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first_img Share UN Secretary General Ban Ki MoonADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AFP) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday the world was headed for a “generation free of AIDS”, after UNAIDS reported a 35-per cent drop in new HIV infections from 15 years ago.The positive news was also coupled with calls for more funding, with the objective of eliminating the virus by 2030. The United Nations also warned that continuing stigmatisation of sex workers, drug users and homosexuals were barriers to progress.“The world has delivered. We have achieved and exceeded the goals regarding AIDS. We have 15 million people on HIV treatment,” Ban said in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, where he is attending a global development summit.“We are on the way to a generation free of AIDS,” Ban said. “The world has delivered on halting and reversing the AIDS epidemic. Now we must commit to ending the AIDS epidemic.”According to the UNAIDS report released on Tuesday in Geneva, there have been remarkable strides since the advent in 1996 of anti-retroviral drugs, which suppress the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).Though not a cure, the therapy creates a virtuous circle. The less the virus is in circulation, the less likely it is that people become infected.Although new HIV infections declined to two million in 2014 against 3.1 million 14 years ago and the number of new infections has noticeably decreased or remained stagnant, UNAIDS warned spending had plateaued.There are currently 36.9 million people living with HIV around the world. Around March this year, 15 million of them were accessing anti-retroviral therapy.“In 2011 world leaders called for reaching 15 million people with life-saving HIV treatment by 2015. And that is exactly what the world did — ahead of schedule,” said UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibe in a report entitled “How AIDS changed everything.”But the report said more needed to be done.“After a decade of unprecedented growth, financing for the AIDS response has levelled off. At the same time, the world now has compelling evidence that people with HIV benefit by accessing anti-retroviral therapy as early as possible,” it said.– ‘Stigma, discrimination and punitive laws’ –UNAIDS said further increases and efficient reallocation were needed to address the “increased need of earlier initiation of anti-retroviral therapy” and called for AIDS spending of $32 billion (29 billion euros) annually between now and 2020 in the hope of eliminating the virus by 2030.“Stigma, discrimination and punitive laws continue to affect the people most impacted by HIV and to block their access to HIV services in every region of the world,” the report said.“The criminalisation of sex work, drug use and same-sex sexual relationships among consenting adults hinders attempts to reach people at higher risk of HIV infection.”Sidibe said he was hopeful that the next decade would “give us a more effective vaccine”.The UN has set up an ambitious treatment target to help end the AIDS epidemic, aiming to ensure that 90 per cent of all people living with HIV will know their status and that 90 percent of those diagnosed with HIV will receive anti-retroviral therapy.The third target is that 90 per cent of all people receiving anti-retroviral therapy will have viral suppression.2015 is the deadline year for the Millennium Development Goals which in September 2000 rallied the world around a common 15-year agenda to tackle poverty and hunger, prevent deadly but treatable diseases and expand educational opportunities to all children.In September, world leaders will gather at the United Nations in New York to adopt a new agenda for sustainable development in which health is one of the top priorities.Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region worst hit by AIDS with 25.8 million people living with HIV. Last year, there were 1.4 million new HIV infections — a 39 per cent drop from 2000.Asia is a distant second with five million cases but there has been a recrudescence of new infections. Last year there were 340,000 new HIV infections and China, Indonesia and India accounted for 78 per cent of them.Medical charity Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) hailed the strides made in the fight against AIDS but stressed that the world “cannot afford to lose any momentum”.“In some countries where we work, HIV treatment coverage is as low as 17 per cent, which stands in stark contrast to the UNAIDS goal of 90 percent treatment coverage,” it said. 52 Views   no discussions Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint UN chief says world on way to ‘generation free of AIDS’ by: Associated Free Press – July 14, 2015center_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Osimhen, Napoli bow to COVID-19 Inter have made a very big offer for highly rated Lille forward Victor Osimhen according to a report from French news outlet Le10Sport.com.The young Nigerian attacker had a superb season with the French outfit and as a result he has drawn links to a whole array of clubs and appears destined to depart in the coming months. The report does not specify the details of the offer Inter have submitted but does state that Inter’s fellow Serie A side Napoli are also interested in signing Osimhen.Reports claimed Napoli made an offer of €105 million for both Osimhen and Gabriel but Osimhen must agree to the move.Osimhen and his representatives are currently in Naples and it is understood that he is very interested in the Napoli project.Tags: Inter MilanLOSC LilleOfferTransfer SeasonVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

