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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 11, 2012 at 12:46 am Contact Jacob: Silvi Uattara is starting to adjust.Coming to Syracuse from Russia, Uattara endured a huge culture shock. But after working with her teammates, Uattara said she’s become more comfortable on the court.“The first game, I was very nervous,” Uattara said. “After some time, I know the girls better.”Uattara shined in Syracuse’s (5-5) five-set upset over No. 18 Iowa State last weekend. The freshman outside hitter posted a game-high 25 kills in the back-and-forth victory. Uattara has led the Orange in kills in three of the team’s last four games.Uattara attended Sports School 65, a high school in which the athletic programs are funded by the state. The schools offer a similar experience to American high schools, but they put more focus on athletics, SU head coach Leonid Yelin said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt Syracuse, Uattara had to overcome a language barrier and cultural differences in addition to meshing with her teammates on the court.“She came to a different world, a different game, a different school,” Yelin said. “She has begun to adjust well in a short time.”Those adjustments were an integral part of the team’s success this past weekend. The Orange had lost five straight games before winning two straight, including the win over the ranked Cyclones.Yelin praised the quality of his team’s character for its performance.He said the players began playing better as a team because they became more comfortable with one another. And Uattara’s role in the system was a large part of the Orange’s success.SU outside hitter Nicolette Serratore, a sophomore, has aided Uattara’s transition to SU.Serratore is a team leader who has helped Uattara learn her position. She knows the team and the game, and her communication with the freshman has made a difference through 10 games this year.“We’re all just trying to do what we can to help out,” Serratore said. “Everything’s been going really smoothly, really well.”The ease of the transition helped Uattara to her dominating weekend. Yelin said she’ll have to adjust even more if she wants to continue her hot streak.But, he doesn’t think that will be an issue with her teammates’ support on the floor.“They’re all great people,” Yelin said. “They can be better players, but I know they’re great people.” Commentslast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK – Malachi Richardson started receiving pats on the back, leaning back in his chair and breathing a sigh of relief even before his name was announced. He knew he was going to be taken. When commissioner Adam Silver called Richardson to the stage with the 22nd pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, he didn’t react nearly as triumphantly as some of the players who came off the board before.“Just excited to be drafted,” he said shortly after being taken, in a hush tone as tears seemed to dry from his eyes at the podium. “Whirlwind of emotions.”For Richardson, who was projected to be drafted earlier than he was, the wait of almost three hours was tedious. He sat at his table in the Green Room, flanked by his mom and dad as well as several other family members. For some of the picks before him, he stared into the stands as players who were projected to go much later walked past him and up to the stage. When his friend Wade Baldwin IV was picked 17th, the spot Richardson was reportedly promised to be taken by the Memphis Grizzlies, he and his family clapped lightly.But with the 22nd overall pick, the Sacramento Kings, via the Charlotte Hornets, helped Richardson validate his decision to leave school after one year.“It just feels like an animal being lifted off my back,” he said. “Just waiting and waiting to hear your name called is sort of crazy.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRichardson was picked by a team he didn’t work out for in Sacramento, but he said he spent time with Kings star center DeMarcus Cousins when he was training in Las Vegas. He wore a Hornets hat at his press conference but will instead head to a team that didn’t make the playoffs. The Kings have several young pieces in Cousins, Ben McLemore and Kentucky big man Skal Labissiere.On Wednesday, Richardson said he just didn’t want to be the last person sitting in the Green Room. Nineteen prospects were invited to sit in the area, on the floor at the Barclays Center, and Richardson was the fourth-to-last remaining.It wasn’t what the 20-year-old expected, but it was validating.“There was a lot of guys sitting in the Green Room that everyone thought would be picked earlier and there were a lot of people picked that no one really thought about,” Richardson said. “It was definitely tough sitting and waiting, but it was definitely worth it.” Comments Published on June 23, 2016 at 11:13 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgMeanwhile Newcastle have brought in seven new players, but manager Rafa Benitez has admitted he wished that was even more.Then at 4pm Manchester United begin a campaign which they hope ends in their first league title of the post-Alex Ferguson era.They welcome West Ham United to Old Trafford, who’ve been busy in the transfer window.Among their new signings is former Man United striker Javier Hernandez.That game kicks off at 4pm.In yesterday’s games Burnley shocked the league with a 3-2 win away to nine-men Chelsea.Newly promoted Huddersfield began their first season in the Premier League in style with a 3-nil win away to Crystal Palace.Wayne Rooney scored the only goal of the game to give Everton victory at home to Stoke.West Brom defeated Bournemouth by the same scoreline, while Southampton and Swansea finished scoreless.The lunchtime game between Watford and Liverpool ended in a 3-all classic. Four more sides get their Premier League campaigns underway this afternoon.First up at 1.30 Newcastle United mark their return to top flight football as they play host to Tottenham Hotspur.It’s been a problematic summer for Spurs, as they’ve failed to purchase any players despite the loss of Kyle Walker to Manchester City.last_img read more

