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Cesc Fabregas slams Maurizio Sarri for decision during Europa League final

first_imgCesc Fabregas criticises Maurizio Sarri for not bringing on Chelsea captain Gary Cahill in Europa League final Advertisement Ewan RobertsThursday 30 May 2019 7:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link871Shares The Italian chose to bring on Davide Zappacosta in the last few minutes instead (Picture: Getty)Cesc Fabregas has criticised Maurizio Sarri for not handing Chelsea captain Gary Cahill one last farewell appearance in the Blues’ comprehensive Europa League final win over Arsenal.Chelsea blew away their London rivals in a rampant second half in Baku on Wednesday night, with a brace from Eden Hazard and goals from Olivier Giroud and Pedro sealing the win.Cahill, who will leave Chelsea when his contract expires this summer, was left on the bench throughout despite the wide margin of victory, with Davide Zappacosta coming on as the final sub in the 89th minute instead. Cahill was denied one last appearance but got to lift the trophy (Picture: Getty)Cesar Azpilicueta, who was wearing the armband in Baku, was quick to invite Cahill to lift the trophy with him, but both Fabregas and Eidur Gudjohnsen felt Sarri missed an opportunity to properly honour the centre-back with a late cameo.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘A fantastic servant for the club. I mean, if there is one thing that I am missing tonight, it was this touch from somebody,’ Fabregas told BT Sport.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Especially it should come – and I know it’s his [Sarri’s] night, I don’t want to say anything negative tonight – but a little touch to Gary Cahill, five minutes to go, 4-1 against Arsenal, put him on, give him the armband.‘Let him leave as a proper hero as he deserves. I missed that to be honest. But anyway, great night for Chelsea football club.’center_img Fabregas, who gets a winners’ medal, felt Sarri should have brought Cahill on (Picture: BT Sport)Gudjohnsen, who was also in the studio, agreed: ‘That is absolutely spot on. I am not sure it even crossed Sarri’s mind, because maybe as a coach he was so focused on everything that goes on.’Cesc chimed in: ‘But that’s why you have people around you as well that help you.’Gudjohnsen agreed again, saying: ‘Yeah, people that say, “Listen, five minutes to go, 4-1 up, show the respect that he deserves”. He’s been a fantastic servant to Chelsea.’Sarri’s treatment of Cahill – who has been ostracised from the first team, playing just twice in the Premier League this season for a total of 22 minutes – is believed to have annoyed a number of the Chelsea squad.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Gobernador Wolf: 12 condados más pasan a la fase verde el 26 de junio

