Mohawk River Watershed Grants

first_imgThe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) yesterday announced more than $200,000 in Mohawk River watershed grants for six projects.According to the DEC, the grants, funded by the state’s Environmental Protection Fund, will help to improve water quality, promote resiliency, and create recreational opportunities for watershed communities, all goals outlined in the Mohawk River Basin Action Agenda.“The Mohawk River is a valuable environmental and economic treasure to upstate New York, and these grants will help advance critical projects to preserve and protect the health of the river and its watershed,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “This is the fourth year that DEC has offered grants to support important local projects in the Mohawk River watershed.”Among the awarded organizations is Oneida County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) with their Ninemile Creek Natural Channel Design Stream Bank Stabilization Project.The SWCD, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will stabilize 200 feet of the southern bank of Ninemile Creek to restore the stream bank and reduce downstream sedimentation through creation of a natural, self-maintaining stable stream that will improve aquatic habitat.last_img read more

Moko’s father was conspicuous by his absence

first_imgNZ Herald 1 June 2016Family First Comment: An excellent column from Ewen McQueen. An interesting follow-on from our report earlier this week on a significant factor of child poverty, which is also a significant factor of child abuse and neglect. “However, this is the inconvenient truth that no one wants to face. The politicians don’t want to face it because they know it will be an uncomfortable conversation with the electorate. It may lose them votes. Many would also have to revisit their ideological commitment to socially liberal policies that have undermined marriage and family life. They would have to admit that their rejection of traditional Christian morality around family life has not led to a celebration of diversity. It has led to dead children.”  The court has reached its verdict. The marchers have gone home. The politicians and media have done their usual hypocritical hand-wringing. But the question remains – where was Moko’s dad?A father is supposed to be there to protect his children. A father is supposed to be there to help their mother look after the family. A father is supposed to provide for and love his family.So where was Moko’s dad? We have no idea. We have no idea because the question was never asked. It never is. In all the national breast-beating that happens whenever such a tragedy occurs, the real issue is never addressed. Why are so many children left without the care of a natural father? Why have we allowed a relationship culture to become embedded which accepts as normal the regular dropping in and out of relationships and frequent changing of partners? How is this supposed to build strong and loving families?These are the questions that should be asked. But instead the focus is always on the failure of social agencies, the need for more education or awareness campaigns, tougher sentences or more money to be spent co-ordinating ever more welfare programmes.This in spite of the fact that no matter how much money we spend, the problem is never resolved. And years of anti-violence awareness campaigns have made little difference. We all know violence against children is not okay – even the perpetrators. We don’t need a host of media and social celebrities telling us that.What we need is the truth. The social science evidence gives us that and it is conclusive. In 2009 the Office of the Commissioner for Children undertook a review on death and serious injury to children. It concluded that of all factors, having a non-biological parent in the home increased the risk by eight to 12 times. A year later they published another report which noted that family breakdown and “frequent changes in household members” was a significant factor contributing to child abuse and neglect.The New Zealand research findings are mirrored internationally. In Australia research by Deakin University in Melbourne concluded, “Children under 5 living with a non-biological or step-parent are up to 77 times more likely to die from a violence-related injury than those living with their biological families.”In the US a study by the University of Missouri similarly concluded, “Children residing in households with unrelated adults were nearly 50 times as likely to die of inflicted injuries than children residing with two biological parents.”The fact is that we have allowed a casualised relationship culture to become accepted as normal. It is a culture that sees too many of our children left in the “care” of mum’s latest boyfriend. In other cases like Moko’s they are left in the “care” of other unrelated adults when mum is struggling and dad is no longer in the picture. This places them at huge risk. This is what makes them vulnerable.However, this is the inconvenient truth that no one wants to face. The politicians don’t want to face it because they know it will be an uncomfortable conversation with the electorate. It may lose them votes. Many would also have to revisit their ideological commitment to socially liberal policies that have undermined marriage and family life. They would have to admit that their rejection of traditional Christian morality around family life has not led to a celebration of diversity. It has led to dead children.The media don’t want to face the real issue because as soon as their current affairs journalists finish shedding tears about the latest tragedy, it is back to business as usual. And business as usual means more trash programming that normalises and promotes the very values that are rotting our family life. If it is not some reality show with contestants hopping in and out of bed with each other, it is a soap fuelled by a focus on continual relationship churn or a “comedy” pushing the lie that the new liberal morality is all fun and laughter.Sadly the reality for our children is very different. Until we are willing to face that, all the national soul searching will produce nothing but more hypocrisy.