On September 29, the Robert A. Skiff Alumni Award went to Sarah Soule, the director of admissions and college counseling at Vermont Commons School; the C. Bader Brouilette Alumni Award to Marie Ambusk, financial reporting accountant/principal at GE Healthcare Integrated Information Technology Solutions; the Vermont Alumni Award to Tim Kavanagh of WCAX-TV and Late Night Saturday; the Roger A. Perry Alumni Award to Courtney McAuliffe of New England Kurn Hattin Homes; and the Presidents Alumni Award to Peter Bruhn and Peter Jewett, operators of GoTradingPost.com.Champlain College President David Finney and many Champlain alumni and friends participated in the celebration aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen.
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Norwich boss Alex Neil confirmed striker Lewis Grabban has been suspended by the club until next Tuesday after leaving the team hotel without permission. Grabban – who has been the subject of three rejected bids from Bournemouth – walked out prior to the midweek Capital One Cup win over Rotherham. The 27-year-old will not be involved in the Canaries’ Barclays Premier League trip to Southampton on Sunday, and his future beyond next week remains unclear. Neil told a press conference: “Lewis Grabban is at the moment suspended until Tuesday. It is an ongoing matter and we are investigating the fact he left the hotel without permission. “The fact is Lewis has been a silly boy and he decided to do what he’s done and he’ll face the consequences of that.” Grabban reportedly left the New York Stadium on Tuesday after being told by Neil that he would start on the bench. The player appears to have been unsettled by the Cherries’ interest but Neil insisted the Canaries would decide whether or not he is allowed to leave the club. Neil added: “The bottom line is anything that happens at Norwich is not within anybody’s power apart from mine and the owners of the club. “That’s the bottom line and that will remain the case, so we are in total control and we will dictate what happens between now and the end of the window.” Press Association
LOS ANGELES — For a coach whose team had been rocked by 49 points the night before, Lloyd Pierce sounded awfully excited for a turnaround of less than 24 hours back at Staples Center.One day after allowing 150 points by the Clippers and an hour-and-a-half before tip-off against the Western Conference-leading Lakers, Pierce suggested the Hawks might have motivation to turn around their effort.“With the way we played last night, with the performance we had last night, I’m more excited about getting back on the court tonight, regardless of who the opponent is. Just, that’s a bad taste you leave with after last night and so the best remedy for it is to get back on the court and test your perseverance and your resiliency and see if we can bounce back.”It didn’t take long before Pierce was probably second-guessing that optimism. The Lakers led by 17-2 in the first quarter and by as much as 28 in the first half. And it’s going to be a challenge for a host of teams making quick swings through L.A. to face both of Southern California’s superpowers — Oklahoma will get the business Monday against the Clippers, then Tuesday against the Lakers. “Back-to-back on the road is tough regardless of who it is,” he said. “Obviously you got two special teams with a lot of special talent in both of the L.A. teams so it makes it extremely difficult.”Pierce reflects on time with Kuzma, JamesOf the decorated USA Basketball coaching staff, Lloyd Pierce was one of the lower profile names working alongside Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr. But he worked with a number of young players on the USA roster, including Kyle Kuzma.Like Popovich, Pierce came away with positive impressions.“I love that kid,” he said. “I think he, out of all the guys that were with the Team USA from start to finish, I thought that he was the guy that really bought in to how we were going to use him. We were going to use him as a small ball five, we were going to use him as a four. But I thought his energy, his athleticism on both ends of the floor, it was something that he bought into as a role.”Pierce got his NBA start in Cleveland, working three years as a player development coordinator with the Cavaliers during LeBron James’ stint there. Pierce said summer sessions in Akron with James taught him about the standard for offseason work ethic, and he relishes getting to play James in the NBA.The Hawks beat the Lakers in Atlanta in February before the All-Star break, a critical loss at the time as the Lakers floundered in the rest of the season. Pierce said he sees a different energy from watching film of James this season.“When you watch the film, you can feel the energy,” he said. “There’s a renewed energy here in L.A. with their roster, and everyone’s bought into their roles, and he’s motivated. So I just think what we saw last year and what we’re seeing now are two different mindsets from the entire roster.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe back-to-back L.A. swing is starting to look like a big advantage for both home teams, forcing visitors to deal with two good teams on a short turnaround. Frank Vogel, however, who coached in the Eastern Conference in Indiana and Orlando before moving out west, disagreed.“I think it’s advantage anytime you can remove a flight, so these teams that are coming to the building are benefitting from the new travel schedule,” he said. “It may be hurting the Lakers and the Clippers a little bit.”Tell that to the Hawks.But the benefit may be more in the long run: The Lakers themselves are doing a Knicks-Nets back-to-back in January when they visit New York, getting out of making two more cross-country flights during a long, grinding travel schedule. The Lakers are flying an estimated 10,000 fewer miles this season than last, which could help reduce other kinds of fatigue.In the short term, Pierce acknowledged, it can feel like quite the uphill battle. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error