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  • Arteta rebuilds as Arsenal fans long for Champions League return

    first_imgHaving signed Willian from Chelsea, and with the precocious talent of Saka tearing down one wing and Kieran Tierney or Ainsley Maitland-Niles frequently breaking down the other, the Gunners should create plenty of chances.Arteta is also keen to sign Atletico Madrid’s midfielder Thomas Partey, a powerful tackler with a proven talent for regaining possession and moving the ball up the field.Yet he’ll have to shed other talent to pay for the Ghanaian international.With German playmaker Mesut Ozil showing no inclination to end his 350,000 pounds-a-week contract early, the spotlight falls on Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Hector Bellerin and possibly even striker Alexandre Lacazette.Arsenal have reportedly received bids for Torreira, Guendouzi and Bellerin.But reports that Arteta is prepared to let Lacazette go may dismay fans in view of how well the Frenchman links up with Aubameyang despite scoring fewer than half as many goals as his fellow forward last season.Either way, Arsenal fans may be gnawing down their nails until the transfer window closes on Oct. 5.Topics : The 31-year-old has scored 71 times since joining from Borussia Dortmund for a club record 56 million pounds ($73 million) in January 2018, with a higher strike rate so far than all-time top-scorer Thierry Henry.After lifting – and instantly dropping – the FA Cup on Aug. 1, followed by the Community Shield at the end of the month, the Gabonese striker looks more inclined to stay.But media speculation has rumbled on all summer, leading former Arsenal star and BBC football pundit Ian Wright to post a photo of himself with pen in hand on Twitter on Aug. 21, saying: “Taking so long gonna sign da ting myself” – earning a string of laughing-face emojis from the player.Aubameyang may have been encouraged by signs of growing confidence in the team as they strung together late-season wins over champions Liverpool in the league and Manchester City and Chelsea on the way to their record-extending 14th FA Cup. Arsenal fans will be dreaming of a top-four finish in the coming season as manager Mikel Arteta continues rebuilding the side around goal machine Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and younger talents like Bukayo Saka.For some of the faithful, anything will be an improvement on last season, when the team scored fewer goals than they have since 1995/6 on their way to their lowest league finish since the year before that.The odds on the Gunners breaking back in to the Champions League places may not be favorable, however, as their rivals splash out, and the first item on Arteta’s to-do list will be to get Aubameyang’s signature on a contract tying him to the side beyond next summer.last_img read more

  • NOC’s new study finds 10 times more plastic in Atlantic

    first_imgPabortsava and Lampitt collected their seawater samples during the 26th Atlantic Meridional Transect expedition in September to November 2016. This study builds on the NOC’s research into marine plastic contamination, which aims to better understand the magnitude and persistence of exposure to plastics and the potential harms it can cause. The mass of ‘invisible’ microplastics found in the upper waters of the Atlantic Ocean is approximately 12- 21 million tonnes, according to research published in the Nature Communications. Significantly, this figure is only for three of the most common types of plastic litter in a limited size range. Yet, it is comparable in magnitude to estimates of all plastic waste that has entered the Atlantic Ocean over the past 65 years: 17 million tonnes. This suggests that the supply of plastic to the ocean have been substantially underestimated. “In order to determine the dangers of plastic contamination to the environment and to humans we need good estimates of the amount and characteristics of this material, how it enters the ocean, how it degrades and then how toxic it is at these concentrations. This paper demonstrates that scientists have had a totally inadequate understanding of even the simplest of these factors, how much is there, and it would seem our estimates of how much is dumped into the ocean has been massively underestimated”. The lead author of the paper, Dr Katsiaryna Pabortsava from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), said: “Previously, we couldn’t balance the mass of floating plastic we observed with the mass we thought had entered the ocean since 1950. This is because earlier studies hadn’t been measuring the concentrations of ‘invisible’ microplastic particles beneath the ocean surface. Our research is the first to have done this across the entire Atlantic, from the UK to the Falklands.“ They filtered large volumes of seawater at three selected depths in the top 200 metres and detected and identified plastic contaminants using spectroscopic imaging technique. Their study focused on polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene, which are commercially most prominent and also most littered plastic types. Co-author, Professor Richard Lampitt, also from the NOC, added: “If we assume that the concentration of microplastics we measured at around 200 metres deep is representative of that in the water mass to the seafloor below with an average depth of about 3000 metres, then the Atlantic Ocean might hold about 200 million tonnes of plastic litter in this limited polymer type and size category. This is much more than is thought to have been supplied. “ This work was supported by the EU H2020 AtlantOS programme and the NOC. The AMT programme was supported by the UK Natural Environment Research Council’s National Capability, Climate Linked Atlantic Sector Science (CLASS) programme.last_img read more

