Syracuse blows out Towson, 98-55, behind 2nd-chance domination

first_imgTiana Mangakahia put on a grim face and took a breath before she was inbounded the ball following a Towson 3-point make. It wasn’t out of defeat. After all, Syracuse led by three points with just under halfway to go in the first quarter. But it appeared something struck her, as if SU wasn’t supposed to be there, that close.“We didn’t schedule any morale-boosting games,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “I thought it would be a little more of a dogfight.”No. 12 Syracuse (7-2) dominated Towson (3-4), 98-55, in a battle between two teams on the opposite ends of the country’s powers. In a game filled with offensive rebounds and second-chances, Syracuse dominated both categories and cruised to its first performance in a year that five players contributed double-digit scoring numbers.Prior to the season, Hillsman said that his team can go 29-0. No, he corrected, 35-0. Can’t forget the tournament. There would be challenges along the way: First, the Orange got a then-No. 3 ranked Oregon following a cross-country road trip just a few days after the season opener. Then, a three-game stint in the Cancun Challenge capped by a meeting with then-No. 16 DePaul. They’d sandwich that between two matchups with top-25 teams. And for the most part, Syracuse was up for whatever came its way: a two-point loss to the Ducks was followed by a five-game win streak before a loss to then-No. 20 Minnesota.But this wasn’t one of them. Towson ranks 253rd in Rating Percentage Index. Syracuse ranks 8th. SU forward Miranda Drummond said the Tigers were predictable, too. In the game before against the Golden Gophers, Syracuse was crushed inside. Many times, lost rebounds led to easy fouls and trips to the line, Hillsman said. But Drummond said that Towson played a similar way, and the Orange weren’t looking for a repeat.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We knew that the previous game we didn’t show the best effort,” Syracuse forward Digna Strautmane said. “It was a tough loss. We were not mentally ready.”Following the early-game back-and-forth, Syracuse gained full control. Though at times it seemed as if their shots wouldn’t fall, the opportunities were seemingly endless. On one possession late in the first quarter, SU racked up four offensive rebounds. Later in the game, Syracuse got a bucket following three-straight. When the rebounds fell the way of the Tigers — by the end of the game Syracuse led the rebounding battle by just one — turnovers provided SU added opportunities. The Orange forced 30, the most it has against any team this season.Much of the game was just going through the motions for the Orange. At the end of the first and third quarters, Syracuse found Gabrielle Cooper on the elbow for a 3-pointer. Both times, she drained it and walked forward as the seconds ticked off the clock, slapping the hand of her nearest teammate and slowly entering the SU huddle. At the end of the first half, Drummond was fouled on a 3-point attempt and was awarded three shots at the line. Dealing with lower back pain from earlier in the season, Drummond hasn’t participated in one-on-one drills in practice lately. “That was painful,” she laughed of the Towson defender landing on top of her. It hurts most when she lands on her stomach, she said, and that’s what she did. But when she stepped to the line, she drained all three.Roaring plays in the first half like a Cooper 3-pointer, plus the foul sent the SU bench into a frenzy as Cooper slapped three fingers to the back of her head. But the game settled down and the Orange offered a level of nonchalance. Strautmane smiled as a ball slipped from her hands on the Towson baseline. Even as Towson’s Janeen Camp tried to take advantage of the energy, screaming “and-1” after a foul under the hoop. She clanked the shot. Her ensuing free throw hardly grazed the side-rim.Towson had overthrows, mishandles and deflections. Many left players with discouraged looks. This time, defeat loomed, and the misfires put the game further out of reach. When Syracuse made a mistake, seemingly nothing changed.“We kind of settled down a little bit,” Hillsman said. As Syracuse continued its dominance, Mangakahia dropped a Towson defender with a behind-the-back move and fired a no-look pass underneath to Kiara Lewis who finished easily. The possession prior she drained a 3-pointer that rolled around every part of the rim before it fell, and she backpedaled casually into her defensive position.Hillsman bent low to the floor as Towson called a timeout. He clapped slow yet powerfully as he waddled into a scrum of SU players and offered low-fives. His team doesn’t have a shot at an undefeated record. They can’t go the season without their fair share of mistakes. But Sunday, the “balance” he’d preached all season was there, and the doubt wasn’t.“Getting offensive rebounds, quick rebounds and outlets help us push the ball and get quick open threes,” Mangakahia said. “It showed in the game how aggressive we were on the boards and how much we practiced that in the two days that we had.” Published on December 2, 2018 at 3:53 pm Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

