Hurt made the announcement wearing a sweatshirt he received while competing last week for the United States in the annual Hoop Summit game in Portland. Hurt scored seven points and got four rebounds in his team’s 93-87 victory over top teens from around the world.He chose Duke over North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas. It was clear the Wildcats and Jayhawks were out of the picture when Hurt recently canceled planned home visits from coaches John Calipari and Bill Self. Duke has found its replacement for Zion Williamson.That might be a tough pair of sneakers for Matthew Hurt to fill, but it’s the position he chose upon committing to the Blue Devils during a press conference at his high school Friday afternoon. Hurt is a 6-9, 215-pound senior at John Marshall High in Rochester, Minn., and the No. 8 player in the nation, according to 247 Sports. He became the fifth prospect in the Duke class, and the second rated in the top 10 along with center/forward Vernon Carey of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the No. 3 prospect according to 247 Sports.Hurt is not a similar player to Williamson; not many are. Hurt is more of a stretch-4 type who will need some strength training but should be effective at striking defenses from the perimeter and battling for rebounds with his length.POWER RANKINGSSN’s way-too-early top 25 for 2019-20He played last summer the USA Basketball U-18 national team, which qualified to represent the U.S. at this summer’s FIBA U19 World Cup. He averaged 14 points and 5.3 rebounds for the U18s, converting 12 of 20 from 3-point range.
Donegal Creameries has reported a big drop in profits for the first half of this year.The company says the drop is due to tough conditions in the dairy market, lower mushroom profits and adverse foreign exchange movements.The company reported a pre-tax profit of €862,000, down from just over €4m a year earlier. Revenue, however, rose 13.5% to €68.7m. An unchanged interim dividend of 7% will be paid.The company said turnover at its dairy division rose by more than 12% to €31.6m, but there was a loss of almost €1m due to a time lag in passing on increased wholesale prices.Donegal Creameries said, however, that dairy volumes were growing, and it expected a return to more ‘normal’ levels of profit in 2012.The company received €1.3m in its share of profits from Monaghan Middlebrook Mushrooms, down €1m from a year earlier, but said it saw this fall as temporary. Finance costs of €1m also affected profits. These were due to increased borrowing costs and currency movements.Agri-inputs profits almost doubled to €1.1m, on 12% higher turnover of €24.5m. Produce profits also doubled to almost €600,000, with turnover up 21.6% to €12.1m.For the rest of the year, Donegal Creameries said it expected to make progress on recovering increased dairy costs, and expected a good performance from the agri-inputs and produce businesses.Earlier this week Donegaldaily.com revealed how Connacht Gold was considering buying a major share of the Donegal Creameries operation.Donegal Creameries has refused to comment on these reports. EndsDONEGAL CREAMERIES REPORT LARGE DROP IN PROFITS BUT REFUSE TO COMMENT ON CONNACHT GOLD TAKEOVER REPORTS was last modified: September 1st, 2011 by StephenShare 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)Tags:Connaught GoldDOnegal CReameries profits