Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLong Island-Brooklyn (12-15, 7-7) vs. St. Francis (Pa.) (18-8, 11-4)DeGol Arena, Loretto, Pennsylvania; Sunday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: St. Francis (Pa.) looks for its seventh straight conference win against Long Island-Brooklyn. St. Francis (Pa.)’s last NEC loss came against the St. Francis (NY) Terriers 86-79 on Jan. 25. Long Island-Brooklyn fell 87-77 to St. Francis (NY) in its last outing. For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com February 21, 2020 St. Francis looks to extend streak vs LIU Brooklyn SAVVY SENIORS: St. Francis (Pa.) has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Keith Braxton, Isaiah Blackmon, Myles Thompson and Tyler Stewart have combined to account for 68 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 68 percent of all Red Flash points over the last five games.CLUTCH CLARK: Raiquan Clark has connected on 33.8 percent of the 68 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 20 over his last five games. He’s also converted 67 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Long Island-Brooklyn is 0-8 when scoring fewer than 66 points and 12-7 when scoring at least 66.STREAK SCORING: St. Francis (Pa.) has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 84.7 points while giving up 70.7.DID YOU KNOW: Long Island-Brooklyn managed to score exactly 200 points across three matchups against St. Francis (Pa.) last season.___
Back in the summer of 1998, Major League Baseball was caught up in the great homerun chase between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Both players battled back and forth to see who would get to that all-important 62nd home run first. While McGwire ultimately reached 62 before Sosa, fans everywhere — no matter what team they affiliated with — were captivated by the chase. It seemed nothing could go wrong in the game of baseball.Fast-forward just three short years later to 2001. San Francisco Giant slugger Barry Bonds — who was 37 years old that season — surpassed McGwire’s record of 70 home runs in a single season, and eyebrows were raised. How could a record so magical fall again in just three years? It took 37 years for McGwire to break Roger Maris’s record, and now Bonds had broken McGwire’s in just three seasons. Questions of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs began to arise. From that point on, anytime anyone in the game did anything great, thoughts of steroids came up in the back of the fans’ minds.Even when we want to believe a player is clean, evidence or tests prove they have taken some sort of steroid. Case in point: Rafael Palmeiro. During the congressional hearing, under oath, Palmeiro vehemently denied ever taking steroids. Four months later he became only the fourth player in MLB history to have 3,000 hits and 500 home runs. Then just two weeks later, it was revealed that he tested positive for steroids. Even feel-good stories have endings with a sour note. This season, St. Louis pitcher-turned-outfielder Rick Ankiel made his return to the majors with a bang by hitting a home run in his first game as an everyday player. But less than a month after his return, Ankiel is now tied up in a human growth hormone (HGH) scandal.However, it finally appears that MLB — and more specifically the Major League Baseball Players Association — can take a positive step to rid the game of performance-enhancing drugs.According to a report on ESPN.com, a mass-use blood test for HGH will be ready in the coming months. If this report is true, it is time for the union to finally step up and start thinking about the players’ health instead of ways to raise salaries to another ungodly level. They need to approve testing for HGH beginning with the 2008 season for a number of reasons. It took a congressional hearing — where legislators basically had to demand that baseball institute a tougher drug-testing program — for the players union to finally agree to drug testing. Now Donald Fehr and other union execs have a chance to do something that is not only in the best interest of the players, but the best interest of the game. They need to be proactive with this test, instead of waiting until Congress once again forces their hand. Up until now, the reason HGH wasn’t tested was because there was no test for it. Now that one will become available shortly, MLB and its union can further rid the game of performance-enhancing drugs by instituting random HGH tests. And it also appears that MLB has a chance of getting a leg up on the NFL in drug testing by implementing the HGH test as soon as it is available. In the same report on ESPN.com, NFL union head Gene Upshaw said, “There’s no way I’m having my guys punched for a blood test every time they walk into a locker room.”Fehr and the rest of the union need to change their stance and get the HGH test put in place as soon as it becomes available, for the sake of the players and the sake of the game.Greg is a senior majoring in communication arts. He is also the co-design director of The Badger Herald. He can be reached for comments at firstname.lastname@example.org
Manager Michael Ryan has left high-profile attacking trio Seamus Callanan, Noel McGrath and John O’Dwyer out of the starting XV – they’re replaced by Dan McCormack, John McGrath and Niall O’Meara.There are also two alterations to the defence.Joe O’Dwyer and Seamus Kennedy come in for John O’Keeffe and Ronan Maher. Here is the team in full:1. Daragh Mooney – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill2. Donagh Maher – Burgess3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane4. Joe O’Dwyer – Killenaule5. Seamus Kennedy – St. Marys6. Tomás Hamill – Moyne-Templetuohy7. Padraic Maher (Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields8. Brendan Maher – Borris-Ileigh9. Kieran Bergin – Killenaule10. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh11. Jason Forde – Silvermines12. Steven O’Brien – Ballina13. Aidan McCormack – Thurles Sarsfields14. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney15. Niall O’Meara – Kilruane MacDonaghsTipp FM will have live coverage of the match at Walsh Park from 1.50pm tomorrow in association with Donal Ryan Motor Group, Nenagh, Thurles and Roscrea AND O’Dwyer Brothers, Tipperary Town.