Pulis ready for rebuilding mission

first_img Press Association Since Steve Clarke left in December 2013 they have battled relegation but host QPR on Saturday looking to move 11 points clear of the bottom three. And Pulis, who replaced Alan Irvine in January, is eager to finish the job and revive the Baggies. “It has gone a little bit off the rails in the last two or three years,” he said. “I don’t think anyone can argue about that, it is now just about trying to get it back on track. “We will talk about it (the summer transfer market) once we have achieved our goals – which is to stay up. We are still points away from that. “Once that is achieved we will sit down and talk to the chairman, “It is a good football club, everything is in place.” Victory over Rangers would put the Baggies 14 points clear of the second-bottom visitors but Pulis is taking nothing for granted. “Every game we play is a chance to pick up points in the Premier League,” he said. “We will respect QPR, they have the tools to win a game in this division.” The Baggies head coach has shelved any thoughts of summer safety until Albion have clinched their Barclays Premier League future. Albion struggled last term, beating the drop by three points, and Pulis is their third manager in the last 12 months. center_img Boss Tony Pulis is ready to rebuild West Brom after they went “off the rails”.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgNBA-NEWSCurry eyes Sunday return…Simmons out at least 2 weeksUNDATED (AP) — Stephen Curry is aiming to return to the Warriors lineup on Sunday for the first time since breaking his left hand in October.Coach Steve Kerr says the hope is that Curry will be able to play against Washington. The two-time NBA MVP has been practicing in recent weeks and will be re-evaluated on Saturday before a final decision is made.In other NBA news: In Toronto, John Tavares scored twice and William Nylander (NEE’-lan-dur) notched his 28th goal of the season as the Maple Leafs topped the Lightning, 4-3. Jake Muzzin (MUH’-zihn) also tallied for the Leafs, who ended Tampa Bay’s 11-game home winning streak.The Lightning suffered their season-high, third straight regulation loss despite Nikita Kucherov’s (KOO’-cheh-rahvz) 30th goal of the season.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— The Blues posted their fifth straight win as Zach Sanford had two goals and an assist in a 6-5 decision over the Blackhawks. St. Louis scored four times in the third period, with Sanford providing the game-winner on a power play with 6:25 remaining.— Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) scored his 701st goal before providing the shootout winner as the Capitals nipped the Jets, 4-3 to take a four-point lead over Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan Division. Goals by Jakub Vrana (vah-RAH’-nah) and Garnet Hathaway helped the Caps take a 3-0 lead before Nikolaj Ehlers (NIH’-koh-ly EE’-lurz) provided a goal and an assist to rally Winnipeg. Oilers lose wingerEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Edmonton Oilers winger Kailer Yamamoto (KAY’-lur yah-mah-MOH’-toh) is listed as week to week with an ankle injury suffered in Sunday’s win over the Kings.Yamamoto has been a huge surprise for the Oilers since being recalled from Bakersfield of the AHL, providing nine goals and 21 points in 21 games. The 22nd player taken in the 2017 draft scored eight goals and eight assists in 23 games for Bakersfield.MLB-YANKEES-SEVERINOSeverino will miss 2020 season Buckeyes reward football coachCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State football coach Ryan Day has received a three-year contract extension and a raise after leading the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record and a berth in the CFP semifinals in his first season at the helm.Day made a base salary of $4.5 million plus bonuses in 2019. His pay will increase to $7.6 million by 2022, with the remainder of his deal to be decided later. The contract runs through 2026.Day wasn’t even in the top 20 of the country’s highest paid football coaches last year.TOKYO-VIRUS OUTBREAK The Raptors had won 17 of 18 before the Bucks dominated the third quarter of a 108-97 victory against the Atlantic Division leaders. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) provided 19 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists for Milwaukee, which trailed by two before outscoring Toronto, 34-19 in the third period.Khris Middleton finished with a team-high 22 points as the Bucks moved to 50-8.Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) had 22 points for the Raptors.Checking out Tuesday’s other NBA action:— LeBron James pumped in 40 points and Anthony Davis had a double-double as the duo led the Lakers to their sixth consecutive win, 118-109 against the Pelicans. Los Angeles improved to a Western Conference-leading 44-12 despite New Orleans rookie forward Zion Williamson, who reached the 20-point plateau for the ninth straight game. Williamson finished with 29 points and Brandon Ingram had a team-high 34 for the Pelicans. Lions release HarrisonUNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Lions have released defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison.The Lions announced the move Tuesday, less than a year after signing him to an $11 million, one-year contract extension. Harrison went into the 2019 season with two years left on the $46 million contract he signed with the New York Giants.Harrison started in 15 games last season, but had a career-low 49 tackles and two sacks for the three-win Lions. Detroit acquired Harrison from the Giants in the middle of the 2018 season for a fifth-round draft pick. The 31-year-old Harrison was a 2016 All-Pro selection.Also around the NFL: — Roope (ROO’-peh) Hintz collected a season-high three points on a goal and two assists as the Stars knocked off the Hurricanes, 4-1. Anton Khudobin (koo-DOH’-bihn) stopped 40 shots for Dallas, which won for the seventh time in nine games despite being outshot 41-16.