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US health officials urge Americans to prepare for spread of coronavirus

first_imgTopics : The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday alerted Americans to begin preparing for the spread of coronavirus in the United States after infections surfaced in several more countries.The announcement signaled a change in tone for the Atlanta-based US health agency, which had largely been focused on efforts to stop the virus from entering the country and quarantining individuals traveling from China.”The data over the past week about the spread in other countries has raised our level of concern and expectation that we are going to have community spread here,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the CDC’s head of respiratory diseases, told reporters on a conference call. What is not known, she said, is when it will arrive and how severe a US outbreak might be. “Disruption to everyday life might be severe” and businesses, schools and families should begin having discussions about the possible impact from the spread of the virus, Messonnier cautioned.In a teleconference later on Tuesday, Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s principal deputy director, said that while the immediate risk in the United States was low, the current global situation suggested a pandemic was likely.”It’s not a question of if. It’s a question of when and how many people will be infected,” Schuchat said.Separately, US Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar told a Senate subcommittee there will likely be more cases in the United States, and he asked lawmakers to approve $2.5 billion in funding to fight the outbreak after proposing cuts to the department’s budget.center_img “While the immediate risk to individual members of the American public remains low, there is now community transmission in a number of countries, including outside of Asia, which is deeply concerning,” Azar said, adding that recent outbreaks in Iran and Italy were particularly worrying.Believed to have originated from illegal wildlife sold in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, the new coronavirus has infected some 80,000 people and killed close to 2,700 in China.Although the World Health Organization says the epidemic has peaked in China, coronavirus cases have surfaced in about 30 other countries, with some three dozen deaths reported, according to a Reuters tally.Growing outbreaks in Iran, Italy and South Korea have raised concerns that coronavirus will surface in other nations and worsen in those that have already reported infections, further denting a global economy that had already been hit by a dependence on China.Global and US stock markets fell sharply again on Tuesday, as investors feared the epidemic would further damage an already slowing world economy.The White House’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said the US economy would be able to ride out any disruption from the global spread of coronavirus, adding that he did not expect the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates to blunt the disease’s economic impact.US Senator Chuck Schumer, however, said Republican President Donald Trump and his administration had been caught “flat-footed” and lacked a comprehensive plan to deal with the coronavirus. He called for at least $3.1 billion in additional funding to fight it.”The Trump administration has shown towering and dangerous incompetence when it comes to the coronavirus,” said Schumer, the Senate’s top Democrat. “Mr. President, you need to get your act together now. This is a crisis.”Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said it would be at least a year before a coronavirus vaccine could be made available to the public.But Fauci said testing Gilead Sciences’ antiviral drug remdesivir for potential treatment of coronavirus could be done in a “reasonable amount of time.”‘Deadly Consequences’US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that Iran may have covered up information about the spread of coronavirus there, and he accused China of mishandling the epidemic through its “censorship” of media and medical professionals.”The United States is deeply concerned by information indicating the Iranian regime may have suppressed vital details about the outbreak in that country,” Pompeo told reporters as Iran’s coronavirus death toll rose to 16.”All nations, including Iran, should tell the truth about the coronavirus and cooperate with international aid organizations,” Pompeo said.His remarks, coming less than two months after a short-lived US-Iranian military clash and the signing of a US-China trade deal, could inflame tensions with Tehran and Beijing.Beijing last week revoked the credentials of three Wall Street Journal correspondents over a column China said was racist. The United States has said it was considering a range of responses to their expulsion.”Expelling our journalists exposes once again the government’s issue that led to SARS and now the coronavirus: namely censorship. It can have deadly consequences,” Pompeo said, referring to the 2002-2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which also emerged from China.”If China permitted its own and foreign journalists and medical personnel to speak and investigate freely, Chinese officials and other nations would have been far better prepared to address the challenge” of coronavirus, he added.Despite the coronavirus epidemic, Pompeo said the United States still planned to host a special meeting with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Las Vegas in March.last_img read more

