South Hampshire offices: occupiers demand more flexible accommodation

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Ask Me First – More AUT students speak up

first_imgMore AUT students are contacting us after seeing our AskMeFirst video.“hi im a AUT current female student and i just watched the youtube clip. i agree. I’m moderate to severely autistic and already have a history of severe sexual abuse, taken advantage off. I’ve been taught a behaviour specialist that intervened in protecting me from more sexual advances that guys are not allowed to see me naked they arent allowed in bathrooms with me, and boys/guys are not allowed to take their clothes down or off around me, I’m not allowed to be left alone with males.i feel at high risk now and i don’t always have one on one support at uni/i get transgendered need rights but i get trigger high anxiety around biological guys and get scared that a guy will doing sexual things to me that i don’t understand.if i speak out it wont get noticed as theres a strong LGBT etc community at AUT that have campaigned.and its not them being transgendered that is the matterI’m scared ill be taken advantage offwhere do we start such a big issue”Good question. But another important question is – Why didn’t / won’t AUT consult all students??Read more: www.askmefirst.nzWatch the YouTube clip“I have a daughter attending AUT. I am disgusted with this decision. I want my girl to feel safe but these so called ‘intellectuals’ have put her and other female students in danger just to pander to the extremely few people who are experiencing psychological problems and need help.”“The bathrooms in the OUSA Clubs and Societies building have been made gender-neutral. I’m not sure how long ago this happened. When I went to use the bathrooms recently, I suddenly found myself having to choose between two identical doors, both of which had a colourful picture of a unicorn. So I went to the left, to discover a bathroom set up with urinals as well as cubicles. I was simply glad that there was no one using the facilities while I was there! Behind the door was a page including the instructions, “If you’re in a public bathroom and you think a stranger’s gender doesn’t match the sign on the door, follow these steps. 1: Don’t worry about it, they know better than you.”I felt sidelined and vulnerable. I don’t want the right to accidentally walk in on a guy peeing; I highly doubt most guys want the right to be walked in on by another gender! However, the potential is glaringly open for abusive, creepy behaviour, and I don’t want to lose the right to safe, private space.  I feel too intimidated to speak up about this publicly at Otago, because the tendency is to villainise anyone who feels uncomfortable with the queer agenda. For example, the Otago student mag, the Critic, has described Family First as the  “Notoriously homophobic, sexist and all around f***ing awful organisation.”Thank you very much for creating a safe space for me to express these concerns.”last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Swimming Team Wins 3-Way Meet

first_imgHigh School Girls 3-Way Swimming Meet at South Dearborn.Batesville 148, South Dearborn 125, Switzerland County 37.Batesville Varsity Event Winners: Hannah Cox 100 Fly, Emily Gutzwiller 200 IM, 100 Breast, and Taylor Villani 50 Free, 100 Free.Batesville JV Event Winners:  Maggie Schwettman 50 Free, 100 Back, Sarah Poltrack 100 Free, and Lauren Caplinger 100 Breast.Congratulations to the following swimmers who made team history.Lady Bulldogs are 2-   Next Meet. Thursday (11-20) @ New Castle.Submitted by Batesville Coach TJ Greene.last_img read more

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Bournemouth and Palace take a point apiece from Premier League contest

