Practice remains normal for men’s basketball team

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoIt’s been a long time coming, but the men’s basketball team is finally amid an eight-day break.It is their longest such lay-off since getting 13 days to rest between Dec. 15 and Dec. 28.Given more days between games to work with, UW head coach Bo Ryan is sticking to his normal practice schemes.”We always go over situations whether it’s a longer time period [or not],” Ryan said. “I mean we will go over [being] down two, up two, side-out, end-line out, full-court out. We do situations we might get in some more of during this time.”The things we want to be good at are the same things that you want to be good at in October as well as in February and March because the game won’t change during that time period,” Ryan added. “So we’ve always done that whether we’ve had a long break or not.”Along with the normal fundamentals, coach Ryan likes to hone in on simulated game-situations and study the film of the opposition as much as possible, still keeping in mind that when the game comes the opposition can mix up their game plan.”[Simulated drills are] something we’ve done in the past to reinforce what we do when we don’t have any timeouts [or] we have two timeouts because when you’re playing a game against a team that has shown one tendency, always make sure you mix in something else in case they change,” Ryan said.While practice may make perfect, coach Ryan and his players would rather be playing, especially since they are in the midst of a three-game winning streak.”Well, you always like to play. You always like to compete,” Ryan said. “It’s better.”The Badgers have been off since beating Ohio State last Wednesday at the Kohl Center. The win helped propel the Badgers into a three-way tie for second place in the Big Ten, only a half game behind Iowa with four games remaining.With the break, there may be concerns as to whether these Badgers can continue the run that they’re on and play at the level they were competing at before this eight-day stretch. Ryan felt that to these concerns, there was no answer.”There’s been teams that have played well after a break and teams that couldn’t get their timing after a break, so I don’t think there’s one answer.”Even during the struggles of just a few weeks ago when they were playing regularly, losing three in a row and five of six, the Badgers continued to put each preceding game behind them and prepared for the next one.And while Ryan said that the media has been in a hubbub over the academic ineligibilities that have plagued the Badgers to start 2006 and the recent success that Ryan has had in overcoming these setbacks, he believes that his players are students of the game and they are the ones that make teachers better.”You’re always trying to get better at what you do,” Ryan said. “You just hope that you have players that are grasping your concepts and that their basketball IQ is improving. It’s still about what the players are doing. I know a lot of coaches that could X and O you to death, but still, what difference does that make if your players aren’t picking up on what it is that you’re … that’s important to the game. They have to execute it and get it done between the lines.Added Ryan: “In basketball, again, it’s about the players — what are they picking up, what are they willing to do when they get on the court, how hard are they willing to play [and] how smart are they willing to play.”last_img read more

