3 things SU’s Jim Boeheim and Clemson’s Brad Brownell said on the ACC coaches teleconference

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 6, 2017 at 2:57 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman After beating its second top 10 team this year, Syracuse (15-9, 7-4 Atlantic Coast) carries a four-game winning streak into its road game against Clemson (13-9, 3-7) Tuesday at 8 p.m. The Tigers are fresh off a 48-point loss to Florida State, a team SU beat by 10, and are dragging through conference play.Head coaches Jim Boeheim and Brad Brownell joined the ACC coaches teleconference Monday morning. Here’s are three notable things they said.Clemson might be the ACC’s biggest victim so farContrary to the blowout against FSU, the Tigers have played tight games with some of the country’s (and conference’s) best teams. Clemson took North Carolina to overtime and lost, fell by only five points to Notre Dame and lost by only four against Virginia. Earlier this season, SU combined to lose by 35 in consecutive matchups with UNC and UND.“I think (Clemson’s) a good team,” Boeheim said. “They’ve just got a bad record because they’re in a good league.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCurrently the Tigers sit in the lower rung of the ACC standings with NC State, Boston College and Pittsburgh. Meanwhile the Orange finds itself sandwiched between the conference’s five ranked teams.From an outsider’s perspective, Syracuse fits together wellBoeheim is usually averse to making starting lineup changes, but that’s not been the case this season. As the team’s depth has dwindled with injuries and lackluster performances, SU has unveiled a handful of starting lineups. The group Boeheim is sticking with includes John Gillon, Tyus Battle Andrew White, Tyler Lydon and Taurean Thompson.That’s the squad that has reeled in four consecutive victories, and after a very disjointed start to the season, Brownell’s perception is that the Orange is finally coming together.“They’ve settled into a nice groove,” Clemson’s head coach said. “Guys fit together, they’re playing well, they’re playing with confidence.”Brownell dished out individual compliments to all five of the Syracuse starters, generally honing in on the team’s shooting ability. He specifically highlighted SU’s high ranking free-throw and 3-point shooting percentages, which the Orange rank first and second in, respectively, during league play.Too many isolated TigersIn trying to diagnose the root of his team’s struggles, Brownell spent a few minutes running through Clemson’s poor defense and turnovers against the Seminoles. SU has been plagued with similar problems throughout parts of this season. But, Brownell said, the overarching theme with his team’s struggles is a lack of cohesiveness.“I think what’s happened to our team is we (break off) a little bit and guys go do their own thing,” Brownell said, “especially offensively.”It will be interesting to watch how the Tigers attack Syracuse’s zone, especially star forward Jaron Blossomgame. The 6-foot-7 senior is a force in the paint, leading his team with 17.7 points per game. Commentslast_img read more

French challenge beckons England players

first_img Two teams will represent England Golf in the Vilmorin Cup at the French U21 ladies’ championship at St Cloud, from 2-6 April. Team A is India Clyburn of Lincolnshire, Alice Hewson of Hertfordshire and Inci Mehmet of Surrey. Team B is Sammie Giles of Cornwall, Sophie Lamb of Lancashire and Bethan Popel of Gloucestershire. The players will be joined by Gemma Clews of Cheshire for a match against France at St Cloud on the day before the championship, Wednesday, 1 April. The Vilmorin Cup is played alongside the two rounds of stroke play qualifying at the championship and the best two scores from each team count each day.   After 36 holes the leading 32 players go forward to the matchplay stages of the championship for the Esmond Trophy; and the next best 16 players aged under 18 contest the Cartier Trophy.   The players: India Clyburn, 18, (Woodhall Spa) won the 2014 England Golf Girls’ Order of Merit, sponsored by Ascot Golf, in her last season as a junior. Her individual successes included winning the English girls’ championship, the Scottish junior open, the girls’ title at the Daily Telegraph junior championship and the Royal Birkdale scratch trophy. She was in England’s winning teams at the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals – winning all six of her matches at the girls’ event. Sammie Giles, 20, (St Mellion) is the English women’s mid-amateur champion and the winner of the 2014 Liphook Scratch Cup. Last season she enjoyed consistently good form with a top ten finish at the St Rule Trophy and top 15s at the Helen Holm, the English amateur and the British stroke play. Alice Hewson, 17, (Berkhamsted) was a member of England’s winning team at the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals. She won the Critchley Salver at Sunningdale and the U18 prize at the St Rule Trophy where she also helped England win the Nations Cup and was fourth overall. She was sixth in the English girls’ championship and ninth in the English women’s amateur. This season she was a quarter finalist in the Spanish women’s amateur. Sophie Lamb, 17, (Clitheroe, Lancashire) successfully defended the girls’ title at the Fairhaven Trophies in 2014. She has been in England’s winning teams at the Girls’ Home Internationals for the last two years and has represented GB&I in the junior Vagliano Trophy. She reached the last 16 in this year’s Spanish women’s amateur. Inci Mehmet, 18, (Royal Mid Surrey, Image © Leaderboard Photography) was also a member of the team which won the girls’ Home Internationals for the seventh successive year. She was runner-up at the 2014 English women’s amateur championship and has amassed a series of other good results last season, including fourth place in the Portuguese championship, fifth in the Irish open stroke play and fourth in the Critchley Salver. She reached the matchplay stages of the 2015 Spanish women’s amateur. Bethan Popel, 19, (Long Ashton) was also in the winning team at the women’s Home Internationals and helped England win the Nations Cup at the St Rule Trophy. Her other good results last season included fifth place in the English amateur, seventh place in the women’s Welsh stroke play, 12th place in the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play and 11th in the Portuguese amateur. Gemma Clews, 20, (Delamere Forest) was in England’s winning team at the ladies’ Home Internationals and won two scratch events last season: the Pleasington Putter and the inaugural Delamere Comboy Trophy. She was also third in the Welsh open stroke play, sixth in the English amateur and 12th in the British stroke play. 13 Mar 2015 French challenge beckons England players last_img read more

