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Andre Charles appointed ‘Football Ambassador’ of Paramakatoi

first_imgWAYNE Forde, president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), has appointed Andre Charles as a ‘Football Ambassador of the Village of Paramakatoi’ following his visit to the community August 26-28.Forde’s visit to the Region 8 community was on invitation from the Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs and Patron of Women’s Football, Hon. Valerie Garrido-Lowe.In a letter to Charles, Forde said, “I left your village with a renewed sense of purpose, clarity and direction. The many wonderful memories and inspiring moments I took with me will be cherished for the rest of my life. Your beautiful Paramakatoi is a picturesque village that is second only to the warmth of its lovely people.”The appointment is for one year and according to the federation, Charles will be responsible for attending meetings with the Sports Council as a representative of the GFF president, attending GFF’s Congresses, welcoming visiting officials to the village on behalf of the GFF president, travelling with the GFF president to regional events and promoting the beautiful game of football throughout the regionDuring the visit, the president and the minister witnessed community football matches and also interacted with the villagers.last_img read more

PSG fight to go six clear in France

first_img– ‘Small dose of destiny’ –The rapture was short-lived however as Meunier again calmly slotted home as Mbappe put the ball on a platter for him deep into injury time.“It was a small dose of destiny,” Meunier said.Meunier has now scored three league goals in his last two appearances, further strengthening his case for inclusion in Wednesday’s Champions League tie at Anderlecht.“We knew it would be tough but we were not expecting to have to fight like that,” France midfielder Adrien Rabiot told French television after the game.“For them it was their game of the season and their mentality and team spirit made us use up a great deal of energy.”Swiss prosecutors revealed this week they are probing PSG chairman Khelaifi, who heads the Qatari-owned beIN Media group, and disgraced former FIFA executive Jerome Valcke over the sale of media rights for World Cups from 2018-2030. FIFA said Friday it was also investigating Khelaifi over the media rights issue.Elsewhere on Saturday, Marcelo Bielsa’s Lille conceded a last-gasp equaliser to draw 2-2 at home with Troyes and remain without a win since the opening weekend of the season.Stephane Darbion stunned the struggling hosts inside three minutes at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, but close-season signing Luiz Araujo equalised nine minutes later.His fellow Brazilian Thiago Mendes struck to put Lille ahead, but Adama Niane converted a 92nd-minute penalty to pile the pressure on Lille’s beleaguered Argentinian boss.Saint-Etienne scored three times late on to beat Metz 3-1 and move up to third in the table, although Marseille, Bordeaux and Nantes will all be looking to leapfrog them when they play on Sunday.On Friday, Nabil Fekir’s last-gasp free-kick delivered three crucial points to Lyon as their captain sealed a home win over champions Monaco, who rested Colombian striker Radamel Falcao ahead of their midweek hosting of Besiktas.Share on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | A Thomas Meunier brace gave Paris Saint-Germain a hard-fought 2-1 win at Dijon in Ligue 1 on Saturday after the hosts thought they’d earned a late draw through Benjamin Jeannot’s stunning volley.The result gives PSG, whose chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi is under investigation in his capacity as beIN Media chief over the sale of World Cup broadcasting rights, a six-point lead over second-placed Monaco who lost 3-2 at Lyon on Friday. Belgian right-back Meunier held his nerve to slot the opening goal past prone Dijon goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet, who had just parried a shot in what was an excellent performance.His teammate Jeannot’s goal will be a contender for goal of the season, running at full tilt he fired a left-footed volley with such force in the 87th minute it left PSG keeper Alphonse Areola rooted to the spot. “We are very focused on the league and the Champions League,” said PSG coach Unai Emery.“The president (Khelaifi) speaks constantly with Antero (Henrique, sporting director). I am kept informed at all times, and he told me that he would be with us for Wednesday’s game (at Anderlecht).”Match-winner Meunier insisted he was “1,000 percent” sure the dressing room wasn’t affected by the Khelaifi accusations.“It has nothing to do with the players of PSG, it doesn’t concern us,” he said.In a packed and raucous stadium, Dijon made a real fight of it as a PSG side deprived of Edinson Cavani, Marco Verratti, Thiago Motta, Thiago Silva and Layvin Kurzawa were given a rough time by the hosts.Emery said after the game that Cavani had been struggling with a foot problem that he suffered before playing for Uruguay in their final World Cup qualifiers.Angel Di Maria, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe could have scored a hatful and PSG hit the woodwork twice before their go-ahead goal on 70 minutes.last_img read more

