Comments As Nicole Michael emerged from the locker room and went through her routine halftime drills Monday, something was visibly different in her demeanor. No facial expressions. No chatting with teammates. Nothing.With her team trailing at the intermission, Syracuse’s all-time leading scorer had only registered three points on two shots from the field. And with her squad on the brink of elimination from the WNIT, and with SU head coach Quentin Hillsman pleading, the senior had to do something.‘I had to respond to Coach’s halftime speech,’ Michael said. ‘It was pretty … yeah … it wasn’t good, so I just responded to that.’ Prompted by a challenge from her coach, the killer instinct returned.Behind Michael’s 15 second-half points, the Orange came from behind to secure a late 69-55 victory over Richmond in the second round of the WNIT at Manley Field House in front of a crowd of 316. The win gives SU a program record 24 wins on the season heading into Friday’s matchup against another Richmond, Va., squad — Virginia Commonwealth.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter an uneventful first half, Michael and the Orange snapped out of its first-half funk and put on an offensive clinic in the second. Jumping out to an 8-2 run through the first 2:20 of the half, the Orange began imposing its will upon the smaller, less-athletic Spiders. SU outscored the Spiders 46-26 in the second half.‘Take away her 15 points in the second half and we would’ve lost,’ junior guard Erica Morrow said. ‘She’s just so big on every play, whether it’s a tip, an offensive or defensive rebound or a shot. She’s a key part to our success and without her, it would be tough to win.’The Orange played uninspired basketball for the first 20 minutes. Only six trips to the charity stripe. Fifteen turnovers to just four assists. The hustle plays, seemingly nonexistent.But that changed in the second half, largely thanks to Michael. From the first minute after halftime, she made her presence felt. Slashing to the basket, post up, and drawing fouls in the paint led to easy points. Just 1:23 into the half, Michael stripped the ball from Richmond guard Crystal Goring, and weaved through two defenders on the fast break before easily getting to the rim. On the ensuing possession, Michael immediately took it right at Richmond guard Danielle Bell on a post move, using her obvious height advantage and length around the basket. That kind of scoring mentality was evident on nearly every possession. ‘We have a lot of different sets that we can run to get her the ball,’ Hillsman said. ‘We went back to freshman year when we gave her the ball every possession, and we just did a few things to give her the ball in the spots closer to the basket where she can score and didn’t have to put the ball on the floor a lot. And that was big.’ Though Michael had an obvious size advantage, she said she was a bit hesitant when Hillsman told her to go down in the post and do some damage. But after connecting on a few early baskets, she kept going back to what came naturally.‘At first I was kind of surprised that (Hillsman) wanted me to go into the post, but I just responded to what he wanted me to do,’ Michael said. ‘I went down, played strong down there and did pretty well.’With Michael leading the way, SU started clicking on all cylinders. Following Michael’s example, the Orange started imposing its will. According to Morrow, SU started doing the ‘little things’ that it wasn’t doing in the first half. Aside from Michael’s scoring, Morrow said that was the difference. After committing more than a dozen turnovers in the first half, the Orange turned the ball just four times in the second. With the turnovers held to a minimum, SU went 15-of-27 from the field. It was a tale of two halves for SU. As a result, Hillsman’s squad survives and advances to the third round of the WNIT. And in the locker room after the game, Michael was uncharacteristically all smiles.‘I just wanted to win,’ Michael said, trying her best to hide the grin. ‘And my team wanted to win. We just wanted to keep playing. So I was just happy every time I made a good play, every time my team made a good play.’[email protected] Published on March 22, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 10, 2020 at 6:44 pm The last time Syracuse (8-7, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) and No. 18 Virginia (11-2, 3-1) played, the Orange scored the fewest points in the Jim Boeheim era. That season-opening loss to the defending national champions proved to be a bad omen for Syracuse’s season.Here’s what our three beat writers think will happen on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Charlottesville, Virginia.Nick Alvarez (13-2)Hammer the underVirginia 62, Syracuse 38I originally had Syracuse’s over/under for points at 34. After conversing with Josh, he bumped it up to 45. I’ll agree that that’s more realistic, but I’m still taking the under. After these teams’ first matchup, I got the sense that most SU fans braced for a down year. But even the most pessimistic fan couldn’t have envisioned what has transpired since. Injuries and inefficient play have rocked this Orange squad and, almost fittingly, they’ll settle back to .500 against the team they opened the year with. Now, I’ll play the optimist and say that it would be very Syracuse to pull off a massive upset, but aside from Elijah Hughes dropping a 40-point triple-double, give me the national champs in a rout.Michael McCleary (10-5)Defense wins championships?Virginia 50, Syracuse 41AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt doesn’t seem like either of these teams want to be a part of a championship, though. Virginia is still well on their way to a tournament bid, but even against the Orange, their offensive woes won’t allow them to blow SU away. Syracuse will still lose this game, but it will make for a sloppy game on both sides for sure. Because of how the Cavaliers struggle to get points from anywhere and the sizeable untapped potential of SU’s shooters, there might be an upset alert in the minds of some people. But those people most likely haven’t watched the Orange all season. There’s little reason to believe Syracuse will bounce back against one of the nation’s best defenses.Josh Schafer (12-3)Wahoo a defensive showdown!Virginia 63 Syracuse 46Last time Syracuse and Virginia played, an inexperienced Orange team struggled mightily. While Syracuse has grown significantly since the worst offensive output under Jim Boeheim, it hasn’t grown enough. The Orange don’t have enough unique ways to score and even Virginia’s struggling offense will likely find holes against Syracuse’s defense. Though the Orange will score a bit more this time around, it won’t matter. Road games in the ACC are always hard and Virginia’s defense, which ranks first in adjusted defensive efficiency is just too good for Syracuse. Comments
Random thoughts for a Tuesday morning, trying to fill in the NCAA bracket, wondering whatever happened to Chuck Gulo, player of the year on Aquinas’ CIF basketball title team in 1972-73. Former San Bernardino Valley College football coach Ron Smedley was among nine persons inducted into the California Community College Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Saturday. Smedley was honored twice as California Community College Coach of the Year and conference coach of the year four times. … NCAA pool: If you get it right and win big bucks, make sure to report your winnings to the IRS. But then don’t worry about it, chances are you are not going to win. The NCAA bracket pools are probably bigger business than Super Bowl pools. And it is illegal. But as Richard Petty once said, “It ain’t cheatin’ if you don’t get caught.” Joining Smedley were Manny Fernandez and Ted Leland, Chabot; Glen Parker, Golden West; Neal Dahlen, San Mateo; Erik Kramer, Los Angeles Pierce; Bob Mazzuca, player at Stockton/Delta and coach at De Anza; Don Butcher, player at Los Angeles CC, coach at Saddleback; and Bob Troppman, Marin. … Richard and Michelle Smith of Redlands will get an assist from Lakers forward Luke Walton this afternoon during a $2,000 shopping spree at the Westchester Staples store. Smedley was an All-America tackle at Santa Ana College in 1960 and later played for the late John McKay at USC on the 1962 national championship team. His first head coaching job was at Damien High School before moving on to SBVC in 1976. In 1986, he was elevated to head coach, where he compiled a 102-53-1 record, winning seven conference championships and five bowls. The Smiths were winners of the Staples Easy Play Decoder Game. The Redlands couple, who are hearing-impaired and communicate with their three school-aged children via sign language, plan on buying laptops for each child. The Smiths were chosen at random and notified of their luck through a hearing-impaired translation service that interpreted the details. The public is invited to watch the shopping spree that begins today at 2:30 p.m. … What happened to the gloom and doom many NASCAR Nextel Cup drivers predicted at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this past Sunday? Nothing that careful and thoughtful driving couldn’t cure. They are the best stock car drivers in the world and they are paid to adapt to the conditions. And they did just that, for the most part showing patience that allowed them to finish. It’s true for all major league sports. If it were any easier, we would all be doing it. … Save the date: March 21. Chivas USA and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive on that Wednesday at the Red Cross Donor Center, 100 Red Cross Circle, Pomona (next to the Cal Poly campus) from noon to 7 p.m. The inaugural “It’s in Your Blood” campaign last year proved to be a success so the Major League Soccer club and the Red Cross are doing it again this year. A Chivas USA player and team mascot will be on hand to sign autographs. … Smedley, part 2: While Smedley is best known for his football achievements, he was also quite a tennis coach at SBVC. He coached both the men and women and his teams won seven state titles. … The Quakes will be celebrating their 15th season in Rancho Cucamonga this summer. It doesn’t seem that long ago when they were still the Spirit playing at Fiscalini Field in San Bernardino. As part of the team’s promotional schedule, there will be 15 fireworks shows this season. There’s no telling why a fireworks show translates into a big crowd. The team will also give away dolls depicting Hall of Fame members Gary Matthews Jr. (maybe with lawyer Robert Shapiro), Matt Clement and Derrek Lee (running out a grounder to first). Additionally, the Quakes will bring in Steve Sax and Frank Tanana so older fans can get an autograph or two. … Damien, part 2: Mike Churchill, who recently resigned as head football coach at Riverside La Sierra for an athletic directorship at Dana Point, also started his coaching career at the La Verne school. John Monger, the Chino football coaching icon, was another who started his career at Damien. … Colleague and columnist Paul Oberjuerge thinks the area should embrace Cal State Long Beach while the 49ers are in the NCAA tournament. It promises to be a short stay as the 49ers open with Tennessee on Thursday. Head coach Larry Reynolds is a UC Riverside grad, and formerly coached at Cal State San Bernardino. He’s assisted by John Masi, the former UCR coach. The other area connections include Aaron Nixon, the Big West Conference player of the year out of San Bernardino Valley College, and Kevin Houston, the starting point guard from San Gorgonio. Reynolds’ contract is up after the season and there’s been plenty of speculation as to whether he’ll return in 2007-08. … Smedley, part 3: During his tenure at the helm of the SBVC football program, Smedley put together some solid staffs. He lost both Carl Ferrill and Carl Beach to Chaffey College athletic director Bob Olivera, who turned his school’s football program around with those two hires. Ed Riffalo, another assistant, is at Ft. Lewis College in Colorado. Smedley had many good assistants in his SBVC career, coaches who remain loyal to him after all these years. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Torino vs FrosinoneStadio Olimpico Grande Torino, TorinoFriday, 05-10-2018 @09:30pm (Super Sport 9)Torino will be expected to get the points on Friday night as they host struggling Frosinone, but must improve in front of goal. The Granata made hard work out of beating Chievo away last weekend and had to rely on substitute Simone Zaza to stab home the winner late on in the game. That ended a three-match winless streak that had run since a 1-0 victory at home over SPAL at the start of September. The problems are in attack, where four goals in their last five games is a poor return for Walter Mazzarri’s men.Argentine full-back Cristian Ansaldi has been out long term and Brazilian defender Lyanco joins him on the treatment table, while Lorenzo De Silvestre will face a late fitness test ahead of this game.The Canarini meanwhile have lost five in a row and have just one point to show for their endeavours so far this season. That came in a goalless draw at home to Bologna and it has been that lack of sharpness in front of goal that has been the real glaring problem for the newly-promoted side this season. Frosinone have been abysmal since returning to Serie A and their sole goal scored this season was a penalty tucked away by Camillo Ciano in last week’s 2-1 home loss to Genoa. Their Coach Moreno Longo will be praying his side gets something out of this game and he can get into the upcoming internationals still in his job. He desperately needs that extra time to work on the training field in an attempt to improve his team and somehow get them scoring.Longo will have to do without the services of strikers Luca Paganini, Daniele Ciofani and Federico Dionisi, who are all long-term injury absentees. Midfielders Mirko Gori and Raffaele Maiello are also struggling to be fit.Torino have won two of their last three home games against Frosinone, losing once in 2010 in Serie B.Cagliari vs BolognaSardegna Arena, CagliariSaturday, 06-10-2018 @04:00pm (Super Sport 9)Cagliari and Bologna have won Serie A titles in their history, but it looks like another desperate scramble to avoid relegation. Only one point separates the two sides going into this early Saturday kick-off, as Bologna managed two wins and a draw, while the Sardinians scraped one victory and three stalemates.Pippo Inzaghi had an abysmal start to his Stadio Dall’Ara career, failing to score a single goal in the opening four rounds, but seems to be finding his feet with two wins in the last three games. Those were victories over Roma and Udinese, so impressive scalps, with the lone defeat in that run coming against unstoppable Juventus. Cagliari have not found the net in their last three outings, in which they lost to Parma and Inter while thanking goalkeeper Alessio Cragno for a stoppage-time penalty save for a point against Sampdoria. Although Rolando Maran’s men surprisingly beat Atalanta and held Milan to a 1-1 draw, they seem to perform better when up against the odds than with a fellow minnow.Luca Ceppitelli and Charalampos Lykogiannis are out injured, with Artur Ionita battling Joao Pedro for the trequartista role behind strikers Leonardo Pavoletti and Marco Sau. Bologna continue to do without Rodrigo Palacio, Filip Helander and Godfred Donsah, while Andrea Poli faces a fitness test after missing last week’s Udinese game. They had been trailing 1-0 before Federico Santander scored one and helped set up another for Riccardo Orsolini to turn it around.Bologna are unbeaten against Cagliari since a 1-0 result in Sardinia in October 2012, managing four straight wins followed by three consecutive draws.Udinese vs JuventusDacia Arena, UdineSaturday, 06-10-2018 @07:00pm (Super Sport 9)Juventus have a 100 per cent record in all competition this season and expect to maintain it in Udine. The hosts have been mediocre so far this season. They currently sit 14th in the table and only managed to grab three points out of a possible nine in the past week, losing two on the bounce.Udinese took the lead in their last match against Bologna but were unable to come away with the win after conceding a late winner from youngster Riccardo Orsolini, who is on loan from Juventus. Midfielder Rodrigo De Paul, however, has been the biggest positive for Le Zebrette this season. De Paul has four goals and three assists in seven matches and has been by far the best player in Julio Velazquez’s side. His performance this Saturday, in addition to whether or not Kevin Lasagna can show up, will be crucial in Udinese’s attempt to come away with a result.Juventus went down early when they hosted Napoli, but they did well to claw back and grab a massive three points at home against arguably their biggest challenger for the Serie A title this season. Paulo Dybala bagged a hat-trick against Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday and will want to ride that newfound wave of confidence.Sami Khedira and Daniele Rugani have joined the injury list with Leonardo Spinazzola and Mattia