Carter writes final chapter in Hogan Memorial history

first_imgFeature Results  Continuing to make the most of the fast higher line, Carter quickly built a half straight advantage after the restart. He was two lapped cars ahead of Rust when the final caution came out with seven laps left. Aikey had started 13th and battled back and forth with Joel Rust before settling into second with six laps left. Rust, Tim Ward and Hunter Marriott rounded out the top five. Hard charger Ethan Dotson started 24th and finished 10th while Ed Thomas, honored with an Ironman award earlier in the evening, started the main event for the 24th time. VINTON, Iowa (July 3) – That $4,908 check was great. Aikey caught Rust and made the final circuits interesting, but couldn’t catch Carter. The winner’s share of the purse included $500 for leading at halfway and $2,050 in lap money.  But taking home the winner’s trophy from the 25th, final and record-breaking Hogan Memorial, Cayden Carter said, was priceless. Hobby Stocks – 1.  Daniel Wauters, West Branch; 2. Leah Wroten, Independence; 3. Nathan Ballard, Marengo; 4. Brett Vanous, Quasqueton; 5. Erick Knutsen, Cedar Rapids; 6. Justin Wacha, Vinton; 7. Justin Ginther, Jesup; 8. Michael Kimm, Vinton; 9. Luke Bird, Winthrop; 10. Quinton Miller, Independence; 11. Jake Benischek, Durant; 12. Matt Brown, Dysart; 13. Solomon Bennett, Minburn; 14. Jeremiah Andrews, Union; 15. Kyle Dulin, Brandon; 16. Jacob Floyd, Cedar Rapids; 17. Randy LaMar, Buffalo; 18. Scott Siems, Cedar Rapids; 19. Justin Tharp, Vinton; 20. Max Leonard, Ladora; 21. David Simpson, Des Moines; 22. Kaden Reynolds, Cedar Rapids; 23. Scott Sondag, Vinton. And McBirnie was the fourth different leader in the last half of the Northern SportMod main. He banked $1,000 after running up front the last six circuits. Carter led all but nine laps and the last 36 times around the track in the 50-lap IMCA Modified main event Wednesday night at Benton County Speedway, beating Jeff Aikey to the stripe by three car lengths. “Winning this race means a lot to us,” said Carter, born a month and a half before the first annual event and who’d also won the Hogan in 2013. “This has always been a big race for us. I didn’t want the money. I wanted the trophy. You can’t buy that.” Cayden Carter won the final Hogan Memorial IMCA Modified feature Wednesday night, in front of a packed grandstand on a record-setting night at Benton County Speedway. Carter had also won the 2013 event. (Photo by Scott Swenson) “We got lucky with the draw tonight,” Carter said from victory lane, one hand still on that tall trophy. “We felt pretty good about running in traffic and thought that if we could get a lapped car in between, we’d be good.” center_img The front pair tussled before Carter got the lead back on lap 14; he was in heavy traffic when the caution light came on again on lap 23 and still had Rust and Aikey on his tail when the race was halted for the mandatory front stretch pitstop at halfway. Stock Cars – 1. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 2. Abe Huls, Carthage, Ill.; 3. Damon Murty, Chelsea; 4. Johnny Spaw, Cedar Rapids; 5. Dan Trimble, Fairbank; 6. Jay Schmidt, Tama; 7. Scooter Dulin, Cedar Rapids; 8. Neal Miller, Evansdale; 9. Dallon Murty, Chelsea; 10. Jared Daggett, Marshalltown; 11. Danny Dvorak, Vinton; 12. Les Blakely, Fairfield; 13. Shane Ebaugh, Evansdale; 14. Dean Kratzer, Montrose; 15. Russell Damme Jr., Waterloo; 16. Kevin Rose, Waterloo; 17. Riley Hanson, Vinton; 18. Brandon Jacoby, Waterloo; 19. Dustin Vis, Cedar Rapids; 20. John Oliver Jr., Danville; 21. Duayne Herb, Hiawatha; 22. Kenzie Ritter, Keystone; 23. Kyle Merkes, Farley; 24. Paul Howard, Davenport; 25. Jerry Schipper, Dike; 26. Chase Zaruba, Sabula. Outside front row starter Austin Howes was scored as the leader on laps three and four; Carter regained the front spot before Californian Cody Laney nosed ahead. When the checkers flew, it signaled the end of one of the longest running specials for IMCA Modifieds. A track record 153 cars, including 44 Modifieds from seven states, saw action in front of a very full grandstand. Friends and the racing community added some $22,000-plus to the evening’s purse. Kyle Brown was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner, Daniel Wauters topped the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature and Jake McBirnie won the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main. Carter was already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.  Wauters charged to the front following a lap three restart and led to the finish of the Hobby Stock feature, holding off Leah Wroten to earn $1,350. Brown, the defending Modified winner, started on the pole and led all 20 laps for a $1,000 payday. Damon Murty ran second most of the last half of the race before Abe Huls snuck by to take the runner-up spot. Modifieds – 1. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 2. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 3. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 4. Tim Ward, Harcourt; 5. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 6. Brad Dierks, Clarence; 7. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 8. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 9. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 10. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 11. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev.; 12. Darin Duffy, Urbana; 13. Ethan Braaksma, Newton; 14. Todd Shute, Norwalk; 15. Brennen Chipp, Dunkerton; 16. Brandon Spanjer, Crete, Neb.; 17. Austin Howes, Memphis, Mo.; 18. Dennis LaVeine, Burlington; 19. John Oliver Jr., Danville; 20. J.D. Auringer, Waterloo; 21. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 22. David Brown, Kellogg; 23. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 24.  Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 25. Ed Thomas, Waterloo; 26. Mike Burbridge, Delhi.  Carter drew the pole after winning the third of six heats and led the first two circuits following a caution on the initial start. Northern SportMods – 1. Jake McBirnie, Boone; 2. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill; 3. Kyle Olson, Cedar Rapids; 4. Ben Chapman, Clarence; 5. Joe Docekal, Dysart; 6. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; 7. Mitch Manternach, Dyersville; 8. Gage Neal, Ely; 9. Dylan VanWyk, Oskaloosa; 10. Austin Kaplan, Ankeny; 11. Brandon Tharp, Vinton; 12. Carter VanDenberg, Oskaloosa; 13. Kip Siems, Cedar Falls; 14. Logan Anderson, Eddyville; 15. Chris Burke, Altoona; 16. Kyle Bentley, Rowley; 17. Erick Knutsen, Cedar Rapids; 18. Ron Kibbe, Danville; 19. Jacob Ellithorpe, Maquoketa; 20. Daniel Fellows, Keokuk; 21. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids; 22. Vern Jackson, Waterloo; 23. Kevin Goben, Sherrard, Ill.last_img read more

