Lions travel for final weekend of 2021, face Lake Forest | News, Sports, Jobs

CHICAGO — After a tough 2-0 loss to the Hamline Pipers last Tuesday, the Finlandia Lions men’s hockey team took a little time off. The four-day break was just what the doctor ordered, according to head coach Joe Burcar.

Players took advantage of the chance to get away from the rink. Some joined teammates who live locally for a Thanksgiving day feast. Others flew home to friends and family.

Timing was everything.

“The timing of that couldn’t have been better,” he said. “We did see some guys over the break that were staying here who worked out or skated, but there were guys that just literally got away, kept their gear here. I think it was the best thing that could happen right now.”

A couple of days back from break, Burcar feels that the locker room was a cheery place for a team that sits 1-9 on the season to this point.

“I mean, the spirits were high on Monday for practice. Tuesday, they were high again,” he said. ” I just think it came at just a timely, timely point for us in the season. Yeah, we haven’t had the success, but there was frustration last week too. We just know, deep down, we’re better than what we’ve proven so far. That break just immensely, just mentally, physically, we needed it.”

The Lions lost sophomore winger Cameron Conover to injury against the Pipers. Multiple others are battling injuries of some kind, but still, having a chance to breathe before hitting the road for the last time in 2021 was what the team needed.

“The frustration was there, but you can’t live on that every day,” said Burcar. “We move forward. Practice has been great this week. Sometimes you get down the road and just keep your team focused and corraled together makes a difference. I think it was the best thing that we could have had right now.”

Burcar, who along with his staff meet with the team captains every day and various numbers of players throughout the week, feels that the players know they have more to give, but also that they feel good about the progress they are making on the ice, despite the lack of results to this point. He describes the meetings as upbeat.

Facing the Foresters

The Lions hit the road this weekend to face the Lake Forest Foresters.

The Lions and the Foresters are set to have their opening faceoff at 5 p.m. Friday at the Lake Forest College Ice Arena in Lake Forest, Illinois. Puck drop for the series finale is 2 p.m. Saturday.

A traditionally strong program in the NCHA, the Foresters are off to an uncharacteristically slow start this season. After sweeping Saint Mary’s to open the season, the Foresters have gone 1-5-1 since with losses to Aurora three times and Manhattanville twice.

The Foresters went through a coaching change in the offseason. Head coach Sean O’Malley served as an assistant coach with Lake Forest for seven years before taking the reigns prior to this season.

“The biggest thing with them is they had a coaching change,” Burcar said. “The coaching change was just an assistant stepping up, so he was in the program for a few years. But, anytime you change the head coaching position, there’s going to be some culture, there’s going to be some change. I think they came out the gates okay, but again, they’ve only played nine games.”

Senior Josh Giacomin has team-highs in assists (6) and points (8) and game-tying goals (1). Sophomore Ben Perkins is also off to a good start with three goals, which ties him for the team lead, and five points.

“I think for us it’s a good opponent. I think we match up well,” said Burcar. “We’ve done the film over and over, and I like the fact that we’re going there. I really like the matchup right now with them.”

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Face The Nation’s Margaret Brennan On Omicron, Travel Bans & More

Friday, December 3rd 2021, 4:42 pm

By: Brian Dorman

TULSA, Oklahoma –

This week President Joe Biden outlined his pandemic plan as we head into the winter months as a new variant is causing concerns from health officials. CBS’s Margaret Brennan from Face the Nation joined News On 6 at 4 to break down the latest developments in the pandemic.

