With a small margin in Georgia, a recount is inevitable, state officials say.

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – “With a margin that small, there will be a recount in Georgia,” the secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, said on Friday at the state Capitol.He added: “The final tally in Georgia at this point has huge implications for the entire country. The stakes are high and emotions are high on all sides. We will not let those debates distract us from our work. We will get it right, and we will defend the integrity of our elections.”Gabriel Sterling, an official with the secretary of state’s office, said that a pool of about 4,200 ballots — most of them absentee ballots — remained to be tallied in four counties: Floyd, Cobb, Cherokee and Gwinnett, where the largest tranche is to be counted and which contains Atlanta suburban communities that have gone from leaning Republican to leaning Democratic in recent years. The state must also deal with ballots from military and overseas voters, which will be counted if they arrived in the mail before the end of business on Friday and were postmarked by Tuesday.Mr. Sterling said that the unofficial tally of the votes could be completed by the end of the weekend.Flipping Georgia, a state last won by a Democrat in 1992, and where Mr. Trump won by more than 200,000 votes four years ago, would represent a significant political shift this year. The state has shown signs of trending blue, and when Mr. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the state in 2016, he did so by five percentage points, a far slimmer margin than Republicans had enjoyed in previous presidential elections.- Advertisement – Stacey Abrams, who earlier this year was on the Biden campaign’s short list of potential vice-presidential candidates, was celebrated as Mr. Biden took the lead on Friday, a sign of her remarkable ascent as a power broker since her failed bid for governor of that state in 2018.Celebrities, activists and voters across Georgia credited Ms. Abrams with building a well-funded network of organizations that highlighted voter suppression in the state and inspired an estimated 800,000 residents to register to vote. ATLANTA — The presidential race in Georgia is so close that a recount is inevitable, Georgia’s secretary of state said on Friday.As of Saturday morning, Joseph R. Biden Jr. led President Trump in Georgia by more than 7,000 votes.- Advertisement – Ms. Abrams declined to comment on Friday. But in a tweet, she wrote, “My heart is full” and cited the work of other activists.last_img read more

Japan scrambles for workarounds after Abe urges March school shutdown

first_imgAngry Japanese parents joined bewildered teachers and businesses on Friday in a rush to find new ways to live and work for a month after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s shock call for all schools to close in a bid to stop coronavirus spreading.Abe’s unprecedented move late on Thursday to ask local authorities to shut down their schools means students will be out of school from Monday at least until the new academic year starts in early April.Earlier this week the government urged that big gatherings and sports events be scrapped or curtailed for two weeks to contain the virus while pledging that the 2020 Summer Olympics will go ahead in Tokyo. As of Friday, confirmed cases in Japan topped 200, with four deaths, excluding more than 700 cases and four more deaths from the quarantined cruise liner Diamond Princess. While the virus has hit China hardest so far, causing nearly 80,000 infections and almost 2,800 deaths, according to official Chinese figures, its rapid spread to a number of other countries around in the world in the past week has stoked fresh alarm.Abe’s move – issued as a formal request rather than an order – drew scathing criticism, with health officials left scratching their heads and analysts said the plan was politically motivated and made little sense.”We’ll just have to get our revenge at the next elections,” @Ayu49Sweetfish tweeted, as working parents with young children were left wondering what to do for the duration.In the northern Hokkaido prefecture, which has seen the largest number of coronavirus cases in Japan, the governor had already announced a closure of all schools until March 4. That left one hospital closing doors to patients without reservations on Friday because about a fifth of its nurses were unable to work while their children were out of school. “We don’t know how this could be extended further,” an official at the facility, JA Hokkaido Koseiren Obihiro Kosei Hospital, told Reuters.As the coronavirus spreads, more companies like Mitsubishi Corp have said they would allow workers to telecommute. But a survey in the Nikkei business daily published on Friday, conducted before Abe’s announcement, showed only half of major firms were telling all or some employees to work at home.As the government faced questions on how businesses would cope with a March shutdown of schools, Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co said they were still discussing how their factories would deal with school closures. The operator of Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea said it would close the theme parks from Saturday through March 15.”We will continue to urge public services and private companies to make it easier for people to take time off,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference, without disclosing further details.FILE PHOTO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Finance Minister Taro Aso attend the regular session of parliament in Tokyo, Japan, January 20, 2020. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)Abe under fireAbe has come under fire for what critics say is a lack of leadership as the number of cases in Japan rose and a package of steps announced on Tuesday that was seen as insufficient.He also caught flak in parliament and social media after revelations that an aide had held a buffet-style fund-raising party with about 200 attendees on Feb. 26 – the same day the premier asked for sports and cultural events to be scaled down.Jeff Kingston, director of Asian studies at Temple University’s Japan campus, said Abe’s move on schools was plainly political in the wake of surveys showing growing public dissatisfaction with the government’s handling of the outbreak.”Suddenly, he sees the political consequences of being seen as missing in action,” Kingston said, noting his support had fallen to around 36% in a weekend poll.”It’s still half measures – stay home, wash your hands, avoid other people. He’s outsourcing responsibility to local governments and corporations,” Kingston said.Experts also questioned the efficacy of the government’s move on schools.”This is one example of a nationwide plan that has a slim chance of succeeding because the extent the coronavirus has spread differs across regions,” Kentaro Iwata, a professor specializing in infectious diseases at Kobe University Hospital, tweeted.He added that it “made no sense” to close schools outside of Hokkaido.Meanwhile World Health Organization officials said they were working closely with organizers of the Tokyo Olympic Games and did not believe any decision would be taken soon on whether to hold the event starting in July as planned.center_img Topics :last_img read more

