Liverpool’s vision

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Investec launches environment strategy to target decarbonisation trend

first_imgInvestec – which runs $142.4bn (€125.3bn) globally – claimed the investable universe of companies for the new strategy opened up a “$2.5trn growth opportunity” for investors who were “exploring investment around long-term portfolio decarbonisation”. Investec Asset Management is to target investment in companies supporting the drive for decarbonisation with a new strategy launching today.The Investec Global Environment Fund will buy stakes in companies with “carbon avoided” scores, calculated using the EU’s emissions trading scheme methodology, which assesses how companies offset and reduce their carbon emissions.Deirdre Cooper, co-manager of the fund with Graeme Baker, said the data incorporated “Scope 3” emissions alongside environmental revenues. These are indirect carbon effects from a company’s value chain that are often omitted from common measures of carbon footprints.“The world has embarked on its third energy transition: a relatively rapid shift in favour of low-carbon energy,” Cooper said. “Electricity needs to take market share from all other forms of energy, as we electrify transportation and heating… Investment is required in all the related value chain.” Deirdre Cooper, Investec Asset ManagementThe estimated universe of funds was more than 700 companies, the asset manager said, with a total market capitalisation in excess of $5trn.Cooper said less than a third of the companies were in the MSCI ACWI index and none were in the FTSE 100.“They will grow a lot faster than the rest of the market,” she added.Pension funds, asset managers and other institutional investors have been placing greater emphasis on cutting the carbon footprints of their investments in recent years. More than 400 institutions have backed the Global Investor Statement to Governments on Climate Change since it was launched last year, calling for policy intervention on carbon pricing and other climate change policies. John Green, co-CEO of Investec Asset Management, said the new strategy emerged from a review of the group’s natural resources capabilities, which concluded that the future of the sector was set to change “radically”.“There’s an overwhelming sense that so much ESG investing is only about disinvestment and exclusion,” Green said. “There’s been very little discussion about what we do on the positive end – how does the pension fund community take positive steps on climate change?”While exclusion was an important part of climate change investing, Green argued that the same was true for portfolios that “positively and consistently invest in companies that impact and benefit from the energy transition”.“It surprises me that so little has been invested in this space: we estimate $15-20bn has been put to work. In context that’s a very small sum.”The fund launches today and “will be made available to both institutional and retail clients in key markets globally”, Investec said. Institutional share classes are priced at a 0.75% annual management charge.Further readingClean energy investment needs policy clarity on carbon price, say MPs A committee of MPs last year urged the UK government to extend carbon pricing to cover the whole economy to accelerate decarbonisation Energy transition ‘could seriously hit funding of Dutch schemes’ Dutch pension funds could lose up to 17 percentage points of their funding as a result of the energy transition, according to research by consultancy Sprenkels & VerschurenWorld leaders must do their bit in climate change fight, say investors Institutional investors active in the fight against climate change turned the spotlight on governments ahead of last year’s G7 summit in Canadalast_img read more

