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Syracuse selected No. 2 in ACC preseason poll, 2 players earn preseason All-ACC honors

first_imgSyracuse has been voted No. 2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Poll. Two Orange players, Roos Weers and Laura Hurff, were selected to the preseason All-ACC team.The voting was conducted among the seven ACC head coaches. Syracuse, finishing with 27 points, ended up in a tie with Duke for the No. 2 spot. Coming in a few more points ahead SU was North Carolina (31).Syracuse and Duke garnered two first-place votes apiece from the polling, while the Tar Heels received one. In 2016, Duke finished first in the conference standings at 5-1, with Syracuse a game back at 4-2.Next in the poll came Louisville (22) and Virginia (21), who each received one first-place vote. Wake Forest (12) and Boston College (7) rounded out the bottom two.Syracuse’s two All-ACC preseason selections were also members of the postseason All-ACC team following the 2016 season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHurff, a senior midfielder, scored seven goals last year and achieved second-team All-America status. Weers enters her junior year as the 16th leading goalscorer in Orange history, with 25. The back made first-team All-America last season.Lacking from the preseason team was Syracuse back Lies Lagerweij, who joined Weers as a first team All-American last year. Lagerweij led the Orange with 13 goals in 2016.Syracuse opens the season with three games in California, the first of which is against Cal on Aug. 25. SU’s home opener at J.S. Coyne Stadium is on Sept. 2 against Bucknell. Comments Published on August 22, 2017 at 12:46 pm Contact Billy: | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Gard allowing deeper bench, more production in start as head coach

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s basketball team is running five-on-five sets in practice. The reserves are in black practice jerseys, while the starters and main rotation guys are in white.Freshman forward Alex Illikainen is in black, working hard offensively to prove his worth against the likes of Nigel Hayes and Ethan Happ. After a few possessions, however, interim head coach Greg Gard spoke up.“Alex, go white,” he said.Under Bo Ryan, Illikainen may have not expected to hear these words in practice, as, for the most part, minutes came sparingly for the true freshmen. But under Gard and his deeper rotation, Illikainen along with many other guys are expecting to see that coveted white jersey, and are stepping up their play in practice as a result.“I think the competitiveness has definitely increased with more guys playing,” Illikainen said. “We’re going at it, trying to compete for time, so we are really pushing each other and that is helping my overall confidence too. Just being able to do more.”Gard’s extended rotation has reached as many as 10 players compared to Ryan’s limit of seven or eight, and not only have the individuals involved regained some confidence, but the team as a whole has regained confidence and is putting together better on-court performances.Someone who has seen extended time on the court, even more so than Illikainen, is redshirt sophomore guard Jordan Hill. In Ryan’s final game as head coach against Texas A&M Corpus-Christie, Hill played just two minutes after not appearing in the previous five outings.Since then, Hill has played 20-plus minutes in each of the five games under Gard. The interim head coach has given Hill an opportunity he has been waiting two years for, and one Gard thought he was more than ready for.“I feel I’ve been doing a good job and doing whatever coach Gard asks for,” Hill said. “I try to be a dog out there, create some havoc and try to make smart decisions on offense.”So far, Hill has been very effective, posting 10 points, four rebounds and four assists in his first game under Gard against UW-Green Bay and has averaged 5.4 points in that five-game stretch after not scoring a single point in the first 12 games of the season.But beyond his production, Hill has provided a much-needed spark of energy off the bench. With good ball handling and ability to slash to the basket, the redshirt sophomore gives the Badgers a dynamic that Ryan was reluctant to put on the floor.This ended up being a big reason as to why Gard decided to play Hill as much as he has.“I thought Hill could give us a little spark, so I put him in,” Gard said of his first game against Green Bay. “I thought we needed a shot in the arm.”And despite the fact Hill must limit mistakes as he continues to fight for playing time, that does not mean he’s going to allow his aggressiveness to come to a halt.But it does mean Hill needs to work on maintaining the balance of when to attack and when to stay more conservative.“It’s tough to balance being aggressive and being under control sometimes, especially when I don’t always know when I should pass the ball or when I should take a shot,” Hill said. “But I think I’ve started to figure it out.”And the team has started to figure it out as well, because despite posting a 2-3 record under Gard, the team has been able to remain competitive against not only the best the Big Ten has to offer, but the best the country has to offer.In fact, their three conference losses against No. 14 Purdue, Indiana and No. 3 Maryland have come by just a combined 10 points, thanks in large part to the team’s improved defensive effort.That stronger defense is likely coming as a result of the deeper rotation, key guys getting more rest and having fresh legs on the court much more frequently. This is something that, according to Illikainen, should continue to trend in a positive direction.“Now that we are getting better, it’s going to allow the older guys to get more rest time and go in there and give it their all,” he said. “I think we are starting to get used to it.”While the young, inexperienced players continue to get used to more minutes, more on-court action and ultimately more responsibility on this Wisconsin team, they understand it means they now have a lot more work to do.And for Hill, he wants people to know that this young core hasn’t yet scratched the surface of what they’re capable of.“We are still trying to find our way through this,” Hill said. “I know we have a lot more to offer.”last_img read more

