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Welcome to Dinosaurs Day!


Today we celebrate those large, extinct reptiles: dinosaurs. Scientists believe they first appeared about 245 million years ago, at the beginning of the Middle Triassic Epoch, and existed for about 180 million years, going extinct about 66 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous Period. The period when they lived is called the Mesozoic Era. During this time they went through many changes, and various species of dinosaurs replaced other species. Some dinosaurs were bipedal, meaning they walked on two legs, and some were quadrupedal, meaning they walked on all fours. Some switched back and forth. Some were covered with feathers, while others had what was almost like body armor. Some ran fast, and others were slow; most were herbivores, but some were carnivores. There were at least 700 species of dinosaurs, and possibly more than 1,000.


SU News

Syracuse Basketball Recruiting: Orange offers 2020 PF Isaiah Jackson (itlh.com; Adler)


Some fun recruiting news to share as it pertains to Syracuse basketball, as SU pledges a scholarship to 2020 talent Isaiah Jackson.

While the 2018-19 season lurks ahead in the horizon for the SU hoops outfit, the ‘Cuse coaching staff remains active in attempting to bolster its roster for terms beyond the upcoming one.

Case in point, the Orange a few days ago offered a scholarship to Isaiah Jackson, a five-star power forward in the class of 2020. Jackson shared this juicy development via his Twitter page.


The 6-9 prospect currently attends the Old Redford Academy Preparatory High School in Detroit.

This dude, to put it bluntly, can flat-out ball.

Nationally in his class, ESPN.com rates him 15th overall, fifth at his position and first in the state of Michigan. At 247Sports, Jackson checks in at 16th across the country, third at power forward and first in his state. , meanwhile, places him 20thamong Jackson’s peers in the 2020 class.
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Will Carmelo’s Time at OKC Be Deemed a Failure? – Orange Fizz – Free Syracuse Recruiting News (orangefizz.net; DA)


Last season started with so much promise for the Oklahoma Thunder, with an in-his-prime Paul George and a still-dangerous Carmelo Anthony joining the dynamic Russell Westbrook and the ever-improving Steven Adams. But the team unraveled, culminating in a first round exit at the hands of the Utah Jazz.
Westbrook was spectacular once more, while George was brilliant for long stretches, including a sublime 34-point, 8-rebound effort in a win-or-go home game 5 in the aforementioned Jazz series. Anthony, unfortunately, struggled all season, posting career lows in points, field goal percentage, minutes, and assists. He was particularly rotten in the postseason, where he seemingly couldn’t find the basket and was routinely picked apart by the Jazz on defense.

In other words, the former Syracuse star was a huge disappointment for the Thunder, whose championship hopes last year hinged on the trio of Westbrook, George, and Anthony playing high-level basketball. Anthony, however, just couldn’t figure things out, both on offense and more so on defense, where he hemorrhaged points to the horror of Thunder fans. He also looked disengaged way too many times.

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Significant changes in the offseason timeline for NCAA recruiting are on the horizon for college basketball - ACCSports.com (accsports.com; Geisinger)


The ways in which college basketball coaches are allowed to recruit are about to change — that’s according to this report from Matt Norlander of CBS Sports.
On Aug. 8, it’s anticipated that the NCAA will make major adjustments to the offseason recruiting calendar. At the top of the list: during the month of July, coaches will now be allowed to attend only one weekend of non-scholastic (AAU) events.
Previously, coaches could attend three weekend worth of events, like Nike’s Peach Jam event down in North Augusta, SC. That will remain in place. However, other July events — hosted by Adidas and Under Armour — will be moved. These events could be placed in direct competition of the Peach Jam.
More from Norlander:

The month itself is shrinking from three recruiting weekends to two, with the second featuring camp-style events that will be coordinated by the NCAA, USA Basketball, the NBA and the NBA Players Association.

Additionally, the month of June will take on greater significance:

Coaches will be allowed to go on the road for two three-day periods at the end of the month. The events will be scholastic-oriented (meaning apparel companies cannot be involved), with the focus on rekindling relationships and connections between college and high school coaches.

Prior to those summer months, April could see increased activity, too. The evaluation calendar for the month could stay the same — with coaches evaluating/recruiting prospects once or twice. Under the new proposal, though: post-evaluation in-home visits for prospects would be allowed.

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UNC AA Candidate Luke Maye

UNC Basketball: Five bold predictions for the 2018-19 season (keepingitheel.com; Clements)


The hype for the 2018-19 UNC Basketball season is building quickly, and with the first game just a few months away, analysts and fans alike are making predictions on how the Tar Heels will fare this year.
The North Carolina Tar Heels will be returning a plethora of experienced, quality players who will be joined by three very talented freshmen in what should be a successful and exciting season.

While this should be a fun year, it is also full of questions and unknowns.
After being spoiled the past several years with Kendall Marshall, Marcus Paige, and Joel Berry II, who will be UNC’s starting point guard this season? Will the young big men be able to take the next step? How much of a role will the freshmen play early on?
Three starters from last year are back, in Luke Maye, Kenny Williams, and Cameron Johnson. UNC will also be welcoming in freshmen Nassir Little, Rechon “Leaky” Black, and Coby White, in what is Roy Williams’ best recruiting class since 2014.
The Tar Heels will also be returning several quality role players including Garrison Brooks, Sterling Manley, Brandon Robinson, Seventh Woods, Andrew Platek, and Brandon Huffman.
After the disappointing early exit last March in the Round of 32 to Texas A&M, motivation will not be hard to find. Maye has made it very clear UNC is ready to redeem themselves from that loss: “Watching two weekends is not something I am going to go out with this year.”


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David Muir praises Syracuse roots, calls Ron Curtis 'the Walter Cronkite of' CNY (PS; Herbert)


David Muir is praising his Syracuse roots, including longtime Central New York broadcaster Ron Curtis, in a new interview.

The "World News Tonight" anchor appears in a cover story for Broadcasting & Cable magazine's July 30 issue where he reflects on his career. Muir has slowly grown ABC's audience since taking over the anchor chair from Diane Sawyer in 2014, beating NBC's Lester Holt and CBS' Jeff Glor across the board in the latest ratings.

According to Nielsen Media Research, Muir averaged 7.874 million viewers for the week of July 23, with 1.603 million among adults ages 25-54 and 1.104 million among adults ages 18-49. That's good enough for No. 1 in all three categories as "World News Tonight" is the only evening newscast to grow in year-over-year total audiences and the target demographic of adults 25-54.

Muir also won the July 2018 sweeps period, marking the second year in a row that "World News Tonight" won all four sweeps. ABC last saw such high ratings more than two decades ago, when Peter Jennings was anchor.


It all started back when Muir was a young child and he'd opt to watch the evening news rather than play with his friends outside. He told B&C that he wrote a letter to Curtis, his favorite anchor and "the Walter Cronkite of my town," when he was 12 years old.
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