Nearly two-thirds of self-employed workers in the Netherlands – known as ‘zzp’ers’ – have expressed a “serious interest” in joining a collective pension scheme, according to a survey by APG subsidiary Loyalis.The income insurer said 60% of the 3,700 respondents said they were likely to participate in its new scheme, with 10% saying they would definitely join.The survey was conducted among the members of industry organisations Zelfstandigen Bouw, Stichting ZZP Nederland, PZO-ZZP and FNV Zelfstandigen.Loyalis said two-thirds of those expressing an interest in the scheme indicated they wanted to contribute a variable amount, depending on their annual turnover. It added that almost 17% wanted to limit their deposit to the maximum amount liable to tax deduction, while 12% said they preferred to contribute a fixed amount each year.Zzp’ers who said they would join expected to contribute an annual amount of €4,200 on average, whereas more than one-quarter planned to deposit more than this.They also wanted to accrue an annual pension income of €31,000 on average through the new scheme, and made clear they wanted to accrue an additional €11,000 on average through other means of pensions saving, according to Loyalis. Loyalis said it also found that a “substantial” number of zzp’ers had already built up pension assets, mainly through saving or investing.Approximately 36% had invested in property – usually their own home or business premises – while almost 30% had created a pensions reserve through an individual pension plan, annuity insurance or a tax-friendly life-course (levensloop) savings scheme.The collective pensions fund for the self-employed – announced by industry organisations in June – is to be launched on 1 January 2015.
U.S. Navy [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsBatesville, In. — Seventy-seven years ago today the Imperial Japanese Navy conducted a surprise attack on the U.S. Naval base on Pearl Harbor Hawaii. The attack damaged eight warships, four ships sunk, destroyed 188 aircraft and killed more than 3,500 residents and service members.The attack began at 7:48 a.m. local time and included fighters, level & diver bombers, bombers and torpedo bombers. The Japanese lost 29 aircraft, five midget submarines and 64 service members were killed.Soon after the attack the United States officially entered World War II.
Authorities in Miami-Dade are currently searching for a suspect who allegedly stole an iPhone from a Sprint store in Miami Shores.The incident was reported Thursday just before 6:00 pm at the store near Northeast Second Avenue and 94th Street.According to the report, the suspect walked into the store and began looking at an iPhone. The suspect then speaks to an employee of the store.After speaking to the employee, the suspect then cuts the security cables attached to the display phone before running out of the business.Authorities searched the surrounding area of the store but were unable to locate the suspect.If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
___3:35 p.m.Clubs in the top two soccer leagues in Sweden say they do not want to start the new season until the beginning of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Swedish soccer association must now decide whether to accept the clubs’ request.The season was due to start on the weekend of April 3-4. The Miami Heat and AmericanAirlines Arena unveiled their plans for team and arena part-time employees who will be affected by the sports shutdown caused by the new coronavirus pandemic.The Heat say they will pay not only their own employees but those from partner companies such as Levy Restaurants (the arena’s food and beverage concessionaire), Contemporary Services Corporation (which provides security) and Pritchard Sports and Entertainment (the arena’s housekeeping provider).The Micky & Madeleine Arison Family Foundation will also donate an additional $1 million to the Miami Heat Charitable Fund, money that the team says will “establish an initiative designed specifically for employees and/or other community needs as they arise in the coming months.”Heat Business Operations President Eric Woolworth says the 1,000 or so part-time employees “are the backbone of our business. Night in and night out, every single one of these employees works tirelessly to provide our guests and our community with the best experience in sports and entertainment. They deserve our help as we all navigate this unpredictable situation together.”___ “That doesn’t mean we’ll be back to normal practice activities April 16,” Sankey said.He also cited federal recommendations limiting the size of gatherings.