NBA Draft, London Olympics among major summer events

first_imgSyracuse will remain in the sports headlines throughout the summer. The men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse and softball teams all open postseason play in May with hopes of making deep runs in the NCAA tournament. The NBA Draft and Summer Olympics will feature former Orange athletes moving on to the next stop in their careers. And finally, the football team will open training camp in August in preparation of the 2012 season. Here’s a look at some notable events involving SU athletes to keep an eye on this summer: NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament May 12-28 Saturday at noon, Syracuse faces No. 3 seed Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Revenge, a postseason hot streak and the future of its season are on the line. The Orange (9-7) lost to the Blue Devils (13-4) 12-10 on April 1, but have momentum after running through a must-win Big East tournament. Had the Orange not beaten both Villanova and St. John’s, it would have likely missed the tournament for the first time since 2007. The matchup with Duke at Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C., could come down to Syracuse’s ability to contain a potent attack from the Blue Devils, which average 11.24 goals per game. The hosts are the favorites, but the Orange is playing its best lacrosse all season, coming off the Big East tournament. And SU has history on its side, winning all three of its previous meetings with Duke in the NCAA tournament. An Orange upset would lead to a quarterfinals contest with the winner of Massachusetts-Colgate for a trip to the Final Four at Gillette Stadium. NBA Draft June 28 Dion Waiters is the top pro prospect out of Syracuse this season. The former SU guard is projected as a top-20 pick in the draft, which takes place June 28 in Newark, N.J. ESPN college basketball and NBA draft analyst Fran Fraschilla has said that Waiters’ ‘combination of size, speed and power to the rim’ might make him the top guard in the draft. The NBA fates of Kris Joseph, Scoop Jardine and Fab Melo will likely be decided after Waiters is selected. Joseph is rated as an early second-round pick. Melo, who declared for the draft after missing the NCAA Tournament due to an eligibility issue, is expected to go late in the first round. And SU fans will have to stay tuned through the last picks to see if a team takes a flyer on Jardine. Summer Olympics July 27 to Aug. 12 As many as 10 current and former Syracuse athletes in four different sports could be representing up to four different nations in the Summer Olympics in London. The most famous and certain of these potential Olympians is former SU basketball star and 2003 national champion Carmelo Anthony. He and current Orange head coach Jim Boeheim are expected to defend Team USA’s gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Games. Anthony started on that team and Boeheim was an assistant coach. In women’s field hockey, former SU midfielder Shannon Taylor is a strong candidate to be selected to Lee Bodimeade’s final 16-player roster. Former SU rower Mike Gennaro and alumni Martin Etem and Justin Stangel are all competing for spots on American rowing teams this summer, while Natalie Mastracci hopes to represent Canada. Flings Owusu-Agyapong looks to represent her native Ghana in the 100-meter dash and the 4×100 meter relay, while hurdler Jarret Eaton will compete in the U.S. Olympic trials June 22. SU alumni Mike LeBlanc (100-meter dash, Canada) and Ramon Sosa (110-meter hurdles, Dominican Republic) also harbor Olympic aspirations for this summer. Syracuse football training camp August Syracuse football is a team in flux. Last season, the seemingly up-and-coming Orange looked to build on its victory in the Pinstripe Bowl. But an ugly five-game losing streak to end the season kept it from reaching the postseason in 2011. SU will need to refocus when training camp begins in early August. Even with redshirt senior Ryan Nassib returning as quarterback, the entire Orange offense underperformed in SU’s 9-0 Spring Game on April 21. This summer, Nassib will need to create a rapport with Alec Lemon and Marcus Sales to help the unit go into the season with some confidence. After losing Chandler Jones and several other starters, the SU defense has some reshuffling to do, too. The Orange faces a daunting 2012 schedule, including contests against Southern California and Missouri. If Syracuse doesn’t start strong out of camp, it could be a long season. -Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports staff AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on May 8, 2012 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

