Proteas stretch lead despite Pandya’s all-round heroics

first_img..Dale Steyn suffers another injury blowBy Nick SaidCAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa built a sizeable lead after reaching 65 for two against India at the close on day two of the first Test at Newlands on Saturday but must finish the match without pace bowler Dale Steyn who suffered another injury setback.Hashim Amla (four not out) and nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada (two not out) will seek to extend the home side’s advantage of 142 runs with eight second-innings wickets remaining after they bowled India out for 209 on a lively wicket offering plenty of assistance for the bowlers. Steyn, who only returned to the side for this match after 14 months out with a shoulder injury, left the field having bowled 17.3 overs and went for scans on an injured heal. South African team manager Mohammed Moosajee confirmed Steyn’s worst fears as he now faces four-six weeks on the sidelines with tissue damage after landing awkwardly in his delivery stride.“Understandably he is disappointed, but he will try his best to recover as quickly as possible. You could see how much he was enjoying himself out there,” Moosajee told reporters. Being a bowler light will probably make South Africa rethink what is a good target to set India to win the game. Aiden Markram (34) was the first wicket to fall having looked fluent until he top-edged a rising delivery from Hardik Pandya (2-17) to Bhuvneshwar Kumar at a deep point.Dean Elgar (25) was scratchy throughout his stay at the crease and became Pandya’s second victim when he edged to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha. Pandya earlier ensured India stayed in the contest with a brilliant 93 from 95 balls, including 14 fours and a six as he alone provided resistance to the venomous home attack. LUCKY PANDYA The all-rounder had watched as his side slipped to 92 for seven but instead of playing for survival, Pandya took the attack to the South African seamers. He had his fair share of luck, dropped at gully by Elgar off Steyn on 15 and offering a stumping chance to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock that was spurned.Having been roughed up by a barrage of short-pitched bowling from the excellent Rabada (3-34), the latter finally ended Pandya’s stay as he induced an edge to De Kock. “He is someone who is really promising, and is bowling and batting well, and that makes a difference to the team because when you have a good all-rounder it improves the balance,” India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara said.“He kept us in the game and got us two wickets at the end of the day as well.” The rest of the batsmen found it difficult to score against the fast and accurate home bowling with Pujara’s patient 26 from 91 balls the next highest score. South Africa host India in three tests this month with the next two in Pretoria and Johannesburg.SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings (286)India 1st innings (overnight 28-3)Vijay c Elgar b Philander 1Dhawan c & b Steyn 16Pujara c du Plessis b Philander 26Kohli (c) c de Kock b Morkel 5Sharma lbw Rabada 11Ashwin c de Kock b Philander 12Pandya c de Kock b Rabada 93Saha lbw Steyn 0Kumar c de Kock b Morkel 25Shami not out 4Bumrah c Elgar b Rabada 2Extras: (lb-,13lb) 14Total: (all out 73.4 overs) 209Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-18, 3-27, 4-57, 5-76, 6-81,7-92, 8-191, 9-199, 10-209.Bowling: V. Philander 14.3-8-33-3, D. Steyn 17.3-6-51-2, M. Morkel 19-6-57-2, K. Rabada 16.4-4-34-3,.K. Maharaj 6-0-20-0.                      SOUTH AFRICA 2nd inningsMarkram c Kumar b Pandya 34D.Elgar c Saha b Pandya         25Rabada not out 2Amla not out 4Extras 0Total  2 wickets (20 overs) 65Fall of wickets:, 1-52, 2-59.Bowling B. Kumar 6-3-16-0, J. Bumrah 4-0-14-0,M .Shami 5-1-15-0, H. Pandya 4-0-17-2, Ashwin 1-0-3-0.last_img read more

