Big East Media Day Lacks Celebrity Coaches But Not Ambition

Syracuse: As Georgetown and Syracuse prepare to play for perhaps the last time as Big East rivals, here is a look at some of the their greatest games over the past three decades. As a result, the star wattage was decidedly down at Big East media day Wednesday. But the enthusiasm was high, with Commissioner Val Ackerman and Georgetown Coach John Thompson III , among others, extolling the muscle and must-watch games in store in the reconstituted league that consists of seven former Big East members and newcomers Butler , Creighton and Xavier . If you look around the room, the quality of coaching is outstanding, said Thompson, whose Hoyas finished 25-7 last season and were co-champions of the Big East regular season. Yes, we lost some Hall of Fame coaches, but I dont think too many teams want to go up against the guys in this room. Every game is going to be a battle. That was true last year; thats going to be true this year. Marquette Coach Buzz Williams , whose Golden Eagles were picked by the leagues coaches to win the 2013-14 regular season title, proclaimed the Big East one of the best two or three conferences in the country. Georgetown was picked second, garnering two of the 10 first-place votes. And Creighton , which boasts the leagues unanimous preseason player of the year, senior forward Doug McDermott, was picked third. Every coach is going to say they play in the best league, said Marquettes Williams, whose team reached the NCAA tournaments region finals, but if you objectively study the numbers, I think what this league has done the last five years speaks for itself. I think this year that will hold firm, too. Mere proclamations dont land leagues a place among college basketballs elite, however. Nor can they conjure passionate rivalries to replace those that stoked the Big East of old, such as Georgetown-Syracuse . Those things are earned on court, over time. Ackerman, the former WNBA commissioner who took the reins of the Big East on July 1, insisted the new league was up to the task, committed to proving that a league that makes basketball rather than big-money football its calling card can be financially viable and nationally respected. Theres no doubt: The eyes of the basketball world and the eyes of others in college sports are definitely on the league, said Ackerman, a former standout at Virginia. But I think everybody in our league uses that as a source of motivation. When Georgetown opens its season Nov.

Photo tour: The charm of a Celebrity Cruises ship

Celebrity Cruises’ 71,545-ton Celebrity Century is by today’s standards a mid-sized classic but when introduced in 1995 as the Century, it was one of the world’s largest, most technically-advanced cruise ships.

