Falz, Saka Thrill Fans at MTN/Arsenal Viewing Centres Â

first_img Football enthusiasts were entertained at viewing centres yesterday in Lagos and Ibadan, while watching the English Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC.The MTN, Arsenal partnership afforded excited fans an opportunity to interact with MTN Ambassadors, Falzthebahdguy and Saka.They were at O’jez Restaurant, Lagos and the WaterShed Centre, Ibadan respectively, and raffle draws were held and a number of gifts given to lucky winners. General Manager, Brand & Communications, MTN Nigeria, Richard Iweanoge, gave a sneak peek into what to expect going forward.“This is set to be an exhilarating season. In addition to surprising fans like this, we have planned a number of offers to keep our customers thrilled. Football lovers will be given the chance to participate in a fantasy football league, be granted access to exclusive Arsenal match chants, wallpapers and caller tunes, and some lucky fans will also win all expense paid trips!’“Football is like air to many Nigerians. Through this initiative, we will continue to reward their passion for the game,’ concludes the MTN executive. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Falcons’ Captain, Chikwelu, Seals New Deal in Sweden

first_imgRita Chikwelu Similarly, Eskilstuna United has signed another member of Nigeria’s AWCON 2018 title-winning Halimatu Ayinde on a one-year contract.The Swedish Damallsvenskan side confirmed the signing of the midfielder, who starred in Nigeria’s 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations title triumph in Ghana from Elitettan outfit Asarums IF.Before her move to the elite division side, Ayinde helped Asarums to safety in the second division, scoring four goals, seven assists in 22 appearances.Reacting to her signing, club’s head coach Magnus Karlsson expressed joy over the capture of the 23-year-old, whose contract runs through till December 2019, with an option of an extension.“We’ve been watching Ayinde since she came to Asarum and it’s an interesting one player,” Karlsson told club website.“We have seen her in a couple of matches and met her on two occasions as part of the recruitment process. She has good speed and good technique.“She can play in multiple places but is best in an offensive role in the midfield or in the attack.“(Ngozi) Okobi and Ayinde have played together in both club teams (Delta Queens) and national team and know each other well.”On her own part, the former FC Minsk of Belarus midfielder said: “I was not thinking very long when Eskilstuna United offered a contract.“It is a top club like Ngozi (Okobi) has spoken very well of. I will try to contribute with hard work and hopefully some goals.”The former Delta Queens star was part of Nigeria’s campaign at the Women’s World Cup at Canada 2015 and became a three-time winner of the Africa Women’s Nations Cup at Ghana 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram  Ayinde signs one-year contract with Eskilstuna UtdSuper Falcons captain Rita Chikwelu has ended speculation about her future after penning a new deal with Swedish Damallsvenskan club Kristianstads DFF.The agreement between club and player will see the attacking midfielder remain at Kristianstads DFF until the end of the 2019 season.Chikwelu had stops at FC United and Umeå IK, where she spent six years, before joining Kristianstads DFF in 2017.last_img read more

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Zenith/Ikoyi Club Swimming Holds Saturday

first_imgThe 4th annual Ikoyi Club Swimming Competition for Primary and Secondary Schools in Lagos takes centre stage on Saturday at the swimming section of Ikoyi Club 1938.The ‘Catch them Young’ inter-school tournament is a partnership initiative of the prestigious club in conjunction with Zenith Bank Plc.Over 250 swimmers across the state are expected on parade from 18 schools comprising 12 primary schools and six secondary schools are billed to take part in the competition. Chairman and Games Captain of the Swimming Session, Ikoyi Club, Oloyede Obatoyinbo, told newsmen yesterday that over 46 events would be staged in the developmental event aimed at identifying potential superstars in the sport.He said: “We have concluded arrangements to make this event fantastic for the youths and to ensure all the logistics are handled well. Over the years we enjoy seeing these young ones compete keenly.“This event will be an improvement on the last edition in all aspects. We can guarantee the best of officiating and best of everything just to ensure that the kids have the right start to their career.”Officials of the sponsors, Zenith Bank and that of the host, Ikoyi Club will be at the one-day event on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Fenerbahce to Demand N1.2bn from Chelsea if Moses Cancels Loan Deal

