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Opponent preview: What to know about Miami

first_imgAfter a win against Boston College on Tuesday, Syracuse (17-13, 10-9 Atlantic Coast) looks to close out the regular season with two-straight wins when it plays Miami (14-15, 6-13) on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Hurricanes have lost four-consecutive games headed into the matchup.Here’s what to know about the Hurricanes before the game in Coral Gables, Florida.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 19-8Last time they played: Syracuse beat Miami on Jan. 24, 2019 in the Carrier Dome. The Orange won 73-53 as Elijah Hughes led Syracuse to the lopsided victory with 22 points. The Miami report: Miami has lost four-straight games and struggled offensively against both Georgia Tech and Virginia. The Hurricanes don’t shoot well from 3-point land but still rank 73rd in offensive efficiency. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMiami doesn’t have a player above 6-foot-9 that’s used on more than 17% of its possessions. In other words, they don’t have a dominant big man. Miami’s offensive board protection is one of the worst in the country and could lead to a big day for Bourama Sidibe. The offense will likely run through 5-foot-7-inch guard Chris Lykes, who averages 15.2 points per game. How Syracuse beats Miami: Syracuse needs to play better defense than it has over its recent stretch of games. Miami isn’t playing good offense right now, and a sound game from the 2-3 zone could completely stifle any attack by the Hurricanes. With that said, Syracuse can also pound the ball down low and find enough success there to win the game. Look for big performances on the offensive glass from Quincy Guerrier and Sidibe, rebounds leading to second chance opportunities that could swing this game in Syracuse’s favor. Stat to know: 39.5 — The percentage of points Syracuse’s opponents have scored from beyond the 3-point arc this season. Only seven teams nationwide allow a higher percentage of their opponent’s points to come from 3. KenPom odds: Syracuse has a 52% chance to win the game, with a projected final score of 76-75.Player to watch: Chris Lykes, Guard No. 0The junior from Mitchellville, Maryland can score. Lykes, a 5-foot-7 inch guard, averages 15.2 points per game on 43.2 % shooting this season. His season-high came at Illinois when he scored 28 points, and he also scored 27 points at Clemson. Shooting 37.4 % on 3-pointers makes it unlikely he’ll light it up from beyond the arc, but if Lykes gets in a rhythm, that’s how Miami will hang with Syracuse. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 7, 2020 at 12:32 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44last_img read more

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KCCA out to end first round on a high as NBL returns

first_img-KCCA Men Vs Pemba Warriors (men)-KCCA Leopards Vs UMU Ravens (ladies)The FUBA National Basketball League continues on Wednesday evening with two games on the card at the YMCA Outdoor court in Wandegeya, Kampala.KCCA Basketball senior men’s team, the KCCA panthers will look to end the first round on a high as they take on a strong but inconsistent Pemba Warriors.Things have not gone well for Rogers Sserunyigo’s charges in their debut season – The team has lost eight games, managing just two victories in their first 10.KCCA’s two victories came in a row: They beat up on UCU Canons 75-70 on May 20th at MTN arena before adding a 56-57 win against Sharing Youth three days later at YMCA.However, since then, the side has lost five games consecutively. They come into thus tie at the back of 54-62 loss against UPDF; in a game they gave all their best but still fell short.In the UPDF loss, Brian Walters made his league debut for the new comers after a long internal club ban. He managed to make a game high 20 points.Walters, together with Francis Mbuyi (Signing from KIU Titans) will be vital figures against the Warriors’ big men.Mbuyi has picked an impressive 60 rebounds this season.The duo of Richard Ongom and Andrew Gang should also be at their best on Wednesday evening if the new comers are to pick a positive result.Warriors on the other hand, will continue to miss the services of their key players in Stanley Mugerwa and Syrus Kiviiri who travelled with the National team that is set to play in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers in Lagos, Nigeria later this week.Warriors are still with out Syrus Kiviri and Stanley MugerwaThe Kyambogo based side have picked up six wins out of  their first 10 games, losing four-against KIU Titans, Betway Power, City Oilers and worse of all, Our Saviour where the team was limited to just 36 points in the 40 minutes of play.Warriors are now 5th on the 12 team log, but Coach Ronnie Mutebi recently revealed that this time round, he is playing to win the championship.Hope he can make his team show same character tonight.In the ladies division, KCCA leopards will be looking for it’s fifth victory when they take on UMU Ravens.The Ravens only victory out of eight games, came up against fellow new comers Angels on June 3rd at YMCA, where they won 47-43.Comments Tags: KCCA MensNBLPemba Warriors KCCA have won only two games this season (Photos by FUBA Media)National Basketball League 2018Wednesday, 27-06-2018YMCA Court, Wandegeyalast_img read more

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NGO Workers Display Courage under Fire in World Crisis Spots

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesAnthon Jackson / Shutterstock.com March 23, 2014;+972 MagazineRegardless of where one stands on the specific underlying issues that the NGOs might be addressing, one has to respect how some NGO staff put their personal reputations and physical safety on the line on a regular basis. For example, a Palestinian working for Yesh Din, an Israeli human rights group that provides legal assistance to West Bank Palestinians, was attacked and beaten up by settlers as he monitored Palestinian road-paving south of the city of Nablus. Although the Palestinians were working on an approved project and even accompanied by Israeli Defense Force and Civil Administration staff, settlers drawn to the site by something called the Committee for Settlers in Samaria showed up to harass the workers, throw stones at Palestinian homes, and ultimately beat up the Yesh Din investigator, Munir Kadus. The IDF personnel reportedly didn’t intervene to stop the settlers’ attack. Just being beaten up and hospitalized isn’t the worst of the dangers faced by employees of NGOs. In Kabul last week, five Taliban gunmen attacked a guesthouse of a San Francisco-based NGO called Roots of Peace, holding several non-Afghanis hostage in the process. The ostensible reason for the attack, as announced by a Taliban spokesperson, was that the NGO was reportedly engaged in converting Muslims to Christianity, though an overriding rationale might have been the upcoming Afghanistan elections and a demonstration of the vulnerability of Kabul itself to Taliban attacks.Now that Egyptian military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has declared that he is running for president of the country, Egypt’s crackdown on NGOs, both pre- and post-Morsi, looks destined to continue and deepen under a stronger military government. Remember that Sisi is the leader who warned that the “army is a fire… Do not play against it and do not play with it.” As the UN’s undersecretary general for emergency relief, Valerie Amos, noted last week, in Syria, there has been absolutely no improvement in conditions for the delivery of humanitarian aid since the Security Council’s February 22nd resolution calling for unimpeded access, most of which she attributed to governmental noncooperation, including holding up food aid at checkpoints and removing medicines from aid trucks. In Syria and in Egypt, working for an NGO is increasingly dangerous business. In some cases, there are questions about the independence and integrity of some NGOs. Recently, a representative of a Chinese NGO called the China Association for Preservation and Development of Tibetan Culture tried to attend a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. There, he was caught taking close-range pictures of a woman who was testifying that her father was serving a life sentence in a Chinese prison for his political activities. UN representatives deemed the photography “intimidation” and took away the NGO employee’s pass to attend UN meetings. The New York Times went to Beijing to investigate the NGO and basically discovered that the NGO is pretty clearly controlled by the Chinese government and not particularly representative of Tibetan interests and concerns. In this case, it probably took some courage on the part of UN personnel to kick out a phony NGO representative who was probably working for the Chinese government. When nonprofits think about the challenges and obstacles of doing nonprofit work, consider the issues of working for an NGO on the front lines of the major crises in the world today and remember the courage that it takes to do what so many NGO workers do.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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