Tyler Lydon’s solo act not enough to rescue Syracuse at No. 9 North Carolina

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — With Syracuse’s comeback on life support in the second half, Tyler Lydon provided the same jolt he’d been delivering all game. The sophomore positioned himself near the top of the key and buried a long jumper, cutting SU’s deficit to 10 with about 11 minutes to go.On his way back down the court, Lydon placed one finger over his mouth, shushing a sellout crowd counting down the minutes to Roy Williams’ 800th head coaching win. It was about the only moment all night from Syracuse that warranted posturing. Because even during Lydon’s last-ditch, 18-point second half effort, the Tar Heels convincingly shut down the Orange.“I don’t really care how I played,” Lydon said. “My shot was falling, that was great. But we didn’t win, so it doesn’t matter.”The dynamic, 6-foot-9 sophomore was a one-man show for the Orange on both ends of the floor. Lydon led his team with 26 points, and his seven rebounds was second most for the visitors. But given what SU has shown in this strenuous season, one-man shows often don’t translate to wins, and it didn’t on Monday evening in North Carolina. No. 9 UNC (17-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) easily dispatched Syracuse (11-8, 3-3), 85-68, leaving SU winless in its six games played outside of the Carrier Dome.“It can’t just be one guy,” senior forward Tyler Roberson said. “In order for us to win against great teams like North Carolina, we have to all play well.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOnly once did the Orange seriously tease an upset, charging into the second half with a 12-0 run that cut the Tar Heels’ lead to three. Lydon was the catalyst, corralling a rebound and sinking a 3 to kick-start the run. When North Carolina regained its lead and stretched it back to eight, Lydon answered with consecutive jumpers to slice the lead back to six.He seemed to have answers for anything UNC threw at him: Successfully hoisting shots over UNC’s guards when Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks sealed off the paint, and finding space underneath the hoop when they didn’t.“It was kind of a mismatch problem with him,” senior guard Andrew White said. “(North Carolina) was really big inside, so he was able to get his perimeter game going a little bit.“That was something we expect of him …  He showed a lot of offensive ability.”But the problem about this Syracuse team is that it consistently needs so much more from Lydon than his marquee offensive nights. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has been in a season-long bind defensively, and once again he called on Lydon, officially listed as a forward, to play significant minutes as SU’s center.Taurean Thompson played 12 minutes, and Dajuan Coleman never left his seat on the bench, just like he has in all of conference play (with the exception of one minute against Miami). Left to fend for himself down low, Lydon played all but one minute and performed as well as any of SU’s defenders on a night when they were outrebounded by 20. He and Roberson collected more than 60 percent of Syracuse’s rebounds, highlighting more voids in a Syracuse team with plenty of them.“He was just on,” Roberson said of Lydon. “… He just wasn’t missing. He was playing defense, and he played a really good game. We just fell a little short.”Boeheim agreed with Roberson’s sentiment about falling a “little short,” despite the final 17-point deficit. The veteran head coach thought it was SU’s best road game of the year. Yet, at least on the scoresheet, Lydon’s outing was the only overwhelmingly positive item.White scored 15 points off five 3s, but struggled to create his own shot against a rotating group of North Carolina player. Tyus Battle also pitched in 13 points, but didn’t do much outside of SU’s second-half 12-0 run when he had a pair of steals and two baskets. Lydon was largely all Syracuse had on Monday.When it’s just Lydon, it’s just not enough. Comments Published on January 16, 2017 at 11:15 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more

Long expected to be named for Euro2016 play off squad

first_imgO’Neill is expected to name an extended provisional panel for the two-leg tie, with some media speculation that in-form Brentford midfielder Alan Judge will be handed a call-up after a series of impressive performances in the Championship.Tipperary’s Shane Long is also set to be included in the squad after Southampton confirmed over the weekend that the Gortnahoe striker is expected to return to first-team action shortly after his ankle injury.The main concern will be over the fitness of defender John O’Shea, who suffered a suspected hamstring strain during Sunderland’s derby win over Newcastle last Sunday.last_img read more