first_img The Cherries, seeking their fourth successive win for the first time since 1989, were frustrated by the high-flying Eagles. Palace started the game strongly and t he home side took five minutes to get into the match, giving away two corners in the first few minutes. However, Jason Puncheon’s deliveries could not be converted and the hosts began to slow the ball down and gain control. Press Association The visitors nearly went ahead after eight minutes when Puncheon’s third corner from the left found Damien Delaney – but Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc got low down to keep the match goalless. Adam Smith and Matt Ritchie caused Palace a few problems on the right, with Bournemouth’s best attacking chances coming from crosses from the pair. Yet it was Dan Gosling who came closest for the Cherries in the first half with the midfielder’s looping shot saved by the hand of Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey. Just after the half hour mark, Harry Arter received the only yellow card of the afternoon after sliding in on Wilfried Zaha. After words were exchanged between the pair, referee Michael Oliver calmed the situation down before it got out of control. Bournemouth striker Glenn Murray had chances to score against his former side before he was replaced on 72 minutes by Tokelo Rantie. The 32-year-old played 113 league games for Palace between 2012 and 2015 and scored 44 goals for the Eagles. Both sides struggled to make an impact in the box during the second half but it was Bournemouth who looked the more threatening. Ritchie had the chance to open the scoring but his scuffed shot was easily saved by Hennessey. The Cherries continued to pile on the pressure but the Palace defence stood strong, despite Delaney appearing to be injured as he blocked a Rantie cross. Palace boss Alan Pardew had used his three substitutes so the centre-half had no choice but to continue. Both sides had chances to win but in a game that was played mostly in the midfield it came as no surprise the clash remained goalless until the final whistle. Bournemouth and Crystal Palace shared the points in a goalless Barclays Premier League draw at the Vitality Stadium. TWEET OF THE MATCH @Mark__Bright: ” Well done @CPFC tough game against a confident @afcbournemouth got to say 5th place on Boxing Day is excellent going, one day rest, go again”. Former Crystal Palace player Mark Bright feels the point was a good one for the Eagles. https://twitter.com/Mark__Bright/status/680797912255848448 BOURNEMOUTH Artur Boruc: 6 Adam Smith: 7 Simon Francis: 6 Steve Cook: 6 Charlie Daniels: 7 Andrew Surman: 6 Dan Gosling: 7 Harry Arter: 6 Matt Ritchie: 7 Junior Stanislas: 7 Glenn Murray: 7 Substitutes Tokelo Rantie: 6 Yann Kermorgant: 4 Eunan O’Kane: 5 CRYSTAL PALACE Wayne Hennessey : 6 Joel Ward: 6 Scott Dann: 7 Damien Delaney: 7 Pape Souare: 6 Joe Ledley: 6 James McArthur: 6 Wilfried Zaha: 6 Jordan Mutch: 6 Jason Puncheon: 7 Fraizer Campbell: 6 Substitutes Yohan Cabaye: 5 Mile Jedinak: 4 Marouane Chamakh: 6 STAR PLAYER Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon had an impressive afternoon for his side and Bournemouth left-back Charlie Daniels struggled to keep up with the Englishman. The Eagles have scored more goals from set-pieces (11) than any other side this season and their ability from his corners showed. Puncheon’s efforts to track back also helped his side out defensively and was part of the reason Palace kept a clean sheet. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Despite both sides having a number of chances to open the scoring the ball did not look like it was going in the back of the net all afternoon. Eagles manager Alan Pardew made all three of his substitutes by the 74th minute in an attempt to change the luck of the away side but shortly after his final change centre-back Damien Delaney injured himself in the process of blocking Tokelo Rantie’s cross. Palace fans looked on nervously but the 34-year-old managed to remain on the field until full-time and Bournemouth were unable to take advantage. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Both sides made changes at half time with Harry Arter, who was on a yellow card, being replaced by Eunan O’Kane for the Cherries and Yohan Cabaye replacing Jordan Mutch for Palace but neither play made an immediate influence on the game as it ended in a stalemate. MOAN OF THE MATCH Just 10 minutes into the match Bournemouth’s Adam Smith was brought down by left-back Pape Souare as he sprinted down the wing. The Palace defender had been penalised only minutes before and the Senegalese defender showed his frustration by kicking the ball into the other half of the pitch, much to the annoyance of the Bournemouth players and fans. The Cherries fans behind Palace manager Pardew told him exactly what they thought of the incident, but it seemed he was also less than impressed by his left-back’s attitude telling him off and warning him to calm down. Pardew then chose to turn to the Bournemouth fans and ask if they were okay now he had apprehended his player, leading to some cheers from the home supporters. WHO’S NEXT Arsenal v Bournemouth (Barclays Premier League, Monday, December 28) Crystal Palace v Swansea (Barclays Premier League, Monday, December 28) last_img read more

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Police: 13 Shot and Wounded at Outdoor Gathering in Illinois

first_imgPolice in Illinois say that 13 people were shot and injured early Sunday, when a fight started along the riverfront in the city of Peoria.None of the wounds are considered life threatening, police spokeswoman Amy Dotson told local newspaper The Peoria Journal Star.Officers responding to a report about people being shot ended up finding a gathering of about 200 people in the area.Two of the people had serious neck wounds and were taken to a hospital. The remaining 11 individuals with gunshot wounds to the arms and legs arrived separately at local hospitals. Six of those who were shot are men and seven are women, authorities said.All of the injured people are expected to survive, authorities say.Police believe that there were several shooters, due to the number of shell casings investigators found.The area is described as a typical gathering place in the community. However, the crowd is not believed to have gathered for a particular event.No suspects have been arrested yet, although police are reportedly investigating at least one person of interest.Investigators also do not yet know what caused the fight.Peoria, which has a population of about 110,000 people, is located about 155 miles southwest of Chicago.last_img read more

