Sneer Wed, 23 Nov 2022 14:53:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sneer 32 32 India’s SBI aims to keep net bad debt ratio below 1% Wed, 23 Nov 2022 14:53:00 +0000

MUMBAI, Nov 23 (Reuters) – State Bank of India (SBI.NS)the country’s largest lender, plans to maintain its current pace of credit growth while aiming to keep its net non-performing asset ratio below 1%, its leader said on Wednesday.

After announcing results for the June-September quarter earlier this month, the bank said it expects credit growth of 14% to 16% for the current fiscal year as it steps up its efforts to attract deposits.

According to the latest central bank data, as of November 4, Indian banks recorded overall credit growth of around 17%, while deposit growth stood at 8.25%.

“As long as the risk is understood and properly assessed, there is no challenge (to sustaining loan growth),” SBI Chairman Dinesh Kumar Khara told reporters.

“This time the growth comes at a time when companies are deleveraging. It also gives us confidence that the path we are on is sustainable.”

SBI has a term loan portfolio of 2.5 trillion rupees ($30.6 billion) and expects demand from all sectors, Khara said.

The lender’s net non-performing assets (NPA) ratio fell to 0.8% in the June-September quarter.

Khara said the bank hopes to further reduce bad loans and keep the ratio below 1% in the future.

($1 = 81.7600 Indian rupees)

Reporting by Nupur Anand, writing by Sudipto Ganguly; edited by Kirsten Donovan

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Transfer portal places more value on early basketball tournaments | Professional Wed, 23 Nov 2022 00:08:22 +0000

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts knows he needs to work fast to bring a team that added four transfers this season into key roles.

For college basketball coaches in the age of transfer portals, playing in an early-season tournament offers a boost in finding the right rotations, establishing roles, and forging a team’s identity. Those chances come this week with holiday events like the Maui Invitational and the Phil Knight tournaments in Oregon.

For Keatts, it’s Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas that opens Wednesday with No. 3 Kansas, No. 22 Tennessee, Wisconsin, Southern California, Dayton, BYU and Butler.

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Hot Topics: Who will become this season’s top scorer? Tue, 22 Nov 2022 15:37:21 +0000

Will Stephen Curry or Luka Doncic win the goalscoring title this season?

Each week, editors will speak on some of the league’s most important topics.

In Sunday games, eight players are averaging 29.5 (or more) points per game. Who from this group will become the NBA scoring champion this season?

Steve Aschburner: With Election Day still fresh in our minds, I’m going with a little ranked pick voting (this is how the NBA and most leagues determine their annual awards, but not the stat leaders). So I’m going with these as my Top 3:

1. Luka Doncic, Dallas
2. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City
3. Steph Curry, Golden State

Doncic has everything in place to clinch his first goalscoring title. He currently leads (33.5 ppg through Monday) the group of them, the Mavericks are built around him like his last name is Nowitzki, his field goal attempts and usage rate are at career highs and frankly, he’s late to lead the league in a traditional category. Also, I assume his 3-point shooting, currently at a personal minimum (28.8%) will regress towards his average, which could add an extra half point to his scoring average the rest of the way.

Gilgeous-Alexander was a meteor across the NBA skies, and I think he’s legit. He’s loving this breakout season he’s having, and aiming for a goalscoring crown is a great way for him to stay focused in what will likely be another long year for (improved but still losing) OKC.

As for Curry, he just scored his sixth 50-point game since turning 30 (11th of his career) and no one can score in clusters like the all-time 3-point king. He already has two of those titles, but by winning one at 35 years, 26 days, Curry would break Michael Jordan’s hold on the top 3 spots as the oldest champion (MJ did it at 35-72, at 34-72 and 33-72 in 1998, ’97 and ’96 respectively). That might appeal to Steph.

Stephen Curry drops 50 points on the Suns.

BRIAN MARTIN: Outside of this field, my top three contenders are Luka Doncic (33.5 ppg), Stephen Curry (32.3 ppg) and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (31.1 ppg). Of this group, my predicted goalscoring champion is Doncic.

Curry is shooting the spotlight this season: 52.9 percent from the field, 44.7 percent on 3-pointers (on 11.8 attempts), and 90.3 percent on free throws. He could join Hall of Famers Larry Bird and Steve Nash as the only players with multiple 50-40-90 seasons if he maintains that level of efficiency. What hurts Curry is that he has the second-lowest use of this eight-man squad (29.7%) and Golden State needs Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole to get back into the game. playoff table.

Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging a game-high 31.1 points per game (up 6.6 points per game from last season) and is also currently averaging 50-40-90 shooting spreads (although with nearly nine fewer 3-point attempts than Curry). Gilgeous-Alexander has the fifth highest use of this group (31.5%) and averages the second highest number of field goal attempts (21.3), 7.1 more attempts than any teammate from the OKC. However, all of these numbers are lower than Doncic does.

He has a combination of usage rate (37.3%, which ranks third, slightly behind Joel Embiid and Kevin Durant), field goal attempts (league-high 22.8), free throw attempts (11.4, third, slightly behind Giannis and Embiid), and lack of competition for shots (9.1 more per game than any other Maverick) which make him the prime candidate to maintain his current lead and win his first NBA scoring title.

Doncic is not quite at the level of James Harden 2018-19 in terms of use (39.6%), shot attempts (24.5) and shot attempt dominance over teammates (10, 7) when Harden was averaging 36.1 ppg, but the two are similar as the undisputed offensive pivot on their respective teams.

By comparison, Durant doesn’t lead the Nets in shot attempts (Kyrie Irving does); Embiid has the aforementioned Harden and Tyrese Maxey to compete for shots; Giannis plays the fewest minutes of this group and still has the return of Khris Middleton; Jayson Tatum has fellow All-Star Jaylen Brown; while Donovan Mitchell has fellow All-Star Darius Garland in the backcourt and the lowest utilization of any player in that area (29.5%).

Luka Doncic drops a 40-point triple-double to lift the Mavericks over the Trail Blazers.

MEDINA MARK: Mavs coach Jason Kidd has warned that Luka Doncic’s usage rate is so high that “he won’t be human if he makes it through Christmas”. Nonetheless, Dallas seems better at seeing if Doncic can show he’s a machine rather than relying on other options.

Consider the difference between Doncic’s scoring (league-leading 33.5 ppg) and the Mavs’ other double-digit scorers (Spencer Dinwiddie’s 17.1 ppg, Christian Wood’s 16.6 ppg) and 11.5 points per game from Tim Hardaway Jr.). Doncic lifted his teammates enough to rank fourth in the NBA in assists (8.1) in Monday’s games. With Jalen Brunson leaving for New York last summer, Doncic increased his goalscoring load out of necessity. This reality will ensure both Dallas makes the playoffs and Doncic becomes the NBA’s scoring champion.

If team dynamics didn’t apply, Warriors guard Stephen Curry could easily claim his third NBA scoring title. But Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole will knock out some of Curry’s attempts once they land some consistent shots. Warriors coach Steve Kerr will also reduce Curry’s workload, including sitting him out for Monday’s game against New Orleans. Doncic was also rested recently against Houston. But the Mavs don’t have the luxury of managing Doncic this way in the long run..

SHAUN POWELL: Let me first explain who won’t be the scoring champion: neither Giannis Antetokounmpo (the Shaquille O’Neal-style free-throw thrower so far), nor Donovan Mitchell (Darius Garland starts cutting into his attempts), or Jayson Tatum (ditto, Jaylen Brown), or Kevin Durant (Kyrie Irving is back in training—did you hear the news?), or Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (has a chance, admittedly), or Joel Embiid (James Harden will need a few shots when he regains his health).

That leaves two-time scoring champion Steph Curry and Luka Doncic. Who will decide this race. And it will come down to this fundamental question: who bears the greatest scoring burden for their team? While Curry is pumped up from depth again (44.7%) for the Warriors, common sense says he’ll get fewer attempts once (and assuming) Klay Thompson gets his groove back. Meanwhile, Doncic is reaching the free-throw line far more, has heavy use, and is central to the Mavericks offense. Also, I suspect Doncic has the Kia MVP award in mind (it’s his turn!) and a goalscoring title will boost his chances (but don’t tell Embiid, who finished first in scores, second in votes of MVP last year).

With Luka Doncic claiming the top spot and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander rising fast, Michael C. Wright breaks down the latest KIa MVP Ladder.

JOHN SCHUHMANN: First, I’ll note that this time last year, eventual champion Joel Embiid (who had only played nine of his team’s 18 games) was averaging just 21.4 points per match, which ranked him 22nd among players who had that many appearances. So maybe this season’s eventual leader is Anthony Edwards, De’Aaron Fox or Trae Young, and not one of those eight guys.

