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Bombora makes board changes

first_imgBombora Wave Power has made a number of changes to its Board of Directors including the appointment of a new Chair, Richard Beresford.Beresford is a highly experienced renewable energy and natural gas executive who specializes in commercializing new energy technologies and resources, said the Australian-based wave energy developer Bombora.He currently holds Non-Executive Directorships at Liquified Natural Gas Limited and Eden Innovations, and has previously held Chairperson and Director roles with numerous other energy companies.Bombora’s scaled WEC system (Photo: Bombora Wave Power)Former Chair, Tim Croot, remains on the Board as an independent Non-Executive Director, Bombora informed.Shawn Ryan, Non-Executive Director and Co-founder of Bombora 10 years ago, has retired from the Board. Ryan was a member of the Board for four years and served in both executive and non-executive capacities during this time.Furthermore, Glen Ryan, Non-Executive Director, Co-founder of Bombora and inventor of the concept of the mWave, also retired from the Board this year.Commenting on the changes, Sam Leighton, Chief Executive Officer of Bombora said: “The appointment of Richard as Chair expands the Board’s skill set with specific renewable energy financial and technical experience, which will be highly beneficial for the commercialization process of Bombora’s mWave.”Bombora has developed a membrane style wave energy converter called an mWave.Resting on the sea floor, similar to a fully submerged reef, it is invisible from the shoreline. As ocean waves pass over the mWave, the membrane deflects pumping air through a turbine to generate electricity.The company is working on the development of full-scale 1.5MW wave energy converter prototype which will be deployed off Portugal.last_img read more

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WP Group and Green Wind Establish O&M Co-Op

first_imgThe WP Group and the Green Wind Group have signed an agreement to cooperate in the area of wind farm maintenance management and services.The new business segment primarily offers operators of wind farms throughout Europe a full service with focus on maintenance and repair, carried out directly by WP Group, flanked by Green Wind’s 24/7 control greenwind centre control.WP Group Managing Director Michael Finnern, said: “This is where engineering knowledge and modern technology are combined with highly committed service and well-trained teams on site. This expands our business field by the possibility to offer full maintenance contracts with corresponding availability guarantees to the operator.”In addition to regular maintenance and repair work, the full service now also includes remote data monitoring, digitally controlled deployment planning, and spare parts procurement. Further areas of operation are to follow, the company said.“Here, a technology that is constantly evolving thanks to the competence and inventiveness of our control room personnel is used. By cooperating with an innovative service provider such as WP Group, we can fully exploit the functions of our control room and offer the wind farm operator a further step towards independence,” Manuel Lasse, Managing Director of Green Wind.last_img read more

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Area Soccer Semi-State Scores

first_imgArea Soccer Semi-State ScoresSaturday  (10-26)Boys Class 1A @ ProvidenceIndy Lutheran  1     Jac-Cen-Del  0    Girls Class 2A @ Evansville NorthEvansville Mater Dei  2  South Dearborn  0last_img

