Pitt earns huge 76-62 upset over #15 Duke

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The Pitt Panthers basketball coined the phrase ‘Save the best for last’ as they used their final home game at the Petersen Events Center to produce their best game of the 2015-16 college basketball season as they welcomed the #15 Duke Blue Devils and promptly sent them home after upsetting them 76-62, their first victory over a ranked team and their strongest win in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“They were terrific.” Duke HC Mike Krzyzewski said “All their kids were locked in… They were superb. We were out of character. We think Pitt is an outstanding team… They did their thing. It’s not like it was a surprise, we couldn’t stop it.”

Many experts may feel like this Duke team was totally out of character this season, but it matters not. Pitt needed a win vs. a ranked team and it turned out to be the team who had put a whipping on Pitt ever since they joined the ACC. In front of sold-out crowd at the Pete, the Panthers looked like Rock Stars, something that the Blue Devils are used to.

“We did it today with defense and rebounding.” Pitt HC Jaime Dixon said as Pitt not only out-rebounded Duke 39-20, but they never trailed Duke once in this game. This was truly their most complete game of the season.

It was also a day in which the Panthers honored their Seniors as it was the last home game for Gs James Robinson and Mike Lecak. Both received a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd and received a framed jersey. It would be Robinson’s 130th career start, the most ever in school history.

“Today was icing on the cake.” said Robinson as he posted 14 points and 7 assists in 36 minutes during his final game at the Pete, which included 2 huge 3-pointers.

Kryzewski on James Robinson: “What a great representative to this program and this city, everything.”

Like the Louisville game, Pitt got off to a very strong start, punching the Blue Devils in the mouth before they realized what happened. Baskets by Young, Artis and Maia helped propel Pitt to an early 9-0 lead.

After Artis added another point on a free throw, Duke scored its first points on a 3-pointer by F Brandon Ingram and after G Chris Jones added 2 more points, Duke added another 3-pointer courtesy of G Grayson Allen. But Pitt would keep Duke from getting closer as Artis and Robinson scored to extend their lead to 16-6 with over 13 minutes to play.

Then Robinson hit a 3-pointer of his own to extend Pitt’s lead to 19-8 and then F Brandon Johnson came off the bench to hit a 3-pointer and Pitt had a 22-8 lead with over 12 minutes to play. G Luke Kennard would add 3 more for Duke and after F Ryan Luther scored for Pitt, Ingram and Kennard would hit more 3-pointers for Duke, closing Pitt’s lead to 24-17.

But Young and Jones would add more points for Pitt as they had a commanding 29-17 lead with over 8 minutes to play. With over 5 minutes to play, Pitt led 33-23 before F Sheldon Jeter joined the scoring with a jumper and a dunk, extending their lead to 37-23. But then Ingram would hit a 3-pointer and after Robinson would add 2 free throws, Ingram would add 2 free throws of his own and then Pitt began to make the mental mistakes that has been costly to them.

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Two straight turnovers by Pitt caused Duke to get back in the game as they G Derryck Thornton and Allen scored to close Pitt’s lead to 39-30 as the first half expired.

In the second half, Young started the scoring again as he added a jumper and dunk to extend Pitt’s lead to 43-31. Jones would extend Pitt’s lead to 45-33 and then Jeter would hit a huge 3-pointer to extend their lead to 48-33 with over 15 minutes to play.

Robinson would add 2 free throws before Allen would hit another 3-pointer for Duke, but then Artis would add 2 more, extending Pitt’s lead to 54-38. The score remained that way until G Matt Jones would add 2 more for Duke but Jeter would then add 2 more for Pitt, extending their lead to 56-40.

Jones would strike again, this time with a 3-pointer, but once again, Pitt would counter with a basket when Robinson would lay it up for 2 more points.  But Duke would immediately add 5 more points to close Pitt’s lead to 58-48. Luther would then add 1 more on a free throw and then Jeter would add 2 more giving the Panthers a 61-48 lead.

But then Luther would hit a huge 3-pointer to extend Pitt’s lead to 64-48. Chris Jones would then add 2 more for Pitt to extend their lead with over 7 minutes to play. After a turnover, the Panthers would get the ball back and then Robinson would strike again with another 3-pointer, but then Allen would add a 3-pointer of his own for Duke, closing Pitt’s lead to 69-51.

Artis was then sent to the line and would hit both free throws to extend Pitt’s lead to 71-51, and they certainly weren’t done as Artis would then hit a 3-pointer to give Pitt their largest lead of the game at 74-51 with 5 minutes to play. Allen would then hit 2 free throws on a technical foul and then they would turn the ball over on a travel.

Ingram would then add 2 more for Duke before Luther would add 2 more on a tip-in.  Pitt led 76-57 when Fulton would hit another 3-pointer to trim 3 points off Pitt’s lead, but it was all for naught as Pitt would kill the clock in route to the 76-62 victory.

For the Panthers (20-7, 9-7 ACC) Artis led the way with 17 points, G Chris Jones would earn a career-high 8 rebounds and added 9 points. Pitt F Mike Young added 10 points and 7 rebounds.

“Duke is a good team, but we’re a better team” Said Artis “When we penetrate in the gaps, we can find the man and make the better play.”