— The Flyers won their fourth in a row as Kevin Hayes scored twice in their 4-2 decision over the Sharks. Travis Konecny (kah-NEHK’-nee) and Nicolas Aube-Kubel provided the other goals to support Carter Hart, who stopped 26 shots and improved to 13-1 over his last 14 home starts.— The Rangers coughed up a 3-1 lead in the last 5 ½ minutes of regulation before Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zih-BAN’-eh-jad) tallied 28 seconds into overtime to send the Blueshirts to their fourth win in a row, 4-3 over the Islanders. Artemi Panarin (ahr-THE’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) netted his 32nd goal of the season before feeding Zibanejad for the winner.— Sonny Milano made a big splash in his first game for the Ducks by scoring twice, including the game-winner in a 4-3 overtime decision over the Oilers. Milano spoiled the Edmonton debuts of forwards Tyler Ennis and Andreas Athanasiou (ath-ah-nah-SEE’-oo), who collected a goal and an assist apiece.— The Canucks celebrated a 4-3 win at Montreal after Tyler Toffoli (tah-FOH’-lee) scored 1:35 into overtime. Bo Horvat, Alexander Edler, and Jake Virtanen (vur-TAN’-ehn) also scored as Vancouver won for the fourth time in six games since a four-game slide. Associated Press — The Colts say longtime left tackle Anthony Castonzo is expected to return next season after contemplating retirement for more than a month. Castonzo has been the anchor of the Colts line since he was a first-round pick in 2011. He made his first Pro Bowl last season and can become a free agent in March.— The league negotiating committee met with players union representatives for about four hours at Indianapolis without commenting on progress in negotiations. They got together to hash out their differences in a new labor agreement that was approved last week by owners and was rejected by the union.— The NFL’s video review system for pass interference calls could be scrapped after one season. An offseason survey by the competition committee shows strong opposition to the system installed last year. The biggest complaint is that subjectivity has been added to the equation, which many owners believe has handcuffed officials.— The Pro Football Hall of Fame will hold two induction ceremonies this year. The five modern-day players, plus the two coaches and three contributors elected separately as part of the NFL’s centennial celebration, will go into the Canton shrine on Aug. 8. Ten senior players also chosen by a special committee as part of the centennial, will be inducted on Sept. 18, the day after the actual 100th anniversary of the league.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OHIO STATE-DAY Brandon Childress buried a go-ahead, 3-pointer on the first possession of double-overtime as Wake Forest surprised the Blue Devils, 113-101. Childress missed his first 10 shots before hitting the tying 3 with 15.5 seconds left in regulation. He finished with 17 points, five rebounds and five assists as the Demon Deacons defeated the Blue Devils for the first time since March 2014.Freshman Wendell Moore Jr. had a season-high 25 points for the Blue Devils, who absorbed a 22-point loss at North Carolina State last week.In other top-25 action:— Matthew Mayer delivered 19 points and second-ranked Baylor bounced back from Saturday’s loss to Kansas by thumping Kansas State, 85-66. Jared Butler finished with 16 points and Davion Mitchell chipped in 14 as the Bears improved to 14-1 in the Big 12 and 25-2 overall.— San Diego State barely avoided its second straight loss since a 26-0 start by getting past Colorado State, 66-60. Malachi Flynn finished with 17 points and Matt Mitchell had 15 for San Diego State. NHL-SCHEDULEB’s, Bolts both fallUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins continue to lead the NHL’s Atlantic Division by five points over Tampa Bay following losses by both teams.Sean Monahan scored twice in a 72-second span of the second period to spark the Flames’ 5-2 victory at Boston. Matthew Tkachuk (kah-CHUHK’) had a goal and two assists for Calgary, which led just 3-2 until Mikael Backlund tallied twice in the final 90 seconds.Brad Marchand scored a short-handed goal for the Bruins, who have dropped consecutive games for the first time since a four-game skid in early December.center_img Tokyo organizers, IOC going ahead as planned with OlympicsTOKYO (AP) — A spokesman for the Japanese government says the International Olympic Committee and local organizers are going ahead as planned with the Tokyo Olympics despite the threat of the spreading coronavirus.The comments from spokesman Yoshihide Suga follow the assertion by former IOC vice-president Dick Pound that organizers face a three-month window to decide the fate of the games.The Olympics are set to open on July 24 with 11,000 athletes. The Paralympics open Aug. 25 with 4,400.Pound told the Associated Press that the fast-spreading virus could cancel the Olympics. Suga says Pound’s opinion does not reflect the official view of the IOC, which has repeatedly said there are no plans to cancel or postpone the Tokyo Games. February 26, 2020 Update on the latest in