People moves: New board for Nordea Liv & Pension; Robeco CIO to exit [updated]

first_imgDaalder joined Robeco in 2009 as a senior strategist and was appointed senior portfolio manager multi-asset in 2011. In 2014 he was appointed CIO for investment solutions and head of the solutions products team, which manages Robeco’s fundamental multi-asset funds. Graham Vidler (left) hosts a panel with ex-MPs Gregg McClymont and Sir Steve Webb in Manchester last yearPensions & Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) – Graham Vidler is leaving the UK trade body for pension schemes after four years as director of external affairs.He was a leading spokesman for the association on issues such as regulation, auto-enrolment and pension freedoms. His team will report to CEO Julian Mund until a successor is appointed.Vidler said: “The job of improving the nation’s retirement incomes is far from complete but I’m proud of the progress we’ve made over the past four years. I look forward in particular to seeing the results of our ground-breaking work on retirement income targets and defined benefit scheme consolidation and I’m confident that I leave behind a great team who will continue to move these and other projects forward.”Hoogovens – PensionsEurope chairman Janwillem Bouma will join the board of the steelworks scheme on 2 June. As well as his role at the European pension umbrella organisation, Bouma is also managing director for the Shell pension funds in the Netherlands.MJ Hudson Allenbridge – The UK investment consultant has hired former Heineken pension manager Pauline Gordon as a senior adviser. Her responsibilities include developing new business with UK pension funds.At Heineken she oversaw the firm’s Irish pension funds and led work on a £2bn longevity swap transaction for the Scottish & Newcastle Pension Plan in 2015. Gordon is also a trustee to a number of schemes and endowments.Provisum – Joost van Engers started as director of Provisum, the €1.5bn Dutch pension fund of retailer C&A, on 1 April. He succeeded Ward Linthorst, who has retired after almost 10 years at the helm. Van Engers was director of Amsterdam-based Anthos Bank since 2004 and has been on the board of Provisum since 2010.Avenir Suisse – Jérôme Cosandey will take over as head of Romandy – the French-speaking part of western Switzerland – at the Swiss think tank Avenir Suisse as of September. He will succeed Tibère Adler, who will remain active for Avenir Suisse but with a reduced workload in the role of adjunct legal fellow. Cosandey will continue in his role as senior fellow and head of social policy research in addition to taking on the role of director. Cosandey has been at Avenir Suisse since 2011 and Adler since 2014.BeFrank – The Dutch low-cost defined contribution vehicle (PPI) BeFrank has appointed Anne Wilschut as chief executive. He succeeds Marianne de Boer, who left the company in January.Wilschut was previously a director of the PPI run by Nationale Nederlanden (NN) which is to be legally merged with BeFrank’s PPI. The merger comes in the wake of the takeover of insurer Delta Lloyd – the founder of BeFrank – by NN Group. Wilschut will head BeFrank together with Jan Hein Rhebergen, who has been the vehicle’s commercial director since 2016 and has acted as CEO during the past few months.Research Affiliates – The factor investing specialist group has bolstered its presence in Europe by relocating two senior staff to its London office. Vitali Kalesnik, head of equity research, will develop a “European research agenda”, the company said, while still providing input to work at Research Affiliates’ California headquarters. Lillian Wu, vice-president in product management, will contribute to the