  • Feasibility study being conducted to transmit geothermal energy to Martinique & Guadeloupe

    first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share 31 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews Feasibility study being conducted to transmit geothermal energy to Martinique & Guadeloupe by: – July 11, 2011 Tweet Photo credit: kids.esdb.bgGovernment is currently conducting a feasibility study financed by the European Government to look at the under seas cable to transmit energy to Martinique and Guadaloupe upon completion of its geothermal project.The Government signed a 15 million dollar contract with an Iceland Company for exploration of geothermal energy from Dominica.The 120 megawatt plant will cost approximately $400 million dollars.Prime Minister Skerrit believes this will bring tremendous economic benefits to the country.Meantime former energy Minister Reginald Austrie says the exploration of geothermal energy for Dominica has been in discussion for several years and Dominicans should welcome the fact it is now becoming a reality.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

  • Repatriation in Iraq to go ahead despite ‘cooling’ US-Iran tension

    first_img “Ating alalahanin na sa ilang bahagi ng mundo ay nakaamba ang panganib ng karahasan. Harinawa, huwag ito umuwi sa giyera, sa digmaan,” Tagle said in his homily. On Wednesday, Alert Level 4 has been raised in Iraq a following the death of top Iranian military general Qassem Soleimani in a US airstrike sparked turmoil in the Middle East. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, however, according to Bello, will not be processing any deployment application to the two countries for the meantime, while deployment ban is also in effect in Iraq. “Tuloy ang mandatory evacuation unless it reaches a point where the safety of the Filipino workers are no longer in peril,” Panelo said. “But you cannot force our overseas workers if they prefer to stay.” “Ipanalangin po natin na maging ligtas ang ating mga kapwa sa Middle East, humupa ang mga pagnanais na sirain ang kapwa, humupa ang mga hangarin na maghiganti, at ipanalangin ang mga kapwa Pilipino, at ang kanilang mga pamilya dito na nangangamba,” Tagle said./PN “Continue pa din ang (mandatory repatriation) sa Iraq,” Bello said. “Although it was unofficial, I was informed yesterday that the alert level in Lebanon was put down to level 2 and I understand that there’s no more alert level in Iran.” Bello noted that there is no mandatory repatriation yet in Saudi Arabia. Around 2.5 million Filipinos are currently residing and working in Middle East countries, according to him. MANILA – The mandatory repatriation ofFilipino workers in Iraq will be pushed through despite a seemingly defusingtension in the region. He urged Filipinos to offer prayers for the safety of those living in the Middle East, as well as Filipinos trapped in the conflict areas. Meanwhile, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has prayed for peace in the Middle East during a concelebrated mass for the Feast of the Black Nazarene on Thursday. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello says the total labor deployment ban to Kuwait comes after authorities discovered that Filipina domestic worker Jeanelyn Villaverde has been sexually abused before she was killed. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the mandatory repatriation in Iraq is still in effect until the safety of Filipino workers is assured. Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III announced on Thursday afternoon the mandatory repatriation has been called off in Lebanon and Iran as alert level in those countries were lowered.last_img read more

