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Shanghai Shenhua give Ighalo condition to extend Man Utd loan deal

By on September 24, 2020

first_img It has been reported that Shanghai Shenhua will allow Ighalo’s loan deal to be extended as far as January, but only if the player ties down his future in China until 2024 in a deal worth £400,000 a week. read also:Ighalo’s agent confirms ‘very close’ to Man Utd agreement The striker is currently under contract until 2022 in Shanghai but the club are desperate to top his deal up with a further two years before they allow him to stay – and potentially impress – in the Premier League. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Shanghai Shenhua are willing to allow Odion Ighalo to see out the Premier League season with a loan deal. Ighalo has impressed at Old Trafford His contract with Manchester United is due to expire on Sunday. Talks are ongoing over whether he will remain in England or leave to head back to China, but Sky Sports are reporting that his parent club have come up with a solution.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWhich Celebrity Endorsement Deals Were Worth The Most?Top 6 Iconic Supercar MoviesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Existlast_img read more

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Shute, Thornton lead parade of champions

By on September 23, 2020

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 8) – Qualifying feature winners Todd Shute and Ricky Thornton Jr. were two of the four Modified drivers with IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s champion­ships already on their resumes who punched tickets to 2017’s big dance Friday night.2007 champion Shute of Des Moines topped the first qualifier at Boone Speedway while defend­ing king Thornton of Chandler, Ariz., outran 2011 champ Richie Gustin of Gilman in the second show. 2009 champion Randy Havlik of Ankeny was fourth.Shute drew the pole start and led start to finish. He ran three wide with lapped traffic in the final circuits, winning in front of Justin Auringer of Evansdale, Jay Noteboom of Hinton and Jeremy Mills of Garner.“It’s been 10 years since I was on this stage. There was a great field of drivers behind me,” Shute said post-race. “I can’tDefending champion Ricky Thornton Jr. topped Friday’s second Modified qualifying feature at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. He had become the first Arizona driver to make to Stock Car main the previous night. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photog­raphy)believe this is happening.”Thornton, who’d been disqualified in post-race tech on Thursday, led the last 21 laps of the night­cap, which saw Gustin motor all the way from 26th starting to a transfer spot in just 11 laps. Havlik caught Jordy Nelson for fourth at the finish line.“The car was real good,” said Thornton, also qualified for the Saturday night Stock Car champion­ship event. “I peeked and saw him (Gustin) coming. I ran through the middle and tried to run as hard as I could.”Top four qualifiers from each Friday feature advance to the outside row of Saturday’s main event. The final nine cars will be added in last-chance races.Noteboom is now an 11-time qualifier while Shute starts his career 10th Saturday show. Havlik made the Modified main for the eighth time, Auringer for the seventh, Mills for the sixth, Gustin and Thornton both for the fifth and Alvarado for the second.1st qualifying feature – 1. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 2. Justin Auringer, Evansdale; 3. Jay Note­boom, Hinton; 4. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 5. Chris Mills, Sioux City; 6. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev.; 7. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 8. Russ Dickerson, Boone; 9. Mike Jergens, Plover; 10. Riley Simmons, Susanville, Calif.; 11. Cody Laney, Torrance; 12. Stacey Mills, Webb; 13. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 14. Chad Ten Naple, Sioux City; 15. Eric Tomlinson, Robinson, Texas; 16. Le­land Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev.; 17. Tad Reutzel, Burt; 18. Clint Hatlestad, Glencoe, Minn.; 19. Tanner Black, Great Bend, Kan.; 20. Brock Bauman, Eureka, Ill.; 21. Dan Menk, Franklin,Minn.; 22. Todd Inman, Altoona; 23. Tony Snyder, Readlyn; 24. Matthew Kiner, Aurora, Neb.; 25. An­thony Roth, Columbus, Neb.; 26. Joel Bushore, Boone; 27. Trent Loverude, New Ulm, Minn.; 28. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan.2nd qualifying feature – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 2. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 3. Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; 4. Randy Havlik, Ankeny; 5. Jordy Nelson, Marysville, Kan.; 6. Scott Ho­gan, Vinton; 7. Tyler Sutton, Beloit, Kan.; 8. Justin O’Brien, West Union; 9. Richard Michael Jr., Ischua, N.Y.; 10. A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich.; 11. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 12. Clinton Luel­len, Minburn; 13. Chad Clancy, Polo, Mo.; 14. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas; 15. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 16. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City; 17. Bob Moore, Sioux City; 18. Kyle Strickler, Moores­ville, N.C.; 19. Nick Deal, Harlan; 20. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; 21. Mike VanGen­deren, Newton; 22. Cory Davis, Eunice, N.M.; 23. Jerry Wren, Howard Lake, Minn.; 24. Ben Kraus, Kanawa; 25. Kent Croskey, Fort Dodge; 26. Todd Cooney, Des Moines; 27. Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M; 28. Bruce Egeland, Marshall, Minn. Todd Shute will race for a career second IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Ca­sey’s championship after winning the first of two Modified qualifying features Friday at Boone Speed­way. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)last_img read more

