BCC men’s basketball team is ranked No. 3 nationally

first_img Brookdale Community College’s Paul Little (No. 34) puts up a shot against Ocean County College during the Dec. 20 game played on Brookdale’s home floor in the Robert J. Collins Arena in Lincroft. The Jersey Blues, ranked No. 3 in the country, remained undefeated with a 94-57 victory. ERIC SUCAR staff Brookdale Community College men’s basketball coach Paul Cisek had quite a task in front of him this year.How do you find replacements for a team that went 28-4 and finished sixth at the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division III national championships? He did not have a single returning player on the 2012-13 Jersey Blues.“We had not one player back,” Cisek pointed out. “We have a new 11.”So, how are the “new 11” doing? In a tribute to Cisek’s recruiting skills and ability to quickly define players’ roles, Brookdale is 10-0 and ranked No. 3 in the country. The Jersey Blues haven’t missed a beat.“I got some pretty decent local talent,” Cisek said of his recruiting class.Among those is freshman Neil Thompson from Monmouth Regional High School, who has taken this team under his wing. “He’s a leader and a competitor,” Cisek said. “He gets [the team] to play hard. He’s tough and tenacious.”Because of his defensive prowess, Cisek has him cover the opposition’s best player. He’s averaging 4.1 steals a game, along with dishing out 5.6 assists per game on offense. He’s also scoring 16.1 points per game, which is second highest on the team.Cisek is using a three-guard set with Amir Gilliam (a transfer from Pratt, Kan., who lives in Long Branch) and Paul Little (Hawthorne-Christian).The forwards are David Rosado (Saddle Day River) and Jake Nickerson (Barringer).The 6-foot-3-inch-tall Nickerson is Brookdale’s leading scorer at 16.7.The bench is very talented and gives Cisek a number of options. Damian Williams (Bayonne), for instance, is the best shooter on the team and he can bring instant offense into the game. If Cisek wants to go with a bigger lineup, he has Brian Adams (Manalapan) and Anthony Seward (Neptune), who are both 6 feet 5 inches tall.Sammy Singletary (Paterson), Rickey Stevens (Monmouth Regional) Casey Skievaski (Freehold Township) and Cory Soanes (Matawan) are solid guards who can score and distribute.The formula for Brookdale’s early-season success has been simple — the Jersey Blues get after it on the defensive end of the floor.“What’s unique and much different about this team is that we are very, very quick,” Cisek said. “We play great defense.“We hustle and play with great intensity,” he added. “We play straight man-toman full court and get after it. We keep coming at them, creating turnovers.”Transition baskets off turnovers have been a big part of the Brookdale offense that is averaging 77.1 points per game, while the team surrenders just 56.9 points a game on defense. Brookdale’s offense has been very balanced with Rosado (13.1), Williams (12.6) and Singletary (11.0) all averaging double figures in points.One concern that Cisek did have was rebounding, because the Jersey Blues lacked a true big man under the glass. Not to fear. Their tenacious defense includes their play under the glass. They are plus-13 (63-50) in rebounding without anyone averaging in double figures. Little, Nickerson, and Rosado are each averaging better than five a game.There’s something else driving this team and it might best be labeled as intangible.“The best part about it, they don’t want to lose,” said Cisek. “They are energized. They believe they can win.”It’s more than believe after 10 games. The Jersey Blues know they can win.Brookdale will open its 2013 home schedule on Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. against Manor College. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more

