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Fresh legs, multiple lines the key to Syracuse’s strong play in the midfield

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 21, 2018 at 11:08 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary It happened fast. In Syracuse’s season opener against Connecticut on Feb. 9, UConn players barreled past SU’s back line and put SU in a 2-0 hole 1:24 into the game.But as the game wore on, the pace of play caught up to UConn’s starters. Before the speed slowed down SU, the Orange made a switch.“Our depth and ability to use two and three midfield lines took its toll,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “You saw the exhaustion on their starters. They were tired and they made a lot of mistakes.”In its first two games, No. 5 Syracuse (2-0) has used a multitude of different lineups in the midfield and made frequent subs in an attempt to stay fresh as opponents tire out. The new rule allowing free movement for players after whistles has sped up the game by lessening the amount of stoppages in any given game. It’s also allowed the Orange to tap into its depth in the early going.“We got three, even four lines of girls that can play,” redshirt senior Taylor Gait said. “Fresh legs is always great when you run up and down the field.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAgainst Connecticut and again against Oregon nine days later, Syracuse used 13 players listed as midfielders on the official roster, changing starting groups for each game. Gary Gait said cycling new players in and out of the game is one of his biggest emphases going forward.Players are still adjusting to the faster pace. Freshman midfielder Sam Swart said that the college game was “faster than (she) expected” and, with the whistle blowing less frequently, she’s hardly found time to stop and collect her thoughts.“You don’t have any moments to breathe, you just go,” Swart said. “The whole game was a blur… I feel like I didn’t even take one breather.”But the adjustment from high school to college wasn’t the problem. The game has changed. Swart remembers talking to fellow midfielder Gait after the game and even she, a fifth-year senior, said to Swart that it’s a “totally different game” than she’s used to playing.The movement affects the midfield the most, sophomore attack Nicole Levy said. Though Levy said it hasn’t affected her game so far, senior attack Riley Donahue notices the speed of the game changing so there’s “never a standing moment.”But the Orange players have yet to feel the effect of the faster game because Gary Gait was ready for it. Syracuse has used constant switches throughout games to make sure players are getting the rest needed for the Orange to go the distance in games.On Feb. 18, Oregon came out of the second-half gate and moved fast. After scoring the first three goals of the frame, Syracuse started to lose its early lead. But following a few switches in personnel, the Orange got back on track and cinched up a 17-11 win.The substitutions were important to the midfielders. With the game moving faster than ever, SU has found new ways to keep individual fatigue from affecting its play. Luckily for Syracuse, players and coaches alike are confident that this year’s team is deeper than in year’s past.“Our coaches usually don’t let us get to the point where we are super tired,” midfielder Kelzi Van Atta said. “We’re subbing on the fly so everybody is fresh all the time.”The new faces getting involved will be a common thread throughout the year, as Syracuse aims to give itself the advantage over shorthanded teams. Gary Gait said the rules this year make it difficult to have just one midfield line, so SU prepared two, senior Neena Merola said. Others, like midfielder Gait, said SU has more than two.“Our team does a lot of subs really fast, which is awesome. I think it’s the way our coaches prepared it,” Swart said, “they knew (it) was going to be fast.”So far this year, everything has happened fast, but Syracuse thinks it has the formula that will allow it to catch up. Commentslast_img read more

