Jailed to protect unborn child 11 June 2012A  Taranaki judge has sent a pregnant alcoholic on her eighth drink-driving conviction to prison to protect her unborn child. New Plymouth woman Tina Maree Hotene, in her 40s, has admitted her latest charge in New Plymouth District Court. “It’s tragedy on tragedy. There should be concerns for your unborn child given your proclivity for alcohol,” Judge Allan Roberts told Hotene. The jail term comes in the wake of a national debate about the future of children born to neglectful or abusive parents. read more

EPL: Watford sink fellow strugglers Aston Villa

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Martinez completes £20m Aston Villa move Grealish signs new five-year Aston Villa deal Birmingham-fan Troy Deeney struck a brace to hand Watford a vital 3-0 win over relegation rivals Aston Villa at Vicarage Road. The Hornets skipper grabbed his first three minutes before half-time and added a second from the penalty spot in the 67th minute – 10 minutes after team-mate Adrian Mariappa had been sent off. Ismaila Sarr scored a third not long after to make it back-to-back victories for Nigel Pearson at Vicarage Road and they are now three points from Premier League safety. Villa boss Dean Smith endured a terrible afternoon in Hertfordshire and has major problems with this their fifth defeat from their last six league games. Tom Heaton impressed in the win over Norwich on Boxing Day and was called into action inside a minute when he produced a superb point-back save to deny Christian Kabasele. It was all the hosts during the opening exchanges and, despite a brief rally from Villa, it remained this way for much of the first half, but Ben Foster had to be alert with 25 played. Conor Hourihane crossed in for Wesley and his downward header was superbly diverted over the crossbar by Watford’s goalkeeper before minutes later the away forward wanted a penalty for a clash with Craig Cathcart, but VAR ruled no foul had been committed. Watford went close five minutes before half-time when Sarr dribbled inside two opponents, but his side-footed shot was deflected wide by Kortney Hause. Villa cleared the resulting corner, but the Hornets kept the ball alive and Abdoulaye Doucoure flicked on for Deeney, although he directed his close-range effort straight at Heaton. He should have scored and yet made up for it in the 42nd minute when he scuffed home from six-yards after Doucoure had been denied by the visitors’ goalkeeper following a poor clearance from Ezri Konsa. Deeney cupped his ears to the Villa supporters and it remained 1-0 at the break with Pearson’s team deservedly in the lead, but he was forced to replace Will Hughes with Nathaniel Chalobah at half time. Smith could not have been impressed with his side’s showing and introduced Trezeguet for the ineffective Jota, which did lift the away side and their cause was helped a little more in the 57th minute when Mariappa was sent off. The Watford defender received his second yellow card in the space of six minutes for a cynical foul on Henri Lansbury – after a similar challenge on Jack Grealish earned a booking. Pearson reacted by withdrawing substitute Chalobah for Craig Dawson and did give the midfielder a hug as he left the pitch before the Hornets’ grabbed a second their play warranted. Sarr sent Deeney away and Douglas Luiz came back and brought down the home captain. VAR checked the incident, but the penalty stood and Watford’s number nine drilled down the middle to make it 2-0 in the 67th minute. It was dreamland for the hosts four minutes later when Etienne Capoue won possession from Grealish, linked up with Deeney and crossed in for Sarr to score and help the Hornets finish 2019 on a high.Tags: Adrian MariappaAston VillaTroy DeeneyWatfordlast_img read more

Ramos stays on fence about Bale

first_img “I think that the price of the player is dictated by the market,” he said. “It’s not my job to decide whether we should sign Bale or someone else. It’s important for Madrid to have a large number of young players and Spanish players in the team. The mix of youth and experience makes for a good project. The president and the other directors will decide whether or not we sign Bale, not me.” Ramos did, however, express excitement about the upcoming season under Ancelotti. “It’s always a good thing to have great coaches with a lot of experience and he is one of the best coaches in the world and is guaranteed to do well, and we are delighted to have him. I hope we’ll be able to win trophies with him.” The defender did not enjoy the smoothest of relationships with Ancelotti’s