Callahan revels in new role, comfort at Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 10, 2014 at 12:10 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 When Liam Callahan was an everyday starter at Villanova in 2013, he’d make time to watch his former travel teammates Alex Bono and Stefanos Stamoulacatos play for Syracuse. When Callahan would stay over at Bono’s house after travel tournaments in high school, the two would imagine a future of playing college soccer together.So when Callahan decided to leave Villanova, it was clear to him that the Orange would be the only other place he’d want to go. “Syracuse is actually like my second home,” said Callahan, an Amherst, New York native. “It’s close to home. It’s comfortable … they’ve done great the past few years. They’ve been improving every year, there’s great people playing here.”Callahan spent two years as a member of the Wildcats and started every game last year after breaking his ankle in the first year. But for an undisclosed reason, he decided to transfer.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBecause he’d played on an Empire United Academy team, a central New York based club, with players from Rochester and Syracuse, including Bono and Stamoulacatos, Callahan felt a familiarity with the Orange. It not only led him there, but is easing his transition into a system that he’s never played in before. He’s become one of the catalysts from the wing-back back position with a defense that has yet to allow a goal this season.It’s a defense that’s crowded and features established players such as Jordan Murrell, Skylar Thomas and Oyvind Alseth. But despite being the new name, Callahan has quickly developed credibility. “He had an advantage to work here all spring and an advantage that he knew several of the guys beforehand,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “We know him very well from being one of the local guys. He’s doing very well.”The familiarity has helped Callahan adjust not only to a new team, but also to a new defensive system. At Villanova and before, he’d only been a part of a 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 formation. With four players in the back, he didn’t have the opportunity to get up the field as much. But now with Syracuse’s 3-5-2 positioning, Callahan is able to get up the field a little more and he smiled when he said he’s even being presented with the chance to score.“It’s been a big transition for myself,” Callahan said. “As far as the team goes, it’s actually helped in our benefit. We’re a transition team. “I think it’s just fit well as the season’s gone so far.” McIntyre said the transition was “seamless.” Callahan enrolled at SU in January and got through what McIntyre called the “dark times” of January and February with relative ease. Bono, who also considered playing at Villanova, said he knew that would be the case before the defender ever put on an SU uniform. He’s known about Callahan’s abilities as a passer, crosser and defender for the past seven years.“He realized that if he had the opportunity to come here, he’d want to do it and team up again,” Bono said. “He realized we had something special going on, came in, visited, liked the school, liked the staff, liked the way we play. “And the rest is history.” Commentslast_img read more

USC readies itself for two ranked foes

first_imgThe No. 13 USC women’s volleyball team (12-2, 1-1) is looking to continue its solid Pac-10 Conference play this weekend in home matches against No. 9 Cal (8-3, 1-0) on Friday and No. 11 Stanford (7-4, 0-1) on Saturday.After a weekend of career-highs for sophomore outside hitter Alex Jupiter (31 kills and 20 digs against Arizona State) and sophomore Kendall Bateman (60 assists), as well as season-highs for senior libero Alli Hillgren (24 digs) and senior All-American outside hitter Jessica Gysin (19 kills and 19 digs), USC is ready to regain its composure from a one-match loss last weekend and come out with wins this time around.Season mark · Sophomore setter Kendall Bateman (12), seen here blocking at the net, set a career high last weekend with 60 assists. – Kim Young | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy begin the weekend tonight against Cal at 7 p.m., after their five-set win over Stanford on Saturday. The Golden Bears are hitting .258 this season thus far, with a 13.28 kills per set and a 2.64 blocks per set average.USC has lead the series against Cal by a 43-9 margin thus far, winning six of the last seven meetings, but Cal is coming to the match ready for a battle. Armed with senior outside hitter Hana Cutura, the leader in kills and points in the Pac-10 — with 209 kills (4.86 kps), hitting .298 with 87 digs (2.02 dps) and 231.5 points (5.38 pps) — and Carli Lloyd, the fourth among Pac-10 players with a 10.47 aps average, the Golden Bears are not looking to lose.After tonight’s match, the Women of Troy will take on Stanford on Saturday evening, also at 7 p.m. Stanford is coming back from a five-set loss to Cal last weekend and hitting .287 as a team; the third-highest team average in the conference.The Cardinal have some strong defensive teammates coming to play this weekend as well. Senior middle blocker Janet Okogbaa, the third in the Pac-10, with a 1.32 blocks per set average, and junior outside hitter and setter Cassidy Lichtman with her 136 kills (3.32 kps), .328 hitting average with 144 assists (3.51 aps), and 92 digs (2.24 dps), held their own against the Golden Bears, but Stanford could not follow through with a win.last_img read more