Grossman: John Gillon will dictate what kind of postseason Syracuse is in for

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 8, 2017 at 2:32 am All the mood swings of Syracuse’s season correlate with the performance of one player.John Gillon usually doesn’t straddle the line between goat and G.O.A.T. In most games he’s either been ineffective or terrific. The Good John Gillon authored some of SU’s signature memories this year: stunning Duke, downing N.C. State in overtime with 43 points and jumpstarting the Orange’s revival with consecutive wins against Miami and Pittsburgh. The Bad John Gillon ran Syracuse’s offense astray in road losses to Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Louisville.Whichever version of the senior point guard shows up this postseason will be paramount for SU. It could spell the difference between NIT and NCAA Tournament.“We go as John Gillon goes,” head coach Jim Boeheim said after Gillon beat the Blue Devils. “… When he’s good, we haven’t lost.”Gillon’s already left an indelible mark in his only year with the Orange. Now his final act is to dictate what kind of March SU will have. Whether it’s memorable or forgettable comes down to him. Gillon’s been the lynchpin all season, just as he will be when Syracuse (18-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) plays Miami (20-10, 10-8) in the second round of the ACC tournament on Wednesday at noon in the Barclays Center.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEven against a Hurricanes defense that Gillon’s already faced, there’s no guessing how the fifth-year senior will fare in his second go around. Syracuse’s latest home-and-home against the Yellow Jackets highlighted the senior’s stark contrast in play. On the road, Gillon shot 2-of-10 as he oversaw an offense that squandered a nine-point lead. Then in the Carrier Dome Saturday, the Colorado State transfer stitched together his third double-double of the season in a winning effort.Like the Orange’s dramatic home and road splits, Gillon embodies the same dual personality trait. But now that toss-up decides how this season will be remembered.“I owed (my team) one,” Gillon said of his improved performance against GT on Saturday. “I wasn’t going to let that happen again. I told everyone I wasn’t going to play like that again, I was going to do what it takes.”The 6-foot point guard at this point needs confidence, a cliché attribute that’s ebbed along with his performances this year. A lack of confidence is why Gillon crumbled under an early-season platoon with Frank Howard, fearing he would be swapped out of the game after any mistake. A surplus of it is why Gillon challenged his Twitter critics to a game of one-on-one. Just the right amount allowed the veteran to rack up points against N.C. State and prompted a wink toward a heckling fan on the sideline.Without a sense of direction from Gillon on the court, Syracuse quickly becomes undone. Andrew White doesn’t get the same looks from behind the arc if Gillon doesn’t drive and feed an outlet pass, or effectively set ball screens. Tyus Battle needs the same assistance to get going. Taurean Thompson gets sealed off in the post if opponents know he’s the only viable scoring threat inside. Tyler Lydon is capable of doing the heavy lifting on offense without Gillon, but has done it only on occasion.The onus to key SU’s starters rests on Gillon, not the other way around.“When he’s scoring, making plays, getting in the lane and getting assists, our team is good,” White said. “When he’s not, our team isn’t as good.“He knows now how important he is to this team.”Gillon’s been at the forefront of this season’s turning points. He buried his face in both hands as Boeheim leaned down to berate him on the Notre Dame sideline. That was the Orange’s second straight blowout loss on the road in a season seemingly destined for nowhere.Teammates swallowed Gillon on the court after beating Duke. That was Syracuse’s third win of the season against a Top-10 team, a victory some national pundits speculated had earned SU a spot in the NCAA Tournament.Through the best and worst of this season, Gillon is the common thread.“He’s given our team a chance,” White said, “to be what we want to be.”Syracuse wants to be a winner, but that’s a label only attainable outside of the Carrier Dome at this time of year. Winning on the road has been SU’s greatest challenge. The player most fit to alter that script is Gillon, who’s already rewritten and redirected this season more times than anyone anticipated.Connor Grossman is a senior staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at or Twitter @connorgrossman. Commentslast_img read more

5 Syracuse runners advance to NCAA championships, 3 set personal bests

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 28, 2017 at 3:10 pm Contact Eric: | @esblack34 UPDATED: August 8, 2017 at 4:42 p.m.Five members of the Syracuse track and field team advanced to the NCAA championships this weekend during the NCAA East preliminary round. Three runners set personal bests in qualifying for the championships, set to begin June 6 in Eugene, Oregon.Colin Bennie was the first to advance for Syracuse, doing so in the last event on Thursday, the men’s 10,000-meter run. The junior finished with a time of 30:05.04, securing the 12th and final qualifying spot. Bennie placed sixth in the same event at the ACC championships earlier this month.Friday, a pair of SU runners earned spots in the championships in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Paige Stoner’s career-best run in the women’s race gave her the 11th-best qualifying time in the event. Her time of 10:06.26 broke her previous record by .72 seconds and was just barely fast enough to advance, as she finished only .54 seconds ahead of the 13th-place runner.Aidan Tooker took to the track immediately after Stoner in the men’s iteration of the event, following her lead and qualifying for the championships. The true freshman also set a personal record, smashing his previous best run by almost 15 seconds. His time of 8:39.34 placed him sixth overall and just seven seconds behind the first-place finisher.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTwo other Syracuse runners qualified on Saturday, the final day of the preliminary round. Tia Thevenin was the first to advance to Oregon, finishing 12th in the 100 meter hurdles to earn the Orange’s only qualifying spot in a sprinting event. Her time of 13.27 seconds was a career-best, breaking the mark of 13.38 that she had set the previous day. Thevenin needed every hundredth of a second of her new record, as the 13th-place runner finished right on her heels in 13.30 seconds.Freddie Crittenden, who finished fourth at the NCAA championships last year and is the two-time reigning ACC champion in the 110-meter hurdles, did not finish his preliminary race Saturday.Justyn Knight was the fifth and final qualifier for Syracuse, winning his heat in the 5,000 meters and finishing ninth overall with a time of 14:13.64. Knight won the ACC championship in the event and will look to improve on his 10th-place performance at last year’s national championships. The junior ran the world’s fastest 5000-meter time of 2017 three weeks ago at the Payton Jordan Invitational. Commentslast_img read more

