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Newborn develops into promising star for Syracuse after coming from AJ Elite tennis academy

first_imgA.J. James knew he had found something special the moment he first saw Rhiann Newborn play.Part of it was her natural talent, fostered at an early age by her father, Darryl Newborn, and developed through a constant presence at junior tournaments in her hometown of Houston. Part of it was her boldness, like the way she shouted “out” when the ball fell out of bounds, while her opponents would silently raise a finger.James was so impressed with Newborn, then 12 years old, that he introduced himself to her father soon after that first match. The two got along so well that by the time the tournament ended, James had added a budding star to the roster of AJ Elite, a tennis academy for future college prospects that James operated himself. “Since he’s a big guy he scared me a little bit,” Newborn said of that first meeting. “But once I met him he was really nice. He’s so motivated about the sport and wanting to make his players better.”Seven years later, Newborn has become a promising star for Syracuse (2-0) in its first full season under head coach Younes Limam. The sophomore has won both of her singles matches this season and one of two doubles matches with senior partner Amanda Rodgers. She will attempt to continue her success on Saturday against No. 7 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAll of this may not have been possible without James, who prides himself on AJ Elite’s track record of getting athletes into college. Over 130 of AJ Elite’s former students have made it to college and about 16 former students are now nationally ranked by the Association of Tennis Professionals, James said.“They like my serious, no-nonsense style,” James said. “I don’t swear at them and I don’t berate them.”Newborn, like many of AJ Elite’s athletes, was homeschooled for high school, which allowed her more time to improve her abilities and reach for a college scholarship. Days were often split between lessons taught by her father and James, with breaks for schoolwork and studying in between.During Newborn’s six years working with James, she won the most tournament matches in the 11-year academy’s history, he said. “In tennis you have to have a healthy arrogance about yourself because if you don’t, you’ll get torn to shreds,” James said. “And that’s something that Rhiann has about herself. I always tell my kids you talk with your racket and that’s what she’s done.”Darryl Newborn said James offered his daughter support throughout the college recruitment process. The academy played a key role in helping Newborn determine which tournaments to enter and how to use those tournaments to improve her talents.AJ Elite also helped her find friends who could double as her competitors, especially in the large group setting of James’ practices.“With the big group it really motivated me to get better,” Newborn said. “They helped me push myself through the times that I was not doing too well.”Over the years, James formed a bond with the Newborns that remains strong two years after Newborn committed to Syracuse as a five-star recruit. James speaks to the Newborn family around once a week, and Darryl Newborn considers James to be a “very big part” of their family. When asked to be James’ best man at his upcoming wedding, Darryl Newborn agreed.“When the kids spend nine to 10 years with someone every day, it almost becomes like a second parent,” Darryl Newborn said. “He’s had to teach her not only how to play tennis, but how to be a human being, too.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 22, 2015 at 12:07 amlast_img read more

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Syracuse men’s basketball game day: What to know about Clemson matchup

first_img Published on February 7, 2017 at 6:03 am Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Syracuse (15-9, 7-4 Atlantic Coast) visits Clemson (13-9, 3-7) on Tuesday at 8 p.m. After winning his unofficial 1,000th game, Orange head coach Jim Boeheim will go for official win No. 900, a result of the NCAA’s vacation of 101 of his wins. SU is riding a four-game winning streak and will look to continue it against the Tigers.Here are answers to your pressing game day questions.How can you watch the game? The game will air on the ACC Network. In the Syracuse area, it’ll air on the CW. Here are channel listings based on provider.• Time Warner: 1212 (high-definition) and 6 for non-digital subscribers• DirecTV: 14• Verizon Fios: 506 (high-definition) and 6 (standard-definition)• Dish Network: 14• New Visions: 606 (high-definition) and 6 (standard-definition)Here are channel listings throughout the rest of New York.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlbany (WNYA)Binghamton (WBPN)Burlington-Plattsburgh (WPTZ-D3)Elmira (WJKP)New York City (WLNY)Utica (WPNY)Watertown (WWTI-D2)For listings outside of New York state, click here.How good was John Gillon this past week? He lit it up with 43 points at N.C. State on Wednesday. The performance earned him ACC Player of the Week honors.What did Boeheim and Clemson head coach Brad Brownell say before the game? The two spoke on the ACC coaches teleconference on Monday afternoon. Check out what they said.What’s the importance of grad transfers this year? Two of SU’s most important players came via the grad transfer rule. But not everyone in college basketball likes it.What do our beat writers predict will happen? All three had varied opinions on the upcoming matchup. Check out their predictions, here.Anything else to know about Clemson? Here’s a preview of the Tigers. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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NBA officially reaches agreement with players’ union on restart plans, holding onto optimism as COVID cases rise

