first_imgStuff 13 April 2018Family First Comment: Media coverage of our submission to the Select Committee earlier this week.The chief censor says New Zealand needs to take a societal approach to tackling the pervasive effects of porn, including further regulation.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie is calling for an expert panel to better understand the breadth and nature of the health and social issues created by pornography, and how to tackle it.More than 22,000 people signed McCoskrie’s petition, and this week he spoke to the Governance and Administration Select Committee at Parliament, where he said porn was “feeding the health crisis of the digital age”.In 2017, there were 28.5 billion visits to the popular site Pornhub, and in 2015 New Zealand ranked fifth for the number of visits per capita.New Zealanders spent an average of 9 minutes and 37 seconds on the site, and 35 per cent of Kiwis that visited the site were women – above the international average of 23 per cent.The chief censor David Shanks and McCoskrie said a multi-tier, societal approach needed to be taken to better understand the extent of the issue in New Zealand, along with what harm was being done, and how best to tackle it.McCoskrie said parents, like himself, were worried about how to deal with porn in an age when the internet is so ubiquitous, and anyone, including those under 18, could get easy access to porn.In a 2017 stakeholder survey, called porn and young people in New Zealand, 95 per cent of youth organisations and sexual healthcare providers said pornography was an issue for young Kiwis.The availability, affordability, and anonymity of the internet, meant what used to be considered “hardcore” porn was now mainstream,McCoskrie saidIf New Zealand wanted to tackle societal attitudes and rape culture, it needed to better understand the implications of using porn.And international research had correlated porn use with issues like increased sexual aggression and sexual entitlement, coercion, risky sexual behaviour, addiction and compulsive behaviour, and porn-induced erectile disfunction. However, it is contested whether porn use is the cause of these issues.Shanks agreed with McCoskrie in that New Zealand needed to take a societal approach. That meant education, public messaging, getting internet service providers (ISP) on board, schools, and businesses. As well as amending the law.“The picture that’s emerging is concerning,” he said.“We don’t have a simple, single answer, but there are some reasonable things we can do.”READ MORE: read more

first_imgHyderabad: Kapil’s Devils’ pristine whites at the Lord’s in 1983 was a source of inspiration for Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who wore different shades of blue in 2007 and 2011 and is “proud to hand over the legacy” of Indian jersey to future generations.Indian team’s new 2019 World Cup jersey was launched by sporting apparel giants Nike in the presence of former captain Dhoni, current skipper Virat Kohli, his Test deputy Ajinkya Rahane and young turk Prithvi Shaw.Asked about what exactly an Indian jersey reminds him, the two-time World champion former skipper said: “It always reminds me of the great legacy that we have got. It’s not only that. Playing each and every bilateral series, reaching No 1 across formats, all these are motivational stuff.”One of the greatest to ever donned the India Blues, Dhoni spoke with a lot of reverence about how the seeds of the present were sown back in 1983 when Kapil Dev lifted the World Cup.Also Read | India upstage Turkmenistan 10-0 in Turkish Women’s Cup“It feels good to always get into past a bit. During first World Cup in 1983, we were very young. Later, saw videos of how everyone celebrated. In 2007, we won World T20. So we are good at it (World titles). It’s good that we carried that legacy forward and hand it over to the future generations,” the eldest statesman of Team India said.“Hopefully, the (new) jersey becomes a part of lot of World Cups but it is the consistency that we are really proud of,” Dhoni added.Kohli had a message for all aspiring India stars.“There is a certain importance and pride attached to this jersey. Everyone needs to realise that. You have to strive for excellence and show that you are obsessed to win every minute of the game. That’s how you get that jersey,” said Kohli.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_imgWilliamson’s lawsuit stated that Prime Sports violated the state’s sports agent law, both by failing to include disclaimers about the loss of eligibility when signing a contract and the fact neither Prime Sports nor Ford were registered with the state.US SWIMMING-LAWSUITWomen sue USA Swimming over sexual abuse by coachesUNDATED (AP) — Six women have filed civil lawsuits against USA Swimming, its local associations in California and three now-banned coaches claiming the national governing body failed to protect them from abuse by those coaches. Debra Grodensky, Suzette Moran and Tracy Palmero, along with three other women who remain anonymous, filed three lawsuits this month. Among individuals named in the suits are former U.S. Olympic and national team coach Mitch Ivey, former U.S. national team director Everett Uchiyama and former coach Andrew King.The suits allege that USA Swimming was aware of the predatory behavior but refused to address it, creating a culture of abuse that exposed dozens of underage swimmers to sexual abuse and harassment. Associated Press — A statue of former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has been removed from the spot where it stood outside the team’s stadium for nearly 25 years. A team statement says it was concerned about possible attempts to take it down. The team didn’t say where the statue would be relocated. Richardson announced in 2017 that he was putting the team up for sale after a Sports Illustrated report, citing unidentified sources, said he made sexually suggestive comments to women and directed a racial slur at an African American team scout. Aerial video showed a huge crane lifting the statue from its pedestal to a flatbed tractor-trailer.