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Premier League’s international appeal faces coronavirus test

first_imgThat income will be all the more welcome, with uncertainty over when supporters will be allowed back into stadiums and commercial revenues expected to tumble in a global economic crisis.However, without the atmosphere generated by baying fans, the Premier League’s appeal may be diminished in football’s new normal.”What makes it special in England is the way people react to the game,” former Arsenal manager and FIFA’s chief of global football development Arsene Wenger told The Athletic.”It is the best country in the world for the way the fans respond to what’s happening on the pitch. That’s why I think it will be the most handicapped championship without that.” When the 100 day-wait for Premier League football comes to an end on Wednesday, the anticipation will be felt as keenly in Mumbai and Beijing as in Manchester and Birmingham.The global reach of the English top-flight has helped secure its position as the wealthiest league in world football.The Premier League’s overseas television rights deals for the 2019-2022 three-season cycle hit a record £4.2 billion ($5.3 billion) and another £2 billion deal has already been struck for Scandinavian rights between 2022 and 2028. Reschedule rebate The need to cram the remaining 92 games of the season into a five-and-a-half week window also means many more midweek games with evening kick-offs in England, forcing fans in the Far East to tune in during the early hours.Overseas broadcasters will be compensated with a reported £107 million rebate due to the change in scheduling.However, the excitement over the Premier League’s return endures, particularly among the huge number of Liverpool fans, many of whom are awaiting a first league title in their lifetimes.Jurgen Klopp’s men are just two wins away from being crowned champions of England for the first time in 30 years.Hu Zhifei, a 26-year-old journalist and member of Liverpool’s official fan club in Beijing, had planned a trip to see his heroes in action in February that was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.”Nobody is anticipating the league’s restart more than Liverpool fans because we are within two wins of the title,” said Hu, who will tune in to watch the Reds via internet streaming despite kick-offs in the early hours.Excitement is also building in India, where the Premier League has built up a strong following among urban youth in a traditionally cricket-obsessed nation.”Finally I’ll watch some live EPL action. I have already chalked out a schedule for these matches,” Qazi Ahmad Masood, a 17-year-old student, told AFP. “I would love to see my favourite club Liverpool lift the trophy.”‘Fast and exciting’ One of the difficulties that lies ahead for the Premier League’s brand will be to maintain the intensity of competition on the field in echoing, empty stadiums.”The Premier League is fast and exciting and no matter whether it is a strong or weak team, the games are great to watch,” said Hu.Fans watching at home will be offered pre-recorded fan noise dubbed over the action to compensate for the real thing.”There is something about the legend that is English football that is all about noise and atmosphere and proximity,” Simon Chadwick, director of Eurasian sport at Emlyon business school in France told AFP.”That spectacle, the product, the noise, the atmosphere, the experience won’t necessarily be there.”However, by overcoming a series of obstacles just to get back playing in the country that is the worst-hit by coronavirus in Europe, the Premier League is confident it will not lose ground in the long run against the Bundesliga, La Liga or Serie A in the battle for viewers across the globe.”We know it won’t be the same without our loyal supporters in stadiums but, together with our broadcast partners, we are able to ensure fans can watch or listen to each match live from home,” said the Premier League’s chief executive Richard Masters.Topics :last_img read more

