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  • Trump should face harassment allegations under oath

    first_imgThen last week, something changed. Three of Trump’s previous accusers reiterated their allegations against him.A group of more than 50 Democratic congresswomen requested that the House take up an investigation into Trump’s conduct.Eight senators have called on the president to resign over the accusations and seconded the demand for a congressional investigation.Of those, Trump focused his ire on New York U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, whom he implied had traded sex for campaign donations.A congressional probe of the allegations against the president remains highly unlikely, at least while both the Senate and House remain under Republican control.But in theory, such an investigation could make a valuable — even crucial — contribution to the ongoing reckoning. Categories: Editorial, OpinionFor months, the national reckoning with sexual harassment and assault orbited President Donald Trump as if around a black hole — intimately connected to a man who nevertheless remained untouched by it. Truth and reconciliation commissions are about storytelling.The goal is to give perpetrators immunity to encourage them to shed light on past crimes, but also to provide victims with a space in which to speak and be heard.Commissions are about emotion, too: Ideally, they allow people on all sides of a conflict to work through their sorrow and resentment in order to heal.It’s impossible to isolate any one cause of the post-Harvey Weinstein wave.But a great deal of it may come from the rage of American women who have been, unknowingly perhaps, waiting for something to give since Trump’s election.The rawness and catharsis of this moment are bound up with year-old frustration over a country that didn’t find the would-be president’s disrespect for women disqualifying.A real reckoning with harassment and assault requires not only figuring out how to prevent misconduct in the future but also coming to terms with Trump.  Ideally, Congress would focus that investigation on how the epidemic of sexual harassment and assault limits opportunity in the workplace, and it would address the allegations against Trump as part of that investigation.Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks, who came together last week at a news conference to return their accusations of the president to the public eye, have all said they would be willing to testify before Congress.Trump should also be given the chance to speak under oath about his interactions with these women and the authenticity of the “Access Hollywood” tape, which he apparently has questioned.There is an important avenue for congressional inquiry here.As New York magazine’s Rebecca Traister writes, the current crisis is not just about sex but also about sexual misconduct toward women at work: both women’s vulnerability to harassment in the workplace and the economic and professional vulnerabilities that result from that harassment.This is a sex-discrimination problem — and Congress should hear from experts as to how to address this pervasive gender inequity. Trump’s behavior is an example.Like many of the powerful men recently exposed as predatory, much of his alleged behavior took place while the women who accuse him were at work or seeking professional guidance.Now, as president, he is the nation’s most powerful at-will employer.center_img Such hearings on workplace harassment could produce concrete benefits in the form of legislative solutions to systems that stack the deck against victims, such as nondisclosure agreements written into employment contracts.But while pointing to Trump as a test case might be politically satisfying, the end goal of that piece of it is less clear.What comes after the investigation?The behavior the president is accused of, especially because voters were aware of the allegations before the election, probably does not constitute an impeachable offense.The answer is that we should think of the hearing as justification in itself, something akin to a truth and reconciliation commission.In societies rebuilding after devastating conflict— notably post-genocide Rwanda and post-apartheid South Africa – such commissions have encouraged both victims and perpetrators to share their experiences and work toward the truth of what took place.It’s an alternative model of justice focused on healing a wounded community rather than punishing the guilty. Congress almost certainly can’t compel the president to testify if he refuses.And even if Trump appeared, he has shown little indication of a capacity for emotional honesty or remorse.The real value of such hearings would come from listening to the stories of the women who have accused him — women whom he has branded as liars and frauds — giving them a chance to speak and be heard apart from his alleged abuse. Testimony under oath before a bipartisan committee would be an anchor to the truth.For that same reason, it would be a step toward rebuilding a world splintered both by the damage of assault and by the presidential attack not just on truth, but on women’s stories.Quinta Jurecic is an associate editor for the Lawfare blog and a member of The Washington Post’s editorial board.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

  • New Zealand ends COVID-19 free run

    first_imgThe pair were released early from government quarantine and permitted to drive from the city of Auckland to Wellington, the capital – nearly 650km away – before being diagnosed or even tested, health officials said. Their trip was an approved exemption from the mandatory isolation period for new arrivals to the country in order to visit a dying parent. The women had “done everything right” and had not put other members of the public at risk, said Ashley Bloomfield, New Zealand’s director-general of health, on Tuesday. (The Guardian) WELLINGTON – New Zealand has recorded its first new cases of coronavirus for 24 days after two women who arrived in the country from Britain were found to be infected.center_img Dr. Ashley Bloomfield speaks after two new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in New Zealand after 24 days without an active case in the country. HOPKINS/GETTY IMAGES last_img read more