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AP Sportlight

first_imgAP Sportlight March 291929 — The Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup with a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers to complete a two-game sweep.1940 — Joe Louis knocks out Johnny Paychek in the second round at Madison Square Garden in New York to retain the world heavyweight title.1941 — Wisconsin, led by Gene Englund’s 13 points, wins the NCAA basketball championship with a 39-34 victory over Washington State.1952 — George Mikan of the Minneapolis Lakers scores an NBA playoff record 47 points in an 88-78 loss in Game 1 of the Western Division Finals against Rochester. 1999 — New York Rangers center Wayne Gretzky surpasses Gordie Howe as the leading goal scorer in pro hockey history in a 3-1 victory over the Islanders. Gretzky’s goal was the 1,072nd of his career — 20 NHL seasons and one season in the WHA.2003 — Michelle Kwan becomes the third American to win five World Figure Skating Championships. Kwan, a seven-time U.S. champion, ties Dick Button and Carol Heiss for most world crowns by an American.2007 — Michael Phelps sets his third world record in as many days, winning the 200-meter individual medley, at the world championships in Melbourne, Australia. His time of 1:54.98 betters his old mark of 1:55.84 set in August at the Pan Pacific championships.2008 — Curlin rolls to a record-setting 7 3/4-length victory in the $6 million Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest race. Curlin is the fourth horse to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic and then take the World Cup the following year.2011 — Maya Moore scores 28 points, including the 3,000th of her career, to lead top-seed Connecticut to a 75-40 win over Duke and another trip to the Final Four. 2006 — Oklahoma center Courtney Paris is the first freshman selected for The Associated Press All-America team in women’s basketball.2009 — Well Armed, ridden by Aaron Gryder, runs away with the $6 million Dubai World Cup by a record 14 lengths. The 6-year-old gelding turns the final race at Nad al Sheba into one to remember and claims the richest prize in horse racing. The winning margin nearly doubles the record of 7 3/4 lengths set by Curlin last year.2011 — Skylar Diggins scores 24 points and second-seeded Notre Dame upsets the top-seeded Lady Vols 73-59 to earn a spot in the Final Four. The Fighting Irish came in 0-20 all-time against the Lady Vols. Nnemkadi Ogwumike dominates the inside with 23 points and 11 rebounds, sister Chiney chips in with 18 points to lead Stanford to an 83-60 win over Gonzaga and reach its fourth straight Final Four.2012 — The NFL’s new rule for postseason overtime is expanded to cover the regular season on a 30-2 vote by the NFL owners. All games that go into overtime cannot end on a field goal on the first possession.2015 — Breanna Stewart has 31 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to help UConn rout Texas 105-54, earning coach Geno Auriemma his 100th NCAA Tournament win. Auriemma is the second coach to reach the century mark, joining Pat Summitt, who finished with 112 victories in her career. 2011 — The Southwest regional is the first in NCAA men’s basketball history with three double-digit seeded teams in the semifinals. Virginia Commonwealth, an 11th seed, beats 10th seed Florida State 72-71 in overtime, and the top-seeded Kansas defeats No. 12 seed Richmond 77-57 in the region’s other semifinal.2012 — In the NBA’s first quadruple-overtime game since 1997, Joe Johnson scores 37 points and Josh Smith adds 22 to lead the Atlanta Hawks past Utah 139-133. The four overtimes tie for the third-longest game in NBA history.March 261944 — St. John’s, coached by Joe Lapchick, cruises by DePaul 47-39 to become the first back-to-back winner of the National Invitation Tournament.1946 — Hank Iba’s Oklahoma A&M Aggies beat North Carolina 43-40 for their second straight NCAA men’s basketball title. Bob Kurland scores 23 points, including the first two dunks in NCAA tournament history. 1990 — Pat Bradley becomes the first LPGA player to reach $3 million in career earnings with a one-stroke victory in the $500,000 Turquoise Classic. Bradley, with career earnings of $3,059,768, makes a 2-foot par putt on the final hole to beat Ayako Okamoto.1995 — Mike Tyson is released from a Plainfield, Ind., prison after serving three years for rape.2006 — Sixteen-year-old American Kimmie Meissner scores a big upset to capture figure skating’s world championships. U.S. champion Sasha Cohen falls apart again in the free skate, winding up third overall behind Japan’s Fumie Suguri.2007 — Cullen Jones becomes the rare black swimmer to claim a world championship, teaming with Michael Phelps, Neil Walker and Jason Lezak on a U.S. squad that wins the 400-meter freestyle relay at the world championships in Melbourne, Australia.2008 — Tennessee gives coach Pat Summitt her 100th NCAA tournament win, a 78-52 rout of host Purdue. The win sends the Lady Vols to the NCAA regional semifinals. 2015 — Belmont breaks three NCAA Division I records and tied a fourth during a 20-run sixth inning in a 34-10 victory over UT Martin.2017 — Russell Westbrook has 57 points — the most in a triple-double in NBA history — 13 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 114-106 overtime win over the Orlando Magic. Westbrook leads the Thunder to their largest comeback in team history, rallying Oklahoma City from a 21-point deficit in the second half.END ADV,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 20, 2020 2010 — Gilbert Arenas is sentenced to 30 days in a halfway house for bringing guns into the Washington Wizards locker room. District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin also adds a litany of conditions associated with the sentence — two years of probation, a $5,000 fine and 400 hours of community service.2011 — Victoire Pisa, one of three horses from Japan running in the Dubai World Cup, delivered some rare good news to the country by winning the $10 million Dubai World Cup. The winner edged another Japanese horse, Transcend, at the wire by a half length in the world’s richest horse race. Fans of Victoire Pisa were in tears as the national anthem played. Many of the Japanese teams wore black polo shirts with the word “hope” on the sleeve alongside Japan’s flag. On the back was the March 11 date of the earthquake and tsunami.2011 — Shelvin Mack scores 27 points, including five in overtime, as Butler returns to the Final Four with a 74-71 