Out of the national spotlight, California guard Crabbe quietly puts together sensational season

first_imgSAN JOSE, Calif. — Allen Crabbe became most famous for a viral video in which his coach shoved him in the chest.The player who would soon be named Pac-12 Player of the Year, the one who averaged 18.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game as a guard, was known more for a heat-of-the-moment exchange with Mike Montgomery than he was for those gaudy numbers.The YouTube page views grew exponentially, numbering in the hundreds of thousands, which only detracted from one of the nation’s best — and least-known — players.“Crabbe is a tremendous shooter,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “One of the best shooters in the country.”So while he is most commonly recognized for being on the receiving end of Montgomery’s anger-laced outburst in mid-February, Syracuse fans and basketball fans around the country will soon become familiar with his game. Crabbe is the leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for the Golden Bears, who advanced to the Round of 32 with a 64-61 win over fifth-seeded UNLV, and whether or not the Orange can contain him will be a major barometer indicating SU’s chances of reaching the Sweet 16.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCrabbe, a 6-foot-6 guard whose lanky frame resembles that of Michael Carter-Williams, arrived in Berkeley, Calif., three years ago as a top-60 recruit, according to ESPN. He was known as a lethal shooter, a player whose stroke was sweet but who needed to expand his game in other areas.He made at least two 3-pointers per game in both his freshman and sophomore seasons, relying on outside shooting for the majority of his points. He was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2011 and was a first team All-Pac-12 selection as a sophomore.Slowly but surely his game grew. He worked diligently on dribble penetration, understanding that any time he could slice through the opposing defense more opportunities would open up for his teammates. His scoring average jumped from 13.4 points per game as a freshman to 15.2 points per game as a sophomore.This year it rose to 18.7.“He scores the ball so easily, so effortlessly,” teammate Justin Cobbs said. “He’s working on being a complete player. I think he’s a great slasher. He’s trying to get to the basket and getting a lot of assists, getting his teammates involved.”Crabbe did just that in Thursday’s win over UNLV, chipping in four assists to go along with his 19 points and nine rebounds. It was his 10th game this season with four or more assists after just seven such games all of last year.“It’s been a nice progression for him,” Montgomery said.But Crabbe remains a shooter at heart, and he admitted that his eyes lit up a bit when he saw there was an opportunity to play Syracuse, a team that runs exclusively a 2-3 zone defense, on Saturday. He made three or more 3-pointers in a game 10 times this season, including a game with five 3s in a win over Southern California.It’s something the Syracuse players are aware of, and Carter-Williams mentioned the ability of California’s guards to shoot the ball just minutes after defeating Montana.The question becomes whether or not the Golden Bears can move the ball well enough to create open looks. Though Crabbe is excited to play against the zone, he made sure to emphasize that the one played by Syracuse is atypical of many others around the country.Boeheim’s ability to recruit long, athletic wings — no player on SU’s back line is smaller than 6 feet, 8 inches tall — creates the illusion of open shots that wind up being easily contested because of the length.“You’ve got to find the open shots they leave open in the zone,” Crabbe said. “We’ve got to be patient on our offense and just execute well. We can’t force things against them because they’ll take advantage of it.”Triche said he had not seen any film on California, nor had he watched them play during the regular season. That tends to be the case for talented players on the west coast, flying under the radar while the eastern seaboard sleeps.But Saturday, Crabbe will become a household name in a new part of the country, invading the east coast at 9:40 p.m. EST.  And if he plays like he has all season, those new viewers are likely to be impressed.Said Cobbs: “Allen is the complete basketball player.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 22, 2013 at 9:12 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

