Fair finds efficiency, comfort zone in 14-point, 11-rebound performance against Broncos

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 20, 2014 at 8:08 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 BUFFALO, N.Y. — For the first time in weeks, Syracuse wasn’t resorting to finding C.J. Fair with the shot clock winding down and watching him hoist up a difficult shot.With Jerami Grant, Trevor Cooney and Tyler Ennis all scoring at least 16 points, the offense found its rhythm and, with that, Fair was able to play more comfortably.“It gives the team that much more energy,” the forward said. “It gets us going. It spaces the floor out. It makes the defense have to react differently.”Fair was able to play more like the player he was for his first three seasons during the No. 3-seed Orange’s 77-53 win against No. 14-seed Western Michigan (23-10, 14-4 Mid-American) on Thursday at First Niagara Center. He scored efficiently — making 6-of-13 from the field for 14 points — and pounded the glass. His 11 rebounds led the team and his four offensive boards helped SU (28-5, 14-4 Atlantic Coast) to its highest scoring total since Feb. 1.Fair missed on his first shot, but whereas in the past few games he would have had to keep shooting, he was able to scale back his volume of attempts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textInstead, against an overmatched opponent, he could do much of his work away from the ball.“We knew we were going to have a height advantage going into this game,” Fair said. “Coach always tells us whenever Trevor or Tyler get the ball, ‘Do your work early. Try to get in rebound position.’“Trevor’s not going to miss many, but you want to be there to put it back or give him another chance at a shot.”Eight of his 14 points on Thursday came from offensive rebounds. He soared through the lane to tip in an Ennis miss in the final minute of the first half to stretch the lead to 19, and got an and-one off a missed Ennis 3 during the second half.Even when he couldn’t get his own shots to go down, he was chasing after for second chances. He rebounded his own miss during the second half and dropped in a reverse for an and-one as the Orange began to pull away.“We made some shots,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “That always makes it a little bit easier.”However, Fair did struggle to find much consistency with his jump shot and a turnover problem that plagued his game early in the year resurfaced.Otherwise, he did everything that Syracuse needed him to do. Right now those aren’t mistakes that he can be too concerned with.“I don’t worry about that,” he said. “I’m just trying to make some plays. I was trying to make things happen.” Commentslast_img read more

Henson: Analyzing scouts’ evaluations of some UW prospects

first_imgQuite often, NFL scouts are wrong.They have a challenging job. A job that requires them to predict the future success of collegiate athletes for teams prepared to spend millions.They attend everything from the scouting combine to pro days and private workout sessions, charting every move a prospect makes, hoping to deliver an accurate grade to their respective war rooms.It’s widely understood that there will be inexplicable busts each year. That just comes with the territory of being a scout.But you’d assume all the proper research is done to ensure teams make the best pick possible.You’d assume they know everything there is to know about each player they scout.Well, that’s not always the case.Yesterday, Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had a story that provided unnamed scouts’ takes on various players from Wisconsin high schools or colleges, leading up to the draft.For the most part, the scouts’ insights made sense. Their evaluations of the former Badgers were in line with what we saw here at UW throughout the past couple seasons.But then I got to Bill Nagy and Scott Tolzien.Both players are expected to be late picks or free agent signees. For them, each scout’s view is critical as they try to get one team to take a chance on them towards the end of the draft. Most coaches and general managers aren’t spending a lot of time studying film of Nagy and Tolzien – it’s the scouts who get paid to find those late-round contributors.But sometimes these scouts’ logic makes you scratch your head.We’ll start with Nagy. Here’s what one scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:“There’s just no reason why he can’t come to an NFL team and be a center-guard for at minimum four years, Every time he went into a game he played well. Between that kid and that coach there’s something going on. They don’t talk him up. They don’t seem to think he’s much of a prospect, but the tape to me shows different. I don’t get why he didn’t start at center or guard.”Lets break this down.The scout spoke highly of Nagy, noting his ability to come into games when needed and perform at a high level.Then the scout hints there may have been a player-coach dispute, which explains why Nagy wasn’t named a starter.That’s news to me. That’s news to anyone who covered the Wisconsin football team this past year.Nagy was the odd-man-out for the deepest offensive line in the country. He had a shot to win a starting job at right guard heading into the season but lost out to Kevin Zeitler – one of the top interior lineman in the Big Ten. And as for the center position? Some scouts say Peter Konz was the best O-lineman the Badgers had last season (including Carimi and Moffitt). Nagy wasn’t slighted. He played behind some of the best lineman in college football.What’s worse is the other part of the scouts’ take could be interpreted as one of those “character issues” we always hear about come draft day. What did he do to lose favor with the staff? Why does Nagy have a poor relationship with head coach Bret Bielema?There is no evidence that shows these are questions that need to be asked.Bielema constantly praised Nagy for his hard work and dedication to the team. The senior played three positions for Bielema (guard, center and tight end) and did what he could to get on the field.His performance against Iowa, when he replaced the injured Konz, drew tons of praise.“Billy Nagy pops in, takes off the tight end jersey number and steps in there. Unbelievable, selfless act to give us that win,” Bielema said.Here’s what Nagy had to say after the 31-30 victory: “That’s my role, and I’m doing whatever I can to help the team win.”But that’s not the only questionable perspective I found.Here’s what a scout said about Tolzien to the Journal Sentinel:“He will be a third and smarter than the starting quarterback. He manages the game. He can’t win a championship for you. He couldn’t bring them back against TCU. He’s just not gifted enough to do it.”Everyone agrees Tolzien is probably destined to hold a clipboard in the NFL. He doesn’t have ideal measurables or arm strength, but he’d be a reliable backup quarterback – a guy who won’t make costly mistakes and who’ll know the offense perfectly.No problem with that sentiment.But it’s not fair to say Tolzien can’t win a championship because he couldn’t bring the Badgers back against TCU.You’re going to discount Tolzien because Horned Frogs’ linebacker Tank Carder made an incredible individual play to knock Tolzien’s game-tying 2-point try down? If Carder loses his footing, gets pancaked by the UW O-line and Tolzien completes that pass, does that give him a higher NFL grade?That’s absurd.Point to his mechanics or question his arm strength if you want, but Tolzien proved he could win the Badgers a game with his arm.UW’s running game was so good last year, Tolzien rarely needed to sling the ball around and engineer a comeback.But in that same game in Iowa City where Nagy impressed, Tolzien led a game-winning, 15-play touchdown drive. UW went with an empty backfield, shotgun formation and Tolzien delivered against the Hawkeyes at a point in the season when they still cared enough to try.Takes a pretty gifted signal caller to pull that off.Sure, Tolzien and Nagy aren’t perfect.Neither are the scouts.Max is a senior majoring in journalism. Think Tolzien and Nagy will be prove the doubters wrong? Email him at mhenson@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Golden Girl Nakaayi picks her medal and $60,000 cheque