— Green Bay’s Christian Kirksey believes his history with his new defensive coordinator will help the veteran linebacker make a smooth transition as he switches teams for the first time. Kirksey signed with the Packers in March after spending his first six NFL seasons in Cleveland. Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was the Browns’ head coach in 2014-15. Kirksey is counting on his comfort level with Pettine to help as the 27-year-old enters a critical stage of his career. Injuries have caused Kirksey to play a total of nine games over the last two seasons.IOC-ATHLETE PROTESTIOC could allow stronger protests by athletes at OlympicsGENEVA (AP) — During a global wave of demonstrations against racism, the IOC says it’s opening talks that could let athletes make stronger protests at the Olympic Games. MLB-OBIT-WASHINGTONAll-Star outfielder Claudell Washington dies at age 65UNDATED (AP) — Two-time All-Star outfielder Claudell Washington has died at age 65. Washington had been battling prostate cancer. He played with seven teams in a major league career that started as a 19-year-old in Oakland with the Athletics. He finished with 1,884 hits, 164 home runs and 312 stolen bases. Washington made the All-Star Game in 1975 with the A’s and in 1984 with the Atlanta Braves during his 17-year career.NBA-OBIT-GLICKMANPortland Trail Blazers founder Harry Glickman dead at 96 Before the first pick was made at the amateur draft, Major League Baseball delivered a message: The sport stands fully behind the Black Lives Matter movement.At the outset of the broadcast Wednesday night, Commissioner Rob Manfred said “this moment is a call to action” and baseball “can do more as an institution” to combat systemic racism and inequality.Executives from all 30 teams working remotely held up signs that read: “Black Lives Matter. United For Change.” The baseball operations officials were joined by MLB and club owners in announcing donations to several organizations that support and fight for racial justice.In other MLB news:— The Chicago Cubs selected hometown shortstop Ed Howard in the first round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft. The 18-year-old Howard was a prep star at Mount Carmel High School on Chicago’s South Side. He also started for the 2014 Jackie Robinson West Little League team that advanced to the finals of the Little League World Series. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Howard went No. 16 overall, becoming the first Illinois high school position player to go in the first round since Jayson Werth in 1997. Update on the latest in sports: One more player is still to be announced for each of the men’s and women’s events.Organizers plan to play on grass from July 13-15 and then on hard courts from July 17-19. No fans are expected to be able to attend amid the coronavirus pandemic.TENNIS-US OPENStacey Allaster US Open’s 1st female tournament directorNEW YORK (AP) — Stacey Allaster is taking over as the U.S. Open’s tournament director. Allaster is the first woman to hold that job at the American Grand Slam tennis tournament. She is a former CEO of the WTA women’s tour and has worked at the U.S. Tennis Association since 2016. Allaster pushed for changes at the Open such as the serve clock and warmup clock and lobbied for coaching to be allowed during matches. The USTA announced this week it had eliminated 110 positions from its national staff and is expected to decide as soon as next week whether to hold the U.S. Open. Truex ends 2020 winless skid with victory at MartinsvilleMARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. cruised down the stretch and won his first NASCAR Cup race of the season on Wednesday night in the first race under the lights at Martinsville Speedway.Truex, the 2017 Cup champion, has been one of NASCAR’s biggest winners over the last three years, but failed to find victory lane for Joe Gibbs Racing over the first 10 races of this season.Tick tock. The time ran out on the losing streak.Truex won the Martinsville grandfather clock on the paperclip-shaped track at just 0.526 miles. He won for the first time with new crew chief Jason Small. TENNIS-KVITOVATwo-time Wimbledon champ added to exhibition lineupUNDATED (AP) — Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT’-oh-vuh) will play at a tennis exhibition event next month in Berlin and Tommy Haas will come out of retirement to join in.Organizers added the two-time Wimbledon champion to play against a women’s lineup of Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic.Haas hasn’t played since 2017 and is tournament director of the Indian Wells event. He was added to a men’s tournament alongside Dominic 8, Alexander Zverev, Nick Kyrgios and Jannik Sinner. The league suspended play on March 12 because of the coronavirus outbreak after its teams had played just two games.The league’s 26 teams will be divided into six groups for the opening round of the tournament played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World. Sixteen teams will advance to the knockout round, with the winner earning a spot in the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League.Following the tournament, teams will resume the season in their home markets.GOLF-RYDER CUPQualifying extended for Ryder Cup Golf passes initial test with no positive results from virusFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Very little about the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial resembles the opening round of The Players Championship on March 12, the last professional golf played before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down golf and most everything else.Players return to a new set of rules, starting with mandatory tests for the coronavirus when they first arrive and having their temperatures taken before they can get to the parking lot.But Wednesday’s activity was not a good start. Players and caddies exchanged clubs (players are supposed to handle the clubs themselves). Caddies were not wiping down the flagsticks or bunker rakes after use. Social distancing felt more like a guideline.Players and caddies were among the essential personnel who were tested for the virus when they arrived, and Commissioner Jay Monahan said no one has tested positive. The lawsuits are believed to be the first major filings under a new California law that allows sexual abuse victims to confront in court their abusers and the organizations that protected predators. Assembly Bill 218, which went into effect on Jan. 1, created a three-year window to file past claims that had expired under the statute of limitations.NFL-NEWSJets’ Mosley ‘cleared for everything’ after core injuryUNDATED (AP) — New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley says he is cleared for all physical activity after missing most of last season with a groin and core muscle injury. Mosley says during a video conference call that he is confident he will be good to go when training camp begin. Mosley was one of the Jets’ biggest offseason additions last year when he signed a five-year, $85 million deal. He had a strong debut with New York in the regular-season opener but injured his groin late in the game. Mosley ended up missing all but two games with the injury.In other NFL news: A letter sent and signed by a list of professional athletes including Megan Rapinoe, Billie Jean King, Jason Collins and Sue Bird calls for the NCAA to move the games set to be held next March at Boise State University.The Idaho law applies to all sports teams sponsored by public schools, colleges and universities. A girls’ or women’s team will not be open to transgender students who identify as female.MLS TOURNAMENTMLS to resume with tournamentUNDATED (AP) — Major League Soccer is set to resume its season with a tournament starting July 8 in Florida. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Harry Glickman, the founder of the Portland Trail Blazers and general manager of the franchise’s only NBA title-winning team in 1977, has died. He was 96. The team announced Glickman’s death; no cause was given. Portland was granted an expansion franchise in 1970. Glickman was part of the original ownership team that paid the league’s $3.7 million expansion fee. Glickman held several positions with the franchise, including general manager, before he retired in 1994. TENNIS-FEDERERFederer won’t return this yearLONDON (AP) — Roger Federer will miss whatever remains of the coronavirus-impacted 2020 tennis season because of a setback in his recovery from surgery on his right knee.The 20-time major champion had arthroscopic surgery on his knee in February. Federer posted a statement on Twitter to say he needed an “additional quick arthroscopic procedure” and will take his time to return to 100% fitness.The 38-year-old Federer had initially planned to be sidelined for at least four months but has barely missed any elite tennis since his surgery because the tour has been suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic. June 11, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — Brooks Koepka feels so strongly against a Ryder Cup without fans that he could see a scenario where some players protested by not playing. Would he be one of them? Koepka says that’s possible. Rory McIlroy is convinced it won’t come to that. McIlroy says he’s fairly certain the Sept. 25-27 matches at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin will have fans. The PGA of America is proceeding with an adjusted qualifying system for the U.S. team. Because golf was shut down for three months, the qualifying will be extended by one week. Steve Stricker now gets six captain’s picks for his U.S. Ryder Cup team.Those three months wiped out three majors from the qualifying period. It all depends on whether the Ryder Cup is played as scheduled. A decision is expected by the end of the month.Players lost nine events that offered qualifying points.The change also means Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods are now outside the automatic qualifiers although qualifying is just over 60% completed.GOLF-COLONIAL The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association also called for an apology from U.S. Soccer and a plan to substantively address racial inequality.ZION WILLIAMSON-LEGAL WOES CONTINUEWilliamson attorney: allegations of ineligibility ‘baseless’UNDATED (AP) — Attorneys for NBA rookie Zion Williamson’s former marketing agent are continuing their legal push to examine whether the former Duke All-American accepted improper benefits before playing for the Blue Devils. In a court filing Tuesday in the North Carolina case, Prime Sports-Ford attorneys continued to argue that last summer’s No. 1 overall NBA draft pick didn’t meet the definition of a student-athlete because he was “ineligible/permanently ineligible” to play college sports.The argument about Williamson’s eligibility is center of the legal fight over Williamson’s endorsement potential. NASCAR banned the Confederate flag from its races and properties on Wednesday, formally distancing itself from what for many is a symbol of slavery and racism that had been a familiar sight at stock car events for more than 70 years.The move comes amid social unrest around the globe following the death in police custody of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis. Protests have roiled the nation for days and Confederate monuments are being taken down across the South — the traditional fan base for NASCAR.Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s lone black driver, called this week for the banishment of the Confederate flag and said there was “no place” for them in the sport. At long last, NASCAR obliged.Former chairman Brian France tired in 2015 to ban the flying of Confederate flags at race tracks, a proposal too broad to enforce and one that angered NASCAR’s core Southern-based fan base.NASCAR-MARTINSVILLE-TRUEX — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says there is a “100%” chance of big league ball this year. Major League Baseball will make another proposal to start the pandemic-delayed season in empty ballparks, but Manfred vowed to unilaterally order opening day if an agreement is not reached. The players’ association made its second proposal Tuesday, asking for an 89-game regular season and 100% of prorated salaries. MLB’s plan a day earlier was for a 76-game season, would guarantee 50% of prorated salaries and hinge 25% in additional money on the postseason’s completion.— The Coca-Cola Co. has ended its sponsorship of Major League Baseball after three seasons but will continue to support 16 MLB teams at the local level. PepsiCo Inc. sponsored MLB from 1997-2016.NASCAR-CONFEDERATE FLAG BANNEDNASCAR bans Confederate flag from its races and propertiesUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR has banned the Confederate flag from all events and properties. NASCAR says the Confederate flag runs contrary to their commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, competitors and the industry. Only five months ago the Olympic body strengthened its ban on political statements by specifying that gestures such as taking a knee or raising a fist on a medal podium remain prohibited.The Olympic body’s public stance eased slightly Wednesday when its president Thomas Bach said the in-house athlete committee would “explore different ways” how opinions could be expressed. Bach says he opposes what he calls “potentially divisive demonstrations.”NCAA TOURNAMENT-IDAHORights groups, athletes ask NCAA to move tourney from IdahoBOISE, Idaho (AP) — Groups that advocate for civil rights and women’s rights have joined notable athletes in asking the NCAA to move the first and second rounds of the 2021 men’s basketball tournament out of Idaho after the state passed a law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports. Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, who has two wins this season, and Joey Logano made it a 2-3-4 finish for Team Penske.US SOCCER-ANTHEMUS Soccer repeals rule that banned kneeling during anthemUNDATED (AP) — U.S. Soccer’s board of directors has voted to repeal a 2017 policy that required national team players to stand during the national anthem, a rule adopted after Megan Rapinoe kneeled in support of Colin Kaepernick. The board made the decision during a conference call. Rapinoe took a knee during the anthem at a pair of national team matches in 2016. She said she wanted to express solidarity with Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who silently took a knee during the national anthem before NFL games to raise awareness of police brutality and racial injustice.The U.S. Soccer Athletes’ Council, which includes current national team players Alex Morgan and Ali Krieger, as well as former players like Landon Donovan, called on U.S. Soccer to also apologize for the policy to foster a “positive relationship to exist going forward.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSTigers draft Arizona State slugger Torkelson with No. 1 pickUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball’s amateur draft began with the first of a pandemic-shortened five rounds. Arizona State slugger Spencer Torkelson was taken with the No. 1 overall pick by the Detroit Tigers. The Baltimore Orioles selected Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad at No. 2. Minnesota right-hander Max Meyer was third and went to Miami. Texas A&M lefty Asa Lacy was No. 4 to Kansas City. Vanderbilt shortstop Austin Martin went to Toronto to round out the first five picks.last_img read more

first_imgA magnificent unbeaten century by national Under -17 captain Sheldon Charles engineered a comprehensive 8 wicket win for Bacchus Bulls against Tuschen Southside of East Bank Essequibo. The feature 35 overs Under -17 match was played at the Imam Bacchus ground in Affiance on Saturday. After losing the toss and asked to bat first; Tuschen Southside was indebted to an impressive half-century by Mark Mohabir who held the innings together after wickets fell around him at regular intervals. The opener batted solidly in his knock of  77 which was decorated by nine elegant fours. Along with his captain Jason Holder who made a brisk 22 (4×4), they were able to reach a challenging 201 all-out in 33 overs. Essequibo inter-county leg-spinner Keshew Deonarine 3-32 from 7 overs and Arian Doodnauth 3-27 from his 7 overs bowled accurately for the hosts.Mark Mohabir hit 77 for Tuschen SouthsideIn reply, Sheldon Charles took centre stage from the beginning to the end. The elegant right- hander was in sublime touch and easily a cut above his counterparts. He played shots to all parts of the picturesque ground counting 17 majestic fours and 2 towering sixes on his way to an unbeaten 127.Charles teamed up with national Under- 17 selectee Azizi Christiani 37 (4×4) and the two put together an entertaining 155 run partnership that became the principal foundation for their emphatic win, reaching 203-2 in just 28 overs. A reciprocal visit is planned for this Saturday in a series of bilateral matches between the two sides. The match was sponsored by Imam Bacchus Group of Companies and Ramballi Construction Services. (Elroy Stephney).last_img read more

