Maryland Men’s Basketball To Play In 2022 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off


UNCASVILLE, CT — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the field of teams for the 2022 Tip-Off Tournament, which includes Maryland. The annual NCAA men’s exempt  tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will take place Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. 

Maryland will play Saint Louis on Nov. 19 and Miami will play Providence on the same day. The winners and losers will play the following day on Nov. 20. 

Miami advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight this past season while Providence won the Big East Championship and reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Saint Louis advanced to the National Invitation Tournament last season. 

“We are very excited to play in the 2022 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament,” said Maryland men’s basketball head coach Kevin Willard. “This event features some of  the best teams in the nation and we are excited to have an early-season challenge for our program.  Playing at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut is a great location for our fans to travel as we have a large following throughout the entire Northeast corridor, and they will be able to come and support the Terps.” 

Maryland Men’s Basketball season tickets for the 2022-23 season are on sale now. Special sales packages are available to all fans who purchase by June 1. For more information, please visit umterps.com/willard.

Maryland and Saint Louis have played once previously with the Terrapins winning a 1994 NCAA Tournament First Round game in Kansas City, 74-66 on March 17, 1994 with Joe Smith leading the way with 29 points and 15 rebounds. 

The Terps and Miami have played 19 times with the Hurricanes leading the series, 12-7, with most of those games coming as ACC rivals. The teams last played on Jan. 29, 2014, a 74-71 Maryland victory

Maryland and Providence have played three times with the Terps winning twice, including the last matchup on Nov. 25, 2013, a 56-52 victory in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Terps’ other win against the Friars came on Dec. 4, 1991, which was played at the Hartford Civic Center, that was Maryland’s last game played in the state of Connecticut. 

Maryland has played in the Hall of Fame Classic, when the event was held in Springfield, Mass., in 1993, 1995 and 2004.  

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will continue to serve as the host conference for the annual  event. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is also proud to continue its relationship with  Learfield IMG College for sponsorship representation of its portfolio of collegiate events.  

“We look forward to another exciting weekend at the Mohegan Sun for the 2022 Hall of Fame Tip-Off  Tournament,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “This year’s  field of teams will bring a high level of competition to one of the country’s best early-season events.” 

Ticket information, game times and television broadcast details and will be released at a later date.  As the health and safety of the athletes, fans and staff is of the utmost importance, the Basketball  Hall of Fame will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely in the coming months and  provide updates as needed. For more information, please visit www.halloffametipoff.com. 

 

2021 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament Schedule:

Saturday, November 19 
Maryland vs. Saint Louis 
Providence vs. Miami 

Sunday, November 20 

Consolation Game 

Championship Game 

About Mohegan Sun Arena: 

Mohegan Sun Arena is now ranked consistently among the top venues in the world according to Billboard  Magazine, Pollstar and Venues Today. It has won “Casino of The Year” at the Country Music Awards in  2008 & 2010 and in 2013, was voted “Arena of The Year” at the G2E Global Gaming Conference in Las  Vegas. Mohegan Sun Arena was also ranked among the top 10 arena venues in the nation for 2014,  regardless of size. In 2015, Mohegan Sun took home the IEBA award for “Casino of the Year.” Mohegan  Sun also won “Casino of the Year” in 2 categories at the 2013 & 2016 Academy of Country Music  Awards. For more information on concerts and other great events, visit Mohegan Sun. For information on  this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at 1-888.226-7711, ext. 27163. 

About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference: 

The MAAC, headquartered in Edison, N.J., consists of 11 member institutions: Canisius College, Fairfield  University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University,  Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter’s University and Siena College. For more on the  conference, please visit www.maacsports.com

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:  

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial  Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting,  preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and  professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame  museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball  history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game,  experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo “Court of  Dreams.” Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite,  the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually  throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame  organization, its museum and events, visit www.hoophall.com, follow @hoophall #HOFTipOff or  call 1-877-4HOOPLA. 

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Maryland Men’s Basketball To Play In 2022 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off


UNCASVILLE, CT — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the field of teams for the 2022 Tip-Off Tournament, which includes Maryland. The annual NCAA men’s exempt  tournament sponsored by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will take place Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. 

Maryland will play Saint Louis on Nov. 19 and Miami will play Providence on the same day. The winners and losers will play the following day on Nov. 20. 

Miami advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight this past season while Providence won the Big East Championship and reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. Saint Louis advanced to the National Invitation Tournament last season. 

