4 tricks for fall road-tripping on a budget

first_img 85SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Fall is the perfect time for a road trip. The leaves are changing and there’s so much beautiful scenery to take in. Before you hit the road, take a hard look at your budget and plan accordingly. Here are 4 tips to consider for your autumn road trip that can save you big before the pricey holiday season.Get a tune upBefore you take off on your road trip be sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape. Getting a legitimate tune up and inflating your tires to the proper pressure will ensure you’re riding in a safe car. It will also help prevent you from making costly repairs to your vehicle down the road.Stock upWe all know eating out can cost a ton, but so can simple snacks purchased at convenience stores. If you pack a cooler with your favorite food and drinks, you can skip those frequent stops at fast food chains and gas station markets. Then, you can save up for more enjoyable meals when you reach your destination.Go mobile and save on gasOver 70 million people have downloaded the GasBuddy app, which helps travelers locate gas stations near them, and most importantly the ones carrying the cheapest gas. When mapping out your trip, plan in advance to fuel up at these more economical gas stops. This will help you budget ahead of time and give you a better idea of how much extra spending money will be left over.Book outside the boxCan you think of the last time you spent less than $100 on a hotel room? The key to saving on accommodations is to think outside the box and step out of your comfort zone. Couchsurfing.com connects travelers with local “hosts” and gives them the opportunity to stay for free (and safely) at the home of someone in the area.last_img read more

Gutierrez: For Oshae Brissett, it’s looking like the NCAA Tournament all over again

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 3, 2019 at 11:44 pm Commentscenter_img PITTSBURGH — Oshae Brissett’s jumper hit the side of the backboard and Pittsburgh pushed up the floor, looking to pounce. “Oh come on,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said after Brissett’s ugly miss. The Oakland Zoo, Pitt’s student section, got louder. The portable bleachers behind the basket rocked. The Orange’s double-digit lead had shrunk to six.Amid all the chaos of the road sellout, Brissett sought a still moment. At the free-throw line Saturday night, the Zoo chanted “U-S-A!” to Brissett, a native of Canada. He ignored them — he’s dealt with this kind of mockery before — and proceeded to swish his first free throw. He clapped his hands, holding them out in front of him. While making his way back on defense, he blew a kiss and waved his right arm for the whole section to see.It was an indication that he was comfortable and confident, finishing with 18 points and 12 rebounds in Syracuse’s (16-6, 7-2 Atlantic Coast) 65-56 win over the Panthers. It was his first double-double since Jan. 5 at Notre Dame. Brissett and his teammates agree that he’s capable of a double-double every night. Last offseason, Brissett tweaked his shot looking to make himself a more complete player. But early this season, he hadn’t showed signs of improvement from his breakout freshman year: his finishing was suspect, his outside shot inconsistent. Very little was reminiscent of last March during the NCAA Tournament when he averaged 17.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.Over the past couple of weeks, out popped the Brissett of 11 months ago. At long last, he’s starting to play like the Brissett of the Sweet 16 run. Forget his shooting struggles. His recent emergence, particularly in the high-post area, bolsters an SU interior with little presence. His renewal means more than just balance. It means more spacing. It means he can thrive and an otherwise iffy offense can cobble together more baskets inside the 3-point line. Should the Orange — winners of nine of their last 11 — parlay their recent success into the final weeks of the season, Brissett will be a lead reason.“I feel like I have a quick first step and I can get past guys,” Brissett said Saturday. “Being in a shooting slump now, my main focus is scoring inside.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe’s shooting just 39.8 percent from the floor and 28.0 percent from deep this season. Against Pitt, he made 6-of-8 free throws. More important: He got to the line that many times in the first place. He attempted one 3-point shot on Saturday, an indication that he realizes the deep ball isn’t working at high volumes. Not now, anyway. He was 6-of-9 from the field, because the shots he did take were smart and unforced near the basket.“For a while, I was looking to get fouled and go to the free-throw line,” he said.Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorIn November, at Madison Square Garden, one NBA scout noted Brissett’s projected draft stock had dipped from 33rd to 80th, a likely undrafted prospect. You could see what he was, what he was working toward, and what he could be. But in truth he was underwhelming. He squandered layups and floaters by getting to the rim at will. Then he wouldn’t finish.If Syracuse is going to keep riding this stretch through February, Brissett will have to score. In the free-throw line area, his go-to moves — a pump fake or quick jab step — make him hard to guard. His face-up game out of the high post, where he makes snap judgments, will need to keep progressing. He can’t look to draw contact at the rim.“He’s most effective in the high post,” senior point guard Frank Howard said. “You can do all the plays, all the scouting you want, it’s different when he’s in those spots in front of you. We want him to be aggressive and give him space. His involvement there has led to our better shooting percentage.”When he faces his defender, he has options: Step into or across the man’s body, look to shoot a 10-footer, drive toward the basket, kick to a shooter on the wing, or dump off a pass to a baseline cutter. His strong outings against Boston College and Pittsburgh don’t mean he’ll thrive against bigger bodies, but he was the lone bright spot Jan. 26 in a 22-point loss at Virginia Tech.“We are trying to get him the ball in the high post,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said Saturday. “I thought Paschal Chukwu started out great … They stay with him and keep him blocked out, which gives Oshae (Brissett) a chance to drive and get to the basket.”At 6-foot-8, Brissett can rally his team by grabbing rebounds — he leads the team with 7.6 boards per game — and by racking up highlight-reel dunks and blocks. Asked if he’s ever doubted himself during cold stretches, he said “no, no.” Asked to assess Brissett’s overall game, Syracuse assistant coach Gerry McNamara said: “He’s still really just scratching the surface.”With Howard and freshman guard Buddy Boeheim heating up from deep, Brissett doesn’t need to shoot 3s. For now, players said his versatile skill set fits best inside the arc, where he can go to work and give SU’s frontcourt any advantage it can getWe’ve seen, close up last March, that Brissett can change the game on one of college basketball’s biggest stages. Self-replication appears to be in store.Matthew Gutierrez is a senior staff writer for The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] or @matthewgut21.last_img read more

