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USC among top fundraising universities

first_imgFor the fourth year running, USC has placed in the top three institutions nationwide for fundraising. USC maintained its third- place position behind fundraising powerhouses Harvard University and Stanford University, which placed first and second, respectively. Alongside USC, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University and Yale University also rounded out the the top 10. The top 10 included mostly private schools like USC, with only two public schools, The University of California San Francisco and University of Washington. UCLA finished just outside the top 10 at No. 12. Combined, the top 10 schools collected almost a third of every dollar donated to U.S. colleges in 2016. Across the nation, donations to universities have kept up with the raising rate of inflation in 2016, reaching a combined $41 billion in donations, a growth of about 1.7 percent from the 2015 total. In total, the survey reports that USC raised more than $1 billion in gifts and new pledges in 2016, with nearly $667 million of them in cash. This marks an important benchmark on President C.L. Max Nikias’s Campaign For USC fundraising initiative, now in its sixth year, which has nearly reached its $6 billion fundraising goal to advance academic opportunities at USC as well as expand the University’s role as a positive impact on the global and local community. So far, the campaign has raised $5.89 billion from more than 300,000 donors.“USC’s fundraising momentum keeps building, confirming how much our community of supporters believe in the exciting growth at the university,” said Albert R. Checcio, USC’s senior vice president for university advancement, to USC News.last_img read more

Syracuse plans to incorporate face-off specialist Ben Williams into its offense

first_img Published on February 15, 2016 at 10:24 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossman Having not taken an official faceoff in nearly 10 months, it took Ben Williams five seconds to do what he did 256 times as a sophomore last year.He pried the ball away at the faceoff X from Hunter Sanna, and popped it in the air to Tom Grimm five yards behind. While Grimm took off down the field, Williams ran forward about 20 yards before retreating to the bench.If only for a moment, Syracuse’s electric faceoff specialist teased a run toward the goal. A run he made successfully only three times last year, and one SU has toyed with him making more frequently going into this season.“We’ve been incorporating some things where I’ll stay out on the field,” Williams said. “… We’re still kind of messing around with it. It’s been fun, I’m excited to see how it gets put to work here in the early season.”Williams broke out last season with the second-best faceoff percentage in the country, and didn’t have to play anything more than a “faceoff-get off” role. But with 63 percent of SU’s points from last year gone, head coach John Desko will look at new places on his roster to fill the offensive void.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter a shoulder procedure sidelined Williams from taking faceoffs in the fall, it left him with ample time to practice free shooting in anticipation of his expanded role. He didn’t unfurl any shots toward the net against Siena on Saturday, but maintained dominance on the draw with 12-of-16 takeaways.Syracuse didn’t need to leaf too deep into the playbook in its 18-5 win, but is soon expected to roll out scenarios with Williams leading the charge toward the goal.“Face-off guys are a different kind of breed,” Saints head coach John Svec said. “Those guys, they’re (lacrosse) junkies, and I would imagine (Williams) is the same.“He’s athletic. He’s got more than one move.”Thirteen times last year Williams managed to get a shot off after the faceoff, each one usually coming off a breakaway from the X.He last broke free toward the net and scored on March 22 against Duke. Williams swatted the ball away from the Blue Devils’ Jack Rowe and sprinted forward while holding the stick in his left hand.He ran about 35 yards and through four defenders to score in the span of seven seconds. Williams’ quickness, perhaps more than any other quality, makes him an ideal candidate to break the barriers of a cookie-cutter faceoff specialist.“I think he shoots the ball pretty well on the run, which not a lot of face-off guys do,” Desko said. “I think that’s an added threat.”The 6-foot junior said there were discussions last season about getting him more involved in the offense. Usually after faceoffs though, Williams gave way to an SU midfield line that accounted for three of the team’s top six scorers.The Orange features a reshaped first line of middies this year with former second-line players Tim Barber and Sergio Salcido and transfer Nick Mariano to round out the trio. It’s a more balanced line than it’s predecessor, one that likely won’t account for nearly one-fourth of the team’s points like last year’s.That leaves Williams with slightly more freedom to take advantage of open lanes he sees instead of immediately dishing away the ball. And freedom is exactly what Williams has been looking for.“I’ll do whatever I can to get more balls in the net,” Williams said. “Having the opportunity, potentially, to score some more would be great.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Badgers punch ticket to Big Ten championship game with defeat of Minnesota