predecessor, Jose Mourinho. Last season he was left out of the side by the Portuguese coach for a Champions League group game against Manchester City, and was singled out for criticism by his boss for an error which lead to Manchester United’s goal in the 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu last February. However, he was keen to draw a line under Mourinho’s time at the club, and even had some kind words for the Chelsea manager, who he explained passed on to him the hunger to keep growing as a player. Ramos said: “There is little to add about the past. I am not someone who holds grudges and I want to remember the good things about our time with Mourinho. “We wish him all the best and talking about another coach now would show a lack of respect to Ancelotti. Every day I wake up eager to learn new things and I am grateful to Mourinho for that.” The club are reported to be ready to break the world record transfer fee by shelling out up to 100million euros (£87 million) for the Tottenham forward. Madrid captain Iker Casillas has hailed Bale as “one of the best three or four players in the world” but Ramos kept his cards close to his chest when asked by reporters whether Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who have already spent an estimated 70million euros (£61 million) signing Isco, Asier Illarramendi, Dani Carvajal and Casemiro, needed to add Bale to their squad, considering the enormous price Spurs are demanding for him. Sergio Ramos has adopted an ambiguous tone with regards to the possibility of Real Madrid signing Gareth Bale.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgRomo was hired by CBS in 2017 when he retired after 14 seasons and signed a 3-year deal that averaged $3 million per season. FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Clint Bowyer (BOY’-ur) has won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Fontana, holding off six-time race champion Jimmie Johnson.Bowyer turned a lap in 40.086 seconds in his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to claim just his fourth pole position in 508 career Cup races. The veteran racer also won the pole for the first time in 20 career races at Auto Club Speedway east of Los Angeles.Johnson will start on the front row for his final race as a full-time driver at his hometown track. The 44-year-old star’s qualifying lap was barely behind Bowyer at 40.093 seconds.Johnson’s wife and daughters will drop the green flag on Sunday’s race. He is hoping to end a career-worst winless streak of 97 Cup races when he starts at a track where he has won a record six times.US MARATHON TRIALS Azubuike finished with six points and nine rebounds while playing just 20 minutes after hurting his ankle in the opening minutes of the game. David McCormack came off the bench to score nine in his place, helping the Jayhawks edge closer to clinching at least a share of another Big 12 championship.Cartier Diarra scored 15 points and Xavier Sneed and Makol Mawien had 13 apiece for the Wildcats, who were held scoreless for nearly 5 1/2 minutes late in the game. That allowed Kansas to score eight straight points and break open a 48-all game, then cruise to its 11th win in the last 12 games between the bitter rivals.It was their first meeting since their game in Lawrence late last month ended in a brawl at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas forward Silvio de Sousa is still serving a 12-game suspension for his role in that brawl.In other top-25 games Saturday:— Luwane Pipkins scored 27 points to lead Providence to its fifth win over a Top 25 team this month, holding off No. 12 Villanova 58-54 on Saturday. The Friars boosted their NCAA Tournament resume with a win in Philly where they led for the balance of the game. Providence previously knocked off Butler, Creighton, Seton Hall and Marquette during their ranked-win streak in February. The Wildcats played their worst game of the season and were never really in it, missing 3-pointer after 3-pointer to shoot themselves out of a chance at a victory. Associated Press Galen Rupp wins 2nd straight US Olympic marathon trialsATLANTA (AP) — Galen Rupp reclaimed his status as the nation’s top distance runner Saturday, winning his second straight U.S. Olympic marathon trials and earning a spot for in the Tokyo Games.Rupp pulled away in the final miles for a dominant victory. Carrying a U.S. flag in his right hand, Rupp was all alone as he crossed the finish line, almost 43 seconds ahead of Jacob Riley. Abdi Abdirahman also earned a spot on the U.S. team that aims to compete in the Tokyo Olympics this