But if I have to choose among the eight, I will favor Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 30.1 ppg even though his shooting (53.6% effective field goal percentage) is down from the last four seasons (59.2%). Khris Middleton will eventually make his debut in the season and reduce the use of Antetokounmpo, but he will also contribute to the effectiveness of Antetokounmpo. (Middleton is the teammate who has helped Antetokounmpo the most, both in terms of total assists and per minute on the ground together, over the past two seasons.) Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have also shot slightly less effectively (on the pitch) they have over the past few seasons, so they should stay at or near the top of the list.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scores a season-high 44 points in a win over the Rockets.

Kyrie Irving’s return to basketball won’t end the controversy he sparked Mon, 21 Nov 2022 15:28:14 +0000

NEW YORK — There were two microphones on Sunday night, and each told a story of its own.

The one on the platform between Atlantic Ave. and Flatbush, between the tube station and a bullring, belonged to a man as he spoke to dozens of men in purple and yellow sweatshirts lined up in unison to listen, as well as passers-by on their way to this night NetsGrizzlies gambling or just minding their own business. The voice from that microphone was relentless, talking about biblical passages, about his people, about the Holocaust in Germany, comparing it to the one they faced and remarking that it wasn’t as bad. He said they were the real Jews, “not you the nominal ones”. He was, if not the leader of the group of some 300 Israelites United in Christ that sat outside the Barclays Center for hours on Sunday, at least his voice. He spoke for hours on a freezing night as the others distributed pamphlets proselytizing for their cause, giving their distorted truth of anti-Semitismthe genre that led the band to be reported by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Inside the arena, a few hours later, Kyrie Irving took over the microphone, a routine but difficult event for the Nets star. The group that had occupied so much space and noise around Barclays, lining the streets, recognizable and unmistakable, had come not because of him, but in response to him. Irving had tweeted a link to the Amazon page for an anti-Semitic film, refused to apologize and showed no remorse. Four days later, caught in the middle of a storm, he played at home, and this band appeared too. He didn’t play again until Sunday night, having been suspended by the Nets in the interim. Just as he returned from a 19-day absence from the Nets, so did they.

Of all the criticisms leveled at Irving after the tweet that started it all, the most poignant and real was not that he was actually anti-Semitic or full of hate. It was that he shared a piece of propaganda, breathing new life into the kind of tropes and lies that Jews have faced for centuries, and refused to condemn it hard and fast, choosing elliptical contention instead until he was finally suspended and couldn’t ignore the critic anymore. Irving may be talking about love and peace, as he insists, but those are the consequences many feared. A reduction in the pain, in the death, in the horrors that have ruined the lives of so many men, women and families for generations. Right there on Atlantic Ave. and Flatbush.

Video via Mike Vorkunov/The Athletic

From Sunday evening, Irving had already apologized. He had made one in an Instagram post two weeks ago, but after being rejected by the Nets organization. He had made another that afternoon when he returned to the Nets after, he said, speaking with Jewish leaders. Irving still bristled at times, indicating he felt misunderstood and mislabeled, but he was sorry and meant no harm, he said.

Now Irving only wanted to focus on the game, a 127-112 win over the Grizzlies in which he played 26 minutes and scored 14 points. He had been missed by his teammates and coaches, he said, and they welcomed him with ease. Jacque Vaughn, newly hired as head coach during Irving’s absence, said he laid out the ground rules for Irving in a conversation that day.

“It’s all about hoop, and I’m using that word here that from this day forward, that’s what we’re going to do,” Vaughn said. “Basketball is factual. You get the rebound, that’s a fact. You box, it’s a fact. You do it, that’s a fact. We’re going to make this thing factual. It will be about basketball and we will live in this space.

As if Irving’s slipperiness with the facts wasn’t the reason it metastasized into the situation he and the Nets found themselves in this month. It was hard to say the Nets were back to normal just yet. The scene inside the Barclays press conference room on Sunday showed just how spotty it all was. As Irving spoke, Shetellia Riley Irving, his agent and mother-in-law, and Tamika Tremaglio, the NBPA’s chief executive, listened a few feet away, as did other union officials.

When a reporter exposed the scene above, among the protesters who had come out in support, Irving hesitated. That conversation would be for another day, he said. This press conference about the game.

Hours earlier, Irving had proclaimed he had realized the voice he carries, the one with 4.7 million Twitter followers and the pedestal attached to international fame, and now he hoped to harness it.