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11648321Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Arsenal confident of new Bukayo Saka deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Arsenal is reportedly confident of tying Bukayo Saka down to a new long-term contract at the Emirates.The 18-year-old has enjoyed a stellar breakthrough campaign in North London – registering three goals and nine assists across all competitions from an unfamiliar left-back position. However, Saka’s future at Arsenal has been the subject of much speculation recently, but the Gunners are said to be hopeful of keeping the teenager on the books at the Emirates.According to Football.london, Saka has not yet penned a new deal with Arsenal, but Mikel Arteta’s side are confident that the Englishman will commit his long-term future to the Gunners.Benge also echoed previous reports that Arteta’s side were not looking to sign Philippe Coutinho this summer, and a potential move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey is likely to be hindered by the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic.Saka’s current deal in North London is set to expire next summer, with Liverpool and Valencia both said to be monitoring developments surrounding the youngster.Tags: ArsenalBukoya SakaContract NegotiationsNew Deallast_img read more

Cricket News Maninder Singh’s advice to India in Australia: Read conditions well, get team composition right

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Virat Kohli’s captaincy of the Indian cricket team had a peculiar pattern. He did not play the same XI for 37 Tests ever since he took over the captaincy full-time in 2015. His horses-for-courses approach meant picking players according to the conditions. Kohli got some decisions correct but on overseas conditions, most notably in England, he made some errors while reading the conditions and picking the team. In Lord’s, on a green deck, he played Kuldeep Yadav and paid the price. On a wearing wicket in Southampton, he picked a half-fit Ravichandran Ashwin who struggled when Ravindra Jadeja could have had a better impact.Read More | Virat Kohli’s India side have golden chance to break Australia jinxAhead of the tour to Australia, former India player Maninder Singh has urged Kohli’s team to read the conditions correctly and play the right team composition if they have to achieve success. “India have a luxury this time in the bowling but they must utilise this well. They should not repeat the mistake in England where they read the pitches wrongly and they did not get the team composition correct. In the England series, they played with either four or five fast bowlers which I thought was not the ideal combination. According to me, with the hot summer in England at that time, India should have played three pace bowlers and two spinners,” Maninder said in a chat with News Nation.Read More | Shastri questions India’s ‘poor travellers’ tag ahead of series India’s Test bowling line-up is powerful, with both pace and spin covered. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ashwin, Kuldeep and Jadeja have all had an impact but Maninder once again reiterated that India must read the conditions well. “The problem of plenty in the bowling is a welcome sign. India should not repeat the mistake of under-utilising a player like they did in England. They did play four pacers in a Test and Hardik Pandya picked up five wickets in the first innings. In the second innings, he did not get the ball until the 80th over. It is a waste and that cost us,”Maninder said.‘Make correct decisions’With India arriving in Australia on Saturday and their first match immediately on Wednesday, the team has little time to adjust to the conditions. India are playing three Twenty20 Internationals and a warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI before the start of the first Test in Adelaide on December 6. Maninder said in this era, there is no time for warm-ups and players are expected to adjust to the conditions immediately and they can only do that by backing their skills. In addition to that, the former India player stressed on one important thing for success Down Under.Read More | ‘Sensible decisions key for Indian team’s success in Australia’“Correct decision making is crucial. It is better to play six batsmen (including the keeper) and five bowlers if you have to win Tests in Australia. Even in England, I was confident that if the team balance was right and if they read the pitch conditions well, our bowlers would have delivered a series win for us. Shastri said the team has learned from the mistakes in the past and if they overcome this, India have the edge over Australia in all three formats,” Maninder said.