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- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to World Lung Cancer Day!
World Lung Cancer Day is observed on August 1 each year. In a move to beat back occurrences of lung cancer, people around the world observe this very special day. The mission for this day is simple — raise as much awareness of lung cancer as you can, while encouraging people to screen themselves for this disease. As for why this day is so important… according to the World Health Organization, this cancer is so prevalent in the world that yearly, more people die from lung cancer than from colon, breast, and liver cancers combined. We’re not sure who the organizers of this day are, but we are certain they aimed to encourage everyone towards better outcomes and recovery from this disease.
Judah Mintz and JJ Starling join forces at Syracuse (cbssports; video; Finneral)
247Sports' James Finneral discusses the potential for Judah Mintz and JJ Starling in the 2023-2024 season.
A look back at the top plays from Syracuse guard Justin Taylor's freshman season in 2022-23.
Syracuse Basketball: 5-star recruit Jalil Bethea jumps to No. 4 nationwide (itlh; Adler)
Five-star rising senior Jalil Bethea from the Philadelphia area, who has Syracuse basketball in his top five and will reportedly take a second official visit to the Hill this September, continues to rise up the national rankings in the 2024 class.
Not too long ago, MADE Hoops updated its national ratings for this class, and the elite 6-foot-4 guard is now No. 4 across the country. I’ve said this multiple times now: I believe that the way he is trending, Jalil Bethea can make a run at the top overall spot in his class.
It has proven a meteoric rise for Bethea, who is arguably the hottest prospect around the country in the 2024 cycle. When the ‘Cuse coaching staff offered him a scholarship in September of 2022, several recruiting services placed Bethea inside the top 100.
However, these days, after an All-American junior season for Archbishop Wood Catholic High School in Warminster, Pa., and a stellar most recent AAU season for the Philadelphia-based Team Final in Nike’s EYBL league, Jalil Bethea has seen his stock absolutely skyrocket.
Syracuse basketball five-star priority recruit Jalil Bethea is in the top five of new 2024 national rankings.At present, all of the primary recruiting services have him rated inside the top 20 of this cycle. ESPN has Bethea at No. 9 nationwide. The two industry-generated rating systems, the 247Sports Composite and the On3 Industry Ranking, situate Jalil Bethea as five stars and in the top 12 of the 2024 class.
Additionally, the main recruiting Web sites rank him as a top-four shooting guard and the No. 1 prospect in Pennsylvania within the rising-senior cycle.
Not too long ago, Bethea revealed a top five of Syracuse basketball, Alabama, Kansas, Miami and Villanova. He has received more than 20 scholarship offers from a range of high-major programs throughout his recruiting process.
Recent media reports have stated that he plans to officially visit Kansas, Miami and Alabama over the next few months. Jalil Bethea made an official visit to the Orange in late October of 2022. SyracuseOnSI publisher Mike McAllister and college basketball insider Adam Zagoria recently reported that Bethea plans to take a second official visit to the ‘Cuse during the weekend of September 15.
This is critical, because his trip to Central New York will allow Jalil Bethea to watch Orange practices under first-year head coach Adrian Autry and his assistants. Autry has said he’s likely to play a mix of man-to-man and zone defenses in the upcoming season, and he’s also looking to play a more fast-paced, up-tempo and cohesive style of basketball than his predecessor, the Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim, who retired this past March.
To me, the ‘Cuse coaching staff has done everything possible to show Jalil Bethea that he’s their top priority in the 2024 class. Syracuse basketball coaches will, come mid-September, have hosted him on two official visits.
They watched him during Archbishop Wood’s 2022-23 postseason play. Orange coaches visited Jalil Bethea at his high school. They’ve checked him out multiple times during NCAA live periods in recent months on the AAU circuit.
Syracuse Not Among Four-Star Mikey Lewis' Top 6 (orangefizz.net; Simone)
The momentum around Syracuse recruiting has been high over the last six months, but it took a bit of a hit this weekend. Mikey Lewis, a 2024 four star guard who SU offered, released his top six options, and the Orange are not one of them.