“We are very excited to play in the 2022 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament,” said Maryland men’s basketball head coach Kevin Willard. “This event features some of  the best teams in the nation and we are excited to have an early-season challenge for our program.  Playing at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut is a great location for our fans to travel as we have a large following throughout the entire Northeast corridor, and they will be able to come and support the Terps.”  

Maryland and Saint Louis have played once previously with the Terrapins winning a 1994 NCAA Tournament First Round game in Kansas City, 74-66 on March 17, 1994 with Joe Smith leading the way with 29 points and 15 rebounds. 

The Terps and Miami have played 19 times with the Hurricanes leading the series, 12-7, with most of those games coming as ACC rivals. The teams last played on Jan. 29, 2014, a 74-71 Maryland victory

Maryland and Providence have played three times with the Terps winning twice, including the last matchup on Nov. 25, 2013, a 56-52 victory in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Terps’ other win against the Friars came on Dec. 4, 1991, which was played at the Hartford Civic Center, that was Maryland’s last game played in the state of Connecticut. 

Maryland has played in the Hall of Fame Classic, when the event was held in Springfield, Mass., in 1993, 1995 and 2004.  

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will continue to serve as the host conference for the annual  event. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is also proud to continue its relationship with  Learfield IMG College for sponsorship representation of its portfolio of collegiate events.  

“We look forward to another exciting weekend at the Mohegan Sun for the 2022 Hall of Fame Tip-Off  Tournament,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “This year’s  field of teams will bring a high level of competition to one of the country’s best early-season events.” 

Ticket information, game times and television broadcast details and will be released at a later date.  As the health and safety of the athletes, fans and staff is of the utmost importance, the Basketball  Hall of Fame will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely in the coming months and  provide updates as needed. For more information, please visit www.halloffametipoff.com. 

 

2021 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament Schedule:

Saturday, November 19 
Maryland vs. Saint Louis 
Providence vs. Miami 

Sunday, November 20 

Consolation Game 

Championship Game 

About Mohegan Sun Arena: 

Mohegan Sun Arena is now ranked consistently among the top venues in the world according to Billboard  Magazine, Pollstar and Venues Today. It has won “Casino of The Year” at the Country Music Awards in  2008 & 2010 and in 2013, was voted “Arena of The Year” at the G2E Global Gaming Conference in Las  Vegas. Mohegan Sun Arena was also ranked among the top 10 arena venues in the nation for 2014,  regardless of size. In 2015, Mohegan Sun took home the IEBA award for “Casino of the Year.” Mohegan  Sun also won “Casino of the Year” in 2 categories at the 2013 & 2016 Academy of Country Music  Awards. For more information on concerts and other great events, visit Mohegan Sun. For information on  this week’s schedule, call the Entertainment and Special Events hotline at 1-888.226-7711, ext. 27163. 

About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference: 

The MAAC, headquartered in Edison, N.J., consists of 11 member institutions: Canisius College, Fairfield  University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University,  Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter’s University and Siena College. For more on the  conference, please visit www.maacsports.com

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:  

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial  Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting,  preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and  professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame  museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball  history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game,  experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo “Court of  Dreams.” Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite,  the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually  throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame  organization, its museum and events, visit www.hoophall.com, follow @hoophall #HOFTipOff or  call 1-877-4HOOPLA. 

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New hope for missing Mayo woman Sandra Collins’ family after anonymous tip-off


The family of a woman who has been missing for 22 years believe they are now close to finding her body.

andra Collins (28) was pregnant when she disappeared in Killala, Co Mayo, on December 4, 2000. She was last seen at about 11pm after she bought chips in a takeaway.

Despite a fleece jacket being found by the local pier, it is believed she did not take her own life by jumping into the sea but was rather abducted, murdered and buried in a shallow grave.

Her brother Patrick told the Sunday World he believed an anonymous phonecall he received at Christmas was credible and he said the information he was given could finally lead to his sister’s remains being found.

“We met with gardaí two weeks ago for an update on the investigation,” he said.

“After the appeal at Christmas a few people came forward with a few bits of information. I also got an anonymous phonecall after I was interviewed on radio.

“When I put the phone down, I knew it wasn’t going to fall on deaf ears.

“The caller provided new information that is being followed up on and I am hopeful that this will lead somewhere.

