September 16

Beat writers split on Syracuse-Virginia Tech outcome

first_imgSyracuse’s return to Atlantic Coast Conference play started with a loss to Notre Dame. After a late layup and two free throws, a Joe Girard 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left wasn’t enough to erase the deficit. When Virginia Tech (10-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) comes to the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night at 9 p.m., SU (8-6, 1-2) looks to avoid a two-game losing streak.Here’s what our beat writers think will happen when the Orange face the Hokies.Nick Alvarez (12-2)HokeyVirginia Tech 77, Syracuse 68 Syracuse’s matchup against Notre Dame served as a preview for what SU can expect Tuesday night against Virginia Tech. The Fighting Irish relied on 15 3s and key interior play down the stretch. While the Hokies don’t have a John Mooney, they do have the best 3-point shooting team in the ACC (37.9%). Virginia Tech is also coming off its worst shooting performance of the season against Virginia (4-of-25) and I doubt they go cold for a second-straight outing. The Orange can always shoot their way back into a game, but their defense will be the deciding factor. It’ll start with stopping Landers Nolley II (43% from 3) and end with limiting the Hokies’ five other competent shooters. In the end, though, SU’s 2-3 zone will crack, fatigue will play a factor and Virginia Tech will pull away.  Michael McCleary (10-4)Do the Hokey Pokey and you…Syracuse 83, Virginia Tech 80AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOh, there will be tacos, alright. This will be a high-scoring game. Why? Three-point shooting battles usually are. That’s exactly what this game will be. Right now the Hokies are about 40 spots above the Orange in the NET Rankings. This is exactly the type of game the Orange need to win to revive their postseason hopes. The Notre Dame close finish showed that the Orange are on the brink of competing with fringe-ACC squads, and despite a ranking that says otherwise, I think Virginia Tech offers the Orange another shot at one. There’s a chance the Hokies don’t move the ball well enough or take enough chances to pace the Orange’s high-octane approach. Though it might be close, I’m thinking this close game falls to the way of the Orange. And if I’m right, it inches me closer to a victory in these predictions too.Josh Schafer (11-3)Turkey Day > Orange DayVirginia Tech 82 Syracuse 76The Hokies not only shoot the 3-pointer well (25th in the country) but also score 43% of their points from beyond the arc. In other words Virginia Tech is ready to shoot from one of the areas open in the 2-3 zone and that likely won’t bode well for Syracuse. On the flip side, the Hokies also allow a fair amount of 3-point shots and that could help Syracuse as well if the shots are falling. I’d expect this to be somewhat of similar matchup to Syracuse-Notre Dame only the Hokies don’t have John Mooney. So if Syracuse can score like they did on Saturday against the Fighting Irish, it’ll be close but we haven’t seen the Orange close out a tight game against a high-major opponent yet. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 7, 2020 at 4:52 pmlast_img read more

August 16

Great Recognition: Edin Dzeko became the Best Scorer of Serie A

first_imgThis season of Serie A was completed with last night’s football matches, and Edin Dzeko officially became the best scorer of the Italian Championship.This season, Dzeko managed to score a total of 29 goals in Serie A, which is one more goal than Dries Mertens from Napoli, who is on the second place.During the majority of the season, Dzeko’s biggest competition was the attacker of Turin Andrea Belotti, who fell in shape in the finish of the season and managed to score only one goal in the last six matches, thus finishing the season with a total of 26 goals.Dzeko scored a total of 39 goals in all competitions this season. With 29 goals in Serie A, our attacker also scored two goals in the Cup and eight in the Europa League, where he was also crowned as the best scorer.This was definitely the best goal getter season for Dzeko so far in his career, in which he even managed to surpass the phenomenal effect from the season 2008/2009, when he scored a total of 36 goals, of which 26 in the Bundesliga, while playing for Wolfsburg.(Source: E. B./ read more

January 14

Albert Bropleh Charged with US$19,676.25 Theft Again

first_imgMore than two years after he was found guilty of stealing hundreds of thousands of United States dollars, the former Chairman and Commissioner of Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) has been indicted again, this time for allegedly stealing US$19,676.25.Dr. Albert Bropleh, together with Madison Turkpah and Joseph Dortu, General Manager of the Goderich Construction Company have been charged with the commission of the crimes of economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property, criminal conspiracy and violation of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC),  competitive bidding process by the government.Unfortunately for them, the Criminal Court ‘C,’ where they are expected to stand trial has issued an order to have the three individuals arrested immediately, though the crimes for which they are charged are offences eligible for bail.According to the indictment, prepared by the Grand Jury for Montserrado County, the defendants on September 29, 2008, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which agreement allegedly authorized the company to procure and install a Closed Circuit Television (CCT) and access control system, including a two year parts and warranty package, at the LTA’s office at the Methodist Compound on 12th Street in Monrovia, at a total cost of US$19,676.25.The document further alleges that the defendants’ action was a total violation of the required process and procedures of the PPCC Act, which calls for a competitive bidding to select the company for the project.But, with criminal intent, the court’s record claimed, defendant Bropleh, single-handedly selected the company and awarded the CCT procurement, installation and access control contract, which it alleges, is contrary to the PPCC Act.Further in the indictment, co-defendant Bropleh told his colleagues that he had the capacity to procure and install the CCT and access control system at the LTA’s office. Based on the MOU, defendant Dortu submitted an invoice to LTA, dated September 24, 2008, in the amount of US$10,862.50, representing 50 percent payment which he detailed for equipment and specifications that he would use for the construction of the CCT, and it was paid to him.According to the record, 10 days after Dortu received his 50 percent payment, and being fully aware that he had not procured or installed the CCT and access control system, he made an additional request, dated October 6, to the LTA for another 40 percent payment in the amount of US$8,745.00, which amount co-defendant Bropleh paid in the presence of Turkpah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more