Syla set to start, adjust on left wing in place of injured Callahan

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Korab Syla raced on to the field as Liam Callahan was carried off it. Callahan, a staple at the left wing position for Syracuse throughout its best start in program history, had his head hanging down and his right foot lifted off the ground. His arms were around two SU’s trainers as he was hoisted toward the sideline in the first half of the Orange’s 3-1 win over Wake Forest on Friday.And Syla, who had only played sporadic minutes in his first season with the Orange, was now given the reins to a position that had been comfortably occupied.“To lose Liam was disappointing, but ultimately it’s a team sport,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said after Friday’s win. “And Korab came in and gave us some very important minutes.”Doctors told Callahan he likely had a high ankle sprain and would miss at least a week, he said. And as No. 4 Syracuse (11-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) prepares to play Connecticut (4-5-2, 2-1-1) in Storrs, Connecticut on Tuesday at 7 p.m., the Orange will rely on Syla, using his weaker left foot, to not have a drop-off from Callahan’s passing and full-field coverage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyla has played in all 12 of SU’s games, but started only one of them. When he came to the United States from Albania before high school, he didn’t expect to play soccer anymore and didn’t play in his freshman year. When he went to Herkimer County Community College for the first two years of college, it was because he didn’t get Division I offers. Now, he’s being asked to adjust to a potential 90-minute role for one of the country’s best teams.“I come in and out,” Syla said. “I’m pretty comfortable playing that role so I think I’ll be able to fill in pretty good and just help the team.”Syla was the National Junior College Athletic Association Player of the Year in 2012 and came to Syracuse last semester. Though he missed most of the spring season with an injury, an injury to Oyvind Alseth allowed him to get in the rotation during the preseason.Now he’ll be asked to replicate Callahan’s consistency and passing abilities as a wide midfielder in SU’s 3-5-2. Syla knows Callahan’s crosses and deliveries are spot-on and he knows that he’s a right-footed athlete who needs to use his left more now.“He’ll just have to get used to the 90 minutes, that’s the major thing, all the running,” goalkeeper Alex Bono said. “He’ll catch on quickly. He’s a good player, a talented player. But we hope we don’t lose Liam for a long time.”Callahan has thrived because he’s left-footed on the left wing. Syla has been practicing this week using solely his left foot in that position, even if it’s not natural for him. McIntyre said he expects “the same” players — Syla was one of them — that finished the game on Friday to start the game Tuesday. And McIntyre and Syla himself believe he’s up to the task with Callahan out of the lineup.“It’s pretty exciting,” Syla said. “We have to play our hardest to win. Whatever guys come in, we just have to play our hardest.” Comments Published on October 14, 2014 at 12:12 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

