Unstoppable Fraser-Pryce blazes to 100m glory in London

Posted On Sep 18 2020 by

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce produced a superb display to outclass local favourite Dina Asher-Smith and Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou as she won the women’s 100 metres in 10.78 seconds at the London Diamond League on Sunday.The 32-year-old double Olympic champion made a blistering start to dominate the race from start to finish, giving Asher-Smith (10.92) and Ta Lou (10.98) no chance of catching her.“It’s a long season and I’ve been training and training. To come out here and run 10.78 is a fabulous time,” Fraser-Pryce, whose season’s best time of 10.73 came at home in Jamaica last month, said.“I feel good. The aim is to make sure when I get to the Doha (world championships) that I’m on point. Right now the females are so close in terms of time so you definitely just have to come out and make sure that you’re ready to run.“My aim for Doha is definitely to be on the podium. For me, its a long season from here so I am hoping my experience will come into play.”Hellen Obiri sealed the women’s 5,000m in a time of 14:20.36 while fellow Kenyan Agnes Tirop also finished ahead of new mile world record holder Sifan Hassan who was third.“In the last lap I was thinking, ‘work hard’ and said to myself when I went past Hassan ‘let me go, see if you can catch me,” Obiri, who set the best time of the year as well as a new meet record, said.Akeem Bloomfield won the men’s 400m race with his season’s best time of 44.40 seconds, ahead of Jonathan Jones of Barbados and Jamaican compatriot Nathon Allen.Swede Daniel Stahl surpassed Gerd Kanter’s 2010 meet record in discus with a 68.56m effort.last_img read more

USC to partner with SETI for projects and research

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_imgSearch for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, commonly know as SETI, recently agreed to partner with USC to “pursue the study of the living universe.”The SETI Institute is a non-profit organization that performs research and has a center for education and public outreach.The collaboration will be effective immediately. As a result, USC will gain access to the Institute to embark on joint projects. According to Randolph Hall, Vice President of Research, involvement is expected from physics, astronomy, biology, electrical engineering, computer science, cinema and the Keck School of Medicine.“USC and the SETI Institute have common interests in understanding life in all its forms, as well as communicating with students and the public on exciting scientific topics,” Hall wrote in an e-mail. “We are looking forward to starting joint research programs, education and internship opportunities for students, and creation of multimedia for science education.”The idea of a collaboration emerged three months ago when Dr. David Agus, the director of the USC Center for Applied Molecular Medicine and the USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center, met with Jill Tarter, the Director of the Center for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. at a conference. There, they talked about a possible collaboration between USC and SETI.Although the exact details of the collaboration are not yet known, Hall and Dr. Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at SETI, see benefits for both USC and SETI.Although it is still in discussions, people from the SETI Institute might come teach classes at USC.Research opportunities for the faculty will also be prevalent, and, if things go according to plan, so will undergraduate summer internships.“There are a lot of things we do that might be of interest to some of the students and some of the faculty at USC,” Shostak said. “We’re also interested in the stuff that you do in film and television and that sort of thing because we do a lot of outreach here; there are television crews here all the time and it will be useful to have, for example, material made that illustrates the kind of work we do and whatever we’re doing with USC.”One of the major shared interests is looking for microbial life in otherwise inhospitable environments.For some students, the prospect of working with SETI is exciting.“It would be really cool especially since I am a computer science major and SETI does things like listen to noise from the universe and try to find intelligent signals within that noise,” said Nakul Joshi, a freshman majoring in computer science.last_img read more

Video: On the Beat: Beat writers break down Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament draw

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Syracuse field hockey blows chances in overtime loss to Connecticut in NCAA tournament quarterfinals

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Lies Lagerweij spun past one Connecticut defender, then dipped around another. The crowd rose to its feet as Lagerweij entered the arc and ripped a reverse shot. Connecticut goalkeeper Nina Klein denied the shot with her body. The save was one of three she made while Syracuse played with an extra player for the first seven and a half minutes of overtime.The Orange outshot Connecticut 6-2 in overtime. But the Huskies were the ones celebrating when the ball crossed the goal line for the final time on Sunday.Despite playing on its home field, third-seeded Syracuse (15-4, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) played from behind all game before eventually falling to sixth-seeded Connecticut (22-1, 7-0), 3-2, in double overtime in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. Syracuse didn’t hold a lead at any point and tallied just three shots in regulation. A late surge from Syracuse’s offense, including a game-tying goal, was not enough to complete the comeback on Sunday at J.S. Coyne Stadium. With the loss, SU won’t defend its national title.“(UConn) has a stingy defense,” Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley said. “It took us a while to be able to figure out how to manipulate it and beat it.”Twenty-two minutes into the game, UConn forward Charlotte Veitner tipped a blast from Anna Middendorf, to put the Huskies on the board first. Syracuse answered quickly. Less than two minutes after Veitner’s goal, Liz Sack tipped a ball off of a UConn defender inside the arc, earning a penalty corner.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNijsje Venrooy’s insert went directly to Lagerweij, who ripped a low, screaming shot out in front of the net. Serra Degnan extended her stick to redirect the ball into the back of the net. As the team gathered around Degnan in celebration, Lagerweij gave a fist pump and jogged back to her position in the back line.Following the equalizer, UConn’s defense tightened up. Under constant pressure, passes along the back line began to go wild for Syracuse. Venrooy attempted to work the ball out along the sideline before being held up by several UConn defenders. After losing possession, Venrooy failed to protect her feet, which the ball hit, leaving the opportunity for the Connecticut forward to earn a corner.Sam Ogozalek | Staff Writer“I think what makes us dangerous in the postseason is we pride ourselves on our defense.” Middendorf said. “The way in which not just the back three but our goalkeeper and midfield, forwards pressuring, we were not going to let much into our circle.”UConn entered halftime with a 2-1 lead. At the break, Syracuse trailed Connecticut seven to one in total shots. Syracuse earned one penalty corner in the first frame while Connecticut produced five penalty-corner opportunities.After yellow cards were issued to Connecticut’s Barbara Hoogen and Veitner, Syracuse played two minutes with a two-player advantage. The Orange struggled to maintain possession despite the extra players. On a delay of game restart deep in Connecticut territory, Emma Tufts struggled to penetrate the UConn back line as she gave the ball up to a UConn defender.As UConn advanced the ball down field, Syracuse midfielder Laura Hurff dashed down the middle of the field in hot pursuit of the ball. Instead of stealing it, Hurff shouldered the UConn player and received a 10-minute yellow card for the play.The mistakes mounted as the half carried on. Lagerweij failed to connect with Venrooy as the ball bounced out of bounds. Jamie Martin missed a pass on the following break-out attempt. Hurff battled to get the ball but lost control. Martin once again found herself with the ball but the play again ended with Connecticut possession. Syracuse called timeout.Syracuse re-entered play with a newfound energy. Sack darted into the offensive zone, attacking the corner with speed. She played the ball on to Tufts, who hit the ball off a UConn defender earning a corner. Roos Weers received the insert from Venrooy, took one step in and rocketed a shot to the bottom left of the net to tie the game with four minutes left in regulation.“I was really proud of our kids that they didn’t quit,” Bradley said. “They found a way to get themselves back in the game to win it.”In the huddle before overtime, Lagerweij rallied her teammates. She pointed to her head as she looked at each of her teammates.“One main point that we said a lot today and especially toward the end of the game and overtime is this is our field and we never ever give up,” Lagerweij said.But the Orange never found the back of the net on its six overtime shots.UConn needed only two. Comments Published on November 14, 2016 at 2:42 am Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44last_img read more

No. 1 Syracuse limiting turnovers on offense

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 19, 2017 at 11:26 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Week after week, Syracuse head coach John Desko mentioned one thing the Orange could improve upon: turnovers.“We need to play better than we did in our last road trip, minimize our turnovers,” Desko said March 16.“Get rid of our turnovers, have better possessions against these good teams … All of your possessions are important,” he said a week later.“We want to keep the turnover numbers down,” Desko said April 4.In the middle of the season, the Orange struggled to limit turnovers. Some bad passes sailed out of bounds. Occasionally, the offense tried dodging and fighting through double teams rather than passing to the open man. Other times, players peppered the goalie with an easy shot, which Desko considers a turnover.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMaking smarter decisions has helped the top-ranked Orange (10-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) limit its turnovers as the season progressed, contributing to its jump into the No. 1 spot. By making better passes and not forcing shots, Syracuse has staved off top competition in close games and kept its eight-game win streak alive. Against ranked opponents through March 18, Syracuse posted 11 turnovers all three times. Since, the Orange has posted single digits against each ranked opponent.Turnovers can make or break a game’s outcome. As the game comes down to the wire, one quick turnover can lead to a fast break and goal on the opposite end. A stretch of consecutive turnovers creates runs for opponents that otherwise shouldn’t be in a close contest against the Orange.Against St. John’s on March 11, turnovers slowed down the Orange offense. In the first 15 minutes, Syracuse had five goals and one turnover to its name. But over the next three quarters, the offense struggled to create production, finishing with four goals and 14 turnovers the rest of the way — including six in the fourth and three in the last five minutes of the game.With 20 seconds left, Paolo Ciferri turned the ball over and started a St. John’s counter attack. A wide shot as time expired gave the Orange a 9-8 win against the Red Storm — a game that could’ve ended in a blowout had SU played smarter with the ball.“We just started making some ugly turnovers,” senior attack Jordan Evans said. “Myself included. That was leading to goals on the other end and them capitalizing it.”Leigh Ann Rodgers | Staff PhotographerIn practice, when players made turnovers, they had to do pushups based on how badly the turnover was, Brad Voigt said. Even though pushups were not hard, something small like adding a penalty for turning the ball over creates an added level of importance. And it worked.On March 25, Syracuse had its first single-digit turnover performance in a month against Duke. In a one-goal game during which freshman midfielder Jamie Trimboli netted the game-winner in overtime, Syracuse forced 15 turnovers — a plus-six margin.A week later, against Notre Dame, the Orange dethroned the then-No. 1 Fighting Irish by one. In the last quarter of the game, SU forced three turnovers including one with two seconds left to seal the win.“Every team gets better as the season goes on,” Voigt said. “We put major emphasis on not turning the ball over.”The increased ball control can be largely attributed to smarter play out of Sergio Salcido and Evans, the two feeders on offense.Salcido is the No. 1 target for defenses, and had to adapt from a shooter to a passer. In the beginning, he tried to force shots and had seven turnovers to his name through March 18 (Johns Hopkins). But he has since turned the ball over only four times and racked up 14 assists.“You have to know how to value the ball. We control the ball when the ball’s in our stick,” Salcido said. “… It was a mutual understanding of when to push the ball and when to be a little conservative.”Evans entered the year as the main threat but has since changed his role. Like Salcido, his turnover numbers have dropped since the Johns Hopkins game. Through the JHU game, Evans had six turnovers. Since, he’s had four and added six assists.“If you look at (Evans’) numbers and the lack of turnovers,” Desko said, “something that doesn’t reflect in the points category is being able to run the offense and get to the right places and tell other people where to go.”Syracuse knows one turnover can be the difference between an early exit or the national championship. It’ll need its feeders, and team overall, to keep limiting turnovers to make a deep playoff run. And so far, that’s been the case. Commentslast_img read more

LA Clippers try to stay positive amid injuries

Posted On Aug 26 2020 by

first_imgPaul sustained inflamed rib cartilage during the third quarter of Monday’s victory over the Portland Trail Blazers and did not dress for Wednesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.Redick suffered a sprained right ankle 17 seconds into the loss to the Pacers, meaning the Clippers (10-9) had to try to beat one of the best teams in the East without either one.Paul averages 17 points and 8.3 assists. Redick averages 13.4 points.“The CP and J.J. dynamic, that takes a lot out of your offense,” Rivers said. “It takes (away) a lot of movement, a lot of shooting, a lot of know-how, a lot of experience.“But it may be a silver lining somehow. Not for them, but for the other guys, maybe learning their way a little faster.” Crawford on strugglesSixth man Jamal Crawford is shooting just 35.6 percent and a career-worst 25.7 percent from 3-point range. When asked about it, he took the philosophical approach.“If you take out the two 1-for-9 games, I’m five percentage points higher,” he said. “So it’s such a fine line. I think the more I think about it, the worse I do. And the times I don’t think about it, are pretty good.”Crawford, 35, was asked how his legs are feeling.“I’m great, honestly, I’m great,” he said. “I feel really good.”Scouting the MagicOrlando is 11-8 under first-year coach Scott Skiles. The Magic, winners of five in a row, are led by forward Evan Fournier. He’s averaging 16.7 points. Center Nikola Vucevic, formerly of USC, is averaging 15.4 points and 8.6 rebounds and forward Tobias Harris comes in at 14.9 points per game.“They have talented young players, great coach, they play hard and they play the right way,” Clippers forward Blake Griffin said. “I think they’ve all bought into the team concept. They’re a fun team to watch; I’ve watched them quite a bit this year. They’re good, so we have to be good. We have to be better.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img PLAYA VISTA — Just when the Clippers were starting to find themselves — at least somewhat — they lost starting guards Chris Paul and J.J. Redick to injury.Neither is expected out long. Coach Doc Rivers said Paul definitely won’t play Saturday night when the Clippers host Orlando, and that Redick would have to be “really healthy” in order to play.But for a highly touted team that began 6-7 before winning four of five, the disruption doesn’t help.“Just because guys are out doesn’t change our process,” Rivers said before practice Friday at the team’s training facility. “We’re going to keep working on it and we’re going to have to do it a little bit without two key guys. But everyone goes through injuries; we’re not the only team.”last_img read more

Eng vs WI 2nd Test Day 5 Review: England draw series with morale boosting…

Posted On Aug 5 2020 by

first_imgImage Courtesy: ECB/GettyAdvertisement isutNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsqznbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E90( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 20vin4Would you ever consider trying this?😱mmoev0Can your students do this? 🌚r118Roller skating! Powered by Firework Cricket returned amidst the COVID-19 pandemic with West Indies’ tour of England. While the visitors took the lead in the first test, a win in the second was just the confidence boost that the poms were needing, as they have now levelled the series 1-1 with today’s 113 run victory at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ECB/GettyThe series started sour for the hosts, as West Indies swept up a 4 wicket victory in the first test. However, England started picking up pace in the second, and were already favourites with an astounding 291 lead at the end of 4th day, and packed West Indies up before touching a double century on the score.Starting with 37-2 on the scoreboard, the immaculate Ben Stokes went all in with a swashbuckling performance. The 29 year old smashed 78 runs from 57 balls, which included four boundaries and three over boundaries.Advertisement While the skipper Joe Root lost his wicket on 22, and Ollie Pope tail ended with a score of 12, the astounding innings from Stokes, who kept his strike till the end, was enough for England to finish the day with 129 runs.With an staggering target of 312 at hand, Windies openers Kraigg Braithwaite and John Campbell marched to the pitch for the chase. However, the hosts bowling squad, lead by the iconic Stuart Broad, capped the chase at 198.Advertisement With three wickets in the second innings, Broad was the hero of the showdown. Bowling 15 overs, the 34 year old pacer picked up three, starting with the early dismissals of Campbell (4), followed by Shai Hope(7) and Roston Chase (6), all with a 2.80 economy rate.Braithwaite was lbw’ed on Chris Woakes’s delivery on a score of 12, the English all rounder who picked his second with Windies wicket keeper Shane Dorwich on zero.However, it was the partnership of Sharmarh Brooks and Jermaine Blackwood that helped West Indies gain pace. Brooks, who scored a 62 with four boundaries and two sixes, marched off against Sam Curran. With seven fours, Blackwood also impressed with a 55, until ending up on the hands of Jos Buttler facing Stokes.The visitor skipper Jason Holder tried to add some breathing room towards the end of the innings. The 28 year old scored 35 runs including five boundaries and a single six, until getting clean bowled by Dom Bess in the 63rd over.It was only single digit scores from the lower batting order of Windies, as Kemar Roach (5) and Alzarri Joseph (9) lost wickets early against Bess and Stokes respectively. Shannon Gabriel was the last man standing with a duck, as West Indies were packed up on 198 in the 71st over.Stokes was the hero of the English dressing room. With a stellar batting performance and picking two wickets, the vice captain was termed as the superhero ‘Mr Incredible’ by his teammate Joe Root.“He’s Mr Incredible. I suppose,” Root said after the match, “I certainly think he can keep performing at this level. I think the sky’s the limit for him really.”If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Iceland cricket in disarray due to shortage of kits!Brett Lee: India vs Australia has no love lost – but on par with Ashes as pinnacle of cricket Advertisementlast_img read more

Minister admits Pathologist shortage at public hospitals

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first_imgpublic Health Minister, Dr George Norton has admitted that there is indeed a shortage of pathologists in the public health sector in Guyana.During an interview with Guyana Times, Dr Norton confirmed that the health sector is in dire need of Pathologists as it is running low on these professionals.According to the Minister, the scarcity of such professionals is solely based on the lack of formal post graduate programmes where these persons can be trained in the mentioned field of work.Dr Norton said that a number of persons within the medical field have shown their interest in taking up pathology as a permanent occupation but this is usually not accomplished since Guyana lacks the adequacies that are required for training in the sector.In this case, he cited, it is not a case of there being a limited number of persons who want to take up pathology but rather the inefficient resources to undertake training in the area of work.Since the post graduate programme is not offered in Guyana, the Minister said medical personnel in the field are required to undergo training overseas, which has a hefty cost attached to it. The finances that are attached to this programme training; however, are not subsidised by the Government.“These overseas training are generally sponsored by companies and private organisations since post graduate programmes in pathology are not offered in Guyana,” he informed.With the conditions surrounding the field of medical work as it relates to financing and moving overseas to facilitate training, Dr Norton highlighted that the shortage situation is high on the agenda of the Public Health Ministry. He added that much thought is being given to how these specialist doctors’ can be trained in Guyana by means of a post graduate programme which would significantly increase the number of pathologists available in Guyana.He disclosed that a number of countries including Cuba, Mexico, Brazil and China have offered to facilitate the students to undergo training, and the Ministry is currently contemplating the proposal.Under the previous Administration, the shortage of these specialists had persisted and the Ministry then had declared an emergency state of the pathology sector.However, during that time, the indicated cause had been a deficient of individuals who were passionate about taking up the career option.The Ministry had noted this while urging persons to indicate their interest in pathology after which the Government would work to make scholarships available for them so they can be a part of the post graduate training programme.Younger persons were specifically targeted since in that time, there were two pathologists who were both above the age of retirement.last_img read more

New NDP Leader comes out against Site C

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first_imgMr. Horgan is calling for an independent third party to examine when B.C. would actually need the power from B.C. Hydro’s third dam on the Peace River, and how much taxpayers will pay for the electricity. Horgan says it’s a good project, except for the fact B.C. doesn’t need the energy, First Nations oppose it and the dam would destroy so much agricultural land.He says he wants a third party to answer some legitimate questions like when will the province actually need the power and how much should the people pay for it.- Advertisement -The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency held several weeks of hearings in December and January and its report and recommendations are expected to be posted online on Thursday.last_img

Old Fort residents mulling legal options over Site C

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first_imgResidents in Old Fort say they are considering their legal options following a meeting with BC Hydro officials over the Site C dam Tuesday night.Group spokesman Jared Giesbrecht said about 50 residents met with Hydro at the Pomeroy Hotel in the hopes of having their concerns over the dam and its construction addressed. But residents left the two-hour meeting feeling more frustrated than satisfied they had been heard.“Coming out of that meeting, we got the feeling Hydro is not going to do anything in terms of mitigation or compensation, and have no regard for residents unless they are forced to do so,” said Giesbrecht, whose family lives in the Old Fort, located about two and a half kilometres downstream of the dam’s location on the Peace River.- Advertisement -Residents have been fighting to get a meeting with Hydro officials for six months, Giesbrecht said, so they could voice their concerns over the safety of the dam and potential evacuation plans, along with an increase in dust, noise, and traffic expected in the small community as construction ramps up.Residents left the meeting with no commitment from Hydro that sirens would be in place to warn the community in the event of a dam breach or failure, said Giesbrecht. There is only one road in to and out of the valley, he noted, and residents fear the potential of being caught flat-footed staring down a gushing wall of water.“Dams do breach and there are problems. Some basic preparations for safety would go a long way,” he said, pointing to recent disasters in British Columbia such as the Mount Polley tailings pond breach.Advertisement Old Fort Road will be a primary road for heavy construction traffic going to the dam, and will also provide access to the work camp planned along the north bank of the river“We’re talking about very specific concerns. They don’t want to acknowledge the amount of harm it will cause for us down the river,” Giesbrecht said.Residents are currently discussing their next moves with a Vancouver-based lawyer, Giesbrecht said.“I’m not sure what else to do,” he said, adding he feels the small community doesn’t have a the same leverage negotiating with Hydro as larger municipal and First Nation governments do.Advertisement Hydro will also restrict contractors from operating heavy construction vehicles during school bus hours, he said, though he also admitted construction on the dam will occur 20 hours per day.While construction traffic will use the Old Fort Road, it will not move through the Old Fort community itself, Conway noted, as a new road to the dam site and work camps will be built at the Myca gravel pit.Conway added there will be security checkpoints at this location, and that Hydro hopes the on-site recreation and entertainment at the worker camps will reduce the volume of traffic going into the community.“We’re trying to do what we can to reduce the number of people wandering down in the community to investigate,” he said.But because Old Fort residents aren’t directly affected by the dam — that is their properties aren’t expected to be needed for the flood reservoir, right of ways, etc. — they will not receive compensation as other landowners further upstream in the valley and flood zone will, Conway said.Advertisement BC Hydro spokesman Dave Conway called last night’s meeting respectful in tone, and that Hydro officials met one on one with residents, and addressed questions in a large group setting.Conway said Hydro is still developing an emergency planning guide that would cover evacuation plans and what would happen in the event of a dam failure. The guide needs approval from both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the BC Environmental Assessment Office, said Conway.“We have a good record for dam safety and compliance and we intend on maintaining that,” Conway said, adding Hydro is open to the idea of implementing a siren warning system.“We are looking at things we might be able to do.”Conway said Hydro has a number of mitigation measures in place for the area, including paving of the 240 and 269 roads, adding shoulders and installing street lights at intersections along Old Fort Road, and widening the “hair pin” corner of the road as it descends into the valley.Advertisement “Noise, sound, light, dust, traffic on the road. Those aren’t things we’d compensate for,” he said.last_img read more