WSDOT: Memorial Day Weekend Travel Requires Planning Ahead

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of Transportationwith summer-like weather already here, travelers hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend should prepare for additional traffic – especially during peak travel times.By following these steps, travelers can plan ahead for wherever they’re headed during the three-day weekend:Check the Washington State Department of Transportation’s best times to travel charts to help plan your trip and avoid congestion.Get informed about WSDOT’s online tools, including the WSDOT mobile app, traffic cameras and email alerts.Visit online traveler informationfor traffic, weather and ferry schedules.Follow WSDOT’s social media accounts, such as Twitterand Facebook.Pre-program your vehicle radio to 530 AM and 1610 AM for highway advisory radio alerts.Call 5-1-1 for updated road conditions.Allow extra time for travel to avoid rushing or distraction.Most state highway construction work is suspended through the holiday weekend – including Monday, May 27 – to ease congestion. However, please stay alert for new lane shifts or work zone staging areas that may remain in place.Snoqualmie PassNo lane closures or other construction is planned on Interstate 90 from Friday, May 24, until to Tuesday, May 28. However, the usual holiday increase in traffic volumes means travelers should expect delays, especially eastbound on Friday, May 24, and westbound Monday, May 27. Receive text message alerts about significant delays by texting the number 468311 with the words “WSDOT Snoqualmie.”Chinook and Cayuse passesBoth Chinook Pass, State Route 410, and Cayuse Pass, SR 123, are expected to be open in time for the Memorial Day weekend, but exact dates and other details are still being finalized. Check the Chinook and Cayuse passes webpage for updates as the holiday approaches. Both these passes close each winter due to weather and hazardous conditions.TollingIn the Puget Sound, weekend toll rates will be in effect on Monday, May 27, on the State Route 520 bridge. The Interstate 405 express toll lanes will be free and open to all drivers on the Monday holiday. Out-of-town travelers, including those using rental cars, can learn about toll roads and short term account options on the Good to Go! visitors page.Travelers making a trip by ferry, train, personal aircraft or bus also should plan ahead to avoid holiday delays:Anticipate heavy ferry traffic for the holiday and plan accordingly. Peak travel times on most routes are expected to be westbound Thursday and Friday, May 23-24, and eastbound, Monday, May 27. Check the Washington State Ferries website, wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/, or call toll-free 888-808-7977 for details, including reservations on some routes. Customers also can bypass vehicle lines by traveling as a walk-on passenger.Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. All Amtrak Cascades trains require reservations. Visit amtrakcascades.com/or call 800–USA–RAIL for details.For information about traveling via state-operated airports, visit wsdot.wa.gov/aviation/airports/Amenities.htmor call 800-552-0666.Check with local public transit agenciesfor any holiday schedule or service changes, including some Dial-A-Ride and fixed-route service that may not run on holidayslast_img read more

