Seinfeld’s ‘Uncle Leo’ dead at 88

first_img 12 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! By the CNN Wire Staff News Seinfeld’s ‘Uncle Leo’ dead at 88 by: – February 17, 2011 (CNN) — Veteran actor Len Lesser died in his sleep Wednesday morning in Burbank, California, of complications from pneumonia. He was 88.“It was very peaceful,” his daughter, Michele Lesser, told CNN, saying the family had hoped for a quick and painless death. “He was a great grandpa, and an amazing father. He had a heart of gold — and a sense of humor of platinum.”Best known as Jerry Seinfeld’s Uncle Leo on TV’s “Seinfeld,” Lesser made more than 500 film, television and stage appearances. His TV roles ranged from “Studio One in Hollywood” in 1949 to a 2009 role on “Castle.”In addition to “Seinfeld,” he had a recurring role as Garvin on “Everybody Loves Raymond.” He also appeared on “ER,” “Mad About You,” “Thirtysomething,” “Falcon Crest,” “Quincy M.E.,” “The Rockford Files,” “Kojak,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “The Mod Squad,” “Green Acres,” “All In The Family,” “The Monkees,” “Get Smart,” “My Favorite Martian,” “Ben Casey” and “The Untouchables.”Lesser’s films included “Gallipoli,” “The Outlaw Josey Wales” and “Kelly’s Heroes.”Lesser also served in the Army during World War II.In addition to his daughter Michelle, Lesser is survived by a son, David, David’s wife Julie and the couple’s three children. Share Share Sharelast_img read more

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Hoosier Hot Shots of Old

first_imgIf you remember anything about Indiana basketball, these 6 guys all qualify as “hot shots”.  Included are Rick Mount of Lebanon High School and Purdue University.  He averaged over 30 points a game before there was a 3-point shot.  About this time, Jim Rayl of Kokomo High School and IU did just about the same.Everyone here in town remembers Curt Clawson when, as a senior, he led the state of Indiana in scoring with a 30+ point average.  He, of course, finished his career at Purdue where Gene Keady made sure Curt was always on the floor in the last minute when free throws had to be shot.  Add to this list a kid named Billy Shepherd of Carmel High School and later Butler University.  He was less than 6-foot tall, but that didn’t stop him from scoring over 30 points a game as well.The final two that I am going to add this list are Larry Bird and Marion Pierce.  Larry made Springs Valley High School and Indiana State famous with every shot you could imagine.  He managed to make them all.  Pierce played for Lewisville High School and set an Indiana Scoring record that was finally broken by a guy named Bailey of Bedford North Lawrence.  Pierce played for tiny Lindsey Wilson College.    This list could go on from now until next October when you talk about Indiana “hot shots”.  You can make your own list.last_img read more

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Golden Jaguars could face Panama in June

first_img21PRESIDENT of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Wayne Forde told Chronicle Sport yesterday that the Golden Jaguars could face CONCACAF powerhouse Panama in the next FIFA International break in June (3-13).Forde had pledged to ensure that the Golden Jaguars – Guyana’s senior national football team – play on every FIFA international break. Guyana have already played Martinique in a goalless draw last Tuesday at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground in Linden.Speaking exclusively to Chronicle Sport, Forde pointed out that the GFF is in talks with several teams in CONCACAF, including Panama, Dominica and French Guiana, for possible games in June.According to Forde, “We’re talking with a few countries but I don’t want to give out much information at this time because, like I said, we’re still working on them. As soon as we (the GFF) have something confirmed and solid, we will make that announcement.”Forde said that the move is in keeping with a promise made upon taking office to revive the Golden Jaguars brand, to market it to the point where they could attract some of the top teams within the region and further afield.In 2012, at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City, a team captained by now Jaguars assistant coach Charles ‘Lily’ Pollard, fell 2-0 to Panama.Guyana and Dominica have faced each other five times with the Golden Jaguars winning four of those encounters and drawing nil in their last meeting which was during the 2014 Caribbean Cup.Both French Guiana and Panama will feature in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, with the French Department falling in Group A alongside Costa Rica, Canada and Honduras. Panama will face Martinique, the USA and Nicaragua in Group B.Meanwhile, the GFF president did not state if those games will be played in Guyana or at home of the opposition.last_img read more

