Clay County, Buena Vista Raceway host final IMCA Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour dates

first_imgSPENCER, Iowa – Their consistency has put Kelly Shryock and Joel Rust in the top two spots in point standings for the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour.Both will be looking to earn the series championship when the IMCA Modified tour concludes with events on Monday, Aug. 7 at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer and Wednesday, Aug. 9 at Buena Vista Raceway in Alta.Shryock’s runner-up finish in the most recent tour feature at Dubuque put him back in first in the points race. The veteran from Fertile has finished outside the top five just once through the first seven tour events of the season while Rust owns four top-five showings.Monday’s main event at Spencer pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $200 to start while the Alta race pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start. Both features are qualifiers for the 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. The Buena Vista Raceway feature winner pockets an additional $100 for each tour race they competed at this season, courtesy of IMCA.Pit gates at Clay County open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Spectator admission is $15 for adults and free for kids 12 and under when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $30.Both the gates and the grandstand at BVR open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow. Spectator admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors 65 and over, veterans and stu­dents ages 13-18. Kids 12 and under get in for $2 or free with the donation on a non-perishable food item to be given to an area food bank. Pit passes are $25 for adults and $15 for kids ages 6-10.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are on both Monday and Wednesday cards. All IMCA points, including track, will be awarded in all divisions each night.More information about the Clay County Fair Speedway show is available by calling 712 580-3000, ext. 217, and about the Buena Vista Raceway show on Facebook and the website.Other IMCA Modified Speedweek events include the Aug. 8 Harris Clash at Hamilton County Speed­way in Webster City and the Aug. 10 Night of 1,000 Stars, Aug. 11 Night of 10,000 Stars and Aug. 12 Shryock Memorial All-Star special, all at Hancock County Speedway in Britt.All six race programs will be broadcast by IMCATV.Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, 256; 2. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, 252; 3. Kyle Brown, Madrid, 195; 4. Todd Shute, Des Moines, 193; 5. Jacob Murray, Hartford, 191; 6. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 183; 7. Cayden Carter, Os­kaloosa, 167; 8. Tyler Droste, Waterloo, 149; 9. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 133; 10. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, 119; 11. Kurt Kile, Nichols, 109; 12. Tim Ward, Harcourt, 108; 13. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, 104; 14. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., and Da­vid Brown, Kellogg, both 102; 16. Jimmy Gustin, Mar­shalltown, 95; 17. Shane DeMey, Denison, 92; 18. Clay Money, Peno­kee, Kan., 88; 19. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City, 86; 20. John Emerson, Waterloo, 83.last_img read more

Bruce plays down sack talk

first_imgHull boss Steve Bruce has dismissed speculation that his job may be under threat and vowed to fight on in a bid to rescue the Tigers from the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. Bruce said: “The one thing I’ll never do is take anything for granted and, with the expectation we have built up at this club, we are now in the bottom three and that is a problem. “But I think if I was in trouble the chairman would tell me. He has backed me with a new assistant manager and a forward so if he was going to get rid of me I think he’d have done it before I brought them in. “I can’t worry about it. If it happens it’s not my decision, but one thing’s for sure – we’ve worked extremely hard for the last couple of years and I am not going to give it up without a fight.” Bruce conceded it is “very unlikely” N’Doye will be in a position to make his debut against the champions as he remains in Paris while officials seek to sort out his work permit and international clearance. But as his injury problems continue to ease, Bruce can see no reason why his new signing should not spearhead a return to the early season form which had Bruce’s name often touted for departure for rather different reasons. “He (N’Doye) is big, strong and physically powerful. I watched him a lot in Copenhagen a few years ago but we couldn’t get into the country because of his work permit,” Bruce added. “His goalscoring record is very impressive and the big question is if he can come and adapt to the Premier League. Certainly his goalscoring record in Copenhagen and Moscow is terrific.” Nikica Jelavic is a doubt for the trip to City as he continues to struggle with a knee injury while there is promising news on influential midfielder Mohamed Diame whom Bruce hopes to have back in action by the end of the month. Last week’s abject 3-0 home defeat to Newcastle was the club’s third in succession and left them rooted in the bottom three ahead of Saturday’s daunting trip to Manchester City. But, after a week which saw the respective arrivals of Lokomotiv Moscow striker Dame N’Doye and new assistant boss Mike Phelan, Bruce is confident he has got the backing required to help him beat the drop. Diame’s return would be a welcome boost to a side who seem to be slipping into trouble and alarmed Bruce for their abject surrender against the Magpies last week having made such a promising start to the game. Bruce said: “We’ve got to get over the disappointment of last week and eradicate those silly little errors. “We have got to roll our sleeves up and show that bit of form and there is no better game for us to go and play. “I hope we can have a response from everybody because what we witnessed in the second half last week was simply not good enough, and we all understand and realise we are better than that.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Tropical storm Isaias to develop; Florida in the cone

