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Gustin makes late pass for victory at Benton County Speedway

first_imgVINTON, Iowa (Apr. 26) – Jenae Gustin used a pass in the final corner to earn top Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod honors Sunday night at Benton County Speedway.Tony Olson held the lead at the drop of the green in the 20-lapper before Clint Luellen took command following a lap five restart.Meanwhile, Gustin was working through the field from a fifth row start and settled into second just past the midway point.With Luellen navigating through slower traffic, Gustin was able to chip away at the lead in the waning laps.Running the top side throughout the event, Gustin was forced to the low groove in traffic and was able to challenge Luellen for the lead late.Gustin and Luellen went three-wide with a lapped car exiting four on the final circuit with Gustin able to inch ahead at the line to score the victory. Luellen ran second ahead of Colby Heishman.Damon Murty earned his second straight win to start the season in the Ron-Da-Voo Lounge & Deli IMCA Stock Car division. Jared Daggett and Jay Schmidt shared time out front while Murty advanced from row four and into a challenge for the lead just past the midway point of the 18-lapper.Murty worked around Schmidt to steal the top spot on lap 10, but Schmidt continued to pester the leader until he faded in the final laps.Murty drove to back-to-back wins to open the season for the third consecutive year on the Vinton quarter-mile. Schmidt and Scooter Dulin completed the top three.Nathan Ballard also earned his second win in as many weeks in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock division.Ballard assumed command from Justin Wacha on the fifth of 15 laps to drive to victory ahead of Austin Luellen and Wacha.Joe Docekal earned his first win since 2013 in the Cassill Motors IMCA Modified division.Docekal led early until Zach Less powered to the front on the fourth circuit. Docekal was able to sneak beneath Less to regain control at the midway point of the 20-lapper to take the win ahead of Patrick Flannagan and Scott Hogan.last_img read more

Boruc accuses Saints fans

first_img The incident occurred on his home debut in October as Saints lost 2-1 against Tottenham and he was subsequently dropped by then manager Nigel Adkins. After an internal inquiry the club decided to take no action but Boruc did not regain his place until January. “I won’t say I regret it, because I heard insults from the stands. Racist ones,” Boruc said in an interview in Polish newspaper Republic. “I blamed myself for it because I gave Adkins the reason that he could sit me on the bench. “One must remember I joined them when not ready, so I had to catch up with the rest. “The situation was a bit funny. Adkins didn’t see me in the team, but his bosses decided to hire a new goalie because the team played poorly. “I was thinking I’d get ready quickly but I had to come to terms with a different role. “The coach had his vision and I was a bit angry. The games I played I didn’t do too well and there was the incident with the bottle. “But I like such challenges, and feel good when I hit the bottom, because you can start from scratch.” Boruc’s management company declined to respond to the claims while Southampton were unavailable for comment. Press Associationcenter_img Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc claims racial abuse from his own fans prompted him to throw a water bottle at them.last_img read more