“However, we are still appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

“There are people out there who definitely know what happened to Sandra and we still believe there is someone out there who can put an end to this. We do believe we are close to finding Sandra.”

 

Ms Collins’s family has refused to allow the case of her disappearance in 2000 to fade from the public eye.

In May 2014, after a cold case review, local plasterer Martin Earley went on trial accused of murder.

But the evidence against him was circumstantial: Sandra’s body has never been found, and there was no murder weapon or crime scene.

As revealed in court, Ms Collins found out she was pregnant on the day she disappeared. She had told her GP she intended to travel to England for a termination.

Several people saw her in a phone box in Killala throughout that day.

The State alleged she called Mr Earley’s mobile phone and claimed he made calls to the phonebox as well.

Witnesses confirmed Ms Collins was wearing a light pink fleece on the day of her disappearance.

This was subsequently found on the pier in Killala on December 9, 2000. A packet of sausages and two pieces of paper were found in the pockets.

Mr Earley’s number was written on one piece of paper, while the other piece contained the numbers of two abortion clinics in Britain.

The court heard Mr Earley admitted in statements to gardaí to having a sexual relationship with Ms Collins, but denied killing her.

After a four-week trial, Mr Earley walked from the court a free man. Ruling there was not sufficient evidence to find him guilty, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy directed the jury to acquit him.

“At this stage we just want a body,” her brother Patrick said.

“It’s not about justice for us now; we have been down that road already. I do believe there are people out there who have information and are afraid.

“There is an awful lot of fear in the community, a sense of this being too close to home.

“We would ask that those people look deep inside themselves and try to find the courage to do the right thing.

“Out of fear or loyalty there are people who are holding back, and we want to stress that there are so many ways to give us information without implicating themselves.

“There is a confidential garda line and anyone who wants to can send an anonymous letter.”

Interviews with Ms Collins’s family feature next week in a TG4 documentary about her disappearance.

In 2020, the family launched a GoFundMe appeal to raise money for a reward to any persons with information that leads to the discovery of Ms Collins’s remains, and to help gardaí if a location for her remains is identified.

“Thanks to the GoFundMe page we are putting up billboards on bus stops in Mayo to try and appeal to people,” her brother Patrick said.

“We hope that people standing at the bus stops in Ballina and Castlebar will look at Sandra’s picture and do the right thing.

“Since the GoFundMe page was set up in 2020, over €7,000 has been raised, which has enabled us to do this and put money towards a reward for information that leads to the discovery of Sandra’s remains.

“We are also hoping to use the money to hire a renowned US criminal profiler to help gardaí to locate her.”

After their most recent meeting with gardaí, the Collins family are hopeful of a breakthrough in the case.

They are anxious for a resolution, some form of closure, but more than anything they want Ms Collins to be given back her dignity.

“It is important for us to give our sister a proper burial,” Patrick said.

“Until we can do that, we will never give up. What has happened to Sandra has stolen all our lives. We stay so focused because we love Sandra.

“We just want to know where Sandra is. We just want her back and then we will walk away.”

The GoFundMe page set up by the Collins family is at www.gofundme.com/f/ bring-sandra-collins-home

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WNBA big tip-off: Brittney Griner, Becky Hammon and the big storylines to follow | NBA News


The WNBA will begin its 26th season this weekend with several intriguing storylines, including the potential retirement of Sue Bird and Sylvia Fowles, the return of Becky Hammon as a coach and the absence of Brittney Griner.

There is no bigger headline engulfing the league than Griner.

The Mercury’s All-Star center remains in Russia after being detained following her arrival at a Moscow airport on February 17. Russian authorities said a search of her luggage revealed vape cartridges that allegedly contained oil derived from cannabis, which could carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. Griner’s status has been changed to “wrongfully detained” and she has a hearing scheduled for May 19.

But Griner’s presence will be felt even in her absence.

The league plans to honour Griner and keep her ongoing situation front and centre with a floor decal that will feature her initials along with her number 42. It will appear on the home court of all 12 teams starting with Friday’s season openers. The regular season ends August 14.

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Brittney Griner, pictured in action for the Phoenix Mercury, will be honoured by the WNBA with decals on every court

Teams will play a record 36 games this year.

“The 36-game schedule will provide fans greater opportunities to see the best players in the world compete at the highest level,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said when it was announced in December.