sports: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEBucks down Raptors for 50th winUNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks are the NBA’s first team to 50 victories this season after cooling off the Raptors in Toronto. DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — The New York Yankees’ starting rotation has taken another hit.The reigning AL East champs say Luis Severino will undergo Tommy John surgery that will keep him on the shelf until 2021. Severino served as the Yankees’ ace in 2018 while going 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 220 strikeouts in 191 1/3 innings. But he made just three starts last year while battling shoulder problems after signing a four-year, $40 million contract.The Yankees also open the season without starters James Paxton and Domingo Germán. Paxton will miss the first two months of the season following back surgery. Germán has been suspended for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.Gerrit Cole, Masahiro (mah-sah-HEE’-roh tah-NAH’-kah) and J.A. Happ are the only hurlers penciled into the season-opening rotation.NFL-NEWS — Jerami Grant scored a career-high 29 points on 12 of 16 shooting as the Nuggets whipped the Pistons, 115-98. Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) furnished 16 points and a season-best four steals for the Nuggets, whose 40-18 record matches their best 58-game as an NBA franchise.— Jayson Tatum nailed a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored 26 of his 36 points in the second half of the Celtics’ 118-106 victory at Portland. Jaylen Brown added 24 points in Boston’s 13th victory in 16 games.— Domantas Sabonis (doh-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs) contributed 21 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists to highlight the Pacers’ 119-80 thrashing of the Hornets. T.J. Warren scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half and Justin Holiday had 16 points as the short-handed Pacers won for the third time in four games.— Dennis Schroder (SHROO’-dur) scored 21 points and made a huge defensive play in the fourth quarter to help the Thunder secure their fourth straight win, 124-122 at Chicago. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which blew a 24-point lead before setting a team record with its ninth straight road win.— Harrison Barnes and De’Aaron Fox each had 21 points and Buddy Hield (heeld) added 19 off the bench as the Kings defeated the Warriors, 112-94. Sacramento has won three straight and nine of 13 after sending the Golden State to its seventh consecutive loss. — 76ers guard Ben Simmons will miss at least two more weeks with nerve issues in his lower back. The All-Star played just a few minutes in Saturday’s loss to Milwaukee before leaving with the back injury.— Grizzlies rookie forward Brandon Clarke hurt his right quadriceps and will be re-valuated in two weeks. Clarke left Monday night’s 124-97 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers after playing only three minutes with what was called hip soreness.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALLWake stuns Duke in 2OTUNDATED (AP) — Seventh-ranked Duke is suddenly struggling to beat in-state opponents. — Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BROHV’-skee) turned back 36 shots and Mike Hoffman scored for the third straight game as the Panthers got past the Coyotes, 2-1. Arizona goaltender Darcy Kuemper (KEHM’-pur) was solid in his return after missing 28 games with a lower-body injury, stopping 23 shots.— Ryan Ellis and Viktor Arvidsson each scored power-play goals in the second period to push the Predators past the Senators, 3-2. Ellis tied it and set up Arvidsson’s go-ahead tally in Nashville’s second straight win.— Mikko Koivu (MEE’-koh KOY-voo) ended a 30-game goal drought by scoring twice in the Wild’s 5-4 verdict over the Blue Jackets. Eric Staal added his 18th goal and Alex Stalock (STAY’-lahk) made 24 saves as Minnesota won for the third time in five games under interim coach Dean Evason (EH’-vah-suhn).— Nikita Gusev (GOO’-sehv) had a goal and an assist as the Devils downed the Red Wings, 4-1. Corey Schneider played for the first time in over a month and stopped 27 shots for the first victory in 12 games since last March 25.NHL-OILERS-YAMAMOTO — Dayton clinched a share of the Atlantic 10 regular-season crown as Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) had 19 points and seven rebounds to carry the fourth-ranked Flyers past George Mason, 66-55. Jalen Crutcher had 13 points to help the Flyers extend the country’s longest current winning streak to 17 games.— Immanuel Quickley had career highs of eight 3-pointers and 30 points in leading eighth-ranked Kentucky to its seventh straight win, 69-60, over Texas A&M. Quickley is the first Wildcat with consecutive games of at least 25 points since Malik Monk in 2017.— Austin Wiley had 15 points and 11 rebounds as No. 15 Auburn held off Mississippi, 67-58. The Tigers improved to 11-4 in the SEC and benefited from the return of Isaac Okoro, who scored 10 points in 27 minutes after missing the previous three games with a hamstring injury.— Cassius Winston scored 19 of his 20 points in the second half and Rocket Watts matched a career high with 21 in helping 24th-rated Michigan State rally to beat No. 18 Iowa. The Spartans are second in the Big Ten at 11-6, 1 ½ games behind Maryland.— Oklahoma earned a 65-51 win over No. 22 Texas Tech behind Kristian Doolittle’s 19 points and eight rebounds. Brady Manek had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Sooners.last_img read more