Hassett, Taylor-Lash and Bradley win Class C state track titles

first_imgFOXCROFT — Three Hancock County boys won events at Saturday’s Class C outdoor track state championships at Foxcroft Academy.For George Stevens Academy, John Hassett took first in the 1,600-meter run with a time of four minutes and 35.75 seconds, and Erik Taylor-Lash won the 1,600-meter race walk in 7:09.06. Bucksport’s Johann Bradley won the pole vault title with a height of 13 feet.Orono won the championship with 78.60 points; Washington Academy took second with 63.Locally, GSA placed fifth of 33 teams with 38.50 points; Bucksport took 22nd with 10; and Deer Isle-Stonington finished 33rd with one.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe following Hancock County athletes also placed:800-meter run: GSA’s John Hassett, third in 2:02.98.4×400-meter relay: GSA’s Walker Ellsworth, Ollie Dillon, John Hassett and Cameron Gordon, third in 3:36.71.4×800-meter relay: GSA’s Ollie Dillon, Aylen Wolf, Trent Williamson and Cameron Gordon, fifth in 8:46.60.Pole vault: GSA’s Erik Taylor-Lash, fifth with 10-06.3,200-meter run: DI-S’s Brendan Penford, seventh in 10:59.32.4×100-meter relay: GSA’s Eason Ye, Walker Ellsworth, Cameron Gordon and Sam Scheff, seventh in 47.02.CLASS B RESULTSMount Desert Island tied for sixth with 39 points in Saturday’s Class B state championship at MDI High School. Foxcroft won with 71 points.Ryan Bender led MDI, taking second in the 100-meter dash (11.31), the 200-meter dash (22.87) and the 400-meter dash (50.87).MDI’s Croix Albee also placed in three events: shot put (fourth with 45-00.50), discus (fifth with 138-08) and javelin (sixth with 150-06).MDI’s Griffin Maristany, Billy Kerley, Josh Bloom and Ryan Bender placed third in the 4×400-meter relay (3:36.88).last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgMLB-SCHEDULEAstros clobber RockiesUNDATED (AP) — No major league team is hotter than the Houston Astros right now.The Astros coasted to their seventh straight win as Carlos Correa and Kyle Tucker combined for seven hits and seven RBIs in a 13-6 pounding of the Rockies. Tucker capped his four-hit, four-RBI performance with a two-run homer in the ninth inning. Correa also homered and drove in three to help Framber Valdez get the win.Valdez was sharp over 7 2/3 innings, holding Colorado to one earned run and seven hits. NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) has withdrawn from The Northern Trust with what he described as nagging hip and knee injuries. Koepka was No. 97 in the FedEx Cup standings and would have needed a good week at the TPC Boston to reach the top 70 and advance in the PGA Tour’s postseason. Koepka started the year ranked No. 1 the world but hasn’t won in more than a year. US OPEN-DOUBLESBryan twins not in US Open doublesNEW YORK (AP) — Bob and Mike Bryan are not on the entry list released for men’s doubles at the U.S. Open. This possibly signals the end of the 42-year-old American twins’ record-breaking careers. Update on the latest sports Nazem Kadri (KA’-dree) also scored twice for the second straight game to finish with five goals in the series. J.T. Compher had a goal and an assist to back Philipp Grubauer, who turned back 23 shots.Grubauer blanked Arizona until Clayton Keller scored with 13:09 remaining.Darcy Kuemper (KEHMP’-pur) allowed six goals on 30 shots before being replaced by Antti Raanta (AN’-tee RAHN’-tah) in the third period.Elsewhere on Wednesday’s Stanley Cup Playoff schedule:— The Canadiens forced a sixth game in their first-round series by fending off the Flyers, 5-3. Nick Suzuki snapped a 3-3 stalemate with about nine minutes left, 22 seconds after Joel Farabee tied it for Philadelphia. Joel Armia (joh-EHL’ ahr-MEE’-uh) scored twice, including a short-handed tally 2:53 into the game. Carey Price stopped 26 shots in a physical game that featured numerous scuffles. — A Florida appeals court has ruled that police violated the rights of Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others when they secretly recorded video of them paying for massage parlor sex acts. The court decided that Kraft’s rights were violated under the 4th Amendment to the Constitution, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. Prosecutors could appeal to the state Supreme Court but if this ruling stands, charges against Kraft and others might be dropped.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWSGeorgia Bulldogs planning to have fans between the hedges UNDATED (AP) — The Georgia Bulldogs are planning to have fans between the hedges this season.Mirroring other schools in the Southeastern Conference, the school announced a ticket plan that would allow 20-25% capacity at Sanford Stadium. That translates to crowds of about 18,500 to 23,000 for Georgia’s four home games. In other college football news:— Notre Dame canceled its Wednesday football practice and might take Thursday off, The decision is in response to the school’s decision to go to online classes because of a coronavirus outbreak on campus with 150 students have tested positive. — Wake Forest all-conference wide receiver Sage Surratt has opted out of the coming season to prepare for the NFL draft amid the coronavirus pandemic. PGA-NORTHERN TRUSTInjured Koepka withdraws from Northern Trust, ending season The Bruins closed out their series by scoring a pair of second-period goals to beat the Hurricanes, 2-1.Boston trailed 1-0 entering the final five minutes of the middle stanza before scoring twice on the power play, the first from David Krejci (KRAY’-chee) with 4:40 left. Patrice Bergeron put the B’s on top for good with just 3.2 seconds remaining in the period.David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nak) had two assists in his return to the lineup. Pastrnak was injured in the series opener.Jarolslav Halak (YAH’-roh-slahv hah-LAHK’) made 23 saves and was perfect after Haydn (HAY’-dehn) Fleury beat him midway through the first period.Nathan MacKinnon’s two goals and two assists were among the Avalanche highlights in a 7-1 drubbing of the Coyotes. MacKinnon scored twice in 58 seconds of the second period to put Colorado up 5-0. — The White Sox pulled out a 5-3 win over the Tigers on homers by Jose Abreu and Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN’) in the eighth inning. Encarnacion also socked a solo shot in the second inning to help Chicago overcome Jeimer (JAY’-mur) Candelario’s three-run blast. — The Red Sox ended their nine-game losing streak as Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) homered and collected three RBIs in a 6-3 decision over the Phillies. Devers finished with three hits and Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in two runs to help Boston avoid its first 10-game losing streak since 2014. Phillies starter Jake Arrieta surrendered four runs on five hits over 4 1/3 innings.— Randal Grichuk (GRIH’-chuhk) has six homers in his last four games after belting two more in the Blue Jays’ 5-2 downing of the Orioles. Grichuk hit a solo shot in the second inning and put Toronto ahead for good with a two-run drive in the sixth.— Brad Keller pitched hitless ball into the sixth inning and extended his shutout streak to 17 2/3 innings while leading the Royals over the Reds, 4-0 in the first game of a doubleheader. Keller has won all three of his starts this season after coming back from a positive test for COVID-19. — The Reds turned the tables in the nightcap as Trevor Bauer fired a one-hitter in a 5-0 shutout of Kansas City. Jesse Winker and Eugenio (eh-oo-HEH’-nee-oh) Suarez homered off Matt Harvey, who was making his first major league start in a year. UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by earning Game 5 victories.Brayden Point’s goal 5:12 into overtime ended the Lightning’s 5-4 win over the Blue Jackets. Oliver Bjorkstrand gave Columbus a 4-2 lead early in the third period, but Tampa Bay knotted the score on goals by Kevin Shattenkirk and Anthony Cirelli over the final eight minutes of the period. Point’s goal was his second OT tally of the series. He also ended the five-overtime marathon in the opener.Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) stopped 37 shots for the Lightning, who were swept by the Blue Jackets in the first round of last year’s playoffs. August 19, 2020 Reds put Senzel on IL, reinstate MoustakasUNDATED (AP) — The Reds put outfielder Nick Senzel on the injured list and reinstated third baseman Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) to face his former team before Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals. Senzel missed time earlier after reporting symptoms of Covid-19.Moustakas has been out since Aug. 4 because of an injured left quadriceps. He is hitting .238 through seven games.The Reds made even bigger news in the TV booth in Game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader with Kansas City. Broadcaster Thom Brennaman used a gay slur during the broadcast.Brennaman used the slur moments after the Fox Sports Ohio broadcast returned from a commercial break before the top of the seventh inning. He did not seem to realize he was already on air. — Matt Carpenter belted a grand slam and five pitchers combined on a two-hitter as the Cardinals rolled to a 9-3 win over the Cubs. Tommy Edman had three hits and Kolten Wong scored four runs in Game 1 of the doubleheader. — In the nightcap at Wrigley Field, David Bote (BOH’-tee) hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the seventh and final inning to send the Cubs past the Cards, 4-2. Winning pitcher Adbert Alzolay limited the reigning division champions to an unearned run and two hits while fanning six over five innings after being recalled from the team’s training site.— The Mets coughed up a 3-1 lead in the eighth before Michael Conforto slammed a two-run homer in the ninth to send New York past the Marlins, 5-3. The Mets’ bullpen blew a win for Jacob deGrom, who struck out seven and allowed four hits over six scoreless innings.— The Braves and Nationals were rained out in Atlanta. The game is now part of a Sept. 4 doubleheader at Truist Park.MLB-NEWS The Bryans won five of their 16 Grand Slam doubles titles together in New York, most recently in 2014. UNDATED (AP) — The NFL says it will consult an advisory committee made up of former coaches, general managers and players on such issues as postponing, moving or even canceling games this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The league will consider playoff games in a bubble environment, noting that “all options are on the table.”The league sent game-day and travel protocols to the 32 teams this week. The extensive in-stadium specifics include rules for the field, sidelines, locker rooms, tunnels, entrances and training rooms.In other NFL news:— Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he is open to using a two-quarterback system this season. The Patriots have three quarterbacks on the roster with different skill sets — former MVP Cam Newton, veteran backup Brian Hoyer and second-year player Jarrett Stidham. Brennaman apologized on the air during the fifth inning of the second game before leaving the booth.In other MLB news:— Blue Jays rookie right-hander Nate Pearson has been placed on the 10-day injured list after complaining of elbow tightness following his fourth big league start. Pearson has a 6.61 ERA despite throwing five shutout innings against Washington in his major league debut. NFL-NEWSNFL installs coronavirus committee Elsewhere around the majors:— Arizona’s six-game winning streak is over after Mark Canha (KAN’-ah) belted a two-run homer and Robbie Grossman lined a two-run double as the A’s topped the Diamondbacks, 4-1. Jesus Luzaro struck out seven and held Arizona to four hits over 6 1/3 scoreless innings.— Avisail (av-ih-sah-EEL’) Garcia hit one of the Brewers’ four home runs and had four RBIs in a 9-3 thrashing of the Twins. Ryan Braun, Keston Hiura and Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) homered for Milwaukee, which got six innings of one-run ball from Brett Anderson.— Tampa Bay and the Yankees were tied 2-2 until Mike Brosseau and Willy Adames (ah-DAH’-mehs) laced RBI singles in the eighth inning to give the Rays a 4-2 win in the Bronx. Ji-Man Choi and Mike Zunino smacked solo homers for the Rays against Gerrit Cole, whose 20-game winning streak is intact after getting a no-decision.— Aaron Civale tossed a five-hitter and Carlos Santana smacked a three-run homer for the second straight day to lead the Indians’ 6-1 win at Pittsburgh. Domingo Santana added a three-run double to support Civale’s first career complete game. — Browns starting linebacker Mack Wilson suffered a hyperextended left knee during practice and could miss significant time while recovering. His injury came one day after his high, hard tackle on running back Nick Chubb gave the Browns’ star running back a concussion. — The Dolphins say linebacker Vince Biegel suffered a torn right Achilles’ tendon during Tuesday’s practice. Biegel led Miami with 13 quarterback hurries and tied for the team lead with seven tackles for a loss. — The Chiefs will be without starting cornerback Bashaud Breeland for the first four games of the season because of off-the-field issues earlier this year. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the league intends to suspend Breeland following his arrest in April on multiple charges that included resisting arrest, marijuana possession and driving without a license.— The Giants have signed veteran placekicker Graham Gano (guh-NOH’) the same day it put receiver and special teams star Cody Core on injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon. New York has been without a placekicker since releasing Chandler Catanzaro on Monday. — Punter and kicker Kaare Vedvik got the boot again, this time by the Bills. Buffalo used the open roster spot to sign Australian-born punter Lachlan Edwards, who spent the previous four seasons with the Jets. Fred Van Vleet contributed 24 points and 10 assists as the Raptors knocked off the Nets, 104-99. Norman Powell also had 24 points on 11 of 17 shooting off the bench.Kyle Lowry had 21 points, grabbed nine rebounds and forced a big turnover in the closing seconds for the second seeded Raptors.The Nets led by as many as 14 in the first quarter, and the Raptors didn’t go ahead until the three-minute mark of the fourth.Garrett Temple led the Nets with 21 points.In other NBA first-round action: — Jayson Tatum pumped in 33 points and the Celtics beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 128-101 to take a 2-0 series lead. Tatum scored a career playoff high for the second straight game after scoring 32 points in the opener Monday. Kemba Walker added 22 points and Jaylen Brown had 20 for the Celtics, who shot 51% from the field and committed just two of their seven turnovers in the first three quarters. Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) had 34 points and 10 rebounds for the 76ers.— The Jazz and Nuggets are tied at a game apiece after Donovan Mitchell scored 21 of his 30 points in a big third quarter that carried Utah past Denver, 124-105. Mitchell was 10 of 14 from the floor and helped the Jazz increase the lead to 31 in the fourth. His performance was on the heels of scoring a Jazz playoff-record 57 points in a 135-125 overtime loss in Game 1. Jordan Clarkson had a playoff career-high 26 points for the Jazz, who had 32 assists and hit 20 3-pointers.— The Mavericks also knotted their series at one game all by getting a combined 51 points from Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) and Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) in a 127-114 win over the Clippers. Doncic had a team-high 28 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists, while Porzingis chipped in 23 points and seven boards. The Clippers lost despite Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard’s 35 points and 10 rebounds.NHL PLAYOFFSBolts, B’s advance Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULERaptors top Nets againLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors are up two games to none in their NBA first-round series against Brooklyn. Associated Press last_img read more

