Unique event to recall memories of famous Carndonagh Motor Company

first_imgDo you have memories of the Carndonagh Motor Company? The Men’s Shed in Carndonagh are hosting an event this Friday evening November 22nd at 7.00pm in their premises at the Old Co-op, Moville Rd., to commemorate this famous company.Patrick Mc Caroll from the Men’s Shed in Carndonagh is helping organise this event. He said “This event is an excellent opportunity for anyone who worked at Carndonagh Motor Company themselves or those who have relatives or friends who worked there, to come along and meet others, remember fondly and hear stories about this once booming business.“It is hoped that there will be a number of cars and tractors from the era on display as well as a record of car sales, photos, brochures, flyers and we hope – a lot of story telling.“We are also asking anyone who has any records or memorabilia to come along and share these with those in attendance. Relatives of the original owners will also be there on the night.“Please come along – young and old and find out more about Carndonagh Motor Company at this special event.” Unique event to recall memories of famous Carndonagh Motor Company was last modified: November 19th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Carndonagh Motor CompanydonegalMen’s Shedlast_img read more

Red Bluff Round-Up Mixer fills Reynolds Ranch & Farm Supply

first_imgA couple dances to the Fire Mountain Band Thursday at the Red Bluff Round-Up Mixer hosted by the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber, the Tehama County Cattlemen and Paul and Kit Reynolds at Reynold’s Ranch and Farm Supply. 175Care about your community? We do, too.Sign up for our Morning Report newsletter Something went wrong. Please try again.SIGN UPCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