  • Leicester’s winning run continues

    first_img Five minutes later some Mahrez magic put Pearson’s team in front. The French-born Algeria international collected a flick-on by Leonardo Ulloa, turned away from both Steven Davis and Harrison Reed and fired a left-foot shot into the bottom corner of the net from just outside the penalty area. However, the mood soon changed inside the King Power Stadium when James went down holding his left knee. The midfielder was treated on the pitch before being carried off with his legs strapped. He was replaced by Danny Drinkwater. The break in play did not affect Leicester and they continued to push forward, with the second goal coming after 19 minutes. Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga sliced a clearance, putting his team under pressure. Ulloa and Jamie Vardy worked well together to win back the ball with Vardy managing to get a cross into the box where the unmarked Mahrez poked home from close range. It was a fourth Premier League goal of the season for the winger signed from French Ligue 2 club Le Havre for just £400,000 in January 2014. Mahrez, who according to his agent Kamal Bengougam is of interest to La Liga side Villarreal, almost caught Saints out again shortly afterwards. His perfectly-weighted through ball found the run of Vardy but Gazzaniga kept out the shot with his legs. Southampton’s first meaningful effort on Kasper Schmeichel’s goal came in first-half injury time but the Foxes keeper comfortably helped Toby Alderweireld’s free-kick over the crossbar. Mahrez maintained his torment of Ronald Koeman’s men in the second half, evading a couple of defenders before dragging his shot wide. At the other end, Sadio Mane worked Schmeichel again but once more the Dane easily pushed the ball over. News of a Burnley goal at Hull was greeted with a chorus of “we are staying up” from Leicester fans, and it looks like they might be right. It ended 1-0 at the KC Stadium and the Foxes are three points above the Tigers, who now occupy the final relegation place. Esteban Cambiasso sent a left-foot shot into the side-netting midway through the second half in the game’s final piece of noteworthy action. Riyad Mahrez enhanced his growing reputation by scoring both goals as Nigel Pearson, this week named manager of the month for April, celebrated a sixth victory in seven matches. The Foxes thoroughly deserved their 2-0 success but Southampton, who have entertained for much of the season and earned plaudits for mounting a challenge for the European places, disappointed. A fourth straight away loss looks to have finally ended their hopes of catching Liverpool in fifth spot. For Leicester, the win is the latest in what has been a remarkable turnaround in fortune. A month ago they looked dead and buried and set for a return to the Sky Bet Championship after a eight-game winless run which included six defeats. Now, Pearson’s side sit three places and three points above the drop zone and can clinch their place in the top flight for another season with victory at relegation rivals Sunderland next Saturday – should other results also go their way. The only down side for Leicester was what looked like a serious-looking injury sustained by midfielder Matty James. Sunderland ramped up the pressure on the other teams fighting to stay up with a surprise 2-0 success against Everton at Goodison Park in the day’s early kick-off. If Leicester felt nervous, it did not show. They began confidently and Robert Huth flicked a header just over the crossbar in the second minute. Leicester continued their march towards Barclays Premier League survival against Southampton at the King Power Stadium. Press Associationlast_img read more

  • ICC World Cup Dale Steyn ruled out of Cricket World Cup 2019 opener against England

    first_img New Delhi : The ICC Cricket World Cup is set to begin on May 30 as the host-England will take on South Africa at the Oval in London. The two teams are working towards getting all boxes ticked. In this process, South Africa speedster Dale Steyn was ruled out of the all-important game. That was the news from head coach Ottis Gibson in London on Tuesday. The 35-year-old Steyn is still not at 100% as he continues to recover from the shoulder injury that saw him return home from the IPL earlier this month. “He’s not quite ready yet. He’s not far away … but not quite yet. We think with a six-week tournament, there is no real need to force the issue. We know that he is close and he’s getting closer every day. We’ll give him as much time as we can to get him ready,” Gibson said.  South Africa will take on England in the tournament opener on May 30. Dale Steyn suffered a shoulder injury during the IPL.Chris Morris will likely play for South Africa in their opener against England. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Morris is the most like-for-like replacement from a bowling perspective, while his inclusion would also significantly increase South Africa’s lower order firepower with the bat. The Oval wicket on Tuesday looked greener than expected, effectively ruling out the possibility of South Africa fielding two spinners.Steyn has not bowled competitively since pulling out of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s IPL campaign in late April, having played only two games there. In the two games, he took four wickets but more importantly, he struck during the powerplay against Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings. In both games, Royal Challengers Bangalore won but they finished their IPL campaign on a low by finishing in last position.South Africa won their first warm-up game against Sri Lanka by 87 runs but their warm-up against West Indies was declared a no-result due to rain. However, in both games, Hashim Amla struck form by hammering a fifty. last_img read more