“It’s a great moment for me, because I can learn through this process that the power of my voice is very strong,” Irving said that afternoon. “The influence I have within my community is very strong and I want to be responsible for it. To do this, you must admit that you are wrong in cases where you hurt people, and it affects them.

But when another reporter asked if the protesters had come out as a result of what he had done, he again hesitated.

“Again,” he said. “I’m just here to focus on the game.”

The time for mea culpas may be over, at least for Irving. Basketball questions will soon fill the void left by the chaos of the past few weeks. A daily trance will take over after the malaise that destabilized a franchise.

Irving missed eight games in a most unusual way, punished not for what he said, but for what he then refused to say despite opportunity after opportunity to do so. He said he could still pursue legal options to rectify the eight salary games he lost, although there is no timeline in place for that process. PANB OfficersAs union vice president Jaylen Browncan I have CONTESTATION with his suspension and terms of his return, but the NBPA will not grieve the league against the Nets, Tremaglio said Athleticism.

Israelites United in Christ protesters line up at the Barclays Center in support of Kyrie Irving. (Mike Vorkunov / The Athletic)

Now Irving has found his voice. Others have already heard it and found it an opportunity to amplify theirs. It was hard not to hear him in Brooklyn on Sunday night.

But he will use it on his own terms, he reminded everyone on Sunday night. Ultimately, he chooses when to get the most out of the platform he has built. Irving asked for atonement, he asked for forgiveness and clarity, and after nearly a month of controversy he was asked when he would use that microphone to discuss what he was saying on his behalf.

“I would like to be on a platform where I could openly share how I feel without being harshly criticized or labeled or dealing with outside perceptions that have nothing to do with me,” he said. “Again, I said this morning, I just want to elaborate on everyone learning who Kai is, what AI is, and what I represent in my tribe. That’s it .”

(Photo by Kyrie Irving: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Gameday Rundown: Back-To-Back begins in Cleveland Sat, 19 Nov 2022 19:11:00 +0000

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  • The HEAT and the Cavaliers meet for the first of four regular season meetings.
  • Last season, Cleveland won the series, 2-1, but Miami has won 12 of the last 15 matchups overall.
  • The HEAT are 74-48 against the Cavs in the regular season, including 48-14 in home games and 26-34 in road games.
  • Tonight marks the first night of a back-to-back road with another game tomorrow at Minnesota. This is their third straight game of the season after splitting the previous two. Additionally, the HEAT will play 14 consecutive games this season after also playing 14 last year, however, Miami will not play a single consecutive game in January, marking as the only time in team history that the HEAT won’t have a single back-to-back in a month with that many games (15 games). The last month without a consecutive game with the most games dates back to April 1995 (10 games).
  • Kyle Lowry had a triple-double of 24 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds on 11/18 at WAS, including two blocks and a steal. He is the first player in HEAT history to post at least those totals in a match. He is also only the ninth player in NBA history to do so, joining only Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, LeBron James, Nikola Jokic, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Bradley Beal and Eric Bledsoe.
  • Miami has shot at least 80% from the foul line in 14 consecutive games, tying the second longest such streak in NBA history. It surpasses their previous team record of eight which had been done twice before, first from 01/29/92 to 02/16/92 and again from 01/19/20 to 02/03/20.
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110.0 Points per game 115.9
.453 FGPCT. .475
.475 OPPONENT FG PCT. .461
.344 3-PT FG PCT. .395
.860 FT PCT. .795
14.0 Turnover per game 14.7
High School Girls Basketball: Parkway Claims Victory on Day Three of Battle on the Hardwood Classic Sat, 19 Nov 2022 07:23:35 +0000

Host Parkway Lady Panthers defeated LaGrange 52-29 on Friday night in the final match of Day 3 of the Battle of the Hardwood Classic.

The game was tied at 15 after the first quarter, then Parkway took control in the second, beating the Lady Gators 12-2 for a 27-17 halftime lead.

Parkway junior Chloe Larry scored 19 points. The Lady Panthers take on Warren Easton at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, the final day of the four-day event.

Elsewhere in Friday’s battle, Benton fell to 2021-22 Class 3A State Champion Wossman 40-21.

The Lady Tigers (1-2) trailed 23-6 and then faced the much larger Lady Wildcats virtually even in the second half.

Marissa Schoth led Benton with 10 points.

Benton will face Brusly at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the final match of the event.

The Haughton Lady Bucs fell to Ruston 51-44 in the Saline Tournament.

