Fearsome Final Foursome headed to North Texas

first_imgKentucky’s Aaron Harrison and his teammates hold up their trophy after an NCAA Midwest Regional final college basketball tournament game against Michigan Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Indianapolis. Kentucky won 75-72 to advance to the Final Four. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Florida had not been to the Final Four since all those future first-round draft picks were in Gainesville. Wisconsin and coach Bo Ryan had never been.Connecticut wasn’t allowed to play in the NCAA tournament a year ago, and Kentucky supposedly had no shot at getting to North Texas after a midseason swoon.Unlike the past few years, there will be no upstarts or Cinderella in the Final Four.These are the big boys all right, but each one has a big chip on their shoulders.“In down times, what you do is you bond together as brothers,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. “And you hold that fist up.”Billy Donovan won a pair of national titles at Florida with Joakim Noah, Corey Brewer and Al Horford, all top-10 NBA picks in the 2007 NBA draft. After that second title, he accepted the head coaching job with the NBA’s Orlando Magic, then changed his mind after the introductory news conference.Donovan continued to produce winning teams in Gainesville, but the biggest wins eluded the Gators. They lost in the regional final each of the past three seasons.That changed when the ferocious Gators (36-2) rode their chomping defense through a 30-game winning streak capped by Saturday’s 62-52 win over bracket darling Dayton.“We didn’t start off the exact way that we should have, but coach Donovan continued to remind us and humble us and help us see that, in order to get where we want to get to, the end goal, we have to continue to chase greatness every single day and stay in the moment,” Florida forward Patric Young said.To win another title, the Gators will have to go through the last two teams to beat them this season (UConn and Wisconsin) or their biggest SEC rival (Kentucky).The Huskies won the 2011 national title with coach Jim Calhoun and one-man show Kemba Walker.Things went sour in Storrs after that. Calhoun retired in 2012 and UConn was barred from the NCAA tournament last season for failing to meet the NCAA’s academic progress measure.UConn’s upperclassmen decided to stick it out instead of transferring and put together another magical bracket run behind another do-it-all-player, former Walker understudy Shabazz Napier. With their 60-54 win over Michigan State on Sunday, the Huskies (30-8) became the first No. 7 seed to reach the Final Four since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.UConn beat Florida 65-64 way back on Dec. 2, the Gators’ last loss this season.“We play a great Florida team and we’re going to be well prepared, because I know about these guys’ heart, and that’s what got us through,” Ollie said.Then there’s Bo.Wisconsin’s tell-it-like-it-is coach had been a regular at the Final Four, taking his father, Butch, to every one since 1976 as a birthday gift.Bo had a hard time getting there with his team, though, winning over 700 games, playing in the NCAA tournament 13 straight years and reaching the Sweet 16 six times — and not one trip to the Final Four.Bo and the Badgers (30-7) get their chance now after pulling out an emotional 64-63 win over top-seeded Arizona in the West Regional final on Saturday, which would have been Butch Ryan’s 90th birthday.“I can remember some of the great teams that he had of kids and their first championships and how they acted and just the joy,” Ryan said. “These guys have had some others, but that’s all I wanted to see.”Rounding out this foursome could be the most fearsome bunch of the bracket.Kentucky won the 2012 national championship behind coach John Calipari’s get-the-best-players-no-matter-how-long-they-stay philosophy. Cal brought in another heralded group of one-and-doners and they were touted as the team to beat, ranked No. 1 in the preseason.After a string of losses, including three in five games, the kid Cats were out of the polls and supposedly out of contention.Well, look at them now.Showcasing their talent and depth, the Wildcats (28-10) are playing with a cohesiveness and confidence that wasn’t there earlier in the season, racing into the Final Four after pulling out a last-second victory over Michigan.“I can’t believe it; we went through so much,” said Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison, who hit a 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left in the 75-72 win over the Wolverines. “We went through a lot of ups and downs, and we’re blessed to be going to the Final Four.”They are not alone.last_img read more

Chamber Opens Door to 1st Avenue Foot Traffic

first_imgStory and Photos by Joseph SapiaATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce is now doing business at a new address, one which provides more visibility and easier access in the downtown.“The office we had was on the second floor,” said Cindy Fligor, the chamber president, recalling what had been the chamber office – above the Atlantic Cinema 5 at 82 First Ave. – until February.At that time, the chamber moved to a ground-floor location at 68 First Avenue, just two blocks away. “We moved to street level for easy visibility, access,” said chamber administrator Mary Thompson. “To be more neighborhood friendly,” added Fligor, president since January. “We have a lot of visitors from the harbor, transient boats.”Cindy Fligor, president of the Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce, at the new chamber office, 68 First Ave.While the move was made in February, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held April 24.The office is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. From Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend, the traditional beginning and end of the summer season, the office will be open Saturdays. Those hours are yet to be established.The chamber office has brochures, business cards, menus and business directories.  “We’re a font of information,” Thompson said.The chamber has access to a conference room and extra space provided by their landlords, Mickey and Fred Rast, owners of the Atlantic Cinema 5. The Rasts also were the landlords at the previous location.Work continues on the new chamber location. For example, an awning was to be added above the doorway.The chamber has about 150 members, representing such businesses as retail, eateries, real estate, financial, professional services and contracting.Fligor owns Salon at 68, a unisex salon next door to the chamber office, but at the same address. She replaced Chuck Lero, a mortgage officer who served as chamber president for five years. Fligor is married to Borough Councilman Lou Fligor.last_img read more

