Former Syracuse athletes react to SU’s upset win over No. 2 Clemson

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Opponent preview: What to know about Niagara

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (7-5, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) will end 2019 by capping its nonconference schedule against Niagara (2-8, 0-0 Atlantic Athletic) at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. The Orange have won three of their last four and in their most recent win against North Florida, four starters scored in double figures. Niagara head coach and Syracuse native Greg Paulus returns to the Dome after starting at quarterback for the SU football team in 2009-10. Here’s what to know about the Purple Eagles ahead of the matchup.Gambling Odds: Syracuse is favored by 22 points with the over/under set at 147, per VegasInsider.com.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 53-28Last time they played: On Dec. 30, 2000, the Orange blew out Niagara 95-69 in the Dome. Then the 15th ranked team in the nation, SU rode Damone Brown’s 26 points in the victory. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Niagara report: Niagara underwent a major change two weeks prior to the season’s tipoff. Then-head coach Patrick Beilein stepped away for personal reasons and Paulus, then an assistant coach, had his interim tag removed a day before the Purple Eagles began their season. On the court, it hasn’t gone much smoother for Niagara. The Purple Eagles lost their first five games of the season before beating Norfolk State on Dec. 1. One week later, Niagara toppled Colgate in overtime. Since, the Purple Eagles have lost three straight, including a close defeat to Albany and blowouts against St. Bonaventure and Buffalo. James Towns spearheads a three-pronged offensive attack averaging 15.2 points a game, while Raheem Solomon and Marcus Hammond post 12 and 11.2 points per game, respectively. Overall, however, Niagara posts porous offensive numbers. They rank 170th in effective field goal percentage per Kenpom, converting 32.5% of their 3s and 49.6% of two-pointers. Defensively, the Purple Eagles are worse. They rank outside the top-300 in nearly every metric, including a tenth-worst defensive adjusted efficiency.How Syracuse beats the Purple Eagles: For most of Syracuse’s nonconference games, the recipe has been simple: Exert its talent advantage against an inferior opponent. That statement will never be more true than against Niagara. The Purple Eagles get an inordinate amount of their points from deep (30%) despite shooting the 3 at a lackluster 32.5%. Their most frequent lineup over the last five games features four players 6-foot-3 or shorter and center Nicholas Kratholm is just 6-foot-9. Five-foot-10 point guard James Towns leads the team with 3.7 rebounds per game. This is all to say that Syracuse should be able to limit the Purple Eagles on one end of the court, and score at will on the other. Stat to know: 57.7 — Niagara’s effective field goal percentage, the tenth-worst mark in the country. KenPom odds: Syracuse has a 97% chance to win the game Saturday, with a final score prediction of 82-61 per KenPom.Player to watch: Raheem Solomon, No. 11, guardNiagara’s closest thing to a jack of all trades, the sophomore guard ranks second in points (12 ppg), fourth in 3-point percentage (34.1%) and fifth in rebounds (29). Solomon has also added 12 steals and six blocks while starting all 10 games. In the Purple Eagles most recent game against Buffalo, he swished three 3s and swatted a pair of shots. If there’s a player to give SU fits outside of leading-scorer James Towns, it’ll be Solomon. Comments Published on December 28, 2019 at 1:15 am Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarezlast_img read more

Come on Russia! Paddy Power hits £80,000 for LGBT+ charities

first_img Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Submit Share Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Amy Jones – Paddy PowerPaddy Power is revelling in its World Cup 2018 charitable campaign ‘Rainbow Russians’, having racked up £80,000 in donations for LGBT and equality/inclusivity causes.In partnership with Attitude Magazine’s ‘Foundation’, Paddy Power launched Rainbow Russians’ at the start of Russia 2018, detailing that the bookmaker would challenge LGBT+ prejudices and homophobia in football.The charitable campaign sees Paddy Power ‘Put-in’ £10,000 to Attitude Magazine’s Foundation for every goal Russia scores during its World Cup 2018 campaign.Following Russia’s 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday night, Paddy Power has raised £80,000 in donations, as an unfancied Sbornaya has delivered for the bookmaker.Commenting on the campaign, Amy Jones Paddy Power’s PR & UK Mischief Maker detailed; “Following the host’s first game against Saudi Arabia – where they netted five – it was announced that £10,000 of the money will fund 20 members of the LGBT+ community to become fully qualified referees.”So, thank you to Denis Cheryshev (who has topped up the fund by £30,000 himself so far), Artem Dzyuba and Ahmed Fathi’s own goal last night for their contributions to the campaign…Just keep on scoring lads!”After just two games, Russia have scored EIGHT goals, meaning we are donating £80,000 to LGBT+ causes. And we’re far from done yet! #RainbowRussians ?️‍? pic.twitter.com/mRv1x3kW76— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 19, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

