Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 7, 2014 at 12:21 am Contact Connor: email@example.com | @connorgrossman On a picturesque day at SU Softball Stadium on Sunday, Syracuse did something it hadn’t done all season. The Orange played at home. And while the situation was novel for Syracuse (13-18, 6-7 Atlantic Coast), the Orange continued a troubling trend by combining for 16 strikeouts in a doubleheader against North Carolina State (23-10, 12-4 ACC), losing 8-6 in the first game and 7-0 in the second. Strikeouts have plagued Syracuse this season, and the team is trying to cut down on them by taking quality at-bats. “We just have to keep coming back every game and working on our same approach,” said junior outfielder Mary Dombrowski, “and not giving up on the things we’ve been working on all week. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s going to get better with the more pitches you fight off and see.”Fighting off pitches and battling was a strength for Syracuse in game one against N.C. State pitcher Emily Weiman, who threw 137 pitches in a strenuous seven innings. Just 20 minutes after the final out of game one, Weiman returned to the mound again for game two and stymied SU’s offense, shutting it out in an 88-pitch complete game shutout.“I think we need to be better than that,” SU head coach Leigh Ross said. “We gave away too many at-bats.”Half of the Orange’s strikeouts in game two came on 0-2 counts, as most hitters weren’t seeing pitches as well as they did earlier in the day. Players were confused by their inability to get anything going in the second game after seeing 137 pitches in the first. In the second game, Syracuse had a hit in five of the six innings, but was unable to plate a run. The team’s approach of taking quality at-bats includes moving runners up, seeing a lot of pitches and making solid contact, among other things. The Orange didn’t do those things well, and it showed in the final score. “She mixed up pitch locations more with me in the second game,” said freshman catcher Nicole Lundstrom. “I don’t know, maybe we just weren’t seeing it the same as we did in the second game. It’s hard to figure out.”The Orange doesn’t have much time to figure things out at the plate, with only 11 ACC games left in the season — six of those against Florida State and Virginia Tech, which are ahead of SU in the standings. Weiman had trouble with the Syracuse lineup in the first game of the doubleheader, but found a groove the second time around. Julie Wambold went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs in game one, but was held hitless in game two. And Shirley Daniels, another one of the team’s top hitters, reached base and stole three bases in the first game, but didn’t reach base in Weiman’s second start of the day. Ross thinks that the solution isn’t so complicated. She said it’s about coming to the plate with the right approach, which is something she and her staff preach to the players every day, but didn’t see on Sunday. It’s an approach that is slightly more conservative, and not going to change a game with one swing of the bat. Trying to change the game in one at-bat is a mindset that can be fatal to a hitter. “If you’re trying to do too much in one at-bat,” Ross said, “you start to lose exactly what your plan is because you’re trying to think so much about trying to make things change right now.”Freshman pitcher Sydney O’Hara had praise for Weiman, appreciating her ability to intelligently pitch to hitters despite facing some of them up to bat seven times.When asked about what SU needs to do to turn around the offense moving forward, she was quick to the point.Said O’Hara: “Quality at-bats.” Comments
Photos courtesy of Josh Grossberg/USC Shoah Foundation.The USC Shoah Foundation and USC Institute for Creative Technologies will open the first permanent installation of their interactive Holocaust project on Thursday after over five years of work. The installation, New Dimensions in Testimony, features extensive interviews with Holocaust survivors through interactive technology that allows the public to have conversations with the individuals.The Holocaust survivors were selected from a variety of backgrounds that included a large range in ages, experiences and locations during the war. One of the 15 participants in the project was Eva Schloss, Anne Frank’s stepsister, whose interactive work is currently being displayed in New York at a temporary installation.The goal of the project was to recreate the intimacy of learning from Holocaust survivors, which the team working on the project attempted to do by allowing the public to ask the interactive displays any question they wished.