Arena Hospitality Group helps Pula General Hospital

first_imgAHG donated 35 LCD TVs to the hospital to make it easier for patients to stay, donated about 100 “lunch packages” a day for the hospital’s medical staff, and made their employees available to help prepare for moving into the new hospital premises and cleaning. recent immigration to hospital wards. Due to the crisis situation caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic, Arena Hospitality Group dd is making its opportunities available to help the local community and the population to overcome the difficult situation in which we all find ourselves. “Arena Hospitality Group wants to make its contribution with the desire that the extraordinary situation in which we live ends as soon as possible with the easiest possible consequences, but will also continue to monitor the situation and continue to help the community and citizens of Pula, Istria and Croatia”Point out the Management Board of Arena Hospitality Group.center_img Due to the long-standing good cooperation with the General Hospital Pula, they decided to help financially, but also by making their employees available according to their abilities.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Vows to Protect PA Medical Marijuana Patients from Federal Government

first_img Medical Marijuana,  National Issues,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Governor Tom Wolf today said the federal government should not get in the way of Pennsylvania delivering relief via medical marijuana to suffering children, families and veterans. The letter comes after reports that Attorney General Sessions had personally asked Congress to repeal an amendment that protected state-approved medical marijuana programs from disruption by the federal government.“Last year, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed bipartisan legislation to legalize medical marijuana that I was proud to sign into law,” Governor Wolf wrote. “The legislation was the result of conversations with Republicans and Democrats and fierce advocacy from families of children who were stricken with terrible illnesses that could be helped by medical marijuana.“Given the bipartisan and medical consensus for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania and many other states, I am disturbed to know that you are actively pursuing a change in federal law to go after medical marijuana suppliers. We do not need the federal government getting in the way of Pennsylvania’s right to deliver them relief through our new medical marijuana program. “In the letter, Governor Wolf told the U.S. Attorney General that should he continue to pursue this federal shift and Congress were to agree, he would seek legal action to protect patients and legal producers.More information on Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program can be found here.To view the letter in its entirety, click here (Scribd). View a PDF version here.The full text of Governor Wolf’s letter:Dear Attorney General Sessions:Last year, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed bipartisan legislation to legalize medical marijuana that I was proud to sign into law. The legislation was the result of conversations with Republicans and Democrats and fierce advocacy from families of children who were stricken with terrible illnesses that could be helped by medical marijuana.We talked to kids who suffer dozens of seizures each day. We met veterans who have seen absolute terror and seek relief from the effects of their post-traumatic stress. We approached the responsibility of providing relief to the people of Pennsylvania very thoughtfully.Since I signed the legislation, we have taken very careful and deliberate steps to implement the law so that those who are suffering can get relief while ensuring that the state is a responsible steward of the program.Given the bipartisan and medical consensus for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania and many other states, I am disturbed to know that you are actively pursuing a change in federal law to go after medical marijuana suppliers.We do not need the federal government getting in the way of Pennsylvania’s right to deliver them relief through our new medical marijuana program.Your action to undo the protections of the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which prevents the use of federal funds to disrupt states’ efforts to implement “their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana” is misguided.If you seek to further disrupt our ability to establish a legal way to deliver relief of medical marijuana to our citizens, I will ask the Attorney General of Pennsylvania to take legal action to protect our residents and state sovereignty.Sincerely,TOM WOLFGovernorGovernor Wolf Letter to Attorney General Sessions Regarding Medical Marijuana by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Vows to Protect PA Medical Marijuana Patients from Federal Governmentcenter_img June 15, 2017last_img read more

Would you pay $2m for this – in rent, for a single summer?

