Fauci says anti-quarantine protest could prolong the lockdown

first_imgDr. Anthony Fauci, the director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is warning the public that anti-quarantine protest could backfire and actually prolong the pandemic.He spoke to Good Morning America on Monday stating that he understands the shutdown has affected many other aspects of people’s lives, but opening the country too early could cause bigger problems:“I think the message is that, clearly, this is something that is hurting from the standpoint of economics, from the standpoint of things that have nothing to do with the virus,” Fauci said. “But unless we get the virus under control, the real recovery, economically, is not gonna happen.”“If you jump the gun and go into a situation where you have a big spike, you’re gonna set yourself back,” Fauci continued. “So as painful as it is to go by the careful guidelines of gradually phasing into a reopening, it’s going to backfire. That’s the problem.”At least 20 states including Michigan, Minnesota, and Virginia  have seen protest in the last few days demanding that the government reopen some parts of the economy.Many of those protesters were seen without protective gear and standing in close quarters.Despite Fauci’s concern President Donald Trump urged state representatives who are have seen protest to “liberate” their residents stating that the restrictions are “too tough.”last_img read more

Preparations for CBC 3×3 tournament to begin next week

first_imgPREPARATIONS for the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) U-17 National 3×3 Tournament are set to commence in the new week, says Guyana Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) Junior Hercules.The tournament is set to be hosted in February in the island of St Lucia. According to Hercules, the official email which includes tourney dates and other details will arrive in the new week.“Preparations will start in the new week specific to readiness of the players and rules etc,” said Hercules. He added that during the upcoming week he will reach out to the players for their passport documents and verifications.He was also of the opinion that in order for there to be good preparation, access should be afforded to multiple all-weather playing venues.“I will discuss a possible engagement with the Federation to see the selected team’s training time, rules overview and games to test (their) readiness” Hercules stated.The National team that will be representing Guyana is the Kwakwani Combine team which featured three Junior National players who competed in the Inter Guiana Games (IGG) in October.The team is made up of Stanton Rose, Jamal Gilkes, Timothy Thompson and Jonathan Mangra with the former two hailing from Kwakwani. Rose is also the reigning Road to Mecca 3 MVP and National School Basketball Festival MVP.Commenting on the team Hercules stated, “Rose is the best young player in the country, Thompson has shown he has the potential, Mangra has some experience and has proved he can play. Gilkes is very talented and just needs some polishing so for that age group it’s the best we have.”Hercules highlighted strategy, skills and consistency as the factors needed to win the tournament.last_img read more