first_imgA big tropical mess is moving over the Caribbean Islands and it may eventually travel to South Florida.A few things are working against this system. There is dry air to the north with some Saharan Dust. Also strong upper level winds known as Shear are helping to keep it in check and of course land interaction. Still, it seems to hang on.The track will be a bit challenging. Models base their forecasts on a good starting fix. Because there’s no closed center of circulation, the cone and intensity forecasts will remain iffy until the center is found.We know the system will move over the Leeward Islands early on Wednesday with heavy rain and gusty winds, then travel over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Wednesday evening. It could reach Dominican Republic and Haiti the next day. Cuba will get the rain and wind by Friday.In the long run, it may even reach South Florida and the Bahamas. All that may change if the center is found in a different location than presently estimated. The system will be pushed NW by high pressure and will look for the gap between the high and the approaching jet stream as its route north.HazardsRain will be the biggest concern. Large amounts will lead to a flooding threat along with land and mudslides.The forecast calls for:Leeward Islands & Virgin Islands: 3″ – 6″Puerto Rico: 3″ – 6″ with up to 10 in spotsDominican Republic: 3″ – 6″ with some areas as much as 8″Haiti: 2″ – 4″Windward Islands: 1″ – 3″South Florida and the Bahamas should monitor closely. Many things can change in the next 24-48 hrs. with the forecast track.We’ll be watching.last_img read more