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Grapplers enter unfamiliar territory

first_imgEntering the home half of the season and unfamiliar territory, the No. 6 Badgers will duel No. 10 Illinois at the Field House Sunday.With three home matches left before the Big Ten Tournament, Wisconsin (18-1-0, 4-1-0 Big Ten) has given itself the opportunity to claim sole possession of second in the Big Ten standings with a win against Illinois (8-1-0, 4-1-0 Big Ten). Second place is a position the team has not been in at season’s end since 1992. More importantly, a victory this weekend would keep Wisconsin in contention for the Big Ten title — something the team has never won.Certainly the Badgers are cruising, but the Illini will be a challenge.”Illinois is tough,” 157-pound junior Craig Henning said. “This is a big match for us. We’re still in the running for the Big Ten Championship. We just have to keep the ball rolling.”The significance of this match is monumental. Not only does it feature two of the top teams in the Big Ten and nationally, but also if the Badgers win, they will be just a loss behind the Gophers in the standings. They grapple Minnesota next Friday.If that wasn’t enough hype for the match, six of the 10 matches taking place Sunday feature wrestlers ranked in the top 15 nationally. The headline bout will be at 157 pounds, where No. 3 Henning will take top-ranked Mike Poeta. Both wrestlers are a perfect 5-0 in Big Ten duals this season.Despite Wisconsin’s seemingly impenetrable talent up and down its weight divisions, indicated by its 18-1 record, the Badgers enter this weekend’s dual as underdogs in terms of the number of ranked players.”If you look at it on paper, they’re favored to win,” UW head coach Barry Davis said. “They’ve got more individual guys ranked than we do. But in the Big Ten, you have to expect the unexpected. We’ve already proved that we can win the close ones, so if it comes down to that this weekend then hopefully we can prove it again.”The Badgers have been proving a lot of things this season. After finishing last season seventh in the Big Ten, few thought the cardinal and white would be doing this well, considering their plethora of youth — just one senior is featured on the team.Although playing at the D-I level is difficult for any incoming grappler, Davis’ demeanor has helped them not only adjust but excel.”It’s a tough transition for us young guys,” UW freshman Kyle Ruschell said. “Coach Davis is so intense and he knows so much about wrestling that he makes it that much easier for me and the other younger guys.”With Davis’ mentoring, Ruschell is one of the many surprises this season. Last season he opted to red-shirt, choosing to watch and learn from two-time All-American Tom Clum instead of grapple. Now Ruschell, a year the wiser, is reaping the rewards of his decision. He is undefeated in conference duals and holds a 24-4 overall record. This weekend his record will be put to the test as he faces senior Cassio Pero, a two-time NCAA qualifier.”Tom helped me out so much last year,” Ruschell said. “I learned a lot from him and it’s helping me everyday. I’ve got a tough senior this weekend. … I’ve been watching a lot of tape on him and working on single leg counters, so hopefully that will help me to come out on top Sunday.”Hopefully for Wisconsin fans, the Badgers as a team will also come out on top.last_img read more

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USG adds mental health events to orientation

first_imgThe Undergraduate Student Government has started a new mental health initiative with the objective of exposing freshmen at orientation to mental health concerns via awareness talks and events.Christine Hasrouni, director of USG Wellness Affairs, is leading the project. Hasrouni recently attended a meeting with Vice President of Student Affairs Ainsley Carry, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs Lynette Merriman and members of the board of trustees where the plan was discussed.“One of the things Dr. Carry said was, ‘We need to focus on freshmen,’” Hasrouni said. “What better way to start talking about mental health than at freshman orientation and Welcome Week? That’s basically the only time when they’re all together, and we can get them all in a room and talk about it.”Hasrouni said one of the features of the mental health orientation sessions would be a student panel composed of upperclassmen, who would talk about the issues they encountered during their USC years.“When you’re coming in as a freshman in college, you are really looking for peers and their companionship, and when you have an administrator it almost feels like someone is giving you a lecture,” Hasrouni said. “But if you hear it from someone who has just gone through it, it feels more real … you listen more to people your own age sometimes.”Hasrouni said the panel would deal with problems such as not finding your niche, discovering that you are not in the top 3 percent of your class anymore due to increased competition and realizing that your educational desires might be different from those of your parents.Another change will be the modification of the SCits, which are student-performed skits at orientation that deal with topics such as sexual assault, peer pressure and drug and alcohol abuse. Hasrouni is planning on adding more skits related to mental health.“I believe that they had [skits] in the past that dealt with mental health, but they didn’t think that it truly represented what they wanted it to,” Hasrouni said. ”So, they’re going to be sending out this script and see if maybe we can edit it and tweak it so that it really fits what we’re looking for,” Hasrouni said.In addition, Hasrouni wants to change Welcome Week’s sexual assault training sessions. She is hoping to have a counselor come in during the last 10 minutes of the training to talk about the counseling center and how to book an appointment.“We were thinking about presenting this information to freshmen during orientation but freshmen are thrown with so much administrative information that I don’t think they would remember, ‘Oh yeah, we call, and then there’s a 30-minute phone screening,’” Hasrouni said.Hasrouni also explained how mental health awareness should be emphasized in International Student Orientation, in an effort to remove the cultural stigma surrounding counseling.“Counseling can sometimes be considered a Western idea, and a lot of international students from various cultures have a stigma against going to the counseling center, [thinking] that it’s almost shameful to go,” Hasrouni said. “So we introduce it to them at international orientation to hopefully get more traction, so they won’t be as afraid to maybe make that phone call. Maybe we can explain that it’s totally private that if they go to the counseling center no one will know, except the counselor.”Hasrouni stressed the importance of these changes.“I’m really excited for this panel to talk about what’s real, because sometimes going through Welcome Week, orientation, it’s all, ‘This is why USC is great’ and sometimes it is not great,” Hasrouni said. “Sometimes I think it’s important to look at the times [college] gets hard.”Camille Tenerife, a first-year master’s student studying marriage and family therapy, said she welcomed the new initiative.“I agree with it. I think there’s definitely a stigma around mental health, and a lot of students don’t know about it or don’t want to seek assistance, but if it’s placed in and normalized, then I think they’re more likely to seek out the help and utilize the resources,” she said. “Everyone can use some sort of assistance, especially when transitioning to college.”Mona Xia, a junior majoring in critical studies, said that though she liked the idea of emphasizing mental health at orientation, she fears the message will fall on deaf ears.“I think it can go one of two ways — it can either go well and actually be useful, or it can be kind of like those sexual assault mandatory screenings where people don’t really take it very seriously. It’s a shame because I think it’s a very important message,” she said. “I think it depends on the execution of everything, but I think it’s a good idea.”last_img read more

