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VOLUME LXVI, NUMBER 34
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Renowned poet blends anthropology, art by
The Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT) and the Department of Anthropology yesterday hosted internationally renowned poet, translator and performance artist Jerome Rothenberg at Fung House for an event dedicated to the celebration of his most recent work, “Eye of Witness: A Jerome Rothenberg Reader.” Rothenberg has published over 80 books and 12 works of traditional, translated and avant-garde poetry. “Eye of Witness,” published this past September, is a culmination of Rothenberg’s long career, surveying his past works and offering new insights into old poetry, according to Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology David Guss. “It represents a retelling of his whole poetic output over the last 50 years,” Guss said. “It’s an exploration of the various themes and meanings that he’s been involved in in his own development.” Such themes in Rothenberg’s poems, Guss explained, include ideas about collaboration and community. “He sees poetry as a communion, a collective process in which people are always working together,” Guss said. “[Rothenberg’s] trying to place the poet right inside of society and inside a community. He’s a community builder, which is important.” Rothenberg started the presentation by reading a translated Seneca Indian poem from his book “Songs for the
Society of Mystic Animals.” “A song to welcome the animals, the participants, into the ceremony,” Rothenberg said. “On the page it looks like a piece of concrete poetry, but it can also be re-sung, with the translated words and the untranslatable words of the original.” The poem, which included a chant, a melody and a shaker, revealed the wide range of Rothenberg’s influences, as well as the scope of his creativity, Guss said. “He’s somebody who is very performative. He’s somebody who has created a lot of new ways of presenting his poetry, bringing in influences from other cultures,” Guss said. In 1972, Rothenberg moved to the Allegany Indian Reservation in western New York, where he collaborated with the Seneca Native Americans. His poetry draws from these experiences as well as from myriad other cultures. According to Guss, Rothenberg’s texts reflect a method of recording text called ethnopoetics, a modern advancement in poetry for which Rothenberg has been a major contributor. “There are probably few American poets who don’t feel touched by Rothenberg in some way, but it’s not just poets,” Guss said. “We’re talking about musicians, painters, writers and anthropologists. That influence across disciplines is rare.” Rothenberg’s style, which connects countries and performers, was part of the Department of Anthropology’s motive for bringing him to Tufts, according to Guss. see ROTHENBERG, page 2
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Coordinators for Leonard Carmichael Society’s (LCS) annual blood drive hope to attract a total of 200 student donators before the event closes today.
Annual fall blood drive sees high turnout by
More than 175 students this week have participated in the Leonard Carmichael Society’s (LCS) annual blood drive for the American Red Cross. Today marks the final day of the weeklong event held in the main lounge of Carmichael Hall. According to the blood drive’s Administrative Coordinator Susannah Daggett, LCS expects to collect a total of 200 pints of blood — approximately one pint per person, processing about 80
appointments each day. According to Michael Schaeffer, account executive at the branch of the American Red Cross that coordinates with Tufts, the level of turnout at the on-campus blood drive has been encouraging. Reports indicate that 175 people turned out to donate blood at Tufts over the course of the first three days of donations, including 40 first-time donors. In total, the Red Cross collected 123 of its planned 126 productive units of blood, for 98 percent operational efficiency during the first half of the week. see LCS, page 2
Halloween festivities to spook, entertain students on, off the Hill by
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As Halloween draws closer, Tufts and the city of Boston are in full swing with preparations. Whether it’s volunteering with the Leonard Carmichael Society (LCS), getting spooked at an a cappella show, enjoying a cupcake decorating class or exploring Boston on a pub crawl — anything goes this week.