first_img June 19, 2020 Gobernador Wolf: 12 condados más pasan a la fase verde el 26 de junio Español,  Press Release,  Public Health En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció que 12 condados más pasarán a la fase verde de reapertura por la pandemia de COVID-19 a las 12:01 a.m. del viernes 26 de junio. Los condados incluyen a Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia y Susquehanna.El condado de Philadelphia cumplió con los criterios y pasará a la fase verde del estado el 26 de junio; sin embargo, los funcionarios locales mantendrán algunas restricciones adicionales hasta el 3 de julio. La Administración Wolf ha apoyado algunas solicitudes específicas de los condados en relación con más restricciones durante el proceso de reapertura gradual.“Cuando estos 12 condados cambien de fase el 26 de junio, tendremos a casi todos los condados en fase verde”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Es un testimonio para los muchos residentes y empresas que se han sacrificado en los últimos tres meses para quedarse en casa y cumplir con la guía que el estado ha brindado para proteger tanto vidas como medios de vida. A medida que comenzamos a reabrir, insto a que todos se mantengan alerta y continúen con el distanciamiento social para mantener el impulso de la mitigación que tenemos en marcha”.El único condado que no está listo para pasar a la fase verde el 26 de junio es el Condado de Lebanon. Haciendo caso omiso del consejo de expertos en salud pública y de las órdenes del Gobernador Wolf y la Secretaria de Salud, Dra. Rachel Levine, que tenían como objetivo mantener saludables a los residentes de Pennsylvania, los comisionados del condado de Lebanon votaron 2 a 1 a lo largo de las líneas partidarias para reabrir prematuramente a fines de mayo. Ahora, el condado enfrenta un aumento en los casos y no puede pasar a la fase verde.“La decisión partidaria y política del condado de Lebanon de ignorar a los expertos en salud pública y reabrir prematuramente está teniendo graves consecuencias para la salud y la seguridad de los residentes del condado”, dijo la Dra. Levine. “El número de casos ha aumentado y el condado aún no está listo para la reapertura. El condado de Lebanon ha perjudicado sus avances al reabrir antes de tiempo. Debido a esta decisión irresponsable, los residentes del condado de Lebanon tienen un mayor riesgo de contraer COVID-19”.El panel de información sobre los casos por condado y los criterios para considerar la reapertura se pueden encontrar aquí.El Proceso de reapertura de Pennsylvania del Gobernador Wolf describe las restricciones vigentes para los condados en fase amarilla o fase verde. A partir de hoy, hay 54 condados en fase verde y 13 condados en fase amarilla.A medida que los condados reabren, Pennsylvania continúa viendo una disminución constante de los casos, un indicador positivo de que su plan de reapertura gradual y medido está funcionando para lograr equilibrar la salud pública y la recuperación económica.El análisis de los CDC de los datos de casos propios del estado coloca a Pennsylvania entre solo tres estados que tienen una disminución constante de los casos durante 42 días. Los otros dos estados son Hawaii y Montana.De acuerdo con un análisis del New York Times, los nuevos casos de COVID-19 están disminuyendo en menos de la mitad de todos los estados y territorios de EE. UU.“Al realizar pequeñas medidas recomendadas por los CDC y el Departamento de Salud de Pennsylvania, podemos continuar interrumpiendo las líneas de transmisión del virus incluso al tiempo que reanudamos nuestras actividades diarias”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Cosas como lavarnos las manos, llevar nuestra propia agua a las prácticas deportivas y, por supuesto, usar máscaras”.De acuerdo con estudios revisados por pares en el New England Journal of Medicine y un estudio reciente de las universidades de Cambridge y Greenwich, el uso de máscaras evita que las personas contagien COVID-19 a otras personas sin saberlo, y puede ser crucial a medida que nos preparamos para un posible rebrote del virus en el otoño.Fase amarillaA partir del 19 de junio, estos 13 condados pasan a la fase amarilla: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia y Susquehanna.En la fase amarilla se alivian algunas restricciones en el trabajo y en la interacción social, al tiempo que otras, como el cierre de escuelas, gimnasios y otros centros de recreación en lugares cerrados, salones de belleza y manicura, al igual que las limitaciones en torno a las grandes reuniones, permanecen vigentes.La finalidad de esta fase es comenzar a reactivar la economía mientras se vigilan de cerca los datos sobre de salud pública con el fin de