Lamar Odom regains consciousness, family and friends say

first_imgLamar Odom has regained consciousness and is communicating–speaking and even giving a thumbs up from his hospital bed–just days after being found in extremely critical condition at a Nevada brothel, loved ones said.It’s the first significant update on Mr. Odom’s health since he was found unconscious and facedown at the Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, on Tuesday afternoon.Alvina Alston, publicist for JaNean Mercer, Mr, Odom’s maternal aunt and godmother, said Mr. Odom spoke a greeting and gave a thumbs-up Friday morning, his first communication since being hospitalized in Las Vegas.“He woke up and he spoke,” Ms. Alston said.A person who is close to his estranged wife, Khloe Kardashian, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to release details of Mr. Odom’s condition to the press, also said he was able to say hi to Ms. Kardashian.His former coach Jim Harrick in Los Angeles, who said Mr. Odom sounded upbeat on a call just a few weeks ago, said Ms. Kardashian told him that Mr. Odom is off dialysis and he showed a response when she reached down to say, “Lamar, I love you.” “Khloe has promised me she’s going to stay by his bedside until she and him can walk out of the hospital together,” Mr. Harrick said.Authorities are retracing Mr. Odom’s $75,000, three-day visit to the brothel that started late afternoon Saturday, with blood test results to determine what caused his medical episode pending.The brothel’s owner and spokesman have said he chose two women to accompany him in a VIP suite on his first visit to the ranch. Mr. Odom had said he had done cocaine before his arrival, and people at the brothel said they saw him drink alcohol and take as many as 10 supplements sold as “herbal Viagra.” One brand that he took, Reload, was the subject of a 2013 warning from the Food and Drug Administration, which said the pill contained sildenafil, the active ingredient in prescription Viagra.The brothel also said he became upset Sunday after a phone call in which his ex’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” show was mentioned. But he was generally in a good mood, even suggesting that he stay an entire week at the brothel in the rural community. Mr. Odom was then found unconscious there Tuesday with white and reddish substances coming from his nose and mouth. He was breathing and taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas.The former NBA star had been a beloved member of the Los Angeles Lakers, winning two championships with the team and enjoying widespread fame as a reality-TV star before his recent downward spiral, which included leaving pro basketball, a pending divorce with Ms. Kardashian and a DUI arrest.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Messi returns as Dortmund rue missed chances against Barcelona

first_img“Marco played really well today, and really hurt us,” said Ter Stegen.A luckless Reus also fired another good chance well over, while substitute Julian Brandt thundered a long-range effort against the crossbar.Messi had begun his 30-minute cameo by that point, having come on around the hour mark for Ansu Fati, the 16-year-old prodigy freshly crowned as Barcelona’s youngest ever Champions League debutant.Yet the Argentine remained as blunt as his teammates in a Barcelona attack stifled by the impeccable defending of Dortmund elder statesmen Hummels and Axel Witsel.He nonetheless had a chance to score the winner with the last kick of the game, but was denied by a desperate block from Thomas Delaney.Share on: WhatsApp Dortmund, Germany | AFP | Lionel Messi returned from injury to make an innocuous first appearance of the season as Barcelona escaped with a 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League opener on Tuesday.Messi, who has missed the start of the season with a calf injury, came off the bench in a game which Barcelona were lucky not to lose after Dortmund captain Marco Reus missed a penalty and several chances in the second half.“We played brilliantly in the second half, and it feels a bit like we have lost two points,” Dortmund defender Mats Hummels told Sky.“It is a tough group and we could have put ourselves in a good position with a win today.”Lucien Favre’s side delivered on their pre-match promise to play fearlessly against five-time European champions Barcelona, probing the visitors from the wings and repeatedly finding gaps in the back line.Both sides had chances in a game of cat and mouse in the first half, but it was Dortmund who looked the more likely to score.Reus was denied at point-blank range by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jadon Sancho fired the ball over the crossbar shortly before half-time.The hosts continued to turn the screw after the break, and were rewarded with a penalty when Nelson Semedo tripped Sancho in the box.Yet Ter Stegen denied Reus again from 12 yards, diving low to his left to beat away his Germany team mate’s spot-kick. The Barcelona keeper has now saved four of the six penalties he has faced in the Champions League, and was called upon to stop Reus yet again later in the half as Dortmund continued to dominate.last_img read more