___4:20 p.m.The Austrian soccer league is making plans to extend its suspension until May and take advantage of UEFA’s decision to postpone the European Championship. Associated Press 3:50 p.m.The NBA and the NFL both announced Wednesday that they will be offering free previews of their digital products.The NFL’s “Game Pass” includes access to past regular and postseason games, previous seasons of award-winning NFL Films series such as “Hard Knocks” and “A Football Life,” and exclusive film sessions. It will be offered free until May 31 to fans within the U.S., and starting Thursday until July 31 to fans outside the U.S. and Canada.The NBA unveiled a free trial of its “NBA League Pass” that will last through April 22 for scores of archived games and other content.“Limiting social interactions is a critical way to minimize the spread of this virus, but staying home for long periods of time can be difficult,” the league said, adding that the trial will offer access to full-length and condensed replays of all games from this season, as well as an expansive archive of classic games and content. 2:05 p.m.Another Atlanta sports star is following the lead of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman says he’ll match Ryan’s donation of $50,000 to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which distributes food to the needy, and $50,000 to the Giving Kitchen, which aides food service workers who are financially hit by the coronavirus outbreak.In addition, Freeman says he’ll donate another $25,000 to the Salvation Army.___ ___2:25 p.m.An Arizona-based employee of the Cincinnati Reds has tested positive for the new coronavirus.The employee worked inside the team’s spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona, from Feb. 29 to March 14. The team said in a statement it was sending a precautionary notice to those who were inside the building and that those who were in close contact with the employee are being tested and have self-quarantined.There are no known MLB players who have tested positive for coronavirus. Two minor league players with the Yankees have tested positive. Organizers said the Mt. SAC Relays have been called off as a result of California Gov. Gavin Newsom advising against large public gatherings.The meet had been set for April 16-18 at Mt. SAC College in Walnut, California. The event is known for its elite division, where top athletes typically test their fitness early in the season. In Olympic years, they use the meet to obtain qualifying times.___4:10 p.m.Formula One has moved its midseason break from August to March and April because of the coronavirus pandemic. The clubs say in a statement that their decision is supported by broadcasters, fans and the country’s main supporters’ union.The clubs say “work remains on establishing a new plan for the year and sorting out the exact dates for the start and other rounds.”___3:30 p.m.Spanish soccer team Alavés says 15 people in its club have become infected with the coronavirus: three players, seven members of its coaching staff and five other employees. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):4:25 p.m.A track and field event in California that regularly draws Olympians has been canceled. The Austrian Bundesliga says its clubs agreed they could restart in early May and play until the end of June.The league says “should the situation in general ease and make a resumption of play possible, the clubs will immediately consult about concrete start dates and draw up an alternative schedule.”UEFA moved the European Championship to 2021, freeing up space for European leagues to finish seasons disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak before many players’ contracts expire on June 30.___8:50 a.m. The Western Athletic Conference has canceled all competition and championships for the remainder of the academic year.The WAC had previously suspended all competition, but the conference’s board of directors voted Tuesday to cancel all spring sports. The decision falls in line with the NCAA’s cancellation of its winter and spring championships.The WAC’s decision affects men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball.___3:40 p.m. The IndyCar race in Long Beach, California, won’t be held this year.Officials with the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach said Wednesday they pursued the possibility of rescheduling the popular race to a later date, but “trying to reassemble all the elements that have made the Long Beach event such a success does not appear feasible for 2020.”The race had been scheduled for April 19.Next year’s date will be April 18.Ticket holders can either receive a credit that will apply to the same level of admission for next year or receive a full refund. The club says Russian owner Roman Abramovich will cover the costs of providing the accommodation for staff of the National Health Service who “will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes.”Chelsea says the offer is initially for a two-month period and will be reconsidered depending on circumstances.The entire hotel will be given up for medical workers if necessary.