For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Nick Kyrgios stormed off and threw a tantrun which earned him a disqualification.Kyrgios had held a press conference in which he criticised Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.Nadal entered the next round along with Novak Djokovic. highlights New Delhi: Roger Federer saved two match points against Borna Coric to advance to the quarter-finals of the Italian Open as defending champion Rafael Nadal and top seed Novak Djokovic raced through in straight sets. However, Australian firebrand Nick Kyrgios was disqualified on Thursday after a foul-mouthed rant during his third-round match against Norway’s Casper Ruud which could land him with a lengthy suspension. Federer came through 2-6 6-4 7-6 (9/7) against 13th seed Coric after earlier beating Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-4 6-3 in the second round as players doubled up after rain wiped out play on Wednesday. Federer, a four-time finalist in Rome, trailed 0-4 before dropping the first set, coming back in the second and saving two match points in the third set tie-break. “Definitely felt like I got a little lucky obviously,” said Federer. “Borna had the lead. There were crucial moments throughout the match, second set and third set, for me to stay in it. Things definitely went my way tonight.”RELATED Federer next plays Greek eighth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat Monte Carlo Masters champion Fabio Fognini 6-4 6-3. Tsitsipas shocked Federer in the fourth round at the Australian Open in January. Nadal, meanwhile, dropped just two games throughout the day, dispatching Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1 6-0 in the third round after earlier also dropping just one game against France’s Jeremy Chardy. “I have been improving every week,” said Nadal, who next plays fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco as he targets a first title on clay this season before his French Open defence. “It’s been a peculiar clay court season for me. I had some tough period of time. Has been a little bit difficult to hold the body and the tennis level for every day.” Djokovic, winner in Madrid last Sunday, beat German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-0 after earlier easing past Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-1 6-3. The four-time Italian Open winner next plays Argentine seventh seed Juan Martin Del Potro for a place in the semi-finals. “I like the fact that I didn’t play yesterday because I felt like I needed an extra maybe day of rest and recovery a little bit,” said the Serb. “So it was perfect.” In the women’s event, Japan’s Naomi Osaka, the top seed, also won twice to retain the world number one ranking ahead of the start of the French Open. She eased into the last eight with a 6-3 6-3 win over Mihaela Buzarnescu after earlier beating Slovak Dominika Cibulkova by the same scoreline. Osaka was at risk of losing her world number one ranking to Simona Halep but the Romanian was knocked out by Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova losing 2-6 7-5 6-3. Halep’s defeat also guarantees Osaka’s top seeding at the French Open. Swearing, chair throwing Kyrgios’s tournament finished early after he threw a chair across the court in a tantrum, before storming off and being disqualified. The controversial 24-year-old, who had marked his presence in Rome by criticising Djokovic and Nadal in an interview on Wednesday, started arguing with the umpire in the third set. World number 36 Kyrgios had levelled the match at one set all but was given a game penalty early on in the third set for swearing. His response was to kick out at a water bottle before throwing a chair onto the court, packing his bag and then storming off the court, shouting ‘I am fucking done” Kyrgios was automatically disqualified with Ruud winning 6-3 6-7 (5/7) 2-1 to advance to the third round before losing to del Potro. “I think he got what he deserved,” said Ruud of Kyrgios who was then fined 20,000 euros and made to forfeit his tournament winnings. Kyrgios had already been at the centre of controversy during Wednesday’s washout when he told the NCR Tennis Podcast that Djokovic had “a sick obsession with wanting to be liked”. Nadal was described by the Australian as “super-salty”. Fifth seed Dominic Thiem slammed tournament organisers after he was dumped out 4-6 6-4 7-5 by Verdasco. Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the sixth seed, got past American Taylor Fritz 6-2 6-4 and then Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany in three sets. Czech second seed Petra Kvitova retired in her third-round match against Greece’s Maria Sakkari while trailing 7-5 5-7 4-0 in the third set.
