first_img Share 46 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Three killed in riot over increased electricity rates in Guyana by: – July 20, 2012 Pandemonium in Guyana mining town as police and protesters clash.GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Friday July 20, 2012 – The atmosphere remains tense in the Guyana mining town of Linden following a violent clash between police and protesters on Wednesday evening that left three dead and many injured.The carnage came amidst protests stemming from the government’s introduction of higher electricity rates in the town of about 30,000 people. Residents are contending they cannot afford the hike at this time, and some businesses temporarily shut down in sympathy.Protesters used old vehicles and other debris to block the Wismar-Mackenzie Bridge, a major artery to the mining interior, from mid-morning on Wednesday until they clashed with police around 6:00pm.Police resorted to firing rubber pellets at the demonstrators after tear gas failed to disperse a group that had occupied the bridge all day.Eyewitnesses said the tear gas volleys fell short of the crowd, since they were fired from the vicinity of the Linden Hospital Complex, and protesters retaliated by pelting the police with bottles. At least six persons were said to have been seriously injured in the melee, while several more escaped with minor injuries.Regional Administrative Chairman Sharma Solomon said on Wednesday night that three males were killed including a handicapped child.Sharma accused the police of using both live rounds and rubber pellets on the protesters and described the situation in Linden Wednesday evening as “pandemonium.”“Dozens of persons have been injured,” he declared.There were also reports of several buildings on fire including the General Office which houses the offices of Linden Electricity Company CEO Horace James and the finance area where Lindeners usually pay their electricity bills.Mackenzie, on the eastern bank of the Demerara River, was reportedly plunged into a blackout, but the cause is not clear. The Linden Utility Cooperatives Society Limited (LUSCL) turned off its supply to residents of Wismar on the western side of the river for most of the day.Up to Thursday, protesters were still congregating in the area of the bridge in what was described as a “tense standoff” with police and defence force personnel.Some temporary residents and foreign nationals are said to be leaving the south-western Guyana bauxite mining town.Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar says an investigation into the matter will be opened once calm has been restored.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

first_imgAbout 350,000 people in Hong Kong currently hold British National (Overseas) passports, which allow visa-free access to Britain for up to six months, Johnson wrote. A pro-democracy demonstrator raises his British National Overseas (BNO) passports during a protest against new national security legislation in Hong Kong, China June 1, 2020. TYRONE SIU/REUTERS/FILE Another 2.5 million people would be eligible to apply for one. (AP) “Many people in Hong Kong fear their way of life – which China pledged to uphold – is under threat,” he wrote in an article for The Times newspaper and the South China Morning Post. LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday he would offer millions of Hong Kongers visas and a possible route to UK citizenship if China persists with its national security law.last_img read more

first_img “I come out the airport at the lights and Nicky Butt (a former team-mate and one of Giggs’ coaching assistants) just pulled up next to me and I’m thinking ‘I can’t let Butty know that I’ve just been crying’ so I just give him a little wave and looked the other way and waited for the lights to go green. “It sounds stupid now but it’s just not me, it’s just not me at all. “Driving home from the airport was a release, it was a sort of strange feeling knowing that I didn’t have to come in tomorrow and that it’s a new beginning and it’s exciting. “For the first time in my career it’s going into what is going to be a different season, a different summer.” Giggs still has regrets about his final season as a player at Old Trafford but has none about stepping into the manager’s position, albeit briefly. “It’s been a difficult year playing-wise, (I’ve) not enjoyed the results and the playing so have I contributed? Not as much as I have done previously,” added the former Wales winger. “If I’d have retired last year I’d have gone out on a high: it was the 20th title and everything would have been rosy, but life isn’t like that. “I took the manager’s job without hesitation because who turns the chance of managing Manchester United down? “For 20 years Sir Alex used to say ‘wait until all you lot are managers and you’ll find out how hard it is to pick a team, to leave good players out’, and I was just sat there going ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever’. “And it’s like having your first baby, you can prep as much as you can but until it comes down to actually living it day in, day out, you can never prepare for it.” Giggs’ wife Stacey noticed a significant change once he took the reins from Moyes. “I did worry a little bit, because I just