___1 a.m. ___3:40 p.m.Three prominent jockeys are skipping the upcoming Dubai World Cup in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.U.S.-based jockeys Irad Ortiz Jr., Luis Saez and Tyler Gaffalione will not travel to the United Arab Emirates for the world’s richest day of horse races March 28. Saez’s agent, Richie DePass, said the coronavirus was behind his client’s decision. Gaffalione’s agent, Matt Muziker, said his client wasn’t going because he’d be subject to a 14-day quarantine upon return.Trainer Bob Baffert said Mucho Gusto will be ridden by William Buick in the $12 million Dubai World Cup with Ortiz not traveling. With Gaffalione out, trainer Mark Casse said Frankie Dettori will ride Sir Winston. The Latest: California meet that draws Olympians is scrapped The tournaments affected by the tours’ suspensions include combined men’s and women’s events in Madrid and Rome.Also being scrapped are upcoming WTA tournaments in Strasbourg, France, and Rabat, Morocco, along with ATP events in Munich; Estoril, Portugal; Geneva; and Lyon, France.Both tours also said that their rankings will be frozen “until further notice.”The International Tennis Federation also put a halt to its lower-tier events until June 7.___ Italy has been the second hardest hit country with more than 31,000 cases of the virus.The 38-year-old Ibrahimović rejoined Milan in January from the Los Anegles Galaxy. He has also played for Italian clubs Inter Milan and Juventus.___1:20 p.m.Premier League team Chelsea is making a hotel located on the grounds of its Stamford Bridge stadium available free of charge for London’s medical workers during the coronavirus outbreak. 3 p.m.All training sessions at Belgian professional soccer clubs have been suspended until at least April 5 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Belgium’s national security council earlier said all gatherings, cultural, social, festive and sporting activities have been prohibited until the same date.The league says it will decide which matches can be rescheduled once training has resumed.The league also says it will pay the second instalment of an 800,000 euro ($862,000) solidarity fund to amateur clubs to help them cushion the economic weight of the pandemic. 4:50 p.m.FIFA is looking to set up a hardship fund to help soccer stakeholders affected by the coronavirus outbreak.FIFA says it will “analyze if a support fund at global level will be required” and how it might operate.A conference call with the presidents of FIFA and the six continental governing bodies agreed to proposals made Tuesday by Gianni Infantino.Infantino’s offer for FIFA to donate $10 million to the World Health Organization was approved. March 18, 2020 4:55 p.m.The 24 Hours Le Mans endurance race has been postponed for three months because of the coronavirus outbreak and will now run from Sept. 19-20.The race was initially set for June 13-14.The new date will also impact other races on the World Endurance Championship’s calendar.___ Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora says the country’s top soccer league is likely to resume on May 3.Spadafora says “then we will evaluate whether it’s open to the public or not.”Italy was one of the first countries to suspend its soccer leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak.Italian soccer federation president Gabriele Gravina says starting on May 3 should allow the league to finish by June 30 but if that’s not possible “there must be a change in format.”Gravina also says “a salary cut for soccer players can not be a taboo in this period of emergency.” ___2:15 p.m.All men’s and women’s professional tennis tournaments through June 7 are being called off because of the new coronavirus pandemic.The ATP and WTA announced Wednesday that the entire clay-court circuit “will not be held as scheduled” — a day after the start of the French Open, also played on that surface, was postponed from May to September.The tours had said last week they would suspend play until late April or early May. The official Prensa Latina news agency said that will push back the baseball season, which had been scheduled to start on April 11, as well as this month’s Cuba Cup of track and field.The institute also said that Cuban delegations won’t travel abroad — potentially affecting qualification for the Olympic and Paralympic games.Cuba has reported 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death, that of an Italian tourist.___11:35 a.m. — Reporting by Beth Harris and Stephen Whyno.