Fair named NABC 2nd-team All-American

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced its All-America team on Wednesday and Fair is a member of the second team.The forward is joined by Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early, Louisville guard Russ Smith, Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick and Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins.Arizona guard Nick Johnson, Creighton forward Doug McDermott, Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier, Duke forward Jabari Parker and Michigan guard Nik Stauskas are the first-team honorees. Kentucky forward Julius Randle, Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart, WSU guard Fred VanVleet, North Carolina State forward T.J. Warren and Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin make up the third team.The United States Basketball Writers Association also named Fair a second-team All-American two weeks ago. The senior was left off The Sporting News’ All-American team during that same week.The Associated Press’ All-American team will be announced during the coming weeks.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFair averaged 16.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game this season and led Syracuse to the best start in school history.He struggled this season with his efficiency — his 42.9 field-goal percentage was a career worst and his 27.6 3-point percentage was a significant drop-off from the 46.9-percent clip he shot at last season — but he led the Atlantic Coast Conference in minutes per game and ranked seventh in usage rate during his first-team All-ACC campaign.Fair finishes his career with the Orange as part of the second-winningest class in program history despite the early exit to this year’s NCAA Tournament. Comments Published on March 26, 2014 at 1:25 pmlast_img read more

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Clippers’ Doc Rivers leaving front-office role to focus on coaching

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Doc knows how to win championships,” Ballmer said in a statement. “That is what we prioritize, and that is what Doc will focus on. He is key to integrating our new players with our returning players and taking us to new heights on the court.”Donald Sterling, the Clippers’ previous owner, hired Rivers as coach and senior vice president in 2013, after nine seasons and one NBA title with the Boston Celtics. Ballmer purchased the scandal-plagued team for a record $2 billion in 2014 and gave Rivers a five-year contract extension.Ballmer also handed Rivers a new title as president of basketball operations.Rivers is 217-111 as the Clippers coach. The team has had five consecutive 50-win seasons and won its first Pacific Division titles in 2012-13 and 2013-14, but it hasn’t advanced past the second round of the playoffs or escaped the lengthy shadow of the neighboring Lakers.The Clippers have nine new players on their roster after an offseason that included trading Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets, re-signing Blake Griffin to a five-year, $173-million contract, signing European standout Milos Teodosic and acquiring Danilo Gallinari from the Denver Nuggets. “I am committed to the Clippers’ success and am excited to focus on the coaching side as two-thirds of our roster will be new this year,” Rivers said in a statement. “This is a change I discussed with Steve since my bet last year on Lawrence Frank has worked out so well.”Rivers promoted Frank last year to executive vice president of basketball operations. Frank served as a Clippers assistant coach after head coaching jobs with the Detroit Pistons and New Jersey Nets. He also was on Rivers’ staff as an assistant coach with the Celtics in 2010-11.Frank didn’t play in college or the NBA, but was a student manager at Indiana as an undergrad. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Marquette and later at Tennessee before moving to the pro ranks as an assistant with the then-Vancouver Grizzlies in 1997.“After a year in the organization’s front office, I am excited to continue to invest in our front office and I look forward to the opportunity,” Frank said. “Steve has charged us with taking the Clippers to the next level, and together with Doc, we will do just that.”Said Ballmer: “Lawrence is someone I learn from every time I hear him talk. He gets recruiting, talent development and identification, salary cap strategy – he gets it all. I know the team will be well-positioned with him leading the front office.”Ballmer also said of Rivers, 55, and Frank, 46: “It is great to have two independent voices – and two of the league’s absolute professionals – working in partnership for our team. With these two guys at the helm, we’ll have great success.”center_img The Clippers’ summer renovation continued Friday, when the team announced Doc Rivers would leave his front-office role to focus strictly on his coaching duties and Lawrence Frank would become the head of basketball operations.Rivers and Frank will be considered peers in the Clippers’ hierarchy and report directly to Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, the team said in a news release. Rivers and Frank are said to be very close friends, personally and professionally.There was no mention of Jerry West in the Clippers’ news release. West, the 79-year-old former Lakers player, coach and executive, joined the Clippers in June in an advisory role similar to the one he held with the two-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors since 2011.Ballmer made the moves Friday after recent discussions with Rivers.last_img read more