Wisconsin Sports Awards set to highlight achievements in UW basketball, football

first_imgGood Karma Brands is set to host the fifth annual Wisconsin Sports Awards Tuesday, and there is no shortage of Badgers set to be honored.The event is put on to celebrate the best in high school, collegiate and professional sports in Wisconsin over the past year and will feature guest appearances by some of Wisconsin’s most recognizable athletes.In addition, the awards show will be available to stream for the first time on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.Here are the categories where both current and former Badgers are set to be honored:Homegrown Athlete of the YearThree former Badgers are up for nomination in this category in offensive lineman Joe Thomas, defensive end J.J. Watt and quarterback Russell Wilson.[UPDATED]: Russell Wilson announced as spring 2016 commencement speakerFormer University of Wisconsin quarterback and Super Bowl winning quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson was announced Wednesday as Read…Between the three former University of Wisconsin football players, they have 16 NFL Pro Bowl appearances, four All-Big Ten awards and two first-team All-American honors (Watt and Thomas).While Wilson, being a fifth-year transfer at Wisconsin, isn’t exactly “homegrown” — he is a native of Richmond, Virginia — both Watt and Thomas are from southeastern Wisconsin, with Watt growing up in Pewaukee and Thomas being raised in Brookfield.Moment of the YearWisconsin’s victory over Kentucky in last year’s Final Four may not just be the best moment of year, but the best moment in the history of UW athletics as the most talented Wisconsin men’s basketball team to ever take the hardwood defeated what was thought to be one of the greatest college teams ever assembled.And while the loss in the championship game to Duke led to the always inevitable disappointing end to the season for Wisconsin, it doesn’t take away from the moment the Badgers handed the Wildcats their first loss of the entire season.Thirty-eight and no: Wisconsin moves on to national championship game with stunning win over undefeated KentuckyINDIANAPOLIS – The Wisconsin men’s basketball team was able to do something no other team has done all season. No Read…Dream Team of the YearWhile what exactly qualifies as a “dream team” isn’t exactly clear, both the Wisconsin’s men’s basketball team and football team are nominated for this award.Men’s basketball: Badgers feel the sting of March, fall in Sweet SixteenIn a span of just 19 seconds, a third straight trip to the Elite Eight slipped out of Wisconsin’s grasp Read…The men’s basketball team finished this past season in disappointing fashion in the Sweet 16 against Notre Dame after they gave up a late three-point lead in a matter of 20 seconds. They did, however, manage one of the greatest turnarounds in the sports’ history under the direction of new head coach Greg Gard.The football team, on the other hand, finished the season on a very high note when they defeated the University of South California 23-21 in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30.Brazzoni: Victory over USC defines what Wisconsin football meant in 2015Coming into their Holiday Bowl showdown against USC, the Wisconsin football team had played two opponents that would be considered Read…Breakthrough Athlete of the YearDuring last season’s run to the Final Four, then-head coach Bo Ryan said freshman Ethan Happ was the team’s most improved player despite him being elected to redshirt the season and never seeing the floor.In his debut season, the redshirt freshman did not disappoint, as he finished the season with averages of 12.4 points and a team-high 7.9 rebounds per game. He also led the Big Ten with 1.8 steals per game en route to be awarded with All-Big Ten defensive team honors.Other award categories UW athletics could find themselves in are College Athlete of the Year, College Team of the Year, Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year, whose nominees are to be announced at the event.last_img read more

