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first_imgSinicki said he’s excited about the team this year and they are shooting for a very successful spring, but right now they are taking things one day at a time. Coach Tim Sinicki said although you couldn’t see the smiles behind everyones masks, he could hear the excitement in the players voices. “They’re anxious as well because they were cheated last year out of what was supposed to be their final year, so hopefully this year being able to have a full year and hopefully their expectations of coming back are fulfilled at the end of the year,” he said. “We’re happy to be out here. We’ll do this as long as we can, and have fun with it and most importantly try and prepare for hopefully, a spring season.” “We’re not here to rush through anything, we’re not here to get anyone injured,” he said. “We’re hoping maybe after two to three weeks we can have a couple weeks of intersquads. So most importantly this time of year we’re going to do a lot of teaching.” “We’re just happy we’ve gotten to this point right now where we’ve fallen in line with all the regulations that the state, the county and the University and the NCAA has put forth,” said Sinicki. The Bearcats are starting at a slow pace, working out in pods and following the regulations put in place. “I’m really fortunate to have the type of kids we have who have been able to support what we’ve done as a staff, and I think those kids are as excited as the returning guys to be out here, finally for the first time,” said Sinicki.center_img Sinicki told 12 Sports four of five seniors from last season are returning after the NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility. Sinicki called them “bonus recruits” for the upcoming season. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton University baseball team began fall practice today at NYSEG Stadium, marking the first time the team has been together on a field in more than six months. The Bearcats have five freshmen and two transfers coming into the program. Sinicki said he feels terrible for them, but the returning players are going out of their way to make the new players feel welcome. Sinicki said this year expectations for the fall season are a little different. “We’re just basically doing what we’re told,” said Sinicki. “We’re not the experts by any means so we’re listening to our people and we know they’ve done a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes, and they’ve come up with a great plan.” With construction underway at the Binghamton Baseball Complex on campus, the Bearcats are practicing and plan to play the season at NYSEG stadium this year.last_img read more

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first_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum “We’ve got another one coming up, let’s see if we can get it.”The Clippers will do a lot of coming and going in the next few games: They’ll host Miami on Saturday at Staples Center and then travel to Phoenix for a game Monday. The next night, they’re home for a matchup with the Toronto Raptors before hitting the road for a pair against San Antonio (Dec. 13) and Oklahoma City (Dec. 15). After that, a three-game homestand awaits.PICKING THEM OFFMarcin Gortat’s role: Set picks.It’s part of the action that players definitely feel and fans often overlook. So for the past three seasons, the NBA has sought to measure effective screening by tracking “screen assists,” or screens “for a teammate that directly lead to a made field goal by that teammate” as part of the collection of “hustle stats” at NBA.com/stats.As a member of the Washington Wizards, Gortat led the league two seasons ago and finished fourth last season, averaging 6.2 and 4.5 screen assists per game, respectively. A 2017 article about that on NBA.com mentioned the volume of screens set by Gortat helped his ranking: “Nobody sets more screens (than) Gortat. Nobody plays more games than Gortat, either.” “It’s funny, you know a pick-setter when you see one and you don’t notice it until you have one,” Rivers said. “(Gortat) is great at that art. Garnett was phenomenal at it. Kevin was in the league 100 years and you never noticed it, and then when he’s on your team you realize, ‘Oh my goodness, it’s amazing.’“Marcin does a great job of that and we need him to keep doing that.”Gortat has happily obliged. As he put it recently when asked about Tobias Harris’ high-percentage shooting this season: “Every time I set a screen, he’s gonna be pretty much butt-naked open.” Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Gortat didn’t miss a game during either of those seasons and averaged more than 31 minutes per game in both.This season, despite playing only 17.4 minutes per game, Gortat remains among the league’s most effective and prolific pick-setters. He’s averaging 4.2 screen assists per game (which has translated to 9.1 points per game for his teammates). What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 The Clippers lost for the second time in three games on Wednesday, but for just the third time in their past 13, if you slice it more generously.Two of the three most recent losses – the collapse in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 20 and Wednesday’s butt-kicking, as Coach Doc Rivers described it, in Memphis – occurred on the final game of a trip.In his conversation with reporters following the 96-86 loss to the Grizzlies, Rivers implied that perhaps the result was understandable, though not acceptable. Not for a 16-8 Clippers team that believes, when it plays in character, it can be really good.“It was a good road trip,” Rivers said. “We are 2-2 … but I was hoping for more. I think I always am. If you look at the big picture, you will take a .500 road trip, but you want better. As a team, we have to expect better. We don’t want to be .500 on the road, we want to be better on the road trips. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory That’s 10th-most in the category, which otherwise is populated by players averaging significantly more minutes than Gortat. He’s one of only two men in the top 20 playing fewer than 24 minutes per game (at No. 20, Boston’s Aron Baynes is averaging 3.1 screen assists in 15.2 minutes).Rivers recognized what a weapon he had in Gortat – aka the “Polish Hammer” – during the preseason, when he compared him with Kevin Garnett, whose screen assists as a member of Rivers’ Boston Celtics teams weren’t tallied by the league but were appreciated by his coach.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters last_img read more