Bank on Bigdaddykool

first_imgBIGDADDYKOOL, a top contender for the June 25 Cal’s Jamaica Derby, looks the one to beat when he takes on six fellow three-year-olds in the opening restricted allowance race (non-winners of two) over 1700 metres at Caymanas Park tomorrow. Trained by Anthony Nunes, BIGDADDYKOOL was a fast-finishing fourth (beaten 4-1/4 lengths) to FUTURE KING in the Post to Post 2000 Guineas over a mile on April 9, this after running miles wide into the straight. He has worked well in preparation for this race, and with the competition less than fierce, should have little difficulty in beating THE PROMISE LAND and company. Top apprentice Linton Steadman has the ride from the convenient mark of 53.0kg. TWILIGHT CITIZEN, a fast-finishing second to stable-companion to TRADITIONAL STORM over 1300 metres on April 23, is tipped to go one better in the second race over a similar trip to be contested by eight starters, including GOLD SCREW, who just failed to stave off TARANTINO over 1820 metres recently, and MINY LEE, who was third in that race. GOLD SCREW will have lots of supporters even with female apprentice Mellisa Ward replacing former champion jockey Wesley Henry, but the Carl Anderson-trained TWILIGHT CITIZEN, with apprentice AndrÈ Powell, only needs to get it right at the start to score an overdue win. The third race should provide the lightly raced RAWALPINDI EXPRESS with his maiden win on his fifth start. True, the five-year-old son of Coded Warning is proving expensive to follow, but with champion jockey Shane Ellis now taking the ride, the hint should be taken. IDON’TKNOW looks the principal danger in a seven-strong field over 1100 metres. Recent winner PRINCE O’SHAUN, now back over an ideal trip after flopping over the straight behind MIRACLE RECOVERY on April 24, looks nicely off at the weights (53.0kg) with 3.0kg claiming apprentice Bebeto Harvey, and should rebound with a win over 1500 metres. (1) BIGDADDYKOOL (2) TWILIGHT CITIZEN/ GOLD SCREW (3) RAWALPINDI EXPRESS/IDON’TKNOW (4) PRINCE O’SHAUN/BURNING MEDIC (5) AQUILO/EL CLIENTE (6) URBAN PRINCIPAL/ DUSSELDORF FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES LIVE CONTENDER BURNING MEDIC, who finished a close second to MIRACLE RECOVERY, looks a live contender in the 10-horse field, along with the bold front runner TROPICALDEPRESSION. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by AQUILO (Javanne Patterson up) and URBAN PRINCIPAL (Odean Edwards), both of whom finished second last time out. Their respective dangers are EL CLIENTE (Omar Walker) and DUSSELDORF, with Shane Ellis up.last_img read more

