3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 90-71 exhibition win over Daemen

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse beat Division-II program Daemen 90-71 in its exhibition opener. Elijah Hughes led SU in scoring with 24 points on just 10 field goal attempts. The Orange shot 60% from the field in the game.Here are some takeaways from SU’s first exhibition.Shooting stars, from afarAs the first half wound under five minutes, Hughes slowly inched toward the 3-point line with the ball in his hands. The Orange hadn’t scored in almost three minutes — this game’s version of a slump. Seemingly without effort, Hughes ended it with a stroke far beyond the line. All game, when the Orange needed to score, they reawakened their offense with timely makes from beyond the arc.Forty-five of Syracuse’s 90 points came from beyond the three-point line. Syracuse hit just over eight 3’s per game last year. In Saturday’s exhibition, SU matched that total in the first half. Hughes was the most impressive of the Orange’s shooters, finishing 5-for-7 from 3-point range. One of his makes from the corner came off a step-back dribble to free himself beyond the line and make the shot while he was fouled. Though he didn’t convert on the free throw, the move looked like one that the redshirt junior could rely on. And the contact seemingly didn’t bother the shot much.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCenterfold When the stadium announcer read ‘Bourama Sidibe’ off of Syracuse’s starting lineup before tip, it reaffirmed what was already known: Sidibe, the six-foot-10 junior, is SU’s starting center. With Daemen’s tallest player, redshirt junior Andrew Sischo, listed at six-foot-nine, Sidibe didn’t have to out-muscle, out-rebound or out-play an Atlantic Coast Conference big. He tallied seven defensive rebounds and a field goal, but also clanked an open layup. Freshman Jesse Edwards impacted shots as a rim protector but was caught too high in the paint repeatedly, allowing a few backdoor passes. John Bol Ajak also rotated in at center through garbage time. Boeheim eyeing Marek Dolezaj as a forward this season leaves Sidibe with the lion’s share of minutes at the five. After one night, Sidibe recorded 21 minutes with freshman Edwards (11) and Ajak (eight) also contributing. No, Syracuse didn’t play man-to-manThrough the 40-minute exhibition, Syracuse limited Daemen to a 42.9% shooting percentage. And it didn’t play man-to-man defense for one second. Jim Boeheim is entering his 44th season hearing a familiar question — Will Syracuse plan man-to-man defense this season? — and Saturday night didn’t provide much of an answer. Five nights before the season-opener, the Orange showcased the defensive strategy they’re known for. In the starting lineup, Buddy Boeheim and Jalen Carey platooned the perimeter, Hughes and Quincy Guerrier manned the wing and Sidibe anchored the paint. To start, the Wildcats scored seven points in three-and-a-half minutes, then didn’t score for the ensuing three. Even when the zone creaked — SU allowed six first-half 3s — a timely steal or tipped pass preserved the blowout. Already leading by 20 in the second half, white jerseys pressed higher, trapping guards at mid-court. When a few backups checked in after a pair of Orange free throws, Boeheim twirled his finger and called for more. Best of the rest Hughes, on several occasions, brought the ball up the floor for the Orange. He had five assists and showed good vision and added an element of midrange to his offensive game, making him a threat at all three levels of the floor. Published on October 26, 2019 at 9:07 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez Comments Robert Braswell paced Syracuse with three triples, dotting the perimeter on set plays and fast breaks. The sophomore forward finished with 17 points punctuated by an alley-oop dunk off a pass from Joe Girard III. last_img read more

Daniel Graetzer: Mediatech – “Spain is now too big to ignore”

