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Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to World Freedom Day!

World Freedom Day commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall as well as the end of communism's domination over Eastern and Central European countries. President George W. Bush issued the first proclamation for World Freedom Day on November 9, 2001, the twelfth anniversary of the opening of the Berlin Wall. In his remarks, Bush stated that the wall had separated those living under a dictatorship from those who were free and that its fall was "the turning point of the Cold War and a significant landmark in freedom's victory over tyranny." Bush said that World Freedom Day exists to "honor the spirit and perseverance of those who strived for freedom in East Germany and other repressive regimes," that it celebrates the new freedom that emerged after the wall's fall, and that it recognizes the billions of people still living under authoritarian regimes and repressive governments. In this spirit, he encouraged Americans to support those "who seek to lead their people out of oppression." He ended his proclamation by declaring, "I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities and to reaffirm their devotion to the aspirations of all people for freedom and democracy." The day was subsequently proclaimed by President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump.

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A Canisius player gets behind the Syracuse defense for a basket in Wednesday's game at the JMA Wireless Dome, Nov. 8, 2023. Dennis Nett

Syracuse basketball coach Adrian Autry on Orange’s man-to-man defense: ‘We’ve got a lot of work to do’ (PS; Waters)

The renovation of the Syracuse Orange’s defense from zone to man-to-man is very much a work in progress.

In Syracuse’s 89-77 win over Canisius on Wednesday night, there were holes in the Orange’s defense that were consistent with the demolition part of a rebuild.

The Golden Griffins exploited those holes, shooting 48.4% from the field and 45.5% from the 3-point line.

“We’re a young team,’’ Syracuse coach Adrian Autry, who is overseeing the switch from Jim Boeheim’s trademarked 2-3 zone to a man-to-man defense this year. “That’s not an excuse, but we just are a young team and we’re doing something new. So it’s going to take an adjustment.’’

But there were portions of Wednesday’s game when the Syracuse players all locked in and played the kind of defense that can shut down an opponent, create points for the Orange and win games.

The Orange took control of the game when sophomore guard Judah Mintz got on a hot-streak at the same time Syracuse’s defense clamped down on Canisius.

Syracuse’s lead had been trimmed to just six points midway through the second half, but Mintz, who would wind up with a career-high 26 points, scored the Orange’s next 12 points. Meanwhile, the Orange blanked Canisius on a series of seven consecutive possessions.

“We played in spurts,’’ Autry said. “We had a good defensive run the second half. We had seven stops in a row. I thought that opened up the game for us.’’

Basketball may be a game on runs, but Autry wants his team to be more consistent on defense.

“Just glimpses here and there and we’ve just got to put it together as a whole,’’ Autry said. “I think each game we’ll start to get better.’’

Axe: Judah Mintz had a career night but about that man-to-man defense (podcast) (PS; $; podcast; Axe)

The good news from Syracuse basketball’s 89-77 win over Canisius at the JMA Wireless Dome on Wednesday night?

Judah Mintz took over the game with 17 second-half points on the way to a career-high 26. He’s going to have to do that quite often for the Orange this season.

The bad news? SU’s conversion to man-to-man defense is very much a work-in-progress.’s Mike Waters and I discussed that and more on Syracuse basketball postgame presented by Crouse Health.

Mike and I also examine SU’s work-in-progress man-to-man defense, Justin Taylor’s emergence as a key contributor for the Orange and have some early thoughts on SU’s game against Colgate on Tuesday. The Raiders have beaten the Orange two years in a row and SU will have to do one thing really well to snap that losing streak.
... (SI; McAllister)

Syracuse topped Canisius 89-77 Wednesday night to start the season 2-0. Here are five takeaways from the victory.

1. Mintz & Starling

JJ Starling and Judah Mintz looked much more comfortable playing together and were much more efficient offensively. After going 3-13 in the season opener, Starling was 8-15 against Canisius. Similarly, Mintz was 5-15 against New Hampshire and 8-15 in this one. Each played at least 35 minutes and combined to score 43 points with 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Mintz had some rough moments early when he thought he got fouled, but really turned it on in the second half. It was encouraging to see him go 2-3 from three point range as well. Starling was 0-2 from deep but had a reputation as a good shooter in high school. The hope is that his shooting comes around as the season progresses.

2. Naheem McLeod

McLeod may have only played 18 minutes, but he looked every bit the part of what this team needs. A rim protector in the middle. McLeod blocked five shots, altered several others, got a couple of deflects and grabbed nine rebounds. His career high for blocks in a game is six and he likely would have eclipsed that with more time on the floor. That said, it was good to see him have a strong outing as he will be needed in Maui.

3. Defense

While the season opener showed flashes of elite level defense, this game did not have much of that. Canisius moved the ball well against Syracuse, was able to drive and get good looks both inside and from beyond the arc. Canisius shot over 48% from the floor and over 45% from three point range. I think Canisius is a solid club that will be competitive within its conference. However, Syracuse’s defense needs to be better and will lose a lot of games when it gives up those splits.