first_imgFrom there, Soren said she leveraged her involvement in the Ben Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Institute, a program that brings together students from the United States and European countries to brainstorm solutions to environmental issues, to create ISEC. Next, Soren will attend Truman Scholar Leadership Week at the end of May. During the week, she will participate in local community service projects and attend sessions about preparing for graduate school and creating group policy projects, in addition to a multitude of other information sessions and fairs. Soren said her participation in the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition launched deep involvement in grassroots activism, which includes co-founding ISEC, participating in bipartisan climate research through a Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences program in D.C., interning at the Barefoot College in Guatemala, a non-profit organization that trains women to be innovators and educators in their local communities. Andy Liang, assistant director of the Office of Academic Honors and Fellowships, has worked with Soren since her freshman year and said her achievements make her the perfect Truman Scholar. “In Kentucky, there’s a huge energy issue with coal mining hurting our communities and the environment and our economy and the situation just keeps getting worse,” Soren said. “So growing up in that state, it was really easy to see the impact of environmental destruction and poor policy planning and the importance of renewable energy.” Growing up in Kentucky, Kayla Soren realized there were serious coal energy issues affecting different communities in her region. Now, the USC junior will continue her pursuit of climate change activism with a $30,000 scholarship from the Harry S. Truman Foundation. “What Truman is looking for is change agents, the movers and shakers, and people who are really going to make a dent in shaping the policies and the ways in which we are solving the critical world issues of tomorrow,” Liang said. “They’re looking for public servants and people who are addressing problems from the ground up and working with local communities and I think Kayla’s done a really exceptional job of doing just that.” “I realized that, although there was an environmental movement in the United States, there wasn’t one really in the other countries at all in terms of Europe,” Soren said. “All of these countries from around the world were reaching out to [KSEC], wanting to get involved, and we realized this was really a way to get the entire global movement together. It really took off, and now we’re in 30 countries and it’s amazing.” Soren, who is majoring in environmental studies and international relations, received the award for her work in climate change activism, including co-founding the International Student Environmental Coalition. Soren and seven others founded ISEC three years ago to create a network of countries that provide climate justice resources for students around the world.center_img “I’m excited for that and I plan on grad school a few years after I graduate,” Soren said. “I want to take a gap year and know exactly what program would be best fit for me.” According to Soren, the goal of ISEC is to help provide the tools that activists around the world could use to create their own leadership within their own communities. Kayla Soren, a junior majoring in environmental studies and international relations, will attend the Truman Scholar Leadership Week in May. (Photo courtesy of Kayla Soren) “It has been an absolute privilege to work with Kayla, to have her as a student, and to write letters of rec and nominations — all of them were successful,” Meshkati said. “I would not be surprised that in several years from now we see Kayla as a Nobel Peace Prize winner. She has all the caliber and all the passion.” Najmedin Meshkati, a professor of engineering and international relations, has also worked with Soren in his Technology and Environment freshman seminar, and said he has high confidence in her future. “The best people that know solutions to their communities are those living in the communities,” Soren said. “And so…what the network does is it helps anyone implement whatever they want for their community” “[KSEC] basically bring high schools and universities across Kentucky to make grassroots movements,” Soren said. “And it was really empowering to me and inspiring, and it made me feel like I could actually make a change for the environment.”last_img read more

first_imgHOUSTON — The last time Syracuse was preparing for the Final Four, in Atlanta in 2013, it was the length atop its zone versus Michigan’s dynamite backcourt.Orange point guard Michael Carter-Williams stood 6 feet, 7 inches. Shooting guard Brandon Triche 6 feet, 4 inches. If anything was going to bother Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III (all NBA players) on the perimeter, it was going to be their floor-scraping arms. And that’s what happened, as the Wolverines’ high-scoring quartet made just four of its 19 attempts from 3.SU still lost 61-56, but two young players took note of what the top of the 2-3 zone had meant to that game, that Tournament run and that entire season.