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AG Barr: Apple Not Helping Feds Unlock iPhones in Florida Terror Incident

first_imgAttorney General William Barr says Apple isn’t helping the feds unlock two iPhones used by the Saudi military officer who killed three people at a Florida Navy base last month. He calls the shooting an act of terrorism.Barr has called on Apple to help the FBI with accessing phones in acts of terror. The call comes in the wake of the deadly shooting rampage by the Saudi Airman who opened fire on the Pensacola Air Base last month. Apple rejects the characterization it has not provided substantive assistance in the Pensacola investigation.The Saudi national in training at the base killed three and injured eight others before American forces shot and killed him.The shooter actually fired a round through one of the phones to disable it. Investigators were able to get both phones up in running but haven’t been able to crack the encrypted passwords. But Apple says it started working with investigators round-the-clock within hours of the shooting December 6th and didn’t know the FBI needed more help until January 6th.Barr says it is imperative that the FBI finds out with whom and about what the terror suspect was communicating.The issue is similar to what happened after a 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, when a locked iPhone belonging to one of the shooters sparked a debate over privacy versus the needs of law enforcement.last_img read more

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Bucksport win with one run

first_img Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Bio Catcher Dakota Chipman of the GSA Eagles reaches to tag Josh Gray of the Bucksport Golden Bucks in Bucksport’s 1-0 win over the Eagles in Blue Hill. Gray was called safe on his headfirst slide, which came in the top of the seventh.Josh Gray singled, raced to third on an infield out and scored on a wild pitch to lift the Golden Bucks to a 1-0 win over the GSA Eagles on Wednesday, May 7, in Blue Hill.The game was a classic pitchers’ duel between righthanders Carter DeRedin of Bucksport and Kelsey Allen of GSA.DeRedin had the edge, allowing just two hits — a pair of singles by Garrison Looke — while striking out five batters and walking just one.Allen scattered six hits and pitched his way out of a couple of jams.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBucksport left two runners aboard in the second inning and again in the sixth, but Allen and the Eagles held the Golden Bucks scoreless until the top of the seventh.With one out, the speedy Gray singled and then went all the way to third as GSA third baseman Looke fielded Asher Bowden’s grounder and threw him out at first.With Cyr at the plate, Allen threw a pitch in the dirt that rolled a few feet away from catcher Dakota Chipman.Chipman quickly retrieved the ball and made a diving attempt to get Gray on his headfirst slide at the plate, but the tag was too late.That proved to be the only run the Golden Bucks needed as DeRedin retired the Eagles in order in the bottom of the inning.Gray had a pair of singles for Bucksport.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Latest Posts GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017center_img Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.comlast_img read more

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The Latest: Start of women’s soccer in Belarus delayed

