F-M hoops nearly sweeps Liverpool; Roe sidelined for girls Hornets

first_img Tags: basketballF-M The “Hornets Nest” student section donned NBA jerseys in Bryant’s honor, and they were quite happy for much of the game as hot shooting helped F-M build a 14-point lead in the game’s middle stages.Liverpool fought back, but when Josh Michel converted a basket and free throw with 37.8 seconds left, the Hornets still led 64-58.Then Jack Pento drained a 3-pointer, was fouled and made the ensuing free throw. Even with that, free throws allowed F-M to stay in front 67-64 Jacob Works got open and sank another 3-pointer at the horn to force OT. Then, in the last minute of the extra period, another Works 3-pointer keyed the Warriors[‘ final surge as he finished the night with 26 points, while Pento poured in 15 points.Ethan Page led F-M with 17 points, most of it from five 3-pointers. Jack Nucerino also had 17 points as Michel got 16 points. Luke Davidson, James Madill and Charlie Gadsden had seven points apiece.All of this took place after the F-M girls had long secured its win over Liverpool, mostly on the basis of a dominant first half where it performed well on defense, which led to baskets on the other end and a 35-18 advantage.Though the Warriors rallied late, it could not overcome the work of Lexie Roe, who gained 28 points and seven rebounds as Lily Fish got 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.Lexi Kellish got eight points, with Ava Angello and Kendra Broddus getting six points apiece as Broddus earned four steals. Neveah Wingate led Liverpool with 15 points and 10 rebounds.In Friday’s action, the F-M boys lost 69-49 to Corcoran, with the Cougars outscoring the Hornets 29-13 in the second quarter to gain control.Though 11 different F-M players got on the scoreboard, none had more than the eight points from Madill and seven points from Davidson, Corcoran seeing De’Jour Reaves get 22 points and Dewayne Young add 15 points.As that went on, the girls Hornets had to play for the first time this season without Roe, who suffered a foot sprain and did not known when she could return to the lineup.F-M did beat Corcoran 58-49 as Fish poured in 27 points, adding nine rebounds. Lily Coleman got 12 points and seven rebounds as Broddus had eight rebounds and Halle Daino had six points.A day later, though, the short-handed Hornets lost 60-40 to Horseheads in the “Hoops for the Hospital” event at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall. Fish had 10 points, with Angelo and Maeve Shaffer each getting six points and Coleman earning six rebounds.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Only a few seconds separated the Fayetteville-Manlius basketball teams from pulling off a sweep of last Tuesday night’s games against Liverpool.But the boys Hornets saw a last-minute lead snatched away in a 79-73 overtime defeat, a contrast to the girls game at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall where F-M won 63-54.Lots of emotions surrounded the boys game, where prior to tip-off 24.8 seconds of silence were observed in memory of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who with eight others (including his daughter) lost his life in a helicopter crash two days eariler.last_img read more