garantizar que la propagación de la enfermedad permanezca contenida en la mayor medida posible.Restricciones respecto del trabajo y la congregaciónEl teletrabajo debe continuar cuando sea factibleLas empresas con operaciones en persona deben cumplir las órdenes de seguridad para las empresas y en los edificiosEl cuidado de niños puede abrir conforme a la guíaLas restricciones para los servicios de atención conjunta y las prisiones siguen vigentesLas escuelas pueden brindar instrucción en persona solo de acuerdo con la guía del Departamento de EducaciónRestricciones socialesSe levanta el orden de quedarse en casa que tenía la finalidad de lograr una mitigación agresivaLas reuniones grandes de más de 25 personas están prohibidasEs obligatorio el uso de máscaras al ingresar a un negocioLa venta minorista en persona está permitida; se prefiere la entrega en la acera y el envíoLa recreación en lugares cerrados, centros de salud y bienestar y servicios de cuidado personal (como gimnasios, spas, salones de belleza, salones de manicura y otras entidades que ofrecen terapia de masaje), y todos los entretenimientos (como casinos, teatros) permanecen cerradosLos restaurantes y bares pueden abrir para ofrecer servicios al aire libre, además del servicio de comidas para llevar y para enviarFase verdeA partir del 19 de junio, estos 54 condados están en la fase verde: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Elk, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, Luzerne, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming y York.Luego de que un condado pasa a la fase amarilla, es supervisado de cerca para detectar el aumento del riesgo, como los brotes significativos. Si el riesgo general permanece mitigado durante 14 días, el condado pasará a la fase verde.La fase verde alivia la mayoría de las restricciones al levantar las órdenes de quedarse en casa y cierre de empresas para permitir que la economía reabra estratégicamente al tiempo que se continúa priorizando la salud pública. Algunas restricciones, como el uso de máscaras, sí permanecen vigentes.Es importante continuar supervisando a los indicadores de la salud pública y ajustar las órdenes y las restricciones según sea necesario para garantizar que la propagación de la enfermedad se mantenga al mínimo.Restricciones respecto del trabajo y la congregaciónSe recomienda enfáticamente la continuación del teletrabajoLas empresas con operaciones en persona deben seguir los requisitos actualizados de seguridad en las empresas y en los edificiosTodas las empresas que operan con una ocupación del 50% en la fase amarilla pueden aumentar a una ocupación del 75%El cuidado de niños puede abrir conforme a la guíaLas restricciones para los servicios de atención conjunta siguen vigentesLas restricciones con respecto a las prisiones y hospitales se determinan de manera individual de acuerdo a cada instituciónLas escuelas están sujetas a las guías de los CDC y del estadoRestricciones socialesLas reuniones grandes de más de 250 personas están prohibidasEs obligatorio el uso de máscaras al ingresar a un negocioLos restaurantes y bares abren al 50% de su ocupaciónLos servicios de cuidado personal (que incluyen peluquerías y barberías) abren al 50% de su ocupación y solo con cita previaLa recreación en interiores, los centros de salud y bienestar, y los servicios de cuidado personal (como gimnasios y spas) abren con una ocupación del 50%. Se recomienda enfáticamente la implementación de citas previasTodos los entretenimientos (como casinos, teatros y centros comerciales) abren al 50% de su ocupaciónLa actividad relacionada con la construcción puede volver a su capacidad total con la implementación constante de protocolosEl estado continúa usando las métricas basadas en el riesgo de la Carnegie Mellon University y el panel de datos del Departamento de Salud y de la Agencia de Manejo de Emergencias de Pennsylvania disponible aquí.El estado continúa aumentando las pruebas e intensificando los esfuerzos para realizar el rastreo de contactos. Hasta el 18 de junio, se registra un total de 518 rastreadores de contactos y un total de 4,161 contactos que están siendo monitoreados.El Departamento de Salud recibió un total de 89,350 resultados de pruebas en los últimos siete días, un promedio de 12,764 por día. El promedio de los resultados de las pruebas recibidos en 30 días es más de 13,934.En total se sumaron 2,763 casos a las investigaciones durante la semana del 12 al 18 de junio.La última guía para empresas, que incluye la guía para recreación al aire libre se puede encontrar aquí.La guía preliminar sobre deportes se puede encontrarse aquí.View this information in English.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

