PBC Resident Pleads Guilty to Stealing Letters with $170,000 in Checks from Mailbox

first_imgA 34-year-old Palm Beach County resident plead guilty earlier this week to a one-count indictment for mail theft, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.Marchello Wilbon entered his plea on Wednesday for stealing mail with over $170,00 worth of checks from a Lantana home, the U.S. Attorney’s Office states.Court documents show that on July 15 at around 8:30 a.m., a resident on southeast Atlantic Drive placed letters containing 39 checks with a total value of about $171,599 in the mailbox outside the home.Wilbon is charged with stealing the mail. He is facing up to five years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines, and will be sentenced on December 13.last_img

Impressive winning streak over

first_imgIt’s been an impressive run for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team, who went on a 19-game winning streak dating back to last season. That winning streak has now become a 20-game unbeaten streak after playing to a 3-3 tie against archrival Minnesota.An interesting pattern has developed for the Badgers, who hold a record of seven wins, zero losses and one tie. That pattern has been noticeable so far this season with the Badgers winning the first game of a series but then facing a far more determined and resilient opponent in the second game.This first became apparent during the Badgers’ second series of the season versus St. Cloud State. Wisconsin won the first game easily, out-scoring St. Cloud 8-2. In the second game, St. Cloud came out playing far better than they had the night before and the Badgers won the hard-fought game by a score of 2-1.The following weekend, the Badgers traveled to Ohio State to take on the Buckeyes, whose ice rink is substantially smaller than a regulation sized arena. The Badgers won the first game 3-2 and went on to win by the same score in the second game of the series. Wisconsin had to post a comeback victory in the second game, with the winning goal scored by freshman forward Kyla Sanders with less than six minutes left in the third period. That game was marked by the number of chances squandered by the Badgers. “[The Ohio State Ice Rink] is a very small rink, and things happen very quickly,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “We should have probably had five or six more goals … than we did, but three was enough to win.”The pattern continued this weekend when the Badgers hosted the Minnesota Golden Gophers, who had a score to settle with Wisconsin after losing to the Badgers in the national championship game last season. However, the Gophers came out flat-footed in the opening game, losing by the score of 3-1.Just as St. Cloud State and Ohio State did, the Gophers came out much stronger in game two. Minnesota managed to score two goals in last 70 seconds of the game en route to the 3-3 tie.”Today [the Gophers] came out a little bit more intense … and a little stronger,” sophomore forward Erika Lawler said. The Badgers are taking the tie in stride, however, as freshman forward Meghan Duggan put it, “Overall I think our team played great … a win and a tie is better than a loss.””It’s a good learning experience, so we should take it for what it’s worth,” Lawler added.For whatever reason, the Badgers seem to bring out the best in an opposing team during the second game of every series. Perhaps it’s the fact that opponents often get drilled in the first game of the series and come out pumped for the second game, hoping to prevent a repeat of the night before.Or perhaps this pattern can be attributed to opponents realizing that they have to play their hearts out and bring everything they can to defeat the No. 1 ranked Badgers. A third possibility is that opposing teams go into the first game intimidated by the Badgers’ ranking and national championship title.Whatever it is, every series so far this season has had some degree of this pattern. In each series, particularly the series versus St. Cloud State, the caliber of play from Wisconsin’s opponents improved greatly in game two. It was almost as if two different teams took the ice against the Badgers. This pattern has been an interesting storyline so far, and it will be interesting to see how long it will hold up.last_img read more

PAINTING A PATH: How Amaya Finklea-Guity turned 2 ‘niches’ into Syracuse’s starting center

