18 Sep
2020

Germany Cruise into Euro Quarters

first_imgJerome Boateng scored his first international goal to set Germany on their way to a 3-0 win against Slovakia at Euro 2016 on Sunday as the world champions cruised into the quarterfinals.Boateng opened his account eight minutes into his 63rd international appearance and Joachim Loew’s side never looked back against outclassed opponents.Mesut Ozil had a penalty saved soon after but Julian Draxler set up Mario Gomez to double the lead two minutes before half-time and the impressive Draxler then completed the scoring just after the hour mark.There was never any threat of a repeat of Slovakia’s 3-1 win when the teams met in a friendly just four weeks ago and Germany move on to a last-eight tie against either reigning champions Spain or old rivals Italy next weekend.“I hit the ball well and am glad it went in. It was also about time,” defender Boateng told ZDF of his goal as he admitted that Germany never gave Slovakia a look in.“We wanted to make sure at all costs that they didn’t get into the game, pressed us or put pressure on us out wide.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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16 Sep
2020

Syracuse aims to improve its highly-touted goalkeeping with new coach

first_img Published on January 29, 2018 at 10:50 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary At a recent Syracuse practice, goalkeepers and position players separated to different parts of the field. Goalies Hannah Van Middelem and Bri Stahrr walked to the side and attached velcro ankle weights to their lower legs. They started jumping rope as Asa Goldstock fielded shots in the net.In the past, SU head coach Gary Gait would assume the duties of warming the goalkeepers, but this year the Orange brought in a fresh but familiar face.“Regy’s with the defense and Gait’s with the offense,” Goldstock said. “So, we thought we should have a coach for the goalies.”Following a season in which the Orange tied its earliest exit from an NCAA tournament, losing in the first round for the first time since 2006, Gait said the Orange had to “reevaluate” a lot of things, coaching staff included. In preparation for what SU hopes to be an improved season, the Orange hired Matt Palumb to be the goalkeepers coach moving forward. The job used to be allocated among Gait and graduate assistants, but now Palumb assumes the title.“It’s amazing to have his experience,” Gait said. “We’re definitely going to use his ability to help two of the top goalies in the last two recruiting classes.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange is now the only team in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a coach that is solely focused on the development of its goalkeepers. No other school has a specific goalkeeper coach listed on the roster. Palumb, who is not currently named on Syracuse’s official roster, is expected to be added sometime in the near future, per a team spokeswoman.Palumb is familiar with success in net. He started in goal for Syracuse during the 1987-90 seasons, the same years that Gait played for Syracuse. Over that span, SU won two-consecutive national titles and Palumb was named an All-American in his final year. In addition to his experience as a player, Palumb has served on the Syracuse administrative staff since 2006 as an assistant athletics director for donor relations. Palumb was not made available to the media.Gait, who is one of the greatest Syracuse players of all time, earned all his success with his offensive prowess as an attack, which benefits the development of the offense. Assistant coach Regy Thorpe led the Orange to a national title in 1992 as an All-American member of the defense, which benefits the defenders. But, there was belief from SU that it needed an extra eye on the last line of defense.“Everything in the book, it’s been worked on,” Goldstock said. “It was something that we really needed.”Although Goldstock added that Gait still likes to take shots on her in practice and takes over if Palumb doesn’t attend practice, Palumb has been her “go to” for anything related to her position.Van Middelem, a freshman, said in high school she had a coach who worked a little bit with the goalies, but none that worked this closely and this often with them. She added that she didn’t find another school during her recruiting search that emphasized individual development of goalkeepers by way of a coach specialized with the position.The Orange goalkeepers meet with Palumb “at least four times a week,” Van Middelem said, both on and off the practice field. The goalies go through all their workouts with Palumb, Goldstock said, and jumping rope has been one of their bigger emphases early on in the practice season.In the future, Van Middelem expects the presence of a coach for that purpose to make SU a much more attractive destination for top goalie recruits.“A lot of programs don’t really focus on their goalies,” Van Middelem said. “When you do, that makes a difference.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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12 Aug
2020

