Social media users laud Batik Air for evacuating Indonesians from virus-hit Wuhan

first_imgTwitter user @alichaniag0 tweeted, “Just be safe and strong, pilot and crew of Batik Air. Thanks for bring [sic] our friends back from Wuhan – not all heroes have superpowers.”Just be safe and strong pilot and crew batik air , thanks for bring back our friend in Wuhan, not all heroes have superpowers,— . (@alichaniag0) February 1, 2020 Following the successful repatriation of over 200 Indonesian nationals from coronavirus-hit Wuhan, Hubei province, and other regions in China via a Batik Air flight that used the Airbus A-330, social media users have taken to Twitter to convey their appreciation for the Lion Air subsidiary.“Thanks to patriotic Indonesian diplomats, Batik Air cabin crew, and the Indonesian evacuation team who braved risks of coronavirus and volunteered for mercy flight to bring back Indonesian students from Wuhan, China. We’re proud of you!” Twitter user @GandhiPP wrote in a tweet on Sunday.Thanks to patriotic indonesian diplomats , batik air cabin crew ,Indonesia evacuation team who braved risk of Coronavirus & volunteered for mercy flight to bring back Indonesianstudents from Wuhan, China, We proud of you! #indonesiahebat @DjoOratmangun @KBRI_Beijing pic.twitter.com/3U9eZxiJe4— Gandhi Priambodho (@GandhiPP) February 1, 2020 “The [crew members] are fantastic, they are wholehearted people. They [underwent] the mission to evacuate Indonesians in Wuhan even though they had to risk their own lives. Can we give them [more respect]? Batik Air is amazing,” @jessicoconut_ tweeted.The aircrews are fantastic, they are “wholehearted” people. They have this mission to evacuate the Indonesians in Wuhan eventhough they are risking their own life.Can we give them 💯💯 respects or even more?Batik air is amazing 🙂 https://t.co/DUO0zWY2fB— 🥥🌿 (@jessicoconut_) February 1, 2020Indonesians evacuated from Wuhan and other cities in China arrived at Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam, Riau Islands, on Sunday morning and were immediately directed to passenger planes operated by the Indonesian Air Force to be airlifted to Natuna Island for quarantine.The passengers underwent medical check-ups inside the Batik Air aircraft before boarding the planes that transported them to Natuna Island.Batik Air spokesperson Danang Mandala Prihantoro said in a written statement that the airline had prioritized the security and safety of its passengers during the humanitarian mission, in accordance with its standard operating procedures. The flight carried 19 crew members and 270 Indonesian passengers, he said.The safety measures taken by the airline during the mission included providing the passengers with multi-use disinfectant sprays, masks, gloves and other means of protection to prevent the coronavirus from spreading on board, Danang said.He went on to say that the airline extended its gratitude to the crew members of the flight, as well as to other parties that had helped to ensure that the evacuation went according to plan. The crew members would subsequently undergo a medical protocol, including quarantine, to ensure that they were virus-free, Danang added.Previously, the Health Ministry’s head of the emerging infectious diseases subdirectorate, Endang Budi Hastuti, said that the evacuees must be quarantined for at least 14 days, which would allow authorities to observe them throughout the virus’ estimated incubation period. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

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Thorco Lineage Refloated, Drifting off Raroia

first_imgThe recently grounded general cargo ship Thorco Lineage was refloated from its resting place on the Raroia Atoll, French Polynesia, on June 27.The French navy’s vessel Bougainville, which was sent to the site to assist the 16,500 dwt ship, attached a tow line to Thorco Lineage in the evening hours of June 26 and started maneuvers to free the vessel.Bougainville managed to free the cargo ship from the reef, however, the salvage mission was interrupted as the towing cable broke soon after. The team made a number of failed attempts to reattach the tow line.Thorco Lineage is currently drifting in the open sea, south-west parallel to the west coast of Raroia, according to a statement by French Polynesia’s High Commissioner, René Bidal. The vessel is being monitored by Bougainville.Joint Rescue Coordination Center French Polynesia (JRCC Tahiti) informed that, according to its drift prediction models, Thorco Lineage should continue drifting offshore in the Southwest.A specialized tug, sailing from the port of Papeete, is on its way to the site. The unit is scheduled to reach the drifting vessel in the evening hours of June 28 and tow it to Papeete.The team at the site managed to conduct an underwater inspection, discovering damage on the hull and the ship’s propeller, but there were no signs of pollution. The ship is believed to be suitable for several days of towing.Additionally, the salvage team requested for an ocean-going tugboat to be sent from the United States to Papeete to tow the ship to a port with adequate repair capabilities later.The 2014-built Thorco Lineage, operated by Danish shipping firm Thorco Projects, ran into trouble on June 23 after experiencing engine problems.At the time of the incident, the cargo ship was on its way from Maryland, United States to Hobart, Australia.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: French Polynesia’s High Commissionerlast_img read more

