State Unemployment Rate Drops Below 6 Percent

first_imgIndiana’s unemployment rate continued to drop in March, to its lowest point since July 2008. According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, it has declined by 2 percent over the past year to its current 5.9 percent.The labor force has increased by more than 25,000 in the first quarter of 2014.The Hoosier State added 3,200 private sector jobs in March. Indiana ranks eighth in the nation in total private sector job growth since July, 2009, the low point of employment in the state. During that time, Indiana has grown 215,500 private sector jobs.Over the past year, Indiana’s manufacturing job growth of 12,700 leads the nation, solidifying its position as the state with the largest percentage of manufacturing jobs as a portion of the private sector in the country.“Indiana’s unemployment rate is now below six percent for the first time since July of 2008,” said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “Our rate has dropped by two percentage points in one year, which is the third largest decline in the nation. The Hoosier labor force has grown by more than 25,000 in the first quarter of 2014 alone, which is also remarkable.”Sanders also noted claims for state unemployment insurance in March were nearly 10,000 below March 2013 levels and are at their lowest since 2007. Initial claims for unemployment insurance are at their lowest levels since 2000.last_img read more

Arrest made in Clark County voter fraud case

first_imgSellersburg, In. — Indiana State Police in Sellersburg have arrested a Clark County man on voter fraud charges after an investigation which began in mid-April.During the investigation, police learned in November of 2018, John David Croucher, 60, 7115 Bethany Rd, Charlestown, Indiana, went to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) in Sellersburg, Indiana and changed his legal address to 835 Park Street in Charlestown, Indiana.  835 Park Street is the address of a coin-operated laundromat owned by Croucher.While at the BMV, Croucher also registered to vote under the Park Street address which resides within the city limits of Charlestown.Croucher’s Bethany Road address does not lie within city limits and is therefore not eligible for voting in Charlestown municipal elections.The investigation further revealed that on April 10, 2019, John Croucher went to the Clark County Courthouse and used his newly gained driver’s license to obtain an absentee ballot.  John Croucher then participated in early voting in the Charlestown municipal election.The investigation was handed over to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was subsequently issued.  John Croucher was arrested fro perjury, ineligible voter and voting outside precinct residence.last_img read more

