2021 Men’s Tennis Predictions: New Generation Takes Over or Big 3 Dominance?

It finally happened. For the first time since 2016, someone not named Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer won a Grand Slam title. Granted, Djokovic had to get himself disqualified for it to happen, but it happened nonetheless. That, followed by Daniil Medvedev’s scintillating unbeaten run to victory in the ATP Finals in London gives rise to an important question.  As the 2021 tennis calendar kicks off in earnest, we must once again ask whether it is finally the start of the end for the “Big 3.” So, has the new generation finally arrived? Or was 2020 simply a slight lull for three of the greatest men’s tennis players of all time? We take a look at what you can expect this year.
2021 Men’s Tennis Predictions
The old guard still going strong
In 2021, the “Big 3” won two of the three Slams available (Wimbledon was cancelled due to coronavirus). This was despite the fact that Federer missed two and Nadal chose not to defend his US Open title. Only two other Grand Slam finals since 2004 haven’t featured at least one of the “Big 3.” (The 2014 US Open final saw Marin Cilic defeat Kei Nishikori. In 2016, Andy Murray defeated Milos Raonic in the Wimbledon final.) As such, you could be forgiven for thinking their vice grip on men’s tennis might be loosening slightly.
However, Djokovic didn’t lose a tour-level match in 2020 before defaulting at Flushing Meadows, so I think it’s fair to say that a bit of luck played its part in ending that streak. The question is: Will 2021 bring the start of a new dominant streak for the “Big 3,” or will more newcomers make their debut in Slam finals in the near future? To answer that, we need to understand just how difficult it is to win a Slam off the “Big 3.”
Since 2004, only five men (Thiem is now the sixth) have won a Grand Slam outside of the “Big 3.” In fact, the timeless trio account for 56 of the 67 Slams titles since then. They won at least three every year except 2016, when they won two. Of the five men to best them in that time, only Andy Murray was a consistent threat to their rule. The fact that there was, for a time, the concept of a “Big 4” is a testament to just how effective his challenge was. Stan Wawrinka also won three Slams, but is not his unplayable best consistently enough to be considered a regular threat. The fact is, only Murray upset the status on a regular basis over the last 17 years. How close then are the next generation to doing the same?
New kids on the block
Of the new generation, those considered likely Slam winners in the near future are Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Dominic Thiem. I also want to give special mention to Jannik Sinner and Felix Auger-Aliassime, who both show heaps of talent. Both look like safe bets to be contenders for big trophies in the years to come. However, they are not quite ready to be in this conversation just yet. A good place to start when assessing the four contenders listed above is to compare where they are now with where the “Big 3” were at their age. Let’s start with Zverev. Of the 4, he showed the most promise at the youngest age.
Zverev won the ATP Finals at 21. He won his maiden Tour-level title at 19, and many had him tipped as the next big thing in tennis. He appeared to be the first real threat the “Big 3” would face since Murray was sidelined with injury prior to the 2018 Australian Open. Relatively speaking he’s done well, with three Masters 1000 titles and an ATP Finals win. However, he underperforms in Slams, only reaching his first final last year at the US Open. Before that final, he had made only two quarterfinal appearances and one semifinal appearance. Pretty poor returns for someone ranked consistently in the top five or six in the world for the last four years. In comparison, each of the “Big 3” had won a Major by the time they were 21, and they carried on winning them.
By the time they reached 24–the age Zverev turns in April–Djokovic had two Grand Slam victories to his name. Nadal had six already, and Federer had five by 24. Nadal and Federer had reached No.1 in the world by then, with Djokovic first earning top billing a few months later. I think it’s safe to say then that Zverev doesn’t stack up to them when comparing the early years of their careers.
Thiem, Medvedev, and Tsitsipas
As for Thiem, he is already 27 and won his first Slam four months ago. He was a relatively late bloomer, considered a clay court specialist until recent years. He has shown he can go toe-to-toe with the “Big 3” on occasion. However, his recent battle with Djokovic at the ATP Finals shows there is still a gulf in quality between Thiem and the “Big 3.” Thiem won the match, but Djokovic was massively off his game and still had a 4-0 lead in a third set tiebreak he should have won. The same was true in Australia earlier in the year. Once Djokovic found his game, Thiem couldn’t keep up. It appears, then, that Thiem and Zverev are unlikely to be serious challengers for Grand Slams. What about other two challengers in Tsitsipas and Medvedev?
Medvedev turns 25 in February and is yet to win a Grand Slam, having made only one final. He does have 3 Masters 1000 titles and an ATP Finals to his name, but doesn’t seem to possess the game required to regularly be in the mix for Grand Slam titles, particularly given how hard-court oriented his game is.
Tsitsipas does little to change the narrative either, as he is yet to reach a Grand Slam final. He has an ATP Finals win to his name, but little else of significance. In fact, like Zverev, he has developed a reputation for underperforming at the four big tournaments (see his first-round exit in Wimbledon 2019). It looks like this crop of young talent is unlikely to change the Grand Slam narrative in the near future. Perhaps hope can be found in the fact that the old guard are starting to ease off the gas?
Change in the near future?
Unfortunately, on closer inspection, that line of thinking only brings more bad news for the young hopefuls. Federer won in Australia in 2018 at 37, and should have won Wimbledon in 2019 at 38. (Sorry, Djokovic fans. Federer choked, but that’s a matter for another time). Djokovic and Nadal are six and five years his junior, respectively, and there is no reason to think they cannot continue dominating the game for three or four more years at least.
In reality, that means three of the four Slams available are essentially locks (Australia for Djokovic and Roland Garros for Nadal are mere formalities, and you can ask Federer how hard it is to put Djokovic away at Wimbledon). That leaves the US Open. The Slam that has seemed the most open in recent years, but a Slam each of the “Big 3” have still had success on and so still no easy feat to win. Where does that leave the future of men’s tennis then?
Well, if you’re a fan of exciting tennis then keep watching. New players like Jannik Sinner, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and Dennis Shapovalov have bought flare and personality to the sport in bunches. If, however, you’re hoping to see an end to the dominance of the “Big 3,” I suggest you come back in three or four years and try again then. Otherwise you can pray that Andy Murray makes it back to his peak level. Once he shakes of the recent setback of a positive COVID-19 test, hopefully we’ll then have a “Big 4.”
For now, sit back and enjoy what should be another year of brilliance from three of the best ever to step onto a tennis court. 2021 may not be different, but it will still surely be spectacular.
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Bryant Bulldogs win in Loretto, Elisias Grabs 20 Boards

