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Johannes Pieles could be the spark Syracuse needs on offense

first_img Published on November 16, 2016 at 12:18 am Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ In his first weekend of college soccer, Johannes Pieles tallied an assist, a multi-score game and a game-winner in double overtime. Then he notched another game-winner against Hofstra and helped break a scoreless first half with a nifty pass against No. 15 Boston College.Pieles had accounted for half of Syracuse’s goals three games into the year.“When he came over people were thinking like, who’s this guy?” senior midfielder Oyvind Alseth said.That soon changed for Pieles, who hails from a small town outside of Munich, Germany. The 6-foot-1, 173-pound freshman forward had been one of Syracuse’s most dangerous threats. But for the second half of the year — until SU’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament game at Clemson — he had been scrapped from the starting lineup.Back at starting forward, Pieles could bolster Syracuse’s (11-3-4, 3-2-3 Atlantic Coast) offense like he did early in the season, when he earned the starting job over redshirt junior Kenny Lassiter. The Orange begins the NCAA tournament Sunday at 2 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium against either Dartmouth or St. Francis Brooklyn.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPieles’ unpredictability and fearlessness made him invaluable for Syracuse early on. His impact had been at the center of an SU unit off to its best start in program history. He started in all but one of the Orange’s first 12 games.He would often call for the ball in or around the 18-yard box. He’d receive it and either glide it to open teammates or look for an open space to dribble. But Pieles’ style of play also made him more likely to make mistakes, part of why he lost his starting spot after SU’s loss at Louisville last month.Playing up front, Pieles has conceded some balls and missed defensive assignments and missed wide on shots. Pieles hasn’t scored on his last 22 tries and hasn’t recorded a point since Sept. 16. SU defender Mo Adams, pointed to the ACC’s defenses as to why Pieles’ production slowed.“The first few games he didn’t know what to expect,” Adams said.Pieles earned a start at Clemson, though, after he and Kyle Gurrieri, who’s played in each of SU’s last three games, stayed in the gym for extra sessions. McIntyre rewarded Gurrieri with the opportunity to travel with the team and Pieles with the start. At Clemson, Pieles just missed a shot on goal that could have won the game.The play mirrored the maturity and skill Pieles showed from the first week, when he anticipated a fast-break opportunity after Liam Callahan found a ball near midfield. Pieles broke toward the 18-yard box while Callahan passed it to Kenny Lassiter. Lassiter hit Pieles in stride, leading to a two-man game.Pieles split the middle before rifling a scorcher back to Lassiter in the box. It was an advanced play for the freshman, who had sensed the break several passes earlier. Despite his hiccups, Pieles’ nine points places third on the team and his 35 shots are second only to senior forward Chris Nanco’s 51.“Well, anytime somebody scores a couple of goals and gets the game winner in overtime, that’s not a bad way to start your opening weekend at Syracuse,” head coach Ian McIntyre said. “And he’s still finding his feet. He’ll get sharper. He’ll get better.” Commentslast_img read more

Lakers enthusiastic about Rajon Rondo possibly returning Thursday

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAfter Monday night’s 130-111 loss to the Golden State Warriors, Coach Luke Walton tacked on some hopeful news: He believes Rondo (8.4 ppg, 6.7 apg, 4.4 rpg), with full-contact reps in the past few days, will be able to play Thursday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.That would be a significant relief to a Lakers team already without four-time league MVP LeBron James (strained left groin) and second-year point guard Lonzo Ball (sprained left ankle), two of the top three playmakers on the squad. Playing just 14 games, Rondo has missed the most time due to injury (and suspension) of anyone on the Lakers this season, but his voice and leadership have often been cited as among the most important on the roster.His return would help shuffle key teammates back to their natural positions, most notably limiting point-guard duties for Brandon Ingram, and give a dose of poise to a team sorely in need of veteran direction.“It gives us a leader, a leader on the basketball floor,” Ingram said. “Puts us in our spots on the offensive end. Pushes the pace, he can score the basketball. And it just makes our team better.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.If Rondo is cleared, he’d likely start at point guard – a job he lost at the beginning of the season. The 32-year-old was the starting point guard in the season-opening lineup, in part to give Ball time to acclimate from an offseason knee injury. But after serving a three-game suspension after a brawl with Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets, he was usurped as a starter by Ball, who the team drafted No. 2 overall in 2017.From there, Rondo’s season has been tossed asunder by two injuries that required surgery, both involving his right hand. He missed 17 games for a fracture suffered in November and has now missed 14 games with his sprained right ring finger. Even during his time out of the lineup, he’s been a strong presence in the film room and on the bench, described as possessing a tactical mindset similar to a coach.With Ball out for the next four to six weeks, the Lakers are as ready as ever to bring that energy onto the floor.“When he’s on the court, he’s a natural born leader,” Kyle Kuzma said. “He’s a guy that we look to because of all his experience and his credibility throughout his entire career. So whenever he’s on the court, it’s always a good thing for not only the team, but the young guys as well because we look up to him.”The larger question of when James will return is still unknown. The Lakers did not hold an official practice Tuesday, and Walton said he was “less confident” about the possibility the 34-year-old could come back Thursday than Rondo. While James was cleared to participate in some practice drills, Walton has not seen James yet participate in a full-contact scenario.ZUBAC EARNS MORE MINUTESFrom the three-headed center rotation, a new leading man has emerged.Ivica Zubac has scored at least 17 points in his past three games, including a career-high 26 points in an overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. As a consequence, the Croatian 7-footer has played at least 20 minutes in each contest.While Tyson Chandler has started the past four games and JaVale McGee is understood to still be working on getting over pneumonia that plagued him in December, ,Zubac’s coming out as an offensive force has gotten him a nod from Walton and an acknowledgment that he’ll play more in the near future.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — Last week as the Lakers prepared to take on Oklahoma City, Moe Wagner and Svi Mykhailiuk found themselves on their heels against a near-unstoppable opponent.Rajon Rondo, still with a wrap around his right middle and ring fingers, was destroying them in a two-on-two scrimmage with Ivica Zubac, running a devastating pick-and-roll.“C’mon, guard him!” Wagner shouted at Mykhailiuk after Rondo had passed for a Zubac dunk. “He’s only got one (expletive) hand!”In the event the veteran point guard can play with both his hands this week, the Lakers (25-23) hope he’ll inject some of that energy into their own sputtering attack. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions “He’s earned a bigger role. He’s earned bigger minutes,” Walton said. “For a team that struggles to knock down free throws most nights, he’s earned the right to be in at the end of games just by the way he shoots free throws. But, yeah, he’s doing all the little things better right now. He’s setting screens more consistently. He’s talking coverages out.”Aside from shooting 68 percent from the floor in January and making his last 13 free throws (a nearly 90 percent free-throw shooter this season), Zubac showed some of his defensive prowess Monday night by guarding DeMarcus Cousins. The All-Star center was just 2 for 9 from the field in the game.“That’s one of my weaknesses,” Zubac said. “I’m working, Tyson helped me a lot on that, and I think I did pretty good.”center_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed last_img read more