On campus On Saturday, the Global Health Network and the Pre-Med Society will host SpookAppella — a concert and performance benefitting the Sharewood Project. “[The project] is a free health clinic run weekly by undergraduates and the medical students at Tufts Medical School to provide medical services of all sorts, like general checkups,” sophomore Aparna Dasaraju, fundraiser coordinator for the Sharewood Project, said. “[It covers] Malden, Mass., which has a large number of people who don’t have access to healthcare.” The event will feature a cappella groups S-Factor, Anchord and Essence, as well as the dance group Spirit of Color, all performing in the spirit of Halloween. The event will also feature a debut performance from Enchanted, a brand new all-Disney a cappella group on campus. Like the new a cappella group, it is Sharewood’s first time participating, according to junior Carrie Zimmerman,
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With fall in full swing on campus, activities for Halloween will start up tonight. public health coordinator of the Sharewood Project. “It’s our first year doing Spook-Appella, and we think it’s going to be a great way to raise money for the clinic and to make campus more aware of Sharewood,” Zimmerman
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said. “The $5 that someone spends on a ticket will go a long way in improving the infrastructure of the clinic, as well as buying new medical equipment for the clinic.” Anywhere from four to six Tufts students attend the clinic each week to volunteer, but
the Sharewood Project has between 150 and 200 trained undergraduate volunteers and serves an e-list of at least 400 students. Dasaraju pointed out that attending the event will help those involved in Sharewood to continue gaining experience in the medical field. “Students get exposure with working with patients themselves. We take vitals, help patients feel comfortable and keep the process going,” she said. The coordinators hope that the evening of Halloween-themed performances will bring fun for all in support of a common cause. “We hope that people will learn more about the Sharewood Project and get involved with our committees or the Sharewood Project,” Dasaruju said. “Costumes are encouraged.” The event will be held in the Alumnae Lounge with catering from Dave’s Fresh Pasta and other local restaurants. Tickets can be purchased at the Mayer Campus Center and on Tufts Tickets. For students who would like to incorporate community service into this upcoming holiday, LCS will be hosting one of their annual events on Saturday, too: Halloween on the Hill. The event is centered on celebrating Halloween with children from Medford and Somerville schools with games, costumes, trick-or-treating and other activities. “In the past it’s been about 100 to 150 kids,” junior Shoshana Oppenheim, cosee HALLOWEEN, page 2
Modern take on ‘Carrie’ brings nothing new to the horror classic.
Lucius proves themselves masters of indiepop with ‘Wildewoman.’
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“I see a tremendous connection, a bridge really, between poetry and anthropology,” Guss said. “That’s the kind of bridge Jerry’s created, partly in ethnopoetics.” Rothenberg’s last poem was a translated horse blessing from the Navajo tradition, which again incorporated chanting. He gave a summary of the poem, originally written by a Navajo leader named Frank Mitchell. “The hero god enemy-slayer sent by his mother goes from the earth to the house of his father, the sun god, to bring back spirit horses for the Navajo,” Rothenberg said. “And in the 13th horse song, he imagines how beautiful they will be when they change from spirit horses to real horses.” Guss hopes the event both broadened students’ notions of anthropology and celebrated Rothenberg’s work. “For Tufts to be the place that launches this book is a privilege,” Guss said. “It’s a great opportunity for Tufts to celebrate his life’s work.”
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Jerome Rothenberg, an internationally celebrated poet and translator, presented his work yesterday afternoon at an event hosted by The Center for the Humanities at Tufts and the Department of Anthropology.