first_imgIn recent days, the former Nigeria international has been linked with a transfer to Inter Milan, who are set to appoint Antonio Conte as their new coach.It is claimed that Moses has informed his inner circle that he’s planning to leave the Yellow Canaries before the start of next season.The 28-year-old finished the 2018-2019 season with four goals in 14 league matches, his best tally in seven years.Meanwhile, Victor Moses has described Antonio Conte as the most important manager he’s ever worked with, adding that the Italian football tactician left a mark on his career.Prior to the arrival of the former Juventus and Italy boss at Chelsea, the right winger had spent three successive loan spells at Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham United.Conte revived the career of Moses by converting him into a wing-back as they won the Premier League title for the 2016-2017 season and the FA Cup the following season.”I have played under a lot of managers and I’ve loved every single one of them. The most important one was Antonio Conte. He just came in, he changed everything,” Moses said to TRT World.”He is an amazing man, he totally changed my game to be honest. He gave me that fighting spirit to believe in myself and to enjoy my football same time.”And then when he came that first season, we won the league, the following season we won the FA Cup.”It was an amazing season for me under Antonio Conte and I’ll always respect him for that, he’s an amazing man.”The Chelsea-owned winger has been linked with a summer move to Inter Milan and was asked if he would be interested in reuniting with Conte, who is the favourite to replace Luciano Spalletti as coach of the Nerazzurri.Moses said : ”To be honest I am here with Fenerbahce, I just want to keep on playing my football at the moment. I am happy with the club.”As I said before I came here to play football and I’m playing the football at the moment and no one knows what the future is going to hold. I love the club.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Fenerbahce are looking to be compensated three million euros (N1.2 billion) from Chelsea if Victor Moses joins another club in the summer transfer window.Fotospor claims the Nigerian may be allowed to cancel the loan agreement if Chelsea return approximately three million euros, which is the loan fee they paid to the Premier League side in January.Moses penned a 17-month loan deal with the Yellow Canaries in the winter transfer market which expires at the end of the 2019-2020 season. Victor Moseslast_img read more

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Siasia: The Shame of A Nation

first_imgBy Tayo BalogunI have always wondered about why and when we became like this. How come we love to celebrate downfalls? Why do we inordinately look out for the negatives when it comes to issues relating to our fellow countrymen? Why are we always in hangouts discussing all that is bad about people? When did it become a Nigerian pastime to celebrate all that is evil about our nation and its citizens? Start a discussion about how noble someone is and you are likely to be countered that you really do not have all the facts about him. You will subsequently be taken through a dossier (usually unsubstantiated), about how bad the subject really is.Over the years, we have developed a tendency to be negative about our country and it is therefore no surprise that we are facing perhaps the most difficult times in our history as a nation! When the story about Samson Siasia’s ban by FIFA broke last week I made much of it, mainly because the world body did not give enough information on the ban. We were simply informed that ‘ …the formal ethics proceedings were initiated on 11 February 2019 and stem from an extensive investigation into matches that Mr. Wilson Raj Perumal attempted to manipulate for betting purposes. This large-scale investigation was conducted by FIFA via its competent departments and in cooperation with the relevant stakeholders and authorities. In its decision, the Adjudicatory Chamber found that Mr. Siasia had breached art11 of the 2009 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics and banned him for life from all football related activities…’I did not succeed in getting any other information on the ban of one of our most illustrious players and coaches. Those who were willing to talk regaled you with beer parlor talk of how he had it coming. They denigrate all Nigerian coaches. Claiming they have allowed money to become their be all and end all. Not one person imagined Siasia could be innocent. It was like they were waiting for him to be crucified. Yet it does appear that something is just not right with the ban or the investigation that was done around the beleaguered coach. FIFA has refused to bother us with the specifics of the allegations except to tell us he agreed to ‘match fixing ‘. No one cared to inform us if any match was eventually compromised nor did their Lordships tell us if money actually changed hands with some of it landing in Siasia’s hands… I am suspecting that all FIFA had was something that would not really hold up if subjected to legal scrutiny. I am not inclined to believe this is like the Dr. Amos Adamu case who was convicted on the strength of a sting operation.Whatever may turn out to be the case, I believe Samson Siasia deserves our support at this particular moment. If he has erred, he deserves to be punished. But we must not be quick to throw him to the dogs. He once brought us honours and pride both as a player and coach. We must therefore continue to stand by him in his moment of need. Let’s get the NFF to step in and find out if he was really guilty as charged or if there could be a window to help him prove his innocence since he is claiming he never was asked to defend himself about the bribery allegations levied against him in the first place.This piece should not be seen as an endorsement of wrong-doing but rather one that calls for caution in jumping to vilify a compatriot who may well be innocent.More importantly, I wonder if we will ever recover from the evil done by military rule when we are made to believe the worst about ourselves by those who must justify their interventions! We gleefully applauded their action when they sentenced people to impossibly long prison sentences for offences they were later to also commit. The mentality to believe the worst about ourselves is wrong and shameful. Our country is not half as bad as we collectively paint it. True, we are no saints but we are not offsprings of the Devil either.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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CAF to Unveil Road to Qatar 2022 W’Cup Next Month

