BACOLOD City – A man was shot to death inBarangay Macagahay, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental. Cesar died on the spot, police said. Officers of the Moises Padilla municipal police station have yet to identify the suspects and the motive in the shooting./PN According to police investigators, threeunidentified men peppered Cesar with bullets using a .45-caliber pistol in hishouse around 9 a.m. on Sept. 26. The 28-year-old resident Anjie Cesar died ofgunshot wounds on the body, a police report showed.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBaseball until Christmas?UNDATED (AP) — The final pitch of the 2020 baseball season could be thrown closer to Christmas than Halloween. — Athletic trainers across the country are changing their routines and joining the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The National Athletic Trainers Association put together an app aimed at helping trainers assist understaffed hospitals. The app was intended to give health care providers a database to look for help nationwide. More than 950 athletic trainers have signed up over the last week.— Ottawa Senators radio color commentator Gord Wilson has tested positive for the coronavirus. Wilson’s wife, CTV Ottawa anchor Patricia Boal, confirmed the news Friday night during a newscast. The 59-year-old Wilson is recovering at home and both he and Boal, who has not tested positive for the coronavirus, have been in self-isolation since March 18. Boal said the diagnosis was confirmed Friday, about 11 days after Wilson was first tested.— The St. Louis Blues confirmed Friday that Fox Sports play-by-play announcer John Kelly has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The team said in a post on Twitter that Kelly has been in self-quarantine at home since March 13.— USA Curling says additional participants at a tournament this month in Laurel, Maryland, have tested positive for the coronavirus. The United States Curling Association Club National Championships were held March 7-14 at Potomac Curling Club. Fox 5 DC reported that at least 20 people who participated in the event are sick. USA Curling also canceled the 2020 Arena National Championships scheduled for April 27 to May 2 in Gillette, Wyoming. The event will be held there in 2022 instead.— Spain’s Barcelona soccer team has delivered 30,000 masks to the Catalonia government to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. The club says the masks were made in China and donated by insurance company Taiping, a regional partner of the club. Barcelona said the “daily use” masks will be distributed to nursing homes.,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 March 28, 2020 — The postponement of the Tokyo Games has catapulted the sports organizations that make up the backbone of the U.S. Olympic team into crisis. At least one has already started layoffs and others are desperate to stay solvent. Some are expecting a major downturn in membership dues, while others are reeling from event cancellations totaling more than 8,000 across all sports. A database analyzed by The Associated Press shows combined projected losses of more than $121 million in revenue between February and June for 43 of the 50 national governing bodies that responded to a survey from the NGB Council in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.— The NCAA Division I Council is scheduled to vote on Monday whether to provide another year of eligibility to spring sport athletes. That includes sports such as baseball, softball and lacrosse. Those players had their seasons wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. Providing similar relief to winter sport athletes, such as basketball and hockey players and wrestlers, will also be considered although there does not appear to be support for that.— Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens says guard Marcus Smart is doing well and remains in good spirits following his positive test for coronavirus last week. Smart announced his diagnosis on March 19, seven days after Utah Jazz All-Stars Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19. Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6. Other Celtics players and staff were also tested as a precaution and those tests have all come back negative.— ESPN NBA broadcaster Doris Burke has tested positive for the coronavirus. Burke made the announcement Friday on an ESPN podcast. Burke says she started feeling extreme fatigue on March 11, the day the NBA was shut down once it was learned that Utah center Rudy Gobert had tested positive. Burke was assigned the Denver-Dallas game on that date and fought through her symptoms to work that night. She said she had a three-day period of such deep fatigue that she couldn’t remain out of bed for more than five minutes at a time. She was eventually tested and received the results on Wednesday. — Santa Anita has stopped live racing because of the coronavirus after receiving instructions from the Los Angeles County Health Department. The track in Arcadia, California, was preparing to run eight races when the cancellation was announced. It’s not immediately known when racing will be allowed to resume. The Santa Anita Derby won’t be run on April 4 as scheduled. It’s the major West Coast prep for the Kentucky Derby, which itself has been pushed back from May 2 to Sept. 5. Major League Baseball owners ratified a 17-page agreement with the union on Friday in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with players willing to extend the season as long as needed to cover as close to a full schedule as possible.This season was to start Thursday and Game 7 of the World Series was on track to be Oct. 28. With opening day postponed until mid-May at the earliest, the final pitch could come as Frosty the Snowman starts popping up. The sides have discussed a regular season extending into October and a postseason in November.The deal provides for $170 million in advances from salaries that total more than $4 billion and guarantees service time to players even if no games are played this year. That means Mookie Betts, George Springer, Marcus Stroman, Trevor Bauer and J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) remain on track for free agency next offseason.