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Syracuse tops Clemson 84-75, to open conference slate

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ In the conference opener for both teams, No. 14 Syracuse (12-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) defeated Clemson (9-5, 0-1), 84-75, on Thursday night at Littlejohn Coliseum. After trailing by as many as 19 in the fourth quarter, Clemson cut SU’s lead to three points before the Orange pulled away late.Syracuse tied its season-high with 16 3-pointers and relied on the deep ball to close out the Tigers, who converted just one shot behind the arc. Five triples by Miranda Drummond helped her pace the Orange with a team-high 23 points, while a season-high seven 3s by Gabrielle Cooper fueled her to 22 points of her own.Cooper’s rapid 3s served as another signifier of her marked improvement from deep. As a freshman, the Lansing, Illinois native shot 28.4 percent from behind the arc. Last year, her rate jumped to 34.3. This season, Cooper’s leading the team with a blistering 42.7 percent mark.“I knew she had a chance to get better every year,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “Because she’s a kid that takes advantage of her opportunities, shoots the ball.”Cooper got the Orange going, nailing two 3-pointers off passes by Tiana Mangakahia in the first minute of the game. The Tigers’ offense soon got their feet underneath them though, reeling off 12 points in the ensuing two minutes to just two for SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter four misses in a row, Syracuse turned to Drummond for offense. First, the redshirt senior converted a four-point play from the left corner to tie the game at 12. On the next trip down the floor, Drummond hit another triple, this time to push the Orange ahead.The second half of the quarter saw both teams lose their touch from the floor. It took nearly four minutes before a field goal was made, by Clemson’s Simone Westbrook. Cooper responded with the last bucket of the period, a 3-pointer that gave Syracuse a 20-16 lead.“(Cooper) has to do a lot for us on the court,” Hillsman said. “Rebounding the ball, handling the ball. We just need her to continue to do what she does well – catch and shoot and take open shots.”The Orange implemented its full-court press and looked to score more in the paint in the second quarter. After failing to record a point in the area in the first, SU finally tallied two on a layup by Amaya Finklea-Guity 90 seconds into the second.Once Finklea-Guity broke the cold spell, Kiara Lewis began to attack the paint relentlessly. The Ohio State transfer went scoreless in the first quarter but kept the Orange offense afloat in the second, by scoring five straight points in just over a minute to push SU’s lead to eight.Both teams suffered another stretch in which they struggled from the field, as aside from one field goal each they simply traded free throws. The fouls allowed Clemson to slow Syracuse down and slightly chip away at its lead before Cooper caught fire from behind the arc again. Two consecutive 3-pointers gave SU a 41-29 lead with two minutes to go, and a Finklea-Guity layup with three seconds left pushed the advantage to 14 by halftime.“The way we shot the ball tonight,” Hillsman said, “they weren’t going to get any closer than they did. We just made open shots.”The Tigers opened the third quarter with two free throws but were promptly answered by Drummond’s fourth 3 of the game. Mangakahia responded to a Clemson layup with two triples, as she boosted the Syracuse lead to a game-high 19-points and prompted a Clemson timeout.Just as it looked like the Orange were poised to put the game away, however, the Tigers’ offense brought them back into the contest. Fueled by 11 free throws and improved ball security — they had just one turnover in the third period after losing 11 in the first half — Clemson finished the quarter on a 22-12 run, culminating in an and-1 layup by Westbrook that cut SU’s lead to seven. An off-balance floater by Isis Young beat the third quarter buzzer though, and the Orange went into the final period clinging to a 64-55 lead.“We just started fouling them,” Hillsman said as an explanation for the Tigers’ third-quarter run. “They shot 39 free throws tonight. That’s a ton. We need to do a better job of keeping them off the line.”Digna Strautmane’s jumper to begin the fourth gave Syracuse its double-digit advantage back, but it was brief. Scores by four different Tigers were offset only by Cooper’s sixth 3-pointer of the game as Clemson trimmed the SU lead to 69-62. The Tigers continued the pressure, cutting their deficit to five and then three, after another bucket by Westbrook.That was the closest Clemson would get the rest of the game, though, as Mangakahia answered on the other end with perhaps the biggest basket of the game. A 3-pointer of the dribble from the right wing gave Syracuse some breathing room and was followed by Cooper’s seventh 3-pointer of the night. The Tigers never again got within less than seven points and the Orange emerged with their first ACC win of the season.“In the ACC, toughest conference in the country, you gotta go on the road and win games,” Hillsman said. “We just made shots when they were needed to win the game.”Up next for Syracuse is another road ACC game, on Sunday against Virginia Tech. After winning 13 straight games to open their season, the Hokies dropped their ACC opener Thursday against Miami. Comments Published on January 3, 2019 at 10:14 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34last_img read more