The Bees were 8-9 going into the game, but that record did not reflect the circumstance that made this game dangerous for F-M, starting with the mere fact that the game was at B’ville’s Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.Also, the Bees had played a first-round sectional game on Oct. 23, defeating Auburn 5-1, while F-M was off for nearly two weeks.Plus, both regular-season games between these sides were close, the Hornets prevailing by 1-0 and 2-1 margins, so B’ville knew that it could compete with F-M. Tags: ESMF-Mfield hockey The Bees were able to have a fair amount of scoring chances during the first half as F-M struggled to get on track. One of those paid off when, just past the midway point of the half, a penalty corner saw Leah Tuch pass it to Emma Brushingham, and the senior backhanded a shot past Hornets goalie Claire Grenis.That one-goal margin held until halftime, but once intermission was over F-M began an all-out attack to try and get even.Pinned in its own end, the Bees had to surrender 11 penalty corners. It took every bit of effort from the Bees’ defense to withstand all of these chances and, when it was needed, goalie Sarah Smiley was strong, too, officially credited with four saves, but also steering other shots just wide of the target, all the way to the final horn.ESM, meanwhile, would have to travel to Central Valley Academy to take part in its Class B sectional semifinal against no. 4 seed Whitesboro, but easily handled the assignment, prevailing 4-0 for the Warriors.This match featured perhaps the quickest scoring burst in sectional playoff history.Already, the Spartans had a 1-0 lead thanks to Maggie Saunders’ goal 7:05 into the first half, and were ably protecting that lead when, with less than three minutes left in the half, Rileigh White converted on a penalty corner off a feed from Mary Searle.Right after, ESM had gained possession again and, on a breakaway, Grace Stone’s hard shot found the net a mere seven seconds following White’s tally. What was a close contest was suddenly 3-0, and Whitesboro never recovered.A last-minute goal by Searle helped seal ESM’s berth in the final Sunday at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill against defending champion Holland Patent, a rematch of the 2018 title game won by the Golden Knights 3-1.HP had allowed just one goal all season on its way to a 14-0-1 record, and here it would hold the Spartans without a shot and, with a three-goal outburst in a span of less than 10 minutes, claim the sectional title again, eventually prevailing 4-0.Through the first 16 minutes, ESM’s defense, led by Anna James, Jill McGinley and Abby Herrington, withstood plenty of Golden Knights opportunities, but once freshman Madison Oliver converted, HP took over.With 9:06 left in the half, another ninth-grader, Maggie Cummings, scored to make it 2-0, and less than three minutes later the margin grew to three on a shot by Anna Healey off a penalty corner.Cummings returned to score again in the second half and HP cruised to its ninth overall sectional title. Meanwhile, the Spartans finished a 10-3-5 season and has six seniors graduating, including Saunders, McGinley, Stone, Searle, Angelina Dodge and Lauren Miller.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story A top seed in a post-season tournament guarantees only that the team which holds that honor will get severe challenges from anyone wanting to knock the favorites from its perch.East Syracuse Minoa, the no. 1 seed in the field hockey Section III Class B playoffs, was quite aware of this dynamic even before it entered post-season play – and if it wasn’t, what happened to Fayetteville-Manlius in a similar situation would prove instructive.Even with its 12-1-1 record and Salt City Athletic Conference regular-season title, the Hornets were unable to get out of last Monday’s sectional semifinals, beaten 1-0 by no. 4 seed Baldwinsville.
A chance for the Baldwinsville wrestling team to get to the top of the Salt City Athletic Conference Metro division standings in front of a home crowd presented itself.But when the Bees battled Liverpool last Monday night at Baker High School, it could only earn an occasional mat victory, ultimately taking a 59-15 defeat to the Warriors.Since they started at 152 pounds, B’ville was at a distinct disadvantage, which manifested itself in the form of seven consecutive defeats in the highest weight classes.Three of them were forfeits at 170, 195 and 220 pounds, but it also included a close 160-pound bout where Connor Kral suffered a 3-2 defeat to Chris Ianno.Not until it shifted to the lighter weight classes did B’ville get on the board, Jarred McMonagle winning at 99 pounds when he pinned Lucas Smith in 88 seconds.Keagan Hayes followed at 106 pounds with a second-period fall over Hayley Delia before Aiden Cali won a fun bout at 113 pounds, outscoring Rocco Degiormo 14-9.Then Liverpool took over again, winning