thought, ‘Oh God, here we go, all the pressure, stress’, but to be fair it hasn’t been that bad,” she said. “The only change is he’s not sat on his a*** watching telly all afternoon.” The final word went to Ferguson, who paid tribute to Giggs’ longevity and contribution to the club. “If you asked me the three or four best players in United’s history, Giggs is definitely one, absolutely no doubt. You can argue with the rest,” said the Scot. Giggs will be the Dutchman’s assistant and intends to get as much out of the role as he can as he takes his first steps into coaching after calling time on his playing career. “I met Louis and the meeting went really well, I liked him instantly and I’m looking forward to working with him and learning from him,” said Giggs in the ITV documentary Life of Ryan: Caretaker Manager to be screened on Thursday night. “It’s been a whirlwind and I wouldn’t change it for the world. “It was just a brilliant experience and one that I thoroughly enjoyed will be all the better for next time it happens.” In the programme Giggs said he found his role as manager stressful and admits he shed tears after their final match of the season at Southampton. “We got off the plane at Manchester Airport and I was saying goodbye to the players, thanking them and potentially saying goodbye to a lot of players for the last time,” he added. “I’m not an emotional man – well, I didn’t think I was – but my car was parked right outside and I thought ‘I need to get in my car here’. I could feel myself getting emotional. “So I get in my car and I just started crying, started getting really emotional and I think it was just a mixture of what I’ve just said, saying goodbye to people for maybe the last time and the pressure that I put myself under. The 40-year-old Welshman took charge of the club’s final four matches of the season after David Moyes was sacked 10 months after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson. There were calls for Giggs, who made a record 963 appearances for United, to be given the job full-time but the Old Trafford hierarchy opted for the experience of current Holland boss Louis van Gaal. Ryan Giggs believes his experience as Manchester United’s short-term interim manager was good preparation “for the next time it happens”. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgBLUE HILL — As his players and assistant coaches gathered at halftime, Dwayne Carter saw a chance for his team to put its regular season opener out of reach.No, Carter’s George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team hadn’t been the definition of consistent during the first half of Saturday’s game against Lee Academy, which had limited the Eagles to just six points in the second quarter. Still, the GSA head coach knew his team could make a Lee comeback difficult with a big second-half run, and he had an ideal time frame in mind.“I told them, ‘The first three minutes, we’re going all out,’” Carter said. “We still had a lot of energy, and that’s what I wanted them to do.”When the second half began, the Eagles gave their head coach exactly what he wanted; in just 3 minutes, 10 seconds, GSA scored 18 points to turn a surmountable lead into a commanding one en route to a 69-42 victory in Blue Hill.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA (1-0) took an early lead through Milos Sujica, whose two 3-pointers highlighted a strong offensive stretch for the home team early in the game. The Eagles then rode that momentum to a 24-point first quarter and took a nine-point lead into the second.GSA’s Milos Sujica spots up to shoot against Lee Academy’s Willie Hsu during the first half of a high school boys’ basketball game Dec. 7 in Blue Hill. Sujica, an exchange student from Serbia, gave the Eagles an early lead with a pair of 3-pointers. He finished the game with 14 points. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLGSA’s defense held Lee Academy to seven points in the second quarter, but the Eagles failed to pull away as Sujica and Gadsby began dealing with foul trouble. With those two on the bench, the visiting Pandas stayed within striking distance and trailed just 30-22 as the two teams left the floor for halftime.“In the second quarter, we just didn’t execute very well, and with a young team, we’re going to have those ups and downs a little bit,” Carter said. “We missed a lot of the shots we took inside because we were too low under the basket, and that’s a sign for us that we have to work on positioning better.”Yet with GSA’s full starting lineup returning to the floor in the second half, the Eagles extended the lead to 20 points in the blink of an eye amidst their three-minute offensive onslaught. With Gadsby, Mattson, Sujica, Michael Moon and Teague Smallidge contributing on offense, the Eagles scored one basket after another while keeping the Lee Academy offense in check en route to a season-opening win.Mattson finished with 21 points for the Eagles, and Sujica (14 points), Gadbsy (11 points) and Moon (10) joined him in double figures. Teague Smallidge (seven points), Austin Snow (three points) and Dexter Brown (two) rounded out the rest of the scoring.