Martinez hails Deulofeu impact

first_img Press Association The on-loan Barcelona forward scored the opening goal of the 4-0 win on his first Barclays Premier League start and was a threat throughout the game. Further goals were added from Seamus Coleman, Bryan Oviedo and Romelu Lukaku but there was only one person to talk about after the game. Everton manager Roberto Martinez revealed he used Gerard Deulofeu’s Merseyside derby frustration to fire the young Catalan’s outstanding performance against Stoke. “Gerard Deulofeu made a big impact and allowed the performance to create a scoreline which suggests it was easier than it probably was,” said Martinez. “I think he was really disappointed with last week. From my point of view I told him I thought he was outstanding against Liverpool (a memorable 3-3 draw) but he had two good chances and he felt he should have taken them. “During the week he was left with a negative feeling that he didn’t deserve, that is why I felt it was right for him to start and flush that feeling away and he was desperate to do that. “I thought his first goal was sensational, I thought it was the moment of the game. “The way he works for the team, the way he understands his role in the team has been very impressive. “I am really pleased with the overall performance, that he was able to play 90 minutes and create so many chances and scoring the first goal was a pivotal moment. “He is one of the most talented footballers in Spanish football, he is quite a unique talent, and the moment he made his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu aged 16 is when he caught my attention. “There was a long list trying to take Gerard on loan and the fact he wanted to come to Everton was a fantastic feeling, and you can see why we worked so hard to attract him to the club.” The youngster tormented Stoke in the first half and Potters boss Mark Hughes, who gave a league debut to Deulofeu’s former Barcelona B team-mate Marc Muniesa, admitted he was one of those who had tried to sign him in the summer. “We were aware of him, we knew he was a talent and he is obviously a talent,” said Hughes. “We made an enquiry ourselves but unfortunately he came here and not to Stoke. “He is a very talented boy and I am sure it will only be a loan deal, I am sure Barcelona will keep hold of that asset.” Hughes was less complimentary about his own side, however. “We were poor on the day but credit to Everton, I thought they were very good and made it difficult for us,” he added. “The disappointing thing for us was up to 45 seconds prior to the half-time whistle we were very much in the game at 0-0. “To concede right on the whistle, which is a key time in any game, is disappointing and lo and behold in the second half we came out and conceded early. “That really shaped the game in a negative way. We tried to get back into the game but that just compounded our problems as we were a little bit over-exposed because we were trying to get back into the game. “Four-nil was a little bit harsh on us. If we’d got to half-time at 0-0 I don’t think the result would have been different but it might not have been as harsh.” Another of Everton’s on-loan players Lukaku scored his eighth league goal of the season, but Martinez brushed aside criticism from Jose Mourinho at parent club Chelsea over the player’s intentions for wanting to leave Stamford Bridge. “The parent club are entitled to say what they like about the relationship with the player as he is their player,” added the Spaniard. “What is important is Chelsea wanted Romelu to get some playing time and allow him to develop and that is happening. “The relationship is working extremely well, the player is scoring goals and working hard and is a true ambassador for Chelsea.” Lukaku reportedly said he would be prepared to stay at Goodison Park permanently if they qualified for the Champions League. “I think that puts pressure on himself, that means he needs to score between 25 and 30 goals so it is fantastic he thinks that way,” said Martinez. last_img read more