first_imgSpeedway Motorsports owns the Atlanta, Bristol, Charlotte, Kentucky, Las Vegas, New Hampshire, Sonoma and Texas tracks. The coronavirus pandemic caused NASCAR to suspend the season just four events into a 36-race schedule. To date, Speedway Motorsports has had its races at Atlanta, Texas and Bristol postponed.Tracks receive a significant financial payout from NASCAR’s television contract, but that revenue has stopped without racing.Both NASCAR and Speedway Motorsports are hoping to restart the season May 24 with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. ___Novak Djokovic has been praised by the director general of the local health authority in Bergamo for his donation to help control the coronavirus outbreak in Italy. The women’s league was due to start its 2020 season on Thursday, but the Belarus soccer federation says it is now “suspended until further notice.”The federation says “several” players had contact with “possible carriers” of the coronavirus.Belarus is the only country in Europe still playing professional men’s soccer games with spectators in the stands. However, attendance has plummeted in recent weeks as many fans chose to stay away.Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has opposed strict lockdown measures and even played in an ice hockey game in front of spectators last month.___ April 15, 2020 Peter Assembergs says “we never expected to see on our bank account a donation from such a prestigious person.”Assembergs says “reading among the donators the name of the best tennis player in the world … made me emotional.”The money will be used to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment.Djokovic, his wife and their foundation recently donated 1 million euros (about $1.1 million) to help hospitals in Serbia.___ This year’s Tour de France will start on Aug. 29 and finish on Sept. 20 and will be followed by cycling’s two other major races.The International Cycling Union announced the new dates after consulting with race organizer Amaury Sport Organisation. The Tour could not start as scheduled on June 27 because of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.The UCI also says the world championships will go ahead as planned from Sept. 20-27 and will be followed by the Giro d’Italia and the Spanish Vuelta. No official dates were given for those two major races.The UCI says prestigious one-day road classics such as Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège will be maintained at dates still to be defined.___ The Olympic Channel will begin weekly streaming of the U.S. basketball team’s victories in the 1992 Olympics, when Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird headlined the team.The 1992 Olympics were the first that featured NBA players, and the Americans stormed to the gold medal. They won by an average of 44 points per game and were credited with jump-starting basketball’s global growth. The team was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.Full game replays will stream at Olympicchannel.com and its apps for mobile, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and the Roku platform. First up is the Americans’ victory over Angola on Thursday night at 7 p.m. EDT.___Italian soccer will likely resume with the Serie A before the two lower divisions. ___The Chicago Blackhawks have canceled their fan convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The annual event was scheduled for July 24-26 at the Hilton Chicago. It gives fans autograph opportunities as well as an audience with management, coaches and players. The team says refunds for convention passes and hotel rooms will be processed automatically.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The start of the new women’s soccer season in Belarus has been delayed by fears that players have been exposed to the new coronavirus.center_img The Italian soccer federation met with its medical commission and says it could consider a staggered start “with priority to Serie A.”The medical commission has also recommended that when clubs resume training they do so in training camps with limited access and with strict screening protocols.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “we are working without rushing, but without stopping so we will be ready when the relevant institutions give us the go-ahead.”___Speedway Motorsports, owner and operator of eight tracks that host NASCAR’s top Cup Series, has laid off 180 employees and furloughed 100 as part of a company restructuring during the sports shutdown. Major League Eating is launching a bracket-style elimination tournament starting Friday that will air on MLE’s YouTube channel.Among the eight contestants are Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo, the top-ranked men’s and women’s eaters in the world. They’ll face off via video from their homes in four first-to-finish rounds.In the qualifying round, contestants will need to consume two pounds of sliced bologna. The quarterfinals require one family pack of Oreo cookies and a half-gallon of milk, the semifinals involve 10 pounds of baked beans, and the finals will be 10 individual ramen noodle cups.The winner earns $5,000.MLE and event sponsor BetOnline will donate $10,000 to Feeding America, which has a COVID-19 response fund. Parma has become the second club in Italy’s top soccer division to announce cost-cutting measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.The club says its first-team players, coaching staff and the sporting director have unanimously agreed to take a salary cut amounting to a month’s wages.Juventus players and coach Maurizio Sarri agreed in March to forgo four months worth of salary.___With no NBA games to watch during the sports shutdown, the Dream Team’s historic romp through Barcelona will be rebroadcast in its entirety. The Latest: Start of women’s soccer in Belarus delayed Associated Press More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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STAFF : Field hockey splits pair of road games against ranked teams

