Even flow: After biggest win in years, SU tries to stay grounded heading to Cincinnati

first_imgDerrell Smith doesn’t want to wake up from this dream. Instead of letting reality sink in Saturday, the senior defensive captain didn’t want to think too much about the significance of beating the No. 20 team in the country on the road. He figures that would lead to complacency. And with Syracuse playing its best football in years, he doesn’t want this to be the time SU starts finding satisfaction in just one win. ‘We’re already looking to the next one,’ the senior linebacker said Saturday. ‘We don’t want to be content with what we have. Not now.’ Smith wasn’t alone in his demeanor, either. Two weeks earlier, the Orange finally broke through and beat South Florida, an opponent it had never defeated. A week after that, the Orange was dismantled, 45-14, by a hungry Pittsburgh squad that already lost three games. That complacency, Smith said, was the reason. With the Orange (5-2, 2-1 Big East) now headed to Cincinnati (3-4, 1-1) for a noon start (ESPNU), Smith and his teammates made sure not to get too wrapped up in the significance of beating West Virginia. From the moment Syracuse emerged from the locker room, it made a point of not getting wrapped up in the moment. Instead, it was all about the next game, the next opponent and the next step.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The approach, Smith said, was different from what it had been two weeks earlier, after the Orange beat the Bulls in Tampa, Fla. This time, no tears were shed. No postgame hugs were seen outside the locker room. Smiles were hard to find. Emotions had been left inside the locker room. ‘To tell you the truth, it might sound cliché, but I’m thinking about Cincinnati right now,’ junior defensive end Chandler Jones added Saturday, adjacent to Smith outside SU’s locker room. When the Orange returned to practice this week, those sentiments remained. Syracuse hadn’t beaten West Virginia in nine years. Now the Orange will face a Bearcats squad it hasn’t defeated since 2004. And though SU is seeing a pattern, the approach to those games has changed this season. Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone doesn’t want his team to ride the ‘highs and lows’ of wins and losses. That’s why, Smith said, Marrone is trying to set the tone for this team to stay level-headed about the ups and downs SU has experienced thus far. That is the way Marrone believes Syracuse will ultimately find success. ‘Our goal is to be a consistent football team, and that’s what we are trying to get done,’ Marrone said Monday at his weekly press conference. ‘And the goal is to be a consistent coach in your demeanor and how you represent the game plan or represent your coaching style or yourself. Players will pick up on that.’ During the week, Smith and teammates Mikhail Marinovich and Antwon Bailey talked openly about that change in culture from previous SU teams. Bailey said SU’s approach this week is simply a byproduct of learning how to win. About having been there, done that. Marinovich reflected upon how the Orange responded from its loss to Pittsburgh, openly talking about how that helped SU realize it can’t ride the rollercoaster that comes with marquee victories. And with that, he emphasized the loss to the Panthers played a big roll in why Syracuse was all business following arguably its biggest win of the past few years. ‘After South Florida, Pitt kind of helped us stay grounded,’ Marinovich said. ‘That’s why we’re not looking at (West Virginia) too much, and we’re saying, ‘Fix the mistakes and move on.’ Because, as we’ve seen in the past, you can’t relish wins or losses. You’ve got to move forward.’ ‘It’s a great feeling,’ added Marinovich. ‘But you can’t get satisfied. When you get satisfied, that’s when you get beat.’ As the Orange began the season, the four-game stretch of South Florida-Pittsburgh-West Virginia-Cincinnati was seen as a make-or-break stretch. To SU left tackle Justin Pugh, it wasn’t difficult to tell why. ‘Cincinnati has won the Big East the past two years,’ Pugh said. ‘Pitt was the favorite this year, and they were ranked 15th in the country before. West Virginia was ranked when we played them. So it was definitely the hardest potential four to play.’ And now 2-1 through that stretch, SU doesn’t appear to be content with where it is heading into Saturday’s game at Cincinnati. Because of that, Smith refuses to let reality set in and dwell on what his squad has accomplished thus far. Instead, he prefers to stay grounded, realizing there’s still work to be done. That now is not the time to be content. ‘This has just been a dream come true for a senior season,’ Smith said Saturday. ‘I’m definitely living the dream right now. I’m on cloud nine. And it’s a great experience, and we want it to continue.’ [email protected] Comments Published on October 27, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Dembele edges Barca closer to unbeaten season as Real lose at Sevilla

