Bono continues strong play as team hopes for NCAA Tournament berth

first_imgAlex Bono’s jersey was filthy by the end of Saturday night.Between the slippery conditions and Notre Dame’s explosive offense, Bono spent a lot of time making diving saves and lunging for loose balls.Bono was met with 21 shots, the most the Syracuse goalkeeper has faced all season. Despite surrendering four goals, Bono kept Syracuse in the game late in the second half before Notre Dame went on a scoring surge to defeat the Orange 4-2.“Bono was fabulous,” SU defender Jordan Murrell said. “He keeps us firing. He made a few very good saves and kept us in it.”Head coach Ian McIntyre knew Notre Dame was a dominant offensive team coming into the game. After a sluggish first half for UND, McIntyre’s nightmares became a reality when the Irish attempted 12 shots in the second half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBono was up for the challenge, though. Notre Dame’s Max Lachowecki fired a laser toward the net in the 75th minute. The score was 2-2 at the time and it looked as if the Irish would take a 3-2 advantage.But Bono reacted instantaneously, lunging toward his right to punch the ball over the goal. Just a few minutes later, UND’s Patrick Hodan sent a finesse ball skirting through the box. Rather than sit back and wait for the shot, Bono pounced on the ball with authority right before it reached Kyle Richard’s foot.Ted Cribley was disappointed his team allowed four second-half goals. The senior captain said he was at a loss for words after the game, yet he said the loss was not Bono’s fault.“I think we had four defensive slips,” Cribley said. “They finished very well. We weren’t quite good enough in the second half.”Cribley said Syracuse did exactly what it wanted to in the first half, but Notre Dame snatched the momentum. Rather than panicking and frantically trying to score, UND remained calm. The Fighting Irish patiently and methodically tacked on goal after goal, until eventually the deficit was insurmountable for SU.“A lot of times teams will bomb the ball forward and hope that they’ll get a goal and get back in the game,” Cribley said. “They stuck with their game plan, so you take your hats off to them.”That impeccable execution made the night a very active one for Bono, who made four saves in the second half.“When you go to the Big East, the margin from the first to the fifth team in the conference is that slim,” Bono said. “When you bring Notre Dame in here and their RPI is 1 and they’re a top-10 team, you have to expect they’re going to be one of the best teams you’ve played all season.”As Notre Dame scored goal after goal, Bono’s temperament didn’t waver. He remained composed, despite the bright lights and the pressure of playing in his first Big East tournament game.“If you look back and you see your keeper and he’s down, everyone else gets down,” Bono said. “So you’ve got to try and stay composed and stay positive for the sake of the team, even though it’s very frustrating.”McIntyre said Bono responded well, despite conceding the four goals. He said his team got slightly too confident and complacent after taking a 2-0 lead, and said the game unraveled a little bit after Notre Dame scored its third goal.He hopes Syracuse can continue to host postseason games in the future, and that Saturday night’s game was yet another step in the pursuit of consistently generating high-intensity, exhilarating games at SU Soccer Stadium.“That was a national tournament-caliber game,” McIntyre said. “When you’re taking on a team as talented as Notre Dame, perhaps we were a little bit naive. These are the exciting games. This is why we do what we do.”Playing in his first postseason game as a freshman, Bono hopes there are many more primetime games to come in his three remaining years at Syracuse. He also hopes there’s more in store for the Orange this season, as the team has to wait until Nov. 12 to see if it will earn an NCAA bid.“It was awesome,” Bono said. “To be a part of the history was awesome. It would have been better to win. At the end of the day we have to look to ourselves for that one.” Comments Published on November 6, 2012 at 2:38 am Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Singles play powers Wisconsin in Iowa victory

