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Butler turns in up-and-down shooting night for Syracuse in loss to Miami

first_imgBrianna Butler stood near the top of the 3-point line in her usual, hunched-over position. She cut to the left corner, caught the inbound pass and sent the 435 fans, who were standing and clapping, to their seats.The Syracuse guard dropped her hands to her side and jogged back down the court with hardly any reaction. Though she had just hit her third 3-pointer of the game, SU was still down by seven.“Every time she catches the ball, the ball leaves her hands, the other team puts their arms in the air like, ‘We told you don’t leave her open,’” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said.In what Hillsman called the Orange’s worst game of the season, Butler played well, despite cooling down in the second half. She finished second on the team with 19 points, dished out four assists and grabbed three steals, but it wasn’t enough. No. 23 Syracuse (17-8, 7-5 Atlantic Coast) fell to Miami (17-7, 7-4), 85-71, on Thursday, losing to an unranked team for the first time this season.“Butler is doing the same thing that we need her to do,” Hillsman said. “She’s getting open looks, she’s taking really good shots and I think at the end of the day she has continue to do what she does.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt times, Butler has shot abysmally this season. On the year, she’s shooting 27.6 percent and against North Carolina on Feb. 5, she hit just 2-of-21 shots and was 0-for-14 beyond the arc.In the past two games, though, Butler has managed nearly 42 percent from the floor, including an 8-for-20 effort on Thursday.“As a shooter you go through slumps and I think that these last two games I was able to knock down shots and get out of the slump and recover,” Butler said.Butler was held without a shot for the first four and a half minutes of the game, until she took a pass from SU guard Cornelia Fondren and knocked down a 3 from the top of the 3-point arc.The shot put Syracuse ahead, 8-7 — its only lead of the game. Less than two minutes later, she dropped floater through the net, and was 2-for-2.“It was pretty good being able to hit the shots, but I could have done better,” Butler said.Butler wasn’t able to score as effectively in the second half, and tried to score inside instead of on the perimeter.She drove from the right side of the net and airballed a layup attempt wide enough that it hit the support holding up the backboard. Butler persisted, regaining her rhythm with layups and mid-range shots to combat her second-half struggles from the 3-point line.With Syracuse needing a play down the stretch, Butler was open again in the left corner. A 3 would’ve put Syracuse within eight points with two minutes left, but her shot fell short.She clenched her teeth as she watched the ball get wedged between the rim and the backboard.“She was trying to rescue her team there at the end, so she took three or four or five shots probably that weren’t in her rhythm,” Miami head coach Katie Meier said.Hillsman subbed her out for just three seconds before throwing her back in the game again.With the game out of reach, Butler hoisted up a 3 that never even connected with the net. As the ball fell to the floor and the final 10 seconds ticked away, she walked toward the bench with a blank stare on her face.The buzzer sounded and all Butler could do was jog to the locker room, shaking her head.“I think I did OK,” Butler said. “It’s definitely hard when you’re not coming out with the win at the end.” Comments Published on February 12, 2015 at 11:39 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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FA Cup: Rio Ferdinand hits out at Mario Balotelli

first_imgRio Ferdinand has criticised Mario Balotelli for taunting Manchester United fans after Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.United defender Ferdinand has also apologised after having to be separated from City striker Balotelli following a flare-up after City’s 1-0 win.“If you score a goal and give a bit to opposing fans I kind of accept that,” said Ferdinand through Twitter.“But at the final whistle, go to your fans and enjoy it, not opposing fans.”Balotelli is believed to have thrust the badge on his shirt in the direction of opposition supporters, while also winking sarcastically at centre-back Ferdinand as the players left the field.An incensed Ferdinand had to be held back as he made a beeline for Balotelli, before the Red Devils player was hauled away. Ferdinand added: “If I offended anyone, I apologise, emotions obviously running high.”City won courtesy of a Yaya Toure goal and will move on to the final on Saturday, 14 May.United’s hopes of winning the Treble were ended by the defeat but Ferdinand urged his team-mates to bounce back and continue their assault on the Premier League title and Champions League glory.“Disappointed we didn’t get the win we were looking for,” he said. “Now let’s go and win some silverware.”Ferdinand had made a 200 mile dash to Cheshire at 0200 BST on the night before the game to be at his wife’s side for the birth of his first daughter. He made it back to play in the semi-final and said: “We had a baby girl named Tia Ferdinand!“[I] want to thank the ambulance service and all the Wythenshawe Hospital staff for helping my baby arrive safely.”Source: BBClast_img read more