Brenner: I’m the best sportswriter in the world

first_imgSo I’m sitting here, writing my very last column, on my final day of work in the office of The Badger Herald. At this moment, I find myself pondering one of the great unanswerable questions in sports:Why are (most) athletes so freaking humble?It’s like clockwork: A tremendous athlete, one who has obviously worked harder than Santa Claus on Christmas Eve to get where he or she has gotten in a particular sport, wins a prestigious award that most of us simply dream of winning; some ESPN-type personality asks said athlete for his or her emotion at that moment; and instead of saying something like “I’ve worked so hard, and it feels so good” or “This is a dream come true,” they have to give that suddenly run-of-the-mill answer:”I couldn’t have done it without my teammates.”Um, why not? What did your teammates do that was so darn special? Maybe you’re that much hotter than everybody else. Maybe your sheer presence scared the bejesus out of the competition. Maybe you were just luckier than Dave McGrath getting locked inside a Guinness factory with Dan Marino and Melissa Stark.Maybe, oh maybe, you’re just that good.So why not shout it out loud? Grab some headlines! Say something outrageous, for once in your life!Willis McGahee and Stephon Marbury have the right idea. By each declaring they were the greatest individual talent at their respective position (McGahee, a football running back, and Marbury, a basketball point guard), McGahee and Starbury ensured that moments in their own personal spotlight would never be in short supply.Even better than their righteous attempts at self-promotion, McGahee and Marbury were brave enough to honestly admit their true feelings to the world. This is easier said than done for most athletes.What you don’t know is how many other athletes actually feel this way and never worked up the guts to admit it.First, I spoke with Brett Favre in an exclusive interview. He said he hasn’t stopped thinking about Terrell Owens’ announcement that when TO was with Philadelphia, if Brett Favre was his quarterback, the Eagles would have been undefeated to that point in the season.”Brett Favre’s going to be honest with you, Brett Favre can’t blame TO for thinking that way,” Brett Favre said. “Nothing against Donovan McNabb, but the Eagles would have won the Super Bowl that year if they had good ol’ No. 4 on their side.”When I wake up in the morning, I piss excellence,” Favre added.Troy Smith did an okay job of reveling in his moment last Saturday when he won the Heisman trophy. Maybe a little too much credit was given to his teammates, but Smith was pretty professional as a whole.But afterward, after throwing down a few cocktails, Smith was another big-time star with an image of humility to profess his love for his mirror.”I’m the first Big Ten quarterback to win the Heisman trophy, I’ve heard,” Smith said in a telephone call while intoxicated, or during a “drunk dial” for the college mind. “I’d like to thank myself, for being so talented … and I’d like to thank the voters, for helping to show that punk Brady Quinn who’s boss.”Wait, this just in. Derek Jeter just announced his plans for the 2007 season in a press conference. His lone goal: try to be the best shortstop in the game.”Y’all write this down, man, I’m pissed,” DJ said at his news conference. “I’m so sick of hearing ‘A-Rod this, A-Rod that,’ why can’t I get any press? The only time I’m mentioned in the press is when Jessica Biel is involved.”Wisconsin athletes, respectful as they all may be, are not immune to these pressures, either. When I tried to ask UW’s own Sara Bauer, a generally mild-mannered women’s hockey player, about winning the Patty Kazmaier award last season, Bauer stopped taping her stick long enough to look me in the eye and say, “Oh, I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of how awesome I am.”Ex-Badger running back Brian Calhoun concurred. “I’m the best there was, the best there is, and the best there ever will be,” Calhoun said via text message. “That’s all there is to it.”You see, these guys have the right idea. With that, I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you who’s boss in the Wisconsin sports writing world. That’s right, it’s Mr. Mile High himself…What? I’m fired for insubordination? You can’t fire me! I’m the best sportswriter in the all the land!Well, it’s been fun, anyway.OK, no, seriously. It’s been a distinct pleasure holding down the Thursday column for the year of 2006.I’ll close by delivering my American Idol-esque speech. I’d like to thank past Heralders Mac VerStandig, Mike Robinson, Tom Ziemer and Adam Parks for helping me get involved with this paper. Shannon and Schmoldt .45, thanks for giving me a shot at an editors’ spot, despite my freshman status at the time. D-Mac, Big Poppy and Klugs, this section turned out great this semester. Hopefully, our readers agree. As for you readers, kudos for putting up with my blabbering drivel from time to time, this job is all made worth it when people enjoy picking up this newspaper on a daily basis. Thanks for reading.Send any comments or questions to abrenner@badgerherald.com, and have an awesome holiday break!last_img read more