World sport stars and celebrities pay tribute to basketball legend Kobe Bryant

first_imgKOBE Bryant was “one of the most extraordinary players” in the history of basketball who “inspired people around the world” to play the game.The 41-year-old died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.Bryant, who retired in 2016 after a 20-year career with the LA Lakers, was a five-time NBA champion and was named an NBA All-Star 18 times.He and his wife, Vanessa, have three other daughters – Natalia, Bianca and Capri.“The NBA family is devastated by the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna,” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver.“For 20 seasons, Kobe showed us what is possible when remarkable talent blends with an absolute devotion to winning. He was one of the most extraordinary players in the history of our game with accomplishments that are legendary.“But he will be remembered most for inspiring people around the world to pick up a basketball and compete to the very best of their ability.“He was generous with the wisdom he acquired and saw it as his mission to share it with future generations of players, taking special delight in passing down his love of the game to Gianna.”Shaquille O’Neal, who won three NBA titles alongside Bryant for the LA Lakers, said: “There’s no words to express the pain I’m going through with this tragedy of losing my niece Gigi & my brother, my partner in winning championships, my dude and my homie.“I love you and you will be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. I’m sick right now.”The NBA’s all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who played for the Lakers from 1975-1989, said: “It’s very difficult for me to put in words how I feel. Kobe was an incredible family man, he loved his wife and daughters, he was an incredible athlete, he inspired a whole generation. This loss is hard to comprehend.”Former US President Barack Obama wrote on Twitter: “Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.”US President Donald Trump said: “Kobe Bryant, despite being one of the truly great basketball players of all time, was just getting started in life. He loved his family so much, and had such strong passion for the future. The loss of his beautiful daughter, Gianna, makes this moment even more devastating.”Former LA Lakers president Magic Johnson, a five-time NBA champion in the 1980s, tweeted: “Kobe was a leader of our game, a mentor to both male and female players. Words can’t express the impact that he had on the game of basketball.”Six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan added: “I loved Kobe – he was like a little brother to me. We used to talk often, and I will miss those conversations very much.“He was a fierce competitor, one of the greats of the game and a creative force. Kobe was also an amazing dad who loved his family deeply – and took great pride in his daughter’s love for the game of basketball.”LeBron James surpassed Bryant to become the NBA’s third-highest scorer of all time on Saturday.Speaking after the game, which was the day before Bryant’s death, he said: “I’m happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bryant.“One of the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one of the all-time greatest Lakers.”Bryant finished his playing career as the Lakers’ all-time leading points scorer, and is fourth on the NBA’s all-time list with 33,643 points.In his 1,566th and final game for the Lakers in April 2016 he scored 60 points for the sixth time.Some in the 18,000 sell-out crowd had paid upwards of $25,000 (£17,580) to be in the crowd to see the two-time Olympic gold medallist.The Lakers retired both Bryant’s number eight and 24 jerseys in September 2017.In 2018 he won an Oscar for his five-minute film Dear Basketball, based on a love letter to the sport he had written in 2015.Iconic golfer Tiger Woods, a 15-time major winner, said he heard the news after completing his final round at the Farmers Insurance Open in California.“[Caddie] Joey La Cava told me coming off the 18th green. I didn’t understand why the crowd was saying ‘beautiful Mamba’, now I know,” he said.“It’s unbelievably sad and the reality is sinking in because I was told about five minutes ago.“He brought a desire to win every night on both ends of the floor, not too many guys can say that. Any time he was in the game, he’d take on their best player.”Former England captain David Beckham, who also played for LA Galaxy, posted on Instagram: “This was one special athlete, husband, father and friend. Having to write these words is hard enough but also knowing we have lost an amazing human being and his beautiful and talented daughter Gianna is heartbreaking.“The commitment Kobe showed to his sport was inspiring, to go through the pain and to finish a game off like only he could inspired me to try to be better.“Kobe always talked about Vanessa and his beautiful girls and how proud he was of them. Kobe’s passion was his family and basketball. He was determined to inspire the next generation of boys and girls to embrace the sport that he loved. His legacy will live on.”Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson wrote on Twitter: “I mourn with the world. Lost a legend. No words. I’m messed up. RIP Kobe Bryant, Gianna and the rest of the passengers.”Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wrote on Instagram: “I have no words… All my love for Kobe’s family and friends. It was a pleasure to meet you and share good times together. You were a genius like few others.”Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo said the news was “heartbreaking”, adding Bryant was “a true legend and inspiration to so many”, while Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba added: “Heroes come and go, legends are for ever.”Britain’s six-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton said: “I’m so sad to hear that we lost one of our greats. Bryant was one of the greatest athletes and was such an inspiration to so many, including myself.”Brazil and Paris St-Germain forward Neymar paid tribute with a goal celebration in Sunday evening’s win at Lille.After scoring a second-half penalty, he held up two fingers on one hand and four on the other, marking Bryant’s Lakers shirt number of 24.The Brazil striker, a basketball fan who had met Bryant, also bowed and pointed to the sky.World number one tennis player Rafael Nadal tweeted: “I woke up this morning with the horrible news of the tragic death of one of the greatest sportsmen in the world. Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and other passengers. My condolences to his wife and families. I am in shock.”Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford tweeted: “A true inspiration in the sporting industry. RIP legend.” And Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling added: “Rest easy Legend.”.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Year in Sports : Short-staffed: Nine players leave after McIntyre’s 1st year, but optimism remains

