Milo Under-18 schools football action on today

first_imgMILO schools football action will resume today and tomorrow at the Ministry of Education ground in the Milo/Ministry of Public Health-sponsored U-18 football tournament.In the first of the three games carded for today, St Rose’s High will take on St Winefride’s Secondary from 11:00hrs while the Bishops’ go toe-to-toe with Houston Secondary from 12:30hrs.North Ruimveldt will oppose Freeburg in the final game of the afternoon from 14:00hrs.On Sunday from 11:00hrs, the action will pit Kingston Secondary against St Mary’s while Tucville Secondary will challenge Charlestown Secondary from 12:30hrs.Lodge Secondary will meet East Ruimveldt Secondary in game three of the day from 14:00hrs while Morgan’s Learning Centre will clash with St John’s College.last_img read more

Sangakkara steers Tallawahs to second CPL win

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Reigning Caribbean Premier League champions Jamaica Tallawahs won their second on the trot when they beat Trinbago Knight Riders by four wickets here Wednesday night.Chasing 148 at Queen’s Park Oval, Tallawahs got home with four balls remaining to notch their second win in four days, following their opening loss to Barbados Tridents in Florida last weekend.Tallawahs were guided by Sri Lankan star and captain Kumar Sangakkara who top-scored with 47 while opening partner Lendl Simmons struck 38.Champion off-spinner Sunil Narine (2-21) and seamer Kevon Cooper (2-25) grabbed two wickets apiece.New Zealander Colin Munro had earlier top-scored with 41 as TKR, sent in, were dismissed for 147 with a ball to spare.Left-hander Darren Bravo punched 33 while opener Narine blasted 23, but seamers Odean Smith (3-20) and Kesrick Williams (2-36) snatched three wickets apiece to retard TKR’s progress.In fact, the hosts were cruising at 109 for two in the 10th over before suffering a dramatic collapse, losing their last eight wickets for a mere 38 runs.Narine had given the innings an energetic start, smacking a pair of fours and sixes in an 11-ball cameo, adding 33 for the first wicket with New Zealander Brendon McCullum (16).When Narine perished in the fifth over caught at mid-wicket by Simmons off Man-of-the-Match Williams, Munro and Bravo put TKR on top with a 57-run third-wicket stand.Munro struck five fours and two sixes off 25 balls while Bravo also faced 25 deliveries and counted two fours and two sixes.Once Munro holed out in the deep at the end of the 10th, however, the innings slumped into terminal decline.Tallawahs’ run chase was given an immediate boost when Sangakkara and Simmons put on 61 off 33 balls for the first wicket.While the left-handed Sangakkara was measured in his 41-ball knock which included seven fours, Simmons played with abandon, carving out four fours and three sixes off just 18 balls.Simmons was one of three wickets to fall for 32 runs in the space of 30 balls when he was bowled by Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan in the sixth over but Tallawahs kept their focus to get home in the final over.last_img read more

Johnson hits unbeaten 106 against Red Force

first_imgGUYANA Jaguars, led by a superb unbeaten century from their skipper Leon Johnson and 84 from opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul, ended day one in a position of command against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in their fourth round clash in the Regional four-day championship.Winning the toss and batting first in the day/night match at the Brian Lara Stadium , the Guyanese batsmen reached an impressive 245 for 2 at the close of play last night.After losing opener Chanderpaul Hemraj for 22 with the score at 33, Johnson joined Chanderpaul and the two left-handers put together an impressive second wicket partnership of 174 , before Chanderpaul was dismissed for 84.But Johnson was still there at the close, unbeaten on 106, which has so far come off 220 balls. His not out partner is Vishaul Singh on 22.last_img read more

CWI/PCL 4-day tournament….

first_imgSeamers put Jaguars on topTHE Guyana Jaguars’ seamers produced a sensational bowling display to keep the three-time defending champions on track for victory against Barbados Pride in the fifth round Cricket West Indies (CWI) Professional Cricket League (PCL) four-day game at the National Stadium, Providence yesterday.Pacer Keemo Paul struck four vital blows while Sherefane Rutherford and Keon Joseph grabbed the other three wickets to leave the tourists facing a difficult final day.Leading by 20 runs, the Jaguars then rocked the visitors in their second innings, and when bad light stopped play, the Pride were tottering on 126-7, a lead of 106 runs.Paul claimed 4-38 in an incisive, 17.2-over spell while Rutherford had 2-40, and Joseph 1-23.Earlier, night-watchman Gudakesh Motie rose to the occasion, scoring a gritty unbeaten 72 from 147 balls, inclusive of ten fours and a six, as the hosts took a vital first innings advantage.Resuming the day on 180-4, the three-times defending champions progressed to 219, with veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul (30) adding 15 to his overnight total before left-arm spinner, Jomel Warrican (3-91), removed both Chanderpaul and Anthony Bramble (0) off consecutive deliveries.The 43-year-old Chanderpaul was caught and bowled, while Bramble was adjudged leg before wicket. However, Motie, who resumed the day on three, shared a 45-run seventh-wicket partnership with Paul; Motie flourished as his innings progressed.His fifty came off 97 balls, but soon after the partnership was broken when Paul (19) was bowled by Kenroy Williams shortly before lunch.After the interval Rutherford joined forces with Motie and contributed a 34-ball 25, which took the hosts pass the visitors first innings 294, before off-spinner Ashley Nurse (3-33), claimed the final three wickets of Rutherford (25), Veerasammy Permaul (4), and Keon Joseph (0).With the pitch starting to show some variable bounce, the visitors then made a poor start to their second innings, when Joseph had Shayne Moseley caught in the slip corridor for five with just nine runs on the board.Fellow opener Anthony Alleyne and Shamar Brooks (22) attempted to resurrect the innings, but immediately after tea, Paul had also found just enough movement to trouble Brooks, who was bowled by a ball that shaped to swing away but then straightened to pass between bat and pad, to make it 37-2.The 19-year-old Paul then dismissed Kevin Stoute (11), who was undone by a good ball that moved away fractionally off the seam.Alleyne and Williams then survived a testing period until Alleyne went off Rutherford for a 77-ball 32.But the Jaguars were further inspired by Paul, who trapped Williams leg before wicket for 11, before he had Justin Greaves taken at the wicket for one.Rutherford then bowled Ashley Nurse (1), but Jonathan Carter (14 not out) and Mario Rampersaud (one not out), survived until play ended.SCOREBOARDGUYANA JAGUARS 1st innings (O/N 180-4)T. Chanderpaul c Rampersaud b Warrican 52C. Hemraj run out (Greaves) 79L. Johnson* b Carter 02V. Singh c Rampersaud b Greaves 15S. Chanderpaul c and b Warrican 30G. Motie not out 72A. Bramble lbw b Warrican 0K. Paul b Williams 19S. Rutherford c Harding b Nurse 25V. Permaul b Nurse 4K. Joseph c Brooks b Nurse 0Total: (all out; 105.4 overs) 314Extras: (b-4, lb-4, w-1, nb-8) 17Fall of wickets: 1-115, 2-120, 3-147,4-173, 5-219, 6-219, 7-264, 8-302, 9-314, 10-314Bowling: Greaves 13-1-44-1, Harding 15-2-45-0, Nurse 8.4-2-33-3, Stoute 20-7-35-0, Warrican 29-6-91-3, Carter 6-1-8-1, Williams 14-5-50-1Barbados Pride 2nd InningsA. Alleyne c Paul b Rutherford 32S. Mosely c Singh b Joseph 5S. Brooks b Paul 22K. Stoute c wk Bramble b Paul 11K. Williams lbw b Paul 11J. Carter not out 14J. Greaves c wk Bramble b Paul 0A. Nurse not out 1Total: (for seven wickets; 37.2 overs) 126Extras: (w-1, b-24, nb-3) 28Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-37, 3-61, 4-80, 5-98, 6-105Bowling: Joseph 9-4-23-1, Paul 17.2-8-38-4, Rutherford 10-3-40-2, Motie 1-0-1-0Position: Pride lead by 106 with three second innings wickets standinglast_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: April 27, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-SAINTS-WINSTONAP source: Saints, Winston in ‘advanced’ negotiationsNEW ORLEANS (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Saints and quarterback Jameis Winston are working on a contract proposal to make the former Buccaneers starter a backup to Drew Brees. The person says the Saints and Winston are in “advanced” talks. GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida guards Andrew Nembhard and Tre Mann have declared for the NBA draft while keeping open the option of returning to school.The Gators made the announcement on the final day underclassmen had to decide on their futures.Nembhard hired an NCAA-certified agent so he can retain his college eligibility and potentially return to school. He returned last year after not getting invited to the NBA scouting combine.The sophomore averaged 11.2 points, 5.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 2019-20. Mann, a freshman, averaged 5.3 points off the bench.Nembhard’s decision comes after two other Florida starters — guard Scottie Lewis and forward Keyontae Johnson — decided to stay in school.The Gators seem to be equipped to handle both potential departures. They have Ques Glover and former Cleveland State standout Tyree Appleby to play the point next season. — Safety Kavon Frazier, who missed most of last season with a pectoral injury, has signed with the Miami Dolphins. Frazier was limited to four games in 2019 for the Dallas Cowboys before going on injured reserve. In four seasons with Dallas, he played 44 games, starting twice, and also contributed on special teams. Frazier becomes the 11th free agent to join the Dolphins this offseason. He was a sixth-round draft pick in 2016 out of Central Michigan. NFL DRAFT-TV RATINGSNFL draft averages record 8.4M viewers across 3 daysUNDATED (AP) — Seth Markman was just as nervous as NFL coaches and general managers about the unknown factors involved with a virtual draft. But the ESPN executive producer said he was overwhelmed with how everything came together over the three days. It also ended up being must-see TV as the first significant live sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic ground everything to a halt.The draft averaged a record 8.4 million viewers over all three days, according to the NFL and Nielsen. Bull Riding resumes, but no fansGUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA (AP) — The Professional Bull Riders returned from a 41-day break this weekend in Guthrie, Oklahoma, for an Unleash The Beast event originally scheduled for Las Vegas. The two-day competition at Lazy E Arena was closed to fans to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Fabiano Vieira won the competition with the only 3-for-3 performance. The 37-year-old Brazilian earned $11,000 and 104 points to jump from 14th to ninth in the season standings.The PBR also plans to stage two-day events at the Lazy E on May 9-10 and 16-17.VIRUS OUTBREAK-ITALYItalian sports to resume training soon NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he can envision baseball games being played without fans this summer at Yankee Stadium and the Mets’ Citi Field.The Democrat said “Be creative. Try to figure it out,” during his briefing Sunday. Adding that if players could get paid more than staying home and owners would get some revenue versus total shutdown, why not? He’d love to watch.Cuomo says he has spoken with owners of professional sports teams, but he did not identify which ones. They would have to make the economics work without gate revenue but with broadcast revenue.Cuomo said that everybody has to think outside the box, because there is no box.VIRUS OUTBREAK-BULL RIDING The previous high was 6.2 million last year.MLB-CLEVELAND-FURLOUGHSIndians to furlough some employeesCLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians will pay regular salaries to full-time employees through June 30, but the club has had to furlough others due to the COVID-19 outbreak.The team said senior executives took “voluntary salary reductions” to ensure the team could continue to pay staffers. The Indians confirmed they have furloughed many of their part-time employees and interns. Those will take effect on May 1. In other college basketball news:— San Diego State forward Matt Mitchell has declared for the NBA draft while keeping open the option of returning to school. The Aztecs made the announcement on the final day underclassmen had to decide on their futures.  The school says Mitchell did not hire an agent, allowing him to maintain his collegiate eligibility.  Mitchell has until June 3 to withdraw his name from draft consideration and return to SDSU for his final season.  Mitchell started the season as the sixth man but started the final 19 games. He was named to the All-Mountain West first team.— South Carolina forward A.J. Lawson is entering the NBA draft for a second straight season. Lawson is a 6-foot-6 sophomore who also went through the process after his freshman season. Like a year ago, Lawson is not hiring an agent giving him the chance to return to the Gamecocks. Lawson started all 31 games for South Carolina, averaging a team-best 13.4 points a game. Lawson had until Sunday to enter the draft. He has until June 3 to pull his name out and return for his junior season.  VIRUS OUTBREAK-CUOMO-BASEBALLGovernor envisions baseball without fans this season Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte says professional sports teams can resume training on May 18.The move means that the Serie A soccer league could resume playing games in June.Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.Conte also said that athletes in individual sports can resume training on May 4.ARKANSAS DERBY Cavallari, Cutler getting divorced after 7 years of marriageCHICAGO (AP) — Reality TV star Kristin Cavallari and former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler are getting divorced.Cavallari said in an Instagram post Sunday that she and her husband are breaking up after seven years of marriage and a decade together.Cutler played 12 seasons in the NFL with Denver, Chicago and Miami. He was with the Bears from 2009-2016.Cavallari and Cutler have three young children — two sons and a daughter.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Indians are one of the few teams to guarantee full-time workers their salaries through June.MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told teams last week he was suspending non-player personnel contracts on May 1. Many teams agreed to pay employees through May.Baseball has been shut down since March 12 and the start of the season remains unclear.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-FLORIDA-NEMBHARDNembhard declares for draft again Arkansas Derby to be run in 2 divisionsUNDATED (AP) — For the first time, the Arkansas Derby will be run in two divisions next weekend.Both will carry the full 170 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby. The race was originally set to have a $1 million purse.Now, each division will be worth $500,000. A total of 22 horses are expected to run on Saturday between the two divisions, including winners of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Rebel Stakes, Tampa Bay Derby and Louisiana Derby.CAVALLARI AND CUTLER DIVORCE The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because negotiations were ongoing.Winston passed for 5,109 yards and 33 touchdowns last season but also threw 30 interceptions. Tampa Bay has replaced Winston with ex-Patriots QB Tom Brady.Meanwhile, the Saints says reserve QB Taysom Hill has a new two-year contract.In other NFL news:— Seattle Seahawks veteran offensive lineman D.J. Fluker said he has been released by the team after two seasons as their starting right guard. Fluker posted on Twitter that he had been informed by coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider of the decision. The move came two days after Seattle drafted Fluker’s heir apparent in LSU guard Damien Lewis in the third round of the NFL draft. Seattle has also added several interior offensive linemen this offseason, including B.J. Finney, Kahlil McKenzie and Chance Warmack. The move with Fluker will save Seattle about $3.6 million against the salary cap.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— The Twins regained their power stroke as Jake Cave hit a grand slam and Nelson Cruz homered twice in a 14-2 assault on the White Sox. Cruz added two doubles and drove in seven runs for the reigning AL Central champion Twins, who set a major league record for home runs last year. Kenta Maeda (mah-EH’-dah) allowed two runs and struck out six in five innings to win his Minnesota debut.— Kevin Kiermaier’s first hit of the season was a two-run triple in the 10th inning that gave the Rays a 6-5 victory over the Blue Jays. The Rays scored twice in the ninth to force extra innings, then fell behind again 5-4 when Blue Jays pinch-runner Santiago Espinal stole third base and scored on Lourdes Gurriel Jr.’s sacrifice fly. Ji-Man Choi hit a solo homer and worked out a bases-loaded walk in Tampa Bay’s two-run ninth.— The Orioles earned a 7-4 victory against the Red Sox as Rio Ruiz and Anthony Santander each belted two-run homers. José Iglesias added four hits as the Birds beat the Bosox for the second straight game following a 13-2 loss on opening day. Baltimore’s Wade LeBlanc gave up two home runs but settled down over 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and four hits while striking out four.— Brian Anderson and Miguel Rojas each hit three-run homers to power the Marlins to an 11-6 rout of the Phillies. Miami rallied from 4-0 and 5-4 holes to rough up embattled Phillies starter Vince Velasquez and four relievers. The Marlins took the rubber match despite the absence of hurler Jose Urena, who was scratched about 90 minutes before the first pitch amid concerns of a team outbreak of the coronavirus.— The Tigers pulled out a 3-2 win over the Reds on C.J. Cron’s tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth inning. Detroit rallied after Cincinnati starter Trevor Bauer matched a career high with 13 strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. Spencer Turnbull pitched one-run ball over five innings for the Tigers in his first start since he went 3-17 with a 4.61 ERA last season. UNDATED (AP) — The injury news isn’t good for a pair of Texas major league teams.Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander has a strained right forearm and will be shut down for at least two weeks.Astros manager Dusty Baker made the announcement on Sunday but denied a report that said the injury would end Verlander’s season. He said Verlander would be evaluated after two weeks.Baker said Verlander felt “tenderness” in his arm during his start on Friday, where he pitched six innings and got the win. He had an MRI on Saturday, and now he’ll miss at least roughly a third of this 60-game regular season. Meanwhile, Rangers right-hander Corey Kluber (KLOO’-bur) left his first start in almost 15 months after just one inning Sunday due to shoulder tightness. The Yanks trailed 2-0 until Torres delivered a solo homer and a go-ahead single to lead a 3-2 victory over the Nationals in Washington. Patrick Corbin retired New York’s first 11 batters and 18 of the first 19. But Torres ended the shutout bid with a long home with one out in the seventh to chase Corbin.Nats reliever Will Harris promptly served up a solo homer by Luke Voit (voyt) that knotted the score.Trea Turner homered for the Nationals.Elsewhere around the majors:— Shohei Ohtani (SHO’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) didn’t record an out in the two-way star’s long-awaited return to the mound for the Angels, allowing the first six Oakland batters to reach base in a 6-4 loss to the Athletics. The right-hander from Japan gave up Marcus Semien’s leadoff single and three straight walks before a mound visit and Mark Canha’s two-run single. The Angels wasted a big day by Mike Trout, who hit a three-run homer in the third and a sacrifice fly in the fifth. The issue was not that Williams left the bubble but that he also went to a club on that trip to Atlanta, and photographs of that visit appeared on social media. That prompted an investigation by NBA security. In other NBA news: — Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) is hurting, and that’s a cause for concern as the Philadelphia 76ers get set to restart their season this week. The All-Star starting center sat out Philadelphia’s scrimmage against Oklahoma City on Sunday with right calf tightness, something 76ers coach Brett Brown hopes is merely a minor blip. Embiid has an extensive injury history and has never appeared in more than 64 games in a regular season. He missed 21 of Philadelphia’s 65 games this season before the March 11 shutdown. — Boston’s Kemba Walker and Phoenix’s Ricky Rubio were back in action Sunday, going head-to-head in a Celtics-Suns scrimmage. Both missed the first scrimmages with their teams inside the NBA bubble last week. Walker missed the first scrimmage with left knee soreness. Rubio was a late arrival at Disney and the Suns wanted to get him a couple of more practices before he saw any scrimmage action. NHL-NEWS Update on the latest sports The two-time Cy Young Award winner was making his first appearance for a team other than Cleveland after an offseason trade. He threw 18 pitches while facing three batters. Colorado’s Trevor Story walked and was thrown out trying to steal. The Rangers said the 34-year-old Kluber reported feeling the tightness in the first few pitches and it got worse as the inning progressed. He was examined by a team doctor and will be further evaluated Monday. In other MLB news: — Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez says he is awaiting results of additional testing after doctors recently discovered an issue with his heart they believe is a result of his recent bout with COVID-19. The 27-year-old left-hander tested positive for the coronavirus before the start of summer camp, but was cleared and returned to workouts on July 18. He hasn’t had another positive coronavirus test, but said an MRI revealed a condition called myocarditis, that the team’s medical staff felt was serious enough to shut him down for at least a week. — Reds second baseman Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) went on the injured list Sunday after he woke up feeling sick. Manager David Bell said Moustakas didn’t feel well when he woke up Sunday morning and was told to stay home as a precaution. Center fielder Nick Senzel was a late scratch from Cincinnati’s lineup for the final game of a series against the Tigers. The moves came a day after Reds infielder Matt Davidson went on the injured list because he tested positive for COVID-19. — Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman won’t travel with the team to the NHL’s Eastern Conference “secure zone” in Toronto because of a personal matter. General manager Julien BriseBois (BREEZ’-bwah) says Hedman will go from his home to the rink and back and avoid the general public in Florida this week before joining his teammates. He’s expected to be able to practice upon arrival and play in Tampa Bay’s first playoff game Aug. 3. — Well-traveled NHL forward Eddie Shack has died at 83, according to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Known for his bruising style, distinctive skating gait and larger-than-life personality, Shack won four Stanley Cups with Toronto in the 1960s. Nicknamed “The Entertainer” — with his trademark cowboy hat and luxurious mustache — he scored the winning goal for the Leafs in the 1963 final. PGA-3M OPENThompson wins in Minnesota BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Michael Thompson birdied two of the last three holes for a 4-under 67 and a two-stroke victory in the 3M Open. — The Indians were 9-2 winners over the Royals in Carlos Carrasco’s first start since being diagnosed with leukemia over a year ago. Carrasco struck out 10 in six-plus innings, and José Ramírez homered twice in the rubber match of the series. Ramírez hit a three-run homer left-handed in the fourth and added a solo shot from the right side in the sixth.— Trevor Story homered twice for the Rockies in a 5-2 decision over the Rangers. Story belted a tying two-run shot in the fourth and added a solo drive that put Colorado ahead, 4-2. Texas slugger Joey Gallo hit the first home run in the club’s new $1.2 billion retractable roof stadium, a 437-foot shot.— The Diamondbacks scored twice in each of their final two at-bats to down the Padres, 4-3. Ketel Marte scored the tying run in the eighth and lifted a sacrifice fly in the ninth to put Arizona ahead. David Peralta’s RBI single capped the Diamondbacks’ scoring.MLB-NEWS Kluber pulled early, Verlander shut down Associated Press July 27, 2020 Arizona GM steps down UNDATED (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes aren’t very happy with John Chayka’s decision to step down just a week after the team opens the Stanley Cup qualifiers against Nashville.The Coyotes issued a statement saying they are disappointed in his actions and his timing of the resignation. They added that “Chayka has chosen to quit on a strong and competitive team, a dedicated staff, and the Arizona Coyotes fans, the greatest fans in the NHL.”Chayka made a name for himself as one of the NHL’s top general managers since being promoted in 2016 and recently signed a contract extension through 2024 late last year. His relationship with new owner Alex Meruelo began to deteriorate when he asked for permission to pursue another, non-NHL opportunity. The Arizona Republic reported Chayka was not invited to a recent dinner with Meruelo and new CEO Xavier Gutierrez to talk with Taylor Hall about a contract extension. In other NHL news: — The President has backed out of an opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 15. Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that he won’t be able to make the trip because of his “strong focus” on the coronavirus, vaccines and the economy. Trump said in the tweet: “We will make it later in the season!” NBA-NEWS Clippers’ Williams will serve 10-day quarantine, miss games LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA said Sunday that Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers is being quarantined for 10 days because of his trip out of the league’s bubble last week to attend a family member’s funeral. He will miss at least two of the Clippers’ seeding games, including their July 30 opener against the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s possible he could miss more than two since his likely release will be Aug. 4, the day of the Clippers’ third seeding game. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULEYanks take series from NatsUNDATED (AP) — Gleyber Torres had the big hits as the New York Yankees took the rubber match of their three-game series with the defending World Series champs. — The Braves torched the Mets, 14-1 behind Dansby Swanson, who was 3-for-5 with a solo homer and five RBIs. Marcel Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nuh), Austin Riley and Ozzie Albies also went deep as Atlanta easily captured the rubber match of the three-game set. Rick Porcello was rocked for six earned runs over just two innings in his Mets debut.— The Giants gained a split of their four-game series with the Dodgers as Mauricio Dubon poked a tiebreaking, RBI single in the sixth inning of San Francisco’s 3-1 win at Los Angeles. Darin Ruf and Donovan Solano each had two hits and an RBI in the Giants’ second straight win. Tyler Rogers worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth before Trevor Gott pitched the ninth to get the save.— Tyler Chatwood pitched three-hit ball over six innings of the Cubs’ 9-1 thumping of the Brewers. Willson Contreras smacked an RBI double in the Cubs’ four-run fourth and a long solo homer in the seventh. Ian Happ added a two-run drive in the eighth and Anthony Rizzo belted a solo shot one out later. — Colin Moran and Jose Osuna homered as the Pirates got their first win under new manager Derek Shelton, 5-1 versus the Cardinals. Shelton also was involved in the majors’ first socially-distanced umpire argument as he and plate umpire Jordan Baker each wore face coverings while jawing six feet apart. Winning pitcher Mitch Heller allowed a run and three hits over five innings to help Pittsburgh beat St. Louis for just the second time in their last 14 meetings.— The Mariners finally beat the Astros for the first time in 16 tries as Kyle Lewis hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth inning of Seattle’s 7-6 verdict over Houston. The Mariners trailed by 1 entering the eighth until Shed Long Jr.’s run-scoring single tied it at 5 with one out. Tim Lopes had three hits and scored twice for Seattle, which went 1-18 versus the Astros last year. Thompson finished 19 under in his second PGA victory, seven years after his first.Adam Long took second after a 64. Richy Werenski shared the lead with Thompson after both Friday and Saturday before shooting a 70 to fall into a tie for third at minus-16.Tony Finau finished in the third-place group after a 68.last_img read more

Von Miller’s ankle injury hits kicker Brandon McManus hard

first_imgMiller feels the same way about McManus.“I just picture us with gray hair, out of shape, sitting on the porch somewhere, watching our grandkids play,” Miller has said about his odd-couple friendship with McManus. “That’s just B-Mac and I. I can’t even really remember like the official start of it or anything, but now we have that bond, his family, my family.”McManus said their friendship began in the 2015 offseason.“I’d say it blossomed quickly,” McManus said. “It was like a fast-growing plant. It just needed to be watered a little bit.”“It’s just been awesome to get to know him and his parents over the years and my dad and his dad have become great friends over the years,” McManus added. “So, it’s become a great friendship that I know will continue until we get older together. He’s been a true great friend. He’s the godfather to my second twin. He was the No. 2 draft pick in 2011, so I gave him the second pick, the second baby.” September 12, 2020 One of the few outward things Miller and McManus have in common is their competitive fire.“We both want to be the most successful athlete ever at our positions,” McManus said. “I love being a successful athlete in anything I do and Von’s super competitive as well. He says in interviews all the time he’s mad that I’m good at everything. But that’s just my competitive nature.” “I never want to be looked at as a kicker and I never act like a kicker because that’s not my personality,” added McManus, who signed a four-year, $17.2 million extension Friday night. “It’s just something that I found that I could be really good at and be successful at and play professionally.”NOTES: Coach Vic Fangio said OLB Bradley Chubb (knee) will play Monday night. He’s optimistic WR Courtland Sutton (shoulder) will, too, but “he’s got to pass the most primitive test there is — he’s got to be able to do 10 jumping jacks.” WR K.J. Hamler (hamstring) is questionable and ILB Mark Barron (hamstring) is out.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller’s devastating ankle injury six days before Denver’s season opener against Tennessee was especially gut-wrenching for Brandon McManus.They’ve been Broncos BFFs since 2015, this mild-mannered kicker from Pennsylvania and the gregarious superstar linebacker from Dallas.That was the year they helped lead the Broncos on a Super Bowl run, with McManus hitting all 10 of his field goals in the playoffs and Miller destroying game plans and sweeping past tackles trying to keep him off of the quarterback. More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Miller is looking at months of rehab instead of the monster season that he and so many others were expecting.“It’s super tough,” McManus told The Associated Press. “Everybody knows how hard Von’s been training all offseason, but I knew better than anyone. I was FaceTiming with him when he was out in San Francisco, then in Dallas training and then here in Denver, as well. So, I knew even more the depth that he’s gone into to prime himself for a great year.”McManus said he and Miller talked about how if he had gotten hurt in the opener, at least he would have experienced playing with his newfound physique and psyche.“Even if he got to play three quarters of the first game, just for him to feel like what his body was like for all this work it would have been great,” McManus said. McManus said Miller is already talking about putting that same effort and energy into his rehab for a comeback like Bryant and Jordan did on the basketball court in their day.center_img Associated Press Von Miller’s ankle injury hits kicker Brandon McManus hard Just like he did that year, Miller had a terrific training camp this summer.Inspired by Kobe Bryant’s legacy, Michael Jordan’s documentary and his own bout with the COVID-19, Miller reshaped his body at age 31 and dedicated himself to reclaiming his status as the league’s premier pass rusher.A buff Miller looked as if he had been training for a heavyweight fight and appeared primed for a big year after a camp in which he was routinely removed from drills after a single snap for fear he’d wreck the workouts.Then, Miller took a misstep on the final play at an indoor practice Tuesday and everything changed.He underwent surgery Friday to fix a dislodged tendon in his left foot. “After he got over feeling sorry for himself, he had that opportunity to watch these players who had great comebacks from injuries and that’s what he’s primed to do, and I know that he’ll do that,” McManus said.At best, Miller returns after three months. At worst, he never plays in Denver again. He’s due $18 million next season, the final year of the six-year, $114.1 million deal that he signed after winning Super Bowl 50 MVP honors. Should they part ways in 2021, the Broncos would only take a $4,225,000 salary cap hit.McManus is bummed he won’t have Miller with him on game days this fall.“As a friend, obviously it was upsetting just because I love to have him on the field all the times and during games we get to chat and stuff at certain times and I love watching him play,” McManus said. “Obviously, my position is not as exciting to watch but I truly love watching him play out there, so I’ll miss that.”last_img read more

Misbah named Pakistan head coach, Waqar new bowling coach

first_img(REUTERS) – Former captain Misbah-ul-Haq was named Pakistan’s head coach as well as the chief selector on a three-year contract yesterday, with pace great Waqar Younis joining him as the team’s new bowling coach.Misbah and Waqar have worked together in the past when the former was Pakistan captain and the latter was head coach.“It is very humbling for me to join a select group of some of the very best to have coached the Pakistan national sides in the past,” Misbah, who scored over 10 300 international runs in 75 Tests and 162 one-dayers, said in a statement. “It is an honour and more than that, a massive responsibility as we live and breathe cricket.“I know expectations are high, but I am absolutely ready and up for the task, otherwise I would not have thrown my name in the hat for one of the most challenging and coveted roles in Pakistan cricket.” Misbah will wield tremendous influence in Pakistan cricket after also taking over as the chairman of selectors with head coaches of the six first-class association sides as his fellow selectors.On the 45-year-old’s recommendation, former captain Waqar returned to the coaching staff on a three-year contract.“We have exciting young fast bowlers in our ranks and there is no better person than Waqar to transform them into modern-day stars,” Misbah said.“Both Waqar and I had a candid and frank discussion and we agreed on a number of things, including roles and responsibilities as well as how to take things forward.” The overhaul of the backroom staff follows the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision to not renew head coach Mickey Arthur’s contract after the team’s failure to reach the semi-finals of this year’s World Cup.During the tournament, the PCB had promised a robust review and analysis of the side’s performances, and that of the team support personnel, over the past three years.Last month, Misbah took charge of a national training camp ahead of the new international season.His first assignment as the new head coach will be the limited overs home series against Sri Lanka, which will be played from September 27 to October 9. Pakistan’s first series as part of the inaugural World Test Championship will be in Australia, where Pakistan will play in Brisbane (November 21-25), followed by a day-night Test in Adelaide (November 29-December 3).Misbah, Pakistan’s most successful and longest serving Test captain, retired from international cricket in 2017 after a distinguished career, but played for Peshawar Zalmi in this year’s Pakistan Super League Twenty20 tournament.last_img read more

DDL Junior Chess tournament set for this weekend

first_imgTHE first of six junior chess tournaments, planned by the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) and sponsored by DDL TOPCO juices, is set for tomorrow at the National Aquatic Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown. Admission is free for all players and registration starts at 9:00hrs at the same venue on tournament day.The GCF successfully clinched a renewed sponsorship package earlier this week with beverage giant, Demerara Distillers Ltd (DDL) under its TOPCO juices brand for the junior competitions.DDL TOPCO juices has committed $320,000 to the chess body to cover prizes for the six competitions and Sharda Veeren-Chand, DDL Marketing Director, was pleased to disclose the approval of the sponsorship.The company played a dominant role in the sponsorship of tournaments previously. The six junior tournaments will be staged by the GCF during November and December, 2019.Frankie Farley, president of the GCF, thanked DDL for its involvement and the important role of the company in the development of local chess.“Your generous contribution will be instrumental in making our vision a reality by helping to offset part of the cost associated with the implementation of the various planned initiatives,” Farley asserted.The upcoming one-day tournament consists of 12 rounds. Each player will be allotted 10 minutes plus 5 seconds increment per round. Interested players can contact Rashad on 658-3004, Davion on 656-4032 or Anthony on 613-2083 for more information.last_img read more

