McDowell eager to bounce back

first_img He added: “To win your national Open is a very special win in a player’s heart. It’s been almost 70 years since a Northern Irish player has won this event (Fred Daly in 1946). That’s a stat we would love to change this weekend. “There’s no doubt I would love to win this one. It’s certainly one I’ll be giving 100 per cent to this week. “It kicks off a very busy summer of golf for me and Merion has done nothing but motivate me and make me more hungry for being in the mix come the weekend. I’m ready to go this week and I’m looking forward to it.” Fellow Irishmen Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley will also be among the field when the competition starts on Thursday. Press Association Graeme McDowell will attempt to put his US Open nightmare behind him by ticking an item off his golfing “bucket list” this week.center_img McDowell was among the favourites at Merion a fortnight ago given his two tournament victories this year and superb US Open record – he was second last year after his victory in 2010 – but missed the cut after rounds of 76 and 77. However, the 33-year-old has the ideal opportunity to bounce back in the Irish Open at Carton House this week and he said: “There’s no doubt the Irish Open is on my golfing bucket list, it’s an event that I’ve never really competed in. It’s an event I would love to win and I would love to add it to my CV.” last_img read more

Police Make Arrest in 15-Year-Old Miami Girl’s Accidental Shooting Death

first_imgMiami Police have made an arrest in the accidental shooting death of a teenager earlier this week.The suspect, 17-year-old Thalys Gabriel Olivera, is charged with manslaughter for the death of 15-year-old Arya Gray.Investigators received a call about a shooting inside an apartment near Northeast 10th Avenue and 78th Street, at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.Gray’s family says she was in the apartment with her sister, visiting friends.The arrest report states that Olivera “recklessly brandished” a gun inside the home, as witnesses told him to put it away.Olivera did so, but then took it out again. The witnesses say he then pointed the gun at Gray and pulled the trigger, striking her in the head.Photo courtesy: Miami-Dade Police Department“This is a murder,” Sergio Rastelli, Gray’s relative, says. “You point a gun at somebody and the trigger pulls, that is a murder. I want the parents to also suffer the consequences, and I want the parents to actually be charged for the murder because this is not an accident. This is a murder.”He continues, “Don’t point it at an innocent child that didn’t even have part of her life. How did a 17-year-old get a hold of the gun? The parents and the child must be arrested. I want the full extended charges to the parent and to the child.”The victim passed away after she was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.The gun used in the shooting was reported stolen last month from Homestead.Meanwhile, Olivera made his first appearance in juvenile court on Wednesday, and is due back in court on June 2.last_img read more

Other Sports Mary Kom secures historic sixth world boxing gold and Twitter goes berserk

