Woodside picks KBR for work on Browse FPSOs concept

first_imgAustralian energy company Woodside has awarded KBR the Concept Definition engineering contract for the two gas FPSO facilities for the proposed $20 billion Browse to North West Shelf Development, located offshore Western Australia. Image source: WoodsideWoodside has launched the engineering services contract to define all elements of the hull and topsides of two FPSOs for remote environment operations. The engineering work is expected to be performed up to the end of H1 2019, KBR said on Thursday.The Browse project aims to bring online the Brecknock, Calliance, and Torosa fields offshore W. Australia containing gross contingent resources (2C) of 15.4 trillion cubic feet of dry gas and 453 million barrels of condensate).Woodside had planned to develop the fields using three separate Floating LNG units, however, the company in 2016 stopped the FLNG project citing “current economic and market environment.“The company has recently revealed it is leaning towards the development using two gas Floating Production Storage and Offloading Units (gFPSO) delivering around 10 mtpa of gas to NWS infrastructure by an approximately 900 km pipeline. This was affirmed by KBR on Thursday.Stuart Bradie, KBR President and CEO said: “We are delighted to be awarded the Concept Definition engineering of the two FPSO facilities delivering our operational agility in the execution of projects, strong base business and world-class asset performance to the project.”Browse developmentIn a recent investor presentation, Woodside said the two FPSOs would be connected to the North Rankin Complex, from where the gas would be shipped via a 900 km pipeline to the Woodside-operated North West Shelf infrastructure.FEED entry for the Browse project is slated for 2019, with the final investment decision expected in 2021.According to Woodside’s timeline, the Calliance and Brecknock fields are expected to be ready for start-up in 2026, with 2027 targeted for the Torosa field.The whole development is expected to cost some $20 billion.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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Frye honored by Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association

first_imgState Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) accepts the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award on Friday, June 22, 2018, from the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association for his dedication to fire services in Indiana. The award is given to members of the Indiana General Assembly whose efforts and hard work support those of Hoosier firefighters and services.Indianapolis, In. — Republican state representative Randy Frye received the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award from the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association for his dedication and support of fire services.The Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association is a member-ran organization working to help shape the laws and regulations that impact firefighters and residences of Indiana. The association gives the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award to members of the Indiana General Assembly who work to support Indiana firefighters and services.“The work of the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association is essential,” Frye said. “I will continue my partnership with them and look for ways to support all of our Hoosier firefighters. After serving communities as a firefighter for many years, I understand firsthand the hard work and dedication these men and women give to their community in an effort to keep citizens safe.”Frye worked as a firefighter for the Indianapolis Fire Department for 26 years and retired in 2010. During his time serving as a state representative, Frye authored numerous laws to better protect and serve firefighters. This session, Frye supported laws creating a reporting system for fire departments to better protect their responders and updating fire department contracts to better serve volunteer fire departments and townships.Frye was presented the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award at the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association annual conference in Indianapolis.last_img read more

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NFF Gets Wish as CAF Notify Libya of Change in Venue,…

