Sports out do Mifflin

first_imgCinco de Mayo was one to remember — not for the sombreros, Mifflin Street Block Party or weather, but for sports. While much of the excitement on campus Saturday swarmed the 500 and 400 blocks of West Mifflin Street for the annual block party, the real excitement was happening on the track and diamond — in the ring and on the hardwood. Beer dripping down partygoers’ faces versus blood and sweat streaming down Oscar De La Hoya’s or tears rolling down Tracy McGrady’s. Hold your breath that you won’t get arrested versus “hold your breath, it’s going to be close” competition. The contrasts are slight. And much like seeing complete strangers getting arrested, the results were intoxicating. Known as the most exciting two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby didn’t disappoint. Street Sense captured the crown by roaring back from 19th place in a 20-horse field to finish two lengths ahead of the closest competitor. It ranks among the most remarkable moments in Derby history, right up there with the number of arrests at the 2007 block party. While having an excuse to start drinking at 9 a.m. is nice, Saturday’s rundown of MLB games may have been a bit more energetic. At least it didn’t pass out. Of the 15 games played, nine were decided by three runs or fewer, including two that took extra innings to decide the victor. In addition, seven of those games were also of the come-from-behind variety. On an individual basis, certain players also made for an interesting storyline. Yankees’ pitcher Chien-Ming Wang was in the midst of a perfect game until Mariners first baseman Ben Broussard broke up the bid and the no-no with a shot into the right-centerfield bleachers with one out in the eighth. Barry Bonds walloped another ball — his 10th of the season and 744th of his career — with the vigor and tenacity of a 28-year-old in the Gigantes’ 9-4 win over the Phillies. Elsewhere, two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana took the hill, and several hitting streaks remained intact — Torii Hunter extended his hitting streak to 19 games while J.J. Hardy extended his to 16 with a two-hit, four-RBI effort. What was billed as the match of the day, with hype similar to that held by students regarding the Mifflin Street Block Party, the fight was possibly the least exciting event of the day in terms of dramatic comebacks and tantalizing subplots.Dubbed the fight to save boxing, “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather, Jr., upstaged “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya in a split decision victory. Even if the bout failed to rescue the sport, it did provide high-quality entertainment that was worth the $54.95 Pay-Per-View ticket that your drunken friend, not you, paid for. Moreover, it left the crowd and viewers wanting more, which, in a time when boxing has lost its glitz without a true big-name fighter, is great for the sport. Still, nothing compared to the entertainment value of a Game 7 in the Association. Behind Carlos Boozer’s monster game — 34 points, 14 boards, 5 assists — the Utah Jazz stole the winner-take-all Game 7 from McGrady and the Houston Rockets, 103-99. To do so, the Jazz overcame some challenging odds. They became one of seven teams since 2001 to come back from a 2-0 series deficit; they became just one of 19 teams in 97 to win Game 7 on the road (19.6 percent); and they became the first team ever to defeat the Rockets in Houston in Game 7. Staking itself to a 16-point lead, 42-26, Utah seemed primed to run away with the game and series. Strong play from McGrady and several key 3s from Shane Battier erased that thought from the Jazz players’ minds. So, despite building a lead of 10 by halftime, the feeling was mutual: The game was still in doubt. Like great Game 7s tend to do, the outcome wasn’t decided until the final few minutes. And in those final few minutes, it came down to Carlos versus Yao, a modern day David versus Goliath. Carlos won. Boozer outhustled and outplayed the 7-foot-6 behemoth, chasing down two key offensive rebounds that helped Utah control possession and valuable clock. Combined with the guard play of Deron Williams — 20 points, 14 assists — Utah hasn’t looked this imposing since the Mailman delivered John Stockton gifts for a living. In defeat, T-Mac shed the “I’m a great basketball player” skin and returned to earth defeated. He cried. The Rockets guard is now 0-for-6 in playoff series during his 10-year career. So for those who caught the block party but missed Cinco de Mayo’s day of sports, it may have been worth it. But what you won’t get from a great day sitting around watching sports that you may have gotten from a great day at Mifflin is a hangover. Kevin is a junior double majoring in journalism and economics. He got the best of both worlds, going to Mifflin and watching Cinco de Mayo’s day of sports. He can be reached at khagstrom@badgerherald.comlast_img read more