“[We wanted] really to preserve as much as possible the experience you can have today talking to a Holocaust survivor in a classroom or a museum,” said David Traum, director for natural language research at the Institute for Creative Technologies. “You hear their testimony [and] ask them questions, getting a sense of immersion, of being in the same environment.”Responses to the demos were unlike anything that had been expected, said Stephen Smith, executive director of the Shoah Foundation. Many used the opportunity to ask more difficult questions than they would normally ask survivors.“We didn’t realize how powerful it would be because when you ask a question and the individual answers your specific questions while looking you in the eye, it’s a very engaging experience,” Smith said. “I think people have been more emotionally affected than we realize by what happened. That’s what we were aiming to do, to create that connection, but it’s been at a higher level than we expected.”The emotional connection is attributed to more than the stories of the survivors.“A lot of it is the material and definitely the personality of the survivors coming through, but I think this interactive presentation is really an element of that too,” Traum said. “I don’t think we would have the same kind of responses if they were just seeing the videos passively and not asking questions or in the room hearing the questions answered.”The Shoah Foundation conducted extensive interviews with each Holocaust survivor who participated in the project, asking around 1,500 questions to each of them to cover every topic they expected the public to ask about, Smith said.Before starting the official interviews for the installation, the team working on the project had to develop trust with each of the interviewees through a three-month process. They conducted extensive research on the individuals and got to know them and their families.“By the time we’re interviewing them, we’re not strangers,” Smith said. “We know them very well and by the time we’re finished they’re kind of like intimate friends because we’ve been through a lot together.”According to Smith, many of the participating Holocaust survivors were surprised about how grueling the process was. Some were familiar with speaking and answering questions at schools, but the process for the installation required more hours of interviewing than they were accustomed to.“These are tough old people,” Smith said. “They’ve been through the worst human experiences, so they feel like [they] can get through everything, [but] when they’re feeling their age and the lights and the tiredness that goes with answering hundreds of questions, I think they found that a little surprising.”Family members were invited to attend the final Los Angeles interview to support the participants throughout the process.During the initial stages of the project, the team overcame several obstacles to make the Holocaust survivors appear realistic.“The first challenge is to figure out what is it we need to record so that it can carry on a conversation,” Traum said. “You can ask me anything and I have a response for you. It may not be exactly the answer you’re hoping to hear, but there’s a way for me to respond someway even if I say, ‘I don’t want to answer that.’ But, when we record somebody, we’re only going to have the material we recorded and that has to be good for any kind of answer, including something completely different than somebody thought of years before.”A prototype was created with Pinchus Gutter, a Holocaust survivor who Smith had previously worked with and knew well. He answered about 200 questions in an interview, which were then analyzed with respect to his answers and the conditions it was done in, Smith said. The prototype was also set up for the public to use so that those working on the project could observe reactions to the interactive and decide what needed to be developed. This produced a few surprising results.“We hadn’t had to think about how [he responds] if he’s given an opinion or some solace or thanked for his service,” Smith said. “[Gutter’s interactive] would just look at them because that’s not a question.”Traum said the team had originally hoped to make the Holocaust survivors three-dimensional for a more intimate experience, but did not have the technology to do so. The current installations are displayed two-dimensionally; however, the project was done with considerations for future technology.“We wanted it to be able to create high-fidelity 3-D holographic type images even if the projectors didn’t exist in 2011 when we started,” Smith said. “We wanted to film in such a way that 10 years from now, 20 years from now, when the projection system exists, we can project it.”
