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first_imgOff-road vehicles became legal on Franklin County roads on Sep. 1 but some residents are fighting back against the ordinance.The Franklin County Observer reported that Franklin County Commissioners had adjourned their meeting on Sep. 3 before Wayne Monroe had a chance to address the commissioners.He was able to present commissioners with copies of a petition that was signed by 34 residents on Reservoir, Spaeth, and Keeler Roads who are against off-road vehicles.Monroe also included information from the state of Indiana showing 327 deaths of ORV riders in 2011 and over a thousand emergency room visits for other injuries, according to the Observer.The speed limit on Reservoir Road is 30mph, but he cited traffic typically moves between 40 and 50 mph.Monroe fears that someone may be killed on one of those roads due to the amount of traffic as well as the disregard for the speed limit.Commissioners have previously stated that they expected petitions to be filed against ATV’s on certain county roads and would disallow them on the roads where the majority of landowners voted against the off-road vehicles.last_img read more

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first_imgDue to the coronavirus pandemic music concerts were discontinued across the world.Now, as some nations start to ease restrictions, promoters and event organizers are trying to figure out how to get back to putting on shows safely.A new UK pop-up venue, the Virgin Money Unity Arena, is testing out what is said to be the UK’s first socially distanced concert.On Tuesday, 2,500 fans gathered at the outdoor venue in groups of up to five to watch musician Sam Fender from one of 500 raised metal platforms at the arena in Gosforth Park, Newcastle, northern England.Distancing was enforced on arrival. Cars had to be parked two meters apart before patrons are guided to their own platformed private viewing areas, while food and drink can be ordered beforehand or via an app for collection or delivery.Concerts and nightlife that we were used to before the pandemic could still be a long way off.In the meantime, some organizers are experimenting with virtual events, drive through concerts, mandated personal protective equipment, or temperature checks on arrival.last_img read more

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first_imgThe players walked toward midfield, raised their right arms one at a time and held the pose so long that some could be seen stretching fatigued muscles afterward. It was a poignant moment that put two of the nation’s most prominent changes over the last four months — masks and movements — at the forefront of the sport’s return.The league’s teams are sequestered in resorts for the duration of the World Cup-style tournament, which began with a Group A match that was the first meeting between two Sunshine State teams.FC Dallas withdrew Monday after 10 players and a coach tested positive for COVID-19. A day later, Nashville SC’s status was thrust into doubt with five confirmed positive tests.Nashville was supposed to play Chicago in the second game of a doubleheader Wednesday but it was postponed.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLS-SOCCER RETURNSMoment of silence before MLS kicks offs offKISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Nearly 200 players took the field for an 8-minute, 46-second moment of silence to protest racial injustice before Major League Soccer’s return to action Wednesday night. Players wore black T-shirts, black gloves and black facemasks emblazoned with Black Lives Matter. Associated Press July 9, 2020 More players test positive, others returnCINCINNATI (AP) — As Major League Baseball cautiously tiptoes closer toward beginning its delayed 2020 season, several teams welcomed back players who might have been exposed to the coronavirus and the San Francisco Giants resumed workouts Wednesday after finally receiving the results of COVID-19 tests administered over the weekend. Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers worked out at Fenway Park for the first time since Boston opened its summer camp. Also, Rangers first baseman Ronald Guzman was on the field after missing the first five days of workouts. In Cleveland, outfielder Franmil Reyes was cleared to return after being isolated for attending a party over the July 4 weekend.Elsewhere in the majors: Mostert has a base salary of $2,575,000 this season and $2,875,000 next season as part of the deal he signed with San Francisco last year.RACING-KEENELAND BREEDER BANNEDVanMeter banned after racist Facebook postLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A prominent Kentucky horse owner and breeder has been banned from racing and sales at Keeneland Race Course after his racist post on social media. Keeneland says it is banning Tom VanMeter from the premises, including participation by his sales company, while the Lexington track further reviews circumstances related to the recent “reprehensible comments” he made online. The posting drew condemnation across the racing industry. VanMeter later said he was wrong and was disgusted by his actions. In Facebook post last weekend on Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club president Donnie Snellings’ page