Alan Curtis shuns ‘must-win’ label as Swansea face Sunderland

first_img “As disappointed and embarrassed as we were by the performance we have to look forward, and I’m sure there will be a big bounce back,” Curtis said. “I spoke to the players and it’s something we can’t dwell on. “It was a bitter blow not to have a cup run because the longer you go it breeds confidence and gives players the chance to play. “But thoughts go quickly to the Sunderland game. That has to be the case and we will concentrate on what is going to be a massive game.” Veteran midfielder Leon Britton is set to make his 500th appearance for Swansea, over 13 years after making his debut while on loan from West Ham. Britton subsequently made a permanent switch the following summer and, apart from an six-month spell at Sheffield United from August 2010 to January 2011, has spent his entire career since in south Wales. “It’s hard to find words to describe how important he has been for the club,” said Curtis. “From the day he walked into the club he has been an inspiration to everybody. “When Leon’s playing the team is a better team and I think he sets the tempo. “He’s the one that sniffs out danger and stops it at source. “He’s been a huge part in the rise of the club in the last 10 or 12 years, and to play 500 games for one club in the modern era is a huge achievement.” Sunderland head to the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday night knowing that victory would take them to within one point of Swansea in the Barclays Premier League. Swansea are currently two points above the relegation zone but would drop into the bottom three if Newcastle beat Manchester United on Tuesday night. “It’s a big game, yes,” said Curtis, in charge of a league fixture for the first time since his appointment as Swansea manager was confirmed until the end of the season. “But I wouldn’t call it a must-win game at the moment. “A must-win game is if you need to win your last game of the season to stay up. “But we need to win games sooner rather than later, and the longer you go without a win the pressure starts to build. “We know it’s a big game against a team just below us in the league, and we know the significance of picking up three points against them.” Curtis has won only one of his six games in command since stepping up from a coaching role following the dismissal of Garry Monk last month. Performances, however, had generally improved until Sunday’s miserable FA Cup exit at the hands of League Two Oxford. But Curtis insists that setback will have no bearing on Swansea’s league situation as he prepares to make mass changes once more and recall established players who missed the 3-2 defeat at the Kassam Stadium. Press Association Alan Curtis has refused to label Swansea’s crunch relegation battle with Sunderland as a must-win game despite the magnitude of the match.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports April 1, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSWimbledon canceled for 1st time since WWIIUNDATED (AP) — Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus pandemic. Former Syracuse football coach Frank Maloney dead at 79SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Former Syracuse University head football coach Frank Maloney has died at 79.Maloney played center and guard at Michigan from 1959-61 and served as an assistant coach at his alma mater before being hired at Syracuse to succeed Hall of Famer Ben Schwartzwalder.Maloney inherited a team that had finished 2-9 in Schwartzwalder’s final season and guided the Orange for seven seasons. His teams went 32-46 from 1974-80 before serving 27 years as director of ticket operations for the Chicago Cubs. Huskies’ Stewart turning proSEATTLE (AP) — Washington freshman Isaiah Stewart has declared for the NBA draft after serving as one of the few bright spots for an underachieving Huskies team.The bruising, 6-foot-9 forward was named to the all-Pac-12 first team after averaging 16.6 points and 8.7 rebounds in the regular season. Stewart also blocked 65 shots and averaged a team-high 32 minutes per game.NCAA-GRADUATION RATES STUDYStudy: racial graduation-rate gap grows for men’s NCAA teams Associated Press NFL-NEWSPayton unsure if Brees plays beyond 2020UNDATED (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says he didn’t mean to insinuate on a television appearance that record-setting quarterback Drew Brees informed him of plans to retire after the upcoming season.Payton said Wednesday during a conference call with media in New Orleans that he doesn’t know if this is Brees’ last year.On Tuesday, Payton was being interviewed on ESPN when he mentioned the Saints had a “unique” quarterback situation because the 41-year-old Brees was coming back for a “final season.” He clarified on Wednesday he really meant to convey the idea that the Saints can’t really know for sure if Brees will keep playing in 2021 until the NFL’s all-time leader in yards passing, completions and touchdowns passing makes that call himself. — The Ottawa Senators say four more members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19. The NHL team announced the update Wednesday but didn’t specify if the people affected are players, coaches or staff. The Senators previously had two players test positive.— New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has ended his quarantine after recovering from the coronavirus. He is now working out of the sprawling new Dixie Brewery in an industrial section of eastern New Orleans. The brewery, owned by Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson, is closed to normal operations. But the coach, general manager Mickey Loomis, college scouting director Jeff Ireland and a few other staffers have set up in an expansive room where they can keep their distance from one another and communicate with area scouts through video conferences.— NFL teams are having to adjust to a new normal as they prepare for the NFL draft in three weeks without being able to visit prospects for in-person evaluations and interviews. The league is responding to the global coronavirus pandemic by forbidding teams from hosting prospects or traveling to interview them as they normally do. The pandemic also scuttled many college pro timing days that prospects were hoping to use to make impressions on NFL scouts, so teams will have to rely on game film more than ever. The NFL still plans to open the season as scheduled on Sept. 10.— The recruiting dead period has been extended in all NCAA Division I and II sports through May 31. Recruiting was shut down on March 13, not long after the cancellation of all winter and spring sports because of the new coronavirus outbreak. The original suspension was through April 15.— IndyCar’s second virtual race has been picked up by NBC Sports Network after the inaugural event drew 600,000 viewers to various online streams. The race from virtual Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama will be aired Saturday and called by NBC’s booth of Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy. NASCAR has twice set the esports record for viewers, with more than 1 million tuning into its virtual race last week aired on various Fox Sports platforms. UNDATED (AP) — A diversity report on graduation rates among potential NCAA Tournament teams found a larger gap between white and black men’s players from the previous year.The racial gap on the men’s side had declined the past two years in studies by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at Central Florida.The institute annually examines graduation rates for men’s and women’s teams invited to the NCAA Tournament. It used final bracket projections from ESPN as a substitute with the tournament canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.The study also found male players continue to lag behind their female counterparts overall.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OBIT-MALONEY The All England Club announced Wednesday after an emergency meeting that the oldest Grand Slam tournament in tennis will not be held in 2020.Wimbledon was scheduled to be played on the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12. It now joins the growing list of sports events scrapped in 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak. That includes the Tokyo Olympics, the NCAA men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments and the European soccer championship. The last time Wimbledon was called off was 1945.In other developments related to the pandemic:— Major League Baseball has canceled a two-game series in London between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals because of the coronavirus pandemic. The teams had been scheduled to play at Olympic Stadium on June 13-14.— Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks says the four players who tested positive for the new coronavirus have completed their two weeks of isolation and are now symptom-free. The Nets announced on March 17 that four players had tested positive, with Kevin Durant telling The Athletic he was among them. Marks also says he can’t rule out the possibility of Durant returning from an Achilles injury that has kept him sidelined since last year’s NBA Finals. Marks says the suspension of the season makes it possible for Durant and injured guard Kyrie Irving to return if the campaign runs into June. In other NFL news:— The Patriots have released quarterback Cody Kessler who spent time on New England’s practice squad last season. Kessler was inactive for 11 regular-season games as the third-string quarterback behind Brady and Jarrett Stidham.— The Bears have finalized a one-year contract with offensive lineman Germain Ifedi. The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Ifedi made 60 starts at guard and tackle over four seasons for Seattle after being drafted out of Texas A&M with the No. 31 overall pick in 2016. He figures to replace Kyle Long at right guard after the Bears released the three-time Pro Bowl pick.— The Panthers have officially signed free agent wide receiver Robby Anderson to a two-year contract. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the deal is worth $20 million. The 26-year-old Anderson finished with 52 catches for 779 yards and five touchdowns for the Jets last season.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-WASHINGTON-STEWARTlast_img read more