  • Oyo Unity Cup ends in grand style, Ogo Oluwa/Surelere emerge champions

    first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The pioneer Oyo Unity Cup, which is the brainchild of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has ended with so many talking points as young footballers thrilled the fans with good football artistry at the Liberty Stadium in Ibadan, Oyo State. The aim of the competition is the discovery young talents in football for national and international exports. Speaking at the event, the Minister thanked all who contributed to the success of the maiden event and said it signals more good things to come in Sports. Dare said: “It’s never too late. “We have started and we will keep improving on Unity Cups across the Federation to ensure this goes across different states to enable us catch young talents. “Some of the talents that were discovered are indeed skillful. “I am impressed with what I have seen and this has spurred me to do more knowing that there are lots of talents undiscovered across the Federation.” Fans were also thrilled to catch a glimpse of some of their favourite ex-internationals. Leading the pack was Daniel “The Bull” Amokachi, former Everton Football player, accompanied by the the newly appointed Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles, Joseph Yobo; Mutiu Adepoju, the Nigerian LaLiga Ambassador and former player of Real Sociedad in Spain; and Ike Shorounmu, former Super Eagles goalkeeper. The fans were excited to have these football Legend gather in their town to be part of the finals of the Oyo Unity Cup. It was Ogo Oluwa Surelere Constituency of Ogbomosho who won the finals of the Oyo Unity Cup with 1-0 scoreline. The goal was scored by Olalekan Oyetunde, who happened to be the best player of the tournament. The highest goal scorer of the tournament went to Friday Michael from Ogoluwa/Surelere Federal Constituency and the fair play award went to Ibadan North Federal Constituency. Best goal keeper of the tournament went to Yusuf Adewale from Nigeria Union of Journalists team, with Oyetunde Olalenkan from Ogoluwa/Surelere Federal Constituency voted the most valuable player of the tournament. Other notable dignitaries in attendance were Festus Adegboye Onigbinde, former Super Eagles Coach; Senator Abiola Ajimobi, former Governor of Oyo State; and the FA Chairmen of Ondo, Ogun and Oyo States.Tags: Oyo Unity CupSunday DareSurulereUnity Cupslast_img read more

  • Sterling: We lacked concentration

    first_img Defender Kolo Toure’s error playing out from the back led to the Baggies’ second-half equaliser but the Reds’ failure to capitalise on Daniel Sturridge’s 14th Premier League goal of the season was just as much at fault. Sterling was busy against the Baggies, having a hand in the goal, but not necessarily hugely productive and that was reflected throughout the whole side with just three shots on target against a team only one point above the relegation zone. The draw meant the four-point cushion opened up by last week’s Merseyside derby win was cut back to two as Everton beat Aston Villa on Saturday. With Arsenal the visitors to Anfield this weekend, the grip Brendan Rodgers’ team have on fourth place could well slip but Sterling is confident they can hold on to their position by continuing to do what they have all season. “The manager told us that we tried to play football and that’s the most important thing,” he told “It’s just one of those games where we lacked a little bit of concentration and they got back into it. “Hopefully we can cut the mistakes out of our game and be right up there at the end of the season. We’ll just pick up and go again for the next game. “I still think we’re right up there. We just need to take the game step by step and hopefully get the three points each week. “Hopefully we can be right up there at the end of the season.” Rodgers has no intention of discouraging his players, particularly his defenders, from passing and with that in mind the return of centre-back Daniel Agger, sidelined with a calf problem for another couple of weeks, cannot come soon enough. “I don’t think you can argue with the defence, I thought we looked really solid,” said the Reds boss. “Up until the goal we were fine, we had total control of the game and didn’t look troubled whatsoever. “Will I ever ask a player when he is maybe 20 yards in space to never accept the ball – never. That is how we play and hopefully it is an exciting way to play. “Sometimes it will hurt us but it wasn’t so much the playing out from the back, it was more the decision-making. “These players, especially defenders, have the courage to play. “You (the media) will be the same guys at World Cups talking about British players not being able to play football and you wonder why. “Of course sometimes you have to go longer in your build-up but it is not forced upon them, it is just decision-making.” West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster, who made crucial saves from Luis Suarez and Sturridge in the second half, took confidence from a point which could be vital considering how tight things are at the foot of the table. “The results on Saturday didn’t go in our favour,” he told “After a first-half performance that wasn’t the best, it was important to come out and get something and we did that. “Any point against the top five or six teams in this division is probably a welcome point. “You can’t look too much at other people when you’re in a dogfight. You’ve got to look at yourself and concentrate on getting your own results and that’s what we’ll do.” Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling insists dropped points from the 1-1 draw at West Brom have not damaged their top-four bid and they will continue to play their way to the Champions League. Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Update on the latest sports

