Close quarters: Hunt fights run-first stigma while battling for Syracuse’s starting job

first_imgThe football field, his father told him, was too dangerous a place for Terrel Hunt.It was on the basketball court, instead, where Hunt first flourished. It was on the basketball court where Hunt first earned recognition. And it was on the basketball court where, at least so far, Hunt turned in the greatest accomplishment of his versatile athletic career with a heavy heart and the memory of his late mother.His mother, Katrina Hunt, died during his junior year of high school of complications from pancreatic cancer. His father, Darryl Dockery, died of kidney failure almost exactly one year later, the day before Hunt signed with Syracuse — to play football.By the time he was a senior at Christ the King Regional High School, the storied basketball program in New York, Hunt was no longer in danger on the field that his father once told him he was. By the time he was 8 years old, Hunt had convinced his father to let him play football as a defensive end.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I just wanted to hit somebody,” he said.He first played quarterback at age 10, but it wasn’t until he was 13, playing for the Valley Stream Hornets, that the position consisted of more than running the ball or handing it off. Two years later, he was starting for the varsity team at Christ the King on week one.“I actually didn’t want to play quarterback, but my coach told me they get all the shine, they get all the girls,” Hunt said, “and I was like, ‘All right, I’m in.’”The moves he had honed on the basketball court since he started playing at age 6 — the crossovers, the adept body control, the pure shiftiness — are what let him take the Catholic High School Football League by storm from day one.“Basketball is just basically instincts,” Hunt said. “Guy comes left, you cross behind your back. It’s instinct, and that helped a lot on the football field because I was doing moves I didn’t even know I had in my repertoire.”He dazzled Cardinal Hayes High School with his legs, scoring three touchdowns and totaling 220 yards on 20 carries. And he tallied more than 100 yards through the air.“We knew pretty much right away that his future was football, not basketball,” former Royals head coach Chris Higgins said.But he was at Christ the King for hoops. It takes a special player to take the floor at CK. Many of his teammates play Division I or Division II basketball, including current Connecticut guard Omar Calhoun.Hunt’s future was in football, but his present was still in basketball. Even during his senior year, when the Syracuse-bound quarterback was at the helm, the football team went just 5-4.As a junior, his Royals won the intersectional basketball championship in triple overtime. He didn’t enter the game until the extra frames, but drained a critical free throw with 7.7 seconds remaining to ice CK’s win.“I was just thinking about my mom because she would’ve loved to see that moment,” Hunt said. “I knew that I was going to make that shot for her. It was a great opportunity to actually put my name out there and maximize on the opportunity when given.”A year passed and it was more of the same for Christ the King. The Royals were back in the title game and out to a big lead. Then Calhoun fouled out. CK’s lead had shrunk and Hunt, the mop-up man playing in the last organized basketball game of his career, was on the floor to try to stop the bleeding.He finished with 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting and hauled in a pair of decisive rebounds in the final 30 seconds of Christ the King’s win.“You don’t want to make big mistakes, so you just go in there and you’re like, alright, playing real hesitant,” Hunt said. “But after a while you’re like, ‘This my team. We practice all the time. I’ve been here before.’”That, he said, is what taking the field for Syracuse would be like. This is his team, and it has been for three years. Even if he’s only logged a handful of snaps, on special teams of all places, he ran with the first team in the spring and held the lead for the starting gig heading into the summer.He and Drew Allen now split reps, but the transfer is still learning. Hunt knows what he’s doing with the Orange.But unlike Allen, he doesn’t fit the prototype. He’s only 6 feet 3 inches compared to Allen’s towering 6-foot-5 frame. “We’re the same, but obviously we’re different in a lot of areas,” Allen said. “But we have the same goals, the same aspirations and the same mindset.”Hunt’s calling card in high school was his speed — he had only been playing the position for two years when he made his varsity debut — and that’s what most people still expect out of him.He knows the stigma about black quarterbacks. They’re expected to be the run-first type, running around and making flashy plays with their legs.He knows the perils. He’s more mature and experienced than he was as a high school sophomore. Careers for running quarterbacks are typically short-lived — “except for Michael Vick,” Hunt said, “because he’s great” — and few even come close to the level of success attained by traditional pocket passers.The difference between his game in high school and his game now is that “I try to stay in the pocket,” he said, “because I want to be able to get my receivers a chance, instead of running like I did in high school.“And if nothing’s open, I take off.”He probably can’t match the rumored 70-yard bombs Allen can toss, and if he can, he hasn’t shown it yet during an open practice — though center Macky MacPherson said he has an “underrated arm” — but Hunt insists he’s more than just a runner now.“I’ve learned to stay in the pocket and only run when I have to or run when I’m dependent,” Hunt said. “I’d rather be a pocket quarterback that just knows how to run and not just being a running quarterback all the time.”Right now he can’t think about the competition, though. He and Allen are more similar than someone might think after taking a quick glance at them, he said.Hunt can only keep two things on his mind: Playing like the quarterback he’s become and the memory of his mother.“I think about her 24/7 because she’s basically pushing me every time,” Hunt said. “When I start thinking, like, ‘Man, I’m getting tired. I want them to name the starter,’ she says, ‘Don’t worry about it. Your time will come when it comes, so you just keep competing and just go at it every day.’” Commentslast_img read more

