Opponent preview: What to know about Georgia Tech

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (14-12, 7-8 Atlantic Coast) hopes to begin its bounce-back end to the season at 4 p.m. Saturday against Georgia Tech in the Carrier Dome. SU traveled to Atlanta, Georgia earlier in the season and blew out the Yellow Jackets, 97-63. On Saturday, the Orange hope for more of the same.Here’s what to know about GT ahead of the matchup.All-time series: Series tied, 6-6Last time they played: On Dec. 7, Syracuse scored its highest point total of the season in a 97-63 rout of the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta, Georgia. Elijah Hughes had perhaps his strongest game of the year, scoring 33 points and shooting 6-for-11 from 3-point range.The Georgia Tech report: Since Syracuse last played Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets have completely morphed into a new team after the return of starting point guard Jose Alvarado. Without Alvarado on the floor, Michael Devoe was required to be the team’s primary playmaker. This was something he took on successfully in less competitive games but when he disappeared against the Orange the Yellow Jackets were not only beat, but destroyed. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlvarado and Devoe sharing the floor together makes guarding the Yellow Jackets guards tricky. Devoe is adept as a shooter and shot creator from anywhere on the floor and Alvarado scores his points in the flow of the offense, with teams always wary of his ability to pass. With a team like Syracuse that can’t deny the paint, overplaying him can only bolster one of his biggest strengths.How Syracuse beats GT: Force Georgia Tech to shoot jump shots. We’ve seen this several times this year, where SU has stayed in a game that normally wouldn’t be close because it forced the opponent to get much of its production from the outside. If SU clogs driving lanes, Alvarado and Devoe will have many of their usual scoring and playmaking options cut off. That coupled with another offensive explosion couldn’t hurt, either.Stat to know: 29.9 — The Yellow Jackets’ 3-point percentage, the 319th-ranked rate in the nation.KenPom odds: Syracuse has a 66% chance to win the game Saturday, with a projected final score of 73-69, per KenPom.Player to watch: Jose Alvarado, guard, No. 10When Syracuse played Georgia Tech last, its offense was stagnant and there was little movement. Alvarado will effectively wipe out that concern, as creation for himself or another is his best asset. The Yellow Jackets starting point guard isn’t just a passer, though. He averages the second-highest point total on the team at 14 points per game and can find offense in many different situations. Comments Published on February 22, 2020 at 10:34 am Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series returns to Mostar’s historic Old Bridge (Video)

first_imgThe 2019 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series returns to Mostar’s historic Stari Most for the penultimate stop of the season on August 24, and the stage looks set for a little bit more history to be added to this beautiful location. After a sensational and record-breaking season so far for Gary Hunt and Rhiannan Iffland, the reigning world champions already have one hand on the King Kahekili Trophy and will wrap up the title with another strong display in the spot where diving dates back centuries.The only Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series event where competitors leap from a UNESCO World Heritage site, Mostar holds a special place in the drivers’ hearts.Action’s centered on the 16th-century Stari Most bridge, which has a diving tradition stretching back almost 450 years.In a city with such a strong diving heritage, everyone wants to deliver a winning effort, so expect some big performances as divers fight for every last championship point.The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Championship, the most prestigious competition for the high diving, marks 10 years of existence this year, and five years since the Women’s Championship was introduced.For this celebration season, seven locations were chosen that were truly “classics” for the championships, and among them is Mostar, after hosting four spectacular competitions at the Old Bridge in the past four years.Jumpers from 12 countries will demonstrate their acrobatic skills in the USA, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Italy. Men will perform at all seven, and women at five of those places.Last year, British Gary Hunt and Mexican Adriana Jimenez are winners of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Championship that took place in Mostar last weekend. However, none of the Hunt ‘s jumps was among the top three rated jumps in the men category.Gary Hunt had three reasons for celebration at the fourth World Championship that was held on September 7 and 8: he recorded the third tied victory this season, came to the forefront of the overall order and became the first jumper who won at the Old Bridge twice.However, it is interesting that none of his jumps were among the top three in the competition in Mostar, and the same happened with the second-placed jumper Michal Navratil from the Czech Republic.Instead of them, the top three rated jumpers were the Mexican Jonathan Paredes and American Steven LoBue (fourth and fifth place), while among women it was Canadian Lysanne Richard (fourth place).last_img read more

PS placed on $200,000 bail

first_img…SOCU Head says money laundering, tax evasion investigations being done Head of the Special Organised Crime Unit Sydney James on Friday confirmed that Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Presidency, Omar Shariff, is being investigated for money laundering and tax evasion since it was discovered that he has several billions of dollars in a number of accounts at local banks.Permanent Secretary Omar ShariffJames told Guyana Times that the public official was arrested on Thursday and was released on $200,000 station bail following the intervention of his lawyer, Sanjeev Datadin.However, when questioned about the inference by the lawyer that the matter was more or less “personal”, James stated: “There is nothing personal when it comes to money laundering and tax evasion.”The Head of SOCU noted that while he cannot reveal details about the probe, he reiterated that the matter is being investigated.Shariff, who is a former senior member of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and a former head of that party’s youth arm, the Progressive Youth Organisation (PYO), was arrested by for questioning in relation to a multimillion-dollar financial irregularity.In a letter to Shariff, Minister of State Joseph Harmon requested that he should proceed on his annual leave from July 1, 2016, to enable him to fully cooperate with the investigation. In the meantime, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Communities Ministry Abena Moore will take up the role of Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of The Presidency (MOTP).However, it was reported that the permanent secretary had over $10B in several accounts at local banks which was deposited over a five-year period.Sharriff claimed that he rakes in almost $100 million a year from his business for the past seven years but SOCU is not buying into it. In addition, there were no evidence that taxes were paid for the past eight years.Attorney Datadin when contacted had stated that the issue is more or less personal and has to do with his client not filing his income tax returns for a number of years. He further explained that his client and the relevant authorities have been in discussions in resolving the matter.He also noted that his client was not involved in any corruption, as it is perceived, following the statement issued by the MOTP about him being sent on leave. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more