the last five bouts on the card, only one of them close as Mason Clark, at 120 pounds, went to overtime with Jeremy Ianno before an 8-6 defeat.With little time for a turnaround, B’ville had to meet up with Cicero-North Syracuse two nights later and gained a few more points, but still fell to the Northstars 54-27.They started at 113, and C-NS won the first seven bouts, including close ones where Clark fell 8-4 to Dan Sweeney and Max Naples, at 120, had a 2-0 overtime defeat to Harrison Portorsnok.Only at 160 did the Bees get on the board, Kral beating Dylan Firenze 7-3, with Fred Pickard (182 pounds) pinning Chris Mehlek. And it ended with a trio of pins from McMonagle over Anthony Ciciarelli, Cali over Kevin Mossow and Korben Haney (285 pounds) over Brady Ramos.Now it’s on to the post-season, B’ville to battle for honors this Saturday in the Section III Class AA championships at Auburn, which gets underway at 10 a.m.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Baldwinsvillewrestling
Along with the aforementioned members of the team, dignitaries in attendance included executive producer Bill Simmons from The Ringer, Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee and USC athletic director Mike Bohn. Pamela and Paula McGee expressed appreciation for those involved in creating the film, saying how special it was that every member of the famed group has been widely successful outside of basketball. The premiere served to highlight the accomplishments of the historic former Trojans who made a profound impact both on and off the court. “Creating an infrastructure and a mythology where girls understand that there have been greats in the game for years and years before them creates a foundation to build off of,” said Gary Cohen, president of Triple Threat TV and one of the film’s producers. “I’m thrilled that I had a part in keeping [the team’s] story alive.” The documentary focuses on the dominance of the team led by Cheryl Miller, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke and twin sisters Pamela and Paula McGee and the effect that their immense success had on the eventual inception of the WNBA and advancement of women’s sports collectively. Members of the historic 1983-84 USC women’s basketball team gathered at the Ray Stark Family Theatre on USC’s campus Wednesday evening to celebrate the premiere of HBO’s upcoming documentary “Women of Troy.” “I hope this movie inspires,” Cooper-Dyke said before the screening. “[I hope it] inspires the younger generation to fight hard for what you want, to work hard for what you want so that you can achieve anything no matter where you came from or when you started.” Members of the current USC women’s basketball team were also in attendance. Freshman guard India Otto was complimentary of the film and the impact it had on her as a young athlete. JaVale, son of Pamela McGee, expressed pride and gratitude for his mother’s accomplishments during her time at USC. Four-time WNBA champion and Finals MVP Cynthia Cooper-Dyke was hopeful about the impact the film will have on generations moving forward. “We just wanted to be the best,” Paula said. “Cynthia and Cheryl and the entire team, we all came with one purpose and that was to be the greatest team ever. And I think we’ll see that today in this HBO documentary.” The 1983-84 team poses for photos at the premiere along with former USC coaches and administrators. (David Ramirez | Daily Trojan) “It was extremely important for us to see how far we’ve come as a program,” Otto said. “You think about UConn now and Baylor and things like that, but it really all started here, and I think that’s something we all lost sight of. It’s important to remember that and remember what we’re doing it for as well.” After the film’s screening, members of the team were invited on stage to share brief thoughts of gratitude for friends and family, the film’s producers and USC as a whole for their continued support. Paula McGee said the film highlights the unity and determination of the historic USC teams. “It’s just a great team that gave us a foundation to change the world and we knew that, and it was just a special time for women,” Pamela said ahead of the event. “This particular team was a dynamic group of women that came together for one purpose.” “It’s amazing,” JaVale said. “It just shows an abundance of hard work really pays off and I’m just honored to be able to see it. I can’t wait.” Following a red carpet entrance for the guests of honor, attendees convened into the theater for some brief words from HBO Sports Executive Vice President Peter Nelson and the film’s director Alison Ellwood, along with a short performance by the Trojan Marching Band and USC Song Girls. Throughout the entirety of the film, both staff and players from the famed 1983 team shared laughs and celebrations while reliving their accomplishments. “Women of Troy” is set to premiere on HBO March 10 at 6 p.m.