And just like that, the Bryant Bulldogs are back on track. On Friday afternoon the Bulldogs defeated Saint Francis Red Flash 72-63 to move to 10-3 overall and 6-2 in NEC play. This is Jared Grasso’s first win at Loretto as the head coach of the program and it is the program’s first win at Saint Francis since 2012-13. This is a nice bounce-back win for the Bulldogs who fell to Saint Francis 89-82 on Thursday night.

“I will give a lot of credit to the sage we brought,” said Bryant Bulldogs Head Coach Jared Grasso on the win. “Got rid of the demons and all the bad spirits so our guys were a lot more of a place of ease today to compete.”

Leading the way for Bryant was Peter Kiss who scored a game-high 22 points and went 7-for-12 from the field and 4-for-6 from downtown. Behind Kiss was Michael Green III who scored 16 points. Green was only 3-for-11 from the field but came thru in the clutch going 8-for-8 from the line. The guard also played a game-high 39 minutes.

“Yeah, Pete (Kiss) wasn’t going to lose today,” said Grasso when asked about Kiss hitting timely shots. “He grabbed me after shoot-around and apologized for his performance yesterday. He wasn’t happy with the way he played. He watched the whole game last night back at the hotel. He was a monster today. He put us on his back and made some big-time plays.”

Big man Hall Elisias came up big for the Bulldogs as well. Elisias had a Division I program record 20 rebounds. Elisias also tallied nine points and a game-high three blocks.