Bakewell  renews cricket sponsorship of RHTYSC Cricket teams for 2020

first_img..marks 21st year of a  strong relationshipGUYANA’s  most popular bakery,Bakewell  recently renewed its long standing relationship with Guyana leading Youth and Sports organisation.the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club MS .The company since March 2000 has sponsored the club’s Uunder- 17 and second division teams and in 2020,would be sponsoring the teams for two hundred and sixty thousand dollars.The two teams since 2000 has won a combined thirty one tournaments and has been the dominant teams in the ancient county over the last few years.Club Secretary /CEO Hilbert Foster at the simple presentation at the Bakewell Head office ,Triumph,.ECD noted that the company was one of the main reasons why the club was so successful and has been able to make a positive difference in the lives of others.Foster,who is also the president of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) stated that in an era where sponsorship is difficult to obtain,the RHTYSC has been able to maintain its relationship with sponsors because of its record of achievements,honesty,accountability and fulfilling commitments Foster disclosed that under the sponsorship the two teams has produced over fifty players for Berbice, ,Guyana and the West Indies combined.They include Assad Fudadin,Royston Crandon,Esuan Crandon,Renwick Batson,Khemraj Mahadeo,Delbert Hicks,Shemaine Campbelle,Erva Giddings,Kevin Sinclair,Kevelon Anderson,Clinton Pestano ,Junior Sinclair,Jonathan Rampersaud and James Fraser.Off the cricket field ,the teams have successfully completed over 1200 personal development programmes under the sub headings of sports,culture,charity,youth development,community development,social and religious among others.Among the programmes hosted have been father of the year,mother of the year,senior citizens breakfast project,Christmas village ,say no/say yes,patron fund,school bags ,feeding of the poor,corona virus hamper charity outreach,cricket academy and summer educational camp.With the BCB cricket season been on hold due to the current pandemic ,the teams along  eight  other teams of the club has shared out over 2500 food hampers to less fortunate families across Berbice and is also hosting the ongoing Basil Butcher Memorial project.Asst Secretary/CEO Simon Naidu committed the two teams to upholding their high standards on and off the cricket field.He disclosed that the club would meet shortly to name captains for the two teams as the current captains Kevin Sinclair and Jonathan Rampersaud  are no longer available to play at the levels.Sinclair is now a senior national player while Rampersaud in now an under 19 player.Naidu expressed gratitude to the company for their continued confidence in the club and the second division team has several finals to play in ,once the cricket season restarts .Bakewell General Manger ,Rajin Ganga stated that the club cherishes its relationship with the RHTYSC,MS and the relationship would continue in the future as the club has been outstanding representatives of the Bakewell brand.He wished the teams more success  and urge the players to continue been discipline at all times.last_img read more

SuperSport’s Never-ending Season Continues with AFCON Qualifiers

first_imgThe countdown to Euro 2016 also continues on SuperSport with high profile warm-up matches featuring a Germany in need of regaining winning momentum ahead of the June 10 – July 10 spectacle.Broadcast details includes the Botswana match against Uganda on SS4HD, SS4 and SS9E. While Guinea-Bissau and Zambia would be shown on SS9 just as Gambia’s tie against South Africa will come up on SS4HD and Côte D Ivoire will tackle Gabon with all the matches coming up tomorrow.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram It may officially be the off-season, but football continues on the World of Champions with nine 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.With the Gabon 2017 qualifiers two matches from being concluded, it’s now a matter of win or bust for former champions South Africa and Zambia. In the same predicament are Botswana, Angola and Mauritius.All five nations lie in third place in their respective groups and must win this weekend to keep alive the faint hopes of progressing to the finals as the two best overall runners-up.last_img read more

Awogu: Nigerian Premier League Has Grown

first_imgThe General Manager of Super Sports, Felix Awogu, has hailed the League Management Company, LMC, for giving Nigerian football fans a league to behold.In a chat with journalists in his office, Awogu said this season’s league has been one of the best in recent years.“This is the best I have seen in a long time. The league has grown; there have been more wins in the league this season than any in our history. The records are there to cross-check. Though, there have been little issues of violence but not as bad as it used to be. These are little hiccups.This is the first time Super sports have done a direct deal with the league. We have gone through third parties before now, but for the first time in the last one year, we have decided to say, ‘let’s work with the league directly, and it is paying off, and we are very happy, and we are going to continue to work in that direction,” Awogu said.Asked if he backs the idea of mid-week matches in our league considering the state of our roads in the country.“I do. First and foremost, you have to look at the fact that midweek matches, especially Friday matches which are very unique have attracted more fans to the stadia than the 4pm matches. It’s an innovation, they have to keep trying things. For the first time, the average attendance in the Nigeria league has hit 15,000. Even the EPL is just about 20,000. There is a growth pattern in the league which we should commend. It is something I will always hit my chest and say yes, I think we have delivered and added value to Nigeria.Awogu indeed frowned over none payment of players’ salaries, saying any one that cannot pay the salaries of players have no business in the league.“Even if they are owned by the government, if government cannot afford it, government should let it go. Get investors to take over. We have small teams like Ikorodu United, which pays salaries as at when due and manages its structure appropriately. They fly the team when they have to fly them to attend matches. Why can’t other teams replicate that? To us, it was an ideal team and when we see teams like Ifeanyi Uba FC, which is a privately owned team, we see El-Kanemi, which has returned to the base, flying for their games, so why can’t they replicate it?“I am of the opinion that it is time the Nigeria teams go on to the stock exchange, sit back and let investors take control. Let the fans own the teams and once they do that, there will be a strong synergy between the fans and the clubs and then the attendance will grow, merchandising will grow. Like I pointed out, is it now time that clubs start hiring a marketing team, a brand manager? For a team like Enyimba FC, two times African champions, what have they done with their brand? These are some of the things that team holistically have to look at and I think it’s is a big job for the LMC,” Awogu said.The Supersports boss craves for the best team to win the league. “We are supporters of the league; we support every team in the league. We want the best team that can represent Nigeria appropriately and possibly win in the continent. It has been a long time since Enyimba won the CAF Champions League and there’s a lot of money there. You win the CAF Champions League, you get about 2 million USD, you go for the international championship, you get about 10 million USD, it is a huge investment inflow into the Nigerian economy if we can get a team to qualify to win the championship in Africa and also go for the World Club Cup. To us, that will be massive. It’s not just about the LMC, it’s about the federation and the Ministry of Sports putting heads together and seeing how these things will work,” he advised.He also threw more light on some of the challenges Supersports is faced with when covering matches in troubled areas like the North-east.“Security is improving and for the first time in four years, three major roads were opened in Maiduguri. So, things are changing. If the roads are being opened in Maiduguri, it means our Outside Broadcasting; OB vans will be able to drive into Maiduguri. If you look at an OB van for instance, it will probably cost you about 10m dollars to acquire a standard one with high definition compliments.“Our roads are not the best in the world, but we have been all over Nigeria. We were in Kano to cover some matches and shows highlights from Maiduguri. Not that we are not there but it is not yet time to move the OB facilities. If peace returns, which we have been praying for, I think the first thing we will do is take ‘Let’s Play’ with my team to go and give the children some football, let them have something to identify with, let them find some solace, some joy, after many years of stress,” he noted.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram • Backs mid-week matchesBy Kunle Adewale last_img read more

Hazard, Sanchez Set to Start as Chelsea Host Arsenal in London…

first_imgDespite winning the FA Cup in May, the heat is already being turned up on Wenger after the Gunners suffered two straight league defeats on the road against Liverpool and Stoke. The last time they lost their opening three league away games was in 1954.Chelsea – the Premier League champions – have been ticking over nicely since their opening weekend defeat at home to Burnley. Victories against Tottenham, Everton and Leicester followed which have put Antonio Conte’s men in a strong position going into this intriguing clash.Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater is expected to be out until the October international break. Drinkwater was an unused substitute against his former club Leicester last Saturday and missed the midweek Champions League win over Qarabag with a calf problem which means he could be out for four weeks.Chelsea are likely to rotate their options after making changes for the Qarabag contest, with playmaker Eden Hazard in contention to start for the Blues for the first time this season.Arsenal are likely to recall a host of first-team regulars for the short trip. Wenger made nine alterations for the Europa League win over Cologne but the likes of Petr Cech, Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette will all return to the squad at Stamford Bridge.Alexis Sanchez will feature after playing the whole game on Thursday night, where Theo Walcott (calf) hobbled off. Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are definitely out.After winning just four of the previous 16, Chelsea have won their last five home Premier League games against Arsenal, since a 3-5 defeat in October 2011. The Gunners haven’t kept a Premier League clean sheet at Stamford Bridge in their last 12 visits there, shipping at least twice in each of the eight.Arsenal have lost their last five away Premier League games versus Chelsea, their joint-longest away losing run in the competition against a single opponent (also 5 in a row vs Man Utd between 2009-2013).Chelsea have scored in 23 successive Premier League games at Stamford Bridge with over half of these (12) seeing them score three or more goals.Arsenal last won a Premier League away game against a side that finished in the top six last season, back in January 2015 (2-0 at Man City) – they’ve since lost eight and drawn five of their 13 matches on the road against these clubs.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Chelsea host Arsenal in the first part of Super Sunday today knowing a victory will heap more pressure on Arsene Wenger’s shoulders. Arsenal have not won any of the last 13 Premier League away games against last season’s top-six teams and have suffered defeats on seven of their last eight visits to Stamford Bridge.Wenger last tasted victory on the road against one of the big boys nearly 1000 days ago when they saw off Manchester City 2-0 in 2015.last_img read more

Man United Appoint Solkjaer Manager

first_img“This is the job that I always dreamed of doing and I’m beyond excited to have the chance to lead the club long term,” Solskjaer said.“From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club. It was an honour to be a Manchester United player, and then to start my coaching career here.“The last few months have been a fantastic experience.”When Solskjaer took charge, United were sixth in the Premier League and 11 points off the top four.But they have lost only once in 13 league games since – at Arsenal this month – and are now two points behind the London club, who occupy the final Champions League qualifying spot.Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said Solskjaer’s appointment was “richly deserved”.“Since coming in as caretaker manager in December, the results Ole has delivered speak for themselves,” he said.“More than just performances and results, Ole brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach, coupled with a desire to give young players their chance and a deep understanding of the culture of the club.”Solskjaer became the first United manager to win his first six league games, beating a record held by Sir Matt Busby.United reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2014 when they overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit thanks to a stoppage-time penalty at Paris St-Germain this month.Solskjaer’s assistant Mike Phelan still has a contract with Central Coast Mariners in Australia, although it is anticipated he will also stay on at Old Trafford. (BBC)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester United have appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as permanent manager on a three-year contract.The Norwegian, 46, arrived at Old Trafford on an interim basis in December to replace Jose Mourinho.Solskjaer spent 11 seasons as a United player, scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final.last_img read more

Springboks Beat England to Win Rugby World Cup

first_imgAnd despite four penalties from captain Owen Farrell they never looked like closing that gap as the Springboks produced an outstanding display to match those of 1995 in Johannesburg and 2007 in Paris.Those were iconic moments for a nation besotted with rugby and when Siya Kolisi lifted the William Webb Ellis trophy aloft as the first black man to captain the Springboks they will have the final part of a triptych that will endure forever in the country’s collective memory.For England it was a chastening end to a campaign that had promised to end the 16-year wait for the World Cup glory.They were out-muscled, out-run and out-thought by a team transformed by the leadership of skipper Kolisi and the coaching of Rassie Erasmus.Never before has a team beaten in the group stages gone on to win the trophy, but this is a triumph to match that of the teams of Francois Pienaar and John Smit with a wider story that perhaps surpasses both.RESULTS & FIXTURESBournemouth 1 – 0 Man UnitedArsenal 1 – 1 WolvesAston Villa 1 – 2 LiverpoolBrighton 2 – 0 NorwichMan City 2 – 1 SouthamptonSheffield United 3 – 0 BurnleyWest Ham 2 – 3 NewcastleWatford 1 – 2 ChelseaEspanyol 1 – 2 ValenciaLevante 3 – 1 BarcelonaSevilla 1 – 1 Atl MadridRoma 2 – 1 NapoliBologna 1 – 2 InterCrystal Palace v Leicester 3pmEverton v Tottenham 5:30pmJOY M. IMIETHISDAY NewspaperGraphics Illustrator35, Creek Road, Apapa – Lagosjoy.imie@thisdaylive.com08029062571, 070540505342 AttachmentsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram South Africa broke English hearts with a ruthless display of power rugby to seize their third Rugby World Cup in devastating fashion.Twenty two points from the boot of nerveless fly-half Handre Pollard and second-half tries from wingers Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe ground England into the Yokohama dirt on a horrible night for Eddie Jones’s men.England had trailed 12-6 at the interval after taking a hammering in the scrum and making a series of handling errors.last_img read more

Liverpool, C-NS soccer sides takes defeats

first_imgIt was close most of the way, but the Hornets, with one goal in each half, beat the Warriors 2-0, overcoming Dan Scaheber’s seven saves by having Corey Gallagher and Nino Pagano each finding the net.The C-NS girls will make up that trip to Baldwinsville on Oct. 18. In the meantime, it would travel to state Class B no. 6-ranked Marcellus last Thursday night, where it could not break through in a 2-0 defeat to the Mustangs.C-NS had all kinds of chances throughout the cold, wet evening, but the Marcellus defense turned them all back as Mustangs goalie Ellie Shaw stopped all 10 Northstars shots she faced.Marcellus took the lead less than seven minutes into the gam. Katie, MacLachlan’s corner kick was passed to Hannah Durand, whose great pass set up LaMarre for a go-ahead goal.Then Sara Mielnicki, with a superb spin move, flashed open and put in the second goal later in the half. To its credit, the Northstars did blank the Mustangs the rest of the way as Avery Byrnes finished with eight saves.Back on Wednesday night, the Liverpool girls soccer team ventured to West Genesee, and it was close for a while – but a big second half left the Warriors on the wrong side of a 6-1 decision.During the first half, Liverpool did enough to keep the game 1-0, and Caroline Stevens got a late goal – but that happened as WG was burning the Warriors for five tallies, with Marlee Pontello (two goals) and Emma Nelson (one goal, one assist) leading them.Back in action on Saturday afternoon, Liverpool took a 3-0 defeat to Rome Free Academy, who got away in the second half as Jamie Fleck led them with one goal and one assist. Tags: C-NSliverpoolsoccer Having  lost to Henninger 1-0 on Sept. 12, the Northstars would have to work all 80 minutes to turn back the Black Knights’ challenge as, once again Jawadshah Kasimi led C-NS by earning one goal and one assist.Goals also went to Anthony Cimino and Tyler Murray, with Joe Barraco and Cole Rockwell earning assists. Henninger lost despite goals by Whoo Pla and Excellent Bienvenu.Liverpool’s boys would be home Thursday to face a Fayetteville-Manlius side that saw its showdown with Baldwinsville cut short in the second half with the score 2-2 due to that same weather that kept the Warriors from facing West Genesee. For the first time all season, the vagaries of Central New York fall weather affected the schedules of soccer teams from both Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool.Both the girls soccer game between the Northstars and state Class AA no. 11-ranked Baldwinsville, along with the boys soccer game involving the Warriors and West Genesee, got postponed by rain and lightning.The C-NS boys also had its game with Nottingham postponed, but returned to action two nights later against Henninger and worked its way to a 3-2 victory over the Black Knights. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

C-NS girls basketball starts 1-2; Liverpool earns opening-week split

first_imgIn their own ways, the girls basketball teams at Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool enter the 2019-20 season with intense hunger and quite aware of the challenges ahead.For the Northstars, the main task is simple – dislodge West Genesee and reclaim its place atop the area Class AA ranks. Having most of its roster back, including top forwards Jessica Cook and Julia Rowe, helps in that effort.Knowing how consistent Cook and Rowe are in the paint, all of the C-NS players have said that, if it can find some consistent outside shooting, it could really be tough to beat.All of those elements were on display for C-NS in last Thursday’s opener, a 74-16 romp over Henninger that served as a tune-up for much tougher games on the weekend in the Albany area.Up against Shenendehowa on Saturday afternoon, the Northstars met a severe challenge and could not get past it, falling 80-46 to the Plainsmen.Cook gained 20 points and newcomer Alita Carey-Santagelo added 13 points, but Rowe was kept off the board and Shen was unstoppable in the first half, roaring to a 46-24 advantage.Following that, C-NS challenged Class A powerhouse Averill Park on Sunday afternoon at Shen, AP had already defeated Jamesville-DeWitt the day before, avenging six straight defeats to the Red Rams in Class A regional finals dating back to 2014.Not letting down at all, AP then beat the Northstars 54-42 behind 23 points from Anna Jankovic and 18 points from Kelsey Wood, meaning that C-NS was 1-2 with just its Tuesday game with Nottingham left before a trip to a large holiday national tournament in Arizona late this month.Liverpool’s challenge is a different one. The reconstruction of the high school gymnasium means most of the Warriors’ “home” games will take place at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall.However, for last Tuesday’s season opener against Rochester Mercy (Section V), Liverpool played at Le Moyne College’s Henninger Athletic Center, where it lost, 53-35, to the Monarchs.Held to just 10 points in the first half, Liverpool did improve as the game went on, even though Mercy maintained its comfortable lead. Victoria Morgan led with 12 points, while freshman Naveah Wingate had nine points and Karlyssa Shiflett had six points.From there, the Warriors went to Corcoran on Friday for its SCAC Metro division opener. The Cougars are now coached by one-time great Camille Murphy, who replaced the retiring Jim Marsh.None of this fazed Liverpool, who got its first win of the season by putting away Corcoran 52-30. Holding the Cougars to a single free throw in the first quarter, the Warriors then got its attack going.During the last two periods, Liverpool outscored Corcoran 31-11, with Shiflett earning 13 points as Sarah Miles got 11 points and Jim’Marya Hunter contributed 10 points. Morgan helped out with six points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: C-NSgirls basketballliverpoollast_img read more

F-M bowlers battle West Genesee, B’ville, Liverpool

first_imgFour different area high school bowling teams made their way back into competition after two weeks of rest and practice during the holiday school break.Fayetteville-Manlius got the first action last week, and the girls Hornets handled West Genesee 3-0 in last Monday’s match at Green Lakes Bowl.It was particularly special for Shelby Miner. Starting with a 192, Miner tore it up with games of 250 and 240 to earn a season-best 682 series.Help came from Samantha Estock, whose 213 game completed a 527 series, and Kendra Elliot, who posted a 513 set as Hannah Smith earned a 467 series.F-M’s boys lost, 2-1, to West Genesee. Kevin Winschel shot a 627 series (high game 248) and Aidan Koss got a 616 set. The Wildcats got twin 604 series from Richard Wituszynski and Bobby Bidwell.Three days later, the Hornets went up against Baldwinsville at B’ville Sports Bowl. Five F-M boys bowlers shot series of 529 or better, but no one topped the 587 set from Koss as the Bees, who won 3-0, got a 695 series from Tanner Rozcyzko, plus solid series from Dylan Love (611) and Dylan Williams (605).On the girls side, Elliot shot 225, 191 and 193 in her 609 series, with Miner (470 series) beating out Smith (461 series). But the Bees still beat F-M 3-0, with Madison Hass shooting a 257 as part of a 646 series.Then F-M challenged Liverpool on Friday, but was unable to earn a point in either match against the Warriors despite some fine individual efforts.The boys Hornets had Winschel shoot a 627 series and Koss a 594 series against Liverpool, who saw Dylan Roberson shoot a 276 game in his 662 series as Josh Winzens had a 620 set.In the girls 3-0 loss, Miner shot a 545 series ahead of Estock (499 series) and Elliot (495 series), topped by the 619 set from Liverpool’s Ashley Hardy and 577 series from Makenzi Ormsby.East Syracuse Minoa ran up against Fulton last Wednesday, with the boys Spartans earning a big 2-1 victory over the Red Raiders.Tyler Talarico shot 10 strikes in his opening 288 game on his way to a 676 series. Brett Smith earned a 601 series, with Chris Bayly adding a 560 set as ESM overcame a 717 series from Fulton’s Mitch Donaldson.On the girls side, ESM fell to Fulton 3-0, with America Carhart’s 501 series by far the best among the Spartans. Alexis Ingersoll once more led the undefeated (8-0) Red Raiders, her 227 game leading to a 578 set.Up against Central Square on Thursday, ESM took a 3-0 loss, with Talarico getting a 637 series at Green Acres Bowl and Bayly adding a 567 series.Central Square’s Dimitri Queior earned a 709 series with games of 247, 226 and 236, helped by Jayden Allen (643 series) and Kevin Radzieski, whose 268 game kicked off a 604 series.Once again, the girls Spartans were unable to get a point during its 3-0 defeat to Central Square, though Carhart, helped by a 235 second game, improved to a 596 series, ahead of the 548 set by the Redhawks’ Victoria Ackley.There was a head-to-head clash last Tuesday at Strike-N-Spare Lanes between Christian Brothers Academy and Bishop Grimes, with the two sides splitting their matches.On the boys end, it was the Cobras blanking the Brothers 7-0, Grimes led by Joe Belton’s 499 series as Ben Schultz earned a 471 series. CBA got a 450 series from Garrett Bowman.CBA’s girls beat Grimes 7-0 to improve to 6-1 on the season as Eliana Occhino led the way, her 225 game in the middle of a 578 series. Cadence Malicek earned a three-game total of 502, just ahead of Rachel Farella’s 487 series.Staying in good form on Thursday, CBA’s girls handled Solvay 7-0, with Malicek’s 497 series capped by a 206 game. Sophie Schultz had a 449 series and Farella added a 419 set.But the CBA boys lost to Solvay by that same score, Tavish Johnston earning a 444 series for the Brothers, but far behind the Bearcats’ Russ Tarbell (575 series) and Ethan Bigelow (574 series) as Solvay improved to 6-0.Grimes’ boys swept Altmar-Parish-Williamstown 7-0 on Thursday, led this time by Schultz, whose 207 came in the middle of a 546 series. On Friday, both Grimes teams lost 7-0 to Homer and CBA fell 4-3 to APW.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Bishop GrimesbowlingCBAESMF-Mlast_img read more

Boys hoops Warriors fall in rematch with West Genesee

first_imgAnd they were tied, 58-58, when Amica made his biggest play of the night, a block on a Warriors breakaway to prevent Liverpool from going back in front with 1:30 to play.They exchanged free throws before Adam Dudzinski, with 30 seconds left, hit a driving layup to put WG front for good. Trying to answer, the Warriors instead turned it over when Jack Pento stepped on the baseline.Amica took it from there, hitting on five of six free throws in the waning seconds to give him 22 points for the night as eight of Dudzinski’s 13 points came in the fourth quarter, John Benson adding 11 points.Aside from Young, three other Warriors reached double figures, Kyle Caves getting 13 points as Jacob Works had 12 points and Romeo Clarke had 11 points.Before all this, Cicero-North Syracuse, after yet another close call in a defeat to Baldwinsville Jan. 17, rebounded a day later to defeat Rochester’s Edison Tech 64-59.Dominating the first half, the Northstars led 36-16, and then held on behind Luke Paragon’s career-best 32 points. Tavores Flournory earned eight points, with Jerrod Hills adding seven points.But C-NS lost 64-48 to Bishop Ludden last Monday night, unable to recover from a first half where the Gaelic Knights steadily built a 38-22 advantage.Paragon, despite 11 rebounds, was held to just two points. Kevin Felasco led with 15 points, while Hills had 11 points. Brian Bonin and Grant Sennett had nine points apiece as Grant Baker (18 points) and Mykell Kaigler (15 points) set the pace for Ludden.Then, on Friday night, C-NS fell 68-50 to Nottingham, outscored 38-21 following a close first half as Mazi Jackson had 20 points for the Bulldogs, just ahead of Jaden Ezomo’s 19 points and Marlen Peters’ 16 points.Paragon and Bonin both finished with 14 points, but no one else on the Northstars hit double figures, Sennett and Joe Penizotto each gaining seven points.Among this week’s action is a second head-to-head meeting between C-NS and Liverpool, nearly two months after the Warriors won the first encounter in the Peppino’s Invitational at OCC.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Again, it matched up the last two state Class AA champions. Liverpool had won 66-53 back in that initial meeting, but was in catch-up mode through most of the rematch.Sparked by six straight points from Will Amica, WG went on an 8-0 run to close the first quarter, and maintained that lead through a foul-filled first half, only to have Liverpool storm back and go in front 40-38 late in the third period before Anthony Dattellas hit six straight points to return the lead to the Wildcats.After that, no one could get away. Josh Young, with a career-high 22 points, paced a Warriors team that stayed in front for most of the fourth quarter yet never by more than a basket. Now that it had finally broken its mid-season six-game skid by completing a regular-season sweep of Corcoran, the Liverpool boys basketball team wanted to do the same to the reigning state champions.Doing so would mean trying to upend West Genesee’s six-game win streak in last Saturday night’s Pathfinder Bank Classic on the same Allyn Hall floor at Onondaga Community College where it beat the Wildcats on Dec. 10.Liverpool nearly did so, the game swinging back and forth until the final seconds when WG’s strong free-throw shooting proved a difference-maker, the Warriors taking a 67-62 defeat.center_img Tags: boys basketballC-NSliverpoollast_img read more

Dancing in the moonlight

first_imgJennifer Cardamone, a junior majoring in international relations, and Michelle Li, a junior majoring in political science and sociology, dance to “Satisfaction” by Benny Benassi. The two were dancing in front of Heritage Hall as part of an audition for Chaotic 3, a co-ed, hip-hop dance club. Also known as “C3,” the group performs everything from breakdance to tap and ballet.Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojanlast_img

Big Ten powerhouses try to put losses behind them

first_imgJAY LAPRETE/Associated PressThe Big Ten’s hope of placing a team in the national championship game took a huge hit when the conference’s top three teams, Ohio State, Michigan and Iowa, all lost this past Saturday.While some college football analysts and writers have already written off the Big Ten, most coaches have yet to hit the panic button.”I don’t think any team is out of anything unless you have two losses,” Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr said.Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez isn’t worried about the Big Ten yet either.”It’s very, very early to make those kinds of statements,” he said. “The voters recognize the best teams at the end of the year.”It will be a tough road for any of those three teams to make it to the championship game, judging from last year, when Auburn finished undefeated and was left out of the Orange Bowl. Furthermore, all three teams will also have to face each other before the end of the season.Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz doesn’t like to talk about the BCS at any point of the season, but especially not this early.”I never worry about the BCS and I hope our players don’t either,” Ferentz said.Many of the Big Ten coaches echoed Ferentz’s comments, saying they let other people worry about the race for the National Championship and simply concentrate on winning the games in front of them.”There’s a lot more people outside of this building that talk about it than inside our building,” Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel said. “Right now you can’t worry about what will go on at the end of the year.”Big Ten elite look to bounce back: Last weekend’s losses have left Ohio State, Michigan, and Iowa in the unfamiliar position of having to recover from an early season loss.”You win, you lose, you still have to move on to your next opponent,” Ferentz said. “The worst thing you can do is let the loss carry over to the next game.”Carr said the key is to forget about last week’s game.”The most important thing is to stay focused and be ready to play,” Carr said. “You can’t sit around and feel sorry for yourself because no one else will.”Tressel said his team simply needs to get back to winning games, but with the structure of the college football season, needs to do so quickly.”This isn’t baseball,” Tressel said. “We only get a certain amount of opportunities.”Wildcats claim two Big Ten honors: The Northwestern Wildcats, off to a 2-0 start this season, claimed the offensive and co-special teams players of the week after defeating Northern Illinois last weekend.True freshman running back Tyrell Sutton was named offensive player of the week after rushing for 214 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winning score.Junior defensive back Marquice Cole earned co-special teams honors after returning two punts for 101 yards, including an 81-yard touchdown scamper.Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk was named defensive player of the week for his work in the Buckeyes’ loss to No. 2 Texas. Hawk had 12 tackles, two sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.Wisconsin senior wide receiver Brandon Williams shared the co-special teams honors with Cole following the Badgers’ 65-0 blowout win over Temple. Williams returned one kickoff for 38 yards, and four punts for 105 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown.last_img read more

Puckett a true baseball legend

first_imgThere are those memories in our sports childhood that will be etched in our minds forever.Many them include our icons in games or performances which epitomized their careers, and especially times when our favorite teams or players won on their sport’s grandest stage.For me, those memories include Steve Young winning the 1994 Super Bowl against the Chargers and when Duke won the National Championship in 2001.There are also those memories that will forever be engrained in our brains which we could only wish never happened.I remember how upset I was when Duke fell to UConn in 1999 and being on the verge of tears when — yes, at one point I followed NASCAR — Dale Earnhardt went into the wall at Daytona in what turned out to be his final race.But there is one sports moment that leaves those other memories in its dust. In fact, without it, who knows if those memories or my love for sports would even exist? Perhaps I wouldn’t even be reading the sports page, let alone be writing for it.In Game Seven of the 1991 World Series between Minnesota and Atlanta, the Twins’ Jack Morris was outstanding on the hill and I will never forget when Dan Gladden’s trotted home from third base on a single to left by pinch-hitter Gene Larkin to win it for the Fall Classic for the Twin Cities.The celebration ensued as my team had just won the World Series. I was seven years old, so it was the first World Series that I can remember, but I feel safe in saying that it will be my favorite one for as long as I can live.But Game Seven really only belongs with the happy memories listed above. It’s Game Six that sits atop my list of greatest games ever, and it will be hard for any future contest to surpass it.A certain happy-go-lucky center fielder stole the show at the Metrodome. In the third inning, he showed off why he earned six Gold Gloves when he seemingly jumped seven feet off the ground to snag a ball off the plexiglass to rob Atlanta’s Ron Gant of an extra-base hit.I bit my nails sitting on the edge of my seat as the game went into a 10th inning and then the 11th. Tens of thousands of Homer Hankys waved as the same center fielder led off the bottom half of the 11th frame against freshly inserted starter-turned-reliever Charlie Leibrandt.They continued to wave after he took ball one. On the next pitch he belted the ball to present-day Home Run Porch. A simple swing and Game Seven became a reality. “And we’ll see you tomorrow night!” legendary announced Jack Buck proclaimed.All that Kirby Puckett did in that game outside of the miraculous catch was go 3-for-4 — just missing the cycle by a double — with two runs and three RBIs, while adding a sacrifice and a stolen base.The numbers can string on forever. With his career shortened to 12 years, Puckett never ceased to amaze. He finished with more than 2,300 hits and more than 200 homers, over 1,000 RBIs and a career batting average of .318. And most people don’t realize the short, stocky man also had 134 stolen bases.There are even more numbers on my part: I have more than 150 Puckett baseball cards at home, three of them signed by him to go along with numerous posters and other memorabilia. I don’t know how many hours I spent following his short career.But as unfair as it seemed that his career was cut short, it was even more devastating Monday, when his life was cut short, one week shy of his 46th birthday.As much as it hurt when he was forced to retire and as much as it hurt Monday, I didn’t find myself that upset. After all, it’s hard to believe that the Puck would want me — or any of his fans — to wallow in our sorrows for an extended period of time.Just one thought of that wide smile of his — you know which one I’m talking about — made me realize that he would want his life celebrated.That’s what the 10-time All-Star was all about, and that’s why kids — especially this one — loved him. As someone who was just starting to play the game when he had that unbelievable Game Six performance, watching him perform that day, and every day, with a smile on his face made us realize what playing baseball was all about.Even when glaucoma forced him into retirement, he didn’t let the disease bring him down. Instead he remained an inspiration to us all.”Don’t take life for granted because tomorrow isn’t promised for any of us,” Puckett said at a ceremony in 1996.Despite a less-than unblemished record after hanging up his jersey, Puck always remained, and always will be my hero. Rest in peace, Number 34, may we all smile as wide as you and if I touch the lives of one-tenth of the people that you did, I’ll consider my life a success.Eric Schmoldt is a senior majoring in history. Share is his celebration of Kirby Puckett’s life by sharing your memories at eschmoldt@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

MLAX : Orange attack ready for challenge against vaunted Princeton defense

first_imgA glassy-eyed Tim Desko sat down at the table in the MetLife Stadium media room and stared blankly at the back wall.Syracuse exploded out of the gate and took a two-goal lead against Duke last Sunday. But down one late in the game, the Orange failed to capitalize on three perfect opportunities in front of the goal.Despite an improvement in energy and tenacity from previous losses, the game still ended in defeat for Syracuse.‘We were one or two plays away from winning that game,’ Desko said. ‘I thought we were there. We played a good game but not a perfect game. There was just a couple things. I thought we were right there, and I think if we take the energy and everything from Sunday into this week, I think we’ll be fine.’Despite an encouraging performance on offense, marked by improved shot selection, No. 17 SU (4-4, 2-1 Big East) was done in by four phenomenal saves by Blue Devils goaltender Dan Wigrizer in a 12-10 loss. In the process, the Orange dropped two straight games for the first time since 2007. But the path to redemption doesn’t get much easier. The Syracuse attack will try to get back on track against No. 10 Princeton (6-2, 3-0 Ivy League), which boasts the fifth-best scoring defense in the country, when they square off at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Tigers’ veteran group at close defense is led by All-American Chad Wiedmaier, who has been a menace on the defensive end, forcing his opponent to turn the ball over 18 times in eight games. The Princeton back line, along with three-time All-American goaltender Tyler Fiorito, combines to hold opponents to just 6.6 goals per game.‘They’re big, tough guys, very disciplined and they want to get after you, so we have to be smart with what we do,’ Desko said. ‘Just play our game and I think we’ll be fine.’Princeton’s defense is similar to Johns Hopkins, a team that gave SU’s offense fits when the teams met March 17. Led by stellar play in net and a stalwart close defense unit, the Blue Jays held SU’s attack scoreless in the third quarter in Syracuse’s 11-7 loss. The seven goals were the Orange’s lowest scoring total all season.But midfielder Luke Cometti feels the team has become more cohesive since that game two weeks ago.‘At that point we weren’t really meshing well with the attack, but since then we’ve built on it, and we’ve started to get better,’ Cometti said. ‘I think Duke we played pretty well. We obviously just made some mistakes, and we’re going to take a hard look at Princeton’s ‘D’ this weekend and see their weaknesses, if there are any, and try to exploit them.’The unified attack has shown flashes of brilliance since that the Hopkins loss, but at other times, the Orange has gone cold. Against Duke, Syracuse seemed to finally hit its stride.Throughout the game, SU worked the ball effortlessly to free up players for high-percentage shots. And the players finally began changing the plane on their shots, something head coach John Desko stressed leading up to the game.Forty-seven seconds into the first period, SU midfielder Hakeem Lecky charged down the right alley and fired a bullet shot with pinpoint accuracy into the top left corner of the net.Syracuse sustained that aggression throughout all four quarters, yet still trailed by one goal late in the game. Attack Collin Donahue fired a shot from five yards out toward the bottom left corner of the goal, but Wigrizer made a kick save to dash SU’s chance at a comeback.Although Syracuse has stumbled to a slow start, John Desko believes he has seen marked improvement in his team’s play in recent games. He said he hopes his players will bring similar effort to the game against Princeton on Saturday.The Orange will need to be sharp offensively to upend Princeton and its dominant defense.‘I think we know they’re a very good defense, they will slide early,’ John Desko said. ‘We’ve got to execute early, and we’ve got to make good decisions, especially when dodging with the ball and where to throw the ball to.’adtredin@syr.edu Comments Published on April 4, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Quarterbacks coach Lester expects competition to heat up quickly

first_imgFriday, in Tim Lester’s mind, was the day the competition truly began.It was the first time that Syracuse practiced in full pads. It also was one of the first times that Drew Allen has been truly comfortable in the SU system. Until now, it’s been tough for Lester, the quarterbacks coach, to make any judgments on who will win the starting job under center.“There’s not much clarity yet,” Lester said, “but they’ve all been playing hard and learning.”Allen and Terrel Hunt are splitting snaps evenly at quarterback, Lester said, with Charley Loeb following behind. Days ago it seemed that Hunt was the frontrunner in the two-horse race. Now it’s a dead heat.The next few days will go a long way in separating the pack. The Orange practiced third downs for the first time on Saturday and will do further situational work in the upcoming practices. Those are when Lester will learn each quarterback’s “quirks.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWho holds on to the ball too long? Who can execute on third downs? Or in the red zone? It’s questions like those that Lester hopes will be answered in the coming days, and the answers will shed light on the outlook of the quarterback competition.“Today was good,” Lester said. “Real fun for me to see the guys in a unique situation because we’ve been doing first down for five days now.”Also adding some clarity is Allen’s rapid progression into the flow of the offense over the past few days.For the first few days he spent practicing with Syracuse, he had yet to familiarize himself.“He was just uncomfortable with everything,” Lester said.But he’s improved quickly, faster even than Lester expected, and is now on level footing with Hunt and Loeb.It’s helped make Hunt better, too. Lester said that Loeb and John Kinder pushed Hunt well in the spring, but adding Allen and freshmen Mitch Kimble and Austin Wilson has made for a crowded competition that has only elevated Hunt’s play. Over the next few days, though, there should be some clarity.Said Lester: “Now we’re into the unique things that make a quarterback special.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 10, 2013 at 12:43 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Silent but deadly: Freshman wing Johnson brings reserved personality to SU bench

first_imgShe seemed puzzled by the question. She said she misses her “sweetheart” dearly while he’s at school. When she first opened the door to the Melo Center, she said, “Where’s my son? Where’s my son?” And she loved going to every one of his games at Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania. She knew all of that. But a more challenging question stumped her. His mother Sharon Dash watched intently from two feet to his right. Johnson’s aunt, uncle and cousin surrounded her. Dash listened as her son mentioned that he can’t swim, his favorite villain is the Joker and he loves any kind of rice. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text From his standard, squeaky-clean white, size 14 Jordans up to his No. 2 jersey and orange headband, everything was traditional. No Ron Patterson wacky hair. No DaJuan Coleman outlandish tattoos. No Jerami Grant irreversible grin. “At one point in time I thought you had to stick a pin in him to get him to wake up,” Bobby Johnson said. “He was always laid back, and I would always tell him, ‘When you come out on the floor, we don’t need that cool sh*t.’” But she couldn’t pinpoint anything that stood out about him. The banter continued. Dash and her sister Michelle Scott quipped about just how quiet Johnson is. “Noooo,” Dash responded, incredulously looking at her sister, taking a step back and jerking her head downward in disbelief. “I think he talks too much,” Scott said. Published on November 6, 2013 at 3:28 am Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass “He’s just such a plain kid,” Dash said. “Baby, you’ve got to get interesting.” But Johnson’s father Bobby Johnson, who played professional basketball in Portugal and Germany, is the antithesis of quiet. When Bobby grew up in South Philadelphia, the culture was completely different. Jawing and trash talk was incessant. It was the expectation. You had to go out there and play and shut those people up, Bobby Johnson said. If you didn’t, you’d never come back on the floor again.Johnson and his father used to wake up at 6 a.m. and head to Lower Merion to work out for an hour. Johnson was dedicated throughout, Bobby said, but he didn’t always show enthusiasm on the court. B.J. Johnson stood firmly in place with his hands behind his back on the outskirts of the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center gym during media day on Oct. 18. “I was being facetious,” Scott responded wryly. Facebook Twitter Google+ Then Johnson flashed a golden smile, revealing a slight gap between his two front teeth. He swayed back and forth, clearly uncomfortable by the entire situation. Johnson, who’s only 17, is as quiet as they come, according to his relatives. But his reserved nature and tendency to fly under the radar made him lethal in high school and may help him earn a spot in the Syracuse rotation. Comments He didn’t hear his son swear until he was 15 or 16.“I think the first time I actually heard him yell out the four-letter word he was playing at one of the practices and he was like ‘F*ck!’” Bobby Johnson said. “I was like, ‘OK, you do care.’”Before Lower Merion’s state championship game against Chester (Pa.) High School, Johnson and his father drove to the rehabilitation center because Johnson had sprained his ankle and needed treatment. Bobby tried to elicit some sort of enthusiasm out of his son — to make sure he was ready for the biggest game of his high school career.After losing to Chester three years in a row, Johnson and the Aces were out for revenge. But Johnson was calm, unfazed by the pressure of the situation.“I got ’em, dad,” he said coolly.“He got ’em!” Bobby said. Lower Merion beat Chester 63-47, ending the Clippers’ 78-game in-state winning streak. Johnson finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds. But the fire was never fully there. When Bobby Johnson first watched his son play at Lower Merion, he sat there wondering if the other fans would get riled up like he did.“When I first went to the games, the Lower Merion people are sitting there like it’s a cricket match,” Bobby said. “I remember being like, ‘What the — ain’t anybody going to get the guys going?’”Months later, removed from one of the most dominant stints at Lower Merion since Kobe Bryant’s hey-day, Johnson comes to SU as the No. 17 small forward in the class of 2013. Yet on media day, few reporters come his way. He stands far from the center of attention as reporters crowd around stars C.J. Fair and Grant. Most people don’t expect Johnson to play much this season. He may not. But his quiet confidence will help prepare him if he does. He’s not a blue-chipper, 5-star guy, Bobby said, but he works every day.“Sometimes it’s better to be that guy that comes in under the radar and just does what he needs to do,” Bobby said. “Then all of a sudden everybody’s saying, ‘I knew he would be that guy.’”Bobby Johnson recalls asking his son a question back in high school. “It was funny because I asked B.J., ‘Suppose this summer you really blew up and had Roy Williams knocking on your door. Would you want to go to North Carolina?“And he was like, ‘No.’“I said ‘If Coach K was knocking on your door, would you want to go to Duke?’“And he was like, ‘No.’“He had a plan, and it’s what he wanted to do.”Now Johnson’s ready to live out the dream he has had since seventh grade: star at Syracuse. Jim Boeheim said Johnson has surprised the coaching staff up to this point. He’s young, but he can ball. “I’m just really excited to be here and for the season to start,” Johnson said. “That’s pretty much all I’ve been waiting for and now it’s here.” “What’s the most fascinating thing about B.J.?” a reporter asked. last_img read more

Norton set to start for Syracuse after suspension; Morris returns to practice

first_img Published on November 6, 2013 at 11:57 am Ryan Norton will start at kicker in Syracuse’s game against Maryland on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., head coach Scott Shafer announced Wednesday during the weekly Atlantic Coast Conference coaches’ teleconference.Norton was suspended last week after being charged with resisting arrest and underage possession of alcohol, and did not play in SU’s 13-0 win against Wake Forest last Saturday.When asked why he issued a one-week suspension to Norton after dismissing Markus Pierce-Brewster and Davon Walls following felony burglary and misdemeanor petit larceny charges in March, Shafer offered a second straight short response.“It’s just my policy,” Shafer said.Regardless of circumstance, Norton may be one of as many as three players to bolster the Orange roster when it travels to College Park, Md.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShafer said nose tackle Eric Crume, who was a game-time decision against the Demon Deacons and finished with only nine snaps, looked sharp in practice Tuesday, and running back George Morris II returned to practice as well.Shafer said Crume probably could have played more against Wake Forest, but the Okie package was thriving without him and it seemed smartest to let him rest.“I think our training staff’s done a great job getting him back,” Shafer said. “I think he’s close to being at 100 percent.”Morris, who hasn’t played since the Clemson game on Oct. 5, appears on the mend as well.“He had a good practice, kind of had to knock the rust off, but nice to see him back out there,” Shafer said. “We’ll kind of take it day by day.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Kamyszek sticks to strict daily routine to excel for Syracuse cross-country

first_imgReed Kamyszek is always taking some sort of course.First, there are the Syracuse courses. With his biochemistry major complete, the senior concentrates on his other major, ethics and his psychology minor.Then there are the medical school applications — the top ones, this side of the Mississippi River, Kamyszek needs to stay the course and finish.And lastly, 2–3 hours per day, six days a week, he spends on an actual course as a top runner on the Syracuse men’s cross-country team. The team is ranked sixth in the nation, which prepares for the Atlantic Coast Conference championships in three weeks. Time management and organization are keys to his success because, for him, running and school are the same.When it comes to his 4.0 GPA, his NCAA Elite 89 award and an eighth overall finish in Syracuse’s most recent meet, he approaches all of these with the same mind-set and a methodical game plan.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“In cross-country, there are four or five major races during your season,” he said. “In a class, there are four or five major exams.”He admitted that the spacing of these tests might differ between the two areas, but he stressed that consistency is the biggest part.“There’s a difference between simply going to lecture and paying attention,” he said. “And the same thing goes for practice. Are you mentally up for (either)?”Every day starts at 7:25 a.m. on the same street corner, where a group of cross-country teammates get an early run in. Then comes breakfast — mostly organic food he cooks himself — before lectures, workouts, dinner, homework and 8–9 hours of sleep to finish the day.And his attention to detail was fostered at a young age.“We had high expectations. We harked on the kids, ‘My name’s attached to you, don’t mess it up,’” Kamyszek’s father, Eric, said with a laugh about his and his wife Dawn’s parenting style.In school, he consistently received top marks in the classroom and impressed athletically. In sixth grade, during a mandatory mile run for gym class, Kamyszek flew to a 5:30 time.Kamyszek dropped hockey his freshman year at Kenowa Hills High School in Michigan and went under the tutelage of Greg Meyer — who won the Boston Marathon in 1983 and before this year, was the last American to do so. Meyer trained any and all high school kids in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area.Any skill level was welcome and it was free.Kamyszek soon began dominating his conference. By junior year, he won the Division II cross-country state championship in the fall and the 2-mile event in track in the spring. He was so successful running that he began to lose, on purpose — but only to his teammates.During the regular season, he would slow up toward the end of meets and allow his teammates to pass him across the finish line. He wanted to share the spotlight and give his teammates ink in the paper.He did this because Kamyszek is only competitive with himself, not his teammates or opponents.“I don’t like to lay out what I’m going to do beforehand,” Kamyszek said when asked if he trash talks. “Everyone’s there to learn, so why would you hinder someone’s ability to do that?”This comes from the Midwestern sensibility Syracuse coach Chris Fox can’t help but mention when discussing Kamyszek.“He only does things that make sense,” he said. “He’s very calculating.”On a team-wide scale, Kamyszek said, it doesn’t matter who’s the first or fifth man because everyone has to pass the person in front of them to help the team. Especially because points matter so much, particularly in championships, and that’s where the Orange will be in just three short weeks.Until then, Kamyszek will stay on course, repeating his routine, because he knows that’s the quickest way to success.“The last thing you want to do (is get overwhelmed),” Kamyszek said. “If that happens, your work suffers — and that’s the last thing you want to happen.” Comments Published on October 15, 2014 at 12:05 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse looks to avenge regular-season loss in ACC tournament semifinals matchup with Louisville

first_img Published on November 13, 2014 at 12:19 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse wasn’t shy about the fact that it wanted Louisville.After the Orange defeated Duke in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament on Sunday, the attention quickly turned to exacting revenge on its most disappointing loss of the season.“I’d love to play them again,” junior goalkeeper Alex Bono said. “Neutral site. Went down a man down there, unfortunately, right or wrong. I’d love to get back after them and get some re-venge.“Just going out there and seeing those red jerseys and walking all over them.”In its best season in program history, Syracuse’s biggest blemish came on Oct. 17, when it lost at Louisville after relenting a one-goal advantage. Cardinals midfielder Tim Kubel tied the game on a penalty kick and SU’s Alex Halis was ejected after receiving a controversial second yellow card with just more than four minutes to play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith the Orange down a man, Louisville’s Jerry Ramirez scored off a free kick six minutes into overtime and then-No. 2 SU’s eight-game winning streak was over. The No. 1 Orange (15-2-1, 5-2-1 ACC), though, has a chance to redeem itself when it travels to Cary, North Carolina to face the sixth-seeded Cardinals (9-6-3, 4-3-1) in the semifinals of the ACC tournament at 8 p.m. on Friday at WakeMed Soccer Park.“Right after we played them down there, we realized we’d hopefully have another chance to play,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “I’m sure they’re as excited to play us as we are to play them.”After Halis was whistled for pushing another player from behind in the 86th minute of SU’s eventual loss, the home crowd of 3,367 immediately started yelling before referee Ted Unkel gave Halis a second yellow card, despite there not being much contact, backup goalkeeper Matt Stith said.SU right wing Oyvind Alseth said that moment demoralized SU, and a team that works constant-ly on defensive set pieces conceded a goal on one just six minutes into overtime.“It wasn’t just the result. It was the morale and the way we played,” Alseth said. “Letting that goal was pretty disappointing. I think the team got over it pretty quickly. The most important thing is how you react to losses, and we haven’t lost since then.”Its loss to Louisville wasn’t a game that highlighted Syracuse’s weaknesses, it was an anomaly in a season where seemingly every break has gone SU’s way. Six of its first 13 games had been 1-0 wins, and when the Orange jumped out to that advantage in the 55th minute, there was no reason to think the game would be any different.“Yes and no,” midfielder Stefanos Stamoulacatos said when asked if he wished the Orange could have that game back. “Everything happens for a reason. We’re playing them now in the final four, I think we’re going to come up on top this time.”McIntyre jokingly said he owed the ACC an apology for robbing the league of a potential Duke-North Carolina semifinal this weekend, noting that it will probably be harder to sell tickets in Cary now.But whether the Orange plays in front of a packed house or empty bleachers, it’s the chance to get back at Louisville that gives SU extra motivation.“We lost two games this season, and now we get to play one of the teams we lost to,” Alseth said. “It’s a big chance for redemption for us and it is quite a big deal.” Commentslast_img read more

Roberson expects to maintain aggressiveness after 19-point, 10-rebound performance

first_imgWhile Tyler Roberson continues to assert himself on the offensive end, there’s one part of his game he’s still hesitant to use — his midrange jumper.But for the Syracuse sophomore forward, there’s a simple adjustment to make when those shots don’t fall.“I took it a few times today and it didn’t go in,” Roberson said. “Once I knew it wasn’t really going in, I just looked to attack.”It paid off, as Roberson set a career-high in scoring with 19 points while grabbing 10 rebounds to help the Orange (16-9, 7-5 Atlantic Coast) keep pace with No. 4 Duke (22-3, 9-3) before ultimately losing, 80-72, on Saturday in the Carrier Dome.Roberson’s role in the SU frontcourt has evolved throughout the season as a result of injuries to DaJuan Coleman and Chris McCullough. Though his production hasn’t been totally consistent, his aggression on the offensive end is on an upward spike.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When I was attacking, good things were happening,” Roberson said, “so I just kept going to it and it was working out for me.”Michael Gbinije was blanketed. Trevor Cooney was face-guarded. Rakeem Christmas had the attention of Duke’s biggest defender, Jahlil Okafor.The combination created plenty of space for Roberson to supply Syracuse’s frontcourt with plenty of production.“They’re leaving him,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, “and he’s got to take the ball to the basket when he can and he did it. He had a tremendous game.”After scoring SU’s first points with a layup, Roberson took a dump-off pass from Christmas underneath the basket and threw down a dunk to put the Orange up 14-8. He then added a late floater from the block to head into halftime as SU’s second-leading scorer.Roberson took a feed from Gbinije to flush another dunk, and four minutes later cleaned up his own missed floater with an aggressive chase after the rebound and a power dribble to clear space before putting it back in.Roberson added two more layups — including an and-one, drawing a fourth foul on Okafor — and tacked on some free throws. His 10 points and his six rebounds, including four off SU misses, led Syracuse in the second half.Although his 19 points were more than he had scored in his previous three games combined, his career night wasn’t enough to upend the Blue Devils.But it was another step in the right direction as Roberson continues to pick his spots to be effective.“(He’s) just finishing better, getting open and just going after loose balls,” Gbinije said. “He did a good job of getting some second chances for us. We need them down there.” Comments Published on February 16, 2015 at 12:17 am Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Captain Phillips speaks with USC students

first_imgOn Thursday, the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events, USC’s research center for risk and management analysis related to homeland security, hosted its 10-year anniversary conference at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.‘I am the captain now’ · Capt. Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama was the closing speaker of CREATE’s 10-Year Anniversary event, which took place on Thursday in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. Phillips spoke on the 2009 hijacking of his ship by Somali pirates. – Nick Entin | Daily TrojanThe all-day event’s closing speaker was Capt. Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama. In 2009, a team of Somali pirates hijacked Phillips’ ship and held him hostage until a team of U.S. Navy SEALs rescued him; the incident inspired the 2013 film starring Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips, and made Phillips a national hero.Sponsored by the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Sol Price School of Public Policy, the event also featured panelists such as Randy Hall, vice president of research and co-founder of CREATE, and Michael Chertoff, the former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Panels involving “Next Generation’s Greatest Chaos,” “Advancing Homeland Security through University Research” and “The Changing Face of Terrorism” were also featured.Yannis Yortsos, dean of the Viterbi School, introduced Phillips. Yortsos briefly discussed how rapid technological advances have expanded engineers’ role in society before commending Phillips’ heroism, calling Phillips a true American hero.“Engineering can now enable disciplines which in the past were nontraditional, like risk analysis, economics and behavioral science,” Yortsos said. “CREATE has utilized this convergence to help our country.”Phillips’ talk focused on leadership, and he emphasized the importance of preparation. Because Phillips knew about the prevalence of pirates off the coast of Somali prior to the highjacking, he organized a disaster drill to test the ship’s security procedures.After this test, Phillips developed a security protocol with his crew that may have saved their lives during the highjacking. Phillips stressed the importance of flexibility and adapting to situations, however, after sharing that he had to deviate from his plan to eject the pirates from his ship.Throughout the speech, Phillips reiterated three key points he wanted conference attendees to take away from his experience on to be applied to their own lives.“I have three things I would like to leave you with: One, you are stronger than you know and you can handle much more than you think,” Phillips said. “Two, the only time it is over is when you say it is over. Three, a motivated, focused team of professionals can solve any problem.”Throughout his talk, Phillips explained the events as they unfolded during the highjacking. After the pirates boarded the ship and held him at gunpoint, Phillips played what he called “mind games” to prevent further trouble.For example, Phillips prevented the pirates from calling their headquarters to assist in the highjacking by reconfiguring the radar system so they were unable to do so. Phillips was very humble when he discussed his actions during the hijacking, emphasizing that bravery is possible when one remains calm and maintains a level head during times of duress.“When faced with a threatening situation, we find something within us to do what must be done,” Phillips said. “It’s not possible to persevere when you’re panicked.”During the attack, Phillips attempted to regain control of the situation by luring the pirates off the Maersk Alabama and away from the members of his crew, who were hiding below deck. Adding that he wished to clear up one aspect of his portrayal in the media, Phillips said that he did not give himself up with the intent of becoming a hostage or as a heroic sacrifice.“My strategy was to be their adversary instead of their hostage, so I didn’t give up,” Phillips said. “My major responsibility was to get the pirates off my ship, so I carried out my duty.”last_img read more

USC students embrace relocated Syrian refugees

first_imgWhen Lida Dianti turned on the news and saw Syrian children losing their homes, their families and their very lives, she wanted to help in a sustainable way. Her purpose became to give young Syrians something that could never be taken away from them: education.Dianti founded the USC chapter of Students Organize for Syria in Fall 2016. The organization tutors students in English as part of their Students Teach for Syria program and co-hosts donation drives with UCLA to support families in El Cajon, a city near San Diego. The Syrian Civil War is currently in its sixth year, and millions have been displaced from their homes. Three years ago, the United Nations called the Syrian Civil War “the biggest humanitarian crisis of our era.” Because of the prevalence of information about the war, Dianti is adamant that the purpose of her club is not to raise awareness. “People know,” she said. “It’s 2017; we all have iPhones. People are well aware of what’s going on. I’m done having dialogue. I’m done raising awareness. I want action.”Action is an understatement for Dianti’s role in the club. She spends all her free time on SOS, whether she’s picking up lunch ingredients for the kids, brainstorming ideas for new projects or driving down to El Cajon to help out — a trip she makes every weekend. The dozen or so families she works with in El Cajon know and expect her; they have her number, they know her name and they know her car.The focus of Dianti’s club is education as she believes it is crucial for refugee children to continue their studies. As a senior majoring in international relations, she had been closely following the conflict. Over a year ago, she began tutoring a Syrian student, someone she still considers a very close friend. After meeting her, Dianti had a personal stake in the war.“She changed my whole life,” Dianti said. Dianti wanted to start a tutoring program here on campus because of the high demand for English speaking tutors. In her experience, there are a variety of reasons Syrian children want English tutors. Primarily, students want to be prepared for placement exams so they can get into universities and make a life for themselves outside of their unstable country. Students also need English assistance to fill out applications for jobs, for asylum and for colleges. A third group simply wants to practice their speaking. “[When studying a foreign language], it’s very common that reading and writing is easy, but speaking, that can only come from experience and practice,” Dianti said. “The best way to do that is with a native speaker.”Sofia Deak, vice president of SOS, first got involved as a tutor. “I had been looking for a way to help out with the crisis going on in Syria and have a lasting impact on the people who were suffering there,” she said. Deak then helped expand SOS’ work to El Cajon and coordinated volunteers for their donation drives, and has had memorable interactions with refugees on each trip. Families invited her in for Arabic tea or coffee (which Dianti raves about), and one family even insisted Deak stay for dinner. Kids hugged and kissed her after receiving gifts, and one man cried of joy after the volunteers bought glasses for him after he was unable to fill his prescription.“He was grateful for something that we thought was small,” Deak said.Deak has been studying Arabic for two years, but knowledge of Arabic is by no means a requirement for tutors or volunteers, given the high demand. “My Arabic is so bad, but they just want to hang out with you,” Dianti said of her frequent trips to El Cajon. She visits nine to 15 families each week and has gotten to know each family well. On Jan. 6, she took a young boy to In-N-Out, and they were laughing and eating together despite the language barrier. She would try to speak Arabic, and he wouldn’t understand. The boy would speak English, and she would get confused, but they would both learn a little as they laughed a lot. “It’s genuinely fun,” she said. “It’s like hanging out with family. They need compassion. They need to be treated like human beings because that hasn’t happened to them in a very long time.”Dianti graduates this year, but she still has new plans for SOS in the works. Her latest is a program that allows USC students to improve their colloquial Arabic skills and allows refugees to earn some money. Students can study Arabic in school, but she feels that it’s focused on reading and writing formally, not conversing casually. Ideally, USC students could have Skype Arabic lessons from, for example, a Syrian mother with young children who can’t leave the house to work, and pay them $15 to $20 an hour. It’s essentially the inverse of the English tutoring program they have in place, but unlike the English program, there isn’t a huge demand for tutors. According to Dianti, the hardest part of working with refugees is making promises that are difficult to keep. She said the executive board has no shortage of passion and enthusiasm, but there is a shortage of volunteers, forcing the few dedicated members to overextend themselves and work long hours to ensure they don’t let the refugees down. And yet, they keep doing it, over and over.“It’s the best thing I’ve done with my life, honest to God,” she said. “They just want people to hang out with, they want to meet Americans, they want to practice English, they want to feel like they’re a part of the community.”last_img read more

Women of Troy falter again on the road

first_img“UCLA kicked our butts,” USC head coach Michael Cooper said.That statement pretty much summed up the game for the Women of Troy (13-10, 7-5) as they lost their fourth consecutive game, 74-56, to the UCLA Bruins (16-7, 9-3) Saturday afternoon at Pauley Pavilion.Reserves · Freshman forward Christina Marinacci contributed eight points off the bench for the Women of Troy in their loss to the Bruins. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan “We didn’t handle their traps well, we didn’t move the ball, and we didn’t look to attack,” Cooper said.The Bruins came out aggressive and firing on all cylinders, jumping out to an early 10-point lead.Meanwhile, the Women of Troy looked confused on offense, committing 14 first-half turnovers.“I thought we were apprehensive on the offensive side. We dug ourselves in a hole, and it’s always difficult to come out of that, especially with the intenseness of this rivalry,” Cooper said.Not only did the Women of Troy struggle to find any rhythm on offense, but rebounding the basketball was also a problem as the Bruins grabbed 12 offensive rebounds during the first half.“Rebounding has been our Achilles’ heel all season long,” Cooper said. “You’re not going to win very many games getting out-rebounded.”The Bruins stifling defense, coupled with the Women of Troy’s offensive woes, allowed the Bruins to stretch that early 10-point lead to 19 points going into halftime.To start the second half, the Women of Troy went on a 6-0 run, cutting the deficit to 37-24, but the little hope that was there was quickly gone in a flash as the Bruins reeled off eight consecutive points of their own to push the lead to 21 points.And from that point on, the Women of Troy couldn’t muster much else.“I was very pleased with our defensive effort, and each player brought something to the game,” UCLA coach Nikki Caldwell said.Not only did the Bruins have a solid defensive game, but they also had a balanced offensive attack that saw four players score in double figures.The Women of Troy were led by junior center Kari LaPlante and sophomore guard Ashley Corral, who both scored 11 points.One bright spot for the Women of Troy was the play of redshirt junior guard Jacki Gemelos, who scored 11 points off the bench in just her third game back from numerous knee injuries that had plagued her the previous couple of years.“I’m definitely rusty, and I’m trying to get a feel back for the game and let it come to me,” Gemelos said. “I’m not trying to take over a game or anything, but I’m just trying to play solid and give us the best chance to win.”The Women of Troy return home to the Galen Center for the next two games, starting Thursday against Washington State and then Saturday against Washington.last_img read more

Trojans take to the desert to face off against Arizona

first_imgAfter a four-game road swing, the USC baseball team had a home game Tuesday.But with the way the team played in the 7-1 loss to Long Beach State, USC interim coach Frank Cruz is probably happy to get back on the road.The Trojans (18-22, 8-7) will finish a swing in which seven of eight games have been away from Dedeaux Field this weekend when they travel to Frank Sancet Stadium to take on Arizona.The Wildcats (24-16, 6-9) welcome USC on Friday night at 5 p.m. hoping to turn around recent struggles. Arizona lost to rival Arizona State for the fourth time this season Tuesday and has lost five of six games.After being ranked as high as No. 11 following a 17-5 start, Arizona has run into trouble since starting Pac-10 play. The Wildcats are only 6-9 in conference games and have only won one series despite winning the series opener four of five times.They’ve been so successful in game one because of the arm of Orange County’s Kurt Heyer. The sophomore right-hander has a 6-3 record, a minuscule 2.20 ERA and has struck out 95 batters in 86 innings while issuing only 20 base on balls.Heyer, however, started on three-days rest Tuesday as the Wildcats tried to take down their archrivals, so it will be Kyle Simon on the mound Friday night. The 6-foot-5 righty has a 7-3 record with a 2.95 ERA. He is coming off a three-hit complete game against Oregon in his last start.To beat Simon, USC will need junior Andrew Triggs (3-3, 4.52 ERA) to replicate his performance from last week when he threw a complete game five-hitter as the Trojans beat Washington 2-1.Junior Austin Wood (4-5, 4.69 ERA) will start Saturday for USC. He will likely take on Tyler Hale (3-4, 5.26 ERA), who isn’t on firm ground. Hale is 0-4 in Pac-10 play, and his ERA jumped to 9.43 after he allowed four runs in one and two-thirds innings in his last start.The series finale will feature senior Logan Odom (3-5, 3.49 ERA), who has helped the Trojans win their last three conference series. Odom won the rubber match in two of those series.Arizona’s Sunday starter has still yet to be determined. But don’t be surprised to see Heyer return even though it’s unconventional to see collegiate starters pitch a midweek and weekend game. If he doesn’t start, he’s likely to be used as a reliever throughout the series.If the Trojans want to improve on their fourth place standing in the Pac-10, they need to get into Arizona’s bullpen where the Wildcats have a 5.79 ERA this season.USC will also have to contain an offense that averages 6.7 runs per game and is hitting .320 as a team. Joey Rickard (.402) and Cole Frenzel (.387) lead an Arizona offense that features six hitters batting .315 and above.In comparison, the Trojans’ offense has only two batters hitting better than .300 with junior first baseman Ricky Oropesa’s .345 batting average, six home runs and 33 RBI leading the way.The Trojans will try to return to their winning ways after their five-game streak was broken last week.Before losing its last two games, USC had won eight of 10 games.last_img read more

Trojans fall to the Cardinal, lose 20th game this season

first_imgThe USC men’s basketball team lost its fourth consecutive game on Sunday, falling to the Stanford Cardinal (17-8, 7-6) 59-47. USC’s defeat was their 20th of the season, the first time the Trojans have lost at least 20 games since 1989, when they finished 10-22.For the second time in four days, the Trojans (6-20, 1-12) played a competitive first 20 minutes but were unable to keep up with their opponents in the second half.USC trailed 20-18 going into the break after forcing 10 turnovers and holding Stanford to an 8-24 shooting performance. But the Trojans didn’t fare any better, shooting 7-24 (29 percent) in the first half and 15-48 (31 percent) for the game. They were outscored 39-29 in the second half of play.“We played pretty hard, but when you’re not making, you’re not making,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said. “When you force 18 turnovers and basically hold them to 40 percent shooting, that’s enough to win only if you score.”USC received 13 points apiece from junior guard Greg Allen and freshman forward Byron Wesley. Wesley, however, was just 1-6 from the floor after pacing the Trojans with 10 early points.“They made defensive changes,” Wesley said. “They switched to zone in the second half. That slowed me down a bit.”USC’s leading scorer of the season, sophomore guard Maurice Jones, struggled offensively, finishing 2-14 and 6-7 at the free throw line en route to 10 points.“Mo’s shots when he’s at the point are not nearly as good of shots for him when he’s off the ball,” O’Neill said. “He had a lot of wide-open looks that didn’t go down. The guy’s got to be fatigued, let’s face it, playing that amount of minutes all year long as a sophomore.”Stanford was led by freshman guard Chasson Randle’s 16 points, while senior forward Josh Owens added 15 points and five rebounds of his own. Coach Johnny Dawkins utilized his entire roster on Sunday, as Owens was the only Cardinal player on the court for more than 30 minutes.USC, meanwhile, had six players with at least 20 minutes of playing time, a point O’Neill made after the game.“Every one of these guys is playing too many minutes,” O’Neill said. “They’re doing as well as they can.”The Trojans have two days to prepare for their cross-town rivals, the UCLA Bruins, whom they will face Wednesday night at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The Bruins (14-11, 7-6) lost their previous game on Feb. 11 to the Cal Golden Bears, 73-63.Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.last_img read more

