Drogba suffers ankle injury

first_imgChelsea hope either Diego Costa or Loic Remy will be fit for Sunday’s match at Arsenal after Didier Drogba suffered an ankle injury. He wrote on Twitter: “Disappointed not to be able to play the #MAP2015 because of an ankle injury but still supporting #EbolaResponse.” It is not the first time Drogba has had an ankle problem this season. He has made five Premier League starts this campaign, but could be displaced in Chelsea’s starting line-up at the Emirates Stadium anyway if Costa or Remy is fit. “Our target was for Diego to play the last four matches and Arsenal is the sixth match from the end,” Mourinho said last Friday. “He starts training with rest of the squad next week.” Mourinho also reported Remy had a better than 50 per cent chance to play against United, although teenager Dominic Solanke was on the substitutes’ bench, with the France striker ruled out. Chelsea are 10 points clear of the second-placed Gunners and victory against Arsene Wenger’s men will mean the Blues can wrap up the title at Leicester three days later. The 37-year-old Ivory Coast striker has led the Premier League leaders’ attack in wins over QPR and Manchester United in recent weeks due to Costa’s hamstring injury and Remy’s calf problem. Drogba, a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, on Monday withdrew from featuring in the Match Against Poverty in St Etienne. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgCOLLEGE SPORTS-CENTRAL MICHIGAN-NCAA WAIVERCentral Michigan gets NCAA waiver to reduce men’s athletic programsUNDATED (AP) — Central Michigan says it has received a two-year waiver from the NCAA regarding the minimum Division I sports sponsorship requirements.Division I schools are not supposed to have fewer than six sports for male athletes. CMU announced last month it was dropping men’s track and field, citing university-wide budget cuts. That leaves the school with five men’s teams: baseball, basketball, cross country, football and wrestling.Central Michigan requested the waiver after losing revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. Update on the latest in sports: CARL CRAWFORD ARRESTEx-Dodgers star Carl Crawford arrested on assault chargeHOUSTON (AP) — Former Los Angeles Dodgers star Carl Crawford has been arrested after his former girlfriend accused him of assaulting her during an argument over a man she had begun dating.An arrest affidavit filed by Houston police states Crawford went to the home of Gabriele Washington on May 8, produced a handgun from which he unloaded the ammunition in her presence, then demanded information on her latest dating relationship.Washington told investigators that he pushed her to the floor, slammed her head against a wall and choked her. Crawford is free on $50,000 bond.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 That’s the judgment of former Japanese Olympic minister Toshikai Endo. Japanese television NHK quoted him at a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.The Tokyo Olympics are to open on July 23, 2021. They were postponed this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.Endo is the latest powerful politician to speak out this week about the games, bracing the Japanese public for possible changes and costs.Tokyo Governor Yurkio Koike said Thursday the games were likely to be downsized and undergo many changes.MLB-SEASON NEGOTIATIONS Players holding firm on stance for prorated payNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is no closer to framing an agreement for starting the season.Players have reaffirmed their stance for full prorated pay, leaving a huge gap with teams that could scuttle plans to start the coronavirus-delayed season around the Fourth of July and may leave owners focusing on a schedule as short as 50 games.More than 100 players, including the union’s executive board, held a two-hour digital meeting with officials of the Major League Baseball Players Association on Thursday, a day after the union’s offer was rejected by Major League Baseball.Management on Sunday pitched an 82-game schedule that included a sliding scale for prorated salaries, with the richer players receiving a reduced share. The union countered on Tuesday with a 114-game schedule with prorated salaries and no adjusted scale. VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBAAP source: NBA owners approve 22-team season restart planUNDATED (AP) — The NBA continues to take positive steps toward resuming a season that was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league Board of Governors has approved a 22-team format for restarting the season in late July at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida. The format calls for each team playing eight games to determine playoff seeding plus the possible utilization of a play-in tournament for the final spot in each conference postseason field.The 22-team plan includes all teams that were holding playoff spots when the season was stopped, plus all other clubs within six games of a postseason berth. That means 13 teams from the Western Conference and nine from the East. Testing providers must be authorized by the FDA or Health Canada.In other sports developments related to the coronavirus outbreak:— Seven Arkansas State athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating for 14 days. Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said the seven athletes are from three sports, and all were asymptomatic so far. Damphousse said contact tracing has begun, and anyone who has been exposed to any of the seven athletes will be required to quarantine for 14 days.— Premier League club Tottenham is borrowing $220 million by using the Bank of England’s emergency pandemic loan scheme to cope with the absence of spectators from its stadium and the cancellation of two NFL games it was to stage this year. The north London club revealed the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic as the Premier League advanced plans for the competition to end its 100-day shutdown in two weeks.— Premier League clubs have agreed to allow five substitutions per match but allowing for only three pauses to bring on substitutes. They will adopt the temporary change when the league resumes on June 17 amid the pandemic. Premier League clubs have also agreed to temporarily increase the number of substitute players from seven to nine. June 5, 2020 The league also has nailed down the final details of a playoff format if the season can resume.Every playoff series will be a best of seven after the qualifying round and teams will be re-seeded along the way instead of bracketing.The announcement came on the heels of the Pittsburgh Penguins revealing one of their players tested positive for the coronavirus. The team said the unidentified player was not in Pittsburgh, was isolated after experiencing symptoms and has recovered.The NHL has not yet announced the start of voluntary workouts or a firm timeline for training camps and the resumption of games.Each conference will play its postseason games in a separate hub city to be announced. The top four teams in each conference will compete in a round-robin to determine seeding, while the next eight teams in each conference will battle for a spot in the opening round. The seven other teams have received spots in the draft lottery. The board also released a set of recommendations for coaches, including holding in-person or virtual meetings to discuss current events and racial injustice; stressing a team’s commitment to diversity and inclusion; establish Election Day as an annual team day off; and encourage meetings with law enforcement leaders and others outside the department.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-FLORIDA STATE-NORVELLCoach apologizes for misstatementUNDATED (AP) — Florida State football coach Mike Norvell has apologized after a star player accused him of lying about personally connecting with each player to discuss the police killing of George Floyd and ensuing protests against racial injustice.Defensive tackle Marvin Wilson said last night on Twitter that he and his teammates were “outraged” by Norvell’s characterization of the contact the white, first-year coach had with the players. Wilson, who is black, went back to social media on Thursday to say the matter was settled. NASCAR makes final alterations to scheduleCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR is set to run its All-Star race on a Wednesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway and added one more weeknight Cup Series race as part of its latest revised schedule through July.The All-Star race is now slated for July 15, two months after it was scheduled to be run before being postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.NASCAR will keep its scheduled twin-bill weekend later this month at Pocono Raceway. Kansas Speedway will host the Cup Series for a Thursday night race July 23.NASCAR-VIRUS OUTBREAK-INDIANAPOLIS NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees is apologizing for comments that he now says were “insensitive and completely missed the mark” when he reiterated his opposition to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem in 2016Those remarks, in an interview with Yahoo, drew sharp criticism from fellow high-profile athletes and others in the wake of George Floyd’s death.Los Angeles Lakers great LeBron James, New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins and former NFL player Martellus Bennett were just some of the high-profile athletes to criticize Brees on their Twitter feeds.James says he couldn’t believe Brees was still confused about what Kaepernick was trying to do. The Lakers’ star says kneeling was not about showing disrespect to the flag or the military but instead about police brutality.In an Instagram post Thursday, Brees said he was apologizing to his friends, teammates, New Orleans, the black community, the NFL community and “anyone I hurt with my comments.” He says his words “lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy” and