George Floyd, Whose Death Energized a Movement, To Be Buried

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — The black man whose death has inspired a worldwide reckoning over racial injustice will be buried in Houston Tuesday, carried home in a horse-drawn carriage.George Floyd, who was 46 when he was killed, will be laid to rest next to his mother. On May 25, as a white Minneapolis officer pressed a knee on Floyd’s neck, the dying man cried out for his mother.His funeral will be private. Some 6,000 people attended a public memorial service Monday in Houston, where he grew up.Under a blazing Texas sun, mourners wearing T-shirts with Floyd’s picture or the words “I Can’t Breathe” — one of the other things he cried out repeatedly while pinned down by the police officer — waited for hours to pay their respects. Floyd’s body, dressed in a brown suit, lay in an open gold-colored casket.Shorty after the memorial ended, Floyd’s casket was placed in a hearse and escorted by police back to a funeral home.As the hearse drove away, 39-year-old Daniel Osarobo, a Houston resident who immigrated from Nigeria, could be heard saying, “Rest in power. Rest In Peace.”“I’ve been stopped by police. I understand the situation. I can only imagine,” said Osarobo, who works as an engineer in the oil and gas industry. “What if it was me? What if it was my brother? What if it was my sister? What if it was my son?”Those were questions many black Americans have asked not just in recent weeks, but for decades.Floyd’s death sparked international protests and drew new attention to the treatment of African Americans in the U.S. by police and the criminal justice system. In the past two weeks, sweeping and previously unthinkable things have taken place: Confederate statues have been toppled, police departments around America have rethought the way they patrol minority neighborhoods, legislatures have debated use-of-force policies, and white, black and brown people have had uncomfortable, sometimes heated, discussions about race in a nation that is supposed to ensure equal opportunity for all.Calls for “defunding the police” have cropped up in many communities, and people around the world have taken to the streets in solidarity, saying that reforms and dialogue must not stop with Floyd’s funeral.His death has also reshaped the presidential race. To be re-elected, President Donald Trump must rebound from one of the lowest points of his presidency, with recent polls showing that 8 in 10 Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction and even spiraling out of control. The president got a boost late last week with a better-than-expected jobs report, but he’s struggling to show consistent leadership on multiple fronts, including the nationwide protests against police brutality.Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden met with Floyd’s family Monday, according to a photo posted on Twitter by the Rev. Al Sharpton. Biden will provide a video message for Floyd’s funeral service. Previous memorials have taken place in Minneapolis and Raeford, North Carolina, near where Floyd was born.The memorials have drawn the families of black victims in other high-profile killings whose names have become seared into America’s conversations on race — among them Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin.“It just hurts,” said Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, sobbing as he ticked off some of their names outside The Fountain of Praise church. “We will get justice. We will get it. We will not let this door close.”For 14 nights, hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in protest of police brutality and racial inequality. Cities imposed curfews as some of the demonstrations were later marred by spasms of arson, assaults and smash-and-grab raids on businesses. More than 10,000 people have been arrested around the country, according to reports tracked by The Associated Press.But protests in recent days have been overwhelmingly peaceful — and over the weekend, several police departments appeared to retreat from aggressive tactics. Thousands of Los Angeles protesters arrested for violating curfew and other police orders will not be charged with a crime, prosecutors said Monday.Four Minneapolis officers were charged in connection with Floyd’s death, which was captured on video by bystanders, who begged police to stop hurting him.A Minnesota judge on Monday kept bail at $1.25 million for Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged with second-degree murder in Floyd’s death. Chauvin’s former co-workers, J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, are charged as accomplices.The 44-year-old Chauvin said almost nothing during the 11-minute hearing while appearing on closed-circuit television from a maximum-security prison.last_img read more

Nikhat Zareen calls for a trial bout against Mary Kom to decide who will…

first_imgAdvertisement 6l8qaNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbfdWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1kxr( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) b4ysttWould you ever consider trying this?😱4di1bCan your students do this? 🌚yRoller skating! Powered by Firework Nikhat Zareen has called for a trial bout against Mary Kom in the category of 51Kg Boxing to decide who will represent India in the Tokyo Olympics next year. The rule of Boxing Federation of India states that only gold and silver medalists will be extempted from the trial round of Olympics qualifiers. However, BFI has now decided to send the Bronze medalist Mary Kom directly in the Olympics qualifiers.Advertisement According to Nikhat Zareen, it is going to be unfair. All should be given equal chances to represent his/her country at the biggest stage and the rule should be same to all. The rule can not change overnight to favour someone. Nikhat demands for fair play in this case.Advertisement Today, Nikhat Zareen wrote a letter to the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Kiren Rijju to look into this matter. According to her, the gold medalists like Michael Phelps also had to go through trial before the qualifying round. So, there should not be any problem for Mary Kom to participate in the trial round.The gold medalist in shooting for India, Abhinav Bindra openly supported Nikhat Zareen in Twitter. However, both of these sportspersons are attached with JSW group.India suffers double elimination in World Athletics Championships with Javelin and 4×400 relay teams failing to make the cut Advertisementlast_img read more