victory over Florida in the Southeast regional. Kemba Walker scores 20 points, freshman Jeremy Lamb adds 19 as Connecticut beats Arizona 65-63 to win the West regional.2012 — Jaime Alas scores in stoppage time and El Salvador forges a 3-3 tie that ousts the United States from Olympic qualifying. The Americans miss the Olympics for the second time since 1976.March 27 1987 — Tennessee routs Louisiana Tech 67-44 to win the NCAA women’s basketball championship.1990 — Houston’s Akeem Olajuwon is the third player in NBA history to achieve a quadruple double during a 120-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. He scores 18 points, 16 rebounds, 11 blocked shots and 10 assists.1992 — Dottie Mochrie birdies No. 18 to force a playoff and beats Juli Inkster with par on the first hole of sudden death in the Dinah Shore tournament.1992 — Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi becomes the first American woman to win consecutive world figure skating championships since Peggy Fleming in 1968.1996 — The Vancouver Grizzlies break the NBA record for consecutive losses in a season with their 21st in a 105-91 loss to the Utah Jazz. The 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers and the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks lost 20 straight. Associated Press 1939 — Oregon beats Ohio State 46-33 in the NCAA’s first national basketball tournament.1942 — Joe Louis knocks out Abe Simon in the sixth round at Madison Square Garden to retain his world heavyweight title.1945 — Oklahoma A&M defeats New York University 49-45 for the NCAA basketball championship.1951 — Bill Spivey scores 22 points to lead Kentucky to a 68-58 win over Kansas State for the NCAA basketball title.1971 — UCLA beats Villanova 68-62 for its fifth NCAA basketball title. 1950 — CCNY beats Bradley 71-68 in the NCAA basketball final to become the only team to win the NIT and NCAA titles in the same year. CCNY beat Bradley 69-61 in the NIT on March 18.1977 — Marquette beats North Carolina 67-59 for the NCAA basketball title.1982 — Louisiana Tech beats Cheyney State 76-62 in the NCAA’s first women’s basketball championship. The tournament replaces the AIAW championship which had been held since 1972.1985 — The North American Soccer League, reduced to two surviving franchises, suspends operations.1989 — Southwestern Louisiana pitchers Cathy McAllister and Stefni Whitton pitch back-to-back perfect games against Southeastern Louisiana, a first in NCAA Division I softball history. McAllister strikes out 10 in a 5-0 victory and Whitton has 14 strikeouts in a 7-0 triumph. 2014 — The Philadelphia 76ers tie the NBA record for futility with their 26th straight loss, falling 120-98 to the Houston Rockets. Philadelphia match the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers for the NBA’s worst skid.March 281939 — The barnstorming Renaissance Five beat the NBL champion Oshkosh All-Stars, 34-25, to win the first annual World Professional Basketball Tournament in Chicago. Sports reporters of the day make no mention of the fact that all the Rens are black and the All-Stars are all white.1942 — Stanford beats Dartmouth 53-38 for the NCAA basketball championship.1944 — Arnold Ferrin’s 22 points leads Utah to a 42-40 victory over Dartmouth for the NCAA basket championship. 1949 — Alex Groza leads Kentucky to a 46-36 victory over Oklahoma State for the NCAA championship.1952 — Kansas’ Clyde Lovelette scores 33 points to lead the Jayhawks to a 80-63 win over St. John’s for the NCAA basketball title.1972 — The Los Angeles Lakers beat Seattle 124-98 to finish the season at 69-13, the best record in NBA history, until the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls finish at 72-10.1973 — Bill Walton scores 44 points to help UCLA win its record seventh NCAA basketball championship with an 87-66 triumph over Memphis State.1974 — George Foreman knocks out Ken Norton in the second round in Caracas, Venezuela, to retain the world heavyweight title. 2013 — Jaromir Jagr earns his 1,000th career NHL assist in the Dallas Stars to a 5-3 victory over Minnesota.2013 — Wesley Low Jr., at age 15, becomes the youngest bowler ever to win a PBA Regional title — breaking a 34-year-old record set by PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber in 1979. The two-handed competitor defeats Deeronn Booker 299-234, to win the PBA Non-Champion West tournament at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. Low, a member of Junior Team USA who was 29 days shy of his 16th birthday, loses his bid for a perfect game in the title match when he leaves an 8 pin on his final shot.2014 — The Philadelphia 76ers snap their NBA record-tying, 26-game losing streak, routing the Detroit Pistons 123-98 to avoid establishing a new longest skid in U.S. major pro sports history.2014 — Serena Williams wins a record seventh Key Biscayne title when she overcames a slow start and a set point to beat Li Na 7-5, 6-1 at the Sony Open.2015 — Duke beats Gonzaga 66-52 to send coach Mike Krzyzewski to a 12th Final Four, matching coaching record by John Wooden. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMarch 251934 — Horton Smith wins the first Masters, beating Craig Wood by one stroke.1947 — Holy Cross, led by George Kaftan, defeats Oklahoma 58-47 in the NCAA basketball championship. 1958 — Sugar Ray Robinson regains the middleweight title for a record fifth time with a 15-round decision over Carmen Basilio.1961 — Cincinnati ends Ohio State’s 32-game winning streak with a 70-65 win in the NCAA basketball championship. In the third-place game, St. Joseph’s beats Utah 127-120 in quadruple-overtime.1967 — UCLA, led by sophomore Lew Alcindor’s 20 points, tops Dayton 79-64 for the NCAA basketball championship.1972 — Bill Walton scores 24 points to lead UCLA to an 81-76 victory over Florida State and the NCAA title. The Bruins finish with a 30-0 record and increase their winning streak to 45 straight.1972 — Maryland downs Niagara 100-69 in the NIT championship, becoming the first team to score 100 points in the tournament final. 