Ziemke highlights mental health resources available to Hoosiers during pandemic

first_imgBatesville, IN— State Rep. Cindy Ziemke said many helpful mental health resources are available to Hoosiers during the coronavirus pandemic.  “I have been a long-time advocate for the mental health of Hoosiers,” Ziemke said. “Over the last several weeks, many people have lost their jobs, are worried about getting sick and have anxiety while staying home, but please know there is help to cope with our stress.”Ziemke said aid an easy way to find local mental health resources is to call 2-1-1. The free service quickly connects callers to support near their homes and is available 24/7. Hoosiers can also contact their doctor or health insurance provider about access to telehealth options for counseling and emotional support.According to Ziemke, social distancing and staying home may exacerbate addiction issues for those in recovery from substance abuse because they may not have access to their typical healthy coping methods. Anyone struggling can call the Indiana Addiction Hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) to get referrals for treatment at state-approved agencies and connections to support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.“Addiction plagued our communities before the coronavirus showed up and it hasn’t gone away,” Ziemke said. “These programs have shown they can help and they are critical to many Indiana families who need treatment.”Shelters have reported an increase in domestic violence since the stay-at-home order was issued. The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence has a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-332-7385, and is online at icadvinc.org where Hoosiers can seek help and find nearby programs and services.Ziemke said for some, social distancing can trigger feelings of loneliness and suicidal thoughts. Those experiencing emotional distress can contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit SuicidePreventionLifeline.org for confidential support.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers comprehensive guidance on coping with stress. Tips include keeping a routine, staying connected with family and friends, exercising and maintaining a healthy diet. More information can be found at cdc.gov/coronavirus.Stay updated on what Indiana is doing to address COVID-19 by visiting IN.gov/coronavirus.last_img read more

COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 10,000

first_imgFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered all beaches, parks and “non-essential” commercial and retail businesses to close in the tri-county area.Among businesses considered essential are grocery stores, gas stations, day care facilities and pet supply stores. Non-essential businesses, like restaurants and retail stores, are required to close or convert to take-out only. SDNT850wftl. Florida Keys government officials are closing the island destination to visitors beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday. The only exception is for long-term renters in vacation homes and R/V parks with contracts of 28 days or more, who are already in the Keys. There is currently one confirmed coronavirus case in the Keys and it is travel related. Also one confirmed case in Indian River County The death toll from the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak is surpassing ten-thousand.Nearly a quarter of a million people have been infected with the virus in 163 countries and regions.Johns Hopkins researchers say there are now more than 200 dead in the U.S. and over 14-thousand infected.California Governor Gavin Newsom is taking dramatic new action to stop the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.Gavin Newsom explained more than half of the people in California, over 25 million people, could be infected with the respiratory illness.That could result in thousands of hospitalizations, much more than the state’s hospital capacity. Folks will still be allowed to do essential tasks like going to the store, picking up medicine and going for walks.Newsom suggested law enforcement wouldn’t be enforcing the order, instead saying social pressure would regulate behavior.The statewide order follows similar orders in major California cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco. As of last night the state of Flordia has 432 positive cases of coronavirus, with 29 in Palm Beach County, 96 in Broward County, and 101 in Miami-Dade County.That makes South Florida the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the state. Officials increased Florida’s death toll to nine after a patient died in Duval County. There are no mandatory quarantine or isolation orders in Florida at this time.Stay updated with Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard. Find the latest information on #COVID19: https://t.co/MM1hGAYGta. pic.twitter.com/CUDK4mWRQI— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) March 19, 2020last_img read more

Cricket News Aaron Finch slams ton, continues Australia’s resurgence in ODIs against Pakistan

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Australia won a series in India after 10 years.Pakistan has not beaten Australia in a series for 17 years.This is the final international series for both teams before World Cup. New Delhi: The Australian cricket team are riding high on confidence after finally getting the better of India in ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals in Virat Kohli’s own den. They tackled swing and seam brilliantly and they registered their first series win after trailing the five-match series 0-2 as they won the series 3-2, their first win in India after 10 years. The momentum and confidence gained from the series against India has spilled over into the five-match series against Pakistan as Aaron Finch’s brilliant century and a magnificent 91* from Shaun Marsh helped Australia win the first match by eight wickets in Sharjah to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.Pakistan would have backed themselves to come up trumps after Haris Sohail scored a maiden century but they were undone by Australia’s aggression and confidence. The hosts chose to bat and they rested six of their key players, including regular skipper Sarfraz Ahmed in order to keep them fresh for the World Cup starting in UK from May 30. But the young and inexperienced Pakistan led by Malik proved no match for Australia, who are on a roll after their win in India earlier this month.Left-hander Sohail, who reached 1,000 runs in his 27th one-day international when on 40, anchored Pakistan’s innings, adding 98 for the third wicket with Umar Akmal who made a 50-ball 48 in his first international match for two years. Sohail took a single to complete his hundred in the last over, finishing with six boundaries and a six. Pakistan had handed one-day debuts to opener Shan Masood and Abbas — who have played 15 and 14 Tests respectively. Masood put on 35 in an opening stand with Imam-ul-Haq (17) before off-spinner Nathan Lyon dismissed Imam in the seventh over, caught and bowled.Masood, who hit five boundaries in his 62-ball 40, was then bowled by paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile who finished with 1-38 in his 10 overs. Umar smashed three sixes in one Jhye Richardson over but fell one short of his half century. Malik fell for 11 and Ashraf and Imad Wasim scored 28 each. Wasim hit four boundaries and a six during his 13-ball unbeaten knock, helping Pakistan to 55 runs in the last five overs as they reached 280/5.In response, Australia began aggressively with Finch launching Shoaib Malik for a huge six towards deep mid-wicket to complete his century — his first since June last year against England at Chester-Le-Street — off 120 balls.Finch, who knocked four sixes and eight boundaries, added an innings-building 172 runs for the second wicket with Shaun Marsh who scored an unbeaten 91 off 102 balls with four boundaries and two sixes. With 46 needed Finch became Mohammad Abbas’s maiden wicket but Peter Handscomb hit 30 not out to help Marsh cross the line.   Finch and Marsh came together after opener Usman Khawaja fell for 24 to medium pacer Faheem Ashraf, the only other success Pakistan’s new-look bowling attack could achieve. The next match will be played in Sharjah on Sunday.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Lost and found: Patrick Patterson’s story told

