Ousted TTFA boss to reconsider involvement in sport if association loses FIFA battle

first_imgCMC – Deposed president of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) William Wallace said Monday he would reconsider his involvement in the sport at the national level if he loses the court battle he is waging against football’s world governing body which replaced he and his team with a normalization committee last month.Speaking on I95.5FM’s ISports radio show here, Wallace also made it clear he would not be giving any assistance to the committee which is headed by local businessman Robert Hadal.In March, four months after TTFA’s elections, FIFA removed the executive because of what it said was financial mismanagement and appointed a normalization committee to take charge of operations. The TTFA has challenged the move at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland.“If, at the end of the day, we go to the court and we are not successful at the court, at that point in time I would reconsider my position in terms of serving Trinidad and Tobago football. I would have to think about it – my continuing involvement in Trinidad and Tobago football at that level,” Wallace said, adding that he was unsure whether he would run for office again.The former TTFA boss said that given the ongoing legal challenge, he would not be assisting the Hadad-led committee in carrying out its work.When FIFA appointed the normalization committee, it said the body would have up to two years to carry out its work, during which time it would be mandated to create a debt repayment plan for the TTFA, review the local governing body’s statutes and ensure their adherence to FIFA regulations, and oversee new elections.Wallace said that as far as he was aware, Hadad had been getting all the information he required.He stressed, however, he would not be assisting in any way “at this point”.“If I have a matter before the court, there is no way that I can…support anything that I am actually going up against. It just can’t work,” Wallace insisted.“On one hand I’m saying it was wrong to set up a normalization committee, but on the other hand I’m helping the normalization committee in Trinidad and Tobago? That just wouldn’t make any sense, right?”“It’s not a personal issue, it’s not a personal thing against Robert, or anybody as a matter of fact, and I will always support football, but we have a case and therefore we have to act the part,” Wallace added.FIFA has insisted that its normalization committee remains the sole authority for football governance here.last_img read more

Wisconsin wins 3rd straight

first_imgThe No. 24 University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team continued its successful weekend Sunday, defeating Michigan State 6-1 at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.Now 13-5 overall, the Badger men have won three straight matches and have extended their home win streak to five in a row after defeating Michigan on Saturday afternoon to cap an undefeated weekend.Wisconsin men’s tennis head coach Greg Van Emburgh felt good about his team’s chances going into the matches today.“We felt very confident coming into today,” he said. “We came out strong and overall had a pretty good weekend. It was great for us to come out and beat Michigan on Saturday because they’re always a struggle for us.”The Badgers’ success began with junior Moritz Baumann and sophomore Marek Michalicka defeating Michigan State senior John Allare and junior Jason Norville in the No. 1 doubles competition 8-4.Michalicka and Baumann’s doubles success has earned them the No. 17 national ranking in doubles.The Badgers then secured the doubles point with an 8-2 win as freshman Patrick Pohlmann and sophomore Peter Marrack defeated Michigan State sophomore Clark Richardson and junior Brendan Kinkopf at No. 3 doubles.Wisconsin swept doubles play as the junior pair of Michael Muskievicz and Luke Rassow-Kantor defeated the duo of sophomore John Stratton and senior Alex Forger at No. 2 doubles.The team’s success carried into singles matches as the Badgers won five of six to record an easy 6-1 victory.Baumann and Michalicka again delivered huge performances as they both recorded victories this weekend to add to their recent success.Baumann, who is ranked at No. 47, extended his singles match win streak to 18 after defeating Michigan State senior Alex Forger in No. 1 singles 6-3, 6-3.“I just wanted to play my game and dictate my play,” Baumann said. “I have been playing my style of tennis my last 18-matches, and I knew if I continued playing that way I would hopefully win.”His victory Sunday afternoon keeps Baumann undefeated on the season at 18-0 and gives him a lot of confidence going into Big Ten play.“My confidence rises all the time, and I have been feeling really comfortable on the court as of late,” Baumann said. “Knowing that I have been doing so well recently really helps me out a lot in pressure situations.”Michalicka also recorded a huge victory over senior John Allare in No. 2 singles winning a 2-6, 6-3, 10-4 super tiebreaker. Michalicka struggled early in the first set, digging himself into an early hole, but quickly found his stroke in the second and third sets.“I had to change my state of mind — that was my biggest problem,” Michalicka said. “I tried to change my game somewhat and play more balls, and in the end it worked for me. I wanted to beat him in every aspect, and I also tried to stay focused. Unfortunately it didn’t go too well during the first set.”Michalicka quickly recovered to win the last two sets to continue his recent individual success, which has earned him a No. 37 ranking in the latest ITA rankings.The Badgers went on to record victories at No. 3, No. 5, and No. 6 singles with Pohlmann, Muskievicz and Marrack all winning their individual matches. Wisconsin’s sole loss came in No. 4 singles as junior Michael Dierberger was defeated by Michigan State freshman Ronnie Hulewicz 6-2, 6-4, 10-8 in a super tiebreaker. The Badger’s now are 2-2 in Big Ten play and have some momentum going into their next few Big Ten matches.“We really felt good about how things went today. We knew we were favored in a lot of spots and we really built off of the tough win yesterday against Michigan,” Van Emburgh said. “Our guys came out and played loose and relaxed today. We were able to build a lot of momentum for our match Friday against a tough Northwestern team.”last_img read more