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Hyperco gives awards in five IMCA divisions, Deery Series

first_img“We communicate with a variety of IMCA sponsors when it comes to making rules decisions on an annual basis and Hyperco certainly is one we consult based on their longevity with us,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Their products are designed for IMCA racers and we value the partnership we’ve established with them for over two decades.” “The IMCA market, like all circle track racing on both dirt and asphalt is among Hyperco’s largest core markets for providing spring solutions and these competitors help us grow every day as they race in some of the toughest conditions around the country,” he continued. “If you can develop a product that can survive what they are doing on a nightly basis, then you know you are doing something right.” All drivers must compete with at least one Hyperco spring and display two Hyperco decals on their race car to be eligible; Modified, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and SportMod drivers must also fill out and return a sign-up form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1. PONTOTOC, Miss. – Drivers in five IMCA divisions, as well as Deery Brothers Summer Series competitors are in the running again this season for product awards from Hyperco. The Pontotoc, Miss., high performance suspension components manufacturer and 22-year sponsor gives awards based on regional standings for IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, and on national standings for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods.  Hyperco will also give two Conventional SNS springs to the top eligible driver in the tour for IMCA Late Models. Second and third-place eligible drivers each receive one Conventional SNS spring.center_img Information about Hyperco high performance products is available by call­ing 800 365-2645 or 662 488-4567, at the www.hypercoils.com website and on Facebook. Awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home office the following week. “What can we say … we love IMCA racing!” said Hyperco Motorsports Market Manager Justin Cockerham. “From coast to coast, these guys and gals are racing every weekend and racing hard.”  Top three eligible finishers in each of the five Modified regions, both Stock Car regions, both Hobby Stock regions and in national point races for Northern and Southern SportMods earn product certificates good for two Hyperco SNS Conventional springs. last_img read more

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Garcia: City can still win title