No. 11 Towson’s faceoff specialist Alex Woodall to play crucial role against No. 2 Syracuse in NCAA quarterfinals

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 18, 2017 at 8:41 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Since Alex Woodall was in seventh grade, his job on the lacrosse field has been to win the faceoff and run off the field.“I kind of just got jealous,” Woodall said of the time. “I wanted to take (the faceoffs) all myself, so I went to my coach, and just dedicated my time to that … The thrill of starting off a game after each quarter or after a goal, all eyes on you… Really just helping out your team in a different way other than scoring goals.”He concentrated on making the most of those moments at the faceoff X — and taking all of them.“Alex,” his mother, Aracelly Woodall, quipped, “why am I paying all this money for you to be just one second in the field?”The faceoff specialist in his first year at No. 11 Towson (11-4, 4-1 Colonial Athletic) looks to continue his season-long domination of the faceoff X against No. 2 Syracuse (13-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) on Sunday in the NCAA quarterfinals at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Delaware.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWoodall enters the game ranked ninth in the country in faceoff win percentage, at 60.9 percent and faces a formidable counterpart in Syracuse’s faceoff specialist, Ben Williams, historically one of the best in the nation. This season, Williams ranks 28th in the country for winning percentage on faceoffs at 54.1.Their two paths to the Round of 16 exhibit their opposite fortunes this season. Woodall won 7-of-13 faceoffs in Towson’s 12-8 victory over Penn State. Williams, whose season has been marred by inconsistency, only went 1-of-12 in Syracuse’s nail-biting win over Yale, 11-10.Towson head coach Shawn Nadelen acknowledged Williams’ recent decline in productivity and suspected that his most recent performance was an aberration.To simulate what Woodall might see Sunday, Towson spent time throughout the week pitting Woodall against his backups. Connor Harryman, one of them, simulated Williams’ tendencies at the faceoff X seen during Wednesday’s film session. While Harryman knew he’s not the perfect replication of the Orange’s top guy, he said that Woodall has one “God-given” ability on his side.“He has a natural hand speed which not a lot of people can compete against,” Harryman said. “But he practices just like any other faceoff guy … He’s just always had the natural ability that not many people are given.”During last week’s matchup with Penn State, Woodall injured his leg and watched from the sideline as Harryman took the reps in the second half. SU head coach John Desko even noted the injury during the press conference after SU’s Yale game, but Nadelen said that Woodall “had a smile on his face” on Monday, and that there were no real worries.If not for a desire to play closer to home, Woodall wouldn’t have ended up at Towson. Out of St. Mary’s (Maryland) High School, Woodall enrolled at High Point and played one season there as the team’s top faceoff man. But at Towson, a program that had been interested in the faceoff specialist since high school, Woodall had opportunity. Both to be closer to his hometown of Annapolis, Maryland and to help a lacrosse team not even a decade old.“I felt that at Towson, there was a little bit more to play for,” Woodall said. “Which I thought would make my career better, just give me more motivation.“Playing for a school in Baltimore, where I grew up, would mean more to me.”Woodall was not in uniform for Towson’s NCAA quarterfinal loss to Loyola last year. In that game, the Tigers tried three different players at the faceoff X, finishing a combined 7-of-22.Now, to defeat the Orange and prevent his team from losing in two straight quarterfinals, Woodall’s success is vital. Woodall can’t anticipate how many faceoffs he’ll take in the fourth quarter against Syracuse on Sunday, but he knows there will be at least one to open the last frame. Seven years after embracing his identity as a faceoff specialist, Woodall will try and win just one more.“I can’t lie, it does get in my head (if I’m struggling),” Woodall said. “If we’re being honest, it does definitely make us all mad, waiting on the sideline ready to get ours first.” Commentslast_img read more

