All Invited to Wednesday Q&A on $2.5 Million School Vote in Ocean City

first_imgThe Ocean City Board of Education invites all members of the public to a presentation Wednesday on the March 11 special school election.The election will include only one question: Will Ocean City voters approve the borrowing of $2,497,421 to help pay for a renovation of the Ocean City Primary School? The school was built in 1965.The presentation starts at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Community Room at Ocean City High School (entrance off the beach block of Sixth Street).Board of Education member Ray Clark, who heads a public relations subcommittee, said the district has made presentations to various community groups who have asked for more information. The district now wants to reach out to anybody else in the community interested in learning more about the project.“We wanted to allow the public to ask some questions and get some answers,” Clark said.Superintendent Kathleen Taylor, Facilities Manager A.J. Nordt, School Business Administrator Pat Yacovelli and school board members will be on hand to provide information.The district has the opportunity to recover 40 percent of the project cost through a state grant and to obtain historically low interest rates.“You have to take advantage of that,” Clark said.The total projected cost for the project is $5,998,198. With the state paying $2.4 million and the district contributing about $1.1 million from a capital reserve fund, voters will be asked to fund the remaining $2.5 million through a bond issue.The election will be 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 11. The project is planned for summer 2015.The school needs a new roof, heating and cooling systems, plumbing and electrical systems, windows and doors. Most classrooms have no air-conditioning, and some of the windows are 48-year-old originals, single-glazed and lined with asbestos.“Our goal is to make the school safer and healthier,” Clark said. “Promote a better learning environment.”last_img read more

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Take a Hike

first_imgI awoke Friday morning to the sound of hiking poles clicking against pavement.I unzipped the window of my SylvanSport Go and peered out from behind the mesh. An old man with a silver braid of hair hobbled along down the road toward Damascus, Va. His pack was a faded army green with loosely stitched patches and duct tape jobs. He wore sturdy boots that nearly met the hem of his khaki hiking kilt, and despite the almost pained limp with which he walked, he was singing.Trail Days had finally arrived.Trail Days-27Trail Days-16Every May, the town of Damascus commemorates past, present, and future thru-hikers by hosting a weeklong Appalachian Trail celebration. Brands and outfitters cram the park grounds, offering hikers gear repairs, free hair cuts, giveaways, discounts, and water gun blasts to the face, all in the spirit of the white blaze.There’s a reason this place is often referred to as the “friendliest town on the trail.” Not an hour after I saw the older gentleman in the kilt, a team of women appeared at the trailhead and set up shop to greet the hikers. They offered up water, a shaded place to rest, directions to a shower and a hot dog eating contest. One by one, the hikers made their way down the switchbacked ridge line to the south of town and emerged from the woods, tired, hungry, and ripe from weeks’ worth of sweat, and one by one, the ladies treated them each with the same hospitality and kindness, barely batting an eye at the stench of crusty socks.Which, if you’ve never smelled a thru-hiker’s socks, imagine catching wind of an animal carcass a week into its decay. It’s that bad.That evening, I found myself in the thick of that hiker fetor during the viewing of Chris Gallaway’s film The Long Start to the Journey. Packed shoulder-to-shoulder with hikers of every variety, the stuffy auditorium smelled much like that rotting animal corpse, except stuffed inside a sweaty shoe. The stale air hung in my face, and I fought the urge to dash from the room out into the cool spring evening. I sat cross-legged on the hardwood floor, uncomfortably shifting my position every few minutes, annoyed that more chairs hadn’t been supplied.This is going to be a long hour-and-a-half, I thought as the lights turned off and the movie began.But just 10 minutes into Gallaway’s film, I started to feel incredibly silly for thinking that. Brutal winter weather, unrelenting mosquitos, ravaged feet, and personal tragedy were just a few of the obstacles Gallaway was forced to overcome during his nearly 2,180-mile walk. That’s certainly more than I’ve ever had to overcome in six months, and certainly more worthwhile of a complaint than my temporarily sore bum and hunched back. By the end of the film, I had long forgotten the smell and the pain between my shoulder blades. As the crowd rose around me to give Gallaway a much-deserved standing ovation, I sat in speechless stupor with tears rolling down my eyes.Why? Because there’s something about a thru-hike that seems to speak to the most basic and primal nature of humans, an existence we’ve all but lost amid the gadgets and technology that consume our lives. On the trail, your day is invested in accomplishing one goal — to take one step, and then another, and then another, no matter the pace.Trail Days-25The following day, I found myself reflecting on this and Gallaway’s experience as I spoke with current thru-hikers who stopped by the Blue Ridge Outdoors tent. Though with nearly three-quarters of the trail still ahead of them, the daunting task of walking from this southwestern corner of Virginia all the way to Maine didn’t seem to phase them — they were taking it day by day, step by step, mile by mile.As someone who very easily gets overwhelmed in thinking about the “big picture,” I often lose sight of the process and wallow in its magnitude. As a writer, it’s downright paralyzing. And so, I decided, it’s time to do as these hikers have done and take a hike.MeetUp11Join me this Saturday, May 23rd, at Reeds Gap off the Blue Ridge Parkway (located at mile marker 13.5) at 9 a.m. I’ll be heading south along the Appalachian Trail with a team from the magazine and Blue Ridge Mountain Sports looking for hungry hikers in need of a little magic. Trader Joe’s has kindly offered up bread, meats, veggies, fruit, and water to our white blazers and I’ll be handing out Farm To Feet socks and LifeStraw water filters to those in need.Plus, two lucky hikers will receive the ultimate Charlottesville experience with free tickets to the Old Crow Medicine Show and The Devil Makes Three performance at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion. We’ve got a yard for camping and a ride back to the trailhead Sunday morning for the pair that wins.So pack a cooler, throw on your hiking boots, and hit the trail. Everyone could use a little magic in their lives.###Check out the Live Outside and Play Facebook album for more photos from Trail Days 2015. Happy trails, y’all!last_img read more