Before Griner’s arrest, the Mercury made many moves in the offseason to put the team in contention to win another championship after losing to Chicago last season in the Finals. Phoenix added Tina Charles and Diamond DeShields to the roster to compliment Diana Taurasi and Skylar Diggins-Smith.

DeShields joins the Mercury from the Sky, who will try and become the first team to repeat as champions since the Los Angeles Sparks did it in 2001/02. Chicago added Emma Meesseman – the 2019 WNBA Finals MVP – to its roster.

Then there is the looming retirement of All-Stars Bird and Fowles.

Bird, the league’s all-time assist leader, has said all signs are pointing toward this year being her last with the Seattle Storm, but she does not want the upcoming season to be a farewell tour.

Fowles has stated she will retire after this season. The WNBA’s all-time leading rebounder said it was a tough decision whether to come back for a 15th season or not.

With Fowles and Bird having a foot out the door, the league welcomes back Hammon this season.

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Becky Hammon returns to the WNBA after working for the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA as an assistant to the legendary Gregg Popovich

Hammon took over as coach of the Las Vegas Aces, replacing Bill Laimbeer, after serving as an NBA assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs since 2014. She’s one of six former players who are now head coaches in the league.

A few other storylines to follow this season:

Mystics back healthy

No team went through more injury problems the last two seasons then the Washington Mystics. Coach Mike Thibault hopes his team has finally put all that bad luck in the rearview mirror and is looking forward to having Elena Delle Donne and Alysha Clark in the lineup.

Delle Donne has only played in three games the last two seasons because of COVID-19 concerns and back issues. The former league MVP last was on the court fulltime in 2019 when the Mystics won their first championship. Clark missed last season, which would have been her first in Washington, due to a Lisfranc injury in her right foot.

Rebuilding Fever’s four first-round picks

Indiana used four first-round picks in the draft to try and rebuild its roster, taking NaLyssa Smith (2nd), Emily Engster (4th), Lexie Hull (6th) and Queen Egbo (10th). The Fever also drafted Destanni Henderson (20th). Draft choices haven’t worked out so well for Indiana the last few years as the Fever selected Lauren Cox third in 2020 and she was cut last season. Last year Indiana took Kysre Gondrezick fourth. She is also no longer with the franchise.

Commissioner’s Cup returns after successful pilot

The league is bringing back the Commissioner’s Cup for the second year. The in-season tournament was won by Seattle last year. The Storm beat the Connecticut Sun in the championship game, which was played in Phoenix. There are 10 designated “Cup games” per team – the first home game and first road game each team plays against its five conference rivals.

Fresh starts for some WNBA All-Stars

Meesseman, Charles and DeShields aren’t the only players in new places this season. Liz Cambage now calls Los Angeles home after leaving Las Vegas. The 6-foot-8 Australian center will try and get the Sparks back into being championship contenders. Courtney Williams returned to Connecticut after spending two seasons with the Atlanta Dream. The Dream picked up former WNBA All-Star MVP Erica Wheeler.

As well as the WNBA season tipping off, the rush of live NBA Playoffs games continues on Sky Sports this week – see the list of games here and subscribe to watch the live action.





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Detroit Pistons vs. Oklahoma City Thunder – NBA (4/1/22) | Tip-Off, How to Watch, Preivew


After a big come from behind win against a playoff bound team from the Eastern Conference on Thursday night, the Detroit Pistons look to double-down against one of the worst teams in the Western Conference on Friday, as they travel down take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

With their win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thrusday, the Pistons are now ahead of the Orlando Magic for second-to-last in the East, with their 21-56 record the third-worst in the NBA ahead of the Houston Rockets as well. Detroit ended the month of March on a high note, and went 6-11 over the month. Yet, they come into Friday night having lost five of their last seven games. Also, the Pistons are 4-6 in the second halfs of back-to-backs so far in 2021-22.

Saddiq Bey was a huge catalyst in the Pistons’ comeback win over the Sixers. 10 of Bey’s 20 points came in the final five minutes of the contest, helping Detroit to a 27-8 run in the fourth quarter to pull out the 102-94 victory. Cade Cunningham also had a great game, leading Detroit with 27 points.

Now they quick hit the road for a meeting with the second-worst team in the West. The Thunder come into April Fool’s Day with a 22-54 record after going 3-12 last month. That stretch also included a 10-game losing streak that pusehd OKC well out of postseason contention.

These two teams met in Detroit back in early December, with the Thunder coming out on top by a final score of 114-103.