WI, Pakistan begin World Cup 2019 quest

first_imgBy Rajiv BisnauthWEST Indies have already failed to qualify for the 2017 Champions Trophy in England, and the declining fortunes of the regional side can further slide if they fail to automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup.The disqualification from the Champions Trophy is the first time that the two-time World Cup winners have failed to qualify for any global cricket tournament.However, they begin the quest for the final automatic qualification spot today when they play Pakistan in the first of three ODIs in the UAE.The West Indies, champions in the first two World Cups in 1975 and 1979, need to avoid a clean sweep to maintain their current eighth spot, while Pakistan, the 1992 champions, need to win the series 3-0 to rise one place from ninth.Restricted to the world’s top eight-ranked sides, the cut-off time for the automatic qualification is September 30, 2017.After which, the bottom four teams in the one-day rankings will be joined by six Associate sides in a 10-team qualifying round in 2018 from where two teams will qualify.Both Pakistan and West Indies will also play in three one-day matches in the Caribbean next March.Pakistan also have a tough five-match series in Australia early next year but West Indies will be hard-pressed to play England and India before the cut-off date.The West Indies had shown recent form, having beaten South Africa twice and world number one Australia once in a tri-series on home grounds in June before losing the final.Shockingly, they were beaten 3-0 in the recent T20 series by Pakistan.Once the most dominant force in world cricket, West Indies have struggled in recent years, plagued by chaotic mismanagement among other issues.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLBYanks’ Cole learns safety-protocol lesson in 1st intrasquadNEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole couldn’t have expected the New York Yankees to take the ball away from him just one batter into his first home start in the Bronx. Associated Press Snowboard world champion Pullin drowns in diving mishapGOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Two-time world snowboard champion and Winter Olympian Alex Pullin has drowned while spearfishing on Australia’s Gold Coast. A police spokesman said a 32-year-old man was unresponsive when taken from the water and died despite receiving CPR from lifeguards and emergency treatment from paramedics. The accident happened at Palm Beach around 10:40 a.m. local time. Pullin won gold medals in the snowboard cross event at the 2011 and 2013 world championships and was Australia’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.BRITISH SPRINTER-POLICE But the team’s new $324 million ace learned the hard way about one of baseball’s new coronavirus safety protocols Tuesday night during an intrasquad game at Yankee Stadium. Cole allowed a home run to the second hitter he faced, Miguel Andújar, one pitch after being forced to give up the ball he used to strike out leadoff man Mike Tauchman. Cole grumbled that he liked the ball used to strike out Tauchman. But among the safety steps instituted by Major League Baseball for this virus-shortened season is that pitchers can’t reuse a baseball once it has been touched by other players. After Cole struck out Tauchman swinging, catcher Gary Sánchez whipped the ball around the infield — a customary ritual that’s frowned upon in MLB’s 2020 operations manual. In other MLB news:— The San Francisco Giants say they are “suspending workouts at Oracle Park, pending the results of tests conducted this past weekend.” On Monday, the club announced two people had tested positive for the coronavirus without providing further details on whether the two were players, coaches or staff. Prospect Hunter Bishop and pitcher Luis Madero, in the 60-player pool, already tested positive. — The reigning World Series champion Washington Nationals have resumed training camp after canceling workouts Monday because of COVID-19 testing delays. General manager Mike Rizzo said the team felt confident about getting back to Nationals Park for practices after receiving all player and staff test results from Friday. The American League champion Houston Astros also resumed workouts on Tuesday. A handful of players did not take part in the Nationals’ workouts, including Starlin Castro, Juan Soto, Howie Kendrick and Victor Robles. Without naming names, Rizzo said two players tested positive for the coronavirus and that any players and staff who came into contact with them had to be re-tested July 8, 2020 VIRUS OUTBREAK-RAVENS QUARTERBACKJackson to hold annual event amid Florida spikeBALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson announced he will hold his annual “Funday with LJ” event in Florida amid the state’s spike in coronavirus cases. A flyer posted on Jackson’s Instagram page Monday says the event will be held in a park in his hometown of Pompano Beach in Broward County. The city’s website says social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people are currently not allowed. The announcement comes more than a week after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said interactions among young people are driving the surge in confirmed cases. Florida’s Health Department says there are more than 21,000 positive coronavirus cases in Broward County. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OKLAHOMA-TEXASDALLAS (AP) — Oklahoma and Texas officials are cautiously optimistic that their annual football showdown still will be played at the Cotton Bowl in the Fair Park in Dallas, despite the announcement Tuesday that the fair would be canceled.Oklahoma-Texas is one of the longest-running and most intense rivalries in college football. This year’s game is scheduled for Oct. 10.