2002 — Utah’s John Stockton turns 40, becoming the 10th player in NBA history to play at that age. Stockton scores 20 points in the Jazz’s 109-105 victory over Houston.2004 — Ian Crocker closes out his career at Texas by setting a world record in the 100-meter butterfly at the NCAA men’s swimming and diving championships, winning the event for the fourth straight year. Crocker wins in 49.07 seconds, joining Mark Spitz and Pablo Morales as the only swimmers to win the butterfly four times in NCAA championships history.2005 — In the NCAA men’s basketball regional finals, Louisville and Illinois make tremendous comebacks to force overtime and advance. Louisville, trailing by 20 to West Virginia, completes an amazing rally for a 93-85 win. Illinois, trailing by 15 with just four minutes to play, goes on a dazzling 20-5 run to send Arizona to a crushing 90-89 defeat.2006 — George Mason stuns No. 1 seed Connecticut 86-84 in overtime to become the first No. 11 seed to reach the men’s Final Four since LSU in 1986.2009 — Evan Lysacek becomes the first American in 13 years to win the World Figure Skating Championship thanks to a spectacular free skate. 2003 — Russia’s Evgeni Plushenko wins his second world figure skating title, edging American Tim Goebel.2005 — In the NCAA men’s basketball regional finals, Michigan State makes the most of its second overtime against Kentucky, pulling away 94-88. This is the first time in tournament history that three regional finals go to overtime. North Carolina beats Wisconsin 88-82 in regulation.2005 — Annika Sorenstam shoots a final-round 68 to finish at 15-under to win the Nabisco Championship by eight shots over Rosie Jones. It’s Sorenstam’s fifth win in a row over two seasons, tying a record set by Nancy Lopez in 1978. It’s also the 59th of the Swedish star’s LPGA Tour career — and her eighth major championship.2007 — Dallas beats New Orleans 105-89 for its 21st straight victory over the Hornets. The Hornets losing streak is the longest losing streak for one team against an opponent in the NBA, NFL, NHL or Major League Baseball. The Mavericks last loss in the series was Nov. 17, 1999, in Charlotte.2010 — Long shot Al Shemali wins the $5 million Dubai Duty Free, pulling away from a crowded field to pull off a surprisingly easy win in the Dubai World Cup. Al Shemali, at 40-1, starts slow then duels it out with Bankable before taking the lead for good. 1990 — Michael Jordan scores 69 points to help Chicago beat Cleveland 117-113 in overtime and clinch a playoff spot.1992 — Christian Laettner hits a 15-foot turnaround jumper at the buzzer to give defending champion Duke a 104-103 overtime victory over Kentucky and a fifth consecutive trip to the Final Four.1992 — Eric Forkel posts a 217-133 victory over Bob Vespi in the title match of the $300,000 PBA National Championship. Vespi’s 133 sets a record for the lowest in tournament final history.1993 — Teemu Selanne of the Winnipeg Jets scores his 69th and 70th goals of the season in a 3-3 tie with Los Angeles Kings. Selanne is the eighth player, and first rookie, to have a 70-goal NHL season.1995 — Boston’s Dominique Wilkins scored 19 points in a 126-115 win at Miami, moving past Jerry West and into eighth place on the NBAs all-time scoring list with 25,207 points. 2010 — Joe Mazzulla scores a career-high 17 points in his first start this season and West Virginia beat Kentucky 73-66 to advance to the Final Four for the first time since 1959. Butler, behind 22 points from Gordon Hayward, defeats Kansas State 63-56 in the West Regional final to advance to the Final Four.2011 — Jamie Skeen scores 26 points as Virginia Commonwealth delivers the biggest upset of the NCAA tournament, a 71-61 win over No. 1 seed Kansas in the Southwest Regional final. The Rams are the third 11th seed to make the Final Four. Brandon Knight scored 22 points and fourth-seeded Kentucky restores some order to the Final Four with a 76-69 win over second-seeded North Carolina in the East Regional final.2011 — Miami’s LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh accomplish something that hadn’t been done in more than 50 years. All have 30-10 nights — James with 33 points and 10 rebounds, Bosh with 31 points and 12 rebounds and Wade with 30 points and 11 boards — as the Heat beat the Houston Rockets 125-119. It’s the first time since February 1961 that three teammates finish with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in a non-overtime game.2013 — The Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak is snapped by the Chicago Bulls, 101-97, when a furious comeback by LeBron James and his teammates falls short. The Heat finishes six games short of the record held by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.2014 — The Detroit Tigers agree to pay Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera a baseball-record $292 million over the next 10 years. 1978 — Jack Givens scores 41 points to lead Kentucky to a 94-88 victory over Duke for the NCAA basketball title.1983 — Larry Holmes wins a unanimous 12-round decision over Lucien Rodriguez to retain his world heavyweight title in his hometown of Scranton, Pa.1991 — Kenny Ammann scores 22 points, including five 3-pointers, to help Stanford capture its first NIT title with a 78-72 victory over Oklahoma.1994 — Donna Andrews sinks a 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Dinah Shore by one stroke, her second straight victory and first LPGA major.1998 — Michael Jordan scores 34 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to an 89-74 victory over the Atlanta Hawks before 62,046 at the Georgia Dome — the largest crowd in NBA history. 1974 — Rick Barry of the Golden State Warriors scores 64 points in a 143-120 victory over Portland.1987 — Southern Mississippi defeats La Salle 84-80 in the championship of the 50th NIT.1992 — Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is sentenced to six years in prison for rape.1995 — Nanci Bowen wins the Dinah Shore, her first LPGA victory, by one stroke over Susie Redman.1996 — Mario Lemieux scores five goals and two assists in his first head-to-head competition against Wayne Gretzky in more than three years to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to an 8-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues. 1960 — Boston’s Bill Russell pulls down an NBA Finals record 40 rebounds, as the Celtics lose to St. Louis, 113-103.1962 — Elgin Baylor (45) and Jerry West (41) of the Los Angeles Lakers become the first teammates to both score 40 or more points in an NBA Playoff game. It isn’t enough as the Lakers lose to Detroit, 118-117, in a Western Division Finals game.1981 — Louisiana Tech routs Tennessee 79-59 for the AIAW basketball title.1982 — Michael Jordan’s jump shot with 16 seconds remaining gives North Carolina a 63-62 victory over Georgetown for the NCAA men’s basketball championship.1984 — The NFL Colts leave the city of Baltimore in the early hours of the morning, headed for Indianapolis.last_img read more

