Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 6, 2019 at 12:37 am Contact Arabdho: [email protected] | @aromajumder At the far end of the Tennity Ice Pavilion bleachers, Jill Harrington stood and yelled, “Go ‘Cuse.” It was the championship game for the Syracuse club men’s ice hockey team. Standing next to her, the Orange’s women’s ice hockey head coach, Paul Flanagan, was at the game to watch his son. He asked Harrington which of the players her son was.“Oh, he’s the one with the bowtie there in the penalty box doing the PA announcing,” she said. Harrington’s son, Michael Kuruc, was the team manager.The head coach noted Kuruc looked “in charge,” she said. Flanagan was looking for a director of hockey operations, he continued, and he told Harrington to have Kuruc call him.Now a senior, Kuruc is in that role while also being a video coordinator for Syracuse (10-21-3, 10-8-2 College Hockey America). Kuruc’s job hasn’t changed much in his three years with the team, he said. He “tags” plays during games, making it easier for players to go back and watch film specific to them, and he helps put together film packages for pregame scouting. His prep will help the Orange as they begin the CHA Tournament against Lindenwood in the first quarterfinal on Wednesday.“He’s been a three-year player,” Flanagan said. “Really, he’s part of the family. We’ve gotten to know him, he’s buddies with the kids but he keeps it professional.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnna Henderson | Digital Design EditorKuruc hopes Syracuse is the first step to an eventual Division I head coach position. He likely won’t be staying with the Orange after graduating at the end of this semester, and he has reached out to other schools, including New England College and Castleton, mainly regarding graduate assistant and director of hockey operations positions.After working multiple internships to fulfil a dream of becoming a minor league baseball general manager, he worked with SU and realized coaching is a better fit for him. Through his video coordination, Kuruc sees his hand in the product on the ice.“I feel more connected to the team itself, and that’s something that I’ve always wanted,” Kuruc said. “Wherever I went, I always wanted to be a part of the team.”The fights initially drew Kuruc to hockey, he said. When he was about 5 or 6 years old, Binghamton, where he grew up, was awarded an American Hockey League franchise affiliated with the NHL’s Ottawa Senators. His family bought season tickets to the minor league team’s inaugural season.At the time, the late Ray Emery was the Binghamton Senators’ starting goalie, and Kuruc remembers seeing Emery get into a fight one night.“Do they let kids do this?” Kuruc asked.“Yeah, there’s a youth hockey organization in town,” Harrington replied.Kuruc wondered: “How quickly can I go out and do this?”In high school, Kuruc played hockey and had three head coaches in four years. There was no structure in the team, he said. His junior year, he became the starting goalie, and with best friend Alex Kashani, Kuruc became a vocal leader for the team.He said he didn’t want to be “mean” or “pushy,” just a “positive influence.” In Kuruc’s senior year of high school, the head coach “lost the team,” Kashani said. At times, it seemed the coach didn’t know what he was doing, Kashani said, and some of the younger players became worried about playing time and why some players were getting more play time than others. Kuruc helped the players “keep their heads up” in the middle of long losing stretches. Kuruc took the time to point out positives, even in losses, such as when a player scored a nice goal or had a big hit.“He’s such a positive guy in all situations,” Kashani said, “and that’s the type of person that I would want, personally, leading my team.”Courtesy of Jim ParkerThe pressure of guarding the goal endeared him to the position, Kuruc said. It’s one of the only positions on the ice that can effectively change the outcome of the game. When Kuruc played Little League Baseball, he had the same idea, Harrington said. Kuruc always wanted to be the pitcher or catcher, the two roles with the most focus on them.In coaching, it’s different. A coach can draw up a play that, if executed correctly, would fool the defense completely, Kuruc said. His mentality carried into his work with the men’s and women’s programs at SU, where he wanted to “help everybody out as much” as he could.Kuruc has observed the Orange coaching staff similar to how he took notes on goalies in Binghamton growing up. The coaches at Syracuse also have connections in the hockey industry which can be invaluable to Kuruc as he searches for a job. Assistant Brendon Knight in particular has offered Kuruc advice on how to deal with players in difficult situations and given insight on what life on the road as a coach can be like.“You have to teach them everything that they need to know to do … in order for it to be successful the way that you looked at it in your mind,” Kuruc said.Before working with the women’s ice hockey program, Kuruc had no idea about video coordinating. He had no idea about being a director of hockey operations. He didn’t even know these positions really existed. Now, he said he couldn’t have envisioned the experience any better.“It’s been a hell of a ride, for certain,” Kuruc said.
