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Áine

Áine is an Irish goddess of summer and sovereignty. She is associated with midsummer and the sun, is sometimes represented by a red mare, she is the daughter of Egobail, the sister of Aillen and/or Fennen, is claimed as an ancestor by multiple Irish families. As the goddess of love and fertility, she has command over crops and animals and is associated with agriculture.Áine is associated with County Limerick. The hill of Knockainey is named after her, was site of rites in her honour, involving fire and the blessing of the land, recorded as as 1879, she is associated with sites such as Toberanna, County Tyrone. In early tales she is associated with the semi-mythological King of Munster, Ailill Aulom, said to have raped her, an assault ending in Áine biting off his ear, hence the name Aulom "one-eared". By Old Irish law, only an "unblemished" person can rule; as an embodiment of sovereignty, she can both remove a man's power to rule. The descendants of Aulom, the Eóganachta, claim Áine as an ancestor.

In other tales Áine is the wife of Gerald FitzGerald, 3rd Earl of Desmond, known popularly as "Iarl Gearóid". Rather than having a consensual marriage, he rapes her, she exacts her revenge by either changing him into a goose, killing him or both; the FitzGeralds thus claim an association with Áine. In yet other versions of her myth, she is the daughter of the sea god, Manannán mac Lir; the feast of Midsummer Night was held in her honor. In County Limerick, she is remembered in more recent times as Queen of the Fae. Áine is sometimes mistakenly equated with Danu as her name bears a superficial resemblance to Anu."Aynia", reputedly the most powerful fairy in Ulster, may be a variant of the same figure. Áine's hill is located in the heart of Cnoc Áine in County Limerick, is the hill of the goddess Grian, Cnoc Gréine. Grian is believed to be either the sister of Áine, another of Áine's manifestations, or "Macha in disguise". Due to Áine's connection with midsummer rites, it is possible that Áine and Grian may share a dual-goddess, seasonal function with the two sisters representing the "two suns" of the year: Áine representing the light half of the year and the bright summer sun, Grian the dark half of the year and the pale winter sun.

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2008 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2008 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament, a part of the 2007-08 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, took place from March 12–March 15, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Its winner received the Big East Conference's automatic bid to the 2008 NCAA Tournament, it is a single-elimination tournament with four rounds and the four highest seeds received byes in the first round. The 12 Big East teams with the best conference records were invited to participate. Georgetown, the Big East regular season winner, received the number one seed in the tournament; the first round of the tournament saw no upsets. However, the second round had three of the four lower seeds winning their games. In the semi-finals, number one seed, Georgetown won, while the seventh seed, won in a close game; the two teams played each other for the tournament championship and Pittsburgh was victorious, winning the conference's automatic bid. After the tournament, eight of the teams that participated were invited to the NCAA Tournament.

It was Pittsburgh's second Big East Tournament championship. Before the beginning of the season the league's coaches voted Georgetown, the 2006-07 Big East regular season and tournament winner, Louisville to share the conference title. Additionally, it was decided that each team's conference schedule would expand from 16 to 18 games so all of the teams would play each other. Fifteen Big East teams reached the beginning of their conference schedules with winning records, with four teams having only one loss and three others with only two losses; the out of conference schedule for the league included four teams playing in the inaugural Big East/SEC Invitational, where they went 3–1, two teams beating top–10 ranked teams. At the end of conference play, ranked tenth in the Coaches Poll, won the regular season title. Six teams ended; the top–12 teams in the standings were invited to the tournament. Rankings reflect Coaches Poll as of March 10, 2008 The twelve teams that were invited to the tournament were seeded according to their records.

Georgetown's win of the regular season title entitled the team to the top seed. Louisville and Notre Dame finished the season tied in second, a game behind Georgetown, but Louisville's win over Notre Dame on February 28 gave them the advantage and the second seed and Notre Dame the third seed. Connecticut, two games behind Georgetown, got the fourth seed, the final first round bye. West Virginia and Marquette both finished four games behind Georgetown in fifth place, but West Virginia's win over Marquette on January 6 granted them the fifth seed and Marquette the sixth. Pittsburgh were awarded the seventh seed. Villanova and Syracuse both finished six games behind Georgetown and split games in the regular season; the tie-breaking rules of the conference are based on wins over the top conference opponents, although Syracuse beat Georgetown on February 16, both teams lost to Georgetown, so Syracuse does not have an advantage in that case. Villanova's win over Connecticut, coupled with Syracuse's loss, gave Villanova the advantage and eighth seed and Syracuse the ninth seed.

Cincinnati, at seven games behind Georgetown, Seton Hall, at eight games behind, received the tenth and eleventh seeds, respectively. Providence and DePaul finished nine games behind Georgetown, but Providence's win on February 5, gave the team the twelfth seed, the final position in the tournament; the first round of the tournament was played on March 12 with each of the higher seeds winning. The day started with Villanova playing Syracuse, in what was called an elimination game for the NCAA Tournament. Although Syracuse held a one-point lead at half-time, Villanova took an early lead in the second half and never trailed again, winning 82–63. In the second game of the day, Providence played West Virginia; the teams both struggled throughout the game with both having scoreless streaks, but West Virginia prevailed in the end to win 58–53. In the third game of the day Cincinnati played Pittsburgh. Although the teams stayed close throughout, Pittsburgh won the game 70–64. In the final game of the day Marquette played Seton Hall.

