Sandwiched inside a random Carrier Dome locker Saturday, Mike Hopkins looked defeated. Slouching between the grated orange metal following Syracuse’s 83-72 loss to Villanova, the SU assistant coach Hopkins was in the same position as Arinze Onuaku 10 months earlier.Ten months ago, the former SU center Onuaku cried behind a towel while stowing away, finding solace in a single EnergySolutions Arena locker. At the Sweet 16 in Salt Lake City, Onuaku’s career came to an abrupt end. The No. 1 seed Orange had failed. As his teammates fielded questions about the upset loss to Butler, Onuaku tried to block everything out.Saturday, though, there was no hiding behind a towel for Hopkins. The loss wasn’t of the same magnitude. Syracuse’s season isn’t over. But still, the assistant coach sat there for a moment, scanning the locker room and thinking. For a team at a crossroads, it was perhaps the most telling image of reflection.That crossroads comes from the Orange’s inefficiencies in what was a vaunted 2-3 zone.‘In the first half, we were not good defensively,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘We let them into the lane and let them get open 3s.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe failure of the 2-3 zone was the prime reason Syracuse lost to Pittsburgh Monday, as the Orange went down 19-0 in the game’s first eight minutes. It was the prime reason Syracuse lost to Villanova, as eight Wildcat 3-pointers helped Villanova to 40 first-half points.Five days prior to Saturday’s Villanova game, Hopkins could sense that this exact dilemma was on the brink of arriving. The Panthers exposed the Orange’s 2-3 zone for the first time all year. It explicitly showed all future SU opponents an efficient way to get ahead of Syracuse.‘What a lot of teams do,’ Hopkins said in Pittsburgh, ‘is they watch the tape, and they do it the same way. We are going to have to do a better job keeping those guards out of the lane because Villanova is a pretty good team.’Saturday, with a season-high 11 3-pointers, Villanova’s guards rarely got in the lane. The Wildcats pounced. But they didn’t do it in the same way as Pittsburgh. Rather, the opposite.And when watching the film, opponents can couple it with the grim reality of statistics. Pittsburgh and Villanova were polar opposites for this SU 2-3 zone. Against the Panthers, Nasir Robinson and company bullied SU for 32 points in the paint. Against Villanova, the Wildcats registered only two points in the paint at halftime, as 18 of their first 24 points came from behind the arc.Syracuse’s suffocating zone failed against two different approaches, and Hopkins’ worst nightmare came to fruition. Until the deficiencies in the zone are quelled, the Orange won’t be the top-five team it should be.In five days, SU’s zone defense was gutted. Now, instead of just watching the tape of the Pittsburgh loss, Seton Hall and the rest of SU’s 10 regular-season opponents will have two games to watch. Two different classes and lessons to be learned on how to attack the zone.That is a real cause for concern. That is the main cloud above Syracuse’s collective heads, as well as the heads of Boeheim and Hopkins.With Hopkins in the locker like Onuaku 10 months ago, the scene after Saturday’s Villanova game bore a resemblance to postgame Butler for SU’s coaches and players.Villanova lit up the Orange to hand SU its second consecutive loss. An 18-0 start to the season was forgotten, replaced instead by a losing streak. Questions remain to be answered.The paramount answer this team is searching for now is one that was on full display in front of 33,736 at the Dome Saturday and one that had Hopkins and others sitting coldly next to and in lockers.Will SU’s zone rehabilitate?If it does, this Syracuse team is one talented enough to prevent a repeat of Onuaku’s scene, not in January but March. And despite the frustrating loss Saturday, Boeheim still has hope.‘We can get there, but right now we’re not good enough to beat a top-five team,’ Boeheim said. ‘I think we can get better, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us.’Tony Olivero is the development editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at email@example.com. Comments Published on January 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
Girls in the room drooled a little the first time Tim Lester walked into Barry Brennan’s math class. High cheekbones, tight jawline, brown eyes and all, Lester was about to become their student teacher.