The ship made her North American debut on Dec. 1 with a sailing out of Miami. Michael Wessels The outdoor pool on Deck 14 has a pool bar, two pools, and Jacuzzis. Chairs were added to the deck of the Reflection to accommodate more guests. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY An extra 245 loungers were added to the expanded pool deck to accommodate more than 1,000 additional guests than the Reflection’s predecessors in the Solstice line have had. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Pool Bar is located on Deck 14. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Weather permitting, the Mast Grill on Deck 15 is a casual dining spot where guests can have grilled specialties while overlooking the pool. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests take a Zumba class by the outdoor pool on Deck 14. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The iLounge has 22 computers that guests can use to surf the Internet. The lounge is also a licensed Apple reseller, one of the first at sea. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The expanded Aqua Spa offers a wide range of services including massages, 24K gold facials, and a full Medi-Spa where guests can get acupuncture and other treatments. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The enhanced AquaSpa by Elemis has a number of specialty areas such as a hammam, infrared sauna, steam rooms, and sensory showers. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY A treatment room at the AquaSpa where guests can get a variety of types of massages including a bamboo massage. Therapists experiment with lights and scents to help create different moods. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The AquaSpa has an expanded 883 square-foot Persian Garden with six more curved, heated tiled beds. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The cold room at the AquaSpa is kept at 52 degrees F to tighten pores that were opened and cleansed in the infrared sauna or aromatic steam room. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests can get manicures, pedicures and haircuts in the salon. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY A state-of-the art fitness facility features cardio machines, spinning studios, and private workout areas. Classes and bootcamps are also available. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The fitness center is equipped with TechnoGym equipment that is available for trial and purchase. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The fitness center has been expanded to include four new studios. Personal training sessions are also available. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests who don’t want to swim outdoors have the option of swimming in the indoor pool. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Deck 14 has whimsical seating such as this cushioned hammock by the pool. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Sky Observation Lounge is one of more than a dozen drinking establishments on the Reflection. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY By day, the Sky Observation Lounge is a place to relax over a cocktail. At night, the dance floor gets packed. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY The Sky Observation Lounge offers expansive views from Deck 14. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Oceanview Cafe on Deck 14 gives guests the options of a buffet meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Oceanview Cafe has buffet-style dining in an indoor and outdoor setting for 885 people. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Guests have a variety of options at the buffet-style Oceanview Cafe, including complimentary pasta, pizza, soups, sandwiches, sushi, salad, and frozen yogurt. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY Cafe al Bacio offers pastries and specialty coffees and seats 54. Nancy Trejos Cafe Gelateria offers an assortment of traditional gelatos. Nancy Trejos Live music is played at the low-key Ensemble Lounge on Deck 5. Nancy Trejos The Ensemble Lounge has comfortable seating for pre- or after-dinner drinks. Nancy Trejos Qsine is one of the specialty restaurants and seats 90 people. Nancy Trejos Qsine, a specialty restaurant, has an eclectic menu that includes lobster and escargot fritters and sushi lollipops. Nancy Trejos Qsine, a specialty restaurant, has whimsical items such as chocolate-covered strawberry lollipops. Nancy Trejos Qsine, a specialty restaurant, seats 90 people. Nancy Trejos Tuscan Grille is another specialty restaurant that offers Italian cuisine and steaks and seats 144 people. Nancy Trejos Tuscan Grille is another specialty restaurant that offers Italian cuisine and steaks and seats 144 people. Nancy Trejos Murano, one of five specialty restaurants on the Reflection, offers modern Continental cuisine. Nancy Trejos Murano offers items such as lobster bisque, caviar, lobster and duck breast. Nancy Trejos Murano, a specialty restaurant that seats 76 people, has an extensive wine collection. Nancy Trejos Bistro on Five is Celebrity’s creperie, with tableside service for lunch and dinner. Nancy Trejos Bistro on Five, a creperie, seats 72. Nancy Trejos Bistro on Five, a 72-seat creperie. Nancy Trejos Bistro on Five, a 72-seat creperie. Nancy Trejos Blu is Celebrity’s healthy food eatery designed for guests in AquaClass suites. Elizabeth Ashwell Blu, a specialty restaurant designed for AquaClass guests, seats 152. Elizabeth Ashwell Molecular bar is one of more than a dozen drinking establishments on the ship. It is located on Deck 5. Nancy Trejos Martini Bar & Crush on Deck 4 is a popular pre- and post-dinner bar. Elizabeth Ashwell Martini Bar & Crush on Deck 4 is a popular pre- and post-dinner bar. Elizabeth Ashwell Martini Bar & Crush has an ice bar. Elizabeth Ashwell The Sunset Bar is located in the aft of the ship. Nancy Trejos The Sunset Bar is located in the aft of the ship. Elizabeth Ashwell The Sunset Bar is located in the aft of the ship. Elizabeth Ashwell There are eight private cabana-style alcoves on the Lawn Club on Deck 15 that are available for a daily fee. Elizabeth Ashwell The Lawn Club is a half-acre of manicured, real grass on the top of the ship. Guests can play bocce ball or croquet on the lawn. Elizabeth Ashwell Oversized lawn chairs are located on the Lawn Club. Elizabeth Ashwell The Lawn Club is a half-acre of manicured, real grass on the top of the ship. It is designed to evoke a country club feel. Elizabeth Ashwell The Porch is a casual dining spot overlooking the lawn that offers breakfast and lunch paninis. It seats 48. Elizabeth Ashwell The Lawn Club Grill is a specialty restaurant where guests can assist the chef in making their own pizzas and grilled meats. It seats 78. Elizabeth Ashwell The Lawn Club Grill is a specialty restaurant where guests can assist the chef in making their own pizzas and grilled meats.