The preview of the 2nd and 3rd playoffs is played in the offices

first_imgOne other problem to be resolved will likely be in the workplace of the Administrative Court docket of Sport (TAD). There is an attraction pending decision by Villarreal B, since they gave up the sport in opposition to Castellón for improper alignment. If the TAD determined to agree with the yellow subsidiary and grant him the three factors, Castellón would stop to be the chief of Group III Second B and additionally would fall out of the promotion zone, coming into Villarreal B in the playoff.Extra conflicts in Second B, however in Group IV. The San Fernando, which has been three factors away from enjoying the promotion, has already introduced that it’s going to take authorized measures for the determination made by the FEF. “In the face of this arbitrary determination that violates the guidelines of the competitors itself and that significantly damages the San Fernando Sports activities Membership and its members and followers, it is reported that this entity will attraction the above-mentioned decision as soon as it is notified, utilizing as many extrajudicial or judicial actions take into account acceptable, defending respect on your rights as a Membership, “says San Fernando in an announcement.In Third There may be modifications to the rating order. There are a number of teams (resembling in the Canary or Extremaduran) the place not all groups have played the similar quantity of video games. As revealed by Sergio Batista, vp of the Tenerife Federation, in the Rubiales assembly with the Territories there would have been discuss of resolve the order by coefficient (common of factors achieved per sport). This might change the order of a number of positions, which may very well be decisive for the classification of the subsequent version of the Copa del Rey. The Federation left it as much as the Competitors to ascertain the ultimate classification of every group: “It has been agreed that the RFEF Committee or Competitors Decide will validate the positions of the totally different competitions to ascertain the classification.” Though the Federation has already authorized in the Delegate Fee to terminate the common part of Second B and Third and play the promotion playoff, there is nonetheless a lot to be determined and which will situation the promotion. Whether or not or not it is played and who does it must be determined in the offices. The Administrative Court docket of Sport has pending an attraction which will change the classification of Group III of Second B, in Third there are a number of teams in which not all the groups have played the similar video games and the celebration of that ultimate part for promotion is conditioned with the permission of the Larger Sports activities Council and the Ministry of Well being.The Federation has carried out its plan, however There are nonetheless many inquiries to resolve. Such as you get to play. This was dropped by the federative entity in the assertion: “The Govt Committee establishes to finish the common phases of the federal competitions with out decreases, in addition to enjoying the ultimate part or playoff, if any, in categorical format“As any your celebration”it is conditioned to the evolution of the pandemic and the suggestions of the Ministry of Well being and the Larger Sports activities CouncilIf by probability there weren’t, this physique must meet once more to resolve what to do, since they don’t wish to communicate overtly about the champions rising after the newest controversial statements by varied groups hinting that the leaders of every group may take the alternative to announce false positives and that the promotion was not gambled and guarantee promotion.last_img read more

Wealdstone Raider song – Christmas no.1? Plus the best Wealdstone Raider vines

first_imgHis name is the Wealdstone Raider (Gordon Hill to his postman) and after offering to knock someone out – he’ll give it ya – while watching the football, people love him.He now has an agent, is appearing at night clubs and has brought out a song (above) with the aim of hitting the Christmas no.1 spot, proceeds of which will be going to Great Ormond Street Hospital, Autism Concern and Wealdstone FC Youth.  Follow him @OnlyOneRaider and have a look at some of our favourite Wealdstone Raider vines…last_img read more

West Ham sign France star on five-year deal

first_img1 West Ham have signed Marseille star Dimitri Payet for an ‘eight-figure fee’. West Ham have completed the signing of France international Dimitri Payet from Marseille for an “eight-figure fee”.The attacking midfielder, who has won 15 caps for France, has already successfully undergone his medical with the Hammers and agreed a five-year contract.A West Ham statement read: “The outstanding 28-year-old joins the Hammers on a five-year contract, with a further one-year option, for an undisclosed eight-figure fee from French Ligue 1 side Olympique de Marseille.”last_img read more

