Jaro fire leaves P180-K damage

first_imgAccording to the Bureau of Fire Protection(BFP), the blaze – which hit the house owned by a certain Lilia – broke outaround 11:15 a.m. on Friday. It was believed that the fire originated froman unattended candle. The BFP declared a “fire out” around 11:33a.m. ILOILO City – Properties worth around P180,000went up in smoke after fire partially damaged a house in Barangay Cubay, Jarodistrict.center_img An officer of the Bureau of Fire Protection checks a house struck by fire in Barangay Cubay, Jaro district on Friday. IAN PAUL CORDER/PN No casualty was reported in the incident./PNlast_img read more

Australia’s Uluru opens for last time ahead of ban

first_imgTourists line up to climb Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia on Oct. 25. AAP IMAGE/LUKAS COCH/VIA REUTERS The closure wasannounced two years ago when fewer than 20 percent of the visitors were makingthe climb.(Reuters) Nearly 400,000visitors flocked to the Australian landmark in the year to end-June, governmentdata showed. YULARA –Hundreds of tourists clambered up Australia’s Uluru on Friday, the day before apermanent ban on climbing the sacred rock takes effect, following adecades-long fight by indigenous people to close the trek.  The Anangupeople, the traditional owners of Uluru, have called for the climb to be closedsince 1985, when the park was returned to the indigenous control. last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2018 Highlights, SRH vs KKR: Rashid Khan stars as Hyderabad win by 13 runs, will face CSK in finals

first_img# Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi New Delhi: In a high profile match, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) clash with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Qualifer-2 of the Indian Premier League 2018.Both the SRH and KKR have enjoyed a stunning season in the IPL 2018 so far and both of the outfits would be eyeing a win which would guarantee them a final against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). SRH lost the Qualifer-1 against CSK, while KKR won the Eliminator against Rajasthan Royals (RR). And this is the final match before the grand finale of the IPL 2018. Both the teams have had a different experience while playing in the Eden Gardens, with SRH winning just 1 against the KKR in 6 face-offs they have had so far and KKR winning the remaining 5.Here are the Highlights of SRH vs KKR:Rashid, MoM: “It was much needed for me, just tried my best to give 100% in bowling, batting and fielding. Full focus was to believe in my skills. Much happy with the batting today which was needed at the end. Started my career as a batsman, and I have the belief. Just try my best to look into the length and play according to the length. Focus was to play straight, that’s what the coaches said. So where the slower ball or anything, played straight and got runs. Can’t have excuses in fielding department. Just try to give my best. Working hard on that and it’s good so far. Want to dedicate my award to those people who lost their lives in a blast back home.”Williamson, SRH captain: It was a great fighting effort from the lads, game ebbed and flowed. Kolkata are an outstanding side. Game could have gone either way. Credit to the way the boys finished off the first innings to get a competitive total. Game was slipping away a bit at the start, but we knew if we held firm, we could squeeze back in the middle. He (Rashid) was brilliant but he’s got another game, so we’re going to keep him wrapped up. He’s had a great season for us. Important we move on and focus on the final. As a team we fight to the very last ball and we showed that again today. Someone like Rashid is the perfect example. Outstanding talent, but he has a great attitude. Real team effort. Dinesh Karthik, KKR captain: “It’s hard to digest. We played a good tournament. But to finish on the losing side doesn’t feel good. We had the game during the chase, but a couple of bad shots and one run-out changed the course of the game. Me, Nitish and Robin should have finished it off, but me not carrying it through is a mistake on my part. Plenty of positives, youngsters have grabbed their opportunities and done quite well so that’s great for the franchise.”# Sunrisers Hyderabad win by 13 runs, and enters the FINAL# 19.3 Overs: OUT! Gill goes and Eden is silent. Shubman Gill c Rashid Khan b Brathwaite 30(20) KKR 160/9# 19.2 Overs: OUT! Mavi finds the fielder in the deep. Shivam Mavi c Rashid Khan b Brathwaite 6(4) KKR 160/8# 19.1 Overs: FOUR! Mavi finds the boundary. KKR 160/7# KKR need 19 off the last over# 18.6 Overs: SIX! Gill goes big, any chances for a dream finish for him? KKR 156/7# 18.1 Overs: OUT! SRH are racing towards the final. Chawla b S Kaul 12(12) KKR 145/7# 17.6 Overs: FOUR! Down the ground by Gill. KKR 145/6# After 17 Overs, KKR are 136/6# After 16 Overs, KKR are 132/6# After 13 Overs, KKR are 112/5# 12.2 Overs: OUT!  Chris Lynn lbw b Rashid Khan 48(31) # 11.6 Overs: OUT! Karthik b Shakib 8(6)# 9.6 Overs: FOUR! Edged and races to the boundary. KKR 93/2# After 9 Overs, KKR are 88/2# 8.3 Overs: OUT! Brilliant work by fielder Rashid Khan.  Nitish Rana run out (Rashid Khan/Saha) 22(16) # After 7 Overs, KKR are 70/1# After 6 Overs, KKR are 67/1# 5.1 Overs: SIX! LYNNsanity! KKR 64/1# 4.5 Overs: SIX! Edged but still goes a long way. KKR 58/1# 4.3 Overs: SIX! Rana slashes it and the ball sails away. KKR 52/1# 3.3 Overs: FOUR! Flicked away by Lynn. KKR 44/1# 3.2 Overs: OUT! Big blow and Kaul strikes with his nuckle ball! Narine c Brathwaite b S Kaul 26(13) KKR 40/1# After 3 Overs, KKR are 38/0# 2.4 Overs: FOUR! Smashed away down the ground. KKR 37/0# 2.3 Overs: FOUR! Narine is on fire. KKR 33/0# 2.2 Overs: SIX! Narine smashes it towards the long off boundary. KKR 29/0# 2.1 Overs: FOUR! Full toss and driven away by Narine. KKR 23/0# After 2 Overs, KKR are 19/0# Kolkata Knight Riders need 175 runs to win# 19.6 Overs: SIX! Rashid finish off in style. SRH 174/7# 19.4 Overs: SIX! AB de Villiers must be smiling now! SRH 165/7# 19.3 Overs: FOUR! Rashid waited for the slower ball and hammered it. SRH 159/7# 19.1 Overs: FOUR! Bhuvneshwar slaps it to the boundary line. SRH 154/7# 18.6 Overs: SIX! Stunning shot by Rashid Khan. SRH 150/7# 18.3 Overs: SIX! Dropped catch and a maximum# 18.1 Overs: OUT! Another one bites the dust. Pathan c Chawla b Shivam Mavi 3(7) SRH 138/7# 17.5 Overs: OUT! Brilliant fielding by Nitish Rana. Brathwaite run out (Nitish Rana/Karthik) 8(4) SRH 134/6# 17.4 Overs: SIX! Dispatched away by Brathwaite. SRH 132/5 # 16.5 Overs: OUT! Narine venom strikes!  Deepak Hooda c Chawla b Narine 19(19) SRH 124/5# 15.2 Overs: SIX! Stand and deliver stuff by Hooda. SRH 119/4# 15.1 Overs: OUT! What a way to send Shakib back, brilliant work by Kuldeep. Shakib run out (Kuldeep Yadav) 28(24) SRH 113/4# 14.3 Overs: FOUR! Hammers it away this time. SRH 109/3# 14.2 Overs: FOUR! Slapped away by Shakib. SRH 105/3# 12.2 Overs: FOUR! Shakib smashes it. # 10.3 Overs: OUT! Saha goes..a bit of fumble by DK but he does the job. Saha st Karthik b Chawla 35(27)  SRH 84/3# 10.1 Overs: FOUR! Smashing shot by Shakib. SRH 83/2# 9.6 Overs: FOUR! Another sweep by Saha. SRH 79/2# 9.2 Overs: FOUR! Delicate sweep by Saha. SRH 73/2# After 9 Overs, SRH are 69/2# 8.2 Overs: FOUR! Perfect cover drive by Saha. SRH 66/2# 7.5 Overs: OUT! Bigger breakthrough than that of Dhawan, Yadav with a stunning googly. Williamson c Karthik b Kuldeep Yadav 3(3) SRH 60/2# 7.1 Overs: OUT! Kuldeep Yadav strikes on his first ball. PLUMB! Dhawan lbw b Kuldeep Yadav 34(24) SRH 56/1# 6.5 Overs: FOUR! Slapped away by Dhawan. He is in superb form. SRH 54/0# 6.2 Overs: FOUR! Straight down the ground by Dhawan. SRH 48/0# 4.6 Overs: FOUR! Saha charges Mavi and smashes a boundary towards deep mid wicket. SRH 40/0# 4.2 Overs: FOUR! Saha just directed it towards the third man boundary. SRH 32/0# 3.4 Overs: FOUR! Picture perfect cover drive by Dhawan. SRH 26/0 # 3.2 Overs: FOUR! Slapped away by Dhawan. SRH 22/0# After 3 Overs, SRH are 18/0# 1.6 Overs: SIX! Flicked away towards the square leg boundary by Dhawan. SRH 14/0# After 1 Over, SRH are 4/0# Dhawan and Saha are at the crease for SRH. Shivam Mavi with the new ball! For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. # Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson(c), Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Carlos Brathwaite, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, K Khaleel Ahmed Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and have opted to fieldPitch Report: It’s very humid and there’s some cloud around. This is a much better pitch, it’s drier and a bit harder, the ball will come onto the bat a bit better and the spinners will also come into play, says Graeme Smith.KKR Probable XI: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Javon Searles, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna.SRH Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Shreevats Goswami, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul last_img read more