Despite strong effort, Wisconsin falls to OSU

first_imgThe No. 16-ranked University of Wisconsin wrestling team fell to No. 6 Ohio State 24-18 Sunday in their last dual meet of the season.The result wasn’t one the Badgers were looking for on Senior Day as the meet was their last dual at the Field House this year and their last competition before the Big Ten Championships.“They wrestled well,” Wisconsin head coach Barry Davis said of Ohio State. “They’re one of the top teams in the Big Ten.”The dual started poorly for the Badgers as Ben Jordan was defeated 2-6 by the Buckeyes’? Jason Johnstone at 157 lbs.The next match proved to be the most exciting of the dual as eighth-ranked UW freshman Andrew Howe upset No. 2-ranked Colt Sponseller, 3-2. The match was extremely tight as the two carefully planned each one of their moves, scoring sparingly. Howe gained a 2-1 advantage with a takedown, but Sponseller evened it at two by the end of the second period. In the third period, Howe gained a point with an escape and held off a hard-fighting Sponseller until the horn sounded. Howe improved his record to 22-4 overall and stayed undefeated in dual matches after his most recent upset.The Buckeyes responded in the next two matches with wins at 174 lbs. as Dave Rella took down Travis Rutt, 3-5, and No. 2-ranked Mike Pucillo earned a major decision, easily defeating UW’s Eric Bugenhagen 4-14 at 184 lbs.UW then gained the lead going into the intermission as No. 3-ranked Dallas Herbst and No. 18 Kyle Massey easily won their matches. Herbst pinned opponent Jason Cook in the first period in the 197 lbs. class, and heavyweight Kyle Massey handled Ohio State’s Corey Morrison 8-1.Herbst was proud of his performance after the match.“Last time wrestling here, and I wanted to go out with a bang,” Herbst said. “And I guess I got that accomplished. I’ve been struggling a little bit this year with my pins, and to get one for the last one here felt good.”With the score 12-10 in the Badgers’ favor, the Buckeyes came out looking to take over, winning their next three matches. Ohio State’s Nikko Triggas pinned UW’s Drew Hammen in 2:22 in the 125 lbs. bout, and the 133 lbs. finished in similar fashion. UW’s Tom Kelliher fought off several pin attempts by No. 3-ranked Reece Humphrey, but Humphrey earned numerous takedowns and eventually a major decision, winning 13-3.The Buckeye’s extended their lead to 24-12 and put the dual out of reach as J Jaggers won a major decision against Eric Senescu after dominating him for a 13-3 win at 141 lbs. This match was highlighted by the curious absence of UW’s top wrestler, Zach Tanelli, who is currently No. 1 in the nation. The Badgers may have had a chance to take the dual if Tanelli had been active, but Tanelli was cautious and stayed out this dual in preparation of the Big Ten Championships next week.“It would have been a big difference if [Tanelli] had been in,” Herbst said of his teammate.Davis said Tanelli’s performance is too vital to risk anything.“We’re just trying to make sure he’s ready to go for the Big Ten’s,” Davis said. “That’s going to be the key factor down the road.”UW junior and No. 5-ranked Kyle Ruschell finished strong for the Badgers, though, as he pinned his opponent, Owen Schaefer, at the 4:29 mark in the 149 lbs. match. Ohio State was missing their No. 4-ranked wrestler, Lance Palmer, though, and Ruschell improved to 23-5 overall against the weaker competition.This dual marked the end of the regular season for both teams. Wisconsin fell to 9-8-0 overall and 3-5-0 in Big Ten play, and Ohio State improved to 17-2-0 overall and 7-1-0 in conference play.The Badgers will be losing eight seniors this year as Mike Felling, Dallas Herbst, Kyle Massey, Zach Tanelli, Justin Peterson, Kyle Reeve, Dan Rivers and Erik Senescu will be moving on after this season.“As a coach, it was hard to see those guys go, but we’re not done yet,” Davis said.The Wisconsin grapplers are looking forward to the Big Ten and national championship, though, taking this loss as just another learning experience.“It was a good dual meet; the dual meets are over with now, but now the war begins,” Davis said. “It’s another five days: two in the Big Ten’s and three in the NCAA’s.”Herbst echoed his coach.“The next two weeks, we’ll be working on [the Big Ten Championship],” Herbst said. “After that, we’re working on nationals — step by step.”last_img read more

Syracuse club ice hockey looks to carry over momentum from before Thanksgiving Break

first_imgIt’s been a roller coaster season for Syracuse.First, it was six wins in eight games. Then five losses in seven contests. But now, the Orange seems to have righted the ship.After four straight wins, and the adaptation of head coach Nick Pierandri’s hard-nosed defensive philosophy, the Orange has seen immediate results. Syracuse (12-7) took momentum into Thanksgiving Break and has a recent winning streak after midseason struggles.“I think we just all came together as a team and bought into the coach’s system,” senior goalie Austin Lefkowicz said. “It’s hard to get the chemistry going but now that we’re getting late in the season, we’re buying in. That leads to success in this league.”Lefkowicz, junior backup Jaime Ketchabaw and defenders in front of them were crucial to the team’s recent successes, holding Orange opponents to two goals or fewer in each of the last six wins.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDefensive dominance has been a constant for SU in a season marked by offensive questions. The Orange has only allowed four goals or more four times, two of which were against the high-powered offense of Stony Brook, and 45 goals total this season.While finding the net has not been as easy as protecting it — SU ranks only 26th out of 51 teams in goals scored — the Orange has learned to play with the confidence that its own shots will eventually fall as long as opponents are prevented from scoring.“It all starts with our goaltender,” junior forward JR LaPointe said. “When our goaltenders are playing solid, it filters throughout our team.”To be able to climb higher in the rankings and fight for one of six playoff spots in February, the Orange also needs to improve its play on the road, where it has gone 3-6 so far this season.Six of SU’s final 13 games are away from home, and the outcome of those games may make the difference between reaching the playoffs and watching them from home.“Honestly when we get on the road, it’s kind of tough for our team to get into the groove of things,” said senior forward Alex Rajaniemi. “You kind of got to get a flow to the game.”If the Orange does earn a playoff spot, its home success will put it at an advantage. SU will host all rounds of the 2015 ACHA tournament with the exception of the quarterfinals.Following the system has given the Orange good reason to hope its season will continue long into the postseason. But for Pierandri, that’s no surprise.“I’ve told them all along,” Pierandri said. “It’s preparation during the week, its excitement and … having passion for the game on the weekends.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 4, 2014 at 1:36 amlast_img read more

