MBB : Syracuse ranked No. 1 in AP, ESPN/USA Today polls

first_imgSyracuse rose to the No. 1 ranking in both the Associated Press Top 25 and ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll on Monday, marking the first time SU has ascended to the top spot since the final week of the 2009-10 regular season.Following losses by Kentucky and Ohio State — the top two teams in last week’s polls — this past weekend, SU jumped two spots in each poll from the No. 3 ranking. Syracuse (10-0) received 51 of 65 first-place votes in the AP poll and 28 of 30 first-place votes in the coaches’ poll.The Orange defeated George Washington 85-50 on Saturday, while the Wildcats fell to Indiana and the Buckeyes lost to Kansas.Following SU’s win over GW, Syracuse guard Scoop Jardine said he saw Ohio State lost earlier in the day and watched a little of the Kentucky game. But even with the speculation SU would assume the top spot, he didn’t get too hyped over the notoriety.‘For us, it don’t matter,’ Jardine said after the game. ‘No. 3, No. 2, No. 1, it’s still the same.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOhio State ranked second behind SU in both polls, garnering seven first-place votes in the AP Top 25 and two first-place votes in the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 coaches’ poll. In the AP, Kentucky, Louisville and North Carolina round out the top 5. Kentucky, Louisville and Duke complete the top 5 for the ESPN/USA Today poll.The Orange’s next game is Saturday at North Carolina State (6-3), and it’s SU’s first true road game of the season.The last time Syracuse held the No. 1 ranking, it lost in its first week as the top team, falling at Louisville. Orange junior guard Brandon Triche stressed SU will be able to remain focused and ‘humbled,’ even as the No. 1 team, because of the constant competition for playing time.‘We just got to treat it like we’re the underdog,’ Triche said after the GW game. ‘We have to get better, and I think this year more than anything we have a lot of guys who are humbled. It’s so much competition even just being on the bench, everybody wants to play, so it’s not going to be a letdown for us.’mcooperj@syr.edu  Published on December 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjr Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

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Dodgers’ Mookie Betts day to day with finger injury

first_img“He just said it was a normal swing, an aggressive swing at a pitch that was up in the zone,” Roberts said. “He just felt that he kind of stung his finger a little bit and then it just started to swell.”There was still “substantial swelling” Monday, according to Roberts, and the treatment is aimed at reducing that.During one of the intrasquad games in Summer Camp almost three weeks ago, Betts had a similar reaction after a swing. This is a different issue, according to Roberts.“It’s not the same thing,” Roberts said. “In Summer Camp, that swing was on a pitch that was up as well. It was his wrist. And there’s been nothing made of that since. The other day it was his finger. So, two separate incidents, and he’s never had either before.”Corey Seager has been dealing with two separate issues as well — a sore right calf (after fouling a ball off his leg Saturday) and a right quadriceps muscle that cramped up during the second half of that game. He was not in the lineup Sunday but was back in Monday at DH. “I had been in contact with our doctors from the beginning to find out what they felt if I was any more higher risk,” he said. “They were just assuring me that as long as I was staying on top of the normal things I would do as a diabetic to stay healthy they said I should be fine. I trusted them and just kind of kept that mindset.”ALSOLeft-hander Alex Wood has been doing exercises to strengthen his arm and “said it’s the best his arm has felt in weeks,” Roberts said. Wood has been shut down with shoulder inflammation since starting the third game of the season. Wood is encouraged and could begin a throwing progression Monday or Tuesday. But there is still “no timeline” for his return. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The finger Mookie Betts injured during an at-bat in Sunday’s game did not prevent him from hitting a home run in that at-bat. But it could keep him out of the lineup for a few days.Betts was not in the starting lineup Monday at San Diego due to the sore middle finger on his left hand and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Betts’ status will be re-evaluated each day.“We’ll see how he responds to treatment,” Roberts said.The injury is considered “a soft-tissue injury” and X-rays taken after Sunday’s game were negative. Betts could be seen flexing his hand after a swing during that fifth-inning at-bat against Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly. That is apparently when the injury occurred.center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “Corey feels good,” Roberts said. “I just feel that, with the training staff, not to run him out there to play defense. But we feel confident for his bat to be in there to DH and tomorrow depending on how he feels, we’ll make a decision if he DHs again or can play short.”CORONAVIRUS CASELefty reliever Scott Alexander revealed Monday that he had contracted the coronavirus before the opening of the Dodgers’ summer training sessions. Alexander is the third Dodger player to acknowledge suffering from COVID-19 (along with Kenley Jansen and A.J. Pollock).“That’s the reason I was late to camp,” said Alexander who had to wait three weeks for negative tests to clear him to work out with the team. “I had gotten it right before summer camp opened. I had some mild symptoms but it wasn’t too bad.”Alexander said he was at home in Southern California, waiting for word on when the season would start, when he started running a fever.“It was a pretty good fever. I never knew the temperature, but it was just happening to me all kind of in the middle of night when I was sleeping,” he said. “I just had chills and then I had definitely gotten hot so a bit of a fever and then really just kind of a headache. The headache was really the main symptom. But it only lasted for about 24 hours. Mainly I just kind of slept it off and was feeling good the next day.”Alexander said the most frustrating part was waiting in quarantine for two weeks while he waited for negative tests to clear him.Alexander has Type 1 diabetes which puts him in a high-risk category for the coronavirus but he said he never gave much thought to opting out of the season.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more