We shot ourselves in the foot: Bermuda captain

first_img.. after suffering 2-1 Gold Cup defeat to HaitiSAN JOSE, Costa Rica ( CMC) – Bermuda captain Danté Leverock said his side had only themselves to blame after letting Haiti off the hook in the first half of their CONCACAF Gold Cup opener, which ended in a 2-1 defeat for the Gombey Warriors on Sunday.Debutants Bermuda, the lowest-ranked team in Group B, missed a hatful of chances in the first half before the six-foot, four-inch captain gave his side the lead on the stroke of halftime with a well-placed header.Leverock, 27, a defender who plays for Irish club Sligo Riovers, said afterwards that Bermuda should have gone into the break with more than a one-goal lead.Zeiko Lewis was the main culprit, missing two gilt-edged chances, while Nahki Wells and Lejuan Simmons both wasted good opportunities, before Bermuda faded in the second half,“In the first half, we were on top,” Leverock told Bermuda’s Royal Gazette newspaper.“We had our chances and at this level you have to take them. The attackers know they have to be scoring those types of chances, but we can’t fault them. They work hard and will win us games.“Some of the guys’ heads are down and it’s up to the leaders in the group to pick them up.”Leverock was pleased with his goal but defeat was a bitter pill to swallow.“To score for my country, in front of my family, is always a good feeling, but I’d rather not score and we win and keep a clean sheet,” he said.“Maybe I’ll look back in a couple of weeks and be proud of myself. Right now, I’m disappointed.”Haiti scored two second-half goals through Frantzdy Pierrot as Bermuda struggled to cope with the searing pace of substitute Derrick Etienne, who swung the momentum in his side’s favour.“They came out very strong and Etienne is a good player and his pace created problems for us,” Leverock added.“Maybe we sat back a bit too much and invited the pressure. Both goals were lapses in concentration.”Lewis, a former team-mate of Etienne’s at Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls, echoed Leverock’s sentiments regarding Bermuda’s missed opportunities.“If we had taken our chances, we could have easily won this game,” Lewis said.“It’s always frustrating to miss chances, but we were all encouraging each other to stay positive for the second half.”Bermuda next take on group favourites Costa Rica, who beat Nicaragua 4-0 in their second game, in Frisco, Texas, romorrow.last_img read more

Aruna Quadri Rises to 27th in ITTF Ranking

first_imgNigeria’s Aruna Quadri has moved nine places from 36 to 27 spot in the November ITTF ranking released wednesday.As the first African to win an ITTF title outside the continent after claiming the men’s singles at the Polish Open, Aruna Quadri gained more points from his Poland victory as well as claimed some points from his qualification to the main draw at the ITTF World Cup in Liege, Belgium. With 2434 points in October to be ranked 36, Aruna Quadri gained 23 more points from his performance in October to be rated 27th in November with 2457 points.Despite drop in his ranking points from 2528 to 2513, Egypt’s Omar Assar holds on to the zenith in Africa as the Egyptian moved a step up from 21 to 20.China’s Ma Long remains the number one player in the world despite losing to Germany’s Timo Boll in the semifinal of the ITTF World Cup while winner of the 2017 ITTF World Cup, Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov achieved the biggest ranking in his career after moving a step up to third spot in the latest ranking.World Cup runner’s up, Germany’s Timo Boll moved to fourth place in the ranking while France’s Simon Gauzy continued his steady rise in the rating as the Frenchman moved from 13 to eighth place in the ranking to halt the dominance of Asians in the ranking. Among the top 10 players ranked in the world, Europe has three players while Asia has seven.In the women’s ranking, for the first time in her career that China’s Zhu Yuling has headed the list, she replaces compatriot – Ding Ning, the reigning Olympic and World champion whose name no long appears owing to a recent absence from the international scene.The effect is that there is a climb of one place for China’s duo of Chen Meng and Liu Shiwen. Chen Meng is now at Number 2 followed by Liu Shiwen.Similarly, it is one position higher for the next three names in the order of merit. Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa is now at Number 4 followed by Japanese compatriots – Miu Hirano and Mima Ito.Efforts of Egypt’s Dina Meshref at the 2017 ITTF Women’s World were rewarded, as the African champion moved from Number 103 to 92nd.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Everything but the Song: There’s always something to be said about the music of ‘Insecure,’ mostly good things

