ACC releases full basketball schedule for upcoming season

first_img Published on August 27, 2014 at 3:20 pm Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+ Football season has yet to officially start for Syracuse, but basketball season isn’t too far away, either.The Atlantic Coast Conference released the full men’s basketball schedule Wednesday afternoon for the upcoming season. Here’s what the Orange’s in-conference slate looks like:At Virginia Tech, Jan. 3, noonAt Georgia Tech, Jan. 7, 7 p.m.Florida State, Jan. 11, 8 p.m.Wake Forest, Jan. 13, 8 p.m.At Clemson, Jan. 17, 4 p.m.Boston College, Jan. 20, 7 p.m.Miami, Jan. 24, 4 p.m.At North Carolina, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.Virginia Tech, Feb. 3, 9 p.m.At Pittsburgh, Feb. 7, 4 p.m.At Boston College, Feb. 11, 7 p.m.Duke, Feb. 14, 6 p.m.Louisville, Feb. 18, 7 p.m.Pittsburgh, Feb. 21, noonAt Notre Dame, Feb. 24, 8 p.m.At Duke, Feb. 28, TBDVirginia, March 2, 7 p.m.At N.C. State, March 7, noonBelow are the nonconference meetings Syracuse has on its schedule:Exhibition: Carleton (Canada), Nov. 2, TBDExhibition: Adrian, Nov. 10, TBDCalifornia (2K Classic at Madison Square Garden), Nov. 20, 9 p.m.TBD (2K Classic), Nov. 21, TBDLoyola (Md.), Nov. 25, TBDHoly Cross, Nov. 28, TBDAt Michigan (ACC-Big Ten Challenge), Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.St. John’s, Dec. 6, 5:15 p.m.Louisiana Tech, Dec. 14, 4 p.m.At Villanova (Wells Fargo Center), Dec. 20, TBDColgate, Dec. 22, 7 p.m.Long Beach State, Dec. 28, TBDCornell, Dec. 31, TBDAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

Zion Williamson giving Pelicans a big boost

first_img Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers He is expected to become a better defender, rebounder and shooter; and he’ll likely learn to read the game better. He says that off the court, he’s working on improving his time management.And yet “he’s doing it all pretty darn well right now,” Reddick said.“The experience has been great,” Williamson said. “I missed the first half of the season, to finally get out there and be with my teammates, it’s been great.”That statement – focused not on Williamson himself, or for that matter, on Zion and LeBron – is indicative of the young man that New Orleans is getting to know, Coach Alvin Gentry said.“I keep telling everyone, he’s all about the team,” Gentry said. “He just wants to be part of the guys, he wants to do everything he can to help us win games and it’s never about him.“These things are tough; him having to stand here every day and you guys ask him all these questions about him personally, that’s really not who he is. He wants to talk about our team and how we trying to get better and trying to make a playoff run. Those are the things that are important to him.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBut not nearly as much was expected of Holiday as is being asked of his 19-year-old teammate, who has done little in his first 12 NBA games to quell the hype surrounding him.The 6-foot-6 power forward missed the first 44 games of the season while recovering from a right knee scope. But entering Tuesday’s game against the Lakers – Mardi Gras back in New Orleans – the explosive, 285-pound phenom had been phenomenal.In his first dozen outings, Williamson averaged 22.8 points on 58.6 percent shooting, to go with 7.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists and a usage rate of 27 percent. In his first 10 games alone, he became the third player with seven 20-point games and the third rookie in 30 years to score more than 200 points in that span.Most importantly, Williamson’s presence makes New Orleans – which finds itself chasing a Western Conference playoff berth with 24 games remaining following Tuesday’s – better.With him in the lineup, the Pelicans were 7-5 entering Tuesday, averaging 53.2 points in the paint (5.3 more than without him), 16.4 second-chance points (2.4 more) and pulling down 49.4 rebounds (3.5 more). Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed “The kid is going to be special,” James said at the Lakers’ shootaround, not hesitant to share his thoughts on one of the game’s brightest young stars.“He’s super explosive. Super intelligent, as well, out on the floor. Everyone kind of like just recognizes his leaping ability as far as on his dunks, but his second jump when he misses a shot, his ability to pass in transition, he has very infectious energy – you can tell guys like to play with him.”Those guys with front-row seats are similarly impressed, raving – in every city the Pelicans visit – about Williamson’s maturity, his efficiency, his rebounding.“There’s a few players in my career where you feel like you’re watching them or you’re playing with them and you’re like, ‘Man, it’s not his night tonight, it’s not his night,’” Pelicans shooting guard JJ Redick said. “And then you look up, ‘He’s got 27 and eight, and five assists and two blocks. Like what just happened?’”And he’s just scratching the surface, they all say.Related Articlescenter_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs LOS ANGELES — So you want to know what LeBron James means to Zion Williamson?Likely conscious of how much attention any comment he made about James would draw, the New Orleans Pelicans wunderkind politely swatted away that question about the Lakers’ superstar at shootaround ahead of his first meeting with James.“Honestly, can we ask those questions after the game? My main focus right now is just trying to help my team try to get a win,” Williamson said, promising, “After.”Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday can recall feeling anxious before squaring off with his idols for the first time as a pro: “Being from L.A., Kobe (Bryant) is one of them … and Shaq was one of them, I was kind of scared – not even gonna lie,” he said. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more

