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Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 12 Nov 2019 11:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link113Shares Unai Emery is really struggling for results with Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)There have been calls from fans and former players for Emery to be sacked, but Merson does not see that happening now that we are into the international break and that Arsenal have a favourable run of fixtures ahead of them.The Gunners’ next four Premier League games are Southampton (h), Norwich (a), Brighton (h), West Ham (a), before hosting Manchester City.Merson believes that this would have been the perfect time to replace the Spaniard and that he has been lucky to keep his job.‘Looking at what’s to come with Arsenal, the fixtures, I think he’s there for the long run,’ continued the former England international.‘I think this was a prime [time] to say ‘right, let’s get someone in, this hasn’t worked, bring a manager in, got five or six unbelievable football games to come up, get off to a great start, and then we go from there.‘I think he’s very fortunate.’Reports suggest that the Arsenal board have given Emery until New Year’s Day, when his side host Manchester United, to turn things around.If the Gunners are not in with a realistic chance of the top four by that stage, he may well face the sack.MORE: Arsenal players have given up on Unai Emery and the board are ready to sack him, says Emmanuel PetitMORE: Arsenal board give ultimatum to Unai Emery Advertisement Paul Merson says Arsenal are deteriorating under Unai Emery but he will not be sacked any time soon Arsenal were dejected after defeat to Leicester on Saturday (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are not only bad at defending, but are now below par in attack as well, according to club legend Paul Merson.The Gunners are enduring a poor run of results which has seen them go without a win in their last five matches and manager Unai Emery come under immense pressure.Recent Premier League defeats to Sheffield United and Leicester City have left Arsenal eight points adrift of the top four and in something of a crisis of confidence.The defence has come in for criticism for many months, but Merson now believes that Arsenal’s once potent attack has been dragged down to the level of the rest of the team.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t see any change at Arsenal,’ Merson told Sky Sports. ‘They don’t keep clean sheets, they let in goals for fun and do you know the worst thing about it now?‘They don’t even really look like scoring goals, which is the thing with me, with Arsenal, they always looked like they were going to score goals, even though they would be ropy at the back.‘But I don’t see that happening now.’ Advertisement Comment
All able-bodied South Korean men are obliged to serve in the military for nearly two years, making up the bulk of Seoul’s 600,000-strong forces — who face off against North Korea’s army of 1.3 million. But Son was spared a career-threatening stint as a conscript when South Korea took gold at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, earning the team an exemption.Advertisement The Spurs star broke down in tears of joy after the 2-1 extra-time win over Japan, which meant he could fulfil his obligations with just three weeks’ basic training and around 500 hours of community service. The 27-year-old’s Premier League season ended even before the coronavirus outbreak spread to Europe when he broke his arm against Aston Villa on February 16, and Spurs said he returned to South Korea for “personal reasons”. Son will report to a marines boot camp on the island of Jeju on April 20 for his basic training, an industry source told the South’s Yonhap news agency. Loading… Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Best Tarantino Movie Yet6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueMysterious Astrological Discoveries That Left Scientists Baffled5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung-min will report to a marines boot camp later this month to fulfil military service duties, a report said Thursday. Read Also: West Ham target Barcelona forward Martin BraithwaiteHe posted images online Wednesday of himself exercising on what appeared to be a large balcony, skipping and stretching.The Premier League is postponed until at least April 30 because of the pandemic and is likely to be delayed even longer when the English game’s stakeholders meet on Friday.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Congratulations to The East Central Lady Trojans on winning The Girls Track Sectional Title at Franklin County.Overall team results. 1. East Central 135, 2. Batesville 126, 3. Greensburg 113.50, 4. Franklin County 42.50, 5. North Decatur 37, 5. Oldenburg Academy 37, 7. Jac-Cen-Del 31.50, 8. South Dearborn 29, 9. Rising Sun 25, 10. Milan 23, 11. Lawrenceburg 11.50, 12. South Decatur 9, 13. South Ripley 4.2015 Girls Track Sectionals @ Franklin CountyCongrats to all of the individuals and relay teams on qualifying for The Regionals.The Girls Track Regionals will be taking place at Shelbyville on Tuesday (5-26).Courtesy of the IHSAA.