“I would say we scored pretty evenly,” Mattson said. “We spread the ball around, and everyone was able to step up and do something when we needed it.”Although Mattson led the team in scoring, Sujica, a 6-foot-3 exchange student from Serbia, had his share of moments in the spotlight. Between his early 3-pointers, full-court passes and overall tenacity on both ends of the floor, Sujica provided plenty for a GSA team Carter says is looking to find a “new identity” after graduating three key seniors and losing forward Andrew Szwez, who transferred to Bangor.“He’s very smart and really sees the game,” Carter said. “Even though he’s just joining us, it seems like he’s played with us for a long time. He brings a new dimension, which we really needed.”GSA’s Caden Mattson passes to teammate Michael Moon during the first half of a high school boys’ basketball game against Lee Academy on Dec. 7 in Blue Hill. Mattson had a game-high 21 points in the win. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLPlaying in front of a packed gymnasium in Blue Hill was a new experience for Sujica, whose last name is pronounced “Shoe-YEET-za.” Although he had appeared for GSA in preseason action, a loud, white-out crowd set the stage for an atmosphere that wowed the senior in his first regular season game.“It was so much fun,” Sujica said. “The crowd was great; I’ve never experienced anything like that before. I’m excited to get to play more games.”In addition to praising Sujica and Mattson, Carter was also pleased with Gadsby, who made his first career start for the Eagles. After sitting out the entire second quarter, Gadsby came out refreshed in the second half as he highlighted GSA’s three-minute run with a string of four consecutive baskets.GSA’s struggles were primarily limited to the second quarter as the early foul calls against Gadsby and Sujica resulted in both players sitting out the final minutes of the half. Yet that stretch of did provide a silver lining for the Eagles, who got to see some of their inexperienced bench players play meaningful minutes in a game situation.“We’re trying to develop our bench because they’re young and have never played varsity,” Carter said. “It was a good experience for them, but with Gadsby and Milos out, we were down two big scorers. … That’s probably why we didn’t score so much in the second quarter.”Yet even with one of their youngest squads in years, the expectations of hardware and playoff glory haven’t changed at GSA, which has now gone 83-6 since the start of the 2015-16 season. The Eagles will get a chance to add another tally to that win total when they play on the road against Deer Isle-Stonington (0-0) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10.“It’s always our goal to compete for a championship and to go as far as we can,” Mattson said. “Hopefully, we can come home with some gold.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest Postslast_img read more

first_imgFOOTBALL HALL OF FAMEFootball Hall of Fame reopeningCANTON, Ohio (AP) — The Pro Football Hall of Fame will reopen Wednesday after nearly a three-month closure caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The hall closed on March 16, but permission has been granted by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine for museums, science centers and zoos to open.There will be several health and safety guidelines in place for visitors and workers at the Canton shrine. All employees must wear face coverings and visitors are encouraged to do so as well. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPEEDWAYNorth Carolina speedway ordered shut because of large crowdsRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration has ordered closed a small stock-car track that’s allowed large crowds to gather repeatedly for weekend races well above COVID-19 limits for mass gatherings.Cooper’s health secretary says Ace Speedway in Alamance County is an “imminent hazard” for the virus’ spread and can’t reopen unless it creates a safety plan to keep fans away.Media outlets have reported crowds at the speedway exceeding 2,000 people. The action came after the local sheriff announced on Monday he wouldn’t issue a citation for the speedway. NASCAR will allow up to 1,000 Florida service members, representing the Homestead Air Reserve Base and U.S. Southern Command in Doral, to attend the Cup Series race Sunday as honorary guests and view the race from the grandstands.Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama will allow up to 5,000 guests in the frontstretch grandstands/towers for the June 21 Cup race. There will be limited motorhome/camping spots available outside the track.NASCAR says all fans will be screened before entering, required to wear face coverings, mandated to social distance at six feet, and will not have access to the infield, among other revised operational protocols.NASCAR-CONFEDERATE FLAGBan the Confederate flag? NASCAR could see the end of an era UNDATED (AP) — The familiar scene of Confederate flags waved by fans at NASCAR tracks could soon be a relic of racing’s good ol’ boy roots.Bubba Wallace — the lone black driver in the sport — this week declared it is time for the stock car series with deep ties to the South to ban the flag at its properties and formally distance itself from what for millions is a unwelcome symbol of slavery and racism.The signs are everywhere that NASCAR could do so. As the nation grapples with social unrest largely tied