Media freedom is key to global sustainability

first_img4 May 2015Freedom of expression and press freedom are critical to the successful implementation of good governance and human rights around the world, United Nations officials declared as they inaugurated the 2015 edition of World Press Freedom Day.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Unesco Director-General Irina Bokova and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein observed in a joint message issued on Sunday that quality journalism “enables citizens to make informed decisions about their society’s development”, while also working “to expose injustice, corruption and the abuse of power”.“For peace to be lasting and development to be sustainable, human rights must be respected. Everyone must be free to seek, receive and impart knowledge and information on all media, online and offline,” the joint statement said.World Press Freedom Day, which was established by the UN General Assembly, is celebrated annually on 3 May.The day is designated by Unesco as an opportunity to:celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom;assess the state of press freedom throughout the world;defend the media from attacks on their independence; and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty;This year’s theme – Let Journalism Thrive! – is a three-pronged message that advocates for quality journalism, the tackling of gender imbalances in media, and digital safety.As part of the commemoration, the Media Development & Diversity Agency (MDDA), in partnership with the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) and Unesco, will be hosting host a seminar in Johannesburg on 5 May.Guided by the international theme for 2015, the seminar will bring together government departments and entities, media practitioners and students, academia and civil society organisations to commemorate the day with a focus on the state of media freedom in South Africa.Established by an Act of Parliament in 2002, the MDDA gives meaning and effect to the principles of press freedom through its commitment to a free and diverse media, with access to all.The MDDA promotes the development of a free media in South Africa by building an environment where a diverse, vibrant and creative media flourishes and reflects the needs of all South Africans.Specific objectives of the MDDA Act include encouraging ownership and control of and access to media by historically disadvantaged communities, as well as by the historically diminished indigenous language and cultural groups.The agency also seeks to raise public awareness with regard to media development and diversity and encourages research regarding these crucial issues.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Impending deadline could stop rail shipments in their tracks

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Spring planting may seem quite far off, but farmers are already looking ahead with a wary eye on something that may derail all their plans — a nationwide railroad shutdown. Unable to comply with the looming Dec. 31 deadline for implementing positive train control, railroads are warning customers that they might stop rolling altogether — and soon, unless Congress gives them more time.Positive train control is a GPS-based train control system designed to prevent collisions and over-speed derailments. Under the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, railroads are required to implement PTC systems by the end of this year on mainline tracks that carry “toxic by inhalation” materials like anhydrous ammonia — a key fertilizer ingredient — as well as passenger traffic.BNSF, Union Pacific and other large rail carriers say they’ve been working on PTC since the mandate was put in place in 2008, but it’s a very large, complex system made up of multiple independent technologies, many of which didn’t exist seven years ago.According to information from the Federal Railroad Administration and the railroads themselves, no Class I freight railroad will be in compliance with PTC requirements by the end of the year. At least one railroad — BNSF — has said if Congress doesn’t extend the deadline, it plans on stopping all traffic on lines that are required to have PTC installed, and they won’t wait until the end of the year to do so.To ensure there are no TIH shipments on their systems as of Jan. 1, 2016, many railroads plan on issuing TIH notices prior to Thanksgiving. Faced with the likelihood of fewer rail shipments in the last quarter of this year and potentially no shipments in early 2016, fertilizer manufacturers, who work around the clock to ensure an adequate supply for on-time planting, will probably cut way back on production, according to the Fertilizer Institute. And even if — and that’s a very big “if” — fertilizer manufacturers don’t slow down, fewer shipments in late 2015 will be a big problem for spring planting in 2016 because rail shipments of fertilizer are distributed equally across the year to meet demand.The American Farm Bureau Federation and other organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Retail Federation, highlighted the catastrophic consequences that would follow a shutdown of large segments of the nation’s freight rail network, in a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. From farm inputs and goods to coal, automobiles, retail consumer goods and chemicals like those used to purify water for drinking, a major service disruption would have cascading impacts on the nation’s food, energy and water supplies, as well as transportation, construction and nearly every sector of the U.S. economy.As compliance with the PTC mandate is simply not achievable, the groups are urging Congress to act by Oct. 31 to extend the deadline to allow railroads enough time to put the system in place. In its multiyear highway bill, the Senate has given the railroads another three years to meet the PTC deadline, but the House has yet to act on its version of the bill.Unless Congress acts it’s not only rail shipments that will be grinding to a halt; farmers, ranchers and the rural communities and national economy they support will also be well off track.last_img read more