that called on followers to “Re-post if you are still boycotting the NFL.” VanMeter, who is white, responded with a post that used an abbreviation of the N-word. He later posted, “Put em back in their cage!!!” — Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst says the group that travels to Florida on Thursday for the resumption of the NBA season at Walt Disney World likely won’t include the team’s entire 35-person traveling party. The Bucks closed their practice facility in Milwaukee after receiving results of their Friday coronavirus testing. Horst won’t say whether a positive test came from a Bucks player or another member of the traveling party. The Bucks owned a league-leading 53-12 record when play was halted in mid-March due to the pandemic. They return to action July 31 against the Celtics.— A person with knowledge of the situation says that Kawhi Leonard did not accompany the Los Angeles Clippers on their flight to Central Florida on Wednesday night for the restart of the NBA season. Leonard’s absence was excused and he is expected to join the team at the Disney complex near Orlando sometime in the next few days, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not publicly disclose the matter.— As U.S. team sports prepare to resume, journalists are facing the same issues that their colleagues who cover politics and entertainment have encountered: coming up with new approaches to coverage with reduced access. Professional leagues closed media access to locker rooms and clubhouses in early March. When the games restart, that access is not going to return. Major League Baseball and the NBA will make managers and players available only via telephone or Zoom.— The Baltimore Ravens have informed season ticket holders that their seats will not be available this year. The team says season ticket holders will be offered the same seats in 2021, and money already spent for this season can be used for next year or refunded upon request. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, NFL games this season are expected to be held without fans or in front of a greatly reduced audience. If fans are permitted to attend, seats would be sold on a game-by-game basis with season ticket holders getting the first chance to buy in advance of any public sale.— Northwestern’s football game against Wisconsin scheduled for Nov. 7 at Wrigley Field in Chicago is being moved to Ryan Field because of uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Northwestern announced the decision Wednesday after consulting with the Chicago Cubs, state and local authorities and the Big Ten Conference. DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Muirfield Village is gearing up for the first doubleheader on the PGA Tour in 63 years. A new tournament called the Workday Charity Open starts Thursday on the course Jack Nicklaus built. And then it’s onto the Memorial, the tournament Nicklaus created. The goal for tour officials is to protect the condition of the course from 157 players this week and 120 players next week. They also want to try to present a different test. That means slower greens, different tees and rough that isn’t quite as high this week. The last time the PGA Tour had back-to-back tournaments on the same golf course was in 1957, five years before Nicklaus turned pro. The All American Open and the World Championship of Golf were played at Tam O’Shanter in Illinois. Workday is a one-time event replacing the canceled John Deere Classic. — Stanford is dropping 11 sports amid financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic for the 2020-21 academic year. Stanford also is eliminating 20 support staff positions. Stanford projected a deficit of more than $25 million in the 2021 fiscal year and a shortfall of nearly $70 million over the next three years due to the pandemic. The school estimated the cost of sustaining the 11 sports permanently would exceed $200 million. — Wisconsin says seven athletes have tested positive for the new coronavirus since the school started testing them a month ago. School officials previously had said two tested positive out of the 117 athletes who were part of the initial group of tests. The school now has conducted 428 total tests. Wisconsin isolates those who test positive, and the athletic department’s infection response team monitors their recoveries. School officials aren’t specifying which sports are affected by the positive tests.— Ohio State has paused voluntary workouts by athletes of seven sports on campus after getting the results of its most recent coronavirus testing. The school said in a statement Wednesday night that workouts have been paused for football, men’s and women’s basketball, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. The university said it isn’t sharing cumulative COVID-19 information publicly to avoid identifying specific individuals and compromise medical privacy.