“When I watched Mike and Brandon play the zone, that’s how I wanted to play it,” Gbinije said earlier this season, well before Syracuse made a near-impossible Final Four run. “I just saw myself like Mike because of the size, and I think now Trevor (Cooney) and I can kind of emulate what they were able to.”Cooney was a redshirt freshman that season, playing sparingly all year but on the court for the end of that loss with Carter-Williams and Triche fouled out. Gbinije was sitting out the season after transferring from Duke, and watched the whole Tournament from Syracuse due to NCAA rules about transfers traveling. They were glued to the Carter-Williams-Triche pairing because they saw themselves as future cogs in Jim Boeheim’s defensive machine, but also for a more exact reason.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGbinije is 6-foot-7. Cooney is 6-foot-4. The zone they watched navigate Syracuse through the 2013 Tournament isn’t just a good blueprint, but also something they can feasibly create.And with a matchup against top-seeded North Carolina (32-6, 14-4 Atlantic Coast) at NRG Stadium on Saturday night, Cooney and Gbinije will need to channel their predecessors one more time to deny passes into the high and low post. It’s a different challenge that Carter-Williams and Triche faced three years ago, with the Tar Heels’ frontcourt capable of ripping the Orange (23-13, 9-9) zone to shreds.But the message is the same: Maximize that length. Defense wins.“When you’ve got guys that are so good and so dominant down low, part of our job is to stop it from getting down there,” Cooney said on Saturday. “Take away angles on passes and just make it tough for them.”Before diving a bit further into the SU-UNC matchup, let’s peer at what Cooney and Gbinije were studying in that last Final Four game.Michigan, by’s metrics, was arguably the country’s best offense. Syracuse, by’s metrics, was arguably the country’s best offense. The Wolverines had the nation’s best adjusted offensive efficiency, lowest team turnover percentage, the 11th-best team 2-point percentage and the 25th-best team 3-point percentage. The Orange’s defense was holding opponents to fifth-worst effective field-goal percentage in the nation, third-worst 3-point percentage and protected the rim with the country’s best team blocks percentage.That’s a lot of statistics to digest at once, but the game told a straightforward story. Carter-Williams and Triche bounced around the court, suffocated the guards and had a large hand in holding Michigan to 61 points, its third lowest total of the season despite the win. If you cover up the final score — impossible to do in history but semi-reasonable here — offense met defense and defense won.“I think Mike and I have done some thinking about those guys and what they did,” Cooney said, also well before the Tournament. “The length in the zone can be such a difference-maker, and if you’re active and using it you can play with anybody.”If Syracuse is to beat North Carolina and advance to the national championship on Monday, it will have to prove that last point right. That the zone allows it to play with anybody. That the zone could lead to one more upset, this time against a Tar Heels team that’s beaten the Orange twice this season and can score down low at will.What UNC doesn’t do is shoot the 3 ball particularly well, which could slightly shift Gbinije and Cooney’s focus to start the game. If the two can use their long arms to crowd passing lanes and stall the ball from going into the paint, Dajuan Coleman, Tyler Roberson and Tyler Lydon will have more time to adjust and position themselves to protect the rim. And with Brice Johnson (17.1 points per game), Isaiah Hicks (9.1 in 18.1 minutes per game) and Kennedy Meeks (9.2 in 20.4 minutes), SU’s frontcourt will need any advantage it can get.That could start at the top of the zone, where Cooney and Gbinije can use their length to patrol the perimeter while denying entry passes. They played with two guards who stood atop the zone and used their exact heights to help Syracuse to the Final Four. They watched those strap in and strap down Michigan’s. They’ve seen, close up, that the zone can win out on the sport’s biggest stage.Well, almost.Jesse Dougherty is a Senior Staff Writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at or @dougherty_jesse. Comments Published on April 1, 2016 at 6:35 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The first batter Alexa Romero faced, Niagara’s Kelsey Harrigan, stepped into the batter’s box, only to head straight back to the dugout three pitches later.Immediately after the strikeout, a loud “cha-ching,” signifying the noise of a cash register, boomed from the loudspeaker. A confused look came to Romero’s face.“I heard that,” Romero said about the noise. “I turned to Hannah (Dossett), and was like, ‘that’s new.’ I never heard that before.”For the rest of the game, the sound effect repeated 14 times, once for each Romero strikeout. The sophomore tied a career-high in strikeouts, leading Syracuse (23-18, 5-11 Atlantic Coast) past Niagara (10-25, 2-4 Metro Atlantic), 7-1, in game two of a doubleheader played Wednesday evening at Skytop Softball Stadium. It was the Orange’s third straight win, having defeated the Purple Eagles in game one of the doubleheader, 10-7.For the opening two innings, both team’s bats were silent. Romero tamed the opposing hitters, striking out four in her first two innings, while allowing two harmless walks. Similarly, Niagara pitcher Karsen Cotton kept stifled the Orange, striking out one and forcing three groundouts and a pop-out.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the top of the third, Romero started to lose her grip. A walk followed by a wild pitch handed Margaret Vesneske second base. A batter later, Romero conceded her fourth walk of the game. Her struggles warranted a visit to the circle by an SU coach, giving her an opportunity to reset and get out of trouble. She did, striking out cleanup hitter Jerri Ann Orfano, and from there it was smooth sailing.