19 more local cases of COVID-19 reported over weekend

first_imgHancock173 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa health officials say the state has 328 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death linked to the coronavirus. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported Sunday that the state had a total of 23,879 cases of COVID-19 and 651 deaths linked to the virus. Officials said that Saturday was the first day since April 6 that no additional deaths related to the coronavirus were reported. Looking at the local numbers between 11 o’clock Friday and midday Sunday, 19 more cases were reported — nine in Wright;, three each in Cerro Gordo and Butler; and single cases in Franklin, Hancock, Kossuth and Mitchell. That brings our area total since the start of the pandemic to 480. 16 more people locally have recovered — 12 in Wright, three in Hancock, one in Franklin — to bring that total to 211. Winnebago12 Floyd17 Wright2859 Kossuth171 Wright10112 Franklin121 Worth4 Floyd20 Mitchell71 Kossuth9 Area Total48019 Hancock271 Butler13 Mitchell4 Cerro Gordo24 Worth3 Winnebago11 Cerro Gordo423 RecoveredNew Recovered Butler223 Franklin441 Confirmed CasesNew Cases Area Total21116last_img read more

Mom, Guard to Blame for Shooting of Children During Miami Robbery

first_imgAdditionally, Hialeah Police detectives arrested and questioned Morales and Pupo on Tuesday.They asked Morales why he decided to fire his weapon, and obtained a surveillance video of the shooting that corroborated his statement.Detectives reported Morales “charged the firearm while in pursuit” of the alleged thief and “discharged one round into the vehicle as it fled eastbound on West 17th Street.”They reported that Pupo knew about the plan to steal seafood from the market, and was supposed to earn about $30 after selling it.Her criminal record in Miami-Dade County, which goes back to 2006, includes burglaries, robberies, and theft cases.Pupo admitted to waiting in the car with the girls and “placing the victims in danger during the commission of a crime,” police added.Detectives identified the man accused of stealing the lobster as Steadman Amaya. He is a convicted felon with a long criminal record in Miami-Dade County.Miami-Dade corrections officers booked Morales and Pupo on Wednesday at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. Detectives are now searching for 39-year-old Amaya, whose convictions include uttering forged bills, grand theft of a motor vehicle and burglary.Meanwhile, Morales faces two counts of attempted manslaughter with a deadly weapon and one count of shooting a deadly missile, while Pupo is charged with two counts of child neglect and petit theft. Authorities have made a break in the case of two children who were shot in Hialeah on Tuesday.After a 6-year-old girl was shot, detectives said that three adults were responsible. They arrested a 50-year-old security guard and the girl’s 32-year-old mother, and are still searching for another man.Leonardo Morales was working as a security guard on Tuesday at the Rey Chavez Distributor in Hialeah, when he suddenly saw a man running with about $200 in lobster tails.Morales fired his weapon as the man got into a car and drove away.Two girls were also in the getaway car.A 6-year-old girl was shot in her right knee, while her 8-year-old sister suffered a cut in her right thigh after a window shattered, according to police.Their mother, Angela, Pupo, arrived at a local hospital with both children still in their blood-stained clothes.She told Miami-Dade Police Department officers they had been the victims of a drive-by shooting in Brownsville.Officers said that Pupo blamed two Black men for the incident.When officers were unable to find shell casings or witnesses of the alleged shooting, Pupo told them the shooting took place in Hialeah.Detectives later discovered that the car which 32-year-old Pupo drove to the hospital had been involved in the theft at the market, which is located at 780 W 17th St.Police have taken the Toyota Corolla as evidence.last_img read more

New postponement of the Premier: will not return on April 30

first_imgNext week, always according to information from the British newspaper, the Premier League and the EFL will meet to agree on a new date to return to normal. In England, for the moment, about 10,000 coronavirus infections have been diagnosed and 465 people have died. The infected peak is far from reaching its highest point, so setting the competition for a month from now was far from reality.Meanwhile, the virus crisis continues to wreak havoc on clubs in economic terms. The PFA, association of soccer players, has requested to hold a meeting with the employers to negotiate the variations in the players’ salaries, given the need to lower them to make sports projects viable. At least until May the ball will not roll in the UK … The Premier League has wanted, at all times, to recover the usual rhythm of the competition as soon as possible. Therefore, they dared to mark the April 30th as a return date, although the spread of the coronavirus will prevent it. As reported by the Daily Mail, the clubs have already been informed that the English domestic tournament will not take place on the scheduled day and that its relaunch will still have to wait.last_img read more