first_img Comments Published on November 4, 2019 at 1:12 am Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Half of Amaya Finklea-Guity’s identity still hangs inside the Noble and Greenough (Massachusetts) School admissions office. Eight adjacent portraits of her classmates fill the wall, pieces of her project detailing the underrepresentation in social media for African American females. Art was a talent that Finklea-Guity had always used to relieve stress. After a poor basketball practice or rough day at school, she’d retreat into her room and search for paper or a canvas.The other half hangs on the walls of Rappaport Gymnasium, overlooking the school’s basketball court. She led Nobles to four straight Independent School League championships, made the jump from bench player to starter her sophomore year and became a primary offensive option.When Finklea-Guity began boarding at Nobles her junior year, she needed both hobbies to adjust. Living on campus was the first extended time she spent away from her single mother. The two FaceTimed every night — “best friends,” high school head coach Alex Gallagher called them — and Finklea-Guity would make the 20-minute drive home on weekends.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The first few nights were tough,” Finklea-Guity said.She turned to art. Her senior year, she began to draw one portrait. Then, a second. Eventually, Finklea-Guity formed a collection of eight that stemmed into the larger project. But for years, she kept her talent hidden. Her dorm friends and basketball family were virtually the only people who Finklea-Guity let see her art.Finklea-Guity’s AAU coach Kim Benzan didn’t see Finklea-Guity’s work until she found a stray doodle lying around. For Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman, it wasn’t until Finklea-Guity showed him a bald eagle her second year at SU. Art was always a stress reliever, not a method to attract attention.,Since high school, she’s become more outgoing off the court and more vocal on it. She frequently uses an Instagram page to promote her work, and showcases it to her SU teammates. As SU turns to Finklea-Guity to take on an even larger role in 2019-20, she still leans on her other half.“It’s getting busy and hectic,” Finklea-Guity said at media day on Oct. 11, “and I just feel like I need something to calm me down.”She listed off her team’s recent stresses: losing their top two scorers from last year, bidding farewell to assistant coach Tammi Reiss, preparing to face low expectations after major roster turnover.A smile stretched across Finklea-Guity’s face.“And I look to drawing.”• • •Paula Guity sat nervously in the bleachers as her 10-year-old daughter stepped toward the scorer’s table. Finklea-Guity’s blue and white Jordan sneakers toed the sideline, her 5-foot-7 frame stood out and hid her limited knowledge of basketball. It was time to check into a game less than a week after the Boston Showstoppers reached out needing a center.During one of the first sequences, Finklea-Guity hovered in the paint as an opponent drove. “Amaya, put your hands up,” a coach shouted. She did and blocked the shot into a teammate’s arms.But Finklea-Guity didn’t sprint down the sideline in transition offense. She stayed in the paint on the defensive end, her hands still raised. “Amaya, you have to run too. Just run,” her coach yelled again. Paula began to worry from the stands as her daughter sprinted around aimlessly. Maybe she’d get hurt. Maybe she’d embarrass herself even more. But maybe, Paula thought as Finklea-Guity banked in her first points, she’d finally found the right sport for her daughter.