Johnson’s form important for remainder of Jaguars season

first_img… 7th on run-getters list, only Guyanese with 450-plusBy Clifton RossGUYANA Jaguars captain Leon Johnson will need to prolong his current batting form in order to buff his team’s chances at retaining their title, with just 3 rounds remaining in the 2020 Professional Cricket League (PCL) Regional 4-Day Tournament.Johnson, currently 7th on the list of leading run-scorers after 7 rounds; has 460 runs under his belt with two fifties (59 and 63) and a career/tournament-best individual score of 189 not out.Points-wise, Guyana (85.6 points) trail their opponents for tomorrow’s start to Round 8, the Barbados Pride (116 points) by 30+ points, making the Day/Night encounter at Providence a certain thriller.The champs have been playing well with regard to their batting department; which has been backed by the likes of their seniors in; openers Chandrapaul Hemraj and Tagenarine Chanderpaul, who have been laying the platform.A veteran middle-order line-up which features Vishaul Singh, Anthony Bramble, Raymon Reifer and Chris Barnwell – a few of the key players who make up the core of the Jaguars batting unit and have been sublime in their efforts with the bat to date.Johnson has created a dynasty with the Jaguars over the past 5 years and it’s clear than once the former West Indies Test batsman is in form, the team portrays a different level of energy.In the last match against the Leeward Hurricanes, it was Johnson with help from Bramble who initially orchestrated the eventual draw with their pair of match-saving fifties.Given his role over the seasons as the team’s boss and one of the most experienced batsmen in contemporary regional cricket, Johnson will certainly have to carry his momentum into the latter stages.Round 8 boasts the perfect scenario for the left-hander to be the ideal captain and batsman in one. With the stakes for the possible number one spot up for grabs in the all-important encounter, Johnson will be keen on correcting his 0 and 17 which he recorded when the two sides met a few rounds ago in Pride’s backyard.Being one of the consistent batsmen regionally over the years who usually ends with 400 runs at least, Johnson is currently the only Guyanese to cross the 450-run mark, having tremendously bounced back following a mixed opening half of the competition.It is likely that he will be aiming to wrap up the season with at least 2 more centuries to possibly take him past the 600-run mark.Summing up the odds, it is clear that in order for Guyana to remain in contention for their record 6th consecutive title win, Johnson’s form will play a key role going forward, with regard to mentally keeping the 32-year-old in a calm, positive state-of-mind which makes for a better field-general.last_img read more