USC women’s basketball coach Michael Cooper did not hold any punches during his introductory press conference Tuesday, although he set his sights not on traditional rival UCLA, but an unusual foe.“I’ll bet you we play better basketball than the Los Angeles Clippers and you go to quite a few games there,” Cooper told a reporter in attendance. “Oh yeah, you can write that down.”It may have only been a joke, but the comment represented a significant change for the basketball program. Gone are the days when former coach Mark Trakh would refuse even to address injuries as one player after another went down. There is a new feel around the program now with Cooper, who brings not only a wealth of coaching and playing experience, but also a fresh attitude.“They know I’m a little different coach and I have a sense of humor about me, but there’s going to be a work ethic about it,” he said.And if you know anything about Cooper’s playing days as a lockdown defender for the Los Angeles Lakers, there will be a little defense too.“I think one thing you can expect from this team is hard play every night,” he said. “Obviously we’re going to come with the defensive intensity and our offense will be opened up to where it’ll be exciting for the fans.”One question that Cooper faced during his press conference was how he would handle coaching in a new environment, but the new coach did not seem too worried.“Coaching is coaching no matter what level,” he said. “I’ve coached at many levels, even going back to coaching my son when he was six or seven years old.”Cooper might not expect the transition from coaching professional basketball players to amateur athletes to be difficult, but he will have to overcome some hurdles.He just finished his coaching obligation with the Los Angeles Sparks this fall and has had little time to spend with his new players. He has never had to recruit a player before. And his roster is full of talented but injury-prone players. None of the question marks surrounding the team have dampened Cooper’s enthusiasm, though.“This is just another venture and another door that’s been opened for me and it’s one that I’m very, very lucky to have and one that I’m honored to have,” he said.The players are equally excited to have the former Lakers great at the helm. Sophomore guard Briana Gilbreath said the players know a lot more about Cooper than people may think and are looking forward to learning from him.“We’ve seen him play games even though we’re younger people,” she said. “We’ve seen him on the court, we’ve seen what he’s about and we know he’s had so much experience.”Whether all of that experience translates to wins is yet to be seen, but the Women of Troy are clearly glad Cooper is here.
A well-rested Trojan men’s volleyball team took the court at the Galen Center Friday night, sweeping the Waves by a score of 25-23, 27-25, and 25-16.Flying high · Freshman middle blocker Robert Feathers and the Trojans defeated Pepperdine Friday. They now stand at 6-4 overall. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanPlaying for the first time in almost a week, the Trojans held off furious Pepperdine comebacks in the first two sets, then cruised in the third and clinching set to improve their record for 6-4 overall, with a 5-4 record in conference.An impressive aspect of the victory for the Trojans definitely came with the improvement of the Trojans’ defensive play after last week’s loss to UCLA. The Trojans had 13 blocks to the Waves’ 5.With extra time off, the Trojans had more practices during the week, practicing four times rather than the usual one or two.“We really got the chance to work on our all-around game” said senior middle blocker and co-captain Steven Shandrick when asked about the victory. “We worked on our serving and passing a lot, and it really showed in the game.”Redshirt junior outside hitter Steven Mochalski led the team with 14 kills, and the Trojan offense hit at an impressive .333 clip, a drastic improvement after hitting a season-low .103 against UCLA last week.Freshman setter Micah Christenson also had one of his most impressive performances of the season, having a .521 assisting percentage to go along with leading the Trojans with 7 digs.Junior outside hitter Maddison McKibbin made his season debut after being sidelined in the preseason with an ankle sprain, and filled in with four blocks for sophomore opposite Tanner Jansen, who was out for the third set after spraining his ankle.Getting back on the right track after a demoralizing loss at home was crucial for the Trojans, and Shandrick emphasized this after the game, stating “The Pepperdine was a must-win game for us. We were all hungry to win, and we showed that if we put in the work in practice, then the results will show in the game.”The team’s next game comes on Thursday against the NAIA squad Hope International, which is sure to be a welcome break from conference play.