Looking back on the Badgers’ Sweet 16 collapse

first_imgKeaton Nankivil and the Wisconsin Badgers allowed Shawn Vanzant (right) and the Butler Bulldogs to build a 20-point deficit that ultimately proved too dificult to overcome, despite a late comeback.[/media-credit]Try as they might, it was just too little, too late for Wisconsin.After 35 minutes of basketball that can only be described as ugly, the Badgers (25-9, 13-5 Big Ten) used the final five minutes of Thursday night’s Sweet 16 matchup with the Butler Bulldogs (26-9, 13-5 Horizon) to, at the very least, make the game interesting.After trailing by as many as 20 points, the Badgers slowly built a comeback run until they were down just seven with around two minutes remaining. Yet, the Bulldogs maintained their composure, sunk most of their free throws down the stretch and sealed the victory. They will face the Florida Gators Sunday in the Elite Eight while Wisconsin faces a long trip back from New Orleans.Below are the turning point, most valuable player, unsung hero and statistic of Wisconsin’s final 2010-11 season.Turning Point: 19:48, Second HalfIt wasn’t the most remarkable play of the game, nor it was the most significant by itself. Yet, Butler’s Shelvin Mack’s layup at the 19:48 mark in the second half was the first basket scored out of halftime. The Bulldogs held a 33-24 lead at the break, and Mack’s layup began a 9-0 Butler run that extended the lead to 42-24. UW’s Mike Bruesewitz finally put Wisconsin on the board in the second half with a jumper at the 14:03 mark.Yes, it took the Badgers nearly six minutes to score out of halftime.The stunning drought seemingly sucked all life out of Wisconsin, as Butler’s lead quickly ballooned to 20 points after Andrew Smith made a layup at the 11:34 mark. Trailing 47-27, the Badgers spent the remainder of the game attempting to crawl back. They ultimately came within four points of tying the game, but their ice-cold shooting for most of the game – they finished 17-for-56 (.304) from the field and 7-for-29 (.241) from 3-point range – made the deficit insurmountable.Point guard Jordan Taylor took 19 shots and made just six (.315). Leading scorer Jon Leuer (more below) was just 1-for-12 and finished with three points. In their final games as Badgers, seniors Tim Jarmusz (3-for-4, seven points) and Keaton Nankivil (3-for-7, nine points) had the best shooting nights for UW.Most Valuable Player: F Matt Howard, ButlerTaylor led all players in scoring with 22 points, but Butler’s Matt Howard was the most valuable player on the New Orleans Arena court Thursday night. Howard finished with a team-high 20 points on 4-for-8 shooting, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range and 9-for-10 from the free throw line. The 6-foot-8, 230-pound senior also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds, contributing significantly to Butler’s rebounding 35-28 advantage over Wisconsin.Howard’s rebounds also highlight perhaps his most significant contribution – his hustle. In a game where his counterpart on Wisconsin struggled through one of the worst games of his UW career, Howard won nearly every battle with Leuer – corralling seemingly every loose ball and rebound over Leuer.Howard’s supporting cast was undoubtedly crucial in allowing the Bulldogs to build and maintain their lead – Mack finished with 13 points and Shawn Vanzant (see below) finished with 10 – but Butler’s leading scorer was trouble all game long for Wisconsin. As poorly as the Badgers shot the ball and ran their offense, they also had very few answers for Howard. With Leuer’s outside shots not falling and his inside game also not working, Howard was the better player on both sides of the ball.Unsung Hero – G Shawn Vanzant, ButlerThe senior guard filled in his role behind Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack for the Bulldogs nicely, scoring 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting from the field while also leading his team with four assists and two steals.On a night where both teams, at times, had trouble getting their offenses going, Vanzant remained a steady opportunist for the Bulldogs. Butler effectively translated turnovers into points in the first half, and Vanzant was one of the main nuisances for Wisconsin’s offense by translating both of his steals into breakaway layups in the first 10 minutes.All four of his assists came at critical moments for the Bulldogs, as well. Nine minutes into the game, Vanzant found Howard on the perimeter, who knocked down a trey to break the tie. That spurred a quick 7-0 run for the Bulldogs and proved to be vital in establishing a lead that would never disappear.Five minutes later, Vanzant found Khyle Marshall on an easy alley-oop pass to maintain the seven-point lead.In the second half, the senior again kicked it out to Howard on the arc, who executed a perfectly placed shot from deep behind the line on the right wing to give the Bulldogs an 18-point lead.But none were as important as his last when, in the midst of a late-game Badgers surge, he handed the ball off to Mack with 55 seconds left and screened his defender just enough to allow Mack an open fadeaway jumper from the right elbow that gave the Bulldogs a six-point lead. It was just enough to hold on and put the lights out on the Badgers’ season.Stat of the Game – 3 pointsThree points was Leuer’s scoring production for the game. Entering last night’s contest, Leuer had scored in double digits in each of his last 40 games and averaged 18.7 points per game during his senior season, tops on the team.Now, the All-Conference forward ends his accomplished career at Wisconsin with an undeserving stat line of three points on 1-of-12 shooting from the field, six rebounds and two turnovers before fouling out in the game’s final seconds. Leuer accepted handshakes from his teammates upon returning to the bench but seemed despondent all the same.The senior struggled to hit open looks all game, but his will to win never disappeared. He got into the mix of the Badgers’ last minute momentum swing by blocking a layup by Mack with less than two minutes remaining. The turnover eventually saw Taylor knock down a 3-pointer at the other end that cut the deficit to four points, the closest UW had come to regaining the lead since the 5:43 mark in the first half.But the senior failed to roll that key defensive stop into his own momentum, as he missed an attempt of his own from the perimeter on Wisconsin’s next possession that would have cut the deficit to three.He committed his fifth and final foul less than 20 seconds later in an attempt to get Butler to the line and the ball back to his teammates.last_img read more

Danish gambling levels fall during lockdown

first_img Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Spillemyndigheden reports decline in Q2 betting August 25, 2020 Share Data released by the Danish Gambling Authority, Spillemyndigheden, has shown a fall in the number of people gambling during the coronavirus crisis.Since 11 March, all land-based casinos and gambling venues have been closed across the country, while almost all sporting events have been cancelled.Morten Niels Jakobsen, Director of the Danish Gambling Authority, said: “It very much looks like some of the measures that have been put in place in connection with the lockdown of Denmark has had an effect on parts of the gambling market – particularly on betting, land-based casinos and gaming machines.”When comparing betting from 9 March to 3 May 2020 with the same period in 2019, data has shown a 60% drop in deposits made via licenced operators. The regulator disclosed that this decline is expected to continue until sports events resume.But despite the fall in betting across both retail and online, online casinos have seen a 2% increase in deposits made during the lockdown from 9 March to 3 May 2020, compared to the same period last year.This increase, however, cannot be indicative of a shift of ‘gambling activities from one gambling sector to another’ according to the regulator, due to the online casino sector currently being ‘a market in growth’.“Although it is still too soon to measure the full effect of the coronavirus crisis on the gambling market, it does not appear as if the decrease in gambling at land-based casinos and gaming machines as well as betting has caused an increase in gambling on online casino,” added Jakobsen.The Danish Gambling Authority will continue to closely monitor the Danish gambling market and will examine how the markets react when certain activities are resumed. Related Articles Submitlast_img read more