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High school tennis results

first_imgELLSWORTH — Tennis season is here. The following are Hancock County boys’ and girls’ results from the past week.GIRLS’ RESULTSMondayJohn Bapst 3, MDI 2This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMount Desert Island singles winner: India Janes. MDI doubles winners: Delany Smith and Izzy Wellman-Webster.Ellsworth 5, WA 0Ellsworth singles winners: Alexa Grant, Sammy Mason and Victoria Page-Jackson. Ellsworth doubles winners: Kelsie Boyer and Avery Jester; Olivia Robidoux and Miriam Nelson.SaturdayMDI 3, Old Town 2MDI singles winners: India Janes and Molly Corson. MDI doubles winners: Delaney Smith and Izzy Wellman-Webster.Woodland 5, DI-S 0Woodland 5, DI-S 0WednesdayCaribou 5, Ellsworth 0BOYS’ TENNISMondayJohn Bapst 5, MDI 0WA 3, Ellsworth 2Ellsworth singles winner: Brian Awalt. Ellsworth doubles winners: Andrew McCullough and Darian Goggin.SaturdayOld Town 3, MDI 2DI-S 4, Woodland 0DI-S singles winners: Cameron Wendell, Justin Eaton and Marvin Merritt.DI-S 4, Woodland 0DI-S singles winners: Cameron Wendell, Desmond Billions and Marvin Meritt.WednesdayCaribou 5, Ellsworth 0last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: — Evgeni Malkin scored twice and set up another to lead the slumping Penguins to just their third win in 11 games, 5-2 against the Devils. Evan Rodrigues and defensemen Justin Schultz and Kris Letang (leh-TANG’) also tallied as Pittsburgh pulled within four points of the Metropolitan Division lead.— Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kah zih-BAN’-eh-jad) reached the 40-goal mark for the season by scoring for the 10th time in five games to carry the Rangers to their 10th win in 11 road games, 4-2 against the Stars. Kaapo Kakko (KA’-poh KAH’-koh) scored twice and rookie Igor Shesterkin made 31 saves as New York sent Dallas to its sixth straight loss.— The Hurricanes earned their third straight win as Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) provided two goals and an assist in a 5-2 decision over the Red Wings. Morgan Geekie tallied for the third time in two NHL games and Justin Williams broke a 2-2 tie with a power-play goal 1:38 into the third period.— The Canucks had dropped five of six before J.T. Miller furnished the lone shootout goal to give them a 5-4 triumph over the Islanders. Brock Nelson scored twice for New York, whichi suffered its seventh straight loss and fell a point out of an Eastern Conference playoff slot.— Filip Forsberg scored twice while the Predators built a 4-0 lead in a 4-2 victory at Montreal. Ryan Johansen and Calle Jarnkrok (KAL’-ee YAHRN’-krahk) also hit the net to back Juuse Saros (YOO’-see SAH’-rohs), who made 32 saves. Racing board finds no use of illegal medications in horse deathsLOS ANGELES (AP) — A report released by the California Horse Racing Board on a spate of horse deaths at Santa Anita found that no illegal medications were used on the animals and 39% of the 23 fatalities occurred on surfaces affected by wet weather.The long-awaited report focused on 23 deaths as a result of racing or training between Dec. 30, 2018, and March 31, 2019. The fatalities roiled the industry and led track owner The Stronach Group to institute several reforms involving safety and medication.The 77-page report found no evidence of animal welfare violations.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — The Panthers have signed quarterback Kyle Allen to a one-year contract extension. The 24-year-old Allen replaced Cam Newton in Week 3 last season. He started off his second NFL season by leading Carolina to four straight wins, but struggled down the stretch and was eventually replaced by rookie Will Grier.— The Patriots will have the maximum four compensatory picks in next month’s draft. New England has two spots in the sixth round after selecting twice in the third, the highest possible round for compensatory selections. Denver, Houston, Minnesota, the New York Giants, Philadelphia and Seattle each get three picks, while Baltimore and Miami will each have two.— Two teams have suggested changes to game officiating, including a “sky judge” utilized by colleges. That is among seven rules proposals that will be presented to team owners later this month. The Ravens and Chargers are seeking what they call a booth umpire as an eighth game official, as well as adding a senior technology adviser to the referee to assist the officiating. Also proposed is revamping overtime to minimize the coin toss impact and returning OT to its original 15-minute length and providing alternatives to the onside kick for a scoring team to attempt to keep the ball.MLB-NEWSScherzer scratched from start March 11, 2020 — Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard scored 23 points before he and the rest of the Clippers starters sat out the fourth quarter of a 131-107 rout of the Warriors. Paul George and Patrick Beverley scored 15 points apiece as Los Angeles had seven players in double figures.— James Harden poured in 37 points and the Rockets snapped a four-game skid with a 117-111 win over the Timberwolves. Russell Westbrook finished with 27 points as Houston expanded its lead in the Southwest Division to two games over Dallas.— The Mavericks wasted Luka Doncic’s (DAHN’-chihch-ehz) 38 points in a 119-109 loss to the Spurs. LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points in his return from injury, and Trey Lyles added 14 points with 11 rebounds.— Terrence Ross furnished 18 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter of the Magic’s 120-115 downing of the Grizzlies. Michael Carter-Williams added 20 and teammate Nikola Vucevic (VOO’-she-vihch) finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for Orlando.