first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 14, 2014 at 4:33 am Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Rakeem Christmas glared out from the bench as he watched Syracuse flounder against Boston College’s sharp-shooting Lonnie Jackson and efficient post man Ryan Anderson.The junior center had just picked up two fouls in a span of 22 seconds early in the second half — and while he did not know it at the time — he wouldn’t be stepping onto the court again until the final buzzer.“I think Rak could have had a good game,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He made some really bad fouls and got himself out of the game.”Christmas and senior center Baye Moussa Keita combined for six points, four rebounds and eight personal fouls in a combined 41 minutes of No. 2 Syracuse’s (17-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) 69-59 win over Boston College (5-12, 1-3) on Monday. Part of the foul trouble was due to SU extending its 2-3 zone to stop Jackson, but the pair of centers was outplayed by a mediocre Boston College frontcourt.The Eagles’ forwards are constantly overshadowed by their backcourt and the team entered Monday as the only ACC program with a negative rebounding margin.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I don’t think we’ve had a guy in foul trouble like that all year,” Boeheim said of Christmas. “He’s been good. I don’t know.”The center-based blunders started even before tipoff. An apparent miscommunication between SU and the official scorekeepers resulted in Keita making his first start since the 2010-11 season. Sophomore forward Jerami Grant was expected to make his fifth straight start with DaJuan Coleman still sidelined due to a left leg contusion.SU Athletics spokesman Pete Moore said it was the first time he’d seen something like that happen in his 31 years working in sports communications.Keita would only play the first 54 seconds before Grant came in, but following a two-handed flush from Christmas a minute later, the offensive success was minimal for the pair.Christmas failed to establish position regularly on the inside while Keita, who grabbed three offensive boards, failed to go back up strong on two occasions.Defensively, the pair committed six of their fouls in the second half.After Christmas pushed through Anderson on a dunk attempt 1:10 into the second half, he hacked him on a shot attempt 22 seconds later.Then Keita logged all four of his fouls in the final 10:28. While he was, at times, caught out of position, the team’s defensive adjustment put Keita in a strenuous position.“We tried to cover the shooters and we kind of left under the basket with Baye playing two-on-one, basically,” SU forward C.J. Fair said.Still, without Coleman, the Orange is relying on Christmas and Keita for quality minutes.When No. 23 Pittsburgh visits the Carrier Dome on Saturday, the Orange will need an improved effort. Commentslast_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PITTSBURGH — For the second consecutive day, an early four-run inning by the Pittsburgh Pirates put the Dodgers in a hole.This time, though, they climbed out of it to claim a 5-4 victory Monday afternoon, avoiding their first four-game sweep against the Pirates since 1944.Sunday night, Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw allowed four runs in the second inning and the Dodgers couldn’t make up for it in a 4-3 loss.Scott Kazmir packed all of his trouble into the first inning Monday. Kazmir threw 40 pitches while giving up four runs on three hits and three walks. He didn’t give up another hit until the fifth inning, though, holding things steady long enough for the Dodgers’ offense to top that. In 16 starts this season, Kazmir has given up 16 first-inning runs and batters are hitting .342 against him. From the second inning on, Kazmir has a 3.72 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and has held hitters to a .211 batting average.The Dodgers got one run back in the third inning when Chris Taylor tripled in his first at-bat for the team and scored on Justin Turner’s sacrifice fly. The rest came in one big gulp.They scored four times to take the lead in the fifth on four hits, two walks and a wild pickoff throw by Pirates catcher Erik Kratz. Yasiel Puig drove in two runs with a single. Howie Kendrick and A.J. Ellis drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with their singles.The Dodgers’ bullpen protected the one-run lead over the final four innings, allowing just one hit — a double by Sean Rodriguez in the sixth inning.Closer Kenley Jansen came on to get the final four outs for his 22nd save. It was the fifth time this season Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has brought him in during the eighth inning. Two of Jansen’s three blown saves this season have come in those situations.last_img read more

first_imgRay Rice, right, and his wife at a press conference in suburban Baltimore to explain what happened without going into detail. The public now has access to the very graphic video showing the details Rice desperately tried to skirt around.A few NFL players spoke up loudly and publicly soon after the video showing Ray Rice actually throwing a devastating close-fist punch that knocked his then-fiance Jonay Palmer unconscious in a New Jersey casino elevator.That man should be thrown out of the NFL and thrown in jail” exclaimed Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton tweeted a few moments ago. “Shame on those deciding his punishment. Smh.”Knighton continued, calling his fellow players to action.Longtime linebacker Scott Fujita, a former vice president of the NFLPA’s executive committee, shared Knighton’s sentiments about what he’d do to Rice.“I’m glad no one this morning seems to care about yesterday’s games,” he wrote. “This piece of s*** needs to be out of the league. Period.”The Ravens are also wiping the egg off their faces because they played a big part in protecting Rice’s honor, to the extent of live-tweeting his wife’s apology for getting knocked unconscious. But it’s good to know that members of Rice’s own fraternity of players are willing to say what the rest of the world is thinking.Here are Knighton’s thoughts in full:last_img read more