“I would say today’s win was a testament to how resilient we are as a group,” said Bryant Forward Hall Elisias. “We knew going into today’s game we were going to have to give 100% effort, or 110% effort to beat these guys on the road. We haven’t done that in 10+ games. We want to be that team to finally get that done. I felt like last game we kind of came out a little too tight. But today, we came out flying and were just ourselves.”

red flash can’t buy a three, bulldogs sloppy with the ball

Bryant shot 37.5% from the field and 41.7% from downtown. As for the Red Flash, they shot 37.0% from the field but shot a lowly 13.6% from three. Saint Francis had open shots in transition but failed to capitalize on their opportunities. The Bulldogs were also sloppy with the ball with 15 turnovers compared to Saint Francis’s nine.

Typically the Bulldogs have a run and gun fast-paced attack but on Friday they slowed things down in the second half. Slowing things down and setting up their offense. This allowed for Michael Green III to manage the game on the court and keep the Red Flash at bay.

While Saint Francis may only be 1-4 on the NEC season it is driven more by injuries than a lack of talent. Last season Saint Francis University went 13-5 and has been one of the better teams in the NEC over the years. So make no mistake, going 1-1 on the two-game road trip is a good outcome for the Bulldogs.

“That is all we talked about,” said Grasso on the team showing grit. “We had to play desperate today. For us, we are trying to become a championship team. We thought of this as a game that was a must win for us to put ourselves in a position to keep climbing the standings. We are almost halfway thru league play and team’s are starting to find their groove.”

Next up the Bulldogs will hit the road once again this time traveling to Hackensack New Jersey to take on Fairleigh Dickinson. That won’t be for two weeks however with the first of two slated for January 30th.
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Auto Trends for 2021