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Road-weary Trojans return home to take on Anteaters

first_imgThough the major leaguers are starting their season this week, the USC baseball team reaches the halfway point of its season tonight when it hosts UC Irvine at Dedeaux Field.Smooth sailing · Junior infielder Kevin Swick has turned in a solid first half of the season, batting .304 with a team-leading six doubles. — Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe matchup marks the Trojans’ (11-16) first game at home since March 17, having spent most of spring break on the road and the past weekend at Cal.USC emerged from Berkeley with their first conference series win of the year and its first conference series road victory since 2011. The Trojans will play at home for seven of their next eight games and don’t leave Los Angeles again for three weeks, a welcome respite for a road-weary team.“It’s great to be back here at home,” said freshman shortstop Blake Lacey after Monday’s practice, just the team’s second at Dedeaux Field since spring break began. “You could tell the guys were just a little more excited, — practice was a little more lively.”The game against the Anteaters (16-8) will be no respite for the Trojans, however. UC Irvine is a team that consistently punishes opposing pitchers. Six starters are slugging above .400, and the onslaught is led by sophomore Connor Spencer’s .416 batting average, .481 on base percentage and .551 slugging percentage.That’s not exactly what the Trojans need to be going up against, especially considering the season-long struggles of their bullpen.But with the always-challenging Stanford Cardinal looming next weekend, USC head coach Dan Hubbs said he needs to use tonight’s game to get a few of his relievers back on track. That starts with sophomore Nigel Nootbaar, who will start on the mound against the Anteaters.“Nootbaar’s really been scuffling,” Hubbs said. “He was our best reliever at the start of the year, and we need him pitch like that again.”Nootbaar had a 2.30 ERA heading into spring break, having allowed just four earned runs over 15 2/3 innings. Since then, he’s allowed nine runs in two 2/3 innings, ballooning his ERA to 6.50.Hubbs said that, though he would love to see Nootbaar dominate as he did in his only other start of the year at Fresno State, when he struck out 12 over six innings. But if he doesn’t, there is a good chance Hubbs will use tomorrow as an all-staff day.“It may end up being scripted,” Hubbs said. “So after Nootbaar’s done, we have a few guys lined up who will each go one inning and then get out. That way they all get a chance, and no one tires themselves out for the weekend.”The bullpen has been wildly inconsistent all year for the Trojans, with a pitcher dominating one day then surrendering four runs in his next outing.“Our issues are our issues,” Hubbs said. “One of those is a young pitching staff. That can only change so much.”USC’s other big issue has been timely hitting. The Trojans have about as many total hits as their opponents, but have close to 50 fewer runs scored. USC has stranded enough runners at third and hit into enough rally-killing double plays to make a coach pull his hair out, as Hubbs has no doubt done at times.But the Trojans looked a lot better at the plate over the weekend in Berkeley, and it appears as if Hubbs has finally found a lineup he plans to stick with after spending most of the season tinkering with the roster. The team hopes to keep that momentum and discipline going into tonight and moving forward this weekend.“It’s nice to have a secure lineup that you can go to,” Lacey said. “Adjustments are needed every once in a while, but it’s good to have the same guys around you who you can trust to get the job done.”First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m., and the first 100 students in attendance will receive free tacos in accordance with “Taco Tuesday.” The game can be followed live on USC’s official athletic site.last_img read more

