One of the five bedrooms in the home Mrs Ferrie’s favourite part of the house is the living and dining area and the way it interacts with the pool.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by They also included a “wine cellar’’ in the front entrance of the house.“As you walk in the front door there is a wine cellar but it is also a bit of an artwork the way it shows all the bottles as you walk in the front door,’’ she said.“There is a lot of glass used downstairs so there is a huge amount of natural light that you can get being on the corner block with all of the windows everywhere.’’The Hampton’s-style home has four bedrooms on the upper level and a guest bedroom on the ground floor. 40 Rome St North, YerongaTo ensure they made the most of their corner block and were still able to have a large backyard, Felicity and Joel Ferrie put their swimming pool at the front of the house when they built it.As well as giving them extra space, Mrs Ferrie said it stood out as an interesting design feature.After they bought the vacant block of land at Yeronga, they spent close to 12 months building on it. The kitchen has Calcutta Nuvo stone island bench tops.After entering the black VJ front door, there are honed concrete-style floor tiles and high ceilings throughout the lower level. The kitchen, which is also on the downstairs level, has Calcutta Nuvo stone island bench tops, soft-close cabinetry, and a butlers pantry, with the wine cellar.The backyard is accessed through glass sliding doors. There is an outdoor dining area here which includes a barbecue. The wine cellar feature and swimming pool at the front of the house.“I grew up in Yeronga, so I love the area and I think that attracted us to Yeronga itself,’’ Mrs Ferrie said.“This particular block is quite unique – it is 48m long by 10m and it sits on a corner so it gives you a big frontage to the street but it allowed us to do a couple of interesting different design features that you wouldn’t be able to do on a standard block.’’ Mrs Ferrie said you walked into the home past the pool, and the kitchen and living areas looked out onto it.“It kind of brings the view inside, rather than having the pool in the backyard and it also meant we could have a massive backyard on a small block (481sq m of land).’’ The outdoor entertainment area at the back of the homeAs well as the bedrooms, the upstairs level of the home has a rumpus room and a bathroom.The main bedroom on this level has a walk-in robe, ensuite and study nook. There are high ceilings throughout the house which includes ducted airconditioning.The home has a double, lockup garage with additional storage space and a 2.7m high garage door which makes it suitable for parking a boat or a caravan. DETAILS 40 Rome St North, Yeronga 5 bed, three bath, two car Agent: Roger Carr, Tyla Brimblecombe, Ray White Bulimba
Italian oil company Eni has made a new light oil discovery in Block 15/06, in Angola’s deep offshore. The well was drilled on the Ndungu exploration prospect. According to Eni’s statement on Tuesday, the new discovery is estimated to contain up to 250 million barrels of light oil in place, with further upside.The Ndungu-1 NFW well is located a few kilometers from Eni’s West Hub facilities, and has been drilled by the Poseidon drillship in a water depth of 1076 meters and reached a total depth of 4050 meters.The Poseidon drillship was previously owned by Ocean Rig until the driller was acquired by Transocean in December 2018. The drillship started working for Eni in Angola in November last year following a drilling campaign in Namibia where it had drilled for Chariot and Tullow. Eni hired the Poseidon for a firm four-well program.Eni said that the Ndungu-1 NFW proved a single oil column of about 65 meters with 45 meters of net pay of high quality oil (35° API) contained in Oligocene sandstones with excellent petrophysical properties. The result of the intensive data collection indicates a production capacity in excess of 10,000 barrels of oil per day.Ndungu is the first significant oil discovery in Angola inside an already existing Development Area. It certifies the concrete validity of the recent legislation, promoted through the Presidential Legislative Decree No. 5/18 of 18 May 2018, which defines a favorable legal framework on additional exploration activities within existing Development Areas.Being located about 2 km from the Mpungi field, the new discovery can be fast-tracked to production due to the proximity to the subsea production system. Production will be routed to the N’goma FPSO, therefore extending the West Hub’s production plateau, Eni explained.Ndungu is the fourth discovery of commercial nature since the Block 15/06 Joint Venture re-launched its exploration campaign in mid-2018. It follows the discoveries of Kalimba, Afoxé and Agogo; the four discoveries altogether already estimated to contain up to 1.4 Billion barrels of light oil in place. The appraisal phase of these discoveries will target their additional upside.To remind, Eni announced “a major oil discovery” in Block 15/06, in the Agogo exploration prospect, in Angola’s deep water in March 2019.Eni said that these important discoveries further demonstrate the upside potential of the block and the effectiveness of the proprietary technologies that Eni used and will use to explore Block 15/06.The Block 15/06 Joint Venture, composed by Eni (operator, 36.8421%), Sonangol P&P (36.8421%) and SSI Fifteen Limited (26.3158%), will work to fast track its development.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.