De Sciglio, but Giorgio Chiellini and Joao Cancelo return after being rested in Europe. Emre Can gets the chance to shine in midfield.Udinese ended Juve’s 47-game unbeaten home streak in the 2015-16 season opener.Empoli vs RomaStadio Carlo Castellani, EmpoliSaturday, 06-10-2018 @09:30pm (Super Sport 9)After losing to Parma last week, Empoli continue their relegation battle on Saturday, when they host the rejuvenated Roma.Despite shining so brightly and scoring the astonishing 88 goals in Serie B last season, at the moment Empoli look like a team in trouble. Aurelio Andreazzoli’s men won their Serie A opener against Cagliari, but they have scored just three goals and are on a six-game winless streak. To make things even worse for the Azzurri, they are set to face Roma, who seem to be finding their shape and have won their last three games. The Giallorossi will be full of confidence, as they have scored 12 goals during this stretch, which included a 4-0 win against Frosinone, a 3-1 victory against Lazio in the Derby della Capitale and a 5-0 thrashing of Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League on Tuesday.Roma’s defence is a long way off being impressive at the moment, but Eusebio Di Francesco’s new 4-2-3-1 formation seems to be giving his backline more protection. This is mainly due to Steven Nzonzi and Daniele De Rossi’s presence in front of the defence, which not only provides a formidable physical presence in the middle of the pitch, but also allows the likes of Cengiz Under, Stephan El Shaarawy and Lorenzo Pellegrini, who continues to impress in his more advanced role, to focus on their attacking duties. All of the aforementioned players are expected to start behind Dzeko against Empoli, so the hosts will need a strong defensive display in order to put Roma’s winning streak to an end. The visitors will be full of confidence and will try to put the Azzurri under pressure right from the start, which might force Empoli to abandon their preferred attacking style, sit back and wait for chances on the break.Luca Antonelli, Lorenzo Polvani and Manuel Pasqual are all injured, which means that Andreazzoli will be short of options in defence, while Afriyie Acquah’s absence will deprive the hosts from much needed physicality in midfield. On the other hand Roma will be without their injured pair of Argentinians, as Diego Perotti and Javier Pastore will both miss the game.Roma are undefeated in their last nine meetings with Empoli. The Giallorossi have registered five wins and four draws against the Azzurri.Genoa vs ParmaStadio Cumunale Luigi Ferraris, GenovaSunday, 07-10-2018 @01:30pm (Super Sport 9)Sunday’s early kick-off sees two of the form sides in Italy go head-to-head, as Genoa host Parma at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. Genoa come into this game sitting pretty in sixth place with a game in hand, whilst Parma have settled back into life in the top flight nicely, currently occupying 10th place. Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek has been making headlines all week after setting a new league record following his seventh and eight goals of the season at Frosinone last weekend and poses a real threat for the Parma defence.Having said that, Parma have not looked out of place back in Serie A after their time away and in Gervinho also carry a threat going forward. Roberto D’Aversa’s men have won three of their last five matches after opening the league campaign with one draw and one defeat. Those two defeats came at the hands of the current top two, Juventus and Napoli, and have already shocked Inter this season, so will be confident they can take something from this game.Genoa, a side from Piatek, have only scored three goals, so Parma will know if they can control him, they stand a good chance of a positive result. The Rossoblu have conceded just the one goal at home so far this season, however, and have proved a difficult side to beat. Parma also boast a more than decent defensive record so far this season, conceding just the eight goals from their seven games and have won their three matches with clean sheets.You would expect Parma to allow Genoa to control possession, but the hosts will be wary of the threat their opponents possess on the counter-attack, so this could be a case of both defences proving to be the main factor.Parma haven’t beaten Genoa since a 3-1 Tardini result in October 2011, followed by four draws and three defeats.Atlanta vs SampdoriaStadio Atleti Azzuri d’Italia, BergamoSunday, 07-10-2018 @04:00pmAtalanta and Sampdoria go head-to-head for Europa League ambitions with Duvan Zapata eager to surprise his former club. In recent seasons both clubs have compiled impressive campaigns through clever navigation of the transfer market and excellent coaching.After securing fourth and seventh place in the last two seasons respectively, Gian Piero Gasperini would be incredibly disappointed and a little bit bemused to see his Bergamo-based club languishing in 17th place with six points after seven games. The hosts have had their fair share of tough fixtures, such as away trips to Roma, Milan and Fiorentina, but defeat to Cagliari and drawing to Torino at home have been surprising to say the least.Marco Giampaolo’s Sampdoria continue to be as much as an enigma as they were last season. The Blucerchiati currently reside in eighth place with 11 points from seven games. It’s a good tally considering they’ve already taken five points from Napoli, Fiorentina and Inter, but slip-ups against Cagliari and Udinese confirm their poor away record.Both sides enjoy their fair share of possession, but you can expect Atalanta to dictate play from the start. Midfield pairing Marten de Roon and Remo Freuler haven’t