— Damian Lillard delivered 25 points and the Trail Blazers stopped a two-game skid with a 121-105 victory over the Suns. Trevor Ariza (ah-REE’-zah) and CJ McCollum had 22 points apiece and Hassan Whiteside added 16 with 14 rebounds for Portland. Matt Grzelcyk (GRIHZ’-lihk) and Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) did the scoring as the Atlantic Division leaders moved eight points ahead of the Lightning.Philadelphia remains one point behind the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals.Tampa Bay failed to keep pace with Boston as Auston Matthews scored his 47th goal of the season and Frederik Andersen made 32 saves in the Maple Leafs’ 2-1 win over the Bolts.Mitch Marner and John Tavares put up two assists each for the Leafs, who had star defenseman Morgan Rielly back in the lineup for the first time since breaking his foot on Jan. 12.Elsewhere on NHL ice: UNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer was scratched from his scheduled start against Miami because of fatigue on his right side.The 35-year-old right-hander said his right side has lagged behind the rest of his body as he attempts to build strength in preparation for the season.Scherzer had made three spring training starts. He expects to pitch Sunday against the Mets and remain on track to start the World Series champions’ opener on March 26 at New York. Nationals manager Dave Martinez has not announced his opening day starter.In other news from spring training:— Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has strained an oblique muscle on his right side, but it’s too early to determine whether he will be able to play on opening day against World Series champion Washington on March 26. Conforto was injured Saturday while catching a flyball against the Nationals and returned to New York on Monday night to meet with Mets medical staff. Conforto was an All-Star in 2017 and set career highs last season with 33 homers and 92 RBIs while batting .257 with an .856 OPS in 151 games. — Ohio’s governor is calling for all indoor sports to be played without fans. Mike DeWine’s decision would affect the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets and NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.— Members of Arsenal’s playing squad have gone into two weeks of self-isolation in a precautionary move. That has forced the immediate postponement of the Gunners’ game at Manchester City Wednesday.— All upcoming professional soccer games in Spain, France and Portugal and some others in Germany will be played in empty stadiums because of the outbreak. But, UEFA is asking governments across the continent to ensure the European Championship goes ahead in three months despite the coronavirus outbreak. UEFA says it’s “completely untrue” that European football federations had requested the 24-team tournament is moved to next year.NFL-LABORNFL and players put off deadline for applying tags HORSE RACING-MAXIMUM SECURITYBaffert to train Maximum SecurityUNDATED (AP) — Owner Gary West is removing all of his horses from Jason Servis’ barn after the trainer was indicted on multiple counts of administering illegal substances and performance-enhancing drugs.That includes last year’s 3-year-old champion Maximum Security, who will be trained by two-time Triple Crown winner Bob Baffert.SANTA ANITA FATALITIES Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditATHLETES-DOPING SURVEYDoping survey: National agencies more transparent than WADAA survey of Olympic and other elite athletes across the globe found them more likely to believe in the work their own country’s anti-doping agencies are doing when compared to that of global regulators at the World Anti-Doping Agency. Associated Press — Bradley Beal scored 27 of his 40 points in the second half of the Wizards’ 122-115 victory against the Knicks. Beal shot just 5-for-15 in the first half before reaching the 25-point plateau for the 22nd time in 23 games.— Coby White made his first career start and scored 20 points to help offset his career-high nine turnovers in the Bulls’ 108-103 downing of the Cavaliers. Wendell Carter Jr. added 17 points as Chicago won for just the third time in 16 games.NBA-NEWSCavs, Bickerstaff agree to multi-year contractCLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers and coach J.B. Bickerstaff have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract. The Mariners are scheduled to host the Rangers when MLB opens the season on March 26, but the Seattle area has been hit hard by the virus.MLB anticipates government officials will decide whether it is safe to play in front of fans in each city. If changes to the schedule are necessary, MLB would make determinations at the point when a ballpark has been ruled out.In other virus-related sports news:— The Ivy League is canceling its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments scheduled to be played Friday through Sunday in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The league says it will award its automatic NCAA Tournament bids to regular-season champions Princeton women and Yale men. Ivy officials also announced that it will limit spectators at all other sporting events for the rest of the spring season— The Sharks and the NHL are still determining how to proceed with three scheduled games in San Jose this month. Santa Clara County health officials have banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people in response to the spread of the coronavirus. The games could be moved to a neutral site, be postponed or played without fans in the arena. Bickerstaff took over the Cavs when former Michigan coach John Beilein (BEE’-lyn) suddenly resigned last month. Bickerstaff had been serving as an associate head coach under Beilein, who cited personal health issues as one of his reasons for stepping down after 54 games. The Cavs are 5-6 under Bickerstaff.