FNQ home on Cassowary Coast sells for price of a new ute

first_img9 McRobbs Cl, Edmonton TOP: 22 Brindabella Qy, Trinity Park $2.65mSold by FNQ Hot Property TOP: 18 Rankin St, Newell Beach $850,000Sold by LJ Hooker Port Douglas Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:52Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to lose money investing01:53A TWO-bedroom cottage less than five minutes from Etty Bay in Cairns has sold for the price of a new ute.At $50,000, 32 Mill St in Mourilyan is arguably the best property bargain in the Far North this month.LJ Hooker agent David Hall, who sold the property, said it was snapped up in less than a month, a record for the sluggish Innisfail property market. CAIRNS SALES (week ending October 16, 2018) 32 Mill St, MourilyanThe lowset post war home with dual street access on 506sqm was schedule to go to auction with two East Innisfail properties, at 34 Fitzgerald St and 9 Bunda St.However, the auction was cancelled when two sold prior to the event.“We had maybe three open homes before the auction and the two properties sold beforehand,” Mr Hall said. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago22-24 Brindabella Quay, Trinity Park. Cairns. MID: 9/32 Mudlo St, Port Douglas $240,000Sold by LJ Hooker Port Douglas 2/9 Balaclava Rd, Earlville 18 Rankin St, Newell Beach. PDMG REAL ESTATE LJ HOOKERcenter_img >> SIGN UP NOW: Get a Fitbit Versa smartwatch with this 12-month Cairns Post digital subscription SALES (week ending October 16, 2018) CHEAPEST: 2/9 Balaclava Rd, Earlville $127,000Sold by Twomey Schriber Property Group 22-24 Brindabella Quay, Trinity Park. Cairns.At the other end of the market, 22-24 Brindabella Quay, Trinity Park, with its $2.65m price tag, was the most expensive property according to Core Logic data for week ending October 16, 2018.The Cairns Post revealed in August that the home had set a record for the highest sales price in Cairns so far this year.The contract only settled this month. MID: 9 McRobbs Cl, Edmonton $275,000Sold by Professionals Cairns South CAIRNS AND SURROUNDS “It is still hard to sell in Innisfail but you’ve got to give it a red hot go.“The house is an investment property for the new owners. They knew the tenant and were happy to buy it to keep them there.”Mr Hall said there were few other bargains around the region at that price.“Even Gateway Resort studios (in Woree) sell for more than that,” he said.The airconditioned home is currently rented at $175 per week. 9/32 Mudlo St, Port Douglas CHEAPEST: 32 Mill St, Mourilyan $50,000Sold by LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hilllast_img read more

Gold Coast cottage inspired by a popular fairytale hits the market

first_img Harcourts Scenic listing agent Tom Van, who is marketing the property at 5A Magnetic Drive alongside Eli Van, said despite the cottage being only about 20 years old, it had plenty of history. “It ticks a lot of boxes as a quirky cottage but you get an awesome story behind it and amazing views of the Gold Coast,” he said. The property will head under the hammer on September 28 with the author set to hand out a copy of one of his books, The Rain Tree, to attendees. MORE NEWS: How this home moved suburbs The cottage was a way the Mudies could bring the fantasy to life, and it even features a colourful stained-glass window depicting Jack, the stalk and the cow he sold. “It was built as a writer’s cottage but I am actually a civil engineer,” Mr Mudie said. “They say it’s very rare for a civil engineer to have any imagination but I beg to differ.”He said the 150-year-old timber taken from an old bridge in Boonah, which was used throughout the two-bedroom home, would be worth close to $250,000. “If you buy a new house they have no character. This is a one-off, you won’t get anything else like this,” Mr Mudie said. “Mt Tamborine is really nice, I look down at the Gold Coast and see the sunrise and on certain days of the year the moon comes up and lights up the South Pacific and it becomes an inky black colour.”Mr Mudie’s property has two titles, one of which the couple will build their next home on. The owners have called it home for the past two decades. That view is enough to inspire anyone.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“We are not moving off the mountain, I never got round to building the second property so we will sell this and build the next one,” he said. “We will probably make it an alpine log cabin — a totally different take.”Mr Mudie has written four books in the cottage but wouldn’t spill the beans on his next novel. The author made headlines in 2008 after he was taken to court by Queensland Transport for illegally using a double-decker bus shipped out from London.Mr Mudie was fined $1500 for failing to register the vehicle properly. The 16 criminal charges he was hit with were outlined in his book London Bus on the QT. A fairytale-inspired cottage at 5A Magnetic Drive, Tamborine Mountain, has hit the market.AN English author who brought Jack and the Beanstalk to life with an enchanting cottage in the Hinterland is hoping to sell it for more than a handful of magic beans. William Andrew Mudie engineered his own author’s abode on Tamborine Mountain called Foh Fum Cottage. It has been home to Mr Mudie and his wife Lynne for the past two decades but is now set to head under the hammer later this month. Mr Mudie’s books, The Foh Fum Legends, follow the real stories behind fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk. It is affectionately known as Foh Fum Cottage. It was built as a writers cottage. MORE NEWS: Extravagant home taken from dated to daring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenTop tips for sellers in Spring00:50last_img read more

