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NBA: Celtics’ Smart has coronavirus, warns young to take it seriously

first_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top Smart tested positive Thursday but said he was not showing any of the symptoms.“I feel great. I feel fine. I feel like I can go play a game right now,” the 26-year-old from Texas told CNN Friday.But he had a warning for young Americans like those shown partying on Florida beaches undeterred by the threat of COVID-19.“I advise my generation, I am 26, to take it seriously,” Smart said. “Be alert. Take precautions. By protecting yourself, you protect others.“That’s the key. People are not showing symptoms so it is hard for anyone to know they have the virus. But being around a group of people, friends, family and not isolating themselves, you are a carrier. You can spread the virus around without knowing.”Boston Celtics Marcus Smart urged young people to take the health threat seriouslyOn Twitter he also stressed that the younger generation must self-distance.“This is not a joke. Not doing so is selfish. Together we can beat this, but we must beat it together by being apart for a short while. Much love!!,” he tweeted.At least 14 NBA team members have so far tested positive for COVID-19, including Brooklyn Nets Kevin Durant and Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell.On Wednesday, commissioner Adam Silver said NBA players should be considered “super spreaders” of the disease.Silver’s comments came amid criticism that wealthy athletes were getting tested for the virus ahead of critically ill patients in US hospitals.Smart said he was tested on Saturday and got the results five days later.“I found out yesterday evening,” he said. “I was like, Oh wow! It makes you alert to what is going on.”Smart told CNN he was not worried about his symptoms getting worse.“I talked to my doctors and they just told me that I have not experienced symptoms yet so I should be on the last curve of the ball. Read Also: USA Swimming calls for Tokyo Olympics postponement“I am just ready to get this behind and move on.”In 53 games in 2019-20, Smart is averaging 4.8 assists and 3.8 rebounds per contest.Smart is a first-round pick of the Celtics in the 2014 NBA draft.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Boston Celtics star Marcus Smart said he has the new coronavirus and urged young people to take the threat seriously and practice social distancing.Advertisementlast_img read more

Syracuse blows out Connecticut, 23-11, by way of multiple big runs

first_img Published on February 9, 2018 at 7:42 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary Nicole Levy couldn’t keep the smile off her face. All game, she had brought the energy. Her thunderous roars awakened a seemingly disorganized SU team. She emulated power, flexing and stomping her feet after an assist. Spiking her stick after a goal. But, on the play that brought the smile to her face, she showed finesse, wrapping her stick behind her back and shooting the ball into the back of the net.After multiple long runs, it was a sigh of relief for Syracuse, who seemed to be on its way to disaster.“It was just some jitters,” said sophomore goalkeeper Asa Goldstock of the early game struggles.Syracuse (1-0), fueled by multiple strong runs and a dominant second half, defeated Connecticut (0-1) 23-11. After starting the game allowing two-straight goals from the Huskies offense and going to the half only leading by one, SU flipped the script of the game that was created in the early going.“Calm down,” Emily Hawryschuk said, “come out for the second half.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA loss was as improbable as it was unprecedented. The Orange have never lost a season opener under Gait and, in all 17 previous matchups with the Huskies, have never lost. But, in the early going it suddenly seemed possible.The tension started to show early on in the game. Morgan Widner, who was seventh in the nation in draw percentage last season, lost her first six draws of the match. The Huskies pushed ahead, scoring two goals in just 1:24 to start the game.“It really started on the draws,” Gait said. “We just weren’t effective.”Following the quick second goal by Connecticut, a different mob of teammates stood side by side. UConn all converged in celebration of the goal and Syracuse huddled around goalkeeper Asa Goldstock, with a teammate on the ground next to them. The Orange needed to regroup.After a short run where it showed promise, and with the game tied at four, a UConn player waltzed directly adjacent to the goalkeepers circle and bounced the ball into the goal for an easy score. Goldstock took a step out of the net and panned her head around at her teammates, looking for answers. They didn’t have any. SU found itself behind again.As the Orange continued to get knocked down, it showed little signs of getting back up. But, that changed. Midway through the first half, Alexa Radziewicz got knocked to the ground following a two-handed push with the stick of a UConn player. She tumbled over backward, but popped up immediately onto her feet, hopping a bit as she gained her footing. The penalty gave Syracuse an opportunity and after that play, just like Radziewicz did, SU rebounded.Still, the Orange suffered another setback and found themselves up just one at the half. Despite the close score, Gait said he was never nervous about if his team would never find its way.That confidence proved worthwhile in the second half. Out of the locker room, SU made their presence known. It ripped seven-straight goals at the start of the half and built a comfortable lead that it never looked back from.“We were in the mindset, we were going to keep scoring and scoring,” Gait said. “And we weren’t going to stop.”Levy lead the charge for the Syracuse offense. She tied the team lead with five points, scoring three and assisting two. She was toying with the Huskies, who started the day seeming intimidating while threatening the upset. Time and time again in her biggest moments, Levy spiked her stick to the ground. But her gesture wasn’t out of frustration, but rather elation. As she did, the Orange followed. SU’s sticks started to hit the ground more frequently in the second half as it pushed ahead further and further.“I don’t know,” Levy laughed of her intense emotion. “It’s just really fun, I guess.”In the preseason, Gait said Syracuse would “reevaluate” its team following its earliest exit from the NCAA tournament. With that, Gait set goals to improve SU in every aspect. The goalkeeping needed work: Syracuse had the lowest save percentage in the ACC (.407). The defense needed improvement: SU gave up the second-most goals in the conference last year (12.0). And the offense needed more firepower to push ahead in games: the Orange again ranked in the bottom-half of the conference (sixth) with an .86 scoring margin.But, in the second half, all that was different. Goldstock played a near perfect set, the defense allowed just three goals and the offense pushed the margin to 14-3 in the period. For that reason, the result, as it always has in the season opener under Gait, remained the same.“There was still a lot of game left,” Goldstock said of her team’s early deficit. “I knew that we would step up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more