The Latest: IOC to conduct annual meeting by video link

first_imgThe Russian agency issued staff with disinfectant wipes and face masks before the stoppage and also offered athletes masks to wear while being tested.___The Turkish soccer league plans to resume on June 12, finish its season by the end of July and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August.Turkey suspended its soccer, basketball and volleyball leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak on March 20.Turkish soccer federation president Nihat Ozdemir says “we are aiming to end the season on July 26 by playing seven weekends and one weekday game.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The International Olympic Committee will hold an annual meeting through video conferencing on July 17. The teams have been allowed to do so under a strict set of guidelines, including testing players and staff.___The Green Bay Packers are teaming with American Family Insurance to provide $20,000 worth of ready-made meals to northeast Wisconsin’s front-line workers in the fight against the new coronavirus. Packers officials said the meals will be delivered to hospitals May 6-12 for Nurse Appreciation Week and will go to police and fire stations May 10-16 as part of Police Appreciation Week.The Packers also have provided $1.5 million in grants through the Packers Give Back COVID-19 Community Relief Fund. The school announced the creation of the Helping Heels Fund on Wednesday. It is designed to receive gifts to directly aid athletes and their families with expenses as permitted by NCAA rules. Those expenses could include groceries, medical bills and technology needs for online classes or remote learning.The fund is designed to supplement the school’s existing Student-Athlete Assistance Fund for the same issues. UNC has more than 800 student-athletes in 28 varsity sports.Athletics director Bubba Cunningham says many people have reached out seeking to help school athletes amid the pandemic that has shut down college sports while displacing athletes from campuses and team facilities. He says the new fund “is an opportunity to offer resources beyond what our department is currently able to provide.”The school’s compliance office will vet any funds provided and no money will go directly from a donor to an athlete.___ Ozdemir says the games will be played without spectators and the Turkish health ministry and its scientific advisory council will determine the conditions and guidelines under which the games will go ahead.___Inter Milan has postponed the return of its players to the training field because not everyone on the team has been tested for the coronavirus.Serie A players are set to resume practice this week under a strict set of guidelines amid the pandemic and Inter was slated to restart on Wednesday.But Inter’s Suning Center remains closed and is now expected to reopen at the end of the week. Tiley is the Australian Open’s tournament director. He says organizers have “modeled everything” and tells AAP “our best-case scenario at this point is having an AO with players that we can get in here with quarantining techniques and Australian-only fans.”More than 30 sanctioned tennis tournaments have been postponed or canceled so far because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The French Open was moved from May to September and Wimbledon was called off entirely for the first time in 75 years.A decision on this year’s U.S. Open is expected in June.___German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Bundesliga can resume this month amid the coronavirus pandemic. No teams will be relegated but the top two from the second division will be promoted.There will be no relegation in the third and fourth divisions but the promoted clubs will come from the winners of playoff matches played without fans.___The head of the Australian Open says various contingency plans are being considered for the Grand Slam tournament scheduled for January 2021. They include scrapping it altogether because of the coronavirus pandemic or allowing just spectators from the host country.Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley tells the Australian Associated Press that the “worst-case scenario” is no tournament at all next year. — Reporting by David Ginsburg in Baltimore___Cleveland Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the NBA team is going ahead with plans to open its training facility on Friday so players can individually work out.Bickerstaff said the team has been in contact with local and Ohio health officials to make sure it is following safety guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team’s year-round facility in Independence, Ohio has been closed since mid-March.Bickerstaff, who took over the Cavs when John Beilein stepped down in February midway through his first season, said the league has advised that any player and coach remain 12 feet apart while on the floor together. May 6, 2020 ___Juventus has announced that forward Paulo Dybala has recovered from the new coronavirus.Juventus issued a brief statement Wednesday saying that Dybala’s two latest tests came back negative for COVID-19. The club says Dybala has “therefore recovered and will no longer be subjected to the home isolation regime.”It was reported last week that Dybala was still positive for the disease after several weeks of tests.Juventus and most of the other Serie A clubs are resuming training this week on an individual basis before full team training restarts on May 18. The Russian anti-doping agency plans to resume testing this month.CEO Yuri Ganus says testing will start again in the last 10 days of May with a “balanced, selective and focused” approach as the agency tries to make up for a lengthy stoppage.Testing was suspended at the end of March when Russian President Vladimir Putin asked people to stay home unless they were working in designated essential sectors.Ganus says that during the stoppage “we have been carrying out all the work of a national anti-doping agency except for the testing.” That covers areas such as education, investigations and planning for future tests.Anti-doping work worldwide has come to a near-standstill during the coronavirus pandemic. That has raised fears that some athletes could take advantage and cheat. Orioles outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. is eager to get back on the baseball diamond, though not until he can be sure it’s in a safe environment.Speaking Wednesday on a teleconference call from his home in Peachtree City, Georgia, Smith said he doesn’t want to return until there’s no threat of contracting the new coronavirus.