“I know it was funny and everyone was chuckling because here’s this tall girl with glasses and she’s not sure where to go,” Paula said.It was supposed to be an experiment, just like cheerleading, dance, soccer, swimming, track and field and volleyball — a decade-long process to discover Finklea-Guity’s “niche,” a physical activity to complement her art and studies.Finklea-Guity didn’t like being the tallest dancer by a handful of inches, didn’t like to get her head wet while swimming, didn’t like to play soccer outdoors in the rain. Even though she hardly knew anything about basketball when she first started, her height gave her a natural advantage.Following her first game, Finklea-Guity and Paula began nightly practice sessions at local Boston parks. Paula pored through YouTube and dissected videos of Hakeem Olajuwon teaching LeBron James spin moves, Shot Science Basketball tutorials explaining post play and Blake Griffin’s rebounding guide.,Paula would toss the ball off the backboard to practice boxing out and put-backs and play defense while Finklea-Guity spun on the blocks or drove through contact. After her daughter mastered each move, Paula stood to the side as Finklea-Guity scored on an invisible defender.“I’m getting old, and I’m out of (shape), and she would just overpower me,” Paula said. “It’s something to see, because I’m not really a basketball player.”Her commitment to Finklea-Guity’s development allowed her daughter to quickly mold into a Division-I center. When Finklea-Guity suited up for four years at Nobles, Paula often arrived after practice to rebound for her daughter while other players finished up. At times, it was just the two of them in the gym.Paula, who separated with Finklea-Guity’s father before marriage, had longed to be a fashion designer growing up. Eventually, she switched paths toward human resources, but still helped Finklea-Guity trace shapes or finish drawings. Finklea-Guity grew to love her mother’s passion.“She was training so much and always playing basketball and always studying, that she felt like it was her relief to paint,” Paula said.,During the summer entering her senior year in high school, Finklea-Guity settled into a Carmelo K. Anthony Center viewing-room chair and turned her head toward a screen. Paula and Hillsman sat on both sides as highlights of former SU basketball player Kayla Alexander began to roll, the final stage of an official visit to Syracuse.Senior Bria Day hosted the pair, walking them through campus locations and accompanying them at a Prime Steak House dinner and Funk ‘n Waffles breakfast. Day, along with twin sister Briana, were the two backbones of an SU team that Finklea-Guity was slated to replace, should she agree with Hillsman’s pitch and commit. Hillsman listed the similarities between Finklea-Guity and Alexander: both quiet, both 6-foot-4, both life-long drawers — Alexander illustrated her own book, “The Magic of Basketball.”Finklea-Guity and Paula also realized that Hillsman was the only coach who asked what she wanted to work on most during her senior year. She responded with “fouling less.” The courting was nice, Paula said, but Finklea-Guity’s college decision came down to that meeting.“(Other coaches)didn’t appeal to her wanting to improve, and they just kept saying you’re going to be this, you’re going to be that,” Paula said.In Finklea-Guity’s first two years at Syracuse, she’s started 64 of 65 possible games, averaging 6.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and nearly a block per game in the center of SU’s 2-3 zone. This season, she’s primed to take on a bigger offensive load without Tiana Mangakahia and Miranda Drummond, multiple coaches and players said.“She’s talking more on defense, talking more on offense, she’s being more aggressive, she’s playing outside of her comfort zone,” senior Gabrielle Cooper said, “and that’s what we need.”The eight portraits hanging in the Nobles admissions office were painted by a different version of Finklea-Guity, Paula said. For all the drawings Command-hooked to her South Campus apartment wall since then, for all the Jay-Z and SpongeBob portraits revealed, for all the different colored nail-paintings before games, two specialties started to converge.Drawing had always come naturally. It just took a decade for basketball to mesh.Banner photo by Corey Henry | Photo Editorlast_img read more