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Opponent preview: What to know about Colgate

first_imgAfter a historically poor 34-point showing against Virginia, Syracuse (0-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) starts its nonconference schedule against Colgate on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The last time SU started a season with a loss, it etched out a four-point win over Rhode Island in 2003. In Orange head coach Jim Boeheim’s 44 years at the helm, he’s never started 0-2. Colgate (1-1), meanwhile, enters off its first loss of the season to Clemson.Here’s what to know about the Raiders ahead of the matchup.Gambling Odds: As of Wednesday night, Syracuse is a 10.5-point favorite, with a total of 137, according to Pinnacle.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 126-45Last time they played: The Orange defeated the Raiders, 77-56, on Nov. 21, 2018, as Tyus Battle scored 24. Oshae Brissett and Elijah Hughes posted 17 each and Bourama Sidibe reached double-digit points for the only time in the 2018-19 campaign. SU went into halftime only up three, but a 42-point second half effort, keyed by a 22-3 run, was enough for Syracuse’s 53rd straight-victory against Colgate. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJordan Burns and Will Rayman led the way for the visitors, adding 13 each with six 3s combined. Starter and eventual Patriot League player of the year Rapolas Ivanauskas totaled five points and five rebounds on 2-of-9 shooting. More than half of the Raiders points (36) came via the 3-ball, but they missed 12 of their last 13. The Colgate report: The Raiders cruised through the back-half of their Patriot League schedule in 2018-19, winning eight-straight and then three more for the conference title. In the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, Colgate lost 77-70 to Tennessee. The 15th-seeded Raiders trailed by as few as three with two minutes left but the Volunteers pulled away. Then a sophomore, Burns scored 32 points following eight 3-pointers. In their first game this season, they hosted and beat the New Jersey Institute of Technology by five. On Nov. 10, they lost at Clemson, 81-68. Colgate hasn’t beaten an ACC team since toppling Syracuse on Feb. 24, 1962. Colgate only graduated one senior, center Dana Batt. The Raiders have a seven-to-nine player rotation that relies on mostly Ivanauskas and Rayman. In two games, they’ve averaged 36.5 points per game combined. Burns is still a factor too, now paired with junior transfer Nelly Cummings.How Syracuse beats Colgate: For Syracuse to prevent a second-straight loss, it’ll have to first score more than freshman Cole Anthony individually did in his debut for North Carolina. The Orange won’t be facing another pack line defense, instead hosting one that allowed 75 points to non-power 5 NJIT. Colgate’s opponents are converting 30% of their 3-pointers and 48.8% of all field goals, so Syracuse should be able to create looks. The talent-disparity between the Raiders and the reigning-national champions should make it easier for Hughes, Buddy Boeheim and others to win one-on-one matchups. If the Orange can blow past the Raiders, then more shooters should get open along the perimeter. Defensively, it’ll come down to Syracuse’s guards initially stopping Burns. He does it all, averaging 12.5 points, five assists and four rebounds in two games. He sparks the offense, and like all of Colgate’s starters, he can shoot from three. In its debut, SU held UVA to 48 points with the 2-3 zone limiting shooters. But the Cavaliers turned inside, and the margin ballooned. If SU’s young guards can run Burns, Rayman and others off the arc, the Raiders may look to their frontcourt for an edge. It’ll then be on Syracuse’s forwards to prevent Ivanauskas from taking over. Stat to know: 35.8 — The Raiders team 3-point percentage. Colgate has converted almost many deep balls (14) as free throws (20) through 80 minutes. KenPom odds: Syracuse has been given a 81% chance to win. The projected final score is a 73-63 SU.Player to watch: Rapolas Ivanauskas, Forward No. 25Ivanauskas transferred to Colgate prior to his junior season and was recently named to the Lou Henson National Player of the Year Award watchlist. The Lithuanian forward has had double-digit points in 12 of his last 13 games, the only deviancy in the NCAA Tournament matchup when he sat out the second half with an injury. Comments Published on November 13, 2019 at 3:23 am Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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DONEGAL STUDENTS HAVE ONE WEEK TO APPLY FOR GRANT – McCONALOGUE

first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue is urging Donegal students who are entitled to a third level grant to apply to SUSI immediately.Students have just one week left to submit their applications for the upcoming college year.The deadline has been moved forward by a month and all applications must now be in by Thursday 01 August. Deputy McConalogue said, “Given the chaos we saw with the SUSI system last year, it is imperative that any Donegal student who meets the criteria for a grant gets their applications in immediately. This is particularly important for incoming first-year students or students in changing circumstances who are not already in the grant system.“The SUSI third level grant application system was plagued with problems, unprecedented delays, chaotic communication and appalling mismanagement last academic year. Of the 2,877 students in Donegal who applied for grants, around half of these had to wait well into the new year to receive their payments. For many, their college year was nearly over before they saw any sign of their grant. It caused enormous problems for the students affected, with many struggling to register properly for their third level course as a result, some denied access to essential college services, others experiencing problems registering for exams and some students forced to drop out of college altogether as a result of the chaos.“We can only hope that after a year, the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has finally brought this situation under control and the grant awarding system will be functional and more efficient this year. I am urging students to ensure that they submit all the necessary paperwork so they do not suffer needless delays,” the Donegal Deputy said.Grant applications can be made online at www.susi.ie. Deputy McConalogue said any student who needs help with their application can call his office on 0749373131. DONEGAL STUDENTS HAVE ONE WEEK TO APPLY FOR GRANT – McCONALOGUE was last modified: July 24th, 2013 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:deputy charlie mcconaloguegrantslast_img read more

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