“There’s a definitely a concern about that,” Smith said. “We want to make sure it’s 100 percent safe. When they give us the go — if they do — to start back up again, we don’t want to contract that virus and then pass it around to others amongst ourselves and get other people sick and just continue that pandemic.“Whenever they give us the go, when it’s like a really safe time to go back, I think that would be the best opportunity.”Smith has been passing the time during the quarantine with his family, but he made time to participate in a video game challenge with other big leaguers. Playing MLB The Show 19, Smith went 19-10, finished fifth and was named Players League Best Manager. The Latest: IOC to conduct annual meeting by video link Also, the R&A says it has postponed until next year the inaugural Women’s Amateur Latin America Championship. It was scheduled for Sept. 3-6 in Buenos Aires. It now is scheduled for Sept. 2-5 in 2021.___The Spanish soccer federation is proposing an end to this season’s women’s league because of the coronavirus pandemic.The proposal is expected to be approved by the federation’s board on Thursday.Barcelona was leading the competition at the time it was suspended in March and will be declared champion. The meeting of around 100 members, known as the IOC Session, had originally been scheduled to be held in Tokyo before the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics.The one-year postponement of the Tokyo Games because of the new coronavirus, and global restrictions on travel and large gatherings of people, have left video conferencing as the best option.The IOC says its executive board will discuss the Session agenda and a secure voting protocol. The board is due to meet remotely next week, on May 14.___North Carolina says it’s launching a crowdfunding campaign to allow fans to help provide financial assistance to school athletes facing “extreme hardships” amid the coronavirus pandemic. ___The New Jersey Devils are donating 10,000 tickets for next season to health care workers with RWJBarnabas.The Devils also promised to donate two extra tickets for every season ticket member and plan holder who use credits they earned this year for next year.The NHL team plans to use social media to honor front-line workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey and across the country. The tribute is called “Stick Taps at 7” and will be broadcast at 7 p.m. It will include videos of players, alumni, coaches, management, front office staff and others saluting doctors, nurses and health care workers.RJWBarnabas Health is a sponsor of the Devils. The owners of the team previously donated money and medical supplies to the RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund. Josh Harris and David Blitzer are the managing partners of the Devils.___Two more international golf tournaments for amateurs have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The International Golf Federation says the World Amateur Team Championships for men and women — scheduled over two weeks in October in Singapore — have been scratched. The tournament dates to 1958. It was moved in February from Hong Kong because of social unrest.The World Amateur Team is held every other year. The IGF decided not to postpone it until 2021 because of the effect it would create with scheduling problems. It next will be played in France in 2022. Associated Press Merkel announced a loosening of a range of containment measures after meeting with the country’s 16 state governors. Pressure to relax the rules had been growing as the rate of daily infections in the country has dropped.Soccer in the country’s top two divisions will be able to resume without spectators and with a range of other conditions designed to prevent another outbreak. Players will be tested and teams will also have to spend time in quarantine before games can restart.The earliest the league can resume is May 16. The German soccer league is to hold a general meeting with the country’s 36 professional clubs in the top two divisions via video link on Thursday.The Bundesliga was suspended with nine rounds remaining on March 13. The clubs had committed to finishing the season by the end of June.___ Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes says all sporting competitions in the country will remain suspended until July 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Belgian soccer league says it will respect the national security council’s decision. The league recommended last month ending its season with the current standings declared final.The league says “the working group’s proposals will be presented to the Pro League clubs at the general assembly on May 15.”Club Brugge stands to be awarded the title and qualify for next season’s Champions League if the advice is confirmed. Brugge is currently 15 points ahead of second-place Gent with one game to go before the season-ending playoffs.___ He said coaches will be required to wear masks and gloves. Bickerstaff said the workouts are voluntary and “no one is being pressured to do anything.”___Torino has announced that a player has tested positive for COVID-19 after the first run of medical tests were carried out on the team as it begins the return to training.The club has not named the player but says he is asymptomatic and has been placed in quarantine.Most Serie A clubs are resuming training this week on an individual basis before full team training restarts on May 18. Inter’s team doctor was one of three Serie A physicians who were hospitalized with the virus.Most of the other Italian league clubs are resuming training on an individual basis this week before full team training restarts on May 18.___The Croatian soccer federation says it wants to restart the season on May 30 with the cup semifinals.The country’s 10-team league is set to resume with all games in empty stadiums on June 6 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Croatian federation is led by former player and UEFA executive committee member Davor Suker. It says final approval must come from public authorities. Lower-level leagues will not be completed.Dinamo Zagreb leads the league by 18 points over Rijeka with 10 matches remaining.Four clubs are in contention for the runner-up spot and a place in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Broncos stop football to talk about race relations, Floyd

