Syracuse (4-1) dropped four spots to No. 22 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday afternoon. It’s SU’s lowest ranking of the year, which had previously been No. 19, where it ranked in the preseason poll.The Orange blew out South Carolina State by 42 on Tuesday but lost to South Carolina, 64-50, on Saturday at the Barclays Center.The Gamecocks (6-0), previously unranked, moved into the Top 25 at No. 20 after handily beating then-No. 25 Michigan, 61-46, and SU.Syracuse is one of five Atlantic Coast Conference teams in the Top 25, joining No. 3 North Carolina, No. 5 Duke, No. 6 Virginia and No. 14 Louisville.The Orange visits No. 17 Wisconsin (5-2) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Badgers dropped one spot from No. 16 in the poll after losing to UNC, 71-56, while beating Tennessee, Georgetown and Prairie View A&M in the past week.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 28, 2016 at 12:39 pm Contact Paul: firstname.lastname@example.org | @pschweds
Manchester City missed out on a Europa League place after ending their miserable Champions League campaign with a defeat by Borussia Dortmund.Ajax’s defeat by Real Madrid meant City would have finished third in Group D had they beaten the German champions.But Dortmund posed the greater threat, forcing a series of saves from Joe Hart before Julian Schieber slid in to score from Jakub Blaszczykowski’s cross.City crash out of Europe without a win in any of their six group games.Their haul of three points is a meagre return given the vast resources at Roberto Mancini’s disposal, and is the lowest by an English club in the 20-year history of the competition. City become the first Premier League side not to manage a single group win, and missing out on the consolation prize of the Europa League means their seeding is likely to drop further when they return to Europe next season. On this evidence, a vast improvement is required if they are to make any impact. If it had not been for some superb saves by Hart, City would have lost by an even greater margin to a depleted Dortmund side without many of their stars.Jurgen Klopp’s side were already through as group winners so the onus was on the visitors to chase victory, especially with Ajax behind early on in Madrid.But Mancini’s men created little in the first 45 minutes, and their only effort on goal was a bouncing shot by Edin Dzeko that Roman Weidenfeller pushed round his post.Carlos Tevez worked hard and covered a lot of ground but, without the injured David Silva, City were lacking a spark in attack.Dortmund also began slowly before creating a host of chances either side of half-time. Hart, City’s hero when they snatched a point against Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium in October, came to their rescue before the break when he got his fingertips to a Marco Reus drive and dived to keep out Ivan Perisic’s curling shot.The home side went closer still when Mats Hummels was just unable to turn in an inviting free-kick from Blaszczykowski, who came on for Marco Reus at the interval.Edin Dzeko headed straight at Weidenfeller as City tried to respond but the chances kept coming for Dortmund, with Hart tipping a swerving Perisic volley over the bar and reacting well to beat away Kevin Grosskreutz’s fierce strike.So it was no surprise when they took the lead just before the hour mark, Schieber gratefully gobbling up Blaszczykowski’s delightful low cross.The scorer almost added a second soon after when Hart kept out his chip and City’s response was muted at best, despite the best efforts of Tevez. The Argentine striker and his compatriot Sergio Aguero forced smart saves from Weidenfeller but Hart remained the busier goalkeeper, stopping a Robert Lewandowski effort with his face.In the end City went out meekly. They had known before kick-off they could progress no further in the Champions League and this lethargic performance was an appropriate way to end a hugely disappointing campaign.A far better display will be needed when the Premier League champions return to domestic action on Sunday in what promises to be a pivotal clash with title rivals Manchester United.