first_imgFor the third time in four years, the University of Wisconsin football team will head to Indianapolis for the Big Ten championship game.In a winner-take-all border battle with No. 18 Minnesota for the Big Ten West division title, the No. 14 Badgers (10-2, 7-1 Big Ten) came back from an early deficit to win Paul Bunyan’s Axe for the 11th straight season, advancing to the Big Ten championship game in the process with a 34-24 defeat of the Gophers at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday.Much like their last home game, which came against Nebraska two weeks ago, the Badgers had to battle back as they found themselves in an early 17-3 hole after a Minnesota field goal and two rushing touchdowns from Minnesota’s quarterback Mitch Leidner and running back David Cobb.But after that the Wisconsin defense did not allow the Gophers to score until just over seven minutes were left in the fourth quarter, while the UW offense scored 24 of their 34 points.“We knew it’d be a tough game and we had some adversity and we knew that,” Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon said. “It was the same way against Nebraska but we kept fighting. I knew we would come up with something and some guys would make some plays to get us back in the ball game.”“Overall, again, you look at this football team, adversity strikes and they keep on fighting and battling just like they have all year long,” head coach Gary Andersen said.The Badgers fought through that adversity and finally found the end zone for the first time with under five minutes left in the first half. Quarterback Joel Stave completed a four-yard touchdown pass — that was intended for wide receiver Alex Erickson in the back of the end zone — but was plucked out of the air by Gordon instead and cut Minnesota’s lead to 17-10.Prior to the touchdown pass, Wisconsin got into the red zone for just the second time in the game on a career-long 70-yard pass completion from Stave to Erickson.Following UW’s six play, 80-yard drive, the Badger defense forced their lone turnover of the game after the Gophers were driving into Wisconsin territory just before the half was over. Cobb fumbled a handoff from Leidner and Wisconsin’s Michael Caputo was there to scoop it up on the Wisconsin 30-yard line.With just 18 seconds remaining in the half after the fumble recovery, Stave then completed back-to-back passes to Erickson for 35 and 14 yards respectively, to put the Badgers in field goal range. Freshman kicker Rafael Gaglianone then knocked home a 38-yard field goal that not only pulled UW within four at 17-13, but gave the Badgers some much needed momentum heading into halftime.“I thought the big turning point was when we got the fumble and were able to – with 18 seconds left – go get a field goal in the second quarter,” Andersen said. “It was a big time moment and the offense executed really, really well.”Minnesota was largely able to slow down Gordon in the first half, holding him to 55 yards on 14 carries while Cobb had 16 carries for 95 yards for the Gophers. Stave bounced back from a 1-for-5 start to finish the first half 5-for-10 for 137 yards with the touchdown pass to Gordon. Erickson had 119 yards on just three catches through the first two quarters.After halftime, Wisconsin finally took the lead from the Gophers with 6:20 left in the third quarter. The Badgers went on a 7-play, 80-yard drive that ended in a Corey Clement touchdown run from 28 yards out that put UW on top 20-17. It was Clement’s first carry of the game who was questionable to even play with a lingering arm injury.“I just wanted to come out there and show that I can contribute as well,” Clement said of his touchdown run. “It felt great. It was almost like a dream come true.”Wisconsin pulled ahead even further on their first drive of the fourth quarter. Gordon started the drive with runs of eight and 24 yards before Clement marched the Badgers to the Minnesota one-yard line with runs of five and 31 yards. Gordon finished things off with a one-yard touchdown run and Wisconsin was ahead 27-17 with 10:57 left in the game.But Minnesota would not go away as they answered the Badgers’ scoring drive with a 7-play, 75-yard drive of their own that was capped off by a Leidner two-yard rushing touchdown. The drive was aided by a 53-yard completion on 3rd and three to tight end Maxx Williams. Williams is considered one of the best tight ends in the country but was held to just the one catch Saturday.However Wisconsin would put the game away for good on the ensuing drive after Stave found sophomore wide receiver Rob Wheelwright for a 17-yard touchdown pass that all but booked a trip to Indianapolis next weekend against Ohio State and kept the Axe in Madison once again. It was Wheelwright’s first career touchdown reception and first reception of the season.The Wisconsin defense shook off a slow start and held the Gophers to only seven points in the second half and 119 total yards. Cobb only managed 23 yards in the final two quarters while Leidner went just 3-for-10 for 67 yards.“We have a lot of guys who if someone beats us one time, we’re going to come back,” senior inside linebacker Marcus Trotter who led the Badgers in tackles with 14 said. “That’s really good to have a defense like that. So a lot of guys stepped up.”Overall on offense, Stave finished the game 11-for-18 for 215 yards and two touchdowns while Gordon ran for 151 yards on 29 carries with two total touchdowns. Erickson set a career-high with 160 receiving yards on just five catches.Saturday’s win was the culmination of an up-and-down regular season for the Badgers. After losing the conference opener to Northwestern, Wisconsin has rattled off six straight wins and will take on the Buckeyes next Saturday for a right to be called Big Ten champions.“I think we’ve done a tremendous job of battling back this year and to put ourselves in position to be able to be in a game like this and be able to win a game like this,” Stave said. “And to know that we’re going back to Indianapolis with an opportunity to win a Big Ten championship against a very, very good Ohio State team, it’s exciting.”last_img read more