New Zero-Energy Homes Almost to Cost Parity

first_imgIf you had a choice between building new homes that meet basic standards and building comfortable, healthy homes that dramatically cut energy bills, which would you prefer? How about if the low-energy homes cost the same (or nearly the same) as a standard home to build? If the cost is relatively equal, shouldn’t every new home be built this way? A recent Rocky Mountain Institute report, The Economics of Zero-Energy Homes: Single-Family Insights, makes the case that not only is this vision becoming achievable, in some locations in the United States the economics are in place today to make cost parity (almost) a reality. And in one New England location — thanks to progressive incentives and energy codes — it is a reality. In our report, we analyzed four cities — Houston, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Chicago — to determine the current incremental cost to build a zero-energy (ZE) or zero-energy ready (ZER) home in Climate Zones 2 through 5 (where 90% of new construction homes are built) to determine the most cost-optimal energy upgrade package.RELATED ARTICLESBest Path to Net-Zero EnergyZero Energy Ready Homes Gain GroundEvery New Home Should be Zero-Energy ReadyZero-Energy Homes Are Ready for the MainstreamA Production Builder Offers Net-Zero-Energy Homes ZE homes produce or procure as much renewable energy as they consume over the course of a year. ZER homes are designed to achieve ZE levels of efficiency but don’t yet have photovoltaics. We found that the cost increase to build a ZE or ZER home is modest in all four zones, with incremental costs averaging 7.3% for ZE homes and 1.8% for ZER homes — far less than consumers, builders, and policymakers may realize. To scale the results of our four-city analysis across the country, we used R.S. Means to adjust the labor and material costs, PVWatts to adjust the solar resource, EnergySage to adjust the solar cost, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s analysis of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) to adjust incremental costs in relation to local energy codes. We did not factor in local incentives. Using this approach, we approximated the incremental cost in the 47 most populous U.S. cities (see the table below). At a 1.1%  incremental cost, many cities on this list may have incentives available that could result in cost parity for ZER homes. This is exciting because ZER homes can be built anywhere regardless of solar resource and roof design, and so are incredibly scalable. Table 1:  Zero-energy and zero-energy ready results scaled to the 50 most populous cities in the US (Note: Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Miami were among the top 50 most populous cities but were excluded because they are outside of IECC climate zones 2–5.) City ZE Incremental Cost Energy Savings for ZE ZER Incremental Cost Energy Savings for ZER New York City, NY $19,534 $2,270 $4,166 $850 Los Angeles, CA $18,661 $2,011 $2,330 $701 Chicago, IL $19,702 $2,059 $1,945 $746 Houston, TX $14,713 $1,365 $1,290 $431 Phoenix, AZ $15,619 $1,728 $1,769 $602 Philadelphia, PA $22,103 $1,281 $7,621 $608 San Antonio, TX $15,298 $1,340 $1,243 $444 San Diego, CA $17,733 $1,128 $2,228 $393 Dallas, TX $15,195 $1,473 $1,681 $513 San Jose, CA $18,581 $1,743 $2,634 $607 Austin, TX $15,066 $1,331 $1,228 $441 Jacksonville, FL $12,806 $1,390 $1,243 $464 San Francisco, CA $17,953 $2,608 $2,694 $909 Columbus, OH $20,095 $2,410 $3,877 $1,094 Fort Worth, TX $15,291 $1,473 $1,661 $513 Indianapolis, IN $19,903 $1,957 $3,919 $889 Charlotte, NC $18,857 $1,668 $6,509 $722 Washington D.C. $17,121 $1,855 $2,738 $699 Seattle, WA $13,815 $1,349 $3,125 $505 Atlanta, GA $19,548 $1,833 $6,094 $794 Denver, CO $24,248 $1,860 $1,358 $674 Boston, MA $21,050 $1,816 $1,837 $658 El Paso, TX $17,694 $1,639 $1,600 $571 Detroit, MI $19,753 $2,508 $1,574 $909 Nashville, TN $19,355 $1,812 $5,406 $860 Memphis, TN $18,864 $1,613 $5,817 $699 Portland, OR $15,551 $1,531 $2,976 $573 Oklahoma City, OK $16,153 $1,374 $1,641 $479 Las Vegas, NV $17,793 $1,589 $2,066 $558 Louisville, KT $19,647 $1,771 $5,667 $840 Baltimore, MD $15,828 $2,000 $2,738 $749 Albuquerque, NM $26,654 $2,103 $5,406 $998 Tucson, AZ $16,306 $1,396 $1,321 $466 Fresno, CA $18,013 $1,743 $2,390 $607 Sacramento, CA $17,915 $1,834 $2,411 $639 Mesa, AZ $16,586 $1,499 $2,140 $616 Kansas City, MO $19,806 $1,897 $3,035 $711 Long Beach, CA $18,305 $1,372 $2,269 $478 Omaha, NE $24,060 $2,171 $3,834 $986 Raleigh, NC $18,805 $1,633 $6,440 $707 Colorado Springs, CO $26,694 $2,277 $3,578 $1,034 Virginia Beach, VA $16,773 $1,502 $2,827 $566 Oakland, CA $17,911 $1,743 $2,613 $607 Tulsa, OK $16,887 $1,136 $1,661 $396 Arlington, TX $15,296 $1,473 $1,702 $513 New Orleans, LA $16,859 $1,261 $1,337 $418 Wichita, KS $19,162 $1,865 $2,440 $703 The importance of codes and incentives Our research uncovered a basic truth: Not all cities are created equal in terms of the cost to build ZE and ZER homes. Even the exact same home with the exact same energy upgrade package can result in significantly different costs in a different city. Why? Robust local building energy codes (like IECC 2015), better solar resources, lower labor and material costs, and comprehensive incentives all make it easier to build ZE and ZER homes at a lower cost. Therefore, cities with these features get closer to ZE/ZER cost parity, and those without are farther from parity. For example, Chicago has a stronger building energy code than the modeled baseline (IECC 2015 versus 2009, respectively). ComEd, the utility that serves Chicago, offers incentives for appliances, smart thermostats, heat pump systems, and heat-pump water heaters. The combination of stronger energy codes and solid local incentives brings the incremental cost of a ZER home in Chicago from $5,368 to $495, as seen in the bar graph below. At this incremental cost, ZER homes would pay back in less than a year through utility bill savings. Impact of stronger energy codes and incentives on incremental ZER cost in Chicago One city is already proving that building cost-parity ZER homes is a reality, thanks to a forward-thinking program from Mass Save, a collaborative of Massachusetts’ natural gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers, including Berkshire Gas, Blackstone Gas Company, Cape Light Compact, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Eversource, Liberty Utilities, National Grid, and Unitil. The program offers performance-based incentives that offset the entire estimated incremental cost of $1,837, meaning that the cost barrier to ZER homes is eliminated in Boston. Building ZE homes at ZER prices While ZER homes are nearing and, in some cases, even achieving cost parity, ZE homes appear to have a long way to go before cost parity is achieved. But what if we could build ZE homes at ZER prices? Enter third-party-owned solar financing. There are two types of third-party-owned solar financing methods: a solar lease and a solar power purchase agreement (PPA). In a solar lease, the customer pays a specified amount every month, regardless of the system’s energy production. In a solar PPA, the customer pays a specified amount per kilowatt-hour of generation, so the amount paid varies monthly as a function of generation. In 2017, 41% of residential solar was third-party owned, so this is a common model. By utilizing third-party-owned solar financing, builders can build a ZER home and, at no additional upfront cost, turn it into a ZE home. Further, in some locations, solar PPA or loan providers can offer contracts that provide homeowners with cheaper electricity rates than those available through utilities. Notably, Lennar, the second largest builder in the United States, recently created a PPA that sets the solar price 20% below utility rates for 20 years. This means homeowners will pay lower utility bills than living in a ZER home, and all their energy consumption will be offset by solar. Getting over the finish line Many cities are close to achieving cost parity for ZER and ZE homes, and city policymakers can take action to help push them across the finish line. Stronger energy codes will bring the bar higher for all new construction homes, and therefore lower the incremental cost of ZER. Additionally, city policymakers can work with the local utility to provide comprehensive incentives for homes that are performing significantly better than code baseline. Finally, to help ZE homes achieve cost parity, city policymakers can encourage businesses to offer PPAs and solar loans by working with utilities to offer favorable interconnection and net-metering policies and by providing clarity around any legal or regulatory requirements for third-party solar ownership models. To learn more about  The Economics of Zero Energy Homes: Single Family Insights report, check out the Zero-Energy Homes Are Ready for Mainstream Markets blog or this webinar summarizing the report. Stay tuned for an update that includes Climate Zones 6 and 7 and a similar report featuring multifamily buildings coming out in the first quarter of 2019.   Alisa Petersen is a senior associate on Rocky Mountain Institute’s Buildings team. ©2018 Rocky Mountain Institute. Published with permission. Originally posted at RMI Outlet.last_img read more