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 5, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Syracuse jumped out to a two-goal halftime lead at North Carolina on Friday, but it all fell apart in the second half. The No. 5 Orange allowed three goals in the final 20:24 to the No. 2 Tar Heels, eventually falling 3-2 on the road.North Carolina (3-0, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) outshot Syracuse (2-1, 0-0 Big East) 22-3 and took 12 penalty corners compared to just two for the Orange.SU senior forward Heather Susek and senior midfielder Liz McInerney both beat UNC goalkeeper Caitlin Powers in the first half. However, the Orange was unable to beat Powers’ second-half replacement in goal, Sassi Ammer.Abby Free put North Carolina on the board in the 50th minute, scoring off a rebound on a penalty corner. Kelsey Kolojejchick accounted for UNC’s second and third goals, scoring in the 61st and 63rd minutes. Both goals came off rebounds.Syracuse junior goalkeeper Leann Stiver recorded a career-high 14 saves.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Saturday, the Orange bounced back with a 4-1 victory over No. 11 Wake Forest. But early in the game, it appeared SU could be leaving Chapel Hill, N.C., with two losses.Rae Lizzie put the Demon Deacons (1-3, 0-0 ACC) on the board first, scoring on a penalty corner in the eighth minute.But Syracuse junior forward Kelsey Millman answered later with her first of two goals.Junior midfielder Haley Bomboy tipped the ball in from the left side in the 31st minute to give the Orange a lead it would not relinquish.Susek and Millman each netted goals late in the second half to finish off the scoring for Syracuse.SU has another doubleheader this weekend as it takes on No. 6 Ohio State (2-3, 0-0 Big Ten) on Friday at 2 p.m. and No. 12 Old Dominion (4-0, 0-0 Colonial Athletic Association) on Saturday at 2 p.m. Both games will be played at Buckeye Varsity Field on the OSU campus.VolleyballSyracuse lost for the first time this season to Utah State 3-1 on Friday at the Utah State Tournament. The Orange bounced back with a sweep over Texas State and a 3-1 victory over Idaho State later Saturday.SU (5-2, 0-0 Big East) then concluded the weekend with a 3-2 loss to Utah Valley on Monday. The Orange blew a two-set lead in the match.Outside hitter Noemie Lefebvre became the 11th member of the 1,000-dig club on Friday. She tied for the team lead with seven kills against Texas State before matching her season high with 16 against Idaho State.Lefebvre was joined by fellow senior Ashley Williams on the all-tournament team. The defensive specialist led the team in digs in each of the tournament’s three games, highlighted by a 28-dig performance against Utah State.Junior Samantha Hinz contributed six kills in the sweep over Texas State and 11 blocks against Idaho State. Senior Laura Homann tallied a season-high 50 assists against Utah Valley to bring her total to 271 on the season.Syracuse returns to New York for the Long Island University Tournament in Brookeville, N.Y., this weekend. SU will face tournament host Long Island on Friday before a Saturday doubleheader with Temple and Lehigh.Women’s SoccerDespite controlling possession for much of its game at Rhode Island, Syracuse lost to the Rams 2-1 on Sunday. The Orange outshot Rhode Island 12-6 in the game but couldn’t capitalize on its opportunities.SU (1-2-1) cut a two-goal Rams (3-0-1) lead to one on sophomore defender Cecelia Borgstrom’s first career goal at the end of the first half. The goal came 13 seconds after Rhode Island went up 2-0 on a header by Stephanie Santos. Both Rams goals came off free kicks.The Orange failed to score on five shots in the second half of the loss. The team has lost both games this season by a single goal.Sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Anghel saved four shots in goal for SU.The Orange travels to Fairfield, Conn., to play in the Fairfield University 20th Anniversary Invitational this weekend. SU faces Fairfield on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Central Connecticut Sunday at noon.Cross CountryThe Syracuse men’s and women’s cross country teams kicked off the regular season in style on Saturday, winning both the men’s 6,000-meter race and the women’s 4,200-meter race at the Harry Lang Invitational in Hamilton, N.Y.Top runners for the Orange didn’t compete, making it possible for younger team members to gain some experience.For the men’s 6K race, freshman Jon Squeri finished second overall, clocking a time of 20:54. Sophomore Joseph Bubniak finished close behind with a time of 21:13. David Wilson (21:18), Matthew Bennett (21:32), Jonathan Aziz (21:42) and Andrew Nelson (21:44) also contributed to the team’s performance, finishing fourth through seventh, respectively.Rebekah MacKay placed the highest for the women’s team with a time of 16:11, earning second place. Also running for the Orange women were Alexandra Clinton (16:30), Carly Hamond (16:35), Brenna Symoniak (16:52), Erin Cawley (16:55) and Katie Weisenburger (16:59), finishing third through seventh for SU, respectively.The Harry Lang Invitational was the first of two meets held by Colgate University. The Orange harriers will be back in Hamilton for the Colgate Invitational on Sept. 17.last_img read more