Black Stars acting skipper and Sunderland defender, John “Rock of Gibraltar” Mensah says Ghana’s match with Congo Brazzaville is more important than the historic match with the Three Lions of England since it holds the key to the 2012 African Cup of Nations.John Mensah and his two other colleagues, Sulley Ali Muntari and Asamoah Gyan touched down Wednesday morning in Kenya. In an interview on Asempa Fm’s Sports Morning Show on Wednesday morning, Mensah said the players were more focussed on the AFCON 2012 qualifier with Congo Brazzaville match ahead of the game with England.He further explained that even though every member of the contingent understands the task at hand; he will personally take it upon himself as the leader of the playing body and communicate the importance of the Congo Brazzaville match to each member.He also added that Sulley Ali Muntari who was substituted in the early minutes of the first half of Sunderland’s game with Liverpool over the weekend is fit and would be able to play if selected by Coach Goran Stevanovic. On the issue of his red card in the game with Liverpool which was rescinded yesterday, Mensah said he knew he did nothing wrong and was thus thankful to God for the reversal of the decision.The Black Stars are currently in Kenya on a five-day training tour before and will depart to Congo Brazzaville for the AFCON qualifier on Sunday, 27th March, 2011.Story by by Adam Adjei/Asempa Sports
The Steelers have reportedly been planning to deal Brown by the end of the week, but the Post-Gazette said there is now no deadline for a deal to be worked out. The Steelers and Bills apparently were making progress on a trade for Antonio Brown Thursday, but he nixed the deal, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.News of a trade caused a stir Thursday night, with Brown himself jumping into the debate. After NFL Network tweeted that “The Steelers are closing in on a deal to send star WR Antonio Brown to the Buffalo Bills,” Brown tweeted, “Fake news.” Bills general manager Brandon Beane later told ESPN that Buffalo inquired about the All-Pro wideout, but talks between the two teams “ultimately didn’t make sense for either side,” and the team has “moved on.”But the Post-Gazette reported a source said the “deal fell apart because Antonio Brown nixed going to Buffalo.” Related News Antonio Brown instantly denies reported trade to Bills: ‘Fake news’ MMQB reported Friday there are “very few options left” for Pittsburgh to trade Brown. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection requested a trade last month after missing the Steelers’ final week of practice and sitting out the regular-season finale against the Bengals amid an alleged feud with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.The 30-year-old Brown had 1,297 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns last season.
After months of speculation amid a disastrous season in New Jersey, Devils general manager Ray Shero finally pulled the trigger by trading pending unrestricted free agent Taylor Hall to the upstart Arizona Coyotes. In the deal that also saw Blake Speers go to the desert, the Devils received three prospects, a 2020 first-round pick (top-3 protected) and a conditional third-round selection in 2021. New Jersey also retained 50 percent of Hall’s remaining contract, which expires on July 1. Hall, the 2018 Hart Trophy winner who turned 28 in November, is a former first-overall pick who began his career in Edmonton and was acquired by Shero for defenseman Adam Larsson in 2016. In his second year with New Jersey, Hall established career-best marks in goals (39), assists (54), and points (93), and he was critical that season in leading the Devils to their first playoff appearance since the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. He missed 49 games last season, however, and as the Devils failed to qualify for the postseason, questions regarding his future with the organization began to intensify. Although Hall has rebounded to lead New Jersey in scoring this season (25 points in 30 games), the Devils’ inability to get him to sign a contract extension, coupled with New Jersey’s terrible first half that led to the firing of head coach John Hynes, convinced Shero to open the phone lines and begin shopping his top performer. For Arizona, the move is just another example of the franchise strengthening its commitment to the community by adding more star power to their playoff-contending roster. Since 2017, GM John Chayka has shown a willingness to deal draft picks and prospects for high-priced talent. On Monday, he dipped into his prospect pool again, sending physical defenseman Kevin Bahl and AHL-tested forwards Nick Merkley and Nate Schnarr to the Garden State. Chayka also traded a first-round pick for the second time in three years.The prospectsKevin Bahl, defensemanAge: 19 | 6-7, 230 pounds | Left-handed | Drafted: 2018 (55th overall)The most defense-oriented defenseman