BRYAN FAUST/Herald photoWith emotions sure to be running high on Senior Day, No. 10 Wisconsin (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) will look to tie its school win-record with Buffalo (2-8, 1-6 MAC) in town Saturday.For the Badger seniors, it will be the last time they run through the tunnel of Camp Randall to the cheers of 80,000-plus fans. Given the team’s strong showing this season, however, the finale will be bittersweet.”It’s an emotional day for everybody involved,” senior offensive lineman Joe Thomas said. “It’s the only time we get announced by ourselves, and the parents get to come on the field.””It’s our last time to play in the Camp in front of the fans,” safety Joe Stellmacher added. “It’s going to be emotional, but we’re all going to enjoy it.”With players like Thomas, Stellmacher, quarterback John Stocco, linebacker Mark Zalewski, safety Roderick Rogers, defensive lineman Joe Monty and many others playing their last home game in front of the Camp Randall faithful, the rest of the team will make sure they do their part to send the seniors off with a victory.”We just really want to seal this game away,” sophomore offensive lineman Eric Vanden Heuvel said. “We want to make sure that Buffalo doesn’t even stick around, and give the seniors a good feeling as they leave Camp Randall for the last time.”Looking at the Badgers’ schedule, it may seem odd for Wisconsin to play a non-conference team after finishing the Big Ten season, and with much of the nation eagerly awaiting the much-anticipated Ohio State-Michigan matchup, Saturday’s game against Buffalo could easily be overlooked by fans.The players, on the other hand, are treating it like any other game.”It’s just the 1-0 mentality,” Vanden Heuvel said. “It’s just another game. We have to play just like we would any other game, go out there as hard as you ever have.”Running back P.J. Hill echoed that mentality.”We’re not going to take this team lightly,” Hill said. “We’re just going to go out there and play the game that we normally play.”Vanden Heuvel anticipates a strong rushing attack against a weak Buffalo defensive front.”They seem to be fairly easy to move,” Vanden Heuvel said. “With our big line, and with P.J. running behind us, I think we’ll be able to wear them down.”Defensive back Jack Ikegwuonu sees potential in a Buffalo team that has faced some decent competition this season.”I see a bunch of guys that know the game of football, play hard, want to win,” Ikegwuonu said. “They’ve played against top opponents. We’re not expecting anything less than a dogfight. We need to be ready to play.”For the team’s seniors, the past four years have provided a lifetime of memories that they will take with them after their college careers.Two games stick out in particular in Thomas’ mind.”The first game that always sticks out in my mind is the Ohio State game my freshman year, (Ohio) coming off their national championship game,” Thomas said. “Beating Michigan at home was something I’ve wanted to do since I was in high school. Those are the two big ones.”Thomas will also miss the gameday atmosphere provided by Camp Randall and its fans.”I’m gonna obviously miss playing in front of the fans,” Thomas said. “The Badger fans are some of the best in the country.”When all is said and done, the players who have spent their past four to five years in a Wisconsin uniform will surely look at this day as one to remember, and perhaps even shed a few tears along the way.”It’s going to be unbelievable,” UW defensive end Joe Monty said. “I’m going to probably be pretty emotional, crying a little bit maybe, but hopefully not too bad so I can focus on the game.”For some of the players, it hasn’t even registered that this will be the last time they suit up at home as a Badger.”It hasn’t entered my mind,” Thomas said. “It’s not really real until we walk down that tunnel at the beginning of the game.”Saturday’s game will be extra special for Thomas. Projected as a potential first-round pick in last year’s NFL draft, Thomas saw his dreams of playing professional football delayed another year after suffering a knee injury in the Capital One Bowl in January.With his senior season winding down, Thomas is projected to be one of the top draft picks once against this year, so it’s safe to say he’s happy with his decision to stay.”I think if I would have come out last year, I would have looked back at some point in my career and said, ‘I wish I would have stayed,'” Thomas said. “I already know that it was the right decision for me. I wouldn’t have been able to have this great year. It’s been a year I’ll never forget. I think this will be the year that really sticks out in my mind when I think of my college career.”Although his career as a Badger may be ending, it will mark the beginning of the next chapter of his life.”It’s kind of an ending of one part of my career and hopefully just the beginning of another,” Thomas said. “It’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.”While not all of the team’s seniors will go on to the NFL, they will all be left with great memories of the fans, the games and their teammates.”You build relationships here that will probably last a lifetime,” Stellmacher said. “That’s probably what I’ll miss most.”