first_imgThe draw for the qualifying series for African teams to the World Cup 2020 will be made on January 21 next year at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cairo.It is the CAF draw for the second round of the preliminary competition.According to a press statement obtained from FIFA, the ceremony will see the 14 winners of Round 1 joining the 26 top-seeded African teams to form ten groups of four. The seeding will be based on the December 2019 edition of the FIFA World Ranking.The 10 group winners will then advancing to Round 3. The second round of Africa’s qualifiers will kick off in March 2020 and will conclude in October 2021.In Round 3, which is scheduled for November 2021, the ten group winners from Round 2 will be paired up for knockout matches, with the five winners securing a berth at Qatar 2022.The qualifying system is similar to that employed for Brazil 2014.Before then, the draw for South America’s round-robin league will take place at the Hotel Bourbon, located next to CONMEBOL headquarters in Luque on Tuesday next week.Like the preliminary competition in Africa, that of the 10-nation South America will start in March 2020. Each of the 10 national teams face each other home and away until November 2021, with the top four teams qualifying for Qatar 2022. The fifth-placed team will advance to the intercontinental play-offs.In all, 900 matches are projected to be played on the road to Qatar 2022. So far, 136 have been played.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Badgers head for Heels on season’s 1st road trip

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoThe Badgers’ first road test will also be their toughest challenge so far this season. Coming off of Camp Randall victories against Bowling Green and Temple the last two Saturdays, the Badgers (2-0) will play their first road game Saturday against the University of North Carolina (0-1).Two weeks ago, the Badgers were lit up for 458 passing yards and five touchdown passes by Bowling Green quarterback Omar Jacobs, incurring significant blame on the Badgers’ secondary. After taking the fault for their dreary performance against Bowling Green, the Badger defense stepped up last Saturday, shutting out Temple.”North Carolina is a much better football team, better athletes, deeper than Bowling Green would be,” head coach Barry Alvarez said.This week, Wisconsin faces another formidable passing attack, led by fifth-year senior quarterback Matt Baker. Last week, in a 27-21 loss against No. 17 Georgia Tech, Baker threw for 280 yards to seven different receivers, including touchdowns to Derrele Mitchell and Jarwarski Pollock. Baker also scored UNC’s only other touchdown on a 10-yard run.Defensive coordinator Bret Bielema acknowledged the potential matchup problems inherent in the Tar Heels’ offense.”North Carolina has a lot of skill players,” the second-year assistant coach said. “They’ve got, in my opinion, four or five wide receivers who could probably start at any program, so that’s going to create some issues. The tight ends line up as wide receivers, so we’ve got to identify those sets and understand what they are trying to do.”But the wide receivers are not Bielema’s only concern. Baker’s mobility under center could also pose problems for the UW defense.”Omar [Jacobs], we thought was a running threat, though he didn’t hurt us in that capacity, but [Baker] has the ability to run the football,” Bielema said. “The first touchdown he scored was pure scramble. All his guys were covered and he created the touchdown. So that’s the part we’ve always got to be aware of.”On top of North Carolina’s strong passing attack, the Tar Heels also have a strong offensive line. Sophomore defensive lineman Nick Hayden knows the Badgers will have to work hard up front to contain Baker.”They’ve got an athletic line,” Hayden said. “This is probably the most athletic line we’ve seen all year.”The Wisconsin secondary will also have to put the pressure on Baker and try to force a turnover or two, as he threw three interceptions against Georgia Tech after throwing two interceptions in just 36 pass attempts last year.The Badgers were troubled in that area more than once last Saturday. They came away with one interception, but saw a few other opportunities slip through their grasp.On offense, sophomore quarterback John Stocco has been very efficient this season. With a 69 percent completion percentage and a four-to-one touchdown to interception ratio, Stocco faces a UNC defense that allowed 353 passing yards against Georgia Tech.Against Temple and Bowling Green, Wisconsin stifled the run, allowing just 83 rushing yards in the two games; however, the opposing attacks were nothing too impressive. It could turn out to be a similar story this week as North Carolina rushed for just 61 yards on 26 attempts as a team last week.For the Badgers’ offense, the spotlight will undoubtedly be on junior