For years now, we’ve been hearing about trends and technologies that will transform driving as we know it. Now, we’re starting to see some of the advances make their way onto the road. Expect 2021 to be something of a tipping point for automotive technology: the year when the idea of cars as high-tech instruments rather than high-octane machines really takes hold. But don’t think this means the end of automotive performance. On the contrary, cars are getting faster, stronger, and more fun than ever before. Without a doubt, this is a great time to be a driver no matter how you like to drive. Here are several automotive industry trends you can expect to emerge, accelerate, or mature in 2021:
Self-Driving Cars
Cars have steadily gained the ability to drive themselves. Many drivers already have cars that will steer themselves back into the proper lane, park themselves in a tight spot, or automatically speed up and slow down based on the surrounding traffic. Some high-end cars have sophisticated self-driving systems that let the driver take their hands off the wheel for extended stretches of time. Driver-less cars remain controversial, so it will still be a long time before we see a complete conversion. In 2021, we will start to see a lot of new models that can handle most if not all of the driving on their own.
Internet-Connected Autos
The internet plays a part in every aspect of daily life, including driving. Most new cars now come with internet connectivity, which they use for everything from accessing endless listening options to getting traffic updates. Internet connectivity also makes many of the other entries on this list possible: self-driving, AI etc. How cars utilize this connection will continue to advance in 2021 and beyond as they increasingly become computers on wheels. This will also lead to new risks, though: internet connectivity means that cars can be “hacked” or lose access to key features if the connection goes down.
Electrified Vehicles
Electric vehicles have been around for decades but only started to gain popularity in the last few years auto market trends show. Adoption has been growing strongly, along with the number of electric charging stations installed across America and the number of different makes and models on the market. President Joe Biden is making electric vehicles a high priority. He wants to install 500,000 electric power stations on our major highways. We are rooting for the president. The market for electrified vehicles will only continue to expand in coming years, and many more will appear on the roads in 2021. Electric power offers the benefit of being relatively clean, low cost, and well suited for automotive power. It’s still not certain that electric vehicles are the future of driving – hydrogen fuel cells are still a possibility too – but they are becoming a much bigger part of the way people drive.
Shared Mobility Models
Increasingly, people don’t own a vehicle, they access one as they need it – a trend known as the shared mobility model. Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are the most well-known offerings, but other applications of the shared mobility model make it easy to rent or to otherwise get access to a vehicle for a short amount of time instead of owning it permanently. As far as car trends go, some people will see this as an appealing alternative to buying or leasing a vehicle. Others will see it as a supplement – they own a car but take advantage of shared mobility options if or when necessary. Of course, there are also lots of people who only feel comfortable driving a vehicle of their own because they love what they drive, have a specialized automobile, or don’t like the cost of shared mobility – in which case Direct Express Auto Transport is here to get your car from anywhere in the lower 48 states to anywhere you want it to be.
Artificial Intelligence
Pop culture is full of cars smart enough to talk to their drivers. Don’t expect your car to have a personality anytime soon, but expect to see an increasing number of features, under the hood and inside the cabin, take advantage of AI. Self-driving technology depends on artificial intelligence to analyze conditions of the roads and adjust the car accordingly. From a safety perspective, AI can monitor for signs of driver fatigue and warn drivers when they might want to stretch their limbs or grab a cup of coffee. More and more, smart features will make the driving experience more comfortable, efficient, safe, convenient, and coordinated.
Human-Machine Interfaces
How drivers interact with the various high-tech features in today’s car is one of the most important questions auto designers are asking. After all, what’s the use of filling the models with high-tech features if they’re confusing or distracting to use? Human-machine interfaces need to be intuitive, accommodating, and (most important of all), possible to use without drawing attention away from the road. Recent advances in interfaces include “heads-up” displays that show important information like speed and driving directions right on the windshield. Voice controls are another example found in many new cars. In 2021 and every year after, prepare to interact with your car in whole new ways and to gain more customization over the driving experience in the process.
3D Printing
One auto trend drivers might not notice in 2021 but that mechanics can’t miss is the move to use 3D printed parts in cars. They aren’t being used for key mechanical components…yet. But it seems all but likely that in coming years more parts on more cars will come from the 3D printing process, including critical engine components. Parts produced in 3D printers as opposed to traditional manufacturing methods have, in some applications, better performance properties, lower costs, and more design potential. As 3D printing technologies improve, the number of automotive applications only expands. You probably won’t be able to tell 3D printed parts from any other, but you will notice cars doing things they couldn’t do before thanks to the introduction of these parts.
Affordability
The price of cars has been creeping upward at a faster pace in recent years, especially as more drivers seek out crossovers rather than sedans. In order to reach more customers, especially first-time car buyers, look for automakers to put more emphasis on budget-friendly models as the decade continues. Affordable cars have never gone away, but they have often sacrificed appeal for affordability. Thanks to many of the technologies and trends on this list, it’s now possible to make cars that deliver a compelling driving experience, offer high-tech features, and incorporate quality materials without ballooning the sticker price. If you’re looking to get more for less, tomorrow’s auto market will have much to offer, the auto market trends suggest.
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John Ashworth & The Goat Hill Park Collection: A Golf Course and a Hat for Everyone

Goat Hill Park is a legend, and the best part is, everyone is welcome to give it a go. Goat Hill Park is a public short course in San Diego, California, and its policy is inclusivity and accessibility. So how did John Ashworth come up with this concept? Truth is, he’s always thought that way, which is why Imperial is proud to collaborate with John Ashworth and Goat Hill Park on the Goat Hill Park Collection.
 
Meet John Ashworth and Goat Hill Park
You may recognize the name John Ashworth from apparel brands like Ashworth, Fidra and most, recently, Linksoul. From his beginning days in the golf apparel industry, Ashworth has strived to evolve the game. 
In fact, renovating Goat Hill Park was based on the same concept. With Goat Hill Park’s tagline simply stating “World Class | Working Class,” Ashworth explains, “the philosophy behind our motto is we feel golf should be inclusive and available to anyone with interest in learning the game.”
When developers continued to comb through San Diego tearing up courses, Ashworth and his team wanted to ‘Save Goat Hill.’ This mantra caught on, and many celebrities joined the cause. Renovating the golf course was always about more than showing off the stunning ocean views; Ashworth wanted this course to be a place where the soul of golf grew at every level.