Late goals hand Chile winning start in Confederations Cup

first_img(REUTERS)-Alexis Sanchez came on as second half substitute to inspire Chile to a 2-0 victory over Cameroon in their opening Confederations Cup outing on Sunday but he had to share the spotlight with the video assistant referee.Sanchez provided the cross for Arturo Vidal to head home their 81st minute opener and inspired the second goal as well. He beat the offside trap but failed to score. Eduardo Vargas was on hand to put the ball into the net in the dying seconds.The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) also made an impact as Chile were denied a legitimate looking goal on the stroke of halftime and technology was used again at the end of the match to overturn a linesman’s offside call.Vargas had the ball in the net as the match moved into stoppage time at the end of the first half, deftly lifting it over the onrushing Cameron goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa after being expertly fed by a defence-splitting pass from Vidal.Slovenian referee Damir Skomina initially awarded it but then, more than minute later, he suddenly reversed the decision on the advice of the VAR, Clement Turpin of France.Vargas looked to be millimetres ahead of the last man in a tight call that was hotly contested by the angry Chileans as they headed down the tunnel for the interval.But Vargas was on the right side of technology for Chile’s second as Sanchez sprung the offside trap from just inside the Cameroon half to round the goalkeeper only to have his own effort blocked. Vargas followed up the rebound only to see the linesman’s flag shoot up.But a quick check with the VAR found both Chilean players had been onside and the decision was reversed to confirm a two-goal winning marginThere was no dispute about Vidal’s goal as he rose above two defenders to power home the ball as Sanchez, who had been ruled out of the starting line-up through injury but came in early in the second half, provided the perfect assist.The African champions came closest when captain Benjamin Moukandjo hit narrowly wide with a shot from the edge of the penalty area midway through the second half.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgBelmont winner Tiz the Law eyes ambitious summer scheduleUNDATED (AP) — Having secured a victory in the Belmont Stakes, Tiz the Law now faces an 11-week wait until the Kentucky Derby in a reconfigured Triple Crown series. In between, the bay colt who became the first New York-bred to win the Belmont since 1882 is being pointed toward the Travers on Aug. 8 in upstate New York, which is his home turf. Tiz the Law has five wins in six career starts by an average of 19 1/4 lengths. His only loss came at Churchill Downs last year, and he’ll get a chance to avenge it over the same track in the Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5.SANTA ANITA-FATALITIESHorse injured, euthanized after race at Santa Anita — Serbian soccer club Red Star Belgrade says five players have tested positive for the coronavirus. The club says the players are feeling fine and remain in isolation. Four of the players have displayed symptoms of COVID-19 while one has shown no symptoms at all. — There’s been a setback in the Russian soccer league’s restart this weekend. Dynamo Moscow postponed its game Sunday after three of its players tested positive for the coronavirus. It’s the second game to be disrupted by the coronavirus since the Russian league restarted Friday after a three-month pause.— Newcastle beat 10-man Sheffield United 3-0 in the Premier League to virtually guarantee its top-flight status for another year and make the club an even more attractive option for its controversial potential buyers. The win at an empty St. James’ Park lifted Newcastle to 38 points and 11 clear of the relegation zone. The future of Newcastle has been one of the big talking points during soccer’s three-month shutdown. League officials are deciding whether to approve a takeover of the northeast club by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign fund. Elsewhere in the Premier League, Chelsea rallied to beat Aston Villa 2-1. Chelsea strengthened its hold on fourth place and is five points clear of fifth-place Manchester United.— Two-time major champion So Yeon Ryu (soh yahn yoo) closed with an even-par 72 to win the Korea Women’s Open in her first tournament in four months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryu won for the first time since the Japan Women’s Open in 2018, and it was her first victory on the Korea LPGA since 2015. Upon winning, Ryu offered her entire prize money of just over $200,000 for coronavirus relief funds.TRIPLE CROWN-WHAT’S NEXT VIRUS OUTBREAK-MLBBalk in baseball coronavirus talks as negotiations drag onNEW YORK (AP) — An email from Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to union head Tony Clark led to a balk in the drawn-out talks to start the pandemic-delayed season, which now won’t begin by July 19.The executive committee of the players’ association was set to vote and reject MLB’s latest offer for a 60-game season on Sunday.Manfred says in an email obtained by The Associated Press that he really believes they are fighting over an impossibility on games. Manfred says the earliest they’ll be ready for players to report is a week from Monday, given the need to relocate teams from Florida. That leaves 66 days to play 60 games. Manfred says, “Realistically, that is the outside of the envelope now.” Former NFL, USC offensive lineman Max Tuerk dies at 26LOS ANGELES (AP) — Max Tuerk, an All-America offensive lineman at Southern California who was drafted by the Chargers, has died. He was 26. USC announced his death on Twitter, but did not say when Tuerk died or provide a cause of death. Tuerk played for the Trojans from 2012-15. He was a freshman All-American and an All-Pac-12 first-team selection in 2014. As a three-year starter, he played under three head coaches — Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian and Clay Helton. He was taken by the Chargers in the 2016 NFL draft, and played one game for the Arizona Cardinals before being cut in 2018. Do not enter text beyond this line. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTHE ESPYSThe ESPYS focus on honors, pandemic and racial justice UNDATED (AP) — This was a different version of The ESPYS. No red carpet, no nattily dressed athletes, no house band or monologue poking fun at the past year’s top athletes and moments. The focus was on honors, the pandemic and racial justice. Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers received the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage for sparking a national conversation about mental health. Nelson Cruz of the Minnesota Twins was honored as the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian of the Year for helping his hometown in the Dominican Republic acquire public service needs. The show was hosted remotely by NFL quarterback Russell Wilson, soccer star Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird of the WNBA. Simpson won the U.S. Open at Olympic Club in 2012. The U.S. Open has been scheduled to end on Father’s Day every year since 1976, but it was moved to September this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The RBC Heritage filled the spot on the schedule and Simpson, now a father of five, became a winner for the second time this year with a record score at Harbour Town.He didn’t have much of a choice with so many low scores on a soft course with little wind. He finished at 22-under 262, breaking by two the tournament record set by Brian Gay in 2009.NASCAR-TALLADEGAWeather delays NASCAR race at Talladega June 22, 2020 Update on the latest sports Noose found in garage stall of Bubba WallaceTALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — NASCAR says it’s investigating the discovery of a noose in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace on Sunday at the NASCAR race in Talladega, Alabama. Wallace is the only full-time Black driver in NASCAR’s elite Cup Series. Two weeks ago, he successfully pushed for NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at its tracks and properties. F1-HAMILTON-DIVERSITYF1 star Hamilton to set up commission to increase diversitycenter_img 2 tennis players test positive for COVID-19UNDATED (AP) — Borna Coric has become the second tennis player to test positive for the coronavirus after participating in an exhibition event in Croatia. Coric was among about 1,000 people who were tested for the virus after Grigor Dimitrov (GREE’-gohr DIH’-mih-trahv) announced that he was positive. That led to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where top-ranked Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) was scheduled to play in the final. The 33rd-ranked Coric played a match against Dimitrov in the Adriatic resort of Zadar on Saturday in the second leg of the exhibition series. In other sports affected by the coronavirus pandemic: British superbike rider dies after crash at English trackDERBY, England (AP) — A British superbike rider has died after being involved in a collision with another bike at an event on the Donington Park track in central England Sunday. Organizers of the No Limits Trackday event say Ben Godfrey died from the injuries he suffered from falling from his bike. Godfrey was 25 and raced in the British Superbike Championship. The No Limits Trackdays director described Godfrey as “a fantastic young man” and said he was “friends with so many people in the paddock, he was always smiling and had time for everyone.”OBIT-MAX TUERK LONDON (AP) — Six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton plans to set up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.The Mercedes driver says the aim of the Hamilton Commission will be to make the sport “become as diverse as the complex and multicultural world we live in.”Hamilton is the only Black world champion in F1. He has spoken widely about racism since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.Writing in British newspaper The Sunday Times, Hamilton said it would be a research partnership dedicated to exploring how motorsport can be used as a vehicle to “engage more young people from Black backgrounds with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and, ultimately, employ them on our teams or in other engineering sectors.”VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Thunderstorms Sunday forced NASCAR to postpone the Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway that was to mark the return of more fans to the track. The race, which was pushed back to 2 p.m. CDT today, is the first amid the coronavirus pandemic in which NASCAR opened the gates for up to 5,000 fans. The event was stopped several times for more than three hours of total delays.The race is the ninth for the elite Cup Series since the May 17 resumption, and restrictions are gradually being lifted. It was hardly an ordinary race day at Talladega Superspeedway, even before the lousy weather. The normal hordes of partying fans were nowhere to be seen. NASCAR-TALLADEGA-BUBBA WALLACE Associated Press Players want 70 games and $275 million more than teams are offering. They are worried that if a resurgence of the new coronavirus causes the 2020 season to be cut short, the deal being negotiated would lock in innovations for 2021 and lessen the union’s bargaining power. PGA-RBC HERITAGESimpson celebrates a Father’s Day win at Harbour TownHILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Webb Simpson celebrated another victory on Father’s Day, this time with a tartan jacket instead of a U.S. Open trophy.In a wild sprint to the finish after a three-hour storm delay, Simpson ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine at Harbour Town and closed with a 7-under 64 for a one-shot victory over Abraham Ancer. ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A horse injured after crossing the finish line of a race at Santa Anita has been euthanized, making it the 15th fatality at the track since late December.Strictly Biz, a 4-year-old colt, fractured his right knee while galloping past the finish of the sixth race Saturday. The attending veterinarian determined it was an unrecoverable injury.Ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr., Strictly Biz finished sixth among eight horses in the $51,000 race on the turf. Trained by Brian Koriner and owned by Jay Em Ess Stable, the colt had one win in four career starts and earnings of $29,000, according to Equibase. The California track’s spring-summer meet ends Sunday.BRITAIN-SUPERBIKERIDER DIESlast_img read more