Redskins hire Ron Rivera as coach

first_img First Published: 1st January, 2020 19:51 IST Written By COMMENT Last Updated: 1st January, 2020 19:51 IST Redskins Hire Ron Rivera As Coach The Redskins hired Ron Rivera as their coach on Wednesday in owner Dan Snyder’s latest step to try to turn around the wayward franchise. FOLLOW US LIVE TVcenter_img Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US The Redskins hired Ron Rivera as their coach on Wednesday in owner Dan Snyder’s latest step to try to turn around the wayward franchise.Washington announced the move two days after Snyder fired president Bruce Allen following a decade of futility. The former Carolina Panthers coach quickly emerged as the Redskins’ top candidate and inherits a team that went 3-13 this season and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2015.The 57-year-old of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent is the first minority to be named full-time coach in Redskins franchise history. Rivera is the seventh coach hired by Snyder in his two decades of ownership that have included just five playoff appearances.Rivera spent the past nine seasons coaching the Panthers, taking them to the Super Bowl in 2015.“He gets the best out of players,” said Redskins cornerback Josh Norman, who played for Rivera with Carolina. “And not just players, but men. He builds men and guys — and also builds character, and sets them up not just for football, but sets (them up) in life. I think that’s the first and foremost thing you want to see in anybody, that they actually care about you instead of the game itself.”The Redskins are the first team that fired its coach this season to fill the position. Snyder zeroed in on Rivera, who flew to Washington on Monday to meet with him about the job.Rivera replaces interim coach Bill Callahan, a favorite of Allen, who was fired after going 62-97-1 during his 10 years with the organization.“After several meetings with Coach Rivera, it was clear he is the right person to bring winning football back to Washington, D.C.,” Snyder said in a statement. “He is widely respected around the league as a man of great integrity and has proven to be one of the finest coaches in the country.”Snyder and Allen fired Jay Gruden in October after a 0-5 start to his sixth season. Rivera was fired by the Panthers in December after starting 5-7.Carolina made the playoffs four times during Rivera’s tenure, including a 15-1 season in 2015.“Those Panther teams were tough and physical,” said Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, the team’s longest-tenured player. “Obviously they made the Super Bowl that one year. We played against them that year and they really were a damn good team that year. He’s always had a physical, tough bunch. I know that.”Rivera previously was a defensive coordinator for the Bears and Chargers. He should boost a Redskins defense that underachieved and finished 27th out of 32 NFL teams.“Just not consistent enough is the big word of the year,” defensive lineman Jonathan Allen said. “We have a young group, young defense and, I mean, (the) only place from here is up, honestly.”Rivera could bring in Steve Wilks as defensive coordinator after time together in Carolina. Wilks spent one season as Arizona’s coach and most recently was defensive coordinator in Cleveland under Freddie Kitchens, who was fired Sunday.Norman, who had his only All-Pro season under Wilks, called him “the best guy for the job.”Rivera goes from coaching Cam Newton with Carolina to younger quarterback Dwayne Haskins with Washington. Haskins, whom the Redskins selected 15th overall and goes into 2020 as the starter, met Rivera during the pre-draft process.“He’s a good dude,” Haskins said. “I heard a lot of good things about him. We’ll see what happens.” last_img read more

