Nonnenmann/YMCA SSBL to meet
CUMBERLAND — The Nonnenmann/YMCA Sunday School Basketball League will meet Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Riverside YMCA’s conference room.
Any church interested in entering a team for the upcoming season should send a representative to the meeting.
The league, which is in its 92nd year, will feature at least an eight-game schedule and playoffs in their respective divisions. The YMCA will also provide practice times for each team. Along with games and practices, the YMCA will also offer “Y” activities to the league’s players.
Any youth between the ages of five and up to 15 (must not be 16 up to and including Nov. 15) interested in participating in the SSBL — and if their home church does not sponsor a team in the league — may still play by being placed on an existing team.
For further information, contact Emily Hendershot at the YMCA at 301-777-9622 or email Mike Leith at email@example.com.
No. 4 Duke edges No. 3 Kansas 68-66
NEW YORK (AP) — Tre Jones scored 15 points and Cassius Stanley added 11 of his 13 points in the second half to help No. 4 Duke beat third-ranked Kansas 68-66 in the opener of the Champions Classic on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
While Duke doesn’t have the star-studded freshmen class of last season of Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish and RJ Barrett, coach Mike Krzyzewski may have a more balanced team, capable of making plays down the stretch when needed.
Trailing 61-60 with 2:29 left, Stanley drove to the basket and made the layup and was fouled. The freshman guard converted the free throw to give the Blue Devils a one-point lead.
Devon Dotson missed a layup on the other end and Jones then hit a jumper that bounced off the rim twice before dropping in with 1:33 left.
Marcus Garrett got the Jayhawks back within one. After a miss by the Blue Devils, Kansas turned the ball over with 37 seconds left. It was the Jayhawks 28th turnover of the game. Jones then converted two free throws with 26.2 seconds left.
Kansas had chances, but couldn’t convert until Dotson banked in a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer. He finished with 17 points.
This is just the third time in school history that Duke has opened up its season with a top-five matchup. The Blue Devils beat No. 2 Kentucky in this event last year in Indianapolis.
Tuesday’s game marked the return of Kansas senior Udoka Azubuike, who played only nine games last year after tearing ligaments in his right hand. He had eight points. It also was the first game for Silvio De Sousa since the 2017-18 season. He was suspended for two seasons because of NCAA violations and sat out last year as Kansas was implicated in the FBI probe of college basketball. Kansas won an appeal that allowed De Sousa to play this year. He got a nice ovation from the fans when he checked in nearly 3:30 into the game. He finished with three points.
Panthers place Cam Newton on IR
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have placed quarterback Cam Newton on injured reserve, meaning he can’t play for the rest of the regular season.
Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said in a statement Tuesday that Newton is still experiencing pain in his foot and needs to continue to rehab from the injury.
“He saw two foot specialists last week who agreed that he should continue that path prescribed by the team’s medical staff, and that it likely will take significant time for the injury to fully heal,” Hurney said. “We have said all along that it is impossible to put a timetable on this injury. Nobody is more frustrated with that fact than Cam.”
Newton could possibly return this season — if the Panthers reach the playoffs.
According to NFL rules, Newton could hypothetically be designated to return from IR after eight weeks if the Panthers (5-3) were to qualify for the postseason, although that scenario would be a longshot since he would not have played since Week 2.
Newton has missed the last six games while trying to rehab from a mid-foot sprain he initially sustained during the preseason.
Hurney said Newton is one of the fiercest competitors he’s been around in his 20-plus years in the league.
“At this time, we have decided that the best decision to reach the goal of bringing the foot back to 100% is to place Cam on injured reserve,” Hurney said.
Newton was the league’s MVP in 2015, but has lost his last eight starts dating back to last season. He was 0-2 as a starter this year and was a non-factor in the running game, carrying five times for minus-2 yards.
The Panthers have rallied to win five of their past six games behind Kyle Allen, who was an undrafted rookie in 2018.
Newton was hoping for a bounce back season after struggling with shoulder problems last season.