UKGC invites comments on its gambling proposals

first_img Share StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Related Articles Share The United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) has invited comments on its proposals “to make gambling more fair and open,” at the same time as welcoming a new report by Citizens Advice.Consumers, gambling businesses, stakeholders and members of the public are all able to voice opinions on proposed changes, related to marketing and advertising, unfair terms, and complaints and disputes. Proposed changes to license conditions and codes of practice, forming one part of a wider programme, are to ensure consumers are being treated in a fair and open manner by operators.Amongst the proposals are a focus on compliance with UK advertising codes, ensuring operators comply with all relevant consumer protection legislation and improvements to consumer complaints handling, which includes the introduction of an eight-week time limit for licensees to deal with gambling complaints. Sarah Gardner, Commission Executive Director, said: “We are proposing these changes because of the risk of consumer harm, concern about lack of compliance with consumer protection legislation, declining public trust in gambling and concerns about advertising. We’re very keen to hear the views of all those with an interest in the gambling industry.”The UKGC, who last year launched a three year commitment to prevent harm to consumers and the public, has welcomed a new report published by Citizens Advice, which considers the causes and impacts of problem gambling.Tim Miller, Executive Director at the Gambling Commission, commented: “Citizens Advice provides a vital gateway to vulnerable consumers, particularly those that are already seeking support for their issues, including problematic gambling. “We welcome this report which puts a focussed lens on those that are at the extreme end of gambling-related harm, and provides a strong start in us being able to understand the impact problem gambling can have beyond the individual gambler themselves; on friends, family, work colleagues and communities.  “This report will also help us understand the costs associated with its impact on public health services, on families and communities, on employment and debt, and on justice and court services. “Understanding the full impact of problem gambling will help the industry, the Commission and other key stakeholders to properly manage and minimise those impacts.  Together we can work towards the prevention of gambling-related harm, as well as ensuring that effective support and treatment is readily available for those who need it.” Submit UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020last_img read more

