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  • PCP: World Series champ?

    first_imgBleachSeeing as the baseball playoffs are more of a crapshoot, than, well, a craps table in Las Vegas, a fan must look for extraordinary circumstances when trying to predict the World Series winner.Whether its just good Karma (which the Yankees are missing), rolling a lucky eight-sided die or interpreting a dream you had, unusual methods are needed for any serious gambler.This is why the Minnesota Twins will be smiling in November.The Twins may have momentum, the soon-to-be AL MVP and the support of every small market fan who opposes the Yankee, Red Sox, Angels and Dodgers big bucks approach, but none of those reasons are why they will win the World Series.Nope, the reason the Twinkies will be hosting the Commissioner’s Trophy — what an awful name MLB’s defining hunk of metal — is the power of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.That’s right, that horrible eyesore plaguing Minneapolis will be solely responsible for the Twins’ fourth World Series Championship.Again, you must think outside the box. Its not that the carpeted surface or loud atmosphere or any other traditional home field advantage will help the Twins.Simply put, the Metrodome just doesn’t want to let go of its beloved baseball team. With the AL Central champs moving next season, the Dome will ensure it can hold as many more games as possible. The Dome’s thinking? If the Twins win one more World Series, maybe they won’t leave me. If I (being the dome) can just deliver one more championship, the nostalgia will be too intense to abandon such a historical structure.Call it magic, call it sorcery, call it a really tired writer at midnight, call it whatever you want. I just know I’m calling a Twin’s World Series win.BraunOK Bleach, I’m really happy for the Twins too. But I’m not ready to say they’re the best team in baseball.As of now, the most impressive team since the All-Star break has been the St. Louis Cardinals. When they acquired Matt Holliday, their offense was completely revamped, with Albert Pujols running away as the MVP favorite.No offense to the Twins, but the Cardinals were able to dominate their division, while Minnesota had to make a ridiculous run to even be in contention. Right now, the Twins’ pitching is suspect and has no real ace at the top of the rotation.The Cardinals have by far the best pitching rotation to go along with their 1-2 punch in the middle of the lineup. Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright are the top two Cy Young candidates along with Tim Lincecum.Say what you will about momentum and fate, but there’s no question that the Cardinals have the tools and the willpower to win the World Series.last_img read more

  • Cohen: Hack reflects on end of hectic formative years, ‘Hell of a ride’