first_imgNew Delhi: Mary Kom showed why she is the legend in boxing as she defeated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota 5-0 to clinch the Women’s World Boxing Championship in New Delhi on Saturday and secure an unprecedented sixth gold medal, making her the most successful athlete in women’s boxing in history. The 35-year-old boxer from Manipur had secured the gold medal the last time it was held in New Delhi in 2006 and she shattered history to become the all-time leading gold medal winner in the World Boxing Championship. With this win, Mary Kom became the only female boxer in history to win six gold medals in the World Boxing Championship. When one looks at both men and women’s boxing, Mary Kom has drawn level with Cuban boxer Felix Savon.Read More | MC Mary Kom secures historic sixth gold medal in world boxing Congratulations Mary Kom for winning a record sixth world title. We are proud of your golden achievement at the Women’s World Boxing Championships @MangteC— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 24, 2018Before the start of the tournament, Mary Kom had reflected upon her journey from the beginning. “About five-six years ago, we were suffering in different ways in terms of facilities, travelling-wise and problems related to infrastructure. Today, all needs are taken care off immediately. No need to worry about support and facilities now. The younger generation is far better off than us as they have little worries,” Mary Kom said.Heartiest congratulations to #MaryKom for creating history, by clinching record 6th World Boxing Championship Gold#WWCHs2018— Sushil Kumar (@WrestlerSushil) November 24, 2018 Congratulations to Mary Kom on making history by winning the gold for the SIXTH time in the #WorldBoxingChampionship. You inspire all of us! @MangteC 🥇 🎊— Congress (@INCIndia) November 24, 2018A visibly emotional Mary Kom thanked all her fans and friends from making the dream successful. “”Winning the 2012 bronze medal was magnificent, but I would love to win a gold medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” Mary Kom said. The success of Mary Kom drew wild celebrations across India and social media went berserk, with politicians, actors and cricketers all congratulating the efforts of Mary Kom.Read More | Sonia Chahal settles for silver in Women’s World BoxingIn addition to the Women’s World Boxing Championship, Mary Kom is the only Indian boxer to win gold medals in both Asian and Commonwealth Games. However, in the 2012 London Olympics, she won bronze that too in dramatic circumstances.A stellar achievement for #MaryKom , becoming the first woman boxer to win six world championship Gold. One of India’s greatest ever sportsperson. Super happy and super proud !— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 24, 2018 What a brilliant achievement #MaryKom Proud moment for the country. Thank you @MangteC— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) November 24, 2018 🙏🏻 Thank you Mary Kom ! Our country stands proud ! You are truely a legend!— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) November 24, 2018 You are an Inspiration @MangteC.. Magnificent Mary Clinches Gold For 6th time. More Power To You 👊#MaryKom— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) November 24, 2018 Hearty congratulations to Ms.Mary Kom @MangteC for creating history by winning the 6th gold medal at the Women’s World Boxing Championship. She is an inspiration to every Indian. Wishing her many many more victories. #MaryKom— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) November 24, 2018 Heartiest Congratulations to a living legend, @MangteC for making India proud once again with her record 6th World Championship Gold . #MaryKom— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 24, 2018 For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

CGF President calls meeting of the Americas and Caribbean ‘successful’

first_imgPRESIDENT of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Louise Martin, has said that she was more than impressed with the staging of a two- day meeting of Federation’s Americas and Caribbean representatives here, calling the event ‘fruitful’ and ‘successful’ and one that her Federation was happy to be part of.With the exception Dominica, British Virgin Islands (BVI) and at least two other countries whose non-attendance was as a result of the four hurricanes that swept the Caribbean, the other countries present examined and discussed how the region and the Americas can be more impactful at the Commonwealth Games and at the level of the game’s Federation.“The sessions were really, really good over the two days” Martin told reporters at a closing press conference after the meeting wrapped up at the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) new headquarters at Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara.“I think everyone left feeling pleased about what was discussed, especially in the area of governance and how everyone can be on the same page in the Caribbean, as we are at the level of the Federation” Martin pointed out.Viability of the Commonwealth Games and a review of the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games were discussed, as well as, an update at of next year’s games and a 2022 event were always brought up at the meeting.Representatives from Australia’s Gold Coast, the host of the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games next year, shared their readiness to the Americas and the Caribbean countries.The 21st (XXI) Commonwealth Games will be held in the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, April 4-15, 2018. It is the fifth time Australia will be hosting the Commonwealth Games.last_img read more

Windies have themselves to blame, says Lloyd

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (CMC) – Legendary former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd has insisted that the West Indies are solely responsible for their dismal performance at the ongoing ICC World Cup.The Windies have recorded just one victory in their seven matches played, with only games against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka remaining.Lloyd, who had predicted the regional side would go all the way, said in too many matches the West Indies were in full control, only to let the advantage slip out of their grasps.“West Indies’ chances of making the semi-finals are now over – and that really has to be called a disappointment, particularly considering what a good start they made to their campaign.“They won well against Pakistan and then when they had Australia at 79-5 in their second game – I really thought they might be able to do something special this year. But in the end that Pakistan game has been their only victory and they have only themselves to blame,” Lloyd, the last man to lead the regional side to World Cup glory said.And while he lauded the fielding and said the bowling was impressive at times, he was particularly harsh on the Windies’ batsmen, who he said simply did not apply themselves.He charged that batsmen gave their wickets away needlessly.“Too many times the batsmen have got themselves out when all it needed was a bit more application. They have lacked the experience needed to bat their opponents out of a game,” Lloyd said.“The odd batsman has received one with their name on, but really very few balls have really deviated and caught somebody unaware.“They have some terrific young players in this side. Guys like Nicholas Pooran, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer have shown in flashes that they are a match for anyone in the world, but no-one has really made a big score,” he argued.last_img read more

