To get rid of guns, vote out gun backers

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Everyone is upset by the constant mass shootings going on in this country and the non-action by our Congress to do anything about it. If we keep electing the same people every time, it’s our own fault. When the next election comes, vote to put all new people in office, hopefully not gun proponents.  Don Wagar Clifton Park More from The Daily Gazette:Game 7: Shenendehowa grad and Braves rookie Ian Anderson gets start with World Series spot on the li…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusControversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning BoardHigh-risk COVID exposure reported in Clifton Parklast_img

Syracuse basketball to try different offensive approach after down season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 19, 2015 at 10:30 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse When Jim Boeheim blew his whistle to modify the drill on Oct. 7, Paschal Chukwu and Chinonso Obokoh smirked at each other.“Only 3s now,” Boeheim said.The three-on-two, two-on-one drill works on capitalizing on a man advantage in the open court. It usually gives the guards open jumpers and big men opportunities at the rim. But with Boeheim’s tweak, even the 7-foot-2 Chukwu and 6-foot-9 Obokoh had an excuse to pull up from behind the 3-point line and launch prayers at the rim.As the Orange prepares for the 2015-16 season, it’s probably the only time its centers will be pseudo-perimeter threats. But the 3s-only drill is a microcosm of the offensive approach SU plans to employ this season, one predicated on long-range jumpers it couldn’t rely on last season.“We were not a good offensive team really at any stage last year, I didn’t think,” Boeheim said at Syracuse’s media day on Friday. “I think we really relied on Trevor (Cooney). Mike (Gbinije) made some 3s but it wasn’t something we thought about. This year, we think both of those guys are going to make 3s.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“ … We have, I think, five guys legitimately that we would run plays for and try and get 3-point shots for. I think that is going to be a big key to how successful we’re going to be.”According to, Syracuse shot 30.7 percent from deep in Atlantic Coast Conference play last season, which ranked 13th out of 15 teams. The 3-point shot accounted for just 22.2 percent of the Orange’s total points, which was 11th in the conference and matches up with its 16.6 attempts from long range per game.But Boeheim wants 3s to be the centerpiece of Syracuse’s offense this coming season, telling CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein that the Orange is “probably going to have to take 30 3s or maybe 25.”With SU unranked — and not receiving any votes — in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll, Boeheim sees this offensive approach as a way to beat teams the Orange “isn’t supposed to.”“Supposedly all those teams we’re going to play are better than us, so if that’s true and they are better, how do we beat them?” Boeheim said before citing Rick Pitino’s 1987 Providence team as one that was able to use 3s to beat better opponents.“I don’t know if that’s a formula that can work for us, but we certainly are going to look at it and try and work on it.”What Boeheim does know is that he conceivably has the pieces to run a 3-heavy offense.Cooney is a proven shooter as a fifth-year senior. Gbinije, another fifth-year senior, flashed a 3-point shooting ability in conference play last season and improved his jumper in the offseason. Sophomore Kaleb Joseph was not a perimeter threat last season but has made considerable improvements there. Freshman wing Malachi Richardson, 6 feet 6 inches, and freshman forward Tyler Lydon, 6 feet 8 inches, are both said to be perimeter threats heading into their first college seasons.Boeheim said he could roll out lineups with four perimeter threats, assuming center DaJuan Coleman or forward Tyler Roberson would be the odd man out. Otherwise, it’s realistic that three competent shooters will be on the court at all times. But a team that lives by the 3 can also die by it.With the season starting against Lehigh on Nov. 13, Boeheim seems fine with that for now.“If you shoot a lot of 3s and make them, you’re going to be good, and if you don’t make them it’s going to be a problem,” he said. “That’s the best way for this team to play, and I think that’s the most significant change I would like to see this year.” Commentslast_img read more