first_img Press Association The American has said it would be “ludicrous” for Liverpool to allow the Uruguay striker to join a rival Premier League club and stressed it was too late in the transfer window to seek a replacement. Suarez has made no secret of his desire to leave Anfield, hoping to join a club that can offer him Champions League football. But Henry has now stressed he will have to stay with Liverpool and join their push for a top-four finish next season. Henry said, according to the Liverpool Echo newspaper: “We are not going to sell Luis. “He is one of the best players in the world. I have no reason to believe that he won’t continue to be. “The club is headed in the right direction and this episode is not going to stop us. It is what we are all focused on right now.” Liverpool’s target is the elite level of European football, and captain Steven Gerrard has said recently that Suarez holds the key to how the club will perform in the new campaign. Henry knows the significance of Champions League football, which as well as offering the prospect of challenging for a trophy Liverpool have won five times also offers huge financial benefits. Henry said: “I think for all of the top clubs it’s extremely important. Especially for Liverpool, since we have not been in Europe and are not in Europe this year – and we haven’t been in the Champions League for a while – obviously to sell Luis to a rival for one of those positions would be ludicrous. “I have told Ivan Gazidis that Luis is not for sale. I am unequivocal on that.” Liverpool’s principal owner John W Henry on Thursday night insisted the club will not be selling Luis Suarez this summer. Henry stressed Arsenal would be wasting their time with another offer for Suarez, having had an offer of £40million plus £1 rejected. The suggestion from the Suarez camp that such an offer should trigger a clause allowing him to leave has been dismissed out of hand by Liverpool. And Henry ruled out granting the 26-year-old his wish to join Arsenal, or any other side. Henry said: “Luis Suarez is a Liverpool player come what may.” He stressed Liverpool were simply not in a position to allow their most potent goalscorer to depart, with the Barclays Premier League season beginning on Saturday week and the club determined to improve significantly on last season’s seventh-placed finish. “It’s not finances, it is football. That’s why I said at this point, this late in the window, everyone has already moved and we haven’t identified anyone who hasn’t already moved – or isn’t moving – to replace him,” Henry said. “So it’s for football reasons and especially not to Arsenal. I think we made that clear early on.” last_img read more

first_imgThe leading goal scorers in the group phase take on Asia’s last remaining representatives as Belgium meet Japan in the final 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia match to be hosted at Rostov Arena today.The Red Devils are aiming to reach their third World Cup quarter-final (after Mexico 1986 and Brazil 2014) and equal their world finals record of four consecutive wins, set four years ago. Their unbeaten 22-match run – the longest in Belgium’s history – reflects the quality of a hugely talented side.Japan advanced from the group phase on fair play points and are intent on winning a last-16 tie for the first time ever. They have the experience to do just that: Eiji Kawashima, Makoto Hasebe, Yuto Nagatomo and Shinji Okazaki are each set to play their 11th world finals matches, a national record. Along with Keizuke Honda, they will be looking to make up for the defeat to Paraguay at South Africa 2010, the last time that the Japanese featured in the knockout rounds. Roberto Martinez left most of his first-choice players on the bench for the England match so they could rest and avoid suspensions. Even with a weakened side, the Belgians still recorded a fine win that buoyed morale even further and has put some pressure on the squad’s habitual starters. The Red Devils are expected to play a dynamic, offensive game against the Japanese. Should the Asians adopt the same mindset, it should make for an open, entertaining game.Japan used a 4-4-2 formation in their last group match against Poland and lost 1-0. Coach Akira Nishino is likely to revert to the 4-2-3-1 system he deployed in the win over Colombia and the draw with Senegal. Attacking midfielders Genki Haraguchi, Shinji Kagawa and Takashi Inui will have important roles to play. The Japanese will look to attack down the flanks and their chances of success will hinge on how well they can supply Gaku Shibasaki.