Syracuse recruit Roddy Gayle Jr.’s journey shaped by his late cousin

first_imgThere was a problem, though. Gayle kept passing the ball, contradicting his father’s idea of raising a scorer. After Gayle joined WeR1 for AAU in sixth grade, his dad gave him a weight vest for conditioning — another “trial and error” experiment. Gayle began to dunk, but almost never in games. It was a mental thing, his father said. To dunk more, Davis approached Gayle with a bet, offering Gayle $100 for each dunk he made.At an Atlantic City tournament in April 2017, Gayle rose up for a slam. Then, he did it a second time. And a third. By the end of that game, Gayle had dunked five times.“Nah, we can’t do the ($100 bills) no more. We gonna go back to the 20,” Gayle Sr. recalled Davis saying afterwards.Months later, in the winter of 2018, Davis came down with pneumonia. One day, on Feb. 1, 2018, Gayle Sr. visited Davis at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. He showed his cousin clips from Gayle’s previous game. But that was the last visit Gayle Sr. would make.“It really took a toll on me because I never got to say goodbye,” Gayle said.Gayle was on Niagara Falls High School’s varsity roster in eighth grade but later chose to attend Lewiston-Porter for high school. His father didn’t agree with the Niagara Falls coach’s philosophy, and Davis had recommended Matt Bradshaw, the Lancers’ head coach.Bradshaw knew about Gayle and saw him play in person when Lewiston-Porter faced the Wolverines in the 2018 Niagara Frontier League championship. Even with Niagara Falls up 25 points, Bradshaw said Gayle dove for loose balls, which piqued the coach’s interest. Photo courtesy of Roddy Gayle Sr.Two years later, Gayle’s family packed into the Depew High School bleachers on Jan. 3 holding Fatheads of Gayle’s face and homemade signs. Even as a sophomore, Gayle was just 11 points shy of 1,000 for his career.In the first half, Gayle was fouled and sent to the free throw line, where he stared down the hoop. He bounced the ball three times, shot and pointed up after the milestone point sunk through — a tribute to Davis that has become part of his routine.“Whenever I make a free throw, I point up to the sky, and I’m like ‘I want you to look over me and watch me,’” Gayle said. The next home game, Gayle was recognized by the Lancers in a 25-point win against North Tonawanda. Holding a basketball recognizing his 1,000th point and grinning, he was surrounded by green banners, one of them honoring the league and section championship that Gayle led Lewiston-Porter to last season. Davis’ recommendation was paying off. In that same gym, Gayle continues to hone his form on the shooting machines. If a college coach wanders inside, he makes sure to bring teammates and friends to the workouts so they can get the same exposure as he does. And just outside, there’s a trophy case with one retired number, No. 54 for the 1970s graduate and former NBA player Jim Johnstone.If Gayle stays another two years and doesn’t leave for prep school, his No. 24 would be the second number retired, Bradshaw said. He would make sure of it. Comments Latoya Page-Gayle looked at her husband to do something. In the back seat of their blue Ford Expedition, then-eighth grader Rodriguez “Roddy” Gayle Jr. had tears pouring down his face. This 25-minute trip from North Tonawanda (New York) High School was much quieter than the usual car rides home from basketball games where Gayle’s father would critique his performances. Back at their Niagara Falls, New York home, Gayle stood in the living room with his parents, still upset. The day before, Feb. 1, 2018, Rodriguez Gayle Sr.’s cousin, Eric Davis, died of cardiac arrest at 41 because his heart wasn’t strong enough for pneumonia medication.“I just let him cry,” Gayle Sr. said. “He needed it.”Gayle remembers one thing from the conversation with his parents: to play for Davis, his biggest fan. Since Davis’ death, that’s exactly what he’s done. Gayle, now a sophomore at Lewiston-Porter High School, used the fundamentals Davis helped instill in him and in 2019 led the Lancers to their first sectional title in more than 40 years. And during that time, he emerged as a four-star shooting guard and a top-50 player in the 2022 class, receiving scholarship offers from high-major programs such as Syracuse.“(Eric) saw Roddy was going to be something,” Gayle Sr. said. “Man, I wish he could see it (now).” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFrom the time Gayle was four years old and started shooting on a regulation-size basketball hoop, his father wanted him to become a pure scorer, one that averaged 40 or 50 points per game. He practiced with his son “backwards,” teaching Gayle how to shoot before he could even handle the ball. With no prior experience as a basketball trainer, Gayle Sr. turned to YouTube videos and Davis — who coached his own son on a local AAU team. They started with one- and two-dribble pull-up drills, eventually working toward 3-pointers when Gayle got older. Along the way, they mixed in dribbling. “You in the oven, you not done yet,” Gayle Sr. and Davis would say. “Everything he was doing was starting to come to life, but you still not done, you still not cooked,” Gayle Sr. recalled.Eventually, Gayle Sr. started an AAU program with a friend of his to keep Niagara Falls kids off the streets, he said. Gayle and his teammates practiced five days a week at the Harry F. Abate and Niagara Street elementary school gyms, working alongside current Division I recruits like Willie Lightfoot and Jalen Bradberry, four-star and two-star prep school players, respectively. In fourth grade, they won the Boo Williams Tournament in Virginia, running “every other kid out the gym,” Gayle Sr. said. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on April 4, 2020 at 12:26 pm Contact Christopher: cscargla@syr.edu | @chrisscargslast_img read more

Niger Tornadoes to Recruit Eight New Players

first_img“We created so many chances last season of which we converted very few. The only option we have now is to strengthen the squad and our attack,” the coach was quoted as insisting. The technical crew of the team is also looking at the midfield and defence. Already, 13 players from NPFL teams have been invited for screening while the number of players to be fired from the present squad has not been disclosed.The coach hinted that camping ahead of the new football season is to begin soon either in Kontagora or Bida.As part of the pre-season programme of the club, Tornadoes is to take part in the Gold Cup Tournament scheduled to hold in Ilorin Kwara State.Tornadoes FC was runners up at the 2017 AITEO Cup, losing to Akwa United on penalty shoot out.The club was also placed 11th on the 2016/2017 NPFL final table.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Laleye Dipo in MinnaNiger State owned Niger Tornadoes Football Club of Minna is to recruit eight new players to beef up the team ahead of the next Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.However, the management of Tornadoes has restricted the ages of players to be recruited to between 24 and 25 years old age bracket.The Public Relations Officer of the club, George Daniya, quoted head coach of the team, Abubakar Bala, as insisting that lack of bite in the attack of team last season was partly responsible for the middle of the table finishing of the Minna team.last_img read more