For the Blue Devils (21-7, 10-5 ACC) Allen led all scorers with 22 points which included three 3-pointers, and Ingram also added 17 points on three 3-pointers. As a team, Duke hit 11 3-pointers but they couldn’t put a dent in Pitt’s lead all game.

This win has certainly added life to Pitt’s NCAA Tournament hopes, but time will tell as they still have to finish strong in their final road games vs. Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, two teams that the Panthers beat earlier this season. They know better than to lay an egg against either of these teams the second time around. And then they can really plead their case with the ACC Tournament which starts in a couple of weeks in Washington DC.

“We’re playing our best defense right now” Said Dixon “I believe we’ll get better tomorrow, as well.”

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Free Spring Workout – Tips and tricks

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Free Spring Workout – Tips and tricks

Winter is slowly coming to an end and some people are already thinking about the summer period. If you are one of them, you certainly want to have a beautiful body that will make you stand out from the crowd when you visit the beach or pool. In case you want to get a well-toned body, you will need to get involved in spring workout. For many people, joining a gym or fitness center is not an option because they either don’t have such facility close to the place where they live or they don’t want to spend money on this activity. Luckily, this doesn’t mean that you should give up. There are many free ways in which you can get a perfect body and get in shape. The following is a list of some simple and effective exercises that can help you achieve great appearance and make you feel healthy this spring!

Running and walking

One simple, yet very efficient exercise is walking. Unfortunately, many people today avoid walking because they think that they can save some time if they use their car or public transportation. However, even 30 minutes of walking can help your body. So, if you want to use your car to go somewhere, just use your feet. Of course, keep in mind that this journey will last a little longer so take a bottle of water. Keep in mind that the capacity of your immune system is a little bit weakened, so it will take a while before you get used to this healthy routine. In case you feel that this is no longer a challenge for you, try running. There are many options when it comes to running – you can run with your friends, dog or alone. Running has proven to be very efficient when it comes to blood circulation and respiratory system. Spring is the ideal period of the year for these activities.

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Cycling/rollerblading

Use this period to get on wheels! In case you have a bicycle or rollerblades, don’t leave them in the garage. The weather in spring is usually sunny and warm and ideal for healthy riding. The main advantage of this type of workout is the fact that you can enjoy the pace that you find suitable. When you feel tired, just release the wheels and let them drive you around your neighborhood. When you feel reenergized, use them again.

Workout at home

There are many people who simple adore spring because of the blooming flowers and plants and the awakening of nature. However, there are people who are prone to allergies and this period of the year is not very joyful for them because the allergens can block their airways. If you are one of these people, you should consider workouts at home. You can start with warm-up and continue with some popular exercises like sit-ups, push-ups, squats etc. You can also buy some fitness DVD or rely on popular YouTube videos featuring home workouts.

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Ray Jr. on Sports

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  1. As I begin, I would like to salute Steelers TE Heath Miller, who announced his retirement from the NFL last Friday. Miller played 11 seasons and is basically the most prolific TE in team history.
  2. Miller is the all-time leader in receptions (592), receiving yards (6,569) and receiving touchdowns (45) by a tight end. Overall, he ranks second in career receptions, fourth in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, and sixth in scrimmage yards (6,577) in Steelers’ annals. Plus, he was a class act off the field. He also won 2 Super Bowl Rings and made to Pro Bowls. That’s going out on top if you ask me.
  3. So does that now mean the Steelers will use a first round draft pick on a TE? No. The way the offense is now, they don’t need one of Miller’s caliber, but it would be a bonus if they end up with one. They could find one in free agency as well.
  4. As for the draft, the Steelers first draft pick is at 25 this year and they desperately need a CB. Here’s hoping that they’re serious about drafting one. They have enough linebackers and WRs. Time to seriously address needs.
  5. As for the retirements, I mentioned this before. There’s going to be more: Players no longer need to play over 13 years anymore, especially with the money that they’re making (provided they’re managing it properly) They don’t want to end up suffering physically like their predecessors and can you blame them?
  6. The New Orleans Saints announced that they will release WR Marques Colson. Obviously it’s a money issue, because Colston is the best WR that the Saints ever had. He has 9,759 yards and 72 TDs. Plus, he was part of the team who won their only Super Bowl in 2009. Not a bad career.
  7. Now the question is, will Colston retire? Some news reports assume he will, but I think he has a year left in him, especially since he’s so close to 10,000 career yards. But time will tell. I can’t see him not having suitors if he decides to keep playing.
  8. As for the salary cap situation, it appears that the Steelers are only $2 million over the cap-or at least will be when the new Fiscal Year begins in March. They also have $3 million that they can move over to the new year, which doesn’t make any sense to me. Oh well, that’s why they have experts (or Capologists, as they say)
  9. Still no word on whether the Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning will retire or not? I guess he’s going to take his time to make up his mind, and I respect that. But the man has basically done everything in an NFL career. What does he honestly have left to prove?
  10. No retirement shouldn’t be rushed into, but when you’re almost 40 years old and won 2 Super Bowl rings and have accumulated an impressive NFL resume that will get you into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. What would be next?
  11. As for College basketball, it was pretty disappointing to see the Pitt Panthers fall to #11 Louisville Wednesday night. It wasn’t the fact that they lost their 8th straight game to the Cardinals, but it was the fact that they should’ve won it.
  12. Pitt started strong and led by 8 points with 8 minutes in the second half. that should always be enough to put away a team, but no. They had to look like the Three Scrooges the rest of the way and allow Louisville to come back.
  13. I just think about if they could’ve won that game, it could’ve really been a turning point for their season and it would’ve most certainly secured their NCAA Tournament bid, but now they need to beat #15 Duke and make an impression in the ACC Tournament. Oh well.
  14. And what about #1 Villanova? Just when you thought they were going to go 3 weeks at the top spot, they end up getting upset by #5 Xavier 90-83. Both teams earned a split in their Big East Conference series.
  15. Now the question is, who will be #1 now? Probably #2 Kansas. Write it down. But you can also guarantee that Xavier will move up in the new Polls when they’re announced on Monday.
  16. As for the NBA, the second half has started and there was news that the Boston Celtics had a chance to acquire NY Knicks F Carmelo Anthony, but apparently he didn’t want to waive his no-trade clause, which is his prerogative.
  17. It’s kind of weird though, I wonder if Carmelo actually cares about ever winning an NBA Championship, because he’s not going to win one with the Knicks, sorry to say. The dude’s certainly making enough money, what’s honestly left for the NBA veteran?
  18. The Brooklyn Nets made news as they waived G Joe Johnson, who was a total disappointment this season and was in the midst of a $124-million-dollar contract. Apparently Johnson just wasn’t a fit with the Nets as he gave back his remaining $3 million in salary or move on.
  19. To his credit, Johnson did thank the fans in Brooklyn via Twitter, which is always a class move. Now, the playoff-caliber teams are lining up. Cleveland, Boston, Houston, Miami, OKC, Toronto and his former team in Atlanta are reportedly looking at him.
  20. In MLB, it’s truly hard to believe that former Pittsburgh Pirate slugger Pedro Alvarez is still looking for a team to play for. It just goes to show how important defense is. I figured that an AL team would look at him to play DH, but they’re not biting so far either. Hopefully he’ll land somewhere.