first_imgMenacing paceman from West Indies’ golden era tracked down after a six-year search by Indian journalistThe troubled post-cricket life of Patrick Patterson has been revealed in an absorbing tale by an Indian journalist who spent six years tracking down the former West Indies paceman in his native Jamaica.Patrick PattersonAlmost 25 years after he played his final Test, Patterson was interviewed by Bharat Sundaresan from The Indian Express, after the journalist originally set out to speak with the legendary quick during an Indian tour of the Caribbean in 2011.Quick Single: Late collapse hands England WWC title“For years now, I’ve only heard grave and dire speculations about Patterson’s present state – that he’s lost in the bush or is in an asylum; maybe even roaming the streets as a destitute,” Sundaresan wrote.“Few believed that he was still in the country or that he was of a sane mind. It was like the West Indies had not just given up on, but forgotten, one of their superstars of yore. And, of course, there was no sign of him.”Patterson made his Test debut in 1986, in the middle of a heady era of West Indian cricket, and was another to roll off a seemingly endless production line of tall, menacing and super-quick fast bowlers.He played 28 Tests between then and 1992, taking 93 wickets at 30.90 and striking at 51.90.His last Test appearance came at the Gabba, before he was dropped for disciplinary reasons.The Jamaican disappeared from public life thereafter, his absence fuelling numerous rumours about his mental health and general whereabouts.Eventually he was located, and told his story – reluctantly at first, before warming to the task and seemingly taking some pleasure in revisiting his own history, even if the journey was chequered by many gaps in his memory.Sundaresan discusses one particular Test match, at the MCG over Christmas in 1988, in which Patterson took nine wickets and, legend has it, told a bunch of Australian players who had sledged him in the field that he was going to kill them.“He looks at you, nodding, like he’s hearing about his own feats for the first time,” he wrote.“‘I’m just so far from all of that, (and have) nothing around me to remind me really of the whole journey. It’s been like that for 20-odd years. I’ve just been at that address’, he says, almost apologetically.“‘I can remember the atmosphere at that match you talk about. It was electrifying. Like a Test atmosphere. But that’s all I remember. I hope you understand’.”But there are bright spots, too. He recalled India’s Kris Srikkanth and Australia’s David Boon as the two who “bothered me most as batsmen”.The story undulates between vivid recall, hazy memories and a nagging concern from Patterson that there are “external forces” out to get him – those same forces, he says, are behind rumours suggesting he has, as Sundaresan puts it, “lost his way”.“One time I heard a fellow convincing everyone that I was already in Bellevue (a mental asylum in Kingston),” the 55-year-old said.“That day I just hit the pits. I couldn’t move when I heard it. I was scared that that’s where they wanted me to be. They said they couldn’t find me, but I was right here.“But they kept speculating and tarnishing my image and I couldn’t do anything about it because I had more basic things to worry about, like food.”last_img read more