  • Update on the latest sports

    first_imgSelectors will work from their homes as a safeguard against the coronavirus. Prospects will be at their homes, too. Commissioner Roger Goodell won’t be sharing hugs with any of the 32 first-rounders as usual. Instead, he will offer his congratulations remotely.Fifty-eight prospects will take part remotely with video kits supplied by the NFL that will record their reactions to being selected. The kits include two cell phones, two light stands, a pair of tripods, a headset for interviews and a microphone. One of the phone cameras will be on the entire time until the player is selected, while another will be used for interviews with ESPN, the NFL Network and Goodell.The draft wraps up Saturday.  NFL-PANTHERS HEADQUARTERSIncentive deal to move Carolina Panthers to S.C. approved In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— New York Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson and his family are making an additional $2 million donation to support the COVID-19 relief response in New York and New Jersey. The Johnson family and the Jets last month made a joint $1 million donation to multiple local United Way agencies to help combat the pandemic. The latest contribution, announced by the Jets on Thursday, will provide funding to the Food Bank of New York City, the EMS FDNY Help Fund, the Community Food Bank of NJ and the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.— The chief executive of the Tokyo Olympics has promised “transparency” with the Japanese public regarding the cost of postponing the games until next year. Neither the Japanese organizers nor the IOC has said what it will cost. Estimates in Japan range between $2 billion and $6 billion. CEO Toshiro Muto says only that expenses “will be higher than the originally planned budget.” Japanese governments are expected to pick up almost all of the added costs under an agreement signed with the International Olympic Committee. The cost issue is sensitive in Japan. The country could be deep in a recession next year because of the coronavirus pandemic.— It’s still not clear when baseball or soccer will resume in Japan but it will likely be without fans when it does. That was the decision when the heads of Japanese professional baseball and soccer met in online meetings. Japanese baseball commissioner Atsushi Saito says “my feelings that I want to start the season without spectators haven’t changed.” Baseball and soccer officials both agreed nothing could begin until a state of emergency was lifted in Japan. The earliest that can happen is May 6. They are expected to wait until that date before moving forward. The J-League’s top two soccer divisions were suspended in February. Japanese baseball played some preseason games without fans before all play was stopped.— German soccer could resume on May 9 if regional politicians sign off on the league’s plan. The state governors of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have said May 9 would be acceptable but other state officials have signaled they would prefer the middle or end of May. League CEO Christian Seifert says “if the state governors and the federal government decide that this day is May 9, then we would be ready on May 9.” Seifert says games could be held with a limit of 213 people in the stadium and up to 109 in the surrounding area. Associated Press — The French sports minister says the resumption of sporting events in the country is not among the government’s priorities.” France is locked down until May 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic and speculation has increased recently as to whether the country’s soccer league could resume in late June. The Tour de France cycling race has been rescheduled to start Aug. 29 and end Sept. 20. The final day coincides with the same day the rescheduled French Open tennis tournament is to begin. Public gatherings are banned in France until at least mid-July but Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu says they could be extended until “at least September.” She told Eurosport television that “what’s certain is that sports won’t take priority in our society.” She says “it wouldn’t be the end of the world” if the Tour de France has to be canceled.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-DRAFTVirtual NFL draft kicks off Thursday nightUNDATED (AP) — The virtual NFL draft begins Thursday night. And not since the NFL draft became a televised event in 1980 has it been stripped to the basics like this one. ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — A county in South Carolina has approved a deal loaded with tax breaks for the Carolina Panthers to move their headquarters and practice site.News outlets report that the York County Council approved the deal in a 4-3 vote after listening to public comments during their virtual meeting on Monday. It follows a series of moves the state has made to attract the team’s headquarters. They’ll continue to play their games in Charlotte, North Carolina.The approved deal will give the Panthers relief from all property taxes in the City of Rock Hill for 20 to 25 years, according to the York County Council.The Panthers first announced the move to Rock Hill last June during a celebration with Panthers owner David Tepper and several South Carolina politicians including Gov. Henry McMaster.MLB-MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACTION April 23, 2020 VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS‘Kentucky Derby at home’ will be online partyUNDATED (AP) — Churchill Downs will recognize the first Saturday in May with a “Kentucky Derby at Home” online party, highlighted by a virtual Derby featuring 13 former Triple Crown winners in an effort to raise $2 million for COVID-19 relief.The 146th Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of public health concerns about pandemic, the first time horse racing’s marquee event won’t run on its traditional day since 1945. The computer-generated Derby created by Inspired Entertainment will feature past Triple Crown champions using data algorithms, including historical handicapping information for each horse to determine the probability of potential finishing positions.Participants who choose the winner will have the chance to win a Kentucky Derby VIP Experience. The virtual Derby will be shown May 2 on NBC during a special broadcast featuring the 2015 Kentucky Derby, when American Pharoah began his Triple Crown run. OLYMPICS-COLLECTIVE BARGAINING SURVEYStudy: Olympians should push for collective bargainingUNDATED (AP) — A study of Olympic spending patterns concludes that athletes who compete at the games are woefully underpaid. It says they would be best served by banding together to create the sort of collective-bargaining arrangement commonly found in the pros.The study of the worldwide Olympic bureaucracy’s finances concludes there’s far more money available for athletes than what they receive. It says the IOC averages $1.4 billion a year in revenues and spends only about 4% of it on athletes. Leagues such as the NFL and the Premier League spend between 40% and 60% of their revenue on players.The study was a collaboration between the Global Athlete advocacy group and the Ryerson University Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto. MLB, minors term talks constructive, stop sniping for nowNEW YORK (AP) — The tone of talks for a new agreement governing the relationship between baseball’s major and minor leagues took a positive turn when the bickering sides met electronically for about an hour and later issued a joint statement that termed the session “constructive.”Negotiators for the governing body of the minor leagues asked questions during Wednesday’s session about what the administrative structure would be if Major League Baseball takes over their operation next year, according to a person familiar with the talks. The person told The Associated Press that MLB deputy commissioner Dan Halem did most of the talking during the one-hour electronic meeting and the sides did not address MLB’s proposal to cut the minimum total of affiliated minor league teams to 120. That is the most contentious issue in talks to replace the Professional Baseball Agreement that expires after this season.In a joint statement Thursday, the sides said “The parties are continuing their discussions, with the goal of concluding a mutually beneficial long-term agreement in the near future.”No date was set for the next meeting. Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