first_imgGold medallist Uganda’s Halimah Nakaayi poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women’s 800m at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on October 1, 2019. PHOTO AFP Medal ceremony 800M Final  – Nakaayi 1st (GOLD)Prize Money (tax free in Uganda)1st $60,0002nd $30,0003rd $20,0004th $15,0005th $10,0006th $6,0007th $5,0008th $4,000 19GREECE0011 7NETHERLANDS1001 2PR OF CHINA2338 19COTE D’IVOIRE0011 12POLAND0112 Doha, Qatar | AFP | Uganda’s national anthem was played at the athletics World Championships for the first time since 2013, when new World 800m champion Halimah Nakaayi was crowned today.It was the Olympic hero Stephen Kiprotich who put Uganda back on the map with his marathon gold in Moscow 2013, seven years after the historic first gold by Dorcus Inzikuru, Helsinki 2005 in the 3000m steeplechase.Victory in the Worlds comes with a top prize of $60,000 that Uganda Revenue Authority has confirmed will not be taxed. In a tweet, they quoted  Section 21 of the Income Tax Act on Exempt Incomes, which details actions to be taken on awards received by a sports person as a reward from winning or participating in a sports competition. (Read Uganda Tax laws BOTTOM, Page 36)“Congratulations #HalimaNakaayi.  She shocked the world with victory in Doha, but what shouldn’t shock you is the fact that she is going to dance all the way to the bank ” URA said in a tweet, quoting Section 21 (ab), which states that an exemption will be given for “an award received by a sports person as a reward for winning or participating in a sports compeition.”Nakaayi, 24, timed her race Monday to perfection moving onto the shoulder of leader Ajee Wilson of the US on the bend before kicking for home down the stretch. Dorcus Inzikuru 2005It however required a national record before she could take gold in 1min 58.04sec, with the fast-finishing Raevyn Rogers of the United States taking silver in 1:58.18. Nakaayi held the previous mark of 1:58.39 set last year in France.It is only the second World Championship athletics medal by a Ugandan woman, the first having been Dorcus Inzikuru’s gold in the 3000m steeplechase 14 years ago in Helsinki.With Winnie Nanyondo in fourth place, it is also Uganda’s best performance ever in a single race of the World Championships. Nakaayi takes the top prize of $60,000 (tax free) while Nanyondo won $15,000. RANKCOUNTRYGSBTOTAL 7NORWAY1001 19NAMIBIA0011 19ITALY0011 19QATAR0011 7AUSTRALIA1001 12BAHRAIN0112 19BURKINA FASO0011 14G BRITAIN & N.I.0101 Uganda had until tonight only won 2 Gold medals by Inzikuru Helsinki 2005 and Stephen Kiprotich Moscow 2013; 2 Silvers by Davis Kamoga Athens 1997 and Joshua Cheptegei 2017, and Bronzes by Moses Kipsiro Osaka 2007 and Solomon Mutai in Beijing.Uganda’s other gold medal favourite  Joshua Cheptegei (left) will run the 10,000m on the final day October 6, a day after Stephen Kiprotich in the marathon.Kiprotich returns for his third World Athletics Championships marathon – an event at which he stormed to Gold in Moscow in 2013. This was a year after becoming the first Ugandan to win Olympic Gold since John Akii Bua, at London 2012.WednesdayWomen’s 1500m S Winnie Nanyondo | Esther ChebetWomen’s 5000m  F Sarah ChebetThursdayMen’s 1500m H Ronald MusagalaWomen’s 1500m F Winnie Nanyondo | Esther ChebetFridayMen’s 1500m S Ronald Musagala3000m Steeplechase F Ben Kiplagat | Albert Chemutai | Abel SikowuSaturdayMarathon  F – Stephen Kiptrotich | Fred Musobo | Solomon MutaiDomestic Taxes Laws of Uganda 2018 EDITION by The Independent Magazine on ScribdShare on: WhatsApp 14BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA0101 1UNITED STATES67215 14UKRAINE0101 19GERMANY0011 7UGANDA1001 3JAMAICA2204 6SWEDEN1102 19CUBA0011 19AUSTRIA0011 4KENYA2024 14PORTUGAL0101 18CANADA0033 7JAPAN1001 5ETHIOPIA1203last_img read more