Blood drive coordinators expect success LCS
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“For a frame of reference, we consider 95 percent operational efficiency to be a success,” Schaeffer told the Daily in an email. “So, 98 percent is great ... Since only five percent of the eligible population actually donates, this is a big victory.” Daggett, a sophomore, warned that a goal of 80 appointments per day will not necessarily yield 80 donations, as it is possible that some students who register will be ineligible to give blood. Daggett explained that students could be considered ineligible for a variety of reasons, including if they have traveled to a certain foreign country, do not meet height and weight requirements or have low levels of iron. In previous years, under-staffing has prevented the blood drive from maximizing collections, Daggett said. To ensure that the event runs smoothly, 45 student volunteers will manage donations. Volunteer Coordinator Zaid Qureishi explained that the volunteers, recruited during the LCS general interest meeting, are needed to manage the check-in table and the canteen. “We usually divide the day into 30 min-
ute shifts, and the ideal is to have two to four people during every shift,” Qureishi, a junior, said. Donations made by appointment, as opposed to walk-ins, are particularly beneficial to ensuring the overall success of the blood drive, Daggett said. “Our biggest push in publicity is trying to get people to sign up for appointments,” Daggett said. “If people sign up for appointments ahead of time, we know what to expect and the Red Cross knows how many people they should bring.” Daggett, who explained that the three blood drives held throughout the year represent one of the oldest standing LCS event traditions, feels confident that this year’s drive will yield success similar to that of past years. “The drive has been very successful so far, and on both Monday and Tuesday we had to turn donors away when the wait got too long,” she said. “Historically, the fall drive is the best drive [of the year], and we don’t see any reason to think this year will be different.” Red Cross Collections Supervisor Paula Picard said she also feels optimistic about the blood drive, especially since many students have made appointments.
“We are very successful at colleges in particular, Tufts being one of them,” Picard said. “That is why we do it so many days in a row.” Daggett said that changes in Office of Residential Life and Learning regulations may create obstacles for future blood drives. “Looking forward between now and our winter drive, we are going to have to change a lot of things,” she said. “We can’t have the blood drive in the same lounge space for five days in a row because of residential life regulations.” Daggett said that one possible solution to this problem would be to divide the period of blood donation into two sections. LCS would operate in one hall’s lounge for three days and another one for the remaining two days. She did note that this could be problematic for the Red Cross organization, however. Despite reorganization possibilities for future drives, positivity about the cause in general persists. Qureishi said that each donation has the potential to save up to three lives. “It’s a rewarding experience, being able to help out in something that can save lives,” he said.
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coordinator of the event, said. “We hand out permission slips to the Medford/ Somerville elementary schools, they get distributed through newsletters and they can register online.” Undergraduates will pair up to lead small groups of children around campus for Halloween festivities, such as trick-ortreating in resident halls. “It’s really enjoyable leading the kids around to different arts and crafts activities and thinking how exciting it would have been to do this as a kid and get to go around a college campus,” Oppenheim said. She explained that the event aims to connect students with the local community. “One thing that’s really important to Tufts is not having students be in the Tufts bubble,” Oppenheim said. “We want the students to get out in the community, but this is our chance to bring the community to Tufts and give back as Tufts students, being members of the Somerville and Medford community.” Off campus For students looking to get off-campus this weekend and next, there is no shortage of spook-filled Halloween activities around Boston and beyond. If you’re looking for something to do tonight and are of age, head over to the seaside and check out the Seaport District’s best bars and restaurants with the fourth annual Halloween on the Harbor. Adult