Let’s wear red to work this Friday…

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — With a new era about to be ushered in for Crusader football, Sumner Newscow is encouraging everyone this Friday to wear red to work if you live in Wellington or even if you are working elsewhere to show our support for the Crusaders.This was a tradition that started in the late 1990s, but has kind of lost its luster over recent years. Time to bring it back in a big way. Wear a red shirt this Friday! Bosses let your employees wear red to work!Wellington hosts Clearwater Friday night at Sellers Park at 7 p.m.Now if someone could just build a new football sign like the late and great Roger Stallbaumer Sr. used to put up in his front yard in downtown Wellington during game day, then we would really be set.Go Dukes! Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Pacers’ Victor Oladipo now considering playing in NBA’s restart

first_imgThe first of Indiana’s eight seeding games before the playoffs is Aug. 1 against the 76ers. The Pacers are fifth in the Eastern Conference at 39-26, and if Oladipo decides to play when the season resumes, then he would be the second starter to return to the team. Malcolm Brogdon deemed himself healthy following a hip injury he suffered March 4, as well as being cleared of the coronavirus. “I know what I’m capable of,” Oladipo said. “I know what standard I have to get to. I know how my body needs to feel in order to perform at the level that I’m capable of performing.” ”It was hard for me to assess where I was,” Oladipo said on a conference call. ”But being able to come down here and practice with my guys at a high level, I think there’s a strong possibility that I might play. I want to be smart because I want to play the next 10 years.” MORE: Injury updates | Player opt-outs Oladipo is working his way back from a ruptured quadriceps tendon suffered in January 2019, which sidelined him for 12 months.He returned last January and appeared in just 13 games, averaging 13.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting a career-worst 39.1 percent before the season was halted by the coronavirus pandemic. Citing his injury history, Oladipo announced July 3 that he was opting out of the remainder of the season.Last week, however, he informed the Pacers he would join the team in the bubble at Walt Disney World outside Orlando and practice with the team, but not play.That plan appears to be changing.”I was always going to come down here and test it out,” he said. ”When I made my decision, I wasn’t able to play five-on-five, wasn’t able to get up and down the floor and wasn’t able to do things at a high level, so I didn’t think I would be able to play.”But after coming down here and working with the guys, rebounding, running and jumping, I’m trending in a positive direction. So hopefully when it’s time to play, I can play.”  Less than two weeks ago, Pacers All-Star guard Victor Oladipo said he would sit out the NBA’s restart to rehab his surgically repaired right knee. On Wednesday, he said he may be changing his mind after practicing with his teammates in Florida. last_img read more

Despite NCAA finals loss, CJ Perez still a winner with baby on the way

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Perez, whose one-game suspension cost him a place in the Mythical and All-Defensive Team before getting swept by San Beda in the NCAA Finals for the second straight year, is reportedly expecting a baby girl with his partner Sienna Catacutan due to give birth at the end of the month.The 24-year-old Perez, Lyceum’s unquestioned leader, had another stellar season where he carried the Pirates back to the championship round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut now, he’s even more ready to take on a bigger responsibility of being a father.“Having a baby is not just a big responsibility, it’s also a blessing. If only we had won then, I would be having two trophies,” Perez told Danine Cruz of ABS-CBN Sports in Filipino after the Red Lions racked up their 11th men’s basketball title in 13 years following a 71-56 rout of the Pirates Monday night. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Actually, he didn’t win any trophy but he said his trophy is on the way and it’s our baby,” Catacutan said in Filipino. “That’s his biggest win this year.”More blessings are coming Perez’s way with the Columbian Dyip reportedly keen on making him the top overall pick in next month’s PBA Rookie Draft. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES CJ Perez missed out on an NCAA hardware this year but the Lyceum star will have his own soon and a much better one with a first-born on the way.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum GALLERY: San beda wins third NCAA straight championship View commentslast_img read more