Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditKent State (17-8, 7-5) vs. Eastern Michigan (14-11, 4-8)Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan; Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: MAC foes meet as Kent State battles Eastern Michigan. Kent State beat Ohio by 15 in its last outing. Eastern Michigan is coming off a 69-51 win over Western Michigan in its most recent game. Kent State, E. Michigan meet in conference play February 17, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com STEPPING UP: The Golden Flashes are led by Danny Pippen and Antonio Williams. Pippen has averaged 13.8 points and 7.2 rebounds while Williams has accounted for 13.6 points per game. The Eagles have been led by seniors Boubacar Toure and Ty Groce, who have combined to score 22.4 points per outing.IMPROVING IN CONFERENCE: The Eagles have scored 62.1 points per game across 12 conference games. That’s an improvement from the 58.8 per game they managed against non-conference foes.DOMINANT DANNY: Pippen has connected on 30.6 percent of the 147 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 7 of 27 over his last five games. He’s also made 76.6 percent of his foul shots this season.SCORING THRESHOLDS: Eastern Michigan is 7-0 when scoring at least 69 points and 7-11 when falling shy of that total. Kent State is 14-0 when it puts up 75 or more points and 3-8 on the year, otherwise.UNBEATEN WHEN: The Eagles are 7-0 when they score at least 69 points and 7-11 when they fall shy of that total. The Golden Flashes are 14-0 when they score at least 75 points and 3-8 on the year when falling short of 75.STIFLING DEFENSE: Eastern Michigan has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 25.8 percent of all possessions this year, the seventh-highest rate among all Division I teams. Associated Press
Valverde: “Leaving Messi out was difficult but he has played a lot this season and today we saw a long and tough contest so we thought a rest would do him good”Turin, Italy | AFP | Lionel Messi started on the bench but Barcelona advanced to the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday and clinched top spot in Group D after drawing 0-0 with Juventus in Turin.Last season’s finalists Juventus remain second in the group following the stalemate, a point ahead of third-place Sporting Lisbon, and can secure their qualification with victory at Olympiakos on December 5.? Enjoy the best photos from #JuveBarça https://t.co/cWK7Jolvzi ? #UCL ?? #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/eGfc1POfvl— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 22, 2017Five-time European champions Barca came into the clash needing just a point to finish first in Group D, while Juventus needed to avoid defeat and Sporting to fail to beat Olympiakos in Lisbon in order to qualify.But the Portuguese beat their Greek rivals 3-1 in Lisbon, leaving Juve needing three points in Athens to be sure of a last-16 place.Barcelona star Messi surprisingly started on the bench, with Ernesto Valverde electing to rest the Argentinian ahead of Sunday’s top-of-the-table La Liga clash at Valencia.“There are times when despite his great quality Leo has to rest,” said Valverde.Messi came on after 56 minutes but could not follow up the brace he scored in the 3-0 beating Barca inflicted on Juve at the Camp Nou in September.“Leo has played a lot since the beginning of the season. Like everyone he’s a bit tired,” continued the Barcelona coach. “We thought that it could open up more in the second half and that it would be useful to give him a bit of rest with a view towards the championship.“There’s always a risk of not playing him but it was a considered decision.”Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri admitted it had changed the dynamics not seeing Messi starting.“It’s the first time in 13 matches that I’ve played Barcelona that Messi hasn’t played, but when he came on the players controlled him well.“For us it’s an important point.”– Buffon returns –Allegri recalled veteran duo Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli after they were left out for Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at Sampdoria following Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.In a first half lacking the quality expected of such a high-profile fixture, Brazilian Douglas Costa demonstrated early pace, forcing a save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen after two minutes at the Allianz Stadium.Juventus’ livewire forward Paulo Dybala took a chance after 18 minutes following an Andres Iniesta blunder with the wily Argentine running into Ter Stegen.Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic went closest for Barca after 22 minutes, when his free-kick struck the post after making its way through a crowded box.Dybala looked like he was set to break through just before half-time when he picked up an Alex Sandro cross to go on a mazy run, but his shot from a tight angle flew over the bar.After the break, a Luis Suarez free-kick was deflected over the bar before Messi came on in place of Gerard Deulofeu, and the Argentina forward also fired a free-kick high over Juventus stopper Buffon.Barcelona’s Lucas Digne made the mistake of wanting to centre a ball instead of shooting directly at goal, letting a 68th-minute chance slip by.But Dybala thought he had won it in stoppage time from a corner, only for Ter Stegen to push the shot away and guarantee his side a place in the knockout stage.“We came to a difficult stadium against an opponent who are very strong at home, who normally create a lot of chances for themselves,” said Valverde.“We could have had a few more chances but it’s not easy to finish top of such a tough group. We’re satisfied with our solidity.”Share on: WhatsApp
11 Aug 2015 Doncaster trio win champion club title A teenage trio delivered national glory to Doncaster Golf Club when they won England’s Junior Champion Club title by five points at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire.The team of junior captain Connor Longworth, Jack Ciullo and Cameron Newman, supported by their reserve Declan Stoppard, amassed 162 points over 36 holes on the Green course (image © Leaderboard Photography).They are the first champions of England Golf’s new Golf Week, which is celebrating grassroots golf with a host of team and handicap events over a five-day festival.The runners-up were the team of Mikey Nicholls, Dominic Williams and Ryan Thrupp from Worlebury, Somerset, who scored 157 points. Third prize was won by Marley Najak, Imogen Rafferty and Joseph Capewell of Breadsall Priory, Derbyshire, on 155 points. The best two scores counted in each round.“This is massive,” said Doncaster junior organiser Simon Longworth. “Nobody at the club has ever been involved in an event like this and to win it puts us well and truly on the map.“It’s one of the best golfing days of my life and I haven’t hit a ball!”Doncaster travelled a long road to the title. First they had to win the Sheffield Golf Union inter-club competition, which was contested by 37 teams, with all three scores counting. Then they had to win the Yorkshire team championship to take their place in the final.Yesterday all three team members played below their handicaps for a first round total of 80 points. Today, they did even better with 82, but they were among the earliest starters and had a long wait before they could begin celebrating.Cameron Newman, 15, led the team’s scoring today with 43 points, despite starting with a double bogey seven. “It didn’t really put me off, I’m used to getting them, it’s just one of those things,” said the 13-handicapper.“After that I had a string of pars and two birdies,” said Newman, who finished by holing a 10-footer for a birdie three on the 18th.Conor Longworth, 17, provided the other counting score with 39 points, playing off 14 handicap. Doncaster’s third player, Jack Ciullo, 17, had 33 points, playing off 13.Worlebury were the overnight leaders and they held on well today to take second place. Mikey Nicholls added 38 points to his opening 45, while Dominic Williams and Ryan Thrupp both had 35 pointsImogen Rafferty again led the scoring for the Breadsall Priory team adding 41 points to yesterday’s 40. The 21-handicapper started and finished with pars and she commented: “That’s really good.” The team score was completed by Marley Najak’s 37 points while Joseph Capewell had 33.The best score of the day was returned by 15-year-old Freya Daniels of Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire, who scored one-over par gross for 45 points. The 10-handicapper even had a double bogey on the 16th, but bounced straight back with a birdie, par finish.“It’s definitely my best round ever and I’m really proud of it,” said Daniels. “This event has been a great experience and I really like the golf course, it’s one of my favourites.” Her team finished tied ninth.Other low scorers in the second round included Charlie Mintz of Shirley, Warwickshire, who also had a personal best with 44 points. “It’s a fantastic course and the greens are great,” he said. His team shared fifth place.Click here for full scoresCaption: (from left) Cameron Newman, Jack Ciullo, Connor Longworth and Declan Stoppard.