first_imgBroncos stop football to talk about race relations, Floyd Ellis, who told players he wanted to hear from them before issuing a statement, also listened as more than a dozen players spoke up on the calls.“My takeaway from it was that we have to figure out what we can do, not only as a team, but as an organization,” safety Kareem Jackson said. “How can we get out and how can we impact the Denver community? Maybe we can get out and put together a march as a team or something like that.”After the Zoom calls, the Broncos tweeted, “We will stand by our players. We will lift up their voices. We can do more. We will do more.” The team also retweeted several players’ personal posts, including Malik Reed’s: “I have been one of the ones to not be outspoken about the things we go through, but that doesn’t help create change. My heart goes out to everyone who has lost someone due to the wickedness of this world.”Floyd, a black man who was handcuffed, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes even after Floyd stopped moving and pleading for air. Chauvin was fired along with three other officers and faces homicide charges. ___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: AP NFL: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditInstead of X’s and O’s, the Denver Broncos spent Tuesday talking about racial injustice, police brutality and healing a nation rocked by demonstrations over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis on top of the coronavirus outbreak and its economic devastation.Team president Joe Ellis addressed the offense and defense in separate Zoom calls that replaced the team’s regular video conference sessions, which are a substitute for in-person training during the pandemic.Coach Vic Fangio and general manager John Elway also participated in the calls, in which Ellis emphasized society’s need to eradicate racism and told the players that the organization shares in the outrage over Floyd’s death last week.center_img Fangio said the words of Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Broncos safety Justin Simmons especially resonated with him over a weekend of increasing unrest and said that sports brings people together. “I look forward to the Broncos and the NFL leading that charge,” Fangio said.Simmons, the team’s 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee, helped lead a peaceful protest in Florida on Sunday. He called for unity and non-violence.Simmons implored a crowd to “understand that we are fighting for equality, not superiority. All lives matter when black lives matter. We pledge our allegiance to the flag for freedom and justice for all and we do not have our justice. So let’s understand that. We will get it, (but) not by force.”Fangio also praised Simmons, saying, “I think Justin is one of those guys that will help us find solutions and lead us out of this mess that we’re in.” June 3, 2020 Fangio started off a media call a few hours later by saying, “I was shocked, sad and angry at what I saw a policeman do to a handcuffed George Floyd. … He should be punished to fullest extent of the law for the crimes he has been charged with in addition to being charged with treason for failing to uphold the badge.”Fangio said he has the utmost respect for police but added that Chauvin “failed the 99 percent of police that do a great job and we are all paying the price for that.”Denver is among the dozens of cities where peaceful protests during daylight hours have been followed by break-ins, stealing and clashes with police come nightfall.Fangio said society could learn a lot from an NFL locker room, where skin color is no barrier.“We’re a league of meritocracy,” Fangio said. “You earn what you get, you get what you earn. I don’t see racism at all in the NFL. I don’t see discrimination in the NFL. We live in a great atmosphere. … We’re lucky. We all live together joined as one for one common goal, and we all intermingle and mix tremendously. If society reflected an NFL team, we’d all be great.”last_img read more