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgAccording to the statement, Ogba stated that it was regrettable that Abati wrote authoritatively about a subject he has no firsthand information about, and wondered why Abati, who he alleged was not in Asaba, would write authoritatively about an event he did not witness.The statement reads in part: “Abati’s description of the Championship organisation as a disgrace is unfortunate and disgraceful. “Dr. Abati, a respected journalist, has a right to his opinions but to describe the organisation of CAA Asaba 2018 as a disgrace shows he is acting in a manner that suggests that he is being used.“It is regrettable that Abati wrote authoritatively about a subject he has no firsthand information on. He was not in Asaba, so why write authoritatively about an event you did not witness? I am sure if he had contacted his junior colleague, Olukayode Thomas, who is our Head of Media, he would have gotten some firsthand information and clearerinsight.“He could have called to check his facts and would have saved himself all the embarrassment the falsehood he penned is causing. He wasn’t even ready to give the organiser the benefit of the doubt. It is lamentable that a writer of Abati’s status in the media is relying on unverifiable information available on online media to write asensitive article’’.Ogba said the Championship had hitches that were dealt with swiftly and the few countries involved were grateful for the manner in which the issues were resolved.He said: “Compared to previous African Championships, we witnessed the least complaints, especially in the areas of feeding, accommodation and transportation. Contrary to Abati’s story, no country slept at the airport for three days.“Regular travellers like Abati know that our airports shut down by 11pm, so how can people sleep in an airport that is completely closed down by night? We had four hotels in Lagos. They include the two Ibis near the airport and Novotel where the athletes and officials that could not connect a flight to Asaba stayed and Abati is free to contact the management of the hotels.”Ogba who is apparently furious over the publication, argued that Abati was in a hurry to do a hatchet job and therefore did not tarry to carry out his research properly before going to the press, noting that a simple Google search would have told Abati that Ibrahim Gusau is the President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and not SolomonOgba.He added: “The search machine would also have informed Abati that it was not the AFN that organised the championships. Google would have supplied Abati facts to show that Team Nigeria under AFN was just one of the participating countries and that Tanzania was one the few countries that did not even participate.”Describing Abati as a neophyte in athletics, Ogba pointed that such explains why he swallowed the stories he read online about a bad track hook, line and sinker.He further said: “Asaba 2018 had the highest number of world-classathletes in Africa in recent times. If the track was bad, they will not run. Why would they risk their careers if the track was unfit for running? Caster Semenya ran a sub-50 to win the women 400m; Tobi Amusan ran a sub-13 to win the 100m hurdles; athletes who are running with caution don’t return such fantastic times, times good enough to win either the Olympic Games or IAAF World Championships.“Asaba Championship is the first ever championships were athletes get prize money for performances and were countries get transport allowances. Abati ought to have been better informed by sources in the know of sports related affairs.”However, he urged Abati to do a retraction of the publication within 48 hours or he would face a lawsuit.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Peter UzohoThe Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the just concluded 2018 African Senior Athletics Championships held in Asaba, Delta State, Chief Solomon Ogba, has described a back page article written by Dr. Reuben Abati, published in THISDAY Tuesday, August 7, 2018, with the title: ‘The Asaba Disgrace’, as “unfortunate and disgraceful.”In a statement issued Tuesday by the committee’s Head of Media, Olukayode Thomas, made available to THISDAY, Ogba said though Abati, a respected journalist has a right to his opinion but for him to describe the organisation of the Championship as a disgrace showed that he, he was acting in manner that suggested he was being used.last_img read more

