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Franz Zhao, a Thornton student majoring in piano performance, strives for perfection as the principal cellist in the USC Thornton Concert Orchestra’s performance in Bovard Auditorium on Wednesday. Professor Michael Christ Power conducted the concert.Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan
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: [email protected] | @pschweds Steve Ishmael has become the standard while being one of SU’s only constants 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. Comments
â€œThere is serious trouble ahead because Nigeria have experience, they know how to counter-attack and they know how to score,â€ stressed the Argentine football legend who watched his country squandered the lead to share points with Iceland last Saturday.Maradona went on to blast Sampaoli for his poor tactics against Iceland.â€œHis (Sampaoli) game-plan was a disgrace. Even though the Iceland players average 1.90m in height, we played all our corners into the air. We had no short game,â€ Maradona recalled.Last year, Argentina threw away a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 to Nigeria in an international friendly in Russia. The perennial group stage customers are to clash in their last Group D game on June 26 here in Saint Petersburg.Argentina took the lead through Sergio Aguero in the 19th minute Saturday as a cigar-puffing Maradona looked on from the stands of the Spartak Stadium.But minnows Iceland, playing at their first ever finals, leveled four minutes later through Alfred Finnbogason.Messi, whose performances in World Cups are arguably the only blot on an other-worldly career, spurned a chance to take the lead when his 63rd-minute spot kick was saved by Hannes Halldorsson.But Maradona avoided criticising his heir apparent and instead pointed the finger at Sampaoli.â€œI donâ€™t blame the players. I could blame the lack of work rate. But I canâ€™t blame the players, much less Messi, who gave it all he had,â€ he said.â€œI missed five penalties on the spin and I was still Diego Armando Maradona. I donâ€™t think that they dropped two points because Messi missed a penalty,â€ added Maradona, who led Argentina to the quarter-finals in South Africa in 2010 as coach.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Argentina Legend Diego Maradona has warned his countryâ€™s Coach, Jorge Sampaoli, not to return home from the World Cup in Russia if the Albeceleste loses to Nigeria and fails to qualify from Group D to the knock out stage.Maradona who played against Super Eagles at Nigeriaâ€™s debut at the Mundial in 1994 in USA told Argentine Television Telesur’s ‘De la mano del Diez’ show that the way his country played in the opening game of Group D against Iceland leaves much to be desired.â€œIf he carries on like this, Sampaoli canâ€™t come back to Argentina.
Mark Cuban arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban apologized Thursday to Trayvon Martin’s family over his choice of words in a videotaped interview in which he addressed bigotry and prejudice.Cuban even revealed some of his own prejudices in the interview with Inc. magazine, and said he believes everyone has “prejudices and bigotries” on some level. But after his words — which came with the NBA still dealing with the fallout over racist remarks made by now-banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling — created a stir in social media and other circles, Cuban took to Twitter to offer his apology.“In hindsight I should have used different examples,” Cuban wrote. “I didn’t consider the Trayvon Martin family, and I apologize to them for that.”Cuban also said he stands by the substance of the interview.Martin was the black Florida teen who was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in February 2012. Martin was wearing a hooded sweatshirt — commonly called a “hoodie” — that night, and that particular piece of clothing became a rallying cry for those who demanded justice.Zimmerman was eventually acquitted.“We’re all prejudiced in one way or the other,” Cuban said in the Inc. interview. “If I see a black kid in a hoodie and it’s late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street. And if on that side of the street, there’s a guy that has tattoos all over his face — white guy, bald head, tattoos everywhere — I’m walking back to the other side of the street. And the list goes on of stereotypes that we all live up to and are fearful of.”When shown that excerpt of the interview Thursday, Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat cringed.“It’s just a sensitive time,” Bosh said.Cuban has not revealed how he will vote on June 3, when NBA owners are scheduled to cast ballots on a motion to oust Sterling and force him to sell the Clippers. Cuban has called the comments made by Sterling “abhorrent,” adding that there is “no place for racism in the NBA, any business I’m associated with.”Cuban has, however, cautioned that the Sterling matter is a “very slippery slope.”“While we all have our prejudices and bigotries, we have to learn that it’s an issue that we have to control,” Cuban told Inc. “It’s part of my responsibility as an entrepreneur to try to solve it, not just to kick the problem down the road because it does my company no good, does my customers no good, does society no good if my response to somebody and their racism or bigotry is to say ‘It’s not right for you to be here, go take your attitude somewhere else.’”Cuban also told Inc. that he knows he is not perfect, and that “it’s not appropriate for me to throw stones.” The magazine has a 2½-minute clip of Cuban speaking about the topics on its web site, along with about an hourlong appearance — with the Mavs owner discussing many matters — at its Growco Conference in Nashville on Wednesday.“We’re a lot less tolerant of different views and it’s not necessarily easy for everybody to adopt or adapt or evolve,” Cuban said.___Cuban excerpt: http://bit.ly/1toSBrF