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‘The Hitman’ is Wray & Nephew’s brand ambassador

first_imgBOXING: Contender SeriesKINGSTON:Described as ?a lean, mean, fighting machine?, Kemahl ?The Hitman? Russell, winner of the 2015 Wray & Nephew Contender Series, is the new Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Brand Ambassador.?Kemahl Russell is an exceptional athlete. He has combined top performance in his sport with resilience and spirit. These are precisely the qualities that are embodied in our Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum brand,? said Pietro Gramegna, marketing manager, White Spirits at J Wray & Nephew Limited, in explaining their choice.Russell is expected to be a role model to the contestants in the upcoming season of the Wray & Nephew Contender Series.?Kemahl is a reflection of hard work, discipline and determination to reach the highest heights of boxing. He displays a heart of gratitude to the Wray & Nephew brand which has created the number one platform for boxing. He wants to show Jamaica that the Wray & Nephew Contender Series is an opportunity given to Jamaican boxers, which if taken seriously can be the beginning of the best to come.?Most of all, he displays the ?spirit of a fighter?. This is the one thing Jamaica could never forget about ?The Hitman?,? Gramegna further stated.Since winning the Wray & Nephew Contender Series for 2015, Russell has been training at Gleason?s Gym in Brooklyn, New York, under the tutelage of world class trainer, Hector Roca.With the assistance of his management team, Russell will be strategically placed in fights and moved through the ranks towards the world title.Russell, who grew up in the tough Tower Hill neighbourhood, says he won?t stop until he fights his way to the top.?Being a brand ambassador for Wray & Nephew rum means a lot to me. I think it ties in so well with who I am, as I always am in high spirits even when the going gets toughHe remains inspired by other sporting athletes as he pursues career excellence and shared that his boxing role model is the Jamaican hero of the 1970s and 80s, Mike ?The Body Snatcher? McCallum and his favourite sportsman is the fastest man of all time, Usain Bolt.?I admire Usain Bolt,? he said respectfully, ?for making our little country so pronounced in the world through sports?My career goal was to become a world champion, but is now to be remembered as one of, if not the best boxer Jamaica has produced.?He believes the Wray & Nephew Contender Series has revived boxing and kept the sport relevant in Jamaica.?I admire the Wray & Nephew brand for attaching itself to a sport such as boxing and creating opportunity for Jamaican boxers like myself to showcase their talent and improve their record,? Russell said.When his manager was asked ?what?s next for Russell??, she said: ?Kemahl will continue the same training programme in New York. At this stage of his career we are also assessing the trainers to determine who is best to develop and polish Kemahl?s natural fighting ability. But for now he will remain at Gleason?s Gym under the training of Hector Roca. We are presently trying to determine what his next fight will be. However, it is slated to be in March.?Wray & Nephew is assisting Kemahl financially with his entire training programme, which involves living expenses, nutrition and all the training related expenses, which we are extremely grateful for.?last_img read more

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Indonesia braces for more violence

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The alleged masterminds of the Bali attacks were believed to be Azahari bin Husin and Noordin Mohamed Top, both Malaysians who fled to Indonesia after a crackdown on militants following the Sept. 11 attacks, officials said. The masterminds were not among the suspected bombers, whose remains were found at the scenes, officials said. All three bombers were believed to be wearing belts of explosives, police said. Mbai said at least three other people were believed to be involved in the operation, and suspected they were still on Bali. He did not say whether they included the two Malaysian fugitives. Mbai also said police believe the bombs were detonated by mobile phone. Authorities have enlisted the help Nasir Abbas, a former Jemaah Islamiyah operative working as an informant, to help in the investigation. Abbas arrived on Bali two hours after the blasts, but it was unclear whether he had concluded a deal with police. BALI, Indonesia – Police raised the alert level for Indonesia’s capital and the president warned of more attacks Sunday as a chilling video shot the day before showed a suspected bomber clutching a backpack and strolling past diners moments before one of three suicide bombings killed 26 people on Bali. The near-simultaneous bombings on the resort island also injured 101 people, including six Americans. The attacks apparently were planned by Southeast Asia’s two most-wanted men, who are believed to be connected to the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah, said Maj. Gen. Ansyaad Mbai, a top Indonesian anti-terror official. Fear of more attacks on tourists prompted Israel to warn its citizens Sunday not to travel to Egypt’s Sinai desert during the upcoming month of Jewish holidays, saying it has information that Arab militants planning strikes against Israelis already are located in the resort area. “Police are using him to help find which group is behind this operation, former terrorists can help give details,” Mbai told The Associated Press. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Business confidence riding high

