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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Akta rygg. That means watch your back. In Swedish. If Syracuse (5-7-4, 2-4-1 Big East) is going to come from behind to make the playoffs and have other Big East teams watching SU’s back this year, it will be due, in large part, to the international makeup of the roster. Swedish imports Patricia Lind (Stockholm, Sweden) and Cecilia Borgstrom (Bromma, Sweden) are now starting to pick up the speed of the American activity — on and off the field. ‘I came here because you can combine soccer and studies,’ first-year defender Borgstrom said. ‘In Sweden, you can’t really combine sports and education. That’s like two separate worlds. Coming here to get a good education and develop your soccer skills, while also learning to speak English more fluently, is the best of both worlds.’ Her English is fine. And after already starting 15 out of 16 games this season, her soccer game isn’t bad, either. But before any of the success these two international players have been a part of in an SU uniform, there was first an important mental checklist that needed to be assessed prior to making the trip overseas. Part of that checklist included the pedigree of the head coach. Lind and Borgstrom are two of seven players currently on the Syracuse roster who were born outside of the United States.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Fellow overseas import and sophomore defender Laura Jackson (London) was well aware head coach Phil Wheddon has a global pull. Jackson’s high school and travel teams had links with New York-area schools like St. John’s, Providence and Rhode Island, but Wheddon’s broad sense of the game made Syracuse a relatively easy first choice. ‘Once the coaches get news of international players, it kind of just spreads like wildfire,’ Jackson said. ‘This really stood out to me because the coaching staff is well known around the world. They’ve brought in some of the best players in the world. And with the program being a new one, you can’t really lose anything.’ Wheddon, a native of Basingstoke, England, began his collegiate coaching career at East Stroudsburg in 1992. He moved on to become the assistant and goalkeeper coach for the men’s and women’s teams at Southern Connecticut State from 1997-2000, winning two Division II men’s national championships along the way. From 2002-08, Wheddon worked with both the men’s and women’s U.S. national teams, helping the men to a 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup and leading the women to gold medals in both the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. So traveling to Sweden over two years ago to see Lind and Borgstrom play must have been easy. ‘I just had a contact in Sweden who said you should look at this player,’ Wheddon said. ‘And I went over and watched Patricia play, and I happened to see (Borgstrom) at the same time. I just saw them playing a game, and that they had a lot of potential athletically. Both of them were a physical presence on the field, and I thought it was something we needed.’ Borgstrom and Lind were both members of IF Brommapojkarna when Wheddon made his European recruiting visit in 2008. They, along with Jackson, admit that the game in the U.S. is much more speed oriented, whereas in Sweden and England, more focus is placed on individual technique. It has taken them each a little while to get used to the American game, but the stuff off the field has come much easier. Before practice on Tuesday, Wheddon had just received a call from Jamaica about a possible 2011 prospect. If it turns out she’s up to his recruiting standards, maybe these players will have to ‘akta rygg’ as well. But for now, Lind and the rest of the internationals are content with their newfound lives with the Orange. ‘I wanted to do something different,’ Lind said. ‘Education back home is free, so if it didn’t work out here, I would have something back home. But this is a really good experience. A life experience.’ [email protected] Commentscenter_img Published on October 11, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

first_imgGORMLEY WORKS ‘VERY WELL’ FOR SHAM            Under Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza, Gormley, winner of the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes Oct. 1, worked five furlongs at 9 o’clock Monday morning on a “good” main track in 1:00.60 for Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile, the first major steppingstone on the West Coast to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8.“I thought he went very well,” said John Shirreffs, who trains the bay colt sired by Malibu Moon out of the Bernstein mare Race to Urga. “He raced in company all the way around with Cool Samurai. He went very nice.”Cool Samurai also was timed in 1:00.60.Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss of Zenyatta fame, Gormley has not raced since the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 5 when he was seventh after bobbling at the start of the 1 1/16-mile race and went four wide from his number seven post position in a field of 11.In addition to Gormley, Sham probables include American Anthem, Blabimir, Colonel Samsen and Term of Art.There were only 32 recorded works on the main track Monday, while nine were recorded on the training track, which was labeled “fast.” CONQUEST DADDYO DEBUTS FOR TEAM SADLERJohn Sadler has newly acquired Conquest Daddyo set to run in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes scheduled for 1 1/8 miles on turf.“We got him out of the Conquest Stables’ dispersal sale in November,” said Sadler, who now trains the four-year-old Scat Daddy colt for principal owners Kosta and Peter Hronis. “He’s a stakes winner in Canada, trained well and had a good work last week (seven furlongs in 1:26.80), and we’re anxious to get him started.”Bred in Canada where he formerly was trained by multiple Sovereign Award winner Mark Casse, Conquest Daddyo has a 3-1-1 record from 10 starts with earnings of $311,891.Sadler added that champion three-year-old filly of 2015 Stellar Wind “is on the track every day and will start breezing later this month,” with the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes March 18 as a major objective.Probable for the San Gabriel: Flamboyant, no rider; Itsinthepost, no rider; Perfectly Majestic, Victor Espinoza; Ring Weekend, Drayden Van Dyke; and Twentytwentyvision, Mike Smith. GORMLEY BREEZES FOR GRADE III SHAM STAKES‘DADDYO’ COOL FOR THE GRADE II SAN GABRIELCADET RONI READY FOR GRADE III LAS CIENEGAS$12 MILLION PEGASUS NEXT FOR MIDNIGHT STORM? CADET RONI EYES GRADE III LAS CIENEGASWith the weatherman playing havoc and conditions ranging from sunshine to rain seemingly minutes apart in recent days, trainer Mark Glatt plans to enter Cadet Roni in Saturday’s Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes scheduled for about 6 ½ furlongs on the hillside turf course, even though she has never run on the course.“I think she’ll run good down the hill, but if weather intervenes, she’s very good in the mud,” Glatt said, “so we’re going to take a shot in the race whichever way it goes.”Cadet Roni, a five-year-old daughter of 2008 Santa Anita Derby winner Colonel John, was bred by WinStar Farm and is owned by long-time Glatt clients Al and Sandee Kirkwood.She won the restricted Wishing Well Stakes at Santa Anita last January and was third in the Grade III Las Flores in her most recent start 10 months ago, last March 20.Probable for the Las Cienegas: Cadet Roni, Rafael Bejarano; Paquita Coqueta, Flavien Prat; Prize Exhibit, Mike Smith; and Rapid Rhythm, Kent Desormeaux.Paquita Coqueta worked four furlongs on the main track in 47.80 for Richard Mandella.center_img $12 MILLION PEGASUS WEIGHED FOR VERSATILE MIDNIGHT STORMMidnight Storm, at home on any surface, could make his next start in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28, although as of this morning, no decision had been rendered.“So far, so good,” trainer Phil D’Amato said Monday, less than 24 hours after the six-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile rolled to a 1 ¼-length victory as the 3-5 favorite in Sunday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes.“We took him out this morning and gave him a little jog and he’s no worse for wear,” D’Amato said. “We’ll see (about the Pegasus).“We’ll probably know more in the next couple days. We’re just going to get a better line on him and how much this last race took out of him and go from there.”Midnight Storm has earned $1,461,110 from 10 wins, three seconds and a third in 21 starts, seven on turf, one on dirt and two on wet/fast surfaces where he is unbeaten. FINISH LINES: Probable for next Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs: It Tiz Well, no rider; Miss Sunset, no rider; Princess Karen, Rafael Bejarano; Resilient Humor, Kent Desormeaux; Shane’s Girlfriend, Flavien Prat; and Unique Bella, Mike Smith . . . Monday morning Keith Desormeaux was still basking in the glow of Decked Out‘s pulsating nose victory in Saturday’s Grade I American Oaks, with no word on the next race for the chestnut daughter of Street Boss. “We’re still celebrating,” the trainer said, “but the Grade I puts her in another category. The owners are probably thinking about a breeding career eventually, but she’s a very sound horse and the immediate plans are for her to continue racing. We had an amazing year in 2016, but Texas Red kicked everything off for us when he won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 2014. It’s got to end sometime, but we’re sure going to appreciate it while it lasts.” . . . Trainer Terry Knight, who saddled Big Energy in Sunday’s fourth race, has 12 head on hand at Los Alamitos for the Santa Anita meet. Knight had been training out of Pleasanton, but since the Bay Area track’s stable area closed last month, he moved his stock south, where he had been a mainstay until 1995 when he went to Northern California . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday through Thursday. Live racing resumes Friday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. . . . Infobedad‘s 26 ½-length victory in Sunday’s sixth race is believed to be the largest winning margin ever at Santa Anita. “It’s the biggest I remember,” said Equibase chart caller Mike Schneider, at the helm since 1993. Tammy Boag, who has been handling photo finishes for Plusmic since 2009, said it was the largest during her time. Infobedad, a six-year-old Argentine-bred horse owned by Hronis Racing, trained by John Sadler and ridden by Tyler Baze, covered 1 1/8 miles under 122 pounds in 1:48.26 in a field of six $25,000 claimers . . . Players wishing to gain a seat in the 2017 National Handicapping Championship Challenge in Las Vegas Jan. 7 or get a head start in the 2018 event can buy into Santa Anita’s Players Choice contest for $500. The top five finishers in the Players Choice competition will have their pick of a 2017 or 2018 NHC Challenge entry. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four Players Choice finishers: $10,000, $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. For further information, visit santaanita.com/contest.last_img read more

first_imgThe most relevant team in this year’s NFL Draft resides right here in Oakland, owners of three first-round picks, four in the top 35 and boasting a new general manager who’s flaunted his knowledge during this week for the last 15 years.Whether that expertise will turn a franchise around stands as one of the most intriguing questions ahead of Thursday night, when the Raiders will (as of now) pick fourth, 24th and 27th, in addition to selecting five times on Friday and Saturday.Will they pluck …last_img read more

first_imgBafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund(Photo: South African Football Association) COACH Gordon Igesund has declared himself happy with his players after two gruelling training sessions in Cape Town over the weekend. Bafana Bafana are preparing for the African Nations Championship, which South Africa will host from 11 January to 1 February.The competition features national teams made up of players who ply their trade in their home countries only.‘Important’Speaking to Daniel Mothowagae of City Press, Igesund said: “After beating Spain, we should carry on with the habit of winning and [the African Nations Championship] is a type of tournament where it is important for the team to do well.“The challenge is to get Bafana going to a point that we get into the top eight in Africa, so that we can be seeded when the draw for big tournaments is made.”Igesund is a little behind in his preparations for the event after a mini training camp, from 27 to 30 December, had to be called off due to the reluctance of clubs to release their players, but that has now been resolved, even though the competition falls outside of Fifa’s competition window.‘A great feeling’Mamelodi Sundowns ‘ midfielder Hlompho Kekana, speaking at the training camp, said he was looking forward to the event, and expressed his confidence in Bafana Bafana. “It is always a great feeling to represent your country and I am happy to be here.” He said. “If you look at the players, you can see they want do to well for South Africa.“It is a big tournament for us local-based players and we want to show everyone what we are capable of doing. We intend to do well, very well and we are really looking forward to the start of the tournament.“There is a lot of confidence in the team and the mood is high. As hosts we are expected to go all the way and that is our focus,” he concluded.With the South African national team now in camp, six of the 16 teams have now arrived for the African Nations Championship. The winners of the first African Nations Championship in 2009, the DR Congo, are already in the country, along with Gabon, Libya, Mali and Mauritania.Group ABafana Bafana are in Group A with Mali, Mozambique and Nigeria. They kick off the tournament on 11 January at 18:00 when they face Mozambique at the Cape Town Stadium.Tunisia is the defending champion. They defeated Angola 3-0 in the final of the 2011 African Nations Championship in Sudan.last_img read more

first_imgEnergy giant Sasol is the largest funder of academic research in South Africa but still has world class in-house research facilities. (Image: Media Club South Africa)• Claire MargettsTimes Higher [email protected]• Competitiveness Forum tackles education, labour • Research output rises, papers double • University of the People offers online education for all • Biotech research lab in South Africa • One step closer to HIV vaccineInternational businesses grant South African researchers, on average, $64 000 (about R692 000) each a year for academic research. This puts them fourth on the list of funding recipients globally, and makes us the only African country in the top 10, according to the World Academic Summit Innovation Index.The index is compiled by the Times Higher Education, a leading global publication with a specific focus on higher education. It is best known