Final Go-Ahead for Port of Virginia Deepening Project

first_imgThe effort to make The Port of Virginia the deepest and safest port on the U.S East Coast continues to advance as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers yesterday issued its critical, final authorization to move ahead with the Wider, Deeper, Safer project.According to the Port, the Army Corps’ Chief of Engineers’ Report is the final federal review of the project and clears the way for the deepening and widening of the commercial shipping channels serving the Norfolk Harbor.The positive report allows the project to be included in the federal Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) bill, which is a larger list of projects eligible for federal matching funds. The projects in the WRDA bill that receive funding are determined during the federal budget process.The largest ships in the Atlantic trade are already calling Virginia, but the added depth will allow for even bigger vessels and their safe, uninterrupted passage to and from the harbor. The dredging project will take the channels to 55 feet deep and widen the channels in select areas to allow for two-way traffic of ultra-large container vessels.The project will be executed in two phases. The preliminary engineering and design ($20 million) is the first phase and is expected to take 18-24 months and the dredging phase ($330 million), which has a 2024 target completion date.last_img read more

Boskalis Scores €45 Million Dredging Contract in Maldives

first_imgRoyal Boskalis Westminster N.V. recently won a contract by the Ministry of National Planning and Infrastructure, Republic of Maldives, in relation to the development of Gulhifalhu.The value of the contract is estimated at approximately EUR 45 million.According to Boskalis, the dredging activities are due to commence in the fourth quarter of 2019 and are expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2020.The development of Gulhifalhu, located about four kilometers from the country’s capital Malé, forms part of the Ministry of National Planning and Infrastructure’s strategic plan to improve and develop the port infrastructure and will serve as a climate adaptive solution, making this part of the Maldives resilient to rising sea levels.As part of this program, the contractor will reclaim an area with an initial volume of six million cubic meters of sand using a mega sized trailing suction hopper dredger. Boskalis’ activities also include rock revetment work for shoreline protection.Since the turn of the century, Boskalis has successfully executed a number of climate change adaptive dredging and reclamation projects in the Maldives.Starting in 2006, the company reconstructed the island of Vilufushi following the devastating tsunami in December 2004. By doing so Boskalis increased the size of the island and raised it to 1.4 meters above mean sea level.This was followed by several subsequent projects including the initial development of Gulhifalhu in 2012 and land reclamation activities on four other islands in 2014.last_img read more

Iraqi militias quit US Embassy after protests

first_imgA member of the Iraqi security forces stands guard during a protest to condemn air strikes on bases belonging to Hashd al-Shaabi (paramilitary forces) in Baghdad, Iraq on Jan. 1. REUTERS/KHALID AL-MOUSILY BAGHDAD – Supporters of Iranian-backedIraqi paramilitary groups who stormed the United States Embassy’s perimeter intwo days of protests withdrew on Wednesday after Washington dispatched extratroops and threatened reprisals against Tehran. The demonstrators, angry at US airstrikes against the Tehran-backed Kataib Hezbollah group in which at least 25people were killed, threw stones at the building while US forces stationed onthe rooftops fired tear gas to disperse them. US President Donald Trump accused Iranof orchestrating the violence.   Iran, under severe economic duressfrom punishing US sanctions put in place by Trump, denied responsibility.(Reuters)last_img read more

Yorke urges Man Utd to raid Man City for Sane

first_img “We haven’t got a left-footed sort of winger. The boy [Mason] Greenwood is coming to the fore recently but I like Sane. read also:​Bayern Munich lodge offer for Man City winger Sane “I really do think this kid is probably the quickest out of all them as well and he’s really got a good attitude. “I know he’s got some injuries but if I was brave, if I was Man United manager at this point in time that’s the type of person I would go for.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United Treble winner Dwight Yorke would like to his old club move for Manchester City attacker Leroy Sane. Germany international Sane looks set to leave City in the next transfer window, with Bayern Munich overwhelming favourites to sign him. But Yorke would love United to sign him instead to “stir it up” between the Red Devils and their city rivals. “United has got a real good attacking bunch of young players,” Yorke told Stadium Astro. “Add in Sancho, I like the boy Sane. If I was to airdrop, the boy Sane at City I really do [like].Advertisementcenter_img Loading…last_img read more

