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Haley McDonnell enjoys chance to play for Syracuse after position change

first_imgHaley McDonnell was frustrated.She spent all year working to get on the field, but as a freshman last season she played in Syracuse’s third game and only that.Senior defenders Natalie Glanell, Kasey Mock and Liz Harbeson would reassure her to keep working hard because her time was coming, but some days all McDonnell could think was, “I just want to get out there.”“It was frustrating … having to wait it out,” McDonnell saidBut then Harbeson, Glanell and Mock all graduated, leaving a hole in SU’s defense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMcDonnell had to walk onto the team, switch positions and spend all but one game last season on the sidelines. But now, she’s started the last six games for SU and will try to continue her success when No. 5 Syracuse (8-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) faces No. 6 Northwestern (4-2) at noon on Sunday in Evanston, Illinois.“She’s long, lengthy, tough and I think she’s been a good person for us to get into the mix of things,” associate head coach Regy Thorpe said. “… She’s been a big part of getting us pointed in the right direction.”McDonnell was the star of her high school lacrosse team, leading it in goals as a captain her senior year, but at Syracuse there wasn’t much room.Going into her post-fall ball meeting with the coaches, McDonnell planned to ask if she should switch positions — anything to get on the field — but Thorpe beat her to the punch.“Let me take her and give her a shot on defense,” head coach Gary Gait recalls Thorpe saying to him.Learning the defense was intimidating for McDonnell as she transitioned into her new position for the spring.“I went in (to practice) with the attitude that this is my opportunity to show why I deserve (to play), not to be pouting about the fact that I was a freshman and I wasn’t playing because that’s college lacrosse,” McDonnell said.During the summer, she worked on her strength and speed with a personal trainer six days a week, only because he made her take a day off.She earned significant time in SU’s first four games this year before making her first start on Feb. 25 against Connecticut. She caused four turnovers, the most by an SU player in a single game this season.“She knows our defense very well,” Thorpe said. “She’s just hungry, she brings it.”McDonnell brings size to the defense and her stick handling ability from years of playing midfield and attack, and it’s made her an asset on clears.She’s one of only a handful of SU’s players that can play all the defensive positions, including locking down what Thorpe calls the “high-threat scoring area” in the middle of the field in front of the net.Though a year ago, McDonnell didn’t expect to be a starting defender for the Orange, Thorpe said she’s fit into the role well.Said McDonnell: “It’s been quite a whirlwind I guess but I think that last year I never really lost that encouragement … throughout the whole, very difficult year for me.” Comments Published on March 19, 2015 at 12:08 am Contact Jon: | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Christian, Pulido show promise at weekend Invitational

first_imgIn the inaugural Jack Kramer Invitational played this past weekend in Palos Verdes, Calif., two Women of Troy gained valuable experience that could pay off as the season progresses.Sophomore Kaitlyn Christian, who enjoyed much of her success playing doubles thus far, advanced to the semifinals, while junior Valeria Pulido played in her first collegiate match of the year after playing for Mexico in the Pan American Games.Christian, who came into the tournament ranked No. 60 in the country in singles, was the No. 3 seed in the draw.  She defeated Ekaterina Iakovieva of Mississippi State in straight sets in her first match, then took down Carling Seguso of UCLA in the quarterfinals in straight sets as well.  Pulido fell in the round of 16 at the hands of Khunpak Issara of Pepperdine.In the semifinals, Christian squared off against another Bruin, this time the No. 2 seed and No. 45 Pamela Montez.  The match was a thriller, with Christian winning the first set 6-3 before dropping the second set 4-6.  In a decisive 10-point tiebreaker, Montez prevailed by a score of 10-4.Christian and Pulido will have little time to recover, as the Women of Troy play next weekend, starting Nov. 3 ,at the ITA National Indoor Championships at Flushing Meadows, NY.last_img read more

