Published on September 1, 2013 at 7:35 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Drew Allen swung his fist in frustration again and again. Another chance wasted. Another opportunity for Penn State to extend its lead given.Syracuse was trailing Penn State 23-10 with 11 minutes left — seemingly its last reasonable chance to come back for a signature season-opening victory — when on a second-and-12 from the Syracuse 33-yard line, Allen flung a 12-yard out route for Jarrod West.But the ball sailed through no-man’s land and out of bounds. West ran a corner route.Allen stared him down across the field, gaping irefully, before turning and whizzing his right arm around four times.“There were times when we showed a lot of great things on offense, and then there were times that it wasn’t so great,” Allen said. “And I felt like in those times it wasn’t so great, our communication kind of broke apart.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile Allen was mediocre in his Orange debut, let’s remember what he’s working with: a first-year head coach and an inexperienced wide receiving corps. Even the offensive line, a group that struggled to handle an aggressive Nittany Lions front seven, has two new starters. So let’s hold back on the calls for Terrel Hunt, at least for another two weeks.Yes, Allen’s 43.2-percent completion rate was off-putting. And yes, his first interception, thrown right to Stephen Obeng-Agyapong at the end of the third quarter, was egregious and inexcusable.But one game doesn’t tell the whole story. Especially with the unit he’s working with, and especially against an above-average Penn State defense.Remember, this is a guy who hasn’t started a football game in five years, who only began getting the majority of first-team reps 10 days before the season opener and who’s used to throwing to bigger, faster Big-12 targets.Had he remained at Oklahoma his cast would’ve consisted of senior 1,000-yard receiver Jalen Saunders, standout sophomore Sterling Shepard and 6-foot-3 senior Lacoltan Bester — not the No. 2-playing-No. 1 receiver West, unproven senior Adrian Flemming and still-learning slot man Ashton Broyld.Expecting immediate greatness and heroic bravado from him this quickly is unrealistic.Quarterbacks coach Tim Lester agreed that communication in particular is where Allen and the offense need to improve the most.“Those things he’ll continue to get better at because that’s hard to do,” Lester said. “It takes a lot of time to get comfortable.”Allen’s blunder with West was just one example of that lack of chemistry. Later on the same drive, Obeng-Agyapong blitzed around the left side untouched, de-cleated the 6-foot-5 Allen and slammed him downward into the MetLife Stadium turf.Was it Allen who missed the blitz pickup, or did right tackle Ivan Foy, in his first season as a starter, just whiff on the block?Either way, these are problems that take time to work out — and who’s to say Hunt would be any better?Allen’s poise and talent were apparent at moments on Saturday. The 55-yard, over-the-top connection with Jeremiah Kobena was a glimpse at what he can do when the offense is flowing properly.It was a reminder that Allen could have been starting for the Sooners this year. His competition under center would have consisted of Blake Bell, the powerful runner aptly nicknamed “Belldozer” with the inability to throw for distance or precision, and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight, who started OU’s first game of the season.After the game SU head coach Scott Shafer said Allen will be a great football player. Lester echoed the sentiment that the job is his for the immediate future, and running back Jerome Smith called him “the sheriff.”So give Allen a chance. Northwestern and Wagner offer two more opportunities for Allen to improve before the coaching staff should decide to either stick with him until SU loses bowl eligibility, or go with Hunt.If Allen is unable to pick apart a lesser Seahawks defense in the Carrier Dome on Sept. 14, by all means go ahead and give Hunt a chance. He’d have time for a tuneup game against Tulane and a bye week to prepare for Clemson. But the next two weeks should be Allen’s regardless of his performance against PSU.With 14 days’ worth of time and repetitions as the unquestioned starter, he’ll have every chance to prove the job should be his.Stephen Bailey is an asst. sports editor at The Daily Orange whose column appears occasionally. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter at @Stephen_Bailey1. Comments
The Dept. of Public Safety, along with Student Affairs, plans to implement new security measures related to entering the University Park Campus and residential halls, effective the beginning of the 2013 spring semester.Though the Halloween shooting on campus that left four people injured sped up the implementation of these new measures, the departments had previously considered revising their security system. The university also implemented some new security measures in the week following the shooting.Beginning in the spring semester, students living in residential housing will be able to scan with their fingerprint into all other on-campus housing without using a guest pass.The campus will also be closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and, of the 27 openings on campus only, eight of them will be accessible. Those eight entrances will have checkpoints that require students and faculty to present ID to security ambassadors to enter campus.[Correction: A previous version of this post said that campus will be closed from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. ]There will be two checkpoints at the entrance on Jefferson Boulevard and Trousdale Parkway, two at the end of Trousdale Parkway and Exposition Boulevard, two on Figueroa Street and one at the Vermont Avenue entrance. Fencing will be constructed at the openings on Jefferson and Exposition boulevards. Construction for these temporary fences is slated to start next week and be fully in place by early January.The new system will require an on-campus resident to register their guests after 9 p.m. at visitor.usc.edu and have each guest present a government-issued ID when entering campus. The license plate for every vehicle entering campus will also be read and checked against a database of stolen cars.DPS Chief Capt. Carey Drayton said he believes students will react positively to these new security checkpoints, while faculty and staff will have the largest adjustment period.