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trick-or-treaters can ride Boston Duck Tours to different locations around the harbor, and proceeds from the $5 ticket price will benefit the Friends of the Fort Point Channel, a nonprofit that works to make the Fort Point Channel accessible to residents and visitors alike. Tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite. If you’re missing trick-or-treating activities from your youth, you can still satisfy your sweet tooth at Treat Cupcake Bar in Needham on Oct. 27. Attend the Halloween Cupcake Decorating Class to learn how to improve the preparation of your favorite Halloween treats. The class will be held at 12:30 p.m., and each student will receive tools and assistance to create six jumbo-sized cupcakes. Tickets can be purchased online. For those of you looking for a small road trip this weekend, head over to Salem Haunted Happenings to visit the home of the Salem Witch Trials for some classic Halloween happenings, featuring historic Ghost Tours at Salem’s 13 Ghosts, a Haunted Harbor Cruise or the Witch Trial Trail. Choose between different evening events, like the Harry Potter Halloween Costume Ball or the Voodoo Ball to break out your favorite costume. If this weekend is too busy with midterm preparations, kick off the celebrations next week on Oct. 30 at Tommy Doyle’s Irish Pub in Harvard Square with the Wu-Tang Wednesday: The Day Before Halloween Bash event with classic beats and no cover charge. The event starts at 9 p.m. On Oct. 31, the Beacon Hill with a BOO! will offer a tour highlighting the district’s
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‘Carrie’ falls short of expectations by
Christopher Garcia Contributing Writer
When the remake to Brian de Palma’s 1976 classic film “Carrie” was first announced, a slew of collective groans
Carrie Directed by Kimberly Peirce Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde arose not just from critics, but also from fans of the original and of the horror genre. This second version of “Carrie” seemed destined to fit right in among the constant hammering of awful big-budget Hollywood remakes of classic horror movies, like the new spin on “Prom Night” (2008), the modern take on “Halloween” (2007) and a particularly poorly received “The Fog” (2005). However, the orginal skepticism surrounding the film began to wane as more details emerged — like the fact that Kimberly Peirce, the director of the 1999 indie classic “Boys Don’t Cry,” would be at the helm of the project. Audiences and critics felt optimistic upon learning that Chloë Grace Moretz of “Kick-Ass” (2010) and “Let Me In” (2010) fame would star as the eponymous Carrie, with Oscar nominee Julianne Moore taking on the role of Carrie’s fanatically religious mother. There is plenty that “Carrie” does right, but it seems that for every time it succeeds, something else detracts from its overall quality. Oftentimes, it’s a bad piece of dialogue that feels uninspired, dull or soporific. At other moments, it’s the fact that the film’s first half tries almost too
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Chloë Grace Moretz is not as believably awkward as Sissy Spacek, who played Carrie in the 1976 film. hard to be a stereotypical high school movie — the subtle sense of creepiness and impending horror is greatly diminished by watching cheerleaders try to work out their superficial social struggles and woes. The acting in the movie is also only partially effective. Although Moretz plays the role of the monster rather well, she doesn’t become as genuinely awkward as Sissy Spacek in the 1976 film until the scene that sends her character over
the edge. This nuance in Spacek’s performance gave the original Carrie an extra element of humanity — something that seems to be lacking in this remake. Additionally, there was nothing in the actual production of the film that was particuarly exceptional. With nothing noteworthy about the cinematography and sountrack, it seems as though the filmmakers decided to play it safe. One aspect of the “Carrie” remake that worked well was its adaptation to the
modern day, allowing for the use of social media to further humiliate Carrie. Like in the original movie, the first time we get a glimpse of Carrie’s powers is after she is humiliated in the school showers for getting her period. As the girls pelt Carrie with tampons, a video is recorded of the event. This video is then uploaded to the Internet, where it is used to embarrass her later on. But once again, one step forward is met with bizarre filmmaking choices — numerous scenes feel both unnecessary and unwarranted. For instance, the very first scene of the movie shows Carrie’s mother giving birth in her bed with no assistance. As she pulls Carrie from her own body, she contemplates killing the recently born child — whom she calls a cancer — but hesitates. While the act of infanticide is very serious, the entire time the scene plays out on screen, one has to wonder why the filmmakers chose to show the birth at all. If they really wanted to demonstrate how close Carrie came to death at the hands of her mother, why not depict it in a different, less excessive manner, or merely have her mother mention it to her? Regardless of these flaws, “Carrie” has always conveyed the notion that the monsters in horror stories are not always the ones we would expect. The original novel penned by Stephen King, along with both “Carrie” films, portray Carrie as a victim of the circumstances surrounding her. Though Carrie ultimately turns monstrous in the end, before her inevitable transformation, the viewer is able to step back and look at all of the events preceding it. The presentation of Carrie as a victim pushed to her limits is what the movie does best, but unfortunately it is not enough to pull “Carrie” out of the pool of adequacy.