Man caught with cocaine and drug-mixing kit at girlfriend’s home

first_imgA Fanad man accused of being a drug-dealer was caught with cocaine, mixing agent, weighing scales and a credit card to cut up the drugs.Eamon Sweeney, aged 38, appeared before Falcarragh District Court. The court was told that Gardai spotted Sweeney driving a VW Bora on the Main Street in Buncrana on February 2nd, 2018.The followed him and then stopped him and found a small quantity of cocaine on him.Garda Superintendent Seamus McGonigle also told the court that there were a number of messages on his mobile phone relating to the sale and supply of drugs.Sweeney was arrested and Gardai later raided the home of a former girlfriend in Buncrana and found a quantity of drugs-related items.These included cocaine, mixing agent, digital weighing scales and a credit card used to cut drugs.Gardai say there was €830 worth of cocaine found in the raid.Solicitor for the accused Mr Rory O’Brien argued that the majority of the substances found was creatine and that only three grammes of cocaine was found in the raid.He said he client fully accepted that he had done wrong but had taken steps to address his own drink and drugs problem and since the incident 14 months ago had been clean.He said he was now working full-time as a labourer in Dublin and Meath and was continuing to address all his issues.Judge Paul Kelly said the insidious and sinister fact about drugs is exactly what happened in this case.He said someone develops a habit and then funds their habit by selling it and that is how the drug barons and kingpins in the drugs trade operate and grow their empires.He said the sale and supply of drugs, in this case, had to be viewed seriously.He adjourned the case to allow for a probation report to be carried out on Sweeney.Man caught with cocaine and drug-mixing kit at girlfriend’s home was last modified: May 17th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranacocainedrugsEamon SweeneyFanadlast_img read more

HUGE CROWD EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 3RD ANNUAL DARREN MILLS MEMORIAL RUN

first_imgProud moment for last year’s winner Aidan Mills as he crosses the line. Aidan is the younger brother of the late Darren Mills who passed away in 2010.Another huge crowd is expected to participate in the 3rd Annual Darren Mills Memorial run on Boxing day.It’s that time of the year again when everybody around the Kincasslagh area dusts down the running and walking shoes to try and emulate Ciaran Doherty, Pat Anthony and all the other great athletes from the locality at the 3rd Annual Darren Mills Memorial Run. Following on from hugely successful events in 2012 and 2013, the organising committee are again hoping that the local community – and beyond – comes out in force to commemorate the life of Darren who tragically lost his life back in 2010.In addition to remembering Darren, the event allows for much needed funds to be gathered for two deserving local charities. This year’s beneficiaries will be the school where Darren received his childhood education, Belcruit National School, and the North West Cancer Group who facilitate the provision of a subsidised airfare for family members of people who are having to travel to Dublin to undergo treatment for cancer and related problems.Since the first event on Boxing Day 2012, over €5000 has been handed over to local charities, namely the Dungloe Hospital Patient’s Comfort Fund, the Donegal Hospice and the Day-Centre at the Angle in Dungloe.Entry on the day is by donation to ensure the event is open and affordable to all-comers.This year to facilitate those with younger children or who feel they may not manage the full 6k route, this year a shorter 1.25k walking route which follows a loop around by St.Mary’s Chapel and Belcruit N.S has been added. All those who donate/register on the day will be entered into the mega prize draw which will be held after the run/walk in Carey’s Viking House.Registration will take place in the Viking from 1pm with the run/walk starting at 2:30pm.So get those running/walking shoes dusted down and come join in the fun with all the family on Boxing Day.Do it for the craic. Do it for charity. Do it for Darren.For further information please see the Darren Mills Memorial Run/Walk page on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/DarrenMillsMemorialRunWalkCruitIsland HUGE CROWD EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 3RD ANNUAL DARREN MILLS MEMORIAL RUN was last modified: December 16th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:5kBoxing DayDarren Mills Memorial RunFeaturesnewsNoticesSportlast_img read more

HAPPY NEW YEAR – AND 20,860,075 ‘THANKS’

first_imgDONEGAL Daily would like to wish all of our readers at home here in Ireland and around the world a very Happy & Peaceful 2013.It is YOU which has made our news and sports site the BIGGEST media source in County Donegal in 2012.We had more than 20 Million Page Views in the past year – in fact 20,860,075 to be precise, according to statistics from Google. Donegaldaily.com also received more than 7 million unique visits over the past 12 months, and in the last four months of 2012 there have been more than TWO MILLION page views each month and growing all the time.We hope to expand and grow what we do for you in 2013.So thank you for staying with us throughout the past year – and we look forward to continuing to bring you all the latest news and sport during the next year.Bliain úr faoi shéan is faoi mhaise daoibh! DONEGALDAILY.COM – DONEGAL’S NO1 HAPPY NEW YEAR – AND 20,860,075 ‘THANKS’ was last modified: January 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:075 ‘THANKS’860HAPPY NEW YEAR – AND 20last_img read more