first_imgThe machines will accept payment by coins, credit and debit cards, a mobile app and near-field communication through mobile devices, part of a long overdue upgrade to replace about 445 meters that are half a century old, officials said. These meters have been used in other parts of the state and the country, he said, and the technology represents a “very visible change.” RED BANK – The days of searching for quarters or having to make change on the fly to pay for on-street parking in Red Bank are about to end when new “smart” parking meters debut in the borough next year. “I mean it’s almost like first-generation meter technology,” borough administrator Ziad A. Shehady said of what is on the streets now. “The meters are all very old.” The meters, made by Mackay Meters, also will have solar panels to charge the batteries that operate the machines. The panel sits at the top of the meter. “The batteries inside of it are fully charged all the time,” Shehady said. Among other features, the new meters will be able to communicate to officials when the machines are broken. Also, the borough can electronically put messages on the meters, such as free holiday parking. “I think it’s long overdue for our parking system,” said Erik Yngstrom, council president and also chairman of the governing body’s parking committee. “It’s very antiquated just to have coin-operated machines. It’s hard on our employees to collect. And it’s hard on our customers that are coming into Red Bank for these businesses to put coins into the meters for street parking.” Toward the end of November, the borough council will introduce a bond ordinance to pay for the hardware and other parking-related work. The new equipment is estimated to cost around $225,000. In all, the borough is looking to acquire about 57 single-space meters and 194 dual-space meters, or meters that can handle two parking spots at once, he said. The dual-space meter will let users to indicate what space they are using, left or right, and pay accordingly. One borough official said he thought installing smart meters was something Red Bank needed to do to help residents and downtown businesses. The borough will install the smart meters in late winter or early spring of next year, Shehady said. As for parking rates, Yngstrom said they will stay the same for the “foreseeable future.” The current cost for street meters is $1.50 per hour. By Philip Sean Curran The MKBeacon Meter is a wireless smart meter that can accept coins, credit cards, non-PIN debit cards, smart cards, contactless credit cards and mobile payments. It uses solar power.Photo by Philip Sean Curran A parking study, done for the borough and RiverCenter, the nonprofit that runs the downtown Special Improvement District, called for having new meters in town. The 81-page report, released in January, suggested that step among others, including hiring a full-time parking czar responsible for making all parking decisions in the borough. According to RiverCenter executive director James Scavone, the smart meters will be more convenient for customers and give the borough “a lot of information so that we can better manage the parking.” “So I do think that our customers and people who visit Red Bank will appreciate the new meters,” he said. Shehady echoed the sentiment about the meters providing more information. “Because it’s a smart meter, it’s going to give us data to make better informed decisions from a parking utility perspective, both in terms of rates, in terms of hours, in terms of turnover, in terms of inventory, demand, all of this,” he said. “Anything that affects the parking utility’s operations is going to be better informed by a meter like this.” “The meter is a new meter, it’s not your traditional-looking meter,” he said. “As with anything, there’s a learning curve with change.”last_img read more

first_imgNeil McGee was crowned Player of the Year at the GAA Ulster President’s Awards ceremony.Neil McGee was crowned Player of the year at the Ulster GAA President’s Awards ceremony which took place at the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick.McGee narrowly missed out on winning the GPA Footballer of the year last month, but Kerry’s star forward James O’Donoghue took home the coveted award.However, McGee’s superb efforts were recognized at the GAA President’s Awards who awarded the Gaoth Dobhair full-back with the player of the year award. McGee is currently preparing for Ireland’s International Rules series with Australia in Sydney on Saturday.McGee is expected to play a key role for Paul Earley’s side as they take on the Australian’s in the one-off test at the weekend.McGee will then jet off to Boston for the All-Stars tour which takes place next week.   NEIL MCGEE CROWNED PLAYER OF THE YEAR AT THE ULSTER GAA PRESIDENT’S AWARDS was last modified: November 20th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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. Ulster GAA President’s Awardsneil mcgeenewsSportlast_img read more