“But he was a taskmaster,” Brennan said. “So they were not going to get away with not doing work.”Lester was preparing for the 2000 NFL Combine after a record-setting quarterback career at Western Michigan while student-teaching algebra and geometry at Wheaton Warrenville South (Illinois) High School. He didn’t get drafted. He never played a down at any level higher than the XFL or the Arena Football Leagues.Sternly but patiently, though, he kept teaching and learning. First and briefly, math as a student teacher in actual classrooms. Then on small college football fields around the Midwest.So on Saturday, a man who both dug trenches for a plumber and secretly slipped algebra and geometry students congratulatory jolly ranchers will sit in a booth above the Carrier Dome turf. Lester, 37, will be calling out plays for a Syracuse (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) offense he took over from George McDonald a week before facing No. 1 Florida State (5-0, 3-0) at noon on Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He just needs an opportunity and this is it,” McDonald said.The teaching and the pushing are in him as much as his value of controlling the line of scrimmage. His father was his best friend, but his mother was a physical education teacher who made him field extra grounders after poor defensive games of baseball.Bruising starts are part of his past, too. An 8-year-old Lester came home from his first football practice with black-and-blue arms, upset with the sport. He had begun playing football a year or two later than his teammates and it was a tradition for them to beat up on the new kid. But his parents got him lineman arm pads and Lester immediately became a quarterback.“After that day when he realized it’s just a little bit of hitting and it’s not going to kill you, he really took to the game,” said his mother, Pat Lester.He’ll debut as a Division I offensive coordinator without Brisly Estime and potentially Ashton Broyld. He’ll call plays for a battered offensive line and a set of unproven quarterbacks — including freshman AJ Long and sophomores Austin Wilson and Mitch Kimble — that he’s supposed to both develop and contend with.“You got to game plan differently, you got to understand, you got to communicate with them to figure out what they know and what they don’t know, when they’re lying when they say ‘I got it, Coach,’” Lester said. “… Cause they always say they got it. They never want to say they don’t got it.”The SU quarterbacks need the Orange to run. They need the rushing game that Syracuse has lacked in all but one of its last three games. Lester needs it too. He just knows it better and more harshly than his quarterbacks.In his junior year of college, WMU’s starting running back went down injured. Lester still threw for 3,311 yards, but said he struggled to do it. He took a beating along the way, too, losing 0.7 yards per carry himself.“It’s affected me as a coach ever since,” he said of the experience.When Division II Saint Joseph’s (Indiana) College hired Lester for his first head coaching job in 2004, Ron Tyner was a redshirt freshman, set to start for the first time in his collegiate career.As a lineman, he didn’t trust Lester, “this quarterback guy.”“O-linemen don’t want to go out there and pass block every play so we’re thinking ‘Oh sh*t, here we go, we’ve got a quarterback guy, wants to sling it every down,’” Tyner said. “And he made it very clear that we were going to establish the run and control the line of scrimmage.”Lester also taught Tyner to stop playing cautiously, Tyner said, while also making him hate disappointing the coach.A call to Lester was the second one Tyner made after he found out his wife was pregnant and he’ll be in town visiting Lester on Saturday and watching the game. But to this day, after coaching with and befriending the SU offensive coordinator for five years, he’s never called Lester by his first name.As a coach, Lester speaks publicly almost as freely as he does precisely. Privately, he likes to instruct and mold, simplify and calculate.“Numbers are good and bad because they can get to the truth and they can also be used to totally fool you,” Lester said.Lester revels in the late-night silence of his office. There, he grades offenses and quarterbacks, turning most every decision and action they make or take into a statistic.He keeps his stats on himself, too. Like his record as a head coach in games after days he kicked his team off the practice field. He’s undefeated.“It really makes no sense,” he said.Sometimes football lives don’t either. In high school, Lester lived two doors down from a boy named Ronnie Grego in Wheaton, Illinois. They were best friends, who, by their senior years had each played their way to Division I football.Grego, an all-state linebacker, was set for Northwestern. The quarterback, Lester, was Western Michigan-bound. But encephalitis, a brain-inflaming infection, left Grego disabled. Like Lester, he’s 37 now, but struggles to speak or balance. He can’t drive a car or work and he lives in a group home in Michigan, near where his mother works.But when Lester was the head coach at Elmhurst from 2008–12, he and Brennan would take Grego out for dinner once a month. They’d go to Chili’s — Grego’s favorite — or Joe’s Crabshack. The meals would sometimes take two hours because Grego also struggles to swallow.“Even when Tim got bigger and bigger, he hadn’t forgotten people like Ronnie,” Brennan said. “He hadn’t forgotten where he came from.”Lester shared that hometown with Joe Furco, who Lester eventually started as a true freshman at Elmhurst. Throughout Furco’s career at Elmhurst, Lester also told him that basic execution of a game plan could win football games against any opponents as long as the quarterback kept his offense ticking.He shared stories of his own playing career with Furco, and called a lot of run plays to ease the freshman’s transition.But when Furco overslept his alarm and missed a rehab appointment for his ankle, Lester sent a graduate assistant to yank Furco out of his dorm room and ultimately, into a meeting in Lester’s office.