Scoop 25 August 2016Following the incident on Monday this week, when Auckland Council candidate David Rankin and supporter Dr Don Brash were approached by a sword-wielding man with mental health problems who was later apprehended by Police, Mr Rankin has donated $1000 to Family First, as a gesture of support for safer families in the community.“Being confronted by a troubled man who was dragging his terrified son with him and who had a weapon, made me want to do something to show solidarity with those in the community who are standing up for strong families,” says Mr Rankin.“Unfortunately, the TVNZ journalists who were present fled the scene when the armed man arrived. I would invite them to also make a donation – of whatever amount they feel comfortable with – to make up for their actions,” says the Council candidate.When asked how he now sees the episode, Mr Rankin said “this re-enforces my view that families need to be protected, and that whoever is elected to Council in the elections should have a focus on families and communities so we can support victims and those caught in the curse of drugs.”Mr Rankin is the centre-right candidate for the Waitakere Ward, and is campaigning on lower rates, and bringing more businesses and employment to West Auckland.http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1608/S00741/candidate-donates-1000-to-family-first-after-sword-incident.htmKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
And Manchester United, Chelsea and PSG could all show their hands in the summer. Gunners fans won’t be too confident that their star man will agree a new contract if an interview he did with former Premier League star Kevin-Prince Boateng is anything to go by. To pass the time during the coronavirus lockdown, Aubameyang allowed fans to fire questions at him during a live broadcast on his social media. And when pressed by fans during his talk with Boateng, Aubameyang laughed at the idea of penning a new contract. Seeing the influx of questions about his future roll in, Boateng said: “They’re [fans] all saying you should sign a new deal with Arsenal.” Tight-lipped Aubameyang simply replied: “Ah yeah, I know.” When Boateng asked how long was left on his current deal, the Gabon star kept it brief, saying: “One year.” read also:Gabon FA boss sets post covid-19 target for Aubameyang The Arsenal captain has scored 17 goals in 26 Premier League games this season – which easily makes him the club’s top scorer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Real Madrid have reportedly “made an enquiry” for Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who doubles as Panthers captain reacts during national team assignment The Spanish giants are set to add further reinforcements to their forward line having failed to replace Cristiano Ronaldo when he left for Juventus in 2018. Eden Hazard was signed last summer but struggled with injuries all season, playing only 15 games and scoring just one goal. And according to France Football, their attentions are focussing on £44m-rated striker Aubameyang. The 30-year-old Gabon international is yet to sign a new deal at the Emirates with his contract only having another season to run after this one. The Gunners paid Borussia Dortmund £56million to sign the forward in January 2018. He has scored 61 goals in just 97 games and would represent a huge loss if he was to leave Mikel Arteta’s North Londoners. Real’s big rivals Barcelona are also believed to be monitoring Aubameyang’s situation at Arsenal.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs12 Actors Who Always Play Bad CharactersBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right NowBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Best Natural History Museums In The World
Most people believe that the major colleges cheat when it comes to the classes attended by athletes. This is being investigated by the NCAA in the case of the Black Studies Program at North Carolina. Former athletes have allegedly reported that they had never attended an actual class while enrolled at the University. They reported that all they had to do was write a paper to get credit for the class. Their allegations state that they actually received a degree by simply writing these papers.One athlete has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the University claiming he was not qualified to hold a position in the field of study from which he earned the degree. If the stories are true, many of the school’s athletes signed up for these classes knowing that they would not have to do much to pass. In some cases, they supposedly had other students write the papers for them.Other athletes at the University say they are being labeled as “non students” even though their degrees did not include any of these Black Studies Courses. They are simply being considered guilty by association with the athletic department. It will be interesting to see what type of penalties the University might receive after the NCAA investigation is completed.