Record U.S. soccer crowd sees Man United beat Real Madrid

first_imgBy Andrew BothThe largest crowd to watch a soccer match in the United States – 109,318 – poured into Michigan Stadium on Saturday to see Manchester United beat Real Madrid 3-1 in a friendly.The appeal of two of the world’s most iconic sports teams attracted fans to the International Champions Cup match at the ‘Big House’ – the University of Michigan’s American football stadium in Ann Arbor.The previous U.S. record attendance for a soccer match was 101,799 at the 1984 Olympic final between France and Brazil at the Rose Bowl in California.The largest crowd ever to watch a soccer match was at the 1950 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro when 173,850 paying spectators came to the Maracana for the Brazil-Uruguay final clash, though unofficial estimates put the attendance as high as 210,000.Two first-half goals by Ashley Young proved enough to help United beat the European champions on Saturday despite Real’s world record signing Gareth Bale scoring from the penalty spot.United’s win means they advance to Monday’s final in Miami, where they will meet traditional English rivals Liverpool.The crowd got an added bonus when Cristiano Ronaldo made a surprise appearance for Madrid in place of Alvaro Arbeloa in the 74th minute, having been ruled out of contention before the match with what was reported to be an injured left knee.Young had opened the scoring in the 21st minute when he capped off a 20-pass move to beat keeper Iker Casillas at his near post from about 12 metres.Real equalised in the 27th when Bale was fouled in the box by United defender Michael Keane and then got up to convert the penalty by sending David De Gea the wrong way.However, it took United only 10 minutes to regain the lead when Young curled in what looked like a cross from the left. United’s England forward Wayne Rooney timed his run perfectly but did not appear to make contact with his attempted header.His presence distracted Casillas, though, with the keeper reacting too late to stop the ball curling inside the far post.United, playing under new manager Louis van Gaal, padded their lead in the 80th when substitute Javier Hernandez headed home an exquisite pass by Shinji Kagawa from close range.“I think we were fantastic from the first minute to the end,” Young told Fox Sports.last_img read more

World Pays Tribute to ‘The Greatest’

first_imgThe Bible teaches in Proverbs 22:1 that “a good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” It is predicated upon this philosophy that the demise of American boxing icon, Muhammad Ali, has drawn the world’s attention with tributes flowing from every part of the globe.Ali, a three-time World Heavyweight Champion, died on Friday, June 3, at Phoenix Hospital in Arizona, USA, at the age of 74, from what family described as “septic shock due to unspecified natural causes.” He has battled Parkinson’s disease for 32 years. His medical records indicate that the boxing icon had been suffering from respiratory illness.His remains have already arrived in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, for burial on Friday.President Barack Obama in his tribute to the boxing icon said “Muhammad Ali shook up the world, and the world is better for it.”Former President Bill Clinton also extended condolences to Ali’s family saying he lived a life full of “religious and political convictions that led him to make tough choices and lived with the consequences.” Presumptive Republican front runner, Donald Trump also described Muhammad Ali as a great sports champion who will be remembered in the world, but Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton sharply criticized Trump by saying: “You will be judged by your past.” In a statement titled, “Presidential Candidates Proposing to Ban Muslim Immigration to the United States” that Ali issued last December after Trump first issued the proposal, the boxing great never mentioned Trump by name – but his message was clear. “Our political leaders should use their position to bring understanding about the religion of Islam,” Ali wrote, “and clarify that these misguided murderers have perverted people’s views on what Islam really is.” A loser in the famous 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” fight in Kinshasa, George Foreman, referred to Ali as one of the greatest human beings he had ever met.In his tribute, American civil rights campaigner Jesse Jackson said Ali was a man willing to sacrifice the crown and money for his principles, referring to Ali’s 1967 refusal to take part in the Vietnam War.His decision was widely criticized by his fellow Americans and he was stripped of his title, putting his fighting career on hold for three years.Sports LifeAli shot to fame by winning gold in the light-heavyweight division at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.The boxer, who characteristically coined himself “The Greatest,” beat Sonny Liston in 1964 to win his first world title; subsequently becoming the first boxer to capture the world heavyweight title on three separate occasions.Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., remains the only three-time lineal world heavyweight champion. He won the title in 1964, 1974 and 1978, and retired from boxing permanently in 1981 having won 56 of his 61 fights.He was crowned by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) as “Sports Personality of the Century.”Ancestry and Early LifeMuhammad Ali (formerly Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.) was born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, to the union of Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr. and Odessa O’Grady Clay.Clay’s paternal grandparents were John Clay and Sallie Anne Clay. Clay’s sister Eva claimed that Sallie Anne was a native of the African island nation of Madagascar.Muhammad Ali made his amateur boxing debut in 1954 and won six Kentucky Golden Gloves titles, two national Golden Gloves titles, an Amateur Athletic Union national title, and the Light Heavyweight gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. His amateur record was 100 wins with five losses.Ali converted to Islam, ditching what he called his “slave name” and becoming Cassius X, which was later changed to Muhammad Ali.Funeral ArrangementsThe funeral will take place in Ali’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, this Friday. Former US President Bill Clinton will deliver the eulogy.Comedian Billy Crystal and sports journalist Bryant Gumbel are also expected to speak at the funeral.There will be a private family service on Thursday ahead of the state funeral.Friday’s events will begin with another private prayer service for family members at a Louisville funeral home.Ali’s body will then be taken in procession through the main streets of Louisville, including an avenue that bears his name and on Broadway, where a procession was held in 1960 to celebrate his Olympic gold medal.The main service will be at 14:00 local time (18:00 GMT) at the KFC Yum Center, which seats more than 20,000 people.(This story was culled from Internet research)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PBA: Magnolia bounces back with rout of NorthPort

