Syracuse taking advantage of all-professional assistant coaching staff

first_img Published on March 21, 2017 at 11:47 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary As Hannah Dossett took swings off the batting tee, Syracuse assistant Alisa Goler knelt by her side, filming her form. Goler was once in Dossett’s position. She played at Georgia and gained experience from her journey through the Bulldogs’ record book. She rode that experience all the way to the professional ranks.“It’s a lot of the mindset stuff we bring over,” Goler said. “We’ve been through it, we’ve been through the ranks of college. Anything (players) ask us, we’re probably going to have an answer for them.”SU employs a four-person coaching staff. Head coach Mike Bosch is at the top, surrounded by three current professional softball players that give the Orange (17-9, 3-3 Atlantic Coast) opportunities to learn from players at the highest level. There are five teams and just over 125 active players who play in the National Pro Fast pitch softball league. Syracuse coaches have played for three different professional teams, with Goler set to move on to the Texas Charge this season.“We may be the only one that has that many,” Bosch said. “They’ve been similar types of things that our players have been through. When you have someone who’s been through that already, you could draw upon that experience.”All three — Goler, Kristyn Sandberg and Miranda Kramer — were teammates on the Pennsylvania Rebellion in 2015 before the team folded the following year. Their professional season runs during the collegiate offseason. Volunteer assistant coach Miranda Kramer has created her professional career pitching. Goler plays infield and Sandberg catches.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKramer works with a young pitching staff but her left-handed throwing skills give her experience when it comes to coaching freshman pitcher Alexa Romero.“She’s amazing — for me personally, I’ve really enjoyed talking to her and learning from her,” Romero said. “When I watched her over the summer, I got to learn from her then and I still learn from her now.”The experience the Orange coaches have gives them insight to help players reach their full potential. While the priority is to win an ACC championship, the team feels that teaching individual players how to develop professional level skills can provide a similar effect.“Every day you come out you have to work to improve,” Sandberg said. “Whether it’s hitting, whether it’s defensively. It doesn’t matter whether you are trying to train someone to become a professional athlete or simply to win our next game — it’s all about being competitive.”Syracuse feels that the coaching staff experience from the college ranks is the most beneficial part of the professional connection they have. There are benefits of building the character and skills that come along with professional players. SU’s quick access to the pros gives the players close mentors that they can model themselves by.“I played with eight or nine Olympians,” Sandberg said. “You could bring it back to your players and say so and so, who’s the best in the world fails the same way you do. Maybe this could help you, maybe this could help you succeed.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

TT Government Closes CMNG, a State-Run Media House

first_imgOver 100 employees to be laid off The Trinidad and Tobago government on Friday announced the closure of the state-run New Media Group (CNMG) putting more than 100 employees on the breadline.But Public Administration and Communication Minister, Maxie Cuffie, said that a new entity carrying the name, the Trinidad and Tobago Television (TTT) station, would be formed and that the dismissed workers could re-apply for positions.“As you know a decision was taken by cabinet yesterday to wind up the operations of the state-owned media company CNMG and to revisit and resume broadcast through Trinidad and Tobago Television Company Limited,” Cuffie told a news conference Friday.He said in December 2015, Cabinet had appointed a team to look into the operations of CNMG and the Government Information Services Limited (GISL) and whether they were serving their mandates.He said after the report was received, Cabinet authorized an audit of the two companies, adding that “in terms of CNMG, the company has never been able to fulfill its mandate and based on the market share according to a 2014 media survey, which is the last one…the market share was five to six per cent” with two of the radio stations having less than one per cent.“Commercial revenue had fluctuated between TT$30 and TT$33 million over years 2011 to 2015,” Cuffie said, noting that operational costs “had steadily increased ranging from TT$18.1 million in 2011to TT$26.3 million in 2015.Cuffie said that the company had 112 fixed term employees and 37 free lancers.He said the only bright spot for the CNMG group was Radio 100 that was competitive and maintained market share, adding “so that influenced the government’s decision to keep that radio station going”.He said the basis for reverting to TTT as a public service medium is that over the years there had been a great attachment to the brand TTT that was never gained by CNMG.last_img read more