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Students discuss homophobia among Latinos

first_imgA group of LGBTQ Latinx student panelists spoke about the differences between racism and colorism, and addressed the oppressive experiences those with intersectional identities face. (Hyeonmi Shin | Daily Trojan)The USC LGBT Resource Center and El Centro Chicano joined forces Wednesday evening to host a discussion on homophobia in the Latinx community. The event featured five LGBTQ Latinx student panelists who spoke about their personal experiences. Around 25 students listened to them discuss topics including deciding when to come out, stereotypes toward Latinos who identify as LGBTQ and the different experiences within the community based on skin color. “I think USC has a responsibility to take care of its students and by having these conversations. You’re attempting to improve the well-being of these students who are arguably the most vulnerable,” said Eve Cantu, a senior majoring in business administration who attended the event. Following the panel, attendees asked questions and shared their own stories. “I grew up in a very Asian majority community, so you never really talked about these things growing up,” said Kristina Chern, a junior majoring in accounting. “It wasn’t really until I got to college that I learned more about the LGBTQ community and panels like these are a really good open space to get a good listen about the topic.” The discussion also focused on how much of the homophobia and stigmatization of LGBTQ individuals in their community derives from the cultural concept of “machismo” or the sense of being “manly.”Panelist Alexia Sambrano, a freshman majoring in neuroscience and cognitive science, helped ideate and plan the event.This semester, all cultural assemblies on campus hosted training sessions for their student staff and encouraged them to think about programs they wanted to execute. Sambrano works at El Centro Chicano as a special projects assistant and volunteers at the LGBT Resource Center, where she saw a lack of intersectional resources and realized the need for a program to address this.“One thing I struggled with in high school was coming to terms with it and actually acknowledging that I’m bisexual and learning how to adjust within my community, culturally and in the environment I was in,” Sambrano said. “Having a conversation about this and just sitting and listening can help you tremendously even if you don’t ask any questions — just learning from the experiences can help mold your identity which is what I really wish I would have had.”Sambrano created the event  to in shed light on homophobia within the Latinx community and provide students a safe space to discuss the intersection of sexuality and racial identity. She said Latinx communities have a tendency to sweep such topics under the rug.“Instead of [having] best of both worlds, it’s like being oppressed from both sides,”  Sambrano said. In addition to shining a spotlight on intersectionality, the event also intended to educate both LGBTQ students and allies, foster a dialogue and further explore cultural and religious causes of homophobia.“I’m sure that this event will allow for a lot of things to happen,” said William Vela, director of El Centro Chicano. “But obviously more communication, more dialogue and hopefully more Latinx students who identify as LGBTQ feeling included and other students being more aware of our community’s needs.”last_img read more

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Badgers ready for final regular season home series against Minnesota-Duluth