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Olympic officials have confirmed that the 6,200 or so athletes who had already punched their ticket for the Tokyo Olympics will keep their spots for the rescheduled games in 2021. It resolves one of the key questions for marathoners, open-water swimmers and hundreds of other athletes whose qualifying process came early in the 2020 sports calendar, before the coronavirus started shutting down sports across the globe. Still to be determined is how the rest of the spots at the rescheduled games will be allocated. Typically, the individual sports determine their qualifying procedures. — Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has joined the field for IndyCar’s inaugural online race as he contemplates driving in that series following his retirement from full-time stock car racing. IndyCar has followed NASCAR, IMSA and Formula One in setting up a virtual racing series to give fans content during the coronavirus pandemic that brought sports to a halt. IndyCar’s first race is Saturday and Johnson is the 26th driver to enter.— Commissioner Roger Goodell has told NFL teams that the draft will go on as originally scheduled next month. In a memo obtained by The Associated Press, Goodell said the draft will still take place April 23-25, but will be scaled down and “televised in a way that reflects current conditions.” It was originally planned as a big outdoor production in Las Vegas, but those plans were scrapped because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams were told to plan “to conduct draft operations in a location outside of your facility, with a limited number of people present, and with sufficient technology resources to allow you to communicate internally, with other clubs, and with draft headquarters.”— The Evian Masters women’s golf tournament has been moved to August because of the coronavirus outbreak. The event originally scheduled for July 23-26 will now be held on Aug. 6-9 at the Evian Resort Golf Club. Evian is one of the five majors on the women’s circuit. The decision was made by the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour and Evian organizers.— The Big Ten has extended the suspension of all organized team activities through May 4.— Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich), his wife and their foundation are donating about $1.1 million, to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment for hospitals in Serbia. Djokovic says his foundation’s staff “will be monitoring everything” to get the equipment in place. Update on the latest sports
Miss World Guyana Vena Mookram urges teams and fans to always aim highREIGNING Miss Guyana World, 18-year-old Vena Mookram who will leave Guyana shortly to represent the Land of Many Waters at the Miss World Pageant in China next month, kicked off the one-day 7-a-side East Bank Football Association (EBFA) competition last Saturday at the Grove Playfield.In a short address to the players and fans on hand, Ms Mookram urged all to appreciate the value of exercise and living healthy lifestyles while informing that her platform as the Miss Guyana World representative is focused on Diabetes.To this end, Ms Mookram said that on September 10 last, along with huge assistance from NAMILCO and the Grove/Diamond NDC, she opened a Fitness Park and Diabetes Centre in Avenue ‘A’, Diamond Housing Scheme which will focus on physical fitness and nutrition.She told the gathering that she has been very busy promoting her platform ever since she was crowned Miss Guyana World in June this year. She loves working with children and was pleased to see so many of them present at the Grove Playfield. She was also pleased to learn that NAMILCO has been supporting the development of the sport not only on the East Bank but in Guyana by extension, sponsoring the first-ever Intra Association Under-17 League.Ms Mookram, along with NAMILCO Marketing Consultant Affeeze Khan ensured that all present were treated to one of the company’s marquee product, Wheat-Up Porridge, before she kicked the ball off to signal the official start of proceedings.A total of six teams participated in the event. The teams in the final, Grove Hi Tech and Ballers of Grove, agreed to spilt the spoils equally.The other competing teams were Friendship All Stars, Kuru Kururu Warriors, Diamond United and Herstelling Raiders. Grove Hi Tech drew the bye to the final after they won their opening match against Herstelling, 5-1.Ballers got the better of Kuru Kururu on penalty kicks in the lone semi-final 3-1. They had won their respective opening matches against Diamond and Herstelling, Fazia’s Collection also contributed to the event.