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEZags take conference tourneyLAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) — Second-ranked Gonzaga has recaptured the West Coast Conference tournament title by thumping a long-time rival.Drew Timme (TIH’-mee) scored 17 points and Filip Petrusev (peh-TROO’-shehv) had a double-double in the Bulldogs’ 84-66 win over Saint Mary’s. Petrusev had 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Zags, who bounced back from a middling performance in the semifinals to win their eighth WCC tournament title in 10 years. A total of 491 athletes spread across 48 countries were asked a series of questions about the overall effectiveness of anti-doping organizations, and the answers led to the following conclusions: WADA has work to do to gain their trust; national anti-doping agencies are more reliable than WADA; and there is not enough separation between WADA and the International Olympic Committee, which supplies half of the organization’s funds.The athlete advocacy group Global Athlete sponsored the survey, which, notably, did not garner any responses from Russia or China, where some of the most high-profile doping cases have emerged over the last several years.NBA-SCHEDULECeltics claim playoff spot by topping PacersUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Celtics have clinched an NBA playoff berth for the sixth consecutive year despite blowing a 19-point, second-half lead. UNDATED (AP) — Ravens guard Marshal Yanda is retiring after 13 seasons in which he was named to the Pro Bowl eight times and helped Baltimore win the 2012 Super Bowl.The 35-year-old Yanda played in 191 games, including playoffs, and has been an anchor on the Ravens offensive line since being picked out of Iowa in the third round of the 2007 NFL draft. He was a first-team AP All-Pro twice and named to the second team four times, including last season.Elsewhere around the NFL:— The Texans have signed free agents Ka’imi (kah-EE’-mee) Fairbairn and Darren Fells to contract extensions. Fairbairn has hit 83.7% of his field goal attempts during his three seasons with the team. Fells set career highs with 34 receptions, 341 yards receiving and seven touchdowns last season, his first with Houston.— The Browns have released Christian Kirksey after six seasons after the veteran linebacker and the team couldn’t agree on re-working his contract. The 27-year-old made 54 starts for Cleveland but has been slowed by injuries the past two seasons. A chest injury last year kept him out of all-but two games. Joel Ayayi also had 17 points for Gonzaga.NHL-SCHEDULEB’s pad lead, end Flyers’ streakUNDATED (AP) — Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask and the Boston Bruins reached milestones while ending the Philadelphia Flyers’ nine-game winning streak.Rask picked up his 50th career shutout and the Bruins became the NHL’s first 100-point team this season by topping the Flyers, 2-0. He turned back 36 shots to become the sixth active netminder with at least 50 shutouts. Marcus Smart’s basket with 49.7 seconds left gave the Celtics a 111-109 lead in a 114-111 victory at Indiana. Smart scored in the lane over Domantis Sabonis (doh-MAHN’-tahs sah-BOH’-nihs), who led the Pacers with 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.Jayson Tatum scored 30 points for Boston while Gordon Hayward added 27, 10 boards and five assists in his home state.Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) finished with a season-high 27 points to power a stunning comeback for the Pacers, who fell into an 85-66 hole late in the third quarter.Checking out Tuesday’s other NBA action:— Spencer Dinwiddie contributed 23 points and hit the tiebreaking jumper with 28.3 seconds to play to send the Nets past the Lakers, 104-102. LeBron James had 29 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for the Lakers, who had a chance to get their fifth straight win until Anthony Davis missed a wide-open 3-pointer at the buzzer. — Nicolas Deslauriers (deh-LOHR’-ee-ay) scored twice while the Ducks were taking a 4-0 lead in the first 12 minutes of a 5-2 verdict over the Senators. Brady Tkachuk (kah-CHUHK’) and Colin White each had a goal and an assist for the winners.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKMLB willing to alter sked for virus reasonsUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball continues to deal with the virus outbreak.A person familiar with the deliberations told The Associated Press that if MLB can’t play in front of fans at a team’s home ballpark because of the outbreak, the sport’s first preference likely would be to switch games to the visiting team’s stadium if possible. UNDATED (AP) — The deadline for applying franchise and transition tags to NFL free agents has been moved from Thursday to Monday by the league and the players’ union.The decision comes because the NFL Players Association’s members are still voting on a proposed labor agreement the owners already have approved. That deadline was extended by two days to just before midnight on Saturday.The last time to use the tags at Thursday made little sense. There would be different tag requirements under each collective bargaining agreement.NFL-NEWSRavens guard Yanda retireslast_img read more