Syracuse football opponent preview: What to know about Central Connecticut State

first_img Published on August 30, 2017 at 9:46 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Syracuse finally gets its season underway Friday with a 7 p.m. matchup against Central Connecticut State. The Orange is coming off a 4-8 season in which it lost its last four games. CCSU went only 2-9 last year.Here’s what you need to know about the Blue Devils.All-time series: This is the first matchup between the two teams.The Central Connecticut Report: CCSU struggled last year, finishing tied for last in the Northeast Conference. It returned 18 starters from a year ago and was picked to finish fourth in the conference in a preseason coaches poll.The Blue Devils struggled to stop teams last season, allowing 34.8 points per game against a schedule of only FCS schools. Linebacker Randall Laguerre leads the unit. His 116 tackles were the best in the NEC a year ago. The return of defensive back Jevon Elmore from injury should help shore up the defense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCentral Connecticut State’s offense wasn’t much better. The team averaged only three yards per carry, though starter Cameron Nash racked up a little more than four yards per carry. Quarterback Jacob Dolegala averaged about 267 passing yards per game and had nearly a 3:2 touchdown to interception ratio (15 to nine a season ago). Wide receiver Joey Fields leads the receiving corp. He tallied 732 yards a year ago.How Syracuse beats Central Connecticut: Head coach Dino Babers waxed poetic during Monday’s press conference about how this can be a trap game for SU, saying that it’s a team that can be overlooked. That can be true. The Orange is also the more talented team. ESPN’s Football Power Index gives Syracuse a 99.5 percent chance of winning the game. As long as Syracuse plays its style, it may seal game one by halftime.Stat to know: 20 — Number of starters SU returns who started at least six games last season, best in the country.Player to watch: Joey Fields, wide receiver, No. 3Syracuse’s offense should have no trouble carving through the CCSU defense. Look for the other side of the ball for the Blue Devils to have an impact player. Fields had five or more catches in a game six times last season and had more than 200 more yards than his next-closest teammate. Fields will be the first player to test SU’s new secondary. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse dominated inside by No. 4 Notre Dame’s frontcourt in 98-68 loss