first_img Share StumbleUpon Daniel Graetzer,As further tier-1 operators emphasise regulated market growth, can the Spanish market deliver solid business conditions and long-term value for industry stakeholders?SBC speaks to Daniel Graetzer, executive director at Mediatech Solutions (R Franco Group) an industry technology supplier founded in Spain, on how the Spanish market is developing and becoming an attractive proposition to new players.____________________________SBC: Hi Daniel, great to catch up ahead of BOF 2017, Spain has had a rocky transition in its industry regulations can you detail to SBC readers how Spain has developed as a gambling market? Daniel Graetzer: Hi SBC, great to catch up…The Spanish online gambling experienced a record-breaking year in 2016 in terms of revenues and turnover last year. Sportsbook revenue rose 32% on the previous year to €238.2m, while casino revenues enjoyed an even greater boost of 73% on 2015 figures following the addition of online slots to the permitted product verticals.The Spanish regulator, the DGOJ, has worked very hard to create an appealing jurisdiction and the result is many in Europe are now taking notice of the Spanish market for the first time, with annual turnover of more than €10bn and revenues of more than €400m. The figures represent strong progress for a market that only regulated in 2012.SBC: Is the Spanish market a genuine prospect for industry stakeholders, or does the reality of business and its regulations point towards a limited oligopoly of players having success in the market? DG: The Spanish market is now simply too big to ignore, if recent financial figures are anything to go by. That’s not to say success in Spain is easy, far from it, as the market is becoming increasingly more competitive and there is still a sizeable number of players who still bet offshore.However, Spain has yet to reach the maturity that we have seen in the UK and Scandinavia, and there are definitely opportunities for operators who can bring innovation and agility to the market.The recent appointment of Juan Espinosa Garcia, who has worked at the DGOJ since 2013, as the new director general of the regulator is another encouraging sign in this process, and I expect the jurisdiction to continue to perform strongly under his stewardship.SBC: As an industry platform provider, how has R Franco set up its resources and capabilities to function within the unique Spanish gambling market?  DG: For us, it’s important to have a flexible platform that can adapt to and comply with the demands of the local market, whether that be player preferences or regulatory requirements. It is simply not enough to roll out one-size-fits-all solutions in a market as vibrant as Spain.Since Mediatech Solutions was acquired by R Franco, the combined group can now boast a great deal of land-based heritage as well as cutting-edge digital expertise, which is a potent combination in this multi-channel age. We are continuing to develop a host of new products that utilise this expertise, and many will be industry firsts in Spain.SBC: As a Spanish industry stakeholder, what unique market consumer trends and habits do you see within the Spain’s gambling market. What unique features should new market entrants be aware of?  DG: I believe operators who integrate a flexible platform, run by those with local expertise that will allow them to market effectively, adapt the user experience and prioritise the product offering based on demand and regulation, will flourish in the market. We saw this in action when online slots were licensed for the first time in 2015.Ultimately, it will be those who understand the intricacies of the region who build market share, with those who attempt to roll out ‘one-size-fits-all’ products unlikely to gain much traction.SBC: How do you see the Spanish market evolving in the coming years. What core challenges and debate need to drive the Spanish industry agenda to ensure growth and stability?DG: I think the future is bright for the market, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of Europe’s major operators make moves in Spain in the coming months and years.With a solid and evolving regulatory framework in place, the challenge facing Spanish gaming now is to push forward innovation across areas such as server-based retail gaming, where we are now able to create a full omni-channel experience, and expand into new verticals such as virtual sports.SBC: You will be speaking at BOF 2017 on the Spanish betting market, what do you want delegates to take away from your session?DG: Of course, I want them to enjoy the session! I suppose the key point is that the Spanish market is here to stay, and there’s huge opportunities for growth from operators who decide to enter the market, provided they are willing to be agile and innovative.___________________________Daniel Graetzer – Executive Director at Mediatech Solutions, R.Franco GroupDaniel Graetzer will be speaking at Betting on Football Conference () on Spanish and Latin America market prospects and developments. Click on the below banner for more information. Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020last_img read more

Messi tax fraud case continues after judge refuses to drop charges

first_imgA Spanish judge has rejected an appeal filed by Lionel Messi’s lawyers to drop tax fraud charges against the Barcelona star, meaning the case against Messi and his father Jorge Messi will continue.The judge rebutted the counter demand that the football player be excluded from the case against him and his father that alleges they withheld 4 million euros ($5.3 million) in unpaid taxes from 2007-09.The judge’s statement read that “in this type of crime, it is not necessary for someone to have complete knowledge of all the accounting and business operations nor the exact quantity, rather it is sufficient to be aware of the designs to commit fraud and consent to them.”Messi and his father have five days to appeal the ruling.last_img read more

Video: Lou Holtz Pulled The Ripped Newspaper Trick On The Texas Football Team

first_imgLou Holtz on the field before a game.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 10: ESPN reporter Lou Holtz looks on during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game between the Oregon Ducks and the Auburn Tigers at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Texas head coach Charlie Strong served as an defensive assistant for Lou Holtz – both at Notre Dame and later at South Carolina. This week, Holtz stopped by Austin, Texas, to help out Strong and his staff ahead of the 2015 season. Holtz gave an inspiring speech to the team, and focused on what it takes to win a national championship. He also showed that he’s rather gifted when it comes to magic.Around the 3:30 mark in the below video, Holtz pulls the famed ripped newspaper magic trick on the squad. He actually does a really solid job, and the players are clearly impressed.Holtz certainly has his detractors, but it’s pretty cool that he’s willing to help out former staff members. If you’re looking to wow a crowd and learn the trick yourself, here’s a decent walkthrough.last_img read more