Saint Martin’s University Names the Eighth Cohort of Benedictine Scholars

first_imgSaint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 29 majors and 11 graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu. Facebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityTen incoming Saint Martin’s University first-year students have been selected to serve as the eighth cohort of Benedictine Scholars. The University’s Benedictine Scholars Program started in the fall of 2012 with the mission to promote a deeper understanding of the Catholic, Benedictine values and heritage that define the University. The Benedictine Scholars serve as ambassadors for the core values of the institution—faith, reason, service and community—both within the University and in the wider world.Benedictine Scholars serve their communities, meet in small groups and work on a project of their cohort’s own choosing. Projects completed by recent Benedictine Scholars cohorts have included the restoration and re-installation of the Stations of the Cross throughout the Saint Martin’s campus, the creation of a large Saint Martin’s-themed mural, assisting with hosting service opportunities for students and preserving historical documents for the monastic community.Through the program’s service-learning component, the Benedictine Scholars will engage in 60 hours of service in the wider community, integrate the service experience into academic exploration in special courses and reflect on the experience with their Scholar community. Scholars also volunteer for Saint Martin’s events such as Open Houses, the Gala and Commencement.Floraliza Bornasal, Ph.D., faculty advisor for the Benedictine Scholars program, said, “I’m excited to welcome the newest cohort of Benedictine Scholars to Saint Martin’s University. Scholars embody our Benedictine values through their leadership in various avenues on campus, service to their communities and dedication to knowledge through active engagement in their academics. I look forward to seeing how this newest cohort will continue our tradition of hospitality, justice, listening, dignity of work, stewardship, stability and other important Benedictine values as they pursue their education at Saint Martin’s.”Colleen Dunne, M.Div., who will be the new director of campus ministry starting this summer, will be the staff advisor for the Benedictine Scholars program.Faculty and staff members representing numerous departments throughout the University evaluated more than 195 candidates for the Benedictine Scholars program. Those selected are typically students whose academic records are matched by their leadership experiences, their contributions to the life of their school or faith communities and their service to individuals and groups. Each scholar selected for the honor receives $29,000 to $30,000 in total scholarship support per year, renewable for four years of study.The eighth cohort of Benedictine Scholars are:Franny Ugochi Anunobi, Bellevue, who is graduating from Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, and will major in mechanical engineeringByron Blas, Hagåtña, Guam, who will graduate from Father Duenas Memorial High School and will major in historyTatiana Crichton, Spanaway, who is set to graduate from Bethel High School and will major in elementary educationMax Kendall, Renton, who will graduate from Kentridge Senior High School and will major in business administrationSoukita Keopanapay, Pullman, who is set to graduate from Pullman High School and will major in business administrationBrooklyn LaPointe, Porcupine, South Dakota, who is graduating from Chemawa Indian School and will major in biologyKailye Okada, Kailua, Hawaii, who will graduate from Maui High School and will major in nursingJavy Warrior Ramirez, Bainbridge Island, who is graduating from Bainbridge High School and will major in mechanical engineeringCheyenne Yap, Haiku, Hawaii, who will graduate from Kamehameha Schools Maui and will major in educational studiesJake Yoshida, Honolulu, Hawaii, who is set to graduate from Maryknoll High School and will major in pre-dental studieslast_img read more