4. Rebounding

What Canisius is not is a very big team. Despite that, Syracuse was tied by the Golden Griffins on the boards. The Orange gave up too many offensive rebounds (16) which led to 16 second chance points. The Orange also allowed 42 points in the paint. That combined with only 12 turnovers forced by SU means it was not the best defensive performance overall. They will grow into that as the season goes as I believe there is too much defensive potential on this team for this to be the norm. We will see how they respond against Colgate.

5. Outside Shooting

This was a much better outside shooting performance for Syracuse. The Orange only took 10 three, but made seven of them (37%). Syracuse does not have to be an elite outside shooting team but at least has to be representative. Make open shots when those opportunities present themselves. That keeps defenses honest and allows room for Mintz and Starling to get into the lane. Three different players made at least two three pointers and a fourth hit one. The next step is getting something from Starling in that realm.


Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images

Syracuse men’s basketball: Judah Mintz’s career-high 26 points leads Orange past Canisius 89-77 (TNIAAM; Tomaiuolo)

Adrian Autry’s head coaching tenure is off to a near-perfect start. After surviving a scare from New Hampshire 48 hours ago, the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team (2-0) looked looser on the court and raised its shooting percentage by 12 points in an 89-77 win over Canisius (0-1) on Wednesday night. Judah Mintz led the way with a career-high 26 points, and J.J. Starling chipped in 17 points with seven rebounds and seven assists.

“I liked the way we kept our composure... This team is young, but they’ve got some experience. I thought they did a good job of finishing out,” head coach Adrian Autry said.

Starling set the tone on the game’s opening possession, driving to the bucket and twirling in an acrobatic layup through contact for an and-1. SU’s defense also started out strong, as a Naheem McLeod block three minutes in led to a Justin Taylor triple in transition.

While McLeod notched three blocks in the first half, his aggressiveness also forced him out of the game with two fouls in the first nine minutes. SU’s offense began to stall without their big man available to set screens. Quadir Copeland broke the trend when he entered from the bench. With the ball on the wing, the forward exploded to the hoop and fired up the home fans with a rim-rocking slam to put the Orange up 24-19.

From that moment on, SU began to move without the ball on offense. Mintz found Taylor open in the corner for another trifecta after an off-ball screen by Maliq Brown on an unsuspecting defender. Later, Brown stood with the rock at the top of the key and dished a perfect backdoor pass to a cutting Mintz from that same corner, leading to a two-handed flush.

Autry put his squad in man-to-man defense the entire first half, similar to Monday’s contest against New Hampshire. The Golden Griffins countered by repeatedly dragging McLeod out of the paint, allowing for easy blow-by layups from their guards.

Despite allowing 32 first-half points, Syracuse’s hot shooting from distance gave it a 41-32 edge at the break. Chris Bell, Kyle Cuffe, Mintz and Taylor each made a triple as the Orange went 5-for-11 from deep through 20 minutes.



Matt Sharp of Sharp Entertainment talks about "90 Day Fiance" during the 2018 TCA Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles, California.David Buchan/Variety/Penske Media via Getty Images

Syracuse native behind ‘90 Day Fiancé’ reflects on 20 years of reality TV empire (PS; Herbert)

Did you know? A Syracuse native is behind some of your favorite reality TV shows, including “90 Day Fiancé,” “Man v. Food,” “The Fabulous Life,” “Extreme Couponing,” and “Doomsday Preppers.”

Matt Sharp is celebrating 20 years of Sharp Entertainment, the television production company behind those popular series. Now part of Sony Pictures Television, it’s one of the top providers of content for the Discovery Networks with series on multiple channels, including TLC, A&E, Discovery, WeTV, The CW, MTV, Lifetime, HGTV, Max and ABC.

Sharp, a 1990 graduate of Fayetteville-Manlius High School, launched his namesake television brand in 2003 but it’s far from his first business venture.

He sold candy at soccer camp as a kid, and started a window washing and driveway sealing business as a teenager, Sharp Shine and Sharp Seal. He continued the window washing and driveway sealing in college at the University of Vermont, and added a T-shirt design business as another side hustle.

Syracuse named one of the best places to retire in America (PS; Herbert)

Two Upstate New York cities have been named among the best places to retire in America.

U.S. News and World Report released its 2024 list of the best places to spend your golden years, with Rochester ranking No. 21 and Syracuse No. 27 overall. Only New York City ranked higher in the state at No. 6, behind five cities in Pennsylvania (Harrisburg, Reading, Lancaster, Scranton and Allentown).

Rochester had the highest overall retirement score in Upstate New York with 6.8 (out of 10), thanks to a low cost of living (despite property taxes among the highest in the nation). Rochester also scored a 6.4 for health care and praise for its “warmer, kinder and more welcoming” residents.

Syracuse had the same overall score as Rochester and a higher housing affordability score of 7.1 (out of 10). Yes, the Salt City gets a lot of snow, but it’s also a comfortable place to live with convenient options for grocery shopping, activities and families.

“The center of the city proper is under 20 minutes from desirable suburbs, including places like Manlius, Baldwinsville and Liverpool,” U.S. News said. “When residents want to get away for the weekend, an easy drive gets them to the race course in Saratoga Springs, New York. Four hours or so will have them in New York City, and three hours will get them to a Buffalo Bills game. Syracuse is also situated in prime wine-drinking territory; a short trip to the Finger Lakes region allows locals to sip their way through the area’s best wineries.”

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