first_imgOpening with Tyler, the Creator’s “A BOY IS A GUN” is a unique yet fitting choice. Though I haven’t quite deciphered the eerie opening sequence with the less-popular “IGOR” track in the background, it works. Passing Randy’s Donuts, a neon “good vibes only” sign, vendor booths and the main stage of what seems to be Issa’s block party, the hook, “You so motherfuckin’ dangerous” with “No, don’t shoot me down,” humming beneath, seems to foreshadow the demise of Issa and Molly’s friendship. Yet, the placement could solely be a sonic choice — more so reflecting Issa’s quirky-Black personality. She’s no Odd Future member but the protagonist of HBO’s comedy series is arguably as odd as Tyler, the Creator himself. Unpacking every song played during the “Lowkey Feelin’ Myself” episode would be nonsensical. Anyone who’s seen the previous seasons is aware of how “Insecure” consistently delivers on the music front. More importantly is how the show’s music choices are effective in complementing an aesthetic crafted over the past few seasons. Featured are unsung heroes, such as Jazmine Sullivan’s work on the title track “Insecure” or popular newcomers like SZA’s “Supermodel” ending season two’s “Hella Questions.” Never does the show feel like a drawn-out music video, à la Hype Williams’ “Belly.” Better yet, the show’s soundtrack is reflective of a new-age of Black television, highlighting familiar settings in a new way — as FX’s “Atlanta” does — while showcasing new talent and fresh ideas.  “This week, we have a guided yoga session set to the Mereba album, along with some herbal enhancements pre-rolled to perfection,” Issa said, with the song playing in the background elevating the show’s storytelling. Erykah Badu’s “Green Eyes,” Goapele’s “Closer” or Amel Larrieux’s “For Real” could have served as the soundtrack to the duo’s smoke-and-yoga session, but they would’ve missed the mark as stereotypical choices for Black women who do yoga and smoke weed. The lesser-known “Sandstorm” is a more subtle choice that resonates with a contemporary audience.  (Sara Heymann | Daily Trojan) For a while, I longed for television to return to the tradition of celebrity musical appearances which populated ’90s sitcoms: think of Boyz II Men on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Yet when imagining a possible Megan Thee Stallion or Lucky Daye cameo, I can’t place it perfectly. It would come off as basic and another way to force celebrity culture down our throats. In lieu of this, “Insecure” gives us a selection of songs that ease us into Issa’s world and heighten moments such as her clique’s appearance at the Kiss ‘n’ Grind party. Taste is rare, especially when it comes to music. Better yet, taste is subjective. Kudos to Rae and Lehman for having it.  Khia’s “My Neck, My Back” was the most annoying placement in the episode. I’d hate to use the word ratchet, but it best defines Issa’s tenant who requests the club anthem during Issa’s fundraiser. Hearing the track was initially funny as Issa’s brother-turned-DJ danced behind a makeshift booth. It also added to the trainwreck that her fundraiser was becoming.  Anytime I hear “We were low, we were high, Jekyll, Hyde / I’ll still stay by your side,” an instant smile graces my face. If there weren’t a Mereba track in this season, I’d honestly be shocked. “Sandstorm,” the single from her 2019 album “The Jungle Is The Only Way Out,” is set to more fly-over shots of Los Angeles, as well as Molly and Issa’s self-care Sunday.  Ellice Ellis is a senior writing about the music industry and social justice. She is also an Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Daily Trojan. Her column “Everything but the Song” runs every other Wednesday. In a 2018 interview with Billboard, music supervisor Kier Lehman described the show’s musical tone: “The style of music they use feels very West Coast, like L.A. — very modern, not a throwback or a stereotype.” I couldn’t agree more, although “My Neck, My Back” is a glaring cliché. It’s representative of a new-age L.A. — it’s music I, as a 21-year-old, would listen to on a trip to Simply Wholesome or with friends at a strip of the beach in between Santa Monica and Malibu.  To the scene’s downfall, “All you ladies pop your pussy like this / Shake your body, don’t stop, don’t miss,” exemplifies the elements of the series that seem almost cherry-picked from Black Twitter. The selection, paired with the character who embodies it, is stereotypical and too on-the-nose. It’s an eye-roll among the other nine songs featured in the premiere, but I’m not surprised. I’m not sure if “Insecure” could survive without its caricatures.  Sunday’s fourth season premiere of “Insecure” opened on a high note. After waiting more than a year to witness Issa (Issa Rae) and her funny, drama-ridden friend group, of course, the expected opening shots of Los Angeles were a delight. Yet, even better than the series’ return was the music used in the premiere. last_img read more

Kwesi Appiah names final 23-man squad

first_imgBlack Stars Head Coach Kwesi Appiah has  named his final 23-man squad for the upcoming AFCON in Egypt, with no place for FC Nantes forward Majeed Waris.The 27 year old misses out along with Hearts of Oak defender Mohammed Alhassan, Kotoko’s Abdul Fatawu, Yaw Yeboah and Ebenezer Ofori.Swansea City midfielder, André Ayew, will lead the Black Stars for this year’s tournament, which has been expanded to 24 teams from 16.The team also includes Kotoko shot stopper Felix Annan, Samuel Owusu and Kwabena Owusu who will be making their debuts at the tournament.The Black Stars will take on Bafana Bafana of South Africa on June 15 in their last pre tournament friendly in Dubai, before the team heads to Egypt.Squad List:Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, South Africa, Lawrence Ati- Zigi (Sochaux, Montbeliard, France), and Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko, Ghana).DefendersAndy Yiadom (Reading, England), Abdul Baba Rahman (Reims, France), Lumor Agbenyenu (Goztepe A.S, Turkey), Kassim Nuhu, (Hoffeinham, Germany,) John Boye ( Metz France), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew SC, USA), Joseph Aidoo (Genk, Belguim), Joseph Attamah (Basaksehir, Turkey)MidfieldersMubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Kwadwo Asamoah (Internazionle, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Andre Ayew ( Fenerbache, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Samuel Owusu (Cukaricki, Serbia), Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian, Scotland)AttackersAsamoah Gyan (Kayserispor, Turkey), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor, Turkey and Kwabena Owusu (Leganes, Spain).last_img read more