for Team Canada for the upcoming world junior hockey championship, Bahl is a big body with a long reach who on occasion will display good mobility and skate the puck out of harm’s way. The Ottawa (OHL) defenseman owns a very hard shot but projects more as a shutdown type than a defenseman who can provide consistent offense.Nick Merkley, forwardAge: 22 | 5-10, 195 pounds | Left-handed | Drafted: 2015 (30th)A shifty, agile playmaker with a low center of gravity, Merkley has spent most of his pro career in the AHL (Tuscon) and when healthy, he has been one of Arizona’s most promising prospects. Unfortunately, injuries forced him to miss half of each of the last two seasons. This year, however, he looks healthy and ready for a full-time NHL role.Nate Schnarr, centerAge: 20 | 6-3, 180 pounds | Right-handed | Drafted: 2017 (75th)A versatile two-way center with size and strong stickhandling skills, Schnarr is a right-handed shot who starred for the OHL’s Guelph Storm, helping them win the league championship and a spot in the 2019 Memorial Cup. He can run a power play from the half-wall, but also has a hard shot if he mans the point. Schnarr is a very good penalty killer and wins big faceoffs in key situations. His skating is average, but his deliberate style suits him well and gives him the chance to carve up poorly-positioned opponents once inside the offensive zone.MORE: P.K. Subban, Wayne Simmonds could join Taylor Hall on trade blockGrading the tradeArizona: AThe Yotes can taste their first playoff berth since 2012. They sit in first place in the Pacific Division with 42 points and their 82 goals against is the second-lowest allowed in the Western Conference. Their attack has been more timely and opportunistic than it has been consistent, as they sit tied for 25th in shooting percentage (8.5 percent) and 5-on-5 scoring chances for (47.8 percent). Hall brings them a dimension they haven’t enjoyed in some time — an individual who can carry a line by himself while producing at close to a point-per-game rate. Arizona’s scoring by committee might work in the regular season but adding Hall ensures they have a bonafide star to lean on when the going gets tough. The fact that they were able to retain prized prospects Barrett Hayton and Victor Soderstrom, in addition to making New Jersey retain half of Hall’s remaining $6 million salary, makes the move even sweeter for Coyotes fans.New Jersey: C+You rarely win a trade when your team is in the doldrums and you are forced to move a star with an expiring contract. This was the situation Shero was in and while some might say he got the best deal available, the truth is that he’s had 37 draft picks since 2016 and is in desperate need of NHL-caliber support or anything resembling a goalie prospect — or both. Instead, he got three B-level prospects and a potential late first-round pick.The only team in the organization which benefits from this move is the AHL affiliate in Binghamton. Long-term, the biggest prize of this deal is the first-round pick with opinions on Bahl’s upside all over the place. Shero’s probably glad the deal is done and the team can move forward with Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier leading the way; unfortunately, he couldn’t trade his megastar for high-upside goal-scoring prospects who would compliment them.
*7Sun., Aug. 23TBDTBD *7Sat., Aug. 22TBDTBD *6Sat., Aug. 22TBDTBD St. Louis Blues (4) vs. Vancouver Canucks (5)GameDateTimeTV channelScore1Wed., Aug. 1210:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS Dallas Stars (3) vs. Calgary Flames (6)GameDateTimeTV channelScore1Tues., Aug. 115:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, CBC, SN, TVASCGY, 3-2 (CGY leads 1-0)2Thurs., Aug. 1310:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS 3Sat., Aug. 158 p.m. ETNBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS Washington Capitals (3) vs. New York Islanders (6)GameDateTimeTV channelScore1Wed., Aug. 123 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN, TVASNYI, 4-2 (NYI lead 1-0)2Fri., Aug. 148 p.m. ETNBCSN, FX-CA, TVAS 2Thurs., Aug. 135:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN360, TVAS *6Thurs., Aug. 20TBDTBD 4Mon., Aug. 175:30 p.m.NBCSN, FX-CA, TVAS Tampa Bay Lightning (2) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (7)GameDateTimeTV channelScore1Tues., Aug. 113 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN, TVASTBL, 3-2 (5OT) (TBL leads 1-0)2Thurs., Aug. 133 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN, TVAS 3Sat., Aug. 1512 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN, TVAS 3Sat., Aug. 153 p.m.CNBC, SN360, TVAS 4Tues., Aug. 188 p.m. ETNBCSN *6Fri., Aug. 21TBDTBD The Blackhawks and Canadiens were the 23rd and 24th teams, respectively, in the league standings when the season had to pause due to the pandemic and now they’ll face off against the Golden Knights and Flyers in the first round. Not to mention neither Vegas nor Philadelphia won