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Local and voluntary bar news

first_imgLocal and voluntary bar news Wilson to lead Orange County Bar Association Gen. Franks addresses Tampa leaders forum America’s armed forces will be in Afghanistan “as long as it takes,” U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks told a group of about 160 at a GrayHarris’ Community Leader Forum in Tampa in May.The war against terror won’t be over in the next six or 12 months, he added, because “there are ample people on this planet who hate us. The people of America will keep doing what it takes.”On September 11, “the United States of America looked evil straight in the face,” Franks said. “The flags went up, and we got quite serious. Now when they look at America, they see the face of resolve on our young people serving all over the world.”Through its Community Leader Forums, the firm brings together clients, attorneys and friends of the firm to hear high-profile business and community leaders and elected officials discuss issues of importance to the Tampa region.As commander in chief of U.S. Central Command, Franks is in charge of U.S. military operations for 25 nations in Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East.In his opening remarks, Franks drew chuckles from the crowd as he spoke of his less-than-stellar academic efforts in college. But the talk turned to terrorism during the question-and-answer period.“We need to either kill Osama bin Laden and [Taliban leader] Mulah Mohammed Omar, or capture them. Either is fine with me,” he said. “There won’t be closure on September 11 until we get it done. It will help us in our hearts.”However, the general said, their capture or deaths aren’t what’s most important in America’s fight to protect the country against terrorism. “They’ve been marginalized,” he explained. “We’ve had lots of success so far, but there are lots of bad guys out there, and we need to get them.”Franks praised the efforts of America’s allies in the fight against terror. There may be an imbalance in training and access to technology, he said, but “that doesn’t mean they can’t work with us. There’s a way for these allies to be involved.” THE LEGAL AID SERVICE OF BROWARD COUNTY recently held an evening of awards and entertainment, “For the Public Good.” Achievement awards were bestowed to outstanding members of the Broward community for their commitment to social justice. Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster and Russell, one of Broward’s largest and oldest law firms, was one of the recipients. Pictured is outgoing Bar President Terry Russell, center, accepting the award for the firm from honorary event chairs of the evening, David and Barbara Welch. JUDGE CAROLE TAYLOR of the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach, back left, and Assistant Public Defenders Eunice Baros, back center, and Peggy Natale, back right, recently spoke to Lisa Hanser’s social studies class at the Middle School for the Arts in West Palm Beach during Law Week. Members of Hanser’s class included Judge Taylor’s daughter, Claire Fluker, not pictured, and other seventh grade children, including Cara Baros, front left, and Sam Natale, front right. Discussion included the death penalty, Bill of Rights, Gideon v. Wainwright, and which civil liberties the students valued most. EMCEE OF THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY of Palm Beach County’s 14th Annaul Pro Bono Recognition Evening Bill Bone, from the left, and co-chairs Skip Smith and Haward Bergman belt out Guys and Dolls at the event which attracted 900 attendees and earned more than $177,000 for Legal Aid’s 16 projects. All funds generated by the evening — co-hosted by the Palm Beach County, South Palm Beach County, and Hispanic Bar associations — are used to provide free legal assistance to disadvantaged children, families, and elders residing in Palm Beach County. Honored at the event were Palm Beach County attorneys: Jayne Regester Barkdull (Community Service Award), Richard Bartmon (Appellate Law Award), Robert Bergin (Civil Litigation Award), Warren Brams (Child Advocacy Award), Steven Greenberg (Cultural Arts Award), John Kovarik (Family Law Award), Joseph Nusbaum (Juvenile Advocacy Law Award), Jack Orsley and Steven Cripps (Law Firm Award) and Kenneth Spillias (Employment Law Award). Entertainment was provided by students from the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Olympic High School, and “celebrity attorney” performers. Rashkind to lead Miami FACL Paul M. Rashkind has been elected president of the Miami Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.Rashkind is the chief of appeals for the Federal Public Defender, Southern District of Florida. The association was founded in 1963 and is now in its fifth decade advancing the principles of liberty and justice in the criminal law.Also elected officers for 2002-03 are Vice President Kenneth Hassett of Coral Gables, Secretary William Thomas of Miami, and Treasurer Glenn Kritzer of Miami.The officers and board of directors were installed at the association’s 26th installation annual dinner dance in May. During the dinner, the association also honored Circuit Judge Ellen Leesfield, who received the “Hon. Gerald Kogan Judicial Distinction Award,” and attorney