Award winner Sterling booed

first_img However, as he made a short acceptance speech there were shouts of ‘Stay Raheem’ and as he finished speaking and left the stage there were audible boos from some of the 3,000 fans assembled at the rear of the Echo Arena in the city. When his name was mentioned in a video montage moments later there were more jeers. Sterling has two years left on his current deal but rejected a reported £100,000-a-week offer earlier this year and negotiations were put on hold until the end of the season. Suggestions he will now not agree to a new deal have generally been viewed as another public relations disaster by Sterling’s camp, after a pre-arranged television interview in April in which the youngster claimed he was not a “money-grabber”. A dip in performance this season has not helped him, while the row over whether he was too tired to play in a Euro 2016 qualifier back in October soured his relationship with England fans also. And regular links with the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Bayern Munich have led to accusations his head has been turned. However, Ward, the 20-year-old’s long-time representative, said he and the player were always scheduled to meet Reds officials this week and insists they will move forward from there. “The story has been blown somewhat out of proportion,” he said in a statement to talkSPORT. The 20-year-old rejected a new contract from the Reds back in January and reports emerged on Monday – subsequently played down by his agent Aidy Ward – that he will tell the club this week he will not sign another deal. Sterling, who earlier been presented to the crowd alongside fans’ favourite Philippe Coutinho, picked up Young Player of the Year award. Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling was booed by fans at the club’s end-of-season award ceremony. “Raheem and his representatives have a meeting scheduled with Liverpool later this week, and we will take proceedings from there.” Manager Brendan Rodgers, presenting the goal of the season award to Philippe Coutinho for his strike against Southampton, believes his side will be better for their difficulties on the pitch. “Expectancy from last season was going to be high (after finishing second). Things that have happened, the distractions, you can’t plan for them,” he said. “It has been a difficult, trying season but the players will all be better for it next year. “The players need a rest [but] the club will continue to work hard to improve the squad and next year provides another great opportunity for us like last season.” Coutinho swept the board at the awards, winning player of the season, players’ player, individual performance of the year and goal of the season. Departing captain Steven Gerrard, who ends a 17-year professional career on Sunday at Stoke before leaving for Los Angeles Galaxy, was given the Outstanding Achievement Award. “I think people are trying to get me to cry before I leave the amount of speeches I’ve had to do,” said the 34-year-old. “I have been so fortunate to play with some incredible footballers who have helped me receive the likes of these awards. “To be honest I am a little bit bored speaking about myself so I want to pay tribute to Philippe, it’s his night tonight. He cleaned up on all the awards and deservedly so. “He is the next big thing for me, I hope he stays here for a long time and helps us win some more trophies.” Press Associationlast_img read more

PBC School Board Approves More Classrooms for Over-crowded Jupiter High

first_imgThe Palm Beach County School Board unanimously approved plans to deal with growing attendance Jupiter High School that is already overcapacity by nearly 600 students.The project has to move quickly to have 26 modular classrooms ready for students in August at a cost of more than $16 million.Board member Barbara McQuinn says the state has made it clear there’s no plans or money on the way to build a new school to alleviate the problem.“And so being geographically such a large county we go west out to the Glades then we go to the ocean and we’re landlocked over there. We don’t have any place to go,” said McQuinn.The district is looking to build 26 classrooms on the 40,000-square-foot site currently used for the agriculture lab.The school is the second most crowded school in the Palm Beach County District, behind Forest Hill High School.last_img read more

Woe for local non-League sides

first_imgHayes & Yeading suffered their second defeat in four days, going down 1-0 at Fleetwood.Thrashed 4-0 at Newport in midweek, United looked to be heading for a draw before Jamie Milligan’s late winner.There was also another defeat for Hampton & Richmond, who were beaten 2-1 at Dartford and have now lost all three of their opening matches under manager Mark Harper.AdChoices广告Harrow Borough lost as well  – 1-0 away to Metropolitan Police – while Wealdstone drew 1-1 at home to Margate.But Hendon did manage to win. They beat Concord Rangers 1-0 courtesy of Jamie Busby’s penalty.last_img