Adderall policy changing at health center

first_imgThe University Park Health Center plans to crack down on the recreational use of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medications around campus, but students say the new policies won’t stop them from accessing and using drugs like Adderall.Effective May 1, the UPHC will institute policies that require a more thorough medical and mental examination of students seeking ADHD medication.The policies are aimed at streamlining the process of prescribing these medications and preventing their use for non-medical purposes. Some students use ADHD medications to increase their focus as they prepare for tests or other difficult assignments.“If students are seeking medications, they have to follow certain protocol,” said Dr. Ilene Rosenstein, director of student counseling services at the UPHC. “It’s really tightening up who gets the medication.”Students who seek a prescription for ADHD medications, including Adderall, will need to have written documentation of their medical need from someone who has diagnosed the student. Students who haven’t been diagnosed with ADHD or a similar condition will need to go to the counseling center, which now has an extensive process for determining need.Rosenstein said the purpose of the new policies is to properly diagnose students because some who come to the health center don’t actually need medication and some who need medication aren’t always diagnosed correctly.The UPHC is also concerned with the illegal use of ADHD medication, particularly Adderall, by students who believe the drug will help them enhance their performance in school.“We don’t want to be giving out drugs to people who don’t have the need,” Rosenstein said.Although there is no way of tracking illegal use of Adderall on campus, Rosenstein said more thorough examinations by the UPHC and the counseling center might decrease illegal use of the drug.“We’re doing thorough assessments — we may even call family, ADHD is not something that [just] occurs later on in life,” she said.Students, however, believe the illegal Adderall use on campus will continue despite any changes at the UPHC.Albert Sung, a sophomore majoring in biology, said he has noticed many students receive their Adderall from off-campus sources to circumvent UPHC policies.“People are too afraid to try and go to the health center for Adderall, since it’s definitely an illegal use,” said Sung, who noted he doesn’t use Adderall. “It’s just easier to get it from other places, so these new policies won’t really affect the supply of under-the-table Adderall at USC.”A student who wished to remain anonymous said he gains access to Adderall through those who actually have a legitimate need for ADHD medication. He said that at his fraternity, many students who have ADHD give their medication to other members who need help studying.“Since most people who give out Adderall are the ones who actually have ADHD, I don’t see how this [policy] will help,” he said. “Students who need it will get it. The school can’t control what people do once they’re diagnosed and have filled out a prescription.”last_img read more