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Shannon Gabriel: ‘I’m just taking my body back into it easy’

first_imgEVEN as Cricket West Indies continues to figure out whether the three-Test series in England – in a bio-secure environment – can take place or not, few people are more eager for a bit of on-field action than Shannon Gabriel.The 32-year-old quick underwent a surgery on his right knee in November last year, and has just completed a six-month rehabilitation programme, and is now hoping to get on that flight to England.“It’s a good feeling always to represent West Indies. It’s good to be back out on the park,” he told i955FM. “The plan is right now to try to make it to the tour to England – hopefully that comes off. I’m just trying my best to stay positive and I hope everything goes well.“It has been a long journey since November when I did the surgery on my ankle. Everything is going well, it has been a long process in terms of getting back to running and bowling and stuff like that.”Gabriel’s last international appearance was in September 2019, against India, in a two-Test series in which he picked up just four wickets at an average of 56.90.Then his short county stint with Gloucestershire was unimpressive too, as he picked up two wickets in three innings. This was around the time the right knee started troubling him.Now, having eased himself back in slowly, Gabriel hopes to be fully ready by July, when the tour is slated to happen. As things stand, the West Indies players are scheduled to leave the Caribbean in the first week of June for a preparatory camp.“I am trying my best to be as fit as possible so I’m really working hard in terms of my fitness and managing my weight, trying not to get too heavy to put too much strain on my ankle,” Gabriel said of his fitness sessions. “So I know once I put in the hard work everything will be ok in the end. I just want to stay positive.“There has been no high-intensity work, I’m just taking my body back into it easy, taking it one day at a time and not trying to push too hard but it’s still long while before the first Test in England and by that time I’m sure I’ll be fit and ready.”The process of becoming match ready has also involved reworking his action and run-up to ease pressure on his ankles. “My run-up has probably just tweaked a bit, in terms of my running technique and stuff like that, but I don’t think there are many changes,” he explained. “Obviously that ankle was getting most of the pressure and obviously I don’t want that type of injury to happen again, so I’m trying my best to stay fit so I can stay on the park [longer].”With the ICC having introduced guidelines with regards to shining the ball and several other physical-distancing measures, Gabriel also expects things to be “mentally taxing” when they return to cricket in the post-Covid-19 era.“It’s going to take a lot. It’s going to be mentally taxing on the brain but you have to stay positive. Keep your mind fresh,” he said. “I know they [England] are going to be coming at us all guns [blazing] at us, but I know the guys“Plus plenty of the guys haven’t been playing any cricket, so it is going to take us a while to get back there. On the positive side, you’re still getting the opportunity to play cricket and represent your country so that in itself should be enough motivation.”(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

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Class of their own: NFL Draft presents final step in seniors’ effort to restore Syracuse’s legitimacy

