Unai Emery praises Granit Xhaka’s performance and thanks fans for ‘helping’ Arsenal midfielder

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 Nov 2019 11:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link169Shares Comment Unai Emery praises Granit Xhaka’s performance and thanks fans for ‘helping’ Arsenal midfielder Advertisement Unai Emery was pleased with Granit Xhaka’s display in Arsenal’s defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery praised Granit Xhaka’s display in the aftermath of Arsenal’s woeful 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt and thanked fans for supporting the midfielder.Xhaka was making his first appearance since his sweary outburst at fans last month but it was an evening to forget for the Swiss as Arsenal extended their winless run to seven games.The Gunners only needed a draw to secure a place in the Europa League knockout stages and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put them ahead right on half-time in front of a half-empty Emirates.However, a pair of lethal strikes from Daichi Kamada after the break secured a memorable win for the visitors to heap even more pressure on Emery.ADVERTISEMENT Emery appeared close to tears on the touchline during the second half (Picture: Getty)Boos rang out around the ground as Kamada struck home his second goal and Arsenal’s increasingly agitated support once again made their feelings known as Emery and his players made their way off the field.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery is reportedly in a desperate battle to keep his job ahead of this weekend’s trip to Norwich, with Nuno Espirito Santo being lined up as a possible replacement. Kamada was Eintracht’s hero at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown suggested that Emery may consider stepping down as manager following the defeat.‘I think he may well have taken the team as far as he can,’ he said on BT Sport.‘We just witnessed an absolute shambles of a performance, the team motivation, the team selection, the performance, the subs, it was dreadful.‘The fans turned many years ago on Terry Neil, things got toxic, we’re getting close to that again. Is he able to motivate the team? He seems to have lost the players.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘The desire has ebbed away. The subs he made – you’ve got Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette sitting on the bench when you’re trying to get back into the game.‘He might even feel he needs to step aside now. Change was needed under Wenger but now it looks like the club need to go in another direction again. This is relegation form.‘Do the club really realise how tricky this is going to be? Decisions have to be made otherwise they are going to plunge even further down the table.‘It’s a sad day because we still love the club. It’s sad watching itMORE: Chelsea star Reece James told the area he must improve after Valencia draw Xhaka demanded to play on through the pain (Picture: Getty)Xhaka looked like he may have to be replaced towards the end of the first half after going down with a knock to his knee.However, the Switzerland international demanded to play on through the pain and remained on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes.‘It’s very good news with Granit. We played well and the supporters helped him and I think it’s good news,’ Emery said.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Spaniard added: ‘Xhaka wanted to continue playing.‘His match today was good and he helped the team.‘I am being positive but I’m also realistic and we lost against a good opponent.‘We have improved from our last match and we are still first and have the opportunity to qualify, but we missed the opportunity tonight.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Follow these tips on how to pinpoint the best places to invest

