“I think we played a complete game,” Keatts said. “We played through some adversity.” Bryce went to the line with the Wolfpack (17-7, 5-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) holding onto a 76-75 lead with 9.9 seconds left. He calmly drained both free throws in front of the blacked-out T-shirt student section. Pittsburgh’s Trey McGowens shoots as N.C. State’s Eric Lockett defends.Keith Srakocic/APPITTSBURGH (AP) — North Carolina State opted for modified shootaround late Friday night after arriving in Pittsburgh. No plays. Just shots. Lots and lots of shots, not the worst idea in the world less than a week removed from a record-setting loss to Virginia Tech in which the Wolfpack managed just nine baskets in 40 minutes. Head coach Kevin Keatts jumped in the fray during the laidback session, pointing out he might have been the best shooter on the floor. While his players don’t quite remember it that way — guard Braxton Beverly claims Keatts was “extending the truth” — either way it created the desired effect. The Wolfpack walked onto the Petersen Events Center floor loose, kept their composure when the host Panthers made a second-half push and held on for a 79-76 win to snap a three-game losing streak. BIG PICTURE “We know we can score,” Bryce said. “We have very talented players. We have players who can go get buckets if we need it. We were just focused on playing as a team tonight and I think we did great at that.” Pitt missed its last seven shots, including potentially game-tying 3-point attempts by Johnson, N’Dir and Brown during an extended possession in the final 90 seconds. Johnson did make two free throws to get Pitt within 76-75 but the Panthers would get no closer. Pitt has dropped seven consecutive games, the last three by nine points or less. N.C. State opted to foul ahead by three. Pitt’s Sidy N’Dir made just one of two with 7 seconds remaining. Bryce grabbed his seventh and final rebound and made one of two with 5.5 seconds left. N’Dir collected the rebound and weaved his way through traffic but his off-balance 3-pointer from outside the top of the key was left all the way as time expired. Pitt: Visits Boston College on Tuesday at 7. ——— N.C. State pushed the advantage to 14 early in the second half before Pitt responded with an 18-2 surge led by Wilson-Frame and N’Dir to go in front 61-59. Pitt: The Panthers remain engaged under Capel but the losses are starting to pile up. Getting five players in double figures is a positive development for a group that’s become overly reliant on Johnson and Wilson-Frame to provide the offense of late. The momentum didn’t last. Dorn and Bryce knocked down 3-pointers on the Wolfpack’s next two trips and while Pitt managed to tie it a couple of times, the Panthers couldn’t quite sneak out in front. “It’s frustrating because you’re always right there,” Wilson-Frame said. “We’re on the ropes a little bit right now, but we have to fight our way off of it,” Pitt coach Jeff Capel said. N.C. State won each of last seven meetings, including an 86-80 victory at home on Jan. 12 thanks to 54 points off the bench. The Wolfpack built a slim 41-38 halftime lead, relying heavily on a massive advantage off the backboard and some sloppy ballhandling by the Panthers, who turned it over 11 times and struggled to keep N.C. State off the offensive glass. Xavier Johnson led Pitt (12-12, 2-9) with 17 points to go with five rebounds and four assists. Jared Wilson-Frame hit 6 of 7 shots to finish with 16 points, N’Dir and Terrell Brown added 12 each and Trey McGowens finished with 11 points but the Panthers ran out of gas late. The Wolfpack (17-7, 5-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) let a 14-point lead briefly get away in the middle of the second half before relying heavily on Beverly, C.J. Bryce and Markelle Johnson to pull through. Bryce scored 21 points, including three free throws in the final 10 seconds. Beverly added 17 behind five of N.C. State’s season-high 14 3-pointers and Johnson finished with 10 points and a season-high eight assists. UP NEXT “I wanted to make the last one to make it a four-point game but I felt like we did a really good job, once I missed it, getting back and forcing a tough shot,” Bryce said after N.C. State won its eighth straight over the Panthers. N.C. State: Hosts Syracuse on Wednesday at 8 p.m. More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball andhttps://twitter.com/AP—Top25 N.C. State: The Wolfpack showed an ability to defend when they had to against Pitt, particularly after the sudden 3-point barrage that briefly gave the Panthers the lead. “We weren’t panicking,” Beverly said. “In this conference, every team has the capability of going on runs like that. To get through it you’ve got to stay solid and stay together.” After being limited to just 24 points — the fewest ever by a team ranked in The AP Top 25 (the Wolfpack were 23rd last week) in the shot-clock era — last Saturday, N.C. State is averaging 87.5 points over its last two contests.
