first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 14, 2014 at 12:50 am Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — DaJuan Coleman was unable to play in No. 2 Syracuse’s (17-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) 69-59 win against Boston College (5-12, 1-3) on Monday due to swelling in his left knee.Coleman, who has not started the Orange’s last five games due to a left leg contusion, did not practice Sunday and is continuing daily treatment for the injury he suffered two and a half weeks ago.“Basically just waiting for the swelling to go down,” Coleman said. “It’s getting a lot stronger, though.”Coleman has played just three minutes in those five games — garbage time at the end of Syracuse’s win over Virginia Tech last Tuesday — and appears to favor his right leg when warming up with a left knee brace before games. He was averaging nearly 15 minutes per game before the injury limited him to only six minutes against Villanova on Dec. 28.Coleman’s status is still day-to-day with the Orange’s next game against No. 23 Pittsburgh on Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’m hoping that he, this week, gets better and that we can use him,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “That’s what I’m hoping for, but we’ll see what happens.”Coleman said he suffered the injury setting a screen in practice when a teammate banged into the side of his left knee. Since beginning treatment shortly thereafter, Coleman said the leg has gotten gradually stronger.His treatment consists of light weight lifting to warm up, then running on a treadmill in an in-ground pool to reduce strain on his leg.“That’s basically what I’m doing and just resting,” Coleman said.It’s just a matter of icing the contusion and waiting for the swelling to go down.“When he’s ready, he’ll play,” Boeheim said. Commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe new football field with artificial grass was officially opened yesterday in the complex of the Olympic Hall Zetra in Sarajevo.The field is located at the site of the former outdoor fast lane that served the skaters during the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo in 1984.Sead Jusić from marketing service of the Cantonal Public Enterprise ZOI ’84 said that the enterprise recognized the new idea on the devastated lane two years ago nad launched the implementation of the construction project.“With the aim of expanding its sport offer, ZOI ’84 invested more than 200.000 BAM in the construction of a football field with artificial grass, respectable dimensions and characteristics (50×60 meters), suitable for recreationists and sport clubs, including junior and senior teams. I am sure that the value of this project will be recognized by both recreationists and sport teams,” Jusić said.According to Jusić, the field will be available to all football fans every working day, including Sunday.With the aim of expanding its sport capacities, ZOI ’84 intends to install LED lighting at the newly opened field, so that football fans can enjoy football in the night period as well.(Source: faktor.ba/photo: vijesti.ba)last_img read more

first_imgLOOKING FOR AN OPENING—Gordon Kirkland, right, looks for an opening against James Volker in a 95 LBS bout at the Golden Gloves Championships, Kirkland won the matchPittsburgh is turning into the mecca of boxing.  A standing room only crowd packed The Grand Hall at the North Side Priory Hotel April 4 to see the best amateur boxers in the area square off.The Western Pennsylvania Golden Gloves championship is a show that brings a genuine who’s who of past and present stars.It seems Pittsburgh is no longer the hinterlands of Amateur boxing.  The fighters from Pittsburgh made enormous progress over the last few years.Team Pittsburgh has already became one of the biggest stories in boxing when they defeated Team Ireland 6-5 in March, and now everyone wants to see if they can upset Philadephia’s best in the state championships.GIRLS GO AT IT—Jane Quienlin, left, and Caitlyn Engler mix it up in a Golden Gloves Championship bout, Engler won the hard fought bout. (Photos William McBride)It might be a touch premature to call Caleb Parish a transcendent fighter, but he is getting to that stage.  The West Allegheny Boxing Club 152-pound junior middleweight is no longer known only to local fans.His profile rose significantly in March when he knocked out, all 11 stones of, Eddie Mills of Ireland national team.Parrish, 18-years old, treats boxing more like a religion than a sport.  He studies fighters from the past and it is this kind of dedication that helped him defeat one of the most decorated boxers in Pittsburgh.Amonte Eberhardt is a former state golden glove champion and national contender.  