first_imgA familiar story for the Wisconsin men’s tennis team (12-11, 4-7), this season has been to dig out the all-important doubles point but fail to win enough singles matches to earn a team victory. In Friday’s contest with the Iowa Hawkeyes (1-20, 0-10), however, the Badgers were powered by junior captain Billy Bertha and sophomore Rod Carey to seize four of six singles matches to clinch a 5-2 win.After sealing the doubles point with partner sophomore Fredrik Ask, Bertha worked quickly to earn his seventh singles victory on the season, 6-1, 6-0. The captain dominated his match with a powerful first serve, dropping only a single game and finishing first.Bertha was relentless in his pursuit of a win, putting his team on top early.“The kid was missing a lot, so it was easy to get a rhythm, and once I hopped on him pretty quick, he went away,” Bertha said.Consistently playing at No. 4 and 5 throughout the season, Bertha has adopted the No. 6 position as a comfortable homebase since returning from a back injury. He has won three consecutive matches at the final singles spot.Bertha was winless in Big Ten singles play prior to the injury, but performing well lower in the lineup has helped him gain momentum in the final portion of the season.“It’s been good to get a little confidence,” Bertha said. “(I’m) playing better now, and hopefully I’ll keep improving and keep winning out the rest of the matches.”Carey has conversely been climbing higher in the singles lineup, winning 6-2, 7-5 at the No. 2 position. The Bahamas native has won his last two matches at that spot, after being catapulted up the lineup from his previous No. 5 station. Carey displayed striking mental toughness in the second set by rebounding from a difficult stretch where he surrendered four consecutive games after leading 4-1. Carey stopped the bleeding by holding his own serve and breaking his opponent’s, winning the final three games of the match.Although he demonstrated a subpar effort in his doubles loss, Carey was able to bounce back by jumping to an early lead in his singles contest.“I think I had a good start; I started off pretty confidently,” Carey said. “I think I did a good job of just getting it going early in the singles, and I think that helped a lot.”Head coach Greg Van Emburgh has been pleased with the way his lineup has evolved over the course of the season. He was forced to tinker with the lineup due to Bertha’s injury and has given other players opportunities to improve their standing in singles.One player who has taken advantage of his playing time is freshman Quinton Vega. Despite a tough three-set loss at No. 3, Vega has sustained significant improvement since making his move to the third singles spot, in which he owns an even 2-2 record. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native was not able to practice or train in the fall season because of lack of certification but lately has shown his ability as an upper-echelon singles player.“Q’s done a great job,” Van Emburgh said. “He’s really starting to play great tennis, he’s really composed, he’s getting mentally tough out there and every time that he’s out there you know he’s going to fight the fight.”Although the conference season has not been as successful as they would have hoped, the Badgers are looking to pounce on any potential opponent they may face in the Big Ten tournament. The recent conference wins could help boost the team’s confidence.Van Emburgh likes the potential of the current lineup from top to bottom in the upcoming conference tournament.“I think the lower part of the lineup right now is really solid for us,” Van Emburgh said. “We’ve got some high-level potential guys up top of the lineup that really could play with the top players in the conference.”last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard’s first career triple-double propels Clippers past Heat