first_img Could this be our quirkiest house? The home is newly built and soon to be finished. Source: Realtor.com The former owner attempted to rent it out at $12,800 a week when she was struggling to land a sale – though she eventually let it go at a major discount for $10.138m. The front yard, with tennis court, long driveway and richlist neighbours. Source: Realtor.com 11/10 for this wine bar idea. Source: Realtor.com“Southampton Oceanfront Home Goes For $1.5M As A Summer Rental!” she tweeted.She told The New York Post that “in past years, we’ve hit the $1 million-plus rental mark, but this far surpasses it”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago“People don’t go to the Hamptons to get away from New York. They go to see the same people they do business with in the city, but in a more casual setting.”If it is indeed just for the 12-week US summer season, that would amount to a crazy $US125,000 a week. Compare that to one of the most expensive rental prices asked in Queensland in recent times – $12,800 for Christopher Skase’s old house Bromley in Hamilton. Out with the old, in with the new The Skase home was laid out across nine blocks of land in bluechip Hamilton.The former owner had listed it at that price after it failed to land a sale. It’s not been revealed if anyone ever took up the rental offer either, but the home eventually sold for $10.138m – a major discount considering over $30m had been spent on the property over the years.The Hamptons home, listed on Realtor.com by Vincent Horcasitas of Saunders & Associates, has a significantly bigger pricetag at $76.335m of our dollars or around $US53.9m.Mr Horcasitas described it as a “prime oceanfront Meadow Lane address on Southampton’s highly prized Billionaire’s Row”. The estate was “ultramodern” on 2.96 acres and will have been newly completed by the time the tenants move in for the summer party season.It has over 11,000sq feet of living space with two master suites, a study, a VIP suite and six other bedroom suites on the first floor. Add to that an infinity edge pool and spa, a panorama of the ocean and sky, state of the art full kitchen with its own prep kitchen, oversized wine display, wet bar, home theatre, hard surface tennis court, 6.5 car garage under the house, extra parking for 10 vehicles, and a long walkway to the beach. The key to surviving your kids FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The Hamilton home built by Christopher Skase was on the rental market for $12,800 – making it the highest residential rental ever asked in the area.A staggering $12,800 a week may be the most expensive rent asked here — for Christopher Skase’s old house — but an ultramodern Hamptons’ home has blown everyone out of the water.The Southampton oceanfront home – in the mighty playground of the rich and famous of New York, the Hamptons – has just been rented out for the upcoming American summer at a whopping $US1.5m. In Australian dollars that’s $2.124m for a season.Even veteran New York real estate agent Dolly Lenz was impressed, calling it a “real estate record”. MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS Australia’s cheapest suburb is by the beach Seymour family buys $7.75m riverfront house The backyard with pool, deck and a long walkway to the beach. Source: Realtor.com Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 The property at 1400 Meadow Ln, Southampton, NY, has been rented out for the summer for $1.5m. Source: Realtor.com Christopher Skase had this home in Hamilton built, reportedly for about $35m.last_img read more

Conf Cup: Horoya’s Bolaji Sarkin eager to face Enyimba

first_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural Wonders8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet7 Action Movies That’ll Give You An Adrenaline RushWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This The pacy striker only recently revealed his readiness to face Enyimba noting that it will offer him an opportunity to reconnect with Nigerian football on one hand and also prove that he is still in top shape and ready to deliver for his Guinean side. ““I will be very happy to meet Enyimba because I even want to come home so that I will meet some of my fans and my friends. So it will be a very good game, “he enthused in a recent chat with Brilla fm. The former Abia Warriors ace will no doubt be seeking for opportunity to shine at the expense of the homers. The current shape of both teams however is an indication that fans are in for celebration of fireworks. Read Also CAF CL: Hard work, Dedication will be crucial for Horoya’s qualification–Sakin In other clashes billed for Sunday, Zanaco hosts Pyramids, Al-Nasr take on Hassania Agadir, while Al-Masry locks horn against RSB Berkane. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img All roads lead to the Aba Township Stadium Sunday as Enyimba host Horoya AC of Guinea in the first leg Quarterfinals of the CAF Confederation Cup. The peoples Elephants who are currently the only Nigerian team still in contention following the exit of Rangers International will be hoping to post an impressive performance at home before heading for the return leg away to Conakry on March 8. Already Enyimba fans we gathered are being mobilised for massive turnout for the all-important Sunday clash. It is safe to say the Enyimba are a good shape going into Sunday’s clash after winning four out of their last five league matches, with only the 2-0 defeat to Nasarawa United as the only sour point. Interestingly Horoya has equally lost just one match in their last four league matches  going into the clash. If there is one player who is however eager to face Enyimba and perhaps play the spoiler it is Nigerian striker and Horoya forward Bolaji Sakin. Enyimba set to host Horoyalast_img read more

Negros Occ. meat supply ample for holidays – PVO

first_img Janoya said consumers may expect price surges starting next week until the end of the month./PN In terms of price, the PVO reported that, as of last week, almost all commodities remained steady except chicken which increased by P0.3 per kilogram. Janoya also said demand for pork dropped in recent months mainly due to the “scare” created by the African swine fever (ASF). The demand for meat usually peaks during holiday season, Janoya said. “But by the beginning of December, demand for pork started to increase,” he said. BACOLOD City – The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) assured the public there won’t be a shortage of meat in Negros Occidental this Christmas and New Year celebrations. Dr. Ryan Janoya, head of the Animal Health and Meat Inspection Services of the PVO, said the province has abundant supply of meat. Current average price of pork is also the same, at P220 per kilogram. The ASF scare eventually died down as Negrense consumers realized local pork products were safe for public consumption.last_img read more

Batesville Bulldogs Basketball Regional Update

first_imgThe Batesville High School Boys Basketball team won the sectional title over the weekend  at Greensburg and will now play in the regional at Southridge’s Memorial Gym in Huntingburg on Saturday, March 9. The Bulldogs will play Princeton at 11 a.m. (EST). The championship game will be played at 8 p.m. (EST).Tickets are currently on sale in the BHS athletic office for $10 (K-adult). Single session tickets are available at the gate on Saturday.Sectional t-shirts will go on sale Thursday in the athletic office for $15. T-shirts will also be on sale during lunch at both BHS and BMS on Thursday.The team will have a community night at Izzy’s at Hillcrest on Thursday from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Some of the players will speak at 7 p.m. to close the event. Everyone is invited to come out and support the Bulldogs.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— All-Star slugger Joey Gallo has worked out with the Texas Rangers for the first time during their summer camp. Gallo was cleared and at workouts Friday after missing the first week following positive tests for coronavirus. The 26-year-old outfielder said he never felt any symptoms but had two positive tests that sandwiched a negative result during intake testing. His return to the field comes two weeks before the scheduled start of the season against Colorado. He had 22 homers in 70 games and made his first All-Star appearance last year before wrist surgery ended his season.— The Toronto Blue Jays are shifting Vladimir Guerrero Jr. across the diamond, moving the slugger to first base from third. Blue Jays Manager Charlie Montoyo said Guerrero feels comfortable at first and the team has Travis Shaw ready to play third. Montoyo also said Guerrero will see time as a designated hitter. He didn’t rule out that he will play some third in the future. — The Red Sox and Blue Jays will play two exhibition games at Fenway Park before baseball’s delayed regular-season opener. Toronto will visit Boston on July 21 and 22 before heading down to Tampa Bay for its opener. The Red Sox are scheduled to open at home against the Baltimore Orioles on July 24.— Former Red Sox catcher Mike Ryan had died. Ryan was a catcher on the 1967 “Impossible Dream” team. In all, he spent 35 years in professional baseball. Ryan also played for the Phillies and Pirates and was a bullpen coach on Philadelphia’s 1980 World Series championship team. The Red Sox said Ryan died in his sleep on Tuesday in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. He was 78. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS In a letter posted Thursday on their respective Twitter accounts, they said: “Speaking out is something we’ve both felt we really needed to do for a long time now, but in truth, we’ve been afraid to do so.”Both women represented Britain in the 2016 Olympic Games but they say their success has come at a high price.Twenty-eight-year-old Becky said she was called “mentally weak” for questioning her training regimen in 2018. She then injured her ankle in “a direct consequence of the unsafe training.” Her 20-year-old sister said a nutritionist required her to send daily pictures of herself wearing just underwear to prove she wasn’t gaining weight. She was 14 years old at that time.British Gymnastics CEO Jane Allen this week announced an independent review of claims of mistreatment. She said the British Gymnastics Integrity Unit already exists to investigate allegations and that there are welfare officers around the country.BULL RIDING-CROWDS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappVIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLNHL, players approve plan to resume season, extend CBAUNDATED (AP) — Hockey became the latest sport to finalize a return during a global pandemic after NHL owners and players approved an agreement Friday to resume the season — and with it an assurance of labor peace through September 2026. — Japan’s professional baseball league opened the delayed season three weeks ago. Now fans are back, too. After playing in empty stadiums to get started, Japan began allowing up to 5,000 fans into the games on Friday, or 50% of the stadium capacity — whichever is smaller. Officials hope to allow stadiums to be filled to 50% capacity beginning on Aug. 1.NBA RESTART-TRAVEL PARTIESNBA teams at Disney had tough travel-party decisions to makeUNDATED (AP) — The 22 teams participating in the NBA restart were all at the Disney campus together for the first time Friday.None of them, however, made it to the Orlando, Florida area with their usual travel party. Games are scheduled to begin Aug. 1 in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, with coronavirus cases in the U.S. pushing the league into Canada for the summer and fall until the Stanley Cup is awarded in late September or early October. Training camps open across North America on Monday, which is also the deadline for players to opt out of participating with no penalty.The return-to-play plan, tentatively approved by the NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Monday, was ratified by the league’s board of governors and with majority approval from players following a three-day voting period, ending Friday. Along with it, the two sides also formally approved a four-year extension of the collective bargaining agreement.The NHL is back with an expanded 24-team playoff format, but things will be much different from the norm: There will be no fans. There will be between five and six games a day at the start — up to three at each site, which will be heavily cordoned off from the public. MLB-NEWS Update on the latest sports Posey opts to skip the seasonUNDATED (AP) — San Francisco Giants star catcher Buster Posey is the latest big-name player to skip this season because of concerns over the coronavirus. Posey says his family finalized the adoption of identical twin girls this week. The babies were born prematurely and Posey said after consultations with his wife and doctor he decided to opt out of the season.The babies born last Friday were about eight weeks premature. They are healthy but will need to spend time in neonatal intensive care and will have weakened immune systems for the next few months.Posey joins other top players such as Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and Colorado’s Ian Desmond in opting out this season. In other MLB news: July 11, 2020center_img Associated Press In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, a conference of historically black colleges, is suspending all fall sports out of concern over the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference says several of its schools are in states experiencing dramatic increases in new COVID-19 cases. It says the recent rise in cases has led to a pause in phased reopening plans in many of those states, resulting in uncertainty as to whether students will return to campus this fall at several CIAA institutions. — The University of Virginia says two football players have tested positive for COVID-19 and will self-isolate for at least 10 days. The school says other members of the program found to have come into close contact with them will also go into quarantine. The school tested 110 players when they began returning to campus for voluntary workouts on July 5. The players with positive test results will self-isolate for 10 days, or until they have been fever-free for at least three days, whichever is longer. — The University of Michigan says two athletes tested positive during a second round of COVID-19 testing, bringing the total to four out of the 375 who have been tested. The school says none of the 139 staff members have tested positive.— The Jacksonville Jaguars are planning to play home games in front of a significantly reduced capacity this fall. Fans in attendance will be required to wear face coverings. The team released details in an email to season-ticket holders Friday. Jacksonville expects about 25% capacity at TIAA Bank Field in 2020 “in compliance with state and local authorities and following CDC social distancing guidelines.” The stadium’s capacity is listed at over 67,000. Professional bull riding set to welcome fans back into arenaSIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — As bull riders attempted to hang on to their rides for eight seconds Friday night, they were encouraged by something they hadn’t heard in months — the cheers of a crowd.A little more than a thousand fans were on hand in the 9,000-seat arena to watch one of the first indoor professional sporting events since the coronavirus pandemic began. The Professional Bull Riders event ended a month-long competition that until Friday has played out before silent stands. It’s a cautious step toward giving sports fans who have been cooped up for months a chance to leave their homes and watch a bull attempt to throw a man from its back as the rider tries to hold on. He made nine birdies Friday for a 66 and leads over Justin Thomas and Kevin Streelman. Storms twice halted play at Muirfield Village, so the second round wasn’t completed. That means Brooks Koepka has to wait to see if his big finish allowed him to make the cut. Koepka birdied five of his last seven holes for a 69 and was one-shot outside the cut. Nearly three dozen players were to return Saturday morning to complete their rounds.GYMMNASTICS-BRITAIN-ABUSE COMPLAINTSBritish Olympic gymnasts decry ‘abusive behavior’LONDON (AP) — British Olympians Becky and Ellie Downie say they’ve suffered from abusive behavior in gymnastics training for many years, adding their voices to a growing number of gymnasts coming forward with similar complaints.The sisters said coaches pressured them to lose weight and overtrain, which took mental and physical tolls. They were inspired to tell their story after former teammates did the same. Elimination of nonconference games could have ripple effectUNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten and Pac-12 became the first leagues to shift to an all-conference fall schedule as the college sports world faces difficult decisions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. More Power Five conferences could follow, causing a ripple effect on small-conference schools across the country. If more big conferences ditch nonconference games, smaller schools who rely on “buy games” to help fund their athletic departments will take huge financial hits at a time when they’re already facing ugly bottom lines.Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford says the league expects to make its decision on fall sports in late July. The league put out Swofford’s statement Friday afternoon, saying the league has prepared “numerous scenarios” for fall competition over the last few months. The decision would come from the league’s board of directors.Earlier this week, the ACC delayed the start of fall competition until at least Sept. 1. That move impacts non-revenue programs like soccer, volleyball, field hockey and cross country, but not football for now. The first football game involving an ACC team is North Carolina State’s trip to Louisville on Sept. 2. Leaving families behind for several weeks — or maybe even three months, depending on how deep a team goes in the playoffs — during a pandemic isn’t the only hardship that teams are dealing with during this restart. Space limitations within the quasi-bubble at Disney also meant that teams had to cut their official traveling parties down to 37 personnel, including players, so many people who usually travel with a club aren’t on this trip.It’s expected that as the bubble population shrinks after six teams are eliminated from playoff contention and then eight more are ousted in the first postseason round, teams will be allowed to bring in more staff.PGA-WORKDAY OPENMorikawa builds big lead at Muirfield Village before stormsDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) —Collin Morikawa takes a three-shot lead into the weekend at the Workday Charity Open. last_img read more

Syracuse’s jumbo package works in red zone, continues to progress

first_imgWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The jumbo package self-destructed against Florida State. Against Wake Forest on Saturday, it gave Syracuse its only offensive touchdown and a lead it never relinquished in an eventual 30-7 win over the Demon Deacons. In the short-yardage formation that SU ran twice on Saturday, the quarterback goes under center with defensive linemen Ron Thompson and Micah Robinson lead blocking for a running back and defensive end Robert Welsh lining up at tight end. The package that adds defense to offense is improving for Syracuse (3-4, 1-2, Atlantic Coast) — but it’s also evolving.“We still got to get better at it, but it was good to get it out there and hopefully just kind of get the kinks out of it,” SU offensive coordinator Tim Lester said.In the jumbo with just over eight minutes left in the first, Prince-Tyson Gulley took a handoff to the inside left and ran behind Robinson and Thompson for 1 yard as Wake Forest collapsed the line of scrimmage.On the next play, on the Wake Forest 4-yard line, freshman quarterback AJ Long faked the same play before rolling right. Welsh then pushed would-be tackler Steve Donatell wide of the SU quarterback as Long ran into the near-right corner of the end zone.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange tried to debut the formation in the second quarter of its 38-20 loss to then-No. 1 Florida State, but Thompson jumped offside, killing off the set Lester had introduced when he took over as offensive coordinator.“There was a big smile on my face,” Robinson said of when Lester approached him about playing on offense. “I couldn’t hold it back. I was like, ‘Wow, really?’”After Saturday’s game, Robinson said he’s only in the formation to block and that there aren’t any plays designed for him to get the ball.But as little works for Syracuse in the red zone, the jumbo package is at least starting to.“It’s just fun having the defense out there,” Long said. “We’re a close-knit group and once you get those guys out there, they’re a wild pack of dogs as Welsh likes to say.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 20, 2014 at 12:05 am Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_last_img read more

How the nation’s 7th-leading scorer poses a threat to 4th-seeded Syracuse in the Round of 64

first_img Published on March 17, 2016 at 7:29 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Savannah Crocetti dribbled around a ball screen at the top of the 3-point arc while wearing a green pinnie. Everyone else on the floor was in Syracuse’s typical white or orange reversible practice jersey on Wednesday. Crocetti had to stand out in practice and her teammates had to learn to identify her.Leading up to SU’s matchup against Army, the freshman walk-on was tasked with imitating the Black Knights’ shooters during walk-throughs, including Kelsey Minato, the three-time Patriot League Player of the Year and nation’s seventh-leading scorer. The No. 4 seed Orange’s (25-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) defensive gameplan revolves around identifying No. 13 seed Army’s (29-2, 17-1 Patriot) personnel. Whether or not SU executes against the Black Knights will be decided on Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome in the Round of 64 of the NCAA tournament.“She can shoot it off the bounce, she can shoot whenever she wants to, she can shoot in transition,” Syracuse’s Cornelia Fondren said of Minato. “I think that’s the biggest thing we have to stop with her because she doesn’t really get to the basket on film that much.”Minato averages 23.6 points per game. Her 48.4 3-point percentage ranks second nationally. Army head coach Dave Magarity said his team has seen “every conceivable defense” to try and stop the crafty point guard.The Orange, on the other hand, leads the country in caused turnovers with 24.6 per game. Opponents shoot an average of 29.5 percent from beyond the arc against SU and the combination of its full-court press and half-court 2-3 zone has given opponents fits all season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We got to get Minato clean looks when we can,” Magarity said.The key to beating the zone is ball movement. If passes go inside and Syracuse’s defense collapses, there will be ample opportunities on the perimeter to “let it fly,” Minato said. And that bodes well for a team that ranks second in the nation with a 41.6 3-point field-goal percentage.The Orange plans to stick to its usual defensive sets, though. Only once this year has Syracuse deviated from its half-court zone to a box-and-one. In the first game of the season, Rhode Island point guard Charise Wilson scored 26 points in the first three quarters. Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman made the adjustment to put Fondren on her man-to-man. Wilson didn’t score a point in the fourth and SU won by three.Courtesy of Army AthleticsFondren said Syracuse prepares to go to the box-and-one before every game just in case a player single-handedly beats the zone. Washington’s Kelsey Plum, who ranks third in the country in scoring with 26.2 points per game, is the player SU’s faced this year that compares most to Minato. But the Orange wasn’t forced to change its defense in-game, held Plum to 19 points and escaped with a four-point win.“We have to do everything we can to control (Minato) off the bounce and not allow her to take the game over,” Hillsman said. “She has a great ability to score and she’s a fantastic player. We’ve seen a lot of film on her and we have to find a way to slow her down”With 31 game tapes to watch, Hillsman is prepping for specific sets. Syracuse knows Army will look to drive and kick. It knows its’ offense runs through Minato. The only thing left to do is stop it on the court.One other skill that makes Minato dangerous is her ability to disguise whether or not she’s shooting, SU guard Brittney Sykes said. It’s just another tool on a belt filled with them.“She’s a really good deceptive player,” Sykes said. “She’ll put you to sleep.”If Syracuse can’t identify her without a green pinnie and she takes over on Friday, she’ll put the Orange’s season to sleep, too. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Badgers’ NCAA tourney lives at stake in Ann Arbor

first_imgOn Friday morning in Ann Arbor, Mich. the Wisconsin women’s tennis team will set out to accomplish two things: make a run at this weekend’s Big Ten Conference Tournament and win enough matches to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.Carrying with them a three-match winning streak, it appears the Badgers (14-10, 5-5) have saved their best tennis for last, peaking at the right time heading into all-important tournament play.“I think we’re playing extremely good tennis,” head coach Brian Fleishman said. “We’re playing the best tennis we’ve played all season now and that’s what you’re supposed to be doing.”The Badgers grabbed the fifth seed and a first round bye in the tournament with their wins against Iowa and Illinois this past weekend.If Wisconsin is to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, the team must beat fourth-seeded Ohio State in the first round in the quarterfinals on Friday and then subsequently beat the 1-seed, Michigan, in the semifinals on Saturday.However, beating either team is easier said than done. In Wisconsin’s regular season matches against both groups, they lost 2-5 and 0-7 respectively.Against Ohio State, Wisconsin took the early doubles point, leading 1-0 as they switched over to singles. According to Fleishman, the energy his team used to propel them to the early lead quickly evaporated.“If we can just play every point for itself and just stay on them from the beginning to the end we can beat them,” junior and No. 2 singles Aleksandra Markovic said. “They’re pretty tough but we can beat them.”Though the positive attitude is there for the Badgers, there’s a good chance one big part of the team’s success throughout the regular season won’t be: freshman standout and No. 1 singles Jenny Hois.Recently, Hois was sidelined with nagging tendonitis, an injury that kept her out of both matches against Iowa and Illinois this past weekend.Hois was also the only singles player to win her match against Ohio State two weeks ago when the two teams last met.Fleishman, however, is confident the team can step up in her absence. The coach draws back to last weekend when instead of Hois it was Alaina Trgovich who anchored the singles lineup and rose to the challenge for the Badgers.“She loves that heavy ball,” Fleishman said. “Anyone who plays No. 1 is going to hit that hard shot. She likes that pace and the points aren’t as long at the top, which goes right into Alaina’s game.”Trgovich, thrust into the arms of the spotlight at No. 1, remains confident the team can prevail over the Buckeyes, as well.“It wasn’t our best singles two weeks ago,” Trgovich said. “I think we know we can do better than that and what to expect. I’m really confident. I think we all can do it.”The other positive the team can take against Ohio State is the match will take place at a neutral site this time around. The Badgers’ first match with the Buckeyes took place in Columbus, which in Fleishman’s opinion proved huge for them.“[The Ohio State fans] were on us from the beginning of the match to the end of the match,” Fleishman said. “I think being on neutral ground, anything can happen.”If Wisconsin can take out Ohio State, they will likely face Michigan who takes on the winner of eighth-seeded Minnesota and ninth-seeded Iowa on Saturday.Michigan would be the heavy favorite in the match, but Wisconsin knows that once they take the court, anything can happen.“I’ll be honest, Michigan is pretty tough,” Markovic said. “If we lay it on the line I think we can [beat them] because last year we played them in the Big Ten Tournament and all of the matches were really close. We almost won the doubles point and almost won three singles matches, it was really close.”For Markovic and her teammates, it’s going to take more than almost to beat Michigan and to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.They know it’s going to take a complete team effort.last_img read more