Austin relishes second basketball life as part of Gilas

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  And if there’s one thing his sickness taught him, it’s to take every single minute with a renewed passion. “I wasn’t even supposed to be playing basketball so it’s a second go around for me,” said Austin Thursday at Meralco gym. “It’s a second go-around for me so I take every day very seriously.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I know what it’s like to have the game of basketball taken away from you so I’m not taking anything for granted.”Austin averaged 12.1 points, 6.9 boards, and 2.4 blocks per game in his time with Baylor and these types of numbers was what attracted the likes of Chot Reyes to take notice of the 7-footer. “Each day is a new day for me to get better somehow, some way.” Read Next ONE: Eustaquio won’t let foe use him as stepping stone MOST READ LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIsaiah Austin had the sad reality of never realizing his NBA dream after Marfan Syndrome sidelined him for two years. More than three years after the NBA selected him as an honorary player, Austin gets to wear the Philippine colors as part of Gilas Pilipinas. ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Steph Curry climbs Warriors’ scoring charts in win over Cavs

first_imgGolden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) smiles after making a 3 point shot against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, April 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State took another step toward securing the top seed in the West, yet coach Steve Kerr has some legitimate concerns as the Warriors close in on the postseason.Specifically, Kerr is bothered by the Warriors’ turnovers and rebounding, two issues that cropped up again and turned what looked to be another blowout into a closer-than-needed 120-114 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess That’s why Kerr seemed so bothered by his team’s breakdowns.“They had about 17 or 18 more possessions than we did,” Kerr said. “That’s kind of our specialty. We like to give other teams an advantage and then have to shoot our way out of it.”Green had 20 points and eight rebounds, Kevin Durant added 15 points and eight assists, and Quinn Cook scored 14 to help the Warriors (55-24) inch closer to clinching the Western Conference in their second-to-last regular-season game at Oracle Arena.With 16,283 points, Curry trails only Wilt Chamberlain (17,783) and Rick Barry (16,447) on the Warriors’ career scoring charts.The Warriors need one more win or a loss by Denver to secure the top spot and home court advantage in the West.ADVERTISEMENT TIP-INSCavaliers: Brandon Knight was called for a technical foul in the third quarter. … Thompson returned to the lineup after getting a day off Thursday in Sacramento. … Matthew Dellavedova remains in concussion protocol.Warriors: Klay Thompson scored 11 points and went 1 of 7 on 3s. … DeMarcus Cousins (load management) and Andre Igoudala (sore left toe) were held out.UP NEXTCavaliers: Host San Antonio on Sunday.Warriors: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES View comments Curry is a big reason why Golden State is back on top despite a sometimes tumultuous season. The two-time MVP made 9 of 12 3s and had seven assists in the wire-to-wire win, the Warriors’ ninth consecutive over the Cavaliers.“You knew Steph was going to have a good night because he had a tough night last night,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He rarely has an off night two nights in a row. He was great right from the outset tonight.”Collin Sexton scored 27 points, one night after becoming the third rookie in Cavaliers history to reach 1,300 points. Cleveland has lost seven straight.“I thought our guys did a good job of continuing to compete and taking the ball to the basket,” Cavs coach Larry Drew said. “We recognize the fact of where we are and who we are at this particular stage. But again, the most important thing is that we continue to plat at a high level, and we did that tonight.”Golden State led by 21, then had to hold off a late flurry by Cleveland.Larry Nance Jr. scored seven points as part of a 12-4 run. Then, Sexton scored on a 3-pointer and reverse layup to pull the Cavs within three points at 115-112.Curry made his ninth 3-pointer, then added two free throws with 7.4 seconds remaining.GETTING THE GOLDGreen presented Nick Young with his championship ring from last season during a ceremony before the game, but the celebration lasted longer than expected and the Warriors were issued a warning for delay of game before tip-off.“The last two years, we’ve had five or six of those celebrations and it usually spills over,” Curry said. “I wish (the referee) would have just gave it to Nick Young because he was taking his sweet time, as he should have.” Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Draymond Green understands Kerr’s reasoning, but thinks the two-time defending NBA champs will be just fine once the playoffs begin.Stephen Curry scored 40 points to move into third place on Golden State’s career list, and the Warriors won despite Golden State’s 13 turnovers and getting outrebounded 12-4 by the Cavs on the offensive end.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s just a focus thing,” Green said of the Warriors’ inconsistencies. “When you’re playing against teams that don’t quite match up talent-wise and are not really playing for anything, it’s hard to keep that focus. It hasn’t bothered me one bit because we’ve locked in at stretches and we’ve had that focus for stretches, and that’s important.”The game had a lot less hype than previous seasons when the Warriors and Cavaliers squared off in four straight NBA Finals. While Golden State is headed back to the postseason for a possible third consecutive championship, Cleveland is limping to the finish with hopes of getting the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Lakers surprise playoff-bound Clippers DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

April 18, 2008- Brendon McCullum 158* brings Royal Challengers Bangalore to their knees in IPL opener

first_imgNine years ago on this day, Brendon McCullum played one of the most destructive knocks of Twenty20 cricket when he blasted his way to an unbeaten 158 off just 73 balls to give Indian Premier League a rollicking start.It was the first-ever match of the much-awaited Twenty20 league in India and McCullum came out all guns blazing to give a perfect start to the cash-rich league at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Sourav Ganguly and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Rahul Dravid were pitted against each other. Dravid asked Ganguly’s KKR to bat first after winning the toss.The passionate Kolkata crowd was chanting the name of Ganguly but McCullum stole the show with his blitzkrieg. He was just unstoppable that night, hitting 10 fours and sending the ball out of the park 13 times in his blistering knock to remain not out on 158 off only 73 balls.He held the record for highest score until Chris Gayle struck 175 not out off 66 balls for RCB against the now-defunct Pune Warriors in 2013.RCB bowling attack boasted the likes of Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar and Jacques Kallis — all three at their peaks that time — but McCullum made a mockery of them at the Mecca of Cricket in India.After the end of KKR innings, the RCB bowling card looked like this: BOWLER OVERS RUNS WICKETS ECONOMY Praveen Kumar 4 38 0 9.50 Zaheer Khan 4 38 1 9.50 Ashley Noffke 4 40 1 10.00 Jacques Kallis 4 48 1 12.00 Sunil Joshi 3 26 0 8.66 Cameron White 1 24 0 24.00The former New Zealand captain shared three fifty-run plus stands and interestingly all of them were dominated by McCullum as KKR reached 222 for three in their 20 overs.advertisementPARTNERSHIPS:1st wicket – Ganguly, who opened the innings with McCullum, scored 10 off 12 balls but was part of the 61-run partnership.2nd wicket – Ricky Ponting then joined forces with McCullum and hit a four and six in his run-a-ball 20. The duo put on 51 runs for the second wicket.3rd wicket – David Hussey too scored run-a-ball 12 but the pair added 60 runs in five overs before the Australian perished.The impact of McCullum’s thunder was such that RCB’s innings never took off and only No.9 batsman Praveen Kumar was able to reach the double figures (18 not out) as the Dravid-led side was bundled out for 82, succumbing to a 140-run defeat.The IPL has come a long way in their 10 seasons so far. It has seen 28 centurions hitting 43 hundreds. Gayle holds the record for the highest individual score of 175 not out and also has most number of centuries (5) in the tournament.Coincidentally, McCullum in all likelihood will bat  tonight against RCB but in Gujarat Lions jersey when the two sides face-off at the Saurashstra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot. The 35-year-old has hit the top form with a brutal 64 off 44 against Mumbai Indians on Sunday but will history repeat itself?ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