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EPL Clubs Increase Spending to £260m on Football Agents

first_imgChampionship clubs spent more than £50m while Sunderland accounted for more than 50% of League One’s £5.5m outlay.Fees to agents went up despite spending on transfers falling by more than £500m when compared with the previous season.Liverpool spent £27m on agents in 2017-18 to conclude deals for players including Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, and their 2018-19 expenditure covers a period in which they have invested heavily to compete for the Premier League title.Brazil midfielder Fabinho (£39m) arrived from Monaco, while his international team-mate Alisson cost a then world record £66.8m fee for a goalkeeper after being signed from Roma.The Reds also spent around £50m on Naby Keita, and Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri joined from Stoke for a fee of £13m.Championship clubs paid out a combined £50m, around £8m more than a year ago.Former Premier League clubs Stoke, Swansea and West Brom – who were all relegated in 2017-18 – contributed 35% of the divisional total.Overall, English football spent around £318m on agents, which represents a £60m increase from one year ago. But spending on transfers was significantly down.Across the summer 2018 and January 2019 transfer windows combined, Premier League clubs spent an estimated £1.4bn. That figure is the second highest for an entire season following a record spend of £1.9bn in 2017-18.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Premier League clubs have paid out more than £260m to football agents during 2018-19 – an increase of £49m on the previous 12 months.Liverpool were the highest spending club in the top flight, paying £43m to agents between 1 February 2018 and 31 January 2019.Chelsea (£26m) and Manchester City (£24m) were the next biggest spenders.last_img read more

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Winning Post: Has Norway reached a Tipping point on loss limits?