Hehir overcomes early struggles to win individual Big East championship

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 1, 2012 at 10:34 am Contact Melissa: qsbronso@syr.edu In 15 months, redshirt freshman Martin Hehir transformed from not running at all to being the face of the Syracuse men’s cross country program.Hehir won the Big East individual championship and led the team to it’s third Big East title in four years. Missing the nod as Big East champions last year, Hehir was determined to bring the program its last Big East title before departing for the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.“It means a lot to the team and the school especially since it’s our last Big East,” Hehir said. “We really wanted to go out with the title and have it be undisputed”In a tight race at the end, Hehir outlasted Providence’s Shane Quinn, who led for majority of the race.“Other guys started coming from behind us so we started sprinting,” Hehir said. “It just ended up I just started catching Shane Quinn.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHehir said the coaches were on the sidelines screaming and urging them to finish strong.Flying past Quinn, Hehir sprinted to a time of 24:37.20 to edge Quinn by 1.6 seconds.The Orange rebounded for the championship after a disappointing finish in the Wisconsin Invitational. SU came in 11th place at the meet, which featured elite competition.“The Wisconsin race was really our first big race of the season,” Hehir said. “So it was kind of the first race we weren’t going to win.”Wisconsin was not the team’s best race but the Big East Championship was a race of redemption.“It was really important for us to win the last Big East meet that we’ll be in,” head coach Chris Fox said. “We don’t like to lose.”Syracuse started the race pack running, and the runners stayed together until the midway point.Running 12-13 miles a day and a total of 70 miles at the end of the week, the course and volume was familiar to the Syracuse runners.Seventy miles are now easy for Hehir to complete, but he struggled with the training when he first arrived at Syracuse.“He came in a little bit inexperienced,” Fox said. “To tell you the truth in his first six weeks he wasn’t very good.”But Fox said his hard work paid off, and it showed with his performance in the Big East championship. And his head coach thinks he has the potential to earn All-American honors, too.“If I was in his shoes that would be my goal,” Fox said. “It’s a big goal for a freshman, but if he runs like he did on Friday, he has an opportunity for sure.” Commentslast_img read more

Filling the gaps: Syracuse defense hinges on trio of linebackers, each with something to prove