— Associated Press research finds that four-year U.S. colleges have eliminated 171 sports programs because of budget problems blamed on the coronavirus outbreak. About 30 percent of those are in Division I, with Stanford being the only one from a Power Five conference.MLB-NEWS Update on the latest sports — Giants first baseman Brandon Belt is in a walking boot as he nurses a sore right heel that will keep him out at least a week. Manager Gabe Kapler says it’s too soon to guess whether the injury could affect Belt’s status to play the season opener July 23 at Dodger Stadium. Belt has dealt with heel pain previously and aggravated it doing agility work. Hunter Pence took batting practice but was unable to run the bases or play the outfield because of minor pain in his foot. Catcher Buster Posey missed another practice because of a personal issue.— The offseason renovations at Dodger Stadium have hitters adjusting to a new backdrop in center field. First baseman Max Muncy was hit by a pitch on his left ring finger during an intrasquad game and says he couldn’t see the ball coming. The black tarp that served as the backdrop in center is gone, replaced by a new center field plaza. Muncy is expected to be ready by opening day on July 23. But manager Dave Roberts says it’s unsettling that a hitter couldn’t see the ball because of the background.— Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Junior Guerra has returned to the team after missing the start of summer camp because of a positive coronavirus test. Guerra is one of four Arizona players to test positive and had not participated in summer camp since its start last week. Guerra said his first test for the virus was negative, but his second about 10 days ago was positive. He returned after testing negative twice in 24 hours. Guerra signed with the Diamondbacks last offseason after spending the previous four seasons in Milwaukee. — Cleveland Indians outfielder Franmil Reyes (FRAHN’-meel RAY’-uhs) has been cleared by the team’s medical staff to return to the field after being isolated for attending a party over the July Fourth weekend. The team kept Reyes away from Progressive Field as a precaution after he attended a holiday gathering without wearing a mask. The Indians learned of Reyes’ off-field actions from social media. Manager Terry Francona says Reyes was re-tested for the coronavirus and may now participate in training camp. Also, Indians outfielder Delino DeShields (deh-LY’-noh deh-SHEELDZ’) Jr., who tested positive for COVID-19, is traveling to Cleveland after he had one negative test. — Sonny Gray has been chosen to start the Cincinnati Reds’ first game back from Major League Baseball’s shutdown due to the pandemic. Gray started openers for the Athletics in 2014 and 2015, throwing a combined 14 shutout innings while getting a win and a no-decision. He’s in line to face the Detroit Tigers at Great American Ball Park on July 24 as Major League Baseball starts a season shortened because of the pandemic. In other Workday news:— Three PGA Tour players who have tested positive for the coronavirus but are no longer symptomatic will play together at the Workday Charity Open. The tour announced the change Wednesday in the latest revision of its COVID-19 policies. Nick Watney will play alongside Dylan Frittelli and Denny McCarthy during the first two rounds at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. Watney was the first tour player to test positive and reported mild symptoms. The tour said all three players continue to test positive for the virus but have met the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for return to work. Players in those circumstances will either be grouped together or play as singles.NFL-49ers-MOSTERTMostert requests tradeUNDATED (AP) — San Francisco 49ers postseason breakout star Raheem Mostert has requested a trade from the team after being unable to renegotiate his contract. Agent Brett Tessler made the request public after talks with the 49ers failed to lead to a new deal to replace the three-year contract Mostert signed in 2019 when he was still mostly a special teams standout. Ryder Cup postponed until next year at Whistling StraitsUNDATED (AP) — With no guarantee of fans, there won’t be a Ryder Cup this year. The PGA of America says the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin has been pushed back to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The PGA Tour still hasn’t allowed spectators at its events, and no other golf tournament is dependent on partisan cheering like the Ryder Cup. After working with the PGA Tour and its Presidents Cup, the decision was reached to move the Ryder Cup to Sept. 24-26 in 2021. That means the Presidents Cup will return to even-numbered years starting in 2022 at Quail Hollow in North Carolina.The Ryder Cup had been scheduled for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits, one week after the U.S. Open.It’s the second time in the last two decades the Ryder Cup was postponed. It was moved off the odd-numbered years in 2001 because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. — An array of injuries was largely responsible for the blight on the first five years of Byron Buxton’s major league career. The latest setback for Minnesota’s speedy center fielder was surgery last fall to repair labrum damage in his left shoulder. Buxton worked his way onto a rehabilitation track that would have had him ready for the original season opener on March 26. Having four extra months to heal and train due to the virus outbreak sure didn’t hurt. The Twins play the Chicago White Sox on July 24 to start the 60-game season.