“It’s just a matter of handling the moments,” head coach Mike Bosch said about Romero. “In that situation, there were two outs, and runners on first and second. It shouldn’t be a real big threat. That’s what she’ll need to do here when we play some bigger games down the stretch.”In the bottom of the inning, the Orange’s bats sprung alive. Alicia Hansen put the first runs on the board, launching a two-run home run to center field that clanked against the metal camera tower before settling on the grass behind the fence. Three batters later, Gabby Teran tripled, but came home after a throwing error by Niagara’s Taylor Moody, scoring Bryce Holmgren as well.Now boasting a four-run advantage, Romero went into cruise control. The Aurora, Colorado, native struck out the side in the fourth. After a walk, stolen base and single gave the Purple Eagles their first run of the game in the fifth, Romero returned to form, retiring her next four batters. Entering the seventh inning, the sophomore had 12 strikeouts.“I never doubt her when she’s on the mound. I love playing behind her,” Hansen, who replaced an injured Sammy Fernandez at shortstop, said. “I didn’t even realize she had 14 strikeouts because we’re so used to her striking everyone out.”The Orange added to its lead in the bottom of the sixth, when pinch-hitter Andrea Bombace sent a two-run shot over the fence in right-center. It was SU’s second home run of the game, marking the first time it has hit more than one long ball in a game.Entering the seventh, Romero remained poised as she approached her career-high in strikeouts. After walking leadoff batter Rachel Funk, she struck out her next two batters, giving herself one final shot at the record. To the crowd’s dismay, Harrigan popped out to second base. As the ball shot high in the air, the remaining spectators let out a collective sigh.With the win, Romero’s record improved to 14-11 on the season. The performance marked her ninth double-digit strikeout game of the season, and evened her 14-strikeout outing at Army on March 28. In addition, Romero recorded her 13th complete game of the season, tying Boston College’s Jessica Dreswick for the fifth-highest clip in the conference. It is always her intention to last all seven innings, Romero said.“We never sit down and say, ‘you’re going to pitch all seven innings,’” Bosch said. “But we have three people on the staff right now, and she’s obviously a big part of that. To see her do that today was good for us.” Comments Published on April 18, 2018 at 10:07 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edulast_img read more

first_imgThe Administrative Bishop of the Church Of God of Prophecy, in Jamaica, Winston Leith, has condemned the murder of one of the pastors of the church saying “the temple was desecrated by spineless men who think that they have the right to take a life”.The statement was made even as the police are continuing their searching for the lone gunman who reportedly walked into the Church last Thursday  and shot and killed James Johnson a 29-year-old pastor who was at the time teaching a class.Police have given no motive for the murder, but there has been an outpouring of grief on social media for Johnson who was reportedly the only son of his parents. The issue was also spoken about during Friday’s sitting of the Senate.“It was far from my imagination; the temple was desecrated by spineless men who think that they have the right to take a life. And we are asking God for swift justice to honor His words and honor our request. We are asking Him for speedy justice,” Bishop Leith told the Jamaica Observer newspaper.He described the murdered pastor as a “son” and that he had last spoken with him mere hours before his was killed.“We have lost a valuable young man, one who I think had a bright future in this church. He was at the time doing his Master’s degree in religion. He had completed 19 subjects, with one pending in January for graduation in May, when he would receive a Master of Arts degree in Religion from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary from Boston… when suddenly his life was taken,” Bishop Leith said, adding that the slaying of the clergyman is a “dark day in the nation”.He said he was urging people with information on the murder to help the police solve the crime.“We cannot have prosperity in a nation where crime, violence and corruption are the order of the day. We cannot continue to have communities shielding men who take life at will.“We cannot continue to condone these criminal activities and expect that this nation is going to prosper. The pain is too much. Too many young Jamaicans, too much children, too much seniors are dying prematurely because of criminality.“We cannot continue to tolerate this sort of behavior among us. The barbaric way it was done, the callousness of these men. Their hearts are desperately evil and they have no regard for human lives, no regard for God, and no regard for the sanctuary,” he hold the Observer newspaper.National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang said “the invasion of murder into a church — a sacred place of worship — is utterly reprehensible”.He said senior investigators have been assigned to the case and he is confident of an arrest.“I am urging all persons with any information concerning this gruesome act to come forward and share their information with the police,” Chang said, adding “James Johnson will be remembered as a bright, passionate Jamaican who was engaged in his community, his church and nation-building”.Meanwhile, government and opposition Parliamentarians on Friday condemned the murder with the leader of Government business Kamina Johnson Smith saying “it is inescapable that I am thinking about the killing of James Johnson within the state of emergency.