Women’s basketball: Head coach fired after five lackluster seasons

first_imgIn the business of college sports, only winning matters, and for University of Wisconsin women’s basketball head coach Bobbie Kelsey, winning games consistently proved to be too tall a task.Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez announced Friday that the school decided to fire Kelsey after her fifth season on the job, just two days after Wisconsin finished another disappointing season.Kelsey, a former star player and assistant at Stanford, was 47-100 overall, 19-65 in the Big Ten and did not seem to have the program on an upward trajectory.Coming into the season on the hot seat, Kelsey and the Badgers limped to a 7-22 record that saw the team lose 14 of the last 15 contests. With seniors providing most of the team’s production, Alvarez felt this was the best time to make the move.“In the end you have to have some results, and we just didn’t have the results and the progress that we needed,” Alvarez told Andy Baggot of “We felt at that point we needed a change and shake things up and try and get the program back on track.”The school will begin a national search immediately and Alvarez told Baggot he still believes it is a desirable job.He said he will prioritize head coaching experience during the search and will look for someone to use the state’s resources in building a program.“Ideally, I’d like to find a head coach who has done it — who has a plan on how they recruit and how they coach and the system they run,” Alvarez said. “I want someone to really excite the women’s basketball community in Wisconsin…I want someone I feel confident will build a relationship with the high school coaches in this state and make that a top priority in recruiting.”last_img read more

Mid and South champions gear up for County semi-final

first_imgKilsheelan/Kilcash take on Loughmore Castleiney in the County Under 21 ‘A’ Hurling semi-final this weekend.The South champions know that their Mid counterparts will provide formidable opposition on Sunday.Kilsheelan Kilcash manager Patrick Larkin is happy with their performance so far and hoping they can continue this weekend. Throw-in is at 1.30 on Sunday in Leahy Park, Cashel.last_img

Andy Ruiz Jr. would ‘love’ Anthony Joshua rematch — in Mexico

first_imgNew heavyweight world champion Andy Ruiz Jr. hopes his potential rematch with Anthony Joshua takes place — in Mexico.Ruiz stunningly claimed the IBF, WBA and WBO belts from Joshua on Saturday, dropping him four times in a thrilling bout at Madison Square Garden. MORE: Watch the full replay of Andy Ruiz Jr.’s upset of Anthony Joshua on DAZN”I’d love to be in Mexico. There’s never been a heavyweight champion in Mexico, so I’d love to have a rematch there.”I’m still pinching myself that this is true, all that hard work and dedication, I’ve made my dreams come true. We’ve been working for this my whole life, it’s overwhelming and I’m just excited.” Join DAZN and watch GGG vs. Rolls on June 8The defeated Brit confirmed in the aftermath that he wished to exercise a rematch clause in his contract, with promoter Eddie Hearn suggesting the next meeting would be back in the United Kingdom.But California-born Ruiz would welcome the chance to face Joshua in Mexico, where Ruiz’s parents are from.@EddieHearn who is next??— AndyRuizjr (@Andy_destroyer1) June 2, 2019″I’d love to do the rematch, but first I’ve got to talk to my team,” he said (per Sky Sports). “We’ll go from there and figure things out.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 13, 2015)–In yet another display of sheer class, Spendthrift Farms’ Beholder sat second early, made the lead midway around the far turn and cruised to a 1 ¼ length win in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes under Gary Stevens. A two-time Eclipse Champion trained by Richard Mandella, Beholder got 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.67 while keeping runner-up Warren’s Veneda at bay late.“It was a pretty easy race for her,” said Stevens, who has labeled Beholder the best filly or mare he has ever ridden and is now six for seven with her. “I rode her like she was the best mare out there and she was. She does things so natural. I respected Warren’s Veneda…I knew she was going to get some pace to run at today and Tyler (Baze) would have a bead on me, and he did. She (Warren’s Veneda) ran her race, she’s a Grade I winner and Craig (Lewis, trainer) has done his job with her, but Beholder is as good of a horse as I’ve ever sat on.”The overwhelming 1-5 favorite, Beholder, a 5-year-old mare by Henny Hughes, paid $2.40, $2.10 and $2.10. In getting her 10th win from 11 tries at Santa Anita, Beholder picked up her 12th overall victory from 17 career starts. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she improved her earnings to a staggering $3,476,600.“I’m relieved and delighted,” said Mandella, who will undoubtedly be joined by his stable superstar in racing’s Hall of Fame following her expected retirement at the end of the year. “Warren’s Veneda is a good filly and she ran at (Beholder) and made a contest of it…We’ll look at the Clement Hirsch at Del Mar (Grade I, $300,000 on Aug. 1) and the Zenyatta (Grade I, 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita in September or October) here, with the Breeders’ Cup (Grade I Distaff at Keeneland Oct. 30) as the ultimate goal.”For her part, Warren’s Veneda bounced back solidly off of her disappointing third place run in the Vanity, finishing second, a whopping 7 ¼ lengths clear of third place finisher My Monet. The second choice at 7-2, Warren’s Veneda paid $2.40 and $2.10.“She ran her heart out,” said Baze. “I thought there would be a little faster pace and there wasn’t. I was a little closer than I thought I was going to be. She really ran her race, she tried hard. It just makes me wonder if that three or four pounds made the difference. (Warren’s Veneda carried 124 to Beholder’s 121). They’ll get even weights the next time, so we will see what happens. Maybe we’ll turn the tables on her.”Ridden by Gonzalo Nicholas, My Monet, who showed the way for the first half mile, was off at 18-1 and paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.51, 47.04, 1:10.86 and 1:35.27.First post time at Santa Anita on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. HENNY HUGHES MARE GETS 10TH SANTA ANITA WIN, SIGHTS SET ON BREEDERS’ CUP DISTAFF AT KEENELAND –30–last_img read more