— The Chicago White Sox are giving fans the opportunity to purchase cardboard cutouts of themselves that will be displayed at Guaranteed Rate Field during the team’s season-opening homestand. The cutouts cost $49 and will be available while supplies last. Proceeds will benefit the team’s charitable arm. The White Sox open with a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins starting on July 24.— The Seattle Mariners say they had three positive tests for the new coronavirus among 122 individuals that received initial intake tests before the start of summer camp workouts last week. The team has not specified whether the three that tested positive were players, coaches or staff. The Mariners say all three are asymptomatic and are currently quarantined.PGA-WORKDAY OPENHow to make 1 golf course look like 2 different tournaments In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic: — NASCAR cannot meet the quarantine rules in New York and must move its August race from Watkins Glen. The event will instead be held on the road course at Daytona. It will be NASCAR’s debut on the course used by the IMSA sports car series. The Cup schedule released today covers all of August through the regularly scheduled season finale on the oval at Daytona. The Cup Series will also race doubleheaders at Michigan and Dover.— Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has twice tested negative for the coronavirus and will race Sunday at Kentucky Speedway. Johnson missed the first race of his Cup career when he tested positive last Friday. NASCAR confirmed Wednesday that Johnson has been cleared to return. Johnson’s streak of 663 consecutive starts — most among active drivers — was snapped when he didn’t race Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Johnson is the only NASCAR driver to test positive for the coronavirus since the series resumed racing on May 17.— The Ivy League says will not play sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league left open the possibility of moving some seasons to the spring if outbreak is better controlled by then. The move could have ripple effects throughout the big business of college sports. Football players in the Power Five conferences have already begun workouts for a season that starts on Aug. 29. The Ivy League decision affects not just football but soccer, field hockey, volleyball and cross country, as well as the fall portion of winter sports like basketball. The league said it has not yet determined whether fall sports can be moved to the spring.— North Carolina says it has paused voluntary football workouts for at least a week after reporting 37 positive test results for the new coronavirus among school athletes, coaches and staff. The school announced results following 429 tests administered as they began returning to campus last month. The school didn’t specify which programs were impacted beyond announcing the pause to football workouts. Officials did say the Orange County Health Department had identified a cluster of five or more related cases. It’s unclear exactly when football workouts will resume. last_img read more

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first_imgFemi SolajaFormer Green Eagles star, Paul Okoku has pledged to sustain the charity works being spearheaded by his NGO, the Greater Tomorrow Children Fund.Speaking during the maiden football tournament that the GTCF organised for Internally Displaced Persons camps in Abuja, the former Flying Eagles midfielder said he was moved to give back to the less privileged persons in the society in order to bridge the growing gap between the rich and the poor.While hinging the success of charity bodies on contributions and support from members of the society and corporate organisations, Okoku, who won a silver medal at the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations, urged kind-hearted Nigerians to join the GTCF to alleviate the suffering of poor Nigerians. “Our foundation remains committed to alleviating suffering of the masses and that explains why we take our time to reach those who are feeling the full impact of deprivation like persons living in camps for internally displaced ones.“Of course, we need the support of kind-hearted Nigerians to fulfill and sustain the legacies that we stand for and hope for a better society for everybody. We would not give up, neither are we going to rest on our laurels. It is just the beginning of what we know will be a fruitful charitable work for deprived ones”, added Okoku.Meanwhile, the former WAFU cup champion, during a visit to the House Committee on Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees, chaired by Hon. Mohammed Sani Zorro and Hon. Abbass Tajudeen, said the success of the event in Abuja would have been lost had the two members of Nigeria’s parliament not supported and graced the two-day event held at the Abuja National Stadium.“We came to thank you for supporting this project, which would not have been the success it is if you did not believe in it. Thank you for believing in us and we hope that your door shall remain open to us when next we come”, said OkokuResponding, Hon. Mohammed Sani Zorro commended the GTCF for thinking it fit to spread its charity works to persons in the IDP camp, noting that such philanthropy would receive the full support of the parliament.