Leafs expect injured vets back in lineup for weekend

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily Sports EditorIf the Nelson Leafs didn’t have bad luck the team would have no luck at all.Already icing one of the youngest rosters in the entire Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, the Leafs played most of last weekend without the services of three veteran players — forwards Gavin Currie and Cody Abbey and defenceman Tyler Parfeniuk.The result had the Leafs losing two of three, including a 6-2 pasting at the hands of the lowly Grand Forks Border Bruins.On the positive side, the 2010 KIJHL finalists did manage to get its first win of the season, a 3-2 win against an ever-improving Penticton Lakers squad, to right the ship, a little.“We haven’t been healthy since the beginning of the season,” Leaf coach and GM, Chris Shaw told The Nelson Daily Tuesday.“We have such a young club that the impact of losing three veterans is huge and changes the dynamics of the team.”Currie did manage to get in a few shifts during the loss to Beaver Valley and Sunday’s win over the Lakers, but did not look at full strength fighting a nagging upper body injury.Abbey spent Sunday’s encounter sitting in the stands. The Leafs definitely missed the 6’2”, 200-pound winger huge body in front of the net.As for Parfeniuk, the rugged Kelowna defenceman has played in just one game this season thanks to a shoulder injury.Shaw expects Abbey and Currie back in the lineup in the return match Saturday against the Bruins in Grand Forks.However, Parfeniuk will remain on the disabled list. “The game last week was a weird one,” Shaw explained when asked about the loss to the Bruins. “Grand Forks scored six power play goals, which is almost unheard of in junior hockey.”“Still there are no excuses the way we played in Grand Forks,” he added.Shaw did add a fresh face to the Leaf lineup Sunday in the form of Marcus Dhal, a speedy, but small, 17-year-old forward from the Calgary Royals of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.At 5’8”, 165-pounds, Dahl adds some speed to the Leafs front line.“He’s a skilled forward who played last season for the Okanagan Hockey Association Major Midget team,” Shaw said.The road doesn’t get any easier for the Leafs. After playing Grand Forks Friday, Nelson plays host to the always-tough Fernie Ghostriders Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.STAT LINE: Nelson, 1-4, is not only last in the Murdoch Division, but the Green and White hold down the bottom spot in the league in goals scored this season at 1.80 per game. Fernie Ghostriders are tops with 4.70 goals per game. Nelson has also allowed 4.40 goals per game, second worst in the KIJHL behind Princeton Posse. . . . Connor McLaughlin leads the team in scoring with four points, including three goals. In contrast, Thierry Martine of Osoyoos Coyotes and Duncan Schulz of Kamloops Storm lead the league, each with nine points. Martine has six goals in four [email protected]last_img read more

Help for the $61,950-a-year poor

first_imgExplaining a simple proposal to help people squirrel away gold for their golden years, Hillary Clinton said that a person “should not require a Ph.D. to save for retirement.” But can even Ph.D.s understand liberalism’s arithmetic and logic? Consider the controversy over the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which is up for renewal. Most Republicans favor extending it. Almost all Democrats, and some Republicans, favor expanding it in a way that transforms it. SCHIP is described as serving “poor children” or children of “the working poor.” Everyone agrees that it is for “low income” people. Under the bill that Democrats hope to pass today over the president’s veto, states could extend eligibility to households earning $61,950. But America’s median household income is $48,201. How can people above the median income be eligible for a program serving lower income people? Politics often operates on the Humpty Dumpty Rule (in “Through the Looking Glass,” he says, “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less”). But the people currently preening about their compassion should have some for the English language. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Clinton’s idea for helping Americans save for retirement is this: Any family that earns less than $60,000 and that puts $1,000 into a new 401(k)-type plan would receive a matching $1,000 tax cut. For those earning between $60,000 and $100,000 the government would match half of the first $1,000. She proposes to pay for this by taxing people who will be stoical about this – dead people – by freezing the estate tax exemption at its 2009 level. A conservative case can be made for something like Clinton’s proposal. It is a case for reducing the supply of government by reducing demand for it, and doing so by giving people ownership of enlarged private assets as a basis for their security. President Bush made this case in his advocacy of personal accounts financed by a portion of individuals’ Social Security taxes and invested in funds based on equities and bonds. When he proposed this, Clinton stridently opposed him, and not just because she thought it would undermine Social Security’s solvency and political support. She also said it was a dangerous gamble that would make retirement insecure by linking retirement savings to the stock market. Today her Web site calls her proposal a way to save for “a secure retirement.” After an undisclosed epiphany, she belatedly recognizes that 401(k) funds invested in equities are a foundation for security. John Edwards, too, has puzzling ideas. For the entertainment of Iowans, he has reinvented himself as a 19th-century Kansan – Mary Elizabeth Lease, the prairie populist who urged farmers to “raise less corn and more Hell.” In August, Edwards urged an Iowa audience to throw off Washington’s yoke: “We need to take the power out of the hands of these insiders that are rigging the system against you.” To measure how much Iowans are suffering from the rigging, Stephen Slivinski of the libertarian Cato Institute was asked to mine the most recent Census Bureau data. He concluded that Iowans paid $15.6 billion in revenues to the federal government and got $19.4 billion back, a gain of $1,286.53 per Iowan. But that is not all. Washington has rigged the system to inundate corn-growing Iowa with subsidies for corn-based ethanol. Slivinski says it is difficult to pin down the Iowa corn farmers’ harvest of dollars because the subsidies come from exemptions from excise taxes and tariffs (54 cents per imported gallon) that stifle competition from cheap ethanol imports. It is, however, reasonable to add $2 billion to Iowa’s gain from Washington’s rigging of the system, so the average Iowan’s gain is at least $1,963.65. Suppose Iowa did not have crucial presidential nominating caucuses. Or suppose it had them but that its crucial crop were, say, broccoli rather than corn. Would the federal government still be, well, rigging the system to create a phony “market” to satisfy a specious “demand” for mandatory and subsidized ethanol? No, but it probably would be mandating broccoli at every meal. George Will’s e-mail address is [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