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Week 7 college football previews and predictions

first_imgLast week brought chaos to college football with five of the top eight teams in the country, and eleven of the Top 25 teams losing. This week also has the potential to match last week’s mania with plenty of more match-ups between ranked opponents, particularly in the SEC.#2 Auburn (5-0, 2-0 SEC) at #3 Mississippi State (5-0, 2-0 SEC)The big game of the weekend (and the site of College GameDay) will feature two SEC teams with very similar offenses, and arguably the two best quarterbacks in the conference. Dak Prescott (1722 total yards, 20 total TDs, 2 INTs) has been one of the biggest surprises of the season, vaulting the Bulldogs into playoff contention and establishing himself as a Heisman front-runner. Meanwhile, Auburn’s Nick Marshall (1147 total yards, 12 total TDS, 1 INT) has continued where he left off at the end of last season, establishing the Tigers as national championship contenders for the second straight year.This game is likely to come down to the smallest advantage for either team. The Bulldogs have the advantage on the offensive side of the ball, but that advantage will be matched by the Tigers’ strong defense. It’ll be a great game that can go either way. Considering the Bulldogs will be hosting GameDay, are playing in front of their home crowd, and have the more productive quarterback, I’m leaning more towards them.Prediction: Mississippi State 37, Auburn 31#3 Ole Miss (5-0, 2-0 SEC) at #14 Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1 SEC)It’s been a good year for football fans in Mississippi, as both the Bulldogs and Rebels are 5-0, coming off wins against top 10 SEC teams, and Ole Miss is ranked #3 in the polls. Rebel quarterback Bo Wallace (1522 yards, 14 TDs, 6 INTs) leads a squad that is really coming together on both sides of the ball with members of last year’s top-tier recruiting class stepping up and perform up to, or above, expectations.Meanwhile, A&M will be looking to get the bad taste out of their mouth after last week’s 48-31 loss to Mississippi State. The game was a lot worse than the score would indicate though, as the Aggies scored two touchdowns in garbage-time late. Expect the Aggies to bounce back from that loss, especially at home, but the playmakers on Ole Miss’s side will keep A&M from pulling off the upset.Prediction: Ole Miss 45, Texas A&M 35#9 TCU (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) at #5 Baylor (5-0, 2-0 Big 12)TCU vaulted up 16 spots in the polls after upsetting then #4 Oklahoma, and looks to establish itself as a premier national-title contender against a Baylor team that many have as a playoff candidate. The Horned Frogs have always been known for having a stout defense, ranking 7th in points allowed with 13.5 per game, but thanks in part to the emergence of quarterback Trevone Boykin (1436 total yards, 13 total TDs, 2 INTs), they now also have the offense to go with it. TCU ranks 19th in the nation in passing yards (320.0 per game) and 12th in points scored (42.8 per game).Meanwhile, the Bears, who come into this game leading the FBS in points scored with 51.0 per game, hope their 28-7 win against Texas last week isn’t a sign of things to come. While the defense, running game (thanks to Shock Linwood’s 148 yards and one touchdown), and special teams held their own, Baylor wasn’t helped by only 111 yards from quarterback Bryce Petty on 7-of-22 passing.  Not only is the Horned Frogs’ defense stronger than the Longhorns, but they also have the offense to keep up with Baylor, meaning it could be another sub-par offensive performance for Bryce Petty and the Bears. Unlike Texas, TCU can take advantage of a Baylor offense not firing on all cylinders.Prediction: TCU 31, Baylor 27#12 Oregon (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) at #18 UCLA (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12)The Ducks and Bruins enter their matchup at the Rose Bowl with a lot of similarities. They both have Heisman-caliber quarterbacks in Marcus Mariota (1652 total yards, 19 total TDs, 0 INTs) and Brett Hundley (1432 total yards, 11 total TDs, 2 INTs), they both can put up a lot of points on offense, they each have porous offensive lines and they’re both coming off losses at home to unranked conference opponents.Each team will be trying to get itself back into the playoff conversation, and a win this week would put either team back on the right track. Oregon has the better offensive playmakers to match up against the stronger UCLA defenders, have arguably the stronger quarterback, and are somehow less susceptible to giving up a sack (Hundley’s been sacked 22 times to Mariota’s 15). It’ll be a nail-biter of a game, and either team could come away with a win, but I’m leaning towards the Ducks.Prediction: Oregon 38, UCLA 34#13 Georgia (4-1, 2-1 SEC) at #23 Missouri (4-1, 1-0 SEC)The Bulldogs have already suffered a huge loss prior to this game, as running back Todd Gurley (773 yards, 8 TDs) was suspended for violation of NCAA rules, reportedly for signing autographs for money. This will likely throw freshman running back Nick Chubb (224 yards, 2 TDs) into the starting role, as well as put more pressure on quarterback Hutson Mason (687 yards, 7 TDS, 3 INTs). Luckily for the Bulldogs, Chubb should be ready to handle part of Gurley’s workload, especially against a weak Missouri run defense.There are questions, though, as to whether Mason can make up for Gurley’s absence, as the senior has yet to throw for more than 200 yards in a game this season, but he should still have enough of a running game to fall back on. The loss of Gurley hurts the Bulldogs, but not enough where I see them falling to the Tigers.Prediction: Georgia 27, Missouri 24USC (3-2, 2-1 Pac-12) at #10 Arizona (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12)Emotions will be running high in this contest with the Trojans having lost 38-34 to Arizona State last week on a last-second Hail Mary, while the Wildcats, the only undefeated team in the Pac-12 right now, are coming off a 31-24 win over then #2 Oregon at Autzen Stadium. Freshmen Anu Solomon (1741 yards, 14 TDs, 4 INTs) and Nick Wilson (574 rushing yards, 6 TDs) have helped to make the Wildcats a dark-horse playoff contender, leading an offense averaging just under 40 points per game.USC, led by quarterback Cody Kessler (1380 yards, 10 TDs, 0 INTs) and running back Javorius Allen (826 total yards, 5 TDs), has the offensive potential to match Arizona point-for-point. However, the team has run into some issues with blocking, the same problem the Wildcats exploited to beat Oregon. Meanwhile, the defense has been wrecked both on the ground and in the air this season, as the Trojans gave up 452 rushing yards to Boston College and 510 passing yards to Arizona State, and the Wildcats’ offense is 7th in the nation in passing yards and 24th in rushing. It’s possible that the USC defense will rise up to the challenge, but, after last week’s debacle, I wouldn’t bet on it.Prediction: Arizona 41, USC 31last_img read more