first_img Published on November 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img New Hampshire’s Denise Beliveau caught the ball at the free-throw line early in the first half against Syracuse Monday. She turned, fired and buried a 15-foot jump shot from the middle of the Orange defense. Along the SU sideline, Quentin Hillsman clapped his hands and bellowed the words ‘no high post’ as his team retreated down the court. Syracuse’s head coach could only shake his head in frustration as his team broke one the most basic defensive principles for the fifth time in the first half. ‘That’s one of our zone’s principles is not letting the ball get to the high post,’ he said. ‘I was quite shocked how many times they got the ball there because that’s something we normally do a very good job of. I was really kind of taken aside by that.’ In the opening minutes of Monday’s 87-46 win against New Hampshire, the visiting Wildcats exploited the middle of the Syracuse (4-0) defense. The offense ran through the hands of New Hampshire’s (1-4) interior players, who continually flashed to the free-throw line to receive passes. But it took fewer than nine minutes for the Orange defense to adjust, taking away the Wildcats’ only consistent attack and blowing the game open in front of 1,014 at the Carrier Dome. With New Hampshire’s post players catching the ball at the free-throw line, it gave the offense a two-headed attack early on. On two of the team’s early possessions, Jill McDonald and Kate Early each turned and buried a 15-foot jump shot. But subsequent possessions saw the Wildcats’ bigs turn and kick the ball out the perimeter for open 3-point attempts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Ten of the team’s first 16 points came on baskets assisted by passes from the free-throw line. The Wildcats hit four consecutive 3-point baskets and jumped out to a 16-11 lead less than seven minutes into the game. ‘They were bringing players from different areas (to the high post),’ SU senior guard Erica Morrow said. ‘There is a lot of communication that comes from our forwards and our center also, because our (the guards’) backs are turned.’ But once that communication was improved, the tide of the game changed completely. On New Hampshire’s first possession after a media timeout midway through the first half, SU guard Tasha Harris slid in behind the Wildcats’ cutter. When McDonald caught the ball, she couldn’t turn. The offense stalled, and SU forced a shot-clock violation. After UNH held that 16-11 advantage, it made just three field goals over the final 11-plus minutes of the first half. The team began 4-of-10 from the 3-point range but finished the half just 1-of-8. ‘We just made a conscious effort to not give them open looks,’ Hillsman said. ‘It just becomes a point of us locking things down.’ Part of the Wildcats’ early success was due to an element of surprise. After watching tape of all four of UNH’s prior games this season, Hillsman said its offense was drastically different to open Monday’s game. New Hampshire set screens in different areas and brought players who were cutting to the high post from new spots on the floor. Once the SU defense became aware, UNH’s entire attack was neutralized. After falling behind 16-11 early, the Orange outscored the Wildcats 31-7 for the rest of the first half. Later in the contest, that advantage had extended to 43 at one point. One simple adjustment to take away the free-throw line changed the entire complexion of the game. That’s why it’s one of the zone’s basic principles. ‘If we take away the high post and box out,’ Harris said, ‘then we’ll win the game by 30 or 40 points.’ SU did just that. The Wildcats managed only 10 points in the paint throughout the game and finished at a 28 percent clip from beyond the arc. The ability to dump the ball down low or set up 3-point shooters was gone, and so was New Hampshire’s chance to win the game. ‘If you take that high post away, it usually shuts down most offenses,’ SU center Kayla Alexander said. ‘Take away the high post, 3-point shooters and rebound — that’s an easy way to get a win.’ mjcohe02@syr.edulast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 20, 2015 at 1:56 pm Related Stories Gallery: Syracuse beats Cornell 67-46 in Carrier DomeWhat we learned from Syracuse’s win against CornellTrevor Cooney snaps 0-for-11 slump from deep in strong 2nd half against CornellMichael Gbinije helps push Syracuse past Cornell as distributor, not scorerTyler Roberson’s 15-point, 12-rebound performance spurs Syracuse to 67-46 wincenter_img Tyler Roberson was a beast on the offensive glass in Syracuse’s (8-3) 67-46 win over Cornell on Sunday. Eight of his 12 rebounds were offensive, and 10 of his 15 points came on second-chance opportunities.“It’s funny,” SU interim head coach Mike Hopkins said after the game. “When Tyler focuses on rebounding, he seems to score.”And according to advanced statistics from Hoop-Math, Hopkins is spot on. By the numbers, Roberson has been the most effective second-chance scorer in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season. Hoop-Math defines a “putback” as a made shot that is taken within four seconds of grabbing an offensive rebound, and Roberson is at the top of the conference in that category.Below is a list of the players with the most putbacks on all 15 ACC teams, with their field-goal percentage on putbacks at the rim in parentheses. You’ll see that Roberson is not only tied for the most putbacks in the conference, but that he’s also converting at the highest rate around the basket among players with 20.1. Tyler Roberson (Syracuse) — 20 putbacks (83.3 