A Net-Zero-Energy Home in Rural Tennessee

first_imgOn my thousand-mile quality assurance road trip last week, I visited a house that was designed to produce more energy than it uses, making it a net zero energy home. You can take any house all the way to net zero just by giving it enough on-site power production (photovoltaics, wind, hydropower…), but that’s not the most effective way to achieve the goal of net zero energy use. First, you want to make the house really efficient, and that’s what these folks did. Super efficient and powered with renewable energyThey did a great job with the rest of the energy efficiency details, too. It’s becoming the norm these days, but I’ll mention anyway that they used double pane, low-e windows. The ceiling fans, lights, and appliances all were super efficient as well. They also installed a ground-source heat pump with all ducts in the conditioned attic. That means there was no duct leakage to the outside. Of course, they installed a solar hot water system, too; you can see the solar thermal collector on the roof, to the right of the PV modules, in one of the photos.Once they made the house as efficient as possible, the amount of on-site power production they needed to get to net zero was smaller. The photovoltaic system on the south-facing roof ended up at about 8 kilowatts, which actually should put them below net zero. That means that the power company will be sending them money each year.So, how do you build a net zero energy home? The first thing to do is to have someone like Jack Cowan on your team. Jack is a HERS rater in the Memphis, Tennessee area, and he started his rating company, Cowanhouse, over a decade ago. The house described in this article is going to be his nephew’s home, and Jack has helped with the design and construction, as well as being the rater on the project. He’s done a number of other renewable energy projects, too, including another net zero house whose owners have never paid a utility bill. Jack did all the modeling and specifications for the PV system here.Meeting great people doing amazing work is one of the reasons I love what I do so much. As tight as a Passive HouseIf you’re a home energy pro, the photo of the duct leakage test fan hooked up to the Blower Door frame may look a little odd to you (unless you work on Passive House or similar super-efficient projects). That’s my setup when I was testing the house for air leakage. Yes, I really was running a Blower Door test with a Duct Blaster fan. Even better, I was running the fan with the smallest ring (Ring 3). Because the house was so tight, I needed to use equipment that would give me better resolution than the larger Blower Door fan.This house was really, really tight. The air leakage was 200 cfm50, which translated to about 0.5 ACH50. For reference, the Georgia energy code requires all new homes to test at 7 ACH50 or less. The Passive House standard for air leakage is 0.6 ACH50. Any house that tight needs mechanical ventilation, of course, and they installed a combined ERV and HEPA filter system made by Broan.Wondering how they got the house that tight? They took a number of measures, all of them designed to eliminate the common sources of air leakage:Simple design – only 4 corners and a single gable roofSlab foundationInsulating Concrete Form (ICF) wallsSpray foam insulation on the rooflinelast_img read more

25 days agoKeisuke Honda sends message to AC Milan after Man Utd plea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Keisuke Honda sends message to AC Milan after Man Utd pleaby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJapanese great Keisuke Honda has invited former club AC Milan to make him an offer.The forward is a free agent and has already made a ‘come and plea’ to Manchester United on social media.Honda has now done the same with AC Milan, declaring: “I have always wanted to help you. Call me when you need me! @acmilan”.I have always wanted to help you. Call me when you need me! @acmilan— KeisukeHonda (@kskgroup2017) September 30, 2019 last_img read more