first_imgThere are plenty of opportunities for investors in Townsville where this house at 2 Ryder Court Heatley is listed for $269,000. Picture: realestate.com.auMore from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours ago“If you looked at the numbers right now for Townsville, you wouldn’t want to buy there, but we think Townsville, because of this massive upcoming expenditure in infrastructure and business investment generally, is creating jobs and the unemployment rate is coming down and confidence levels are rising. Now is the time to consider buying there because it is going to grow, but on past performance you wouldn’t think to buy there.”Mr Ryder said investors should start out broadly and then focus in their search.“You start out with a raw area, which might be the overall capital city or major regional city,” he said.Underlying economic trends (on a local level) strongly correlated with property market performance so be across those.“We are not so much interested in the national economy, and not so much interested in the level of interest rates which the economists like to talk,” he said. “We look for economic indicators – infrastructure spending is a big factor.”Once those larger areas have been identified, Mr Ryder said they started looking at smaller precincts in those areas.“We tend to then think in terms of local government areas, clusters of suburbs. We are looking for a number of factors – sales volumes, because price rises tend to follow (a rise in sales). On the other hand a slow down or plateau in transactions could indicate price growth was about to come to an end. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:36Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:36 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenLiz Tilley’s prestige property wrap 06:36 An important consideration was the level of amenity and infrastructure in an area, these made suburbs popular with renters and helped improve values because they were more in demand.In greater Brisbane, Mr Ryder said the rail link to Redcliffe had, had an impact on values and a new university campus in Petrie would impact on the local market.“If there is a new rail link, if there is a new motorway or upgrade it is going to help the property market at the end as well because it creates economic activity and jobs along the way,” he said.Following the infrastructure trail can pay off in the long run, but Mr Ryder said investors should weigh up when was the best time to buy.The announcement stage was probably not the most certain time to invest.“Certainly being cautious myself, I would be waiting until I had reason to believe it was actually going ahead, contracts have been awarded, physical works happening,” he said.Mr Ryder said once would-be investors had the broader factors in line, they needed to weigh up their circumstances to see what type of property they should invest in.“People often ask me where is the best place to buy, but I say I can’t answer that until I know more about them. For five different people you get five different answers depending on circumstances, how much they earn, how much they can afford to spend.” The University of the Sunshine Coast Petrie campus is expected to benefit the local property market.And don’t only focus on past performance as that could often be misleading and wasn’t necessarily an indicator of future price growth.“Nowhere grows forever, as we are seeing with Sydney and Melbourne, and nowhere is down forever,” he said.“In 2011 and 2012 if you looked at past performance you would not have invested in Sydney – it had been a poor performer – but if you had done wider research or had good research sources, you would have been aware of what was coming up for Sydney because there was improvement in the economy and other factors. Mango Hill train station. Picture: Renae DroopSUCCESSFUL property investors are those who treat it as a business, according to a leading property analyst.Even if it is just one investment property, having the right mindset from the start can spell the difference between success and failure, according to Terry Ryder of Hotspotting.Mr Ryder, who analyses the best areas to invest in, said those who struggled with property investment were the ones who treated it like a part-time hobby.Pinpointing the best place to invest involved research and analysis, he said.Mr Ryder said many would-be investors were too hung up on focusing on one particular suburb because someone told them it might be good.“The strategy in play is to find the right areas and then the right properties within those areas,” he said.last_img read more

Hallie Lou Seamon

first_imgHallie Lou Seamon, 88 of Greentown formally of Dillsboro passed away Saturday July 23, 2016 at St. Vincent Hospital in Kokomo; IN. Hallie was born Tuesday June 12, 1928 in Cleves, Ohio the daughter of Charles and Blanche (Clayton) Barnard. She married her husband Harold Seamon December 24, 1950 and he preceded her in death April 13, 2005. She attended St. Peter Lutheran Church in Dillsboro.  She was a homemaker.  Hallie was a former member of the Dillsboro 50 + Club, Dillsboro Civic Club, Dillsboro 50 + Exercise Club. She enjoyed camping, bowling, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.Hallie is survived by son: Harold Jr. “Butch” (Holly) Seamon of Kokomo, IN. Sister: Ann Davis of Greentown, IN; 2 Grandchildren Aaron (Elizabeth) Seamon and Megan Seamon, 2 Great-Grandchildren: Natalie and Caitlyn Seamon. She was preceded in death by parents, husband, 2 sisters: Virginia Kirkwood and Marjory Warner and brother: Donald Barnard.Funeral services will be 11AM Thursday July 28 at St. Peter Lutheran Church 12963 North Street Dillsboro, IN 47018 with Mr. Keith Allhandes officiating.  Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7PM Wednesday July 27 at the church.  Also visitation Thursday from 10-11am at the church. Memorials may be given to St. Peter Lutheran Church.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 243, 707 South Main St. 47031; (812)654-2141.  Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Moyes: I’m right man for United

first_img And Moyes believes that statement will be proved correct. “Manchester United is a good club,” he said. “I am sure they know they picked the right man for the job. “Sir Alex was part of that process as well.” Nevertheless, United head to Sunderland looking to avoid a third successive Premier League defeat, something they have not experienced since 2001. It is anticipated Wayne Rooney will have recovered from the shin problem that kept him out of Wednesday’s Champions League draw with Shakhtar Donetsk. However, as United did not return to the UK until Thursday evening, and are not due to train until Friday afternoon, Moyes could offer no injury bulletin. “I have not seen him yet,” said Moyes. “I cannot give you an update.” David Moyes is confident Manchester United got it right when they chose him to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as manager. United’s troubled start to the Barclays Premier League campaign led some to suggest the Old Trafford outfit may look to bring Ferguson back. The 71-year-old quashed any of that talk during his extended interview in the United States this week, insisting Moyes was the right man to step in. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Half marathon is Saturday