first_imgThe NBA’s commitment to social justice had been a lingering question for a group of players who wanted to see more from the league’s governors, who include some of the wealthiest people in the world. While hard details were scant as of Friday, both sides expressed optimism that they are headed in the right direction.“There’s been great conversation,” Roberts said. “And we are continuing the conversation such that the players are working really hard to make sure that what we do in Orlando beyond the floor as the best basketball players on earth, is in fact, to engage in setting the conversation, solution finding, and this family is one that sometimes has to sit down and have a conversation.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Photos: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers in Game 4 of first-round playoff series At the root of that sacrifice are an estimated thousands of NBA employees, including players, coaches and staffers, who could be spending more than three months on the campus in Florida with heavily regulated access to the outside world. Nominally, players have the freedom to leave whenever they want, but the quarantine restrictions to return to the campus all but exclude the possibility of leaving the area. Family access will also be limited, with most family arriving midway through the playoffs after a mandated quarantine period.NBPA president and Oklahoma City guard Chris Paul said the union has tried to keep in communication with its members about concerns over the restart, which have come to the fore as some players such as the Lakers’ Avery Bradley have bowed out. But amid many factors that could roll against the NBA, the players are simply trying to follow instructions while bracing for the unknown.“It takes time, right?” he said. “We never pictured ourselves playing in a situation like this, and I almost think from the day after the league kind of shut down and stopped, we didn’t know.”Silver acknowledged that there is a point where proliferation of COVID within the closed campus could force the NBA to scrap its plan to restart in Orlando, but that the threshold had not yet “been precisely designed.”Florida reported nearly 9,000 new cases as of Friday, by far a single-day record for the state, and while the NBA personnel within the bubble might be more protected from COVID-19 through the protocols, they would still be reliant on Disney service staffers who live in the surrounding area currently experiencing a surge. Silver said the league is working with Disney to offer regular testing to a small subset of employees who would be more likely to be in contact with NBA players and staffers.The positive cases the league has caught by now are of less concern than cases that make it inside the campus. While players such as Denver’s Nikola Jokic, Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon, and Sacramento’s Buddy Hield were among the confirmed cases, Silver said none of the 16 have shown serious symptoms yet, and they anticipate recovery by the time teams report to Orlando the week of July 7.The league also announced an intention to take a more active role in social justice issues championed by many of its players. Within its own ranks, Silver acknowledged that the NBA needs to do a better job of hiring Black workers in all sections of its business side, and that the league’s board of governors have already met on the subject.Related Articles Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead center_img Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant In a conference call with media, commissioner Adam Silver acknowledged that the NBA’s plan was “far from perfect,” but that the meticulously thought-out protocols outlined in a 113-page health memo should give the NBA a chance to finish its season and potentially recoup hundreds of millions of dollars left on its broadcasting deals.Silver offered his vision of the league as an important unifier in a country stricken hard by the global pandemic and also reckoning with social and race issues, of which the NBA’s players have been eager participants. While ceding that the NBA’s plan was not risk-free and that he was concerned by a spike in COVID case growth, Silver said he believed that “we can’t outrun the virus and that this is what we’re going to be living with for the foreseeable future” as the plans continue to march forward.The NBA’s campus at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando next month will follow rigorously designed guidelines suggested by medical experts to reduce risk: a single campus with no fans; mandatory mask wearing except while playing; daily testing and contact tracing to root out COVID cases and isolate affected players and staff.Silver and other high-level NBA officials anticipate that even in conditions that will likely be safer than the outside world, the restart will be an unprecedented challenge.“It’s far from an ideal way to finish our season,” Silver said. “And it will require tremendous sacrifice from all involved.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The morning began with an admission: The NBA acknowledged 16 of 302 players had positive COVID-19 tests this week, none of whom have yet exhibited serious symptoms.While even one case is a cause for concern, NBPA executive director Michele Roberts said, she couldn’t help but feel a bit of relief that there weren’t more — the league had braced for the possibility of an even higher ratio as it prepares for its July 30 restart at Disney World in Florida.“I’ve been holding my breath for the last few weeks, and maybe I should be less enthusiastic or optimistic,” Roberts said. “If nothing else, it’s told me that the great majority of our players have been doing exactly what they should have been doing, which is keeping safe.”Amid the looming cloud of COVID cases spiking in Florida and around the country, the NBA’s chief stakeholders held onto the silver lining as they advanced their plan to end the league’s hiatus in place since March 11. The NBA and NBPA have agreed to a plan that they both believe carries some risk, but is the league’s best possible chance to come back before next season.last_img read more