Riccardo Mittiga – Sportito – The DFS Dilemma

first_img StumbleUpon UKGC suspends two licences over failure to integrate GAMSTOP April 3, 2020 Share Italian DFS operator Sportito is focused on conquering the European market. The company believes there is a possibility for daily fantasy sports to take off throughout Europe, as it did in the States, and it has started its conquest by focusing on the UK market. Riccardo Mittiga, SportitoSportito is the Official DFS Partner of both Fulham FC and Burnley FC. The company is looking to show bookmakers why they should look to DFS as a customer retention and engagement tool, and CEO Riccardo Mittiga will speak on just that topic at the upcoming Betting on Football Conference in London in May (3-5).Prior to that we caught up with him for an interview about DFS, its growth and its potential in various regions globally.SBC: Why in 2017 are bookmakers increasingly looking to DFS products and why didn’t this happen last year?Riccardo: Most bookmakers do not have the ability for software development to devote to side projects such as DFS. The few bookmakers that have these internal resources dedicate them to the main channels such as betting, live betting or casino.Towards the end of 2016, some of the most innovative bookmakers found an agency or company to provide the DFS products to be installed on their platform. They opted to put it out and then see how their user-bases responded. Once this was underway, other bookmakers followed suit.Between the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 DFS also enjoyed much greater visibility thanks to the entry of several new players in Europe, other small players in Africa and South America, and especially the announcement of the merger between two of the main players, DraftKings and FanDuel.All of this is clearly positive to make the phenomenon of DFS known globally as well as it is in the United States.SBC:  BetStars recently announced a significant investment into DFS with its $1 million jackpot game…it seems a more ‘basic’ version of DFS than most products – is this what it takes to appeal to a mass market? And how important is such a sizable jackpot pool to gain attention?Riccardo: It’s normal that when there are major brands like BetStars (aka PokerStars) there are also marketing campaigns of this level.In my opinion, only offering the big prizes is not enough, you also need a dedicated product which is well oriented to the preferences of the DFS players. This is something a major brand like PokerStars must also learn.SBC: DFS is known in North America and it’s growing in Europe, but Latin America is regarded as a potentially highly lucrative region. Thoughts on LatAM for Sportito?Riccardo: Most of the Latin American countries have a huge interest in online gambling and most of them are regulating their outdated gambling laws. Many of the big names in the industry are already eyeing the Latin American market. It is a great opportunity for Sportito to expand the business into this region.Whilst it is starting to grow there, I think it will be a slow and gradual growth process when compared with Europe and North America. That said, there is definitely a potential user-base for DFS in that region.SBC: How important is it for DFS to be recognised as a game of skill away from sports betting? Do you think the new Maltese licence will be replicated elsewhere?Riccardo: DFS and sports betting are often mistakenly seen as the same concept and there are many arguments as to why they differ. Many argue that it’s a form of gambling which involves an element of skill and others argue the opposite.It is important for DFS to be recognised as a game of skill in times when the legislation of some countries maintain restrictions against sports betting. Recognising DFS as sports betting is sometimes difficult for the operators to handle when implementation occurs in a new market.When there are positive effects with the Maltese licence, usually they are also adopted in other countries. Share Related Articles Sportito gets green light to expand into Mexico January 9, 2020 Submit Sportito makes LatAm debut in Brazil October 30, 2019last_img read more