first_imgBAR HARBOR — Hundreds of runners are lacing up their shoes in anticipation of the YMCA Half Marathon and the family-oriented Fall 5K on Sept. 20. Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) The half marathon begins for all participants at the starting line at the Bar Harbor athletic fields at 7:30 a.m.With more than nine miles of the half marathon course inside Acadia National Park, runners will funnel over the Duck Brook Bridge toward Eagle Lake, run around the lake and return to Bar Harbor along Route 233 and the Cromwell Harbor Road.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAll participants in the 5K (3.1-mile) race will depart the athletic fields at 8:45 a.m. and complete a loop through downtown Bar Harbor to Cleftstone Road and down Route 233, ending near the Mount Desert Island Hospital.The half marathon is closed to registration as the park caps the number of participants. Those wishing to participate in the 5K can register online at www.mdiymca.org. Registration is $25. Volunteers are also still welcome.The race is the YMCA’s largest fund-raising event of the year, with proceeds funding the organization’s scholarship programs, among other ventures.Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is the primary sponsor of the half marathon, and the Acadia Inn, Poor Boy’s Gourmet, Subway and the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce are also sponsors. 5K sponsors include Cool as a Moose, Fiore, Mount Desert Island Spring Water and EBS. Latest Posts Bio Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Fenceviewer Staff Town report wins award – October 11, 2014last_img read more

Players Expected to Set the AFCON Alight

first_imgTalents such Mikel Obi, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are not strange to African football fans,  but as the Africa Cup of Nations kickoff, the big question is which other players will take the tournament by storm? Percy Tau (South Africa)Had he been granted a UK work permit, he’d be making waves with Brighton & Hove Albion, and not be on this list. But still, he impressed on loan in Belgium, winning the Player of the Season award in his maiden European campaign, playing at Union Saint-Gilloise in the Belgian second division. “Look at Percy, I’ve seen him. You can’t tell me Percy cannot play at Brighton. He’s good, brilliant… a good footballer,” Arsenal legend Ian Wright mused over the 25-year-old’s talent in an interview with ​Sport24​.Blessed with trickery and the ability to create or convert chances, in 34 games for his club Tau scored 11 goals, laying on 13 others to grateful teammates. He was also a key figure as Bafana Bafana secured an Afcon ticket, scoring four goals.In Egypt, the diminutive forward would be expected to help South Africa past Ivory Coast, Namibia and Morocco in Group D.Samuel Kalu (Nigeria)For now, Nigeria’s new Victor Moses is Samuel Kalu, with the former retiring from international football after last year’s World Cup aged just 27.Signed by Bordeaux as a replacement for Barcelona-bound winger Malcom last summer, 22-year-old Kalu has only shown glimpses of his brilliance in Ligue 1. Since making a terrific debut against Seychelles for the Super Eagles, however, he has become a mainstay in Gernot Rohr’s set-up – and looks likely to continue his form at the finals.A great dribbler, with nimble feet, pace and a knack for scoring spectacular goals, good things are bound to be created by the winger as Nigeria eye a stunning first return to the AFCON since 2013.Saido Berahino (Burundi)According to coach Oliver Niyungeko, Burundi’s rise to reckoning in African football wouldn’t have been possible without the inputs of Saido Berahino and Gael Bigirmana, despite both players contributing a goal apiece on their way to 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.However, of the two, Berahino – who switched allegiance from England to Burundi last year – still has a lot to prove and, after being away from the top for a long time due to some ill-advised decisions, the former Tottenham Hotspur target will look to use the platform to return to prominence.On paper, only Nigeria are certain of going through in Group B, with Les Hirondelles left to do battle with Guinea and fellow debutants Madagascar, and Berahino would look to champion his country’s cause.Mbaye Diagne (Senegal)Arriving at the point he is now has been quite a rollercoaster for Diagne. Signed by Juventus in 2013, but shipped out on several loan deals, the forward never even got to make an appearance for the Old Lady.In 2016, he moved to Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA. Two years later, Diagne left China to join Turkish outfit Kasımpaa to bolster his chances of making his international debut with Senegal – but the towering striker was overlooked for Aliou Cisse’s 2018 World Cup plan, and only made his international a month before his 27th birthday.In January, Galatasaray snapped him up from Kasımpaa, where he had already scored 20 league goals. He contributed a further 10 to help Fatih Terim’s side to a Turkish Super Lig title – with a goal in the cup as Galatasaray completed a domestic double. He has joined Cisse’s squad red-hot and would be expected to announce himself to international football in a clinical fashion.Jamilu Collins (Nigeria)Since the exit of former Marseille star Taiye Taiwo, Nigeria have struggled with the left-back position. Elderson Echiejile, Juwon Oshaniwa and Brian Idowu are the most notable names to have a go at that spot in the past years. To varying degrees, all failed.But Jamilu Collins’ emergence out of the blues​ has ticked a problem off Gernot Rohr’s list.Able to balance his defensive duties with attacking forays, since the Paderborn defender made his international debut against Libya in an AFCON qualifier last year, he has yet to have a poor outing.Relatively unknown so far, he will be playing in the Bundesliga next season after helping Paderborn to top-flight promotion.Ibrahim Sangare (Ivory Coast)At 34, Serey Die is in the twilight of his career, and the inclusion of Ibrahim Sangara will relieve coach Ibrahim Kamara of any issue regarding the Ivory Coast’s defensive midfield position.By default, Franck Kessie and Jean Michael Seri own the other two creative spots, and Sangara, fresh off an impressive season in France with Toulouse, might be tasked with doing the dirty jobs.The lanky player is capable of screening the back four, tidy in tackles, bosses aerial balls, and his frame makes him a useful target for set pieces. He played in 28 Ligue 1 games for Toulouse last season and, in January, was reportedly drawing interest from Barcelona.The Cup of Nations presents him the chance to finally introduce his abilities to a wider audience.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