Ghanaians to expect a surprise at the Be The Next Champion finale

first_imgIts standing is without question. As the last one-month indicated, football remains the world’s most popular sport, loved and adored by scores of people, played actively by millions and watched with incredible dedication by a lot more people.As 32 teams gathered at the World Cup in Russia, the visitor and viewer numbers highlighted a certain trend. The United States of America had the most nationals travelling to Russia for the tournament. In Ghana, it was the prime television program. Both countries were not represented yet, this football event played over a four-year period gripped their respective countries as if they were involved.That Ghana affection for football is mirrored on a continent-wide level. Pitches everywhere, kids playing barefooted on any available patch of land, many of them rising up at dawn, running miles, practising in a bid for that vital breakthrough.It is a breakthrough whose chase has been legitimised by the success stories of some of the continent’s most outstanding names. Abedi Pele, Michael Essien and Didier Drogba all emerged from the continent to become eminent names in the world of football. There are many striving to get there and a lot more waiting to be unearthed. That is why interventions like the Rexona Ghana Be The Next Champion Campaign has become so vital.  Over a three month period, a team led by former Ghana international midfielder Laryea Kingston have scouted the length and breadth of Ghana picking out outstanding talents to join Africa XI for a game against Chelsea legends in September.Kingston’s role as technical director of the project is complemented by the efforts of arguably Ghana’s greatest export to the English Premier League Michael Essien. The midfielder made his name during a distinguished European career that counted clubs such as Lyon, Real Madrid and AC Milan but it was at Chelsea where he flourished the most, winning every trophy that club football had to offer at the highest level. In a way, his career provides the clearest path for young footballers; scouted early in school, afforded the best training plus opportunities at home and abroad, he grabbed them with both hands and is the perfect man to preach the message about why young footballers should be taking the Be The Next Champion campaign seriously.“I had my opportunity early so I know what openings like this mean,” he said. “I hope through this, a number of footballers can get their breakthrough at the highest level so I hope as many as possible sign up.”That message seemed to have gone down well. In trips to every regional capital in Ghana, the response has been overwhelming. Wa opened the floodgates in grand style before the two northern towns of Bolgatanga and Tamale embraced it. Sunyani, home to many Ghanaian footballers and the capital of the region with the most Ghana Premier League clubs proved it loves it’s football and has talent in reserve. Kumasi has been a big talent hunting spot for scouts and when the train stopped there, they didn’t disappoint. Venues like Ho and Koforidua provided confirmation that as far as football talent goes, they are fairly well spread out in the country. Then the search ended in Accra, which as is to be expected is overflowing with talent so much so that it took three days of scouting in three strategically selected venues to get through the process. The sum of all that is, 26 young hungry and talented footballers who will converge at the Lizzy Sports Complex on 22ndand 23rd July to determine who gets the slot or is it slots, available to Ghana in the Africa XI. Kingston undertook the selection but he will be joined by two coaches from Chelsea over a two day period for the final. Laryea knows the process will not be easy.“On our regional rounds, it was incredibly difficult to pick the winners because there were so many good players,” Kingston said. “I think it will be keenly contested and that is a good thing because there is so much at stake.” And oh!!  A big announcement is expected to be made by the Rexona -Chelsea team at the grand final. Keep your fingers crossed for the surpriselast_img read more

March Madness results: Scores, highlights from Friday’s Round 1 NCAA Tournament games