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan says fewer fans, if any, will attend games at “The Big House” if the Wolverines play college football games this year.The athletic department says a final decision will be made after conferring with medical experts, the school’s leadership and the Big Ten Conference, along with government officials and agencies.Michigan’s policies include the elimination of season tickets for the 2020 season. VIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNESSEETennessee reports multiple positives among athletes He was also among the defensive stars on the 1979 Buccaneers team that reached the NFC title game, capping the franchise’s “worst to first” transformation. The Bucs won 10 games that year after having won just seven in the franchise’s previous three seasons.Miller’s Winter Sports AcademyBode Miller launches winter sports academyUNDATED (AP) — Olympic ski racing champion Bode Miller is launching a winter sports academy to help produce the next wave of standouts. He’s partnering with the Institute for Civic Leadership Academy to open an online learning program geared toward students in grades 7-12. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Volunteers report multiple positive results for COVID-19 after the university ran a batch of tests last week.The tests were conducted after the Fourth of July holiday weekend. A spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the positive tests spanned “multiple sports.”Tennessee previously had two basketball players test positive, with both clearing quarantine. COLLEGE SPORTS-WISCONSINWisconsin to don black “W” SOCCER-WORLD CUPWorld Cup schedule announcedLONDON (AP) — FIFA (FEE’-fuh) has announced a 2022 World Cup schedule that will have four games every day in a 12-day group stage. Matches later in the tournament that go into extra time will extend past midnight in Qatar. Eight venues in close proximity to Doha will be used at the tournament, which will be played in 28 days rather than the 32 days used in Russia to minimize the disruption to the European season. HORSE RACING-BAFFERT SUSPENDEDTriple-Crown-winning trainer gets 15-day ban Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSTitans, Henry work out new contract…Prescott remains taggedUNDATED (AP) — The NFL’s reigning rushing leader has a new contract. The Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback does not. Associated Press WNBA-DELLA DONNE-VIRUS OUTBREAKDelle Donne hurt that request denied by panel of doctorsNEW YORK (AP) — WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne is hurt that her request was denied to be medically excused for the season. The panel of independent doctors the league and union agreed upon to decide whether players should be medically excused deemed her not to be “high risk, and should be permitted to play in the bubble.” The league’s reigning MVP has battled Lyme disease since 2008 and thought she would be medically excused from playing this season by the panel. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert has been suspended for 15 days by the Arkansas Racing Commission after two of his horses tested positive for a banned substance. Baffert-trained horses Charlatan and Gamine each tested positive for lidocaine in two rounds of testing after winning races at the Hot Springs, Arkansas, track on May 2. The commission said the suspension will run from Aug. 1 -15. NFL-OBIT-DAVID LEWISFormer NFL and USC player David Lewis dies at 65TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A key member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 1979 team that reached the NFC title game has died at 65. David Lewis died in Tampa. The cause was not immediately known but USC said he had struggled with health issues in recent years. Lewis played college ball at USC. In other MLB camp news:— Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge homered in an intrasquad game Wednesday after missing five days due to a stiff neck. The team also says right-hander Masahiro (mah-sah-HEE’-roh) Tanaka is scheduled for a bullpen session Thursday, his first action since he was struck on the head by a liner off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton on July 4.— Astros manager Dusty Baker doesn’t expect reliever Joe Smith to play for them this season. Smith has not reported to camp because of what general manager James Click called concerns for the safety of his family. Smith was placed on the restricted list Tuesday night, but he has not said publicly if he is opting out of the season— The Red Sox have placed left-handers Eduardo Rodríguez, Josh Taylor, and Darwinzon Hernandez on the injured list while they recover from COVID-19. Rodríguez won 19 games last year and had been the team’s likely opening day starter. The pitchers are eligible to be activated as soon as they have cleared the protocol, but they have not been able to participate in team workouts and would need time to prepare for the season.— Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun is expected to miss the start of the season because of a hip strain. Calhoun has been ready to play again after recovering from a broken jaw sustained in a spring training game more than four months ago. NASCAR-ALL-STAR RACEWallace bumped from contentionBRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Chase Elliott has joined his father as winner of NASCAR’s annual All-Star race, earning the $1 million prize in front of limited spectators at Bristol Motor Speedway.Elliott won the second and third stages of the event and earned the right to choose which lane he wanted to restart for the final 15-lap sprint to the finish. He picked the outside lane and pulled buddy Ryan Blaney with him on the restart but was never challenged before beating Kyle Busch to the finish line.Bill Elliott won the race in 1986, the only year it was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway. — The Denver Broncos are telling season ticket holders that Empower Field at Mile High won’t be at full capacity this season because of the coronavirus outbreak. Face masks will be required if local officials allow a limited number of fans to attend games to maintain social distancing.