first_imgThe Libyan Football Federation (LFF) has announced that they have been notified by the Confederation of African Football that the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Nigeria will no longer be held at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium on October 12.The matchday three fixture in Group E of the AFCON qualifiers is now scheduled to take place at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Saturday, October 13.As previously reported by allnigeriasoccer.com, Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr expressed his concerns about the Ahmadu Bello Stadium when he met with the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) during The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 in London on Monday, September 24. The German added that the pitch was not up to standard and his players would not be comfortable playing on the turf.It is understood that taking the game to Kaduna earlier was a political move by the NFF chiefs which has backfired.It would be recalled that CAF slammed Nigeria with a $5,000 fine for allowing excess spectators at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium for an AFCON qualifier against Egypt in March 2016.Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr has affirmed that he cannot afford to take his team’s forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifies against Libya with levity because qualifying the competition could determine his future with Nigeria’s national team.With days ticking away towards the first leg of a double-clash with Libya in the next stage of the AFCON 2019 qualifiers, Rohr said he needs all his key players for the game on October 12, because he has to win and put the qualification campaign on a sound footing.Footballlive.ng can report that the Franco-German gaffer hinted that he will not invite any untested player for the home and away fixtures against Libya, as he cannot afford to experiment during the forthcoming games.Meanwhile, Rohr has stressed that the Eagles will go out full blast against Libya both home and away to secure six points and stand a stronger chance of qualifying for AFCON 2019 in Cameroon.He admitted that Libya have a formidable team that can surprise any opponent if underrated, hence his target to beat them in Nigeria and possibly secures a point in Tunisia.The former Bordeaux of France tactician added that all his players are well aware of the task ahead and are happy that they have admitted that they cannot afford to miss AFCON 2019, haven failed to qualify for the past two previous editions in 2015 and 2017.Rohr stated: “You know that qualifying for AFCON will help me keep my job, so I will not take chances.“Only players that are ready to give me 100 per cent at the field of play I will use against Libya.“There will be no time for experiment and only the best I will use for the match.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Israel Adesanya Taekwondo Doubt to UFC Champion