    first_imgUNDATED (AP) — Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah az-ah-BOO’-kay) showed no signs of the ankle injury he suffered in Saturday’s win over Kansas State.The center was his dominant self for top-ranked Kansas tonight, scoring a career-high 31 points on 13 of 14 shooting and grabbing 14 rebounds in a 75-66 victory against TCU. Azubuike also had five blocks in helping the Jayhawks capture at least a share of their 62nd regular-season conference title.Devon Dotson finished with 18 points and finished the game despite suffering an ankle injury in the second half.They can win the Big 12 title outright with a win at Texas Tech on Saturday or a Baylor loss at West Virginia.In other top-25 finals: NFL-PANTHERS-CHARGERS TRADEPanthers, Chargers swap Pro Bowl linemenCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Carolina Panthers have agreed to acquire two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Russell Okung from the Los Angeles Chargers for five-time Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner.Okung has spent the past three seasons with the Chargers and fills a need at left tackle that the Panthers have had ever since Michael Oher (ohr) retired in 2016. The 32-year-old Okung played in six games last year and did not allow a sack.The 26-year-old Turner has been a mainstay at guard for the Panthers since he was drafted in the third round in 2014. — Missouri-Kansas City has joined Chicago State in not traveling to Seattle for regularly scheduled Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball games amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.— All sporting events in Italy will take place without fans present for at least the next month due to the virus outbreak in the country.MLB-NEWSBauer reveling in tipped pitches attentionUNDATED (AP) — Cincinnati Reds hurler Trevor Bauer thinks his decision to tip pitches for a Dodgers batter during a spring training game and the resulting attention are good for baseball. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEGreek Freak leads BucksUNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have avoided their first losing streak of the season. March 4, 2020 NASCAR-DAYTONADaytona tweaks Speedweeks, moves Clash onto road courseUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR will hit the road for its first race in 2021, part of a schedule shakeup that starts at Daytona International Speedway.The track announced several changes that include running the exhibition Busch Clash on the 3.56-mile road course that winds through the Daytona infield and packing seven races as well as Daytona 500 pole qualifying into a six-day span. The tweaks eliminate two traditional “dark days” at the track during Speedweeks leading up to the season-opening Daytona 500.NASCAR teams have pushed for a shorter season for years, arguing that the 12-week offseason is too short. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had a double-double and the Bucks bounced back from Monday’s loss at Miami by topping the Pacers, 119-100. Antetokounmpo had 29 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Milwaukee, which recovered after squandering an early 22-point lead.Khris Middleton had 20 points and Donte DiVincenzo matched a career high with 19 as the Bucks improved to a league-best 53-9.Checking out Wednesday’s other NBA action:— Jayson Tatum dropped in 32 points and the Celtics overcame Collin Sexton’s career-high 41 points to beat the Cavaliers, 112-106. Semi Ojeleye scored a career-high 22 points for Boston, which played without injured starter Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward due to injuries.— The Heat hit a franchise-record 22 3-pointers in their 116-113 win over the Magic. Duncan Robinson scored 27 points, all of them coming from beyond the arc. The NCAA has announced that the school’s request to have the infraction case resolved through the Independent Accountability Resolution Process had been granted.Wiseman was suspended by the NCAA for 12 games early this season after his family received $11,500 from former Memphis player and current Tigers coach Penny Hardaway. The money assisted in family moving expenses from Nashville to Memphis in 2017 while Hardaway was a booster for the Tigers’ basketball program.Wiseman left the school in December.NHL-SCHEDULEFlyers get 7th straight win The man is identified only as John Doe and has accused the university of failing to remove the doctor despite complaints about him.BASEBALL-MINORS-CONGRESSHouse committee vote on the MinorsWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. comptroller general will study baseball’s minor leagues, which are trying to fend off a contraction proposal from major league clubs.The House Oversight and Reform Committee approved legislation that calls on the comptroller to “evaluate the social, economic, and historic contributions that minor league baseball has made to American life and culture.” Major League Baseball and the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues are trying to fend off a contraction proposal from major league clubs. — Mitch Ballock made a season-high seven 3-pointers and finished with 20 points as 11th-ranked Creighton hammered Georgetown, 91-76. Marcus Zegarowski had 20 points and eight assists for the Bluejays, who were 17 of 33 in 3-point attempts after hitting just 4 of 27 in Sunday’s loss at St. John’s.— Texas A&M pulled off a 78-75 upset of 17th-ranked Auburn behind Josh Nebo, who scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half. Wendell Mitchell added 14 points and a key 3-pointer to help the Aggies pick up their fifth league road win.MEMPHIS-NCAAMemphis’ NCAA case goes to independent investigation armUNDATED (AP) — Memphis will go through the NCAA’s new independent investigation arm in a case involving the recruitment of star basketball player James Wiseman. The sanctioning body is expected to make significant changes to its 2021 schedule, which could include more short tracks, mid-week races and double-headers.