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WLAX : Gait uses time off to refocus, move around team’s personnel

first_img Published on March 8, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Gary Gait’s team still isn’t gelling. Three games into the season, the group, dominated by underclassmen, is still trying to form a cohesive unit. Following a 21-11 loss to Virginia, it’s time to reassess.‘We’re still adapting,’ said Gait, the SU head coach. ‘I don’t think we’ve found the chemistry and made those changes yet.’Now, though, the Syracuse women’s lacrosse team has the time to make changes. After playing only three games so far this season, SU is taking a hiatus of sorts. The team has a two-week period between the Virginia game and its next matchup with Maryland. The break in the schedule is welcome by the team, which, despite being No. 5 going into the season, has lost two of its three games so far to teams with lower rankings.The 1-2 Orange struggled so far this year against teams it had success against last season. In games with Colgate, Stanford and Virginia, Syracuse lost only a one-point game to the Cavaliers. A loss to Stanford, in addition to the Virginia loss this season, makes the trajectory of the team unclear. Senior Catherine Rodriguez said having this time dedicated solely to practice will help set them on the right path.‘It’s a good time to refocus,’ Rodriguez said. ‘We kind of had a bitter taste in our mouth after the Virginia game, but a good thing is we have two weeks without games to practice.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGait said he will take this time off to get his team back to basics after a disappointing start. Now that the freshmen have a taste of college lacrosse, he can set his lineup with confidence. He started moving people around in a search for more firepower on offense. And with three games under its belt, the team can take this time to come together.Following the loss to Virginia, senior defender Lindsay Rogers said the team had trouble communicating. The young team has not reached the comfort level it needs to gel as a unit, something Gait can address as he figures out where each player can serve best.In his quest to find proper positions for players, Gait has begun moving personnel around in practice to see how they adapt to new spots on the field. Freshman Alyssa Murray has slightly shifted from the eight-meter elbow to a position behind the net. Gait said he has tried out other little alterations as well.‘We’re just testing things out,’ he said.But he has also made some bigger moves. Rodriguez, a veteran defender, sees some time at midfield during practice. She had a goal in the season opener against Colgate and has been consistently strong in shooting drills, Gait said. Her push forward is part of the search for a more explosive offense.‘We’re looking for players to challenge to the goal, and she goes strong to the goal,’ Gait said. ‘And she’s got some good skills.’The duo of Michelle Tumolo and Tee Ladouceur was a threat as a scoring tandem last season. Although Ladouceur had a strong performance against Colgate, the pair has not provided the Orange with as many scoring opportunities this season as Gait wants. The offensive shifts are an attempt to free up the veterans.Rodriguez said the team is working on movement off the ball, which will help create those chances.‘It’s not major changes,’ Murray said. ‘Just adjustments to get Tee and Michelle open easier, because they’re huge players for us, and we just need to get them the ball.’This two-week period leads up to the game at No. 1 Maryland on Saturday. The Terrapins beat SU in the final four of the NCAA tournament last year, so the teams know each other’s playing styles. Rodriguez remembers Maryland as a strong transition team, so having her play midfield may be an attempt to slow that down.The time off is all about preparation for the next month of lacrosse. A 1-2 record isn’t where the team thought it would be, and changes need to be made to make up ground.‘Our next opponent is Maryland, but at the same time, our next home game isn’t until April 8,’ Rodriguez said. ‘So we’re kind of looking to be strong on the road.’[email protected]last_img read more

Bill Clinton will speak at USC

first_imgFormer President Bill Clinton will visit USC on Nov. 7 in an event hosted by USC President C. L. Max Nikias and his wife, Niki C. Nikias.The event is part of the President’s Distinguished Lecture series, a program that began under former USC President Steven B. Sample with the goal of bringing international leaders to speak to students on campus. Past speakers include former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and former President George W. Bush, who visited campus last November.The event will be held at 5 p.m. on Nov. 7 in Bovard Auditorium. Attendance is limited to those who have received an invitation, but less than two hours after invitations were sent out, the event reached its capacity limit. Students with invitations who were unable to RSVP will be able to place their names on a waitlist.last_img read more