    first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 30, 2013 at 1:46 am My career at The Daily Orange officially ended well past 3 a.m. on the morning of April 10. I stepped out of Nate Shron’s car, gathered my luggage from the trunk and realized the greatest ride of my life — one I’m struggling to put into words — was over.Five months earlier, Nate and I had been on an aircraft carrier in California, pushing the limits of our credentials for behind-the-scenes coverage of the most unique basketball game Syracuse has ever played. But as we returned home from the Final Four in Atlanta, where an unforgettable season came to an end on the sport’s grandest stage, there were no more trips to look forward to.The end had finally arrived.“Hell of a ride,” Nate said, a tinge of disappointment in his voice.Of course he was right. But that was only one year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn my time at The D.O., I was fortunate to be a part of some unforgettable experiences and events that were more than I could ever ask for as an aspiring writer. Journalism came to define my life as my college years passed, and it was the perfect four-year stretch in which to be a sports scribe.As a sophomore, I found myself buried in research and reporting for an investigative story that was never even published. There were dozens of meetings with editors, multiple Freedom of Information Law requests and a few nerve-wracking phone calls with lawyers that tested my gumption as well as my guts. My work spanned four months, then a year, then fell apart.But the lessons I learned from that non-story were as important as the ones I learned from any real story. And it instilled in me some of the qualities necessary to embrace the hailstorm that rocked Syracuse in the fall of my junior year: the Bernie Fine scandal.In hindsight, the timing was impeccable, as myself and two other D.O. journalists had just returned from Penn State when ESPN published its story on Bobby Davis. We were, by that point, well versed in Scandal Coverage 101 after a week on Joe Paterno’s front lawn.To this day, I am incredibly proud of the work our paper did in the immediate aftermath of the news breaking, even if some relationships were damaged in the process. That first week — the live interviews I did on CNN and HLN (plus the one I slept through), the eight-page “Fine Fired” special section, the cans and cans of soda since I don’t drink coffee — could never be forgotten.Nor could the impromptu trip to Maine to visit Zach Tomaselli. For four hours in a hotel conference room, I listened as he explained in horrifying detail the things he alleged had been done to him by Fine, as well as the things Tomaselli had done to an underage boy that got him arrested.In the end, it was another story that never ran in its entirety. Tomaselli, as it turned out, was a pathological liar. But yet another set of valuable lessons was learned in the process.The year was defined by unforgettable breaking news, and the sports gods rewarded me with unforgettable games as a senior. Me and fellow beat writers Chris Iseman and Ryne Gery were treated to a football season that ended in a bowl game and a basketball season that ended in the Final Four. At Syracuse, that’s like catching lightning in a bottle.I crisscrossed the country this year, covering games in Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, California (twice), Georgia, Washington, D.C., Rhode Island and more. But of all the flights, trips, Jim Boeheim rants and seedy hotels, three moments stand out to me as truly unforgettable.The first was my trip to San Diego for the Battle on the Midway, where the comical image of Syracuse basketball players shooting free throws into the wind continues to make me chuckle. The second was the last Big East tournament, when Chris and I covered four games in four days, including an all-time classic between Syracuse and Georgetown. And the third was at a hotel bar during the Final Four in Atlanta, where I had drinks with some of my sports writing idols in a series of pinch-me moments complete with ice-cold beer.So when I returned to Syracuse in the early morning hours of April 10, after the Orange had climbed all the way back against Michigan, only to lose in the final seconds, I was equal parts sad and nostalgic. The D.O. had given me my greatest college memories, and I struggled to come to grips with the fact it was finally time to say goodbye.I sat in my apartment as the clock approached 4 a.m. that morning, thinking back on the places I had been and the people I met while episodes of “Friends” aired monotonously in the background. Again and again, I came to the same conclusion, my thoughts unable to end up anywhere else: Nate was absolutely right.It really was a hell of a ride.Michael Cohen is a former sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his columns no longer appear. You can reach him at Commentscenter_img Related Stories Gery: Hack reflects on father’s influence in desire to pursue sportswriting careerIseman: Hack fulfilling lifelong dream inspired by late sports writing unclelast_img read more

  • Teach for America founder visits campus Wednesday

    first_imgTeach for America founder Wendy Kopp spoke at an intimate gathering of students Wednesday evening about the importance of transformative leadership in education.Kopp, who serves as CEO of Teach for All, the global offshoot of TFA, said many schools today are ill-equipped to address the needs of the most at-risk students.“We are sending students who we know need more to schools that have less,” she said.The organization places college graduates in low income communities throughout the country to serve as teachers. Kopp spoke about the genesis of TFA, an idea she created for her senior thesis while at Princeton University in 1989.Kopp said when she was in college she saw that liberal arts graduates in particular were being recruited by large investment firms offering good money and only asking for a two-year commitment, but she felt many students were taking the corporate path because of a lack of other meaningful options available to them.“What I hoped for then, and what I still hope for, is that graduates of our most selective educational institutions can channel their energy into expanding opportunity for those most in need,” Kopp said. “The most fulfilled people I know have made the choice to be in this arena.”Among those in attendance was former TFA teacher Avery Seretan, who is currently a second-year master’s of public policy student. Seretan continues to work at Alliance Cindy & Bill Simon Technology Academy High School in Watts, where she served during her tenure with TFA. She said she came to the event to meet Kopp but also to be a resource for students contemplating participation in TFA.“I’m excited to see new Trojans and interact with people who are excited and passionate about education,” Seretan said.But, in recent years, the number of USC students applying for TFA positions has declined drastically. TFA recruitment manager Chrystal Gaither said last year TFA accepted 56 applicants from USC compared to 96 applicants in 2013.Applications and enrollment in TFA nationwide have decreased significantly in the past five years. Kopp said the organization placed 4,200 teachers across the country last year, compared to 6,000 the previous year.Lida Jennings, executive director of TFA Los Angeles, said the decrease in applications is likely due at least in part to the economic recovery. She said applications reached a high point following the 2008 economic crisis. Currently there are 180 corps members serving as teachers in Los Angeles, which is home to the nation’s second-largest school district.“I have requests for, and I could place 2.5 times as many teachers as we have right now,”  Jennings said.But the program is still selective, with an average national acceptance rate of 18 percent, and the application process will not become any less competitive to respond to increased need. Jennings said recruiting the most qualified leaders and teachers is still the foremost concern of the organization, which is part of the reason she wanted to bring Kopp to USC to speak directly with students.“Social leadership is pervasive here at USC,” said Jennings, a USC alumna who previously worked at the Marshall School of Business. “There is a deep appreciation for community at this university. We’ve hit the jackpot if we can harness these hearts and souls into long-term educational leadership.”Adlai Wertman, professor of clinical entrepreneurship and founding director of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab, led the conversation with Kopp, which in part reflected on the organization’s 25th anniversary.“We have to look at what [Kopp’s] generation did and how this generation can build on it,” Wertman said.One student at the event is hoping to do just that. Samantha Jacobs, a senior majoring in public relations and English, was accepted into TFA and will begin her training this June for job placement in Philadelphia.“I’m really passionate about bridging the equality gap in education, and I can’t think of a better place to start than Teach for America,” Jacobs said. “These kids need that leadership. They need that example, and they need us to take the reins.”Lauren O’Neil, a senior majoring in business administration major, is still waiting to hear whether or not she has been accepted into the program but she said seeing Kopp speak cemented her desire to be involved in working with students.“Seeing such an incredible founder taking time to speak with students demonstrates how important she believes we all can be and how much we can have a meaningful impact,” O’Neil said.last_img read more

