Burundi’s President Urges End to Protest, Coup Leader At Large

first_imgBurundian President Pierre Nkurunziza’s spokesman said he had returned to the capital on Friday after a failed coup but that the general behind it had not been arrested as he had reported earlier, adding to confusion after three days of turmoil.In an address on the small east African country’s state radio, Nkurunziza urged an end to weeks of demonstrations over his quest for a third term in office.“There is peace in the whole country, including in the capital city where the coup-makers were operating,” he said after a day of clashes in which at least a dozen people were killed.“Whoever wants to bring trouble in the country will not go far.”Nkurunziza’s spokesman said earlier that Burundian forces had arrested General Godefroid Niyombare, who had announced the president’s ouster on Wednesday while he was abroad.Niyombare “has not been arrested”, presidential spokesman Gervais Abayeho told Reuters later. He said the source of his earlier statement had corrected the information.Burundi was plunged into deep crisis after Nkurunziza announced he was running for another five-year term, with clashes between police and protesters stirring memories of an ethnically driven civil war that ended just a decade ago.Opponents say his decision violates the constitution and a deal to end the war that pitted rebel groups of the majority Hutu population, including one led by Nkurunziza, against the army which was then commanded by minority Tutsis.The army is now mixed and has absorbed rival factions, but the coup attempt exposed alarming divisions.Troops loyal to Nkurunziza had largely calmed the streets on Friday after frequent gunfire on Thursday.But activists called for more rallies against the president, while some Bujumbura residents said police told them they would be fired upon at if they did demonstrate.last_img read more

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EIAC All-Sports 2012

first_imgA big thank you to Mark Ferguson, athletic director at Batesville High School, for providing me with final statistics for last year’s EIAC.  There definitely is a pattern with both the boys and girls standings.  East Central and Batesville dominated the EIAC.  East Central was first in the boys and Batesville was first in the girls.  Overall, East Central was first, Batesville was second, and Greensburg was third.  On the flip side, the Lawrenceburg athletes were overwhelmed by the other EIAC teams.  Only Franklin County girls challenged them for ineptness.  In 9 sports the Lawrenceburg boys averaged a 5th place finish out of 6 teams and the Franklin County girls averaged a dismal 6th.  If it weren’t for girls’ golf, Franklin County girls might have set an all-time low in the conference rankings.  Overall, the statistics show that East Central, Batesville, and Greensburg are the “haves” and South Dearborn, Franklin County, and Lawrenceburg are the “have nots”.  It will be interesting to see, with the addition of Rushville and Connersville, how the 2013-14 statistics compare.  I would predict that Connersville will join the top half and Rushville will line up in the lower half.  Rushville’s enrollment has dwindled so much in the last few years that they are having trouble fielding competitive squads in some of their sports.  In another article, I will talk about some individual sports.  For example, East Central boys have never lost a swimming title until last year.  Look for more to come!last_img read more

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Earls backing O’Driscoll to carry on

first_img O’Driscoll will win his 123rd cap for Ireland in Sunday’s RBS 6 Nations clash with Scotland at Murrayfield with his future beyond participating in a fourth Lions tour this summer undecided. The 34-year-old centre was man of the match in the championship opener against Wales and impressed against England a week later, suggesting he still has plenty to offer at the highest level. And Munster back Earls has seen enough to believe that O’Driscoll could defy his own expectations and make the next World Cup in England in 2015, and he said: “I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes on until the next World Cup – he’s feeling fresh and is buzzing.” Ireland winger Keith Earls is convinced the celebrated Test career of his boyhood hero Brian O’Driscoll could extend until the 2015 World Cup. Staying fit remains his greatest challenge, however, after successfully returning from surgery on the trapped nerve in his neck that dogged him throughout the 2011 World Cup and an ankle operation in the last two years alone. “Brian was amazing against Wales – I couldn’t believe it,” added Earls, who will be making his first start of this year’s Six Nations in place of the injured Simon Zebo. “The surgery on his neck has given him massive relief and you can see that in his body shape. “Now he’s able to do weights, something he wasn’t able to do for a couple of years. It’s made a massive difference to him. “You get goose bumps when you’re watching the video back of him play because in my eyes he’s one of the best rugby players to have ever walked on a pitch. “He has no fear, but is also very intelligent in the way he thinks about the game. His presence lifts you because you know he’s willing to do anything for you and the team. It makes you want to do the same for him.” Earls may only be 25-years-old, but alongside O’Driscoll and Rob Kearney, 26, he views himself as one of the elder statesmen of a backline than has undergone a youthful overhaul since the autumn. Scrum-half Conor Murray is 23, while fly-half Paddy Jackson, inside centre Luke Marshall and right wing Craig Gilroy are 21. Jackson and Marshall will be making their Test debuts on Sunday. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Gross wins Gaziano Lineman Award; Crawford honored at Fitzpatrick banquet