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Inside Conditions…Too many Chiefs not enough Indians

first_imgAUBREY BRUCE There are ugly wins and hideous losses. The Pittsburgh Steelers were ambushed by the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday in K.C. This defeat was sort of “Freddy Kruggerish.” Now let’s get right to the ugly. Special teams, special ed teams or irregular teams, whatever words you wish to describe this area, were again the Achilles heel that did the Black and Gold in. Another kickoff was returned for a TD and an ill-advised throw from Big Ben with at least four red jerseys hanging out in the end zone also played a significant part in the unraveling of the defending world champions. Linebacker Andy Studebaker made his debut as a starter for the Chiefs. He was not under the baptism of fire that everyone expected but instead was the arsonist with the torch who almost singlehandedly burned the post-season chances of the Steelers to cinders. With Pittsburgh driving for a score in the third quarter, Big Ben tossed a pick right into the wheel house of Studebaker who was two yards deep in the Black and Gold end zone and he almost took it to the house before running out of gas and being run down from behind by Rashard Mendenhall at the Steelers eight yard line. That play cost the boys from “Steeltown” a minimum of three points. Talk to me people, what is going on with the defense of Pittsburgh? Snarls mean nothing in the NFL. The Big Nasty D had better quit snarling and get back to brawlin’ because in the National Football League everyone puts on their pants and pads the same way. Playoffs, what playoffs? No one had better even be whispering about the playoffs, wild cards or any other cards because the Steelers are now performing like “mild cards.”A few weeks ago I talked about making my hotel reservations for Super Bowl XLIV. H’mm, that was probably a bit premature on my part because it now appears as if maybe the win by Pittsburgh at Invesco field against the Denver Broncos sucked a significant amount of the wind out of the Steelers sails.The Oakland Raiders helped to deflate the cushion of the Cincy Bengals’ AFC North lead by defeating the Bengals 20-17 later last Sunday afternoon. But the playoff aspirations of the Steelers are still just a little shy of being on life support.Pittsburgh was not totally focused for 60 minutes because how can you allow a team (Kansas City) that had only amassed 47 total yards of offense at the end of the first half come back and beat you. It shows that the Chiefs made adjustments in the locker room and Pittsburgh did not. Don’t forget the turnovers, no, not the apple turnovers just the turnovers.Even though the company line is always; “one game at a time,” I have a sneaking suspicion that a few of the Black and Gold were already imagining that they were listening to the pre-game introductions at M&T Bank Stadium in B-More last Sunday waiting to bust pads with “Big Play” Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and the rest of the Baltimore Ravens. Hey fellas, the Ravens game is this Sunday.Oops, a hidden pothole was in the road— the Chiefs. Kansas City represented more than a speed bump on Pittsburgh’s road to Super Bowl XLIV because when it is all said and done the boys from K.C. may have been the sinkhole that swallowed up Pittsburgh’s playoff chances this year. Notice that I said, “may have” because you can never really count the Steelers out until all of the votes have been tallied. But even if you look through the best pair of rose colored glasses that you can find, it appears bleak for the chances of the defending Super Bowl champions to hoist another Lombardi Trophy over their heads to end the 2009 season.The Black and Gold seem to be really missing the services of Troy Polamalu. What about the Steeler concept of “plugging others in when starters go down? Kansas City had their own personnel and problems playing without suspended starting wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Bowe is serving a suspension for violating the NFL’s banned substance policy but veteran wide receiver Chris Chambers stepped up and torched the Steelers secondary catching four balls for 119 yards. Dwayne who?Before OT the Steelers had the ball for almost 19 minutes longer than the Chiefs and out muscled them in yardage gained stats 463-206.As far as kickoff and punt coverage are concerned, the Steelers had better put their best athletes on special teams if they do not want to continue getting burned. This would be a great time to have the Cedric Wilsons of the world.By the way, not that it matters much, the Chiefs won by the final score of 27-24 in overtime.last_img read more