Sara White led Haughton (2-1) with 21 points. The Lady Bucs host Minden at 6 p.m. Monday.

Here is Saturday’s schedule for the Battle on the Hardwood Classic.

Main Gym

Bossier vs. Haynesville, 9 a.m.,

Parkway vs. Warren Easton, 10:30 a.m.

LaGrange vs. Huntington, noon

Benton vs. Brusly, 1:30

Auxiliary gymnasium

Delhi vs. Captain Shreve, 10:30 a.m.

Haynesville vs. Southwood, noon

Women’s basketball opens two-game stand against UMES Fri, 18 Nov 2022 17:15:40 +0000

Game Info: Saturday November 19, 2022 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Daskalakis Athletic Center – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Opening Tip
Drexel University women’s basketball returns to Daskalakis Athletic Center for the first of two straight home games and looks to get back on the winning track when they host the University of Maryland East Coast Hawks on Saturday. November 19. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

Last game – Dragons upset at the buzzer against La Salle

Kylie Lavalle posted career highs with 31 points and nine rebounds, but the Dragons were toppled by La Salle, 77-74 on Tuesday afternoon.


  • Lavelle recorded his total points on 12 shots for 19, including a pair of threes and went 5 for 6 from the line.
  • Hetta Saatman had a personal best 12 points, going 4-for-5 both from the field and from the free throw line. She also had three interceptions and two blocks.
  • Maura Hendrixson had a career-high 10 assists in the game.
  • Keishana Washington scored 16, extending his back-to-back streak to double digits to 36.


  • Both teams struggled to find their rhythm out of the gate. Drexel started to find the back of the net first, making a 13-6 run to take a 17-11 lead over a trey Hendrixson with 2:34 remaining. DU took advantage of La Salle’s errors in the frame, scoring 10 points on Explorer’s seven turnovers in the quarter.
  • Early in the second, it looked like the Dragons were poised to take control, going up 30-22 on a Lavelle base jumper at 5:52. La Salle then turned hot from range, using a trio of treys to spur an 11-0 run in just 75 seconds of action. Battling fouls, Drexel stayed in the game, trailing 42-36 at halftime.
  • The start of the second half didn’t go well for DU as the Explorers stretched their lead to 48-38 just 53 seconds into the third period. Drexel fought back, scoring eight straight to close in a pair before heading into the final 10 minutes 56-51.
  • Trailing 66-58 with 6:31 remaining, the Dragons roared to tie the contest, scoring 10 of the next 12 points as Jasmine Valentine pulled in a board and hit a layup with 4:07 to go. Saatman was instrumental in the quarter, scoring eight of his points.
  • Drexel had a chance to go forward, but a pull up came off the rim with 17 seconds left. La Salle managed to score against a double team with 2.1 seconds left to escape with the win.

A start like no other

It was an incredible two-game run for Kylie Lavalle to start his academic career. His 31 points against La Salle are the most for a Drexel freshman in a regulation game in program history. Heading into Tuesday, two players had 29 without needing overtime, Barbara Yost (12/3/85 at Philadelphia Textile) and Michelle Maslowski (1/27/99 at Delaware). Lavelle’s 51 points in two games are also the most for a Drexel freshman, eclipsing Gabriella Marginean’s mark of 38 in 2006 (12 against Penn State, 26 against Loyola). Finally, Lavelle’s 20 points in Game 1 against Rider is the second most for a Dragon in his college debut. Maslowski scored 22 goals against UMBC on November 26, 1998.

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Maura Hendrixson was impressive on its own against La Salle, contributing a career-high 10 assists. It’s the first time a Drexel player has hit double figures in assists since Aubree Brown had 11 against Charleston on Feb. 4, 2018.

At Hetta La Classe
Seeing his first extended playing time since the 2021 NCAA playoffs, Hetta Saatman is making the most of his opportunity, averaging 8.0 points per game. She came out on top in the fourth quarter at La Salle, scoring eight of her career-high 12 points. Saatman also leads the Dragons with three blocks and is second on the team with four steals.

36 and count
Despite objectionable problems, Keishana Washington extended his double-digit game streak to 36 by totaling 16 at La Salle. It is the second-longest streak in program history behind a 52-game streak for Gabriela Marginean, beginning Jan. 8, 2009, and extending to the end of her career.

Climb the ladder
In addition to entering the top 10 on Drexel’s pointer list, Keishana Washington climbs the NCAA charts. Her 1,555 career points are currently 24th among active Division I players. She trails Indiana’s Grace Berger by nine points to move into the next spot on the list.