first_imgHaving not been successful in his early years in his Taekwondo , Nigerian-born New Zealander, Israel Adesanya, turned out the undisputed UFC Champion of the worldUFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya last weekend retained his title with a unanimous decision victory over Yoel Romero. While the fight was a letdown for most fans, the reigning champion was not going to let the crowd affect him during the fight. Making an appearance on The Luke Thomas Show penultimate Monday, Adesanya discussed why he wouldn’t let the crowd affect him during his fight against Romero.“I’m cool with you guys because you guys give me a fair shake. You have to ask hard questions, you have to be objective, but I appreciate that you give me a fair shake. You know me if this was my fault I’d be the first one to own up to it. I’d be so embarrassed. I let my team down, I let people down.’““Like for me, I didn’t take the stupid risk that the crowd wanted me to take. You know why? Because behind me were four other men and behind them were a whole gang of other people who put everything into me. If I just deviated from the game plan and decided to oblige for what the crowd wanted or what the fans wanted, then I’m letting those four men down. All their hardwork they’ve put into me over the last three months I’m letting all that go to waste.For what? Because some grongos in the crowd? No. They told me beforehand they need 25 minutes of focus, complete and absolute focus to beat this guy. It’s not just about me. If it was a street fight, maybe I could get dumb enough to do that but nah, I’ve got Andre, Eugene, Twist, and Mike, and a gang of other people that put everything into me for me to be able to just like throw it all away and throw all their hard work away.”After acknowledging that he didn’t want to let his team down and wasn’t going to be affected by the crowd, Adesanya continued that he doesn’t feel the lack of action was his fault against Yoel Romero.“You know if it was my fault, I’m objective in that way. I know that wasn’t on me that was on Yoel Romero and it’s his last chance he’s ever going to try and get gold, and he knows in his mind, he never went after it because he has no gas tank, he has no faith in himself. So he’s going to be the one to have to sleep at night with that thought and live with that for the rest of his life.”Meanwhile, Adesanya has labelled his much-criticised win over Romero “the weirdest fight I’ve ever been part of”.Adesanya defended his belt against Romero in Las Vagas last Sunday in a bizarre fight that saw little action as the Cuban fighter often refused to go on the attack.Adesanya sensibly kept his patience and worked his long-range game to see out a comfortable unanimous points decision.The fight, in such contrast to Adesanya’s usual all-action affairs has been slammed by fans and UFC boss Dana White. Adesanya understands why.“One hundred per cent, the weirdest fight I’ve ever been a part of,” he told ESPN with a couple of days’ reflection on the bout.“Even for me, as a fan, it’s the most boring fight I’ve ever had, and I don’t have boring fights. That’s not my style, that’s not my gig.“You can just check my resumé and see that I come to fight. I’m not an actor. I’m a fighter.”Adesanya then explained his tactics to counter the strange approach of Romero that started from the outset as he stood in the middle of the ring with his hands guarding his face for the opening two minutes.“For me, I was just thinking, ‘Don’t give in. Don’t get frustrated,’” Adesanya said.“So now, I thought, ‘OK.’ It sounds stupid. There’s a guy standing there, not doing anything. You should go hit him, right?“But, he’s not doing anything. He’s a hundred per cent defense, and he’s waiting for that split second so he could unload that knockout blow. And he did. At one point, I had my foot from the outside, I attacked with my foot on the inside.“And then as soon as I blitz in, he lets go of that left hand and cracks me. Never rocked me, never hurt me, never dazed me, never flashed me. But he cracks me with this… and I could feel the thud. I was like, ‘Ooh, don’t get hit by that again.’”Adesanya felt Romero had missed his opportunity by failing to follow up that decent strike.“When he cracked me, he hurt my eye. He compromised my eye (and) my vision,” Adesanya told ESPN.“I could see two Romeros. When Anderson Silva, who is an older guy as well, did that in the second round of our fight, what did he do? He pressed the action. He came looking trying to finish. And I was on my bicycle and then I started countering, as well.“If you visibly compromise someone or hurt someone, or hurt their vision, you’re not supposed to still just stand there and wait for them to come to you.“I’m not stupid. After you just punch me, I’m not gonna be like, ‘Alright, let me do that again’.”Adesanya now waits to see who his next title defence will be against but everything points to a fight with Brazil’s Paulo Costa, possibly in July.As a sporting nation, New Zealand has long punched above its weight. And pride in their champions has made the Halberg awards the country’s sporting equivalent of the Oscars.Last month, in the running for ‘Sportsman of the Year’ were shot-putter Tom Walsh, racer Scott McLaughlin (whose Ford Mustang ruled the Australian Supercars championship) and Kane Williamson, who led his team to the final of the World Cup and was adjudged player of the tournament.In a shock to many, said achievers were overshadowed by a mixed martial artist — the reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and his remarkable 2019. Last year, the Nigeria-born, New Zealand-raised fighter defeated MMA legend Anderson Silva, beat contender Kelvin Gastelum in UFC’s ‘fight of the year’ and became the undisputed champion with a sensational knockout win over trans-tasmanian rival Robert Whittaker.The 30-year-old, who defends his title against Cuban Yoel Romero at UFC 248 last Sunday, said: “The award wasn’t for me. This is for the young generation coming up who get to see someone they can relate to. They can feel like, ‘Man, my sport, like Muay Thai or Jiu-Jitsu or Wrestling is up there with the All-Blacks, the Black Caps, and the Tall Blacks and New Zealand’s top sporting teams.”Adesanya was born in Lagos, Nigeria to a family of five children. His father, Femi, is an accountant and his mother, Taiwo, is a nurse. He attended Chrisland Shool, Opebi, and enrolled in its Taekwondo after-school club until he was removed by his mother due to an injury.In early 2001, he relocated to Ghana with his family for 10 months, but due to his parents wanting their children to receive a well-recognised higher education, he settled in Rotorua, New Zealand at age 10.At the age of 18, Adesanya started training in kickboxing, after being inspired by the Muay Thai film Ong-Bak. He went on to amass an amateur kickboxing record of 32–0 before moving to and fighting in China. At the age of 21, Adesanya moved to Aukland, New Zealand, and began training under Eugene Bareman at city Kickboxing, with other established MMA fighters.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Triche provides Syracuse offense with steady leadership in 25-point performance