Jamaica and Us to Collaborate On Climate Change Matters

first_imgA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed  today (June 20) between   Jamaica and the United States of America, that will see greater co-operation between both countries, on matters related to climate change and environmental best practices.The agreement will see the Ministries of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change and Science, Technology, Energy and Mining collaborating with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to develop and promote environmental best practices.The programme of assistance will include a framework for the development of a Climate Change Policy, on which the government is working.  A Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) and a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) will also be developed under the agreement.Environment Minister, Hon.  Robert Pickersgill and Energy Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, signed the agreement on behalf of the Government, at Jamaica House.Mr. Pickersgill noted that work has already started on the Climate Change Policy, adding that the Low Emission Development Strategy and the National Adaptation Plan   would be developed quickly.“Under the Agreed Work Programme, the U.S. Government has pledged technicaland manpower assistance to the Climate Change Advisory Committee;on the establishment of Climate Change focal points; a technical expert to conduct analyses and provide guidance towards a Climate Finance Policy; knowledge sharing to facilitate GOJ participation in International fora on climate change and sustainable development; and advice on trilateral co-operation with other countries  in Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS),” Minister Pickersgill stated.The US government will also assist in identifying possibilities for joint collaboration and co-ordination in enhancing capacity for LEDS.Meanwhile, Minister Paulwell pointed out that in addition to facilitating opportunities for Jamaica’s development toward effective climate change and environmental protection, the MoU will facilitate greater collaboration between various agencies and the Ministries.He said the agreement provides practical applications which will benefit the country.“There are so many practical things that we’re going to be doing.  We’re going to get technical support, but we’re going to get on-the-ground support out of this arrangement and it’s going to be for a number of years to come,” he told JIS News.US Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Pamela Bridgewater, who also addressed the signing ceremony, noted that her Government was very happy to establish a partnership agreement with Jamaica and be part of a movement where globally, countries are taking practical approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.“The US government applauds this spirit of co-operation and hopes the initiative will help Jamaica achieve its sustainable economic growth and development objectives, becoming a more climate resilient and food secure nation in the process,” she said.Mission Director of the USAID, Denise Herbol, said the project is a flagship programme under US President Barack Obama’s Global Climate Change Initiative. The Initiative is tailored to each country’s needs and has so far partnered with 21 countries, including Jamaica.“The programme will build on existing climate change related plans and strategies in Jamaica. The MoU signing brings us one step closer to gaining increased access to clean energy, while accelerating development and economic growth,” the Mission Director said. By O. Rodger Hutchinson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Sullinger Craft find friendship after rivalry