Fast and furious: Real Madrid acts over fans’ ‘violent actions’

first_imgAfter its title charge in Spain’s La Liga stalled, Real Madrid is planning to take action against supporters who allegedly vandalized cars owned by the club’s players.The squad returned to the Spanish capital following its 2-1 defeat by arch rival Barcelona in the early hours of Monday morning where they were met by fans who were unhappy with their display.It is alleged that cars, including those owned by Gareth Bale and Jese Rodriguez were both targeted, while coach Carlo Ancelotti was also allegedly abused.Real said on its website that it had suspended a club member and banned him from their properties pending an investigation.Three men are alleged to have insulted players and struck at least one of the vehicles.”The club has already identified the individuals responsible, one a Real Madrid member, for these aggressive and violent actions against several of our players,” Real said in the statement. “Details of this member’s identity have been sent to the club’s discipline commission, requesting that it expel the individual from Real Madrid for what is considered a very serious offense.”This afternoon, the discipline commission held an emergency meeting and decided to open a disciplinary investigation and provisionally suspend the individual’s rights as a member and access to the Santiago Bernabéu or any Real Madrid facilities.”Real Madrid has notified Spain’s National Anti-Violence Commission of the incidents that took place, as well as the identities of the individuals responsible, requesting that it apply those sanctions that it considers appropriate”Furthermore, Real Madrid will take any applicable legal action against the individuals responsible for these incidents”According to television pictures captured by Spanish television channel Cuatro, the incident happened when the players failed to stop their cars to speak with fans outside of the club’s Valdebebas training complex. In recent weeks Bale has been singled out for criticism with some supporters claiming the winger is struggling to justify his $120 million price tag.Real Madrid is four points behind leader Barcelona with 10 games of the La Liga season remaining.Supporters are frustrated at the team’s current run of form after it squandered pole position in the title race to Barcelona.Real started the season on fire and set a new Spanish record by winning 22 games in succession.But its form has faltered leading club president Florentino Perez to hold an impromptu press conference to defend Ancelotti only last month. –last_img read more

Dodgers-Braves: Game 1 of NLDS, Live updates

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Talking Dodgers during Game 1 of the NLDS vs. Atlanta.5:37P.M. Thursday, Turner Field, Atlanta, TV: TBS, Radio: 570AMPitchers: Dodgers Clayton Kershaw (16-9, 1.83) vs. Braves Kris Medlen (15-12, 3.11) Trouble viewing live updates on your browser or mobile device? click here.last_img