John Ashworth rocks the Goat Hill Skipper Rope Cap, which makes sense since he’s the captain of the Goat Hill Park Collection.
In addition to keeping the green fees low and the course public, you can often hear music and golfers enjoying the course in whatever clothes they like. And one of the more significant contributions? Ashworth followed through on his promise to make Goat Hill Park home to the North County Junior Golf Association. He designed a 3-hole kids’ golf course and founded a caddie program so children can fall in love with the game at an early age and truly enjoy it. 
Drawing parallels back to Linksoul, which Ashworth co-founded with Geoff Cunningham shortly before the ‘Save Goat Hill’ campaign began, Ashworth and Cunninghams’ vision can be seen in the company’s name. Ashworth states, “The inspiration was to take all the experiences that came before and evolve. Making clothing from the best available fabrics that are comfortable and look as good off the course as they do on the course. But just as important, we wanted to promote the ‘Soul’ of the game.”
It also helps that, just like the renovation campaign, Linksoul’s “point of view in style and image was completely different from anyone else at the time.” Plus, they had “guys like Fred Couples, John Cook and Ernie Els on board.” You may recognize a few more people from Ashworth’s network in the photo above, like Matt Ginella, who collaborated with Imperial on the limited edition Fire Pit Collection.
Ashworth’s own story about his start in golf emphasizes the importance of his contributions to Goat Hill Park. Beginning as his dad’s caddie when he was eight years old, he soon realized “there’s the real world and then there is the golf world, and [he’s] lucky to have lived in the golf world and been able to scratch out a living [in it].” 
It’s safe to say Ashworth’s love for the game and its opportunities have been the largest motivation behind his apparel brands and Goat Hill Park plans, and Imperial is proud to share its Goat Hill Park Collection with the course’s biggest fans.
 
The Imperial x Goat Hill Park Collection

After interviewing John Ashworth and learning more about the renowned golf course’s story of inclusivity and accessibility, Imperial is proud to announce its Goat Hill Park Collection, where you will find the iconic course logos on several classic Imperial styles. From rope hats to mesh back hats, you will find every opportunity to represent Goat Hill Park and share in its vision.
 
Goat Hill Park Golf Hats, Rope Caps and Beanies

If you want to emphasize the California vibes, check out the Oceanside Cap; its palm trees will have you dreaming of playing near the ocean in no time. If you’re golfing this winter and need to stay warm, be sure to look into our Venice Waffle Knit beanie hat and our Breck Rope Cap, which gives off major corduroy style points.
 
Goat Hill Park Bucket Hats, Mesh Back Hats and Performance Caps

On the flip side, if you’re trying to protect yourself from the sun, you can’t go wrong with the Ringer Mesh Crown Floppy Bucket Hat. While there are other Goat Hill Park mesh back options, you can always go with the classic mile high and original performance fits.
 
Q&A With John Ashworth

Can you describe your inspiration for Linksoul, how it got started, and what’s next for the brand in 2021?

The inspiration was to take all the experiences that came before and evolve. Making clothing from the best available fabrics that are comfortable and look as good off the course as they do on the course. But just as important we wanted to promote the ‘Soul’ of the game. When I say we I mean my co-founder Geoff Cunningham. He’s such a talented artist and creator and we share a vision of how important golf is in so many abstract ways.

You’ve been designing and working in golf apparel for decades. Have you always been a golfer, and what made you want to continue working in the golf space? 

Yes, starting caddying for my Dad at age 8 and never looked back…There’s the real world and then there is the Golf world and I’m lucky to have lived in the Golf world and been able to scratch out a living.  

What advice do you have for aspirational creators and entrepreneurs who hope to be in your place someday? 

Be open, curious and in the moment. Try to have unlimited goodwill while learning from absolutely everyone.

The Ashworth clothing brand revolutionized the golf apparel industry. What particular edge do you feel helped you stand out against your competition the most? 

The timing was pretty amazing. Our point of view in style and image was completely different from anyone else at the time and of course to have guys like Fred Couples, John Cook and Ernie Els on board helped stand out a bunch!

Golf Digest described Goat Hill Park as “the little course with big ambitions”. Tell us about the philosophy behind it’s motto “world class, working class” and what makes Goat Hill such a hidden gem. 

