first_img Press Association The 32-year-old striker will add the title of his country’s most-capped player to that of its record goalscorer when he passes the 125-mark he shared with Shay Given for less than a week in the World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands. However, he has no intention of resting on his laurels as he contemplates several more seasons at the coalface. Keane said: “I’m certainly enjoying it because you have to enjoy it. I love doing it, I love training every day.” Robbie Keane will win a record 126th Ireland cap on Friday night confident he still has another five or six years in his legs.center_img He went on: “When you get older, your desire and your hunger are even more so because even though I don’t I am feel coming to end – because I am not, I still have another at least have five, six years left in me – you know you are not that young lad anymore where you are not too worried about future because you feel like you can go on forever. “I am certainly enjoying my football, there’s not question about that, but I always have. I am very privileged, there’s no question about that. I get paid to do something that I absolutely love doing. It’s not that bad, is it? “People forget I am 32 years of age, is not like I’m 34, 36 or whatever. People are talking about (keeper David) Forde being in the squad and he’s a newcomer, but he’s 33 years of age. I am a year older than Wes Hoolahan and he’s a newcomer; John O’Shea is the same age as me. “People talk about it because I have been around for so long. For me, I have certainly got no intentions at all (of retiring) at this moment in time. As long as I have the hunger and desire, there’s no reason for me not to. I will retire when I stop scoring goals.” For all Friday night will be a proud occasion for Keane and his family – his four-year-old son Robert will be mascot – he is focussing only on the quest for three precious points. He said: “It’s something that maybe in 10 years’ time, I will look back on and be very, very proud of. But when you are still part of the squad and you are still training and you are still looking forward to the game, it’s something you don’t really think about too much because you are focussing so much on the game. “It’s a big occasion for myself, but I think more so for the family. They are the ones who are speaking about it all the time and very, very excited about it whereas for me, the most important thing is playing the game and getting a result for the team.” last_img read more

first_img “For sure I’m going to miss Liverpool, the league and the country – I will miss everything about it, it is going to be an emotional few weeks, but I go with my head held high and I’m not going to hang my boots up yet – I’ve got a couple of years left in me.” Lampard is also set to join Gerrard in America, with his loan deal at Manchester City ending at next month as he embarks on a career swansong with New York City FC. He was delighted to share the evening with Gerrard and heralded the joint award as a great way to end his time in England. “I’m pleased – it is a great honour,” the former Chelsea man said. “I have been fortunate enough to have a long time playing in the Premier League – along with Steven it is a great honour to be alongside a player who himself has done so much for the game. For the two of us to get it, it is a nice send-off and a nice ending for me. “I have got a huge amount of respect for Steven – we had a few ding-dongs up and down the years, we seemed to play each other five or six times a season when the Champions League was involved. “He deserved the accolades he gets for his career and being a statesmen of Liverpool – he will be remembered for what he has done in the game. I’m proud to stand alongside him, he is a good friend and we had fun playing together for England.” Former England midfielders Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard were back in tandem as they shared the PFA Merit award on Sunday. Press Association Questions were often asked of their suitability as partners in central midfield, with both being attack-minded players, but each man’s individual ability was never in doubt. Liverpool skipper Gerrard was pleased to join his former international colleague in accepting the award. “Of course, we played together for England for a long time and I’m a huge admirer of Frank and his game and the success he has had at Chelsea,” Gerrard said. “He is an unbelievable player, a world-class player and I couldn’t ask for anyone better to share it with. “I’m really pleased. Every time you get an individual award and an award for the job you do, you’re really happy. I’m a young boy from a council estate who has worked every so hard to get to where I am today. “I have been lucky, I have had a fantastic career it has been full of highs and lows but some of the highs I have achieved have blown me away and I achieved a lot of my dreams playing for Liverpool and England.” Gerrard will call time on a 17-year Liverpool career when he completes a move to Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season and admits he will miss many aspects of playing at Anfield. “It has been a privilege to represent Liverpool for so long and to share some of the highlights of my career,” he added. The veteran pair will leave the Premier League for Major League Soccer in the summer, having left an indelible mark on English football. Both Gerrard and Lampard were mainstays of England’s much-heralded ‘golden generation’ and collected 220 caps between them. last_img read more

