Essien: Drogba convinced me to pick Chelsea over Man Utd

first_img The former Ghanian midfielder was wanted by both Chelsea and United in 2005. But it was the Blues who nabbed Essien from Lyon, even though Sir Alex Ferguson wanted him to take over from Roy Keane. “My second year at Lyon, when we finished the season, I came back to start pre-season with them and I came back very happy to start pre-season. That’s when the other teams started coming in like Chelsea and Manchester United,” Essien told South African reporter Carol Tshabalala.Advertisement “At that point I’d have loved to have joined United. But I was speaking with Jose every other day and he made it clear, very straight to me, that he wanted me to join Chelsea and there was only Chelsea that could pay the transfer fee at that time. “It was not easy but I remember the first time I spoke to Jose. I went to Malouda’s house for a barbeque, and then during the barbeque, Drogba called him and he and Drogba started speaking because they are very close and then Drogba asked him, “When you see Michael, whenever you see him, can you tell him Jose wants his number, Jose wants to talk to him?” but then he said, “No, Michael is here, we’re having a barbeque!”. read also:Moyes: Essien my biggest transfer regret “So he gave the phone to me and I started speaking to Drogba and that’s how we started. I passed on my number to him and he passed it on to Jose and that’s when everything started. It was a tough transfer saga.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes9 Fictional Universes We Wouldn’t Want To Live In6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had LeftThe Top 9 Oddest Underwater Discoveries No One Can Explain7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth Loading… Chelsea legend, Michael Essien, has revealed that he was discouraged by Didier Drogba to reject Manchester United’s offer.last_img read more

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Arteta positive despite absences

first_img Press Association Arsenal’s foreboding February fixture list has been made all the more tougher by their depleted midfield options, although Mikel Arteta remains confident of staying on the right track. The north Londoners could be usurped at the top of the Barclays Premier League on Wednesday evening after being held to a 2-2 draw at Southampton. As if the inability to keep up the pressure on Manchester City and Chelsea was not frustrating enough, Arsene Wenger’s midfield options narrowed at St Mary’s after Mathieu Flamini incurred a four-match ban for a straight red card. center_img The Frenchman is joined on the sidelines by Aaron Ramsey, who Wenger revealed suffered a setback in his recovery from injury on Monday, and potentially Jack Wilshere, depending on his recovery from an ankle problem. It is hardly the ideal scenario for the title challengers but Arteta, himself only just back from a calf injury, has vowed that the team will fight through. “That happens and we have to deal with it,” the Spaniard said. “The schedule is really busy now – we have some really tough games coming up in the next two weeks and we have to deal with it and do our best. “We had many options but that is one problem that we have had in the last few weeks: we have had a lot of injuries, losing Theo Walcott for a long time, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is just coming back, too many. “Tomas Rosicky as well was out for a couple of weeks with his nose so we are a bit short at the moment, but hopefully we can get people back. “We can’t do anything [about other teams] – it doesn’t depend on us. There is a long way to go. “Everyone is going to drop points and some will do so here at Southampton because it is a very tough place to come. Hopefully we will be fine.” last_img read more

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Acadia Christian Team is Undefeated

first_img State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Bio admin Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts TRENTON — The junior high baseball team at Acadian Christian School remains undefeated so far with wins of 17-1 over Etna, 11-9 over Veazie and 7-4 over Penobscot Christian.The Seahawks are coached by David Clark. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest posts by admin (see all) This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Ved Aditya clinches double crown in Anup Lahoty Memorial Tennis Championship