Ship review: Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Reflection

Another 2006 installation, it has chairs upholstered in white hide, a textured bulkhead and fiber-optic lighting that perpetually changes color. Peter Knego The upper level of the Celebrity Centurys beautiful three-deck-high Grand Foyer is a shopping gallery. Peter Knego Fullscreen When built, the foyer featured a cyber waterfall on a series of LED screens but in 2006, it was given its current look with a textured silver surface and giant curtains, evoking the atria aboard the lines quartet of Millennium Class ships. Peter Knego Immediately aft of the Grand Foyer on Deck 7, Fortunes Casino occupies 7,539 square feet and accommodates up to 265 gamers. Peter Knego Fullscreen The aft portion of Deck 7 is home to the 332-seat Crystal Room, a handsomely decorated space that has a raised central alcove surrounded in frosted glass panels. At night, it is home to the ships orchestra for Big Band, jazz and other musical events as well as a weekly gala dessert extravaganza. Peter Knego On Deck 6 another line-up of public rooms begins aft of the Celebrity Theater on the port side with OnLine@Celebrity, the ships internet room. Peter Knego On the starboard side, the Future Cruise Sales Desk is situated in a gallery that has an escalator leading up to Deck 7. Peter Knego Inboard of OnLine@Celebrity and the Future Cruise Sales Desk, there is a small theater and conference room. Peter Knego The first of two card rooms follows on the port side. Peter Knego Here is the main card room, which seats 50 guests.. Peter Knego On the starboard side following the Future Cruise Sales Desk, there is a 30-seat library with a large selection of books and DVDs. Peter Knego The Deck 6 balcony of the Grand Foyer is home to the Cova Cafe coffee bar, offering a full menu of specialty coffee drinks and cocktails, tea and wine. Peter Knego Cappuccinos are artfully presented and priced at $4.00. Peter Knego The Cova Cafe is also a great place to grab a quick snack or treat, offering a revolving selection of pastries, croissant sandwiches, tapas and cookies at varying times of day or night. Peter Knego A photo gallery is located on the port side of Deck 6, just aft of the Grand Foyer. Peter Knego Fullscreen The Rendezvous Lounge is a favorite hub for karaoke and live music performances. It is cleverly configured around an X-shaped passage that is another tribute to Celebritys Chandris family roots. X is the symbol for the Greek letter chi and is also the Celebrity Cruises logo. Peter Knego Fullscreen Celebrity Cruises is known for its spectacular main-dining venues and the Celebrity Centurys Grand Restaurant is no exception. Designed by Birch Coffey, it features a sweeping grand staircase, bronze-capped nickel pillars and a Deck 6 balcony lined with Art Deco-brass balustrades. Peter Knego A long gallery of seating with a view of the sea spans the starboard portion of the Deck 5 level of the Grand Foyer. Peter Knego From the reception desk at its base, there is an impressive view of the Grand Foyers staircase and fiber-optic skylight. Peter Knego Installed in 2006, the Murano specialty restaurant is located off the port side of the Deck 5 foyer. It seats 66 and features two alcoves as well as a long gallery with picture-window views of the sea. Peter Knego Fullscreen Murano table settings include fine china, linen napkins rolled in silver rings, Riedel stemware and silver-plate cutlery. The menu features French and Continental specialties and an optional four-course Gastronomic and Vineyard Tour pairing for $89 per person or a traditional menu with a cover charge of $40 per person. Peter Knego Fullscreen Meals in Murano begin with an amuse bouche, such as this beautifully-presented bite of ahi tuna. Appetizers include foie gras, sweetbread, escargots, scallops and a delicious goat-cheese souffle. Soups and salads include lobster bisque, phyllo with Anjou pear and Roquefort, heirloom tomatoes, wild mushroom cappuccino, mixed greens and spinach with frisee salad. Peter Knego Fullscreen Entrees include Dover sole, lobster tail, filet mignon, French turbot, shellfish and saffron risotto, a surf-and-turf lobster and steak duet, venison, lamb, duck breast and a seafood casserole. Desserts feature fresh sorbets and ice creams, a quartet of apple sweets, chocolate souffle, and (shown) a crepe ballon rouge that is prepared tableside. Peter Knego Fullscreen The lower level of the Grand Restaurant is located in the far aft portion of Deck 5. Open seating breakfast and lunch are served here along with two dinner seatings (6:00 and 8:30) in the lower level and Celebrity Select open-seating dining between 6:30 and 9:00 in the balcony (advance reservations recommended). Peter Knego Cuisine in the Grand Restaurant is beautifully presented and includes a menu of anytime favorites as well as an evolving selection of courses each night. This is a baked beet, goat cheese, endive and tomato salad. Peter Knego Mouth-watering appetizers include this delicious tart with basil-infused feta, greens and a balsamic reduction. Peter Knego The entrees consist of a wide selection of meats, poultry, fish and a vegetarian choice. Here is a delicious herb-crusted merluzza with a tomato rice timbale, roasted zucchini and ratatouille vinaigrette. Peter Knego The entrees consist of a wide selection of meats, poultry, fish and a vegetarian choice. Here is a delicious herb-crusted merluzza with a tomato rice timbale, roasted zucchini and ratatouille vinaigrette. Peter Knego In addition to the Teen Center on Deck 12, the Celebrity Century has a fully-equipped playroom called the Fun Factory on aft Deck 4. Peter Knego At the top tier of the Celebrity Centurys accommodation, there are two 1,101-square-foot Penthouse Suites with a spacious living room that has its own entertainment center and a dining room with a wet bar. Peter Knego Penthouse Suites also feature a large bedroom with a king bed and a second entertainment center. Peter Knego Marble bathrooms in Penthouse Suites have a full tub with whirlpool jets, a separate shower and twin sinks. Peter Knego Penthouse Suites also have a walk-in closet and copious amounts of storage space. Peter Knego There is a small marble powder room near the entryway for Penthouse Suite visitors. Peter Knego Penthouse Suite balconies have plenty of space for deck chairs, al fresco dining and a second tub with whirlpool jets. Peter Knego Eight Royal Suites measure 537 square feet and feature comfortable living rooms with an entertainment center. Peter Knego Royal Suites also have a small dining area adjacent to the living room. Peter Knego Royal Suite bedrooms feature a second entertainment center and generous amounts of storage space. Peter Knego Royal Suites have marble bathrooms with whirlpool jet tub/showers and twin sinks. Peter Knego Royal Suite balconies have a dining area and lounge-chair seating. Peter Knego Fifty-six Sky Suites measure 246 square feet and feature a sitting area with sofabed and television with VCR. Peter Knego Sky Suite bathrooms are marble and feature a tub/shower combination with a large sink. Peter Knego Sky Suite balconies have a lounge chair in addition to a small dining table and chairs. Peter Knego Of the eight wheelchair-access staterooms on board the Celebrity Century, two are modified Sky Suites with wide doorways and a turning area. Peter Knego Wheelchair-access bathrooms have a 39.4-inch wide doorway and wheelchair-accessible showers. Peter Knego Wheelchair-access Sky Suites have even larger balconies with specially-fitted wheelchair ramps over the door sills. Peter Knego Deluxe Oceanview Staterooms are generally identical in layout but Cabin 1209 on aft/port Deck 12 is an unusual exception with its separate entryway and bedroom. Peter Knego Fullscreen Deluxe Oceanview With Veranda Staterooms measure 170 square feet and can be configured in a twin or queen set-up.