Macklemore Fronts Prescription Drug Abuse Campaign

first_imgThe Jed Foundation and mtvU, with strategic support from the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, have debuted the next phase of “The Other Side,” a 12-spot video campaign featuring Grammy-winning artist Macklemore to help college students navigate the issue of prescription drug abuse on college campuses.In the series, which is part of The Jed Foundation and mtvU’s Half of Us initiative, Macklemore reveals intimate details of his struggles with substance abuse and how he overcame it.“The Jed Foundation is proud to be working with Macklemore to help further the dialogue around this important topic. Programs like our Half of Us initiative with mtvU help support and educate students surrounding the realities of prescription drug abuse,” said John MacPhee, Executive Director of The Jed Foundation.In an exclusive mtvU interview, Macklemore states, “I knew that my highest potential was when I was sober. It was other things that were pulling me down.”“The Other Side” video series also features students nationwide candidly discussing their experiences with prescription drug misuse and abuse. The effort leverages the power of real stories to illuminate the unintended consequences of prescription drug abuse and help college students who are overwhelmed and stressed realize there are better ways to deal with the pressure.The Jed Foundation and the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), provided support and direction in the development of the video series. In addition to the videos, “Half of Us” features a comprehensive, custom resource center offering students additional information on prescription drug abuse, helpful tips, and positive ways to cope with the academic and emotional pressures of college life. MTV is also spreading the message via its social media platforms, using a series of flat images and GIFs that shed light on the realities of prescription drugs, while providing positive alternatives and a connection to resources. All of the visual content will originate on the “Half of Us” tumblr page.Get involved by sharing your message using the hashtag #TheOtherSide.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

No north-south divide in content anymore: ”Badla” actor Tony Luke

first_imgMumbai: Malayalam actor Tony Luke says the fact that his performance in his Hindi debut “Badla” was well-received reflects there is no divide between talent from north and south. Tony made his acting debut in 2016 with the Malayalam movie “Oozham” and has since featured in three more films in south film industry. “Today an actor has a future in the film industry because content rules. The North and South have come together. Now it’s about Indian content versus the global, not North and South,” Tony told PTI. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “There are people like Karan Johar and Rajamouli coming together, to make truly Indian cinema and the times are only going to change for the better,” he added. Tony said when the project came his way, he was initially reluctant to audition as he felt there was “no chance” he would make it. “I thought my Hindi is bad, because I’m from the South so I didn’t even believe I could be a part of it, until Sujoy met me and said ‘you’re the boy.’ Sujoy decided to place me as an actor and I’m grateful for that. There’s no heavy pressure on me to be a star,” he said. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary The actor said he feels “blessed” that he bagged the thriller, where his biggest takeaway was learning from megastar Amitabh Bachchan. “If someone told me last year that I would be a part of a big film such as this, I would’ve laughed it off. To be on the set and watch Mr Bachchan perform is surreal. As an actor, you take away so much just by observing him and imbibing his energy.” Going forward, Tony said, if everything falls in place, he will be soon seen in an international web series.last_img read more

