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Welcome to National Sausage Pizza Day!

Today we celebrate and eat sausage pizza! Sausage is one of the most popular pizza toppings, but this was not always the case. The history of pizza dates back hundreds of years, to when pie-shaped flatbreads with toppings were first eaten in Naples in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. At the time, this coastal city was not part of Italy, but its own kingdom. The working poor, or lazzaroni, lived outside or in small homes, and needed cheap food. Pizza consisted of flatbread with toppings such as tomatoes, garlic, cheese, oil, or anchovies, and it was sold by street vendors and informal restaurants, and eaten for any meal. Pizza didn't end up becoming popular in the rest of Italy until the 1940s.

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Syracuse Basketball: Orange have a juicy shot at landing Joseph Girard III (itlh.com; Adler)

It’s a big moment on the Syracuse basketball recruiting trail, as 2019 stud Joseph Girard III will reveal his college choice this weekend.

Recruiting is rough. There’s no other way to slice it.

Coaches court a top-flight talent for years. Analysts peg your school as the front-runner. All signs point to a commitment.

Then, on decision day, the prospect puts on another program’s hat or t-shirt.

Your heart is broken.

We know this common tale all too well. It happens with unfortunate frequency, to the Syracuse basketball team, its fellow Atlantic Coast Conference members, and virtually every team across the country.

The recruiting business is, indeed, fickle. As such, I try not to get too excited when a recruit is said to lean the Orange’s way, and I attempt to keep myself calm when that player is thought to head elsewhere.

You’re only in the “lead” once a commitment is ultimately made.
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Jeff Goodman Explains Why He Likes Syracuse in 2018-19 (msn.com; Goodman)

Jeff Goodman joins Sauce and Shram to discuss the prospects for Syracuse basketball in the 2018-19 season. Find out why Syracuse fans should be excited for this year.




Checking in on Syracuse basketball alums in the NBA - The Juice Online (the juice; Dagostino)

With less than a week to go until the 2018-19 NBA season kicks off, there are seven former Syracuse basketball players that will be on NBA rosters. Some will be key rotation members, while others will be further down on the depth chart. Here’s what we should expect from these guys:

Carmelo Anthony (Houston): While Anthony is still the cream of the crop among former SU standouts, his star has lost some of its shine in the last year or two. After one year with Oklahoma City and being unhappy about his role coming off the bench at the end of last season, Melo forced his way out of OKC and onto Houston’s roster where…he’ll come off the bench. His 16.2 points per game last season were almost five points a game lower than his previous low. He’ll fill a sixth man role for Mike D’Antoni’s crew, which still has championship aspirations.

Michael Carter-Williams (Houston): Carter-Williams joins Melo in Houston on a one-year, minimum-salary contract. Carter-Williams will play some on the wing this year, but will also backup Chris Paul. Given Paul’s extensive injury history, MCW could vault himself into some playing time. But, Carter-Williams hasn’t been a double-digit scorer or a major factor in over two seasons.

Jerami Grant (Oklahoma City): Grant re-signed with Oklahoma City in the offseason for three years and $27 million. Now that Anthony is out of OKC, Grant has a straighter line to more playing time, sharing power forward duties with Patrick Patterson. Grant has been working on his 3-point range after shooting 29 percent from deep last season. Being able to step out and knock down a 3-pointer consistently, along with his athleticism, will make him an interesting option for Billy Donovan and the Thunder.

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ACC predictions: Biggest games, sleeper team, POY hopefuls for 2018-19 season (sportingnews.com; Nantais)

When the 2018 recruiting season came to a close, Duke found itself in a familiar position. After signing Cam Reddish, RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson, the Blue Devils boasted the top recruiting class in the country.

Along with the aforementioned trio, Duke also welcomes two other highly touted prospects in Tre Jones and Joey Baker, giving the Blue Devils five of the nation’s top 35 recruits in the country, per 247Sports' Composite rankings — a contributing factor that makes Duke one of the favorites to win the ACC this season.

That said, it’s hard to ignore the other juggernauts within the conference. Reigning regular-season champion Virginia returns all but three players from a team that won 31 games a season ago, while North Carolina brings in two five-star recruits of its own to pair with several key returning players. In all, eight ACC teams are represented on Sporting News' preseason top 25.

With that said, SN breaks down predictions, sleeper teams, X-factors, Player of the Year hopefuls and more for the ACC in 2018-19.:

ACC Predictions

1. Virginia
2. North Carolina
3. Duke
4. Syracuse
5. Virginia Tech
6. Florida State
7. North Carolina State
8. Louisville
9. Clemson
10. Notre Dame
11. Miami (Fla.)
12. Wake Forest
13. Georgia Tech
14. Boston College
15. Pittsburgh
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Excitement builds for the 2018-19 college basketball season as the ‘Hoos prepare to host No. 16 Miami (strakingthelawn.com; Caron)

We continued STL’s Big Basketball Countdown by breaking down Tony Bennett’s pack line defense before diving into Virginia football ahead of this weekend’s Homecomings game against Miami. Week 7 is a big bowl watch game, with the No. 16 Hurricanes coming to town.

Here’s what else is happening around the corner.

64 Reasons to Be Excited for the 2018-19 College Basketball Season (Sports Illustrated)

Reason No. 9: Revenge of the ‘Hoos. Watching what Virginia does after “being on the wrong side of an unprecedented tourney upset” is one of SI’s top-10 things to be excited about going into the new college hoops season. SI, and the Cavaliers (we can only assume), already have March Madness on the mind.

Kentucky is No. 1 in Andy Katz’s preseason Power 36 college basketball rankings (NCAA.com)

Virginia takes Andy Katz’s No. 6 slot in his preseason rankings. “Locked in after losing to UMBC in the first round,” he has the ‘Hoos poised for another stellar season... only hopefully with a different ending this time around.
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Syracuse Crunch ready to take the ice in renovated War Memorial (video) (PS; video; Axe)

If you have been going to Syracuse Crunch games at the Onondaga War Memorial for the first 24 years of the team's existence, get ready for much a different experience in year 25.

As part of an $8.5 million renovation at the War Memorial, the Crunch will have a new scoreboard, new ribbon lighting, new marquees outside the building renovated restrooms and new luxury boxes.

Syracuse Crunch COO Jim Sarosy gave Brent Axe a personal tour of the new and improved War Memorial.

Check it out above in the latest 'Gamefaces' with Brent Axe presented by Driver's Village.
 

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