Pirates rally in 9th behind Alvarez and Marte; beat Blue Jays 6-5

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates’ Starling Marte (6) gets a hug from Pedro Alvarez, right, after Marte hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of the baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, May 2, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Alvarez had hit a two-run homer earlier in the inning to tie the game. The Pirates won 6-5. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates probably thought they were in for another long night.They arrived home in Pittsburgh at 3:33 a.m. Friday after the second game of their doubleheader with the Baltimore Orioles went into extra innings. The Pirates appeared on their way to playing another late one Friday night when Pedro Alvarez hit a tying two-run homer off Sergio Santos in the ninth.But two batters later, Starling Marte followed with a winning drive into the bullpen in left-center, giving the Pirates a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.Manager Clint Hurdle, who moved Marte from batting leadoff to the seventh spot in the lineup Thursday and six-hole Friday, hopes the win can get his players and team some “traction.”“It’s been a while since Pedro has been able to ride one out of the ballpark,” Hurdle said. “Marte’s at-bats have gotten bigger, none bigger than that one. Those kind of at-bats can create a spark, create more momentum and more traction.”Marte knew the ball was gone as soon as he hit it.“That’s what I want,” Marte said. “No matter what spot I hit in.”Santos (0-2) entered with a 5-3 lead and allowed a leadoff single to Neil Walker. He struck out Andrew McCutchen, and Alvarez followed with his seventh homer this season. Pinch-hitter Ike Davis flied out, and Marte hit the first game-ending homer of his big league career.Alvarez’s homer broke a two-week home run drought for the third baseman who led the National League last season.“Obviously, (hitting the home run) feels really good,” Alvarez said. “It kept us in the game, but of course anytime I can get a clutch hit for the team, to contribute to a W, it’s huge.”Mark Melancon (1-1) pitched a hitless ninth for the win. After converting his first four save chances this season, Santos has blown three of his last four for the Blue Jays, who have lost seven of their last nine games and continue to have issues in the bullpen.“We played such a great game today and it stinks to blow it,” Santos said.Toronto manager John Gibbons noted the injuries to reliever Casey Janssen and Dustin McGowan as aspects that have hindered the Blue Jays’ performance at the end of games.“It’s a totally different look and I think we’re suffering for it,” Gibbons said. “But the game doesn’t let you up.”McCutchen had three hits for Pittsburgh, which outhit the Blue Jays 17-10. The Pirates won for just the third time in 13 games and the fifth time in their last 20.Pirates starter Gerrit Cole allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings, failing to reach the sixth for the first time in six starts this season. Cole said he was “a little off” Friday night.“I wasn’t executing a handful of pitches there,” Cole said. “They beat me on some good pitches.”Toronto’s Brandon Morrow gave up three runs and 11 hits in five innings. After walking eight batters in his last start, Morrow walked just one Friday.“I just forgot about that and went out and threw the way I’d been throwing before that,” Morrow said. “I wasn’t thinking about that and I don’t think it was strange to come out and have good command today.”In his first at-bat in Pittsburgh since 2008, Jose Bautista hit a two-out double in the first and scored on a double by Edwin Encarnacion.Pittsburgh took a 2-1 lead on Jordy Mercer’s run-scoring, double-play grounder in the second and McCutchen’s RBI single in the third.Colby Rasmus hit his sixth homer of the season in the fourth, a two-run drive, and Bautista had an RBI double in the fifth that made it 4-2.McCutchen’s run-scoring single cut the deficit in the bottom half, but Toronto regained a two-run lead in the sixth on pinch-hitter Steve Tolleson’s run-scoring, two-out triple off Justin Wilson.Hurdle was keen not to forget about Casey Sadler making his major league debut Friday night. Sadler pitched two scoreless innings, gave up a hit and struck out one.“He was able to come in and keep the game right where it was,” Hurdle said. “Not to be lost in everything else that went on because he kept it right there at a two-run deficit.”NOTES: Bautista has a 12-game hitting streak and has reached based in all 29 games he’s played this season. … Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (2-3, 5.09 ERA) is scheduled to start Saturday against Francisco Liriano (0-3, 3.97).last_img read more