Talent worthy of consideration

first_imgIf the University of Florida suddenly and inexplicably disbanded its men’s basketball program tomorrow, the Gators’ hoops team would probably still be considered a favorite to repeat as national champions.Similar statements could be made about most of the teams currently residing in the top 10, and most strongly about Wisconsin, Ohio State and North Carolina.As is the case most seasons, teams currently ranked outside of the top 10 aren’t being given much of a chance to win a national title. And, while it’s more likely that Florida and its five returning starters will repeat as national champs than say, No. 17 Air Force wins its first championship, it’s important to remember that at this time a year ago, the Gators were sitting at No. 12 in the AP poll. Though not every season crowns a national champion team that wasn’t considered a favorite all season long, it certainly isn’t a rarity to see a dark horse make a run at the championship. Along with the Gators, none of last season’s Final Four teams were ranked in the top 10 at this time last year, and three seasons ago it was Stanford and St. Joseph’s, not eventual winner UConn, that were getting all the attention.So, of this season’s group of teams currently ranked outside the top 10, who might we see make a break for it come NCAA tournament time?In picking a dark horse team, it’s important to first identify teams that include one or more key aspects that are vital to surprise success in the big dance.An elite player is a must for any team that wants to be successful. Having a star player who can carry the team on his back is a huge advantage when facing an elimination game.The team must have played a somewhat difficult schedule, ensuring that it is battle-tested when it comes time for the tournament. Teams coming off a year of playing junior varsity-caliber squads — that means you, Memphis — aren’t as ready to handle tough opponents as a team that plays in a loaded conference.A coach with prior experience in big games also comes in handy. There’s nothing more comforting than having a coach on the sidelines who has been there before and knows what needs to be done in the most important games of the season.Lastly, the ability to hit 3-pointers can keep any team in an NCAA tournament game. A sharp shooter catching fire can spell death for opposing teams regardless of how good they are; there’s just no stopping a team that can bury the deep ball.Those qualities already stated, here are five teams not currently ranked in the top 10 that possess one or more of those attributes and has the potential to become this year’s Florida.MarquetteThis team could make the same kind of run that the Dwayne Wade-led Eagles did in the 2003 tournament, going all the way to the Final Four. Tom Crean was on the sidelines for that team as well and with Dominic James leading this year’s squad another run in March wouldn’t be surprising. Coming from the Big East, the Golden Eagles have played in their share of hostile environments and against physical teams, so they’ll be ready for whatever the seeding committee may put before them.OregonNo team has been as up and down this season as the Ducks, who after climbing to sixth in the polls have now lost four of their last six games. But, Aaron Brooks is one of the most dangerous players in the country and if teams focus too much on him, Oregon has four other players averaging double figures in points that can step up. With the ability to hit the 3 as well as score inside, Oregon figures to create matchup problems regardless of who their opponent is.DukeHas Duke really fallen enough in the past couple of weeks to be considered a dark horse? Apparently the Blue Devils and their recent five-game conference losing streak have. Still though, there’s no doubt Coach K’s success in the tournament and Duke still caries that larger than life aura. Talented and tested in ACC play, Duke has more than just its name to edge opponents. If Josh McRoberts and Greg Paulus can ever get their games going at the same time, the Blue Devils can play with — and beat — any team in the country. But that’s a big “if.”Southern IllinoisSouthern Illinois has virtually become synonymous with the terms “Cinderella” and “dark horse” in the past decade, but this season they really do have a chance to do something special. The rest of the Missouri Valley has finally caught up to them, meaning the Salukis will have played their share of tough games by the end of the season, and defensively there aren’t a lot of teams as tough as them. Watching Southern Illinois advance to the Sweet 16 might not seem so impressive anymore, but this team might finally be ready to make the jump to the Final Four.TexasCarmelo Anthony made it pretty clear in 2002 what can happen when a dominant freshman scorer gets hot in the NCAA tournament. All the Longhorns need to do is give Kevin Durant an NCAA tournament and the super-talented freshman can take care of the rest. Also like Syracuse, Texas trusts a freshman, D.J. Augustin, to run the point, a task he does very well. With A.J. Abrams camped outside the 3-point line waiting for teams to double Durant, there are plenty of ways for opponents to fall to Texas. No team in the country would feel comfortable with the idea of playing the nation’s best scorer, and for that matter, player, with its tournament life at stake.last_img read more