Hinks Elementary’s “Operation: Rock It” Project

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Hinks Elementary School is looking for some volunteers to help with their “Operation: Rock It” project. The rocks in their garden in front of the building have begun to fade, and the school is hoping the public can help create new ones.The older rocks will be placed in a pile so that people can go pick them up and repaint them a fresher look. Volunteers are also welcome to use rocks that they find at their own home. The designs could show family, love for Hinks, or something that represents your family or the school. Newly painted rocks can be dropped off anywhere in the front garden.In addition, Hinks is looking to honor their 5th grade class with a larger rock that people could go and add to. They’re asking if there are any parents out there that might have access to one.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Hinks Elementary, Rock PaintingContinue ReadingPrevious Daily COVID-19 update May 11, 2020Next Child and Family Services recognizes foster familieslast_img read more

TRANSFERS: Chelsea want Adebayor but do they need him?

first_imgThe Daily Express claims Jose Mourinho wants Emmanuel Adebayor to replace Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge this summer.Adebayor still has another year to run on his contract, and Chelsea would be willing to cover his £100,000-a-week wages to take him on loan from Spurs.OPINION: It sounds weird, but this actually makes a lot of sense.Mourinho wants an experienced third-choice striker behind Diego Costa and Loic Remy, and Chelsea are just about the only side willing and able to pay Adebayor’s wages.The striker has worked with Mourinho before, and as an additional squad option he appears a low-risk, high-upside signing. We don’t always put much faith in Daily Express rumours but this one sounds like it just might work. UNITED TO DITCH JONES AND SMALLING: With that in mind, the Daily Mail reckons Phil Jones and Chris Smalling could be on their way our as Manchester United have yet to open contract talks with them.The pair will be free agents at the end of next season.The Mail says United are “relaxed about the situation but will be reluctant to lose the pair for nothing”. It adds Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte to the pile of defenders United have been linked with.PAPER ROUND’S VIEW:Despite a recent upturn in form, both players have largely disappointed at Old Trafford – particularly Jones, whom Sir Alex Ferguson was touted as potentially the greatest player in the club’s history.While Van Gaal will not want to lose England internationals, he must doubt whether either player has the class to shine at the highest level – and letting the pair stew over their contracts could be his way of telling them so. JUVENTUS PLAN £15M SWOOP FOR DZEKO Edin Dzeko could be on his way out of Manchester City, with Juventus prepared to drop £15m on the striker.The Daily Mirror reports that Dzeko, who signed a new four-year contract earlier this season, is Juve’s number one target and could be persuaded to leave by the promise of guaranteed first-team football.OPINION: This will surely depend on whether coach Manuel Pellegrini stays. If he goes, the new man may see a £15m return for a 29-year-old as decent business, particularly given City’s struggles to meet Financial Fair Play regulations. Don’t buy into this until we know what’s happening with the manager.–last_img read more

Christian Yelich breaks boat window during Home Run Derby practice, someone calls police (really)

first_img MLB All-Star 2019: Home Run Derby matchups ranked MLB All-Star Game 2019: Hunter Pence refuses to mope about injury absence Nothing new there for Bell — he hit two baseballs into the river on the fly in games earlier this year, something that’s been done only a handful of times in PNC Park’s 20-season history. He’s almost become a local folk hero with his breakout season as a slugger.But Pittsburgh fans are obviously not so fond of Yelich, and when the Brewers slugger smacked a ball into the river that broke a boat’s windshield, someone called the police, according to a Fox Sports report. MLB All-Star 2019: CC Sabathia receives invite, will be honored before game Message to Pittsburgh boaters: If you don’t want your boat damaged, don’t park it in the Allegheny River anywhere near PNC Park.Two of baseball’s top sluggers, Pirates first baseman Josh Bell and Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich, practiced for the MLB Home Run Derby before Friday night’s Pirates-Brewers game. And both sent balls sailing into the Allegheny. Related News The report concluded, “Yelich was not arrested.”Yelich reacted to the report with a shrug on his Twitter account.🤷🏻‍♂️ https://t.co/si2mm6EOpY— Christian Yelich (@ChristianYelich) July 5, 2019last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: PEO Scholarship is due today