first_imgQuentin Hillsman squatted down and stared at the Carrier Corporation logo on the court in front of him. As the Syracuse head coach mindlessly moved his mouth from side to side, he shook his head slightly. His team couldn’t get a rebound. After having success on the boards in the first quarter, the Orange completely lost any hold on the paint in the second. This time, it was Brianna Turner that sent Hillsman into a lost gaze. Her offensive rebound and ensuing put back layup had just given Notre Dame a 42-23 lead, its largest of the game at that point.Hillsman eventually stood up from his squat and turned to face the court, raising his palms up in the air in the process. Syracuse had lost control of the paint and its handle on Notre Dame’s offense.Turner went on to score 22 points and grab eight rebounds to lead the No. 4 Irish’s (26-3, 13-2 Atlantic Coast) inside effort in a 98-68 win against No. 17 Syracuse (20-7, 9-5) on Monday. Notre Dame, paced by Turner and fellow forward Jessica Shepard, who tallied 17 points and 13 rebounds, tormented the Orange in the paint to the tune of 60 points. That included a 32-10 advantage inside in the first half alone, when the Irish used the play of their bigs to spark a game-changing run. “We were trying to find Brianna Turner, and we had an opportunity to go to her quite often,” UND head coach Muffet McGraw said. “… We were trying to go a little more in the high-low game today than shoot perimeter jumpers, and I thought we did a pretty good job of that.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCorey Henry | Staff PhotographerAll season long, the inside game had been one of Syracuse’s strengths. With the additions of Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi and Emily Engstler to go along with returners Digna Strautmane and Amaya Finklea-Guity, the Orange came into the season with significantly more size than they left last year with. Through its first 26 games, SU’s added height made a major difference on both sides of the ball. Djaldi-Tabdi had been a go-to scorer on the block, Engstler developed into a defensive force and Strautmane had arguably been SU’s most well-rounded big after an offseason of development. Against Notre Dame, though, they took a back seat. Turner and Shepard, along with backup center Mikayla Vaughn, turned in as good a performance inside as Syracuse has faced all season. “They just run good action,” Hillsman said. “They run chin action and double block, and that stuff is really hard to guard.”Arike Ogunbowale, the Irish’s leading scorer, paced the team with 24 points. After a deep 3-pointer early on, the guard looked poised to take over the game, as she’s proven capable of doing. But oftentimes, she deferred to her post players. Shepard, who had five assists during the game, was usually the recipient of Ogunbowale’s passes. She stationed herself on the foul line in the middle of SU’s 2-3 zone and either found Turner on the block or shot the ball herself. Like clockwork, the Notre Dame offense had success time and time again going through her. Twice during the first quarter, Shepard drilled an elbow jumper that gave the Irish the lead. In the third quarter, she showed off her passing skills. Ogunbowale dribbled inside and found the senior on the right block, where she was immediately doubled. But as soon as the ball touched Shepard’s hands, it was gone into Turner’s on the other side of the basket. The slick touch pass elicited an audible gasp from the crowd and gave Notre Dame its largest lead up until that point. “It’s hard to guard when they’re moving the ball fast,” SU guard Tiana Mangakahia said. “That high-low down on the low block, it’s really hard to guard. They did a good job with that.”Hillsman eventually made an adjustment, dropping the Orange out of their zone and into a man-to-man defense to better prevent the Irish from getting wide-open looks inside. But the shift, made late in the third quarter, did little to stop Notre Dame, which scored 16 points in the paint in the final period. Even when it looked like Syracuse had the Irish offense locked inside, Notre Dame found ways to adjust. With just over a minute to go in the third, after SU had switched to one-on-one, Shepard got the ball deep in the post against Djaldi-Tabdi. She immediately turned over her right shoulder and attempted a quick shot but was violently sent back by the Orange forward. The ball fell right back into the hands of Shepard, who didn’t waste her chance to make up for the blocked shot. She took two dribbles and slammed into Djaldi-Tabdi’s stomach after each. Both times, Djaldi-Tabdi was sent backwards, toward the baseline, as Shepard created space. By the time she picked up her second dribble, she was wide open for a second-chance layup.With a chance to notch its first home win against a ranked team, Syracuse’s strongest position group let it down. Against a far-superior Notre Dame front line, it didn’t have a chance. “We gotta get inside and battle against their post players,” Hillsman said. “… You gotta attack a dominant post. You can’t run from them.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on February 25, 2019 at 9:43 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34last_img read more