Syracuse will host North Florida on Dec. 3

first_img Published on July 7, 2016 at 1:15 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Related Stories Syracuse will visit Wisconsin on Nov. 29 in ACC/Big Ten ChallengeSyracuse men’s basketball to reportedly host Colgate in 2016-17 season openerSyracuse basketball to play in Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational Syracuse will host North Florida on Saturday, Dec. 3 in the Carrier Dome, SU Athletics announced Thursday morning. The Ospreys reached the program’s first NIT last season, finishing with a 10-4 record in Atlantic Sun Conference and 22-12 overall mark. Game time is to be determined.The Ospreys, who captured their second consecutive Atlantic Sun season title last year, return three starters and a total of eight players from last year’s team. They also return Dallas Moore, the reigning Atlantic Sun player of the year. He averaged a league-high 19.8 points and six assists per game last season. He was one of only four players in the country to top his league in both categories.In the 2015-16 season, Syracuse became the first No. 10 seed to reach the Final Four in NCAA tournament history. SU finished the year with a 23-14 record.There are currently 10 games that have been reported on the Orange’s schedule. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

[Cyclo-cross] Des championnats nationaux boueux à souhait

first_img Partager C’était attendu mais c’est devenu une certitude, les championnats nationaux de cyclo-cross qui vont se dérouler à Mersch ce samedi à partir de midi (la course élites/espoirs est programmée à 15h15), se disputera dans des conditions très difficiles. «On va devoir courir à pied sur la moitié du parcours tracé dans les prairies», prévient ainsi Sören Nissen, champion  national à Kayl en 2018 sur un terrain similaire.Mais cette fois, le vététiste est juste un outsider par rapport au trio constitué par le tenant du titre, Vincent Dias dos Santos,  Lex Reichling et Scott Thiltges. Toujours est-il que les différentes reconnaissances, cumulées avec les différentes précipitations des derniers jours ont  eu l’effet escompté. La boue s’est progressivement invitée sur le tracé.Les différentes reconnaissances ont labouré le circuit.En conséquence de quoi, c’est un parcours très physique qui attend les concurrents ce samedi. «Ce sera un chantier», a prévenu justement Vincent Dias dos Santos. Tous les coureurs sont bien prévenus, il faudra avoir le coeur accroché et le bon équipement pour se sortir du bourbier annoncé. On appelle ça les joies du cyclo-cross!D. B.last_img read more


first_imgThis year is the 19th Bealtaine Festival, which takes place in May and has over 170 events to attract and entertain its audience.Bealtaine 2016 is once again all about celebrating creativity, with events taking place throughout County Donegal in libraries, Taobh Tíre Centres, arts and community venues, community hospitals and day care centres.The theme for 2016 continues with Bealtaine’s three-year exploration of Nationhood and Citizenship and specifically reflects on the first generations of citizens inhabiting the new Irish State. The festival will also consider where we are culturally, as a maturing nation and people. The festival is organised by the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny and Donegal County Council Library Service in association with many partner organisations.Bealtaine 2016 in Co. Donegal is part of a country wide celebration of creativity in older age. Age and Opportunity coordinate events nationally. These encompass art forms such as music and dance, history lectures, knitting and crochet plus cinema and art classes, engaging older people as performers, attendees and in the organisation of events.The 19th Annual Bealtaine Festival Launch will be held in The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on Tuesday May 3rd at 11.00am. The festival will be launched by Councillor Ciaran Brogan, Cathaoirleach, Contae Dhún na nGall followed by Active Ireland speaker Grainne Haines.Entertainment will be provided by Fergus Cleary and Virgil Quinn. This launch is sponsored by the Europe Direct Information Centre, Central Library, Letterkenny. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to this free event. For more information about this event and other Bealtaine events in libraries and Taobh Tíre centres contact your local library where you can collect a programme or download one at 2016 IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER was last modified: April 28th, 2016 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:Bealtaine 2016Donegal County Councillast_img read more