  • Wiltshire, Cadogan snag Woodpecker Juniors squash titles

    first_imgJUNIOR Sportsman of the year Shomari Wiltshire and Abosaide Cadogan, took the male and female titles respectively of the Woodpecker Junior National Squash tournament.Both were also awarded Most Outstanding Players, while Louis DaSilva took the special award of Most Improved Boy and Tiana Gomes Most Improved Girl.The thriller for the evening was the fight for the Boys under 15 title between Michael Alphonso and Nicholas Verwey.Both boys have had outstanding matches throughout the tournament, but it was Alphonso who slid into rhythm and showed early dominance.The long rallies were filled with a variety of shots; tight lengths, drops that kissed the wall literally centimetres above the tin, and low, hard cross-courts that skimmed past their opponent.Alphonso’s deception sent Verwey in the wrong direction and despite Verwey’s unbelievable retrieval skills, the extra energy spent cost him further into the game.Alphonso powered through the first and second game with two 11/6 wins and finalised the match at 11/4. Spectators gave both boys their due with long applause and compliments.Full results below:Most Outstanding Boy – Shomari WiltshireMost Outstanding Girl – Abosaide CadoganMost Improved Boy – Louis DaSilvaMost Improved Girl – Tianna GomesBoys Under 19&17Winner- Shomari WiltshireSecond Place – Michael AlphnosoThird Place – Nicholas VerweyBOYS UNDER 15Winner – Michael AlphonsoSecond Place – Nicholas VerweyThird Place – Mohryan BakshBOYS UNDER 13Winner – Mohryan BakshSecond Place – Louis DaSilvaThird Place – Shiloh AsregadoBOYS UNDER 11Winner – Grant FernandesSecond Place – Brenno DaSilvaGirls Under 19&17Winner – Abosaide CadoganSecond Place – Kirsten GomesThird Place – Teija EdwardsGIRLS UNDER 15Winner – Kirsten GomesSecond Place – Ashani PersaudThird Place – Beau FernandesGIRL UNDER 13Winner – Beau FernandesSecond Place – Christiana FernandesThird Place – Safirah SumnerGIRLS UNDER 11Winner – Christiana FernandesSecond Place – Tiana GomesThird Place – Shriyah Persaudlast_img read more