North Sea Port: We Are Ready to Invest in Hydrogen as Fuel

first_imgDutch-Belgian North Sea Port is looking to invest in hydrogen as fuel when opportunities arise, a representative of the port told World Maritime News at Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference 2018 in Amsterdam.“We recently commissioned a pipeline from Dow to Yara to transport hydrogen. We are already bunkering LNG vessels and when the right moment is there, we are ready also to invest in hydrogen as fuel or at least to make it available in our port area,” Peter Geertse, Commercial Manager of North Sea Port, said in an interview with our publication.Sustainable operationsEarlier this year, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted a climate change strategy for shipping which envisages a reduction of total greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2050. When asked about this strategy, Geertse said it is indirectly involved by supporting the port industry to move to more renewable energy sources. For example, companies such as Dow, Yara and ArcelorMittal have launched projects to reduce CO2 emissions and the port is supporting them.This October, the first truck-to-ship LNG bunkering was carried out in Ghent. In Vlissingen, such operations have already been done.“Right now, LNG bunkering is mainly done by truck which is more efficient because we don’t have an LNG terminal in our port. There is one in Rotterdam and Zeebrugge and those have enough capacity to serve the northwestern and southwestern regions of Europe,” Geertse explained.He added that, for now, North Sea Port will offer mainly truck and barge bunkering as there are not many seagoing vessels using LNG.Geertse also said that different bunker companies are present at the port and they are prepared for the upcoming IMO sulphur cap.“You will see more and more low sulphur bunkering taking place in our port area as well. A lot of Scandinavian companies have their plans in our ports and they are very conscious of sustainability. They are insisting on scrubbers and new ways of fueling their vessels,” according to Geertse.IntegrationThe cross-border port was established recently following a merger between Dutch Zeeland Seaports (Flushing, Borsele and Terneuzen) and Belgian Ghent Port Company (Ghent).Announced in December 2017, the merger was completed seven months later. The process started a few years ago and involved extensive research and investigation. However, the merger has been completed relatively fast because of a strong support of the authorities and shareholders.“There is still one decision to be made on Belgium’s side because the position of the port is a little bit different in Holland but we have already got some guarantees. What remains are the details and the formalities,” Geertse informed.When asked about the experiences regarding the integration of the two organizations with Dutch and Flemish employees, Geertse replied: “It is still early to say anything because we are still in that process. The commercial part has already been integrated which I believe went well.”According to Geertse, the good thing is that nobody would be laid off. Instead, the port is looking to hire new people as well.“We already cooperate quite a lot and we are actually very close, especially the southern part of Zeeland is already very close to Belgium. When it comes to differences, they might feel funny – same language, but at the same time different expressions. But I think it will work out well.”“This cross-border merger is unique on the continent. There is also one other port which merged and that is Malmö and Copenhagen. We will see whether other ports in Europe will be following our practice as well.”Benefits of the integrationWith regard to benefits North Sea Port expects to gain from the merger, Geertse said they can be primarily found in economies of scale.