Lady Bulldogs Capture Richmond Volleyball Invitational

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs capture the Richmond Volleyball Invitational Championship for the second year in a row.Batesville vs. FW Northside (10-5)Batesville vs. Marion (10-5)Batesville vs. Tindley (10-5)Batesville vs. FWN-Championship (10-5)Submitted by Batesville Coach Jody Thomas.last_img

MBB : Last time they played: Pittsburgh 74, Syracuse 66

first_img Published on January 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm The thunderous Pittsburgh student section in the Petersen Events Center fell silent.Syracuse shocked the 12,925 fans on hand — known as the Oakland Zoo — with a 17-0 run to pull back into contention the last time the Orange and Panthers met back on Jan. 17, 2011.‘We made as good a comeback as you’re probably going to make,’ Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said after the game.The comeback wasn’t enough, though, and SU fell short.The Panthers (18-1, 6-0 Big East) knocked the Orange (18-1, 5-1 Big East) back as soon as the game started, scoring the first 19 points of the game, and went on to win 74-66. And although SU battled back with a 17-0 run of its own, it was unable to complete its comeback without leading scorer Kris Joseph, who was out with a head injury.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPittsburgh forward Nasir Robinson torched Boeheim’s trademark 2-3 zone for 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Sophomore James Southerland managed just eight points in 38 minutes, attempting to fill the glaring void left by Joseph.But despite falling behind 19-0, and despite competing without its best player, point guard Scoop Jardine said he believed the Orange were still tough.‘We were right there,’ Jardine said. ‘And that is one thing — we are going to take credit from this loss.’It was Jardine who scored SU’s first points, connecting on a 3-pointer just more than eight minutes into regulation. Freshmen Dion Waiters and C.J. Fair followed with layups, sophomore guard Brandon Triche canned a jumper and the momentum shifted.Although Jardine and senior center Rick Jackson recorded double figures in scoring, it was Fair and Waiters who keyed SU’s turnaround with a combined 24 first-half points.As SU pulled to within two, assistant coach Mike Hopkins began dancing on the sidelines, imploring his team to maintain its defensive intensity.‘These kids showed a lot of heart,’ Hopkins said. ‘Playing without our leading scorer, Kris, the way these guys battled.’But when Ashton Gibbs hit a 3 to push the Pittsburgh lead back to nine with 6:33 left, Hopkins turned and spun. He followed with five two-footed stomps.A desperation press and clutch 3 from Triche brought the Orange within five with 1:07 left, but a layup by Brad Wanamaker with a minute left was the proverbial nail in the coffin.SU’s valiant comeback, Fair’s team-high 16 points and Jardine’s damage from long range were all for naught.Although the Orange quieted the Zoo early, turning a seemingly lost game into a Big East battle, the near-historic comeback was never completed.‘Chalk this up as a great learning experience,’ Hopkins said. ‘This place is as loud as it gets in college basketball.’—Compiled by Stephen Bailey, asst. copy editor,  Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

NBA Draft 2019: Cavaliers paid Pistons record $5M to draft Kevin Porter Jr., report says

first_imgThe Cavaliers paid a record $5 million for the rights to draft USC shooting guard Kevin Porter Jr., ESPN reported.Cleveland sent the cash and four future second-round picks to Detroit for the right to select Porter with the No. 30 pick (the Pistons had acquired that pick earlier this week from the Bucks). NBA Draft 2019: 3 takeaways from trade-filled night NBA Draft 2019 rumor roundup: A complete list of trades, news, notes and more The Cavaliers and many other teams had rated Porter, 19, as a top-10 talent in the draft, but his stock fell because of off-the-court issues; USC suspended him indefinitely last season as a freshman for an undisclosed “personal conduct issue.”A four-star recruit coming out of high school, the 6-6 Porter averaged 9.5 points per game last season and shot 47.1 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from beyond the arc. Related News NBA Draft 2019: The best and worst picks of the first round Porter was the Cavaliers’ third pick in the first round, joining point guard Darius Garland of Vanderbilt (selected at No. 5) and forward Dylan Windler of Belmont (No. 26).The $5 million the Cavs spent for rights to the 30th pick eclipses the previous mark of $3.5 million the Warriors paid the Bulls in 2017 for the rights to select Jordan Bell at No. 38.last_img read more