first_imgAlready crowned champions and winners of the Copa del Rey, Barca were controversially denied a guard of honour by Real but Villarreal were happy to perform the ‘pasillo’ as the hosts walked out before kick-off.Valverde left some key players out, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Luis Suarez, Jordi Alba and Ivan Rakitic all missing from the starting line-up. Messi, however, was included despite calls for the Argentinian now to be rested ahead of this summer’s World Cup.It meant a start for Dembele, who took his chance to impress with the stand-out performance of the night.Dembele has endured a difficult debut season since joining for 147 million euros from Borussia Dortmund last year but Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said this week he is not for sale, and the 20-year-old delivered the perfect response.“He is a player that has a lot of talent,” Valverde said. “He is fast, he has this spark. All players need a process of adaptation and when you are young you still have to learn. Next year Dembele will be with us.”His run that set up Coutinho’s opener in the 11th minute was arguably the moment of the match as he picked up the ball 10 yards inside Villarreal’s half before driving past three defenders and unleashing a shot.Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo palmed the ball away but only to Coutinho, who was left with a tap-in.Dembele then grabbed a late brace, his first an easy finish after a brilliant run by Rakitic down the right, his second coming after he sped away from Villarreal’s defence, and lifted the ball over the helpess Asenjo.Share on: WhatsApp Barcelona, Spain | AFP | Ousmane Dembele scored twice as Barcelona thrashed Villarreal 5-1 on Wednesday and edged closer to their first ever unbeaten season in La Liga.But Real Madrid slipped to their only league defeat since February as a heavily-rotated side lost 3-2 away at Sevilla.Lionel Messi volleyed in a sumptuous pass from Andres Iniesta at Camp Nou to put Barca three up at half-time after Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho had scored one apiece in the first 16 minutes.The second period, however, belonged to Dembele, who capped an excellent individual display with two goals after the Frenchman’s sensational run had also earlier set up Coutinho.Villarreal managed a consolation when Pablo Fornals’ shot deflected in off Nicola Sansone but any fears Ernesto Valverde’s side would feel the effects of Sunday’s ‘Clasico’ proved unfounded.The league leaders moved 15 points clear of Atletico Madrid at the top while Villarreal stay sixth.The Yellow Submarine are only three points ahead of Sevilla, however, who climbed back into the Europa League qualification spots with a well-deserved win over Real.Zinedine Zidane said he wanted to maintain momentum ahead of their Champions League final against Liverpool on May 26 but Marcelo, Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo were among those not even included in his squad.Sevilla took full advantage as Wissam Ben Yedder, Miguel Layun and a Sergio Ramos own-goal put them three up, before Real substitute Borja Mayoral and a late Ramos penalty late gave Real a flatteringly close result.Barca drew last weekend against Real, despite playing the entire second half with 10 men, and they now need only avoid defeat in matches away at Levante and home to Real Sociedad to complete the campaign as invincibles.It would be the first time a team has finished a 38-game La Liga season unbeaten and the first in any format since Real avoided defeat in a division of only 10 teams in 1932.“In the end we have scored two great goals, we are happy about this and we keep the run going,” Valverde said.last_img read more

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Donaldson’s P.R.O.M.I.S.E. camp develops youth on and off court

first_imgby Malik VincentOne of the ways that Jakim Donaldson, a former basketball standout at Edinboro University, gives back to his North Side community is his annual summer basketball camp.The 6-foot-8 former Division II All-American currently competes overseas in Spain’s top professional league. The Oliver grad and his father, Jay, organized the camp that had more than 70 kids, this year. STAR POWER—Former UConn star Ashley Battle (right) drives on two campers. Battle was one of the instructors at the Jakim Donaldson P.R.O.M.I.S.E. Basketball Camp held July 25-27 at Perry High School. (Courier Photos/William McBride) “Just to see the twinkle in the kids’ eyes when you say ‘free camp’ motivates us,” Jay said.The annual camp is in its second year and was held July 25-27 at Perry High School.“I think it’s so instrumental to have these types of things for the development of young players,” Jakim said. “They didn’t have very many free camps when I was coming up, so for them to have a chance to take advantage of one makes it a worthwhile cause.”With both offensive and defensive drills as well as ball handling technique training, the camp focused on what to do on the court, but Donaldson said that’s not its sole teaching.“We had several people come in and mentor the participants,” Jay added. “We want them to understand the importance of how to conduct themselves off the court. It’s equally important.Several entities, throughout the North Side and beyond, served as the camp’s sponsors. Some included: the Northside Leadership Conference, Mark Anthony Salon in Oakland, Quik-it Chicken on Brighton Road, and City of Pittsburgh District 6 City Councilman R. Daniel Lavelle.“We’re in our second year and it’s great to see how some the kids have grown mentally, in their game, and physically,” Jakim added.His father pointed out the Pittsburgh Pirates as a major sponsor. His other son, Jehru—18 at the time—was murdered on his way to one of their games.The team has donated 150 to 200 tickets to their P.R.O.M.I.S.E. (Protecting and Restoring the Order of Mankind with the Initiative of Serving Elders) organization, which is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit.“We at P.R.O.M.I.S.E. are very appreciative to the Pirates’ generosity, not only with this camp, but with everything that this organization does,” he said.In addition to the camp, they also hold an annual ‘Gathering of Loved Ones’ event that is held in Northside’s West Park that provides food and games, in an effort to stop the violence.“The community’s role in this is essential for our growth,” Jay said. “We need its continued support in order for us to keep this going.”(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @malikvincent.)last_img read more