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4 Aug
2020

Little Silver’s Riccio Lauded in Sports Betting Decision

first_imgBy Jay Cook |LITTLE SILVER – Ronald J. Riccio can recall spending days at Monmouth Park as an eight-year-old boy, watching alongside his father and his father’s best friend as thoroughbreds sprinted around the track.The racetrack’s never been more than a few miles away from his Little Silver home.But Riccio, now 71, has supported the Oceanport racing institution in a different manner over the past few years. He had turned his weekend racing program in for an extensive law brief as the lead counsel for the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, representing Monmouth Park, through the Murphy v. NCAA Supreme Court case fighting for legalized sports betting.After a decision disbanding the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992 was decided Monday from the court – meaning all states can have a legal and regulated sports wagering industry – Riccio was relieved to know his beloved venue will not be shuttering any time soon.“I know so many people over there, many of my best friends I met at Monmouth Park,” Riccio told The Two River Times on Tuesday. “To be able to have a hand in keeping a place that holds so many memories for me alive and to help it flourish is just icing on the cake.”Riccio is a former dean of Seton Hall University School of Law from 1988 to 1999 and has been practicing law for well over four decades. Murphy v. NCAA was his first case in front of the Supreme Court, but Riccio said he never felt the nerves nor wavered in his support of Monmouth Park.The crux of the case was based on overturning PASPA, a federal law which allowed sports betting only in Nevada and three other states. New Jersey had tried since 2011 to permit legalized sports betting after a statewide referendum permitted lawmakers to legalize it but was challenged twice by the four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA in the coming years. Lawmakers had crafted two bills and even suffered a veto from then-Gov. Chris Christie throughout that time.Though above all, Murphy v. NCAA “is a landmark decision,” said Riccio. “The effect of the decision is to narrow the federal government’s power and to expand the state’s sovereign rights to regulate its people as it wants to regulate them.”Riccio, who taught constitutional law for over 20 years at Seton Hall University, said this case could have major implications with future states’ rights issues currently in the news. Decisions down the road on marijuana legalization, sanctuary city creation and environmental regulations could reference this sports betting case.But the immediate impact will be on Monmouth Park as it’s set to take New Jersey’s first legal sports wagers later this summer. Predictions are that sports betting in New Jersey could be a $10 billion industry, some estimate.“Monmouth Park has been for several years trying to stay alive as a viable, self-sustaining racetrack that employs hundreds of people, that has a huge impact on the state economy, on the preservation of open spaces,” said Riccio.“Just to be able to relieve the anxiety that all the workers over there were feeling about the future of Monmouth Park, to me, that’s as gratifying as anything else,” he added.While the four major sports leagues and the state’s high-priced legal representation captured interest, it was Riccio and his team at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney and Carpenter who helped lay the legal groundwork for the case, said Edward B. Deutsch, founder and managing partner of the firm.“Ron and our people, the brief work and the strategy, was brilliant,” Deutsch told The Two River Times this week. “I think that he and our team, more than anybody, is responsible for this result.”Deutsch said Riccio is “the best constitutional lawyer in New Jersey.”Former state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos Jr., who sponsored state bills in support of legalized sports betting, said the Supreme Court decision “will create jobs, revitalize our horse industry and boost tourism for the areas surrounding Monmouth Park.”Kyrillos added that “few understand it was Dean Ron Riccio and the McElroy Deutsch law firm that forced this outcome.”last_img read more

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2 Aug
2020

TRIPLE CROWN CHAMP AMERICAN PHAROAH JOGS ONE MILE OVER MAIN TRACK, TWO-TIME ECLIPSE CHAMPION BEHOLDER GALLOPS STRONGLY IN ADVANCE OF SATURDAY’S GRADE I ZENYATTA STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2015)–Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah, who walked Bob Baffert’s shedrow yesterday, came on Santa Anita’s main track at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday and jogged off the “wrong way” one mile before decelerating to a walk and a return to the Baffert barn with American Racing’s most recognizable human in-tow.With trainer Richard Mandella looking on, two-time Eclipse Champion mare Beholder graced the main track at 5:50 a.m., proceeding directly to the seven furlong pole where she commenced a strong mile and a quarter-plus gallop.After backtracking to the finish line, she headed through Santa Anita’s Grandstand tunnel and a schooling engagement in the track’s saddling paddock. With Mandella at her head, the superstar mare stood quietly in one of the stalls prior to being led to the Seabiscuit Walking Ring for a couple turns and a return to Mandella’s Barn 4 as she continues to prepare for a run at a record third consecutive win in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. –30–last_img read more