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOREx-wrestler sues University of Michigan over doc’s assaultsDETROIT (AP) — A college wrestler from the 1980s has sued the University of Michigan, alleging that a doctor molested him dozens of times despite the university knowing that he was a threat to athletes.The lawsuit is the first since victims of late Dr. Robert E. Anderson began to emerge two weeks ago. In other NHL news:— The Ottawa Senators have fired CEO Jim Little less than two months after he took the job, saying his conduct was “inconsistent” with the core values of the team and the NHL. The 55-year-old Little said in a statement to media outlets that the reasons for his dismissal were simply the result of a heated disagreement with owner Eugene Melnyk in a phone call on Feb. 14. Little admits to using strong language during his phone with Melnyk, words for which he says he later apologized.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL limits employee travel over virus concernsUNDATED (AP) — The NHL is not allowing its employees to make work-related trips outside of North America in response to the global fears over the coronavirus. And the league has told its 31 teams they are free to adopt a similar policy. Associated Press NHL-NEWS-ISLANDERS-BOYCHUKIsles’ Boychuk gets 90 stitches after taking skate to faceNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders say defenseman Johnny Boychuk needed 90 stitches to his eyelid after being hit in the face with a skate but suffered no damage to his eye.Boychuk was cut Tuesday night when he was hit by Artturi Lehkonen’s skate as the Montreal Canadiens left wing fell forward. Both players were in front of the Islanders’ net during the third period when Lehkonen fell, causing his legs to go into the air and his right skate to connect with Boychuk under the visor. Boychuk was down on the ice briefly before he got up and skated off the ice with his hand covering his face.There is no timetable for his return. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday that if any employees go on their own to a country where the virus has been found they will be quarantined before being able to return to work. That includes the central scouting service. Scouts who are in Europe are staying in Europe, and if they return to North America they will be quarantined.Bettman said the NHL is in regular communication with the other three major North American sports leagues, as well as health experts in both the U.S. and Canada.In other virus-related developments:— Despite worldwide concern and speculation about whether the fast-spreading virus outbreak will affect the Tokyo Olympics, the IOC’s leadership is not joining in the debate. International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach told reporters “neither the word cancellation nor the word postponement was even mentioned” at a board meeting he chaired in Lausanne, Switzerland.— The Pittsburgh Pirates have given their Florida spring training home a deep clean as a proactive measure after a man in Manatee County tested positive for coronavirus The outspoken starter signaled pitches to Matt Beaty during a game on Tuesday. Bauer flicked his glove toward the catcher, signaling a fastball was coming. Beatty eventually lined out to center field.Bauer has been openly critical of the Houston Astros over their sign stealing in 2017 and 2018.In other MLB news:— Giants right-hander Tyler Beede (BEE’-dee) is seeking a second opinion on his injured throwing elbow. Beede left an exhibition game after one inning on Tuesday with tightness in his elbow. The Giants said Wednesday that an MRI showed he has a flexor strain and a UCL sprain.— Federal authorities say a New York sports gambler is facing federal charges in Florida related to threatening social media messages sent to players with the Rays and other professional sports teams. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa announced a charge of transmitting threats in interstate or foreign commerce against Benjamin Tucker Patz, who faces up to five years in federal prison. In many messages, Patz threatened to enter the athletes’ homes and behead them or their family members, the FBI said. — The Jazz cruised to their third straight win as Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic each provided 23 points in a 112-104 downing of the Knicks. Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 14 rebounds as Utah climbed within a half-game of the Rockets for fourth place in the Western Conference.— The Thunder wasted a 16-point, second-half lead before Danilo Gallinari (dah-NIH’-loh gah-lih-NAHR’-ee) made a crucial 3-pointer in the final minute of Oklahoma City’s 114-107 triumph over the Pistons. Shai Gilgeous (shay GIHL’-juhs)-Alexander scored 27 points as the Thunder ended a two-game skid.— Josh Jackson scored 19 points and the Grizzlies ran away from the Nets in the second half of a 118-79 blowout at Brooklyn. Tyus Jones added 18 points as Memphis won its third in a row.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEKansas fends off TCU UNDATED (AP) — Just one point separates the first-place Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division.The Flyers closed the gap and picked up their seventh straight win by whipping the Caps, 5-2 in Washington. Travis Konecny (kah-NEHK’-nee) sparked a 10-minute stretch in which Philadelphia scored three times to take a 3-1 lead in the second period. Konecny beat Braden Holtby just 71 seconds after the Flyers had a goal disallowed.Kevin Hayes and Ivan Proforov each had a goal and an assist to back Brian Elliott, who turned back 25 shots.The Capitals are 4-7-1 in their last 11 games.The Flyers finished the game without James van Riemsdyk (REEMZ’-dyk) because of a right hand injury. Coach Alain Vigneault (VEEN’-yoh) said on the TV broadcast that van Riemsdyk had X-rays and “it doesn’t look real good.” Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