first_imgFrancis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ MANILA, Philippines–Magnolia used a massive second quarter and used it as cushion the rest of the way to overpower NorthPort, 96-80, and get its title-retention bid back on track in the nightcap of Friday’s PBA Governors’ Cup games at the Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT Chris Ross blessed to be part of SEA Games pool, hopes to live up to expectations LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images View comments Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China Magnolia’s return to winning form gives the blue-collar squad and their foes an identical 1-1 card.The reigning conference champions take on Rain or Shine next, while NorthPort seeks to bounce back against Columbian in matches both slated for next week.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown MOST READ ‘People evacuated on their own’ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Ian Sangalang delivered 28 big points off the bench to lead the charge, while import  Romeo Travis added 17 and Mark Barroca 16 points in the Hotshots’ entry into the Governors’ Cup win column.“We just learned a lot from our first game,” Magnolia mentor Chito Victolero told reporters, lauding his charges’ steady performance that began in the second frame where they broke away for 22 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“Whatever we experienced in the [conference-opener], we brought to tonight’s game,” he added.Mychal Ammons and Kevin Ferrer both had 18 points for the BatangPier, but couldn’t get help the team regain their bearings when it mattered most. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientistlast_img read more

Best is yet to come

first_imgWith the Lakers hovering at or around .500, and players such as Ron Artest on the market, many fans are clamoring for a trade. Before considering any trade options, the Lakers must realize that they are not a team on the brink of a championship that only needs one player to get over the proverbial hump. Nor are they an aging team that missed its opportunity to win a championship. The best years are still to come for this team. Lamar Odom is the Lakers’ most tradable player, but is it wise to do so? He is a unique talent in the NBA who is a nightmare for opponents because he is nearly impossible to match up against. His size and quickness, coupled with his skill set are one of a kind. He is a strong rebounder, a good defender both on and off the ball, and a terrific ball handler. In short, it would be tough to replace Lamar Odom. With no player available to put them over the top, and no need to get younger, developing the talent around Kobe and Lamar makes the most sense. Smush Parker, Sasha Vujacic, Kwame Brown, and Andrew Bynum are all young players who have tremendous potential to blossom under the guidance of Phil Jackson. Letting these players develop will pay big dividends in the future. Team chemistry is perhaps the most difficult factor to consider when assembling a team. Often times a more talented team will lose to a team with better chemistry. Currently the Lakers have good chemistry with every player seemingly happy with his role on the team. Bringing in another player could disrupt the chemistry so essential to winning. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Unless a player is familiar with the triangle offense, it is difficult for a player to come in midseason and contribute. Coaches and players alike contend that it takes upwards of two seasons to understand the intricacies of the complicated offense. Bringing in a new player sets the team back from a development standpoint. Having the patience to allow the current team time to master this offense is a much more prudent option for the Lakers. The Lakers are not in a position to win a championship with one trade. Making a trade for the sake of making a trade does not make sense. Let’s let this team develop and enjoy the championships in a few seasons.last_img read more