first_imgThere’s no question: The linebackers are the crux of Syracuse’s defense.With turnover in front and behind, senior Marquis Spruill and juniors Dyshawn Davis and Cameron Lynch will be relied on to keep the team competitive as a newcomer in the Atlantic Coast Conference without a proven quarterback. Yet, a quick glance at the trio of Orange veterans reveals clear deficiencies.Spruill was charged with disorderly conduct and second-degree harassment after a dispute with police officers Dec. 2. Davis has only played the position for two years. Lynch is undersized (5-foot-11) and inexperienced (three career starts).But that doesn’t tell the whole story. Each has undergone a transformation of sorts, starting last spring. Where they were weak, they are now strong.And they could be the best linebacking corps since Doug Hogue, Derrell Smith and then-freshman Spruill powered the Orange in 2010.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBeing a LeaderMarquis Spruill’s transformation is just as much perception as reality.How could he shed the details from that Saturday night in December? The ones that jumped off the police report and into the headlines as Syracuse prepared to face West Virginia in the Pinstripe Bowl.Pulling an officer off of teammate Steve Rene. Kicking the inside of a police van so hard that it swung open and nearly struck an officer. And all before the biggest game of his career.Spruill and Rene have remained steadfast that the outline in that report is not exactly how they remember it. Still, it’s what Spruill had to accept when he pled guilty to the second-degree harassment charge, wrote an apology letter and participated in team counseling.“The incident that night basically happened because I tried to be a leader,” Spruill said. “I tried to go stop something from happening and it didn’t look that way. I had good intentions, it just didn’t look that way.”Teammates and coaches understand what happened that night. They know “‘Quis” best. He’s the guy who tries to keep teammates out of trouble off the field, Dyshawn Davis said. That might be why no-nonsense head coach Doug Marrone allowed Spruill to play in the Pinstripe Bowl.“He’s just one of those guys always looking to protect his teammates, his brothers,” Davis said. “That particular night, when things went wrong, as a team we and the coaches all know that’s not him. He’s a great kid, he’s a great guy and he’s a great leader.”For Spruill, swallowing his pride for the success of his future wasn’t new.After receiving no offers out of Hillside (N.J.) High School, he attended Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. There, he hated shining shoes — and boots, which were harder to clean since they had bigger pores. He hated taking orders from 10th-grade kids just because they outranked him.“The culture of military life, I didn’t really like it at all,” Spruill said, “but I accepted it because I knew I was trying to do something. I was trying to find a school to go to for football, so if I had to bite my tongue and do what they said, I would do it.”It’s the same way he handled the situation this past winter. And with that maturity, he grew in the eyes of his teammates and coaches.Davis saw the difference in the way Spruill handled the court hearings and media backlash. Spruill’s roommate of more than a year, Davis watched him work through the everyday grind of redefining his reputation as a player and leader going into his final collegiate season.“He just changed into a different person,” Davis said.Head coach Scott Shafer saw the difference in the way Spruill ran defensive practices this summer. Spruill held more sessions than the team has run any summer since he got here.“He took that defense and they damn near practiced on their own three days a week,” Shafer said. “I was so proud of him.”It was only two years ago that Shafer remembers Spruill shying away from that role. “Coach, I don’t feel comfortable being a leader,” Shafer recalls Spruill telling him.Now the whole team looks up to Spruill, a four-year starter and established signal caller for the defense.For Spruill, the incident in December is in the past. He doesn’t let it define him.Sliding back into his natural middle linebacker slot this season, he has the support of all his teammates and coaches.“We needed a little leadership, and he’s the guy,” linebackers coach Clark Lea said. “They all look to him. They all look to him and they know he can do it.”Rounding Out His GameStanding in the back-left corner of the end zone, Dyshawn Davis turned away from the Carrier Dome stands and back at what he dreaded most.The ball was in Demetrius Fields’ hands. It had soared over Davis a second earlier. Davis ripped the chinstraps off the side of his helmet and jump-twisted in frustration.Northwestern scored with 44 seconds left to spoil Syracuse’s season opener 42-41 last year.“Dyshawn Davis is still learning to play the position,” first-year linebackers coach Clark Lea said. “He spent a better part of his first two seasons being a runner on the field. We want him to do that because that’s a strength of his, but if we can just work on the finer points of his game to be a complete player.”Davis might be the most physically gifted player on the team. Six feet 2 inches, 220 pounds. Strong. Fast. Explosive. That’s what got him the starting job as a freshman, and what’s gotten him into the backfield more than any other SU player these last two seasons.Davis leads the team with 24.5 tackles for loss in that span, but dropping in coverage or filling space in the box has been sometimes problematic. Like when Davis failed to hold contain on an end-around and a reverse in a loss to Southern California last season.After missing the spring season with offseason shoulder surgery, Davis began working with Lea on rounding out his game in the summer. Footwork in the box, dropping in coverage and coming out of breaks. Using his hands to control tight ends at the line of scrimmage.“I feel like I’ve had a tremendous amount of improvement being outside the box and covering the pass,” Davis said. “Being active on the play, driving to the ball after the ball is thrown.”Lea said Davis’ experience playing wide receiver at Woodbury (N.J.) High School shows in his ability to use his hips to change direction and his catching ability. It’s his height, Lea said, that makes perfecting the backpedaling and crossovers difficult.“With a guy that long, that’s the first thing that usually goes,” Lea said. “It’s hard for those guys, but that’s something he’s been concentrating on and studying.”While Davis is only in his third season playing linebacker, he started in limited formation as a freshman and full-time last year. Experience playing in the secondary at Woodbury and safety at Milford (N.Y.) Academy helped, but to become a multi-dimensional linebacker, he’ll need to continue to work on the intricacies of coverage.“I hope as we move forward that he just starts rounding out his game so that he can still run and hit and do those things well,” Lea said, “but the finer points of coverage or playing in the box when he needs to and getting his body under control to make a play in space, those are things we’ve spent a good amount of time on in camp drilling.”Finding the StrengthZiniu Chen | Staff PhotographerCam Lynch’s Scout.com page reads like so:The No. 54 outside linebacker in the Class of 2011. Three stars. Five feet 11 inches. Two hundred and fifteen pounds. Strengths: instincts, lateral movement, tackling technique.Areas for improvement: size.Three years after choosing Syracuse, Lynch has added 15 pounds of muscle. He’s still 5 feet 11 inches, easily the shortest of the three starting linebackers, but senior defensive tackle Jay Bromley called him the strongest.The Shamarko Thomas of linebackers, Bromley said.“He can probably jump about 35 (inches), bench about 450 (pounds), if not more, and squat about 5(00) something,” Bromley said. “… He’s like a bowling ball of just speed.”Even at Brookwood High School in Snellville, Ga., Lynch was strong. Now entering his junior year with the Orange, he’ll be a first-year starter playing against some of the fastest running backs in the country. Yet with only three career starts, Lynch’s lack of height or experience doesn’t seem to worry any of the Orange coaches or players.Nor should it.He was a rotation player in each of the last two seasons, starting once as a freshman and twice as a sophomore. Last year, he notched a career-high nine tackles against Missouri on Nov. 17, and added four tackles, half a sack and a forced fumble against West Virginia in the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 29.This spring, he manned the starting strong linebacker spot when Davis sat out after offseason shoulder surgery.“He spent a lot of time this summer becoming a student of the game and really trying to absorb a lot of information from a football standpoint,” linebackers coach Clark Lea said. “It made this transition to fall camp a lot smoother.”His performance through camp has been inconsistent at times, Lea said, but the high points have been eye-popping.Last Monday, Lynch trifled through the line on back-to-back plays in a 7-on-7 drill. First, he beat tackle Sean Hickey around the outside before tagging quarterbacking offensive line coach Pat Perles for the sack.On the next play, he ran a twist stunt with Spruill and sped past Hickey up the middle for another sack.Lynch’s strength and speed allow him to exploit the smallest of crevices in an offensive front. Now he’s working on going through offensive linemen, as well.“I want to sharpen up being physical at the line,” Lynch said. “I’m good at that, but being physical at the line and just working on that. Everything else is solid.”For a guy who scored a 1435 on his SAT, according to Rivals.com, and received a scholarship offer from Harvard, identifying and understanding the quickest way into the backfield shouldn’t be a problem – especially considering he grew up in Georgia and knows the Atlantic Coast Conference brand of football well.While Lynch can’t do anything to get taller, he’s done everything in his power to prove his size and strength is far from an area of improvement.Bromley said Lynch turns heads in the weight room. Now he’s knocking them backward on the practice field, too.“This guy is limitless,” Bromley said. “There’s really not much he can’t do.”Three linebackers. Three questions. If Syracuse is to stay afloat in the ACC this year, it’ll need all three to carry its defensive weight.Davis remembers idolizing Hogue and Smith when he watched games at Milford Academy. He remembers getting to Syracuse and sitting down with Spruill. They talked about a dream.“I knew in the future that we had a chance to be better than Doug and Derrell,” Davis said. “That kind of went by quick filling in the footsteps and the shoes of those guys. Now we’re trying to be the best that we can be and try to be better than them.”With Lynch beside them, the three form a more complete group than that of 2010. A group with arguably more pressure, but as Davis said, a group that knows how crucial it is to the team’s success.They’re the heart and soul of the defense.“We’re just the three soldiers,” Davis said, “sticking together, holding the team together.” Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse’s effort disappoints Shafer in Day 3 of training camp