Ravena shines as NLEX survives KIA; Magnolia rips Alaska

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson 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 award Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Guiao maximized his bench, getting eight players in twin digits, and the Road Warriors will use this contest to fine-tune their game as they prepare to slug it out with the powerhouses in the league.“It was exactly what we expected, a hard game for us,” Guiao told reporters. “We will take this win how hard it came,” he went on. “We’re trying to build chemistry and we need to improve on a lot of things.”The 6-foot Ravena, a former college star with the Ateneo Blue Eagles, played just under 30 minutes and hit all five of his two-point attempts and 7-for-10 overall. His pro debut completely overshadowed that of his dad’s, former San Miguel Beer swingman Bong, who had just two points against Pepsi.Bong eventually went on to win the Rookie of the Year award in 1992 over Vergel Meneses.SCORESNLEX 119 — KIA 115ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NLEX trailed big at the start as the Picanto played with so much purpose after being maligned for all of the offseason with questionable manpower movement, and the Road Warriors needed a critical four-point play from the veteran Larry Fonacier with 66 seconds left to gut out the win.Magnolia got 30 points from Paul Lee in the nightcap, with a 108-95 victory over Alaska putting the Hotshots in the company of the Road Warriors and three-time defending champion San Miguel Beer as opening match winners.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAfter having just five full practices with the squad in his return from an MCL injury, Lee hit 11-of-14 field goal attempts, making all but two of eight triple tries, in leading the undermanned Magnolia crew.Calvin Abueva had 20 points, 15 rebounds and five assists for Alaska. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ In search of a franchise player ever since taking over and overhauling the NLEX Road Warriors at the start of last season, coach Yeng Guiao has now found one in Kiefer Ravena.Coming up three rebounds short of a triple double, Ravena’s 18 points and 12 assists helped the Road Warriors pull out a 119-115 decision of KIA Picanto as NLEX—although in quite a rocky manner—got its Philippine Cup bid off on the right foot Wednesday night at San Juan Arena.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NLEX 119—Ravena 18, Miranda 14, Alas 14, Mallari 13, Fonacier 12, Al-Hussaini 12, Quinahan 12, Tiongson 11, Baguio 5, Soyud 4, Ighalo 4, Taulava 0.KIA PICANTO 115—Camson 24, McCarthy 14, Corpuz 13, Reyes 12, Galanza 12, Celda 9, Ababou 9, Khobuntin 8, Paniamogan 7, Tubid 4, Yee 3, Caperal 0.Quarters: 36-40, 64-68, 90-92, 119-115MAGNOLIA 108 — ALASKA 95MAGNOLIA 108—Lee 30, Gamalinda 15, Sangalang 13, Dela Rosa 10, Simon 9, Herndon 9, K. Pascual 9, Barroca 6, Melton 3, Ramos 2, Brondial 2.ALASKA 95—Abueva 20, Manuel 20, Teng 16, Casio 10, R. Pascual 7, Enciso 5, Exciminiano 5, Banchero 4, Thoss 3, J. Pascual 2, Cruz 2, Magat 1, Racal 0.Quarters: 21-26, 57-47, 87-74, 108-95Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eala yields Jr Orange Bowl crown to top-ranked Czech foelast_img read more

Unrestricted access to oil rigs necessary – EPA Chief

first_img– says unannounced visits by regulators should not be preventedThe need for regulators to be able to make unexpected visits to operations of oil and gas operators was emphasised by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director, Dr Vincent Adams.EPA Director, Dr Vincent AdamsAdams made this pronouncement on Monday during a seminar for capacity building in the oil sector. He acknowledged that they do not have the requisite local standards in place yet to really monitor operators.However, Adams noted that what they have done is adopt international standards for environmental protection. One such standard is unfettered access to oil rigs and other vessels, which Adams noted is important for oversight of the sector.“There should be no prevention or stiff arming of Government employees or people who provide oversight and go on that rig, at any time. Of course, it’s our responsibility when we go, not to interfere or interrupt the work. But we should not be prevented from visiting the site at any time, including unannounced visits”.While this is the optimal situation, Guyana’s model Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) included a seven-day notice before regulators could visit operations. This PSA model is currently under review.The Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel that recently arrived in Guyana’s watersAccording to the EPA Director, it is important to guard against complacency in these types of environments. In fact, Adams noted that on site, Government representatives are even more effective when it comes monitoring oil companies, their environment, health and safety practices and compliance with the law.“Environment, health and safety is something (intangible). That’s why we take it for granted. We tend to get complacent. We measure it by, oh nothing has happened over the past year. So we go, we celebrate. A million hours have passed without any incident. Every day you come to work, tell yourself something could happen”.“In my experience, we have always found that our members on site found 90 per cent of the precursors. A lot of time, we only realise that there is an issue or we judge our system when something happens. We should be judging our systems based on the things we find before something happens. When something happens, it’s too late”.Adams further noted that the National Oil Spill Plan is still being developed in a multiagency collaboration led by the Civil Defence Commission (CDC). The oil spill prevention strategy has been in development for some time. Previously, Government had promised it would be completed by mid-year.Guyana’s last taste of an environmental disaster was a cyanide spill in 1995. In gold mining, cyanide is used as an extracting agent for the ore. In the case of Guyana’s cyanide spill, the highly poisonous material spilled out of a reservoir into the Essequibo River.Since Exxon announced its oil find in the Liza-1 well in 2015, a pertinent question has been the capacity of the relevant agencies to protect the environment in case of an oil spill. It is a topic that has regularly been raised at public lectures.Previously, President David Granger commissioned Guyana’s first oil spill response operation service at the Gaico Wharf at Nismes, West Bank Demerara— Gaico Oil Spill Response Operation Services. The service was set up as a pre-emptive measure against probable spillage once production commences in the future.A study by the EPA had found that while an oil spill was possible, factors such as the location of ExxonMobil affiliates’ operations, combined with the region’s water temperature, would minimise the effects.On the side of the Government, it is understood that efforts have been underway to train and build capacity in the Natural Resources Ministry. When it comes to the oil spill contingency plan, a workshop was organised in March of this year to work on the draft. CDC Head Colonel Kester Craig was recently quoted saying that the long overdue plan was almost complete.last_img read more