  • No. 7 women’s lacrosse seeks a perfect 10

    first_imgThe women’s lacrosse team (9-0) hits the road to take on Fresno State (3-7) on Thursday at 5 p.m.The Women of Troy have climbed to No. 7 in the country after continuing to impress over the course of the season. Now at the halfway mark of the campaign, USC will square off against a Bulldogs team desperate for a victory. Fresno State has lost four straight, including an 8-7 overtime loss at San Diego State this weekend.The two teams have a handful of common opponents, including Stetson and Oregon. USC clobbered Stetson in the season opener in a 21-2 rout, while Fresno State won 14-6 over the Hatters. But Oregon was a different story for Fresno State. USC demolished the Ducks, 17-4, at McAlister Field last weekend, but Fresno State fell 15-10 when they traveled to Eugene.USC is Fresno State’s highest-ranked opposition since the Bulldogs met then-No. 4 Florida in 2012.Speaking of Florida, the Gators are No. 2 in the country right now, second best only to Maryland. The Terps occupy the top spot in the rankings with a perfect 8-0 record.Something stands out when sifting through the top 20 rankings. While the usual suspects are present and accounted for, USC one of just two teams with an unbeaten record.If the Trojans continue to play at this level, it will be a serious threat to bring home the hardware come season’s end. The team takes things one game at a time, though, and not a single player on the roster will underestimate Fresno State.The Bulldogs’ depth could be an issue against USC, seeing as they typically only work some four or five substitutes into the action. The Women of Troy, meanwhile, mix it up quite well and get solid performances from non-starters.USC’s balanced attack, which senior attacker Caroline deLyra praised after the win over Oregon, has given opponents major problems so far. Junior attacker Michaela Michael is leading the charge with her 39 goals, but the assist-machine deLyra finds countless ways to find her teammates in dangerous areas.USC’s depth, versatile attack and sheer momentum at the moment point to another blowout win. However, what makes this team great is its perpetual desire to improve. These players refuse to let any hint of complacency hold them back, which is a beautiful thing for head coach Lindsey Munday and the faithful at McAlister Field.Following Thursday’s match, the Trojans will take on San Diego State at home on Saturday afternoon.last_img read more

  • JK Brackens and Moyle Rovers into U 21 A Football Final

    first_imgThere were wins today for JK Brackens and Moyle Rovers in their respective County U 21 A Football Semi Finals.In the early match it was very much a one sided affair as Brackens clocked up 7-21 to Borris’s 0-03.Then in the second semi final in Munroe Moyle Rovers dominated the first half in their encounter with Clonouny Rossmore and were leading 10 points to 3. Clounoulty staged somewhat of a comeback in the second half clocking up a further 7 points but Rovers put in a gusty performance and secured victory on a scoreline of 1-14 to 0-10.last_img read more