first_imgIn its last home series of the regular season, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team is set to take on Minnesota-Duluth this weekend, with both teams looking to get a leg up in the race for a playoff spot.Sitting in third place in the WCHA, the No. 8 Badgers (17-9-2, 13-9-2 WCHA) are just two points out of second place behind North Dakota (45 points). Facing off against them is a Bulldog team (14-11-3, 13-10-1 WCHA) that trails UW by three points in the league standings.While No. 1 Minnesota has run away with the regular season WCHA title, home-ice advantage is still very much up for grabs for the conference tournament, and every win will help either team reach the NCAA tournament come March.“The nice thing about it, we have control over where we want to go. If you’re successful the next couple of weekends, get yourself in the playoffs, you’re playing well you’re healthy, the opportunities are out there,” head coach Mark Johnson said at his Monday press conference. “As a coach and as a team, that’s all you can ask for.”Last time on the ice, the Badgers trounced St. Cloud State on the road with 6-0 and 5-1 wins last weekend. Wisconsin found success on its power play throughout the series, putting away four goals – three of which came in game two – with the man-advantage.After losing three of its previous four game heading into last week, UW needed to get back to the basics, and for Johnson the weekend was important for establishing a base for a playoff run.“Coming off what I thought was six very good periods up in St. Cloud. I like the way we played. A lot of good things happened within both Friday and Saturday’s game,” Johnson said Monday. “It bodes well because at this time of the year is when you want to be playing your best hockey. We’re going down that path right now.”However Minnesota-Duluth will be no easy opponent to take down. The Bulldogs find themselves in need of a boost after splitting a series with Minnesota State-Mankato last weekend at home, and being swept by Minnesota the weekend before.Historically Wisconsin holds a 26-29-10 all-time record against the Bulldogs. Back in mid-October the Bulldogs swept UW and held the Badgers scoreless through both games. However in four months both teams have evolved and with the programs so close in standings, fans will likely see two hard-fought games this weekend.Emotions will also run high, as the upcoming series marks the last regular season home games Wisconsin’s five senior players will face off in. Forwards Brianna Decker, Alev Kelter and Lauren Unser, along with defensemen Saige Pacholok and Jordan Brickner will be honored at Sunday’s game. For Johnson it is hard to imagine their four years are almost up.“You look at your senior class and you can remember when they first stepped on campus as freshman and their parents hugged them and letting them go. … That’s certainly an emotional day,” Johnson said Monday. “And you will see the same thing Sunday, when those families come back into town and they watch their daughters step on the ice and play their last regular season games. You think wow, where did those four years go”?The team will face off Saturday night at 7 p.m. at LaBahn Arena and return to the ice Sunday at 4 p.m. for game two of the series.last_img read more

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Men’s hockey: Badger seek late season momentum to raise Big Ten tournament ranking