At a Jan. 18 press conference, Ohio State freshman point guard Aaron Craft was asked if he ever had a “Welcome to Ohio State” moment during summer scrimmages with former OSU players. His teammate, freshman forward Jared Sullinger, took the liberty of answering the question for him.“(Former OSU guard) Scoonie Penn calls him ‘Cheese,’ ’cause his last name is Craft,” Sullinger said. “So that was a ‘Welcome to Ohio State’ moment right there. He won’t tell you all, but I will.”As reporters roared with laughter, Craft took the moment to thank Sullinger sarcastically for sharing the formerly private information with the media.“And now that is outside the team.” Craft said. “Thank you, Jared.”Whether they’re joking around in a press conference or connecting on the court, it’s easy to see Craft and Sullinger have had chemistry — both on and off the court — since the moment they met. Sullinger, however, said his and Craft’s friendship was born out of a rivalry that dates to middle school AAU basketball.“What’s funny is, me and Craft was enemies in the eighth grade,” Sullinger said. “I didn’t like Craft ’cause he played for All-Ohio Red and I played for Columbus Jaguars, and they constantly beat our butt until nationals.”The following season, Sullinger left the Jaguars to join Craft’s All-Ohio Red team. Craft said he vividly remembers the moment he found out he would be teaming up with his former rival.“The first AAU practice we had in ninth grade, Jared wasn’t with us at the time, and after practice, our coach told us that he was going to play with us, and I’m not going to lie, I got pretty excited,” Craft said. “I knew who he was; I knew what he could do; and once I finally met him, we definitely kind of just formed a bond.”Alongside OSU freshmen Jordan Sibert and J.D. Weatherspoon, who was ruled academically ineligible for Winter Quarter, Craft and Sullinger continued to play for All-Ohio Red in AAU basketball tournaments during the springs and summers throughout their high-school careers. Sullinger said Craft’s abilities always impressed him, even if opposing teams underestimated Craft.“He played on a team full of black guys. You know how there’s that one guy, they classify him as a shooter? So every time Aaron got into the game they were like, ‘Watch the shooter; watch the shooter.’ And the next thing you know, he blows by you,” Sullinger said. “He’s always been the underdog, and he’s always embraced it, and so being with him for the past four years and just watching how everybody attacks him just because of the way he looks, the way he carries himself, it’s pretty funny.”Opposing teams weren’t underestimating Sullinger. After earning a reputation as one of the top players in his class, Sullinger accepted a scholarship offer from OSU following his freshman season of high school. OSU coach Thad Matta enlisted Sullinger to help to fill out the rest of the 2010 recruiting class.“When I committed to Ohio State, coach Matta said we need to add more people to the class. Not more so, you know, top-ranked basketball players, but solid basketball players,” Sullinger said. “I kept telling him about Aaron. I was like, ‘Coach, get Aaron. You got to get Aaron.’”By the time Matta relented to Sullinger’s plea to offer his AAU teammate a scholarship, it appeared to be too late, as Craft had already committed to play college basketball for coach Bruce Pearl at Tennessee.“When I was first committed, I was definitely just kind of focused and trying to enjoy my high school career,” Craft said. “I was glad to have the decision out of the way, and I was happy with my decision.”To the delight of both Sullinger and Matta, Craft reconsidered his options as his junior year of high school came to a close, and he backed away from his commitment to Tennessee. Less than two weeks after de-committing from the Volunteers, Craft was the newest addition to OSU’s 2010 recruiting class.“Once you started hitting AAU, I mean we had Jared over here and Jordan (Sibert) kind of just plant some things in my ear,” Craft said. “I definitely just had to reevaluate the decision I made in the fall.”Sullinger didn’t deny playing a role in recruiting Craft to join him at OSU.“I threw some text messages once I heard he was reevaluating,” Sullinger said. “Luckily, my buddy here, he came to Ohio State.”Craft said he has enjoyed continuing his friendship with Sullinger at the college level.“I’m just very pleased and happy with how everything has worked out,” Craft said. “It’s definitely just been great to have a person like Jared just beside me the whole way, and just to have that calming hand, and he’s definitely just a great guy to have around at all times.”Sullinger and Craft have played key roles in helping advance OSU to its first 20-0 start since the 1961-62 season. Sullinger said the Buckeyes’ addition of Craft has made his college experience more enjoyable — both on and off the court.“With a player like Aaron Craft, it was the best pickup we got,” Sullinger said. “It’s a real pleasure to have him, one as my friend, and two as a teammate.” read more

Klopp wary of Nigerian strikers threat

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he is concerned by the threat posed by Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho.The reds face Leicester in the Premier League at the King Power stadium this weekend, and the host will be without star striker Jamie Vardy who is still serving suspension after picking up a red card against Fulham in the second game of the season.However, Klopp has warned his players to be wary of the threat posed by Kelechi Iheanacho who has replaced Vardy in the starting line-up.“Jamie, what a player. He causes pretty much every team problems with his style of play, going in behind, on the shoulder. It’s difficult to defend, and makes him special, different to all the other strikers in the Premier League,” Klopp said in a pre-match conference, according to Goal.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Now he will not play, that changes a few moments in a game for Leicester, but Iheanacho is a very good striker as well. They changed their style anyway.”“They’re a very good team, you see the work of Claude Puel paying off with Maddison, Gray, that offensive line, not a lot of teams in the Premier League have that.”“The preparation for the game was really interesting, because Leicester are playing good football. I think they are full of confidence after the last result which always helps. It will be difficult for us, but we are in a good moment as well. We go there and try everything to get the result we deserve. Maybe we can deserve a win, we have to be at our best.”last_img read more