Serena Williams overcame an early scare to defeat fellow American Sloane Stephens and move into the last 16 of the US Open on Saturday.Williams, the third seed, lost the first set convincingly before rallying to dominate the next two, triumphing 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 inside a near empty Arthur Ashe Stadium. “It was intense, I have to say. We always have some really incredible matches and it brings out the best of my fitness when I play Sloane,” said Williams.Stephens, the 26th seed and 2017 US Open champion dumped Williams out of the 2013 Australian Open during her sensational run to the semi-finals as a 19-year-old.And after dropping the opening set, Williams feared that she was about to fall victim to a major upset again.Williams said: “In that first set I don’t think she made any errors, honestly. She was just playing so clean and I just said: ‘I don’t want to lose in straight sets.’“Next thing I know, I won the second set and I was like: ‘Okay, great.’” The 38-year-old, gunning for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title, will play Greece’s 15th seed Maria Sakkari for a place in the quarterfinals.Sakkari stunned Williams in three sets at the Western and Southern Open, a US Open tuneup, in New York last week.With spectators barred from this year’s Flushing Meadows event due to the coronavirus pandemic, several top players took advantage of suites they have been assigned to watch two of their rivals in action.Sofia Kenin and Naomi Osaka – the second and fourth seeds respectively – took in the three-setter, as did fifth seed in the men’s draw, German Alexander Zverev, who could be seen munching on sushi.The opportunity to watch some tennis is a rare perk this Grand Slam for competitors who would normally be swamped by fans if they appeared in the stands. “Usually it’s impossible to watch a match in a kind of peace,” explained Williams. “So it’s cool us players can watch each other. It’s interesting, I like it.”Also among the few onlookers was Williams’ three-year-old daughter, who was filmed clapping approvingly at one point.“I hope she say her mama fighting,” said Williams, before adding: “I don’t think she was paying attention. She may have been playing with some princesses upstairs.”It has been more than three years since Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam title at the 2017 Australian Open – when she was already pregnant with Olympia.RelatedPosts Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Thiem claims his first Grand Slam title after thrilling fightback in US Open Serena pulls out of Italian Open Williams has come close since, reaching four major finals only to come away empty handed.Tags: Serena WilliamsSloane StephensUS Open
… Jamaican Brittany Anderson recognised PIONEERING marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge and U.S. hurdler Dalilah Muhammad were named the world athletes of the year in track and field at a ceremony in Monaco yesterday.At the Awards ceremony, Jamaican Brittany was presented with a plaque for breaking the World Under-20 100-metre hurdles record.Anderson, who won gold in the event at the 2017 World Under-18 Championships, twice broke the record at the Motonet Grand Prix in Joensuu, Finland on July 24.The 18-year-old clocked 12.79 in her heat before winning the final in 12.71 seconds.Kipchoge was winning the award after he became the first man to run a sub-two-hour marathon, though the feat wasn’t officially recognised as a world record.That’s because he ran on his own, with a rotating group of pacemakers and in strictly controlled conditions. Kipchoge’s only competitive race this year came when he won the London Marathon in April.“I am happy to be the first human being to run under two hours. I hope that I inspired a lot of generations,” Kipchoge told the Awards ceremony via video link.Muhammad won world championship 400m hurdles in world record time. She earlier broke the record in July at the United States championships.“It’s been an amazing year. I’m so thankful to be here,” she said.Muhammad beat fellow nominees Brigid Kosgei, who broke the women’s marathon world record, Sifan Hassan, who won world gold in the 5 000 and 10 000m, and Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who claimed gold over the 100m at the World Championships.The world 5 000m silver medallist Selemon Barega of Ethiopia was named male rising star of the year, while Ukrainian high jump silver medallist Yaroslava Mahuchikh was the female rising star. Anderson was also nominated in the category. (Sportsmax)
SATESH Tewari, GM of Tropical Woods and Wood Products, is pleased to partner with Lusignan Golf Club in launching his inaugural tournament on the first Saturday of 2020 (tomorrow). With the grounds in great condition, golfers would be delighted to start the year on a bright note with this exciting tournament. Tropical Woods and Wood Products of Lot D, Area C, Good Hope, East Coast Demerara, Tel: +592-220-8063/+592-643-9771 and Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, has been in the business of processing rough and dressed hardwoods for the local market for over 16 years, and has in recent times generously supported wood-product requirements of the Lusignan Golf Club.Saturday’s tournament will be played under the Medal-play format, and may be played either in Flights or in a non-Flight system, depending on the number of participants.In the Flights system, all golfers are traditionally grouped into at least 3 Flights – handicap 0-9, 10-18, and 19-28/36, or a slight variation of these. In the non-Flight system handicaps 0-36 are played without any grouping.Prizes will be awarded to the 1st to 3rd Best Net scorers.
