The 2014 EIAC Spring Conference teams.2014 EIAC SPRING ALL-CONFERENCEEIAC final Softball results.2014 EIAC SOFTBALL FINAL RESULTSEIAC Final Baseball results.2014 EIAC BASEBALL FINAL RESULTSCongrats to all.Courtesy of Dearborn Register Publications Sports Director Jim Buchberger and Steve Cotherman.
Verailles, In. — The Indiana State Police have participated in the Combined Accident Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.) since the inception of this multi-state enforcement project in 1977, of which Indiana and Michigan were the founding members. Now, more than three dozen local and state law enforcement agencies nationwide participate in this life-saving enforcement project.For the Thanksgiving Holiday Project C.A.R.E. was operational from November 21stthrough the 25th. Below are the Indiana results from this five day enforcement project.While most information is self-explanatory, ‘CMV’ stands for Commercial Motor Vehicle and ‘Motorist Assists’ reflects the number of times motorists were assisted by state police officers while roadside. Examples of the type of assistance provided would include help with directions, changing a flat tire, calling a tow truck, obtaining fuel or other types of services to assist the motoring public.
Ireland’s record-breaking champion amateur Patrick Mullins has appealed to the entire racing industry to support Limerick Charity Raceday at the Patrickswell course on Monday. “A lot of credit has to go to Limerick racecourse and to Horse Racing Ireland and to Andrew McNamara who have put a lot of time into staging it,” said Mullins. “Sometimes people don’t realise how much effort has to go into it and I hope the whole industry gets behind it. “The generosity shown so far has been astounding and hopefully it will continue tomorrow for the two boys.” Mullins has just the one ride on the seven-race card, Cut Loose, for his aunt Mags Mullins in the concluding www.thetote.com (Pro-Am) INH Flat Race. “I was meant to ride in the champions race but there were too few horses for the heavier lads and I’m afraid I got jocked off!” he said. “I thought he ran a cracker first time out. I rode him work last week and he’d improved a little. I’ll be disappointed if he wasn’t really involved in the finish.” Five races on the card form part of the jockeys’ challenge as a team from Ireland takes on a British squad. There will also be plenty of interest in the Betfair Cash Out Flat & National Hunt Champion Jockeys Handicap, too, in which McCoy and Walsh are among those taking on the likes of O’Brien and Fallon. Top National Hunt and Flat jockeys from the United Kingdom and Ireland, including Tony McCoy, Richard Johnson, Ruby Walsh, Pat Smullen and Kieren Fallon, will be in action to help raise money for the Jockeys Emergency Fund. With money being raised to support the rehabilitation efforts of JT McNamara and Jonjo Bright after their life-changing injuries, there could hardly be a worthier cause. Press Association
One day after his fellow board members rejected a union’s request to oust him, Palm Beach County School Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy is set to host a Q & A session on Facebook Live.The online forum, which begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, aims to ensure that parents, students and staff are ready for campuses to reopen on Monday, Sept. 21.The district’s chief operating officer, Wanda Paul, will be present during the session as well.Please join us tonight at 5 p.m. for a live question and answer session over on Facebook Live at https://t.co/rYYIZkexOZ You can also find answers to many questions on our website here: https://t.co/CHsrnwFYeO pic.twitter.com/jOlVeBwERB— Donald E. Fennoy II (@SuptFennoy) September 17, 2020 On Wednesday, the school board rejected a request from the Classroom Teachers’ Association to remove Fennoy, due to what the union considered “a pattern of failed leadership and lies and deceptions” regarding the district’s campus reopening plans, according to our news partner, WPTV NewsChannel 5.The union’s letter went on to note Fennoy’s alleged “indifference towards valid health concerns, refusal to consider fair working conditions, and a sheer lack of both ability and willingness to properly plan for the safest and most effective transition to back-to-campus operations. ”Meanwhile, the district has posted an FAQ page to address many questions about the new school year and the return to brick-and-mortar learning.
SUNDERLAND goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has been ruled out for six to eight weeks with a knee injury.The 22-year-old England Under-21 international has become the club’s first-choice keeper this season, making 16 appearances in the Premier League.“The good news is he hasn’t ruptured his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament),” said boss David Moyes. “The bad news is he’s strained it.“It’s a major disappointment because he’s been saving us points.”Pickford suffered the injury day in the 3-1 defeat by Manchester United on Boxing Day, but finished the game.Vito Mannone, who played the first two games this season before being ruled out for three months with an elbow injury, is likely to start on New Year’s Eve at Burnley.“Vito is fine and he’s been training for many weeks since his injury. He has a lot of experience,” said Moyes.The Black Cats also have 25-year-old Mika, who is still waiting for a debut after joining from Boavista in September.Sunderland are in the relegation zone, two points below Crystal Palace.
