Syracuse recruiting overseas through Leonid Yelin’s connections

first_img Published on September 6, 2017 at 10:20 pm Contact David: [email protected] UPDATED: Sept. 7, 2017 at 12:19 a.m.In 2004, an 8-year-old Anastasiya Gorelina first spoke to then-head coach of Louisville Leonid Yelin in their home country of Uzbekistan. Thirteen years later, she plays for him at Syracuse.“I saw a tall kid running around the gym,” Yelin said. “It looked like one day she was going to be a good player.”Yelin’s instincts have proved to be correct. Gorelina, now a junior at Syracuse playing under Yelin, is one of four players on the roster who played high school volleyball outside of the United States. Since 2011, when Yelin took over as head coach at SU, 21 internationally-recruited players have played for him.Gorelina grew up watching and admiring volleyball teams from Europe and the U.S., never imagining she would one day play for one. Even after coming to the U.S., she did not believe she was suited to play Division I.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When I came here,” Gorelina said, “I was wondering how everyone was playing so well. I was like, ‘I am so bad.’”Teammates and the Syracuse coaching staff assimilated her to SU, Yelin in particular. The connection between the two, both hailing from Uzbekistan, helped Gorelina acclimated with the playing style in the U.S.Mariia Levanova, also a junior, was a two-time Russian professional club champion before coming to the U.S. Yelin, who also speaks Russian, discovered Levanova through coaches he knew in Russia. Levanova came home one day to her mother and there was Yelin, waiting for her. It shows how Yelin’s overseas connections not only help him foster relationships with his recruits, but that coaches help him discover top talent.“It’s all about who you know when finding players,” Syracuse associate head coach Erin Little said. “Coach (Yelin) has a lot of connections over there.”As for where Yelin decides to recruit, Little explained there is no plan. He focuses neither on international recruits over domestic nor which countries he wants to visit.“Coach said he’d take a good player from the moon,” Little said.The story has been updated for appropriate style. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

UFC strips Jones, reinstates Cormier as 205-pound champion

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award A costly, catty dispute finally settled 40-year-old Stephon Marbury ‘working on’ return to NBA OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Cormier lost the belt to Jones in a third-round stoppage at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California. Last month, USADA announced Jones had violated the UFC’s doping policy with a second positive test.The California commission made its no-contest ruling after Jones’ backup sample also failed a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency test for the same substance, the banned steroid Turinabol.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCormier (19-1) has never lost to any opponent except Jones (22-1), the troubled UFC star. Cormier held the light heavyweight title for most of the previous two years while Jones was largely sidelined by disciplinary issues.The 30-year-old Jones could face a four-year suspension from the California commission for his second failed test, but his representatives have indicated he is expected to appeal the result by arguing that it resulted from a contaminated nutritional supplement, a defense that has worked in previous MMA doping cases. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Jan. 3, 2015, file photo, Jon Jones, right, kicks Daniel Cormier during their light heavyweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 182 in Las Vegas. Jones has threatened to show up at WWE’s SummerSlam event and scout potential rival Brock Lesnar. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LOS ANGELES— The UFC has stripped its light heavyweight title from Jon Jones for a third time and reinstated Daniel Cormier as the 205-pound champion after Jones’ latest failed doping test.The mixed martial arts promotion announced its decision Wednesday after the California State Athletic Commission changed the result of Jones’ victory over Cormier on July 29 to a no-contest.ADVERTISEMENT Winning start Break new ground End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson A costly, catty dispute finally settled Jones has a lengthy history of misbehavior. After avoiding serious punishment in previous incidents involving cocaine use and a drunk-driving conviction, he was stripped of his title in 2015 after his involvement in a hit-and-run accident that left a pregnant woman with a broken arm.He returned to the octagon several months later and reclaimed an interim title while Cormier was injured, but Jones’ belt was stripped again in November 2016, four months after he was pulled from a rematch with Cormier at UFC 200 for failing a pre-fight doping test.Jones served a one-year suspension before returning in July, pronouncing himself wiser and more mature.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more