Jacksonville St. fends off Morehead St. 76-72 behind Roub

first_img LIVE TV Associated Press Television News  Martin Roub scored 21 points with six 3-pointers and Jacksonville State held on to beat Morehead State 76-72 in an Ohio Valley Conference opener on Thursday night.Justin Thomas’ free throw with 8:32 left gave the Gamecocks a 63-53 lead before the Eagles outscored them 17-6 and led by a point on James Baker’s tip-in with 45 seconds left. Roub converted a three-point play with 29 seconds left, and after an Eagles’ timeout, Thomas missed a jump shot with 19 seconds to go.Derrick Cook and Ty Hudson each made a pair of foul shots to seal the win. Cook and Hudson each scored 13 and Jacara Cross 12 for the Gamecocks (6-8).Tyzhaun Claude led the Eagles (6-8) with 19 points and 12 rebounds and Djimon Henson scored 16. Written By COMMENT First Published: 3rd January, 2020 12:49 ISTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 3rd January, 2020 12:49 IST Jacksonville St. Fends Off Morehead St. 76-72 Behind Roub  Martin Roub scored 21 points with six 3-pointers and Jacksonville State held on to beat Morehead State 76-72 in an Ohio Valley Conference opener on Thursday night. WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Los Angeles Valiant partners with You Can Play

first_imgOverwatch League franchise Los Angeles Valiant, owned by esports organisation Immortals, has entered a social change partnership with the You Can Play project.You Can Play is a group “dedicated to ensuring safety and inclusion for all who participate in sports”. Los Angeles Valiant is the first entity in esports to get involved with the initiative.Noah Whinston, CEO of Los Angeles Valiant discussed the unique partnership: “For too long, the esports industry has been unfairly characterized as a toxic, unwelcoming environment. This assumption runs counter to the core values of the Los Angeles Valiant organization and our partnership with the You Can Play Project further cements our dedication to making the LA Valiant an inclusive community. The message is simple: no matter who you are, who you love, or what gender you identify as – if you can play, you can play.”As part of this partnership, You Can Play is set to deliver diversity and inclusion training to the players, coaches, and staff members who represent Los Angeles Valiant. Afterwards, the team will film an awareness video of the initiative to reach figures in esports. When the franchise moves into its own arena in 2020, You Can Play will host “Pride Night” events.Ryan Pettengill, Executive Director of You Can Play added: “You Can Play is honored to have the LA Valiant as our first esports partner. They are an organization committed to promoting diversity in and around esports; we are happy to be a part of that effort and so appreciative of their support.”Another perk of this partnership will see Los Angeles Valiant selling jerseys with “prime-themed iron-on” patches on its online store throughout June 2018 – the team will debut these patches in its match again New York Excelsior on June 2nd. Some of the proceeds will go to You Can Play, helping to deliver “educational and awareness resources to sports communities of all ages to promote LGBTQ+ inclusion.”You Can Play was launched back in 2012 by Patrick Burke, a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers, as well as GForce Sports’ Brian Kitts and Glenn Witman. Los Angeles Valiant welcomes You Can Play alongside its other partners: Lionsgate and Razer.Esports Insider says: This is a huge, unique partnership in the esports industry, and the collaboration between the Valiant and You Can Play seems like a really good idea. Inclusion is a hot topic in the industry, and we’re sure this partnership is a step in the right direction.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