first_imgBy Kevin ThomasPortland Press HeraldAUGUSTA — They both grew up awaiting their chance to play varsity football for their high schools.They would play — and excel.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textDavid Gross of Bucksport and Nate Mars of Scarborough were named winners of the Gaziano Lineman Awards on Saturday afternoon at the Augusta Civic Center. The event, now in its 10th year, honors the best senior linemen in the state. Mars was named the best on defense, Gross the best on offense.“My heart was pounding out of my chest. I couldn’t believe it,” Gross said. He was chosen over two other finalists, Jack Rogers of Thornton Academy and Leavitt’s Riley Parmenter.Mars called the moment “surreal” when he realized he was picked for the defensive award ahead of Will Horton of Bonny Eagle and Leavitt’s Cam Jordan.Mars and Gross received $5,000 scholarships, while the other finalists received $1,000 scholarships. The awards are sponsored by National Distributors, the company created by the late Frank Gaziano, who was a lineman at Waltham (Mass.) High School, Holy Cross and in the NFL.Mars had attended this award presentation before. His brother, Logan Mars, received the Gaziano offensive award for the 2011 season.Ellsworth/Sumner’s Connor Crawford (left) and Maranacook’s Gerit Laliberte pose for a photo with their semifinalist plaques during the Fitzpatrick Trophy banquet Jan. 26 in Portland. The two were among 12 players nominated for the award, given annually to the best senior football player in the state of Maine. DUANE CRAWFORD PHOTO“I was sitting in that seat eight year ago,” said Mars, who admits to enjoying some brotherly competition. “We are eight years apart, so it’s hard to be directly competitive. He did set a standard that I’ve tried to surpass in every way that I could.”Nate Mars could not wait to play for the Red Storm. As a sophomore, he started at defensive end on the Class A state championship team. The past two seasons, he’s started on both sides of the ball at defensive tackle and offensive left tackle.Mars will play college football somewhere. He has been accepted to the Coast Guard Academy and Merchant Marine Academy. He’s waiting to hear from the Army, Navy and Air Force academies and has congressional nominations for all three.Gross, who led Bucksport to a 9-1 season and Class D North championship this year, will play his college football closer to home. He’s mulling offers from the University of Maine and the University of New Hampshire.“David is just an outstanding young man with a work ethic that’s through the roof,” said Bucksport assistant coach Sean Geagan (filling in for head coach Joel Sankey, who was out of town).“He’s had that same ethic since Pop Warner.”Gross always demonstrated commitment, whether in youth football or his early days as the Bucksport water boy.“I couldn’t wait to be on the high school field,” Gross said, “and now it’s over. It’s crazy. Time flies.”Gross was a two-way starter for the Golden Bucks for four years. He was named Little Ten Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year, Defensive Lineman of the Year and Player of the Year this past fall.Both Mars and Gross are members of the National Honor Society.Crawford honored at Fitzpatrick banquetEllsworth/Sumner senior Connor Crawford was honored as a Fitzpatrick Trophy semifinalist at Sunday’s banquet in Portland.Crawford, who led Ellsworth/Sumner to a playoff appearance in its first year of eight-man play this fall, rushed for 1,632 yards on 225 carries this season while throwing for 218 yards and four touchdowns. He also excelled on defense, where he racked up 39 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, one interception and one sack.Crawford was originally nominated for the award, given annually to the top senior football player in Maine, in December. He was one of two eight-man players nominated selected, the other being Maranacook’s Gerit Laliberte.Marshwood’s Justin Bryant was named the award winner after rushing for 1,522 yards and 33 touchdowns on offense and recording 68 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and four sacks on defense for the Class B champion Hawks. Bryant won the award over fellow finalists Zach Maturo (Bonny Eagle) and Jarett Flaker (Scarborough).This story has been amended to include information about Sunday’s Fitzpatrick Trophy banquet in Portland.last_img read more