Carrick nomination overdue – Fergie

first_img Press Association Midfielder Carrick was named in the 2004 Division One team of the year for his performances at West Ham. But he had never been among the names shortlisted for the main award until now, before the 2013 Player of the Year is picked on April 28. “This has been Michael’s best ever season at United,” said Ferguson. “He’s been absolutely magnificent. It’s amazing Michael has had to wait until he’s 31 to get nominated for anything – but he deserves it.” Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is stunned Michael Carrick has had to wait until he is 31 for his first PFA Player of the Year nomination.center_img Carrick’s Manchester United team-mate Robin van Persie is also on the shortlist, along with Chelsea duo Juan Mata and Eden Hazard. Favourite for the gong is Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, with Liverpool’s Luis Suarez also among the contenders despite his chequered past. “Sometimes controversy travels with players,” said Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor. “Sometimes it is in their very nature. Sometimes the very intensity that causes a problem also makes sure they win. “It is very difficult at times. Players are expected to be top role models and set the finest example. I don’t underestimate the need for them to do all they can to be seen as a good example. But they are also human beings. It is not always possible to put old heads on relatively young shoulders.” In a shortlist that includes no defenders or goalkeepers, and no representation from champions Manchester City, the biggest surprise is the absence of Swansea forward Michu, who many believe to be the signing of the season. City defender Matija Nastastic and Manchester United’s Rafael are the main omissions from the young player prize. Bale and Hazard have been listed, with the competition coming from Christian Benteke, Romelu Lukaku, Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere. For the first time, there will be a Women’s Player of the Year prize, too, with Scotland’s Kim Little among those nominated in addition to 20-year-old Arsenal team-mate Jordan Nobbs, who scored a stunning debut goal against Italy during England’s triumphant Cyprus Cup campaign in March. last_img read more