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham remains committed to his country of birth, England despite being approached by the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in recent days, according to reports.It was earlier claimed that the Londoner would make a decision on his international future in April 2020. The Telegraph said that Abraham had set no such deadline on playing for England or deciding his international allegiance and remains committed to trying to break into Gareth Southgate’s senior squad.The talented attacker has played for England’s U-18, U-19 and U-21 teams and was capped two times at senior level in friendly matches against Germany and Brazil in 2017.Abraham has enjoyed a stellar start to the campaign, netting four goals in four Premier League matches but was not called up to the senior team for their upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.If the Chelsea number nine continues his fine form, he might be invited for next month’s Euro qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria and would become cap-tied to England if he appears in any of the games.One of the tasks carried out by the NFF President last week when he visited London was to hold talks with Abraham and his dad about pledging his allegiance to the three-time African champions, and it remains to be seen whether or not he was successful this time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
HBO is TV with no rules, and HBO Max offers titles outside HBO’s usual catalog. “Friends” is back filling the hole Netflix left when it removed the title in January. In addition to “Friends,” HBO Max also has the 2011 hit show “Pretty Little Liars.” You can watch all of HBO’s best shows, including “Barry,” “Sex and the City” and “Game of Thrones” with your new subscription. “A Star is Born” The late Chadwick Boseman delivered a sensational performance as the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, in “Get On Up.” “Get On Up” is a biographical, musical drama that tells Brown’s incredible life story as he evolved into a pioneer for the music industry, especially for soul. The movie touches on multiple parts of Brown’s life, giving the audience further insight into the mind of a man who left an astounding legacy behind. The movie doesn’t use a typical chronological storyline but uses asynchronous editing to keep movie viewers engaged, resulting in a magnetic and electrifying experience and one definitely well worth your time. “Get On Up” There’s an endless array of entertainment at your fingertips, and this, understandably, can become overwhelming. To help you out, here are some notable selections you can start streaming now on HBO Max. “Jojo Rabbit” “Queen & Slim” “Spirited Away” Who isn’t nostalgic for the ’90s? No more need to stay up late to catch the good-natured sitcom on Nick at Nite. Sing along to the iconic theme song while cooking dinner or spending time with your quarantine circle. “The Fresh Prince” will remind you of Will Smith in his prime before his most recent stint as a YouTuber. Laugh along with Will and dance along with Carlton — “The Fresh Prince” is a great show for beers and buds. This improvised show will never fail to make you laugh by poking fun at the seemingly mundane life of Larry David. Comedy students rate Curb as “Best comedy on television right now!” The rhythm of “Curb” is truly sensational comedy. Guest stars of the show range from Ted Danson to Mel Brooks. Join David, who plays a heightened version of himself, in his everyday predicaments that lead to more and more chaos. If you’re a devoted “Game of Thrones” fan who seeks to find solace from the show’s finale, “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy is meant just for you. Immerse yourself in this high-fantasy, enchanting world filled with hobbits, elves, wizards and tons of adventure. And unlike other shows that have unfulfilling, rushed endings, this trilogy won’t disappoint. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” the trilogy’s final installment, won all 11 Academy Awards it was nominated for. HBO Max features a collection of 21 Studio Ghibli movies, all of which stand alone as quality, animated masterpieces. But in case you only have two hours and five minutes to spare, “Spirited Away” is the awe-inspiring fairytale you need to watch. Writer-director Hayao Miyazaki builds a charming world that explores supernaturalism, greed, Western consumerism and Japanese culture. “Spirited Away,” the Best Animated Feature winner at the 75th Academy Awards, is a movie worthy of being on your watchlist. Yes, the rumors are true: HBO Max is free for all USC students. Even though HBO Go has been discontinued, that does not mean your days of watching quality television and movies are now over. In fact, they are better than ever. “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey” “Insecure” “Euphoria” is