— The Green Bay Packers say they won’t admit fans to any training camp practices or preseason home games due to the pandemic. This also applies to the annual Packers Family Night, an annual event that features a practice and other activities.— A domestic violence complaint against former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Blair Brown has been dismissed. According to the complaint filed in May 2019, Brown pointed a gun at his wife and threatened to kill her. He also was accused of pushing her to the ground, kicking her in the abdomen and punching her in the face after a verbal altercation in April 2019.MLB-NEWSDeGrom, Rizzo dealing with back issues.center_img July 16, 2020 The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a new contract with Derrick Henry just before today’s deadline. The team announced only that it was a multi-year extension, but ESPN.com says it’s a four-year package worth up to $50 million with $25.5 million guaranteed. The Titans had to sign him Wednesday or let him play this season under the $10.2 million franchise tag he signed April 2.Henry ran for 1,540 yards and 16 touchdowns during the 2019 regular season before pouring it on in the playoffs, averaging 149 yards in three games.Dak Prescott is set to play the upcoming season under the franchise tag after failing to work out a deal with the Cowboys before the Wednesday afternoon deadline.The two sides have been working for more than a year on a long-term contract for a two-time Pro Bowler who has started every game of his career. Prescott signed his $31.4 million contract in June. The 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year earned slightly more than $4 million total in the four years of his rookie contract after being drafted in the fourth round.Kansas City defensive end Chris Jones worked out a pact before the deadline. He and Henry are the only players to sign a new deal among the 14 players who received a franchise tag.Elsewhere in the NFL:— Browns defensive end Myles Garrett’s has signed a five-year, $125 million contract extension on Wednesday, making the talented edge rusher the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player. The deal includes $100 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network. Garrett received a six-game suspension last season after ripping a helmet off of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and striking him in the head with it.— Philadelphia officials have clarified their ban on public events, opening up the possibility the Eagles would be allowed to have fans in the stadium if the city changes its rules before or during the season, assuming the NFL plays games this season. The city on Tuesday banned all large public events that require public permits through February 2021. Teams will be permitted to play without fans in Philadelphia. Update on the latest sports Miller’s responsibilities include direct communication with students, along with creating video content, workouts and webinars to help local club coaches better instruct their athletes. That’s the blueprint for now in this time of the COVID-19 crisis. Miller envisions opening an actual school in Big Sky, Montana, down the road. UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets are breathing a sigh of relief after learning their top pitcher should be fine.A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that an MRI on two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom showed nothing to be concerned about. DeGrom was examined after leaving Tuesday’s intrasquad start after just one inning because of a sore back.Any significant injury to deGrom would be an enormous blow to New York during a season shortened to 60 games by the coronavirus. The right-hander had been scheduled to start on opening day July 24 against Atlanta. The Mets are spending the season without No. 2 starter Noah Syndergaard (SIHN’-dur-gahrd) due to Tommy John surgery.Meanwhile, Chicago Cubs manager David Ross says it’s too early to talk about first baseman Anthony Rizzo starting the season on the injured list. An MRI on Tuesday showed rib-head inflammation on Rizzo’s left side that is causing spasms, a condition he has dealt with before in his career. MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin plans to have its sports teams wear a university crest logo with a black “W” to show solidarity with Black and other underrepresented communities on campus.School officials said the change would take effect whenever Wisconsin sports teams return to action. They said the black “W” is meant to show support, inclusion and unity from Wisconsin athletes, the athletic department and the university as a whole.NHL-AWARDSAdams, Calder finalists announcedNEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has announced the finalists for the Jack Adams Award and the Calder Trophy. Columbus’ John Tortorella, Philadelphia’s Alain Vigneault (VEEN’-yoh) and Boston’s Bruce Cassidy are up for the Adams Award, which goes to the Coach of the Year. Colorado’s Cale Makar (mah-KAHR’), Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes and Chicago’s Dominik Kubalik (koo-BAH’-lihk) are the finalists for the Calder Trophy as the top rookie. Bubba Wallace was wrecked out of the qualifying race, ruining his shot of racing for the $1 million prize.One driver advanced into the All-Star race through a fan vote and Wallace had been leading when results were last updated by NASCAR a week ago. But he was no longer eligible to win the fan vote after he crashed 17 laps into Wednesday night’s qualifying race Clint Bowyer was named winner of the fan vote.