Gov. DeSantis Seeks Public Input On How To Reopen Florida

first_imgBefore Florida’s State Re-Open Task Force submits its final report on how to reopen the state’s economy, the committee is requesting the input of Floridians. In making the announcement, the governor’s office said “public feedback will be a critical component” of the task force’s final report to the Governor. On Saturday, the task force launched a public comment submission portal where Florida residents can make their own recommendations. As of Sunday morning, the state reported more than 30, 800 COVID-19 cases including 1,055 deaths. The 22-member committee, which includes Broward Mayor Dale Holness, spent last week deliberating and putting together recommendations on which businesses can reopen and how soon.center_img Governor Ron DeSantis did advise, however, that no movie theaters and sports venues will be open in May. DeSantis said the first phase of reopening may not correspond with the ending of the state’s stay-at-home order, which will expire on Thursday, April 30. Residents may submit feedback on any topic related to the re-opening of Florida’s economy, including the impacts to small business, healthcare, education, tourism, agriculture, retail, recreation, sports and construction. The submission portal can be accessed here.last_img read more

Ghanaian trio in action as Mazembe win away in Champions League

first_imgGhanaian trio were in action for DR Congo giants TP Mazembe when they beat Botswana’s Mochudi Centre Chiefs 1-0 on Saturday in the CAF Champions League.Richard Kissi Boateng, Daniel Adjei and Solomon Asante were all in action as the Ravens won their CAF Champions League last 32, first leg tie in Gaborone.Boateng and Adjei started the away match for the former African Champions while Asante was a second half substitute.Mazembe secured the valuable away win 10 minutes from full time through their Tanzania striker Aly Samatta.Mazembe should have won the match by a wider margin but for the profligacy of their players in front of goal.Defender Jean Kasusula missed a 10th minute penalty while Samatta failed to convert a glorious opportunity after Asante made light work of three defenders. The Tanzanian striker shot into the side netting before making amends moments later with the only goal of the game.Boateng played the entire duration of the game, Adjei was substituted with three minutes remaining while Asante came on for Zambia international Jonas Sakuwaha in the 59th minute.Gladson Awako and Yaw Frimpong were not in action in the match.Ghanaian players have become an important part of the TP Mazembe team since they were signed by the rich DR Congo club in the off-season.They are expected to play a key role in their quest to win this year’s Champions League. The return leg will take place in Lubumbashi on 7 April.Robert Kidiaba – Eric NKULUKLUTA, Jean KASUSULA, Joel KIMWAKI, Richard KISSI BOATENG, Ilongo Patrick, Daniel ADJEI (Hervé NDONGA 87 th ), Tresor MPUTU (Given Singuluma 79 th ), – Aly Mbwana Samatta, Jonas SAKUWAHA (Solomon ASANTE 59 th ), Rainford Kalaba.last_img read more