first_imgTop seeds Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina were all in trouble for a period of time Friday, but they all escaped with victories and prevented major chaos.MORE: Watch March Madness games live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day trial)Freshman sensations RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson proved the stage wasn’t too big for them in their NCAA Tournament debuts. They combined for 51 points in top-seeded Duke’s 23-point win over North Dakota State.Several compelling second-round matchups await Saturday, including mid-major Wofford going up against blue blood Kentucky and a Big Ten matchup of Michigan State and Minnesota.Sporting News tracked all the action from Day 2 of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. 2019 NCAA Tournament live scoresFor live updates of the tournament bracket and information on how to watch March Madness, check out the links below.Live March Madness bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV scheduleFriday’s March Madness schedule(10) Iowa 79, (7) Cincinnati 72 (9) Oklahoma 95, (8) Ole Miss 72(3) Texas Tech 72, (14) Northern Kentucky 57(13) UC Irvine 70, (4) Kansas State 64(2) Tennessee 77, (15) Colgate 70(1) Virginia 71, (16) Gardner-Webb 56(6) Buffalo 91, (11) Arizona State 74(12) Oregon 72, (5) Wisconsin 54(9) Washington 78, (8) Utah State 61(1) Duke 85, (16) North Dakota State 62(3) Houston 84, (14) Georgia State 55(12) Liberty 80, (5) Mississippi State 76(1) North Carolina 88, (16) Iona 73(9) Central Florida 73, (8) VCU 58(11) Ohio State 62, (6) Iowa State 59(4) Virginia Tech 66, (13) Saint Louis 52MORE: What channel is truTV?Results, highlights from Round 1 gamesNo. 4 Virginia Tech 66 No. 13 Saint Louis 5212:29 a.m.: Well, Saint Louis prevented the game from getting completely out of hand, but it falls by 14. The Billikens were never really in this one.12:16 a.m.: Hokies are holding strong against the Billikens. Passes like these never hurt either..@HokiesMBB droppin’ dimes from the high post. pic.twitter.com/sNZqsvTq92— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 23, 201912:02 a.m.: Tramaine Isabell with back-to-back 3s and it’s a 10-point game. 11:59 p.m.: Saint Louis is trying to make it interesting in the final game of the night. It trails by 15 with 11 minutes left.11:44 p.m.: Not much of a change to start the second half. Virginia Tech leads 47-27. It’s not looking good for the Billikens. 11:10 p.m.: The Hokies defense continues to dominate. They lead 40-18 at the half. Seven different Hokies have scored at least four points.10:51 p.m.: The Hokies are up double digits, 26-10. Ahmed Hill has seven points and Justin Robinson has scored three off the bench in his return from injury.The Hokies aren’t playing around… 😯 They hold a 26-10 lead over Saint Louis!#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/NsmKMCQEwv— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 23, 201910:30 p.m.: In the final game of the night, Virginia Tech is up 9-6 in San Jose. No. 11 Ohio State 62, No. 6 Iowa State 5911:56 p.m.: The Buckeyes miss the front end of the free throw and the Cyclones had a look to tie the game but the shot is no good. Ohio State survives, 62-59. Survive and advance! @OhioStateHoops is moving on. pic.twitter.com/GFkoduMa7C— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 23, 201911:55 p.m.: Wesson hits both free throws and Marial Shayok misses the front end of the one-and-one. 11:48 p.m.: Clutch! Lindell Wigginton cuts the lead down to one with 20 seconds left. The Cyclones needed that basket and they got it. 11:46 p.m.: Kaleb Wesson makes two free throws and Ohio State is up four with 51 seconds left. 11:35 p.m.: Brace yourselves for a good finish. Buckeyes lead by one with four minutes to play.11:21 p.m.: This has been the best game of the night session. Ohio State leads by five midway through the second half.10:57 p.m.: The second half is underway. 10:36 p.m.: Ohio State is up by two at halftime after a tightly contested first half. 10:26 p.m.: Ohio State leads by five at the final media timeout of the half.10:08 p.m.: Tyrese Haliburton brings the house down!Iowa State was cleared for TAKE OFF! 😤✈️#MarchMadness | @CycloneMBB pic.twitter.com/1saxeVj97d— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 23, 20199:56 p.m.: Fast start for the Buckeyes, who are up 9-2 at the first media timeout. No. 9 UCF 73, No. 8 VCU 5811:53 p.m.: UCF wins and will play Duke in the second round.11:45 p.m.: UCF responds to VCU’s 16-3 run with four straight points to move the lead back to double digits.Tacko Falls… AND HITS THE AND-1! 💪#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/yDgUNKn8ah— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 23, 201911:40 p.m.: This is getting interesting. The lead is down to seven!11:35 p.m.: The Rams are trying to make one last stand. They have scored seven straight to cut their deficit to 13. 11:04 p.m.: VCU’s offense continues to sputter as the Knights open up a 40-24 lead in the second half. This isn’t fair pic.twitter.com/nKgVK4rsmw— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 23, 201910:36 p.m.: Give Fall another block. UCF leads by 10 at the half. Access DENIED. pic.twitter.com/9aSvaGSCty— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 23, 201910:22 p.m.: Both teams are slowly getting their bearings. The Knights lead by four points with seven minutes left in the first half.10:19 p.m.: Should be plenty of Tacko Fall highlights in this one. He met Tacko at the Summit. pic.twitter.com/9aqpfr4a6L— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 23, 20199:58 p.m.: Early futility for both teams. It’s 3-0 with almost six minutes into the game.No. 1 North Carolina 88, No. 16 Iona 7311:25 p.m.: It’s final. The Tar Heels win by 15 and will play Washington in the second round. 11:15 p.m.: North Carolina is on cruise control towards a victory. It leads by 15 points at the final media timeout. Nassir Little is one of five Tar Heels in double digits.10:46 p.m.: The Tar Heels are starting to pull away. They lead by 11 and are outscoring Iona 23-7 in the second half.Tar Heels three? WET! 💦#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/dUOiBPyw9J— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 23, 201910:37 p.m.: UNC comes out hot in the second half, scoring 10 of the first 13 points to take a three-point lead.10:11 p.m.: The Gaels are living beyond the arc. They lead by five at halftime.👌👌👌👌👌👌👌��👌👌IONA HAS HIT 10 3’S IN THE 1ST HALF! #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/qQls7MlVF4— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 23, 20197:00 p.m.: Iona has nine 3s and leads by six points.9:51 p.m.: The Tar Heels are back in the lead, up 18-15 halfway through the half.9:37 p.m.: Iona is off to an early 9-8 lead.No. 12 Liberty 80, No. 5 Mississippi State 769:47 p.m.: Both free throws are good again. The Flames survive. 9:45 p.m.: Liberty hits both free throws but Mississippi State gets a bucket back. The Flames go back to the free-throw line with 3.6 seconds left.9:44 p.m.: He makes two of three free throws and Liberty heads back to the line.9:43 p.m.: Both sides hit two free throws and Weatherspoon is fouled from 3-point range on the other end. He will have a chance to cut the lead to one.9:41 p.m.: Liberty splits two free throws on consecutive trips to the free throw to go up four with 22 seconds left.9:39 p.m.: After the Bulldogs make two free throws to re-gain the lead, the Flames hit another big 3 to jump back ahead by two points.9:31 p.m.: Liberty takes the lead! Another three by Homesley puts the Flames up by two points with 2:39 to play.FLAMES OUT FRONT 🔥#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/SFlfUeTyzT— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 23, 20199:27 p.m.: Here come the Flames! They cut the lead back down to three. Caleb Homesley has a career-high 25 points. 9:19 p.m.: The Bulldogs open up a 10-point lead on the heels of a 10-0 run.9:06 p.m.: These teams are going back and forth in the second half.Liberty has retaken the lead! 👀#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/rEv2iHZEyE— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 23, 20198:59 p.m.: A three-point play by the Flames give them a one-point lead with 14:14 left.8:48 p.m.: The second half is underway in San Jose. 8:25 p.m.: Mississippi State goes on a little run and takes a two-point lead into halftime. 8:18 p.m.: Tides are changing as the Flames have taken the lead. 8:06 p.m.: Quinndary Weatherspoon and Robert Woodard each have seven points so far as the Bulldogs cling to a one-point lead. 7:51 p.m.: Mississippi State leads 11-10 about eight minutes into the game.Liberty & Miss. State are exchanging buckets early! 