Baldwinsville bowlers set to battle for league, sectional honors

first_imgArmed with plenty of expectations, the Baldwinsville girls bowling team will head to Liverpool’s Flamingo Bowl next Sunday to take part in the Section III Class A championships.The Bees go there in the aftermath of a tense battle with Liverpool for SCAC Metro division regular-season honors that will get decided when they go head-to-head next Thursday at Flamingo, three days before the sectional tournament.Starting this week’s action, B’ville hosted Fayetteville-Manlius and, while the pinfall was close (2,465 to the Hornets’ 2,313), the Bees still got a 3-0 victory. Again, Jenna Spiech led the way, shooting a 198 and 206 at the start of her 579 series, and once more Ponto was close behind with a 546 series that included an opening game of 202.Julia Spiech improved to a 499 series with a second game of 184, with Madison Hass getting a 426 set. On C-NS’s side, Brianna Mabee had the only total above 500, shooting a 546 series.As for the B’ville boys team, it won 3-0 over F-M last Tuesday led again by Tanner Rozyczko, who shot games of 224, 244 and 237 on his way to a 705 series.Help came from Dylan Love, whose 223 was in the middle of a 594 series, and Dylan Williams, who was consistent in a 583 series. Kevin Winschel led F-M with a 654 series.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: Baldwinsvillebowlingcenter_img Jenna Spiech led with a steady 572 series that opened with a 204 game, while Amelia Ponto put up a 205 game in the middle of her 502 set.Help came from Juila Spiech, with a 477 series, and Jenna Hierholzer, with a 424 series. On F-M’s side, Shelby Miner had a 555 series with games of 204 and 200.Then, a match against Cicero-North Syracuse 24 hours later at Strike-N-Spare Lanes, B’ville was pushed by the Northstars, only to win 2-1.last_img read more

VB : Little becomes reliable veteran for Orange with increased playing time

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2 Erin Little was a staple in the lineup for Syracuse’s first four matches. She provided stability to a young Orange team.On a roster loaded with nine freshmen, the senior outside hitter was part of the small veteran presence.‘I love it when she’s there,’ fellow senior Ashley Williams said. ‘She’s a great block and, as a defender, I know that wherever she’s blocking is always sealed off, so that makes me feel a lot more comfortable.’During a trip out west for the Utah State Tournament, Little was out of the Syracuse lineup for three straight matches. She has played sparsely in the matches after that. Now, with the Orange (13-7, 3-2 Big East) searching for stability on an inconsistent offense, the senior has again found an expanded role in the SU lineup. Little is one of three seniors on the Syracuse roster that brings the team valuable experience to a freshman-heavy roster during the grind of the Big East season.The other two seniors, Noemie Lefebvre and Williams, have been key contributors all season. Both are regulars in the Orange’s starting lineup and have expectations to be two of SU’s best players this season. But the contributions the team has gotten from Little as of late are a welcome addition for a young team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLittle started in one of Syracuse’s biggest games of the season against Villanova — a game that turned into an upset win. And with the team struggling against Georgetown, SU head coach Jing Pu inserted the senior into the lineup coming out of the intermission.‘It’s nice when she comes in because we do stabilize,’ Williams said. ‘Everyone knows how everyone plays, so it’s helpful.’Not to say that the freshmen haven’t performed this year. Andrea Fisher and Nicolette Serratore have been two of SU’s top offensive contributors, combining for nearly 300 kills this season, but assistant coach Kelly Morrisroe said sometimes familiarity with a system and teammates is more important than raw talent.‘There’s a sense of confidence with, not only our setters setting (Little) in the front row offensively, but our defense that plays behind her,’ Morrisroe. ‘They trust that and can play behind her, so we want to get her as much playing time as we can.’SU is also entering the time of year when freshmen can hit a rookie wall. At a certain point, freshmen and younger players are expected to show their inexperience, and this year’s crop of freshmen is no exception.‘Freshmen will begin to start playing like freshmen in the fall, and it’s not their fault,’ Williams said. ‘They are freshmen.’For the most part, the freshmen haven’t regressed much with the start of the fall. Fisher earned her first career spot on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll just a week ago.But the younger players have made costly mistakes at big moments of important conference matches. Syracuse lost the final point to the Hoyas when freshman Ying Shen served the ball into the net. Shen has tallied eight aces so far in her freshman year, but like the rest of the freshman class, she has made crucial errors late in matches.Lefebvre, the outside hitter, said she tries to show leadership on the court to help the freshmen avoid those mistakes.‘I mostly try to set an example by action than talking, but I’ll say some key words sometimes just to stay focused on certain points and keep up the energy on the court,’ Lefebvre said.And Little has set an example for SU’s younger players since her playing time has increased, too.In the second set against Villanova, Little was dominant. The senior had kills to cap off an 8-0 rally and to give Syracuse its largest lead. The Orange went on to win the set and make a statement that it could play with anyone in the conference.Little is making the most of her opportunities. For parts of the season she may not have been getting the playing time she would have liked, but she has now joined the other two seniors in playing important roles for SU.‘It’s our senior year, we just want to win,’ Williams said. ‘Whatever we can do to make this team win, that’s what we’re going to do.’dbwilson@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