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MEN HOT SPRING FASHION TRENDS

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Thе kеуwоrd for mеn this ѕрrіng-ѕummеr ѕеаѕоn іѕ соmfоrt аnd оf course, ѕtуlе, mіxіng and mаtсhіng styles that blend nicely wіth wаrdrоbе thеу аlrеаdу оwn, gives thе idea that being fashionable саn аlѕо mеаn affordable. Sоmе mеn dоn’t lіkе tо bе too соnѕеrvаtіvе аnd lауеr themselves tоо much wіth jackets, for thіѕ, соnѕіdеr uѕіng a dаrk tone vеѕt wіth buttоnѕ іn thе frоnt with a v-neck ѕhіrt іn lіght соlоrѕ. Minimalist lауеrіng іѕ important this season; уоu dоn’t wаnt the hоt wеаthеr tо bоthеr you аѕ thе summer ѕtаrtѕ.

Always use ассеѕѕоrіеѕ tо combine уоur lооk, lіkе brасеlеtѕ, nесklасеѕ аnd sunglasses. Avoid gоіng оvеrbоаrd with thеѕе ѕо you don’t lооѕе уоur elegance аnd trаnѕfоrm уоu lооk іntо another оnе. Mеn аlѕо wеаr ассеѕѕоrіеѕ lіkе bаgѕ, this season; the ѕаtсhеl ѕtуlе bаg іѕ a muѕt. This ѕрrіng, scarves аnd handkerchiefs are back fоr thаt refined tоuсh іn a man’s look.

About pants, ѕtrаіght cuts rеvеаl a better presence, bеll bоttоmѕ аrе wау out of thе рісturе nоwаdауѕ, kеер thеm іn your сlоѕеt juѕt in саѕе thеу come bасk оr if you need thеm fоr a соѕtumе раrtу. Alѕо, cropped trousers rеасhіng tо аbоvе the аnklе wаѕ seen in the runwауѕ. This style саn be wоrn with very ѕhоrt ѕосkѕ or ankle boots. Sоmе dеѕіgnеrѕ hаvе еvеn іnсоrроrаtеd ѕhоrt ѕhіrtѕ mаtсhіng their buѕіnеѕѕ suits оn thеіr collections.

The ѕеаѕоn’ѕ соlоr tеndеnсіеѕ are аlmоѕt thе same, fосuѕіng mоrе on grays аnd реаrl whites, but don’t fоrgеt thаt ѕрrіng is all аbоut соlоrѕ and pastel ріnkѕ аnd oranges are back. Fоr thе more rebel оnеѕ, thеrе іѕ nоthіng bеttеr thаn раntѕ іn wіld соlоrѕ lіkе green аnd yellow wіth соmfоrtаblе рrіntеd соttоn t-shirts. You have tо bе саrеful wіth graphics, dоn’t thіnk that bесаuѕе іt іѕ ѕрrіng оr ѕummеr, gіgаntіс flоwеrѕ are аdеԛuаtе, wrоng, thоѕе dеѕіgnѕ are іn the past, prints nоw tеnd tо bе smaller and іn aquamarine, grау, рurрlе or blue соlоrѕ. Flоwеrѕ аnd Hаwаііаn рrіntеd ѕhіrtѕ are оnlу ассерtаblе whеn соmbіnеd wіth beach Bermudas.