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LISTEN, LEARN AND NETWORK AT DONEGAL ENTERPRISE WEEK

first_imgPictured at the launch of Enterprising Donegal Business Week 2015 are County Manager Seamus Neely; Ursula Donnelly Donegal Local Enterprise Office; Mayor of Donegal John Campbell; Rachel McIntyre of Mac’s Mace a guest speaker during the week; Local Enterprise Office client, PJ Patton of Patton Engineering; Danny McEleneny of Donegal Local Enterprise Office and Christy Lynch of Efficient Heating and Plumbing who are also clients of Donegal Local Enterprise Office.Learning, listening and networking will be among the key elements of Enterprising Donegal Business week from March 23-27 this year with those in business in the county, or those thinking of establishing one, urged to make sure they get involved.“Business Week is well established now in the business calendar in Donegal, and as always we have responded to the feedback we have received in previous years to make this year’s event as interesting and relevant to businesses in the county,” said Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise at Donegal Local Enterprise Office.As a result, he says, many of the events will take place this year in the Local Enterprise Offices, but, as usual a far-reaching spread of topics of interest to enterprise in Donegal will be covered. “One of the key aspects of the week this year is that the majority of the events will take place at the Local Enterprise Offices. The venue is smaller and more intimate than some of the larger venues we’ve had events in recent years and we’re hoping this will give greater opportunity for listening, learning and networking to those who come along on the various days.”Indeed, says Mr. Tunney, the idea of listening, learning and networking will be a key aspect of this year’s business week.“We have a superb range of topics on offer again from business start ups to branding, from food specific and creative to finance and marketing. There will be lots of opportunities to take away valuable information to apply to your business and that’s what we hope those who attend will do this year.”The first event will begin on Monday 23rd March at 10am when Gerry Moan will host a discussion with five successful Donegal businesses where the learning opportunities will be immense. It’s a theme that will run throughout the week with other speakers including Edel McBride, Paul McNulty, Lar Burke, Andrew Bradley, John Mcnamara, Dr. Richard Keegan and Bobby Kerr.“Each of our topics and speakers has been carefully chosen to ensure the areas of interest to Donegal businesses are covered and we believe that those who register and attend the week’s events will have a lot of learning to take away with them.”As, in previous years, the week will see events also organised by the partners of Donegal Local Enterprise Office, extending the scope of the week in terms of topics covered and venues for events.“This has always been an event that has fostered partnership with other agencies and we are grateful to our partners for their input once again to this year’s enterprise week,” said Mr. Tunney who added that this year is the first that sees Donegal Business Week organised by the Local Enterprise Office as an integral part of Donegal County Council.Places at the week’s events are strictly limited and people are advised to see the full range of events and to book by visiting the website – www.localenterprise.ie/donegal LISTEN, LEARN AND NETWORK AT DONEGAL ENTERPRISE WEEK was last modified: March 5th, 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)Tags:Donegal Enterprise Weeklast_img read more

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Takeaways: Sharks forwards vie for spot on Joe Thornton’s line

first_imgSAN JOSE — With the heavy-road travel in the rearview mirror, the Sharks opened up a lengthy-home stretch on the right note, beating a playoff-desperate team without Erik Karlsson and Evander Kane.Marcus Sorensen and Kevin Labanc stepped up to help fill the void, recording multi-point games in a win over the Colorado Avalanche, who entered Friday’s game with their noses pressed right up against the playoff glass holding down ninth place in the Western Conference.Though it won’t be reflected …last_img read more

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South Africa highlights youth development

