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Lies Lagerweij playing like ‘best center back in the country’

first_img Related Stories Counter-attack defense pushes No. 1 Syracuse to 3-1 win over No. 14 StanfordLaura Hurff sparks Syracuse field hockey’s offense with a goal and an assist in winRegan Spencer keeps Syracuse field hockey afloat in 3-1 win over Boston College Lies Lagerweij locked eyes with a Stanford player and swung her stick, hitting a perfect through-ball pass across the field. As the Syracuse offense pushed into Cardinal territory, Lagerweij quickly followed behind before receiving a pass. She took a look around and decided it was better to make another pass instead of taking the shot.That’s Lagerweij’s style of play. She makes smart decisions on the ball, ready to feed teammates or take the shot depending on her options. She’s active on both sides of the field. With that comes more duties. On a change in possession, she has to run 75 yards back the other way to set up for the counter attack.“It’s hard because it’s a lot of running and long distance running as well,” Lagerweij said.The versatile 6-foot-1 center back has been a main contributor to No. 1 Syracuse’s (6-0) stout defense, which has only allowed one goal per game. She’s also responsible for many goals on the offensive side, whether it be starting the play with her passing or finishing with her shot.“It’s special,” head coach Ange Bradley said when asked about the versatility of Lagerweij. “… she’s one of the best players in the country.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLagerweij is leading the Orange with seven goals. The next closest player, Elaine Clarey, is at five, with the next coming in at three. Her 1.17 goals per game ranks tied for 12th in the nation.Of her 14 shots, 12 have landed on goal. That 86 percent clip is good for second among SU players with eight or more shots.“She’s probably one of the smartest players in the country,” Bradley said.Lagerweij has only one assist over the first six games, but still is one of SU’s more talented passers. Many times against Stanford, she got stuck in the corner after a defensive stop and found an open player as her opponents closed in on her. The passes were hard and crisp. Her teammates were able to control the pass and push up field.Kali Bowden | Contributing PhotographerWhile she helps set up teammates, her scoring has always been her strong suit. Late in the 2014 season, she moved from forward to center back. But her scoring totals have never been this high. All of last season, she totaled just three goals while being a key defender in Syracuse’s national championship run. She topped that in her third game of this season, scoring her third and fourth goals of the year.Her scoring mentality, however, is always put aside on defense.“I play with a lot lower risk (when on defense) because you can’t go dribble in your own defensive area,” Lagerweij said. “But, I definitely think when I cross the 25-yard line, the attacker (in) me comes up and I still have the same tendencies and I still want to get a shot off or get a corner.”During those corners, Lagerweij lines up dead center, to the left of the setter, ready to take the shot. But, she is also willing to fake her opponents and let a player behind her take the shot, as she did multiple times throughout the SU-Stanford game.“The changes that she’s made since the first year,” Bradley said, “and her ability to look at her team and surrender the pride that she had as being a center forward to being the best center back in the country is unbelievable.”And once those corners end, Lagerweij hustles back to her position on the opposite side of the field. Because that’s the player she is. Comments Published on September 13, 2016 at 11:30 pm Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturcocenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Iditarod clears four-time champ of dog-doping (yes, dog-doping)

first_imgSo who doped the dogs?“We’re convinced,” Mills said, “we’re never going to figure that out.”Woof. NOTE: A photo previously attached to this story may have been interpreted to have been Dallas Seavey. It was not.Apologetic officials of the world-famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have admitted that they were barking up the wrong tree. In doing so, they cleared four-time champion Dallas Seavey of any wrongdoing, stemming from the 2017 race in which he finished second but four of his dogs tested positive for a banned substance.Race officials, instead, assert that someone administered Tramadol, an opioid painkiller, to the dogs — but it wasn’t Seavey.A news release , under the headline “ITC board of directors and Dallas Seavey move forward,” read, in part:After several meetings with Dallas Seavey, and review of all relevant information and evidence, the board does not believe that Dallas had any involvement with, or knowledge of, the events that led to the positive test in his team. The (Iditarod Trail Committee) concludes that it is not credible that Dallas was involved, and he is found to have committed no wrong doing. Whatever happened was completely beyond his control.According to the release, steps have been since the incident to safeguard dogs with increased security protocols for the 1,000-mile race. As part of its release, the Iditarod apologized to Seavey for “any negative publicity and damages this situation has caused him.”Iditarod board president Mike Mills told the Anchorage Daily News : “We met with him multiple times and there was (sufficient) evidence to conclude he didn’t have anything to do with it.  … There’s no wrongdoing with Dallas that we found. He had no knowledge. It’s a hard situation to untangle, but we’re comfortable that we made the right decision.”Race officials didn’t specify what evidence absolved Seavey, whose family has participated in 47 Iditarods but didn’t participate in 2018. He said in a statement, “I look forward to many more years of involvement in the Last Great Race!”last_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Cavaliers unlikely to deal Kevin Love, would have to be ‘overwhelmed’ by offer