percent)2. Charles Mitchell (Georgia Tech) — 20 putbacks (73.3 percent)3. Zach LeDay (Virginia Tech) — 20 putbacks (50 percent)4. Brice Johnson (North Carolina) — 15 putbacks (100 percent)5. Zach Auguste (Notre Dame) — 15 putbacks (50 percent)6. Abdul-Malik Abu (North Carolina State) — 15 putbacks (46.2 percent)7. Devin Thomas (Wake Forest) — 14 putbacks (57.1 percent)8. Chinanu Onuaku (Louisville) — 13 putbacks (62.5 percent)9. Anthony Gill (Virginia) — 10 putbacks (80 percent)10. Amile Jefferson (Duke) — 10 putbacks (66.7 percent)11. Terance Mann (Florida State) — 10 putbacks (50 percent)12. Jaron Blossomgame (Clemson) — 9 putbacks (33.3 percent)13. Tonye Jekiri (Miami) — 7 putbacks (66.7 percent)14. Rafael Maia (Pittsburgh) — 6 putbacks (60 percent)15. Johncarlos Reyes (Boston College) —5 putbacks (80 percent)AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhy Roberson’s “Putback” numbers are more impressive than Brice Johnson’sIt may be a bit confusing that I am calling Tyler Roberson the most effective second-chance scorer in the ACC while Johnson has a 100 percent conversion rate at the rim. But there are two factors at play here, one based in logic and the other in strategy.First, with 20 putbacks and a 83.3 percent conversion rate around the rim (Roberson hasn’t attempted any putbacks away from the rim), he has accounted for 40 points on putbacks. Johnson has attempted a few putbacks away from the rim, but none of them have come from 3-point territory, so he’s accounted for 30 points on putbacks.Second, Johnson plays with one of the best low-post threats in the country in Kennedy Meeks, which has an effect on his putbacks. Meeks often draws double teams in the post, which can leave Johnson alone on the weak side. This makes a good share of his second-chance opportunities uncontested, while Roberson doesn’t enjoy that luxury as often. That’s not to say that Dajuan Coleman, Tyler Lydon or Syracuse’s drivers haven’t drawn double teams this season, but being paired with a player of Meeks’ caliber only helps Johnson thrive around the rim.Why this matters for SyracuseIt has been well-documented that most of Syracuse’s offense is going to come from its 3-point shooting. According to Kenpom, 38.2 percent of the Orange’s total points have come on 3s this season, which is currently the 23rd highest rate in the country and highest among ACC teams. That makes Roberson’s ability to create scoring opportunities on the offensive glass particularly important, and his ability to convert at a high rate gives SU a valuable offensive complexion for a perimeter-oriented system. Commentslast_img read more

first_img Published on April 26, 2017 at 1:11 am Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edu Syracuse head coach Gary Gait remembers his first “stall game” vividly.He was an assistant coach for Maryland in the 1994 national championship game, his first year coaching. Princeton held the ball for nearly the entire second half against Gait’s UMD squad, eventually topping the Terrapins, 10-7.The Tigers knew they would have to “slow things down,” head coach Chris Sailer told the Baltimore Sun after the victory.“Slowing things down” had become the euphemism for stalling opponents out, and Princeton exploited the absence of a stall warning rule.It was a rule that bugged Gait for the next 22 years, following him to Syracuse. In 2014, the rule cost Gait a shot at a national title game when the Terrapins took advantage of the stall, and Gait’s team suffered the loss.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKayla Treanor had gotten Syracuse within two goals of the Terrapins in the pair’s matchup two years prior, and with the Terrapins holding a slim 10-8 lead and nearly a quarter of the half left, an Orange comeback seemed possible.With no rule in place to stop the Terrapins from draining the clock, UMD held the ball for the final 7:18 of the game. Chants of “shot clock” crept through the crowd as UMD effectively iced an SU comeback.From 2011 to 2015, every NCAA women’s national championship game was decided by three goals or less. Dozens more postseason games, like the Orange’s defeat against UMD two years ago, had been decided by similar margins.After that game, when the Terrapins won its 12th NCAA Championship and the SU players sat wondering what could have been, the NCAA released the new set of rules. One of those added the shot clock, which took effect this season.“It’s been a lot more fun to watch,” Gait said, looking back on a full regular season under the shot clock rule. “Getting rid of stalling and holding long possessions, it makes you play.”An NCAA committee determined that the shot clock should be 90 seconds because it’s the “average time of possession,” in the women’s lacrosse game, according to Halley Quillinan, a former Orange attack who played from 2007-2010 and now serves as the women’s editor at Inside Lacrosse.