Bonds’ legal team readies slugger for indictment

first_imgAnderson was Bonds’ personal trainer and one of five people convicted in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative scandal. The Burlingame nutritional supplement company was exposed as a steroid laboratory for top athletes.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Barry Bonds’ legal team is preparing for the Giants slugger to be indicted as soon as next week and has begun plotting his defense. Attorney Laura Enos told The Associated Press on Friday that Bonds, second on the career home run list, could be charged with tax evasion and perjury. Enos, Bonds’ personal attorney, also said the lawyers believe the grand jury investigating the star player will expire next Thursday. “We are very prepared,” Enos said. “We have excellent tax records and we are very comfortable that he has not shortchanged the government at all.” Also Friday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to free Bonds’ personal trainer from prison. A federal judge on July 5 ordered Greg Anderson jailed until he agreed to testify before the grand jury investigating Bonds for perjury. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The grand jury is believed to be investigating Bonds for tax evasion in connection with cash he allegedly gave former girlfriend Kimberly Bell to buy a house. The money came from sales of Bonds’ signatures on baseball memorabilia, and the income allegedly was not reported to the IRS. Enos said that claim – based upon the ex-girlfriend’s testimony and the allegations of childhood friend and former business partner Steve Hoskins – was untrue. Enos said Hoskins gave Bell the cash to curry favor with Bonds and to thank the slugger for helping him become rich by putting him in charge of a lucrative memorabilia business. Hoskins recently has surfaced as a key government witness in the investigation of Bonds. He was a boyhood friend who went into business with the baseball star, selling such memorabilia as signed jerseys, bats and baseball cards. The two had a falling out in 2003, which Enos said was over Bonds’ accusations that Hoskins forged the slugger’s signature on at least two endorsement contracts and also sold Bonds’ gear without his permission. The grand jury also is investigating Bonds for perjury for allegedly telling an earlier grand jury he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs. One potential witness against Bonds will remain behind bars for now. The federal appeals court Friday declined to release Anderson from prison for refusing to testify before the current grand jury investigating Bonds. last_img read more

#Nextchat RECAP: Embracing Automation for the Future of Work

first_imgOn September 26, @shrmnextchat chatted with Mollie Lombardi (@mollielombardi), Aptitude Research Partners co-founder and CEO, and Amanda Nichols (@AmandaNichy) Kronos industry manager about Embracing Automation for the Future of Work.If you missed this excellent chat about how HR can combine technology and human capital to create value and drive productivity, you can read all the tweets here:last_img

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Could Bitcoin Stave Off Credit Card Hackers?