The philosophy behind our motto is we feel Golf should be inclusive and available to anyone with interest in learning the game.
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Nick Ritchie Has Simple Reaction To Scoring Go-Ahead Goal For Bruins

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It really looked as though Nick Ritchie wasn’t going to score for the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

But his patience paid off, and the forward finally found twine on the power play in the third period against the New Jersey Devils. The tally gave Boston a 2-1 lead, but it didn’t last long as New Jersey tied it back up less than a minute later.

The B’s eventually won 3-2 in a shootout.

For Ritchie, though, he had four shots on goal and he certainly had some good looks with some of his shots leaving fans wondering how the puck didn’t get in the net.

Ritchie was on the doorstep and buried a rebound, which probably was one of the easiest goals he may score in his career. But even though it came easy, he’d still take it time and time again.

“Not too tough of a goal,” Ritchie said after the game, “but I’ll take it anytime for sure.”

Still, the Bruins don’t win without Ritchie’s goal.

Boston is back in action against New Jersey on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET.

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Jets Announce Agreement In Principle To Make Robert Saleh Next Coach

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The New York Jets and Robert Saleh have all but signed on the dotted line.

ESPN’s Josina Anderson first reported the team was planning to hire the San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator as their next head coach, and NFL insider Adam Schefter said the deal is five years long.

Shortly thereafter, the Jets announced an agreement in principle to make the 41-year-old the 20th coach in franchise history.

As noted by Schefter’s report, seven teams around the NFL requested to interview Saleh.

We've reached an agreement in principle with Robert Saleh to become our head coach. https://t.co/CiIczkN97j pic.twitter.com/NC3nW27uNa— New York Jets (@nyjets) January 15, 2021

We’ll see if he can turn things around in the Meadowlands.

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How Jets Hiring Robert Saleh Could Help Patriots Find Their Future QB

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The New York Jets have found their new head coach, but they could have the same old quarterback.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Thursday night on “SportsCenter” that he believes Sam Darnold will remain the Jets’ quarterback in 2021 under new head coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, both of whom came over from the San Francisco 49ers.

“I would be surprised if Sam Darnold were not the starting quarterback on opening day,” Schefter said.

Schefter said he believes the Jets could trade the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft or take an offensive tackle or wide receiver.

Taking the Jets out of the equation for a quarterback in the draft is potentially good news for the QB-needy New England Patriots. The Jacksonville Jaguars almost certainly will take Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence first overall. There are four other QBs who could go in the first round in Ohio State’s Justin Fields, BYU’s Zach Wilson, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance and Alabama’s Mac Jones.

The Carolina Panthers, picking eighth overall, have an obvious need at quarterback. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that the Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers could take quarterbacks, as well, depending on what happens with and how those teams feel about Tua Tagovailoa, Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford, Drew Lock, Dak Prescott and Jimmy Garoppolo.

So, it’s no guarantee that Fields, Wilson, Lance or Jones will be there for the Patriots at No. 15, but if the Jets truly pass, then it’s good news for New England on the QB front.

Saleh and LaFleur are widely regarded as quality coaches, however, so the actual hires are not great news for the Patriots.

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Gordon Hayward Injury: Hornets Star Misses Game Vs. Raptors Due To Hip Strain

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Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Gordon Hayward is hurt.

The Charlotte Hornets forward injured his left hip in the second half of Wednesday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks. He left the game in the third quarter and did not return.

Hayward was listed as “probable” for Thursday’s matchup with the Toronto Raptors for much of the day but suddenly was downgraded to “doubtful” before game time.

He ultimately did not take the floor.

This is the second injury Hayward has suffered this season, already impacting a rather great start. He fractured his right pinkie during a preseason game against the Raptors, though it didn’t impact him long.

Of course, the Hornets might have opted to let Hayward rest Thursday considering the injury occurred less than 24 hours before playing Toronto.

Still, it seems like the injury bug has followed Hayward to Charlotte.