“He was known to many of us in here, and it is unthinkable that persons who may have just interacted with him a few days ago, someone with the energy and love of life as James, would have his life snuffed out…” the Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister said.“We have understood anecdotally that even among gunmen there used to be rules: babies, pregnant women, elders, churches were sacrosanct, violence should not be perpetrated against persons within these categories, or in those cases. But it seems that those rules don’t exist anymore.“It seems that it should go without saying that that everything is out the door. If there are no barriers to violence, then the State must assert extra-ordinary measures, because it must be that Jamaica returns to a place where you can go to church at 5 o’clock in the evening to teach a class,” Johnson Smith told legislators.Newly elected vice-president of the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP), Damion Crawford, said that Johnson was making an important contribution to the society, as he was voluntarily teaching children at the church when he was killed.His opposition colleague, Lambert Brown, said that Johnson’s murder showed that the prime minister was wrong about “criminals on the run” under the current state of emergency (SOE) and zones of special operations (ZOSOs).He noted that the shooter walked into the church and fired seven shoots into Johnson, and walked out without being apprehended.“That certainly tells me that the criminals are not on the run. The prime minister is wrong on that,” Brown added.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov flew to Italy on Wednesday to complete a move to Serie A club Fiorentina, a source close to the Bulgarian has said.“Fiorentina have agreed personal terms with Dimitar and they’ll announce the deal very soon,” the source, who asked not to be identified, said, adding the transfer was subject to Berbatov passing a medical.Berbatov, who became United’s most expensive player when he joined from Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 for £30.75 million (Dh178 million), had reached an agreement with the Serie A club on a two-year contract with an option for a further year.The 31-year-old was the Premier League joint-top scorer in the 2010-11 season with 20 goals but has struggled to hold down a place in Alex Ferguson’s starting line-up since and was keen to revive his career in another top European league.Ferguson made it clear it was probably time for Berbatov, who is Bulgaria’s all-time leading scorer with 48 goals, to look for a move when he signed Dutch striker Robin Van Persie from Arsenal prior to the start of the Premier League season.If the deal is completed, Berbatov will become the fourth Bulgarian in Serie A after defender Nikolay Iliev and strikers Hristo Stoichkov and Valeri Bojinov, who played for Fiorentina between 2005 and 2007.Soccer experts in Bulgaria believe the transfer could also lead to Berbatov ending his self-imposed international exile. Earlier this year, Berbatov, who quit the national team in 2010, said he would be open to an approach from coach Luboslav Penev after he moved to a club where he could play regularly.last_img read more

first_imgHolders Chelsea earned a fifth-round trip to Middlesbrough with a comprehensive victory over Brentford in their FA Cup replay.Juan Mata opened the scoring with a shot from distance after the break before Oscar saw his inventive close-range flick deflected past Simon Moore.Frank Lampard then became Chelsea’s leading FA Cup goalscorer after he side-footed home Oscar’s cross.And John Terry sealed the rout with a late header from another Oscar pass.The Blues will now travel to the Riverside Stadium on 27 February having safely come through Sunday’s replay against League One Brentford – after the initial tie had ended 2-2.Chelsea dominated the first half but despite several chances they failed to break the deadlock. Oscar was their most lively threat with the Brazilian scuffing against the post while earlier seeing his goal-bound shot deflected over the bar by Harlee Dean.Branislav Ivanovic also went close for the Blues, heading Mata’s free-kick back across goal and wide while Lampard was unusually inaccurate in front of goal after volleying erratically wide from 10 yards.Adam Forshaw was Brentford’s best attacking threat with the midfielder sending two efforts from distance wide of Petr Cech’s goal.Forshaw was threatening again when David Luiz sent him crashing to the turf on the edge of the penalty area, winning a free-kick that infuriated Brentford as Marcello Trotta had rifled his shot past Cech just as the whistle blew for a foul.Chelsea started the second half with more urgency and Ivanovic forced an excellent low save from Simon Moore with his close-range header from Oscar’s cross. The holders were eventually ahead and it came from their top scorer this season with Mata finding the net with a low strike from 20 yards after Ba’s knockdown from Cech’s long punt.Brentford pressed for an equaliser but struggled to break down a well-organised Chelsea defence and it was the hosts who scored next doubling their lead through Oscar’s flick from Ivanovic’s cross that was deflected past Moore.Clayton Donaldson headed over for the Bees moments later but the tie was all but sealed as Lampard scored Chelsea’s third.In doing so Lampard became Chelsea’s all-time goalscorer in the FA Cup with his 26th in the competition, also taking his tally to 199 goals for the Blues as he side-footed Mata’s cross past Moore from 10 yards out.Terry completed the rout with a late header following a fine, incisive cross from Oscar. In the closing moments, Luiz was lucky to escape punishment after a cynical shoulder barge on Jake Reeves as the game, that had been played in right spirit, ended on a sour note.last_img read more