first_imgThe losses continued to pile up. The goals came at an increasingly sparse rate. And as the Syracuse men’s soccer team struggled through last season — winning just two games and going winless in Big East play — Brett Jankouskas became more and more frustrated.Nearly every part of the season played a role in that frustration. The win-loss record. Syracuse’s style of play. Its formation. The inability to mesh together as a team. Even in games in which SU pulled out wins or draws, some players said the Orange was outplayed.‘I wish we could restart the year,’ Jankouskas said. ‘Like start over in preseason and redo everything.‘It was frustrating. Especially how the games went, we never had more shots. We never had more possession.’Jankouskas stuck it out with the program until this spring, when he said he informed SU head coach Ian McIntyre of his decision to transfer a couple of weeks before the university’s Spring Break. Jankouskas is one of nine players from last year’s roster who left the program. With the addition of two transfers this spring, the Orange has a current roster of just 17 players, of which 11 compose a starting lineup.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe numerous transfers and departures took place after Syracuse suffered through a 2-10-5 season, the lowest win total for the Orange since 1971. Syracuse scored just 10 goals in 17 games, getting shut out in nine matches.The Orange’s poor season combined with players leaving all come in McIntyre’s first year as Syracuse’s head coach. After he left Hartwick with a winning track record to take over at SU, the Orange finished with fewer wins than it did in former head coach Dean Foti’s final year. Syracuse went 3-15 in Foti’s last season in 2009.But McIntyre and those still a part of Syracuse continue to see the program heading in the right direction.‘We were very disappointed in not securing more tangible wins,’ McIntyre said, ‘but I think the foundation has been laid. It doesn’t happen overnight, but I think we’ve made a good start.’The foundation of the current Orange — 15 returning players and two transfers — has already made progress this spring. Syracuse exceeded its win total from the entire 2010 season this spring in just six matches.And those who know McIntyre from his Hartwick background believe the Syracuse program is on track. The Orange has a large incoming freshman class, and McIntyre said the success SU had recruiting shows that wins and losses are only part of the equation to get results.Cincinnati head coach Hylton Dayes, who was on the winning end of the 4-0 shellacking that ended Syracuse’s season, believes McIntyre will turn the Orange into a Big East force.‘Just watching from a recruiting standpoint, it looks as if Ian is getting his type of player into the program now,’ Dayes said in a phone interview. ‘He has a chance to reshape the team and the program the way he wants to, and it takes time.’***Jankouskas walked out of his one-on-one meeting with the SU coaches at the end of last season aggravated. He and McIntyre went back and forth, disagreeing on certain things. And though he ultimately decided to remain with the team following that meeting, he said both he and the Orange coaches left angry.Jankouskas opened the door to exit McIntyre’s office, and he walked into the smiling face of Michael Johansson, waiting for his turn.Johansson never envisioned he would leave Syracuse before his four years of school were completed. The Vallentuna, Sweden, native said he felt comfort and security behind SU’s scholarship offer when he was being recruited.Originally, Johansson decided to remain at Syracuse after the season.‘Though we had played very bad, our results were bad, it’s like they promised me a four-year deal,’ Johansson said. ‘I was like, ‘OK, I will stay here.”Johansson said McIntyre called him one of SU’s most talented players but told him that he wants to play with big, strong, fast players. He said McIntyre advised him to look to ‘go somewhere else.’Johansson was shocked. He said he felt forced to leave after walking away from that meeting. He requested another meeting looking for answers.McIntyre never gave a straight answer about what would happen if Johansson tried to stay, Johansson said. He said he felt as if Syracuse would have pulled his scholarship had he attempted to fight to remain on the team. SU assistant coach Jukka Masalin, who recruited Johansson, helped him transfer. Johansson will attend and play soccer at Division II Lander University in Greenwood, S.C., next year, the school where Masalin played college soccer.McIntyre wouldn’t directly address Johansson’s potential status at SU if he tried to stay but said he feels Johansson will be happy at Lander.‘Mike wants to be a central midfielder and play, and I think he’s found an environment that will allow him to do that and be successful on both ends,’ McIntyre said.***The group of nine players who left SU — all for different reasons — includes two players who transferred to Syracuse from Hartwick with McIntyre: Jakob Karlgren and Konrad Andersson. It includes five freshmen from a year ago, including Johansson and Jankouskas, the gem of McIntyre’s first recruiting class. And it includes two players who transferred to Syracuse from other universities.Both Johansson and Jankouskas pointed to McIntyre’s style of play as a key reason for their overall frustration.For most of the season, they said SU incorporated a 4-5-1 formation with one forward up top. Typically, that forward was Jankouskas.Jankouskas said he was not used to playing up front by himself, and he didn’t feel like it fit his style of play.‘I’d never get the ball to me, and it was just — my goal wasn’t to score,’ Jankouskas said. ‘It was just to lay it off and hold the ball up.’The Orange did switch up formations, McIntyre said. Syracuse played a 4-4-2 formation for much of the game in its 3-2 overtime victory over Colgate, a nationally ranked team at the time.