first_img*Juniors and Seniors: A few Prom Announcements–RSVP’s are due to Ms. Ford in room 409 by the end of the day April 8.-If you would be interested in performing for your classmates at prom, please pick up an entertainment application from Ms. Ford or stop by the office.-Tickets will go on sale by the student entrance before and after school starting Monday, April 13. They are $30.– You can sign-up out of town dates in the office.– The Project Prom student pledge sheets are in the office. Please read and sign the sheet and return to the office.-Please see Ms. Ford if you have any questions or concerns. *Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is offering a $500 scholarship to a 2015 graduating senior who is pursuing a degree in education. The application form is in the counselor’s office. *Seniors: You can turn in pictures for the Graduation video until May 1. We will not accept any pictures after May 1 unless previous arrangements are made. Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, April 1, 2015:WednesdayThursday• Golf at Winfield Country Club, 3 p.m.•Tennis at Circle, 3 p.m.•Track at Clearwater, 3 p.m.•Baseball at Wellington vs. Mulvane, 4 p.m.•Softball at Wellington vs. Mulvane, 4:30 p.m.Friday and Monday• No school.Lunch Menu: Wednesday — Fajita wrap, romaine and tomato, Spanish Rice, baby carrots, peaches.Thursday — Pig in a blanket, potato wedges, broccoli w/cheese, applesauce.Today’s News*Attention Wellington High School: Starting next Tuesday, April 7th, we will be accepting nominations for the Mr. Crusader pageant during lunch. Nominee’s must be a Senior Boy. The pageant will be held the evening of April 17th. *Josten’s will be here on Thursday, April 23  during the lunches to distribute sophomore class rings. *Senior Parents: If you are interested in purchasing a senior ad in the yearbook, contact Ms. Ford at ktford@usd353.com. *Crusaders of the Stage present the Grounds Table Coffee Shop open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15-7:45 in the commons. All proceeds go to the Crusaders of the Stage trip to Nationals. Come early and get your coffee!center_img *SENIORS: Please remember to apply for the $1,000 Kansas All Star Scholarship. The deadline is April 15, 2015. *Seniors: Jostens will be here tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. to deliver senior items.  If you have a balance you can only pay with cash. If you want to pay with a credit card you will need to call their office at 620-232-7464. *Senior girls: The PEO Scholarship is due today by 3:00 p.m. *Sophomores: If you are interested in being a Sophomore Server for prom, please sign up in the office. Today is:April Fool’s DayNational One Cent DayNational Walking DayNational Sourdough Bread Daylast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, August 9, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Tuesday, August 9, 2016•6:05 a.m. Jessica N. Falls, 26, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for disobeying a stop sign.•7:49 a.m.  Officers investigated a theft of fence in the 700 block of E. Lincoln. •3:30 p.m. Connie M. Stowell, 19, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County warrant for probation violation.•6:20 p.m. Sara N. Towne, 34, Mayfield, was issued a notice to appear charged with illegal registration and no proof of insurance.•6:33 p.m. Officers investigated suspicious activity in the 2000 block of E. 16th.•8:32 p.m. Officers investigated a mental subject in the 200 block of W. 15th. •9 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a vehicle in the 1100 block of. N. A.•9:25 p.m.  Officers took report of found of a found bicycle in the 600 block of W. 12th. •9:51 p.m. Miranda T. Callaway, 18, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with illegal registration, operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.last_img read more