Trevor Cooney plans to take fewer shots this season

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Trevor Cooney attempted 230 3-pointers and Jim Boeheim thinks that Syracuse was, for the most part, playing the right odds.“Last year, he really had to take some shots that were not quality shots. But he had to take them,” Boeheim said at ACC Basketball Media Day on Wednesday. “I wanted him to take them because he had the best chance, his percentage of the bad shots were better than some of the other guys who were shooting about 17 percent.”As the Orange plans to base its offense on 3s this coming season, Boeheim expects a slight tweak in Cooney’s role. He said the fifth-year senior — SU’s leading returning scorer who averaged 13.4 points per game last season — still has the same green light, but that he’d like Cooney to take out the 40 or 50 “bad shots” he took last season. Boeheim thinks that could bump Cooney’s 3-point percentage — 30.9 last season — up seven or eight points and, in turn, improve the offense considerably.“I definitely think I, personally, can only benefit from us having more shooters this year,” Cooney said earlier in the day. “The shots I am going to take are going to be better and the whole floor will be opened up for everybody to make more things happen.”Boeheim said Cooney was one of two reliable perimeter options last season, which led teams to press up on him and force him into contested shots at times. Cooney said Wednesday he hopes opponents play him the same way because this year’s team is better equipped to capitalize on it. Boeheim counted five or six capable shooters on his team, which could include any of Cooney, Michael Gbinije, Malachi Richardson, Kaleb Joseph, Tyler Lydon and Frank Howard.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse expects to take as many as 25-to-30 3s a game in the coming season, with the attempts spread out to a deeper pool of shooters. That will probably cut into Cooney’s 230 tries, but he see that as a positive change.“I think it allow me to score more honestly,” Cooney said. “That may sound funny, but if I’m taking less shots but the quality of the shots is higher, then I’ll be in really good shape with the rest of the offense.” Comments Published on October 28, 2015 at 6:23 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more


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first_imgThe Patriots head to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals in hopes of keeping pace in the AFC first-round bye race.New England (10-3) is in unusual territory, losers of two of the last three games behind a series of shaky offensive performances. Tom Brady has struggled recently and his team’s offense has failed to put up more than 23 points since defeating the Browns in Week 8. MORE: Watch Patriots vs. Bengals live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Opposite of New England is the league’s worst team in the Bengals. Cincinnati (1-12) is looking the part of a team that will be the first on the clock in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Bengals got on the board with their first win two weeks ago against the Jets, but have dropped a handful of one-score games throughout the season.Is this finally the week Brady and the Patriots offense can get back on track? The Bengals present an opportunity for New England to build some momentum heading into the playoffs.Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Patriots vs. Bengals game on Sunday, including kickoff time, TV channels and a full Week 15 NFL schedule.WEEK 15 NFL PICKS:Against the spread | Straight-up predictionsWhat channel is Patriots vs. Bengals on today?TV channel (national): CBSTV channel (New England): WBZTV channel (Cincinnati): WKRCLive stream: fuboTVThe Patriots vs. Bengals matchup can be seen on CBS and live streamed on fuboTV. Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), James Lofton (color commentary) and Amanda Balionis (sideline reporting) will be on the call for Sunday’s matchup between the Patriots and Bengals. Patriots vs. Bengals: What time is kickoff?Date: Sunday, Dec. 15Start time: 1 p.m. ETThe Patriots vs. Bengals game will be one of eight matchups in the early slate on Sunday. This will be New England’s first early kickoff since Week 5 against the Redskins. Cincinnati, meanwhile, has participated in 10 early matchups to this point in the season. MORE: NFL TV coverage map for Week 15NFL schedule Week 15You can keep up with live scores and stats with SN’s live scoreboard.Note: National broadcasts are listed in bold.Sunday, Dec. 15GameTimeChannelLions vs. Buccaneers1 p.m.Fox, fuboTVGiants vs. Dolphins1 p.m.CBS, fuboTVRedskins vs. Eagles1 p.m.Fox, fuboTVBengals vs. Patriots1 p.m.CBS, fuboTVPanthers vs. Seahawks1 p.m.Fox, fuboTVTitans vs. Texans1 p.m.CBS, fuboTVChiefs vs. Broncos1 p.m.CBS, fuboTVPackers vs. Bears1 p.m.Fox, fuboTVVikings vs. Chargers4:05 p.m.CBS, fuboTVJaguars vs. Raiders4:05 p.m.CBS, fuboTVBrowns vs. Cardinals4:05 p.m.CBS, fuboTVFalcons vs. 49ers4:25 p.m.Fox, fuboTVRams vs. Cowboys4:25 p.m.Fox, fuboTVSteelers vs. Bills8:20 p.m.NBC, fuboTVMonday, Dec. 16GameTimeTVColts vs. Saints8:15 p.m.ESPNlast_img read more


