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  • In Divergent Easter Celebrations, Prayers For Virus Victims

    first_imgPixabay Stock Image.NEW YORK – Christians around the world celebrated an Easter Sunday upended by the coronavirus without the usual crowded church Masses and large family gatherings.Instead, they turned to the internet, television and radio from home to follow services that noted the grave impact of the pandemic. Some found novel ways to mark the holy day.  Others still assembled in groups, but took precautions to try to avoid infection.The virus forced a change in Easter traditions that had even endured wars. Christians in the U.S. contended with a patchwork of limits on how and where they could gather to mark Jesus’ resurrection.Many states exempted houses of worship from orders curbing communal meetings to help stop the coronavirus from spreading. A few pastors said they would stay open to visitors despite pandemic-fighting guidelines. But no matter how divergent the celebrations, the message from church leaders around the world remained consistent: prayers for the sick and dead and reassurances of God’s presence. Here’s a sample of Easter events from the U.S. and abroad:Parishioners from churches across New York City sang “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” from their balconies and windows as part of an initiative organized online.“My husband and I went out on the balcony and we belted it out as loud as we could,” said Kathy Keller, of Reedemer Presbyterian Church, who helped launch the ‘Easter2020’ singing event. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Cotton, Providence’s miserable shooting performances feed ugly loss to Syracuse

    first_imgFrom the second seat on the Providence bench, Bryce Cotton gazed dejectedly onto the court, where the final seconds of a hopeless game melted away.He closed his eyes. He shook his head. He opened his eyes. His head kept shaking.Hard as he tried, Cotton failed to rid himself of the sickly feeling that accompanies unmet expectations. The Big East’s leading scorer managed just 10 points after pouring in 24 against Syracuse more than a month earlier.“That’s as bad as we’ve played all year,” said Providence head coach Ed Cooley.Cotton’s struggles embodied those of his team in a sickening 84-59 loss to No. 8 Syracuse that featured a 27-point halftime deficit and a miserable collective shooting effort. The Friars peppered the court with open shots gone awry, wasting good ball movement in the process, and suffered their most lopsided loss of the season after shooting 34.8 percent from the field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThey left easy points on the board from both inside the 3-point arc and beyond it, exiting the Carrier Dome with a performance Cooley said taught his players to “burn the tape and keep moving.”Things looked grim for Providence from the game’s opening possession. Vincent Council sliced into the defense and dropped a perfect bounce pass to his teammate Kadeem Batts, only to watch him bungle a point-blank layup.And that was just the start.The Friars missed 12 out of 14 shots to close out the first half, falling helplessly behind as Syracuse surged in the opposite direction. A game that was tied 12-12 became a 27-point laugher, as Providence repeatedly misfired while the Orange just couldn’t miss.“In the first half, they got four open shots and they missed them,” Boeheim said. “We got four and we made them. That’s 12-0. It could have been the other way and it would have been a different game. We were a little bit fortunate that they missed some easy shots.”Adding to the Friars’ frustration was the schism between their quality of play on Wednesday and on Jan. 9 in the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Providence shot 50 percent from 3-point range in a single-digit loss to Syracuse last month, fueled by a “scorching” start from Cotton, as Michael Carter-Williams put it, who finished with 24 points on 7-for-10 shooting.But Cotton missed two days of practice leading up to Wednesday’s game, and the shots that typically fall for the player averaging 20.4 points per game suddenly would not. His first shot of the game clanged off of the back iron from behind the 3-point line in the left corner, and his only points of the first half came on a beautiful layup in transition set up by a diagonal bounce pass from Council.That was as pretty as it got for Cotton and the Friars in a game they will soon want to forget.“We always had a hand in his face,” Syracuse guard Brandon Triche said. “He might have had the same shots, but it was not in the rhythm of the game.”Cotton’s teammates — a group Triche said consists of only a few “actual scorers” — were unable to pick up the slack. So, by the time Cotton finally hit a 3-pointer two minutes into the second half, his team trailed by 25. And by the time he hit another, the margin was the same with 3:24 remaining.“We wanted to make sure we didn’t give him open looks,” Boeheim said. “And we did a good job with him.”Cooley took him out with 1:10 remaining, and a slow jog toward that second seat on the bench began. The frustration of a sluggish performance weighed on Cotton, especially as he crossed midcourt, where three more Syracuse walk-ons prepared to take the floor.The starters for both teams finished the game seated on the bench. But for very different reasons.“They played a really good game, and we played a really bad game,” Cooley said. “The combination turned out to this result.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 21, 2013 at 12:43 am Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13center_img Related Stories ‘BRING ON GEORGETOWN’: Syracuse routs Providence 84-59 ahead of rivalry matchup with HoyasGallery: Syracuse beats Providence 84-59last_img read more

  • Ind vs SA 3rd Test Day 2 Review: Rohit’s purple patch proves heavy on…

    first_imgImage Courtesy: MoneycontrolAdvertisement Rohit Sharma’s eventful tour continued as he notched up his maiden test double hundred. Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane too managed to get through his first hundred in India in three years. Advertisement Image Courtesy: MoneycontrolResuming the day on a healthy 164 run-stand, the duo from Mumbai eased their way through the initial stages.Rohit Sharma hit a slew of sixes and got to his double tun with a hoick off Lungi Ngidi to massive cheers in Ranchi. The Hitman’s beast mode did not last long as he found the fielder after a six-hitting spree.Advertisement Ajinkya Rahane was the first victim of George Linde while Klassen got his maiden test catch as well. Ravindra Jadeja once again proved his worth with the willow with yet another fifty. The real surprise package came in the form of Umesh Yadav’s whose late theatrics brought the crowd to its feet.Yadav scored five sixes in the span of ten balls to record the highest strike rate of an innings with a minimum of ten balls played. Kohli decided to declare the total at 497, aiming to give the bowlers a chance before the end of the day.Advertisement The frontline pacers continued their streak as they continued to peg away the top order batsmen. The openers Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock fell prey to short balls to reduce the Proteas to 9-2. The play was once again called off early due to bad light.Read Also:9th straight unsuccessful DRS review for Virat Kohli as he is dismissed cheaply against South AfricaInd vs SA 3rd Test Day 1 Review: South Africa’s early flame flickers as hosts claw their way back Advertisementlast_img read more