Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 12, 2014 at 9:09 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman By the time the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll is released Tuesday afternoon, Syracuse could be in the top spot.This past week, the No. 4 Orange (11-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) won both its games, posting a 2-1 win against Albany on Tuesday and a 3-1 victory over Wake Forest on Friday. No. 1 Washington tied its only game of the week, a 1-1 overtime draw against No. 23 Oregon State on Sunday. No. 2 UCLA lost in overtime to California, 3-2, on Friday and No. 3 Penn State was blown out by Maryland on Sunday by a 4-0 score.SU is almost guaranteed at least the No. 2 ranking with two of the top three teams losing, but Syracuse could jump up to No. 1 if the NSCAA poll voters determine a 2-0 week for the Orange is more impressive than a one-tie week for Washington.In the NCAA RPI rankings, Washington is No. 1 and Syracuse is No. 2. In the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll, the Huskies are No. 1 and the Orange No. 3, and the two will likely be Nos. 1 and 2 when TopDrawer’s unofficial national poll is released Monday morning.Syracuse already has its highest-ever ranking in program history, but it will have to wait until Tuesday’s NSCAA poll to find out if it will officially receive the nation’s top spot.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments
.SIX Donegal players have been included in the Ulster team of the year, or provincial All Stars tonight.Karl Lacey, at half-back, picked up his fourth such gong.And joining him on the team of the year were Neil McGee, Odhran MacNiallais, Leo McLoone, Ryan McHugh and Donegal captain Michael Murphy. Meanwhile the players have been to Evolve Menswear in Letterkenny to get fitted for their All Ireland suits. SIX DONEGAL PLAYERS GET ULSTER ALL-STARS was last modified: September 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Benefits of lowering temperatures are numerousThe combination of heat-absorbing surfaces, lack of vegetation, and lots of people can make cities much warmer than the surrounding countryside. On average, the report says, urban areas are 7 F° hotter than adjacent rural areas, and the difference can be as high as 20 F°.“People in cities subject to excess urban heat and extreme heat waves experience a decreased quality of life,” the authors said. “They are less likely to take advantage of outdoor amenities, exercise or interact outdoors. Residents are more likely to suffer from health problems. Energy utility customers may experience higher bills. City priorities compete for thee use of limited resources. Overall, a city is less pleasant when it is excessively hot.”As a result, cities that have taken steps to reduce heat island effect see a number of benefits, the report said, including lower energy bills for air conditioned buildings and more buildings that are comfortable even without air conditioning. Reflective roofs don’t expand and contract as much as roofs that absorb a lot of heat energy from the sun, so they tend to last longer. Fewer people get sick or die during heat waves when temperatures are lower.Light-colored, reflective pavement may be 50 to 70 F° cooler than conventional asphalt pavement, the report says, while being both more durable and better for water quality. Reducing the temperature of roofs also has a positive effect, and “cool roof” strategies may be no more expensive than installing a dark roof.“Because disadvantaged neighborhoods are often the most vulnerable to heat, addressing a city’s UHI can help promote social and environmental equity,” the report said. The dark, heat-absorbing and impermeable surfaces common to big cities cause a variety of health and environmental problems, including elevated temperatures, lower air quality, and difficulty in managing storm water runoff. The heat island effect, as this phenomenon is called, is part of urban living, but a study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) finds that some American cities are rolling out a variety of tactics to fight it.Researchers sent questionnaires to 26 cities, ranging in size from 3-million-plus Los Angeles and New York to those with less than 1 million in population — places like Austin, Charlotte, and St. Louis. The cities represented Climate Zones 2 through 5.Motivated by climate change and the need to improve both energy conservation and public health, each city had at least one heat-mitigating strategy even if none of them had formal plans specifically aimed at the problem, the report, Cool Policies for Cool Cities, said.Most cities had at least one voluntary program affecting private construction, while three-quarters of them had at least one mandatory policy plus a number of broad goals. Building codes requiring cool or green roofs were the most common mandatory policy. Increasing the size of a city’s tree canopy was the most common goal that researchers found.A chart lists initiatives by city, and indicates whether they are mandatory, voluntary, or simply goals. The report also includes case studies highlighting specific steps that city officials took.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes criticism of Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has become “personal”, with those quick to write the Portuguese off merely jealous of his achievements.A proven winner throughout a distinguished coaching career, the man at the Old Trafford helm has faced some uncomfortable questions this season.With his side struggling for consistency and talk of dressing room divides providing an unwelcome distraction, Mourinho is having to fight fires on and off the field. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He has offered no indication that he will be running away from those challenges, with there a desire on his part to oversee a reversal in fortune.Ibrahimovic, who has worked with the Portuguese at Inter and United, believes Mourinho remains the right man for the job, telling Sky Sports: “Everybody criticises Mourinho and I don’t think it’s because of the results, it’s because of the character, because of the way he is.“I see myself a little bit in that situation because we have our vision, we have our confidence, we believe in things, we say certain things in our own way and of course we get the blame.“We get criticised more when it’s not going good. But when it’s going good and we win, the satisfaction is bigger than the other ones.“We are ourselves, we believe in what we do and we do it until the end. That is what is going on there.“Some critics I feel are personal. Some critics are exaggerating. Some because of the one he is, other ones are jealousy.“All of this is part of the circle, so Mourinho has to just keep being himself, stand up for what he is doing, stand up for who he is and continue.“He is there because he did it his own way, because he is who he is and won’t change for nobody. I am the same. The people out there who think they are perfect, they are the biggest problem.”Ibrahimovic has also saluted another man with strong ties to United, with the Red Devils’ all-time leading goalscorer currently shining away from Old Trafford.Wayne Rooney joined the MLS ranks at D.C. United over the summer and has helped to fire them into play-off contention.Ibrahimovic, who is also in America with the LA Galaxy, said of the former England international: “I think so far he did fantastic, he changed the team he came to and they have done good results.”Before he came it was different results, but he has been playing good and scoring goals and he shows that he is Rooney.”I don’t need to describe Rooney. Everybody knows Rooney and they know his quality, so it’s only for him to play the games and perform.”
Technically, no foreign player has ever won an NBA scoring title. Dominique Wilkins has one and he was born in Paris, but only because his father was in the U.S. Air Force.Giannis Antetokounmpo may change that in a few months. And if not this season, then probably soon enough.The Milwaukee star who hails from Greece went into this week averaging just over 31 points per game and leading the league in that department. He was the Most Improved Player last season and don’t be surprised if he gets more votes for that trophy this season — along with MVP ballots as well.“He plays now to destroy you,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters last week before Antetokounmpo scored 28 in Milwaukee’s road win over San Antonio. “In the beginning he was pretty darn good and he would do this and he would do that. But now he knows he can do it to you every time. He’s for real.”Antetokounmpo turns 23 on Dec. 6. The only other players in the last 50 years with 5,000 points, 2,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists before celebrating their 23rd birthdays — Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, and future Hall of Famer LeBron James.TweetPinShare22 Shares