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How Syracuse’s inconsistent running backs still contribute

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Growing up, Dontae Strickland took the baseball field at any position except second base, which he said was too boring. He went from bat boy on his older brother’s team to striking out batters and hitting cleanup in high school. But, after his sophomore year, he put his bat and glove away to focus on football because he liked the physicality of playing on the gridiron.“People still to this day say, ‘Yo, you should’ve stuck with it,’” Strickland, now a junior, said. “But I’m just like, football is my thing now.”Strickland’s positional group at SU is veering from expectations, too. Syracuse’s (4-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) running backs were supposed to catch up with the rest of Dino Babers’ speedy offense in the head coach’s second season leading the Orange. In its matchup Saturday with Wake Forest (5-4, 2-3 ACC), SU faces a rushing defense that ranks outside the top 100 in the FBS. The Demon Deacons allow 205.6 rushing yards per game, so SU should have opportunities to run.“I think when everyone talks about Syracuse, the first thing that comes up is the offense and the speed of it,” Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson said Wednesday on the ACC teleconference. “But they’re running the ball a lot better. I think their offensive line is improved. I think the backs are improved.”Strickland himself had goals to be SU’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Jerome Smith in 2012. The sophomore one slot beneath Strickland on the depth chart, Moe Neal, had a chance to contend for a chunk of the carries after a promising freshman campaign.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textYet while SU has eclipsed 260 rushing yards twice this season, the running game has been plagued by inconsistency. Last week, it finished with 40 rushing yards attributed to players not named Eric Dungey. With three games to go, Strickland has amassed 423 yards, making 1,000 nearly impossible. Five times in nine games, Neal has seen five or fewer carries. He’s reached double-digits once.“We’re not that far off with our tailbacks,” Babers said in September.Not much has changed, but in an offense where short passes dominate the playbook, running backs can contribute by executing other tasks, especially blocking. Picking up an otherwise free blitzer can be the difference in Dungey getting a pass off or not.There is preparation that readies Strickland to block effectively. In the film room, he learns what moves a defender usually makes. On the field, a low base is essential, he said. But for him, blocking a larger pass-rusher is a mental job, and that’s where Strickland’s baseball background comes into play. For him, it’s like stepping into the batter’s box and seeing a kid who could throw heat 60 feet, six inches away.“You gotta have confidence saying that this kid is not going to strike you out,” Strickland said. “That kind of carries over to football. In the passing game, me blocking a 6-5 guy, 240 or 250 (pounds), and just being confident I can get the job done.”At 5-foot-11, 182 pounds, Neal is listed at the same height as Strickland but 25 pounds lighter. That weight difference presents a challenge when Neal pass blocks. Plus, cut blocking, a technique common in the more advanced levels of the sport in which a blocker aims for a defender’s knees, is illegal in high school, when Neal had the ball most of the time anyway. So, there was a learning curve in college.“It was tough,” Neal said. “It’s more than just diving at somebody’s legs. You gotta have the technique. What to do and when to do it…I still gotta get better at it.”Although Neal has big-play ability — he broke a 71-yard run against Central Michigan and caught a 52-yard touchdown against Central Connecticut— he’s averaged just over five carries per game and is on pace to fall short of his freshman total of 68 carries. After a strong showing at then-No. 8 Miami late last month in which Neal carried 14 times and scored a touchdown, Babers was asked if Neal had a chance to see similar amounts of action moving forward.“It’s hard to predict that stuff,” Babers said. “I think the thing about Moe, I’ve always said this, he’s so unselfish. He’s good at a lot of things. He’s kind of like our fire. … I wish I had a team full of Moes. If you have a team full of Moes, you don’t worry about who gets the credit, you normally end up with bowl seasons, everything normally works out.”Neal said this week that he knows there will be times when his number is not called as often. For someone who was self-labeled as “the man” in high school, as most players at this level were, sharing responsibilities took an adjustment.But Strickland has encouraged Neal to stay positive. Even though they’re competing for the same carries, the two have developed a bond since Neal first visited SU. Now, when Neal doesn’t get many reps, Strickland is the one telling him to keep his head up until he’s able to get that one touch that sparks a change.“I’m going to give 110 percent,” Neal said, “and wait my turn and know my time is coming.” Comments Published on November 11, 2017 at 11:21 am Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtblosslast_img read more

