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first_imgStanfordOgwumike selected No. 1 in WNBA DraftThe Los Angeles Sparks took Stanford’s Nnemkadi Ogwumike as the top overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft this week.She is the first Pac-12 player to be the top draft pick since 1997. USC’s Tina Thompson was picked first overall that year.Ogwumike, a three-time All-American, is second all-time in Pac-12 scoring (2,491), third all-time in rebounding (1,226) and has a 58.3 shooting percentage. This year the 6-foot-2 power forward was named Pac-12 Player of the Year, an honor she also received in 2010.The Cardinal appeared in the NCAA Final Four during each of Ogwumike’s four seasons. Ogwumike averaged 22.5 points and 10 rebounds  this season.She plans on graduating from Stanford and pursuing a graduate degree in business before she begins playing for the Sparks next season.Three other Pac-12 players were drafted into the WNBA this year, including USC guards Briana Gilbreath and Jacki Gemelos, both of whom went in the third round.Oregon’s Amanda Johnson was drafted in the final round. The Washington Mystics selected Gilbreath, Gemelos went to the Minnesota Lynx and Johnson went to the Phoenix Mercury.OregonESPN exposes Ducks’ marijuana cultureIn an ESPN The Magazine article, writer Sam Alipour reported that widespread marijuana use has been common among student-athletes nationwide, specifically among Oregon football players for the past 15 years.Alipour reported 19 current or past players and officials acknowledged the use of marijuana as a commonality. They estimated between 40 and 60 percent of team members smoke pot.According to Alipour, Oregon coach Chip Kelly is trying to crack down on the team’s usage by enforcing drug tests and attending classes with problem players.“Student-athlete welfare is of the utmost importance to the University of Oregon,” Oregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens told ESPN. “Similar to many college campuses wrestling with the same issue, the University of Oregon actively works to address potential use of any illegal substance through a combination of education, prevention and enforcement activities.”The Princeton Review ranks the University of Oregon as one of the most pot-friendly schools in the country.In 1998, Oregon became one of the first states to legalize medical marijuana, and the state is one of the nation’s leading producers of the drug. AlabamaCrimson Tide 2011 BCS Trophy ShattersThe Crimson Tide’s 2011 BCS trophy was accidentally knocked from its perch and shattered Saturday, ESPN reported.A football player’s father got his foot caught on a rug resting below the Waterford crystal football’s holding place, and the trophy was knocked to the ground.Valued at $30,000, the trophy was handcrafted in Ireland and put on display at Mal Moore Athletic Facility. Alabama has a second identical 2011 trophy, on display at the Paul W. Bryant Museum.The university said it will attempt to replace the shattered trophy. KentuckyFive starters declare for NBA DraftIn a televised press conference Tuesday, University of Kentucky freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, and sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb declared their eligibility for the NBA Draft.The five starters led the school to an SEC title and the Kentucky’s  eighth NCAA title. Seniors Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas also plan on entering the draft. TennesseeRecord-setting coach steps downPat Summitt, who leads NCAA coaches in all-time wins, is stepping down as the women’s basketball coach at the University of Tennessee, the university announced Wednesday.Summit coached at Tennessee for 38 seasons, racked up a record of 1,098-208 and led the Lady Vols to 18 Final Four appearances, 13 national title games and eight national championships.Summitt, 59, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2011 but continued on with the team through the end of the 2011-2012 season. Summitt will continue working for the school as head coach emeritus. Her new title allows for more time to focus on her health while also recruiting and mentoring young players.