‘Hardwork pays off’ – Kevin Prince Boateng reacts to Besiktas win

first_imgGhana international forward, Kevin Prince Boateng was on target for Turkish side Besiktas as they narrowly beat Kasimpasa 3-2 in their Turkish Super Lig encounter on Thursday.Kasimpasa’s Bengali-Fode Koita cancelled out Tyler Body’s opener for Besiktas, before adding his second to give his side the lead at the break.Besiktas equalized almost immediately after the restart through the former Barcelona man Boateng.Guven Yalcin scored a dramatic late winner for Besiktas to maintain their strong pursuit for European football next season.Boateng, after the game, posted on his official twitter handle, paying tribute to his teammates for the win.Hard work pays off 🦅 Great team win! #BJKvKAS @Besiktas #deligibiseverim ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/MzQHl44IzW— Kevin-Prince Boateng (@KPBofficial) July 9, 2020Besiktas are currently 4th on the Turkish Super Lig table, one point behind Sivasspor with just three games remaining.last_img read more

Week 17 NFL DFS Picks: Best value players, sleepers for FanDuel, DraftKings daily fantasy football lineups

first_imgIt’s already Week 17?! This year flew by, and if you’ve been checking out this column on a weekly basis, thanks for joining us along the ride. If you checked out last week’s DFS value advice, you were probably let down by Dwayne Haskins’ injury (he was balling out before getting carted off), but all three of our running backs met value and scored touchdowns (Phillip Lindsay, Adrian Peterson and Myles Gaskin). Tight end Kaden Smith, one of our tight end plays, caught the game-winning overtime touchdown in the Giants/Redskins game (and another earlier in that contest). Let’s get into this week’s options on DraftKings and FanDuel to find NFL DFS values for Week 17. But before we break down top Week 17 value plays, please note that the picks and analysis below are provided by the industry-leading DFS experts at RotoQL Find out why 100,000 DFS players trust RotoQL to build lineups. Optimize, find value plays, and increase your chances of cashing today!  WEEK 17 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerNFL DFS Picks Week 17: QB sleepers, valuesRobert Griffin III: Ravens vs. Steelers (DraftKings $5,100 | FanDuel $7,000)Since the Ravens clinched the No. 1 spot in the AFC (and a first-round bye), coach John Harbaugh already announced that Lamar Jackson (rest) will not play. That means Griffin will take his spot within the league’s most powerful offense (even without a few key starters). While we haven’t seen any of him during the regular season, he will most likely possess some of the dual-threat ability that Jackson brought to the table. While the Steelers are in must-win mode and have been a solid defensive unit (especially after acquiring Minkah Fitzpatrick), there’s a lot of upside in this spot based on his price tag.WEEK 17 DFS LINEUPS:DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! GPP | FD CashBrett Hundley: Cardinals at Rams (DraftKings $4,500 | FanDuel $7,000)After Kyler Murray (hamstring) left last week’s game against the Seahawks, Hundley stepped in and completed 4-of-9 passes for 49 yards and rushed the ball six times for 35 yards. At this price tag and clear dual-threat ability, there’s a lot to like, especially since it’s essentially a showcase to the rest of the NFL for Hundley, who will go up against a Rams defense that was just eliminated from playoff contention.Case Keenum: Redskins at Cowboys (DraftKings $4,500 | FanDuel $6,800)Although Hundley is the better option and will undoubtedly be chalky, Keenum is in a similar situation. After losing his starting role to Haskins, he saw playing time last week after the rookie went down with a high-ankle sprain. While the matchup is tougher than Hundley’s since the Cowboys are still in playoff contention, Keenum will be looking to show the rest of the NFL that he can still perform at a high level.MORE: Which players are sitting out Week 17?Week 17 DraftKings, FanDuel Picks: RB sleepers, valuesAdrian Peterson: Redskins at Cowboys (DraftKings $4,900 | FanDuel $6,300)Not