English Premier League clubs, Arsenal and Leicester could go head-to-head for talented Super Eagles star, Oghenekaro Etebo during the January transfer window.The two Premier League clubs dispatched scouts to watch the 21-year-old Nigerian international in action for Portuguese side Feirense in their 1-1 draw with Porto in the Taça da Liga last Thursday, December 29, 2016.Etebo made global headlines at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) during the summer when he became the first player in 44 years to score four goals in an Olympic fixture in Nigeria’s thrilling 5-4 win over Japan.His rising stock also saw him claim African football’s Most Promising Talent award in 2015 in which he has the chance to defend this year.However his talent is not going unnoticed across Europe with British tabloid, The Sun reporting that AS Monaco and Serie A side Atalanta are also tracking his progress.Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has dropped little hints over his plans during the transfer window but could be looking to build towards the future with an eye on Red Bull Salzburg wonderkid Dayotchanculle Upamecano.Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri is wasting no time in a bid to bolster his squad to avoid an unexpected relegation dogfight. The Foxes are set to splash the cash on midfielder Wilfred Ndidi from Genk having had an £18 million deal accepted.Etebo has scored once in 10 appearances across all competitions for Feirense this season. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
The 24-year-old should be fit for England’s World Cup campaign.But he will miss Spurs’ FA Cup quarter-final at Swansea on Saturday, as well as two England friendlies the following week.Gareth Southgate’s men travel to the Netherlands on 23 March before hosting Italy on 27 March.England’s first World Cup match is on June 18 against Tunisia.Kane missed 10 games last season with a similar injury to the same ankle in a game at Sunderland in September 2016.He injured the same ankle again in Tottenham’s FA Cup quarter-final victory over Millwall in March 2017. On that occasion he was out for four weeks.“Disappointing to be out until next month but injuries are part of the game,” he wrote on Twitter. “Will do everything I can to get back out there ASAP.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tottenham and England striker, Harry Kane, will be out until next month after damaging ankle ligaments in Sunday’s Premier League win over Bournemouth.Spurs said in a statement that “preliminary assessments” confirmed the injury after a scan on Monday.Kane, who has scored 35 goals for Spurs this season, injured his right ankle in a collision with Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
(Editor’s note: This story originally ran in March 2018 to commemorate Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy covering his first NCAA Tournament and Final Four).One of the things I remember distinctly about the first Final Four I ever covered was a number of stories in the newspaper about police arresting various parties — including, I believe, a college assistant coach or two — for scalping their tickets. Now, we have StubHub. It is a much different world three decades later. I have seen that play hundreds of times, but always from the television replay angle, sometimes in slow motion. I wish I could remember it as I saw it that night. I was seated in a press seat near to the Kentucky bench, so I was close the opposite foul line. I can picture many of the great plays I’ve seen from the angle I originally watched: Jenkins shot from right above me on the raised court in Houston, David Reid’s stunning knockout in a 1996 gold medal Olympic boxing match, Steven Gerrard’s mistaken backward header setting up Luis Suarez’ clinching goal for Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup.I can’t see Laettner’s shot from my press seat, though.Maybe it was too perfect, something one is only allowed to experience once. Duke 104, Kentucky 103. The building in Kansas City where Arizona, Duke, Kansas and Oklahoma gathered for the 1988 Final Four was built more for basketball. Others lament the change in recent years to playing these games in football stadiums. I believe the Final Four is right where it needs to be now. Why? See above. If the games were in arenas, tickets to Hamilton would seem cheap by comparison.INSIDE THE MADNESS: 80 years of Final Four memoriesThis year marks the 32nd NCAA Tournament I’ve covered. I actually had a conversation about that very subject with a sportswriter on press row at that first Final Four, expressing my belief that “domes” were the future. The other fellow is now a priest; no