Lewis is a 6’3 170 pound combo guard from Napa, California. Syracuse wanted him, but Lewis will instead head to one of Illinois, LSU, St. Mary’s, San Diego State, Ole Miss or Kansas to play his college ball a year from now.
Lewis attends Prolific Prep in California, the same school that Frank Anselem attended, so the Syracuse coaching staff connections are certainly there.
It’s one of very few hiccups Adrian Autry has had early in his tenure as head coach. From a recruiting perspective, things have gone swimmingly so far. It began with getting a commitment from Elijah Moore in January as his lead recruiter under Jim Boeheim.
Moore is a top 100 prospect as a four star guard. Autry held on to him when he took over as head coach. He also added Donnie Freeman, a four star forward and top 50 player in the class of 2024. The building of that class is certainly not over. Syracuse is in pursuit of plenty of other players in that class despite it already being good.
Boeheim’s Army will be back in 2024: Organizers want younger former SU players involved (PS; $; Ditota)
Boeheim’s Army plans to be back in TBT next summer.
The team’s general manager and head coach said so on Monday.
Boeheim’s Army advanced out of The Basketball Tournament‘s Syracuse regional last week, defeating defending champion Blue Collar U on Friday night. But the Army’s quest for $1 million ended Sunday in a sparsely populated gym in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Boeheim’s Army lost to Herd That 88-71 on Sunday afternoon. A huge Herd That third quarter sealed the deal.
“Would love to get some new Orange faces on the team that fans haven’t seen, like Elijah Hughes and Tyus Battle. Some of these younger guys that are fresh out of school,” GM Shaun Belbey said. “But we’ll see. We might have a whole new roster next year; we might have the same roster. Just depends on the guys’ summer schedules.”
(As an aside, Hughes said in a Monday phone conversation that he would like to play for Boeheim’s Army. It didn’t work out this summer.)
Belbey has inherited the stress of trying to build a TBT roster from his older brother Kevin, who originated Boeheim’s Army, then passed the torch when his business schedule prevented him from being fully immersed in the process.
And immersion is crucial.
Shaun Belbey said some TBT teams begin securing commitments for the summer as early as January or February. Boeheim’s Army typically starts sorting out potential roster components later in the spring.
Typically, some players commit, then sign overseas deals that might overlap or conflict with TBT schedules. Sometimes, like with Matt Morgan this summer, the overseas team prevents the player from participating in TBT. Other times, last-minute paying jobs conflict with a Boeheim’s Army gig.
Because of the limited number of former Syracuse players still playing professionally, it’s impossible to field a competitive team of solely Syracuse guys. Ryan Blackwell, the team’s head coach, said Boeheim’s Army will continue to blend former SU players with non-SU players.
“Scheduling-wise, maybe next year trying to get some time in January and February to get some guys to commit. But it’s super stressful trying to get 10-11 guys coming from different places to the same place,” Belbey said. “Having practices, training camp. Trying to get everybody on the same page.
"And then going out and playing four games in seven days, which is not easy. Some of these guys just finished up 10 months overseas and now you’re asking them to play four games in seven days when this should really be their offseason.”
Boeheim’s Army lost Battle and Morgan late in the TBT process.
The Portland Trail Blazers forward Elijah Hughes (#19) drives against Jordan Clarkson of the Utah Jazz during the 2021-22 season finale at Moda Center on Sunday, April 10, 2022.Sean Meagher/The Oregonian
Former Syracuse basketball guard Elijah Hughes will play overseas in 2023-24 (PS; Ditota)
Former Syracuse basketball guard Elijah Hughes has agreed to play next season for Manisa in the Turkish pro basketball league.
Hughes confirmed the move in a text message this morning.