first_imgMultiple sources confirmed a report Sunday that Seager was scheduled to be promoted to Double-A Chattanooga after the game. The Dodgers haven’t made an official announcement, though Seager’s name had been removed from Single-A Rancho Cucamonga’s online roster by Sunday afternoon. He wasn’t on Chattanooga’s roster yet, either.Seager, 20, is ranked among the top 30 prospects in baseball by Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus and He batted .352 with 18 home runs, 70 RBIs and a California League-leading .633 slugging percentage with Rancho Cucamonga.The Futures Game is showcase game for the top-rated minor-league prospects. The Home Run Derby will be played in Minneapolis today and the All-Star game will be played there Tuesday.Figgins to rehabChone Figgins, on the disabled list since June 14 with a left hip flexor strain, said he will begin a minor-league rehabilitation stint Thursday with Triple-A Albuquerque. He’s not sure how long he’ll need after missing 28 games leading into the all-star break. Dodgers prospects Corey Seager and Julio Urias left an impression at the annual Futures Game at Minneapolis’ Target Field on Sunday. At least one of them won’t be in Single-A much longer. The 17-year-old Urias became the youngest player to appear in the Futures Game when he pitched the fifth inning for the World team. Urias pitched a scoreless inning, throwing 14 pitches and striking out one batter. His fastball was clocked as fast as 95 mph, according to MLB’s official speed-tracking software.Seager lined out to end the first inning, and was hit by a pitch in his back but remained in the game, in his only two plate appearances. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “It’ll be the same as when I went down and played there the first time,” Figgins said, referring to when he was optioned to Triple-A in late April. “They’ll move me around (the field). Hopefully I can get a lot of work in.”Friday, Figgins reported a grabbing sensation in the area of his left hip when he attempted to steal a base in drills, but he said that was the only lingering symptom of the original injury. (The team originally called Figgins’ injury a left quad strain, but Figgins said it was a hip flexor.) Now he believes the sensation was a byproduct of a lack of physical activity.“I think it’s going to continue to get stronger,” he said.Figgins said he will work out at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday under the guidance of team trainers.The Triple-A All-Star Game between the Pacific Coast League and the International League is Wednesday. The Isotopes begin an eight-game homestand the following day.The Dodgers hit the road after the all-star break, visiting St. Louis, Pittsburgh and San Francisco before returning home July 29. It’s probable that Figgins will rejoin the team by the end of the month.Figgins has a .217 batting average and a .373 on-base percentage in 38 games this season.Etc.Justin Turner was the designated hitter for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga Sunday in his first minor-league rehabilitation game since going on the disabled list June 29 with a left hamstring strain. He walked in his first two at-bats … Josh Beckett (left hip impingement) is tentatively scheduled to start July 22 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the first day he’s eligible to return from the disabled list. “He’s getting better,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “When’s he going to come off? We’re not 100 percent sure. But we’re hoping he can make that start the second day in Pittsburgh. We’ll have guys lined up in the minor leagues. We’re still sitting here with (Paul Maholm) capable of making that start. We’re prepared for it one way or another. It’s not a rush to make that decision.” … The Dodgers optioned reliever Pedro Baez to Triple-A Albuquerque. A corresponding roster move will be announced after the All-Star break. Baez pitched a scoreless inning Tuesday in Detroit in his only appearance since being recalled.last_img read more

first_img— Good grief, no one’s going to remember all of these do’s and (mostly) don’ts.— Some of the on-field social distancing measures, though well-intentioned, are going to be really challenging.MORE: Key points of Bryce Harper’s plan to save baseball in 2020Three examples from the AP’s report:Fielders are “encouraged to retreat several steps away from the baserunner” between pitches.First and third base coaches are not to approach baserunners or umpires(P)layers should not socialize with opponents.And now for some more rapid reactions:— First basemen are going to have to stay on the move as they shuttle between the bag and a few feet behind it when they’re holding runners. The middle infielders and third basemen won’t need to worry about this much.— It’s a decent bet that some first base coaches will forget to stay away. They unconsciously sidle up to baserunners after almost every pitch as they watch the third base coach give signs.— Old-school scolds might appreciate the return of the “No fraternizing” rule (hey, some levity can’t hurt).  