Iconic Summer Sounds Still Alive in Little Silver

first_imgBilly is one of very few people in New Jersey who still have these venerable machines. “I only know of a fella in south Jersey who works on organs and has a little collection,” he said before recalling that there is “another guy up in north Jersey.” He also belongs to the Carousel Organ Association of America but doesn’t think he’ll be buying any more of these wonderful organs. They cost around $5,000 today, and, he said, “they need a lot of work. I don’t know if I really want to spend the money.” Tom Billy retired from Naval Weapons Station Earle after 31 years working there as a brakeman, conductor and engineer on ammunition trains. The short haul railway traveled the 18 miles of tracks leading to the Navy pier in Sandy Hook Bay. He got that civilian Navy job because of his love of amusement rides. He had previously worked on the popular Pine Creek Railroad in Allaire State Park, living for six months in a yellow “Raritan River” caboose. Billy worked in the 1960s at the iconic carousel at the southern end of Asbury’s boardwalk. He restored this particular Wurlitzer music machine using original parts and a newly constructed wooden cabinet. These wonderful mechanical instruments make music via paper rolls slotted just so. Air is pumped through the holes and routed to a series of differently tuned pipes and tom-tom drums. Actually, she can. Michigan-native Odell had her own satisfying career before she married Billy. She was an airline hostess for both TransAmerica Airlines and on private corporate jets. “It wasn’t work, I loved it,” she said. The couple currently live in an 1877 Little Silver farmhouse she restored years ago. By Rick Geffken Billy also owns a “crank organ,” much like the type Italian immigrant men would play and push through city streets in the early 20th century, often with a live monkey attached. Billy enlisted Beth Dellapietro, an artist and scenic painter from Highlands, to paint it in a pattern remarkably reminiscent of rosewood inlaid laminates. Dellapietro also painted the beautiful forest scenes on Billy’s Wurlitzer. Marghi and Tom Billy of Little Silver next to a restored 1923 Wurlitzer carousel organ. Organs like this were often on carousels where they piped their iconic sounds for years. Photo by Rick Geffkencenter_img Billy has rented his one-of-a-kind Ruth organ for years through his appropriately named Coney Island Music Company. He does it less frequently now, last towing it to a Young at Heart meeting at Red Bank’s Tower Hill Presbyterian Church in May. You’ll still have a chance to hear the revered Ruth organ when he brings it to Allaire State Park in Wall Township for the annual Fall Apple Festival Sept. 21. When Billy was 11 or 12 years old, his Rahway family rented a cottage in Seaside Heights where he first heard carousel organs. A few years later he heard one near Newark. “They would take me to Olympic Park in Irvington which had a big organ on the carousel. That really got me going. I said to myself ‘When I grow up, I have to have one.’ So, I did.” He bought a 1915 Adolph Ruth & Sons organ from Coney Island when he was 19. It sat unused at the famous Brooklyn amusement park for years before Billy hired Mike Kitner of Carlisle, Pennsylvania to get it running. Billy still calls the late Kitner “ ‘ The Monk of Organs.’ He was the best.” Billy still brings the Ruth organ to shows and special events. After mustering out of the Army in 1971 – he served as a combat engineer in Vietnam – Billy began a series of jobs reflecting his passion for amusement parks. He repaired rides at Great Adventure in Jackson, then at the Asbury Park and Point Pleasant boardwalks for Holiday Playland and Funsville Amusements. Billy is a longtime member of the Black River and Western Railroad in Ringoes where he volunteers to help with repairs and maintenance of vintage steam and diesel powered locomotives. LITTLE SILVER – Those iconic summer sounds you hear every so often in Little Silver might remind you of Asbury Park’s famed merry-go-round. And why not? It’s probably Tom Billy’s 1923 Wurlitzer 146B carousel organ. He parks it outside his Willow Avenue house for the town’s Memorial Day parade and occasionally plays it in his garage for interested visitors. Or just when he feels like hearing it again. Billy’s wife, Marghi Odell,said, “He’s always done whathe’s loved in life. How manyof us can say that?”last_img read more


first_imgCOMBINED WINTER & SPRING MEETINGS AGAIN ACCOUNT FOR MORE THAN $1 BILLION IN PARI-MUTUEL HANDLE ARCADIA, Calif. (June 29, 2015)–Santa Anita’s Park’s 39-day Spring Meeting, which began on April 24, ended on Sunday with the track showing gains in both on-track attendance and overall pari-mutuel handle. Combined with its 68-day Winter Meet that ran from Dec. 26 through April 19, on-track attendance was up seven percent, overall mutuel handle was up three percent and total handle exceeded $1 billion for the second year in a row.The Spring Meet was highlighted by a public appearance from Santa Anita-based Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and top performances in the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, the Grade I, $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes and two other graded events on June 27.“First off, we want to sincerely thank our fans, owners, horsemen and our jockeys for a very successful meet,” said Santa Anita Chairman Keith Brackpool. “We’re very proud of the fact our turf course and main track again performed extremely well, which enabled us to consistently field a world- class product.“We also want to thank Bob Baffert and his team for sharing America’s newest Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, so graciously with our fans and media ever since his arrival back here on June 18. We had a tremendous crowd here on Gold Cup Day of more than 21,000 people and many of them were here to see American Pharoah. Having a horse of this magnitude based here at Santa Anita is a great honor and we can’t thank Bob enough for his generosity.”Santa Anita will re-open for live racing on Sept. 26. For more information, fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com. –30–last_img read more