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first_imgAnd that’s assuming Verlander needs just two weeks off before he resumes throwing. Baker said the team will reevaluate the pitcher after that time. “We don’t know,” Baker said as he responded to a question about whether Verlander will pitch again this season. He added the injury was a “shock” to everyone.Astros manager Dusty Baker discusses Justin Verlander’s elbow injury: pic.twitter.com/Rmq5GiEhNW— Alyson Footer (@alysonfooter) July 26, 2020Verlander denied an earlier report by the Houston Chronicle, which cited two sources with knowledge of the situation, that he would miss the remainder of the season.The report that I’m currently missing the rest of the season is not accurate. There is a forearm strain… I’m hopeful that with some rest it will heal and I’ll be able to return soon. Thank you for all the well wishes. 🙏🏻— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) July 26, 2020Baker said the strain occurred as Verlander pitched in the Astros’ 8-2 victory over the Mariners; the manager also said that Verlander reported he felt “fine” but also that his arm was “tender.” Verlander threw 73 pitches (48 strikes) over six innings. He underwent an MRI exam Saturday, Baker said, per the Chronicle.MORE: A’s troll Astros with cutout of mascot in trash canVerlander underwent surgery in March to repair a groin injury but was deemed healthy for summer camp.The Astros were the heavy preseason favorites to win the AL West and were expected to ride Verlander deep into the playoffs. The postseason plan is now in jeopardy, but the expanded playoff field for 2020 means Houston should still get there. For the short term, here’s what the club can do to stay on track.Justin Verlander injury: How the Astros can compensateEnsure that Lance McCullers Jr. and Zack Greinke can hold up. McCullers is coming off Tommy John surgery and Greinke displayed lower-than-normal velocity in his first start, which lasted just 3 1/3 innings. They each move up a spot in the rotation with Verlander out. Even though the season is just 60 games, Houston needs to take a longer view and keep those two ready to handle heavier loads in October.Lean on the back of the rotation to pick up the slack. The fourth and fifth starters coming into the season were Josh James and Framber Valdez. Jose Urquidy (illness) is not close to ready. James and Valdez pitched well as rookies in 2018 but regressed in 2019. If they can regularly pitch deep into games now, then the Astros might not skip a beat.  Justin Verlander’s 2020 season may be finished after one start.The Astros’ ace will be out for “a couple weeks” because of a forearm strain after pitching in Friday’s opener, manager Dusty Baker told reporters Sunday. With the shortened regular season lasting just nine more weeks through Sept. 27, a shutdown followed by rehab might leave little time for Verlander to be ready to pitch in games later in the season. Replace Verlander’s spot with openers and bullpen games. Houston put 15 pitchers on its 30-man Opening Day roster and can shuttle in other pitchers from its alternate training site. It figures to be at 13 pitchers once rosters are trimmed to 26 in late August. Byran Abreu, Cristian Javier and Brandon Bailey are among the active pitchers who could move into a “bulk” role initially. Austin Pruitt, who handled the role while pitching for the Rays, could take over after he comes off the injured list. Brad Peacock would be another candidate but he’s on the IL with shoulder soreness.Get Forrest Whitley up to speed. The fireballing prospect has been brought along slowly in camp as he makes his way back from the shoulder fatigue that helped to ruin his 2019 minor league season. He still averaged 12.97 strikeouts per nine innings last year, which shows how much of a weapon he can be if he’s right.Trade for a pitcher. This will be difficult as teams deal with roster uncertainty because of COVID-19 testing. But if a team falls out of the race early, then it might be able to spare an arm before the Aug. 31 deadline. A more likely scenario is for the Astros to sign a free agent, get him to their alternate site and then get him ready for regular work.last_img read more