Syracuse women’s basketball to play at Stony Brook for season-opener

Syracuse, N.Y. — Syracuse women’s basketball will open the 2020-21 season on the road at Stony Brook on Nov. 29, the school announced Friday.

The game will tip off at 2 p.m. Syracuse has won all three meetings against Stony Brook over the last five years.

Stony Brook is coming off a record-setting season in which the Seawolves went 28-3 overall and won the America East regular season and postseason championships.

Nov. 29 also marks the official return of Orange guard Tiana Mangakahia, who sat out last season due to a battle with Stage 2 breast cancer.

Mangakahia finished with 29 points, 11 assists and four rebounds to lead SU to an 81-70 overtime win over the Seawolves on Dec. 3, 2017.

Syracuse finished with a 16-15 record last season after being eliminated by Louisville in the ACC Tournament.

Syracuse will host Lincoln for its home-opener in the Carrier Dome on Dec. 2.

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Terence Crawford stops Kell Brook early in spectacular fashion

Terence Crawford made a strong case for himself as the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer on Saturday at the MGM Grand Conference Center, stopping Kell Brook in the fourth round of their bout for the WBO welterweight title. 



LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 14: Terence Crawford warms up before his fight against Kell Brook for the WBO welterweight title at the MGM Grand Conference Center on November 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)


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LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 14: Terence Crawford warms up before his fight against Kell Brook for the WBO welterweight title at the MGM Grand Conference Center on November 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Crawford, fighting out of a southpaw stance as he often does, sent Brook sprawling into the ropes in the fourth with a hard right hand jab to the side of the head. Before referee Tony Weeks could get in to call it a knockdown, Crawford landed two more shots.

When the action resumed, Crawford was all over Brook, who was still woozy. He landed a combination and Weeks stopped it at 1:14 of the fourth.

It was a sensational win over arguably the most gifted opponent he’s faced. Brook looked good in the first round and stood in with Crawford, firing big shots.

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But Crawford, a notoriously slow starter, picked it up earlier than normal. He started to get off successfully in the second and by the third, when he was fighting southpaw, he was connecting well with Brook.

He was on top of things as the fourth started and was quicker and more accurate than Brook.

If anyone felt that his 33 years would bring a certain amount of slippage, it wasn’t visible on this night. He was strong, fast, accurate and in control.

There are a lot of elite contenders for the No. 1 spot, but Crawford made an excellent case for himself Saturday.

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Longtime Gift Shop Moves From Ellington to Broad Brook

EAST WINDSOR, CT — After more than five decades in business, including the past 20 years in its founder’s historic Ellington home, the Scandinavian Gift Shop has moved to a newly renovated location at 149 Rockville Road in Broad Brook. The shop is on the corner of East Road, just west of the Ellington town line, in buildings formerly owned by the East Road Garden Shop and Juknis Farms.

The new locale is a labor of love for newlyweds Olivia and Drake Smith, who recently renovated the buildings with help from family and friends. It also keeps the business in Olivia Smith’s family; it was founded 56 years ago by her grandmother, Siv Harvey.

“It’s a dream fulfilled,” Smith said about taking the reins from Harvey, whom she referred to as her Mör Mör, Swedish for grandmother.

Well known for its inviting atmosphere and friendly conversation, Harvey opened the doors to the original store in the Ellington Center Plaza in 1964 after emigrating to the U.S. from Sweden. She operated there until 1995, when she moved the store to her historic home at 99 Maple Street, across from the town green.

“It’s heartwarming to see the shop continue in the hands of my granddaughter,” Harvey said. “I couldn’t be more proud.”

For the foreseeable future, Harvey plans to continue working alongside her granddaughter in the new storefront.

“I’ve always been inspired by Mör Mör and by my Swedish heritage,” Smith said. “I feel honored to carry on our family and cultural traditions.”

The Smiths bought the property in late December, and have worked since then to completely overhaul the buildings. The new location resembles a small Scandinavian village with quaint white framed structures, signature red and blue doors and gleaming hardwood floors.

Inside the shop, shelves are filled from top to bottom with everything from imported Orrefors Crystal, candles and holiday decorations to assorted sundries including cheese, soda, meat and candy. Norwegian, Danish, Finnish and Swedish handcrafted products add considerable charm and character.

Whole Harmony Tea Cottage, a latte-tea bar with to-go items and wellness products, rounds out the village, along with a specialty greenhouse operated by Floral Accents by Bonnie from Glastonbury.

Harvey joined the Smiths in celebrating the grand opening of the new location last weekend, accompanied by several local dignitaries.

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