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  • Sports and May

    first_imgIt is probably safe to say that winter is finally behind us.  When May rolls around, you have a lot of sports activities to follow.  It starts with the Kentucky Derby which is on the 7th this year and ends with two huge auto racing events.  Those are the Indy 500 and the Coca Cola 600 both run on the 23rd this year.   High school sports start their playoff runs in May, and most of them will conclude around the first of June.  There is something for everybody.In pro sports, the NFL draft was just concluded last week so ESPN will be talking about that all month.  The NBA playoffs will continue through the month of May.  For those of you who are not big into sports, we have Mother’s Day on the 8th and Memorial Day (the official start of the summer season) at the end of the month.  Enjoy this month when the weather is nice and not yet too hot to enjoy being outside.last_img read more

  • VB : Syracuse improves in 2nd half of season under Morrisroe, has pieces in place for future

    first_imgWith the season in the balance, Kelly Morrisroe kept her speech before the fourth set short. Notre Dame rallied to take the third set of Syracuse’s last home match — one the Orange needed to win to make the Big East tournament — but the interim head coach didn’t need to highlight each error.‘Stay focused, limit distractions and close this team out,’ Morrisroe said to her team.When the Orange did as Morrisroe instructed — minimized on-court errors and played to the strengths of its strong blocking game — it played like a team deserving of that tournament berth. SU beat Notre Dame and moved on to the conference tournament, where it fell in the quarterfinals in a rematch with the Fighting Irish to end its season. It was an inconsistent year for Syracuse (19-12, 8-6 Big East), but the team still improved upon last year’s campaign, in which the Orange finished with a 5-9 in-conference record.Morrisroe expected those up and downs. Her team was composed of nine freshmen players.And the team had to deal with the midseason dismissal of Jing Pu in the middle of his 16th year as head coach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo even though SU lost that opening postseason match in a second game against Notre Dame, Morrisroe said the fact that the Orange was in a position to play postseason volleyball was an impressive feat.‘Our team had been against it with the coaching change, and obviously, going to the tournament was a huge accomplishment,’ Morrisroe said. ‘But even with that out of the way, this team proved a lot.’After two blowout losses to Big East favorites Louisville and Cincinnati in early November, SU won the two matches it needed to win against DePaul and the Irish at home to go to the postseason. The Orange hadn’t beaten Notre Dame since 1981.All-Big East Second Team outside hitter Noemie Lefebvre said that winning critical games and going to the postseason after such an up-and-down season benefits Syracuse’s young players going forward.‘You know you’ve already achieved that goal,’ Lefebvre said. ‘So next year’s goal is to go back (to the Big East tournament) again.’Though SU clinched a postseason berth behind the play of its freshmen, it almost choked away a chance at the Big East tournament because of its inexperience. On several heartbreaking occasions, the Orange lost games against weaker competition. These losses often came in five sets and on the heels of a freshman mistake.At home against South Florida on Sept. 23, freshman outside hitter Andrea Fisher couldn’t match up with Bulls outside hitter Valerie El Houssine. After SU jumped out to a two-set lead, El Houssine recorded 10 kills in the third set that keyed a USF comeback.Additionally, opposing hitters targeted freshman outside hitter Ying Shen in an upset loss against Georgetown on Oct. 9. Shen hit three Georgetown spikes out of bounds in the fourth and fifth sets, and in the fifth and deciding set, she had a critical service error that gave the Hoyas a late lead.When Pu was fired Oct. 18, it wasn’t a stretch to assume the Orange would continue its tailspin down the Big East standings. But behind Morrisroe, SU’s freshmen players eventually rounded out a team that made a run to the postseason. Syracuse’s solid finish was led by eventual All-Big East First Team middle blocker Sam Hinz and All-Big East Second Team selections Lefebvre and Lindsay McCabe.In that clinching Notre Dame match, freshman setter Emily Betteridge had a career-high 53 assists. Fisher tallied 14 kills and freshman outside hitter Nicolette Serratore had three blocks.Hinz said the freshman class knows how to overcome adversity after one season — an invaluable trait going forward.‘That’s been a theme with our team all season,’ Hinz said. ‘I think the fact that the freshmen got to witness us battle against good teams helps a lot.’One of those battles came in that crucial final home match against the Fighting Irish.And in the pressure situations, SU did as Morrisroe instructed. The Orange stayed focused, limited distractions and closed them out. Even with the adversity of Pu’s dismissal and later two teams in its way to a postseason berth, Syracuse made its way to Milwaukee, Wis., for the Big East tournament.And with the freshmen now having a year under their belts against Division I competition, Serratore, one of those youngsters, said she can’t wait to retake the court next year.‘They know that the more I play, the better I can be,’ Serratore said. ‘I think that holds true for all of us.’[email protected]  Comments Published on November 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nicktoneytweetscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