Caitlin to represent Europe in Hong Kong

first_img England teenager Caitlin Whitehead will represent Europe in next week’s Asia-Pacific Junior Golf Championship in Hong Kong.The 15-year-old from Cumbria clinched her place with her three-shot victory in last month’s European Young Masters.She’s one of four players, making up two mixed European teams, who will compete against the best junior players from the Asia Pacific region. They will be captained by Jenny Henderson, the England Golf Women’s Performance Manager.The championship takes place at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club from Wednesday to Friday, 29-31 August.Whitehead, from Carus Green Golf Club, will be paired with Finland’s Sakke Siltala, who took the boys’ silver medal at the European Young Masters after losing out in a play-off.In the second team, Northern Ireland’s Beth Coulter will join Germany’s Luc Breuer. Breuer shot the low round of the European Young Masters and took the bronze medal while Coulter was fourth in the girls’ section.Caption: Caitlin Whitehead in action in the European Young Masters (image courtesy European Golf Association). 24 Aug 2018 Caitlin to represent Europe in Hong Kong Tags: Asia-Pacific, Europe, Hong Kong, Juniorlast_img read more

The cost of Champs

first_imgAs the island awaits the start of another Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA)-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships, the question being posed is: what is the real cost of Champs? In January, the old boys’ associations of three of the biggest schools which participate in the annual event Calabar High, Jamaica College (JC), and Kingston College (KC) told The Gleaner that collectively they spend an average of $45 million each year preparing their respective athletes for the five-day championships. Manager of the JC team Ian Forbes, when asked how much his school spent on preparing a team for Championships responded: “To prepare a team properly, you would be talking in the range of $4 to 6 million.” When pressed further, he added that that amount would have been spent in only the final three to four months before the actual event. He added that the figure could go much higher. The all boys’ school has a team of 65 participating in Champs this week, down from a pool of more than 90. “If you look back to last July, last August, it’s not inconceivable. It could be in that neighbourhood ($15 million) actually. I was looking at the last three to four months,” Forbes said. “There are a number of things to be factored – nutrition, you have to pay coaches, there is medical, the feeding programme, transportation extra lessons for the boys because the boys spend such a lot of time practicing so you have to make it up somehow,” he added. Excelsior High School’s head coach David Riley, whose school runs a much smaller programme of approximately 80, split into boys’ and girls’ teams, said this week alone, his school will spend $1 million. Riley also noted that many of the facilities which other schools would have to pay for are already housed on Excelsior’s Mountain View Avenue campus, such as kitchen and boarding, which significantly reduces costs. “All costs of accommodations that other teams would incur, we have here, so we save ourselves that. And this year we are not buying new gear like, we did last year,” he added. Riley, a former head coach of Wolmer’s Boys’ School, said that while he was at the Heroes Circle-based school, the hotel bill for accommodation for Champs week alone was $600,000. “And that was for 40 people,” said Riley. This year, Champs’ title sponsors, GraceKennedy, invested $81 million into the event, a figure which represents less than one third of the amount JC spends in the course of a year to prepare its team. More than 200 boys’ and girls’ teams combined participate in championships. ISSA President Dr Walton Small said while some of the profits made from the Championships back to the schools, it is nowhere near the amount being spent. “Champs is not just about Champs. Champs is about ISSA,” he said, adding that the money ISSA makes from Champs helps to run the body’s other programmes. “To run the football programme is taking us well over $30 million or more than that, and that is just for the senior team. The Under-16 and Under-14, just the uniforms alone cost $19 million. The principals understand and the principals know that this is the main event we use to garner funds to run other sports. “Yes, we could give back more to the schools back more, but at what cost? Is it that we are going to ignore badminton, lawn tennis, table tennis, basketball, hockey, swimming? “We can’t do that. Plus we have a staff to pay and, therefore, a lot of the money from Champs goes back to those,” Small said. Meanwhile, Forbes said while the financial return to the school may not be immediately visible, there are other benefits which come from the investment. “There is the opportunity to provide for the athletes to get scholarships and professional contracts. It helps their whole programme from a marketing perspective. Everybody loves a winner, and when you win, good things flow. The stakeholders are happier, and when they are happier, they contribute more, so it’s a ripple effect,” he said.last_img read more