Syracuse basketball alumni team up for The Basketball Tournament

first_imgBrandon Reese was in the middle of planning a trip to South America. Eric Devendorf was at Faegan’s Café and Pub. Josh Pace had just announced his retirement from professional basketball.Long gone were their days playing basketball for Syracuse. Or so they may have thought.Over the course of the past year, former SU team manager Kevin Belbey presented former Orange basketball players an opportunity to don the Syracuse colors once again — creating a “Syracuse Alumni” team in The Basketball Tournament, a national winner-take-all, single-elimination tournament for $1 million.With the help of Devendorf, Belbey recruited a squad that’s comprised of at least one player from each SU team from 2001–14: Reese, Pace, Hakim Warrick, Donte Greene, Rick Jackson, Baye Moussa Keita, Demetris Nichols and Devendorf. They see the tournament as one last chance to wear an Orange jersey.“That camaraderie within the Syracuse program is really big; it’s like a family-type atmosphere,” Devendorf said. “Getting back and playing with everybody is pretty exciting.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe team begins competition the weekend of July 17–19 in Philadelphia, and if it wins will advance to play the following weekend in Chicago. If it goes unbeaten in Chicago, the team will play in an ESPN-televised semifinal game in New York City on Aug. 1. The championship game takes place on Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. on ESPN.“That would obviously be a great opportunity for all the Syracuse fans living in the metropolitan area to come out and see,” said Jesse Leeds, the tournament’s recruiting and public relations director.Reese sees it as a chance to once again compete with teammates he played with in college.“Although I’ve played and trained with a bunch of the guys who weren’t at Syracuse the same time as myself, playing on a high level with guys of this caliber is something that’s hard to come by,” Reese said in a text message from Kuwait, where he’s coaching at a Hoop Mountain basketball academy.Devendorf — who watched one of his good friends, Tory Jackson, win the tournament last year as part of a Notre Dame alumni team — credits everyone’s closeness to Jim Boeheim, who the guard says allows former players to come back and interact with current players.Tournament entries come from teams ranging from ex-NBA players to neighborhood friends. Anyone 18 years or older who doesn’t have college eligibility left can compete. So far, alumni teams from Connecticut, Indiana, Oklahoma, Xavier, Virginia, La Salle, Temple and Villanova have registered.This year there will be up to 97 teams in four regions: Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Chicago. The top 18 vote-getters, plus six at-large teams chosen by TBT, will comprise each region. ESPNU will carry all four quarterfinal games on July 25, live from Chicago.“We’re a confident bunch,” Devendorf said. “If you look on paper, we’ve got a pretty good team. We know, obviously, that there are guys that can play throughout the country.“We’re really not too worried about anybody else because as basketball players we’ve been doing this our entire lives and we’ve played against the best of the best.”Belbey said he looked into getting one of the Orange’s current assistant coaches to help coach the team — SU’s recent NCAA sanctions prevent one assistant from going on the road to recruit. Belbey, though, said it’s unlikely because Mike Hopkins, Adrian Autry and Gerry McNamara still have busy schedules.Belbey also said the team is trying to arrange a time in July for informal practices at the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center to re-acquaint themselves.“I always think of Jim Boeheim only playing eight guys, so we’ll probably do the same thing,” Belbey joked. “We were able to put a pretty good team together. I think we’ll be tough to beat.”Since it reached 1,000 fans on its team page on the tournament’s website, the team has the opportunity to submit a fan-designed jersey — something Belbey expressed he wants SU fans to do.As for getting the chance to play Connecticut one last time, Devendorf said it would be an awesome opportunity.And for Syracuse fans who want to see the guard stand on a scorer’s table after hitting a big shot against the Huskies, Devendorf said, “We’ll have to see about that.”-30- Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 14, 2015 at 11:55 pm Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edulast_img read more

Joyce and Donnelly out of National Senior Championship

first_imgA hand injury has forced Westmeath man Joyce to surrender his lightweight title while Ballymena welterweight Donnelly has been ruled out due to a chest infection. World medalists Joe Ward and Kellie Harrington both successfully weighed in at the National Stadium this morning. Double European champ Ward will be defending his light-heavyweight crown.  Harrington is stepping into the lightweight division vacated by the now professional Katie Taylor.last_img