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 27, 2019 at 9:57 pm Contact KJ: firstname.lastname@example.org | @KJEdelman In three minutes, Luther Archimede went from Syracuse’s primary striker, commanding the Orange’s offense and jumpstarting possessions, to its biggest pitfall. Archimede received a yellow card in the 48th minute. Then, a ball came toward him and Pittsburgh’s Sito Sena three minutes later. Archimede went up leading with his elbow, and Sena fell flat to the ground. The medical staff rushed out, Pitt players sprinted to the official and Archimede was forced to walk off the pitch at SU Soccer Stadium for the second game this season.“It’s a big learning curve for us,” midfielder Hilli Goldhar said. “We’ve had to deal with it twice now, so I’d say we’re pretty used to it now.”For 45 minutes of Friday’s match against Pittsburgh (3-3-2, 1-1-1 Atlantic Coast), Syracuse (3-2-4, 0-1-2 ACC) played a man-down. Two early goals cemented a 1-1 tie, but with a 10-on-11 matchup, the Orange dropped their defensive formation and only got offense from counter attacks and set pieces. SU held on down a player in the second half, and five minutes into overtime, Pittsburgh lost a player and evened the playing field. But despite both teams at 10 players apiece in the final stretch, Syracuse couldn’t muster another score en route to its fourth draw in five home games this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“That’s two ACC games that we’ve had to play down a guy,” head coach Ian McIntyre said. “In both those games, we worked extremely hard to get something out of them.”In a first half with 22 players on the pitch, Syracuse and Pittsburgh went back-and-forth, showcasing high octane offenses. 12 minutes in, SU’s Massimo Ferrin faked forward and his defender fell backward, trying to catch his footing after the mishap. Trying to find space, he shimmied right-to-left. The defender was late. Then, back to right. The defender was behind the action, again. “You gotta be a little tricky, little unpredictable,” Ferrin said.The senior attack swiped a cross toward the left side of the net. All Goldhar had to do was fall forward to head in his first goal of the season. “Honestly, I haven’t had too many headers in my day,” said 5-foot-9 Goldhar.Edward Kizza, the ACC’s leading scorer last season with 15 goals, was doubled in the box often to limit his production. The Pittsburgh junior didn’t have an assist coming into Friday’s matchup, but in the 36th minute, Kizza snuck deep into the box and three defenders converged. Knowing the pressure would pull toward him, Kizza slid the ball back to a free Veljko Petkovic. As Petkovic saw the ball touch nylon, he let out an echoing yell at Syracuse’s Julio Fulcar, who sat on the pitch. Archimede’s first red card came in Syracuse’s only other home ACC game against Louisville. It happened seconds before the end of regulation, but throughout two overtime periods, the Orange held onto a 0-0 draw. On Friday, the Orange would do the same. McIntyre yelled for players like Severin Soerlie to drop back, playing safe with his midfield and backline. “We were trying to pick our poisoning,” McIntyre said.But the Orange still mustered an even amount of chances. Midfielder Ryan Raposo kept the ball on his foot for two hops, but after twisting for space, lofted a shot into the Syracuse practice fields behind the goal. Defender Nyal Higgins pushed up for a free kick and almost scored after his head grazed the ball, but the shot fizzed wide. Then Ferrin, with seven minutes left in regulation, shot low, almost past Pittsburgh goalkeeper Arie Ammann’s swinging arms.When the Orange pushed overtime, the Panthers lost a man themselves. In the 95th minute, Petkovic received the second red card of the game for an elbow to the head of midfielder Simon Triantafillou. Petkovic patted each referee on the back and sprinted off the field. With a 10-on-10 now, Ferrin crept toward the penalty box 103 minutes into the game. After passing out to Raposo, he was left alone with Ammann again. The senior went for the game-winner, five yards from the net, but the Pitt goalkeeper blocked it. After an eventual boot out of play, Ammann pumped his fist.“I’m a little down on myself,” Ferrin said. “That’s one I could be scoring 10 out of 10 times.”So the Orange settled with a tie. Their longest man-down scenario of the season didn’t change the game. But its offense had plenty of opportunities to clinch a win. Instead, McIntyre’s team will live with just a point in its conference standings, again. “We were absolutely fantastic. Just warriors to hang in there,” McIntyre said. Comments