  • Manny Pacquiao beats Timothy Bradley in ‘final’ fight

    first_imgManny Pacquiao beat Timothy Bradley by unanimous decision in what the Filipino says is the final fight of his career.All three judges scored Pacquiao winner by 116-110 on Saturday in the match between the pair in Las Vegas.Pacquiao, 37, knocked down American Bradley, 32, in the seventh and ninth rounds in the third welterweight meeting between the two.”I’ve made a commitment to my family that I’m going to retire after this,” said Pacquiao.Pacquiao, who bounced back from a split-decision defeat by Bradley in 2012 with a decisive win two years later, looked the more menacing fighter after a cagey opening round.Bradley landed occasionally but Pacquiao caught the American on the chin in the second round and stretched his lead further with a knockdown in the seventh. A second knockdown followed in the ninth, despite a Bradley left-hook wobbling the Filipino a round earlier, as Pacquiao coasted home in the 66th fight of a career in which he has won world titles at six weights.”Maybe I enjoy being a retired man, serving the people, helping the people,” added Pacquiao, who said before the fight he wishes to concentrate on a political career in the Philippines.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

  • LA Dodgers hurt by long ball again, lose to Blue Jays

    first_imgIt was left for the two bullpens to decide it – and the Dodgers’ bullpen nearly did in the bottom of the seventh.After Louis Coleman retired the first two batters, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts went to Adam Liberatore to face a left-handed stretch of the Blue Jays’ lineup. A hit batsman, a single, a wild pitch and a walk later and Liberatore had loaded the bases. Joe Blanton got reigning AL MVP Josh Donaldson to pop out, defusing that situation.He couldn’t survive another one. With one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, Edwin Encarnacion doubled off Blanton. The Dodgers intentionally walked the left-handed Justin Smoak to bring up the right-handed Pillar. He jumped on a 1-and-2 fastball from Blanton and drove it over the fence in left field.It was the eighth home run given up by Dodgers’ pitching in the first three games of this interleague road trip. The Dodgers are now 3-10 in their past 13 games in American League ballparks. Justin Turner had a two-out single in the first inning off Stroman and the Dodgers didn’t even get another ball out of the infield until another two-out single by Turner in the sixth inning. They had two other singles in between, both on the infield, while striking out seven times.Maeda, meanwhile, was picking his way through the Blue Jays’ powerful lineup, walking a season-high four batters but allowing just one hit – and even that one resulted in an out. Former Dodgers infielder Darwin Barney shot a liner into the right field corner, leading off the third inning, and tried to stretch it for a double. But Yasiel Puig’s perfect throw to the second-base bag beat Barney.That was Barney’s mistake. Maeda made his only mistake in the sixth inning.After walking Josh Donaldson with one out, Maeda fell behind in the count to Jose Bautista then hung a full-count slider. Bautista did what he does to hanging sliders with regularity and gave the Blue Jays a two-run lead.The Dodgers came to life and matched it in the top of the seventh, stringing together doubles by Joc Pederson and Carl Crawford and an RBI single by Chase Utley – all with two outs. TORONTO >> A pitchers’ duel between starters Kenta Maeda and Marcus Stroman was decided by the bullpens.Penalty kicks might have been better for the Dodgers.A three-run home run by Kevin Pillar in the eighth inning off Dodgers reliever Joe Blanton gave the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-2 victory in the opener of the interleague series at Rogers Centre on Friday night.Stroman and Maeda matched zeroes into the sixth inning.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