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Kiptum Vows to Retain Access Bank/Lagos City Marathon Title

first_imgThe surprise winner of the 2016 edition of the Access Bank/Lagos City Marathon, Kenya’s Abraham Kiptum, has vowed not only to retain the title he won last year but promised to run a sub 2.10:00.Compatriot Peter Kiplagat was favoured by athletics buffs to win the first international marathon in Nigeria in 31 years but Kiptum surprised bookmakers when he won in 2.16: 21.Said Kiptum in a statement made available by the Communications and Media Department of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon: “I want to retain my title and run a sub 2.10:00 on February 11, 2017. I came to Lagos as an underdog, nobody gave me a chance, and people were expecting Kiplagat to win, so I ran without any pressure. I know I will be the center of attraction on February 11, but am mentally and physically prepare for the challenge, I know am in good shape to win and do it under 2.100.’’Kiptum also praised the Lagos crowd and the weather, “for a city that does not have a marathon culture like we do in East Africa, I was shocked at the people’s enthusiasm and support for the runners. They cheered us so I am appealing to the Lagos crowd to please to come out again in their thousands and support us in February.” “The weather was also agreeable, I was expecting it to be very hot but it wasn’t, the weather was good’’.Kiptum praised the Lagos State Government and the sponsor, Access Bank, for putting Nigeria on the global marathon map again,“I strongly believe that Nigeria can compete with the world in marathons and road races if they invest in the talents they have. Remember, about 30 years ago they had Abbass Mohammed who was doing 2.16:00 then. At the last outing there was Philip Sharabutu who ran 2:30:51 and some other young runners who finished the race under 2.40:00. If these runners are supported with the right coaches and they run regularly, they can catch up with the rest of the world in five years,’’ said Kiptum.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Appiah reveals programme for World Cup qualifiers

first_imgGhana coach Kwesi Appiah revealed his final training plans for June’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Sudan and Lesotho.The Black Stars will start non-residential camping in Accra on 27th of May, 2013.The team will fly out to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 30th May where they will be camping until 5th June when they arrive in Khartoum for the Sudan game.They will then travel to Johannesburg on 9th June and they will train in the South African capital for four days before departing to Maseru for the match against Lesotho.last_img