“We are very much happy with what you are doing and are proud to be tied to you in the execution of this project and hope that this relationship is sustained for the good of our society”, said Hon Zorro.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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first_imgMikel Obi Former Chelsea star, John Obi Mikel, is yet to make up his mind on the proposed move to Brazilian club, Botafogo.The 32-year-old midfielder is a free agent after ending his contract with Turkish Super Lig club Trabzonspor by mutual agreement last month.The former Super Eagles captain affirmed that the Brazilian side has shown their interest to sign him but he is yet to make a final decision. “Yes there has been interest and yes there has been negotiations but I don’t know yet. I am still thinking about it. Not sure yet,” Mikel told ESPN.Mikel has featured for Chinese Super League club Tianjin TEDA and Championship side Middlesbrough since leaving Chelsea in 2017 where he enjoyed success, besides playing in Turkey.The midfielder won the Champions League, Europa League, Premier League among other titles before his departure from Stamford Bridge.Mikel who had 89 caps for the Super Eagles, joined Trabzonspor last summer and made 27 appearances across all competitions for the Turkish side.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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first_imgLast week, Paul Flanagan described Mercyhurst as a tough team that likes to drive to the net hard and is willing to pay the price in small areas.This weekend, he was right.“They came out like gangbusters,” the Syracuse head coach said after Saturday’s game. “They really meant business and we got of sync defensively. Our compete level just wasn’t prepared for what they threw at us.”Protecting the net against Mercyhurst’s physical offense in the opening period was an issue for the Orange in both games. The Lakers outscored SU 4-0, with nearly all goals coming in front of the net, and Syracuse lacked a physical, defensive presence in front of junior goaltender Kallie Billadeau.“Defensively, it was kind of a mess,” Billadeau said. “I think in the first period, we struggled picking up girls in front and we were just running around a lot.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFriday night, Mercyhurst’s Kelsey Welch scored 56 seconds into the game. On Saturday night, the Lakers struck first again on a Vaila Higson slapshot from the top right circle 6:49 into the opening period.Mercyhurst continued its relentless forecheck after Higson’s goal when the Lakers capitalized off of a Jacquie Greco turnover and got a goal off of a scramble in front of the net.“That is kind of their M.O. and that’s how they play,” said Billadeau. “They get pucks to the net and then there is usually two or three girls just hacking away.”Whether it was leftover emotion from Friday’s 5-3 deflating loss, in which the Orange held a 3-2 lead with 12 minutes remaining in the third, or just a lack of focus, Syracuse had no answers for the Lakers early on.While SU escaped the first period only down 1-0 on Friday, the Orange was less lucky Saturday. Mercyhust completely dominated play, outshooting Syracuse 17-10 and ultimately outscoring the Orange 3-0.“We knew it was going to be a hard game, so I don’t know why we didn’t come out right away playing our best hockey,” Greco said after Saturday’s loss. “(Friday) we allowed one goal and today we allowed three, being all they needed. If we don’t play a whole 60 minutes, that is what’s going to happen.”Syracuse also took three penalties in the first period Saturday, not helping the cause. One penalty was tripping, the second was holding and the third was slashing. All three calls were a product of the Orange’s inability to stay with the Lakers in the defensive zone.Syracuse struggled numerous times to get the puck out of its end, and Mercyhurst was the first to nearly every loose puck in the first. Senior forward Holly Carrie-Mattimoe attributed it to the team being a little too flat.With a chance to rebound against Mercyhurst, it proved costly.“Mercyhurst is not going to let us have one against them,” said Carrie-Mattimoe. “We have to come prepared for 60 minutes next time.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 18, 2013 at 1:26 am Contact Bryan: bwrubin@syr.edulast_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The latest chapter of the Syracuse-Georgetown rivalry took place six days ago in Houston. Former SU great John Wallace and Hoya nemesis Jerome Williams, both in town for the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, battled it out in the Legends Game at Hofheinz Pavilion, just like old times.Wallace and Williams showed flashes of their younger selves, flying around the court, trading bucket after bucket and dunk after dunk as they did one wild night in the Carrier Dome 17 years ago.