Spring weather outlook

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The weather for the first part of the year has been mild to say the least with average temperatures running well above normal. The very mild February continued into March and similar trends are expected for the next several months when addressing temperatures. While most enjoy the warmer than normal temperatures for the winter and spring, if the trend continues into the summer months as the models are leaning we may change our opinion. Precipitation, mainly in the form of rain, was above normal for the past month and this trend is also expected to continue into April, or at least for the next couple of weeks. Looking at these conditions in relation to the ag industry, the temperatures to this point for spring will aid in raising the soil temperatures for planting, but the moisture could lead to delays in getting early seed in the ground.Examining the monthly outlook guidance, a drying trend is noted as we move into May along with temperatures at or above normal. Last freeze dates appear to be following normal trends for the region. May looks to be more favorable with normal or slightly below normal rainfall expected with continued near or above normal temperatures. Moving into the summer months the climate models are hinting at temperatures that remain above normal with precipitation regimes leaning towards normal or slightly below normal conditions. So overall the temperatures are expected to be supportive, but rainfall will be the factor to watch moving forward.last_img read more

Donation to benefit new barn at Jackson County Fairgrounds

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentThe Jackson-Vinton Farm Bureau presented the Jackson County Agricultural Society a check for $2500, to be used for the construction of a new barn on the Jackson County Fairgrounds. In September, a Hometown Harvest Dinner in the Street event was held to bring local producers and consumers together!  The donation given were the proceeds from that event. Thank you to everyone who supported this endeavor.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Costa Rica tops Group D after 0-0 draw with England

first_imgEngland’s goalkeeper Ben Foster grabs the ball as Costa Rica players try a header. (AP Photo)Costa Rica finished first in what many considered the World Cup’s toughest group after a dour 0-0 draw against a second-string England side on Tuesday. Costa Rica only needed a draw to top Group D and played that way, setting up in a defensive 5-3-2 formation. The result gives Costa Rica its best World Cup performance, winning a group that contained former three world champions. While Los Ticos reached the knockout stages in 1990, they finished second in a weaker group. Costa Rica will play the runner-up in Group C in the second round. England lost its first two matches to Italy and Uruguay, while Costa Rica surprisingly won its first two. Uruguay also advanced from the group after beating Italy 1-0. England had already been eliminated and will go home without a win after striker Daniel Sturridge missed a number of chances throughout the match. One of Sturridge’s best opportunities came in the 65th after a nice one-two with midfielder Jack Wilshere. But the forward’s curling shot from the right just missed squeezing inside the far post. Costa Rica had started the match brightly, passing the ball around midfield with ease and making England chase them around. Forward Joel Campbell had an early chance, but his shot from inside the area deflected off Gary Cahill and went just wide in the second minute. Costa Rica’s best chance came in the 23rd minute when Celso Borges’ curling free kick was tipped onto the crossbar and out for a corner by England goalkeeper Ben Foster.advertisement But that was about it in terms of attacking for the Costa Ricans and they were happy to absorb England pressure, especially in the second half. With nothing to play for, England coach Roy Hodgson made nine changes to the team, fielding a slew of England’s younger talent, including Adam Lallana, Ross Barkley and Luke Shaw. England’s backup players looked disjointed in the first half, giving the ball away easily and finding it difficult to break through Costa Rica’s setup. Wilshere made a fine run down the left in the 12th, setting up Sturridge just outside the area, but the forward’s curling shot just missed wide. Sturridge missed another good chance in the 18th from a throw-in, when he let the ball run in front of him before the unmarked striker launched a long-range shot that went horribly wide. In the 35th, Ross Barkley sent a long ball into the penalty area, which Phil Jones connected with and nodded across the face of goal. But Sturridge headed it over the crossbar. Wayne Rooney came on as a substitute late in the second half and made an instant impact for England. He found space just outside Costa Rica’s area in the 80th, but the backpedalling Navas was able to tip it over the bar and out for a corner.last_img read more