Trojan basketball still needs more time

first_imgFrustration is natural, but give the Trojans time.We shouldn’t overreact. But, admittedly, it remains increasingly difficult not to.We’re watching the USC men’s basketball team amid its worst season in school history.The 23 losses are a program first. They have won 20 percent of their games, the lowest since the program’s inception. The Trojans have won one game since mid-December, while utilizing a shortened eight-man rotation, including two walk-ons, for much of conference play.Nothing in that is reassuring that next year will see USC return to the NCAA tournament following four appearances in the Big Dance from 2007-2011. Most Cardinal-and-Gold fans remain understandably aggravated, frustrated and irritated with recent results. If they weren’t, it’d be strange. Nobody likes losing. And nobody likes ugly losing.“I’m frustrated for the players,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said Saturday. “And I’m frustrated for our fans. I’ve done this for 33 years at many different places and at different levels. Basketball sometimes goes like this.”The responses have been what you would expect: Just fire the coach. That’s what they say. It sounds easy, painless and something a school like Kentucky might do, should its team be swimming in mediocrity.“Coaching staff should get the boot,” read one message board post following the Trojans’ latest ordeal — a 56-52 loss at Arizona State on Saturday.But here’s the thing: USC isn’t Kentucky.The Trojans haven’t been to the Final Four since Dwight Eisenhower was president. They haven’t won a regular season conference title since 1985. USC basketball is vastly different from USC football.Recovering from NCAA-levied sanctions is not as seamless as USC football coach Lane Kiffin has made it look on the gridiron.If you’re looking for an explanation as to why the Trojans have become fixated in the Pac-12 cellar, it’s a rather simple one.USC has one player, redshirt sophomore forward Evan Smith, from its 2009 recruiting class. Its 2008 class vanished in the aftermath of then-coach Tim Floyd’s resignation three years ago. In short, USC has no recruited junior or senior scholarship players available.  The Trojans lost three starters from last season’s 19-win team in forwards Marcus Simmons and Nikola Vucevic and center Alex Stepheson. They lost five players this season, three of them starters, because of season-ending injuries.The counterargument remains: O’Neill should have recruited better.He recruited senior guard Jio Fontan and redshirt junior forward Aaron Fuller, two transfer players, but they’ve been in street clothes for much of the season. He recruited a 7-foot center in redshirt sophomore forward Dewayne Dedmon, but he hasn’t played since Jan. 26 and has worn a splint on his hand, a brace on his left knee and a boot on his right foot at different points this season.“I’ve never seen a team with that conglomeration of situations and circumstances that have led to where we’re at,” O’Neill said. “It’s not an excuse; it’s a set of circumstances.”Whatever it is, it certainly explains the Trojans’ current predicament.NCAA investigations and sanctions are designed to be crippling. The Trojans’ success in football is the exception to the rule. You aren’t supposed to be ranked in the top 10 amid scholarship restrictions and a postseason ban.No, O’Neill’s team isn’t facing such restrictions now, but back in 2010 the program was, and that lingering cloud over the program in the months before the NCAA released its findings hampered the program.“It killed recruiting,” O’Neill said, reflecting upon his first season with the program in 2009-2010. “I got the job late, we didn’t self-impose until January, and then we didn’t get the sanctions confirmed until May really handcuffed us for a full year.”In football, guys will take a chance on USC. After all, the program has produced more NFL draft picks than any school in the country. But such isn’t the case when it comes to basketball. It doesn’t have the same pedigree.The Trojans start two freshmen, two sophomores and one junior in James Blasczyk, who is a first-year transfer and has been limited because of a stress injury to his right foot. And those players aren’t the one-and-done types you’d see at    top-10 programs. That talent doesn’t typically flock to the Galen Center.Until USC is a few years removed from its self-imposed sanctions and can field a healthy unit, we won’t be able to fairly evaluate O’Neill, the coaching staff and his personnel.Is this a coach who can annually lead the Trojans to the NCAA tournament? The top of the Pac-12 pecking order?I’m guessing he can. A season ago, he took a depth-plagued USC team to the Big Dance. He led Marquette to back-to-back 20-win seasons in the early 1990s. But even at this point, it’s still just endless speculation.We only know this: As the nightmarish 2012 season comes to a close, O’Neill’s young group needs more time to develop. Evidently, based on recent weeks, it needs a lot of time. “The 19th Hole” runs Mondays. If you would like to comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Joey at jrkaufma@usc.edu.last_img read more

Trojans roll past Aggies in first round of NCAAs

first_imgAfter kicking off the NCAA championships with two sweeps, the men’s tennis team looks to string together four more wins to capture its fourth-consecutive NCAA title.In front of a home crowd at Marks Stadium, No. 1 USC (29-1) posted a 4-0 victory against Fairfield (16-5) on Saturday, followed by another 4-0 win against No. 30 Texas A&M (14-15) on Sunday to advance to the round of 16 at Athens, Ga.The Trojans, who hold the top seed in the tournament, eliminated the Aggies behind freshman Roberto Quiroz’s 6-1, 6-3 clincher over Jackson Withrow.Reason to celebrate · Freshman Roberto Quiroz (left) and senior Steve Johnson (right) won their doubles match against Texas A&M to help the Trojans advance to the second round of the NCAA championships. – Photo courtesy of Dan Avila If the Trojans advance, they will take on either No. 8 Duke or Baylor in the quarterfinals on Sunday. USC set the tone early in doubles action, where No. 2 pair Johnson and Quiroz and No. 35 pair Nguyen and Sarmiento both dispatched their opponents to the tune of 8-4 to give the Trojans a quick 1-0 advantage.USC’s first singles point of the day came from No. 1 senior Steve Johnson, who defeated No. 33 Alexis Klegou 6-2, 6-1 for his 62nd consecutive singles win.No. 25 sophomore Ray Sarmiento then extended USC’s lead to 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 finish over Junior Ore.Quiroz clinched the win five minutes later, suspending the matches featuring No. 21 senior Daniel Nguyen, No. 51 freshman Yannick Hanfmann and No. 57 sophomore Emilio Gomez.The win over Texas A&M was Johnson and Nguyen’s last match at Marks Stadium. The two graduating seniors were both a part of the Trojans’ last three consecutive championship teams.“It’s always great to play at home, but it’s special for the seniors,” Sarmiento said. “I’m happy we got the wins for them.”The Trojans saw similar success in the tournament opener the day before in their sweep over Fairfield, which was capped off by Hanfmann’s 6-2, 6-2 win over Dennis Zlobinsky.After USC’s ranked pairs captured the doubles point in just 35 minutes, Johnson and Sarmiento defeated their opponents in straight singles sets to set up Hanfmann’s win.“I feel like the team is playing well. It’s a great way to go into the tournament,” Nguyen said.The first-round victory came nearly two weeks after the Trojans defeated No. 5 UCLA 4-2 at Ojai, Calif., on April 29 for the inaugural Pac-12 Team Championship.The Bruins had snapped the Trojans’ 45-match winning streak in a tight 4-3 win in the regular season finale at Marks Stadium on April 20.With a new four-match win streak intact, the Trojans continue their quest for a fourth consecutive NCAA title at the University of Georgia, where they will face No. 16 Illinois (19-7) in the round of 16 on Friday at 6 a.m.The Fighting Illini are led by No. 7 Dennis Nevolo and No. 31 Roy Kalmanovich, who also comprise the No. 21 doubles pair for Illinois.“It’ll definitely be tough,” Sarmiento said. “Illinois is proven, so we have to be ready to play and battle.”center_img USC ultimately hopes to play for its 20th national title in the championship match, which will take place on Tuesday at 5 p.m. EST.last_img read more

Trojans stun powerhouse Anteaters

first_imgFollowing a season-opening loss to UC San Diego, the USC men’s volleyball team is looking to re-group with a slate of matchups against top-ranked opponents.Feather in the cap · Sophomore middle blocker Robert Feathers has tallied a combined 19 kills in the season’s first two games. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanThe Trojans got off to a solid start in that regard, earning their first victory of the season by knocking off reigning champion and the No. 1 UC Irvine Anteaters 25-21, 25-23, 27-25 Friday night.The Trojans atoned for their tough loss to the Anteaters in last season’s championship game in which they were swept on their home court. The victory enabled the Trojans to overcome their loss at the hands of UC San Diego, also a three-set sweep.Sophomore middle blocker Robert Feathers shined on both sides of the court, registering a team-high 12 kills to go along with six blocks. Freshman outside hitter Alex Slaught and junior opposite Tanner Jansen each notched eight kills to pace the Trojan attack alongside Feathers, while the defense was anchored by freshman libero Brooks Varni (eight digs) and sophomore setter Micah Christenson (seven digs).The Trojans are coming off a successful 2012 campaign, one in which USC coach Bill Ferguson lost four 2011 starters, including three All-Americans. After starting slowly at 5-4, the Trojans dominated the remainder of the season to finish with a No. 2 overall ranking and 26-4 record, including an 18-4 mark in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play to earn their second straight regular season title. USC thoroughly dominated its regular season schedule, posting an 18-game winning streak, a 14-match MPSF winning streak and an 11-game home winning streak.As the Trojans attempt to make another trip to the NCAA Championship, youth will play a major role. Ferguson leads a 2013 squad featuring 18 underclassmen (including 10 freshmen) and only one senior opposite/outside hitter Maddison McKibbin.After lagging behind the competition during the earlier part of the 2000s, the Trojans have developed a dependable program behind Ferguson, who is in his seventh season at the helm. The two-time National Coach of the Year has guided Troy to three NCAA Final Four appearances in the last four years. The team will attempt to make up for the absences of 2012 National Player of the Year Tony Ciarelli at outside hitter and All-American middle blocker Steven Shandrick.Following the resounding win over the Anteaters, the Trojans (1-1) will return to the Galen Center for a three-game homestand, beginning with a match against Pac-12 rival Stanford on Friday night.last_img read more

Women of Troy dive into MPSF Tournament as No. 3 seed

first_imgThe No. 3 USC women’s water polo team (21-3, 4-2 MPSF) heads to Tempe, Arizona, this weekend to begin postseason play in the MPSF conference tournament. Up first in the conference tournament for third-seeded USC is No. 6 seed San Jose State.The Women of Troy are coming off a huge 9-5 loss to UCLA on April 18. Not too often has USC lost by such a large deficit this late in the season, especially with a 5-4 score going into the fourth quarter.Head coach Jovan Vavic felt good about his team at that point.“We were fighting to get back,” Vavic said. “We were down 4-1, and I felt the momentum was in our favor. With being down 4-1 and being in their pool, it looked like we were done. I thought we did a great job to score two goals in the third, making it a one goal game going into the fourth quarter. I felt we were in really good shape. I felt that this is where we wanted to be, a close game in the fourth quarter.”But as Vavic explained, the tide turned very quickly for USC.“What happened really was that when we had our chance in the first possession of the fourth quarter, we didn’t score the goal. We gave up an immediate goal, and the counterattack that happened after that possession really was huge for UCLA. It was really a killer because we gave up that goal immediately, and it kind of took the wind out of our sails after they scored that. And then the very next possession, same thing happened again. It really hurt us. They basically had a 7-4 lead with six minutes to go.”Now the Women of Troy have to switch gears from regular season play to the conference tournament. And even after coming off a loss, they are still staying positive, knowing that there is a lot more water polo to be played.“[We are staying positive by] just knowing that the season isn’t over. We still have six games to really make it happen, and dwelling on something like that isn’t gonna help us,” said senior Eike Daube.Right now, the only team that the Women of Troy are dwelling on is San Jose State. USC beat the Spartans earlier this year at home in a 21-6 blowout. One would think it would be a similar result this time around, but last year USC lost in the first round to what many thought was an inferior Arizona State team. According to Daube, the Women of Troy have no plans to incur the same result this year.“ASU beating us last year was probably one of the toughest losses we took last year,” Daube said. “I think we underestimated them in a lot of regards, and when we went into the game we weren’t having the same energy and approach to them as we would maybe UCLA or Stanford, but that’s something that we don’t plan on doing with [San Jose State]. I think we take every game very seriously.”USC, without a doubt, has the capability of beating the Spartans, but to win the tournament they’ll most likely have to face both UCLA and Stanford. USC played close games against both teams until running out of gas near the end. Freshman goalie Victória Chamorro said this is a pattern that the team will have to eliminate.“Towards the end, we are not as energetic as we are at the beginning, but that’s something that we are working to fix,” Chamorro said. “We are not going to be giving a lack of energy in these next games.”If the conference tournament and a possible NCAA berth isn’t enough motivation, however, the Women of Troy will want to prove that they can beat their crosstown rival.Daube said the team will be back to get even with UCLA.“No one can take a loss very easy, and knowing that that’s our biggest rival, I think if you look back at it we’ve lost four consecutive games against them from last year going into this year, so I think it’s definitely time that we show them what we’re made of,” he said.last_img read more

Syracuse falls to No. 25 Pittsburgh, 23-20, on last-second field goal

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 24, 2015 at 3:30 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 The Syracuse defense slowly jogged back onto the field. The type of play that Syracuse had become accustomed to making had just been done to them. Ryan Winslow was set to punt and then he wasn’t. A harmlessly lofted throw landed in the hands of linebacker Matt Galambos, who had a first down. Syracuse, futile in it’s third-down abilities, had finally made the play it needed to. But it was erased by a trick out of its own playbook. The play extended a Pittsburgh drive that started at its own 5-yard line with 9:20 to play. And it finished with a game-winning field goal as time expired. The Orange (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) lost its fourth game in a row, 23-20, to No. 25 Pitt (6-1, 4-0) and second on the game’s final play. Its inability to make late defensive plays again erased a chance to win the game. In the first half the Orange and Panthers repeatedly traded scores. After a five-minute first drive that ended with just three points, it took Syracuse only two plays to respond with seven of its own. Quarterback Eric Dungey handed it off to fellow freshman Jordan Fredericks on the first play, and he took it up the gut before cutting past the secondary for 55 yards. Moments later, Dungey found Ervin Philips on a screen pass. The sophomore juked a defender and had nothing but space that separated him from the early score. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU’s second touchdown drive to close the first half went nearly as quickly. Following a Pittsburgh touchdown, the Orange took 71 seconds to retake the lead. Dungey hit Steve Ishmael who stopped and rose up for a 40-yard catch before corralling the touchdown a few plays later. Syracuse lost its momentum closing out the half. Kicker Ryan Norton booted a short kickoff and was called for a late hit before the Panthers got in field goal position. The Orange offense couldn’t get on track in the third quarter. Dungey broke free of a tackle in the backfield but was brought down with helmet-to-helmet contact. He was taken off the field and into the locker room. His replacement, walk-on Zack Mahoney, threw one complete pass but Dungey returned later in the quarter. But on two consecutive passes, he threw interceptions. The first was a pass over the middle that was picked off by Galambos. On the first play of the next drive, Dungey’s deep ball attempt was snagged by Lafayette Pitts. It took only one minute at the start of the fourth quarter for Pittsburgh to take its first lead since the opening moments. Running back Qadree Ollison burst through the middle on two straight plays to flip the momentum. But Syracuse drove right back down to tie it up on a field goal. The final drive was again the nail in Syracuse’s coffin. The final field goal was just a chip shot. A quick finish to lengthy, 89-yard buildup. The roar of the crowd in anticipation of a miss was silenced the second the kick went through the middle of the uprights. Commentslast_img read more

Malachi Richardson bounces back after rocky 9-game stretch from behind the arc

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Richardson had his first bad game of the season against Elon on Nov. 21. He said afterward that he compensated by attacking the rim. When Syracuse defeated then-No. 18 Connecticut in November, Richardson said he’d played his “worst brand of basketball” by going 1-of-4 from the field, turning it over twice and committing three fouls in the first half. When he made none of his 11 attempts against St. John’s less than a month later, he said to reporters after the game that he knew shots would eventually fall.He’s owned up to his freshman season struggles every time they’ve manifested themselves. But with Syracuse hanging on by a thread against the nation’s current No. 5 (UNC) and No. 8 (Miami) teams, it’s largely been due to Richardson’s renaissance. When Gbinije shot 0-of-7 from 3 against Miami, Richardson shot 5-of-6. When Gbinije again scored just 10 points against the Tar Heels, 16 from Richardson proved to be clutch.It hasn’t been enough to beat the best teams, but it’s enough to make a statement.“We don’t look at Mali as a freshman now,” Trevor Cooney said. “He’s played enough minutes in enough big games. We have the trust in him and the faith in him to go out there and make plays. We believe that he can do it and he’s done it.” Comments Logan Reidsma | Staff Photographer Published on January 12, 2016 at 7:17 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3center_img Related Stories The best game of Malachi Richardson’s career was painfully incompleteMalachi Richardson pours in career-high 20 points against MiamiMalachi Richardson struggles in 1st half, thrives in 2nd as SU beats No. 18 UConnMalachi Richardson struggles from field against Elon but finds other ways to score Malachi Richardson cut across the baseline, curled around a Tyler Lydon off-ball screen and caught a pass. Richardson reset the offense out toward halfcourt along the sideline.Then, with 4:45 left and Syracuse facing a four-point deficit, Richardson powered through the teeth of North Carolina’s defense, switching hands with the ball and laying in a basket to cut that UNC lead in half.Richardson’s second-half scoring on Saturday had a knack for the dramatic. His first shot was a long, uncontested 3-pointer to end an 8-5 Tar Heels run that started the half. His second cut a three-point lead to one. And his final bucket gave the Orange a last-gasp chance at a comeback against the No. 6 team in the country.“I’m a confident kid and I believe in what I do,” Richardson said. “I’m always going to play hard no matter what. Whether the ball is going in the basket or not. I work hard. I know I can do it. That’s where my confidence comes from.”Before Syracuse played Miami on Jan. 2, Richardson hit a cold stretch in which he made 10-of-57 from behind the arc over a nine-game span. In the three games since, all against Atlantic Coast Conference competition, Richardson has made 15 of his 27 attempts from long range. As point guard Michael Gbinije struggled and consistency on offense was tough to find from others, Richardson experienced a breakout for the free-falling Orange (10-7, 0-4 ACC).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe freshman, who had a career high in assists (five) on Saturday and a career high in rebounds (nine) the game before, will have a chance to continue to carry Syracuse on offense when it hosts Boston College (7-8, 0-2) on Wednesday in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m.“He’s improved,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “I think he’s become a better player and I think he still has a big upside. There’s still a lot of things that he can to get better. He’s having a tremendous year.”last_img read more

The sinking of Syracuse’s season as seen from the student section

first_img Published on April 3, 2016 at 6:21 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ HOUSTON — Body paint makes it harder to forget.Sitting in the lobby of the Courtyard Marriott on Sunday morning, a Syracuse student’s skin still had the orange tinge. He said he hadn’t tried too hard to scrub it off. He liked the reminder. Many students wandered the lobby of the hotel still wearing their green student-access wristbands. More than one person joked he hoped to wake up from this vividly detailed dream.The bus ride home from NRG Stadium wasn’t silent. Beyoncé’s “Formation” played softly and people re-hashed the game in detail. Though there were certainly exceptions, the prevailing thought wasn’t anger. It wasn’t regret at driving 32 hours to spend 29 hours in Houston. It wasn’t even blaming the game on one player, coach or referee.Just acceptance that North Carolina was simply the better team.The witnesses of No. 10 seed Syracuse’s 83-66, magical-season-ending loss to the top-seeded Tar Heels filed from the stadium, lined up in the dark at the buses and talked about how cool it had all been.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was hard to tell if some students were disappointed or just drained from a three-week-long run from a team that wasn’t supposed to make the NCAA Tournament.Either way, it wasn’t the same group of students that stood behind Syracuse’s basket for the whole game, cheering the Orange and verbally abusing anyone who tried to stop the march to victory.Standing in one of the six rows of black chairs, on top of the black carpet still littered with shreds of Oklahoma basketball programs that the OU students had tossed before their game began, the SU faithful whipped themselves in a yelling, throbbing, orange mass.The 75,505-person stadium seemed cavernous from the floor, the farthest reaches of the stands shrouded in darkness, but the Syracuse fans were intent on filling it with the only chant they had: “Lets go Orange!”Kenny “The Jet” Smith, a TBS college basketball analyst, laughed as fans swarmed their set and jumped in the background, trying to make it on TV. Security guards repeatedly screamed at students for jumping on the chairs, that they were being too rowdy. Vice President Joe Biden appeared in the student section for selfies about 10 minutes before tip.Then, the students who had arrived in Texas a dozen hours prior and mostly ran on fewer than four hours of sleep, reached the apex of their delirious frenzy. They were there to cheer their team in the program’s biggest game since 2013, and perhaps its unlikeliest ever.Down 17 points with 12 minutes to go, a bearded fan turned to his friend and said, “We’ve got ‘em right where we want ‘em!” His conviction was undeniable. He yelled louder and surrounding students nodded in a seriousness that, for any other team, may have bordered on delusion.But this was Syracuse. A miracle team which has predicated its success on seemingly impossible second-half runs against teams that seemed to overwhelm it with pure talent.And, the wildest part, he seemed vindicated. But only for a moment.As Syracuse’s season shipwrecked in the NRG Center, the fans under the basket clung to any pieces of driftwood that floated past. A Trevor Cooney 3. His ensuing steal-and-slam. A Malachi Richardson layup that cut the lead to 10.Otto’s Army vice president Johnny Oliver, who wears an orange spray-painted Batman mask to every game, started the “I believe that we will win!” chant after a Richardson 3-pointer cut the deficit to seven.But UNC responded. Time dribbled away. Every Orange basket earned a louder, more desperate roar; each foul call, a shriller denial. Oliver lifted up his mask and put a hand to his forehead.All the while, North Carolina dunks smashed Syracuse’s floating hopes to splinters.And over the course of the next eight minutes, each student slowly realized that, this time, there’d be no more driftwood to stop the sinking. Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse men’s lacrosse earns No. 8 seed in NCAA tournament and will host Albany on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

first_img Related Stories Syracuse lacrosse head coach John Desko wins 2nd consecutive ACC Coach of the Year awardSyracuse men’s lacrosse’s offense is rounding into form at just the right timeSyracuse weathers Duke comeback to win 2nd straight ACC tournament championship4 Syracuse lacrosse players earn All-ACC honors Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 8, 2016 at 9:10 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Syracuse was named the No. 8 seed in the NCAA tournament and will face Albany (12-3, 6-0 America East) in the first round in the Carrier Dome on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.The Orange beat the Great Danes on Feb. 21, 16-7. It was SU’s second game of the season and Albany’s first.The Orange finished the season 11-4 (2-2 Atlantic Coast) and received an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament when it won its second ACC title in a row. SU battled back from a stretch of four losses in five games during the middle of the season to win five straight — three over ranked teams.Syracuse boasts the seventh-best offense in the country with 12.9 goals per game. Dylan Donahue leads the way with 59 points (28 goals and 31 assists) while Massachusetts transfer Nick Mariano has the most goals on the team with 34. Junior Sergio Salcido hadn’t scored a goal through the first two years of his career, but has 26 this season and is second on the team in points.Faceoff specialist Ben Williams’ 63.1 percent winning percentage is eighth-best. Since becoming the Orange’s starter in goal seven games ago, Evan Molloy is 6-1 with a 58.3 save percentage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIf SU wins its first-round matchup, it will play its quarterfinal game in Providence, Rhode Island on May 21 against either No. 1 seed Maryland, Quinnipiac or Hartford.last_img read more

Syracuse Athletics hires 2 new administrative members

first_img Published on November 18, 2016 at 7:06 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Syracuse Athletics hired this week two members to its senior leadership team. Chris Fuller will join the staff as deputy athletics director of external operations and Kristen Jones Kolod will join as deputy athletics director and chief financial officer.Fuller will help manage marketing athletics tickets sales, communications and the Orange Club, SU’s primary fundraising arm. Jones Kolod will oversee SU Athletics’ financials, acting as the athletic department’s liaison with the university’s budget office.Fuller worked at Tennessee for 12 years, holding positions in sales, marketing and external operations. Since 2009, he has served as senior associate athletics director for external operations. Jones Kolod has served as SU’s executive director of budget and administrative operations in the Division of Enrollment and Student Experience, which formed this summer as a combination of the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.Fuller and Jones Kolod join Director of Athletics John Wildhack’s staff. Wildhack was hired in July after Mark Coyle stepped down from the director of athletics position. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Storify: Syracuse fans react to SU’s 76-61 loss to Pittsburgh

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Jim Boeheim on the NIT’s experimental rules: ‘It makes no sense’

first_img Published on March 15, 2017 at 11:51 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ The second occurrence came with over 12 minutes left in the second half, when Lydon drew UNCG’s fifth foul of the 10-minute segment after grabbing a defensive rebound. He converted both free throws.With the Orange pulling away for most of the second half, the change in free-throw situations didn’t affect the outcome of the game. But as SU’s march toward the NIT crown continues it could be a factor down the line, a factor that Boeheim doesn’t like. Commentscenter_img Prior to Syracuse’s opening game in the National Invitation Tournament, head coach Jim Boeheim said he wasn’t sure what to expect from the tournament’s experimental rules.Boeheim and his staff mentioned the rules to the SU players, although they didn’t go into great detail before No. 1 seed SU’s (19-14, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) 90-77 win over No. 8 seed North Carolina-Greensboro (25-10, 14-4 Southern) on Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome in the first round of the NIT. After one game with the new rules, Boeheim came to his own conclusions.“I don’t know what it’s for, I don’t know where it came from or why,” Boeheim said referring to a rule that affects when teams shoot free throws. “It makes no sense.”The rule change was a shift in the resetting of team fouls from halftime to every 10 minutes of game time. When playing under the normal rule, each team is allowed six team fouls before the opposition shoots one-and-one free throws (meaning one shot is granted and if it’s made, the second one is earned) beginning with the seventh team foul in a half. Once 10 team fouls in a half are reached, the opposition earns two free throws with each foul.Under the experimental rules being used for the NIT, two free throws are granted once the opposition reaches four team fouls. But those team fouls reset after each of the four 10-minute segments in the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I don’t think the four-foul rule is a good rule at all,” Boeheim said. “Say you get (four), but you get the (fourth) one just after 10 (minutes into a half) and now they get (four) more, so you don’t get a free throw for 10 minutes.”Under the regular rules, Boeheim explained that once a team starts racking up fouls, it’s easier to earn free throws quicker rather than having to restart halfway through a half.“Now, it punishes you because now there’s no more free throws,” Boeheim said. “… You might get around four in eight or 10 minutes because they usually give a couple, the next couple and that seventh one usually comes, you get one-and-ones for six minutes. The way this works out, you might not get the two-shot foul possibly.”Sophomore forward Tyler Lydon said he thinks the rule is interesting. It helps teams get to the bonus quicker, he said, but defensively, forces players to avoid weak fouls away from the basket more than they already would.“Offensively it works out well for you. You get more shots, you can be more aggressive,” Lydon said, “but defensively it kind of makes you more hesitant to make plays because your team only has three fouls or whatever and a guy goes up and try to play it more straight or stop doing little ticky-tack fouls so I don’t know how much I really like it.”The rule came into play twice for the Orange on Wednesday night. With just under five minutes to play in the first half, Tyler Roberson grabbed a rebound and got fouled. It was the Spartans’ eighth team foul of the half, but instead of shooting a one-and-one, Roberson shot two. He missed both, but under the regular rules, the ball would have been live after the first miss.MORE COVERAGEGallery: Syracuse stiff-arms North Carolina-Greensboro, 90-77, in NIT openerWhat Syracuse players did during snowstorm StellaSyracuse fights off NCAA Tournament disappointment to beat UNC-Greensboro, 90-77, in NIT openerAssistant coach Gerry McNamara fueled Andrew White to break his single-season 3-point recordThe Final Word: Beat writers discuss takeaways from Syracuse’s 90-77 win over UNC-Greensborolast_img read more

Syracuse falls to North Carolina State, 3-0, after recording lowest shot output of year

first_imgSyracuse (7-6-2, 2-4-1 Atlantic Coast) fell at North Carolina State (10-4-1, 3-3-1) 3-0, after recording its fewest shot total all season.The Orange has taken the fewest shots in the conference (51) of teams that have played at least seven ACC games. SU, which only has three scores in conference play, is averaging 0.429 goals per ACC game. That ranks 11th in the conference.After a scoreless 35 minutes, N.C. State’s Ricarda Walkling delivered the first blow. Later in the game, just over a minute removed from Kailee Coonan giving the Orange its second shot of the game, Tziarra King matched that number for the Wolfpack in goals. It was her first of what would be two goals in the game.SU didn’t even record a shot on goal before King gave NC State a 3-0 lead that it never looked back from.The sophomore King not only added two goals, but assisted on the first goal of the game. She alone outshot the Orange 6-4 and nearly matched the Orange’s total number of goals since beginning ACC play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis performance marks the sixth time the Orange has been shutout, five of those coming in SU’s past seven games.Senior goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan, who faced eight shots on goal, made five saves and enters her final three regular season games with 317 career saves. She continues to inch closer to the Syracuse all-time lead, needing just 15 in her next three games to reach that mark..Syracuse returns to SU soccer stadium to play Virginia at 7 p.m. on Thursday for the first of a two-game home stand. Comments Published on October 14, 2017 at 4:52 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse’s surge this season rooted in Heinz Field locker room

first_imgThe kick-start to Syracuse’s upswing this fall began in the Heinz Field visitors locker room 11 months ago. After the Orange’s season-ending loss at Pittsburgh last November — the end of a second-straight 4-8 season for SU — head coach Dino Babers did not allow any other coaches in the locker room. He spoke to only the players, then he asked the seniors to leave and addressed only players who would return this year.Babers’ message: “Everybody wasn’t on board.”“There’s the saying, ‘What you do speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you say,’” Babers said Monday morning. “They were saying the right things, they weren’t doing the right things. And I think I have a team full of guys doing the right things.“And this is where we’re at.”Where Syracuse is at is a significantly more opportune position than that of last year. Through eight games, SU (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) has the same record as it did this time a year ago. But the 2017 Orange have beaten the defending national champion, stayed within striking distance against Top 25 opponents in LSU, North Carolina State and Miami on the road, and has not lost by more than 11 points all year despite facing one of the most difficult schedules in the country.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Saturday afternoon at Florida State, Syracuse will have a chance to snap a nine-game losing streak against FSU and beat the plunging Seminoles (2-5, 2-4) for the first time since the teams’ first meeting in 1966. This Syracuse upswing, Babers said, is rooted in the Heinz Field locker room last November.“When we lost that Pittsburgh game, and the way we lost it, that was a very emotional time for the team and I,” Babers said. “… I think that’s where we planted the seed, put some fertilizer down and then coming break in spring ball, and the things we did in the summer, we needed to water it and put a lot of sun on it.”Two weeks ago, Syracuse thrust into the national spotlight with the Clemson victory, one of the biggest in program history. At then-No. 8 Miami, one of only five remaining undefeated teams in FBS, Syracuse pulled to within one point in the fourth quarter.Babers said it all traces back to the Pitt game last year. Shortly after that game, Babers looked at the podium in front of him and paused before his postgame press conference.“I gotta stand here after all that?” he said jokingly.By “all that,” Babers meant a near four-hour affair that included 165 plays, 1,312 yards, nine punts, 19 kickoffs, 20 touchdowns, 58 first downs and Syracuse’s defensive collapse. The Orange broke the program record for points allowed, 76, a mark that stood for 125 years.The defensive miscues were a microcosm of the season. In 2016, SU finished 122nd out of 128 FBS teams in total defense and lost its final four games of the season.“It’s going to get better,” Babers said after the game.“The thing you have to remember is that this year the players were thinking and next year they won’t be,” Babers added.Now, here is Syracuse, two wins away from guaranteed bowl eligibility and only 2.5-point underdogs on the road at Florida State, the No. 3 team in the Preseason Top 25.Other notes from Babers’ weekly press conference:Babers said sophomore defensive lineman Kendall Coleman probably could have played at Miami on Oct. 21 at about 65 percent. “I think we’re going to get Coleman back,” for the FSU game, Babers said.As for fellow defensive lineman Josh Black: “We’ll have to see about Joshua.”Graduate transfer safety Jordan Martin has played the last two games with a cast, contributing mostly to special teams. “I don’t think Jordan’s going to be able to be with us. I think he’s going to be pretty much done.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on October 30, 2017 at 2:35 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