Albert Krieger, who was presented with the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.The installation dinner also featured the granting of the association’s two annual law school scholarships. This year’s recipients are Kellee Knepper and Matthew Slater, both students at the University of Miami School of Law. THE AMERICAN CORPORATE COUNSEL ASSOCIATION recently held its annual Ethics Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, highlighted by a presentation moderated by Adele I. Stone, left, the former chair of The Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee. Stone led more than 50 corporate counsel through various case scenaros highlighting numerous ethical concerns when representing corporate clients, including multijurisdictional practice issues. Panelists for the discussion included Professor Tim Chinaris of Appalachian School of Law, James Gale, Lisa Gefen, Luis Perez, and Frank Smith. The American Corporate Counsel Association/Global Corporate Counsel Association is the in-house bar association serving the professional needs of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations and other private sector organizations worldwide. Pictured with Stone is James W. Patton, president of the ACCA South Florida Chapter. HENDERSON, FRANKLIN, STARNES & HOLT recently awarded $2,000 to Florida Gulf Coast University students as part of the first annual Emerging Artist Awards, a visual arts competition. The competition was open to all fine art students at the university. Pictured is Amy Bailey and her piece, “I’m not a Door Mat, I’m a Runner,” which was named “Best in Show.” Ninety-five pieces were selected to compete, and some of the works will be part of a traveling exhibit this summer and fall throughout performing arts halls in Southwest Florida. THE DADE COUNTY BAR YOUNG LAWYERS SECTION recently hosted Biscayne Elementary Students at the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building. The approximately 50 sixth grade students went on a tour of the criminal courthouse and viewed Judge Peter Lopez’s morning criminal calendar. They had an opportunity to ask Judge Lopez questions including, but not limited to, everything from “Did you ever sentence someone to death?” to “Do you know Judge Judy?” The sixth graders were then escorted to one of the empty courtrooms where they were able to participate in a mock criminal trial. The students played the role of the judge, witnesses, prosecutors, defense attorneys, clerks, bailiff, jurors, and the defendant. This was an actual case that co-chair of the Schools Committee, Mark Eiglarsh, was actually involved with while serving as a prosecutor. Eiglarsh instructed the students about their constitutional rights, principals of law, and the structure of the criminal justice system. BETH LABASKY, a Tallahassee lobbyist and collector of antiques, recently donated a etched glass window featuring the seal of the Florida Supreme Court to the Supreme Court Historical Society. Labasky said she found the window for sale along a roadside in Havana, a small town northwest of Tallahassee. Turns out the window originally hung in the entrance of the building which served at the state’s Supreme Court from 1913 to 1949, and has since been torn down. The woman Labasky bought the window from said her husband was part of the demolition crew which tore the old Whitfield Building down and decided to save the window. Labasky displayed it in her home for years until moving recently and wasn’t sure what to do with the window at her new house. She then happened to see Dexter Douglass, a past president of the historical society, talking about the organization on TV and thought the time was right for the window to make its way home to the court. Also pictured is Russell Troutman, the current president of the Supreme Court Historical Society, accepting the donated window. RUSSELL E. CARLISLE, from the left, Anthony J. Karrat, Donald A. Wich, Jr., and Linda A. Conahan (not pictured) have been named co-chairs of Broward Lawyers Cares’ 2002-2003 Campaign to Recruit Pro Bono Attorneys. In its 20-year history, Broward Lawyers Care, the pro bono program of Legal Aid of Broward County, has provided its community with more than $10-million worth of donated legal services, raised more than $1 million in cash contributions, and helped nearly 13,000 people in need resolve legal issues. To learn more about the program, call (954) 765-8950. July 1, 2002 Regular News Brian Thomas Wilson was recently installed as president of the Orange County Bar Association for 2002-2003.Other new officers of the association include Paul L. SanGiovanni, president-elect; William E. Sublette, secretary; and Wayne L. Helsby, treasurer.The mission of the Orange County Bar Association is to “promote honor, dignity, truth, and professionalism within the legal community, to promote improvements in the law and aid in the administration of justice, to enhance the delivery of and access to quality legal services, to educate the public about the legal system, to provide for an inclusive bar and to promote camaraderie, a forum for discussion on issues pertaining to the legal system, and education for its members.”The Orange County Bar Association was established in 1933 and boasts more than 2,500 members.last_img read more

