*** Game Preview Provided by The Cleveland State Communications Team***GAME #11Cleveland State (3-7) at #20/22 Cincinnati (10-2)Thursday, December 21, 2017 | 7:00 pmHighland Heights, Ky. | BB&T ArenaLive Stats | ESPN3 | AM 1420PDF GAME NOTESCleveland State at CincinnatiGAME PREVIEW:• Cleveland State continues a stretch of three games in five days when the Vikings play at No. 20/22 Cincinnati on Thursday (Dec. 21) at 7:00 pm.• The game will be played at BB&T Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky.• CSU, which will be playing its seventh road game this year, is 3-7 this year after a 79-77 setback at Niagara on Tuesday.• UC is 10-2 and defeated Arkansas Pine-Bluff, 77-49, on Tuesday.• Thursday’s game will be broadcast on AM 1420 and AM 1440 with Al Pawlowski providing the play-by-play.• The game will also be shown on ESPN3.THE CINCINNATI SERIES:• Thursday’s game will be the 12th all-time meeting between the two schools with UC holding an 11-0 advantage.• This will be the first meeting since the 1999-00 season when the Bearcats topped CSU, 91-56, in Hawaii. UC was the top-ranked team in the country at the time.• CSU is 0-8 all-time in Cincinnati.GAME 10: @NIAGARA 79, CSU 77 (12/19/17):• CSU played in its fourth one possession game of the season, falling at Niagara, 79-77, on Tuesday night.• Jamarcus Hairston scored a career-high 17 points with five rebounds. He hit 7-of-9 from the floor, playing a career-high 31 minutes.• Anthony Wright and Kenny Carpenter both scored 16 points.• Kasheem Thomas added nine points and Tyree Appleby tied his career-high with seven assists, while Dontel Highsmith added six rebounds and four steals.• CSU trailed by 11 points with just over five minutes left before rallying down the stretch.CSU vs. RANKED TEAMS:• Thursday’s game will be the 50th all-time contest for CSU against a ranked team and the first this season.• The Vikings will also play at Michigan State next Thursday (Dec. 29). The Spartans are ranked second in this week’s poll.• CSU is 6-43 all-time against nationally-ranked teams, including a 6-36 record against teams in the top-20.• The Vikings last win over a ranked team was a 71-58 victory at No. 7 Vanderbilt (11/13/2011) in the 2011-12 season opener.FIRST OF TWO THIS YEAR IN BB&T ARENA:• CSU’s game vs. Cincinnati will be the first of two games for the Vikings at BB&T Arena this year.• The Vikings will also play in the arena on Jan. 15 when CSU plays Northern Kentucky in a Horizon League contest.• UC is playing its home games at BB&T Arena this year while its home – Fifth Third Arena – is undergoing renovations.HAIRSTON NETS CAREER HIGH:• Jamarcus Hairston scored a career-high 17 points in Tuesday’s game at Niagara.• He hit 7-of-9 from the floor, adding five boards and two assists in a career-high 31 minutes.• Hairston’s old career-high was 13 points set in the season opener against Kent State last year.CARDIAC VIKINGS:• CSU has played in four one possession games this year, including Tuesday’s 79-77 setback at Niagara.• The Vikings played in three straight one poessession games from Nov. 20 through Nov. 29.• CSU fell at ECU, 72-69 (Nov. 20), lost at home to Central Conn., 74-73, (Nov. 24), and topped Arkansas State, 75-72 (Nov. 29).• It was the first time CSU played three straight one poessession games since the 1999-2000 season when CSU fell at St. Bonaventure, 71-69, (12/30/99), and won at Loyola, 70-68 (1/6/00) and at UIC, 91-89 (1/8/00).APPLEBY NAMED HL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK (AGAIN):• Tyree Appleby was named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week for two straight weeks (Dec. 4 & Dec. 10).• He earned the first award after averaging 10.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals vs. Arkansas State and at Kent State, shooting .562 (9-16) from the floor.• Appleby picked up his second straight honor after averaging 18.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.5 steals, while shooting .800 (12-15) from the field, including 5-of-6 (.833) from three-point at Western Michigan and vs. Notre Dame College.… AND POURS IN CAREER HIGH:• Tyree Appleby scored a career-high 24 points at Western Michigan (Dec. 6).• Appleby hit 8-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-5 from three-point and all four free throws, while adding three rebounds, three assists and three steals.• It was the most points by a CSU freshman since Rob Edwards scored 26 points at Detroit Mercy on Jan. 4, 2016.A LOOK AT THE FRESHMAN:• Tyree Appleby is averaging 10.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals in his first season of college basketball.