“Coaching is the great passion of my life, and the job to me has always been an opportunity to work with our student-athletes and help them discover what they want,” Summitt said in a statement. “I will continue to make them my passion.”Holly Warlick, who has served as Summitt’s assistant coach for 27 years, will take over the head coaching position next season.The Lady Vols went 27-9 last season and advanced to the Elite 8.Texas A&MSEC T-shirts recalled for map mishapA Texas T-shirt company recalled dozens of Texas A&M shirts after complaints about geographical and factual mistakes, according to the Associated Press.A section of the United States is mapped on the shirt, with the states of the SEC represented. North Carolina was incorrectly included in the design and Missouri was omitted.Missouri and Texas A&M joined the SEC this year after leaving the Big 12 at the end of last season.“Many … have insinuated that Texas A&M made these shirts, and that Texas A&M doesn’t know geography. That’s simply not true. Aggieland Outfitters designed the shirt and simply made a mistake,” Aggieland Outfitters said in a statement to the AP. ToledoNCAA bans school from postseasonThe NCAA banned the University of Toledo’s men’s basketball program from the 2013 postseason tournament, rejecting the university’s appeal.Toledo failed to meet the NCAA’s Academic Performance Rate for several years, resulting in the ban.In its appeal, Toledo asked the NCAA to consider the school’s 2011-2012 academic performance, and not older scores from 2009-2011.“It is simply a question of fairness,” athletic director Mike O’Brien said.last_img read more

Stock watch: Devin C. Butler up, just about everything else down down

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first_img Published on November 19, 2017 at 9:32 pm Contact: [email protected] | @jtbloss SafetiesSU had just two breakups, one sack and two quarterback hurries. Part of that can be attributed to the fact that Lamar Jackson is among the best players in the country. Most of it, though, can be credited to an SU defense that played poorly on all levels. The safety play, in particular, could have been better.Sophomore Evan Foster missed out on several tackles, the most glaring of which came on a Lamar Jackson 43-yard touchdown run. Foster had a chance one-on-one to bring Jackson down in the flat and whiffed. Later, redshirt junior safety Rodney Williams had a perfect pass from Jackson sail right past him on a 72-yard touchdown.Zack MahoneyAfter struggling heavily in the second half of SU’s loss to Wake Forest, Mahoney continued on the same track against Louisville. He continued the trend of throwing an interception on the opening drive of a road game, and added a second interception later. The senior completed just five of his 15 pass attempts. Redshirt freshman Rex Culpepper replaced him in the second quarter.Mahoney fell to 1-8 as a starter since coming to Syracuse as a walk-on and earning the backup role. The latest loss couldn’t have come at a more inopportune moment. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Bowl aspirations are as good as dead for Syracuse (4-7, 2-5 Atlantic Coast) after a 56-10 demolition at the hands of Louisville (7-4, 4-4) at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Saturday evening. Without quarterback Eric Dungey, Syracuse’s offense crumbled while Louisville’s star quarterback, Lamar Jackson, led the way with nearly 400 yards of total offense — seeming to do so with relative ease.Here’s a look at some of the notable performances from the game.Stock upDevin C. ButlerSyracuse’s offense was atrocious; two quarterbacks combined for 13 completions and not until the fourth quarter did the unit score a touchdown. If there was one bright spot, it had to be Butler, the only receiver to haul in more than two catches on the day. The sophomore finished with five receptions for 63 yards. A few times, he was able to stretch out short passes for a few extra yards.All season long, Butler was one of a few vying to permanently fill SU’s second outside receiver position opposite Steve Ishmael. As a quarterback for most of his life, he’s yet to master the ins and outs of the position. But he will have to play a larger role in the offense next year, and any sort of flashes late in the year are good building blocks to take into the offseason.Cole MurphyIn his only field goal attempt, Murphy nailed a 51-yarder with relative ease. Yes, he had the wind at his back, but it would have likely gone in for 60 yards out, too. And given the senior kicker’s intermittent struggles on the road, the hit was a bright spot on a miserable day for SU. It brought SU within four points of Louisville at the time.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStock downSteve IshmaelThe senior wide receiver needed three catches on Saturday to break SU’s single-season receptions record set by Amba Etta-Tawo last year. With 54 yards, he would have passed Marvin Harrison as the school’s all-time leading receiver in yards.Ishmael didn’t claim any of those records. He finished with just two catches for 29 yards despite having at least four catches in every game so far this year.After the game, Ishmael told Syracuse.com that his lack of production had nothing to with the fact that Louisville’s top corner Jaire Alexander covered him for most of the game, instead suggesting that the weather made it tough for the quarterbacks to get him the ball. On Twitter, Alexander begged to differ, painting a not-so-pretty picture of how Ishmael responded to the struggles.last_img read more