England teams march ahead in European championships

first_imgTeamsMen, captained by Roy Smethurst (Crewe, Cheshire):Ian Attoe (Worplesdon, Surrey)Stephen East (Wyke Ridge, Yorkshire)Trevor Foster (Accriungton & District, Lancashire)Rupert Kellock (Sunningdale, Berkshire)Richard Latham (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire)Richard Partridge (Wildernesse, Kent) 5 Sep 2018 England teams march ahead in European championships Women, captained by Debbie Richards (Burhill, Surrey).Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex)Sue Spencer (Whittington Heath, Straffordshire)Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire)Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire)Cath Rawthore (Sale, Cheshire)Helen Lowe (Scraptoft, Leicestershire) England marched into the match play stages of the European senior team championships, with the men going through as top seeds and the women in fourth place.The men, playing at the Diamond Club in Austria, had only one round to make an impact in qualifying after yesterday’s play was washed out.They made no mistakes today and won the qualifying round by four shots. Their team total, with their best five scores from six counting, was three-over par.British Senior Champion Trevor Foster (pictured) led the way for the team with a score of one-under 71, one behind the individual winners. Ian Attoe, Rupert Kellock and Richard Latham added par scores and Stephen East contributed four-over 76.The top eight teams qualified for the championship knock-out stage and tomorrow England will play Sweden in the quarter finals.The women, competing in Mont du Golf Garni in Belgium, played steadily over their two days of qualifying. Top scorer was Cath Rawthore, who shared third place in the individual table on two-over par.They will also play Sweden in their quarter-final tomorrow. Tags: European, Senior Team Championshiplast_img read more

Kidambi Srikanth follows Saina Nehwal out of PBL to prepare for international events

first_imgAdvertisement c65zNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vss4Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1qnuk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) eepWould you ever consider trying this?😱b89urmCan your students do this? 🌚Roller skating! Powered by Firework The Indian shuttler, Kidambi Srikanth, has been on a downward spiral ever since the finals at the Indian Open that was held last year. The shuttler has not been able to win any tournaments after he swiped 4 medals in the year 2017.  After his disappointing run at the Hong Kong Open and Korea Open, the badminton player has withdrawn himself from the fifth edition of the Premier Badminton League ( BPL).Advertisement After Saina Nehwal’s exit from PBL, Shuttler Kidambi Srikanth will also not be seen at the PBL this year, which is to be held from January 20 to February 9.  He took a leave from the competition on Monday, to prepare for International tournaments before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The player has been struggling to keep up with younger opponents, and hence have slipped down in ranks as wellAdvertisement Currently, he is holding the 11th position in the World champion ranks. Both the badminton players are preparing for international events, to collect points to qualify for the Olympics.Apart from him, last year’s champion, 26-year-old Guntur, will not be participating in this season as well. Kidambi notified his fans about his withdrawal on Twitter and also wished the best to the team of Bangalore Raptors. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Liverpool is the cleanest club in Europe; Madrid, the 169th

first_imgThe International Soccer Observatory (CIES) has published a study on the faults committed by clubs. It not only indicates the average of fouls committed per game of each one, but also calculates the percentage of fouls of each team with respect to the average of each league. In total, 35 European competitions (around 700 teams) have been evaluated, among which the two maximum Spanish categories are included.As for the world ranking, in addition to being the European champion, Liverpool is also the one that has shown the most fair play, committing 8.14 fouls per game in the Premier League. Jürgen Klopp’s team performs 22% less than the average number of fouls recorded in the English league.He is Levante the cleanest Spanish club in the Santander League and the Smartbank League. Those of Paco López have committed an average of 10.63 fouls per game, 22% less than the average of the first Spanish division. The second in Spain would be the Barcelona, which occupies the 54th position of the European classification, registering 10.95 fouls per game, 19% below average.To find Real Madrid, seventh of the Santander League, you have to go down to position number 169. The staff of Zinedine Zidane has 12.63 fouls per game, 7% less than usual in the Spanish league. For its part, Getafe is the sixteenth by the tail of the 35 European divisions. The Azulón team has committed an average of 18.58 fouls per game, 37% above average. eleven13.95Athletic Bilbao3% 1814.47Pomegranate14% twenty18.58Getafe37% 511.53Celtic-fifteen% 611.89Villarreal-12% 411.47Betis-fifteen% 1314.05Eibar4% 1916.58Alaves22% two10.95Barcelona-19% Fouls per game of each club in the Santander League 913.74Osasunaone% 1414.21Majorca5% one10.63I raised-22% 1214Atlético de Madrid3% fifteen14.26Seville5% 311.32Valencia-17% 1013.74Real societyone% 812.84Valladolid-5% 712.63Real Madrid-7% 1614.42Leganés6% 1715.21Spanish12% Market StallFouls per matchClubHalflast_img read more