The Latest: Top star Freeman among 4 Braves to test positive

first_imgMLS said the postponement would allow both teams to have additional training days in Orlando before opening tournament play.FC Dallas will now play its first tournament match July 15 against the Seattle Sounders.___Frances Tiafoe has tested positive for the coronavirus and withdrawn from the All-American Team Cup tennis tournament in Atlanta.Tiafoe was scheduled to face Tennys Sandgren on Saturday in the weekend tournament involving eight top American men’s players. The event is allowing a limited number of fans and not requiring masks, though will provide them if requested. July 4, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Atlanta Braves four-time All-Star Freddie Freeman, reliever Will Smith and two teammates have tested positive for the coronavirus. Tiafoe defeated Sam Querrey on Friday but was showing symptoms after the match and a test was positive. Tiafoe, a 22-year-old who reached the 2019 Australian Open quarterfinals, left the event site and was replaced by Christopher Eubanks. Tiafoe was captain of Team Stars, playing against John Isner’s Team Stripes.Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and three other pro players had tested positive for the virus after playing in a similar exhibition event in Europe. The pro tennis tours are suspended until August.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___The MLS Is Back tournament match between FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps has been postponed after six FC Dallas players tested positive for COVID-19.The group stage match was scheduled to take place Thursday. MLS officials announced the postponement Saturday and said a new time and date would come later.FC Dallas confirmed Wednesday that players had tested positive upon their arrival in Florida for the month-long tournament. The entire FC Dallas delegation is quarantining in their rooms at the walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.Vancouver’s team is scheduled to arrive in Orlando on Monday.center_img The Latest: Top star Freeman among 4 Braves to test positive Teams begin arriving at Disney for a brief quarantine followed by the start of their training camps on Tuesday.___The Indian Open golf event on the European Tour was canceled on Saturday because of the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic.The tournament was initially postponed from March to an unspecified time later in 2020, but has now been scrapped following consultation with the European Tour and Asian Tour.The European Tour is due to restart this month with six straight events in Britain. ___The NBA announced the schedule Saturday for scrimmages at the Disney complex, with 33 games set for between July 22 and July 28.Each of the 22 teams that will be part of the season restart has been scheduled for three games.All three arenas at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex that will be used for the restart will also play host to the scrimmages.There will be between three and six games per day during that six-day span. The season will officially resume with the start of seeding games on July 30. Manager Brian Snitker said Saturday the four players, including right-hander Touki Toussaint and infielder Pete Kozma, agreed to have the team disclose their positive tests.Snitker said Freeman had a negative intake test before having a positive test on Friday. Snitker said the first baseman has a fever and “is not feeling great.” “It will be a while before we can get him back,” Snitker said.Major League Baseball has scheduled the 60-game season to start on July 23. Freeman is the biggest star in the sport so far to have his positive virus test publicly announced by his team.The 30-year-old Freeman set career highs with 38 home runs and 121 RBIs last season in helping Atlanta win its second straight NL East title.last_img read more

Golf putting its way to Michigan

first_imgThe Badgers men’s golf team will be taking a ride on cloud nine all the way to Ann Arbor as it competes in the Wolverine Invitational this weekend. The men will tee off just a few days after winning their first tournament of the year and the program’s first since 2004.The golfers, led by senior Garrett Jones, junior Jeff Kaiser and sophomore Dan Woltman, won the Mid Pines Intercollegiate at Pinehurst Golf Course in Pinehurst, N.C., on Tuesday.”It’s good to get back in the winner’s circle,” said Kaiser, who hasn’t seen a victory since his freshman year. “It’s nice to start off the year with a win.”Kaiser, who was tied for eighth place after the first 36 holes, came from behind to finish in first. He shot a career-best seven under par, hitting 209 over 54 holes.Jones and Woltman also finished in the top 10, placing eighth and ninth respectively.”To see three guys finish in the top 10 is obviously pretty exciting for our program,” UW head coach Jim Schuman said.Kaiser’s first-place finish was the result of the amount of hard work and dedication he has been putting in, according to his coach.”There’s more to that performance than him just playing well,” Schuman said. “He’s been really committed on and off the golf course for the last year. It’s just great to see somebody work that hard on his game, in the weight room, on his academics and to see it finally pay off for him.”Woltman is a new addition to the team this year. A native of Beaver Dam, he played in all 12 tournaments for the University of Kentucky last year before transferring to Wisconsin. Woltman also won the 2006 Wisconsin State Amateur Tournament and is a great addition to Schuman’s team.”Dan is a great fit here at Wisconsin,” said Schuman. “He’s very comfortable on our team. He’s really proud to be here.”Jones, who played in all 36 rounds for the Badgers last year and led the team in scoring with an average of 73.08, will continue to serve as a team leader.”He led us through a few years where we weren’t as deep, and he’s going to continue to do that,” Schuman said. “Garrett’s a great player, a very intelligent player and just continues to add that depth for us.”The men’s team will tee off at the Wolverine Invitational this Saturday, playing 36 holes. Play will conclude on Sunday with the final 18 holes.The field at the Invitational will include 14 teams, including Big Ten foes Iowa, Penn State and defending champions and host school Michigan.With a victory already under their belts to start the season off on the right foot, the Badgers look to continue their strong play.”We certainly want to build upon that,” said Kaiser of the team’s win.Schuman hopes the team can add another victory this weekend in Ann Arbor.”We’re looking forward to it,” he said. “It should be a great event. We can’t lose this idea of just getting better each week.”The team had only a few days after their first tournament to prepare for the Wolverine Invitational, but they feel ready.”We had to work pretty hard mentally to win,” Kaiser said, “but I think we’ll be ready for Michigan.”Kaiser, Jones, Woltman, and sophomores Tyler Obermueller and Patrick Duffy will be the five golfers competing for the Badgers this weekend. Schuman feels that these five have the ability to help Wisconsin nail down its second tournament victory in a row.”We’re looking to win all our golf tournaments,” Schuman said. “That’s our No. 1 priority is to go out there and win. We feel like we’ve got the players able to do that.”last_img read more