Sanjaya isn’t idle after ‘Idol’

first_img Ten years after they kissed on the “Ellen” show, Ellen DeGeneres and Laura Dern reunited Monday on DeGeneres’ syndicated talk show to reflect back on the smooch and its aftermath. DeGeneres, 49, made pop-culture history in 1997 by coming out of the closet in real life while her sitcom character did likewise. In her character’s coming-out episode, Dern shared a smooch with the comedian during a guest stint on the ABC series as a lesbian love interest. Dern, 40, recounted Monday how she couldn’t get an acting job for more than a year afterward. “There was certainly backlash, I guess, (that) we all felt from it,” she told DeGeneres, who said she was sorry and “had no idea” that Dern was snubbed in Hollywood. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He wants to be a triple threat: singer, actor and model. “Like, I really – what I want to do is experience the whole entertainment business because, I mean, I’m not just a musician, I’m an entertainer,” Malakar said. Fresh off “American Idol,” the lanky teen/media It Boy is in demand. Another stop on his post-show publicity tour was David Letterman’s “Late Show” on CBS, where Malakar read the “Top Ten” list Monday night. – Associated Press DeGeneres, Dern recount smooch Sanjaya Malakar is so famous, he can’t walk anywhere without getting noticed. “It’s really weird. I mean, I’m just Sanjaya from Seattle,” the 17-year-old “American Idol” cast-off said Monday on “Live With Regis and Kelly.” “It’s paparazzi (who) get at you,” he said, “and fans come up and try to give you hugs and get autographs. I would love to just be able to hug everyone and give autographs and take pictures, but you can’t.” Malakar was voted off the Fox talent competition last week after a long and unlikely run in which he outlasted better singers and captivated millions of TV viewers with his goofy charm and ever-changing hairdos. last_img read more

Giants win streak hits seven with wild walk-off after Mets drop a can of corn

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN FRANCISCO — It was not as unexpected or shocking as Chris Heston’s no-hitter against the Mets in 2015.It was not as historically significant as Madison Bumgarner’s dazzling shutout of the Mets in the 2016 National League Wild Card game.The eight shutout innings Tyler Beede threw Friday against the Mets weren’t even the most jaw-dropping aspect of Friday’s game, but the best outing of his career showed why the …last_img read more

Board games make learning fun

first_imgKids play Get to Know Your Legislature,a board game that teaches them theimportance of knowing how the country’slaw-making body operates.(Image: Dan Modiakgotla) The HIV/Aids board game designed toeducate both kids and adults on the disease.Tamara O’ReillyWhile technological advancements are part of modern-day educational programmes, one man still believes in the power of hands-on board games.Dan Modiakgotla, creator of Afro Games, believes in going back to basics in order to prepare for the future.Many youth centres around the Northern Cape are benefiting from the series of Afro Games board games. People of all ages are learning more about dealing with issues such as HIV/Aids, financial planning and self improvement.Modiakgotla has an existing set of 14 games that target not only psychological development, but also language and mathematical skills. One such game, Brain Teaser, is specially designed to improve language and spelling abilities. Like the well known game Scrabble, players can build words, in any language, of between four to 13 letters.Get to Know Your Legislature educates communities about provincial governments’ legislative processes. It highlights the importance of public participation and encourages players to engage with law makers.The Department of Education has expressed interest in using Modiakgotla’s games, while the Department of Social Services has already adopted the popular HIV/Aids awareness game.“When it comes to HIV/Aids education people are given T-shirts, caps and water bottles,” says Modiakgotla. “These items do not engage with the psyche of a person so I thought of something that will stay in the minds of people for a long time. It’s great because if the games are played in households, it encourages parental participation and families to engage with each other on a fun level.”For scholars who have trouble grasping lessons and who need extra academic attention, the Study Guide and Maths Quiz allow students to learn from each other and to interact both in and outside the classroom.Modiakgotla is particularly proud of his “masterpiece”, a game called, That’s Life. It’s a morale booster that contains quotes from religious scriptures and various motivational speakers.“I am specifically proud of this game because it teaches teenagers so many things. Things that are oblivious or don’t make much sense when you’re a teenager. It’s great for boosting low self esteem that so many of our youth suffer with today,” he says.Modiakgotla grew up in a household of board game lovers. His regular opponent on the chessboard, his uncle, taught him perseverance and concentration. He soon realised the benefits of board games, not only in the academic sense, but also in character building.And it’s fun! Each board game can have up to 16 players and there are no age limits. Modiakgotla has also steered away from traditional dice and beads and has modified accessories to complement the games.The materials for each game are of shop quality, says Modiakgotla. It was an expensive step but one that he believes was important for marketing his business and ensuring that buyers get value for their money.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Tamara O’Reilly at [email protected] linksDepartment of EducationAfrogamesBoard Games South Africalast_img read more

a month agoNapoli coach Ancelotti: Liverpool have grown since winning Champions League