Schafer, Simpson for Copa Centenario draw

first_imgJamaica’s senior men’s national football team head coach Winfried Schafer and team manager Roy Simpson will attend the official draw and team workshop for the historic 2016 Copa America Centenario. The official draw will take place at the prestigious Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, USA, tomorrow, beginning at 8 p.m. The tournament, which will be the 45th edition of Copa America, since its inception in 1916, will be held as part of an agreement between CONMEBOL (the South American football confederation) and CONCACAF (the football confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean) as a special edition between the usual four-year cycle and will feature an expanded field of 16 teams (an increase from the usual 12), with 10 teams from CONMEBOL and six teams from CONCACAF. The tournament will be held from June 3-26 in the USA. The participating countries will be (CONMEBOL) Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela and (CONCACAF) Costa Rica, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, and the USA. The event will include coaches, managers, media liaison officers and broadcasters, as well as executives from the two confederations. They will also participate in the team workshop tomorrow and Monday. Jamaica qualified by being crowned the 2014 Caribbean Cup Champions.last_img read more

Murphy to be offered QPR coaching role – report

first_imgThe Daily Mail suggest QPR are to offer Fulham’s veteran midfielder Danny Murphy a future coaching role in a bid to tempt him to sign for them.Murphy, whose contract expires in the summer, played under Rangers boss Mark Hughes when the Welshman was manager at Craven Cottage.Meanwhile, Juventus have again been linked with Salomon Kalou and Raul Meireles.Kalou to Italy?The Daily Mirror report that Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici watched the Chelsea duo in action against Barcelona and was also at Stamford Bridge for the Blues’ Champions League quarter-final win over Benfica.Kalou, whose contract expires at the end of the season, is said to have also attracted interest from AC Milan.The Mirror also report that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich remains determined to offload the club’s senior players despite their recent performances.It is claimed whoever takes over as manager will be under orders to ship out the likes of Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole as part of a long-term rebuilding job.The Independent say Drogba has told Chelsea he does not want to discuss his future until the end of the season.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Queensland continues its Deaf Touch Football domination