Some of the voluminous hygiene guidelines may produce chuckles and maybe head shakes, but they mostly make sense. Among them: No spitting, finger-licking, high-fives, fist bumps or hugs; limit throwing the ball around the infield; dress at home or the hotel and come to the park ready to play; not too many people in the showers after a game.This reported guideline, though, was just confusing: “A ball will be thrown away after it is touched by multiple players.” That reads as though there will be a new ball for almost every pitch, when you consider pitches, foul balls, throws to bases and relays from the outfield. How many baseballs will be MLB need if that is indeed the case? MLB has put together 67-page first draft of social distancing and hygiene guidelines for team personnel to follow if there’s a 2020 season. The Associated Press got hold of the document and published some highlights Saturday.There were a lot of highlights. Two immediate reactions: MLB has asked teams to offer their input by May 22, the AP reported.”The document is designed to set minimum standards and identify best practices, but we have attempted to provide clubs with enough flexibility to achieve the desired health and safety objectives in a manner that is tailored to their particular circumstances, including ballpark configuration, location, and the nature of any local governmental regulations or restrictions,” deputy commissioner Dan Halem wrote in an accompanying e-mail to team owners and top executives.Expect lots of input, because there’s so much to review.last_img read more

first_imgDES MOINES — As state ag officials work to create the rules for industrial hemp production, Iowa farmers are weighing whether the crop would be a good fit in their operations.Christopher Disbro, founder of the Iowa Hemp Association, says he’s excited about the opportunity for the state’s farmers who he hopes can begin growing the crop during the 2020 planting season.“It’s an emerging market and it’s an expanding market but there is a market for it and it’s that potential for growth where we want our farmers getting involved,” Disbro says. “In the beginning stages, a lot of the markets focused on the pressed seed oil that goes into beauty products or food products. There’s a lot of people using existing infrastructure to do fiber and textiles.”Dispro says industrial hemp has a wide range of uses and it holds many opportunities for the state’s growers.“Long-term, it’s not just food and fiber, it’s fuel, it’s bioplastics,” Disbro says. “It’s got real potential to be a really strong third rotational crop for Iowa and for Midwest farmers.”Studies find the production of industrial hemp could grow nationally to be a $1.9 billion dollar market by 2022, well beyond just fabric, fuel and rope.“I love a lot of the hemp beauty products, specifically the shampoos and hand lotions, they really make great product,” Disbro says. “We should never have to cut down another tree for paper. I try to use as much hemp paper as I can. It’s got a nice feel to it. It’s a little thicker, a little more substantial.”Governor Kim Reynolds signed the bill into law earlier this month to legalize industrial hemp production. Iowa farmers won’t be able to legally grow hemp until the USDA approves the proposed regulatory plan being created by the Iowa Department of Agriculture.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook35Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Governor Jay InsleeGov. Jay Inslee issued guidance for partially resuming limited in-store retail and manufacturing operations for counties granted variance under the Safe Start Phase 2 recovery plan laid out last week.Through the Washington “Safe Start” plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in subsequent phases with adequate safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks — metrics and data will guide when the state can move from one phase to another.Through the Safe Start approach, counties with a population of less than 75,000 that have not had a new case of COVID-19 in the past three weeks can apply for a variance to move to Phase 2 of “Safe Start” before other parts of the state. County variance applications will be approved or denied by the secretary of the Department of Health. Eight counties have received the variance.For counties granted variance to move to Phase 2, in-store retail operations may resume with limitations, effective May 12. This builds on guidance that Inslee issued yesterday, and requires that any sit-down in-store food and beverage services must follow all Phase 2 restaurant requirements.Guidance documents:Memo: Partially Resuming Limited In-Store Retail OperationsPhase 2 Limited In-Store Retail Operations COVID-19 RequirementsInslee also released guidance today regarding additional manufacturing operations which may resume, effective May 12.Guidance documents:Memo: Resuming Additional Manufacturing OperationsPhase 2 Manufacturing Facility COVID-19 RequirementsFull list of guidance for all current businesses.last_img read more

first_imgIn Champions people He has turned to Atlético. The average attendance has exceeded 62,000 spectators, 91 percent occupancy. 250,000 people have attended the meetings of Champions this season. Against Liverpool the 99 percent occupancy (67,448 fans). You can never reach one hundred percent, since there are some armchairs that are not sold for security reasons. It was a historical match in many ways and also in this one. In The league the occupation is something minor, but it is also very high: en around 85 percent. The time of the match against Villarreal it’s not the best but there are barely 1,500 locations left for sale. Some subscribers have decided to give up their seat and there will be tickets of all prices. The club has overturned with this match and made a promotion for Valentine from two for one and sold more than a thousand tickets as well. In addition, some 2,000 unpaid members have decided to withdraw for this meeting the annual invitation that have.Before the Liverpool Many clubs were in the Wanda Metropolitano, because for many of them it was a big day. Before him Villarreal will come the usual rocks from Madrid and