to the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, the predominantly white field of drivers united for a video promoting social change. A black NASCAR official took a knee before Sunday’s race near Atlanta in what may have been a first and the governing body vowed to do a better job of addressing racial injustice.Wallace – who wore a black T-shirt with the words “I Can’t Breathe” at Sunday’s race — seized the moment and issued his most compelling comments yet on the often thorny nature of race and racing: “My next step would be to get rid of all Confederate flags.”There was no immediate statement from NASCAR. The series in 2015 asked fans to “refrain from displaying” the flag at its facilities and events. Disclosure of the legal action came as North Carolina reported another record high of virus-related hospitalizations.JORDAN-A BIG FISHNo fish story: Michael Jordan’s boat nabs 442-pound marlinUNDATED (AP) — Apparently, Michael Jordan is pretty good at fishing, too.Jordan and the crew of his 80-foot fishing boat named “Catch 23” hauled in a blue marlin weighing 442 pounds at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament on Tuesday. It’s an event held annually at Morehead City, North Carolina, that attracts anglers from across the world. Atlanta winner Kevin Harvick doubled his points lead over No. 2 Joey Logano to 48. Chase Elliott is third, followed by Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETES-DUKEDuke AD worries about athlete compensation ‘complications’DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke athletics director Kevin White is joining his counterpart at rival North Carolina in expressing concerns about “potential complications” with plans to compensate college athletes.The school released White’s statement Tuesday about the NCAA’s move toward allowing athletes to profit for use of their names, images and likenesses (NIL) through deals with third parties. White’s concerns include impact on recruiting, risk of “ever-escalating endorsement deals” and reduced resources for lower-profile programs. AUTO RACING-NASCAR CUP SERIESNASCAR Cup Series moves to Martinsville SpeedwayUNDATED (AP) — Seven-time series champion Jimmie Johnson will make his penultimate visit to Martsinville Speedway on Wednesday.Johnson leads all drivers with nine victories on the paper-clip shaped oval in Virginia. He hasn’t won there since the fall of 2016.Johnson’s overall winless streak climbed to 105 with his seventh-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It was his second straight race finishing in the top seven. Golfer Gary Player gets $5 million in legal dispute with sonWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Hall of Fame golfer Gary Player will get $5 million and the rights to his name and likeness back after a legal settlement with a company operated by one of his sons.According to court documents filed Friday in Florida, the 84-year-old golfer and the South Carolina-based Gary Player Group reached a settlement last month as the dispute was being arbitrated. The group is operated by Marc Player, one of the golfer’s six children.Gary Player designs golf courses and sells golf equipment, sportswear and wine under “The Black Knight,” his nickname.His attorney would only say there was a “contractual dispute.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-NASCARNASCAR set to allow fans back in Florida, AlabamaDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR is set to allow fans back at the track for races this month at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. Gurley’s $6 million, one-year deal with Atlanta was made official on April 6. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL didn’t allow players to report to their new teams immediately for physicals.Gurley’s physical was notable because he has a history of knee problems, including an injury while a standout for the Georgia Bulldogs. A persistent left knee injury limited his effectiveness late in 2018 with the Los Angeles Rams. He played in 15 games last season.The Falcons expect the 25-year-old Gurley to replace Devonta Freeman, who was released, as the leader of the Falcons’ running attack.NFL-BROWNS-DIVERSITY PROGRAMBrowns welcome 6 coaches as part of diversity program Carter was injured in a game at Winnipeg on Feb. 18, and he missed the final 10 games of the Kings’ season.Los Angeles is among the seven teams that won’t be returning to action when the NHL resumes competition this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic.Elsewhere in the NHL:— Buffalo Sabres defenseman Lawrence Pilut is forgoing a chance to continue his NHL career by signing a two-year contract with Russia’s Chelyabinsk Traktor. The signing was announced by the Kontinental Hockey League team Tuesday, and comes after Pilut had difficulty establishing a regular role over the past two years in Buffalo.GOLF-GARY PLAYER-LEGAL DISPUTE PGA Tour to hold minute of silence at 8:46 to honor FloydFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The PGA Tour is leaving the 8:46 a.m. tee time vacant this week at Colonial. It’s part of a tribute to George Floyd and to support efforts to end racial and social injustice.Authorities say 8 minutes, 46 seconds is how long Floyd was pinned to the ground under a white Minneapolis police