Spartans still face plenty of questions after bowl victory

first_img First Published: 31st December, 2019 12:59 IST After ending the season on a positive note with a bowl victory, Mark Dantonio and Michigan State now face a daunting future.That reality was clear Monday when cornerback Josiah Scott announced he was leaving early for the NFL draft. After finishing 7-6 in 2019, the Spartans face questions about their coaching staff, their offensive philosophy and, perhaps most importantly, their talent level. Their“I keep talking to our players about: What is next?” Dantonio said after finishing his 13th season as Michigan State’s coach. “How do you handle your challenges coming down the road for you? That’s how we’ll spring forward. That’s always how we’ve done it.”It was a memorable decade for the Spartans, who won Big Ten titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015 and reached the College Football Playoff in the last of those three seasons. But over the past four seasons, Michigan State is just 27-24.Before this season, Dantonio reshuffled his offensive staff, keeping his assistants but giving them new roles. That didn’t seem to help much. When the Spartans went up against their toughest competition, they were routed by Ohio State (34-10), Wisconsin (38-0), Penn State (28-7) and Michigan (44-10). Dantonio’s own future seemed uncertain, although he said last month he planned to be back. The Spartans avoided an even bigger debacle when they won their last two games of the regular season against Rutgers and Maryland and qualified for the postseason. Then they held Wake Forest scoreless in the second half of the bowl.Pat Narduzzi, Dantonio’s former defensive coordinator who is now the coach at Pittsburgh, was back in Michigan because his team was in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit. He said he expects Dantonio’s program to bounce back. “Dantonio will feed off that. That’s what he does. He’s been the underdog for years,” Narduzzi said. “I think what people fail to realize is in the game of football it’s hard to do it year after year.”This was more than one down year, however, and while Dantonio’s team may indeed relish the underdog role, the Spartans have significant losses to deal with. Quarterback Brian Lewerke was a senior, and so were defensive linemen Kenny Willekes, Raequan Williams and Mike Panasiuk. Scott announced his departure“Josiah has been nothing but professional during his time here in East Lansing in how he handles his business, both on and off the field,” Dantonio said in a statement. “We wish him the best.” The Spartans, meanwhile, will move on. Over the past decade, Dantonio has changed the sense of what’s possible at Michigan State. The Spartans were legitimate national title contenders for a few years.That makes the recent decline even more sobering, and as Michigan State sputtered this past season, it was fair to wonder when the program might reach those heights again. For the Spartans and their fans, a 7-6 record was no real cause for celebration.“To me, it’s the basic minimum that you have to do,” Dantonio said. “That’s where this program has come in the last decade. That’s a good thing. You don’t ever want to take anything away from the guys that have accomplished what they’ve done. We’ve had a lot of things go against us this year.” The season opener is at home Sept. 5 against Big Ten foe Northwestern. Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT LIVE TVcenter_img Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 31st December, 2019 12:59 IST Spartans Still Face Plenty Of Questions After Bowl Victory After ending the season on a positive note with a bowl victory, Mark Dantonio and Michigan State now face a daunting future. FOLLOW USlast_img read more

NFL tight end rankings 2020: George Kittle rules, Rob Gronkowski returns to top 10