“If you’re going to be a starting quarterback as a freshman, you got to be where you need to be as a leader of the offense,” Furco said Lester told him.Lester is again preparing an inexperienced quarterback to lead his offense. But this time there are three of them.He will switch them out, Lester said, but not by quarter or drive. He doesn’t think that’s fair to the quarterbacks or any good for the team. It forces too much pressure on each play and pushes quarterbacks to hold onto the ball too long, he said.Lester’s been in Long’s position, a true freshman waiting in the wings, knowing he’d only play if the starter was “hurt, hurt.” He admires Wilson’s arm, calling it “special.” Kimble aces every test in the quarterbacks room, but needs to process reads better.And with all of the Orange’s young quarterbacks, heading toward whatever lessons Florida State teaches, Lester thinks back to his own children.“I tell my kids all the time, ‘Don’t touch that, it’s hot, don’t touch that,”’ Lester said. “They touch it every time. And then once they touch it, they never touch it again.”After Tuesday’s practice, Lester said he would go back to his office and cross out about half of his game plan. The Orange didn’t look good enough to run it, he said. As much as he expects the players to simply deal with the decision, he expects them to complain about it.Said Lester: “But they’ll be happy with me on Saturday.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 10, 2014 at 1:39 am Contact Jacob: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Jacob_Klinger_
Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanUSC’s Olympic legacy is unparalleled. Prior to the Rio games, more than 400 Trojan athletes have participated in a summer games, earning a total of 288 medals. However, one notable sport was missing a Trojan medal — men’s basketball. Former Trojan DeMar DeRozan made history this summer winning men’s basketball gold for the first time in USC history.“You have the opportunity to represent your country and play for a gold medal,” DeRozan told NBATV. “It’s something that comes around every four years. You don’t get the opportunity to do it as often.”DeRozan came to USC in 2008 as a five-star recruit from Compton High School. His decision to stay in Los Angeles was important, as it helped him achieve his goals while staying true to himself.“Having that opportunity to go to a school that I looked up to, where I was from, staying home and playing and earning a name for myself coming out of there [was important],” DeRozan said to the Pac-12 Networks.As a freshman, he led the Trojans in scoring as they fought their way to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament and became the Pac-12 Conference Tournament Champions. After the 2008-2009 season, DeRozan was ready for the next step in his basketball career, and he declared for the 2009 NBA Draft. The Toronto Raptors chose him with the ninth pick of the first round, making him the second highest NBA draft pick in USC history, behind only O.J. Mayo who was selected third overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2008.Once in Toronto, DeRozan established himself as a powerful player, and he quickly became one of the faces of the Raptors along with Team USA teammate Kyle Lowry. After only seven years as a professional, the two-time NBA All-Star has been a member of the 2014 FIBA World Cup champions, and is now an Olympian.Despite being an American playing in Canada during the NBA season, he has felt nothing but support from both countries.“It’s the best of both worlds,” DeRozan said. “I know a lot of Canada is rooting for me and [Lowry] to win. When you have the power to move two countries, it’s a great feeling.”On the Olympic stage, DeRozan continued to impress fans, coaches and teammates. He averaged 11.1 minutes a game in Rio, putting up 6.6 points and grabbing 1.4 rebounds per game. Team USA teammate, Golden State Warriors player Klay Thompson, was impressed with DeRozan.“He is taking the Raptors to new heights,” Thompson said to the Pac-12 Networks. “He has worked every year. He loves basketball and works on it like there is no tomorrow.”His focus and willingness to do whatever it takes to help the team is what makes him a valuable asset to the national team this year. He is willing to take on any role, even if that means sacrificing scoring points himself and not becoming the star of the show.“It’s whatever Coach K … and these guys need me to do,” DeRozan said to USA Today. “Whether it’s playing defense and running the floor, I’m going to do it.”That hard work and dedication to the sport has paid off for him. Shortly after he was chosen for the national team, he signed a $139 million, five-year deal with Toronto on the first day of free agency. Despite having multiple other offers, including one from his hometown team, the Los Angeles Lakers, DeRozan was set on staying in Toronto where he has a connection to the fans and to his team.DeRozan brought home the final Olympic medal for America and for USC, bringing the total Trojan medal count to 309. DeRozan also has the opportunity to head to Tokyo in 2020 to compete for another one.