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Top Stories of 2018 Volume I

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first_imgBatesville, In. — The battle against drugs intensifies The proliferation of narcotics continued in southeastern Indiana, with a trend change. Officials say the supply of very potent and relatively cheap crystal methamphetamine from Mexico began to surge.As a result, efforts have been made to develop a “continuum of care.” Police continue to use all tools available to get drug dealers while providing feedback to lawmakers, care providers and peers to increase their efficiency.State lawmakers also passed a bill that would fund a treatment facility within a one hour car ride from anywhere in the Hoosier state.Rising Sun, Rabbit Hash Ferry back in businessFor the first time in many years, the Rising Sun to Rabbit Hash Ferry reopened. Before the previous ferry, the Mildred sank in 1945, residents used the ferry to travel for work, shopping, church and to visit loved ones.The ferry can take 10 vehicles per trip, three times an hour. The Rising Star Casino funded the estimated cost of about $1.7 million.The ferry runs every 15 minutes, seven days per week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday – Thursday, and 8 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.Rising Sun to Rabbit Hash – 8 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. (Sun – Thurs) and 8 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. (Fri – Sat).Rabbit Hash to Rising Sun – 8:15 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Sun – Thurs) and 8:15 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Fri -Sat).The cost per car is $5 one-way or $8 for round-trip. There are different rates for motorcycles, bicycles and larger vehicles.Neighbors hit the ‘kill switch’ on Batesville racing venture Infinite Speed owners, Eddie Perry and Steve Miller along with partners Shorty Whittington and John Whittington brought a new style of racing to the Batesville Airport for a short run.One-half mile racing was conducted on the moth-balled runway featuring cars like Vipers, Corvettes, Porsches, Nissans and Lamborghinis. They all range from 500 to 2,000 horsepower. The cars are completely street legal in all cases. The cars range in value from $60,000 to $300,000.The events had a spectator capacity of about 200 people but were stopped following public outcry about noise at the airport, safety and accessibility for neighboring property owners.Changes, upgrades at the Batesville Fire Department Officials in Batesville invested about $1 million in the fire department.A fire early in the year, destroyed an ambulance and damaged the interior of the building. That led to the purchase of a new ambulance and a commercial cleaning of the inside. An insurance policy held by the city paid for the replacement of the ambulance.City leaders approved the purchase of a low-profile apparatus to use south of the railroad tracks due to increased rail traffic.About $600,ooo was allocated for a new roof and façade for the existing building and a new training and storage facility behind the fire station.-0-Orange Barrels galoreThere were millions of dollars in road construction completed.The eastbound lanes of I-74 were completely reconstructed from New Point to Sunman. Crews removed the old asphalt and replaced the pavement with full-depth concrete pavement. The westbound lanes will be reconstructed in 2019. The total value of the project is $61 million.Progress on the Lincoln Street reconstruction project In Greensburg was stymied by excessive summer rains and a pre-Thanksgiving blast of winter that left the city covered with a glaze of ice. Contractors continue to work as weather allows.There was also paving, curb and sidewalk work in downtown as well as bridge work on U.S. 421 kept motorists on their toes.last_img read more

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Several Injured in Three-Vehicle Accident