Sailing team stays afloat amid academics, competitions

first_imgThe seven white sails billow as they catch the wind on Lake Mendota, carrying the University of Wisconsin sailing team members farther from the shore outside Memorial Union.UW junior Meg Six and her partner go into a tack to help their boat gain momentum while turning. Just as the 11-foot-long boat seems to tip irreversibly toward the water, Six stands up and yanks the boat back upright.After spending every weekend in March traveling to and from regattas, Six enjoyed two weekends of freedom, and after getting the piers in April 5, the team decided to sail on their own lake for the first time in a long time.Typically Six spends eight to 10 hours of each week practicing, with more time involved on weekends she competes. As a UW club sport athlete, Six is part of a subculture that is less visible than UW varsity athletics, but at times just as dedicated.Juggling it allA French and English double major, Six has learned how to manage her time effectively during the team’s fall and spring competition schedule.The Sailing Team travels a lot, with its meets on the east coast requiring nearly 20 hours of driving each way.Depending on where the meets are, the team returns to Madison anywhere from Sunday evening to 7 a.m. Monday.“I found that with professors, if I talk to them early on in the semester, I can usually find some way to make up for any lost lectures or discussions,” she said. “I generally have a plan with whoever is teaching the class, usually extra work to make-up.”Most professors are flexible, Six said, but when midterms and papers start to pile up having a large team benefits those who need to study instead of compete.The team holds practice Tuesday through Friday each week, with Monday serving as a day to rest and catch up on homework. Team members need to attend two practices each week if they want to compete on the weekends, Six said.During the winter the team does cross-training exercises at the Southeast Recreational Facility. When the ice recedes from Lake Mendota, though, the team starts practice at 2:30 p.m. each day, usually hitting the water around 3-3:30 p.m. after gearing up and rigging the boats.Once on the water, the group does warm-up drills, followed by longer drills. Six said they usually end practice with anywhere from three to five races before heading back in.Club Teams at UWClub teams such as the sailing team have successfully represented UW since the 1960s, according to Dahl. The sailing team exemplifies this success, boasting numerous championships, five All-Americans and three Olympians.UW sailors frequently compete against varsity teams from other schools, which Dahl said is not unusual for UW club teams.Thirty-five clubs represent sports from archery and Frisbee to table tennis, with some clubs fielding more than one team.Unlike varsity athletes who have access to a tutoring center in Camp Randall Stadium, club sport athletes typically form their own study groups or seek academic help from Greater University Tutoring Services.And while varsity athletes are required to maintain a certain grade point average to compete, club sport athletes have no such requirements from UW. Varsity athletes need to have a 1.65 at the end of their first semester, increasing for the next three semesters to 1.80, then up to 1.90 for their junior year and finally a 2.0 for fourth and fifth year eligibility, according to Big Ten and NCAA eligibility requirements. In contrast, a club team’s national governing body may set a GPA threshold, or the club team itself might, Dahl said, but otherwise students are on their own.Competing on the sailing team also has a financial cost, with team members paying for nearly all travel costs. Some club teams do receive funding from segregated fees, Dahl said, but the funds are limited to no more than $2,500, and teams are not eligible for funding until they’ve been around for five years.“The best part”Sailing and school dominate Six’s time at UW, not leaving much room for involvement in other activities.Looking back, even though joining the sailing team forced her to adjust a lot, Six said the benefits of joining outweighed those adjustments.“The best part is just getting the chance to sail and compete with people in the Midwest as well as across the country,” Six said. “I have great friends from all the Big Ten schools, and you get to see a lot of the country by driving around this way.”Six’s noble nature is part of why she made friends, with the honors she earned as a sophomore proving it.last_img read more