It’s been more disappointing than Frank TV, more unsatisfying than having one Pringle.No, this isn’t a marketing lecture, and I’m not talking about the Wisconsin football team, either. But close.The Bowl Championship Series — BCS for short — is celebrating its 10th birthday this season, but it deserves a firm spanking before any pieces of celebratory cake should be handed out. This, of course, you already know.No. 7 Texas Tech upset No. 1 Texas Saturday night, and prior to Sunday’s unveiling of Week 10’s BCS hierarchy, college football fans — dressed as anyone from Ali G to the Joker — were collectively wondering how the new top three would shape up.If the regular season were to end today, 9-0 Penn State would be left out of the National Championship game in Miami, which happened to undefeated Auburn in ’04.Fortunately, the season doesn’t end today, and given their remaining schedules, it’s quite unlikely that Alabama, Penn State and Texas Tech will all finish unscathed. But even if exactly two teams finish undefeated and meet up on South Beach Jan. 8, the system is still flawed. And help doesn’t seem to be on its way any time soon, either.Everyone and their brother would obviously love to see a playoff system implemented into the college football commandments; it would solve virtually everything. I’d like a free vacation to Hugh Hefner’s mansion, too. Let’s face it: Neither is happening in the immediate future.But the real problem with college football isn’t that it lacks a postseason tournament like its basketball counterpart; the problem lies in the imbalance of teams’ schedules. There’s no question the Big XII and SEC are tougher conferences than the Big Ten this season. But does that mean that ‘Bama and Tech are better than the Nittany Lions? It’s impossible to tell.Perhaps the scheduling decisions should be more closely regulated by the NCAA. College basketball now has the Big Ten-ACC Challenge every year. Football could use something similar.See, it’s difficult enough to accurately rank teams during a short 12-game season. And when Penn State plays Coastal Carolina, Syracuse and Temple in three of its first four games, it makes ranking even more difficult. What did help was that PSU played Oregon State — who went on to beat USC — in Week 2. Playing common opponents is a step in the right direction in terms of gauging where certain teams are in relation to each other. But as the trend of patty-cake non-conference scheduling continues, common opponents — at least worthy ones — are becoming more rare than a Michael Phelps chest hair, meaning the “Who’s better?” questions are becoming more and more difficult to answer.But as Mac Dre would say, “Don’t hate the player, hate the game.” Look what happened last year.In the final game of the 2007 regular season, Kansas lost to Missouri. Both teams finished with one loss; the Tigers’ sole defeat came against mighty Oklahoma, a team the Jayhawks were lucky enough not to face all season. Missouri went on to lose again to the Sooners in the Big XII Championship game, but Kansas earned the Orange Bowl (BCS) bid.In other words, Missouri was punished for beating Kansas, earning an extra game and losing. So the moral of the story is: Get all A’s in easy classes, and you’ll get into better schools than the kids with straight B’s in all APs.Is that what the BCS is teaching? Sure seems like it.The Kansas-Missouri dilemma also raises a separate issue: Why do some conferences have title games when others don’t? Makes no sense to me.How can you compare seasons when Texas plays Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Missouri, plus a conference title game; Alabama plays Florida, LSU, Georgia and a different title game, while Penn State faces Ohio State, Illinois and Michigan State, but no title game?It’s simple: You can’t.College football desperately needs some sort of uniformity. The NCAA needs to put its foot down and provide more severe penalties for teams scheduling pushover non-conference affairs and add incentive for playing the nation’s elite.Had Ohio State played Buffalo instead of USC and finished with just one loss to Penn State, OSU would still be in BCS contention. But the BCS computers scoff at extra L’s on teams’ resumes, even if they’re against top-10 programs.Basically, the current risk of playing the nation’s best outweighs the reward. That needs to change.Wisconsin should not be playing Cal Poly on senior day, but that’s not Bret Bielema’s fault. Had the Badgers been contending for a BCS bowl berth, he merely would have been taking advantage of a flawed system. Now they’re 4-5, and the point is moot. But you get the idea.So I ask you: Who’s more deserving of a BCS title bid, undefeated Penn State from the Big Ten, one-loss Florida from the SEC or one-loss Texas from the Big XII — assuming the latter two win their respective conference championships?It’s like comparing apples to oranges in a language spoken in zeros and ones. The least the NCAA can do is try to make it galas versus Granny Smiths instead.Derek is a junior majoring in economics. Think you have an answer to the current college football mess? E-mail him at email@example.com.