had become “divisive and hurtful.” IndyCar drivers uncertain how aeroscreen will work at TexasINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Some IndyCar drivers are nervous heading into Saturday’s season-opening race at Texas.They will be racing on one of the series’ trickiest tracks, in stifling heat and with the new windscreen for the first time.The protective device was supposed to make its debut on a road course in March. But when the pandemic shut down the sports world, series officials revised the schedule.Now, the introductory race will take place on a high-speed, high-banked Texas oval, where it has not been tested. SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKMLS: training can resume; 7 Arkansas St athletes positive; Tottenham borrows $220MUNDATED (AP) — A day after announcing a deal with its players’ association to resume the season with a tournament in Florida, Major League Soccer says teams may resume training.MLS says each player and staff member must complete two tests for the coronavirus 24 hours apart, 72 hours ahead of the start of training.Every player also must have a test for antibodies and a physical. Testing for antibodies will take place every three months. VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLNFL coaches allowed to return to team facilities on FridayUNDATED (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has told the 32 clubs in a memo obtained by The Associated Press that coaching staffs may work from team complexes starting Friday.Previously, only up to 75 people per day could be at the facilities, with coaches and players not seeking treatment for injuries barred. The maximum number of club employees in each facility will be increased to 100, subject to governmental regulations and implementation of health protocols developed by the NFL’s medical staff.NASCAR-SCHEDULE CHANGES Associated Press — All referees in Italy’s top soccer league have tested negative for the coronavirus. The Serie A referees and some from the second division were tested at the Italian federation’s training headquarters on the outskirts of Florence. They will remain there until June 10 to have further tests and continue training and preparing for the resumption of Serie A on June 20.— The International Olympic Committee is in talks with insurers over compensation for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Games. The IOC pays for insurance against the cancellation of an Olympics, but it is unclear if its policy covers a one-year postponement. The IOC said last month it set aside $650 million to cover potential extra costs for the postponement. Costs for organizers in Japan are expected to run to billions of dollars.— Rafael Nadal says if he had to decide right now he wouldn’t play in the U.S. Open, but he wants to wait and see what happens with the coronavirus pandemic. The 19-time Grand Slam champion thinks it’s important that there be two requirements for tennis to return: assuring everyone’s health and making sure players from all countries can travel. All sanctioned tennis has been on hold since March.BREES-SOCIAL MEDIABrees says he ‘completely missed the mark’ in flag comments The players association has a call on Friday to approve the plan as well, the final step as the league attempts a reboot.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NBA DRAFTNCAA sets deadline for withdrawal from NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA has set a new schedule for early entrants to the NBA draft to withdraw and return to school.Players will now have until 10 days after the NBA scouting combine or Aug. 3, whichever comes earlier. Still, the issue of a possible antitrust exemption for the NCAA has been raised because some states suspect the NCAA will use “guardrails” to put limits on athletes and their ability to maximize their earning potential in a free market.NABC-RACIAL RECONCILIATION COMMITTEESouth Carolina’s Martin to chair hoops committee on raceKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin will chair a new committee formed by the National Association of Basketball Coaches to address issues of race and discrimination not only within intercollegiate athletics but society at large.The NABC’s board of directors announced the new committee Thursday, saying in a statement that “coaches can and should lend their voices to making a difference on the national, regional and local levels.” But the college coaching association also wants to ensure that the concerns of student-athletes also are being addressed. Indianapolis Motor Speedway slams door on fans at BrickyardINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Motor Speedway will hold the July 4 IndyCar-NASCAR doubleheader without fans.Track officials had been optimistic it could be the first major sporting venue to have fans back in the stands this summer. Instead, the stands will be empty much like the rest of the tracks since major racing resumed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic last month.IMS officials