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DETROIT, Mich. – After forfeiting the first two conference games of the season due to Covid-19 implications, the IUPUI women’s basketball team will travel to Detroit, Michigan to take on Horizon League competitor, Detroit Mercy on Thursday (Dec. 2) at 7:00 p.m.
The Jaguars enter the game after an 80-47 victory over Butler on Sunday at the Jungle. Sophomore transfer Rachel Kent led the Jags with 16 points, all from behind the arc to help the Jags tie the IUPUI record of three’s made in a game with 16. Red-shirt senior Destiny Perkins followed with 12 points and four assists. Other starters, Natalie Andersen added 11 points with three three-pointers, Madison Wise scored three points with six assists and Macee Williams added eight points and three assists.
Head coach Austin Parkinson‘s team finished the 2020-21 season with a conference record of 11-3 and fell to Wright State in the Horizon League championship game. IUPUI looks for redemption this season and was voted atop the Horizon League Women’s Basketball Preseason Polls for 2021.
IUPUI will face the Titans for their first conference matchup besides the two forfeited games. Detroit Mercy enters the game 0-2 in conference play and 0-6 overall after losing to Akron, 67-60 on Monday. Sophomore Irene Murua leads the Titans, averaging 10 points per game and shooting 54.2 percent from the floor. Murua also leads the team in rebounds with 6.8 per game.

The Jags are 6-0 against the Titans and last faced them on Feb. 6, 2020, when IUPUI defeated Detroit Mercy 95-54. Thursday’s game at Detroit Mercy will be aired on ESPN+ with tip off at 7 p.m.

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Sycamores to face in-state rival Ball State Saturday

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – In the midst of a five-game stretchy away from home, Indiana State basketball will travel to Muncie, Ind., Saturday to face in-state rival Ball State at Worthen Arena. Tip is set for 1 p.m. ET on ESPN3 as well as on the radio on 105.5 The Legend in the Wabash Valley and on worldwide.
» Saturday’s meeting with Ball State will be the 136th all-time between the two programs. Indiana State leads the series 73-62 and snapped a three-game losing streak to the Cardinals with a 67-57 win at home Dec. 19, 2020. ISU has won six of the last 10 meetings in the series.
» Give ISU a 12-game lead in the series with Ball State
» Be the second-straight victory over Ball State
» Be the first win at Ball State since 2016
» Give ISU its second true road win of the season
» End a two-game losing skid
» For the first time in 12 years, the Indiana State basketball is under new leadership as first-year head coach Josh Schertz takes over the reins of the program. Schertz takes over after a 13-year run at NCAA Division II Lincoln Memorial University where he had a career record of 337-69 (.831) en route to four national coach of the year honors. Schertz led the Railsplitters to 10 NCAA Division II Tournament appearances, won 14 total conference championships and three Southeast Regional titles, and had five seasons of 30-or-more victories.
» Cameron Henry continues to dominate the court — scoring in double-figures each of the first six games for Indiana State — including a pair of double-doubles. Over three games at the Myrtle Beach Invitational, Henry put up All-MVC like numbers. The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 17.3 points, nine rebounds and 5.7 assists per game while going for a career-high 25 points against Oklahoma in the semifinals. For his performance, he was named to the All-Tournament Second Team.
» After posting career highs across the board IN 2020-21, Cooper Neese has picked up where he left off. The junior is averaging a team-high 16 points while also hitting the glass for 4.8 rebounds a game. Neese has been lights out from the charity stripe (19-23) with an 82.6 make percent while shooting 32.6 percent (15-46) from distance. Neese has scored in double-figures in all six games this season with a season scoring 17 or more in five games.
» Newcomer Micah Thomas put on an offensive clinic in the finale of the Myrtle Beach Invitational, scoring a career-high 23 points against New Mexico State. Down 20 points with 13 minutes to go, Thomas pulled ISU to within six points with three minutes remaining. Thomas shot 9-for-16 from the field and was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line but more impressive was his 14 second-half points. Thomas has scored 10 or more points in four of the five games he has played in while averaging 14.6 points a game. One of the best shooters on the team, he leads ISU with a 39.3 percent from deep.
» Indiana State ranks second in the MVC with 14.3 assists per game while sitting third with a 1.21 assist-to-turnover ratio. Four players have recorded over 10 assists with Cameron Henry leading the way by a large margin with 26. Cooper Neese and Julian Larry have 11 each and Micah Thomas has assisted on 10 makes. The outlier is Xavier Bledson who has recorded 10 assists in just three games after missing the last three games at the MBI.
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Travel news: Britons face ‘huge queues for holidays’ under EU rules | UK | News

The European Commission has outlined plans to introduce a new European Travel Information and Authorisation Scheme (ETIAS) as well as an Entry/Exit System (EES) for non-EU citizens by the end of next year. The ETIAS scheme will require passengers to apply for permission to travel to the Schengen Area at a cost of €7 (£6).