New Delhi: The BCCI on Tuesday announced cash awards of Rs 20 lakh each for the senior selection committee members following India’s maiden Test series win in Australia. Virat Kohli led India to a historic 2-1 win in the four-Test series before capping the Australian tour with a maiden 2-1 triumph in the ODI series. “It has been decided that the selection committee comprising five members will get a bonus of Rs 20 lakhs each,” BCCI said in a release.The selection committee comprises chairman MSK Prasad, Devang Gandhi, Jatin Paranjpe, Gagan Khoda and Sandeep Singh. Committee Of Administrator (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai lauded the selectors for picking a balanced Indian squad during the Test and ODI series in Australia.“We are extremely proud of the way Team India have performed in Australia. We had announced cash rewards for cricketers and support staff earlier and are now rewarding selectors,” he said.Also Read | Krunal Pandya hands blank cheque to Jacob Martin’s family for his treatment“The five men have played a crucial role in picking a balanced Indian squad and offering the team management enough options to work around different combinations. The boys chosen to represent the Indian team went about their task in a fearless manner and stood up in challenging situations.”Member of CoA, Diana Edulji also acknowledged the role of the selectors in India’s performance Down Under.“Each member who has played a role in India’s recent triumphs in Australia needs to be appreciated. With the ICC Cricket World Cup just about four months away, the three-match ODI series in Australia provided excellent preparation for the Indian team,” he said.“The selectors have been focusing on a core group of cricketers that will make the cut at the showpiece event. I congratulate them for picking some fine young talents, who performed brilliantly on their maiden tour of Australia.”Earlier, BCCI had announced cash awards of Rs 15 lakhs per match for each of the playing eleven that featured in India’s maiden Test series win on Australian soil.Also Read | Argentina striker Emiliano Sala’s plane goes missing over English ChannelThe Indian board also announced cash awards for all the reserve players, as well as the members of the support staff.India will take on New Zealand in a five-ODI series starting with the first match at Napier Wednesday, besides playing a three-game T20I series. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
The Wisconsin women’s basketball team used a furious second-half rally to climb back into the game Thursday night, but fell short to South Dakota State 68-65. The first half proved the downfall for the Badgers as they dropped their fourth game in a row.”We just had a horrendous time handling the basketball in the first half,” head coach Lisa Stone said. “I’m disappointed in the first half. We got down and lacked intensity. It was a courageous battle for us to come back, obviously, but it was too little, too late.”South Dakota State had just two field goals in the last 14 minutes of the game, including an eight-minute scoring drought when the Badgers cut it to two. The Badgers trailed by 16 at the half and as many as 21 early in the second half, but went on a 19-0 run that brought the 4,670 in attendance to their feet.The team was sparked by freshman Christine Spencer, who came off the bench to help with defense and even knocked down a 3-pointer for her first points of the year.”I thought we got a nice little lift from Spencer. That’s probably the silver lining of the second half,” Stone said.”When [Christine Spencer] came in, she was determined. Her defense and just our intensity was completely different from the first half,” sophomore forward Danielle Ward said. The teams then traded baskets until the final minute, when Janese Banks, who had a team-high 15 points, hit a runner in the lane to cut it to one with just under a minute to go. On the ensuing defensive possession, Banks took a charge to give the ball back to the Badgers with a chance to take their first lead since early in the first half. Jolene Anderson drove and kicked it to Ashley Josephson, who had a good look, but missed a 3-point attempt. The Badgers fouled, freshman Jennifer Warkenthien missed the first end of a 1-and-1 and the Badgers had a second attempt to take the lead, but Danielle Ward’s jumper rimmed out. This time, Warkenthien dropped both free throws to take a three-point advantage. The comeback attempt came to an end when Banks’ desperation 3 at the buzzer missed everything. Banks earned her first career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough on this day.”