Check out more stories about the Detroit Pistons here on MLive

What: NBA Basketball

Who: Detroit Pistons (21-56) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (22-54)

When: Friday, April 1

Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Paycom Center (Oklahoma City, Okla.)

Channel: Bally Sports Detroit

Stream: DirecTV Stream

Check out the NBA standings and results on NBA.com



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March Madness tickets 2022: Final Four ticket prices falling ahead of tip-off of Duke vs. UNC, Kansas vs. Villanova


NEW ORLEANS – What was anticipated to be one of the most expensive Final Four tickets ever has .. gotten pretty close to normal?

It seems the challenge for those wanting to get to the end of the Mississippi River and attend tonight’s matchups of Kansas vs. Villanova and Duke vs. North Carolina is actually getting to New Orleans in the first place. As we’ve discussed previously the prices for hotels and air travel from most of the country to Crescent City have been through the roof.

So the market for tonight’s tickets is limited to those within driving distance of the Superdome. And for that reason you can get a seat for a very reasonable amount to see what might be Mike Krzyzewski’s last game as the head coach of the Blue Devils.

This has gone from one of the most expensive Final Four tickets last weekend to one of the cheapest now, with no games played in-between.

It seems travel is limiting the price of tickets more than the desire to be here. But New Orleans doesn’t have the biggest airport, isn’t exactly designed as a city for last-minute travel, and every AirBnb for dozens of miles is quite pricey.

If this game were in New York or Philadelphia, or even a city like Houston or Los Angeles, we might see some serious upward price pressure. But in The Big Easy, it’s pretty easy to get to tonight’s Final Four doubleheader.

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2022 March Madness TV schedule: How to watch the NCAA Tournament, Final Four, tipoff times, announcers, stream


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The last fwo weeks have been filled with entertaining, rewarding and bracket-busting games. Now it’s on to the Final Four of the 2022 NCAA Tournament . On Saturday in New Orleans, it will be No. 2 seed Villanova  vs. No. 1 seed Kansas  at 6:09 p.m. ET in the first semifinal followed by No. 2 seed Duke vs. No. 8 seed North Carolina at 8:49 p.m. with the winners meeting Monday, April 5 for the NCAA Tournament title. The games will be played at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans. 

A reminder: This year’s TV schedule cycles in TBS as the host for the last three games of the men’s NCAA Tournament. (Next year, CBS will be airing the national semifinals and championship game.) 

As always, you can also watch every game in the tourney via March Madness Live. Here are the tip times for the Final Four and national title game.

All times Eastern

2022 NCAA Tournament TV schedule, announcing teams

Final Four

Saturday, April 2 Caesars Superdome, New Orleans

Announcers: Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson

National Championship

Monday, April 4 — 9 p.m. (TBS)
Caesars Superdome — New Orleans





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Anonymous tip-off uncovers horrific alleged child abuse in north Queensland


An anonymous call to Crime Stoppers in January has uncovered shocking allegations of consistent and horrific child abuse.

Warning this story contains distressing content

The call led to the arrest of four men charged with the alleged rape and exploitation of children in north Queensland.

The men, aged 19, 21, 22 and 49 face more than 30 charges between them.

These include rape, unlawful carnal knowledge, indecent treatment of a child, permitting abuse of children on premises, grooming, involving a child in the making of exploitation material and deprivation of liberty.

The alleged sexual offences were committed against four children aged between 12 and 15.

However, in some instances, the offences date back to 2014, when a victim child was just five years old.

In a closed session in the Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday, the four men appeared via video link as a representative from Legal Aid Queensland applied for each of their bail.

Each application was denied as details of their alleged offending was outlined.

Abuse over social media

The 22-year-old man faces charges against all four children involved.

During the bail hearing, it was alleged he used social media platform Snapchat to randomly add a 12-year-old girl and groom her to send sexual videos of herself.

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It is alleged one of the men used Snapchat to groom a victim to send sexual videos of herself. (Supplied: Snapchat)

Police seized an iPad where they allegedly found saved conversations between the child and the man.

Police prosecutor Sheena Gravino said in initial interviews with police, the accused referred to himself as a ‘pimp’ and a ‘player.’

Other charges involve the 22-year-old being in a relationship with a young child over a period of two years, where in some cases he was having daily sexual intercourse with her.

A third victim indicated she was used to the defendant sexually harassing her.

“She states that he has then grabbed her hand and made her masturbate his penis.”

“There are some eight years [in age] between the parties.”