a Twitter-proclaimed “cultural reset” and rightfully so. The makeup and fashion have become societal staples as the show has become a rightful household name. Dealing with the very real issue of teenage addiction, the show is not for the faint of heart. However, the message is deep and meaningful. Zendaya and the rest of the cast create a touching and beautifully messy world where they struggle to understand the present, past and future. The “Lord of the Rings” Trilogy “Grease” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” Shooby back into the 1950s with this classic movie musical. While the message of the movie may be flawed and problematic, the music is still great for a sing-along movie night. Newcomer Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) and previously popular all-star athlete Danny (John Travolta) navigate the trials and tribulations of love in high school. As long as you’re aware a woman should never modify her look for “true love,” the movie will be highly enjoyable. Young John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and the rest of the cast are supremely talented singers and dancers guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. “Game of Thrones” Although speculation arose that this movie would be the Black equivalent of the Bonnie and Clyde tale, “Queen & Slim” is way more nuanced than that. It delivers insight on the systems of oppression in the United States that marginalize Black folk and uplift white people. In particular, it criticizes the U.S. justice system and the question of who is innocent or guilty based on the color of a person’s skin. “Queen & Slim,” screenplay written by Lena Waithe and directed by Melina Matsoukas, is a gripping, engaging movie worthy of all praise. “Veep” “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey” is a movie that centers women at its forefront. Screenwriter Christina Hodson and director Cathy Yan bring charisma and energy to this movie, stealing the spotlight from men and giving it all to the women. Audiences will find themselves entertained from beginning to end by comical quips, the occasional explosion, hyenas and vibrant colors — all of which are quintessential components to any movie featuring the eccentric anti-hero Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). (Mia Islas | Daily Trojan) Feel all the feels in Issa Rae’s “Insecure.” Join the protagonists Molly (Yvonne Orji) and Issa (Issa Rae) on their journey to find themselves in the last years of their 20s. While most sitcoms based on the lives of their creators focus on self deprecating humor Rae’s writing is positive, delightful and insightful. Additionally, the soundtrack is full of great jams. The show portrays the relationship between two Black women and South Central in a genuine, personal way. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” If you haven’t seen “Game of Thrones,” what are you doing! “GOT” is a binge-worthy fantasy drama with lovable characters — although maybe just skip the last season. The show garnered worldwide popularity in its heyday, but the plot and emotional connection to the characters remains timeless. “GOT” is full of tight twists and turns that are guaranteed to keep you on your toes. Plus, there are many references to it in mainstream media, so now you can be in on all the jokes! “I just wanted to take another look at you” is what Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) tells Ally (Lady Gaga) in “A Star is Born,” and it’s what you should tell this movie before scrolling past it on HBO Max. “A Star is Born” follows Ally, an up-and-coming pop star, on her journey to fame. Audiences see her grow as an artist, wrestle with rifts in her relationships and find her footing in the music industry. Be sure to watch “A Star is Born” soon — this title will be leaving HBO Max Sept. 7. “Euphoria” Taika Waititi’s anti-hate satire “Jojo Rabbit” is the ultimate heart-melting film. Travel back to World War II and meet a young Nazi enthusiast and his imaginary best friend Hitler. Starring everyone’s favorite “Asian American” actress Scarlet Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Alfie Allen and Waititi himself. It’s an important watch to understand the hand all adults have in shaping the next generation. “Jojo Rabbit” combines gut-wrenching drama with humor. “Veep” makes all the horror and awfulness of politics hilarious. “Veep” follows Vice President (VP or VEEP) Selina Meyer as she makes her way into the White House. VP Meyer, who is portrayed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and her staff are best known for their brutal, vulgar and deeply descriptive insults. Despite being a female protagonist Meyer is an unlovable and very difficult anti-hero to stomach. A great binge if you need to laugh but sometimes it does hit a bit close to home when reflecting on politicians’ corruption.