*Mikel Obi, Two Others Return to Egypt Of the 552 players registered for the 32nd AFCON tournament going on in Egypt, only three players were there 13 years ago when Egypt staged the continental showpiece in 2006. While Captain John Obi Mikel is the only surviving member of the Nigerian team, the other two players who returned to the Land of Pharaohs are Carlos Kameni of Cameroon and Tresor Mputu of DR Congo. Mikel now 32 and perhaps is his last show at the tournament, Kameni is 35 years old and last appearance at the tournament was in 2010. Mputu now 33 and is still playing for local side TP Mazembe. He had a two-year spell in Angola’s Kabuscorp from 2014-16 before returning home to play for Les Corbeaux.*Indomitable Lions Avoided Nigeria’s No-Show Record Defending champions Cameroon made a last minute arrival at the tournament at the weekend, although CAF regulation stipulates that all teams to be on ground five days to the opening match of the competition. Had Cameroon players failed to show up over dispute on outstanding match bonuses, they would have equaled Nigeria’s unenviable record of a defending champion that boycotted the next edition. Nigeria, winners in 1994 failed to travel to South Africa because of political issues between the two country and were sanctioned by CAF and thus missed the next edition in 2008 in Burkina Faso.*South Africa Beat Others in Home League PlayersFormer champions, Bafana Bafana of South Africa have the highest number of home-based players registered for the tournament. The Rainbow nation registered 17 players from the domestic league for the tournament and followed by host Egypt with 15 and Tanzania 14 and Angola, Tunisia and Namibia followed with 12, 9, and 9 respectively. However, while others are competing at the top, Nigeria alongside Guinea Bissau, Ghana and Algeria presented only one local player. Only Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Burundi and Guinea with no local player in the mix.*Morocco Joins Nigeria With Most Debutant Players Just like Super Eagles of Nigeria did five years ago in South Africa when Late Stephen Keshi paraded the most debutant players to the tournament, Morocco, one of the favourites to win the tournament have lined up nine players who are debutants to defend the honour of their nation. The Rookies in the team included Hakim Zyech, Oussama Idrissi, Abdelkarim Baadi, Mehdi Bourbiaa, Yunis Abdehamid, Ahmed Reda, Soufiane Boufal and Achraf Hakim. A very ambitious team will square up against Namibia, Côte d’ Ivoire and South Africa in Group D.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ighalo Breaks JinxWhen Odion Ighalo scored Super Eagles lone goal winner over Burundi in Alexandria on Saturday night, it was the first time Nigeria will win its opening group match of the tournament since 2006 when the Nigeria defeated Ghana Black Stars in Port Said, Egypt. The opening matches of Ghana 2008 and 2010 ended in defeat against Nigeria by a lone goal to Côte D’Ivoire in Sekondi and 1-3 to Pharaohs of Egypt in Angola. However the team pulled a 1-1 scoreline against Stallions of Burkina Faso in Nelspruit in South Africa 2013 but still went all the away to win the tournament. Since then Nigeria missed the last two editions before returning to Africa’s football showpiece on Saturday.* Amuneke Equals Keshi’s RecordWhen former African Footballer of the Year and winner of the tournament with Nigeria in 1994, Emmanuel Amuneke led the Taifa Stars of Tanzania to their opening group match against Teranga Lions of Senegal, he became the second Nigerian coach to have won the tournament as a player and coached a foreign country at the tournament after Late Stephen Keshi led Hawks of Togo to the tournament in 2006 in Egypt.
Medeama won only their third game of the league season when striker Bernard Ofori scored a dramatic late winner in their 1-0 win overInter Allies in their outstanding Ghana Premier League match.The result pushes Medeama out of the relegation zone.The former New Edubiase striker scored the winner after he pounced on keeper Osei Kwame’s howler to give the home side the winner in injury-time.The Tarkwa-based side had to leave it late to win after the heroics of Osei Kwame and wastefulness kept them at bay.Midfielder Malik Akowuah missed from the spot to give the visitors a massive relieve. Medeama will next play Wa All Stars on Sunday while Inter host Techiman at Tema.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Carson Wentz or Jared Goff?The red-headed Bison of North Dakota State who ran a pro-style, under-center offense and posted a 6.53 grade in the NFL combine, good enough to be compared to Blake Bortles?Or the Bear of a guy with the Pac-12 pedigree, running out of the shotgun, not among the four QBs in the Heisman Top 10 voting, leading his team to records of 1-11, 5-7 and 8-5 in his three seasons and measuring up with a 6.51 combine grade and a likening to Matt Ryan?L.A. townfolk haven’t been thrown into this kind of sublime public debate since last Wednesday, when the kid with the pimples at the local Ralphs again interrupted an ATM swipe by politely shouting out: “Paper or plastic?” And this all came about because Fisher’s ex-bosses with the Tennessee Titans agreed to this tradeoff. Ready for the maiden re-voyage of the Los Angeles Titanics?