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La Liga training to resume this week with season restart in June

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Soccer clubs in Spain’s top two divisions will return to individual training this week for the first time since activity was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, while organisers will aim to re-start the season in June, La Liga said on Monday.A statement from the organising body said clubs would follow the league’s protocol for returning to training, which had been agreed with Spain’s sports and health authorities and guaranteeing the safety of players and staff. The protocol obliges players to undergo testing for the novel coronavirus before they can return to training facilities.The statement said: “These measures cover a period of approximately four weeks with different phases that, in any case, will be subject to the de-escalation process established by the government.“Thus, together with the medical tests carried out by clubs, a staggered return to training has been implemented that will start with players training alone and with group activities prior to the return to competition, scheduled for June.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusJUNELa LigaSpainlast_img read more

Terry relishing Rodgers reunion

first_img Terry continued: “When Jose (Mourinho) was there he was always around and a couple of times I was left out the side or injured. “He (Rodgers) did a nice little video of me scoring goals, tackles and had a 15, 20-minute chat with me. “At the time it was something nobody had ever done and it just goes to show his man-management and how well he’s doing and how well he’ll do in the future. “It’s little things like that which as a player it really gives you a boost when you’re down. He was a real gentleman.” Terry expected Rodgers to be a successful manager. “He was around quite a lot and fed off Jose and obviously learnt a lot from him,” the former England captain added. “You could see he definitely had it in him to go on. He had a great rapport with players in and around the training ground on a daily basis. He speaks different languages, which is obviously an added bonus for him.” Press Association John Terry is looking forward to renewing Brendan Rodgers’ acquaintance on Sunday but hopes Chelsea can claim a crucial victory in their Champions League qualifying quest at Liverpool.center_img Much of the attention will be on Rafael Benitez’s return to Anfield but Rodgers has a Chelsea connection, having coached the youth team at Stamford Bridge before senior management roles at Watford, Reading, Swansea and now Liverpool. “I know Brendan very well,” Terry said. “He’s a great manager and was brilliant for myself and the other players. I can only speak highly of him. I’m looking forward to going back and seeing him but three points is a must for us again.” last_img read more

Lucida rocks in Rockfel

first_imgJim Bolger’s raider Lucida justified even-money favouritism in the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket. Palmer had supplemented New Providence and he said: “She’s run a cracking race. We were a little further back than Jim (Crowley) wanted to be. “Our plan was to stalk Lucida and try and use the turn of foot she might not have, but then we had to have a rethink because we were further back than ideal. She quickened up beautifully going into the dip and stayed on well. “She just got the seven here and we’ll be hoping for a dry spring and start her off in the Fred Darling Stakes. If she won that, it would be very difficult not to come back here (for the Guineas), but my instinct is that she’s a six- or seven-furlong filly.” Second to Cursory Glance in the Moyglare Stud Stakes just 12 days ago, she appeared to be going nowhere back in fourth when the field entered the dip, and had to work harder than her odds might have suggested. For a few strides it looked as if Sheikh Hamdan was going to win the race he sponsors as Fadhayyil hit the front, despite still looking green, but on meeting the rising ground Lucida seemed much more at home and Kevin Manning always looked confident he would hit the front. Lucida pulled a length clear of Fadhayyil, with another two lengths back to New Providence in third. Paddy Power cut Lucida into 10-1 from 14s for the Qipco 1000 Guineas. Bolger said: “You’re always a bit concerned when they are coming back quickly, but I was hoping she could show the same level of form. “I was always happy enough, as I know she has a very relaxed way of racing. Kevin had to just niggle her along a little bit, but I knew she would pick up for him. I expected when she hit the rising ground that she would pick up. “I’ll have to talk to John Ferguson (Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock advisor), she was no more than 50-50 to run in the Fillies’ Mile. I think she will get a mile and I’d say the Guineas will be her big target.” Finsceal Beo won both the Rockfel and the Guineas for the stable and Bolger added: “I thought before today this filly had a little more toe that Finsceal Beo, but possibly not. I don’t think there is a lot between the two.” Hills said of the runner-up: “She is probably still a bit green. She quickened up well, she pricked her ears in front and got slightly unbalanced on a couple of occasions. “I think it’s unlikely she’ll run again this year but, if she does, it’ll be in the Fillies’ Mile. I would have thought she’ll go straight to the 1000 Guineas.” Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: NYRA wants live thoroughbred racing without fans

first_imgNYRA says returning to racing would “provide a small sense of normalcy for fans across the country who can watch on television and online.”The state has been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic. There’s been no live racing in New York since March 15, although training has continued at Belmont Park. NYRA says that by racing without fans, adding more health and safety measures to what’s already in place, and reducing the number of employees on-site, the sport can be safely staged.NYRA says thoroughbred racing provides $3 billion in annual economic impact and over 19,000 jobs in the state.___ ___The Spanish Vuelta cycling race will not start in the Netherlands as originally planned.This year’s race was set to begin in the Dutch regions of Utrecht and North Brabant but the changes in the cycling calendar because of the coronavirus pandemic forced organizers in the Netherlands to cancel the country’s participation.Dutch organizers say the project “had been designed as a big summer party” which would not be able to happen because of the changes in the Vuelta’s original dates. They say they “preferred to request the official departure’s cancellation.”Spanish organizers say they hope to plan a new start in the Netherlands “in the very near future.” The Italian sports minister says it is increasingly unlikely the soccer season will resume.Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte announced Sunday that professional sports teams can resume training on May 18. That means Serie A could resume playing games in June.But Vincenzo Spadafora tells Italian television channel LA7 that “resuming training absolutely does not mean resuming the season.”He adds that he sees “the path to restarting Serie A getting ever narrower” and that if he was among the presidents of soccer teams “I would be thinking about next season.”The French government called off the season in that country on Tuesday and Spadafora says that could push Italy to do the same. April 29, 2020 The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has voted unanimously to cancel the induction ceremony due to safety concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Class of 2020 consisting of Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons and Larry Walker will be inducted July 25 of next year alongside any new members elected as part of the Hall of Fame Class of 2021. The awards presentation also will recognize the Hall of Fame’s 2020 and 2021 winners. This year’s honorees include J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Nick Cafardo, Ford C. Frick Award winner Ken Harrelson, and Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award winner David Montgomery. Hall of Fame Chairman Jane Forbes Clark says the board took the advice of government officials as well as federal, state and local medical and scientific experts. Hall of Famer Joe Morgan called it a very difficult decision, but with so many unknowns facing the world, he says the board felt strongly it was the right decision. ___The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has declared co-state champions for boys and girls basketball after the title games were canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic. Meyer says “it is definitely possible to plan the restart of competitions suspended during the 2019-20 season” under these conditions and if local legislation is respected.Meyer also is chairing the newly established UEFA medical sub group which is examining the health issues surrounding a return to football.___The Women’s PGA Championship has been rescheduled for Oct. 6-11 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The major championship was to be played from June 23-28 at Aronimink Golf Club in Pennsylvania. Bach cited “financial pressure” on organizers and the need to address climate change and says “we may also have to look more closely into the proliferation of sports events.”The IOC president cautions in a letter to Olympic officials and athletes worldwide “the current health crisis will lead to a long and deep economic crisis” which will affect sports.Bach says “governments must include sport in their economic support programs” so it can be part of a worldwide recovery.The IOC has proposed saving money on staging the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 to help offset the Olympic body’s extra costs of hundreds of millions of dollars because of the postponement.___ It is still unclear whether the Aug. 20 Diamond League track meet in Lausanne or the European Masters golf tournament at the end of August at Crans-Montana in the heart of the Swiss Alps can be staged.___A leading medical official at UEFA says soccer competitions should be able to resume this season.Soccer has been brought to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, with some leagues — including France and the Netherlands — canceling their 2019-20 seasons following government orders. FIFA’s medical committee chair has also expressed doubts about completing this season.Tim Meyer, chairman of UEFA’s medical committee, says all soccer organizations planning for resumptions need to produce “comprehensive protocols dictating sanitary and operational conditions” to ensure the health of those involved in the games is protected. All professional tennis tournaments have been postponed or canceled until at least mid-July.___Switzerland’s federal government says professional sports teams can resume training on May 11, with a view to playing games in empty stadiums four weeks later. The government is set to make a final decision on May 27 as to whether games can resume in June. That will depend on the coronavirus pandemic. Games will have to be played in empty stadiums because of a federal order banning gatherings of more than 1,000 people through August.The Swiss top-tier soccer league was paused in February with 13 rounds left. St. Gallen leads defending champion Young Boys on goal difference. The Latest: NYRA wants live thoroughbred racing without fans The IMG agency says Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori are also among the tennis players participating Sunday.Other competitors include Arizona Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, model Gigi Hadid and singer Seal.Participants will each pick a charity to receive a $25,000 donation. The winner of the tournament will choose who gets an additional $1 million donation.The event will be streamed on Facebook.The Madrid Open set up a video game tournament for this week, with Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber among the entrants. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The New York Racing Association is seeking to resume live racing at Belmont Park without fans, and it wants to do the same thing this summer at Saratoga Race Course. The NCHSAA announced the decision Wednesday after a meeting by its board of directors.Last week the NCHSAA canceled remaining winter championships and spring sports for the 2019-20 season. That followed the announcement from Gov. Roy Cooper that public schools in the state would remain closed for in-person instruction for the rest of the school year.The basketball championship games were originally scheduled for March 14. ___ Serena and Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova are scheduled to compete in a video game tennis tournament for charity called the “Stay at Home Slam.” The ANA Inspiration and the U.S. Women’s Open are the other U.S.-based majors in the women’s game. They have already been rescheduled.There are five women’s majors. The Evian Championship and the Women’s British Open are both scheduled for August and have yet to be postponed.___Sebastian Coe says he is “genuinely hoping that the pandemic will have been curtailed” by next year so the Tokyo Olympics can open in July 2021.Coe is the president of World Athletics. He says “it’s pretty clear though that you couldn’t go on forever postponing an Olympic Games. There comes a point where you do have to start posing questions. I hope we’re a little way off that yet.” IOC President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said last month when the delay was announced that the Tokyo Games would not be held beyond the summer of 2021.Coe also says he doesn’t “know enough to even speculate about vaccines.”Japan Medical Association president Yoshitake Yokokura said Tuesday it would be difficult to hold the Olympics unless effective vaccines are developed.___IOC President Thomas Bach says the future of sports after the coronavirus pandemic might mean fewer international events. This year’s Vuelta was set to start on Aug. 14. New dates have not been announced.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