Packers interim coach Joe Philbin: ‘We have to get these guys to play better’

first_imgPackers interim coach Joe Philbin said he’s only focused on Week 14’s game against the Falcons, not the drama surrounding the team.The Packers fired Mike McCarthy as the team’s coach Sunday and named Philbin as the interim coach for the rest of the season. “My door’s open, (general manager) Brian (Gutekunst’s) door is open. We have great relationships with Aaron, but he is not going to be making the decision on our next head coach. We’d welcome his input.”McCarthy took over the Packers in 2006 and guided them to a 125-77-2 record with nine playoff appearances in his 12-plus seasons with the franchise.He also led Green Bay to a victory over the Steelers in Super Bowl 45. “I care about this organization. I love this organization,” Philbin said at his introductory press conference. “This is the role I’m in right now and I’m going to do it to the best of my ability.”Philbin, who was the team’s offensive coordinator, said he knows how McCarthy feels, since he’s been fired from the Dolphins and that he felt he let McCarthy down. Related News “It’s been tough. I haven’t slept very much,” he said. “You come back here and you want to be part of the solution and help a guy that’s been a great man, a great coach, friend, and you feel that you let him down.”When asked if he was going to use the rest of the season to make a play to become the permanent coach, Philbin said he was only focusing on the Falcons and improving the team overall.”We got to do things better. All of us,” he said. “…We all have a job to do. We all have to do it better. Players and coaches… We are not going to make sweeping, structural changes and those type of things. It’s not like we are going to fly some magic players or some magic coaches in here in the next four weeks…”We have to get these guys to play better. We have to make some plays. We have to help each other out and play more complementary football.”The Packers announced they fired McCarthy after a 20-17 loss to the 2-9 Cardinals. With the loss, Green Bay now has a 4-7-1 record and has lost five of its last six games.“I felt that change was needed,” Team president and CEO Mark Murphy said Monday. “Mike’s tenure had run its course. I think we needed a new voice. And it happens in our league.”Murphy also said while the team will be actively looking for a new coach, quarterback Aaron Rodgers won’t be in the room as potential candidates are discussed. Mike McCarthy fired: Three highs and lows from his 12-year Packers runlast_img read more

Amel Tuka to run the Final Race of the Diamond League in Brussels tonight

first_img(Source: E. B./Klix.ba) Our best athlete Amel Tuka tonight will perform from 9:45 pm on the 800m final race of the Diamond League in Brussels.Tuka is on the fifth place in the Diamond League standings with five points, and he can finish this season in the elite world athletics competition in third place, which currently occupied Alfred Kipketer in Kenya.Kipketer has 14 points. Tuka could overtake his place if he wins one of the top two places. First place is worth 20, and another 12 points. If Tuka wins the first place, will occupy third place if Kipketer does not win the second place.If Tuka wins the second place in the race, Kipketer should not be ranked higher than sixth place.Interestingly, Kipketer can win the Diamond League if he wins in this race, and Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich and Pierre-Ambroise Bosse can finish outside the top six, which is highly unlikely.What is much more likely is that Rotich and Bosse will decide on the winner of the Diamond League this season. The difference is only five points in favor of Kenyan (33-27). The math is simple – Rotich just needs to finish ahead of the Frenchman for the title.Besides Tuka, Rotich, Bosse and Kipketer, in the race will also participate Jonathan Kitilit (Kenya), Clayton Murphy (USA), Adam Kszczot (Poland), Kipyegon Bett (Kenya) and Bram Som (Netherlands). Tuka has a better time from Dutch this season.last_img read more