first_img Submit Share Ministers expected to raise National Lottery age limit August 17, 2020 Winning Post: Third time’s the charm for England’s casinos August 17, 2020 Related Articles Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Opening the week, industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners offers its insight into reviews to the UK gambling policy, changes to the Belgian advertising mandate, and Norway’s proposed maximum loss limits.UK: in Parliament – Watson keeps powder dry in rain-swept BrightonBritain’s ongoing political and constitutional crisis finally swept petty discourse on gambling policy aside this week – but only temporarily, it seems.The Labour Party’s Deputy Leader, Tom Watson (Lab, West Bromwich East) had been expected to include gambling matters within his speech to the party conference in Brighton on Tuesday – but amidst the Government’s defeat in the Supreme Court and ongoing division within Watson’s own party on the matter of Brexit, he wisely decided to wait for fairer weather.Watson did attend a conference fringe event on gambling reform – alongside Carolyn Harris (Lab, Swansea East) and the gambling activist and political pundit Matt Zarb-Cousin. Reports indicate that the session was primarily concerned with grey areas of gambling legislation, such as ‘loot boxes’ in video games – but familiar refrains around the immediate need for a safer gambling levy and the “evil” of industry executives (the latter from audience members rather than panellists) also received an airing.The unexpected return of Parliament in the middle of conference season prompted another Parliamentary Question from Watson, who asked when HM Treasury’s planned five-year review of the effect of remote gaming duty would be forthcoming (it is due this year). While Mr Watson’s question is entirely reasonable we would not advise that he hold his breath given the lousy record that HM Government (of all political hues) has on reviewing matters of gambling policy. The DCMS committed to conducting an evaluation of casino reforms (due from 2014) but this has never come to pass; it has carried out just two triennial reviews in the 12 years since the passing of the Gambling Act; and recommendations made in the Budd Report for reviews in 2006 (children and gambling), 2011 (gambling policy) were both ignored.With Parliament sitting once more, gambling debate will swiftly resume. On Monday, the alignment with the rest of the UK of Northern Ireland’s devolved gambling legislation will be debated in the House of Commons. Meanwhile, a number of gambling-related fringe events at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester next week (e.g. Action on Addiction’s session on ‘Everyone knows someone affected by addiction. Where do we go from here for families and children?’) may lose impact if minister and backbenchers feel the pull of London.Safer gambling – Reaching a Tipping point on loss limits?Norway’s horseracing and betting monopoly Norsk Rikstoto (‘NR’) has recommended that it follows sister-monopoly Norsk Tipping (‘NT’) in imposing monthly loss limits on customers. The proposed maximum loss limit is NOK20,000 or c. €2,000 (with customers able to set lower limits), the same maximum as introduced by NT in October 2016. Suggestions that there ought to be different approaches for VIPs have been dismissed on the basis of lack of evidence produced (notably NR does not seem to have asked for this). If approved by the Ministry of Agriculture (likely a formality), then the limits will come into force in January next year.NT’s introduction of mandatory and maximum loss limits in October 2016 did not appear to slow down overall digital growth, with revenue up 37% in 2017 and 16% in 2018 (including lottery products). However, NT’s product range and customer proposition is very much aimed at a mass market, for whom a €2,000 monthly loss limit would still be very high (to put into context, the average Norwegian salary is c. €3,000 per month after tax). Equally, the majority of NT’s products are not seasonal. NR, however, which captures the vast majority of Norwegian domestic horseracing betting across channels, is likely to have both a more seasonal revenue footprint and a (much) higher proportion of VIP / heavy user income – consequently, the spending limits could have a much more material impact on revenue (partially mitigated by a planned 3 month rollover period for loss limits). Tellingly (as a ‘social contract monopoly’), NR recognises this disruption as a cost of doing business safely and sustainably rather than something to be mitigated or avoided.However worthy Norsk Rikstoto’s aims, mandatory maximum loss limits are fraught with issues, in our view. It should be noted that while a €2,000 loss limit would look (more than) ample to c. 95% of users, it would have a significant restrictive impact on c. 5%. Equally, while it is tempting to consider higher spending as higher risk, it should be noted that typically more than 25% of all income tax tends to come from the top 1% of earners (themselves a sub-set of potential customers), while even €100 per week gambling spending would be an issue for low income households. One size therefore clearly cannot fit all. Further, while a mandatory maximum loss limit might appear logical for a monopoly, in a competitive environment (which Norway very much is online, regardless of the legal framework), such restrictions are also likely to fuel a grey and/or black market. Nevertheless, those operators hoping that Norway will eventually ‘inevitably’ succumb to a Danish-Swedish model should probably note that any domestic licensing regime that might emerge is likely to be considerably more restrictive than those of its Nordic neighbours. Perhaps more dangerously for commercial operators, in an European environment where liberal licensing regimes are increasingly under pressure, more examples of loss limits (e.g. Germany’s proposed stake limit is far more severe than Norway’s) could create a ‘public health’ adoption wave that makes servicing VIPs and heavy users (still core to profitability) incompatible with domestic licences. This would be nothing short of a commercial disaster for most operators, and reinforces our view that the need to be on the front foot with properly considered (rather than PR-driven), effective social responsibility measures – and to champion consumer advocacy – has never been more acute.Belgium: gambling ads: frites are down in Belgium?The Belgian Gambling Commission has launched a consultation on the enforcement of the country’s strict new gambling advert restrictions. The episode highlights the facts that “market disruption” (in the favoured vernacular of e-commerce) is not necessarily a good thing; that political knee-jerk policies often end up in chaos; and that the marketing executive is perhaps the greatest threat to the long-term sustainability of licensed gambling.Content provided by Regulus Partners Sharelast_img read more