kidding. I’m still blessed to be at this, and I’m sure Father Kevin would be pleased to know I say a little thank-you prayer each year upon entering the court for the opportunity to continue covering the biggest college basketball games.So, what exactly were the biggest college basketball games in those 32 years of tournaments?I have a list right here. So many classics:32. Arkansas vs. Texas, Elite Eight, 1990I loved that Texas’ star players were nicknamed BMW: Lance Blanks, Travis Mays, Joey Wright. They combined for 57 points, and the Longhorns held Arkansas star Todd Day to 12, but point guard Lee Mayberry dominated for the Razorbacks with 18 points, seven assists and four steals in the Hogs’ “40 Minutes of Hell” scheme. Arkansas 88, Texas 85.31. Marquette vs. Pitt, Sweet 16, 2003What I remember best about this game, which preceded by one round the sizzling show Marquette’s Dwyane Wade put on against Kentucky in the regional final, was Panthers forward Donatas Zavackas getting angry with coach Ben Howland at a key point in the second half and then walking down to the end of the bench, sitting on the baseline and taking off his sneakers.Pitt had won 11 consecutive games, but Wade’s 20-point second half surge helped the Golden Eagles build a double-digit lead. The Panthers ran off nine consecutive points and cut their deficit to a point, but that was as close as it came. Marquette 77, Pitt 74.30. Ohio State vs. Tennessee, Sweet 16, 2007With star freshman Greg Oden struggling with foul trouble, the Buckeyes’ massive advantage inside was mitigated. They needed an extraordinary performance from senior guard Ron Lewis; after converting the season-saving, buzzer-beating 3-pointer that helped OSU defeat Xavier in the second round, he scored 25 against the Vols and helped rally them from 20 points down. Mike Conley made the first of two free throws to break a tie with 6.5 seconds left, but missed the second, giving UT a chance at a game-winner. Oden was around to block it.Memphis survived Texas A&M by a point in the other game in San Antonio. It was the single best set of Sweet 16 games I ever covered. Ohio State 85, Tennessee 84.29. Michigan vs. North Carolina, 1989 Other than at funerals, I’d never seen a grown man cry. So when Dean Smith began to weep during the news conference at the close of another season, that became my story. Honestly, it caused me to understate that Glen Rice was starting to happen. He scored 34 points on 13-of-19 shooting from the field. It was impressive, and it helped UM survive 26 from J.R. Reid. But I’d seen impressive before. Michigan 92, North Carolina 87.MORE: Best buzzer-beaters in March Madness history28. Memphis vs. Purdue, second round, 1995 I was in my second season covering the Tigers for the Commercial Appeal in Memphis. With Glenn Robinson gone, the Boilermakers were a balanced team led by forward Cuonzo Martin. They were the No. 3 seed, Memphis the 6. Their close game was tied with a half-minute left when Boilers guard Porter Roberts made one of two free throws. Memphis killed all but the final seconds, and point guard Chris Garner initiated a move to the lane, nearly lost the ball, recovered and then shot an 8-footer.It rolled off the rim but was rebounded and put back on the opposite side by power forward David Vaughn — his path cleared by center Lorenzen Wright’s surreptitious tug of Roy Hairston’s jersey. OK, it wasn’t that well disguised; Hairston’s jersey still was disfigured when the final buzzer sounded. The refs didn’t call it. Memphis 77, Purdue 75.27. Michigan vs. Cincinnati, national semifinals, 1992 This was my first in-person look at the Fab Five, and they weren’t fabulous. Well, Chris Webber was, with 16 points and 11 rebounds, but Jalen Rose and Juwan Howard shot a combined 7 of 22. It was up to forward James Voskuil, one of the players supplanted by Steve Fisher’s decision to start his five frosh, to save the game with nine points in 14 minutes, including a 3-point play that pushed UM into the lead for good and a 3-pointer with three minutes left that stretched out a two-point lead.It was interesting that after all he’d done to win to put the Wolverines into the title game, the Fab Fivers ignored Voskuil at the buzzer and celebrated among themselves. Michigan 76, Cincinnati 72.26. Ohio State vs. Iowa State, second round, 2013The Buckeyes were the No. 2 seed in the West Region but had a terrible time guarding the Cyclones’ 3-point-heavy attack. Korie Lucious made five 3-pointers and the team shot 12 of 25 from deep, which led to a tie game inside the final half-minute, with OSU veteran point guard Aaron Craft holding the ball for a final shot.Craft dribbled away all but the final 5 