Syracuse is narrowing its search for draw specialists

first_img Comments Published on March 6, 2019 at 10:33 pm Contact KJ: [email protected] | @KJEdelman As Julie Cross jogged to the bench, she looked around the Syracuse sideline. Her teammates stood next to her, watching Syracuse extend its lead over Virginia last Saturday. Tucked between a screen, the front of the bleachers and three coaches was Braelie Kempney, the freshman draw specialist who took the first 10 draws of the day. The coaches surrounded Kempney. Cross stood alone.After her second-straight missed draw, Cross threw her stick toward the opposite side of the bleachers. Cross wouldn’t line up for another draw, and Kempney finished the game.A year after Cross took over draw duties following Morgan Widner’s ACL tear, the pair’s playing time has dwindled, along with the four-to-five player draw control rotation head coach Gary Gait deployed early in the season. As Syracuse’s (6-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) ACC opponents stacked up, it couldn’t rotate as often. It had to thin the rotation for consistent success. Most recently, the unit was overpowered by Northwestern, 20-11. What started as two-draw “staggers” by Emily Hawryschuk, Sam Swart, Cross, Kempney and Widner, has shortened to two players: a freshman, and Syracuse’s leading-scorer.“Right now, it’s Emily and (Kempney). And Morgan and Julie are right there when we need them,” Gait said. “But with those two, that’s the direction we’re heading.”Widner was primed to be SU’s top specialist last season. She was coming off a freshman campaign that rose her to seventh in the nation in draw controls per game, but three games into 2018, she tore her ACL. Hawryschuk pitched in during her absence, but Cross took the majority. Going into the season with the return of Widner, Gait insisted on “riding the hot hand” throughout with a plethora of talent on the draw.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe unit meets with assistant coach Caitlin Defliese before games and diagrams a game plan for opposing specialists. Whether it’s pulling the ball one direction or pushing against a weaker player in the draw, it’s given the Orange an advantage.“No matter (who’s out there),” Kempney said. “The first couple of draws shouldn’t be a question until they start figuring us out.”Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorAgainst lower-tier teams, those strategies have worked. Seven more draws than Connecticut. A 15-of-16 stretch versus Coastal Carolina. Gait sent subs frequently to the 50-yard line, and the wins followed without fault.When challenged, though, it’s strong draw play halted. As SU’s 7-2 lead against No. 1 Boston College slipped, Sam Apuzzo, last year’s Tewaaraton winner, dug the ball out of Widner’s stick. Then, Hawryschuk and Cross lost their tries. Soon, Gait was forced to put Kempney in — her first action in Orange, and she was bullied like the rest of SU.But Gait noticed her raw talent, he said. Her “spectacular” fall ball was sidetracked when she suffered a concussion over winter break. But against BC, she played herself into the rotation.A week later, a similar situation arose. This time, a 12-9 SU lead was followed by five-consecutive Northwestern goals. Gait tried his rotation again. Nothing. His team fought to overtime and lost the opening draw. But a Wildcats turnover and a Hawryschuk game-winner bailed them out. Syracuse hadn’t given a single specialist more than five draws in a row all year, and it struggled in the middle, losing overall, 20-11.“Again, when we get to these tougher games,” Gait said on Feb. 18. “We might have to find the better matchup and go with that pursuit.Five minutes before the starting lineup was announced against Virginia last Saturday, Gait walked over to Kempney and told her she’d start. She got nervous right away, but it was only for the first couple of draws, she thought. Like every other game. Then she won three draws in a row.Then, she was out there for a fifth. After her sixth, Gait, Defliese and associate head coach Regy Thorpe huddled around her after two misses. “Switch it up,” one of them said to her. Caitlin told her to remember the film. Her opponent was moving her wrist too fast, so the freshman started to push “really, really hard.” After 10-straight draws, Cross subbed in for two, was pulled, and Hawryschuk and Kempney finished out the game in draw control.“(Kempney) needs to be more aggressive to getting to the ball, but it’s there,” Gait said. “And Emily did a great job when we used her. The two are different, but it works.”Gait’s eager to point out there’s still questions down the line about the draw. It’s not even midway through the season, he said, and the Orange have come up short on the draw against every top-10 opponent this year. For now, the lineup has narrowed. Syracuse is finding its favorites, and the backups that might need to contribute.“We just want to win them, you know,” Gait said. “Let’s just get the best ones out there. And if things aren’t going well, we’ll mix it up.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Two men arrested in hit and run case following cross-border chase

first_imgTwo men have been arrested following two hit and run incidents in Derry.PSNI and Gardaí in Donegal were involved in a cross-border chase in a bid to halt a Volkswagen Golf which was being driven dangerously throughout the city on Wednesday.The car was initially involved in a hit and run collision on the Temple Road, Strathfoyle. Police received a number of calls about the manner in which the vehicle was being driven before it was detected again. The car was seen speeding through the city, ignoring checkpoints and at one point it took the wrong side of a roundabout.Gardaí in Donegal were alerted to the incident and moved towards the border to assist the chase. They soon located the vehicle and managed to chase it back into Derry.A second hit and run was then reported on the Groarty Road, where the Golf hit another vehicle and narrowly avoided striking a pedestrian.Police led a chase on foot after the vehicle was abandoned and the occupants attempted to run. Two men have been apprehended remanded in custody for multiple offences. An appeal has been launched to find the driver of the car that was struck on Groarty Road and also the pedestrian that avoided the suspect’s vehicle. Police are eager to speak with the people involved in the incident. Anyone with any information is asked to contact PSNI Foyle.Two men arrested in hit and run case following cross-border chase was last modified: April 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cross-BorderDerryGardaihit and runPSNIlast_img read more