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first_imgIn third training match in Bar, football players of FC ‘Slavija’ defeated FC ‘Mogren’ from Budva with 2:0.Two goals for FC ‘Slavija’ were scored by Zoran Kokot and Igor Radovanović .Coach of FC ‘Slavija’ Milomir Šešlija said that he is satisfied with the match and the players and added that it was the best game FC ‘Slavija’ played since it’s been training in Bar.Šešlija hopes that FC ‘Slavija’ will play even better in the period to come.last_img

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first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 OLYMPIA –  Thurston County Superior Court Judge Paula Casey will retire July 31 after 30 years. The public is invited to a ceremony celebrating her service the afternoon of July 31 at the Thurston County Superior Court building.Judge Casey was appointed as a Court Commissioner for the Thurston County Superior Court in 1982. In 1984, she was elected as Superior Court Judge for the joint Thurston-Mason County judicial district. She was elected to six subsequent terms in Thurston County. Over her career she handled all the types of Superior Court work, including the third and final death penalty trial of Mitchell Rupe.Judge Casey is best known locally and around the state for her work with Family and Juvenile Court. She was instrumental in the co-location of Family and Juvenile Court operations in Thurston County’s current second courthouse attached to the Juvenile detention facility in the Mottman Industrial area. She advocated for best practice principles for family matters including a judiciary serving on long-term assignments to this work and specialized education for judges beyond the law on issues involving families and children. The best practices also include a single judge being assigned to all a family’s cases and hearings and the early use of problem-solving, non-adversarial practices such as mediation. These best practice principles have been adopted as state-wide goals.Judge Casey was a founding board member of Thurston County’s Dispute Resolution Center.  Other projects early in her career included local rules for mandatory mediation of parenting disputes and introduction of Alternative Dispute Resolution Week twice a year for low-income mediation of civil cases. She has served several terms as the Court’s Presiding Judge.Judge Casey ends her judicial career on assignment to Family and Juvenile Court.last_img read more

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first_img“Players are beginning to understand Major Midget is very highly recruited and very highly scouted.”“(And in the BCMMHL) they’re playing against players their own age and not against young men,” he added.After experiencing the pitfall in year one behind the bench, Wright, joined by a host of interest hockey personal, decided to re-work the program beginning in the off season.“We’ve done a massive amount of (offseason) work,” Wright said, with players on the roster from Cranbrook, Castlegar, Montrose, Trail, Rossland, Nakusp, Crescent Valley and Nelson.“We’ve recruited, we promoted . . . we have a lot of good people involved this year. We have a non-parent manager in Kari Carr, we have a great coaching staff in myself and Brian Jones and (former Nelson Leafs coach) Bill McDonnell is helping us out this year with our goaltenders so everything is looking really good.”The Ice, finishing last season out of the playoffs with 6-28-6 record, open the regular season Saturday in Richmond with a two-game set against Greater Vancouver Canadiens.The games are part of a Showcase Weekend where all teams play at one location, giving junior and college scouts a chance to watch all players.The other Showcase is scheduled for January 24-25.Both Showcases will be held at the world-class Richmond Oval facility in greater Vancouver.Wright said this season Ice officials are trying to make the program a win-win for midget-aged players throughout the Kootenays.“We’re trying to open the team up to the KIJHL where players will play and practice with teams and in part the KI is trying to open itself up to the BC Junior so we’re all trying to work together,” Wright said.“I’m a big fan of the KIJHL having coached in it, but this is a fantastic league for the 15-16-year-olds and some 17-year-olds as well.” There is more than a few changes coming to the Kootenay Ice Major Midget team.Not only is the team now based out of the Heritage City but the hockey club is getting the finishing touches put on their own dressing room — the old Nelson Leafs digs — in the Civic Centre Arena.“It is definitely going to be different this year,” said Ice head coach Rob Wright on the eve of the BC Major Midget Hockey League season.“Our whole program is based out of Nelson, we have a new dressing room here and all of our games will be played here in Nelson.”“So instead of what I call in the past a “Gypsy Team” we’re based out of one community.”The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to give the elite 15, 16 and 17 year old players in the province an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey.Unfortunately, the plan doesn’t work so well here in the Kootenays where there’s the opportunity for many of those same elite players to play in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League having fives franchises based in the area.“We’re trying to build a professional program and I believe that is a main reason why we’ve been able to get our 16-year-olds back,” explained Wright, who has won the KIJHL title with the Nelson Leafs.last_img read more

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first_imgOAKLAND – A handful of NBA teams are making and fielding phone calls in hopes to acquire a star. The Warriors are simply waiting for the trade deadline to pass on Thursday to see which player might be available for their 15th and final roster spot.The reasons for why the Warriors general manager Bob Myers does not have to stay up all night this week entertaining and listening to trade proposals? They are pretty obvious.The Warriors (37-15) enter Wednesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs …last_img read more