Volleyball sees improvement despite loss to Ohio

first_imgWith eight new players on its roster, the Wisconsin volleyball team could view its performance in the InnTowner Invitational as a success. Despite losing to the Ohio Bobcats in four sets Sunday, the Badgers showed signs of improvement throughout the tournament.After getting swept by Duke in their first match of the weekend, the Badgers returned the favor to visiting South Dakota the following day. In the tournament finale, UW took on the Ohio Bobcats, who had swept Duke only a day earlier.In the first set against the Bobcats, junior Allison Wack and freshman Kirby Toon led the Badgers with four and three kills, respectively. After battling back and forth to an 18-18 tie, the Badgers pulled away, taking the set, 25-19.“I think we were just playing steady ball; we kept our composure,” UW head coach Pete Waite said. “We had really good matchups with the block.”While Ohio was able to hold off UW over the next three sets, Waite saw a great improvement over the games earlier in the weekend.“I wish we could have come out and gotten that second and third game,” Waite said. “But overall, we saw a lot of good things, a lot of progress over the weekend. Our middles improved every match. Our middles today did great, and it is our testament to them, going to them so much. It also shows that our ball handlers are doing their jobs well and improved a ton from last year.”After dominating the second set, the Bobcats looked poised to take their second set when they took a 22-15 lead in the third. However, the Badgers battled back to tie the set at 25-25, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Ohio, who won the set 29-27.“We had a shot at it and wished we would have had that one,” Waite said. “But we had a chance (in set) four and would have (had a chance) at five. That is something we need to be better at and be tougher about at that point.”In the fourth set, the Badgers were unable to slow down the Bobcats, who were helped by a match-high 19 kills from senior and tournament MVP Ellen Herman. After several competitive rallies, Ohio pulled away to take the final set, 25-21.While a win would have been ideal for the Badgers, the tournament did provide a much-needed source of competition unseen in practice. Aside from undergoing a team makeover, UW also changed its offensive scheme from a 6-2 to a 5-1, with only one passer — Janelle Gabrielsen — to set up her teammates.“I have been working really hard on running the 5-1 since last year,” Gabrielsen said. “It actually feels good because I feel like I’m improving every day and the team is improving every day.”Gabrielsen, who was awarded all-tournament honors, finished the match with 38 assists, while Toon and Wack led the Badgers with 9 and 16 kills, respectively. Toon, a freshman, noted just how important the tournament was to the team, despite not performing as well as it would have liked.“I think that now that we’ve played someone other than ourselves we have gotten to know how everyone plays and have gotten really comfortable with each other.”For Waite, coaching a team with eight new players is a first in his 21-year coaching career. However, keeping in mind his goal of improving every day, he saw the tournament as a step in the right direction.“I think a weekend like this helps them start the next week with even more determination to work hard in every aspect of their games individually and as a team,” Waite said. “Our goal is to keep getting better each week.”last_img read more