It’s been a long time coming, but professional hockey is finally back in the United States. Yzerman, Iginla, Heatley, Vokoun — oh my! After a yearlong lockout, teams will be back on the ice for the start of the 2005-2006 season starting Wednesday. Fresh faces and new regulations will highlight this upcoming season. Goalie gear is smaller, games will be longer and hockey will now be in season on the Outdoor Life Network.So if you haven’t been as excited about the upcoming season, here is a small list to bring out your inner hockey fever.Sayonara tied games: Say bah-bye to ties! The NHL has decided that all games contested will end with a victor. In an effort to entertain fans, teams will play an additional five minutes of four-on-four sudden death overtime.If the game is still in a deadlock, a shootout will proceed in which three players on each team will alternate penalty shots. Each shooter will only receive one shot. If there is still a tie, the shootout will advance to a sudden death format. No player who participated in the original shootout may attempt a second shot until every other eligible play on the team has taken a shot.Still tied? If the sudden death shootout contest ends in a draw, additional rounds will be conducted until a winner is decided.Bottom line: Hockey fanatics will turn into insomniacs.The student becomes the teacher: Wayne Gretzky, one of the greatest hockey players of all time, has taken over as the new bench boss for the Phoenix Coyotes. The Great One will have his work cut out for him, as the Coyotes only posted 22 wins during the 2003-2004 season.”I heard people say ‘Why would you want to do this?’ And my answer was ‘Why not?’ It’s what I love. It’s what I know,” Gretzky said in a press conference.The Coyotes look much different than they did a year ago, thanks in part to Gretzky’s hefty influx of new talent.Making their team debuts this season will be Brett Hull, Curtis Joseph, Petr Nedved, Mike Ricci, Mike Leclerc, Sean O’Donnell, Boyd Devereaux, Denis Gauthier and Oleg Saprykin.”We added some speed, some character, and some talent,” Gretzky said. “Yes, I’m tremendously excited to be part of this group. I really look forward to sharing my knowledge of the sport and the game. I don’t have to sit up top and watch. I can actually be on the ice, that’s the part I’m looking forward to the most.”Bottom line: The ice will no longer be cool in Phoenix.The next Great One: Sidney Crosby, dubbed the best player since Mario Lemieux (the most dominant scorer in NHL history) by Wayne Gretzky, will make his hockey debut for the Pittsburgh Penguins this season. The 18-year-old from Nova Scotia will attempt to reinvigorate the Penguins after their last place finish in 2004.Two years ago, the Penguins averaged an attendance of 11,877-the worst in the league. Upon Crosby’s arrival, the Penguins have already sold more tickets than they did for all of the 2003-04 season.Pittsburgh was able to acquire Crosby during the lockout when the league decided to hold a draft lottery that included every franchise. The Penguins’ poor performance during the ’03-’04 season helped them to the No. 1 pick and a higher volume of ticket sales.Bottom line: Crosby will bring to hockey what LeBron James has brought to basketball.New places for new faces: The NHL lockout sent players scampering to new teams. Over a quarter of the league’s players were traded. Here is a brief look at some of the transactions.The Nashville Predators already look better after acquiring Paul Kariya from the Colorado Avalanche. The Preds also inked defenseman Danny Markov and center Yanic Perreault.The New York Rangers have a completely new team. The Rangers signed eight new starters. Center Martin Straka from the Los Angeles Kings highlights the list, him and Marek Malik, from the Vancouver Canucks will pair up with Czech star Jarmir Jagr to help rebuild the struggling team. The Rangers also picked up Martin Rucinsky, Ville Nieminen, Michael Nylander, Steve Rucchin, Blair Betts and Kevin Weekes.The Philadelphia Flyers picked up the better end of all their transactions. With ’02-’03 Hart Trophy winner Peter Forsberg highlighting the new class, Flyers faithful should anticipate an exciting season. The flyers also added Mike Knuble, Turner Stevenson, Mike Rathje, Derian Hatcher and Jon Sim.The San Jose Sharks is the only team without a new trade in their starting lineup. But who needs to acquire new players when you have center Patrick Marleau? However, two rookies will grace the ice for the Sharks. Left wing Milan Michalek and defenseman Christian Ehrhoff will help add to the team’s depth.Bottom line: More offense equals more work for goalies.
