Fast reaction: Syracuse beats No. 25 Texas A&M to win Battle 4 Atlantis championship

first_img Related Stories Grade the Orange’s performance against No. 25 Texas A&M and pick SU’s player of the gameGallery: Syracuse wins Battle 4 Atlantis championship game against Texas A&MStorify: Syracuse community reacts to Battle 4 Atlantis title win over No. 25 Texas A&M Published on November 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Syracuse (6-0) defeated No. 25 Texas A&M (6-1) in the the Battle 4 Atlantis championship, 74-67 on Friday afternoon. The Orange won three games in three days and beat two ranked teams, matching last season’s total. Here are three quick observations from the win.Can’t be trustedMichael Gbinije picked up an offensive foul with 14:08 to go in the first half. It was his second foul of the game. His continued presence in the game might have jeopardized his ability to play in the second half, but Syracuse’s backup point guard stayed right on the bench. Kaleb Joseph played only four minutes of Syracuse’s 79-76 win over Connecticut. On Friday, he played limited minutes in the first half. On a transition steal by Trevor Cooney, a pass to Joseph went off his fingertips and out of bounds for a turnover. A timeout was called and Boeheim screamed at Joseph on his way back to the bench. Moments later he was subbed out for Malachi Richardson. Glass half fullAdvertisementThis is placeholder textA night after Richardson said he found himself in the second half despite playing his worst brand of basketball in the first half, the freshman wrote a similar narrative. He scored just three points on 1-of-5 shooting in the opening 20 minutes, but scored SU’s first seven points out of the break. He connected on four free throws, the first of which came when he was the victim of a flagrant foul on a drive to the basket. Later, he showed poise in going up and under on an and-one layup that tied the game.Richardson finished with 16 points in the contest. Floor-Boards Syracuse was dominated on the glass on Friday, getting out rebounded 39-31.  Jim Boehiem called the Aggies the biggest and strongest team he’s ever seen after SU’s win on Thursday. They lived up to the hyperbolic billing as Syracuse overcame the struggles on the boards.The second-chance points didn’t burn the Orange too badly. On one play in the second half, Texas A&M had four opportunities to score in the span of a few seconds. The final rebound ended in Lydon’s hands. Syracuse caught the breaks on Friday and executed as well in the win.  Commentslast_img read more

Dede Ayew, four others shortlisted for BBC African Player of the Year

first_imgThe five candidates for the 2015 BBC African Footballer of the Year have been revealed during a special live launch broadcast in Johannesburg, South Africa.Algeria’s Yacine Brahimi, the 2014 winner, is on the shortlist along with Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ghanaian Andre Ayew, Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast.The winner will be decided by African football fans, who have until 18:00 GMT on 30 November to vote for their choice.The winner will be announced on Friday, 11 December between 15:30 and 16:00 GMT during a special live broadcast on both BBC World News and BBC World Service, with the BBC Sport and BBC Africa websites also carrying the announcement.Three of this year’s shortlist, which was voted for by journalists from 46 African countries, have previously won the BBC award – Ayew in 2011, Toure in 2013 and Brahimi.Aubameyang makes the shortlist for the third year running, while Mane is on it for the first time. Striker Aubameyang, 26, finished as Borussia Dortmund’s top scorer last season before creating German records in 2015-16.In October, he became the first man to score in the first eight matches of a Bundesliga season, with his first 17 competitive games resulting in 20 goals – a run that included back-to-back hat-tricks.The year has had plenty of highs for Ayew, but February’s Africa Cup of Nations final reduced the 25-year-old to tears as the Black Stars lost to Ivory Coast.But the tournament’s joint top scorer was crucial to Ghana’s run and he transferred his form to the Premier League, with an impressive five goals from his first 10 games for Swansea City. Brahimi, 25, has added goals to his stellar wing play, netting a career-best 13 last season, while helping Porto reach their first Champions League quarter-final in six years.The number of dribbles he completed prior to the semi-finals was only bettered by Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Barcelona legend Lionel Messi.On 16 May, Southampton’s Mane needed just 176 seconds to score the fastest hat-trick in the 23-year history of the Premier League.He has scored 10 goals and five assists in 29 Premier League games this year, a run made more impressive given the 23-year-old plays as an advanced midfielder rather than in the central striking role. The only player on the shortlist to lift a trophy this year is Toure – the 32-year-old captaining Ivory Coast to a first Nations Cup title in more than two decades.The oldest nominee, the midfielder is key to Manchester City’s fortunes and his performances have been recognised by Fifa, which named him as the only African on its prestigious Ballon d’Or shortlist.* Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more