first_img8 October 2004South African business confidence is soaring, with the highest level ever recorded in the first month of spring. That’s according to the South African Chamber of Business (Sacob), which says confidence is being boosted by strong consumer spending and low interest rates.Sacob’s business confidence index reached 130.9 points in September, up from 127.8 points in August. The chamber says the lift reflects business attitudes to the structural changes in the country’s economy.Low inflation, record low interest rates, and a stable rand have all boosted business prospects, Business Day reports.Increased consumer spending is reflected in the latest retail sales figures released by Statistics South Africa. Retail sales rocketed 11.7% in July from the same month in 2003 – the biggest year-on-year increase on record.However, Sacob says not everything has escaped the winter economic chill. Production is still held back by a weak export sector, with a deficit in the trade account of R5.5-billion in the second quarter of 2004. According to Business Day, it’s South Africa’s first deficit in 22 years.Business confidence keeps climbingBusiness confidence in the country has been buoyant for some time. In the second quarter of 2004 it rose to its highest level in 15 years, according to the Rand Merchant Bank/ Bureau for Economic Research (RMB/BER) Business Confidence Index.The index increased from 69 to 71 index points in June – its fourth successive quarterly rise – reaching its highest level since the first quarter of 1989.The BER and RMB said at the time that the increase boded well for South Africa’s economic growth for the remainder of the year. According to Statistics SA’s GDP numbers, economic growth accelerated from 1.3% during the fourth quarter of 2003 to 3.3% during the first quarter of 2004.SA businesses doubly bullishSA businesses are ready to take on the future. A recent survey finds local business owners more than twice as confident about their economic prospects as they were last year – and the fourth most optimistic in the world.The survey results “confirm that the manufacturing sector has turned the corner for the better”, RMB chief economist Rudolf Gouws said in a statement. “With activity remaining lively in the retail, wholesale, new vehicle trade, building and construction sectors, strong domestic and external demand are increasingly feeding through to production.”Confidence, Gouws said, “has now clearly recovered from the dip brought about by the 2002 interest rate hikes and the problems created for parts of the economy by the sharp rise in the rand in 2003”.The BER and RMB attributed SA’s business confidence high to political and economic stability since the previous survey.“The peaceful run-up to and smooth conduct of the national election on 14 April, and the President’s and ministers’ subsequent announcements of plans to boost economic growth through, among others, infrastructure development, job creation and support to small and medium-sized enterprises, shored up business confidence”, the BER/RMB said.“The boost to national pride following from South Africa’s winning of the right to host the World Cup Soccer tournament in 2010 may also have underpinned business confidence.”Other contributing factors were strong domestic demand, some recovery in manufacturing output, and greater stability in the rand, with further property price increases playing an additional indirect role.“On the other hand, the sharp increase in the domestic fuel price would have weighed on business confidence, and may take a further toll going forward.”SectorsBusiness confidence increased in four of the five sectors covered by the BER/RMB survey, rising marginally further in building and manufacturing, and substantially in retail and wholesale trade.New vehicle trade was the only sector in which business confidence declined in the second quarter, though it remained “well within net positive terrain”, the BER/RMB reported.Retail and wholesale tradeA large rebound in sales of food and groceries shored up the confidence levels of retailers of non-durable goods. “The relatively subdued price increase of food and groceries, and increase in social grants, are two of a number of factors that probably added to the more lively growth in food and grocery sales”, Gouws said.In contrast, sales of household furniture, appliances and electronic equipment eased substantially from its heady rates of the last quarter of 2003 and first quarter of 2004. Although sales of clothing, footwear and textiles also edged lower, it nevertheless remained relatively lively during the second quarter.Building & constructionAccording the survey, interest rate cuts in 2003 and unceasing increases in property prices continued to underpin residential and non-residential building activity, which increased at an even higher rate in the second quarter than in the first – boosting building contractor confidence to 78 from an already high level of 74.ManufacturingThe confidence levels of manufacturers also increased further, in tandem with a growth in manufacturing production made possible by higher domestic sales and some recovery in export sales.“At 58, confidence levels of the manufacturing sector remains the lowest of the sectors surveyed”, the BER/RMB noted, “but it has now been in net positive terrain for two consecutive quarters – a far cry from the negative mood that prevailed in this sector for most of last year”.Motor tradeAlthough new vehicle dealer confidence declined sharply to 66 index points in the second quarter, it nevertheless remained well within net positive territory during the second quarter.“We do not know what led to the fall in vehicle dealers’ confidence, as one would have expected confidence to remain at its previous high level given the continued, unprecedented strong growth in sales”, Gouws said.“One possible reason for the decline in confidence is that sales of some makes dropped off because of the unavailability of stocks. Another reason – according to some dealers – is that some customers are postponing their purchases of new vehicles in anticipation of lower prices following the Competition Commission’s inquiry into vehicle prices.”The BER/RMB second quarter survey was conducted between 17 May and 8 June 2004, covering 2 952 regular participating business executives in manufacturing, retail, wholesale, motor trade, building and construction.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Nagelsmann brands Bayern talk ‘comical’