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Hockey: NDK gun down Citizens, Trustees

first_imgNDK Financiers recorded one of the highest scorelines in the second week matches of the Dwadifo Adanfo Hockey League last Saturday, thrashing Citizens International 6-1 in the seniors’ category while Trustees and Golden Sticks held on to their leads at the summit in the amateur category table.Parading their strongest squad yet, excluding Oko Nikoi Dzani though, NDK put up a fearsome second half performance scoring four after netting twice in the first half.Daniel Laryea scored his first ever hat-trick as Noi Annang, Richard Attipoe and Sowah Rudolf all registered their names on the score sheet.The defeat was quite embarrassing for Citizens International who made Ghana proud recently in South Africa in an international tournament.Indeed, they were hapless on the day as NDK, which have been inconsistent lately, vented their spleen on them.Trustees and Golden Sticks had a good day and maintained their hold atop the table after beating Police and GRA respectively. Trustees won 2-1 against Police while Golden Sticks deepened the woes of GRA, also known as CEPS, by beating them 2-1.GRA/CEPS have failed to impress since the league pushed off and were off colour during the gala.There were wins for Exchequers who trounced Reformers 3-1 and Multistix who beat Veterans 2-1.Extinguishers of the Ghana Fire Service thrashed Veterans Ladies 8-0, Tema Youth defeated Ark Boys 1-0 while La lost 1-5 to Real Ambassadors.Comments:last_img read more

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Vikings back coach Mike Zimmer, GM Rick Spielman ahead of NFL playoffs

first_imgThere have been suggestions that a loss would place pressure on Zimmer and Spielman, who are both under contract for the 2020 campaign, but Wilf gave the pair his backing in a statement Friday.#Vikings ownership voices support for GM Rick Spielman and Head Coach Mike Zimmer.: https://t.co/F4CU7VopIN pic.twitter.com/kKk8MJOGrP— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) January 3, 2020Zimmer has been linked with a return to the Dallas Cowboys, where he worked first as a defensive backs coach and then as the defensive coordinator from 1994-2006. Minnesota Vikings president and co-owner Mark Wilf affirmed his support for head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman leading into wild-card weekend.The Vikings (10-6), runners-up in the NFC North, will attempt to secure just their second postseason win in six years under Zimmer when they face the highly favored New Orleans Saints (13-3) on Sunday. DIAMOND: Game vs. Saints a chance for Kirk Cousins to alter his futureCowboys head coach Jason Garrett’s contract is due to expire on Jan. 14, and it’s unclear whether he’ll return after failing to lead the team to the playoffs in 2019.Minnesota, meanwhile, will be without cornerbacks Mike Hughes (neck) and Mackensie Alexander (knee) for Sunday’s game, although running back Dalvin Cook is expected to play after overcoming a shoulder problem.last_img read more

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FL man gets 10 years for knowingly spreading HIV

first_imgA Pensacola man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for knowingly spreading HIV.Human Immunodeficiency Virus known as HIV is the virus that leads to AIDS.Rasheem Ikey Bodiford, 27, was convicted of having sex without notifying the persons that he was HIV positive and sentenced on Friday.Prosecutors say Bodiford had sex with two women from September 2016 to October 2017 and lied about his condition.In 2017, a woman told Escambia County police that she had tested positive for HIV and listed Bodiford as her last sexual partner.She also said she saw HIV medication in Bodiford’s possession, but he told her he was selling it for his uncle.Bodiford later admitted to police that he’s been aware of his diagnosis since September 2016.last_img read more

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Green Archers dominate winless Tigers anew