first_img Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is ‘awake’ and ‘responsive’ after suffering stroke John Beilein explains decision to leave Michigan for Cavaliers Kevin Love appears like he’ll be remaining with the Cavaliers.Cleveland is unlikely to trade the 30-year-old forward, according to a report from The Cleveland Plain Dealer. The team would have to be “overwhelmed” by an offer to consider moving him, the report says. “We have a good group of guys that want to be better and guys that haven’t given in to losing,” Love said in February, via the News-Herald. “That can be easy when so many games come at you so fast, but we’ve had a mentality that any given night we can win a basketball game. We’re going to continue to be like that.”The Cavaliers parted ways with interim coach Larry Drew in April and hired John Beilein away from Michigan to replace him. The team fired Tyronn Lue after an 0-6 start to 2018-19.“Every single time that we’ve decided to do this, some people would say with every job, and probably with this one, ‘What are you crazy? Why are you doing that?’ And I say exactly that, opportunity and challenges go hand in hand,” Beilein told reporters at his introductory press conference. “So, when we can be in these situations, it’s so gratifying (to) turn a program (around).center_img The five-time All-Star struggled with injuries throughout 2018-19 and played in just 22 games. He averaged 17 points and 10.9 rebounds while shooting 36.1% from 3-point range in 27.2 minutes per appearance.The Cavaliers were one of the worst teams in the NBA this season and finished with a 19-63 record. Related News “Rebuild is not a word we’re going to use here, I saw it more as a renaissance. Look at all those banners up there. It’s been done before. Why can’t it be done again?”Love signed a four-year, $120 million extension with Cleveland in July 2018. The Cavaliers hold the fifth pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.last_img read more

Vikings’ Peterson avoids jail in plea agreement

first_imgMinnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, center, arrives at the courthouse with his wife Ashley Brown Peterson, right, and attorney Brian Wice for an appearance Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Conroe, Texas. A judge presiding over Adrian Peterson’s child abuse case may consider whether the Vikings star should be arrested for allegedly smoking marijuana while out on bond. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)CONROE, Texas (AP) — Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson avoided jail time on Tuesday in a plea agreement reached with prosecutors to resolve his child abuse case.Peterson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault under the deal that Montgomery County state District Judge Kelly Case approved during a court hearing. A no contest plea isn’t an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.The All-Pro running back was indicted in September on a felony charge of injury to a child for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son earlier this year in suburban Houston. The case revived a debate about corporal punishment, which is on the decline in the U.S. but still widely practiced in homes and schools.Outside the courthouse after accepting the plea deal, Peterson told reporters that he regretted what happened with his son.“I stand here and I take full responsibility for my actions. I love my son more than anyone of you could even imagine and I’m anxious to continue my relationship with my child,” he said. “I’m just glad this is over. I can put this behind me, and me and my family can continue to move forward.”Peterson was not allowed to be near his son while the case was pending. The plea agreement will allow him to have contact with the boy.“Adrian wants to get on with his life and have his relationship with his son and get back to playing football,” Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said.Peterson has been on paid leave from the Vikings under a special exemption from the NFL commissioner to take care of his legal problems. It was not immediately clear how the plea deal would affect his playing status.“We will review the matter, including the court record, and then make a determination on his status,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. “We cannot provide a timetable.”Peterson has said he never intended to harm his son and was disciplining him in the same way he had been as a child growing up in East Texas. The boy suffered cuts, marks and bruising to his thighs, back and on one of his testicles, according to court records.Peterson had tentatively been set to go on trial Dec. 1. If convicted of felony child abuse, he could have faced up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Instead, he received what is essentially probation, was fined $4,000 and must complete parenting classes and perform 80 hours of community service.Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said this was the best resolution of the case and that Peterson did not get any special treatment because he’s a professional athlete.Last month, a visiting judge denied a request by prosecutors to remove Case as judge in the case. Prosecutors had accused Case of being biased against them and wanted a new judge appointed.The plea deal made moot a pending motion by prosecutors to revoke Peterson’s $15,000 bond for alleged marijuana use.Corporal punishment is legal in every state. The Texas Attorney General’s Office notes that belts and brushes “are accepted by many as legitimate disciplinary ‘tools,’” but “electrical or phone cords, boards, yardsticks, ropes, shoes, and wires are likely to be considered instruments of abuse.”Texas law says the use of non-deadly force against someone younger than 18 is justified if a parent or guardian “reasonably believes the force is necessary to discipline the child or to safeguard or promote his welfare.”___AP Pro Football Writer Howard Fendrich contributed to this report.___Follow Juan A. Lozano on Twitter at www.twitter.com/juanlozano70.last_img read more

Bombers shootout success powers team to third place at G.W. Graham tournament during Thanksgiving Holiday weekend

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe L.V. Rogers Bombers rode the strong play of co-captains Sydney Zondervan and Mykayla Commandeur to third-place finish at the G.W. Graham High School Girl’s Fieldhockey tournament Saturday in Chilliwack.The Bombers thumped Sam Roberts of Maple Ridge 7-0 in the final game of the two-day six-team to conclude the tournament with a 4-1 record.Tessa Vanderholt, Jasmine Jones and Zondervan, playing with a new stick, paced the Bombers with two goals against Sam Roberts. Chelsea Chirico scored the final tally for LVR.The Bombers opened the tournament with a 1-0 loss host G.W. Graham.LVR then played to a scoreless tie against South Delta. The Bombers took the win in shootout strokes 2-1 with co-captains Zondervan and Commandeur scoring goals.The Bombers concluded the day with a 2-1 shootout win over Okanagan Mission of Kelowna. Trafalgar Totem call-up, Abbie Boucher-Willans scored in sudden death to clinch the victory for LVR. The teams were tied after the first round of shootout strokes.Saturday, LVR edged South Kamloops 1-0 on a goal by Zondervan before the Bombers cruised past Sam Roberts.“Our all stars were Shelby Turk, who was amazing in Strokes,” said Bomber coach Val Gibson. “Mykayla Commandeur was a leader (on the pitch) while Paige Mansveld was some incredible center midfield play.”“Plus Sydney Zondervan (led the offence) with four goals with the new stick,” Gibson added.Gibson was also grateful to Trafalgar Totem coach Jesse Anast for allowing some of his players to play up on the Bombers for the tournament. [email protected]last_img read more

‘MARY’S MEALS’ IS PLANNING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE ONCE MORE

first_imgThe Letterkenny volunteers for Mary’s Meals.The launch of the “STEP by STEP to FEED the next CHILD” Sponsored Walk by Mary’s Meals Support Group Letterkenny, will take place in Arena 7 Entertainment Complex in Letterkenny, on Wednesday 28th May at 8.00pm.“Step by Step to Feed the next Child’ invites people from all corners of Ireland to take part in a sponsored walk from their hometowns/villages/parishes to Knock Shrine,Co.Mayo in August 2014 to raise awareness of the work of Mary’s Meals. Thirteen members of the Mary’s Meals Letterkenny Support Group will begin their walk from Malin Town, Co Donegal on 07th August.They will complete the walk over nine days and are planning to arrive in Knock at 11 am on Friday 15 August 2014 and celebrate Mass at Knock Shrine.Already walkers from Clare, Cork, Wexford, Wicklow, Cavan and Donegal have put on their trainers to unite in this venture to feed children in the poorest countries.“The idea of people ‘walking together’ is one of the ways I think about the whole of the Mary’s Meals movement” says founder Magnus. The walk is entitled “Step by Step to Feed the Next Child” for the next child is waiting. Mary’s Meals is an international charity that sets up school feeding projects in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education.The campaign aims to provide chronically hungry children with one meal a day within the school environment. This way the children are encouraged to gain an education that can lift them out of poverty in later life. To date this simple but effective idea has gathered momentum and today provides daily meals for over 890,000 children in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe.The launch night at Arena 7 will include:1. MARY’S MEALS awareness presentation at 8pm with time for questions and answers afterwards.2. A short film about MARY’S MEALS will be shown that shows the harsh realities faced by children living in poverty3. Full details of the Sponsored Walk taking place in August 2014 Please feel free to contact Fr. Eamonn Kelly or a representative from Mary’s Meals, Letterkenny on 087 7080736 for further details on the sponsored walk.email:[email protected]: marysmealsletterkennyTwitter: marysmealsLK ‘MARY’S MEALS’ IS PLANNING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE ONCE MORE was last modified: May 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalletterkennyMary’s Mealslast_img read more