Johannes Pieles could be the spark Syracuse needs on offense

first_img Published on November 16, 2016 at 12:18 am Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ In his first weekend of college soccer, Johannes Pieles tallied an assist, a multi-score game and a game-winner in double overtime. Then he notched another game-winner against Hofstra and helped break a scoreless first half with a nifty pass against No. 15 Boston College.Pieles had accounted for half of Syracuse’s goals three games into the year.“When he came over people were thinking like, who’s this guy?” senior midfielder Oyvind Alseth said.That soon changed for Pieles, who hails from a small town outside of Munich, Germany. The 6-foot-1, 173-pound freshman forward had been one of Syracuse’s most dangerous threats. But for the second half of the year — until SU’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament game at Clemson — he had been scrapped from the starting lineup.Back at starting forward, Pieles could bolster Syracuse’s (11-3-4, 3-2-3 Atlantic Coast) offense like he did early in the season, when he earned the starting job over redshirt junior Kenny Lassiter. The Orange begins the NCAA tournament Sunday at 2 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium against either Dartmouth or St. Francis Brooklyn.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPieles’ unpredictability and fearlessness made him invaluable for Syracuse early on. His impact had been at the center of an SU unit off to its best start in program history. He started in all but one of the Orange’s first 12 games.He would often call for the ball in or around the 18-yard box. He’d receive it and either glide it to open teammates or look for an open space to dribble. But Pieles’ style of play also made him more likely to make mistakes, part of why he lost his starting spot after SU’s loss at Louisville last month.Playing up front, Pieles has conceded some balls and missed defensive assignments and missed wide on shots. Pieles hasn’t scored on his last 22 tries and hasn’t recorded a point since Sept. 16. SU defender Mo Adams, pointed to the ACC’s defenses as to why Pieles’ production slowed.“The first few games he didn’t know what to expect,” Adams said.Pieles earned a start at Clemson, though, after he and Kyle Gurrieri, who’s played in each of SU’s last three games, stayed in the gym for extra sessions. McIntyre rewarded Gurrieri with the opportunity to travel with the team and Pieles with the start. At Clemson, Pieles just missed a shot on goal that could have won the game.The play mirrored the maturity and skill Pieles showed from the first week, when he anticipated a fast-break opportunity after Liam Callahan found a ball near midfield. Pieles broke toward the 18-yard box while Callahan passed it to Kenny Lassiter. Lassiter hit Pieles in stride, leading to a two-man game.Pieles split the middle before rifling a scorcher back to Lassiter in the box. It was an advanced play for the freshman, who had sensed the break several passes earlier. Despite his hiccups, Pieles’ nine points places third on the team and his 35 shots are second only to senior forward Chris Nanco’s 51.“Well, anytime somebody scores a couple of goals and gets the game winner in overtime, that’s not a bad way to start your opening weekend at Syracuse,” head coach Ian McIntyre said. “And he’s still finding his feet. He’ll get sharper. He’ll get better.” Commentslast_img read more