The Latest: ICC reports surge in video views during pandemic

first_img Associated Press August 7, 2020 The Latest: ICC reports surge in video views during pandemic Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___What did cricket fans do when there was no live games to watch during lockdown in the coronavirus pandemic?center_img Watched replays. Lots of replays.The International Cricket Council released figures Friday showing it had 1.65 billion video views on its Facebook channel in the first half of 2020, saying it “topped the rankings in terms of video consumption among leading sports bodies” on the social media platform.Cricket was shuttered globally from late March until last month, when host England beat West Indies 2-1 in a three-test series that was played inside bio-secure venues in Southampton and Manchester.The ICC, citing statistics from the CrowdTangle analytics tool, said daily video consumption on its Facebook page increased from 3 million minutes viewed to 15 million minutes per day during the lockdown.“At a time when COVID-19 has severely impacted live sports, the ICC’s channels have gone from strength to strength,” the ICC said in a statement. Cricket hit some highs in terms of viewership over the 12 months to June, including the 1.1 billion views for the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia in February and March.Online traffic from India helped. The final between Australia and India, which attracted a crowd of more than 86,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, set a single-day record for women’s tournament with 64.9 million views on the ICC Facebook page.___More AP sports: and read more

PPDI ‘powers’ 61st Senior Caribbean Table Tennis Championships

first_imgPOWER Producers and Distributors Incorporated (PPDI) provided great impetus to Guyana’s hosting of the 61st Caribbean Senior Caribbean Table Tennis championships and Pan American Games qualification events, scheduled for March 24-31 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, when they presented a cheque for an undisclosed sum to the association’s treasurer Deirdre Edghill.The simple but significant presentation was made by Deputy Chief Executive Officer Administration and Human Resources’ Gary Hall at the company’s Water Street location and, according to Chief Executive Officer of PPDI Dr Arron Fraser, the entity sees its contribution as its corporate mandate.The company has noted the sport’s tradition of success at the regional and international levels, in addition to its gradual improvement and attempts at implementing key projects to place the sport in a more sustainable competitive standing, domestically and internationally, and was therefore happy to support.Dr Fraser indicated that based on his knowledge of the sport he believes that the hosting of these games – while advertising, promoting and developing Guyana’s tourism can significantly elevate, propel and position the prospects and profile of Guyana, as a table tennis nation – will provide the platform and environment for our players to showcase their talents and our citizens as well as students to witness high class table tennis.DPPI’s CEO Dr Arron FraserGuyana will host the 61st Senior Caribbean Table Tennis Championships, designated by the International Table Tennis Federation and Latin American Table Tennis Union as the qualification events for 2019 Pan Am Cup scheduled for October 2019 in Puerto Rico and 2019 Pan American Games scheduled for July-August 2019 in Lima Peru.The qualification for the Pan Am Cup, which is the qualifier for World Team Championships 2020, will see one male and four female teams from the Caribbean region qualify, while the Pan Am Games qualification for Caribbean teams will see one male and one female team from the region qualify for the Pan American Games.This is the first time Guyana is tasked with hosting a Pan American Games qualification event and will see teams from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica Barbados St Vincent, St Kitts, Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Dominican Republic, St Lucia, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Suriname, French Guiana, and Haiti who have already confirmed their participation.As a result over 180 of the region’s best table tennis athletes and officials will come to Guyana to participate in this prestigious event.These events kick-start the 2020 Olympic qualification pathway where we believe our men’s team will be very competitive and the women’s team truly have great prospects at qualifying, with Dominican Republic being our main competitors.Guyana has had a rich tradition of regional table tennis success at the Caribbean championships, where in the 2018 edition held in Jamaica the country’s women and male teams secured several medals.Trenace Lowe and Christopher Franklin secured bronze in the singles, and the men and women secured silver in the team events. Chelsea Edghill and Shemar Britton won gold in the Under-21 female and male categories, among other successes.last_img read more

West Indies Women open World T20 strongly against Thailand

first_img(ESPNCRICINFO) – WEST Indies opened their T20 World Cup campaign with a win they would have expected, though not without sizeable fright chasing a small target against a Thailand combination that lost their first-ever match at an ICC global event but won plenty of friends along the way at the WACA ground in Perth.If Thailand’s batting order found themselves struggling to handle the pace and bounce of a pitch that could not have been more different to that prepared for the opening night on the other side of the continent, they bowled and fielded with tremendous skill, determination and no little flare to have the West Indies in early trouble in their chase.But for a DRS reprieve for Shemaine Campbelle, West Indies may have been 4 for 27, chasing 79 to win.As it was, Campbelle and the captain Stafanie Taylor had to work extremely hard to build the partnership that closed out the fixture, allowing West Indies to notch a valuable opening victory.As for Thailand, they now know they belong among the world’s best company, and other sides will need to be wary.Less than 24 hours after the tournament favourites Australia were spun out by India on a Sydney Showgrounds pitch that was so slow and low as to be almost subterranean, the T20 World Cup debutants from Thailand found themselves batting in WACA conditions that offered steep bounce and pace to West Indies.While the Thailand captain Sornnarin Tippoch had no hesitation about choosing to bat, the early going suggested that this surface required quite an adjustment.The new ball fizzed through with some swing, often being taken at hip height and higher by Campbelle, and it was no surprise to see openers Nattaya Boochatham and Nattakan Chantam dismissed when they both failed to ride the bounce – Chantam first being able to connect with a pair of handsome drives through cover point.These early incisions allowed West Indies to more or less dictate terms, placing a clamp on the run rate and restricting the flow of boundaries.last_img read more

As it stands: Despite 3 decades of weathering Carrier Dome remains face of Syracuse