first_imgIn addition, the Department of Health on Friday released information on children with Multi Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) connected to COVID-19 for the first time.A 2-year-old boy from Palm Beach County is among those infected, as are several other children in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The state has confirmed a total of 73,552 positive cases since the outbreak started.Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday that he does not think the state’s gradual reopening is connected to the increase in cases.“What we’re seeing is of the people that are testing positive way more are in the (age) 25 to 45 than was happening two months ago,” according to DeSantis. “The clinical consequences of them testing positive is usually very, very modest because they are not in the high-risk groups.”As of Saturday, Florida has tested about 1.4 million people, with about 5.4 percent testing positive, according to the Department of Health.Palm Beach County: 8,325 cases425 deathsMen: 4,166; Women: 4,1531,422 hospitalizations116 new reported cases since Friday9 new reported deaths since FridayBroward County: 8,864 cases357 deathsMen: 4,242, Women: 4,3391,725 hospitalizations275 new reported cases since Friday7 new reported deaths since FridayMiami-Dade County: 21,633 cases822 deathsMen: 10,591, Women: 10,5593,460 hospitalizations761 new reported cases since Friday13 new reported deaths since FridayTesting in Florida:Total Tests: 1,371,401Positive: 73,552Negative: 1,296,861Overall Percentage of Positive Cases: 5.4%Starting today, @HealthyFLA will release Pediatric COVID-19 data, including information on Multi Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS). The report will be released once a week on Friday. Read today’s report at https://t.co/o7ZCvBFW8N— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) June 12, 2020 Cases of the coronavirus continue to rise in Florida as the state’s businesses and attractions gradually reopen.On Saturday, the Department of Health reported 2,581 new cases and 48 more deaths.center_img MIS-C is a complication of the coronavirus in children. Its symptoms include high fevers, abdominal pain, headaches and rashes on the skin.last_img read more

first_imgWITH the homestretch in sight for the upcoming Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s Endurance race meet this weekend, plans are on stream according to one executive member.GMR&SC executive member Paul JiwanramPaul Jiwanram, one of the committee members on the Executive of the GMR&SC, told Chronicle Sport that things are basically set for the event.“As it sits, we are almost complete in getting together all the necessary requirements for the hosting of this Sunday’s Endurance,” he said.“It’s basically some minor matters that need to be done like the transportation of the trophies, and tiny logistical stuff but all in all, nothing that should take more than a half-day to complete.”There is no cutoff date for entrants to be registered for the event but Jiwanram urged early sign-ups as there are benefits to that.“We are encouraging early sign-ups because we are gridding persons based on when they sign up; basically a first come, first served basis so the earlier you sign up, the better your chances of being placed on the front row or first few rows.”He noted that up to press time yesterday, 15 teams had already signed up in various classes and in both cars and bikes.In the first class, cars up to 1500cc will be considered eligible, with the second class being from 1501 to 1600cc. The third class will see cars in the 1601-2000cc class with the unlimited class featuring cars over 2000cc.Bikes will run in one class and teams will be charged $5 000 to register.last_img read more

first_imgThe Boston Celtics are going to the Eastern Conference finals following a 92-87 triumph over the Raptors in Game 7. Jayson Tatum scored 29 points and Jaylen Brown had 21 for the winners, who opened the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run to take an eight-point lead. Marcus Smart scored 16 points and Kemba Walker added 14, including a pair of game-clinching free throws with 7.9 seconds remaining.Fred VanVleet scored 20 points for the Raptors, who were bidding to become the first NBA team to win four consecutive Game 7s.The third-seeded Celtics will face the No. 5 Miami Heat beginning Tuesday.Also in the NBA Playoffs, the Denver Nuggets continue to be the comeback kids, but it took one of their veterans to help them improve to 4-0 when facing elimination in this postseason.The Nuggets have forced a Game 6 by rallying from a 15-point, third-quarter deficit to beat the Clippers, 111-105. Medvedev was a point away from taking the third set at 5-3, 40-30, but framed a forehand. MLB-SCHEDULEYanks blank Birds in DH openerNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees entered their weekend series with Baltimore in danger of falling behind the Orioles for the final American League wild-card berth. The Bombers are off to a good start, winning a doubleheader from the Orioles after dropping 15 of their previous 21 games.Gerrit Cole ended a three-start losing streak by firing a two-hitter in the Yankees’ 