Arsenal test as murky finances threaten AC Milan

first_imgThere have been questions about the financial stability of the Chinese-led consortium that purchased the club from Silvio Berlusconi for 740 million euros ($918mn) last April, spending more than 200 million euros on new players in the summer.The seven-time European champions have a massive loan for repayment and are in trouble with Financial Fair Play restrictions, with Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) given the mandate to refinance debts.AC Milan are working to refinance more than 300 million euros in high-interest loans from US hedge fund Elliott Management. If the club is not able to refinance by next October the US hedge fund will seize control of the club.But limited information on the source of Chinese owner Li Yonghong’s wealth is proving a barrier to refinancing with the 48-year-old businessman last month dismissing reports he was insolvent when he purchased the club. Milan, Italy | AFP | AC Milan’s superb recent run faces a stiff test against Arsenal in the Europa League last-16 first leg in Italy on Thursday amid a backdrop of murky finances which are threatening one of Italy’s most successful clubs.Former AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has turned around the fortunes of the struggling former European power on the pitch, with his side unbeaten in 13 games, and back within reach of Champions League qualification.But behind the scenes European football’s governing body UEFA have voiced concerns over the club’s complicated financial situation under their new Chinese owners. The club are also in the firing line with UEFA.European football’s governing body in December rejected AC Milan’s offer of a voluntary agreement to restructure finances, stating “there are still uncertainties in relation to the refinancing of the loans to be paid back in October 2018 and the financial guarantees provided by the main shareholder”.UEFA will assess Milan’s finances again in the coming months with possible punishments including limits on transfer spending, player salaries, and squad sizes for UEFA competitions.center_img – Europa League boost –In the meantime a board meeting will be called to approve a capital increase to get the club through to the end of the season making the revenue generated by their Europa League run of increased importance.“I’m very optimistic about any potential refinancing of the club’s debt,” said Marco Fassone, AC Milan’s managing director as the club announced losses for the first half of the season to December 31, 2017 were down to 22.3 million euros from 39.4 million for the same period in 2016.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Lawsuit Over Voting Rights Expands to Include Thousands of Felons

first_imgOn Tuesday, Hinkle responded that the relief which is likely to be granted, if the plaintiffs win the case, “is not a felon-by-felon determination in this court of inability to pay but instead an injunction requiring the secretary to put in place a system under which felons are not precluded from voting based only on inability to pay.”He also rejected Lee’s concern that it is unknown who will ultimately be affected by the court’s decision.Hinkle said “the proposed class and subclass,” which are comprised of felons who owe financial obligations, and felons who cannot afford to pay their outstanding financial obligations, are “sufficiently ascertainable.”The judge added also did not accept Lee’s argument that class certification was unnecessary, as the state would abide by a ruling about whether the law amounts to an unconstitutional poll tax.Class treatment “adds a layer of complexity to any litigation,” the judge stated.He added, “Here, though, the secretary’s promise to abide by any ruling is not enough.” A federal judge this week agreed to add potentially hundreds of thousands of people to a lawsuit that challenges a Florida statute requiring felons to pay outstanding “legal financial obligations” before having their voting rights restored.U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle issued the order on Tuesday, after saying last week that he intended to grant class certification to the case’s plaintiffs, who allege that the law is similar to an unconstitutional “poll tax.”The statute, which was passed last year by Republican lawmakers and signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, was aimed at implementing a 2018 constitutional amendment which grants voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences, as long as they have fulfilled their court-ordered “legal financial obligations,” including fees, fines and restitution.In the order issued Tuesday on class certification, Hinkle rejected Secretary of State Laurel Lee’s arguments that such an expansion of plaintiffs was unnecessary.“The plaintiffs’ Twenty-fourth Amendment and inability-to-pay claims turn on issues that can be properly resolved in a single action, once and for all. Class treatment is proper,” Hinkle wrote in the 18-page order, referring to the U.S. Constitution’s 24th Amendment barring poll taxes.In a preliminary injunction in the case last October, Hinkle had ruled that it is unconstitutional to deny the right to vote to felons who are “genuinely unable to pay” court-ordered fees, fines and restitution. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals then upheld the injunction, which applied only to the 17 named plaintiffs in the case.Lee’s lawyers wrote at that time that identification of felons who could not afford to pay their financial obligations “is problematic, ill defined, and requires hundreds of thousands (up to as many as one million) of determinations regarding which former felons are ‘genuinely unable to pay’ their outstanding financial obligations.”last_img read more