first_img He added: “But there are still 10 games left, it is still 30 points to play for, it is still possible (to win the title). We are Manchester City, we need to fight until the final game. We will fight for this Premier League title. “The players remember the gap that City made up last season. I think, if it was the same situation, in another league it would be impossible to make up the gap. “But, in England, everything is possible because all the teams are stronger. United can lose a few games. It is possible.” City have still to take on United in the second Manchester derby of the season at Old Trafford but Garcia knows they must keep the pressure on by winning the games before that showdown. He said: “We still have to go to Old Trafford and obviously a win there would cut the gap by three points. But firstly we have strong games to play against teams like Everton and Tottenham. It is important we win at United but if we don’t win, for example against Everton, maybe the gap will be too big.” Garcia was delighted with City’s performance at Villa Park. He said: “The important thing was for the team to win this game. It was hard and Villa, although down the bottom, are a good, young team and they played very well. But City defended very well and on the counter-attack we were very strong.” Press Association Javi Garcia believes the competitive nature of the Barclays Premier League means Manchester City can still cling to the hope of overhauling Manchester United in the title race.center_img City will enter the final 10 games of the campaign lying 12 points adrift of United after overcoming Aston Villa 1-0 on Monday night. Garcia acknowledges the contest would be over in other countries where there is less strength in depth in the leagues and where one or two clubs dominate. But the Spanish midfielder knows shock results are possible in England as demonstrated by City’s own recent defeat at struggling Southampton. Garcia, signed from Benfica for around £16million last summer, said: “Being 12 points in front is a good position for Manchester United to be in.” last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgPhils put Bruce, Quinn in shelf UNDATED (AP) — The Phillies have put outfielders Jay Bruce and Roman Quinn on the injured list. Bruce reaggravated a left quadriceps injury Saturday during a 5-1 loss to the Mets. Quinn was placed on the seven-day concussion injured list after slamming into the center field wall chasing a flyball Saturday. NASCAR-DARLINGTONHarvick gets eighth win of 2020DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Kevin Harvick has opened NASCAR’s playoffs by earning his circuit-leading eighth win overall this season and second at Darlington. Harvick had a bit of luck in this one. Martin Truex Jr. led for a race-high 196 laps until he bumped with Chase Elliott, causing them to brush the way. Truex had to pit for repairs, putting Harvick in control of the race for the final 14 laps.Austin Dillon finished second, followed by Joey Logano, Eric Jones and William Byron.NFL-NEWSAP source: Peterson agrees to 1-year deal with DetroitUNDATED (AP) — Adrian Peterson has agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Elsewhere in the majors:— Jared Walsh and Justin Upton delivered key singles during a four-run eighth that sent the Angels past the Astros, 9-5. Walsh singled home the tiebreaking run and Upton capped the rally with a two-run single in the Angels’ season-high fifth straight win.— Fernando Tatís Jr. matched Angels slugger Mike Trout for the majors’ home run lead with his 15th, a two-run drive in the seventh inning of the Padres’ 5-3 win over the Athletics. Garrett Richards struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter over seven sharp innings to end a four-start winless stretch.— Brandon Lowe (low) hit a sacrifice fly to complete a two-run 10th inning that pushed the Rays past the Marlins, 5-4. Randy Arozarena homered twice and Hunter Renfroe also went deep for Tampa Bay.— Edwin Encarnación (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN’) belted a three-run homer and Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) threw five scoreless innings as the White Sox whipped the Royals, 8-2 to complete a four-game sweep. Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) singled in a five-run seventh to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. It’s Gasly’s first win in Formula One. The 24-year-old Frenchman finished 0.415 seconds ahead of McLaren driver Carlos Sainz. Associated Press EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Anton Khodobin (hoo-DOH’-bihn) and the Dallas Stars have taken Game 1 of the NHL’s Western Conference finals in stifling fashion.The Stars allowed just 25 shots on goal to allow Khudobin to get his first career playoff shutout in a 1-0 win over the top-seeded Vegas Golden Knights.Neither team scored after John Klingberg beat Marc-Andre Fleury 2:36 into the contest. That was enough offense for Dallas to get within three wins of their first Stanley Cup final