‘It can kind of morph and change at times. We’ve played a 4-3-3 at times as well,’ McIntyre said. ‘It’s really dependent upon the players that we have available and those guys that are performing well.’Syracuse’s goal on offense last season centered on getting the ball into the offensive half as quickly as possible. This means rather than playing a possession-style game, working the ball up field and stringing passes together, the defense would clear the ball out from SU’s defensive end and send a ball in the air to someone up top.Jankouskas pointed to that style as a reason for the Orange’s lack of offense. And the balls through the air up field are toss-ups, ones that Jankouskas said made it harder to keep possession.That led to games in which chances were few and far between. In a 4-0 loss to South Florida, the Orange took just four shots — two on goal. In an overtime loss to Adelphi, SU mustered just three shots.Even in most of the games in which SU captured a win or draw, the Orange still couldn’t put together a consistent attack. Syracuse’s first win of the season came in an overtime match with Northeastern on a free kick by Nick Roydhouse in the 96th minute.Prior to that shot, Syracuse had two shots in total. None on goal.‘Especially when there were home games, I felt kind of embarrassed because we got outplayed pretty much every game,’ Jankouskas said.Jankouskas said he felt McIntyre probably preferred a more possession-style game. Johansson said he asked McIntyre about playing that style. He said McIntyre told him he felt playing the current style of play was the only way Syracuse could earn points.But Johansson didn’t fit.‘I’m not very big, very strong, I’m not that kind of player,’ Johansson said. ‘I want the ball at my feet. And they knew that, and that’s how I play.’Jankouskas said some players were used out of position. David Neumann, a defender who played right back, is a great one-on-one defender, Jankouskas said. But in Syracuse’s formation, he was forced to play more forward — something that doesn’t play to his strengths.McIntyre said he has no specific style of play that he forces upon his players. Each year, he tries to find a style of play that fits his personnel.Ideally, McIntyre said he would prefer ‘technical players that can deal with the ball,’ but a coach and a program need to utilize their players’ strengths and hide their weaknesses.‘I think ultimately you create a system that best fits your players,’ McIntyre said, ‘and not the other way around.’Karlgren, a Swedish defender who came to Syracuse from Hartwick with McIntyre, left SU after the season to pursue a professional career overseas. He plays in France for Vesoul on a five-month contract.Karlgren said in an email that the more direct style of play McIntyre employed this past season wasn’t his trademark at Hartwick.‘Our midfielders (at Hartwick) were very skillful with the ball, and we kept much more possession and played shorter,’ Karlgren said in an email to The Daily Orange. ‘At SU, we had just two weeks to put together the team and our own game did not work as well as we wanted. Mac is a very tactical coach, and he will use the tactic he thinks we have the greatest chance to beat our opponent.’Jankouskas said he plans on transferring to either Penn State or Lander, where he would play alongside Johansson. Fredrik Forsman and Konrad Andersson are both back in Europe. Skyler Russell transferred to Rollins College.Jon Mangram remains at SU but left the team for personal reasons. He said it had nothing to do with the style of play, playing time or anything that reflects upon the Syracuse team itself.Jankouskas and Johansson both alluded to broken promises that led to their departures. For Jankouskas, he said the SU coaches told him they would play a ‘keep the ball and attack’ style of play. For Johansson, he felt as if he lost the security of having a four-year scholarship to SU.McIntyre said when taking over a program, there’s always going to be a time for transition. That was even more of the case in the Syracuse program.Only 10 players remained on the team that played for Foti. McIntyre brought four transfers from Hartwick and a large freshman class to SU. A couple of transfers from other colleges rounded out the roster.‘It has to be we’re looking for those individuals that want to be a part of what we’re doing here at Syracuse, and it’s not for everyone,’ McIntyre said. ‘You’re always looking for the right fit.’***To Roydhouse, morale has never been higher in the Syracuse men’s soccer locker room.The group of 17 has played well this spring. The Orange earned a 2-2 draw against a Monmouth team that made the NCAA tournament a year ago. Syracuse won a three-team tournament at Binghamton by defeating Iona and Binghamton.In SU’s first four games of the spring, the Orange scored 10 goals. That was the same number it scored for an entire season last fall.‘It took a long time for us to build a collective unit and come together,’ Roydhouse said. ‘It’s unfortunate it took until spring that we’ve actually gotten to know how each other play and things like that. So we’re starting to build momentum for next season.’Injuries and lack of depth from the departures have turned into obstacles this spring. Some players have been forced to play out of position. Midfielder Mawuena Agbossoumonde said he played forward in a recent game, the first time in his career he played up top.Louis Clark, a forward who transferred to SU this spring from Division II Ashland University, is already standing out. McIntyre said Clark leads the team in goals for the spring. The other transfer, goalkeeper Phil Boerger, who left Evansville, has split time with returning keeper Ryan Jones in net.Nine players left the program, but the 17 that remain have shown rapid improvement. For a coach who has preached patience in the overhaul of the SU program, it is a welcome sign.‘I feel that we have a terrific core here,’ McIntyre said. ‘I’m excited about our new additions, and we’ve certainly got a roster full of young men that are delighted to be at SU.’mcooperj@syr.edu Comments Published on May 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC to face Nebraska in Holiday Bowl