first_imgWith only four games remaining, the University of Wisconsin Men’s hockey team’s (10-15-5, 6-9-5 Big Ten) 2018-19 regular season is nearing an end and preparation for the Big Ten postseason tournament is already underway.The Badger’s season started out strong, going 8-7-3 overall and 4-3-3 against other Big Ten teams before their winter intersession. Much of their strong start was due to offensive success, as the team scored three or more goals in nine of nineteen contests, and five or more goals in five of them. Since that point, however, the team has struggled to gain ground in the standings and struggled to continue that offensive efficiency from the first half of the season. After winter intermission, Wisconsin is 2-8-2 overall and 2-6-2 against other Big Ten opponents. This challenging stretch experienced by the team can be credited both to playing high-caliber Big Ten opponents and to struggles on both ends of the ice. Since their break from Dec. 8 to Jan. 4, goalkeepers Jack Berry and Daniel Lebedeff have allowed four goals per game, significantly greater than their season average of 3.3, and the Badger offense has scored only 2.4 goals per game, an average that has dropped through the season.As a result, after spending most of the season in striking distance of the conference lead, the Badgers now sit at seventh in the Big Ten standings with 25 points, 16 points behind conference leader Ohio State. If the season ended today, the Badgers would play their opening round of the tournament at Minnesota, and would then travel to Ohio State if they were to overcome the Golden Gophers. Men’s hockey: Wisconsin seeks upset, revenge on road against No. 15 Notre DameComing off of a tough weekend series against Ohio State, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (9-14-5, 5-8-5 Big Read…The bad news is the Badgers are 2-6-0 against Minnesota — second-ranked in the conference — and nationally ranked No. 2 Ohio State this season.But despite their current position, the Badgers still have a chance to rise in the standings and avoid some of the top-ranked Big Ten teams early in the tournament. With their two final series coming against other Big Ten opponents, Head Coach Tony Granato’s team has a chance to control their own destiny, and possibly rise into a home playoff game to begin the tournament.One thing that Badger fans have come to know and love about Wisconsin athletics is, come post-season tournament time, rankings don’t seem to mean a lot. Wisconsin will have a fight and that’s all they need.The first of the two final series for Wisconsin will have the Badgers to traveling to No. 17 Penn State. The Badgers went 1-0-1 earlier this season when the Nittany Lions visited the Kohl Center. Penn State is 7-7-1 since their first series with the Badgers.To finish out the regular season, the Badgers will host Michigan on March 1 and 2, and look to finish off their regular season on a high note. The Badgers tied both of their previous games against the Wolverines. Michigan is 6-7-4 since playing the Badgers in late November.Now, how would Wisconsin be able to rise in the standings and avoid playing Minnesota and Ohio State to start the tournament?The first thing Wisconsin will need to do is win at least three of their remaining four games. With each win being worth three points in the conference standings, and all of their remaining four games against teams ahead of them in the standings, finishing with at least three wins is crucial. Second, they would need Michigan, Notre Dame and Michigan State to struggle and drop a few games to their upcoming opponents in each team’s four remaining contests. The Badgers currently sit six places behind Notre Dame, five behind Michigan, four behind Penn State and two behind Michigan State. Luckily for the Badgers, both Michigan and Michigan State still have two games remaining against Ohio State, a team who has dominated the conference, and has done everything in the Big Ten but clinched the No. 1 seed in the tournament.Assessing Ethan Happ’s draft stock as his UW career nears its endThere’s a saying that you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. A prime example of this in action Read…If the Badgers are able to perform well against Michigan and Penn State during the next two weekends, along with the possibility that Notre Dame and Michigan State will struggle down the stretch, it’s plausible that the Badgers can jump into the No. 3 or No. 4 seed going into the postseason tournament. Having the No. 3 or No. 4 seed would be incredibly different than going into the tournament in last place. A middle seed, such as three or four, could allow the Badgers to open the tournament at home, and avoid playing top-ranked teams until later in the tournament. All games will be challenging for Wisconsin so the opportunity to avoid some of the top-ranked teams could allow the Badgers to advance farther into the tournament and build momentum for when they do have to face some tougher Big Ten teams.While these scenarios require a lot of uncertainties, it is not out of the question for Wisconsin to avoid Minnesota and Ohio State to start the tournament. This would mean a lot for Granato’s team, as they are 6-9-5 in the Big Ten overall but 4-3-5 against other teams in the Big Ten besides Minnesota or Ohio State.For all of this to happen, Granato will look upon team-leaders in goals scored — Sean Dhooghe, Will Johnson, Wyatt Kalynuk and Seamus Malone — to continue their goal-scoring ways and find the same fire that allowed them to light up the net in the first half of the season. Wisconsin will also need goalies Lebedeff and Berry to block pucks as if they were a brick wall in front of the net.This season, the Badgers rank 47th nationally in goals-allowed-per-game at 3.30 and rank 29th in goals per game at 2.87. For them to overcome the odds, rise in the standings and have a successful postseason tournament, they will need to play better on both sides of the puck.The final stretch begins for Wisconsin when they visit Penn State on Friday at 5:30 p.m. CST and Saturday at 6 p.m. CST. Friday’s bout will be available on the Big Ten Network and both games will be available via radio broadcast.last_img read more

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Syracuse receives 1st round bye in NCAA Tournament