Advocacy Groups Push for Justice In Zayzay ‘Suicide’ Case

first_imgIndependent Human Rights Investigators (IHRI), a local based rights group, and the Liberia Independent Advocates for Human Rights (LIAHR) yesterday held a press conference to draw the attention of the government of Liberia (GOL), through the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), to what they referred to as the “culture of suspicious deaths while in the custody of the Liberia National Police (LNP).” These occurrences, the rights groups said, have raised concerns. The IHRI and LIAHR are both raising “serious concerns” about the questionable suicide of Victoria Zayzay, a resident of Virginia, at the Zone 6, Depot 1 police station on Hotel Africa Road on October 21. “The IHRI and LIAHR are gravely concerned about the undue delay, nearing almost three weeks, by the GOL to establish the cause of death in the case of Victoria Zayzay, who the police claim committed suicide,” IHRI national director, Adama K. Dempster told reporters.“Such a claim by the LNP is troubling because our ongoing investigation of the matter makes it very difficult to believe, considering the size and height of the detention cell in which Victoria was held.”The rights groups said they a similar case of suspicious death occurred on November 11, 2014 at the New Kru Town police depot, with the LNP claiming that the deceased hanged himself with his T-shirt after being charged with “persistent non-support” by the LNP.Announcing their doubts ahead of the government’s pronouncement on the cause of death of the Victoria Zayzay, the groups said that because of “the dimensions of the holding cell at the depot, which is about five feet tall, we find it difficult, if not impossible, to believe that a person of similar height could have committed suicide by hanging on the gate, as claimed by the LNP.”“Electricity supply at the depot in question runs the whole night, so how can we believe that under such bright lights, a young girl like Zayzay could hang herself in clear view,” Dempster said at yesterday’s conference.“As we speak, our previous call to GOL to conduct a clinical and forensic examination to determine the cause of death has not been fruitful. We wish to categorically term the action by government in paying a deaf ear to our call as a deliberate lack of interest in the case of an individual who died under mysterious circumstances in a depot manned by personnel of the LNP,” Dempster said.The rights groups called on authorities at the Ministry of Justice to proceed without delay, using clinical and forensic means, to determine the cause of the death of Victoria Zayzay.The groups said that they believe an investigation will prevent the culture of suspicious deaths while in LNP custody, adding, “(such deaths) will be prevented or addressed swiftly whenever they are reported.” On October 21, Victoria Zayzay, 20, reportedly hanged herself while in detention at Zone 6, Depot 1 police station in Virginia, outside Monrovia. She is mourned by her two year old daughter, Hawa, and a host of relatives, including her parents. Police confirmed to the Daily Observer that she was pronounced dead on arrival at a nearby community clinic after the LNP detained her for “disorderly conduct.”Family members said the late Zayzay was detained when she and another lady reportedly fought over spilt milk candy valued at L$1,500. According to the commander at the depot, it was decided that Zayzay should spend the night in police custody to “teach her a lesson.”Victoria’s mother said she pleaded with police to let her take her daughter home and return with her the following morning, but to no avail.Meanwhile, the parents of the deceased said they don’t believe that she hanged herself because she did not carry a lappa into the cell as claimed by the LNP, adding that “she also had people to take care of her therefore, nothing could have led her to hang herself.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Granger’s constitutional heresy is grounds for “impeachment”−Nandlall