Dodgers force Game 5 with clutch eighth-inning effort

first_img“I’m pitching Thursday,” Hill said in the post-game locker room. “It’s a cliché but it’s true – this is what you play for.”The Dodgers have not officially named their starter for Game 5. But at least they have a five-hour cross-country flight to talk about it.“If anyone gives up on this team, they haven’t seen us play a whole lot this year,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said in the afterglow of Tuesday’s comeback.If anyone did give up on the Dodgers, they probably saw them play in the past three postseasons. The same familiar demons came out in the seventh inning Tuesday.Pitching on short rest for the fourth consecutive postseason (the third time in an elimination game) Kershaw didn’t dominate the Nationals’ lineup – only half of it. The top four hitters – Trea Turner, Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and (cue ominous music) Daniel Murphy – went 6 for 11 against Kershaw. From Anthony Rendon on down, the Nats were 1 for 15 with seven strikeouts against Kershaw. The top of the order put a run on the board in the first inning as Turner singled, moved to second when Kershaw walked Harper and scored on an RBI single by October nemesis Murphy.It took 27 pitches for Kershaw to get through that first inning – hard labor that was reminiscent of his 101-pitch, five-inning grind in Game 1.But Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first to give the Dodgers the lead and Kershaw pitched like a relieved man. He surrendered another run to the top of the Nats’ order in the third inning (Murphy driving it in with a sacrifice fly) but scored as many himself after leading off the third inning with a double.So he entered the dark alley of a seventh inning in October – where Kershaw’s legacy has been mugged before – with a 5-2 lead.Danny Espinosa – with eight strikeouts in the series including each of his first two at-bats against Kershaw Tuesday – led off with a single. Kershaw retired the next two batters but Turner hit a slow grounder to shortstop Corey Seager whose throw to second base for the force was late.Roberts came out to talk to Kershaw before leaving him in to face Harper, obviously telling Kershaw to empty the tank against his fellow former MVP because he would be his last batter.“You look at who we have and I think that Clayton is our best option,” Roberts said.With shadows creeping out near the pitcher’s mound, the matchup went eight pitches with Harper laying off a full-count fastball (Kershaw’s 110th and final pitch of the game) to draw a walk and load the bases.“Man, that’s what baseball is all about right there – a matter of will,” Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. “Kershaw was on empty. We knew it. They knew it.Man, that’s what baseball is all about right there: a matter of will,” Baker said. “Kershaw was on empty. We knew it. They knew it. Everybody knew it.”Kershaw barely had time to get a drink of water before all three runs had scored. Roberts’ attempt to play the matchups with his relievers worked no better than Don Mattingly’s attempts in postseasons before him. Pedro Baez hit a batter with his one and only pitch. Murphy – of course, Murphy – stroked Luis Avilan’s second pitch into left-center field for a two-run single and that quickly the game was tied.“After all the stuff we’ve been through this season – all the injuries, Kersh going down – we just stayed focused,” Kenley Jansen said of watching the lead disappear. “You could see it in guys’ eyes. When stuff like that happens to the best pitcher in baseball, you just want to stay focused. Just keep that game tied and give our offense a chance.”Joe Blanton made restitution, stranding the go-ahead run on third base and retiring the side in the top of the eighth.Still, the winning rally sprang from infertile ground. With two outs in the eighth, Andrew Toles was hit by a pitch. Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier singled to left field and brought up Utley who was 2 for his first 12 in the series – and looked every bit of it.“As bad as his at-bats might have been earlier in the game, you know what, he just doesn’t scare off and he keeps competing,” Roberts said. “So I’ll take my chance with Chase any time.”The Nationals had loaded their postseason roster with three left-handed relievers for moments like this. But Baker had used two of them and the third, Sammy Solis, was warming up more as a decoy. He had been used in each of the previous two games including 1 2/3 innings in Game 3.“When you look at it, maybe it’s just their day,” Baker said. “We had Solis warming up but we really didn’t want to use Solis unless it was an emergency.”Utley didn’t pose enough of a threat to register as an emergency but he stroked a ground single through the right side of the infield to drive in the winning run – and the sixth Dodgers run to score after there were two outs in an inning.“That’s him. That’s something in his DNA,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “When the stage gets bigger, when the moment gets bigger, he becomes a better player.” LOS ANGELES >> The bullpen the Dodgers had convinced themselves was now a strength let them down in October again. The resiliency forged during a difficult season did not.A three-run lead left behind by Clayton Kershaw disappeared in three pitches after he left the game. But Chase Utley’s two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning brought them a 6-5 lead that did hold up for a series-extending win in Game 4 Tuesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.The best-of-five series will conclude Thursday at Nationals Park. The Dodgers and Nationals will play at 2 p.m. PT if the Cubs-Giants series requires a fifth game. If the Cubs-Giants series ends in four, the Dodgers and Nats will play at 5 p.m.Whether the Dodgers spent their last bullet to get there remains to be seen. Their starting pitcher options for Game 5 consist of Rich Hill and his dangerous blisters or 20-year-old rookie Julio Urias matched up against National League Cy Young Award favorite Max Scherzer.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Marcus Peters shot at girl friend, brother in Oxford shooting incident complaint says

