Ben Polk contributes 2 assists in Syracuse debut

first_img Published on September 4, 2015 at 7:02 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+ Ben Polk pulled his warm-up shirt over his head and got up from the bench to be substituted into the game. Standing with a green pinny on the sideline, he nervously awaited his Syracuse debut.Polk jogged onto the field and less than two minutes into his Orange career, fed a pass to midfielder Liam Callahan for the first goal of the game.“That settled the nerves coming out,” Polk said. “ …I thought I was going to come out like a chicken with no head for the first five, 10 minutes.”The junior transfer from Herkimer Community College missed SU’s first two games of the season with a leg injury, but in his first game he tallied two assists in 46 minutes as SU (2-1) defeated UC Riverside (1-2), 4-1 at SU Soccer Stadium on Friday.“Ben’s been itching to get out there and it was nice to get him involved,” head coach Ian McIntyre said. “He had an instant impact.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA little more than a month ago, Polk sustained an ankle injury while scoring a one-time goal in the Premier Development League championship game. The pass came from Callahan. Minutes into his first game action since then, Polk setup near the edge of the box and returned the favor, assisting on Callahan’s first career goal.Polk stayed in for the remaining 17:29 minutes of the first half.  At halftime, he stood near the bench with sweat running down his neck and two cups of water in hand. Team managers and assistant coaches came over and patted him on the back or rubbed his head, which he accepted with a smile.When the second half began, Polk was back on the field. He settled a chipped through ball from midfielder Oyvind Alseth off his chest in the box, but a Highlanders defender knocked it away as he tried to shoot.Polk was getting chances inside the box in scrums, but couldn’t register a shot. The forward was having more success moving to the outside and feeding teammates making runs on goal.“It was pretty hot, but I tried to work hard,” Polk said of the 85-degree day. “… I’m definitely not as fit as I want to be.”Just over sixteen minutes into the half, forward Kenny Lassiter gave Polk a break. McIntyre grabbed him by the shoulder and smiled.Then with 10 minutes to go, Polk came back into the game for one last shift. He popped a pass over a defender’s foot inside the box but lost the ball trying to make a move to the outside.Walking back to the center of the field he looked into the sky and shook his head.“We know he’s got goals in him and they’re going to start coming,” Alseth said.The next time down, Polk stopped with the ball in right side the penalty area and waited before sliding a pass into the middle for forward Noah Rhynart and earning his second assist.Alseth slapped Polk on the back of the head and Korab Syla ran over to make a joke about Polk getting assists and not scoring any goals.Though Polk didn’t score, he was able to be effective passing the ball in his first game since Aug. 2.“When I’m in the game I need to effect the game,” Polk said. “ I don’t want to let it pass me by and just be another man on the field.“I want to be a game changer.” Commentslast_img read more

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LeBron James surges for short-handed Lakers; Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma seal win late