first_imgScott Shafer wasn’t happy with his team’s progress on Monday.When asked what specific areas his team needs to improve in, Shafer replied, “Everything. We’ve got to get better at everything we do,” as he pounded the podium with his fist.It was the Orange’s third practice of training camp, and the team wore shoulder pads and Guardian Caps, which are intended to prevent head injuries.The head coach later expressed unhappiness with his defensive linemen’s performances, saying they need to utilize their hands better, as the group aims to replace Jay Bromley, now with the New York Giants.“We’ve got a lot of work to do to get to where we need to be and there are some good things going on,” Shafer said, “but the level and the standard of expectations got to be higher every day. I felt like yesterday we had a really good day and today we had a day that just wasn’t as good as we need it to be.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKirkland suffers knee bruiseSenior linebacker Josh Kirkland was being tended to by the medical staff when practice opened to the media late Monday afternoon for what Shafer said was a knee bruise after bumping knees with a teammate.“The fancy word would be contusion,’” Shafer said.Kirkland couldn’t put much weight on his right leg during the open practice, but slowly limped to the locker room on his own during Shafer’s press conference about two hours later.Batten continues to work with tight endsSophomore P.J. Batten, listed as a linebacker on the Orange’s roster, spent the open part of Monday’s practice working with the tight ends, and let a pass from position coach Bobby Acosta sail through his hands during a route-running drill.Batten was on last year’s roster as a tight end, but switched to linebacker before the start of this season’s training camp.Another positional switch made earlier this camp was the move of sophomore Troy Green from quarterback to wide receiver, where Shafer told reporters he thinks the Central Florida transfer will have a better chance to compete. Last year, quarterback John Kinder – who has since transferred to Stony Brook – made a similar position change.Others:No exact date for a return is imminent for freshman quarterback Alin Edouard, who left SU’s training camp to deal with family matters at home in Miami. “When the family is all set and feels good about things, we’ll get him back up here,” Shafer said.While Syracuse looks for a new holder to replace the graduated Charley Loeb, safety Darius Kelly held down a few kicks for senior Alex Hodgkinson during the open practice, but it was punter Riley Dixon who executed a fake field goal, rolling to his right and flicking a touchdown pass to defensive end Micah Robinson in the end zone. Published on August 4, 2014 at 10:17 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Comments Related Stories Syracuse releases football training camp schedule Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse football recruiting: 2016 RB signee Jo-El Shaw to attend Lackawanna College instead of SU