first_imgWaiters, who had been suspended three times for various issues since October and embarrassed himself and the organization when he ingested at least one cannabis-infused edible and needed medical attention when the team charter plane wrapped up a Phoenix-to-L.A. flight in November, played 18 minutes and scored 14 points.“We need everybody and inevitably during a long NBA season you need everybody to contribute,” Spoelstra said. “It’s not always necessarily going to be on your terms.”TIP-INSLeonard now has a career-best streak of seven 30-point games. World B. Free and Bob McAdoo have the Clippers’ record with 11 such consecutive games. Leonard also had six assists in the first half, tying his career-high for a half. He had that many in a 24-minute span on three other occasions. … Patrick Patterson scored 12 for the Clippers. … Adebayo has played in 131 consecutive games, one shy of Grant Long for the fifth-longest streak in Heat franchise history and three away from matching Issac Austin’s fourth-best such streak. … Miami has now played all 29 other teams at least once this season. The Heat have finished the season series with Houston, Memphis, San Antonio and the Lakers. … Robinson has made multiple 3-pointers in 15 consecutive games, breaking his own team record set earlier this season.LINEUP ROULETTEBoth teams had new starting lineups. The Clippers used their 21st different one of the season, seven more than they used in the entire 2018-19 regular season. Miami used its sixth different lineup, with Nunn – who had started all 44 games before Friday – out for the first time.McGRUDER RETURNSIt was the first time Clippers guard Rodney McGruder played against the Heat, the team with whom he spent his first three NBA seasons. “It’s nice. It’s weird,” McGruder said of facing Miami and many of his friends. He was waived by the Heat late last season in a luxury-tax-related move and picked up by the Clippers – who signed him to a three-year deal this past summer. “He’ll have a lifetime recommendation from us. He earned it,” Spoelstra said.UP NEXTThe Clippers conclude the out-of-state portion of their trip against Orlando on Sunday at 3 p.m., then return home to play a “road game” against the Lakers on Tuesday night. Rivers lauded Leonard for patiently waiting out Miami’s trapping schemes.“It’s like he was a boxer,” Rivers said. “He just kind of took his time until he could throw punches.”Landry Shamet scored 22 points for the Clippers, going 6 for 12 from 3-point range while doling out six assists. Lou Williams had 16 points and seven assists, Montrezl Harrell added 15 points and 11 rebounds and JaMychal Green had 14 points on 6-or-7 shooting and 10 rebounds.Jimmy Butler led Miami with 20 points. Butler left midway through the fourth after appearing to turn his right ankle for the second time in the game, capping a night when he also got inadvertently popped in the eye during the first half.Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Herro scored 19 points each, Bam Adebayo had 18 and Duncan Robinson added 16 for Miami. The Heat fell to 20-2 at home – 0-2 against teams from Los Angeles. Their only other home loss was to the Lakers.“We’ve built a place where it’s hard to win here and if you’re going to win here you’ve got to do some extravagant things,” Adebayo said. “And they’ve got a player over there that actually did that tonight.”Leonard flirted with a triple-double on two other occasions this season, missing it by two rebounds on Oct. 26 at Phoenix and by one assist on Nov. 11 against Toronto.“I thought he already had one,” Rivers said.The Clippers were without Paul George (left hamstring) for the eighth consecutive game and Patrick Beverley (right groin) for the second straight game, though Beverley tried lobbying his way into the lineup.Miami was without two point guards – Kendrick Nunn missed the game with left Achilles soreness and Goran Dragic was out with a sore left calf, something that flared up after he got kicked in Wednesday night’s overtime win against Washington.So, down to 10 available players, Miami had no choice: Waiters played for the first time this season.Related Articles “We had to grind it out. We need that adversity… You gotta be able to come together in those moments and find a way to win when things aren’t going well.”Landry Shamet talks with @jaimemaggio after tonight’s win in Miami!#ClipperNation • @LAClippers pic.twitter.com/jaBz7jMUqx— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) January 25, 2020 Leonard actually got the triple-double twice. He had it in the third quarter, briefly: What was originally his 10th rebound was taken away after the stat crew gave one play a closer review. He then got it for real on a rebound with 3:55 remaining.Clippers coach Doc Rivers was given the game ball in the locker room afterward, then dribbled it once before flipping it to Leonard as a keepsake. Leonard raised it over his head, then smiled as teammates applauded.“It’s because of y’all,” Leonard told teammates. “Y’all made shots. So that’s all a triple-double is.”And even with his big night, the Clippers – who dug their way out of a 15-point early hole and finished the third quarter on a 15-0 run to take control – had to hang on in the final moments.Miami was down by 18 with 8:34 left, then went on a 24-9 run and got within three on a 3-pointer by Dion Waiters with 34 seconds remaining. But they got no closer, and Leonard sealed it by going 4 for 4 from the foul line in the final moments. Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Make it 6️⃣ threes on the night for @landryshamet! 🔥#ClipperNation • @LAClippers pic.twitter.com/L1QFZ0TzNk— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) January 25, 2020 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “That was a really quality win.”Coach Doc Rivers reflects on handing the Heat their 2nd loss at home this season.#ClipperNation • @LAClippers pic.twitter.com/xIZX6lcMGN— FOX Sports West (@FoxSportsWest) January 25, 2020center_img 🖐️ Kawhi 1st career triple-double 🖐️Kawhi Leonard (33 PTS, 10 REB, 10 AST) scores 30+ PTS for the 7th consecutive game and the @LAClippers win in Miami! #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/qrW1PABgpM— NBA (@NBA) January 25, 2020 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime PreviousMiami Heat guard Dion Waiters (11) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) and forward Montrezl Harrell (5) defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. The Clippers won 122-117. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Clippers forward JaMychal Green dunks over Heat forward Kelly Olynyk, left, during the first half of Friday’s game in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers guard Jerome Robinson (1) loses control of the ball as Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters goes to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler, front, drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers guard Jerome Robinson defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the basket as Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo (13) dunks over Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet (20) and center Ivica Zubac (40) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) drives to the basket past Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) and forward Derrick Jones Jr. (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters (11) shoots as Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet (20) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, left, goes to the basket as Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) goes to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and guard Landry Shamet (20) defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) loses control of the ball against Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro, left, shoots over Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo (13) is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler falls to the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, center, reacts after being called for a technical foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters (11) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet (20) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) attempts a 3-pointer as Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. The Clippers won 122-117. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) scores in the closing seconds during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. The Clippers won 122-117. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo (13) dunks over Los Angeles Clippers guard Landry Shamet during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. The Clippers won 122-117. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) passes as Los Angeles Clippers forward Maurice Harkless (8) falls to the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. The Clippers won 122-117. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) is fouled by Miami Heat forward James Johnson during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. The Clippers won 122-117. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk (9) drives to he basket as Los Angeles Clippers forward Maurice Harkless (8) defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. The Clippers won 122-117. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters (11) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) and forward Montrezl Harrell (5) defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Miami. The Clippers won 122-117. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Clippers forward JaMychal Green dunks over Heat forward Kelly Olynyk, left, during the first half of Friday’s game in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)NextShow Caption1 of 26Clippers forward JaMychal Green dunks over Heat forward Kelly Olynyk, left, during the first half of Friday’s game in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)ExpandMIAMI — Kawhi Leonard has two NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVP awards, four All-Star selections and a string of other accolades.And now, one triple-double.Unbelievable as it sounds – and really, the Miami Heat could not believe it – Leonard got a triple-double for the first time Friday night. He scored 26 of his 33 points after halftime, finished with 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and carried the Clippers past the Heat 122-117.“What do you mean, first triple-double? Of his career? Wow,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That is a surprise. He’s as complete a player (as there is) in this league.”last_img read more