The finish of Monday’s rain-delayed Geico 500, as thrilling as it was, was still a secondary storyline behind what happened before the race.NASCAR came together to support Bubba Wallace, the lone Black driver in the Cup series, a day after a noose reportedly was found in Wallace’s garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway. Drivers and team members walked with Wallace and pushed his car to the front of the line in prerace ceremonies. MORE: Wallace says NASCAR is ‘changing’Wallace led briefly midway through the final stage but eventually ran out of gas in the closing laps. Meanwhile, his best friend, Ryan Blaney, was good on fuel and strong enough to get to the line first by inches. Blaney edged past Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in a wild overtime for his second consecutive win at the track, both in photo finishes.Another chapter written in the book of thrilling @TalladegaSuperS finishes.Once again, it was @Blaney holding off the pack to score the victory. pic.twitter.com/jPEQC91QcA— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 23, 2020MORE: Fellow driver gives Wallace push to pits after fuel runs outBelow are the complete results from Monday’s race at Talladega, which was delayed by weather (rain Sunday and a storm Monday) twice.Who won the NASCAR race at Talladega?Ryan Blaney edged out Ricky Stenhouse Jr. by a nose (officially, seven one-thousandths of a second). Just before that, Blaney shoved Erik Jones out of the way in the drag race to the start-finish line.”I just kind of blocked, just trying to block the best we could,” Blaney told reporters. “Ride the top, ride the bottom. The 20 (Jones) got to my outside, and I tried to go up there to slow him down and . . . I’m not sure, I don’t know . . . three-wide, I hate that I hit him, but just kind of trying to beat and bang to the line and things like that.”Aric Almirola, who also wrecked at the finish, crossed the line backward in third place. Denny Hamlin was fourth and Jones finished fifth.NASCAR at Talladega resultsBlaney ran most of the race up front in a tight pack with his Team Penske teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski. All three represented a strong threat to win even as the lead changed 56 times among 19 drivers. Blaney led the most laps in the race with 63.Wallace moved into contention late in the race, taking the lead with 27 laps to go. He quickly fell back after being passed by Logano and then later ran out of fuel, which ended his quest for a victory. He finished 14th. FinishStartDriverCarLaps1(12)Ryan BlaneyFord1912(20)Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Chevrolet1913(15)Aric AlmirolaFord1914(2)Denny HamlinToyota1915(18)Erik JonesToyota1916(21)Chris BuescherFord1917(8)Alex BowmanChevrolet1918(22)John Hunter Nemechek #Ford1919(7)Kurt BuschChevrolet19110(5)Kevin HarvickFord19111(19)William ByronChevrolet19112(33)Ty DillonChevrolet19113(4)Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet19114(24)Bubba WallaceChevrolet19115(31)Ryan PreeceChevrolet19116(25)Corey LaJoieFord19117(9)Joey LoganoFord19118(26)Michael McDowellFord19119(6)Brad KeselowskiFord19120(16)Tyler Reddick #Chevrolet19121(39)Brendan GaughanChevrolet19122(28)Cole Custer #Ford19123(1)Martin Truex JrToyota19124(14)Ryan NewmanFord19125(10)Clint BowyerFord19026(23)Matt DiBenedettoFord19027(32)Quin Houff #Chevrolet19028(37)Daniel SuarezToyota19029(35)Christopher Bell #Toyota19030(29)Gray Gaulding(i)Ford19031(30)BJ McLeodChevrolet19032(3)Kyle BuschToyota18933(38)Timmy Hill(i)Toyota18534(40)Garrett Smithley(i)Chevrolet18535(27)Brennan Poole #Chevrolet17836(34)JJ Yeley(i)Chevrolet17837(36)Joey Gase(i)Ford14138(11)Chase ElliottChevrolet13539(17)Austin DillonChevrolet13340(13)Matt KensethChevrolet127# Rookie. (i) Ineligible for series points.Average speed of race winner: 146.933 mph.Time of race: 3 hours, 27 minutes, 28 seconds. Margin of Victory: 0.007 seconds.Caution flags: 8 for 33 laps.Lead changes: 56 among 19 drivers.Lap leaders: M. Truex