Parrish was able to out point Eberhardt and won a very close split decision in the main event.In a sport where the line between confidence and arrogance is forever blurred, Kiante Irving, 165-pound division from Stay off the Streets, is a fighter with the height and power of Tommy Hearns; he has the jab of Larry Holmes; “The Swag” of a Floyd Mayweather; but the poor stamina of Tommy Morrison.Irving completely dominated Lucas Adams, of Butler, in rounds one and two but had his mouth open and was looking for some oxygen by the end of the third and final round.“Tommy Yankello and I believe Irving will win the state championship easily and should win the national,” said long time boxing trainer and corner man Kevin Corlew.  “Roy Jones Jr., knows about this kid and he’ll be with TNT and Roy Jones Jr., promotions once he turns Pro.”MIXING IT UP—Quienton Jackson, left, of Pittsburgh throws a punch at Ray Moore of Ellwood City , Jackson went on to win the 119 LBS bout.Talented southpaw Danny Buckley, in the 141-pound division from Steel City Boxing Club, upset the very experience and active duty Marine soldier Rosalindo Morales of Ellwood City Boxing Club.  Buckley, 20-years old, didn’t begin to box until he turned 18 but he quickly rose to the top of the division.  Buckley has rare skills and stamina that you can’t teach.  He was born to be a fighter.  Morales fought his heart out, but was no match for Buckley.  The light began to flicker in the latter half of 2013 for Buckley and now he looks like a world-beater, who shows quickness, power and great lateral movement that he learned from years of playing basketball.“What a huge shift the boxing world is taking on in Pittsburgh,” said Alishia Sparks, of Youngstown, Ohio and owner of Sparkle and Shine makeup.  “The Priory is such a beautiful location.  The boxing community is thriving in Pittsburgh and I can’t wait for the world to catch on!  It’s only a matter of time!”“Maddog” Jimmy Cvetic, retired Allegheny County police, and owner of the Third Avenue Gym.  For 33 years he’s been working with kids—some troubled, some not, but all in need of direction.  And through his Police Athletic League, Cvetic has taught hundreds of kids of all ages how to box.  Cvetic puts on between 20 and 30 amateur boxing shows per year and is the director of the Golden Gloves in Pittsburgh.While Cvetic doesn’t necessarily seek media attention—he was the major star in national reality TV show “White Collar Brawlers” and Johnny Spell, Darren Dolby and Allen Levine, “The Talking Machine” had minor roles.Now that Cvetic’s fan appeal has gone beyond the Pittsburgh area and become national, it is fair to wonder if he might change now that he is in the spotlight.“Everything that I do is for the kids,” said “Mad Dog” Cvetic.  “I’m going to open 2 more gyms.  One in Homewood and one on the Hill. We are bringing Mike Tyson to Pittsburgh to talk to the kids and he’ll autograph a bunch of stuff.”Other winners: 119 int Quienton Jackson, 125-open Caitlyn Engler, 152-subnovice Craig Kido, 165-subnovice John Stein, 125-subnovice Loren Holmes.THE CHAMP—Quienton Jackson of Northside Boxing shows off his trophy after winning the 119 LBS Golden Gloves Championship.Walkover winners: 132-open, Johnny Spell, 178-open Jarrell Bracket, 141-division Shirne Ghist, 201-open John Doyle, 201-plus Brian Kelly. 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first_imgBy Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – Citing the concerns of residents about the cost of replacing facilities lost in Super Storm Sandy and the existing Borough Hall, the Borough Council at its meeting on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution that if the bond issue on the Sept. 27 referendum to finance the proposal passes, the town will “immediately engage a review architect to assess the current plans for the facilities and make recommendations for cost savings and economies.”The resolution also said that the mayor and council will establish a “not to exceed” amount to be spent on the proposed facilities that would be based on what the review architect recommends and “continued input from the Mayor, Council and professional staff.”The resolution said that “after a number of public meetings, the Mayor and Council have heard and considered the valid concerns regarding the cost of the proposed facilities and wish to acknowledge those concerns.”Last month, residents packed the former gym in the Borough Hall for a meeting that lasted almost four hours to argue both for and against the bond issue, which is part of a package that includes insurance payments and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds that will pay to replace the firehouse, police headquarters and library that were destroyed in Sandy and the existing Borough Hall, which borough officials say should also be replaced.At that meeting Councilman John Lamia, Jr., who voted against the bond issues, said “the cap was too high” and before approving a project you “first figure how much money you have.”But Councilman Charles Rooney, III, said the plan was a chance to make history in the town. He reminded the crowd that four years ago after Sandy, residents had met at the Rumson-Fair Haven High School “trying to figure out when we were going to come home.”The