“I don’t think students will have a problem. [The security will be] like going to Gate 28 for football games. That’s just how you go to the game,” Drayton said. “However, faculty and staff aren’t used to having to show their ID’s to get on campus. That’s just going to be a different process for them.”DPS plans to add 38 security cameras internally on campus, in addition to the 72 cameras already installed around the perimeter of campus.Drayton emphasized that adjustments to the security measures will be made as needed.The already-implemented measures to tight campus security after the Halloween shooting appear to have reduced thefts on campus for the time being. DPS has seen a decrease in theft in the month that the stricter security policies have been in place.“Since implementing the fingerprint system, only one incident of property theft has occurred in three weeks,” Drayton said. “Before there used to be 25 to 30 incidents in that same three-week span.”Drayton also emphasized that the security measures were not trying to serve as an additional hassle to students, but meant to minimize that threats from the outside.“We are creating a process where it looks like and feels like people not affiliated with the school are not welcome,” Drayton said. “We are trying to balance inconvenience and the safety issues and this is the most effective way we can go about doing it.”Vice President of Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson views the new measures as primarily beneficial to the university community.“We’re doing this because we really care about the security and safety of students, faculty, and staff,” Jackson said.The university officials stressed that ties to the community and local elementary schools will be maintained despite the new policies. Exceptions will be made for these organizations, and they can receive special guest passes to enter campus for their events.“We will still be a welcoming place. That’s the goal,” Jackson said.
In its final dual match of the regular season, the Wisconsin wrestling team suffered a brutal 34-5 loss to No. 4 Minnesota Sunday afternoon on Senior Day in its first and only loss at the UW Field House this season.The No. 18 Badgers (7-6, 4-4 Big Ten) faced eight opponents nationally ranked in the top 15 on the powerful Gopher roster, including No. 1 sophomore Logan Storley wrestling at 174-pounds and No. 2 redshirt junior Tony Nelson wrestling at heavyweight. Minnesota’s starters have posted a combined 79-16 record in dual meets this year, including three wrestlers with undefeated campaigns and another three with one-loss seasons.After having a winless Big Ten season a year ago, the Badgers improved to an even 4-4 league record this year while defeating three ranked teams in dual matches.Head coach Barry Davis knows the team has a lot of improvements to make, but is proud of his team’s comeback year.“It’s a good turnaround,” Davis said. “The guys are doing a good job … we’ve gotten a lot better, but we need to continue to move forward here. We’ve got two big duals next weekend and then it’s tournament time. That’s what it comes down to.”Wisconsin’s only individual victory came from two-time All-American Tyler Graff. The No. 5 wrestler at 133-pounds won by technical fall and narrowly missed a pin late in the first period in his eleventh win of the year.Redshirt junior Scott Liegel nearly pulled off an enormous upset against No. 1 Storley. Down 0-1 in the third period, Liegel received two points for technical violations against Storley for locking hands and pulling headgear. After an escape gave Liegel a 3-1 edge with under a minute left in the match, Storley managed a late takedown to tie the contest and pulled out the 4-3 decision with help from the riding time point.Liegel said he made a mistake by putting too much weight on his feet, which allowed him to be taken down. He said even in a loss, he is encouraged by legitimately challenging a top contender.“It builds a lot of confidence in me,” Liegel. “I think that one of the main things is to just have confidence when I go out there and it’ll definitely help me down the road for the end of the season.”Davis was pleased with some of his wrestlers’ effort, but told his team that he expected more energy from the entire lineup and said they should be putting themselves in better positions to win.“I said you’ve got to approach the way Liegel, Hein and Medbery did certain things,” Davis said. “Some of the guys didn’t approach it that way today; they hesitated. The things we do in the room, the work we put in, there can’t be hesitation when you walk out – you’ve got to believe in what you’re doing. It’s a mindset, a certain mentality … they beat us off the whistle, and you can’t do that.”Seventeenth-ranked redshirt junior Jackson Hein kept his match close, facing the No. 12-ranked wrestler, Scott Schiller, in the 197-pound weight class. Hein took his match to extra time after a 1-1 tie in regulation. However, Schiller earned a takedown and a near-fall to complete the 6-1 decision for Minnesota.Redshirt freshman and No. 11-ranked Connor Medbery lost his first dual match of the season at heavyweight in a 2-9 decision against No. 2 Nelson.Fifth-year Cole Schmitt was shut out in a major decision in his match, but said he was happy to see his teammates determined to win even against heavy odds.“They were getting upset because they were expecting to win,” Schmitt said. “It’s good to have that attitude every time you step on the mat.”While Wisconsin’s regular season has officially ended, it is nowhere near finished with its year. The Badgers will participate in the NWCA National Duals in Ohio next weekend and Big Ten Championship and NCAA tournament next month.Liegel said the most important matches are still to come.“Coach always talks about working towards the NCAA tournament and how everything is just a building block from that,” Liegel said. “This match is just another building block. Hopefully we can learn from it and work towards the next couple of weeks.”