summer, despite the outbreak of the coronavirus.Rupp is only the second man, after Frank Shorter in 1972 and 1976, to win two U.S. trials. Shorter tied for the 1972 win with Kenny Moore.Rupp qualified for his fourth Olympics with a winning time of 2:09:20. The 33-year-old runner won the bronze medal in the marathon at the 2016 Rio Games. UNDATED (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks forwards Andrew Shaw and Zack Smith will miss the rest of the season because of injuries, the team said Saturday.Shaw has been sidelined since Nov. 30 because of a concussion. Smith is scheduled for back surgery on March 6.Shaw has three goals and seven assists in 26 games this season. He was drafted by Chicago in the fifth round in 2011 and spent his first five seasons with the Blackhawks, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2013 and 2015. He was traded to Montreal in June 2016 and reacquired from the Canadiens in June.Smith had four goals and seven assists in 50 games in his first season in Chicago after 11 years with Ottawa.The Blackhawks are last in the Central Division at 28-28-8. In other events on Day 4 at the Berlin Velodrome, Lea Sophie Friedrich gave the home crowd more reason to cheer when she won the 500 meters. Kirsten Wild and Amy Pieters defended their Madison title for the Netherlands, and Benjamin Thomas of France dominated the four-event men’s omnium.WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S SUPER-GOrtlieb wins 1st World Cup, Brignone extends overall leadLA THUILE, Italy (AP) — Austria’s Nina Ortlieb edged Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) of Italy by one hundredth of a second Saturday to win a women’s World Cup super-G in Italy. It was her first career victory.Brignone extended her lead in the overall standings to 153 points from the absent Mikaela Shiffrin. The American three-time overall champion is taking a break from the sport since the death of her father. Corinne Suter was third and remained in the lead of the super-G season standings. February 29, 2020 — Luka Garza scored 25 points and had 17 rebounds as No. 18 Iowa pulled away in the second half for a 77-68 win over No. 16 Penn State on Saturday. Garza extended his streak of 20 or more points against Big Ten teams to 14 games, a new school record. It was Garza’s 14th double-double of the season. It was the 13th consecutive home win for the Hawkeyes, who won for the fourth time in six games and stayed in the chase for a double-bye in the Big Ten Tournament. Lamar Stevens led Penn State with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The Nittany Lions lost for the third time in their last four games after an eight-game winning streak and dropped out of a four-way tie for second place in the Big Ten.— The Texas Longhorns are making a late push for an NCAA Tournament berth. Andrew Jones scored 22 points and the Longhorns stretched their winning streak to four games with a 68-58 victory at No. 22 Texas Tech. Texas improved to 18-11 overall and 8-8 in the Big 12. The Red Raiders, the Big 12 co-champion last season when they made it to the NCAA championship game, is also 18-11 after its second loss in a row. Jahim’us Ramsey had 13 points to lead Tech, but missed a dunk in the final minute that Texas turned into a breakaway layup.NBA-WARRIORS-CURRYGolden State star Curry not quite ready to return SundaySAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry had hoped to play for the Warriors on Sunday at home against the Washington Wizards after being sidelined for four months, but he won’t return from a broken left hand quite that soon.center_img Golden State said Saturday that Curry is participating in full scrimmages during practice and “continues to make good progress in his recovery.” He is scheduled to practice with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors on Monday and is still expected to play in March.Coach Steve Kerr had said before Tuesday’s game against Sacramento that hopefully Curry would return against Washington, but the two-time MVP needed to be reevaluated Saturday to better determine his status.Curry has played only four games this season, falling on his hand Oct. 30 against the Suns. The Warriors were playing at Phoenix on Saturday night, mired in an eight-game losing streak.NHL-NEWSBlackhawks’ Shaw, Smith to miss rest of season with injuries In France, Sunday’s Paris half-marathon has been called off due to the outbreak. Organizers said the race involving some 44,000 competitors would be rescheduled for a date to be determined.Five Serie A soccer games in Italy were postponed on Saturday. The