Syracuse center Paschal Chukwu out indefinitely following surgery to repair torn retina

first_imgUPDATED: Dec. 17, 2016 at 3:29 p.m.Paschal Chukwu missed Syracuse’s game against Georgetown after undergoing surgery to repair a torn retina in his right eye. After Syracuse’s 78-71 loss to Georgetown, Jim Boeheim said Chukwu will be sidelined for “definitely a long time.”Against Holy Cross on Nov. 15, an errant pass from Syracuse point guard John Gillon hit Chukwu in the eye and the center wore sport goggles against Monmouth three days later as a preventative measure.The 7-foot-2 Chukwu has played in seven games this season, averaging 1.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Jim Boeheim has repeatedly stressed that the Providence transfer is a work in progress, especially on offense, but his ability to alter shots is what has earned him playing time in his first year eligible for the Orange.After a scoreless seven minutes against Wisconsin on Nov. 29, Chukwu didn’t play against North Florida or Connecticut. He returned to the rotation against Boston University last Saturday, scoring four points, grabbing three rebounds and blocking three shots in SU’s 99-77 win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU will honor the late Syracuse great Pearl Washington during Saturday’s game against the Hoyas, with Washington’s fiancée, mother and a handful of former teammates in attendance. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 17, 2016 at 10:50 am Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

NBA free agency news: Wizards to offer Bradley Beal $111M max extension

first_img Bradley Beal, Tobias Harris latest to pull out of USA Basketball FIBA World Cup pool “At the very first moment allowed, we are going to offer Brad the full max extension,” Sheppard said Monday. Sheppard added that they are willing to work with Beal and offer him a one- or two-year max deal, as well. Related News NBA trade rumors: Wizards not listening to offers for Bradley Beal Beal has until Oct. 26 to sign the contract, which Beal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said is needed so Beal has time to weigh his options.”There are moments in a career where there are big decisions to make, and Brad will work through everything and figure out the right thing to do,” Bartelstein said. “There are nothing but great feelings for Ted [Leonsis], Tommy and Scott [Brooks]. They’ve treated Brad wonderfully.”Beal, 26, could earn a five-year super max deal worth $254 million next offseason if he is tabbed as an All-Star this upcoming season. Even if he doesn’t get an All-Star nod, Beal still could get a four-year, $155 million max extension. Sheppard, who was just promoted to general manager, said his goal is to show Beal why he needs to stay with Washington and how things will change under his leadership.”He’s got two years left on his deal, and he’s from Missouri and we are going to have to show him,” Sheppard said. “We need to show him that we are about building this the right way, that we aren’t going to have character-deficient guys around him. We are going to surround him with guys he wants to play with. He saw that right away in free agency with us bringing back Thomas Bryant.”Beal, who announced he won’t play for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup due to the upcoming birth of his child, averaged 25.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5 assists last season. A’ja Wilson injury update: Aces WNBA All-Star (ankle) sidelined ‘weeks’ The Wizards are doing what they can to make sure Bradley Beal remains with the team.Washington general manager Tommy Sheppard told ESPN the team will offer Beal a max contract worth $111 million for three years on Friday.last_img read more

Olympia Pediatrics: Children and Sports Drinks

first_imgSubmitted by Dr. Amy Belko for Olympia PediatricsExperts in sports medicine agree that all children and adolescents need frequent and unlimited access to water before, during, and after exercise.  In fact, some feel that younger children in particular don’t realize that they are thirsty until their body is already dehydrated.But, is there a need for sports drinks which provide hydration but also provide sugar and electrolytes?In 2012, an excellent review, Consumption of Sports Drinks by Children and Adolescents was published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  To summarize:Water is the key to keeping our children well hydrated.  Fresh, safe, and free water should be available to children in parks and school recreational facilities. The average American child or teenager does not engage in enough physical activity to need rehydration with a sports drink.  Parents and coaches need to focus on water.  Only 10-20% of time in PE class is spent in vigorous activity.  Even most team practices and games are not vigorous enough to require extra electrolytes and sugar. If children are participating in prolonged vigorous physical activity in hot, humid conditions for more than one hour, small amounts of sports drinks may be appropriate.  These activities include prolonged football and soccer training during the summer, marathon training and races, soccer and tennis tournaments, and long bike races.A balanced diet is usually enough to replace the water, carbohydrates and electrolytes lost during exercise.  Most electrolytes can be replenished with milk, soup, fruits and vegetables.Sports drinks are a source of added sugar, added sodium and excess energy intake.Sports drinks displace other necessary nutrients for our growing children in particular calcium, vitamin D, and iron.Don’t be swayed by advertising.  Water is the most necessary fluid required.  Add fruit or herbs to water for a change in taste.  Or simply keep a jug of water cold in the fridge to fill up those water bottles prior to practice. Facebook10Tweet0Pin0last_img read more