___3:30 p.m.Cuba has joined countries around the world in suspending its sports calendar due to the new coronavirus pandemic.The national sports institute announced Wednesday that events would be put off at least until April 30. The club had already reported that two members of its staff were infected.Valencia and Espanyol said earlier this week that their clubs have also been hit by the virus.Valencia said Monday that 35% of its squad and coaching staff are infected, while Espanyol said on Tuesday that six members of its squad and staff have it.All three clubs say their infected members are in good health.___ ___1:35 p.m.AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimović has set up a fundraiser to help Italian hospitals in the center of the coronavirus outbreak.According to the website accepting donations, Ibrahimović has donated 100,000 euros ($109,000) to the fund. It quickly raised a further 10,300 euros ($11,300).The site states that all the money raised will be “directly donated to Humanitas to help strengthen the intensive care and emergency units of Milano, Bergamo, Castellanza and Torino’s hospitals.” Soccer’s stalled season could be delayed beyond its traditional June 30 finish so FIFA will look to amend or have temporary rules relating to player contracts and trading windows.___12:36 p.m.Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey hasn’t ruled out the prospect of holding some spring football practices, but he’s not all that optimistic.Sankey says on a conference call with reporters that “practically that window’s pretty narrow.” The SEC and other conferences have canceled championships for spring sports and spring football games, and suspended athletic activities until at least April 15. The break has also been extended from 14 days to 21. Motorsport’s governing body FIA said in a statement Wednesday that the change was unanimously approved by all teams.Four of the season’s 22 races have already been postponed, and the FIA is hoping that moving the annual break forward could make it easier to find new dates later for events. F1 races in Netherlands, Spain and Monaco scheduled for May are also under threat of postponement.___3:55 p.m. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region.“Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.”According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
COME this month end some 1 500 athletes will be assembling for the National Schools Cycling, Swimming and Track and Field Championships, better known as Nationals.It’s Guyana’s longest-running multi-sport schools event, and for many participating it’s usually an honour just being there, even if they don’t get a chance to earn one of those medals. However, one athlete who is looking forward to this year’s event is Tiffauna Garnett.For Garnett, she hopes to use this year’s event to improve her performance as a national athlete. The super upcoming runner will be representing the South Georgetown District 13 at the esteemed event, where athletes from across 15 different districts will be participating.Garnett, who has achieved only a silver medal at Nationals, is really hoping to secure gold. But there will be at least two major hurdles for the Freeburg Secondary School student – national athletes Kenisha Phillips and Deshauna Skeete.To date, Skeete and Phillips have been Guyana’s top performing female sprinters, solidifying their places with recent medals on the international scene. But Tiffauna, who has been developing her skills over the years, says that she’s ready to throw her hat into the ring in a big way.“Once I train, I know I can go forward for it. So far my training has been coming along good. I’ve been training in the morning and afternoons just for this from 06:00hrs,” Garnett said.Garnett will be running in the Girls’ Under-18 category in the 100m, 200m and 400m as well as in the long jump.At least in the sprints, she is sure to encounter Phillips, who will be representing North Georgetown District 11.But Phillips has been enjoying a great year, most recently medalling at the South American Youth Games. She’s also the reigning Girls’ Under-18 100m champion.But, despite the challenge, a confident Garnett is looking forward to the competition.Like the other students, over the past few weeks, Garnett has been going through the rounds from inter-house, to inter-school, to inter-zone, to qualify for a spot on the South Georgetown District’s team to Nationals.And it has so far been an easy task, after she took major wins; so she’s looking forward to the challenge to help push her towards improving her skills.This will be Garnett’s fourth year at Nationals, having competed consecutively since 2014. It was in the Girls’ Under-12 category that she won silver in the 100m.After making it to Nationals and realising she had a talent in athletics, Garnett decided to join a club, with the encouragement of her father. From there she has been measuring her improvements and is really looking forward to using this year’s Nationals to see how far she’s come.