Lucius’ debut album a huge success by
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In today’s world of music, it’s getting harder and harder to be different. Whether it’s the unin-
Wildewoman Lucius Mom + Pop spired layered loops of Top 40 pop or the formulaic acoustic guitar riffs of indie rock, each new song feels like a regurgitation of its predecessors — albeit with a slight, nearly imperceptible twist. Now, emerging artists are faced with a twofold challenge: to deliver a praise-worthy, quality sound that also stands out amongst a crowd of clones. Novice indie-pop band Lucius has managed to achieve both. After Rolling Stone dubbed Lucius a “Band to Watch” back in August, the five member Brooklyn-based group has certainly lived up to the prophecy with the release of their debut album, “Wildewoman,” last week. Consisting of drummer Dan Molad, guitarists Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri and vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, Lucius is a mere two years old — though its two female leads have been singing together since their college days at Boston’s own Berklee College of Music. The strength of the album lies in its sheer diversity. “Wildewoman” avoids getting sucked into the insipid quick-
sand of musical monotony — no two songs are truly alike. Despite this miscellany, however, the record is in no way fragmented or disjointed. Somehow the group is able to fuse each number together seamlessly, creating a work that showcases individual tracks as well as the group’s overarching spunky, vintage-pop sound. Amidst Wolfe and Laessig’s intoxicating, synchronized voices and catchy, head-bobbing beats, Lucius is a strange contradiction — crafting a cohesive, unified collection in which every song remains uniquely autonomous from the whole. For fans of Lucius’ four-track self-titled EP that was released last year, a few of the tracks on “Wildewoman” may be familiar. After the opener, listeners will recognize the infectious “Turn It Around” from their sample. From Wolfe and Laessig’s very first “Ah-ah-ah-ah-Ha!” — a vocal interlude that punctuates the end of nearly every line in the song — the track sets a high-energy tone that persists for the next three and half minutes. Alternating between jumpy, make-you-wantto-dance verses and a slower, more melodic chorus, “Turn It Around” exemplifies the album on a micro-scale — effortlessly integrating two distinct sounds into a single entity. One song later, “Wildewoman” sounds like a completely different production. An old-time country-esque ode to lost love, “Go Home” is almost painfully slow, echoing the lonely, melancholic feelings of the narrator. Every note is lethargically
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Lucius performed songs from their EP at the Boston Calling music festival this past September. drawn out, requiring tangible effort from the instruments to propel the tune forward. The deliberately heavy tempo lends an air of tragic weariness to the piece, consistent with the lyrics. Wolfe and Laessig’s crooning is rife with dejection as they sing, “Press on my heart, I will say / I don’t need you anyway / I don’t need you, go home.” Another mellow number, “Two of Us on the Run” is both tender and ethereal, further showcasing the angelic vocals of Lucius’ front women. Clear and whispery, their voices drift poignantly over
the delicate plucking of acoustic guitar. When a powerful piano riff enters later — escalating into a subtle crescendo — listeners will be inevitably hit with chilling waves of goose bumps. Yet, the true highlight of “Wildewoman” is the impossibly addicting “Hey, Doreen.” Slathered with traces of harder rock in its pounding piano chords and thick drum beats, “Hey, Doreen” drives the momentum of the album. With cymbals shaking over electronic bleeps and a vibrating bass pulsating beneath the sultry, retro-tinged
yells of Wolfe and Laessig, this song is a force to be reckoned with. Culminating in an unexpectedly dissonant minor chord that fades away as quickly as the song began, “Hey, Doreen” is one audiences won’t soon forget. “Wildewoman” is not only a phenomenal debut — it’s a musical game changer. Innovative and refusing to surrender to convention, Lucius has raised the bar for new musicians everywhere and redefined what it means to be original in the indie-pop scene. Listeners can only wonder what the band will do next.
