Syracuse heads into ACC championships with rest, refined team tactics

first_img Published on October 30, 2014 at 12:05 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ The best feeling from Syracuse’s winning performance at the Wisconsin Meet of Champions on Oct. 17 was knowing it came without the Orange runners running their hardest.SU dominated the meet, scoring nearly twice as well as the second-place Iona team.“We knew we needed to have a solid day,” said Martin Hehir, a redshirt junior and SU’s top finisher in Wisconsin. “But it takes a lot of pressure off knowing we’re not going all-out.”The team didn’t particularly strain itself because, in the grander scheme of the season, there were more important races approaching. Conserving energy, training for the postseason and learning from past meets are at the forefront of their minds as they look ahead to the Atlantic Coast Conference championships. The conference meet is set for Friday in Charlottesville, Virginia with a 10 a.m. start for the women and 10:45 a.m. start for the men.This year’s race is hosted by the University of Virginia at Panorama Farms, an 8K course featuring a 1000-meter stretch of uphill running. No one on the SU team has raced on the course before, but the feelings of unfamiliarity should be eased by the fact that the team will arrive early and have the opportunity to run the course twice before the ACC official meet.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe plan to conquer the course continues with training. The Orange regularly runs up Sweet Road in Pompey, New York to prepare. The 6.5-mile stretch is a gradual, uphill climb that challenges even the top SU runners. “It’s one of our toughest workout venues,” said redshirt senior Reed Kamyszek. “It prepares you to push yourself when you’re exhausted in a race.”SU men’s cross-country has won four of its last five conference titles, dating back to the team’s time in the Big East. The Orange is competing in its second-ever ACC tournament after winning last year.Head coach Chris Fox said resting his top seven players prior to the conference championships is standard operating procedure.To save the best for the more important races, SU rested its best last Friday in the John Reif Memorial in Ithaca, New York. None of its top seven runners, like Hehir, Kamyszek or freshman Justyn Knight, participated as they rested up for the postseason.In Charlottesville, the men will repeat their tactics from throughout the year. They will stick in a pack for the first 5K because, Fox said, there’s strength in numbers and the runners gain confidence when they see their teammates. After the 5K mark, runners will break out if they can, Fox said. Otherwise, the runners hang with the pack and try to grit out the strength to keep running by gaining confidence from their surrounding teammates.“When I look around and I’m surrounded by my whole team, it’s a great feeling,” Hehir said. “It helps me push through because I know we’re doing this together.”Communication is another added benefit to the pack method. Runners say they can discuss strategy in-race on whether to keep their pace, go up-tempo or slow down to conserve strength.They’ve refined these maneuvers at their first-team races throughout the season. In Boston for SU’s Sept. 26 meet, Hehir remembers starting slow before the race came down to a big kick in the last mile. Hehir said that could’ve been avoided by a stronger start. “We need to establish a good pace,” he said. “We don’t want it coming down to the final push.”To succeed at the ACC championships, the Orange needs a strong race from Kamyszek, who struggled in Wisconsin, and redshirt sophomore Joel Hubbard. If they move up in the pack, Fox said, they can swing the meet for SU. Neither has run a competitive race in two weeks.Like the rest of the top Orange runners, Kamyszek and Hubbard are winding down their training, running shorter and shorter practices. Then they’ll eat steak or pasta together and prepare for the biggest race of their season thus far.“They want to win,” Fox said. “And they hold each other accountable.” Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball opponent preview: What you need to know ahead of the matchup with No. 23 Florida State

first_img Published on January 12, 2018 at 5:45 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Syracuse plays its second consecutive Top-25 road game when it hosts No. 23 Florida State on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Donald Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Orange (12-5, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) can snap a three-game skid, while the Seminoles (12-4, 1-3) had a 28-game home winning streak broken this week. Here’s what you need to know ahead of the Orange’s matchup with FSU.All-time series: Syracuse leads, 7-2Last time they played: On Jan. 28, 2017 in the Carrier Dome, four SU players reached double figures in an 82-72 victory over then-No. 6 FSU. For the Seminoles, Terance Mann (15.1 points per game this season) scored three points and Braian Angola-Rodas (13.6 ppg average) scored four. Andrew White scored a game-high 24 points, had nine rebounds and picked up four steals. John Gillon added 21 points, Tyler Lydon 14 and Tyler Roberson 10 as SU had a 10-2 run to complete the game and secure the late-January upset amid a five-game winning streak. The Florida State report: A team that won 26 games a year ago and earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, Florida State is a high-energy, deep team that figures to finish in the middle to top of the ACC. FSU had the most regular season wins in school history a year ago, and the team went undefeated at home for the first time in over 40 years. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was supposed to be a rebuilding year, as FSU lost its top three scorers from a team that finished third in the ACC last season. But the Seminoles burst out to a hot start and are a top-25 team. Two of their four losses have come against fellow ranked opponents, nearly beating No. 7 Duke and No. 18 Miami, while they upset No. 20 North Carolina.They brought in top-30 recruit M.J. Walker (7.6 points per game) and top-60 recruit and 7-footer Ike Obiagu (3.4). Junior guard Terance Mann is the team’s veteran presence and best offensive player. Last season FSU struggled inside, an area 7-foot-4 big Christ Koumadje could provide sturdiness. He is just getting into the swing after missing more than a month due to injury. He is key because he is a shot-blocking big who could make it hard for an already struggling Syracuse frontcourt to produce. MJ Walker, a McDonald’s All-American, is a true distributor and explosive athlete, turning down football scholarships to Michigan and Clemson for FSU hoops. Phil Cofer was a reserve the past two seasons, but he has stepped up as a senior starter to average 13 points per game and shoot 42 percent from deep. How Syracuse beats Florida State: A surefire way for Syracuse to win would be to play airtight defense and ride strong games from sophomore guard Tyus Battle and junior guard Frank Howard. FSU defends the paint fairly well, so an efficient Syracuse shooting effort could do the trick. FSU is as balanced an offense the Orange will see, as between nine and 10 players see floor time. Eight players average at least 6.4 points per game, meaning SU likely would beat FSU by sticking to its strength: team defense. Stat to know: 42.6Syracuse’s season field-goal percentage sits at a mere 276th in the country. Getting both consistent and efficient shots from the floor has been a problem for SU this season, mostly in its losses. Getting high-percentage looks off of strong offensive sets will be integral for an upset over FSU. Kenpom odds: Kenpom gives Syracuse a 29 percent to win and predicts a 70-64 FSU victory. Player to watch: Terance Mann, No. 14Over 28.9 minutes, Mann averages a team-best 15.1 points per game. His versatility has made him a key cog in FSU’s balanced offense, and it has earned him comparisons to Michael Carter-Williams. He averages 6.2 rebounds per game and has dished out 49 assists thus far. The 6-foot-6 junior guard entered the season as the team’s top returning scorer and rebounder. Last year against the Orange, he scored only three points over 25 minutes, but he should contribute much more to the FSU attack this time. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Baazov pens CAD $3.5 billion offer for Amaya assets

first_imgDavid Baazov the former Chief Executive Officer of Amaya Inc, has penned a reported CAD $3.5 billion (US $2.56 billion) offer to acquire the Toronto TSX-listed operator outright.Baazov who is currently facing charges of insider trading by Quebec’s securities regulator Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) makes his formal approach to purchase Amaya assets outright.The former Amaya CEO who officially resigned as leader of the company this August is prepared to pay CAD $24 per share representing a premium of 30.9 percent to Amaya’s Friday close of CAD $18.34.Baazov who currently owns approximately 17.2% of Amaya equity, is reported to have his bid financing supported by four separate funds. Should his acquisition be successful, Baazov will move to create a new business entity holding Amaya’s core asset of PokerStars.The new entity is prepared to set aside $200 million until its deal with Amaya is approved, with Baazov further stating that if the deferred payment is due before the deal closes, the entity will release funds in advance.Amaya’s latest acquisition offer comes following last month’s failed merger negotiations with FTSE-listed bookmaker William Hill Plc. The merger which looked to create a ‘global gambling powerhouse’ failed to gain key investor backing from both operators.Since Baazov’s departure from the company, Amaya governance has created a ‘special committee’ reviewing the firm’s potential strategic options.In its latest trading update, Amaya reported a better-than-expected Q3 2016 performance with the operator declaring a net income of US $12.6 million boosted by increased player activity. StumbleUpon Submit ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Canada’s sports betting hearings threatened by Trudeau’s ’emergency recess’  August 24, 2020last_img read more

Amaya promotes David Carrion to Director of Marketing for PokerStars

first_imgShare Related Articles PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share David CarrionUpdating the market, Toronto-listed Amaya Inc has confirmed the promotion of David Carrion to the leadership position of Director of Marketing for its PokerStars division.Carrion has been involved with PokerStars marketing and operations since 2010, joining the online poker room under the management of Rational Group. Carrion has worked on a number of international expansion projects for the PokerStars brand, helping the operator become market leader in LATAM and Southern Europe.Prior to being appointed PokerStars Director of Marketing, Carrion served as Group Director of Performance Marketing, spearheading Amaya player acquisition strategies and initiatives.Amaya governance detailed that Carrion would take-up the executive position on 1 July. As Director of Marketing, Carrion will be responsible with the performance and reporting of all PokerStars international multi-market teams.PokerStars released the following statement on the promotion of Carrion “PokerStars has appointed David Carrion as Director of Marketing to lead the global strategy of the PokerStars brand, including advertising, digital, social media, content marketing and live events. Carrion joined PokerStars in January 2010 as Director of Live Poker Operations for Latin America. A background in poker and table games within the bricks and mortar industry served him well in growing and developing the Latin American Poker Tour, sponsoring the Brazilian Series of Poker and directing the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure through to 2015.Carrion will assume the role permanently on July 1 and will also be interim Director of Live Events until a new executive is appointed. Vadim Soloveychik, Director of Brand Marketing and Edgar Stuchly, Director of Live Events, will leave the company at the end of June. PokerStars would like to thank both Soloveychik and Stuchly for their dedicated service and wishes them well in their future endeavors.” UK drives Stars Group growth despite international ‘disruptions’ February 27, 2020last_img read more

French paper apologizes after faking Jordan Ayew transfer

first_imgFrench newspaper Le Telegramme has apologized after publishing false story saying Jordan Ayew had signed for Borussia Dortmund.Reports emanated last week that the Ghana international is on his way to the German Bundesliga side – forcing his club Lorient to dismiss those claims – stating that the 23-year-old is not for sale.However, after reporting Jordan, who has also been linked to Lille, had joined the Bundesliga outfit, Le Telegramme withdrew the article and issued an apology.”After investigation and after talking to the Internet site and the club, it has been confirmed that it was a fake, the kind of fake that sometimes circulates on social media during the transfer window,” a statement read. “Our sincere apologies to the player, the club and the website.”Jordan signed a four-year contract with Lorient only last summer, but admitted last week in Sports Bild he would welcome a move to BVB, who reportedly see the former Marseille man as a potential replacement for Ciro Immobile.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Farah wins 10,000m gold at Worlds

first_imgMo Farah made it six global distance titles in a row as he retained his 10,000m crown after a last-lap stumble to win Britain’s first gold of the 2015 World Championships.Seven years ago in this stadium Farah crashed out of the 2008 Olympics after failing to qualify from the heats of the 5,000m.But the 32-year-old Olympic champion saw off the determined team effort of his three Kenyan challengers before producing a last lap of 54.15 seconds to come away from Geoffrey Kamworor and Paul Tanui in the home straight.It is a familiar sight now with Farah, an athlete transformed from the undisciplined also-ran of 2008, but it was no less impressive: a last 800m in 1 min 56.01 secs and a last mile of 4:06.6 to win in 27: 01.13.Kamworor took silver and Tanui bronze with Farah’s training partner Galen Rupp fading into fifth, the two Kenyans and team-mate Bedan Muchiri attempting to negate Farah’s fast finish by pushing the pace early on.But in warm, sticky conditions – 25 C and 60% humidity despite the race finishing after 10pm local time – Farah sat in behind his rivals as they produced a series of laps around 64 seconds and then kept closer order still as the pace dropped away in the heat. The Briton went briefly to the front with four and a half laps to go and then again with 1200 metres left, before surging definitively with 500m to go, a lead he would never relinquish despite a trip as he overtook a lapped runner.With a series of allegations made against his coach Alberto Salazar – there is no suggestion Farah has done anything wrong – this has been a difficult summer for the man who won the 10,000m and 5,000m double at both the last Worlds in Moscow and the London Olympics.But Farah, an uncomplicated man, has retreated into what he knows best: disciplined training, tactically perfect racing.And with the 5,000m final in a week’s time, he has the chance to leave Beijing as arguably his nation’s greatest ever athlete.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Rich Hill gave fans extra time to boo Astros’ Yuli Gurriel

first_img WATCH: Joc Jack! Pederson celebrates after his HR gives Dodgers 3-1 lead Related Articles Miller: 2017 World Series officially becomes ‘epic’ with a heavyweight Game 7 WATCH: Corey Seager, Chris Taylor give Dodgers 2-1 lead in Game 6 LOS ANGELES — Dodgers right-hander Yu Darvish said Tuesday he was surprised by how much of a controversy Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel’s offensive gesture has created since Game 3.“I didn’t think it was going to be this big of a deal,” he said of his initial reaction through his interpreter.Darvish said Gurriel contacted the Dodgers after Game 3 to offer him an apology. But Darvish told him that was not necessary.“After the game, he contacted us and said, ‘Hey, I’d like to meet you in person and apologize,’” Darvish said Tuesday. “But I told him, ‘Hey, you don’t have to do that because you made a comment, and, like, I’m not that mad.’ Photos: Dodgers will play in game 7 after 3-1 victory over the Astros World Series Game 7: Dodgers vs. Astros, lineups, starting pitchers, TV info Whicker: Dodgers extend themselves to extend it to Game 7 center_img “I really didn’t care much about that.”Gurriel was suspended for five games by Major League Baseball, a punishment that will be deferred to the 2018 season with Gurriel agreeing to drop his right to appeal the discipline.No player received louder boos during pregame introductions at Dodger Stadium than Gurriel, and Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill gave the fans some additional time to do so.Hill deliberately took his time during Gurriel’s first two plate appearances. Hill stepped off the mound the first time, allowing Dodgers fans extra time to vent their displeasure.Hill called it his “silent gesture” about the situation. Dodgers rally to beat Astros, extend World Series to Game 7 Dodgers begin search for next director of player development Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Whicker: World Series is up for grabs after Game 6 escapes Justin Verlander’s grip “That’s a situation that’s disheartening,” he said. “I think it’s something unfortunately where I don’t really think the punishment fit the action.“I think rightfully so the fans spoke out and understood what was going on. I gave the fans the time to voice their opinion.”Video: Dodgers beat Astros and force Game 7last_img read more

Publix Rolls Out Touch-Free Checkout Through Mobile App

first_imgIn an ongoing effort to make shopping safer during the coronavirus pandemic, Publix has announced another new feature.The Lakeland-based supermarket chain is now offering what it calls “touch-free checkout.”Publix’s app now allows customers to add their payment information and hold up the phone to pay. The app, which is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, also provides an option for e-receipts.Additionally, Publix accommodates contactless cards and most mobile pay apps.In recent weeks, the company has allowed workers to wear gloves and masks, and has installed plexiglas barriers between customers and cashiers.last_img read more

NU stuns UST for 3rd win

first_imgNU center Issa Gaye flirted with a double-double with 10 points, eight rebounds, and five blocks.Renzo Subido led the Growling Tigers’ offense with 18 points while CJ Cansino hustled his way to eight points, 18 rebounds, and five assists. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rookie Dave Ildefonso took over late in the game for NU after his team allowed UST to erase an 11-point lead, 53-42, lead at the end of the third quarter to just one, 59-58, after Zach Huang’s layup midway through the fourth.Ildefonso scored five points in the Bulldogs’ corresponding 6-0 run for their 65-58 lead with 2:58 remaining in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“The ones who should get credit for this win are the 16 players who’ve responded today,” said NU head coach Jamike Jarin. Ildefonso put up a team-high 16 points with four rebounds and three assists while big man Troy Rike had 13 points, six boards, and four dimes. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Rockets beat Lakers, spoil LeBron’s home debut in fight-marred duel Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil FILE – NU big man Troy Rike. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University scored its second win in three games after overcoming University of Santo Tomas anew, 69-61, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Center.The Bulldogs stayed in the seventh spot in the standings with a 3-6 record and stopped the Growling Tigers’ three-game winning streak with the latter settling for fifth place with a 4-5 slate.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

UPP Education Policy

first_imgThe political leader of the United People’s Party (UPP), McDonald Wentoe, says his party is committed to supporting Liberia’s education sector.He made the remarks over the weekend at the University of Liberia’s Palava Hall during the induction of officials of the Student Integrity Movement (SIM).“We believe that getting education is an unquestionable path to the middle class and the upper class. UPP will provide all necessary opportunities to fulfill that dream and contribute to the economy and Liberia’s democracy,” Wentoe said He said Liberians are in search of education that will give them employable skills to compete for jobs in the wake of the increasing high cost of living.According to him, the UPP leadership will build new schools and equip them with modern technology, connecting them to 21st Century education – promoting the sciences, playgrounds, and recreational facilities and providing them with meals while learning.“We are committed to ensuring that every child in Liberia has access to basic education in the 21st Century, so they can compete with students in the region as well as students in the world,” he said.He noted that this will require excellence at every level of Liberia’s education system. This will mean that we close the achievement gap between Liberia and schools in the sub-region and ensure that in every county, children can benefit from high quality education, he added.On the party’s School to Work Policy, he said “We will reward teachers for achieving great successes among their students. We will work with all stakeholders, including schools, private and public sectors to develop the entire school system and provide rewards and incentives for performing schools—while providing support and assistance to struggling schools.”Wentoe said the UPP will achieve this by aligning the school’s curriculum with market demands at the domestic and international levels so that the youth can have a clear pathway from school to work. According to him, Liberians want opportunities and possibilities to realize their dreams raise strong families, and build vibrant communities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more