Press Association Edinburgh kicked off amid a downpour that had been falling for several hours and in a powerful wind that swirled and changed direction, ensuring neither team was favoured. Jack Cuthbert and Tonks kicked effectively early on as Edinburgh applied the pressure, but poor handling and mistakes at the line-up stifled their attacks. Despite their bright start the hosts conceded a penalty in the 21st minute for failing to release and Madigan was able to kick the visitors in front. The lead did not last long, however, with Laidlaw soon scurrying 30 metres after being released by Ollie Atkins. Although he was brought down on the visitors’ 22, Edinburgh kept possession and a smart pass from Tonks sent wing Fife sliding in on the left. Edinburgh remained on the attack through to half-time and went in 8-3 ahead thanks to a straightforward penalty from Laidlaw, who had failed with his earlier conversion attempt. Soon after the restart Madigan kicked his second penalty to reduce the arrears to two points, but within three minutes the lead was back out to five as Laidlaw successfully sent over another three-pointer . The game descended into a scrappy kicking contest as the miserable conditions took their toll, although on 73 minutes Edinburgh’s forwards drove forward a mini maul to win a penalty but Laidlaw could not take the opportunity to kick his third of the contest. Leinster were never out of the contest by any stretch and found belief in the final minutes, so nearly breaking through for a match-winning try. Following a line-out they took up camp on the home line for a series of thrusts as the clock ticked down but they were all repelled by the formidable Edinburgh defence, with Leinster’s hopes finally dashed by a late and costly knock-on. Dougie Fife claimed the only try of the match as Edinburgh ran out 11-6 winners , with Greig Laidlaw’s two penalties also proving crucial. Leinster, whose points arrived via two penalties from the boot of Ian Madigan, applied pressure late on but they could not avert another setback following their home defeat by Northampton in the Heineken Cup, and they slip to third in the standings. Edinburgh overcame both the elements and formidable opposition to defeat RaboDirect Pro 12 champions Leinster at a rain-swept Murrayfield on Friday night.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 2, 2017 at 11:57 pm Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org | @matt_schneidman RALEIGH, N.C. – Jim Boeheim worried about Maverick Rowan all week. Dennis Smith Jr. was guaranteed to inflict damage — the freshman point guard did just that with a triple-double — but Rowan was going to be the X-factor as a sharpshooter with the potential to stretch the zone beyond it’s limits.Even with Boeheim’s added concern, Rowan carved up Syracuse to the tune of a career-high 31 points on 11-of-23 shooting from the field. The sophomore did all he could to match John Gillon’s offensive fireworks, but in the end his eight 3-pointers just weren’t enough.“We knew he was the best shooter on that team,” SU freshman Tyus Battle said. “He just got open, made some tough shots anyway.”Despite SU’s (14-9, 6-4 Atlantic Coast) 100-93 overtime win over North Carolina State on Wednesday night, the Orange surrendered 14 3-pointers and allowed the Wolfpack to shoot 43.8 percent from deep. Up next on Saturday in the Carrier Dome is No. 9 Virginia (17-4, 7-2), and the Cavaliers rank second in the league in 3-point percentage at a 39.6-percent clip. If Syracuse has any chance at stretching it’s winning streak to four games it’ll need to stop Tony Bennett’s team from behind the arc, especially since it’s highly unlikely that UVA’s staunch defense will allow as many points as N.C. State’s did.“The zone, you want to defend the 3 as well as you can,” fifth-year senior Andrew White said, “but when you got a guy that can light it up, usually it’s tough.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textVirginia has that guy capable of lighting it up in London Perrantes. Syracuse fans will recall the poofy-haired point guard burying five first-half 3-pointers in the Elite Eight last year that gave Virginia it’s big first-half lead. He’s one of four Cavaliers that shoot better than 40 percent from deep.Perrantes hits 41.4 percent of his triple attempts and half of his points come from behind the 3-point line. Devon Hall shoots 40 percent from deep in 26 minutes per game. Kyle Guy is hitting at a near 47-percent rate in almost 18 minutes per contest and Isaiah Wilkins leads the bunch with a 57.1-percent clip from long range in over 27 minutes per game. While UVA has the third-fewest number of 3-point field goals made in the ACC, it’s also taken the second fewest.Syracuse likely won’t see a hefty load of shots go up from deep like it did against North Carolina State, but UVA brings just as many, if not more weapons from deep that threaten to make the euphoria of Syracuse’s overtime victory short-lived.