first_imgTen minutes before the NCAA Tournament selection show aired, Hugo Delhommelle strolled into the air-conditioned film room in the back of the Manley Field House facility in a block Syracuse zipped sweatshirt, gazed around the empty room and stopped.“Where is everyone?” Delhommelle asked to the SU Athletics employees that manned the desktop computer where the video was streamed.“You’re the first one,” they replied.SU players followed all adorned with smiles and some held pre-practice fruit and chocolate milk. SU’s points leader Tajon Buchanan munched apple slices as SU head coach Ian McIntyre walked down the line of SU players in the third row from the screen and shook each players’ hand. He joked with Ryan Raposo and poked fun at his jeans, noting that his daughter was “concerned” when he saw him wearing the same pair a few nights earlier. Moments before the Orange learned its fate, everything was relaxed.Syracuse (7-6-4, 1-4-3 Atlantic Coast) qualified for the NCAA Tournament and received a first-round bye. The Orange will play 2 p.m. Sunday — much to the surprise of SU players and coaches — against the winner of Akron and Rider’s first-round game Thursday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments “Very surprised that we showed up so fast, but honored and humbled,” SU senior goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert said. “But at the same time, this team is too good to be satisfied already. There is a lot of potential left in us.”Coming into the selection, Syracuse was unsure of its status. There were questions of seeding. Would they be home or away? McIntyre wondered how heavily the committee would weigh the Orange’s schedule, which Delhommelle said is “one of the toughest in the country.”The Orange came into 2018 following a season where it won no ACC games. With a 2-1 record going into its first ACC matchup with then-No. 12 Notre Dame, the Orange dropped its first ACC game of the season — the first loss of a 1-3-1 stretch for Syracuse.Across the next four games, Syracuse handled Cornell on the road but went winless in its next three matchups. A physical Virginia team kept the Orange off the conference scorecard another day and Syracuse failed to execute in a 1-1 tie to inferior Colgate. The script of the season felt all too familiar for Delhommelle, who came to the Orange last season as a transfer from Lander.Delhommelle said Syracuse was good in 2017, but in the moments that counted, the team succumbed to its own youth and inexperience. Playing in the ACC is “brutal,” McIntyre said. Nine Atlantic Coast teams qualified for the tournament, the most of any conference.“It’s grueling,” McIntyre said, “but it will prepare us for the challenges ahead.”Prior to the selection, Delhommelle said SU laid out the possibilities. Brooklyn, Rider and Colgate were all teams that could have been their potential matchup. When Akron and Rider popped on the board, much of the SU players, coaches and officials in the room slumped their backs slightly. The Orange had just come off a loss to Virginia Tech in the first round of the ACC Tournament, the end of a four-game winless skid for SU.Ally Walsh | Staff PhotographerIn a road matchup with Virginia Tech earlier in the season, Syracuse played the Hokies to two overtimes. With less than two minutes remaining in the game, the Hokies’ Nico Quashie scored a goal from point-blank range. After that, Syracuse looked to make a change.“We just decided we were done with this losing sh*t,” SU senior Jonathan Hagman said on Oct. 29.Syracuse ripped off three-straight wins. It went to Akron and dominated. It came back to play the No. 1 Demon Deacons at SU Soccer stadium and, again, dominated. A three-goal shutout win over Ohio State and two quick first-half goals against then-No. 22 Louisville cemented the Orange as a force within the ACC. In its buffer game between three-straight conference games to end the season, the Orange poured in seven goals on the Bonnies in another shutout win. Despite a winless stretch to end the season, Syracuse remained steady in the rating percentage index— they finished the year ranked 18th.Ally Walsh | Staff PhotographerSU players and coaches stopped short of thinking ahead at a potential matchup with Akron, where the Orange started its streak earlier in the season. The Orange would focus on its practice schedule ahead, starting Tuesday, when two large white vans arrive at Manley at 2:30 p.m. to bring the Orange to Skytop Field to start its preparation for whoever their opponent may be. Hilpert said the possibility of a rematch with Akron was “ironic,” and it can only give the Orange confidence. McIntyre hadn’t even thought of it.Many on SU joked back and forth prior to the start of the show, Syracuse players remained confident. They weren’t sure a bye was in their future. Hilpert said they really didn’t talk about it. But they knew they were in. Less than a minute after the first part of the bracket graced the screen in the film room, SU players erupted in cheers.A silence overtook the room as the rest of the bracket continued and McIntyre slapped his hands on the table out in front of him, rising slowly from his chair.“Alright, we’re done,” he joked. “Let’s go.”“Thanks for coming.” Published on November 12, 2018 at 1:06 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more