The Wisconsin volleyball team will try to shake the memory of its first loss of the season last Friday and travel to the N.C. State Invitational this weekend to face three NCAA-contention teams.The Badgers (8-1) will play in its last slate of nonconference matches on Friday and Saturday in Raleigh, N.C., including matches against two teams that competed in the NCAA tournament a season ago in NC State and Colgate. Wisconsin’s matches against NC State, Virginia Commonwealth University and Colgate will all come within a 24-hour period.For Wisconsin, the focus this week will once again to be to stay healthy. Senior Annemarie Hickey was the latest victim of the Badger injury carousel with an injured ankle. Head coach Kelly Sheffield says she will most likely not be playing this weekend after missing the InnTower Invitational last weekend.“We’re trying to get healthy,” Sheffield said. “Our practices aren’t that long because we don’t have that many bodies. Health has to be priority number one.”Sheffield said that in addition to shorter practices this week, the team will be less involved with jumping-related activity to give bruised bodies a rest and more focused on studying film. So far this season, six Badgers have missed at least three matches due to injury.Wisconsin’s first contest of the weekend will be tournament host NC State, a team that returns six of its seven starters from last year’s NCAA team. Like Wisconsin, NC State was a ranked team and an undefeated 6-0 until last weekend when it dropped its first match of the year to 11-0 Missouri.Although not an NCAA tournament competitor from last season, VCU (8-2) is 6-1 in matches on neutral sites this year. VCU sophomore Romana Kriskova has been named the Atlantic 10 Conference’s Volleyball Player of the Week for the second straight week. The 6-foot-3 Slovakian leads her team with nearly five kills per set, attack percentage and blocks, while also contributing 1.77 digs per set.Wisconsin will wrap up its weekend in a battle with 6-3 Colgate. With the exception of a 0-3 loss to Missouri, Colgate has only lost to Yale and LIU Brooklyn, teams that were playing on their own courts for their respective tournaments.Sheffield said this weekend’s matches will prove especially challenging given the lack of depth of the current Wisconsin lineup. However, he was encouraged that the beleaguered Badgers were able to make a strong comeback after losing the tournament opener to Kansas in five sets last Friday.“It was a great opportunity for our team for all of us to see what we’re made out of,” Sheffield said. “To turn around and bounce back and get a couple of wins. That was something I learned about this team.”One player in particular that helped Wisconsin manage bounce-back victories over the weekend was junior Deme Morales. Morales played outside hitter in place of the injured Hickey. She notched a career-high 17 kills against Kansas and recorded double-doubles with kills and digs against both Kansas and Milwaukee. Along with junior outside hitter Ellen Chapman, Morales was named to the all-tournament team.Even playing a position she hasn’t practiced, Morales said that she did what she had to for Wisconsin to stay competitive.“Every team has to adjust to adversity,” Morales said. “We just have to keep having this mentality that no matter who goes in, it’s going to have the same outcome. And we have to trust the people that go in and have confidence in them, and they need to have confidence in themselves.”Chapman said it’s been necessary for players to take on their secondary positions because of the number of injuries. During the summer, Chapman practiced in preparation to play middle hitter, even though she is currently managing both outside hitter positions.She said Sheffield likes juggling lineups to try to find the best fit, and for that reason, Chapman said it has been valuable having a team that’s flexible in their positions.“We have a lot of people on our team that can play multiple positions,” Chapman said. “That’s a really good thing about our team, which sets us apart from other ones because we have players that can step in anywhere.”Sheffield said one of the most important things the team is working on is chemistry. He said in team chemistry is even more vital in volleyball because of how fast-paced the game is and how little space a volleyball court has.Sheffield said it’s difficult to manage team flow when so many players have gone down with injuries.When asked if he’s ever seen as many injuries as the Badgers have suffered, he jokingly said the reason might be supernatural.“I hear there’s a high population of witch doctors and voodoo dolls here in the Madison area,” Sheffield said. “I’m convinced that’s the play of wickedness and some kind of dark evil.”