Holmdel’s Mickey Zudonyi has been named one of the two new assistant baseball coaches at Felician College in Lodi. Clifton’s Arlan Freeman will also join Felician head coach Chris Langan’s staff.“Both of these coaches offer our program numerous attributes,” said Langan, who is entering his 10th season with the Golden Falcons. “Their experiences will certainly touch each player and promote growth on and off the field.”Zudonyi joins Langan’s staff directly off a successful playing career with the Golden Falcons. A former All- Region second baseman, he is Felician’s all-time leader in base hits with 217. He also owns school career records for games, at-bats, runs, walks and assists. Zudonyi was a two-time All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) and a three-time Academic All-CACC honoree. He was the lone captain of the 2012 Felician squad that won the CACC regular season championship. Zudonyi, who also works as an instructor at the Langan Baseball Academy in Morganville, will assist with hitting, base running and infield play. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing from Felician in 2012. “Mickey had an outstanding career and has made the transition to coaching very seamlessly,” Langan said. “He was a great competitor and leader, and I think those are very important skills in mentoring the young athletes.” Freeman and Zudonyi join holdover and volunteer assistant John Torres of Brooklyn, N.Y., on the 2013 Felician baseball coaching staff.Felician is a member of NCAA Division II and it was the runner-up in the 2012 CACC Tournament.
Alex Iwobi and Jeff Reine-Adelaide – Arsene Wenger has hinted he could be looking to youth once again this season as he has revealed pre-season stars Iwobi and Reine-Adelaide will not be leaving the club on loan this year. 5 Theo Walcott – Find out the latest on the future of two Arsenal starlets by clicking right… – The England forwards future though is unlikely to be affected by Arsenal’s interest in Benzema and Llorente with the Gunners offering him a new £100,000 a week deal at the Emirates. Arsene Wenger believes the contract will be signed shortly. 5 5 Fernando Llorente (Juventus) – Click right to find out about a £100,000 a week deal… – Previously in this transfer window, Tottenham, Liverpool and most recently Manchester United had been linked with Llorente but now Arsenal appear to be in pole position for the centre forward. According to The Sun, the Gunners are interested in an £8.5m deal and the Serie A title holders are listening to offers. Sergi Samper (Barcelona) – Find out which other Spanish striker could be on his way to the Emirates… – After missing out on him once before, Arsene Wenger is still keen on landing midfield starlet Samper from the Catalan side. The Gunners nearly signed him when they took Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral to the Emirates and are reportedly ready to seal a deal by paying his £8.5m release clause at the Nou Camp. Arsenal are set to make a marquee signing this summer, but will it be Real Madrid star Karim Benzema – Click right for more transfer news… – After an initial £31m bid was rejected, it is being reported in Spain a £35m offer could be submitted Real Madrid as Arsenal look to land a marquee signing. Benzema may be interested in the move with his future in the first-team at Madrid in doubt as the La Liga side plot a move for Marco Reus. But the players agent has claimed he will be staying in the Spanish capital. 5 5 With club director Lord Harris claiming Arsenal can sign virtually any player in the world, it looks like there could be a marquee signing being made this summer.Harris has claimed there is around £200million in their accounts which can be used on transfers, with manager Arsene Wenger keen on splashing the cash on a striker.But who will the Gunners spend all that dough on? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the yellow arrow above, right, for all the latest Arsenal transfer news…
1 Oldham have finally ended their search for a new first-team manager with the appointment of Steve Robinson. The 41-year-old will leave his position as Motherwell assistant manager and Northern Ireland first-team coach in order to take over at Boundary Park. Robinson, a former Bournemouth and Luton player who won seven caps for Northern Ireland, will succeed John Sheridan after the 51-year-old departed Oldham in May to take over at Notts County. Oldham chairman Simon Corney, who saw ex-Leeds and Rotherham boss Steve Evans turn down the job last month, told the club’s official website: “We are delighted to welcome Steve to the club as our first-team manager.“He has a wealth of experience, both at club and international level and impressed me and the board straight away.