USC still looks like second-rate program after mistake-filled dud vs. Iowa

first_imgWho else believes that? The loss to Iowa comes on the heels of a disastrous early signing period that saw USC rank last in the Pac-12 in recruiting and 78th overall. Bohn was on the sideline on Friday night, but hasn’t tweeted in nearly a month after being heavily criticized on social media for his controversial decision to retain Helton.USC has a young team, and returns Slovis in 2020. But that won’t matter if the mistakes that have hurt the Trojans every week in 2019 remain next season. As long as Helton is in charge, the fans will remain skeptical.And it’s unlikely that things will get better soon. USC opens next season against Alabama. Maybe the “bright days” Helton spoke of were for Week 2 next season, against New Mexico. No. 19 Iowa had just dismantled No. 22 USC 49-24 in the Holiday Bowl, providing another black eye to the program since athletic director Mike Bohn announced Helton would return next season.WOLF: USC, Bohn must answer Helton question sooner rather than later“They played better than us,” Helton said of the loss. “Simple as that.”Helton was right. Iowa deserved to win, and it was easy to figure out why. USC repeated the same mistakes that have caused most its struggles this season. The defense couldn’t stop Iowa, the offense never ran the ball and the special teams committed a critical error.Not that any of that deterred Helton after the game.”We believe in championships here,” he said. “Just as the fan base might be frustrated, the coaching staff and players are frustrated . . . (but) we’re going to be a very good team next year.”Former USC tailback Reggie Bush was more stark in his summation:“At the end of the day, USC was out-coached,” Bush said postgame on Fox. And although Helton is back next season, some of his assistants are not expected to be so lucky.Helton didn’t want to address staff changes after the game, but defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast and special teams coach John Baxter are two assistants who may no longer be on his staff next season. Neither looked great on Friday.Iowa scored 49 points in its romp over USC — even Middle Tennessee State held the Hawkeyes to 48 — with just 328 yards of offense. But the Hawkeyes converted 8 of 13 third-down attempts, and one fourth down attempt. Quarterback Nate Stanley completed 18 of 27 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Tyler Goodson and receivers Tyrone Tracy Jr. and Ihmir Smith-Marsette each rushed for a score.USC’s special teams missed a field goal — down 42-24 with 5:12 remaining — and allowed Smith-Marsette to return a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, right after the Trojans had tied the game at 14-14. Iowa never led USC by fewer than four points after that.USC stagnated offensively after quarterback Kedon Slovis left in the third quarter with an elbow injury. But even before he got hurt, the run game was nonexistent (the Trojans finished with 18 carries for 22 yards). At one point, they threw 36 passes while its tailbacks ran only times.MORE: Early signing period latest loss for HeltonThat lopsided attack was fine against Arizona, Colorado, Arizona, State, California and UCLA. But Iowa is a good team, dominating the line of scrimmage against the Trojans and consistently dissecting USC’s defense with more disciplined play: all the things that seemed to hurt this team the past two seasons.“Bright days are ahead,” said a seemingly oblivious Helton. SAN DIEGO — USC coach Clay Helton walked off the field in San Diego on Friday night, then started running as he approached the tunnel.Helton saw the small group of remaining Trojans fans in the stands of SDCCU Stadium and knew what was coming: more boos directed at the embattled coach.last_img read more