matches were originally due to be played without fans this weekend but the decision to call them off was taken by the league as part of “urgent measures for the containment and management” of the COVID-19 disease.CYCLING-TRACK WORLDSUS rider Dygert breaks world record at track cycling worldsBERLIN (AP) — American rider Chloe Dygert stopped the clock in a record 3 minutes, 16.937 seconds to win gold in the individual pursuit at the track cycling world championships Saturday and stamp herself as the Olympic favorite in Tokyo. Aliphine Tuliamuk edged Molly Seidel by seven seconds in the closest women’s finish in the trials. Seidel became the first woman to make the U.S. Olympics team while running in his first marathon. Sally Kipyego was third. Tuliamuk and Kipyego are natives of Kenya who have become U.S. citizens. Kipyego won the silver medal in the 10,000-meters race for Kenya.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSVirus worries affect more sportsUNDATED (AP) — Concerns about the new coronavirus continue to have an impact on sporting events around the world.In Japan, baseball games were played in empty stadiums Saturday and horse races were held without spectators. Sunday’s Tokyo Marathon, usually one of the world’s largest races, has been restricted to elite runners. In other NHL news:— New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider could miss significant time after suffering a fractured foot in the first period of Friday night’s 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. He appeared to get hurt when he blocked a shot by Phillipe Myers early in the first period, four days after signing a seven-year contract extension reportedly worth $45 million. Kreider has 24 goals and 21 assists for 45 points in 63 games this season.— The New York Islanders will make their return to Long Island a full year early. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the team will play all home games during the 2020-21 season at the Nassau Coliseum, and any home playoff dates will take place on Long Island this season and next. New York State invested $6 million to upgrade to the building’s infrastructure to ease concerns from the NHL. The Nassau Coliseum will be brought up to the NHL’s minimum standards for its venues, with improvements going toward the facilities ice plant, broadcast infrastructure and renovating the team locker rooms.NASCAR-FONTANA-QUALIFYINGClint Bowyer edges Jimmie Johnson for NASCAR pole at Fontana ROMO-CBSRomo remains with CBS after agreeing to long-term contractUNDATED (AP) — Tony Romo will remain with CBS as its top NFL analyst after agreeing to a record extension.CBS Sports spokeswoman Jen Sabatelle said that the network and Romo have agreed to a long-term contract. The New York Post reported that the former Dallas quarterback’s new deal is worth $17 million a year.CBS’ deal with the NFL expires after the 2022 season, but Romo’s contract goes beyond that. CBS is expected to retain their rights when the next round of negotiations start, which could happen this year once a new collective bargaining agreement with players is finalized. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEAzubuike injured as No. 1 KU beats K-StateUNDATED (AP) — Devon Dotson scored 25 points to help top-ranked Kansas absorb the loss of center Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah ah-zoo-BWEE’-kay) for long stretches of the game, and the cold-shooting Jayhawks held on to beat Kansas State 62-58. It was their 14th straight win. Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

Reigning golf champion Avinash Persaud wary of the challenges

first_imgA NUMBER of golfers will converge on the Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) this weekend vying for top prizes at the Lusignan Open Golf tournament.Among them will be reigning male champion Avinash Persaud, who signalled his intention to regain his title when the two-day tournament concludes on Sunday at the Lusignan golf course, East Coast Demerara.The familiarity with the Lusignan golf course could seem a factor that could facilitate repeat success for the 28-year-old, but the task will not be an easy one.Undoubtedly, one of the best golfers locally, Persaud, who is suffering from a slight shoulder injury, is fully aware of the challenges he is expected to face.Despite the challenges he anticipates, Persaud remains optimistic. He pointed out during the exclusive interview that the venue is his home turf, adding that once he does the basics and plays within his game limits, success will come his way.“Definitely it will be a challenge for me because the game has become more competitive over the years but having said that, my standard is different from the rest of players and once I play my standard I have nothing to worry about,” he concluded.The LGC is anticipating a large turnout of competitors on the nine-hole course, with keen rivalry in the Championship Flight (0-9 handicap), B Flight (10-18), C Flight (19-28) and Ladies Flight.Tee-off time is 08:00hrs each day. Admission is free.last_img read more