  • Washout leaves Australia on edge

    first_img(REUTERS) – Australia and Bangladesh saw yesterday’s Champions Trophy match at The Oval washed out, just four overs short of forcing a result in a blow to both teams’ hopes of reaching the semi-finals.Having been rescued by the rain last week, London’s inclement weather turned the tables on Australia and left them needing to win their last Group A match to avoid going out.It was the second straight ‘no result’ for Australia after a similar outcome against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Friday.They have just two points in the standings, meaning they must beat England in Birmingham on Saturday to have any chance of advancing to the semi-finals.Bangladesh, who lost to England on Thursday, are also in peril.They were bowled out for 182 by Australia and then looked set to lose with their opponents handily placed 100 runs from victory with nine wickets in hand and 34 overs remaining when the rain came down.Australia, needing to bat 20 overs to conjure up a result, sat anxiously through a three-hour wait, willing away the clouds, but a persistent drizzle kept the covers on before the umpires abandoned play.WARNER QUICKDavid Warner had become the quickest Australian batsman to reach 4 000 ODI runs – achieved in 93 innings — on his way to an unbeaten 40 with captain Steve Smith not out on 22 when Australia came off after 16 overs at 83-1.“We were heading down a pretty good path and it was disappointing not to get a result in the end,” said Smith.“The game against England is now a quarter-final as such. They’re a good side and the equation is pretty simple now.”Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat with Tamim Iqbal falling five runs short of a second straight century in the tournament as Mitchell Starc took three wickets in four balls near the end of the innings as they were out in 44.3 overs.Tamim, who scored 128 against England in the opening game on Thursday, got 95 off 114 balls, picking up the pace and smashing some fierce strokes before being caught by Josh Hazlewood at long leg off Starc with the first ball of the 43rd over.The Australian paceman bowled Mashrafe Mortaza two balls later, took out the stumps of Rubel Hoosain with his next delivery and came within inches of a hat-trick as another swinging yorker flashed past Mustafizur Rahman.Starc finished with figures of 4-29 in 8.3 overs.Only two other Bangladesh batsmen – Shakib Al Hasan (29) and Mehedi Hasan Miraz (14) – reached double figures.Bangladesh must beat New Zealand in their last group game in Cardiff on Friday and hope England win their next two games in which case they would accompany the hosts to the semi-finals.“Australia were unlucky and we are lucky to still be in the tournament. We have to play hard again, but we beat New Zealand in Ireland (in a warm-up match) so you never know,” added Bangladesh skipper Mortaza.last_img read more

  • In matchup of standout goalies, Hogan’s impressive effort not enough

    first_img‘Liz has been solid,’ Finn said. ‘You couldn’t ask for anything more from her. She is a great leader and she talks a lot. And obviously she bails us out all the time with the saves she comes up with.’ The Orange’s strong defensive performance was on display during those final 16 minutes. As SU surged back, the unit would stymie Georgetown’s attacks for minutes at a time, making it possible for the offense to mount a comeback. With each team having ample opportunities to score, it was the two goalies that shined in this regular-season finale. Georgetown goalkeeper Caitlin Formby limited Syracuse, mainly in the second half. Though SU didn’t take advantage of many of its good looks, Formby rose to the occasion, causing the Orange to miss all four of its free-position shots. ‘Our defensive communication was working well, so I knew where they were going to come from,’ Hogan said. ‘It wasn’t like I was completely blindsided. We had some huge stands that lasted four, six minutes long. You can’t ask anything more from your defense, so I’m really proud of them.’ Published on May 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments With junior goalkeeper Liz Hogan having one of the best games of her career, the Syracuse defense appeared poised to capture the Big East regular-season crown. But despite the Orange’s many offensive opportunities, finding the back of the cage proved to be problematic Saturday.  Hogan’s value was on display at the conclusion of the first half. With Georgetown leading 6-5 with roughly 1:30 left before halftime, the Hoyas held possession, letting the clock run in an effort to get one final shot before heading into the locker room. With 15 seconds remaining, Georgetown made its move. A Hoya player rushed toward the goal, saw the opening and fired it toward the cage. Time and time again, Georgetown’s stout defense continued to stifle the usually steady Orange attack. And unfortunately for the Orange, Hogan’s impressive effort in goal ultimately came up a tad bit short. ‘She’s been playing well all year long,’ head coach Gary Gait said. ‘She made a lot of great saves and gave us opportunities. I thought both goalies played well today and gave their team opportunities. It just came down to one extra shot that went in.’center_img Though Hogan acknowledges she was seeing the ball particularly well on this day, she is quick to credit the defense for her success. She believes that the defense’s ability to work as a unit improved her chances to be in prime position to make saves. As a result, No. 12 Georgetown (11-5, 8-0 Big East) defeated No. 9 Syracuse (12-5, 6-2), 10-9, on Senior Day at the Carrier Dome to capture the Big East conference regular-season title. But because of Hogan’s stellar play in goal, the Orange was able to stay in contention until the final minutes of action.  The two teams were neck and neck in the contest from start to finish. And the stat sheet reflected that. The Hoyas outscored SU 6-5 in the first half, and the two teams scored four goals apiece in the second. Georgetown took 35 shots and Syracuse took 33. The Hoyas caused one more turnover. But as impressive as the defensive unit was as a whole, it all ultimately came back to Hogan and her knack for protecting the cage. The Hoyas led for the majority of the second half, but whenever Georgetown would threaten to run away with the game, it seemed Hogan would make a crucial save and shift the game’s momentum. The Hoyas never led by more than three goals and didn’t score in the final 16 minutes of the game.  Hogan got her stick up just in time, ending the Hoyas’ threat and avoiding what would have been a devastating dagger heading into the break. But for how good Formby was in this game, Hogan stayed right on par with her. In many respects, Hogan was better than her counterpart. She had 16 saves to Formby’s 14 and held Georgetown to just 2-for-7 in free-position attempts.  Senior defender Eileen Finn was disappointed following the loss but was pleased with the way the defense frustrated the explosive Georgetown attack. With senior defender and co-captain Lindsay Rogers on the sideline injured, Finn said holding the Hoyas to just 10 goals proves this team can handle any offense in the country. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