first_imgFor the first time in the program’s history, the Trojan football team will head to San Diego to compete in the Holiday Bowl.USC (8-4, 6-3 Pac-12) will face No. 25 Nebraska on Dec. 27 at 5 p.m. at Qualcomm Stadium.The Cornhuskers (9-3, 5-3 Big Ten), recently fired head coach Bo Pelini and hired former Oregon State head coach Mike Riley to fill his position. Nebraska assistant Barney Cotton will serve as the interim head coach for the game.Nebraska got off to a 5-0 start this season, before falling to Michigan State in early October, . The Cornhuskers’ other losses came at the hands of Wisconsin and Minnesota.Nebraska is led by running back Ameer Abdullah, who averages 126.9 rushing yards per game and has racked up 18 rushing touchdowns this season. Abdullah also boasts 208 receiving yards and three touchdowns through the air.USC head coach Steve Sarkisian has had success against Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl before, as he led his 2010 Washington team to a 19-7 win against the Cornhuskers there.last_img read more

Transfer Baylee Douglass hopes to have found a home in Syracuse after long search

first_img Published on February 6, 2017 at 11:24 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+ A nasty thunderstorm loomed as a young Baylee Douglass addressed her parents outside on their front porch. As an 8-year-old, Douglass already had her life planned. It seemed simple: She wanted to be a Division I college pitcher.“It’s one of those things dads don’t forget,” said Lynn Douglass, Baylee’s father. “I remember asking her, ‘Do you want to just pitch, or do you want to be a real pitcher?’”Thirteen years later, Baylee Douglass enters her first year as a junior transfer pitcher for the Orange. She projects as a complement to Syracuse’s established hurlers, like Sydney O’Hara and AnnaMarie Gatti. Douglass hopes SU will be the calm on the other side of the storm. The rain cloud approaching that day when she was 8 years old foreshadowed her journey through the college softball ranks.“I’m willing to pitch however many innings I need to,” Douglass said. “Last year, I pitched a majority of the innings, and that was pretty tough physically and mentally.”For two years at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Douglass shouldered most of the load in the circle. She appeared in 82 of her team’s 113 games (73 percent). The former Ohio Valley Conference freshman of the year succeeded in the extended outings, posting a 2.04 ERA across 374.1 innings.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut throwing for SIUE wasn’t her first choice.She was a three-time All-State pitcher and tallied 17 strikeouts on two separate occasions at Centralia (Missouri) High School. She had drawn interest from North Texas, SIE, Missouri, Western Kentucky and others. Southeastern Conference power Alabama had set two dates to watch her play. Both of those games were canceled due to rain.At SIUE, transfer talk started right away for the Douglass family. She had once eyed a better situation with more competitive play. Alabama had been her dream school and she had taken a visit to Missouri, Lynn said, but that fell through because the Tigers could not offer her a scholarship.  Still, Douglass decided after freshman year to stick it out and see if things improved. They didn’t.“I didn’t completely mesh very well with the coach,” Douglass said, “I had a lot of success, and I loved my teammates, and I loved my school. But the coach and I kind of butted heads.”After a difficult sophomore season, Douglass requested a release. Her father supported her decision to change universities. He thought his daughter should have transferred after freshman year.“Baylee is extremely softball savvy,” he said. “She didn’t need someone going out there and screaming at her and not making her better.”The problems didn’t end once SIUE granted her partial release. College coaches can “block” players by prohibiting other schools from offering players scholarships in his or her first year. Douglass asked to speak with eight and her school blocked four of them, including Kansas and other schools that SIUE team could’ve potentially played in the future, Lynn said.SIUE coach Sandy Montgomery declined to comment.Douglass was, however, able to speak with Syracuse and three others. She immediately clicked with SU head coach Mike Bosch.“We actually remember Baylee prior to being at (SIUE),” Bosch said. “She’s somebody we’ve known for a little bit.”Schools who had once dismissed Douglass because of her size were ready to pry her away from the Orange. Her family, however, knew all along that they wanted someone who had complete faith in her ability.“We told you she’d be able to do this, and you didn’t believe us,” Lynn said, “We’re probably just going to politely pass you by.” Commentslast_img read more