Shaq Helps Stranded Motorist in Gainesville

first_imgThe Diesel stopped to help a motorist who broke down along I-75 in Gainesville.The NBA legend, Shaquille O’Neal, reportedly has a house in north Florida.Shaq, who is a towering 7 feet tall, was spotted comforting the motorists while and waited for police to arrive.Shaq is also a police officer. He’s previously served as a reserve officer in Miami Beach and Golden Beach in Florida as well as in LA and Arizona.In 2018 in Los Angeles, Shaq pulled over to assist a man who had just been in a car wreck.last_img read more

Defending champ Rafael Nadal wins Rogers Cup opener

first_imgTop-seeded Rafael Nadal opened his Rogers Cup title defense Wednesday, beating England’s Daniel Evans 7-6 (6), 6-4 in a second-round match delayed by rain three times.After rain delays of six and 30 minutes, Nadal fought off two set points in the first-set tiebreaker. Play was stopped for 1 hour, 56 minutes with Nadal leading 2-0 in the second set.”All the matches are difficult here,” Nadal said. “It was a tough first set. Then in the second, I was able to take advantage at the beginning, but then he broke me back.”The 33-year-old Spanish star, a four-time Rogers Cup champion, will face Argentina’s Guido Pella in the third round. Pella beat Moldova’s Radu Albot 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (2).Second-seeded Dominic Thiem beat Canada’s Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Coming off a victory on clay at the Generali Open in his native Austria, Theim will face 14th-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia,Cilic topped Australia’s John Millman 6-3, 6-4.Felix Auger-Aliassime won an all-Canadian match when Milos Raonic retired because of a back injury. Auger-Aliassime won the first set 6-3, and Raonic took the second 6-3 before stopping play.Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz upset fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, France’s Richard Gasquet beat fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-7 (6), 6-2, 7-6 (4); France’s Adrian Mannarino, topped 11th-seeded Borna Coric of Croatia, 6-2, 6-1; ; and Cristian Garin of Chile knocked off 12th-seeded American John Isner 6-3, 6-4.Sixth-seeded Karen Khachanov of Russia edged Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2; seventh-seeded Fabio Fognini beat American qualifier Tommy Paul 7-6 (3), 6-3; eighth-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia topped Kyle Edmund of Britain 6-3, 6-0; and 10th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain edged Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-2, 7-5.advertisementlast_img read more