Georgia Tech wide receiver DeAndre Smelter once attacked life the same way he attacked opposing hitters on the baseball diamond.“You just take it one pitch at a time,” Smelter said. “That’s all you can do.”But once chronic shoulder problems dealt a curveball to the junior’s once-burgeoning baseball career, he began taking things one snap at a time.Currently the team leader in receptions and receiving yards, Smelter is looking to continue his impressive return to the gridiron ranks when Syracuse (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) travels to Bobby Dodd Stadium to take on the Yellow Jackets (3-3, 2-2) on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.Smelter, who prior to the 2013 season hadn’t played football since high school, is still adjusting to life as a college football player following three seasons as a pitcher for Georgia Tech’s varsity baseball team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s been quite a process, but I’m definitely happy,” he said. “I’ve had success so far, but there’s still room for me to improve.”During his high school days, it was hard to find any area of his game that needed improvement. As a star pitcher at Tattnall Square Academy in Macon, Ga., Smelter threw two no-hitters and led his team to state championships in 2008 and 2009. He even got to play a game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, which he said was one of the greatest experiences of his life.On the football field, he was nearly as dominant. Although he saw time at quarterback and running back, Smelter excelled as a wide receiver and safety, setting school records for both interceptions and receiving yards. He even received offers from Southeastern Conference powerhouses Auburn, Georgia, Louisiana State and South Carolina.However, Smelter had played baseball since he was 3 years old. It was his first love, and pitching was what he did best.Professional scouts and college coaches were well aware of it, too.“He had a fantastic 94-95 mph fastball,” Georgia Tech baseball coach Danny Hall said. “He was comparable to some of the best young pitchers in the game.”The Minnesota Twins selected Smelter in the 14th round of the 2010 MLB Draft.“It was a great experience, for me to be put in that position,” Smelter said of draft day. “I was really nervous, but it was great.”But rather than dart for the pros, Smelter decided to enroll at Georgia Tech and play for Hall. Smelter’s mother, Cora, wanted her son to have a college education. And as Hall remembers, she was hell-bent on it.“Cora told the pro scouts that if, worst case, her son gets a degree from Georgia Tech, that’s a wonderful thing.” Hall said. “The support from DeAndre’s entire family was tremendous.”At first, that decision paid off. In addition to starting 15 games in the outfield, Smelter allowed only one run in more than 17 innings as a freshman relief pitcher. He looked like the highly coveted recruit that mowed down hitters at Tattnall Square.That was before his shoulder began to fail him.“I just kept putting way too much stress on my labrum,” Smelter said. “I was playing the sport I love, but I wasn’t able to play to the best of my ability. That hurt more than anything.”His earned-run average ballooned to 8.53 in 2012, and it only dipped to 7.02 this past spring. After such a promising start, both his fastball and his chances at a baseball career faded. So when the opportunity to suit up for the football team for the next two seasons presented itself, Smelter jumped on it.Even in Georgia Tech’s famed option attack, he has caught 14 passes for 211 yards through six games, leaving him well on pace to surpass Orwin Smith’s team-high 288 yards last season.Head coach Paul Johnson said Smelter’s work ethic is among the best on the team.“The biggest thing is he’s very coachable. He listens because he wants to be good,” Johnson said. “DeAndre is becoming more and more a part of our plans. He’s got great ball skills and athleticism.”Although football is now No. 1 on the agenda, Smelter still plans to take advantage of his final season of baseball eligibility this spring. Coach Hall said he can’t wait to see how Smelter rebounds from what has been a tumultuous college career thus far.“As terrific an athlete as he is, he’s an outstanding person,” Hall said. “I’d love to see him have a great bounce-back year.”Smelter, meanwhile, has learned that if you keep battling back from adversity, another opportunity will always present itself.He was dealt a curveball, but he didn’t strike out.“The most important thing is having fun and enjoying the rest of my time here,” he said. “I’m still just taking it one play, one read at a time.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 17, 2013 at 2:05 am Contact Tyler: firstname.lastname@example.org