Published on December 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Syracuse knew where to point fingers at the cause of the team’s two-game losing streak.It could have been the extent to which Syracuse traveled, moving from Syracuse to Boise, Idaho, to Laie, Hawaii. It might have had to do with the Orange playing three games in five days. Or it may have been that SU’s game against Arizona featured two power outages and no shot clocks.But the players agreed it was Syracuse’s inability to shoot well that led to two consecutive losses to Arizona and Brigham Young in the Hukilau Invitational.‘If we had hit more shots I think we would have been more successful,’ SU center Kayla Alexander said. ‘It’s still a learning experience. Take away what you can and don’t dwell on it.’Following SU’s two worst offensive performances of the season, it will look to right the ship when it opens up Big East play against West Virginia at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Wednesday. The Orange players have put the poor shooting games behind them, but it won’t get any easier against the Mountaineers. West Virginia is fourth in the nation in field-goal percentage defense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast season, Syracuse opened conference play with a 1-3 record, which dramatically hurt the team’s prospects of making the NCAA tournament. Entering the conference opener this season, SU will need to do everything in its power to avoid a similar beginning to the conference portion of the schedule.And that starts with figuring out its shooting woes.In the team’s last three games on the road against Boise State, Arizona and BYU, the Orange had its three worst shooting nights of the season. SU shot 37.1 percent or worse in each contest.‘I feel like we’re just going to come out and play to our best ability,’ senior forward Iasia Hemingway said. ‘We know how it felt last year to go 1-3, so I look forward to it, and I think everybody has the same mindset winning these games and getting ready for Big East play.’Against Boise State, Syracuse dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Broncos 57-26 to make up for a lackluster 37.1 field-goal percentage en route to a 70-47 victory. But in the other two contests the team’s inaccuracy would prove too much to overcome. The Orange shot the ball an astounding 84 times in its game against Arizona but converted only 26 times and went a ghastly 9-of-38 from beyond the arc.The next day, Alexander was the only player to make more than three field goal attempts against BYU.Head coach Quentin Hillsman said the team’s struggles carried over into its preparation. The Orange could not utilize its full-court press effectively because of a limited number of inbounds passes under the hoop following made shots by SU.‘You have to score the basketball,’ Hillsman said. ‘So you take nothing away from poor shooting performances because you have to make shots. If you can’t make shots we can’t set up our press, so it starts with making shots.’Before the game, Hillsman made it no secret that the Orange’s focus was to get the ball inside to Alexander or in the high post to Hemingway. Though those two players were effective at points during the Hukilau Invitational, the guard play was lacking.Starters Carmen Tyson-Thomas, Elashier Hall and La’Shay Taft shot a combined 4-of-28 from 3-point range in Friday’s loss to the Wildcats. Alexander was limited to 13 points and SU lost by six.Each team knew Alexander was the focal point of the offense, double-teaming her at every opportunity. It left the perimeter open, but the guards could not knock down their open opportunities to take advantage of the undefended space.‘It’s all about how we’re getting our shots and where we’re getting them from,’ Hillsman said. ‘That’s the most important thing. It’s getting the shots that you want in our offense. I think we do a very good job of getting them, we just have to make them.’But Alexander is confident that the shots will start falling. Players have returned to the comforts of the Carrier Dome and have taken more shots before and after practice.And those repetitions may prove valuable when the Orange takes the court on Wednesday.Said Alexander: ‘It’s another game for us to go out there and take what we learned on the trip and to get better.’email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+
Published on October 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm Contact Jacob: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Jacob_Klinger_ Scott Shafer has coached at Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, where he was a defensive coordinator for a year, Ohio State and Florida State, but he’s never coached at Frank Howard Field at Clemson Memorial Stadium, or “Death Valley” as its known, the site of Syracuse’s 7 p.m. kickoff against the No. 21 Tigers (5-2, 4-1) on Saturday.At capacity, the stadium holds 81,500 fans at and with nearly all of them likely to be cheering against the Orange (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) on Saturday, Shafer is adjusting the way SU prepares this week.During practices, Syracuse will pump in music and crowd noise to simulate the hostile atmosphere awaiting the team on Saturday, Shafer said. But he added that SU, per usual, is working through its plays, one at a time and one sequence at a time.But as much of a problem as the Clemson crowd may be — making it difficult for players to hear plays or snap counts — it’s also motivating, he said.