6-0 win over the Birds in Game 1. He struck out nine in ending his personal skid that began after he had won 20 straight decisions. Big 12 gets access to rapid COVID-19 testsUNDATED (AP) — The Big 12 has secured access to COVID-19 antigen testing that produces rapid results and will be used the day before competition on players, coaches and staff. The Pac-12 recently announced a partnership with Quidel that will provide its schools with the capacity to test daily and get results in about 15 minutes. The Big 12 said it expects the Quidel test to provide results that quickly.LPGA-ANA INSPIRATIONKorda maintains lead in LPGA major UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have reinstated outfielder Joc Pederson from the paternity list and optioned infielder Matt Beaty to the team’s alternate site. Pederson has struggled during the shortened season, hitting .184 with six home runs and 12 RBIs in 34 games. He set career highs last year in batting average, homers and RBIs, among other categories. Elsewhere in the majors:— Undefeated Phillies right-hander Zack Wheeler ripped a fingernail putting on his pants, delaying his next start for two days and perhaps longer. Wheeler would have taken a 4-0 record and a 2.47 ERA into Saturday’s scheduled start against Miami. That start has been pushed back to at least Monday, though manager Joe Girardi said that could be wishful thinking.NFL-NEWS Update on the latest sports — The Chargers’ offensive line could be down three starters for Sunday’s opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Center Mike Pouncey is out after not practicing all week due to a lingering hip injury, while right guard Trai Turner and right tackle Bryan Bulaga are listed as questionable.— The Falcons will be without cornerback Kendall Sheffield and defensive end Charles Harris for Sunday’s opener against the Seattle Seahawks. Sheffield was ruled out with a foot injury, while Harris is sidelined with an ankle problem. — Packers offensive lineman Billy Turner didn’t practice Friday and is considered doubtful for the season opener at Minnesota as he deals with a knee injury. That could mean a start for former Lions tackle Rick Wagner.— The Cardinals have placed receiver KeeSean Johnson on the Reserve/COVID-19 list two days before their season opener. Johnson is the first player put on the COVID list by the Cardinals this season.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTS — The Nationals coughed up a five-run lead before beating the Braves, 8-7 on Michael A. Taylor’s walk-off single in the 12th inning. Juan Soto drove in three runs for last-place Washington, which has won five of seven.— Aaron Nola struck out 10 and pitched all seven innings for the first complete game of his big league career, pitching the Phillies to an 11-0 thumping of the Marlins in Game 1 of a twinbill. Rhys Hoskins ripped a three-run homer and Andrew McCutchen drove in three runs with three hits, including a home run.— Miami took the nightcap as Jorge Alfaro had his fourth consecutive two-RBI game to lead a 5-3 win against Philadelphia. Alfaro’s two-run single capped a three-run fourth for the Marlins, who also got a home run from Lewis Brinson. — Jacob deGrom struck out nine and limited Toronto to three hits over six innings of the Mets’ 18-1 laugher against the Blue Jays. Dominic Smith hit his first career grand slam and Wilson Ramos had a three-run double in a 10-run fourth inning. — Caleb Smith threw three solid innings in his Diamondbacks debut before long reliever Alex Young worked into the ninth to help Arizona secure a 4-3 victory against the Mariners. Christian Walker’s triple jump-started the Diamondbacks’ three-run first. NHL-BYNG TROPHYAvs’ MacKinnon gets Byng TrophyEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon has won the Lady Byng Trophy given for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with strong play.He finished ahead of Toronto’s Auston Matthews and St. Louis’ Ryan O’Reilly in voting by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.MacKinnon had a career-low 12 penalty minutes this season. No other forward averaged more ice time than MacKinnon’s 21:13 average while taking fewer penalties. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSCeltics advance, end Raptors’ reign; Nuggets extend seriesLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors’ reign as NBA champions lasted 14 1/2 months. NEW YORK (AP) — It was a couple of firsts for Alexander Zverev (ZVEHR’-ehv) at the U.S. Open as he earned a meeting with Dominic Thiem (teem) in Sunday’s men’s final.Zverev is in the men’s final of a Grand Slam for the first time after storming back from a two-sets deficit to beat a fading Carreño Busta, (sah-REH’-noh BOOS’-tah), 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. Zverev had never won a match after dropping the opening two sets. He appeared in serious trouble after dropping nine straight points and 17 of 19 before righting the ship.Zverev is the first man to win a U.S. Open semifinal after a 2-0 set deficit since Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) did it against Roger Federer in 2011.Thiem won a far more entertaining match, holding off 2019 U.S. Open runner-up Daniil (DAN-ihl’) Medvedev 6-2, 7-6, 7-6. Medvedev held a set point in both the second and third, but Thiem hung in there both times and now will try to improve his 0-3 record in Grand Slam finals. Associated Press — The Rockies pulled out an 8-4 win over the Angels on Charlie Blackmon’s two-out grand slam in the bottom of the ninth. Blackmon finished with five RBIs and Story three for Colorado.