first_img If SU found the funding necessary, it might choose to simply stick with what it has. The Dome rose to iconographic standards as a symbol for both the university and the city, said Amy Falkner, an associate dean of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and an expert on media strategy and advertising. Just walk into Falkner’s office, and the point is proven. On her office door, she taped a picture of the Dome’s interior during a sold-out Dome basketball game. ‘To me — if I’m selling Syracuse, that’s the picture I want,’ Falkner said, pointing to that picture of the Dome on the door. The Dome’s exact worth, as an advertising and branding tool, is hard to quantify because it is so often used, Falkner said. But whatever the exact figure may be, the selling point for the city since 1980 has grown. For the basketball program, for the football program, for the university and even for the city, the Dome is, perhaps, the face of Syracuse. And after 30 years, despite plans for improvements, it continues to be. It is what the athletic program, university and city peddle to tourists and natives. It is Syracuse. Said Falkner: ‘Anyone who looks at (SU’s) website or at our publications realizes that the Dome is what we’re selling.’ It was just as well that Sala got his first taste of the Dome through a maintenance job. As the Dome’s operations director, he oversees everything related to that facility and the rest of Syracuse’s athletic complexes. Maintenance requires a yearly hunt for any problems. Sala has a wish list for possible improvements, but those require additional funding. But for Sala, the Dome is still in great condition, despite its age. ‘I think the life expectancy is as long as you maintain it for,’ Sala said. As far as replacing the Dome, it would require a considerable financial outlay. So far, administrators have only kicked around speculation and nothing more. But with the Dome’s public profile so great and profitable, the question rests on whether it’s worth talking replacement at all. The maintenance runs the gamut of the Dome’s needs. Sometimes, Sala spends his days trying to find cracks in the foundation. Each crack — no matter the size, he says — gets chased down. The snow removal from the roof with which Sala is so familiar is one of the facility’s liability issues — SU wishes to avoid snow dropping from the roof onto passing cars and causing traffic accidents. ‘It’s a tough building to maintain in the winter,’ Sala said. Bigger projects take up part of the Dome’s maintenance budget as well. About 10 years ago, the Dome received a new roof. The old membrane managed to last longer than expected. But the facility needed a new one, along with new cables to support the membrane. Replacing the roof will always remain the Dome’s largest upkeep need, Sala said. ‘You need to put money back into a facility,’ Sala said. ‘You don’t build a facility to walk away from it.’ Each year, SU invites back the same engineering firm that designed the Dome, Geiger Engineers, to conduct reports and investigate the structure’s facility. ‘I would expect with reasonable attention going in the future, there’s really no limit to the lifespan (of the Dome),’ said Geiger Chief Executive Officer Dave Campbell. Concentrating on improvements, and putting aside maintenance, Sala’s wish list for changes at the Dome includes: New and improved ‘points of sales,’ such as concession stands and souvenir shops. Sala toured brand new stadiums, including those near New York City, to help shape ideas. Electronic ribbon boards — something between a scoreboard and a computer screen — could connect around the Dome. Each piece would be customizable and allow for greater fan interaction. Scoreboards should be replaced soon, too. Field turf could be laid down to give the Dome a different playing experience. Concourses are narrow at the Dome, and expanding would be the ideal situation, Sala said, but cost and construction may be prohibitive. The Dome lacks air conditioning, a defect noticeable when Syracuse weather warms up. But an air-conditioning system would cost nearly $7 million to install. Any projects that go on the drawing board would see construction starting in the next 10 to 12 years, right around the Dome’s 40th anniversary. New projects focus on improving fan experience, which in turn generates revenue for the Dome. ‘You’ve got to take care of the people who come to enjoy the experience here,’ Sala said. The Dome’s maintenance costs were not immediately available, said SU’s Chief Financial Officer Lou Marcoccia. The costs change based on the number of events held in the Dome. But with its longevity considered, Marcoccia figures the Dome has been worth its costs. As the man responsible for the university’s financial responsibilities, Marcoccia holds a large stake in the Dome’s future. At different points, Marcoccia said, different university officials talked about replacing the Dome. But that would take an expenditure the university isn’t ready for, Marcoccia said. In 1980, the Dome cost $27 million. Today, the same exact structure would cost at least $90 million, said Campbell, Geiger’s CEO. More than 50 percent of the Dome’s building costs came from the state of New York. SU found a champion for the project in then-Gov. Hugh Carey, who pushed for the project’s completion and funding today. It would most likely take a modern champion in state government to grant SU the funding needed for a new facility. ‘If somebody showed up with that kind of money, then we might consider it,’ Marcoccia said. The Dome continues to be quite cost-effective, Marcoccia said. For example, university personnel don’t need to be sent downtown to another facility to fix the Dome or to set up for an event. The athletic program continues to hope the Dome raises its profile, too. ‘Obviously, the Carrier Dome makes a tremendous impact on the athletic programs,’ Marcoccia said. The effect of the Dome on Orange athletics is, perhaps, immeasurable. Immeasurable enough that even if the university collected the funds necessary, it could elect to remain with what it has. Its most homely and well-known symbol — from within the confines of the Dome, itself, to walls and doors across campus. Pete Sala began his career working in the Carrier Dome on breaks from college. He would climb to the top of the Dome, the top of the city of Syracuse, and shovel off the snow that had built up on the roof. In Syracuse, it is no secret that snow is a constant. For Sala, the Dome’s current operations director, alleviating that snow from the backbone of the Dome became a constant as well. As has the structure, itself. ‘This building will be here as long as we want it,’ Sala said. The Dome has become a symbol of the city of Syracuse throughout the past 30 years — and the predominant symbol on the Syracuse skyline for three decades. As the Dome turns 30, questions regarding its longevity and its future are as alive as they have been for years.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Will the Dome be here for its 40th? Its 50th? Will the Dome last? As of now, no official plans exist for a replacement. But even without a plan, everyday maintenance is key to the Dome, like it has been since Sala first started shoveling. Sala has always made sure to keep the snow — snow that could and has led to cracks in the Dome’s foundation — from reaching the roof’s trenches. ‘We still do that — remove the snow from the flat part of the roof,’ Sala said. ‘For 30 years, we’ve tried to keep weight off this roof.’ Come Saturday, when the Dome celebrates its 30th anniversary during Syracuse football’s home opener against Maine, the calls from fans for a new Syracuse stadium will exist. They have existed for years from Dome detractors, and even from some within the university and athletic program. But if you ask Sala — if you ask the people who are the backbone of the Dome and if you ask its current inhabitants — it is here to stay. It can last. Asked whether he would prefer an outdoor stadium to his playing experience inside the Dome, SU running back Delone Carter responded quickly and with certainty. Said Carter: ‘I like the Dome. Ever since I’ve been here.’ Commentscenter_img Published on September 15, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Wisconsin’s Jack Coan: From lacrosse standout to backup quarterback