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James Anderson queried ‘dangerous’ bowling in Brisbane

first_imgEngland paceman James Anderson raised concerns about potentially’dangerous’ short-pitched bowling at the tourists’ tail-enders duringthe first Ashes Test, but his captain Joe Root said the lower orderwould just need to learn to ‘deal with it’.Anderson said he hadspoken to umpire Marais Erasmus as Australia’s fast bowlers launched afurious pace assault during the second innings as England were skittledfor 195 on the way to a resounding 10-wicket defeat at the Gabba.”I was batting with Jake (Ball) in the second innings and he got bowledtwo short balls from (Pat) Cummins that went over the shoulder,” theveteran quick told the BBC in the leadup to the second Test at AdelaideOval, starting Saturday.”There was a third very close and wasn’t given (a no-ball) and I questioned, ‘when does it get dangerous?'”I don’t know what constitutes dangerous bowling. It’s the umpire’s personal take on it.”Marais said he was happy with it at the time. It’s down to the umpires.”Umpires can penalise the bowler with no-balls and remove them from the attackif they judge their bowling as likely to cause injury based on thebatsman’s skill level.The dangers of fast bowling wereunderlined in 2014, when Australia batsman Phillip Hughes was struck inthe neck by a short ball and died in hospital two days later at the ageof 25.Australia used short-pitched bowling to rout England’stail throughout the 5-0 whitewash in 2013/14, a tactic skipper SteveSmith said his bowlers were using as a “blueprint” for the currentseries.advertisementAfter Australia wrapped up the win at the Gabba onMonday, Smith said England’s tail could expect more of the same in theremaining four Tests of the series.Anderson’s concerns were notshared by Root, despite a Mitchell Starc short ball smashing into thecaptain’s helmet during the second innings of the Gabba Test.”I think it’s Test cricket,” Root told reporters at Adelaide Oval on Friday.”And as a lower order player against an attack like that, you’ve got toexpect traffic round that area and you’ve got to make sure you deal with it.”Root’s helmet was damaged by the Starc blow, but he swapped into a new one and went on to score 51 after having a concussion Testbefore the start of play on day four.”They played to their strengths and you can’t knock that,” the skipper added.”I think we’ve got to make sure as a lower order we’re very prepared toface a lot of balls in that area and deal with it better than we did inthat first game, simple as that.”Anderson was preparing for another pace blitz at the tail in Adelaide, the first Ashes day-night Test.”We have to plan to get a barrage, which we are doing,” the 35-year-old said.last_img read more

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JSPL starts Indias largest billet caster plant in Odisha

first_imgJindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) on Wednesday commissioned the country’s largest billet caster plant at Angul in Odisha.The billet caster plant, which would cast molten steel into semis of various sizes and shapes, would help the company to produce various long products used in construction sector. “We have commissioned India’s largest capacity billet caster plant in Angul within a record time of one year; setting yet another benchmark in the country,” JSPL’s Managing Director and Group CEO Ravi Uppal said in a statement.JSPL has a 2.5 mtpa steel making capacity at Angul and the company plans to raise it to six mtpa.Commissioning of the billet caster plant would enable JSPL to produce long products in addition to flat products already produced at the Angul plant.last_img read more