Iheanacho Back in Eagles Camp, Osimhen to Miss Togo Clash

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeKelechi Iheanacho returned to Super Eagles training camp in Paris on Tuesday ahead of tomorrow’s international friendly with the Hawks of Togo in the French capital.Although details of his impending move from Manchester City still remain hazy, the Etihad team is believed to be discussing terms with West Ham United with emphasis on a buy-back clause in the contract. The Hammers officially tabled 20million pounds bid for the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup winner. Iheanacho has also kept details of his trip to Manchester to himself, refusing to disclose his next base with any of his teammates.Super Eagles official twitter handle gleefully announced the return of Iheanacho to Paris yesterday afternoon. “@67Kelechi Iheanacho, who left our Paris camp last Saturday to clear up some personal matters, has since rejoined the team.”The City forward scored a late equaliser for Eagles in the 1-1 draw against Corsica last Friday in Ajaccio.But while Eagles handlers are celebrating the return of Iheanacho to camp, Nigeria’s other youngster Victor Osimhen was also expected to link up with the team last night ahead of Thursday’s clash with Togo in Paris.The 18-year-old forward who was involved in Wolfsburg’s 1-0 Monday night defeat of Eintracht Braunschweig in the return leg of the Bundesliga qualification play-offs, was being expected to arrive the camp last night. Wolfsburg triumphed 2-0 on aggregate and retained their Bundesliga status for next seasonCamp sources said Osimhen was not likely going to be one of the 19 players to take part in the friendly against Togo.Eagles official social media handle however announced that Osimhen will be in Paris with the national team but not as one of the players selected for the game.“Wolfsburg of Germany teenage star Victor Osimhen is on his way to our camp in Paris,” the Super Eagles tweeted yesterday.Austrian Wein striker Kayode Olanrewaju, Henry Onyekuru and Stephen Odey are the other three forwards in camp listed for the game.“In camp for Togo friendly: Ezenwa, Alampasu, Ebuehi, Abdullahi, Echiejile, Olatunbosun, Ekong, Awaziem, Agbo, Agu, Etebo, Alhassan,” the Super Eagles tweeted on Tuesday via their verified handle.“Iwobi, Musa, Olanrewaju, Onyekuru, Ndidi, Odey, Iheanacho. These players will prosecute the friendly vs Togo.”Osimhen is yet to make an official appearance for the Super Eagles since he was called up by Gernot Rohr last year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

F-M girls volleyball rallies past J-D in five sets

first_imgA big showdown in girls volleyball loomed last Thursday night when Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt and faced each other, with the main prize a lot of local bragging rights.And it did not disappoint, with the Red Rams appearing to gain control in the early going when it won a close, hard-fought first set 26-24 and then repeated that effort in the second set 25-23.Somehow, the Hornets absorbed all this adversity and dominated the rest of the way. F-M won the third set 25-17, was even better in a 25-14 third set and then flattened J-D 25-6 in the final set to pull it out. On a deep front line, F-M got 10 kills from Mackenzie Helmer, Kendra Broddus and Harper Stoppacher, with Anna Williams and Alexandra Marchnowski each getting eight kills. Nina Avery earned 27 digs as Marchnowski got 25 digs.J-D featured, on its back line, Aurora LeClair’s 27 digs. Maris Ryan had 14 assists and Grace DiGiovanni had 11 assists as Sophia Ferris picked up nine kills and Linda Shen added eight kills.Before this, both teams were impressive in last Monday night’s matches. J-D traveled to Oswego last Monday night and earned a three-set sweep, taking the opening set 25-15 and then handling the Buccaneers 25-19 and 25-20 in the next two sets. Aside from her 20 assists, Maris Ryan earned nine digs as Aurora LeClair got 14 digs and four assists. Up front, Linda Shen and Sophia Ferris both gained eight kills, Shen adding five digs as Fiona McNeil had six kills.F-M, on that same night