officer’s knee before the handcuffed black man died.Commissioner Jay Monahan says the tour will have a moment of silence and reflection at 8:46 a.m. in each of the four rounds at the Charles Schwab Challenge. The moment of silence will start with three short blasts of the horn.GOLF-EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP White said he and UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham worry about “potential for abuse,” saying: “These are but a few of the questions for which we have no answers.”NFL-FALCONS-GURLEY PHYSICALTodd Gurley passes physical with Falcons, impresses RyanATLANTA (AP) — Running back Todd Gurley has passed his physical, clearing the final hurdle for his return to Georgia with the Atlanta Falcons.The Falcons say Gurley passed his physical on Monday in Atlanta. Major women’s tournament canceledPARIS (AP) — The Evian Championship women’s major golf tournament has been canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak.The event in France had already been postponed from July to Aug. 6-9.Organizers say they cannot overcome “uncertainty concerning the opening of borders” with Asia and the United States.in the year. Alabama and Ohio State are also assessing options.NHL-KINGS-CARTER SURGERYLA Kings’ Jeff Carter has surgery on core muscle injuryLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter has undergone surgery to repair a core muscle injury.The Kings say Carter had surgery last week. The veteran Stanley Cup winner is expected to be fully healthy for next season. Djokovic says most players he has talked to were “quite negative” about going to New York.TENNIS-OLYMPIC QUALIFYINGRankings after next year’s French Open will determine Olympic qualifyingLONDON (AP) — The tennis rankings that come out after the 2021 French Open ends will be used to determine who qualifies for the postponed Tokyo Olympics.The International Tennis Federation says its eligibility rules will be the same as originally set up for Tokyo, with requirements related to minimum participation in Fed Cup or Davis Cup — and an appeals process for players who do not meet those standards. Jordan’s is the sixth-largest blue marlin caught so far during the tournament, which boasts a $3.3 million overall purse.The fish wasn’t enough to place in the top three, so it is not eligible for prize money. But Jordan and his crew still have two more days to catch a bigger marlin.The six-time NBA champion and owner of the Charlotte Hornets says he’s hoping to reel in a “little bit bigger fish” later this week. The hall is making both masks and disposable gloves available. It also will hand out a stylus to anyone wanting one for the interactive displays.TENNIS-US OPEN-DJOKOVICDjokovic may skip US OpenBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is thinking of skipping the U.S. Open — if it is played — and instead returning to competition on clay ahead of the rescheduled French Open.Djokovic tells Serbia’s state broadcaster RTS that the restrictions that would be in place for the Grand Slam tournament in New York because of the coronavirus pandemic would be “extreme” and not “sustainable.” He says that “as things stand,” he would skip the U.S. Open and return to action in September on clay ahead of the rescheduled French Open. CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have welcomed six young coaches, including two women and former NFL player Leonard Hankerson, to take part in the final three weeks of their offseason program.As part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship, the team brought in the coaches so they can gain experience while working with an NFL team and potentially land full-time jobs in the league.Hankerson played four seasons with Washington. He’s in his second season coaching wide receivers at Stephen F. Austin.Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said diversity will always be an important component for Cleveland’s organization.GOLF-COLONIAL-FLOYD TRIBUTE Associated Press June 9, 2020 The cutoff for ATP and WTA rankings points for the 2020 Games originally had been Monday. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Olympics were pushed back a year to July 2021.VIRUS OUTBREAK-TICKETINGAthletic administrators will have to decide who gets ticketsUNDATED (AP) — Athletic administrators at schools with high ticket demand are making plans to determine who gets a seat if college football stadium capacities are reduced because of concerns about coronavirus.Nebraska has sold out every home game since 1962 and the season ticket renewal rate was 93% for this fall.  Officials say priority plans being considered take into account how much money the ticket holder donates and how long he or she has held tickets. Update on the latest in sports:last_img read more