More Of That claims World Hurdle

first_img Press Association Big Buck’s was taken straight to the stables following the race, but after his retirement was confirmed, the ever-popular runner returned to the paddock to say farewell with one last walk around the ring. Nicholls said: “Andy (Stewart, owner) and I have been talking about it and I couldn’t improve him any more on what he’s done today. We won’t ask him to run again as he’s been a wonderful horse and wonderful for racing.” Stewart said: “The great horse is not as great as he was when a nine-year-old. “He had 420 days off (before returning in the Cleeve Hurdle) and he’s obviously not sparkling any more. At Fishers Cross beat him in the Cleeve and has done so again and I think he is finding the years getting to him. “We have done as much as we possibly can and there’s no way we can improve on that – what you saw today is as good as he is but he owes us nothing. “He’s going back to Ditcheat where all my other retired horses are, and he’ll be with Cenkos. “It’s been very flattering the way the public have taken to him. “He’s probably one of the greatest, if not the greatest, staying hurdler of all-time, and it’s time to enjoy his retirement. “He’s been great for the public, great for racing and I love him to death.” Walsh said of Annie Power: “She was keen early and I didn’t get her 100 per cent switched off. “I probably got in a battle too early and picked the wrong JP McManus horse to follow. “The winner found plenty, she stayed all right but he stayed better. I wouldn’t mind riding the race again and challenging after the last rather than at the furlong pole. “She jumped like a buck and she’ll benefit greatly from a race like that, she’s still a very good mare.” Rebecca Curtis said of At Fishers Cross: “He ran a brilliant race. I thought he was going to win coming down to the last couple of flights. “I’m delighted that JP has won anyway.” Willie Mullins said of Annie Power: “I imagine she ran up to her mark, we were just beaten by a better horse on the day. “She jumped well, I couldn’t point to one hurdle and say she made a mistake. “We’ll see if she’ll run again, there’s Aintree or Punchestown which I would say might be favourite, but that was an extremely hard race and she might need a rest.” Meanwhile, David Pipe was thrilled to right last year’s wrong as Dynaste returned to his potent best with a slick display in the Ryanair Chase. The dashing grey was considered one of the bankers of last year’s Festival when going down in a Jewson Novices’ Chase thriller to Irish contender Benefficient, who was once again in a quality field for this middle-distance championship. Dynaste ran with great credit when chasing home Cue Card in the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November, but had something to prove back at Prestbury Park having blown out badly when well fancied for the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day. His supporters stuck with him, however, ensuring he was sent off the 3-1 favourite, and it was clear Tom Scudamore was keen to give his charge a little more time to find his feet than has been the case in the past. The eight-year-old could be spotted making good progress coming down the hill, but Scudamore continued to bide his time and produced him with a perfectly-timed challenge to join the front-running Hidden Cyclone at the final fence. To his credit, Shark Hanlon’s pride and joy tried to make a race of it, but Dynaste had too many gears on the run to the line and was good value for a two-and-a-quarter-length verdict. His old adversary Benefficient travelled well for a long way, but dropped out quickly in the straight and was pulled up sharply before the final fence. Scudamore said: “He’s taken some knocks so I’m pleased for the horse as he’s gone and shown how good he is, and he’s gone and shown it at Cheltenham in a Grade One. “What a thrill.” Earlier in the day, McCoy partnered Taquin Du Seuil to victory in the JLT Novices’ Chase. The O’Neill-trained 7-1 shot was noted moving into contention at the top of the hill and he swooped after the last to deny game front-runner Uxizandre. Plenty still held chances at the bottom of the hill, but it was left to the two unbeaten young guns to fight it out, with More Of That, having just the fifth run of his life, powering to glory. Trainer Paul Nicholls immediately announced the retirement of 11-year-old Big Buck’s, the four-time winner of the race who only returned from injury in January. Nicholls said: “He’s going to have an honourable retirement, it’s a sad day but it’s good to end in one piece.” Geraghty said of More Of That: “It’s great. AP was the first to congratulate me, there’s no hard feelings – he’s a true professional. “He’s a good horse. I was always happy. Ruby (Walsh, on Annie Power) was upsides me in the straight and he looked to be travelling and when he gave her a squeeze, the response was OK but I thought I had enough in reserve. “It’s only his fifth run. He jumped and travelled away. He was a bit innocent when he got to the front, a bit unsure but he kept going.” Trainer Jonjo O’Neill added: “He’s still a big frame of a horse really and coming to himself. It all came together nicely, it’s brilliant. “He doesn’t show you much at home, he’s just a real class horse and goes about his business, never does anything flash.” Tony McCoy appeared to have dealt a hammer blow to More Of That’s chances a couple of weeks ago by choosing to ride At Fishers Cross, who eventually finished third, and the winner’s participation was only confirmed at declaration time. Punters were not deterred, however, and he was sent off the 15-2 third-favourite in the hands of Barry Geraghty, who for the second time this week benefited from McCoy making the wrong choice. More Of That outstayed Annie Power up the famous Cheltenham hill to claim the Ladbrokes World Hurdle with Big Buck’s back in fifth and subsequently retired. last_img read more