“It’s why the kids like to play at this level and to play in front of those crowds,” Shafer said. “So for us, going to Death Valley, I’ve never been there. So I’m looking forward to it. It’s obviously one of the great venues in college football and it’s always neat. it’s a place that I’ve always looked at and said ‘Man, I’d really like to get there someday and see what it’s like.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“So it’ll be a great experience for our kids. We have to enjoy the moment and focus in on playing the game, one heartbeat at a time.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse’s last victory over Notre Dame came in the 2002 Big East Tournament, a year after UND won its only national title. SU has lost every time the two squads have met since.One of the nation’s best teams takes the Carrier Dome floor Sunday evening, when the No. 7 Fighting Irish (23-3, 11-1 Atlantic Coast) pose as the Orange’s toughest test this season. UND entered the year atop the Associated Press Top 25 poll and spent the first six weeks there. Notre Dame, which has reached the national championship game in four of the last six seasons, visits No. 21 Syracuse (18-8, 9-4) on Sunday night.“It’s a big game,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We can’t deflect that. Notre Dame, they are a very good program. We understand we need to play a very good game to beat them. We got to try to affect them with our pressure, speed the game up and get a ton of possessions so we can score the ball.”During last year’s SU-UND regular-season bout, the latter dominated inside with 38 paint points in a 28-point rout. Alexis Peterson and Brittney Sykes, who rank 1-2 on the ACC scoring list this year, combined with Briana Day for only 27 points on 11-of-45 shooting. When the teams met six weeks later, SU fared much better. Notre Dame still won by 11, capturing the ACC Tournament title, but Peterson, Sykes and Day combined for 41 points.In the team’s last seven meetings, UND has won by an average of 20 points per game. The former Big East foes met twice last year, when UND finished 33-2 and 16-0 in ACC games. Notre Dame leads the all-time series against Syracuse, 30-2. All of that indicates another Notre Dame win come Sunday evening.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis season, SU wants to flip the script. Syracuse is coming off its best season in program history and has over the last month played its best basketball of the season. But the Orange, winners of five of its last six, is 0-3 against Top 10 teams and 3-5 against ranked opponents this season.“Notre Dame is next on our list,” said Sykes, who scored a career-high 34 points on Sunday. “We just have to know it’s going to be a hard-fought game. They’re not going to give up.”Notre Dame has been one of the only teams in the country to put up a fight against four-time defending national champion and top-ranked Connecticut, which has won its last 100 games. The Fighting Irish lost to UConn, 72-61, in December. UND’s only ACC loss came at North Carolina State, a team SU beat by 10. Six-foot-3 All-American junior forward Brianna Turner was held to only seven points and the Wolfpack shot 42 percent from 3-point range.SU will likely have to replicate that formula to pull off the upset against a Notre Dame team that is 10-2 on the road, backed by All-ACC senior point guard Lindsay Allen. Arike Ogunbowale’s 15.1 points per game leads the Fighting Irish, and each of the other four starters averages at least 8.7 points per contest.“Notre Dame’s tough,” North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell said. “They can score. Shots that we missed tonight, they make. And the rebounding. They’re a big team with Turner in the middle.“It will come down to guard play, Turner inside and how she plays against the Day (sisters).” Comments Published on February 15, 2017 at 11:18 pm Contact Matthew: email@example.com | @MatthewGut21
As the days start to get shorter and shorter and California’s excuse for “winter” starts to creep up, my music library changes with the season. The lyrics and the beats get a little less cheery, and the overall tone doesn’t sound as sunny as my library in April or June.Around this time last year, I also made an effort to get around to some essential hip-hop albums I had not yet listened to. The most important of such allegedly “changed the game” as one of, if not, the most “essential” album in the history of hip-hop that brought the art back to the East Coast: Nas’ Illmatic. I had high hopes — how could I not when everyone seemed to rave about the album? I penciled in a designated time to listen to it from start to finish in one sitting in my room after class one day.I wasn’t impressed. That’s a controversial opinion to say the least, and I recognize how essential this album is in the history of hip-hop, but I was not as enamored with this album as everyone else seemed to be. However, looking for something to replace this feeling of guilt I had after not liking Illmatic as much as I was supposed to, I checked out an underrated classic that I had heard something about here and there. This was how I discovered my own personal Illmatic.The Infamous, by the duo Mobb Deep, is everything the Illmatic should have been and more. When people talk about the nitty-gritty of what living life in the ghetto is actually like, this is one of two albums that I think about immediately. N.W.A was among the first to speak about the realities of being black and living in the hood, but they still had a whimsical aspect to them. It wasn’t all fun and games, but they still were able to make the occasional joke here and there and have a laugh about their situation. The Infamous has