Published on April 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Jon: firstname.lastname@example.org After his team beat UNC Asheville in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 15, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim took to the microphone at the postgame press conference to take on one more opponent – a member of the U.S. president’s Cabinet.Arne Duncan, the U.S. secretary of education, called out Boeheim on March 14 in a conference call with reporters about the graduation rates of NCAA Tournament teams. A story with Duncan’s comments ran in the March 15 edition of USA Today and was accompanied by a column that criticized Syracuse for the academic performance within the men’s basketball program.In October, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors voted to set the minimum academic standard for postseason participation as a 930 academic progress rate, which equates to graduating about half of a team’s players. Teams must have a two-year average score of 930 or a four-year average of 900 to participate in postseason competition in 2012-13 and 2013-14.The Connecticut men’s basketball team has been ruled ineligible for the 2013 NCAA Tournament, the first major basketball program to fall victim to the new APR rules.With the most recent APR scores – for the academic year 2010-11 – set to be released in late May or early June, it’s only a matter of time before the next basketball Goliath meets the same fate. In 2014-15, teams must have a four-year average of 930 or at least a 940 average for the two most recent years. In 2015-16 and beyond, teams must have a four-year average of 930 to be eligible for the postseason.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘There was actually tremendous skepticism that the NCAA would ever raise the academic bar to be eligible for postseason glory, much less that it would act any time soon,’ Duncan said March 14. ‘In fact, one Hall of Fame basketball coach told USA Today (last year) that the proposal to require teams to be on track to graduate half their players, was, and I quote now, ‘completely nuts.”If there was any doubt about whom that Hall of Fame basketball coach was, Boeheim made it clear during his press conference the next day.‘I think everybody knows who the secretary of education was talking about,’ he said. ‘Is there anybody here who didn’t know who he was talking about?‘We want every guy to graduate, and we work very hard on that. So I think it’s fair to say that I’m upset right now.’What is APR?In April 2004, Division I adopted the APR, which measures academic performance for all sports each academic term. Each student-athlete earns one retention point for staying in school and one eligibility point for being academically eligible. A team’s total points are then divided by the points possible, and that’s multiplied by 1,000 to calculate the APR.In July 2005, the Committee on Academic Performance, which created and oversees the administration of the APR, voted to allow student-athletes who leave school to pursue a pro career while eligible to count as a ‘1-for-1’ rather than a ‘1-for-2.’ A ‘1-for-1’ student-athlete earns his or her school an eligibility point, but doesn’t cost it a retention point. This is opposed to a ‘0-for-2’ student-athlete, who is academically ineligible and leaves the institution.Before the APR rules were changed in late October, the APR benchmark was at 925. Teams that scored below 925 and had a student-athlete who both failed academically and left school could lose up to 10 percent of their scholarships each year under the immediate penalty structure. Teams with an APR below 900 faced additional sanctions, increasing in severity for each consecutive year the team failed to meet the benchmark.In October, the Board of Directors approved a new three-level penalty structure, ranging from reduced practice time to coaching suspensions, financial aid reductions and restricted NCAA membership.Amy Perko, the executive director of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, said the new APR benchmark of 930 is long overdue.‘In athletics, coaches and athletes are trained every day to achieve goals and to reach certain expectations, and the commission felt a higher expectation needed to exist on the academic side,’ Perko said.Of the $409 million distributed in the NCAA basketball tournaments from 2006-10, $179 million was earned by teams with APRs below 925, a Knight Commission analysis released last March found.‘The commission believes that playing for a championship is a privilege and that the tournament and the financial rewards that accompany them should be reserved for teams that are meeting minimum academic standards,’ Perko said. From 2006-10, Syracuse earned $3.1 million in revenue in the tournaments, with all of the money coming while the men’s basketball team was above the 925 benchmark, according to the analysis. Connecticut made $7.1 million during those tournaments, with $4.1 million of it coming while it was under 925.In the 2012 tournament, 13 of the teams, including Syracuse, had APRs below 930.That means those teams would be ineligible for postseason participation when the new APR rules are fully implemented, according to a March study from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.Champion falls victimWhen the APR standards were changed in October, it