UWBadgers.comTucked away beneath the composed, relaxed stare of grappler Craig Henning’s icy blue eyes is a blazing confidence and impassioned fire that makes him the competitor he is.Henning, a junior from Chippewa Falls, probably won’t cause a stir in a crowd or elicit a commotion in a public setting. Heck, probably no one would notice his presence at all. He is shy. He is quiet. He is reserved. Put Henning out on the mat for seven minutes under the soft glow of the stadium lights where nothing but his opponent at hand matters, and it’s a different story. He will captivate the entire audience with an unbeknownst tenacity and grit. “I work at going hard in all seven minutes — always moving, always making him move — getting him tired and just going all out,” Henning said.No matter the score, Henning remains in control — something Wisconsin head coach Barry Davis says is a unique trait to have. “He wrestles so relaxed, people don’t understand,” Davis said. “I never see him panic out [on the mat] in tough situations, he’s always relaxed, always in control. If the match is close or tight, he [has the] same facial expressions. So he’s fun to watch in that regard.” While Henning may not let his coaches or teammates know what he’s thinking, his lead-by-example attitude in both practice and matches is why the Wisconsin coaching staff named him co-captain. “[Henning] comes into the room prepared, ready to work hard and compete,” Davis said. “I mean the other guys say ‘hey, look at this guy, [he] doesn’t say a whole lot, but when you watch him compete, he rises to the occasion.’ That’s leadership.”You don’t have to be outspoken to be a great leader.”Even Henning admits that public speaking, let alone speaking at all, isn’t his forte. “Yeah, I’m more of a quiet guy, but I lead by more as an example, not necessarily by my words, so in that way I just kind of hope that people see the way I’m working and doing on the side and hopefully they catch onto it,” he said. “I don’t push anyone per se, but I always get into the back of their head that they should be doing extra stuff.”Wanting a head start on some sort of extra-curricular activity, and because his dad’s sport of choice, basketball, didn’t begin until the fifth grade, a young and impatient Henning opted to try one that was offered to first graders. The sport, of course, was wrestling. Unlike a team sport such as basketball, wrestling is solely about the individual and his opponent. That’s the reason why Henning loves the sport so much and has continued with it since first grade. “I like how when you get out on the mat, it’s just you against one other guy,” Henning said. “You can’t look at somebody else and say ‘ah, well if he would have done something, then maybe we could have won.’ It’s all about you once you’re on that mat. You don’t have to worry about anybody else. If you lose, there’s only one person that you can really blame and that’s yourself.” Despite a strong sophomore campaign where he earned All-American honors at 157 lbs. for his eighth-place finish at nationals while leading the team in wins with a 29-10 overall records, Henning felt like he should have done better. In both the Big Ten Championships and the NCAA Championships, Henning failed to finish higher than his pre-seeding, and in the case of the Big Ten Tournament, he finished three slots lower than his No. 2 pre-rank. But the soft-spoken Henning knows the experience gained from last season will propel him to new heights this year with the extra motivation to forget last season’s slip-up.”I didn’t exactly do as well as I had hoped to do,” Henning said. “Now I have wrestled, like, the top three guys all over the country, so I’m feeling confident in what I need to do in order to get to that next level and be on top of the stand.”Never one to pass up an opportunity to improve, Henning, who is ranked No. 4 heading into this year, puts in the extra work and hours lifting and training with the quiet confidence that his efforts will reap rewards. “Every day I try to come and be prepared and I try to take every day like it’s a match” Henning said. “Obviously I don’t want to lose any matches so I don’t try to take any time off and stuff. I just try to come to practice with the right frame of mind and ready to go. Get the right amount of sleep, right amount of nutrition — do all I can to wrestle as hard as I can every day.”If I can do that, I don’t think that there’s anyone in the nation that can touch me.”
The ice tubs are filled, water bottles cooled and coaches’ whistles are all chirping away.It’s August; football season is right around the corner.The Wisconsin football team opened its fall camp Friday at Camp Randall Stadium, where the Badgers will open their 2011 season in a little less than one month against UNLV on Sept. 1.As the final stretch of the offseason kicked off, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema spoke with the media after the day’s practice. Until the full pads come out, Bielema said the first few days are mainly focused on developing team communication and implementing a friendly coaching atmosphere.“One of the things we’re really stressing these first two days is communication, being loud, being emphatic [in the] huddle – not only in the huddle but also out there on the field,” Bielema said.“We talked about accepting coaching. A lot of time young men… they don’t like to be told what they’re doing wrong. They like to hear all the good things.”Here are a few more notes from Bielema:Borland in the middleAfter sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury early last season that also ruled him out of spring camp, sophomore linebacker Chris Borland is finally getting back into the swing of things with the UW defense.Borland, who will move from outside to middle linebacker this season, practiced with the first team during Friday’s practice and, according to Bielema, looks to be in good shape.Bielema described how during a pass-skeleton drill, Borland dove for the ball at one point and landed on his shoulder. But he quickly “popped up and ran.”Bielema said he’s trying to teach Borland to be less “reckless” with his body and play with his feet underneath him more often, meaning a little less diving and reaching.“I think it’ll sink in,” Bielema said.Wilson takes to the fieldFriday marked the first occasion in which Bielema and his staff had the opportunity to work with senior quarterback Russell Wilson, the eagerly-anticipated transfer from North Carolina State.Being the first practice of the fall and it being without full pads, Bielema didn’t have much to praise or criticize, yet he was still complimentary of his newest quarterback.“He’s got great composure. He takes to learning very very easily, obviously a very accurate player,” he said. “Any quarterback can throw without pads on but I thought he showed some really nice things.”Position battles begin to take shapeAt the Big Ten media days last weekend in Chicago, Bielema mentioned seven positions that would feature a battle for the starting spot, including running back, tight end, right tackle, quarterback, SAM linebacker, defensive end and strong safety.When the USA Today preseason coaches poll was released Thursday with the Badgers at No. 10, Bielema was asked if seven positions open for competition seemed like much for a team with such high expectations. He didn’t seem worried, and answered by saying the internal competitions are healthy for the team.“I think all those things are good things,” Bielema said.Return menBielema listed off a roll of candidates for punt and kickoff returners, now that specialist David Gilreath has graduated.Fifth-year senior safety Aaron Henry, freshman Kenzel Doe and sophomore running back James White caught punts during Friday’s practice, while Bielema said “a host of guys” are in the mix for kickoff returner.“James White and Montee Ball are back there,” Bielema said. “You’d like to see maybe Manasseh Garner, and everybody’s favorite, Chris Borland, is back there. I know he can catch kicks. It’s kind of by committee right now.”Looking fitThe UW coaching staff hasn’t been able to see their team in action since spring camp concluded in late April, so Bielema was excited to see how his players sculpted themselves through offseason workouts.Bielema mentioned sophomore defensive tackle Beau Allen trimmed his weight from 335 pounds in the spring to 315, while fifth-year senior wide receiver Nick Toon added 15 pounds to the 205-pound frame he had in April.The head coach also noted the physical development of Borland and defensive linemen David Gilbert and Louis Nzegwu.
Sarah Lee | Asst. Photo EditorCarrier Dome construction not affected by closure of nonessential businessesNew York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ordered all nonessential businesses to close amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Carrier Dome’s $118 million renovation project has continued. Four days before the executive order, workers deflated the Dome’s roof. Its replacement was scheduled to be installed by SU’s football home-opener on Sept. 19. Over 200 construction workers are working “24 hours a day” to construct a new roof that will have a longer lifespan and require less maintenance, said Pete Sala, SU’s vice president and chief facilities officer.