Democrats Seek to Fix Federal Flood Insurance Program

first_imgLast week, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) joined U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) and other lawmakers at a Capitol press conference to announce bi-partisan flood insurance reform legislation called the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2019, which would also reauthorize the program through 2024, but cap allowable annual premium increases to 9 percent. But how high should premiums be permitted to go? Named the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2019, the bill by U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) was unanimously approved by the House Financial Services Committee. Without increases to flood insurance premiums, that debt could continue to rise, making the program unsustainable. If the program lapses, the Federal Emergency Management Agency would continue to adjust and pay claims as premium monies enter the National Flood Insurance fund and reserve fund. If those funds are depleted, claim payments would have to wait until sufficient premium monies are received. New Jersey lawmakers are concerned about a reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program they fear could result in a dramatic spike in flood insurance premiums for Two River-area homeowners. A June 12 House bill to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program calls for premiums to rise annually up to 18 percent for primary homeowners and 25 percent for owners of vacation homes, commercial property owners and owners of “compromised total loss” properties until actuary rates are met. FEMA’s new Risk Rating 2.0 mapping system will help customers better understand their flood risk and provide them with more accurate rates based on their unique risk, the agency said. “After Super Storm Sandy, insurance companies outright refused to make good on their promises to policyholders and instead pointed to the fine print while denying families who had lost everything,” Pallone said. “New Jerseyans deserve a long-term flood insurance program reauthorization that improves the program based on the realities of major weather events like Sandy.” “They’ve still had to pay and now they’ll have to pay higher rates. It’s something we’ve been fighting about with the flood insurance program since 2009. It’s not fair to the North Middletown community. They receive no credit for being protected by the flood levee and the levee obviously works,” Mercantante said. The bill would provide a five-year reauthorization of the program, which is due to expire Sept. 30. Following a series of historic and devastating storms around the country, including Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Irene, the program was reported to be $25 billion in debt as of July 2018. The bill also allows property owners located in flood-prone areas to borrow at low interest rates as a means to proactively elevate their homes rather than reacting to flood damages. It also limits how much private insurers can profit on writing policies. Pallone said the measure is to ensure the industry isn’t making “hand-over-fist profits at the expense of program sustainability.” Middletown Township administrator Anthony P. Mercantante said he hopes whatever legislation is adopted will begin to treat residents in the coastal North Middletown section of the municipality fairly. Thanks to a levee that runs adjacent to Pews Creek, extending in a westerly direction from Port Monmouth Road near Monmouth Cove Marina to Route 36, “virtually no homes were flooded” during Super Storm Sandy, Mercantante said. But homeowners there still pay high flood insurance premiums. The bill also aims to trim administrative fees paid to private insurance companies, which would create a cost savings for the program without a reduction of services. “It’s not affordable,” Menendez said of Waters’ bill in a July 16 press conference. “In fact, homeowner premiums will likely double ever y four years and possibly even sooner than that.” But George Kasimos, who heads the Toms River-based organization Stop FEMA Now, is dubious, calling the last mapping change after Super Storm Sandy “a mess.” “Now they’re changing the process again and it could hit property owners in the Bayshore hard. Their mapping system hasn’t gotten it right yet,” said Kasimos. Berkeley, Brick, Lacey, Toms River and Point Pleasant recently passed resolutions denouncing aspects of the House bill for the potential premium hikes and proposed mapping updates, which they say could result in higher rates for those situated closer to bays, oceans and rivers. “In some cases around the state you’re talking about premiums that can increase by $3,000 a year. And if you try to sell that proper ty you’ll have a hard time trying to find someone who will buy it,” said Kasimos, who is also a real estate agent and broker. “It’ll be a game of musical chairs and the last guy is going to be sitting in a home he won’t be able to sell.”last_img read more


first_imgAs the “Official Ride of Santa Anita Park,” Uber and Santa Anita are once again “putting fans first” as Uber users can travel to and from The Great Race Place on any racing day and receive 50 percent off their fare.Fans using the Uber/Santa Anita promotional code 2016SANTAANITA can skip parking fees and with a maximum of $20 off each way, per visit, this is a terrific way to “go racing” from throughout the metro LA area.  The 50 percent discount promotion is available to fans for an unlimited number of visits through Thursday, Nov. 3.Uber, which has become a way of life for millions nationwide, offers everyday low prices utilizing a wide variety of available vehicles, from low cost models to high end luxury.  Uber drivers use their own vehicles and come from all walks of life and the Uber experience has been designed with safety and security as top priorities.Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet will run through Sunday, Nov. 6.  The two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships will come to Santa Anita for a record ninth time on Nov. 4 & 5.  For more information on live racing and Santa Anita’s 2016 Uber promotion, please visit read more