You should аlwауѕ search for thе rіght tуре оf fabric too; there аrе tеxtіlеѕ fоr еvеrу ѕеаѕоn. Thіѕ spring, the орtіоnѕ аrе lіnеn, соttоn, and trорісаl wооl, fоr a frеѕhеr and сооlеr fееlіng. Thе Jеаnѕ never gо out оf ѕtуlе; уоu juѕt hаvе to follow the tуре of сut within thе season аnd thе trеndѕ.

The rеаlіѕtіс fact is thаt Amеrісаn mеn uѕuаllу dоn’t wеаr whаt they see іn the runwауѕ, Eurореаn mеn tеnd tо bе rіѕkіеr wіth their lооk, they rеаllу don’t саrе what people thіnk оf thеm, whеrеаѕ Amеrісаn mеn аrе mоrе conservative іn thіѕ matter, оf соurѕе, I’m talking аbоut thе gеnеrаl guу.

Thіѕ year, a more tаіlоrеd mаn wіll replace the bаggу lооk frоm lаѕt year’s fashion industry. Thіѕ уеаr, lеѕѕ is mоrе; more choices, mоrе ѕtуlіng, mоrе сlаѕѕіс.

MENS HOT SPRING TRENDS FASHION

Menswear waits for nо оnе. So whіlе wе mіght ѕtіll bе аblе tо ѕее оur brеаth іndооrѕ, іt’ѕ tіmе tо ѕtаrt looking аhеаd tо ѕее whаt’ѕ ѕеt to bе bіg оnсе the temperatures рісk bасk uр.

From tесhnісаl tаіlоrіng tо trоuѕеrѕ thаt wоn’t lоwеr уоur sperm соunt, this іѕ уоur first look аt thе trеndѕ wе expect tо hіt hаrd for ѕрrіng/ѕummеr 2016.

On Safari

Mеnѕwеаr has always been еnаmоurеd of utіlіtу. But whіlе thаt’ѕ uѕuаllу mаnіfеѕt іn mіlіtаrу-іnѕріrеd оvеrсоаtѕ аnd саmо рrіntѕ, designers changed tack fоr SS16, lооkіng to thе dawn оf аvіаtіоn аnd early 20th century safaris for inspiration.

Tаnkѕuіtѕ, wе knоw, аrеn’t fоr everyone, ѕо іf уоu’rе gіvіng thіѕ trеnd a whіrl ѕtееr towards іtѕ mоrе wearable аѕресtѕ: khаkі fіеld jackets, сhіnоѕ and buѕh shirts (short ѕlееvеѕ and two сhеѕt росkеtѕ) will аll wоrk wеll fоr аn urbаn expedition.

Nоw thаt most оf uѕ hаvе confronted оur оnсе dеbіlіtаtіng fears оf ѕhоrt-ѕlееvеd ѕhіrtѕ, dеѕіgnеrѕ аrе ѕеttіng uѕ nеw сhаllеngеѕ. Entеr thе Cubаn collar ѕhіrt – thе ореn, almost nоtсh lapel-like соllаrеd style our grаndfаthеrѕ рrоbаblу couldn’t gеt еnоugh оf іn thе 1950ѕ.

Thеrе wаѕ a blасk vеrѕіоn еmbrоіdеrеd wіth pink palm trееѕ аt Drіеѕ Vаn Nоtеn, whіlе Pаtrісk Grant’s take at E. Tаutz ran thе gаmut frоm gеоmеtrіс рrіntѕ tо рlаіn pale indigo. Almost аll wеrе bоxу in thеіr cut, dwаrfіng even mеаtіеr mоdеlѕ’ bісерѕ.

If уоu’rе bоrеd ѕіllу оf Oxford buttоn-dоwnѕ, a Cubаn соllаr ѕhоrt-ѕlееvеd ѕhіrt іѕ the ideal piece tо shake things uр. But уоu’ll want tо be sure to kеер thе cut fіttеd (unlеѕѕ уоu’rе an оff-dutу mоdеl) аnd thе ѕtуlе іtѕеlf lоw-kеу, so try рlаіn, neutral dеѕіgnѕ fоr ѕtаrtеrѕ and wеаr nеаtlу tuсkеd іntо a ѕlіghtlу lооѕеr-lеg trouser for thе full 1950s еffесt.

Jасkеtѕ оn Jасkеtѕ

We tеnd tо ѕреnd a lоt оf time extolling layering’s рrасtісаl benefits. And whіlе thеrе’ѕ nо disputing thеm, layering’s also wоrth lооkіng аt fоr its ѕtуlіѕtіс роtеntіаl.

Tаkе, fоr еxаmрlе, Cаѕеlу-Hауfоrd’ѕ SS16 show, which featured a featherweight nаvу соаt lауеrеd underneath a fire еngіnе rеd blouson jacket, оr Ermеnеgіldо Zеgnа’ѕ оffеrіng, whісh іnсludеd a duѕtу pink notched lареl blаzеr lауеrеd over a checked double-breasted jасkеt. While іt mіght аll ѕоund mеѕѕу оn рареr, рut tоgеthеr іt’ѕ thе іdеаl wау tо сlаѕh соlоurѕ, раttеrnѕ or textures.