“We’re going to do our best to navigate the changing climate and all the coronavirus things that are going on,” said Jeremy Thurston, president of The Hayner Hoyt Corporation. Corey Henry | Photo EditorIllinois transfer Alan Griffin reportedly commits to SyracuseTwo-year Illinois guard Alan Griffin was expected to be one of the Fighting Illini’s best players during his junior season, but transferred to Syracuse instead. He averaged 8.9 points in 18.1 minutes per game last year, and chose the Orange over Arizona, Dayton and Texas.However, Griffin will not be eligible to play in 2020 unless he’s granted a waiver or the NCAA adjusts its transfer rules during a May vote. He’d join an SU backcourt that lost Elijah Hughes, brought back Joseph Girard III and Buddy Boeheim and added incoming freshman Kadary Richmond. Published on May 6, 2020 at 10:55 pm Elizabeth Billman | Senior Staff PhotographerAt Pink Game, Tiana Mangakahia’s inspiring story shines throughSyracuse’s star point guard Tiana Mangakahia was diagnosed with breast cancer last June, two months after forgoing the WNBA draft to return for a final year with the Orange. Her journey through treatment and her battle with cancer became one of college basketball’s most followed storylines throughout the season. In Syracuse’s annual Play4Kay/Pink Game on Feb. 16, the Orange honored Mangakahia with video tributes and a halftime ceremony where she addressed the Carrier Dome crowd for the first time since her diagnosis.“Everyone probably has someone that they know in their family that has been touched by cancer,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “It’s different when it’s someone that plays for you. When it’s one of your kids, it’s like it’s one of your daughters.” Comments Jordan Phelps | Staff PhotographerAdvertisementThis is placeholder textA look at the chaotic 2 hours that led to end of ACC tournamentAfter a 28-point win over North Carolina to open the ACC tournament, Syracuse was scheduled to play No. 3-seed Louisville the next day. But the next day, less than an hour after ACC commissioner John Swofford announced the tournament would continue, the Big 10, Southeastern Conference and Big 12 all canceled theirs. At the time, the Orange were attempting to claw their way back onto the bubble for the NCAA Tournament. The same day, though, that was also canceled. “We came to the conclusion that the best thing to do and the most prudent thing to do and the safest thing to do would be to end the tournament at this point,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said. Corey Henry | Senior Staff PhotographerEmily Engstler’s game-winning alley-oop secures 90-89 OT win over No. 8 FSUIn danger of falling below .500 for the first time since his initial season at Syracuse, Quentin Hillsman picked up his whiteboard on the sidelines and drew up the “napkin play.” It was a sideline out-of-bounds lob play initially crafted three years ago in a North Carolina Outback Steakhouse with recruiting assistant Ronnie Enoch. Using the lob, Emily Engstler’s tap-in at the buzzer in January lifted the Orange over No. 8 Florida State and snapped a two-game losing streak to ranked opponents. And it came off a play that turned an unorganized heave into a precise lob with only 0.8 seconds left in overtime.“I just said, ‘I hope to God this goes in there.’ And it went in,” Engstler said. Will Fudge | Staff PhotographerHow the NCAA’s eligibility vote impacts Syracuse seniorsAfter all winter and spring championships were canceled and the ACC suspended all play due to COVID-19, the NCAA announced it would grant an extra year of eligibility for graduating spring athletes. Since the NCAA’s decision, a growing list of Syracuse athletes have expressed interest in returning. All five men’s senior lacrosse offensive starters have officially announced that they’re coming back next year. Women’s lacrosse players Emily Hawryschuk, Asa Goldstock and Lila Nazarian, will also return to pursue the program’s first national championship. Facebook Twitter Google+ The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.The Daily Orange has kept readers updated on the biggest news in Syracuse sports over the past five months, including the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball tournament due to the coronavirus pandemic. From Emily Engstler’s game-winning shot that head coach Quentin Hillsman drew up on a napkin three years ago to construction on the Carrier Dome continuing despite nonessential business orders, here’s our list of the 10 most-newsworthy sports stories from the spring. Will Fudge | Staff PhotographerSyracuse ranked No. 1 for 1st time since 2017Syracuse men’s lacrosse rose to No. 1 in Inside Lacrosse’s Maverik Media Poll for the first time since 2017 after a Feb. 28 win against Hobart. The undefeated Orange, then 4-0, moved up two spots after their 21-13 victory over the Statesmen coupled with then-No. 1 Yale’s loss against UMass. After the victory where Brendan Curry and Tucker Dordevic recorded five goals each, Hobart’s head coach Greg Raymond called the Orange’s top midfield line the best in the nation. Corey Henry | Photo EditorRacist video of Syracuse field hockey freshman resurfaces amid protestsOne day after #NotAgainSU, a movement led by Black students, began occupying Crouse-Hinds Hall to protest the university’s response to racist incidents, the movement shared a link on Instagram to a 2018 video showing Syracuse field hockey freshman Charlotte de Vries repeatedly saying the N-word. The same video, originally recorded when de Vries was a junior at Conestoga (Pennsylvania) High School, had caused her to lose an athletic scholarship to the University of North Carolina.