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The Latest: Jenkins keynote speaker for Philly graduations

first_imgSquads were only allowed to restart practice sessions in small groups last week but contact and tackling is now allowed between players.___The head of English cricket says “unorthodox” measures could be explored to ensure at least part of the domestic season is played this year.The England and Wales Cricket Board says there will be no professional domestic cricket before Aug. 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body says its ambition remains to stage domestic competitions some time over the upcoming summer and that talks will continue with the government and health experts. Jenkins starred for the Eagles for the last six seasons and the safety won an NFL championship in 2017. He also has been a leader of several off-field initiatives, and his foundation has a mission to promote positive change in the lives of underserved youth in New Jersey, where he grew up; Ohio, where he went to college at Ohio State; Pennsylvania and Louisiana, homes of his pro teams.“Malcolm was selected not for his greatness on the field and his two Super Bowl rings, but because of his compassion and advocacy around social justice,” said Donna Frisby-Greenwood, CEO of the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia and co-chair of the commencement planning committee. “Malcolm’s foundation focuses on youth leadership development and skill building, and we think that that makes him a perfect speaker for us.”The hour-long graduation will be streamed on several platforms, including the school district’s website. Frisby-Greenwood said that several companies and organizations are involved with planning and serving as sponsors. The Philadelphia Orchestra has recorded “Pomp and Circumstance” for the ceremony. And the city’s Free Library will host the live stream of the event on its platform.Individual high schools will be distributing caps and gowns to the students to wear during the festivities.___ Organizers of the first Dutch GP in 35 years preferred to wait until next year in hope fans will be able to attend, rather than hold the race without them this time.The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed.Race director Jan Lammers says “we would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands.”The other races canceled were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.Another six remain postponed. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Malcolm Jenkins, who this offseason left the Eagles to sign with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent, will be the keynote speaker at Philadelphia’s virtual graduation on June 9. Associated Press The season has been suspended since March 8. It will resume with the British Masters in northern England from July 22-25 before five further events in the “UK Swing” across England and Wales.Four Rolex Series events have been rescheduled for October to December. They are the Scottish Open, the BMW PGA Championship, the Nedbank Golf Challenge and then the season-ending World Tour Championship from Dec. 10-13.The tour says details of other tournaments from September to November will be announced later.European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley says the Ryder Cup is still on schedule for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin pending more discussions with the PGA Tour.___ No fans were allowed into the 52,500-seat stadium in Brisbane because of strict social distancing rules. But at a bone-jarring collision between burly rugby players was broadcast across Australia to signal the return of contact teams sports in the country.Players and all staff and officials had to undergo heat checks before entering the stadium and strict health protocols were put in place on the field.___Bologna says a test carried out on a member of its staff who was suspected of having coronavirus has come back negative.The club says that a “further, definitive test” will be carried out in the next few hours. The Latest: Jenkins keynote speaker for Philly graduations ___The Premier League’s official broadcasters say the competition will restart on June 17.The BBC and Sky Sports say there will be a doubleheader on that day with Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United.Playing those make-up games on a Wednesday will ensure the 30th round can be contested the following weekend.The last match was played on March 9 before the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. The ECB has outlined a slew of proposals for play in both red ball and limited-overs cricket. They include opening up all grounds or using regional grouping for matches. Matches could yet be played before a limited number of supporters.England is looking to play international cricket from July.