made the decision after consulting with local and state officials.INDYCAR-WINDSCREEN TRACK-BERRY’S PROTESTBerry ‘disappointed’ with USOPC in aftermath of Floyd deathUNDATED (AP) — Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry wants an apology from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee for shaming her last summer.She captured headlines when she used her turn on the gold-medal podium at the Pan-Am Games to raise her fist as a show of her frustration with America’s treatment of blacks. The USOPC put Berry on a 12-month probation for her gesture.It is a gesture that has taken on new meaning in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and the protests that have followed. Berry found it galling the USOPC recently issued a statement saying the organization “stands with those who demand equality.” NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETES-CONGRESSUNDATED (AP) — Federal legislation setting guidelines for college athletes to pursue money-making opportunities could be proposed within a month.Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez plans to introduce the bill and says there will be no blanket antitrust exemption for the NCAA. The Republican congressman says it’s imperative for Congress to act in time to render moot the array of state laws that are being considered or already have passed and are slated to go into effect as soon as next year.The NCAA announced five weeks ago that it would move forward with a plan to allow athletes to earn money for endorsements, personal appearances and social media content, among other things.Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has said there will be no caps on how much an athlete can earn. Smith led the Knight Commission that produced the recommendations approved by the Board of Governors. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTOKYO DEADLINEFormer Olympic minister says March is deadline for TokyoTOKYO (AP) — Next spring has been set as a possible deadline by a local lawmaker for deciding if the postponed Tokyo Olympics can go ahead. The original June 3 deadline was set to come 10 days after the completion of the combine, but the NBA postponed the combine amid the coronavirus pandemic and has yet to announce a new date.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLNHL OK’s opening of team facilities, finalizes playoff format as Pens player tests positiveUNDATED (AP) — The National Hockey League is allowing team facilities to reopen and players to take part in voluntary on- and off-ice workouts beginning Monday.Players can skate or work out in groups of up to six at a time. Unlike training camps scheduled to begin sometime in July, these workouts are not mandatory for players.last_img read more

Big wins for St Pius as COURTS Pee Wee continues

first_imgST PIUS sustained their form as the COURTS Pee Wee Football tournament continued yesterday with the Round of Sixteen.The team registered a 5-0 win against Uitvlugt at the Ministry of Education ground on Carifesta Avenue.Full results below:Redeemer 0 vs St Agnes 2Goalscorers: Cleon London 16th, Shaquille Dalrymple 38thGenesis 2 vs Mae’s 1Goalscorers: Ezekiel Yarde 26th, 31stMae’s Elijah Bynoe 16thTimehri 1 vs St Stephen 0Goal scorers: Esteban Médina 19Craig 0 vs Soesdyke 3Goal scorers: Samuel Tasher 11th, Jermaine Mitchell 25,27St Pius 5 vs Uitvlugt 1Goal scorers: Bryan Brown 6th, Troy Macy 8th, Jamal Fraser 18th, 39th, Donovan Welcome 38th Uitvlugt: Own goal 21stEnterprise 0 vs West Ruimveldt 2Goalscorers: Cleon La Rose 8th  Emanuel Phillips 11thMarian Academy 0 vs Tucville 1Goalscorer: Wayne Solomon 17thNorth Georgetown 3 vs St Ambrose 1Goalscorers: North Georgetown Garey Primo 2, 26th, Akeem Joyce 31st. St Ambrose Keandre Carr 10thlast_img read more

New graduate exam features modifications

first_imgStarting August 2011, the Graduate Record Examination will be drastically revised in an attempt to reset the scoring system.After next August, the current version of the exam — the standardized test for students applying to graduate school — will no longer be administered.The changes are broad, affecting every section of the exam and its format.Michelle Hanabusa | Daily Trojan“This is the biggest test change in the GRE’s history. Fundamentally, everything is changing — from the type of test that it is, to the scoring, to the test interface,” said Lee Weiss, assistant director of graduate programs at Kaplan, Inc., a company specializing in test preparation.Major changes include a new point system, with each of the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections out of a maximum of 170 points, instead of 800 as it currently is.“The reason the test-maker is making this change is because they want to make sure that small differences in scores look like small differences,” Weiss said.Scores will vary by one-point increments, instead of 10-point increments.