— Kris Bubic worked hard through five innings to earn his first major league win for the Royals in their fourth win in a row, 4-3 against the Pirates. Adalberto (ad-ah-BEHR’-toh) Mondesi homered, scored three runs and stole two bases for the Royals. — The Padres-Giants game in San Diego was postponed following a positive test for COVID-19 in the San Francisco organization. MLB also says tomorrow’s game has been postponed.MLB-NEWSDodgers reinstate Pederson, option Beatycenter_img Los Angeles was up, 61-46 with 9:42 left in the third when Paul Millsap got hot. The 35-year-old veteran scored 14 of his 17 points in the period to help Denver get back into the game.Nikola Jokic put the Nuggets ahead for the first time by draining a 3-pointer with 7:06 to play. Jokic finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds, while Jamal Murray had a team-high 26 points for Denver.Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points and Paul George added 26 for the Clippers, who are searching for the franchise’s first appearance in a conference finals.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSIsles top Bolts September 12, 2020 EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The New York Islanders hadn’t won a game in this postseason when allowing more than two goals. They took that monkey off their backs while getting back in the NHL’s Eastern Conference final.The Isles blew a 3-1 lead in the third period before Brock Nelson scored with 3:25 remaining in a 5-3 victory over the Lightning. Nelson, Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (PA’-zhoh) each finished with a goal and an assist as the Islanders pulled within 2-1 in the series.Cal Clutterbuck and Adam Pelech (PEH’-lehk) also scored for the Islanders, and Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) finished with 34 saves.Mikhail Sergachev (SUR’-gah-chehv), Ondrej Palat (AHN’-dray pah-LAHT’) and Tyler Johnson scored for the Lightning.Game 4 is Sunday. Also in the NHL:— The Wild have acquired center Nick Bjugstad (BYOOG’-stad) from the Penguins for a conditional selection in the 2021 draft. The 28-year-old Minnesota native played in only 13 games for the Penguins in the virus-shortened 2019-20 season, missing a large portion due to a core muscle injury that required surgery.The swap that includes the Penguins covering an unspecified portion of Bjugstad’s $5.25 million salary next season.TENNIS-US OPENZverev reaches Open final — Luis Garcia walked his first three hitters in the first inning before Matt Olson nailed a grand slam to spark the Athletics’ 10-6 verdict over the Rangers. Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) provided six solid innings as the AL West-leading A’s moved a season-high 13 games over .500 and reduced their magic number for reaching the playoffs to single digits.— Eloy (EE’-loy) Jiménez socked a three-run homer in a four-run sixth that sent the White Sox to their sixith win in seven games, 4-2 versus the Tigers. Evan Marshall (2-1), Codi Heuer and Alex Colomé combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Lucas Giolito (jee-oh-LEE’-toh) for the AL Central leaders.— Byron Buxton hit a two-run homer and Kenta Maeda (KEHN’-tah mah-EH’-dah) pitched seven shutout innings for the Twins in a 3-1 victory against the Indians. Shane Bieber fell to 7-1, yielding five hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings.— Brandon Woodruff pitched seven innings of one-hit ball before Ryan Braun’s sacrifice fly gave the Brewers a 1-0 decision over the Cubs. Woodruff, Devin Williams and Josh Hader combined on a two-hitter with 16 strikeouts to give Milwaukee its second straight shutout.— The Reds picked up a 3-1 win over the Cardinals as Luis Castillo pitched a two-hitter for his first complete game in the majors. Joey Votto (VAH’-toh) provided all the offense Cincinnati would need with a two-run blast in the first. NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Sam Burns overcame an early double bogey and used steady iron play to take the lead through two rounds of the PGA’s Safeway Open. Burns made nine birdies in a 7-under 65 to get to 15 under at the Silverado Resort. Harry Higgs closed with an albatross for a 62, the best round of the day in the PGA Tour’s season opener. He’s alone in second, two shots behind Burns.PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS3-way tie after 18 Miller has surgery, could be out for the seasonUNDATED (AP) — Denver Broncos star linebacker Von Miller has undergone surgery to repair a dislodged ankle tendon. The Broncos are hopeful Miller could be back in three months but there’s also a possibility Miller’s season is over before it began. The Broncos dodged a second serious injury with word that wide receiver Courtland Sutton suffered a sprained A.C. joint in his right shoulder and could return to practice as soon as Saturday. Coach Vic Fangio says Sutton will be day to day.Elsewhere in the NFL:— The Bills have ruled out cornerback Josh Norman from their season opener against the Jets on Sunday. Norman did not practice this week and has missed much of the past three weeks since hurting his left hamstring. — Jets rookie wide receiver Denzel Mims will be sidelined for the season opener at Buffalo. Coach Adam Gase announced Friday that the second-round draft injured his other hamstring at practice Thursday after recently returning from an issue with his other leg that sidelined him for much of training camp. RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Nelly Korda had five birdies and a clean card for a 5-under 67 that gives her a two-shot lead going into the hot weekend at the ANA Inspiration.The only fairway she missed was on her 11th hole, the par-5 second, and she was badly out of position the entire way until making an 18-foot par putt to escape her big mess. One hole later, after hitting a fat shot from the fairway, she again had to make a par putt from some 25 feet.Korda’s 11-under total leaves her two shots clear of Mirim Lee, who also played bogey-free in the rising heat for a 65. Joining them in the final group is Lexi Thompson, a past champion at Mission Hills who can overpower the Dinah Shore course.PGA-SAFEWAY OPENBurns leads Safeway Open at midway mark DJ LeMahieu led off the first inning with a home run. Brett Gardner and Kyle Higashioka also homered off starter Alex Cobb in his return from the injured list.In the nightcap, Luke Voit hit a pair of three-run home runs and Masahiro Tanaka combined with two relievers on a four-hitter and the Yanks clobbered Baltimore, 10-1. Voit turned it into a blowout with homers in consecutive innings. New York moved 3 1/2 games ahead of the Orioles for the AL’s final postseason spot Elsewhere around the majors:— Blake Snell worked 5 1/3 shutout innings for the Rays in an 11-1 dismantling of the Red Sox. Nate Lowe homered twice and had four RBIs for Tampa Bay, which became the first team since at least 1900 to start a lineup of all lefthanders with no switch-hitters. SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Miguel Angel Jimenez bogeyed the par-4 18th to fall into a tie with David Toms and Dicky Pride for the first-round lead in the rainy Sanford International.The leaders were at 5-under 65 at Minehaha Country Club, with Jerry Kelly, Paul Goydos, Paul Broadhurst and Steve Flesch a stroke back.It’s the first PGA Tour Champions event with fans since returning from a break because of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

first_imgThe Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism collaborated with two private health foundations to create a fund supporting journalists reporting on subjects related to children’s health.Annenberg, the California Endowment and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health created the fund, which offers a $2,000 to $5,000 grant to professional print, online or broadcast journalists.The projects designed by applicants should shed light on critical health or policy issues that affect children’s health in California, said Michelle Levander, program director of the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship.“For example, how kids make their way through the health care system, and [how] kids before wouldn’t have lived as long as they’re living now with the [same] level of severity of an ailment are rich areas for reporting,” Levander said.Levander said stories about children’s health have changed greatly as health care has changed, specifically the increased impact of chronic diseases on the lives of children.“What you see now is that the children who are severely ill have chronic diseases, but not necessarily fatal diseases,” Levander said. “They are very costly for the health care system and they are complex to manage.”Levander said one example is a decrease in schools providing full-time nurses for students.“One example is that every school used to have its own nurse, [and] that’s one arena that has been cut back greatly,” she said. “You also have kids who might have something like Type 1 diabetes where they need insulin, and so now who is going to administer the insulin? [This debate] made it really tough for the parents and the kids.”The California Endowment Journalism Fellowship has other programs that offer reporting stipends as well. This, however, is the newest award and is distinct for its focus on children’s health Levander said.“This is all offered under the offices of the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship and we are a professional education program at the Annenberg school, and we’re geared toward professional reporters and editors and we offer short training programs with mentoring over many months on story projects all focused around health,” Levander said.Levander said if students are accepted, they will participate in a fellowship program.“It’s a new fund that will fund reporting projects around children’s health issues,” Levander said. “[Professional journalists] will be competing to secure both a place in a weeklong national fellowship program and, based on the strength of their reporting proposal, to receive a reporting stipend for the project that they would embark upon.”last_img read more