GPSS begins Metro savings pilot program

first_imgThe Graduate and Professional Student Senate launched a pilot program Monday to provide discounted Metro Transit Access Pass cards to graduate students currently enrolled full time at USC.Ticket to ride · The pilot discounted Metro pass program caused the graduate student programming fee to increase $4.50 to $35.50. – Matt Wunderlich | Daily TrojanThe program, which is three years in the making, started after GPSS discussed the difficulty students had receiving passes from Metro at a Campus Affairs committee meeting in fall 2009.Most graduate students did not qualify for the standard student discount cards offered by Metro because it requires enrollment in a minimum of 12 units per semester. Masters students generally take nine units and Ph.D. students usually take only three or four units per semester.Graduate students will now have access to all Metro services until Dec. 16 for $25. The regular rate is $75 for nine weeks.Ryan Estes, president of GPSS, said students’ initial reactions have been positive and GPSS hopes to increase the number of students participating in the program.“We’ve got 250 people enrolled in the program so far and our goal is to get about 1,500,” Estes said. “If successful, the program will be continued next year.”The pilot program is being funded by an increase in the programming fee that every graduate student is required to pay each semester upon enrollment. The programming fee has been increased to $35.50, an increase of $4.50 from last year.If the subsidized Metro pass program becomes permanent next year, the programming fee will permanently increase another $4.50 to $39.50 and will remain at that amount.Megan Pennington-Boggio, a Ph.D. student in chemistry, said the program will be helpful to commuter students like her.“I used to drive to college, which turned out to be very expensive because of the high cost of fuel and parking,” Pennington-Boggio said. “If this program had been there when I [enrolled], I would have always taken public transport.”Graduate students can apply to the program by filling out a form on the USC Transportation website, accessible by clicking  “Grad Student Metro TAP Pass” in the Public Transit section.“It was super easy and completely online,” Pennington-Boggio said. “I was done in like five minutes.”Jenny Novak, former GPSS president and the program’s coordinator, said the program contributes to the university’s effort to create a more sustainable campus.“The university board of trustees [supported] and [allowed] the increased programming fee, which made it all possible.” Novak said. “This program will encourage more students to take public transport.”Novak said Metro’s unexpected TAP card price hike proved the biggest challenge in implementing the program.“We had to renegotiate the whole deal, which was why the program couldn’t start at the beginning of the semester,” Novak said.Discounted Metro cards became active Monday and can be picked up from the GPSS office at Ronald Tutor Campus Center room 224 after completing the online application and payment.In mid-November, GPSS will meet with Metro to determine the future of the program. Estes said GPSS will work to make the reduced rates permanent for USC graduate students  if it gets a strong positive reaction from students or sees a high participation rate.last_img read more