Thursday July 11th Morning Sports

first_imgMASON CITY — Newman picked up a couple of wins on the baseball field on Wednesday, but not before a scare in their second game of the day. After beating West Fork in Sheffield in the afternoon 12-2, the Knights needed 12 runs in the final couple of innings to beat Forest City at home 15-12. The Indians jumped out with an eight-run top of the first and led 11-3 after four innings. Newman used a 10-run fifth and pushed across two more in the sixth to get the win. Jacob Schutt had four runs batted in and came in in relief to pick up the win on the mound, pitching three innings. Newman is now 29-3 and finishes the conference season with a 14-1 record. The Knights travel to Cedar Falls tonight. CLEAR LAKE — Clear Lake scored multiple runs in all but one inning as they beat Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 17-7 in six innings in a Class 3A Region 4 quarterfinal round softball contest, as you heard on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB. The Lions scored twice in the first and third innings, four times each in the second and fourth, and finished the game with a five-run sixth inning. Julia Merfeld was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, Sara Faber and Kaylee Nosbich were both 3-for-5 with three RBI, while Bella Parker was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer. Clear Lake improves to 10-14 on the season and will travel to Waterloo on Friday to face 6th-ranked Columbus, who beat Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 11-1 in five innings last night. On the other side of the 3A Region 4 bracket, New Hampton used an eight-run sixth inning to beat Forest City 12-6, while Iowa Falls-Alden needed an extra inning to beat Hampton-Dumont-CAL 8-5 in a game played in Clear Lake. HAMPTON — Hampton-Dumont-CAL rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat Clear Lake 4-3 in eight innings last night in North Central Conference baseball played in Hampton. Dustin Miller’s single pushed across Lucas Smith in the bottom of the eight for the deciding run. Chase Stuver was 2-for-4 with a run batted in for the Lions, who drop to 13-13 overall and 8-5 in the conference. Clear Lake travels to Iowa Falls-Alden tonight before hosting Waverly-Shell Rock on Friday. MASON CITY — The Mason City High baseball team dropped a doubleheader at home to Dowling on Wednesday night. Dowling took the opener 6-3. Ben Pederson had two hits and three runs batted in for Mason City. Pederson socked a solo homer in the nightcap while Dylan Miller had three RBI but the Mohawks fell 11-4. Mason City drops to 22-13 and will travel to Ankeny Centennial on Monday night. CHICAGO (AP) — Odyssey Sims hit the go-ahead jumper with 6.4 seconds to play and finished with 16 points in the Minnesota Lynx’s 73-72 victory over the Chicago Sky. Sylvia Fowles added 10 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota. She has 156 career double-doubles, one shy of the WNBA record set by Lisa Leslie. == Class 2A Region 5#8 Central Springs 11, Sibley-Ocheyedan 0North Union 10, Sioux Central 0East Sac County 7, Emmetsburg 1South Central Calhoun 7, Manson-Northwest Webster 0 == other 1A Region 8 gamesNorth Butler 11, Nashua-Plainfield 1Bishop Garrigan 11, Northwood-Kensett 1 == Class 2A Region 7St. Ansgar 8, Dike-New Hartford 0Osage 11, Sumner-Fredericksburg 8Hudson 6, Grundy Center 3#1 North Linn 12, Aplington-Parkersburg 0 == Class 2A Region 1East Marshall 10, Belmond-Klemme 0 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves are declining to match an offer sheet to Tyus Jones. That clears the way for the 6-foot-2 guard to join the Memphis Grizzlies. ESPN had reported that Jones and the Grizzlies had agreed to a three-year offer sheet worth $28 million. Jones averaged 6.9 points, 4.8 assists and 22.9 minutes for the Timberwolves this past season. CLEAR LAKE — Doug Munn has been promoted to be Clear Lake High School’s next wrestling coach. Munn has been an assistant coach in the program for several years and has coached wrestling at various other schools before coming to Clear Lake. Munn replaces Mike Lester, who recently was named as the principal at Clear Lake Middle School. Munn will be assisted by Evan Johnson and Brad Brosdahl. MASON CITY — Newman used a seven-run second inning as the catalyst for a 12-0, four inning win over Rockford last night in a Class 1A Region 8 quarterfinal round softball game, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. Leah Martinez had five runs batted in while Paige Leininger had four runs batted in and picked up the win in the circle, not allowing a hit and striking out six. Newman improves to 21-13 on the season and will travel to face 6th-ranked AGWSR on Friday, who edged St. Edmond 2-1 last night. MASON CITY — Tonight in Class 4A Region 3, Mason City hosts Waverly-Shell Rock in a regional quarterfinal round contest. The Mohawks are 16-21 on the season while the Go-Hawks are 5-26. You can hear this game on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com starting with the pre-game at about 6:50 with the first pitch starting at 7 o’clock. — other baseball last nightBelmond-Klemme 8, West Bend-Mallard 7Charles City 11, Saint Ansgar 2 TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Class 4A regional softball — Mason City vs. Waverly-Shell Rock — 7:00last_img read more