first_imgBayern München Nagelsmann brushes off rumours of Bayern contact as ‘comical’ Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 21:07 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) nagelsmann-cropped Bongarts Bayern München Bundesliga Bayern München v Freiburg Hoffenheim v Augsburg Freiburg Hoffenheim Augsburg Julian Nagelsmann has long been touted as a potential long-term Bayern Munich coach, but insists that there has been no offer yet. Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann says rumours he has been in contact with Bayern Munich over a future move are “comical” and insists there has been no offer from the Bavarian club.Bayern sacked Carlo Ancelotti at the end of September and re-appointed Jupp Heynckes for the remainder of the season, leading to questions over the club’s plans for the next campaign.Hoffenheim 3/4 to beat Augsburg Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Numerous reports in recent weeks have suggested Nagelsmann has already been lined up by Bayern, with the 30-year-old seemingly opening the door to such a move last month when he said he considers the area to be his “home”.However, the highly rated coach, who has presided over another strong start to the Bundesliga season with Hoffenheim, is adamant there is no truth to such speculation.#WhatTheySaidWe’re thrilled, too, you know! pic.twitter.com/cUNN2TnsWh— TSG Hoffenheim EN (@achtzehn99_en) October 12, 2017″I think it’s comical how this is reported,” Nagelsmann told reporters at his media conference on Thursday.”There’s no inquiry, no offer and zero contact from my side. It’s bad for you that there are no facts but many fictional things to write about. “I’ve been coaching at Hoffenheim for seven years and every day I’m thrilled to be able come here and work with this team. I’m very happy to be at Hoffenheim.”last_img read more

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Gladiator Challenger Natasha Haines On Radio

first_imgVictoria’s Gladiator Challenger Natasha Haines went into the SEN (1116AM) den to talk all things Gladiators and Touch Football with Mark Doran and the crew. It made for some great radio and crerated great interest amongst listeners.To listen to the interview click on the files below. Related Files1116sen_-_natasha_part_1-mp31116sen_-_natasha_part_2-mp3last_img

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Womens Soccer Ohio State enters Big Ten play in key matchup with

Ohio State women’s soccer head coach Lori Walker-Hock paces the sidelines in the second of the game against Florida Gulf Coast University on Sept. 7. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State women’s soccer team, coming off a recent 1-0 loss to Florida Gulf Coast, heads to Pennsylvania to take on Penn State this Friday at 6 p.m.  With a loss to the Eagles at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, the Buckeyes ended a three-match win streak, dropping their overall record to 3-3-0 so far this season. Ohio State will look to get back on track as they enter Big Ten play on Friday. After wins over West Virginia and Duquesne to start the season, Penn State has lost three of its last five games. The Nittany Lions struggled in their previous game against Virginia, suffering a 1-2 loss at home, bringing their overall record to 4-3-0 on the year. Last season, the Buckeyes fell to the Nittany Lions 1-0 in double overtime loss in University Park, winning every game against Ohio State since 2011. .Freshmen midfielder Blair Cowan, who scored the game-winner in the 80th minute in the match against Notre Dame, said the team has been sharp in training heading into the matchup against Penn State. “We’ve worked on things we struggled with in our last match,” Cowan said. “I think we’re ready for Friday night.”Following the Penn State  game, Ohio State will stay on the road for a series of away games against Illinois on Thursday Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. and Northwestern on Sunday Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. Ohio State will face Penn State on Friday at 6 p.m. read more

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Water Levels Are Down Now Its Time To Clean Up The River

first_imgWater levels are down in most of the rivers on the Kenai Peninsula, and that means it’s time to make the extra effort in your days on the river to clean up as much as you can while you can. Anyone can volunteer with Stream Watch. Main: “The more the merrier, no matter whether it’s part of our organization or not. Folks can keep an eye out for one of our events, or one of our coordinators.”  Stream Watch volunteers are hoping that people spend more time thinking about how critically important the river is to the community. Alice Main from Stream Watch: “It’s always good to mitigate our impacts where we can, and clean up where we can.” Stream Watch Started in 1994 by a group of concerned citizens and the Chugach National Forest, this volunteer driven program has grown from a grassroots collective of 10 to a volunteer movement of 180+ volunteers who are making a difference for rivers on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. For any questions call (907) 260-5449 x 1205. Photo courtesy of Stream Watchlast_img read more

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