been as reliable defensively this season as they were previously, Freuler in particular. If Atalanta, who have the seventh worst defence in Serie A, want to keep Gregoire Defrel and Fabio Quagliarella quiet, they’ll have to stop the likes of Gianluca Caprari and Dennis Praet from getting the ball to them. However, one potentially defining feature of the game may be Sampdoria’s defence. Giampaolo looks to have improved upon the 60 goals conceded last term with just four this season. It could only take a bit of magic to put Sampdoria past Atalanta and then they can hold out for the rest of the game.Atalanta expect to have a fully fit squad aside from Marco Varnier, who’s out with a long-term injury. For Sampdoria, Lorenzo Tonelli is expected to be fit enough to start at centre-back, whilst Gaston Ramirez is an injury concern and will probably only make the bench. Riccardo Saponara and Vasco Regini are out of action.Samp have lost only one of their last five meetings with Atalanta, 1-0 in Bergamo in January 2017, along with three wins and a draw.Lazio vs FiorentinaStadio Olimpico, RomeSunday, 07-10-2018 @04:00pm (Super Sport 5)Lazio’s nightmare week could get even worse, as they host a fired-up Fiorentina side in a head-to-head for third place. The Aquile are looking to bounce back after a five-game winning streak crashed quite spectacularly to a halt. They lost 3-1 in the Derby Della Capitale to Lorenzo Pellegrini-inspired Roma. They were also humiliated on Thursday night away to Einhart Frankfurt in the Europa League, when Dusan Basta and Joaquin Correa were sent off in a 4-1 loss. The Biancocelesti will be eager to get back to winning form and ultimately press for a European spot. Lazio will also be hoping to find other avenues for their goals, as Ciro Immobile is the only Aquile player to have scored more than twice this season. Although having lost their past two fixtures, Simone Inzaghi is expected to go into this game relatively unchanged. Jordan Lukaku is the only injury for Lazio as he is still 20 days away with a knee injury.Meanwhile, La Viola are flying in the new campaign. They are currently equal third with Inter and Sassuolo, and a win here would all but secure a top four spot going into next week’s international break. They come off the back of a controversial 2-0 win at home to Atalanta last week thanks to a Jordan Veretout penalty and a splendid Cristiano Biraghi free-kick. Stefano Pioli’s men will be confident going into this match, however as shown by their previous three meetings with Lazio at the Olimpico, this is a very tricky tie. Fiorentina have the second-best defensive record in the league, conceding just four goals so far this season and are sure to frustrate a less-than-impressive thus far Lazio attack.Unlike his counterpart, Pioli is widely tipped to name an unchanged side for this weekend’s game. They are currently injury-free, so he has a clean bill of health to choose from on Sunday.Fiorentina have only defeated Lazio once in their past six competitive meetings at the Stadio Olimpico, losing three and drawing two. The lone victory was 4-2 in May 2016.AC Milan vs ChievoStadio Giuseppe Meazza, MilanSunday, 07-10-2018 @04:00pm (Super Sport 9)Milan are back in business after morale-boosting victories over Sassuolo and Olympiacos, but Chievo remain rock bottom. The Rossoneri went through their rough patch and emerged like a phoenix from the flames at the Mapei Stadium, beating the surprise outfit of the season so far 4-1 on their own turf. The fact they achieved this without Gonzalo Higuain or indeed any recognisable strikers in the starting XI further boosted confidence throughout the squad. Pipita was back from his injury for Thursday’s Europa League match with Olympiacos and made his mark in a comeback to win 3-1, although it was substitutes Patrick Cutrone (a brace) and Hakan Calhanoglu (two assists) who changed that game. Cutrone is still not 100 per cent fit after an ankle injury last month, so we’ll have to wait a while before seeing the dream partnership with Higuain from the start. Franck Kessie, Mateo Musacchio and Ignazio Abate were rested in the Europa League, while Mattia Caldara, Andrea Conti and Ivan Strinic are still out of action. Diego Laxalt could step in to give Ricardo Rodriguez the day off, with Abate and Davide Calabria tussling for a spot.Chievo are in crisis and not just because they were docked three points for false accounting. Coach Lorenzo D’Anna was promoted from the Primavera youth team towards the end of last season to rescue the side from relegation, but is starting to look somewhat out of his depth. Losing Roberto Inglese over the summer has also been a huge blow, although Mariusz Stepinski has contributed two goals in seven games. Emanuele Giaccherini is comfortably their most creative player and he is expected to miss this match through injury, along with Nenad Tomovic, Filip Djordjevic and possibly also Fabrizio Cacciatore. Valter Birsa and Mehdi Leris could get the supporting roles behind Stepinski instead.Chievo have never won away to Milan, managing just two draws in 16 top flight attempts. The most recent was 2-2 in March 2004, with Lorenzo D’Anna and Gennaro Gattuso facing off on the field.Napoli vs SassuoloStadio San Paolo, NaplesSunday, 07-10-2018 @07:00pm (Super Sport 9)Napoli are buzzing again after a Champions League triumph over Liverpool, but Sassuolo are only two points behind them. A week is a long time in football, and that’s certainly the case for Napoli. Last Saturday they traveled to Turin and lost to title rivals Juventus despite taking the lead, but in midweek taught Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool a lesson in the Champions League with a very impressive 