first_img Related Stories Syracuse football recruiting: 3-star running back Jo-El Shaw becomes 16th member of 2016 classSyracuse football recruiting: What to know about Syracuse’s Class of 2016 Published on June 28, 2016 at 10:43 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShaw signed his letter of intent to Syracuse in February and was scheduled to begin practicing with the team in August. The running back totaled 1,278 yards on the ground and 21 touchdowns for Woodland Hills (Pennsylvania) High School while sharing the backfield with Penn State signee Miles Sanders.The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Shaw, who would’ve presumably played in a power-back role for Syracuse, was originally headed to Western Michigan but SU running backs coach Mike Hart (who previously coached the position at WMU) reeled in Shaw for the Orange. Comments Syracuse football signee Jo-El Shaw will play for Lackawanna College instead of the Orange this fall, a source from Lackawanna confirmed to The Daily Orange Tuesday morning.The Lackawanna football Twitter account welcomed Shaw to the program at 8:05 a.m. Tuesday but it was unclear why he wouldn’t be joining SU anymore. The source said, that while he hasn’t seen Shaw’s transcript yet, anytime Lackawanna gets a player who is signed to a Power 5 school it is almost always because of academics. Then, the player comes to Lackawanna to try and get the required 2.5 grade point average, the source said, before continuing onto Division I. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

International trio bid for team award

first_img Three girl internationals will represent England in the team event at next week’s British girls’ championship at West Kilbride Golf Club, Scotland. They are Sammy Fuller of Surrey, Eloise Healey of Lancashire (image © Leaderboard Photography) and Lizzie Prior, also from Surrey, who are all currently playing for England in the Girls’ Home Internationals in Lanark. The team event is played alongside the championship’s two stroke play qualifying rounds on Monday and Tuesday, August 10 and 11, with the best two scores counting each day. The players: Sammy Fuller, 16, (Roehampton) tied for the Irish U18 stroke play, but lost a title play-off. She was 16th in the English women’s amateur where she shot 66 in the first round. Eloise Healey, 17, was eighth in the English girls’ championship, qualified fourth in the English women’s matchplay and tied 10th in the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play. Lizzie Prior, 17, (Burhill) was joint runner-up in both the English women’s amateur and the English girls’ championship. She has won the Fairhaven Trophies and the Critchley Salver this season and also tied second in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. 6 Aug 2015 International trio bid for team award last_img read more