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MICHIGANMichigan to allow fewer fans, or none at all NBA-PACERS-OLADIPOOladipo rethinking decision to sit out rest of seasonORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) is having second thoughts about calling it a season, saying the workouts in Orlando, Florida, have forced him to rethink his decision. Oladipo said less than two weeks ago that he would sit out because of concerns over his surgically repaired right knee. His presence could give the Pacers a big boost when the season resumes, especially with starting guard Malcolm Brogdon also expected to be healthy.Also, in the NBA:— Jamal Crawford is about to become the NBA’s oldest player. The 40 year old is back in the NBA, filling one of the spots that the Brooklyn Nets needed to address after their roster was decimated by injuries and coronavirus-related issues coming into the season restart at Walt Disney World. Crawford scored 51 points in his most recent NBA game, though that was back in April 2019.last_img read more

D’Tigers to Start 2021 Afrobasket Qualification Race in November

first_imgD’Tigers will compete in Group D alongside Mali, Rwanda and Algeria for a place in the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket Championship.The Olympic Games bound squad who narrowly lost the 2017 title to co-host, Tunisia will start the qualification campaign between the 23rd of November and 1st of December, 2020 at venues yet to be determined by FIBA Africa.Although, D’Tigers are tipped as one of the favorites during the qualifiers, but the Nigeria Basketball Federation will not leave anything to chance as they are focused on commencing an early preparation. The teams will play two tournaments format during the three international windows for a place in 2021 Afrobasket Championship.The final phase of qualifiers will be played between 15th and 23rd of February, 2021 by all the 20 countries divided into five groups.The top three teams from each group will automatically qualify for the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 to be held in Rwanda.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse basketball roundtable: Syracuse’s ‘small’ lineup, Malachi Richardson and what Syracuse must prove

first_imgSyracuse (15-8, 5-5 Atlantic Coast) is coming off a three-point win against Georgia Tech on Saturday. The Orange next faces Virginia Tech on Tuesday. With just eight regular-season games remaining, beat writers Sam Blum, Jesse Dougherty and Matt Schneidman discuss three questions surrounding Syracuse basketball.1. For a portion of the Georgia Tech game, Michael Gbinije, Trevor Cooney, Malachi Richardson, Frank Howard and Tyler Lydon were all on the court at the same time. How effective can that lineup be if Syracuse continues to use it in the future?Sam Blum: I don’t think that lineup gives Syracuse the best possible lineup. It gets Gbinije out of the point guard role, but it’s still a somewhat undersized lineup. Howard provides a nice spark off the bench, but I can’t envision him getting more than 10-15 minutes per game. Having Dajuan Coleman or Tyler Roberson in the game gives the Orange a better defensive, rebounding and inside scoring team. That doesn’t mean it won’t be employed when it’s the best option, but it won’t typically be the best option.Jesse Dougherty: It seems that this “small lineup” will be used more as a Band-Aid than to change the pace of games. Syracuse went to it on Saturday after starting center Coleman fouled out, and it was a good counter to Georgia Tech’s commitment to using its strong frontcourt to pound the Orange inside. The lineup pressured the Yellow Jackets’ guards beyond the 3-point line and made it hard for them to enter the ball into the post. That is one way for it be effective defensively, and there really is no question as to whether it can thrive on the offensive end. But its effect on the game can be duplicated by other SU lineups, so I wouldn’t expect it to be a regular look unless Coleman or another big fouls out and Jim Boeheim sees the need to speed up the game.Matt Schneidman: After the game on Saturday, Boeheim acknowledged that the “small” lineup wasn’t bad. He wanted to get a big, Roberson, back in the game for the final stretch, but that lineup held Georgia Tech scoreless as Syracuse erased a four-point deficit in the final stage of the game. If Boeheim uses it in the future it can certainly be effective, especially if Howard continues to be the heady passing-savvy guard that we’ve seen of late. I don’t think the lineup is one we’ll see any more than we did on Saturday, though, because Howard’s ceiling is only about 15 minutes per game and Coleman can only foul out of games with six minutes remaining so many times. If Coleman can avoid fouling out with a significant portion of the game left, there’s no reason at least one of him or Roberson wouldn’t be in against an ACC team. Still, the lineup showed it can be effective against a physically superior team, so there’s no reason it can do the same against a team weaker in the lane if Howard continues to penetrate the paint.2. Has Malachi Richardson truly proven that he is the player Syracuse needs him to be down the stretch?