___The European Tour plans to resume its season in July starting with a six-week stretch of golf tournaments in Britain and running through to the World Tour Championship in Dubai in December.The tour says its events initially will be held without spectators and will be subject to strict testing protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.center_img All sporting competitions in Belgium have been suspended until July 31. The new season is set to start on Aug. 7.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The three players will have to self-isolate for seven days before returning to training ahead of a potential resumption of the competition.___The Hungarian soccer federation says matches in the country can once again be held with spectators in the stadiums.The announcement comes on the back of a government decree allowing the option amid the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers are obliged to keep three seats empty between each occupied seat and no fan may sit directly behind or in front of another. Players and essential personnel on or near the field during matches must recently have tested negative for the coronavirus. The federation says clubs can decide on their own whether they want to play in front or fans again.Tickets for next Wednesday’s Hungarian Cup final between Budapest Honved and Mezokovesd-Zsory at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest will soon be sold online.___Elite sports made a comeback in Australia for the first time since March 22 with the Brisbane Broncos hosting Parramatta in the National Rugby League.Two rounds of matches were played in the NRL in March before Australia and New Zealand went into lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15-18 races this season, starting with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP in July.___The postponed Belgian Cup final has been rescheduled for Aug. 1. That is one week before the start of the league’s next season.Belgian soccer authorities say the match between Club Brugge and Antwerp will take place in an empty King Baudouin Stadium.Club Brugge has the opportunity to secure a league-cup double after it was awarded its 16th Belgian title this month following a decision to end the current season prematurely because of the coronavirus pandemic. The players will nevertheless train individually as a precaution.It would be the first positive case in Serie A since the teams started training in groups if it is confirmed. The entire squad would have to go into quarantine.Serie A has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league is hoping to restart on June 13.___The Dutch Grand Prix has become the fourth Formula One race to be canceled this season. Serbia’s top soccer league has decided that no teams will be relegated this season as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. However, four teams will still be promoted from the second tier, making for an expanded 20-team league next season. The league says the Serbian soccer federation accepted its proposal to adapt to the shutdown forced by the pandemic.Games are set to resume Friday to complete the final four rounds of the regular season and decide a champion and qualifying places for UEFA competitions. Red Star Belgrade has an 11-point lead ahead of Partizan.However, the league’s normal eight-team groups that were to decide the postseason championship and relegation spots have been scrapped. May 28, 2020 Three players from English soccer clubs Blackburn and Fulham have tested positive for the coronavirus.Blackburn says captain Elliott Bennett was found to be infected with COVID-19 after testing negative last Friday.Bennett says he doesn’t “feel unwell” and doesn’t have any symptoms.Fulham says two players tested positive but did not name them.The positive cases at the second-division clubs came after tests on 1,030 players and staff from Monday to Wednesday.last_img read more