  • Preseason AP Poll puts 3 Syracuse opponents in Top 25

    first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Three of Syracuse’s 2014 opponents cracked the Top 25 as the Associated Press released its first poll of the college football season on Sunday.That includes No. 1 Florida State, which the Orange will play in the Carrier Dome on Oct. 11, No. 16 Clemson, which SU will travel to on Oct. 25, and No. 17 Notre Dame, which will meet Syracuse at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 27.The poll is strikingly similar to the USA Today Amway Coaches Poll, which was published on July 31. One of the most noticeable differences is that FSU has a stronger grip on the No. 1 spot in the AP Poll. The Seminoles collected 56 of 62 first-place votes in the coaches poll, and 57 of 60 in the AP.Syracuse opens its season against Villanova on Aug. 29 in the Carrier Dome at 7:30 p.m. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on August 17, 2014 at 2:55 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

  • Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 80-56 victory against Cornell

    first_img Published on December 27, 2016 at 9:02 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 In its final tune-up before Atlantic Coast Conference play, Syracuse (8-5) cruised to a 80-56 victory over Cornell (3-9) on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. A few minutes into the game the Orange trailed 15-12, looking like it did last Wednesday in its blowout loss to St. John’s, the program’s worst-ever Carrier Dome loss defeat. Then an emphatic dunk from Tyler Roberson sparked the SU offense.Sophomore forward Tyler Lydon led all scorers with 20 points, freshman guard Tyus Battle had 16 and forward Taurean Thompson had 18, powering Syracuse to complete its nonconference slate with a much-needed win.Here are three takeaways from the game.Start me upEntering Tuesday, the Big Red ranked 244th out of 351 Division I teams, per Kenpom.com. Yet they hung around with Syracuse early and got out to an 8-2 lead.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFrom the top of the key, Frank Howard tossed a ball toward nobody. As Howard put his hand to his side, the ball bounced to the second row of the seats behind the basket. On two early possessions, SU fed the ball to a posting Dajuan Coleman. Thompson caught several feeds near the elbow or free throw line extended but his shots clanked.On offense, the Big Red generated open looks from the perimeter. Sophomore point guard Matt Morgan, whose 19.3 points per game leads Cornell, hoisted several early 3s from dead on, but most ended as long rebounds that fell in a Syracuse player’s hands. Cornell shot just 6-for-24 from deep.Tyler Roberson’s kick-start Roberson, SU’s 6-foot-8 senior forward, had scored more than one point in just four of Syracuse’s previous nine games. He didn’t take a shot in SU’s loss to Georgetown, a game in which he played just six minutes. In Syracuse’s last outing against St. John’s, he shot just 0-for-3 from the field and grabbed only one rebound in seven minutes on the floor.On Tuesday, he entered the game with a lethargic Syracuse offense operating much like it did in its loss to St. John’s: Miscommunication, bad shot selection and turnovers stalling any offensive flow. But with Roberson’s put-back slam midway through the opening half, SU fans erupted as a grinning Roberson hustled back on defense. That dunk started the run that propelled SU to a blowout victory.Roberson dished out two assists, picked up two block and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite playing the final 11 minutes of the first frame, he didn’t sub-in the second half until 10:24 remained on the clock. And though he started the second half on the bench and played only 20 minutes overall, Roberson rekindled the Syracuse offense and kick-started its big run to end the first half.Dominance down lowThe Orange had only one offensive rebound in the first 13 minutes against a team whose tallest starter is 6-foot-8 (Stone Gettings) and whose next tallest starter stands 6 foot 4. As a whole, Cornell’s average height ranks 340th in the country, while SU ranks sixth, per Kenpom. But the Orange, behind Roberson, eventually used it’s size to dominate inside and improved to 6-1 when it wins the rebounding battle.SU totaled 12 offensive boards to Cornell’s six and out-rebounded Big Red overall, 41 to 32. On the Orange’s first possession, Lydon posted up on the low block. His jump-hook try clanked off the rim, but it foreshadowed what later worked for SU.When SU got the ball in the high post, a cutting player worked along the baseline with ease or spotted up on the wings for open 3s. Thompson once chinned the ball at the elbow and fed a wide-open Lydon near the low block. Later, the forwards reversed roles on similar high-post to low-block action.By asserting itself down low, Syracuse opened up the wings for a second-half shooting surge. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more