[South Dakota State] wasn’t afraid of us at all, and they shouldn’t be,” Stone said. “(Head coach) Aaron (Johnson) does a great job. They are a good team that knows how to win.”Sophomore guard Andrea Verdegan, who finished the game with 19 points, led South Dakota State. The Wisconsin native had hit just three shots from beyond the arc all year, but knocked down five in the game.”I did grow up a Badger fan and it feels nice. This is a big game and I was really excited. We knew that they were going to be really tough, especially on their home court,” Verdegan said.The South Dakota State defense caused the Badgers fits all day as evidenced by the total number of turnovers (26) to field goals made (25) by the Badgers.”We feel like if we just allowed Wisconsin to go through their half-court offense and execute and have to try and stop those guards, it would be really hard to do that,” Johnson said. “Defensively, one of the things we try to do is be really distracting. We’re not always going to be the quickest and most athletic team out there, but we have a style and a system that really requires us to try and disrupt other offenses.”Wisconsin must now search for answers, and it gets no easier as they head to Lawrence, Kan., for a date with the Jayhawks. The University of Kansas is currently undefeated at 6-0 and is outscoring its opponents by 20.8 points per game. Senior Crystal Kemp leads the team in scoring (15.7) and rebounds (6.5). The last meeting between the two was 10 years ago in the NCAA tournament, where Wisconsin upset the Jayhawks in the first round 73-72. “We have to start over now. Our record is now 0-0. A brand new season starts tomorrow and there’s going to be some changes,” Stone said.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) will travel down to South Carolina for a matchup against No. 3 Clemson (8-0, 5-0) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Orange is coming off its bye week, with a two-game winning streak before that. Clemson is coming off a 37-34 road victory over then-No. 12 Florida State.Here are three things Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney said on the ACC coaches teleconference Wednesday.SU can’t be overlooked, especially after its upset win over Virginia TechComing off such a big win against the Seminoles, it’d be easy for the Tigers to overlook Syracuse as an inferior opponent.Then-No. 17 Virginia Tech seemingly did that, losing to the Orange 31-17 a week after it had dominated North Carolina. Swinney said that after both wins SU is playing with even more confidence than before and stressed that he’ll make sure his team is ready for the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They handled that defense (VT) pretty good … and then they come back and beat Boston College,” Swinney said. “They’re really playing with a lot of confidence.“This is a team that is on the rise, there’s no doubt about it.”There’s not much Clemson can take away from last year’s game.Last season, No. 1 Clemson beat Syracuse in the Carrier Dome 37-27 in a mid-November matchup. Swinney said SU played very well against his team last year.But the game featured a completely different coaching staff. Also, arguably SU’s two best offensive players this year — Eric Dungey and Amba Etta-Tawo — didn’t play in last year’s game, as Dungey was out with an injury and Etta-Tawo was still at Maryland.“Just a totally different deal. New philosophy,” Swinney said. “You can just see that these guys have really bought in to what they’re trying to do.”There’s still some worry about the quarterback runningOne thing Swinney said hurt his team in last year’s game against SU were rushes by the quarterback. Zack Mahoney, who filled in for Dungey, carried the ball for 76 yards on 10 attempts. Five of those attempts were for 10 or more yards, including two touchdowns.“They got into some quarterback run stuff on us last year that really hurt us, that I think that there are some carry over opportunities for them,” Swinney said.Dungey is a more capable runner than Mahoney is — through eight games the sophomore leads the team in rushing attempts, with 121. Over the past two games, he’s gained 160 yards with his legs. Comments Published on November 2, 2016 at 11:42 am Contact Tomer: firstname.lastname@example.org | @tomer_langer
The Wisconsin Badgers claim the Kohl Center as home rink, but throughout the season, it is rare that they consistently get to practice on the ice there. More often than not they make the hike out to the Bob Johnson Hockey Facility located at the Coliseum by the Alliant Energy Center, which serves as their home rink, more than any other ice sheet near campus.[/media-credit]Only a few minutes journey down John Nolen Drive lies the Alliant Energy Center. Tucked away into a hill between the Coliseum and an unmarked rink, the unassuming gray building sinks into the ground.Near the doors, a few telltale mopeds are parked rain, snow or shine. Inside, photos line the main hallway with notable moments throughout program history and team photos grace the corner of the ramp.A short walk down a dark hallway and up some stairs is a large rink guarded by old boards that look like they could fall over at the slightest touch. Red banners hang around the rink with players’ numbers and championship years.It’s humble and hidden: Welcome to the Bob Johnson Hockey Facility.