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14 Jan
2020

ADB Report Explores Africa’s Delayed Growth

first_imgThe 2015 African Economic Outlook report a flagship publication of the African Development Bank (AfDB), says that while African economists are optimistic that the continent’s economies would grow by 5% in 2016, they are also concerned that lower oil and commodity prices, uncertain global conditions, the consequences of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and domestic political uncertainties in some countries could delay growth dated back to 2008.The report was released yesterday to African heads of states, AfDB’s Board of Governors and stakeholders who converged in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire for the AfDB 50th Annual Meetings. Although the report indicates that human development levels in Africa have increased since 2000, with 17 out of 52 countries reaching middle or high levels of development, the region’s poverty rates remain stubbornly high while progress in health, education and income are uneven.“Huge inequalities persist between and within countries, and between women and men. In many areas, low productivity and investment, the absence of infrastructure and rural-urban networks and too few jobs outside of the agricultural sector are holding back economic and development progress,” the report notes. Foreign direct investment (FDI) is forecast to reach USD 73.5 billion in 2015, underpinned by increasing Greenfield investment from China – which remains Africa’s largest trade partner after the European Union. The report also shows an increase in intra-African and outward FDI flows. South African companies are the leading investors on the continent. “African countries have shown considerable resilience in the face of global economic adversity. For future growth to be sustainable and transformative will require that its benefits are shared more equitably among the population and that governments continue to pursue policies that promote economic stability,” stated Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa, Acting Chief Economist and Vice-President of the African Development Bank. Opposite Sides of ‘Growth’According to the report, the continent’s demographic boom is exacerbating these challenges. By 2050, both cities and rural communities in Africa will see their population grow drastically, with the countryside gaining an estimated 400 million people. For instance, the report states that over the next 15 years, 370 million youth will enter sub-Saharan Africa’s labour markets, making it necessary to create many more jobs and opportunities for savings and investment. In addition, that population growth, combined with climate change, will exert increasing pressure on natural resources, such as food, water and land. At Liberia’s level regarding city population growth, over 1 million people are concentrated in Monrovia while thousands are in smaller cities including Gbarnga, Ganta, Kakata and Buchanan.The report argues that past efforts to promote regional development through territorial management, infrastructure development and decentralization have been scattered and had limited impact. As a result, the potential of Africa’s regions, which includes river basins, border areas and key rural-urban corridors, remains unfulfilled.“African economies could benefit from mobilizing the wide and extraordinary untapped potential of their diverse regions. Putting people and places at the centre of policy-making may improve Africa’s competitiveness and the well-being of Africans” said Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre. Ways ForwardSuggesting ways forward, the African economic experts say transforming economies will require exploring more productive sectors, through promoting manufacturing, developing services, creating strategies for green growth or modernizing the agricultural sector.In addition, tackling spatial inequalities would require implementing policies that cut across sectors. These include diversifying rural economies and linking them with cities, through the promotion of value chains and trade corridors. They also include unlocking domestic financing, developing transport and communication and investing in basic social services. “Inclusive and sustainable growth is a fundamental aspect of Africa’s post-2015 development agenda for economic and social transformation,” said Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, the Director of the Regional Bureau at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). “We need to invest in building economic opportunities, including at the local level. And especially those young women and men who are the architects of tomorrow’s Africa.”The report calls for strengthening skills and education, addressing exclusion through the development of targeted social protection measures, and promoting universal access to sustainable energy and technology. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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29 Dec
2019

RATHMULLAN’S NEW YEAR DAY SWIMMERS HAVE A ‘MOUNTAIN’ TO CLIMB

first_imgThe New Year’s Day swim in Rathmullan has build up almost legendary status.Some of the ladies from Ramelton and Rathmullan getting ready for the swim!And this year swim organisers have selected Donegal Mountain Rescue as their worthy charity.This annual Rathmullan New Years Swim has been running for almost 20 years now and has raised many thousands for numerous charities. From a handful of participants in the early years this popular event now attracts over 400 participants.The Swim will be at 12.00 noon and once again promises to attract all sorts of crazy characters – many dressed in festive costume for the occasion.Donegal Mountain Rescue wishes to thank the Rathmullan New Year’s Swim Committee for their support and would encourage everyone to contribute generously.For further information or Sponsorship Cards contact, John Duffy………………Committee, (087)9966755Danny McLaughlin….Committee (086)0757012Brian Murray…. ………DMRT (087)2284600 RATHMULLAN’S NEW YEAR DAY SWIMMERS HAVE A ‘MOUNTAIN’ TO CLIMB was last modified: December 17th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Mountain RescueNew Year SwimRathmullanlast_img read more

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