‘Quarterback’ Mo Adams leads Syracuse in final stretch of the season

first_img Published on October 25, 2017 at 11:21 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+ Of the 13 Syracuse players who have played in at least 13 games this season, only three haven’t recorded a point. One of them is goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert, and another is freshman defender Sondre Norheim. The third is the latter’s “role model,” sophomore captain Mo Adams.“I want to perform like (Adams),” Norheim said. “He really gave me an impression of how you have to play in this league. Having that aggression, and just that you can’t really hold back.”After picking up All-Freshman Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a freshman, something Norheim hopes to replicate, Adams seems to be everywhere for Syracuse (6-8-2, 0-6-1 ACC), except the score sheet. Luckily for SU, points aren’t what make Adams valuable. The midfielder covers ground from his own defensive third well into the attacking zone. While he roams, he points, directing other teammates. When he receives the ball, he dictates play. In the lone game Adams missed this season, SU lost to Akron 1-0. If the Orange is going to pick up its first conference win Friday at No. 1 Wake Forest (15-1-0, 7-0-0) or next week in the ACC tournament, Adams will be at the forefront, orchestrating Syracuse’s play.I have to keep the shape of the team, keep the balance of the team. When we do have possession kind of everything goes through me. In football, I’m like the quarterback of the team, for example, or the point guard in basketball.Mo AdamsIn Syracuse’s usual 3-5-2 formation, Adams plays toward the back of the midfield, more defense-centric than the other midfielders. Adams staying back allows Jonathan Hagman and Hugo Delhommelle to press forward into the attack, resulting in the midfielders ranking second and third on the team in scoring, respectively.While Adams starts near the backline, he doesn’t stay stagnant there. Against then-No.17 Louisville on Sept.15, the midfielder lurked well into the Cardinals’ zone. He shuffled side to side with his hand rested just off the hip of the backtracking Louisville attacker. The backwards waltz continued for 10-yards before the Cardinal player reluctantly passed the ball back to his goalkeeper. As the two players moved upfield to play the ensuing lob, they exchanged words. Adams grinned and nodded his head at his opponent.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Even though it’s soccer and it gets serious at times, you got to have some fun you know,” Adams said. “They say something and I say something back … I relish when it’s kind of like that.”Adams’ voice projects during the matches, often reaching the stands at SU Soccer Stadium. His talk on the field helps motivate his teammates, Norheim said.It’s not always trash talk, though. During brief stoppages in play he aligns his teammates into their proper positioning. Against Ohio State on Oct. 18, Adams assured freshman midfielder Lukas Rubio he was in the right spot on the outside wing, a place Adams often looks to spread the ball from his inside position.“Man you’re doing a good job finding that pocket, keep doing that. It will come” Adams told Rubio at halftime.Five minutes into the second half, Adams jogged upfield while his teammates quickly advanced the ball. Hagman one-touched the ball up to Rubio who popped the ball up with his right foot and fired low and away, placing the ball in the back right corner of the Ohio State goal.Adams didn’t get the assist, but directing Rubio to the right spot led to the eventual goal that snapped Syracuse’ then-four game losing skid.“He’s behind you (and) he sees more in front of you,” said Adnan Bakalovic, who plays the outside wing, like Rubio. “He sees everything that’s in front of him and he just gives you baby steps to get everything spot on. Moving a couple inches to the left or to the right, simple stuff like that.”Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre called Adams an “emotional leader.” In Syracuse’s most recent loss to then-No.7 Clemson, Adams walked alone following the final whistle. His face sunk into his shirt. It was in reaction to a result SU could no longer afford.In the final stretch of the season, Syracuse needs to be near perfect, and it all starts with its sophomore captain. Commentslast_img read more

Contending Badgers face off with conference’s top dog

first_imgCurrently batting .341 and knocking in 25 runs so far this season, sophomore first baseman Michelle Mueller has been a key contributor to the Badgers’ productive offense in 2012.[/media-credit]With just six games remaining, the Big Ten softball title race is finally starting to take shape, and for the first time in program history, the Wisconsin Badgers will have a major say in how it ends.Although the Badgers currently reside in a tie with Iowa for fourth place, they trail Nebraska and Purdue by just a half game each and conference-leading Michigan by a single game. A successful weekend would do wonders for the Badgers’ standing, so Michigan’s trip to Madison is perfect timing.The Badgers will open play with a doubleheader against the Wolverines Saturday, followed by a single-game finale Sunday afternoon.Following last weekend’s tough showing against Purdue, Wisconsin used three mid-week victories to rebound as it heads into this weekend’s set. The Badgers’ grueling series in West Lafayette, Ind., is far from mind now as Wisconsin feels it is mentally prepared to compete with the top team in the conference.“It’s all about the mindset,” sophomore outfielder Mary Massei said. “Even though last weekend was a hard loss for us, it didn’t faze us at all. We’re ready to get right back to what our goal is.”At the beginning of the season, the goal was not necessarily to win the Big Ten championship, but as the schedule progressed, Wisconsin worked its way near the top. On April 2, the Badgers were 3-3 and in the middle of a heap of mediocre conference teams, but as the weeks wore on and the wins poured in, the conference title came into focus.“After we swept Minnesota, I think a lot of things started clicking,” sophomore first baseman Michelle Mueller said. “We started to realize that we have the team to do it this year.”Michigan will bring a heavy dose of prowess to Goodman Diamond throughout the weekend. The Wolverines have spent a large majority of the season in the top 25 national rankings and currently sit at No. 23.Michigan has won the last four Big Ten regular season titles, and any team standing in its way of number five will surely get a run for its money.The Wolverines possess far and away the league’s best ERA, with a team average of 1.86 – 40 points better than the next contender. Their ace, Haylie Wagner, is widely considered the best pitcher in the conference with a league-leading 1.46 ERA and league-high 25 victories.The Badgers’ offense will surely have its hands full but is looking beyond the tough competition. With some hot hitting lately, junior third baseman Shannel Blackshear has now eclipsed the .300 batting average mark, the seventh player to pass that mark.Though some robust pitching is on the weekend slate, the UW offense is ready for a battle.“We’re just going to have to put the ball in play and also work the count,” Mueller said. “If you get to two strikes, and you battle eight pitches off, maybe you strike out. But the more we make them throw, the better off we’ll be.”It has been some time since the Badgers played a nationally ranked team – they lost to Oklahoma State 1-0 March 18 – so the excitement level about this weekend has definitely increased. Michigan will be the first ranked team to play at Goodman Diamond this season, so the Badgers are anxiously waiting to see how they stack up.“Our hitters are excited about the challenge,” head coach Yvette Healy said. “Everybody loves to play the best teams in the country, and when you get a top team like Michigan to come to your place, it’s very fun.”Wisconsin will look to continue is remarkable home winning streak of 13 games, adding to the program record with each victory. A pair of wins would set another program record with 35 total season victories.A series victory would not only help their Big Ten standing, but would also provide a great boost to the Badgers’ NCAA tournament resume. Wisconsin has not qualified for the 64-team field since 2005 and currently ranks 46th in the national RPI, good for second-best in the Big Ten.Having not defeated a top 25 team yet, dropping anything more than one game would represent a serious blow to UW’s postseason chances.Wisconsin will definitely have the home crowd behind them, with extra incentive, as Sunday is also senior day. Usually a designated player, Karla Powell is the lone senior on this year’s Badgers squad. Above all, her teammates and coaches want her to end her career at Goodman Diamond with a big victory.“It would be huge,” Healy stated. “She has given a lot to the team and the program. It would be tremendous [to win] and help her put her stamp on the program.”Powell was a First-Team All-Big Ten selection last season and has spent the majority of 2012 battling injuries, finding little time in the lineup. Her teammates will be ready to see her perform against the Wolverines Sunday, hoping for a little senior day magic.“You want to win for her in the first place, and then you want to see her excel,” Mueller said. “She hasn’t hit a home run all season, but I have a feeling it’s coming.”last_img read more