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How CUs can succeed in 2015 through technology and design with Filene’s Ben Rogers

first_imgIn this episode we visit with one our fan-favorite, recurring guests Filene’s Research Director Ben Rogers. Ben is always ready with well-researched and practical information to benefit the industry. And in part 1 of 2, he doesn’t disappoint, discussing how credit unions need to ramp it up with technology and design to remain relevant in 2015. What he means by technology and design is some mighty fine insight based on reports he’s produced this year and currently producing. So it’s some fresh content you won’t want to miss — and definitely use in 2015. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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3 ways credit unions can use a credit program to help members navigate uncertain times

first_img 63SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Phil Seely Phil is the Senior Director of Portfolio Development for LSC having joined the Illinois Credit Union System in 2011 from Fidelity National Information Services. He has been working with credit … Web: www.lsc.net Details When unexpected events happen, people need to be creative and flexible, but they also need a secure place to stand. In many ways, credit unions are that place for their members. Credit unions regularly connect with members, helping them find solutions to financial needs as they work to achieve life goals. When uncertain times bring financial challenges for members, credit unions are well-positioned to help make a credit card program an effective part of the solution for moving forward.Buying Essentials – According to MarketWatch, credit processors have been observing higher levels of online buying as more people are ordering food and other essentials online. This is also a time when many people are living on a more limited income and may need to pay for unexpected emergency expenses on credit. Yet, at the same time, many credit card companies have been cutting credit limits. Credit unions know their members. This is an opportunity for them to reach out to their members and work with their credit processing partner to ensure their members have the credit limits they need to continue making essential purchases.Easier Fund Management – Emergency expenses and sudden income losses might be causing some members to struggle with paying down new and old debt. Consolidating credit card debt onto one card can make managing it easier and less stressful for members. Now is a good time for credit unions to offer a balance transfer option to their members. Your credit union has the opportunity to show members you are there for them. Let members know you’re available to assist them in creating a plan to get out of debt so they can be ready to start saving instead.Give Members a Break – Many credit card and other financial companies are assisting consumers at this time with relaxed payment schedules and waived late fees. You might consider offering similar options like a skip-a-pay promotion for members who may be struggling to catch up on their finances. Maintaining reward programs is also important to give members more value for what they spend on their cards.The credit union difference and the relationships credit unions have with their members mean the most during times of financial challenge. By drawing on this connection, your credit union can help members use the convenient benefits of a credit card responsibly to help ease some of their stress as they work to move forward. Helping members is important, and sometimes credit unions can better serve members with the help of the right resources. To learn more about opportunities to help your credit union, click here.last_img read more

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Chelsfield lifted by internet hotel market improvement

