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Basketball: Miami Hurricanes showing progress in critical win over Clemson – MyPalmBeachPost (blog)

Posted: February 19, 2017 at 11:06 am

Kamari Murphys jumpers were two of the positive signs for UM in its win over Clemson. (Getty Images)

CORAL GABLES Miami would like to have JaQuan Newton on the floor.

While hes suspended, however, the Hurricanes have proven more than capable of winning.

UM won its second game in a row without its junior point guard, beating Clemson 71-65 at the Watsco Center in a vital chance for both teams to add to their NCAA tournament resumes.

The Hurricanes (18-8, 8-6 ACC) offset the absence of Newton, a talented scorer who can break down the stingiest of defenses, by producing four players in double figures: senior forward Kamari Murphy (career-high 15), senior guard Davon Reed (14), sophomore center Ebuka Izundu (12) and sophomore forward Anthony Lawrence (10). Freshman guard Bruce Brown had nine points.

Miami needed everyone to contribute in a tight game, which it led by one possession for most of the first half, and two scores by most of the second. Its largest lead was eight.

We all play for each other, said Murphy. If everyone plays their role, well get the win. Whoever steps up that day, well take it.

What coach Jim Larranaga liked more: his team had more assists (19) and fewer turnovers (seven) Saturday than in any one of their ACC games this year. That result came against a Clemson team that leads the ACC in steals.

Brown, Reed and Lawrence each finished with five assists. Larranaga was beaming about some of those passes afterward.

Lawrence threw one behind his head to Murphy for a first-half lay-up. Freshman guard D.J. Vasiljevic stole the ball, read the fast-break defense and dropped it to Lawrence for a slam. With 1:34 left and Miami up three, Reed drove baseline and hooked a pass to the top of the key to Brown for a three-pointer. Ballgame.

Nineteen assists, Larranaga said. I like em all.

The crowd of 6,987 liked when Murphy, a 6-foot-8 redshirt senior known for defense and dunks, showed he has a little offensive game. He hit a jumper early, and later used a pump-fake, then Euro-stepped his way to the basket for two points. He rattled home another jumper on the next possession.

Teams have got to change their scouting report now, said a smiling Murphy, who made a career-best seven shots on nine attempts, and led Miami in rebounds (nine). He admitted the Euro-step was just instinct I dont think thats part of my game.

Murphy would like to have the soft lefty jump-hook of his 6-10 frontcourt mate, Izundu, whom he said scores easiest out of anyone on the team. After early-season foul trouble plagued him, Izundu is provingit. He scored 13 points in his first nine conference games, but is averaging 8.8 in his last five, beginning with a career-high 16 on Feb. 4 at North Carolina State.

Vasiljevic, a 6-2 guard from Australia, has shot mostly assisted 3s so far. But Larranaga said he attacks the basket in practice, and was quite satisfied when Vasiljevic (five points) scored Saturday by splitting a double-team and throwing an off-balance floater at the rim.

He also noted 6-10 freshman forward Dewan Huell (six points), a former McDonalds high school All-American battling a foot injury,called his own name on a play called Chin Rip, where he scored on an up-and-under layup through contact.

Were making a lot of progress, Larranaga said. Young guys. You just dont know their timetable. Bruce Brown was ready by the time the season began. Then youve got guys like Dewan, who really needed to add strength. D.J. needed to play against the fast, quick athlete. In one of our early practices, I forget what Dewan did, but D.J. said, Yeah, we dont have those kind of dunks in Australia.’

I think our upperclassmen have played well all year, but our freshmen and sophomores are gaining more confidence.

Reed, Miamis steadiest player, grabbed seven boards and played excellent defense on Clemsons 6-7 star Jaron Blossomgame (17.3 points per game), who made 13 of his last 27 threes entering the game. He missed all five he took Saturday and scored 16 points. The Tigers didnt make a 3 in the second half (0-for-8) and finished 3-of-17.