Screening report
UMES enters the game 1-3 on aggregate and enters the match after a 72-60 loss to Wagner on Wednesday. The Hawks were selected fifth in the MEAC after a 12-16 season a year ago.

Zamara Haynes, a preseason All-MEAC second-team pick, is leading the way for UMES, with 11.8 points per game. Mya Thomas provides a second scoring option for the Hawks, also totaling 11.8 per game. Despite only playing 16.0 minutes per outing, Ariana Sewell is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game to lead UMES. Thomas leads the list with eight assists.

The Hawks haven’t been afraid to play competitively this season, opening the year with the University of Miami out of the ACC and George Washington out of the A10.

One area where UMES has performed well is in forced turnovers, as their four opponents have coughed the ball 77 times in three games. He struggled to hold onto the ball himself, however, with 21.3 turnovers per game. The Hawks also haven’t shot well from range, going 14 for 73 (19.2%) on the season from three-pointers. They hit their free throws when given the chance, connecting on 74.2% of their shots from the line with 12.3 marks per game.

The oldest MEAC coach, Fred Batchelor is in his 18th season at the helm of UMES with a 214-293 record at Princess Anne. He has a record of 17 wins twice, in 2007-08 and 2018-19.

All Time Series
Saturday marks the fifth all-time contest between Drexel and UMES, with the teams splitting from the previous four. Prior to last year, schools had not played women’s basketball since Dec. 17, 1990.

Last time against UMES
Hannah Nihill became the 26th member of the Drexel Women’s Basketball Club to 1,000 points as the Dragons held Maryland Eastern Shore 65-60 on Nov. 20, 2021. Trailing by two at the start of the final period, Drexel shot well, hitting a pair of threes and using the offensive glass to his advantage, starting the fourth with a 14-6 run. Both Tessa Brugler (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Mariah Leonard (10 points, 14 rebounds) recorded double-doubles.

First honors

Kylie Lavalle was recognized for her efforts against Rider, earning CAA Rookie of the Week honors.

hold good ground
Drexel has done more than compete on home soil, he has thrived in recent years at DAC. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Dragons are 93-25 at home, with a .788 winning percentage. Three times in that span, DU have had 14 or more wins on their home turf with 14 in 2019-20, 16 in 2017-18 and 17 last year.

Finish what you started
The win over Rider marked the 48th straight win for DU where they were victorious in the lead at halftime. Drexel did not lose a game he led at the break, a 53-49 loss at Penn on Dec. 20, 2019. Drexel went 24-0 as he led after 20 minutes in 2021-22.

All in the family

Grace O’Neill may be a newcomer to the Dragons this year, but she’s no stranger to the program and its culture. Her cousin, Meghan Creighton is one of the most decorated players in the program’s history. Creighton held the record for most tag team appearances until last season and was a member of the 2013 WNIT Championship team.

International atmosphere
While it has not been uncommon for Drexel to have several international players on its roster over the past 15 seasons, this year’s trio is unique as they are all the first players from their country to suit up for the Dragons. . Keishana Washington (Pickering, Ontario) was the first Canadian player to appear for DU, followed by Sira Ba (Montreal, Quebec) last year. Chloe Hodges (Adelaide, Australia) is the first player from Down Under to play for Drexel.

Among our peers
Across the country, people have taken notice of the Dragons’ success and preseason ranking in the CAA as Drexel is ranked seventh in the latest Top 25 Mid Major. DU is the only CAA team in the poll with four other conference teams receiving votes.

“One of the best sports venues in town”
Not our words, but the headline of an Oct. 10 Philadelphia Inquirer article describing improvements to Daskalakis Athletic Center. The Drexel Arena underwent a $6 million upgrade over the summer, including the addition of a jumbotron and ribbons as well as improved score tables, a lighting system and sound system.

If you can’t be here
Fans who can’t make it to the DAC will still have the option to watch the Dragons as all Colonial Athletic Assocation games and non-conference home games will be broadcast on FloHoops. For a 12th season, Ari Bluestein will have the show for the Dragons women’s basketball team. He will be joined this year by Maggie McIntyre, who recently completed a four-year career at Niagara where she played 118 games, scoring 863 points.