first_imgThe ‘constitutional heresy’ being practised by the Head of State, President David Granger, is grounds for his removal from Office and even more worrying, is the silence of stakeholders such as the Guyana Bar Association (GBA) and the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA).This is the view held by former Legal Affairs Minister and Attorney General Anil Nandlall.Former Legal Affairs Minister and Attorney General Anil NandlallThe former legal advisor to the Donald Ramotar and Bharrat Jagdeo administrations was at the time making reference to the chronology of actions taken in relation to the Executive’s handling of the affair surrounding the Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC), Carvil Duncan.President Granger recently sent Duncan on leave from his constitutionally appointed post, despite the fact that he had already appointed a Tribunal to investigate whether the PSC Chairman should remain in the post or be removed.According to Nandlall, “the President has flagrantly violated the letter, spirit and intent of some of the most sacrosanct constitutional provisions and indeed his actions strike at the very heart of our constitutional democracy… Presidents (or Prime Ministers, as the case may be) have been impeached for far less in democratic countries. In Guyana, this is barely front page news. And life goes on. Not a murmur from the Associations representing lawyers in the country.”Duncan chargedPresident David GrangerDuncan has been charged and placed before the courts over the alleged theft of some $20,000 per month—argued to be his fee as a Director while employed at the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Company.Nandlall, over the weekend, added his voice to the fray, to condemn the decision made by President David Granger, calling it unlawful and ‘constitutional heresy.’The former AG, in laying a base for his arguments, contended that Duncan is a member and the Chairman of the PSC and by virtue of provisions of the constitution, the Chairman of the PSC is, ex officio, a member of the Police and Judicial Service Commissions.According to the former Legal Affairs Minister, the PSC “like the other service commissions, are institutions created by the Constitution and endowed with the fundamental role and function of guarding against executive abuses.”He argues that the commissions are “a significant component of the most critical array of constitutional mechanisms created to protect the citizenry against executive and other excesses.”According to Nandlall, it is for this very reason that “those who constitute these Commissions are themselves clothed with even greater security of tenure and institutional independence. To these persons, the Constitution accords the highest regime of protection and functional independence.”According to the provisions cited by the former AG, “Save as otherwise provided in this Constitution, in the exercise of its functions under this Constitution a Commission shall not be subject to the direction or control of any person or authority.”Constitutional protectionNandlall maintains that as Chairman of the PSC, Duncan enjoys all these constitutional protections.He posits that, “Constitutional purists in Guyana and across the Region must have been deeply shocked about certain disclosures Mr Duncan made a few days ago,” when in a public statement, Duncan related that he was invited to meet with the head of the Executive, the President, and the President’s Chief Aide, Joseph Harmon, Minister of State, “where of the President requested Mr Duncan’s resignation and Mr Harmon offered him a suitable financial package for his exit.” According to Nandlall, by virtue of his actions, the President has simply shoved aside the sophisticated network of mechanisms of protection enshrined in the Constitution of Guyana.“This constitutional heresy was compounded by ‘the blood on the carpet’ reference – whatever that means… In short, the President has flagrantly violated the letter, spirit, and intent of some of the most sacrosanct constitutional provisions, and indeed his actions strike at the very heart of our constitutional democracy,” said Nandlall.Making his case for the impeachment of President Granger, Nandlall points to Article 94 of the Constitution of Guyana which provides that “The President may be removed from office if he or she commits any violation of this Constitution or any gross misconduct.”Recounting the brouhaha surrounding Duncan, Nandlall observed that “While certain criminal charges are pending before a Magistrate at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts against Mr Duncan, the Government decides to trigger a constitutional process to remove him from office on the ground that the pendency of those charges can interfere with the discharge of his constitutional functions.”According to Nandlall, the engagement between Duncan and the President alone “renders this constitutional process farcical.”He points out that as provided for in the Constitution, the Prime Minister has already advised the President that Duncan’s removal from office should be investigated—As a result, the President has established a tribunal which has already begun its work. Nandlall said he has since already made an application for the tribunal not to proceed with its mandate “on the ground that the tribunal itself is legally defective and that it is about to embark upon a course which is manifestly unconstitutional, unlawful and illegal.”last_img read more