appearance in 20 years.Fleury stopped 24 shots for the Knights who will try to pull even in Game 2 on Tuesday.MLB-BROCK-OBIT ESPN and the NFL Network also reported the deal.The 35-year-old Peterson was released by Washington on Friday after spending the past two seasons there. He has rushed for 14,216 yards in 13 seasons, mostly with the Minnesota Vikings.In other NFL news:— The Titans have agreed to terms with three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jadeveon Clowney on a one-year contract. The Titans did not announce the terms Sunday, but ESPN.com reported the deal could be worth up to $15 million. The No. 1 overall pick of 2014 went into free agency looking for a mega-contract that never materialized. — 49ers general manager John Lynch says starting receiver Deebo Samuel “has a shot” to play in the season opener after being sidelined all summer by a broken foot. Samuel broke his foot in June during informal workouts with teammates in Tennessee and hasn’t been able to practice since. Davis added 34 points and 10 boards for the Lakers, who had to regroup after blowing a 21-point, first-half lead.Eric Gordon furnished six of the Rockets’ 22 3-pointers and finished with 24 points, while James Harden had a team-high 27 points. Westbrook shot only 4 for 15 while scoring 10 points and grabbing 13 rebounds for the Rockets.Game 3 is Tuesday.TENNIS-US OPEN — Jacob deGrom struck out 12 while holding the Phillies to three hits over seven innings of the Mets’ 14-1 laugher. Dominic Smith had four hits and Pete Alonso homered twice for New York, which also received round-trippers from Jeff McNeil, Brandon Nimmo and Wilson Ramos. — Donovan Solano ripped a two-run, go-ahead homer in the sixth inning of the Giants’ 4-2 verdict over the Diamondbacks. Brandon Belt and Chadwick Tromp also went deep for San Francisco, which has won seven of nine against Arizona this season.— Paul Goldschmidt cracked a three-run homer off Jon Lester in the third inning to put the Cardinals ahead to stay in a 7-3 win against the Cubs. Tommy Edman also went deep to help St. Louis overcome home runs by Anthony Rizzo and Jason Kipnis.— The Reds overcame a two-run homer by Nick Castellanos (kas-tee-AH’-nohs), scoring twice in the ninth to beat the Pirates, 3-2. Cole Tucker’s single tied it before Erik Gonzalez lifted a sacrifice fly. MLB-NEWS The chair umpire announced the default following a minutes-long conversation with officials on court. It seemed clear Djokovic did not intend to hit the line judge; there was concern written on his face as soon as he realized what happened. But players who hit a ball out of anger and make contact with an on-court official have been defaulted in the past.It was a stunning end to Djokovic’s bid for an 18th Grand Slam title and his 26-0 start to this season. It also means the men’s winner will become a first-time Grand Slam champion.Men’s fifth seed Alexander Zverev racked up 18 aces and dropped just five games in advancing to the quarterfinals. He is the first German in 13 years to reach the U.S. Open quarters.Denis Shapovalov is the first Canadian male to reach the quarters in tournament history. Shapovalov has reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinal by beating No. 7 David Goffin, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. — Shane Bieber is 7-0 after striking out 10 over five innings of the Indians’ 4-1 decision over the Brewers. Carlos Santana hit an RBI double and a run-scoring single to support Bieber, who allowed a run and five singles.— Grayson Greiner launched a tiebreaking, solo homer in a three-run eighth that sent the Tigers to a 10-8 triumph over the Twins. Willi Castro hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs as Detroit ended Minnesota’s five-game winning streak.— The Blue Jays also posted a 10-8 win over the Red Sox as Cavan Biggio, Joe Panik, Caleb Joseph and Derek Fisher drove in two runs apiece. Joseph and Rowdy Tellez (TEH’-lehz) furnished solo homers in Toronto’s first win in three games.— Kyle Seager smacked a two-run home run and rookie Kyle Lewis added a solo shot in the Mariners’ fifth straight, 4-3 versus the Rangers. Seattle has won 10 of 13 after an 8-19 start.— The Braves crushed the Nationals, 10-3 as Freddie Freeman hit his second career grand slam, both coming in this series. Marcell Ozuna drove in four runs with three hits, including a homer and a three-run triple to help the NL East leaders gain a four-game split. MLB-SCHEDULEBirds make it 3 straight over YanksUNDATED (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles suddenly can’t lose to the New York Yankees after dropping 19 straight meetings to the defending AL East champs.The Orioles made it three straight wins over the Yanks as Dean Kremer allowed one hit over six innings in his major league debut to lead Baltimore’s 5-1 victory. DJ Stewart put the Birds ahead to stay with a two-run homer off Masahiro Tanaka in the first inning.New York committed two errors, allowed three unearned runs and finished with only four