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Ved Aditya Kalita of India Club clinched double crown in 21st India Club open Anup Lahoty Memorial Tennis Championship 2019 which concluded at the India club premises today. In the closing ceremony Abani Baruah and Biswadeep Bora, President and Secretary General of India Club, former player Shankar Datta Lahkar, Anupam Chowdhury and Bijon Choudhuri gave away the prizes to the winners and runners up. Roushni Bhardwaj and Parthiv Kalita were adjudged most promising players in girls and boys section respectively.Final Results- Girls under 14 years: Tanishqa Patar defeated Namrata Das (6-2, (1-6), 6-2). Girls under 18 years: Ishika Chakma defeated Tania Kumari (6-0, 6-0). Boys under 12 years: Ved Aditya Kalita defeated Aryan Bora (7-6(7-5), 2-6, 7-6 (7-4).Boy’s under 14 years: Ved Aditya Kalita defeated Pritam Baruah (7-6(7-4), 6-4). Boy’s under 18 years: Tushar Paul defeated Arunesh Bora (6-3, 6-4). Gentlemen’s Doubles: Tutu Thapa and Sudhansu Mahanti defeated Manash Kuli and Bedabrata Mohan (6-4,6-3).Senior Gentlemen’s doubles (Above 35 Years):Shiv Kumar Prajapati and Rajesh Baruah Defeated Ashish Agarwala and Rajeeb Kumar Bora (9-2). Mixed doubles (Above 35 Years): Priyanuj Dutta Lahkar and Runumee Das defeated Deepjyoti Baruah and Sunumoni Barkataky (9-2). Gentlemen’s Veteran doubles (Above 45 Years): Subhashis Dutta Gupta and Suresh Sadda defeated Subhash Kalita and Bulbul Das (8-5).Gentlemen’s Veteran doubles (Above 55 Years): Diganta Thakur and Nabarun Saikia defeated Partha Dowarah and Raktim Phukan (9-3).Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

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Manchester United, Chelsea seal spots in UEFA Champions League next season

first_imgLONDON: Manchester United and Chelsea have sealed their spots in the UEFA Champions League next season after both earned victories that kept them in the top four on the final day of the 2019/20 English Premier League campaign.In a direct battle for a UEFA Champions League spot at King Power Stadium on Sunday, Bruno Fernandes’s penalty and Jesse Lingard’s stoppage-time strike were enough for United to secure a 2-0 victory over Leicester City, meaning the Red Devils finish above Chelsea in third on goal difference. Leicester finished fifth after their defeat and will compete in the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League. On the other hand, first-half goals by Mason Mount and Olivier Giroud gave Chelsea the win they needed as they defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. Wolves’ loss meant they missed out on sixth position and a guaranteed place in the Europa League, after Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 at Crystal Palace to edge ahead of Nuno Espirito Santo’s side on goal difference. Wolves will now hope that Chelsea beat Arsenal in Saturday’s FA Cup final so they can claim the final Europa League spot, in the second qualifying round. But they can also reach the Champions League if they win this season’s Europa League. Manchester City wrapped up their Premier League campaign with an emphatic 5-0 home victory over already-relegated Norwich City in Spanish midfielder David Silva’s final league game for last season’s champions. City’s goals came from Gabriel Jesus, a Kevin de Bruyne double, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez as they finished the season in second place with 81 points, 18 behind champions Liverpool. Norwich ended bottom of the standings on 21 points. Striker Divock Origi scored a rare goal as champions Liverpool came from behind to close out their magnificent Premier League season with a 3-1 win at Newcastle United. Liverpool ended the campaign on 99 points, 18 ahead of nearest rivals Manchester City while Newcastle finished 13th on 44 points. Liverpool went behind to the fastest goal ever scored against them in the Premier League era as Dwight Gayle latched on to Jonjo Shelvey’s free kick and slotted it past Alisson with 26 seconds on the clock. Agencies Also watch: Anti-CAA Protest in Naharkatialast_img read more