Betway supports Ghana Taekwondo Federation with GH¢ 10,000

first_imgLeading online sports betting company, Betway has donated GHS 10,000 to support the Ghana Taekwondo Federation ahead of African Games in Morocco. In line with the FA Community Shield’s commitment of contributing proceeds of the match to charity, Betway pledged to donate a portion of every bet placed on the fixture to a worthy recipient. The Community Shield was contested on August 4, 2019, with rivals Liverpool taking on Manchester City. A total of GHS 10,000 was raised during the game, which was then presented to the Ghana Taekwondo Federation.Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Stephen Amegashie Jnr., Technical Director of the Ghana Taekwondo Federation, said he was grateful to Betway for their support.“On behalf of the Ghana Taekwondo Federation, we want to express our appreciation to Betway for this kind gesture. This is a challenge for us to excel in the upcoming games.”The donation is expected to help the federation with its preparations ahead of the All African Games, which will take place in Morocco from 19 to 31 August 2019. Betway has continuously supported the development of sports in Ghana with donations to the Golden Ahafo Deaf Football Club and Asanteman Amputee Football Club. The betting provider hopes that these initiatives, amongst others it has supported will help contribute towards the development of sports in Ghana.About the Betway GroupThe Betway Group is a leading provider of first-class entertainment across sports betting and casino. Launched in 2006, the company operates across a number of regulated online markets and holds licenses in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, and Nigeria.Betway prides itself on providing its customers with a bespoke, fun and informed betting experience, supported by a safe and secure environment. Sports Betting Group Ghana Limited powered by Betway is licensed by the Gaming Commission of Ghana.Betway is also the official principal sponsor of Ashanti Gold SC, Aduana Stars FC, Medeama SC, and Liberty Professionals FC. For more information about Betway please visit—last_img read more

A’s won’t give up on Kyler Murray, report says

first_img Athletics still unsure if Kyler Murray will report to spring training, report says Related News The Athletic notes Oakland could still have an influence on Murray given the team can offer him a major-league contract on top of the $4.66 million signing bonus he received last year. A deal of that nature comes with no financial restrictions, unlike NFL contracts. In fact, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield only received a guarantee of $32.7 million as the first overall pick in last year’s NFL draft.At 5-10 and 195 pounds, Murray likely won’t go in the top 10 but is expected to be selected in the first round.In the meantime, Oakland’s pitchers and catchers are scheduled to hold their first workout of spring training Monday, with position players slated to report Friday. NFL Draft 2019: Kyler Murray commits to focusing on footballcenter_img Just because Kyler Murray is focusing on football doesn’t mean baseball is closing the door on the talented two-sport athlete.According to The Athletic, the A’s aren’t giving up on their No. 9 pick in the 2018 MLB Draft even after he failed to mention the club — or the sport for that matter — in his statement released Monday. Murray was scheduled to report to the A’s spring training this week, but instead will focus on preparing for the 2019 NFL Draft and the upcoming— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) February 11, 2019The San Francisco Chronicle reported  the A’s were not informed before Murray made the announcement.last_img read more

Rajon Rondo produces a solo act, as if the Lakers need more sideshows

first_img— Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka’s ability/inability to make such a move happen.— Which young players will return? Will they be sacrificed to get that star?All of the above will drive the early portion of this show’s next season. The coming month has the potential to be a delightful lead-in. Rondo, one of the veterans brought in to be part of King James’ court, appeared to openly show dissatisfaction with the team’s state as it was losing at home to the Nuggets. He separated from his teammates in the final seconds — and not for the first time this season — and sat in an open courtside seat next to 2 Chainz and his family.MORE: The biggest reason why LA is missing the playoffsAs James, coach Luke Walton and the rest of the squad awaited the final horn together, Rondo stewed on his own island.Rondo’s gesture, on the night James passed Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time points list, prompted a predictable condemnation from former NBA coaches Mark Jackson and Stan Van Gundy during and after ESPN’s broadcast of the game:Mark Jackson rips Rajon Rondo and Lakers leadership during broadcast— gifdsports (@gifdsports) March 7, 2019Rondo figures to be a short-timer no matter where he seats himself (he can become a free agent in July), but the response to his sitdown holds intrigue. The bigger plotlines you already know, but you can’t dare to ignore them:— Walton’s job status. Is the former James teammate one and done as Bron’s floor boss? Who would be next? Jackson’s name comes up a lot.— James waiting for that second star to join him. Anthony Davis may or may not be walking through that door. The competitive portion of LeBron James’ first season with the Lakers is over (see here for the particulars). The final month figures to be all about the drama.Lakers guard Rajon Rondo added a subplot Wednesday night.last_img read more