  • Badgers stomp Tar Heels for road win

    first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoCHAPEL HILL, N.C. — In a game mired by penalties and missed chances, Wisconsin turned to the same formula it used in its season-opening victory over Bowling Green: ride tailback Brian Calhoun to a win. This time the Badgers survived a major road test, grinding out a narrow 14-5 decision over the North Carolina Tar Heels in a Saturday night match-up.Calhoun accounted for 197 of Wisconsin’s 304 total yards of offense, carrying the ball 38 times for 171 yards and catching a pair of John Stocco passes for 26 yards. More importantly, the junior tailback scored the only two touchdowns in a contest that’s start was delayed 19 minutes due to possible inclement weather.”That’s the kind of game it was. In the flow of the game I’m not counting snaps,” Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez said. “I’ve got my best guy in there carrying the ball. If he’s fresh, he’s going to be in there.”The storms held off and Wisconsin took control in a field-position-oriented defensive battle. North Carolina’s offense struggled out of the chute; punting on three of its first four possessions, interspersed with an interception by fifth-year senior quarterback Matt Baker.The Badger offense moved the ball effectively for much of the first half, but only generated seven points in the opening half on an eight-yard touchdown scamper from Calhoun. Alvarez elected to gamble on fourth-and-inches rather than send sophomore kicker Taylor Mehlhaff onto the field, and it paid off when Calhoun took the handoff off the left tackle for the score, capping an eight-play, 45-yard drive.”Obviously I was a big focal point of the offense, but they called my number and I had to come up and provide a spark for our offense because we were kind of in a stalemate sometimes,” Calhoun said. “So, we got a few big runs and the o-line did a terrific job.”On its last possession prior to Calhoun’s touchdown, Wisconsin once again drove deep into Tar Heel territory only to come up empty handed following a Booker Stanley fumble. UNC linebacker Doug Justice knocked the ball out of Stanley’s grip at the 11-yard line on the running back’s first touch of the game, and UNC defensive end Brian Rackley recovered at the eight.North Carolina finally got on the board via a 43-yard field goal from Connor Barth with 6:33 remaining in the second half. Barth had previously made a 52-yard attempt in the quarter only to have it nullified by a delay-of-game penalty. The Tar Heels were no stranger to yellow flags throughout the contest, racking up 12 penalties for a whopping 115 yards, 58 more than their rushing total.”There were a lot of flags and I’m sure you’re sitting down here in North Carolina saying that’s a Big Ten crew,” Alvarez said. “But it was both ways. I think, quite frankly, what they called was there.”Wisconsin didn’t help itself either, totaling eight infractions for 74 yards. One of those penalties negated a Stocco touchdown pass to tight end Owen Daniels late in the second quarter. Instead, the Badgers settled for a field goal attempt, which Mehlhaff missed wide right from 51 yards with 2:06 remaining in the first half.Despite the offensive deficiencies, the Badger defense held strong with an undermanned defensive line to extend its streak of quarters without allowing a touchdown to eight. Starting end Jamal Cooper went down with an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the second quarter, but the line continued to pressure Baker, sacking him four times. Baker left the game at one point during the third quarter and appeared shaken up on several different occasions. The Tar Heels’ only points of the second half came when Badger punter Ken DeBauche stepped out of the end zone after time expired for a safety.”I thought our defensive coaches really had a nice game plan and the kids executed,” Alvarez said. “A lot of guys play[ed] in the secondary, and we had to have them. As thin as we were up front, boy oh boy that’s quite an effort.”Even so, North Carolina hung tough, stuffing Calhoun on another fourth-and-one attempt in Wisconsin’s first drive of the second half and forcing three straight punts on UW’s ensuing possessions. However, a missed field goal by Barth from 50 yards out gave the Badgers yet another opportunity to distance themselves from the Tar Heels, and Calhoun made sure they did just that.The junior tailback carried five times for 47 yards and capped the scoring drive with a four-yard score to give Wisconsin a 14-3 lead with 7:12 remaining in the game.”Our offense needed a big play,” Calhoun said. “It was 7-3 so we definitely needed an extra score and everybody on the offense kind of looked at each other, this is the drive that we need to seal the deal.”The win capped an emotional week for Alvarez, who missed practice last Wednesday to attend his father, Tony’s, funeral, who passed away last Sunday night in Washington, Penn.”This has been a very emotional week, you can imagine. I am just emotionally drained right now,” Alvarez said. “I’m zapped. I’m just totally zapped. I’m really pleased to walk out of here with a win.”last_img read more

