After tight battle in Big City Classic, Syracuse to meet Notre Dame again in upcoming Big East tournament

first_img Published on April 28, 2013 at 11:47 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — For 45 minutes, nothing separated the nation’s No. 1 and No. 7 teams. Notre Dame’s staunch defense and superb goaltending illustrated why it was regarded as the team to beat heading into the final weeks of the season. Syracuse’s hustle and equally firm defense demonstrated why it could play with anyone.For the final 15 minutes of the Konica Minolta Big City Classic at MetLife Stadium, the Orange asserted itself as the better of the two — even if by a slim margin. And in less than a week they’ll go at it again.The Fighting Irish will have a chance to avenge its 10-4 loss to SU in East Rutherford, N.J., in just days, when the two meet in the first round of the Big East tournament in Villanova, Pa., on Thursday. The winner will advance to next Saturday’s Big East championship against the winner of the earlier semifinal game between the Wildcats and Georgetown.“Mentally we’ve got to get that edge back going into this next game because it’s really difficult to play a team you just beat, play them a few days later,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “It’s mental challenge for us as coaches and players.”For the first 15 minutes, the Orange and UND defenses traded blows, missed opportunities and made spectacular saves. SU midfielder Scott Loy freed himself up on the right side of the field, no defender within five yards. When he cranked up to shoot though, Notre Dame goaltender John Kemp slid over and deflected Loy’s shot with ease.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor 10 minutes, this is how things went. The game was even, as expected. Both Syracuse and the Irish found chances, but Kemp and SU goaltender Dominic Lamolinara positioned themselves in the way when they needed too. But for much of the first quarter, the stalwart defenses kept the opposition away from the cage.UND midfielder Tyler Kimball scrambled around atop the Irish offensive zone, but David Hamlin came in full pursuit. The Syracuse midfielder harassed Kimball, causing a turnover and keeping the teams level through one quarter.“When you come off a win, the tendency is to not evaluate the other team because whatever you did last time worked,” Desko. “I think we can’t do that as coaches. We have to have a Plan B ready.”Even as his defense collapsed in the fourth quarter, Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan said he wouldn’t change anything up in practice this week. The Fighting Irish have played well enough all season to merit the No. 1 ranking. Saturday’s collapse was just “a manifestation of four quarters of bad lacrosse.”Said Corrigan: “We’ll come back on Friday – or Thursday – and try it again.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Hoornstra: A game of skill is embarking on a season of survival