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Mike Bosch leaves for Florida, Miranda Kramer named interim head coach

first_imgMike Bosch is stepping down as head coach of Syracuse to join the Florida coaching staff as an assistant and Miranda Kramer will take over as the interim head coach, SU Athletics announced Friday.The Orange went 88-65 in three seasons under Bosch, reaching and then falling in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in each season. Bosch, who was on the Orange staff for the last four years, joins a Florida team that finished 56-11 this past season and made the quarterfinals of the Women’s College World Series.Bosch expressed gratitude for his time with Syracuse in a tweet Friday morning: Syracuse will always be a special place and I am so grateful to have been a part of @CuseSB for the last 4 years, but @EllenBastoni and I are beyond excited to be part of @GatorsSB and we are thankful to @_TimWalton and @ScottStricklin for bringing us to Gainesville! https://t.co/RTHHet85t9— Michael Bosch (@boschml) July 27, 2018AdvertisementThis is placeholder text “We appreciate Mike’s contributions to our softball program and wish him well at the University of Florida,” Syracuse University Director of Athletics John Wildhack said in the release. “Miranda will ensure continuity in the program as we have a transition in leadership and continue to build upon our recent success.”Kramer takes the reigns of the program after spending a year as a volunteer assistant for the Orange and one year as an official assistant coach. A pitching specialist who earned All-American honors while pitching at Western Kentucky, Kramer was drafted to the National Pro Fastpitch league out of college where she played for two seasons. Commentscenter_img Published on July 27, 2018 at 12:17 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Foley makes changes for Clermont clash.

first_imgMunster coach Anthony Foley has made four changes for the club’s battle against French club Clermont Auvergne on Sunday.Cahir’s Tommy O’Donnell and Dave Foley from Clonmel both retain their places in the starting fifteen for their crucial European Champions Cup away game.In the pack John Ryan comes in for the injured Dave Kilcoyne and prop James Cronin will make his first start in Europe. With injury ruling Gerhard van den Heever out Andrew Conway returns to take his position on the wing.JJ Hanrahan comes into the midfield to partner Andrew Smith in a brand new partnership with Denis Hurley moved to the bench.last_img read more

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