hits. The Yankees have dropped 13 of 18 since a 16-6 start to the season. Djokovic defaulted for hitting line judge with ballNEW YORK (AP) — A fit of anger has cost Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) a chance to win a fourth U.S. Open title.The top-ranked player and prohibitive favorite was defaulted from his fourth-round match after he accidentally hit a line judge with a tennis ball.Djokovic had just lost a game to his opponent, Pablo Carreno Busta, to fall behind 6-5 in the first set.As he walked to the sideline for the changeover, Djokovic smacked a ball behind him. The ball hit a female line judge, who dropped to her knees at the back of the court and reached for her neck. With Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) out with an ankle injury, Khris Middleton took over the offense for the Bucks in a 118-115 overtime win against the Heat. Middleton scored 21 of his 36 points in the third quarter, then made a huge 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds left in overtime. He also had eight rebounds and eight assists as the top-seeded Bucks avoided a four-game sweep.Antetokounmpo aggravated his sprained right ankle with 10:18 left in the second quarter. He scored 18 of Milwaukee’s first 26 points and finished with 19 in 11 minutes.Bam Adebayo (ad-eh-BY’-oh) had 26 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for the Heat, who will try again to oust the Bucks on Tuesday.Also in the NBA bubble, LeBron James and Anthony Davis have led the Lakers to a 117-109 win over the Rockets to even the Western Conference semifinal series at a game apiece.James had 28 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists after taking just 15 shots in Game 1. He had eight points in the fourth quarter, when he also provided a powerful blocked shot on Russell Westbrook that flew far out of bounds. Jennifer Brady has extended her dominant showing at the U.S. Open and reached the quarterfinals for the first time. The hard-hitting 25-year-old knocked off 17th seed Angelique Kerber, 6-1, 6-4 in Sunday’s opening match. Brady has yet to drop a set and has lost only 19 games in her four matches.Brady wasn’t the only American to pull off an upset on Sunday. Unseeded Shelby Rogers pulled off a 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 stunner against No. 6 Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIH’-toh-vah).Another upset had eighth seed Petra Martic losing to No. 23 Yulia Putintseva.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSStars blank Knights in Game 1 September 6, 2020 HOFer Brock diesNEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Hall of Famer and former stolen base king Lou Brock has died at 81.His longtime agent and friend confirmed Brock’s death on Sunday, but he said he couldn’t provide any details. Brock became a Cardinal in one of the most lopsided trades in major league history. He went on to win two World Series and three NL pennants with St. Louis. Brock stole 938 bases in his career, including 118 in 1974. Both were records later broken by Rickey Henderson.Brock had over 3,000 hits while compiling a .293 average over 19 seasons. He lost a leg from diabetes in recent years and was diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSBucks stay alive without Giannis; Lakers reboundLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have managed to stay alive in the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals, doing it without their top player. Update on the latest sports Johnson was at 19-under par, his fourth consecutive event holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead.F1-ITALIAN GPGasly surprise Italian GP winner as Hamilton given penaltyMONZA, Italy (AP) — AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly has claimed an unlikely victory at the Italian Grand Prix. A thrilling race saw world champion Lewis Hamilton receive a 10-second stop-go penalty and both Ferraris fail to finish at their home circuit on Sunday. Hamilton had appeared on course for a comfortable victory from the pole position before he was given the penalty for entering the pit lane when closed. — The Cowboys appear on the verge of having players kneel during the national anthem for the first time. Quarterback Dak Prescott says teammates should be able to decide for themselves how they wish to protest racial inequality. The national reckoning over race has led owner Jerry Jones to soften his hard-line stance requiring players to stand during the anthem. PGA-TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPJohnson leads by 5ATLANTA (AP) — Dustin Johnson matched the low round at the Tour Championship with a 6-under 64 that puts him one round away from capturing the FedEx Cup and its $15 million prize.Johnson missed only three fairways and putted for birdie on all but three holes in the Tour Championship. It led to a five-shot lead over Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele (SHOW’-flee) going into the Labor Day finish at East Lake. last_img read more

