Top-ranked Kansas’ loss to Villanova shows ‘there just isn’t one team that’s dominant’

first_imgSaturday’s result is especially noteworthy, given that Villanova failed to put together a complete effort and still came out on top. The Wildcats had its second-worst shooting performance of the season, converting just 35 percent of their field goal attempts. Wright’s squad also fired off 41 3-point attempts because of a lacking interior presence.Regardless of who the new No. 1 team is in the AP poll, how long the top-ranked squad can maintain its position is the real question.Kansas’ hiccup against Villanova ensures that college basketball’s crown remains up for grabs. PHILADELPHIA — College basketball’s No. 1 team has fallen for the fifth time this season. No. 18 Villanova held off top-ranked Kansas for a dramatic 56-55 win in front of a packed Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.Jermaine Samuels led Villanova (9-2) with 15 points and the go-ahead 3-pointer with 20 seconds on the clock. Samuels’ clutch basket almost ensures the Jayhawks’ No. 1 spot will be relinquished when the new AP poll drops. SN’s college basketball Athlete of the Decade: Jalen BrunsonFacing its first away game of the season, Kansas (9-2) sputtered down the stretch when it needed answers most. The Jayhawks were in the driver’s seat with a 55-51 advantage with 1:49 remaining but failed to tally another point.Kansas’ final five possessions resulted in a missed front end of a one-and-one by Christian Braun, a Devon Dotson turnover, a missed jumper by David McCormack, another missed one-and-one front end and then Dotson’s off-balance miss shortly before the buzzer.You might’ve heard this before:Down goes No. 1️⃣!Villanova stops Kansas in the final seconds for the win.pic.twitter.com/KVu1rvTkRS— Sporting News (@sportingnews) December 21, 2019The Jayhawks’ late-game struggles act as a microcosm of the 2019 college basketball season.”It’s one of those years. There just isn’t one team that’s dominant,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said postgame. “(Kansas) is definitely worthy of a No. 1 ranking, and going on the road in college basketball is tough, especially this time of year.”With Kansas’ loss, the AP No. 1 team now owns a lackluster 7-5 record on the season. Five defeats by the top-ranked team before January is the most in AP poll history. The upsets include Duke’s stunning overtime defeat against Stephen F. Austin, Kentucky’s loss to Evansville and Louisville’s letdown against Texas Tech.”It’s going to be tough to hold a No. 1 ranking for anybody this season,” Wright said.last_img read more

Roger Mukasa’s 97 puts Uganda back on track at ICC cricket qualifier

first_imgDenmark22040.709 Upcoming matches:1 May: Rest day2 May: Bermuda v Jersey (Kinrara Cricket Oval); Uganda v Vanuatu (Royal Selangor Club); Malaysia v Denmark (UKM Cricket Oval)3 May: Uganda v Denmark (Kinrara Cricket Oval); Malaysia v Jersey (Royal Selangor Club); Bermuda v Vanuatu (UKM Cricket Oval)4 May: Rest/Reserve5 May: Denmark v Vanuatu (Kinrara Cricket Oval); Malaysia v Bermuda (Royal Selangor Club); Uganda v Jersey (UKM Cricket Oval)6 May: Final (Kinrara Cricket Oval); 3rd v 4th Playoff (Royal Selangor Club); 5th v 6th Playoff (UKM Cricket Oval)Share on: WhatsApp Jersey21120.990 Malaysia beat Vanuatu by 23 runs at Kinrara OvalMalaysia 196 all out, 43.5 overs (Ahmed Faiz 86, Shafiq Sharif 27; Apollinaire Stephen 2/31)Vanuatu 173 all out, 49.3 overs (Shane Deitz 46, Andrew Mansale 26; Muhamad Syahadat 2/28)Denmark beat Jersey by seven wickets (DLS Method) at Royal Selangor ClubJersey 238/6, 50 overs (Nathaniel Watkins 86, Ben Stevens 69; Saif Al Ahmad 2/36)Denmark 114/3, 21.5 overs (Freddie Klokker 39, Zameer Khan 38; Ben Stevens 1/28)Uganda beat Bermuda by 189 runs at UKM Cricket OvalUganda 249/5, 50 overs (Roger Mukasa 97, Hamu Kayondo 55; )Jersey 105/3, 31.1 overs (Nathaniel Watkins 36, Nicholas Ferraby 28 not out; Jelany Chilia 3/30)ICC World Cricket League Division 4 standing: Right hand batsman Mukasa hit 97Uganda ??  249/5 Bermuda ?? 60 all out (Uganda wins by 189 runs)Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia | THE INDEPENDENT | Captain Roger Mukasa scored an impressive 97 runs from 135 balls including six fours  as Uganda put her ICC World Cricket League Division 4 hopes back on track on Monday.The captain was ably supported by Hamu Bagenda who scored 55 runs from 95 balls as Uganda notched their first win of the tournament after emphatically beating Bermuda by 189 runs. He hit two fours, whilst helping Uganda post a total of 249 runs for five wickets in 50 overs.The chase for Bermuda never really got started as a flurry of wickets fell, leaving Bermuda on 21 runs for six wickets after 10.1 overs. Charles Trott top-scored for Bermuda with 17 runs and Dion Stovell (10) was the only other batsman to reach double figures. The outstanding bowling performance was from Mohammed Irfan, who took six wickets from 23 runs to lead Uganda to a 189-run victory.In other games, Malaysia and Denmark got second wins on day two of the tournament where the top two advance to ICC World Cricket League Division 3.The hosts Malaysia made it two from two after they beat Vanuatu by 23 runs at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpar on day two of the ICC World Cricket League Division 4.In the day’s other match Denmark beat Jersey in a rain affected game by seven wickets (DLS method) at the Royal Selangor Club.Scores in brief Uganda21121.800center_img Vanuatu2020-0.938 Malaysia22040.320 Bermuda2020-2.330 TeamPlayedWonLost PointsNRRlast_img read more