first_img Published on April 25, 2013 at 12:00 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+ The drive from Syracuse to Philadelphia is easy, but long. It takes about four hours — four hours Ryan Nassib and Justin Pugh spent together in a car driving home in the four summers of their Syracuse careers. Four hours down, four hours back.Among the trees and open highway, there’s not much to do. They could listen to music, but most of the time, they just talk.A lot comes up on those car rides — school, football — but rarely the NFL Draft. Even as recently as last summer, that seemed almost a pipe dream. Pugh was injured, Nassib off the radar.First round? Maybe second, if at all.“I was more thinking about trying to get back, maybe come back for my fifth year,” Pugh said. “And going into the season, nobody gave Ryan any respect.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It all just sort of showed up”Nassib, Pugh, Alec Lemon and Shamarko Thomas shouldn’t be in this position, ready to be drafted. The Class of 2009 — which consisted of Lemon, Thomas, Pugh and Andrew Tiller, who was drafted a year ago — ranked No. 102 out of 120 recruiting classes, right behind Ball State and just ahead of Utah State. Nassib came in the year before, but he wouldn’t have helped. He was just a two-star himself.Yet, here they are. Nassib and Pugh, the quarterback and his left tackle, could be first-rounders. The safety Thomas and Lemon, a wide receiver, will likely get chosen some time during the weekend.Not bad for No. 102.“I remember people saying when I committed to Syracuse that they were giving Division-I scholarships to kids who didn’t have Division-I talent,” Pugh said.In their final season, Lemon, Thomas, Pugh and the other 11 players who made up the Big East’s worst recruiting class climbed atop the conference.Syracuse went 21-17 in the past three years and won six of its last seven games. At least four players are headed to the NFL. They brought home two Pinstripe Bowl trophies in three years and a share of the Big East title in SU’s last year in the conference.Syracuse’s seniors and former head coach Doug Marrone went from nobodies to hot commodities.Marrone became the Buffalo Bills’ head coach in early January. On Thursday night, the draft will begin and Nassib, Lemon, Thomas and Pugh will follow Marrone to the NFL.“It all just sort of showed up one day,” Nassib said.The quarterbackJon Gruden knows quarterbacks.The ESPN analyst and former Super Bowl-winning head coach hosts a “QB Camp” segment on the network in the weeks leading up to the draft. Nassib was one of nine quarterbacks Gruden invited onto the show.They chatted for about four and a half hours, but to Nassib, it felt like 10 minutes.“He’s a football guy, just like me,” Nassib said. “He’s a football junkie and I love talking to guys like that.”Gruden has since declared Nassib his favorite quarterback. Todd McShay projects him as the No. 8 overall pick to the Bills. In a down year at the position, no quarterback was mentioned more during NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock’s and Gruden’s pre-draft teleconferences.“I love his intelligence,” Mayock raved. “I love his passion for the game of football.”“He’s an athletic kid, he’s functioned in a bunch of different offenses,” Gruden gushed.Nassib likes to avoid the speculation, but he can’t avoid it. Anytime he turns on “SportsCenter,” there it is.Nassib isn’t a part of that Class of 2009, but he was just as unheralded as the rest.An under-the-radar recruit coming out of high school, Nassib, like much of the Syracuse roster, felt slighted. It’s been a driving factor in his career, that constant desire to prove himself.When he arrived at SU, he had two goals: First, start by his sophomore year. Second, get drafted.“I always had my team goals first,” Nassib said. “In the back of my mind, I always had the goal of getting drafted driving me.”New perceptionsThe program once known for Jim Brown and Ernie Davis, for national titles and Heisman Trophies, for the No. 44 and Ben Schwartzwalder, became known for mediocrity — for the embarrassment of the Greg Robinson era and empty Carrier Dome bleachers.The Class of 2009 fit in with that new perception.“When people would ask where we were going and we would say ‘Syracuse,’ they would kind of laugh,” Lemon said.“Was that your worst offer?” people would respond.For many, it was their best.“They figured, ‘If Syracuse is their best offer, they must not be that good,’” Lemon said.Lemon was one of just two three-star recruits that year, but that class helped guide the Orange to its first bowl win since 2001.The perception is new again.“People know what we’re all about now,” Lemon said, “and they know that we’re winners.”If Nassib and Pugh both go in the first round, that will make it three first-round picks in two years for the Orange. In four years, SU transformed from a program without direction, stuck in mediocrity, into one on the rise.During his sophomore year, Pugh made a pledge with Chandler Jones. The close friends promised they both would get drafted in the first round.Jones upheld his end of the bargain — the defensive end was a first-round pick by the New England Patriots a year ago. Now, it’s Pugh’s turn.If he does, it will mark the first time since 2002 that Syracuse has had a first-round pick in back-to-back NFL Drafts.“It’s just kind of a whole other step in our goal to turn the perspective of Syracuse football around,” Nassib said.A tight-knit groupScouts come to Syracuse for private workouts with Pugh all the time — he missed the beginning of SU’s Spring Game because of one.But the visits aren’t just for him. Zack Chibane is also working for the NFL Draft. He took part in SU’s Pro Day, and when scouts come to watch Pugh, he makes sure they check out Chibane, too.“Every team that would call me and would come in, I would make sure I was like, ‘Hey, look, my buddy’s also an offensive lineman,’” Pugh said.Chibane’s draft hopes and NFL dreams are more of a long shot than Pugh’s, Nassib’s, Thomas’ or Lemon’s, but as another member of that Class of 2009, he helped change Syracuse football.Fifteen players worked out at Syracuse’s Pro Day in early March. Most won’t get drafted and might not even get signed as undrafted free agents. But all played at least some role in Syracuse’s incredible turnaround.Sixteen members of the Orange’s senior class were back in Syracuse last Friday to be honored at SU’s senior banquet. It was a final hurrah for a class that watched Syracuse at its lowest, that carried it to its new high.They chatted about all getting drafted by the same team, getting another chance to play together. They know it won’t happen. The goodbyes were emotional — between each other and to the era that helped restore Syracuse to respectability.“It’s something that makes you proud,” Pugh said. “It’s something that me and the guys will be able to remember down the road when we come back for games and are washed-up alumnus.”The bright lightsA week before the draft, Nassib still wasn’t sure where he was watching it. Lemon, Thomas and Pugh are all at home. None landed an invite.Like they spent most of their careers, Syracuse’s stars will be out of the national eye, in the shadows and away from the bright lights when their names are called this weekend.Nassib and Pugh finally talk about the draft now. After four years of driving four hours back and forth between Syracuse and Philadelphia, it’s no longer just a pipe dream, but an inevitability. This weekend, that shared but unspoken dream will become a reality.“We’ve been together here working out, hanging out,” Nassib said, “and it’s really been a fun time with all those guys.“It’s an exciting time. It’s been a long process and it’s fun to see a little light at the end of the tunnel.” Commentscenter_img Related Stories Tackling the odds: Goggins draws on past slights, triumphs in journey to NFL Draftlast_img read more