10 months agoDaniel Amartey delighted with new Leicester deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Daniel Amartey delighted with new Leicester dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDaniel Amartey has signed a new deal with Leicester City.The Ghanaian, 23, has agreed terms on a three-and-a-half-year contract as he continues his recovery from an ankle condition sustained in October’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United.“I am very happy to sign this contract at Leicester City,” he told LCFC TV, speaking at the Club’s Belvoir Drive training ground this week.“I’m an easy guy, I work hard, I focus and by God’s grace, my recovery is getting better. I was playing well and then I got this injury, but I have to be strong when I come back.“Personally, I am happy because last season I didn’t get much playing time and this season the manager gave me the chance so, for me, I was very happy.” last_img read more

13 days agoNapoli captain Insigne: I DO row with Ancelotti

first_imgNapoli captain Insigne: I DO row with Ancelottiby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli captain Lorenzo Insigne admits he rows with coach Carlo Ancelotti.Insigne was dropped for their Champions League draw with KRC Genk.“My rapport with Ancelotti is a bit odd, as at times we have had rows, but that’s all down to our respective personalities,” Insigne told Rai Sport.“Carlo remains an extraordinary Coach and I really hope to win with him. Over two years of training sessions, when I arrived late or irritable, at times I’ve responded to some of his observations, but these are incidents that start and end there, they don’t get dragged on.“Obviously, that’s not all that happens, as I can joke around with the Coach too. Since he’s been at the club, he has never forced me to take on a role I didn’t want.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Lee Corso Finally Picks Michigan State On College GameDay

first_imgThree times this year, ESPN College GameDay analyst Lee Corso had the opportunity to pick Michigan State. Three times he opted not to, and consequently, lost. It appears that he’s finally a believer.Saturday, Corso, in Indianapolis ahead of the Big Ten title game between the Spartans and the Iowa Hawkeyes, picked MSU to win the conference. He donned a large Spartans helmet to make his pick. Here’s video, via FanSided’s Mike Dyce.Corso picks Michigan State pic.twitter.com/F7YIQ1I5Yl— Mike Dyce (@mikedyce) December 5, 2015Lee Corso is 0-3 picking against @MSU_Football in @ChevyTrucks #SaturdaySelections this year. He learned his lesson! pic.twitter.com/Ga5f0ftKmx— ESPN (@espn) December 5, 2015Corso’s blessing isn’t exactly a good thing – he’s just 3-10 on the year. That being said, Michigan State fans are still probably feeling pretty good about his decision.last_img read more

Video: Roy Williams Tees Off On ESPN

first_imgRoy Williams tees off on ESPN.roy williams tees off on espn green roomNorth Carolina head coach Roy Williams is upset with ESPN – and he had no problem letting everyone know on Friday. Williams, ahead of his team’s contest against Boston College this Saturday, expressed that he isn’t a fan of how the network seems to focus on the “green room” players during broadcasts – meaning the players who are locks to be first round NBA Draft picks. He thinks that the game of college basketball is great – and ESPN shouldn’t just be giving the next-level players attention.Here’s video, via North Carolina:Williams makes some good points, but it’s not as-if he hasn’t seen his own share of “green room” players come through his program. Regardless, we don’t expect the network to change its ways.last_img read more