Harvard comes up one shot short

first_imgJACKSONVILLE, Fla. —  On a day full of upsets the 13th-seeded Harvard men’s basketball team seemed destined to knock off fourth-seeded North Carolina Thursday night, but Wesley Saunders 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark as the Tar Heels held off for a 67-65 victory.Saunders led all scorers and set a Harvard record for points in a tournament game with 26. The senior finished 8-of-14 from the floor, 2-of-3 from 3 and 8-of-9 from the line, and added four rebounds, five assists and two steals.Siyani Chambers contributed 13 points and three assists, while Steve Moundou-Missi and Kenyatta Smith added six apiece.North Carolina (25-11) controlled the paint for much of the game, outscoring Harvard (22-8) 36-22 down low and holding a 35-26 advantage on the glass. Marcus Paige scored 12 points and dished out six assists to pace the Tar Heel offense and Justin Jackson chipped in 14 points.With the win, North Carolina advances to the NCAA tournament third round where it will meet the winner of Thursday’s match-up between fifth-seeded Arkansas and 12th-seeded Wofford. The game will be played Saturday with the tip off time yet to be announced.The Harvard men’s basketball team held the lead with 1:15 to play and looked destined for a third-straight victory in the NCAA tournament’s second round, but in a day full of upsets Harvard could not.To read full coverage of the game, visit Harvard Athletics website.last_img read more

Odrisamer Despaigne becomes Angels franchise-record 34th pitcher this season

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We’ve had to adapt, no doubt,” Scioscia said. “But other clubs are facing it. I don’t think there’s ever a year where the consensus isn’t that pitching’s a little thin and the quality of pitching might not be what it could be. And then when you combine that with some of the guys that we counted on out of our rotation, you have to look for ways to get it done. For the most part, in our bullpen, we’ve been able to do that. Our rotation is still coming together and trying to keep us in games, so I think you just line guys up the best way you can and I think our pitchers have done a terrific job this year.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Indeed, the Angels’ 3.98 staff ERA is a respectable seventh in the AL and the teams ahead of them include all three division leaders and both current wild card teams.The Angels haven’t been immune to this season’s trend of using position players to pitch in blowouts – more position players than any other season in baseball history have pitched this year, including Angels rookie Francisco Aria. He threw a scoreless ninth inning in a 7-0 loss to Oakland last week.“It’s just a chain of unfortunate events,” Scioscia said. “Last week, we desperately needed a guy to finish a game without using any more of our bullpen.”INJURY UPDATESScioscia gave a brief update on the status of injured starters Tyler Skaggs (left adductor strain), Nick Tropeano (right shoulder inflammation) and Matt Shoemaker (right forearm strain). Skaggs and Tropeano have been on the 10-day disabled list for five and nine days, respectively, while Shoemaker has pitched only once this season and has been on the 60-day DL since April 1. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield ARLINGTON, Texas — The revolving door of the Angels’ pitching staff turned yet again before Friday’s game against the Rangers with a pair of roster moves. They added that night’s starter, newly acquired Odrisamer Despaigne, and brought in more bullpen help by recalling right-hander Deck McGuire from Triple-A Salt Lake.A day after two Angels relievers made their major-league debuts, Despaigne became the franchise-record 34th pitcher the Angels have used this year. The MLB record is 40, shared by the 2014 Rangers and 2017 Mariners. The number of pitchers used often correlates negatively with wins, so the Angels won’t dwell on it.“I haven’t been counting,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ve got 12 or 13 pitchers on the roster on a given day and that’s what you have to try to shuffle.”Friday, the Angels sent down Osmer Morales, one of the two rookies who made his first MLB appearance in Thursday’s loss, as well as Thursday’s starter, Taylor Cole. The Angels have now used 14 different starters – and six of them are currently on the disabled list. “Tyler’s actually not throwing yet, but he feels very good. (Tropeano) is not throwing yet and Shoemaker did an up-down, feels really good, he’s in Arizona working out and we’ll see him this week,” Scioscia said. “Matty’s making some great strides and that’s encouraging to see.”OHTANI’S BULLPEN RESCHEDULEDScioscia said Thursday that he expected Shohei Ohtani to throw a bullpen session Friday, but the plan was changed and Ohtani will throw Saturday instead. Ohtani is still scheduled to throw another bullpen next week in Arizona and he remained in the lineup Friday, batting cleanup as the designated hitter.The two-way rookie hasn’t pitched since June 6 and went to the disabled list for 22 days with a right ulnar collateral ligament (elbow) sprain. He has appeared as a batter in 34 games since returning on July 3, posting a slash line of .245/.321/.490 in 110 plate appearances.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 7-7, 3.88 ERA) at Rangers (LHP Martin Perez, 2-5, 6.71 ERA), Saturday, 5 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more