first_imgNapoli coach Ancelotti: Liverpool have grown since winning Champions Leagueby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti believes Champions League opponents Liverpool are stronger than last season.The Azzurri host the European champions this week.“Liverpool have grown because last season gave them so much awareness,” Ancelotti said at a Press conference.“On the other hand, we’ve also grown because we’ve added more quality to their squad.“It’ll be a hard-fought match as we’ll be facing the best team in Europe. We hope to get the same result as last season.“As for formation, we mustn’t distort our identity and idea. We must take inspiration from the good things we’ve done and the problems we’ve been faced with.“We defended very well against them last season, and the defensive aspect is very important in games like these.“I expect a team capable of defending when necessary, attacking when the opportunity arises and keeping the ball when needed. We’ll need the perfect game.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Rail strike leads to traffic jams in Germany

first_imgBERLIN — German train workers have gone on strike, leading to cancellations in the country’s long-distance and commuter rail system and making tens of thousands of employees and school children late.Employees of Deutsche Bahn, the country’s biggest rail system, went on strike Monday morning for several hours after failing to reach a deal on pay in their current wage negotiations.The German news agency dpa reported that in some parts of the country such as Bavaria almost all trains came to a halt in the morning, leading to traffic congestion on the roads as people struggled to make it to work on time.The EVG labour union had called for the strike, which is a common tactic during wage negotiations in Germany.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Different perspectives Trudeau adamant pipeline to BC will be built

first_imgAsked if Notley’s move will spur the federal government to get more aggressive on the project, Trudeau repeated that the pipeline will be built.“What I have been very clear about is that this project is in the national interest and it will get built,” he said in Regina. “The role of the federal government is to watch out and ensure that the national interest is always protected and promoted. That is what I will continue to do. We will continue to ensure that we are protecting the environment while growing the economy and working across the country to ensure the projects that are in the national interest – like the Kinder Morgan pipeline – move forward.”Notley said Thursday that Alberta’s key focus is to get people’s attention about what is at stake. She said the pipeline is economically vital to the province and to the rest of Canada, and the country is already forgoing thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in lost revenue due to pipeline bottlenecks.The Trudeau government approved the Kinder Morgan project in 2016, but the pipeline has since faced permit fights and challenges from the B.C. government. The $7.9-billion expansion would triple the amount of Alberta crude going from Edmonton to the port in Burnaby. REGINA, S.K. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the dispute between B.C. and Alberta over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion isn’t the first time provinces have disagreed on a project.Trudeau says there have been many times where provinces have taken what he calls “different perspectives” on a proposal. He says it’s important that the federal government show leadership to make sure the national interest is served.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is threatening to expand a fight with B.C. over Kinder Morgan’s pipeline by reducing the amount of oil her province ships. The pipeline dispute began earlier this year when B.C. said it would not allow increased bitumen shipments until it could do more research on pipeline safety and spill response.last_img read more

Enhanced chainup regulations are now in place for commercial vehicle operators

first_imgPrevious regulations required vehicles over 27,000 kilograms to carry and use traction devices, with only one wheel needing chains during winter conditions and mandatory chain-ups.  The new, more all-encompassing enhancements clarify requirements for all commercial vehicles over 5,000 kilograms:* Vehicles less than 11,794 kilograms – like buses or five-ton trucks – must use chains on a minimum of two tires and can use steel chains, cable chains, automatic chains, socks or wheel sanders, if not equipped with winter tires.* Vehicles 11,794 kilograms or more must use steel chains, and the number of tires needing chains ranges from a minimum of two tires for vehicles without a trailer, to six tires on some larger and more-demanding configurations.“Last winter, 33 of 35 extended closures on the Coquihalla involved commercial vehicles, and in most cases, this was due to truck drivers either poorly installing chains or not using them at all,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “While most drivers do chain up during winter weather, these new regulations and the stricter fines that will follow will improve safety and hopefully reduce the number of closures.”For more information on the chain-up regulations and fines; CLICK HERE VICTORIA, B.C. – The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure implemented stricter chain-up regulations for commercial vehicle operators to improve vehicle performance during winter conditions which will keep B.C. highways safer.The Ministry recognizes the short notice the commercial vehicle industry is being given and will balance safety and reliability with giving the industry time to adjust its practices to the new regulations.Commercial vehicle safety and enforcement officers will provide information and education to drivers over the coming months before stricter fines are implemented and enforced later this winter. The values of the escalating fines for non-compliance are being evaluated and considered. Previously, drivers faced a base-level fine of $121 for not carrying chains or not installing them when required to do so.last_img read more

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