first_imgPopularly known as RMD, Richard Mofe-Damijo was born July 6, 1961. He is a Nigerian journalist, actor, politician and lawyer. He was the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, between 2009 and 2015.Mofe-Damijo who was born in Warri, Delta State, attended Midwest College, Warri and Anglican Grammar School and was a member of the Drama Club. He enrolled into the University of Benin where he studied Theatre Arts.RMD has featured in several top-notch soaps and films such as Ripples, Out of Bounds, Three Wise Men, Oloibiri and Hush.A multiple award winner, RMD in 2005, won the Best Actor in a Leading Role at the maiden edition of the African Movie Academy Awards. He is the face of Globacom’s powerful television commercials which celebrated the company’s ground-breaking launch of Nigeria’s first nationwide mobile 4G LTE network.Mimi Fawaz and Richard Mofe-Damijo will complement the glamorous event known as the Oscars of African football and scheduled for the night on 5th January, 2017 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sports journalist, premium show host and presenter of Sports 360 on Vox Africa, Mimi Fawaz and Nollywood legend, Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD) have been confirmed as the official comperes of the 2016 Glo-CAF Awards.A graduate of City University of London, Mimi who is half-Nigerian (her mother is from Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria) and half-Lebanese, has worked for CNN, ESPN and ITV Television networks.Described as the ‘driving force behind UK’s first original African football show’, Mimi has successfully carved a niche for herself in a field dominated by men.Mimi is delighted by the opportunity extended to her to host the show and has promised Africa and the rest of the world a spectacular delivery.last_img read more

first_img“We don’t feel like any team is better than us. We feel asthough we are as good as or better than any team in the conference.” This is the attitude surrounding the 2007-08 men’s tennisteam, voiced by assistant coach Evan Austin as it heads into the Big Ten IndoorChampionships this weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich., concluding the fall and,essentially, exhibition season. In its latest warm-up, the five-day long ITA Regional inMinneapolis, three Badgers reached the quarterfinals — seniors Jeremy Sonkinand Nolan Polley and sophomore Moritz Baumann — and the tandem of Sonkin andLuke Rassow-Kantor reached the semifinals. It was arguably Wisconsin’s best performancethis fall. Last year, the Badgers’ tennis team had one of their bestseasons in the program’s history, finishing No. 32 nationally and fourth in theBig Ten with a 16-11 record. They beat eight ranked opponents throughout theseason. Looking ahead to the spring season, however, the team willface a difficult road. It will play 14 teams from the FILA Collegiate TennisRankings. Out of those ranked teams, eight of them come from the Big Ten,including last year’s Big Ten champion, No. 3 Ohio State.”It’s going to be physical and every match is going to be a grind for us,”Austin said. “We have to prepare now to get the mindset that every match isgoing to be tough, and if you take a day off, then you are going to lose.”So what makes this team different from the previous few seasons? Coach Austindescribed it in one word: leadership.Led by Sonkin and Polley, the diverse Badger lineup is one of intimidation anddiligence. “The whole dynamic with the team has really changed. In previous years, the attitudewas in no way like the team we have this year,” Sonkin said. “The guys areready to go that extra length to be where we should be.”We are going to be a dangerous threat to any team in thecountry.”Sonkin and Polley are both previous MVPs of the team and have had great successat singles in both the Big Ten and NCAA. Polley concluded the season ranked No.101. Also, Baumann came out of nowhere to make a name for himself by finishingat No. 49. His ranking placed him among the top five in the nation forfreshmen.”A lot of our focus has been getting the guys on the same page,” Sonkin said.”Knowing that we are strong in our singles and doubles, our team has been ableto bring a lot of really great aspects to every practice and we have beenworking to get the best out of every practice we have.”The official season doesn’t open up until Jan. 26 against UW-Green Bay at theNielsen Tennis Stadium, but Sonkin and company are already eagerly anticipatingits arrival. They have high expectations, despite having never gotten past theround of 32 in the NCAA Tournament in school history, and want to put them tothe test. “Anything less than the quarterfinals in the NCAA tournament and No. 1 or 2 inthe Big Ten would be a disappointment with the talent on this team,” Polleysaid.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Whenever they got the chance growing up, Chris Makowski and his brother, Matt, would make the walk from their house to the nearest soccer field. Matt would take his spot in the goal, and Chris would be out in the field taking shot after shot against his brother.In return, Matt would hurl words of advice stemming from his own experiences back at Chris. The words hit home with Chris, who is three years younger than Matt, and his level of play increased each time he took the field.‘It helped me a lot, because he was older,’ Chris said. ‘He could kind of help me through things, work me through things.’In his freshman season, Chris Makowski has become one of the strongest defenders in Syracuse’s (2-7, 0-2 Big East) back four, consistently utilizing his size and strength to his advantage against opposing scorers. He’s played in all nine games starting six of them and has helped a defensive unit that has held down leads and maintained one-goal deficits all season. The play of Makowski and the SU defense will be crucial once again tonight as Syracuse tries to snap a five-game losing streak when it plays Louisville (7-3, 0-2) at 7 p.m. at Cardinal Park.All those days of taking shots against his brother, who is now the starting goalkeeper for American, have paid off. Makowski gives the Orange a defender who is versatile and a threat on offense as well.