Beat writers select Syracuse to beat Cornell handily before start of ACC play

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Amid one of its worst stretches in recent years and only days removed from its worst-ever Carrier Dome loss, Syracuse (7-5) will look to avoid another humiliating nonconference loss against Cornell (3-8) on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. The Big Red lost by four to Colgate, a team SU blew out by 28 points in the season opener, and have lost three of four. But Syracuse, which begins Atlantic Coast Conference play next week, has dropped five of its last eight.Our beat writers explain below how they think Tuesday’s matchup between in-state foes will unfold.Connor Grossman (7-5)Point of no returnSyracuse 81, Cornell 55If Syracuse was a car on the highway, it’s pulling off for a final rest stop. It’s the last one for the next three months. What should have been a relatively smooth drive up to this point has been anything but that, and SU is now left with one cushy opponent before conference play begins. Running the numbers on inferior opponents has proved senseless up to this point. That’s because we don’t know which Syracuse team is going to show up: The one that trounces weak teams by 30 or the one that gets bullied by the same margin. SU should win on Tuesday. But if nothing else, we’ve learned that means nothing.Matt Schneidman (8-4)Calm before the stormSyracuse 78, Cornell 58AdvertisementThis is placeholder textI’m not going to dive into stats or analytics since, well, Syracuse has showed those clearly don’t matter in determining the outcome of a game. St. John’s had no business beating the Orange, let alone by 33, but this SU team has defied logic when predicting these games. So this prediction will go as so: Syracuse will dominate Cornell because it should, not because the Big Red turns the ball over a certain number of times or because Cornell shoots a certain percentage from beyond the arc compared to from 2-point range. Cornell is 3-8 and that’s even worse than St. John’s coming in, so enjoy the New Year with a Syracuse win before it gets ugly.Paul Schwedelson (8-4)The last giftSyracuse 79, Cornell 61The Orange can’t afford to lose another game before conference play begins, but SU won’t have to worry against Cornell. Syracuse should cruise in the second half as the stress meter drops to the lowest it will be the rest of the season. Eleven of the ACC’s 15 teams have winning percentages above .800 and the Orange will be scrapping for wins over the next two months. That is, after SU blows out the Big Red, a team that doesn’t have a player averaging more than 5.3 boards per game and a team that ranks 340th in the country in height, per Kenpom.com. Comments Published on December 26, 2016 at 3:51 pmlast_img read more

2018 Jr. NBA Philippines targets 250,000 participants

first_imgThe program remains free for children aged 10 to 14-years-old who are eligible to join throughout four stages that will begin with skills clinics in schools and local communities.The Regional Selection Camps will follow with a National Training Camp to further trim down the number of participants with the best of the roster getting to experience a full NBA trip.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“For the past 10 years, Jr. NBA Philippines has established itself as a platform to improve the youth basketball experience and promote an active and healthy lifestyle among the Filipino youth,” said NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson.Since 2007, Jr. NBA clinics have been conducted in 110 cities and municipalities across the Philippines. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense LATEST STORIES The Regional Selection Camps will be held in Bacolod (Feb. 10-11), Butuan (Feb. 24-25), Baguio (March 17-18), and Metro Manila (April 21-22) with the top 37 boys and best 37 girls advancing to the National Training Camp.The selection of 16 Jr. NBA All-Stars will then culminate the program with the best eight boys and best eight girls filling the team.Once again, Alaska will be the chief partner of Jr. NBA Philippines.“We look forward to making a lasting impact on the lives of aspiring athletes on and off the court through the Jr. NBA program,” said Blen Fernando, the Marketing Director of Alaska Milk Corporation.Online registration is now open at www.jrnba.as/philippines.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kerber wins 9th in a row to clinch Sydney title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo courtesy of Jr. NBA Philippines.As the NBA continues to spread its influence on the global sporting community reaching 26 million kids in 71 countries, Jr. NBA Philippines plans to do the same.For its 2018 edition, Jr. NBA plans to target 250,000 participants and 900 coaches across the archipelago.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

Last week to vote on Columbians top stories of 2011

first_imgIn your opinion, what was the top story of 2011 in Clark County?Murder-suicides by fire: Tuan Dao kills himself and 5 children/ Washougal standoff‘Gang Green’ is biggest local drug raidAbuse cases: caged autistic kids; starved teen twinsBreaching Condit DamColumbia River Crossing design pickedLousy economy: personal poverty and unemploymentState and federal deficits mean local service cutsDavy Crockett ship clean-up on the Columbia RiverAfter a 7-month push to bring the Bears professional baseball to Vancouver, supporters struck outDowntown makeover: Burgerville demolished; new library opens; new City Hall; U.S. Army goes after 162 yearsFirst Independent Bank: another local business icon is soldOther (You decide!)Visit our online poll to vote.Maybe it was the biggest series of marijuana arrests in county history. Maybe it was a tragic fire that killed a desperate father and his children or last week’s standoff in Washougal. Or maybe it was the economic slump that continues to touch nearly everyone’s lives.It’s time to pick the top local story of 2011, and readers are invited to participate.Every year The Columbian’s news staff selects the top local news stories of the year. This year, our retrospective looking at these stories will be published Sunday, Jan. 1.Already our reporters and editors have culled nearly 30 nominees to select the 10 finalists. We’d like our readers to choose a single top story of the year by taking a survey on our website at www.columbian.com/bestof2011 or on our Facebook page, where the finalists are listed in random order. The results will be printed in the Jan. 1 newspaper and online.If you have another suggestion for a top story, please enter it in the comments box. Of course, it’s possible the biggest story of the year hasn’t happened yet. But that’s the news business.Please take the survey only one time, and do so before Monday, Dec. 19.Thank you in advance for your participation.last_img read more