Justyn Knight, arguably the greatest SU runner of all time, is looking for his first individual national championship

first_img Published on November 15, 2017 at 9:48 pm Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edu In 2016, Knight missed qualifying for the Olympics by 0.1 seconds, his mother Jennifer said. That November, Tiernan beat Knight at the national championship. Come 2017, he qualified for the World Championships in the 5,000-meter. When it turned to race time, a familiar face lurked in the finals. It was Tiernan.With five laps to go, Tiernan moved into the lead, quickening the pace by two seconds. But Knight didn’t budge. He stayed with the pack, gradually chasing down the man that beat him a year earlier.Tiernan couldn’t maintain his pace, and Knight only sped up, inching closer and closer. Knight finished in ninth place in his first appearance on the world stage. Tiernan took 11th.“If he doesn’t win,” former SU runner Martin Hehir said, “he’s just going to come back with a vengeance.Knight’s talent matches his flare to make him one of the most well-known runners in the world. As one of the nation’s most dominant athletes, he’s commanded attention from everyone, including his teammates. They want to run with him.Everyone’s always wanted to run with him.When the St. Michael Catholic (Ontario, Canada) High School runner was just beginning to rise to local stardom, his head coach, Frank Bergin, found him waiting at the track after practice. Everyone else was gone, and Bergin was on his way out, but Knight was waiting for two kids from the nearby elementary school, who couldn’t have been older than 11, Bergin said. The two had seen Knight run and asked him to run a lap with them after school. So Knight waited and ran with them.“I remember just going ‘wow.’” Bergin said. “That’s Justyn.”Once Knight arrived on Syracuse’s campus two years later, he made an immediate impact, running in the national championship his true freshman season.By his sophomore season in 2015, Knight emerged as one of the best runners in the country. Hehir had always been the runner that teammates modeled themselves after. Soon, even for Hehir, that runner became Knight.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorOne of the reasons that Hehir excelled so much as a senior, Smith said, was because Knight took the pressure off Hehir and let him run freely.“Justin’s transformed the program and he’s taken us to a place where we couldn’t have been without him,” Hehir said. “That’s meant a lot for the program and for the future of the program.”The pair, along with emerging star Colin Bennie, led Syracuse to its first national championship in 64 years. When Bennie arrived at campus, like many, he copied Hehir’s model. But in 2015, he mimicked Knight.“Justyn being the guy to keep with,” Bennie’s mother Lisa said, “is the best training situation Colin could be in.”The entire time Knight trained for worlds, he checked on his teammate’s summer training, Jennifer said. In between workouts this summer in Vaughan, Ontario, Knight’s phone would be littered with messages from younger runners asking how his training was going, but also asking questions about their own training and how to prepare for the fall.Syracuse head coach Chris Fox traveled to London this summer for Knight’s race. As soon as it was over, Knight found his coach.“‘Let’s get ready for cross-country,’” he said to Fox.Throughout this season, Knight has worked to ensure his teammates are ready to battle at NCAAs. He sets the tones in workouts, checks in on how his teammates train and recover and takes on his own coaching responsibilities as the team’s leader. All his preparations have lined up for this Saturday, when Knight has one final attempt at a cross-country crown. “I think it’s a pretty fitting final chapter for him to put his mark on,” Hehir said. “The fact that he hasn’t won a title yet chomps this up to make it even sweeter. It could be a storybook ending.”Knight loves the pressure and the spotlight, but he’s had to adjust to it. Being the favorite is something he’s struggled with in the past. After he rose to prominence in 2015, the lights shined brighter and the microphones in his face multiplied. He felt overwhelmed. But he’s learned to embrace it and use the added attention to take the pressure off of his team.No matter the finish, Saturday’s race will bring an end to the greatest cross-country career a Syracuse runner has ever had.“I’m 30 years old and I don’t think that I will ever have another Justyn in my coaching career,” Smith said. “He is a once in a lifetime talent.”And on Saturday afternoon, he can capture the one thing that’s eluded him. Comments For two years, across three seasons, Justyn Knight couldn’t beat Oregon’s Edward Cheserek. No one could. Cheserek, or “the King” as he was called, finished his college career as a 17-time national champion in 21 possible events. But, at the cross-country national championship last year, Knight finished ahead of him.Then he ran into another problem: Villanova’s Patrick Tiernan. Knight prefers a sit-and-kick type race, where the runners don’t burn themselves out during the race, but then sprint ahead at the end. Tiernan set the pace that day, and made sure he didn’t let Knight kick. Instead, he burned the last mile, forcing Knight to chase, preventing a strong kick.“Sometimes you have your day,” Syracuse assistant coach Adam Smith said, “and that day was Tiernan’s day.”Cheserek and Tiernan were both experienced runners in their last year of eligibility. Knight was one of the favorites, but not the favorite. In all cross-country disciplines, outdoor and indoor track, Knight has had his share of chances to claim an individual national title, but hasn’t won one yet.Knight is the best runner in Syracuse history, with two top-five finishes in three years at the national championship. When Knight began his college career, Syracuse was a middle-of-the-pack finisher at nationals, unable to get over the hump. Knight turned the team into a perennial top-three team and national champion in 2015. He has carried the program on his back while making his teammates better. But he has never captured an individual cross-country championship. On Saturday, he has one final opportunity to do it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I don’t go into any race racing for second,” Knight said.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Jim Boeheim’s salary could force Syracuse University to pay thousands of dollars in additional taxes each year

first_imgUPDATED: Jan. 23, 2018 at 12:01 p.m.Jim Boeheim’s salary could force Syracuse University to pay thousands of dollars in additional taxes every year under a provision of the Republican Party’s controversial tax overhaul plan.“I don’t have much of a feeling on that,” Boeheim said on Monday during the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches teleconference. “I don’t understand exactly what this is all about, really. It’s beyond me.”A nonprofit’s five highest paid employees will generally subject their employer to a new 21 percent excise tax of some of their pay if they make more than $1 million a year in taxable compensation as part of the provision. Boeheim, the university’s head basketball coach, was paid $1,957,449 in reportable income by SU in Fiscal Year 2014. He also earned $2,151,736 in FY 2015. It’s unlikely Boeheim’s annual salary has dipped below $1 million since then.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlmost every coach in the ACC league in recent years has been paid more than $1 million as a salary, 990 forms and school announcements show. An SU spokeswoman in a statement said the university’s aware of the tax provision but, “we are not able to discuss specifics of personnel matters.” The excise tax wouldn’t take a chunk out of Boeheim’s salary, though. Consider his reported compensation for FY 2014 as an example. According to the university’s 990 form, SU paid the basketball coach $1,957,449. Of that salary, the excise tax could apply to the amount Boeheim made over $1 million. The GOP’s new excise, if theoretically applied to FY 2014, could hit SU with 21 percent of $957,449, which would be an additional $201,064 in taxes.In FY 2014, Boeheim was also paid $86,221 in an estimated amount of, “other compensation from the organization and related organizations,” according to the 990 form. It remains unclear if that $86,221 would factor into the total amount SU could be taxed 21 percent for, of Boeheim’s salary, if considering FY 2014 as an example. The 990 does not detail if any of that $86,221 was taxable income. So, in theory, the university could be forced to pay more than $201,064 in additional taxes. Nonprofits, including major universities, have to foot the bill under this provision. Not individual employees. Take Duke University as another example.Mike Krzyzewski, one of the highest paid collegiate coaches in history, was paid $4,015,468 in reportable compensation by Duke in FY 2014, according to the university’s 990 form.Krzyzewski could force Duke to pay about $843,248 yearly in additional taxes, under the provision, if theoretically using reportable compensation in FY 2014, as an example. But, like Boeheim, it’s unclear if more than $1.5 million in Krzyzewski’s estimated “compensation from the organization and related organizations” in FY 2014 could also affect that figure. Brian Pinheiro, chair of Philadelphia-based Ballard Spahr, LLP’s business and finance department, said the new excise tax applies to nonprofits in a way similar to that of other taxes applied to publicly traded companies, such as IBM.“The problem with that proposition is that the rest of the tax bill also gives a pretty significant tax cut to publicly traded companies,” Pinheiro said.Pinheiro represents for-profit, tax-exempt church and government employers on matters relating to executive compensation.As part of the Republican Party’s $1.5 trillion tax plan, the country’s federal corporate tax rate was lowered from 35 percent to 21 percent at the start of the year.“It may just purely have been, ‘we need to raise money somewhere, and here’s a good place to do it,’” Pinheiro said of the nonprofit compensation tax.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the theoretical effect of the GOP’s new excise on Fiscal Year 2014 was misstated. The excise could have hit SU with 21 percent of $957,449 of Jim Boeheim’s salary, or an additional $201,064 in taxes. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Published on January 22, 2018 at 12:58 pm Contact Sam: sfogozal@syr.edu | @SamOgozalek Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

PCP: Biggest NBA storyline entering the playoffs?

first_imgFiammetta:This PCP could have been written July 8, 2010.That’s the date of “The Decision” heard ’round the world: the day LeBron James took his talents to South Beach. Clearly, it’s also the day sports writers were set for life with new phrases to annoy readers with.When LeBron ditched Cleveland for the greener (and warmer, in more ways than one) pastures of Miami, the Heat instantly became the most hated team…ever? I’m sure a bunch of old-guy sports historians would spend the rest of their lives debating that with me – no disrespect to the Bad Boys of the 1980s Detroit Pistons, the 2007 New England Patriots or any New York Yankees team ever, as much as it pains me to say it.Regardless, that’s not the point. Everyone wants to see how the Heat will fare in the NBA Playoffs, and given their recent three-game winning streak (with a 100-77 beat down of Boston sandwiched in the middle), all signs point to the sky for Miami. The Heat is – and really has been for the duration of the season – a remarkably underrated defensive team. Miami allows 94.9 points per game (seventh in the league) and holds a plus-7.3 scoring differential (tied with Chicago for tops in the league).Plus, they also have James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. But you already knew that.Erickson:Apparently Phil Jackson’s team has lost the will to win.With only two games left until the playoffs, the Lakers have lost five consecutive games – despite their 55-25 record.Sure, L.A. has clinched its division and a spot in the playoffs, but going in on a losing streak isn’t exactly the best way to make it back to the NBA Finals.While the Heat has finally hit a winning streak, the Lakers’ losing streak is more concerning, especially considering they are the defending champions and they’ve had a strong season up to this point.With the losing streak comes a lack a confidence and frustration, which could be the kiss of death for any team headed into the playoffs.If the Lakers aren’t able to get back on track, they can give up any hope of achieving their third three-peat. If L.A. can turn things around and hit a hot streak, they might be able to achieve the NBA’s ultimate form of a hat trick. However, losing to the likes of Utah and Golden State – both of whom are wavering around the .500 mark and will miss the playoffs – in the midst of its season-end collapse doesn’t carry a lot of promise.The Lakers may have lost the drive that helps them be one of the league’s best teams year-in and year-out, but if they don’t find it soon, they might as well just hand over the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy now.last_img read more

Fiammetta: Badgers’ weaknesses persist

first_imgThe sense of relief at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday afternoon was so blatantly obvious that it left many Wisconsin fans wondering, “Why can’t we play teams like Purdue on the road”?Scheduling gripes aside, the Badgers got back on track this weekend, cruising to a 62-17 win over the Purdue Boilermakers. Finally, all was good as the Badgers finally returned to Camp Randall after the massive heartbreak of the past two weeks. Wisconsin might not be able to push the losses at Ohio State and at Michigan State out of their heads forever, but they can at least bump them to the backs of their minds now.Control of their own destiny – if there is such a meaningful thing halfway through the season – is beyond the Badgers’ reach, but with some very feasible help from the rest of the Big Ten and/or the BCS computers, a BCS bowl berth is still attainable.But as much as Wisconsin is hoping for losses from Ohio State and Penn State, the Badgers will reap their own benefits from improving on some weakness that were highlighted throughout that brutal road stretch and apparent even Saturday against Purdue.Settle the special teamsThe Badgers now rank second-to-last in the Big Ten in kickoff coverage, a testament to how dire the special teams situation has become in Madison.“Dire” might seem a bit exaggerated following a 62-17 blowout, but the nightmares in Columbus and East Lansing proved just how critical special teams miscues can be. Granted, the Badgers finally prevented a kick or punt from being blocked and Phillip Welch’s 52-yard field goal at the end of the first half was a tremendous confidence booster for the senior kicker.However, that also strengthened the spotlight on Wisconsin’s coverage issues. The Badgers are No. 115 in the country with 139.9 yards allowed on kickoffs per game and No. 74 with 22.09 yards allowed per kickoff, two staggeringly alarming rankings for a team that otherwise plays generally clean football.After the game Saturday saw Purdue’s freshman returner Raheem Mostert average 41.2 yards on five kickoffs with a 49-yarder on his first and a 74-yarder on his second, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema pointed out a need to evaluate the personnel and assignments the Badgers send out on kickoffs.But how many changes can they really make? Wisconsin also naturally struggles covering punts, ranking No. 76 in yards allowed per punt return (809). Wisconsin’s remaining opponents, Minnesota, Illinois and Penn State, rank seventh, 12th and fourth, respectively, in kickoff returns and fourth, 12th and 10th in punt returns, respectively. But with only three regular season games left, can the Badgers really afford much tinkering when they essentially must win every game?Ignite James WhiteThe sophomore running back was one of Wisconsin’s most electric players in 2010, averaging 6.7 yards per carry en route to a 1,052-yard, 14-touchdown season. This season, White is down to 5.1 yards per carry and he’s been trending downward since rushing for 87 yards on 13 carries (6.7 yards per) against Indiana. Against Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue in the subsequent weeks, White’s averages have dipped to 3.8, 3.2 and 2.9, respectively.Sudden spells of an inability to move the football have been the Badgers’ kryptonite this season – most notably in their two losses – and White has barely provided a spark since his season-high 95 yards and one touchdown against South Dakota Sept. 24. At Michigan State, White rushed 11 times for 42 yards and caught one pass for 12 yards. One week later at Ohio State, he contributed only five rushes for 16 yards and one catch for six yards.Explanations for White’s stunning ineffectiveness have ranged from a perceived lack of explosiveness to the fact there’s no longer last year’s element of surprise with him in the game. White has also taken a more secondary role behind Ball this year, whereas last season saw him contribute as a centerpiece of Wisconsin’s Three-Headed Monster with John Clay, Ball and himself.Regardless, White’s contributions have diminished this season, and at times, they’ve been lethal to Wisconsin’s offense. The Badgers remain as dynamic a unit as there is in the nation, but those offensive droughts that have developed in the middle of games – on the road, no less – can halt any momentum Wisconsin will gain with victories in its final three games.Discover a concrete No. 3 wide receiverThis issue has permeated throughout the season, beginning during the Badgers’ stellar performance in non-conference games and rising steadily in prominence with each of the challenges presented since. With opponents well aware of Nick Toon’s skill and Jared Abbrederis’ emergence as a legitimate No. 1 receiver, Wisconsin seemed to be in need of one more firm receiving option.Tight end Jacob Pedersen has developed into UW’s latest promising tight end, catching 24 passes for 310 yards and seven touchdowns this season. The redshirt sophomore has proven to be good for about three catches a game in Big Ten play and a reliable security blanket for Wilson, but in the search for weapons that will further open up defenses and create options for his quarterback, Pedersen generally lacks big-play ability.Augmenting the issue is Toon’s sudden disappearing act; the redshirt senior has not caught more than three passes since Oct. 1 against Nebraska and hasn’t scored since then either. Sure, as the team’s No. 1 wideout, Toon draws the majority of the opposing defenses’ attention. But also, as the No. 1 wideout, isn’t he supposed to beat it consistently?So behind Toon and Abbrederis, the Badgers have yet to see a true answer emerge at the No. 3 receiver spot. Jeff Duckworth has taken the snaps at that role this season, though he’s caught more than two passes in a game once which was against Indiana Oct. 15. Against Purdue Saturday, he saw arguably his most snaps in a game and caught two passes for 78 yards, 66 of which came on one pass in the first quarter.Sophomore Manasseh Garner is next in line and was widely expected to emerge this season, though surgery to repair a hernia cost him the first three games of the season. Since then, he has only suited up for the Sept. 24 South Dakota game and Saturday. In those games, Garner’s caught two passes for 45 yards.Mike is a senior majoring in journalism. What’s the biggest issue for this Badgers team? Let him know on Twitter @mikefiammetta and be sure to follow @BHeraldSports for all the latest Badgers news.last_img read more

Transfer forward making most of new surroundings

first_imgJunior Michala Johnson has finally made her long anticipated step back into the limelight. After sitting out last season in accordance with NCAA transfer bylaws, the 6-foot-3 forward has dreams of achieving goals that seemed impossible just two years ago.Johnson’s journey to Madison ironically began in the spotlight.Coming out of Bellwood, Ill., and the perennial powerhouse Montini Catholic High School, she was ranked the No. 46 recruit in the nation and seventh at the power forward position. Head coach Bobbie Kelsey had the chance to scout and recruit Johnson while she was an assistant coach at Stanford University. Kelsey said Johnson was dominant at the high-school level, where the phenom averaged 16.9 points, 10.5 rebounds, and four blocks per game.Johnson was so coveted by college coaches that the dynastic University of Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma offered her a scholarship. Johnson packed her bags and headed to Storrs, Conn., to begin her college basketball career for the No. 1 team in the nation. Johnson was attracted to the publicity that came with being a part of the Huskies and felt that she could be a big-time player at the nation’s top program.“Sometimes kids get caught up in the hype,” Kelsey said, reflecting on what might have been going through her head.It was there she won a national championship to cap off her freshmen season against Kelsey’s Stanford squad. It was also there Johnson realized she did not fit in with the program was not maximizing her potential as a basketball player. She only played 288 total minutes in two seasons at UCONN, 161 in 2010-2011 and just 127 in 2011-2012.Midway through her sophomore season, Johnson decided that she would transfer and pursue her basketball career at a different institution of higher learning.Johnson targeted her search to almost all Big Ten schools, notably Michigan State, Michigan, Illinois and Northwestern. In the end Wisconsin won out, primarily because of her familiarity with Kelsey, the proximity to home and the prospects of earning a ton of court time.Johnson describes her transfer season as frustrating and trying, yet beneficial. While she was upset that she could not play in the games, she says she learned about Kelsey’s system in practice and the way the coaches operated. Johnson shifted to a mental focus and became a student of the game by scouting Big Ten teams and other prominent opponents from the bench.Something that made the transfer process bearable for Johnson was having fifth-year senior point guard Taylor Wurtz with her on the bench that season. Wurtz grabbed a medical redshirt five games into last season after suffering a season-ending back injury. Wurtz said that both players helped each other get through the difficult time by keeping their sights set on the next season.“During the last preseason I always joked, ‘Wow, Michala, I would love to play with you,’” Wurtz said. “When it actually happened, I was really happy I could play with her because she is a special player.”Now that Johnson has the spotlight, she has shown minimal interest in relinquishing it. Johnson put her season of practice to work for the first time on October 10 in the season opener. After an explosive first half against Drake, she finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds, both career highs. The following game she scored 21 points, shooting 10-17 from the field against UW-Milwaukee.“Everybody else said they couldn’t tell, but I was extremely nervous and excited at the same time,” Johnson said of the first time she pulled her No. 25 jersey over her head. “We worked on a lot of stuff in practice, and I just went with the flow of the game.”Johnson serves as an enforcer in the middle for UW. She adds a completely different aspect to the offensive game plan, and Kelsey has every intention of her touching the ball on each possession. Kelsey also praised Johnson’s work ethic during her season of ineligibility because she was aware she would have to step into a starting role eventually.“She brings a lot of scoring power. She brings a lot of rebounding ability,” Kelsey said. “She has a nice shot up top and foot-fake to get to the basket, and she can finish with both hands. We’re happy to have her because we have that outside punch but you need to have that inside force.”Johnson wants to improve on her rebounding game and considers it a point of emphasis for her improvement. Kelsey has set a goal for Johnson for the upcoming season, that she should get a double-double every game. Coach knows that this is a lofty task, but that Johnson is one of the few players in the nation capable of attaining this goal.Affectionately known as “Mick” by her teammates and coaches, Johnson still has two years of eligibility remaining, which is great news for Badgers fans. After many trials and tribulations, Michala finally has her spotlight back. Badger nation will most definitely not mind if she stays there for a while.last_img read more

End of the Year Awards

first_imgMale Athlete of the Year — Frank Kaminsky, junior forward, basketballEntering the 2013-14 men’s basketball season, questions about who would be able to solidify Wisconsin’s front court lingered after losing three starting forwards to graduation. Frank Kaminsky quickly put any doubts to bed in a season that displayed a meteoric rise from bench player to anchor of a Final Four team.Just four games into the regular season, the Kohl Center was already filled with chants of “Frank the Tank” as the junior forward broke UW’s single-game scoring record — a record that stood for more than 40 years — scoring 43 points against North Dakota.By the time Wisconsin entered its Big Ten schedule, Kaminsky had established himself as a force in the paint with the ability to stretch defenses with his perimeter shooting.The 7-footer burst onto the national stage with a NCAA Tournament campaign where he averaged 18.5 points and six rebounds per game. Kaminsky’s 28 point, 11 rebound performance in Wisconsin’s Elite Eight win over Arizona clinched the Most Outstanding Player award for the NCAA Tournament West Regional.Kaminsky would finish his first-team All-Big Ten season leading the team in points (13.9) and rebounds (6.3) per game.-Spencer SmithFemale Athlete of the Year — Lauren Carlini, freshman setter, volleyballBefore she even stepped onto the UW Field House volleyball court, freshman setter Lauren Carlini carried the weight of the University of Wisconsin volleyball program squarely on her shoulders.The No. 1-ranked recruit in the nation and 2012 Gatorade National Player of the Year was projected to start as Badgers’ setter immediately, but she surpassed sky-high expectations by leading a feisty Wisconsin offense and averaging 11.15 assists per set, good for third overall in the Big Ten conference.After Wisconsin failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament for six consecutive seasons, Carlini guided the team to its first national title match since 2000. She distributed 12.55 assists in six tournament games, including 50 total assists in a victory against the tournament’s top seed in Texas in the Final Four match. Carlini earned 2013 regional MVP honors for her tournament performance in addition to 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.Carlini developed as a dynamic playmaker on the court in a variety of ways. She used her athletic 6-foot-2 frame not only to set up opportunities for her teammates, but also to scramble for digs and put away balls with powerful strikes or acrobatic tips.-Lee GordonHonorable Mention: Alex Rigsby, women’s hockey; Michelle Mueller, softballCoach of the Year — Kelly Sheffield, VolleyballAfter a lackluster 2012 season for the Wisconsin volleyball team, it seemed like the right time for Wisconsin to move in another coaching direction.Hired to replace former head coach Pete Waite, Kelly Sheffield inherited a young team without high expectations for its first year in the ultra-competitive Big Ten volleyball conference. Still, success seemed just a few years away for Sheffield who had a proven track record at Dayton, where he compiled a 131-33 record over 5 years. Especially because UW had also managed to poach the No. 1 high school recruit in Lauren Carlini prior to Sheffield’s arrival.Still, nobody expected him to turn things around this quickly.Given little more than a summer to get his team prepared, Sheffield was often characterized as a coach that expected perfection from his players. In his first week of practice, he set a precedent that would last throughout the season: Mistakes would be punished with extra cardio.A stark contrast from the previous coach, it worked wonders for an undersized, unathletic team, helping them finish the regular season ranked No. 13 nationally, before continuing on a NCAA tournament run that captivated the University of Wisconsin campus.Although Sheffield and co. suffered heartbreak in the National Championship, the team will lose only one senior and is expected to be right back in the title conversation next year with Sheffield at the helm.–Nick DanielsHonorable Mention: Bo Ryan, men’s basketballMoment of the Year — Bo Ryan cutting down the net in AnaheimIt was 13 seasons in the making when Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan finally got his chance to cut down the nets with Wisconsin after an Elite Eight win in the NCAA Tournament.Coach Ryan had gone to every Final Four with his dad, Butch, since his days back at UW-Platteville. Butch passed away in the summer of 2013. On what would have been his dad’s 90th birthday, Bo Ryan led his Wisconsin team to an overtime win over No. 1 seed Arizona in the West Regional Final to send the Badgers to the Final Four for the first time in his tenure with UW.When the game was over, anticipation built in the wake of victory as player after player, staff member after staff member, climbed the ladder in the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. cutting a piece of netting from the rim to signify their accomplishment. Finally it was the head coach’s turn. Chants of “Bo! Bo! Bo!” began to fill the arena as Wisconsin fans eagerly waited for their coach to cut the final piece of netting down.Ryan sheered the final string and hoisted the net in victory. After he had made his way back down the ladder, the Wisconsin players put the ultimate exclamation point on the moment when they lifted their coach in the air. Grasping his freshly cut net, Ryan lifted his fist in the air while his face showed what the moment meant. The coach from Chester, Penn. had done it. A wide smile filled his face as he sat on the shoulders of his team.-Spencer SmithHonorable mention: Wisconsin volleyball advancing to NCAA Championship after defeating Texas, NCAA SemifinalGame of the Year — Wisconsin vs. Arizona, men’s basketball, Elite EightThe Badger Herald game of the year didn’t have much for competition. It was the most recent, most riveting game and kept this campus alive through another elongated winter. It also vaulted Frank Kaminsky to a popularity level once thought impossible – that’ll happen when you score 28 points and grab 11 rebounds en route to claiming a spot in the final four.Wisconsin and Arizona balanced each other for most of the game on opposite ends of the see-saw. Arizona led first, then Wisconsin. Arizona again, then Wisconsin. In the end, regulation just wasn’t enough to settle the West Region.And while the Badgers were in control for much of the extra period, they were never out of harms reach until the final buzzer sounded. Nick Johnson took one dribble too many and failed to get a shot off before his season officially ended.Kaminsky was the leading horse for the Badgers down the stretch, but was joined in double figures by Traevon Jackson, who also contributed five assists, two of them in overtime.The win sent the Badgers to Dallas and the Final Four, the first of Ryan’s coaching career. It also sent thousands of Badgers back home to enjoy it on State Street.-Sean ZakHonorable Mention: Wisconsin vs. Texas, volleyball, NCAA SemifinalsPlay of the Year — Mark Zengerle OT winner vs. Ohio State, men’s hockey, Big Ten Tournament Championship game In his four years at Wisconsin, Mark Zengerle made a name for himself as a playmaker, but his label didn’t hold him back when his team needed a pivotal score.Ohio State was the underdog heading into the Big Ten Tournament Championship game March 22, but over halfway through the third period Wisconsin was up against the odds.The Buckeyes possessed a 4-2 lead with only six minutes and 52 seconds left in the game. But then, in the blink of an eye, the senior class for Wisconsin answered the bell and brought the Badgers even; just 48 seconds later they set the stage for the heroics of Zengerle.More than seven minutes ticked off the clocked after Wisconsin had tied the game at four, sending the game to a sudden death overtime. In the overtime, with margin for error even slimmer – especially for OSU who was trying to secure an NCAA bid – neither team made a critical mistake for over seven minutes.But then Zengerle, the opportunist, released a shot in the offensive zone from the top of the slot. It looked harmless at first and didn’t even reach they Buckeyes’ goaltender Christian Frey. A pile of players in front of Frey fumbled for the puck, but none of them could come away with it. However, behind the scrum, Zengerle slipped to the left side of the net and secured possession, fired a wrister and somehow trickled the puck past Frey as the celebration ensued with Zengerle sliding in exhilaration across the ice.It was only the 37th goal of his career against his 125 assists, but he couldn’t have saved his last collegiate goal for a better time.-Dan Corcoranlast_img read more

Softball: Core group of seniors lead underclassmen through season away from home

first_imgWisconsin softball’s senior class has been providing some highlight worthy moments for the team this year, but more importantly, they’ve been an anchor for a team that is largely made up of underclassmen.Seniors Katie Christner, Ashley Van Zeeland, Taylor-Paige Stewart and Macy Oswald are proving to be the team’s backbone this year, providing leadership and support whenever possible.This kind of support is needed now more than ever, considering the Badgers have spent a majority of their season away from Goodman Diamond. The Badgers have only played 11 out of 44 games at home this year, so relying on a home support system has not been an option for this team.This season has been filled with some high moments, along with some shocking upsets for the Badgers.One thing Wisconsin head coach Yvette Healy is thankful for is the persistence of her team in crucial moments and their determination to never give up on themselves.“I think a lot of teams would just fold [after losing to a weaker team] at that point,” Healy said. “It’s gut-wrenching to lose a game that you think you should win.“We have really good seniors, and I think that speaks volumes. Katie Christner came in and she was the story of the day. She was a senior that’s had knee surgery and been battling injury. She and Ashley Van Zeeland, all of them, they keep the team believing.”Of course, every team will find themselves losing a game at one point in time, but Christner knows one of the key elements of success for any team is to not only push past those losses, but to just keep moving forward.And it is not like the Badgers have much time to dwell on any past games, considering they play anywhere from four to six games a week. This kind of fast-paced schedule means the Badgers cannot let any past games become a hindrance to future success.“I think our team handles [the fast-paced schedule] really well,” Christner said. “I think our team is really good at making sure we’re not dwelling on games. Once a game is over, we’re automatically looking at the next game, which is something that I think we have going for us.”Courtesy of Jack McLaughlinIf the fast-paced schedule seems to be becoming too much for the younger players, they look to their seniors.From the outside, you would have a hard time believing that Stewart had just pitched her 20th inning of the week, or that Oswald had just been up to bat for the fourth time that weekend.Van Zeeland knows that, as a senior, sometimes the best thing she can do for her team is just to be a leader for them. Whether that means trying to get a scoring drive started, or pushing through the third game of the weekend, Van Zeeland always leads her team by example.“I think just being a leader [helps the team succeed],” Van Zeeland said. “Being out there and knowing that I’ve been playing for four years, it’s just important to lead the team and know that they are going to listen.”Van Zeeland doesn’t need to worry about leading her team on a consistent basis, because she says this year’s team is one of the most motivated in the league.Whether it is watching extra film in preparation for a game, or putting in a few extra hours of batting practice, the team’s hard work is paying off.“I think each person on our team is super self-motivated,” Christner said. “I think every person wants to help the team and do it for the team. I think that is super important and something this team is doing a really good job of.”With just 11 games remaining in the regular season before the Big Ten tournament, Wisconsin will need to rely on leadership to carry the team all the way to the end of an already promising season.Luckily for this young team, they have four leaders who are more than willing to carry these Badgers back to a level of success they’ve had in past seasons.last_img read more