“Our defense has struggled all year on the road,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We wanted to get near Rowan. We didn’t get near him the whole night.”After Syracuse furiously stormed back from 16 down to tie the game in the final minute, Rowan sunk a contested 3 from the right wing with 10 seconds left to put N.C. State up three. Then again in overtime, with SU stepping on the Wolfpack’s throats up seven, Rowan converted a four-point play to give his team one last breath.The likelihood is Gillon doesn’t go off for 43 points again on Saturday. The other likelihood is that Virginia, which allows the fewest points per game in the ACC at 53.4 and nearly nine full points better than second-place Louisville, doesn’t give the Orange nearly as many chances to get back in the game if it falls behind.Of course, SU completed one of the best comebacks in program history last time it played Virginia to become the first No. 10 seed to reach the Final Four. But Boeheim’s team only has so many miraculous comebacks in it, one would think, and the starting point to pulling off its second upset of a Top 10 team within a week is shutting off the 3-point line. Comments
• Iowa’s “sister state” relationship with Hebei Province has fostered many relationships between Drake and community organizations, schools, and government offices in Hebei. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University football team’s 12-day trip to the People’s Republic of China will be highlighted by a game against a Chinese all-star team in the Drake-China Ambassadors Bowl in Beijing on Saturday, May 26.The team will arrive in Beijing on the evening of Wednesday, May 23, and will be hosted by University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, an academic partner of Drake, throughout its 12-day stay in China.The two days prior to the game will focus on preparation, with Drake football practices open to the public at UIBE. As part of the clinics for the children and coaches the team will host leading up to the game, Drake University has donated 200 footballs to aid development of the sport in China.The Bulldogs will take on an all-star team made up of players from the American Football League of China (AFLC) Champion Shanghai Titans, the Iron Brothers and other Beijing-based AFLC teams, and the CAFL indoor league at 1 p.m. local time (12 a.m. US CDT) on Saturday, May 26.”Drake football is excited to travel to China and interact with the people of that great country through the sport of American football,” said Drake head coach Rick Fox. “This will be a trip that will have lifelong impact on our young men and we hope it will be a benefit to the people of China as well.”Following game day, the Bulldog travel party of 82 people will take on a unique challenge when they hike the steep and majestic Great Wall segments of Gubeikou-Jinshanling on Monday, May 28. This challenging trek, organized by Global Football and their local coordinator Xian Aihua, will provide a rare opportunity for the team to gain personal knowledge of this world wonder by hiking two major sections. The group will spend the balance of their time in cooperative educational activities hosted by UIBE, as well as touring the spectacular city of Beijing and enjoying a U.S. Embassy visit.Global Football organized and coordinated Drake’s trip to Tanzania in 2011 for the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl, and will manage football operations for the visit to China this month.”During the past decade, the sport of American football has caught hold in a number of cities in China,” said Global Football Founder and President Patrick Steenberge, who will be onsite to coordinate the visit. “The Drake Bulldogs football team will have an amazing opportunity to further the development of the sport among youth and young adults in China, just as they did in Tanzania.”Drake’s myriad ties to China include: • Ongoing collaboration with Drake University Law School alumnus Terry Branstad throughout his career as former governor of Iowa and current U.S. ambassador to China. • Drake’s Teach in China program, through which more than 225 Drake alumni have had the opportunity to live and teach English in China. • Partnerships with four Chinese universities—Sichuan International Studies University in Chongqing, Southwest University of Political Science & Law in Chongqing, Minzu University of China in Beijing, and the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing—and with Shijiazhuang Foreign Language School in Shijiazhuang. Print Friendly Version