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MBB : Carter-Williams plays solid floor game for Orange in victory

first_img Published on December 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 Comments Michael Carter-Williams emerged from the scrum near midcourt with ball in hand. After diving to secure the loose ball, his head jerked up, already searching for the open man.There, waiting in the front court, was Dion Waiters. Carter-Williams found him with a perfectly placed hit-ahead pass, and Waiters did the rest.He drove down the left side of the lane and underneath the hoop, took flight and resurfaced on the far side of the basket for an emphatic one-handed slam.‘He’s one of the best guys at throwing the ball ahead,’ Syracuse guard Brandon Triche said. ‘Guys who do that all the time and put the ball where the right guys can score, you love playing with those guys.’It was a talent on display throughout SU’s 85-50 win over George Washington (4-5) Saturday, as Carter-Williams turned in arguably the best game of his career for the Orange (10-0). In 18 minutes, the freshman point guard dished out eight assists, scored five points, grabbed three rebounds and committed zero turnovers. His ability to run both the fast break and half-court offense appeared effortless en route to the highest assist total by a Syracuse guard this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith SU jumping out to an 11-point lead in the first five-plus minutes of the game, Carter-Williams entered quickly at the 14:44 mark. From that point all the way until the clock read 9:32, Carter-Williams and Waiters manned the two guard positions brilliantly.During that span, Carter-Williams assisted on four of the Orange’s six field goals with the highlight being Waiters’ dunk.But just two possessions earlier, Carter-Williams raced up court after a GW basket and found Kris Joseph wide open on the left wing for a 3-pointer. From the time David Pellom’s layup fell through the net on one end to the time Joseph’s 3 swished through on the other, only 11 seconds had past.An example of Carter-Williams’ superior floor vision.‘He’s one of the best I’ve seen at when he gets the ball of finding his teammates,’ SU assistant coach Gerry McNamara said. ‘And he certainly did a great job of it tonight.’Minutes later, he got the ball up the court even faster.Tony Taylor converted a free throw for the Colonials with 10:39 remaining in the half. And even though George Washington set up a full-court press, Carter-Williams exploded up court and hit C.J. Fair for a layup after four short ticks of the clock.‘The whole season my job is just to take care of the ball and find the open teammate,’ Carter-Williams said. ‘And I know I’ll be getting more minutes if I keep having limited turnovers.’He and Waiters also commanded the top of the Syracuse zone during that stretch in the first half. The long arms of Carter-Williams combined with the ferociousness from Waiters forced steals on back-to-back Colonials possessions.The two were paired up again at the top of the 2-3 zone in the second half, and the result was identical. With the score 61-38 and 12:18 remaining, Carter-Williams and Waiters bounced up and down, arms extended at the top of the defense.Carter-Williams hounded George Washington’s Nemanja Mikic as he tried to penetrate through the left side of the zone. He forced an errant pass picked off by Waiters for one of his six steals and watched as his backcourt partner coasted down the court for another crowd-pleasing slam.‘When (Waiters) and Mike are out there, they’re so active up top and they get a lot of steals,’ Triche said. ‘Mike’s arms are so long he can distract guys, get tipped passes. I think Dion needs to thank Mike for enabling him to get those fast breaks.’And he did thank the freshman. With 13 minutes left in regulation, Waiters found Carter-Williams open on the wing for a 3 to return the favor. Carter-Williams finished the game with five points, all coming in the second half.In his postgame press conference, head coach Jim Boeheim acknowledged the strong defensive abilities of his freshman point guard. In the locker room, starting point guard Scoop Jardine said this was exactly the type of game that SU needs from Carter-Williams.Both realize that the freshman will be an important part of the team’s future as Big East play rapidly approaches, and a complete game like Carter-Williams had Friday only reinforces his self-confidence.‘This is where he’s going to get his confidence at, and this is what we’re going to need out of him all year,’ Jardine said. ‘And for him to come up and give us a spark like that is a huge lift for us.’mjcohe02@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Slow growth could be good for job seekers