• Not to keep bagging on these Rams, but you realize this non-quick-fix “Who’s No. 1” roster strategy is a classic misdirection play, one that even a concussed Case Keenum is keen to without a playbook?Case in point: While distraction, desperation and draftability are what Goff and Wentz-his-name are being measured against here in the public, wouldn’t Keenum and any other future QB be pushing for an investment in some blind-side protection for future health reasons?• What’s the fact, Jack? Some in the league are getting called out for retweeting rumors about the knee issues for UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, throwing out words like “degenerative” and “a time bomb.” He contends all is well. Who’s knee-jerk reaction will it be to let Jack slide past the No. 5 spot?• Curt Schilling can shill all he wants for himself. He was making a microscopic case on a Sirius XM show Friday morning that he isn’t transphobic or homophobic, even though he couldn’t get out of his own way again on social media and basically begged for ESPN to boot him as an MLB analyst. If Schilling is guilty only of telling “blunt and uncomfortable truths” that give him “no place in progressive corporate America,” as some will say in defending him, are the rest of us just hypersensitive and hypocritical? “Hypocrisy – I don’t think it’s ever been as rampant as it is today,” Schilling added in the interview. Stick a bloody sock in it. Couldn’t the same be said for accountability?• Magic Johnson sinks millions of his own money into the Dodgers for what’s presumed to be a sliver of a percentage ownership. Same with Will Ferrell buying his way into an eclectic group of Hollywoodlanders who accept the thinest of slices of a yet-to-go Los Angeles Football Club. What’s in it for them, aside from ego and a discount at the team store? It’s one heck of a tax shelter, as long as you play the game according to IRS rules. A Bloomberg news report indicates that anyone claiming ownership of a sports franchise these days needs to provide proof of 500 hours “of attention” to that duty. It breaks down to about 10 hours a week. It could consist of as little as simply attending a game. Again, that’s what counts as accountability?• Little ups to U.S. Congresswoman Janice Hahn for offering to broker a deal in the Time Warner Cable/SportsNet L.A. distribution snag. Dad would be proud of your clouded efforts. Her deal is that everyone comes to her San Pedro office ASAP and brings their playbook, checkbook and little black books. But remember the warning from former Fox Sports chief Ed Goren about anyone trying to grandstand and offer some magic ending to this multi-billion-dollar corporate standoff? “Don’t include any politicians,” he said.• Back in the ‘80s, the Lakers’ NBA title run was framed as a “Purple Reign.” It was so hip and catchy that it was somewhat misappropriated as a reference to any other successes that happened after the “Showtime” run.Purple was the favorite color of the late Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke. When he bought the team, he changed the color scheme but instead of royal purple it wanted it called “Forum blue.” Thursday night, the Forum in Inglewood was blue. So were many others across the world. Let’s go crazy here. From now on, with respect to Prince, how about we retire the phrase as it might relate to anything these Lakers do going forward? Let these Lakers find their own rally cry/rap theme song. Maybe Iggy Azalea can bounce around some ideas? There’s still a choice left to be made as to what to put over your head in embarrassment while attending the first game at the Coliseum this fall.Even if you are a newly replanted Angeleno like Jeff Fisher, fishing for a response to either inquiry leads to the exact same followup questions: Which one is better for the environment when we try to recycle it?Which one brings the most baggage?Didn’t we already decide the Carson landfill was already out of the NFL picture in Southern California?• The Rams may still have sticker shock in finding out just how expensive it is to live again in L.A. Giving up their own No. 1 (15th overall), plus two second-round picks and a third-round choice next week, in addition to a first- and third-round pick of 2017, is pretty steep just to get buzz going for HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Jimmie Johnson still wants apology from Ryan Blaney, who says ‘I have nothing to apologize about’ Consumers Energy 400 starting lineupStarting Driver Car No. 1Brad Keselowski2No. 2Kevin Harvick4No. 3William Byron24No. 4Alex Bowman88No. 5Clint Bowyer14No. 6Chase Elliott9No. 7Austin Dillon3No. 8Ryan Blaney12No. 9Joey Logano22No. 10Paul Menard21No. 11Daniel Hemric8No. 12Jimmie Johnson48No. 13Daniel Suarez41No. 14Aric Almirola10No. 15Kurt Busch1No. 16 Denny Hamlin11No. 17Martin Truex Jr.19No. 18Erik Jones20No. 19 Kyle