Are you aware that Indiana High Schools can now schedule and play two extra basketball games this coming season. The last several years schools could play only 20 games. These 20 games included tourneys played in the normal schedule–but not the state tourney games.Some people might question this extra playing time. I, for one, like the idea. When you spend as much time preparing for a season as athletes do today, they deserve the reward of playing extra games. Since the high schools must finance their own athletic programs, gate receipts play a big part in doing this. The only two sports that attract enough spectators are football and basketball, and in most schools, basketball is the largest contributor.The extra two games will not put a major drain on the athletes even though they are not adding any more weeks to the regular season. The schedules are being reorganized anyway because of Title IX which I have reported on several times already. For most players, games are much less taxing on their bodies than practices. Check your local school schedule for these added games.
Daily Orange File Photo Published on June 16, 2016 at 10:06 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Liam Sheehan | Staff Photographer Turned overRichardson’s explosiveness toward the rim came with its drawbacks at times, as the occasional erratic drives mentioned in the case for drafting Richardson yesterday resulted in opponents breaking out in transition the other way.Richardson turned the ball over 79 times this season compared to 77 assists. He was the only ball handler on the Orange that had more giveaways than helpers — and it wasn’t even close. Michael Gbinije had a plus-55 assist-to-turnover margin, Trevor Cooney was plus-30 and Frank Howard plus-28.Richardson liked to use any and all space he had in front of him to maneuver the ball, but his lanky frame extended it too far out at times while exposing a flaw that needs reassuring before a team spends a lottery pick on him. Comments Related Stories Malachi Richardson: ‘Shots will fall eventually, that’s what I’m here to do’Crunching the numbers of Malachi Richardson’s impressive responses to low-scoring 1st halvesHow Michael Gbinije and Malachi Richardson fared at the NBA Draft Combine on ThursdayMalachi Richardson reportedly signs with agent, officially ending his college career Posting upRichardson will likely be a two-guard in the NBA, but if a team needs him to play the small forward spot and feels comfortable slotting him there because of his success at SU in the position, he’ll need to develop some sort of potency from the low block.Comparisons to Kevin Durant and LeBron James are obviously far-fetched, but the two small forwards in have both mastered the turnaround jumper and distributing from the low block —something Richardson didn’t get much of a chance to do since he mainly had the ball on the wing and the top of the key.The added diversity would make him more appealing despite his perceived niche at shooting guard. But the lack of an arsenal from the low block may be a roadblock for his draft stock. The entire mock draft world hasn’t piled onto the Malachi Richardson bandwagon yet, and those holdouts may have valid reason.While there is a strong case to take the 20-year-old in the back end of the lottery in next Thursday’s NBA Draft, a cluster of flaws that popped up throughout his freshman season raise justifiable doubts. Scoring inconsistencies, an unproven low-post repertoire and a turnover-to-assist ratio less than one could steer teams away from spending a lottery pick, or even one in the late teens, on the former Syracuse wing.Here’s some analysis countering yesterday’s case for drafting Richardson so high, this time campaigning for his drop in the draft for argument’s sake.Front-loadedFor whatever reason, Richardson fared far better in the points column in second halves of games than in the opening 20 minutes this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis responses to low-scoring first halves were impressive — he only scored in single digits six times in 37 games — and stretches where he seemed unstoppable bailed out his stat line and, at times, the Orange.But that same streakiness is reason for slight concern, as cold periods in his freshman season flashed some inconsistency that can only hurt the otherwise natural scorer at the next level.
Barcelona: Barcelona captain Leo Messi received his sixth Golden Shoe as the top scorer in the European leagues on Wednesday.Messi won the trophy for a third straight year after scoring 36 goals, three more than his closest challenger, Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain. Messi’s sons Thiago and Mateo, presented their father with the trophy supervised by his wife, Antonella Rocuzzo and watched by team-mates, including Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba.Messi dedicated the award “to my family, to my colleagues who are here. There are Luis and Jordi, who are two of the men to blame for this award.””Without my team, I could not even have won the award once.”Messi now has two more Golden Shoes than his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo. Luis Suarez is one of nine players on two. The award was created in 1967 when it was won by Eusebio. cristiano ronaldofootballgolden shoeKylian Mbappe First Published: October 16, 2019, 11:25 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.