“As a high school student, Charlotte used racist, hurtful and offensive language in a video that was posted on social media,” Sarah Scalese, senior associate vice president for university communications at Syracuse, said in a statement. “She has demonstrated deep and genuine remorse and has undergone and continues to participate in educational training on diversity and cultural sensitivity.” Max Freund | Staff Photographer5-star Class of 2022 point guard Dior Johnson commits to SyracuseDior Johnson announced his commitment to Syracuse on Feb. 7, selecting the Orange over Alabama, LSU, Memphis and Arizona State. Johnson is listed as the top point guard in his class and the No. 4 player overall in 247Sports’ composite rankings. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged over 25 points this past season at Mayfair High School and recently announced that he will transfer to Oak Hill Academy — the same high school that former Syracuse star Carmelo Anthony attended. He’s the first SU commit in the Class of 2022, and boosted Syracuse’s class to No. 1 overall that year in 247Sports’ team rankings.“I don’t have anything against the Blue Bloods,” Johnson wrote in the blog post, “But I’m the kind of guy who wants to go to a school where I can play against them and beat them.” Max Freund | Staff PhotographerSyracuse forward Elijah Hughes enters NBA DraftSyracuse forward Elijah Hughes led the ACC with 19 points per game last season and entered the 2020 NBA Draft on March 21. One month later, Hughes announced he won’t return for his redshirt senior season. After one season at Eastern Carolina, Hughes transferred to the Orange in 2017 and blossomed into a top offensive option, transitioning from 3-point threat to the Orange’s focal point this season. He’s projected to be the No. 32 pick, according to NBADraft.net.
Chief Executive Officer of Africa Origin Group of Companies and an official travel agent of the Ghana Football Association, Samson Deen is calling for a change in the date for Ghana’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Egypt.The Black Stars are slated to face the Pharaohs of Egypt in the first leg of the playoffs on October 13 at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.The Ghana FA is to confirm this date to the world football governing body FIFA by close of Friday.The experienced travel agent is however urging the Ghana FA to strongly consider the possibility of playing the game on a Monday or Tuesday to ensure the Black Stars get enough time to prepare for the clash against Egypt and also avoid playing the game on an “Akwasidae” which traditionally has some consequences.“FIFA has made us aware that we as the home team can choose any day between October 11-15 for the game and I think we should make very good use of this time frame.“The Egyptians have more time to prepare than us because their league of which almost all their players play in is not active so they can move to camp early. “We on the other side have almost all our players playing abroad and might arrive late for this game.“So for us to ensure that we give the coach enough time to train with the boys so they become very conversant with his tactics and all I believe we should rather play the match on either a Monday or Tuesday.”But the Chief Executive of the Africa Origin Group of Companies believe sacrificing a working day for the benefit of the Black Stars is worthwhile especially as it will not be the first time a match is played on a working day and believes history tells as that “Akwasidae” days could change expectations.“I really feel the Ghana FA should consider this strongly before making the proposed date official to FIFA by Friday. It will serve our team better.“The Ghana FA can also organize a friendly with a north Africa country ahead of the clash and I suggest Morocco.” He told JOY Sports
Hearts of Oak coach, Herbert Addo, is refusing to massage his ego as he reiterates his desire to win all four trophies available this season.The Phobians are in the run for the ultimate in four competitions – the First Capital Plus Premier League, the FA Cup, Elite Cup and the Caf Confederation Cup.Hearts, whose ambitions in the latter competition was to give exposure to their relatively inexperienced squad, are enjoying a sweet run so far and are closing in on a qualification to the group stages – the last eight.The record Ghanaian champions are however not having it rosy in the FCPPL. They lie ninth now but a confident speaking Hearts of Oak gaffer says his resurgent side can win them all.“We are progressing – winning the league, all the four tournaments is our target,” coach Addo told reporters.“We want everything. At the end, it is by that I will be judged. We are not going to just do well. “Winning the [Caf Confederation Cup] trophy is what I want and not just the money zone. It is my ultimate target. It brings more money to the club. It is as simple as that,” he emphasized.Hearts are back from their impressive away win over Djoliba in the Caf Confederation Cup and are preparing for next Sunday’s Accra derby with Great Olympics in the FCPPL.–