“I think 90 seconds is a perfect amount of time,” Quillinan said. “I certainly think that teams have the opportunity to work for multiple offensive looks, which is nice when a shot is taken but not on cage.”The clock works similarly to the basketball shot clock. The only way to reset it is to either hit the frame of the goal or the goalie. Sophomore attack Nicole Levy called it “a whole new game” back in January.Some of the early benefits that Quillinan has seen from the rule change are more full-field rides from defenses, re-defending post slide and zone defenses, all in an effort to squeeze time from the clock and force unwanted shots. She called it “one of the first rules that actually helps the defender.”“(The shot clock) rewards the defense,” Quillinan said. “If you do your job, and if you play clean smart defense collectively as a team, then you’re rewarded. That’s pretty great to see.”SU defender Haley McDonnell said that the Orange defense was excited about the new rule coming into the season, and the team still feels that way. She said the clock has made the defense’s job more exciting. If they ride out the opposing offense for the entire clock, they can get the ball back.Quillinan said that she doesn’t see the shot clock coming into play much until the postseason. It’s the most common time for teams to settle for one-goal wins to make it to the next round, and with the previous rules, this was most easily done through stalling, she said.The new rule hasn’t come without its problems. The largest problem Quillinan has seen this season is young players rushing shots, and in turn making dangerous attempts on goal where they would regularly pass for a better shot.When the clock is running out and an inexperienced player has possession, they’re much more likely to take a risky shot, Quillinan said. The constant running of the shot clock gets in the attackers’ minds, and they’re more likely to make a poor decision with a whole sideline screaming at them to shoot.“When you have a young woman who knows she has to take a shot with 10 seconds left from the corner of the field, that’s dangerous,” Quillinan said. “And it’s a lot harder to (make a safe play), especially when there’s a national championship or conference championship on the line.”Quillinan said through her conversations with individuals involved in the rule change, this was a problem that was foreseen far before the rule was implemented. It gave coaches the opportunity to plan how they would teach the rule to their shooters.Orange attack Riley Donahue said that from her perspective, the shot clock isn’t forcing dangerous shots. Instead, it’s forcing attackers to work for smarter shots, Donahue said, and even though it’s a rule mainly meant for defenders, she applauded the NCAA for adding it to the game.When the Orange enters postseason play Thursday in the first round of the ACC tournament against Virginia Tech, it’s a strong possibility that the game will be decided in the final minutes, similar to SU’s 12-11 win at SU Soccer Stadium on April 9.One thing is for certain. This time, Gait won’t have to worry about stalling like he did in 1994, 2015 and the 22 years in between.“It’s been exceptional,” Gait said regarding the shot clock. “I think now we’re just going to see fun, great lacrosse in the playoffs. And that’s it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on July 7, 2020 at 6:28 pm Contact Thomas: tgshults@syr.edu | @ThomasShults5center_img The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Eric Devendorf abandoned the 2-3 zone as the ball flew from the corner to mid-court. Moments before it landed in the hands of a Men of Mackey player, Devendorf swatted the ball away and corralled it with his right hand.With another Men of Mackey player barreling toward him, Devendorf passed in transition to John Gillon, who completed the give-and-go for an easy layup.In its 76-69 win over Men of Mackey, Boeheim’s Army abandoned its strength – 3-point shooting – and instead focused on scoring in the paint to advance in The Basketball Tournament. Devendorf led BA with 20 points, shooting 9-for-14 from the field to go along with three steals. Three other players joined him in double-digits. Boeheim’s Army forced 18 Mackey turnovers to help build its first-half lead that withstood the Purdue alumni roster’s comeback in the second half.“When (Devendorf’s) 50 years old, he’s still going to be competitive in the gym, at the Y,” Boeheim’s Army head coach Ryan Blackwell said. “Getting texts at 50 years old with his kids saying, ‘What’s wrong with my dad?’”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe win, Boeheim’s Army’s first, is one of four needed for the $1 million grand prize in a TBT operating differently than it has in past years. All games will be played in Columbus, Ohio, rather than in arenas across the country — including in Syracuse, where BA was supposed to host a regional for the second consecutive year. Players are expected to stay inside a hotel at all times, quarantine on their own floor and only see opponents during games.TBT is one of the first live sporting events to return after professional and collegiate games were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it serves as an experimental basketball bubble before the NBA implements a significantly larger event in Orlando for its