“He has an outstanding reputation in the game and we believe his dynamic, methodical and thorough approach will quickly translate into success on the pitch.“In addition, he has identified and begun recruiting players whom he believes will excite our supporters and demonstrate the strong work ethic and attractive style of play he demands.“He has also been drawing on the extensive knowledge of Sean O’Driscoll and Lee Turnbull and has already identified additional staff he would like to bring in. We will be formally announcing these appointments in the coming days.”Robinson, set to be unveiled early next week, added: “When I came down here, I felt like this was the right club to join. I really like what the owner said to me.“He sold me his ideas and ambitions and I had demands of my own which I wanted to be met to give me the best opportunity to be successful. He has been really good with that and it’s an exciting time for the football club.“I’m more than ready for this job. It’s a club that has massive tradition and I want to get an identity back to the club, take the club forward and hopefully we can move forward together.” New Oldham manager Steve Robinson
Sadio Mane has scored in two successive Premier League games against Everton Liverpool v Everton is live on talkSPORT at 14:15 on Sunday 10 DecemberSadio Mane may not be Liverpool’s main source of goals this season, but if he scores against Everton on Sunday he will do what no one has done for more than 20 years.Having scored in the 3-1 win at Anfield in April and got a late winner in the 1-0 victory at Goodison in December 2016, Mane would become the first player to score in three successive Premier League Merseyside derbies since Robbie Fowler in November 1996.In 14 games in all competitions this season, he has scored seven goals and created five.Stream Liverpool v Everton on 10 December here. 2 2
The Red Devils trail runaway leaders Manchester City by 11 points Forward Jesse Lingard admits Manchester United may have to win every game to beat Manchester City to the Premier League title. The England international conceded they cannot afford to slip up with Jose Mourinho’s men sitting 11 points behind runaway leaders City in the table. Lingard scored in Sunday’s 2-1 win at West Brom to close the gap but believes second-placed United are likely to need a 100 per cent record for the rest of the campaign to win the title.He said: “Probably but we will take each game as it comes. We’ll concentrate on the next and see where we are at the end of the season.“With the squad we have got we have to always believe in each game. Some games we will play badly and win and sometimes we will play good and lose so it’s one of those haphazards of football.“I think any other season we would be top with the points we have so as long as we keep winning games that’s the most important thing and we will see where we are.”Lingard has scored seven goals for United this season, his best return for the club, and now he is playing centrally with Romelu Lukaku, who also netted at The Hawthorns, expects to get more. He said: “Yeah, obviously I’m hungry for more goals and any way I can help the team – assists, goals – and to win the game is the most important thing.“Playing centrally I think you get on the ball a lot more and you can make things happen more and you can obviously play closer to the main striker and get the bits off him.“Obviously playing further forward you are going to get more goals and create chances so to play there with Romelu we are getting that understanding now and chipping in together.”Defeat left West Brom two points from safety and winless in their last 17 games in all competitions and forward Oliver Burke said new boss Alan Pardew has underlined the need to improve.“He got it into our heads that where we are in the table, we need to know and we need to step it up,” he said. “We all know that. Now’s the time. We can’t wait because it whizzes by and we have to put it right now.” 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Arnold created a steroid in his Illinois laboratory that sports authorities couldn’t detect using traditional tests for cheaters. Arnold and his BALCO co-conspirators were tripped up when track coach Trevor Graham anonymously mailed a syringe containing the clear to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in June 2003. Graham is now reportedly a target of the federal steroids investigation and is connected to eight athletes who have either tested positive or were suspended for using performance enhancing drugs. In April, Arnold pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute steroids. He was indicted in November on a charge of conspiring with BALCO founder Victor Conte to distribute tetrahydragestrinone, also