“This little rink here has served its purpose well,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “We did it up as good as we could. We were very creative in it and it was a good home. It was bright. We put up our banners, we had our individual pictures, the ice itself was good. But it’s off campus.”With no permanent practice facility on campus – yet – the Wisconsin men’s hockey team practices out at the Bob Johnson Hockey Facility more often than not. When the Kohl Center ice is covered in basketball hardwood and the Shell is too small of a rink for that specific week, the Badgers voyage out to their isolated hockey island.Despite being so far removed from campus, Eaves enjoys the disconnect that exists between the practice facility and campus.“Once you’re out here, it’s just all hockey,” Eaves said. “You’re kind of isolated and it’s kind of nice … that’s probably the biggest part about being out here; once you’re here it’s just all hockey. But I’ll let that go very quickly because of the fact that we’ll have everything under one roof.”Before the Kohl Center was even a brain neuron, Eaves himself saw many days at the Coliseum as a Badger between 1974-78.The Coliseum was essentially the birthplace of Wisconsin hockey. The sport was resurrected in the 1963-64 season as an independent team under John Riley – and called Hartmeyer Ice Arena home. But in the 1966-67 season, under Wisconsin coaching legend Bob Johnson, the Badgers moved to the Coliseum. They officially became a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Three years later, UW would win its first NCAA championship.“The Coliseum was the Kohl Center of its day,” Eaves said. “It was the rink of its time. There wasn’t any other place that was as big or as nice. I think the Kohl Center is the new Coliseum, if you will, of this era.”But the history that took place on that unimposing plot of land can simply be traced back to the very name that graces the main hallway of the building.Johnson brought Wisconsin’s hockey program up from nothing and turned it into a historic being that has six National Titles to its name along with 24 NCAA tournament appearances; 12 in which UW made it to the Frozen Four.Johnson certainly didn’t do all that in his 15 years, but he set a precedent that has continued through Jeff Sauer’s 20 seasons at the head of the program and now Eaves’ 10.“The Coliseum, it’s unbelievable,” sophomore forward Keegan Meuer said. “Everybody played there. … I’ve been going there since I was born. … So many great players. Basically, when people think Wisconsin hockey, they think of the Coliseum; this is where it all started.”But while it’s been the Badgers’ home for decades, some players are ready to let it go.“My immediate reaction is ‘no,’” junior forward Ryan Little said when asked if he was going to miss their home away from home. “I mean, I had class ’til 2:15; you have to get out here, it’s a rush. Sometimes you have to scoot out here in the winter. It’s not a bad place – we have a nice locker room here, a nice facility – but I don’t think I’m going to miss it.”After this week, the Badgers will vacate the Bob Johnson Hockey Facility and finish the season at other various locations. But next season they look forward to a fresh, state-of-the-art practice rink on campus in LaBahn Arena.Although still under construction, the Badgers are anxiously anticipating the chance to finally enter their new locker room at LaBahn and have everything conveniently located in one place.“We’ve only been down there in the locker room for hard hat tours,” Eaves said. “We’ve seen it three, four times now – just going from metal studs to drywall that’s been painted, the space how it looks and feels – it’s going to be dynamite. … To be able to go down the hallway and have that practice facility at our fingertips is phenomenal.”“I think it’s great strides, for recruiting purposes and … to not be constantly moving around, to kind of have a stable home,” junior defenseman John Ramage said. “Looking forward to next year, we’re going to be able to bring in some big recruits and it’ll be probably the best place to play college hockey.”But with all its faults and merits, Meuer is going to miss the trek out to what he’s always known as his “home” rink.“Obviously you can complain about the little inconvenience about scooting out here and transporting the gear back and forth, but the staff, they’ve always done a great job and made it as easy as possible for us,” Meuer said. “This place is special. You think of everybody that’s gone through here. They all did the same thing you did.“This is home. When you think of all the guys that went through here, this is where they’ll tell you that they spent most of their time. This is definitely home for generations of Badgers and it’ll be a sad day to see it end.”