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Overtime 11-6-13

first_imgBILL NEAL :10 For all you haters out there, and you know who you are, do you really think “Kobe” is not coming back like a man possessed?  Do you actually think he’s just going about his day-to-day business as if the whole world is not watching?  OK, OK, OK let me try one more time. Deep down in your jealous…“I could have been a star”…heart…you truly believe that one of the 10 greatest players of all time (that’s right I said it!) is just sitting around on his butt allowing history to somehow magically give him his greatness??? No – You – Do – Not!  He will return, and mark my word, greater than you last saw him, and that my friend, “You can take to the bank!”:09 I could go on and on and on and on about the Pitt football team, but I won’t. I promise. But I will tell ya this. Clearly, they have the same offensive line the Steelers have, they just change the shirts.  Secondly, if you’re losing the game and time is running out, throw the ball to your two elite wide receivers.  And here’s the tricky part— throw the ball in the end zone, not in the middle of the field.  Give your stars a chance to be stars.  Double coverage or not.  You know, the same way Georgia Tech did to us! I am just saying!:08 All I can tell you is, if you’re gay or want to be gay, you better stay your sweet butt out of Russia. They have a law that says you can’t be gay and that’s that.  Hope they don’t come up with a law that says you can’t be Black. That one would be hard to hide. C’mon Russia!!!:07 Yeah, the Boston Red Sox won their third title in 10 years.  Big deal. The Pirates would have beat them…well, maybe not, but I don’t like anything from Boston but the Baked Beans.:06 By now you know that Devin Street, a little known two star receiver out of Bethlehem, Pa., is not only the all time leading receiver for the University of Pittsburgh, but he only needs 370 yards to become the leader in receiving yards, passing Antonio Bryant, Larry Fitzgerald and Latef Grim. Who knew?:05 It’s just a matter of time before you’re going to have to divide your time between the men and women’s basketball program at Pitt.  In case you’ve been under a rock the last year, you know that Susie McConnell-Serio is the new women’s coach at Pitt.  Given her historic, star studded and highly acclaimed resume, you can expect and will get Pitt’s ACC and national ranking soon. Very soon.  The fact that she has already landed three of the top 100 players in the country won’t hurt either.:04 My partner, Charles “Buddy” Allie just returned from Brazil with more gold to add to his track credentials. I’ll have details for you soon. Stay tuned.:03 The Pittsburgh Old Timers won their second game in a row. Bum Coates, Roebuck and Big Bill continue to roll on.:02 Darrell Wallace Jr. is the first Black man to win a NASCAR race since Wendell Scott did it 50 years ago. If you can find it, Richard Pryor played Scott in a movie years ago called “Greased Lightning.” Congratulations Darrell, keep up the good work,  stay in the fight,  we’re all counting on ya. You make us proud!…Ya’ll know that’s all I got. I am proud of the brother, but I wouldn’t know a NASCAR race if it ran me over.  (Say what?):01 So, you thought that the Champions Association bringing former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Michael Moore to the Willie Stargell MVP Awards Banquet was huge.  This year is going to be huger…Huh? Federal Court Judge Reggie B. Walton is coming home, Greg Lloyd is coming, state Rep. Ed Gainey, Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Mayor Elect Bill Peduto are on board. Then you get the regional and national track and field champions from the Penn Hills Eagles Track Club.And that’s not counting Connie Hawkins League Hall of Fame inductees Henry Chapman, Roy Dean, Chip Harris, Mark McCloud and Marcus Robinson.  Then you add in the top ten high school student athletes in Western Pa. and top all that off with the 2013 Willie Stargell Pittsburgh and Allegheny County MVPs (Most Valuable People) and you’ve got the makings of something historic.  The date is set so mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m. cocktail reception, 7 p.m. dinner and 8 p.m. awards presentation. All at the fabulous Wyndham University Center Hotel, in Oakland.  Call the Champions today to secure your ticket 412- 628-4856.:00 Rebecca Nuttall ours is not to be denied…I will find you, as God is my witness. I will find you!!!  (Tears… Heavy Sigh, Blank Look, Lights Out, Scene Over!!!)~ GAME  OVER ~ Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courierlast_img read more