Car bomb kills Shiite worshippers on holiday

first_imgBAGHDAD – A bomb in a parked car struck worshippers heading to a Shiite mosque Sunday in Baghdad, killing at least nine people as Iraqis celebrated a Muslim holiday, while the death toll rose to 18 in a coordinated suicide truck bombing and ambush north of the capital. Relatives and rescue workers pulled bodies from under piles of concrete bricks and rubble in the Sunni city of Samarra, where a suicide truck bomber detonated his explosives late Saturday. Guards had opened fire before he could reach the targeted police headquarters. Gunmen drove up and fought with police immediately after the blast, which tore through nearby buildings. At least 18 people were killed and 27 wounded, police said. Nobody claimed responsibility for the attacks in Baghdad and Samarra, but they bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida in Iraq militants who had promised an offensive during Ramadan to undermine U.S.-Iraqi claims of success in quelling the violence in the capital. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Also killed on Sunday were a U.S. soldier struck by a roadside bomb during combat operations in southern Baghdad and an Iraqi journalist who was shot while on assignment for The Washington Post elsewhere in Iraq’s capital.last_img read more


first_imgOlympian and Letterkenny AC member, Brendan Boyce was guest of honour at the recent Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) ‘Working it Out’ day. The event brought together seven schools from the Fanad peninsula and was organised in conjunction with Marine Harvest, who is supporting Brendan Boyce on his road to Rio.Olympian and Milford native, Brendan Boyce was guest of honour at the recent Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) ‘Working it Out’ day.The event was run by JAI, a voluntary-run organisation supported by local businesses, which aims to encourage students to stay in school and education.Organised in conjunction with Marine Harvest, the event invited seven schools from the Fanad peninsula to take part in the ‘Working it Out’ day in the Rossnakill Community Centre, which combined the world of sport and mathematics. Marine Harvest is Ireland’s largest producer of farmed Atlantic Salmon and the business is supporting Brendan Boyce on his road to Rio.Olympian and Letterkenny AC member, Brendan Boyce was guest of honour at the recent Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) ‘Working it Out’ day. The event brought together seven schools from the Fanad peninsula and was organised in conjunction with Marine Harvest, who is supporting Brendan Boyce on his road to Rio.Key Account Manager, Annette Rodgers, said the children were very excited to meet an Olympic athlete.“We were delighted that Brendan could attend the JAI awards. The students really enjoyed learning more about his sport, race-walking, and the Olympic Games in general. They took part in a Q&A with Brendan and he gave them a quick demonstration of how to race-walk.“Each school presented Brendan with good luck messages and cards, and who knows, his visit may well have inspired the next generation of Olympic athletes from Donegal. On behalf of the whole team at Marine Harvest, we want to wish him every success in Rio this summer.” Olympian and Letterkenny AC member, Brendan Boyce was guest of honour at the recent Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) ‘Working it Out’ day. The event brought together seven schools from the Fanad peninsula and was organised in conjunction with Marine Harvest, who is supporting Brendan Boyce on his road to Rio.Thanking Junior Achievement Ireland and Marine Harvest for the invitation, Brendan Boyce said: “I was delighted to be able to attend the JAI event and it was great to see so many students getting active, while also learning about mathematics. Education is equally as important as getting active and this event is a clever way to mix the two disciplines. A sincere thanks to all of the schools and students who made the wonderful good luck messages and cards – I’ll proudly display them in Rio this summer.”Participating in the “Working it Out” programme were; St. Columba’s National School Ballyheerin, St. Davaddogs National School, Tamney, Scoil Cholmcille National School, Kerrykeel, Croaghross National School, Portsalon, St. Patrick’s National School, Doaghbeg, Drumfad National School and Scoil Mhuire National School, Caiseal.Patricia Friel, Programme Coordinator at Junior Achievement Ireland spoke about the positive benefits of the JAI and ‘Working It Out’ programme.“Junior Achievement Ireland works with local businesses and schools to teach young people about the world of work while also encouraging them to remain in education. The event is designed to test students’ mind and body, so we mix long division and penalty shootouts with averages and skipping and ratios and basketball.Olympian and Letterkenny AC member, Brendan Boyce was guest of honour at the recent Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) ‘Working it Out’ day. The event brought together seven schools from the Fanad peninsula and was organised in conjunction with Marine Harvest, who is supporting Brendan Boyce on his road to Rio.“It’s about making subjects more fun and enjoyable and we had a great day with the students and staff from the participating schools. We’ve been working very closely with the schools in Donegal and we’d like to say a particular thank you to the team at Marine Harvest who invest a lot of time, resources and finance into this initiative.” For more information on Marine Harvest, visit or Junior Achievement Ireland, visit or to follow Brendan’s journey to Rio visit BOYCE AND MARINE HARVEST TEAM UP FOR JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT DAY was last modified: May 18th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:Brendan BoycedonegalMarine HarvestOlympicsRiowalkerlast_img read more