Hughes, a 6-foot-5 wing, played for the Wisconsin Herd in the G League in 2022-23. In 25 games last season, Hughes averaged 16.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He shot 42.6% overall, 35.5% from the 3-point line and 85% from the free throw line.
He averaged 9 points per game playing for the Orlando Magic in the 2023 NBA Summer League.
Turkey is a desirable destination for American professional basketball players. The level of play is high and teams pay well, players have said. Manisa finished in 11th place of 16 teams in the league last season.
Hughes, 25, played two seasons with the Orange after transferring from East Carolina and redshirting a year. He averaged 19 points per game and was a first-team All-ACC selection his final season at SU. He declared for the NBA Draft after his junior year and was the 39th pick of the 2020 NBA Draft.
ACC Basketball: Each team’s best acquisition out of 2023 transfer portal (bustingbrackets.com; Anderson)
ACC basketball looks to reload as we take a look at each team’s best acquisition out of the transfer portal heading into the 2023-24 season.
The transfer portal has become a staple for a lot of teams across the college basketball landscape. That’s no different in ACC basketball country as the likes of North Carolina, Syracuse, and NC State look to return to NCAA Tournament prominence with another season on the horizon.
The Duke Blue Devils were the lone team in the ACC that didn’t add a player out of the transfer portal heading into the 2023-24. Head coach Jon Scheyer returns eight players from last year’s squad as they’ll use four freshmen to build around their core of Jeremy Roach, Kyle Filipowski, Tyrese Proctor, and Mark Mitchell. Replacing Derrick Lively II and Dariq Whitehead will be tough but the additions of Sean Stewart and Caleb Foster should alleviate things, especially on the offensive end of the floor.
The Clemson Tigers and North Carolina Tar Heels are two teams that seemed to fill a ton of voids with the transfer portal judging by early returns. The Tar Heels added five players out of the transfer portal including two from other conference foes while Clemson added four players while returning a bulk of their production from a season ago.
After them, a lot of movement within the conference should generate some intriguing results across a number of rotations. The Louisville Cardinals will look to a ton of transfer portal support to turn around a forgettable season while the NC State Wolfpack will look to build around just five returners from last year’s squad.
ACC basketball certainly has the potential to be an exciting season of parity once again as things remain unpredictable for a slew of teams that have to reload their rosters. Take a look at each team’s best acquisition out of the transfer portal.
Harrison Ingram – 6’8 Forward/Wing – North Carolina Tar HeelsHarrison Ingram makes a leap from the Pac-12 Conference into another Power 6 Conference as he joins the North Carolina Tar Heels in the ACC. He spent the past two seasons with the Stanford Cardinal where he won the Pac-12 Rookie of the Year award in 2021-22 but things ultimately plateaued for him in 2022-23 as he averaged 10.5 ppg once again while seeing a dip in his rebounding (5.8 rpg) and a slight rise in his assists per game (3.7). A move for Ingram was inevitable as he hit the transfer portal and finds himself on the east coast now in Chapel Hill.
Across two seasons, he produced 10.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 3.4 apg on 31.6 percent shooting from deep and 39.8 percent shooting from the floor with the Stanford Cardinal. He did manage to finish seventh in the Pac-12 in total assists (121), showcases his ability to make things happen for others along with his knack for knocking down shots all over the floor.
Ingram joins the Tar Heels as one of five additions out of the transfer portal as UNC looks to reload and rebuild around RJ Davis and Armando Bacot Jr. The addition of Cormac Ryan (Notre Dame) and Paxson Wojcik (Brown) should also give Ingram a ton of comfort handling the ball on the wing with two snipers on the perimeter to work with. Ryan shot 36.4 percent from deep across his Notre Dame career while Wojcik shot 35.8 percent from deep across two two seasons at Brown University in the Ivy League.
Given his 16.7 PER rating, he’ll certainly be a leading name for the Tar Heels offense as they need a leader on the wing heading into a new season. With an emerging slew of playmakers who know how to play, it’s likely that North Carolina could find themselves on the right side of the NCAA Tournament bubble in 2023-24.