Kelly says club players sacrifice for local side

first_imgTipperary hurling legend Eoin Kelly says club players still enjoy lining out for their local sides despite not getting a regular flow of games.The former inter-county star made the comments as the County Board promised to deal with the fixtures ‘headache’ brought about by Tipp’s hurling and football success this year.The Mullinahone man says those that don’t get the call from the Blue and Gold have to make a lot of sacrifices.last_img

Emeka Ogbugh Excited to Open 2018 NPFL Account

first_imgRivers United forward, Emeka Ogbugh has said he is delighted to open his new season campaign for Rivers United with a goal and he instantly dedicated it to God during Sunday’s NPFL Match day 9 clash against Niger Tornadoes in Port Harcourt.Ogbugh made his season debut for Rivers United Sunday against Niger Tornadoes after helping the home-based Super Eagles reach in final of the recently concluded CHAN in Morocco.He scored on the dot of 28 minutes, firing home a free kick from outside the area.The goal doubled the hone side’s advantage after Euro returnee, Osita Chikere had opened scoring on 16 minutes.“I’m delighted to score. I rejoined the team few days ago and scoring in this game makes me feel happy, more so when it helped us win the game”, Ogbugh told Scorenigeria.com.ng“I dedicate the goal to God. “I must say, it is one of the tricks I took from the CHAN which I gained from coach Salisu Yusuf.“I hope to keep working hard and see where we go from there”.Rivers United were immaculately impressive in the game, bossing their visitors all through the first half during which goals from Osita Chikere and Ogbugh separated the two sides.Ochewechi Salefu’s strike of extraordinary force and speed hit the head of a Niger Tornadoes defender with the incident highlighting the second period in which Tornadoes came back into life.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Nationally Acclaimed Comedian Rickey Smiley Hosts Pompano Stand Up Live