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The five nominees for the Landmark Award, listed alphabetically, are as follows…Edsel Ford II, Ford Motor CompanyAlvin Hawkins, NASCAR’s first flagman; established NASCAR racing at Bowman Gray Stadium with Bill France Sr.Mike Helton, the first non-France family member to be named NASCAR presidentDr. Joseph Mattioli, founder of Pocono RacewayRalph Seagraves, formed groundbreaking Winston-NASCAR partnership as executive with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco CompanyHolly Cain writes for the NASCAR Wire Service. Stewart may join one of his former rivals and one of this year’s new inductees, four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon, who was chosen for the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.MORE: 2019 Hall class unique in one distinct wayAlso newly added to the esteemed list released Wednesday are Bonnett, a popular member of the “Alabama Gang”; NASCAR Xfinity Series pioneer and two-time champion Sam Ard; early Daytona 500 winner Marvin Panch; short-track master Jim Paschal; and the sport’s first “master mechanic,” Red Vogt. A nominating committee representing NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners and the media selected the new slate of names.There are three new nominees for the prestigious Landmark Award as well, including Edsel Ford II, Mike Helton and Dr. Joe Mattioli, who join returning nominees Alvin Hawkins and Ralph Seagraves. This award honors competitors; “those working in the sport as a member of a racing organization, track facility, race team, sponsor, media partner”; or someone considered “a general ambassador for the sport through a professional or non-professional role.”Here is the full list of nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame (listed alphabetically):Sam Ard, NASCAR Xfinity Series pioneer and two-time championBuddy Baker, won 19 times in the NASCAR Cup Series, including the Daytona 500 and Southern 500Neil Bonnett, won 18 times in the NASCAR Cup Series, including consecutive Coca-Cola 600 winsRed Farmer, three-time Late Model Sportsman champion; 1956 Modified championRay Fox, legendary engine builder, crew chief and car ownerHarry Gant, winner of 18 NASCAR Cup Series races, including two Southern 500 victoriesJoe Gibbs, combined for nine car owner championships in Cup and Xfinity seriesJohn Holman, won two NASCAR Cup Series championships as co-owner of Holman-Moody RacingHarry Hyde, 1970 NASCAR Cup Series championship crew chiefBobby Labonte, won a championship in both the Cup Series and Xfinity SeriesHershel McGriff, 1986 NASCAR west series championRalph Moody, won two NASCAR Cup Series championships as co-owner of Holman-Moody RacingMarvin Panch, won 17 times in the NASCAR Cup Series, including the 1961 Daytona 500Jim Paschal, 23 of his 25 NASCAR Cup Series wins came on short tracksLarry Phillips, only five-time NASCAR weekly series national championRicky Rudd, won 23 times in NASCAR Cup Series, including the 1997 Brickyard 400Mike Stefanik, winner of record-tying nine NASCAR championshipsTony Stewart, three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, two-time Brickyard 400 winnerRed Vogt, the first master mechanic of NASCAR, and a founding memberWaddell Wilson, won three NASCAR Cup Series championships as an engine builder DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart and the late Neil Bonnett are among the list of new nominees eligible for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.Five inductees from a list of 20 nominees will be chosen for the 2020 induction class on Voting Day, Wednesday, May 22 — the list of new honorees decided on by both the NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel and a nationwide fan vote on NASCAR.com.