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Edghill battles hard, but goes down to Colombian in Pan Am Games

first_imgGUYANA’s lone table tennis representative at the 2019 Pan American Games, Chelsea Edghill, battled hard, but in vain, against seasoned challenger Paula Medina of Colombia in yesterday’s round of 16 challenge in Lima, Peru.Medina, who is ranked much higher than the former Caribbean U-21 champion, won her best-in-seven clash 4-0.The games, which lasted approximately 30 minutes, were fast paced, but quite entertaining and both women showed their class.Edghill, 22, gave her all in the clash against the 2011 Pan Am Games bronze medallist (team). The first was won 11-8, before the 30-year-old Medina fought hard to win at 13-11, 11-9 and 13-11.Medina, who is the highest ranked Colombian player at the Games, at 111, has moved into the next round of the knockout competition.HAS THE ABILITYMeanwhile, president of the Guyana Table Tennis Association, Godfrey Munroe, in an invited comment, told Chronicle Sport that Edghill has the ability and talent to make an impact at this stage and that this performance augers well for her heading into the 2020 Olympics.“I think she definitely has the ability, despite her preparations the players that she is facing are more funded which is allowing them to play the World Circuit Events and to attend different training camps— which is what is required at this level.”last_img read more

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Bleach: Nanks’ 3-point ability important for Badgers

first_imgIf Wisconsin basketball forward Keaton Nankivil could hear the legions of Badger fans shouting at their television each game, the advice of the Grateful Red (at least the smart ones) can be summed up in a pithy phrase:“Just shoot the damn ball!”Ahh, arm chair coaching at its finest.Every basketball player on earth — with the exception of Mark Madsen and Wesley Snipes in “White Men Can’t Jump” — has weaknesses, but Nankivil’s biggest flaw is one rarely found in today’s AAU-infested game: a reluctance to shoot when open.In a way, the selfless play is actually somewhat refreshing, with 99.9 percent of Division I athletes trained on the philosophy that the ball dies in your hands and winning is important — as long as you fulfilled your quota of shots.But that refreshing feeling vanishes and is replaced with dismay (or in my case, expletives) when one of the best jump shooters on the team hesitates to pull the trigger on an open look, often forcing Trevon Hughes or Jordan Taylor to jack up a contested three-pointer late in the shot clock.“It is a big deal for him to shoot it,” UW senior guard Jason Bohannon said. “We have always been on him for passing up those open looks and he thinks ‘maybe we can get a better shot,’ but usually he has the best chance there.”On the season, Nankivil is averaging 8.7 points per game, shooting 51 percent from the field and 32 percent from beyond the arc. Lacking a reliable post game, those nine points per contest come from occasional rebound put-backs and a steady diet of jumpers from both mid and long range.So what does this mean for the offense?Well, as the recent Purdue game proved, Nanks is absolutely capable of carrying the Badgers for stretches at a time. Dropping a career high 25 points on 7-of-8 shooting from 3-point land, Nankivil proved to be Wisconsin’s only reliable weapon and kept the team in position to steal a win on the road on the last possession.Running the pick-and-pop with Hughes and Taylor handling the ball, opponents are forced to choose between talented guards attacking the hoop or a 50 percent shooter spotting up in his comfort zone.Does this two-headed weapon sound too good to be true on a Badger team that has looked incredibly one-dimensional since Jon Leuer went down? It should.Because up until the last two games — when Nankivil posted consecutive season high’s for points with 17 and 25 — UW’s lone starting big man was still conserving his shots like UHS did last fall with swine flu vaccines.Assuming a confidence breakthrough on Nankivil’s part, though — a big assumption that I will get to later — here are three ways his pretty jump shot will help the team besides putting points on the scoreboard.Points in the paint will increaseWhile Nankivil himself is much more comfortable catching and shooting in rhythm, the Badgers should be able to attack the hoop more if the team’s lone big man poses a threat outside.Almost always the tallest player on the floor for UW, Nanks can draw away a shot blocker and open up driving lanes for Hughes and Taylor if opponents respect his jump shot, filling a void the team has missed since Leuer went down with injury.Counterintuitive as it may seem, Nankivil’s willingness to shoot from outside will directly lead to more paint touches — something his teammates let him know every day in practice.“Something I have started to get through now is to keep shooting,” Nankivil said. “If it is a good shot, they tell me to keep taking it, even if it isn’t falling at first.”Leuer’s absenceThough Nankivil doesn’t have the post-game nor the aggressive mentality to anchor down near the blocks, an increase in Nankivil’s scoring is important to help replace Leuer’s 15 points per game that left the team along with the movement in his left wrist.The beauty of the Hughes/Leuer attack was if one had an off game, the other could carry the slack. While Taylor and J-Bo have both picked up their scoring, Nankivil could finally provide balance to the guard heavy equation.Unfortunately, the very reserved Nankivil doesn’t see things this way.While this two game explosion has been nice, he truly believes the number of shots he puts up does not matter in a game.“No matter who we have on the court with our five, we are all trying to do something productive,” Nankivil deferred in response to stepping up for Leuer. “Whoever is on the floor, we are trying to get something done and combine it for a win. So, that is most important for us.”Next seasonWith two of the Badgers top three scorers graduating after the season, Nankivil will need to step into this role sooner or later. With only Leuer and Taylor as locks to be impact players next year, Nankivil should start getting used to the idea of being relied on for more than defense and hustle.Nankivil admits to losing confidence if his first few shots rim out, but he won’t have the luxury next season of removing himself offensively when jumpers don’t fall right away.Nanks has long had a Big Ten worthy game. He now just needs Big Ten consistency. For the most part, fans know what they will get from the guard trio each night. Nankivil’s X-factor may determine when Bohannon and Hughes play their last game for UW.Michael is a senior majoring in history and journalism. Are you getting anxious for Jon Leuer’s return to the hardcourt for UW? Do you think Nankivil should shoot every time he touches the damn ball? Send your thoughts to him at mbleach@badgerherald.comlast_img read more