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P&P Insurance shoots open GSSF 2017 season

first_imgTHE Guyana Sport Shooting Federation’s (GSSF) practical pistol section commenced activities for 2017 last Saturday January 21 with the P&P Insurance brokers & consultants-sponsored practical pistol match at the GDF Timehri Range.The event saw local practical shooters testing their skills in four dynamic stages setup by the GSSF match committee,competing for the top 3 prizes.Shooters participated in the match, all under the limited division, USPSA rules, with two persons shooting under the “major” category (shooting higher than 9mm calibre). USPSA provides minor and major scoring based on power factor.In the end,Ryan Mckinnon with 243.74 (minor) took the top spot ahead of Arafat Qualander – 177.38 (major), and Harold Hopkinson – 169.47 (major)President of the Federation, Vidushi Persaud-Mckinnon,in her opening remarks, welcomed the shooters and encouraged all to follow the strict safety rules set out by the discipline,before introducing the match director,David Dharry.Members then commenced the afternoon with a shoot-off as a mark of respect to fellow sport shooting colleague,Eon Caesar,who passed away in December 2016.The match was then declared open. Four stages were set up side by side, and included paper targets, steel plates, and falling steel ‘poppers.’Targets are divided into the scoring areas A, C and D with minor and major points 5-3-1 and 5-4-2 respectively. Scoring for practical shooting is done by recording the competitor’s time with an electronic device which ‘hears’ the shots and records the time from the audible beep which signals the start,to the sound of the last shot fired.The targets are then scored and the total score gained is divided by the time recorded for that competitor,the result of which is termed a hit factor. The highest hit factor will win that stage. Ultimately a balance of short times and accurate shooting is required.Scores were computed shortly after the last shot was fired,by stats officer Pravesh Harry.P&P Insurance brokers & consultants branded trophies for the overall 1-3 winners in the limited division were presented by Persaud-Mckinnon, as well as by Vikash Panday who represented the sponsors, P&P Insurance Brokers and Consultantslast_img read more

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The Latest: Kentucky Derby prep at NY’s Aqueduct postponed