When the defendant was told he would be remanded in custody and transferred to the Capricornia Correctional Centre he simply gave a thumbs up to the court.

Exposure concerns for young child

During the bail application for the 21-year-old, the man appeared very distressed and loudly sobbed throughout his bail application.

Magistrate Bronwyn Hartigan reminded him regularly that “he must be quiet.”

It is alleged he raped one of the victims in 2016, and recently apologised stating he was “sorry about the damages done.”

Ms Gravino said there are further allegations the offending of that nature has continued over time and across other victims.

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There are a total of four complainants against the four men aged between 19 and 49. (ABC News: Luke Bowden)

He was also in a sexual relationship with one of the victims for a period of about six months.

“I do not make these submissions to shame any person in relation to sexual preferences … but I will say there is having a sexual relationship with a child who at that time [was] between the ages of 13 and 15; and if I can phrase it to say, ‘it wasn’t vanilla sex’,” Ms Gravino said.

“There is a witness who provides a version to police that she saw the victim child engaged in that sexual role play … walking the defendant around attached to a chain and collar.”

Ms Gravino highlighted the cumulative exposure to such a young victim.

The court was told the 21-year-old fled from the arresting address carrying a mobile phone and tablet device which have not been recovered.

Alleged victim detained

The 19-year-old man faces eight charges, including unlawfully detaining a victim in a bedroom over a period of several months.

The 49-year-old man faces five charges, dating from 2014 to 2021.

The closed courtroom heard it is alleged he observed sexual acts between different parties and inserted himself into those sexual relations in a number of ways. 

In 2021, the defendant allegedly said to one of the victims that over the years she was vulnerable he had numerous opportunities he could have raped her and he was regretful he didn’t take his chance.

In all cases, Magistrate Hartigan concluded the men were at risk of interfering with witnesses and endangering the safety of the child victims.

All were refused bail and remanded in custody.

They did not enter any pleas and will next appear in court on May 24.



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Bonnies await Buffs tonight in NIT tip-off | Basketball


The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team understands what it’s up against.

Bona was given the furthest road trip of the 16 visiting teams in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. With a Tuesday night game instead of Wednesday, it had just one full day to prepare for a top four team in the Pacific 12 Conference, and even that window doubled as a travel day.

The Bonnies, rather than a home game, which might have been expected for a team that was on the NCAA Tournament bubble until the final week of the regular season, are being tasked with playing two time zones over while most everyone else has something of a regional matchup. Their fans are being asked to watch their team play at 11 p.m. locally.

In any other setting, Bona would have plenty to be up in arms about. In this instance, however, it’s chosen not to be … not when this opportunity was anything but guaranteed one day earlier; and not after what happened last Friday against Saint Louis in the Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals.

BONA, AS cliche as it sounds, is merely happy to be taking the floor. And that’s its mindset heading into tonight’s NIT matchup with fourth-seeded Colorado (11 o’clock, WPIG-FM, ESPN2-television) inside Boulder’s CU Events Center.

“We’re just happy to be playing,” coach Mark Schmidt maintained. “There’s a lot of teams that would love to be in the NIT. It’s not the NCAA, but it’s a pretty prestigious tournament. It’s really hard to get into, especially in the last 4-5 years since they changed the rules.

“We’re excited about it.”

Bona (20-9), of course, has historically fared well when the metaphorical cards have been stacked against it. It wasn’t until this year, when labeled the clear-cut favorite for the first time under Schmidt, that it came up shy of any reasonable expectations. But even with a chance to embrace their former underdog selves in this one, the Bonnies aren’t particularly concerned with slights or added fuel to the fire.

Their focus is on doing what the last Bona team in their position — the 2015-16 squad, which was bounced at home by Wagner in the NIT first round after falling short of the Big Dance — couldn’t: Winning in Round 1, making a run to Madison Square Garden and adding another strong NIT finish to the program ledger.

That’s a list that includes the 1977 title, third-place finishes in 1952, ‘58 and ‘71 and trips to the semifinals in 1957 and ‘60.

“We’re excited about playing — it’s the NIT, it’s a great tournament,” Schmidt reiterated. “There’s a big banner up on our wall with the 1977 NIT champions, so we’re honored to be playing in this tournament and we’re looking forward to competing and hopefully we can go out there and win a game.”

BONA, SCHMIDT said, learned of its postseason bid as its name was announced during the Selection Show special at 9 p.m. Sunday.

