Syracuse to compete in international tour this summer

first_imgThe 2015-16 Syracuse women’s basketball team will compete in an international tour through eastern Europe, SU Athletics announced in a release on Friday morning.“An international tour is a great experience for our student-athletes to travel the world and compete against high-level competition,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said in the release. “It’s also an amazing cultural experience and time of bonding between players and coaches that will be a springboard to our 2015-16 season.”The team will visit Vienna, Austria; Prague, Czech Republic; and Bratislava, Slovakia. SU hasn’t traveled abroad since 2008 when the Orange went to France and Switzerland.“We’re all really excited for the foreign tour,” junior guard Alexis Peterson said in the release. “It’s really beneficial and a great opportunity. We have a great chance to do something that a lot of teams do not have the opportunity to do. It’s going to be a great experience with a great group of girls.” Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 12, 2015 at 12:28 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TRlast_img read more

Dunking shows the love of basketball

first_imgThis weekend, a guy jumped over a mascot and dunked a basketball. No big deal. Sure, it wasn’t Taylor Swift dissing Kanye at the Grammys or a political statement by Kendrick, but man, was it entertaining.The dunk contest at the NBA All-Star Weekend can be a thing of beauty, and this year it was. It was a phenomenal display of athletic talent by two young men no older than myself. Aaron Gordon and Zach LaVine dueled Saturday night and showed the world why nothing beats the NBA’s All-Star Festivities.Who doesn’t want to watch athletes show off their superior athletic talent and do tricks in the air that leave you wondering how it was even possible. The slam dunk is not only one of the most entertaining plays in basketball, but also all of sports.It doesn’t carry the same weight as a Grand Slam or a Hail Mary, but those are special; the dunk is normal. It happens in every basketball game we watch, and yet it got the most special treatment when two spectacular athletes battled each other, topping each other again and again to earn the crown of Slam Dunk Contest champion.The SDC shows the most basic beauty and love for the game, something easily translated across languages and cultures to fans of all ages around the world.Aaron Gordon showed us his stuff when he leaped over Stuff the Magic Dragon, the Magic’s aptly named mascot, doing something seemingly even more impossible each time. He jumped high enough in one dunk to have earned a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics.On the other hand, champion Zach LaVine displayed the power and agile movements of a cat, soaring through the air with grace, speed and force only to slam the ball down at the last moment after executing a series of turns and spins that would make a gymnast do a double take.The roots of the love for the game of basketball were exposed in this contest. There was competition, finesse, grace, power and execution, but most of all there was fun. All of the dunk contest participants and other NBA players sitting courtside looked like they had the joy of young kids playing ball in the park. The show being put on was unlike any NBA game where millions of dollars and playoff berths are on the line; this was purely for the love of the dunk.Nothing is more electrifying to an arena of anxious fans than a dunk. Nothing puts an exclamation point on the game quite like a dunk can do in the final seconds and nothing quite impresses like a dunk if for no other reason than everyone is aware of how physically incapable they are of emulating it. This translates well to our own basketball team that is one of the most electrifying teams in the conference, if not the country. The rate and skill with which the Trojans dunk the basketball is an absolute joy to watch.The team has a total of 86 dunks through the first 23 games of the season, more than doubling their opponents’ total of 41. Freshman dunking phenom Chimezie Metu has 36 dunks. Junior Julian Jacobs is second to Metu with 23 on the year, already surpassing his 19 from last season.This exponential increase in dunking has led to an increase in excitement and is one of many reasons why the Trojans are such a fun team to watch.The glee and fierce competitiveness that comes from a slam dunk is so unique to the game of basketball. Within the select number of athletes who can execute it, there is then another level of athleticism required to make it memorable.During a fast break during USC’s game against ASU, Metu threw the ball off the backboard to himself and finished it with a slam. The creativity or perhaps desperation of this move is something that can stand on his personal highlight reel for years to come.In the same way, LaVine and Gordon have made a name for themselves from the unbelievable performances they gave Saturday night.The dunk is exhilarating, majestic and captivating all in the span of a few moments and that is why the dunk is so special. So for all those who have the capability to dunk, please let this be your go-ahead. We all love it. Thank you for letting us vicariously soar through the clouds for a few moments every time you reach up for that hoop and throw the ball down.Hailey Tucker is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Tucker Talks,” runs every other Wednesday.last_img read more