first_img Zach Ertz Zach Ertz, EaglesFile Ertz as another established statesman in the 6-5, 250-pound club. The 29-year-old played well through injuries last year with more of a burden on him, given the depleted state of the Eagles’ wide receiver corps. Ertz falls behind Kittle, Kelce and Henry because the blocking and big-play flair aren’t as impactful, but he continues to be the most trusted force all over the field for Carson Wentz.2019 stats: 88 catches on 135 targets, 916 yards, 6 TDs in 15 games5. Mark Andrews, RavensAndrews has emerged so well in the Lamar Jackson-led passing offense that he made Hayden Hurst, who went in the first round of the 2018 draft, expendable. Andrews, the third-rounder from ’18, has delivered as the athletic “move” option from that class, showing toughness to go with his wide receiver-like athleticism at 6-5, 256 pounds. Andrews has a monster future ahead, given he will turn only 24 in September2019 stats: 64 catches on 98 targets, 852 yards, 10 TDs in 15 games6. Darren Waller, RaidersWaller, going back to his Ravens’ days, has worked hard to make s successful conversion from wide receiver, even overcoming some off-field obstacles along the way. At 6-6, 256 pounds, Waller was a late bloomer during his age 27 season, stepping up as the team’s top target in the wake of the Antonio Brown mess. He can still become better as a blocker, but some of that pressure will be off Waller with the team expected to use more two tight end sets with Jason Witten in 2020.2019 stats: 90 catches on 117 targets, 1,145 yards, 3 TDs in 16 gamesMORE: Wide receiver rankings, 1-257. Tyler Higbee, RamsHigbee (6-6, 255 pounds) got his chance to make a bigger impact as a receiver last season because of Brandin Cooks’ injury woes, and he didn’t disappoint as a key intermediate target for Jared Goff. The 27-year-old has been rock-solid blocking and proved he’s more reliable than Gerald Everett in the passing game. He immedaitly rewarded the Rams for giving him a four-year, $31 million extension.2019 stats: 69 catches on 89 targets, 734 yards, 3 TDs in 15 games8. Austin Hooper, BrownsHooper (6-4, 254 pounds) is coming off a strong age 25 season in Atlanta. That turned out be his last as a Falcon, as he cashed in wtth a tight end-best four-year, $42 million deal with Cleveland in free agency. Hooper, like fellow former Stanford star Ertz, is more natural at receiving than blocking. As the Falcons try to replace him with Hurst, Hooper will step into frequent two-tight end sets with David Njoku to help settle Baker Mayfield on intermediate routes through the red zone.2019 stats: 75 caches on 97 targets, 787 yards, 6 TDs in 13 games9. Rob Gronkowski, BuccaneersKeeping in mind age and durability, it seemed fair to keep Gronkowski down here as he starts over as a 31-year-old working back into his mighty best playing shape at 6-6, 268 pounds. Gronkowski might be more of a complementary target to the Bucs’ elite wideouts in his reunion with Tom Brady, but he has the mental and physical skills to be refreshed as a dangerous target everywhere in Tampa Bay’s new base two-tight end sets.IYER: Why Bucs opponents have it wrong to doubt Gronk2019 stats:  Did not play (Getty Images) 10. Evan Engram, GiantsThe only question with Engram — and it’s not insignicant — is whether he can stay healthy to have consistent impact as the go-to guy for Daniel Jones after booming early with Eli Manning. Engram has massive upside as a receiver, enough to offset his serious limitations as a blocker. At 6-3, 240 pounds, this feels like a boom-or-bust age 26 season for the 2017 first-rounder. If Engram is good to go early in the season in recovering from his troubling foot injury (Lisfranc), he can have a season much bigger than his fine rookie campaign.2019 stats: 48 catches on 68 targets, 467 yards, 3 TDs in 8 games The NFL tight end landscape welcomes back Rob Gronkowski in 2020. “Gronk” returns for his age 31 season with a new team, the Buccaneers, after taking a year off from the end of his Patriots tenure.Reunited with Tom Brady in a loaded passing offseason, Gronkowski can be a refreshed, highly impactful player. But while he was gone, a younger wave of tight ends started to flex more in 2020. In the same blocking, receiving and fun-loving spirit is George Kittle, catching passes and making big plays for Gronk’s former teammate, Jimmy Garoppolo. George Kittle George Kittle, 49ersKittle being on the losing side of Super Bowl 54 doesn’t change the fact he’s the game’s best all-around tight end, better than the victorious Chiefs’ Travis Kelce. After setting the receiving yardage record (1,377) for the position in 2018, Kittle, 26, remained a dominant force in both stretching the field and dominating as a blocker for the 49ers’ elite running game. He is natural athletic freak and also carries an intimidating streak at 6-4, 250 pounds. That’s a good complement to the hardworking fun he has playing the game.2019 stats: 85 catches on 107 targets, 1,053 yards, 5 TDs in 14 games2. Travis Kelce, ChiefsThe 30-year-old hasn’t slowed down much as the Chiefs’ go-to intermediate receiver. Kelce (6-5, 260 pounds) has rolled into a new level of big-play production with Patrick Mahomes, even if there was some scoring regression in Year 2 with the QB. Kelce has great hands and uses his quickness well to consistently win on his routes. Like Gronk and Kittle, he plays the game with fiery exuberance.2019 stats: 97 catches on 136 targets, 1,229 yards, 5 TDs in 16 games3. Hunter Henry, ChargersHenry has major promise for his age 25 season as he gets further away from the offseason knee injury that wiped out all of what could have been a special 2018 third NFL season. He is another physical receiving presence with simliar stature (6-5, 250 pounds) to the guys right in front of him. He has been a strong possession receiver, but he should become a better downfield threat in 2020 on top of his sturdy blocking.2019 stats: 55 catches on 76 targets, 652 yards, 5 TDs in 12 games (Getty Images) As a future Hall of Famer, Gronk is worthy of going right back into the top 10. But with the position in a state of more promising transition, he doesn’t land back near the top with both some established and emerging younger options.MORE: The best and worst starting QBs for the 2020 seasonHere’s ranking the best tight ends in the league, from Kittle to a potenital comeback player of the year:NFL tight end rankings 2020last_img read more

Donegal students bring colour to national art competition

first_imgTwo students from Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town, are bringing a massive splash of colour to the Texaco Children’s Art Competition!14-year-old Emma Thomas’ flair for art is showcased in her entry ‘Fly Away My Little Butterfly’, with 14-year-old Olivia Szelag’s piece, ‘Beyond the Distance’, serving as kaleidoscopic evidence of her remarkable talent.Adjudicator Denise Ferran will have a very tough time picking the winners for the national art competition as over 400 excellent entries have been received from across the country. The winners will be revealed in mid-April with a special prize-giving ceremony taking place in Dublin in May.Donegal students bring colour to national art competition was last modified: March 17th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:abbey vocational schoolDonegal Townemma thomasolivia szelagTexaco Children’s Art Competitionlast_img read more