Matt Rhule’s Panthers contract puts pressure on team owner David Tepper to prove he’s not clueless

first_imgThere undoubtedly were conflicting emotions around the NFL landscape when the news broke of Matt Rhule’s surprising new contract with the Carolina Panthers.The gnashing of teeth was from the NFL owners who surely were angry in hearing that Panthers owner David Tepper gave Rhule a seven-year deal for $70 million including incentives ($60 million reportedly guaranteed) as an unproven NFL head coach coming from the college ranks, a pathway that has rarely led to coaching success. Tepper also had to kick in a $6 million buyout to Baylor, according to league sources. I’ve attended a lot of league meetings in the NFL, including the privileged executive sessions in which only the team owner or chief executive would be allowed in the room. I can tell you that with the Rhule contract fresh in everyone’s minds, there will be plenty of consternation expressed in the meeting room and in hallway conversations among owners at the upcoming annual league meeting in March.Meanwhile, there will be a fascinating juxtaposition of joyous feelings from the head coaches who also will be in attendance. They’ll be lined up to pat Rhule on the back and thank him for setting up their huge future pay increases.Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He makes speaking appearances to corporate/civic groups and college classes on negotiation and sports business/sports management. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL. Meanwhile, there were high fives and unbridled joy among the NFL and college coaching community who are thrilled by the fact that Rhule’s contract will help give them more leverage in future negotiations and likely lead to significant escalation of their salaries.Tepper, the second-year team owner in Carolina, better see playoffs and Super Bowls in the near future for his Rhule-led team, or the ridicule will only increase for an owner who will be portrayed as clueless in the coach negotiation process.MORE: How Panthers will approach their breakup with Cam NewtonNFL head coaching salaries are not easily obtained by the outside world. There is no salary cap that governs them, so teams don’t have to report to the league — and certainly not to the media — the full amounts they’re paying.It’s estimated that Rhule’s deal — including the larger-than-normal incentive package — currently places him tied for third among active NFL coaches. Bill Belichick leads the way at a reported $12 million per year, followed by Pete Carroll ($11 million average). Then come Jon Gruden and Rhule at $10 million per year.It’s an incredible salary for the 44-year-old Rhule, who has been a college head coach for only seven years (with four winning seasons) and has just one year of NFL experience as an assistant offensive line coach with the Giants. Tepper raised eyebrows around the league when he fired a two-time Coach of the Year in Ron Rivera and announced he would personally handle all elements of the coaching search. He obviously was unconcerned about the repercussions of his ground-breaking entry level contract for Rhule and the ripple effect that is sure to follow.The carryover from this deal will not only be an inevitable big jump in head coaches’ salaries. It filters down to offensive and defensive coordinators, who already have seen tremendous increases in salaries (with many in the $1.5 million-$2 million range) and then to position coaches.And the colleges follow the NFL, so we’ve already seen coaches such as Saban and Swinney land close to the $10 million-per-year level. Their salaries will continue to rise along with the younger up-and-comers such as Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma and P.J. Fleck at Minnesota.MORE FROM DIAMOND: Projecting Patrick Mahomes’ contract (Getty Images) (Getty Images) Rhule has had some college success, but it’s nowhere near the Nick Saban or Dabo Swinney level. Rhule took Temple from 2-10 in his first season in 2013 to 10-3 in 2016 before leaving for Baylor, where his records were 1-11, 7-6 and 11-3 this past season, including losses to Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game and to Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.The Giants reportedly were trying to lure Rhule back to his native New York, but Tepper gave him a Godfather-like offer he couldn’t refuse. This was shortly after the Cowboys signed Mike McCarthy, a Super Bowl-winning coach with nine playoff appearances, to a five-year deal for $6 million per year.Think McCarthy would like to renegotiate with Jerry Jones after learning of the Rhule signing?As a further comparison, most rookie NFL head coaches receive four-year deals worth $4 million-$6 million per year. This includes coaches such as Matt LaFleur, who has led the Packers to a 13-3 record and the NFC North title in his first season under his $5.5 million-per-year contract. And likely Joe Judge, the former wide receivers and special teams coach in New England who the Giants hired after the Rhule bidding got too high for their taste.2020 NFL MOCK DRAFT: Panthers begin defensive rebuildWhile the money Tepper has committed to Rhule has to be infuriating to his fellow owners, they surely are even more upset by the seven guaranteed years in the deal. It basically ensures Rhule will be at the Panthers helm for three or four years, as no owner would want to pay out over $30 million to a fired coach.With this deal in place, there’s going to be a bunch of NFL coaches and their agents telling their owners it’s not right for them to be lagging far behind Rhule, who has yet to win his first NFL game, much less lead a team to the playoffs.Imagine the conversation that could take place when 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer meet at mid-field prior to or following their divisional playoff game Saturday. Both coaches are probably in the $4 million-$5 million-per-year range, with Shanahan having three years remaining and Zimmer one more year on his contract. They could exchange greetings and say, “How about that Rhule deal? What does that make us worth?”Andy Reid is preparing for the Chiefs’ divisional playoff game against the Texans, but perhaps he put a call into his agent Bob LaMonte and suggest, in light of the Rhule contract, he could use a raise from his $7.75 million per year after 21 years as a very successful NFL head coach. Same thing for John Harbaugh, a strong candidate with Shanahan for NFL coach of the year honors after leading the Ravens to the AFC’s top seed. Harbaugh, who is making $9 million, has nine winning seasons and a Super Bowl title to his credit.last_img read more