first_imgIn five years, most baby boomers will have retired, leaving many job vacancies for recent graduates and young people in California, according to a report released Tuesday.The ratio of seniors older than 65 years to working-age Californians will increase from about 20 seniors per 100 working-age Californians to 28 seniors in 2020 and 36 seniors in 2030, according to the report “Generational Projections of the California Population by Nativity and Year of Immigrant Arrival.”“We all hear about the problems of today,” said Dowell Myers, co-author of the report and a USC professor of urban planning and demography. “It’s a tough, tough job market, and people just can’t imagine how it can turn around, but within five years, it turns around big time and actually goes in the opposite direction. … We will have a shortage of workers.”In the past 20 years, California’s population of working-age people — ages 25 to 64 — grew by 4.2 million people. In the next 20 years, however, the population is expected to slow its growth and increase by 3.3 million, according to the report, also authored by senior research associate John Pitkin in the Population Dynamics Research Group.“We’re facing this enormous change in the next 20 years,” Myers said. “The baby boomer generation is retiring right now. … There will be more job openings, there will be easier promotions, there will be more homes people are trying to sell and [young people] will be the buyers.”Shoshana Polansky, a senior majoring in sociology, said she believes more jobs will become available, but the transition will take time.“I don’t see baby boomers retiring in five years, but the thoughts behind it make sense,” said Polansky, who is currently applying for full-time jobs. “‘There’s no jobs’ is what everyone was saying, and I think that it’s more like, ‘Are there jobs that you’re qualified for?’”As the population becomes top heavy with retirees, California’s overall population will see dramatically less growth than the state previously projected. The California Department of Finance showed the state reaching a population of 50 million people by 2032, yet the report found that California’s population will reach 50 million more than a decade later in 2046.The report found a different projection because the demographers of the report used the most recent 2010 census data in its estimations and closely considered California’s immigrant population, said Myers, who found the California population was 1.8 million lower than the state had projected.“[California was] way off because they were over expecting how much migration would be coming into California,” Myers said.Immigration, particularly from Mexico, has decreased and will continue to decrease, Myers said. California’s population of children — 18 years old and below — will also decrease and nearly halt growth. Between 1990 and 2010, the child population grew by 1.6 million, whereas by 2030, the child population will decrease by 4.2 percentage points.“In general, there will be fewer people trying to go to college because there are fewer kids, except that’s bad for society.” Myers said. “We need to have more college graduates, not fewer.”With fewer children in California’s future, educating youth should be the state’s priority, Myers said.“With young people better educated, you get better taxpayers … if you have better taxpayers, that takes care of all the problems,” Myers said.Polansky said higher education is essential in securing the future.“Losing sight of funding for higher education is going to be one of the poorest choices that we can make for our economy in the future,” Polansky said. “I’m hopeful that if companies and the government and voters alike refocus their attention on the importance of an educated workforce, then I’m confident that there will be plenty more jobs than there are today.”last_img read more

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Tyus Battle excels in new starting role for Syracuse

first_img Published on December 4, 2016 at 11:09 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman The decision to bench Tyler Roberson for the first time in 59 games was an easy one for Jim Boeheim. In Roberson’s last two games, over a span of 34 total minutes, the senior forward scored one point on 0-of-5 shooting. Insert Tyus Battle, Syracuse’s highest-rated recruit in the Class of 2015 but a freshman who hadn’t yet scored in double digits this season.Forty minutes of game time after Battle heard his name announced during pregame introductions for the first time, he had 19 points to his name. He was the primary supporting cast member to Andrew White, who lead SU with 26 points, gifting Boeheim with unexpected validation for the switch.“I didn’t think it would work out this well,” Boeheim said. “I didn’t think Tyus was ready to have this kind of game, but I’m glad he did.”Battle is traditionally a wing player, which showed with his four triples on Saturday in a 77-71 win over North Florida. But playing a more pure shooting guard role, Battle flashed an ability to penetrate that Boeheim has previously said needed work. Battle will get a chance at an encore when No. 22 Syracuse (5-2) faces Connecticut (3-4) under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden Monday at 7 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Starting doesn’t really matter,” Battle said. “It’s just playing on the floor. That’s the most important thing, just making an impact when you get in the game.”As Roberson trotted back to the bench from the pregame huddle with his warm-up top still on, receiving a pat on the back from assistant coach Mike Hopkins, Battle headed onto the floor but took a little while to get going. The freshman only took two shots in the first half in 16 minutes, hitting 1-of-2 3-pointers while White took over.Battle didn’t grab any rebounds or tally any assists in the opening half, but quickly got involved in the second frame with a two-handed flush on a fast break to open the scoring. He was the primary benefactor in the second half of Frank Howard’s penetration, waiting on the wing until Howard drew in Battle’s defender to free up space for the freshman.Battle hit all three of his 3-pointers in the second half and didn’t miss any of his five shots in the latter 20 minutes, leading Syracuse in the second half with 16 points.“I don’t know if he was capable of what he did tonight earlier in the year,” White said. “I’m glad to see him do what he did. He’s growing up a lot as a shooter.”After Battle played a season-low 13 minutes in a 64-50 loss to South Carolina, scoring no points and only taking two shots, Boeheim said the freshman seemed “a little lost out there.”Three games later, the head coach called on one of his youngest players while altering the starting five, something Syracuse didn’t do all of last season.“He just told me to get out there and be aggressive, make plays,” Battle said of Boeheim. “Don’t worry about scoring as much, just make things happen on the floor.”Against North Florida, Battle didn’t seem to worry about scoring in the first half. He didn’t need to. But when White’s production faded, only scoring five points in the final 17:38, Battle gave Syracuse a glimpse at the total package he’s capable of delivering.“His IQ is building a lot and that’s something that I try to help him with a little bit every day,” White said. “So I was proud for him to be able to have that kind of game in his first-career start.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Women’s volleyball beats ASU for 1,000th program win