The Educational Crisis Now at Boiling Point, Threatening the Peace

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf must know that the education crisis sparked by the so-called “outsourcing” of the nation’s school system, has now reached boiling point, seriously threatening the nation’s fragile peace.The threat to peace started several months ago when Education Minister George Werner and his brand new team at the Education Ministry decided, with presidential concurrence, to outsource certain parts of the nation’s education system to private “for profit” companies, Bridge International Academies (BIA) and Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL). This decision appears to have been unilateral, for clearly, it did not include key stakeholders, such as the High Schools Principals Association (HSPA), and even more critically, the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL), which has been in existence even before the advent of the Tubman administration. The NTAL was established in 1938, 78 years ago!When the decision to outsource education was first announced, this newspaper wondered who Minister Werner had consulted before embarking on such an unprecedented, even perilous path. We openly opposed the outsourcing decision and predicted that it would do more harm than good. We urged the government NOT to proceed with it. Failure to listen, however, led to a blind acquiescence to Minister Werner’s decision.Now here we are, at a time when the administration and the entire nation should be focusing on the final, most important remaining task of this government—to organize the successful holding of the 2017 presidential elections—the nation is now embroiled in a totally unnecessary educational crisis, which is seriously threatening our fragile peace.It is unnecessary to stress the importance of the forthcoming elections because everyone knows how serious they are. For the first time in a very long time there will be a vacancy in the Liberian presidency. Why?Because in 2011 the sitting President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was running for re-election, so technically there was no vacancy. In 2005, Mr. Charles Gyude Bryant was the sitting Head of State as Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL). So those elections were held under his watch.In the 1997 presidential elections, there was a sitting Interim President, Madam Ruth Perry. During the 1985 elections a military dictator, Head of State Samuel K. Doe, was firmly in charge of the government. This military dictatorship started when the sitting President, Dr. William R. Tolbert, elected in 1975, was killed in a military coup d’état on April 12, 1980.President William V.S. Tubman came into office in January 1944 after being elected in 1943 following the voluntary retirement of President Edwin J. Barclay. So it was Edwin Barclay who steered those elections that year that ushered Tubman into office. That was exactly 73 years ago. That is why the coming 2017 elections are so crucial. For the first time in 74 years (in 2017) there will be no sitting president. After January 16, 2018 Ellen will automatically not be able to stay one more day in office. So we must elect her successor in October 2017, setting the stage for the first smooth presidential transfer of power in Liberia in 75 years. The ordinary Liberian person on the street will ask, “75 years da small tin?” No, it is not! And in this we cannot fail, lest we provoke not only a constitutional crisis, but a serious threat to our peace. We here invoke a line from the Liberian National Anthem, “With God above our rights to prove, We will o’er all prevail.”So now is not the time to indulge in confusion of any kind in our country. There is too much to do; too much at stake for us to fool around with anything.That is why it is most unfortunate that the President, immediately upon her return from foreign travel, without asking a single question or holding a single consultation—not with the teachers, not with the students—proceeded to take such rash actions, in an ill-advised attempt to embolden her Education Minister, by taking stern action against the protesting teachers and students.We must here make it crystal clear that we think the students were patently wrong in blocking the Robertsfield highway and threatening the economy by stopping international travelers from traveling. They were also wrong for engaging in violence. These students have forgotten what happened to the Nimba students who attacked ArcelorMittal Liberia two years ago. Even so, we here commend the new Police Director, Gregory Coleman, who acted much more maturely by calling for talks between all the parties, toward a peaceful resolution of the crisis. This is indeed all we need right now, not fighting fire with fire and igniting an even more flammable conflagration. “O History!” Edwin Barclay cried in his immortal poem, Human Greatness, cautioning against repeating history. Surely Ellen is not asking, as did President Tolbert and Justice Minister Oliver Bright, for another April 14.We think it is not too late for the President to call the teachers and students, separately, in an attempt to resolve this crisis. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Israeli strike inside Syria reignites debate over nuclear ambitions