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer formally charged Marcus Peters, born in 1989, of Arkansas City with three felony counts and one misdemeanor stemming from the shooting which occurred at 221 E. Olive Road in Oxford Sunday evening.Peters has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, a level 7 felony with presumed imprisonment; criminal threat, a level 9 felony; and criminal damage to property, a Class B misdemeanor. He is to have an arraignment hearing at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Sumner County District Court in Wellington. His appearance bond is set at $50,000.Peters is accused of firing a .22 semiautomatic pistol four to seven times during a family backyard barbecue at 8 p.m. on Sunday. According to the Sumner County District Court Complaint, an altercation occurred between Marcus Peters and his girlfriend Brittany Purkey and brother Joseph Peters. Nine people were said to be at the barbecue during the time of the shooting, according to Oxford Police Chief Kirk Ives.No one was hurt during the shooting incident.According to the complaint filed on July 1, Marcus is being charged for firing a handgun at the direction of Purkey and Joseph during an argument about whether M. Peters was too drunk to drive safely. He is also being charged with attempting to impair an Oxford City Patrol car window in which he allegedly tried to kick out. He also threatened a Sumner County Sheriff deputy by saying he was going to “headbutt the f— out of you.”In the complaint affidavit, Oxford police officer Shawn Luck was dispatched to report of shots fired near Jeremy Witte’s residents at 203 E. Olive in Oxford. A woman called the police to report someone tried to force his way into the house but the Witte shut and locked the door.Another call came in saying a shirtless man was walking down the street with a gun firing it. Lux responded and apprehended Peters who was walking without a shirt on and was obviously intoxicated, the complaint said.Lux detained him in the back of the patrol car and preceded to 221 E. Olive to further investigate the call of shots fired. Marcus then kicked out the patrol car window allegedly. He was transferred to Sheriff Deputy Corley’s custody where he made the threat.Lux proceeded to interview Joseph Peters, who stated he was having a family barbecue when his brother Marcus became upset. In the complaint affidavit, J. Peters said Marcus had too much to drink and tried to drive away in his pickup but other family members would not let him.Marcus allegedly walked away while the family tried to remove a tire from his vehicle. Joseph left to look for Marcus then got a call from his girlfriend Purkey who stated Marcus had returned and was shooting a handgun. He returned and Marcus shot at him but he was able to get the hand gun from him and give it to his mother Connie Greenwood.Lux recovered the handgun from Greenwood. Purkey provided a written statement that said Marcus had been drinking and tried to leave so she took the tire off his truck. Marcus shot at her then Joe tackled him. Marcus shot again and they fought before the police officers showed up. A witness said she watched Marcus shoot at her sister which scared her and she screamed and went inside.According to Ives, Peters was on probation for various crimes in Cowley County and was not supposed to be in Sumner County according to the stipulations of the probation agreement.Ives said he estimated Marcus had been living with his brother for about two weeks before Sunday’s shooting incident.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Rep. Barshell Challenges School Administrators to Focus on Sciences

first_imgCeebe Barshell making remarks during the Science and Arts exhibition at Aware International SchoolHaving experienced shortage of medical doctors throughout the country, Montserrado County District#3 Representative Ceebee Barshell on Friday, March 1, 2019, said there was a need for school administrators to pay keen attention by including Science and Arts courses into their curriculum.Barshell said during so would encourage more students to develop interest in Science and Arts courses, through which many of students could become medical doctors.Barshell made the statement when the Aware International School conducted a Science and Arts Exhibition where participating students displayed their individual talents in Science and Arts.At Friday’s exhibition, students presented working models of their projects on global warming and its preventive measures, application of mathematical theories for daily use, as well as science and arts play for kids.The students also exhibited common plants and their health benefits, assessment of intentions and their working models, and a general tour of scientific and artistic displays.With the display of Arts, Barshell said there was a need for school authorities to concentrate mostly on the field of sciences. “But to achieve that, relevant government institutions, including the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), have to do more to reduce tariffs on the importation of science related equipment and materials.Another issue, Barshell observed, was for school authorities to mobilize their resources to jointly help the importation of said equipment and materials into Liberia.Indian Consul Gen. Jetty making remarks at the Science and Art Exhibition at Aware International SchoolAlso speaking, Upjit Singh Sachdeva, commonly known as “Jeety,” lauded the Aware International School administration for the initiative, and called on authorities at the Ministry of Education to follow the good “example of the school.”Jeety, a businessman and the Indian Consul General to Liberia, said the annual science and arts exhibition would make more students to get involved with the field of science and, thereafter, become future scientists for the country.According to him, the country has about 123 medical doctors for a population of over 4 million, which he said is a result of school administrators not making enough efforts to ensure that science laboratory was prioritized into their institution.This, he said would help to attract more students to the field of science and to become medical doctors in the future.Students of Aware International School demonstrating their science and arts projectsShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more