first_imgUniversity of Wisconsin football head coach Paul Chryst recently named Jack Coan second on the quarterback depth chart for the upcoming season — but he is definitely not your stereotypical Wisconsin backup.Hailing from Long Island, the two sport star from Sayville High School was a heavily recruited lacrosse player who originally committed to play at perennial lacrosse power Notre Dame University. Long Island is a hotbed for lacrosse and top recruiters flock from across the country to witness the talent on the island. Although Coan verbally committed to play lacrosse at Notre Dame at the end of his freshmen season at Sayville, he continued to play football throughout the rest of his high school career.“A lot of the guys who played football played lacrosse and vice versa, and it was great just being around the same guys there all the time,” Coan said.Football: Chryst’s 100th win begins slowly, develops momentum in second halfWhile the first game of the season might have resulted in a win, the University of Wisconsin football team definitely Read…After his high school coach sent his tapes, Coan was heavily recruited by the big schools. Split between Notre Dame for lacrosse and Michigan or UW for football, Coan eventually settled on Wisconsin, where he excelled throughout spring practice and eventually won the backup job over the summer.Coan was in a unique position coming into college and his decision to choose football over lacrosse was certainly a difficult one. Growing up, lacrosse and football were nearly one and the same to Coan, explaining why he never quit either throughout the duration of high school.At the end of the day, football was Coan’s first love, but we cannot downplay what must have been an incredibly difficult decision for a player with so much potential to succeed in multiple sports.Football preview: What to expect from the Badgers this seasonThe University of Wisconsin football team enters the 2017 season with high expectations and hopes of replicating, or even exceeding, Read…The confidence the coaching staff has in Coan is incredibly high. They have reiterated they would put full trust in the freshmen to run the field, should anything happen to incumbent starter Alex Hornibrook. While the backup quarterback for most teams usually doesn’t see the field early in the season, the UW coaching staff has different ideas.Earlier this summer, athletic director Barry Alvarez told ESPN Madison that Coan is the “set number two,” and he’s going to have to get in the game to get his feet wet. A man of his word, Alvarez put Coan in the fourth quarter of the home opener against Utah State, a move which allowed him to lead the Badgers on a touchdown drive capped off by a one yard rushing touchdown by Rachid Ibrahim.The staff took took a similar approach with Hornibrook last year, as he eventually ended up playing well enough to wrestle the starting position away from Bart Houston. Now, Hornibook holds a strong grasp on the position, but Badger fans can rest easy knowing we have a safety blanket should Hornbook go down.last_img read more

