Dunk City loses its top gun

first_img“Inside the 20s” runs Thursdays. To comment on this story, email Nick at [email protected] or visit dailytrojan.com. When center Dewayne Dedmon announced Wednesday that he was forgoing his senior season and entering the NBA draft, you couldn’t help but wonder what new head coach Andy Enfield thought of the move.Many believe there is a very small chance that Dedmon, who averaged 6.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game last season, will get drafted. And Enfield, with four years of NBA coaching experience, must have known this before Dedmon made his decision.But my guess is that Enfield’s primary concerns were with his own team, not Dedmon’s potential next one.Enfield arrived in Los Angeles with one main goal: to generate some excitement about the USC basketball program that has been anything but exciting in recent years. Florida Gulf Coast’s “Dunk City” moniker has inevitably followed Enfield to the West Coast, and in his introductory press conference, Enfield expressed his desire to continue his fast-paced, above-the-rim style at USC.But with Dedmon’s announcement, Enfield’s plans might need some re-thinking.At FGCU, much of the credit for the Eagles’ high-flying style was given to senior captain Sherwood Brown and point guard Brett Comer, who led the team in scoring and assists, respectively. But FGCU’s thunderous throw downs were only made possible because of bigs, such as Chase Fieler and Eric McKnight, who could run the floor and make dynamic finishes off of lobs and no-look passes.The only player the Trojans had who fit that description just left the building.In Dedmon, USC had a player that fit perfectly into Enfield’s style. Already at 7-feet tall, his long arms, leaping ability and strong motor would have made him an alley-oop waiting to happen in an up-tempo system. Now, though, the Trojans will struggle to find players who fit that type of play.Junior center Omar Oraby figures to see the biggest increase in minutes, but he struggled with stamina last season and implementing a fast pace would only seem to make it tougher for him to stay on the court. And forcing him into playing more when he’s fatigued would make Oraby an even bigger liability on defense, where the Cairo, Egypt, native averaged 2.1 fouls per game despite playing only 14.6 minutes per contest.After Oraby, the cupboard gets pretty bare in the frontcourt. The next-tallest player on the team is 6-foot-9 freshman Strahinja Gavrilovic, who played just 11 total minutes last season and is very much an unknown. Next is freshman Zach Banner who, also at 6-foot-9, is an offensive lineman for the football team and, at a listed weight of 335 pounds, should not figure to take well to Enfield’s style.After those two, redshirt junior Ari Stewart is the team’s only forward. At 6-foot-7, he could be a valuable stretch-four and will most likely thrive in an up-tempo system, but having such an undersized player at the power forward position would be a huge detriment.As far as incoming players are concerned, the only big man that USC has signed for its 2013 class is Nikola Jovanovic of Serbia. He’s 6-foot-10 but, at only 215 pounds, should not be expected to make large contributions during his first season with the program.So what is Enfield going to do now that one of his main assets has left? I think he should stay the course. “Dunk City” might not happen for the 2013-14 season, but the best thing for an undersized team to do is run, run and run some more, and that’s still Enfield’s main goal.USC definitely still has the personnel to get up and down the floor, with Stewart, junior guard J.T. Terrell (who made his share of highlight-reel dunks last year) and sophomore guard Byron Wesley all coming back next season. The Trojans also have a pair of freshman guards returning in Chass Bryan and Brendyn Taylor, as well as a trio of incoming perimeter players in Kahlil Dukes, Julian Jacobs and Gatorade California player of the year Roschon Prince.But this team still has plenty of struggles ahead of it. USC had the luxury of three seven-footers last season, and that number has now dwindled to one. Having the ability to essentially use Dedmon and Oraby as a platoon at center instantly gave the Trojans a leg up on every other team, but now they are left with only one experienced big man who might not even fit in with Enfield’s style.In addition, the Trojans will break in a new starting point guard next season with the loss of team captain Jio Fontan, but no one knows exactly who that will be. FGCU had Comer to run the show and figuring out who will play that role at USC next season should still be Enfield’s top priority.Fans should still be excited to see what Enfield can do with this small-ball type of lineup, but if they are expecting to see Dunk City take over the Galen Center, they might just have to keep waiting.last_img read more