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Adams plans return after two-year ban

first_imgHeavyweight Ali Adams plans to return to the ring next month following a two-year ban for an anti-doping offence.The Chelsea-based Iraqi, 32, was suspended after testing positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid, after his fourth-round stoppage defeat against Audley Harrison in May 2012.He has reapplied for a license from the British Boxing Board of Control and has re-signed with manager Steve Goodwin.Adams said: “I am delighted to be back. I made a genuine mistake and paid the price. That is now behind me and I want to move on.“I class Steve as a friend. He kept in contact with me throughout my ban and gave me support.“I will keep active and build up towards titles. It is time for the talking to stop and for me to do my stuff in the ring and I am so hungry now to put things right.”The defeat to Harrison was the fourth loss of Adams’ 18-fight career and took his record to 13-4-1.See also:Harrison destroys Adams on ring returnAdams tests positive for banned substanceFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Warriors-Rockets cheatsheet: James Harden primed for another outburst

first_imgRockets Stock Report: After struggling to get above .500 during the onset of the season, the Rockets are riding the … Reigning MVP James Harden brings his historic scoring run to the Bay Area and will be looking for his second straight win over the Warriors this season Thursday evening.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup. When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:30 (NBCSBA, TNT)Rockets projected starters: James Harden, Austin Rivers, Clint Capela, Danuel House Jr., PJ Tucker.last_img

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Google Voice Invites Now Available

first_imgThe innovative telephony app Google Voice is now making invitations available to new users, according to an announcement on the Official Google Blog.Users with existing accounts can send up to 3 invitations and the rest of us can request invites via http://google.com/voiceinvite. Google Voice has been a very controversial and closely watched product for some time, but we wrote an extensive review this summer. Our writer Frederic Lardinois said this at the time: “We have used Google Voice ever since it was still GrandCentral (Google acquired GrandCentral in July 2007) and couldn’t be happier with the service, so here is our rundown of what you can expect once you get your own Google Voice number.” Tags:#news#web Check out Frederic’s review in June for details on his favorite features and his critiques. Let’s just cross our fingers and hope that Voice invites don’t go out as slowly as Wave invites have. Voice is a much more fully-baked product, so we presume they won’t.From that post, here are some of the most notable features: marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Will Google Voice be your new telephone system? It could be a serious disruption to one of the most powerful industries in the world – the telephone carriers. Now’s your chance to give this challenger a try. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… transcribed voicemails: whenever somebody leaves a voicemail, GV will transcribe the message as best it can (this only works for English right now). These transcripts are then forwarded to your email account and you can also opt to receive an SMS notification.listening in to voicemails: whenever you receive a call and decide to let it go to voicemail, you can also choose to listen in and even pick up the call if it turns out to be an important message. This feels just like the old days when answering machines with tapes were still a novelty.call screening: one neat option in GV is the ability to screen calls. If you activate this feature, callers will be prompted to leave their name once they call, and once you pick up the phone, GV will play the name back and you can choose if you want the call to go to voicemail or if you want to actually speak to this person. You can opt to let all unknown callers who are not in your Google address book go through this procedure or just those calls from callers who have blocked their caller ID.recording calls: at any time during a call, you can press 4 and the call will be recorded. This only works for calls you receive on your phone for now, and doesn’t work for outgoing calls.conference calls: just ask participants to call your GV number and once more callers call in, you can just conference them in – this works for up to 4 callers.switching phones: if you want to switch phones during a call (say you took a call on your home phone and decide you want to take a walk and continue the call on your cell), just press * and all the other phones will ring.SMS: you can send and receive text messages from your GV accountintegration with Google Contactsit just works: the call quality is good, we didn’t experience any outages during the last few months, and calls aren’t dropped. GV does what it says it does, and it does it well.last_img read more

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Wind Turbines Blamed for Bat Fatalities

first_imgNew hope for raptorsGovernment researchers have estimated that wind farms also are responsible for the deaths of dozens of bald and golden eagles. But the Associated Press reports that a combination of technology and trained spotters have helped avert fatal collisions at a large wind farm in the West.Technicians in California are able to shut down wind turbines in Montana 1200 miles away in less than 30 seconds when the flight patterns of golden eagles and other raptors threaten a collision, the AP reported.Tracking radar, cameras and trained spotters at the Rim Rock Wind Facility in Montana are so far proving effective in averting collisions between the birds and turbine blades. The 189-megawatt wind farm has 126 turbines, making it the states’s largest wind facility.The wind farm’s owner says its three-tiered approach has the best chance of success in averting bird strikes. Already under siege by a fatal disease called white nose syndrome, North American bats have another enemy: wind turbines.A researcher affiliated with the University of Colorado estimates that more than 600,000 bats were killed by wind turbines in 2012. Writing in the journal BioScience, Mark Hayes cites earlier studies, which estimated that as many as 888,000 bats would be killed each year, before settling on his own number.Hayes used estimates from 21 locations in the contiguous U.S. for his statistical analysis. The highest rate of bat fatalities, which Hayes describes as fatalities per megawatt per year, occurred at Buffalo Mountain, Tennessee. Some wind sites in the West recorded very low numbers.“This estimate of bat fatalities in 2012 is probably conservative,” Hayes writes.But Hayes says there’s still lots to learn about the problem. There’s a lack of reliable information about bat populations around the country because of their small size and nocturnal habits, he writes.“This lack of reliable population estimates makes conservation and management planning challenging, especially in the face of other recently emerged threats to North American bat populations, such as diseases and a changing climate,” he says.Given the ecological and economic benefits of these small mammals, Hayes recommended more research.last_img read more

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