1-0 victory.Sassuolo know the feeling, as they went from the possibility of leapfrogging Napoli into second place to a thumping 4-1 home defeat to Milan. With two points between them, this could prove to be a pivotal moment in not only how the respective seasons of these two clubs could pan out, but also how far Sassuolo have come since their good start and whether they can seriously keep up a European challenge.Napoli under Carlo Ancelotti have started the season with some good wins against Lazio and Milan, but a comprehensive loss to Sampdoria in Week 3 spawned the change from the original 4-3-3 formation to 4-4-2. In terms of Serie A, just the loss against Juventus is the only other hiccup in their form, which does stand them in good stead against a Sassuolo side who, it’s safe to say, have surprised a few people already.Four wins from their first seven Serie A games meant that Sassuolo are sitting in joint third place, level on points with Inter and Fiorentina, and could leapfrog Napoli if they can win at the San Paolo.The only Sassuolo victory in 10 meetings was 3-1 at the Mapei Stadium in August 2015, along with four draws and five defeats.Spal vs Inter MilanStadio Paolo Mazza, FerreraSunday, 07-10-2018 @09:30pm (Super Sport 9)Inter Milan will look to continue their recent good form when they travel to the Stadio Paolo Mazza for a Serie A clash against SPAL. The visitors have looked imperious in their recent matches and should claim all three points on Sunday. The White-Blues are coming off a 2-1 defeat away to Sampdoria in their previous fixture in the league. They took a first half lead through Alberto Paloschi but could not hold on and conceded two goals either side of the break. Leonardo Semplici’s team have had a decent campaign in the Seria A so far having claimed three wins from their opening seven matches. However, they have lost the remaining four fixtures and are sitting 13th on the table.The Nerazzurri secured a 2-0 victory over Cagliari in their previous league fixture last Saturday. Matteo Politano and Lautaro Martinez got the goals for Luciano Spalletti’s team as they moved to 4th on the table. Inter have been in fantastic form in recent weeks having won their last five matches. Their good form has been extended to the Champions League as they have won their opening two fixtures in the competition, including a 2-1 win away at PSV on Wednesday. Mauro Icardi was an unused substitute last Saturday and should return to the team after scoring in the Champions League on Wednesday. Politano is also likely to start and will be looking to build on his goal against Cagliari.There have been only two previous matches involving SPAL and Inter Milan with both teams facing each other twice in the league last season. Inter claimed a 2-0 win at the San Siro before settling for a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture.Comments Tags: Serie A
MOBILE, Ala. — John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan won’t be taking any of their players this week at No. 2 overall, but with a pick each in Rounds 2, 3 and 4 during April’s draft an intriguing South squad crop gives the 49ers options for the later rounds if they choose to dip into their Senior Bowl evaluations.Here are five players on the South team this week who might be interesting selections on draft day.South Carolina WR Deebo SamuelClemson head coach Dabo Swinney told NFL Network Tuesday that …
In a number of places, places rich in history and therefor rich in latent archaeological information, it is too hard to dig. Either the politics, terrain or the need to budget makes even educated guesswork prohibitive. But now, an Australian archaeologist has found almost 2,000 new sites in Saudia Arabia using a program that takes less than a minute to download: Google Earth. Archaeologists have been adding web and mobile technologies to their toolkit for a while now. But this discovery is surprising just in the scope of it. And it indicates the possibility that we are verging on a new archaeological golden age. The University of Western Australia’s David Kennedy scanned 770 square miles using the Google Earth program, by-passing the kingdom’s security concerns. He identified 1977 possible sites, even, according to New Scientist, asking a non-archaeologist friend in country to drive out to a few and photograph them, determining they were indeed man-made structures. Of those finds, 1,082 seem to be “pendants,” the distinctive tear drop-shaped, stone tombs of ancient Arabia.He published his account of these finds and of his method in the Journal of Archaeological Sciences. Since 2007, Google Earth has delivered “2.5 meter resolution imagery taken from the SPOT 5 satellite.”Other archaeological and anthropological finds in the last year that have used new technology include identifying a major Mesoamerican city as it transitioned to empire using GPS and mobile handhelds; mapping another large city in the area using lidar; identifying 2,000 year-old Roman medicines using a database of digitized ancient medical texts; and using Google Earth to identify anthropological site that yielded a heretofore unknown human ancestor. The notion that Google Earth and other tools will eventually see archaeologists doing all their work from their home offices is just dumb. What it means is that exploratory digs will be much more likely to produce important work since the number of targets is so much higher and more can be known about them prior to finding personnel, time and money to do the unavoidable, hand-on digging that will always be a part of the discipline. Other sources: A Blog About History Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Google#international#web curt hopkins