OPTIMA to support Betfred’s Spanish market launch

first_img Share StumbleUpon Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Related Articles Share Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Submit OPTIMA has increased an existing partnership with the Betfred Group to provide the operator with its Omnichannel Player Account Management and Sports Betting system (OPTIMAMGS™) to enter the competitive Spanish market.Betfred Managing Director Mark Stebbings said that OPTIMA was the “natural choice” for Betfred to expand into the Spanish market. He explained: “We have partnered with Jacob Lopez and his team because of their professionalism and the flexibility of their technology as we expand internationally.”Jacob Lopez, OPTIMA CEO, added: “It is a pleasure working with the very knowledgeable Betfred team side by side. We are delighted that the Betfred management team appreciates the work our teams are doing in the United Kingdom, where they are one of the leading omnichannel operators.“The flexibility of our platform to adapt to different markets; the great combination of our Sports Betting and e-Gaming Omnichannel platform technology, together with Betfred’s sports betting and gaming expertise, will bring a leading international operator to the top of the Spanish market. “At OPTIMA, as we do for all our appreciated partners, we will work relentlessly for Betfred to fully deploy their product strategy in the very competitive Spanish market.”The initial agreement between the two parties, signed in December of 2017, saw the rollout of the OPTIMAMGS™ platform and Serverless v2 retail product for over 1,600 Betfred shops, supporting nearly 4,000 point of sale OTC terminals.last_img read more