Nigeria and Egypt will fly Africa’s flag at the 2019 ITTF World Team Cup in Tokyo, Japan after emerging champions at the 2018 ITTF African Championships holding in Mauritius.It was Egypt who first confirmed her spot in the global tournament after defeating Nigeria’s women team 3-1 in the final but few hours later the Nigerian team led by 2018 ITTF Nigeria Open Champion, Aruna Quadri dethroned Egypt as the new continental champions for men.In the last three editions of the World Team Cup, Egypt men and women teams have featured in the tournament and the last time Nigeria’s men team competed was in 2010 in Dubai. But with the 3-1 win over Egypt in the final, the West African side will return to the global championship comes November 2019 in Japan.The tournament is a test run for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.The trio of Dina Meshref, Farah Abdel-Aziz and Yousra Helmy defeated Nigeria’s trio of Edem Offiong, Olufunke Oshonaike and Janet Effiom to retain their title in the continent.In the men’s final, it was a different scenario as the experience of Segun Toriola counted for the West African team when the seven-time Olympian fought from 1-2 down to beat youthful Khaled Assar 3-2 in the third game to give Nigeria a 2-1 lead after Aruna Quadri had put Nigeria ahead with a 3-2 win over Ahmed Saleh while Bode Abiodun fell 0-3 to Mohammed El-Beiali.Like a true champion, it was Aruna Quadri who saved the day for Nigeria with an explosive encounter against Mohammed El-Beiali who made the spectators to be on the edge of their seats during the tie.Having fell behind 1-2, Aruna Quadri fought back to beat the Arab Cup Champion 3-2 to throw the Nigerian camp into frenzy celebration.A disappointed Ahmed Saleh told reporters that it was a painful loss especially the loss by Assar to Toriola.“I am so disappointed that we could not retain our title because we had thought we could pick the third game against Toriola. I am not too happy but that is table tennis and we will come back to fight again,” Saleh concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Already Qualified Teams: *Egypt *Cote d’Ivoire *Ghana *Nigeria *Algeria *Morocco *Tunisia *Senegal *Guinea *Mali *Uganda *Kenya *Madagascar *MauritaniaThe 24 countries to play at the Total 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt will be known at the end of this weekend when the final round of qualifiers are played across the continent.While some slots have already been taken before the final round of qualifiers, several others are still to be decided as some groups are delicately poised with plenty to play for in the matches scheduled to begin today through Sunday. The final ten places for the competition will be decided as Burundi, Comoros and Lesotho will be chasing history by grabbing their places in Africa’s flagship competition for the first time, following in the footsteps of Madagascar and Mauritania.This means 14 countries have already qualified for the competition going into the final round of matches with several heavyweights sealing their places in advance.Seven-time champions Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal as well as Guinea, Mali, Uganda, Kenya and the two newcomers to have already confirmed their places.However, some of Africa’s top sides like Cameroon, DR Congo, Burkina Faso, Gabon and Congo have all to do in the final round of matches.The match between Cameroon and the Comoros will decide who joins already-qualified Morocco from Group B as Malawi are unable to go through.In Group G all the four teams have got a chance of qualifying with DR Congo hosting Liberia while Congo travel to Harare to face Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe lead the group with eight points, one ahead of Liberia while DR Congo and Congo have six and five points respectively.Group K is also wide open as three sides are battling for the two slots. Guinea Bissau and Namibia have eight points each with Mozambique on seven points. Os Mambas will make a trip to Bissau while Namibia travels to Zambia who cannot qualify.With Mali taking Group C’s first ticket, a fierce battle will take place when Burundi welcomes Gabon with the hosts needing just a draw to qualify for the first time. Burundi are second with 9 points while their opponents are two points adrift in third place.Another tough assignment is in Group I where Angola (9 points) and Burkina Faso (7 points) will slug it out for last ticket. Angola’s Palancas Negras travel to face Botswana while Burkina Faso host Mauritania who have already qualified.Also in a similar position in Group D where Algeria have already secured their place which leaves Benin (seven points) battling Gambia and Togo, with five points each, for the other slot.Three teams will also be battling for Group L’s remaining slot as Tanzania, Lesotho and Cape Verde all have a chance of qualifying with Uganda already sealing their place.With Nigeria taking Group E’s first ticket, South Africa must avoid a defeat against Libya to qualify.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Some of us pass away early and some live until they’re 104. That’s obviously part of everybody’s deal. But other than that, he’s somebody who’s such a competitor that he wants to compete as long as he can,” Popovich said. “He does the things he needs to do with his body, both in what he puts in his body and how he works his body out so he can play as long as possible. That’s what drives him.”And with Bryant’s determination not enough, that left Popovich offering sympathy to the Lakers’ star.