DeRozan missed in USC locker room

first_imgIt was the beginning of another long practice in the middle of the 2008-2009 college basketball season. The Trojans trudged into the locker room and grudgingly changed into their uniforms.Out of nowhere, then-freshman forward DeMar DeRozan barged into the room, screaming and yelling at the top of his lungs. He picked up and threw anything he could get his hands on.The next level · Former Trojan DeMar DeRozan, pictured playing against UCLA last year, always knew how to keep the mood light in the USC locker room. DeRozan is now a rookie on the NBA’s Toronto Raptors. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanHis bewildered teammates looked at each other, trying to figure out why DeRozan was so angry.“Then, all of the sudden he started dancing around. It was one big joke, and he was just playing with us,” senior guard Dwight Lewis said. “[DeMar] is really goofy. He was one of the goofiest dudes on the team last year.”Whether by breaking into song and dance or attempting to shoot the basketball backward across the court to impress his teammates, DeRozan knew how to keep the mood light and prevent daily practices from becoming monotonous.“It is real important to get that bond with your teammates, and to let them see that you have a sense of humor,” DeRozan, now a player for the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, said before a recent game against the Los Angeles Clippers. “You have to have fun every now and then.”At USC, DeRozan said he had the time of his life. After growing up on the streets of Compton, DeRozan roomed with teammate and popular hip-hop artist Percy “Romeo” Miller Jr. in Troy Hall. Miller and DeRozan grew up playing together on traveling basketball teams, and Miller refers to DeRozan as his “best friend” who is “like a brother.”“We have a lot of stories,” Miller said. “[DeRozan] is kind of shy around girls. You wouldn’t think that a top NBA player would be shy around girls, but he is. Me being Romeo, it came naturally, but he was shy. That is why he is such an amazing player. He put basketball first.”DeRozan would not argue against Miller’s claim.“[Of course Miller] should be better [with women],” DeRozan said. “He was a number one recording rapper at one point. But I think I got around so I am not worried about it.”On the court, DeRozan averaged 13.9 points per game and 5.7 rebounds as a freshman. He helped the Trojans win the Pac-10 Tournament, and was named the Pac-10 Tournament MVP.DeRozan’s success convinced scouts that he was ready for the NBA. DeRozan, however, was torn between returning to USC to avenge the team’s second-round loss in the NCAA tournament, and going to the NBA.“It was stressful,” DeRozan said. “I talked to everybody. I got everybody’s input. I don’t know everything, so I just try to learn from people.”However, Miller convinced DeRozan that he needed to think for himself.“I told him, ‘That is a decision you have to make on your own. You have to go with your heart,’” Miller said. “It is like getting married. I am not going to tell him if it is the right wife or not. He had to make his decision.”With his mother, Diane DeRozan, who has lupus, DeRozan ultimately decided that his family needed the money that the NBA was offering.“DeMar told me, ‘You guys can sit down and take it easy. I can take care of you guys because you did so much for me growing up,’” DeMar’s father, Frank DeRozan, said.The Toronto Raptors drafted DeRozan with the ninth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, and signed him to a multimillion-dollar contract. One of the first things that DeRozan purchased were fancier clothes to comply with the NBA dress code, after never having owned a suit in college, and warmer clothes to help him survive Toronto winters.Through Wednesday, DeRozan was averaging 6.1 points per game with the Raptors. He has played well enough to earn a position in the starting lineup, averaging 17.6 minutes per game.“We are trying to keep his minutes up, and he has certainly done nothing to have those minutes be cut,” Raptors coach Jay Triano said. “DeMar works hard everyday, he is an excellent student of the game, he wants to learn and get better, and he has an excellent attitude.”Added the Raptors’ All-Star forward, Chris Bosh, “DeMar brings athleticism, both on the defensive and offensive ends. He has shown that he can really attack the basket and score in the half-court. That was a big thing we were lacking before.”DeRozan is also a contributor off the court, keeping his teammates in Toronto entertained, often through rookie hazing.“DeMar brings a lot to this team,” said Raptors’ forward Hedo Turkoglu. “He brings doughnuts, coffee, newspapers and towels to the games before we get into the showers.”In the NBA, DeRozan may be perceived as nothing more than a lowly rookie, but with the start of the college basketball season arriving, the Trojans are missing his presence.“If [DeRozan] was still here, we would have a number one team,” Miller said. “We still have a great bunch of guys here, but if you can have the addition of an NBA player, it always helps.”Miller is not alone in thinking the Trojans would be a top team if DeRozan played his sophomore season at USC.“I believe that,” DeRozan said. “A lot of things would have been different, but we will never know now.”last_img read more