That defense will help Miami on Monday at Virginia, currently ranked No. 14 and one of three ranked teams Miami will face in its final four games. The Hurricanes host No. 12 Duke on Saturday and finish on the road at Virginia Tech (Feb. 27) and at No. 17 Florida State (March 4). If they win one of those, it will greatly boost their resume heading into the ACC tournament (March 7-11 in Brooklyn, N.Y.).

We dont want to think too far down the line, but every game is crucial, Murphy said. We want to have a postseason. Youve always got to protect home court.

For Clemson, Saturdays loss struck a major blow. The Tigers (14-12, 4-10) have a few wins in a loaded ACC, and the fifth-toughest schedule according to KenPom.com, but are now 2-6 on the road in conference play.

Not for me to say, coach Brad Brownell said when asked what the loss did to his tournament chances. We lost the game to a top-50 RPI team. I dont think it does much.

Both teams were hot to start, each opening 6-for-7 and 13-for-20 from the floor. Thats typical for Clemson, which was ranked 27th in offensive efficiency by KenPom.com. The Hurricanes, stingy defensively all year, settled in and held the Tigers 10 points below their season average.

Clemson cut it to two points with 11:11, and one point with 7:43, but Reed and Lawrence sank threes in response both times.

Making both free throws, making a big three, a timely shot, Brownell said. We just didnt get any momentum-type plays in the second half.

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Posted: February 18, 2017 at 4:46 am

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Will Klay Thompson Wear The Anta KT 2 Bahamas During NBA All-Star Weekend? – KicksOnFire.com

Posted: February 17, 2017 at 1:41 am

The latest colorway of theAnta KT 2 hits close to home for Klay Thompson. Known as theAnta KT 2 Bahamas, this bold look on the KT 2 is inspired by the island paradise that hold a very special place in Klays heart since that is where Klays dadbegan influencing and shaping the person and player that Klay is today.

Klay Thompson spent his childhood inthe Bahamas and now he has a shoe that helps him reminisce of those times. Coming in a soft Turquoise and White color scheme, the choice of hues is inspired by thecrystal waters and cloud-sprinkled sky of the Bahamas. Also taking the time to pay homage to his father, the shoe features Chinese characters on the inside of its tongue that translate to Wise schooling has produced excellence beyond the teacher. The follower has surpassed the master.

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Hundreds protest in support of freedom of speech – WRIC

Posted: February 13, 2017 at 9:04 am

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WASHINGTON (WRIC) More than a hundred protesters rallied outside the White House on Saturday night, holding signs in support of the First Amendment. Organizers called it a candle light vigil. Issues of freedom of expression are absolutely critical

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Marginal progress for Turkish-backed forces in north Syria – PBS NewsHour

Posted: February 12, 2017 at 7:08 am

Turkish military vehicles drive in the northern Syrian rebel-held town of al-Rai, Syria January 5, 2017. Photo by Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

BEIRUT Turkish troops and allied Syrian opposition forces have managed to capture just one-tenth of a north Syrian town from Islamic State militants, a conflict monitoring group said Saturday, despite reaching its outskirts seven weeks ago.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group told the AP that nine-tenths of al-Bab remains under IS control. The Observatory receives its information from a network of contacts inside the war-torn country.

Battlefield reports from Syrian opposition forces corroborated the Observatorys review.

The Turkish-backed Ahrar al-Sham militia announced Saturday on Twitter that opposition forces had taken the citys silos and sports complex in its southwestern districts. The coalitions operations room released a video on social media showing its fighters at the gates of the Hikma hospital. Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group also reported the hospitals capture.

But these amount to just marginal advances in the town, where some 100,000 residents lived before the start of the Syrian civil war, six years ago. Al-Bab lies about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the Turkish border.

Turkey is leading Syrian opposition forces in a broad operation called Euphrates Shield against the Islamic State group and U.S.-backed Kurdish forces northern Syria.