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLogan Reidsma | Senior Staff Photographer S.B.: Yes. He’s been Syracuse’s best player. He scores in bunches and is impossible to limit for 40 minutes, even if he struggles for stretches of games. He’s made a slew of big shots down the stretch of games — if it weren’t for him, the Clemson and Virginia losses would have looked a lot worse. He gets to the line, hits 3s and creates his own shots better than anyone else. I would say he’s grown up a lot from the player that couldn’t make shots early in the season, but he’s still the same player. I think that’s a testament to the consistent maturity he’s had since the season started.J.D.: Richardson’s ability to get the rim has made him a consistent scoring threat, and that also makes him a reliable, down-the-stretch option for Syracuse. There will still be growing pains as his freshman season wore on, but the natural inclination for defenders to fly at the 3-point line late in games lends itself well to Richardson’s ability to go off the dribble and draw fouls in the paint. Then factor in his established shooting stroke and you have a player who, however young, can shoulder a scoring load in crunch time if teams choose to drape defenders on Gbinije and Trevor Cooney.M.S.: Richardson has played games where he’s been nonexistent one half and a standout the next. On Saturday, he just happened to come alive when Syracuse needed it most and he did it in three different ways. He hit the 3 that brought Syracuse within one, converted an and-one that Boeheim highlighted after the game and knocked down free throws with seconds remaining in a situation he’d faltered in before. Syracuse doesn’t need him to do that, per se, because Gbinije and Cooney are capable of scoring in spurts to carry the Orange down the stretch. But Saturday, if anything, showed what the freshman can do in terms of carrying the team if he needs to.3. What questions must Syracuse answer with eight regular-season games left?S.B.: Right now pretty much all of the rotation players are playing their best at the right time. Cooney is having the best in-conference stretch of his career. Richardson hasn’t been a cold streak since before the new year. Roberson has been “plugged-in.” Coleman has shown steady improvement, which is all you could hope for. Howard is coming off a career game. And Lydon is showing how good of a shooter he can be. The biggest question is how sustainable it is. The Orange is still a seven-man team, and that’s always going to be tenuous. Things are going great right now, but my biggest question is if the Orange are designed to make that last.J.D.: I don’t think there’s any question the Orange “must” address with 23 games in the books, but there are small kinks in the offense that could get smoothed out in the coming weeks. Gbinije is the team’s best player, and SU is at its best when the ball is in his hands, but do lineups with Howard or Cooney handling the ball give Gbinije a better chance at scoring? That’s something that will materialize as competition stiffens and teams start to see SU almost solely relying on the high ball screen when Gbinije is at the helm of the offense. If teams cue on that and sell out to stop Gbinije from being effective, how will Syracuse adjust to put its best player in scoring situations without comprising the flow of the offense? Gbinije’s talent and value to this Orange team is no secret, and this could become a hot-button topic as SU makes its tournament push.M.S.: Syracuse’s biggest question with eight games remaining that has seemingly gone unanswered is how will Coleman stay out of foul trouble. We saw what he’s capable of even when he is bogged down by foul trouble. Imagine if that left-handed hook gains traction when he doesn’t have to go to the bench every five minutes. If Boeheim calls someone “tremendous” and they still pick up five fouls, then something is definitely going well. Now it’s up to Coleman to stop putting his hands on people in the post so he can inch back to a reliable center who’s not attached to a short leash. Comments Published on January 31, 2016 at 10:48 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Palace preview: Rams marvel at 1st trip to new SoFi Stadium

first_img WATCH US LIVE First Published: 23rd August, 2020 10:01 IST Last Updated: 23rd August, 2020 10:01 IST Palace Preview: Rams Marvel At 1st Trip To New SoFi Stadium The Rams made their first official trip to SoFi Stadium since its completion for a scrimmage Saturday night. They checked out their new locker room and the opulent amenities beneath the stands in owner Stan Kroenke’s $5 billion football palace before they marveled at the massive Oculus overhead scoreboard and tested the crisp new turf emblazoned with the Rams’ new logo at midfield SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT LIVE TVcenter_img Written By The Los Angeles Rams’ inaugural visit to their new home was a big hit.The Rams made their first official trip to SoFi Stadium since its completion for a scrimmage Saturday night. They checked out their new locker room and the opulent amenities beneath the stands in owner Stan Kroenke’s $5 billion football palace before they marveled at the massive Oculus overhead scoreboard and tested the crisp new turf emblazoned with the Rams’ new logo at midfield.After running a few dozen plays and working out some communications issues over 2 1/2 hours of practice, the Rams are starting to feel right at home.“This is something spectacular,” Rams coach Sean McVay said. “Never seen anything like it. I thought it was really special just watching the players’ reactions to how magnificent this is when they got here. They can envision themselves playing here on Sundays.”The Rams are scrimmaging at the stadium on the next two Saturdays to familiarize their players with every nuance of the building before the real games begin Sept. 13, when the Rams host the Dallas Cowboys in their Sunday night season opener and SoFi Stadium’s inaugural event.