Larson42No. 20Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17No. 21Matt Tifft36No. 22Ryan Newman6No. 23Ty Dillon13No. 24Kyle Busch18No. 25Michael McDowell34No. 26 David Ragan38No. 27Chris Buescher37No. 28 Bubba Wallace43No. 29 Matt DiBenedetto95No. 30Landon Cassill00No. 31Ryan Preece47No. 32Ross Chastain15No. 33 Corey LaJoie32No. 34Quin Houff27No. 35Austin Theriault52No. 36Cody Ware51No. 37Reed Sorenson77No. 38Spencer Boyd53What time does the Consumers Energy 400 start?The Consumers Energy 400 will take place Sunday, August 11. Live coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET.What channel is the GoBowling at The Glen on?The Consumers Energy 400 will be broadcast nationally on NBCSN. The race also can be live-streamed on the NBC Sports App or by subscribing to fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial. Brad Keselowski saved the best for last Friday — literally.Keselowski, who was the final driver to go out in qualifying at Michigan International Speedway, turned the fastest lap of the afternoon to claim the pole for Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400. The Team Penske driver, who hails from Rochester Hills, Michigan, about 100 miles away, is still seeking his first career win at his home-state track. He has six top-five finishes in 20 career races at the speedway.”We were really fast in practice … we picked up just enough to get our second pole here,” Keselowski told NBCSN. “Hopefully we can convert it into a win.”Kevin Harvick will start alongside Keselowski on the front row, with William Byron, Alex Bowman and Clint Bowyer rounding out the top five.The Consumers Energy 400 begins Sunday at 3 p.m. ET and will broadcast live on NBCSN. He posted a speed of 190.471 mph.Retweet to congratulate Brad @Keselowski on his NASCAR Cup Series POLE at Michigan.Full qualifying results» https://t.co/hAuffxCypz pic.twitter.com/0yRaDTXuPC— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) August 9, 2019It’s Keselowski’s second pole of the season and 16th of his career. Related News
Pacheta starts the new year with clear ideas. The coach of Elche CF has assured, in his first public appearance after the holidays, that he continues to ask 2020 for “permanence”, but has warned that “If the team achieves it soon, everyone will be happy and we will quickly change the objective“to start looking, then, to promotion promotion positions to First Division.The technical franjiverde has referred to the winter market, which is already open. The first message he has confirmed is that he doesn’t want to have too many movements in his locker room: “I would not like anyone to leave. I neither want nor desire many signings; only the two positions that are being talked about (central and front) and if there is any more demarcation to cover, for that we have the youth and the subsidiary. “ Pacheta has insisted on three occasions during his speech that he does not want any component of the workforce to come out, with special mention for Tekio, which is intended by Cartagena, leader of Group IV of the Second Division. His stance is firm: “In the second round can happen a thousand stories conditioned by personal or work situations. I don’t want more outings because the team is working well and I want it to stay that way. “The coach of Elche has begun his press conference taking the floor to thank “the samples of love” received after learning of the recent death of his mother. “I want to thank everyone, especially on behalf of my father“, he pointed out. For the staff he has also had words of praise because after being absent in three work sessions he has had”exemplary behavior“.Elche will premiere the year in official competition this Saturday, starting at 8:00 p.m., in front of SD Huesca. The ilicitanos are eighth, with 31 points, just one in the playoff and four of their next opponent. In the first leg, the Oscenses passed over the franjiverdes (2-0), but Pacheta warns that this time “think they are going to run“to the Aragonese team.”In El Alcoraz we did not play a good game, although it is also true that we are now at a different time than the first round“, has said.Claudio Medina is the only casualty confirmed by injury while Nino will be recovered from his injury in the right sole and can play. Footballers who have dragged discomfort as Josan, Iván Sánchez and Juan Cruz They are in perfect condition and everything indicates that they will be in the first game of the year 2020. The doubt in this month of January will be whether the new owner, Christian Bragarnik, will bet on players in his portfolio or leave freedom for Nico Rodríguez’s sports management to move freely in the market. Pacheta has always opted for “the national product”, although this time he has acknowledged that “all I want is good footballers and good people”. “We are in an increasingly globalized world and all I want are good players; if they speak Spanish, better for adaptation,” he said.