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Ghana Rugby projected at Olympic Day

first_imgThe Ghana Rugby Football Union demonstrated rugby as the new Olympics sport to the youth of Ghana during the celebration of the 2014 Olympics Day organised by the Ghana Olympics Committee.Held at the Nicholson Stadium, Burma Camp on Saturday, 21st June 2014, this year’s event, which attracted about 200 pupils from Garrison Schools, demonstrated Olympic Sports such as Rugby, Kick Boxing and Fencing.The Ghana rugby was well represented by a team led by Secretary General Francis Asare and coach Abdul Samad.  Others from the rugby family who attended the programme included coach Eric,  coach Hassan Osman coach Abdul Mueze from Tamale, Hudu Ibrahim, Joseph Bulley and Emmanuel Doe as well as children from Teshie and Madina Zurak.Interestingly, rugby was supposed to be the second Olympic sport to be demonstrated but overwhelmed by the sheer number of children, players and preparation being done by Ghana Rugby, organizers rescheduled the programme and asked the rugby players to exhibit their talent their sport last with an extended time allocated to Ghana Rugby.Before Ghana Rugby started its demonstration coach Samad asked the children to clear the field from every rubber and object on the field to also demonstrate the values of the Rugby Family. The Ghana Rugby demonstration was introduced with the Ghana version of the famous All Black “Haka” followed by the senior players demonstrating some set pieces in rugby, line-out, scrum, scoring a try and open play.This was followed by a two set of 5 children mixed with girls who played Tag Rugby. The day ended with the organizers declaring Rugby as the “sport of the day”.The day ended with a Musical Chair competition for the children and the Ghana Rugby kids stole the show taking most of the awards: Adjetey Ernest – 1st position in the boys contest, Adjetey Alberta, Doreen Adjetey and Deborah Sowah placed 1st, 2nd and 4th positions respectively in the girls contest.Mr. Herbert Mensah, President of the GRFU even though he could not make it to the programme was delighted by the excellent work done by the technical team led by Mr. George Ladipo. “A new era for Ghana Rugby was introduced by this excellent work done by Abdul Samad and all those involved. Rugby is not just a sport, but indeed a family of people who value life and the benefits that it brings such as having fun, developing, performing and competing,” he remarked.last_img read more

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Safety first, fashion second: why more hitters than ever are wearing extended ear flaps