Floyd Mayweather dropped to his knees as the final bell sounded after his whitewashing of Andre Berto on Saturday and looked skyward.For the final 30 seconds, the crowd of 13,395 at the MGM Grand Garden stood, their camera phones in their hands, documenting the end of the unbeaten star’s legendary career.Berto offered little in the way of a serious challenge and Mayweather cruised to an easy victory, running his record to 49-0 in what he insists will be his last fight.Few believe he’ll be able to stay retired, but he earned at least another $32 million and, with television upside, his 2015 earnings could push past $300 million.He again insisted his career was over, and while he didn’t always fight the way many fans wanted, he leaves the sport with his faculties intact and hundreds of million in the bank.“You’ve got to know when it’s time to hang it up, and it’s my time to hang up,” Mayweather said. “I’ve been in the sport 19 years and been a world champion for 18. I have nothing else to prove in the sport of boxing.” He told his father, Floyd Sr., following the ninth round that he injured his left hand, but dismissed it later.“It doesn’t matter if I hurt my left hand or my right hand,” Mayweather said. “My career is over.”The fight was like so many of the 48 Mayweather bouts that preceded it. Berto simply wasn’t good enough to force Mayweather to fight and so Mayweather fought at his range and at his pace. Mayweather pounded Berto with his jab, did a nice job going to the body and largely controlled the action.Mayweather seemed to hurt Berto twice, but there were no knockdowns and no classic back-and-forth exchanges. Mayweather was, yet again, a defensive master, and made it impossible for Berto to hit him. Berto landed just 17 percent of his punches, while Mayweather connected on an astounding 57 percent (232 of 410).“He was difficult to hold onto and was slippery, very slippery,” Berto said. “Like I said, experience played a big part. I tried to use my speed, but he was using little things, smart things, to get me off my rhythm. I was coming, but he was crafty. He had a lot of speed and is very crafty.”Mayweather, who made about $250 million in May when he defeated Manny Pacquiao in what was billed as “The Fight of the Year,” has insisted since this fight was announced that he’d retire.Few believed him, or believe him now. The MGM is opening a new 20,000-seat arena in May, and Mayweather would break Marciano’s long-standing mark if he fought and won once more.There would be no shortage of huge paydays if he chose to reconsider, but he said he’s made more than $700 million in his career and is looking forward to spending time with his children.“I’m financially secure and I’m in good health,” he said. “I’m looking forward to finding the next Floyd Mayweather and seeing someone break all these records I set.” The crowd briefly chanted “TBE! TBE!” during the fight, referring to Mayweather’s self-annointed moniker of “The Best Ever.”Most boxing historians consider Sugar Ray Robinson the best fighter ever, and Berto, despite getting walloped, wasn’t about to put Mayweather in that company.He chuckled when he was asked if he believes Mayweather is the best fighter ever. He thought for a second and then send, “He’s definitely one of the best out there.”And now, apparently, he’s done. The search for the next superstar is officially on.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
MERRILL — May is recognized is “Beef Month,” and with Memorial Day approaching — it’s also considered the start of the summer grilling season — but the coronavirus pandemic has put a damper on things.Cattle feeder Craig Anderson of rural Merrill says the slowdown in production at plants has led to a glut of supply and lower prices. “Last week there were cattle trading at a dollar 12 to a dollar 15 a pound. But it was down to about 95 cents,” Anderson says. “..I’m gonna guess that most people have a break-even of about a dollar 25 a pound.”He says the drop in the prices paid for cattle comes at a time when demand is up among consumers. “There were a lot of cattle that were sold at a loss and probably continue to be sold at a loss. Because of the rush at the meat counter, the retail price has really skyrocketed,” Anderson says.Anderson says the sale of the prime cuts is really hurt by the slow down in processing and the cut back in the operation of restaurants. “The cattlemen always say — you know people eat hamburger and roast at home — but they go out for a steak,” Anderson says. He says those the prime cuts are now probably ended up in homes in a different form.“A lot of those prime cuts are being ground up into hamburger right now trying to meet the demand for people trying to maybe feed people at home — and do it on a cheaper basis,” Anderson says.Anderson estimates the cattle industry is running between 30 and 40 days behind in having cattle marketed on a current basis. He says during that time, cattle may gain around three to four pounds a day, which will add around another 100 to 150 pounds to their market weight.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf yesterday led an array of senior government officials, the United States Ambassador to Liberia, Christian Ann Elder and others in signing the book of condolence for the late Internal Affairs Minister Ambulai Johnson at the Ministry of Internal Affairs, according to an Executive Mansion release.Mr. Johnson died in the U.S. State of North Carolina last month. A memorial service celebrating his life was held in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church on Friday, September 30. It brought together family, friends and sympathizers of the deceased. Mr. Johnson served as Deputy Minister of Labor in 1980 and former lecturer at Cuttington College, now Cuttington University, in 1970. He also lectured at the University of Liberia (UL) in 1980. Mr. Johnson served as Minister of Internal Affairs from 2006-2009. Funeral services for Mr. Johnson will take place today at the Providence Baptist Church in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)