Captain Horace Burrell has been President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) for an accumulated 17 years. Jamaica’s football accomplishments under the captain’s stewardship have been many and varied, headlined by the historic qualification of the Reggae Boyz for the senior World Cup Finals in France, 1998. Add to that the Under-17 team qualifying in 1999 the Under-20s in 2001 the Under-17s again in 2011, and throw into the mix some six Caribbean Cup titles. By any stretch of the imagination, the captain has been the best and most successful leader of Jamaica’s football. Not only did his vision and forthright leadership change the reality of the local game, Captain’s work also changed the perception that Jamaicans had of their national football team in an unimaginable and positive way that has persisted to this day. During his tenure as JFF president, Captain Burrell has gathered vast experience in the intricate nuances of managing the affairs of the nation’s most popular sport. Add to that political savvy, garnered along the way in holding on to that coveted position for the better part of two decades. intimidating reality That is a mere fraction of the intimidating reality that must have cost Mr Orville Powell many sleepless nights, before he decided to throw his hat into the race for the top leadership position of the most high-profile job in Jamaican sport. Mr Powell deserves great kudos for, at least, conjuring the cojones to do what many before him in a sometimes fractious local football fraternity have all failed to do. Having had private conversations with key members of the local football fraternity in recent times, almost in a chorus the call is to see the Captain ousted, with the most popular cry being for a more equitable distribution of the “football spoils”. My response remained consistent throughout, get an alternative candidate, take the message to the delegates and mount the challenge. Until the recent emergence of Mr Powell, the barks have been all louder than the bites. The Montego Bay United Football Club president spoke stridently and passionately and was, for the most part, on point with the issues raised – the lack of transparency and accountability, as well as the spiraling debt of the federation. CONFLICT OF INTEREST He spared no punches in raising the longstanding issue of the perceived conflict of interest in the scenario where the company owned by the president of the federation sponsors numerous parish associations, with the votes of the representatives of those same parish associations set to decide his fate as president. These were but some of the poignant points raised by Powell, which resonates loudly with all concerned with the sport locally. The word on the ground is that Mr. Powell’s biggest challenge will be to secure, in short order, four of the 15 available votes – to get the nomination to challenge for the presidency. The talk is, if Orville Powell gets the nomination, Captain Burrell will be in trouble. There is no doubt that the Captain is a veteran and wily campaigner, who, after suffering that bitter ousting by Crentson Boxhill in 2003, will not want to experience that feeling again, and will spare no punches in protecting his turf. On the other hand, the demise of Austin ‘Jack’ Warner, Jeff Webb and the imminent fall of former FIFA boss, Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter, represents the loss of some big trump cards for Captain. The question is, will the wind of change sweeping across the sport internationally have enough momentum to sweep Captain out of power and sweep Orville Powell in the opposite direction, and into that now famous office that runs the nation’s most popular sport? Your guess is as good as mine. I am just about taking my seat in the stands, waiting for sound of the referee’s whistle, which should be heard loud and clear on nomination day, Thursday, November 5. Let the games begin.
PBA IMAGESFeasting in the paint against the smaller TNT frontline, Greg Slaughter had a field day in Game 1 of 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series on Monday with 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four blocks.That shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially with the Cebuano giant averaging 14.3 markers, 9.3 boards, this conference.ADVERTISEMENT Slaughter, however, argues that he’s still far from his peak form.“I definitely don’t feel that I’m at 100 percent,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogDespite of that, the towering big man is doing everything he could to help the Gin Kings, with his main fuel his desire to help the Kings successfully defend their throne.“I’m giving my all for this postseason. I know I still got a lot of work to do, especially after this conference. I know I’ll be working hard, but for now, there’s nothing I can do now. We got to play these games every other day, so whatever I can give, I’ll give to the team,” he said. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DAY6 is for everybody Ginebra routs TNT in Game 1 of PBA semis And one of his main focal points is on the defensive end, as evidenced by Ginebra limiting TNT to just 40 percent from the field to come away with the 121-94 blowout win.“I think we came out really aggressive and did well on the defensive end. That’s our calling card, it’s how hard and how aggressive we play on defense,” he said.But Slaughter knows the KaTropa are no pushovers as he prepares for a tougher fight from them come Wednesday in Batangas for Game 2.“We know TNT is a very dangerous team. We were able to play good defense on them now, but it wasn’t too long ago that they scored 120 on us. So we just got to stay aggressive on defense, maintain our defensive intensity, and just keep executing on our offense, and you know, just have each other’s backs like we did this past couple of games,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide How to help the Taal evacuees View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up