MBB : WEATHERING THE STORM: Orange stays unbeaten, cruises to Garden victory over St. John’s

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ NEW YORK –– Scoop Jardine says he doesn’t want to know what it would take to beat the Syracuse team he directs every night out. It’s intriguing talk from the point guard who directs the 17-0 Orange, the team that turned what was supposed to be a tough fight for New York City college hoops bragging rights into a 76-59 laugher over St. John’s Wednesday. Fielding questions after coasting to victory for a second time at Madison Square Garden this year, Jardine kept the same blinders on that were there the first time. The mindset that was in the exact same MSG locker room on Dec. 7 when SU pulled away from Michigan State 72-58 in the Jimmy V Classic.It’s the pointed and confident mentality of the point guard who orchestrated the Orange to its second runaway win in its home away from home in a mere 36 days, this time in front of 14,440. ‘I don’t want to know,’ Jardine said. ‘I just want to keep going out there and winning games.’Chalk another one up. This time a whooping of New York City’s territorial team in the arena SU’s leading scorer on the night — Kris Joseph — said the Orange plays its best basketball. An arena where basketball has become easy for SU thanks to that focused, perhaps brash, Jardine-described approach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThere is no argument from Jardine, who had 14 points and seven assists on the night, regarding Joseph’s sentiments towards MSG. Because the parallels to that Michigan State game are obvious, starting with a parallel that has been there in a bevy of the Orange’s 17 overall wins. SU (17-0, 4-0 Big East) is doing what it always does by defensively muzzling the opposition, while running sets to perfection on the other end. Whether they be impromptu fast breaks, or specific half-court calls from SU head coach Jim Boeheim on the sidelines.To end the game, the sets came in the form of repeated execution of SU’s ‘5-High’ set, where Jackson flashes to the top of the key, and the Orange offense starts from there. The same set it ended the Michigan State game with.But it only came about because of the SU defense. And in Wednesday’s Garden date, the Orange played perhaps its best defense of the year. From the get-go.‘Our defense was good early, when we really needed it,’ Boeheim said.Just like its start against Seton Hall Saturday — when the Orange scored a season-low 20 first half points — SU struggled offensively, shooting 1-of-6. But the Johnnies were even worse, going 1-of-9 from the field. SU brushed off the rusty start while St. John’s (10-5, 3-2) woes continued to fester. It led to a 35-24 Orange halftime lead. Through the game’s first 33 minutes, the Johnnies tallied only 39 points, while the Orange got its transition game going, amassing 61 points. SU put together a 16-6 run to end the first half. The game felt over.The offense was there because of the defensive will, though. Just ask Joseph. He went 8-of-11 on the night because SU returned from a ‘sluggish’ Seton Hall game – one he didn’t want to talk about – with a stifling defense. A defensive will SU doesn’t want to have, Joseph said. Rather, has to have.‘It’s about the will to want to play defense,’ Joseph said. ‘No one likes to play defense as much as offense.’With 7:20 left in the game, St. John’s only had those 39 points. The ‘5-High’ set was unleashed in full force. Play after play, Boeheim signaled into Jardine the set, raising five spread fingers. No words were needed. The orchestrator knew what to do. So did Jackson, flashing to the top of the key.And Wednesday, just like against Michigan State, the end-game felt easy. It was easy for SU to get what Jardine describes as SU’s ‘drivers’ out of the set – Dion Waiters, Joseph and himself – buckets. It was easy to force St. Johns’ big men to make the wrong decisions every time Jackson vacated the paint.Everything was working. Even when Boeheim screamed at Jardine on a specific play when Jardine passed to the wrong player. But all Jardine could do was get back to the set on the next play. After all, when he messed up on the play before, he cut through the empty paint and received a pass from Jackson for a layup.Too easy. So easy he doesn’t know what to say. Doesn’t want to know what could stop SU from having the breed of game it has seen twice at Joseph’s preferred home.‘Everything was working,’ Jardine said. ‘Today, it was.’[email protected] Published on January 11, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Wellington City Council has another executive session to discuss interim City Manager; but takes no action