Football Lovers at Kwese Football Fans Arena Adopt Les Bleus

first_imgAs France swaggered its way through the mundial with swashbuckling performances to finally become crowned ‘world champions’ after 20 years, they had the full support of the Nigerian fans at the various fan parks across the country with supporters painting their faces in blue, red and white colors whenever the French team played.Football enthusiasts and part time supporters of France and Croatia across the Kwese Football Fans Arena in Calabar, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja were treated to a wonderful viewing experience, one that they will surely talk about for Months and remember for years as there was not only quality viewing, but also music, comedy, dance and games fused into Football which made the total experience unique and fun filled.There was jubilation in the various fan parks across the country and new phrase that came out was “Our Distant Cousins From Across The Sea Are Champions” with celebrity musicians like Harrysong, Seyi Shay, Praiz, Small Doctor and Immaculate, present at the parks to join the celebration and delight their fans present with great performances.Kwese Football Fans Arena was established to enable the passion of Nigerians for Football throughout the Mundial and beyond because #ThisIsNaija #WhereFootballLives.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram When the phrase “Our Distant Cousins are Champions” was first uttered there might have been confusion as to what the young man who chanted it was talking about, but it did not take 60 seconds at the Kwese Football Fans Arena Port Harcourt, before it dawned on the Football lovers present what he was really talking about. Yes the distant cousin from across the Sea as you may have guessed by now is new World Champion, France.How did France become Nigeria’s distant cousin you may ask, when geographically as the “Crow Flies” Paris is some 4720 kilometers away from Lagos Nigeria. The French team has a lot of players with African ancestry, especially golden boy Kylian Mbappe who is actually of Nigerian descent, this is reason enough for Nigerians to support France.But the real reason Nigerians especially threw their weight behind the French national team is because they duly avenged Nigeria by sending Argentina home from the tournament.last_img read more

ALEA gains UK vision taking over LadyLucks mobile casino

first_img Submit Caixa chairman seeks to offload Brazil lottery assets by 2021 July 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Brazil to issue initial plans on Caixa Loterias sale August 17, 2020 Related Articles Share David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Share Alexandre TomicEuropean online gambling group ALEA has informed that it has acquired UK mobile casino brand LadyLucks.co.uk from IGT Group (undisclosed fee).Confirming its acquisition, Barcelona-based ALEA detailed that it will maintain the LadyLucks.co.uk brand, but has undertaken a migration of platform and revamped the asset’s website.LadyLucks.co.uk is a legacy mobile casino brand, first brought to market in 2004 by former London-AIM enterprise Probability Plc. The brand was absorbed by IGT Group’s former GTECH division in 2014 as part of its £18 million outright acquisition of Probability assets.Updating the market, ALEA Co-founder Alexandre Tomic has detailed that the LadyLucks.co.uk brand will form an integral part of his firm’s UK expansion strategy. This September ALEA management confirmed that it had secured a UKGC operator licensing approval.“This is a bold move from ALEA, and forms part of our battle plans for the UK market. Now that we have a licence from the Gambling Commission, we want to significantly grow our presence in the country.” Tomic Detailed“LadyLucks is already benefitting from the ALEA touch; we have quadrupled the number of game suppliers, rolled out games on desktop as well as mobile, and given players access to free spins for the very first time.“We see huge potential for the LadyLucks brand to become a power player in UK online casino, and with the help of Sarah Quinan, our new LadyLucks Casino Manager will become a force to be reckoned with.”To help oversee the transaction and drive continued growth in its new UK-facing brand, ALEA has hired Sarah Quinan as LadyLucks Casino Manager. Quinan worked closely with the brand for many years, developing the customer support and driving its VIP programme until July 2017.last_img read more