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first_imgWaiting for someone else to create your opportunities for you. A lack of prospecting usually proves fatal when it comes to selling well. Your success hinges on your ability to create new opportunities.Not preparing for sales meetings. The most valuable activity in which you can engage is spending time face-to-face with your prospects and clients. Not using that time wisely is a mistake.Not listening. In inability—or an unwillingness—to listen well proves that you are self-oriented or lack discipline. No one wants to buy from someone who doesn’t care about what they say enough to listen.Leading with your product. Unless you are Apple, you’re not Apple. Trying to open an opportunity by leading with your product mostly causes resistance. It also makes it appear that what you sell is a commodity.Competing on price. Unless that is your company’s chosen strategy, competing on price is one of the worst of worst practices. It normally doesn’t work. And it prevents you from delivering.Lying or not setting the right expectations. There aren’t too many things worse than lying in an attempt to win business. Lies of omission aren’t any less harmful, which is why you have to set the right expectations, even when you feel that it will threaten your deal.Failing to follow up. Failing to keep your commitments might indicate that you don’t care, that you aren’t detail-oriented and buttoned-down, or that you can’t be trusted. Even the small commitments matter.Avoiding accountability. When you sell something, you own the outcomes you sold. Avoiding accountability makes you someone who can’t be trusted to be part of your client’s team. Not owning what you sell makes it almost certain you don’t make a future sale.Possessing a poor mindset. Having a negative or cynical attitude is a terrible affliction. Spreading that disease is even worse. Your results begin in your mind, and a poor mindset is the foundation of poor results.Giving up. A lack of perseverance and a willingness to professional pursue your dream clients will massively limit your success in sales. You can train your dream clients that you will go away and that they can wait you out.Choosing the wrong medium to communicate. Sending an email instead of a phone call when a critical conversation is necessary is a surefire way to damage a relationship. When an issue is important, the wrong medium says you don’t care, or you are avoiding the difficult conversation.Living in your inbox. Email isn’t your job. The most important work you need to do isn’t done in your inbox. You will never be as productive as you could be if you allow other people’s priorities to replace yours.Failing to grow personally and professionally. The name of the game is business acumen and situational knowledge. If you want to be a trusted advisor, then you need the trust, and you need the chops that make you someone who others will allow to advise them. If you aren’t growing, you’re shrinking.Making excuses. Excuses suggest that there is nothing you could or should be doing differently. But if you aren’t getting the results you want, you need to to do something differently, don’t you? Excuses are your attempt to rationalize your poor results and absolve you of responsibility. Making excuses for your failure or losses disempowers you.last_img read more

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first_imgHiralal Solanki is waiting for the backwaters in the swelling Narmada to recede so that he could return home. Cooped up in a 10 feet-by-10 tin shelter at a relief camp with two younger brothers, a sister-in-law, and an assortment of recovered household items stacked around, he refuses to leave for Gujarat, where his parents were resettled more than two decades ago. Just eight, and a minor, in 1994, when his parents were given a five-acre plot in Panchmahal district, 192 km away, he and his siblings were left behind in the care of relatives. Today, leaving behind two shops and a ramshackle hut at Kotda village in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district that faces submersion, the families of Mr. Solanki and 130 others have shifted to the camp set up by the Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) in the neighbouring Nisarpur, which too is facing submergence. Uncertainty remains As Gujarat continues to raise storage at the Sardar Sarovar Dam at a menacing pace, those residing in 178 affected upstream villages of Madhya Pradesh stare at uncertainty. On Saturday, the level in the dam had risen to 135.9 metres, well above the 135 metres that was to be filled by the end of this month as per the schedule prescribed by the Narmada Control Authority (NCA).Now, Mr. Solanki sits on the street selling pans, made possible with the help of some capital from a camp neighbour, who lent ₹20,000 at 5% interest. “I make just ₹50-60 a day now. Previously, it was ₹1,500,” he said. “Back at the village, the same friend lent us money at no interest.”“The allotted land is arid and we’re treated like outsiders in Gujarat,” said Mr. Solanki’s mother Durga Bai, who has come on a visit to care for her youngest son, who is suffering from typhoid. “We don’t know their language, and are often not allowed to pass through their fields.”Nowhere to go Rajesh Bhagole, 29, an agricultural labourer who shifted with his wife to the camp on July 12 from Nisarpur, said, “Why should we shift elsewhere when we were born here, studied here and vote here? I received no land when my father did. We have nowhere else to go. So, we’ll return to our houses when the water recedes.”As they had limited space to themselves, Mr. Bhagole explained that they had rented a room separately for ₹1,000 a month to store household goods.“Rehabilitated people continue to live in acquired houses [that the project authorities had acquired],” said Pawan Kumar Sharma, Commissioner, Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA). “We can’t force them to shift. Therefore, they usually return once the water recedes.”According to the NVDA, of the 37,729 project affected families in Madhya Pradesh, while 32,174 had been rehabilitated in Madhya Pradesh, 5,555 had been resettled in Gujarat. Recently, the Madhya Pradesh government admitted that more villages in the State were facing submergence than estimated earlier. At a makeshift school in the camp, 150 students shift to a neighbouring gaushala whenever the heat makes the tin classrooms with no fans, impossible to sit in. “I am waiting to return to my village school where we had fans,” said Payal Verma, who is staying at the camp alwith her parents, who are agricultural labourers, and a brother and grandparents.last_img read more

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