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU head coach Ian McIntyre said Makowski is a ‘warrior’ who adds a tough, physical element to Syracuse’s defense. Makowski was one of the first players to give McIntyre a verbal commitment after he got the SU head coaching job in the spring of 2010.‘We get the most out of him,’ McIntyre said. ‘He leaves it all out there. He’s been a real rock back there in the opportunities he’s played. He’s got athleticism and tenacity and a superb work ethic. So you put that all together, you get a pretty good college player.’McIntyre said Makowski is still learning how to be more ‘consistent’ with the ball, and also needs to improve his decision-making. That’ll come, he said, with more time on the field and maturity. And that will come with additional chances to push forward out of the back for Syracuse, something that Ian McIntyre said Makowski will have the opportunity to do as the season goes on.Fellow defender Ryan Tessler has watched Makowski’s growth for the last four years, as the two played on the same club team in Pennsylvania. No matter how big an opposing player is, Tessler said Makowski never hesitates when faced with a potential collision. He isn’t afraid to dive or slam in to steal the ball away. That aggressive style didn’t fade away once Makowski reached the college level.‘You can see his development over the course of the year,’ Tessler said. ‘At the beginning of the year, he was a freshman who just got thrown into the fire it seemed like at left back. He held his own, but now you’re really starting to see him become more of a player. His confidence has really risen.’Makowski’s accelerated maturation process isn’t necessarily surprising, considering he already knew what it was like to be a college athlete when he was still in high school.Whenever he had time off from school, he’d make the trip to Washington D.C. and stay with his brother, living in the dorm and watching his brother’s work ethic on and off the field at American. Arriving at Syracuse, Makowski understood how much time he would need to invest in training and practice to get his name etched in the starting lineup.Makowski regularly texts or calls his brother to update each other on their seasons. And at some point during those calls, the big brother may still offer advice for dealing with certain situations.‘Probably the biggest thing he’s told me is just not to get down about stuff,’ Makowski said. ‘Just keep working because stuff happens that you can’t control. You just have to do what you can do, and keep your head up and do your best because that’s all that matters.’cjiseman@syr.edu Published on October 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemancenter_img Commentslast_img read more

first_imgIreland will head into next week’s clash with Georgia with a spring in their step following last night’s 29-15 win over the Springboks at the Aviva.Joe Schmidt’s side showed great defensive work, tactical awareness and spirit, as they proved too much for the second-ranked side in the world to handle.Rhys Ruddock and Tommy Bowe got the Ireland tries, with man-of-the-match Jonathan Sexton kicking two conversions and four penalties.last_img

first_imgplayers’ profiles.Goal.com will in turn enjoy first access to management and players post-match, images and other content for promotional purposes.Remo Stars will enjoy the benefits of being associated with one of the most visited football website in Nigeria, with a network of more than 36 editions across the globe publishing in more than 30 languages.Speaking about the partnership, Perform West Africa Country Manager, Mr. Seun Methowe said, “We have been looking for strategic ways to engage the budding Nigerian domesticfootball scene and Remo Stars is a club that fits into our vision.”“They are a dynamic young club that have ambition to grow into a successful brand. With Goal’s Online Media Partnership, Remo Stars will be able to tell the stories of their club onand off the pitch to our wide network of discerning users who are obsessed with football,” Methowe concluded.Remo Stars General Manager Mr. Lookman Ogungberin also spoke about the partnership: “Remo Stars have entered into this agreement with Goal.com Nigeria in order to grow ourbrand equity. While we continue to strive for success on the pitch, we believe telling our stories in and out of the pitch through Goal.com will create the synergy we need to become arespected club in Nigeria.”The deal would run for one year in its first instalment with an option of extension.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Football website, Goal.com, a subsidiary of Perform Group, have reached an agreement with Nigeria Professional Football League side, Remo Stars to become the Online Media Partner of the club.The agreement will see Goal.com promote Remo Stars across its digital platforms with weekly editorials, features, news andlast_img read more