“It’s truly unbelievable,” said Rams quarterback Jared Goff, one of nine players who have been with the team and anticipating this day ever since the franchise returned to Los Angeles in 2016. “It’s one of the crown jewels in sports right now.”Wearing two versions of the franchise’s new uniforms — in all-blue and in the off-white shade called bone — the Rams also got their first taste of competitive football with no fans in attendance. SoFi is ready to host fans, but it seems likely the Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers will play in an empty edifice this season, although neither team has announced its official plans.The Rams and Chargers had to scrap two preseason home games apiece this month due to the coronavirus pandemic, making these scrimmages even more important. The Chargers will visit SoFi on Thursday.McVay wanted his players to get used to the locker rooms and facilities inside SoFi, but more importantly the locations of the scoreboards and clocks in their new stadium before they play games that count. Looking up is always a good idea: The Oculus oval board that dangles high above the playing field glows with replays and stats on either side.Not everything went smoothly in this dress rehearsal, however.“We had a lot of issues with the communication on the coaches’ headsets, and that’s why it’s really good that we’re going to get a couple of trial runs on this,” McVay said. “I know guys are working urgently to get that fixed.”“It’s good to get these kinks worked out now instead of Sept. 13,” Goff added.The promise of this stadium was at the center of the Rams’ successful bid to return home to the West Coast in 2016 after a 21-year sojourn in St. Louis. Kroenke, a billionaire real estate developer married to a Walmart heiress, vowed to build a landmark arena that can serve as the NFL’s West Coast hub and a major component of the sports future in North America’s second-largest metropolitan area.Located several miles south of downtown Los Angeles in Inglewood, next-door to the Fabulous Forum made famous by the Lakers, SoFi Stadium is the centerpiece of a massive development. While the stadium is finished, most of the accompanying project hasn’t been built yet, and SoFi is surrounded by graded dirt awaiting the construction of office buildings, a shopping center, a hotel, extensive landscaping and other projects.Construction began on the stadium in late 2016, and it kept moving during the early months of the pandemic to be ready for August. SoFi still has that new-stadium smell on the broad concourses and in the upper suites, where the interior work was finished recently.The indoor-outdoor stadium has a translucent roof, but is open to the air on either end of the playing field and the massive seating bowl. Even though the field is sunk into the ground below the street level of Prairie Avenue just outside, the stadium still has a cavernous feel similar to the top stadiums in the NFL, including those in Atlanta and in Arlington, Texas.“As a quarterback, you love it when it’s indoors,” Goff said. “But it’s the best of both. You still get that breeze a little bit from the outside. It’s just great.”NOTES: RB Darrell Henderson has a soft tissue injury, McVay said. He had no other specifics. Rookie RB Cam Akers lined up with the first-team and second-team offenses. … McVay praised All-Pro DT Aaron Donald and QB John Wolford for their play in the scrimmage. Although he has never thrown an NFL pass, Wolford is the presumptive backup to Goff after impressing the Rams’ coaches last season as their third-stringer.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News FOLLOW USlast_img read more

ESI Gambling Report: IEM Oakland PUBG, Bet365 lead the way

first_imgagainst All Auth6.006.077.00 There are clearly sloppy little mistakes that are easily avoidable – but if Bet365 can, then surely the likes of Betway and Pinnacle can too? Again, 365 going to show why for many they’re heads and shoulders above everyone else when it comes to outrights.Still, it’s good to see PUBG being offered. Everyone’s come a long way in a year. FaZe Clan3.00N/AN/A Method23.0022.2426.00 Digital Chaos26.00N/AN/A TeamBet365PinnacleBetway Excitement is building ahead of PLAYERUNKNOWN’s Battlegrounds second big esports display at IEM Oakland this weekend. Twenty teams are set to battle it out for their share of a mammoth prize-pool – all still ahead of the smash-hit game’s actual release.Credit: PUBGThe game, which is still in early access, has destroyed every record set on steam. It has reached over 2,000,000 concurrent users and has sold over 20 million copies, netting developer Bluehole a fortune. Most recently, the test server has been updated with a new vaulting update and updates to bullet projectiles and a whole lot more. The game is set to change, but Oakland will still be an exciting prospect for those enamoured with the fledgling esports title.We had a look across three major bookmakers at their offerings before the tournament gets underway this weekend. In typical fashion, Bet365 lead the way again here – and have done in PUBG over recent months. The bookmaker are near enough the only operator that have offered odds on the smaller Auzom tournaments, and there’s significantly more depth in their Oakland offering than other operators.Whilst on Betway punters can only back the outright winner, Pinnacle offer outright plus round betting. Bet365, of course, have gone above and beyond with “Teams Most Kills in the Match; Region of Winner; Betting without FaZe; Team versus Field; Team – Most Kills in Round 1” etc etc. In fact, there’s 35 different options available for those wishing to have a dabble.As always, we have collected the