Ankara wants to clear groups it says are terrorists away from its border, while Syrian opposition forces are looking to secure territory before rival government forces arrive from the south.

Turkey is the oppositions chief backer in Syrias multisided civil war. It has deployed troops, tanks and artillery inside Syria as part of operation Euphrates Shield.

Turkeys Anadolu news agency began reporting Turkish troop fatalities in al-Bab on Dec. 21. That week, 16 Turkish soldiers were killed in clashes or ambushes by the Islamic State in the town.

Dozens of civilians have been killed in Turkish air raids on the town, as well.

The IS groups Aamaq news agency reported that Turkish, American, and Russian warplanes flew more than 80 sorties over the town on Friday and struck with 150 artillery rounds.

The three powers are coordinating their aerial campaigns against the Islamic State group and other al-Qaida-linked factions in northern Syria.

Pro-government forces, meanwhile, backed by Russian airpower, are engaged with IS militants in the village of Tadif, about 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) south of al-Bab.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Saturday that in the course of the battle in the area of Tadif, government forces destroyed 650 terrorists, two tanks and various vehicles fitted with arms and explosives. The figures could not be independently confirmed.

Meanwhile, Irans Supreme National Security Council authorized Russia to fly its fighters over Iranian airspace to support operations in Syria, the states semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.

Earlier on August, Iran confirmed that Russia bombers launched airstrikes from near the Iranian city of Hamedan, 280 kilometers (175 miles) southwest of the Iranian capital, Tehran to hit targets in in eastern Syria.

Iran is a stanch supporter of the Syrian government.

Associated Press writers James Heintz in Moscow and Amir Vahdat in Tehran, Iran contributed to this report.

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TMS wrestlers gear up for conference – Thermopolis Independent Record Homepage

Posted: February 9, 2017 at 6:20 am

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Jarek Sorenson works to roll his opponent over during the Thermopolis Middle School quad.

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Last week saw 10 middle school wrestlers hitting the mats during the Thermopolis Quad Tuesday, January 31.

The boys wrestled against Lander and Riverton, and came away from the home competition with 13 wins and seven losses.

Sean Johansen lost by a 2:04 fall to Tallen Anderson of Lander, but won by a 1:31 fall over Hunter Peterson of Riverton.

Carson Williams won by a 59-second fall over Gabe Harris of Lander, but lost by a 2:21 fall to Angel Monroe of Riverton.

Wyatt McDermott won by 10-5 decision against Blaize Laird of Lander, and by a 3-1 decision against Elisha Hernandez of Riverton.

Landon Sosa won by 13-9 decision against Gage Bailey of Lander, but lost by 9-4 decision to Kaden Toman of Riverton.

Roedy Farrell won by a 50-second fall over Ryan Edinger of Lander, and by 14-2 decision against Dalton Leach of Riverton.

Matt Music won by a 36-second fall over Mark Mock of Lander, but lost by 6-2 decision against Dalen Draper of Riverton.

Jarek Sorenson won by a 57-second fall over Sean Williamson of Lander, but lost by a 59-second fall to Brandon Kautz of Riverton.

Austin Barral lost by a 2:12 fall to Jaden Rivera of Lander, and won by a 4-0 decision against Kris Topan of Riverton.

Logan Cole won by a 50-second fall over Mason Hutson of Lander, and by a 45-second fall over Blake Walters of Riverton.

Charlie Sandberg lost by a 1:24 fall to Talon Anderson of Lander, and won by a 1:28 fall over Kaden Hinkle of Riverton.

Coach Toby Emery said the matchups were good during the quad. The only downfall, he noted, was they only wrestled 10 kids compared to other schools who had over double that. This meant the Bobcats had to show how they can stay ready and prepared, as sitting for an hour before hitting the mat wouldn’t do them any favors.

All of the boys wrestled well, Emery said, and they’ve had the weekend off so he hopes they come into this week fresh and ready to practice for the conference at Powell this Saturday.