The suburb south of Brisbane where homes almost sell themselves

first_img39-41 Rangeview St Rochedale South is on the market now.Although the suburb appears to be popular with buyers, it is still very affordable with the current median house price sitting at $510,000. As well as quick sales, the suburb had the highest amount of house sales across the Albert and Logan region with 250 over the last 12 months. Price growth has also been healthy at 4 per cent over 12 months, but this paled when compared to nearby suburbs which grew at much stronger rates. Park Ridge has seen a median house price boom of 16.2 per cent over the same period while Slacks Creek’s median grew by 8.4 per cent. 76 Parfrey Road Rochedale SouthHOMES in Rochedale South are the quickest to sell across the region, according to data from CoreLogic.Houses in the suburb have the lowest median days on market for any suburb across the Albert and Logan region, at just 20 days.It is one of the faster suburbs across with the Brisbane region with just 20 suburbs having fewer median days on market. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The suburb borders Springwood, Underwood and Rochedale, and has easy access to Brisbane and the Gold Coast via the Pacific Motorway. last_img read more

FIFA Best Award: Messi in rigging scandal

first_imgRelatedPosts Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Messi scores twice in Barca friendly Messi becomes football’s second billionaire + Top 10 Lionel Messi has been caught up in a vote-rigging storm as several countries table complaints.FIFA’s The Best voting system has been accused of being rigged after several nations tabled complaints.Barcelona star Lionel Messi pipped Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo, of Juventus, to the gong on Monday night.The national team coach, captain and a journalist from each country gets one vote in each category.However, Sudan’s coach Zdravko Lugarisic and Nicaragua’s Juan Barrera have alleged their ballots do not represent what they actually submitted.Barrera is reported to have said: “I did not vote for Messi. I was surprised to be on the list of captains who voted for Messi and there is no explanation how it appeared there.”Lugarisic was also listed as voting for Messi as his first choice but he has taken a screenshot to show he opted for Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.However FIFA insist the documents submitted by the Nicaraguan and Sudanese FAs were published correctly and arrived with official stamps.They have contacted the two FAs to inquire on the matter.Meanwhile, the Egyptian Football Federation claim their votes, by coach Shawki Ghareeb and captain Ahmed Elmohamady, were not included in the results.“The Egyptian Football Federation officially sent Egypt’s vote to Fifa on 15 August, four days before the deadline,” a statement by the Egyptian governing body read.“National team captain Ahmed Elmohamady voted while the Olympic team’s manager Shawki Ghareeb voted after the resignation of the coaching staff.”It “asks Fifa why the Egyptian vote was not accepted” and has decided to open an “investigation” into the circumstances of this failure.In response to Egypt’s complaint, a FIFA spokesperson told Reuters: “The Egyptian FA have received two reminders to submit the properly signed voting forms on 19 August 2019.”Tags: FIFA Best AwardLionel Messilast_img read more

Brunt confident West Brom can end slump

first_img The Baggies will go into Monday evening’s Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield on the back of five defeats in their last six games. Brunt believes the busy programme of games in December and January and injuries took its toll on a squad unable to be rotated in the same way as at the bigger clubs. But the Northern Ireland international is confident Albion can emulate previous years and have a strong finale to the campaign, saying: “We are going through a bit of a rough patch at the moment but, for a club our size and for the money we’ve got and spent, we are still ninth in the league, 34 points.” Press Association He continued: “We are moving in the right direction but the last few weeks we haven’t been great. We know that ourselves and know where we’ve got to improve to get it right. “December and January is a pretty hectic period and it’s one where we have tended to struggle a bit in the last few seasons and then picked up in February. “Hopefully that will be the case again – starting on Monday. Our squad has been really stretched over the last few months, a lot of games and a few injuries have really hurt us. “The boys have just had to play through it or play out of position because we don’t have the luxury of rotating the team other clubs can to keep players fresher.” Albion, currently lying in ninth position despite their poor run of results, will only play one match a week through until May and will also have next weekend off after an early exit from the FA Cup. Brunt said: “From here on in, we go back to playing once a week and, when you have a smaller squad, that does suit you much better. I think that’s one of the reasons we’ve had strong ends to the last couple of seasons. We’re all human, you just can’t press the play button and off you go again. When players are carrying knocks or have a lot of games, it does take its toll. “That’s why the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have such big squads, to carry them through the busy periods without suffering but we don’t have that luxury.” center_img Skipper Chris Brunt is convinced West Brom will emerge from their current slump now they face a less demanding schedule for the remainder of the campaign.last_img read more