first_imgMAIMI, Florida – The Pompano Beach Cultural Center will be the venue where legendary Comedian Rickey Smiley will host Pompano Stand Up Live. The top-rated national radio personality will introduce an outstanding lineup of comedians including Christopher Priester, Pam Bruno, Komedian Kermit and Chea Butter. The night of comedy takes place Thursday, August 22 at 8 pm.“Rickey Smiley is one of the entertainment industry’s most celebrated performers, having made millions laugh for over 27 years,” said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. “With the distinct ability to take everyday observations and turn them into comedic gold, Rickey is one of the few ‘clean’ comics amongst the upper echelon of contemporary comedians.  We are honored that he is hosting Pompano Stand Up Live!, and will be introducing our community to some of the brightest new stars on the comedy horizon.”Smiley has recorded eight best-selling albums, including iTunes #1 best-selling comedy album, “Rickey Smiley: Prank Calls Number 6.” Smiley has hosted BET’s “Open Casket Sharp” and “Comic View,” and has appeared on “Showtime at the Apollo,” “Uptown Comedy Club,” HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” and “Snaps.” In addition to being featured on DISH NATION, his nationally syndicated morning radio show can be heard in over 60+ markets. Most recently, his memoir Stand by Your Truth: And Then Run for Your Life was released by Gallery Books.As host of Pompano Stand Up Live!, Smiley will be introducing some of the hottest rising stars in the industry.  Chris Priester “The Teacher” is an educator and comedian from Fort Lauderdale. Although he has only been on stage for a few years, he’s already been featured at The Funny Stop in Ohio and has opened for Rickey Smiley and DeRay Davis.  He currently reigns as the “Miami Ultimate Comedian” and has won the “Best in Boca” Competition.With her clever, understated wit and laid-back style, Pam Bruno delivers comedy from an angle that has won audiences all across the country. She is the 2015 winner of Ultimate Miami Comedian and was named Miami’s Best Comedian, 2017-2018.  Pam has worked with many nationally known comedians, including Wendy Liebman, Emmy Award-winner Louie Anderson, Tommy Davidson, Bobby Lee, and the legendary singer Roberta Flack.  She recently appeared with Kevin Hart in his new TV series, Hart of the City, on Comedy Central.Chea Butter is known as the Queen of the No-Neck Gang from South Florida. She has won numerous competitions including the Miami Apollo and Palm Beach Comedy Jamz and made a special appearance in the Wild-n-Out Tour at the Miami Arena.Komedian Kermit was born and raised in Pompano Beach. Influenced by legendary comedians such as Redd Foxx, Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy, he has always enjoyed making people laugh. Having been a ghostwriter for other local talents, he was encouraged by comedian Larry Dogg, to take the stage and always give it his all!The event will also feature music by DJ Lil Bear, and a cash bar and concessions will be available. All guests must be 21 or older.The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is located at 50 West Atlantic Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL 33060.last_img read more

Coutinho Out Of Liverpool Squad For Manchester City Clash – Klopp

first_imgBrazilian midfielder, Philippe Coutinho has been left out of Liverpool’s squad that will face Manchester City this weekend according to manager, Jurgen Klopp.25-year-old Coutinho, who missed out of all Liverpool’s Premier League games this season due to a back injury, returned to training with the club after featuring for Brazil in two World Cup qualifier games during last weekend’s international break.“I decided to leave him out of the squad for City so we can use the time for extra training. He agreed.” Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp explained.15 – Philippe Coutinho has scored 15 goals from outside the area since his Premier League debut; more than any other player. Ambitious. pic.twitter.com/0vmxvoyE4b— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 21, 2017“We have to prepare him for the rest of the season and that is quite difficult with our fixtures and schedule. He agreed – he didn’t want to just play 15 minutes.”Coutinho was denied a move to Barcelona in the summer transfer window following Liverpool’s rejection of three separate bids from the Spanish giants despite Coutinho reportedly handing a transfer request to the club.“It is like when you are in a relationship and you take a break – you manage to forget what happened in that break and that’s what it is like. I am very happy with the situation”. Klopp added.RelatedLiverpool’s Philippe Coutinho Hands In Transfer RequestAugust 11, 2017In “England”Klopp: Coutinho Not For Sale Despite Barca InterestJuly 21, 2017In “England”Philippe Coutinho Is Not For Sale – Liverpool Releases Official Statement Amidst Barcelona InterestAugust 11, 2017In “England”last_img read more

Sensational Victorien Adebayor tops Ghana Premier League scorers’ list after goal in 5th consecutive match

first_imgInter Allies skipper Victorien Adebayor has, without a doubt, been the revelation of the season in the Ghana Premier League.Having already found the net in his last four games, prior to Allies’ midweek match against Medeama, Adebayor scored yet again on Wednesday.Although his side eventually lost 2-1 at home, Adebayor’s mood will certainly have been lifted after scoring in his fifth straight match.That run started in the 4-2 win over King Faisal in Gameweek Four, where he scored Allies’ opener.Adebayor then grabbed a brace in their 3-0 win at Eleven Wonders before scoring from the spot in Inter Allies’ 1-1 draw with Legon Cities FC.Adebayor scoring earlier in the season against Bechem UnitedHe scored twice yet again – including a worldie – away at Berekum Chelsea before Wednesday’s consolation against Medeama.In all, the player has scored seven goals in his last five games and 11 in eleven matches so far this season.The player’s importance to his side cannot be understated as well.Inter Allies are the league’s highest scorers with 18 goals but Adebayor has scored 11 of them.With four assists as well, the Nigerian has been involved in 15 of their 18 goals, an astounding percentage of 83%.He’s also currently top of the Ghana Premier League’s goalscorers’ list, with one more goal than Aduana Stars’ Yahaya Mohammed.Take a look at this stunner from Adebayorlast_img read more