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error At least we can’t accuse Major League Baseball of being hidebound to tradition. Not anymore. Three weeks from now, the 2020 season will begin with:A 60-game regular season scheduleNo fans in attendance, in some parks if not allA runner on second base to begin the 10th inning of tied gamesDesignated hitters in both leagues“Unsportsmanlike conduct” penalties for arguing within six feet of an umpirePlayers with face coverings – optional on the field and in the dugout, mandatory in training roomsA prohibition on spittingRules for the hotels – everything from room service protocol to air conditioning settings – where teams stay during road tripsMinor leaguers who are available for call-up, but no minor league gamesFor such a staid institution as MLB, these statutes equate to bending over backwards, performing a backflip, then a cartwheel, then a somersault, all in the name of imposing a lucrative pastime upon a continental hot zone. The rules are sweeping and draconian. They were also necessary for getting players back on the field – if not keeping them safe.Wednesday, one Major League Soccer team said six of its players tested positive for COVID-19 after reporting to their tournament bubble in Orlando. That carries at least two reminders for baseball. One, that an early draft of the 2020 season in which teams competed in separate Florida and Arizona “bubbles” was far from airtight. Two, that the novel coronavirus can infect one-fifth of a team’s roster without regard for its spitting protocol.It’s hard to imagine a less sensible location to play baseball right now than a major city in the United States. Some of these cities recorded a sudden surge in positive COVID-19 tests over the past week. Then again, it might not matter where the games are played. The best-laid schemes of owners and players often go awry. A deadly virus doesn’t care if a three-batter minimum rule for relief pitchers was a hot topic six months ago. Should we consider a .400 batting average in a 60-game season legitimate? Should we attach an asterisk to the World Series champion in the official record books? We should be so lucky if these concerns are front and center on Nov. 1.For now, there are bigger questions at hand. How legitimate is the season if one team loses its entire starting lineup to the coronavirus? What if it can’t field 25 players, the minimum required by MLB’s 2020 operations manual? The manual consists of 33,286 words, but it does not include a Disaster Plan specific to the coronavirus.That ostensibly leaves the league’s previously established Disaster Plan in place. This plan specifically outlines the protocol for an “epidemic illness” that causes “the death, dismemberment or permanent injury from playing professional baseball” of at least five players after Opening Day. It authorizes commissioner Rob Manfred to pause or cancel a team’s season after consulting with the MLB Players Association. It also authorizes a “Rule 29 draft” in which an affected team can restock its roster by selecting up to five players from another team’s roster.The idea of a Disaster Plan usually conjures nightmares of an unforeseen event, like a plane crash or a bus accident. The potential for a COVID-19 outbreak weakening a man’s lungs for three months is entirely foreseeable – on a team-wide scale, let alone among five players. The terms of the plan have never been more important.But just because the commissioner can hold a dispersal draft in the middle of August doesn’t mean he should. What if the Dodgers and Angels have to surrender five players each to another team, simply because they avoided the virus and the other team did not? In the midst of such an abbreviated season, does that seem fair?center_img Baseball history isn’t the best lens for answering these questions. Think of it more like a typical NFL season. The potential for a player to miss the full season is so high, it becomes a game of Next Man Up (to borrow the title of John Feinstein’s book about the 2004 Baltimore Ravens). It’s no surprise that four players – Ian Desmond, Joe Ross, Ryan Zimmerman and Mike Leake – voluntarily opted out of the season prior to Wednesday, the league-wide “summer camp” report date. For some, the cost of playing will outweigh the benefit.When the players opted out, the process of crowning a champion began. Baseball is a game of skill, but this season will be one of survival – one the players effectively agreed to when they gave Manfred the right to impose a season of any length. In a national radio interview Wednesday, Manfred said “we weren’t going to play more than 60 games no matter how the negotiations with the players went.” Whether that’s because of economic concerns or health concerns is a moot point now. It’s game on.We’ll see 60 more games than any minor-league team will play in 2020. We’ll see 60 more here than in Mexico; the 16-team Mexican Baseball League put safety first Wednesday and canceled a season that was scheduled to begin Aug. 7. And that might be a good thing.We can dream about the sight of Mookie Betts in a Dodgers uniform, and Shohei Ohtani on the mound for the Angels, when the time comes. For now, CDC recommendations and public-gathering restrictions are changing by the week. It still feels too soon.A 60-game season will feel short. The empty ballparks will look weird. You might even miss the sight of players spitting and managers arguing with umpires. But don’t miss the forest for the trees. If a World Series champion is crowned in 2020, it will mean baseball either managed to keep a virus at bay, or tolerated more risk to human livelihood than it should have.There won’t be much middle ground. That’s too much to contain in a single asterisk.last_img read more

Best Cyclists in the World Will Make Spectacle in Sarajevo

first_imgThis August, Sarajevo will be the center of one more spectacular event-festival of urban extreme sports Valterise.The organizer of the festival is nonpfrofit organization Horizint,, which until now has organized five successful cycling races through Sarajevo called “Das ist Valter”.This year’s festival and Valter camp will be held from 23-25 August on Zmajevac.There will also be screenings of short movies, DJ’s and a photo exhibition by Zlatan Kurt.This is the first local festival of its kind that has as its goal to gather regional athletes of all disciplines in one place.This year’s Valter Downtown includes the biggest regional prize, which will be given out in the rest of the competition disciplines.(Source: read more

