Published on December 28, 2016 at 12:14 am Contact Matthew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ Here are three things we learned from the game.Tyus Battle has established himself as clear-cut starterBattle has been receiving treatment for a minor injury to his left foot, which had limited his minutes. Since his first career start against North Florida and starting the next two games, Battle played only 12, 23 and 22 minutes, respectively. He had been held to eight or fewer points in two of Syracuse’s last three outings.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn his first start since Dec. 10, Battle shined against the Big Red. He posed a threat shooting from the perimeter and on penetrating in the lane. He left the locker room wearing a brace, but said his foot’s “feeling 100 percent.”“I’m feeling a lot more comfortable getting to the basket, which I wasn’t earlier on,” Battle said.The freshman point guard scored 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the floor and 4-of-7 from 3-point range. He made both of his free throws, grabbed three rebounds and had three steals in 32 minutes.“He did a little bit of everything,” fifth-year guard Andrew White said. “He did a better job of getting to the rim tonight, which set up his jump shot. He got in there, got some layups, got some transitions stuff, free throws, and that kind of opened up his 3-pointers.”Despite blowout win, Jim Boeheim still has “no idea” where Syracuse stands right nowAfter Syracuse’s blowout loss to St. John’s last Wednesday, SU head coach Jim Boeheim bluntly assessed his own coaching.“I don’t think I (know what I’m doing) with this team because they’re not doing what we need to win,” Boeheim said Dec. 21.After SU’s blowout win over Cornell, Boeheim echoed similar sentiments.“I have no idea. No idea,” he said when asked where Syracuse now stands ahead of Atlantic Coast Conference play, set to begin Sunday at Boston College.“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” he added. “Tonight was a baby, baby step that doesn’t really mean much. But we’ve got to get ready, when we have some time, try to use it constructively and play a little better.”Tyler Roberson can jumpstart the offense, even if it’s only one or two big playsMinutes after he subbed into Tuesday’s game, Tyler Roberson leapt for a floating rebound and threw down a vicious put-back dunk. The senior forward’s slam sparked a dominating SU run that ended the first half. Then point guard John Gillon, who led all players with seven assists, fed Roberson on an alley-oop that put an exclamation point on Syracuse’s first half as the clock expired.“He was the Tyler we know,” said Thompson.The freshman forward referenced the Roberson of last season’s NCAA Tournament, during which he averaged 8.6 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. But this season, Roberson has hardly contributed. He had scored more than one point in just four of Syracuse’s previous nine games and didn’t even attempt a shot in six minutes during SU’s loss to Georgetown. In Syracuse’s last outing against St. John’s, he went just 0-for-3 from the field.Tuesday against Cornell, however, Roberson threw down two first-half dunks, dished out two assists and blocked two shots. He challenged several others as well, resulting in SU rebounds.“I thought Tyler Roberson gave us a really good first half,” Boeheim said. Then he paused. “A really good (first half), then nothing. But he gave us a really good first half.” Comments Six days after Syracuse suffered its worst-ever loss in Carrier Dome history, a 93-60 defeat to St. John’s, the Orange cruised by Cornell (3-9) Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. SU dominated inside, scoring more points near the basket than it has in any game since opening night, save for its blowout victory over Eastern Michigan last week. Tyler Lydon scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Taurean Thompson poured in 18 and Tyus Battle added 16 to pace the Orange.MORE COVERAGESyracuse men’s basketball uses its size advantage to dominate Cornell, 80-56, in final nonconference gameGraphical breakdown of Syracuse men’s basketball’s 80-56 victory over CornellSyracuse fans react to SU’s 24 point victory over Cornell
DES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds is recommending that Iowa schools close for four weeks. State public health officials were notified Sunday of four additional positive cases of COVID-19 and public health investigators were unable to determine how two of those Iowans got the virus. It’s more confirmation that what’s called “community spread” is happening here.“Unfortunately, we know now that we have substantial community spread across our state,” she said Sunday night, “which takes us to the next level of response.”Reynolds recorded and released a video message Sunday evening. She’ll hold a news conference later today. Her decision on school closures is a reversal from Saturday night, when Reynolds told reporters schools should make those decisions on a case-by-case basis. Now, Reynolds is recommending that all Iowa schools close for a month.“We know that these are unprecedented times and we understand that school closures have an impact on children, families and the workforce, but this next step goes a long way to protect our vulnerable Iowans and mitigate further spread of the virus,” Reynolds said in the video. “It also protects students, teachers and staff with underlying health conditions and it aligns with social distancing recommendations to protect all Iowans.”During this emergency, Reynolds indicated state officials aim to help Iowa parents with child care, although she has not shared the details of what’s being planned. Arrangements are being made to provide meals to low-income students.“This is a very fluid situation,” Reynolds said in the video. “As testing ramps up we expect the number of positive COVID-19 cases to increase in the days and weeks to come…My ask of you is that you know the facts, remain calm and to do your part in helping us mitigate the spread of this virus.”Twenty-two positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Iowa. Two of the cases identified Sunday are related to international travel. Both are residents of Allamakee County. One is middle aged and the other is under the age of 18. The third case identified Sunday is a Johnson County resident, but the person was not on the Egyptian cruise that led to other cases in Johnson County and investigators do not know how the person contracted COVID-19. The fourth individual is a middle-aged Polk County resident and, again, public health officials do not know how they got the virus.In other action Sunday, the governor has extended a disaster proclamation that lets Iowa grocers and other retailers refuse to accept empty bottles and cans from customers seeking their nickle deposit fees. Grocers have long complained many empties are filthy and should not be introduced in an environment where food is sold.https://youtu.be/5pIo2Veg06E
Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer Stay on target Brewing with the Pico C really is very similar to making coffee (or cola) with a Keurig. There are a few more steps involved, but it’s all quite simple. Pop in one of Pico’s brewing kits, pour in water, brew, add yeast and let it do its thing, then transfer it to the supplied keg to finish.A feature-packed app lets you keep tabs on the brewing process, and you can kick up the ABV or hoppiness with the turn of a dial. Where Pico’s brewing system stands out is its “brew pods.”They’re more like baskets, really, but the concept is the same. Each PicoPak contains everything you need to brew a beer (minus the water). And these aren’t just Pico’s takes on the craft beers you already enjoy. They’re actual craft beers from breweries like Rogue and Harlem Brewing.They do offer up their own recipes, too, and you can also create a fully customized PicoPak if you’re feeling adventurous. You are locked into using PicoPaks to brew… so you’ll have to look for another system if you were hoping to be able to take a more DIY route with a high-tech brewing appliance. High-tech homebrewing systems have come a long way in the last couple of years. Owning your very own Keurig for beer isn’t a just fantasy anymore. It’s a reality thanks to the crew at PicoBrew.You might remember reading about PicoBrew before. They’ve successfully crowdfunded a couple of different gadgets that were designed to simplify the homebrewing process. In 2013 they launched Zymatic, which some lucky backers scored for $1299.Two years ago they came back with the more diminutive Pico, and the managed to drop the entry-level price to $499. Now they’ve slashed prices again. Their new Pico C countertop brewing system went as low as $279.Even if you miss out on the two early bird options, you’ll still only have to pledge $329 to snag a Pico C. That’s what the current Keurig Kold is selling for on Amazon, and it just makes boring old soft drinks.