Marquette won the game by holding Seton Hall scoreless through the last five minutes of the game to finish 67–54. The second round of the tournament was played on March 13, three of the four lower seeds won their games; the first game of the day featured Villanova facing Georgetown. Despite top-scorer Roy Hibbert not scoring the entire game, Georgetown won the game, 82–63, tying a tournament record with 17 three-point field goals. In the second game West Virginia played Connecticut. Although it was close for the majority of the game, West Virginia's six point half-time lead was enough to win the game, 78–72, the first upset of the tournament. In the third game Pittsburgh faced Louisville, a team they had knocked out of the tournament the previous two years. Although Pittsburgh had the largest lead in regulation at eight points, the game was tied at the end of the second half and it continued to overtime. Pittsburgh pulled away in the overtime period, won 76–69. In the final game of the round, Marquette played Notre Dame.

Notre Dame had a six-point lead at half-time though conference Player of the Year, Luke Harangody, had only played for seven minutes. However, Marquette's Jerel McNeal, who had 21 points in the team's first win, scored 28 to lead Marquette to an 89–79 victory; the semi-finals began with top-seed Georgetown facing West Virginia. The game was close early, but five minutes before half-time, Georgetown went on a scoring run and led 33–21 at the half. West Virginia came back and brought their

Broken Heart (Thirteen Valleys)

"Broken Heart" is a song by Scottish rock band Big Country, released in 1988 as the second single from their fourth studio album Peace in Our Time. It was produced by Peter Wolf. "Broken Heart" remained in the charts for four weeks. A music video was filmed to promote the single, it was directed by Richard Lowenstein and shot near Wittenoom, Western Australia."Broken Heart" originated as a track called "The Longest Day" which Big Country recorded around 1985. The song's chorus and melody was incorporated into "Broken Heart". "The Longest Day" was included on the 1989 single release of "Peace in Our Time". In a 1988 radio interview, Adamson picked "Broken Heart" as one of his favourites from Peace in Our Time, he recalled of the song to Sounds in 1990: "I think it's the best song I've written. It works great on electric. "Thirteen Valleys" is the one. I'll play that song, always. I'd put it up against any song." Upon release, Alex Kadis of Smash Hits commented: "Though at first this sounds shockingly like "She'll Be Coming'Round the Mountain", it soon takes a turn for the better and becomes one of those superbly atmospheric songs that Big Country have become so famous for."

In a review of Peace in Our Time, Steve Metsch of the Herald & Review described the song as "thoughtful" and one, "deserving of more air play". Alice Rudolph of the Altoona Mirror noted the album's "unique rhythms", including "what could be described as high-tech cowboy" in "Broken Heart". Jim Bohen of the Daily Record commented: "They've found new delicacy in instrumental touches like the interplay of mandolin and synthesizer that closes "Broken Heart"." Peter Tesch of The Signpost described the song as "beautiful semi-ballad", as well as being "strong and passionate". William Ruhlmann of AllMusic recommended the song by labelling it an AMG Pick Track. James Masterton, in his book Chart Watch UK - Hits of 1989, considered the song "capable of standing shoulder to shoulder with past classics such as "One Great Thing" and "Fields of Fire"." 7" single"Broken Heart" - 5:14 "Soapy Soutar Strikes Back" - 4:1512" single"Broken Heart" - 5:14 "Soapy Soutar Strikes Back" - 4:15 "When a Drum Beats" - 6:20 "On the Shore" - 3:39CD single"Broken Heart" - 5:14 "Soapy Soutar Strikes Back" - 4:15 "Wonderland" - 7:10CD single"Broken Heart" - 5:14 "Soapy Soutar Strikes Back" - 4:15 "Made in Heaven" - 5:10 "When a Drum Beats" - 5:04Cassette and CD single"Broken Heart" - 5:10 "Soapy Soutar Strikes Back" - 4:06 "When a Drum Beats" - 4:06 "Starred and Crossed" - 4:06 Big Country Stuart Adamson - vocals, guitar Bruce Watson - guitar Tony Butler - bass Mark Brzezicki - drumsAdditional musicians Peter Wolf - keyboardsProduction Peter Wolf - producer of "Broken Heart" Big Country - producers of all tracks except "Broken Heart" and "Wonderland" Steve Lillywhite - producer of "Wonderland" Brian Malouf - engineer and mixing on "Broken Heart" Jeremy Smith - engineer on "Broken Heart" Gonzalo Espinoza, Jeff Poe, Kristen Connolly - assistant engineers on "Broken Heart" Geoff Pesche - mastering Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics