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first_imgAston Villa have offered a new contract to defender Ron Vlaar but released striker Darren Bent, the club have announced. “Darren Bent is a proven goalscorer and that was something he proved during his loan spell with the club last season,” Clement told the club’s official website, www.dcfc.co.uk. “He is going to be key in our plans to move forward.” Enda Stevens will also leave Villa having made nine appearances after joining from Shamrock Rovers in January 2012. The Holland international had previously been expected to leave the club he joined from Feyenoord in 2012. Sherwood had shelved any contract talks with Vlaar until Villa had secured their Barclays Premier League future, with the club eventually finishing 17th. Vlaar, 30, has made 88 appearances for Villa and captained the side before being replaced as skipper by Fabian Delph this season. Southampton were interested in Vlaar last year after he excelled in Holland’s run to the World Cup semi-final, where they lost to Argentina in a penalty shoot-out with Vlaar missing from the spot. Villa also confirmed the exit of £24million record signing Bent, who has joined Derby on a two-year deal. Bent was released after scoring 25 goals in 72 appearances following a club record transfer from Sunderland in 2011. He fell out of favour with former manager Paul Lambert and spent time on loan at Brighton and Derby last season, sc oring 12 goals in 13 starts for the Rams as they missed out on the Sky Bet Championship play-offs. New Derby head coach Paul Clement shared the club’s interest in bringing Bent back to the iPro Stadium as he looks to win promotion at the first time of asking in his first managerial role. Vlaar’s current deal expires at the end of the month and boss Tim Sherwood has previously underlined his desire to keep him at Villa Park. Vlaar admitted after Villa’s FA Cup semi-final win over Liverpool in April that Sherwood’s appointment as manager had changed things for him at the club and he was considering staying. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgA bumper weekend awaits fans of the prestigious LaLiga, the top tier of Spanish football, as matches involving league leaders and defending champions, Barcelona; title chasers, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, as well as other encounters will be broadcast live exclusively to DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus, DStv Compact and GOtv MAX subscribers.Barcelona, encouraged by their hard-earned 1-0 victory over Valladolid last weekend, travel to the south of Spain to confront Sevilla who, at a stage this season, topped the table. Sevilla’s title aspirations have since floundered and they currently lie fourth.They slumped to a 3-0 defeat in the hands of relegation threatened Villareal last weekend and will be occupied by the thought how to shut out an in-form Lionel Messi from adding to his 22 goals. The match will be live at 4.15pm on Saturday on SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4. Second-placed Atletico Madrid will similarly take encouragement from their 1-0 win away at Rayo Vallecano. Star forward, Antoine Griezmann will hope to continue his goalscoring form while manager Diego Simeone will be hoping for a win as the perfect gift to celebrate his contract extension with the club.But they are up against a Villareal team, who helped their cause for survival in the league with a resounding win against Sevilla. The match shows on Sunday at 4:15 pm on SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4.Real Madrid’s failure to sustain the momentum brought by their victory over city rivals, Atletico, saw them slump to an implausible home defeat to strugglers Girona last weekend, leaving them in third position. Santiago Solari’s men will, however, hope to bounce back against mid-table team, Levante, who will aim to continue their winning streak at Estadio Ciudad de Valencia. Levante beat Celta Vigo 4-1 in their last match. Their encounter with the wounded Real Madrid will be live at 8.45pm on Sunday on SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4.The weekend encounters will kick off with the clash between Espanyol and Huesca on Friday at 9 pm. The match will air live onSuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4.Saturday’s games include: Getafe versus Rayo Vallecano (showing at 12 noon on SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4); Deportivo Alaves versus Celta de Vigo (showing at 6:30 pm on SuperSport 7, 10 and SuperSport Select 2); and Athletic Bilbao versus Eibar (showing at 8:45 pm on SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 2).Games to be broadcast on Sunday are Leganes versus Valencia (showing at 12 noon on SuperSport 7 and 10, and SuperSport Select 2 and 4), and Real Valladolid versus Real Betis (showing 8:45 pm on SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4).Week 25 matches will be rounded off on Monday when between Girona take on Real Sociedad (showing 10 pm on SuperSport 7 and SuperSport Select 4).