Fortnite Deadpool event: Yacht party, new items, challenges and skin

first_imgFortnite Deadpool event — Yacht PartyDeadpool himself tweeted Thursday about an event he’s hosting Friday, the day of his skin release. The Fortnite account also shared that post, so clearly something is going down.Starting tomorrow, I’M crashing this party. There’ll be music, tacos, and a whole lotta Deadpool.Trust me, you don’t want to miss this.— Deadpool (@Deadpool) April 2, 2020Not many details were given about this party, but if you head to Deadpool’s Yacht on the map (which is clearly marked) you can join in right now. While it is a fun party event, you can still take damage by joining the Yacht. This is not like other major Fortnite events where they pause game action.Still, you can take in the festivities on the Yacht. There are pictures of Deadpool throughout the Yacht, a giant Deadpool statue and many other things. So head into the game and check it all out. But Epic Games didn’t just let Deadpool’s Fortnite skin be the only exciting thing about this day. Deadpool has new items and is hosting an apparent boat party at some point today (April 3). So let’s get into all of the exciting things Deadpool has to offer.Deadpool challenges for Week 7Find Deadpool’s 2 pistolsDeadpool’s pistols are hidden throughout the HQ room. One is located under the table in the main briefing room and is fairly easy to spot. The second is hidden inside of Meowscles gym room. Look to the bottom right once you’ve entered that room and you should find the pistol.Enter a Phone Booth or Portapotty to become the Super-est of SuperheroesThis is one of the easier Deadpool challenges of the season. All you need to do is enter any Phone Booth or Portapotty. These are scattered throughout the map and should be easy to find. But perhaps the easiest place to accomplish this challenge is near The Agency where they have both items.Just walk up to any Phone Booth or Portapotty and you’ll see a prompt to hide in one.Deadpool Fortnite skin center_img Deadpool is finally in Fortnite.We knew this day was coming for a long time, but it’s finally come. Deadpool was in the Chapter 2 Week 2 teaser and all season long he had challenges for players to achieve. But after seven weeks of waiting, the final challenge is out and the skin is in the game. The Deadpool skin has finally arrived.With the release of the final challenges, all you need to do is finish all of them to unlock the skin. You can not purchase the skin in the Item Shop. Finishing the challenges is the only way to unlock Deadpool.That’s right baby! Deadpool is in the game. Just need to complete his Challenges this week and voila, he’s yours.Even antiheroes have to heed the call 😏— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 3, 2020Deadpool items in FortniteWhile you can’t buy the Deadpool skin in Fortnite, you can buy other Deadpool items.There is the complete bundle you can purchase at a discounted price of 2,000 V-Bucks. That bundle includes the Dragacorn (glider), Meaty Mallets (harvesting tool) and Scootin (emote). last_img read more