Clippers worn down by Spurs

first_imgThe Clippers had won three of four regular-season games against the Spurs. Los Angeles also took two of three in San Antonio to beat the Spurs in a seven-game series to open the playoffs last year.San Antonio’s bench ensured a continuation of the team’s home winning streak, which is now at 42 games dating to March 2015.Patty Mills had 15 points and Ginobili added 13 off the bench for the Spurs (57-10).Spurs backup David West tipped in missed shots on successive possessions and then delivered a hard screen on Rivers that freed Mills for a jumper from the top of the key for an 82-72 lead with 9 minutes remaining. West finished with eight points.“Dave was a big-time spark off the bench,” Aldridge said. “I thought Patty brought some juice and some energy to us tonight, too. They definitely carried us down the stretch.”San Antonio needed that production to counter Paul, who continued to confound and frustrate the Spurs on both ends.Paul had 22 points on 9-for-16 shooting and dished out eight assists.He opened the game by lobbing a pass to Jordan for a dunk and scored 10 points in the first quarter.The Spurs went on a 13-3 run when Paul exited with 1:21 left in the period. Mills and Danny Green each had a 3-pointer during a spurt that turned a one-point deficit into a 31-22 advantage.Green was 4 for 5 on 3s in scoring 12 points.NOTES >> Pierce missed his third straight game with a sore right big toe. Clippers coach Doc Rivers is unsure if the veteran forward will be available to play Wednesday in Houston. … Paul was averaging 19.1 points and 8.7 assists in his career against San Antonio. Paul, Magic Johnson (19.9 points and 10.9 rebounds) and Isiah Thomas (18.2, 8.1 assists) are the only players to average 18 points and eight assists against the Spurs since 1985-86. … Jordan has led the team in rebounding for 15 straight games and 25 of 26. He shared the lead with Cole Aldrich in the other game.Spurs: Tim Duncan had nine points, raising his career total to 26,399 to surpass John Havlicek for 14th in NBA history. Havlicek finished his Hall of Fame career with 26,395 points, all with the Boston Celtics. … San Antonio has trailed for only 9 minutes, 37 seconds, of the 384 minutes it has played in the fourth quarter at home this season. … The Spurs have won 42 games this season by double digits, a franchise record. SAN ANTONIO >> The emergence of Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge has made the San Antonio Spurs less reliant on their bench than in previous years.But the Clippers learned San Antonio’s reserves can still be potent.Leonard had 20 points and the Spurs wore down the short-handed Clippers 108-87 on Tuesday night to match the second-longest home winning streak to open a season in NBA history.Aldridge added 17 points for San Antonio, which has won four straight. “With us, when Kawhi is on the court or Kawhi and LaMarcus (it changes the game),” Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said. “Today (the bench) could change the game at that point, and it makes us feel good.”San Antonio won its 33rd straight home game this season, tying Orlando’s start to the 1995-96 season. The Chicago Bulls set the league mark with a 37-game home winning streak to begin that same season during their record 72-victory campaign.The Clippers’ reserves, who were without injured Paul Pierce, were outscored 51-20 by the Spurs’ bench.“The first unit did everything in their power,” Los Angeles guard Austin Rivers said. “Our second unit, we didn’t play well tonight. I don’t know what to tell you. It’s disappointing because obviously everybody in the second unit feels like it’s our fault. Whether that’s true or not, that’s the way we feel.”Los Angeles (42-24), still missing Blake Griffin, lost its second straight despite getting 67 points from its starters. Chris Paul scored 22 and DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 14 rebounds.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Mike Evans tells Keenan Allen ‘you not on my level’ during Twitter fight over NFL Top 100 rankings

first_imgThe Chargers’ wideout might not be correct in his assessment, even if the confidence is admirable. At the very least the comparison is close rather than unquestionable. Over the past three seasons, Allen has averaged 6.3 catches and 78.9 yards per game. Evans has averaged 5.1 receptions and 83.7 yards per game over that span, while Hill has averaged 5.1 and 81.9. Godwin has been in the league just three years, making a statistical comparison somewhat unfair, but he did rack up 1,333 total receiving yards in 2019.Allen, Evans and Godwin will play with new quarterbacks this season after the Chargers let Philip Rivers depart this offseason and the Buccaneers replaced Jameis Winston with Tom Brady. Hill will continue his partnership with MVP candidate Patrick Mahomes.A team couldn’t go wrong with any of the four pass catchers. They each have their own strengths — Allen said he was slower than the rest but a better route runner — and will likely put up monster years in 2020. Mike Evans and Keenan Allen are among the NFL’s best wide receivers, but just how good they are relative to one another is up for debate.After Allen called out Evans, Tyreek Hill and Chris Godwin on Twitter, declaring them inferior to him, he heard back from Evans. Wrote Allen: “Ok I’m tired of biten my tongue… @cheetah @MikeEvans13_ @chrisgoodwin … ( and the list goes on) ARE NOT a better reciever than me! Faster than me…every day of the week but separation..CHILD PLEASE!”Responded Evans: “You tagged the wrong Chris Godwin lol and don’t be mad at us we ain’t make the rankings or care about em. I like the confidence but be realistic you not on my level bro.”Hill retweeted both Allen and Evans, acknowledging the back-and-forth, while Godwin poked fun at Allen misspelling his name.Ok I’m tired of biten my tongue…@cheetah @MikeEvans13_ @chrisgoodwin… ( and the list goes on) ARE NOT a better reciever than me! Faster than me…every day of the week but separation..CHILD PLEASE!— Keenan Allen (@Keenan13Allen) July 27, 2020You tagged the wrong Chris Godwin lol and don’t be mad at us we ain’t make the rankings or care about em. I like the confidence but be realistic you not on my level bro— Mike Evans (@MikeEvans13_) July 27, 2020oh shit lol Don’t sweat it G, Chris Goodwin ain’t better than me either 😂😂— Chris Godwin (@CGtwelve_) July 27, 2020MORE: Jamal Adams, Le’Veon Bell go at it on Twitter after tradeAllen also wrote he was the best receiver in the AFC West “without question.”last_img read more