BJP using money power to win elections, says Mamata

first_imgAlipurduar/Jalpaiguri: Coming down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for criticising the Trinamool Congress-led Bengal government over its ‘involvement’ in the tainted Saradha and Narada scams, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee called Modi the “pied piper of thieves and corrupt people.””Just as the whole city had run after the pied piper, the thieves and corrupt people run after the fake chowkidar who gives them shelter and protection,” she said, adding: “the fake chowkidar addressed the rally today after sharing the dais with a person involved in the chit fund scam.” Banerjee was addressing a rally at Alipurduar on Sunday. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsWhile addressing another election meeting at Jalpaiguri late on Sunday afternoon, she said: “BJP does not play any constructive role and its sole business is to incite the people of the Hills against those living in the plains.” Banerjee said BJP has no chance of coming back to power in Delhi. “It will lose the elections in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Odisha and Bengal. It will do badly in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh as well. Come May 23 and you will see how people will reject the party that survives on riot, loot and murder,” the Trinamool supremo said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayBanerjee alleged that the saffron party was spending “cash” to win the elections. “They are giving Rs 1,000 to people to attend their meeting and Rs 5,000 to cast vote in their favour. They have looted people’s money in the name of note ban and are now spending the money to win the elections. They have set up a five-star party office in Delhi by looting people,” she maintained, adding: “They think by changing some senior police officers they will get more votes. But in reality, the more they change police officers, the lesser their votes will be.” Criticising Modi for not opening closed tea gardens, she said: “The chaiwala had promised to open the closed tea gardens before the 2016 Assembly polls. Now there is no chai, milk or sugar and he has transformed into a fake chowkidar.” In Jalpaiguri, Banerjee gave a list of achievements of the Bengal government. “Kanyashree has helped 60 lakh girls, while one crore students have been benefitted by Sabuj Sathi. The state government has spent Rs 700 crore to pay crop insurance of the farmers. But BJP is jealous of Bengal and is not giving clearance to change the name of the state, which was passed in the state Assembly unanimously.” “When there was trouble in Darjeeling or Jangalmahal, Modi did not come to see the situation and now he has come to incite the people there,” she added. The Trinamool supremo reiterated that if voted to power, BJP will change the Indian Constitution. “In the name of NRC, BJP is harassing people. The names of 22 lakh Hindus and 20 lakh Muslims had been dropped from the NRC in Assam,” she said, adding that the Bengal government will never introduce NRC. She urged people to ensure BJP’s defeat in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, saying: “The quicker BJP is ousted, the better it will be for the nation.” She called on the young voters in both the constituencies to vote for Trinamool Congress candidates.last_img read more

Commentary Even without game could be deciding weekend for Ohio State football

Oregon senior wide receiver Josh Huff (1) dives for the end zone during a game against Washington Oct. 12 at Husky Stadium. Oregon won, 45-24.Credit: Courtesy of MCTAs we head into the 11th week of the college football season, the No. 4-ranked Ohio State football team is facing what is perhaps the most important weekend of its season — despite the fact that the Buckeyes aren’t even playing.Next weekend, OSU will aim to get healthy and stay refreshed for the home stretch of the season with just three regular season games remaining.But although making sure players like sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker and junior linebacker Curtis Grant are fully healthy is vital to the Buckeyes’ success for the rest of the year, that isn’t what makes this weekend so important.In week 11, there are two top-10 matchups, and another game that might be arguably more intriguing.Thursday No. 6 Baylor (7-0, 4-0) is set to host No. 10 Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1) at 7:30 p.m. Later that night, No. 3 Oregon (8-0, 5-0) is set to travel to Stanford, Calif., to take on the No. 5 Cardinal (7-1, 5-1).Saturday, No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0) is set to take on No. 13 LSU (7-2, 3-2) at 8 p.m.If the Buckeyes want to have any shot at playing in the BCS National Championship Game, they have to hope one or more of the undefeated teams fall this weekend.At the moment, OSU is waiting to see if two of the top three teams will fall by the end of the year in hopes of making a push for the title.Each of these three marquee matchups will prove a test for the higher ranked teams involved.Baylor, historically, struggles mightily against the Sooners, only having one win to their name in 22 tries. The one win did come the last time that Oklahoma visited Waco, Texas, in 2011, but that was when the Bears had eventual Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III to lead the way.The Crimson Tide, who have already beaten two ranked teams this year, have also struggled in recent years against their opponent this weekend. Since 2003, Alabama is 4-7 against LSU, including going 1-4 in Bryant-Denny Stadium, where this year’s game will be played.Although the Tide have won the previous two matchups with the Tigers, including a 21-0 victory in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, it remains to be seen if they can rise above their struggles against LSU.Then there’s Oregon.In 2012, the then-No. 2 Ducks were 10-0 in early November and looked to be on their way to a shot at the national championship. However, Stanford had different plans, with the then-No. 13 Cardinal beating the Ducks, 17-14, in overtime and dashing any title hopes Oregon had.It is always said November is the most important month in college football, with many teams facing the meat of their conference schedule. Last season alone, three of the teams that were ranked in the top five in the BCS standings entering week 11 lost, including both Alabama and Oregon.This weekend is vital to the Buckeyes national title aspirations. OSU has been doing its part by winning all of its games so far, but unless something can happen in the next couple of weekends, the Buckeyes will be on the outside looking in for the national championship.So if a few top teams fall this weekend, the Buckeyes could come out big winners ­— even on a weekend in which they don’t play. read more

