Jim Boeheim goes off on conference realignment


Jim Boeheim goes off on conference realignment

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) On the day after the Big East lost its fifth member in 18 months with Rutgers bolting for the Big Ten and with more defections likely on the horizon, the man who helped make Big East basketball the force that it is offered his view of the college landscape.

``I'm going to let those people play their games,'' Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said Wednesday night after his sixth-ranked Orange beat Princeton 73-53. ``I think they'll be doing that for the next 20 years. If they could figure it out and get it done in the next year, we wouldn't have to think about it.

``Maybe they should just have a draft, each conference should just draft teams ... except then they'd have to make a decision and they wouldn't be able to figure it out. Eventually, they'll get this thing figured out. They'll get all the teams moved and then in a year or two someone will say `We need to take somebody,' ... But I'll be long gone by then.''

Syracuse and Pittsburgh will leave the Big East after this season to join the Atlantic Coast Conference and West Virginia already has bolted for the Big 12. Either Louisville or Connecticut is expected to join the defectors going forward.

Although Syracuse has indicated it will continue to try to keep archrival Georgetown on the schedule, the changing college landscape will have an effect on rivalries. None was more intense than Georgetown-Syracuse in the 1980s.

``Rivalries don't matter to anyone anymore,'' Boeheim said. ``If you ask someone at West Virginia if they like going to Texas Tech or Texas A&M and all those places, ask their fans whether they really like that. Maybe they do. I don't know. I don't get it. It's just the way it's going. There's nothing you can do about it.

``Like I said, if these guys (the conference commissioners) were running the United States in colonial times, Brazil and Argentina would be states because they have something we need. It's a great country.''

Boeheim, in his 37th year at his alma mater, turned 68 last week and is eight wins shy of becoming the third Division I men's coach to reach 900, behind only Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight.

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Caps invite fans to submit original art for new Capit-Ale design

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Caps invite fans to submit original art for new Capit-Ale design

A freshly brewed beer is making its way to Capital One Arena. 

In partner with Devils Backbone Brewing Company, the Caps announced on Monday that starting in September, Capit-Ale India Pale Ale will be available for purchase at Capital One Arena. 

Capit-Ale will be available in two can designs. The first design features the Caps mural installation at L'Enfant Plaza, designed by the Washington, D.C., based artists BroCoLoco.

In efforts to spark excitement for the 2019-20 season, fans are invited to submit original art for a chance to be featured on the second can design.

Designs can be submitted from July 22-Oct.18 and will be selected in January 2020 by Devils Backbone Brewing Company and the Caps.

The winner will receive tickets to a Capitals game, a framed version of their art autographed by Caps players and have their art hung up in the Capital One  Arena Devils Backbone bar. 

The new 16 oz. hoppy brew will also be available on draft at select retail locations in the DMV area. 

This is not the first time Devils Backbone Brewing Company has partnered with a D.C. team. In 2018, they partnered with the Redskins to launch the #ATTR Ale at FedEx Field. 

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Report: Bradley Beal withdrawing from USA Basketball training camp, FIBA World Cup


Report: Bradley Beal withdrawing from USA Basketball training camp, FIBA World Cup

Bradley Beal is reportedly now on the growing list of NBA players opting out of the FIBA World Cup later this summer. 

The Washington Wizards All-Star is withdrawing from USA Basketball's Men's National Team training camp and the World Cup -- which is in China from August 31 to September 15 -- because he and partner Kamiah Adams are expecting the birth of their second child around that time, Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported Monday.

The couple had their first child, Bradley Beal II, better known as "Deuce," in July of 2018. And in April, Adams announced on Instagram that they are expecting their second baby.

USA Basketball practices are in Las Vegas from August 5-9, and the final 12-player roster is expected to be announced mid-August. Coached by San Antonio Spurs' Greg Popovich, Beal was one of 20 players -- and the only Wizard -- invited to participate at training camp.

But he's not the only player to withdraw from training camp and the World Cup. Citing their desire to focus on the upcoming season, Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis, Houston Rockets' James Harden and Eric Gordon, and Portland Trail Blazers' CJ McCollum have also said they won't participate.

Below is the full list of players invited to Team USA's Training Camp:

-Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings)
-Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
-Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
-Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)
-Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets)
-James Harden (Houston Rockets)
-Tobias Harris (Philadelphia 76ers)
-Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers)
-Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
-Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks)
-Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers)
-Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)
-CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers)
-Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
-Paul Millsap (Denver Nuggets)
-Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz)
-Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
-P.J. Tucker (Houston Rockets)
-Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers)
-Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets)