Bulldogs Tennis Results At Columbus Invite

first_imgThe Batesville Boy’s Tennis Team lost three matches at the Columbus Invite on Saturday.In the first match, Batesville lost to Martinsville 3-2. In the second and third matches, Batesville lost to Columbus North and Providence 5-0.Batesville is now 8-5 on the season and will play at Rushville on Tuesday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img

Zaha double helps Palace beat Man Utd at Old Trafford

first_imgWilfried Zaha returned to haunt Manchester United with a deadly double as Crystal Palace landed a dramatic 3-1 win to leave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reeling. Just as they did in the early weeks of last season, Palace took all three points from their trip to Old Trafford, as a brittle United team were picked apart. Promoted ContentWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?What Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?10 Actors That Started Their Careers On Soaps7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Biggest Celebrity Endorsement Deals Read Also: Guardiola: My commitment remains the same on Messi United new boy Donny van de Beek pulled one back, but Zaha added a third Palace goal in the 85th minute, holding off weak link Lindelof and drilling beyond De Gea from the edge of the penalty area. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Goalkeeper David de Gea looked to have made himself a hero when he saved the softly struck penalty from Ayew, only for a re-take to be ordered, and this time former United winger Zaha stepped up to smash the ball high into the net.center_img Loading… Andros Townsend hit a seventh-minute opener but the match was still in the balance with around 20 minutes to play when Palace were awarded a penalty, after Jordan Ayew’s flick struck the hand of Victor Lindelof.last_img read more

Windies coaches must now search for new performance strategies

first_imgBy Dr Rudi WebsterIN the West Indies team the support team has grown over the years. Several head coaches and specialists have worked with the team, but did they make a difference to its growth and performance?Specialisation improves performance but only if the specialist units are well organised and closely integrated to align their activities towards the team’s goals.Could poor performance of the head coach and specialists and their bombardment of players with excessive information confuse team members and interfere with their thinking, concentration, judgment and confidence? That is a question that they should seriously consider. An honest self-examination is required. They cannot continue to do the same things and expect to get different results.Wasim Akram,the great Pakistani bowler,thinks that coaches too often confuse their players by overloading them with information.He feels that information overload and task overload are very bad things for the young mind. He believes that coaches could speed up players’ development by freeing up the players’ minds; by keeping things as clear and simple as possible; by highlighting first important priorities; by exposing young players to just a few things at a time; and by ensuring that what they teach is heard and understood.In Medicine, specialisation and technological development have revolutionised the treatment of disease. Although specialists do a fantastic job treating problems related to their specialty, they sometimes get trapped in their confined area and fail to pay enough attention to the whole body or to the ‘human being’ inside the body.The same is true of the specialists in sport. Instead of stimulating and motivating the ‘human being’ inside the player,they often ignore, discourage or devalue him. Every West Indian cricketer is first and foremost a valuable human being who just happens to be able to bowl, bat or field better than other players. He grows up in the same environment and has the same aspirations, concerns, weaknesses, fears, needs, and pressures as other people.How much better would our promising young players perform if the coaches and specialists treated the ‘human being’ inside them with more respect, understanding and commonsense? Motivation of the player is one of the specialists’ most important jobs because the level of the player’s performance depends on the depth of his motivation and discipline.Vince Lombardi, a great American Football coach once said that coaches who can outline plays and strategies on a blackboard are a dime a dozen; the ones who win get inside players and motivate.According to Lombardi, coaches will only motivate their players effectively if they first get into their heads, hearts and belly. Some coaches don’t understand this. They don’t know that motivation depends more on the needs, concerns and aspirations of the players than on the needs and goals of the coaches, specialists and administrators.This is also true of change. People in authority who suggest the change know of its importance and benefits but the players who have to accept and implement the change might not see its value because it might not meet their needs or address their concerns. Understanding the player and knowing what makes him tick are critically important.How committed are the West Indies players to team success? For many years, this has been a major concern of Caribbean people. Players are never fully committed unless they become co-owners of the team’s goals and share responsibility for their achievement. Instead of just handing down instructions, goals and strategies to the players West Indies coaches and specialists should go out of their way to involve them in a meaningful way in the goal setting process, the formulation of strategy and the review of performance.What about the players’ self-reliance? Does it improve performance? How do we get our players to rely less and less on their coaches and more and more on themselves?Jacques Kallis, the great South African all-rounder, is a strong advocate of self-reliance. He once said, “In some ways coaching today is like a dictatorship.By that I mean the players are too dependent on their coaches and that coaches do not encourage them to stand on their own feet, back their own judgment and make up their own minds. The player needs to be more self-reliant, learn all he can about his game, and take responsibility for improving and managing it.When you are batting in the middle,the coach can’t help you and if you can’t stay calm, keep your concentration and think for yourself, you won’t do well.”West Indies coaches must now search for new performance strategies. But when coaches are uprooted from their own comfort zones by new challenges, they often revert to the safety of their old ways. This entrapment reminds me of an old Muslim parable.An old man was walking home one night when he saw a young friend searching for something under a street light. “What are you doing,” he asked his friend. “I dropped the key to my house.” “I’ll help you look,” said the old man.After a few minutes of frustrated searching the old man asked. “Where were you when you dropped the key?” The friend pointed toward the darkness, “Over there.” Then why are you looking for it here?” “Because this is where the light is,” replied the young man.West Indies coaches might be searching for success in the illuminated area because that is where their knowledge and experience lie. But the key to West Indies revival might very well lie in the dark, not in the light of their thinking, knowledge and experience.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports — Brandon Saad, Matthew Highmore and Dominik Kubalik scored and the Chicago Blackhawks beat Edmonton 3-2, knocking the Oilers out of the postseason tournament. The Blackhawks won the best-of-five qualifying series 3-1. Chicago advances to the round of 16. Josh Archibald and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for Edmonton.—Auston Matthews scored on a power play 13:10 into overtime and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3, forcing a Game 5 in the teams’ qualifying series. Toronto rallied from a 3-0, third-period deficit to tie the game and the series at 2-2. NBA-SCHEDULE White, Poeltl lead Spurs past short-handed Jazz 119-111LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Derrick White scored 24 points, Jakob Poeltl added 19 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs got a much-needed win over the short-handed Utah Jazz 119-111. Lonnie Walker and Rudy Gay each added 14 points for the Spurs. Li posted an 8-under 132, giving him a two-shot lead over a large group that includes Brooks Koepka, the two-time defending champion.Much farther back was Woods, who found more fairways but struggled on the greens, ranking 131st in the key putting statistic against the 156-man field. He flirted with the cut line until a birdie on the 16th kept him safe, and his 72 put him eight shots behind. In other MLB news:— World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his season debut for the Washington Nationals on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles. He has been sidelined in 2020 by a nerve issue in his pitching hand. Nationals manager Dave Martinez says the tingling in Strasburg’s right thumb is gone and nothing in the pitcher’s mechanics has changed. — Federal prosecutors say a former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Prosecutors in Texas say Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth and made his first appearance Friday in federal court. Kay was communications director for the Angels. Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. Prosecutors are accusing Kay of giving the fentanyl to Skaggs.NFL-NEWSNewton says he’s ready to go in New England MLB-NEWSAnother positive test, another postponement for CardinalsUNDATED (AP) — Friday night’s game in St. Louis between the Cardinals and the Cubs was postponed after another St. Louis player tested positive for COVID-19. Major League Baseball said the game was called off to allow more time for additional testing and to complete the contact tracing process. The Cardinals have been off since last Friday, when two players returned positive coronavirus tests. Eight players in total have tested positive, including star catcher Yadier Molina.The Cardinals spent five days in quarantine in a Milwaukee hotel before finally being cleared to travel back to St. Louis late Tuesday, when they returned negative tests for the second straight day. They got workouts in at home and had been prepared to return to the field Friday. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSBig Sky joins Pioneer League in dropping fall footballUNDATED (AP) — The Big Sky Conference has postponed its football season until spring and called for the FCS playoffs to be moved to the second semester as well. The Big Sky’s decision Friday all but officially ends any chance of the FCS playoffs being held in the fall. The FCS playoffs are an NCAA-sponsored event unlike the College Football Playoff which crowns a champion at the highest level of Division I. The Big Sky, traditionally one of the strongest FCS conferences with Montana, Eastern Washington and Montana State, said it will attempt to play an eight-game conference schedule in the spring.In other pandemic-related developments: TORONTO (AP) — Anthony Beauvillier scored twice and the New York Islanders beat the Florida Panthers 5-1 to clinch an NHL best-of-five preliminary round playoff series in four games. Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal had a goal and assist each in a game the Islanders never trailed. Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 shots, Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored an empty-netter and the Eastern Conference’s seventh-seeded Islanders bounced back from a 3-2 loss in Game 3 on Wednesday. Mike Hoffman scored his Florida-leading third goal and fifth point of the series but the 10th-seeded Panthers wound up one-and-done for their fifth consecutive postseason appearance.In other NHL action:Brad Richardson scored on a rebound in overtime, Darcy Kuemper stopped 49 shots and the Arizona Coyotes advanced in the postseason for the first time in eight years with a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators. The Western Conference’s No. 11 seed took a 2-0 lead early in the second period but allowed Nashville to tie it and went ahead 3-2 on Jordan Oesterle’s goal early in the third. Nashville pulled goalie Juuse Saros late in the third period and Filip Forsberg tied it with 32 seconds left on a one-timer after Roman Josi kept the puck in Arizona’s zone. Richardson won it after he redirected Vinnie Hinostroza’s shot and punched the rebound in past Saros.—Artturi Lehkonen flipped a shot past Tristan Jarry with 4:11 remaining to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a stunning 2-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins that clinched their first playoff berth in three years. Paul Byron took advantage of a Pittsburgh turnover, darted behind the Penguins net and slipped a pass to Lehkonen in front. The 25-year-old Lehkonen found enough space between four Pittsburgh players to slip the puck into the open net. The12th-seeded Canadiens captured the best-of-five qualifying round over fifth-seeded Pittsburgh in four games. — The Pioneer League says it won’t play a fall football schedule but would consider playing a football season at another point in the school year if feasible. The 11-team Pioneer League spans from the Midwest to the West Coast. — The NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference is postponing its fall sports schedule until the spring of 2021. The league said its impacted sports are men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball. The league is made up of 13 schools in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.— The Southeastern Conference will require football players and others in direct contact with the program to be tested at least twice weekly during the season. The league on Friday released its initial COVID-19 requirements for fall sports, including football. In football, the testing will typically come six days and three days before competition. Coaches, staff and other personnel will be required to wear face coverings on the sidelines at sporting events this fall.— Maryland senior quarterback Josh Jackson has opted out of the upcoming football season, leaving the Terrapins with very little depth and experience at the pivotal position. Jackson is the most prominent of six Maryland players who have decided not to play in 2020 for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic. — North Carolina defensive backs D.J. Ford, Javon Terry and Bryce Watts have opted out of playing this season due to concerns about the coronavirus. The team had previously announced that offensive lineman Triston Miller would not play due to “family reasons.” UNDATED (AP) — New Patriots quarterback Cam Newton is a week into the latest step in his career. He says he isn’t as much concerned with replacing Tom Brady or silencing his doubters as with proving to himself that he’s still capable of performing at his highest level. The 2011 No. 1 overall draft pick says he’s full go after back-to-back injury-plagued seasons in Carolina. He also says there’s no ill will toward the Panthers after they released him in March with one year remaining on a five-year, $103.8 million contract. In other NFL news:—The Washington Football Team has released running back Derrius Guice (GYS) after he was charged in multiple domestic violence incidents. The Loudoun (LOW’-don) County, Virginia, Sheriff’s Department said Guice was arrested on one count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery and one count of destruction of property. The Sheriff’s Department said it became aware in July of incidents in February, March and April. The 23-year-old Guice turned himself in and was released on $10,000 bond. — Coaches will have their own category for being voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at least for the next four years. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Trustees has approved a change in the selection process. Effective with the class of 2021, there will be 15 modern-era players as finalists with a maximum of five ultimately elected. There also will be one coach finalist, one senior finalist and one contributor finalist through the selection of the class of 2024. Coaches were previously considered along with players and that lessened their chances of being elected to the Canton, Ohio, shrine. — New York Giants long snapper and Pro Bowler Zak DeOssie has retired. DeOssie, who spent all 13 of his seasons with the Giants, announced his retirement Friday. A 2007 fourth-round draft pick out of Brown, he won Super Bowls with the Giants in his rookie year and again in the 2011 season. He earned Pro Bowl berths in 2008 and ’10.— New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker has been formally charged with four counts of robbery with a firearm in connection with a fight at a cookout in May in Florida. Authorities say Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who also was arrested, won’t be prosecuted because of insufficient evidence. Baker is accused of stealing cash and watches from four men. The punishment in event of a conviction is a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life in state prison. Baker surrendered to jail on May 16 and was released on bond. His next court date hasn’t been announced.— The San Francisco 49ers have signed defensive lineman Dion Jordan to a one-year contract. The deal adds another former first-round pick to San Francisco’s talented line. Jordan was the No. 3 overall pick by Miami in 2013 but has never lived up to his billing because of injuries and substance abuse problems. He has been suspended 32 games over his career for violating NFL rules on substance abuse and performance-enhancing drugs and has also had two operations on his knee. — Linebacker Vic Beasley reported to the Tennessee Titans on Friday, and he has been activated off the Reserve/DidNot Report list. The Titans also put defensive lineman Jack Crawford on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, meaning he had either tested positive for COVID-19 or has been quarantined after coming in close contact with someone who’s infected. — The Detroit Lions are preparing to host fans at all eight regular-season home games, although it’s uncertain how many will be allowed to attend. The NFL club said Friday that season-ticket holders can opt out of purchasing tickets for the 2020 season if they want. The team also is offering various incentives for fans who defer payments to the 2021 season instead of asking for refunds. center_img In other Friday action:—Trevor Bauer had another stellar outing and Matt Davidson and Nick Castellanos homered to lead the Cincinnati Reds past the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3. Bauer allowed three hits and one run in six innings while striking out 12. It’s his second straight strong performance after tossing a two-hit shutout over seven innings Sunday in the second game of a doubleheader at Detroit.—Even slumping Chris Davis got in on the act for the suddenly slugging Orioles, collecting two of Baltimore’s 19 hits and raising his average from .087 to .143 in an 11-0 victory over the Washington Nationals. Seven of the Orioles’ nine starting position players each got at least a pair of hits. José Iglesias led the way by going 4 for 4 with three RBIs, and Renato Núñez added a three-run homer.— Mitch Moreland drove in three runs with a 2-run homer and bases-loaded walk, Alex Verdugo hit two solo shots and Boston’s battered staff rebounded to hold down the Blue Jays 5-3. Moreland gave them a 4-2 edge in the third and the bullpen took over from there. Verdugo also robbed Travis Shaw of a homer with a leaping grab. The Red Sox entered with the AL’s second-worst ERA. —Francisco Cervelli hit a three-run homer, Humberto Mejia impressed in his abbreviated major league debut and the Miami Marlins kept up their surprising surge by beating the New York Mets 4-3. The Marlins won their sixth in a row and improved to 7-1. They’re 5-0 since missing more than a week because of the team’s coronavirus outbreak. Miami has won despite already using 43 players, including 25 pitchers, to maintain a full roster amid COVID-19 concerns. Associated Press August 7, 2020 —Caris LeVert scored 22 points, Jarrett Allen added 17 points and 11 rebounds and the patchwork Brooklyn Nets clinched a playoff berth by beating the Sacramento Kings 119-106 on Friday. The surprising Nets came to the bubble without stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving but continued to display plenty of fight, improving to 3-2 since coming to Florida. NBA-WILLIAMSON OUTPelicans resting Zion Williamson against WizardsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have scratched rookie Zion Williamson from the lineup for Friday night’s game against the Washington Wizards.The team designated Friday a rest day for the NBA’s top overall draft choice after he scored 24 points in 22 minutes in the Pelicans’ 140-125 loss to Sacramento on Thursday. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Williamson has seen his playing time limited after missing nearly two weeks of practice in July to attend to a family medical matter. The former Duke star has played as few as 14 minutes and not more than 25 minutes in a game since the Pelicans resumed their season July 30. Williamson has averaged nearly 17 points and about 19 minutes in the Pelicans’ four games in the Disney complex. He has averaged 22.4 points in 23 total games this season after missing the first 44 games of his rookie campaign while recovering from right knee surgery. San Antonio moved into 10th place in the Western Conference and is a half-game ahead of the surging Phoenix Suns. The Suns are 4-0 since the NBA restart but were idle Friday. Gay scored 10 points during one stretch in the third quarter to help open a 16-point lead. In other Friday NBA action:— Jaylen Brown scored 20 points, Jayson Tatum added 18 and the Boston Celtics never trailed on the way to an emphatic 122-100 win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Kemba Walker scored 17 points in 23 minutes for the Celtics, who led by 40 at one point and kept slim hope alive of catching the Raptors for the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference.—Tobias Harris had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Joel Embiid turned in a strong second half and finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers held off the Orlando Magic 108-101 on Friday night in their first game without All-Star Ben Simmons. Simmons is out indefinitely after injuring his knee Wednesday night. Alec Burks had 22 points off the bench and Al Horford stepped into the starting lineup and finished with 21 points and nine rebounds. Evan Fournier had 22 points and Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Magic, which have lost three straight games in the NBA bubble after starting 2-0.—Dillon Brooks scored 22 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies claimed their first win since the restart with a 121-92 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Ja Morant had 19 points and nine assists for the Grizzlies. Memphis shot 55% and avoided falling into a tie with Portland for eight place in the Western Conference standings. Chris Paul scored 17 points and Luguentz Dort added 16 for the Thunder. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULE-YANKEES-RAYS Perez hits sac fly in the 8th, Rays beat Yankees 1-0ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) —Pinch-hitter Michael Perez hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning on his 28th birthday, six Tampa Bay pitchers combined on a two-hitter and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the AL East-leading New York Yankees 1-0 on Friday night.Yoshi Tsutsugo drew a leadoff walk from Adam Ottavino (2-1) in the eighth and went to second with one out when Kevin Kiermaier walked. Both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch before Perez put the Rays up 1-0 on his fly to center. Chaz Roe (2-0) went the final two innings for the win.Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka allowed one hit and struck out five over five innings. — Duke coach David Cutcliffe says long snapper Ben Wyatt and offensive tackle Jacob Rimmer have opted out of playing this season because of concerns about the virus. Last week the school announced that 25 athletes had tested positive over the previous three weeks as they began returning to campus for voluntary workouts, with nine in mandatory isolation. The school said all cases involved no or mild symptoms. PGA CHAMPIONSHIPLi at his best and builds early lead at PGA ChampionshipSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Harding Park is renowned for producing champions who are among the best in golf, from Byron Nelson to Tiger Woods, and a long list of Hall of Famers and major champions in between.Halfway through the PGA Championship, Li Haotong (lee how-TAHNG) delivered his own footnote in history. With five birdies through 10 holes, and eight tough pars down the stretch, Li had a 5-under 65 on Friday and became the first Chinese player to lead after any round of any major. —Ryan McBroom hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning to lift the Royals to a 3-2 victory over the Twins on Friday night. Nick Heath and Nicky Lopez also drove in runs for the Royals, who have won two straight after a six-game slide. Greg Holland earned the win in relief of starter Jakob Junis while Trevor Rosenthal earned his second save with a perfect ninth. Matt Wisler took the loss after serving up McBroom’s homer.—Dylan Cease worked his way through five shutout innings, and the Chicago White Sox beat Aaron Civale and the Cleveland Indians 2-0. Cease walked the leadoff man four times and hit a batter, but wiggled out of trouble each time. The Indians went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base, continuing a season-long problem and wasting a terrific start by Civale. They had won three in a row. —Zach Davies retired the first 13 Arizona batters, Fernando Tatis Jr hit a leadoff homer and rookies Jake Cronenworth and Edward Olivares also went deep to give the San Diego Padres a 3-0 win against the Diamondbacks. Davies took a perfect game into the fifth before giving up consecutive one-out singles to Eduardo Escobar and David Peralta. NHL PLAYOFFSIslanders advance with 5-1 win over Pantherslast_img read more

Syracuse and Army reestablish series; set to begin in 2023

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse will play four games against Army starting in 2023, with two games at each school until 2026, SU announced Sunday morning.The Carrier Dome will play host on Sept. 23, 2023 and Sept. 27, 2025. The Orange will travel to Michie Stadium at West Point on Sept. 21, 2024 and Sept. 26, 2026. SU is 11-10 in the all-time series against Army, with the last matchup taking place at the Carrier Dome in 1996. The Orange won 42-17 for its third consecutive win between the two teams. Current SU tight ends coach Reno Ferri played for Army in that game.In games played at Syracuse, SU is 5-0 in the series, which dates back to 1899.“We’re excited to renew our series with Syracuse,” Army West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan said in the release. “Both institutions have a proud football tradition and it is something that just makes sense. The chance to get to Upstate New York, where there is a strong military presence with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, allows us to showcase our cadet-athletes in another region of the Northeast. The new agreement also allows the people of New York City, including alumni from both schools, the opportunity to visit West Point and see two of the top programs in the tri-state area.”Syracuse is at Fort Drum Sunday for its fifth annual trip to the upstate New York military base during training camp. The past two years, soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division have come to SU for a Syracuse football-Fort Drum combine when the soldiers partake in NFL Combine-like exercises.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We are thrilled to add this football series to an already powerful relationship,” Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack said in the release. “We have a long history with Army West Point on the football field and the University is a leader in supporting veterans and military families. We look forward to having the tradition and pageantry of the Army West Point program in the Carrier Dome for our fans to enjoy.” Comments Published on August 21, 2016 at 11:31 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmancenter_img Related Stories Syracuse to host Middle Tennessee State in 2017ACC Network to be introduced in 2019, conference reaches deal with ESPN through 2036last_img read more

Duckworth waits patiently for ball

first_imgQuarterback Russell Wilson hasn’t targeted wide receivers much this year, outside of starters Nick Toon and Jared Abbrederis.[/media-credit]As the Wisconsin Badgers continue to batter opponents like jumbo shrimp in a deep fryer, Jeff Duckworth can’t be blamed for wanting in on the action.While UW has scored the third-most points in the nation (48.4 per game) on its way to a perfect 5-0 record, Duckworth, a redshirt sophomore wide receiver, has caught just two passes for 17 yards. Widely expected to be a factor as the No. 3 receiver behind starters Nick Toon and Jared Abbrederis, Duckworth hasn’t made that kind of contribution – but through no fault of his own.Thanks largely to quarterback Russell Wilson, the Badger offense ranks ninth with an average of 523 yards per game, 65.5 yards ahead of the closest Big Ten team, Michigan. Toon and Abbrederis have proven to be both steady and lethal weapons for Wilson, who also has the surprisingly productive tight end Jacob Pedersen and one of the nation’s top running back duos in Montee Ball and James White at his disposal.So, then, where does Duckworth factor in?“It is [frustrating], but there are opportunities out there,” Duckworth said. “We’ve run a lot of three-wide receiver sets this year, especially with having Russell back there, who can throw it and spread it out more. There are opportunities, you’ve just got to do it in practice.”By all accounts, Duckworth is a relentless worker who puts in the required extra hours of watching film, working out and finding a way to improve. The 6-foot, 215-pound receiver from Cincinnati has suited up for four games this season, sitting out the Oct. 1 Nebraska game due to a concussion. In 2010, his freshman season, Duckworth played in five games, catching three passes for 32 yards.After seeing receivers David Gilreath and Isaac Anderson graduate last spring, the Badgers entered the fall knowing their offense would need to find solutions to fill depth at the receiver position. Duckworth, along with sophomore Manasseh Garner, were the most experienced candidates and the favorites to land the No. 3 role.That’s the spot on the depth chart they currently split, with Duckworth listed behind Toon and Garner after Abbrederis. Duckworth estimated he’s been getting 10 to 15 snaps per game, plus any he gets when filling in for a tired Toon or Abbrederis. Garner missed the Sept. 1 season-opener against Nevada-Las Vegas and has caught just one pass for 27 yards in the four games since.Even with Wisconsin’s well-known pro-style offense trending toward a system that leans heavily on the run to unfurl the passing game, a normal situation would likely have Badger coaches disappointed with the lack of production outside their top two receivers.That’s not the case now, though the number of options in the passing game certainly hasn’t been limited.“I think [the No. 3 receiver spot] is just as important as any spot,” wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander said. “I think it’s just that with what we do in any given week determines how important it is, or how we use it. With Nick and Jared playing as well as they are, it starts with two spots. Then, it evolves from there by situation.”The laws of football suggest that Wisconsin’s situation will be altered at some point by injury, particularly as Big Ten play continues in earnest. Should Toon, who was limited in five games and didn’t even suit up for three last season, or Abbrederis go down, Duckworth will be thrust into the much bigger role he clearly desires.“[Head coach Bret Bielema] always says, somebody goes down, that’s when you get your first start,” Duckworth said. “You’ve just got to be ready. You’ve got to prepare as if you’re starting and keep working every day.”Clear and clich? as that sentiment might be, Duckworth has an empathizer in one of his closest friends on the team – Ball.“He lives two floors below me, so I go down to his room and play Madden all the time,” Ball said. “He’s a really hard-working guy; he takes his time to go back to the stadium and watch film and really critique himself just to get himself better.”Now a junior, Ball spent his freshman year and much of his sophomore season waiting in the limelight behind John Clay and White. This year, he leads Wisconsin with 511 rushing yards and a stunning 13 touchdowns.“It’s extremely challenging, because you come out of high school being the top player, ‘the guy’ on the team and stuff like that,” Ball said. “It’s challenging, but really the thing you’ve got to focus on is practicing hard because you’re one spot away. That’s honestly so true – you are one snap away from getting a lot of carries or a lot of plays to be that guy.”last_img read more

Locker room DJ: What Syracuse teams are listening to

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Different music fills the locker rooms of each Syracuse Athletics locker room. Below is a list from various beat writers on who plays the music and what each team is listening to.Field HockeyDJ: Borg van der VeldeGo-to music: van der Velde typically tries to feel the mood of the team to decide what to play but a remixed version of “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” originally by John Denver, is one song that hypes up the locker room.“Borg, for sure, 100 percent. She controls our pre-game music,” Caroline Cady said.Apart from the locker room DJ, there’s a pregame mix that plays during warm-ups. This season it was Jamie Martin’s job to put that together — she took requests from different players to build a mashup that includes parts of “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada, a trap remix of “The Backyardigans” theme song, and “7 Things” by Miley Cyrus. Cady is the one who picked Miley Cyrus music for the pregame playlist.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Jamie made our playlist, but Borg is in control,” Cady said.FootballDJ: Sean RileyGo-to music: Anything West Coast, specifically YG and E-40Riley, otherwise known as DJ Riley, is actually a trained DJ, not just the person who gets the aux cord in the locker room. He started training during his freshman year of high school after he started playing around with turntables at his friend’s house.“I just couldn’t stop messing with it,” Riley said. “I saved up some money and I bought my own. And that was my side job in California.”For the remainder of high school, Riley was widely popular in his neighborhood of Harbor City, Los Angeles. He performed at family functions for people in his neighborhood as well as school-sponsored events at Narbonne High School. And while he doesn’t perform at events at Syracuse, he still mixes music when he’s hanging out with teammates and friends. He has even taught other teammates to play. Ravian Pierce picked it up very quickly, Riley said, and is now good. But not everyone is a huge fan of Riley’s DJing.“I ain’t giving him the aux,” Nykeim Johnson said.Riley plays mostly West Coast music whenever he mixes, which really frustrates teammates Jamal Custis and Aaron Roberts, Riley said. It’s an East Coast-West Coast rivalry.“A lot of guys can’t do the things he can do,” Custis said. “(But) we want to hear some other stuff besides West Coast, more than just YG.”Still, Custis wants Riley to teach him to DJ. He had never seen someone that he knew take it so seriously. He was fascinated by all of Riley’s equipment and his ability to mix music. As long as he’s not playing YG, Custis said, he’s great.Men’s SoccerDJ: Djimon Johnson, Ryan Raposo, Hugo DelhommelleGo-to music: Hip-Hop/Rap such as Drake, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Kodak BlackDjimon (DJ) Johnson and Ryan Raposo are the main DJs in the men’s soccer locker room, typically playing hip-hop and rap. Sometimes, French midfielder Hugo Delhommelle will take the aux and play French songs. His teammates don’t understand the lyrics but enjoy it nonetheless.“Hugo usually plays his French music, but we all like it,” Raposo said. “Upbeat and stuff. DJ and I usually play the same time of music, rap … It depends if its game day or just training, just Drake, A-Boogie, kind of local artists that DJ knows, that type of stuff … (Drake’s most recent album) “Scorpion” is alright. I’m a huge Drake fan but I don’t think it’s his best project.”Jonathan Hagman, a senior from Sweden, is stuck in the past when it comes to music. He hasn’t grown accustomed to his teammates’ hip-hop and rap just yet.“Not my kind of music, to be honest,” Hagman said. “I’m stuck in the 90s, 80s. It’s a lot of rap and hip-hop, but that’s not my type … I’m stuck in rock, pop, and punk from the 80s, 90s … Right now, it’s been a lot of Ramones, the Clash, back in the days. It’s been weird, sometimes I’ve found the Beatles, don’t really like it but it’s culture, you have to know about them. It’s weird. Right now it’s a lot of AC/DC on game days.”VolleyballDJ: Kendra Lukacs, Santita EbangweseGo-to music: It depends on the mood. Sometimes it’s recent music, sometimes it’s 2000s throwbacks, but it’s always some sort of hip-hop.Everybody has their own personal favorite DJs, Amber Witherspoon said — hers are Kendra Lukacs and Santita Ebangwese, whose energy on the court transfers over to their DJing in the locker room.“It kind of changes, it depends on our mood,” said Ebangwese, of her music. “I can kind of gauge it from how we’re feeling, if it’s like more pop, more rap, more like, I don’t know, not like animalistic, but you know what I’m saying.”When asked if she ever took over the aux, Witherspoon laughed, and said, “People don’t like my music, but (if I did) it would definitely be Drake, definitely be Migos. Anything that I know the words to, and anything that’s going to get me hyped and going. Sometimes Cardi B’s my mood … I go back and forth.”Women’s SoccerDJ: Jordan Harris, Kailee CoonanGo-to music: In the locker room, Harris plays classic “pump-up tunes.” For the pregame playlist, Coonan gathered teammates’ recommendations over the summer and mixed them.Their pregame playlist music includes “Slow Hands – Basic Tape remix” by Niall Horan and Basic Tape, “Forever” by Chris Brown, “Do You Remember” by Jay Sean, “All Night” by Big Boi, T.I.’s “Bring Em Out,” “Rock that Body” by The Black Eyed Peas, “Shower” by Becky G, “Crank That (Soulja Boy),” by Soulja Boy and “300 Violin Orchestra” by Jorge Quintero.“This year, our game playlist that they play at home, Kailee did,” forward Kate Donovan said. “(She) worked really hard on it this summer. She took basically everyone’s ideas for it and generated it all in, cut some of it to make it flow together really nicely.”“In the locker room Jordan does a lot of the music. (And) Syd (Brackett),” Donovan said. “Them two the most, but we kind of listen to everything. A lot of rap, a lot of more pump-up music closer to the game, but we do listen to country sometimes.”“I think it depends on the vibe. Kailee Coonan actually,” Brackett said. “She did it for our home game and did a fantastic job of it. The whole team actually got to pick the songs that they wanted.”“Also Jordan she’s definitely always on aux. I’ve taken the aux a few times. I think it’s a collaborative effort. It’s good. We have a good spirit in the locker room and during pregame.”center_img Published on October 8, 2018 at 11:19 pmlast_img read more

Toni Wagner – BOBMOB – Rewarding interaction

first_imgBOBMOB is an innovative attempt aimed at offering new creative revenue opportunities for streamers, and vastly improving interactions between them and their viewers. Toni Wagner, BOBMOBWe spoke to Managing Director Dr Toni Wagner about his reasons for its creation, its features (including mini-games and personalised VIP avatars) and more. BOBMOB is currently in its Beta stage. Esports Insider: Tell us how the original concept of BOBMOB was created, where did it come from and what exactly is its purpose?Toni Wagner: BOBMOB was created because I love watching top esports, but I always felt isolated. The Twitch chat is super useless most of the time, especially when you’re watching a big tournament. Nobody cares about anything posted there when you have 5,000, 10,000 or 200,000 viewers all in one chatroom. At the same time, I realised that ads are annoying, product placement a sad joke and donations have no real reward for the viewers. I wanted to help the streamers, support and cheer for my team just like I do when watching football or basketball. There is simply no way to really do that and help you feel like you’re part of something bigger.“For streamers and organisations BOBMOB offers a series of innovative and, most importantly, positive and rewarding means to earn money” Esports is young, but fan-culture is actually still in its infancy, and I believe that´s mostly due to a lack of options for stars and fans to have meaningful, rewarding interactions. BOBMOB changes that – fundamentally.ESI: You’ll have to explain the name…Toni: You know… I am a terrible player myself, so I was regularly told that I was a BOB. And, my guess is, most hobby players are called names in their losing matches! So, the way I see it there is a BOB in everyone in esports.Besides, we offer you all the chance to get together, to join a crowd, to simply be part of a MOB. Now you see how we ended up with BOBMOB.ESI: What’s the most appealing feature of BOBMOB, perhaps the mini games? Talk us through the highlights.Toni: I think it’s different things for different people. BOBMOB’s mini-games are great means to interact, just like the basic cheering, booing and laughing is.The general concepts of customising your avatar, being unique, being featured as a VIP avatar in the video-stream and supporting your streamer/player while getting something back in return are really powerful.“This is just the beta launch. We will constantly add more features for both ends – creators and consumers”Without BOBMOB, you donate and you get the same ThankYou-BlaBla-Message everyone else gets. That’s it. Buying a fan shirt and playing a mini-game versus the streamer is a different level of experience/engagement and reward. The ability to create your own venue and invite your five friends and have your own chat while all watching the same video-stream is another meta-level of control the streaming platforms do not give you. That’s the viewer side. For streamers and organisations BOBMOB offers a series of innovative and, most importantly, positive and rewarding means to earn money. You can create your own avatar assets like fan shirts, drinks, signs, shoes etc. while viewers are happy to get something back for the money they spent.They will, at the same time, spread your brand, organise into MOBs (fan-clubs if you will) and actually give you live audio feedback about your performance and their engagement.Of course, this is just the beta launch. We will constantly add more features for both ends – creators and consumers. Be it more mini-games, more feedback and interaction mechanisms, but also more revenue streams that feel good and rewarding instead of involving begging for donations and annoying with ads.ESI: You mention this can be a new income avenue for streamers and content creators – can you fill us in on the details of this?Toni: Sure, every dollar spent from within a venue – be it from mini-game sponsors, marketplace purchases, VIP-Seat rental, etc. will yield the venue owner (most of the time, this is the streamer) between 15% and 50%.“…viewers, who create an avatar and use BOBMOB, spend almost 10 more minutes per viewing session compared to viewers not using BOBMOB”By way of an example: Team X creates a fan shirt that is featured in the shop for 100 credits. Casting studio Z casts a match of Team X. One fan buys a team X shirt. In this specific case, Z gets 15 credits and X gets 35 credits.If Z charges 100 credits per VIP seat per minute, they earn 50 credits per minute from that. Of course, if streamer K hosts his own venue and sells his own cool avatar bandana for 1,000 credits, he gets 350 + 150, so 500 in total.Of course, you also get something equally important – happy viewers who are rewarded for spending money. They get something very special or something permanent for their virtual selves. And these amounts are all in a range (roughly, 125 credits are 1 dollar) that is reasonable for many of the viewers, while 6$ or 25$ per month is something completely different (without a direct reward, mind you).ESI: You’re currently in closed action BETA with some test events going down on Twitch – what’s the feedback been like so far?Toni: The feedback has been astonishingly positive. At first, it’s hard to get streamers to test something so radically new, with a strange name, created by an unknown company.“The general concepts of customising your avatar, being unique, being featured as a VIP avatar in the video-stream and supporting your streamer/player while getting something back in return are really powerful”But once people test it, they realise that it’s all added value. The service is free; there is no hidden bullshit. We have the original subscribe and follow buttons, the original chat and video, the full screen button that all viewers need and use. But we add to it. A lot actually. In our tests, we were able to show that viewers, who create an avatar and use BOBMOB, spend almost 10 more minutes per viewing session compared to viewers not using BOBMOB. Besides, about 20% of users start to power level their avatars and everybody quickly tries to look unique, asks to become a VIP, challenges the streamer for a mini-game. Of course, we still lack some features, but we’re confident that what we already do add is more than enough to improve the engagement level significantly.last_img read more

Ronaldo retires at the age of 34

first_imgRonaldo has confirmed that he will announce his retirement on Monday, calling time on a rich and unforgettable career in football.The legendary striker, currently with Corinthians, has cited injury and fitness concerns as the reason for his bowing out months before his final contract was due to expire.“My body aches. In my head I want to continue, but this body can’t take much more,” Ronaldo told Fantastico online magazine. “In recent days I have cried like a baby.”The forward has spent the last two years at Corinthians after a glorious spell in Europe with PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Inter, Real Madrid and AC Milan.His one season at Camp Nou is frequently cited as one of the greatest individual campaigns in footballing history, while his spells at San Siro and the Bernabeu were no less eventful.Meanwhile Ronaldo is also widely regarded as one of Brazil’s greatest ever players. He is the World Cup’s all-time leading goalscorer, with 15 goals in four tournament appearances – two of which the Selecao would win. Nonetheless, with Corinthians being eliminated from the Copa Libertadores early, and his physical condition preventing a consistent run in the Timao line-up, Ronaldo has now called it a day.He will formally end his career at a press conference at Corinthians headquarters at 12:40pm local time (15:40 CET, 14:40 BST, 09:40 EST.)Source: Goal.comlast_img read more

MLB hot stove: Nationals sign free-agent starter Patrick Corbin

first_imgThe Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with LHP Patrick Corbin!🔗 // https://t.co/gdu1BDtnXO pic.twitter.com/YWiiF0UOP7— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) December 7, 2018“We’ve always said that starting pitching is the driver. As the top free agent pitcher on the market this offseason, we targeted Patrick from the onset,” general manager Mike Rizzo said in a release. “He was one of the top pitchers in the National League in 2018 and at 29 years old, we believe the best is yet to come. We are thrilled to bring him into our organization.” The Yankees also had interest in Corbin, but reportedly were unwilling to go beyond a five-year offer. However, they have several alternatives as they are reportedly considering J.A. Happ and Lance Lynn because when they could not sign Corbin.Corbin is coming off of a career year in which he went 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA with 246 strikeouts in 200 innings for the Diamondbacks. The Phillies reportedly were doing all they could to outbid everyone for Corbin’s services, but it was the Nationals who came out on top in the end. Related News MLB hot stove: Nathan Eovaldi signs 4-year deal with Red Sox Free-agent starting pitcher Patrick Corbin just got a whole lot richer.The Nationals announced Friday they have agreed to terms on a six-year contract with the left-hander, three days after multiple outlets reported Corbin had agreed to a $140 million deal. last_img read more