first_imgBeing a referee in any sport often presents many challenges, especially if you are a female referee officiating men in sport.  For referees Louise Frost and Annabelle Connolly however, the challenge isn’t a problem. “From a players perspective sometimes I think they think they have it over you,” Frost said. “But if you show you’re confident then its fine. I’ve had no problems at tournament level, it’s more at park level that you sometimes have problems.”Connolly agrees that at the Opens tournament level, things run fairly smoothly. “When I was 16-17 and refereeing the Mens 30s and older guys sometimes it was a problem,” Connolly said. “But now things are pretty good.”Both Frost and Connolly among eight of the female referees here at the NTL Opens/20s.Connolly, a level six, recently represented Australia at the World Cup, and experience which she describes as “brilliant”.“I didn’t find out I was going until September – which was a fairly late call up,” Connolly said.“It was my first time overseas and it was brilliant. If you got the Australia or New Zealand games it was really high standard. Some of the other games were big score-lines like 20-nil, which is a lot different to what you get here at the NTL.”The 27-year old from WA has been officiating Touch for the past 11 years, and hopes to again represent at the international level.“My goal is to be part of the Youth World Cup, and then the next World Cup in 2011,” she said.“I had a fantastic time and made so many friends overseas, that was the best part, and it was completely different to what I expected.”Frost, 24, refereed at her first major tournament in 2004. Like Connolly, her goal is also to referee at the international level, and currently a level four she is hoping to upgrade to level five at the NTL. “Obviously the ultimate goal is to get my level 6 and to Referee at the World Cup in Scotland in four years time.”The schedule to referee three-to-four games a day at the Opens NTL will be a test for Frost, who is still recovering from damaged knee cartilage, which will be operated on following the tournament.“I’m having the op in a couple of weeks on my knee, and then I will be off for six months,” Frost said. “After that I will be trying to get fit again, and hopefully the knee will be fixed and won’t cause any more problems.”Sharing a room at the NTL, they say the female referees often “stick together”.“The girls do tend to stick together, you definitely do get the feeling of being in the minority, but you tough it out,” Connolly said.“We like to give it to the boys, but you always get it back!”last_img read more

first_imgRick Neuheisel performing at a South Carolina bar.Rick Neuheisel SingingIn addition to being a former head coach and current college football analyst, it appears Rick Neuheisel is also a performer in his spare time. The 54-year-old Neuheisel took his show on the road to Wild Wings Cafe in Columbia, S.C. this evening, where he’s performing on-stage in a South Carolina hat under the watchful eye of Steve Spurrier and a host of other bar patrons.The HBC looks like he’s having a good time. Neuheisel also broke out the tune “Born in the SEC,” which he has previously sang on the Dan Patrick Show.pic.twitter.com/owbpx8wTRX— Steve Spurrier Jr (@coachspurrierjr) August 8, 2015What do you all think of Neuheisel’s vocal prowess?last_img read more

first_imgSEC Divisions team logos.If the SEC decides to realign its divisions for football, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn would be fine with the Tigers moving to the SEC East. The 50-year-old coach told ESPN’s Chris Low, “I think there will be discussion on that.”The SEC is currently split into two seven-team divisions, with Auburn being in the SEC West, along with in-state rival Alabama. If the SEC shuffles things, @CoachGusMalzahn wouldn’t be opposed to Auburn moving to the East. “I think there will be discussion on that.”— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) April 13, 2016The SEC has already set its conference games through 2025, so realignment before then seems fairly unlikely. A move to the other side of the conference would certainly not end the Alabama-Auburn yearly Iron Bowl game, but it probably would end the yearly Alabama-Tennessee game. Unless the SEC changes its rules with a realignment, there would be only one set cross-divisional opponent for each team. And the Tigers’ opponent would surely be the Crimson Tide. Which team from the SEC East should move to the SEC West if the Tigers do, in fact, switch sides?last_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay (Pixabay License) Singapore-based port operator PSA International handled 81 million TEUs at its port projects in 2018.The total volume represents a rise of 9.1% over 2017, with flagship PSA Singapore contributing 36.31 million TEUs and PSA terminals outside Singapore handling 44.69 million TEUs during the year.“2018 was a dual-speed year. The slow but steady pace of global container trade growth continued, despite geo-political shifts and rising trade barriers,” Tan Chong Meng, Group CEO of PSA, said.“At the same time, there was a surge in digitalisation activities within the global supply chain which promised better visibility and efficiency, while the industry continues to grapple with issues of data standardisation and collaboration.”Speaking about PSA’s plans for 2019, the CEO said that the group would continue to build on its global network of ports while leading the charge towards co-creating an Internet of Logistics – an ecosystem that is plug-and-play, that links up a mesh of communities through interoperability, and which allows the company to innovate boldly.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: To further ease the resolution of stressed assets, the Reserve Bank is in discussions with its counterparts Sebi and Irdai to allow asset management companies and insurers to become part of the inter-creditor agreement (ICA), something that is mandatory for resolving stressed assets.In the revised circular on the framework for resolution of stressed assets, issued on June 7, the RBI made signing of an inter-creditor agreement by all lenders mandatory, to arrive at a majority decision-making criteria for resolving stressed assets. “In the June 7 circular, we have made ICA mandatory. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalBut it has been learnt that while dealing individual cases, banks have found that a good portion of the outstanding of individual corporates or entities are from insurance companies and mutual funds,” governor Shaktikanta Das told reporters after the post policy announcement. But the present rules do not consider AMCs and insurance companies as financial creditors; therefore the planned changes. He said it is necessary to look at the whole situation, liability of the entity comprehensively and not only from the bankers’ eye. Das said RBI have had inter-regulator meeting at a very senior levels from senior members from Sebi and Irdai. “Irdai has taken a decision to enable the insurance companies to be part of the ICA. Our discussion with the other regulator is ongoing,” the governor said.last_img read more