Slaven Bilic tells high-flying West Ham to shoot on sight against Chelsea

first_img “I am happy with that part of our game, we are creating chances, we are playing well,” he said. “The only thing I would like the team to do more is shoot. Sometimes we are waiting too long in clear-cut situations which is not always necessary. Sometimes you need to try your luck. “It’s sometimes difficult to create the chances which will put you one-on-one against the goalkeeper, and we have the players who are very dangerous when they shoot in training from 20 or 25 yards. That’s what I’d like to see us do more.” While Jose Mourinho’s wilting champions will arrive in east London in a lowly 12th place, West Ham are flying high in fourth. Bilic has so far tried to play down expectations at the club but, ahead of the cross-London clash, even the laid-back Croat admitted things are looking good so far. “I don’t know how long we can stay there, we’re going to try to continue to play good, or better, and with a little bit of luck and if we stay away from injuries we have a chance in every game,” he added. “Where that will bring us in a couple of months, or at the end, I don’t know. “We are realistically optimistic. We are playing good; on one hand we can improve in all things but on the other we know this is the Premier League and every game is extremely difficult.” Press Association The Hammers have rattled in 20 goals already this term – only Manchester City have more – with Diafra Sakho, Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini and even right-back Carl Jenkinson chipping in. But ahead of Saturday’s visit of the Blues, Upton Park boss Bilic said he wants his sharp shooters to take aim even more often, just like they do in training. Chelsea are finally showing signs of life, having beaten Aston Villa last weekend before a battling goalless Champions League draw at Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday. “They played good game in Kiev, they were very solid, like the old Chelsea from last year,” said Bilic. “I watched the game, and I wasn’t happy after the game because they looked really good as a team; they were sharp, with great individuals. “Some of the performances from players who didn’t play that good recently, they played really good. And they are Chelsea!” West Ham may be the Premier League’s second-highest scorers but Slaven Bilic wants them to adopt a shoot-on-sight policy – starting against Chelsea. last_img read more

Murray Seeded No 1 in a Grand Slam for the First…

first_imgAndy Murray has been named as the top seed for the Australian Open which starts next week, the first time the Scot has been ranked No 1 in a Grand Slam.Murray, a five-time finalist, will be chasing his first Melbourne title while his main rival will be six-time winner Novak Djokovic who has been handed the second seed position.The pair have met in four previous finals, including last year, with Djokovic winning on all four occasions and having beaten Murray in Doha last week, the Serb will be confident of becoming the first man to win the Australian Open on seven occasions. Federer return to Grand Slam action having missed the US Open and the second half of last season with back and knee injuries and having dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since 2002, he is seeded 17th meaning a possible third round tie with Murray or Djokovic could be on the cards.The four-time Aussie Open champion is chasing an 18th Grand Slam title but has not won a major since Wimbledon in 2012 and Melbourne next week will be his first competitive tournament since Wimbledon last year.Nadal is seeded ninth and a potential quarter-final opponent for the top four. The 14-time Grand Slam champion is without a major in almost three years and suffered a five-set first round defeat to Fernando Verdasco in Melbourne last year.In the women’s singles, defending champion and world No 1 Angelique Kerber leads the way followed by 22-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams.Britain’s Johanna Konta, a semi-finalist at Melbourne Park 12 months ago, is the No 9 seed.  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wireless coverage constantly a concern