seconds, and then teammate LaQuinton Ross smartly crossed in front of him. That forced a defensive switch that left power forward George Niang on Craft, and he gave Craft too much room. Craft was only a .300 deep shooter that season, but he hit that one. Ohio State 78, Iowa State 75.25. Oklahoma State vs. Saint Joseph’s, Elite Eight, 2004 I don’t think I’ve ever felt worse for a losing coach after a game than for Phil Martelli, who’d built a sensational Hawks team that won every regular-season game it played, had the unbeaten streak broken in the conference tournament but stood just seconds from advancing to the Final Four when State’s Joey Graham began a drive, stumbled and seemed to lose control of the ball. John Lucas III was open on the left wing when Hawks guard Pat Carroll lunged at what appeared to be a game-clinching steal. But Graham recovered more quickly than anticipated, and he tossed the ball. Immediately to Lucas for a game-winning 3-pointer. Oklahoma State 64, Saint Joseph’s 62.24. Kentucky vs. Michigan, Elite Eight, 2014With center Willie Cauley-Stein injured and unavailable following UK’s win in the Sweet 16, the Wildcats had to get 15 minutes out of little-used freshman Marcus Lee — and he shot 5 of 7 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked a couple of shots. Classmate Aaron Harrison completed the middle opus of his buzzer-beating 2014 trilogy — he also won games against Louisville in the Sweet 16 and Wisconsin at the Final Four — by stepping back into a 22-footer with 2.3 seconds left. Kentucky 75, Michigan 72.MORE: Mike DeCourcy ranks 29 years of Final Four experiences23. Illinois vs. Arizona, Elite Eight, 2005 A lot of people are going to wonder why this isn’t higher on the list. Here’s why: It was great for eight minutes. No doubt Arizona’s Channing Frye (24 points, 12 rebounds) and Hassan Adams (21 points, 8 rebounds) were sensational all night. But Illinois’ three-guard attack was going nowhere.Deron Williams, Dee Brown, Luther Head and their teammates trailed by 14 points with 3:20 left. Then Head made a 3-pointer, and the comeback was on. The Illini caught Arizona in the final seconds and tied it, then prevailed in overtime. But only by a point. The end was amazing, and it deserves a spot on this list, just not as prominent as some might expect. Illinois 90, Arizona 89.22. Texas A&M vs. UNI, second round, 2016This was less consequential than Illinois’ comeback, but more amazing. The Aggies trailed Northern Iowa by 12 with 35 seconds remaining. That game is over. Just ask Leonard Hamilton. Except it wasn’t. Texas A&M desperately pressured in the backcourt, and UNI committed four turnovers that allowed the Aggies to run off 14 points to just two for the Panthers. Had any one of UNI’s blunders been avoided, it would have won the game instead of winding up in overtime. And no one was surprised that the team losing the massive late lead had little stomach for the extra period. Texas A&M 92, UNI 88.21. Kentucky vs. Notre Dame, Elite Eight, 2015Kentucky’s unbeaten season reached 38-0 that night in Cleveland, but only after a mesmerizing game that was tied at half and in which the Irish led by 5 with 5:22 remaining. But UK got a huge 3-point play from center Karl-Anthony Towns, a 3-pointer from guard Aaron Harrison to get back into the lead, and two made free throws from Andrew Harrison with 6 seconds left to put UK in front. The Irish still had time, and they went for the win with guard Jerian Grant rushing the ball upcourt. But he had to shoot over two defenders and did not connect. Kentucky 68, Notre Dame 66.20. Kentucky vs. Stanford, national semifinals, 1998Jeff Sheppard’s performance for Kentucky — 5 of 7 on 3s, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 26 points — was among the best I’ve seen at the Final Four and pushed UK past the Cardinal in overtime. Kentucky 86, Stanford 85.19. UTEP vs. Kansas, second round, 1992We know Don “The Bear” Haskins as coach of the 1966 Texas Western team that made history in the NCAA Tournament by starting five African-American players in the championship game. But he also was one of the game’s greats, and he decided he could take down the top-seeded Jayhawks with a spread offense he installed the day before the game. It worked. KU struggled to defend against the Miners’ quickness and allowed 18 points to Johnny Melvin and 14 to Marlon Maxey. They gave The Bear one last big tournament moment. UTEP 68, Kansas 60.SN REMEMBERS:March Madness heartbreakers | Best March Madness memories18. Kentucky vs. Massachusetts, national semifinals, 1996Here’s how you know if someone has been paying attention to college basketball in the past three decades. Ask them which