transfer Brian Calhoun, who has rushed for 300 yards and two touchdowns in what has amounted to about five quarters of football this season. With a solid 5.6 yards per carry, Calhoun faces a UNC defense that allowed 4.2 yards per carry against Georgia Tech.The game could very well come down to special teams. Against Temple, Brandon Williams showed that he is capable of scoring touchdowns in the return game.”Brandon gives us someone who has speed, who likes to be there, who likes the challenge,” Alvarez said. “Brandon wants the ball in his hands and has been a playmaker for us ever since we’ve had him.”The North Carolina Tar Heels present a legitimate threat to the Badgers’ undefeated record, but if the secondary can remain as steady as it was a week ago, Wisconsin should be in good shape.”I think they’re a very good team,” Alvarez said. “This will be our sternest test.”last_img read more

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Two-headed golatender working wonders for UW

first_imgWhen the USA Hockey Foundation announced the finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Award, it wasn’t surprising to see that two Badgers placed among the 10. Senior forward Sara Bauer, who won the award last season and senior defender Meaghan Mikkelson represent two of the best the Wisconsin women’s hockey team has to offer.”Obviously, I’m honored to be placed in the top 10 level with all those great players,” Mikkelson said. “We just said congratulations to each other. … Obviously, we’re happy for each other, but we’re focused on this weekend’s [series] against North Dakota.”The fact that both an offensive and defensive player garnered recognition shows how prolific Wisconsin’s offense is (averaging more than four goals per game) and how stingy the defense is (allowing only one goal per game).The one facet of the Badgers’ success not represented by a Kazmaier finalist is the goaltending. As Wisconsin prepares for its first playoff series against North Dakota, the goaltending will have be top-notch as it has been all season long. The duo of Jessie Vetter and Christine Dufour has split time in goal all season, and both have performed very well.”That’s something that separates us from a lot of teams is our goaltending,” team captain Bobbi-Jo Slusar said. “That’s just another reason why we’re strong defensively — our goaltenders are strong. So I think we have a lot of confidence in them, and we trust that they’ll do their job.”The numbers don’t lie. Dufour leads the conference in save percentage, winning percentage and goals-against average, while Vetter is second or third in each category. Dufour set a UW record last weekend with her seventeenth career shutout.”Well, I didn’t really know until I tied [former record-holder Meghan Horras],” Dufour said. “It’s obviously a good thing. … It feels good, but it’s not only about that — I have my teammates to [help out].”It’s interesting to compare last postseason to what could happen this year. En route to winning the national championship last season, the Badgers encountered a rather peculiar problem. Instead of having one great goalie, the team had three. Going down the stretch late in the season, Dufour, Vetter and former Badger Meghan Horras all fought for time between the pipes.And all three produced. Unfortunately for Dufour, she became the one left out despite putting up solid numbers. While Dufour sat on the bench, Horras and Vetter shared time before Vetter stole the spotlight and became a brick wall during the playoffs and was the starting goalie in the championship game.”Obviously, last year was rough for me,” Dufour said. “But I came out and wanted to do my senior year a lot better. Obviously, I don’t want that to happen again, so I’m doing everything possible to do my part, work hard, and hopefully I’ll get my chance.”This season there are no such problems. Head coach Mark Johnson will do what he’s done all season long — let them each feed off each other’s energy and let them split time. If one player starts outperforming the other, like Vetter did to both Horras and Dufour last season, then perhaps that might change.”[Vetter and Dufour] are competing with each other and pushing each other,” Mikkelson said. “It was a really unique situation last year having three outstanding goalies. … That’s not something a lot of teams have.”While Bauer and Mikkelson get the recognition as some of the best players in the country, two of the best goalies ever to skate for the women’s team just go about their normal routine. They simply take the ice when called upon and try to stop any puck sent their way. They’ve done it all season, and now they need to make sure they keep it up.”I got a petition in to the NCAA to see if we can use them both at the same time. … I’m not sure that’s going to get passed,” Johnson laughed. “But they’ll both get a chance to play this weekend against North Dakota.”last_img read more