“They’re [also] trying to reset the scoring scale. Right now, if you get an 800 on the math section, you’re still in the 94th percentile, so they’re trying to reset it about a mean of 150 so that scores match up with percentiles,” Weiss said.Additionally, test-takers will now be able to skip between questions on the new GRE, which is not a feature on the current version.The current exam, which is administered on a computer, currently adapts each subsequent question to the response on the previous question — if a student gets a question correct, the next one will be more difficult.In the new version, however, sections, instead of questions, will be adaptive. If a student scores well on one section, the next section will be harder.The new GRE will also be longer, by almost an hour, and contain different types of questions in all three sections: verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing.The last major change to the GRE exam was in 2002. Test administrators replaced the logical reasoning section with a writing section, Weiss said.Kosiso Ugwueze, a sophomore majoring in creative writing and international relations, said he plans to take the new exam when it comes out.“I appreciate that they’re making changes. Since they’re changing [the GRE], that means that they’re evaluating it,” Ugwueze said.Educational Testing Services, the company that administers the GRE, said the new exam will better demonstrate a student’s preparedness for graduate school.USC officials said the exam could help evaluate a student’s application.“It might be a good thing because it might give us a better insight into how a student is doing, as far as academics go,” said Wendy Jimenez, admissions coordinator for the USC School of Cinematic Arts.The current exam has been in place for several years and is very predictable, according to Weiss, making the change an unpredictable one.Zac Geoffray, a senior majoring in cinema-television  production, said he is now more wary of the new test.“Now that I’ve heard [about the revision] I might want to take it before it changes,” Geoffray said.To encourage students to take the new exam, a 50 percent discount is being offered to students who take the exam between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30, 2011. The test currently costs $160.last_img read more

Badgers face stern test in Wazzu

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)All the offseason hype swirling around the Wisconsin football team is about to be tested for the first time. “It’s starting to get down to crunch time,” junior tight end Travis Beckum said. “I know a lot of people are expecting a lot out of us, and we’re expecting a lot out of ourselves. One of our main goals is to be better than in 2006.”Washington State makes its first appearance at Camp Randall since 1976, hoping to represent the Pac-10 well. “They’re going to come ready to play,” Beckum said. “I think out of all the opening games we’ve had, they might be one of the toughest.”But we’re not worried about it. We know we’re going to come in and play Wisconsin football.”Wisconsin last played a Pac-10 team in 2004, when it traveled to Tucson to play Arizona. Given the historic rivalry between the two conferences — they play each other in the Rose Bowl each year — UW head coach Bret Bielema played up this notion to his players. “I think that anytime you get an out-of-conference game scheduled you can build up to that,” Bielema said at a press conference Monday.As promised, Bielema announced his 2007 starters last week. Almost everything went as expected. Still, some choices were significant on an individual level.In what has been a long time coming — four years in fact — fifth-year senior Tyler Donovan is finally the primary signal caller. “It feels good,” Donovan said. “It’s a really great opportunity for me.”The difference between starting and not, according to Bielema, was Donovan’s experience. “I think that Tyler has definitely been able to show that he can win at this level, and I expect those same things to continue,” he said.Pushing himself to be a better, more aware player by going the extra step, studying film on his game and his opponent didn’t hurt either. “Tyler is who he is,” Bielema said. “[Sunday] night he was up there until, we got done with practice right about 7 p.m., guys had dinner, and I know I left the office about 10:15 p.m. and he was still down there with coach Chryst.”Donovan may be a new face under center this season, but he’s about the only one. Just four other players — left tackle Gabe Carimi, middle linebacker Elijah Hodge and safeties Shane Carter and Aubrey Pleasant — will be starters for the first time, giving Wisconsin the semblance of a team with more firepower.Perhaps the most surprising news surrounding the release of the team’s depth chart was that oft-troubled Jamal Cooper got the nod over Kurt Ware at left end. That experiment didn’t last long as Cooper was “suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team” at practice just two days later.Correcting his “poor English,” Bielema said during his press conference Monday that Cooper will not be back with the team. “I told my players last week this week when we met … I said, ‘the worst thing that happened was that it happened last Friday and the best thing that happened was that it happened last Friday. It’s not going to happen this Friday or the Friday after that.’ It’s behind us and we’re moving on.”The loss of Cooper should not be too disconcerting as the Badgers are two or three deep at the position. Washington State led the Pac-10 in passing yards per game, largely thanks to the play of its senior quarterback Alex Brink, a second-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2006. Brink enters the season primed to break nearly every team passing record. He threw for 2,899 yards and 19 touchdowns last season and is a force with the ball in his hands.”Offensively they have a quarterback in Alex Brink that as long as I’ve been here is probably one of the best ones we’ll see come into Camp Randall,” Bielema said. “He’s very accurate, strong, strong arm as well as a soft touch when he needs it.”Brink will have one of the Pac-10’s top tight ends, Jed Collins, to pass to and senior wideout Michael Bumpus is an All-American candidate. With two new starters at the safety position, Wisconsin’s secondary may appear to be susceptible to Brink and Washington State’s passing attack. According to Bielema though, that just isn’t the case.”Well it is except for when we go against our offense in fall camp you see about everything you can,” he said. “I really think as a whole there wasn’t a position that took the spring, summer program and fall camp … as serious as Shane Carter and Aubrey Pleasant take it.”I think the two took a huge step in what it takes to be a good football player and more importantly, a successful starter at this level.”Defensively, the Cougars lost two of their best players from last season, Mkristo Bruce and Eric Frampton, to the NFL. Additionally, a suspect secondary last season — the Cougars gave up 243 yards per game through the air, second worst in the Pac-10 — will get tested Saturday as all but two of their linebackers and defensive backs will be first-time starters Saturday. But their size up front could prove advantageous for the Cougars. Three players on their defensive line are 6-foot-7 or taller. Anchoring the unit is senior tackle Ropati Pitoitua, a 6-foot-8, 290 pound behemoth who, in an injury-riddled season, finished with 7.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks. With strong fall camps, several members of the 2007 freshman class look to make an immediate impact this year for the Badgers. Wide receiver David Gilreath will see time right away returning kicks. “I think David has the possibility of being a really good player,” senior wide receiver Luke Swan said. “A guy like Nick Toon, he’s from here, like right away, the first thing you notice about Nick is he always wants to be out catching the ball.” Cornerback Aaron Henry and wideout Kyle Jefferson played well enough in fall camp to make the two-deep depth chart as true freshmen.Although the preseason hype won’t go away and the speculation about the team earning a BCS bid lingers, the biggest thing for Wisconsin right now is to just go out and play the game.”I think all those guys will be excited and ready to hit a jersey other than Wisconsin,” Bielema said.last_img read more

Syracuse players turn to rollerblading for transportation, exercise and team bonding

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Skytop Road on Syracuse University’s South Campus isn’t the most ideal terrain to rollerblade.That’s why, earlier this hockey season, freshman forward Victoria Klimek took a tumble while skating down the hill. She was still learning, fellow freshman Kristen Siermachesky said. But that didn’t make it any less funny.“It was a huge wipeout,” Siermachesky said, cocking her head back in laughter. “(But) she’s improved.”Syracuse (12-20-2, 11-8-1 College Hockey Association) players rollerblade whenever they can, especially during the earlier months of the fall semester. It’s a fun way for them to do their weekly flush rides, performed every Sunday to keep their muscles loose, but also provides a good method of transportation for players living on South Campus. It also serves as a way for the younger and older players on the team to hang out during the offseason.“When I first came here I didn’t really think anyone was gonna be rollerblading,” sophomore defender Logan Hicks said. “We rollerblade to soccer games, down to campus or to get food. It’s really fun, it’s a nice place to do it. It’s Syracuse, our campus is really hilly.