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Syracuse basketball players vote for best and worst dancers on team before ‘Big Dance’ Sweet 16

first_imgCHICAGO – The NCAA Tournament can go by two other casual names, March Madness and the Big Dance. So before Syracuse takes on Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 Friday night, The Daily Orange polled 15 players and one coach as to who the best and worst dancers are on the Orange. Here are the results from inside SU’s locker room at the United Center Thursday afternoon.Walk-on Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye: Me, I’m the best dancer on the team. The worst is Belbey, Shaun Belbey, hands down.Walk-on Shaun Belbey: That’s just a false statement. The team has clearly voted me the best dancer. Before the games in the beginning of the season … they’d pick me to get in the circle and dance and Doyin was always an afterthought. His dancing is a little overrated. When he starts dancing, people just don’t pay attention anymore. Doyin is obviously the worst dancer.Walk-on Adrian Autry: Best dancer, Doyin. Worst dancer, Belbey … actually best dancer might be Chino (Obokoh).Chinonso Obokoh: No, I don’t dance … I don’t dance. I’m voting for Doyin. I don’t know…Belbey, you know, I don’t see him being the worst. Every time we come out there to dance, people get hype. I’m picking the best as Doyin.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWalk-on Ky Feldman: Chino, he doesn’t really like to show it off but when he gets it going … On Belbey: He’s hands down the worst. It’s not close.Walk-on Jonathan Radner: I would say best is low key Tyler Lydon, on the low. Worst, it’s a consensus, it’s Belbey.Tyler Lydon: Best dancer, probably Doyin. Worst dancer (Malachi Richardson coughs sarcastically from nearby while pointing at Belbey) Belbey by far … I didn’t even realize he was sitting next to me. Oh my god, it’s almost embarrassing to watch him out there.MORE COVERAGE:Syracuse’s practice time thrown out of whack by late gameSyracuse basketball players vote for best and worst dancers on team before ‘Big Dance’ Sweet 16LIVE BLOG: Follow along during Media Day for Syracuse and Gonzaga in ChicagoSyracuse basketball predictions for Sweet 16 matchup with GonzagaFor Brad Pike, planning Syracuse’s meals requires close attention to detail Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 24, 2016 at 5:06 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Malachi Richardson: Doyin … and Belbey is our worst dancer.Dajuan Coleman: Yeah Belbey the worst, Doyin the best.Kaleb Joseph: Best dancer, Doyin. Worst dancer, Shaun Belbey.Walk-on Christian White: Best dancer is definitely Doyin and the worst dancer is Belbey.Frank Howard: Best dancer, obviously Doyin thinks he’s the best dancer. I’ll go Doyin best dancer. (From nearby, White mutters “worst dancer is easy”) Oh oh yeah, worst dancer is Belbey.Michael Gbinije: I’m going to put (Tyler) Roberson as the worst just because he doesn’t dance. He might have some moves I don’t know about. Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye is obviously our best dancer.Tyler Roberson: Best dancer, yeah obviously you got Doyin and worst … I don’t know who I would say the worst is… (Almost 10 minutes later, Roberson said he wanted to change his answer for best dancer) Best dancer on the team is Belbey.Walk-on Mike Sutton: I got Doyin as the best dancer on the team. The worst who actually tries is Belbey, but the worst dancer is Trevor (Cooney), but Trevor knows he’s bad so he doesn’t really try. Belbey is the worst though.Assistant coach Mike Hopkins: Best dancer on the team has got to be Doyin Akintobe-Adeyeye. I don’t even think it’s a question. Worst dancer on the team, I’m gonna go with Chino. I mean he tries to but it’s just not … (Hopkins then changed his answer) I’m going to go with Jonathan Radner just to make sure he gets a vote. I mean it’s got to be, right? He’ll say it’s his lower back. Comments Related Stories Syracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about GonzagaBlum: Syracuse playing rest of NCAA Tournament on borrowed timeWhy Tyler Roberson can be a consistently dominant rebounder for SyracuseSyracuse basketball roundtable: How to handle Gonzaga’s threats and how SU can improveHow Dajuan Coleman can provide an added bonus for Syracuselast_img read more