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. concerns about ties between Syria and North Korea have long focused on a partnership involving missiles and missile technology. Even many hawks within the Bush administration have expressed doubts that the Syrians have the money or technical depth to build a serious nuclear program like the one in Iran. But the Sept. 6 Israeli airstrike inside Syria has reignited debate over whether the Syrians are trying to overcome past obstacles by starting their own small nuclear program, or by trying to buy nuclear components from an outside supplier. It is a particularly difficult question for U.S. spy agencies, which are still smarting from the huge prewar misjudgments made about the status of Iraq’s weapons programs. U.S. officials are now sorting through what they say are Israel’s private claims that what their jets struck was tied to nuclear weapons activity, not merely to missile production. So far, U.S. officials have been extremely cautious about endorsing the Israeli conclusion. Syria’s efforts to bolster its missile arsenal have been a source of worry for Israel for years, especially given Syria’s track record of arming Hezbollah fighters when they clash with Israeli troops. During the summer of 2006, Hezbollah, the militant Shiite group, rained hundreds of missiles on targets inside Israel from Lebanon, surprising Israeli officials with the sophistication of its arsenal. And North Korean engineers are long believed to have helped Syria develop a sophisticated class of Scud missiles that have a longer range and are more accurate than earlier versions. According to, a defense research organization, North Korea has helped Syria develop the Scud-D missile, with a range of about 435 miles. Whether Syria is actively pursuing a nuclear program has been the subject of fierce debate in Washington for several years. The dispute was at the center of the fight in 2005 over the nomination of John R. Bolton to become ambassador to the United Nations. At the time, several intelligence officials said they had clashed in 2002 and 2003 with Bolton, then an undersecretary of state, about the extent of Syria’s unconventional weapons programs. According to the officials, Bolton wanted to include information in a public speech about a Syrian nuclear program that could not be corroborated by intelligence agencies. In recent interviews, Bolton has suggested that the Israeli strike may have vindicated his view. Yet that is hard to assess, since whatever information a few senior officials in Washington and Jerusalem possess has been so restricted that two senior Asian diplomats, representing close U.S. allies who are frequently updated on North Korea, said late this week that they had received no useful information from their U.S. counterparts. On Thursday, President George W. Bush declined three times to shed any light on the Israeli strike, although he did repeat a warning to North Korea. It is unclear to what extent the secrecy about the Israeli strike has been motivated by U.S. doubts about the intelligence or by an effort to protect sources and classified information. But U.S. officials are now looking at the possibility that the Syrians saw an opportunity to buy some of the basic components of a nuclear program on the cheap, perhaps because North Korea is trying to get elements of its nuclear program out of the country to meet deadlines in an agreement with Washington.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Picture Special: Country music legends show their love for Letterkenny

first_imgSome of the biggest names in Irish Country performed at Jamboree in the Park over the weekend – Donegal’s first event of its kind.The event was a huge success and was organised in partnership with a number of groups including Go Visit Letterkenny.A beautiful sunny evening provided a warm atmosphere for county fans to do some jiving and sing along to their favourite artists. Some of the musicians who took to the stage last weekend took a moment to show their support to their host town including Nathan Carter, Jake Carter, Mike Denver, Cliona Hagan and The Logues.Picture Special: Country music legends show their love for Letterkenny was last modified: May 23rd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Country musicgo visit letterkennyjamboree in the parkNathan Carterlast_img read more