Former Courier offensive MVP takes field as Howard starting QB

first_imgby Malik VincentIn his debut as the starting quarterback of the Howard Bison, former Perry star and 2010 New Pittsburgh Courier City League offensive MVP completed 15 of 27 passes for 105 yards in a 41-9 loss against nonconference Eastern Michigan.“He made some freshman mistakes, but they did not do a good job of protecting him,” Howard head football coach Gary Harrell said. “He will learn from this experience.” He is also coached by the record-setting former Bison quarterback Ted White, who is now the team’s offensive coordinator.“Overall, he did pretty good, but he has a lot to work on,” White said. “He did OK on managing first downs, but on third down situation, he has to have a better understanding and execute better.”The 6-foot-3, 200 pound quarterback fits right into their offensive scheme, which is the same one that he ran at Perry.“There are a lot of elements that go into our scheme here at Howard,” McGhee said. “One play, we can be in a pro-form set, then the next we can end up in the spread. There are also some sets where we end up with two tight ends in the formation. The only big difference that I’ve noticed is that in the college game you have to step in the huddle and call those plays with confidence. You have to be a real leader.”McGhee admitted going into the game against Eastern Michigan with a “chip on his shoulder,” because they recruited him and eventually withdrew the offer.But in retrospect, McGhee said the decision to come to Howard was a good one. Not only is he installed as both the team’s starting quarterback as a freshman, but he will get to work with White, a former All-American who played several years on Sundays in the NFL.“The thing that I love most about playing under Coach White is the fact that he constantly pushes me,” McGhee said. “He knows how important it is for me to not only display my talent on the field, but for me to become a true leader both on and off the field. He pushes me hard in workouts, makes me sit in the front row at meetings, makes me prepare hard before the games in film sessions. It’s been great being under him so far.”The Bison will next take on Morehouse at the Nation’s football classic, Sept. 10, at RFK stadium in Washington, DC. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.(Malik Vincent can be reached at malikvincent@gmail.com.) BISON DEBUT—Courier 2010 City League offensive MVP Greg McGhee, a Perry three-year starter who’s currently a freshman at Howard, throws a pass in his debut as the Bison starting quarterback. McGhee finished 15-of-27 for 105 yards in the game. (Howard Athletics Photo/Cleveland Henderson) last_img read more

Olympia Parents Support Local Schools

first_imgA quick message from our Thrifty Thurston writers:Despite glorious weather, it’s clear that the countdown to back-to-school has started.  If you are like me, I’m digging out the school supply list, noticing some long hair that needs trimming, and scheduling check-ups before the school routine resumes.Recently, a well-informed mom notified me of Target’s campaign to give $2.5M to K-12 schools.  And, all it takes is a few clicks, maybe even less than 3 minutes of your time.For ever 25 clicks, Target donates a $25 gift card to your favorite school.  Certainly worth the three minutes, especially if you consider how teachers can make each $1 stretch far when it comes to classroom supplies.We posted the link on our school’s Facebook page.   But, I decided to not be stingy with this information and share it instead with our entire ThurstonTalk community so that all of our public schools can benefit from Target’s generosity.Simply choose your favorite K-12 school on the Give With Target website.  Click on ‘vote’ and you are done.  And, even better, you can vote weekly through September 8. Go back next week and vote again.So, share this post with your PTO and PTA organization, booster club, neighborhood association, book club, knitting circle – all of your family and friends.  Keep the votes going so that our Thurston County schools can earn valuable dollars. Facebook21Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Harlequin’s Sixties Chicks Too Held Over Thru July 25

first_imgFacebook30Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Harlequin Productions Sixties Chicks Too, Harlequin Productions’ highly successful summer musical, has been extended for an additional week and will now close on July 25. Harlequin’s original musical celebration of the 1960’s greatest female singers and songwriters has attracted thousands of patrons to the State Theater in downtown Olympia.“We extend our summer musicals for additional weeks if the demand is there,” said Harlequin Artistic Director and Director of the show, Linda Whitney. “In this case the demand has been overwhelming, and that’s a great problem to have!”The show, which was originally scheduled to finish its performance run on July 19, features songs by such artists as Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, The Supremes, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and more.WHO:             Harlequin ProductionsWHAT:           Sixties Chicks Too, a Harlequin original musical celebrationWHEN:           June 18-July 25, 2015; Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00pmWHERE:         The Historic State Theater – 202 4th Avenue East, Downtown Olympia 98501PRICE:            General: $39, Senior/Military: $35, Student/Youth: $2DEALS:           Rush tickets available at Box Office ½ hour before curtainTICKETS:       Tickets and info available at harlequinproductions.org, or by calling 360/786-0151RATING:        Bring the family!Harlequin Productions is a professional not-for-profit theater company in Olympia, WA, dedicated to the creation of stimulating and enriching theatrical experiences by producing an eclectic season of new works, “buried treasures,” and unconventional treatments of classics. Through a dynamic selection of extraordinary material, we explore the human adventure in search of theatrical magic that stretches the mind, nourishes the soul, and inspires human empathy.last_img read more