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Welcome to National Spaghetti Day!

Spaghetti, a long, cylindrical, and thin pasta made of milled wheat and water, is celebrated today. Its name comes from an Italian word meaning "thin string" or "twine." The first written record of pasta is in the Talmud, which dates to the fifth century CE. It mentions dried pasta that could be cooked by being boiled. A popular theory claims that spaghetti was invented in China and Marco Polo brought it to Venice, but it is more likely that spaghetti was originally created in Sicily more than 500 years before his time. Arabs occupied Sicily in the seventh century CE, and brought a meal called itriyya, which was described as a "dry pasta". This is likely where spaghetti came from. In a geographical survey of Sicily and surrounding regions called the Book of Roger, commissioned by Sicily's monarch King Roger II and published by Muhammad al-Idrisi in 1154, a long strand hard wheat pasta is mentioned. It was manufactured in large quantities in the Sicilian town of Trabia and exported to other regions. This is the first definitive historical record of spaghetti production.

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Syracuse basketball at Notre Dame: 10 things to watch for (PS; Waters)

After a rocky and at times disappointing non-conference schedule, the Syracuse Orange opens ACC play on Saturday at Notre Dame.

The Orange's record stands at 9-4 on the season. That puts Syracuse in a precarious position in its pursuit of an NCAA tournament bid. Only once has Syracuse lost as many as four non-conference games and still made it to the NCAA tournament, that coming in the 2015-16 season.

Syracuse also suffered two home losses to non-conference opponents for the first time since joining the Big East back in the 1979-80 season.

Notre Dame, meanwhile, is at 10-4. The Irish have already played one ACC game, losing at Virginia Tech on Tuesday. Notre Dame's other losses came against Radford, Oklahoma and UCLA.

The game between Notre Dame and Syracuse will begin at noon Eastern time on Saturday.

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Syracuse to use ACC play to bolster postseason resume (DO; Heyen)

Syracuse has never made the NCAA Tournament with the four losses it ended its nonconference play with. But that’s over, and all that’s left for the Orange to do is perform in conference play.

Syracuse (9-4) opens its Atlantic Coast Conference slate at Notre Dame (10-4, 0-1) Saturday. The ACC’s six teams in the AP Top-25 this week ranks second in the nation and SU will play all of them, including No. 1 Duke twice. Between potential ranked wins and notable road wins even against unranked teams, SU will get a shot at bolstering its postseason resume over the next two months.

“Doesn’t matter who we play, doesn’t matter their schedule,” SU sophomore Oshae Brissett said. “Any team can be beat because they’re all working toward the same goal, to be at the top of the ACC.”

In the 2016-17 season, SU beat three top-10 teams — capped by a win over then-No. 10 Duke on a buzzer-beating shot by then-Syracuse guard John Gillon. But SU coupled it with road losses to lower-tier teams like Boston College, Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech.

“No game’s gonna be easy now,” Brissett said after the Orange concluded their nonconference schedule on Dec. 29. “I feel like every game we’ve got to take serious now, and that’s something I’m gonna tell the new guys coming in.”

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Opponent preview: What to know about Notre Dame (DO; DiSturco)

After playing a shaky nonconference slate, Syracuse (9-4) opens up Atlantic Coast Conference play on the road against Notre Dame (10-4, 0-1 ACC) on Saturday in South Bend, Indiana. The Orange are starting conference play after a 81-48 victory over St. Bonaventure on Dec. 29. Notre Dame, meanwhile, lost its conference opener against Virginia Tech on Tuesday and will look to bounce back when it hosts SU inside Purcell Pavilion.

Here’s what to know about the Fighting Irish ahead of Saturday’s matchup:

All-time series: Syracuse leads, 29-20

Last time they played: In a 51-49 defeat last season, Syracuse surrendered a game-winning layup to Rex Pflueger with two seconds left. Tyus Battle turned the ball over on the prior possession, starting a fast break for the Fighting Irish. T.J. Gibbs’ layup was too strong, but no SU player went for the rebound. Pflueger controlled the ball and scored, giving Notre Dame the win.