Teamwork, collaboration and coordination: How cinema students produce films during the pandemic

first_img“Usually [picture-locking is] this celebratory day where you’re all in the editing labs together,” co-producer of “Spit it Out, Margot!” and cinematic arts, film and television production major Caroline Quien said. “You have final little touches, you’re kind of working on the titles, the professor might be there with you. Instead, this was all remote. It was on Easter, we were all in different places, different time zones. When the faculty was like giving us final notes, Madison’s oven burst into flames.” “Production’s never going to look the same because we can’t be that close to each other on set anymore,” Harris said. “I think the exciting thing is, as we move forward, we get to be a part of that change … We get to be the ones to figure out what the new wave of this industry is going to look like.” The effects of the coronavirus have extended into almost every aspect of life, and the film industry is no exception. While the future of the industry remains uncertain, the CTPR 480 students believe that the production of their films equipped them for a career that will continue to evolve in a post-pandemic world.  Not only did Wuolijoki have to grapple with the time difference, but she also had a movie to produce.  A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT With the absence of some of SCA’s in-house sound technology or image editing equipment, the wait time for uploading and transferring film clips to show drafts to project members increased. Miriam Sachs, a cinematic arts, film and television production major, writer and one of the sound editors for “Spit It Out, Margot!,” spent hours sitting at her home desk waiting for files to upload.  “Time challenges are humongous,” Goodman said. “It’s creating art, managing time, doing all those things that, in and of itself, without a pandemic, is pretty challenging.” “[There was] a lot of waiting for things to upload, things not uploading … spending so many hours just trying to get the film out so that the director and our producers could watch,” Sachs said. “That was probably the most infuriating part of it, to be completely honest, because normally you’re just all together in a room mixing together. But because it’s all virtual, we had to upload drafts.”  A NEW SET OF CHALLENGES “In post-production, it’s great to be able to sit together in groups and be able to watch cuts or a soundtrack or music or whatnot and be able to give feedback on it,” Vempaty said. “So just the fact that we weren’t able to do that affected [the film] a lot.”  “When we’re all separated … since the timeline for a specific work or things becomes so much longer, it becomes really important that we’re constantly checking in on each other to make sure that we’re mentally healthy,” Ravi said. “These four films are fantastic,” Goodman said. “Other than missing the physical presence and maybe some things that they technically could do like sound mixing and color grading that maybe they could have done at a slightly elevated level, I’m hard-pressed to see how these films could be any better … I was really surprised and pleasantly surprised. That’s really because of the way the students just rose to the occasion.”  Kevin Maxwell, a graduate student and co-producer of “The Order,” felt that, with a great deal of teamwork, he believes that this year’s CTPR 480 experience has left students with invaluable lessons about the industry as it moves forward amid the pandemic.  “One thing that it taught us as a whole is the power of collaboration, the power of flexibility, the power of clear, coherent communication and patience,” Maxwell said. “We’re not able to sit in class with each other and to react to the film. That really changed things for us and doing screenings online is a different experience. That taught us a lot about the power of cinema and the communal experience of the theatre.” (Design: Ally Wei, Photos courtesy of CTPR 480 students) Lead instructor of CTPR 480 and professor of practice Brenda Goodman knows that without a pandemic, the class is already a difficult undertaking as storytelling is not an easy task.  The students may have pulled it off, but not without struggle. Quien said that, because of the collaborative nature of filmmaking, remote instruction led to a sense of creative and emotional distance from her project.  “I pretty much switched my schedule around, like my sleeping schedule, because all the post-production was happening, obviously, during the day L.A. time which is middle of the night Finnish time,” Wuolijoki said. “Because I’m the one that all of the communication flows through, I was staying up a lot.”  “Before the pandemic, we could just schedule a time to meet in the labs and just make adjustments,” Pu said. “But now, people can’t see those changes instantly. So they have to wait for the new cut to be exported and uploaded. And if it didn’t work, then we need to go back and change it and go through the same process again. So what usually takes maybe three hours in the lab will now take 10 hours or even a day because we all have other tasks and personal business that are also affected by the pandemic.”  “Our biggest issue or biggest roadblock came just in post-production and really trying to stay focused when everything was happening,” Harris said. “Staying on the timeline was really difficult and demanding.” “Our sound designer … was building this home booth by wrapping curtains and clothes and just trying to get some sort of sound isolation,” Wuolijoki said. “We were not able to do pretty much any Foley for this film or ADR [the process of re-recording audio to improve sound quality]. Right now, all four films are still not in the proper theater mix.” It was 4 a.m. in Helsinki, Finland, and pitch black outside — a stark contrast to 2020 graduate Oona Wuolijoki’s bright laptop screen. At a time when many students might be sleeping, Wuolijoki, who majored in cinematic arts, film and television production, was hard at work. She was awake this early because she, like many other international students at USC, rapidly packed up her apartment in a matter of days, booked a last-minute ticket home and began taking online classes mid-March while staying with her family. center_img As protocols for filming are being worked out by the industry and by SCA, future student productions will need to adhere to public health protocols once they are implemented on campus. Currently, SCA faculty are talking with their students about scripts and stories that allow both student filmmakers and actors to work safely.  Without access to SCA’s state-of-the-art facilities, including the scoring stages, recording studios, editing labs and classrooms, the 480 film teams had to overcome both technical and communication difficulties.  “We have amazing technology that allows us to do so many of the functions in our business online,” Goodman said. “But how to do that collaboratively was really my biggest fear.”  Fire or no fire, the teams grappled with perfecting their films. The spirit of collaboration and sense of community that is created among the CTPR 480 students would be difficult to maintain without in-person classes and meetings, Goodman thought. But her students shocked her.  Director of “The Order” Ryan Zhang admitted that, at times, a film school education can be overwhelming. But, this experience, he believes, taught him the importance of empathy in the creative process and looking at film production from a broader perspective.  For Wuolijoki’s film, “You Missed a Spot,” one of the biggest challenges she faced as co-producer was sound editing. Since the sound editors did not have access to the SCA Foley sound stages, students had to find creative ways to execute their work from home.  The separation also brought about surprising challenges. When the “Spit It Out, Margot!” team met with their professors to picture-lock — a process that involves all team members agreeing to be done with editing the frames — the group faced an unexpected distraction. While meeting via Zoom, co-producer Madison Holbrook had to simultaneously receive feedback from faculty and speak with firefighters who put out an accidental oven fire that erupted in her apartment during the meeting.  “When you’re doing editing and you’re doing sound work, and you’re all in the studio together, as a team, it’s way easier to focus,” Quien said. “But if you’re just watching clips alone, you’re going to have a different experience, and it’s going to be hard to communicate.”   “We’re just people struggling through life, and we just all care about making the movie as best as possible,” Zhang, a 2020 graduate who majored in cinematic arts, film and television production, said. “But sometimes, life gets in the way. And this is the most perfect example.”  LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Although the pandemic interrupted the typical workflow of CTPR 480 production, co-producer of “Strawman” Erik He stated that the entire process reinforced his belief that, despite all the hours spent in pre-production, things will never go perfectly according to plan. Luckily, however, all of the 480 students were fortunate to have completed filming before USC transitioned to online instruction and were transitioning to post-production.  Co-producer of “Strawman” and cinematic arts, film and television production major Aditya Vempaty echoed Pu, stating that this abrupt transition took a toll on the traditional creative process. Director of “Spit It Out, Margot!” Ella Harris felt the challenge of balancing schoolwork while meeting class deadlines. Harris, who is majoring in cinematic arts, film and television production, also said that it was difficult to keep everyone up to date without the luxury of being in the same room to disseminate information. All of this work was for Wuolijoki’s “Advanced Production” class, also known as CTPR 480, which is the School of Cinematic Arts’ longest-running production class reserved for students of senior standing. Designed to mimic the creation of a professional film, CTPR 480 students are assigned principal crew positions on four faculty-approved film scripts. This year’s chosen films included “Spit It Out, Margot!,” “The Order,” “You Missed a Spot” and “Strawman.”  Co-producer of “The Order” and cinematic arts, film and television production major Akshay Ravi affirmed that, without the luxury of face-to-face communication, coming together as a team is even more crucial. In what he called a “tumultuous school year,” supporting his crew became a top priority.  The class involves immense collaboration and coordination. Directors, producers, writers, editors and actors must come together to tell a cinematic story. The students involved are typically enrolled in 18 units and may have other internship or job obligations. Many students are assigned to these positions for the first time.  (Design: Ally Wei, Photos courtesy of CTPR 480 students) Instead of meeting together in person, the teams had to communicate online via Zoom and other platforms to stay connected and manage time efficiently. Editor of “The Order” Yiwei Pu, who majored in cinematic arts, film and television production, remembers feeling both the strain of time management and the difficulties of communicating online.  “This was such a good exercise in learning that you sometimes don’t have control … Even with everything prepared, there can be the absolute worst-case scenario,” he said. “It’s such a humbling lesson that no matter how much time you devote … ultimately, it’s not like assembly work. It really comes down to being flexible and just being prepared for absolutely anything.”last_img read more