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NBA season tips off Tuesday by Jake Indursky
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As baseball season comes to a close, and as the NFL season continues to frustrate you because you can never pick the winners correctly, there is still hope for the sports fan in distress. NBA basketball starts in less than a week. And although more attention is paid to fantasy baseball and fantasy football, fantasy basketball also begins shortly. If you don’t know anything about fantasy basketball — or even if you think you know everything about fantasy basketball — we’ve got you covered. The Daily spoke with Dalton Del Don, the lead basketball expert for Yahoo! Fantasy Sports. Del Don, who started his career by writing a fantasy blog in an age before everybody had blogs, was eventually picked up by fantasy site Rotowire, which partnered with Yahoo!. Del Don became familiar with the fantasy community at Yahoo!, and when former lead basketball expert Matt Buser left Yahoo!, Del Don seized the opportunity to take over his role. Earlier this week, Del Don offered his insights on the upcoming 2013-14 season from a fantasy basketball perspective. Offseason recap Before we start analyzing which players are likely to be breakout fantasy stars, it’s important to first break down what happened in the offseason. In short: a lot. The “Dwightmare” finally ended for the Lakers as center Dwight Howard packed his bags for
Houston, giving the Rockets a title-worthy duo formed by Howard and all-star guard James Harden. Besides the Rockets improving vastly, the Western Conference saw several middletier teams do some surprising tinkering. The Nuggets chose not to bring back star defenders Andre Iguodala and Corey Brewer and added very little. Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans traded the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft and their first-round, top-five protected pick in next year’s draft to acquire star point guard Jrue Holiday. The Pelicans also added former rookie of the year Tyreke Evans to give them a dynamic backcourt of Evans, Holiday and Eric Gordon. In the East, Miami is still number one, but the Bulls should provide a challenge after getting Derrick Rose back after a year off due to a torn ACL. Those two teams likely won’t be joined by the Celtics atop the standings for the first time in a long time. Boston traded away beloved players Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets, who hope to take the Celtics’ spot alongside the league leaders. Real-life stars vs. Fantasy stars As for fantasy basketball, most of the aforementioned changes are still significant, but as Don noted, the fantasy game is viewed very differently than the game in real life. The “turnovers” statistic provides a unique conundrum. “Turnovers are an interesting thing, because they punish the league’s best players,” Del Don said. “The guys who have the
2003 Last time the women’s soccer team scored seven goals as they did Monday against Suffolk University. The Jumbos downed the Rams 7-2, as senior tri-captain Anya Kaufmann led the team with a hat trick and an assist, tying the school record for goals in a game and setting the points in a game record with seven. Tufts travels to Hamilton tomorrow for its penultimate game of the regular season.
13 Points scored in the fourth quarter by Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose on Wednesday night en route to a 104-95 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Rose, who missed the entire 2012-13 season due to knee surgery, led the team with 26 points and pitched in six assists. The Bulls lead the Eastern Conference through the preseason with a 7-0 record. The Bulls finish the preseason tonight against the Denver Nuggets.
ball in their hands the most are going to turn the ball over, so it’s kind of a weird thing.” Therefore, players like Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, although exciting to watch, don’t help as much as one would think, due to their turnover rates. Meanwhile, middleof-the-road players can turn into fantasy studs. “And then you have three point specialists like Ryan Anderson, who finished one year as one of the top fantasy players in the game, but you would never think of him like that in real life,” Del Don added. “He just never turns the ball over and hits a lot of threepointers, whereas Dwight Howard last year, in a nine category league, literally finished outside the top 200, because he is such a train wreck shooting his free throws.” When examining this upcoming season, it is important to separate fantasy from real life. Although Howard may help Houston to the title, he will only drag your fantasy team to the bottom of the standings. Sleepers Looking at the NBA this year, many of the same teams will be on top: Miami, Oklahoma City, Chicago and San Antonio, to name a few. So who will rise to the occasion to challenge these behemoths? In the West, look for the Minnesota Timberwolves to provide an interesting story with a healthy Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio for the first time in a long time. In the East, Cleveland should see INSIDE NBA, page 6
Rockets big man Dwight Howard is making his debut in Houston this year after a lackluster year on the Lakers. Watch for Howard to pair up with all-star James Harden to make a run in the Western Conference.