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I think he was great all game, not just in the second half,” James said of Ingram. “His pace, his ability to play the point and play the wing, he’s a very special talent and we’re definitely happy to have him on our side.”With Lonzo Ball missing another game and Rajon Rondo held out for rest, the bar was low. Ingram started at point guard, and Kyle Kuzma slid into the power forward spot. Walton said pregame that he wanted to see better defensive effort, fewer turnovers and fewer fouls.What he saw wasn’t all that good: The team had seven turnovers in the first quarter while giving up 39 points. Without Rondo directing things as he had in the first two games, the slip-ups added up for the Lakers.“We were not good at any of those tonight,” a frustrated Walton said at the postgame podium. “We have to get a lot better in this next week or however long we got left until the start of the season.”Then, James took over, knowing he would be sitting out the second half. He made five straight Lakers baskets to end the first half, finishing the thrust with a layup over Skal Labissiere that tied the score and drew a foul. “Tonight I felt really, really good,” he said. “You know, you see the ball go through the rim when you get to the free-throw line, and it makes you even more and more comfortable offensively.”As James sat in the second half, the slack was picked up by Ingram, with some help from his teammates. Kuzma, making his first preseason start at power forward tipped in an Ingram missed free-throw attempt with nine seconds remaining that all but clinched the result.Walton held off on being too kind to Ingram: While the third-year forward had some key defensive plays late, his coach wants to see that effort throughout entire games.Ingram agreed with Walton on that point. Still, he said, it felt good to get a compliment from James, who has a locker right next to him.“It makes you want to keep going,” he said. “I don’t think I want to stop here and like I said, my expectations are way higher than anyone’s expectations in this room or anybody, so for him to say that is an extreme compliment.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error James thumped his chest before he stepped to the line and made the shots, giving him 18 points in just 16 minutes.Related Articlescenter_img PreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, center, reacts on the bench after a dunk by Johnathan Williams next to Lance Stephenson, left, and Jeffrey Carroll during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. The Lakers won 128-123. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Lakers forward Brandon Ingram attempts a shot while being defended by Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, as Kings forward Marvin Bagley III watches during the first half of Thursday’s preseason game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, drives the ball between Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III, left, and guard Frank Mason III during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, goes up for a shot while Sacramento Kings forward Skal Labissiere, second from left, and forward Marvin Bagley III defend during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. 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(AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)NextShow Caption1 of 16Lakers forward Brandon Ingram attempts a shot while being defended by Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, as Kings forward Marvin Bagley III watches during the first half of Thursday’s preseason game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)ExpandLOS ANGELES — It was a tag-team act. LeBron James got the Lakers started. Brandon Ingram made sure they finished.Breaking out of a sluggish start without their top two point guards, the Lakers finally managed their first preseason victory, 128-123 over the Sacramento Kings, behind 18 points from James in another one-half cameo followed by 31 points from Ingram, who guided the team down the stretch.As Ingram made a key steal and two free throws in the final minute, James could be seen clapping and smiling from the bench.It wasn’t a game the Lakers felt wholly good about – their third straight preseason effort with iffy defense and too many fouls. 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Ducati 959 Panigale to launch in India on May 21

first_imgDucati India will be launching the youngest Panigale, the 959 Panigale, in India on May 21. Showcased at the India Bike Week 2016 in February, Ducati will officially launch the 959 Panigale for a starting price of Rs 14.04 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi). Ducati already has the Multistrada 1200S, Monster 821, Scrambler and 899 Panigale in its Indian line-up.The upcoming Ducati 959 Panigale is fitted with a new, more powerful engine with slipper clutch, ready to unbridle a racing attitude. Built on an improved chassis integrating a monocoque frame, together with fully adjustable suspension. Poised between road and track, between pure performance, technology and effortless handling, the 959 Panigale sports a breathtaking design.The upcoming Ducati 959 Panigale is fitted with a new, more powerful engine with slipper clutch, ready to unbridle a racing attitude.ALSO READ:Ducati Multistrada 1200S gets you lots of attention wherever you take it The Ducati 959 Panigale shares the same innovative stylistic features that characterise the 1299 Panigale – but with an engine designed for a more accessible, everyday riding experience and equally thrilling on the race track.The upcoming Ducati 959 Panigale will compete against the likes of Kawasaki ZX-10R, Triumph Daytona and Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the Indian market.The new Ducati 959 Panigale will come with a 955cc, Superquadro: L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled engine producing peak power of 157 hp and peak torque of 107.4 Nm, paired to six-speed with DQS Ducati Quick Shift.The upcoming Ducati 959 Panigale will compete against the likes of Kawasaki ZX-10R, Triumph Daytona and Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the Indian market.advertisementALSO READ:Ducati 959 Panigale races to India shoresThe new 955cc L-twin power unit is the first Superquadro with Euro 4 emissions approval. The new 955cc L-twin power unit is the first Superquadro with Euro 4 emissions approval and will be available in traditional Ducati red with black wheels at Rs 14.04 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) from May 21.Booking for the Ducati 959 Panigale are open at Ducati dealerships.last_img read more

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