It departed for the Rocky Mountains around 5:30 p.m. Monday.

That didn’t leave it a ton of time to prepare for a big, skilled Colorado team (21-11), one that finished fourth in the Pac 12 standings and recently nabbed an impressive 16-point home win over No. 2 Arizona.

The Buffaloes are led by a pair of bruising forwards: first team all-league selection Jabari Walker (15 points, 9 rebounds) and 260-pound second-team choice Evan Battey (12 points, 5 rebounds), the latter of whom also leads Colorado in 3-pointers (41-of-82, 50 percent). Behind those two, CU ranks in the top five in the Pac-12 in both scoring (and field goal percentage) offense and defense and rebounding margin and sits No. 1 in 3-point percentage (.370).

The Buffaloes go 6-8, 6-9 and 6-10 on the front line.

“Any time you’re playing a Power 5 team, that’s the bodies you’re gonna play, no matter who you’re playing,” Schmidt said of Colorado’s size. “They’re long, they’re big … the 4s and 5s are really, really good. They can both shoot 3s. They’ve got really good guard play (highlighted by Keeshawn Barthelemy’s 11 points per game), they’re well-coached, but they’ve got the big bodies.

“They’ve got Power 5 bodies, and that’s not unusual … it’s what you expect. It’s gonna be a challenge for us, but we’re looking forward to it and hopefully we can withstand their size and play well.”

CU IS coached by Tad Boyle, who’s similar to Schmidt.

Both have won a number of games (Boyle is at 254 victories and counting in 12 seasons with the Buffaloes) and each has quietly turned his program into a sustained winner over a long stretch (Boyle has led Colorado to five NCAA appearances, including to last year’s Round of 32, and three NITs).

Bona, in most respects, will be viewed as the “hunters” tonight. CU went 12-5 at home, and only two of those losses came to unranked teams. It had a crowd of 11,079 for its stunning 79-63 home win over Arizona on Feb. 26. But it’s hoping that early season triumphs over Power 5 programs Marquette and Clemson and a hard-fought battle with UConn have helped prepare it for this moment.

Then, too, the Bonnies did win their only other game against a Pac-12 foe under Schmidt: against UCLA in the First Four of the NCAA Tournament in 2018. And these seniors want to make at least one more memory in 2022 … unfair turnaround or not.

“They got the same turnaround as we got,” Schmidt noted. “But we’ve played against Power 5 teams, our guys aren’t going to be intimidated. They’re a good team, they’re a talented team, and they wouldn’t be in the NIT if they weren’t.

“They came in fourth in the Pac-12 and they beat Arizona, and last time I looked, Arizona was top three in the country. So they’re a talented bunch of guys and we got our work cut out for us.”



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Hawthorne vs. Bradford Set to Tip-Off in Lakeland – ESPN 98.1 FM


Local schools Hawthorne and Bradford are set to tip-off in Lakeland for the FHSAA Boy’s Basketball state semifinals on Wed. March 2.

Coach Bowie previews the game

Greg Bowie, Hawthorne head coach, joined SportScene with Steve Russell to talk about the upcoming match up. Bowie reflects on the regional final game played on Feb. 22. He described the match up versus Trenton as an exciting game.

Furthermore, it was a highly competitive game, going into double overtime. Hawthorne had three players who played the entire game.

In the final seconds, Bowie tried to slow down the game by holding the ball.  In addition, this allowed the team to emerged victorious with a 40-39 win over Trenton and punch their ticket to the state tournament.


In high schools sports, the goal is to not only make it to Lakeland, but to also win in Lakeland. Bowie says his team will prepare for possible opponents that could come after Bradford.

Hawthorne is hungry for Bradford

In the midweek match-up, Bowie expects the Hawthorne fans to travel well as they cheer on the Hornets. Bowie says that Bradford has a physical team. Furthermore, there will be an adjustment factor playing in a different gym. However, Hawthorne is sticking with their game plan of attacking the rim and getting to the basket.

Above all, he says the two schools typically play each other throughout the regular season. However, this season they did not play each other once. Bradford has a strong offensive presence, said Bowie as the Hornets look to play aggressive defense.

As for Bradford, they have won all of their playoff games. With most recent wins over Bell 59-30 and Madison County 64-54. WRUF reached out to the Bradford Head Coach for an interview and was declined.

Meanwhile, Hawthorne is entering the game after winning all of their playoff games and having an 11-4 record.



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