WLAX : Syracuse breezes past Cornell for 10th straight victory

first_img Published on April 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1 Another ranked opponent, another dominant first half for Syracuse.The Orange sprinted out to a 10-3 lead over Cornell behind a balanced and efficient scoring effort.‘We came out prepared, ready to play and jumped on them,’ SU head coach Gary Gait said in a phone interview.No. 2 Syracuse (11-2, 4-0 Big East) cruised to a 16-8 victory over the No. 13 Big Red (8-4, 3-2 Ivy League) in Ithaca on Tuesday. The Orange earned its 10th consecutive win and knocked off its third straight ranked opponent to continue to cement its place among the elite teams in the country.Sophomore Alyssa Murray led the way with seven points, scoring a game-high four goals to go with three assists. Junior Katie Webster and freshman Kailah Kempney chipped in with three goals apiece.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘(Murray) was just really focused,’ Gait said. ‘… She was particularly focused tonight and played very well. She’s very confident in her game.’Seven different Syracuse players scored on a 7-0 run to put the Orange ahead 9-1 with 7:32 remaining in the opening half.Freshman Gabby Jaquith gave SU a 3-1 lead 13:21 into regulation, scoring off a feed from Webster. SU followed with a streak of five goals, each separated by no more than 80 seconds.And Devon Collins provided the exclamation point, scoring her 23rd goal of the season with 7:38 left in the half to give SU its eight-goal advantage.‘Seven unanswered goals from seven different players – that helps us as a team,’ Gait said. ‘That helps build our depth and gives us more strength as we head toward playoff time.’In addition to the stellar offensive performance, the Orange received quality outings from both its goaltenders.Sophomore Alyssa Costantino stopped 4-of-7 Cornell shots in the first half, while freshman Kelsey Richardson turned away 9-of-15 in the second.The two combined to prevent the Big Red from scoring on all four of its free-position opportunities, helping bail out an Orange team that committed nine second-half turnovers.‘We’ve got two goalies above 50 percent,’ Gait said. ‘There are only a handful of goalies who have that save percentage, and we’re happy that we have two.’Though the Orange slipped a bit in the second half, something Gait called ‘human nature,’ it tacked on another quality win to its already impressive resume.But to stay on its current hot streak, the Orange will need to continue to come into games with high intensity and rely on its balanced scoring attack.‘We work hard on our pregame prep to get ready to play,’ Gait said. ‘It’s certainly a focus point this year for us as a coaching staff, and I think all year we’ve had very good first halves.’ Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC Price discusses domestic extremism