“When somebody like that in that stature goes down, it’s not good for everybody,” Popovich said. “Obviously for his team, but for the league as well.” Change the channelTNT canceled its plans Friday to televise the Lakers’ home game at Staples Center against the New York Knicks on March 12. Earlier this week, ESPN dropped the Lakers’ game in New York on Feb. 1, as the two teams have a combined 19-67 record. The scheduled Lakers’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 2 had also changed for the second time in less than a week. After ABC dumped its plan to telecast the game at 12:30 p.m. and shifted the time to 6:30 p.m., ESPN has since picked up the game and will move the time up to 3:30 p.m. SAN ANTONIO — Amid all the success San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich enjoyed through five NBA championship runs, there remained one central figure that made his blood pressure boil on the sideline.His name is Kobe Bryant, the Lakers’ star winning two of his five NBA championships after playing a role in eliminating the Spurs in the postseason. But with the 36-year-old Bryant having a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder that could sideline him for the rest of the 2014-15 season, Popovich looked at those frustrating times with nostalgia. “I can think of a lot of shots Kobe made that basically knocked us out,” Popovich said before the Lakers (12-31) faced the Spurs (27-17) on Friday at AT&T Center. “In an odd, weird sort of way, I sort of enjoy it. When they don’t play anymore, you get to say, Wow, I got to see so and so play. He’s one of those kind of guys.”Bryant fits that mold partly because he has overcome extensive injuries in his 19-year career. In the past two years, Bryant suffered season-ending injuries to his left Achilles tendon and left knee before eventually returning.
However, the victory was marred by an incident on the 16th hole, when Kim made a middle-finger gesture at spectators and slammed his club after a fan’s mobile phone rang as he hit a shot. On Tuesday an emotional Kim kneeled before reporters to apologize for his actions but that did not stop the KPGA from handing down a severe punishment, suspending him from the tour until 2022.”Kim Bi-o damaged the dignity of a golfer with etiquette violation and inappropriate behavior,” the tour said in a statement.World No. 302 Kim has played one major in his career, finishing tied for 45th at the U.S. Open in 2013. The money leader of the Korean Tour, Kim Bi-o, has been hit with a three-year ban for aiming an obscene gesture at the crowd during the Gyeongbuk Open.Kim, who formerly spent time on the PGA Tour, claimed his second KPGA title of the year on Sunday.
Facebook34Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of CommerceWashington state today launched an online form so businesses can get clarification or submit a request for inclusion as essential under Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation. The proclamation went into effect at midnight last night, closing non-essential businesses for the next two weeks.State officials continue to emphasize that the state COVID-19 web portal is the central location for the most current information and resources for businesses and individuals: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/business-workers.Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation defines essential and non-essential businesses and workers related to the COVID-19 emergency response. People are encouraged to review the proclamation language carefully on what is open and what is closed for the next two weeks.“This is a difficult time for all of us, and we recognize the hardship on many businesses and families,” said Commerce Director Lisa Brown. “As Governor Inslee said Monday night, we want to get back to normal as soon as possible, and to do that, we have to hit this hard. We are taking steps to relieve and mitigate the economic impacts of this action to the greatest extent possible.”Brown underscored that this is for now a two-week closure, and state officials will be evaluating the situation as we move through the expected increase in numbers of people testing positive for COVID-19.Inquiries from businesses about their essential/non-essential status are being reviewed as quickly as possible. For fastest response, businesses are urged to use the portal.In response to widely-circulated rumors, state officials also want to be clear that no one needs to be registered on any list, and no one needs a letter or pass of any kind to continue moving about, conducting essential business and activities. Visit the portal’s Spread the facts page.The COVID-19 portal at www.coronavirus.wa.gov will have the most current and accurate information.
The Trafalgar Thunder made it look easy en route to the grand prize at the first Junior Girl’s volleyball tournament of the season last week at Mount Sentinel High School.The Thunder won 12 of 13 games to start off the net 2015 West Kootenay Junior Girl’s Volleyball season with a bang.Trafalgar continues the season with West Kootenay playoffs set for next month.