Who Will the Dolphins Pick in tonight’s NFL Virtual Draft?

first_imgThe 2020 NFL Draft begins tonight. It will be a fully virtual draft amid the ongoing coronavirus from Roger Goodell’s basement. The Dolphins control the 2020 NFL Draft. They have 14 picks, the most in the league, and could go in a number of different directions. The whole draft hinges on what the Dolphins do at No. 5. Do they wait and see who falls to them at five or do they use their abundance of picks to move up and ensure they get their guy?Rumors are swirling that Miami likes Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert more than Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, but should any rumor be believed with such little time before the draft?Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa holds up the championship trophy after overtime of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Georgia Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Atlanta. Alabama won 26-23. (AP Photo/David Goldman)It could easily be a ploy so they don’t have to give up additional assets in a trade up.The Dolphins have needs all over the field, with the exception of outside cornerback.Quarterback, running back and offensive linemen are all needed on offense. All three levels of the defense need improvement as well. Miami could use its 14 picks on an influx of 14 young players, or the Dolphins can pick their spots to move up for higher picks throughout the draft process. It’s anybody’s guess how it plays out. The draft was originally scheduled to be held in Las Vegas but since live events were canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the teams will make their picks from home, with commissioner Roger Goodell announcing selections from his house. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is expected to be selected first by the Bengals, while the Washington Redskins are expected to select Ohio State defensive end Chase Young second. The Detroit Lions, New York Giants and Miami Dolphins close out the top five picks of the draft.Meanwhile, Rob Gronkowski says he’s feeling good again after a year away from football. The new Buccaneers tight end was introduced Wednesday and said the fire within him as returned. “Gronk” added the chance to reconnect with former Patriots teammate Tom Brady is something special.last_img read more

Amanda Salazar – “I Am Not Bullet Proof”

first_imgSubmitted by Amanda Salazar, Edge Fitness Amanda Price Salazar, an Olympia personal trainer, battled back from a horrific motorcycle injury.Recently, a new client came to me struggling in several areas health-wise both physically and emotionally. She explained that it was very difficult for her to feel comfortable enough to even reach out and schedule a meeting to possibly get help from me. In fact, she said it took her nine months before deciding to make the phone call. In our first meeting, after hearing some of her story I told her that I could relate as I had a similar story and really did understand how she was feeling and where she was coming from. She looked at me with a confused face and then said, “It’s hard for me to truly believe you when you say that. You look like have looked the way you do all of your life and you seem so confident and almost bullet proof.”Reality hit me. Sometimes, I really do forget that people see me quite differently than I see myself. I am in a much healthier body, but my mind forgets this sometimes.  I started by telling her that of all the things that I am now, the one thing know I am not……is that I AM NOT BULLET PROOF.Most personal trainers have overcome some sort of health struggle which later brings them to be in their profession today because they want to help and show others that they can do it too. They truly care about their clients and have a passion for what they do.Before deciding to become a health and fitness professional, I had overcome obesity, anorexia, bulimia, depression, low self-esteem, exercise addiction, cancer and recovered from a near death life-changing motorcycle accident and more. After years of hard work and reaching my health and fitness goals,  I decided that I wanted to do the same and helping others achieve and live healthier lifestyles was the only thing that I knew was going to make me happy for the rest of my life! So, this is how I came to be a health and fitness expert and I wouldn’t trade the world for it.If you don’t have a personal trainer, nutritionist, or health and fitness coach, I am here to help you take the first step no matter what that step is. Just remember, there is never a perfect time to start and if you wait for that perfect time to happen, it will probably never come. You just have to take the plunge and know that an amazing and positive life change will be ahead of you along with a supportive coach! If you already have a personal trainer, take advantage of all the information they give you, make 100% effort using the tools they give you every chance you get, and don’t forget…….they aren’t bullet proof. They are human and struggle too. Also, thank them for doing what they do. On a daily basis, trainers take in a lot of excuses, whining, complaining, bad language, grunting, venting and more from their clients. Every now and again it is just nice to hear the words…….”Thank you.”Edge Fitness2806 29th Ave. SW, Suite ATunwater, WA 98512360.790.6767www.edgefitnessnow.comcenter_img Here is a picture of ME. It is one of the last pictures I allowed to be taken of myself before I went past the 200 pound mark. I was full of excuses, held personal pity parties daily, was always feeling bad for myself, and had the worst self-esteem and self-confidence ever. Who was I kidding!??? Every day, I had the ability to make a conscious correct choice, but used excuse after excuse to make the wrong choices. It exhausted me to the point in my life where I was ready to give up on life itself. But, luckily one day…… a personal trainer decided to help me and began to bring me back to reality. Some say it is expensive, but how can you put a price on life, happiness, and success. My trainer was the best investment I have ever made. Facebook28Tweet0Pin0 When I tell my clients to stop making excuses, never say never, get dialed in and to take control of their lives over and over and over…..it is because I did the exact opposite for so many years of my life and it almost killed me. One day, a personal trainer who cared about me, took me under his wing and saved my life! I’ll never forget him.last_img read more