first_imgThe Kontinental Hockey League has given up on trying to reschedule its playoffs and canceled the remainder of the season.The Russia-based KHL is widely considered to be the strongest league outside the NHL. It was due to play its conference semifinals when play was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.Teams from Finland and Kazakhstan withdrew because of travel and safety concerns. That left the league with six teams in an eight-team bracket. The KHL tried to draw up a new playoff system and considered resuming in June and July but has now decided to focus on preparing for a 2020-21 season.League president and former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Alexei Morozov says “we consider that no one has the right to take on responsibility for people’s lives and health.”It’s unclear how or even whether a champion will be declared. The league says the board will discuss how to allocate finishing positions. As a result, the $750,000 Wood Memorial has been postponed. No make-up date has been determined yet for the major Kentucky Derby prep that was to be run on April 4.Last Thursday, the New York Racing Association suspended racing at Aqueduct after confirmation that a backstretch worker who lived and worked at Belmont Park tested positive for COVID-19. The Belmont backstretch is home to 585 workers who tend to the daily care of more than 1,300 horses stabled on the property.The pandemic has affected other prep races for the Kentucky Derby, which itself was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5. The Sunland Derby in New Mexico and Blue Grass and Lexington stakes in Kentucky have been canceled, along with the UAE Derby. The Arkansas Derby was pushed back from April 11 to May 2. For now, the Florida Derby on March 28 and Santa Anita Derby on April 4 are still scheduled.___ Associated Press The league asked clubs not to burden the government’s temporary unemployment scheme for employees forced out of work because of the lockdown measures implemented in Belgium.The league says exceptions can be made only “for urgent economic reasons.”The league also says it’s too early to decide when matches can resume.___Major League Soccer has extended its moratorium on team training through April 3 and still wants players to stay in their team’s local market. IOC president Thomas Bach says government guidelines imposing restrictions on daily life only into next month and even President Donald Trump’s target of the “middle of April” to lift them are among the reasons why he waited so long to postpone the Tokyo Olympics.Bach says “we were in line with these developments” until World Health Organization leaders said Monday the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating.Bach and the International Olympic Committee faced mounting criticism from athletes last week for publicly supporting holding the Tokyo Games in July and August.Bach was asked on a conference call why the postponement decision came only after much of the world was in lockdown. He says “we could not see (government) measures being taken lasting until July.”___ NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed the 32 teams to close their facilities to all but a select few employees by 6 p.m. Wednesday. In a memo to the teams, Goodell said the restrictions meant as a safeguard against the new coronavirus will be in force until at least April 8. Then the league will re-evaluate, using advice from medical experts and health authorities. The few exceptions include trainers and doctors treating players, security and technology personnel.The NFL has gotten some pushback for not postponing the draft scheduled for April 23-25 while the rest of the sports world is largely shut down. The league is developing a new format because it has scrapped the public events set for Las Vegas. ___The Belgian soccer league says clubs should not apply for temporary layoffs for their players despite matches remaining suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. MLS has targeted May 10 as a potential return date.Team training facilities may be used only for physical therapy purposes at the direction of the team’s medical staff.___Roger Federer and his wife, Mirka, say they have donated 1 million Swiss francs ($1.02 million) “for the most vulnerable families” in Switzerland.Federer writes on his social media accounts that “these are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind.” The measures include a loan of 4 million euros ($4.3 million) to help pay the salaries of players and coaches.The loan will be available to clubs from the third and fourth divisions, and futsal clubs. It can be paid back without interest over two seasons.The federation also says it will negotiate a credit line for teams in the first and second division.Federation president Luis Rubiales says the federation’s doctors will be made available to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, and the national team’s hotel can be used as a hospital if necessary.___ The Latest: Kentucky Derby prep at NY’s Aqueduct postponed Premier League teams Brighton and Bournemouth have become the first clubs to sign up to a campaign to make 100,000 free soccer tickets available to medical workers on the front line during the coronavirus outbreak.The initiative was conceived by executives at Brighton, which has committed to giving National Health Service workers 1,000 tickets for matches and has invited other clubs from the Premier League, English Football League, Scotland and Northern Ireland to join in.Bournemouth immediately followed suit, offering “a minimum of” 1,000 tickets.Brighton chief executive Paul Barber says “we feel this is a small way in which we can show our gratitude for those NHS staff on the front line who are fighting the battle on behalf of all of us and give them something to look forward to.”___ The announcement was the first post on his Twitter and Instagram accounts in more than three weeks.Federer underwent surgery on his right knee five weeks ago and hoped to return for grass-court tournaments in June. The men’s tennis tour has since shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.Federer says he and wife hope “others might join in supporting more families in need.”___The Spanish soccer federation has announced measures to help smaller clubs financially. ___Athletics Australia has canceled its national track and field championships in a bid to help “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision comes a day after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021, and after the Australian championships had already been postponed.Athletics Australia chief executive Darren Gocher says he hopes the cancellation gives athletes some certainty and, combined with the Olympics being delayed 12 months, “means that our athletes now have a new goal to work toward.”The Australian government has imposed strict travel bans, and is urging people to stay at home. Bars, cafes, cinemas and restaurants have been closed, and social events are being curbed. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said no more than five people should attend weddings — including the marrying couple — and no more than 10 people should attend funerals. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Aqueduct has extended the suspension of live horse racing through at least April 5 because of the impact of the new coronavirus in New York. March 25, 2020 ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Boeheim addresses Carter-Williams incident at Destiny USA; Coleman’s progression continues