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Why BigName Investors Like Mark Cuban Are Disrupting the Legal Profession

first_imgOctober 30, 2018 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free It does not seem an obvious or exciting industry for big-name investors. But, some of the most famous entrepreneurs — now including billionaire Mark Cuban — are putting their money into disrupting the legal profession.Related: 10 Things Mark Cuban Says to Do With Your MoneyWhether it is automating tasks, fighting parking tickets or giving consumers better access to justice, legaltech companies are close to raising $1 billion in funding in 2018, in contrast to $233 million in 2017.The cash flowing to the industry is hitting new heights, but the profile of entrepreneurs backing transformation in the $600-billion legal industry is also growing. Mavericks owner and Shark Tank investor Cuban revealed to me he made an investment (he would not disclose the amount) in a so-called access to justice technology company. Paladin, which streamlines pro bono management, recently partnered with Dentons — the largest law firm in the world by headcount — to help users discover pro bono opportunities without having to seek them out themselves. The need for technology to help solve legal problems was highlighted in one report that found that 86 percent of civil legal problems among low-income Americans fail to achieve adequate legal redress.In this vein, Cuban’s investment in Paladin is designed to streamline pro bono management providing legal help for millions that will not otherwise have access to justice.Cuban told me in an email: “What impressed me about Paladin’s team is that they’re applying a business framework to an important social problem. With Paladin, lawyers can work on issues they’re passionate about and teams can leverage pro bono to build their businesses. It’s an important mission that I’m proud to be part of.”Related: What Mark Cuban Learned From His 6 Biggest FailuresEndorsement from high-profile investors is causing waves in an industry that has previously shunned the limelight, and innovation. This attitude has helped propagate inefficient and costly ways of working. Suddenly, lawyers are watching legal tech companies raise investment like the leading startups of Silicon Valley.In another landmark investment, Justin Kan, co-founder of livestreaming service Twitch, raised $65 million earlier this year for his year-old legal startup Atrium. The company uses a team of lawyers, engineers and business operations experts to supply companies with their legal needs in a more predictable and cost-efficient way.Discussing the need for investment to break new boundaries in getting legal deals done faster, he told Forbes: “This was a problem I’d seen in my own experiences, where all these parts around legal were like a blocker to what I wanted to do, and the legal bills felt like Russian roulette. It’s almost like a tax you have as a business owner. That’s why I wanted to attack this problem.”In particular, there has been an increase in investment as the number of legal AI companies has increased by 65 percent in the past year. Investment in legal AI companies in 2018 has already reached $355 million — with cash earmarked to boost capabilities and meet a growing demand among legal professionals to do high-volume and mundane legal work faster and more accurately.Related: 10 Lawyers-Turned-Entrepreneurs Creating a Revolution in LawThis has attracted high-profile investors including tech billionaire Mike Lynch, an investor in Luminance, a startup that uses artificial technology to aid law firms with the complex process of due diligence for mergers and acquisitions. Best known for starting Autonomy, sold to Hewlett-Packard in an $11 billion deal, Lynch told Business Insider that the use of artificial intelligence in the legal field “is like seeing a steam engine for the first time. What this is is probably an example of what’s going to be changing a lot of things. If you can get machine technology to be reading contracts, it’s going to be changing a lot of the world around us … you’re seeing the beginning of a new age.”Eden Shochat, a partner at Aleph VC whose portfolio includes co-working giant WeWork, website builder Wix, and insurance tech leader Lemonade, recently invested in LawGeex (the company I work for), which uses AI to end the bottleneck of getting business deals being signed.However, as he points out in a recent Medium blog — in a point echoed by other investors in legal — there is still a long way to go for the profession to catch up with other industries. Shochat says, “If you compare the legal industry to the tech investments made by the financial industry, you will understand the vast opportunity. JPMorgan’s 2017 revenue was $94 billion, and they spent an astounding $9.5 billion on technology. That is more than 10 percent of their revenue and over 10 times more spend on tech than the legal industry.”In another example of the game-changing nature of such technology, Joshua Browder’s DoNotPay legal bot gained $1.1 million in seed funding, led by one of the most important venture capital firms in the world, Andreessen Horowitz. Originally begun as a parking ticket appeal site, this cash has allowed the company to recently launch an iOS app which advertises that it can be used to “sue anyone by pressing a button.” It is focused on empowering individuals to sue corporations using technology to strip away complex bureaucracy.For the entrepreneurs, having the backing of big-name investors is sending an important signal to the profession that change is on the way. Kristen Sonday, co-founder of Paladin, told me in an email, “While a challenge initially, we’re grateful to have found incredible investors who are passionate about Paladin’s mission to increase access to justice. Thankfully, impact investing in the space is becoming more prevalent, but being on the frontier is never easy.” Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min readlast_img read more