first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (April 4, 2015)–With a dramatic late surge, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Sheer Pleasure overtook Grand Yodeler to win Saturday’s $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes at Santa Anita by three quarters of a length. A 3-year-old California-bred filly by Birdonthewire, Sheer Pleasure was ridden by Tyler Baze and covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.09.Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and RM Racing, Sheer Pleasure, who unseated her jockey after stumbling at the break of her most recent start on March 6, was off at 8-1 and paid $18.20, $9.60 and $6.20. Bred by Madera Thoroughbreds, LLC, Sheer Pleasure got her second win from four starts and with the winner’s cut of $110,000, increased her earnings to $147,450.Next to last going to the quarter pole in a field of 12 sophomore fillies bred or sired in California, Sheer Pleasure split horses five-wide turning for home and smoked home the final three sixteenths of a mile.“She kind of got lost out there,” said Baze. She was out there by herself and was so wide she almost didn’t see that horse to her inside (runner-up Grand Yodeler)…She got down and really took off that last hundred yards. I hit her twice and she just took off, really had a burst.“I just wanted to be patient today. There was a ton of speed in the race and I didn’t know how she would take dirt in her face but really after the first eighth of a mile, it didn’t bother her. It was just a matter of pulling the trigger at the right time and she’s just a nice filly.”D’Amato was encouraged by the way his filly finished and indicated she may be ticketed to a two turn race in the near future.“I think the longer, the better with this filly,” D’Amato said. “She has a lot of upside to her. I didn’t know if we were going to get there (in time). I know from training her that she gets stronger as the race gets longer. She was picking up steam and we nailed her at the very end.”Trained by Eddie Truman and ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Grand Yodeler sat a close third early, took the lead turning for home, opened up 2 ½ lengths at the furlong pole but couldn’t hold off the winner, finishing second, 4 ¼ lengths in front of Ashley’s Sassy. Off at 23-1, Grand Yodeler paid $21.60 and $12.00.Ridden by Mike Smith, Ashley’s Sassy broke awkwardly, was relegated to last after the first half mile and rallied six-wide turning for home to finish third, a half length in front of Long Hot Summer. Off at 9-1, Ashley’s Sassy paid $6.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.26, 45.91 and 1:10.64. EVENING JEWEL PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERSlast_img read more

Video: Liverpool stars back in action

first_imgA youthful Liverpool side got the club’s pre-season underway in Denmark but their exuberance couldn’t stop them from losing 2-1 to Brondby – and you can see all the action in the video above.Brendan Rodgers’ first game since Luis Suarez’s exit saw Fabio Borini, who spent last season on loan with Sunderland, start along with Philippe Coutinho, Lucas and Daniel Agger, while the rest of the side contained the likes of Jordan Rossiter, Joao Carlos Texeira and Martin Kelly.It was the Danes who took the lead in defender Agger’s ‘homecoming’ though as Christian Norgaard was able to capitalise on a mistake from Spanish starlet Suso and curl a shot beyond Brad Jones, who could only paw his leftt glove at the splendid strike after 23 minutes.The Reds did claim an equaliser after the break as substitutes Jordon Ibe and Kristoffer Peterson combined with the Swedish winger, who spent time on loan with Tranmere Rovers last year, tapping home.But their hard work was to be undone at the death as Fehran Hasani slalomed his way through a static Liverpool side late on and fired the ball into the back of the net, with substitute goalkeeper Dan Ward standing no chance.A clash with Preston on Saturday is next on the menu and could see summer signing Emre Can make his bow for the club.Click here to check out Liverpool’s pre-season fixture listlast_img read more


first_imgNikki Bradley, at the top of beautiful Errigal Mountain yesterday afternoon.The team after climbing Errigal.YESSSSSSS!Nikki Bradley take a break during her attempt to scale Errigal.FEATURES: Nikki Bradley has shown tremendous heart, bravery and courage during her on-going battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma. Ewing sarcoma is a rare type of bone cancer – that primarily affects children and adolescents.However, she hasn’t let her condition stop her in her tracks despite suffering a number of setbacks.She has taken on a huge number of physical challenges in the last number of years as part of her on-going campaign of awareness around the condition.Nikki has been nicknamed ‘The Fighter’ due to her fantastic attitude and willingness to push her to body to maximum to achieve her goals. Nikki’s latest attempt was to climb snow-capped Errigal with Paul Doherty, Simon Cox, Iain Miller and Ian Parke.Nikki told Donegal Daily, “I fell a lot, but it was a absolutely amazing experience.“It really opened my eyes to my own abilities – it was a great day and the views on top of Errigal were spectacular.”  AMAZING NIKKI CLIMBS SNOW COVERED ERRIGAL USING CRUTCHES! was last modified: January 15th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Errigal MountainFeaturesnewsnikki bradleyThe Fighterlast_img read more