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgSyracuse senior attack Nick Mariano has been named ACC Offensive Player of the Week after scoring a hat trick against Duke.The Orange (6-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) defeated the Blue Devils in a 12-11 overtime thriller that bumped up SU to No. 4 in this week’s Inside Lacrosse rankings. Mariano finished the game with four points including the game-tying goal with 1:26 left in the fourth quarter.Mariano leads the team with 26 points and is tied with Brendan Bomberry for most goals (15).Syracuse will travel to South Bend, Indiana to take on ACC rival and top-ranked Notre Dame Saturday at noon. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 27, 2017 at 5:30 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturcolast_img read more

first_imgAfter Syracuse (5-2) managed an eight-point win over Cornell, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim noticed one recurring issue that was spurred by the Big Red’s defense.“We didn’t seem to be in sync,” Boeheim said. “I think their match-up (zone) hurt us a little bit. We saw that a bit against Oregon. That bothered us a bit tonight.”The defensive principles that Cornell used to hold Syracuse to 63 points were part of their match-up zone. Coach’s Clipboard defines a match-up zone as a “combination defense,” which puts together concepts of zone and man-to-man.It’s not the first time the Orange played that type of defense, as Oregon’s scheme, which Oshae Brissett called a “weird zone,” held Syracuse to 65 points on Nov. 16.Here’s a look at three plays that show what defensive principles limited Syracuse on Saturday night. Videos all via ESPN.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPlay one: About 15 minutes to go in the first halfThe first obvious match-up zone principle above comes on Tyus Battle’s (25) entry pass to 6-foot-10 Bourama Sidibe (34) at the high post. Cornell guard Matt Morgan (10) comes sprinting over from the right wing, as he’s the closest in the vicinity. When Sidibe turns around, the 6-foot-2 Morgan is all over him.That leads to an ongoing rotation of the match-up defense, with Jimmy Boeheim (3) closing out on Frank Howard (23) and Josh Warren (22) rotating to the corner, cutting down any possible open shots created by Morgan’s movement.Elijah Hughes (33) attempts a behind-the-back dribble, left to right, that could’ve beat the defender Sidibe partially screened off. But because of the match-up defense, Jimmy slides across on a switch toward Hughes, who’s forced to pass out top.When the broadcast camera moves to a tighter shot, it shows Cornell’s Steven Julian (33) paying no mind to the high-low movement of SU and just waiting for Brissett (11) to reach his area.With defensive slides attempting to cut off penetration, Syracuse only gets a half-look at the rim from Brissett since no dribble-driver became fully clear. Sidibe cleans up on the glass, but the Orange didn’t get any defense-shifting action inside because of Cornell’s match-up switches.Play 2: 1:52 to go in the first halfWhen Marek Dolezaj (21) comes to set a screen, Cornell’s Terrance McBride (11) sprints over before the pick to make the match-up switch onto Howard. On the ball swing to Brissett and his ensuing drive, all five Big Red defenders shift right near the paint with eyes on Brissett, ready to slide off and help if needed. So, he dishes to Battle in the right corner.When Battle catches, two Cornell defenders believe they’re in his area, so they both close out. With better secondary passers on the floor, Syracuse would have a potential advantage off the double team, but the Orange don’t take advantage of an open man. Instead, Hughes (33) just shifts right into the same area as Brissett, allowing one Big Red player to match-up with two SU players at once.Battle bails the Orange out with a spin move and bucket. But the off-ball motion that led to congestion in an area where a player could’ve been open, and the lack of willingness to pass out of an overzealous double closeout show how this possession could’ve come up empty for the Orange.Play 3: 13:13 to go in the second halfSyracuse has remained reliant on pick-and-roll action this season after it was the Orange’s go-to play last season. Here, the match-up zone stifles three attempts at creating driving lanes.First, it’s Howard (23) going right off a Dolezaj screen, but Jack Gordon (32) pops right out to meet him. Howard passes it out, letting Battle explore a move right off a Paschal Chukwu screen. But Morgan slides right into possession and Battle’s explosive first step has no chance to go anywhere.Finally, it’s Howard again, this time going left off a Brissett screen. But Jimmy, previously matched up with Brissett, has switched off to await Howard near the free-throw line. Then, off the kickout, Jimmy recovers back to Brissett, who traveled after rushing his feet. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 3, 2018 at 11:08 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3center_img Commentslast_img read more

