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Syracuse defense generates constant pressure, disrupts Connecticut offense in dominant win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Durell Eskridge had flown off that edge before, barreling toward the quarterback with eyes, mind and heart intent on a debilitating sack. He’d watched as the ball was released from the quarterback’s hands prior to the moment of impact, realizing with frustration that his blitz was unsuccessful.So this time he cheated forward, toward the line of scrimmage, hell bent on reaching Connecticut’s Chandler Whitmer to unleash a hit from the blind side — the most painful side.He took off at the snap of a third-and-8 play that saw Whitmer lined up in the shotgun with two players flanking him. He shot into the backfield and flung himself at the quarterback, initiating a collision that turned Whitmer into a concave ragdoll with arms flailing and no control of a football that would be recovered by the Orange.“I think it did more than juice the defense up,” said Eskridge, a sophomore safety. “It had us going crazy.”Eskridge’s forced fumble was the highlight on a night in which relentless pressure by the Syracuse (3-4, 2-1 Big East) defense rattled Whitmer and stifled the Connecticut (3-5, 0-3 Big East) running game en route to a dominant 40-10 win inside the Carrier Dome. A team that pounded the Orange for upwards of 200 yards on the ground a year ago was held to negative rushing yards on Friday, thoroughly beaten by a defensive unit that continues to string together impressive performances.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDefensive coordinator Scott Shafer said bringing pressure off the edges was something the coaching staff identified during the week as a potential area of concern for the Huskies. The result was frequent blitzing off the weak side — the left side of UConn’s offensive line — with as many as four defenders.And the forced fumble by Eskridge, which the SU offense turned into a touchdown on the ensuing possession, came on a play Shafer said he hadn’t called since last season.“I was hoping that maybe we could catch them on that,” he said. “It was a nice blitz by Durell and a big play. That was a great play.”Whitmer endured a litany of painful hits on Friday, including a weak-side blitz by linebacker Dyshawn Davis on the play immediately prior to Eskridge’s strip sack. The replays of both hits on the big screens drew consecutive gasps from the crowd, and the sophomore quarterback was pulled off the turf by one of his offensive lineman following Davis’ hit.He was drilled again on Connecticut’s next possession, this time by defensive end Markus Pierce-Brewster, who burst through the gap between right guard and right tackle to drag Whitmer down for a loss of 12.That hit left Whitmer needing a moment to haul himself back up, and he favored his right shoulder slightly once he did so.“They were flying around making plays, making big stops, getting in the quarterback’s face,” SU quarterback Ryan Nassib said of his team’s defense. “And I know from experience that it’s hard to play like that. And I was just glad that I wasn’t facing them today.”Equally ineffective was Connecticut tailback Lyle McCombs, who returned to the field after missing last week with a wrist injury. He tormented the Orange a season ago in East Hartford, Conn., for 152 yards and a touchdown, but on Friday he managed a career-low 16 on 12 carries.Time and again he was trumped behind the line of scrimmage, often forced to dodge SU defenders even before escaping the backfield. Each of his first three carries yielded negative yardage, and his longest run of the game was 6 yards.Across the way, Syracuse amassed 251 yards rushing, with four plays resulting in 6 yards or more on its first possession alone.“Nobody is going to come in our house and just do what they want,” Davis said. “From a defensive standpoint, we’re pretty tough. We’ll go up against anybody, and we’ll bring it.”Coming into Friday’s game, Connecticut’s defense was ranked sixth in the country and tops in the Big East. All Syracuse did was rack up 502 yards of total offense while limiting the Huskies to more than 200 yards less.And late in the fourth quarter, with the outcome long since decided, Eskridge added an exclamation point to a game in which his defense imposed its will. UConn wide receiver Michael Smith streaked across the middle deep downfield on a third-and-6 play in the fourth quarter, but there was Eskridge thrusting his right shoulder into Smith’s abdomen to prevent the catch and send one final message.“We came in knowing that our defense was wonderful, and we knew that we can stop them,” Eskridge said, unable to contain a grin from spreading across his face.“Period.” Comments Published on October 20, 2012 at 2:21 am Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13center_img Related Stories STATEMENT GAME: Syracuse rushing attack sets tone in blowout win over ConnecticutGallery: Syracuse dominates UConn in 40-10 victorylast_img read more