company’s European strategy and client relations.SER – The Dutch Social and Economic Council (SER) – the government’s main advisory body, made up of employers and workers – has granted the growing trade union VCP a second seat, which will be occupied by Liane den Haan. The additional VCP representation comes at the expense of large union FNV, which had to hand over one of its eight seats. Union CNV will keep its two representatives. The SER is still in the process of fleshing out proposals for a new pensions system.Carmignac – The French asset management group has appointed Giorgio Ventura as global head of sales. He joined Carmignac in 2012 as head of Italy, a role he will retain. He is also a member of the company’s strategic development committee. Ventura began his investment career at Caboto Securities and worked for Lehman Brothers for eight years before moving to Eurizon Capital.Aon – The consultancy firm has hired Emma Adair as head of client service for UK investment. In the newly created role, she will focus on client relations and interactions. Adair joins from Cardano where she worked for 10 years, latterly as head of its client management and client delivery. She previously worked for P-Solve and Hewitt – the latter is now part of Aon.State Street – The financial services giant has named Richard Irons as head of sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for its data and analytics arm, Global Exchange. He will be responsible for State Street Global Exchange’s sales strategy in EMEA. He was previously head of account management and customer support at Fenergo, which provides back-office software and support to financial services companies.WisdomTree – Exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider WisdomTree has named Christopher Gannatti as its head of research for Europe. He has worked at the group’s New York office since 2010, initially as a research analyst. He was promoted to associate director in 2014. He will lead a team of four analysts including Nitesh Shah and Aneeka Gupta, who joined as part of WisdomTree’s acquisition of ETF Securities’ European business.Aviva Investors – The asset management arm of UK insurer Aviva has hired Charles Jewkes as head of global financial institutions, a newly created role. He was previously director for global financial institutions at Fulcrum Asset Management, and has also held client relationship roles at Schroders. Nordea Liv & Pension, Robeco, PLSA, Hoogovens, MJ Hudson Allenbridge, Provisum, Avenir Suisse, BeFrank, Research Affiliates, SER, Carmignac, Aon, State Street, WisdomTree, Aviva InvestorsNordea Liv & Pension – Anne Broeng has been voted in as the new chair of Denmark’s Nordea Liv & Pension, following the Nordea subsidiary’s transfer of ownership to the Norliv association on 17 April. Broeng has several non-executive directorships in the Danish financial sector. She held the roles of chief risk officer, chief financial officer and chief investment officer at the PFA group during her employment there from 2001 to 2014.Other new appointments to the supervisory board were former Nykredit group director Karsten Knudsen , the HR director of healthcare equipment and services firm Agilent Technologies Denmark Lene Klejs Stuhr, and Chrilles Svendsen who is director and CFO of the Swedish fuel company OKQ8 Scandinavia.Robeco – Lucas Daalder, CIO for investment solutions at the €152bn asset manager Robeco, has announced he will leave at the end of June for an opportunity elsewhere. He said he will stay on until then to ensure a smooth transition of his tasks and responsibilities to his team members. Robeco said a decision about his successor would be made in the coming period.last_img read more