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHicks pointed out that the first week she got to campus she noticed most of the upperclassmen were rollerblading, which prompted her to buy new rollerblades. The Scottsdale, Arizona, native played street hockey growing up with her family during the winter but hadn’t rollerbladed much since. At Hicks’ home, there was always the problem of the weather being too hot during the summer to play. In Syracuse, Hicks and the Orange struggle with snow, which frequently prevents them from using sidewalks and roads.Weather isn’t the only obstacle for Syracuse in its efforts to rollerblade, though. With many of the roads on South Campus lacking sidewalks, the players usually have to skate in the streets, which have been a dangerous place.Former goalie Kallie Billadeau, Syracuse’s all-time leader in games played in goal, once missed time after getting in an accident on Skytop Road, head coach Paul Flanagan said. She was on her scooter when a car cut her off, forcing her to sit out a couple of weeks, Flanagan said. He’s glad that his players stay active and rollerblade when they can, but worries about their well-being on the roads.“I think it’s awesome, as long you’re careful,” Flanagan said. “The last thing we need is anybody getting picked off by some crazy driver.”When the team decides to rollerblade it usually doesn’t have a final destination in mind. The players will often meet together with their rollerblades, start skating somewhere, and follow whichever path they wind up on, Siermachesky said. When they do decide where to go, besides going to campus or soccer games, they’ll often blade to Manley Field House and the Stevenson Educational Center to do schoolwork.Rollerblading has become a favorite method of transportation for the team’s flush rides in lieu of biking or running, which have been performed more commonly in the past. Flanagan prefers his players bike on the Onondaga Lake Park bike trail, which he made sure to point out is paved, but doesn’t mind that his players branch out in their flush ride techniques. Some players still bike, but the rollerblading movement among the hockey team is here to stay.“We love skating,” Siermachesky said. “You’re also working the muscles that you skate with.”The similarity between rollerblading and skating is one of Flanagan’s favorite parts of the activity. He’s pointed out in the past that things like biking and running are beneficial for hockey players because they work different muscle groups, but rollerblading has its positives as well.Rollerblading is a low-impact activity that doesn’t put as much stress on the players’ joints as running, according to livestrong.com. Biking, meanwhile, isn’t nearly as aerobically demanding as rollerblading, not to mention as fun, the players said. Flanagan said he worries and wants his players to temper their easygoingness while rollerblading across campus, but that hasn’t stopped him from promoting the activity.“With our sport you’re skating all the time,” Flanagan said. “Rollerblading and skating, that’s a little bit of cross training. I think it’s kind of neat. I wish more people around here were doing it.”Syracuse’s season may be nearing its end, but after its final game, SU’s players will just step outside and trade ice for pavement and blades for wheels.They just have to watch out for traffic. Comments Published on February 26, 2018 at 10:06 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34last_img read more

Beverly Hills party hosted for NFL player goes wrong, multiple people shot and wounded

first_img First Published: 5th August, 2020 13:22 IST WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV A party at Beverly Hills, California, for a newly drafted NFL player, went horribly wrong after a shooting occurred at the scene that left one dead and two critically wounded. According to reports, the gathering of over 200 people was held at a three-storey mansion at 13200 Mulholland Drive to celebrate the player being drafted by an NFL team. The report, however, fails to mention the name of the player or the team he was drafted to. Conflicting reports claim the private party was illicitly organised in order to vent frustrations over the persisting COVID-19 lockdown in Los Angeles. Also Read | CB Jalen Ramsey Confident In Contract, New Role With RamsBeverly Hills party falls victim to gun violence; one dead, two critically injuredThe reason to hold the party was soon overshadowed after multiple outlets confirmed it fell victim to a gang-related homicide. According to the LA Times, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) responded to a tip around 12:45 AM PST on Tuesday that a shooting had taken place at a party at 13200 Mulholland Drive. It is worth noting that the LAPD had already visited the party around 7 PM after neighbours complained about the illegal mass gathering that ignored social distancing guidelines.The report states “a bunch of gangsters” crashed the party, started robbing everybody and shooting up the place. It is said around 20 gunshots were heard by the neighbours which suggest around two rounds must have been fired. The footage of gunshots being heard was shared to Instagram by one partygoer, Gabriel Pacheco. SUBSCRIBE TO US Sujay Chakraborty COMMENT Also Read | Dolphins’ 2017 3rd-round Pick Cordrea Tankersley WaivedThree victims were left critically wounded after the shooting. They were rushed to a nearby hospital, where a 35-year-old woman, a mother of three, was declared dead. The other two victims are reportedly in stable condition. The LAPD also found two more individuals who had picked up minor injuries during the ruckus. Both were taken to the hospital, and have since been released.  