the Presidents’ Trophy or led their conference way back on March 12, when the regular season paused. Those two teams, the Bruins and Blues, are heading into the playoffs as No. 4 seeds.The NHL playoffs begin Aug. 11 with the opening match-up featuring a re-match of the 2019 first round series that saw the upstart Blue Jackets ousting the Presidents’ Trophy-winning (and 62 win squad) Lightning in a sweep. If some series go the distance, there could be five Game 7s on the final day of the first round on Aug. 23.Below you’ll find everything to know about watching the 2020 NHL playoffs, including series-by-series TV schedules and live-streaming information.MORE: Watch NHL playoff games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)NHL playoff bracket 2020 3Fri., Aug. 1410:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS *7Sat., Aug. 22TBDTBD (SN illustration) *7Sun., Aug. 23TBDTBD *6Fri., Aug. 21TBDTBD 4Mon., Aug. 1710:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS *6Fri., Aug. 21TBDTBD 3Sun., Aug. 168 p.m. ETNBC, CBC, SN, TVAS *7Sun., Aug. 23TBDTBD 3Sun., Aug. 1612 p.m. ETUSA, SN360, TVAS *6Thurs., Aug. 20TBDTBD NHL playoff bracket 2020 https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/2d/df/nhl-playoff-bracket-081020-ftr_14uxyu7m247mg1rugyj8ehiywn.jpg?t=-643580349&w=500&quality=80NHL scores & resultsEastern ConferencePhiladelphia Flyers (1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (8)GameDateTimeTV channelScore1Wed., Aug. 128 p.m. ETNBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS *5Wed., Aug. 19TBDTBD 4Mon., Aug. 178 p.m. ETNBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS *5Wed., Aug. 19TBDTBD 4Sun., Aug. 166:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN1, SN360, TVAS *5Tues., Aug. 18TBDTBD 4Tues., Aug. 183 p.m. ETNBCSN 2Fri., Aug. 146:30 p.m. ETNHLN, SN, TVAS Colorado Avalanche (2) vs. Arizona Coyotes (7)GameDateTimeTV channelScore1Wed., Aug. 125:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN360, TVAS *6Thurs., Aug. 20TBDTBD 4Mon., Aug. 173 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN, TVAS 2Fri., Aug. 143 p.m. ETNBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS *5Wed., Aug. 19TBDTBD 3Sat., Aug. 157:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN360, TVAS Boston Bruins (4) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (5)GameDateTimeTV channelScore1Tues., Aug. 1211 a.m. ETNBCSN, CBC, SN, TVASBOS, 4-3 (2OT) (BOS leads 1-0)2Thurs., Aug. 138 p.m. ETNBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS *6Fri., Aug. 21TBDTBD *5Thurs., Aug. 20TBDTBD *5Wed., Aug. 19TBDTBD 2Fri., Aug. 142 p.m. ETNHLN, SN360, TVAS How do the NHL playoffs work?The NHL held a “qualifying round” in each conference before the official start of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. The top four seeds in each conference each earned automatic playoff berths, leaving the 5-12 seeds in each conference to face off in best-of-five series to determine the remaining spots in the playoff bracket.Meanwhile, the top four seeds participated in a round-robin tournament to determine their seeding for Round 1 with the Flyers and Avalanche securing the No. 1 seeds in their respective conferences. Now that the playoff bracket is set, each series will be a best-of-seven format from the first round through the Stanley Cup Final, as is customary. The only major difference is teams from both conferences will re-seed after each round, rather than the division-specific seeds in recent years.MORE: Everything to know about the NHL’s bubblesNHL schedule 2020The first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs starts Tuesday, Aug. 11 with series ending no later than Sunday, Aug. 23 if Game 7s are necessary. Round 2 would begin Aug. 24 followed by the conference finals, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 8 depending on the second round outcomes.The Stanley Cup Final is scheduled to begin Sept. 22 and be completed no later than Oct. 4.Round 1Tuesday, Aug. 11MatchupTimeTV channelGame 1: Blue Jackets vs. Lightning3 p.m. ETNBCSN, SNGame 1: Flames vs. Stars5:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SNGame 1: Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights10:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SNWednesday, Aug. 12MatchupTimeTV channelGame 1: Hurricanes vs. Bruins11 a.m. ETNBCSN, SNGame 1: Islanders vs. Capitals3 p.m. ETNBCSN, SNGame 1: Coyotes vs. Avalanche5:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SNGame 1: Canadiens vs. Flyers8 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN, CBCGame 1: Canucks vs. Blues10:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN, CBCThursday, Aug. 13MatchupTimeTV channelGame 2: Blue Jackets vs. Lightning3 p.m. ETNBCSN, SNGame 2: Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights5:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN360Game 2: Hurricanes vs. Bruins8 p.m. ETNBSCN, SN, CBCGame 2: Flames