Making Houses Resilient to Power OutagesCreate Resilient HousesGas Lines Point to a Need for ResilienceBuilding Resilience for a ‘Close Encounter’ with DisasterMaking the Case for Resilient DesignResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense Storms Designing Houses and Communities To Be Smarter and More ResilientResilient Design: Dramatically Better Building EnvelopesResilient Communities Designing Homes and Communities That Can Survive a DisasterLocal Food and ResilienceScary Stories for Halloween Vulnerabilities to power outages and other problemsTropical Storm Irene in 2011 uncovered some vulnerabilities in Vermont. Heavy rainfall on saturated ground resulted in dramatic flooding in parts of Brattleboro, Wilmington, Halifax, Newfane, and other towns. Some communities were cut off for as much as a week. Other places lost power for an extended period of time. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Irene, of course, wasn’t the first storm to cause blackouts or close off roads, and it certainly won’t be the last. Such occurrences happen almost every year from ice storms, snowstorms, heavy rainfall, and derechos that knock down trees. Other parts of the country have to worry about wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis. Even drought and heat waves can contribute to power outages if power plants have to shut down due to lack of cooling water or cooling water that’s become too warm.There is also concern about issues like political strife around the world, which could threaten heating oil or gasoline supplies, and terrorism, including hacking into the power distribution system to bring down the power grid — cyberterrorism. (For a scary video of what hackers can do to a generator, check out this declassified YouTube video from the Department of Homeland Security showing the Aurora Project.) There is even concern about “space weather” or coronal discharges from the sun that could cause widespread power outages.This got us thinking on the Dummerston Energy Committee about preparing for such problems. What can a community like ours do to become more resilient? RELATED ARTICLES Ancillary benefits of resilienceMany of the strategies that can help a community become more resilient also help residents in other ways. If we improve the energy performance of our houses enough that they will never drop below 50°F at night during a power outage, as my wife and I are doing with the Leonard Farmhouse I’ve been writing about in this column, those houses will require very little energy during normal times for heating and cooling.If we pay attention to efficiency in choosing our appliances and lighting so that key loads can be served with a back-up generator or islandable solar-electric systems, our electric bills will be kept low, saving us money and keeping our utility companies from having to invest in expensive new power plants.If we use water resources more frugally and provide for rainwater harvesting, our lawns and landscapes will be more likely to be kept green in the event of a drought.If we create communities in which we can get around in the event of a gasoline shortage — or an inability to pump gas (as occurred with Superstorm Sandy in New York and New Jersey last year) — these places will be more walkable and pedestrian friendly. In the process, we are finding, such communities provide a better quality of life and become more sought-after in today’s housing market, boosting property values.These are win-win solutions, and our energy survey in Dummerston will help us identify strategies for boosting our resilience while saving residents money and delivering other ancillary benefits. Community resilienceWe realized that it would be useful to find out what percentage of Dummerston residents have emergency generators. How many have water supplies that can be accessed when there’s no power? What percentage of houses in the town can be heated with wood if there were either a shortage of heating fuel or an extended electricity outage that meant we couldn’t use our furnaces or boilers? How many renewable energy systems are there in town that can provide power when the utility grid is down? Are there places with emergency power where residents can charge cell phones during extended power outages?Resilience is a significant focus this year of the Dummerston Energy Committee. We’re intrigued, for example, about establishing resilience hubs around town that would satisfy key needs in the event of emergencies. This is something my wife and I want to provide with the Leonard Farm property we’ve purchased in West Dummerston, and it plays a role in some of the decisions we’re making with the house and barn.Our hope on the Energy Committee is that just by answering questions about these issues on our survey, residents will start thinking about resilience. This is a major focus of mine — especially since launching the nonprofit Resilient Design Institute in 2012 — and I’m hopeful that by raising awareness about resilience, more Dummerston residents will incorporate various resilience strategies into their homes. Doing so will help our community weather future storms and power outages relatively easily. The Dummerston Energy Committee, on which I serve in my home town, is conducting an energy survey.Partly, we are conducting this survey to understand how our town uses energy — both in our homes and in our vehicles. We have a goal in Dummerston, articulated in our Town Plan, to reduce nonrenewable energy consumption 40% by 2030, and we’re trying to establish a baseline from which to measure our success in achieving that long-term target.But we’re also conducting this survey for another reason that may be more important: to gauge how resilient our town is.
PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—National team outside hitter Alyssa Valdez said national team’s time in the AVC Asian senior Women’s Volleyball Championship has been of valuable help as it prepares for 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.The Philippines finished at eighth place after three straight losses in in the Asian tournament includinga 25-20, 25-16, 21-25, 21-25, 15-3 setback to Kazakhstan Thursday but Valdez knows they’ve garnered enough experience to help them in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT “We have to prepare harder now and we have to have a better on-court chemistry than what he had here,” said Valdez. “We have to see all the little things so we’ll have better movement once we play.” View comments Belo flies to KL with Gilas, hopes to join team in SEA Games Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “This was a long tournament and we all know each other [better] because of it,” said Valdez in Filipino as she finished with 11 points in the loss to the Kazakhs.“We all have one goal and we’ll all kill ourselves to achieve that goal and bring glory to the country.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Kuala Lumpur Games would be Valdez’ second after she competed in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.She said they’d have to come out stronger if they hope to step to the podium in Malaysia. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Read Next
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier: We’re in crisisby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Eric Dier insists there are no splits in the squad.But he says the north London club are in crisis after conceding 10 goals in their last two games.“We are obviously going through a difficult period,” said the England midfielder. “Is saying it’s a crisis a bit too strong? No.“If you lose like we’ve lost in these last two games, it’s normal. For us, this is the worst period we’ve been in, but we have to be all together and push through it.“The stuff about the squad, I know that’s not the case. But it’s natural these things will come up now because of the situation we find ourselves in.“It’s the first time that we’ve found ourselves in this position, we can’t back down from it. We’ve got to push through it.”
Story Highlights “The aim of this policy is to provide universal access to potable water. We are expecting that the policy will be tabled by early next financial year,” Mrs. Gibson told JIS News. Cabinet has approved the tabling in Parliament of the revised National Water Policy and Implementation Plan. This was disclosed by Director, Water Policy and Monitoring Branch in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Talia Gibson. Cabinet has approved the tabling in Parliament of the revised National Water Policy and Implementation Plan.This was disclosed by Director, Water Policy and Monitoring Branch in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Talia Gibson.“The aim of this policy is to provide universal access to potable water. We are expecting that the policy will be tabled by early next financial year,” Mrs. Gibson told JIS News.She pointed out that the policy is a revision of the 2004 plan and divides the country into utility service areas and non-utility service areas.“Utility service areas are the areas where piped water is the best method of providing water and we have non-utility service areas where piped water is not necessarily the most economical way to provide water. That’s where we come in with other modalities like rainwater harvesting and catchment tanks,” Mrs. Gibson explained.She noted that the sustainable management of the country’s water resources, is critical to Jamaica’s development.“We want persons to think about the impact lack of water has and the importance of water sustainability. We are a country of land, wood and water, but it is important that we sustain our water resources and supply so that we can have it for the future generation,” Mrs. Gibson stated.She also informed that the policy will focus on wastewater management.“For the utility service areas, we are trying to implement better sewage systems and for the non-utility service areas we looking at creating onsite sanitation facilities,” Mrs. Gibson noted.Meanwhile, a public education campaign is to be launched shortly to sensitise persons about the Policy.“We are going to launch a public education campaign to look at the whole aspect of drought management, conservation, among other issues. We are also looking at soliciting the participation of the private sector in the whole aspect of water management. Once the policy is approved by Parliament, we will be going out into communities to spread our messages,” Mrs. Gibson said.