‘We’re trying to figure that out’: Disastrous 1st half dooms No. 8 Syracuse in 13-10 loss at No. 12 Notre Dame

first_imgSOUTH BEND, Ind. — Syracuse head coach John Desko didn’t have many answers to the dearth of issues plaguing the Orange after a 13-10 loss at Notre Dame on Saturday.For the fourth-straight game, SU fell behind in the first half. The past three were four-goal deficits that Syracuse eventually erased. But Saturday, the Orange watched the Fighting Irish blister the defense to the tune of 11 first-half goals and an eight-goal halftime lead.“We’re banging our heads against the wall,” Desko said of SU’s early deficits. “We can not figure that out.”A lack of slides and communication on defense, turnovers and penalties all doomed No. 8 Syracuse (5-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) in a disastrous first half. No. 12 Notre Dame (5-3, 1-1) exploited it all, dominating the first half and winning, 13-10. Giving up early leads has been a concerning trend over the last month for the Orange and on Saturday at Arlotta Stadium, it allowed the Irish to run away with the game before the halftime buzzer.“We’ve proven we can comeback from a crazy deficit,” attack Bradley Voigt said, “but today was a little too much.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNot even a minute into the game, SU’s defense lapsed. Bryan Costabile, the Irish’s All-American midfielder, dodged off a midfielder into open space and ripped a shot past Syracuse goalie Drake Porter. A close defender should’ve picked up Costabile off the dodge, but none moved to him quick enough.Two minutes later, Brendan Gleason used a pick to slip inside of Nick Mellen about 20 yards from the cage. Gleason barreled to the crease from the right side of the alley, Mellen holding him from behind with his stick. A defender needed to slide and stop Gleason’s charge. None did and UND went up 2-0 within three minutes.All throughout the first half, the Orange’s defense failed to consistently make slides and pick up cutters. Players and Desko attributed it to a lack of communication. No one explained the absence of chatter among an experienced group of defenders.Desko registered particular concern with the sudden lack of talk, noting slides are “basic team defense.”“Our No. 1 rule is communication,” long stick midfielder Brett Kennedy said. “So when we were lacking it, it obviously showed.”Notre Dame built a lead easily on Saturday in large part because in the first half, it dominated possession.Neither team dominated at the face-off X, but the Orange finished the first half with 14 turnovers, only four caused by the Irish. Prior to Saturday, SU averaged just over 12 a game.Twice, SU had the ball on offense, working it around the outside of the Irish’s defense. Twice, a midfielder — first Brendan Curry, then Jamie Trimboli — dropped what should’ve been an easy catch, starting up a Notre Dame clear.Between attack zones, the Orange often struggled to transition between defense and offense, coughing up the ball on bad passes or losing the ball in a crowd of defenders.It all resulted in a shocking possession disparity that let the Irish build a lead and outshoot SU 22-12 in the first frame.“It was definitely out of character for us,” Kennedy said. “I think some of it was just being stupid. Dumb mistakes. Everyone just needed to be more composed at the time.”The Irish went 3-for-3 with an extra man in the first half.On a Connor Morin goal in the first quarter, Tyson Bomberry picked up a two-minute, unreleasable penalty for a cross-check to the back of the head. He came late, from behind, hitting Morin as he shot.Notre Dame burned 1:54 of the penalty, probing the SU defense, before Gleason punished the Orange. Once more, in the second quarter, Gleason buried a man-up chance.Notre Dame already dominated Syracuse’s defense six-on-six in the first. Subtracting a defender only made matters worse for the Orange.As the Irish amassed their massive lead — built on the back of every SU misstep — the patented Syracuse comeback seemed less and less likely. But then the Orange went on a seven-goal run throughout most of the second half, bringing the game within two.But the Irish pushed back, capitalizing on a late lapse from Kennedy — a cross-check to Gleason — and ultimately preserving the massive lead spawned from the litany of Syracuse mistakes in the first half.“We’re trying to figure that out,” Desko said. “We’ve got the second half figured out, now we’ve got to figure out what the first half is.” Comments Published on March 30, 2019 at 4:12 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Schmidt proud but frustrated after All Blacks loss

first_imgThe All Blacks got revenge for the historic win in Chicago two weeks ago by coming out on top 21-9 at the Avia Stadium last night.Jonathan Sexton, Robbie Henshaw and CJ Stander went off injured for Ireland in the first half hour while there was controversy involving two of the three tries New Zealand scored.Schmidt says it’s disappointing.last_img

Adjarabet adopts SBTech solution ahead of Armenia launch

first_imgShare Share Submit StumbleUpon Georgia headquartered operator Adjarabet has upgraded to a SBTech powered sportsbook, as the firm plans to extend its reach to a further regulated market.Strengthening its position within its home territory via the SBTech powered betting solution, Adjarabet detailed that it forms “part of an aggressive strategy of consolidating its dominant position in its core market.”  A further enhancement is to also be embarked upon within the coming weeks, with the Georgia launch to be followed by the company going live in Armenia.Koba Davarashvili, Chief Executive Officer of Adjarabet, added: “Adjarabet is delighted to be going live with SBTech’s Seamless sportsbook solution. We’re sure our thousands of existing customers will love the best range of unique markets and in-play features among Georgian operators. “The platform will enable us to consolidate our market-leading position in Georgia and satisfy our international aspirations beyond this year’s World Cup.”SBTech also stated that the launch marks their latest entry into a growing regulated market, in addition to complimenting Adjarabet’s plans for driving druther growth across the Caucasus region.The group’s new site is fully responsive, enabling players to benefit from the latest mobile functionalities and in-play products such as Pulse Bet, Action Betting and Add2Bet.Andrew Cochrane, Chief Commercial Officer at SBTech, commented: “SBTech is delighted to go live with another market-leading regulated operator, and we’re looking forward to providing Adjarabet with our best-in-class mobile betting features, as well as the widest range of in-play markets and responsible gambling controls. “Georgia and Armenia are both enormously promising markets and we look forward to working closely with Adjarabet to supply the most powerful, localised sports betting product possible.” Parimatch promotes ‘proven talent’ Dmitry Sergeev as CEO of CIS markets May 15, 2020 Related Articles Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020last_img read more reaches milestone 1,000 online casino revie

first_imgShare Share Submit Related Articles House Tech Ads strengthens affiliate network August 31, 2018 Legacy online casino affiliate has today announced that it has reached a milestone ‘1,000th casino review listing’ on its community portal.Founded in 2015, GamblersPick has created a trusted online gambling community, in which its audiences share their experiences about each specific game and engagements with online casinos.Furthermore, the House Tech Ads operated online gambling community, details that to date it has independently reviewed more than 10,000 online slot games.GamblersPick’s open community and unbias approach to reviewing casino and games content, has seen the portal become one of the market’s leading independent affiliates.Commenting on the achievement of reviewing 1,000 online casinos, Oren Arzony, Director at House Tech Ads, said:“GamblersPick is fast cementing its position as the premier resource for players looking to find their perfect online casino, with a strong sense of community that comes from providing a meaningful platform for those players to share their opinions.“We are delighted to have underlined the portal’s growth with 1,000 online casino brands on the site, and we look forward to continuing to expand and develop the resource for the benefit of online casino players all over the world.” StumbleUponlast_img read more

Medilodge in Rogers City hosts “Honk and Wave” to uplift spirits

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich – Over the past weekend, Medilodge of Rogers City hosted a “Honk and Wave” to bring some happiness to their residents.Organizer, Cheryl Kranzo, envisioned the local police leading the parade along with music and a few local queens but ended up with so much more.Endless cars, trucks and bikes drove by with signs representing encouragement to uplift the spirits of the Medilodge residents.They were  able to enjoy  live entertainment and  the neighborhood dog even showed support.Rogers City Mayor, Scott McLennan said, “Everyone is struggling in their own way.” He was overjoyed to see the community come together.McLennan said working together and being kind to one another is what will make a difference and that’s what Northeast Michigan is all about. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Memorial Day events cancelledNext Alpena veterans observe Memorial Daylast_img read more

