to go, the teams were within three points of each other. Butler took possession. After driving the clock down to 23 seconds, the Bulldogs’ Ronald Nored drove in for a layup. He watched the ball bounce in and out of the hoop and then fall into the hands of a Michigan State defender.The Spartans would, presumably, have the final shot of the game. But at the other end, Nored made up for the miss. After a scramble near the basket, Nored stretched out for the ball, leapt across the court and drew a foul. He went to the free throw line, where he has been less than successful during the tournament.He made both of his free throws, putting the Bulldogs up by three.“I just thought they were going to go in,” Nored said of his free throws. “I’ve been practicing all week, practicing for the last few weeks.”After Hayward grabbed a game-ending rebound with two seconds left, the noise level in Lucas Oil Stadium reached a new high.Hayward stood at center court before the game. He looked around, took the scene in. He said he knew this was his team’s time.“This is it,” he said. “This is what we’ve all played for. This is where we should be.“This is where we want to be.”last_img read more

Ron Rivera net worth, salary and the reason why he was fired by Carolina Panthers

first_imgAlso Read | Kobe Bryant Salary, Net Worth, LA Lakers Days And Future NBA Plans Last Updated: 4th December, 2019 22:54 IST Ron Rivera Net Worth, Salary And The Reason Why He Was Fired By Carolina Panthers Ron Rivera is an American professional football coach and a former professional football player. Find out his current net worth and salary. Read on to know more LIVE TV First Published: 4th December, 2019 22:54 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read | Jerry Jones Net Worth: Where Did The Dallas Cowboys Owner Make His Money?Ron Rivera salaryAccording to Celebrity Net Worth, Ron Rivera’s last drawn salary was $3 million.Also Read | Anthony Joshua Net Worth, Salary And Upcoming Fight Against Andy RuizThe Carolina Panthers fires coach Ron Rivera after falling out of playoff contentionCarolina Panthers owner David Tepper recently head fired coach Ron Rivera after the team lost to Washington Redskins on Sunday. He had earlier stated that he would wait until after the season to make a coaching change. However, he fired Ron Rivera last Tuesday with the Panthers (5-7) all but out of playoff contention following a four-game play.Speaking of the firing, David Tepper stated that it was the best decision for the long-term success of the Carolina Panthers. He also said that he has a great deal of respect for Ron Rivera and the contributions that he has made to the franchise and the community. He also wished him all the best for his future and suggested that he will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Carolina Panthers. Ron Rivera is an American professional football coach and a former professional football player. He is the former head coach of the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He has always been known around the NFL for his innate ability to build his team around the strengths of his players. Ron Rivera is also a two-time NFL Coach of the Year, and had joined the team as a rookie head coach eight years ago in 2011. He guided the Carolina Panthers back to relevance with four playoffs appearances since 2013.Also Read | Floyd Mayweather Net Worth, Salary, Reported UFC Debut Date And FightRon Rivera net worthAccording to Celebrity Net Worth, Ron Rivera currently has a net worth that stands at an estimated $5 million. However, some sources claim the figure to be around $7 million. This comes from his career as a professional footballer and his time as a head coach with the Carolina Panthers. Ron Rivera has also been a defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers.center_img WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US COMMENT Danish Ansari Written Bylast_img read more

Betfair launches Fairer Game campaign seeking female football coaching talent

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Partnering up with Women in Football, Betfair has launched its ‘Fairer Game’ campaign this week, with the betting firm funding 50 female football coaches who will aim to gain their UEFA B licenses.The company has set itself the long-term goal of doubling the number of UK female football coaches with UEFA A licenses, which at present stands at 29 compared to +1,400 men.The bookmaker will cover the cost of £50,000 required for the 50 candidates to take up the UEFA B license course. Betfair will also provide learning opportunities for the coaches through the pre-existing Cash 4 Clubs initiative.In order to kick-start the initiative, Betfair has hired former Arsenal and England Woman’s professional footballer Rachel Yankey as Campaign Ambassador. Yankey who holds a UEFA coaching certificate, will provide mentoring for the 50 selected candidates.Yankey commented on the Fairer Game campaign; “As a youngster I was determined to follow my ambition and love for football and that determination is what got me to where I am today. Both representation and access for women in football has improved in recent years but it’s still not a level playing field, which is why I’m thrilled to be a part of the Betfair Fairer Game campaign.Betfair informs that candidates wishing to apply, have to be over 21-years and hold a UK Level 2 coaching qualification. Applications must be summited via the Fairer Game website at https://promotions.betfair.com/fairer-gameBetfair ‘Fairer Game’ Campaign Share ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Related Articles Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020last_img read more