CBCSA director leaves USC, to join Stanford

first_imgConerly became the CBCSA director in late 2016, having previously served as assistant director under former director Corliss Bennett. Conerly also served as an adjunct assistant professor at the Rossier School of Education while conducting research on how scholar practitioners oversee various cultural centers and how these centers help students of color. She received her doctorate in education from Rossier in 2016. Conerly will take on a new role at Stanford University in June, where she will serve as the associate dean of students and director of the Black Community Services Center. She also plans to expand her role as a consultant in Palo Alto. During her time at USC, Rosalind assisted employers with finding effective recruitment strategies and integrating professionals from marginalized communities to predominantly white institutions. “One of my top highlights [at USC] was our 40th anniversary,” she said. “Being able to celebrate and acknowledge the narratives of the students, the alumni that are now attached to CBCSA … it really made me reflect on understanding why this space is here and to see how it’s evolved.”   Rosalind Conerly will join Stanford University as the new associate dean of students. and director of the black community services center. (Photo courtesy of Rosalind Conerly) Prior to her departure, Conerly wanted to ensure that CBCSA had structures in place that would remain long after she left. She said she has focused her time on creating a safe, empowering space for students that would inspire them, and she hopes the University will take advantage of the increased calls for diversity and inclusion on campus and strengthen relationships with culture groups on campus. As the associate dean of students, her work will primarily focus on serving the black community at Stanford. She will also be working closely with their Black Alumni Association. Her first event will be the Stanford Black Alumni Summit in Hollywood, where she will introduce herself to BAA alumni and begin to transition into her new role. Conerly said she promises to stay connected and involved in USC campus life and events. Over her two-year tenure as CBCSA director, she mentored and engaged with students of color and helped create inclusion workshops around campus. center_img After working at the Center of Black Cultural and Student Affairs, for seven years, Director Rosalind Conerly will be leaving USC. Her last day at USC will be March 1. “I will be doing similar work, really overseeing a lot of the operations and vision planning,” she said in an interview with the Daily Trojan. “I will be managing a lot more people and initiatives.” “My time at USC has been truly life changing,” Conerly wrote in an email to CBCSA members. “And that is mostly due to the relationships I have been able to establish with students and colleagues over the years. You, in some way, have helped shape my experience, so thank you.” “She is sweet and a great leader,” said JaBrea Patterson-West, a junior majoring in French and art history. “She was always supportive of [the Black Student Assembly’s] e-board and was an important mentor and communicator of student needs, not just in the black community but [to] all cultural centers.”   “As our community grows, as our initiatives change, students need change,” she said. “I’m going to miss USC, there is definitely an energy on this campus … It’s something in the air here that really makes you excited to be here and to be a part of this Trojan Family.”last_img read more

3 1st-period goals doom Syracuse in 5-2 loss to Cornell

first_imgSyracuse goalkeeper Jenn Gilligan skated away from the net to the corner of the rink before slowly looping back around and settling back in front of the net. Seconds later she smacked her stick against the goalpost.Two Cornell goals in 49 seconds had turned a 1-0 deficit into a blowout.“I felt bad for Jenn,” Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan said. “Kinda, (the defense) left her hanging. Out to dry so to speak.”Syracuse (5-7-1, 3-1-1 College Hockey America) struggled to contain a dynamic Cornell (2-4-1, 1-2-1 Ivy) offense that struck like lightning Saturday night at the War Memorial Arena. SU’s defense allowed five goals — tied for most on the season — on 13 shots en route to a 5-2 loss.“It’s really tough starting out a game like that …” Nicole Renault said. “It’s hard to get a lot of energy going when you’re already down a goal.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe avalanche began just one minute and eight seconds into the game. Cassandra Poudrier sent a slap shot from the right side of the ice that flew into the top left corner of the net unscathed.The Cornell attack didn’t let up, and Syracuse’s defense struggled to prevent the pressure down the middle of the ice and down the wings, an issue that plagued the Orange all afternoon.“We were backing off,” Flanagan said. “I know I looked up a number of times when they’d posted a player in the neutral zone, we were 10 or 12 feet away.”In the 13th minute, Kaitlin Doering found herself one on one staring straight at Gilligan and the nearest Syracuse defender a step behind her.The lack of defensive pressure allowed Doering to fire an uncontested shot that went just wide of the goal. It was one of many golden opportunities for Cornell that left Syracuse scrambling to regain its footing.“I think that stunned you,” Flanagan said. “That’s like going, it’s getting a left jab, right jab, left jab before you even know what’s going on. And so I think they were stunned.”Syracuse adjusted in the second period. The eight shots allowed in the first period were reduced to just one. Syracuse eliminated the long passes and deflections off the wall that had its defense retreating in the first period and replaced it with the production it had been lacking.But each time Syracuse shut down Cornell, the Big Red came back.In the fifth minute of the third period, Cornell’s Sydnee Saracco split two defenders and passed it up ahead to Pippy Gerace. Gerace pulled the puck in and out with her stick before flipping it past Gilligan on the right side of the net to push the lead back up to three.“It’s on my shoulders,” Flanagan said. “I didn’t get the team ready. That’s the bottom line I think. The team wasn’t prepared, I think Cornell was and we get 3-0 and we just couldn’t dig ourselves out of that hole.”Another goal by Brianna Veerman with four and a half minutes remaining and Syracuse down by two was just window dressing, as the Cornell lead was never in jeopardy.The slow start left the Orange dazed, and defensive miscues in the first period proved too much to overcome.“It’s one of those games where no matter what you try and do,” Gilligan said, “the puck just keeps going by you.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 14, 2015 at 7:52 pm Contact Matt: mralex01@syr.edulast_img read more