only did Peterson pass Walter Payton for fourth all-time on the career touchdown list, but he’s scored a touchdown in four consecutive weeks. He’s still seeing a solid workload, and there’s no reason to expect that to subside as Washington will be looking to spoil Dallas’ playoff hopes.Damien Williams: Chiefs vs. Chargers (DraftKings $4,700 | FanDuel $6,400)Williams led the Chiefs backfield in Week 16 and rushed 16 times for 65 yards. He added 27 more yards on three receptions (with a touchdown). LeSean McCoy was inactive for that contest, but Williams’ involvement might be indicative of how Andy Reid will utilize his stable of backs heading into the playoffs. If that’s the case, expect a similar allotment of touches for Williams this week at what would be a major discount.De’Lance Turner: Dolphins at Patriots (DraftKings $3,300 | FanDuel $4,500)This is a deep sleeper (obviously). Since Myles Gaskin (ankle) left last game, Turner stepped in and received four carries for six yards. Although that’s not exactly encouraging, the second-year back out of Alcorn State played in four games for the Ravens last season and could be worth a look in Week 17, especially since the Dolphins have most likely moved past the idea of including Patrick Laird in their long-term plans.FanDuel, DraftKings Picks Week 17: WR sleepers, valuesJuJu Smith-Schuster: Steelers at Ravens (DraftKings $5,500 | FanDuel $5,900)After posting another dud (two catches for 22 yards) last week, no one is going to be on the Steelers’ No. 1 wideout, especially against the Ravens and with Duck Hodges throwing him the ball. However, with their playoff hopes still alive, Pittsburgh needs a big game from him. As seen in the past, JuJu has slate-breaking potential based on his overall talent. Hunter Renfrow: Raiders at Broncos (DraftKings $4,500 | FanDuel $6,000)Renfrow is coming off of the best game of his rookie season in which he grabbed seven passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. The most encouraging sign of that output was that he played just 46% of the snaps. It wouldn’t be a shock for that number to climb drastically this week, and if it does, he could have a repeat performance.Alex Erickson: Bengals vs. Browns (DraftKings $3,600 | FanDuel $5,100)Last week, due to the injuries at his position, Erickson received nine targets and caught six of them for 55 yards. At this price tag, sign me up!WEEK 17 PPR RANKINGS:Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 17 NFL DFS Picks: TE sleepers, valuesKaden Smith: Giants vs. Eagles (DraftKings $3,700 | FanDuel $5,300)Smith caught two touchdowns and turned his eight targets into six catches and 35 yards in last week’s overtime victory against the Redskins. As noted last week, his production with Daniel Jones under center has been clear due to the chemistry between the two, and he’ll be in another solid spot to produce against Philly’s exploitable defense.Tyler Eifert: Bengals vs. Browns (DraftKings $3,400 | FanDuel $4,700)Eifert caught a heroic touchdown as time expired in regulation in his last game against the Dolphins, but more importantly, he looks healthy. He should be targeted by Dalton due to the injuries at Cincinnati’s receiver position. BetQL, RotoQL’s sister product, simplifies the research process for sports bettors by equipping them with real-time line movements, value bets of the day and meaningful team trends. Check it out here!Week 17 NFL DFS values: D/ST sleepersArizona D/ST: Cardinals at Rams (DraftKings $2,400 | FanDuel $3,400) Since there’s so much variability when it comes to selecting defenses, why not take a shot on the Cardinals defense against a Rams offense that was just eliminated from playoff contention? Arizona showed up against Russell Wilson and company last week.Pittsburgh D/ST: Steelers at Ravens (DraftKings $3,000 | FanDuel $3,500)As noted above, Robert Griffin III is starting for Lamar Jackson, and key starters will be sitting out against the Steelers. Since Pittsburgh is in must-win mode to keep their playoff hopes alive, their defense becomes a strong option due to their ability to force sacks and turnovers.last_img read more