• He ranks third in the League in steals, eighth in assists and is 21st in scoring. He is the highest scoring freshman in the League.• Appleby is shooting .494 (40-81) from the field, including .385 (10-26) from three-point.CARPENTER GOING TO WORK:• Senior Kenny Carpenter is enjoying his best season to date.• He ranks ninth in the Horizon League in scoring (14.6), seventh in rebounding (6.7) and ninth in assists (3.0).• Carpenter is also fourth in field goal percentage (.509) and fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1).• Carpenter scored a career-high 26 points against Coppin State (Nov. 17), bettering his old career-high of 24 points set at UIC as a sophomore.• He scored 24 points in the first half vs. Coppin State – hitting 10-of-17 from the field, including 6-of-11 from three-point.• The six three-pointers are tied for the fourth most in a game in program history and the 17th time a CSU player made six three’s.• He became the first CSU player to make six three’s since Charlie Lee hit six at Oakland on Feb. 6, 2014.… AND DOUBLES UP TWICE:• Kenny Carpenter has posted two double-doubles this year, the first two of his career.• Carpenter recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 12 boards in the season opener at Akron (Nov. 11).• He posted a career-high 26 points and 11 rebounds against Coppin State (Nov. 17).THE WRIGHT STUFF:• Anthony Wright recorded his first career double-double on Dec. 2 at Kent State.• Wright scored a career-high 21 points, hitting 8-of-11 from the field, including a career-best four three’s (in six attempts). He also had a career-high tying 11 rebounds.• Wright is averaging 8.6 points and ranks eighth in the League with 6.6 rebounds.• After coming off the bench in the first two games, Wright has drawn a starting assignment in each of the last eight contests.WORD UP!:• Senior Bobby Word has started all 41 games of his CSU career.• He is averaging 9.6 points this year, while ranking 15th in the League in three’s (1.8).• Word scored a team-high 19 points in a win over Notre Dame College (Dec. 10).• He made 5-of-6 from three-point for 15 points vs. Central Connecticut (Nov. 24).• Word is the top returning scorer from last year’s team at 11.1 ppg.THE FELTON FILE:• First-year head coach Dennis Felton earned his first victory at CSU with an 80-56 win over Coppin State (Nov. 17).• Felton, who made his CSU regular season debut on Nov. 11 at Akron, was named the 15th head coach in CSU history on March 24.• Felton, a coaching veteran with more than 30 years of experience, is in his 12th season as a head coach, having spent five years at Western Kentucky (1998-03) and five-plus seasons at Georgia (2003-09).• During his time on the sidelines Felton has amassed 187 victories, won seven conference championships and led six of his teams to the postseason, including four NCAA berths.VIKINGS TIE THREE POINT MARK WITH 14 MAKES:• The Vikings have tied the single game school record with 14 made three-pointers two times this year.• CSU was 14-of-32 from three-point against Coppin State (Nov. 17) and went 14-of-39 from long distance against Notre Dame College (Dec. 10).• The Vikings have hit 14 three’s in a game six times in school history.• CSU hit 13 three’s vs. Central Connecticut (Nov. 24), tied for the second most in a game in program history.FOR THREE:• CSU has hit a three-pointer in a school record 607 consecutive games.• The Vikings have hit at least three three’s in 156 straight contests, extending the streak with five trifectas at Niagara on Tuesday.• The last time CSU failed to make a three-pointer was Feb. 21, 1998, when the Vikings were 0-for-8 in a 60-57 win over Detroit.UP NEXT:• The Vikings conclude the non-conference season with a 6:00 pm game at No. 2 Michigan State on Dec. 29. 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Embed from Getty Images Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Fulham will again be without Floyd Ayite for Saturday’s vital derby at Craven Cottage.The forward sustained a hamstring injury at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend and could also miss next Friday’s game at in-form Millwall. Whites boss Slavisa Jokanovic could name the same side that earned a 1-0 victory over Reading, although he does have options in the likes of Neeskens Kebano and Oliver Norwood.AdChoices广告Alan Judge could miss out for Brentford as he continues to struggle with a hamstring problem.The issue forced Judge to miss Tuesday’s victory at Nottingham Forest and he did not train on Thursday.Fellow midfielder Ryan Woods is available after completing his three-match ban, while winger Florian Jozefzoon is back in training and could feature.Last season: Fulham 1 Brentford 1, Brentford 0 Fulham 2Last five league matches: Fulham D W W W W; Brentford D D W W WTop scorers (all competitions): Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) 14; Neal Maupay (Brentford) 12Match odds: Fulham 3-4, Draw 3-1, Brentford 16-5Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
The Premier League will advance £125m to the EFL and National League, and give £20m towards the NHS.The EFL, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship have all suspended play without setting a target return date, meaning the entirety of English football is on hold indefinitely.