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first_imgBrookville, IN—On Saturday, Deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department were called to the scene of a personal injury accident on U.S. 52.  Upon arrival, Deputies discovered that there were three vehicles involved and several people were injured.Through the course of the investigation, Deputies determined that John H. Lockridge II, age 40, of Brookville, was operating a 2010 Harley Davidson.  Lockridge was traveling eastbound on U.S. 52 when he collided into the rear of a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt being driven by Taylor A. Stewart, age 18 of Brookville.  Lockridge was thrown from his motorcycle.Stewart told Deputies that she was stopped to make a left-hand turn into a private driveway when her vehicle was struck in the rear by Lockridge’s vehicle.  Upon collision, Stewart’s vehicle was forced into the westbound lane where it was struck in the passenger’s side by an oncoming 2014 Jeep Compass being driven by Darrell R. Haas, age 58 of Brookville.Both Stewart’s and Haas’ vehicle continued off the north side of the roadway.  According to witness statements, it did not appear that Lockridge had noticed the Chevrolet making the left turn.Lockridge was flown by Stat Flight medical helicopter to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis where he is listed in critical condition.  A 15 yo passenger in Stewart’s vehicle, was transported by Fayette County E.M.S. to McCullough-Hyde Hospital in Oxford, Ohio, for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident.  Stewart was taken by private vehicle to a local Urgent Care for precautionary measures.  Haas and a passenger in his vehicle were taken by private vehicle to Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville for treatment of minor injuries sustained in the accident.  Deputies determined that the occupants in Stewart’s vehicle and Haas’ vehicle were wearing their seatbelts.  Lockridge was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.last_img read more

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Cavani would relish Mourinho chance

By on September 21, 2020

first_img Press Association The 26-year-old Napoli striker is a reported target for the Barclays Premier League club, who have reinstated Mourinho at Stamford Bridge after a six-year absence, while Manchester City have also been linked with an approach for Serie A’s top scorer. Speaking at Uruguay’s pre-Confederations Cup retreat in Brazil, Cavani told Sky Sports News: “The Special One? It would be a pleasure to be managed by someone like him.” Edinson Cavani would relish the chance to work with returning Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and has admitted talking to other clubs about a summer move.center_img Cavani is among the most highly rated strikers in Europe having hit 29 goals for Napoli in the 2012-13 season and, despite being under contract at the Stadio San Paolo until 2017, he confessed he would enjoy linking up with Portuguese Mourinho in London. The Uruguayan would also consider collaborating with Chilean tactician Manuel Pellegrini, who claims to have a verbal agreement in place to become City’s next manager. He added: “Chelsea? I don’t know if they’ve made an offer for me but I know that working for a coach like Pellegrini or Mourinho would be a great pleasure It would certainly be a great honour to join one of the illustrious teams that are looking at me because I dreamed about doing that as a child. At the moment, though, I am only focused on Uruguay.” Cavani will definitely make a connection with a one-time Chelsea boss when he returns for pre-season training with Napoli, given Rafael Benitez has agreed to take control at San Paolo from the beginning of July. The Spaniard spent seven months as interim boss in west London and his first task will be trying to persuade the prolific Uruguayan to prolong his three-year stint in Naples. “I don’t know if Benitez’s arrival could affect my future,” Cavani added. “Today I have a contract with Napoli but, at the same time, I’m talking to other teams. “Things are bit uncertain at the moment. The only certain thing is that I belong to Napoli and I’m concentrating on Uruguay because we have a tough tournament like the Confederations Cup. After these engagements I will think about my future.” last_img read more

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Bucksport looks to continue softball dynasty in 2017