No suspects have been identified or arrested by the LAPD.The second controversy that surrounds the party is the defiance against the COVID-19 guidelines. Kennie D. Leggett, the head of security for the party told CBS Local, “We have money. We are people. This, COVID I mean, is just pushing us out everywhere, and we have nothing, so the only thing we do have is Airbnbs to rent, swimming pools for our kids, to do big things and things of that nature.” When LAPD officers first visited the Beverly Hills mansion (before the shooting), they found several vehicles illegally parked, and were forced to impound some of them. However, they reportedly retreated without taking any action after determining that the noise and music coming from the mansion was in compliance with the law. Also Read | Mid-career Move: Hopkins Ready For New Start In ArizonaAlso Read | Buccaneers Rookie Wirfs Prepares To Do Part To Help Brady(Image Credits: Gabriel Pacheco Instagram Handle) Written By Last Updated: 5th August, 2020 13:22 IST Beverly Hills Party Hosted For NFL Player Goes Wrong, Multiple People Shot And Wounded A Beverly Hills party for an unnamed NFL player went horribly wrong after it fell victim to a gang-related shooting. One woman died while two were found wounded FOLLOW USlast_img read more

St. Kitts and Nevis says carnage from hurricanes ‘unimaginable’

first_imgSt. Kitts and Nevis’ Foreign Affairs Minister Mark Brantley labels hurricane damages in the Caribbean as “unimaginable” St. Kitts and Nevis has described as “unimaginable” the “carnage in a wide swath of the Caribbean” caused by recent hurricanes.“Lives have been lost; homes and infrastructure destroyed; economies reduced to tatters; years of development wiped out. In the case of Barbuda, an entire island has been evacuated and rendered uninhabited and uninhabitable for the first time in 300 years,” said St. Kitts and Nevis’ Foreign Affairs Minister Mark Anthony Brantley in addressing the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the weekend.“It is worthy of note that the carnage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria took but a few days,” he added. “In just a few days and in many countries a mere few hours, the world had front row seats to the most horrific destruction ever seen in our beloved Caribbean region.“We have, in this very Chamber, heard the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda speak solemnly to the utter destruction of Barbuda. We have only today, stood in anguished silence, as the Prime Minister of Dominica recounted the near total destruction of his beautiful country and the tragic loss of life,” Brantley continued. “Their first-hand accounts would move even the coldest hearts to tears.”Man-made disasters Brantley said the time has now come for the world to treat these phenomena not as natural disasters but man-made disasters, stating that the science is irrefutable.“Our oceans continue to get warmer due to our continued abuse of our Planet Earth,” he said. “Warmer oceans feed and create horrific storms, such as Irma and Maria. Now, more than ever, we bear witness to the compelling need to support the call for reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and all other actions and behaviors that aggravate the effects of climate change.”Brantley said climate change for the Caribbean is not a matter for academic rumination, stating the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Caribbean, in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, is “stark testimony that climate change is not only real, but poses an existential threat to our people, our countries and our civilization.”Global community urged to assist “We cannot continue to abuse our Planet and expect to remain unscathed,” he said. “The people of St Kitts and Nevis call upon the global community to pledge itself to pursuing renewable energy with greater alacrity. We must invest in better and stronger homes and buildings. We must grow our economies to allow us greater financial resilience and flexibility.“The people of St Kitts and Nevis and of our Caribbean deserve and demand the same fundamental right to life, and security of our way of life as others anywhere else,” he declared. “I ask the global community to lend their collective voices so that together we can create a glorious symphony for change. That change which ensures a sustainable planet for all.”Brantley called on the community of nations to mobilize the necessary resources to ensure the speedy reconstruction of those countries devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Find out what Trinidad and Tobago is doing to assist Dominicans: https://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com/caribbean-breaking-news-featured/tt-waive-immigration-requirements-dominicans/last_img read more