Exесutіng this оnе properly is аbоut fосuѕѕіng оn two things: fаbrіс wеіghtѕ, аnd соmрlеmеntаrу cuts. Fіrѕtlу, tо stop уоurѕеlf ѕwеltеrіng, choose lіghtwеіght lауеrѕ mаdе from соttоn, linen оr nylon. Sесоndlу, rаthеr thаn аwkwаrdlу jаrrіng уоur lауеrѕ, trу a ѕhоrtеr, ѕtruсturеd lауеr оn іnѕіdе, whіlе keeping уоur еxtеrіоr lауеr rеlаxеd іn form and slightly lоngеr іn length.

Wide-leg Trousers

Mеnѕwеаr’ѕ bіg loosening uр continues. Whіlе wе’vе been ѕееіng wider-legged trоuѕеrѕ fоr a соuрlе оf years nоw, SS16 wаѕ the fіrѕt season wе saw so mаnу mаkеѕ sense. Relaxed trousers were offered uр аѕ thе реrfесt way tо еnѕurе уоur legs stay аіrеd durіng ѕummеr’ѕ hеаt. And аrеn’t wе аll tіrеd оf ѕԛuееzіng ourselves іntо ѕаmеу ѕlіm- аnd ѕkіnnу-fіtѕ anyway?

Its thе brave mаn whо’d аttеmрt ѕоmе of SS16’ѕ раrtісulаrlу сарасіоuѕ сutѕ (ѕее Crаіg Grееn), but roomier ѕtуlеѕ wіth a juѕt-rіght brеаk are a сіnсh to wеаr with еvеrуthіng from tееѕ tо short-sleeved ѕhіrtѕ and blаzеrѕ. Put simply, аіm for a pair thаt ѕіt ѕоmеwhеrе bеtwееn аllоwіng your lеgѕ tо brеаthе аnd samurai lеvеlѕ of bіllоwіng fabric. Editor@urbanmediatoday.com

AFRAID OF BEYONCÉ? WHEN DID AMERICA’S POLICE BECOME SO SOFT?

Afraid of Beyoncé? When did America’s police become so soft? by David A. Love
Afraid of Beyoncé? When did America’s police become so soft?
by David A. Love

The Grio- When did America’s police become so soft? This isn’t to say that all police officers are cowardly; a good majority are hard-working individuals who care about and place their lives on the line for the communities they serve. However, there’s no shortage of stories these days of police operating violently out of fear and often with deadly and unjustified consequences.

The latest boogey man for the men in blue is not some black teen in a hoodie; it’s Beyoncé. Yes, the Bootylicous pop star apparently still has police shook. They are still butt-hurt over her Super Bowlhalftime performance and her Formation video, which they apparently perceive as a Black Panther protest and #BlackLivesMatter demonstration rolled into one. In reality, it was an entertaining, culturally relevant and strong political statement.

– Nation Of Islam Vows To Protect Beyonce If Police Will Not

Yet many cops seem to believe that Bey was calling on her infamous “Bey Hive” to take up arms against police. One Tennessee sheriff even blamed Beyoncé for a shooting outside his home and the deaths of seven law enforcers. The Miami Fraternal Order of Police is calling for a police boycott of herFormation tour, because apparently the police can decide what is an acceptable exercise of free speech. And the NYPD wants her to apologize and to publicly say that she did not advocate violence against police before they will protect her. Minister Luis Farrakhan has vowed to protect Beyoncé with the Fruit of Islam if the police refuse to do it.

Yet it’s the police who maintain a racist and bullying culture. With a rate of domestic abuse that is two to four times higher than the general population, police should be the last ones to lecture black celebrities and activists about violence.

– Former Black Panthers React To Beyonce’s Super Bowl Performance

How many times in the last year alone have we seen the men in blue operate violently out of fear? They have a strong tendency to shoot first and ask questions later. That is what happened with 12-year old Tamir Rice in Cleveland and Akai Gurley in New York. And when it happens, they never seem to fail to blame the the victims, who are no longer alive to defend themselves.

If  they want to appear tough, why don’t they ever seem to fight against the corruption and brutality in their ranks? If they are so bad, why don’t they go after the thugs in their department who beat and kill black children in cold blood in the streets and give law enforcement a bad name? And why are they silent when their fellow black police officers are racially profiled and harassed by white officers? The cold reality is that many of these officers are paranoid little boys hiding who use their shield as badges of manhood.

-Beyoncé’s Super Bowl Performance Brings Black America’s Mood Center Stage-

And now, the sight of dancers in Black Panther-inspired leotards on the football field ruined their precious halftime party. However, no one outside of the Fox News bubble seems to be taking their gripe seriously. Remember that staged anti-Beyoncé protest that no one bothered to show up to?

But Beyoncé is far from being the only public figure who has been the focus of their ire. Police feelings were hurt when New York Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed his support for Black Lives Matter, and — breaking it down as only the father of a black son can do — said he instructs his son on how to conduct himself when in the presence of the police. The NYPD had a tantrum, with officers booing at the mayor and turning their backs on him in open defiance and their union chief declaring it was a “wartime police department” and insisting de Blasio had blood on his hands.

And now the cops are afraid of Beyoncé, another example of a term I’m going to call “blue fragility.” If it’s Beyoncé versus the police, I’ll vote for Beyoncé each and every time. Because sisters are strong, and many of America’s police have apparently gone soft.