first_img Published on January 3, 2013 at 12:26 am Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjr Related Stories OH, WHAT A KNIGHT: Syracuse surges past Rutgers with 21-0 1st-half run, Boeheim moves ahead of Bob Knight with 903rd career winBoeheim passes Bob Knight for 2nd on all-time wins list with 903rd career victoryGallery: Syracuse beats Rutgers 78-53, Boeheim earns 903rd career winBoeheim discusses reaching 903 wins Jim Boeheim thinks Brandon Triche can play like he did Wednesday every time he takes the court.Triche, the senior guard and Syracuse’s de facto veteran leader, took over the game at times against Rutgers. He finished with 25 points to lead all scorers.That point total is the most Triche has scored since Dec. 22, 2009 — when he scored a career-high 27 against Oakland. His second career 25-point game came 109 games after his first.“I have total confidence in him,” Boeheim said. “I believe he can play the way he did today every single day.”Triche got off to a sparkling start in SU’s 78-53 win over the Scarlet Knights, scoring nine of the Orange’s first 11 points by making his first three 3-point attempts. He scored his 25 points efficiently, making 8 of 11 field goals, 5 of 7 3s and all four free-throw attempts. It was just the second time this season Triche shot more than 50 percent from the 3.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe also helped lead a 21-0 run to close out the first half as he and Michael Carter-Williams ran Syracuse’s transition offense with quality decisions. He finished with six assists and only one turnover.It was the Triche performance the Orange has looked for all season. The emergence of a senior who provides leadership with his experience and his play.“When he’s hot, he’s hot,” said Carter-Williams, who gave out 10 assists. “When he gets going, I call almost every play for him.”Triche entered Wednesday shooting a career-low 30.8 percent from 3-point range from the season. He made just 3-of-13 from deep in SU’s last four games.But the “when he’s hot, he’s hot” Triche sat down the Carrier Dome crowd on SU’s opening possession by burying a 3 from the right corner. Not long after, he hit a second triple off a feed from Carter-Williams to put the Orange ahead 8-2. His third one came before the under-16 media timeout.“After going 3-for-3 I was feeling it,” Triche said. “I tried to get my shots up, I don’t think I shot any more than I usually do but today they went in.”Triche’s scoring took a backseat role in the rest of the first half as he turned to finding others to make plays. As Syracuse was just beginning to embark on its 21-0 run, Triche found C.J. Fair with a crosscourt bounce pass.Fair was fouled as he went up for the layup. Triche turned around to look over to the SU sideline, where Boeheim gave him a fist pump.“He was the difference in our team,” Boeheim said. “Everybody else played the way they’ve been playing. He had control of the game, he made shots, he made plays and he played great tonight.”As Syracuse looks for a player it can turn to for a bucket, Triche stands out. Just as he did before the season, Triche is the player with the strongest claim. He is a four-year starter and one of only two returning starters — Rakeem Christmas is the other. Triche entered the Rutgers game tied with Southerland for the team lead with 13.8 points per game.Triche’s fourth and fifth 3s came back-to-back in the second half, both off of assists from Carter-Williams. The second gave the Orange a 62-33 lead, its largest of the game.At times, Triche has disappeared this season, making three or fewer field goals in four games. Boeheim never questions the confidence he has in the senior, though.Triche said he is just as confident in himself that he can perform at a high level every game.“It’s not about shooting, scoring,” Triche said. “It’s about being able to find guys, being able to make plays. I’m confident I’m able to make plays whether my shots go in or not.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Non-tenured faculty vote to form union