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mitchell scores career-high 22, Jazz beat Lakers Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny The defending champions outscored UST, 25-8, in the second quarter and that was enough for La Salle to put the game away.Jollo Go gave the Green Archers their biggest lead, 85-43, after hitting back-to-back triples with 6:39 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Coach [Aldin Ayo] told us to not take this team lightly because they have nothing to lose,” said La Salle guard Ricci Rivero. “He just reminded us to stick to the system and play proper defense.”La Salle held UST to just 34% from the field and forced the Growling Tigers to turn the ball over 24 times. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Archers also outrebounded the Growling Tigers, 61-49.“We were able to get them to make a lot of turnovers, and we were able to convert in transition,” said center Ben Mbala after La Salle scored 24 off UST’s turnovers. “We were able to play well as a team, stay focused and stuck to the game plan.”Mbala had 17 points, nine boards, and three blocks in 19 minutes of play to lead La sale while Rivero added 16 points and seven rebounds. La Salle forward Abu Tratter came two points shy of a double-double after putting up eight points and 15 boards.Marvin Lee seemed as if the lone player from UST who put up a fight as he finished with a game-high 25 points with seven rebounds while Steve Akomo finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Archers swept the Tigers this season with an average winning margin of 36.3 points. FILE — La Salle’s Ben Mbala dunks the ball against UST in the first round of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle dealt University of Santo Tomas with a merciless 94-59 beatdown in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Green Archers won their fifth straight game and improved to 10-2 to move closer to a twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four while the Growling Tigers continued their slump and fell to 0-12.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Elections schedule must adhere to Constitution – US Govt

first_imgWith concerns continuing to be raised about the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and its capacity to carry out credible elections, the US State Department has reminded the country of the need for free and fair elections.This was communicated in a missive from Deputy Spokesperson for the US Department of State, Robert Palladino, in which an offer of assistance was also made. It comes at a time when GECOM failed to hold elections within 90 days of a no-confidence vote, as specified by the Constitution.Deputy Spokesperson for the US Department of State, Robert Palladino“The United States reiterates the importance of scheduling genuinely free and fair national elections in the Co-operative Republic of Guyana in adherence with the Guyanese Constitution and Guyanese law,” the missive stated.Palladino also went on to add that the United States Government “values Guyana as a friend and partner and stands ready to assist as needed.”The missive comes at a time when neighbouring Venezuela is in economic and political turmoil, with the US backing the Opposition to oust President Nicholás Maduro after elections widely criticised as fraudulent were held to give the Venezuelan leader a second term.Since the December 21, 2018, passage of the motion of no-confidence against the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change coalition, calls have been made by various stakeholders including foreign diplomats here for the Guyana Government to abide by the Constitution and set a date for elections.British High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn in an exclusive interview with Guyana Times had reminded that the clock is ticking on the constitutional three-month deadline for holding elections.President David GrangerAdditionally, representatives from the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) had also echoed similar calls in February for the Guyana Government to adhere to the Constitution.With less than six days remaining before the 90-day deadline expires, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had written several international bodies asking that they do not recognised the coalition Government after March 21.March 21, 2019, came and went with no elections being called and President David Granger laying blame for his delay in calling an election date at the feet of the GECOM. In an address to the nation, Granger claimed he was “constrained” from naming a date for elections because GECOM had not provided adequate information about its readiness for holding elections.Referring to recent meetings with GECOM Commissioners, President Granger had said that he has not received the guidance he needs to proclaim a date for elections. According to the President, it would be “reckless” for him to announce a date for elections without being satisfied that the Commission can guarantee credible elections.The day after March 21, Government faced protests in the streets from People’s Progressive Party (PPP) supporters calling on the State to facilitate elections and stop using GECOM as an excuse for not naming an elections date.However, the Government was handed a reprieve that same day when the Court of Appeal ruled in a 2:1 split decision that a majority of 34 votes would have been needed to validly pass the No-confidence motion brought against the Government last year. While Justice Rishi Persaud had dismissed the appeal and conferred with the ruling of the High Court, his colleague appellate judges allowed the state’s appeal.Both Justices Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Dawn Gregory opined that while 33 is the majority of the 65-member National Assembly, the successful passage of a no-confidence motion requires an “absolute majority” of 34, and not the “simple” majority of 33 that has been used to pass ordinary business in the House.The cases were referred to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and on Friday the court set May 10 as the date for hearing the no-confidence cases. The CCJ had the three cases, Christopher Ram v the Attorney General of Guyana, the Leader of the Opposition and Joseph Harmon; Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo v the Attorney General of Guyana, Dr Barton Scotland and Joseph Harmon; and Charrandas Persaud v Compton Herbert Reid, Dr Barton Scotland, Bharrat Jagdeo and Joseph Harmon; all abridged to save time.last_img read more

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