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error A funny thing happened in the meantime. The extended-flap helmet became the preferred choice of major league hitters of all stripes – from Mike Trout and Christian Yelich to Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. In some dugouts, the majority of helmet cubbies are now filled with the newer, longer-flapped model.The majority of the Dodgers’ hitters wear them now; Ryu is their only pitcher. Like many of his teammates, Ryu just began wearing the model this year. Why?“Three reasons,” Ryu said through his interpreter. “Alex Torres (the Dodgers’ clubhouse manager) came up to me during spring training and kind of recommended it to me. It looks cool. It gives you good protection.”The better question is, why doesn’t every hitter wear one?The answer lies somewhere between the evolution of game theory and the evolution of fashion trends. As Heidi Klum might readily explain, one day you’re in and the next day you’re out. Right now, extended ear flaps are in. Talk to batters who have made the switch and, like Ryu, they’ll echo reasons both practical and impractical. LOS ANGELES — Two blue batting helmets stamped with a number-31 decal sat in the Dodgers’ dugout on the afternoon of April 23, 2017. One helmet had the traditional ear flap on the right side. This was the helmet Joc Pederson wore whenever he faced a right-handed pitcher. The other featured an extended cheek protector – the “C flap” – which Pederson wore whenever he faced a left-handed pitcher.On this afternoon, Pederson strained his groin running out a ground ball at Chase Field. The next day, he was placed on the disabled list. When Pederson was ready to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment a week later, he had a choice.“I felt like a dork to bring two helmets so I said, forget it, I’m just going to bring this one,” Pederson recalled. “And then I just started wearing only one rather than being high maintenance, wearing two.”It’s been two years since Pederson wore anything but the helmet with an extended ear flap.center_img First, the practical component.Teams, coaches and, by extension, their pitchers have favored attacking opposing hitters with four-seam fastballs up in the zone as opposed to two-seam fastballs down in the zone in recent years. The strategy is rooted in common sense. A low two-seamer is the ideal pitch for inducing the kind of contact that leads to ground balls. Yet as more and more hitters avoid swinging on a downward plane, those low two-seamers are less and less likely to lead to ground balls.So pitchers are throwing higher fastballs more often. What does that have to do with the flaps on a helmet?A batter has roughly a quarter of a second to decide whether to swing his bat and where. A pitch that starts out looking like a high fastball out of the strike zone might actually be a hard slider about to bend over the plate toward the height of a man’s belt. As the average slider speed trends upward, it’s harder to know for sure. A batter can be sure that yanking his head away from the plate makes it harder to square up a baseball with his bat. The longer he can maintain a level-headed stance in the batter’s box, the better. Yet if a baseball is headed toward your face, it’s hard not to pull away. Maybe, the thinking goes, it’s a bit easier if your face is covered by a piece of hard plastic.“It feels like you can just stay on the ball, see it a little deeper,” said Dodgers outfielder Alex Verdugo, who began wearing the extended-flap helmet this year. “If it is coming up and in, that last minute, if you just tuck and get hit in the mask you’ll be alright.”Asked why his teammates on the Dodgers’ pitching staff don’t wear the extended flap, Ryu joked, “they might be more athletic to dodge the pitches that are thrown at them.”Veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler is among the few hitters on the San Diego Padres who does not wear the extended-flap helmet. By his own accounting he’s been hit in the head by a pitch three times, “but never in the face.” He described his decision as a choice based on comfort.“It’s something that I’m used to,” Kinsler said. “If I get hit in the face, I’m sure the idea of wearing one of those would change. Just never really thought about it, honestly.”This attitude was more common in decades past, when the only hitters who wore extended helmet protection did so in response to an injury.Nomar Garciaparra, who retired as a player after the 2009 season, recalled standing in the box against certain pitchers who weren’t afraid of throwing a fastball high and inside, wary of the possibility of getting hit above the shoulders. Jeff Weaver was the first example that came to his mind. In 2007, Weaver’s last full season as a member of a major league rotation, his fastball averaged 91 mph.“These guys today,” Garciaparra said, “there’s no time to react.”Yet Garciaparra and other retired players expressed an impractical concern – a stigma against protecting a part of the batter’s body that historically did not need protection – that might have prevented his contemporaries from wearing something as small as an extended helmet flap.Spencer Dallin, the Padres’ clubhouse and equipment manager, said that every batter on the team was fitted for a different helmet extension in spring training. Rawlings, the licensed helmet supplier to Major League Baseball, manufactures the extensions separately from the helmets themselves. (Previously branded as “C flaps,” Rawlings dubbed its extension an “R flap.”) That allows the extension to be attached in one of three different positions depending on the batter’s preference.Dallin has known for a while he would need a new set of helmets for the 2020 season. The Padres are switching to brown helmets as part of a sweeping uniform redesign. In addition, he said he’ll order every helmet pre-made to attach ear-flap extensions. That’s just the way the game is going.“It doesn’t affect my approach,” Dodgers utility player Chris Taylor said. “My chances of getting hit are the same. Now it just might hit the face guard.”last_img read more

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Kings fire coach Dave Joerger after 39-win season

first_img NBA wrap: Pistons clinch final playoff spot with big win over Knicks The Kings lost to 136-131 to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday when Joerger decided to sit his starters in the second half. Sacramento managed to lose a 28-point lead from the first half. Sacramento also lost 17 of its final 26 games and went just 11-17 after acquiring small forward Harrison Barnes from Dallas on Feb. 7. The trade was intended to help bolster Sacramento’s chances of making the playoffs, but the Kings fell short.Sacramento finished the regular season ninth in the Western Conference, nine games back from the eighth-ranked Clippers. The Kings are moving on from coach Dave Joerger,The team announced Thursday it has fired its third-year coach on the heels of his best season in Sacramento. The news comes after Divac agreed to a four-year extension with Sacramento to keep him through the 2022-23 season. ESPN  reported “Divac is pushing to consolidate his power as Kings top basketball executive” and will hold a meeting Thursday to fire Joerger. A separate ESPN report revealed there has been growing tension between Joerger and the front office, while The Athletic noted there has been a trust issue between Joerger and assistant general manager Brandon Williams for much of the season.One potential candidate to replace Joerger is Luke Walton, The New York Times reported. The Lakers coach has faced speculation all season about his future with Los Angeles. After former Lakers president Magic Johnson stepped down Tuesday, reports surfaced that Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss had given Johnson permission to fire Walton.  Joerger, who had one year and approximately $5 million remaining on his contract, led the Kings to a 39-43 record during the 2018-19 season — a 12-win improvement from the year before. Sacramento missed the playoffs for the third straight season under Joerger, going 98-148 (.398) overall during his tenure.“After evaluating the season, I determined that we need to move in a different direction in order to take us to the next level,” Kings general manager Vlade Divac said in a release. “On behalf of the entire Kings organization, I want to thank Dave for his contributions to our team and I wish him all the best.” Related Newslast_img read more

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