SKECHERS Foundation Raises 14 Million and Donates RecordBreaking Funds to Children with

first_imgThe SKECHERS Foundation celebrated its seventh annual SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk with a check presentation ceremony on Thursday, March 10 at the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, California.SKECHERS President Michael Greenberg, SKECHERS CFO and COO David Weinberg, fitness guru Denise Austin and Sugar Ray LeonardThe Foundation presented its largest donation totals in the history of the walk: $434,000 for The Friendship Foundation – a non-profit organization that assists children with special needs and their families – and $932,000 dedicated to six education foundations. In addition, the SKECHERS Foundation distributed $25,000 in scholarship funds to several deserving high school students. The scholars were recognized for their outstanding capabilities, their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.“Each year we set a goal for our annual Walk,” said SKECHERS president Michael Greenberg. “And this year we set our highest goal yet $1.2 million. When we surpassed our goal and reached a record high of $1.4 million, I was ecstatic with the success and knowing that we could have an even greater impact this year on children with special needs and public education. Our corporate sponsors, celebrity ambassadors, community leaders and dedicated walkers make this all possible. Their support helps to create a better future for our children, and their spirit of giving continues to grow and meet their needs.”The Friendship Foundation unites children with special needs and teen volunteers through one-on-one peer mentoring and social recreational activities, creating emotional bonds that improve the lives of kids and their families.“The generous donations from the SKECHERS Foundation have funded the growth of our organization,” said Yossi Mintz, Executive Director of Friendship Foundation. “We have programs running six days a week, including 28 school clubs in ten school districts. This past year we accumulated over 11,000 volunteer hours and have 56 unique programs including Camp Got Friends – a two-week summer day camp that serves 110 children with special needs. The continued support from SKECHERS over the past seven years has been instrumental to our success.”In addition to supporting the Friendship Foundation, the Walk provides funding for public education. “The SKECHERS Friendship Walk helps support positions and programs that are essential to a high quality education,” said Carolyn Niman, Executive Director of the Peninsula Education Foundation. “We can hire more counselors and teachers, and now receive crucial funds for elementary PE, music and library staff, as well as our award-winning STEM program which incorporates hands-on projects in order to help kids learn engineering concepts.”The SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk has become California’s largest charity event supporting children with special needs and education. Since its inception in 2009, the Walk has united over 54,000 participants and raised over $5.5 million to support The Friendship Foundation and education foundations committed to saving teachers’ jobs, retaining vital academic programs, maintaining smaller class sizes, improving libraries and upgrading school technology. In 2015 alone, more than 13,000 attended the Walk, along with numerous celebrities such as model and entrepreneur Brooke Burke-Charvet, legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and fitness enthusiast Denise Austin.In addition to headlining sponsor Nickelodeon, the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk thanks its sponsors that include: Wells Fargo, Steel Sports, South Bay Vein and Laser Group, The Claudette and Ethan Rickett Care Foundation, Ross, Zappos.com, Tour de Pier, DIRECTV, Body Glove, Kids Foot Locker, United Legwear, JAKKS Pacific, Marshalls, Cushman & Wakefield, Caskey & Caskey, Siltanen & Partners Advertising, Continental Development, Northrop Grumman, Equinox, Mattel, Chevron, and many others who have given funds and support to provide a better future for children.last_img read more

Watch Game 7 Of The World Series With FiveThirtyEight By Reading Our

In less than a week, you may have heard, there’s a midterm election in the United States of America. This is sort of a big deal for us at FiveThirtyEight. Such a big deal that our estimable tech team of Jeremy Weinrib and Paul Schreiber arranged a fancy live-blogging platform so you can snuggle up next to us for hours on election night. It’ll be cozy.We’ve known for weeks that we’d need to give the platform a test drive, and we decided that we’d do that Wednesday, on the second night of the NBA season. We’d get together our crew of basketball writers (the ones who wrote our NBA team previews), buy some pizzas and use an algorithm to project whether Giannis Antetokounmpo has finally stopped growing.But as the San Francisco Giants discovered last night, Jake Peavy has a habit of ruining the best-laid plans.About the time Game 6 of the World Series passed a 95 percent win probability, we made the call to scuttle the NBA live blog. Instead, you’ll get to hang with us as we watch Game 7. We’ll argue that Jeremy Guthrie shouldn’t pitch more than three innings, locate where the Giants dynasty of the past five seasons would rank compared to others and, Yost-willing, debate the merits of the sacrifice bunt.It’s going to be great. Or a total disaster. Come and find out which. 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday. Here on FiveThirtyEight. read more