first_imgThank you to David Brady for contributing the article content.Related Links2014 Deaf Nationals QLD won all divisions (Men’s, Women’s and Mixed) Mixed Game 1: QLD A 1 defeated by QLD B 3 Game 2: QLD A 6 defeated ACT 2  Game 3: ACT 1 defeated by QLD B 7  Semi Final (play-off): QLD A 6 defeated ACT 4  Grand Final: QLD B 6 defeated QLD A 3 QLD B won the Shield MVP: Jamie-Lee Lewis (QLD)center_img Queensland successfully defended their national deaf titles in all three divisions last weekend, Men’s Women’s and Mixed.  They did this undefeated and simply raised the bar to another level for the other state deaf teams to achieve at the third edition of the National Deaf Touch Football championships at Grass Field Five at the Queensland State Hockey Centre. The Women’s division saw two teams enter, ACT Pirates and Queensland. Both teams were beneficiaries of the recent years’ Active Deaf Kids programs in their states where Touch Football Australia and Queensland Touch Football assisted the sports’ development.  The match saw Queensland too strong, putting 14 touchdowns over the young ACT Women’s team who showed improvement beyond their first year in the game to put two on the scoreboard. Queensland’s Tegan Blanch demonstrated once again why she is one of the best deaf female players by taking out the MVP for the second successive tournament.Queensland’s two teams in the Mixed division were both too strong for the developing ACT Pirates Mixed team, which saw both Queensland A and B team face off in the final. The final showcased the high level of talent of both the Men’s and Women’s games, who were represented on both teams.  Ron Franklin, Tian Chiem, Cameron Miller, Teegan Blanch, Jake Heywood, and the Mixed division’s MVP, Jamie-Lee Lewis demonstrated high skill level that would not be out of place in some of the mainstream National Touch League sides.For the third year in succession in the Men’s division, Queensland dominated the round matches to secure a place in the Grand Final for their chance of a three-peat against the ACT Pirates and New South Wales. The semi finals saw a close encounter between ACT and NSW, with the lead changing hands until the final quarter of the match that saw ACT take the lead by one, then New South Wales scored one more to tie the match. On the last play New South Wales had the opportunity to close out the match but an unforced error ensured the match remained at 6-all. The first ever drop-off was played at National Deaf Championships level, with New South Wales starting off the first set. Three sets in New South Wales made an error that turned over the play to ACT Pirates, who then played two roll balls, with David Brady finding a gap that enabled him to score and secure the win for ACT Pirates.  In the Men’s grand final Queensland saved their best performance to date at Deaf Touch Football Nationals level.  Under the leadership of Cameron Miller, and guidance around the park by Tiuan Chiem and Jamie-Lee Lewis, Queensland dominated the match scoring nine touchdowns over the ACT Pirates who scored two touchdowns.   An elated Queensland’s Cameron Miller summed up the tournament by saying “winning all three divisions is something we were working towards for the last two months…Every training session, we worked on our moves and polished up our defence and it was great to see it in action…The best thing for all of us was to see the young players play the game… They did us proud…The whole team should be congratulated for their ability to support and encourage each other throughout the tournament – never a cross word was uttered… I feel that is why we played so well.”Tournament Director David Brady praised the fields and referees by stating “the State Hockey Centre provided us with a good green grass pitch that allowed for some great action over the two days. Also it is important to recognise the assistance from Queensland Touch Football’s Gary Madders who sourced referees for the two days.”  Brady went further to state “this tournament was made possible by the new MOU between Touch Football Australia and Deaf Sports Australia, which provided the support in the background to make this happen. This is the third edition and it is clear that the MOU provides the opportunity for both the deaf and Touch Football community to work hard with good support to really grow the game for the future, but as David Brady stressed “if you want something to happen, everyone must work together for it.”Third National Deaf Touch Football Championship 2014 Results:  Men’s  Game 1: NSW 3 defeated by QLD 11 Game 2: ACT 4 defeated by QLD 10 Game 3: ACT 10 defeated NSW 7 Semi Final (Play-off): ACT 7 defeated NSW 6 Grand Final: ACT 2 defeated by QLD 9 QLD won the Shield MVP: Jake Harwood (ACT Pirates) Women’s  Game 1: ACT 2 defeated by QLD 14 Game 2: Demo Match (mix up between two Women’s team) cancelled due numbers QLD won the Shield MVP: Tegan Blanch (QLD)last_img read more

9 months agoChelsea agree to go higher for Zenit midfielder Leandro Paredes

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea agree to go higher for Zenit midfielder Leandro Paredesby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have upped their offer for Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes.The Blues are going to £36m to convince Zenit to sell.The Daily Star says Maurizio Sarri’s side have turned to Zenit midfielder Paredes after being told by Cagliari that £45m starlet Nicolo Barella is off the market.Paredes was next on Chelsea’s wish list and the Argentina international, 24, has now agreed terms on a four-and-a-half year deal worth £80,000-a-week.Chelsea have previously bid £26.8m and £31.2m for Paredes but a third offer is expected to get the deal over the line. last_img read more