Israel defeats Bosnia 3-0 in UEFA qualifying match

first_img(Source: Jewishnews) In front of a crowd of some 30,000 fans, Israel defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0 Sunday night in the UEFA 2016 European Championship qualifying group B soccer match.A lively start to the match saw both sides fashion out chances. Miralem Pianic was the first player to have an attempt on goal, though his free-kick was comfortably dealt with by Ofir Marciano in the Israeli goal.Israel’s star of the first two games was Tal Ben Haim II and midway through the half, he began to test the Bosnians with several incisive runs down the left-flank. His first effort resulted in a shot which Asmir Begovic in the visitors goal, pawed out from just inside his near post, before another jinxing run ended with a more wayward effort clearing the bar. He went even closer, striking the outside of the post with Begovic in no man’s land after Omer Damari had rounded him and played the ball back to the midfielder.Bosnia should though have opened the scoring on the half hour mark when Senad Lulic somehow failed to convert an inviting deep cross, and the Bosnians then began to enjoy their best spell of the match, Zoran Kyrzic forcing Marciano into two fine stops. Eran Zahavi replied at the other end with a fiercely-driven 20-yard effort which Begovic did well to parry out.Israel didn’t though have to wait long to take the lead and their opening goal arrived in the 36th minute. Zahavi touched the ball to Gil Vermouth on the edge of the box, and the Hapoel Tel Aviv midfielder was allowed to turn on the edge of the box before firing in a shot, which aided by a slight deflection off Emir Spahic, fizzed its way past Begovic.The Bosnians made a double-substitution at the break, but things took a further turn for the worse for them within two minutes of the restart. Damari was sent scampering clear, only for Toni Sunjic to bundle the striker over on the edge of the box. And while the resulting free-kick came to nothing, the Israelis were nevertheless in total control of the game.With the man advantage, flowing with confidence, and Bosnia needing to find a way back into the game, Israel held back and looked to counter, one such move resulting in four men pouring forward against two defenders, though Vermouth’s strike was superbly tipped over the bar.Another such attack saw Bibras Natcho play in the marauding full-back Eyal Meshhumar, but Begovic raced quickly off his line to smother his effort. However, they weren’t going to keep on missing chances and when Zahavi was put clean through in the 70th minute, he made no mistake as he effortlessly slotted the ball past Begovic to claim his third goal for his country.last_img read more

TEF to Host Largest Gathering of African Entrepreneurship

first_imgFlashback: Fellows of the 3rd edition of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme.The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), Africa’s foremost champion of entrepreneurship, will host its 5th Annual Forum — the largest annual gathering of African entrepreneurs – on July 26 – 27, 2019. The two-day event will take place at the iconic Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.The Forum is the culmination of the annual Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme, which this year mentored, trained and seeded over 3,000 young Africans, selected from over [216,000] applicants.The event provides a unique opportunity for young women and men, from all 54 African countries, to meet, learn and network with the broader African and global entrepreneurship ecosystem.It is also a critical opportunity for political leaders and policymakers to meet, face to face, a new generation of African business leaders, who are transforming Africa’s economic trajectory.Keynote speakers at the highly anticipated Forum include Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, and Macky Sall, President of Senegal, who will join Tony O. Elumelu, CON, TEF Founder and Chairman of Heirs Holdings and the United Bank for Africa (UBA) in an intimate open house discussion.The Presidential Convening is a highlight of the Forum,  allowing the African entrepreneurs in attendance to closely engage with political leaders, to give first-hand testimony of the important role government can play in catalyzing growth and encouraging business ambition.The Forum agenda includes masterclasses and panel discussions with leading speakers and sector experts, from Africa and globally, who will engage attendees in specialized training sessions to share insights, deepen their knowledge and refine their skills.The Forum will also feature a pitching event, where select entrepreneurs will deliver exciting presentations on the goods and services they provide to a distinguished judging panel. For the first time, the Forum will be hosted in Abuja, the Federal Capital of Nigeria and will bring together leading policymakers, business leaders, development agencies and the entire entrepreneurship ecosystem including alumni of the Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Programme.Last year, a significant highlight was the launch of TEFConnect, the digital networking platform for African entrepreneurs, which provides a unique digital hub for the African entrepreneurship, facilitating networking, mentorship and most importantly business beyond borders.Previous Forums have been headlined by African leaders, including President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Kenya, HE Uhuru Kenyatta, Former President of Nigeria, HE Olusegun Obasanjo, Former Prime Minister of Benin and TEF Advisory Board Member, Lionel Zinsou, Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.The Tony Elumelu Foundation’s determination to bring change in scale, across Africa and its relentless focus on entrepreneurship is rooted in the inclusive philosophy of Africapitalism, created by its Founder, which recognizes economically empowering Africa’s youth — the continent’s future wealth creators — and thereby creating sustainable economic and social wealth, as one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century.In 2015, the Foundation committed US$100 million to empower 10,000 entrepreneurs from across the continent, over 10 years. Now in the 5th year, the Foundation has funded, mentored and provided business management training to over 7,500 start-ups and small businesses, from all 54 countries in Africa.“The TEF Entrepreneurship Forum will not just convene the most important stakeholders in the African entrepreneurship ecosystem, it provides an opportunity for everyone to make a commitment to advance entrepreneurship and scale the impact of our entrepreneurs if we are to accelerate the development of the continent,” TEF CEO, Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu said.She added: “We are constantly inspired by the stories we receive from our entrepreneurs who are creating jobs, employing people and impacting their local communities and ultimately, the continent. We believe that these entrepreneurs are our future. Invest in them now and reap the Africa of our dreams tomorrow. This is what we are committed to.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ex-England and Ipswich Town defender Kevin Beattie dies aged 64

first_img MONEY 1 Kevin Beattie holds the trophy stand as Ipswich celebrate winning the FA Cup. smart causal ADVICE impact highlights Latest Football News RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack silverware center_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures possible standings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Former England and Ipswich Town defender Kevin Beattie has died of a suspected heart attack aged 64.The ex-Tractor Boy, regarded as one of their finest players, played for the club during their most successful spell in 1970s and 80s. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Beattie was voted the PFA’s very first Young Player of the Year in 1974 and the centre-back went on to win the FA Cup in 1978 and the UEFA Cup in 1981, although he only received a medal in 2008 because he missed the final through injury.His career also saw him earn nine England caps, scoring one goal, which came against Scotland, while Bobby Robson, his manager at Ipswich, believed he was the best English player he had seen.After his playing days ended, Beattie broadcast for the BBC and appeared in his regular slot on ‘Life’s a Pitch’ the day before he passed away. We are devastated to hear the news of the passing of Town legend Kevin Beattie at the age of 64.The thoughts of everybody at #itfc are with Kevin’s family & friends at this very difficult time.The Beat. Thank you. 💙 pic.twitter.com/CWs2cm3KyC— Ipswich Town FC (@Official_ITFC) September 16, 2018last_img read more

Rock n roll legend Chuck Berry dies at 90

first_imgNEW YORK — Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll’s founding guitar hero and storyteller who defined the music’s joy and rebellion in such classics as “Johnny B. Goode,” ”Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” died Saturday at his home in an unincorporated area west of St. Louis. He was 90.Emergency responders summoned to Berry’s residence by his caretaker about 12:40 p.m. found him unresponsive, police in Missouri’s St. Charles County said in a statement. Attempts to revive Berry failed, and he was pronounced shortly before 1:30 p.m., police said.A police spokeswoman, Val Joyner, told The Associated Press she had no additional details about the death of Berry, calling him “really a legend.”Berry’s core repertoire was some three dozen songs, his influence incalculable, from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to virtually any group from garage band to arena act that called itself rock ‘n roll. While Elvis Presley gave rock its libidinous, hip-shaking image, Berry was the auteur, setting the template for a new sound and way of life. Well before the rise of Bob Dylan, Berry wedded social commentary to the beat and rush of popular music.“He was singing good lyrics, and intelligent lyrics, in the ’50s when people were singing, “Oh, baby, I love you so,’” John Lennon once observed.last_img read more