first_imgFew students would disagree that USC’s wireless Internet service is due for some fine-tuning, but they might not realize the amount of work and money required to improve wireless coverage.Connect · Students studying in Leavey Library take advantage of the improved wireless coverage in the library and surrounding area. – Vicki Yang | Daily Trojan In 2006, Information Technology Services began working to improve its wireless coverage, which had been in place since 2002. ITS added almost 1,000 wireless Internet access points to the pre-existing 620, increasing coverage roughly 160 percent.But those improvements have not satisfied USC students. In fact, every candidate in the recent Undergraduate Student Government election mentioned improving wireless as one of his or her platform points.“We’ve had enough student feedback to know that there’s an issue, and I think it’s why you saw candidates talking about it in the student government campaigns,” said John Baldo, director of university affairs for USG. “I think everyone kind of agrees it is something we should have. I think ITS is pretty onboard with making sure we have it.”Newly elected USG president Chris Cheng said USG’s focus for next year will shift toward improving wireless in the residence halls, as many students have complained about the spotty coverage.“Before the elections, we had a research period where we talked to as many students as possible,” Cheng said. “There really is a high demand for improvement in the residence halls, and in the core academic buildings — Von KleinSmid and Taper Hall, places where a lot of people have their General Education courses.”Kevin Durkin, director of communications for ITS, said sometimes it is not the number of access points that creates a weak signal but other types of interference, such as microwave ovens or the wire mesh in the walls of buildings.Cheng stressed that USG is not suggesting that ITS isn’t doing its job in providing wireless to students.“But in places where the wireless is weak and low, we want to strengthen it,” he said.Until recently, wireless coverage was inconsistent, even in Leavey Library, a main study spot for both graduate and undergraduate students. Last semester, USG conducted a meticulous survey of Leavey library, measuring signal strength across the building and identifying its weakest points, gathering student feedback and meeting with library staff and ITS Field Services Director Gabe Ochoa.“John Baldo presented a very comprehensive report,” said Hugh McHarg, executive director of communications and public programming for the USC libraries. “And we’re very glad the student government folks engaged in that because Internet access is an important part of the service we provide at the library.”The library agreed to add four new access points, and ITS paid for three more. Each new wireless access point costs $900.“ITS paid for three access points, so we’re very grateful to them for working with us,” Baldo said. “And now we have seven new access points over the second, third and fourth floors [of Leavey], because those are the floors where students are studying the most.”Next, USG will work to improve the wireless available in common outdoor areas, such as McCarthy Quad.“With something like this, you have to start somewhere and sort of focus on one area at a time. You can’t just walk in and say, ‘I want every building next week,’ because there’s this huge cost you have to take into consideration,” Baldo said.Students disagreed as to whether the first step should be improving wireless in the dorms or in common areas.“I don’t know how it is in different residence halls, but I know that mine doesn’t get wireless,” said Robert Peterson, a sophomore majoring in music industry who lives in Parkside International Residential College.Peterson said he thinks improving wireless near the dorms will be an asset to students.Others, however, think wireless in classrooms needs to be the priority.“I think classrooms should come first. From what I see, I don’t see a lot of people using their laptops outside,” said Esmeralda del Rio, an undecided sophomore. “My sociology professor always has a hard time getting wireless on her laptop when she’s about to show slideshows. It takes her about, like, five minutes. And sometimes, when she wants to use the Internet, she can’t.”Kimberly Kanable, a freshman majoring in environmental engineering, said she thinks it makes sense to start with classrooms and common spaces, as Ethernet connections are available in the residence halls. Baldo said the biggest problem in attempting to improve wireless coverage in any given building is figuring out who is going to cover the cost.“You know everyone wants perfect wireless in their building, so you can imagine ITS is trying to accommodate what everyone wants, but it’s not really possible when it’s $900 an access point,” Baldo said.Durkin emphasized ITS is committed to providing the campus with the wireless coverage it increasingly needs.“ITS recognizes that the increased use of mobile devices — laptops, iPhones, Blackberries and so forth — is driving the demand for improved wireless service, so in response to that we are looking for alternative approaches to providing pervasive, reliable wireless coverage across both campuses. So in other words, stay tuned,” Durkin said.last_img read more