“It was John Wallace versus JYD and Syracuse versus Georgetown,” said Williams, who was known as the “Junkyard Dog” during his nine-year NBA career. “The rivalry still continued.”The iconic rivalry, one that defined Big East basketball and captivated college basketball fans, will continue in front of a record crowd of 35,012 in the Dome this Saturday at 4 p.m. It will be the last time the Hoyas visit Central New York as a conference foe with the Orange making the jump to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season. And it could be the last time ever as both teams move on and create new rivals in the future.From Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and Allen Iverson at Georgetown, to Pearl Washington, Derrick Coleman and Billy Owens at Syracuse, legendary players starred in the classic matchups. And Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim and Georgetown head coach John Thompson Jr. fueled it with their personalities as they patrolled opposite sidelines. The players, coaches and atmosphere surrounding each game combined to build a rivalry among the best ever in college basketball.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I don’t know if it rivals Duke-(North) Carolina, but it’s close,” said Craig Esherick, who served on the Georgetown staff from 1979-99 before taking over as head coach that year.***Esherick points to two moments that have shaped the rivalry in the last 33 years.The first one started it all in the first season of the Big East in 1979-80. It’s become a part of Syracuse-Georgetown lore, the one that got the blood boiling between the two programs.It was the final game at Manley Field House. Syracuse had won 57 straight in the building. Georgetown crashed the party and pulled the upset. John Thompson Jr. grabbed the microphone after the game and declared, “Manley Field House is officially closed.”“I’m sure that heated up the blood for all the Syracuse fans,” Esherick said.The second came four years later at Madison Square Garden after the Hoyas beat the Orangemen 82-71 in overtime to win the Big East tournament championship. This time, it was an irate Boeheim who made a declaration at his press conference after the game, saying, “The best team did not win tonight.”Boeheim’s fury was an eye-opening moment for Esherick. This game was different.“He didn’t throw a chair in the same way that Bobby Knight threw a chair,” Esherick said, laughing. “It was more like he shoved the chair.“That, if anything, showed the importance of the game, but that was something I remember in terms of saying these two teams playing each other has become something beyond just a regular season game between two teams in college basketball.”That was always clear when the Hoyas made the trip to the Dome. No motivation was required for either team as 30,000-plus packed the arena. The stage didn’t get any bigger.Fans upped the ante for the matchups against the Hoyas, too. Sometimes that meant crossing the line, as they did a year after Boeheim’s postgame rant when No. 2 Georgetown visited the Dome in January 1985.With Ewing at the free-throw line, a fan drilled the backboard with an orange and delayed the game. Order needed to be restored. In stepped Boeheim.“Boeheim had to get on the microphone and say, ‘Listen, it’s not right for you to do that,’” Washington said. “‘We’re playing Georgetown in this game – if you want this game to finish then you better stop doing what you’re doing.“That’s kind of like how that rivalry was, you know what I’m saying?”***Wallace’s final game in the rivalry in 1996 at the Dome doubled as his best and most memorable. To understand why, he must revisit his worst at the USAir Arena 18 days earlier.Wallace, who entered the game averaging 23 points per game, was limited to 17 on 6-for-13 shooting in the Hoyas’ 83-64 beatdown of the Orangemen on Jan. 24. The Syracuse star chalked it up to an off night.But GU forward Boubacar Aw told a different story that made headlines in the newspapers. He asked to guard the prolific scorer, telling Thompson he’d shut him down.Wallace was ready to set the record straight in the rematch.“I told him right at the jump ball, ‘You’re gonna be my bitch today,’” Wallace said. “And I went out and had 25 and (13), and every time I scored, I looked at John Thompson or Boubacar Aw and told them, ‘There’s no way one guy can guard me. Are you kidding me?’“I wanted to beat them more than anyone else in the Big East just because it’s Georgetown-Syracuse.”The same game stands out above all others for Williams. He and Wallace went back and forth, trading bucket after bucket in front of 32,589 that day. The Georgetown forward nearly matched his counterpart’s inspired effort, scoring 24 points and grabbing 12 boards.The build-up to every matchup couldn’t be matched by any other opponent for Williams and Wallace.It was the game they both grew up watching, and it was the only one that mattered the moment the schedule came out each year.“When we were playing, it was always about when is Georgetown-Syracuse playing,” Williams said. “When’s the game, when is the game.”***Every time they see each other, the rivalry comes to life for the old friends.The battles restarted in Detroit when they were teammates on the Pistons during the 2000-01 season. They picked up again at the Legends Game at last year’s Final Four in New Orleans, where Wallace dunked over Williams and immediately alluded to the SU-Georgetown connection. And most recently, it was in Houston last Saturday, when Williams returned the favor and rejected a Wallace dunk attempt.