first_img Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. This is placeholder text Advertisement Published on August 31, 2016 at 8:05 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Steve Ishmael has become the standard while being one of SU’s only constantscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Steve Ishmael knew he’d have a chance to be a difference-maker as early as his freshman year. He spoke with fellow Syracuse commit, three-star quarterback Alin Edouard, every day. They discussed the possibilities, the untapped potential of the dominant tandem they could be for the SU.Ishmael and Edouard, both Miami natives, visited each other’s houses often. They tossed a football around outside. They fantasized about being the ones to help turn the program around.When Ishmael committed to SU just before signing day in 2014, he mentioned Edouard, four-star wide receiver K.J. Williams and then-offensive coordinator George McDonald as the three people he was most looking forward to teaming up with.Two and a half years later, Ishmael is the only one still at Syracuse. Edouard and Williams didn’t qualify academically and McDonald was fired after the 2014 season. Ishmael has been one of the Orange’s only constants amid constant turnover.“I just want to win games, man,” Ishmael said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has won only seven games in Ishmael’s career. For a player who’s been one of Syracuse’s best, it’s time to change that.As part of an offensive scheme that is friendlier to wide receiver’s statistics than SU’s style last year, Ishmael has a chance to break out. He said he hasn’t set any personal goals for his junior season, but he used to talk in high school about leaving his mark with the Orange.Through two seasons, he’s racked up 985 yards, 66 catches and 10 touchdowns in all 24 games, despite going through six different quarterbacks and now three different offensive coordinators.,“This year, we’re actually taking chances,” Ishmael said. “I feel like head coach (Dino) Babers, he’s not afraid to do anything so I feel like this year there’s going to be a lot more opportunities.”There’s evidence why Ishmael believes in him. In 2015 alone, Babers’ top three receivers at Bowling Green each had more than 950 yards receiving and 70 catches. Babers has successfully used the scheme as a head coach the past four years.When asked about Ishmael, Babers didn’t comment directly about him, as he has done for most questions about specific players during the preseason.Once Ishmael emerged as a top target early in his career, defenses would roll their coverage toward his side of the field. He occasionally had trouble getting open and making plays. And for some plays Ishmael couldn’t make, he didn’t even know why.Babers’ new staff, which includes wide receivers coach Kim McCloud, is stricter when it comes to route-running technique, Ishmael said. He’s forced to improve, otherwise he’ll hear from coaches.The no-huddle offense means more plays and more chances to catch the ball. The formations Syracuse will run with multiple receivers stacked on one side mean more chances to get free.“I’m just trusting (Babers) when he says that,” Ishmael said, “that everything is going to be smooth in the game, that there’s going to be a lot of opportunities.”,North Miami Beach (Florida) High School head coach Jeff Bertani said college recruiters looking at their wide receivers ask him how players compare to Ishmael — he’s the standard. If anyone comes close to his skillset, recruiters know they can count on that player producing at the next level.Ishmael is considered by his former coaches the best receiver to come out of North Miami Beach. Beginning in his junior year, they molded the offense around his abilities on the perimeter.Though not specifically tailored for Ishmael, he now enters an offense that can maximize the flashes he’s already shown.“I think the country will start to see what Syracuse has already known about Steve,” Bertani said, “how good he truly is.”While at North Miami Beach, Ishmael talked about playing the role of Clemson’s Sammy Watkins while Edouard could mimic former Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd. Last year, Ishmael envisioned being then-West Virginia’s Stedman Bailey while his roommate and SU hybrid Ervin Philips would be former Mountaineers wide receiver Tavon Austin.Neither comparison ever came close.“I feel like I’ve matured mentally,” Ishmael said, “in terms of manning up and taking a lot more things into my hands and growing as a player.”,His growth has been a progression.Ishmael has fully adjusted to watching tape on his own, which he wasn’t used to when he got to Syracuse. He’s more accustomed to the Orange’s opponents, something that can come only with experience. He wears No. 8 because he looked up to former Syracuse great Marvin Harrison. He’s 1,743 receiving yards away from Harrison’s school record with two years of eligibility remaining.Now is Ishmael’s opportunity to carve out his own place.“The chances are going to be out there,” Ishamel said. “It’s just on us to go and grab the ball.”Banner video by Griffin Morrow | Video Editor. Commentslast_img read more