The Schengen Area is made up of 26 countries and includes popular holiday destinations such as Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Portugal.

The EES system forms part of additional security measures and will register the person’s name, type of the travel document and biometric data such as fingerprints and captured facial images.

The House of Lords Justice and Home Affairs Committee has written to Home Secretary Priti Patel to raise concerns about the plans.

Peers warned under the EES system passengers “will be required to undergo border checks that are likely to cause sustained delays and disruption”.

It says: “After filling in an online application form, the system will conduct checks against EU information systems for borders and security and, in the vast majority of cases, issue a travel authorisation within minutes.

“In limited cases, where further checks on the traveller are needed, the issuing of the travel authorisation could take up to 30 days.

“The ETIAS travel authorisation will be a mandatory pre-condition for entry to the Schengen States.

“It will be checked together with the travel documents by the border guards when crossing the EU border.”

The scheme has been in the pipeline since a “Stronger and Smarter Information Systems for Borders and Security” report was published in 2016.

Britain ended freedom of movement after the end of the Brexit transition period.

UK nationals can currently travel to the EU without a visa and stay for up to 90 nights over a 180-day period.

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Tar Heels Travel West To Face TCU

FORT WORTH, Texas – After improving to 3-0 on the season with a homecourt win on Wednesday, the North Carolina women’s basketball team hits the road this weekend to take on TCU. The teams will meet on Sunday as part of the Maggie Dixon Classic, with tipoff at Schollmaier Arena at 3:30 p.m. CT/4:30 ET.
The Tar Heels and Horned Frogs (1-1) meet in the second game of the annual event, which honors Dixon, the sister of TCU men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon. Maggie Dixon died of a heart arrhythmia on April 6, 2006, weeks after coaching Army West Point to its first NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament appearance. Duke and Alabama face off in the opener of the double header.


This marks just the second ever meeting between UNC and TCU. The first came during a Thanksgiving tournament in Mexico in 2005, with Carolina winning 77-54.


The game will be broadcast on Big 12 Now/ESPN+ and also can be heard on the Tar Heel Sports Network.


All five players who have started the first three games are averaging in double figures: Deja Kelly leads the way at 14.7 ppg, followed by Alyssa Ustby (13.7), Anya Poole (12.7), Kennedy Todd-Williams (11.0) and Carlie Littlefield (10.0).


Notable Numbers

• UNC has forced 24 or more turnovers in each of the first three games this season. The Tar Heels forced that many just twice (S.C. State, Clemson) in all of 2020-21.

• The 11 players who scored in the win at Charlotte marked the highest number of Tar Heels to have scored in a game during the Banghart era. UNC accomplished that same feat against Appalachian State.

• In their Tar Heel debut vs. NC A&T on Nov. 9, transfers Eva Hodgson and Carlie Littlefield combined for  28 points on 11-for-12 shooting ( 5-for-6 from three) to go with three rebounds, seven assists, and six steals.

• UNC has outscored its opponent in all 12 quarters this season.

• The Tar Heels have not trailed for even a second this season.

• Two freshmen hit double figures for the first time as Tar Heels on Wednesday against Appalachian State. Destiny Adams scored all 10 of her points in the fourth quarter, and Morasha Wiggins had seven  of her 10 after halftime.