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Columbus Day, which falls on the second Monday of October, is one of 10 federal holidays recognized by the U.S. government. This year, it falls on Oct. 14. The day commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus to North America in October 1492. Many also see it as a time to celebrate Italian heritage. Columbus Day was first recognized as a U.S. federal holiday in the 1930s, but some states — Alaska, Hawaii and South Dakota — do not observe the holiday, which is widely controversial because of Columbus’ treatment of indigenous people.Columbus Day: Celebrating cultural heritage, or the colonization of Native Americans?South Dakota instead celebrates Native American Day and Hawaii celebrates Discoverers’ Day. Other states and over 100 cities have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.Here’s what businesses will be open or closed on MondayBanks: Most banks, including Federal Reserve Banks, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and PNC Bank, will be closed. TD Bank will remain open on Monday. Mail services: The United States Postal Service will not deliver mail on Monday. However, UPS does not observe Columbus Day and locations will be open. And, UPS will pick up and deliver packages as normal. FedEx will be operational, with the exception of modified service for FedEx Express and FedEx SmartPost.Schools: Many schools will be closed on Columbus Day, but some districts, including the School Districts in Florida, do not observe the holiday and will remain open. Libraries: Most public libraries, including the New York Public Library, will be closed on Columbus Day. Stock markets: The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will remain open.
6 Oct 2016 Lancashire win English senior crown Lancashire are the new English Senior Men’s County Champions – regaining their crown in a thrilling finale at Chipping Sodbury Golf Club in Gloucestershire.They beat defending champions BB&O (Bucks, Berks & Oxon) 6-3 in today’s title decider, but the scoreline sounds much more comfortable than the reality.Lancashire, who also won in 2014, got ahead early on by winning the morning foursomes 2-1. But BB&O made them fight every inch of the way in the singles, with five of the six games going to the 18th – and the sixth decided on the 17th.“It was unbelievable,” said team manager Mike Gray. “They are just a great set of guys, a wonderful team. This was a fantastic game between two good teams.”Both teams fielded an international player in the top singles with Ian Crowther representing Lancashire and David Niven leading the BB&O challenge. Their battle was typical of the afternoon’s play: close and hard fought with Crowther edging one up on the 17th, which he won with a superb up and down from behind the green.But on the 18th, Niven won the hole with a par which included a penalty drop and a holed 25-footer. Crowther described it as the five of the century and said the halved match was “a fair result overall.”Next was the fiercely contested game of Lancashire’s Trevor Foster and BB&O’s David Cromie. Foster was dormie two up but lost the 17th to a textbook par, before halving the 18th in par for his point. “It was unbelievable,” he said. “It was as good a match as I have ever had. In the first 12 holes David holed everything, I felt I was playing so well and he just kept coming back and back at me. It was a fantastic game of golf.”His win meant Lancashire had 3.5 points and needed just one more to secure at least a halved result today and an overall victory, thanks to a slender advantage from their previous two matches. They had to wait a while when BB&O’s Tim Whittaker came back from four down after eight to win on the last.But Andrew Westwell’s fighting finish took Lancashire over the line when he won 16, 17 and holed a testing downhill 3ft putt to halve the 18th for a one-up result.Westwell, who is playing at County Finals for the first time, left the last green in tears after the emotion of the occasion overcame him. But he paid tribute to his ‘brilliant’ caddy and team-mate Robert Fox.Alan Gillespie added another point to the Lancashire tally when he beat BB&O captain Ashley Brewer 2/1 and the scoreline was completed when Tony Holt halved his game with BB&O’s George Best Wilson.Brewer said afterwards; “We gave them a run for their money and it was a close battle, but the right team won. Lancashire are very, very strong and congratulations to them, they deserved to win on the day. But we will be doing our best to try and relieve them of the trophy next year!”In the play-off for third place Devon overcame Worcestershire 5-4. The South West team also led 2-1 after the foursomes and completed the win with successes from Tim Aggett, Tony Allsopp and Rick Pillow.Team manager Jon Gynne was in charge for the last time and he was delighted to finish on a high. “The success is in getting here,” he said. “Then, you know you are going to come up against top players and you do as well as you can. We have done that and so I can’t ask for any more.”Click here for full scoresLancashire image copyright Leaderboard Photography