Celebrity Workout Secrets For A Superstar Body

“Feeling your clothes fitting better is going to make you feel better.” Walk — to work, to the shops, away from the paparazzi, you know. “If you look around the world, people who walk more in general are thinner, fitter and younger-looking,” Pasternak says. That’s why he makes all of his clients strap on a Fitbit, with the goal of logging 10,000 steps per day — and receives e-mail alerts that let him know who is moving and who is slacking off. “People overestimate how active they are throughout the day,” he says, “and wearing a pedometer makes you aware of your activity level.” Pasternak confides that Jordana Brewster is good at hitting her daily target, as are those in his mommy crew: Jessica Simpson, Megan Fox and Hilary Duff. Post-baby, women can’t do resistance training or heavy workouts right away, Pasternak says, but “strolling with the little ones is something simple that helped them all get a jump-start on reclaiming their pre-baby bodies.” Find the right toner for your shape. “You may see a shot of a gorgeously fit celebrity in her SoulCycle shirt and think, ‘I need to work out where she works out,'” Kirsch says. But one workout does not fit all, he stresses. Celebs have their trouble zones, too, and must tailor their sweat sessions accordingly. For example, Drew Barrymore is apple-shaped, so if she gains weight, it’s going to go to her midsection. Jennifer Lopez is a pear, which means her weight goes to her butt and thighs. Apple-shaped women, Kirsch notes, should stick to rowing machines — which will engage the core from shoulder to belly — as well as boxing and planks. Steer clear of pull-ups, rows or bench presses, he advises. “Apples need to find their waist, and placing emphasis on the back and arms will just make you look blocky.” Pear-shaped? Heavy-weighted exercises (think leg presses) and too much cycling can add bulk to your bottom half. “Avoid any exercise that is quad-centric,” Kirsch says.