Oldenburg rallies for Harvey victims

first_imgOldenburg, In. — The residents of Oldenburg, with the help of Crum Trucking have organized a Harvey Relief effort. Donations are being collected now at the Oldenburg Fire Department or the Pearl Street Pub. The group hopes to ship a semi truck full of supplies to Alvin, Texas by Friday, September 8.Donations of the following items are sought:CashToiletriesFoot Car ProductsPackaged underwear and socksPet Care Products and FoodWaterSchool SuppliesCell Phone ChargersCleaning SuppliesSome local businesses have offered discounts for purchases of items heading to the relief effort. Updates on their efforts are online at facebook.com/groups/127973894510464/.last_img read more

Costa completes Chelsea move

first_imgSpain striker Diego Costa has completed his move to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid, the Blues have announced. “He will join up with the first team for our pre-season European training camp next week.” Costa joins former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas in moving from the Primera Division to Stamford Bridge this summer. His goals helped Atletico claim a first Spanish league title in 18 years last season and he helped the Madrid side to the Champions League final, beating Chelsea in the semi-final en route to Lisbon, where Real Madrid won the European Cup. Costa said on chelseafc.com: “I am very happy to sign for Chelsea. “Everybody knows it is a big club in a very competitive league, and I am very excited to get started in England with a fantastic coach and team-mates. “Having played against Chelsea last season I know the high quality of the squad I am joining. “I would like to thank everybody at Atletico who made me into the player I am, it was an incredible time for me, but now I am starting a new adventure and I hope to win many trophies with Chelsea.” Costa is one of a number of players who featured for Atletico last season who could be plying their trade for the Blues next term. Press Association Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois spent three years on loan with Los Rojiblancos and is expected to compete with Petr Cech for Chelsea’s number one jersey. Brazil left-back Felipe Luis is the subject of interest from the Blues, who are seeking a replacement for Ashley Cole after the former England defender’s move to Roma. Portuguese midfielder Thiago has also been linked with a Stamford Bridge return from Atletico. Departures are likely, too. Demba Ba’s future at Chelsea is in doubt, with the striker linked with Turkish side Besiktas. Ba could feature for Chelsea in Wednesday night’s friendly with Wycombe when Jose Mourinho will assess his fringe players, including many of those who spent last season on loan. The first group of players involved in the World Cup will join up with Chelsea for the pre-season tour. The Blues play RZ Pellets on July 23 before matches in Slovenia, Holland, Germany and Hungary. The Brazil-born striker has long been linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge and the clubs agreed a fee early this month, with Chelsea meeting his buy-out clause reported to be worth £32million. A statement on chelseafc.com read: “Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce Diego Costa has today completed his transfer from Atletico Madrid by signing a five-year contract. last_img read more

Late Cook loss hits England hopes of rescuing draw

first_imgRAVINDRA Jadeja dismissed Alastair Cook in the last over on day four to strike a major blow to England’s hopes of salvaging an unlikely draw in the second Test against India.Cook (54 off 188 balls) had led a defiant rearguard action with great support from Haseeb Hameed (25 off 144 balls), but the England captain’s obstinate innings was ended with what proved to be the final ball of the day when Jadeja (1-25) trapped him leg before.The stoic England skipper and Hameed saw out 50 overs before Ravichandran Ashwin (1-28) ended the teenager’s doughty, mature knock and England were 87-2 at stumps after being set a highly improbable 405 to win in Visakhapatnam.Stuart Broad (4-33) excelled and Adil Rashid took 4-82 as India were bowled out for 204 earlier on Sunday, with captain Virat Kohli making a classy 81.Hameed was rapped on the gloves after taking his eye off a hostile first delivery he faced from Mohammad Shami (0-16), but the teenager was clearly not rattled by that uncertain start.He was solid in defence, getting in a big stride to nullify the threat of the spinners and thrived on the challenge of digging in under pressure as Cook knuckled down at the other end, as he has so many times over the years.The unwavering openers saw out 28 overs to see the tourists through to 40 without loss at tea, then Cook, who found runs easier to come by, cashed in on a half-volley from Ashwin with a glorious cover drive.Hameed launched the spinner down the ground later in the same over in a rare display of aggression and India’s frustration mounted when they used up both reviews in quick succession, with umpire’s call the verdict on both occasions after Cook was struck on the pad.Kohli looked puzzled after failing to overturn both decisions, but the breakthrough finally came when the unfortunate Hameed was trapped leg before by an Ashwin delivery that kept alarmingly low.Cook stuck to the task and brought up his half-century with a single after 171 balls, but the left hander’s luck ran out when he failed with a review right at the end of the day after Jadeja struck him on the pad to end a gutsy innings.Broad, seemingly untroubled by a foot injury which has put his participation in the third Test in doubt, earlier produced a magnificent probing spell and Rashid impressed once again in the morning session after India resumed on 98-3.Paceman Broad got rid of Ajinkya Rahane (26) and Ashwin (7), while leg-spinner Rashid was indebted to Ben Stokes when he took a magnificent diving catch to end Kohli’s latest masterclass.Debutant Jayant Yadav (27 not out) and Mohammed Shami (19) put on an entertaining 42 for the last wicket to frustrate England before India got a couple of late rewards for their persistence in the field to set up a potentially enthralling final day.(Omnisport.com)INDIA 1st innings 455 (V. Kohli 167, C. Pujara 119, R. Ashwin 58)England 1st innings 255 (B. Stokes 70, J. Bairstow 53, J. Root 53; R. Ashwin 5-67)India 2nd innings (Overnight: 98-3)M. Vijay c Root b Broad 3L. Rahul c Bairstow b Broad 10C. Pujara b Anderson 1V. Kohli c Stokes b Rashid 81A. Rahane c Cook b Broad 26R. Ashwin c Bairstow b Broad 7W. Saha lbw b Rashid 2R. Jadeja c Ali b Rashid 14J. Yadav not out 27U. Yadav c Bairstow b Rashid 0M. Shami st Bairstow b Ali 19Extras (b-5 lb-8 w-1) 14Total (all out, 63.1 overs) 204Fall of wickets: 1-16 M. Vijay,2-17 L. Rahul,3-40 C. Pujara,4-117 A. Rahane,5-127 R. Ashwin,6-130 W. Saha,7-151 V. Kohli,8-162 R. Jadeja,9-162 U. Yadav,10-204 M. ShamiBowling: J. Anderson 15 – 3 – 33 – 1, S. Broad 14 – 5 – 33 – 4,A. Rashid 24 – 3 – 82 – 4, B. Stokes 7 – 0 – 34 – 0(w-1),M. Ali 3.1 – 1 – 9 – 1ENGLAND 2nd innings (Target: 405 runs)A. Cook lbw b Jadeja 54H. Hameed lbw b R. Ashwin 25J. Root not out 5Extras (lb-3) 3Total (for 2 wickets, 59.2 overs) 87Fall of wickets: 1-75 H. Hameed,2-87 A. CookTo bat: B. Duckett, M. Ali, B. Stokes, J. Bairstow, Z. Ansari, A. Rashid, S. Broad, J. AndersonBowling: M. Shami 9 – 2 – 16 – 0,U. Yadav 8 – 3 – 8 – 0, R. Ashwin 16 – 5 – 28 – 1,R. Jadeja 22.2 – 8 – 25 – 1,. J. Yadav 4 – 1 – 7 – 0last_img read more

Stability in ticket sales shows promise for Trojans

first_imgA lot of words have been thrown around on this campus in response to the NCAA sanctions on the USC football program. Devastating, disheartening and crushing, to name a few.And from a fan’s perspective, the sanctions are all of that. Nothing for Trojans to root for, except ruining other teams’ seasons.But are the sanctions devastating and disheartening enough to stop fans from attending the games?Staying together · Trojan fans have remained loyal through tough times, continuing to purchase tickets and support USC despite the recent NCAA sanctions. Concerns over football ticket sales stemmed from reduced sales for the men’s basketball team after it’s self-imposed punishment in 2009. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojan The magnitude of this question should not go unnoticed. As Jonathan Kendrick wrote in his column last Friday, the USC athletic department has an annual budget of about $80 million. In the fiscal year in which these numbers were taken (2008-2009), the football program turned the athletic department a $35-million gross profit and a $14-million net profit. Despite the $21 million in expenses, it was the only sport to finish in the black.That means the financial viability of literally every other USC sport is tied to football. If football doesn’t turn a substantial profit, other sports will suffer as a result.And though some of football’s tremendous revenue comes from game broadcasts and donations, a large percentage is from ticket sales. A loss of sales would not only be harmful to the football program but to all of Trojan athletics.In light of all the turmoil and trouble USC football has seen in the last year, one could see how a potentially devastating loss of ticket sales is possible. But has it happened?According to USC Ticket Office Director Debra Duncan, in a word, no.“There hasn’t really been much of a change [in ticket sales] so far this year,” Duncan said.She believes the primary reason for this is the attitude of the Trojan fans.“Our fans are very loyal. They’re not going to stop supporting their team because of one bump in the road,” she said.That sentiment was echoed by many. Almost without fail, every student who was asked why they still bought season football tickets in the wake of the sanctions responded with some form of the phrase, “Football is football.”“It’s the culture here,” said Will Blair, a freshman majoring in aerospace engineering.L.A. native, longtime Trojan supporter and current freshman computer science and business administration major Curtis Speed went so far as to say that the team “could be playing one game the whole year and I’d still buy the tickets.”For others, the football game is simply background.“Don’t get me wrong, I love my Trojans,” said Josh Gonzalez, a junior majoring in psychology. “But it’s the atmosphere the game creates that you really can’t miss.”Some students, however, don’t see it that way.“I love football,” said Calvin Chung, a freshman majoring in computer science. “Trojan football was one of the major reasons I chose to come to USC. But I don’t want to pay to watch meaningless games.”Chung’s viewpoint is not a common one.“We’re right on track with our student ticket sales,” Duncan said. “We’ve been selling right around 12,000 every season and we’re certainly on pace to be right around there this season as well.”Duncan also said there has been no drop-off in alumni and booster sales. And although loyalty is certainly the largest factor here as well, she admits most fans renewed their season tickets before the sanctions were announced.“We actually have issued a few [sanction-related] refunds,” Duncan said. “But as I said before, our fans are tremendously loyal.”She pointed out, however, that if fans don’t renew their season tickets, they lose the seating preference.The one area where the ticket office has experienced a loss in sales is in single-game tickets.“In the past, we would sell out entire seasons,” Duncan said. “In recent years, we’ve had as many as 1,000 tickets available on the day of a game. That’s not a lot in an 80,000-seat venue, but it’s still more than we’re accustomed to.”But Duncan believes this is not related to the sanctions.“We started experiencing this well before there was even any talk of sanctions,” Duncan said.She instead attributed the loss of sales to the economy and the fact that the team has not been quite as successful in recent years as it was in the mid-2000s.Duncan brought up that when the basketball team was doing well last year, sales went up tremendously. However, when the university put self-imposed sanctions on the program, including a one year postseason ban, sales fell rapidly.“The basketball sanctions may have had an impact,” Duncan said. “Not in season tickets, but in single-game (tickets).”But football remains king at USC.“There is absolutely nothing like Saturdays in the fall,” 2007 alumna Alexa Maremaa said.And although the team might not have anything to play for beside pride, that’s all the fans need to root them on.Perhaps Dan Kasang, a senior majoring in environmental studies, said it best:“I love football. I love the Trojans. They’re gonna kick ass like always, and I’m gonna love watching it.”last_img read more