first_imgPanelists discuss the issue of homegrown terrorism at the “Global Solutions in the Age of Homegrown Violent Extremism” summit. Photo courtesy of Tom Queally.On Tuesday, the Price School of Public Policy’s Safe Communities Institute hosted a summit titled “Global Solutions in the Age of Homegrown Violent Extremism,” which featured experts in counter-terrorism, policymakers, law enforcement officials and former extremists to discuss potential solutions to domestic terrorism. The summit seeks to address homegrown violent acts committed by extremists who are inspired by a diverse collection of ideological motivations, based on race, religion and other issues.The discussions explored better detections and deterrents for  radicalization and extremism recruitment. The summit featured speakers like former Islamic extremist Mubin Shaikh and USC Price Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies Program Director Erroll Southers, who spoke to the Daily Trojan on the importance of the summit and homegrown violent extremism. He offered his outlooks on mitigating homegrown violent extremists within the L.A. community. Southers thinks there is a need for the public to acknowledge both white supremacists and foreign jihadists as extremists. “RAM — Rise Above Movement is a white supremacist extremist movement that is located here in Southern California,” Southers said. “They are out there and they are literally homegrown.”Southers noted that many students and even Los Angeles law enforcement officers were unaware of these agitations, which he classified as extremism.The summit was held to mitigate the lack of awareness in the L.A. community beyond educating students, he said. Southers identified the Trump administration as the main trigger of today’s upsurge in homegrown violence.“We did not have this happen a year ago; we did not have this two years ago,” Southers said. “People are emboldened now. The rise of hate crime has gone up since January. There is no coincidence here. There is a certain dynamic that is going on … [extremists] across the country feel they can now come out.” Southers emphasized the importance of acknowledging the problem and having leadership that expresses unity. As a professor at USC, Southers believes increased campus awareness can build a discourse around homegrown violent extremism.“[With my students], I challenge them to investigate what happened in homegrown terrorism or international terrorism,” Southers said. “We never had a class where we could not find anything … so it really is just a matter of reading and being more educated on the subject.” Shaikh, who is now an expert on counterterrorism and a former Canadian intelligence member, spoke as a panelist about the dangers of radicalization and terrorist recruitment. In an interview with the Daily Trojan, Shaikh said there is never only one sign of indoctrination in a homegrown terrorist; rather, there are a cluster of behaviors the public should learn to recognize. “The closer to dehumanization, the more extreme the groups are,” Shaikh said. “For example, [there is] very rigid black and white thinking: seeing the world in absolutes.” As a Muslim born and raised in Canada, Shaikh grew up within two conflicting and competing cultures. During his two-year stay in Syria, Shaikh fully embraced jihadist culture and was inspired by hate crimes. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Shaikh evolved into a champion of deradicalization and began to recognize signs of indoctrination. “Signs could include negative peer influences, conflicts with family over identity crisis and religion and isolation,” Shaikh said. He suggested that students be aware and identify potentially vulnerable people, especially younger individuals, who are at risk of potentially being indoctrinated. Shaikh also gave advice to Muslim students reconciling their identity and faith.“You need to be out there,” Shaikh said to the Muslim community. “Getting involved with interfaith activities is very important — as people of faith to reach out [to] other people of faith.” According to Shaikh, it is impossible to predict violence, but by increasing the local community’s awareness of extremism, he believes violence can be preventable. To combat extremism, Shaikh advocated for acceptance and love, instead of retaliating with further hate crimes. “[It] is all about strength in numbers,” Shaikh said. “[Extremists] just need to see that they are outnumbered by regular decent people … It is time for us to show force.” Persistence and strength in numbers changed Shaikh’s life, and he likewise hopes they will alter extremist thinking. “At the time I remember people trying to tell me things, and they did not really activate in my life until much later,” Shaikh said. “So don’t give up on people.”Southers also echoed similar sentiments, emphasizing the importance of protecting marginalized student groups, especially the Muslim population, from being associated with extremism.“I think we have to live the USC creed of inclusion, of tolerance, of respect and dignity,” Southers said. “If we live out those values, we will protect each other.” Yet, Southers offered a positive outlook on the future of decreasing the rates of homegrown violence. “I have a really good outlook on this situation, because I believe the people who are here today are part of the solution,” Southers said. “This is not a government response; we need to fix this, and I think we can.”last_img read more