Better setting boosting Syracuse’s hitting percentages

first_imgLast season, Syracuse ranked 246th in the nation with a hitting percentage of .176. Lack of experience, Kendra Lukacs said, plagued the Orange throughout the year as SU finished 7-23.“Unfortunately our passing was not good last year,” head coach Leonid Yelin said. “Our hitting was not good last year.”While last season may have been one to forget for SU, players learned from it and adapted. This year, the Orange (13-6, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) boast a .238 hitting percentage, ranking 67th in the nation. SU is playing faster, smarter and have a better understanding for one another’s games. A large part of SU’s improvement come from its setters, who have anchored the success of Syracuse’s hitters.“Our setters are much better (this year),” Yelin said. “They’re all growing up.”In practice, the Orange simulate game-like situations. Once the ball is in play, it is up to the setter to determine which side of the net is receiving less attention from opposing blockers. Then, once they decide and the ball is set, the sole task of a hitter is to get the ball over the net while keeping it inbounds. The only way to get better at setting and hitting is repetition, Yelin said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has achieved a higher hitting percentage because setters are identifying how opposing defenses line up, placing the ball toward an area where there is one or zero blockers. On Oct. 6 against Clemson, Jalissa Trotter was the beneficiary of Dana Valelly’s awareness, as she spiked the ball by just one blocker, finishing off a straight-set win. Had two blockers been there, the 5-foot-7 Trotter may not have gotten the ball over the net.“Our service team is 100 percent better than last year,” junior Santita Ebangwese said. “Jalissa (Trotter) has enough foresight to see wherever the blockers are going, to set up the opposite (side).”Trotter, SU’s starting setter, is averaging 7.29 assists a set, up .71 from last season. When Trotter was injured earlier this season, junior Annie Bozzo impressed, recording 286 assists over an eight-game span. Valelly, the third-choice setter, has provided solid minutes and has averaged 1.73 assists per set.“Without them, our hitters wouldn’t have high hitting percentages,” Yelin said.The Orange’s hitters have benefitted greatly thanks to the improved play of Trotter, Bozzo and Valelly. SU’s two main hitters, Anastasiya Gorelina and Lukacs, have seen their hitting percentages increase, hitting .224 and .216, respectivelyThe biggest improvement of all Syracuse’s hitters has been Ebangwese. After posting a .286 hitting percentage last season, the junior middle blocker has elevated her game and now ranks 25th in the nation with a .396 hitting percentage.SU’s setters and hitters have finally developed a chemistry that was absent last season, and it’s translating into wins for the Orange.“We’ve grown a lot now that we’ve had that year under our belt” Lukacs said. Comments Published on October 9, 2017 at 10:40 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Beach volleyball ready for home opener

first_imgAfter a successful spring break trip to Hawaii that saw theNo. 1 beach volleyball team capture the Outrigger Hawaii Invitational Crown, the undefeated Trojans (11-0) will now gear up for their first home match of 2017, as they host Loyola Marymount in a dual on Wednesday at noon at Merle Norman Stadium. Immediately following the dual will be a pairs tournament between the Trojans and the Lions starting at approximately 2 p.m.Over the weekend, USC rattled off seven straight victories at the Outrigger Hawaii Invitational in Honolulu against a stacked field that featured three of the nation’s top seven teams, including No. 4 Florida State, tournament host No. 5 Hawaii andNo. 7 Arizona. The Trojans defeated the East Coast rival Seminoles twice in just three days, in addition to posting a pair of 5-0 sweeps over Nebraska and 4-1 wins over Utah, Arizona and Hawaii.Head coach Anna Collier’s upperclassmen had dominant showings in the tournament, led by seniors Sophie Bukovec and Allie Wheeler, who provided 4 dual-clinching points from the second court and went 6-1 on the weekend. Juniors Jenna Belton and Jo Kremer were also solid at the five spot, dropping just one set in their seven matches and going a perfect 7-0. The newly formed pair is now 9-1 on the season overall.In addition, senior All-Americans Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes pushed their own winning streak to 84 consecutive wins at the top court after going undefeated on the islands. Hughes was named the tournament’s most outstanding player as she and Claes helped USC improve its school-record winning streak to 41 matches in a row.Claes attributes the team’s early success to the high level of competition exhibited every day in practice.“There’s always a really high level of aggressiveness out there because we want to make each other better,” Claes said. “Everyone pushes each other, and Anna kicks it up a little more just to make sure that everybody is playing at a high level and always giving an all-out effort. All of that really helps prepare us when we get to play other teams.”The next opponent on the schedule for USC is Loyola Marymount, a team that the Trojans swept 5-0 in their last meeting back in 2016. The Lions received votes in this week’s AVCA National Poll (though they remain unranked) and are led by their top pair of Sarah Sponcil and Savannah Slattery.While USC has never lost to Loyola Marymount and is 15-0 in the series all-time, Sponcil was part of the last pair to defeat Claes and Hughes in NCAA competition. In April 2015, Sponcil and then-partner Betsi Metter pulled out a thrilling15-13 third-set victory over Claes and Hughes in a dual at Merle Norman Stadium, but since then, the Trojan seniors haven’t lost a match, dropping just two sets total in that nearly two-year span.Hughes knows that teams like LMU and pairs like Sponcil and Slattery are always looking to pull the upset over USC, but as long as the Trojans can take care of their own side of the net, Hughes believes they will be in good shape.“We all know that we have a huge target on our back this season and that every team will be playing their absolute best against us every single match,” Hughes said. “But for us, if we just worry about how we play and take care of what we can control, then we’ll be fine.”Forecasts predict showers on Wednesday morning, but, rain or shine, competition at Merle Norman Stadium will begin atnoon with the dual match against LMU, followed immediately thereafter by the pairs tournament at2 p.m.last_img read more