UNFPA Calls for Clean Environment to Encourage Facility Delivery

first_imgAs the Government of Liberia and partners intensify efforts to encourage facility delivery by pregnant women, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund has called for hospitals to remain clean and comfortable.“We cannot advocate for facility delivery when health centers remain in shambles and unattractive,” says UNFPA Liberia Resident Representative Ms. Ratidzai Ndhlovu. “When a woman walks into a clinic or hospital to deliver, she must see the facility as the best place for her delivery. We don’t want pregnant women to hesitate to come to the institution because it is so uncomfortable”“UNFPA is committed to remain a trusted partner to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare,” Ms. Ndhlovu said during an appreciation program on Tuesday 14 January, by the administration of the James N. Davies Memorial Hospital for UNFPA’s contribution to the face-lifting process of the hospital.  The James N. Davies Hospital is located in Paynesville, a suburb of Monrovia and is a maternal and child health hospital that serves a population of about 250,000 people.She said because maternal health is at the core of UNFPA’s mission, the fund will continue to support activities of the Ministry of Health to prevent maternal death by providing technical assistance for family planning, strengthening and upgrading of health facilities and referral mechanisms, improving midwife training curricula. It will also continue supporting human resources management; mobilizing communities and promoting women’s rights. “UNFPA is committed to all efforts that promote the reproductive health and rights of women and girls; ensuring that no woman dies giving life.”In Liberia four women die every day due to pregnancy related complications. In appreciation of UNFPA’s gesture, the Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Health Ministry Dr. Bernice Dahn pleaded for direct UNFPA support to the James N. Davies hospital. “This hospital attends mostly to pregnant women and their newborns, and children and it is one of the hospitals with very high newborn deaths,” she said.In March 2011, the Government of Liberia and partners launched the roadmap for accelerated reduction of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in the country. The roadmap guides the delivery of basic, essential and quality reproductive health care services to the people including institutional delivery.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Aubameyang happy to give up hat-trick bid

first_img0Shares0000On target: Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring © AFP / Oliver GREENWOODLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 1 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said he was happy to give up the chance to claim a hat-trick on Sunday, preferring to see Arsenal strike partner Alexandre Lacazette convert a confidence-boosting penaltyArsenal defeated relegation-haunted Stoke 3-0 with Aubameyang scoring twice — a penalty and another from open play — with substitute Lacazette scoring the third, also from the spot a minute before time. Aubameyang revealed he passed up the opportunity to score a maiden Arsenal hat-trick — he had scored two for Borussia Dortmund this season before his January transfer — because he wanted to help Lacazette.The Frenchman had returned from injury for his first game since February 10 and accepted the gift gratefully.“I had scored twice already so I knew it would be good for his confidence,” Aubameyang explained.Some managers do not allow anybody other than the designated penalty-taker to have a go from 12 yards but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger made it clear he approved of the gesture.“That shows the state of our society — that when people are generous they are surprised,” he said.“Even more when it is footballers — and when it is strikers even more.“I wasn’t surprised because I know they have a good understanding. I like that because it can only make the team stronger. I think it’s great.”Meanwhile, Wenger’s opinion on Aubameyang’s new hairstyle remains unknown.– Hair’s to you –Hair’s to you: Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dedicates his latest hairstyle to his grandmother who passed away last week © AFP / Oliver GREENWOODThe Gabon forward had the name Marina etched on to the side of his head.“It is my grandmother’s name,” he said. “She passed away last week so this is my dedication to her.”The win did nothing to alter the Gunners’ position of sixth in the Premier League table, and they are now concentrating on the Europa League, with CSKA Moscow due at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday for a quarter-final first leg clash.But Stoke boss Paul Lambert was left fuming with the penalty decision on the first goal.A point would have been precious to second bottom Stoke and they were 15 minutes away from achieving just that when referee Craig Pawson awarded a penalty for Bruno Martins Indi’s challenge on Mesut Ozil.Lambert was convinced the penalty should not have been given as Martin Indi, although approaching from a position behind Ozil, had got enough on the ball.The Scot argued that the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system — not yet used in the Premier League — would have seen the original decision overturned had it been in operation.“It was a game-changer because a couple of minutes earlier we had hit the post,” he said.“I know we have the benefit of replays and Craig doesn’t but for the big moments you have to be so precise.”VAR has courted plenty of controversy itself since trials began in the FA Cup earlier this season, but Lambert was a fan.“I’ve seen VAR work in Germany,” he said. “It worked seamlessly, absolutely no problem at all.“We bring it over here and it seems to be confusing but for this sort of incident? Absolutely. The referees need help for the big calls.”Wenger inevitably had a different view to Lambert, the Arsenal boss saying: “From the outside it looked a penalty. I don’t think that Ozil dived.”Stoke have managed just one win since Christmas and will have to conjure up some more points if they are to avoid relegation.Lambert remained bullish about their prospects however. “I’m 100 percent confident we will stay up,” he said. “I thought that when I came in and nothing has changed my mind.“I have won games here and come here and drawn and not played as well as that.“We never deserved a 3-0. The first goal was always going to be crucial. The one thing that’s missing from our game at the minute is Lady Luck.“I thought the players were brilliant. Performance-wise, I couldn’t have asked for more.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more