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Hardy homers as Brewers win 3rd straight

first_imgJ.J. Hardy homered in the second and drove in the winning run in the 11th on a sacrifice fly as the Brewers completed a three-game road sweep of the Cleveland Indians.[/media-credit]CLEVELAND (AP) — Slumping J.J. Hardy homered early and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as the Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians with a 9-8 victory Wednesday night.Milwaukee closer Trevor Hoffman blew an 8-4 lead in the ninth, but the NL Central leaders earned their eighth straight interleague win over Cleveland. Milwaukee also swept three in 2006 and won the final two of a three-game set in 2001.Prince Fielder singled with one out in the 11th off Greg Aquino (1-2), who then walked Corey Hart. The runners advanced on a wild pitch that made the count 1-1 on Mike Cameron. The Indians intentionally walked Cameron to load the bases before Hardy lifted a fly to center, scoring Fielder.Mark DiFelice (4-0) worked 1 1-3 innings for the win. Mitch Stetter struck out two with two runners on to earn his first career save.Ryan Garko’s three-run double with one out in the ninth tied it at 8. Hoffman, baseball’s career saves leader with 570, blew one for the first time in 17 chances since signing with Milwaukee as a free agent.Hoffman entered with runners on second and third and yielded a one-out RBI single to Victor Martinez before walking Shin-Soo Choo to load the bases. Garko followed with a drive to left-center. He overran second base, however, and was tagged out while sprawled on the ground after twisting his right ankle. He walked off and was replaced in left field by Ben Francisco to start the 10th.Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun had two hits and scored twice before leaving in the eighth with lower back tightness.After the start was delayed 34 minutes by rain, Hart drove in three runs and hit one of Milwaukee’s three homers as the Brewers took an 8-4 lead.Bill Hall, in a 7-for-77 (.091) slide, broke a 3-all tie in the seventh with his fifth homer — and first since May 14.Hardy hit his sixth homer — his first since May 8 — in the second for a 2-0 lead. He came to bat in a 7-for-63 (.111) skid.The Indians, last in the AL Central, lost for the fourth time in five games. Their bullpen was battered by the Brewers for 21 hits, 14 walks and 18 runs in 14 combined innings in the series.When Cleveland fell behind 1-0 in the first, it brought out the boo birds to replace sea gulls that have pestered patrons at Progressive Field in recent games.Cleveland tied it with a three-run fourth. Consecutive one-out doubles by Martinez, Choo and Garko made it 3-2. Garko scored on Luis Valbuena’s single to tie it.Milwaukee starter Jeff Suppan allowed three runs over seven innings. Cleveland’s David Huff gave up three runs in five innings — failing to get past the fifth for the sixth time in seven career starts since May 17.NOTES: Cleveland last beat Milwaukee on June 13, 2001, a 5-2 win in 10 innings. … Indians manager Eric Wedge said OF Grady Sizemore and INF Asdrubal Cabrera will go with the team to Chicago for a weekend series against the Cubs. Sizemore, out since May 31 with a sore left elbow and Cabrera, sidelined since June 3 with a strained left shoulder, will work out and hopefully start injury rehab assignments next week. … Indians RHP Carl Pavano will be moved back a day or two in the rotation. He has a tender shoulder. …Brewers INF Casey McGehee did not play because of knee and ankle injuries.last_img read more