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — After another 30-minute executive session Monday evening, the Wellington City Council has still not named an interim city manager to replace Roy Eckert, who was fired recently. Yesterday evening was a work session so a vote would have been impossible anyway.Last week. after the regular meeting the council talked about naming an interim for 15 minutes, but then adjourned and decided to try again Monday. There is the possibility the council will not have an interim director.Before going into executive session Monday councilman Vince Wetta asked two city department heads, Shane Shields and Jason Newberry, what their thoughts were on having an interim manager. Those two would be prime candidates to be in that position, and at least one may apply for the city manager job.Both said they said they believed someone should be appointed as the interim.Newberry said he and Shields had talked about the situation, and they both plan to do their jobs regardless of who is selected as the interim.Shields said it would not be a problem to do his current job of finance director and be the interim city manager at the same time which he did in 2014 the last time the city was in this position.Currently, Newberry is running the day-to-day operations and Shields is taking care of the financial aspects. Newberry said it would be good to have someone in charge for things that come up from time to time.Also, at the work session Monday, the city council heard from Anna-Marie Keena with the Kansas State League of Municipalities, who told the council her organization has a program to help cities find a city manager.At a cost of just over $5,000, the league could do the recruiting and initial screening, and help the city through the process.She said the city would still set the time line and criteria.She said the league would review all the applicants and would pick the top ones for the city to consider, and the city could choose the last few finalists from there. Council members would still have access to all the resumes submitted.The cost for the service would be $5,280, which she said was a discounted rate since the city is a member.She would give each council member a survey to fill out to find out exactly what they want, and she would compile that information and use that in the search.She recommended using Skype for the first interview before finalists are chosen to bring in for personal interviews.Keena said the process usually takes about three months, but the city could set any time line it likes. She said she is not a headhunter, but would market the city to potential candidates.The last time the city did this was 2014 and they had 54 initial applicants.The agreement would be a year long contract, so if the council did not find a candidate it liked among the initial candidates, it could begin again.She said it would take some the load off the staff, and council members, by taking care of the marketing and initial screening.She said Wellington would be attractive to someone wanting to build their career. Since it offers a lot of services, it would be a place that would give a city manager a lot of good experience.They could also involve other people in the secondary interviews, and let the public meet the finalists if they chose to.The council also heard a preliminary report on the budget for the coming year. They will have to have the budget done by August 1, to meet legal deadlines.The council will have a special work session on the budget at 5:30 p.m. June 27.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +7 Vote up Vote down Small Town Boy · 217 weeks ago Anna Marie-Keena was very politically correct in the manner in which she called the City Manager of Wellington a stepping stone position (which it likely is). I’m just curious if she’ll offer advice on a smarter severance package in case the City Council and Mayor get an itchy trigger finger and fire the next hiree, too. Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down Jane Cole · 217 weeks ago Not to be picky but the opening statement implies, at least to me, that the council didn’t do what they should have last night. While i don’t agree with some of what this council does, who does, naming an interim city manager out of a work session would be illegal. I would expect that statement after a regular City Council meeting but not a work session. I hope that, during this time of change, people on all sides of this issue could come together and work together for what is best for this community. The backbiting and name calling needs to stop. This isn’t Burger King and you don’t always get to “Have it your way.” Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 217 weeks ago Is James Jordan eight years old? Please explain to him what a paragraph is. He is, by far, the worst writer I have ever read. Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 217 weeks ago Please people we have a DIAMOND Candidate all ready on the city payroll. There is no doubt we could not find a more dedicated individual than Shane Shields to run our city. He comes from a very fine family and him and the mrs’s have done an outstanding job raising their own. He has grown up right here in front of us all nothing to hide from anyone. He is very honest and knows exactly how this city should be run. He knows the laws, he knows the people, How can I put it so everyone knows HE IS EXACTLY WHAT WELLINGTON NEEDS. Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 217 weeks ago It sounds as though this partnership with the League of Municipalities is exactly what the City needs to help with this search, and the rate is much less than what I’ve seen other Cities spend on this kind of search in the past. Win-Win. Report Reply 0 replies · active 217 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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Four talking points in European football this weekend