bond issue was approved by the council in June with Lamia and Jack Keeler, who also said the cost was too high, voting against it.A referendum on the bonds was required because a petition was signed by more than 15 percent of the registered voters who had voted in the last election in which candidates for the state Assembly were on the ballot.There will be three questions on the referendum ballot, although only two buildings will be constructed.One building will replace the library and beach building and the other will be a municipal complex for the fire house, police department/first aid and borough administrative functions and records.The maximum to be bonded as listed on the ballot is $5,761,750, with $1,486,750 to be paid for from the beach facility funds, and the rest by taxes.In a previous meeting, Councilman Brian Kelly said that the repayment of the bonds would amount to a tax increase of around a two cents per hundred dollar valuation to residents, after factoring in revenues from the new metered parking in town and the savings from not having to pay for rented space.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Nelson Minor Hockey star Adam Plant is among the 27 players from the BC Hockey League invited by Hockey Canada to the Canada West selection camp in preparation for the 2013 World Junior A Challenge.Plant, who currently plays for the West Kelowna Warriors, is one of the 24-defenceman receiving invitations to the upcoming camp October 26-30 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.A total of 66 players are attending the camp will be fighting for spots on Canada West at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge. The 5’9”, 160-pound defenceman played his minor hockey in Nelson before attending the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton in 2011.The 18-year-old mobile defenceman then played a season for the Penticton Lakers of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League before spending the last two seasons with West Kelowna where he accumulated five goals and 31 assists in 59 games.Plant has accepted a scholarship to Harvard University beginning in the 2014 season.Players named to the Canada West selection camp roster were selected from the CJHL’s five western Junior A leagues: the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) and Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).The selection camp roster was chosen by Canada West head coach Jason McKee (Spruce Grove, AJHL), along with assistant coaches Trent Cassan (Yorkton, SJHL) and Ryan Smith (Selkirk, MJHL), and team manager Shawn Bullock (Hockey Canada).The 2013 World Junior A Challenge will be held November 4-10 at the Mariners Centre in Yarmouth, N.S.last_img read more

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. Get live news and analysis Sunday at 5:30 p.m. when the Warriors hope to finish off a season sweep of the Phoenix Suns for the fourth straight season.The Warriors (45-20) will host the league’s second-worst team just two nights after scoring one of their biggest victories of the season. Golden State solidified its hold on the top spot in the Western Conference by routing the second-place Nuggets 122-105 at Oracle …last_img read more

first_imgCINCINNATI — When Jeffrey Wilson Jr. got called up from the 49ers practice squad late last season, he immediately impressed with a bruising style and an average of 4 yards per carry.The same might be needed from him now that he got elevated from the practice squad Saturday, giving the 49ers three running backs for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.Tight end Kaden Smith, a sixth-round pick from Stanford, was waived in a corresponding roster move.Tevin Coleman, who started last …last_img read more

first_imgNASA’s Astrobiology Program is charting a new roadmap for future projects, and the public is allowed to voice its opinions.Astrobiology Magazine announced “A Roadmap for the Future of Astrobiology.”  Born in 1996, the new “science” of astrobiology was an interdisciplinary effort with the following 7 goals:Understanding the nature and distribution of habitable environments in the universeExploring for habitable environments and life in our own Solar SystemUnderstanding the emergence of lifeDetermining how early life on Earth interacted and evolved with its changing environmentUnderstanding the evolutionary mechanisms and environmental limits of lifeDetermining the principles that will shape life in the futureRecognizing signatures of life on other worlds and on early Earth.Yet after 17 years, no solid evidence for “astro”biology exists.  Since NASA’s projects in astrobiology are funded with tax dollars, the public has a right to express its views on the value of these questions, and whether a new consortium of scientists is needed to address them.  Many of these subjects have long been studied without the formation of a new “science” garnering additional funds.Members of the public interested in voicing their opinions about the future of astrobiology can log in at astrobiologyfuture.org and express themselves.  