Tracking the rise of advanced statistics in sports

Photo illustration by Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorThis is part one of a three-part series examining the rise and impact of advanced statistics on sports nationally and at Ohio State.Sports are similar to the separation of the right and left sides of the human brain. The right side of the brain specializes in a human’s ability to be creative and show feelings and emotions. This is shown in sports as devotion to a particular team and even a crazy fan experience at a sporting event. The left side of the brain, however, specializes in mathematics and analysis. For the past decade, these left-brained people have turned the sports world into a statistics-based, logical source of entertainment.The science of statistics is used in any sort of profession.“I would argue that statistics is really the science of how you collect, analyze and think about data,” said William Notz, vice chair for administration and undergraduate studies in the Ohio State Department of Statistics. “The differences typically occur in terms of the nature of the data, the nature of how you collect the data and maybe specific techniques you can use.”This statistics revolution reached the sports world in many different ways, including in large part the explosion of fantasy sports. It started in 1961, when the company Strat-O-Matic came out with statistic-based board games for baseball and eventually for football in 1968.“What they did was that they used data, for example with baseball, season data to create ‘players,’” Notz said. “What you do is that you would roll numerous dice, and based on the rules of the dice, that would tell you the performance of the player.”This idea expanded on to the Internet and exploded into different sports, the most popular being football, baseball and basketball. This growing phenomenon made fans more aware of what was actually happening on the field.“We are more aware of relative performance and some of the trends,” said Todd Nesbit, senior lecturer in the Department of Economics. “There are certain matchups such as a certain hitter against a certain pitcher that for whatever reason favors the particular hitter or pitcher that would be abnormal in relation to the rest of the stats.”As the statistics world has grown, several intellectuals have brought it upon themselves to make games, such as baseball, even more sophisticated to get a better grasp on what a particular player’s value is. This trend has been growing into front offices across the sports world.“(Front offices) bring these analytical minds into their organization because they feel it will bring value to their team,” said Ryan Dunsmore, editor for SB Nation’s Houston Astros website, Crawfish Boxes. “It started with baseball because of the whole revolution of Bill James and how he wanted to find a bigger and better picture of what was happening on the field.”This trend is relatively new to the sports world, and teams are still trying to find ways to balance the new wave approach for scouting players, the statistical and analytical mindset and the old-school approach for scouts around the game. However, the teams that grasp this balance have shown signs of being more successful.“In baseball, say you have a scout that says you should look at this guy and gives that information to the front office to see whether his numbers match up,” Dunsmore said. “This is where analytics has come in and said we need to see a picture that said this guy can hit and can make a difference for our team instead of just going off of the eyeball test. Those opinions still make it into the decision-making process, but you still need the numbers to be able to back it up.”One advanced statistic used in the baseball world is wins above replacement, which calculates, based on a particular player’s ability and statistics, how many wins the player generates or loses for the club.“Every play in baseball either contributes to runs scored or takes away from runs scored,” said Jim Albert, a professor of statistics in the Department of Mathematics at Bowling Green State University. “Runs can be translated or interpreted in terms of wins with roughly 10 additional runs corresponding to one win. Obviously you want to score runs, but the objective essentially is to win the game, so every play has some impact on the probability of winning.”This rise of statistics has changed the way teams, fans and even the media look at sports, but it has not changed the way fans and observers think about sports.“I think that has not changed the mindset of anyone,” Dunsmore said. “We all know what a good player looks like. It may help people appreciate some other players too.” read more

Barcelona will support Dembele says general manager

first_imgThe 21-year-old is being criticized because he has problems with punctuality and was sick during the weekendDuring the week, France national team manager Didier Deschamps was honest and said that Ousmane Dembele had problems with punctuality.The 21-year-old was also sick this weekend and did not appear in Barcelona’s match against Real Betis.But now the Blaugrana general manager Pep Segura has come out in defense of the youngster.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“There’s no problem with Dembele,” Segura was quoted by ESPN in a talk with radio Cadena Ser.“It’s a normal situation for a young player with a lot of talent who has arrived at a club as big as Barca, full of great players. He had never experienced that before and there’s an adaptation process that he has to go through.”“He’s really young and he’s never had to get up to adjust to a playing style like ours. We admit he’s finding it difficult. He also recognizes that. What we are doing is working as hard as possible so that he can adapt in the best possible way,” he added.“As of today we have no offers for Dembele and we have no plans to change the structure of the squad.”last_img read more