The Newcastle striker has belatedly announced himself on Tyneside with two goals in as many games, including a sumptuous left-foot volley in Sunday’s 6-2 Barclays Premier League thumping of Norwich, after initially falling foul of officialdom during his first few weeks in English football. Mitrovic, a £13million summer signing from Anderlecht, has reined himself in since collecting two yellow cards and one red in his first five games for the club, much to manager Steve McClaren’s delight, but he wants the 21-year-old Serbia international to push the line in Sunday’s derby trip to Sunderland. Press Association Aleksandar Mitrovic has been told to “play close to the edge” as he gets his first taste of the Wear-Tyne derby. McClaren said: “There is always a fine dividing line, always fine. He has played smart. I would say he has been playing smart, and that is what we have been telling him, be smart. That’s what he has done. “Smart and effective. You can play smart and be ineffective, but play on the line and play smart. “He got sent off against Arsenal and could have been against Southampton, and they were not derbies, but that was a willingness to win and playing on the edge, on that line. “That’s what you have got to do in every game, not just say, ‘Oh, we will choose a derby game and do it now’. We need that every game. “He has shown a level of maturity in the last three games. But again, we are not getting carried away and saying, ‘Woah!’. “We knew there was a bit of the devil [in him], to be perfectly honest, and that has added to our game. We need that, but we need control and that is the key on Sunday.” Mitrovic is rapidly establishing himself as a cult hero at St James’ Park after a shaky start, but McClaren is keen to keep his feet firmly on the ground despite the ovation he received last weekend. He said: “There’s a long way to go. It was nice, but we won’t get carried away by that. The team this week has certainly not got carried away by anything.”
Published on December 3, 2017 at 6:28 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez With 29 seconds left in the game, a Stony Brook player scrambled to inbound the ball. Her eyes darted across the court and all she could find was white jerseys sticking to blue. When the official blew his whistle and signaled the five-second violation, the Carrier Dome crowd cheered the loudest it had all game. Part of the Syracuse bench rushed the floor.Aaliyah Worley was in a similar situation 26 seconds later. The score now knotted at 69, she was inbounding the ball from in front of the scorer’s table. Worley saw no open teammates and panicked. She heaved the ball near center-court and into the arms of Isis Young. Though SU didn’t win the game on the next possession, SU’s defense had done enough to send the game to overtime.Both stops came in the middle of an eight-minute stretch where the Orange (8-0) limited the Seawolves (5-2) to one field goal and five points in its 81-70 overtime victory on Sunday afternoon. After SBU gained a five-point lead with 1:26 left in regulation, the Seawolves shot 2-for-5 from the free throw line, committed two turnovers and scored just one point in the extra frame.“We did what we have to do to win basketball games,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “and we occasionally dug in and got some stops and that was big.”In the days leading up to the contest, Hillsman said he tried to prepare his team for Stony Brook’s go-to play: an off-ball screen resulting in an open corner 3. Still, it didn’t matter. SBU repeatedly got into its half-court set and swung the ball around the left side of the Orange zone. Then, as the weak-side defender moved closer to the paint, a shooter leaked out. A Seawolves forward set a screen, giving the shooter an open look.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMultiple times in the second half, Hillsman pointed to the open Seawolves player in the corner and yelled at his defense to pay attention. Stony Brook shot 8-for-30 from behind the arc and seven of its 3-pointers came from the corner.“We just have to do a better job of calling screens and getting proper rotations,” Hillsman said of the off-ball screen. “… That’s a play that we run, the slice. We know the play and it was odd. It was confusing.”Hillsman yelled “man-up” throughout the contest in order to limit Stony Brook’s shooting. SU, which normally deploys a 2-3 zone, would change schemes mid-possession. The switch, however, would let SBU forwards crash the glass on its offensive end. Syracuse allowed 15 offensive rebounds, its highest-single game mark of the year.“So anytime we take 3’s away,” Hillsman said. “or to be able to guard the ball with certain personnel, we’re going to play man. A lot of teams think we just play zone …We do a great of disguising our defense.”Jerrell Matthews’ 3-pointer with 1:26 left in regulation seemed like the dagger. Twenty-two seconds later, SU’s hopes were dimmed when Digna Strautmane fouled out. But, the Orange scrambled. Hillsman shouted from the bench to double-team SBU’s leading scorer, Shania Johnson. Defenders fought over the back-door screens and did just enough to disrupt shots. Amaya Finklea-Guity doubled her rebound total in the game’s final 15 minutes.Even when Syracuse seemed like it would lose its first game of the season, a late defensive push helped give the Orange all it needed to force overtime and pull away. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
The County Senior Hurling Quarter Finals get underway tomorrow afternoon.There’ll be two double headers at Semple Stadium across the weekend – all of which are repeat fixtures.The first of Saturday’s games sees West finalists Eire Og Annacarthy face Mullinahone at 2. Eire Og defeated Mullinahone 1-18 to 14 points in the group stages of the county championshipBoth teams lost out on Divisional glory this year, and Mullinahone Manager Paul Curran says there’s a lot of similarities between the sides..Then at 3.30 Kilruane McDonaghs take on county champions Thurles Sarsfields.Sunday’s double header sees West Champions Clonoulty Rossmore meet Drom & Inch at 6 o clock, and North Champions Borrisoleigh face Loughmore Castleiney at 7.30.