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Lakers pass on acquiring DeMarcus Cousins from Sacramento

first_imgThat did not prove enough, however, in retaining Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol in consecutive offseasons. The Lakers could also not attract LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, who still walked away impressed with the Lakers’ pitch that featured them playing Hollywood-style documentary on his life. “It was a good experience to go through the organization of putting together a presentation,” Kupchak said. “It’s a competitive environment today. The rules are very different. It’s something we have to get used to doing in making presentations and competing against other teams — sometimes competing against other teams when you have to offer a lot less money. So it was a good experience and will help us going forward.” The Lakers will also have to decide whether to exercise team options for Jordan Hill ($9 million) and Robert Sacre (under $1 million).“The decision has not been made yet,” Kupchak said.Lakers forward Ed Davis also opted out of his player option worth $1.1 million. He hopes to get a two- or three-year deal worth $7-8 million per year or a one-year deal worth $9-10 million. Kupchak said Davis has worked out at the Lakers’ practice facility in recent days. “There will be a vibrant market for him. “He’s made it clear this is his first choice.” Kupchak said of Davis. “I don’t think we’ll get surprised, although the market moves pretty quick sometimes. But if we can figure out a way to bring him back, I know he would like that. So would we.”Plenty of work indeed for the Lakers. But the Lakers addressed a key part of their rebuilding project by both resisting a trade and acquiring a young point guard who will help them adjust to the modern NBA.“It’s his overall package where he has skills on all levels,” said Kupchak, who praised Russell’s passing, decision-making, leadership scoring and size. “That’s his gift.” The Lakers endlessly debated which building block would provide the sturdiest foundation to their rebuilding project. But the questions involved more than just drafting big (Duke’s Jahlil Okafor) or small (Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell). Before they selected Russell with the second pick of the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday, the Lakers also debated whether they should use that pick to acquire Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.The Lakers had discussions this week with the Kings about acquiring their 24-year-old All-Star center amid a Yahoo! Sports report indicating Sacramento coach George Karl campaigned for the franchise to trade him. That did not happen. The Kings wanted assets that included the Lakers’ No. 2 pick, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson, perhaps even more. The Lakers declined to trade away such youthful parts, mindful they could help the team’s long-term rebuilding project. “The No. 2 pick has never been seriously in play,” Kupchak said following the draft. “Earlier on, we knew there would be at least three players that, if you had the No. 2 pick, we would be very comfortable or even ecstatic about selecting.” The Kings have still held out hope Cousins and Karl could salvage their relationship, though a league source familiar with Cousins’ thinking said he does not trust Karl or the organization. Though Sacramento will entertain trade scenarios involving Cousins, the Kings are currently leaning toward retaining him.Meanwhile, the Lakers became enamored with Russell’s potential. “His upside is unlimited, and we didn’t feel that way about all the players we were considering,” Kupchak said. “He is young. He has gifts you can work really long and hard on.”But the Lakers’ rebuilding project will still hinge on free agency. The Lakers will focus more on big men (LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol and Kevin Love, DeAndre Jordan) than on point guards (Rajon Rondo, Goran Dragic). The Lakers have room to sign one of those players to a max contract. “We’d look to focus on the frontcourt,” Kupchak said. “We’re going to do the best we can. We’re always optimistic going in. It’s always a challenge. There’s 29 other teams. A lot of them don’t have cap room. Many of them do. But the home teams have a huge advantage with giving the extra year, especially when you’re talking about max factors. Those are all factors. But we’re always optimistic. We’re always well organized. We feel we have a great product, great city and great legacy to sell.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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