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Syracuse volleyball’s 3rd-set success not enough in 3-1 loss to Florida State

first_img Published on November 13, 2016 at 9:06 pm Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Leading 4-0 at the start of the third set, Jalissa Trotter set up Mackenzie Weaver. Trotter hit the ball into Florida State’s blockers, who knocked the ball out of bounds getting SU its fifth point of the set. Seminoles outside hitter Milica Kubura hit the ball out of bounds on the next play, garnering a 6-0 lead for the Orange.“I was trying to get (FSU) out of system,” Weaver said. “When they were on a system they weren’t very successful. There were a lot of rolls, a lot of shots that we could cover really easily.”Despite suffering a 3-1 loss to No. 18 FSU, the six-point run to start the third set helped the Orange (7-19, 6-10 Atlantic Costal) win the set and become competitive in a game that had been anything but. SU had lost the second set with its worst point deferential of the season (25-9). Florida State swept the season series as SU lost the first match in straight sets.“In the third game we … came back with much more energy,” SU head coach Leonid Yelin said. “Unfortunately, we started to lose that energy.”After the 6-0 run at the start of the third set, SU led by at least five for the next 13 points of the set, peaking at an 11-2 lead. An attack error by Trotter at 12-7 started a 5-1 scoring run for the Seminoles.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFSU’s Katie Horton had two kills in a row for the Seminoles when SU led, 20-16 and 21-17. A third Horton kill brought the Seminoles to a two-point deficit. Belle Sand pushed the ball out of bounds, decreasing SU’s lead to 21-18. She looked at the ceiling in frustration as the Orange’s lead was diminishing.Scoring went back and forth for the rest of the set. The six-point run had given SU a jump start before Florida State made a comeback.On the next play, Trotter had a double touch and the violation tied the set at 24 all.For SU’s 25th point of the set, FSU’s Christina Ambrose hit the ball out of bounds into the right side of the court into the Syracuse bench. The set ended 26-24 when FSU’s Mara Green was blocked by Anastasiya Gorelina.“Defensively we do need to step up,” Sand said. “Today we did step up.”The momentum carried into the beginning of the next set. Three kills in a row by Gorelina gave SU a 4-2 lead, one Syracuse carried until Ebangwese’s hit out of bounds broke a 16-16 tie. FSU took over and maintained the lead through the rest of the set. The steam from SU’s six-point lead had run out and, despite extending the game one extra set, SU lost again. Commentslast_img read more

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Fianoo elected onto GFA’s Ex.Co

first_imgAshanti Gold CEO Kudjoe Fianoo was on Thursday elected onto the Ghana Football Association’s Executive Committee.He goes onto the Ex.Co as a Premier League Clubs’ representative and fills the vacancy created by the death of Hon. Emmanuel Owusu Ansah three months ago.Fianoo, a former member of the previous Ex.Co, will take his seat after picking 10 votes to beat off competition from Asante Kotoko’s Kwame Baah-Nuako, who had 4 votes and J.F. Mensah of Ebusua Dwarfs, who had 2 votes.Sixteen delegates, each from every Premier League Club voted at Thursday’s election.last_img read more

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