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Healthy Konz optimistic about starting in Rose Bowl

first_imgLOS ANGELES – In football, statistics rule.Passer ratings track the best quarterbacks. Rushing yards denote the finest running backs in the game. Tackles and yards allowed indicate the fiercest of defenses. But the mark of a strong offensive line is hard to find.“Offensive linemen don’t really have too many awards or statistics that say you are the best or everybody should cheer for you during this play,” junior center Peter Konz said.There is no specific statistic that testifies to the overall power of an offensive line – except maybe the eight prime ribs sophomore lineman Travis Frederick ate in the Beef Bowl, helping lead Wisconsin to a 723-pound to 612-pound victory over Oregon.Jokes aside, UW’s offensive line has been sculpted into one of the best by O-line coach Bob Bostad and hours of hard work on and off the field.“Their excellence is due to the hard work they put in on a daily basis,” senior quarterback Russell Wilson said.UW’s strength and versatility on the offensive line could not have been evidenced better than when Konz dislocated his ankle against Minnesota.With Konz out through the rest of the season, sophomore lineman Ryan Groy was given the starting spot at center. After a few mishaps through much of the Illinois game, Frederick shifted from left guard to center and righted the Badgers, bringing them all the way to the Rose Bowl.“It’s been different, obviously we’ve been shifting around a little bit,” Frederick said. “I think Ryan is doing a great job filling in there and doing what he can. I think whatever happens – if [Konz] plays, if Ryan plays – we’re going to be fine either way.”But a little over six weeks later and the O-line’s fearless leader is ready to get back in the middle of the biggest line in the league.“The last 72 hours I’ve been taking all the reps with the [first team],” Konz said. “I’m still pushing through a little bit of pain, but the good thing is it hasn’t gotten any worse. Actually my ankle is starting to loosen up as I do more and get some more strength. I’m real happy with the progress. I didn’t even expect to be this far along.”Due to his injury, Konz was forced to sit out through make-or-break games in Penn State and the Big Ten Championship game against Michigan State. Watching from the sidelines wasn’t the easiest task for the injured linemen.“It’s been tough just because we’ve had a lot of big games,” Konz said. “We had to beat Penn State to get to the Big Ten Championship, we had to win the Big Ten Championship and now the Rose Bowl is looming … I’ve been out most of the time so I’ve been trying to keep mentally sharp … it’s been real tough watching us have success without me.“Any time you sit back and you’ve got to watch somebody do a great job like Travis Frederick has at my position, it’s just tough.”In light of the past frustration, he made it very clear he wasn’t going to miss out on a chance to play in the Rose Bowl for a second time.“That’s all I’ve been working for,” Konz said. “I’ve been in film, I’ve been doing everything in practice, I haven’t taken one rep off. I’ve been pushing as hard as I can and in the mean time doing treatments too. I’ve given it my all.The 6-foot-5, 315-pound junior is already being scouted for the National Football League and his return for next season is starting to be questioned. Pending that decision, with his focus on The Granddaddy of Them All, he remains a jolly, unfailingly optimistic character. Ask him any question and chances are he’ll respond first with a husky, staccato laugh.The buoyant Neenah native hopes to get the chance to start in the second Rose Bowl of his career – a decision the coaches will make on game day – but either way he knows he leads one of the hardest working, highly touted lines in the nation.“You got to live up to strength standards, the weight standards,” Konz said in a press conference on Wednesday. “You’ve to live up to the knowledge that they had about the game. We pride ourselves on being extremely smart, understanding blitzes, understanding formations, and really being on target so that we can be as successful as possible.”Getting back in the mix, Konz is simply giddy for the opportunity to even play the game one more time this season.“I love football. I love to play the game. It’s fun competing and that’s why I’m just excited to be out there again, just to show what I’ve got.”last_img read more

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After 5-0 start, Northwestern will continue thriving

first_imgNorthwestern University is known for many things: its near-Ivy League admission standards, the small-town charm of Evanston, Ill., and a beautiful campus to name a few, but being a top 25 football program is not one of them.With a 5-0 start to the season after a recent 44-29 victory over Indiana (2-2), the Wildcat name enters the field of college football’s top teams. The program emerged in both the AP and Coaches Top 25 polls this week, at No. 24 and 22, respectively. This is the first time the team has has been ranked since 2008. Though the Wildcats by no means give Alabama a run for their money, the team deserves the recognition and some attention for its success thus far.After a late-touchdown win in its first game against Syracuse (1-3), Northwestern handed an SEC opponent a loss in Week 2, defeating a decent Vanderbilt (1-3) team. The Wildcats outscored Vandy 17-3 in the fourth quarter, a good sign for a team that typically allows opponents back into the game after taking an early lead. The Wildcats finished out their nonconference play with home wins over Boston College (1-3) and South Dakota (2-2).I realize these teams, with the exception of Vanderbilt, are not high-caliber competition. However, when you consider the Big Ten is 6-9 against teams from other BCS automatic-qualifying conferences and three of those wins belong to Northwestern, it sounds pretty good.Starting out Big Ten play against an Indiana team that went 1-11 last year doesn’t help improve the quality of programs this team has beaten, but looking at what Northwestern has done on the field should turn a few heads.What is brewing just north of Chicago is not the standard look of a football team. But uniqueness is a trait that can separate the good from the best. I am not saying this Wildcat team is close to being the best, but it has an X factor.Which brings me to the curious case of Kain Colter.I must state I do not follow Wildcat football religiously, so when I first started to research this Colter kid, I had to do a double take to make sure I was in fact seeing the same player throw, run and catch the ball.The junior quarterback’s performance that encompassed all three of these roles against the Hoosiers was a key element to setting a school record of 704 total offensive yards. Colter attempted just three passes in the game, one of which was an interception. But running for 161 yards and four touchdowns, as well as racking up 131 receiving yards off nine passes, made up for that error. While Colter’s main role was at quarterback in previous games, head coach Pat Fitzgerald changed things up, and the team did not skip a beat.Colter’s performance Saturday earned him co-offensive Big Ten Player of the Week with Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez. His dynamic ability on the field and his abilities need to be given more attention.If Northwestern keeps winning, I think that will happen.A win Saturday against Penn State will be a good indicator of whether this team is going to stay near the top of the Big Ten. With games against Nebraska, Michigan and Michigan State remaining on the schedule, Saturday is a must-win. I don’t expect the Wildcats to make it through the Big Ten untouched, but those three matchups down the road are winnable games with the way this team has been playing.Offensively, Northwestern has the talent, as well as adaptability, and that will be its strength entering the rest of its games.The questions surround the play of the team’s defense. The Wildcats have allowed their opponents too much time in the pocket, something their future Big Ten opponents will punish them for if the defensive line does not improve its pass rush performance.Historically, what plagues this team is not being able to come up with wins later in the season. To see this, look no further than the Wildcats’ bowl history. The program earned a spot in a bowl game the last four seasons and has appeared in 10 bowl games in the program’s history. Not a bad number, but what is dreadful to look at are the outcomes. Northwestern is currently tied for the longest losing streak with nine straight losses in bowl games. Ouch.Could this be the year the trend ends? I like Colter, and I like the players that surround him. This season, we have seen Big Ten teams with a single player in the spotlight not performing so far this season. For example: Denard Robinson and Michigan, Le’Veon Bell and Michigan State and, though I hate to say it, Montee Ball and Wisconsin. If you look at No. 1 Alabama or No. 2 Oregon, you see an all-around great team before you name a single star player. I see a similar situation at Northwestern. Colter is its best player, but his multiple talents allow Fitzgerald to use his other top players, namely quarterback Trevor Siemian and running back Venric Mark.I see a win for the Wildcats in University Park Saturday, and a top two finish in the Legends Division is very possible if this happens.last_img read more

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Individual time trial in today’s Vuelta Espana

first_imgSpaniard Joaquim Rodriguez leads Italy’s Fabio Aru by just one second but fourth-placed Tom Dumoulin is expected to be the rider who will be the strongest of the leaders over today’s 39 kilometre course.Ireland’s Nicolas Roche starts over 44 minutes back in 30th place overall.last_img

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Kobe Bryant: ‘If you asked me today, this would be my last year’