first_imgU-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUPThe Netherlands first to berth q’final with victory over GhanaNigeria’s Falconets are condemned to beat Haiti today at the ongoing FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in France for them to have any chance of progressing to the quarter final.Chris Danjuma’s wards lost their opening game to Germany in St Marlo  while China also grabbed three maximum points from the Haitians to lead the Group D pairing. Falconets that played in the lost the 2010 and 2014 finals to Germany are favourites to beat Haiti in today’s clash but would need to do so in style, firing more goals.Anything short of a win will translate to early exit for the glory seeking Nigerians.Yesterday, Netherlands became the first team to qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 quarter-finals after earning a 4-0 win over Ghana, as they maintained their 100 per cent start in Group A.While the West Africans started brightly, it did not take long for the Netherlands to get into gear. Two spurned chances could have rocked their confidence, but they did not have to dwell on them long, going ahead on 21 minutes.Three goals in 11 minutes put them in complete control, with Aniek Nouwen’s downward header at the back post getting the debutants rolling on the back of their slender win over New Zealand.Having netted in their opener, Fenna Kalma made no mistake when put through by Victoria Pelova, before converting with a superbly taken volley to see her move joint-top of the scoring charts.The pace dropped after the break, with the Netherlands sitting comfortably, but Pelova and Kalma switched rolls, as the duo exchanged passes before the former stroked home to add some gloss to the Oranje’s victory.New Zealand’s goalless draw against hosts France later in the day meant that the Netherlands became the first team to confirm their place in the knockout stages at France 2018, while the result confirmed that Ghana will be unable to qualify for the last eight.GROUP DTeams       P     W    D   L   GF    GA   +/-  PTSChina        1      1      –    –    2       1      1      3Germany   1      1    –     –     1      0      1      3Haiti           1       –    –     1     1     2     -1     0Nigeria       1      –     –    1     –      1     -1     0Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgMichael Olugbode in MaiduguriThe United Nations has revealed that 6.2 million people are targeted in the crisis ridden North-east with aids by humanitarian organisations in 2019.It also said as a fallout of the crisis, $983 million is needed during the year to provide basic necessities to the victims of the crisis in the Northeast and Lake Chad region. A statement signed yesterday by the Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Communications, Samantha Newport, lamented that the crisis in the Northeast continued to make many people homeless.According to the statement, “Millions of civilians continue to grapple with extreme adversity across North-east Nigeria and the rest of the Lake Chad region where a recent surge in violence displaced tens of thousands people, exacerbating an already dire humanitarian situation.“Top UN officials are calling for support to respond to a humanitarian crisis that is now in its tenth year. The UN and partners, in support of the governments of Nigeria and of countries hosting Nigerian refugees, simultaneously launched the 2019 to 2021 Humanitarian Response Strategy and the Regional Refugee Response Plan, respectively seeking $848 million and $135 million to continue to provide food, water, shelter and protection to the most vulnerable people in Nigeria and neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.“The Humanitarian Response Strategy also articulates a collective vision for the next three years of humanitarian action and marks the first time in Nigeria that humanitarian actors are adopting a multi-year approach.”The statement quoted UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, to have said: “We must sustain the efforts made over the recent years to ensure that aids reach those who need them most. The decade-long conflict has brought immense suffering upon children, women, men, their families and communities. We have saved millions of lives, and as we strive to provide immediate response to new and existing humanitarian needs, we must also focus on addressing the causes of such untold suffering.”The statement further said: “Humanitarian organisations in Nigeria are targeting 6.2 million people who are hardest-hit by the crisis in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States in the North-east region. Although aid groups targeted almost the same number of people in 2018, this year’s budget is around $250 million less than the previous year, based on the assessed needs and the realistic capacity to deliver aid. Last year, donors provided 67 per cent of the funds, or $700 million, enabling humanitarians to provide aid to more than 5.5 million people.“UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, seeks funding for the 228,500 Nigerian refugees who have fled into neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger, pointing to a disturbing trend of events.”Also, the UNDP’s Regional Coordinator, Nana Oumou Touré-Sy while lamenting that “the continuing conflict in the Northeast further increases the vulnerability of refugees, IDPs, families and host communities already facing deep development challenges,” warned that “Together with humanitarian partners and governments, UNDP supports the comprehensive response to the refugee crisis by targeting weaknesses and vulnerabilities of refugees and host communities as a way to mitigate the risk of conflict between communities.