first_imgTrevor Sochocki | Daily TrojanSpiking their way to history · Senior middle blocker Elise Ruddins finished with 5 kills to help USC win its 1,00th win in program history.The No. 22 Women of Troy claimed their 1,000th win in program history en route to its fourth consecutive victory overall after beating Arizona State 3-1 at the Galen Center on Wednesday night.Arizona State made the match interesting after winning the third set and avoiding the sweep, but USC  claimed the fourth set 25-20 to close out the win.“I was really pleased with our match tonight … We’ve got our outside [hitters] all scoring in pretty good numbers,” head coach Mick Haley said.The match began with strong Trojan momentum. Freshman outside hitter Khalia Lanier, junior outside hitter Niki Withers and senior middle blocker Elise Ruddins led the team’s offense with 8 kills for Lanier, 3 for Withers, and 3 for Ruddins. Throughout the first set, the Trojans maintained a decently-sized lead, not allowing the Sun Devils to get within 5 points of them. Junior opposite Brittany Abercrombie and sophomore outside hitter Alyse Ford soon added to the scoreboard for the Trojans. Senior libero Taylor Whittingham contributed to the momentum by holding a strong defense and acing her serves.Meanwhile, the Sun Devils lacked coherence, with blocking errors and both serves and kills going out of bounds. The Trojans won the first set 25-15 with 17 cumulative kills for the team.The second set was a more even pace. After the first few rallies, the Trojans took control of their serve receive and pulled ahead. Withers and Lanier maintained offensive domination with their kills and serves. Junior middle blocker Jordan Dunn also began to step up with 3 kills in the set.Arizona State’s Cassidy Pickerell, Oluoma Okar and Jasmine Koontes attempted to respond, but the closest the Sun Devils came to the Trojans was a 20-17 deficit. Withers ended the set with 5 kills and Lanier with 4. The Trojans took the second set as well after a well-placed kill from Abercrombie.“Our passing is better and better and better,” Haley said. “We are really starting to stay in rhythm now. We had a little dip in the serving concentration but that will happen every once in awhile.”The third set saw a series of both kill and defensive errors that put the Trojans behind the Sun Devils. A kill from Ruddins gave the Trojans the opportunity to get back in control of the ball, but ASU returned with a kill from Maya McClendon and an ace from Nicole Peterson to put the Sun Devils in charge.After a sub change, the Trojans regained a 3-point lead. However, this was quickly returned by ASU, and it came back to lead USC by one. The lead went back and forth, but the Sun Devils eventually took the third set 27-26 with a kill by Ivana Jeremic.“Arizona State is physical and played much better tonight on controlling the ball,  so maybe this was one of their better matches,” Haley said.At the start of the fourth set, the Trojans appeared more balanced and in control. Abercrombie started off the momentum with a quick kill that caught ASU off guard. The Trojans began with a 5-point lead. Withers, Ford and Lanier continued to contribute on offense. The confidence the  Women of Troy had been playing with in the first two sets returned in this set, leading to a historic 25-20 win for the Trojans.last_img read more

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England goalkeeper on way to Torino

first_imgThe 29 year old was not part of new City manager Pep Guardiola’s plans.Wilfried Bony is among those who could be making a move.It’s thought the Manchester City striker is in talks with Stoke. While Tottenham are believed to have made a bid of 30-million pounds for Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko.last_img

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