Vanessa Bryant celebrated the 19th anniversary of her wedding to her late husband Kobe Bryant on Saturday with a touching Instagram post.”My king, my heart, my best friend. Happy 19th wedding anniversary. I miss you so much. I wish you were here to hold me in your arms. I love you,” she wrote, posting a picture of the couple. Topics : Gianna, along with her basketball teammates Payton Chester and Alyssa Altobelli, who also died in the crash, were honored at Friday’s WNBA draft as honorary selections.Vanessa Bryant recorded an emotional message for the draft broadcast, saying being drafted into the women’s league “would have been a dream come true” for Gianna.After the conclusion of the draft on Friday night, the WNBA announced the creation of the Kobe & Gigi Bryant WNBA Advocacy Award, given to “an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the visibility, perception and advancement of women’s and girls’ basketball at all levels.” Five-time NBA champion Bryant and the couple’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles on January 26.
MUMBAI: Star Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma on Wednesday took to social media to laud former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who recently called time on his illustrious career.Casillas suffered a heart attack during a Porto training session last year and hadn’t played any competitive football since April, 2019. Rohit, who is known to be a ‘Los Blancos’ fan and had even visited their stadium Santiago Bernabeu earlier this year, hailed Casillas for his trophy-laden stint in Spain. His tweet read: “Congratulations on a glorious career, San Iker! You’ve made your mark in @LaLigaEN’s history and inspired countless young players Clapping hands sign #Grac1as, @IkerCasillas.” Casillas, who led Spain to their first World Cup title in 2010 and helped his country win the 2008 and 2012 European championships, had a low-key farewell from the club he joined in 2015 after spending 25 years at Real Madrid. “The most important thing is the path you travel and the people who accompany you, not the destination that it takes you,” Casillas wrote on his Twitter handle in Spanish on Wednesday. “I think I can say, without hesitation, that this has been the right path and the dream destination. Thanks.” With 167 international caps, Casillas has the second-most appearances for the Spanish national team, making him the joint tenth-most capped footballer of all time. Casillas burst onto the scene as a teenager at Real Madrid and went on to make 725 appearances for the Spanish giants – helping them win five LaLiga titles and three Champions League crowns. (IANS) Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Bharat Bhushan Dev Choudhury, Sec. General Administration, Gov. of Assam, Dispur
Published on January 15, 2017 at 11:35 am Facebook Twitter Google+ When Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams watched tape of Syracuse, he had to conjure up a brand new defense solely to stop Tyler Lydon.Williams’ Hokies assign specific colors to their ball-screen coverages. All of them, prior to this past week, were one syllable. But to draw attention to the level in which Lydon and point guard John Gillon were playing at, Williams created a new ball-screen coverage and assigned it a two-syllable color.He said it was the first time he’s ever done that in his career.“A lot of what we were trying to do in our prep relative to ball-screen coverage was based on (Lydon),” Williams said. “… Here’s the mid-ball screen with (Lydon) and it’s (Gillon) that’s using it. How are you going to play that?”Virginia Tech held Lydon in check on Tuesday night, but Lydon also wasn’t at 100 percent. He rolled his left ankle with a little over four minutes remaining in the first half and couldn’t move at full speed the rest of the game. His two points tied a season-low. Whether that was more a result of the injury or VT’s defense is unknown. It was probably somewhere in between. But Tuesday night’s venture in Blacksburg, Virginia, shed light on an incredibly important truth surrounding this Orange (11-7, 3-2 Atlantic Coast) team: Tyler Lydon is indispensable.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt the conclusion of nonconference play, I agreed with fellow beat writer Connor Grossman that Andrew White had been SU’s most valuable player in the first half of the season. Lydon struggled to find consistency early on while White scored in double figures in all but one nonconference game.But after hearing the way Williams tailored his defense specifically to Lydon and observing how much the Orange relies on Lydon in several facets of the game, it’s clear that he’s as important as, if not more than, White.“Everybody on our team is important,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We can’t win without any of those guys. … There’s no one guy.”“I think he’s very valuable,” Boston College head coach Jim Christian said of Lydon. “He does a lot of things I think people don’t appreciate unless you play against him.”Lydon’s 13 points per game don’t pop out. But what else he brings to Syracuse does. It can’t be replicated by anyone else on the team. That’s partially what kept the sophomore on the floor despite being hobbled.The 6-foot-10 forward is shooting 42.2 percent from 3, good for second best on the Orange and 16th in the ACC. He can score from anywhere on the offensive end: from 3, on a mid-range jumper, on an inside post-up or on a putback. He’s also SU’s leading rebounder with 7.6 per game. And he’s seemingly Syracuse’s only competent defender at the center position.“Certainly he’s our best player,” Boeheim said.When the Orange’s second-half lead against Miami on Jan. 4 shrunk to just one point, Lydon responded with a layup and a blocked shot on back-to-back possessions. It sparked an 18-5 run that can be pointed to as the turning point of the Orange’s season thus far. Lydon had nine of the 18 points, two rebounds and an assist in the five-minute, 26-second span.On Tuesday, Virginia Tech stayed matched up on Lydon even when he set a ball screen. The Hokies defender guarding the ball fought through the pick and the defender on Lydon never abandoned his mark. It opened up driving lanes for guards like Gillon, but they didn’t penetrate as well as Boeheim wanted. Williams essentially planted his foot down and said he wouldn’t let Lydon beat his team.Against Miami, Pittsburgh and Boston College, Lydon drew switches when he set the ball screen, allowing him to get a favorable matchup. From there, he often posted up against a smaller defender.The mismatch was the look that Boeheim said SU has been looking for. But even if it doesn’t come, Lydon attracting the defense’s attention opens up space for others.“He’s very valuable just because he scores, defends and rebounds,” White said. “Three top components of the game and he can do all those effectively.”Whether looking at Lydon as simply as White does or based on what he does that won’t appear in the box score, the same conclusion will be reached. Syracuse needs him.Paul Schwedelson is a senior staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @pschweds. Comments