“In the workforce segment, we now have the economies of scale to invest in the right people while previously we had to source out of the company. We now have the right people to do the technical side of building the quay sites.”In addition, benefits can be found in promoting the port: “Rather than spending money on two different ports in promoting ourselves, we now promote one port, which is a bigger port from the European perspective. There you can attract more customers and bigger companies as well.”InnovationIn order to remain competitive, North Sea Port collaborates with other ports, the Port of Rotterdam and the Port of Antwerp, among others. What is more, a number of innovative projects are planned at the port.In support of these projects, digitalization is particularly important, Geertse believes: “We have to incorporate more digitalization in our port operation as everything will be more digitalized in the future. We will have to invest into that in the coming years. The first challenge for us is to integrate two different systems of the two former ports into one.”Another segment which has to be tackled is vessel reporting which needs to be harmonized and made more efficient in the future. Moreover, systems related to internal processes like customer service and statistics need to be integrated. That will be the main challenges for North Sea Port’s IT department in the coming period, according to Geertse.Port businessAt the end of 2017, North Sea Port said it intended to increase its maritime traffic to 70 million tons by 2022. This goal might be achieved even earlier as the port already saw 53 million tons being transshipped via seagoing vessels during the first nine months of this year.“We expect to achieve our goals even earlier. We were growing in the first nine months already by 8%, within the liquid bulk segment 13%,” Geertse commented.So far, offshore wind has been a very successful segment for the port, especially when it comes to value.“In terms of percentages, the container segment is the fastest growing, followed by dry bulk and liquid bulk. Those are the main drivers which are accounting more than for half of the total throughput.”By 2020, a new sea lock in Terneuzen will be built to replace the middle of the three existing locks. Once completed, it will enable North Sea Port to accommodate larger ships.“Currently, when a bulk vessel with ore is coming, we have to lighten it on the river before the vessel can enter because of the draft. With the new lock, we won’t have to lighten the vessel that much so wider and longer vessels can proceed. Same with the RoRo services — those are the bigger ships so we will be able to count on bigger ships.”“Another remark on the growth of tons is that when we look at breakbulk and liquid bulk for instance in surrounding ports like Rotterdam, they are decreasing. They are decreasing for liquid bulk, while we are growing. That is because they are more depending on crude oil and we have more differentiated products.”Impact of Brexit and market outlook“We have some industries which are fully depending on the UK market, for instance companies such as CRo / Cobelfret. That is a car terminal in Vlissingen and exports mainly go to the UK. But on the other hand, as long as cars are not manufactured in the UK, they have to be imported anyway even if there will be import duties,” according to Geertse.“We don’t have a real ferry service to the UK so we will not have trucks standing in line to do their customs formalities. However, from the UK there is quite a lot of interest to find alternative ports to start new ferry services because they expect congestion.”He further said that there are opportunities from Brexit for new ferry services to start from other ports like North Sea Port. The port has been approached by several ferry companies but they are waiting for the outcomes of Brexit.Additionally, containerization at the port is expected to grow.“Containers are one of the developing segments. Part of our recent business, for example, is more and more containerized. So we have to be prepared for that as well,” Geertse concluded.“I think there will be opportunities as well for ports but nobody knows what will happen with customs, could be chaos as well.”“We will definitely continue to concentrate on our niche markets, but also focus on the bulk markets. We see some growth coming from the agri bulk in the future and we will more diversify in the liquid bulk and also in the renewables – biomass.”Geertse added he expects quite a lot from the offshore wind segment in the coming years amid the anticipated development of the portfolio of wind parks in the next ten to twenty years.Interview by Naida Hakirevic; Image Courtesy: North Sea PortThe interview was conducted within Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference 2018. OEEC 2018 brought together 550 exhibitors and over 10,000 unique visitors in halls 1, 2 & 3 of Amsterdam RAI. The conference and side events attracted over 1,000 delegates. The next Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference takes place on October 7, 8 and 9, 2019.last_img read more