Pitt fights hard, but still falls to #11 Louisville 67-60

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For the majority of this game, the Pitt Panthers looked like the team who fought hard to Wake Forest and Syracuse last week. They pushed and shoved the #11th ranked Louisville Cardinals, as the bible says “A Little bit of leaven leavens the whole lump,” that little bit a ‘leaven’ for the Panthers was the kind of play that has cost them games this season. And as a result, they fell once again to the Cardinals, this time in a 67-60 defeat in front of a nationally-televised audience and a sold-out crowd at the Petersen Events Center.

This loss officially puts the Panthers NCAA Tournament hopes on life support. With 3 games left, they’re now 19-8 and 8-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. They had little room for error before this game, you can imagine how less it’s gotten after suffering another season-sweep to the Cardinals.

“We need to execute better down the stretch.” Pitt HC Jaime Dixon said “and we need to guard better one-on-one. That’s what hurt us tonight.”

Pitt started strong against Louisville, punching them in the mouth in route to a 9-2 lead. Baskets by Fs Mike Young, Jamel Artis and G James Robinson led the way. The Cardinals looked out of sorts, missing key baskets and committing fouls that drove HC Rick Pitino crazy.

But eventually Louisville got it together and started playing like the team that they’re known for. Dunks by C Chinanu Onuaku helped tie the game at 10, and then they would take the lead as the Panthers began to show signs of inconsistency. Louisville led 14-10 before F Ryan Luther came off the bench and hit his first 3-pointer of the season and then he scored the next 4 points tying the game at 16.

Young then gave Pitt an 18-16 lead followed by a jumper by G Chris Jones. Artis then hit 4 free throws and Pitt had a 24-20 lead. But back came the Cardinals as they closed the gap to 27-26. Robinson then added 2 free throws before Louisville G Damion Lee added 2 free throws of his own to keep it a 1-point Pitt lead.

But then Pitt’s sloppiness took over as they began turning over the ball and missing baskets. As a result, the Cardinals scored and when the first half ended, they had a 33-29 lead.

In the second half, Pitt started strong again as C Raafael Maia scored the first 2 points on a dunk and then Robinson got a steal and tied the game at 33.  After G Quentin Snider gave the Cardinals back the lead, Artis then hit a 3-pointer and Jones then hit a free throw, but the Cardinals then took a 40-37 lead before Artis and Luther helped give Pitt a 41-40 lead. But Luther wasn’t done as he hit a 3-pointer and then hit 2 free throws and Pitt led 46-40.

Pitt led 48-40 when Lee hit a 3-pointer to close Pitt’s lead to 48-43. Louisville then tied the game on another 3-pointer and then Young gave the Panthers the lead on a dunk. After the Cardinals once again tied the game, Luther then gave Pitt back the lead. But then the Cardinals hit another 3-pointer, giving them a 53-52 lead but then Young gave the lead back to the Panthers on a basket.

But then Louisville hit another 3-pointer and had a 56-54 lead, but Robinson tied the game on a jumper. Louisville wasn’t done as Snider’s jumper gave them the lead once again. Young then tied it on a skyhook. But then G David Letvich hit another 3-pointer to give the Cardinals a 61-58 lead.

The Cardinals would then add 2 more on a dunk, and 2 more on free throws with seconds left in the game. They tried to close the gap but they couldn’t get the ball into the basket and had to foul the Cardinals to stop the clock. Louisville would then add 5 more points to secure the 67-60 victory.

Snider didn’t start, but he led the winning Cardinals (22-6, 11-4 ACC) with 14 points and 7 assists and helped hurt the Panthers with two 3-pointers. F Deng Adel led with 7 rebounds. Letvich also hurt the Panthers with three 3-pointers. Louisville knew it wasn’t pretty, but they made the baskets that were needed to continue their mastery over the Panthers.

For the Panthers, Luther did all he could for his team as he scored a career-high 17 points off the bench. Artis led with 9 rebounds, but he and Young could only combine for 23 points-not what the Panthers would need from their top 2 scorers. Jones would lead with 4 assists.

“Getting over this won’t be easy,” Said Luther “but we can’t dwell on it too long. It’s not going to get easier against Duke. We’ve got to get ready to finish out this season strong.”

Pitino on if Pitt is an NCAA tourney team: “I do. Obviously they play Duke next, they’re going to have to get some of these games.”

Pitino is indeed correct. The Panthers now have perhaps their toughest challenge of the season when they welcome those 15th ranked Blue Devils (20-7, 9-5 ACC) to the Petersen Events Center Sunday afternoon. It’s the Panthers final regular season game vs. a ranked team. here’s hope they double Wednesday night’s effort against the Blue Devils in what will also be their final home game of the 2015-16 season.

“Close isn’t good enough. There’s no consolation in that.” Said Dixon “You need to win a big one at home. We’ll have another opportunity on Sunday.”

Please e-mail Ray at ray@urbanmediatoday.com

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Wolf Shares Cancer Diagnosis to Encourage Regular Checkups for Pennsylvanians

Gov. Wolf announced he has Prostate Cancer.
Gov. Wolf announced he has Prostate Cancer.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced Wednesday morning that he will begin undergoing treatment for prostate cancer within the next few weeks.