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Arsenal set deadline for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign new contract

first_img Comment Arsenal set deadline for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign new contract Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 7 Dec 2019 2:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is contemplating his future (Picture: Getty)Arsenal will listen to offers for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if the forward refuses to commit his future to the club before the end of the season.The Gunners are desperate to sign the Gabon striker up to a new long-term deal with his current one set to expire in 2021.Negotiations over an extension started over six months ago but the club have made little progress and are understandably worried about Aubameyang winding his deal down given their £58m investment in the forward in 2018.Aubameyang, though, is unwilling to extend his deal while there’s so much uncertainty at the Emirates. The club are currently just five points above the drop zone and have managed just one point in two matches under interim boss Freddie Ljungberg.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Aubameyang has 18 months remaining on his deal (Picture: Getty)However, in a possible attempt to apply some pressure to Aubameyang, Arsenal have reportedly decided that they will set a deadline of the end of the season for the striker to sign a new deal according to the Daily Mail.AdvertisementAdvertisementShould Aubameyang not commit his future, he’ll have one year remaining on his deal and Arsenal will listen to offers for the former Dortmund ace.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal have similar fears over strike partner Alexandre Lacazette but there’s less urgency over his situation given the Frenchman has an extra year to run on his deal.The Gunners are currently searching for a long-term successor for Unai Emery and Brendan Rodgers’ decision to sign a new deal at Leicester came as a blow.Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has ruled out taking over during the season, while Mikel Arteta is torn between staying at Manchester City or trying his hand at management.MORE: Stephen Maguire and Mark Allen promise fireworks in ultra-attacking UK Championship semi-final Advertisementlast_img read more

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Arsenal’s hopes of signing a new midfielder fade as Chelsea rule out Jorginho deal

first_imgArsenal’s hopes of signing a new midfielder fade as Chelsea rule out Jorginho deal Comment The Italian will remain at Stamford Bridge for the current season (Picture: Getty)Arsenal look set to be thwarted in their bid to sign a new midfielder before the transfer window closes, with Chelsea refusing to allow backup target Jorginho to move to north London.Mikel Arteta had made strengthening his midfield a priority over the summer, targeting ambitious moves for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and Atletico Madrid destroyer Thomas Partey.However, the Gunners were unable to raise the funds required to afford Aouar, who was valued at around £40million, while Atleti were adamant Partey could only leave if his mammoth release clause was triggered in full. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 5 Oct 2020 8:18 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link14.5kSharescenter_img Arteta’s number one transfer priority this summer was a new midfielder (Picture: Getty)That prompted Arsenal to explore other options, with the club sounding out Chelsea over a potential deal for Italy international Jorginho.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut The Athletic report that the west London club will not permit Jorginho to leave Stamford Bridge this summer as they do not want to strengthen a rival.Chelsea themselves do not have an abundance of midfield options and allowing the 28-year-old to leave would only have been considered had they managed to persuade West Ham to sell Declan Rice.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalFrank Lampard has also shown no signs that Jorginho does not feature in his plans, starting the former Napoli man against Crystal Palace on Saturday – with the penalty specialist netting twice from the spot.The bad news for Arsenal is that the club do not expect to sign any alternative targets before Monday’s deadline, with Arteta having to make do with his current options. Chelsea do not want to strengthen a rival by letting Jorginho join Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal currently only have three out-and-out central midfielders to choose between: Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and Dani Ceballos.Despite the lack of options, both Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi will be allowed to leave on loan, with the duo expected to join Atletico and Hertha Berlin respectively – the Gunners have even forfeited a loan fee for the latter, such is their desire to ship him outMORE: Houssem Aouar reveals why he rejected Arsenal to stay at LyonMORE: Mikel Arteta tells Nicolas Pepe how to secure starting spot after starring in Arsenal win over Sheffield UnitedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Europe not out of sight – Monk