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Belgian forward Eden Hazard gets off the mark © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUPARIS, France, Oct 7 – Bayern Munich went from boom to bust after crushing Tottenham in the Champions League, while, Spain’s big guns may be misfiring but top La Liga anyway.In Italy Antonio Conte’s rebuilding of Inter is still a work in progress following defeat to dominant Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have no real domestic rival. AFP Sport looks at the four main talking points from the weekend on the continent:– Spain’s crisis clubs top La Liga –Lionel Messi looks back on form after struggling with injuries at the start of the season © AFP / Josep LAGOZinedine Zidane was said to be facing the sack with Real Madrid lining up Jose Mourinho in his place, while two weeks ago Ernesto Valverde was taking similar flack at Barcelona.However Real are top of La Liga on 18 points with champions Barcelona two points behind in second after both roared to big wins over Granada and Sevilla.“It has been a strange start to the season and we have not gained all the points we would have wanted,” Valverde said after their 4-0 home thumping of the Andalusians, which saw injury-plagued Lionel Messi score his first goal of the season.Real also scored four as another man under-pressure, Eden Hazard, netted for the first time since his 100-million euro ($109 million) move from Chelsea during a 4-2 win over Granada that also took some of the heat off Zidane.The pair will face each other on October 26 at the Camp Nou, a match that will no doubt show which of the big two is in the best shape to take the title.– Sublime to ridiculous –A star for Byern against Spurs, Serge Gnabry failed to follow up on that display against Hoffenheim © AFP / Christof STACHEDid over-exertion in Tuesday’s 7-2 Champions League rout of Tottenham Hotspur eventually lead to Bayern Munich dropping three precious points in the Bundesliga?Four days after thrashing Spurs, the Bavarians appeared to take their foot off the gas when they lost 2-1 at home to Hoffenheim, surrendering top spot in the league to Borussia Moenchengladbach and dropping back to third behind Wolfsburg.It was Bayern’s first home league defeat for almost a year and their captain Manuel Neuer said the defeat served as “a warning you get nothing for free”.– Conte says mind the gap –Inter Milan’s Antonio Conte still has a job to do to overhaul Juventus in Italy © AFP / Marco BertorelloAntonio Conte admitted Inter Milan have a large gap to close after his new side lost top spot in Serie A with a 2-1 defeat to defending champions Juventus.Inter had been flying high with a perfect run of six wins before losing Sunday’s ‘Derby d’Italia’ with fierce rivals Juve.“I’m disappointed at the defeat, not because it was against Juventus. I’ve always lost against Juventus, when I was at Arezzo and Atalanta,” said Conte.Juventus won the first three of their current run of eight Serie A titles under Conte before he led Chelsea to a Premier League title and then embarked on the project to rebuild Inter Milan, who have not won the league since 2010.“The lads gave their all, but we have a long road ahead of us to reach Juventus’ standard,” added Conte. “They’re at a different level from us and we’re looking to improve so that we can close the gap.”– Ligue 1 of their own –Neymar showed his undoubted class on teh pitch as Paris Saint-Germain hammered Angers © AFP / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTParis Saint-Germain get the occasional reminder that they still have to show up and put in a performance to take three points in Ligue 1, as when they were shocked 2-0 by Reims last month.This week however France’s dominant football force thrashed their closest rival Angers 4-0 as their all-star cast cruised into overdrive and overwhelmed the visitors thanks to the undisputed brilliance of Neymar and the work rate of new boy Idrissa Gueye in midfield.Now firmly in control of Ligue 1, PSG appear unstoppable domestically as Neymar got his fourth league goal and Mauro Icardi his second in all competitions since joining on loan from Inter Milan, while French phenomenon Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani sat out another game injured.0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more