Former Henninger coach Erik Saroney’s rebuilt OCC program reaping success

first_img Published on February 26, 2020 at 12:23 am Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew Erik Saroney blew his whistle one final time and started walking toward the paint. Scattered around the Allyn Hall gymnasium during a Feb. 21 practice, his Onondaga Community College men’s basketball players did the same. Jakhi Lucas shuffled next to Saroney, then Jason Davis, then Sunday Joshua.This is a young OCC team, one of Saroney’s youngest. None of OCC’s 11 freshmen and one sophomore were at the game Saroney began to reference — a 2018 regional playoff game against Finger Lakes Community College where the Lazers erased a nine-point deficit in the final 20 seconds and won in overtime.“We’ve been lucky enough in past years to always have a couple older guys,” Saroney said. “This year, I mean these guys are right out of high school.”Throughout the 2019-20 season, each of the three non-conference losses became afterthoughts when a 12-0 conference record followed. Even in those, OCC hadn’t trailed late in games often. As their final 20-minute scrimmage of practice wound down, Saroney wanted to simulate that scenario.Before Tuesday night — when the Lazers defeated Finger Lakes again in the NJCAA Division III, Region III Championship Tournament to advance — they needed to practice. The Allyn Hall bleachers were pulled back and eight of the 10 baskets hung down from the ceiling, but soon it’ll be just two baskets for OCC as they prepare for another postseason game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSaroney left Henninger (New York) High School in 2016 after 14 seasons for a “different challenge,” he said, and that’s exactly what No. 2 Onondaga (25-3) presented. It’s still not a full-time coaching job — Saroney’s a physical education teacher at Grant Middle School — but he’s already built on the five Section III championships and seven league titles he won with the Henninger Black Knights. At OCC, he’s won four straight conference championships, turning a .500 team into a perennial power.“Watching various levels of college basketball, I always thought, ‘Well, I can do that,’” Saroney said. “Then this presented itself and I was like let’s see if I really can.” In the three years since: 66 wins, three conference championships and an annual spot in the top-10 cemented.Roshan Fernandez | Asst. Digital EditorIn Nov. 2015, 15-year OCC head coach David Pasiak was placed on administrative leave for what later surfaced as a lack of diversity while recruiting. Saroney was hired four months later and after just one season the 15-14 Lazers became 28-5, the best season in the program’s 49 year history, at the time.But until 2002, Saroney didn’t want to leave the Carolinas. He and Michelle, his wife, loved it there after moving down following their graduations at SUNY Brockport. They had their tight-knit group of friends from Saroney’s sport administration master’s degree program at North Carolina Chapel Hill. They had a down payment on a house. And most of all, Saroney had started coaching high school basketball.After a collegiate playing career that started at Florida Tech and ended with the Golden Eagles, Saroney coached at Cresset Christian Academy and University of South Carolina Upstate before he became the junior varsity coach at Chapel Hill High School. He was next in line to succeed the then-varsity coach when he retired, Michelle said, but was passed over. An “eye-opener,” she called it.That June, the couple returned to New York for Michelle’s mother’s wedding at the Calvary Chapel of Rochester and a graduation party for Saroney’s cousin at Henninger. As Michelle prepped her mother for the ceremony and reception, Saroney burst into the room. “I ran into Maz,” he said, referencing Joe Mazella — his former coach at Henninger.At the graduation party, Mazella approached Saroney about taking over his head coach role with the Black Knights once he transitioned into an administrative role. Saroney had no intention of even interviewing, but his wife pushed him to.In all four seasons under Erik Saroney, the Lazers have reached the 20-win mark. Latyce Faison (23) is OCC’s leading scorer at 21.0 points per game. Emily Steinberger | Design EditorThree months later they were back in Syracuse. Saroney and Michelle lived at his mother’s before eventually moving into a house in Eastwood — the East Syracuse neighborhood of Saroney’s first coaching role back in high school. A then-ninth grade Saroney worked with players still in middle school on the fundamentals: passing, dribbling, form shooting. Over time, those became the defining characteristics of his coaching style that followed him from Henninger to OCC.