In addition, there is always the avenue of writing one’s representatives.Astrobiology is one of the biggest boondoggles in NASA.  In 1996, an overly hyped NASA press conference about possible fossils in a Martian meteorite (since debunked) launched the new science of astrobiology; now we’re stuck with it (coincidence?).  Any new science is not just a name; it’s an institution.  It costs money to print materials, hold conferences, run websites and do all the other things that come along with a new label.  How would you like it if NASA invented a new “science” called “astropsychology” and asked the government for millions of dollars for establishing new journals, building research centers, and holding conferences for scientists to speculate about what they know nothing about?  (Oh, wait a minute—wasn’t that called SETI?)There’s astronomy, and there’s biology, but never the twain shall meet until and unless life is actually found beyond Earth.  Fifty years of searching has turned up nothing.  It’s a mythical science.  Studies of extrasolar planets and their habitability could be performed, and have been performed, without calling it astrobiology.  All the rest is predicated on belief in materialistic Darwinian evolution.  Darwinists have been studying all that stuff for decades, long before 1996, and they probably would on their own dime anyway.  (Don’t you love #3, “Understanding the emergence of life” — the old Stuff Happens Law.  Without the magic word “emergence,” Darwinism wouldn’t have a concept to talk about.)“Astrobiology” is a euphemism for materialistic philosophy masquerading as science.  Here’s a roadmap for them, all right: a big U-turn and refund.  Can we still afford this boondoggle in a struggling economy, with foreign enemies trying to kill us and our allies?  Why not fight cancer with the money?  You have a brief opportunity to tell NASA what you think about the way they are spending your tax dollars to speculate in front of the nation about “emergence” by materialistic means of the most complex systems in the universe.  Even the simplest functional protein can be calculated as so astronomically improbable, it will never “emerge” under the most hopeful conditions (source).  Yet faith in the impossible drives these shamans to convince gullible people that they, too, emerged on a lucky planet once upon a time.  If this riles you, speak up.**Please be discreet if you state your views on their website.  Ranting only backfires.  Also, appeals to religion or creationism will be rejected without consideration.  There are plenty of scientific and philosophical questions that they cannot dismiss at the outset.  Learn the art of asking the right questions and stating opinions in a way that commands respect. (Visited 48 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img13 June 2011One year after the first Fifa World Cup tournament on African soil, my heart is still filled with pride and patriotism every time I hear the sound of a vuvuzela or see a car drive by with the South African flag attached to its window.On Friday, 11 June 2010, Africa’s first Fifa World Cup kicked off with a brilliant opening ceremony and what turned out to be a memorable 1-1 draw between hosts South Africa and Mexico.Like they say, Africans celebrate everything – a new life entering the world, the ending of one, the joining of two souls in matrimony – it is all about celebrating. And South Africans more than lived up to that.On that day, there was no such thing as strangers: people hugged each other everywhere you looked, waving flags, with most unable to utter a word, but wearing jubilant smiles, and tears of joy gleaming in their eyes.Galvanizing sense of unityFans of all shapes, hues and sizes draped the flag over their shoulders; some had headscarves, others donned oversized plastic glasses and bright earrings in the shape of Africa, with frizzy, colourful wigs, giving birth to a unique, galvanizing sense of unity that tore through a country.Who would have guessed this was a country once hinged on a racial divide?Sport’s biggest showpiece, which took the country six years of planning and came to define the national agenda, shaping budget priorities, infrastructure development and daily conversations from townships to vineyards, was now a reality.The month-long event put South Africa at the centre of the world. And boy, did we silence the critics with our smooth operations and vuvuzela-blowing. Foreign fans, some of whom came as skeptics, went home as converts.On July 11, as the final whistle was blown – marking Spain’s victory, but also Africa’s – fireworks lit up the skies, vuvuzelas shrieked mercilessly, crowds danced and sang – and a palpable magic stretched out to the horizon.It was the biggest celebration in my living memory, and I bet that goes for most of us, as this was the moment that helped challenge not only the way South Africa is perceived around the world, but Africa as a