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CEO Named at Count Basie Theatre

first_imgRED BANK – The Count Basie Theatre has announced the appointment of Adam Philipson as its new chief executive officer.Philipson will also serve as the CEO of the Count Basie Theatre Foundation, the fundraising arm of the organization.Philipson, who is relocating to Red Bank from Santa Clarita, Calif., served as the managing director for the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center in Valencia, Calif. for the past five years. There he grew the facility into a premier presenting arts venue while developing exemplary educational and community outreach programs.In addition, Philipson also served as president of California Presenters and as chairman of the Performing Arts Center K-12 Outreach Advisory Committee.Philipson will start at the Basie on Nov. 5, at which time Justine Robertson, currently interim CEO, will continue to be part of the management team and assume the role of chief operating officer.“I am delighted to be a part of the Count Basie Theatre and have the opportunity to build on the strong foundation that has been established,” Philipson said. “I look forward to working closely with the boards, the Basie team and the community to take this historic venue to the next level.”Prior to his work in Santa Clarita, Philipson helped launch the $45 million Broad Stage in Santa Monica where he was the assistant director. He brings to the Count Basie Theatre extensive experience in programming, fundraising, community outreach and educational programming for the arts.Named for the late Red Bank native jazz legend William “Count” Basie, the Count Basie Theatre operates with an annual budget of $7.5 million, offering 180 performances each year to more than 187,000 attendees. The theater has a $13 million annual economic impact on the Borough of Red Bank.In addition to providing a broad spectrum of entertainment, and having more than 1,700 members, the theater serves 1,000 students in The Performing Arts Academy and recently won national recognition when it was named a partner in The Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education Program, based in Washington, D.C.“We are honored that a manager of Mr. Philipson’s caliber has selected our theater as his next professional venture,” said Raymond Moser, chairman of the Count Basie Theatre Board of Trustees.“Adam is the ideal person to maintain and further develop the world class venue that the people in the community and region have come to expect and deserve,” added Tom Widener, chairman of the Count Basie Theatre Foundation.DHR International conducted a nationwide search for the Count Basie Theatre, led by James Abruzzo. “We were searching for a proven leader who has a demonstrated ability to visualize and execute the emersion of performing arts into a community,” Abruzzo said. ”Adam has that ability, as well as the persona to bring others on board and  excite them about what’s going on at the Count Basie Theatre.”Philipson, originally from New York City, has an extensive 16-year-long professional acting background which included roles in several off-Broadway performances, two national tour theatrical productions and one Broadway role with more than 400 performances as Eugene Morris Jerome in Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound. In addition, he also has more than 100 national and local television and radio commercials and appearances in more than 25 episodic television programs and feature films.Philipson is in the process of relocating his family to the area. His wife, Alma, a certified public accountant, is from Puebla, Mexico, and their children (as well as Adam) are bilingual.“We look forward to living in this community, learning more about its needs, and getting to know all the individuals, organizations, and others who rely upon the Count Basie Theatre to bring performing arts into their lives,” Alma Philipson said.last_img read more

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Weir lone Kootenay players in hunt at Women’s Amateur; Baker, Crispin compete at Senior tourney in Victoria

first_imgChristina Proteau of Port Alberni is third at 1-under-par.The BC Women’s Championship is a 72-hole gross stroke play competition with a cut after 36 holes to top 40 and ties (based on a field of 60).The tournament concludes Friday at Christina Lake.Meanwhile, Kootenay golfers Cherie Baker of Creston and Roma Crispin of Balfour finished well down the pack at the B.C. Senior Women’s Tournament last month at Highland Pacific Golf Club in Victoria.Baker finished tied for 29th spot with a final score of 269.Crispin was two shots behind Baker in at 271 tied for 36th spot.Jackie Little of Port Alberni won the tournament with a three round total 232. Kate Weir, now golfing out of Swan-e-set Bay Resort but formerly from Trail, currently sits tied for 19th after one round of the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championships Tuesday at the Christina Lake Golf Club.Weir, firing a round of 84, is 17 shots off the torrid pace set by A Ram Choi of Surrey.Choi carded an opening round 67 to hold a two-stroke advantage over Kyla Inaba of Kelowna.last_img read more