Neymar to miss Copa America after rupturing ankle ligament

first_img Source: BBC Neymar will miss the 2019 Copa America on home soil after rupturing a ligament in his ankle during Brazil’s 2-0 friendly win over Qatar in Brasilia.The Paris St-Germain forward, 27, who was stripped of the Brazilian captaincy in May, limped off after 17 minutes.Everton’s Richarlison had put the hosts ahead after 16 minutes and Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus added a second eight minutes later.The 12-team Copa America tournament starts on Friday, 14 June.Neymar was taken to hospital for a scan after being helped off the pitch by members of the Brazil support staff, having appeared to twist his ankle.Brazil coach Tite, who on Monday described the forward as “indispensable” but not “irreplaceable” in the team, initially believed the injury would not be “very serious”.Neymar, who joined PSG from Barcelona for a world record 222m euros in August 2017, missed three months between January and April earlier this year after breaking a metatarsal in his right foot.He also missed three months following surgery on the same injury in 2018, returning just in time to play in the World Cup.The hosts are attempting to win South America’s continental tournament for the first time since 2007.last_img read more

Mainz ready to offload Gonzalo Jara after “fingering” Cavani

first_imgGerman club Mainz 05 are ready to offload Gonzalo Jara after the Chile international whipped up a storm at the Copa America by sticking his finger up the backside of an opponent before falling to the floor theatrically when the player retaliated.Television images showed the 29-year-old defender, who has a contract until 2016, prodding Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani during Chile’s 1-0 victory in Santiago on Wednesday. Cavani reacted by pushing Jara away with the back of his hand but the Chilean fell to the ground as if he had been punched.The Brazilian referee showed Cavani his second yellow card of the game and sent him off.Images of the incident were all over social media and it was the main talking point from the match, which sent Chile into the last four of the competition for the first time in 16 years.–last_img read more

Dodgers, Kenley Jansen agree to 5-year, $80M deal

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The Dodgers’ reluctance to overpay for a closer was trumped by their reluctance to go into the 2017 season without one of the top ones.The Dodgers and Kenley Jansen have reached agreement on a contract that will make the franchise’s all-time saves leader the second-highest paid closer in baseball history behind only Aroldis Chapman, who signed last week with the New York Yankees.Jansen’s deal is expected to be for five years and $80 million. Chapman signed for five years and $86 million. Jansen’s contract is pending a physical.At the same time, the Dodgers are close to reaching agreement with another in-house free agent. Third baseman Justin Turner is expected to sign a four-year, $64 million deal once the details are finalized. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Jansen and Turner agreements would mean the Dodgers went 3 for 3 in their top off-season priorities by re-signing Rich Hill as well. It would also mean a combined total of $192 million in new salary commitments for a team hoping to bring payroll down.last_img read more

