For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Krishnagar (West Bengal): Although 16 years have gone by, differently-abled athlete Somnath Malo still fondly remembers the evening he had dinner with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died on Thursday.Malo, who hails from Nadia district of West Bengal, was a member of the Indian contingent that won 22 medals – three gold, nine silver and 10 bronze – in the 2002 FESPIC Games in Busan, South Korea. He had won one gold in high jump.Vajpayee had invited the victorious Indian team to dinner at his residence.Also Read | Mauritius cyber tower to be named after Atal Bihari Vajpayee “He called me to sit beside him. Then, he asked me where did I stay and how my leg got defunct. I vividly remember his smiling face as he had dinner with us,” Malo said, reminiscing that evening.The team was invited to Delhi about 20 days after its return from Busan. The Ministry of Sports had arranged a felicitation ceremony, following which the team members were taken to Vajpayee’s residence for dinner.“At that time, I was unable to speak Hindi. Vajpayee ji realised it and was smiling, patting my back. He was such a simple man that I did not feel I was sitting beside the prime minister and talking to him,” said Malo, who was all of 20 back then and the youngest in the team.Read More | The Vajpayee era and the mystique of saffron frenzy The athlete, who recently joined a school as a non-teaching staff, said Vajpayee had advised him to practice well and not to hesitate if any help was required.The former prime minister died at the AIIMS hospital in Delhi on August 16 at the age of 93, following a prolonged illness.
Published on February 24, 2015 at 7:16 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Phil D’Abbraccio (20-7): Notre Dame 74, Syracuse 65SOLSyracuse has shown some valiant fight through this stretch of challenging opponents, but the luck the Orange needs to get past Notre Dame didn’t join SU in South Bend. UND shoots well and shoots consistently from 3-point range and given the open looks that a zone lends itself to, that’ll be more than enough to overcome a lack of a comparable post presence to Rakeem Christmas – whose farewell tour trudges along with another Syracuse loss.Jesse Dougherty (21-6): Notre Dame 72, Syracuse 61No luck neededBoth of these team are susceptible to good 3-point shooting and here’s where they differ — the No. 9 Fighting Irish are deadly from behind the arc. Led by Jerian Grant and Pat Connaughton, UND is built to slice up the Orange’s zone in all kinds of ways. The one place Notre Dame lags behind SU is in the frontcourt, but Rakeem Christmas can only do so much before the Fighting Irish pull away with a substantial amount of time on the second-half clock.Jacob Klinger (22-5): Notre Dame 70, Syracuse 55Shooting the lights outThis is hardly the first time this has been pointed out, but the easiest way to beat the zone is to go over it and no team in the Atlantic Coast Conference has an easier time taking and making 3s than Notre Dame. UND is shooting 40.4 percent from beyond the arc this season. With Trevor Cooney feeling the effects of a back sprain, SU not only has a damaged perimeter shooter, it faces the Fighting Irish with a key defender hobbled. This team’s already stretched and there’s not enough Rakeem Christmas and Michael Gbinije to go around to make up for that — especially not in South Bend where the Irish have only lost once this year. Comments
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