Battle finished with 21 points, while Oshae Brissett added a double-double. However, Brissett shot just 3-of-15 from the field, and 0-for-8 from inside the arc. As a team, SU shot 50 percent in the first half before struggling in the latter frame. It allowed a Notre Dame team that nearly doubled its field-goal percentage from the first to second half to comeback and win.
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Beat writers predict Syracuse to start ACC play with a win against Notre Dame (DO; Staff)

Syracuse (9-4) opens its Atlantic Coast Conference slate on Saturday in South Bend, Indiana at Notre Dame (10-4, 0-1 ACC). The Orange closed out the nonconference portion of the schedule with wins over Arkansas State and St. Bonaventure. The Fighting Irish already began ACC play with a loss at Virginia Tech on Tuesday. SU looks to avenge a last-second loss in the Carrier Dome a season ago.

Here’s what our beat writers expect to happen.

Billy Heyen (11-2)
Down on their Irish luck
Syracuse 67, Notre Dame 64

A road game to open ACC play might tell us a lot about this Syracuse team after an up-and-down nonconference season. This Notre Dame group isn’t the toughest test, though, as it has battled injuries and dressed just seven scholarship players on Tuesday. SU rarely finds a way to blow teams out, especially on the road, so expect this to come down to the wire. But coming off an 8 for 8 shooting game should have Tyus Battle in fine form, along with Elijah Hughes, who’s scored 15 in six-straight games. Those scorers will be enough.

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Miami basketball tires late and loses ACC opener to NC State (carneswarning.com; Rubenstein)

After taking a 74-64 lead with 9:53 remaining in the game, the Miami Basketball seven-man rotation tired down the stretch and lost 87-82 in the ACC Opener at the Watsco Center on Wednesday night.

The Miami Basketball team’s lack of depth is going to be magnified in the ACC. Losing the conference opener at home is tough. The Hurricanes fall to 8-5 with the loss. They now go on the road to Louisville and Florida State. The KFC Yum Center is one of the toughest places to play in the ACC.

Florida State is not a tough venue to play in, but they are ranked ninth in both polls. The Miami basketball team faces a real chance of starting ACC play 0-3. After the Hurricanes return from Tallahassee they play four of their next five games at the Watsco Center.

The difference in the game was North Carolina State’s near-complete dominance rebounding and the Hurricanes poor free throw shooting. The Wolfpack outrebounded Miami 51-29 including 18 offensive rebounds. Miami’s 16-29 performance from the free throw also hindered them.

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ACC Basketball Giftastic Power Rankings 1-3-2019 | Sports Channel 8 (sportschannel8.com; Moose)

1. Duke, 11-1

When someone tells you Duke probably isn’t the best team in the country…

2. Virginia Tech

Technically could be #1 since they’re the only team with a league win at this point.
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Big insurance agency moving from suburb to downtown Syracuse (PS; Moriarty)


The Haylor, Freyer & Coon insurance agency is moving its headquarters and 130 employees from its longtime home in a suburban office park to downtown Syracuse.

The 90-year-old, employee-owned agency will move into the ninth and 10th floors of One Park Place, one of downtown’s biggest office buildings, in late spring or early summer, said CEO James Freyer Jr.

“We’re taking all of the tenth floor and part of the ninth floor, with an open stairway connecting the two," said Freyer. “We’ll have some of our administrative staff on the ninth and all of our sales people on the tenth.”

The agency has been headquartered in the Salina Meadows Office Park off Buckley Road in Salina for 30 years. Its lease there will expire in October.

Freyer said the company considered staying at Salina Meadows and remodeling its 32,000-square-foot office. However, the growing vibrancy of downtown Syracuse drew it to One Park Place, he said.

“One Park Place and the surrounding area have seen tremendous investment and revitalization in recent years,” said Freyer. “We are excited to move to an area that will allow us to build upon our company culture and help us recruit and retain top talent as we continue our independent, employee-owned history.”

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