By on September 20, 2020

first_imgBUCKSPORT — Mike Carrier sits on edge of the stage in Bucksport’s Ralph Jewett Gymnasium. It’s a Friday afternoon practice for the Bucksport softball team, and his players are at various corners of the gym working on different skills.Near the bleachers, four players are hitting volleyballs off tees as pitcher Kate Saunders works on her delivery. At the other end of the gym, the team is hitting balls from a pitching machine Carrier built years ago.It’s the second week of practice amidst a stretch during which many have been canceled because of bad weather, but at Bucksport, you wouldn’t know it. Sure, the team has some offseason cobwebs to brush away, but it’s already back in the swing of things.“They know the drill,” Carrier says. “We’ve been doing this for a long time. It’s all about the timing and fundamentals.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBucksport is a sports town, and softball is one of the reasons why. The Golden Bucks boast seven state championships overall and have won three state titles and five regional titles since 2011. Under Carrier, who coached the Golden Bucks to their 2006, 2012, 2013 and 2015 state championships, the Golden Bucks have amassed a 423-71 record.Carrier is quick to deflect the team’s success to the system the Golden Bucks have had in place over the years. Bucksport’s youth program has helped the team produce strong players for years, and the passion and knowledge for the game the program produces has his players ready for the varsity level as soon as they reach the high school ranks.“We have a committed group of hard-working players every year, and they represent their community with pride,” Carrier said. “We have a great tradition, and I’ve worked with some great players and assistant coaches over the years. … Everyone wants to keep that going.”Bucksport finished the 2016 season with a 19-2 record and a Northern Maine championship. In the regular season, the Golden Bucks recorded wins of 25-1, 16-4, 12-0, 12-1 and multiple wins of 17-0 and 14-0. Its only losses came May 18 against Orono and in the state title game against Madison.In addition to Saunders, the Golden Bucks will return four infielders from last year’s Northern Maine title-winning team. Expectations will be high once again, and there’s plenty of hope that the team can add another shiny championship trophy next to the three recent ones that sit right outside the gymnasium.“I don’t know if I’d say we’re out for revenge or anything like that, but I think we have a lot talent and experience and are ready for another good year,” Bucksport’s Darian Jellison said. “When you don’t win it, you always want to do one better, and I think we can do that.”In the middle of the gym, Jellison and her teammates take turns swinging at the pitching machine inside a large net. Unlike the real softballs they’ll be hitting when the regular season starts, these are tennis balls, and they make it much harder for batters to make contact.“[Coach Carrier] has had that thing forever,” Jellison said. “When you can even hit the smaller balls, you’re able to get your bat placement better so you can hit the real-sized ones we see in games.”Carrier knows how to get the most out of his players. One of the school’s best athletes all year has been Tina Hjelle, an exchange student from Norway who averaged over a goal per game for the girls’ soccer team last fall and played basketball in the winter. Carrier wanted her to try softball.It wasn’t easy at first. Hjelle, Carrier said, had “never even seen a softball” before coming to the U.S. Nevertheless, her speed and athleticism have already given her the chance to make an impact at games and practices. She nearly had a base hit in the team’s 6-3 preseason win against Ellsworth on Tuesday, but her line drive was robbed by the first baseman.“She’s catching on so fast,” Jellison said of Hjelle. “She’s really speedy, and with Coach’s help, she’s already hitting the ball a lot of the time.”The team is positioned to win beyond 2017, too. Jellison and Saunders are both juniors, as are Maggie Bires and MaKenzie Smith. All four made significant contributions on last year’s team and have two seasons left to play.“We have a bright future and are ready to keep winning,” Saunders said. “It’s a privilege to play for this program, and none of us are going to take it for granted.” Bio Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

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WIFBSC/GuyanaNRA 150th Shoot: Fullbore captain Persaud stays ahead despite shaky day

By on September 19, 2020

first_imgFULLBORE captain Mahendra Persaud can afford no mistakes today when the final day of the Individual competition in the West Indies Full Bore Shooting Council (WIFBSC) Championships and GuyanaNRA 150th Anniversary shoot recommences at the Timehri Rifle Ranges.The local ace leads the overall aggregate for the X class shooters after two days by one point with 264 points and 27 Vs over Ireland’s David Calvert with 263 and 24 Vs and second day winner and Irishman Alexander Gill.Gill shot a possible 135 and 11 Vs over the three ranges of 500, 600 and 1000 yards to draw level with Calvert at the end of the second day yesterday.Persaud was a sneeze shy of Monday’s performance, finishing with a total of 130 and 13 Vs to Calvert’s 132 and 14 Vs and Gill’s possible.At the 500-yard range it was Andrew Paul William Daw of England who took the top shot with 35 and Vs. Calvert, England’s Bruce Joseph Winney and Persaud finished second, third and fourth on countbacks after each man fell just a V short. Gill finished one V bull short.Onto the 600 and Gill shot a 50 with 4 Vs ahead of Canada’s Gary Cassidy who posted a 49 with 4 Vs while Guyana’s Lennox Brathwaite finished third just two Vs behind.Calvert with a 48 and 6 Vs was fourth with Charlotte Alice Staples of England fifth with Persaud finishing 46 with 4 Vs down the order at 10th.Fullbore captain Mahendra Persaud holds a slim lead heading into today’s third day of the WIFBSC/GuyanaNRA 150th Anniversary shoot. (Stephan Sookram photo)At the 900-yard ranges, National vice-captain Dylan Fields made the best use of the tricky Timehri ranges to come out on top with a 50 and 7 Vs.He pipped Jack Alexander of Ireland who was just one V short (50, 6Vs) with Gill (50, 4Vs) third, Phillip James Chapman-Sheath of England fourth (50, 1V) and Persaud fifth (49, 5Vs).In the O class, Trinidad’s Varma Rambarran leads the way with 251 and 17 Vs while Roberto Tiwari sits second with 248 and 10 VsThe third day starts today at 09:00hrs at the 300-, 600- and 1000-yard ranges.last_img read more