How to Kickstart an Emergency Fund

first_img Post navigation Besides having a spending plan and saving for retirement, one of the major tenets of financial wellness is to have a healthy emergency fund. But the reality is that when you’re juggling multiple financial priorities—or simply have a rough time covering your bills each month—building the recommended three to six months for the unexpected is super challenging.  I remember when I was making $30,000 at my first full-time job. While that doesn’t seem like terrible pay, living in Los Angeles can be pricey. With rent on my tiny studio apartment in West L.A. devouring about a third of it, I worked super hard to save for an emergency fund. I managed to save $5,000 in my first year, along with getting SCUBA certified and going on a few fun trips. And along the way, I found a few ways to jump-start my emergency fund.  Here are a handful of easy things you can do to kickstart your e-fund:Sell junkLook in your closet, garage, attic, and anything else you haven’t touched for a year or more, suggests Ben Watson, a financial coach and owner of Fiscal Fluency. Then put it up for sale on an online marketplace such as Letgo, eBay, Decluttr, or OfferUp.“The simple act of getting rid of clutter or unnecessary items is elating as is the receipt of cash from doing things you love,” says Watson. “Use this hit of dopamine to motivate yourself to set a target amount and keep fighting until you reach it.”  Sock away “extra cash”Your tax refund, returned purchases, a work bonus, a small raise, someone paying you back, or a cash gift for your birthday or Christmas. Take that “extra” cash and put it right in your emergency fund, suggests Amy Schultz, a financial coach and CEO of Financial and Female.“This is effective because you’ve already spent that money and did just fine without it,” says Schultz. “So putting it in the emergency fund is easier to accept than watching money come directly out of your checking account. It’s all about mindset.”Use cash and save your changeYes, using cash helps you spend less. “Using cash is effective because it forces you to only spend what you have and, by saving your change, it shows how even the smallest amounts can add up over time,” explains Dr. Ann James, founder of Financial Freedom Battle Buddies.More on saving your change: To this day I save my spare change in my doggy piggy bank. I then use that money for Amazon purchases, gift cards to restaurants to dine with friends, or gift cards to use for Christmas presents.Go on a no-spending challengeI’ve done a handful of these and not only does it help me save, but it has also helps me break bad spending habits. If you’re going to do a spending freeze, you’re certainly allowed to stock up on groceries and fill up your tank of gas ahead of time. I’ve found that it’s far easier to commit to a no-spending challenge during the week, when you’re mired in a routine and aren’t likely to be lured by social events.Auto-save I’m a huge fan of putting things on auto-pilot. Even when I wasn’t making much money, I commited to save $50 of each paycheck. And after six months’ time, I had $650 socked away. After a year, I had $1,300.  To date, setting and forgetting is my favorite way to save. I auto-save as much as I can. Because it’s money I didn’t even know I had, it’s a pleasant surprise when I check my savings, and find an extra few hundred bucks—or more—socked away.Side hustleIf you already have a day job, working after hours is probably the least exciting thing. But it’s a great way to kick-start your emergency savings. During the first year I was out on my own, I cat-sat, and test proctored at a local university. While I only netted $1,000 in side hustle money that first year, it really helped me bulk up my emergency savings.If you’re side hustling just for the money, easy and fun is a great M.O. “Look at your hobbies and see if there is a way to earn some money off of it,” says Watson. “Like dancing? Offer dance lessons. Enjoy dogs? Offer pet sitting.”If you’re doing it to drum up experience to possibly parlay into a full-time business, then figure out what you want to ultimately do, what your current skill set is, then bridge the gap. For instance, I wanted to earn more money with my editorial skills. So I started off proofreading, copyediting, and eventually landed a few writing gigs. I not only earned additional dough, but gained some valuable professional skills.Remember: no matter what your financial situation, you can certainly get your emergency fund started. There’s no waiting for that perfect scenario. Taking action today is the best way to build your savings.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedIs $1,000 Emergency Fund Enough?October 9, 2018In “Saving”How to Build an Emergency Fund in CollegeOctober 7, 2019In “Saving”How to Reevaluate Your Emergency Fund StrategyNovember 7, 2018In “Saving” last_img read more