first_img “The carrot (of Europe) is there for us as we have got Arsenal away, Man City home and Crystal Palace away. They are tough games,” Swansea manager Monk said. “We are under no illusions how tough it will be, but if we perform like we did in the second half, in those games we will be a handful for anyone. “It is feasible to get into Europe but we keep our feet firmly on the ground here. “This game was about consolidating our place in the top 10 and we are in control of that eighth spot now. “We have beaten our best points tally and you have to find new things to fight for.” Ecuador winger Montero broke the deadlock with a first goal in English football since his £4million summer switch from Mexican club Monarcas Morelia, a 76th-minute diving header at the far post. Ki then settled matters with his eighth goal of the season in stoppage time after coming off the bench in the closing stages. “I don’t think Jeff has scored too many goals with his head and everyone is happy for him,” Monk said. Late goals from Jefferson Montero and Ki Sung-yueng almost guaranteed that Swansea will end the season in the top eight – their highest-ever finish in the Barclays Premier League. But Swansea are now only four points adrift of Southampton following their surprise defeat at Sunderland – and seventh place could be enough for Europa League qualification if Arsenal beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup final at the end of May. Garry Monk feels Swansea are in the race for Europe after beating Stoke 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium. “I had a few words with them at half-time as the first half we were at 70 per cent. “The tempo of our passing was not where it should have been but we were so dominant in the second half and deserved to win the game.” Stoke had defender Marc Wilson sent off in the 85th minute for two bookable offences but manager Mark Hughes felt his side paid the price for lacking an attacking edge. “The second half we didn’t really ask too many questions of Swansea,” the Welshman said. “I thought we were very comfortable in the first half. We had the majority of possession without really having that cutting edge in the final third. “Our retention of the ball wasn’t quite good enough to get people up the pitch and in the box. “Our creative play was missing and that was disappointing because I felt it was a real opportunity to get something out of the game.” On Wilson’s dismissal – the first time Stoke have had a player sent off in the Premier League this term – Hughes said: “The first was a coming together and probably looked more than it was. “It was a foul but I’m not sure if it was yellow card. But when you’ve got a yellow card you’ve got to steer clear of those situations Marc found himself in. “He’s tripped the lad going through and unfortunately he’s had to go off, and from that point it was difficult to affect the game.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Eric Devendorf and Willie Deane power Boeheim’s Army in tournament win

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Willie Deane was at his home in Schenectady, New York in May when he logged into Skype — something he says he typically doesn’t do during the offseason.He quickly noticed he had a message from Eric Devendorf, who wanted to know if Deane was interested in playing for Boeheim’s Army in The Basketball Tournament.“I needed to get a hold of him,” Devendorf said. “I’ve played overseas against him, so I knew what type of guy he was.”Soon after seeing the message, Deane called Devendorf and told him he was in.On Saturday night, Deane and Devendorf started alongside each other in Boeheim’s Army’s backcourt. Their active play on both ends led the Syracuse-based team to a 91-73 win in its first-round meeting with NYCSuperstars at Gallagher Athletic Center in Philadelphia.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPrior to joining Boeheim’s Army, Deane, who played collegiately at Purdue, had little connection to Syracuse outside of his friendship with Devendorf, who played parts of four seasons at SU from 2005 to 2009 and became a fan favorite during his time in orange.That stark contrast between the two was apparent during the starting lineup introductions prior to the game. From a crowd dominated by Syracuse fans, Devendorf received the loudest ovation of any player, while Deane heard the quietest cheers.Once they hit the floor, none of that seemed to matter. With Boeheim’s Army trailing 13-12 midway through the first half, Deane and Devendorf combined to score four transition layups in a span of five possessions. Of those four layups, three came off turnovers caused by their disruption at the top of the 2-3 zone.“We like to pressure the ball-handler and either bait him into our big guys or trap him,” Deane said. “It was working out tonight.”The constant pressure helped Boeheim’s Army extend its lead to as many as 14 points in the first half. And when NYCSuperstars went on a run of its own to trim the deficit to 36-30 with 23 seconds left, Deane had an answer.The point guard ran a high pick-and-roll with Hakim Warrick. Deane hit the forward in stride as he moved toward the basket. But when Warrick was met by a defender in the lane, he sent the ball back to Deane, who calmly drained a 3 at the buzzer from the left wing.“That was a big momentum swing for us,” Deane said. “It was real unselfish of Hak to pass me the ball and I was able to knock it down.”The shot gave Deane a game-high 10 points at halftime. In the second half, it was Devendorf who began to take command. With Boeheim’s Army leading 43-35 and 15 minutes to play, he connected on a 3 from the right wing, sending the Syracuse faithful into a frenzy and igniting “Let’s go Orange!” chants.Devendorf would score nine more points in the half and finish with 18 points, seven assists and two steals. Deane finished with 16 points, five assists and two steals.“Guard play is really important in these type of games,” Boeheim’s Army head coach Lawrence Moten said. “Willie and Eric did a very good job tonight.”About 30 minutes after the game ended, both Deane and Devendorf participated in a meet-and-greet with Syracuse fans in a small room that looks over the court at the Gallagher Athletic Center. When they arrived, Boeheim’s Army general manager Kevin Belbey introduced them in consecutive order. This time, they garnered similar cheers.Moments later, Deane laughed as he reflected on the message that helped make the night possible.“I don’t know why I decided to check Skype,” he said. “But I’m glad I did.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on July 19, 2015 at 1:26 am Contact Michael: [email protected]last_img read more

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