👌#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/Zo4fz5UjSH— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 2019No. 3 Houston 84, No. 14 Georgia State 559:15 p.m.: Houston takes care of business, winning 84-55. Davis led the way with 26 points. 9:00 p.m.: This is a full-on blowout now for the Cougars.The Cougars are bringing that Houston heat to Tulsa! 🔥Houston have a 26-pt lead. #MarchMadness | @UHCougarMBK pic.twitter.com/avfNqTFdjB— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 23, 20198:47 p.m.: Davis is 7 of 17 from 3-point range and has 26 points as the Cougars lead 59-41.8:35 p.m.: Houston opens the second half on a 10-2 run and it it starting to break away.8:09 p.m.: A 40-point first half has Houston up nine through 20 minutes.8:00 p.m.: Georgia State just won’t go away. It cuts the lead to six points at the under four-minute timeout.7:46 p.m.: The Cougars have cooled off a little but still lead 21-12. 7:28 p.m.: Houston jumps out to an 11-3 lead on four points from its best player, Corey Davis Jr.No. 1 Duke 85, No. 16 North Dakota State 629:13 p.m.: The Blue Devils close out the 23-point victory over North Dakota State. Barrett had 26 points and Williamson finished with 25.8:39 p.m.: Hey, it’s Zion again. Duke leads by 22.8:28 p.m.: Zion doing Zion things. Now nine straight points to open the half for Duke. Zion is taking over. 😳Duke opens up a 40-27 lead over NDSU!#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/bjv22xQsLZ— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 23, 20198:24 p.m.: Seven unanswered points for the Blue Devils to start the half and they lead by 11. 7:59 p.m.: Blue Devils are holding on to a 31-27 lead as we head to halftime. 7:56 p.m.: This RJ Barrett slam was part of a 7-0 Duke run. RJ with AUTHORITY! 🔨#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/612Djaofan— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20197:43 p.m.: Duke’s defense is taking over as NDSU doesn’t have a point in nearly six minutes.7:38 p.m.: Add another dunk to the lengthy Williamson highlight reel.Pure strength. 💪#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/o89gu80Teb— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20197:35 p.m.: Duke has finally tied it up at 16. Williamson has six points.7:17 p.m.: Hot start for NDSU. It leads 12-5 at the first media timeout.7:13 p.m.: Looks like Zion might be a tad too strong for the Bison. Zion gets started off on the right foot… 😳#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/XjL4rILNe2— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20197:11 p.m.: It’s Zion time.No. 9 Washington 78, No. 8 Utah State 618:58 p.m.: The Huskies pull away late to secure the victory.8:50 p.m.: Matisse Thybulle extends the lead to 14 with a 3 and they might be the dagger. 8:45 p.m.: We have hit the final TV timeout of the contest. The Huskies are up by nine points.8:37 p.m.: Washington answers with seven straight points on its own, all by Nahziah Carter.8:27 p.m.: A 7-0 Aggies run has them within one point midway through the second half. This one is getting interesting!8:23 p.m.: Here come the Aggies.A BIG 👌 for the Aggies to cut the lead! 👀#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/ApcKlDNBFw— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 23, 20198:13 p.m.: Utah State’s leading scorer for the season, Sam Merrill, finally gets his first field goal of the day and the Aggies are down 10.7:36 p.m.: Noah Dickerson beats the buzzer to extend Washington’s lead to 40-28 at the half. Dickerson had 14 points and eight rebounds in the first 20 minutes.7:24 p.m.: And just like that Thybulle scores five straight points to extend the Huskies’ lead to nine. The Huskies are having their way!! 🔨#MarchMadness | @UW_MBB pic.twitter.com/yHkSMs1qLe— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20197:23 p.m.: Utah State is hanging around, but Washington has been in control for most of the half. It leads 29-25 at just under the five-minute mark.7:06 p.m.: Pac-12 defensive player of the year Matisse Thybulle is making his presence felt early. Washington leads by one at the second media timeout.This block was straight-up rude pic.twitter.com/b5cl5C7ZP6— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 22, 20196:53 p.m.: Utah State has hit three of its first four field goals and jumps out to a 7-3 lead.No. 12 Oregon 72, No. 5 Wisconsin 546:43 p.m.: The Ducks win it by 18.6:39 p.m.: This has become a blowout, even though it was close most of the way.6:32 p.m.: Wooten has taken over this game. His defense inside has helped the Ducks jump ahead by 12 points with 4:14 to go.SWATTED :flushed:#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/enGfYaw4cE— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20196:21 p.m.: Oregon is hanging onto a 48-42 lead but has not made a basket for more than four minutes.6:08 p.m.: Kenny. Wooten. A rejection at one end, then a thunderous slam at the other for the talented forward. He’s letting Wisconsin know about it too.”UH OH!”#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/bJfxywfccn— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20196:06 p.m.: Oregon is getting hot from deep. It has a seven-point lead.5:58 p.m.: Wooten with a slam! He’s made an immediate impact since his return.CLEAN IT UP! :triumph:#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/10NWpjtiYN— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20195:54 p.m.: Wooten is back in the game to start the second half.5:32 p.m.: We enter halftime tied at 25. Khalil Iverson drops the HAMMER to tie it up before the half! :triumph:#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/ccvKhquhVj— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20195:30 p.m.: Oregon forward Kenny Wooten has been on the bench in apparent pain for the past few minutes. He’s the best defender on a team reliant on its play at that end of the floor, so his absence would be a major blow.5:16 p.m.: Payton Pritchard has been lethal for the Ducks.Payton Pritchard from the parking lot :scream:#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/0UnjmqMGNs— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20195:05 p.m.: It’s been a low-scoring first half between these power conference schools. With nine minutes remaining in the half, Oregon is up 18-11.Payton Pritchard is putting on a SHOW! :flushed:#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/G0V0zWcM9E— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 2019No. 6 Buffalo 91, No. 11 Arizona State 746:30 p.m.: Buffalo wins in a rout over the Sun Devils, setting up a second-round matchup with Texas Tech.5:39 p.m.: It’s all Buffalo here. The Bulls lead Arizona State 57-39.5:05 p.m.: Halftime: Buffalo 44, Arizona State 31. The Sun Devils have not made a 3-pointer.4:43 p.m.: Buffalo is starting to overwhelm Arizona State.Buffalo is NOT playing fair! :scream:#MarchMadness | @UBmenshoops pic.twitter.com/u0UWHDb0G5— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20194:35 p.m.: Buffalo leads Arizona State 24-16, not that you’re paying attention to this game right now with other potential upsets in the second half.No. 1 Virginia 71, No. 16 Gardner-Webb 565:09 p.m.: Virgina winds up winning by 15 after trailing big in the first half to avoid another historic upset.4:57 p.m.: Virginia appears safe.UVA is in full control with a 17 point lead over the ‘Dogs! :hammer:#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/dBW4zRBXcq— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20194:41 p.m.: Double-digit lead for Virginia.Virginia has found its stride!They’ve opened up an 11 point lead over Gardner-Webb :flushed:#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/oIZ6V7jAZN— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20194:29 p.m.: Virginia is ahead 39-38 now. The Cavaliers have all of the momentum.UVA is BACK on top! :muscle:#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/qImrYDFu2A— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20194:27 p.m.: Virginia has come out strong in the second half. Gardner-Webb’s lead is down to 38-36.4:01 p.m.: Gardner-Webb is ahead 36-30 at halftime. Remarkable.3:55 p.m.: Gardner-Webb continues to knock down 3s. It now leads 36-25.3:45 p.m.: It’s hard to properly express how crazy this scoreline is.The Runnin’ Bulldogs have given UVA their largest deficit this season… :flushed:#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/IPRCUR9zK7— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20193:37 p.m.: 26-14, Gardner-Webb. This might be happening again.3:33 p.m.: 20-10, Gardner-Webb.3:28 p.m.: 17-10, Gardner-Webb.3:27 p.m.: 12-6, Gardner-Webb.3:25 p.m.: Gardner-Webb takes a quick 8-4 lead. Virginia’s offense has been uncharacteristically sloppy.3:15 p.m.: Perhaps the most-anticipated 1-v-16 matchup of all time begins on truTV. Virginia won’t go down again, right?No. 2 Tennessee 77, No. 15 Colgate 