first_imgWhen asked about Michael Carter-Williams’s alleged shoplifting of the Lord & Taylor inside Destiny USA, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said the situation was resolved.“It’s been over. I gave a complete response which wasn’t printed, so I will give that to you,” Boeheim said to a local reporter. “Syracuse police have found nothing to investigate. The mall, the store is happy, is satisfied with the result. Michael is satisfied with the result.”The head coach then stated he would never act on an anonymous source. On Friday night, The Syracuse Post-Standard reported that Carter-Williams was caught shoplifting from the local Lord & Taylor.The report cited two anonymous sources “with direct knowledge of the situation.”“I also wouldn’t take something that’s written in the paper as the truth, all the time. (Zach) Tomaselli maybe comes to mind,” Boeheim said, referring to the renounced third accuser in the Bernie Fine sexual assault allegations.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“So I’m not going to make an action or take an action based on what’s in the paper, ever. I hope, if I do, shoot me,” Boeheim said. “Because I’ll be staying too long.“It’s interesting, the story of 400 or whatever it is things that happened, that was in the paper. How many of those names were in the paper of those 400? Zero. Zero,” Boeheim said. “There’s three people this time, how many people are in the paper? One.”Boeheim closed his comments on the matter by acknowledging his team’s collective status as public figures.Boeheim went on to say that his players learn from mistakes, or “bad plays,” both on and off the court. That’s especially true when they make a “bad play” in public, he said.Carter-Williams didn’t discuss the situation.“No, I don’t really have anything to say about what happened yesterday.” Carter-Williams said, when asked if he and Boeheim had a private discussion about the incident.Boeheim says basketball breakaway overdueBoeheim also expressed support for the seven basketball-only schools breaking away from the Big East to form a basketball-only league, which was announced Saturday.“You know, I think it’s overdue. I think that they probably have been thinking about this or should’ve been thinking about this for a while,” Boeheim said. “It’s been obvious for a number of years that the football schools were going to leave.”Citing the departures of Virginia Tech and Miami, he said football would continue to lead the conference realignment well into the future. Boeheim estimated there are about 30 quality Division-I basketball schools not playing Football Bowl Subdivision football, like Georgetown, Villanova, Seton Hall, Providence, St. John’s, DePaul and Marquette, who all announced their intents to leave the Big East on Wednesday.“It should be something that should work down the road. I don’t know, I’m sure they don’t either,” he said. “But nobody thought the Big East would work in the first place.”Boeheim then further supported the case for a basketball-only league, referencing Butler’s upset of No. 1 Indiana on Saturday.Said Boeheim: “And as long as football’s going to be jockeying around for long into – probably if I live to be 100 they’ll still be jockeying around, and so it’s probably going to be a good thing.”Coleman watchDaJuan Coleman’s progress and struggles continue. His 6-foot-9, 288-pound frame is still a poor matchup for just about any opponent – especially this early in the season – often sending him to the foul line. As his post moves develops, he is only fouled more.And as Coleman completes his game, Syracuse only becomes a more vicious national title contender.“I think it’s incredible in the aspect that we’re going to be that much of a better team with him producing,” said guard Brandon Triche, Coleman’s former high school teammate. “He gets fouled a lot because of the moves he makes and being much bigger than everybody else.”But at the stripe, he still struggles, going 1-for-5 against Canisius.Boeheim said it’s difficult to play Coleman and Rakeem Christmas at the same time against three- and four-guard teams like Canisius, and Coleman is still improving on the defensive end.“Everybody’s going to foul him. So if he can makes his free throws and use his body to finish, he’ll be fine,” Triche said. “Him being able to produce, especially last weekend, he’s actually coming on pretty fast.” Comments Published on December 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Syracuse to host Long Beach State in Carrier Dome on Dec. 28

first_img Published on August 6, 2014 at 9:55 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse has added Long Beach State to its nonconference schedule, according to a schedule released by Long Beach State on Tuesday.There has been no announcement from SU Athletics regarding the game, but the 49ers released their full schedule yesterday with a trip to SU slated for Dec. 28. The time for the game has yet to be determined.Syracuse and Long Beach State have met three times and the Orange has won all of those matchups, most recently an 84-53 win in the Dome on Dec. 6, 2012. The 49ers finished 15-17 last season with an 11-7 record in the Big West.Long Beach State will play a rigorous non-conference schedule in 2014–15, with games against Xavier, UCLA, Brigham Young, Kansas State, Louisville and St. John’s joining Syracuse. In late December, the 49ers will play Louisville, SU and St. John’s in an eight-day stretch.Here’s how Syracuse’s schedule looks to date:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textExhibition: Carleton (Canada), Nov. 2, TBDExhibition: Adrian, Nov. 10, TBDLoyola (Md.), Nov. 25, TBDHoly Cross, Nov. 28, TBDAt Michigan (Atlantic Coast Conference-Big Ten Challenge), Dec. 2, TBDSt. John’s, Dec. 6, TBDLong Beach State, Dec. 28, TBD **SU Athletics has not announced game Commentslast_img read more