restart. Boeheim’s Army players needed to test negative for COVID-19 twice before arriving for TBT and will be subject to five total tests by the tournament’s end.In between those tests, those Zoom calls with nurses and Vault Health kits, are practices and games. Boeheim’s Army lost its minicamp that usually precedes TBT and had few training options before the tournament once gyms shut down.To compensate, Devendorf called Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim and asked if he could “sneak through that side door” and work out in his basement. A lack of minicamp also meant the team didn’t have the opportunity to bond before the tournament, so BA played card games such as Tonk before its first game as a substitute. Big man Donte Greene said he was “plotting” those card games before arriving in Columbus. Before its first game, BA teammates admitted Greene was the best card player.Isaac Haas scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Men of Mackey against Boeheim’s Army, helping key a second-half comeback that ultimately fell short. Courtesy of Ben SolomonOn the court Tuesday, Greene was tasked with guarding 7-foot-3 center Isaac Haas — the tallest player he’d ever faced besides 7-foot-6 Yao Ming. Haas finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, including four offensive rebounds. In one first quarter sequence, Men of Mackey grabbed six consecutive offensive rebounds before Malachi Richardson committed a foul. Brandon Triche scored four of Boeheim’s Army’s first six points, while Men of Mackey head coach Ryne Smith tried capitalizing on height in the paint. As the game continued, Men of Mackey emphasized Haas even more, closing Boeheim’s Army’s lead and forcing Greene into committing five fouls. While Men of Mackey attacked the paint, Boeheim’s Army shot more 3-pointers, which continued to clank off the rim. In the third quarter, Haas received a pass on the low block, spun to the left away from defender Will Rayman and was fouled on a layup attempt. He then calmly knocked down both free throws. Soon after, Men of Mackey briefly took the lead for the first time since the first quarter.“It’s pros out here,” Greene said. “It’s not a slouch tournament at all, everyone here can play.”Midway through the fourth quarter, momentum slowly swung back in Boeheim’s Army’s favor. With the game tied 58-58, Triche drove to the left side of the hoop, spun right, away from his defender, and finished the uncontested layup.While BA shot less than 20% from behind the arc, it converted 28-of-32 free throws. After collecting a defensive rebound with 4:12 left in the fourth quarter, BA’s Rayman was fouled and hit both free throws to take a 68-63 lead. But Men of Mackey’s comeback continued as it cut Boeheim’s Army’s lead to two, 68-66, before the Elam Ending began. But Devendorf, a constant on every Boeheim’s Army team, scored the first basket to give BA a 70-66 lead — six points away from the target score of 76. After the 2-3 zone forced a Men of Mackey turnover, Smith called a timeout for Men of Mackey, but Andrew White hit an open mid-range 2, followed by a Richardson made free throw.After a missed jumper on the next Men of Mackey possession, Boeheim’s Army raced up the court in transition offense, which scored 13 points off turnovers. Greene passed up a potential game winning three and Haas inside for a layup. “We wanted to make him move them big feet, man, that’s a big boy, 7-foot-3, 300 pounds,” Greene said of Haas. “So we had to bring him to the perimeter and get him moving.”Boeheim’s Army’s altered strategy was working. Meanwhile, Men of Mackey tried to use the same game plan that had been productive through the and tournament: Pass the ball to Haas in the paint.Haas caught the ball with his team on the brink of elimination and began to back down Greene. The former Syracuse big then poked the ball out of Haas’ hands, Men of Mackey’s 18th turnover of the game. Greene said after the game that since he turned pro, he’d honed his defensive craft.That allowed a full-court pass to Triche, sprinting down court and drawing a foul. The winningest Syracuse basketball player then walked to the foul line and clinched the game with a free-throw winner.“He probably outweighed me by at least 50, 6o pounds and he’s three or four inches taller than me,” Greene said of Haas. “When he brings the ball down I try to take advantage of him. You know I have some quick hands, I think Boeheim would be proud of me.”last_img read more