became clear Connecticut wasn’t going to be eligible for the 2013 men’s basketball tournament.The school submitted a waiver request with alternate penalties, but it was denied by the NCAA in February.The waiver request outlines the school’s Academic Improvement Plan, which are new programs and penalties the school has implemented to improve the team’s academic standing. They include sanctions for any player who misses three or more classes during the academic year and daily checks of class work for student-athletes who have a GPA of 2.3 or lower.Connecticut appealed the ruling, only to have it denied by the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance on April 5.The NCAA plans to use data from the 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years, which makes it mathematically impossible for Connecticut to be eligible for the postseason. The men’s basketball team scored 826 in 2009-10, and the score for 2010-11 will be 978 when the numbers are released this spring, said Phil Chardis, assistant director of athletic communications at Connecticut.It would give Connecticut a two-year average of 902 and a four-year average of about 890.Chardis said the men’s basketball team attained perfect APR eligibility and retention scores for the fall 2011 semester.‘The only option UConn has for playing the tournament would be if they decided to use the most up-to-date data we can, which would seem to be the way it’s supposed to go,’ he said. ‘In UConn’s case, there won’t be one player on the team who was involved in those low APR scores. Those guys are long gone.’The situation at SyracuseFor the Syracuse men’s basketball team, the APR is a recurring issue – most of the time with Duncan in the mix.In 2008-09, the team’s APR was 865. The multiyear APR for that year, released in June 2010, was 912, as scores were averaged from the 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic years.The score of 912, below the necessary 925 for the first time in school history, led the NCAA to dock the team two scholarships. In anticipation of the restrictions, the program took the scholarship penalty during the 2009-10 academic year, meaning the Orange had 11 players on scholarship rather than the NCAA maximum of 13.Athletic and university officials say Jonny Flynn, Eric Devendorf and Paul Harris leaving school early for the NBA Draft caused the low APR. But student-athletes who leave to go pro while in good academic standing don’t cost their school a retention point.In March 2011, Duncan said in a conference call with reporters that 10 of the 68 teams in that year’s NCAA tournament should have been disqualified for the poor academic performance of their players. He mentioned Syracuse as one of them.In 2009-10, the team’s APR was 1,000, raising the multiyear APR to 928.Duncan singled out Syracuse again this year in his March 14 conference call with reporters.‘Basketball powerhouses in the tournament like UConn, Syracuse and Florida State and Indiana all have APRs below 930,’ Duncan said. ‘If they don’t improve, you just simply won’t see them in the tournament.’Boeheim responded to Duncan’s comments in the press conference after the second-round UNC Asheville game.‘I think people need to get better information,’ he said. ‘Syracuse would be eligible to play in the tournament this year. We are qualified. We are over 930. Under this year’s rules or last year’s rules, we would be eligible to play in the tournament.’SU Athletics then released a statement to follow-up Boeheim’s comments. It said that the men’s basketball team is eligible for postseason competition under the existing rules and projects the team will meet the benchmarks for postseason play for 2012-13.To qualify for the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Syracuse needs a two-year average of 930 or a four-year average of 900. The NCAA will use the scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.Although the score for 2010-11 will not be released until late May or early June, the team’s score of 1,000 in 2009-10 makes it seem like a safe bet to be eligible for the 2013 tournament. To achieve a two-year average of 930, the team would need a score of 860 in 2010-11. And the only player preparing for the NBA Draft that year was senior Rick Jackson.Beyond 2013 may not be as obvious, as one bad score could cripple the team’s ability to meet the 930 four-year average when the benchmark goes into full effect in 2015-16.This past season, two underclassmen – Dion Waiters and Fab Melo – declared for the NBA Draft.Pete Moore, director of athletic communications, confirmed that both Waiters and Melo are still enrolled at the university.Melo missed three games in late January because of an academic issue and was later ruled ineligible before the start of the NCAA Tournament. Moore said it is unknown what the APR for 2011-12 will be, as it won’t be determined until the end of the semester when players’ academic standings for the year are finalized. This includes Waiters and Melo.‘In terms of men’s basketball, they’re certainly aware of Fab’s and Dion’s decisions, and they are proceeding with the hopes of not falling below whatever the APR might be at that time,’ Moore said. ‘It’s not a situation where anybody would comment and say we’re really concerned about next year. That’s not the case.’email@example.com Comments Facebook Twitter Google+