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FAVORED DRESSED IN HERMES TAKES CHARGE LATE AND WINS $75,000 PASADENA STAKES BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH UNDER SMITH; ARMSTRONG’S SAN LUIS REY DOWNS SHIPPER GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:37.71

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2016)–A close third heading into the far turn, favored Dressed in Hermes rallied three-wide turning for home and overhauled pacesetter It’s The Ice a sixteenth of a mile from home en route to a three quarter length win under Mike Smith in Sunday’s $75,000 Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by San Luis Rey Downs-based Janet Armstrong, Dressed in Hermes got a mile over a turf course labeled “good” in 1:37.71.“We vanned up early yesterday and schooled him in the paddock yesterday afternoon,” said Armstrong. “We weren’t concerned about the soft turf because he ran a good fifth in the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Turf, one mile) at Keeneland last fall against some of the best horses in the world.”A 3-year-old gelding by the Sunday Silence stallion, Hat Trick, Dressed in Hermes was bred in Kentucky by his owner, Budget Stable. Off at 2-5 in a field of six 3-year-olds, Dressed in Hermes, who was a non-threatening fourth on dirt in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes Feb. 6, paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10. He now has three wins, all on turf, from seven starts and with the winner’s share of $47,700, his earnings are now $219,300.“He really is a nice horse to ride,” said Smith. “He has a little bit of pull, but the kind that you like. He gives you confidence the whole time. He’s a big horse so I was able to make my way out from the rail and down the backstretch, I let him stretch his legs out a little and it worked out great.“He gets a little discombobulated when he switches leads…I think if someone came up to him though, he would have fought back. I had plenty of horse left.”Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, English-bred It’s The Ice was off at 3-1 and paid $2.80 and $2.10.Sorryaboutnothing sat second until deep stretch and ran gamely for third money under Mario Gutierrez, finishing a neck in front of an on-coming Arcature. Off at 24-1, Sorryaboutnothing paid $4.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.40, 48.14, 1:12.78 and 1:25.25.last_img read more

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CHAMPION MARE BEHOLDER TOWERS OVER RIVALS IN SUNDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 ADORATION STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 5, 2016)–A three time Eclipse Award winner, the great Beholder, idle since winning Santa Anita’s Grade I Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 26, towers over five rivals as she makes her 6-year-old debut in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.Following the Zenyatta, Beholder was shipped to Kentucky to face Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and other top males in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, but the highly anticipated showdown never materialized, as Beholder spiked a fever and was forced to the sidelines.Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm and trained by Richard Mandella, Beholder is an amazing 11 for 12 at Santa Anita and she has a long series of steady drills for her return to action on Sunday.“She’s had her serious works,” said Mandella following a three furlong blowout on Wednesday morning in 37.60. “We’re excited to have her back.”A winner of her last six starts, dating back to the 2014 Zenyatta, the Kentucky-bred mare by Henny Hughes will be ridden for the sixth consecutive time by Gary Stevens, who has won nine out of the 10 times he’s been aboard the legendary mare. With an overall mark of 20-15-3-0, Beholder has earnings of $4,436,600.Trainer Phil D’Amato’s California-bred Sheer Pleasure could be the second choice in the race as she comes off a solid half length win here versus state breds in the Dream of Summer Stakes on March 27. A three-time stakes winner, the 4-year-old Birdonthewire filly seeks her first graded win or placing in the Adoration.Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and RM Racing, Sheer Pleasure is 11-4-2-0 with earnings of $383,030. She’ll be ridden back by Martin Garcia.Race 5 (of 9)                                    Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PDT THE GRADE III ADORATON STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS Moyo Honey–Drayden Van Dyke–120All Star Bub–Rafael Bejarano–120She’s Reddy–Santiago Gonzalez–120Backintheacademy–Brayan Pena–120Sheer Pleasure–Martin Garcia–120Beholder–Gary Stevens–124Special first post time on Sunday, Mother’s Day at Santa Anita, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

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