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SOCCERMLS match postponed VIRUS OUTBREAK-WOMEN’S BRITISH OPENWomen’s British Open to take place without fansUNDATED (AP) — Organizers are going ahead with the Women’s British Open at Royal Troon without spectators.The Women’s British Open is set for Aug. 20-23 at Royal Troon along the Ayrshire coast of Scotland. It would be the first major on the LPGA Tour schedule that is played this year and it would be the week after the Ladies Scottish Open on the other side of the country just east of Edinburgh.Qualifying for the AIG Women’s British Open has been canceled. The field will be made up of leading players from the women’s world ranking and recognizing top performances at recent events on the world’s leading tours. NFL-EAGLES-JACKSONJackson apologizes for anti-Semitic postsPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has apologized after backlash for sharing anti-Semitic posts on social media over the weekend. In a video posted on Instagram, he said his post “was definitely not intended for anybody of any race to feel any type of way, especially the Jewish community,” He added that he ”just probably never should have posted anything Hitler did, because Hitler was a bad person.” The team and the NFL both issued statements condemning Jackson’s posts. Washington, Orlando and Brooklyn are the three teams left in the race for the final two Eastern Conference playoff spots. If the Wizards finish within four games of whichever club finishes eighth, then two games will be played to determine the No. 8 seed. But with Beal and Davis Bertans out, a Wizards team that has been without John Wall all season will have to replace more than 40 points a game if it is to somehow get into that postseason mix.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE BASKETBALL-LOUISVILLETwo in Louisville program test positiveLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two members of Louisville’s men’s basketball program have tested positive for COVID-19 and the team has suspended voluntary activities for two weeks.A news release from the school did not specify whether it was players or staff members who tested positive. It added that those impacted are being quarantined and proper protocols are being followed. — The Cleveland Indians are keeping outfielder Franmil Reyes away from training camp after they spotted him on social media attending a weekend holiday party without wearing a mask. Manager Terry Francona said Reyes is not in any trouble with the team. But by not practicing social distancing or wearing a mask, he says Reyes exposed himself — and his teammates — to infection, and the team is being overly cautious. Francona said Reyes, who was traded to Cleveland last season from San Diego, will have to be re-tested for the virus “when it’s appropriate.”VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBABeal, Dinwiddie won’t playWASHINGTON (AP) — Wizards leading scorer Bradley Beal and Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie won’t take part in the restart of the NBA season.Beal is out because of a right rotator cuff injury. Dinwiddie announced that he is still testing positive for coronavirus and won’t participate. Ex-USOC spokesman Mike Moran dead at 78 after short illnessCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (AP) — Former United States Olympic Committee spokesman Mike Moran has died after a short illness. He was 78 years old. Moran was born in Nebraska and after playing both baseball and basketball at South Dakota and Nebraska-Omaha he went into sports information. He succeeded the renowned Fred Casotti at the University of Colorado in 1968. He spent 11 years as the Buffaloes’ sports information director before moving on to the US Olympic Committee where he worked from 1978 to 2003. He spent the last 17 years as senior media consultant for the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. AUSTRALIA-PULLIN DEATH NFL-BROWNS-VERNONCLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells the Associated Press the Cleveland Browns have re-worked defensive end Olivier Vernon’s contract for next season. Vernon’s future with the Browns seemed uncertain as he was set to make $15.25 million in 2020. But the club reworked his deal and the source says he’ll earn $11 million. The 29-year-old Vernon joined the Browns last season after coming over from the New York Giants in the blockbuster trade involving wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.OLY-OBIT-MIKE MORAN ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Major League Soccer has postponed Wednesday night’s match between Nashville and Chicago.MLS says five Nashville players have received positive tests for COVID-19 since arriving in Orlando. Two players received positive results during the weekend, while three others got their positive results Monday night. Four other Nashville players need further testing after receiving inconclusive results.The league is continuing to evaluate Nashville’s participation in its tournament. FC Dallas withdrew Monday after 10 players tested positive for coronavirus.VIRUS OUTBREAK-WNBADurr will miss season NEW YORK (AP) — New York Liberty guard Asia Durr will miss the upcoming WNBA season after testing positive for the coronavirus on June 8.Durr detailed her struggles with COVID-19 in a post on Instagram. The former Louisville star says she hasn’t fully recovered.The second pick of the 2019 WNBA draft averaged 6.7 points in her rookie season, starting 15 of her 18 appearances before being sidelined for the season with a hip injury.In other WNBA news:— Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler is not in favor of the WNBA’s social justice plans and has sent a letter to Commissioner Cathy Engelbert objecting to the league’s initiatives to honor the Black Lives Matter movement when the season begins in Florida. Loeffler is a Republican U.S. senator running for re-election in Georgia. She asked the commissioner to scrap plans for players to wear warmup jerseys reading “Black Lives Matter” and “Say Her Name” and instead put an American flag on all uniforms and apparel. London police apologize to sprinter for ‘distress’ in searchLONDON (AP) — London police have apologized to British sprinter Bianca Williams after officers stopped and searched her car over the weekend. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has told the British parliament that police apologized for “the distress it has clearly caused her.” Dick says reviews of the evidence found no apparent misconduct during the search but that the Metropolitan Police had voluntarily referred itself for review by the Independent Office for Police Conduct. Williams was a sprint relay gold medalist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2018 European Championships.last_img read more