Peavy carves up Dodgers as Red Sox take series

first_imgDodgers starter Chris Capuano wasn’t as sharp. Capuano failed to pitch past the fifth inning for his fourth consecutive start. Capuano went five innings, allowing three runs on six hits and one intentional walk with three strikeouts in 84 pitches. He gave way to pinch hitter Andre Ethier in the bottom of the fifth but said he felt good.“I felt strong, but I respect Donny’s decision,” Capuano said. “I felt strong, but it’s his move.”Tim Federowicz had caught Capuano for his past 11 starts, but after some poor-to-average outings, Mattingly decided to shake things up by having A.J. Ellis catch Capuano. It didn’t make any difference.The Red Sox took advantage of a break in the first inning. After Shane Victorino’s one-out double down the left-field line, Dustin Pedroia reached first on an infield single. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez threw on the run and the ball was in the dirt, but Adrian Gonzalez dug it. Replays showed that Pedroia was out, but he was called safe and the Red Sox had runners on first and third with one out. Then Mike Napoli had an RBI ground-rule double to right-center field.The Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the third inning when Jacoby Ellsbury led off with an infield single and stole second. Victorino sacrificed Ellsbury to third, and Pedroia drove him in with a sacrifice fly to center field. The Red Sox kept chipping away, adding a run in the fourth inning on rookie Xander Bogaerts’ RBI double to right-center field. Center fielder Skip Schumaker did not field the ball cleanly, allowing Will Middlebrooks to score easily from first.Gonzalez belted a solo home run to center field on an 0-2 pitch to cut the deficit to 3-1 in the fourth inning.“I don’t like to pitch to Adrian Gonzalez,” Peavy said. “I wanted the ball higher than it was.”The Red Sox responded with a pair of runs in the sixth, when Jarrod Saltalamacchia delivered a two-run home run to left field on a 1-1 fastball from reliever Chris Withrow.Victorino had a two-out, solo home run off Withrow in the seventh inning to give the Red Sox a 6-1 lead, and Napoli slugged a two-run home run in the ninth inning off Brandon League that went more than halfway up the left-field bleachers. Victorino stuck it to his former team, going 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Pedroia was 3 for 4 with an RBI and Bogaerts was 2 for 4 with an RBI.With the win, the Red Sox (77-55) moved into sole possession of first place in the American League East, one game head of Tampa Bay, which lost 3-2 in extra innings to the Yankees.With the loss, the Dodgers (76-54) remained 9 ½ games ahead of Arizona, which lost to the Phillies 9-5.The Dodgers are now 19-5 in August and 29-7 since the All-Star break, but the streak is over.“It’s been a great run,” Gonzalez said. “Hopefully we can start another one next series.” Peavy moved to 7-1 at Dodger Stadium and 14-2 lifetime against the Dodgers. “I think it’s a good little lesson for us because if we’re going to be fortunate enough to do anything and get anywhere, that’s the kind of pitching we’re gonna see,” Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. “You’re gonna see teams game-plan with veteran pitching that knows that they’re doing. And you better have a game-plan when you walk up there. And I think for three games all their starters basically just got ahead in the count and basically pitched to their game plan.”He hadn’t faced the Dodgers since May 1, 2009, when he threw eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball in a no-decision. So he basically picked up where he left off. Peavy (10-5), making his 300th career major league start, hurled a three-hitter with five strikeouts and one walk in 111 pitches. “Peavy was real good, he was keeping us off-balance,” said Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford, who went 1 for 4.”He seemed to get the best of us tonight. I missed a couple pitches I normally don’t miss. But we might face them again, so we’ll be ready next time.” The Dodgers were pretty happy not to see Jake Peavy for a few years. The former Padres ace always pitched well against the Dodgers before getting traded to the Chicago White Sox in 2009. Peavy was his old-Dodger-killing self on Sunday night in front of an announced 44,109 at Dodger Stadium. He baffled the Dodgers for nine innings during the Red Sox’s 8-1 victory. The Dodgers dropped two of three from the Red Sox, marking the first time the team has lost a series in more than two months. The Dodgers, who won 18 consecutive series, lost two of three at Pittsburgh on June 14-16.The Red Sox had the fortune of not having to face Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke in the series, but the Cubs will not be so lucky when they come to town for three games starting today.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more