Rose Ladies Series: Fuller pushes winner MacLaren all the way

first_img Samantha Fuller produced a brilliant sub-par round of 71 to turn up the heat on eventual winner and LET star Meg Maclaren in the second event of the Rose Ladies Series.The 21-year-old amateur’s play was as hot at the blazing Hertfordshire sun as she carded a one under par total around Moor Park Golf Club.The Surrey golfer – one of only four amateurs in the field –  finished alongside Liz Young in a tie for second place and just two shots back of MacLaren.Former England Golf graduate MacLaren took top prize with a three under par round of 69 a week after another former star of the amateur game – Charley Hull – emerged triumphant in the series opener at Brokenhurst Manor.However, the efforts of Fuller (pictured below) forced MacLaren to dig deep for the win as it grew tense on the home stretch.Fuller – back in England after continuing her studies at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas – may have started slowly with an opening bogey and another at the third.But birdies at the second and fifth holes saw her back to even before further birdies at 12 and 14 put her in red figures.Fuller’s birdie at 14 came as a result of a delicate chip in from the edge of the green and put her firmly on the trail of MacLaren – at one point five under through six – as she wobbled a little on the way home.MacLaren (lead picture) proved her undoubted class, though, to retain top spot and take the title.It was a strong show all round from both members of the Fuller family.With mum Oshi on the bag, the younger of the two sisters, Annabell, fired off three birdies in her round of 73.Birdies at the fourth, sixth and 13th holes allowed the freshman from the University of Florida (pictured above) to claim a top ten finish and outscore her professional playing partners Becky Brewerton and Charlotte Thompson.Caley McGinty – like Annabell a member of the England women’s overseas squad for 2020 – got off to a nervous start, but soon settled down in the company of multiple winner on tour and Solheim Cup star Bronte Law.Birdies on the 13th, 15th and 16th holes helped McGinty (pictured above) come home in 34 for a round of 76.A late addition to the field, Rebecca Earl was playing in her home county of Hertfordshire.The 2019 English Women’s Open Stroke Play champion (seen below) posted a round of 86.Once again, the amateurs in the field showed they were not afraid to go head-to-head with their professional counterparts and can take great heart from the day as the series rolls on.Last week Mimi Rhodes finished in a tie for seventh with Lottie Woad (T26) and Louise Burke (T33) also proving their ability on the bigger stage.England Golf ambassador Justin Rose and his wife Kate have sponsored the events as women’s golf makes a competitive return.The next championship will be played on Thursday, 2 July at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club. Tags: Annabell Fuller, Caley McGinty, Meghan MacLaren, Rebecca Earl, Rose Ladies Series, Samantha Fuller 25 Jun 2020 Rose Ladies Series: Fuller pushes winner MacLaren all the way last_img read more