“This is a basketball state”

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — As Lindsay Rump sees it, a Butler University basketball fan’s needs this weekend are simple.First, a fan at the Final Four must eat — ideally, with other fans of one’s team.Then, there’s the matter of watching the game.Rump, the Butler student body president, said around basketball-crazy Indianapolis, finding such a place during 2010 Final Four weekend, hasn’t been a difficult task.“People are flooding any place that they can find good food, good company, and of course, a killer TV and watch the Bulldogs,” Rump, the Butler student body president said this week as the hometown Bulldogs prepared to play in the Final Four for the first time in school history.“The excitement is all over the city so even if you aren’t on campus, you can still count yourself as part of the madness and the atmosphere.”That Indianapolis is filling the needs of students and fans flooding the city to watch not only Butler, but Michigan State, Duke and West Virginia, isn’t surprising to CBS college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg.The city, hosting its sixth Final Four this weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis, is not only a basketball paradise, Kellogg said it has logistics, experience and basketball passion necessary to host one of the sports year’s biggest events.“It’s a terrific city,” said Kellogg, who this weekend is calling his second Final Four with Jim Nantz. “The proximity of the venue to the hotels, the restaurants and to all the activities that go on around the Final Four make it special.“It is a combination of venue, quality of people in the city, the experience this city has had hosting major events, and the way people take pride in showcasing a city at one of the great sporting events on the calendar.”Serving as a host city for the Final Four no longer means just having a place for fans to watch three basketball games over the course of three days. It is now a big-time event, which Bill Benner said means providing entertainment and ambiance beyond the match-ups.“As it has grown, I don’t think it’s many levels below the Super Bowl,” Benner, the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association’s director of communications, said. “You are talking about an event that has not only the games, but all these ancillary events that take place.”For those on a college student budget, events included Friday’s free, open practices for all Final Four teams. More than 29,000 people watched the hometown Butler Bulldogs’ Friday session, a group that included Matt Clayton, a 21-year-old University of Indianapolis student.“It was so packed and there was nowhere for us to sit,” Clayton said. “We arrived five minutes into the practice and could not find seats anywhere.”Clayton said his group then moved onto Bracket Town, an interactive event in the Indianapolis Convention Center billed by the NCAA as “the ultimate Final Four fan fest.” It features competitions, clinics, demonstrations and autograph sessions, including the State Farm coaches All-America team. There are 12 basketball courts, a football obstacle course and opportunities to try fencing and other NCAA sports.Fans can also role-play their favorite sportscasters as they read off a teleprompter in AT&T’s At the Half Video Play-by-Play. This interactive studio features fans analyzing memorable moments in NCAA Final Four history.“Over the past years, the NCAA has really made a conscious effort to involve ticket holders and non-ticket holders alike,” Benner said. “They have really tried to reach beyond the two semifinals games and championship game to involve people.”Other events in the Convention Center this weekend include the 2,500-seat Spalding Arena, which hosts State Farm’s College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships and a Battle of the Bands with each Final Four team’s mascot, band and cheerleaders.For music fans, The Big Dance Concert Series at White River State Park is a three-day, free concert series that kicks off with Grammy Award-winning rock band Stone Temple Pilots. Country Music Association New Artist of the Year Darius Rucker, and former American Idol contestant Daughtry headline Saturday afternoon’s festivities with host Ryan Seacrest. Multiplatinum rock band the Goo Goo Dolls and rapper and actor LL Cool J close out the concert series on Sunday.This year’s concert series was different than the 2006 Final Four in Indianapolis, when Monument Circle was closed for a one-day concert with Chris Brown, Carrie Underwood and Hoosier John Mellencamp. An estimated 80,000 people attended that one-day concert.This year, the concerts were spread out and moved to White River State Park to help ease the pressure on downtown Indianapolis.“It is less of an impact on the city when you do not have to shut down Monument Circle and the streets around them,” Benner said.Next to White River State Park is the NCAA headquarters and museum, the NCAA Hall of Champions. It’s an interactive museum where visitors can experience NCAA sports firsthand. Memorabilia and trophies are on display in this mecca of college athletics.Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indianapolis Convention Center, White River State Park and NCAA headquarters are all within 10 minutes walking distance, allowing easy access between venues and downtown.Several downtown Indianapolis restaurants also have adopted Final Four teams fans, branding themselves as headquarters for particularly teams. Fans can root for Butler at RAM Restaurant and Big Horn Brewery and Michigan State fans can go to Champps Restaurant. Duke fans will be at Buffalo Wild Wings and West Virginia fans at Scotty’s Brewhouse.“This is a basketball state,” Kellogg said. “You have not only the Butler alums, but you probably have the IU and Purdue fans that are embracing Butler because it’s Indiana. The overriding theme in an event like this is a lot of time their school loyalties take precedents to their local loyalties and you are seeing that this weekend.”A team of Indiana University journalists is reporting for the Final Four Student News Bureau, a project between IU’s National Sports Journalism Center and the NCAA at the men’s tournament in Indianapolis.last_img read more

Ford develops as scoring threat for Syracuse with help from critical head coach

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 20, 2015 at 12:14 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Quentin Hillsman says he’s a bit unfair to Taylor Ford. Of the expectations and criticisms that he doles out to every player on his roster, Ford gets that two or three fold.It’s not because he’s angry at her, though.“I want her to be so good,” Hillsman said. “For her to just take it and grind and never give up and just take it, that’s it. She’s one of my favorite kids on this planet.”The junior has been paying it forward as of late. In her past three games she’s averaging 11.7 points, and has pulled down eight offensive boards in her past two games. She was the leading scorer with 15 points in SU’s 64-46 win over Boston College on Sunday, and has developed into one of Hillsman’s top do-it-all players despite not starting a game for him this season.“There is a point where you get upset,” Ford said of her coach’s criticisms. “But I know it’s all for the best. I don’t take it negatively.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFord has taken Syracuse’s third-most 3-point attempts. She often comes into the game after the first whistle to take out the often-ineffective Isabella Slim, who is also a 3-point shooter.Ford, though, provides versatility. When Briana Day exited SU’s loss to Notre Dame on Jan. 4 with four fouls and 17 minutes to play, the 6-foot Taylor Ford was tasked with playing the center position. When Day left with an injury on Thursday against Wake Forest, Ford manned the middle of the zone again.She’s third on the team in rebounding and fifth in blocks and scoring, despite playing just over 21 minutes per game.Against Wake Forest, Ford scrambled to recover a blocked Diamond Henderson shot. The ball fell into her hands, she turned around 10 feet from the basket and nailed it as the shot clock expired to put Syracuse up eight with just 4:43 to play.“I’m just very aggressive,” Ford said. “… I try to help my teammates out as much as I can. If I’m not scoring, I try to do something else, always.”Hillsman will be the first to admit that Ford is one of his most important players. She provides a little bit of everything. His desire for her to be great stems partly from a promise to the late Robert “Apache” Paschall, who was Ford’s coach at Nazareth (New York) High School and also a close friend of Hillsman’s.He knows it’s not fair to Ford, but he sees her production as his responsibility.“I’ve got to take care of Taylor, I’ve got to make her good,” Hillsman said. “She can do so much more, and I’ve got to continue to get her to do more.” Commentslast_img read more

Anthony Di Fino brings aggressive approach to develop ticketing strategies for Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Anthony Di Fino’s office is very clean, much like it was back in September. Then, the walls were painted a dull gray and the desks were barren, because he still hadn’t fully moved in to his office.Now, the wall is painted a bright orange color, and mounted on the wall is a large whiteboard, split into five neatly divided columns, each one a different list. Photos line a table in the back. And even with the added touch to the office, everything is still very neatly in order.“Sorry for the mess,” Di Fino joked, flashing a smile.Di Fino, a Syracuse native, was hired in March 2016 as an associate athletics director for business development. He is in charge of increasing overall revenue and boosting ticket sales, among other tasks. He’s overseen multiple overhauls, changing the student-ticketing package and coordinating the women’s basketball team record-shattering attendance on Feb. 19 by packing 11,021 people in the Carrier Dome.He still faces one big challenge: filling the Carrier Dome for football games. In 2016, SU had its second-worst average football attendance in Carrier Dome history with 32,805. Despite the obstacle, he approaches the work with aggressive techniques.