surroundings, but also some from outside the capital of Spain. The rocks of Almendralejo, Huete, Cala Ratjada (Mallorca), Fuente El Fresno and Jarandilla de la Vera have confirmed their presence.The win against Liverpool too it was noted and many fans bought places for the league match against Villarreal. There will be no typhus, as happened before Granada or Liverpool, but yes activities outside the stadium, something that has been common since Atlético plays in the Wanda Metropolitano. For many followers the atmosphere in the stadium revived the Calderón. Something similar happened in the new stadium against Arsenal and Juventus, but Tuesday was perhaps more special. Now it’s about the same spirit leading the team to the next Champions. And for that you have to win at Villarreal.If you want accompany Atleti in the mythical Anfield and enjoy the atmosphere of the Champions live here you can check the available tickets: Liverpool – Athletic. 11.03.2018 – 21.00center_img EI Athletic won to Liverpool last Tuesday and took an important pass in his aspiration to eliminate the English team. Europe witnessed the team strength to which many they left for dead. But nobody inside the club or the team already thinks about that game. All you look at them are put in the clash of this Sunday before him Villarreal (21:00), many less media, but very important, almost more than the Champions League. The great goal of the club is to be among the first four in the league league and the Villarreal He is a direct rival in the fight for these positions.In addition, on this day there is a Real Sociedad-Valencia and a Getafe-Seville, So if Atlético wins, it will have taken a great step to continue in the top four. The challenge is to make that environment that was lived in the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday I know live on sunday too. That the fans understand what is at stake and that they take the Madrid team on their feet.last_img read more

first_imgMADRID (AP):Barcelona sent a strong message to AtlÈtico Madrid and Real Madrid yesterday, demolishing Deportivo La CoruÒa 8-0 to end a four-game winless streak and keep their lead in the Spanish League.Luis Su·rez scored four goals and set up three others to help Barcelona stop their free fall and show their determination to win the league for a second year in a row despite recent struggles.Lionel Messi, Neymar, Mark Bartra, and Ivan Rakitic also scored for the Catalan club at the Riazor Stadium in La CoruÒa.The much-needed win gave Barcelona 79 points to keep them ahead of AtlÈtico Madrid, who defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 with a 38th-minute goal by striker Fernando Torres for their eighth win in nine league games. AtlÈtico also reached 79 points, but they trail Barcelona on tiebreakers.Real Madrid stayed one point behind Barcelona and AtlÈtico with four rounds to go after a 3-0 win over Villarreal. Karim Benzema opened the scoring at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the 41st; Lucas Vazquez added a second in the 69th; and Luka Modric rounded off in the 76th.”The team was phenomenal from the first minute until the last,” said Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, whose team has won eight league games in a row.Cristiano Ronaldo left the match just before the final whistle with an apparent right-leg muscle injury. The club said he would undergo tests as a precaution today, but it did not appear to be a serious problem.last_img read more

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai has officially opened the National Housing Policy workshop for its Housing Policy validation process.At the Thursday, April 17 ceremony, VP Boakai expressed gratitude for the great effort put into the policy crafting enterprise, which cumulated into a Draft National Housing Policy.VP Boakai stressed the government’s commitment to ensuring the improvement of Liberia through the provision of a program that would provide more accommodation for needy citizens.“This is squarely in consideration of the reality that housing constitutes one of the four basic requirements for human survival, including clothes, food, and dignity, that are critical to human rights issue.”VP Boakai explained that the government is aware that a shortage of housing has always been a serious problem over the years in this country—a situation that was compounded by the civil crisis in Liberia.“We want to register thanks to the National Housing Authority and all of the key actors in the sector who have pushed the policy formulation process to the level we recognize today.”VP Boakai called on the public to always appreciate the efforts of the government—making salaries and other benefits available for better livelihood, especially under difficult circumstances.According to VP Boakai, the government is working with other actors to formulate strategies and approaches to tackle the twin-problem of affordability and accessibility that has long impeded the progress of housing in the country.The National Housing Policy workshop brought together officials of government and UN partners, including the chairman of the National Council of Chiefs and Elders of Liberia, Chief Zanzan Karwor; and Clara Doe Mvrogo, of the Monrovia City Corporation.The Managing Director of the National Housing Authority, Mr. Samuel Thompson, said Liberia had a coherent housing policy, but lost the chance to make the most of that opportunity.He explained, “This has resulted in inefficient land use, unresponsive markets, very poor functionality of shelter, and minimal construction skills, among other issues.”Mr. Thompson expressed thanks to the committee of the National Housing Policy and other partners for the roles in ending some of the difficulties faced by the housing sector in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more