How Angolan team ejected KCCA FC in CAF Champions League

first_imgAfter 58 minutes a poor clearance by the visiting side gave defender Mustafa Kizza chance to shot the ball into the net. Later KCCA had some missed chances through Okello and Mutyaba as the Angolan side threw all men at the back.It was a heart break for the KCCA FC fans at the end of the game, while the few Angolan fans who traveled with the team celebrated qualifying for the CAF Champions League group stage. KCCA FC will now drop to the second Tier CAF Confederations Cup where they will play one round and if they win over two legs qualify for the group stage.“We did not play well today and am not happy that the boys did not execute,” said KCCA FC’s coach Mike Hillary Mutebi after the game.On Saturday, Uganda’s representatives in the CAF Confederations Cup Proline FC face Rwanda’s AS Kigali in the return leg. The first leg played in Kigali two weeks ago ended 1-1.*****URNShare on: WhatsApp The Angolans gave KCCA little room to maneuver. PHOTO VIA @KCCAFCKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Premier League champions KCCA FC have failed to progress to the group stage of the lucrative CAF Champions League.KCCA FC settled for a 1-1 draw against Atletico Petroleos De Luanda in the return leg of the second round played at the Star Times Stadium.The draw means the Angolan League Champions qualify on an away goal’s rule since the first leg ended goalless.From the star of the game KCCA FC pushed players upfront, but conceded from a penalty after 37 minutes. KCCA FC’s advancing goalkeeper Charles Lukwago brought down Isaac Mensah in the box and the referee pointed to the spot.Skipper Ricardo Job Estevao Estevao made no mistake converting from the spot. KCCa FC’s Allan Okello soon had his shot parried back into play by the Angolan goalkeeper Elber Jorge Mota Fail Delgado.In the second half KCCA FC returned with hunger to get a goal as Muzamiru Mutyaba, Mike Mutayba and Okello dictated the pace of the game.last_img read more

AFC’s misleading innuendoes

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Agricultural andGeneral Workers Union’s (GAWU) attention was drawn to a section of a statement issued by the Alliance For Change (AFC) following its recently held National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting. In that statement, the AFC says it’s Chairman – Vice President and Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan – informed that he was victorious in a libel case involving our Union. The statement goes on to say that Minister Ramjattan said the judgement vindicates “…the position that indeed large sums of monies in membership dues were being received by GAWU and that significant portions of these monies were channelled elsewhere”.The case in question dates back to 2008, when the now Public Security Minister on a programme, which was broadcasted on DTV Channel 8, said GAWU was giving monies to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP). Our Union, at that time, denied out rightly the spurious claims and our Attorney had sought Minister Ramjattan and DTV Channel 8 to retract the statement and apologise. They both refused, and the Union subsequently took the matter to the High Court.On April 19, 2018, Justice Nareshwar Harnanan delivered his ruling which is poles apart from what appeared in the AFC’s statement. The Judge, in his ruling, said, among other things, that Minister Ramjattan could not present into evidence “…any truth to the words that the plaintiff union [GAWU] made a percentage contribution to the PPP”. The ruling goes on that “[t]his Court is prepared to hold that there was no evidence before the Court which suggested that the plaintiff union makes any financial contribution or donation or otherwise to the PPP”.  This stands in complete contrast to the AFC statement.But, further to that, Justice Harnanan went on to say “[t]he statements uttered by the first defendant [Minister Ramjattan] were irresponsible, indifferent and without any foundational bases, and being a member of the legal profession ought to have heightened his concern for making public statements which are capable of being verified or corroborated.” This is noteworthy, in our view.While indeed the courts did not find favour with GAWU’s demand for damages, and we are contemplating our next move with our Attorney, the judgement says a mouthful. It also is vastly different from what the AFC statement claimed and rather serves to vindicate GAWU.At this time, we cannot help but wonder whether Minister Ramjattan was misinformed, whether he knowingly hoodwinked his party, or whether the AFC is engaged in publishing untruths. Whatever may be the case, and more so the motivations, the GAWU hopes that this brings clarity to the misleading innuendoes of the AFC.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Armenian Writers Association of California will meet, 7 p.m., Glendale Public Library, 222 E. Harvard St. Event includes guest speaker. Call (818) 548-2030. Ojai Storytelling Festival, through Sunday, 7-8:30 p.m. Festival pass: $85; $45 for children. Family of four pass: $155. For venue locations and times, call (805) 646-8907. THURSDAY Blogs and blogging workshop, 10-11:45 a.m., Grant R. Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Registration: (805) 449-2660, Ext. 204. Spider City exhibit, daily through Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., L.A. Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive. Call (323) 644-4211. Kids’ Club presents award-winning entertainer Tia, 10:30 a.m., Northridge Fashion Center, 9301 Tampa Ave. Free. Call (818) 701-7051. last_img read more