for its annual ranking of universities. Using industry income – funding received by academic staff from business – as an indicator, the only countries better funded than South Africa were South Korea, Singapore and the Netherlands. It is the only African country on the list and lies ahead of India, the only Brics partner in the top 10.Using data from its World University Rankings, the index suggests that businesses are moving funding away from traditional research universities in North America and Europe, where it has historically channelled funding, to researchers in the East and South Africa. Among the best-known innovations to come out of academic research before they are monetised by industry include the internet (research done at the University of California, Los Angeles and George Boole at Queen’s University in Cork), holograms (Imperial College of London), plasma screens (University of Illinois) and fluoride toothpaste (Indiana University).Business-funded university research plays an important role in fuelling the knowledge economy, and the relationship between universities and business has evolved, says Phil Baty, the editor of Times Higher Education. He says that ivory tower discoveries and research are only able to make a social and economic impact if universities partner with industry. “And for some, an ability to attract funding from big business could even be a case of sink or swim in this age of austerity.”Professor Helena Barnard of Gibs, the Gordon Institute of Business in Johannesburg, says this is true especially of a developing economy such as South Africa’s. “Faced with the choice between text books and expensive toys for researchers and finite resources, it is only right that we choose to pay for text books.”However, it is imperative that a relationship between university research departments and business exists, says Barnard. Studies have shown that countries advance economically when a strong relationship exists between them. She stresses that such a relationship benefits an economy, especially a developing one. “Researchers deal with what is called pre-competitive research; that is to say, research in its infancy that may eventually drive a nation forward socially. It is research that may have economic benefits but those are too far down the road for a business to concentrate on.”Symbiotic relationshipBusiness funding of university research encourages essential links between commerce and academia, she adds. Even if business angles research towards topics and ideas important to industry, it is research that will likely create new businesses, products and jobs. “Universities earn reputations from research they conduct and industry gains a set of really smart people studying problems holding back their success. Once a business can see an economic benefit from the research they will take it over and take it in-house.”The professor points to Sasol as an example of this symbiotic relationship. The chemical and energy giant is the largest funder of university research – R250-million ($23-million) over 10 years from 2006 – in the country, but it still retains its own in-house research and development division. Sasol-funded research, through its University Collaboration Initiatives, supplements the salaries of researchers rated by the National Research Foundation, as well as funds Masters and PhD studies in the engineering and science fields.For David Constable, the Sasol chief executive, the money spent is not just an investment in Sasol but an investment in the future of South Africa. “It helps to retain critical research capacity at our universities and to grow the next generation of world-class scientists and engineers. Sasol considers this investment as a proactive step to help our universities create the research and development skills which are essential for the growth and prosperity of both the industry and this country.”Valuable to businessThe obvious caveat to South Africa’s ranking is numbers. Barnard acknowledges that there are fewer researchers in South Africa than in the other countries rounding out the top 10. “The rankings are decided by averaging the funding spend across all working researchers. South African researchers are punching above their weight. The work being done is proving valuable to business so they continue to fund the research.”In 2011, while she was the minister of science and technology, Naledi Pandor told a gathering of Sasol shareholders that the company’s investment in research was helping to build a stronger economy. “To develop these talented young minds, our universities, national facilities and institutes need to have highly skilled and inspirational faculties with well-equipped facilities. This is true in general, but particularly in the research and teaching facilities for science and chemical engineering at South African universities.”Research funding to a large degree is aimed at studies in technology and engineering. In the South African context, and to an extent in other developing economies, medical research is also well funded. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, along with the national departments of health and science and technology, recently announced a R370-million fund to develop vaccines and other technologies to fight HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and malaria.At the announcement, Professor Kelly Chibale, the founder and director of the University of Cape Town’s Drug Discovery and Development Centre, said: “It gives us an opportunity to develop lifesaving drugs that can have a huge impact in South Africa, the African continent and the world.” The centre will receive R55-million through the initiative.In a knowledge-based economy universities matter as they are the drivers of research and the custodians of information. For this reason the index matters, it shows that research done in South Africa is proving vital. And as Barnard jokes, “as long as we can show that, business will continue to find the fancy machines researchers need”.last_img read more

first_imgHow an item is utilized depends on the materials from which it’s made, a term called ‘build quality’. Apple Watch is intended to be worn from morning to night, so it is to be expected that it will be of sturdy build quality. Apple did not disappoint, and used 316L stainless steel, which is 40 per cent harder.Sapphire is the hardest transparent material on earth after the diamonds that apparently lasts forever (at least according to De Beers). That makes it perfect for ensuring that Apple Retina shows colors and pixels at their best resolutions.With outlines produced using fine top-grain calfskins, strong superior fluoroelastomer, and uniquely built stainless steel, the Apple Watch product line offers the pleasantly large cluster of band materials and clasp styles. Here we take a closer look at the styles that will adorn many a wrists in 2015.There are 2 sizes, purportedly for men and women (38 mm and 42 mm), but all straps do not come in both sizes.Link BraceletMade from the same 316L stainless steel compound as the case, the Link Bracelet has more than a hundred parts. The machining procedure is so exact, Apple says almost nine hours go into cutting the pieces for a solitary band. Partially, that long time is on account of the inconspicuous widening of the individual links as they approach the case. Once machined for joining, the connections are brushed by hand to guarantee that the composition takes after the forms of the outline. The custom butterfly clasp overlays perfectly inside the wrist band. In a stunning realization individuality of the user, Apple has designed a basic discharge catch into a few smaller links, so Apple Watch users can include and evacuate pieces from the bracelet without any watchmaking or metal crafting tools. As is usual with the steel of Apple, the links will come in stainless steel and space black stainless steel.advertisementMilanese LoopIn light of a piece of novelty art created in Milan at the end of the nineteenth century, the adaptable metal lattice design of the Milanese Loop wraps smoothly around your wrist for a comfortable fit. Accomplishing the wanted look obliged attractive stainless steel. Since off-the-rack materials didn’t offer the important immaculateness or erosion safety, Apple claims that it made it’s own metal-carbon alloy, and came up with a special heat treatment that makes it more tough. The lattice is woven on made-to-specification Italian machines, and each end piece is exclusively laser-welded to guarantee smooth edges.Modern BuckleA little French tannery started in 1803 produces the supple Granada cowhide for this rich-feel band. The smooth top-grain calfskin is delicately processed and tumbled to achieve a refined composition. What resembles a strong clasp is really a two-piece attractive culmination mechanism, that is delightfully easy to secure. Apple has included an internal layer of material for quality and skin safety. Trivia: it’s the same material NASA used to make the parachute strings for the Mars Rover! This band is accessible in pink, brown, and midnight blue.Leather LoopThe Venezia leather for this band is of the highest quality, sourced from Naples, Italy. With an artisan legacy renowned since the European era of flair, the tannery has a history of association with probably the most prestigious names in style. A sensitive processing and tumbling methodology yields a lovely pebbled composition. This customary craftsmanship is joined with an inventive methodology to bring the plan to fruition. Magnets disguised inside the delicate, stitched cowhide permit you to just wrap it around your wrist for an exact fit and a trimmed look. For variety, this accessory is made in stone, light brown, and bright blue.Classic BuckleFrom the eminent ECCO tannery in the Netherlands, the Dutch cowhide utilized for this band has a different, almost embellished grain, with an unobtrusive composition. The basic component is created from the same stainless steel as the case. It’s a lovely take on the conventional leather bands. Accessible in dark black.Sport BandSince it is produced using an elite, custom-invented fluoroelastomer, the Sport Band is sturdy and solid. Yet shockingly light and delicate. The material is more adaptable than the elastic usually utilized as a part of watch straps, so it has a pleasant feel and hangs easily over your wrist, almost floating. To attain a purer white and a deeper dark black, we figured out how to include the shade at the start of the assembling methodology. A creative clasp-and-tuck buckling action guarantees a clean fit. These bands are accessible toughness-wise, and come in white and dark black.