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Johnson and team ready to open 2013-2014 season

first_imgAfter defeating the Japanese National team 3-0 last week, Wisconsin women’s hockey coach Mark Johnson said an exhibition game proved an important experience for UW freshmen and players returning from injury.The Badgers faced off in an exhibition game last Monday against the Japanese, who took on a series of opponents while in the Midwest, including Minnesota. During his weekly press conference Monday, Johnson said this was a good opportunity for his freshmen players.“Any time you get an opportunity to play, you have a chance to grow. Certainly for our younger players, an opportunity to go on the ice, play live competition with announcers, with the referees, with the fans, try to get the jitters and nerves out,” Johnson said.He added getting an exhibition game in before the season started was also nice so redshirt junior Brittany Ammerman could get a chance to skate and get back into the swing of things.  Ammerman was only able to play in the first three games last year before an injury ended her season.To start the regular season, UW will hit the road to face Minnesota State University, Mankato in a Friday-Saturday series. Mankato will have played three games by this Friday, making Johnson glad his players have the exhibition under their belt.The rest of the WCHA will also prove to be tough this season, according to Johnson, who said he feels it might be beneficial to start the season off against some big names.“It’s obviously early in the season, it’ll be a good opportunity for our freshmen to get their feet wet,” Johnson said.  “It’s going to be a very competitive, very balanced league this season, so it’ll be a good opportunity for our young players to see some league competition and an opportunity to grow at the same time.”The coach said he plans on using the Mankato series to get a feel for what works and what doesn’t, trying out different line combinations, power play combinations and just seeing what the overall team chemistry is like.“If we like what we see we’ll probably stick with what we see.  If not, you’re going to make adjustments as you go,” Johnson said.  “Early in the season we try to feel things out, and see what kind of chemistry certain lines have and combinations and coach as we go.”Following the series with MSU, the Badgers will take on conference rival and back-to-back NCAA champion Minnesota Golden Gophers. A meeting with the Gophers always comes with extra anticipation and Johnson is glad to be taking them on early in the season.“I think [the Minnesota series] is in a great spot, especially with my younger players,” Johnson said.  “You know you’re always as a coach looking for opportunities to see how your players will react in situations.”Impact of the Winter OlympicsWith the 2014 Olympics in February, national team practice is beginning, which means any college hockey player named to an Olympic team will be away from her collegiate teammates this season. Wisconsin incoming freshman Annie Pankowski will miss her first season after earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.Johnson said U.S. and Canadian players who will be playing in the Olympics will be gone from their conferences this entire season, which will in turn level the playing field by having some of the powerhouses absent.The teams that are most impacted by the Olympics are teams that have players from countries like Sweden or Finland, as is the case with North Dakota, Johnson said.“If you’re from North Dakota, you have a couple kids coming in and out of your lineup over the course of the season, that becomes a little bit more challenging than for us or maybe Minnesota, who would have kids on this team that will be gone for the whole year,” Johnson said. “It certainly impacts different schools throughout the country.”last_img read more

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