“People want to work on eurosteps and this and that, but he works on the little things because those create longevity when you’re playing,” OCC assistant coach Keith Tyson, a former Henninger player under Saroney, said.Saroney learned the coaching style — and developed his dream of building up a high school program — from Mazella. When his former high school coach died by suicide in 2009, he learned that coaching was more than fundamentals: personal connections with players are just as important. Other tragic losses — one of his top recruit’s father and as well as a former player — shaped him as a coach.“He just tries to build that family atmosphere and when one’s hurting, they’re all hurting,” Michelle said.Still, Saroney maintains focus on the fundamentals, just like Mazella would. To open his Feb. 21 practice, Saroney made his players circle around him at half-court with a ball in their hand. “On the hop,” he shouted as each ran over to the rack and grabbed a ball. Saroney’s message was clear: it didn’t matter what the other teams in OCC’s region were doing around playoff time, that they might focus solely on scouting reports or solely on running offensive and defensive sets. He wasn’t changing.On Tuesday night, OCC defeated Finger Lakes Community College to advance in the NJCAA Division III, Region III Championship Tournament. Emily Steinberger | Design EditorForm shooting was what lifted the Black Knights to one of their sectional titles in 2013. Tyson was in a shooting slump at the end of his senior season and Henninger was days away from facing West Genesee in the finals. Saroney knew the Wildcats were going to pack their defense inside the paint and force Henninger to win from behind the arc.He tweaked Tyson’s form along with his other guards, and they used double-digit 3-pointers to blow past West Genesee by 13. When Saroney left Henninger in 2016, his top two assistants — Jonathan Woody and Gallagher Driscoll — followed him to continue Henninger’s success at the JUCO level.“We spend an inordinate amount of time working on our finishes and our shooting, and probably less time than some other coaches on the play or the execution,” Saroney said. “Because the execution doesn’t do you any good if you don’t have the skills to finish it out.”Saroney’s whistle blew, and the Lazers pounded the ball with their right hand. Another whistle, and the balls flipped to the left. Then, right to left, between the legs and behind the back until the shot clock illuminated red and the team moved to layups.Layups became rebounds, rebounds became 3-pointers and eventually the Lazers arrived at the final sequence of their practice: the situational scrimmage. Saroney’s whistle pierced the air as he strolled toward the baseline, and again when Lucas stole the ball and lifted in a simple lefty layup off the backboard.“See how many ways you can turn them over,” Saroney yelled as the light blue jerseys reset their press. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Alia Atkinson wins 50-meter breaststroke at FINA World Cup

first_imgJamaica’s queen of the swimming pool, Alia Atkinson, kicked off her FINA/Airweave Swimming World Cup campaign with another win. Atkinson won the 50-meter short course breaststroke in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday. 25th career win The world-record holder copped her the 25th career win in 29.46 seconds ahead of her perennial rival Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte, who was a closely behind in 29.51. Russian Natalia Ivaneeva won the bronze medal in 29.87.center_img Atkinson, who easily qualified for the final with a time of 29.73, found herself trailing Meilutyte, who reacted faster at the start – 0.59 to 0.69 – but the Jamaican, relying on her improved back-end speed, surged to get by the Lithuanian in time to touch first.Last season Atkinson competed at eight of the nine World Cup stops and was undefeated in all eight of her 50-metre breaststroke races.4th in 100 metersIn her final race of the day, Atkinson competed in the final of the 100 meters individual medley in which she finished fourth.World record holder Katinka Hosszu of Hungary won in 57.02. The silver medal went to Sarah Sjöström in 57.61 while former record holder in the event Australian Emily Seebohm won Bronze in 58.63.Atkinson, the CCCAN and CARIFTA’s standard bearer clocked 59.55.The Jamaican star will be in action in the 200m breaststroke and 100m butterfly on Thursday.last_img read more