team was the greatest NCAA champion of the expanded bracket era. If they say someone other than UK in ’96, they’re either a Duke fan (which is fine) or someone who failed to understand how brilliant this team was. Defeating this great UMass team, which beat UK earlier in the season and lost only one other game, was a perfect example. Nine different players scored for the Wildcats, and it seemed like nine of them ganged up on Marcus Camby to “hold” him to 25 points. Kentucky 81, UMass 74.17. Michigan vs. Oklahoma State, first round, 2017When the bracket showed the Wolverines and Cowboys would be meeting in the first round in Indianapolis, it seemed so perfectly set up to produce a classic it figured the game couldn’t possibly live up to expectations. Oklahoma State had the No. 1 offense in college basketball; Michigan had No. 2. Could they possibly produce a game worthy of that? It was an incredible display. The Cowboys’ Jawun Evans scored 21 points and passed for 12 assists; the Wolverines’ Derrick Walton went for 26 points and 11 assists. It was the kind of basketball game that had all but disappeared during the early 2000s, when physicality and defense ruled. Michigan 92, Oklahoma State 91.16. Arkansas vs. Memphis, Sweet 16, 1995The game that was produced by the Tigers’ last-second victory over Purdue — and a tight battle between the Razorbacks and Syracuse — was this classic in which Memphis guard Mingo Johnson stung Arkansas with an unexpected 32 points and the Tigers led by as many as 12 in the second half. Arkansas rallied behind Corliss Williamson’s low-block dominance to cut that to a point inside the final 15 seconds. Then, point guard Corey Beck began a drive that led Memphis’ Chris Garner to react by reaching out his hand toward Beck’s chest. Official David Hall called it a handchecking foul. “That doesn’t make an ounce of sense,” Tigers coach Larry Finch said. Beck made one free throw to force overtime, and Arkansas controlled the extra period. Arkansas 96, Memphis 91.15. Indiana vs. Duke, Sweet 16, 2002At some point in the second half, with Indiana controlling the game against the defending NCAA champions and heavy favorites to repeat, coach Mike Davis turned to Andy Katz and me on press row and said, “We’re going to win this game!” It felt a little like Babe Ruth calling his shot, except Mike would be Babe Ruth in that analogy, which doesn’t really work. Hoosiers defensive ace Dane Fife held SN player of the year Jay Williams to 6-of-19 shooting, and IU’s Jared Jeffries punished the Devils with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Indiana 74, Duke 73.14. Arkansas vs. Duke, championship, 1994This was the game Scotty Thurman won with what Razorbacks fans call “The Shot”, not to be confused with Michael Jordan’s “The Shot” or any number of other last-second baskets that surely could use a better descriptor.Duke’s Grant Hill finally had unleashed all of his powers after a halftime harangue from Mike Krzyzewski during a Sweet 16 game against Marquette, and he’d begun carrying the Devils through the tournament. He delivered 12 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. But thanks to Arkansas’ ability to squeeze loose the basketball — Corey Beck and Clint McDaniel were wizards — there also were nine turnovers.It was a tie game with 50 seconds left when Arkansas ran the shot clock down and center Dwight Stewart passed to Thurman with the buzzer just a couple seconds away. Thurman tossed in a 3-pointer over Tony Lang’s defense that proved to be the game-winner. Arkansas 76, Duke 72.MORE: 10 years later, Chalmers remembers his shot13. Kansas vs. Memphis, championship, 2008 The greatest Final Four ever assembled was not the greatest Final Four ever contested. No. 1 Memphis blew out No. 1 UCLA in the first semi, and No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 1 North Carolina was an absolute rout. The two games were decided by a total of 33 points. The title game was a curious affair, including Bill Self’s near-calamitous decision to play a box-and-one against Memphis’ Chris Douglas-Roberts — which gave Derrick Rose the freedom to tear through the KU defense and help the Tigers build a 9-point lead.Then the collapse began, including a huge turnover and five missed free throws and ending when Mario Chalmers hit a 3-pointer against a defense in utter disarray that tied the game the game and forced overtime. There was little doubt what would happen in those five extra minutes. Kansas 75, Memphis 68.12. Arizona vs. Kentucky, championship, 1997Arizona had begun that NCAA Tournament fortunate to have earned a No. 4 seed after finishing with a 19-9 record, but then came the Wildcats’ Sweet 16 upset over