Repeat or Revenge: Bukom Banku claims to have resurrected Ghana boxing alongside Ayitey Powers

first_imgBraimah Kamoko popularly known as Bukom Banku believes he and Ayittey Powers have transformed Ghana boxing after the sport seemingly lost its popularity amongst Ghanaians.The pair will be in action for the second time on December 26 at the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi in a fight dubbed “Repeat or Revenge.“Ayitey Powers and I are the crowd pullers. Boxing was dead already but my brother and I resurrected boxing,” he told Joy Sports.Bukom Banku also indicated he is putting in a lot of work to defeat Powers for the second successive time as he debunked rumors of going in for spiritual powers.“I am training hard. Boxing is not about juju, if it was about juju Senegal, Nigeria and India would have won many titles.”The Bukom based boxer also praised event organizers Joy Daddy for their role played in the promotion of the fight and hoped for a big crowd come December 26 “Joy Daddy is a big brand and they can promote and we have the best promoter promoting this fight.”“We are hoping to see a bigger crowd in Kumasi than what we saw in Accra.”Bukom Banku will be hoping to keep his undefeated record intact as he faces Ayitey Powers.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Worst budget in history of budgets – Jagdeo

first_img…will cripple economy, kill Private SectorFollowing an almost joyous declaration of a reduction on Value Added Tax (VAT) and then swiftly the announcement on the extension of VAT payments on water and electricity bills, Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo at a press conference immediately after the presentation of the 2017 National Budget, remarked that the Budget will kill the private sector and unleash untold hardships on the nation.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoCiting that this was the worse Budget he has ever had to sit through, Jagdeo argued that the incorporation of taxes is the highest he has ever seen with the capability to destroy any possibility of a recovery of the country’s economy.“We have heard over three hours of budget presentations and we have not heard of a single set of activities that the ordinary man can think about or bring more jobs to them or address their concerns,” he said, adding that the Government has established several slush funds that are being used for partisan political activities. “Like how they used $50 million for Local Government Elections just to travel to the interior…,” he highlighted.He questioned if there was anything within the Finance Minister Winston Jordon’s 2017 Budget presentation that represented the interest of the people, remarking that it is nothing but a “taxation budget” that will destroy the nation and people.He stated that when he began to listen to the presentation, he did not intend to make a derisive appraisal on it; however noticed that the Budget was immensely unresourceful.According to the Opposition Leader, when the presentation was winding down, his assessment changed from immensely unresourceful to “immensely ominous for the future of Guyana, for the future of job creation and growth and business development and for the future of welfare of ordinary people.”Terming it clichéd, Jagdeo stated that the presentation was “rehashes of old information,” inclusive of project ideas that were indistinct.He commented on the proposal to start the road from Georgetown to Lethem, stating that no feasibility study has been done and even the pre-feasibility study that was carried out pointed out that given the traffic flow between Brazil and Guyana that it is unsustainable to spend US$400 million to build the road.“A lot of these ideas were not well thought out… a lot of them, as you look at the framework of the budget, you would see that it is not supportive of growth,” he explained to the media.He stated that Jordon mentioned that Guyana will be issuing local bonds to finance the fiscal deficit, and while it appeared to be an innocuous statement, behind it is a fundamental economic philosophy and a departure from the norm.“The minister talks about creating more opportunities for the private sector but now the Government having announced this new budget will be going into the local capital markets to raise funds to finance the Budget. What this will do is that it will compete with the private sector for funds because they will both be seeking funds from the same market.”He also stated that a lot of people will be discouraged in investing because the State will be sucking most of the liquidity in the system.While he stated that people will not address this issue, it has the possibility to destroy any economic and long-term growth: “They will talk mainly about the tax measures introduced in the Budget and the implications of a lot of these measures will not be recognised for several days into the future.”“We heard for example the minister fulfilling a promise to the electorate on reducing Value Added Tax (VAT) from 16 per cent to 14 per cent but in the same breath they have decided to extend VAT payments to water bills and electricity bills above a certain level,” he added, arguing that there is a long list of exemption items that the former PPP government had put in place because they affected poor people and now these items have now removed.“So those items like baby milk and things people consume on a daily basis now become VAT-able. Now they have to pay 14 per cent VAT on it. When your electricity bill goes above $10,000 you now have to pay VAT on the full amount. How could this be helpful to anyone? There are so many issues, it is impossible to mention,” he said.Jordan in his Budget 2017 presentation has proposed the reduction of the Value Added Tax (VAT) from 16 to 14 per cent and in the same breath proposed 14 per cent VAT to be added to electricity bills exceeding $10,000 monthly and water bills exceeding $1500 monthly.Jordan’s announcement was received by angry shots of reproof from the Opposition benches, however he held forth that the application is a promise to alter the arrangements for VAT made in his party’s Manifesto.last_img read more