Published on December 5, 2019 at 12:41 am In the last 10 years, SU hired its first black football head coach, made three combined Final Fours between the men’s and women’s basketball teams and won the school’s first-ever national championship by a women’s team.There have been highs — upsetting No. 2 Clemson in the Carrier Dome — and lows, like Boeheim’s 101 vacated wins due to NCAA-imposed sanctions.As the decade comes to an end, relive Syracuse athletics’ 10 most impactful stories, written by the reporters who covered them in the moment, in chronological order.2011: Associate head coach Bernie Fine fired amid sexual abuse allegations This was certainly the most enthralling storyline during my years at The Daily Orange. There were often times when sports bled into news and garnered the attention of the public at-large, like Syracuse’s decision to leave the Big East for the ACC, but nothing quite compared to the Bernie Fine saga — especially on the heels of everything happening at Penn State. Our staff of writers and editors worked tirelessly to explore every angle of the story during what was supposed to be our Thanksgiving break.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor some, this represented a first experience with cold calls and knocking on doors in homage to the grassroots of journalism. For others, this was a chance to lead the younger staff members through arguably the strongest learning experience of their careers. In the subsequent weeks, The Daily Orange broke several stories related to Fine as our reporting was thrust into national relevancy. There were television appearances on CNN and HLN, a trip to Maine to visit accuser Zach Tomaselli and a meeting with the county’s district attorney for an exclusive story in which The Daily Orange heard audio of police interviews previously withheld from reporters. Those were the moments that reinforced our journalistic prowess during the days we’ll never forget.-Michael Cohen2011: Syracuse joins the Atlantic Coast Conference In September of 2011, the Orange saw a whole lot of green and announced the university was leaving its longtime home in the Big East for the more stable ACC.The move – with Pittsburgh making the same jump – was part of a major realignment in college sports, as schools sought conferences with lucrative TV deals capable of bolstering finances for years to come.The ACC had that. In 2010, the conference signed a 12-year deal with ESPN worth $1.86 billion, an agreement that was later extended in length and value with the addition of SU and Pitt.Meanwhile, the Big East’s TV deal with ESPN was worth $216 million over six years. Negotiations ensued as that deal neared expiration, but the Big East in 2011 rejected a nine-year, $1.4 billion deal with ESPN. Many believe that agreement could’ve been the glue that kept the Big East together.While the Big East was dealt a major blow, Syracuse would benefit from increased exposure and larger revenue streams in the ACC. With Syracuse, the ACC — aside from gaining its first school with on-campus beer sales at home games — was able to expand its geographic footprint and boost its leverage in future TV negotiations.ACC revenue jumped 11% in the 2018 fiscal year, with each member school reportedly getting, on average, a distribution of $29.5 million.While that distribution ranked near the bottom among Power 5 conferences, the launch of ACC Network this past August could change that.-Jon Harris2013: Syracuse men’s basketball makes Final Four run Syracuse’s run to the Final Four in 2013 really came out of nowhere. The Orange badly struggled toward the end of the regular season, losing four of its final five games. That included two losses to Georgetown, one being an embarrassing blowout in Washington. Syracuse was limping into the postseason, and there were swirling questions about Jim Boeheim’s future. Those questions peaked when, after a blowout loss to the Hoyas, Boeheim said he was ready to go play golf somewhere. Joking or not, it fueled speculation.No one really expected much from Syracuse in the postseason. We all know what happened next. A run through the last “real” Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden, including an overtime win over Georgetown in the semifinals before a loss to Louisville in the final. Then the Orange’s 2-3 zone befuddled team after team in the NCAA Tournament, as Syracuse bounced Montana, Cal, Indiana and Marquette before its run ended with a loss to Michigan in the Final Four.It was the program’s first appearance in the Final Four since a lanky-limbed, headband-wearing freshman named Carmelo Anthony guided the program to its only national championship in 2003. The surprising run marked Boeheim’s fourth Final Four in four different decades, a lofty accomplishment that ended a lot of questions about how long he could continue to coach.