No. 1 Kansas — which entered the game 34-1 — and everything seemed to change. They became a great team that night.Looking back, why not? They had four future NBA players in their backcourt rotation. Kentucky managed to remain a terrific team even after a season-ending injury to star guard Derek Anderson, with four pros in their lineup and another, freshman Jamaal Magloire, coming off the bench. The duel between Wildcats never was beautiful; with what felt like a constant breeze blowing through Indy’s RCA Dome, the teams shot a combined 40 percent. But Miles Simon was a work of art that night, scoring 30 points — including 14 of 17 free throws. Anthony Epps’ 3-point forced overtime for Kentucky, but only delayed the result. Arizona 84, Kentucky 79.11. Purdue vs. Tennessee, Sweet 16, 2019The performance unleased by Purdue senior guard Ryan Cline might have been the greastest exaple of clutch shooting in the tournament’s history. Four times in the final 5 minutes, Cline hit from three point range. Three of those tied the game. One of them gave the Boilermakers a brief one-point lead. He wound up with 27 points on 7-of-10 3-point shooting. Teammate Carsen Edwards scored 29. And their perimeter shooting negated a 20-point second half by UT star Admiral Schofield. Purdue 99, Tennessee 94 (OT).10. Kansas vs. Duke, Elite Eight, 2018One can’t claim recency bias here, because if it were a factor KU-Duke would have been top-3. It was that good. Always tense, always in doubt, the Devils and Jayhawks entered the game as championship-quality teams aware only one could play for the title the following weekend. This weekend.Duke had multiple chances in the final minute of regulation to secure another Final Four berth, but the Devils failed to defend the 3-point line against Svi Mykhailiuk’s game-tying jumpshot and senior Grayson Allen’s pull-up at the buzzer rolled off the rim to force OT. Does Kansas win every big overtime game? Feels that way. Kansas 85, Duke 81.9. Duke vs. UCF, second round, 2018.Of all the games played in the long history of the NCAA Tournament, this is one that can genuinely be described as unique. UCF’s 7-6, 310-pound center, Tacko Fall, was in command of the game for every one of his 25 minutes. The Knights needed him out there longer, but foul trouble prevented that. He was such a consuming presence he made people forget Zion Williamson was on the court. (Including, at times, Zion himself).Even though Williamson scored 32 points, he was less a factor than in most Duke games he played. He did score a clutch basket in the closing seconds over Fall, drawing the disqualifying foul on him, and RJ Barrett tipped in Williamson’s missed free throw to establish a late lead. UCF had a chance to win at the buzzer when Aubrey Dawkins — the coach’s son — rose above the rim to try a late tip-in. But he tapped it too hard and it rolled off the rim. Purdue 77, UCF 76. 8. UConn vs. Duke, national semifinals, 2004This was Duke’s game. The Devils had it. They got Huskies All-American Emeka Okafor into foul trouble, and he played only 22 minutes. They held an 8-point lead with 3:28 left. Then Duke’s bigs started to foul out trying to contain Okafor: Shelden Williams, Shavlik Randolph and eventually Nick Horvath.The Devils could not prevent a 12-0 UConn run, four of those points from Okafor in the final 80 seconds. There was no one left to stop him. UConn 79, Duke 78.7. North Carolina vs. Kentucky, Elite Eight, 2017Either one of these teams was good enough to win the championship, but it was UK’s misfortune that a mid-season injury to star point guard De’Aaron Fox led to a brief swoon that dropped the Wildcats onto the No. 2 seed line. That meant playing Carolina in the South Region final.Fox’s first-half foul trouble helped UNC establish control, with All-American Justin Jackson scoring 19 points. But the Wildcats rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final minute and tied it on an acrobatic 3-pointer by Malik Monk with 10 seconds.That left enough time, though, for Carolina to set up Luke Maye to become a Tar Heels legend with his game-winning jumper from the right wing. North Carolina 75, Kentucky 73.MORE: Top 80 upsets in March Madness history6. Purdue vs. Virginia, Elite Eight, 2019Carsen Edwards became the first player in over a decade, and only the second in a quarter century, to be named Most Outstanding Player in a region from a losing team. There’s little doubt he’d have preferred to make All-Tournament and move on to the Final Four, but Virginia’s fortuitious final 5.9 seconds in regulation — with freshman Kihei Clark collecting a loose ball in the backcourt and passing ahead for Mamadi Diakite’s game-tying, buzzer-beating jumper — gave the Cavaliers a chance to win it in overtime.Edwards scored 42 points and made 10 3-pointers. He averaged 34.8 points in four tournament games, one of the great series in the tournament’s history. But UVA’s Kyle Guy pushed his team to the Final Four by breaking out of a 3 1/2-game NCAA Tournament slump with a brilliant performance in the second half and overtime. Virginia 80, Purdue 75 (OT). 