Salvatori computer labs change for student needs

first_imgThe Salvatori Computer Science Center, a study spot for engineering students, now provides newer computer technology and improved study spaces for students after the university and Information Technology Services upgraded the computer lab this summer.Lab time · Lillian Lin, a sophomore majoring in architecture, works at the Salvatori lab Sunday. The lab is open 24 hours, Monday through Thursday. – Daniel Doperalski | Daily Trojan The center was renovated as part of a larger initiative funded by the Office of the Provost to improve existing resources on campus and increase USC’s capacity for more advanced forms of technology.The renovation focused on several key themes — mobility, collaboration and better interaction — to improve the lab. The center is now equipped with spaces for students to use their own laptops and provides group study rooms, modeled after the spaces in Leavey Library.A new laptop rental program offers 90 computers for students to check out for four-hour periods, which can be renewed if more time is needed. For student convenience, the laptops may be taken anywhere on campus, said Joseph Cevetello, director of ITS Learning Environments.“The initiative really involved taking a look at all the learning centers on campus with an eye toward renovating them and bringing them [more closely] to what students need,” Cevetello said.He explained that the space had been completely transformed to fit growing demands from both students and the university for a more high-tech experience throughout campus.In addition, ITS installed collaborative software, including TeamSpot, a cross-platform program that enables wireless sharing of screens between computers, to encourage a more interactive environment and to build upon peer learning opportunities.In response to student feedback about the difficulties of printing from laptops, the space now has wireless printing capabilities. Costs were reduced as well, Cevetello said; it is now the cheapest place to print on campus and charges 10 cents per page for black and white printing, compared to 12 cents per page at Leavey Library.“It was about recognizing that [some of] our learning spaces had not been updated in more than 20 years,” Cevetello added.Many engineers have had positive reactions to the changes, acknowledging that the center seems more aesthetically pleasing, and that the improved software is helpful, most notably the addition of Macs that run Windows programs.“It looks really nice; the new computers are much better,” said Edward Gonzales, a graduate student studying electrical engineering.Despite student satisfaction and support from USC’s Undergraduate Student Government, some students said glitches will need to be worked out to prevent overcrowding.“I’m less likely to rent a laptop than I am to just get a desk computer,” said Gonzales, who, like many engineering students, prefers large screens rather than small screens on laptops when working with graphics.The lab hours have not changed; it is open 24 hours a day Monday through Thursday, midnight to 11 p.m. on Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and 7:30 a.m. to midnight on Sunday.“As an engineer, you pretty much live 24 hours in SAL,” said Elizabeth Windler, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering. Fortunately for engineers, Cevetello said there are plans to expand the hours so that the lab would be open 24 hours a day, seven days per week.“It was very forward thinking,” said Yaniv Tal, a senior majoring in electrical engineering. “The hours thing is huge … as engineers, we have to work late.”last_img read more

Men’s soccer offensive struggles continue against Ohio State

first_imgAlthough the Wisconsin men’s soccer team seemed to outplay Ohio State Saturday, the scoreboard would not indicate the same as the Buckeyes escaped McClimon Complex with a 2-0 win.Despite Wisconsin (2-9-2, 0-5-0 Big Ten) controlling much of the game against OSU (5-5-3, 3-2-0), the Badgers came out of the match still searching for their first Big Ten win for the year as their winless streak stretched to three games.In the 25th minute of the first half, the Badgers thought they had broken through when forward Tom Barlow scored on a breakaway, but the goal called back after Barlow was called for offsides. Ten minutes later, Ohio State broke the tie when forward Christian Soldat headed in a cross from freshman forward Marcus McCrary to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead, which held up going into halftime.“[McCrary] sent in a good cross. Adam [Lauko] had good position on the guy who was right behind and the guy just flicked it, perfect flick over the keeper,” Badger midfielder Drew Conner said. “It was just a really lucky goal.”After getting off to a slow start, the Badgers’ attack really started to pick up in the second half, recording nine of their 12 shots on goal.According to UW freshman forward Mark Segbers, the Badgers found more success creating opportunities by adjusting their game plan to stretch out Ohio State’s 4-5-1 formation.“I think we were trying to jam it down the middle too much and that’s where most of their numbers were,” Segbers said. “It took us a little while to figure that out. The main goal was to try to get it out wide and get a good cross in whether it was on the ground or in the air.”Despite the flurry of scoring chances for Wisconsin in the second half, the Badgers were not able to put any of them in the back of the net. The score would stay 1-0 until the last minute of the game when McCrary sealed the victory for Ohio State by scoring on a breakaway as Wisconsin’s defenders were pushed up in an all-out effort to tie the game.“We had a lot of action in their box and sometimes it falls for you, sometimes it doesn’t,” Wisconsin head coach John Trask said. “It seemed like we were going to get something with what we were doing out there in the second half.”According to Trask, coming up short despite outplaying an opponent is just an unfortunate part of the game sometimes.“Soccer, as I’ve said before, can be a cruel game just because you dominate territory or dominate possession, but at the end of the day, it’s about putting the ball in the goal, which isn’t always an easy thing to do,” Trask said.In addition to not converting their chances, the Badgers’ lack of physicality due to their youth is what held them back in Saturday’s match, according to Trask.“I would say they were bigger than us in terms of size, but [Ohio State] was bigger physically,” he said. “It’s noticeable that they were a little bit older in some spots of the field.”While disappointed by not getting the win, Trask was still encouraged by how his team played Saturday night.“I was pleased with the effort. We played midweek, they didn’t. I thought we had a good energy,” Trask said. “I thought we played pretty good other than the one bang-bang goal that they got.”Trask went on to praise the play of junior midfielder Drew Conner and freshman midfielder Mike Catalano, who each recorded two shots on goal for the Badgers.“Both Mike and Drew won a lot of balls, won a lot of air-balls, which is important in a Big Ten game, but I also thought [they] played some very good soccer, moved the ball quickly through the middle of the field, either side-to-side or up and back,” Trask said of his central midfielders. “I really like what those two guys are doing.”While Wisconsin is still searching for its first Big Ten win, Conner was confident that better results will start to come as the Badgers continue to build on their quality effort against Ohio State.“We know we’re close,” Conner said. “We know we’re not far off. I don’t think our record represents this team very well at all.”Trask echoed Conner’s sentiment and was adamant that his team has what it takes to reach its full potential. But with so many young players, that could take time.“I know there’s really good things in the future for this group because they’re not going to bail and I know they’re going to work their butts off in the offseason,” Trask said.last_img read more