first_imgJunior Griffin Smith doesn’t like to admit it, but his teammates insist he’s a perfectionist.Standing at 6-foot-3 and with a lean, athletic frame, Smith is hard to miss when he’s playing ultimate frisbee. He admits he’s not one of the team’s most skilled players, but as the president of the team, his attention to detail has become invaluable.Smith never wanted to be president. He wanted to be a captain, but realized the other players running for the position had more experience and knew the sport better, he said. This year, the club’s leadership made an overhaul by bringing in a new captain, two new coaches and a new president in Smith. He’s in charge of the team’s budget, planning tournaments and ensuring each member has filed the correct paperwork.“I don’t have that much game knowledge, Smith said, “So being able to help with logistics, paperwork, and making sure everything runs smoothly would probably help the team more than any strategy I give.”Luca Serio, one of three captains on the team, said Smith “really accelerated (to) the role of a president through his organization and ability to remain on top of things.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSmith ran for president unopposed, and now serves as the liaison between the club’s director and the rest of the team. He also coordinates game plans with the three team captains. Though Smith is nursing a pulled hamstring now, Serio said he’s noticed the improvements Smith has made as a player — Smith’s only been playing ultimate since his senior year of high school.“He continues to come to every practice, and he’s helping the other injured kids just get better,” Serio said. “He is determined to become a better thrower than I am, and he tells me that every day, and he does things in practice to prove it to me.”Trevor Kaminski, a freshman on the ultimate team, said Griffin and the rest of leadership made it a priority to foster a family-like bond amongst the team. One time, Smith invited a few rookies to the team house and cooked them ribs and macaroni and cheese. He then walked Kaminski home to Dellplain Hall to make sure he was safe.“I just see him as another resource,” Kaminski said. “He’s always positive and goes out of his way to help people, and it doesn’t matter who you are. He knows a lot about SU and even just life in general.”When Smith’s not on the field or running the ultimate frisbee club, he works as a student supervisor at MakerSpace, SU’s 3D printing and design studio. He’s also developed a Google Drive with homework, quizzes and tests to help engineering students on the ultimate team, Serio said.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorSmith is a mechanical engineering major, and he spends much of his free time — roughly 10 hours per week —in MakerSpace. He is currently working on two bioengineering projects. He leads a team in building a cheap bone drill for a nonprofit in India, and helps manufacture a rehabilitation device for patients with spinal stenosis.“He is always creating things, like magnets, stickers, and cutouts for t-shirts,” Serio said. “It’s pretty cool for him to be able to do that, and it’s really exciting to watch him go through all that stuff.”Despite a heavy course load —he also minors in computer science and biology — Smith said he’s not challenged by balancing his classwork with MakerSpace activities or the ultimate frisbee team, which practices three times a week and has tournaments on the weekends. Smith avoids all of social media except Facebook, he said, avoiding distractions that would “take away any bandwidth.”Smith spent the past summer working for CELLINK in Boston, Massachusetts, which makes 3D bioprinters. Smith said his dream job is to continue working with bioprinting, particularly the process of 3D printing with cells.“I have always wanted to help make something that can help save and improve people’s lives even after I’m gone, and I think this is certainly a way,” Smith said. Published on October 15, 2019 at 11:52 pm alsafaya@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgThis time the ITA boss has his hands full as his son is expected to compete in the competition.“Kalada is fit and ready but I have so much on my hands. I expect a great tournament,” Kienka said.The team even with eight teams comprising eight players each was concluded at the weekend in the competition which started on Wednesday in Lagos.Chairman of the Tennis section of Ikoyi Club, Abimbola Okubena, said all was set for the singles category of the competition.“We are all set for this because we have been preparing in the past few months for the event. The scoring system and modalities are clear to the participants.“Many of us are looking forward to the veterans and super veterans categories where club members will compete for honours,” Okubena said. The annual tournament ends on Saturday June 1.