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Families encouraged to speak Irish to children as new campaign launched

first_imgGovernment Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, Joe McHugh T.D., has announced that his Department is implementing a specific measure in Gaeltacht areas in order to raise awareness among young families in the Gaeltacht of the advantages of raising children with Irish.The aim of this measure is to reinforce the Irish language as the household and community language in the Gaeltacht, consistent with the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language.As part of the campaign, materials such as posters and pamphlets will be circulated to health centres and doctors’ surgeries across the Gaeltacht in order to highlight the matter as well as the language support package provided by the Department to young Gaeltacht families raising children with Irish or those who wish to do so. Information on the current campaign will also be disseminated among preschool services in Gaeltacht areas.Under the initiative, a package of books, DVDs and other relevant material is provided, free of charge, to families who contact the Department. Since its introduction in 2012 5,798 packages have been supplied to young families.“This is an excellent opportunity to highlight the advantages of having Irish, and to tell people that support is available to them from my Department if they choose to raise their children with Irish,” said Minister of State McHugh as he announced the information campaign.“From feedback we received from the community it is clear that such a measure is needed. Young Gaeltacht parents have direct and regular contact with doctors’ clinics and health centres in the Gaeltacht and this is a wonderful opportunity to make them aware of the options they have regarding their household language.” As GaeilgeTá fógartha ag Príomh-Aoire an Rialtais agus Aire Stáit don Ghaeilge, don Ghaeltacht agus do na hOileáin, Joe McHugh T.D., (3 Samhain) go bhfuil a Roinn chun beart faoi leith a chur sa tsiúl sna ceantair Ghaeltachta ar mhaithe leis na buntáistí a bhaineann le clann a thógáil le Gaeilge a chur ar a súile do theaghlaigh óga na Gaeltachta.Tá sé mar aidhm ag an mbeart seo an Ghaeilge a threisiú mar theanga teaghlaigh agus pobail sa Ghaeltacht i gcomhréir leis an Straitéis 20 Bliain don Ghaeilge.Mar chuid den fheachtas, scaipfear ábhar eolais amhail póstaeir agus leatháin in ionaid sláinte agus dochtúra fud fad na Gaeltachta ar mhaithe le haird a dhíriú ar an ábhar agus ar an bpacáiste tacaíochta teanga atá á chur ar fáil ag an Roinn do theaghlaigh óga na Gaeltachta atá ag tógáil clainne le Gaeilge nó a dteastaíonn uathu é sin a dhéanamh.Scaipfear eolas chomh maith faoin bhfeachtas reatha ar na seirbhísí réamhscolaíochta sa Ghaeltacht. Faoin tionscnamh scaiptear beart leabhar, DVDanna agus ábhar oiriúnach eile, saor in aisce, ar theaghlaigh a chuireann fios air ón Roinn. Ó cuireadh tús leis in 2012 tá 5798 pacáiste scaipthe ar theaghlaigh óga.“Deis ar dóigh í seo chun na buntáistí a bhaineann leis an Ghaeilge a chur ar a súile do dhaoine, agus chun a rá leo go bhfuil tacaíocht ar fáil dóibh ó mo Roinnse má roghnaíonn siad a gclann a thógáil le Gaeilge,” a dúirt an tAire Stáit McHugh agus é ag fógairt an fheachtais eolais.“Léirigh aiseolas a fuarthas ón phobal go bhfuil gá le beart mar seo. Bíonn teagmháil dhíreach agus rialta ag tuismitheoirí óga na Gaeltachta leis na hionad dochtúra agus sláinte sa Ghaeltacht agus is deis ar dóigh í seo chun na roghanna atá acu maidir le teanga teaghlaigh a chur ar a súile dóibh”.Families encouraged to speak Irish to children as new campaign launched was last modified: November 4th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:familyGAELTACHTirishjoe mc hughlast_img read more

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