The Dragons play their last home game for three weeks when they host Lehigh on Tuesday, November 22. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

2019 pardon lawsuit settled and $6 billion awarded Thu, 17 Nov 2022 19:47:36 +0000

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As the Biden administration sweeps student loan forgiveness program is still stuck after a Texas federal court judge ruled it “unlawful” last week, there has been some traction in a separate but related case.

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Late on Wednesday, November 16, Federal Judge William Alsup moved to approve a settlement in an ongoing lawsuit related to the Borrower Defense Program. It will provide a total of $6 billion to 200,000 borrowers of federal student loan funding.

The class action lawsuit, Sweet v Cardona (formerly Sweet v DeVos), was first filed in 2019 when Donald Trump was president. He accuses the Department of Education during his tenure (led by former Secretary Betsy DeVos) of “failing to process their borrower defense requests through to reimbursement,” Business Insider reports. Of course, this position is now occupied by Miguel Cardona, hence the name change of the business.

The Borrower Defense Scheme was first instituted by the government in late 2016, per Inside Higher Ed, allowing borrowers who thought they had been “scammed” by their college or university the opportunity to apply for repayment of their student loans.

As noted by Forbes, applicants could seek cancellation of a federal student loan if they could prove that they “had been misled into enrolling or remaining enrolled at an institution by false statements or false promises on key aspects of their program. This might have been related to job prospects, the admissions process, or transferring credits from previous schools they were enrolled in.

However, the class action lawsuit came after the Trump administration delayed or denied qualifying claims without cause, and because it was never settled, it continued into the Biden era once he took office in 2021.

This week’s decision approving the settlement proposed by the current White House (originally introduced in June) is being hailed as a “historic” decision, according to Forbes, as it is one of the most important agreements to today granting refunds and cancellations to student loan holders.

“This order finds that all class members, including our named plaintiffs, have correctly asserted real and concrete harm resulting from the Secretary’s decision [DeVos] alleged unlawful treatment of their borrower defense claims,” Alsup said of his decision. “The injury is twofold. The undue delay and suspension of the processing of debt relief requests by the secretary directly resulted in specific economic harm to each member of the group. Illegal delay of debt relief leads to obvious monetary damage.

Under the latter provision, anyone who filed a Borrower Defense Claim before June 22 this year and attended one of the 12 institutions deemed fraudulent by the government will receive the money.

Additionally, an additional 64,000 applicants who have not attended the 12 culpable institutions but have a strong case filed will have their documents reviewed and approved or denied on a rolling basis with strict deadlines; if the government does not meet these key dates, the borrower will also receive loan relief or full repayment.

An advocacy group, Project on Predatory Student Lending, states on its website: “Within one year of the effective date of the settlement agreement, these class members will have their outstanding loans relating to these schools fully discharged and will receive refunds of any amounts they previously had. paid the federal government for these loans. They also note that affected borrowers will see repairs to any damaged credit reports due to program barriers.

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This week’s settlement approval does not affect President Biden’s 2022 program to provide student loan relief to up to 45 million Americans through one-time payments of $10,000 (20,000 $ for Pell grant holders). However, it is hoped that the latest court ruling in favor of the borrowers could influence the final program that will eventually be approved.

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NBA DFS: DraftKings, FanDuel Daily Fantasy Basketball Picks for Nov. 16, 2022 include Jaylen Brown Wed, 16 Nov 2022 18:05:00 +0000

After missing a pair of games with a sprained knee, Christian Wood has been back with the Dallas Mavericks for two years and hit 68.4% of his shots in wins over the Trail Blazers and Clippers. The Mavericks play their second game in as many days on Wednesday and host Wood’s former team, the Houston Rockets. Houston gave up the second-most points per game this season (118.1), so does that make Wood a good fit for your NBA DFS rosters?

Wood’s superstar teammate Luka Doncic scored 35 on the Clippers after losing 42 to Portland, and holds a whopping 38.8% usage rate. The Rockets aren’t without options in the NBA DFS player pool, however, and Jalen Green has averaged 28.3 points over his last four starts. Before you make your NBA DFS picks for Wednesday, be sure to check out NBA DFS tips, player rankings, stacks and top daily fantasy basketball picks from SportsLine’s Mike McClure.

McClure is a DFS professional with over $2 million in career earnings. He is also a predictive data engineer at SportsLine which uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every minute of every game 10,000 times, taking into account factors such as matches, statistical trends and injuries.

This allows him to find the best NBA DFS values ​​and create optimal rosters that he only shares on SportsLine. They are must-haves for any NBA DFS player.