Elsie M. Lecher, 87

first_imgElsie M. Lecher, 87, of Greensburg passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home.Elsie was born in Campbell County, Kentucky to Clyde and Alma Carolyn (Messmer) Clark.Elsie graduated from New Point High School. She worked as a secretary for Doctor Wood, she was the bookkeeper of St. Mary’s for 17 years, and she worked for Wickens Insurance in Greensburg. Elsie was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and the Evening Bells Home-Ec Club. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and gardening.Elsie was married to Joseph J. “Joe” Lecher on February 23, 1952 and he preceded her in death on June 17, 2014.She is survived by two sons; David Lecher, Greensburg, Mike (Barb) Lecher, Greensburg, two grandchildren; Clark (Michelle) Lecher, Lebanon, and Elizabeth Lecher, Lebanon, and several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, brother; Howard Clark, and two sisters; Ruth Windgassen, and Edith Hamer.A Rosary will be prayed at 3:30 pm on Wednesday followed by visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. John Meyer officiating.Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Church Building Fund or to Susan G. Komen.Online condolences can be made at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Badger softball wins 1 of 4 in home opener

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThe Wisconsin softball team finished this weekend with just one win in four games, but they still came away with smiles on their faces.The Badgers (11-28, 1-7 Big Ten) played a doubleheader against Indiana on Sunday, splitting the series 1-1.UW won the second of the two games 3-0 behind a stellar pitching performance from freshman Kristyn Hansen to earn their first Big Ten win of the season.“I had a little bit of butterflies,” Hansen said. “But I stood strong, and by the second inning they were gone and I was ready to go.”Hansen learned that she would be starting the second game only minutes before the opening pitch. Head coach Chandelle Schulte gave Hansen the nod after junior Leah Vanevenhoven threw six innings in the first game of the doubleheader and sophomore Letty Olivarez had given up five runs in the seventh inning of that game.“What a tremendous mental giant,” assistant coach Julie Wright said of Hansen. “She found out literally 10 minutes before the game started. … She was huge for us.”Even though it was just the first Big Ten start of her career, Hansen came out strong and carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning. She finished the game giving up only three hits and earned the first Big Ten win of her career with a complete game shutout.“My goal is a down ball game,” Hansen said. “The way I pitch, batters tend to hit a lot of ground balls. That is why [the coaches] like me in there, because when we need a ground ball I can usually get one.”Aiding Hansen’s strong pitching performance was a defense that didn’t commit any errors and made several spectacular plays.“That is the best defense I have seen us play in practice or in games all season long,” Wright said. “They told me afterwards, ‘We don’t know what clicked, but we relaxed and had fun together,’ and you can see the result.”Badger hitters only managed to collect four hits for the game, but they made them count as they opened up the scoring in the fourth inning. Alexis Garcia got UW on the board with a solo home run, her fourth of the season. After consecutive singles by Olivarez and Lynn Anderson, Wisconsin tacked on two more runs by taking advantage of a defensive error and a wild pitch.“We capitalized when we got some runners on,” Wright said. “It had been a thorn in our side all season, so it was nice to execute in that situation.”The first game of the twin billing did not go as smoothly as the second, though. UW started the game with an RBI double from Valyncia Raphael, as the Badgers scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Both pitchers shut down opposing batters to keep the score at 2-0 going into the top of the seventh.It all unraveled in the final inning for the Badgers as relief pitcher Olivarez gave up five runs in one inning of work. Wisconsin could only get one back in the bottom of the seventh for a final score of 5-3.“We were feeling pretty good about it,” Wright said about leading the game going into the seventh frame. “You always want more runs and we hadn’t scored since the first inning, so two runs never feels like enough. We were feeling pretty good still, and they weren’t swinging the bat too well, but then it all fell apart.”The Badgers lost 4-3 to Purdue Saturday with much of the blame falling on the defense. Vanevenhoven got the start for UW, and four runs were scored against her, though none of them were earned.Friday the Badgers struggled to execute on offense and lost their home opener 5-2 to the Boilermakers.last_img read more

Football speculation is becoming frustrating

first_imgAren’t we all sick of speculating yet? Every possible outcome for Saturday’s season opening football game against Alabama has been written about. We have discussed what could happen if the Trojans win, lose or tie. In fact, we’ve done so much forecasting, it seems that come Saturday night, when the scores are all final, everyone will be able to turn to their friends smugly and say, “Well, I saw that one coming.”Everyone has a different approach to the beginning of football season, and the fact that there are so many unique ways to experience football is one of the reasons it is such a popular sport. For example, there are the people (and there are a lot of them) who are all about the predictions and “what ifs.” The majority of my friends fall into this category and they frequently get in heated debates about whether or not head coach Clay Helton selected the correct starting quarterback.There are the people who think they can coach or play better than the people on the field and sidelines. Most of the time this is just a ridiculously ignorant comment, but it can certainly be good for a laugh.At USC, football is more than just a sport. It is the culture that comes with tailgates, Song Girls and a special white horse. The magic of football goes beyond the field, especially as a student, and that is something that has been out of reach because of the circumstances of this year’s opening game. Traveling to Dallas, playing the storied Alabama Crimson Tide — who are the defending champions and top-ranked team in the country no less — is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most fans, student media and athletes, but it loses a little of the USC magic.Nonetheless, I am ready for it to be game day. Saturday will mark what is bound to be an exceptional game in one way or another — it wouldn’t be a USC football season without some unanticipated intrigue.Perhaps the following weekend will be even more exciting, however, when the Trojans return home to the Coliseum and Saturday becomes a day filled with Cardinal and Gold.Of course football season isn’t just about the fluff: the marching band, the lighting of the torch, the Fight Song. More so than at other schools, the success of the football season is defined by results on the field. Football is a million-dollar industry and is treated like a business. Reputations, jobs and money are on the line every time the Trojans take the field, but isn’t it a little ridiculous to pin the success of the whole season on one game?We as a fan base know little about redshirt junior quarterback Max Browne yet choose to continually decide whether or not he is qualified and capable of leading this team. How can we say he was or was not the correct choice? The same theory holds true for Helton.While I understand and respect that football is the sport that a majority of people are the most passionate about, I have grown increasingly tired of the hoopla surrounding a game when there is no real gauge on what to expect.Football season is back, and with it comes the highs and the lows of unguarded anticipation.Hailey Tucker is a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Tucker Talks,” runs Wednesdays.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

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