first_imgHugh Gallagher in action in Chicago.The 2015 ITU World Triathlon Championships took place in Chicago from the 15th – 19th September on the banks of Lake Michigan, where 6,500 triathletes from 62 countries competed in the climax to their sporting season.Ireland was represented by a 38 strong team who competed against the best triathletes in the World.The Letterkenny 24/7 Triathlon Club was represented by Hugh Gallagher, Donagh O’ Sullivan and George Rahmani. Hugh and Donagh competed in the Olympic distance race comprising of a 1.5k swim, 40k cycle and 10k run, while George competed in the Sprint distance race, 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5k run, which he finished in a time of 1:26:24.Donagh O’Sullivan gets a well-deserved rub-dwn after the event.For the Olympic race, the swim course began in Monroe Harbour on Lake Michigan where the competitors swam north for 300metres before rounding a buoy and swimming south for 1200 metres. Following a 600 metre run to transition competitors then cycled along Columbas Drive before heading sub-terranean into the motorway tunnels around Chicago, completing a 2 loop 40 kilometre course. The run course also followed Columbas Drive where competitors rounded the Buckingham fountain past the grandstands for 3 loops, normally a 10k run, it was extended to 10.8km to accommodate the larger crowds as some events were cancelled the day before due to thunder and lightening.“I had a solid cycle, some of the course was very technical, having no wind in the tunnels made up for it and I was delighted with an average speed of 40.7 km/h. ‘’It was tough running in 28 degrees but I held my focus for the entire run and completed it with a sprint finish against a Mexican triathlete, which I made a point of winning. I had a run time of 41:44, which put me sub 39 minutes for the 10km, so I’m pretty happy with that’. The large Irish crowd of supporters were amazing, they gave a mental lift to the Irish triathletes when we had to dig really deep” commented Gallagher.Gallagher is on his bike.Gallagher ended his season on a high and his strong performance meant he finished in 56th in the 40-44 age group in a time of 2:12:43, an excellent result against the best triathletes in the world.Donagh O’ Sullivan’s hard work in the pool over the winter paid off with a strong swim in Chicago, a typical solid bike performance and his strongest run of the year, giving a finishing time of 2:16:41. “It’s been 11 months of hard training, we’re both delighted with our performances and obviously very proud to be representing our country. It’s also a huge source of pride for us to be representing our club, our local communities and County Donegal. A huge thank you has to go to our supportive wife’s Amanda and Julie and of course our kids,” stated O’Sullivan.DONEGAL ATHLETES PERFORM SUPERBLY AT WORLD TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: September 29th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Donegal to host annual Alcoholics Anonymous convention this weekend

first_imgDonegal’s Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is holding its annual convention at the Mount Errigal Hotel from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th October.The purpose of the convention is to carry the message of recovery to alcoholics who are members of AA and to those who may have a drinking problem. Al-Anon will also be in attendance.It gives members of the fellowship an opportunity to share their combined experiences, to renew old acquaintances and to make new friends. An open public meeting will take place on Friday 11th October at 8:00pm which is for people who are concerned about their own drinking or the drinking behaviour of someone else (i.e. sibling, husband, wife, work colleague, friend etc…).AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership – it is self-supporting through members own contributions. AA’s primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.Attendees can buy a two night B&B stay in the Mount Errigal Hotel with one evening meal for €150pp. Contact 07491227000 for more info.  Advertisement  Donegal to host annual Alcoholics Anonymous convention this weekend was last modified: October 10th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

USDA announces January margin triggers first 2019 dairy safety net payment

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that the January 2019 income over feed cost margin was $7.99 per hundredweight, triggering the first payment for eligible dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new but yet-to-be established Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.DMC, which replaces the Margin Protection Program for Dairy, is a voluntary risk management program for dairy producers that was authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill. DMC offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all milk price and the average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer.Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that sign up for DMC will open by mid-June of this year. At the time of sign up, producers who elect a DMC coverage level between $8.00 and $9.50 would be eligible for a payment for January 2019.For example, a dairy operation with an established production history of 3 million pounds (30,000 cwt.) that elects the $9.50 coverage level for 50% of its production could potentially be eligible to receive $1,887.50 for January.Sample calculation:$9.50 – $7.99 margin = $1.51 difference$1.51 times 50% of production times 2,500 cwt. (30,000 cwt./12) = $1,887.50The calculated annual premium for coverage at $9.50 on 50% of a 3-million-pound production history for this example would be $2,250.Sample calculation:3,000,000 times 50% = 1,500,000/100 = 15,000 cwt. times 0.150 premium fee = $2,250Operations making a one-time election to participate in DMC through 2023 are eligible to receive a 25% discount on their premium for the existing margin coverage rates.“Congress created the Dairy Margin Coverage program to provide an important financial safety net for dairy producers, helping them weather shifting milk and feed prices,” said Richard Fordyce, FSA Administrator. “This program builds on the previous Margin Protection Program for Dairy, carrying forward many of the program upgrades made last year based on feedback from producers. We’re working diligently to implement the DMC program and other FSA programs authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill.”Additional details about DMC and other FSA farm bill program changes can be found at read more