SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Miranda Drummond and Tiana Mangakahia had double-doubles and No. 12 Syracuse rolled to a 98-55 win over Towson on Sunday.Digna Strautmane led the Orange (7-2) with 19 points. Drummond had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Mangakahia 13 points and 12 assists. Gabrielle Cooper and reserve Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi each added 15 points.Kionna Jeter had 19 points for the Tigers (3-4), who last played Syracuse in 1977.Syracuse held Towson to 28 per cent shooting and forced 30 turnovers that were turned into 31 points. Janeen Camp added 10.Syracuse only led 23-17 after one quarter as Jeter had 11 points. The Orange had 32 points in the second quarter to push the lead to 52-29. Syracuse went 13 of 16 from the foul line, Towson had 12 points in the quarter and 11 turnovers.The Associated Press
Billy Bunter is set to be relaunched for the 21st century, but the new publisher of the famously rotund comic character has admitted that using images of a fat, greedy schoolboy may be too controversial for modern readers.The bulging troublemaker is among the characters in a catalogue of classic British comic titles dating back more than 130 years that are set to be relaunched by Oxford comic publisher Rebellion.The titles and characters acquired by Rebellion include comic Valiant and detective Sexton Blake, but with rising concern over levels of childhood obesity it is Frank Richards’s notorious tubby Bunter, the comedy lard-bucket of Greyfriars School, who is likely to cause most trouble.Bunter first appeared in cartoon form in the Magnet comic in February 1908. By 1940, when Magnet ceased publication due to wartime paper shortage, the nation’s favourite anti-hero had become known for his misbehaviour and had been described affectionately by George Orwell as a “fat boy” and “really first-rate character”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––But, Jason Kingsley OBE, the chief executive of Rebellion, which has acquired the rights to the character alongside around 400 other comics, has admitted that Bunter’s boisterous character makes him an “awkward” proposition for the publisher.He told the Daily Telegraph: “Billy Bunter is an awkward one. Society has moved on and basically he’s a fat, naughty school boy. He’s not very politically correct, which is one of the challenges of dealing with literature of this age. Some has aged really well and some has not aged so well. I don’t know how we are going to deal with him. It is certainly up for discussion.” Comic character Billy Bunter appeared in Magnet comic from 1908 to 1940 A sketch from the new Roy of the Rovers football comic book By the late 1960s, Bunter had disappeared from comic strips after brief appearances in Knockout and then Valiant, but the BBC made a television star out of him, running seven series of his adventures.Played first by Gerald Champion, he remained a sneak thief who would constantly creep into Fifth Former Horace Coker’s study to pinch biscuits and was often caught, stuck in the attempt to break into the school’s tuck shop, his podgy legs protruding out of the hatch, frantically flapping.Bunter’s comedy came from the playfulness of his greed, but since he dropped off the screen as a child obesity epidemic has seen the Government struggling to encourage children to be more active.The UK is now the third fattest country in Europe and around 60,000 primary school children are recorded as obese each year, prompting a Government plan to display calorie counts at restaurants and to ask every primary school to boost children’s activity with schemes such as the Daily Mile, an initiative which sees pupils run for 15 minutes a day, on top of regular PE lessons. But, Mr Kingsley is unsure about trimming Bunter down in size for the modern age or making him better behaved. “It might spoil the character… sometimes there is a place for characters that are outsiders and don’t fit the moral tropes of today. That said, I haven’t got a clue what we will do with him yet.”Rebellion’s purchase of the archive of TI Media means it now has the biggest catalogue of English language comic book titles in the world, including Look-In and the 19th Century title Comic Cuts, which was at one stage more prolific that The Dandy and is reported to have given the comic book medium its name.Rebellion recently rebooted football comic hero Roy of the Rovers, with a flash new haircut and a million pound contract.But fans were shocked to discover that the classic cartoon character, who was famously loyal to the Melchester Rovers, may leave the League Two side when the big money clubs come calling. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.