704:55 p.m.: Tennessee hangs on to win.4:51 p.m.: Huuuuuuge 3s from Schofield. Back-to-back from the corner.:scream: ADMIRAL GOES BACK TO BACK! :scream:#MarchMadness | @Vol_Hoops pic.twitter.com/nsbkDFywQk— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20194:49 p.m.: A Colgate layup cuts it to 66-62. Less than three minutes left.4:40 p.m.: 63-58, Vols.4:33 p.m.: Colgate has hit 12 shots from beyond the arc. Tennessee has made just five.4:25 p.m.: Folks, Colgate is winning.Colgate takes the lead! :scream:#MarchMadness | @ColgateMBB pic.twitter.com/BJ78zn1twV— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20194:19 p.m.: Colgate is now down just six.”That had Stephen Curry written all over!” :sweat_drops::sneezing_face:#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/lDj4GSE6p3— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20193:48 p.m.: Halftime: Tennessee 42, Colgate 30.3:35 p.m.: Tennessee is looking pretty comfortable here.The Volunteers get it to GO! :muscle:#MarchMadness | @Vol_Hoops pic.twitter.com/vtAChpuJ6O— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20193:20 p.m.: The Vols are up 20-13. Jordan Bowden has seven points off the bench.3:04 p.m.: Tennessee isn’t messing around, opening up a 9-2 lead over Colgate.No. 13 UC Irvine 70, No. 4 Kansas State 644:10 p.m.: UC Irvine pulls off the upset!Soak it in, @UCImbb! :tada:#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/vFXySz1WmA— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20194:07 p.m.: Clutch free throws by UC Irvine give it a four-point lead with 17.4 seconds left.3:50 p.m.: With Virginia down to No. 16 Gardner-Webb, UC Irvine’s 61-56 lead with 4:27 to go might be flying under the radar. This would be a pretty significant upset for the Anteaters.3:43 p.m.: UC Irvine is hanging around. This 3 was important.ONE POINT GAME! :eyes:#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/oR7V53GoFO— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20193:31 p.m.: Kansas State hits a go-ahead 3-pointer with a little over 12 minutes left.3:21 p.m.: All eyes are on this potential upset with Texas Tech starting to pull away elsewhere.2:53 p.m.: Max Hazzard drills a 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer, tying the game at 30.HAZZARD TIES IT AT THE HALF! :rotating_light:#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/cm96q0CzQP— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20192:51 p.m.: Kansas State comes out in a full-court zone, then draws a charge after UC Irvine breaks the press.2:43 p.m.: These teams keep trading runs. It’s UC Irvine’s turn now. The Anteaters have scored nine straight.2:30 p.m.: Kansas State has held UC Irvine scoreless for almost five minutes, building a 10-point lead in the process.2:17 p.m.: Kansas State jumped out to a 17-9 lead, but UC Irvine has since trimmed that to 17-16.No. 3 Texas Tech 72, No. 14 Northern Kentucky 573:20 p.m.: Texas Tech completes the blowout.3:04 p.m.: The Red Raiders are seemingly running away with the contest now, their defense and athleticism kickstarting a swing in momentum.Texas Tech is trying to TAKE OFF! :scream:#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/twYtVB4WGv— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20193 p.m.: Texas Tech finally takes a double-digit lead after it had struggled to gain air space throughout the contest. Can it maintain that advantage?2:55 p.m.: Texas Tech has not been able to completely pull away, but it still controls the game with a 42-34 lead.2:44 p.m.: The second half gets underway with a couple of buckets from the Red Raiders.2:23 p.m.: Halftime: Texas Tech 30, Northern Kentucky 26.2:15 p.m.: A mini-run by Northern Kentucky has it down by three with 2:32 left in the first half.1:57 p.m.: The problem early on for Northern Kentucky is making its open looks. Surprisingly, it has been effective at breaking down Texas Tech’s defense by swinging the ball on the perimeter. But without many shots falling, this could get away from the Norse.1:54 p.m.: Northern Kentucky is very much hanging around. Texas Tech is up 14-13 about 10 minutes in.1:35 p.m.: Texas Tech’s pressing defense forces a quick turnover and the Red Raiders take a 6-2 lead. Northern Kentucky has a tall task ahead of it trying to consistently score.No. 9 Oklahoma 95, No. 8 Ole Miss 722:39 p.m.: The end mercifully arrives for Ole Miss. Oklahoma wins 95-72.2:36 p.m.: The only question now is whether Oklahoma will reach 100 points. It has 93 right now.2:01 p.m.: The Sooners continue to dominate.Rashard Odomes (19 PTS) is having himself a day! Sooners up by 18. :eyes:#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/FpB3QQL0TA— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20191:29 p.m.: Indeed, Oklahoma puts up 50 in the first half, entering the break ahead 50-33.1:20 p.m.: Sooners guard Rashard Odomes is perfect from the field. His 12 points lead all scorers.1:16 p.m.: Oklahoma might hang 50 on Ole Miss in the first half. The Sooners have 44 with four minutes remaining.1:05 p.m.: Oklahoma is taking care of the ball on offense and forcing turnovers at the other end. The result? A double-digit lead.Oklahoma is turning up the defense! :lock:#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/kO82G4cqVO— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 201912:54 p.m.: Ole Miss has stopped things from getting totally out of hand, but it still trails 22-11.12:47 p.m.: It’s now 12-0.The Sooners look serious! :flushed:They’ve jumped out to a 12-0 lead over Ole Miss!#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/s9tL9elSrq— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 201912:46 p.m.: Oklahoma starts the game on a 7-0 run.No. 10 Iowa 79, No. 7 Cincinnati 722:23 p.m.: The Hawkeyes are going to win this one. They trailed by 13 at one point in the first half but shot lights-out down the stretch. Luka Garza led the way with 20 points and seven rebounds.Iowa with the EXCLAMATION POINT‼#MarchMadness | @IowaHoops pic.twitter.com/WUdsJkFItW— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20192:21 p.m.: Iowa has the ball and a 73-67 edge.2:13 p.m.: Huge 3-pointer for Iowa!The Hawkeyes are letting ’em FLY! :fire::fire:Iowa has a 6pt lead with under 2 minutes left.#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/gquNm8w0iy— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20192:10 p.m.: Iowa leads 65-64 with under three minutes to play.2:06 p.m.: Bearcats big man Nysier Brooks fouls out.2:04 p.m.: What a game this is turning out to be. Iowa grabbed a 62-59 lead, but Cincinnati answers to tie things at 62.1:51 p.m.: This was a beautiful finish through contact.What a STRONG finish! :smirk:#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/1R1rmcL7wS— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20191:45 p.m.: Midway through the second half, Cincinnati leads 54-53.1:31 p.m.: Iowa briefly took the lead with this Bohannon shot, but Cincinnati has since responded to regain the advantage.IOWA IS IN THE LEAD! :sweat_drops:#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/CDffz6aDeN— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 20191:27 p.m.: Iowa cuts Cincinnati’s lead to two.1:01 p.m.: Jordan Bohannon knocks down a jumper at the buzzer, and Iowa goes into the break down five. The Hawkeyes did a nice job chipping away at their deficit late in the half.Iowa before the buzzer :eyes::rotating_light:#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/YVa7qdjNuJ— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 201912:58 p.m.: Iowa’s seven first-half turnovers are really hurting its chances of an upset.12:52 p.m.: Justin Jenifer has 10 points for Cincinnati. His latest 3-pointer puts the Bearcats up 32-21.12:48 p.m.: Iowa knocks down a 3-pointer to pull within five points of the Bearcats.12:37 p.m.: With a quick 18-7 lead, Cincinnati can now dig in defensively and try to wear down the Hawkeyes. Friday’s NCAA Tournament slate failed to provide any signature moments, but a handful of upsets made for intrigue throughout the day.Five double-digit seeds prevailed Friday, with UC Irvine, a 13-seed, coming away with the biggest upset of the first round, a win over short-handed Kansas State. Oregon, Iowa, Liberty and Ohio State also came out victorious. Overall, No. 12 seeds won three of their four first-round games. 12:27 p.m.: Iowa allows a wide-open perimeter jumper and a dunk on consecutive possessions.Cincinnati throws it DOWN! :muscle:#MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/R5KC6dQnu1— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 22, 201912:23 p.m.: Cincinnati leads 8-5 four minutes into this one. Iowa’s defense, which has struggled all year, has looked decent in the half court so far. It’s obviously still early, though.12:15 p.m.: The first game of Day 2 is underway.last_img read more