whole.World Cup legacyToday, a year after the tournament, there are still many reminders of the World Cup.In every city and neighborhood, one finds people proudly sporting their yellow Bafana Bafana jerseys. The World Cup theme songs Waka Waka and Wave the Flag can be heard in townships, where pre-school children still sing along word for word.But that is not all. Direct infrastructure developments such as new stadiums, enhanced transport options and road upgrades around stadiums, improvements at border posts and points of entry, upgraded telecommunications infrastructure and improved security systems all lead to a better quality of life, and provide long-term, valuable assets to communities.The World Cup brought an entirely new definition to South African travel. The stadiums are an inspiration of architectural design and top the list of places to see for tourists.Fifa head Sepp Blatter gave South Africa “nine out of ten” for its performance, saying he would happily back any bid we made for any event in the future.Fifa also said the World Cup was a huge financial success for all parties concerned – South Africa, Africa, the world football body and its sponsors. Fifa made over U$3.5-billion (R24.15-billion) from the tournament, a figure that flies in the face of previous concerns that the event would be a financial risk.Not an answer to every problemHowever, economists and critics have questioned if the South African government saw returns on its massive investments, and whether the tournament did anything to ease unemployment or grow the economy.Some have predicted that some of the stadiums are doomed to become “white elephants” due to their large operating costs and lack of events being held in them.Yes, there are effects from the World Cup which haven’t been as positive as others. Many businesses and municipalities had forecast too much of an economic impact, and some businesses are hurting after anticipating a huge rise in sales and profits.I’m also not in denial that not every South African shared in the World Cup’s jovial spirit, and I admit that there are still many problems in this country that the World Cup did not solve.Some missed the games because they had neither TVs nor electricity. People still died from Aids, or in poverty, or at the hands of criminals, far from the world’s cameras, and some informal traders were driven out of stadium exclusion zones.Some people question why it took Fifa, an immovable deadline and a worldwide audience for us to come together as a nation and for things to be delivered on time.InspirationThe answer is not clear-cut, but I will say this: the tournament left us with an infinite legacy. We were great hosts as individuals, as towns, cities, provinces and as a nation.We partied, played, worked hard and we definitely supported this World Cup like no event before it. The enthusiasm we showed as a nation with our homemade costumes and signs surely left a lasting impression on television screens worldwide.Nelson Mandela once said in 1996: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”And I couldn’t agree with him more. In fact, everyone who experienced the World Cup would agree. It was the biggest celebration in my living memory and that of the country.The World Cup showed me that football is ageless, it can make everyone from those in their ’80s to teenagers behave the same way.South Africa does have challenges and hurdles to climb, some quite significant. Instead of moaning and looking at the negatives, why don’t we look back at last year’s event with eyes that recognize the achievements? After all, we won the hearts of the world, and we changed perceptions.And it shouldn’t stop there. My challenge to the nation therefore is: How do we keep winning?Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgOhio State players tackling an Army player carrying the football.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 16: Kell Walker #5 of the Army Golden Knights is tackled by Damon Arnette #3 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Sam Hubbard #6 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first quarter at Ohio Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard, who redshirted this past year despite receiving great praise from head coach Urban Meyer, finds himself in an interesting situation Wednesday night. Hubbard has agreed to take a high school girl named Sariah Yackee to prom if – and only if – she can amass 15,000 retweets on the below tweet. It seems that Hubbard’s teammate, Stephen Collier, was integral in facilitating the scenario. As-of 9:30 PM EST, the tweet, just a few hours old, has around 1,500 retweets.Alright so here’s the deal I need 15k to take this ohio state hunk @Sam_Hubbard_ to prom so retweet this pic.twitter.com/Arsm3ZBLaX— sariah yackee (@sariahyackee) February 5, 2015For those who aren’t well-versed with Twitter, 15,000 is a very high number of retweets for someone who doesn’t have a massive following. If she pulls this off, he better pay up.last_img read more