“We’re evened up on that front,” Wallace said. “He’s actually one of the few guys that I’m actually really friendly with from Georgetown.”Wallace and Williams will be texting before, during and after the game Saturday. They’ve kept tabs on their respective programs since their time as much as they’ve looked back on their glory days. The rivalry still means something to them.Wallace highlights the genuine dislike between programs as the reason it’s been so special. Esherick, the former Georgetown coach, says the legacy will be characterized by the classic games and big-time players when the rivalry is looked back on.“It was a tremendous event every game,” Esherick said. “And you got to see pretty high-quality basketball every game, too.The rivalry between Syracuse and Georgetown may continue the next time Williams and Wallace cross paths. But Saturday may be the last time the Hoyas ever make the trip to the Dome.And all-time bragging rights are on the line.“With one team leaving, I know that the rivalry is going to stay alive with whoever wins the game,” Williams said. “Because on their way out, are they leaving as the rulers of the Big East or are they leaving as second team?“It’s big.” Comments Published on February 22, 2013 at 2:29 am Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.educenter_img Related Stories Grudge match: Syracuse, Georgetown to square off in Carrier Dome for final time before Orange’s move to ACCSyracuse-Georgetown reaches new heights, tensions flare in 1984 Big East championshipUnrivaled stars: All-time lineup of Syracuse-Georgetown rivalryIseman: Despite Syracuse’s move to ACC, rivalry with Georgetown should continueClassic clashes: Five games that defined the Syracuse-Georgetown rivalrylast_img read more

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first_imgRhiann Newborn has noticed problems with the return game on her side of the net in recent doubles matches that she’s played. She said it was a big issue in her doubles match with Breanna Bachini against Clemson on March 22.For Newborn, they were the worst they had been in a while.“If we could’ve got that return in more,” Newborn said, “the game would’ve been totally different.”She also said that missed serves and double faults were also obstacles for her and Bachini in that match.These issues are only partly the cause of what has been an extensive slump for Syracuse (7-9, 2-8 Atlantic Coast) in doubles play, as it has only won two doubles points in its 10 matches since February 14.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSenior Komal Safdar said one of the challenges for SU is returning against the impressive serves of ACC players. She said good returns are one characteristic of a strong doubles team, but standing across the court from a strong server makes that more difficult.And a poor return game can be costly when it leads to unforced errors, as has recently been the case for Newborn and Bachini when they’ve played together this season.“We just give up too many free points,” Newborn said. “That’s all.”The recent problems in Newborn’s return game have been a result of flat-footedness and a lack of sufficient movement on the court. She said the team can handle the tough serves of the ACC as long as they move their feet.But better doubles play won’t come only from an improved return game. She said ideal doubles play features aggressive action with movement toward the net, but that too many mistakes during baseline rallies have denied her and Bachini the opportunities to improve this.Safdar also said it’s more difficult to win points when the opponent is at the net.“It puts a lot of pressure on you,” Safdar said, “because if you don’t do enough with the ball then the person at the net will just take it and rip it back at you guys, whether you’re at the net or back.”Head coach Younes Limam said part of the issue is in the team’s mental game.In big points, he said, his players sometimes seem to doubt themselves and fail to commit to their strategies.Safdar said that the team has put up a good fight in many of its doubles matches, but that she has observed similar issues at some crucial moments in matches.“It’s just really a matter of one or two points, so I wouldn’t say that being in the ACC that we’re behind at all in doubles,” Safdar said. “I just think that we need to execute on the pressure points.”SU has been emphasizing doubles play in practice recently, trying to improve both its returns and serves. Limam said both are important elements in doubles, as a strong serve allows a pair to play more offensively during the point and a successful return makes things more difficult for the opponent.Limam said he has noticed that the team’s doubles play is getting better, citing Newborn and Bachini as an example.And it comes at a good time for the Orange. The team’s last four matches are against teams in the bottom-half of the ACC standings, just as SU is.But Limam thinks that the team needs to focus on working on the things that are in its own hands.“What we can control is just going back and working hard day in and day out,” Limam said “and trying to get better in the areas that we need a little bit of improvement.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 1, 2015 at 9:43 pm Contact Kevin: kjpacell@syr.edulast_img read more