Boaters Rescued After Vessel Capsizes Near Boynton Inlet

first_imgOfficials with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue rescued three people on Saturday morning, when a boat capsized near the Boynton Beach Inlet.The incident happened at about 10:30 a.m. near Ocean Inlet Park.Palm Beach County Ocean Rescue used one of its boats to get the three men out of the water. All of them were evaluated and none required medical care.This marks first weekend since Palm Beach County reopened its beaches last Monday, after closing them during the coronavirus shutdown.last_img

Two new caps in squad as England seek to end European drought

first_img18 Jun 2012 Two new caps in squad as England seek to end European drought England Golf will parade two new caps in their six-strong squad as they seek to bridge an eight-year gap without a victory in the annual European Boys Team Championships at Lidingo Golf Club near Stockholm in Sweden on 10th – 14th July. The newcomers to boys international golf are Nick Marsh (Huddersfield, Yorkshire) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire), while the other four members of the team will be Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire), Patrick Kelly (Boston West, Lincolnshire), Max Orrin (North Foreland, Kent) and Toby Tree (Worthing, Sussex). The non-travelling reserve is Harrison Greenberry (Exeter G&CC, Devon). Marsh (image © Tom Ward) is the current leader of the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit following joint second place in the McEvoy Trophy and equal third in the Fairhaven Trophies, while Turner, fifth on the Merit list, was also third at Fairhaven. The inclusion of Turner means he steps up from an under 16 international last year when he was also an England schools cap. Fitzpatrick finished runner-up in last year’s Titleist/FootJoy Boys Order of Merit following a second place in the England Boys Under 18 Championship for the Carris Trophy, reaching the quarter finals of the British Boys and as joint winner of the Junior County Champions Tournament. A former under 16 international, he became a boy cap in last year’s Boys Home Internationals in Wales and has won this year’s Selborne Salver and finished second on countback for the Hampshire Salver. Kelly, currently second on the Merit list, also made his debut as a boy cap in last year’s Boys Home Internationals, having finished runner-up to Greenberry in the British Boys. Another former under 16 cap, he won the Fairhaven Trophy last month. Orrin made his debut in last year’s European Boys Championship in the Czech Republic after stepping up from an under 16 international. Runner-up in the English under 16 Championship for the McGregor Trophy in 2010, he was equally successful last year, winning the Andalucia Junior Open in Spain, finishing second in the Darwin Salver and third in the Fairhaven Trophy. This year, he was again second in the Darwin Salver but has recorded two significant victories, winning the prestigious Thunderbird International Junior in Arizona and the Kent Championship. He was also tied fourth in the South East of England Links Championship. Tree returns to boys international golf after making his full England debut against France last month, winning two of his four games. Winner of the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters last year, he also tasted victory in South Africa over the winter, winning the Gauteng North Open. A former Sussex Boys champion, he has the distinction of winning the English under 14 Championship in 2008 then the under 16 title in 2010. He also finished runner-up in last year’s North of England under 16 Championship. England has not won the Boys European title since 2004 in Finland and will want to improve on eighth place in 2010 and 11th last year.last_img read more