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Postseason home runs hit by Red Sox DH David Ortiz as of yesterday, who tacked on a two-run homer Wednesday in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Boston downed St. Louis 8-1 in the first game of the Fall Classic. Ortiz is now tied for eighth on the all-time postseason home run list with the Cardinals’ Carlos Beltran. Cardinals’ starting pitcher Adam Wainwright gave up six hits and three earned runs over five innings, as the Sox took Game 1 handily.
21:57 Time of senior tri-captain Abby Barker’s third place finish overall at the Connecticut College Invitational last weekend, contributing to Tufts’ first place finish as a team. Barker’s performance at Harkness State Park in Waterford, Conn. earned her the NESCAC Performer of the Week. Barker was the first Tufts runner, as well as the first runner from the NESCAC, to cross the finish line. It’s the first time Barker has won the award, as well as the first time a Tufts runner has taken home the title since 2009.
20 Kills recorded by junior outside hitter Haley Hopper Saturday in a five set win against Middlebury. Hopper’s 20-kill performance earned her NESCAC Player of the Week. This is the first time since 2011 that a Tufts player has received the Player of the Week award, the last one being junior Isabel Kuhel. Hopper currently leads the team with 213 kills. The Jumbos will take on Brandeis in the Hall of Fame Invitational.
44 Age of retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre, whose agent was recently contacted by the St. Louis Rams after they lost starter Sam Bradford to a season-ending knee injury in last week’s game against the Panthers. Favre, who last saw the field three years ago when he threw for just 11 touchdowns and 19 interceptions, declined the offer saying he won’t return to the NFL. The Rams are tied for the last spot in the NFC West with a 3-4 record.
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be an exciting young team. The Cavaliers feature Kyrie Irving, one of the best players in the league, and also added center Andrew Bynum on the cheap. If healthy, Bynum can be a 20-10 post player. Those two will be accompanied by solid role players like Tristan Thompson, Jarrett Jack and Anderson Varejao. In fantasy, this is an exciting year for sleeper picks, as there are numerous young players who appear poised for a breakout. “[Pelicans big man] Anthony Davis is going to make a huge leap this year,” Del Don said. “He is not considered a sleeper, but I think he could finish in the top five this year. He bulked up in the offseason, and centers like that who can get steals and blocks are so rare.” Del Don also mentioned Wizards guard John Wall as another good young player who could take his game to the next level. Sleepers can also be found on teams with few scoring options, where average players can become stars. “Gordon Hayward is a boring reallife player, but Utah has nobody else there,” Del Don said. “Also, Jeff Green on Boston [could break out]. Paul Pierce is gone and KG is gone, so he can be the man there.” Busts The NBA features a lot of teams that may be overhyped due to performance last year or new additions this year.
In the West, the Nuggets, who were a fan favorite last season, added nobody significant while losing two great defenders as well as their GM, Masai Ujiri. Also, this could be the year that San Antonio finally becomes too old to keep up with the young guns. In the East, the Brooklyn Nets, despite adding some exciting pieces, also added some old pieces. Deron Williams still has not proven he can lead a team deep into the playoffs. Whether he can do it this year will be one of the season’s top storylines. Indiana could also suffer a post-playoffs hangover, as the entire team peaked at exactly the same time last year. For fantasy, Del Don advises owners to steer clear of players who are overvalued in real life. “I’m a little bit worried about Kobe Bryant, because people are so used to him being indestructible,” Del Don said. “But I think [his] Achilles’, with the amount of minutes he’s accrued throughout his career — I think he’s going to take a major downturn.” Big winners In the NBA, the key to winning is clear: have LeBron James on your team. Expect Miami to make a run at three titles in a row this year and attempt to join the elite teams in NBA history. As for fantasy, Kevin Durant is the best bet to finish number one. His combination of efficiency and scoring acumen is rare, and it’s worth its weight in gold in your fantasy league.
Former NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant is back with the Oklahoma City Thunder looking to make his second finals appearance in three years.
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