Men’s Rowing: Four Wisconsin rowers earn invitation to top National Team Selection Camp

first_imgFour University of Wisconsin rowers have secured invitations to attend the 2017 USRowing Men’s U23 Selection Camp, a precursor to representing the U.S. in the 2017 World Rowing Under 23 Championship. Wisconsin rowers, senior Sebastian Amberger, senior Andrew Griffin, senior Sam Weeks and junior Erik Kernozek are among the 29 athletes invited to the national team camp. The Men’s U23 Selection Camp will be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, this summer. The group of invited rowers will compete for making boat placement to represent the U.S. at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in July in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The training camp will be coached by Dave O’Neill of the University of Texas and Brian De Regt of Oakland Strokes. They will evaluate the rowers and winnow down the group to comprise just an eight and a four.Rowing in a league of their own, Wisconsin women compete at elite levelsOn an international stage in Rotterdam, Netherlands, rowers from around the world gathered to compete in the 2016  World Under 23 Rowing Read…Wisconsin’s Sam Weeks attended the national team selection camp in 2016 and is determined to take his upcoming experience as far as he can. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to get a second shot at selection camp,” Weeks said. “Being cut on the final day of camp last year, I’m hoping to use my experience to take the next step this summer and make one of the boats.”As a senior, with his NCAA eligibility coming to a close and years of rowing for one of the top men’s rowing teams in the country, Weeks has both the ideal mindset and skillset to accomplish his goals. “This is likely the best I will be at rowing since my collegiate eligibility runs out once this season is over, so I will be in the best possible position to perform at my highest ability,” Weeks said.College basketball’s top performers throughout historyCentral Michigan’s Marcus Keene recorded the first 50-point game in NCAA Division I play in the last four years a Read…Along with Wisconsin rowers being frequently invited to U23 selection camp on consecutive years, UW’s rowing team also provides the most athletes chosen for the prestigious camp compared to other schools each year. In 2016, six Badgers were invited to the Men’s U23 National Team Selection camp: John Laing Wise IV, Sam Weeks, Sebastian Amberger, Andrew Griffin, James Lueken and James Roen. An invitation to selection camp is based upon “coach recommendations, physical and physiological characteristics (e.g. height, weight,), past performance in international and domestic competition, and the athlete’s ability to match the style and technique of the crew as determined by the designated coach,” according to USRowing. Cornell University and Yale are each sending three rowers, followed by Harvard and Princeton, who will each send two. The men’s rowing program at Wisconsin has great strength in producing athletes who are highly competitive at the top level of collegiate rowing. “Coach Clark has always told us he runs the Wisconsin system like a national team program,” Weeks said. “We race a lot and are constantly being tested and scored, but this gives every rower countless opportunities to show improvement and move up in the rankings.” While other colleges with rowing traditions use a strategy of creating a winning team by further developing rowers who proved themselves on the high school stage, Wisconsin largely draws from “walk-ons” with no prior rowing experience. UW cultivates top rowers from scratch in the realm of collegiate rowing, and for some, on the national and international arena.Wisconsin’s Erik Kernozek walked on to the men’s rowing team at Wisconsin his freshman year and now has the revered opportunity to make the national team. “The top end of collegiate rowing right now is extremely saturated with internationally recruited oarsmen,” Kernozek said. “I’m proud to be a part of a team that develops walk-on, home-grown athletes like myself to the United States national team selection camp level.”Men’s hockey: Here are all the Badgers currently playing in the 2017 NHL PlayoffsWith the NHL Playoffs beginning last weekend, it can be hard to know who to root for. Maybe your team Read…Weeks came into NCAA Division I collegiate rowing with some high school rowing experience, but showed dramatic improvement while rowing for the Badgers. “The system here allowed me to develop from being the slowest recruit in my class to being invited to the U23 camp,” Weeks said. “What is even more impressive is that two of the other three guys invited from Wisconsin are walk-ons and had never rowed a stroke before college, which really validates how quickly and well the system can develop elite American oarsmen.” Beyond the athletic development that makes a top collegiate rower, the dedication and commitment needed for such achievements has also had profound positive mental effects on the athletes.  “Rowing has forced my mentality to change from being afraid of work and pain, to the love of results,” Kernozek said. “Because of rowing, when I approach obstacles in my life, rather than thinking about where I would rather be in the moment, I always look forward to where I know I will be if I put in the work.” The Wisconsin rowers selected for the Men’s U23 Selection Camp are optimistic about their upcoming experience and the prudence of their efforts. “Ending my rowing career by representing the United States at the World Championships would be a very nice way to go out,” Weeks said. “Regardless of the final outcome, I want to end the camp with no regrets about my effort.”last_img read more

Football: Badgers face critical five-game stretch to close season

first_imgLast year’s 8-5 record was anything but indicative of what this year’s edition of the Badger football team is capable of doing. Despite a loss to Illinois this weekend, the Badgers have competed at a high level all season.Before the loss, the Badgers were rolling with an undefeated record. As they prepare for a critical second-half slate that includes matchups against The Ohio State University and Iowa, the team is aware these games will be critical for their playoff hopes.Much of Wisconsin’s success can be credited to junior Heisman hopeful running back Jonathan Taylor. The 2018 Doak Walker Award winner for Best Running Back has picked up right where he left off in the first seven games of the 2019 campaign, scampering for 957 yards and 15 touchdowns.On top of that, Taylor has developed as a receiver, surpassing his receiving yards total from last year and managing to find the endzone four times.Taylor’s best performance of the year came against Kent State, running for 186 yards and totaling five all-purpose touchdowns.Football: Wisconsin rolls through Kent State en route to fifth straight victoryThe No. 8 University of Wisconsin football team (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) defeated Kent State (2-3, 1-0 MAC) at Camp Read…Taylor’s dominance hasn’t been the only story for the Badger offense. After a mediocre 2018 season, junior quarterback Jack Coan kept defenses on its heels and provided balance to the offense. In his first seven starts, Coan has managed the game masterfully, ranking second in the NCAA in completion percentage.Following the 38–0 win against Michigan State, Coan credited his improvement this season to his teammates.“I just got a lot of great guys around me,” Coan said. “They are really making plays and just making me look good.”Football: Five takeaways from Wisconsin’s pummeling of MichiganThe University of Wisconsin football team welcomed Head Coach Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines to Madison on Saturday and Read…On the outside, Quintez Cephus and AJ Taylor have used their game-breaking athleticism when given the opportunity. Following his return, Cephus has burned defenses for 353 yards and three touchdowns through seven games. Taylor and Coan have also found chemistry, connecting for 16 receptions and 158 total yards.“It all started in the spring and winter workouts,” AJ Taylor said. “We were throwing all of the time, and we’ve got a pretty good relationship. We also got a little bit of a party planned for him when his birthday comes around.”These great relationships, combined with Wisconsin’s variety of offensive weapons, make it difficult for defenses to game plan against the Badgers.On the other side of the ball, Wisconsin’s stifling defense complements their balanced offense. Wisconsin ranks first in the country in points allowed and yards per game with 7.6 and 193.9, respectively. The opportunistic defense has forced 14 net turnovers, good for sixth-best in the country.The linebacking trio of Zack Baun, Chris Orr and Jack Sanborn has been lethal, combining for 108 tackles, 18 sacks and five forced fumbles. Baun is a nightmare for offensive tackles, using his speed to edge rush quarterbacks for 6.5 sacks through seven games.Baun credits friendly competition to the rise of the defense’s play.“I think competition between anyone is good. Whenever there is competition, it builds more character and advances everyone’s play,” Baun said.Football: Four takeaways from Badgers’ fourth shutout win of the seasonThe No. 6 University of Wisconsin football team (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) welcomed the Michigan State Spartans (4-3, 2-2) to Read…This week’s matchup against The Ohio State University brings back some tortured memories for Badger fans. Wisconsin has lost six consecutive games to the Buckeyes, including two losses in the Big Ten championship, one of which was a 59-0 thumping that propelled the Buckeyes to the College Football Playoff. The last Wisconsin win against Ohio State came almost a decade ago at Camp Randall in 2010.To end the cursed streak, Wisconsin’s game plan must focus on stopping dual-threat Heisman candidate Justin Fields. In just six games, Fields has torched opposing defenses, throwing for 1,492 yards, 22 touchdowns and just one interception.Junior running back J.K. Dobbins is as dynamic as they come. Dobbins is well on his way to his third consecutive 1,000 yard season and has eclipsed over 170 rushing yards in three separate games.The Badgers have yet to play a ranked opponent on the road and will be welcomed to the “Horseshoe” from approximately 104,944 raucous Buckeye fans. It will be interesting to see how Coan and the offense handle the noise.The other ranked matchup in Wisconsin’s remaining five games is a home game against the No. 20 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. The Badgers have dominated the matchup, winning six of their last seven games against Iowa dating back to 2010.Iowa is led by senior quarterback and three-year starter Nate Stanley. Stanley has been solid for the Hawkeyes this year, throwing for nine touchdowns and achieving a 62.3% completion percentage. Despite this, Stanley has struggled against ranked opponents and threw three interceptions in Iowa’s road matchup against Michigan.Football: Previewing Big Ten West before major conference gamesThe University of Wisconsin football team (3-0) has looked like a complete team through their first few games of 2019. Read…Over the past 10 years, Wisconsin football has been one of the nation’s most consistent teams. Since 2009, the Badgers hold the country’s 6th-highest winning percentage at 77.7% with an impressive 98-28 record.Even though the program has appeared in four conference championship games and six New Year’s Six bowls, the team still has not appeared in a College Football Playoff. This final stretch will be pivotal for the Badgers’ hopes and will dictate whether this year is different from years past.last_img read more

Women’s soccer moves to next tier of NCAA tourney

first_imgSophomore midfielder Jalen Woodward heads the ball over an Eastern Washington defender in a game at McAlister Field. Photo by Emily Smith | Daily TrojanThe No. 3 seeded women’s soccer team kicked off its postseason last Friday with a 2-1 victory against a familiar foe — Eastern Washington University. Last season, the Women of Troy dominated the Eagles 3-1 to kick off the 2016 NCAA tournament. “At least it’s a team we know, we’ve played them,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said before the match. “The hard part is they know us and they’ve played us. They have had another good year and we are going to have to be prepared to play them.”Despite the Trojans’ preparation, the Eagles stole the early lead. In the sixth minute, the Eagles drove the ball into the USC zone and placed a shot on target. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kaylie Collins made the save but was unable to secure the ball. Senior forward Chloe Williams found the rebound and delivered a shot to the back of the Trojans’ net to grant the Eagles the lead. “When you get scored on early, it wakes you up and the urgency had to pick up,” Collins said. “It was more of everyone getting on each other at that point and asking more from each other.” After the score, USC played lockdown defense and generated a couple scoring opportunities but was unable to convert the equalizer. The score held at 1-0 going into the half. Even though Eastern Washington held the momentum for the majority of the first half, the Trojans outshot the Eagles 14-3. Something needed to change for the Trojans in the second half if they wanted to extend their season another day. “We [the coaching staff] asked them what they wanted the end of their season to look like,” McAlpine said. “We changed a few things [with our formation]. But more importantly, [the coaching staff] just challenged them to really think about what they wanted the end to look like and if they wanted today to be it.” McAlpine’s words must have hit home with the Women of Troy because the Trojans came out flying. In the second half, the Trojans tallied 14 shots and 10 corner kicks. An early Eagle scoring opportunity almost put a damper on the Trojans’ hope of tying the match, but Collins denied the attempt and the USC offense went to work. Senior forward Alex Anthony found the equalizer off of the pass from junior forward Hailey Hite in just five minutes. The Trojans applied pressure for the entire second half, spending most of the time in the offensive zone.In the 73rd minute, USC nearly found the go-ahead goal thanks to a rifling shot from freshman midfielder Savannah DeMelo. The ball was just wide of the post and the score remained knotted at one.Neither team could settle the match in regulation and the game went to overtime for the first time this season at McAlister Field. USC produced a few scoring opportunities in the first 10-minute period with chances from both senior forward Alex Anthony and Savannah DeMelo. Once again, neither squad could best the other and the game was forced into a second overtime.The fourth period would be short-lived, as the Trojans found the golden goal in just 18 seconds. Deep into the offensive zone, sophomore midfielder Ashleigh Plumptre lofted a cross over Eagles goalkeeper Emily Busselman toward the far post where junior forward Erika Okuma was stationed. Okuma finished the play by pounding the ball into the open net to secure the 2-1 win for the Trojans.“We found a way to win on a day where it wasn’t our best performance and far from it,” McAlpine said. “But this team has some resolve, and it showed today. Kaylie [Collins] kept us in it in the first half and then between Alex [Anthony] and Erika [Okuma] we found a way to win it in the end.”With the victory, the Trojans advance to the second round of NCAA Tournament where they will travel to College Station, Tex. to take on the Baylor Bears Friday at 1:30 p.m.last_img read more

Syracuse wins 3-straight sets, beats Connecticut 3-2

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Down 2-0 after two close sets, Syracuse (2-0) came all the way back, winning the next three to defeat UConn (5-2) in the final game of the UConn Invitational in Storrs, Connecticut. Freshman Polina Shemanova led the way for the Orange with a team-high 18 kills after racking up 17 yesterday against New Hampshire.In the first set, Syracuse found themselves down 10-18 before fighting their way into a 22-20 lead. However, UConn would tie it up at 24 and eventually took the set, 26-24. Syracuse came out strong for the second set and were only down 16-14 before UConn once again pulled away to win the second set, 25-19.But the Orange did not want to go down without a fight. In the third set, down 16-17, Syracuse went on a nine to two run and won the set, 25-19. The fourth set was back and forth, but once SU took a 20-19 lead, it never gave it back up. A powerful kill by Shemanova ended the fourth set with Syracuse ahead, 25-23.The fifth and final set was almost all Orange. Syracuse took a 5-4 lead and didn’t stop, going on to win the game with a 15-7 fifth set victory.Three other SU players finished with double-digit kills. Sophomore Ella Saada had 12, redshirt senior Amber Witherspoon finished with 11 and senior Santita Ebangwese came away with 10.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse will next head to Milwaukee for the Marquette Tournament on Friday where it will face off against BYU at 6 p.m. Commentscenter_img Published on September 1, 2018 at 6:10 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.edulast_img read more

Boeheim family comes together on the court in Syracuse’s win over Cornell

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 2, 2018 at 12:12 am Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 On one Syracuse possession late in Saturday’s first half, Buddy Boeheim received a pass on the right wing with his 18-month older brother, Cornell’s Jimmy Boeheim, in a defensive stance in front of him. The Carrier Dome crowd’s noise level rose in anticipation. Buddy jab-stepped twice, but then just passed the ball off. On a night when SU head coach Jim Boeheim’s sons played against each other, that was about as close as they came to going one-on-one.“I was so worried about the game and what was going on, I wasn’t really thinking about that to be honest with you,” Boeheim said. “I really wasn’t. Their mother can think about that. I’m thinking about trying to get us to play better.”In the end, Boeheim and Buddy came out on top, as Syracuse (5-2) beat Cornell (4-4) and Jimmy, 63-55, in the Carrier Dome. Buddy made one of his two 3-point attempts. Jimmy tallied nine points, six rebounds and four assists. The two bumped hips a few times on the floor, and Jimmy guarded Buddy on at least two possessions. Cornell hung around, but in the end Syracuse found the edge.“It’s tough because we really were right there, we had a really good chance to win,” Jimmy said. “It’s definitely in my mind. It might be there for a while.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerWhen Jimmy checked in first, with 15:03 to go in the first half, the crowd cheered at a decent volume. He grabbed a couple boards and an assist, and then about four minutes into his court time, he leaked out as Steven Julian grabbed a steal.Julian led Jimmy toward the basket, and even as SU’s Elijah Hughes trailed the play looking to pin Jimmy’s shot to the backboard, the sophomore didn’t waver.“He’s starting to realize how tall and long he is,” Cornell star Matt Morgan said of Jimmy. “Offensively and defensively he can get to the rim whenever he wants to.”Naturally right-handed but a lefty jump shooter, Jimmy got to the glass with his right hand and finished for two. He knocked down a 3 a few possessions later. Juli Boeheim and Jamie Boeheim, Jim’s wife and daughter, stood and cheered with two other people who’d accompanied them. They were the only group in their section of the Carrier Dome cheering.“He hasn’t made any 3s,” Boeheim exaggerated. “He would have to make one against us.”Two minutes after Jimmy’s 3, Buddy answered with one of his own. He’d missed his first attempt from beyond the arc, but when Frank Howard swung the ball to Buddy on the left wing, he rose up and knocked it down.Again, Juli and Jamie stood and cheered. They weren’t the only ones, that time.“Buddy got a good look, and he had another chance to get a good look and we’re not smart enough to get him the ball,” Boeheim said.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerAt one point in their time on the court together, Jimmy and Buddy lined up along the free throw lane. For most of the game, Jimmy said he didn’t think about the fact that they were playing each other.But lined up next to each other, Jimmy noticed.“He came down and stood next to me,” Jimmy said. “And I was like wow, that’s pretty crazy. In that moment, it clicked.”With 18 seconds to go and Syracuse finally having stemmed a Cornell rally, Jimmy took one more shot. He caught the ball near the top of the key, drove right, and put it off glass over Marek Dolezaj, again with his right hand.Then with five seconds left, Boeheim subbed Buddy back in for the closing seconds. When the buzzer sounded, the family didn’t leave the court yet. Instead, Jamie and Juli joined the three competitors.They had to pose for a photo.“My mom told me that was gonna happen,” Jimmy said. “I tried to run out of there before. But she grabbed me, and I don’t think I really had a choice … She wants that to be our Christmas card.”Senior Staff Writer Matthew Gutierrez and Senior Staff Photographer Alexandra Moreo contributed reporting.center_img Commentslast_img read more

Beat writers split in Syracuse’s quarterfinal matchup with Northwestern

first_imgAfter dominating Georgetown in the rain on Sunday, No. 5 seed Syracuse (16-4, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) will face No. 4 seed Northwestern (15-4, 5-1 Big Ten) for a trip to the national semifinals. The Wildcats scored eight unanswered goals in their second-round matchup against Notre Dame, ultimately winning 13-10. The two will face off at 2 p.m. in Evanston, Illinois in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals.Here’s what our beat writers predict to happen.Eric BlackSyracuse 15, Northwestern 13WildcaughtNorthwestern has won six straight games and boasts the best offense in the country. The Wildcats just beat No. 1 Maryland and feature a Tewaaraton finalist. On top of all that, Saturday’s game is in Evanston. But Syracuse is better. The Orange have shown that all season, including in the team’s first matchup this year when SU took down Northwestern in overtime. After dropping five games by one goal last season, this year they’ve flipped the script and won five one-goal games. In poor conditions on Sunday, Syracuse showed that its offense will take more than rain to slow down, and against the Wildcats’ subpar defense, SU should explode. Sure, Northwestern has Selena Lasota, but Syracuse has Emily Hawryschuk. The latter said “this is the team that’s gonna do it,” and a win Saturday is the first step in doing so.KJ EdelmanSyracuse 13, Northwestern 12Deep dish dubAdvertisementThis is placeholder textI don’t know if I should laugh or cry that Saturday’s outdoor game might be another overcast. But Syracuse just showed its offense won’t die in the rain. Northwestern’s attack took its foot off the pedal in the second half of its last matchup and has more in store. I’m more interested in defense in this quarterfinal game, though. Emily Hawryschuk couldn’t help but laugh when recalling Nell Copeland’s face-guard tactics against her in February. That game ended in a turnover on the opening possession of overtime and a Hawryschuk game-winner. I expect something similar on Saturday — coming down to a final shot. Syracuse has shown with its top-notch backline that discrepancies on the draw area are a small formality. Hawryschuk will dominate, and if she’s face-guarded, the likes of Megan Carney, Nicole Levy and Sam Swart will lead the Orange to their first final four since 2016.Kaci WasilewskiNorthwestern 15, Syracuse 14The North RemembersSyracuse’s 15-14 win over then-No. 4 Northwestern was its first win of the season that showed SU wasn’t the 9-10 Orange of 2018. After a back-and-forth game, an Emily Hawryschuk goal in overtime lifted SU to its first ranked win of the season. That being said, Northwestern is on a six-game win streak that includes wins over Notre Dame, Michigan and top-ranked Maryland. Northwestern is playing its best lacrosse right now, especially with its top-ranked offense. For Syracuse to win, its defense is going to have to be better than its best this season. That being said, I think it’s going to be a close game that will come down to the wire, but this time, Northwestern is coming out on top. Comments Published on May 18, 2019 at 12:25 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse rises 3 spots to No. 17 in weekly AP Top 25 rankings

first_img Published on November 18, 2019 at 5:21 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew After defeating Maryland Eastern Shore and Albany last week, No. 17 Syracuse (3-0) rose three spots in the weekly AP Top 25 Poll. Emily Engstler had two double-doubles to lead the Orange in their second and third straight home wins to open the season.Yet in both games, SU again started slow against nonconference opponents. A one-point lead over the Hawks at the end of the first quarter only turned into nine after the next 10 minutes. But behind Digna Strautmane’s four 3-pointers in the second half, SU pulled away for a 15-point win.A similar situation unfolded just four days later. Syracuse and the Great Danes were tied at 16 after the opening quarter and SU only led by 10 at half. For the third consecutive time — the Orange were down 14 points against Ohio in their season-opener — SU pulled away in the final 20 minutes to ensure its third 3-0 start in four seasons.Syracuse next faces No. 1 Oregon (3-0) Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Carrier Dome, its toughest nonconference game of the season. The Ducks are led by seniors Ruthy Hebard (23.1 points per game) and reigning Wooden Award winner Sabrina Ionescu (12.7 points per game). As a team, the Ducks currently average 99.0 points per game. SU, by comparison, has failed to top 75 points through its three games. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tipperary cyclist Sam Bennett extends contract.

first_imgThe 23 year old has had a highly impressive opening year with Team NetApp Endura picking up wins in the Clasica de Almeria, the German classic Rund um Köln, and a stage of the Tour of Bavaria.  He already had a contract for 2015 but has decided to remain with the squad until the end of 2017.The German based team has a new title sponsor in the form of Bora for next season – they have also announced the signing of New Zealander Shane Archibold for from Bennett’s former home An Post Chain Reaction.last_img read more

Tipperary feature strongly in Under 21 Football awards

first_imgThe Tipp players included in the EirGrid 21 are goalkeeper Evan Comerford, defenders Ross Mulcahy and Bill Maher, midfielders Steven O’Brien and Colin O’Riordan and forward Kevin O’Halloran. While All-Ireland winners Tyrone lead with seven, six Tipperary footballers have been selected as recipients of the inaugural ‘EirGrid 21 U21 Awards’.The awards honour the twenty-one standout players from the 2015 U21 All-Ireland Championship as selected by members of the Gaelic Writers Association.In addition to the 21 U21 awards, EirGrid are asking fans of the championship to select their Player of the Year. Tipp captain Colin O’Riordan and the Tyrone duo of Lee Brennan and Cathal McShane are the nominees.last_img read more

O Neill’s Ireland draw Wales

first_imgO Neill feels it will be tight to qualify from Group D even though they face familier opponents They’ve been drawn with sides including Wales and Serbia, as well as Austria , Georgia and Moldova.last_img

Tipp focusing on All Ireland semi-final

first_imgA fantastic second half performance saw them beat Connaught champions Galway in Tullamore yesterday.Inane Rovers Alan Tynan scored a second half goal to put the result beyond doubt with Tipp running out 1-10 to 6 point winners in the end.Manager Charlie McGeever felt that the players fitness levels were good despite their hectic schedule and felt that players “freshness” for the game was key.last_img

Lenister see off Ulster to secure Grand Final spot

first_imgThe four-time winners produced their best performance of the season as tries from Isa Nacewa Jamie Heaslip and Sean Cronin helped them to a comprehensive win – despite a brace of tries from Ulster’s Craig Gilroy.So Leinster now awaits the winners of this evening’s semi-final at the Sportsground, where Connacht will once-again play host to the Glasgow Warriors.Pat Lam’s men beat Glasgow just two weeks ago to secure home advantage and former Ireland Captain Brian O’Driscoll says that it’s hard to know which team will have improved more in the intervening period.last_img read more

Gardiner misses out on place in the Olympics

first_imgVianello took the second and although the Tipp man won the third he couldn’t get the knock-out he needed to win the bout.Meanwhile, Michael O’Reilly from Portlaoise, who had already qualified, has won the middleweight title after getting a walkover in the final. The Clonmel man was beaten in today’s super-heavyweight final at a qualifying event in Azerbaijan.He was beaten 29-28 by Guido Vianello of Italy.Dean seemed to have the better of the first round but the judges sided with his opponent.last_img read more

Tipp minors lose out to Cork

first_imgPhoto © Tipperary GAA The Cork full forward trio of Mark Cronin, Damien Gore and Cathail O Mahony scoring 3-13 between themAfterwards Tipp manager Matt O Doherty paid tribute to last nights opponents saying they were physically strong.However he said the Premier hadn’t performed as well as they can.Reigning champions Kerry are through to the semi finals after Peter Keane’s side comfortably saw off Clare 2-16 to 1-6 in Tralee.At the Gaelic Grounds Limerick were 1-10 to 0-9 winners over Waterford.Clare will play Waterford now and the winners will meet Tipp in a playoff on the 26th of April. A strong Cork team were comprehensive 3-21 to 1-8 winners over Tipp in the Munster minor football championship quarter finals last night.The Rebels built up an early lead and went in 1-9 to 0-4 ahead at half time in Semple Stadium.Ryan Lambe from Clonmel Commercials hit 0- 3 on the night for Tipp while Adam McGrath of Galtee Rovers bagged a late consolation goal for the home team.last_img read more

Premier totally focused on League decider

first_imgTipp and Galway renew rivalries on Sunday when the sides clash in the National Hurling League final.Michael Ryan’s men are targeting their first league title since 2008.The sides last met in the All Ireland semi-final last year where Tipp won by a single point. Tipp’s Noel McGrath says the history between the sides will mean little on Sunday afternoon.Throw-in is at 3.30 on Sunday afternoon at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick and the game will be live here on Tipp FM.last_img

Tipp facing formidable Down side this weekend

first_imgTipp FM’s live updates of this Sundays game between Tipperary and Down comes in association with Eldons Bar Clonmel and Walsh Barbers shop, Mitchell Street, Clonmel. Down are far more formidable opposition for Tipp’s senior footballers that Louth were, according to the Premier’s Under 20s manager.David Power says that a run of unlucky misses have held down back from victories – and that Tipp need to be careful.Tipp travel to Newry on Sunday, however, Power says having consolodated their position in the division – the pressure is off…last_img read more

NFF Crisis: Minister Seeks Assistance From FIFA

first_imgOnyebuchi Ezigbo in AbujaIn a bid to find a lasting solution to the lingering tussle over the leadership of the country’s apex football governing body, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, said the ministry has set up a seven-man advisory committee, including seasoned technocrats with the FIFA.The committee, which has two weeks to submit its report, is to seek ways of resolving the seeming logjam in the crisis that engulfed the Football House by trying to reconcile the factions involved in the crisis.The Minister, who was at the national secretariat of his party, All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday in Abuja, said he couldn’t have supported the Chris Giwa’s group against the NFF  leadership led by Amaju Pinnick because it will not be in his interest to allow the crisis to escalate.“I have set up a seven-man advisory committee, and from the briefings I got they would start sitting today.  I think, by the end of two weeks, when I receive their report, there would be sufficient advise in the way forward.“They have invited so many stakeholders in the football industry to interact with them. And some of them have worked with FIFA, some of them are working with FIFA I brought them together, so that we can benefit from their experiences,” he said.Lalong said the development in the football industry is unfortunate, especially the leadership tussle, adding that both parties in the conflict “must shieft position from their extreme position to a mid-way in the. Interest of football and in the interest of the nation”.MORE TO FOLLOWShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Okagbare Runs First Sub-11secs in Almost Two Years

first_imgMany local athletics watchers had been doubting Okagbare’s ability to bounce back after a rather disappointing 2016 season when she not only failed to race inside 11 seconds in the 100m but also could not make the final of the event at the Rio Olympics.The last time she ran a sub-11 seconds in the 100m was way back in September 2015 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Zurich where she closed her season with a 10.98 seconds performance.Interestingly, the Nigerian ran an incredible six sub-11 seconds in the 100m that season, topping it with the 10.80 seconds she ran at the IAAF Diamond League meeting at the Stade De France in Paris on July 4. It was her and Nigeria’s second fastest 100m time ever.It was also the third fastest time in the world that year. Okagbare broke 11 seconds for the first time in 2012 when she ran 10.96 seconds to place second in the first semi-final at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Crystal Palace, London on July 14.She ran three more sub-11 seconds to close the season with a 10.92 personal best on August 4 at the Olympics in London.She ran three more the following year with an incredible 10.79 seconds performance to become the first Nigerian nay African woman to break 10.80 seconds in the 100m.It was then a new African record which proved to be the second fastest in the world that year behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pyrce’s IAAF World-title winning 10.71 seconds performance in Moscow.In 2014,Okagbare broke 11 seconds thrice like she did the previous year and ended the season with a 10.85 seconds personal season’s best which not only fetched her the Commonwealth Games gold but also ensured she ended the year with the second fastest time in the world, again behind USA’s Torie Bowie (10.80 seconds).The following year she ran six times inside 11 seconds and was on course to becoming the first Nigerian to win a 100m medal at the IAAF Worlds in Beijing but wishes refused to turn to horses as she finished last in the final. Last year she did not legally break 11 seconds as the 10.92 seconds she ran at the Istvan Guylai Memorial Grand Prix in Hungary on July 18 was aided by a +2.6 metres per second trailing wind which rendered it illegal.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Picks bronze in IAAF Diamond League in LondonReigning Nigeria sprint queen Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor on Sunday at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London ran 10.99 seconds, her first sub-11 seconds performance of the season to place third behind Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson (10.94) and Dutch girl, Dafne Schippers (10.97). She has thus raced back to reckoning ahead of next month’s 16th IAAF World Championships also in London.It was the Nigerian’s first sub-11 seconds performance in the 100m in over 21 months and 17th of a very storied career since she raced into the limelight in Abuja on July 25 when she won her first national title in the blue ribband event.last_img read more

Peak Bids Eagles Farewell with Super Breakfast

first_imgPeak, the Official Milk of the Super Eagles, treated the team to their last breakfast in Asaba as they made to depart for Egypt to battle for honours in the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations which kicks off on June 21.All the 25 players in camp as at that time as well as their officials were at the breakfast session.Captain John Mikel Obi and his teammates could not hide their excitement at the gesture by the brand, which has stood behind the squad over the years. Coach Gernot Rohr said that with the support from Peak, the team would be inspired to conquer in Egypt as the Super Eagles chase a fourth African title after the successes of 1980, 1994 and 2013.Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa expressed his delight at the special bonding session and said that Peak had been his No 1 milk.“I am happy with Peak. I love Peak milk. And I am thrilled that the brand is supporting the Super Eagles,” the goalkeeper enthused.Since 1998 when it backed the Super Eagles to the FIFA World Cup in France, Peak Milk has been supporting the national football team.The brand was part of the success story of the Super Eagles as they went all the way in South Africa to lift the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013.It is set to see the Super Eagles triumph again in Egypt 2019.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Flying Eagles at training session in Poland.last_img read more

Rays’ 2-way player McKay to have season-ending surgery

first_img Tampa Bay Rays two-way rookie Brendan McKay will have season-ending surgery on his left throwing shoulder Wednesday.The 24-year-old McKay tested positive for the coronavirus in early July and missed most of the club’s preseason camp. He was cleared to resume activities July 31 and reported to the club’s alternate site, but then experienced stiffness in his pitching shoulder and was shut down last week.“Obviously frustration, but we’re optimistic with the procedure that Brendan will have. Hopefully we’ll have him for 2021 spring training and go from there,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday night before a series opener against the Yankees. “There’s no doubt it’s unfortunate for him, for us, because we probably would have already been using him, but just the shoulder never cooperated.”Cash said the issue is in the back of McKay’s shoulder, but the exact nature of the injury won’t be known until after the procedure.McKay was 2-4 with a 5.14 ERA in 13 games (11 starts) last season, and went 2 for 10 with a home run as a designated hitter. He’s also played 49 minor league games at first base since being selected fourth overall in the 2017 draft out of Louisville.The Rays sit in second place in the AL East entering Tuesday’s action, 2 1/2 games behind the Yankees.Image credits: AP WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Last Updated: 19th August, 2020 07:42 IST Rays’ 2-way Player McKay To Have Season-ending Surgery Tampa Bay Rays two-way rookie Brendan McKay will have season-ending surgery on his left throwing shoulder Wednesdaycenter_img First Published: 19th August, 2020 07:42 IST FOLLOW US LIVE TV Written Bylast_img read more

Gyorko, Burnes come up big as Brewers trounce Pirates 9-1

first_img WATCH US LIVE Jedd Gyorko homered twice and Corbin Burnes struck out 10 in six innings, helping the Milwaukee Brewers pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1 on Friday night.Burnes (1-0) gave up three hits and walked one as the Brewers bounced back after dropping six of their previous eight games. They were swept in a three-game series at Pittsburgh last weekend.Gyorko hit solo shots in the first and seventh innings for his sixth career multihomer game. His last one came against the Brewers on May 1, 2017, when he was playing for the St. Louis Cardinals.Ryan Braun and Jacob Nottingham also homered for the Brewers. JT Riddle connected in the seventh for Pittsburgh.Braun hit a three-run shot to left in the third to join Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera and Robinson Cano as the only active players with at least 800 extra-base hits.The only player to collect more extra-base hits for the Brewers is Hall of Famer Robin Yount with 960 from 1974-93.Pirates starter Derek Holland (1-2) faced Milwaukee for the third time this season. In his first two starts against the Brewers, Holland allowed a total of three runs over 10 2/3 innings.He wasn’t nearly as effective this time. Holland struck out eight, but gave up eight runs, six hits and four walks over five innings.Gyorko gave the Brewers a rare early lead with a two-out drive just inside the left-field foul pole in the first. The Brewers had been outscored 17-3 in the first inning before Friday.After Braun’s blast extended the lead to 4-0, Nottingham crushed a 0-2 pitch to left-center in the fourth for his second career homer. Nottingham had been called up earlier in the day to replace catcher Manny Piña, who went on the injured list with torn meniscus in his right knee.Holland also gave up a two-run double to Mark Mathias with two outs in the fifth.Riddle homered against David Phelps in the seventh, but Pittsburgh finished with just four hits.WORTH NOTINGThe Brewers released utilityman Brock Holt and designated reliever Justin Grimm for assignment. Holt had been designated for assignment last week.FAREWELL TO DYSONPirates manager Derek Shelton had nice parting words for outfielder Jarrod Dyson, who was traded to the Chicago White Sox for international signing bonus pool money. Shelton called Dyson an “unbelievable teammate” and credited the veteran for assisting in former shortstop Cole Tucker’s move to the outfield.“One of the things he told Tuck is you have to be able to embrace opportunities,” Shelton said.TRAINER’S ROOMBrewers: Piña will miss at least the rest of the regular season. He hurt his knee while sliding back to first on a pick-off attempt Thursday. “When I touched the base, I knew right away that something happened with my knee,” Piña said. “I left the game and didn’t feel too much pain after the game, but when I was back in my apartment trying to sleep, it was very painful.” Manager Craig Counsell said Piña would undergo surgery but might be available for the postseason if Milwaukee gets there.UP NEXTThe four-game series continues Saturday with JT Brubaker (0-0, 4.80 ERA) pitching for the Pirates and Brett Anderson (2-2, 3.52) starting for the Brewers.Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 29th August, 2020 09:00 IST Written By Associated Press Television News center_img LIVE TV FOLLOW US Last Updated: 29th August, 2020 09:00 IST Gyorko, Burnes Come Up Big As Brewers Trounce Pirates 9-1 Jedd Gyorko homered twice and Corbin Burnes struck out 10 in six innings, helping the Milwaukee Brewers pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-1 on Friday night COMMENTlast_img read more

