The Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles defeated The South Dearborn Lady Knights 56-42 in Girls Varsity Basketball action.Submitted by JCD Coach Scott Smith.
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Gareth Southgate’s side breezed through qualifying, dropping just two points and conceding two goals in 10 matches. However, the national side have managed just one runners-up spot (in 2009) since last winning the tournament in 1984 but Stones is determined to change that. Press Association Everton defender John Stones believes England’s Under-21s have a real chance of ending years of disappointment by winning this summer’s European Championship. “I am gaining a lot of experience and that is massive and as a person and a player I have matured a lot, especially this season. “We are always trying to better ourselves. We said that last season and I know we’ve not lived up to that this season but we will work hard, come back and hopefully do well.” Stones is the prime example of how youth can flourish under Roberto Martinez but the defender is not the only one to have benefited from the Spaniard’s approach. Highly-rated 19-year-old Brendan Galloway made his first-team debut last weekend at West Ham while Luke Garbutt, who joined Stones in England’s Under-21 squad when it was named on Wednesday, has also had a breakthrough campaign with 10 appearances. Garbutt, 21 today, is out of contract this summer but Stones believes there is no better place for him to continue his development. “It is down to him (whether he signs a new contract),” he told Press Association Sport. “When he has come into the team he has done really well and taken his chance and that is what you have to do as a player. “I know he will come away with us with England Under-21s and look to put his stamp there as Luke Shaw is not going (Manchester United’s left-back is not fit). “He will relish the chance to play, especially in tournament football, and hopefully bring that back to us next season. “The gaffer gives us that chance and Luke knows that. He has a sensible head on his shoulders and knows what to do and I am sure this summer is going to help him out massively.” Captain Phil Jagielka, who picked up a clean sweep of first-team awards with player of the year, players’ player and goal of the season, also praised Martinez’s approach to blooding more youngsters. “We have a good bunch of lads (aged) 24 and down,” he said. “We had 14 players who could have potentially won young player of the year and that is due to the fact a lot of the boys played against Krasnodar in the Europa League. “It is nice to see the manager does expect a large chunk of his young lads to progress to the first team and it is nice Tyias (Browning) and Brendan have come through this season after Stonesy and Luke. “It is important for a club like Everton that we bring people through in a regular basis.” “With the players we have it is going to be an exciting tournament and we will go into it looking to win it,” he said. “Without getting ahead of ourselves we have to be positive and do that for the nation. “There has been a lot of disappointment in recent years of this competition and hopefully we can rectify it this year.” Stones’ outstanding season for Everton, despite sitting out a large chunk of the campaign after surgery on an ankle injury, earned him the club’s young player of the year award and has already led to him being linked with bigger Premier League teams. The 20-year-old is keen to build on a promising two years since his £3million move from Barnsley. “I’ve enjoyed it as I’ve played a lot of games and the more the better, even though I know it has not been the best season,” he added. “I can take a lot from the ups and downs and the way we turned it around. “Being out for three months with an injury you realise how much everything means to you.
Published on May 21, 2017 at 2:32 pm Contact Charlie: firstname.lastname@example.org | @charliedisturco NEWARK, Del. — An early Towson run sank Syracuse into a hole it was unable to dig out of, in part due to the Tigers’ third-ranked defense and seven man-up opportunities. The No. 2 Orange (13-3, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) never led in an eventual 10-7 loss to No. 11 Towson (12-4, 4-1 Colonial Athletic) in the NCAA quarterfinals at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Delaware, on Sunday afternoon. This marks the first graduating class without a Final Four appearance since John Desko was a player back in 1979.Here are the superlatives from the quarterfinals loss:The Big Moment: First quarter scrumFresh off a Jordan Evans turnover, Towson looked to push transition. Evans came from behind the Towson defender while Sergio Salcido came cutting from the middle of the field. A slash sent Towson’s defender diving off to the sidelines and a yellow flag high in the air. After the play, a scrum ensued. With tensions high and Towson up an early 3-0, the double man-up opportunity cued another Tigers goal. Over the next four minutes, Towson found the back of the net two more times, a lead that Syracuse would never come back from.Stud: Joe SeiderAdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe senior attack dominated the Syracuse defense in the first half. Seider often stood near the top of the offense, waiting for his opportunity to draw a slide or dodge for an open shot. The bullets that came from his stick often found nylon past goalie Evan Molloy, including twice on man-up opportunities.Dud: Syracuse’s man-up gameThe nation’s second best man-up unit had no answers for Towson’s defense. Four separate occasions the Orange drew a man-up, and every time, Towson took possession and waited the penalties out. An area where Syracuse has thrived all season became a nightmare. The group that SU needed to deliver couldn’t string anything together.Highlight: Nate Solomon’s behind-the-back goalAfter a quick faceoff win, redshirt freshman attack Stephen Rehfuss took possession, running out from aside the net. He turned and found Nate Solomon. With his back to the goal, Solomon quickly released a behind-the-back shot over the right shoulder of goalie Matt Hoy. The goal pulled SU within five and contributed toward a late Orange push that would fall just short. Solomon finished with four goals, the only Orange player with more than one goal.Lowlight: Towson’s 6-0 run in first quarterFor the first time since March of 2015, Syracuse was held scoreless for the entire first quarter. Towson’s packed-in defense limited off-ball movement near the crease and SU was left to create open shots from farther out. Pair the limited opportunities with four penalties and Towson took advantage. Fifteen minutes later, Towson held onto a sturdy six-goal lead and left Syracuse scrambling for answers. With just under a minute left in the game, Syracuse finally scored its seventh goal — just barely edging Towson’s first-quarter total. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Now comes Kobe Bryant, whose splendor is matched only by a competitive fire fueled by liquid hydrogen. He thinks he can beat Father Time.He thinks he can go out on his terms, write the ending he pleases.Father Times just laughs.Two years ago he leveled Kobe with an Achilles tendon injury. Then he stuck him with a knee injury last year.A defiant Bryant returned for round three, only to be stung by a sharp jab Wednesday in the form of a torn rotator cuff injury. Kobe is home in Los Angeles undergoing further evaluation, but it won’t be long before he learns if the latest punch will prematurely end this year in the same manner the last two were.Three straight years. Three significant injuries.While we shake our heads sadly, Father Time smiles devilishly and gestures Bryant back for more.As stubborn as Kobe is, he’ll likely take him up on the challenge. Maybe even this year, if the injury isn’t deemed season-ending. Although with the Lakers hoping to hold onto their protected top-five draft pick, it’s feasible the injury will be the convenient excuse they use to shut Kobe down. But what about next year, the 20th season of Bryant’s brilliant career and very likely his last?Bryant is bullheaded enough to believe he can choreograph the ending he wants, so chances are he’ll be back.His career, his decision.And with $25 million dollars awaiting him, there are compelling financial reasons luring Kobe back.I just wish someone had the guts to throw in the towel on his behalf.Or at least convince him to seriously consider bowing out.And spare him the same fate so many other great athletes met by sticking around too long.Now, before it’s too late and the images of a beaten-down Kobe become more prevalent than the majestic one.Selfishly, I want to remember the Kobe who dominated his era by winning five NBA titles and pulling the Lakers within one banner of catching the hated Boston Celtics.Not an aging superstar limping around, a shell of his former self. One unable to withstand the rigors of an NBA season and whose fractured body prevents him from practicing or playing a full schedule or accompanying his team on some road trips.Or worse, one who is susceptible to another major injury.And for what?To collect a paycheck?To help the Lakers win 30 games rather than 25?It would be one thing if Kobe were putting himself through this torture if a significant payoff was possible.But the Lakers are going nowhere this year. And while next season might be a step in the right direction, it certainly won’t deliver Bryant to the bright lights he once thrived under.Bryant deserves the big stages of Broadway. The Lakers right now are nothing more than the Cabrillo Playhouse.In other words, what is the point?With the playoffs a slim hope and championship contention nothing more than a pipe dream, there is literally nothing meaningful for which to play.In fact, the chances of Kobe suffering another major injury seem greater than him ever playing another significant game.Aside from money, there are no other compelling reasons for Kobe to continually put his body through the kind of hell it’s endured the last three years.No one would blame him if he simply retired.Privately, the Lakers might welcome it. They would get salary cap relief and be able to begin their rebuilding process in earnest.But he probably won’t.Kobe is defiant like that.He’s never met the challenge he couldn’t conquer, and he’s just stubborn enough to think he can actually win this one.Meanwhile, Father Time grins diabolically. He’s undefeated in these fights. He’s the All-Time champ. Point is, there isn’t an athlete ever that shared the same ally as Father Time and emerged victorious. And there isn’t a Hall of Fame anywhere big enough to house his victims.• Related: Bryant diagnosed with torn rotator cuff in right shoulder• Related: Ellington to have bigger role with Kobe out• Blog: Get the latest information on Inside Lakers blogWillie Mays, Muhammad Ali, Joe Namath and Brett Favre are just a few of the greats who learned the hard way Father Time is not to be messed with. Sometime soon, perhaps even the next day or so, Kobe Bryant will learn whether the same devious hands that ended his 17th and 18th NBA seasons will derail his 19th.The culprit goes by the name of season-ending injury, but he’s just an underboss to a most ruthless, unforgiving gangster.You know him as Father Time, and he takes a cruel kind of pleasure in stripping away the strength and stamina and magnificence of athletes who once took our breaths away.The erosion sometimes comes suddenly. In some cases it unfolds slowly and painfully and sadly. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
A woman who allegedly left her Chihuahua unattended was charged after the dog attacked and bit a child.Alvaveen Alberts denied that on November 16, 2017 at Wortmanville, Georgetown, she failed to restrain her Chihuahua, which attacked the child.However, in her defence, Alberts told Magistrate Leron Daly, before whom she appeared that the boy was in the habit of teasing the dog which caused it to bite him.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh told Magistrate Daly that the excuse given by the defendant was not valid.He asked that bail in a substantial sum be imposed in order for Alberts to take better care in the future.Bail was granted in the sum of $30,000. The defendant is expected to return to court today.