Google Announces the World’s First Online Global Science Fair

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img For many of us, science fairs may conjure an image of the school gym, full of students showcasing their science projects – their hypotheses, their experiments, their data. But in part due to the financial constraints of both schools and families, these sorts of events are on the decline. The Google Science Fair, however, doesn’t require poster boards and it doesn’t require travel. It is, in fact, the first ever online global science fair. And any student (age 13 to 18) anywhere – as long as they have a computer, a browser and Internet access – can participate.The Science Fair Goes OnlineThe Google Science Fair takes the traditional science fair and moves it to the Web. Participating students both build and submit their projects online – using Google Docs, Sites, and YouTube, for example – for all aspects of their research projects – from the data collection to the final presentation. Students from all over the world are encouraged to participate – from Paris, Texas to Paris, France, from Venice, Italy to Venice Beach.To run this science fair, Google is teaming up with some of the most well-known names in science, technology, and education: CERN, LEGO, National Geographic, and Scientific American. And the judges for the event are just as prestigious, including the founder of the FIRST robotics competition Dean Kamen, the leader of National Geographic’s Genographic Project Spencer Wells, Nobel prize winner Kary Mullis, and the “father of the Internet” Vint Cerf.The prizes (oh, the prizes) include some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities: a trip to the Galapagos Islands with a National Geographic Explorer, a trip to Switzerland to visit CERN and the Large Hadron Collider, a chance to work on the development of a new LEGO robotics project.Encouraging the Next Generation of ScientistsThe Google Science Fair is an effort to help encourage students’ interest in science and technology. “Google’s origins are in scientific experimentation,” Google’s Tom Oliveri told ReadWriteWeb, noting that it was a hypothesis of two young computer science students back in 1996 that the information on the web could cataloged and searched. To enter, you can register online and create your project as a Google Site. Registration is open through April 4, and the announcement of the semi-finalists will happen in early May. Oregon high school student Tesca has created a great sample site so you can see what an online science fair project might look like. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Google#web last_img read more