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Singles event of the annual Ikoyi Club Tennis Tournament sponsored by Zenith Bank Plc begins today at Ikoyi Club 1938 in Lagos.Kalada Kienka, is expected to lead other top professionals in search of glory in the standard tournament of the singles. There are other top contenders as the competition gets tougher in both the male and female cadre.Incidentally, Kalada’s father, Godwin Kienka, the Director of International Tennis Academy, emerged winner in one of the singles category only two years ago.last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, MI — One of Alpena’s most popular bands was in town this weekend, raising money for a worthy cause.H–Bone Groove took the stage at the Aplex Saturday night to benefit the Alpena County Fair that’s set to take place this summer.One member of the group, Brandon Szeatkowski, says he wants the kids of today’s generation to experience the same kind of fun he did as a child.“I’d like them all to get a chance to experience the joy of being young, you know? Like I said they used to have a lot of rides, there was all the animals, just the whole experience.”While the concert was the highlight of the evening, a silent auction was a major part of the event that helped raise money for the fair. Contributors will be able to see their donations come to life starting August 4, when the fair kicks off.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Monday, March 18Next Omega Electric & Sign named one of the top small businesses to watch in Michiganlast_img read more

first_imgEngland International Adam Johnson has been sacked by Premier League Sunderland after he pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child, the club said on Thursday.”In light of Adam Johnson’s guilty pleas, the club has today terminated his contract with immediate effect,” Sunderland said in a statement. “The club will make no further comment.”Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child, but denied two other charges, when he appeared at Bradford Crown Court on Wednesday.The 28-year-old winger, who has played 12 times for England, also admitted one count of grooming a girl under the age of 16, a court official said.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

first_imgFacebook329Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Evergreen State CollegeForty years ago, Mount St. Helens turned itself inside out, stunning the world with an eruption whose ash would circle the globe. After the violent explosion, the rich, complex ecosystem to the North of the mountain was buried beneath 300 feet of rocky pyroclastic flows. The area now known as the Pumice Plain was transformed into a sterile moonscape after the 1980 eruption. Nothing survived the devastation.Carri LeRoy (left) and Evergreen student Angie Froedin-Morgensen (right) filtering stream water for nutrient analysis at Mount St. Helens. Photo courtesy: The Evergreen State CollegeThere are many ways that life first returned to the Pumice Plain on Mount St. Helens. Spiders drifting in on the wind; wandering elk scattering the seeds that clung to their hooves; little algae cells raining down from the clouds to colonize the newly-forming streams. Whatever the case, perhaps one of the most abundant forms of life now scurrying across the shoulders of the mountain is the scientist. Since the eruption, researchers have been digging, collecting, measuring and saying “ah-hah!” all over the Pumice Plain.One such researcher is Dr. Carri LeRoy, a freshwater ecologist and faculty member at The Evergreen State College. Driven by a desire to understand how this young ecosystem is developing, LeRoy is starting at the source: the water.“They’re entirely new watersheds, not just streams,” says LeRoy. “We can watch who is growing in the water. Who are the algae and the insects? And where did they come from?” In 2018, LeRoy received a coveted National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to explore the impact of willow tree leaves in the streams that are dutifully carving their way through the Pumice Plain.She wanted to know why there were more female willow trees growing in close proximity to the streams than male willow trees. To put it simply, what she discovered is that the leaves of female willow trees decompose more slowly in the streams than those of male willow trees, thereby providing a source of nutrients in the stream for longer. There are many more pieces of the puzzle to study, such as the numerous aquatic insects and other vegetation holding these new ecosystems together.Undergrads are scientists, tooEvergreen faculty Carri LeRoy (top right) and her student research team at Mount St. Helens. Photo courtesy: The Evergreen State CollegeBut she isn’t doing this complicated work alone. LeRoy, like many faculty members at Evergreen, is passionate about including her students in her research and encourages them to pursue their own projects. As a blossoming ecosystem, the Pumice Plain is an environment ripe with opportunities for undergraduate students to formulate their own hypotheses and develop their own experiments. And Evergreen provides the perfect structure for that. Thanks to the freedom they have to pursue independent research, students can sometimes even get peer-reviewed scientific papers out the door by the time they graduate—something undergraduates at other colleges rarely experience.