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Cornelia Fondren records program’s 1st triple-double since 1984 in 97-48 win over Howard

first_img Related Stories Why Syracuse made 65 substitutions in blowout win against HowardCornelia Fondren thrives in multiple spots for Syracuse using toughness and versatility Cornelia Fondren unfurled the tape from her fingers as she left the court. Her facial expression was blank while she walked slowly. Her body language didn’t show the typical emotion that would go along with accomplishing something for the first time in 31 years.Assistant coach Tammi Reiss slapped her on the butt with her notebook and congratulated Fondren before turning to the person next to her and explaining. It wasn’t until moments later, in the locker room, that Fondren found out how historic her game was.For the first time since 1984, a Syracuse player recorded a triple-double. Fondren finished with 12 points, 10 steals and 10 rebounds — compared to her previous season averages of 5.5 points, 2.6 steals and 5.8 rebounds — off the bench in Syracuse’s (9-3) dominant 97-48 win over Howard (2-12, 1-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) on Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome.“I was thinking, ‘This is her,’” Orange head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “She’s a very aggressive player and her capacity to change the game really was just, with the way she plays, is just what she’s really good at”Fondren was recruited to play point guard, but due to SU’s lack of frontcourt depth and her versatility, she’s played every position except center this season. A minute and a half into the game, Hillsman subbed out his entire starting lineup and because of who went in, Fondren returned to her natural position, which she hasn’t played much of recently.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThree seconds after being subbed in, Fondren got her first of seven offensive rebounds.“Technically, I’m really supposed to get back (on defense), but I don’t want to get back. I want to rebound,” Fondren said of playing point guard. “… It’s no different from when you’re playing the four, the two or three. Just crash and go get the rebound.”With four minutes until halftime, a Brianna Butler 3 hit off the rim and toward the 5-foot-8 Fondren, who was positioned in between Howard’s 5-foot-4 Allese Morrison and 5-foot-9 Hannah Timmons.She reached over them and came down with it. She took one power dribble and bumped her body into the chest of Timmons, creating space to make a layup while drawing a foul.Fondren missed the free throw, but her four rebounds, six points and seven steals in 12 first-half minutes already put a stamp on the game.“She did everything that we talk about every day, which is rebound the basketball, extend our pressure and turn people over,” Hillsman said. “So I think in both those areas, she was remarkable.”Fondren was often the one pushing the ball in transition at point guard. She also crashed the offensive glass with her deceptive strength whenever one of SU’s 57 misses became a jump ball.After scoring mostly on layups, she’d stay near the hoop, manning the top of the Orange’s press and collect a steal with her quick hands. On Wednesday night, it became routine.“She was stealing the ball like a thief,” guard Brittney Sykes said laughing. “Every time you turned around, she was on the floor, she was hustling.”Fondren hadn’t realized how many stats she compiled in the first three quarters but Hillsman and her teammates informed her.“Everybody was like you have to get another rebound, you have to get another steal. I’m like, ‘OK, OK,’” Fondren said after the game, while sighing heavily to imitate how she reacted to her teammates.Fondren’s final rebound came the same way so many of her others did. Guard Abby Grant’s layup hit off the rim. Fondren ran from behind the arc, into the paint and in between two Howard players. Still, she came down with the ball in the middle of the scrum. Jumping before, and above, her opponents is how she did it.Fondren was one of the first players Reiss noticed this preseason in her first season with the Orange, because of her tenacity on the offensive glass. Fondren’s performance against Howard didn’t surprise anyone and her postgame expressions reflected that.“Corn is more than capable to do this every night if she wanted to,” Sykes said.But for the first time in 31 years, a Syracuse player actually did. Comments Published on December 30, 2015 at 11:20 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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