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Welcome to National Bologna Day!
National Bologna Day is dedicated to bologna, a smoked and seasoned sausage popular in sandwiches. Although it sometimes is informally spelled as baloney, it takes its name from Bologna, Italy, a city where mortadella, a pork sausage, originated. The bologna sausage derives from mortadella, and is usually made with pork or beef, but can also be made with meats such as chicken, turkey, venison, or with a combination of them, or with soy protein. Seasonings such as black pepper, coriander, celery seed, nutmeg, and allspice are added. Myrtle berries, which are an important flavoring in mortadella, are also used. In the United States, the sausage is finely ground so that fat pieces are not visible.
Five college hoops storylines to watch for 2023 ACC Tipoff (P-G; Hiles)
While it might be hard to believe, the start of the 2023-24 college basketball season is just around the corner.
Monday, Nov. 6, marks the beginning of another regular season on the collegiate hardwood. And to help build excitement as that day approaches, the ACC is set to host its annual “Tipoff” event this week in Charlotte, N.C.
The league’s 15 women’s teams will start things off Tuesday, while the men’s teams will follow Wednesday. The 2023 ACC Tipoff will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. on both days, with live coverage provided by the ACC Network.
Here are five storylines to keep an eye on throughout the entirety of the event:
Real thoughts on realignment
We’ve heard plenty of opinions on realignment from ACC football coaches and players this summer, but now it’s the hoopers' time to talk. On Sept. 1, the ACC announced that it would be expanding to 18 teams next year, as it is set to add California, Stanford and SMU.
ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips addressed a select group of reporters on the league’s realignment news on Sept. 1. This week will be the first time Phillips can address the topic at a conference media event.
Adrian Autry leads Syracuse men's basketball into new era following Jim Boeheim's retirement (apnews.com; Frank)
Things will be just a tad different for Syracuse basketball this season. OK, a lot different.
Retired after 47 years at the helm is Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim, along with his 1,116 wins, five Final Four appearances and 2003 national championship. Departed are the veteran transfers: shooting guard Joe Girard, who led Syracuse in scoring and 3-point shooting, and center Jesse Edwards.
And gone also – for the most part – is Syracuse’s signature 2-3 zone defense, which befuddled opponents for years but had become increasingly ineffective in recent seasons.
Patrolling the sideline as coach will be former Syracuse star and longtime assistant Adrian Autry, whose challenge is returning the program to what he calls “the Orange Standard.” For most Syracuse fans, this would mean a return to the NCAA Tournament, something that hasn’t happened the past two seasons — the first time that’s happened since the late 1960s.
The Orange have struggled mightily since joining the ACC. Since a 28-6 record and second-place finish in its inaugural ACC season in 2013-2014, Syracuse has finished no higher than sixth with an overall record of 172-126 and a conference mark of 84-84.
Syracuse had its first losing campaign since 1968-69 two seasons ago, finishing 16-17, and is coming off a mediocre 17-15 record last year.
There are reasons for optimism, though.
All six freshmen return, including point guard Judah Mintz, a projected NBA lottery pick who made the All-ACC freshman team by averaging 16.3 points, 4.3 assists and more than a steal a game. Also returning are sharpshooting forward Chris Bell and Maliq Brown who, at 6-foot-9, can play both forward and center.
Kansas transfer Kyle Cuffe looks to launch with Syracuse basketball (TNIAAM; Szuba)
Before entering the transfer portal at the end of last season Kyle Cuffe Jr. didn’t know what to expect. He had played in just two games in two years at Kansas and wasn’t sure what opportunities would be available for him. But Cuffe wanted a chance to showcase what he could do on the court and to play closer to his home of Harlem, N.Y.
So he talked it over with his parents, took a leap of faith and entered the transfer portal at peace with whatever unknown outcome awaited. Then the Syracuse coaching staff reached out. He felt it was the best option, so Cuffe committed to play for Adrian Autry in May. He learned a lot through that process and his first two years at Kansas.
“Going through it taught me a lot of lessons,” Cuffe said. “Just things like internally, what I got to do. What I gotta focus on now. What things I need to let go in my life.”
Cuffe wanted the opportunity to play basketball where he could earn playing time. He also wanted to be closer to his family. While Syracuse is about a five hour drive from New York City, he’s already seen his parents five times since transferring. Cuffe said he saw his parents just twice during his two years at Kansas. His father, Kyle Cuffe Sr., played on St. John’s from 2000-01 to 2003-04.