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Drunk honeymooners end up buying the hotel they checked in to

first_img Travelweek Group Share Friday, October 12, 2018 Drunk honeymooners end up buying the hotel they checked in to << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Posted by Tags: Funny TORONTO — What’s the craziest thing you’ve done after having one too many? For most of us, the most cringe-worthy drunken moments usually involve things like bar-top dancing or drunk-texting an old flame. But one British couple may have trumped us all – they bought an entire hotel while on a bender on their honeymoon.According to The Mirror, Gina Lyons, 33, and Mark Lee, 35, were on their three-week backpacking honeymoon in Sri Lanka after tying the knot in June 2017. During their trip, they checked into a rustic beachfront hotel where they befriended one of the bartenders on the first night.The three took to the beach with a few bottles of rum. It was here where the bartender told them that the hotel’s current lease was almost up.Twelve glasses of rum later and the couple found themselves making an offer to the tune of £30,000.“After finding out that it was £10,000 a year, myself and Mark thought that it would be a brilliant idea to buy it – because we were so drunk,” said Gina. “Now, almost a year on from our drunken idea, we own the hotel and have started doing the hotel up and making it ours.”More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksThe couple took control of the hotel on July 1, 2018 and renamed it Lucky Beach Tangalle. According to Gina, their first impression of the hotel was that it looked “grotty and very cheap”, but she and Mark were enamoured with its ‘wooden tree house’ feel.They ended up paying an additional £6,000 in renovations, plus £7,000 in legal fees to obtain licences on top of the £30,000, which they’re paying in two £15,000 installments over three years.Despite struggling financially, the couple managed to pay the first payment. But life soon threw them yet another curveball: they’re now expecting their first child.“Even our friends and family think we’re idiots and shouldn’t have been doing it – we owed a lot of money from the wedding and only lived in a tiny flat, and now we had a baby on the way,” she said.But the couple decided to throw all caution to the wind and dive headfirst into their new venture as hotel owners. They opened their seven-bedroom B&B in July and have since welcomed an influx of regular customers, proving that not all drunken decisions are bad ones.last_img read more

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Trafalgars Sound of Music with Oberammergau a highlight for 2020

first_imgTags: Oberammergau, Trafalgar Share Travelweek Group TORONTO — Trafalgar’s 2019/2020 Travel with Faith program covers eight handcrafted trips to 19 countries and features some of the world’s most spiritual and uplifting destinations, not least of which is Oberammergau 2020.“We are very pleased to offer our loyal Canadian agents these truly enlightening travels including the once a decade experience of Oberammergau in 2020 which will definitely spark heightened interest with their clients,” says Wolf Paunic, President, Trafalgar Canada. “With Trafalgar’s 2019/2020 Travel with Faith program, agents can now connect clients with these memorable faith-based excursions and pilgrimages that will change the way they see the world forever.”Here’s a look at two top picks:Pilgrimage to Poland
Throughout Trafalgar’s eight-day Pilgrimage to Poland spiritual journey, clients arrive in Warsaw and join a ‘Local Specialist’ for an in-depth guide of Old Town visiting highlights such as Market Square, the Barbican, Warsaw Ghetto, St. James Church and the Shrine of the Divine Mercy. From Warsaw, clients journey to Niepokalanow and visit the largest Franciscan Monasteries, founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe before heading to the spiritual capital of Poland, Czestochowa, where they will ‘Dive Into Culture’ and witness a Mass at Jasna Gora Monastery. Visiting the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla (who later became Pope John Paul II), Wadowice, guests will discover the city by foot in-depth with a ‘Local Specialist’ and visit sights such as Basilica Minor, his family home and possessions before departing for Kraków for tours including Mariacki Church, known for its wooden altarpiece designed by Wit Stwosz, and finally Wawel Castle.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthSound of Music with OberammergauArriving in Munich, guests join a walking tour past some of the city’s most renowned sites, including the Opera House, Ludwigstrasse, Hofbräuhaus and Marienplatz. Journeying to shy King Ludwig II’s Neuschwanstein Castle and continue to Bavaria and the faithful village of Oberammergau for its once-in-a-decade re-enactment of the Passion Play. Clients then head to Salzburg for highlights such as Getreidegasse, the Salzburg Cathedral, Mozart’s birthplace and many of the locations used in the film ‘The Sound of Music’ before attending a ‘Connect With Locals’ experience, and a Carinthian ‘Be My Guest’ dinner with the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood in the Monastery of Kloster Wernberg. There’s also time in Vienna.Clients can view the entire 2019/2020 Travel with Faith program, including the following two featured spiritual trips, at Trafalgar.com/en-ca/travel-with-faith-2019. Trafalgar’s ‘Sound of Music with Oberammergau’ a highlight for 2020center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Friday, October 12, 2018 last_img read more

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