5. Connecticut vs. Duke, championship, 1999Duke entered the game with a single loss and was an overwhelming favorite — but too many failed to notice the Huskies only lost twice that season and were no one’s underdog.The Huskies’ Jake Voskuhl and Kevin Freeman did a great defensive job on Devils All-American Elton Brand, holding him just eight shots. UConn guard Khalid El-Amin made the biggest basket with a sweeping drive down the left side, then stretched the lead to three points with two free throws inside the final six seconds. Duke shooter Trajan Langdon tried to get off a 3-pointer to tie, but fumbled the ball and handed UConn its first title under coach Jim Calhoun. UConn 77, Duke 74.4. Villanova vs. North Carolina, championship, 2016 The most thrilling ending in modern tournament history capped a terrific game that saw each team prove itself as championship material — right down to the fact each ended the game with a heroic shot.The off-balance 3-pointer by North Carolina’s Marcus Paige was more incredible, his leg-kick to keep himself airborne before launching his shot an absolute marvel of aerodynamics. But the right-wing 3 by Kris Jenkins came after Paige’s shot had tied the game with 4.7 seconds left, so that is the one we’ll remember best. Villanova 77, North Carolina 74.3. Kansas vs. Oklahoma, championship, 1988This was the first Final Four I covered, and honestly what I saw in the first 20 minutes of the championship game was hard to capture in words. It was the best 20 minutes of basketball I’ve seen covering college hoops. The halftime score was 50-50. I was dizzy after watching all that.The second half couldn’t possibly live up to it, but Danny Manning continued his dominance right up until he made the clinching free throws. The final tally: 31 points 18 rebounds, 5 steals, 2 blocks. It was so memorable I can recall the 31/18 line without looking it up. The team is remembered as “Danny and the Miracles,” and certainly he carried the Jayhawks to the title, but Milt Newton and Kevin Pritchard were a combined 12 of 13 from the field that night. Danny didn’t do it alone. Kansas 83, Oklahoma 79.2. Duke vs. UNLV, national semifinals, 1991I’ve told this story before, but it bears repeating. I saw less of this game than I would have wanted. I wanted to see every second. I’d planned to write the semifinal game between Kansas and North Carolina quickly so I could devote full attention to the main attraction. Then Dean Smith got himself thrown out of the KU-UNC game, and it became a story. I think they brought official Pete Pavia in to talk to the media; that could be a false recollection. But Smith said this: “I simply said, ‘Pete, how much time do I have?’ I asked him that three times, and he answered with a technical.”Once that all was squared away, there was enough time to see enough of Duke-Vegas to know there were few games ever like it, and to recognize that Bobby Hurley’s 3-pointer with the Devils down 5 points late in the game was an incredible moment that gets overlooked because it didn’t end the game. It just decided it. Duke 79, UNLV 77.1. Duke vs. Kentucky, regional final, 1992 It was everything one could want a sporting event to be, and those who were there get to say they were there for the rest of their lives. I was there. I saw Sean Wood’s ridiculous banked half-hook over Christian Laettner. I knew the game was over at that point, with 2.2 seconds left. I nonetheless saw Hill pass the ball downcourt to Laettner, who caught it, made a move to get himself in rhythm shoot, and made the 17-foot jumpshot that is the most famous of any shot in college basketball history.
MASON CITY — A plea change hearing has been set for a Mason City man accused of using a company credit card numerous times without permission. 42-year-old Jeffrey Frampton is accused of using a credit card from Jiffy Lube from September to December of last year 32 times, rolling up charges of over $3620 to the business. Frampton was originally charged with one count of ongoing criminal conduct and nine counts of unauthorized use of a credit card. Frampton’s trial was originally scheduled to start on May 5th, but online court records show Judge Karen Salic approved an order setting a plea change hearing for May 12th in Cerro Gordo County District Court.