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Tyler Lydon increases inside presence heading into matchup with UVA

first_imgDURHAM, N.C. — Jim Boeheim walked past Tyler Lydon in the Syracuse locker room and patted the freshman on the back while he iced his left knee. The Orange was fresh off a 64-62 win over No. 20 Duke and Lydon’s nine rebounds were integral in neutralizing Blue Devils center Marshall Plumlee.“How you doing big boy,” Syracuse’s head coach asked.Just four games prior, Boeheim said Lydon wasn’t physically ready to do “some things.”The freshman’s rebounding total against Duke tied for his fifth highest in 20 games and his six offensive boards were the most he’s grabbed this season. Monday, if anything, provided a glimpse into the inside presence Lydon can be. He’s strung together improved performances from the field by not hesitating to shoot. Now, Syracuse’s already thin frontcourt will reap the benefits against Anthony Gill and Virginia on Sunday if Lydon can do the same on the interior.“There’s obviously a lot I got to learn and I feel I’m still in that process,” Lydon said, “so it’s definitely a good learning experience for me.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSeconds after Lydon entered for the first time against Duke, the physicality occasionally lacking was felt with a thud. Blue Devils point guard Derryck Thornton tightly guarded Michael Gbinije as he brought the ball up the court. Gbinije created slight separation and Lydon’s ball screen at midcourt blindsided Thornton, sending him flailing to his back.Lydon asserted himself on the low block, too, where a couple of Syracuse’s 3-point attempts stemmed from. They started with offensive rebounds, which Syracuse grabbed a whopping 26 of. The fingertips of Tyler Roberson or Lydon were often the only thing refreshing SU possessions, and that was the Orange’s best formula — albeit not intentional — to get open looks from beyond the arc.“The offensive rebounding and throwing it back out is where I think we got two or three 3s,” Boeheim said. “And that, again, Roberson and Lydon just did an awesome job on the offensive glass, 26 offensive rebounds against a pretty good team is unheard of. Unheard of.”Before Monday, Lydon had grabbed six rebounds in just over half of Syracuse’s games. Matching that total on the offensive glass alone against the Blue Devils injects promise into a Syracuse team facing a second consecutive ranked opponent, this one a Cavaliers team whose opponents have the 331st-ranked offensive rebounding percentage, according to Kenpom.com, out of 351 Division I teams.In Virginia’s 59-47 win over Syracuse on March 3, 2015, the Cavaliers outrebounded SU by 22. UVA had only four less offensive rebounds than Syracuse did total ones. No Virginia player had double-digit numbers on the boards, and Gill tied for the team lead with nine. Like last year, Virginia has a balanced rebounding corps again, with none of the eight rotation players averaging more than 6.1 rebounds.“We’re playing against tough bigs all the time in the ACC,” Lydon said. “It’s just something I’ve got to take advantage of every time I’m out there.”Against Duke, Lydon’s performance on the interior went relatively unnoticed with Roberson making history at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Twenty rebounds was a record for a visiting player there. But Lydon’s nine, especially if he continues to be SU’s second best on the glass, isn’t a bad reinforcement. Comments Published on January 20, 2016 at 9:37 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Family sues Amazon after teen dies after consuming drink purchased on site

first_imgA family in Ohio is currently suing Amazon after their teen son died due to consuming a powdered coffee drink that was purchased through their website.According to the report, 18-year-old Logan Stiner was found unresponsive in his home in 2014 after consuming the drink that was purchased by a friend from Amazon and then given to him.A coroner ruled Stiner’s cause of death as cardiac arrhythmia and seizure from acute caffeine toxicity.Officials say at his time of death, the teen has as much as 23 times the amount of caffeine in his system than a typical coffee or soda drinker.The family says Stiner was using the powdered coffee drink as a pre-workout shake to give him more energy in the gym.While there no one in the case, including Amazon, is denying that the coffee drink is was led to Stiner’s death, neither party can agree on who should be responsible for the marketing and selling of the product to the teen.The teen’s friend has admitted that she found the product through an third party retailer on Amazon’s website and purchased the product of her own volition, but Stiner’s family believes that Amazon should still be held responsible for serving as a platform from which the product was sold.Amazon, however, claims that since the drink was sold by and shipped from a 3rd party retailer, and that all the information on the product came from the third party’s website, that they should not be held responsible for the purchase; especially since under Ohio’s law a supplier is defined as that  which operates under ownership, control and hands-on actions with a product.“Amazon never touched the product, and third parties provided all of the website content and delivered the product directly to the purchaser,” Amazon attorney Joyce Edelman argued in 2019.“The idea that Amazon cannot be a ‘supplier’ because it did not physically touch or take title to the product at issue ignores both the manner in which e-commerce is conduct today and Amazon’s crucial role in recommending the deadly powder,” the Stiner family’s lawyer argued last year.The case has been heard in several different courts which generally made rulings in Amazon’s favor, however, the Ohio Supreme Court plans to hear arguments on Wednesday on whether they should or should not pursue charges against Amazon.Since Stiner’s death, several changes to laws regarding the sell and distribution of powder caffeine have gone into effect.In 2015, former governor John Kasich signed a bill that banned the sale of pure powdered caffeine in Ohio and in 2018, the FDA said supplements consisting of pure or highly concentrated caffeine in powder or liquid forms, often sold in bulk, are ” generally unlawful” when sold directly to the customer.last_img read more

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Westport Winery Named Washington Winery of the Year

first_imgFacebook158Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery was named Washington Winery of the Year at the 5th Annual New York International Wine Competition. This is the first time Westport has received this honor.Surfer’s Syrah earned a silver medal at this competition. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the South Beach EMS in Westport, Washington. A glass wave blown by Opal Art Glass of Cosmopolis, Washington, commemorates this wine in the extensive display gardens at the winery.Fleur de Lis Pinot Gris earned a bronze medal. The 7th Street Theater in Hoquiam, Washington benefits from this wine. A sculpture by Lora Malakoff of Clallam Bay graces the winery gardens as part of their commemorative sculpture program featuring local artists.When you visit Westport Winery Garden Resort be sure to explore the unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, all located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. You will see why four times this has been voted Best of the Northwest Wine Destination.These award-winning wines are exclusively available at the resort. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery, bakery and gardens, are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery Garden Resort at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com.last_img read more

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