To his coaches and teammates, Jalen Greene is fearless. The true freshman quarterback, who graduated a semester early from athletic powerhouse Junipero Serra High School, in Gardena, Calif. has acted like a seasoned veteran rather than a wide-eyed newcomer since he arrived on USC’s campus this spring.Young gun · Freshman quarterback Jalen Greene was highly successful while playing at Serra-Gardena High School, but has been overshadowed by other USC quarterback recruits, namely Max Browne and Ricky Town. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan While his former classmates prepare themselves for the senior prom, and with former Serra teammates and future Trojans Adoree’ Jackson and Olajuwon Tucker set to arrive at USC in the summer, Greene has spent his days taking command of the offensive huddle as if he were the Trojans’ starting quarterback. As a three-year starter in high school who won CIF and state championships as a junior, Greene has the accolades that warrant such confidence.But if Greene is being honest, as he was during his first interviews with the media at the end of spring practice, he admits that confidence did not come so easily at first.“I was a bit nervous,” Greene said of his first time in a USC huddle. “I don’t know that any of the guys will tell you that they noticed that, though. It’s about coming out here and commanding the huddle, that’s what quarterbacks have to do to show leadership.”Greene was not on the Trojans’ radar for much of his recruitment phase, but developed a strong relationship with Steve Sarkisian before he was named USC’s new head coach. After Sarkisian moved south, Greene, whose hometown is Inglewood, Calif., was quick to follow him right back home.“I wasn’t really looking into USC that much before the coaching change,” Greene said. “Once the coaches changed, they all started calling me and I started looking into it. I believed in Coach Sark’s system that he ran up at Washington. I knew a couple guys that he recruited that were up there, and they told me they like him as a coach. He does a lot, and he’s a great guy.”That Greene was a late addition to USC’s recruiting class of 2014 is fitting, considering that to many Trojan fans who obsessively check recruiting rankings and online message boards, that is exactly what Greene is viewed as — an afterthought.Redshirt freshman quarterback Max Browne was the top quarterback in his class. Ricky Town, a USC commit who is ranked as the No. 5 quarterback in the class of 2015, according to ESPN, is already being heralded as the next great Trojan signal caller, which seems to leave Greene as the odd man out as far as playing time is concerned.But that’s not how Greene sees things. Though he was written off early on in this spring’s quarterback competition, his goal is to win the job someday in the future. While his athleticism might allow him to earn playing time at another position, Greene has no intentions of changing anytime soon.“It didn’t affect me that much, hearing that Cody [Kessler] was starting,” Greene said. “I’ve been learning a lot from him and Max [Browne], and I just want to continue to learn from them. I had higher hopes for myself this spring. I wouldn’t say I had a bad spring, but I progressed a lot, and I just have to keep progressing each day.”Knowing that playing time would be hard to come by this season, and that little was expected from him, Greene played with confidence all spring and left a strong impression on his coaches. He might be destined for a redshirt season in 2014, but he showed enough talent to instill confidence that he could be “the guy” in the coming years.“I think Jalen has a very high ceiling here,” Sarkisian said. “I think his future is very bright. He has steadily improved along the way. We have high expectations for him.”While the rest of the USC offense struggled to grasp Sarkisian’s new offensive scheme, Greene picked it up quicker than most due to the fact that he ran a very similar offense in high school. This familiarity helped ease the growing pains that every young player goes through when he or she goes against college players for the first time.“I’ve been really, really pleased with him,” offensive coordinator Clay Helton said. “I’m very excited about how fast he’s picked up the concepts and how hard he’s working mechanically to fix some things. You can see the liveliness of his arm. He has very, very good tools and will be a very promising quarterback here.”Currently, Greene is clearly No. 3 in USC’s pecking order at quarterback. He admittedly struggled with the speed of the defense at times during practice, and his mechanics are still a work in progress. That he will be surrounded by more polished competition for years to come gives credibility to the notion that he might be more likely to see the field at another position, or even another school.Still, Greene believes that it’s far too early in his career to write him off yet, and that someday he will be announced as USC’s starting quarterback.“That’s the plan,” Greene said. “I’m just gonna keep competing every time I’m here. I came here to play quarterback. I was recruited as a quarterback. Hopefully that’s what they have in store for me.”