first_imgAdjunct faculty voted Tuesday to unionize in two of three schools considering the action, according to the Los Angeles Times. Faculty at the Roski School of Art and Design and USC International Academy voted to join the Service Employees International Union Local 721, which represents public service workers across Southern California. Faculty at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences rejected the move.In November, approximately 500 nontenured faculty members representing the three schools filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board, asking to join the bargaining unit. The NLRB evaluated the petition and the University’s response, and conducted a survey to determine which faculty members would be included in the union. All eligible faculty were able to cast one vote; the Roski vote went through 31 to 6, and the International Academy approved the vote 32 to 3. Dornsife faculty opposed the move with 113 in favor of unionization and 127 against.Non-tenure track faculty include lecturers, visiting professors and part-time faculty. Unlike tenure-track faculty, they are paid to teach some classes, lead discussion groups and grade papers and are not evaluated on the research they conduct. In the 2015-2016 academic year, USC employs 1,472 tenured and tenure-track faculty members and 4,265 non-tenure-track faculty, according to the Los Angeles Times.The average salary for non-tenure track faculty at USC is $5,044 per course, according to the SEIU. Full benefits are currently offered to part-time faculty who work for at least 50 percent of the 37.5 or 40 hours per week required of full-time faculty, according to the USC benefits website. These requirements leave many faculty members taking on multiple courses in order to earn a living wage or qualify for benefits, leaving them little time for their own research.Some non-tenure track faculty such as Kate Levin, who has taught part-time in the writing program at USC since 2011, believe that joining the union is a first step in the process of participating in a nationwide movement to improve working conditions for faculty members on college campuses.“Having been a member of a faculty union at another school, I know how valuable it is to have a way to bargain collectively with the university over issues that matter to us and our students,” Levin said in a statement on the USC Faculty Union website.In an email to staff members on Jan. 6, Provost Michael Quick stressed the options non-tenure track faculty members have without unionizing, such as asking for a review of their salary, working toward promotion to full-time faculty or expressing their views in the Academic Senate.“I remain fully committed, as always, to working with each faculty member, and with the Academic Senate and other faculty governance bodies, to make USC a place where the faculty is well supported,” Quick wrote.The move to unionize makes USC one of the largest universities with a faculty union, joining institutions such as Boston University, Georgetown University, Tufts University and Whittier College. Faculty at Whittier, who obtained a union contract in July, obtained “average pay increases of 35 percent,” according to the SEIU.last_img read more

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Syracuse football stats: Comparing Week 1 defense to last year’s

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Syracuse’s defense got off to a dominant start in 2015 by shutting out Rhode Island. While the Rams are a Division I-AA team coming off a 1-11 season and the Orange defense will face tougher competition the rest of the season, it was still a positive sign for SU.Here’s a look at how Syracuse’s defensive numbers vs. URI compare to its season averages from 2014.Points allowed:Against Rhode Island: 02014 season average: 24.3AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Friday night, Syracuse accomplished something it didn’t do all of 2014: shut out an opponent. The closest the Orange came to a shutout last year was in its 40-3 win over Central Michigan.First downs allowed:Against Rhode Island: 22014 season average: 20Rhode Island’s only true first down came late in the first quarter. Early in the third quarter, the Rams moved the chains thanks to a pass interference call against Syracuse.Rushing yards allowed:Against Rhode Island: 42014 season average: 139.3At the end of the third quarter, SU had allowed zero rushing yards, a staggering stat especially considering URI’s quarterback, Paul Mroz, was making his first career start after transferring from JUCO.Passing yards allowed:Against Rhode Island: 602014 season average: 209.9Turnovers:Against Rhode Island: 42014 season average: 1.67Opponent third-down conversion rate:Against Rhode Island: 9.1 percent2014 season average: 39.3 percentOpponent time of possession:Against Rhode Island: 19:462014 season average: 33:19Opponent red-zone scoring rate:Against Rhode Island: 0-for-02014 season: 31-of-40 Commentslast_img read more

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The Chosen One: The “Bald Mamba” is exactly what the Lakers need to win a championship