Burundi make history by reaching Chan finals

first_imgTiny central Africa state Burundi reached the finals of a CAF senior national team competition for the first time at the weekend.The ‘Swallows’ fought back to draw 1-1 with Sudan in Omdurman in an African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier and won 4-3 on penalties.Sudan is a happy hunting ground for Burundi as top club Vital’O won the regional CECAFA championship there last month.Victory earned Burundi a place at the 16-team tournament in South African cities Bloemfontein, Cape Town and Polokwane next January.Burkina Faso, Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria and Uganda have also qualified.And South Africa are automatic participants as hosts of the biennial competition for home-based footballers. The remaining four places will be split between countries from the central and southern regions in a regional qualifying competition.Sudan were favoured after forcing a 1-1 draw in Bujumbura and first-leg scorer Nadir El Tayeb struck again 18 minutes into the return game.But Gilbert Kaze levelled five minutes after halftime and the Burundians proved more accurate in the shootout.There were many tense finishes in the other seven second legs with three settled by penalties, one by away goals and two by one-goal overall margins.It took the away-goal rule to decide the Congo derby in favour of Congo Brazzaville with Dimitri Bissiki scoring the lone goal a minute from time. The 1-0 victory squeezed the ‘Red Devils’ through after they lost the first leg 2-1 in the Democratic Republic of Congo three weeks ago.Mali were indebted to goalkeeper Soumalia Diakite after losing 1-0 to Guinea in Conakry, but advancing 3-2 on aggregate.He conceded a goal to Ibrahima Sory Camara just past the hour mark, but blocked a penalty from the same player soon after.Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe are well placed to move on after first-leg matches while the Cameroon-Gabon tie is finely balanced.Goals from Almiro Lobo, captain Dario Khan and Mario Sinamunda earned the Mozambicans an easier-than-expected 3-0 win over Namibia. The Namibians made their intentions clear by taking just one striker to Maputo, but conceded two goals within 10 second-half minutes.Angola await the winners in a final-round qualifier having eliminated Swaziland during June with 1-0 home and away victories.Zimbabwe coach Ian Gorowa could not have wished for a happier debut as his side triumphed 3-0 over Mauritius in rain-lashed Curepipe.Nelson Maziwisa bagged a brace and Milton Ncube one goal to virtually ensure the ‘Warriors’ a second-round slot.They are likely to face Zambia for a place in South Africa after their northern neighbours forced a 1-1 away to Botswana. Cameroon returned to international football after Fifa lifted a ban by pipping Gabon 1-0 in Yaounde via a Jacques Haman penalty.last_img read more

SOCU investigation near completion

first_imgSole-sourced Demerara River bridge feasibility studyThe Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) is close to wrapping up its investigations into the awarding of a sole-sourced contract for a feasibility study into constructing the new Demerara River bridge.The Public Procurement Commission had stated that the sole sourcing of the contract for the new Demerara River bridge feasibility study was illegalThis is according to SOCU Head, Assistant Police Commissioner Sydney James, when contacted by Guyana Times. While he noted that investigations were in an advanced stage, he declined to give details on whether charges would be laid.“The investigation is almost completed. It’s an ongoing investigation, but it is being finalised. The report is being finalised,” James explained, although he would only say “shortly” when asked for a specific timeframe for completion.The contract in question was awarded to Dutch company LievenseCSO for a feasibility study into the new bridge. The Opposition had requested that the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) investigate the award of the $148 million sole-sourced contract.SOCU head, Assistant Police Commissioner Sydney JamesIn its report on the matter, the PPC had flagged Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson for requesting from Cabinet that the contract be sole-sourced, instead of being processed through the Procurement Board as the law says should be done.The PPC completed its investigation into the award of the contract for a feasibility study on a new Demerara River bridge, and handed its report over on August 7, 2018. The report noted that several companies had bid for the project to do the feasibility study and design for the new Demerara River bridge, and 12 companies had been shortlisted.The report had added that only two of the 12 companies had made proposals. As such, the bidding process was annulled. It added that on November 12, 2016, the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) approved the move for the project to be re-tendered. The project was not re-tendered; instead, Dutch company LievenseCSO was engaged by the Public Infrastructure Ministry to do the work.Page seven of the report noted that the bid from LievenseCSO was “unsolicited”, but Patterson took the company’s proposal to Cabinet for approval, and Cabinet granted its approval for the company to be engaged. The report, on page seven, stated that monies to be spent on the project were taken from the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (Asphalt Plant Accounts).It was subsequently announced that SOCU would be investigating the matter. Patterson submitted a statement to the investigative unit in September of this year, although this was criticised as the Opposition said the same standard used on them should apply to the Government. Around that time, Opposition politicians were being questioned at SOCU headquarters over other matters.last_img read more

Women’s Tennis Defeats Azusa Pacific, 5-2

first_imgDrake continues its California trip Friday at Cal-State Fullerton at 3:30 p.m. CDT. PDF Box Score at Cal State Fullerton 3/22/2019 – 3:30 P.M. Drake clinched the doubles point with wins in the No. 2 and 3 matches. Then the Bulldogs won three-straight singles matches, the last coming by Williams in the No. 4 match, that secured the win. AZUSA, Calif. – The Drake University women’s tennis team defeated Azusa Pacific, 5-2, Thursday in the first of two-consecutive matches in California. Full Schedule Roster Drake (6-9) and Azusa Pacific (8-5) faced off one day later than scheduled as forecasted rain Wednesday in the area pushed the match back one day. Doubles competition1. Petushkova/Williams (DU) vs. Hinton/Wagner (AP) 4-4 (unfinished)2. Palumbo/Walczak (DU) def. Savchenko/Wong (AP) 6-33. Webb/Neville (DU) def. Ivankovic/Steward (AP) 6-2 Next Game: Drake 5 Azusa Pacific 2Singles competition1. Petushkova, Liza (DU) def. Hinton (AP) 6-3, 6-32. Savchenko (AP) def. Walczak (DU) 6-4, 6-33. Palumbo (DU) def. Wagner (AP) 6-1, 6-44. Williams (DU) def. Wong (AP) 6-4, 6-35. Rinker (AP) def. Neville (DU) 6-4, 7-56. Haleas (DU) def. Stewart (AP) 6-3, 6-2 Story Links Preview Match Notes:Drake 6-9Azusa Pacific 8-5; National ranking #9Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,3,4,6,2,5) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more