Joseph Girard III – 6’1 Guard – Clemson TigersJoseph Girard III joins the Clemson Tigers rotation as a graduate transfer after spending his first four seasons with the Syracuse Orange. He’ll look to provide a similar spark for the Tigers’ as he looks to sport a different variety of orange to close out his collegiate career on the hardwood.
Girard instantly boosts Clemson’s perimeter attack with his ability to knock down shots behind the arc with efficiency. He finished 4th in the ACC in 3-pointers made in 2021-22 (89 3-pointers made) and 5th in the conference in 2022-23 (88 3-pointers made). While he certainly improved on his shooting numbers across his four seasons, his best 3-point shooting seasons came in 2021-22 (40.3%) and 2022-23 (38.1%).
He knocked down a career-best 2.7 3-pointers along with 7.2 3-point attempts in 2022-23 and it showed in his overall growth scoring the ball as a small guard. Now, he sits at 13th all-time in 3-pointers made (297) in ACC basketball history with a chance to do more damage with the Clemson Tigers.
He’s certainly a prospect that’s found his consistency scoring the ball inside the arc, using his size and frame at 6-foot-1 to his advantage, and finding ways over the years to become an effective scorer in the backcourt.
He finished with a career-high 31 points across 42 minutes this past season in an overtime victory over the Richmond Spiders in a game that saw him shoot 12-of-24 from the floor, 4-for-11 from deep, and 3-of-5 from the free throw stripe. As he grows into a new role, look for him to add some defense to his repertoire as well.
Girard will certainly need to bring the intensity defensively to go along with his prowess scoring the basketball offensively. He put together his best scoring average from a career point-of-view this past season with Syracuse, posting 19.0 ppg but they managed to go 17-15 in 2022-23. He’ll look for greener pastures in Coach Brad Brownell’s defensive-minded rotation in 2023-24 as Clemson’s biggest acquisition out of the transfer portal.
JJ Starling – 6’4 Guard/Wing – Syracuse OrangeJ.J. Starling joins the Syracuse Orange and moves a lot closer to his hometown of Baldwinsville, New York after spending the 2022-23 season with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound prospect possesses a ton of intrigue for the Orange given his potential in the backcourt, especially coming off an ACC All-Freshman team selection.
Starling answered a lot of the answers of “Could he play in the ACC?” with last season’s overall performance on the hardwood. He posted 11.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 1.1 apg on 42.1 percent shooting from the field and 29.9 percent shooting from deep.
While his ability to shoot the 3-ball wasn’t stellar, he still ranked third among freshmen in the ACC in field goals made (125), ninth among freshmen in the ACC in 3-pointers made (24) and 12th in total rebounds (79) when the season concluded by the end of February.
His best outing came on the road against Louisville back on Jan. 28, 2023 when he racked up 22 points and six rebounds on 9-of-16 shooting from the field and 2-of-4 shooting from the 3-point arc.
In 10 wins this past season, he averaged 14.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 1.5 apg while shooting 35.1 percent from deep and 48.7 percent from the floor. With a change of scenery and an emerging star guard returning in Judah Mintz, there’s certainly a ton of potential with the addition of Starling to the backcourt.
While Notre Dame wasn’t the greatest team from an overall standpoint, the performance of Starling was certainly a bright spot this past season. As he learns to be more efficient from deep, look for things to turn in not only Starling’s favor but also in favor of the Orange. Syracuse missed the NCAA Tournament this past season for the first time since 2020-21.
Summer Jam 50 at Wonderland Forest
Inside Wonderland Forest on opening weekend: Check out CNY’s newest outdoor concert venue (photos) (PS; Staff)
Central New York’s newest outdoor concert venue opened this weekend with a tribute to one of the biggest music festivals ever.
Wonderland Forest in Lafayette commemorated the 50th anniversary of Summer Jam with tribute bands playing the music of The Band, the Allman Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead.