Column: Let’s ignore Drake for the rest of the NBA Finals

first_imgTwo-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Rapper Drake, left,, says something to Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) after the Toronto Raptors defeated the Warriors in Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Obnoxious sideline celebrities are as much a part of the NBA as slam dunks and getting away with an extra step or two.From Jack Nicholson to Spike Lee to Jimmy Buffett, we’ve grown accustomed to boorish, entitled superstars doing their best to make themselves part of the game.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View comments Dangerous game: Anthony Joshua fights Andy Ruiz Jr, with others on his mind MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Welcome to the club, Drake.The Toronto rapper-slash-superfan has gotten as much air time as anyone on the court with his antics during the playoffs. He mocked Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid. He rubbed the shoulders of Raptors coach Nick Nurse during a game. And, after the opener of the NBA Finals, he exchanged some heated words with Golden State’s Draymond Green.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHere’s an idea: Let’s ignore Drake for the rest of what could be a memorable series between the Raptors and Warriors.That goes for the TV cameras that can’t seem to turn away from him. That goes for those of us in the media who can’t seem to quit writing about him (I promise, this will be my one and only Drake column). And it most certainly goes for the Warriors, who need to stay focused on the important task at hand — trying to win their fourth championship in five years — when Drake starts hurling his childish taunts. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Green insisted the incident in Game 1 was no big deal.“You got a question about basketball?” he shot back when a reporter brought it up afterward. “It wasn’t really a scuffle because I didn’t hit him and he didn’t hit me, and I didn’t push him and he didn’t push me. We talked. We barked a little bit, but I wouldn’t necessarily consider that a scuffle.”No doubt looking to move records and build his brand, Drake was in his full troll mode for the start of the first Finals held outside the United States, turning up at his familiar courtside seat in a replica of the Raptors jersey worn by Dell Curry at the end of his career — a jab, of course, at Dell’s son, Warriors star Steph Curry.After Toronto secured its 118-109 victory, Drake confronted Green on his way off the court. It’s not clear all that was said between the two, but Drake could be seen mouthing “trash” as a smiling Curry stepped in to make sure Green went on to the locker room.With a night to sleep on things, Green was downright diplomatic during the off day Friday. He knows the best way to answer Drake’s insults is to play better than he did in Game 1, when he contributed a mere 10 points on 2-of-9 shooting and struggled to contain the Raptors’ emerging star, Pascal Siakam.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES “He talks and it gets more attention because he’s Drake,” Green said.While the NBA certainly loves the off-the-court attention that it celebrity fans generate, Commissioner Adam Silver made it clear that there’s a line Drake should not cross — which he clearly did in the Eastern Conference finals by briefly grabbing Nurse’s shoulders as the oblivious coach looked up at the scoreboard during Game 4 against the Milwaukee Bucks.“We certainly appreciate his superfan status, and I know he’s beloved in the community of Toronto,” Silver said. But, the commish quickly added, “Certainly we don’t want fans, friend or foe, contacting an NBA coach during a game. I think that even as Nick Nurse later said, ‘I didn’t even realize it was Drake or hardly was aware that I was being touched,’ and I think those can lead to dangerous situations. You’re in the middle of coaching a game and you’re completely focused, you obviously don’t want somebody who is not on your team touching you.”Better than any other league, the NBA knows how to nurture and protect its superstars — a philosophy that has extended to its most famous fans at least as far back as the days when Nicholson was razzing Los Angeles Lakers’ opponents during the Showtime era, or Lee was getting away with far more than most fans while taunting Reggie Miller during playoff games at Madison Square Garden (yes, kids, the New York Knicks were once a competitive NBA franchise that made the postseason on a regular basis).Silver said the league spoke with Drake and his management team about avoiding contact with players and coaches, apparently coming to an understanding that he wouldn’t do it again.“Given Drake’s relationship to the team, it’s not the same as just any fan who happened to be courtside touching a coach,” the commissioner said. “But I think that’s an absolute bright line that we have to draw. So that’s one example and I would also say that I think the issue for the league is that he has this ambassador-type role with the team. So he is viewed a little differently than any fan sitting there. But at the same time, I think there are appropriate lines that shouldn’t be cross in terms of how a competing team is addressed or the officials for that matter.”While a case could certainly be made that Drake should be banished to a less-prominent seat during the remaining games in Toronto (as Buffett once was during a Miami Heat contest for cursing at the officials), even Green said that wasn’t necessary.“So many people are complaining about it, like, ‘You don’t let any other fan do that,’” the Warriors star said. “Yeah, any other fan is just not Drake, so they probably shouldn’t be able to do that. That’s just kind of how the cookie crumbles. He’s worked his (butt) off to be who he is. I think we all know when you do that, you get more leash than others. I think there’s so much talk and the NBA needs to … no, they don’t. He worked to be who he is, (so) you should get more leash. I don’t mind it. It’s fun for me.”The best way for Green and the Warriors to shut Drake up is to win another title.As for the rest of us, let’s just ignore him. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

10 months agoLeicester winger Gray understands fans’ jeers

first_imgLeicester winger Gray understands fans’ jeersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City winger Demarai Gray admits he understands the fans’ jeers after defeat to Cardiff City.Before Christmas there had been reports manager Claude Puel had lost the support of many of his players, but Gray said they were united.“Yes, of course [we understand],” said Gray. “But sometimes things don’t always go our way.“We’ve put in two fantastic results so we’re going to get moans and groans. We expect that, but it happens – it’s football and everyone is at different fitness and fatigue levels.“On the day we didn’t get the result. We stick together in the dressing room and fight our best every week for the fans. We’re together and we have to keep moving forward.“It is disappointing after dominating a game like that. We were on the back of two good results and I think we deserved another one today but lost it on the last kick of the game.“It hurts but we’ve got another game around the corner so we’ll try and turn it around. Things like that happen. It was a quality goal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

20 days agoMan Utd legend Cole tells Rashford: Choose!