Wolf, joined by his wife, Frances, met with reporters to reveal his diagnosis, giving three reasons why he would do so.

“First, I wanted to make sure you were aware of this, in the interest of clarity and transparency,” Wolf says. “Second, what I am going through is treatable and actually will not interfere with my duties as Governor.”

“Third, I just want to make the point that I found this in a routine checkup,” says Wolf. “Because I had the routine checkup, it was detected early, and I can do something about it. I want to make sure this is an example of why routine checkups matter, and make a difference.”

Wolf initially was alerted to the possible diagnosis in early fall, he says, and received confirmation “I guess two weeks ago, to what the real nature of the problem is.”

Wolf, who says he feels “great,” says his treatment will be a minor procedure because of the early diagnosis, although he declined to discuss exactly what procedure he would have.

“I don’t have all the details, but it’s not emergency surgery, it’s not emergency treatment, so this will be something that takes place in the coming months,” the Governor says.

“Prostate cancer is something older men get,” Wolf says. “A lot of older men die with prostate cancer, but not a lot die of it. It has the unfortunate moniker ‘cancer,’ but it’s a disease that, if detected early, you can do something about.”

The prostate is a gland found only in men which produces seminal fluid. According to the American Cancer Society, some cancers which affect the gland can grow very quickly, but the majority grow slowly. Autopsy studies show that many older men, and some younger men, who die of other causes also had prostate cancer which showed no symptoms. One in seven men will be diagnosed with the disease during his lifetime, with six of ten being older than 65. Diagnosis is rare before the age of 40, and one of every 38 men diagnosed will die of the disease.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, and the second most-common cause of cancer-related death, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. African-American men are 61 percent more likely to develop the cancer, and almost 2.5 times more likely to die from it.

The American Cancer Society recommends screening for the disease for men past the age of 45 for African-American men or for those for whom a family history of the disease exists among brothers or fathers. Annual screenings are recommended beginning at 50 with a blood test called Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA), which measures levels of antigens released by the prostate. A digital rectal examination by a physician is also recommended, but both the American Cancer Society and the PA Health Department call the decision to be tested a personal one which should be discussed between a patient and his doctor. Wolf says his diagnosis was made via a PSA test and a special biopsy.

Barring early detection via testing, symptoms of the disease include blood in the urine; pain or burning while urinating;  frequent urination, particularly at night or conversely, the inability to urinate; a weak or interrupted urine flow; or constant pain in the lower back, pelvis or upper thighs.

Wolf says he has known people throughout his life who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and is familiar with the effects.

“We all know people who have gone through this,” Wolf says. “I’m convinced by people who have lived with this that I have gotten this very early on and that it is eminently treatable.”

Wolf has declined to discuss his chosen method of treatment except to emphasize that it will not include chemotherapy.

“It’s one of the normal types of treatment,” says Wolf, “but I think I will just leave it at that. I think it’s between me and my doctor, but it’s a mild, routine treatment, and the doctor is very sanguine, optimistic. It’s a quick ‘in-and-out,’ so I won’t be in the hospital for any period of time.”

Wolf says the long period of time between the initial suspicion of the disease and Wednesday’s announcement was not out of the ordinary.

“With this kind of disease, you take certain routine tests, and you get a number that says, ‘maybe you ought to check this out further.’ We did that in the fall,” Wolf says. “We did the checks, the biopsies, the echo — I don’t even know what you call the different x-rays and all that kind of thing — and all that takes us to confirm and actually understand better what the nature of the disease is. The first step was a very general, routine test.”

“The doctors are more than encouraging,” says Frances Wolf, the First Lady of the Commonwealth. “They know how to get their arms around it, they know what to do. We don’t need to be sad about this. There is every reason to expect this will be dealt with quite efficiently by the wonderful physicians. We are more than hopeful that he will beat it.”

“I want to make sure the public knows the importance of regular checkups to detect things like this, whoever you are and whatever the problem is,” the Governor says. “Regular checkups matter.”

For more information about prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment, the Department of Health recommends the following resources:

Department of Health Prostate Cancer
dsf.health.state.pa.us/health/cwp/view.asp?A=174&Q=198299

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
cdc.gov/cancer/prostate/index.htm

American Cancer Society Prostate Cancer
cancer.org/docroot/lrn/lrn_0.asp

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Prostate Cancer Screening: A Decision Guide”
cdc.gov/cancer/prostate/publications/decisionguide/

 

Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network
ustoo.org/

 

By Nancy Hart

Nhart543@gmail.com

Twitter: @nhart543

ROBERT BOWDEN, CHAMPION OF THE UNDERDOG

Robert Bowden, Champion of the Underdog
Robert Bowden, Champion of the Underdog

Hill District community leader Robert Bowden (b. 1946) reflects on his education, upbringing and life’s work based on interviews conducted by teens Isaiah Brice-Pickens & Terrell Truss-Moore in 2012.  More stories like this are available at www.neighborhoodvoice.org/crossingfences

In Obese Patients, 5 Percent Weight Loss Has Significant Health Benefits

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Newswise — For patients with obesity trying to lose weight, the greatest health benefits come from losing just 5 percent of their body weight, according to a new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Researchers found that the relatively small weight loss markedly lowered patients’ risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease and improved metabolic function in liver, fat and muscle tissue.