Steelers pleased with themselves after NFL draft

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MIKE TOMLIN (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Will GravesPITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers understand it’s going to take more than nine college players to address the surging number of needs on a roster in the midst of an unusual amount of transition.Still, over the course of three days, the Steelers believe they’re off to a solid start.Pittsburgh bolstered depth concerns on both sides of the ball in the final four rounds of the NFL Draft on Saturday to give an aging roster an influx of much-needed young talent.“We’ve done it the way we’ve always done it,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “It just so happened that particularly early in draft, the guys in the highest position on our board were in positions where we needed to add.”The Steelers spread their picks all over the field, taking two linebackers — including first-round pick Jarvis Jones — two defensive backs, two wide receivers, a running back, a quarterback and a defensive tackle. Pittsburgh even traded with rival Cleveland to add an extra selection in the fourth round to grab Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas.By allowing the Steelers to move up and take Thomas, the Browns will receive Pittsburgh’s third-round pick in 2014. It’s a move general manager Kevin Colbert felt was necessary to land the 5-foot-9 Thomas, who defensive backs coach Carnell Lake compared to 2007 Defensive Player of the Year Bob Sanders.“I’m not worried about his size at all,” Lake said. “The kid has a 40-inch vertical and that kind of explosiveness gives him great range when it comes to making plays.”Thomas gives the Steelers a potential impact player to back up veterans Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark. The 32-year-old Polamalu and 33-year-old Clark are entering the final stages of their career and key reserves Will Allen and Ryan Mundy signed elsewhere during the offseason.The aggressive jump to get Thomas gave the Steelers the chance to start planning — perhaps — for life after Ben Roethlisberger.Pittsburgh drafted Oklahoma star Landry Jones in the fourth round, the highest the club has taken a quarterback since using the 11th overall pick on Roethlisberger nine years ago.“I just think it was time to start grooming a new player, freshen up the room if you will,” quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner said.Jones smashed every significant passing record during his four years at Oklahoma, throwing for 16,646 yards and 123 touchdowns while starting 50 of 52 games.Colbert allowed there’s a chance Jones “will never play” for Pittsburgh but didn’t want to let an opportunity to bring one of the most accomplished passers in NCAA history into the fold slip away.“When you have a franchise QB like we do, you don’t get a lot of opportunities to add a young quarterback into the mix,” Colbert said. “It’s a critical position. You better keep adding young folks to that spot.”The 24-year-old Jones said he had no contact with the Steelers until his phone rang Saturday afternoon. He considers himself a future NFL starter but has no issues coming in and learning the league behind a two-time Super Bowl winner.“On every single team there’s going to be a quarterback that has your job,” Jones said. “You’re going to go in there, you’re going to be respectful and do all these things and compete as hard as you can.”The Steelers have relied heavily on longtime backups Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch when Roethlisberger has been unavailable. Both are now unlikely to return after Pittsburgh signed Bruce Gradkowski to serve as Roethlisberger’s top sub and drafted Jones with an eye toward one day having a younger guy in place should Roethlisberger get hurt.Fichtner said it is time for the 31-year-old Roethlisberger to become one of the guys who talks instead of the one who listens.“There has been a great respect between Byron, Charlie and Ben,” Fichtner said. “I think this gives Ben an opportunity to share his experiences. That is an exciting time.”Jones is already familiar with the Roethlisberger family. His wife, Whitney Hand, played basketball at Oklahoma with Roethlisberger’s sister, Carlee.“My wife is pretty pumped about this whole deal,” Jones said with a laugh.Even if it means Jones will have to wait his turn.“I get to learn from one of the best quarterbacks to play the game,” Jones said.Jones will have at least one familiar face in town after Pittsburgh drafted Oklahoma wide receiver Justin Brown in the sixth round. Brown spent the first three seasons of his collegiate career at Penn State before transferring to the Sooners in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.The 6-foot-3 Brown gives the Steelers a big target in the red zone. Brown joins third-round pick Markus Wheaton as new blood on a wide receiving corps that is wide open behind starters Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders.The Steelers grabbed Illinois cornerback Terry Hawthorne in the fifth round. Hawthorne, considered more of a cover corner than a physical presence, gives Pittsburgh a dash of speed as a nickelback.Pittsburgh wrapped up the draft by taking Florida State linebacker Vince Williams in the sixth round and Samford defensive tackle Nick Williams in the seventh.Both players are considered projects, then again the Steelers figure most rookies need time to adjust to the NFL regardless of where they are selected.Thomas sounded like the rest of his brethren while talking about a future that will begin next week when the Steelers host a rookie minicamp.“I will play anywhere they want me,” he said. “I just want to be on the field. I want to help out the Steelers.”last_img read more