first_img28 September 2015Government wants to engage more actively with South African youth, using the pillars of the National Development Plan (NDP) to highlight and solve challenges in unemployment, education and social cohesion.Minister Malusi Gigaba during the Governance and Administration Cluster Media Briefing #GABriefing pic.twitter.com/oo77kpqfda— GCIS Media Liaison (@GCISMedia) September 27, 2015Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba stated government has partnered with youth organisations and business to make sure youth development is prioritised.At a media briefing of the Governance and Administration Cluster on Sunday 27 September 2015, the Minister said the partnerships were formed to alleviate the challenge of youth unemployment.Presidential Youth Working Group“President Jacob Zuma launched the Presidential Youth Working Group in June 2015, to promote youth participation in governance and policymaking and to mainstream youth development and empowerment in the work of government, to build a better life for young people,” Minister Gigaba said at the briefing.“In the work of the Presidential Youth Working Group, the Department of Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation, the following work streams have been established: Economic Participation and Transformation Education; Skills and Second Chances; Health Care and Combating Substance Abuse; Nation-Building and Social Cohesion, and Effective and Responsive Youth Development Institutions.”The Minister’s statement comes after Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, accompanied by Deputy Minister Buti Manamela, signed the National Youth Policy in Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape in August this year. This policy framework, which was signed after a lengthy consultative process, also identified partnerships with all sectors of society as a way of advancing youth development.Minister Gigaba said that the strategies of the Presidential Youth Working Group’s work streams would form part of the Integrated Youth Development Strategy and progress will also be included in the MTSF for proper monitoring and evaluation.“The process to amend the National Youth Development Agency Act, 2008 (Act 54 of 2008), is ongoing, with a draft Bill currently with the State Law Advisors,” the minister said.Interventions to fast-track NDP implementationMinister Gigaba said interventions had been implemented to assist in fast- tracking several NDP imperatives, including growing the economy with an appropriate and healthy Growth Domestic Product (GDP) rate, as well as creating jobs and eradicating poverty and inequality.He said these were implemented using government’s Medium Term Strategic Framework 2014-19, which Cabinet adopted last year.“The current initiatives to stimulate growth include government’s Infrastructure Build Programme, the War Room on electricity, Operation Phakisa on the Ocean Economy and in Mining, and the Nine-Point Plan to boost economic growth and create jobs,” the minister said. He also stated that there were other reports showing success linked to the implementation of the framework.A recent report on education and skills development showed that tremendous progress was made in the education sectors which continue to be a priority area of focus.While with rural development and land reform, progress on land acquisition for smallholders has been slow, but government’s implementation of programmes are being reviewed and strengthened to resolve some of these issues.Health care, crime and social cohesionMinister Gigaba said in regards to health care, South Africa has received worldwide recognition for its HIV and Aids programme, which has over three million people initiated on treatment, contributing to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.“Good progress is being made under safety and security, regarding the reduction of overall levels of serious crime,” he said, “the department is implementing Operation Fiela (Reclaim), to rid our country of illegal weapons, drug dens, prostitution rings and other illegal activities.”“This multidisciplinary, interdepartmental operation is contributing to the safety and security of our communities,” the minister concluded.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Racela, TNT looking for more improvements to roster

first_imgTyphoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games “There’s always a possibility. We’ve gone through these as looking for improvement,” said Racela told reporters after his team got eliminated in the quarterfinals after a 106-93 loss to top seed San Miguel Beer on Tuesday.The addition of Cruz did wonders for the KaTropa, who had been longing for another offensive weapon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCruz averaged 17 points in his first two games for the KaTropa, but struggled against the Beermen scoring only three points on 1-of-7 shooting from the field with seven turnovers.“With the new guys that we brought in, we know we’ll be good. Jericho has only been with us for two weeks, three weeks and we like what we saw. It’s time for him to fully adjust. We have enough time during the break of the season,” said Racela.  MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Fajardo, Beermen step up for coach Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Racela also did not want to reveal too much asked about TNT’s import for the Commissioner’s Cup.“We have a short list, but we’re still looking at the timing and availability of some names. We’ll come up with the decision maybe by next week,” he said.“Of course, Joshua is there. But Joshua right now is still playing in Japan. So he’s in game shape. But no more names as of now, but Joshua is part of the short list,” he added, referring to Joshua Smith.TNT went to the Commissioner’s Cup Finals last year with Smith, known for his heft and inside dominance, in tow, but lost to San Miguel in six games.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Read Next Nash Racela. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt seems like TNT isn’t done in making changes to its roster. The KaTropa acquired Jericho Cruz late last month in a trade with Rain or Shine and coach Nash Racela said “there’s always a possibility” for a lineup shakeup.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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3 hours agoMan Utd shop in Bundesliga for 2 stars

first_imgMan Utd shop in Bundesliga for 2 starsby Paul Vegas3 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are shopping in the Bundesliga this season.BILD says United ended a winless run of 11 away matches when they beat Partizan Belgrade 1-0 in their Europa League clash in Serbia on Thursday, to go top of Group L.But they have a long way to go to compete at the top end of the Premier League again, and are reported to have targeted Mario Mandzukic, Thomas Muller and Denis Zakaria in January.United are ready to pay €50m for Muller, but they face competition from Inter Milan for the Munich forward. United are closing in on a deal for Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder Zakaria.The 22-year-old has 24 caps for Switzerland and is contracted to Moenchengladbach until 2022, but could be available for around £25m.And United appear to be close to signing out-of-favour Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic, with some reports claiming a deal has already been agreed . TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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July 31 2017Conviviality – a chance for the Augus

first_imgJuly 31, 2017Conviviality – a chance for the August workshop participants to meet Arcosanti residents. (photo and text lvb)A barbecue potluck to welcome the new workshop is organized in the Vault. Cyo, one of the residents, is vegetarian: bean burger for him.Thanks Charlie for taking care of the barbecue and thanks to everyone who prepared something for the potluck or simply joined it. Welcome to Dominik, Miles, Richard, Taylor, Camilo and Irene.last_img

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