Mychal Thompson advises LaVar Ball not to criticize Lonzo’s future teammates

first_imgFrequent access to a microphone gives Mychal Thompson an outlet to express his opinions as the Lakers radio color analyst.Insight gained during his time as a member of the 1980s Lakers has helped Thompson when it comes to advising his son, Klay, as he pursues his second NBA title in three seasons as a starter for the Golden State Warriors.Being the father of an NBA player also gives Thompson additional perspective on how Lonzo Ball’s father, LaVar, might want to oversee his son’s NBA journey.Thompson was quick to praise the UCLA point guard as a “game-changing player” who the Lakers should select with their No. 2 draft pick on June 22. Members of the Lakers front office watched Kansas guard/forward Josh Jackson work out in Sacramento on Thursday and will host Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox for a workout at the team’s practice facility on Tuesday, but Thompson considers Ball the best fit. “I love LaVar,” Thompson said. “I think he’s a father that really believes in his son. His sons love him and believe in him. He’s been there for his sons as a provider and supporter. So I love what he’s doing.”Thompson has tried to do the same for Klay from his days at Santa Margarita High through when the Warriors selected him 11th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. Klay has since won one NBA title (2015) and stands on the cusp of another while collecting two Olympic gold medals. As the years have passed, his father has tried to give him more space.“I’ll give him my advice, but I don’t overstep my bounds. Klay is a smart kid. He understands what he’s doing,” Thompson said. “He is a smart player and understands the game and understands his role. He has excellent coaches to give advice, so I don’t need to step in and be a stage father.”So, Thompson said little when his son endured shooting struggles this season, encouraged by his recent scoring outbursts and effective defense. As Thompson said, “he didn’t let that affect the rest of his game.”On Wednesday, Klay and his teammates had his father nervous as the elder Thompson watched the Warriors’ Game 3 NBA Finals victory over the Cavaliers in Cleveland. “My blood pressure was pounding and surging all day,” he said. Though no NBA team has ever overcome a 3-0 series deficit, Thompson said he still feels uneasy since the Warriors blew a 3-1 series lead to Cleveland in last year’s NBA Finals.“You’re still one game away from clinching and the Warriors weren’t able to do it,” Thompson said. “So they’re in that position again. Just because they’re there doesn’t guarantee anything.”Thompson has scheduled a flight to Oakland after Game 4 in hopes of arriving for the Warriors’ championship parade instead of a tentative Game 5 on Monday. If the former scenario happens, Thompson suggested the Warriors “would be the greatest team in history” based on their 16-0 postseason record.“This team is capable of winning five or six championships if they respect what they have,” he said.The Lakers do not have that potential, but Thompson called their future “extremely bright and exciting” with Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka running the front office and Luke Walton coaching. Barring any major changes to their roster, Thompson believes the Lakers could contend for a low playoff seed next season.Thompson acknowledged his comments from 2015 when he said the Lakers should select European center Kristaps Porzingis over Jahlil Okafor and D’Angelo Russell, saying that Porzingis “played like he was from Compton; he had that aggressive and confident attitude.” The Lakers opted for Russell, who Thompson calls “a very talented player” despite an up-and-down first two seasons. He believes Russell, 21, is “going to be a huge success” if he listens to Walton and Johnson. Thompson also likes the potential of a Ball-Russell backcourt pairing.“Sometimes D’Angelo can take the point guard spot,” Thompson said of the possibility. “They’re versatile. They can be like how Joe Dumars and Isiah Thomas were; two guys who can run in the backcourt. That makes the Lakers more flexible and dangerous.”For now, Thompson will watch his son and the Warriors try to make NBA history on Friday. Then, win or lose, he will offer the same kind of constructive support he believes LaVar Ball will provide his son. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“He’s Jason Kidd 2.0. His teammates would love playing with him,” Thompson said, praising Ball’s passing and court vision. “Lonzo sees the play developing even before his teammates, just like Magic (Johnson) and Jason Kidd.”Thompson is a fan of the polarizing LaVar Ball as well, with one suggestion.“I love his outspokenness and I love his boastfulness. It’s fun and entertaining,” Thompson said. “The only thing I would advise LaVar is to avoid criticism of Lonzo’s teammates. Don’t do that. That’s a no-no.”Thompson took exception to two things LaVar Ball said earlier this spring. He did not like that Ball blamed the Bruins’ Sweet 16 loss to Kentucky on his son’s white teammates, pointing to “the Celtics and Larry Bird” to shoot holes in that theory. Thompson also was incredulous over LaVar Ball contending his son does not need Kobe Bryant’s advice, adding that the former Lakers great helped Klay at a young age with his fundamentals, footwork, mental toughness and work ethic.Beyond that …center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more