NCAA adjusts targeting, overtime rules for upcoming season

first_imgThe NCAA announced some changes and adjustments to several hot-topic rules within college football.Perhaps the most controversial rule in recent years, the penalty of targeting can no longer “stand” as called on the field. Instead, referees must either confirm or overturn the ruling, the NCAA announced Tuesday. Alabama coach Nick Saban to return to work ‘in the very near future’ after hip surgery Florida football staff member arrested on stalking charge, placed on leave If there are elements of targeting in the blind-side block, the targeting penalty will be added in, as well.Lastly, the organization also opted to get rid of the two-man wedge formation on all kickoffs for player safety.All new rules and changes will be implemented at the start of the 2019 season.center_img “If any element of targeting cannot be confirmed, the replay official will overturn the targeting foul,” the NCAA stated.Another change added is if a player commits three targeting penalties in a season, he will be subject to a one-game suspension. Related News Games that use the halftime review process will continue to do so, with no changes in that regard.The overtime rule also is being tweaked, but only in extreme circumstances. Should a game reach a fifth overtime, the plays will change so that both teams will run alternating two-point plays instead of starting at the opposing team’s 25-yard line.The purpose of this is to make play go by faster and end the game quicker. That means no more seven overtimes and nearly five-hour games (looking at you, LSU and Texas A&M).Texas A&M won that game, 74-72, in the longest game in FBS history and the highest-scoring SEC game ever.There will also be a two-minute rest period between the second and fourth overtimes should a game reach that point.Blind-side blocking techniques also will need to change, with the NCAA banning players from being able to use “a blind-side block by attacking an opponent with forcible contact.” Teams with players who do so will be given a 15-yard penalty. last_img read more

Services celebrate victims

first_imgClark was in his fifth year in the Marching Virginians, which traveled to this small eastern Georgia town for the service at Lakeside High School, where Clark and his twin brother, Bryan, graduated in 2002. In Virginia, more than 1,800 people packed St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Chantilly for a service for Reema Samaha, who was killed while sitting in French class. A large photograph of Samaha, smiling and dressed in white, sat on an easel in front of the church’s altar. White flowers, including lilies, were placed nearby. Friends and family remembered the 18-year-old from Centreville, Va., as a dancer who loved movement and grace. EVANS, Ga. – About 100 members of the Virginia Tech marching band played in a memorial service Saturday for bandmate Ryan Clark, remembered as a gregarious young man who went to lengths to make fellow students feel included. Clark, a 22-year-old from Martinez, Ga., was one of the first victims of Seung-Hui Cho, the brooding loner who gunned down 32 people on campus and killed himself Monday. Hundreds of mourners packed the gymnasium at Clark’s former high school to hear rousing songs from his former bandmates and praise for the young man with a contagious laughter who engaged everyone. “That’s how Ryan was. He was the type of person that gave his all,” band director David McKee said. Lisa Samaha, a cousin from Lebanon, said, “Dance was her world, and she was our star.” A memorial service was also held Saturday in Virginia for Emily Hilscher, who was killed in the same dorm as Clark, a resident adviser. About 1,500 people filled the football field of Hilscher’s alma mater, Rappahannock County High School in Washington. The memorial was held outside on a warm spring day because Hilscher, 19, of Woodville, loved the outdoors and horseback riding. Several people came in riding outfits, and a hunting horn was played at the end of the service. Hilscher’s family described a woman with a strong will, a keen sense of fun and a maturity that made her a role model for the rest of her family. She taught her sister, Erica, to drive stick shift on her prized truck, staying with it even when her older sibling stalled in the middle of the road. “I admired her strength, her ability to be the rock,” Erica Hilscher said. And in Lincoln, R.I., about 100 people memorialized Daniel Patrick O’Neil, 22, a first-year graduate student in environmental engineering. “He lived life to its fullest, and we know that his spirit and his influence on his friends will stay with them throughout their lives,” his family said in a news release before the service. The Georgia gym was packed with people wearing maroon and orange ribbons, Virginia Tech’s colors, or green ones, Clark’s favorite color. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more