Beat writers predict close matchup in Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament opener against Baylor

first_img Comments Syracuse (20-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) earned an eight seed in the NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City as a part of the West Region. That sets up a Round of 64 meeting with Baylor (19-13, 10-8 Big 12). The Orange have played the Bears twice before in their histories, with SU winning both matchups. The game tips off at 9:57 p.m. on Thursday.Here’s what our beat writers expect to happen on Thursday night.Billy Heyen (25-8)Teddy bearsSyracuse 69, Baylor 64My one reservation about this matchup is Syracuse protecting its defensive glass. But if the Orange limit second-chance opportunities, they have the upper hand elsewhere. Tyus Battle will be back, Frank Howard is playing his best basketball and Elijah Hughes, Buddy Boeheim and Oshae Brissett have all been effective of late. SU actually has the shooting to stretch the floor when Baylor goes zone, and if the Bears’ go man, Battle can take over to send Syracuse into a likely meeting with one-seed Gonzaga.Charlie DiSturco (24-9)A dash of Orange in MarchSyracuse 65, Baylor 63AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis is a super interesting matchup for Syracuse. They face a small Baylor team that normally sends out a starting center at 6-foot-8, yet the Bears are the second-best offensive rebounding team in the country. One of the flaws in the 2-3 zone is allowing offensive boards, and that’s what’ll keep this matchup close in the Round of 64. The difference maker, which is why Syracuse will pull away at the end, is the height differential  — SU is the tallest team in the country, while Baylor sits at No. 143. Forcing the ball inside to Oshae Brissett and Paschal Chukwu will be key and using the length at the top of the 2-3 zone will stop an average-shooting Baylor squad. Matthew Gutierrez (20-13)Here come the OrangeSyracuse 62, Baylor 54Here come the Orange for another dance to the second weekend, beginning with a win over Baylor. Syracuse is 7-2 in its last nine NCAA Tournament games — and 12-4 in its last four NCAA Tournament appearances. This appears to be another SU team that could make a good run, at least to the Sweet 16. The basketball SU played in Charlotte was encouraging on a number of levels — Frank Howard, Buddy Boeheim, defense, ball movement — and SU seems made for the Big Dance. March on. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 20, 2019 at 4:06 pmlast_img read more


first_imgCouncillor Jimmy Kavanagh has called for a full review of speed limits currently in place in Donegal.He was speaking following the launch of a new document entitled ‘Guidelines for Setting and Managing Speed Limits’, which has been produced by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD.“This document provides advice and guidance to those charged with responsibility for speed limits across the country, including the local authorities,” Councillor Kavanagh explained. “With this document for reference, now is an opportune time for Local Authority Engineers to audit the speed limits currently in operation in Donegal. It is likely that some changes need to be made. We need to ensure that greater consistency is applied where speed limits are concerned. It is also recommended that speed reviews be carried out every five years.Today’s Guidelines address a number of areas and sees the introduction of new road signage to deal with speed limits in rural areas on minor local roads and for the implementation of new urban ‘Slow Zones’ in residential areas to reduce the speed limit to 30 km/h.They are also relevant to An Garda Síochána, who must be consulted in relation to any proposed bye-law applying a special speed limit; the National Roads Authority, who must consent to a Special Speed Limit on a National Road or motorway and to other interested parties such as the Road Safety Authority, the general public and motoring organisationsKey points addressed in the Guidelines include:- • New criteria for setting speed limits for rural and urban roads• This will be based primarily on road width in rural areas• In urban areas it will be based on movement function (arterial road, link road, local road) and place context (commercial centres, suburban housing areas, out of town industrial areas).• New rural speed limit signThis generic sign is the ‘white circle with black diagonal stripes’ which is in use internationally. Its use is recommended on narrow country roads instead of the numerical 80km/h sign. This sign means that drivers must use their judgement when using the road in question but must not exceed 80km/h in any event. The new alternative ‘rural speed limit’ sign is being supported by an associated Road Safety Authority awareness campaign.• New Urban ‘Slow Zones’ (30km/h) for housing estatesLocal Authorities and community groups are encouraged to consider the implementation of ‘Slow Zones’ in self-contained areas that consist of local roads with low traffic volumes and minimal through traffic. It is envisaged that each such zone should be a self-enforcing, reduced-speed area with speed bumps, markings or other traffic calming treatments as required. They should be developed and implemented as a local authority supported by a community based approach to reduce the speed limit to 30 km/h and to add safety measures within a select area in order to change driver behaviour. The ultimate goal of a ‘Slow Zone’ is to lower the incidence and severity of crashes and to enhance quality of life. New signage is also being unveiled tomorrow to support Slow Zones.“A speed limit is the maximum speed at which vehicles may legally travel on a section of road between speed limit signs. Nobody knows our area’s roads as well as our roads engineers, and I would urge the commencement of a review at the earliest opportunity. That said, it is the responsibility of a driver to obey speed limits at all times – and a speed limit should never be seen as a target speed for drivers.” Councillor Kavanagh concluded. KAVANAGH CALLS FOR COUNCIL TO REVIEW ALL OF DONEGAL’S SPEED LIMITS was last modified: March 19th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:COUNCILLOR JIMMY KAVANAGHdonegalspeed limitlast_img read more

Lionel Messi likely to return for Argentina, linked to Chelsea

first_imgArgentina superstar Lionel Messi is likely to return to international football in November 2016, according to reports in Argentine daily La Nacion.Messi shocked the world by calling it quits from international football after his team failed to pass the final hurdle in Copa America 2016 against Chile. Following a missed penalty chance in the title clash, Messi announced ‘for me the national team is over’.However, Messi’s Argentina teammate, who has chosen to be unnamed, revealed the 29-year-old star is eyeing the 2018 World Cup and would return for the World Cup qualifier game against Brazil on November 10.”He is going to return, and he has Russia 2018 as an obsession,” Messi’s teammate was quoted as saying.LINKED TO CHELSEA Also, Messi is set to make another massive career move in the coming weeks. After his father Jorge and himself were sentenced to 21 months in prison for defrauding the Spanish tax office of 4.1 million euros, Messi is likely to leave Spain and pursue his career elsewhere. (Also read: Lionel Messi to leave Spain) Premier League giants Chelsea are looking to make use of the situation and grab the star striker for a record price, according to reports. Jorge had met with Blues’ owner Roman Abramovich in the last ten days to discuss a possible deal. Chelsea have promised to pay Messi a whopping 800,000 Euros-a-week to secure his services.Speculations are rife Messi was upset with Barcelona for not supporting him enough during the tax fraud case.La Liga president Javier Tebas, who defended Messi’s innocence, has not ruled out Messi’s exit from Spain. “Of course I fear that (Messi) could leave, but the only thing I can tell him is that from La Liga we believe he isn’t guilty,:” he said.advertisementPep Guardiola’s Manchester City, who have been linked to Messi in the recent past, have stopped pursuing the superstar after the star manager said ‘Messi should stay in Barcelona’.last_img read more