first_imgCaruso’s positive impact on the team not only manifests itself through his intangibles but also through advanced statistics. Currently, Caruso has the third highest real plus-minus on the Lakers, behind only Davis and James. (According to ESPN, real plus-minus is an advanced statistic that “estimates how many points each player adds or subtracts, on average, to his team’s net scoring margin for each 100 possessions played.”) Caruso also has the 20th best defensive real plus-minus in the entire league, which is a true testament to his defending abilities.  Instead of stuffing the stat sheet with dominant scoring, Caruso became Texas A&M’s all-time leader in steals and assists, earning the 2015-16 All-SEC Defensive Player of the Year and an All-SEC Second Team selection in the process. But somehow, Caruso evolved from an undrafted, overlooked rookie to a beloved, electrifying NBA player earning valuable minutes on a title-contending Los Angeles Lakers team, all while becoming one of the internet’s favorite NBA players.  These aspects of his game are not new by any means. In reality, Caruso has been a particularly outstanding role player ever since his days as an Aggie. Texas A&M senior point guard Alex Caruso did not hear his name get called during the 2016 NBA Draft. Considering his college statline, that shouldn’t have been too surprising. Although he started 120 games in his college career, Caruso didn’t average more than 9.1 points per game in any season.  Caruso also provides energy and excitement through his powerful dunks and flashy highlights. Every time Caruso rises to throw it down, the whole crowd seems to stand on its feet. In fact, every time it happens, the highlight almost always inevitably finds its way onto ESPN.  Kyle Kuzma has seemingly regressed since last season, Danny Green is a one-dimensional shooter, Rajon Rondo can’t shoot at all, Avery Bradley is limited offensively, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is inconsistent and big men Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee are aging and prone to fouling. It’s not hard to see why fans doubt the Lakers’ supporting cast at times. The truth is that Caruso is one of the Lakers’ most popular players even though he plays on the same team as superstars like LeBron and Davis. Part of the reason that Caruso is so hyped stems from the fact that he looks nothing like your typical NBA player.  This is why Caruso has been able to shine as a young role player who gives the Lakers energy on both ends of the floor. Caruso plays with constant hustle; he’s pesky and smothering on defense and a capable shooter and ball handler on offense.  But though Davis and LeBron James have been almost unstoppable, questions still surrounded the rest of the team.  Caruso’s time at Texas A&M molded him into a player who provides value in numerous ways for the Lakers now. Although it did not lead to the flashy stats that would have gotten him drafted, it is surely paying off today as he has found his niche with the Lakers.center_img This number may actually be Caruso’s most significant stat because it is tied for the highest on the team with Lebron. Caruso’s net rating alone should demonstrate just how impactful he is when he is on the floor, especially since he doesn’t just play in junk time.  The hype and energy surrounding Caruso is by no means a distraction to himself or the team. Rather, it is contagious and has given the Lakers’ bench life. No other player on the squad has the same kind of vitality and spirit that Caruso does, which further proves his value to the team and should be a positive factor in the playoffs, where the intensity reaches a whole different level.  Though he was just the fourth-leading scorer on the team, his tenacity and court vision made him a major factor in the Aggies’ 2016 NCAA Tournament run. Heading into this season, the whole league was aware the Lakers would be competing for a title after adding Anthony Davis to their roster. Up until the coronavirus suspended regular season play, the Lakers were meeting almost all expectations, holding the No. 1 spot in the Western Conference for almost the entire season while a number of other contenders — the L.A. Clippers, Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets — lagged behind.  At 26 years old, Caruso looks like your everyday white guy and is already showing signs of baldness on the top of his head that he can’t hide with his signature white headband. People find it hilarious that someone who looks the way he does is capable of delivering show-stopping dunks and playing at such a high level. As a result of his nonexistent hairline and his fierce play style, fans have affectionately nicknamed him “The Bald Eagle.”  In addition, Caruso proves his value while he is on the court through his season net rating of 10.3. (Net rating measures the team’s point differential while the player is on the court; the higher it is, the better.)  Caruso’s evolution is so significant, in fact, that I think the “Bald Mamba” provides the exact spark the Lakers need to propel them to an NBA championship this year (if the Finals even happens).  All of these things contributed to Caruso’s rise from undrafted rookie to a reliable rotation player with a weirdly massive internet following. Don’t get me wrong, Caruso is still young and needs to develop further, but you can’t deny the enthusiasm and buzz his persona offers. The legend of Alex Caruso just needs one more thing: a championship ring. And from what he’s contributed to the Lakers so far, it’s clear that Caruso has what it takes to help the Lakers get one.  Harrison Cho is a sophomore writing about sports. His column, “The Chosen One,” runs every other Thursday.last_img read more