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first_imgLe Bristol Paris, part of the Oetker Collection, welcomes the natural skincare brand Tata Harper to Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie, with an exclusive menu and new treatment room.The Tata Harper bespoke treatment room at Le Bristol Paris will enable guests to enjoy an exclusive line of 100% natural therapies. The fresh green interiors reflect both companies’ brand identities – Le Bristol’s French garden and the Vermont Estate where the Tata Harper organic ingredients are harvested – and the overall vitality of the products.Marine d’Aguanno, spa manager of Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie, sees this collaboration with Tata Harper as part of the natural evolution towards botanical solutions in the beauty industry.Tata Harper’s farm-to-skincare solutions refresh, rejuvenate and reinvigorate the skin, an experience doubled in the luxurious environment of Le Bristol Spa by La Prairie, and in the hands of professional therapists.The dedicated treatment space was designed by the Parisian architectural duo Yann Le Coadic and Alessandro Scotto. It combines the charm of a Parisian boudoir with a serene atmosphere: “Through the use of typically French elements like a diamond glass screen, gloss lacquered mouldings, green velvet divan, floral wallpaper and French vintage mirrors, we shaped an immersive environment. It works around an elegant play on light, transparency and reflection that provides an overall sense of wellbeing.”A natural and non-toxic treatment menuTata Harper, co-founder of the eponymous 100% natural skincare brand, has developed an exclusive treatment menu For Le Bristol Paris.She says: “In 2011, I moved to a farm in Vermont and embarked on the journey to create Tata Harper Skincarebecause I believed the future of luxury was 100% natural and non-toxic. Le Bristol Paris has been an arbiter of luxury for decades and I couldn’t think of a better partner to collaborate with in Paris to bring our collective vision of next generation nontoxic beauty to the City of Light.”The exclusive Tata Harper treatment menu at Le Bristol Paris will include the following:Liquid Gold Organic Body Massage (55/85 minutes, €200/260): This soothing massage features Tata Harper Skincare Liqui Gold. This Estate Grown Beauty Complex is made with herbs grown on Tata’s Organic farm in Vermont. The Complex’s vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants will leave skin feeling soothed and nourished, while circulation-boosting massage techniques calm your body and senses.Mother’s Moment: Body Treatment for Mothers-To-Be (55 minutes, €200): The perfect pampering moment for all mothers-to-be. A soothing full-body massage using nourishing, 100% natural ingredients leaves skin soft and smooth, and relieves feelings of tension and heaviness.Pure Perfection: Head to Toe Detox Body Treatment (130 minutes, €350): This total-body detox purifies the skin and stimulates the senses with a powerful cleansing blend of ginger, fennel and turmeric. Skin will be polished to perfection from head to toe, then clarified and decongested with targeted treatments designed to purge skin of built-up toxins. A Purifying Mask body wrap boosts microcirculation and nourishes skin.Radiance Revitalised: Energising Body Treatment (160 minutes, €420): Restore tired, stressed and jet-lagged skin to a state of equilibrium. Crystal Chakra therapy combined with a luxurious full-body scrub to stimulate microcirculation for healthy lymphatic drainage detoxification, then enveloped in a restorative and hydrating body mask. Once showered the treatment then ends with an advanced acupressure body massage to soothe the senses and balance mind and bodyThe Tata Harper Treatment Menu at Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie is now available. The treatments listed above are a sample of the menu.last_img read more