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MBB : SU aims to improve perimeter defense heading into final tuneup before Big East play

first_img Published on December 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 By the time Bryson Johnson’s fourth consecutive 3-point attempt went awry, the Bucknell guard could only shake his head in disgust as he jogged back down the court.Four times he’d been left wide open for 3s against the Syracuse 2-3 zone defense in the first 12 minutes of the game including two from the exact same spot in the left corner but all four shots clanged off the rim.‘The difference in the game in the first half was they had four or five wide-open shots and just missed them,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘Wide-open shots. And if they’d have made those shots, it would have been about an eight-point game at halftime, which would have been about what it should have been.’Johnson spearheaded a dismal first-half shooting performance by the Bison, which connected on 2-of-10 attempts from long range as a team. Bucknell failed to take advantage of poor close-out defense by the Orange on Tuesday en route to a 19-point loss. Despite the misses, the Bison pointed out a flaw in the SU defense which left it susceptible to the 3-point shot.On Thursday, No. 1 Syracuse (12-0) hosts a Tulane (11-1) team that ranks 86th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, meaning the Orange may not have to be wary of the Green Wave. But Thursday’s game, at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome, is also SU’s last chance to correct the 3-point defense before facing a Seton Hall team next week that torched the Orange by nailing 10-of-17 3s in a blowout win at the Carrier Dome last season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter the Bucknell game, Boeheim said his team’s defense wasn’t as active as it has been at times this season. The ferocity that forced 20 turnovers in a win over Florida and 19 in a win over North Carolina State last Saturday was replaced with slow rotations within the zone.The result 12 Bucknell turnovers was by far the fewest SU has forced this season.‘It’s always tough, you’re coming off obviously a monster game Saturday, you get home late, it’s always difficult to bounce back,’ Boeheim said. ‘And I thought given the circumstances, we did bounce back and had a real good first half. And we were helped because they missed some of those shots.’But in the second half, Johnson and Bucknell began to heat up. As opposed to finding open looks in the corner of SU’s zone as he did in the first half, Johnson moved to the top of the key. He made consecutive 3s from out in front of the basket to trim a 23-point Syracuse lead to 17.Michael Carter-Williams and Dion Waiters, the Orange’s two guards whom Johnson shot over top of, were taken out at the next dead ball.Johnson struck again with 12:25 remaining in the half, and teammate Ben Brackney nailed another 3 on the next possession for the Bison to whittle SU’s advantage back to 15.A 20-percent shooting performance in the first half was replaced with a 4-of-6 spurt to open the second half.‘We don’t want to forget about Tulane, but we’ve got a Seton Hall team coming in that beat us here last year really pretty bad,’ SU guard Scoop Jardine said. ‘We owe them. We owe everybody in the Big East. A lot of teams shot really good against us last year, so Coach (Boeheim) is really preaching defense. … So our main focus is going into the Big East and showing everybody that we can play on both ends.’The Green Wave come into Thursday’s game with only two legitimate threats from 3-point range. Guards Ricky Tarrant and Jordan Callahan are the only players who have made more than 10 3-pointers on the season.Callahan leads the team with 59 attempts from long range, converting on 23 to shoot 39 percent. The junior guard has shown explosive ability at times. He’s made three 3s in four of the team’s 12 games so far.Syracuse ranks seventh in the Big East in 3-point field goal percentage defense this season. But with teams like Pittsburgh, which shoots over 40 percent as a team, and Connecticut, which shoots 39.1 percent as a team, the Orange will need to improve quickly. Conference play begins in less than a week.Said Jardine: ‘We can get better on the defensive end.’mjcohe02@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

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