-Chris Iseman, Michael Cohen2015: NCAA finds Jim Boeheim failed to promote compliance with rules, imposes sanctionsThe news came down on the Friday before spring break.Editors were on planes and beat writers were on their way to Saturday’s regularly scheduled men’s basketball game. Still, the biggest news of our time at The Daily Orange needed to be covered.The NCAA released a 94-page report on March 6, 2015 detailing wrongdoing by Syracuse and men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim, punishing the university with a five-year probation, scholarship reductions, vacation of wins and a nine-game suspension for Boeheim. SU had already self-imposed a postseason ban for that year and the NCAA – unlike with other schools’ violations – didn’t hit Syracuse with any other postseason bans.Still, the fallout was swift. We covered every aspect of the report, including an index of every violation for readers to understand.Less than two weeks after the report’s release, Chancellor Kent Syverud announced that Daryl Gross was out as athletic director and Boeheim would be retiring with Mike Hopkins as the head coach in waiting.As we all know, that didn’t happen. Boeheim and his more than 1,000* wins are still in charge at SU while Hopkins leads a rising Washington program.-Justin Mattingly 2015: Dino Babers becomes first black head coach in SU football historyDino Babers is considered an up-and-coming coach around the college football world, someone whose best years are still to come. But what many people don’t realize is that Babers spent 27 years as an assistant coach. Before becoming Eastern Illinois’ head coach in 2012, he’d practically given up on ever getting a head coaching opportunity.His hire at Syracuse in December of 2015 wasn’t his first head coaching job. But it was, in many ways, a validation of all the years he’d put in as an assistant coach. His first job as a head coach in a Power-5 conference.He notably opened up his introductory press conference by asking everyone in the room to close their eyes. He waited and was insistent that even media do the same. Then he told everyone to imagine the Carrier Dome filled and SU football playing as fast as any program in the nation.Syracuse hadn’t fielded a team with more than eight wins in 14 seasons prior to Babers. It had won seven total games the previous two seasons. But Babers exuded confidence anyway.-Sam Blum2015: Field hockey team wins national championshipThis field hockey victory was the first women’s national championship in school history, and it in some ways now represents a bygone era in Syracuse athletics. Then-Director of Athletics Daryl Gross invested heavily in non-revenue sports, which particularly helped the field hockey program because coach Ange Bradley recruited extensively in Europe. Three of the team’s best players came from abroad — Emma Russell (Ireland), Alma Fenne and Lies Lagerweij (both from Netherlands) — combining with a homegrown talent in goalkeeper Jess Jecko, from an hour east of Syracuse, to propel the Orange that season.They won the championship on a freezing day in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and I still remember the team lifting Bradley up to celebrate. She lifeguarded and delivered newspapers as a kid to pay for field hockey camps. She scrapped from Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, to Delaware, where she did what her parents hadn’t and attended college. She became a Hall of Fame field-hockey player for the Blue Hens, though a championship still eluded her. I still remember, up in the air, how hard Bradley cried.Now, she and associate head coach Allan Law are what’s left of that title run. The three stars graduated. Jecko still plays but for Team USA, and Gross is gone, his exit set in motion by the NCAA report in March 2015. This story, as it is with many championships, is one of a fleeting moment when everything came together for so many in one place at one time.-Sam Fortier2016: Men and women’s basketball reach Final FourThose two simultaneous March Madness runs were really pretty magical for the Orange. With the men as a No. 10 seed and women as a No. 4 seed that had never previously reached the Sweet 16, neither group was expected to do much. In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the SU women upset No. 1 seed South Carolina in the Sweet 16 and handled No. 7-seeded Tennessee and Washington in the next two rounds before eventually losing to No. 1 seed Connecticut in the national championship. The core of Alexis Peterson, Brittney Sykes, Brianna Butler, Cornelia Fondren and Briana Day entered the program as heralded recruits and left as immortal stars.The men’s Elite Eight game occurred mere hours after the women’s game and featured a comeback for the ages against Virginia. Malachi Richardson cemented himself as an all-time great in his lone season for SU. Michael Gbinije thrived in his new point guard role and Tyler Lydon became valuable even when he wasn’t scoring. After struggling through Jim Boeheim’s nine-game suspension and losing the first four games of conference play, a Final Four run seemed as unlikely as could be. But after just barely making the tournament, the Orange played their best against the best.-Paul Schwedelson2017: Assistant coach Mike Hopkins departs for head coaching position at WashingtonMike Hopkins dreamed of becoming Syracuse men’s basketball’s head coach. He spent 28 years at Syracuse as a player and coach, his last two decades there groomed by Jim Boeheim to be the Hall of Famer’s successor. The university announced in 2015 that, after Boeheim retired in 2017-18, Hopkins would take over. Though Boeheim’s ouster was a surprise, the choice of Hopkins wasn’t. Everyone both inside and outside the program thought he was a perfect fit because players, coaches and fans respected him. Then, suddenly, on a March afternoon in 2017, the news broke that he took the Washington job.His abrupt departure sent shockwaves through the Syracuse community. The next chapter of one of the most iconic college basketball programs was clouded in uncertainty (SU shortly thereafter announced an extension for Boeheim.) We needed answers, so Matt flew to Seattle and sat down with Hopkins after his introductory press conference at Washington. Sam supplemented that reporting in Syracuse by digging deep into Hopkins’ background. We interviewed his high school coach, his friends, the best man at his wedding. We talked to former Syracuse players, the Washington AD, friends and mentors outside of basketball and many more. Our ‘Power Move’ story offers insight beyond the reactions and answers the big question of why Hopkins left the only school he ever knew.