Tar Heels in the Rankings

• UNC ranks fourth nationally in field goal percentage defense (opponents shooting 25.5 percent), fifth in scoring margin (48.7 points), sixth in scoring defense (opponents scoring 41.3 ppg) and 12th in scoring offense (90.0 ppg).  The Tar Heels are fourth in turnovers forced (29 per game), 12th in turnover margin (13.00) and 15th in steals (14.7).


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Wildcats to Face Saint Joseph’s Saturday

Villanova will open-up Philadelphia Big 5 play on Saturday afternoon when the Wildcats travel to Hawk Hill to take on the Saint Joseph’s Hawks. The Wildcats enter play 0-2 on the young season, while Saint Joseph’s is 1-2. Tip-off at Hagan Arena is set for 3 p.m.
Starting with Saturday’s game at Saint Joseph’s, Villanova will play three consecutive Philadelphia Big 5 games. Following the trip to Hawk Hill on Saturday, the Wildcats will visit The Palestra on Monday to take on the Penn Quakers. The third game in the stretch will take place on Nov. 27 with a home date versus the Temple Owls. The fourth and final City Series game will be on Dec. 21 at La Salle. 
Villanova enters play versus Saint Joseph’s on Saturday having won five in a row against the Hawks. Saint Joseph’s last win in the series came during the 2014-15 season. In the last meeting between the schools on Dec. 7, 2019, Villanova tallied a 60-44 win over the Hawks. The Wildcats are also 33-6 in its last 39 games versus Philadelphia Big Five competition.
The Wildcats enter play on Saturday with an all-time Big Five record of 122-40 (.753). The 122 wins are the most victories by any Big Five women’s program. Saint Joseph’s is second with 111 Big Five wins.
This will be Villanova’s first game action in eight days.In the team’s last outing on Nov. 12, Villanova fell at No. 4 Maryland by a score of 88-67. In the setback, Brianna Herlihy led the Wildcats with 16 points, while Lior Garzon tallied 15 points and Maddy Siegrist chipped in with 11 points. Maryland was paced by Angel Reese who had a game-high 23 points. She was one of six Terrapins to reach double figures. For the game, Villanova was 24-of-55 from the field (43.6%), 13-of-27 from three-point range (48.1%) and 6-of-6 from the foul line (100.0%), while Maryland shot 56.7 percent from the floor (34-of-60), 50.0 percent from long distance (5-of-10) and 83.3 percent from the foul line (15-of-18).  Maryland owned a 38-21 advantage on the backboards.
Villanova will stay on the road for its next game when the Wildcats play Penn at The Palestra on Monday evening. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.

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Biden and Xi, once travel companions, face off in virtual meeting | News

WASHINGTON — Nearly a decade ago, Joe Biden hosted Xi Jinping for a tour of America that ended in Los Angeles, where they visited a school dedicated to teaching Asian languages. As they mingled casually with students, the two vice presidents couldn’t avoid the geopolitics hanging over what was supposed to be a lighthearted affair.

U.S. relations with China would determine the course of the century, Biden said, calling it “the single most important engagement we have.”

Years later, Biden and Xi are presidents of their respective countries, responsible for navigating a relationship that has slipped from wary optimism into bitter pessimism. There are no more goodwill trips, no more hopeful statements about fostering mutual understanding.

As the two leaders prepare to meet via videoconference on Monday, there is only the cold language of global strategy as the two superpowers become entrenched in opposition that some analysts have described as a second cold war.

It’s a tense dynamic that has generated warnings about the potential for armed conflict, most notably over Taiwan, an island democracy that China considers a breakaway province and has vowed to reclaim. A senior administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss Biden’s plans, said one goal for the meeting was to create “common-sense guardrails to avoid miscalculation or misunderstanding.”

The official said the meeting could last several hours and will touch on American concerns about China’s economic practices, its regional aggression and its record of human rights abuses.

“The president will be very direct and candid,” the official said, adding that Biden expects Xi to “play by the rules of the road, which is what other responsible nations do.”

Xi has not left China since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, skipping recent summits of world leaders in Italy and Scotland. Although he and Biden have spoken twice on the phone since Biden’s inauguration in January, Monday’s virtual meeting will be their first face-to-face encounter.