On Tuesday, he highlighted Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant as one of his top NBA DFS picks on DraftKings and FanDuel. The result: Morant came back from a missed Sunday start (ankle) to drop 36 points with eight rebounds and four assists against the Pelicans, who returned 57.5 points on DraftKings and 57.6 points on FanDuel. Everyone who included him in their lineups was well on his way to a profitable day.

Now, McClure has turned his attention to NBA action on Wednesday and has locked down his top daily fantasy basketball picks. You can only see them by going to SportsLine.

The best NBA DFS picks for Wednesday, November 16

One of McClure’s top NBA DFS picks is Celtics forward Jaylen Brown ($8,700 on DraftKings and $8,200 on FanDuel). Brown missed a Saturday start against the Detroit Pistons (knee) but came back with a 26-point performance against Oklahoma City on Monday. This season, Brown has averaged 25.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

The Celtics are back in action Wednesday in Atlanta and face the Hawks for the first time this season. Even though he made three starts against the Hawks last season, he averaged his second-fewest minutes per game against them than any other team. Atlanta allowed Tobias Harris to score 21 points on Saturday and MarJon Beauchamp to 20 in similar positional matchups in their last two games, so Brown should be looking for another big night.

Another part of McClure’s optimal NBA DFS strategy includes lining up Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. ($5,900 on DraftKings and $6,200 on FanDuel). Porter scored a season-high 31 points in his final start Sunday against Chicago. For the season, he is averaging 18 points, 6.4 rebounds and hitting 48.3% of his three-point attempts.

The Nuggets host the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, who play the second straight game after a win at Utah on Tuesday. Porter didn’t play against the Knicks before his season-ending injury last year, but in his final game against New York on May 5, 2021, he scored 17 points with six rebounds and three assists. The Knicks allowed Oklahoma City to hit 54.8% of their three-pointers two games ago, and Porter should look for shots from downtown as his score will be badly needed with Nikola Jokic (protocols) out.

How to Set Your NBA DFS Lineups for Wednesday, November 16

McClure is also targeting a player who could leave for massive numbers on Wednesday because of a dream game. This choice could be the difference between winning your tournaments and cash games or going home with nothing. You can only see who it is here.

Who is DFS pro Mike McClure putting in his optimal NBA DFS rosters for Wednesday? Visit SportsLine now to see the best NBA DFS picks, rankings, tips and stacks, all from a professional DFS player who has over $2 million in career earnings, and find out.

‘Crypto volatility is a problem’: NBA World erupts as news about former No. 1 draft pick emerges Wed, 16 Nov 2022 05:04:00 +0000

The crypto market boom has also made its way into the NBA world. From sponsorships to advertisements, investments to NFTs, the league has found ways to profit from the upcoming new cryptocurrency market. In light of the recent market crisis, many platforms have been forced to account. And a few NBA players also face it.


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Cryptocurrency platform BlockFi has had a multi-year sponsorship deal since 2021 with former No. 1 draft pick Cade Cunningham. Reports claimed that 100% of his signing bonus would come from BlockFi in the form of Bitcoin tokens. The company intended to use Cunningham’s position of the Detroit Pistons to leverage educational and promotional videos regarding crypto.


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During this announcement last year, Zac Prince, CEO and co-founder of Block-Fi, praised Cade Cunningham for his collaboration. He said, “BlockFi will support him every step of the way.”

Notably, BlockFi is preparing to file for bankruptcy this year. Fans erupted on social media indicating the NBA player might be in trouble. They stated that “the volatility of cryptos is a problem”. Others were curious how big his signing bonus was.

They initially denied having any assets at FTX. However, they acknowledged that they did indeed have “significant exposure to FTX and related corporate entities”. The crypto platform has now restricted activity on the platform, justifying market volatility.

Several NBA players had invested in crypto

Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors has decided to get partial pay in Bitcoin tokens. His teammate, Andre Iguodala, teamed up with Thompson and Jack Dorsey’s Cash app to convert the same. Thompson said he believed his collaboration was because “it’s the future of money.”


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New Orleans Pelicans star CJ McCollum’s interest in the crypto world led to a partnership with StormX. McCollum also wanted to help “bring crypto to the mainstream.”

NBA big names Stephen Curry and LeBron James have joined FTX and respectively. Curry received entries while LeBron was part of an outreach program that taught kids about blockchain technology.

Many other NBA players are also invested or interested in the NFT world. It will be interesting to see if this number now decreases following the latest developments in cryptocurrency.


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