Wheeler outpitches Scherzer, Phillies beat Nationals 3-0

first_img First Published: 3rd September, 2020 12:50 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 3rd September, 2020 12:50 IST Wheeler Outpitches Scherzer, Phillies Beat Nationals 3-0 Zack Wheeler tossed three-hit ball over 6 2/3 innings to outpitch Max Scherzer, Jay Bruce hit a solo homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 3-0 Wednesday night. Associated Press Television News LIVE TV COMMENTcenter_img Written By Zack Wheeler tossed three-hit ball over 6 2/3 innings to outpitch Max Scherzer, Jay Bruce hit a solo homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 3-0 Wednesday night.Neil Walker was 3 for 3 with two RBIs for the Phillies, who’ve won eight of nine and three in a row to go two games over .500 for the first time since they were 79-77 last Sept. 24.The defending World Series champion Nationals have lost five straight and eight of nine to fall to 12-22. They’ve been shut out in consecutive games.Wheeler (4-0) struck out six and lowered his ERA to 2.20. David Phelps retired the four batters he faced in his debut with the Phillies. Brandon Workman finished for his eighth save in nine chances and fourth for Philadelphia.Scherzer (3-2) gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings. He slammed his glove with two hands in the dugout after his final inning.The three-time Cy Young Award winner ran into trouble in the fourth when he walked J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura and Alec Bohm lined a single to load the bases with one out. Walker then slapped an opposite-field hit to left-center to score two.Bruce drove his sixth homer the opposite way to left in the sixth to make it 3-0.Victor Robles, Asdrubal Cabrera and Luis Garcia hit singles off Wheeler, who threw 108 pitches. Wheeler has been outstanding for the Phillies in his first season after signing a $118 million, five-year contract in free agency.BACK TO BACKAaron Nola and Hector Neris combined on a four-hitter in Philadelphia’s 6-0 win Tuesday night.WISE MOVEPhillies manager Joe Girardi gave red-hot Rhys Hoskins, who is 0 for 17 against Scherzer, a night off. Walker replaced him at first base and raised his average from .192 to .276 with three hits.TRAINER’S ROOMNationals: RHP Javy Guerra was placed on the 10-day injury list with a left hamstring strain and RHP Kyle McGowin was recalled.Phillies: Girardi said LHP Adam Morgan could be ready to return from the injury list when he’s eligible on Sept. 10. Morgan has a tired throwing shoulder.(Image Credit Pixbay) FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

Gurriel homers to lead Blue Jays past Marlins 2-1

first_img COMMENT First Published: 3rd September, 2020 12:56 IST WATCH US LIVE Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News center_img Last Updated: 3rd September, 2020 12:56 IST Gurriel Homers To Lead Blue Jays Past Marlins 2-1 Lourdes Gurriel homered and Hyun Jin Ryu pitched six solid innings to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night. LIVE TV Lourdes Gurriel homered and Hyun Jin Ryu pitched six solid innings to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.After Miami’s Sixto Sanchez got through the first four innings on 43 pitches, Gurriel snapped the rookie right-hander’s 11-inning scoreless string with a two-run shot for a 2-0 lead in the fifth. Gurriel drove Sanchez’s 0-1 slider over the left-center wall for his fifth homer.Ryu (3-1) allowed one run and six hits, walked two and matched a season high with eight strikeouts.A.J. Cole and Rafael Dolis each pitched scoreless innings and Anthony Bass got his fourth save for the Blue Jays, who are 12-12 in one-run games.Jonathan Villar had two hits in his second game since joining the Blue Jays in a trade with Miami on Monday.Sanchez (1-1) was lifted after seven innings. He allowed six hits and struck out five.Miami scored its run on Garrett Cooper’s RBI single in the fifth.The Blue Jays committed three baserunning blunders that ended innings. Jonathan Villar was thrown out attempting to stretch a single into a double in the first, and Miami catcher Jorge Alfaro picked off Gurriel at first in the second and Villar at third in the fourth.TRAINER’S ROOM:Blue Jays: RHP Trent Thornton underwent surgery Tuesday to remove loose bodies from his pitching elbow. Manager Charlie Montoyo anticipates Thornton will be ready for next spring training.Marlins: RHP Eliecer Hernandez (lat muscle sprain) was placed on the 10-day injured list. Hernandez felt discomfort and departed after pitching two plus innings in his start Tuesday against the Blue Jays. In a corresponding move, Miami promoted IF Eddy Alvarez from its alternate training site.(Image Credit Pixabay) FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Jamaican teacher makes elite list of Global Teacher Prize finalists

first_imgTracy-Ann Hall When Tracy-Ann Hall was going through high school none of her peers or teachers would harbor the thought that she would be an outstanding educator.Hall’s school years were difficult as she was afflicted with undiagnosed dyslexia and never matriculated to tertiary education immediately after graduating from high school.Instead she trained as an automotive technician and worked in a garage. But driven by a fierce will to succeed, the young woman sought to qualify herself further and entered into teachers college where she graduated top of her class after a three-year course..This was would prove to be her best roll of the dice.Hall now teaches an automotive technology class at the Jonathan grant high School and her love for the classroom and her undying passion to see her students succeed has borne fruit.Hall has been nominated as one of the 10 finalists for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher award for 2017. She was selected from a pool of 20,000 nominations and applications from 179 countries..Now in its third year, the US $1 million award is the largest prize of its kind, and was implemented to recognize an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the teaching profession as well as magnify the important role teachers play in the world.The winner will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai on Sunday, March 19.Hall’s firsdt classroom experience was one that most teachers would dread. She was assigned to a class of young males who were written off as below average with poor literacy skills.However, she was not daunted and motivated the class of 30 boys. She established a class library, encouraged her charges to read and deliver a book review on completion of each volume.Soon the students began to excel in grade ten and by grade 11 were so transformed that eight of them joined the school choir and one became head boy at the school. Her class was also the first automotive exam class to score a 95 percent pass in the history of the school. She also started and oversaw a programme for her class to feed street people, launch a junior automotive club and serve on the school magazine committee.Her students have taken on careers as policemen, scuba divers, hotel managers, chefs, and, without a doubt, automotive technicians. Hall has never wavered in encouraging all her students to get enrolled in a tertiary institution.Tracy-Ann Hall has taught at various schools, all with the same success. She has convinced business leaders in the automotive sector to sponsor scholarships for exceptional students, ensuring they start with a firm foothold in the industry. With resources scarce, she has been ingenious in finding materials and components for her automotive classes, which are difficult to attract funding for, again forming partnerships with those in the automotive sector to use their facilities and spare parts. She has hosted summer schools for low-income families, bolstering her community. Her contribution has been recognised with a number of awards from the schools she has taught at.The other nine finalists for the Global Teacher prize 2017 are:Raymond Chambers, a computer science teacher from Brooke Weston Academy in Corby, NorthamptonshireSalima Begum, Headteacher at Elementary College for Women Gilgit, PakistanDavid Calle, from Madrid, Spain, the founder and creator of the Unicoos educational websiteWemerson da Silva Nogueira, a science teacher at the Escola Antônio dos Santos Neves in Boa Esperança, BrazilMarie-Christine Ghanbari Jahromi, a physical education, maths and German teacher at Gesamtschule Gescher school, in Gescher, GermanyMaggie MacDonnell, a teacher at Ikusik School, Kativik School Board, Canadian ArcticKen Silburn, a science teacher at Casula High School, south-west Sydney, AustraliaYang Boya, a psychology teacher at The Affiliated Middle School of Kunming Teachers College, ChinaMichael Wamaya, a dance teacher from Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya.last_img read more

PANCAP welcomes High Court ruling in T&T

first_imgThe Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), says it welcomes the ruling by the Trinidad and Tobago High Court that deemed the country’s buggery laws unconstitutional.In his ruling last Thursday, Justice Devindra Rampersad said “Sections 13 and 16 of the (Sexual Offences Act) are unconstitutional, illegal, null, void, invalid and of no effect to the extent that these laws criminalize any acts constituting consensual sexual conduct between adults.”The Trinidad and Tobago government has already indicated it will appeal the ruling.The right to human dignityBut in a statement, PANCAP, the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, said the ruling acknowledges that every individual regardless of their race, color, gender, age or sexual orientation has the right to human dignity.PANCAP said in reflecting on one of the recommendations of the Regional Consultation of Faith Leaders held in Trinidad in February, noted that the meeting had acknowledged areas of litigation that may challenge religious values and the responses required to harmonize principles and practices around human rights, human sexuality and human dignity.“In handing down his decision, Justice Rampersad said the ruling however is “not an assessment or denial of the religious beliefs of anyone …However, this conclusion is a recognition that the beliefs of some, is not the belief of all.”Encourages dialogue“PANCAP therefore encourages continued dialogue between the Faith Community and the LGBTI community on areas of agreement and commonality,” it said.In his ruling, Justice Rampersad said the current law goes against the basic rights of any citizen to enjoy the freedom of privacy and family life.He said it was unfortunate when society, in any way, values a person or gives a person their identity based on their race, color, gender, age or sexual orientation.The lawsuit is one of several landmark cases filed by Caribbean LGBT activists challenging regional homophobic laws.In 2016, Jamaican lawyer Maurice Tomlinson challenged the immigration laws in Trinidad and Tobago and Belize which allow for refusal of entry to regional homosexuals visitors.While the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) dismissed his case, both governments admitted that the laws were not enforced by their immigration officials.last_img read more

The heavyweights are coming

first_imgAs several Florida electoral races between Democrats and Republicans come down to the wire, especially the contentious race for governor between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis, the heavyweights from party are set to arrive.Obama in Miami on FridayOn Friday, former President Barack Obama will be in Miami to offer his support to Gillum’s campaign and the reelection campaign of Democratic US Senator Bill Nelson. Trump today and SaturdayPreceding Obama’s visit, President Donald Trump was scheduled to be in Fort Myers on Wednesday, and return to the state for campaign stops in Pensacola on Saturday with DeSantis and Florida incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott who is challenging Nelson for his senate seat.The arrival of the former and current president to campaign on behalf of their respective parties is reminiscent of similar heavyweights who visited Florida in the waning days of the 2016 presidential elections to campaign for the presidential candidates Trump and Democrat Hilary Clinton.Very different mid-term election mood But, as local political analyst Bruce Dally told CNW, “Something is very different in these mid-terms elections. For one, there seems to be more enthusiasm from voters on both sides of the political aisle. Secondly, the tone of the campaign in several of the races is much more vitriolic. Just look at tone of the political ads, and the nature of the two recent debates between Gillum and DeSantis.”Too close to callThe aggressive nature of the campaign for state governor, the US Senate, several US Congress races and state offices, sends a message that several of these races could be too close to call. Despite recent polls indicating Gillum is leading DeSantis by an average of 4.5 percent members of both the Gillum and DeSantis campaigns are urging their supporters to not to heed the polls. The same message is coming from several political pundits in the state,  Desreen Peres, a political analyst in Tampa, says there is so much tension surrounding the elections, the polls are unreliable. Anything, the simplest thing or comment, can easily change voter’s minds.”Although millions of Floridians have already cast votes in early voting, and mail-in votes, there’s still a significant percentage,  estimated at over 60 percent who are yet to vote. Independent voters targeted Pers said, “A large bloc of voters will be voting on November 6. Party die-hards of both parties normally vote early and by mail. Independent voters, without party affiliation usually wait for the last day to vote. They take longer to decide who to vote for, and are more susceptible to late breaking events and the late messages from the candidates. These are the people who will be more influenced by Obama and Trump.. At this stage it’s all about the independent voter.”Obama is scheduled to stump with Gillum and Nelson at the Ice Palace film studios near Overtown in Miami-Dade County.Miami is key voting bloc for Dems The locations where Obama and Trump are campaigning are interesting. Miami, once considered a bastion of Republican supporters with a large Cuban American community, have over the past decade trended towards the Democrats. Obama won in Miami in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, and the region also supported Clinton over Trump in 2016. Moreover, Miami-Dade County has the largest component of registered independent or NPA voters – 441,467 – as of last week, who could be persuaded to vote Democrat, and also the largest component of registered Democrats – 593,000.Campaigning in Fort Myers and Pensacola Trump will be targeting traditional Republican voting blocs, and his accustomed base.Much anticipation from voters Judging from the comments of voters in the region the visit of the party leaders is keenly anticipated. “I want to hear what closing argument Trump can give to persuade me to vote Republican in the face of so much recent negativity,” said Alex Spence, a registered independent voter of Pensacola who has not yet made up my mind who to vote for governor, senator or the US House. representative.While Democrat Laurice Magnus of Miami, says she believe Trump is going to “go very low in his comments as Election Day draws closer. He has already called Gillum a ‘thief’ in a tweet on Monday. He also lied that Gillum was an ineffective mayor in Tallahassee. I am anxious to hear  Barack push back on these atrocities coming from Trump.” Should Gillum win the governor he will be Florida’s first African American governor, and the first time a Democrat  become Florida’s governor since 1998. If Nelson is reelected it would be his third victory for the US Senate seat since 2000. The next governor of Florida is destined to play an influential role  in the pending 2020 presidential elections, in which it seems certain Trump will be seeking reelection.last_img read more

Black-owned Firms Selected to Develop Phase II of Riviera Beach…

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – The Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (RBCRA) recently voted to begin preliminary negotiations with APD Solutions Real Estate Group (APD) and Tezral Partners LLC, for the development of the Riviera Beach Marina, Phase II.The newly found partnership entitled APD-Tezral will be a joint venture between APD Solutions based in Atlanta, and Tezral Partners based in West Palm Beach. Both firms are 100 percent minority-owned. The action returns Tony Brown of Tezral and former RBCRA Executive Director, to play a leading role in the redevelopment of Riviera Beach.  “As the other co-manager of this venture, Tezral Partners are pleased to be teamed with APD Solutions and we now have the opportunity to complete the work we started.”  Our proposal will complete the redevelopment and provide opportunities for the local community to invest, work as sub-contractors, and secure jobs for local residents from the success of our redevelopment efforts, said Brown.Proposals for the development were initially submitted by each firm in July 2018. On May 1, 2019 RBCRA staff requested permission from the CRA board to collect a unified proposal from APD and Tezral. On July 22, 2019 APD-Tezral replied with a joint proposal, meeting all requirements.  “We are honored to have been selected as a result of a rigorous procurement process. With our local partner, Tezral Partners, we plan to make the Riviera Beach Marina Village a destination of choice that empowers community residents with economic opportunity.”, said Vaughn Irons CEO of APD Solutions. The Marina Village Phase II state-of-the-art site will feature:A 130 Room Hotel, 225,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space, including 56,000 sq. ft dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship and growing local businesses; up to 320 apartment units for local residents, 1,600 parking spaces, as well as various attractions and entertainment activities that will take place in Bicentennial Park.The project is estimated to provide over 1300 local jobs, and create multi-generational wealth through equity ownership by local minority investorsAPD Solutions Consulting (APDS) is an award-winning community and economic development firm providing services and strategies that impact distressed and underserved areas across the United States. Tezral Partners is a 100 percent minority-owned firm headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida and formed by T. Brown Consulting Group (TBCG) and All-Site Construction to develop Phase II of the Riviera Beach Marina Village.last_img read more

Palm Beach County Announces On-site COVID-19 Testing

first_imgPALM BEACH COUNTY – Palm Beach County has announced that they will offer on-site testing for COVID-19, along with several other measures.On-site testing (swab sample collection) will begin on Tuesday, March 31st at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Preapproval and appointments will be required.Telephone registration and appointment scheduling for COVID-19 testing will begin on Monday, March 30th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Individuals requesting testing will be approved through telephone screening conducted by The Healthcare District of Palm Beach County. Health Care District of Palm Beach County testing line: (561) 642-1000Palm Beach County also reiterates that all Non-critical retail and commercial businesses in Palm Beach County have remained closed until further notice. The continuing operation of critical businesses is necessary to provide goods and services to the public, to keep the public healthy and to ensure the availability of supplies.A list of critical businesses can be found here: Emergency Order Number 2aPalm Beach County still remains under a State of Emergencyhttp://discover.pbcgov.org/PDF/COVID19/Declaration-of-Continuing-State-of-Emergency_3-25-2020.pdfSCHOOL INFORMATIONStarting Monday, March 30th, schools across Palm Beach County will be distributing ‘Grab and Go’ bags. The hours for Food distribution will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.Please be sure to check the full list of food distribution locations as some have changed.·last_img read more

AUDIO: We Are Not Afraid Of Any Team In Europa League, Says John Ogu

first_imgHapoel Beer Sheva midfielder, John Ogu, says his club is “not afraid to play any team” as they get ready to begin their Europa League campaign.Ogu’s Israeli club would face former Romanian champions, Steaua Bucuresti; former Czech league winners, Victoria Plzen; and former Swiss cup winners, FC Lugano, in Group G of the European second tier competition. Hapoel Beer Sheva’s first game will be at home to Europa League debutantes, FC Lugano, on Thursday.The Israeli Champions got to the round of 32 stage of the Europa League in 2016, emerging from a group that had Inter Milan and Southampton. The experience from last year gives the Nigerian more confidence about his team’s chances this season, although, he admits, things will be difficult.“It’s not going to be easy, it’s going to be tough,” the 29-year-old told Busybuddiesng.com, admitting in the process that “these are good sides.”“I’ve played against them when I was in Portugal,” the former U.D. Leiria and Academica midfielder said of Victoria Plzen, as he compared the teams in the group. “Steaua Bucuresti is a big club but in this Europa League, in a group like this, it’s always good for you to come out on top in your home games, and when you go away you try to get points.”The race for the Europa League title begins on Thursday with 48 teams, from 12 groups, in action. The final takes place on May 16, 2018, at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in France.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/ogu-europa-league.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedAUDIO: John Ogu Predicts Tough UCL Playoff Tie Against MariborAugust 5, 2017In “National Team”John Ogu Set To Sign For Asian ClubJanuary 5, 2020In “Asia”UCL Qualifying Stage: Nigerian Stars Ogu, Nwakaeme On Target For Israeli ClubJuly 20, 2017In “UEFA”last_img read more

Ari Lewski – Digital Sports Tech – All hands on deck

first_img Related Articles Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share In another of our end of year roundups we spoke to Ari Lewski, Executive Director at Digital Sports Tech. Ari Lewski, Digital Sports TechClearly not one to believe in patience being a virtue, Digital Sports Tech only launched in 2016 but has already entered Australia and the UK, whilst it has ambitious, and advanced, plans for global expansion in the new year. The company offers bookmakers new bet types based around player proposition, or ‘prop’, bets and is focused on personalised betting. SBC: You only launched earlier this year, how have the first six months been for Digital Sports Tech?Ari: Very busy and very exciting at the same time! We first launched with Madbookie in Australia and then Coral in the UK, so it has been all hands on deck. All of the feedback from both of those operators, including their players, has been excellent so far. Our momentum with signing new operators is building quickly. We have recently announced two new deals in Australia with Ladbrokes and TopSport, and have also started integrations with major Russian and LatAm operators which we will be announcing shortly. The first wave of sportsbook operators that have come on board all realise just how important it is to put the power back into users’ hands when it comes to the markets they bet on and Player Props is by far the most effective and engaging way of doing this.SBC: You’re live in Australia and the UK, what other markets are you looking at?Ari: Australia and the UK are large markets and are of major importance to us. Sport is phenomenally popular in both countries, and betting markets are established, mature, and ready for a product such as Player Props.We are also in very advanced discussions with a number of operators in LatAM, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and Africa. The latter in particular is a very interesting market for us given their customer base is highly opinionated when it comes to betting, which ties in very nicely to our product offering.SBC: What innovations are you expecting to see in sports betting in 2017?Ari: I think there has been a real lack of innovation in sports betting in recent times. Sure, cash out has been a big positive for the industry, but that was introduced quite a few years ago and not much else has surfaced since then.The online betting industry is moving forward at such a rapid pace, with competition hotter than ever before, so operators and suppliers need to find something new that engages players – in particular the millennial generation coming through – by enhancing the experience. And we believe Player Props does just that.We also believe “player betting” is going to grow quite rapidly as a segment of the betting market, while personalisation will continue to be a major focus for operators as they try to better tailor their offering to specific customer’s interests.SBC: What are your plans for 2017? Are you planning any new product developments or bringing in new sports?Ari: The current product roadmap is extensive and we will be evolving and enhancing our product in a number of exciting ways in 2017.The big one that we always get asked about is our in-play offering, which we’re hoping to go live with in Q1 next year. We will also soon be adding a number of new bet types, many of which will be firsts for the sports betting industry, and we think the punters are going to love them as they will add a whole new dimension to how users get to bet on and engage with their favourite sports. Our sales pipeline is also very strong with a number of operators gearing up to launch Player Props over the coming weeks and months. So overall 2017 is shaping up to be a very busy year for us!last_img read more

London Baby Ice Breaker…Richard Hogg – Ganapati

first_img Submit Enlarged Gamesys returns to UK growth eyeing FTSE250 spot  March 17, 2020 SBTech boosts platform offering with BetGames.TV deal April 14, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Related Articles IOC emphasises stakeholder cooperation protecting sports integrity in critical 2020 December 10, 2019 Japanese casino games developer Ganapati the platinum sponsor for London Baby 2017 (7 February – Café de Paris Leicester Square) has major ambitions in bringing added diversity and flair to the industry operators’ current games portfolio.Opening the London Baby ‘Ice Breaker’ series, Ganapati’s Richard Hogg tells SBC readers what he believes will dominate 2017’s industry agenda and discussion.______________________________SBC:  What new products/services will you have for the market in 2017?Since Ganapati are new to the industry everything we are showing we will new to the market for 2017. We will be displaying the casino games we have near completion along with our RGS. We will focus on two main games, CrypBattle and Suzu She Ninja which are games with licensed IP and one of our own creations, respectively. Licence applications in both Malta and UK are nearing completion in order that we are able to serve many clients from all over the globe. Whilst our games have a truly authentic Japanese look and feel we believe are games will be successful in all markets.SBC:  What do you think will be the industry buzzword this year and why?I am not a fan of ‘buzzwords’. There is always too much focus on such terms without any understanding of what is trying to be achieved. Last year the buzzword seemed to be ‘disruptive’, but anyone trying to be ‘disruptive’ without giving the customer a product they understand to begin with lead to failure. We are trying to be different with our range of products but we understand we need to do this by education and gradual diversification which is what we wl do delivering traditional slot games with our look and feel before moving to other forms of gambling games.SBC:   Which new technology, service or consumer trend will have the biggest impact on the igaming industry this year?Technology in the industry is still behind in general, what we want to do is try and deliver our content and additional services through one simple integration. Our focus is on delivering a balanced mix of mobile and desktop games. The main frustration still lies with the telecoms in that connectivity remains a problem, for on the move end users, If this is addressed then everyone will capitalise.SBC: Why have you chosen to begin 2017 by sponsoring the London Baby Party?We wanted a balanced mix of C-level and Managers in a relaxed atmosphere. A location in Central London which is accessible for all but away from the melee of Excel. Blah blah blahSBC: Finally, where can people expect to find you at ICE?We will be very visible at ICE with our Welcome Towels at registration for people to wipe of that travel grime for the journey in. We will have a large stand at S2-325 which will include a sake and beer bar, a sushi bar, a DJ and meeting rooms. Of course our games will be on display. In addition we will have characters from our games dressed up moving around the exhibition halls_____________________Richard Hogg – Ganapatilast_img read more

False dawn at Fontwell as experts fail to find the winners

first_img ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 For the second week running, our industry guest found the going tough, with Bookmaker Ratings’ Bradley Gibbs managing just a single 1/5 winner at Fontwell.Gibbs has taken over from 32Red’s Gerry Murray at the bottom of the Tipster Challenge leaderboard, which has been sponsored by Betting Gods for the 2016/17 jump season.Stephen Harris, the horse racing guru at bettingexpert, and the experts from Timeform didn’t fare much better at the seven-race meet, with a total of 3.28 points between them.At 15/8, Lakeshore Lady represented the day’s biggest win for Timeform, while Harris stayed in sixth place after Dingo Dollar (Evens) profited from Red Rising’s late withdrawal to win the opening race.Race Winners at Fontwell:Dingo Dollar – EvensShantou Village – 1/5Goodnitesweetheart – 13/2Knight ofthe Realm – 10/1Gibson Park – 10/1Lakeshore Lady – 15/8Sunnytahliateigan – 5/1Tipster Challenge 2016/17 Leaderboard Submit StumbleUpon bettingexpert, Timeform and a rotation of guests will be providing expert tips for a specific Wednesday race meet.We will keep record of points won each week and the number of race wins for each.The guests will compete individually, with their points going up against the average totals for bettingexpert and Timeform.The new tips will be published on Wednesday ahead of the race meet, and the results will be available on Thursday.For the competition, we will assume that all selections are backed with 1 point.Lost tips will count as 0 and won bets will be added to the leaderboard at SP value.For example, if bettingexpert backs a winning horse at 8/1, they will get 8 points.center_img Better Collective secures esports vision by acquiring HLTV.org for €35m February 28, 2020 Related Articles Share 1Sarah Shannon – AppBet313.69 2Alan Alger – Betway311.41 3Jacob Johns – Easyodds37.72 4Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 5Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 6bettingexpert1.644.65 7Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air14.50 8John Hill – Coral24.25 9Alex Donohue – Ladbrokes24.11 10Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 11Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 12Darren Moore – Betting Gods23.66 13Conor White – BetBright33.62 14Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 15Harry Lang – Pinnacle13.50 16Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 17Timeform1.843.19 18Paddy Power13.00 19Russell Yershon11.88 20Edward Rycroft – LeoVegas21.82 21Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 22Stephen Power – @racingblogger21.69 23John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 24Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 25Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73 26Gerry Murray – 32Red10.44 27Bradley Gibbs – Bookmaker Ratings10.20 Sharelast_img read more

SBC Betting Forum delivers specialist sports betting focus in Amsterdam

first_img Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon More than 15 leading industry speakers will take to the stage in the inaugural SBC Betting Forum at this year’s iGaming Super Show in Amsterdam (11-14 July).SBC Events has joined forces with iGaming Business to create a dedicated one-day sports betting conference at the Amsterdam RAI on 12 July, while also providing a meeting place for the industry to come together to learn and network.The SBC Betting Forum agenda has been designed for operators, suppliers, affiliates and service providers, with a focus on latest trends, strategies and opportunities in the sports betting industry, mobile user experience, in play betting, pricing, risk management and brand loyalty.There will be refreshments available in the SBC Lounge throughout the conference, which will conclude with the Sports Betting Networking Drinks Party at The Corner Amsterdam, sponsored by Betcart, to lead into the evening’s festivities in the Dutch capital.SBC Managing Director Andrew McCarron commented: “We’re really pleased that SBC can take greater involvement in the iGaming Super Show in the shape of the SBC Betting Forum. We think that there is plenty on offer for the sports betting sector to get their teeth into.”Among the speakers confirmed are Guy Harding, Head of Commercial at Oddschecker, Meir Moses, VP of Business Development for Don Best Sports, Pinnacle Marketing Director Harry Lang, Sportito founder Riccardo Mittiga and Adam Kalmanson, co-founder at Bookee.Referencing the ongoing battle between a bookmaker’s marketing and trading teams, Harding will deliver an analysis on overround erosion, margin for error and finding the pricing ‘sweet spot’.Harding said: “Given my role at Oddschecker, I am well placed to discuss overrounds erosion (OR’s) and pricing within the sports betting industry. I am particularly looking forward to sharing insight on how this can translate into market share.”Click here for more information about the SBC Betting Forum.A quick reminder that Betting on Sports 2017 is coming up from 13-15 September @ Olympia Conference Centre in London. If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at #boscon2017, please contact us on sales@sbcnews.co.uk. Submit ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share Sharelast_img read more

Standards Matter… William Hill’s Bowcock seeks to follow Flint’s path

first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit Share Scott Longley Scott Longley details why industry leaders Philip Bowcock (Group CEO of William Hill Plc) and Richard Flint (CEO of Sky Betting & Gaming) share an aligned vision and solidarity in raising industry social responsibility standards. In 2018, the betting industry has more to lose than just a punishing FOBTs judgement…______________William Hill has just endured one of those weeks. By the time chief executive Philip Bowcock stood in front of analysts last Friday to delve deeper into the annual results, the company had been hauled over the coals for past misdemeanours by the UK Gambling Commission and given a whipping by the press for its trouble.On Monday the Commission announced that William Hill was guilty of “systemic” failures in its anti-money laundering and social responsibility processes, to such a degree that the company has to pay a penalty package of at least £6.2m.The multiple failures occurred between 2014 and 2016 and included at least one instance of a customer using money from the proceeds of crime to fund their accounts. As the Gambling Commission said, the penalty figure levied “reflects the seriousness of the breaches.”The timing was not helpful to the gambling industry’s reputation with the wider public, a fact that was seemingly acknowledged in the company results statement. “A key pillar of our strategy moving forward will be to act in a sustainable way,” the company said. “In the months ahead we will be taking a number of steps as a matter of urgency to ensure we embed this approach in our business for the long term.”The sentiments echo those of Richard Flint, the chief executive of Sky Betting & Gaming, who took the opportunity of a speech at the recent ICE exhibition in London to extol exactly the same sustainability message.Bowcock says William Hill’s failings exposed by the Commission were “clearly not good enough” but he steers clear of believing that similar incidents won’t happen again. While William Hill has instigated new processes to improve what was clearly a system not fit for purpose, he suggests that the new regime won’t be 100 percent effective.  “There is always the potential for the wrong thing to happen,” he says. “No process can be fool-proof.”On the wider message sustainability and social responsibility, though, he is very clear that he agrees with one of Flint’s key messages that the industry as a whole has not done itself any favours when it comes to social responsibility and problem gambling. He suggests the fractured – some would say dysfunctional – nature of the gambling industry in the UK is at the root of the problems.“We are only as good as the lowest common denominator,” he says. “I have to say the disjointed nature of the gambling industry is quite staggering. We are all in the same boat here.” He includes the National Lottery in this and noted that it had to date failed to pay a voluntary amount to problem gambling charity GambleAware.He adds that he talks to Flint at SBG “regularly.” “We are aligned with the fact that this is an area where no company should be going it alone.”That sense of cross-industry solidarity has somewhat broken down in recent times, of course. The biggest bone of contention remains the ongoing and seemingly forever looming decision in the UK government’s triennial review. Most industry and analyst expectations are that we are now in the final stages of the government finally coming to a decision over the maximum stake that will be allowed for B2 gaming machines.It has been a bruising process for all involved. Most notably, it has left the relationship between the high-street bookmakers and the politicians of all parties shattered and broken and for that Bowcock suggests that previous management at the big bookmakers should shoulder their share of the blame.“Four or five years back, the relationship between the gambling industry and the government has been pretty antagonistic,” he says. “There was a mutual distrust. It’s not as bad now, but it could be a lot better.”Improvements, if they are to be made, will have to wait until the triennial review is out of the way but Bowcock signals a warning for the online sector. “The online guys now see what is going on with FOBTs is going to be landing on their doorstep pretty quickly,” he says.The implication is that the anti-FOBT lobby isn’t going to stop campaigning even if it gets its preferred maximum £2 stake. More to the point for global businesses such as William Hill the regulatory issues it faces multiply with every new jurisdiction added to the business map. The company has hopes that the SCOTUS cards will fall in its favour in the US, but in Australia, a new credit betting ban and the prospect of the introduction of a PoC regime led to a £238m writedown of the Australian business in this year’s results. It is more proof, as if William Hill needed it, that regulation comes with its costs as much as its benefits.________________________Industry social responsibility standards and governance dynamics will be discussed and debated at the upcoming Betting on Football Conference (#bofcon2018 – 20-23 March – London- Stamford Bridge). Click on the below banner for more information. Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020last_img read more

