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Welcome to Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day!


Coming on the heels of National Doughnut Day, Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day celebrates this specific type of doughnut. The jelly-filled doughnut is popular in the United States and Canada, but there are many variations of this treat throughout the world including: the Berliner from Germany; krapfen from Austria; krafne from Eastern Europe; bomboloni from Italy; pączki from Poland; anpan from Japan; sufganiyot from Israel; and jam doughnuts from Australia, England, and Nigeria. Originally these doughnuts were not filled with jelly, but with meat and vegetables. The falling of the price of sugar because of Caribbean sugar plantations in the 16th century helped spur sweets in Europe. By the 17th century, jelly doughnuts were invented, although the the word “doughnut” was not used to describe them at the time.

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Post NBA Decisions — ACC Basketball Rankings, Part 2: A Cut Above - ACCSports.com (accsports.com; Geisinger)


It’s the first week of June, and you know what that means: it’s time to talk ACC basketball! I say that in half-jest, but with the deadline to remain in the NBA Draft in the past, and the transfer market near completion, it’s worth taking a look at how the league’s teams stack up.

We have a better idea of the rosters now; for instance, Tyus Battle is back; Jerome Robinson is headed pro. (The NBA Draft is two weeks away.)

If you missed Part 1 yesterday: we evaluated the bottom half of the league for the 2018-19 season. Now, we will once again go in reverse order, and look at the top of the ACC basketball pecking order, which features several teams capable of contending for titles.

Order them however you like: They are all very good
No. 8 Miami
Miami waves goodbye to two future NBA Draft picks — Lonnie Walker (likely lottery-bound) and Bruce Brown. That’s a lot of backcourt talent headed out the door. However, this team returns plenty from last season’s roster, and gets a boost from an influx of new players.
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No. 4 Syracuse
Within the confines of the ACC, there isn’t a team that benefitted more from a decision to remain in school. One of the last players to make a decision — on the day of the withdraw deadline — was Tyus Battle. After going through the pre-draft process, Battle, a borderline first round pick, opted to return for his junior season; the expected outcome for Syracuse basketball changed, drastically and immediately.


Battle, who averaged averaged a shade under 20 points, is an absolute workhorse for Jim Boeheim. He played 1,443 minutes last season, which averages out to 39 per game — both of those were tops in Division I.

It wasn’t just the minutes, though; it was how Battle was deployed — which is to say, extensively. Battle used 28.1 percent of Syracuse’s possessions while on the floor, which was basically all of the time — 758 in total. Going back to the 2005-06 season, according to Synergy, only eight ACC players, including Battle, have recorded over 700 possessions in a single season.
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Duke's Art Heyman (right) battles with N.C. State's Pete Auksel in a 1963 game

Let's play 'what-if.' How a few changes could have altered the course of ACC history. (newsobserver.com; Jacobs)

Playing what-if may be a more popular American game than any athletic pastime you can name.
My first foray into what-if, or alternative, history was an article by MacKinley Kantor in the Nov. 22, 1960 issue of Look magazine, which I still have stored in a box somewhere. “If the South Had Won the Civil War” described in detail a world that never materialized. More recently Philip Roth, the Pulitzer Prize winner who died last month, wrote “The Plot Against America”. His novel foresaw a pro-Nazi, anti-Semitic U.S. emerging after Charles Lindbergh’s imagined presidential election over Franklin Roosevelt in 1940.

Now a new compilation of stories offered by Mike Pesca, the book “Upon Further Review,” delves into alt history on great what-ifs in sports. Any ACC fan worth her or his cursor, TV remote or unaided memory can quickly come up with a list of crucial what-ifs in the league’s 65-year history. I know I can.
An alt-ACC basketball history can be fashioned entirely by changing recruiting outcomes. Had Art Heyman, the 1963 national player of the year, stuck with his commitment to North Carolina instead of switching to Duke, he’d have been at Chapel Hill to help jumpstart Dean Smith’s troubled early tenure. Conversely, if Duke signed two-time ACC player of the year Larry Miller later in that decade, a close call at the time, the boost to Vic Bubas’ program might have kept the estimable coach plying the sidelines well into the 1970s.

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Miami basketball will Play Yale in Hoophall Miami Invitational (caneswarning.com; Rubenstein)

The Miami basketball team will be a part of the expanded Hoophall Invitational at American Airlines Arena in December. The Miami basketball team is scheduled to play against Yale.
The event is put on by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. It will be a part of a quadruple header at American Airlines Arena and be televised by ESPN. For the second year in a row, the Miami basketball team will matchup up with an Ivy League opponent in the Hoophall.
Two of the other three games will involve ACC teams. Georgia Tech will play St. John’s and North Carolina State matches up with Vanderbilt. Texas Tech who lost in the Elite Eight of this year’s NCAA Tournament plays Memphis.


The games are once again scheduled for the first Saturday in December. This year that falls on December 1. That is also the same day as the ACC Championship game in football. Last year Miami played Princeton while the ACC Championship game was being played around the same time.
Kansas and Syracuse played before a crowd of more than 8,000 last season. There was clearly not that many people in attendance for the Hurricanes and Tigers in Miami. Too many fans had more interest in the Hurricanes playing against the Clemson Tigers for the ACC Football Championship.
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17-year locusts could go extinct in Central NY: Is climate to blame? (PS; Coin)

As millions of 17-year locusts emerge from the ground in Central New York for the first time since 2001, scientists wonder if this group of insects will eventually be pushed to extinction.
One major culprit could be climate change, although not the kind of climate change you're probably thinking of.
This batch of cicadas, which scientists call Brood VII, were once found in 10 counties stretching across the Finger Lakes. By 1967, that had shrunk to just three counties, and in 2001, the last time the cicadas emerged, their only confirmed appearance was in southern Onondaga County.


Their populations are heaviest on and near the Onondaga Nation, where the cicadas, commonly referred to as locusts, are treated as a delicacy. They also play an important role in the nation's history. After an attack by Colonial troops in 1779 that destroyed Onondaga Nation fields and orchards, the emergence of the cicadas the next summer was seen as a gift from the Creator, said nation member Bradley Powless.
This limited batch of cicadas, first recorded in 1797, could disappear, said Cole Gilbert, a Cornell University entomology professor who has studied the insects.
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