Daniels: Beckham’s U.S. career successful

first_imgFor long-time soccer icon David Beckham, it is now safe to say no expectations are too high.After announcing weeks ago that the 2012 Major League Soccer season would be his last one in a Los Angeles Galaxy uniform, Beckham finished his American career with a bang by winning the MLS Cup Saturday night in a style fitting of his up-and-down six-year career with the Galaxy.After going down a goal in the first half, the Galaxy came storming back in the second half – scoring three goals of its own – on the way to its second-consecutive MLS Cup victory.It seemed a nearly impossible task to complete, but over the course of his short career in American soccer, Beckham did exactly as he said he would. He not only increased his own brand as an athlete, but also brought much-needed awareness both domestically and abroad for a league in dire need of attention.While many fans will have differing opinions on the man who has been the face of soccer worldwide for more than a decade, it is hard to deny he has kept the majority of the promises he made when he first arrived to play in the United States in 2007.When Beckham first arrived in July 2007 – with a following of more reporters and photographers than American soccer had ever seen before – and was officially unveiled across the country, it seemed that MLS had hired not a soccer player, but instead a stuntman to bring up ratings in a young and burgeoning league. After all, Beckham was into his 30s, which is typically when most soccer players begin to think about retirement if they have not already done so.Not only that, but his arrival was accompanied with ringing endorsements and TV advertisements from every news outlet around the country and beyond as he was proclaimed the “chosen one” to bring MLS and American soccer to the promised land almost overnight.Other more cynical fans, however, believed the promises too good to be true.Those worst fears became reality almost immediately, as Beckham quickly aggravated an ankle injury he had sustained entering the season and sat out much of his first year, finishing the season with only five starts to his name.Then, after a pair of seasons in 2008 and 2009 that failed to live up to his enormous expectations, Beckham suffered another setback in 2010 and spent even more time on the bench with a torn Achilles tendon.Through the first half of his Galaxy career, it would have been hard to disagree with those who saw Beckham’s U.S. career as one of the biggest flops in sports history. After all, he hadn’t brought the promised championships, very few other big-name European players had followed his lead and attendance at games only increased for the Galaxy home games or those teams that were lucky enough to host Beckham and co.Overall, it was a far cry from the visions of full stadiums and a blossoming American soccer fanbase that many fans expected to magically materialize upon Beckham’s arrival.But much like the 2012 MLS Cup, Beckham’s career could best be characterized as a game of two halves.A closer look at the second half of his six-year career reveals some of the most impressive growth MLS – not to mention American soccer in general – has ever seen.Don’t believe me? Just take a look at the facts.The league that Beckham entered contained only 14 teams. Six years later, America’s premier soccer league boasts a respectable 19 teams.Better yet, the attendance average in 2006 (one year before Beckham joined the team) was 15,504. This has steadily increased to the point where, in its most recent season, MLS broke its attendance record with an average of more than 18,000 fans per game.Looking solely at attendance figures, since Beckham has arrived, professional soccer has become the third-most attended professional sports league in the United States, trailing only the MLB and NFL.Infinitely more important than the attendance figures and the increasing number of teams participating in the league is the presence of the most well-known soccer player in the world putting American soccer on the map. That is one aspect of Beckham’s career American soccer fans can be sure will not be leaving when Beckham does after the dust settles and the championship festivities come to an end in the coming weeks.While he may be moving on to his next challenge, thanks to David Beckham, American soccer is here to stay.Nick is a junior majoring in journalism and political science. Think David Beckham’s time with the Galaxy didn’t live up to expectations? Email him at ndaniels@badgerherald.com or send him a tweet @npdaniels31.last_img read more