defeated  Nottingham 25-16, 25-8, 25-17, with Morgan Napier earning 17 assists while most of the other main players rested for a busy stretch ahead.The Hornets earned 17 aces, four of them by Amaya Nash as Ijeoma Okoh had three aces and four kills. Harper Stoppacher added three kills as Nina Avery earned four digs.A tougher match was expected on Wednesday as F-M hosted West Genesee, but after a 25-22 first set went in the Hornets’ favor, it rolled through the second set 25-10 and the third set 25-20.Nash finished with 25 assists, with Napier and Broddus each getting 13 digs and Nina Avery adding 11 digs. Juliana Myagkota had seven kills, with Stoppacher and Mackenzie Helmer each adding five kills as Broddus and Anna Williams both had four kills.After the tough loss to F-M, J-D had to play again Friday night at Auburn, but defeated the Maroons 25-16, 25-19, 25-13. DiGiovanni had seven assists and LeClair six assist to go with 10 digs as the Rams got 22 aces from 10 different players, Shen leading with five kills.Bishop Grimes had a rough start to its week, the Cobras taking a 25-14, 25-23, 25-15 defeat to LaFayette. Lexi Emmi still had 15 assists and 10 digs, with Maddie Mowers getting 11 digs as Izzy Kinsey got seven kills and Ajak Ater added five kills.Then the Cobras lost Thursday to Skaneateles 25-14, 25-18, 25-18. Bella D’Andrea led Grimes’ front line with six kills as Emmi produced 10 assists and Mowers finished with 15 digs.In boys volleyball, Fayetteville-Manlius had its own big match Thursday against Baldwinsville. It split the first two sets by equal 25-23 margins, but lost the next two sets by scores of 25-18 and 25-21.Brandon Rogers still finished with 27 assists, with most of his passes going to Andersen Fuller, who put away 16 kills. Cyrus Felton gained six kills and Devin Kapral added four blocks.Prior to that, the Hornets swept past Syracuse City 25-10, 25-17, 25-16 last Tuesday night. Aidan Liddell, with 15 assists, and Brandon Rogers, with 10 assists, worked the back line as Cyrus Felton led with seven kills and Andersen Fuller added five kills.Jamesville-DeWitt improved to 2-1 last Tuesday with a 25-15, 25-20, 24-26, 25-15 victory over Central Square, with Brevin Scullion consistent throughout the match as he piled up 41 assists.Nearly half of Scullion’s assists were on passes to Matt Cieplicki, who put away 16 kills. Kenny Hildreth and Nick Kemmis had nine kills apiece, with Josh Duby contributing six kills.Then the Red Rams challenged Oswego on Thursday. It lost the first two sets, 25-23and 25-17, but then claimed the third set 25-17 and pulled out the fourth set 26-24.Only in the final-set race to 15 did J-D tire and fall, 15-6, to the Buccaneers, ending a match where Cieplicki notched 14 kills and Kemmis added 12 kills. Scullion produced 30 assists.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: Bishop GrimesF-MJ-Dvolleyballlast_img read more

Orange defense comes up big in final minutes, again, in road win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Max Suter has no idea why it always seems to happen. But Suter has noticed the Syracuse defense’s tendency to come up with the big play, the big series, when it matters the most. ‘I don’t know what it is about this team,’ said Suter, a senior safety. ‘Any time we need a stop, we come up with a stop.’ On Saturday against Rutgers, it was 10 yards. Ten yards that turned the game on its end and sent Syracuse bowling with a 13-10 win, instead of going home wondering. Ten yards that enabled a kicker on SU’s side to celebrate, instead of one on Rutgers’ side. It was all part of a generally stout defense that had its main trouble all day against Rutgers’ Wild Knight formation, allowing a total of 280 yards of Rutgers offense. But that didn’t matter anymore. All that mattered was that the Scarlet Knights were driving, far down in SU territory to the 17-yard line. ‘It was a tough game, an ugly game,’ senior linebacker Doug Hogue said. ‘But we executed at the end of the game when we needed to.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Rutgers got the ball at its own 43 in crunch time — just fewer than nine minutes to play. And quickly and simply, the Scarlet Knights moved the ball downfield the same way they had all game. The Wild Knight. Jeremy Deering, a wide receiver who was the main threat under center in the Wild Knight formation Saturday, ran for five yards on first down. Then for six. Then came the big play. On third-and-3 from the Syracuse 39-yard line, Deering busted up the middle for 22 yards. And Rutgers kicker San San Te stood on the sideline, lining it up, imagining a 35-yard field goal try. ‘As a defense, your mentality is three-and-out,’ SU cornerback Da’Mon Merkerson said. ‘Three-and-get-the-Gatorades. We came together. We said, let’s stop them. Hold them. Make a stand, and we’ll see if we can give our offense another opportunity to go down there and score.’ Rutgers went away from Deering on the very next play. And it hurt. Kordell Young ran to the right and got pushed back, fumbling the ball out of bounds. A loss of eight. Back to Deering. He gained a simple six yards back to the Syracuse 19-yard line, six of his 166 rushing yards on the day on 29 rushes that came almost exclusively out of the Wild Knight. ‘The opportunity to run the football against a very blitz-heavy defense,’ Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano said when asked why his game plan so heavily included the Wild Knight. ‘We thought it would be effective.’ For most of the day, it was. So on third-and-12 from the SU 19-yard line, would Schiano go back to Deering? Take the near six yards Deering had averaged all game and kick the 31-yarder? Instead, Schiano went to quarterback Tom Savage under center, a more conventional approach. And Derrell Smith made Rutgers pay. Barely. He fell before he could put a solid hit on Savage, but he was there. And he grabbed Savage’s foot, held on for dear life and mustered enough strength to bring him down. Another loss of eight. ‘Honestly, I don’t know how I got the sack,’ Smith said. ‘I was on the ground. Fortunately, I grabbed his foot. I think that was a big play.’ So, in three plays, Rutgers moved back from the 17-yard line to the 27. Ten yards. It was all the difference in what would come next. That 35-yard field goal Te had envisioned was now a 45-yarder. The snap wasn’t perfect, and Te kicked a low, wobbly line drive that fell just short.  ‘When I saw the ref wave his hands,’ said SU defensive tackle Anthony Perkins, motioning a ‘no good’ signal, ‘I was just ecstatic.’ And because of the 10 yards, all the Syracuse defense had to do was watch as its offense proceeded to march down the field and come up big when it mattered most. It watched as Marcus Sales caught a pass for 11 yards, as Antwon Bailey ran for 15 and as Delone Carter ran for nine. And it watched as its kicker, Ross Krautman, seamlessly nailed a 24-yarder. As he, like the defense, came up big when it mattered most. ‘It was a great win for us,’ Suter said. ‘A great win.’ bplogiur@syr.educenter_img Published on November 12, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Mobile learning launched

first_imgOn Wednesday, EmpoweredU, the mobile-first learning management system, announced that it will launch its pilot program at the Viterbi School of Engineering, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Rossier School of Education.The launch will also involve eight other universities across the nation, including Clemson University,  Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University, Texas Southern University, University of San Francisco, University of California at Irvine, University of California at San Diego, Southern Arkansas University and Cambria-Rowe Business College.The program provides the tools and features for an in-class mobile learning experience that will allow students to utilize online lectures, assignments, test administration, peer-to-peer interaction, discussion forums and more.“EmpoweredU’s mission is to help universities provide learning anywhere, anytime, with any device. Our mobile learning platform offers a full solution to universities looking to embrace teaching and learning on the go,” EmpoweredU CEO Steve Poizner said in an interview with the Herald Online. Poizner is also on the board of councilors at the Rossier School.Binh Tran, executive director of DEN@Viterbi expressed the mission of EmpoweredU in an email to the Daily Trojan.“We expect EmpoweredU to enhance the mobile experience for our faculty and students,” he said.  “Many of our current tools and content are accessible now via mobile devices but we anticipate this system will allow students to be more organized in their coursework while balancing the demands of their career and personal lives.”Tran also said that this new program will serve as an important gain to online students.“The majority of our online students are working professionals and they can benefit from the mobility and engagement of this service, especially when they are enrolled in the same rigorous courses and requirements as their on-campus classmates,” he said.The pilot program for EmpoweredU at USC allows Rossier to test the new technology with its professional development and continuing education programs.