first_imgThe idea that an Internet currency could solve the credit card hacker epidemic may seem counterintuitive. After all, hacking is a product of the Internet. Without the Internet, there would not be any point-of-sale (POS) retail hacking to fear. Bitcoin is far from mainstream, but it is a fascinating technological invention that is virtually un-hackable.What is a Bitcoin? Bitcoin is “crypto-currency” that exists only in data. Bitcoin’s value is determined by the market, without any tangible items to support the value. This is also true for most government currencies (including the U.S. dollar), in which the currency only has value because markets accept it.Bitcoins are transferred between users from digital “wallets.” The transaction experience from one wallet to another is similar to an electronic funds transfer using PayPal. While the process may seem similar, the two are different. Bitcoins can be bought and sold on exchanges, like stocks. Some people speculate on Bitcoin because of the volatile fluctuations in its value. Although all currencies fluctuate in value, many of them are so widely used that fluctuations are almost unnoticeable.- Sponsor – A single Bitcoin consists of an alphanumeric key (private key) and a public address. The private key is the only way a Bitcoin can be used. When a Bitcoin is transferred, a decentralized group of computers processes the exchange of currency. This group of computers creates a ledger called the “block chain.” Computers contributing to the block chain are rewarded with newly minted Bitcoins. Anyone can run the software and participate, which makes it impossible for a government to shut down the service, although some countries have passed laws forbidding its use. Such laws dramatically impact the use of Bitcoin, but have failed to stop the technology itself. This provides a gray market currency for people living in countries where the government has hyper-inflated the national currency.Bitcoin is secure and virtually unhackable. The technology (block chain) itself is unhackable. Because of Bitcoin’s use of private keys, the blockchain is accessible for anyone to see. Bitcoin’s design removes the need to keep credit card hackers out; there is no way to corrupt the block chain since all computers participating must agree. However, because of convenience, some Bitcoin holders started using online wallets, which are only as secure as the website’s security.Websites are commonly hacked, which makes this type of wallet insecure. All a hacker needs is the private key (text) in order to spend Bitcoins. Keeping private keys locally on a phone or computer is much more secure, and in many ways unhackable. A hacker would need to physically have your phone or computer to steal Bitcoins (private keys). Additionally, most phones and computers are password protected, adding an additional layer of information security. Some users have taken data security a step further by printing Bitcoin private keys on paper and erasing digital records. This method is highly secure, but if the printed Bitcoin is lost or destroyed, it’s lost forever.Why should Bitcoin matter to retailers? First of all, Bitcoin is secure. Hacking POS becomes obsolete. Once a transaction (private key) is passed from a customer to the retailer, the funds transfer is nearly instantaneous, rendering the former private key unusable, as a new private key is issued to the retailer. By contrast, credit card numbers remain usable until their expiration. In some form, there will always be credit card data available to be hacked. In some of the POS hacks making headlines in recent years, the credit card data was obtained from RAM, which is temporary data storage in a computer. Encrypting data in RAM is very difficult. Even if a solution is created for this hack, hackers will devise new ways to penetrate data security systems. Eventually, hackers will compromise chips, PINs, or anything else retailers use to safeguard data.The current credit card system works under a system of “trust” between informational databases. Bitcoin does not operate under a system of trust—rather a system of openness. All Bitcoin information is written to the block chain (ledger). However, the only way to spend a Bitcoin is with the private key, which is held exclusively by the user. There is nothing to hack – everything is open for anyone to see. There are no walls or locks necessary to keep bad guys out, because the block chain is completely open. As it relates to POS systems, there is no useable data to steal, because all of the private keys have already been passed to the block chain and are now worthless. Bitcoin private keys are like a one-time use credit card number, and only you have that number and it has never been used before. Once you use that card number, the card number is rendered useless.This type of transaction may be appealing to retailers, because POS data becomes less valuable. I’m sure there are retail executives losing sleep over securing credit card data. With Bitcoin, this concern becomes a thing of the past.Implementing Bitcoin at a major retailer would be uncharted territory. Doing so would require adding equipment similar to a credit card PIN pad. Additionally, Bitcoin has not been widely adopted by consumers, so very few customers would be using it initially. Most consumer fear stems from value fluctuations in the currency, which won’t be resolved until the currency hits a critical mass.This article was excerpted from “Why Bitcoin May Be the Solution to POS Data Hacks.” Check out the EyeOnLP video interview with the author as well. 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IT@Intel: High-Performance Computing for Silicon Design

first_imgDesigning Intel® microprocessors is extremely compute intensive. Tapeout is a final step in silicon design and its computation demand is growing exponentially for each generation of silicon process technology. Intel IT adopted high-performance computing (HPC) to address this very large computational scale and realized significant improvements in computing performance, reliability, and cost. We treated the HPC environment as a holistic computing capability—ensuring all key components were well designed, integrated, and operationally balanced with no bottlenecks. We designed our HPC model to scale to meet future needs, with HPC generations aligned with successive generations of Intel® processor technology.The success of the HPC environment was due to factors such as careful alignment of technology with business needs, informed risk taking, and disciplined execution. We are continuing to develop the next HPC generations to enable tapeout of successive generations of Intel processors. Read more about our success with HPC in the white paper “High Performance Computing for Silicon Design”last_img read more