vs. Stars10:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN, CBCFriday, Aug. 14MatchupTimeTV channelGame 2: Coyotes vs. Avalanche2 p.m. ETNHLN, SN, CBCGame 2: Canadiens vs. Flyers3 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN, CBCGame 2: Canucks vs. Blues6:30 p.m. ETNHLN, SNGame 2: Islanders vs. Capitals8 p.m. ETNBCSN, FX-CAGame 3: Stars vs. Flames10:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN, CBCSaturday, Aug. 15MatchupTimeTV channelGame 3: Bruins vs. HurricanesNoon ETNBC, SNGame 3: Avalanche vs. Coyotes3 p.m. ETCNBC, SN360Game 3: Lightning vs. Blue Jackets7:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN360Game 3: Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks8 p.m. ETNBC, SN, CBCSunday, Aug. 16MatchupTimeTV channelGame 3: Capitals vs. IslandersNoon ETUSA, SN360Game 4: Stars vs. Flames2 p.m. ETCNBC, SN, CBCGame 4: Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks6:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN1Game 3: Flyers vs. Canadiens8 p.m. ETNBC, SN, CBCGame 3: Blues vs. Canucks10:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SNMonday, Aug. 17MatchupTimeTV channelGame 4: Lightning vs. Blue Jackets3 p.m. ETNBCSN, SNGame 4: Avalanche vs. Coyotes5:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, FX-CAGame 4: Bruins vs. Hurricanes8 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN, CBCGame 4: Blues vs. Canucks10:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN, CBCTuesday, Aug. 18MatchupTimeTV channel*Game 5: Blackhawks vs. Golden KnightsTBDTBD*Game 5: Flames vs. StarsTBDTBDGame 4: Flyers vs. Canadiens3 p.m. ETNBCSNGame 4: Capitals vs. Islanders8 p.m. ETNBCSNWednesday, Aug. 19MatchupTimeTV channel*Game 5: Canadiens vs. FlyersTBDTBD*Game 5: Blue Jackets vs. LightningTBDTBD*Game 5: Hurricanes vs. BruinsTBDTBD*Game 5: Coyotes vs. AvalancheTBDTBD*Game 5: Canucks vs. BluesTBDTBDThursday, Aug. 20 *7Sun., Aug. 23TBDTBD *5Tues., Aug. 18TBDTBD *5Wed., Aug. 19TBDTBD 3Sun., Aug. 1610:30 p.m. ETCNBC, SN, TVAS Western ConferenceVegas Golden Knights (1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (8)GameDateTimeTV channelScore1Tues., Aug. 1110:30 p.m. ETNBCSN, SN, TVAS 4Sun., Aug. 162 p.m. ETNBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS *7Sat., Aug. 22TBDTBD *7Sun., Aug. 23TBDTBD It’s official. Sixteen teams are set to hit the ice between Toronto and Edmonton as the Stanley Cup playoffs begin with first-round action.But who will skate away with Lord Stanley’s Cup at the end is anyone’s guess because, well, 2020. MatchupTimeTV channel*Game 5: Islanders vs. CapitalsTBDTBD*Game 6: Bruins vs. HurricanesTBDTBD*Game 6: Golden Knights vs. BlackhawksTBDTBD*Game 6: Stars vs. FlamesTBDTBDFriday, Aug. 21MatchupTimeTV channel*Game 6: Flyers vs. CanadiensTBDTBD*Game 6: Lightning vs. Blue JacketsTBDTBD*Game 6: Avalanche vs. CoyotesTBDTBD*Game 6: Blues vs. CanucksTBDTBDSaturday, Aug. 22MatchupTimeTV channel*Game 7: Bue Jackets vs. LightningTBDTBD*Game 6: Capitals vs. IslandersTBDTBD*Game 7: Blackhawks vs. Golden KnightsTBDTBD*Game 7: Flames vs. StarsTBDTBDSunday, Aug. 23MatchupTimeTV channel*Game 7: Canadiens vs. FlyersTBDTBD*Game 7: Islanders vs. CapitalsTBDTBD*Game 7: Hurricanes vs. BruinsTBDTBD*Game 7: Coyotes vs. AvalancheTBDTBD*Game 7: Canucks vs. BluesTBDTBDRound 2: Aug. 24Conference finals: Sept. 8 (tentative)Stanley Cup Final: Sept. 22 (tentative)
It’s no surprise now when Lillard excels. He has matured into one of the league’s greatest players. The Blazers were not among the greatest teams, though. When the league suspended its season in March, Portland was in ninth position, and there was a fear that the league might simply advance to the playoffs upon resuming competition. Lillard lobbied passionately for a chance to compete. Now the Blazers are in the eighth and final playoff position, although they still are fighting in a tight race to engage in a play-in series.“When I first came here, I said, ‘I didn’t come here to waste my time. They gave us a chance to get in, like we asked for, and that’s what we’re here to do,” Lillard told TNT. “The job still ain’t done, but you know what I’m here for.”The outburst against the Mavericks was Lillard’s second consecutive game of 50-plus points, something only six others have achieved in the history of the game. If only he’d entered the league with upside, what might he have achieved? Again: Chamberlain, Bryant, Jordan, Baylor, Harden. And Lillard.MORE: The NBA bubble, explained: A complete guide to the rulesThe significance of this achievement is obvious in that list of names, but, as the league advances toward the long-delayed 2020 NBA Draft, there is a deeper significance.Players such as Lillard, who develop through extended time in college basketball, have become devalued to the point that Sam Vecenie’s mock draft for The Athletic does not project any first-round selections who were juniors or seniors last season. There is only one player older than 20: Dayton sophomore Obi Toppin. The