Red Sox call up top prospect Michael Chavis as team continues to struggle

first_imgLet the shake-up begin for the Red Sox.Boston has called up top prospect Michael Chavis from Triple-A Pawtucket, the team announced Friday. Prior to tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Boston #RedSox made the following roster moves: pic.twitter.com/A2R4o1SvSd— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) April 19, 2019This move comes after Eduardo Nunez was placed on the 10-day injured list with a back strain.Chavis is the No. 75 prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.He has had an interesting run in his minor league career after being drafted in the first round by the Red Sox in 2014.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNHe initially struggled to make contact batting .223 in his first year with a full-season club and .237 in his second year.But he found himself in 2017 breaking out to the tune of a .282 average with 31 home runs across two levels on his way up to Double-A.He was seemingly fast tracked for the majors in 2018 but was then dealt an 80-game suspension for a postive test for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, which is a performance-enhancing drug. As a result his timeline was pushed back with Boston as he played a total of 46 games in the minors in 2018, but he came out this year hitting pretty well as he smacked four home runs in his first 12 games at Pawtucket.Whether Chavis is ready or not remains to be seen — he has played a total of 20 games above the Double-A level — but at this point the Red Sox are looking for any kind of help they can get.Through 19 games this season the Red Sox have the worst record in the AL at 6-13 and are 20th in runs scored in MLB with 77. With Nunez going on the IL, along with Dustin Pedroia on Thursday, Boston could use some new talent with hopes of giving the team a little jolt.last_img read more

Chekwel to open Uganda’s account on the Rio track at 5pm

first_img GoldJohn Akii-Bua 1972 Munich AthleticsMen’s 400 metre hurdles MedalNameGamesSportEvent Share on: WhatsApp  SilverEridadi Mukwanga 1968 Mexico City BoxingMen’s bantamweight  BronzeLeo Rwabwogo 1968 Mexico City BoxingMen’s flyweight  BronzeDavis Kamoga 1996 Atlanta AthleticsMen’s 400 metres  SilverJohn Mugabi 1980 Moscow BoxingMen’s welterweightcenter_img Sunday August 14Women’s marathon final 3.30pmNyakisi AderoMonday August 15 Men’s 3000m steeplechase round 1 – 4.25pmBenjamin Kiplagat and Jacob Araptany***Women 3000m Steeplechase final 5.15pmTuesday August 16 Women’s 5000m round 1 – 3.30pmJuliet Chekwel and Stella ChesangMen’s 1500m round 1 – 4-30pmRonald MusagalaWed August 17 Men’s 5000m round 1 – 4.05pmJacob Kiplimo, Phillip Kipyego and Joshua Kiprui CheptegeiWomen’s 800m round 1 – 4.55pmHalimah Nakaayi and Winnie NanyondoMen’s Steeplechase finalThursday August 18 Men’s 1500m semifinalWomen 800m semifinalFriday August 19 Women’s 5000m finalSaturday August 20 Men’s 1500m finalWomen’s 800m finalMen’s 5000m final 3.30pmJacob Kiplimo, Phillip Kipyego and Joshua Kiprui CheptegeiSunday August 21 Men’s Marathon final 3.30pmSolomon Mutai, Jackson Kiprop and Stephen Kiprotich Rest of team Uganda’s ScheduleFriday August 12Athletics 5pmJuliet Chekwel – Women’s 10000m final Saturday August 13Boxing 11.45pmMen’s flyweight  Round of 32Ronald Serugo vs  Narek Abgaryan (Armenia)Saturday August 13Athletics 4pmWomen’s 3000m Steeplechase Heat 1Peruth Chemutai10000m men final (3.00am Sunday Uganda time)Timothy Toroitich, Moses Kurong and Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei  GoldStephen Kiprotich 2012 London AthleticsMen’s marathon TodayAthletics 5pmJuliet Chekwel – Women’s 10000m final Saturday August 13Boxing 11.45pmMen’s flyweight  Round of 32Ronald Serugo vs  Narek Abgaryan (Armenia)Saturday August 13Athletics 4pmWomen’s 3000m Steeplechase Heat 1Peruth Chemutai10000m men final (3.00am Sunday Uganda time)Timothy Toroitich, Moses Kurong and Joshua Kiprui CheptegeiJuliet Chekwel will open Uganda’s account on the track today, with her performance key to setting the tone for 16 of her colleagues.At 26, Chekwel can be considered one of the seniors in a team that also has a 15-year-old Jacob Kiplimo, a 17 year old Peruth Chemutai and a 19-year-old Joshua CheptegeiShe owns the national record, having set 32:57.02 at the World Championships  in Moscow 2013 in finishing 16th,   32:20.95 at the World Championships in Beijing in 17th and 31:37.99 in April.Looking at the field, dominated by Kenyans and Ethiopians with the best times of the year, Chekwel will have to run better than she has run before – that is lower than 31 minutes tonight to fight for a medal. Favourite for the race is Ethiopian Almaz Ayana who has a best time this year of 30:07.00.Chekwel becomes the 4th Ugandan in action in Rio, with light-heavy weight boxer Kennedy Katende and swimmers Jamila Lunkuse and Joshua Ekirikubinza Tibatemwa failing to go past the first hurdle.Uganda sent a team of 2 swimmers, 2 boxers and 17 athletes. It is the track athletes who have Uganda’s best hopes of a medal.No Ugandan woman has won an Olympic medal before.List of medalists  SilverLeo Rwabwogo 1972 Munich BoxingMen’s flyweightlast_img read more