Morten Hauge, Aspire Global – Enriching the sportsbook experience with Robotip

first_img Share Will Whitehead, mkodo: Achieving sportsbook and casino differentiation through UX April 29, 2020 Related Articles GG.BET embraces improved partnership with Start2Pay January 31, 2020 Submit Aspire builds Q1 momentum through regulated market focus May 5, 2020 Share StumbleUpon With sportsbook operators constantly looking to expand their offering, Aspire Global has unveiled its new Robotip feature, a bot that enriches the betting experience and advises punters on in-play opportunities. SBC interviewed Aspire Global’s head of Sport Morten Hauge, who detailed how Robotip can help enhance the in-play experience for players during the World Cup, as well as how the group has ensured the new feature sticks within responsible gambling guidelines. SBC: Firstly, could you tell us further how Robotip enhances the in-play experience for sports bettors? Morten Hauge: Quite simply put it, enables the customers to quickly get an opinion through statistics, on matches that you would normally have no clue or interest. The bot will search through the markets for the punter, going through the time consuming task of analysing the key stats allowing punters to just place the bet, sit back and watch the action unfold.SBC: How much can the new feature help expand the value of an operator’s sportsbook offering?MH: There are always a lot of live football matches running, and therefore there is always potential for turnover, but bettors don’t know what to bet on, so they stick to the major leagues. By applying the Bot we expect our customers to engage in a wider range of leagues, and in doing so bringing more value and revenue from a wider scope of leagues.SBC: Will the bot feature increase the personalisation in a sportsbook offering? MH: Yes, we are working on letting the customer set up their own scenarios based on live statistics instead of the pre-defined scenarios.SBC: Can the new feature be maximised on all platforms? MH: Yes, the widget is extremely easy to stage and integrate to our current partners. As long as we have branded colour guidelines it will be on site within one or two days after requesting the feature. Since it is from a widget it can be place on basically any webpage which makes it a useful tool for acquisition. A smaller ‘acquisition bot with banner is ready and should be starting to see traffic very soon.last_img read more

Betfred seals record PDC World Matchplay sponsorship

first_imgShare Related Articles Betfred supports Stroke Association with £32,000 donation July 29, 2020 Submit Betfred debuts new rockabilly TV campaign promoting ‘Nifty Fifty’ live draws July 31, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Betfred secures British Masters title extension July 27, 2020 Barry Hearn – PDCProfessional darts association the PDC, has confirmed Betfred as the ‘official title sponsor’ for its ‘PDC World Matchplay’ tournament.Held every July at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool (Lancashire), the World Matchplay tournament is the PDC’s second longest running pro darts event (first staged 1994)Confirming Betfred as title sponsor for the next three years, the PDC states that from 2019 the ‘Betfred World Matchplay’ will a record prizepool of £700,000, an increase of circa £200,000 or previous tournaments.With the support of Betfred, PDC Chairman Barry Hearn anticipates that 2019 will be the biggest edition of World Matchplay darts, with PDC’s leading 32 athletes competing at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.“I couldn’t be happier to see Betfred involved in one of the biggest in events in the darts calendar,” said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.“We had committed to increasing prize money across the PDC circuit, and this announcement of an increase for the Betfred World Matchplay will be followed by more good news for players in the coming weeks!”Change is coming to Blackpool… ?Welcome to the @Betfred World Matchplay! pic.twitter.com/2boMyCG7IO— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) November 22, 2018Backing the PDC partnership, Betfred Founder Fred Done said: “We have always enjoyed a great working relationship with Barry Hearn so I am delighted to have agreed to a deal to link up with Barry and the PDC to sponsor one of the biggest tournaments in world darts.”last_img read more

Toals Bookmakers unites with Irish FA for expansive partnership

first_img Related Articles Toals Bookmakers has partnered with the Irish FA to become the official bookmaker of the Northern Ireland senior international football teams, the Tennent’s Irish Cup and the Match Intermediate Cup.Established in 1932, Toals now has 50 branches across Northern Ireland, as well as has a presence in every county. The family-run business emphasised that partnering with the Irish FA symbolises a shared desire to see football grow at all levels.Gary Toal commented on the new partnership: “This is an exciting partnership which fits with the Toals brand. We are a local business and we are keen to support Northern Ireland football. “This partnership allows us to invest in the local game played in footballing towns across the province.  As the Leading independent Bookmakers in Northern Ireland, the association with the Irish FA and Northern Ireland football will boost our profile further.”Gareth Williamson, Business Development Manager for the Irish FA added: “We are pleased to be announcing this new commercial relationship with Toals, a local company who have a strong track record of investing in football. “Toals are an excellent partner as they share the Irish FA’s vision of seeing football grow at all levels across the country. We look forward to working with them in the coming years and to sharing success both on and off the pitch.”Toals Bookmakers also emphasised how much it means to be associated with The Tennent’s Irish Cup, one of the oldest club competitions in the world.  This deal means that Toals now sponsor the County Antrim FA, The County Antrim Shield, Steel and Sons Cup, Junior Shield and of course Irish League Champions Crusaders FC. Submit StumbleUpon Share Share BoyleSports agrees takeover of William Hill’s NI portfolio January 13, 2020 Finalists announced for Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager of the Year November 1, 2019 Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week June 10, 2020last_img read more

BETR smart contract upgrade features new affiliate program

first_img Affiliate concerns: Maintaining trust in the modern market July 9, 2020 Betsson rolls out new Group Affiliates site August 7, 2020 Blockchain-based BETR has backed up the recent release of its sportsbook app – BETROdds – by launching a new version of its smart contract featuring BETR Affiliates.This new development, designed to encourage wider use of the BETR token, has made it possible to tag BETR wallets introduced by affiliates.It enables affiliate commissions to be paid instantly from the layer wallet, at a rate initially set to 1.5%. This equates to approximately 20% of Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) depending on the margin of the bets. There is no negative exposure to winning bets and, more significantly, the layer pay-out is instantaneous on settlement of a bet rather than at month end. There is also no negative carry-over as with traditional affiliate programs. Each wallet introduced by an affiliate is tagged on Ethereum and cannot be de-tagged or changed in the future. CEO Adriaan Brink said: “Affiliate marketing is vital for any growing business. We need to drive user numbers and we believe the unique BETR Affiliate model will attract affiliates from across the industry and ultimately increase the player base. “The instant commission pay-out from layer wallets to affiliate wallets is a one of a kind in this industry and a game changer for affiliates.” As well as the added affiliate logic, the optimisation of the new smart contracts has contributed to the lowering of ETH gas costs on transactions by up to a third. It also allows support for virtual sports and other game providers, as well as support for rule 4 and dead heats in horseracing. Submit Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Cloudbet makes stablecoin foray with USDT addition May 28, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Betmotion backs Brazil’s ‘Dream Duo’ of Solberg & Elisa

first_imgShare BetMotion migrates to AGS platform for better localised South American provisions April 26, 2017 Related Articles Betmotion revamps LATAM proposition with Patagonia Entertainment July 17, 2019 StumbleUpon Peter Nolte lays out Patagonia Entertainment’s 2020 LatAm vision December 12, 2019 Share Submit LatAm online bookmaker Betmotion has moved to expand its Brazilian market profile, confirming that it will sponsor beach Volleyball stars Carol Solberg and Maria Elisa.The pair are the current reigning Brazil Beach Volleyball Tour champions for 2018, winning six of seven tour tournaments.Having partnered only last year, Solberg and Elisa are considered Team Brazil’s lead female volleyball pairing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.Betmotion.com’s COO Luis Traversa said: “We are very proud to be able to follow and establish a partnership with Carol Solberg and Maria Elisa, two great athletes, exemplary representatives of Brazilian beach volleyball on the world circuit and we believe it will be a success for everyone.”For the experienced star Elisa (main picture), the partnership with Betmotion reinforces the values of excellence and good results that the team strives for every day.Elisa commented: “Betmotion has come to add even more to our team. It’s a company linked to the sport, which already knows our philosophy and wants to go deeper into beach volleyball, so for us, it is a perfect mix. Another sponsor to trust our team and help us to pursue that Olympic dream.”last_img read more

Smooth VLT upgrade sees OPAP confident of delivering on all 2019 targets

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Submit Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 Athens-listed gambling group OPAP SA is confident it will deliver on its full-year corporate expectations after recording a strong Q3 2019 performance including growth across all core metrics.Continuing to reap the benefits of its VLT and systems upgrade, OPAP maintains year-to-date revenues of €1.173 billion – up 6% on year-to-date (YTD) 2018 comparatives of €1.106 billion.Publishing its latest corporate update, OPAP details that Q3 2019 trading saw the company deploy 21,000 new VLTs, hosted by 369 Play Gaming Halls and 2,022 betting agencies.“Our results in Q3 provide further evidence of the positive growth that is being delivered by the OPAP team thanks to the investments made, and hard work put in, over the last few years,” said OPAP Group Chief Executive Damian Cope. “With both revenues and profitability once again showing good growth over 2018, I believe that OPAP continues to demonstrate the sustained benefits of the company’s ongoing transformation.”Detailing a significant increase in VLT contributions (up 52%), combined with a solid lottery performance (up 2%), OPAP YTD gross profits currently track at €463 million – up 7% on YTD 2018’s €433 million.Highlighting a series of operational efficiencies, OPAP has been able to maintain its growth momentum whilst group expenditure is contained to €200 million – a 6% decrease on 2018’s €212 million.Closing a successful Q3 2019 trading period, OPAP governance reports YTD group profits of €140 million, up 33% on 2018’s €105 million.“In Q3 we saw similar trends to the first half of 2019 with solid Lottery figures and a strong VLT performance, together with the ongoing improvement of our sports betting offer,” added Cope. “In terms of customer engagement, we continue to steadily grow the number of monthly actives across Online, VLTs and our new Tora services.“We are now within a few weeks of 2020, the year that will represent the culmination of our original ‘2020 Vision’ ambition. Until then we will be focused on successfully delivering for the remainder of 2019 and in this regard, we are confident in meeting our full-year expectations.”last_img read more

Kambi membership sees BOS Sweden broaden representation

first_img StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Submit Swedish online gambling trade association BOS has moved to expand and diversify its industry representation after confirming sports betting technology supplier Kambi Group Plc as its latest member.The Stockholm-listed technology group becomes the first dedicated sports betting platform supplier to join BOS ranks.Kambi is recognised amongst the industry’s leading systems suppliers and currently maintains sports betting provisions for a number of BOS’ members.“We are delighted to have been elected to join BOS, an organisation aligned with our aims of building a successful and sustainable betting market in Sweden that not only protects players through high rates of channelisation but safeguards the integrity of sport through sensible regulation,” said Tommaso Di Chio, Kambi Associate General Counsel.This week representing its membership, BOS governance published a detailed response to Swedish gambling inspectorate Spelinspektionen proposed recommendations on market bet-types, underlining that wagering restrictions would only benefit black market actors.“Welcoming Kambi is a milestone for BOS. It is the first member who engages solely in supplying the gambling market with technology, odds and other data for sports betting,” said Gustaf Hoffstedt, BOS Secretary General.“I am convinced that Kambi has plenty to offer in our efforts to create a prosperous Swedish gambling market. Having worked with a broad variety of gambling operators, their experience is unique. I am particularly convinced that Kambi’s knowledge will contribute greatly to the effort on conserving and strengthening the integrity in sports.” LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Kambi lauds resilience as COVID impacts Q2 figures July 24, 2020 Share Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020last_img read more

Stoiximan praises ‘Greek resilience’ launching new TV campaign

first_imgShare Share Submit Related Articles Greek retail closures rock OPAP Q1 performance June 11, 2020 Stoiximan/Betano rebrands to Kaizen Gaming July 13, 2020 OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects July 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Leading Greek online bookmaker Stoiximan Group has launched its new TV advertising campaign thanking Greece’s emergency services and the general public in their efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.The campaign titled ‘#OneTeam’ sees Stoiximan promote none of its betting services, with the bookmaker choosing to use its broadcasts to ‘express gratitude and solidarity’ to all Greeks fighting against the disease.Despite years of austerity crippling public health networks, Greece (population 11m) has recorded amongst Europe’s lowest COVID-19 cases (2,700) and deaths (150).Avoiding a pandemic scenario that has plagued its neighbours, international health experts have recognised Greece as a role model in its actions against the virus, with emergency services adopting early protocols to constrain the virus and citizens following strict national lockdown policies.Calling on its roster of sponsored athletes, Eleftherios Petrounias, Katerina Stefanidis, Anna Korakaki, Spyros Gianniotis and Vassiliki Milousi, alongside Greek sporting legends Dimitris Diamantidis, Giorgos Samaras, Mathieu Valbuena and Adelino Vieira – Stoiximan applauds ‘Greece’s frontline for defying the odds’.Further to launching the campaign, Stoiximan Group has made individual €250,000 donations to emergency services in which it operates flagship Stoiximan (Greece and Cyprus) and Betano (Romania and Portugal) brands.last_img read more

Olympic Channel to embrace esports after Pyeongchang

first_imgThe Olympic Channel will be looking at using esports to engage young audiences after the Pyeongchang Olympics. A digital platform launched in 2016 with a $450 million (£320.8m) budget, The Olympic Channel has been tasked with keeping young people interested in sport.Yiannis Exarchos, The Olympic ChannelEsports was finally recognised as a sport by the International Olympic Committee in November last year, and this step is another positive sign for the industry’s future. Esports is on its way to become a billion dollar market, so it’s not too hard to see why traditional sports is opening its arms to it after years of skepticism.Yiannis Exarchos, Executive Director of The Olympic Channel explained: “As a youthful digital platform we cannot ignore the phenomenon of esports. With the channel after the Games we want to explore the area of esports more deeply.”“Esports is still a very male dominated area, 85 percent to 15 percent,” he continued. “Secondly a lot of the content is quite violent or has the violence narrative engrained to it. This is obviously very foreign to what the Olympics represent.”Exarchos doesn’t think those hurdles will get it esports’ way, though. “I don’t believe any of those three current limitations are not addressable. I believe it is a movement that has emerged out of nowhere without necessarily clear directions.”Esports Insider says: An official channel for the Olympics embracing esports is just another step in the right direction for competitive gaming. If it proves to be a success, it’d be hard to ignore esports as a viable inclusion to the Olympics in the future as has been much discussed. What form this would take of course, is very much up in the air.last_img read more

Masterclass: See Paul Pogba’s masterful second-half for Man Utd against Tottenham [VIDEO]

first_imgTake a look at Pogba’s performance below Manchester United’s comeback draw against Tottenham dealt a blow to both teams’ hopes of making it into next season’s Champions League.However, for both sides, the return of players who had previously been ruled out of the rest of the campaign was a huge plus.None more successfully, however, than Paul Pogba’s 34-minute second-half masterclass.Pogba had been out of action in the Premier League since Boxing Day in 2019 with injury but returned to the United side with a flourish, albeit from the bench.His introduction in the second half, with Man United 1-0 down, served as a catalyst for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.His long-awaited partnership with Bruno Fernandes immediately change the course of the game not just in terms of the final result but the side’s style of play as well.Passes were more incisive and United were more threatening.It all culminated in him dancing his way past Spurs’ Eric Dier and into the box before he was tugged down by the bamboozled Englishman.The resulting penalty was tucked away by Fernandes as Man United secured a point.Another highlight of his night was an almost effortless long-range pass to Marcus Rashford.The response on social media was overwhelmingly positive, although some people called for more consistency.last_img read more

Majeed Ashimeru wins Austrian Bundesliga title with Red Bull Salzburg

first_imgGhana’s Majeed Ashimeru became winner of a domestic double after helping RB Salzburg beat TSV Hartberg 3-0 in the 2019/20 Austrian Bundesliga on Sunday.The midfielder played 20 minutes of the game which had Andre Ramalho, Hwang Hee-chan and Patson Daka scoring the goals for Salzburg.The results of title rivals LASK Linz who were surprisingly beaten 1-0 at home by Wolfsberger handed RB Salzburg an unassailable 11-point lead and in effect making them official league champions with two games to end the season.LASK had been top of the table before the club was docked six points and fined 75,000 euros ($83,150) last month for breaking strict social distancing rules in training. The sanction was later reduced to four points on appeal.RB Salzburg are now Austrian Bundesliga champions for seven straight seasons. They also won the Austrian Cup in May after a 5-0 rout of Lustenau.Austria’s league restarted earlier this month after being suspended due to COVID-19 lockdown in the county.The final matches of the 2019/20 season are due to be played next weekend. The matches are however still being played to empty stadiums as restrictions on large public gatherings remain in force.last_img read more

Cecil Jones Attuquayefio is the best Ghanaian coach ever – Derek Boateng

first_imgEx-Black Stars midfielder, Derek Boateng has named the late Cecil Jones Attuquayefio as the best Ghanaian coach ever.The former Black Stars player worked under Jones Attuquayefio in 1999 when the team was preparing for the World Youth Championships.However, Derek Boateng did not make it to the final team list that represented the country in Australia.The 37-year-old says Jones Attuquayefio’s works speak for itself and he was as good as any foreign coach.“Every player knows, all my colleagues know that whatever Jones shows us during our time in the team, whenever we go to Europe, we see the same things being done by the white coaches. So for me, he is the best coach,” he said on Joy FM.Cecil Jones Attuquayefio led Hearts of Oak to an unprecedented treble in 2000, winning the CAF Champions League, the Ghana Premier League and the CAF Super Cup.The late coach also handled Ghana’s U-17 team that won bronze in the 1999 World Youth Champions in Australia.Background of Derek BoatengDerek Boateng played for the Black Stars from 2001 to 2013.Earning for himself over 40 appearances and scoring a goal. He also played for several club sides insides including Panathinaikos, Getafe and Fulham.last_img read more

Kids look behind the scenes at TV studio on Halloween Day

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. –  A group of school children toured our news studio for a chance to learn about the ins–and–outs of lightning bolts, thunderstorms and clouds.On this Halloween night, WBKB gave the kids a behind the scenes look into the work of a meteorologist.“It’s really exciting that I have the opportunity to give back to the younger generation of students to teach them and share with them about the weather and what we do hear at WBKB,” said chief meteorologist Elie Morrison.First, a group of third graders from Hinks Elementary got a tour of our TV studio. Then, they grabbed some candy along the way, and got their hands on some pretty sweet equipment.“They’re having a good time,”said the classroom’s teacher, Nicolle Wieschowski. “We know children love technology, getting up there and touching that gigantic touch screen – it has their engagement and excitement.”Ms. W has been teaching her students how to create their own precipitation weather maps with the help of our weatherman Elie Morrison.“Technology is so crucial to the way we track weather,” Morrison said. “We’re always using computers.  We’re always using imagery that’s coming over the Internet.”One student shared her enthusiasm in an excited way.“I really liked when [Morrison] was talking about that precipitation ’cause I’m into weather!” said Jaycee Worth.These third graders have been drawing weather maps everyday so they can spot weather patterns, the same way Morrison spots a cold front leaving our area.“We can learn about it in books,” said Ms. W. “But actually meeting the person and seeing what they do with their own eyes is going to help make that a little more concrete in their minds.”Another student, Matthew Kowalski said, “I really learned a lot about the weather, what all the symbols mean. It really helps me understand weather maps.If you want to know the current temperature, then you’ll need to tune in live on WBKB for your full weather forecast.Do you have a story idea? Connect with reporter Elijah Baker at elijah@wbkb11.com  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Halloween Special: Spirits of the Old Presque Isle LighthouseNext Early Morning Talk with NMIGLSI 11-1-2018last_img read more

Arsenal target Chelsea’s Michael Essien on deadline day

first_imgWELCOME to Frenetic Friday, the last day of the summer transfer window and the last chance for clubs to snap up some last-minute bargains and/or offload some of that unwanted stock that’s been sitting around for months just gathering dust.But enough of Marouane Chamakh. Let’s begin with the Daily Mail’s extraordinary claim that Arsenal – who remain hopeful of dumping Chamakh on Turkish club Besiktas and Nicklas Bendtner on Juventus – have contacted Chelsea with a view to bringing midfielder Michael Essien to the Emirates.Apparently Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has identified the 29-year-old Ghana international as the sort of no-nonsense defensive midfielder who will give his side a greater physical presence.The Mail says “strides have been taken” to negotiate a season-long loan deal for the Blues man, similar to the deal that last season saw Yossi Benayoun move from the Bridge to the Emirates. Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo is believed to be happy with the idea now that Essien is a bit-part player at the Bridge.Everton had earlier in the week made a play for Essien but the Mail reports that the move fell through on Thursday with neither the Toffees nor Chelsea able to agree on the terms of the proposed deal.Elsewhere and The Sun is just one of many papers to report that Andy Carroll’s “Anfield agony” is over. The 23-year-old striker is leaving Liverpool for West Ham, who have persuaded the Reds to let Carroll join them with the option of making the move permanent at the end of the season. Carroll left Newcastle for Liverpool in January 2011 in a £35m deal, but the England frontman will leave Merseyside for just £1m. If he and the Hammers get on then the London club will pay Liverpool a further £16m next May.“It’s great to be at West Ham, I just can’t wait to get started now,” said Carroll. “I want to be playing games and hopefully scoring goals.”Meanwhile The Guardian claims that Liverpool will look to fill the gap left in their ranks by Carroll’s departure with the signing of Daniel Sturridge today. The Reds are hopeful of securing a loan deal for the 22-year-old striker in the coming hours.Speaking on Thursday night after his side had defeated Hearts in the Europa League, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said: “Hopefully tomorrow we can do some work and get something complete because we certainly need it. I am hoping for one or two. We need one, that’s for sure.”The Guardian says that one player Liverpool look unlikely to land is Fulham’s Clint Dempsey. The American says it’s “highly unlikely” a deal will be done before tonight’s 11pm deadline because Liverpool can’t meet Fulham’s asking price of £7m. Finally, the Mirror claims that there will be comings and goings at Manchester City today as the Sky Blues wave goodbye to Nigel de Jong and welcome Maicon.Apparently the former will be heading to AC Milan while Inter Milan right-back Maicon will be travelling in the opposite direction in a £3m deal.The 31-year-old South American is tipped to sign a two-year deal worth £90,000-a-week, while Dutchman de Jong will join AC Milan in a deal the Mirror says comes in at around £3.5m.The capture of Maicon follows City’s signing of Swansea striker Scott Sinclair, the 23-year-old agreeing terms with the Premier League champions and the Swans also happy with the £8m deal. ·last_img read more

Satellites rout Morocco 4-1 in U-20 qualifier

first_imgGhana hold the advantage to qualify to the 2013 African Youth Championship finals after beating Morocco 4-1 on Sunday in the final round first leg tie.The Black Satellites took the lead through South Africa-based winger Frank Sarfo Gyamfi who finished off a through pass from Moses Odjer in the 31st minute.But the Atlas Cubs came back from the break revitalized and levelled the scoring two minutes into play.Striker Chibi Mohammed made use of a counter-attack to beat Ghana goalkeeper Felix Annan.Seven minutes later, Ghana captain Lawrence Lartey headed home from a Derrick Mensah corner to give the Satellites the lead.Substitute Frank Acheampong was at the right place to head in the third goal on 58 minutes after a goal bound shot deflected off the body of a Moroccan. On the 90th minute mark, the Thailand-based player rounded the Moroccan goalkeeper after a delicious counter-attack to seal the win for the 2009 Africa and World champions.Ghana travel to Rabat in a fortnight time for the second leg tie.last_img read more

Mourinho to intensify his pursuit for Rooney, says “there’s no time limit”

first_imgChelsea boss Jose Mourinho claims “there is no time limit” for the club’s pursuit of Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney.Rooney has been strongly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge after Chelsea lodged a bid for the unsettled forward.United have repeatedly insisted the striker is not for sale, but Mourinho insists he has no plans to give up on his target.“There is no time limit,” said Mourinho.“We have our squad of strikers. We have identified the player as one we would look to have with us.”The interest is believed to frustrate United with the Premier League champions continuing to be adamant that they have no intention of letting Rooney go. But Mourinho believes Chelsea have acted properly in their dealings, having done all of their activity through the official channels.He added: “We are doing things legally, making the official bid directly to the club, no interviews or comments or direct relations with the player, no contact, absolutely nothing.“We have done it in an ethical way and we are going to do that until the last day. And we will see how it comes.”last_img read more

Boakye Yiadom on loan to Elche

first_imgGhana striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom will complete his loan move to promoted Spanish side Elche on Wednesday.The 20-year-old has been farmed out by Italian champions Juventus, who own his registration rights, for more first team experience.Reports in Italy say Elche paid 250,000 euros for his season-long services.Juventus coach Antonio Conte had wanted to field the young goal poacher in his team this season but the club’s inability to offload Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella meant he had no chance.Boakye arrived in Alicante on Tuesday and will joined by his agent Oliver Arthur on Wednesday.He spent last season on loan at Sassuolo in the Serie B where he banged in 11 goals to hand them automatic promotion to the Italian top-flight.last_img read more

Cape Verde shock Tunisia in World Cup

first_imgCape Verde Islands shocked Tunisia 2-0 in Rades Saturday to reach the Africa zone play-offs in the 2014 World Cup qualifying competition.Platini and Nhuck – two of many Cape Verdean footballers who use nicknames – scored in the first half to trigger celebrations in the islands state of 500,000 inhabitants.Victory lifted the ‘Blue Sharks’ to 12 points, one more than four-time World Cup qualifiers Tunisia, and completed a remarkable Group B comeback. The surprise 2013 Africa Cup quarter-finalists were pointless after three rounds, then FIFA changed a loss in Malabo to a 3-0 win because of an ineligible Equatorial Guinea player. Home victories against the Equatoguineans and Sierra Leone brought the Cape Verdeans back into contention — but they had to win in Tunisia.The ‘Carthage Eagles’ were favoured to qualify for the play-off series as they had home advantage and the confidence boost of a 2-1 win in Praia. But goals from Cyprus-based Platini and Portugal-based Nhuck rocked the Tunisians, whose second-half pressure went unrewarded.Tunisia were not the only ‘big name’ to fall — 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa bit the dust despite a 4-1 win over Botswana in Durban.Bottom Group A seeds Ethiopia came from behind to edge Central African Republic 2-1 in Congo and finish two points ahead of Bafana Bafana . Burkina Faso completed an amazing Group E comeback by defeating Gabon 1-0 in Ouagadougou and pipping Congo Brazzaville. The ‘Stallions’ trailed the ‘Red Devils’ by six points with three rounds to go, but three consecutive victories squeezed them through.Nigeria were another country to progress, scoring late in the first half and early in the second in Group F to defeat 10-man Malawi 2-0 in Calabar.Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Nigeria joined Algeria, Egypt, Ivory Coast and Ghana in the final elimination round. The winner of the match between Cameroon and Libya Sunday will complete the 10-nation line-up after Senegal beat Uganda 1-0 late on Saturday in a match played in Marrakech, Morocco.A seeded September 16 draw in Cairo, based on FIFA rankings to be released Thursday, will create five two-leg ties with the winners going to the finals in Brazil.Ethiopia recovered from conceding a mid-first half goal with Salahdin Ahmed levelling soon after the break and Minyahel Teshome the match-winner. Success was particularly sweet for Teshome as he cost Ethiopia three points by playing in an away victory over Botswana when suspended.South Africa dominated neighbours Botswana almost throughout and a late brace from Bernard Parker completed what proved a futile win. Prejuce Nakoulma was the toast of 2013 Africa Cup runners-up Burkina Faso, scoring nine minutes into the second half.Congo needed a win in Niger to stay top, but trailed twice to goals from Mahamane Cisse and Daouda Kamilou and had to settle for a 2-2 draw. Emmanuel Emenike put Nigeria ahead in first-half stoppage time and Victor Moses doubled the lead from a 51st-minute penalty.Any hope Malawi had of clawing back into the game vanished soon after when Limbikani Mzava was red carded following a second caution. Ivory Coast and Morocco drew 1-1, Gambia beat Tanzania 2-0, Sierra Leone edged Equatorial Guinea 3-2 and Angola whipped Liberia 4-1 in other games.last_img read more

Gattuso home raided in match-fix probe

first_imgThe house of former Celtic and AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso was searched overnight by investigators as part of an ongoing enquiry into match-fixing.Gattuso and former Lazio and Milan midfielder Cristian Brocchi are among the latest names to be linked with match-fixing as Cremona prosecutors expand their enquiry, resulting in four arrests being made overnight.Gattuso and Brocchi are both suspected of having contacts with one of the four individuals arrested, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, with the accusation of an involvement in ‘sporting fraud’. Two of the individuals arrested – Salvatore Spadaro and Francesco Bazzani – were identified by suspects held as part of a match-fixing trial which commenced two years ago. The two men held have been named as Cosimo Rinci and Fabio Quadri.Lazio captain Stefano Mauri is currently serving a suspension for his part in the scandal with his first appeal rejected and no date yet set for a further appeal. Former Serie A capocannoniere Giuseppe Signori has also been heavily involved. In 2011 the former Lazio captain was placed under house arrest and subsequently banned for five years from all footballing activity.”This is another result which confirms the Police efforts against illegal betting in football and which forms part of a much greater context,” Raffaele Grassi, director of the operation, told Gazzetta dello Sport. “Today’s result is the fruit of the continued investigation Last Bet 1 and Last Bet 2 which have led to a total of 54 arrests with more than 120 people investigated.”Several former Serie A and Serie B players, as well as a few players still playing now are part of the investigation.” Cremona prosecutor Roberto Di Martino went further by naming 2006 World Cup-winner Gattuso as one of those under investigation, telling the ANSA news agency: “Gattuso and Brocchi were connected to the case by the use of phone taps.”A total of 15 raids were made on homes in northern Italy overnight, including Gattuso’s and Brocchi’s. First reports suggest Milan’s game with Lazio from February 1, 2011, in addition to two more Milan matches – against Chievo and Bari – are being investigated.Speaking to ANSA, Gattuso’s attorney, Andrea D’Amico, confirmed the investigation and added: “At this time we cannot make any comment. He wants to wait to see.”last_img read more

UniBank Ghana Limited signs Asamoah Gyan as its brand icon

first_imgUniBank Ghana Limited  the official bank of the Black Stars, has struck a two year deal with Black Stars’ captain, Asamoah Gyan, as its brand icon. Gyan, who led the Black Stars to their third successive World Cup qualification, would for the next two years, promote the products and services of the bank. The lethal striker, as per the terms of the deal, would appear on both print and electronic advertising media of the bank, as well as endorse the uniBank brand in and outside the country. The bank would also make annual financial commitments to the player as part of the deal. UniBank’s recent association with the player has further strengthened their relationship with the Ghana Football Association (GFA), after entering into a 1.2 million dollar sponsorship deal with the football controlling body late last year.  The bank last year also entered into a one year sponsorship deal with coach James Akwesi Appiah as its brand icon, after closing the sponsorship deal with the Black Stars.  The bank is expected to play a major role in the campaign of the Black Stars at the 2014 Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Brazil. Ghana has been drawn in group G alongside Germany, Portugal and USAlast_img read more

NFF Unveils Eagles’ 2014 World Cup Jersey Today

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will today unveil the new jersey of Nigeria’s national football teams, which will also serve as the official jersey of the Super Eagles at the 20th FIFA World Cup finals taking place in Brazil this summer.The Super Eagles are to wear the new jersey at next week’s international friendly against Mexico in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.The new design produced by Adidas, the official kit supplier of the national teams and the leading kit manufacturers in the world, is already raising eyebrow because of the lemon green used instead of the traditional leaf green associated with Nigeria. Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commission, Alhaji Bolaji Abdullahi will be special guest of honour at the event slated for the front area of the Sunday Dankaro Football House, Package B of the National Stadium Complex, Abuja, from 10am.Also invited are Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, Senator Adamu Gumba, Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Sports, Hon. Godfrey Gaiya, Chairman of the League Management Company, Hon. Nduka Irabor, President-General of Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Dr. Rafiu Oladipo and a number of prominent football figures.NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, will have the compliment of members of his executive committee, as well as NFF management led by General Secretary, Musa Amadu.Assistant Coach of Super Eagles, Daniel Amokachi, will represent Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, who is already in the United States preparatory to next Wednesday’s friendly against Mexico in Atlanta. “There is a uniqueness about the new jersey that Nigerians will love. The design is a top-of-the-range thing specially for the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014,” Amadu said yesterday.Super Eagles’ players, goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim, midfielder Abdullahi Shehu and striker Ejike Uzoenyi will showcase the new wears at the occasion.last_img read more