first_imgDOLAN OUT THE TRIBUTES TO HARPSOllie Horgan is seeing if he still has what it takes to consider putting himself on!Five points clear at the top of the table and more clean sheets than a hospital laundry. And emerging from between those sheets one of the sleeping giants of the League of Ireland though it may just be a tad early to be suggesting that Finn Harps are on their way back to the glory days.BY PADDY WALSH But seven matches gone, five wins and no losses, and only two goals conceded (and both of those in the one game) constitutes something of a stirring revival from recent campaigns. Were Joe Brolly and Pat Spillane commenting on the current Harps, they might talk more of blankets than sheets but nevertheless this has been an impressive start to the 2015 season even if Ollie Horgan has been, sensibly, keeping the lid firmly on any expectations.Writing in his column in the ‘Daily Star’ prior to the weekend win in Wexford, pundit and former L.O.I. manager, Pat Dolan, was big in his tribute to the Harps boss describing him as “one of my favourite people” and labeling him as honest and hard-working. “I just love listening to him,” insisted Dolan.“For years he served his apprenticeship the hard way but for me he has that special managerial superpower; authenticity.”And indeed Horgan does come across with an honest assessment, sometimes brutally so, in his post match interviews. Not for him, the constant pointing of fingers at refereeing decisions or poor pitches – just saying it like it is and only giving his team credit when it is earned. It was undoubtedly earned at Ferrycarrig Park where, despite a match of limited chances – more so on the part of the hosts who, like other sides before them this season, couldn’t find a way through – Horgan considered his team fully merited the win.Pat Dolan is quite obviously rooting for him and his team. “There is so much potential for a giant power house club in Donegal and getting back to the Premier Division is the immediate ambition.“When you get a winner like Ollie at the helm, you back him to the hilt to get a club that’s been in the doldrums back to the big time. There is plenty of great young talent in Donegal and Inishowen and Finn Harps needs to be the outlet where they develop into stars,” the ‘Star’ pundit insisted.Next up, Shelbourne at Finn Park on Friday night and surely one of the biggest attendances in some years to roar the home side on to maintain that unbeaten run and that five point cushion at the top.FEAST OF RUGBY LEAVES SOUR TASTE BUT UNDER-16’s MARCH ON Well, what about those rugby semi-finals at the weekend? Exciting or what? And a couple of outstanding performances to boot.Dave Gallaher Park hasn’t seen anything like it for some time. On the main pitch, the Letterkenny R.F.C. under-18’s in action against Dromore in the semi-finals of the Ulster Cup. And on the adjoining field, the under-16’s doing battle against Ballymena in the Ulster Shield. Two games for the price of none – the only problem being that they were staged at the same time and consequently attentions were divided for the couple of hundred home supporters – proud parents among them – who gathered on the respective touchlines.The under-18’s were up against a side that has reportedly gone six years unbeaten and, not surprisingly, the visitors carried the favourites tag into the match. It ended 10-10 but had a couple of second half penalties found their mark and a try not been disallowed – not to mention a few other dodgy decisions by the man in the muddle – that unbeaten record would have gone and Letterkenny would now be anticipating an Ulster Cup Final at Ravenhill.As it was, confusion reigned when the referee blew for full-time and the word spread. First try wins it in a cup match and as Dromore had opened with a five pointer, they were through, or so a few believed. What a mad ruling but, no, wait there’s talk of a replay. And some of us leave the ground under the impression that there will indeed be a second game at Dromore on the following Saturday. Only to catch up later on the Letterkenny R.F.C. website and learn that there will be no replay and Dromore do advance to the final courtesy of scoring two tries as opposed to the home side’s one. Surely, some other way can be found to decide these things rather than hinging on the number of tries scored? The game did, after all, end level and that after a stirring performance by the home team that had coach, Gordon Curley, drooling about pride and passion.But there is a final to look forward to as far as Letterkenny are concerned, the under-16’s having no problems about potential replays or scoring mechanisms, running out 20-0 winners over Ballymena. Not as clearcut as the scoreline suggests but nevertheless a comprehensive victory and that after disposing of Malone 21-3 in the previous round. Some expert kicking from Finn McGarvey, including a penalty from close to half-way that stretched the lead beyond Ballymena’s reach, helped them on their way to the Shield showdown.And credit, too, to the under-16’s who, after their match was over, lined up on the touchline to watch the under-18’s finish out their game.Had both teams advanced, it would have been some story for local rugby. As it is, for the under-16’s, there’s another big game ahead and, judging by the performance on Saturday, they look to have the talent and the tenacity to bring home the Shield.AND NOW FOR THOSE OTHER SEMI-FINALS…As for Leinster in the European Champions Cup semi, a much better performance than many were anticipating and had Jimmy Gopperth’s drop goal attempt in the 78th minute sailed over, they were home and hosed against the raging hot favourites, Toulon.Defeat also for Saracens in the second semi-final against the other French side in the equation, Clermont. Of course we all know where the English outfit went wrong – took too long to bring in Jim McGuinness on board as a motivational speaker, that’s what.Hugely impressed, was the Saracens reaction to McGuinness and his address to players and the management team.“When he took over Donegal in 2010, they hadn’t won a game in three years and hadn’t won a Championship for 19 seasons,” declared Saracens Rugby Director, Mark McCall. “I am not from Donegal but I studied the story from afar and admired what he did.”Donegal…Glasgow Celtic…Saracens…where next for the Glenties guru?CANDLES BURN BRIGHT FOR SHAYShay has a rest after blowing out the candles on his cake!There must have been some birthday celebrations in Shay Given’s household in light of that Wembley win that brought Aston Villa – has Adrian Shields got his ticket yet? – to the F.A. Cup Final at the expense of a bedraggled Liverpool.Well deserved it was too, particularly after they had fallen behind. Recently installed manager, Tim Sherwood, may not be everybody’s cup of sugared tea but he has certainly stirred new life into the Villa Park outfit.And what a season’s finale it promises to be for the Lifford goalkeeper who has had to be content with cameo appearances in Cup matches and will now walk out at Wembley having pulled off some vital stops along the way in previous rounds.Much more talk now about young Jack Grealish who was outstanding in the semi-final with the English F.A. this week confirming they’re hoping to persuade him to throw in his lot with Roy Hodgons’s squad.At this stage, as I’ve said before in these parts, I’ve given up caring because surely you must know in both your heart and your head which country you want to represent even if some serious pressure is being applied from both sides.CHARLIE EYEING UP ANOTHER FINALA big hand for the Tipperary Minors who are through to the Munster Football Championship semi-finals after a four point win over Waterford.Up here in the wilds of Donegal, such news might not generate much interest unless you’re a native of either county but those who have followed his sporting career path will know that one Charlie McGeever has had more than a little say in the fortunes of the Tipp team. In his native Donegal, he was known for his involvement in both soccer and Gaelic football and things haven’t changed since he uprooted.McGeever has coached the Tipperary Minors to that semi-final meeting with Kerry at Semple Stadium next month with a Munster Final up for grabs in July.Finn Harps followers will remember all too well another Final – of the F.A.I. Cup variety – when Charlie was in charge back in 1999 as his side came up against Bray Wanderers. Harps were leading 2-1 going into the dying seconds when Declan Boyle conceded a spot-kick and Kieran ‘Tarzan’ O’Brien knocked home the rebound. Two more games were required to decide the outcome and unfortunately it was the Wicklow side who triumphed in the end [Tip for Charlie in advance of the Kerry tie: Don’t allow your players bleach their hair as some of the Harps contingent did for that Final – it only goes to their heads].I was watching Charlie being interviewed on TG4 on a highlights programme at the weekend after their win over Waterford and for some reason, another match against the Suirsiders – only this time their League of Ireland club – came into mind. Harps were trailing by the only goal at Finn Park when McGeever came up for a corner kick four minutes into stoppage time and bulleted a header past the visitors’ American born goalkeeper of the time. Said ‘keeper was so outraged at the concession of that late score that he entered the Harps clubrooms in a blue funk and punched a hole in a plywood wall. They’re still fixing it!Back to the topic at hand and could we see Charlie McGeever take charge of the Tipperary seniors at some stage in the future? Or would he ever be persuaded to return to the League of Ireland in a managerial capacity after doing such a decent job with Harps?First things first, however, – and that matter of the semi-final clash with the Kingdom. Altogether now, Charlie McGeever’s blue and gold army…UNDERRATED AND UNDERWATCHEDDonegal manager Ray DurackThe Donegal hurlers will again be plying their trade in Division 2b of the Allianz League after that vital win over neighbours, Tyrone, at the weekend. They stood up to most of what the Red Handers had to offer and came away from Celtic Park with divisional status ensured for another year.Ray Durack continues to deserve credit for keeping the hurling show on the road in a county where football rules and the small ball game must invariably take lower billing.Hands up how many of you have ever attended an inter-county hurling clash? Yeah, mine is up too but I hope to put that right when Tyrone are the visitors to O’Donnell Park for the first round of the Nicky Rackard Cup the weekend after next.And still speaking of a sporting discipline that doesn’t get the viewing gallery it deserves, the Donegal senior ladies team were involved in what correspondent, Gerry McLaughlin, described in Monday’s People’s Press/Democrat as “one of the finest exhibitions of ladies football seen in many years”. The G.A.A. reporter hailed the game as “sheer class” garnered, he added, with “some splendid scores, championship style hits and a heart stopping finish.”That finish entailed a late Cavan penalty which closed the gap to two points but Donegal held out to edge victory.And can I see those hands again….?RUNNING AND SUNNINGGlorious day last Sunday and perfect conditions for Tir Chonaill A.C.’s Open Invitational event. And a great day’s athletics with participants hailing not just from Donegal but from Sligo, Derry, Belfast and Monaghan. Heck, they even let a few through from North Leitrim.“Welcome to the sunny south,” stalwart athletics organiser, Eamon Harvey, greeted those of us who had travelled through the Gap and credit to him and all involved in keeping the sunny side up and putting this show together. A glut of outstanding performances in both track and field from the athletes young and not so young – the future is as bright for the sport as the day that was in it.But, oh, Mercury Evans, you left a few of them in tears and bruises in your capacity as manufacturers of the hurdles which claimed a handful of victims on the track. Here’s one spectator who salutes all hurdlers for putting themselves through that (and some of them, alas, did go through them…).TYRED OUTVincent McGlynn shows Eamon McGee how to change a tyre!Enjoyed that story from last week as tweeted by Donegal’s Eamon McGee: “Flat tyre this morning but lucky enough I came across one of the few good men left in the St. Eunan’s catchment area.”The good man in question was Eunan’s stalwart, Vincent McGlynn, who helped repair the puncture for the Gweedore man.Should be some banter the next time,the Letterkenny side come up against the Gaeltacht outfit with McGee sure to be in for some ribbing.Still – like his tyre – absolutely no pressure….HONEST OLLIE’S DOING THE LAUNDRY AT HARPS – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: April 21st, 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:Donegal DailyWalshy on Wednesdaylast_img read more