“Steve Poizner on the Board of Councilors approached the dean’s office about the new program for mobile devices, and brought some demos that the faculty and administration were really impressed with,” said Cathryn Dhanatya, assistant dean for research and interim executive director for professional development.Dhanatya said faculty and administrators were particularly impressed with the program’s ability to seamlessly move courses across mobile platforms and the creators’ willingness to design the program around Rossier’s needs.“The main function will be that it allows us to experiment with the platform and see how robust it is at delivering content through a mobile platform,” she said.Rossier’s partnership with EmpoweredU will allow the school to improve learning in urban environments.“We’re interested in leveraging our strategic partnership to further and advance our mission,” Dhanatya said. “We want to provide online content that is high-quality and has an impact, and this partnership will allow us to do that.”last_img read more

TAPP hosts discussion on gun violence, safety

first_imgTrojan Advocates for Political Progress hosted a forum on gun violence on Wednesday at Taper Hall. The organization invited members from Unruh Associates, USC College Democrats, Trojans for Israel, Political Student Assembly, USC Students for Justice in Palestine and Young Americans for Freedom to speak about their stances on gun regulation. Price School of Public Policy professor Erroll Southers moderated the panel. Annalise Pasztor | Daily Trojan“I wanted to keep up the dialogue after different situations, whether or not that is the Parkland shooting or other instances of police brutality,” TAPP President Alec Vandenberg said. “Gun violence is still prevalent, and we want to make sure we can shine the light on that and the first step to doing that is starting that dialogue and taking that dialogue and forming a consensus and acting upon it.”The forum consisted of a panel of student representatives from each of the host clubs and was moderated by professor Erroll  Southers. Southers said that it is important to address gun control, especially on school campuses.“This is a conversation that we always say we’re going to have and we never have,” Southers said. “I think that schools are particularly concerned about when talking about gun violence these days, so I think that it’s the absolutely perfect place to have this discussion.”Before working at USC, Southers worked as an FBI Special Agent, served as former President Barack Obama’s first nominee for the Transportation Security Administration Assistant Secretary and also served as Assistant Chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence for the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department under Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Given the heightened relevance of gun violence in the wake of this year’s mass shootings, Southers proposed several questions to stimulate discussion.Topics included students’ opinions on arming teachers, whether handguns or firearms in general were a concerns, if the Second Amendment should be amended or removed and how to make gun use safer. “A lot of people notice that many of these conversations around gun violence, many of the arguments and debates, when it’s specifically about gun violence, never include the rampant gun violence by the police forces, by white supremacists,” Kameron Hurt, a junior majoring in international relations and a member of Students for Justice in Palestine, said. “To certain people, gun violence only matters when it’s against a certain community and if it’s done in a mass way where a lot of people are killed in one instant, but if it’s a slow and grueling ‘one murder today, another murder tomorrow’ then suddenly loses that importance.” Vandenberg said this conversation was made more dynamic by Southers’ willingness to discuss his own experiences. Southers said the event provided some consensus on certain issues such as background checks as prerequisites for gun ownership as well as whether it is  time to re-evaluate certain laws. “I want students to know that we can have this discussion,” Southers said. “There are solutions and that the people sitting in the room today, they’re a part of that solution. It’s going to be laws and it’s going to be people that make sure those laws are suggested and acted, followed through … We are the solution. If our elected officials aren’t going to move the needle, then we need to move the needle.”last_img read more