none of that.Everything about this album is bleak, which shouldn’t be hard to guess based on the menacing album cover. The first thing I noticed, as with the majority of the albums I listen to, was the production. Most of these beats were minimal but haunting in nature. Half of the beats sounded like a funeral march, which matched the morbid rhymes that the duo lay over them.In “Cradle to the Grave,” the beat consists of a lo-fi bass and a low distorted brass instrument that slowly climb up and down in sustained tones, accompanied by a subdued bass drum, snare and hi-hat. It’s sluggish, and the beat feels like it’s dragging at times, only being pushed forward by lyrics that explore the themes of getting into a shootout with the enemy, seeing a friend get shot in the head before your eyes and not having time to cope with their death, since the corrupt justice system will give you 25 to life.And that’s just one song. Nearly every beat and rhyme effortlessly pushes the atmosphere of paranoia and encroaching death without feeling like it’s being over the top. Even the short skits on the album aren’t corny in any way; in fact, “The Grave Prelude” is one of the most off-putting and horrid depictions of a shootout I’ve ever heard, and it’s able to accomplish in 50 seconds what shows like The Wire do in an episode.This is something you didn’t hear in hip-hop at the time, which was mostly focused on the glamorized gangsta life on the West Coast. The album’s most well-known and commercially successful song, “Shook Ones, Pt. II,” is essentially a death threat to anyone who is pretending to live the life of a criminal while simultaneously giving a rundown of what living a life filled with illegal activities is actually like.If you’re a Hamilton fan and you enjoy the lyric “I’m only 19, but my mind is older,” you actually have Mobb Deep to thank for creating it, albeit in a much darker context. With debating whether or not you deserve to live and if you’re going to hell because of the things you had to do to survive, knowing that you have to choose your lyrics on this song carefully so you don’t incriminate yourself and threatening to put someone “closer to God” with your bullets, it’s easy to see how your mentality has been forced to age rapidly in relation to your physical age.This album is one of the most essential hip-hop albums of all time for me. It’s an all-too-real reminder of what life is like in the most dangerous inner cities, and how the glorification of them is only to sell records. It’s something that’s larger than the medium it’s presented in. It’s truly a reflection of a way of living, and an experience of the disenfranchised. In other words, it’s the the missing link of how hip-hop went from fun and sometimes ridiculous to an intimate outlet of self-expression. On the more technical side, the rhymes are concise, saying what they need to say in a darkly poetic way, and the beats aren’t lavish, but they still manage to speak volumes: everything the Illmatic was supposed to do, but better.Spencer Lee is a junior majoring in narrative studies. His column, “Spencer’s Soapbox,” runs every Tuesday. He is also the chief copy editor of the Daily Trojan.
Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Related Articles The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has issued a fresh crack down on corruption in the sport after issuing a fine and a suspension to players found to be in contravention of regulations.Issuing a $51,250 (£41,000) fine to former world No 50 Anna Tatishvili and a nine month suspension to German tennis player Osman Torski, the TIU has focused upon enforcing the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP).Tatishvili was hit with the fine, which roughly equates to her entire first-round earnings of the French Open, after being found to be performing “below professional standards” during the Australian Grand Slam. The American had previously undergone ankle surgery prior to the tournament.Using a protected ranking to enter the tournament, Grand Slam rules dictate that the match referee is able to issue fines to a player entering a tournament using a protected ranking if they are not deemed fit enough to play.Rules have recently been altered by the TIU, preventing players from competing in the first round of a Grand Slam when injured or ill to collect the prize money. As part of the new rules, if a player withdraws from the competition beforehand, they share the first-round prize money with another player who takes their place rather than risk forfeiting their earnings.Torski, meanwhile, has been hit with a nine month suspension after being fund to have committed a corruption offence under the terms of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program (TACP). The German tennis player was found to have attempted to influence the outcome of a match he played at an ITF Germany F15 Futures tournament in October 2017. Six months of the suspension have been put on hold providing that Torski commits no further breaches of the TACP.Having looked at the case, Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer Prof. Richard McLaren imposed the suspension, which is effective from 29 May 2019.The relevant section of the TACP he was found to have breached is: Section D.1.d: “No Covered Person shall, directly or indirectly, contrive or attempt to contrive the outcome or any other aspect of any Event.” TIU suspends Antonis Kalaitzakis over betting breaches July 21, 2020 IBIA and TIU call for increased due diligence as live sport returns May 20, 2020 TIU denies two requests to lift provisional suspensions July 27, 2020