FINN VALLEY ATHLETICS CLUB’S INCREDIBLE MEDALS OF HONOUR

first_imgFinn Valley AC will gather on November 4 to acknowledge the younger set at the club whom have garnered in excess of 100 national championship medals during the season just gone.It’s a list that underlines the organisation, work ethic and leadership at this successful local club.In addition to medals won there was representation at international level and countless others who formed the good news story. “So on Sunday November 4th at 7pm at the Valley Centre around four hundred athletes,  parents and family supporters will gather to say well done and offer encouragement for the year ahead,” said Patsy McGonagle.“It has been an incredible year and one we will all celebrate.”FINN VALLEY ALL-IRELAND MEDAL WINNERS 2011-2012KEEVATHOMPSON1SILVER MEDAL IN THE U-9 LONG JUMP TEAM EVENT, CORKBRENDACARR1SILVER MEDAL IN THE U-9 LONG JUMP TEAM EVENT, CORKDIARMUIDMC HUGH1SILVER MEDAL FOR DONEGAL IN THE “B” CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS LOUGH KEY, ROSCOMMONCAITLINMC GONAGLE1SILVER 4 X 100M RELAY CHILDRENS GAMES CORKLAURENCALLAGHAN2GOLD 60 TEAM & SILVER 4 X 100M RELAY, CORKAINEWILKINSON1SILVER 4 X 100M REALY, CORKJESSICAQUIGLEY3GOLD 60M TEAM, SILVER 4X100M RELAY & BRONZE IN THE BALL THROWDANELLAJANSEN4SILVER (CLUB), SILVER (COUNTY) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, CURRAGH.SILVER 4 X 100M RELAY & BRONZE IN THE BALL THROW, CORKLAURENMC DAID1SILVER (CLUB) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, CURRAGH.KEITHMC COLGAN1SILVER (CLUB) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, CURRAGH.JACKGILLESPIE4IRISH “B” CHAMPION, SILVER MEDAL FOR DONEGAL IN THE “B” CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS LOUGH KEY, ROSCOMMON. BRONZE 600M INDOOR CHAMPS, NENAGH.SILVER (CLUB) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, CURRAGH.SEANMC DONAGH1GOLD MEDAL IN THE U-12 BALL THROW, TULLAMORE.OISINMC ELHINNEY1BRONZE MEDAL 4 X 100M U-12 BOYS, TULLAMOREEMERO’NEIL3SILVER (CLUB), SILVER (COUNTY), BRONZE (ULSTER) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, CURRAGH.SHANEMC MONAGLE3GOLD (CLUB) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, SLIGO.SILVER (CLUB) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, CURRAGH.BRONZE MEDAL 4 X 100M U-12 BOYS, TULLAMORE.ALEXMC GEEHAN1SILVER (CLUB) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, CURRAGH.ZOEKELLY1SILVER (CLUB) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, CURRAGH.ADAMMC CRUDDEN1SILVER (CLUB) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, CURRAGH.PAURICHARROLD2SILVER (CLUB) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, CURRAGH.BRONZE MEDAL 4 X 100M U-12 BOYS, TULLAMORE.AINEKERR2SILVER U-12 LONG JUMP INDOOR CHAMPS, NENAGH.SILVER U-12 LONG JUMP OUTDOOR CHAMPS, TULLAMORE.AOIFEMC GRATH5INDIVDUAL (8TH), SILVER (CLUB), SILVER (COUNTY), BRONZE (ULSTER) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, CURRAGH.BRONZE (COUNTY) IN THE X-COUNTRY RELAYS, LOUGH KEY, ROSCOMMON.SINEADGALLAGHER1SILVER (CLUB) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, CURRAGHADAMMC GRANAGHAN1GOLD (CLUB) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, SLIGO.SAMUELMC LINTOCK2GOLD (CLUB) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, SLIGO.SILVER (CLUB) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, CURRAGHAARONMC GLYNN8IRISH CHAMPION U-11 X-COUNTRY SLIGO,U-12 600M INDOOR NENAGH & 600M OUTDOOR TULLAMORE.GOLD (CLUB) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, SLIGO.GOLD (COUNTY) X-COUNTRY RELAYS, LOUGH KEY, ROSCOMMON. Advertisement SILVER (CLUB) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, CURRAGH.BRONZE (ULSTER) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, CURRAGH.INDIVIDUAL MEDAL (5TH) U-13 X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, CURRAGH. LUKEGAVIGAN4GOLD (CLUB) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, SLIGO.GOLD (COUNTY) X-COUNTRY RELAYS, LOUGH KEY, ROSCOMMON.SILVER (CLUB) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, CURRAGH.INDIVIDUAL MEDAL (12TH) U-12 X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, SLIGO. Advertisement JAMIEKEGGAN1GOLD (CLUB) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, SLIGO.JAMESKELLY3GOLD & CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD (14.51M) U-13 SHOT PUTT INDOOR CHAMPS, NENAGH.GOLD & CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS (14.73M) U-13 SHOT PUTT & (36.12M) U-13 JAVELIN OUTDOOR CHAMPS, TULLAMORE.JANINEBOYLE2BRONZE U-14 200M & LONG JUMP OUTDOOR CHAMPS, TULLAMORE.CHARLESMC DAID1SILVER (CLUB) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, CURRAGH.NAOIMHMC GRANGAHAN2SILVER U-14 GIRLS JAVELIN & HAMMER OUTDOOR CHAMPS, TULLAMORE.DEVERKELLY1SILVER (CLUB) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, CURRAGH.KIERANBRADY1BRONZE U-14 BOYS HIGH JUMP INDOOR CHAMPS, NENAGH.BRYANMC NAMEE2SILVER (CLUB) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, CURRAGH.SILVER (COUNTY) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, SILGO.CALVINO’BRIEN1SILVER (CLUB) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, CURRAGH.PAURICPATTON2GOLD (ULSTER) & SILVER (COUNTY) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, SILGO.JACKMC GEEHAN1SILVER U-15 BOYS HIGH JUMP OUTDOOR CHAMPS, TULLAMORE.ELIOSECARLIN3GOLD (CLUB), SILVER (COUNTY) & INDIVIDUAL MEDAL (10TH) “B” CHAMPS, LOUGH KEY, ROSCOMMON.LAURAKELLY2GOLD (CLUB) & SILVER (COUNTY) “B” CHAMPS, LOUGH KEY, ROSCOMMON.LEANNEKELLY1SILVER (COUNTY) X-COUNTRY RELAYS, LOUGH KEY, ROSCOMMON.DENISEMC LAUGHLIN2GOLD (CLUB) & SILVER (COUNTY) “B” CHAMPS, LOUGH KEY, ROSCOMMON.JADELEEPER2IRISH CHAMPION U-16 GIRLS DISCUS & BRONZE SHOT PUTT OUTDOOR CHAMPS, TULLAMORE.EMERKELLY3GOLD (CLUB), SILVER (COUNTY) & INDIVIDUAL MEDAL (9TH) “B” CHAMPS, LOUGH KEY, ROSCOMMON.FELLANMC GUIGAN1IRISH CHAMPION U-17 HAMMER OUTDOOR CHAMPS, TULLAMORE.JOHNKELLY4IRISH CHAMPION U-17 SHOT (INDOOR) NENAGH & (OUTDOOR), DISCUS & SILVER MEDAL IN THE JAVELIN, TULLAMORE.BLAITHNAIDPATTON1SILVER MEDAL U-17 GIRLS TRIPLE JUMP OUTDOOR CHAMPS, TULLAMORE.DALTONMC GUIGAN1IRISH CHAMPION & CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD (9 MINS 47.60 SECONDS) U-18 BOYS 3,000M STEPPLECHASE OUTDOOR CHAMPS, TULLAMORE.SHAUNWOODS2SILVER MEDAL U-19 BOYS 400M INDOOR & OUTDOOR NENAGH & TULLAMORE.JUSTINBROWNE1BRONZE (COUNTY) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, SILGO.MARKBONNER2BRONZE (COUNTY) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, SILGO.INDIVIDUAL MEDAL (2ND) “B” CHAMPS, LOUGH KEY, ROSCOMMON.RYANPORTER2BRONZE (COUNTY) X-COUNTRY CHAMPS, SILGO.INDIVIDUAL MEDAL (3RD) “B” CHAMPS, LOUGH KEY, ROSCOMMON. SUMMARY FOR JUVENILES U-9 TO U-1915 NATIONAL INDIVIDUAL TITLES.1 IRISH SCHOOLS TITLE.2 NATIONAL CLUB TITLES3 IRISH CHAMPIONSHIP RECORDS100 ALL-IRELAND MEDALS FINN VALLEY ATHLETICS CLUB’S INCREDIBLE MEDALS OF HONOUR was last modified: October 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:FINN VALLEY ATHLETICS CLUB’S INCREDIBLE MEDALS OF HONOURlast_img read more