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first_imgTrojans for Israel hosted their semesterly leadership dinner on Wednesday evening at Hillel at USC. Various student leaders on campus attended to hear Hebrew Union College Professor Steven Windmueller speak about the Israeli elections and their American foreign policy implications.last_img

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first_imgUSC has placed itself in a great position to run the table in the Pac-10 after winning a huge Ohio State game in its second contest of the season.Sound familiar?Shattered dreams · Former USC cornerback Cary Harris collapses in anguish after Oregon State shocked the Trojans in 2008. This year’s Trojans look to avoid the same mistake against Washington this week. – Leah Thompson | Daily TrojanWell it should.Last year, the Trojans beat the Buckeyes 35-3 in Week 2 at the Coliseum and appeared to have passed their toughest test of the season with ease.Following the victory, USC was ranked No. 1 and had no true Pac-10 threat that stood in the way of an undefeated season and a ticket to the national championship. After all, the conference was supposedly in a “down year.”The rest looked easy.On paper.After riding high for a week, the Trojans lost 27-21 on the road in their next game to an unranked Oregon State team led by then-freshman running back Jacquizz Rodgers’ 186 rushing yards and two touchdowns.The story on USC’s website read: “Trojans Stunned.”It was shocking for everyone, to say the least.After an awful first half in which the Trojans found themselves trailing 21-0 heading into the third quarter, USC fell short in a late rally.It was a disappointing loss following one of USC’s biggest regular season wins in recent seasons.Enter the 2009 Trojans.There are many similarities between last season’s victory over Ohio State and this season’s.The win over the Buckeyes was once again huge — maybe even more meaningful considering this matchup was in Columbus and Matt Barkley proved he’s not your typical freshman quarterback.And although the Pac-10 is stronger this season and USC has three tough opponents on the road in Oregon, Cal and non-conference foe Notre Dame, the Trojans have arguably already defeated their toughest opponent of the year.More similarities:Just like last year, the Trojans will open Pac-10 play on the road following their big win over the Buckeyes.Just like last year, they will be facing an unranked opponent against whom the Trojans are favored by 20-plus points.And just like last year, the expectations of players, coaches and fans for the team couldn’t be higher.But USC’s staff is hoping that unlike last year, the Trojans will not have a letdown.“I didn’t do a good enough job last year,” USC coach Pete Carroll said of preparing his team. “We didn’t play as well as we could have [against Oregon State]. And hopefully we’ll capture what it takes and do well by this time.”This time, the Trojans face the Washington Huskies.And this time, the Trojans won’t embarrass themselves.Here are my three reasons why the 2009 Trojans won’t suffer the same fate as the 2008 team.1 . This game isn’t being played in Oregon.It’s no secret that the Trojans have had trouble playing in Oregon throughout the last several years and last season was no different.In fact, losing in Oregon is nothing new for USC.In my three-plus years as a student at this university, the Trojans have yet to win a game in the Beaver State.The 2006 team was upset by the Beavers, 33-31, in Corvallis. In 2007, the Trojans fell in Eugene, to the Ducks, 24-17. And then there was last year’s debacle.For some reason or another, the Trojans have failed to show up when they’ve traveled to Oregon in recent years.Luckily for them, this game is in Seattle.2 . Last year’s letdown.If there’s any positive the team can take out of last season’s loss to the Beavers, it’s that it won’t make the same mistake. Carroll said he has used last year’s loss as an example to keep his team on its toes.“I think it was that obvious that we could [look at last season’s loss],” he said. “[We] didn’t have that example going into that game last year.”This time around, Carroll can literally show his players how a team can’t afford to lose focus following an emotional victory as last year’s squad did at Oregon State.All week long, the coach has been saying his players have to respect the preparation process for every single matchup, whether they’re playing Ohio State or the Little Giants.3 . The numbers game.Every statistic favors the Trojans here.The Huskies are coming off the first 0-12 season in Pac-10 history. And although former USC assistant coach Steve Sarkisian has taken over as their head coach and quarterback Jake Locker is healthy, Washington isn’t expected to contend this year.Additionally, Carroll owns a 7-1 record against the Huskies — USC hasn’t lost a game against Washington since his first year on the job in 2001.Since that time, the Trojans have outscored the Huskies, 282-112. That’s an average score of 40-16 in favor of the Trojans each game.All signs are pointing toward a USC victory.And the Trojans hope those same signs will continue pointing toward an undefeated season after Saturday.“Soft Hands” runs every other Thursday. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Jon at jhaber@usc.edu.last_img read more

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