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Those around Bryant believe the success or failure of the Lakers’ development would strongly dictate whether he would want to prolong his prolific career that already entails five NBA championships and a third-place standing on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. “He’s a huge part of the success that we’ll have,” Lakers second-year forward Julius Randle said. There’s other variables, too. The Lakers (1-4) enter Sunday’s game against the New York Knicks (2-4) at Madison Square Garden with Bryant averaging 16.2 points on a career-low 32.1 percent shooting in 28.6 minutes per contest. Bryant also stood after Saturday’s practice with ice wrapped around his surgically repaired right shoulder and legs, personifying the constant maintenance his 37-year-old body needs following three season-ending injuries in consecutive seasons. Bryant also missed two weeks of training camp because of a bruise in his lower left calf.Hence, Bryant reported waking up most mornings nursing pain in his back and feet. “When it’s hurting, I’m like, ‘Do I really want do to this?’” Bryant said. “I got up this morning (and thought), ‘Do I really want to go to the gym and lift weights? No.’ But I get up and do it, anyway. I come to practice and think, ‘Maybe I should take a practice off. My back is a little tight.’ I start competing and then play the whole practice.” NEW YORK >> Kobe Bryant flashed an infectious smile as he stood side by side with a handful of students here at John Jay College. The Lakers’ 90-minute practice concluded with an impromptu photo session featuring Bryant and adoring fans. Off to the side, Lakers second-year guard Jordan Clarkson borrowed a camera from a team staff member so he could take some pictures of his own. It might become one of several mementos in what could mark Bryant’s final season with the Lakers after 20 years.“If you asked me today, this would be my last year. But you never know,” Bryant said. “We’ll keep it open.”Bryant is in the final year of his contract worth $25 million. But the Lakers’ star has kept his future open-ended, other than ruling out ever playing for another NBA team. center_img Bryant joked he changes his mind from giving up toward pushing more in “1.7 seconds.” But at least on Saturday, Bryant completed a full practice without any setbacks. Could Bryant manage that grind through another year, if not more?“Yeah, I could,” Bryant said. “If I wanted to keep playing, I could figure it out. Absolutely.” Yet, Bryant has already struggled this year. So much that Bryant recalled Lakers rookie point D’Angelo Russell even approached him trying to console him about his shooting inaccuracy, which has included a handful of airballs. “D’Angelo comes to me and says, ‘Oh man I want to make sure you’re OK, man. I think you may be thinking too much,’” Bryant said, chuckling. “I said, ‘That wasn’t the first time I went 3 for 15, my man. I think I’m OK.’”To no one’s surprise, the 37-year-old Bryant did not need his 19-year-old teammate to console him.“But I appreciated it,” Bryant said. “I appreciated him reaching out and doing that. But at the same time, I’m like, ‘Dude, I’m fine.’” Bryant did not feel that way earlier in the week. Following last Sunday’s loss to Dallas where he capped off his third consecutive game in which he shot below 50 percent, Bryant called himself “the 200th best player in the league.” Bryant also repeatedly said, “I suck.” Lakers coach Byron Scott then told Bryant to stay at home on Monday to clear his mind.“I’ve always been really, really critical of myself,” Bryant said. “That’s probably why I don’t get fazed much by outward criticism, because my criticism is always much harsher. But my moods can change probably a lot faster than most.”So fast that Bryant maintained he was just “facetious” about his self-assigned player ranking. Scott and Bryant’s teammates reported him maintaining confidence throughout the rest of the week. Bryant also repeatedly talked trash with teammates in pick-up scrimmages. Some of Bryant’s teammates also interpreted his self-criticism as a message to them. “It shows you have to have a sense of responsibility,” Randle said. “You have to look at yourself and figure out how you can help the team.” Bryant hardly helped the Lakers by continuing to shoot. He has made only 21.1 percent from his attempts from 3-point range. The plurality of Bryant’s shots have come from behind the perimeter instead of in the post and elbow as Scott has preferred. “Sometimes we don’t play smart,” Lakers forward Metta World Peace said. “That puts a lot of pressure on Kobe when guys aren’t in the right spot. He’s used to having tons of players out there and then it makes Kobe look bad. It’s not just on Kobe when he’s not open. It’s a mixture of everything. The young guys have to catch up.”Scott has echoed that thought, saying that Bryant is “the last guy to worry about on our team.” He has eliminated pre-practice shooting workouts. Bryant also has driven to the basket more, which has resulted in a 23-of-26 mark from the foul line (88.4 percent). “It’s not a challenge to get Kobe right,” Scott said. “The challenge is to get the young guys right.”Through the good and the bad, however, Bryant has attracted a strong reception over his possible last season. So much Scott described the atmosphere against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday at Barclays Center as “pro-Kobe” during starting lineup introductions and throughout the game. Although Bryant expressed gratitude over the gestures, he does not want a farewell tour. Instead, he has adopted the same mentality Michael Jordan had when he advised Bryant before his final NBA All-Star game in 2003.“‘I just want you to approach it like it’s any other game. I want you to compete against me just like it’s any other game,’” Bryant recalled, laughing. “I said, ‘Michael, what the hell about me led you to think that I was going to approach this any differently?’ But I think that’s the greatest sign of respect.”Regardless, Bryant senses the end is near. Bryant shared this marked the first year his daughters (12-year-old Natalia, 9-year-old Gianna) “really grasped the concept” about his looming retirement.“They want me around all the time. But it’s not something (they talk about),” Bryant said. “It’s like, ‘If you want to, cool. If you don’t, OK.’”But that does not explain why Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, and their children have traveled to New York City for the Lakers’ five-day stay. Bryant noted how the trip overlapped on a weekend. Plus, the city offers its perks, too.“They always come to New York,” Bryant said. “They never come see me in Oklahoma.”Bryant will see another sign about his pending retirement today at Madison Square Garden. Then, Bryant will see former Lakers teammate Derek Fisher coaching the Knicks. Bryant said he “can understand” Fisher standing on the sideline in the last year after entering the NBA with Bryant in 1996. But Bryant called it “crazy” that former Lakers forward Luke Walton has served as Golden State’s interim coach after playing his NBA rookie season in the 2003-04 campaign. All of which left Bryant saying he has “zero interest” in following that career path.“I don’t feel like dealing with divas,” said a grinning Bryant, who has been described that way by a few coaches and teammates through 20 years. “They’re a pain in the ass.”So is fighting Father Time, though Bryant remains undecided on when exactly he will concede defeat.last_img read more

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Purple & Bold: The NBA’s return is as cloudy as ever

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Editor’s note: This is the March 30 edition of the Purple and Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.It’s now been almost a month since an NBA game was played, and I can tell you two things with a certain degree of confidence:1) With a nation hungry for sports and a great deal of money on the line, the league and its teams are dispensing a lot of work to figure out a plan to resume the season.2) As of now, with the nation under quarantine that has no definite endpoint, there is no one plan that the league is considering seriously above all others — and the only plan that seems more plausible with each passing day is cancelling the season. But as Marc Stein of The New York Times pointed out this week: That likely entails players, coaches, support staff, referees, television crews and staffers and other essential employees that could still number in the thousands depending on how many teams the NBA wishes to send. Would that mean the regular season is over? Would the playoffs be shortened to a number of teams that could somehow be deemed safe, or within the “controllable” range, and would the fans and teams accept such a winner as a legitimate champion? The sheer number of hypothetical questions this raises is troubling to say the least.What about home arenas? It might be best to defer to the words of Gov. Gavin Newsom, who this week said he didn’t imagine California would be holding events with fans by August or September. And thinking you can control groups of a hundred or more with a virus that can spread through asymptomatic carriers could is likely flawed. ESPN’s Zach Lowe also made a point that if the NBA was able to staff such games with doctors and other healthcare workers to test players and staff members, wouldn’t that strike the public as an unfair distribution of resources in a time when COVID-19’s death toll is already in the thousands?It’s profoundly vexing and troubling, which is why the NBA doesn’t have any frontrunning plan to resume play. It’s why Adam Silver has said very little outside of his two nationally televised interviews shortly after the season was suspended. There simply aren’t a lot of definite factors to signal that any plan is more feasible than another.ESPN reported that the NBA is working on a H-O-R-S-E tournament in short order, in which players would shoot from home isolation. Unfortunately for the league and its fans, that seems to be the most firm return to competition anyone can promise at this point.I PROMISE DOCUMENTARY DEBUTSIf you were ever curious what happens inside LeBron James’ I Promise School in Akron, you’re not likely to get a closer look than I PROMISE, a new documentary series that debuts today.It’s a behind-the-scenes look (albeit one backed by Springhill Entertainment, LeBron’s production company) at the work the school is doing with at-risk elementary-school aged kids who were selected to attend I Promise precisely because they’re at risk. Told through 15 episodes, all shorter than 10 minutes on the new mobile video platform Quibi, cameras go in classrooms, in faculty meetings and even in student homes to describe the struggles of students and their families, and detail the journey of a radical approach to public education.I’ve written about the services and goals of the I Promise School before, but a pre-release screener gave a closer look into the actual people at ground level. Even though it is a LeBron-sponsored look at his own school, it doesn’t hold back all that much in episodes that cover the early challenges of socializing the students who have been hindered by trauma in their home lives.One of the toughest scenes to watch is a third-grade girl withdrawing from her classmates, slinking into a locker and closing herself in. Teachers are shown openly crying during a meeting, frustrated and worried about the intense scrutiny their school faces after a very public opening on national television. There are also scenes of patience, in which administrators and teachers try very diligently to understand why their students are acting out, rather than offering indiscriminate hard-nosed discipline.We have a sense of where this goes, because we have the benefit of being nearly two years ahead: Last spring, The New York Times reported promising test scores and retention rates for the school, which has continued to expand both in its facilities and its grades (it now serves fifth graders in addition to third and fourth graders). While only episodes one through three are available now, with episodes to come, we know that from those early days of struggle come positive results.But one arresting thought I had while watching the screener — one that “I PROMISE” probably can’t answer — was how those kids are doing right now during the pandemic. Many of the characters we’re introduced to early have disabilities, or one-parent homes, or parents who have health problems, or parents who have been in and out of their lives. So much of the work faculty does at I Promise is tactile — hugs, one-on-one counseling, offering an open food pantry and social services. The school has continued to offer meals to families through the lockdown in Ohio, which is a critical service. But as a viewer watches the progress these students made in the last academic year, it’s harder to ask now if any of that progress is being undone.– Kyle GoonEditor’s note: This is the March 30 edition of the Purple and Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. Link in while locked downMamba In – Kobe Bryant is now in the Hall of Fame, a moment that was long-expected, but sobering in a world without basketball and without Bryant.Coaching through quarantine – Lakers assistant coach Phil Handy is one of the most revered skill development minds in basketball, and even at home, you can get access to his tips through an app that shows his passion for coaching.Frank discussion – Frank Vogel talked about a number of topics including how he’s stayed plugged in with the team, how the COVID testing has gone, and perspective in case the season is lost.No symptoms for the Lakers – According to the team, no players, not even the two who tested positive, has experienced coronavirus symptoms.Memories you can reach out and touch – In case you missed the last newsletter, a recollection of the close encounters and behind-the-scenes moments that I’ll remember this year.Follow our COVID-19 news coverage – The latest on local cases and procedures to limit the pandemic. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt feels like a gut punch. The NBA does not want to do it. Owners are losing money, and reports indicate that most players can expect to lose money. Arena workers are out of jobs. Fans are hurting without sports while idling at home, and many of them are holding on to tickets or paying for sports packages that have been rendered worthless. Few people want to give up.But that may be the only solution that makes sense depending on how long the threat of COVID-19 goes on: While several outlets reported that President Donald Trump spoke with the commissioners of major sports leagues including Adam Silver and anticipated that sports could resume with fans in August or September, other experts have cautioned that is merely wishful thinking.The Washington Post interviewed disease experts who largely took a pessimistic view, saying that events with fans are likely to lag well behind any return to competition. One of the primary threats will be caution about a second wave of coronavirus — even if the curve is flattened for cases and the U.S. starts to see a decline, many could still be vulnerable to the virus. There also could be consumer caution that delays enthusiasm about packing into an arena immediately after quarantines end.The challenge of the Chinese Basketball Association was considered a setback in league circles this week, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported. While the CBA has recalled Americans back to play in their league, they’ve pushed back their restart date. It’s hard to know for sure what infection numbers are in China, or if they are reliable, but new cases are popping up daily in China, where they briefly seemed to have control over the virus’ spread.The model China had hoped to have in place is the one that has gained some popularity as an NBA solution in the last week: Hold games in an empty arena in one or two cities (Las Vegas has been linked to the NBA, where it holds its annual Summer League). Even though LeBron James is already one of the players who has disapproved of this idea, theoretically, the NBA could quarantine people in hotels and play the game in a “controlled” environment.last_img read more

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Mesud Pezer broke his personal Record twice in four Days

first_imgAfter the successful previous season, Mesud Pezer, athlete from Zenica, entered the new season also with excellent results in shot put.Pezer performed at the meeting in Stockholm on February 5, where he won with a result of 19.58 meters, thus setting his new best hall result.After the performance in Sweden, on February 9 he also performed at the meeting in Tartu, Estonia. Already in the first series he achieved a result of 19.70 meters, securing himself a golden medal and the new best hall result.Pezer is to perform at several more meeting this month, including the Balkan Athletics Championships indoors in Turkey.At the recently published rankings of shot putters, Mesud Pezer was ranked 36th with 1,159 points. Of other shot putters from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kemal Mešić (31st) and Hamza ALić (25th) are ahead of Pezer.The best ranked shot putter from the region is Asmir Kolašinac, on the high 9th position.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Growing Support for Hydropower as Renewable, Most Practical Energy Resource for…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Mason County PUD No. 3 On Earth Day especially, it’s important to recognize that the Northwest is a unique region where hydropower provides 90 percent of our renewable energy and keeps the air clean. New poll results show a growing awareness of hydro’s benefits to the region’s environment and economy.When asked, 3 out of 4 Northwest residents identified hydropower as a clean, renewable energy resource. Moreover, a majority of residents (54 percent) consider hydropower to be the region’s most practical energy resource right now. Wind energy comes in at a distant second at 15 percent, with solar energy finishing third at 6 percent, according to the poll conducted by Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall (DHM Research) for Northwest RiverPartners.“Wind and solar energy tend to get more attention, but Northwest residents need to know that hydro is what keeps the lights on,” said Terry Flores, executive director of Northwest RiverPartners. “Earth Day reminds us that clean, renewable hydropower is the Northwest’s special legacy and the reason our carbon footprint is half that of other parts of the nation.”The 75 percent of Northwest residents who identify hydropower as clean, renewable energy is a slight increase from early 2013, when DHM conducted a similar poll. The percentage who views hydropower as the most practical resource also increased, from 47 to 54 percent of respondents. And 7 in 10 Northwest residents continue to believe that their state legislatures and Congress should declare hydro as a renewable energy source.Flores credited her organization’s “CleanHydro” (cleanhydro.com) awareness effort, now in its second year, for helping to increase public support for and understanding of hydropower and the multiple benefits of the Columbia and Snake river system. Despite progress, there is more work to be done, especially among younger people and transplants to the Northwest who are less familiar with hydro’s benefits, Flores said.“Many people simply have not grown up with the dams and may not have a complete understanding of the rich resources our rivers provide,” Flores says. “The goal of CleanHydro is to educate them about the Columbia and Snake rivers and the benefits of the clean, renewable energy they generate.”DHM conducted the online poll of 1,200 residents of Idaho, Oregon and Washington State in late February. Additional findings in the poll show an appreciation for dams beyond the benefits of hydroelectric power. 74 percent of Pacific Northwest residents believe dams provide vital flood control that protects lives, private property and the economy of local communities. 78 percent say irrigation for farms that feed the Northwest and beyond is another fundamental asset provided by dams.When it comes to the Snake River dams, specifically, the poll shows that a majority of residents agree they are critical to the Northwest. 60 percent of residents consider the four federal dams critical to the region and agree that removing them is an extreme measure that would do more harm than good. Only 11 percent indicated support for removing the dams. 29 percent of respondents answered, “don’t know” when asked about the issue.“These poll results demonstrate significant public support for the Snake River dams and for hydropower in general,” Flores said. “But they also show us that we can and should do more to spread awareness about the multiple benefits of hydropower to the Northwest, not just on Earth Day, but all year-round.” Northwest RiverPartners’ member organizations include more than 40,000 farmers, 4 million electric utility customers, thousands of port jobs, 7,000 small businesses, and hundreds of large businesses that rely on the economic and environmental benefits of the Columbia and Snake rivers. Northwest RiverPartners advocates for salmon restoration measures that are based in sound science, collaboration and cost effectiveness.  Click here to view the CleanHydro campaign.last_img read more