Offensive line, running game down in this week’s stock watch

first_img Published on October 16, 2019 at 12:33 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse’s struggles with consistency continued as the Orange (3-3, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) fell to North Carolina State (4-2, 1-1), 16-10, last Thursday at Carter-Finley Stadium.SU’s offense failed to score until there were just 54 seconds left in the third quarter. It did have a chance to win the game with one last drive late in the fourth, but the Orange offense again sputtered out and dropped Syracuse to .500 overall and winless in conference play. SU was strong on the other side of the ball, holding the Wolfpack to just 16 points. It extended its takeaway streak to 20 games, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the ineptness shown on offense.Here’s whose stock is up or down after Syracuse’s disappointing loss to NC State. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textVideo Playerhttp://dailyorange.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/SOC_SU_Andrew.mp4Error loading this resource00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Armstrong turned in the best performance of his Syracuse career against the Wolfpack, tallying a career-high 14 tackles in addition to two tackles for loss and an interception down the stretch. He was key to SU’s overall dominant defensive performance and made a number of big stops from sideline-to-sideline, including a tackle in the second quarter that may have prevented a touchdown. Later on in the second half when the Wolfpack were deep in Syracuse territory, Armstrong read a screen perfectly and picked off the pass, the second interception of his career. While Armstrong and Evan Foster were partly responsible for allowing the lone touchdown of the game — a trick wide receiver pass — the two and head coach Dino Babers chalked up the score to timely, smart play calling. Otherwise, the defense, led in large part by Armstrong, limited the damage and kept Syracuse’s offense in the game.Syracuse’s defense held firm on third downs and red zone opportunities. After struggling on third down during its three-game stretch against Maryland, Clemson and Western Michigan, SU has shown significant improvement during its past two contests, limiting Holy Cross (four-for-18) and NC State (four-for-15) to lower numbers. It forced the Wolfpack to punt the ball six times to Syracuse, which actually had more possession time than NC State. The Orange’s red zone defense, which now ranks tied for 27th in the country in terms of efficiency, also stepped up against the Wolfpack by limiting them to a pair of field goals on their two opportunities. It was by no means perfect, as SU still allowed NC State to score and had both an unsportsmanlike penalty and dropped interception in the end zone, but in a game in which just 26 total points were scored, the Orange were elite defensively.The up-and-down play of Syracuse’s running back core continued on Thursday, as Moe Neal, Abdul Adams and Jarveon Howard combined for just 54 yards on 21 carries. Taking into account the yards lost on the eight times Tommy DeVito was sacked, the Orange rushed for 41 yards on 37 attempts. It marks the third game this season in which they’ve run for 70 yards or fewer. In its other three games this year, Syracuse has averaged 197.6 yards per contest. With a struggling offensive line and little to no downfield passing game, SU often faced stacked boxes and holes that closed just as they appeared.After a two-game stretch in which SU briefly gave DeVito some breathing room in the pocket and allowed just three sacks, the Orange offensive line showed their true form against the Wolfpack. DeVito, who already appeared somewhat banged up and looked hesitant to get hit, was sacked eight times and scrambled from the pocket seemingly every other play. He’s now been sacked 25 times this season, fourth-most in the country, and looks agitated whenever the pocket begins to collapse on him. That’s resulted in an inconsistent passing attack and completely negated DeVito’s running ability, all the while allowing teams to focus on stopping the run. At the midway point of the season, the only thing that’s clear about this Syracuse team is that it’s nowhere near as good as last year’s iteration. The Orange have yet to put together more than two games of consistent play and already have as many conference losses as they did last year, with a home matchup looming on Friday in which they’re an underdog against Pittsburgh. Against NC State, Syracuse had the chance to prove that it was still one of the better teams in the ACC. Instead, it showed that it was in the lower tier of teams in the conference. At the beginning of the season, reasonable expectations had the Orange expanding on their first 10-win season since 2001. Now, they’ll have to scratch and claw to make a bowl game. Commentslast_img read more

Key senator says proposal would better inform medical cannabis consumers

first_imgJOHNSTON — A key senator says it appears there is “one viable option” in the legislature for changing Iowa’s medical marijuana law this year.The Iowa House has approved a measure that changes the calculation of the cap or limit on the amount of the chemical THC that’s allow in cannabis products sold in Iowa. Senate President Charles Schneider said it makes sense to measure dosages in milligrams rather than a percentage, because that’s how other medications are measured.“When you take an Advil, the label tells you how many milligrams of ibuprofen are in that Advil,” Schneider said. “What switching this cap from a percentage to a milligram-based cap would do is more fully inform the consumer exactly what they’re putting into their bodies.”States have been moving to expand access to cannabis products as treatment for medical conditions and a few allow marijuana for recreational use, but it is still classified as an illegal drug under federal law. Schneider, a Republican from West Des Moines, said ideally, he’d like it to be treated like any other medication.“That, I hope, we can get to at some point, but the federal government hasn’t acted,” Schneider said. “We hear a clear outcry from our own constituents who want access to this for the different conditions that they themselves or their family members have and at the end of the day, we have to be responsive to our constituents and that’s what we’ve done with the law that we have on the books now.”The bill that’s passed the House to change dosage measurements is eligible for debate in the Iowa Senate. Representative John Forbes, a Democrat from Urbandale, is a pharmacist who voted for the bill.“Gives more dosing options now for people who go to the medical dispensaries and can then work with their physician when they get the recommendation letter and then work with the people in the dispensary, to make sure they make the best recommendation on dosing for them,” Forbes said.Iowans who’ve been told they only have months to live would be able to get more potent dosages of medical marijuana if the bill becomes law. It would also let physicians assistants and nurse practitioners recommend cannabis as treatment for the 10 medical conditions doctors may recommend cannabis for today.The two legislators made their comments during a weekend appearance on the “Iowa Press” program on Iowa Public Television.last_img read more