“He played against ‘Melo in ‘03. He played against Coach G-Mac,” the son said of his dad. “So he said that team was crazy. Every time ‘Melo got the ball he couldn’t stop him,” the son says.
During that same 2003 season Cuffe Sr. was a part of the St. John’s team that beat Duke in Madison Square Garden.
“He always brings up that matchup,” Cuffe said.
After redshirting during his freshman season with the Jayhawks in 2021-22, Cuffe played in just two games the following year before tearing both his MCL and PCL, which sidelined him for 2022-23. Despite enduring of the difficulty of not playing basketball for two seasons, Cuffe doesn’t feel sorry for himself.
“I feel like it changed me into the person I am today,” he said.
Carmelo Anthony, son Kiyan rep Syracuse jerseys on recruiting visit (nyport.com; Shovlin)
Syracuse Basketball legend Carmelo Anthony could be extending his legacy.
The 10-time All-Star took his son, Kiyan, to The Hill on an official visit, as his son remains a four-star recruit as a junior at Long Island Lutheran High School in New York.
Considered the top prospect in the state of New York, Kiyan currently is ranked as the 36th best player in the 2025 recruiting class.
In a social media post on Friday, the father and son were seen wearing Syracuse Orange jerseys in the basketball facilities named after the icon, the Carmelo Anthony Basketball Center.
The elder Anthony granted $3 million to kick-start the construction of the facility, which opened in 2019, 16 years after he led the Orange to a title in his only collegiate season.
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Kiyan took to Instagram to share the photos from Carmelo’s full-circle visit.
Kiyan was sporting the No. 1 jersey alongside the 2003 NCAA Championship trophy, his parents and the coaching staff for the Orange, including new head coach Adrian Autry.
Father Carmelo Anthony with son Kiyan Anthony during his official visit to Syracuse.Instagram/Kiyan Anthony
Kiyan Anthony was pictured kissing the NCAA Championship trophy that his father won in 2003 for the Orange.Instagram/Kiyan Anthony
“carry the torch? #officialvisit,“ Kiyan wrote under the post, hinting at a potential future commitment leading him to Syracuse, New York.
Kiyan’s mom, La La Anthony, posted a heartwarming message on Instagram about the sentimental value the trip held to their family.
“Seeing @kiyananthony visit the same college his dad won the NCAA championship in 2003 is such a surreal moment! WOOOOOWWWWWWW #officialvisit,” she wrote.
Former Syracuse basketball player Cole Swider sticks with Miami Heat on two-way contract (PS; $; Waters)
The Miami Heat has converted Cole Swider to a two-way contract, which means the former Syracuse University basketball player will remain with the NBA franchise.
Swider, who played at Syracuse in the 2021-22 season, had been in the Heat’s training camp on an Exhibit 10 deal. Players on an Exhibit 10 contract can be with a team during the preseason, but the team must either put them on the 15-player roster, convert the deal to a two-way contract or waive them ahead of the NBA’s opening night on Wednesday, Oct. 25.
By converting Swider to a two-way contract, Miami retains his rights. Swider is eligible to play a maximum of 50 games for the Heat. He will spend the rest of the upcoming 2023-24 season with the Heat’s G-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Only players with three or fewer years of NBA service are eligible for two-way contracts. Miami has also signed former Marquette guard Jamal Cain and guard R.J. Hampton, who played in New Zealand instead of college, to two-way deals.
In his one season at Syracuse, Swider averaged 13.9 points per game and made 41.1% of his 3-point attempts. The 6-foot-8 forward was not selected in the 2022 NBA draft, but he immediately signed a two-way deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
MBB: 2023 ACC Basketball Tipoff (RX; HM)
MBB: 2023 ACC Basketball Tipoff
From the official ACC release...
2023 ACC Basketball Tipoff Attendees Announced
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Wednesday the basketball student-athletes selected by its 15 league schools to attend the 2023 ACC Tipoff, which will be held October 24-25 at the Hilton Charlotte Uptown in Charlotte, North Carolina. The women’s event will be held on Tuesday, October 24, and the men’s on Wednesday, October 25.