Serena and Venus lose in 2nd round at French Open

first_imgSerena Williams of the U.S. returns the ball during the second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)PARIS (AP) — Instead of playing each other this week at the French Open, Serena and Venus Williams will both be heading home early.The American sisters both lost in the second round on Wednesday, each being outplayed by little-known opponents at Roland Garros.Serena, the defending French Open champion and a 17-time major winner, lost to Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-2, 6-2. It is her earliest exit at a major tournament since falling in the first round at Roland Garros two years ago — and her most-lopsided loss ever at a Grand Slam.A short time earlier, older sister Venus was eliminated by Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.The Williams siblings would have met in the third round had they both won.“It was one of those days. You can’t be on every day, and, gosh, I hate to be off during a Grand Slam,” the top-seeded Serena said. “It happens, you know. It’s not the end of the world. It is what it is.”The sisters have lost on the same day at a major tournament twice before, with the last coming in the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2011. The other time was at the French Open in 2008 in the third round.With Li Na also eliminated, it is the first time in the Open era that the top two seeded women have lost before the third round at any Grand Slam tournament.Serena struggled from the start against the 20-year-old Muguruza and finished the match with only eight winners and 29 unforced errors.“Just nothing really worked,” Serena said. “I don’t know anything that actually worked.”Muguruza was playing at the French Open for only the second time in her career. She lost in the second round last year, but reached the fourth round at the Australian Open in January.Venus Williams of the U.S. wipes away some beads of sweat during the second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Slovakia’s Anna Schmiedlova at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent)Venus’ loss was the eighth time in her last nine major tournaments that she has failed to win more than one match.The seven-time Grand Slam champion won the first set and was up an early break in the second. But the 19-year-old Schmiedlova responded by taking eight of nine games and won 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.“I felt like this was a match that I was most likely going to win. I’m sure, I don’t know how Serena felt, but I’m sure she feels like that every time she goes on the court,” Venus said. “So I think our expectation was to play in the next round.”Since reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2011, Venus has been eliminated in the first or second round at every Grand Slam tournament she has played except the 2013 Australian Open, where she reached the third round.At 33 years old, Venus is far from her best. But she has been having a solid season in 2014, winning a hard-court title in Dubai and reaching the final in Auckland.Against Schmiedlova, the 29th-seeded Venus ended up with 47 unforced errors. Schmiedlova had only 20.Venus won the last of her seven major titles at Wimbledon in 2008. She has never won the French Open, but lost to Serena in the 2002 final in their only meeting at Roland Garros.No. 12 Flavia Pennetta of Italy also lost, while No. 8 Angelique Kerber of Germany and No. 18 Eugenie Bouchard of Canada won.Also Wednesday, 2012 French Open champion Maria Sharapova was scheduled to play.In the men’s tournament, both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic made it through to the third round.Federer beat Argentine qualifier Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday, while the second-seeded Djokovic defeated Jeremy Chardy of France 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.Djokovic needs to win the French Open to complete a career Grand Slam.No. 8 Milos Raonic of Canada, No. 6 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, No. 18 Ernets Gulbis of Latvia, No. 25 Marin Cilic of Croatia, No. 27 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, No. 29 Gilles Simon of France and No. 31 Dmitry Tursunov of Russia also advanced to the third round.No. 15 Mikhail Youzhny of Russia and No. 20 Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine lost.One match that carried over from the first round ended quickly Wednesday with Steve Johnson of the United States advancing. The American saved two match points on Tuesday in the third set before completing a 4-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-3 win over Laurent Lokoli of France.The match had been suspended because of darkness on Tuesday night with Johnson leading 3-1 in the fifth.last_img read more