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgLast Thursday night was a night of firsts at BMTA. It was the first time that over forty referees turned up to blow a whistle – there were more referees than there were games! It was also the first time at BMTA that three lots of referees from the same family referee the same game. BMTA like doing things bigger and better, so not only did they have one game with all the referees from the same family, they had three!During the second time slot, the Davis family (pictured top), del Castillo family (middle) and the Zendler family (bottom) took to the field. Their teamwork on the field was strengthened by their family ties and they all enjoyed themselves.  In addition to these families of referees, there are a number of families with two referees. The growth in the number of family groups taking up refereeing highlights how well refereeing allows families to come together and share their sporting successes. To assist with the growth in popularity of touch refereeing amongst juniors, BMTA has also introduced the Top Gun program.  It allows junior referees who want to learn more about the art of refereeing, to be taught by some of the best referees and referee coaches in the game. Many of BMTA’s Top Guns are gearing up to referee at the Junior State Cup which will be held at Caboolture in July.Players and coaches are also noticing the effects of the Top Gun program. The Top Guns lead and show other referees the finer points of refereeing. In the last couple of weeks the Top Guns have been focussing on their penalty sequences, interchanging and scoreline movements and the results are clear for all to see.  There are some very enthusiastic referees coming out on a Thursday night at BMTA and the number of junior referees is growing. Kids are taking after their parents (and parents taking after their kids) and picking up a whistle and enjoying the thrill of refereeing. If you are interested in giving refereeing a go or if you would like to learn more about the Top Gun program please contact Julian Aitken on 0418 808 441 or [email protected] to Julian Aitken for providing the article content.Related Filesbmta_referees-pdflast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fikayo Tomori: Chelsea players love playing for legend Lampardby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFikayo Tomori says Chelsea’s players love playing for manager Frank Lampard.The fullback hit a screamer for the 5-2 win at Wolves yesterday.He told chelseafc.com: “Obviously we are disappointed to have conceded two goals, but we try to think positive, the manager tries to keep us positive in training and off the pitch, in meetings.”He’s a legend at the club so he has the respect of the players already.”His management skills are very good. I had him last year and he’s a very good talker, a very good man-manager, and you can see we want to play for him, want to win games and implement his style of play. We’re working hard day in, day out to try and do that.” last_img read more

first_imgEx-Leicester striker Tony Cottee: This club going placesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Leicester City striker Tony Cottee believes his old club is “going places”.Cottee is impressed by the changes the Foxes has made over the years.He said, “I think it’s certainly a club that’s going places. “I had the pleasure of going to the training ground recently and seeing how they’ve improved the training ground with a new training ground to come next year. There’s not been too many pennies held back with that, there’s a lot of money gone into the infrastructure of the Football Club and big plans for the stadium.“Looking at the pitch here, I’m a little bit jealous, I’ve got to be honest! I’d love to be at the Club now and playing in what are great times for the Club. I had the privilege of playing 20 years ago with a great squad of players.“You look at the squad that’s here now and how the Club is for the present. The past is all well and good, but you have to make sure the present and the future is in good hands and I think it is.“We all know what happened three years ago and the wonderful season that Leicester had. I’m looking to the present and the future and I think it’s a really, really good squad of players and an excellent manager who’s forward-thinking and wants to take the Club onto the next level.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more