first_imgMan Utd legend Cole tells Rashford: Choose!by Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Andrew Cole has told Marcus Rashford to settle on his best position.Rashford, who has scored three goals so far this season, has received a considerable amount of criticism for some of his recent performances. Cole told The Sun: “He doesn’t really enjoy it with his back to goal and he wants to pick it up and run at the defender.”He is a super talent but he has to decide now what he wants to be.”Does he want to be a goalscorer or does he want to play off the left or right?”He’s 21 so I’d like to believe he knows what his strongest position is.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Photos/Video: Ohio State Kicked Off Spring Practice Tuesday

first_imgOhio State spring ball poster.It’s been less than two months since Ohio State shocked the college football world by upending Oregon in the College Football Playoff National Championship game. The Buckeyes are already back at it. Tuesday was the first day of spring practice for the squad, which will look to defend its title in 2015.Here are some notes, photos and clips from the event. It’s noted that quarterback Braxton Miller was able to do some light throwing, but that Cardale Jones was the only signal-caller able to participate fully. In the background of a few of the videos, you can see the National Champions 2014 banner hanging in the team’s practice facility.Braxton Miller off to the side at Ohio State spring practice throwing a little. Short stuff. Not throwing too hard.— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) March 10, 2015Just got out of Ohio State’s first spring practice, where the QB saga continues. Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett, and Braxton Miller all dressed— Dave Briggs (@DBriggsBlade) March 10, 2015Interesting start of spring for Ohio State. Braxton Miller can run but not throw. JT Barrett can throw but not run. Cardale Jones full go.— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) March 10, 2015pic.twitter.com/y7mJ06XXT4— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) March 10, 2015The CHAMPS are here! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/3S2IzDKHW2— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) March 10, 2015Safety Dance! Sophomore @TheVonnBell7 & the DBs run through drills on 1st day of spring practice. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/AD5O8UGEMS— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) March 10, 2015Defensive line coach @Osurushmen1 leads the #Buckeyes DL on the 1st day of spring practice. #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/VUioZQZXAK— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) March 10, 2015The Buckeyes begin their title defense on September 7 against Virginia Tech.last_img read more

UConn Just Got A Shortcut On Their Road To Perfection

UConn has been slightly less efficient on both offense and defense. As a result, the Huskies have beaten their opponents by only 45 points per 100 possessions this season, down from around 55 points per 100 last season. So if Mississippi State was close to 10 points worse than the Huskies last year, it might be within striking distance now. But 60 points worse than the Huskies …Regardless, FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness prediction model (which does not account for “oh my God, did you see how badly they got crushed last year?”) gives UConn an 87 percent chance of beating Mississippi State and an 85 percent chance of beating whoever they play after that. Good luck.Check out our March Madness predictions. This is the proverbial 60-point game that wasn’t even that close. UConn led 61-12 at the half and scored more points in the first 12 minutes and 14 seconds than Mississippi State would score in the whole game. But here’s the important part: This year’s Bulldogs squad is almost exactly the same team. All but one of the players Mississippi State put on the floor against Baylor (including all five starters) played in last year’s ignominious UConn defeat.UConn, of course, is a different team. Having lost three top players to the top three slots in the WNBA draft, they’ve declined precipitously from a year ago. And by “precipitously,” I mean like so: The University of Connecticut Huskies are good at the basketball. After beating Oregon handily Monday night, UConn’s win streak now stands at 111 games and they’re headed back to the Final Four. Since we’ve pretty much run out of sports comparisons for a streak this epic, note that UConn now has one win for every year of Bilbo Baggins’s life when he finally gave up the One Ring and left the Shire (and they barely look 50!).More importantly, UConn’s road to a fifth straight championship got a lot less interesting than it was before the Elite Eight. Rival Notre Dame is gone, beaten by Stanford. And so is Baylor, the other powerhouse in the tournament, following an amazing upset by Mississippi State. Bulldogs point guard Morgan William had the game of her life, hitting six of eight 3-pointers, while gathering 41 points and 7 assists with no turnovers to help down the Lady Bears.But let’s face it: Baylor losing has likely ruined any suspense left in this tournament. There’s still a chance that the Huskies will get upset by one of their two remaining opponents, but it’s not likely. Stanford, whom UConn could face in the finals, is the last team to beat them — 862 days ago. South Carolina, the Huskies’ other potential title opponent, played them close in February, losing by only 11. But Baylor looked like it might have had the best chance of beating UConn of any team in years.And Mississippi State, whom UConn will face next in the Final Four, let’s see … these teams faced each other in the Sweet 16 last year, and it went like so: read more