Crescent Point Energy Corp cuts quarterly dividend and capital budget

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Crescent Point Energy Corp. has cut its capital budget for this year by about $500 million and slashed its dividend.The company said it will now pay a quarterly dividend of a penny per share, down from three cents per month.However, it says that given its low share price it will buy back up to seven percent its outstanding shares under a normal course issuer bid. The company says it plans a capital budget of $1.2 billion to $1.3 billion.Crescent Point plans to spend about 55 percent of its capital budget on its Viewfield Bakken, Shaunavon and Flat Lake regions.Annual average production is expected to come in at 170,000 to 174,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Jeremy smashes Youth World record at Asian Championship

first_imgNingbo (China): Former world champion Mirabai Chanu produced her personal best but missed out on podium by a whisker, while Youth Olympics gold medallist Jeremy Lalrinnunga went on a record-smashing spree at the Asian Weightlifting Championship here Sunday. The 24-year-old Mirabai lifted 86kg in snatch and a personal best of 113kg in clean and jerk for a total of 199kg in the women’s 49kg event to finish on fourth position. Her earlier personal best total in 49kg was 192kg in the EGAT Cup in Thailand in February. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIn a remarkable performance, 16-year-old Jeremy secured second place in group B of the 67Kg men’s event. During his record-smashing spree, he claimed three world marks. Earlier in the day, Jhili Dalabehera opened India’s medal account, claiming a silver medal in the women’s 45kg category. However, 45kg is not a Olympic weight category. The points gathered from this event will come in handy when the final rankings for 2020 Tokyo Olympics are made next year. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterUnfortunately Mirabai missed the bronze as China’s Zhang Rong with the same total of 199kg (88kg+111kg) finished third under new rules, which came into effect in 2017. Under these rules, the competitor who has a lower clean and jerk result (that means higher snatch result) will be ranked higher in the classification of athletes for total lift. The gold medal went to Hou Zhihui of China who produced an effort of 208kg (92kg+116kg) while North Korea’s Ri Song-gum clinched the silver, lifting 200kg (86kg+114kg) in the gold level Olympic qualifier. After clearing 86kg in her snatch, Mirabai began her clean and jerk with a 109kg and then lifted 113kg successfully. But in her third attempt, the Manipuri could not lift 115kg and that cost her dear. Had she been successful in her attempt to lift 115kg, she would have won a silver with a total of 201kg. Mirabai, however, picked up a bronze in clean and jerk while she was fourth in snatch. In World Championships and continental championships, medals are awarded separately for snatch, clean and jerk, and total lift. But in the Olympics, medals are awarded only for total lift. This was Mirabai’s second international competition in this category after the International Weightlifting Federation re-jigged the weight categories last year. She was earlier competing in 48kg. She had missed the World Championships last year, a gold level Olympic qualifier, owing to a back injury which had also forced her out of the Asian Games in Jakarta. Mirabai returned to action in February, clinching the gold medal in 49kg at the EGAT Cup in Thailand, which was the first of the six Olympic qualifying events for her. Jeremy gave a power-packed performance, smashing the Youth World and Asian records in snatch, clean and jerk and total lift with an effort of 297kg (134kg+163kg) to be placed second in his group behind Pakistan’s Talha Talib, who lifted 304kg (140kg+164kg). The final standings for the men’s 67kg event will be known after group A competition on Monday. Jeremy, in fact, broke 15 records in total, combining national and international marks. He smashed six international records — three youth world and three youth Asian — and nine national records — three youth national, three junior national and three senior national. The Mizoram weightlifter pulled off clean lifts in two of his three attempts in snatch (130kg, 134kg) to set a new youth world record. The earlier youth world record was also in Jeremy’s name when he had lifted 131kg in the EGAT Cup in Thailand in February. Jeremy then lifted more than double his body weight (157kg, 163kg) in two successful attempts in the clean and jerk, and in the process obliterated Kazakhstan weightlifter Saikhan Taisuyev’s youth world record of 161kg. It was Jeremy’s personal best and 9kg more than his 288kg youth world record effort in the EGAT cup, where he won the silver medal. It was his only second international competition in 67kg after the international federation added this weight category last year for the Olympic Games and other events. Jeremy also smashed the 67kg national senior record in snatch, clean and jerk, and total lift. He smashed his own snatch record of 131kg while he erased Gulam Navi’s clean and jerk record of 160kg to better his own total lift record of 288kg. The Asian Championships is a gold level Olympic qualifying event, the points from which will be counted when the final rankings for Tokyo 2020 cut are done. Jeremy had won a gold in the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics in October last year in 62kg category with a total lift of 274kg (124+150). Jhilli, a Junior World Championship bronze medallist, lifted 162kg (71kg+91kg) to finish second behind Vietnam’s Vuong Thi Huyen who lifted 168kg (76kg+92kg). The bronze medal went to Mary Flor Diaz of Philippines for her 158kg (69kg+89kg) effort. On Saturday, Muthupandi Raja finished 13th in men’s 61kg category with a total lift of 265 kg (117kg+ 148kg).last_img read more