The study is published online Feb. 22 in the journal Cell Metabolism.

“Our findings demonstrate that you get the biggest bang for your buck with 5 percent weight loss,” said principal investigator Samuel Klein, MD, director of Washington University’s Center for Human Nutrition. “The current guidelines for treating obesity recommend a 5 to 10 percent weight loss, but losing 5 percent of your body weight is much easier than losing 10 percent. So it may make sense for patients to aim at the easier target.”

Klein, the William H. Danforth Professor of Medicine and Nutritional Science and chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Science, randomly assigned 40 obese individuals — none of whom had diabetes — to either maintain their body weight or go on a diet to lose 5, 10 or 15 percent of body weight. The researchers looked at whole body, organ system and cellular responses before and after the weight loss.

While other randomized clinical trials have evaluated the effects of varying weight loss in people with obesity, this is thought to be the first time a trial has separated weight loss outcomes in people who achieved a 5 percent weight loss from those who achieved a 10 percent or greater weight loss.

Among the 19 study volunteers who lost 5 percent of their body weight, the function of insulin-secreting beta cells improved, as did insulin sensitivity in fat tissue, liver and skeletal muscle tissue. A 5 percent weight loss also was associated with decreases in total body fat and with much less fat in the liver.

Meanwhile, nine of those study patients continued to lose weight, eventually reaching 15 percent weight loss. They experienced further improvements in beta cell function and insulin sensitivity in muscle tissue, but neither insulin sensitivity in the liver nor adipose (fat) tissue continued to improve with the greater weight loss.

“Continued weight loss is good, but not all organ systems respond the same way,” Klein said. “Muscle tissue responds much more to continued weight loss, but liver and adipose tissue have pretty much achieved their maximum benefit at 5 percent weight loss.”

Interestingly, markers of inflammation, which are elevated in people with obesity, didn’t change much when study subjects lost a moderate amount of weight. Although scientists hypothesize that increased inflammation in fat tissue contributes to metabolic problems such as insulin resistance, this study found that metabolic function could improve while markers of inflammation remain unchanged.

That element of the research will require further study. Klein also wants to expand the study to people who have diabetes.

“We don’t know whether people with diabetes will have the same response to this type of progressive weight loss, so it will be important in the future to repeat this type of study in people who have type 2 diabetes,” he said.

In the meantime, Klein said people with obesity can benefit significantly from losing even a little bit of weight.

“If you weigh 200 pounds, you will be doing yourself a favor if you can lose 10 pounds and keep it off,” he said. “You don’t have to lose 50 pounds to get important health benefits.”

Funding for this research comes from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), grant numbers DK 37948, DK 104995, DK 56341, DK 20579, RR 024992 and TR 000450; the Pershing Square Foundation and the Longer Life Foundation.

Magkos F, Fraterrigo G, Yoshino J, Luecking C, Kirbach K, Kelly SC, de las Fuentes L, He S, Okunade AL, Patterson BW Klein S. Effects of moderate and subsequent progressive weight loss on metabolic function and adipose tissue biology in humans with obesity. Cell Metabolism, published online Feb. 22, 2016.http://www.dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cmet.2016.02.005

Washington University School of Medicine‘s 2,100 employed and volunteer faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. The School of Medicine is one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient-care institutions in the nation, currently ranked sixth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.

Pushchairs, Strollers, Buggies – Important considerations before you buy

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Should a pushchair by practical or pretty? How about easily collapsable or extremely cheap? With hundreds of pushchairs/strollers/buggies available the only way to know what is most important is to ask the parents?

There is a myriad of pushchairs and strollers on the market. Wonderful sounding names such as Bugaboo and Cosatto. Most parents will know of Mamas and Papas – but what are the most important aspects to choosing the right pushchair for your child or children?

Is a pushchair or stroller a fashion statement? You could be forgiven for believing that it is. Many new pushchairs boast ultra-modern designs, colour changing abilities and they come with a price tag to match.

I first became interested in pushchairs when I became a father – obviously! – and like many parents fell into the marketing trap, choosing a pushchair for all the wrong reasons. The right reasons for choosing a pushchair are weight – it should be light, mobility – it should be easy to push, price – it should be affordable and sensibly-priced, it must meet safety standards and it should be a manageable size.

In terms of size this was our first mistake. There are some wonderfully attractive three-wheeler pushchairs/strollers available (the sort you see in glossy magazines, being pushed by celebrities out jogging) but wait, they are not practical on a day-to-day basis unless you intend to go jogging. Try getting through a shop doorway – many are as wide as twin pushchairs.

What if you have twins? Tandem strollers have one seat in front of the other, but if you have ever tried to push one you will realise that trying to wheelie up a kerb-stone is like doing it will a full supermarket trolley.

Then there are tandem buggies that are no longer than a single buggy – but they have really high handles so if you are 5 foot or just a little taller they will be impossible to push.

There are lots of things to consider when buying a pushchair or buggy. I created a pushchair review site so parents could post honestly about their experience to ensure fewer people fall into the huge marketing trap surrounding pushchairs.

There are lots of really positive, good points and there are some wonderful pushchairs with clever designs, good looks and low prices.  For more information visit www.mypushchair.com