known as “the clear.” SAN FRANCISCO – The rogue chemist who created the previously undetectable steroid dubbed “the clear” was sentenced Friday to three months in prison and three months’ home confinement for his role in a widening sports drug scandal. Patrick Arnold was the last of five defendants convicted of steroid-distribution charges connected to the Burlingame-based Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, a nutritional supplement company federal authorities exposed as a steroid distribution ring for top athletes. “The behavior reflected here is destructive and damaging to Arnold, damaging to the community and damaging to the nation as a whole,” U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston said. Arnold was ordered to report to prison by Sept. 19. “I’m very regretful for what I’ve done and especially since what it has precipitated in sports and society,” Arnold said outside court. “I do believe there should be a level playing field and that this whole thing needs to be addressed.” A new grand jury is investigating whether San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds lied about using “the clear” to the grand jury that investigated the BALCO lab more than two years ago.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Martial’s new contract keeps him at United until 2024 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED ADVICE 1 REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ BEST OF no dice REPLY Martial joined the club from Monaco in 2015, with his £58m transfer fee at the time making him the most expensive teenager in football.He has scored 46 goals in 162 games and he told the club’s official website: “I am loving my time at this club.“From the day I joined I have been made to feel part of the United family and I have been incredibly humbled and overwhelmed by the warmth and love of our fans, who continue to amaze me with their support.“I would like to thank Ole and his coaching staff for their belief in me and for helping me to take my game to the next level. This club is all about winning trophies and I am sure the next piece of silverware is not that far away.” Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Anthony Martial has signed a new contract with Manchester United, the club have confirmed.The 23-year-old said he is loving life under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his new deal keeps him at Old Trafford until 2024. shining LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Martial has enjoyed a marked change in fortunes of late, having agitated for a move last summer as tension with former United manager Jose Mourinho reached a head and the boss was willing to let him leave and the Frenchman’s agent even confirmed the player wanted out of the club.However, Solskjaer appears to have had a hand in his change of heart and the caretaker boss said: “Anthony is one of those naturally gifted players that any coach would love to work with.“For a young man, he has a good footballing brain which, when coupled with his exceptional talent, makes for a player with an exciting future ahead of him. This is the perfect club for Anthony to progress his development as a top-class forward and we are all delighted he has signed a long-term deal.”Martial scored in the recent FA Cup win against Arsenal, but a problem in training caused him to miss the draw against Burnley.However, the manager is hopeful he is fit again for the Premier League game against Leicester, which is live on talkSPORT at 14:05 on Sunday 3 February.
The dust has just about settled after a helter-skelter afternoon at Ibrox.Celtic eventually emerged victorious despite going down to ten men, ensuring the champions created a nine point gap and breathing space at the top of the Premiership table.Rangers ran their rivals close though, going ahead twice and seeing Alfredo Morelos miss from all of five yards in the dying moments.David Bates was stretchered off in the aftermath of Tom Rogic’s equaliser. The centre-half now faces a race against time to be fit for the Scottish Cup semi-final between the pair after fracturing a bone in his foot, say reports. Across in Edinburgh, Hearts have also suffered an injury blow after hearing news that talented young midfielder Harry Cochrane faces up to six weeks on the sidelines. The 16-year-old hobbled off the park at Easter Road having sustained a hamstring injury.Meanwhile, English football is currently embraced by an injury sweat of its own as talismanic striker Harry Kane faces a prolonged period out of action.The goal machine left the south coast on crutches following Spurs’ 4-1 win over Bournemouth, with fears circulating Kane suffered ankle ligament damage which would leave his World Cup hopes in the balance.