155 flights delayed as Air Indias checkin software shuts down for more

first_imgNew Delhi: Thousands of Air India passengers had a harrowing time at airports across the world on Saturday as its 155 flights were delayed due to the shutdown of its check-in software for more than five hours due to a technical snag. The national carrier’s chairman and managing director (CMD) Ashwani Lohani said that the passenger service system (PSS) software, which looks after check-in, baggage and reservation, did not work from 3.30 am to 8.45 am on Saturday. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework During this time period, thousands of Air India passengers were stranded at airports globally as the airline staff was unable to issue a boarding pass to them. Air India’s PSS is owned and managed by Atlanta-based SITA company. Lohani said that “till 10 am total 85 flights were delayed” because of PSS shutdown. “Because of the 85 flights that have been delayed, a ripple effect will take place throughout the day,” he said, adding that a “few flights will also be cancelled because of this delay”. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Later in the day, the airline’s spokesperson clarified that a total of 155 flights would be delayed for an average duration of two hours till 8.30 pm. The average number of flights that Air India group, which also includes subsidiaries Alliance Air and Air India Express, flies daily is around 674. It is mostly the domestic flights that have been affected the most due to the software shutdown, Lohani clarified. “International departures will not be facing much problems…There will be delay in one or two international flights. One Delhi-Shanghai flight is getting delayed by about 1.5 hours. The flights that are departing for Europe are largely running on time,” he said. About affected passengers, the CMD said that the airline is trying its best to inform them through social media and its call centre. “But as the magnitude is so big, it is possible that our call centre is not able to handle the volume,” he said. The passengers who will miss their flights will be given hotel accommodations or they will be rescheduled in a different flight of Air India or of an another airline, he said. Lohani said that SITA is currently looking into what caused the shutdown. “They are checking if it was because of virus or for any other reason. They are still searching for the root cause,” he said. No other Indian airline apart from Air India uses SITA’s PSS software. When asked if SITA would be compensating the airline for disruption in its operations, the CMD replied that “we will have to take a look into it”. SITA regretted the inconvenience caused and said it had experienced a complex system issue during server maintenance early morning which resulted in operational disruption to flights. “We have now fully restored services at all airports where Air India were affected. Our priority remains, as always, to ensure a stable system where customers can conduct business efficiently and effectively, and we are undertaking a full investigation to understand the root cause and prevent a recurrence,” SITA said in a statement to PTI. Many passengers vented their ire on social media on Saturday morning. A Dr Sonal Saxena tweeted at 7.20 am, “Utter chaos. Air India systems not working at Delhi since 3 am. All flights grounded and delayed. No checkins and boarding.” When asked why passengers were not informed about flight delays through SMS or social media during the shutdown, the Air India CMD said, “Whenever any other system does not function properly, we use PSS to get contact information of passengers and then contact them. But when our PSS itself has stopped working, there is no way we can inform them.” A similar incident took place on June 23 last year when a technical glitch in the airline’s check-in software delayed 25 of its flights across India. The airline had tweeted on June 23, “Due to unexpexted network connectivity issues at SITA #Atlanta #Datacenter , which had a #worldwide impact, 25 flights were delayed from 1210 hrs to 1510 hrs on #Airindia network. Operations are normal now (sic).”last_img read more