March Madness 2019: 3 takeaways from Belmont’s First Four win over Temple

first_imgBruins got it done despite off-day from their starDylan Windler is clearly Belmont’s best player, but he did not play like it against Temple.The senior guard finished with just five points on 2-of-7 shooting. He also missed four of his five 3-point attempts.Belmont managed to overcome Windler’s poor offensive performance because other players stepped up. Kevin McClain tallied 29 points while freshman center Nick Muszynski, who had been dealing with an ankle injury, chipped in 16 on an efficient 8-of-12 shooting.Kevin McClain did it all for @BelmontMBB! 🔥#FirstFour | #MarchMadness— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 20, 2019Windler did find other ways to contribute as he added 14 rebounds, dished out two assists. He was also a factor defensively, recording three steals. He entered the game averaging 21.4 points and 10.7 rebounds this season.Belmont should scare MarylandMaryland should be on upset alert.The Terrapins will have a real chance of falling to Belmont in their Round 1 matchup. The Bruins are a deep team with players that can score from all three levels. They also excel from behind the arc as they’ve knocked down 37.3 percent of their 3-point attempts in 2018-19.Maryland was inconsistent all season long and has losses to Illinois, Penn State and Nebraska on its resume. It should not take Belmont lightly.End of an eraThe Fran Dunphy era at Temple has come to an end.The Temple coach announced in April 2018 he was planning to step down at the end of this season. The loss to Belmont marked his last game leading the Owls’ program. March Madness 2019: Biggest snubs, surprises to make field of 68 on Selection Sunday “It means so much to our school, our program and these kids.”Hear from Belmont coach Rick Byrd & Nick Muszynski as they pick up their first-ever NCAA Tournament win! #FirstFour | #MarchMadness— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 20, 2019Belmont advances to take on sixth-seeded Maryland on Thursday in Jacksonville, Florida.Here are three takeaways from the Bruins’ First Four victory. Related News March Madness 2019: Kansas State’s Dean Wade ‘doubtful’ for NCAA Tournamentcenter_img Welcome to the Round of 64, Belmont.The Bruins took control with a little more than six minutes to play and pulled away for an 81-70 win over Temple in the First Four on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio. It was Belmont’s fist ever NCAA Tournament win. “The game of basketball has given me way more than I have given to it.”Fran Dunphy speaks with @danajacobson after his final game as Temple’s head coach.#FirstFour | #MarchMadness— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 20, 2019Dunphy finished with a 270-162 record during his time at Temple. He led the school to eight NCAA Tournament appearances over 13 seasons and through the transition from the A-10 to the AAC.  Temple alum and current assistant Aaron McKie will replace Dunphy, who also coached at Penn for 17 seasons, where he reached the big dance nine times.last_img read more

Girl soccer player challenges gender rules in Argentina

first_imgArgentina’s female players, who will play in a November runoff game for the 2019 World Cup, have struggled financially when their payments were delayed. They also expressed discomfort when Adidas, the brand that sponsors a few members of the national teams of both genders, unveiled the new shirt for the Female America Cup this year with models rather than players.“The biggest lack is that they don’t have younger players. They start playing at age 16, 17 and by then they’ve missed out on a bunch of issues that have to do with understanding the game,” said Ricardo Pinela, president of the Football Association’s Women’s Football Commission.“The important thing is that every club in every corner of the country gives a girl the possibility of joining a female soccer team, to play with other girls, even if it’s just for fun, and from there generate the necessary structure that … sets them on equal standing as the male players”, he argued.After Candelaria’s case became widely publicized, her regional league committed to reviewing the rule in an assembly at the end of the year — leaving her case in limbo until then. CHABAS, Argentina (AP) — At age 7, Candelaria Cabrera goes after the soccer ball with determination. She drives toward her rivals without caring much about getting hurt and deftly manages the bumps on the dirt field. She wears a loose white jersey from Huracan de Chabas, her hometown, located 230 miles (370 kilometers) north of the capital, Buenos Aires. Printed on the back and on her red shorts is a number 4. She uses white boots and shin guards. Her long, copper colored hair tied in a ponytail distinguishes her from the rest of the players. Two months ago, the regional soccer authorities notified Huracan that the team could no longer include Candelaria. She could only play on a girls’ team — which does not exist where Candelaria lives.Noriega took to social media to speak out about her daughter’s case and was surprised to find that she was not the only one. Girls wrote to her saying they were facing the same problem in nearby towns and more distant provinces.Of the 230 regional leagues recognized by the Argentine Football Association, only 68 have women’s teams. This is just one of the many disparities with men’s soccer. The most notable is financial: The best-paid contract in men’s first division is around $3 million a year. In contrast, women who play in their top category receive a travel voucher of $44. “Cande,” as she is known by friends and family, is the only girl playing in a children’s soccer league in the southern party of Santa Fe province, birthplace of stars including Lionel Messi, Gabriel Batistuta and Jorge Valdano. Former Argentine coaches Marcelo Bielsa, Gerardo Martino and Jorge Sampaoli were also born there.But a regional regulation that prohibits mixed-gender teams in children’s categories threatens to take her off the field — a ruling that has helped dramatize the inequality in opportunities for men and women in this soccer-crazed county.“I had to sit down with her and tell her that there are some people who have to make rules in soccer and that these rules do not agree with what she wants,” said Rosana Noriega, Candelaria’s mother. “And, well, we both cried, and she said: ‘The people who make the laws are bad people.’”She was 3 years old when her parents gave her her first ball. They understood that it didn’t make sense to insist she play with dolls, even if there were “comments from other moms that they should not give her male toys because it would encourage her to be a lesbian,” Noriega recalled. In this Sept. 8, 2018 photo, Candelaria Cabrera, third from right, sits with her teammates before a match against the Alumni soccer team, in Chabas, Argentina. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) In this Sept. 8, 2018 photo Candelaria Cabrera, center, plays with her soccer teammates against the Alumni Club, in Chabas, Argentina. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) In this Sept. 8, 2018 photo, 7-year-old Candelaria Cabrera poses for a portrait holding a soccer ball in Chabas, Argentina.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) In this Sept. 8, 2018 photo, Candelaria Cabrera plays with a soccer ball in Chabaz, Argentina. “Cande,” as she is known by friends and family, is the only girl playing in a children’s soccer league in the southern part of Argentina’s Santa Fe province, birthplace of stars including Lionel Messi, Gabriel Batistuta and Jorge Valdano. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) In this Sept. 8, 2018 photo, Candelaria Cabrera poses for a photo with her Huracan soccer club teammates in Chabaz, Argentina. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) While she’s officially now banned, the team has let her keep playing — at least until an opponent objects.Candelaria’s most recent match ended with her team beating rival Alumni de Casilda 7-0.“No one should say that a girl can’t play soccer,” she said.last_img read more