Jr 1-4; D. Hamlin 5-7; J. Logano 8-10; D. Hamlin 11-14; J. Logano 15-17; D. Hamlin 18-22; J. Logano 23-26; M. DiBenedetto 27; J. Logano 28-35; K. Busch 36; J. Logano 37-39; W. Byron 40; D. Hamlin 41-42; J. Logano 43; D. Hamlin 44-45; A. Bowman 46; J. Logano 47-49; A. Bowman 50; J. Logano 51; T. Reddick # 52; J. Logano 53-55; T. Reddick # 56-60; R. Newman 61; A. Bowman 62-64; R. Blaney 65; J. Johnson 66; K. Busch 67; R. Blaney 68-69; K. Busch 70-71; R. Blaney 72-73; K. Busch 74; R. Blaney 75-96; B. Poole # 97; R. Blaney 98-105; R. Stenhouse Jr 106; R. Blaney 107-111; R. Stenhouse Jr 112; R. Blaney 113-118; R. Stenhouse Jr 119-121; C. Buescher 122-125; K. Harvick 126; R. Preece 127; C. Elliott 128-130; D. Hamlin 131; R. Blaney 132-142; C. Bell # 143-146; D. Hamlin 147; J. Logano 148-150; W. Byron 151-160; B. Wallace 161; J. Logano 162; R. Preece 163-164; A. Bowman 165-171; T. Reddick # 172-184; R. Blaney 185-189; K. Harvick 190; R. Blaney 191.Leaders summary (Driver, times leading, laps led): Ryan Blaney 10 times for 63 laps; Joey Logano 11 times for 33 laps; Tyler Reddick # 3 times for 19 laps; Denny Hamlin 7 times for 18 laps; Alex Bowman 4 times for 12 laps; William Byron 2 times for 11 laps; Kyle Busch 4 times for 5 laps; Ricky Stenhouse Jr 3 times for 5 laps; Martin Truex Jr 1 time for 4 laps; Christopher Bell # 1 time for 4 laps; Chris Buescher 1 time for 4 laps; Ryan Preece 2 times for 3 laps; Chase Elliott 1 time for 3 laps; Kevin Harvick 2 times for 2 laps; Bubba Wallace 1 time for 1 lap; Brennan Poole # 1 time for 1 lap; Matt DiBenedetto 1 time for 1 lap; Jimmie Johnson 1 time for 1 lap; Ryan Newman 1 time for 1 lap. Stage 1 Top 10: 8,88,22,48,18,12,2,1,9,24Stage 2 Top 10: 47,12,18,2,95,22,43,41,17,24Material from the NASCAR Wire Service was used in this report.
Residents of Georgetown can now pay rates and taxes via the Mobile Money Guyana (MMG) app.This was made possible through a collaboration between the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and GTT, and the initiative was officially launched on Tuesday.Information Technology (IT) Manager attached to M&CC, Adunni Christian said the action was taken to enable persons to pay monies owed to the M&CC through MMG. Christian noted that while the M&CC has begun with the payments of rates and taxes, in the near future the Council would move towards other types of payments that could be made via MMG.GTT MMG Specialist Kester Abrams“All customers need to know or understand is their account number which can be found on a receipt or the demand notice. That account number, when you make payments to Mobile Money from outside, it will allow us at M&CC to see where you are attaching these payments to,” he explained.According to Christian, one of the main reasons the MMG platform was chosen was the fact it was known to be a safe application for transacting business. He further explained that “there is no issue in terms of your security or other people accessing your account because as you know, the Mobile Money platform has been proven to be quite secure in the past.”Christian also pointed out that persons desirous of uplifting their payment receipt after completing their transaction can do so by visiting the M&CC.Specialist-in-Charge of MMG at GTT, Kester Abrams said the company was pleased to be able to further expand its services to the residents of Georgetown. He also disclosed that GTT was looking to develop its services to other municipalities across Guyana.M&CC IT Manager Adunni Christian“We have also reached out to the Ministry of Communities and we will be meeting with them in the near future to actually talk about some of the [Neighbourhood Democratic Councils] NDCs; [Regional Democratic Councils] RDCs and municipalities outside of Georgetown so that we can actually have all rates and taxes payment coming Through Mobile Money,” he stated.The services are currently available, and persons who wish to have more clarity on the new services are being encouraged to visit the M&CC office.