-Matt Schneidman, Sam Fortier2017: Syracuse upsets No. 2 Clemson in the Carrier DomeThis game changed the perception of Syracuse’s football program to such a degree that I struggled to recall how I felt about SU’s chances going in. An old email from that week, which predicted a 31-20 Clemson win, advised, “It will occasionally get ugly. Feel free to look away when it does.”It sounds foolish now, but plenty agreed. During the postgame press conference, quarterback Eric Dungey asked for a show of hands from anyone who thought SU would win. There were no hands. The room fell silent.The Carrier Dome, though, had never been louder during my four years at SU. The Orange never trailed, so there was no reason for the roughly 42,000 fans to leave early. The usually bare silver bleachers were covered, as Dino Babers said, by a “sea of Orange” which later flooded the field to celebrate. One fan infamously broke his leg jumping over the wall. Others appeared in my game story because fellow beat writer Tomer Langer stopped me from rushing downstairs for interviews and advised me to scan the mob in search of moments that captured the shock and joy of it all.That Friday night might come to define the Babers era as a building block to something bigger. It might have been a one-off in a decade of mediocrity. But the feelings and memories it produced for a lot of people were anything but fleeting.-Joe Bloss2019: Jim Boeheim hits, kills man in I-690 car crashThe morning of Feb. 21, I was awoken by repeated bangs on my bedroom door. My roommate, then-assistant sports editor Nick Alvarez, yelled for my attention. Late the night before, the then-43 year men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed Jorge Jimenez on I-690. The crash occurred at 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, less than two hours after Boeheim exited the Carrier Dome following the Orange’s upset win over Louisville. A family lost a loved one. Boeheim, “heartbroken,” put his coaching duties on hold for a day. In a sensitive time, The D.O. sent reporters up and down Erie Boulevard, to the site of the crash and the Jimenez’ neighborhood. We made difficult calls, worked sleepless hours and kept chasing the story until there was nothing left to chase. Nick and KJ Edelman did a lot of the field work: They hopped in a car and drove around Jimenez’ neighborhood searching for people who knew him. Then-photo editor Molly Gibbs, then-news editor Kennedy Rose and then-assistant news editor Casey Darnell chipped in on the coverage any way they could.Following the incident, it was announced that Boeheim would coach less than 72 hours after the incident. He walked out to the Carrier Dome to a standing ovation while his team lost to No. 1 Duke that night, 75-65. Then, he spoke to the media.“It doesn’t matter how I feel,” Boeheim said. “It’s how (the Jimenez family) feels, and what’s happened to them, and there’s just nothing I can say about it.”At The D.O., we needed so many writers to have all-hands-on deck so we didn’t miss anything. There were many people who had to (and still have to) face the fallout of the crash. And The D.O. didn’t rest until we covered it all.-Michael McClearyBONUS: Justyn Knight wins individual cross-country NCAA championshipJustyn Knight crossed the finish line in Louisville, Kentucky, accomplishing the dream he’d run towards for four years. He found his mother and gave her a hug and kiss.The senior turned to former-Olympian Herman Frazier, a mentor of his, for an embrace. Then he looked at me and then-senior staff writer Matthew Gutierrez. Knight told us he was cramping for more than half of the race.Because Knight was one of the top runners in the nation at 21 years old, he’d spent his summer racing in the IAAF World Championships, placing 10th in the 5,000-meter alongside his hero Mo Farah. But that also meant his 2017 cross-country debut would be delayed. He’d run in the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and win for a second-straight year. Then he won ACCs, then regionals.Knight spent most of his final cross-country race at SU in the second pack until he raced up to third place. On the straightaway, his patented and always-expected kick propelled him to victory. So when he told us that he was cramping in the most important race of his life (at the time), I instinctively mouthed the words “excuse me.” I was in shock.“When I got to the straightaway (with 300 meters left), I just had an out-of-body experience and said, ‘You know, Justyn, you’re going to look back at this and if you don’t go right now, you’re going to regret it for the rest of your life.’ So I just did that.”-KJ Edelman Comments Facebook Twitter Google+