  • Packers’ Gary, Savage look to make strides in second seasons

    first_img First Published: 18th August, 2020 09:00 IST Written By COMMENT FOLLOW US The Green Bay Packers’ hopes of developing a championship-caliber defense would get a boost if their two first-round draft picks from last year make major strides in their second seasons.Outside linebacker Rashan Gary couldn’t earn much playing time and safety Darnell Savage won a starting spot, then had to fight through an injury in their rookie years. The two former Big Ten players are eager to take a step forward and build on what they learned.“That experience, with that comes a lot of confidence,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said.Green Bay chose Gary 12th overall and traded up nine spots to take Savage 21st in the 2019 draft.Gary never really carved out a niche last year while playing behind veteran free agent acquisitions Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith, who combined for 25 ½ sacks . The former Michigan star made two sacks and was on the field for less than one-quarter of the Packers’ defensive plays.The pandemic caused Gary to go back to basics in his offseason approach as he tried to play his way into a bigger role.“I had to go back to kind of the high school workouts, running bleachers, running 110s, running gassers, getting position work in, a lot of footwork,” Gary said.Packers fans got plenty of opportunities to see just what Gary was doing, as he periodically posted video clips of his workouts on social media.Gary should have more opportunities this fall. Kyler Fackrell, who had 10 ½ sacks in 2018 and served as the Packers’ third outside linebacker behind the Smiths, departed for the New York Giants as a free agent.Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said back in May that Gary could have “a significantly increased role.” Gary’s improvement could help give the Smiths an occasional rest and reduce the likelihood they wear down.Gary prepared for that by watching the Smiths on film to see what makes them so productive. Gary believes he should benefit from having a better understanding of his role in the defense.“I feel like I’m at the point where it’s just perfecting every play,” Gary said. “It’s not like learning it and getting it down. I know it, and now it’s about making it effective and doing my assignment every play.”And that’s what it’s going to come down to for Gary. Packers coaches appreciate the way he attacked the offseason. But he now must show all that work has made him him a better player.“I’ll tell you one thing you can never question is how Rashan goes after it, his work ethic,” LaFleur said. “He came back in phenomenal shape. I saw a lot of the videos he was posting the entire offseason. He’s always working. More than anything else, just being in Year 2 of the system for him, it’s important that he continues to learn the details and understand exactly what he’s supposed to do on each and every play. I think the only way that’s going to come about is for him to show that in practice.”While Gary spent much of his rookie season on the sidelines, Savage stepped right into a featured role and became the first safety since Morgan Burnett in 2010 to start for the Packers in his opening week.Savage was the first Maryland player drafted in the first round since San Diego took Shawne Merriman 12th overall in 2005.“I think he’s got a bright future,” LaFleur said.Savage played well last year but missed two games with an ankle injury, and struggled along with the rest of the defense when the Packers allowed 285 yards rushing in an NFC championship game loss to the San Francisco 49ers.He expects much better results this year.“I always feel like there’s room to improve, you know what I’m saying?” Savage said. “I’m an extremely confident guy, but at the same time, I always want to get better. I feel like if you’re not doing it to be the best, then what are you doing? I want to improve in everything. I’m not going to stop until I’m on top of the world.”Image credits: AP WATCH US LIVEcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Last Updated: 18th August, 2020 09:00 IST Packers’ Gary, Savage Look To Make Strides In Second Seasons The Green Bay Packers’ hopes of developing a championship-caliber defense would get a boost if their two first-round draft picks from last year make major strides in their second seasons Associated Press Television News last_img read more

  • Speaker denies calling Police into Parliament

    first_imgSpeaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, on Monday evening denied that he called in Members of the Guyana Police Force to remove Opposition Parliamentarian Juan Edghill from the National Assembly.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton ScotlandDuring a press conference, the Speaker said Edghill was suspended from the day’s proceedings in accordance with Standing Order 47 (2), which states: “The Speaker or the Chairperson shall order any Member whose conduct is grossly disorderly to withdraw immediately from the Assembly during the remainder of that day’s sitting, and may direct such steps to be taken as are required to enforce this order. But if, on any occasion, the Speaker or the Chairperson considers that his or her powers under the previous provision of this Standing Order are inadequate, the Speaker or Chairperson may name such Member for disregarding the authority of the Chair under this Standing Order, in which event the procedure prescribed in the next paragraph should be followed.”Scotland said he did not instruct members of the Guyana Police Force to remove the Opposition MP from the Parliament chamber. The Speaker said he is unaware of who took the action in this regard.He noted that the Opposition MP was disallowed from continuing, since the procedures on time were discussed and agreed to during a meeting from which the Opposition absconded.Dr. Scotland reminded that the parliamentary procedures have been in existence for a number of years, and MPs have agreed to, and should abide by, them.The Speaker said Edghill’s refusal to leave the House is a first-time occurrence in the history of the Parliament of Guyana. According to the Speaker, he will continue to act “correctly and fairly,” noting, “If I have to question you, if I have to upbraid you, I will do it.”In response to a question posed by the media, Scotland said that, even in hindsight, he does not see a better way of resolving the issue other than by suspending MP Edghill for the day. He indicated that the rules of the House must be respected and abided by at all times, even if a member is uncomfortable with such an order. During the late Monday night press conference, the Speaker also denied that he had ordered the media out of the Parliament chambers, claiming that he merely questioned the continued presence of media operatives after the sitting was suspended.He also said there is no need for an investigation, since it is simply a matter of respecting the rules of the House. However, he did not address the issue of who had instructed the Police to enter the Parliament chambers.last_img read more