Florida State’s Terance Mann’s versatility makes him key cog for FSU, draws comparisons to Michael Carter-Williams

first_img Published on January 12, 2018 at 9:40 am Contact KJ: kjedelma@syr.edu | @KJEdelman Growing up in New England, Terance Mann gained a reputation for doing a little bit of everything on the basketball court. About five years before him, NBA player and former Syracuse star Michael Carter-Williams gained a similar reputation on the same courts. While participating in the Boston Amateur Basketball Club program, Carter-Williams vaulted to national prominence. When Mann was in the program and Carter-Williams visited as an alumnus, the teenager gained an appreciation for the then-Syracuse guard’s game.Mann’s favorite player as a middle schooler quickly became Carter-Williams, even before the eighth grader was nationally recruited.“I loved how he did a lot,” Mann said, “…and how his process (to the NBA) came about.”Seven years later, the junior’s versatility has catapulted him to become Florida State’s most valuable player. With the departure of last season’s top-two leading scorers, Dwayne Bacon and Jonathan Isaac, Mann has had to redefine his game and vocalize his leadership, assistant coach Charlton Young said. The all-new Mann will be on display as the No. 23 Seminoles (12-4, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) host the Orange (12-5, 1-3) on Saturday. Mann shouldn’t struggle against Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 zone because “he shoots the gaps and finds his spots in close,” Young said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s almost unselfish to a fault,” Young said, “If you gave him the option to put up 40 points on a team or have a complete game, say 13 rebounds, nine assists and four blocks, he would chose the latter every time. I don’t know a lot of kids that would say the same.”But more than just numbers, his willingness to take on numerous roles helps his team win on any given day, senior Phil Cofer said.His desire to be versatile originates from his mother, Daynia La-Force. La-Force, who is the head coach of the University of Rhode Island’s women’s basketball team, molded her son to affect every aspect of the game, Mann said, because she desires that in all of her players.“I didn’t want to pigeonhole his game,” La-Force said, “but he would hear me complain about or compliment players on my team and he would learn from that.” It started by accompanying his mom on road trips when she coached at Long Island University. Mann learned how to count by shouting the numbers on the back of basketball jerseys and while on team buses, he would always hang around his mother’s players. La-Force emphasized that Mann learned what kind of basketball player he wanted to become from being around the sport his whole life. Before and after every game, Mann always talks to her, La-Force said, and she offers him advice.La-Force noticed the potential talent of her son the moment she saw him, as just an eighth grader, dunk for the first time. As La-Force started to realize her son’s talents, she reached out to Young, then the head coach at Georgia Southern, for advice. The two had once met at a Black Coaches & Administrators conference, and have been in contact ever since.“I became his protection,” Young said, “His mom was hard on him, so I just told (Mann) to keep doing what he was doing.”Young credits Mann for rejuvenating Florida State’s basketball program back in 2015. The No. 86 high school recruit in his class, according to ESPN, Mann was the first Seminole commitment in his class and helped convince players like Bacon and Malik Beasley to come to FSU. Mann called Bacon and Beasley and pitched winning as an emphasis. It was his willingness to reach out to other top-tier players that helped lead his team to becoming a contender in the ACC, Young said.This season more than ever, Mann has stepped up for the Seminoles. He’s increased his numbers in every statistical category across the board and his 61.5 percent mark from the field leads all ACC guards. When the Seminoles played then-No. 5 Florida on Dec. 4, Mann poured in 25 points along with eight rebounds to lead FSU to its first upset win of the season. With three years of college experience under Mann’s belt, Young and Leo Papile, a former scout for the Boston Celtics and the founder of BABC, believe there’s a chance he can reach the heights of his childhood favorite player.“You have to compare them,” Papile said. “Physically, (Mann’s) playing at the same level as (Carter-Williams).” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Erickson: Don’t act surprised by success on ice