first_imgWhy are you involved in this project?I am a huge fan of tennis so this comes naturally to me. I also share the vision with my partners that it is up to us to shape the future for our young. Next time you drive out, take a look at the number of young people just milling around; boys and girls who have little or nothing to do but simply hanging around their neighbourhoods and inevitably getting into some trouble or the other. That is one reason I am passionate about this. We need to engage these youth; to keep them busy in the right way, and there isn’t a better way than sports. I also would like to see Nigerians playing in the big global tournaments and earning big rewards; that would be a thing of immense national pride. Those don’t have two heads or four feet, but then we must know that these achievements never come by happenstance. As a society we have to create the platforms, not just in tennis and sports, for our best talents to excel, and that’s what we want to do with the majors.You know we are a ‘football nation, so how do you intend to cut through this?I am a huge football fan myself, but tennis is also a popular sport with Nigerians. The Roger Federer-Rafa Nadal-Novak Djokovic-Andy Murray era of dominance has helped ensure this. We also have some history in the sport and I am sure you’ll remember the days of Ogbe Hard Court and the like. We also had stars like Nduka Odizor and David Imonitie who captivated us. So yes, tennis has good potential, and given the package we have, we should at least be able to make it football, tennis and others (laughs).What do you want to bring to the table that is different?The idea of the four opens in itself is new. That would be steady and regular competition for our boys and girls around which they can have their own growth plans. However Nigerians are about to see what sports, both as a big business and as entertainment, truly means. We want to create the first generation of authentic local sports champions; the best of whom may probably earn up to N100m in a given year, including earnings and endorsements. Champions who are popular with everyone, are seen as society’s best, live well and are considered excellent role models for our exploding young population.That would require some heavy sponsorshipWell we have some excellent marketing minds in our team, including the well-liked Lolu Akinwunmi, who has a towering reputation in the advertising industry. We also have access to several captains of industry as well; hopefully there are those who will see the future with us. Beyond sponsorship however, we have other interesting revenue sources, actually the sports business is driven by TV rights. There are a million TV networks out there these days and everyone is looking for rich content. That is what we are aiming for: content that can appeal to Nigerians and Africans around the world. There are many others as well, but let me leave it at just the regular ones for now.Are your tournaments going to be for Nigerian players only?At least for the first five years. What’s the point in having international meets when our boys are clearly some way behind? We want a platform that gives them the financial support and focus they need to arrive on the world stage. Five years would give our best some time to catch up. Even then, our hopes of making a real impression on the world stage would probably still rest on the players who are six years to eight years today. That is why we would plough back a lot of our profits into society in a massive search for our big hopes: the next Odizors and Imonite, Momohs etc. Our plan is to have five Nigerians in the ATP-WTA top 100 in 20 years. So, yes, for the first five years the tournaments will be local, and after that we have plans to open up a couple; first to African players, and then the world.Is the Nigerian Tennis Federation with your company on this?They are aware of what we are doing, because from the beginning, we have communicated with them; first with former President, Mr. Sani Ndanusa who was, and remains, very supportive. We have also met and are in discussions with the new President Dayo Akindoju. He appears a very clearheaded and composed man who is passionate about the sport and also the need for new beginnings. We seem to have common goals. We are still talking. Making tennis a top sport in Nigeria would require a collaborative effort between, not just us, but the sports fraternity. It is our hope and belief that what we are doing would redefined the role of local sports in all our lives.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram He is  the principal partner of Lekki-based corporate law firm Kanyi, Karibi-Whyte and Hastrup, as well as chairman of the committee of law office management of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Anire Kanyi has his hands full. He however is on a mission to fly the Nigerian flag on the biggest tennis stages in the world. A sports enthusiast, Kanyi is the chairman of the Tennis Management Company Limited, that is committed to providing an nnual platform to compete regularly for high stakes which would lead to a dramatic rise in interest and investment in the sport such that overtime Nigerians can see their finest made-in-Nigeria talents competing regularly at the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.Please tell us about your projectMy partners and I want to organise four major tennis tournaments in Nigeria every year. These would be the Abuja Open, the Lagos Open, and two other opens – one south, one north – that will be decided through bids. Our maiden tournament will be the Abuja Open in May 2018, while the Lagos Open would follow in November. We should have our first full calendar from 2019 or 2020.last_img read more