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Yuliia Yastrub gives Syracuse’s offense even more depth

first_img Published on October 10, 2018 at 11:05 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.edu Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img When Syracuse trotted out for its opening game against New Hampshire on Aug. 31, it marked the collegiate debut not only for SU’s freshman kills-leader Polina Shemanova but also sophomore Yuliia Yastrub. An international transfer from Nikolaev, Ukraine, Yastrub was not eligible to play last season. In limited action in her first SU game, she had two kills and three digs.Since then, Yastrub has stepped up, tallying Syracuse’s (9-5, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) fifth-most kills. Of her 52 kills, 24 have come in the Orange’s last three games, adding another dimension to SU’s offensive attack. Yastrub has established herself as an outside hitter for SU.“She did really well,” associate head coach Erin Little said. “She’s always been a great defender for us in the back row. Her serve is very strong, and she’s a solid serve receiver so offensively we saw good numbers from her, and she’s been more and more effective.”Yastrub’s first big performance came against Iowa State on Sept. 16 in a 3-2 win, where she collected 11 kills and added 19 digs. On Sept. 30 in a 3-1 win against Duke, she racked up a career-high 14 kills.The Iowa State performance stuck out to senior Jalissa Trotter as Yastrub showed she belonged.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“She is very scrappy, she hustles all the time, she’s always talking,” Trotter said. “Especially on defense, she gives us a lot on defense for sure. She’s constantly keeping us energized. I mean making great saves, making great digs, that feeds into our energy.”Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorYastrub said she’s constantly offering support to her teammates on the court, even if it’s just saying “good job, good job” when the team huddles between points.“She’s a ball of energy,” senior Santita Ebangwese said. “She helps keep us going, and her spirit and the way she fights is something we need on the court, and that’s why I love her on the court.”Head coach Leonid Yelin said it was “an easy decision” to recruit Yastrub, citing how her skills fit well with the team, as well as her positive personality.For Yastrub, Syracuse presented an option she did not have back in her home country. In Ukraine, Yastrub couldn’t play volleyball and study in school, she said. At SU, she can do both.Yelin believes her freshman year was valuable as an opportunity to adjust to school and get familiar with college volleyball before being allowed to play. Yastrub had help from her teammates in adjusting, especially from international teammates Mariia Levanova (Russia) and Anastasiya Gorelina (Uzbekistan).Yastrub said language is the No. 1 difference between Ukraine and the U.S., but the way people interact differs as well.“Here it’s nice people, they’re always smiling to you,” she said. “In Ukraine, we have nice people but not like in America.”With Syracuse off to a 5-1 start in conference, the players acknowledged a need to continue improving and have more confidence going forward. Yelin specifically mentioned last Friday’s game against now-No. 8 Pitt, where SU came just two points away from tying up the match 1-1, a critical set that could’ve changed the outcome of the match if SU had won the set instead.Yastrub has grown comfortable with collegiate volleyball. Now, for SU to make its first NCAA tournament, she’ll need to keep maximizing her time on the court.“Everyone who increases their presence on the team is helping us,” Yelin said. “Getting deep in the season, we need a lot of people who can step on the floor and help, and she’s one of them.”last_img read more

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“Michael Essien was the midfield general in my time”- Stephen Appiah

first_imgFormer Black Stars skipper, Stephen Appiah, has picked out former Chelsea midfielder, Michael Essien, as the most excellent midfielder he played with in Black Stars team.Essien and Appiah featured prominently in the team as Ghana made its FIFA World Cup debut in 2006 and they were key parts of the team during the tournament as Ghana reached the last 16 in Germany.Appiah was speaking on a live Instagram chat put together by Betway on Saturday, May 9.He recounted the various midfield partners he worked with in his time in the national team in response to questions he was asked by fans who had joined the live chat.He mentioned names like Derek Boateng and a few other but he rated Essien very highly.“I played with Michael Essien a lot and sometimes with Derek Boateng. In that very popular match against South Africa in Kumasi in which we won 3-0, William Tiero (who played for Liberty Professionals at the time) was in that match and I must say that he played very well that day. I even think he was the best player on that day.I enjoyed playing with a lot of midfielders in the national team but the Bison (in reference to Essien) was the Bison. He was the general.”Appiah and Essien’s chemistry was on full display when they combined for Ghana’s second goal in South Africa in a 2-0 win in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers.Appiah lofted the ball for an Essien header late in the game to seal the result and push Ghana to the 2006 World Cup in Germany.last_img read more

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