  • 3 takeaways from ACC commissioner’s annual press conference

    first_img Published on July 20, 2015 at 1:48 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ PINEHURST, N.C. — Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford addressed the media for his annual forum to start ACC media kickoff on Monday. He spoke on a number of topics, ranging from autonomy among the power conferences to revenue for the ACC Network television station.Here are a few takeaways from his press conference.Bigger stage:Scheduling is an oft-debated topic regarding Syracuse football. Placing difficult games on the schedule to help raise the profile of the program. Sprinkling cupcakes over a slate that ensures at least a bowl game for SU.Swofford discussed how significant it is to schedule and win big games against big-time teams.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There’s importance in our schools scheduling and giving themselves schedules to win high-profile games,” Swofford said. “They have done that in recent years. They’ve scheduled those games and we’ve won our share of those games. Playing quality teams and winning games is important.”When asked about scheduling at his introductory press conference in June, new athletic director Mark Coyle said it’s important for Syracuse to schedule games that gives the program a good chance to win.In the non-conference slate, Syracuse will host Rhode Island, Central Michigan and Louisiana State, while traveling to face South Florida.Staying put:Swofford professed his satisfaction with the four-team playoff to determine a national champion. He was questioned on Monday whether an eight-team playoff might be more fair and leave fewer elite teams feeling snubbed from a chance to win it all.He noted that college football doesn’t want to have games going on during finals periods, nor does it want the sport to span across two semesters. He said that in order to include more teams, other games on the schedule would have to be eliminated, whether it be a regular season game or conference championship.“In a perfect world, if you only want to talk about football, and only about the playoff, yeah eight is probably better,” Swofford said. “In my mind you have the five major conference champions and three at large that are chosen … Maybe down the road, that’s something this evolves into.”No deal:Earlier this summer, college football was close to implementing an early signing period. It would have given commits a chance to sign a letter of intent in mid-December, as opposed to waiting until National Signing Day in February.It was rejected by the Collegiate Commissioners Association in June, further postponing an effort that has been years in the making. Swofford said it was disappointing, but the effort has a lot of momentum going into next year.“We’ve been talking about that for years,” Swofford said. “Some people feel that we really shouldn’t change the signing day. But look at it in the context of the whole recruiting calendar … It’s got more support than I’ve ever seen for it.”Last season Syracuse had eight players decommit from its Class of 2015. Commentslast_img read more