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s bright. He’s energetic and he’s got a creative mind,” SU Director of Athletics John Wildhack said. “He’s very, very important to our team.”Di Fino’s move to Syracuse represented a change in business approaches. Before SU, he worked at IMG Learfield, where he consulted other universities.He says his work now, from within an athletic department, provides an easier path to accomplish his goals. When he worked as a consultant, he needed to pitch a plan a few weeks in the making to an athletic director whom he didn’t know well. Now, he and Wildhack are in on the plan from the get go.Di Fino also works for a brand that dominates the area, the way SU Athletics does in Central New York, something he didn’t always have. He got his start working at the Fordham Athletic Department, joining the ticket sales team after his stint as a punter for the Rams football team.“I went into college as a cornerback and punter,” Di Fino said, “saw the defensive playbook and said ‘I’ll just be a punter.’”After Fordham, he moved to work in Columbia’s ticketing department. Both New York City schools had to compete with the bevy of professional teams in the area. Through those challenges, he developed his strong instructional background and approach to ticket sales.After working as an assistant athletic director at Army, Di Fino made his move to IMG Learfield. He wowed colleagues with his ability to develop relationships and eventually, as a consultant for Penn State, he developed a program that revamped company-wide training, Brad Sexton said.“Even though he was in a role that only impacted Penn State,” Sexton, vice president of national ticket sales at IMG Learfield, said. “His influence on the company national wide for our training program is really attributed to him.”Di Fino wanted to find a way to relate to the ticket sales team at Penn State, which he described as “defeated” when he got there. He realized many employees had grown up watching the children cartoon Blue’s Clues, so he incorporated that into the training program to boost morale. Remember the Blue’s Clues analogy, he’d tell his staff.As soon as he got to SU, he started working with the sport management sales club, which just formed last year. The club president, sophomore sport management major Anthony de la Fuente, said they spoke over the summer.After working through logistical issues, Di Fino helped set up a program where members from sales club came in two nights per week to make ticket-sale clubs. And at Penn State, he introduced a twist to the four-hour long training program he gave the club members last fall. He pulled out a bright pink pony from his bag and said any time somebody asked an open-ended question, the pony would be thrown at them.“That whole training session, because it was so new to us, that pony was flying across the room,” de la Fuente said. “It was pretty cool though because by the end … we were really focusing on only asking open-ended questions.SU Athletics had tried many options for ticket sales, said Patrick Ryan, a sport management professor at the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. They tried to fill the role in-house with current staff — Ryan was in charge of it one summer — and by outsourcing to other companies, but that didn’t work.“They finally realized, I think,” Ryan said, “that they really needed to put a professional, full-time ticket sales group together.“He was a key person that athletics desperately needed to be responsible for the ticket sales.”Aside from the job opportunity, part of the reason Di Fino moved back to the Syracuse area is because he hopes to start a family soon. His return to the place where he grew up has been marked with success at every stop. His blend of pristine organization with creative problem-solving techniques has fueled it.Despite that, Di Fino realizes that his job never ends. There are more tickets to sell. There are more season ticket holders to satisfy on game days. And there is the challenge of luring fans back to attending football games. He relishes all of that.“I’m not going to sleep until that Dome is filled,” Di Fino said. Comments Published on April 23, 2017 at 10:39 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langerlast_img read more

Syracuse’s 4-2 senior day win over RMU provides CHA playoff momentum

first_img Published on February 29, 2020 at 8:37 pm Contact Mitchell: mbannon@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Lindsay Eastwood stepped out of the box as the puck hit her stick and skated across the neutral zone. Turning and cutting into the Robert Morris end, Eastwood slid a pass to Abby Moloughney on her right. Uncovered, Moloughney stepped into a wrist shot that beat Colonials goalie Raygan Kirk in the top right corner of the net.As Eastwood, Moloughney and the SU bench celebrated, Robert Morris’ bench erupted. They argued Eastwood was still in the box when she accepted the pass. Head coach Paul Colintino opened the Colonial’s bench door and yelled at the referees. RMU associate head coach Logan Bittle stood, pointing toward the penalty box repeatedly.For the Colonials, Saturday’s game mattered. If a win had coupled with a Mercyhurst loss, they would’ve moved atop the College Hockey America standings and secured the regular-season league championship along with home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. For the Orange, it meant nothing in the standings. Win or lose, they’d play Lindenwood on Thursday in the first round. But what Moloughney’s game winner did — aside from infuriating the Colonials (19-11-4, 13-5-2 CHA) bench and lifting SU (13-19-2, 11-7-2) to a 4-2 victory — was prove the Orange could beat even the top teams in the conference. It pushed them into the CHA playoff on a high and sent the eight graduating seniors out of Tennity Ice Pavilion with one last win.“This is one of those games that you’re gonna remember, probably for the rest of your life,” senior Savannah Rennie said. “I’ve been here for four years, hockey’s been a part of my life for like 18 years. So I’m going to remember the score, I’m going to remember what happened, I’m gonna remember beating RMU and kicking their butt. I’ll keep that till the day I die.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt became clear early the Orange would not bow to Robert Morris. SU drew two quick penalties and outshot the Colonials 14-6 in the first period. But, like they have all conference play, Syracuse struggled to turn the shot and possession advantage into goals.In the second half of the game, though, the Orange’s strengths they’ve relied upon — consistent penalty killing, strong goaltending in conference play and late-game scoring — reappeared. After blocking a shot in front and slouching at the side of Allison Small’s goal, Shelby Calof looked up to see Madison Beishuizen darting down the ice after the cleared puck. Beishuizen beat her defender, but fighting off stick checks with minimal space and time she could only swipe at the puck that somehow found a way into RMU’s net.With the faces of Syracuse’s seniors adorning the glass behind her, Small stared down the RMU shots. On a two-on-one, Robert Morris forwards passed the puck back-and-forth before dishing it to their trailing teammate, Jaycee Gebhard, who wired a wrist shot that Small swallowed into the logo on her jersey. All afternoon, Small controlled RMU’s shots and limited rebounds or second chances.With Penn State leading Mercyhurst 2-0, leaving the door open for the Colonials to take the top seed, Robert Morris began to push back. They tied the shot total halfway through the third, and 6:23 into the final frame, Anjelica Diffendal tipped the puck under a sprawling Small to tie the game, too.But after two clean penalty kills — featuring Rennie intercepting passes and blocking shots, Lauren Bellefontaine pinning the puck in the offensive end and Jessica DiGirolamo chasing down RMU forecheckers to win back possession — Eastwood stepped out of the box, accepted a pass and slid the puck over to Moloughney for the game winner.“You can take that momentum that we garnered this afternoon and pack it on the bus on Wednesday knowing full well there’s a good chance we can play these guys again,” coach Paul Flanagan said.last_img read more

GVC appoints ‘digital pro’ Jette Nygaard-Andersen as corporate advisor

first_img Share StumbleUpon Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Related Articles Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 FTSE gambling group GVC Holdings has bolstered its corporate governance capacity, confirming the appointment of Jette Nygaard-Andersen as an Independent Non-Executive Director with immediate effect.A 20-year executive in media, entertainment and digital enterprise, Nygaard-Andersen is the former VP and Chief Executive of Stockholm-listed media conglomerate Modern Times Group’s EMEA division.Recognised as one of Scandinavian businesses top digital executives, Nygaard-Andersen is an expert in developing enterprise strategies for new market development and expand digital platforms for mass-market adaptation.In her executive career, Nygaard-Andersen has extensive experience from working with a portfolio of fast-growing digital next-generation online/mobile entertainment companies offering online (mobile) video gaming, eSports, social media video content and platformsFurther corporate governance exprience sees Nygaard-Andersen serve on the board of Danish Meditech group Coloplast AS and further chair international esports organisation Astralis Group AS which recently listed on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market in Denmark.Confirming the governance appointment Nygaard-Andersen of Lee Feldman, GVC’s Chairman, commented: “Jette’s appointment further extends the breadth and depth of the Board’s collective experience and international outlook.  We look forward to her contribution given her extensive experience in consumer-facing businesses in the entertainment, media and technology sectors.”last_img read more

Live updates for NLDS Game 3 between the Dodgers and Atlanta Braves

first_imgThe Los Angeles Dodgers will enter Game 3 of the NLDS with a 2-0 series lead over the Atlanta Braves.In the first two games of the series, the Dodgers have shut out the Braves. Could it happen again in Game 3 or will the Braves settle in at home? A Dodgers win tonight would clinch the series.Follow along for live updates from Dodger Stadium for Game 3 in the National League Divisional Series between the Dodgers and the Braves. SCNG’s Bill Plunkett and Mark Whicker are reporting from Atlanta.Scouting report | Matchup breakdown | In-game box score | Highlights | More coverage:On deck: Dodgers at Atlanta Braves in NLDS Game 3.Meeting of the minds has Dodgers offense working in all situations.Braves decide to go left in Game 3, will start Sean Newcomb.Whicker: Dodgers might be saving the starting pitcher from the endangered list.Walker Buehler and Dansby Swanson have been close friends since Vanderbilt.Whicker: Dodgers’ Grandal returns to October, helps Kershaw stifle Braves.Kershaw, Dodgers rely on familiar formula, shut out Braves in NLDS Game 2Viewing on a mobile device? Click here. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more