Women’s soccer eyes first Big Ten victory

first_imgFreshman midfielder McKenna Meuer of the Wisconsin women’s soccer team said it best: “The Big Ten [has] really good competition. So when you win, you really know that it means something.”The pair of games this weekend are both tough and crucial wins for the No. 14 Badgers (6-2-0), who are looking for their first victory of the season against a conference opponent. Friday night, UW will host Michigan State (7-1-1). Wisconsin will also play Michigan (7-2-0) at home Sunday. The Badgers need to win both games if they want to stand atop the conference race come November.But questions arose after a tough 2-1 road loss to Penn State Sunday as to if UW is really as good as it appeared at the start of the season. The Badgers were 6-1 heading into that first Big Ten matchup, the lone loss coming against No. 2 UCLA.Head coach Paula Wilkins saw key areas that needed improvement against the Nittany Lions, specifically the need to be more consistent in the offensive third of the field.“We had some opportunities, but I don’t think we were dynamic enough to capitalize on them,” Wilkins said. “And defending, I thought our individual defending needed to be better.”With Michigan State on the docket first, UW’s offense is going to have to take advantage of any scoring opportunity that comes its way. The Spartan defense has not conceded more than one goal in each of the eight games they have played this season, and Michigan State goalkeeper Courtney Clem has recorded three shutouts this season.But the Badgers don’t appear worried their mishaps against the Nittany Lions will continue to plague the scoreboard. Instead, they’re using their loss as motivation to crush the Spartans Friday night.“Penn State is a really good team; to lose to them gives us more motivation to win the rest of the conference games,” said senior captain and midfielder Joana Bielefeld. “[Michigan State] is very organized, so we need to come in also organized, and I think that as long as we find feet we will be successful.”The Spartans are not in for an easy game when they enter the McClimon Complex. UW’s offense is not dominated by a single player but has found success from a combination of scoring from forwards, the midfield and defensive players. This has forced past opponents to spread out their defensive players, giving Wisconsin advantageous additional space. Ten Badgers have already posted at least one goal this season, a group led by junior forward Paige Adams with four goals.Adding to Wisconsin’s performance on the field will be a sizable crowd cheering behind the team. Friday night is the annual Pac the Mac event, which will feature a doubleheader with the Wisconsin men’s soccer team. Last year the event drew 1,194 fans to both games, with 624 people showing up for the women’s game. “It’s definitely exciting the crowd is there cheering for you, so for our team that gives us motivation,” Meuer said. “It is nice to be surrounded by your friends and family and people that are rooting for Badgers.”Friday’s game should be a close matchup, where consistency will again be the key to a Badger victory.With an equally competitive match Sunday, Michigan poses a different set of challenges for Wisconsin.The biggest will be shutting down junior Wolverines forward Nkem Ezurike, who was named Big Ten Player of the Week Monday. Ezurike scored two of the team’s three goals in a 3-0 shutout win against Indiana Saturday.On the defensive side, goalkeeper Lauren Gunderson has been an instrumental part of the team’s success, keeping the young defensive line, which starts two freshmen, organized. The redshirt senior is averaging just under one goal allowed per game (.95).“[Both teams] pose different problems because of their systems, so it is really going to be a challenge for us to face two different opponents with what they bring,” Wilkins said. “Michigan obviously has a big player up top with Nkem, but I think we need to focus on Friday where consistency is going to be the biggest thing.”Last season, UW came out 1-0-1 in a similar week on the road against these two Michigan teams. The Badgers pulled off a 2-1 win over Michigan State, but Michigan held them scoreless in a 0-0 tie.Friday’s game starts at 5 p.m. with the men’s game following it, and Sunday’s game will begin at 1 p.m.last_img read more

Thousands affected in Jamaica as vandals destroy telecommunication cables

first_imgOver eight thousand customers in the central parish of St. Catherine, were on Saturday without service from telecommunications company, Flow, as vandals set fire to cables in the community of Central Village.The company, in a release, said residential and business customers lost voice, television and internet services.Manhole’s breached  “This is not a case of theft as nothing was stolen. Our fiber cables were secured in a manhole which was deliberately breached as the perpetrators went on to set fire to the cables inside. This latest incident again demonstrates the callous disregard for persons who rely on our services for access to emergency services, business, study, and for personal purposes,” said Kayon Mitchell, Flow’s director of corporate communications and stakeholder management.Thirty-seven communities affectedFlow disclosed that currently its network in 37 communities across Jamaica has been impacted by vandalism and theft.“Twenty-one of those are in St Catherine, but there are instances where we have restored services to these communities and the network is again vandalized or elements such as cables, batteries and generators are stolen. We have been investing heavily to roll out services to more communities across the island, bringing more Jamaicans online but between the bills for restoration, as a result of vandalism or roadworks in the Corporate Area, those plans will have to be revisited,” Mitchell said.Significant repair and restoration costsThe company said the cost for restoring services as a result of vandalism and theft of its network infrastructure and elements is around US$2 million per annum, which does not include the significant investment the company is making to further secure its network from criminal elements.This latest act of vandalism comes just days after Flow conducted a media tour across the Corporate Area where the company’s copper and fiber networks have been repeatedly damaged by contractors engaged by the National Works Agency to conduct roadworks.”last_img read more

Lukaku Escapes Punishment For ‘Alleged’ Kick Out

first_imgManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has escaped punishment for allegedly kicking out at Brighton defender Gaetan Bong.The incident took place during his side’s 1-0 win at Old Trafford on Saturday but centre referee Neil Swarbrick didn’t see it.The Football Association (FA) referred it to three ex-Premier League referees to independently review on Monday however the panelists didn’t unanimously agree that it was a sending off offence.The decision means the 24-year old Belgium international striker will escape a three-match domestic ban which would have seen him miss crucial league games against Watford, Arsenal and Manchester City.Relatedlast_img