outright odds as a point of comparison to provide those interested in having a bet a view as to where the best value can be obtained.It may be facetious, but where the N/A is stated in the Pinnacle and Betway columns it’s to show that both operators have not updated their markets following roster acquisitions. The previous favourite, Gorilla Core eSports were acquired by FaZe recently, whilst Digital Chaos and Wind and Rain have also picked up rosters recently. Both Pinnacle and Betway still list “WhiteKids and Team PogChamp” although theoretically both of those teams no longer compete.Additionally, Betway still offer odds on AVANGAR who were replaced on November 3rd by Crimson Esports – so it’s not particularly pretty reading for anyone. Other than 365, of course. Miami Flamingos81.0081.8961.00 RONIN31.0031.3431.00 Corn Shuckers23.0022.2421.00 Crimson21.0020.22N/A Luminosity15.0014.1515.00 Liquid8.008.097.00 NiP21.0020.2221.00 Alliance21.0020.2221.00 Wind and Rain26.00N/AN/A TSM9.009.109.00 Noble26.0026.2926.00 Tempo Storm26.0026.2931.00 EG41.0019.7941.00 PENTA17.0016.1817.00 Ghost19.0018.2019.00 C931.0031.3431.00last_img read more

Whicker: Enjoy the Dodgers’ journey with Mookie Betts without fretting the destination

first_imgBut why even go there? Every bullpen is a roulette wheel.The Nationals had a witches’ brew until the postseason, when they out-relieved everyone they played.The Yankees assembled more relief than FEMA last year, a historic flotilla of late-inning weaponry. They still lost the ALCS on the final pitch of Game 6.Relievers are like field-goal kickers and goalies, a box of chocolates with jaw-breakers mixed in.But the Dodgers will ride to October having made themselves louder and faster and much more fun. Once they get there, all Betts are off. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco His off year was 2019, when he had an OPS of .919. He led the league with six more runs than he scored in 2018, when he also led the league. He drove in as many runs, walked 16 more times and had only three fewer homers than he did in that MVP season.Some Red Sox fans, firmly rooted in perspective, have likened Betts’ departure to that of Babe Ruth. It’s not quite that, but Betts, at least this year, is certainly more than the sum of Pederson and Alex Verdugo, the departed outfielders.Betts will see at least one familiar face. First-base coach George Lombard was his first professional manager in the Gulf Coast League.Betts showed up in 2011 after a long contract negotiation. He actually played in only one game for Lombard, and proved he was an 18-year-old.“He was playing shortstop then and he threw a ball to our first baseman, who couldn’t come up with it, and he’s out there saying, ‘How come?’’’ Lombard said. “Then he flips to the second baseman, and that play doesn’t get made, and he’s upset about that.“I had to have that sit-down talk, and tell him this is professional baseball and we don’t show up our teammates on the field. We laugh about it now when I see him.”A couple of years later, Betts was playing at Class A Greenville (S.C.) and Lombard was a minor-league coordinator. Betts started slowly but hit .297 there.One day he approached Lombard and said, “I owe you an apology.”Lombard wondered why.“I didn’t run out that ball the other night and I didn’t give my best effort,” Betts said.At that point, Lombard suspected Betts would be all right.“I really thought he’d be a Gold Glove second baseman back then,” Lombard said. “He made some of the best plays I’ve ever seen.”Betts played his first major-league game three years later.His arrival also means that Jackie Robinson’s franchise will have an African-American star. Or player, for that matter.He brings almost everything, in fact, except a guarantee.David Price is coming because the Sox wanted to lighten their contract load. He has turned in over 2,000 innings and is coming off wrist surgery. Although he made only 22 starts last year, his 10.7 strikeouts-per-nine-innings ratio was the best of his career. Still, no one should expect Price to match what Hyun-Jin Ryu did in 2019.The caveat in the room is still the bullpen, without Kenta Maeda grumbling his way into the postseason and then dominating, at least when allowed to.Related Articles The Dodgers are more versatile and watchable than they were Tuesday.The Dodgers have fortified their todays and protected their tomorrows.The Dodgers are no closer to their first World Series championship since Wayne Gretzky’s first season with the Kings.All three can be true. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start When it comes to predicting the 2020 World Series winner, you might as well be using an Iowa-based app. Who knew that Washington would be the last team standing in the season after they lost Bryce Harper?We do know that Mookie Betts, at the very least, will remove the pointlessness of the spring and the summer and the early fall.The Dodgers should have the National League West safely pocketed by Flag Day. They spent last summer stat-packing and experimenting and thumb-twiddling. Remember Joc Pederson trying to play first base?They never dispelled the ultimate dread that was justified when the Dodgers lost the NL Division Series to the Nationals. Even though they led the National League in runs and homers, they had been softened by a season of mismatches. They weren’t ready to hit the best pitchers or get the toughest outs.Betts is 27. Over the past four seasons, he has won four Gold Gloves and finished second, sixth, first and eighth in American League MVP voting. He has had at least 40 doubles in each of the past five seasons. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more