Emery added Barral has really come along this season and is wrestling with better technique, and Johansen is really stepping up and has more confidence. Overall, he said, the team has been evolving bit by bit each week, and the conference will be a true test for them. He hopes to see the boys step up and beat kids to whom they have lost in the past.

The conference at Powell is scheduled to begin Saturday at 10 a.m.

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Robotics competition events help teens express creativity – Monroe Evening News

Posted: February 6, 2017 at 3:23 pm

VEX Robotics and VEXIQ teams competed Saturday at Monroe County Community College.

Tessa Garlepied and her teammates steadied their robot, then drove the machine toward the middle of the ring before throwing the orange cube.

The teenagers then used their controllers to pick up several yellow stars and do the same.

Tessa, 16, is a member of Monroe Countys Team Virus VEX robotics team, which was among more than 70 teams that competed Saturday in either the VEX or VEXIQ contest held at Monroe County Community College.

This is a difficult challenge, the homeschooler said. We havent done as well as we did at our last tournament but we are up against some really good teams.

Still, Tessa and her teammates were optimistic about their remaining matches Saturday afternoon and won their next one.

Tessa, who is in her fourth season of robotics, said she really enjoys the competitions. The team participates in about six contests a year.

Even though the competitions stress me out, I love the competitions, Tessa said. I also really like the building process.

Each season offers a different challenge. This year in the Starstruck contest, the student-constructed robots earned points for tossing stars and cubes across a large white fence. Teams could also earn points for having one robot hanging at the end of the match from their hanging bar.

This is a difficult challenge because you are constantly doing something all the time, Tessa said.

Matthew Nelson, 15 and a student at Monroe County Community College, is also a member of Team Virus, which had four groups competing Saturday.

In his group of four, Matthew agreed the competition was tough but he still enjoys participating.

I really like the camaraderie, he said. And I like that you really have to work as a team and depend on each other.

Teams from around the state participated in the event, which featured students from third grade through seniors in high school.

Sebastian Vanadia, 12, is a seventh-grader at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Pontiac. He and his three other teammates enjoy participating in the VEXIQ division, which is for younger teams.

Its fun to build the robot, Sebastian said. It took us a couple of hours.

The younger groups challenge Crossover was similar to their older counterparts having to get Hexballs across the other side of the match area. Points could also be scored when robots were parked or balanced on a bridge in the middle of the course.

Teammate Joshua Lyijynen, 12, said robotics is another way for him to use his hands to construct objects, which he has enjoyed for a while.

I love to build Legos and now with the robot I can help build something with a motor, Joshua said.

Robotics also gives participants the ability to think outside of the box, Joshua said.

I like it because you can be very creative, he said. We didnt like our first robot, so we built another one.

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Liberty Flames College Football Clubhouse – ESPN

Posted: September 24, 2015 at 9:46 am


Josh Woodrum threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns, Damian King threw a touchdown pass on a trick play, and Liberty defeated Montana 31-21 on Saturday night.

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West Virginia continues to play good defense, and young receivers Shelton Gibson and Jovon Durante continue to impress in a win against Liberty.


Skyler Howard threw three touchdown passes and Wendell Smallwood scored twice, leading West Virginia to a 41-17 victory over Liberty on Saturday.


No more scheduling FCS opponents. That’s the message West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen is sending to his fellow FBS programs.


Josh Woodrum connected with Darrin Peterson on a pair of touchdowns as Liberty defeated Delaware State 32-13 in a season opener for both teams on Saturday night.


Ron Brown, the former Nebraska assistant who took a job under Bo Pelini at Youngstown State in January, is leaving the Penguins to become associate head coach and receivers coach at Liberty.


Villanova comeback tops Liberty 29-22 in FCS


Liberty outlasts James Madison 26-21


Liberty edges Coastal Carolina 15-14 to win title


Charleston Southern hangs on to tip Liberty, 38-36


Abnar carries Liberty past Monmouth, 34-24

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