first_imgIt was like the perfect sport-themed movie where the classic underdog triumphs in the end and dominates its bigger, more intimidating opponent.Before you get your proverbial undies in a bunch, don’t worry, I’m not talking about football.The unranked Wisconsin men’s hockey team swept then-No. 5 North Dakota at the Kohl Center last weekend. While they didn’t outshoot the Fighting Sioux either night – 27-26 Friday, 42-15 Saturday – the Badgers made the shots that counted, winning with five goals each night, 5-3 and 5-4 respectively.I told you they were good.We could sit here and talk endlessly about how Wisconsin is a young team and needs to mature and find be consistent – which they do – but head coach Mike Eaves even admitted at his Monday press conference that UW didn’t even play cleanly or as nice as he would have wanted last weekend.Clearly, there’s still something more to this team. But for this team so early in the season, the best thing is to keep acting like they have a lot to learn and to prove.Wisconsin went into last weekend knowing it would have a tough matchup with North Dakota. Sure, they were excited and pumped up about the match, but it’s not the easiest thing to face the Fighting Sioux. Also, add to the fact that the weekend before they lost two overtime games in Houghton, Mich., to Michigan Tech.If the Badgers want to keep shocking fans and competitors alike, they need to continue playing with an underdog mentality. They can’t let those big wins get to their heads – that’s where mistakes are really made.The underdog mentality is the best way for the Badgers to succeed. No matter what they’ll be forced to fight through some sort of adversity every game, so what better way to handle it than to just expect it?For example, look at the 2010 Green Bay Packers.The Pack essentially played six playoff games on their road to the Super Bowl. After the Chicago Bears clinched the division, the Packers were grasping at a potential wild-card spot. Luckily for them, things went their way and after destroying the New York Giants and grinding it out with the Bears at home, the Packers found themselves seeded No. 6 in the playoffs.It was not an easy road. Green Bay faced three teams it had previously seen that season, two of which it lost to in the regular season. But the Packers won when it counted and rode the underdog mentality all the way to the Super Bowl.Lo and behold, they won.Last week before the UND series, many of the UW skaters noted how they simply didn’t know any differently from the adversity they had faced in the first two weeks of the season.Through the first four games, Wisconsin was 1-3 largely thanks to three overtime games where it wasn’t able to net the golden goal first.The Badgers became used to the constant roller coaster that defined their first four games. Wisconsin had yet to get a taste of a dominating win.A few days later the young, inexperienced team swept North Dakota and started to make a name for itself.But Eaves isn’t trying to let the Badgers get ahead of themselves.“The fact is that we found a way to win two games,” Eaves said in Monday press conference. “The level of play which we had over the weekend was a step for us, but we’re still such a young team that we’ve got to [keep] making these little steps to improve and play more consistently, the way we want to play, in order for us to be considered an upper echelon team, working our way to be a championship team.”Eaves is trying to maintain this idea that his skaters are still the underdogs. They still have plenty to work on and fight for.It’s still very early in the season, with plenty of hockey left to go and plenty of room for improvement.While the sweep will certainly help Wisconsin work harder and attempt to become a stronger squad – as winning often does – it has also shown other teams around the league Wisconsin’s full potential.Still they can’t get over confident. Wisconsin host Nebraska-Omaha this weekend and while it’s no North Dakota or Minnesota Duluth, the Mavericks are still no one to simply look past or consider an easy win. While big wins can help make a team work harder it can also give any team a certain ego, an ego that makes said team overconfident.Thankfully for the Badgers, Eaves believes they still don’t know any better.Their best way to survive and keep winning is to keep acting as if they are the long shot, dark horse team – or in Eaves’ words, stay na?ve.“I also think it’s just being young and just keep playing, being na?ve.” Eaves said Monday. “Because of their youth, they’re excited to get on the ice every time.”They’ve got the talent to succeed, now it’s just a matter of keeping the same mentality – the same underdog feel – to their team to keep them focused and continually working to become better, more consistent and a dark horse to be wary of.Kelly is a junior majoring in journalism. Think the Badgers will have similar success over the Mavericks? Let her know at kerickson@badgerherald.com or follow her on Twitter @kellyerickson4last_img read more