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Bryant Drops First Game Of Series At Saint Francis Red Flash

The Bryant Bulldogs have always struggled out in Loretto, Pensylvainia. Thursday night was no exception to that rule, as the Bulldogs fell to the to the Red Flash on Thursday night to a score of 89 to 82. With the loss, the Bulldogs end their six game winning streak. They also have lost ten straight games out in Loretto against the Red Flash.

“We had 19 turnovers, 9 assist. That’s kind of out of character for us” said head coach Jared Grasso after the loss to the Red Flash. “Obviously we didn’t shoot the ball particular well. So two things we’ve done all year, we didn’t do. That was bound to happen, and in a game like that you have to find a way to get stops and have enough toughness to make some plays to overcome that and we weren’t able to do it” added Grasso.

What Happened

Bryant’s 19 turnovers was very uncharacteristic for them, and they struggled shooting the ball. This was especially the case from three, shooting just 25% on the night.

Michael Green and Charles Pride were both bright spots for the Bulldogs on the night. Green was had a Bryant high 24 points on 8 for 16 shooting from the field. Charles Pride had 20 points himself along with 8 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

“We’re a good team right now. We’re not a championship team yet. It’s okay, it’s still January. Things like this are gunna happen” said head coach Jared Grasso when talking about the status of his team.

In Grasso’s tenure as the head coach of the Bulldogs, he has made it very clear that he wants his team playing their best basketball going into March. With it being the middle of January, his team still has the ability to get ready for the NEC tournament.

With the loss however, Bryant is now in second place in the NEC behind Long Island University who won at Wagner on Thursday night and currently sit at 4 and 1 in NEC play. The Bulldogs sit at 5 and 2 in NEC play at the moment. Bryant is currently scheduled to close out NEC play with LIU on February 25th and 26th.

What’s Next For The Bulldogs

The Bulldogs will play the second game of their series with the Red Flash on Friday afternoon. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00pm and fans can watch the game on NEC Front Row. After that, the Bulldogs will travel down to Hackensack, New Jersey to take on Fairleigh Dickinson in a couple of weeks on January 30th and 31st.
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Bryant Drops First Game Of Series At Saint Francis Red Flash

The Bryant Bulldogs have always struggled out in Loretto, Pensylvainia. Thursday night was no exception to that rule, as the Bulldogs fell to the to the Red Flash on Thursday night to a score of 89 to 82. With the loss, the Bulldogs end their six game winning streak. They also have lost ten straight games out in Loretto against the Red Flash.

“We had 19 turnovers, 9 assist. That’s kind of out of character for us” said head coach Jared Grasso after the loss to the Red Flash. “Obviously we didn’t shoot the ball particular well. So two things we’ve done all year, we didn’t do. That was bound to happen, and in a game like that you have to find a way to get stops and have enough toughness to make some plays to overcome that and we weren’t able to do it” added Grasso.

What Happened

Bryant’s 19 turnovers was very uncharacteristic for them, and they struggled shooting the ball. This was especially the case from three, shooting just 25% on the night.

Michael Green and Charles Pride were both bright spots for the Bulldogs on the night. Green was had a Bryant high 24 points on 8 for 16 shooting from the field. Charles Pride had 20 points himself along with 8 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

“We’re a good team right now. We’re not a championship team yet. It’s okay, it’s still January. Things like this are gunna happen” said head coach Jared Grasso when talking about the status of his team.

In Grasso’s tenure as the head coach of the Bulldogs, he has made it very clear that he wants his team playing their best basketball going into March. With it being the middle of January, his team still has the ability to get ready for the NEC tournament.

With the loss however, Bryant is now in second place in the NEC behind Long Island University who won at Wagner on Thursday night and currently sit at 4 and 1 in NEC play. The Bulldogs sit at 5 and 2 in NEC play at the moment. Bryant is currently scheduled to close out NEC play with LIU on February 25th and 26th.

What’s Next For The Bulldogs

The Bulldogs will play the second game of their series with the Red Flash on Friday afternoon. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00pm and fans can watch the game on NEC Front Row. After that, the Bulldogs will travel down to Hackensack, New Jersey to take on Fairleigh Dickinson in a couple of weeks on January 30th and 31st.
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