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Kane considering LEAVING Tottenham with club ‘facing a battle’ to keep him

first_imgHARRY KANE is considering leaving Tottenham this summer, according to reports.It is thought the Spurs talisman, 26, is keen to take his career to the next level.2 Harry Kane is reportedly considering leaving Tottenham to advance his careerCredit: Getty Images – GettyJose Mourinho and Daniel Levy are hopeful they can convince Kane he can do that at White Hart Lane.But according to The Telegraph, the North London club face a battle to keep hold of him.The report adds that Mourinho would have just £50million to spend in the transfer window should they fail to qualify for the Champions League.Spurs are currently seventh, five points off the top four and two off Manchester United in fifth – with that currently good enough to secure a place at Europe’s elite table due to Manchester City’s Uefa ban.But no Champions League football would make it even harder for Spurs to fend off the interest.And there would surely be no shortage of top clubs vying for his signature.Manchester United have been linked in the past and with Mauricio Pochettino still linked with replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a reunion with Kane could be on the cards.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on SpursCity’s Champions League ban could put them out of the running while Liverpool seem to have focused their attention on landing Timo Werner.But if he is willing to forgo the likelihood of breaking Alan Shearer’s Premier League goal record of 260, a move abroad may suit the England star.Real Madrid and Barcelona would no doubt have the funds and the desire to sign him – and would certainly help to take the forward’s career to the next level.Kane joined the Tottenham academy at the age of 11 – after previously failing to get in following a trial – and has developed into the club’s local hero.He has 181 goals in 278 games for the Lilywhites, including 136 in 201 in the Premier League.And the England captain – who was given the armband for the first time in June 2017 – boats an impressive tally of 32 goals from 45 caps.Kane remains well on course to break Wayne Rooney’s national record of 53.That is despite his persistent injury problems, with Kane once again suffering a major injury this term.Latest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongHe ruptured his hamstring on New Year’s Day and had surgery in the hope of being back in time for the Euros.Kane is back in on-field rehab with Spurs and as revealed by SunSport, could return to action as soon as April.Now Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate is confident he will have both Kane and fellow crocked striker Marcus Rashford available for their opening Euro 2020 clash against Croatia on June 14.2Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has hope that Harry Kane will soon return to traininglast_img read more

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Hunters set for top of the ladder clash

first_imgHunters on second place are hoping to cause an upset to level with Blackhawks on 33 points with better percentage determining first and second spots.The last time both teams met in Round 11, Hunters defeated Blackhawks 22-16 in Townsville.Coach Michael Marum has shifted Lawrence Tu’u from the forwards to the centres to cover for Thompson Teteh who is down with a hamstring injury.Marum said in a statement that he has faith in Tu’u to rise to the challenge in a position he has played before in past Hunters’ games.Enoch Maki, a skillful ball playing forward who can offload in tackles, comes off the bench to start in the front row.The full squad is: 1.Stargroth Amean, 2.Bland Abavu, 3.Noel Zeming, 4 .Lawrence Tu’u, 5.Adex Wera, 6. Israel Eliab ©, 7. Ase Boas, 8. Enock Maki, 9. Wartovo Puara, 10. Esau Siune, 11. Brandy Peter, 12. Kato Ottio, 13. Timothy Lomai.Interchange: 14.Adam Korave, 15.Atte Bina, 16.Willie Minoga, 17.Henry Noki, 18.Nickson Borana, 19.Roger Laka, 20.David Lapua, 21.Edward GomaFollowing this Sunday’s game, Hunters will host fifth placed East Tigers in Round 21.The PNG side then plays away against Ipswich Jets in Round 22 before they host Wynnum Manly Seagulls on August 8 at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.last_img read more