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 28, 2016 at 5:39 pm Contact Sam: email@example.com | @Sam4TR Syracuse had just let its led slip away for the second time, and it seemed poised to do so for a third.The Orange had used a 5-1 run to take a two-goal lead into halftime, but now it was reeling. Coming out of the break, two of Syracuse’s sticks were deemed illegal. SU, whistled all afternoon for 53 total fouls, had to kill off two minutes down two players, one being Tewaraaton-finalist Kayla Treanor.Northwestern scored with two seconds left on the penalties, then tied the game minutes later when Sheila Nesselbush put away her third goal of the day. Groans from the stands became audible, the usually-animated sideline hardly moved and history — SU had beaten NU twice in 14 tries — wasn’t with the Orange.But 41 seconds after Nesselbush’s goal, All-American Halle Majorana tipped the seesaw back in the Orange’s favor. The score added to her team-leading total and began the 5-0 run that helped No. 2 Syracuse (5-0) outlast No. 7 Northwestern (1-2), 16-12, in the Carrier Dome on Sunday. The Wildcats threatened to barge back into the game late after the run made it 13-8, but that spurt proved too large a barrier as NU never reached 13 goals.“We were fired up,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “This was a great win for us. We’ve had a lot of losses to them in the past and it was nice to step up and finish this game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse began with three goals in as many minutes, and it seemed as if the Orange would dominate like it had in its four games this season. But Northwestern wrested back control, helped by an own goal by SU goalkeeper Allie Murray, by holding one of the nation’s best offenses without a shot for nearly 10 minutes. Simultaneously, NU went on a 5-0 run and put SU in a two-goal hole, the deepest of its season.Syracuse then gave up its lead at the start of the second half, but got it back with the run.“They were able to capitalize,” Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller said. “When we gained some momentum (at the end of the first half), we let down and that really hurt us. Each time we got momentum, their key people stepped up.”Amonte Hiller’s statement held true for most of the afternoon, and when Majorana began the run with 23 minutes left.When she scored, the normally-subdued Gait pounded his left hand against the head of the orange lacrosse stick in his right.He’d been animated all afternoon. Moments earlier, he and assistant coach Regy Thorpe became furious, jumping up and down and yelling, when Gait said he saw an official ignore Northwestern’s use of an offside substitution. But he quickly returned to his usual measured pacing and light claps as his players pulled away. Treanor, his best player, said that while SU got the same good chances all afternoon, finishing them distinguished the run.But, contradictory to Amonte Hiller, it was players outside the usual rotation who helped sustain the offensive spurt.Two goal came from Taylor Gait, who to that point had only played in three of SU’s four games and scored two goals. Both goals Sunday came on nearly identical plays. Taylor faked her defender to the left, then cut hard to the middle and received a pass from Erica Bodt. Then, in a quick turn-and-fire motion, Gait helped SU fortify its third lead after coughing up the first two.Nicole Levy, a freshman who Gait said struggled shooting in her first weekend, doubled the number of her career goals with the other two tallies in the 5-0 run. Levy’s first goal continued a 2-minute, 45-second span in which SU scored three times to widen its lead to 12-8, a deficit Northwestern never overcame. Her last concluded the run.“(Syracuse) saw some holes in our defense,” Amonte Hiller said. “They found them and just put away the opportunities.” Comments
Tipp manager Liam Kearns says they’ll make their final decision on Michael Quinlivan after they consult with medical staff…Tipp and Armagh throw-in at 5 o’clock on Saturday evening in Semple Stadium – Tipp FM’s live coverage is in association with Jim Strang and Sons, Kilsheelan, main Peugeot dealers. A decision is expected tomorrow evening on whether Michael Quinlivan will start Tipp’s All Ireland Senior Football qualifier against Armagh.The Commercials man hadn’t been expected to be fit for Tipp’s win over Cavan last weekend, however he played 25 minutes of the game.Others expected to make a return include Philip Austin who also made a huge impact off the bench last Saturday, and Paddy Codd who didnt feature last week.