Fair shakes off cold streak, helps Orange to win with clutch shooting

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ CORAL GABLES, Fla. — C.J. Fair almost seemed surprised when the two shots missed. Both times he clapped his hands in frustration and shook his head.That’s not what he’s accustomed to. Both shots were from the baseline, but both were off target. The first from the right, the second from the left.But Fair swished his third baseline jumper. When it glided through the net, he calmly trotted downcourt per usual.That was more like it.“That was a big shot to be took,” Trevor Cooney said. “After missing two, that shot didn’t faze him at all. He just stepped right into it and knocked that one down.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFair finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists, helping No. 2 Syracuse (19-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast) to a 64-52 win over Miami (10-9, 2-5) at the BankUnited Center on Saturday. He struggled for some of the game, but hit shots in crunch time.His baseline jumper returned to form at an opportune moment. Despite a hand in his face, Fair rose up and drilled the shot to give SU a 53-49 lead with 4:03 to go.Cooney expected nothing less.“The percentage on him probably for all four years is pretty high,” he said with a grin, referring to his teammate’s venerated baseline jump shot.Fair got off to a hot start, too. He nailed a 3 off a pretty pass from Tyler Ennis, tipped in a Michael Gbinije miss and converted a three-point play to extend SU’s lead to 26-8.Then he went ice cold, missing six consecutive field goals. As Fair struggled, so did Syracuse. Miami outscored SU 23-7 and clawed back into a game that seemed out of reach.But Fair helped solidify the end result alongside Ennis — his partner in crime — hitting the jumper and nailing two free throws.The bread and butter of the John R. Wooden Award candidate’s game was back on track.It was just a matter of time.Said SU forward Jerami Grant: “He makes it all the time in practice and his workouts.” Comments Published on January 25, 2014 at 10:55 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

Syracuse’s nonconference schedule released

first_imgSyracuse’s nonconference schedule has been fully released, Syracuse Athletics announced Tuesday afternoon. Seven of the 13 games will be in the Carrier Dome.Of the Orange’s non-Atlantic Coast Conference opponents, only one finished last season ranked: No. 2 Mississippi State. The Bulldogs lost the national championship game to South Carolina after snapping then-No. 1 Connecticut’s NCAA-record 111-game win streak.SU will also be taking part in four separate showcases and tournaments. The first is the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, beginning on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23. Syracuse will play three games in the tropics, taking on Wisconsin, Vanderbilt and George Washington.Days before Christmas, the Orange will head west to Las Vegas to take on MSU, as well as the University of Nevada Las Vegas, in the Duel in the Desert. SU will also take on Northwestern in the Big Ten/ACC challenge at home and play Coastal Carolina in the Carolinas Challenge on CCU’s campus.After falling in the second round of last season’s NCAA tournament at the hands of UConn, Syracuse will open its season at home against Morgan State on Nov. 10.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on September 12, 2017 at 3:12 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

China’s football dream more elusive after latest flops

first_imgChina’s national team have long been an embarrassment to the country and on Friday, Marcello Lippi’s side lost 1-0 to Qatar in Doha, triggering another bout of soul-searching and finger-pointing by Chinese media and fans.Titan Sports, citing “informed sources”, said that an apoplectic “high-ranking official” got on the phone to a team supervisor at the Khalifa Stadium before half-time to demand what was going on.Lippi, said to be the best-paid international coach in the world on reported wages of between $23 million and $27 million a year, admitted he was shocked by the team’s performance in Qatar.That was followed on Monday by a moribund 0-0 draw with Bahrain, who are ranked 113th in the FIFA rankings to China’s 75th, prompting Lippi to say that he was “mentally prepared for criticism”.Some incandescent fans on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, called for the national team to be disbanded.The 70-year-old Lippi, who is expected to step down after the Asian Cup in the UAE in January, said he had been “surprised and worried about the condition of our players” before the Qatar game.“If the Asian Cup opened next week, I’d be worried, but we still have time to become better,” added Lippi, who led his native Italy to win the World Cup in 2006.– Big money, little return –China improved when Lippi took over nearly two years ago, but that initial bounce is gone. In his 21 games in charge they have won eight, lost eight and drawn five.They failed to reach the World Cup in Russia — in Lippi’s defence, most of the damage to China’s qualifying hopes was done before he arrived — and he is under pressure for the first time.Lippi’s side had plenty of the ball against World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar but lacked a cutting edge up front, where Chinese Super League (CSL) top-scorer Wu Lei had little support or service.Lippi has previously bemoaned his lack of strikers, saying it was because CSL teams tended to favour expensive foreign forwards, limiting chances for Chinese players.On Monday, the Chinese Football Association announced that another well-known coach, the 71-year-old Guus Hiddink, will take over the under-21 side — another statement of intent.The Dutchman will earn just under four million euros a year after tax, local media said, which is more than England manager Gareth Southgate.With Lippi and now Hiddink, China boast two top coaches, albeit ones that are nearing the ends of their careers.– ‘Chronic illness’ –But there is widespread acknowledgement that China do not have the players to compete even with Asia’s best.The average age of Lippi’s starting line-up against Qatar was 30, underlining the dearth of young talent.“Speaking with no exaggeration, Lippi’s national team is truly standing at a crossroads,” journalist Bai Guohua wrote in the Soccer News newspaper.Bai said that the inclusion of the 38-year-old midfielder Zheng Zhi “reflects the frustrating reality of Chinese football -– if the younger players could take over quickly, don’t you think Lippi would be willing to bring in more youngsters?”As part of president Xi’s football drive, youth academies and pitches are springing up in China, but it is expected to take several years before they begin to bear fruit.China have only reached the World Cup finals once, in 2002, when they failed to win a point or score a goal.Bai lamented that “it feels like we are far from one step away from the World Cup”.“This is not a unique problem for Lippi’s national team, but a chronic illness of the Chinese football team.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000‘Prepared for criticism’: China’s head coach Marcello Lippi © AFP / STRSHANGHAI, China, Sep 11 – China is throwing money at President Xi Jinping’s ambitions to boast a top-class national football team and one day host a World Cup.But while the latter can be achieved by splashing the cash, the former appears further away than ever after a desperate four days.last_img read more