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C-NS, Liverpool, B’ville football has longer regular season in 2020

By on September 17, 2020

first_img Tags: BaldwinsvilleC-NSfootballliverpool For decades, a common complaint among area high school football players, coaches and fans was the length of the regular season and the format of the Section III playoffs. They believed that seven games wasn’t long enough, and that, especially in the large-school classes where there were fewer teams, it was too easy to get into the playoffs.These critics will find plenty to like about the changes in Class AA football for the 2020 season, with three-time defending champion Cicero-North Syracuse, Liverpool and Baldwinsville all affected by the new format.Instead of seven games, now there’s nine, along with a full round-robin league schedule. And once it’s done, just four teams go into the playoffs, with semifinals Nov. 6-7 and the title game a weekend later under the new roof at the Carrier Dome. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story One non-league game is slotted for each team. The Bees have it first, meeting Horseheads on Sept. 12, while C-NS has an Oct. 2 rematch with the Corning team it beat in last November’s regional finals and Liverpool also faces Corning two weeks later.All the local rivalries are guaranteed to happen, too. The C-NS-Liverpool “Star Wars Cup” game is Oct. 9 at LHS Stadium, given even more weight by the Northstars’ come-from-behind win over the Warriors in the 2019 sectional semifinals.B’ville faces Liverpool first, on Sept. 25, and doesn’t deal with C-NS until the Oct. 30 regular-season finale. Pooling Class AA into a single nine-team league was made possible when Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy moved to Class A. And the longer regular season does not apply to any of the other classes, who will either have eight games (Class A and eight-man), or remain at seven, as Class B, C and D did, along with a group of Independent teams.So now C-NS, Liverpool and B’ville are lined up with three Syracuse city schools – Corcoran, Henninger and Nottingham – along with West Genesee, Utica Proctor and Rome Free Academy.The season opens on Sept. 4 as C-NS, going after a fourth straight sectional championship, hosts Corcoran at Bragman Stadium, while B’ville meets Henninger at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium and Liverpool visits Proctor a day later.last_img read more

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Undocumented students talk about their struggles

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first_imgOscar Garcia, an undocumented student whose parents brought him from Mexico to the United States, told a crowd Monday that the Senate’s failure in December to pass the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act might mean he has to leave the school he loves, since he is not eligible for federal financial aid.Obstacles · Felix Gutierrez, a journalism professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, talked about the challenges undocumented students face. – Laura Walsh | Daily Trojan “It would break my heart to leave the Trojans, but it’s an inevitability sometimes,” Garcia said. “Sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to do.”The Latino Student Assembly hosted a panel Monday titled, “America: Where Dreams are Voted On” at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center to inform audience members of the struggles undocumented Californian students could have escaped with the passage of the DREAM Act, which would have provided a pathway to citizenship for students whose parents are illegal immigrants.“Being an undocumented student means a lot of things.  I really wanted to travel abroad, but I couldn’t do that — can’t do that,” said Sofia Campos, an undocumented immigrant and co-chair of  the Improving Dreams, Equality, Access and Success group at UCLA.Besides being unable to afford university housing and having to commute two hours to school every day, Campos finds it nearly impossible to receive a college education.“Our financial means are really limited,” Campos said. “We cannot receive federal aid, state aid and most scholarships are unavailable to us.”Victor Narro, a professor of law at UCLA, said there are many misconceptions about undocumented students.“We hear misinformation about the nature of the contribution of the immigrant,” Narro said.Felix Gutierrez, a journalism professor at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, said employment is the key. He noted that, even if passed the DREAM Act might not have done enough.“Unless you twin the DREAM Act with employment opportunities, it will not fufill its potential and people will not contribute to society,” Gutierrez said.Students and professors came out of the meeting with positive feelings.“I feel that I am really blessed and I really want to help keep making changes,” said Stephanie Barajas, a freshman majoring in theatre.For supporters who feel similarly, Campos has helped promote the California DREAM Act, an initiative that does not address legalization but could help to provide deserving students with access to institutional aid.“This is something we do believe is possible now,” Campos said. “The governor has come out and supported it, we just need to make sure we get the petitions to his desk and we hold him accountable to sign the bill.”An earlier publication of this article misidentified Oscar Garcia, a sophomore from Mexico. The Daily Trojan regrets the error and has corrected the text above to reflect the accurate information.last_img read more