No professional sport, even behind closed doors, will be staged in England until 1 June at the earliest, the UK government has announced.The government has published a 50-page guidance document detailing how England will begin to ease lockdown measures.Step two of that plan – which will not be allowed to start before 1 June – includes “permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact”.The document states that reopening venues that attract large crowds, such as sports grounds, “may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections”.Premier League clubs are meeting on Monday to continue discussions on Project Restart.The top flight has been suspended since 13 March because of the coronavirus pandemic but is aiming to resume in June, with 92 fixtures left to play. There will be no cricket played in England and Wales until at least 1 July, following a decision by the England and Wales Cricket Board.British horse racing had hoped to resume behind closed doors later this month, having been on hold since 17 March.Premiership Rugby is aiming for a resumption in early July, with nine rounds of matches remaining.Under proposed rules for boxing to resume behind closed doors in July, fighters at British shows will wear protective masks during ring walks and could be banned from using a spit bucket between rounds.The government’s current aim is to introduce step two on 1 June but only if sufficient progress is made in “successfully controlling the spread of the virus” and the lifting of restrictions could be delayed.
A school district in Pennsylvania has sent out a warning to parents telling them that if they do not pay for their children’s overdue school lunch bills their children could be put into foster care.Wyoming Valley West School District sent out letters to parents earlier this summer stating that parents who refuse to pay their children’s lunch bills will be subjected to dependency hearings where their children could possibly be taken from them due to their not providing food to their child.“You can be sent to dependency court for neglecting your child’s right to food. The result may be your child being taken from your home and placed in foster care,” the letter read.The district reported that students owe more than $20,000 in lunch bills including at least four students who each owe at least $450 on their accounts. It was also noted that the district tried other methods including serving children with overdue accounts peanut butter and jelly sandwiches but they legally advised against that as well.The school district has since announced plans to send out “less threatening” notices to parents after receiving several complaints, however, Wyoming Valley West’s lawyer, Charles Coslett says he did not believe the letter was threatening and also noting that it got the attention of the parents:“Hopefully, that gets their attention and it certainly did, didn’t it? I mean, if you think about it, you’re here this morning because some parents cried foul because he or she doesn’t want to pay a debt attributed to feeding their kids. How shameful,” Coslett told WYOU-TV.School officials are now looking into other legal ways to get parents to pay for their children’s lunches.
President Trump is under fire for another post to his Twitter account this time for seemingly mocking a 16-year-old girl with Asperger’s syndrome.Greta Thunberg went viral after her emotional speech at the Climate Action Summit in the United Nations.In her speech, a tearful and sometimes trembling Greta accused world leaders of stealing her dreams and her childhood with their inaction on climate change.“I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back at school on the other side of the ocean,” said the 16-year-old from Sweden. “Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”The Swedish teen activist has become an “icon” overnight after launching her campaign 8-months ago by holding a school strike for the climate outside the Swedish parliament building last August.She has even caught the attention of President Trump who took to Twitter Monday evening praising Greta but in a seemingly sarcastic manner.She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see! https://t.co/1tQG6QcVKO— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019But there seems to be no love lost between the pair, at the summit, the teen was caught in a now-viral GIF glaring at the US president. Trump’s climate change stance has drawn ire from many in the international community, especially after his 2017, announcement that the US would pull out of the Paris agreement.The Swedish activist seems to have brought that issue back into the spotlight.But the president is not the only Republican under fire for his comments about the young girl.Fox News faced backlash after The Daily Wire’s Michael Knowles called the teen who has Asperger’s syndrome, a diagnosis she embraced as her “superpower,” mentally ill.“If it were about science, it would be led by scientists rather than by politicians and a mentally ill Swedish child who is being exploited by her parents and by the international left,” he said.The network later issued an apology to Thunberg, calling Knowles’ comment “disgraceful.”Despite the negativity she has faced, the young activist has also been praised by many including Democrat lawmakers.Among those who voiced support was 2020 Democratic presidential contender Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., who wrote on Twitter that Thunberg “was right: we are currently failing our nation’s youth by not taking swift action to combat the climate crisis.”