  • Loss to Sun Devils acts as final nail in Kiffin

    first_imgThis weekend, USC’s trip to the desert started with a blowout loss to Arizona State and snowballed into the firing of head coach Lane Kiffin immediately following the team’s flight back to Los Angeles.On Saturday night in Tempe, Murphy’s Law reigned over the USC football team – anything that could go wrong, did. Arizona State scored 28 points in the third quarter to lock up a 62-41 win and junior wide receiver Marqise Lee was carted off the field with a left knee injury.Then, after the team’s flight back to Los Angeles early Sunday morning – after 12 months of whispers, chants and then near-begging from the Trojan faithful – athletic director Pat Haden relieved Kiffin of his duties, according to a release from USC’s athletic department.The statement sent over e-mail at 4:35 a.m. Sunday morning also said that Haden would hold a press conference on Sunday afternoon at a time and place to be announced.When Kiffin was asked if he would be bothered by further questions about his job security following the defeat, he responded, “I’m fine with that. I have been dealing with that for 12 months … We have to find a way to coach better and play better and get our backups ready.”That much is clear following the latest deflating loss suffered by the Trojans – but Kiffin won’t be the man to oversee that rehabilitation.Entering Saturday night, USC (3-2, 0-2) hadn’t allowed any points in the third quarter this season. The Sun Devils (3-1, 1-1) made quick work of that statistic on their home turf, scoring three touchdowns within the first 5:05 of the second half to turn a game that many were expecting to be a defensive battle into a rout. With that scoring streak, the Sun Devils erased USC’s tenuous one-point lead and severely damaged the Trojans’ odds to win the Pac-12 South.“It was a tough day for Trojans today,” redshirt junior safety Dion Bailey said. “People were just blowing assignments and doing the wrong things … It was just the perfect storm for us.”The Sun Devils’ 62 points were just one shy of USC’s school record for points allowed, only falling short of the 63 points Oregon compiled against the Trojans last year.It was a stunning turnaround after USC only allowed 44 points combined in its first four games.“I don’t think anyone thought there’d be 100 points scored with these two defenses,” Kiffin said. “Unfortunately we didn’t play good defense today. We gave up a bunch of explosive plays, a bunch of back shoulder throws.”After redshirt sophomore tailback Tre Madden raced for a 24-yard touchdown less than a minute after halftime to give USC a 21-20 lead, the Sun Devils punched in 28 unanswered points in the third quarter.Tailback D.J. Foster hauled in a 74-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Taylor Kelly to give the Sun Devils the lead at 28-21, and redshirt sophomore Cody Kessler threw an interception on  the Trojans’ ensuing drive that was returned 46 yards for a touchdown. After a USC three-and-out, tailback Marion Grice hauled in an 8-yard touchdown reception from Kelly to polish off an insurmountable 48-21 lead going into the final period.“I think a disastrous third quarter for us was a big part of the game,” Kiffin said. “[Kelly] really threw the ball downfield and made a bunch of plays.”But the worst news had yet to come – after Lee returned a punt to midfield, the former Heisman candidate stayed down on his back as teammates slowly started to kneel around him in a circle on the field, setting a surreal scene.Redshirt junior tight end Xavier Grimble did say after the game that Lee’s injury was examined and that “whatever he got looked at came back positive,” but USC had no official post-game update on Lee’s status. Kiffin could only say that the injury “obviously didn’t look very good.”RAPID FIREThe game was filled with quick strikes on offense as both teams found success stretching the field. Arizona State racked up 612 yards of offense and USC had 542 of their own.None of the game’s scoring drives took more than 4:20 off the clock. Arizona State scored in two minutes or less five times, and USC did the same three times.But four turnovers doomed the Trojans, as they could only force one – an interception by freshman safety Su’a Cravens in the fourth quarter that was too little, too late.“That’s the story of the game – four turnovers,” Grimble said. “Those killed us. We shot ourselves in the foot.”Kelly executed the Sun Devils’ no-huddle offense to perfection, completing 23-of-34 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 79 yards and was never sacked once by USC’s defense that came in ranked fourth nationally in sacks.“That’s something we really gotta look at,” redshirt senior defensive end Devon Kennard said. “Because they did some quick throws and got the ball out and we gotta find ways to get [to the quarterback] no matter what.”Kessler finished 20-of-29 for 295 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, and was sacked four times.OPPORTUNITY WAS KNOCKINGThe Trojans had multiple chances to take the lead before halftime, but two stunning turnovers shifted the scoreboard in Arizona State’s favor.With the game tied at 14 and just under seven minutes remaining in the first half, Kessler delivered a picture-perfect pass to a wide-open Lee on a crossing route over the middle. But Lee inexplicably tipped the ball in the air, setting up Arizona State cornerback Osahon Irabor for a momentum-shifting interception.The Sun Devils took advantage of the miscue with a 28-yard field goal to make the score 17-14, and USC got the ball back with 4:41 remaining before halftime.Madden then had his number called three times in a row on the ensuing drive, and broke free on the last carry for 12 yards before fumbling at midfield. Arizona State recovered, and ate up the rest of the clock en route to another field goal to give the Sun Devils a 20-14 lead going into the locker room.Aside from that miscue, the Trojans’ running back tandem of Madden and redshirt freshman Justin Davis performed well once again. Madden rushed for 128 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries, and Davis gained 122 carries and three touchdowns on just 10 attempts.But overall, as the Trojans head into their bye week winless in the Pac-12, it’s clear no aspect of the team is without its flaws. 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