Post-tsunami rebuild going slowly

first_img “Many families are still not in permanent housing, and now it’s rainy season,” Egeland lamented. Foreign governments pledged billions of dollars to rebuild after the killer waves smashed into the province’s coastlines, claiming 131,000 lives and leaving a half-million people homeless. “We did well in the emergency phase,” Egeland said of international relief efforts, as well as all that was done by the Indonesian government and Acehnese themselves to get survivors into tents and other makeshift shelters. “But the reconstruction went slower than we had hoped.” Egeland traveled to Aceh after touring earthquake-devastated areas in Pakistan. Tens of thousands of people still live in refugee camps in rubble-strewn lots, their canvas tents flapping in the wind. The rainy season, which started this month, has made their situation all the more dire. Egeland appealed to international aid organizations in Aceh, “many of which have quite a lot of money,” to work together more closely. Last month, the United Nations released a draft action plan that called for the construction of 15,000 prefabricated homes in Aceh over the next six months for families still living in tent camps.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BANDA ACEH, Indonesia – Reconstruction in tsunami-ravaged Aceh province is moving too slowly and aid groups must work together more closely to get survivors out of tents and into permanent housing, a top U.N. official said Sunday. Jan Egeland, the U.N. undersecretary-general and emergency relief coordinator, said that, while much was done in the immediate aftermath of the Dec. 26 tsunami to provide temporary relief to survivors, more needs to be done – and quickly. “Many organizations and agencies thought, once they were able to provide emergency shelter and tents in January and February, it would be possible to provide permanent housing,” he said after touring the province’s western coast. “That was a miscalculation,” he said, noting that poor infrastructure, from roads to ports, has added to their problems. last_img read more

Idling rigs targeted in effort to cut smog

first_imgCASTAIC – For long-hauler Bruce Weber, a proposed federal tax credit for devices providing heat and air-conditioning in big-rigs while the engine’s shut off just doesn’t seem enough to justify the hefty investment. “It doesn’t do any good,” Weber, 50, a driver from Kingman, Ariz., said while taking a break at this truck stop south of the Grapevine. “The tax break doesn’t offset it. You need to get a 100 percent write-off.” Truckers often leave their rigs idling all night to stay warm or keep cool in their cabs, spewing pollutants into the air and burning up precious fuel – along with precious profits. A federal bill proposed by U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, would allow trucking companies and drivers up to $3,500 in tax credits to install devices that allow these systems in big-rigs to work while the engine is off. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But drivers seemed lukewarm about the benefit, even with sky-high fuel prices. The average for a gallon of diesel was about $3.40 on Friday, compared with $2.45 a year earlier. The devices require less fuel – about a half-gallon per hour compared to the 2-3 gallons used by idling engines. The problem, Weber said, is these devices often cost more than $7,000, so the tax credit and potential savings just wouldn’t cover it. “They should make it more of an incentive,” said Weber, who transports produce from Salinas throughout Southern California and has logged some 2 million miles over his 25-year career. “There are ways to build it as standard equipment.” Meantime, the California Air Resources Board will consider new guidelines to reduce idling emissions beginning 2008 when it meets this week, including a mandate for all in- and out-of-state trucks to install “cab-comfort” devices. A statement by the state air quality regulator said emissions from idling trucks pose a “significant” air quality problem. In 2010, on-road heavy-duty diesel trucks are estimated to account as much as 28 percent of nitrogen oxides and 9 percent of particulates from mobile sources statewide. Richard Harper, 40, of Jackson, Miss., hauls chickens out to California in exchange for a load of produce. It’s a three-day trip each way, and he has outfitted his rig’s cab with a sofa, television and DVD player – a makeshift bedroom upholstered in purple and chrome. “California’s got some bad rides,” he said. “I said to myself, ‘When I get some money, I’m going to pimp my truck.”‘ It’s all powered by a generator, though any fuel savings from not idling is negligible, Harper said. “It’s just technology,” he said. “The only thing is you can only use it when you’re stopping.” And rising fuel costs has made life on the road a lot tougher. Harper said the average independent cross-country driver earns about $4,500 per haul – with half going for fuel. But the recent run on diesel has added nearly a third to fuel, and when considered with insurance and truck maintenance costs, Harper said, “You’re really just doing it for free now.” “Within four, five years max, every owner-operator will have to work for a big operator.” Weber was an independent driver who parked his truck to work for a transport company when fuel prices began to spike in spring. He believes business could recover when freight rates catch up to the higher fuel price, or if they come down. “If we don’t get the trucks rolling down the highway, we don’t eat,” Weber said. “Everybody suffers. It’s in everybody’s benefit to keep these trucks moving again.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 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