“Undergraduates co-authoring papers can happen at Evergreen a lot more easily. I’ve co-authored with 30 undergraduates in the last 15 years,” says LeRoy. “It’s important because it gives them experience with the entire scientific process. What does it mean to be a scientist? What is the actual work?”Last summer’s grant from the NSF culminated in a peer-reviewed paper LeRoy co-authored with four of her undergraduate students for the scientific journal Ecosphere. Iris Garthwaite, a student co-author graduating this year, says the opportunity to do this research has been central to her Evergreen experience.“I’m a really hands-on person,” she says. “To be able to go up to the mountain and then do analysis back at the lab and put our research in the context of the wider scientific conversation is so important as a young scientist.” Garthwaite says having research funded by the NSF on her resume has been extremely helpful in applying to graduate schools. Come fall, she will be attending Northern Arizona University’s graduate program to study cottonwood trees and how they contribute to riparian ecosystems.Jordan Moffett, who graduated from Evergreen last year, also contributed research to the paper. “I did a lot of editing for that paper. I helped with a lot of the data collection and I did a lot of lab work at Evergreen,” she says. Moffett now has a job with the City of Olympia doing environmental work on stormwater ponds.“When you involve students in research, it gives them opportunities to try out being a scientist as an undergraduate so they have confidence when they go on to graduate school,” says LeRoy. “They can say to themselves, ‘I can do this. I can formulate hypotheses, design experiments, collect data, analyze the data, interpret the data, and write about it.’ That’s the process of science.”A student-centered experienceEvergreen graduate Jordan Moffett measures the width of a stream at Mount St. Helens. Photo courtesy: The Evergreen State CollegeLeRoy says that a very small percent of those who submit proposals for grants to the NSF receive funding. Major research universities with big money backing them may have significant advantages when it comes to receiving grants, but LeRoy says the NSF has had faith in Evergreen. “I think part of it is our track record of involving undergraduates,” she says. “They’re interested in the research and also in how we’re getting the word out about the research.”LeRoy and her students have been involved in many educational events to talk about their work, including engaging with middle school girls, high school students, and upward bound students. “We think hard about how we communicate this work to the public,” she says.The research on Mount St. Helens is just one example of the groundbreaking work that takes place through Evergreen’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program. Thanks to SURF, students in any discipline—from mathematics to archaeology or literature—can apply to assist faculty with research projects over the summer. Opportunities for undergraduate students like the Mount St. Helens research can be strong resume builders for graduate school or careers in related fields.Whether you pursue a SURF fellowship or not, all Evergreen students can undertake independent research as part of the college’s Individual Learning Contract program. The freedom you have to tailor your own education is part of what makes Evergreen a strong choice for self-motivated learners.Applications for fall quarter at Evergreen are open now. Visit The Evergreen State College website to learn more.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement 7sqw1NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsizso9Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Evb8x5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bmmWould you ever consider trying this?😱9mrCan your students do this? 🌚oxRoller skating! Powered by Firework The universe seems to miss the dynamic opening pair of Sachin and Sehwag and the both are paired up once more in the Road Safety World Series in February 2020.Advertisement The pair have had some sensational moments together and have together scored 3919 runs in 93 innings at an average of 42.13 including 12 hundred-run partnership and 18 half-century stands between 2002-2012.Advertisement “Road Safety World Series is going to start in which many legends will play but the important thing is why it is being played? It is being played to spread awareness regarding road safety.“It is a good initiative. I am very excited to open again with Tendulkar and face Brett Lee,” Sehwag said at the launch of the Road Safety World Series which was also attended by Tendulkar and Lara.Advertisement After retiring from international cricket, the duo last opened together for Sachin’s Blasters in the Cricket All-Stars T20 tournament played in the United States in November, 2015. Advertisementlast_img read more