There’s no expectation that the session will end with a joint statement or an announcement of new agreements, a reflection of the widening gap between the two countries.

“Both have an incentive to demonstrate resolve, to look strong. But you want to look strong without things getting out of control,” said Ja-Ian Chong, an associate professor of political science at the National University of Singapore. “It’s a matter of how are they going to thread this needle?”

Chong said he believes that the risk of conflict remains low, “but that depends on everybody playing by the script.” However, that can be difficult when there are nervous or excitable service members at the controls of planes and ships that circle each other in the South China Sea, which Washington considers international waters and Beijing claims as part of its territory.

“In some ways, it’s a bit of a game of chicken,” he said.

Dean Cheng, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, said China hasn’t always cooperated with efforts to deescalate tensions in the region, saying “the Chinese don’t pick up the hotlines” that are typically reserved for crisis communications between superpowers.

He was skeptical that the meeting will prove to be productive because China routinely rejects American concerns about oppression of Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnic group in the Xinjiang region, or its tightening grip on Hong Kong, where Beijing has used a new national security law to stomp out dissent.

“Realistically, we’re going to end up in all likelihood talking past each other,” Cheng said.

Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, said last week that there’s no reason to believe Washington and Beijing are fated to conflict.

“China has a different value system. It has different interests. And that’s part of what the ongoing competition will be about,” he told the Lowy Institute, a think tank based in Sydney, Australia. “But there’s no reason that that competition has to turn into conflict or confrontation.”

There was a thaw in the relationship during the recent United Nations summit on climate change in Glasgow, Scotland, where the U.S. and China announced a surprise agreement over the weekend to increase their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Details were scarce, but it was a sign that some lines of communication remain open and potentially productive.

“There are areas where our interests align and we should be able to work together,” the senior administration official said.

However, the official rejected Beijing’s attempts to tie cooperation on climate change to other issues between the U.S. and China. Addressing global warming is necessary to prevent an existential crisis for the planet, the official said — it’s “not a favor to us.”

Biden and Xi enter Monday’s meeting at a time when they’re trying to strengthen their political standing at home.

Hours before he sits down to speak with Xi, Biden signed legislation with more than $1 trillion of spending on roads, bridges, water pipes, broadband access and other infrastructure, an investment that he has described as a way to keep pace with China’s aggressive program of public works projects.

He’s still pushing for another, $1.85 trillion piece of legislation to create universal access to free preschool, expand public healthcare coverage and boost clean energy to fight climate change.

Meanwhile, Xi is consolidating power in China as he seeks an unprecedented third term as president. The Communist Party’s Central Committee passed a resolution last week declaring Xi’s position “as the core of the entire party” and saying his role reflects “the common wishes of the entire party, military, state and peoples of all ethnicities.”

Only two previous Chinese leaders, Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, had similar statements issued while they were in power.

Xi and Biden have known each other for years, although the intimacy does not seem to have generated harmony.

In addition to the time that Biden hosted Xi in 2012, Biden visited China in 2011 and 2013. Xi had become president by the time of the second trip, and he praised Biden as an “old friend.” Biden responded by saying “the possibilities are limitless” if the two countries form a good relationship.

But Biden has been much harsher recently, describing Xi as a “thug” and saying he doesn’t have a “democratic bone in his body.”

His hardening sentiment reflects a broader shift in the American foreign policy establishment. Despite concerns about President Trump’s chaotic and aggressive approach to China, a bipartisan consensus has emerged that more needs to be done to counter Beijing’s growing influence.

Daniel Russel, a former State Department official who works at the Asia Society Policy Institute, said Biden has always believed “that America, as a free society, had huge advantages over China, ones that China could not overcome.”

“I don’t think his faith in the U.S. is shaken at all,” he said. “But I do believe that he feels we’re faced with a much more formidable competitor than in the past, and we damn well better get our act together.”


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