Wonderland is built on 500 acres of forest in the hills of Otisco, and includes campgrounds, waterfalls and an indoor/outdoor event space. It overlooks Apple Valley.
Rain delayed some of the activities Saturday, as a series of storms pummeled Central New York. But the weather cleared for Cosmic Country and Dark Star Orchestra.
Upcoming events at the forest include Tumble Down festival with Twiddle, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and more on Sept. 22 and 23; and Biscoland with Disco Biscuits and Lotus on Oct. 6 and 7.
See photos from the Summer Jam event below:
NYS Fair is (obviously) one of the best state fairs in the US, ranking finds (PS; House)
The New York State Fair has been crowned one of the best state fairs in the United States.
That doesn’t surprise us: With 13 days of fantastic food, drinks, music and rides, the great Upstate-based fair has rightfully earned a spot in New Yorkers’ hearts and calendars.
But die-hard fairgoers — those who avoid butter sculpture spoilers, buy Frequent Fairgoer passes and don’t mind waiting in line for a baked potato — might take issue with the Empire State not taking top honors.
The New York State Fair has been ranked the fifth-best state fair in the nation by Wide Open Country, a website that celebrates “country roots by creating and sharing music, lifestyle and entertainment content.” The list of the 20 best state fairs to visit around the U.S. was topped by the Minnesota State Fair. The State Fair of Texas was ranked No. 2, while the Wisconsin State Fair was named No. 3.
Def Leppard and Motley Crue, Hanover Thursdays, Brew at the Zoo: 12 things to do this week in Central NY (PS; Croyle)
The calendar flips to August tomorrow and we enter the dog days of summer. But that does not mean the busy calendar of events in Central New York is slowing down at all. On Saturday, the JMA Wireless Dome will sound a lot like the late 1980s when hair metal bands Def Leppard and Motley Crue take the stage. The Amp at Lakeview has two concerts this week. Clinton Square’s Party in the Square on Wednesdays returned last week, now, this week, it is Hanover Square’s turn. Every Thursday during August, Hanover Thursdays, take over this historic location with music and food. Brew at the Zoo, Jeeps at the Beach, “West Side Story” at Thornden Park, Peterboro’s Emancipation Day, and the Northeast Plant Show at Driver’s Village also take place this week.
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Chad Gray of Mudvayne performs in concert during the "Freaks on Parade Tour" at Germania Insurance Amphitheater on August 18, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images)Getty Images
The St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview’s busy summer continues this week. Grammy-nominated metal group Mudvayne will be joined on Tuesday night with Coal Chamber, GWAR, Nonpoint, and Butcher Babies. Tickets are available through Live Nation. Rockers Godsmack and Stained take the stage at the Amp on Thursday night.
Where: 490 Restoration Way, Syracuse
When: Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
How much: Tickets start at $35, plus fees.
Hanover Thursday debuted last summer and, during its four-week run, an average of 1,000 people filled Hanover Square for music and a celebration of the neighborhood. It returns on Thursday with Grupo Pagan. Besides the free live music, there will be food, drinks, and a local artist vendor village. It runs from 5-9 p.m. each Thursday of August. Visit hanoverthursdays.com for more info.
Where: Hanover Square, Syracuse
When: Thursday, 5-9 p.m.
How much: Free to attend.
Syracuse Shakespeare-in-the-Park’s “West Side Story”Based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” “West Side Story” fits well for Syracuse Shakespeare-in-the-Park. Licensed through MTI Shows, this production is a bit different than film and stage versions. It will take place at the large Thornden Park Amphitheatre stage and the entire grass area. SSITP will blend the classic story, score, lyrics, acting, and choreography together while raising awareness of the “futility and tragedy of gun violence in the play and in our own city.” Performances are scheduled for this weekend and next. Tickets can be purchased at ssitp.ticketleap.com/ssitps-west-side-story/dates.
Where: 201 Ostrom Avenue, Syracuse