WLAX : Tewaaraton Trophy finalists lead final four teams in NCAA tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The final four in Stony Brook, N.Y., begins Friday when No. 4 seed Syracuse takes on No. 1 seed Florida. No. 2 Northwestern and No. 3 Maryland will square off in the second matchup. The semifinals not only boasts the top four teams in the nation, but also four of the nation’s top five players.Each remaining team features one of the five Tewaaraton Trophy finalists, who will try to make a final case for winning the award. Only Becky Lynch of North Carolina has been eliminated from postseason contention. Michelle Tumolo and Syracuse defeated the Tar Heels in the quarterfinals last weekend.Here’s a look at the four candidates competing this weekend and their standout seasons:Michelle Tumolo, Syracuse, attackTumolo has arguably the best chance of any Syracuse player in the program’s history to win the Tewaaraton Trophy. The Big East Offensive Player of the Year scored 43 goals to go along with a team-leading 40 assists during the regular season. The attack is the Orange’s second Tewaaraton finalist, joining Katie Rowan in 2008.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs SU’s offense slumped down the stretch and scored just 14 goals during two Big East tournament games, Tumolo slumped as well. The junior scored just three goals and only tallied one assist during the two games. But on Saturday against No. 5 seed North Carolina with Syracuse’s season on the line, Tumolo turned in perhaps the most impressive individual performance of any player this season.With the Orange trailing the Tar Heels 16-15 in the final minute of regulation, Tumolo set up in her usual position behind the opposing net. The junior found fellow attack Kailah Kempney wide-open on the crease for the game-tying goal with 39 seconds remaining. And just 34 seconds later, Tumolo scored her fourth goal of the game to send SU to the final four.‘I had an opportunity to watch their game against North Carolina, and they refuse to lose,’ Florida head coach Amanda O’Leary said during a teleconference on Monday. ‘They find a way to win. I watched Michelle’s incredible goal with five seconds left. You want to talk about an offensive powerhouse … that’s a team to be reckoned with.’Brittany Dashiell, Florida, midfielderIn just three seasons of the program’s existence, Florida has become a national power. The Gators rose to No. 1 in the nation and earned their first No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament this year.And Dashiell was recognized as the program’s first-ever Tewaaraton finalist.The junior midfielder paced UF with 23 goals and finished third on the team in points with 59. She also gathered 27 ground balls and 42 draw controls, both second on the team.Dashiell, of Bel Air, Md., is one of 13 players from Maryland on the UF roster as head coach Amanda O’Leary has made the state her personal recruiting stomping grounds.‘They provide the bulk of our program,’ O’Leary said during the teleconference Monday. ‘When I hit the road recruiting it was one of the first places I went to because it has such a strong tradition of having great lacrosse players, that Baltimore area. … It’s fun to watch them have the opportunity to watch them come down here and develop.’Dashiell has keyed the program’s development and will have a chance to make more history for Florida this weekend.Katie Schwarzmann, Maryland, midfielderSchwarzmann was an absolute scoring machine for Maryland this season. The midfielder’s 63 goals are the third-most in the nation and the most of any finalist.Like Florida’s Dashiell, Schwarzmann is a complete player. The junior’s 29 ground balls and 40 draw controls were the second most for the No. 3 Terrapins.Schwarzmann has been at her best this season during the Terrapins’ biggest games. The midfielder set an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament record by scoring 11 goals en route to winning the ACC championship and ACC tournament MVP.What was perhaps most impressive about her ACC tournament performance, though, was the way she adjusted throughout the season.Maryland found itself a rare underdog in the ACC tournament semifinals against Duke after losing to the Blue Devils 10-9 during the regular season. In the ACC tournament, the Terrapins routed Duke 12-3, and Schwarzmann scored four goals.Taylor Thornton, Northwestern, midfielderEven with reigning Tewaaraton Trophy-winner Shannon Smith still on the roster, Thornton became the star for Northwestern under head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller this season.After being named the 2011 IWLCA Division I Defensive Player of the Year, the midfielder is leading the No. 2 Wildcats with 44 ground balls and a career-high 27 goals.‘(I) have had a chance to watch her play throughout the season occasionally and she’s someone that’s super fun to watch,’ Maryland head coach Cathy Reese said during the teleconference. ‘(Hiller’s) done a great job with players playing defense and moving to the midfield and just contributing on both ends of the field there.‘And she’s just an outstanding athlete, and I think that’s what sets her apart.’Thornton has the opportunity to become Northwestern’s sixth Tewaaraton winner – a feat unmatched by any other program – and the fourth different Wildcat to earn the honor.dbwilson@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Published on May 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Mixed injury news for Irish squad

first_imgBrady has suffered back spasms while Walters has an achilles injury.In better news Robbie Keane trained with the rest of the players.The first group match is against Sweden next Monday. In other Euro 2016 injury news, Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill says Kyle Lafferty’s groin injury is not serious.The former Norwich forward limped out of training this morning but O’Neill has allayed fears that he is a risk for the tournament.Lafferty was Northern Ireland’s top scorer in qualifying with seven goals.In  Women’s soccer, Ireland are in action this evening as they host Montenegro in a Euro 2017 qualifier.Kick off in Tallaght is at 7.last_img