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Emerman: Offering support to graduating spring athletes is the right move

first_img Published on April 23, 2020 at 8:39 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ As long as they’re in good academic standing, any graduating Syracuse athlete whose spring season was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic will have a chance to return with an extra year of eligibility. The NCAA made eligibility “appropriate” for all graduating spring athletes on March 30, but pushed the responsibility of actually offering it to individual schools. It’s the college sports equivalent of federalism, of the president allowing each state to decide when to initiate stay-at-home orders and when to reopen nonessential businesses.Syracuse didn’t have to do this. It absolutely would’ve been easier to take the Wisconsin route and say ‘thanks for your service, good luck in the real world’ to graduating seniors. It certainly would’ve saved SU a penny.“People can quarrel with the decision you make, there’s very few pure right or pure wrong decisions in a time like this, but I just thought it was the right thing to do,” Syracuse University Director of Athletics John Wildhack told reporters on a conference call Thursday morning.And it is. Offering to “support any senior from spring sports whose season was cut short and who wish to return” is a generous, thoughtful decision. It’s not an easy choice, but it’s one that puts Syracuse’s athletes first. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“For us, the first thing that we’ve done is to really focus on our student-athletes,” Wildhack said. “Because that’s our mission statement, that’s what we’re here for: to provide them the best experience both academically and athletically as we can. That’s been our No. 1 objective.” The choice proves that Wildhack was genuine when he said, after the NCAA canceled the remainder of spring sports, that he empathized with athletes and coaches whose seasons ended abruptly.Of course he felt for those athletes. How could he not? Their seasons, many of which were more promising than ever, ended in a gutting, heartless way. A pandemic threatened to terminate their college careers and some of the highlights of their lives.All-American attack Emily Hawryschuk’s returning for a fifth year. Ace Alexa Romero’s coming back, too. So are decorated lacrosse goalies Drake Porter and Asa Goldstock. Men’s lacrosse defender Nick Mellen won’t, but that’s OK. At least he had the option.Not all schools have the financial luxury to offer relief to so many athletes. Syracuse, which generated a school record $99.8 million in revenue in 2018-19, does. More schools will join Cincinnati in cutting sports and more schools like Wisconsin — which brought in $152 million in revenue in 2017-18 — will inevitably decline to offer graduating seniors relief.But at SU, 28 graduating spring athletes are returning, at least one from each spring sport, Wildhack said. He did not confirm whether they’ll be back on the same scholarship they previously had, but said “we’re trying to make things comparable for everybody to the best of our ability.”  Many challenging financial decisions still loom. Colleges and conferences across the country are reportedly considering just about everything, from cutting entire programs to shortening seasons of non-revenue Olympic sports. Because of the lost NCAA Tournament, the NCAA’s 2020 revenue distribution will be $225 million, less than half the expected $600 million. That’s a big hit to everyone, even powerhouses like Syracuse. Wildhack said the athletic department’s had no discussions about eliminating sports. But, he also said several times in his 40-minute press conference that so much is unknown. A lot can change in a world of facemasks and Zoom happy hours. Hopefully Syracuse can alleviate the financial stress without cutting programs, instead working at the margins. On Monday, the university announced several high-earning employees, including Wildhack, Jim Boeheim, Dino Babers and John Desko, will take 10% pay cuts in the 2021 fiscal year to support students, faculty and staff particularly affected by COVID-19. That may not even make a dent in Syracuse’s lost revenue, but it’s a start. “You’ve got to build a variety of budget contingencies,” Wildhack said. Perhaps some luxurious amenities for athletes will have to go. Maybe teams will have to ride the bus to away games instead of chartered flights. Some athletics administrative workers may get furloughed or laid off, unfortunately. Cutting a sport entirely, though, would be devastating. It would be dream-deferring. No solution is perfect. But we’re living in a far from perfect time. Accommodating graduating spring athletes who want another crack at their season is a serious gesture for SU, a moral success in the first major test of handling COVID-19’s impact on college sports. Danny Emerman is the sports editor for The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at dremera@syr.edu or @DannyEmerman. Commentslast_img read more