Let the madness begin Breaking down the bracket

3. Coach Bo Ryan leads No. 4-seeded Wisconsin (23-8) into the NCAA Tournament for the 10th consecutive year. The Badgers will play the Atlantic Sun Conference champion, No. 13-seeded Belmont Bruins (30-4), in the first round. 3. After being in contention for a No. 1 seed for most of the season, No. 4 seed Texas fell after losing three of four games to unranked teams late in February. The Longhorns will take on No. 13 seed Oakland, who some have pegged to be a Cinderella team after winning the Summit League Championship. 5. Kemba Walker took No. 3 seed Connecticut to a five-games-in-five-days championship run to the Big East Tournament — a conference that sent 11 teams to the NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 26 points per game in the conference tournament. UConn takes on No. 14 Bucknell, which won the Patriot League title.   Southwest Region 1. No. 1 seed Kansas is the deepest team in the nation, but at times loses focus defensively. Nevertheless, the Jayhawks are a legitimate title contender and are the overwhelming favorite to win the region. East Region 1. Ohio State, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, is the favorite, not only to win its region, but to be the last team standing come April 4. The Buckeyes should cruise until a potential matchup with No. 4 seed Kentucky in the Sweet 16. 2. No. 6 seed Xavier’s Tu Holloway is the best player you’ve never heard of. The Atlantic-10 Player of the Year was second in the A-10 in points, assists, steals and free-throw percentage. Holloway also has recorded two triple-doubles on the season, and scored 26 points in last season’s Elite 8 loss against Kansas State. 3. The best first-round tilt will take place between No. 8 seed George Mason and No. 9 seed Villanova. George Mason comes in winner of 16 of its last 17 games, while Villanova has lost five in a row and seven of its last nine. This game will feature two teams that look to push the tempo, evidenced by both squads’ 73-points-a-game averages. 4. No. 2 seed North Carolina is the only team in the region with enough size potentially to get OSU’s big men in foul trouble, and the talent to go shot for shot with the Buckeyes. However, the Tar Heels’ tournament inexperience is a major concern. 5. That said, OSU will win the East Region. The Buckeyes boast an impeccable combination of youth and experience, as well as perimeter shooting and inside play. That should be enough for them to reach their second Final Four in four years. West Region 1. No. 1 seed Duke likely needed its championship run in the ACC Tournament to secure a No. 1 seed after beating North Carolina, 75-58, in the conference title game. The Blue Devils benefited from Notre Dame falling to Louisville in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament. There’s speculation about whether star freshman guard Kyrie Irving’s toe injury will allow him to participate in the tournament. 4. No. 2 seed San Diego State was the second-to-last team in the country to remain undefeated, behind OSU. The Aztecs suffered their only two losses to BYU, but beat BYU, 72-54, in the Mountain West championship game Saturday. They take on No. 15 seed Northern Colorado, led by guard Devon Beitzel’s 21.4 points per game. 2. Purdue gets a favorable draw as a No. 3 seed. Look for its veteran leadership and scoring to carry it on a deep tournament run. 3. No. 10 seed Florida State has star player Chris Singleton returning from injury and the Seminoles’ defensive mindset allows them to match up with anyone. Notre Dame will have its hands full in round two. 4. Few expected Louisville to be a No. 4 seed come March. Don’t be surprised if Rick Pitino’s squad continues to exceed expectations. 4. Michigan State was named the Southeast region’s No. 10 seed after posting a 19-14 record and advancing the Big Ten Tournament’s semifinal round. The Spartans will play No. 7-seeded UCLA (22-10) in the first round. This is the Spartans’ 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. 2. No. 8 seed Michigan will take on the team that took out OSU last year in the Sweet 16, No. 9 seed Tennessee, in the first round. The Wolverines ranked 249th in the country in scoring and will face the Volunteers, led by 6-foot-7 Scotty Hopson’s 17.4 points per game. 2. 2010 NCAA Tournament runner-up Butler (23-9) is the No. 8 seed in the Southeast Region. The Bulldogs will play No. 9-seeded Old Dominion (27-6) in the first round. 5. Upsets in matches between 12th- and fifth-seeded teams are always trendy, but Atlantic 10 Tournament champion Richmond poses a legitimate threat to the region. Remember the name Justin Harper. The 6-foot-10 forward with 3-point range could make a name for himself. Southeast Region 1. UNC-Asheville will take on Arkansas-Little Rock on Tuesday in the Southeast Region’s play-in game. The winner will assume the region’s No. 16 seed and play No. 1-seeded Pittsburgh (27-5) in its next game. 5. The Florida Gators (26-7) were named the Southeast Region’s No. 2 seed. On Nov. 16, Ohio State defeated the Gators, 93-75, in Gainesville, Fla. read more

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