Syracuse’s frontline improves with personnel changes in 3-2 loss to Duke

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ With the score tied at 13 in the fourth set against Duke, Marina Markova flew above the net, deftly guiding a ball into the heart of the Blue Devils’ defense. It looked like a sure kill for the freshman from St. Petersburg, Russia.But just before the ball struck the ground, two diving Duke players dug the ball out, sending it back over the net. Eventually, the ball found its way to Elena Karakasi who set a pass at the perfect height for the 6-foot-4 Markova. This time, she left Duke no chance, burying a shot into the court, inches away from where she had placed her initial attack. Markova and Karakasi displayed their attacking chemistry throughout the match, with Karakasi teeing up Markova for all 13 of her kills. But it was outside hitter Markova’s — who played middle blocker on Sunday — defensive effort that impressed the SU coaching staff the most. “I mean, unbelievable,” assistant coach Derryk Williams said of Markova’s performance. “She played in a brand new position that she’s never played, in terms of a match. She came in and she was [playing] at an elite level. They couldn’t stop her.” Against Wake Forest on Friday, Syracuse’s middle blockers struggled to match up with the Demon Deacons frontline, leading to Dana Gardner and Izzy Plummer being benched, with outside hitter Yuliia Yastrub shifting to the center. Gardner and Plummer didn’t play at all against Duke on Sunday, but it was the outside hitter Markova, along with freshman middle blocker Abby Casiano and Karakasi, who were tasked with repelling Duke’s attacks in SU’s (4-7, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) loss to the Blue Devils (8-9, 1-3 ACC).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMarkova, Casiano and Karakasi combined for 20 blocks, with Markova leading the way with 11. Despite having barely practiced at middle blocker this season, SU head coach Leonid Yelin said they needed someone with her hitting ability in the middle for this match. “What even more surprised me was how good she did in the blocking,” Yelin said. “Like if I didn’t know [Markova] I would never feel this [was] her first time [in the middle].”With the scored tied at 11 in the first set, Yelin shifted Markova from her usual position of outside hitter to middle blocker. Even though Markova added height and versatility in the middle, SU dropped the first two sets.Midway through the third set, Markova and sophomore Polina Shemanova combined on the left side for a block that forced a Duke attack error. The block capped a 4-0 SU run and caused Shemanova and Markova to embrace and jump up and down. Syracuse took the third and fourth sets.But Markova’s position change wasn’t completely seamless. With Syracuse leading 3-2 in the fifth set, Markova displayed her inexperience at the position, committing a reaching violation as she attempted to block a Duke attack. Though on the next point, Markova, combining again with Karakasi, quickly leaked out from her spot in the middle, running to the right behind Karakasi while she set the ball before finishing the play with an emphatic slam.Markova wasn’t the only new addition to the middle on Sunday. Casiano, who didn’t play on Friday against Wake Forest due to a hand injury, saw her first action since featuring in the victory over Harvard on Sept. 21st. Despite playing with her hand heavily taped, she had her best game donning an orange uniform, Williams said. “This was the first time that she’s done things we needed her to do,” Williams said. “She’s struggled all year with one-on-one blocks. She had maybe two solos, but more importantly she started taking away easy swings from the hitters, and then we were able to dig balls that we weren’t digging before.” Tasked with stopping Duke’s powerful outside hitters in Ade Owokoniran and Payton Schwantz, Casiano struggled at first. Early in the first set, Owokoniran whizzed a ball past Casiano, who failed to get her hands up in time, prompting Yelin to get off the bench and yell at Casiano. Later in the set, Casiano responded, rising quickly after a Blue Devil attack to get her hands in position above the net, floating the ball beyond the Duke middle blockers for a kill.  In the end, Syracuse lost the fifth set 17-15. Despite the second consecutive loss to an ACC rival, the Orange’s improvement up front gives them hope heading into another ACC home showdown against No. 4 Pittsburgh next Friday, players and coaches said after the loss.  “I think we played much better than Friday,” Karakasi said. “It was very important that we came back after being down two zero. Next time we [will] push more towards the end.” Comments Published on October 6, 2019 at 7:46 pm Contact Alex: | @alexhamer8last_img read more