average age of the 30 projected picks is 19.2 years.Analytics are telling teams that the age of players entering the league matters relative to their success, but there are ways to make numbers tell the story you want. A look at the players excelling in the league demonstrates that Lillard is not alone among 20-something success stories.Of the top 40 scorers in the NBA, 15 played multiple college seasons, 20 were one-and-done and LeBron James went directly to the draft out of high school.Among those who entered after a single college season, the extreme talent of just about every one was obvious to all: Five of them were No. 1 overall picks and 17 were taken in the top 10. This isn’t about those who are can’t-miss. This is about how the league has shifted to rushing less gifted and accomplished young players into the draft under the belief they’ll be “picked apart” if they take longer to develop and demeaned as having limited upside.Lillard is showing what a fallacy this is. So is his backcourt partner, CJ McCollum, who is averaging 22.2 points, his fifth consecutive year above the 20-point mark after not cracking double figures in either of his first two seasons.Lillard was an excellent rookie, scoring 19 a game in 2012-13, but seven years later, at age 29, he has increased his output by 10.8 points per game — a 56.8-percent improvement. Bucks wing Khris Middleton, the 39th pick in 2012, didn’t average 20 points until his sixth season and now is a foundational component of the league’s No. 1 overall seed. Draymond Green, the No. 35 pick in 2012, averaged 2.9 points as a rookie. By his third year he was starting for the champion Warriors and by his fourth he was making the first of three straight All-Star appearances.How can players such as these be making substantial improvements this deep into their careers and yet today’s experienced college players still be plagued by the ludicrous assertion that a 22-year-old has completed his improvement cycle?After two seasons at Pitt and two at North Carolina, Cameron Johnson was selected 11th overall by the Suns in the 2019 draft. Johnson has averaged 13 points per game in the bubble setting as the Suns have won seven consecutive games and improved their standing from 13th in the Western Conference to a tie for 10th.MORE: Five stats that put Damian Lillard’s run with Blazers in perspectiveBut on draft night, an Eastern Conference personnel executive told Sporting News, the reaction among those watching at the time, even those involved in the draft, could be summarized as, “Wow, what the heck are they doing?”“It doesn’t happen anymore,” the executive said, “so it shocks everyone when it does happen.” In less than two weeks since he began competing in NBA games under the league’s protective bubble, Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard has added 259 points to his total for the 2019-20 season. That’s 37 points per game. He arrived in Orlando averaging 28.9, which means that even within the confines of this elongated season, he had “upside.”Lillard made a mockery once more of the NBA’s obsession with drafting teenagers when he scored 61 points Tuesday in a 134-131 victory over the Mavericks. It was one of the top 45 single-game performances ever, and third 60-plus game of his career. Only six players ever have gone over that mark more than once, and Lillard is in that category along with Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Elgin Baylor and James Harden.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Well-educated and skilled young people add to our community’s vitality. They are critical to our area’s sustainability. The better informed students are of the choices they have after graduation, the better choices they will make for themselves.The business and education communities have partnered in creating Find Your Future to help youth explore future career paths. The event takes place on Saturday, March 10, 2012, from 10am – 1pm. There’s still time for teens to sign-up for this free event.Thurston County students (8-12 grade) and their parents are invited to attend. Find Your Future helps students consider various fields of interest in a fun and informative format.During the event, students will attend two breakout sessions led by area professionals while parents hear from several experts discussing topics ranging from financing college to assisting their students in career development. The event concludes with students and parents attending a Resource Fair of colleges, universities, and organizations that focus on career and educational information.This popular, every-other-year event typically draws a crowd of over 650 students and parents. There is no cost for either students or parents to attend.Find Your Future is a program of the Thurston County Chamber Foundation and is co-sponsored by Thurston County school districts.For further information visit the Find Your Future website, contact Alisha Blain or call 360.357.3362.