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgPosition players: Will Smith, David Freese, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, A.J. Pollock, Russell Martin, Chris Taylor, Kiké Hernandez– Crazy as this sounds, I worry that Ryu is one bad start away from not being a “lock.” More than that, I worry the Ryu-Smith battery is questionable enough to make Martin his personal catcher in October. There’s too much in that sentence to unpack in this space, but I wouldn’t write it without cause. FanGraphs broke down his recent struggles.–  I don’t know where Urías, Stripling and Maeda fit best. They’ll get in because they are postseason veterans who are flexible enough to make the best of whatever role they’re handed. They’ll probably wind up in middle-relief, but I can see any of them starting or opening or even closing.– Quibble with my choices of position players if you must, but at least look at their second-half batting stats first.In if they’re healthy (3): Rich Hill, Max Muncy, Alex Verdugo Editor’s note: This is the Sept. 5 edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.I’ve been holding off on writing this newsletter until Gavin Lux’s September fate was sealed. Now that he’s here, this is a good time to take a deep look at what a 25-man postseason roster might look like for the Dodgers. You figure they’ll take 12 pitchers and 13 position players. While the position-player jobs are more clearly delineated than they were this time last year, the pitching staff is a jumble of youth and experience and swingmen. Wish me luck.Locks (18)Pitchers: Walker Buehler, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Clayton Kershaw, Ross Stripling, Kenta Maeda, Julio Urías, Pedro Baez, Joe Kelly Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img – I’m not too worried about Hill. He’s probably the Game 4 starter if he is healthy, and maybe the Game 3 starter if Ryu doesn’t recover from his mini-slump. He can also relieve in a pinch.– I’m not too worried about Muncy either. A strong September finish once he returns from his wrist injury would help his cause to be in the everyday lineup. A fractured wrist can seriously hamper a man’s swing.– Verdugo is the one I’m worried about. Oblique injuries are always tricky. Even if Verdugo is healthy come Oct. 1, what happens to his roster spot if Gavin Lux and Matt Beaty continue to hit in September? Both are comparable hitters to Verdugo (they all bat left-handed, wielding picturesque line-drive strokes) and I’m not certain how all three fit on a 25-man roster.They can’t all make it (5): Kenley Jansen, Caleb Ferguson, Adam Kolarek, Dylan Floro, Casey Sadler– There’s an inflection point coming for Jansen at which he either 1, pitches like a reliable closer again; 2, doesn’t look like the team’s best ninth-inning option but is deemed trustworthy in a lesser role; 3, can’t regain his mechanics and doesn’t make the roster. This could go down to the wire.–  I’m tempted to think of Ferguson/Kolarek and Floro/Sadler as dyads. Pick one of the two. If versatility is the determining factor, Kolarek has enjoyed more success against righties than Ferguson. Floro’s pitched a tad better against lefties than Sadler, but it’s close.The kids (4): Gavin Lux, Matt Beaty, Tony Gonsolin, Dustin May– It’s too soon to pass judgment on Lux, beyond the fact that he hasn’t shrunk from any big moments yet. ESPN.com wrote about how Lux “knocked down the door” to earn his audition. Remember, he’s playing with house money now.– It seems risky to leave a guy slashing .288/.338/.491 in half a season’s worth of games off your October roster. Yet all of Beaty’s damage has come against righties, and unfortunately for him, I can’t think of a team that has as many left-handers (Bellinger, Seager, Pederson, maybe Verdugo and Lux) capable of doing what he does in a batter’s box. That makes him slightly less than a lock for me.– Between May’s four-seamer and Gonsolin’s two-seamer, I imagine the two right-handers would be devastating piggybacking off each other in the bullpen. You figure the Dodgers would commit to trying that in September to see if it would work in October. They haven’t done that, however, and I’m not sure how this experiment plays out.Thanks for playing (5): Yimi Garcia, Jedd Gyorko, Kristopher Negron, Josh Sborz, Austin Barnes– There’s a compelling case for up to 30 different players to make this team’s 25-man roster. These five guys aren’t among the 30. Barnes has the best chance to sneak in; an injury to Smith or Martin gets him a roster spot. Negron has been a pleasant surprise. His best contribution was pushing Hernandez and Taylor to perform to their potential at the plate in the second half. Garcia isn’t playoff material in a good year, but his career as a Dodger is probably longer and better than you realize. I hear Gyorko shoots a mean 3-pointer. And why is it that when I see the name “Josh Sborz” I think “Jacob Rhame”?-J.P.Editor’s note: Thanks for reading the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.More Dodgers readingJoc down this wall – The Dodgers broke the single-season National League record for home runs.Slow start – Four Dodgers minor league affiliates began playoff series Wednesday, and only one won.Down to the wire – Cody Bellinger enters the final weeks as the National League MVP frontrunner, writes MLB.com’s Richard Justice.Left with no choice – A.J. Pollock’s groin injury depressed his range in center field. Now he’s been moved to the corner.Russell Martin, ace reliever – Position players pitching has reached its peak.last_img read more