Cedar Rapids art museum leader named to Senate advisory board

first_imgCEDAR RAPIDS — The executive director of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art has been named to a board that oversees the collections of the U.S. Senate.Sean Ulmer says he will be part of a larger team of 12. “Other people on the committee include architects, conservationists, gallerists, retired museum directors, curators, kind of a broad spectrum,” Ulmer says. “And I think that’s by design, they want differing viewpoints on the acquisition, on the care of the collection.”Ulmer says the collection includes a wide range of objects. “There’s a small collection of paintings, there’s a small collection of statues, there’s also about a thousand prints or works on paper. There’s also some furniture, old Senate furniture, old Senate desks and so forth,” he says.Ulmer says there are also some odds and ends in the collection as well. The display of statues and other items in government buildings has come under scrutiny recently over concerns about their ties to racism. Ulmer hasn’t taken part in any board meetings yet — but expects that to be an issue.” I imagine that that’s something that’s being discussed, certainly at the curator of the collections level, and will be a matter of conversation for the advisory board as well,” according to Ulmer. He says he looks at every item on an individual basis.“Each piece has a story to tell. And sometimes that story is controversial and I think that one needs to take that into consideration,” Ulmer says. “There are good things that come out of controversies. Good, important conversations need to be happening — but also changes needs to be happening.”Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley nominated Ulmer for the two-year term on the advisory board.last_img read more

Reggae Warriors crash out of contention after tie

first_imgThe Reggae Warriors conceded 18 points in the last 17 minutes and were eliminated from contention for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup as their do-or-die match against Canada ended in a thrilling tie on Tuesday.The Warriors, who lost 20-14 against the United States last week Friday, looked certain winners against the Canadians, a team they had never beaten.The Warriors were all over the Canadians early on and Wayne Rettie’s try in the 53rd minute seemed to put them back into contention for World Cup qualification. The Canadians had other ideas, as full back Robin Legault crossed for two tries in three minutes in an astonishing climax.Canada could have capped an amazing comeback for the win had Canadian scrum half and co-captain, Steve Piatek, who had scored the equalising conversion from the touchline to Legault’s second try, not missed with a final second drop goal attempt.NO SHAME IN LOSSWarriors head coach Romeo Monteith was devastated.”I’m proud of the performance from the team. There’s no shame in losing to the world No. 10 by six points, and drawing with the world No. 12 in these qualifiers. We tried our best and I wish we could have held on at the end, but it wasn’t to be, and we have to move on,” he said. “Canada had more urgency towards the end. They had one particularly dangerous play, turning the ball inside from the play … to the full back that kept opening up our middle. We needed more discipline there; we were calling for the team to be tighter around that area, but we weren’t.”Lamont Bryan opened the scoring in the 21st minute, barrelling over from close in, Joel Farrell converting and, five minutes later, the Jamaican lead was doubled, crisp passing seeing Corey Hanson and Richie Barnett combining to send in winger Alex Brown for a lovely score, Farrell wide with the conversion.Canada will play the USA on Saturday, with a World Cup berth awaiting the winners.last_img read more