first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: Commentscenter_img Uhunoma Osazuwa almost didn’t get to compete in the NCAA Indoor National Championships. She just barely missed the top 17 and was notified two days later of her qualification after another competitor dropped out.Good thing she made it.Despite being on the bubble before the race, Osazuwa’s showing at the March 14 meet earned her the distinction as the first Syracuse indoor track and field All-American since 2002 and the school’s first-ever All-American pentathlete. To accomplish the feat, she had to move up 12 spots from 18th to 6th.‘It was definitely a shocker and that much more exciting to go that far,’ assistant coach Enoch Borozinski said. ‘She was definitely the talk of all the other coaches with how much she improved.’Now a few weeks removed from that sixth-place finish at the NCAA Indoor National Championships that secured her All-American status, Osazuwa will lead the team into this weekend’s Texas Relays, which will be held in Austin, Texas, from Wednesday to Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor two days following the Big East championships on Feb. 21, Osazuwa assumed she would miss out on the opportunity to compete at Nationals. Following an uncharacteristically poor finish at the long jump in the Big East championships — the event that originally dropped her to 18th place — she placed just shy of qualifying. But once she qualified, she showed her true worth.‘It was a relief,’ Osazuwa said. ‘It felt good to go out and compete because I knew I deserved to go out and compete and be there.’ Borozinski was not surprised. In the four years he has coached her, he’s seen the growth. He’s recognized her talent. ‘I knew there was at least a chance she could get it,’ Borozinski said.In Texas, Osazuwa will compete in the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump, looking to top her previous performance at Nationals — the same performance that not only gave her All-American status, but cemented her place as SU’s first track and field All-American pentathlete. This is SU’s first time competing in the Texas Relays during Borozinski’s seven-year stint as assistant coach. The meet marks the second outdoor meet of the season.‘I’d like to see a continuation of what we were seeing indoors,’ Borozinski said. ‘I’d like her to go out and get a solid performance to boost her confidence before she goes to the Sea Ray relays.’In addition to Osazuwa, Bernard Bush will be one of eight others competing in Texas. Bush will also be competing in the long jump.Despite coming off an injury, Bush has the chance to gain a top qualifying time for the long jump in Texas. ‘I’m trying to jump back into things, literally,’ Bush said. ‘I’m trying to make this meet a good starting point for the outdoor season. For my last season I definitely want to end on a high point.’Osazuwa also has a chance to become an outdoor All-American in addition to being an indoor All-American. Osazuwa, Bush and seven others will head to Texas looking to make their mark in unknown territory.‘It’s really the first meet in such a high-level competition,’ Borozinski said. ‘Everyone’s hoping to get out of there with solid performances to see how they stack up against high competition.’rnmarcus@syr.edulast_img read more

first_imgThe way Ross Carlson sees it, this weekend’s matchup will be a battle between two wounded animals.The Badgers, who had only two losses to their record just three weeks ago, have dropped four straight home games, though all four losses have come against the two teams now tied atop the WCHA standings.The Bulldogs of Minnesota-Duluth come in on an even greater skid, having lost their last six games, none of which were against top teams in the league. Instead, Duluth has fallen to the top three teams of the lower half of the standings.Still, it is clear that both teams will be hungry at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center this weekend.”It’s like a wounded dog,” Carlson said. “If you have a wounded dog out there they’re going to bite, so you have to watch out when they do bite.”For Carlson, the weekend will be a sentimental one. It always is when the UW winger goes back to his hometown of Duluth, Minn. to play in front of the family and friends that supported him and Nick Licari when they were part of a great run of hockey at Duluth East High School.But this weekend will be even more special, as Carlson and Licari, who played on the same line back in high school, will likely get to do the same in their last trip home together as Badgers.”It’ll be really sentimental. Coach does have us on the same line right now, which is pretty awesome in itself,” Carlson said. “Hopefully, it will turn out the way we want it to.””We’ve had them play together before and they enjoy playing together. They have some chemistry…so I’m hoping that will excite them going back and playing together,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “It’s like old golf pros going back and playing the course they grew up on.”To understand the meaning behind the trip home, one must realize the two have been playing at the DECC since they were teenagers. They played peewee games in the building adjacent to Duluth’s stadium and skated inside the arena — often selling it out — when they were in high school.”I still think of it as my high school rink,” Licari said. “I still remember scoring a lot of big goals and winning a lot of big games in there.”They both had interesting, and different, memories of their favorite games at the DECC. It’s no surprise that Carlson — who could probably be described as the “class clown” of the team — picked a memory out of left field.”