“It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May – and that the 2019-20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so,” a Premier League statement said.“Any return to play will only be with the full support of government and when medical guidance allows.”Players had faced scrutiny, notably from health secretary Matt Hancock, to take a cut in wages and “play their part” in offering support during the coronavirus pandemic.Some clubs had furloughed non-playing staff as a result of the shutdown of the sport.Before the Premier League statement was released, club captains – led by Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson – held discussions over the creation of a charitable fund which could benefit the NHS.The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has previously written to its members urging them not to agree any reduction or deferral in wages until they have spoken to the union.After a meeting of clubs yesterday, the Premier League proposed a cut in wages in order to “protect employment throughout the professional game”.Manchester United’s Odion Ighalo, Leicester City duo Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho, Watford pair Isaac Success and Tom Dele-Bashiru, and Everton’s Alex Iwobi are among the Nigeria-eligible players set to take a 30 per cent wage deferral.“This guidance will be kept under constant review as circumstances change,” the Premier League said. “The league will be in regular contact with the PFA and the union will join a meeting which will be held tomorrow (Saturday) between the league, players and club representatives.”The Premier League said it was aware of “severe difficulties” throughout the football pyramid and with clubs unable to play fixtures, moved to help “immediately deal with the impact of falling cash flow” at EFL and National League clubs.Julian Knight, chair of the government’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee, welcomed the financial help for smaller clubs but said as the wage cut had not yet been agreed by players, the situation was “not much further along”.The league’s statement also expressed “huge appreciation for the heroic efforts of NHS staff and all other key workers who are carrying out critical jobs in such difficult circumstances” with £20m immediately committed “to support the NHS, communities, families and vulnerable groups during the Covid-19 pandemic”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s Premier League stars are facing a possible reduction in wages due to the coronavirus pandemic, although no unanimous agreement has been reached on wages deferrals, positive talks were held yesterday.Premier League clubs will ask players to take a 30 per cent pay cut in order to protect jobs as it was announced the season will not resume until “it is safe and appropriate to do so”.All clubs have agreed to put the proposed “combination of conditional reductions and deferrals” to players.
WASHINGTON | The National Zoo says 3-year-old panda Bao Bao will fly to China this month. The zoo tweeted Monday that Bao Bao will move to China on Feb. 21. The zoo recently announced a celebration of Bao Bao starting Feb. 16 in anticipation of her departure.The zoo’s cooperative breeding agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association requires all cubs born at the zoo move to China by the time they turn 4 years old. Bao Bao turns 4 on Aug. 23.Bao Bao is the first surviving cub born at the zoo since 2005. Older brother Tai Shan left for China in 2010. Their mother, Mei Xiang, has since had a third surviving cub, Bei Bei, who was born on Aug. 22, 2015. FILE – In this Aug. 23, 2014 file photo, panda cub Bao Bao hangs from a tree in her habitat at the National Zoo in Washington in Washington. The National Zoo says 3-year-old panda Bao Bao is heading to China this month. The zoo tweeted Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, that Bao Bao will fly to China on Feb. 21. The zoo recently announced a celebration of Bao Bao starting Feb. 16 in anticipation of her departure. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)