ACC Network will be live from ACC Tipoff for two days of expansive coverage from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The 24/7 national network dedicated to ACC sports will provide the event’s most robust television coverage.
Men’s NotesThe ACC’s current 15 member schools have captured three of the last eight NCAA Championships, with 99 NCAA Tournament wins in that span.
Current ACC schools have won eight NCAA titles in the last 22 tournaments and own 17 national championships overall.
Current ACC member schools have combined for 67 Men’s Final Four appearances and a national-best 664 NCAA Tournament wins.
The ACC owns the highest all-time NCAA Tournament winning percentage of any league (.618).
All 15 league members own 1,000 or more all-time wins, including eight schools with 1,500 or more victories. Four of the top eight and six of the top 30 winningest programs in NCAA Division I basketball history currently reside in the ACC.
Aldi, the discount grocery chain, has begun selling beer, plus hard cider and seltzer, in stores across Western and Central New York. This selection is at the Aldi at 2015 Erie Blvd. E. in Syracuse. (Don Cazentre)
Aldi is now selling beer (plus hard cider and seltzer) in parts of New York state (PS; Cazentre)
Discount grocery chain Aldi is once again selling beer at stores in New York state.
The company, based in Germany, has begun stocking shelves in Western and Central New York with domestic and imported brands of beer, hard cider and hard seltzer.
The roll-out of beer started earlier this year in Western New York and the number of stores in the state carrying it will grow gradually over time, a company executive said.
“We have received liquor authority approval for our Western NY stores and are beginning to roll out beer offerings this fall,” Aldi division vice president Aaron Sumida said in a statement.
The Aldi store locator shows beer is available now at stores as far east as Utica. The State Liquor Authority’s web site shows dozens of pending beer licenses for Aldi stores across the region.
To see if a particular store has beer, go the store locator and click on the location. Under “services,” it will indicate if the store has beer.
Aldi sold beer in its New York stores as recently as the early 2000s, but discontinued it.
Sumida described the Aldi beer offerings as “a carefully curated selection of award-winning, ALDI-exclusive beer.” Brands include State of Brewing Chocolate Lava Cake Stout, Wicked Grove Cranberry Hard Cider, Holland Lager 1839, White Tide Belgian White Ale, and Hopping Nomad Session IPA.
Aldi is known for its special offerings of products made in Germany. One of its beer offerings is a pilsner made by the Wernesgrüner brewery near Dresden in eastern Germany (which it also sold 20 or so years ago).
The Aldi store at 2015 Erie Blvd. E. in Syracuse also recently had a German-style Oktoberfest beer brewed in Rochester.
State to hold Liverpool informational session on proposed Route 370 reconstruction (PS; Doran)
The public can learn next week about a 2025 project to rehabilitate state Route 370 in Liverpool and the town of Salina.
The meeting will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria at Liverpool Middle School, 720 Seventh St. The state Department of Transportation session will feature displays about the proposed work and allow the public to ask questions and make comments to DOT representatives.
The project calls for work along a one-mile section of Route 370 (Second Street) extending from the Liverpool Elementary School driveway on Second Street to Oswego Street (Route 57). Also included is the resurfacing of Tulip and Vine streets between Second and Oswego streets.
All the existing pavement will be replaced, and the curbs and sidewalks repaired, said Joshua Heller, speaking for the state DOT. The sidewalk layout is not changing, other than ensuring the curb ramps comply with federal disability law.
Signal upgrades consist of new pedestrian signal equipment, like push buttons. That’s something Liverpool Village Mayor Stacy L. Finney said is needed, as there are just crosswalks now with no signals.
The project will also update the storm drainage system.
The project is estimated to cost about $11 million and will come from state and federal sources, Heller said.
Finney said this project has been a long time coming. She said she’s also advocating for clearly marked bike lanes.
Work will likely not start until spring 2025, DOT officials said.
Finney said she’d also like to see the DOT add the infrastructure to bury power lines.
The DOT said the aim is to restore the road to good condition and ensure it’s structurally sound for the next 50 years.
The project will not mean any long-term lane closures of Route 370 during construction, with two-way traffic maintained during peak hour traffic. Routes for emergency vehicles will be maintained during construction, and at least one sidewalk will remain open at all times for walkers.
Documents illustrating the proposed project will be available for review at the public meeting. Project materials will also be available after the meeting and at the Liverpool Public Library through Nov. 10.