[It was] Duluth East against Moorhead, and I had two double cheeseburgers before the game and I went and scored four goals, so that’s one of the best games I had,” Carlson said. While he found a way to have success with the grease balled up in his stomach, he said it wasn’t a trend that stuck with him down the road.”I [tried it again] after that, but it didn’t work out the rest of the way,” he said.Licari picked out a less surprising and more meaningful game from back at Duluth East.”There’s a lot of them,” Licari said. “[There] was a big game against Greenway, which was the team that [future Minnesota Gophers] Gino Guyer and Andy Sertich played for. We beat them 5-2 at a sold-out barn.”Carlson and Licari will try to help add to their Duluth legacy by helping the Badgers bust their slump this weekend.But while it will be an extra-special trip home for them, Eaves’ squad has probably never been happier about getting away from home and a sold-out Kohl Center than they are this weekend.Not only did it provide a stressful couple weekends for Shane Connelly, who played his first four college games in net over the recent stretch, but the Badgers have played exceptionally well on the road this season.”It’s a different type of mindset that you have when you go on the road,” Eaves said. “You simplify, expectations are a little less and guys know they can win on the road. The change will be nice.”And though the Badgers know that nothing comes easy in the WCHA, it bodes well for them that they are taking on the ninth-place Bulldogs, who are eighth in the league in scoring with 2.75 goals per game and ninth in defense, allowing more than 3.5 goals per contest.Come Monday, the world should know a few more details about the league. One, whether the Badgers will get back on track in their bid for the MacNaughton Cup. And two, which wounded animal bites harder: a Badger or a Bulldog.last_img read more

first_imgWith 61,202 fans packed into MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Saturday, the majority rooting for Penn State, it caused some communication breakdowns in Scott Shafer’s first game as Syracuse’s head coach.The start to his tenure ended with a 23-17 loss in New York’s College Classic, a contest that was considered a home game for the Orange, but had a road feel with a sea of blue and white in the bleachers. “It’s one of those deals where we have to continue to work crowd noise,” Shafer said on his Tuesday teleconference. “I’m sure Northwestern’s fans will be excited and loud, so we’re preparing for that.”SU travels to Evanston, Ill., on Saturday to face the Wildcats at 6 p.m.Shafer said he wasn’t nervous at all before his first game as a head coach, but there were still the usual hiccups to be expected from a first-year head coach. There was a boneheaded penalty or two and chaos on the field — Shafer worked exclusively up in the box as a coordinator in past seasons — was a bit of a shock for the new head coach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThese, though, are the kinks that can be fixed in the coming weeks. Syracuse is inexperienced all over the field, so these are the things that can be solved simply with repetitions.“We just have to keep continuing to work on our operation mode,” Shafer said. “At times we got into a good flow, but other times it wasn’t as clean as we need it to be, so that will be an emphasis as we move forward.” Comments Published on September 3, 2013 at 1:11 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgThe French Football Association says national team coach Didier Deschamps has given him permission to travel to England to “sign a contract”.Martial is a 19-year-old forward who’s just received his first call up to the French senior squad.His playing style has been compared to Thierry Henry.last_img

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Related Articles Speaking to Kindred Group investors and corporate stakeholders, CEO Henrik Tjärnström described 2016 as a transformative year for the enlarged operator which has successfully incorporated new assets and expanded its existing verticals.Closing his firm’s most successful year in business, Tjärnström states that 15-brand Kindred Group (formerly Unibet Group Plc) has achieved its long-term goal of becoming a ‘true European online gambling enterprise’.  Tjärnström states that his firm’s multi-brand strategy has been effective at not only entering new markets but more importantly targeting dynamic and unique audiences, strengthening Kindred position within the saturated online betting/gaming sectors.As Kindred leader, Tjärnström highlights the importance of his firm’s proprietary platform, which he states has been able to effectively scale up Kindred’s newly acquired assets and their customers, while being able to intake the group’s aggressive multi-brand strategy.The tacit benefits of a multi-brand strategy combined with the firm’s focus on effective proprietary development has seen Kindred create one of the industry’s most unique companies. Tjärnström further points that Kindred capabilities and corporate strategy cannot be simply copied by competitors, as Kindred is now a ‘one of a kind’ enterprise within the ultra-saturated online gambling sector,Entering 2017, Tjärnström stated that Kindred will seek to relocate its London, Malta and Gibraltar divisions into new offices with the operator continuing its focus on in-house development and with a view of attracting top talent and creating best-in-class experiences. Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Share Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Submit Kindred: Spelinspektionen has failed in its management of Swedish marketplace June 11, 2020last_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error This one will be different, though. “It’s going to be a good moment for (my parents) to watch me out there,” said Clark, who’s averaged 11.5 points on 48.9 percent shooting and 9.2 rebounds since moving into the rotation. “They know how hard I work. It feels good for them to see me start while they’re still living.” That moment may not have happened if not for injuries to Howard (shoulder), Gasol (concussion) and Jordan Hill (season-ending left hip injury). Clark’s season-high 20 minutes against Houston on Jan. 8 soon morphed into career-highs in points (22) and rebounds (13) the next day against San Antonio. Even when Gasol returned, D’Antoni granted Clark the starting spot after admiring his ability to defend all five positions, consistent energy and a surprisingly reliable jumper. “I didn’t know him,” D’Antoni said. “We had to go through the gantlet of guys and he was the last on the list.” Denver coach George Karl thought so little of Clark he chose him to take a pair of free throws last month after Gasol suffered a concussion from JaVale McGee’s inadvertent elbow. Clark made both shots. “I was kind of insulted,” Clark admitted. “But I’m glad I was ready and knocked them down. It’s like kicking his face.” Clark has plenty to keep him motivated. The Phoenix Suns drafted him 14th overall out of the University of Louisville in 2009 and believed he’d fulfill his current job description as an athletic and versatile stretch forward. But his rookie season entailed sitting in favor of a veteran-laden roster going to the Western Conference finals. Phoenix traded Clark the following year to Orlando. Lakers assistant coach Steve Clifford, who was then a Magic assistant, said former coach Stan Van Gundy viewed him as a defensive specialist. But Clark became buried in the depth chart behind Ryan Anderson and Glen Davis. “When we were in Orlando, the thing I always told him is continue to do what you do,” Howard said. “One day, you will get an opportunity to shine. Once you get that opportunity, you have to continue to do what you did to get there.” The waiting became tiresome. “It was real frustrating,” Clark said. “You have expectations with yourself and you have friends and family that call you that don’t know anything about basketball that bug you. Sometimes it gets to you.” That reached a tipping point during the NBA lockout in the 2011 offseason, when Clark signed a contract to play overseas with Zhejiang in China under former Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons. Clark lasted only five days over concerns surrounding how the food hurt his protein intake and his wife expecting a son back home. Clark and Cleamons then had a conversation spanning 90 minutes about his future. “My wish for him was to prioritize his life,” Cleamons said. “Then he could worry about basketball.” Clark has centered his life on both facets. He spends his free time hanging out with his 3-year-old daughter Ke’nya and 1-year-old son Nasir. Clark spends every other waking minute with a basketball in his hand. Coach and player accounts describe Clark as playing the most physical and energetic in scrimmages and the one most likely to attend the team practice facility late at night. “To his credit,” Kobe Bryant said, “he worked every single day and never got discouraged.” Clark then showed he was worthy of the promotion. He’s logged five double-doubles. Bryant passed to him for a layup on a key basket that secured a win last week against New Orleans. Bryant also set him up with an inbounds pass in the Lakers’ win Sunday over Detroit that resulted in a buzzer-beating lob before halftime. “When you have a great attitude and keep working, what’s afforded you opportunities, you not only have a chance to improve as a player but you’re ready when your number is called,” Lakers guard Steve Nash said. “If he didn’t have a great attitude, maybe he wouldn’t have played well when he got his chance and get buried.” Not everything has gone according to script. Clark told reporters three weeks ago he thought the Lakers’ next game was against Miami instead of Milwaukee. In one game, Clark sprinted to the entrance tunnel believing it was halftime when the first quarter just ended. In Clark’s buzzer-beating dunk against Detroit, Bryant repeatedly grimaced for one reason. “Earl forgot the play,” Bryant said. “He faked everybody out because he actually forgot what we were doing.” But as he’s emerged, Clark hasn’t forgotten what’s gotten him this far. With Louisville coach Rick Pitino telling him it’s a “dog-eat-dog world,” Clark has gone from licking scraps to chomping on steak. He hasn’t let go. “He’s working even harder now,” said Lakers assistant Darvin Ham, specifically on outside shooting and post moves. “He’s working twice as hard than before.” Once Clark goes through lineup introductions, he’ll know who to thank by eyeing them in the stands. “My mom always put strong faith in me to believe in God,” Clark said. “If you live another day, it’s an opportunity. When I wake up, I try to take it as a day to work and get better. Eventually, if