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Syracuse basketball stat pack: What Roberson’s efficiency says about him, Orange offense

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first_imgThe pieces are starting to fall into place for Tyler Roberson. Albeit slowly and in strange ways.Roberson isn’t a better player when he’s injured and on the bench. Syracuse isn’t a better team when its starting forwards, Rakeem Christmas and Chris McCullough, are in foul trouble. The Orange’s search for a secondary scoring option lasted 11 games — before temporarily ending with Michael Gbinije — and contributed to four nonconference losses.But it’s all had a hand in sticking Roberson in a spot he’s effective in as SU (9-4) prepares to open conference play at Virginia Tech (8-5) at noon on Saturday. Aside from shooting 1-for-6 from the field in Syracuse’s 61-44 win over Cornell on Wednesday night, Roberson was one of the team’s most efficient scorer at the end of nonconference play and has a refined role to thank.The 6-foot-8 forward started the year starting on the wing and, after missing time with a groin injury, is coming off the bench as the Orange’s third big man. It’s allowed him to operate out of the high post but also showcase his scoring ability in the paint, and the results are coming at the right time.“I think it’s a great spot for him because he’s capable of making the 15-foot jumper and scoring down low,” said Dave Boff, Roberson’s high school coach at Roselle (New Jersey) Catholic, in a November interview. “He played in the high post for us, he played in the middle of our offense like he will for Syracuse so I think it’s probably a good spot that he’s comfortable at.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe numbersAfter scoring 10 points on 14 shots against Kennesaw State on opening night, Roberson shot just 37 percent — with one 3-point attempt — in his next three games before missing three out of four contests with a groin injury.He missed Syracuse’s 69-57 loss to St. John’s on Dec. 6, then came back strong against Louisiana Tech a week later. McCullough fouled out and Christmas played just 25 minutes due to foul trouble, which gave Roberson a season-high 33 minutes and he responded with a career-high 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting. In SU’s next game against Villanova, McCullough and Christmas both fouled out and Roberson played 29 minutes, his second most of the season.Roberson shot 5-for-5 from the field and scored 11 points in the overtime loss to the Wildcats. Only two of his makes were from outside of the paint.It was after Roberson returned from injury that SU head coach Jim Boeheim said he is most effective playing alongside McCullough or Christmas — not with both. The shift from wing to forward correlates directly to a spike in his offensive efficiency.First five games primarily playing on the wing: 37 percent shooting, 6.2 points per game, 19 minutes per game.Last five games primarily playing in the post/high post: 53 percent shooting, 8.2 points per game, 24.8 minutes per game.The takeaway While perimeter production is paramount to Syracuse’s offensive success, Roberson’s proven ability to effectively spell Christmas and McCullough is nearly as important.McCullough has started to really struggle physically and, on top of repeatedly getting in foul trouble, has scored 25 points in the last five games after starting the season with eight straight double-digit scoring outputs. Christmas has been steadily dominant heading into conference play, but that only magnifies the need for a reliable forward off the bench as McCullough learns how to fly.Throughout the beginning of the season, it has seemed that the main way to slow down the Orange’s offense is to get Christmas and McCullough off the floor. But if the next player in has been nearly automatic around the rim, that strategy goes out the window and Syracuse gains a much-needed dimension. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 2, 2015 at 4:43 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

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