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

Rochdale’s goalscorer against Manchester United sits for his school psychology exam today

first_imgAdvertisement mkgdNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsjgzaWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec05t( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 30vxWould you ever consider trying this?😱10q9nCan your students do this? 🌚xu6Roller skating! Powered by Firework Rochdale’s goalscorer against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup, Luke Matheson will be up for his psychology exam in his school after the match day. The 16 year old defender scored the equaliser against Manchester United on Wednesday to take the match into tie breaker. However, Manchester United won the match with a margin of 5-4 in the penalty shootout.Advertisement After the end of the match, Luke Matheson told that he should have been at school on the match day. As he was picked up in the team to play against Manchester United, he dropped the idea of going to school on the match day. However, the 16 year old boy is very much conscious about his studies also. According to him, there should be a back up plan for future and that’s why he wants to continue his studies as long as he can.Advertisement Luke Matheson is a good student and his GSCE scores are also very much impressive. The 16 year old boy has a great future in academics too. However, at one point of time, he should have to choose one between academics and football to excel in life. The determination of Luke Matheson is certainly commendable and he will surely shine bright in future. Advertisement  Manchester United defeated as Lionel Messi suffers injury scare Advertisementlast_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

Correction: Blue Marble doubles up in U14 Boy’s Division

first_imgBlue Marble, 9-2-1 on the season, then went on to capture the U14 Playoff crown with a 5-3 victory over second-place Midas.The Nelson Daily apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this error. In a story dated, Wednesday, October 6, 2010, it was reported that U14 Boy’s playoff champs Blue Marble Capital Management posted an upset of Pacific Insight during the semi final round of the Nelson Youth Soccer Playoffs.However, there was no upset as Blue Marble won the regular season title and defeated the fourth place Pacific Insight squad 3-1 in the semi final.last_img read more

Leafs snap two-game slide by thumping Grand Forks 7-2

first_imgBut a power play goal by Luke Jones followed by Hayden Pasacreta’s first goal of the season less than two minutes later tied the contest at 2-2.In the second the Leafs responded to a lively pep talk during the intermission to throw 23 shots at the Grand Forks net.The result saw Nelson score three times as Colton McCarthy, Cam Weir and Bryce Nielsen on the power play gave the hosts a 5-2 advantage after 40 minutes.In the third, Boyczuk and Colton Schell with one second remaining in the game concluded the Leafs scoring. Nelson finished the game out shooting the Bruins 50-21.Brett Soles had an easy time in the Nelson net to earn the win.Robert Dunsmuir started the game before being relieved by Dominic Stadnyk after injuring his hand.The win moved Nelson up the Murdoch standings to within two points of idle Castlegar Rebels.Castlegar hosts Sicamous Eagles Sunday in the Sunflower City.ICE CHIPS: The Leafs boarded a bus following Saturday’s game for Spokane in preparation for Sunday’s afternoon tilt . . .. The goal by Colton McCarthy is his team-leading 11th of the season. Only Brendan Burge of Fernie has scored more times — 12 . . ..Nelson defenceman Cole Arcuri missed the game due to an upper body injury. . . . North Okanagan Knight won its second game on the Murdoch road trip edging Beaver Valley Nitehawks 3-1. For the second consecutive game the Nelson Leafs struggled in the first period.But this was the Grand Forks Border Bruins Nelson was playing are not the North Okanagan Knights.The Leafs overcame the slow start, scoring five times in the final two frames to dump the lowly Bruins 7-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The win snaps a two-game slide for the Leafs.Nelson concludes the three-game weekend with a game Sunday afternoon in Spokane.“It was good but we struggled again in the first period,” said Leaf winger Jacob Boyczuk, named the game’s first star.“We got it going in the second but have to start better.”Matti Jmaeff and Seth Schmidt staked the Leafs to the 2-0 lead nine minutes through the opening period.last_img read more