  • Post your garage sale ads here for this weekend

    first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is another garage sale weekend. And the world needs to know you are having one. Go ahead and post your garage sale in the “comment” section below. We will remind the shopping troops on Friday about your sale.Happy bargain selling and hunting!Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (7) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 271 weeks ago OK, gang, this is all you have to do. Write up your garage sale and submit it as a comment. Write as much as you like and you won’t pay one cent! Example: Joe Blow at 100 North New York Avenue is having a garage sale for the Wellington Citywide. We will start the sale at 6 a.m. and run through noon Saturday. We will be offering a variety of stuff including clothes, furniture and a beautiful hand-woven rug. We will also be giving out free lemonade. Call us at 888-888-8888 if your have any questions. Hope to see you there! Report Reply 0 replies · active 271 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Tamberlyn · 271 weeks ago Garage Sale Friday, June 5th starting at 4PM and Saturday 8AM. Item’s include girls bike, boys bike, furniture, small applicances, Christmas decor, fall decor, education/classroom items, toys, and other misc items. 1308 Western Report Reply 0 replies · active 271 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Eva · 271 weeks ago Family Yard Sale @ 224 N. Park in Wellington – Saturday June 6th, 8 to 3pm – solid wood entertainment center, craft items, clothing of different sizes, mobile Peavey Escort sound system, electronic drum set, and much, much more !! Report Reply 0 replies · active 271 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Mary · 271 weeks ago Garage Sale- 1111 South G, Sat.June 6, 8-12. Name brand teen,women’s and men’s clothing. Most like new. Summer and winter clothes. Love seat with twin sleeper. Recumbent exercise bike. Video game chair. Household misc. Still adding stuff. Report Reply 0 replies · active 271 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Carol · 270 weeks ago I have lots of jade for sale. $5. per cutting. Check at the nursery’s, they want at least $8. 2nd/Main Belle Plaine, 2 story brown house. Fri. Sat. Sun. 1p-dark. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Kim · 270 weeks ago ESTATE SALE 608 high drive in wellington. Friday June 5th. 3:00 to 7:00. Everything 50% off!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Eva Patterson · 270 weeks ago Family Yard Sale – 224 N. Park – Wellington- Saturday 6th 8-3. OUR JUNK JUST MAY BE YOUR TREASURE Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

  • West Brom striker Berahino delighted with England call-up

    first_imgWest Brom striker Saido Berahino believes he is ready to take his chance with England, after he was called up to the squad to face Slovenia and Scotland.The 21-year-old has been in scintillating form this season with seven goals from ten Premier League appearances – making him the highest scoring Englishman in the division.Speaking to the Drivetime show, Berahino said he hopes to learn from the experience when he joins up with the squad.“It means a lot to me,” said Berahino. “England as a nation has given me a second chance in life and now I’m in a position where I can provide for my family. We live a much better life than we did 20 years ago.“Obviously I back myself to do well in those games [Slovenia and Scotland] if I get given the chance. I’m just going to work hard on the training pitch and I can’t wait to meet up with the lads and pick up a lot from the experience I’m going to gain.“I’ll be looking at the likes of [Wayne] Rooney and [Danny] Welbeck who have done a lot in the game and try and learn from them.“International football is totally different to club level in that not everyone is in their comfort zone. But I’ll go in there used to it now. I’ve gained a lot of experience in the younger age groups so I’ll take that confidence into the seniors and I’ll go in there to try and enjoy my football and just let it do the talking.”last_img read more


    first_imgThe average rent for all dwellings in the private rented sector in Co. Donegal in Quarter 4 of 2015, and which were registered with the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) was €463.This was up €6 when compared to the average rent in Q3, 2015, when the amount was €457, and was up €23 when compared to a year earlier, in the last quarter of 2014, figures released today show.This data comes from the latest PRTB Quarterly Rent Index which is compiled by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) for the Board. It is the most accurate and authoritative rent report of its kind on the private accommodation sector in Ireland. This is because it is based on the actual rents being paid, according to the PRTB’s records, as distinct from the asking or advertised rent.At a national level, monthly rent levels rose in Q4, 2015, by 2.2% when compared with Q3 when the growth rate was 3.6%. Looking at the trends in more detail, monthly rents countrywide for houses were up by 1.5% quarter on quarter, while rents for apartments were 2.7% higher than in Q3, 2015.Rents in Dublin grew by 1.8% in Q4 compared with Q3, 2015. While rents for houses in Dublin increased by just 0.7%, rents for Dublin apartments rose by 1.9%. For properties outside Dublin, rents in Q4 2015, when compared with the third quarter of that year, were up 2.3%. Rents for houses outside Dublin recorded a quarterly increase of 1.9%, while apartment rents outside Dublin increased by 2.9% in Q4, 2015.Commenting on the latest Rent Index findings, a Spokesperson for the PRTB said it was another opportunity too to remind both landlords and tenants of the provisions of the new tenancy legislation which came into law last December. “That provides that rent may only be increased once in a 24 month period (previously 12 months). It also provides that 90 days advance notice must be given prior to any increase (previously 28 days). As previously, rents may not be more than the market rate. All landlords are legally obliged to register tenancies with the PRTB and the number of new registrations with the PRTB in Q4, 2015, was 27,316.  PRIVATE TENANCY RENTS CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 15th, 2016 by John2Share 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:donegalPRTBrentsriseslast_img read more