The Supercopa points

first_imgAs much as you wanted to whiten the defeat of Barça praising his football for 75 minutes as if the last fifteen were not part of the same game, the shot of Arabia was tremendous and leaves signaled starting with the coach. Valverde is usually the main source of Barça disasters. In Rome, in Liverpool, in the Cup final or in the match against Atlético de Madrid in Jeddah. It seems that Valverde is never responsible for victories and always for defeats. In Jeddah, of course, he also had his share. The Txingurri, after an excellent approach that his players captured with mastery, did not know how to anticipate the events and, since it is an old and legless team, he did not close the game in time. Installed on a pointless correcalles for their interests, Barça ended up losing.But if Valverde did not foresee the scene of the game, the management of Barça players was appalling in the last fifteen minutes. They were responsible to the same extent as the defeat coach. The most stripped by the round trip that the game became was Umtiti, who after having competed well came busted at the end of the clash. His careers behind the strikers of Atletico Madrid were grotesque. Umtiti came to the game with the possibility of claiming and winning a place in the eleven after the tremendous doubts that Lenglet, excessively soft, I was leaving in the last matches. But after an hour and a quarter of correct, intense game and making tactical mistakes (one of Lenglet’s ballasts) if the legs did not give him, he collapsed at the end. Spain Supercup* Data updated as of January 10, 2020 Something similar happened to Busquets, who played an academic game but pointed out the last minutes. He has always suffered when the games split and now, over the years, even more. It was in evidence, but his partners did not help him either. Especially Frenkie de Jong. After an excellent start to the season, the Dutchman is falling. Intranscending in the field, without any influence on decisive passes or on arrival, he also failed in what is supposed to be the best in the world. Impose themselves in the midfield that Atlético had abandoned. “They finished with two midfielders,” Valverde warned at the end of the game. But not even there was De Jong able to lead Barça. Neither circulating the ball, nor putting calm, nor breaking lines. He has lost confidence and hierarchy. Right now he is a waning player.last_img read more

Inconnu Swim Club participates at Winter Age Group Championships in Vancouver

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – In Vancouver, this last weekend, was the Winter Age Group Championship swim meet for males 11-13 years old and females 10-12 years old. Over 460 swimmers from all over BC participated.  Our three athletes, Owen Lang, Alexander McDonald, and Julien Kemp, all swam 7 events each in the three day meet.All three boys improved their best times in almost every race they swam.Alex McDonald had an amazing weekend and achieved 5 best times. This included 9.2 second drop in his 200 breaststroke, 3.6 seconds off his 100 backstroke, and 4.4 seconds off his 100 breaststroke.Julien Kemp had a very successful weekend with 6 best times. Julien placed 15th overall in his 100 backstroke and placed 13th in his 200 backstroke. “In both backstroke races he shaved off big time! He has worked hard it and it showed this weekend”, said Coach Norah.Last, but not least, Owen Lang had some amazing swim this weekend. He found himself in the top eight in 6 out of his 7 swims. Twice, Owen found himself just shy of a bronze medal. First in his 100 butterfly and secondly in his 50 freestyle.  “Owen had a great race in his 100 fly and just missed out on third place by 0.2 seconds!”, Coach Norah reported.Overall, the weekend was a huge success. The athletes not only placed best times but also executed their swims properly. “Swimming isn’t just about going up and down a black line. It’s about strategy too and these Inconnu swimmers are definitely on their way to more great swims.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

A new sheriff in town joins the Fort St. John courthouse

first_imgA total of 12 new sheriffs from the program will be joining the service, stationed in courthouses across the province after completing intense 16 week training at the institute.Skills developed at the program include driver training, firearms, force options, legal studies, report writing and physical fitness, followed by an additional 5 weeks of field-based training in Lower Mainland court locations.“Sheriffs keep our courthouses safe and ensure all court proceedings are more efficient in the interest of justice,” MLA for Peace River North, Pat Pimm said. “It is my pleasure to welcome our new sheriff, Joshua to serve our growing community and wish him the very best in his new role.”- Advertisement -B.C. Sheriffs are trained to uphold the security of our courthouses and the safety of people who use court facilities.Duties include providing security inside and outside courtrooms, performing jail duties, escorting accused, convicted and other persons by ground and air, organizing jury selection and providing jury management, assisting with Coroner’s court, and serving court-related documents.There are approximately 500 full-time equivalent sheriffs working in 45 courthouses and 44 circuit courts in B.C. communities.Advertisementlast_img read more