it wasn’t here, on some other team I would get my shot.” “We’re excited to hear his name,” Brenda Clark said. “We know how much work he put into getting that moment.” Did he ever. Within one season, Clark transformed how the Lakers perceived him. They initially considered him just a throw-in involving the trade that brought them Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic. Clark has started the past 12 games over four-time All-Star Pau Gasol as part of Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni’s preference for a smaller and quicker lineup. Clark, who makes $1.2million this season, could field a more lucrative offer once he becomes a free agent this offseason, although he prefers staying here. He’s the Lakers’ feel-good story, what D’Antoni said has given the team a “good jolt” in an otherwise dreary season. It’s already earned him nicknames such as “Eazy” and “Clark Knight.” The Lakers have played the song, “Duke of Earl” during his starting lineup introductions at Staples Center. center_img NEW YORK The words will ring pleasant once Earl Clark runs onto the court. When the Lakers (22-26) play the Brooklyn Nets (28-19) tonight at Barclays Center, starting lineup introductions will mark the beginning of an eventful evening for Clark’s parents, Brenda and Larry. It will mark the first time the New Jersey natives will see their son play as an NBA starter. last_img read more

first_imgThe four-day Fat Tire Festival 2017 kicked off Thursday in grand style with Rosemont Jump Jam at the Bike Park next to the Skatepark in Nelson.Riders young and old braved the bike park track for the timed pump track race to begin the four-day Fat Tire Festival. Later, seasoned riders competed in the High Jump contest.Friday, at 5:45 p.m. the scene shifts to Baker Street for the annual Fat Tire Festival parade led by Nelson Police. Parade entrants are asked to meet at Civic Auto Repair in the 700 Block of Baker Street.Saturday, its Kootenay Kasino Day.From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., its the Trans Canada Great Trail 25th year Anniversary Celebration happening at Morning Mountain.  There will be a barbecue celebration as well as cool give-aways and a scavenger hunt for the kids.At 3 p.m. there’s the Morning Mountain Poker Ride. From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., there are Black Jack Downhill Rides leaving from Sacred Ride on 200 Block of Baker Street, heading up Give Out.Sunday, its Morning Mountain Madness.From 9:30-10:30 a.m., its the Kids Cross Country races from ages two to 12 sponsored by Nelson and District Credit Union.At 11 a.m. it’s the Women’s Enduro Short and Long Course Event before the Men’s Enduro Short and Long Course Event at 1 p.m.The Fat Tire Festival is held every year in memory of Cam Alexander, a friend and avid cyclist who lost his life tragically while riding his bike 22 years ago. For more information go to the Nelson Fat Tire Festival website.last_img read more

first_imgThere was strong local support for the international women’s matches in Fiji at Lautoka’s Churchill Park on Friday.In the high scoring first match, Samoa beat Papua New Guinea 56-45.The Manusina captain Sui Pauaraisa offered high praise for her team.”I’m so proud of the girls as it’s our first game together as a team and we’re all from different places,” she said.”We didn’t know our opposition except that they were quick, so we opted to use our strength which was our forwards.”In the second match the home side was always going to be the crowd favourite and they didn’t disappoint in play or in points differential.The reigning champions stamping their authority at the outset of the competition beating Tonga 53-8.Tonga’s captain Va’iga Moimoi was gracious in defeat.”I’m just proud of the girls and the effort they put into the match,” she said.”Just this morning it was the first time for some of the girls to put on a mouthguard. I’m just really proud of the girls and proud to represent my country.”On Tuesday in Round 2 Samoa face Tonga and Fiji play PNG.last_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love sits on the court while holding his head during the first half of Game 6 of the team’s NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)CLEVELAND — Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love will miss the remainder of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals after banging heads with Boston’s Jayson Tatum.Love and Tatum inadvertently collided midway through the opening quarter and both dropped to the floor. Love, who missed a March 28 game at Charlotte with a concussion, immediately raised his left arm as if to signal he needed help.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding He stayed down for several minutes before he was pulled to his feet. Love walked unsteadily to the bench with guard George Hill holding one of his arms. Love sat briefly before heading to the locker room for further evaluation.The Cavs said Love is being evaluated for a concussion and being kept out as a precaution.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLove was replaced by Jeff Green, who sparked the Cavs to a 54-43 halftime lead.Tatum stayed in the game. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img Disgruntled fans break into Brazil pre-World Cup training Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Love, who is in his fourth season with Cleveland and is the club’s second-best player, is averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds in the series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,The headline that caused me grave dismay was: “Exxon Contract – Final – Harmon”; published on February 23, 2017. On reading the headline, several thoughts overcame me: President Jagan would have absolutely rejected this contract; President Burnham would have never given away our birthright; Walter Rodney would never go against the people.I felt betrayed and furious; what arrogance, how bull headed can we get; we are being treated like plantation workers. Guyanese did not give any politician or party the right to dole out 6.6 million oil rich acres of their country without sufficient compensation; thus, whether or not the coalition administration assigned a minister with plenipotentiary power to act on behalf of the cabinet, there is still the requirement of approval from the legislative branch, the budget process, or some such similar mechanism.On what basis can Minister Harmon contend that the Exxon Contract is final? Merely because Minister Trotman signed a Petroleum Agreement? It takes more than one stump to make a wicket. Can the President or his aide/minister sign away any of our counties: Berbice, Demerara or Essequibo, to Exxon and say the contract is final without even having the approval of Parliament?And if they did have parliamentary approval, would that make it legal and proper?The coalition party is caught running downhill; it is afraid to stop for fear of falling or admitting errors. The party, led by its core leaders, continue running Guyana downhill while giving off an odour of pretence that something beneficial to Guyana is being done.I do understand that politicians are inherently spokespersons for the inner power core of the political parties; now the core is prostrating to Exxon, our new overlords. We, the people, must push, force, request, and petition our political leaders to come out and speak with certitude and in an unfettered manner for the contract to be renegotiated.I suspect, and daresay, ExxonMobil has its subsidiaries, affiliates and associates ensnared to varying degrees into the apparatus of our political parties and the upper echelons of our private sector. It is the way of Esso.The members of a political party, with rare exceptions, adhere to the paramountcy of party decisions; thus party members invariably toe and support the party line, the support is not necessarily based on what is best for Guyana and Guyanese. It is not important that, in conforming to the party line, you support an imbecile agreement, utter stupidity, gross unfairness, nefarious conduct, racist decisions, economic sabotage, covering up of lies and incompetence, or covering up of mismanagement; or the breaking of promises or betraying of the Guyanese people to satisfy and largely benefit the upper hierarchy of the political party.Where was the power to contract out our resources for a farthing constituted? Surely not from our legislative branch. What of the dismissed and shackled sugar workers? What of the deplorable conditions in Linden? What of the impoverished bauxite workers? What of the old age pensioners who receive a 100 United States dollars per month? What of our public servants, who are the lowest paid in the Caribbean? What of the poor state of our social services, such as health, water, education and security? What of the need for improved infrastructure? What of the extremely poor quality of life in the less travelled regions of Guyana? Were answers to the foregoing questions not considered when we signed the dotted line of the Petroleum Agreement?This is a petroleum agreement of infamy, with a signature date on the agreement recorded as June 27, 2016; an agreement signed after it was known that the oil find of over 1.4 billion barrels had a crude oil value of over 13 trillion Guyana Dollars (1.4 billion * US$45.80 * FX Rate of G$210). Oil price on the day of infamy was US$45.80, on the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) – Cushing, Oklahoma Exchange. On February 23, 2018, crude oil was priced at US$62.73, and the initial oil find at Liza 1 value was upwards of 18 trillion Guyana Dollars.Oil findings in Guyana have now more than doubled, and using February 23, 2018 oil price from WTI, with the Ranger Well oil find included, the total value of oil found in Guyana offshore is conservatively valued at over 52 trillion Guyana Dollars (4 billion * US$62.73 * FX Rate of G$210).How callow and unthinking it is to use a cut-and-paste contract approach after the oil has been discovered, with the first oil well out of the multitude being explored already giving us 1.4 billion barrels of oil. Could we not conduct ourselves as men and women of substance and negotiate for a fair share of our multigenerational fortune; and not act as servile hewers of wood and drawers of water?Only we, the people, can free Guyana from the draconian agreement the behemoth called Exxon has signed with our ensnared leaders. We are now waiting on ourselves to act with courage, resilience, fortitude and perseverance to have this contract renegotiated.We must address our minds and energies to rectify all oil contracts related to the 4,000,000,000-barrels-and-counting of oil in Guyana’s offshore that’s located in areas with high porosity and high permeability, resulting in top quality and low-cost oil reserves. We must leverage Guyana’s oil to ensure monetization of the oil find in a manner that Guyanese will have a fair economic share.Sincerely,Nigel Hindslast_img read more