Poe’s Perspective: The concussion issue is more than just a moral dilemma

first_imgThe concussion conversation will inevitably spell the end of football as the powerhouse of American sports, and it deserves a place in every aspect of football, including the festivities of Super Bowl weekend. But when looking toward the eventual downfall of the sport, it’s becoming increasingly naive to predict that purely emotional arguments will drive this demise. Instead, just follow the money — that’s what runs, and will ultimately end, the industry of football. Only two days after Los Angeles teachers finalized a deal to end a week-long strike for higher wages, it’s hard to imagine how public school districts will continue to rationalize the soaring costs of insuring their athletes while continuing to struggle to pay educators. Although the idea of high school in America without football might sound foreign, it could become a foregone conclusion as schools struggle to balance their budgets. As we head into Super Bowl mania, it’s hard to escape football in any aspect of life. Especially here in Los Angeles, where fans are enjoying the city’s first Super Bowl in decades only a few years after the Rams’ relocation. It seems like L.A. might just become a football city after all. But a separate story about the state of football has been brewing quietly on the sidelines, in the background of the past week’s show-stopping finishes and referee debates. Last week, an ESPN investigation revealed that the NFL is struggling to insure its players. Since the concussion conversation became mainstream, the main question gripping fans of the game has revolved around its timeline: How long does the sport have left? There are small ripples throughout the NFL, with a player or two leaving the sport to avoid brain trauma each year, and there are even larger effects at the youth level, where a pivot towards touch and flag football has been emphasized with hopes of preserving the game. Rising insurance premiums are already threatening the viability of programs at the youth, high school and even community college levels. Last year, the Maricopa County Community Colleges in Arizona completely cut their football programs because their insurance plans and overall liability were simply too expensive for the schools to justify keeping the program. But football can’t march on without insurance. This raises an argument that isn’t moral, but rather pragmatic. As concussions worsen, insurance will get more and more costly, and at a point, it will become completely impractical for any company to insure players. Why insure a franchise when every single one of its employees is guaranteed to sustain a life-altering brain injury? Why buy in when the risks are well-known, accepted and inevitable? But the idea that football could actually just disappear seems outlandish and outrageous. College and professional football are mainstays of the American economy and lifestyle. Too many people wear jerseys, buy tickets and plan their weekends around their teams, right? Concussions are a frightening, gruesome challenge, but it simply doesn’t seem as if anything is quite big enough to topple America’s game.center_img That’s true, to a degree. No moral indignation will ever be strong enough to upend football — not over race or sexism, domestic violence or head trauma. As much as I, or any sportswriter, might belabor the point, there’s always the understanding that enough will never be enough. It won’t even matter if — or, more likely, when — a player is paralyzed or killed on the field. Football will continue to march on, unencumbered by moral dilemma. And a decrease in the youth pipeline would spark the slow demise of football that many have predicted. Fewer players at the youth and high school levels will mean a smaller pool of both players and fans, as both athletic and non-athletic children are raised on basketball and baseball over the years rather than football. With fewer kids playing, fewer athletes and superfans will be bred, leaving the NFL weakened in the shadow of the already-booming NBA. Only one insurance company — a subsidiary of American International Group — will continue to work with the NFL anymore, due to the massive demands of workers’ compensation in a sport that guarantees regular injuries. Due to its lack of options, the league is now at the mercy of this company, and can no longer offer general liability insurance that will cover neurological damage for its athletes. This means that an NFL player who is sidelined with a traumatic brain injury will not receive any type of insurance as he recovers. This stark reality reflects the practical, business-minded underbelly of this crisis — concussions are just too damn expensive. As the insurance and legal industries continue to come to grips with this realization, football will begin to see the effects. It’s been widely accepted that football will fall at the youth level before it will diminish at the upper levels, where it has become a major industry. When it comes to this insurance dilemma, this pattern will certainly follow. Julia Poe is a senior writing about her personal connection to sports. Her column, “Poe’s Perspective,” runs weekly on Thursdays.last_img read more