More news leaves Americans no better informed

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Americans’ knowledge of national and international affairs has changed little in two decades despite the emergence of 24-hour cable news and the Internet as major news sources. People surveyed in February were slightly less able than those polled in 1989 to name the vice president, their state’s governor and the president of Russia but slightly more able to answer other questions correctly about national politics, according to a poll released Sunday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. Of the 1,502 adults survey in February, 69 percent correctly answered Dick Cheney when asked who was the vice president, compared with 74 percent who correctly responded Dan Quayle when the same question was asked in 1989. Two-thirds correctly named their state’s governor in February compared with three-fourths who got that right in 1989. However, nearly half — 49 percent — correctly answered that Nancy Pelosi was speaker of the House now, compared with 14 percent who in 1989 correctly named Tom Foley as speaker. Three-fourths — 76 percent — knew that Democrats control the House compared with 68 percent who answered that correctly in 1989. In the latest survey, 93 percent correctly identified Arnold Schwarzenegger either as California’s governor or an actor and Hillary Clinton either as a senator, presidential candidate or former first lady. Nearly two-thirds, 65 percent, correctly identified Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state, 62 percent identified Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and 61 percent identified Sen. Barack Obama correctly. Only 15 percent correctly identified Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Nearly nine in 10 — 88 percent — were aware of President Bush’s plan to increase troop levels in Iraq, and a third knew that the new minimum wage proposed in Congress would be $7.25 an hour. The most knowledgeable — the 34 percent of those surveyed who could answer 15 or more of 23 questions correctly — were four times more likely to say they enjoyed keeping up with the news “a lot” than those who answered nine or less questions correctly. More than half of those in the most knowledgeable category listed as news sources cable TV shows such as the “Daily Show,” the “Colbert Report” and the “O’Reilly Factor,” major newspaper Web sites, the “PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” Rush Limbaugh’s radio show and National Public Radio. More than 40 percent of the most knowledgeable group said they regularly get information from news magazines, local daily newspapers, CNN and Web sites Google and Yahoo along with and TV news sites on the Internet. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Wypych Of Men’s Soccer Named MVC Scholar-Athlete Of The Week

first_imgWypych scored a golden goal with less than two minutes remaining in the first overtime session to lift the Drake men’s soccer team past CSU Bakersfield, 1-0, Sunday, Aug. 28. Wypych’s header came from five yards out off a cross from freshman Antonio Sanchez that provided the game winner and gave the Bulldogs their first win of the season. Wypych was selected to the All-MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team and All-MVC First Team in 2015. This is the first MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week award for Wypych, who owns a 3.57 grade point average in international relations. To qualify for MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week award, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. Wypych was honored with Missouri State volleyball student-athlete Lily Johnson. Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.center_img ST. LOUIS – Senior James Wypych (Wellington, New Zealand) of the Drake University men’s soccer team has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week, presented by Eagle Bank and Trust Company of Missouri, MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin announced Tuesday, Aug. 30.  Wypych was honored for his performance during the period of August 22-28. Drake plays at Omaha Friday at 7 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more