Hughes: Intent in Figueroa’s tackle

first_img Hull defender Figueroa’s tackle on Potters midfielder Ireland at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, which prompted no action from the officials at the time, left the Stoke man with a huge gash in his calf that required 12 stitches, and facing two to three weeks out. An enraged Hughes claimed post-match that the incident could have finished Ireland’s career and said Figueroa should have been shown a straight red card. Tigers boss Steve Bruce subsequently hit back, suggesting that, at the point the tackle was made, Ireland should not have been on the field as he himself had earlier made ”the worst challenge on the pitch” on David Meyler. It was then put to Hughes on Tuesday that there may have been ill-feeling from Figueroa and his Hull team-mates lingering towards Ireland after the tackle on Meyler. And the Welshman said: “My honest view is I think it (Figueroa’s challenge) was more an attempt to take one of our creative players out of the game rather than retribution. “I’ve been a professional footballer, as has Steve, and there are certain instances where you know you can protect your fellow player. “On this occasion I don’t think the lad (Figueroa) did anything to protect Stephen. “You can argue it was on a follow-through, but I don’t get that argument, to be honest. There was time – the ball was about 20 yards away when he made contact.” Regarding Ireland’s tackle on Meyler, Hughes added: “Stephen was slightly late. He put his foot up to try to protect himself because he thinks the lad is going to come in on him. “He ends up stepping on his foot – but he doesn’t stamp, or go over the top deliberately.” Stoke manager Mark Hughes has accused Maynor Figueroa of deliberately trying to injure Stephen Ireland. Press Association Bruce, speaking on Monday, made it clear he felt it was correct the Figueroa incident had not even been punished with a free-kick, saying: ”He kicked the ball and followed through and unfortunately has caught his (Ireland’s) leg.” But Hughes said on Tuesday that his Hull counterpart had “fallen into the trap of trying to defend the indefensible”. The Welshman said: ”I don’t think Steve did himself too much credit in terms of his observations of the events of the day. ”Everyone has seen the two challenges and I didn’t think there was any comparison whatsoever.” Figueroa will not be facing any retrospective action from the Football Association over his tackle after referee Neil Swarbrick’s match report said he had seen the incident at the time. And Hughes, who had been strongly critical of Swarbrick and his officials on Saturday, said on Tuesday: “I thought that is what would happen, unfortunately. Once again, it doesn’t show referees in a good light. “It is hard to understand. But it is not surprising, which is the sorry part of it. “I know they don’t want to re-referee games. Maybe they have their hands tied and can’t do anything. But there is no leeway – they go by the rule book and, in these instances, I think the rule book is a bit of a fool. “With those, they should have the capacity to review them and do something about it.” Hughes was speaking at his press conference to preview Wednesday’s home clash with Everton. As well as Ireland, Stoke will once again be without skipper Ryan Shawcross due to his back issue, although Hughes is hopeful he will be able to select the defender again in “a couple of weeks”. The Potters head into the contest in fine form, having only lost two and won six of their previous 10 league games, including the last two. They are currently 10th in the table on 39 points from 27 games and looking to better the Premier League club records achieved last season, when Hughes guided the Staffordshire outfit to ninth and a total of 50 points. And he feels Stoke could even secure European football this term if they continue playing as they have been. “We are still trying to improve on last year’s total, and that was the aim,” Hughes said. “European football? If we continue, we have got an outside chance. “Probably we were not anticipating that we would be able to challenge for that this year. “But certainly, once you get to this stage of the season, then if you are getting on a really decent run, you never know.” last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgHome sweet home: Rebensburg gets 1st downhill win in GermanyGARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg has her first career win in a women’s World Cup downhill, and it came on a slope just over 40 miles from her home as family and friends looked on.After two months of rather disappointing results, Rebensburg had a near-flawless run Saturday to beat Italy’s Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) by 0.61 seconds. Ester Ledecka, the Czech athlete competing on both the Alpine skiing and snowboarding World Cup circuits, finished 0.83 behind in third.Brignone’s third straight podium finish in a downhill helped her close the gap on leader Mikaela Shiffrin in the overall standings to 190 points. The American three-time overall champion is taking a break from ski racing since the death of her father, Jeff Shiffrin, last week.FRANCE-RAPE ACCUSATIONS An investigative update released Friday by the National Transportation Safety Board says there wasn’t any sign of engine failure in the Jan. 26 crash northwest of Los Angeles. The update doesn’t say what caused the crash, but it indicates the pilot was only 100 feet from the cloud tops when he suddenly descended. The update reinforces the notion that the pilot became disoriented while trying to get to clear skies.Investigators also believe that since a tree branch at the crash site was cut, the twin engines were working and the rotors turning at the time of impact. All four of the helicopter’s blades had similar damage.TENNIS-FED CUP-US-LATVIAWilliams remains perfect in Fed Cup; US leads Latvia 2-0EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Serena Williams remains unbeaten in Fed Cup singles matches. Nearly five years after she last played singles in a Fed Cup competition, Williams defeated Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets Friday night to give the United States a 2-0 lead over Latvia. She is now14-0 in Fed Cup singles matches.Williams’ 7-6, 7-6 victory put the U.S. on the cusp of advancing to the Fed Cup Finals in Budapest, Hungary, in April. The U.S. needs just one victory in the best-of-five matchup to advance.Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin gave the U.S. an early advantage with a dominant 6-2, 6-2 win over Anastasija Sevastova in last night’s first match.PGA-PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AMTaylor still leads after 36 holes Update on the latest sports Sagstsrom falls 1 stroke behind at LPGA’s Vic OpenBARWON HEADS, Australia (AP) — Ayean Cho shot a 2-under 70 on a difficult day for scoring to take a one-stroke lead over Madelene Sagstrom after three rounds of the LPGA’s Vic Open in Australia.Choi had a three-round total of 12-under 205. Canada’s Alena Sharp was in third, two strokes behind Cho after a 70.The tournament at the 13th Beach Golf Links also features a European Tour men’s tournament running alongside the women’s event. In the men’s event, Min Woo Lee eagled the 18th hole for 4-under 68 to take a three-stroke lead over three-time European Tour winner Marcus Fraser and fellow Australian Travis Smyth.WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S DOWNHILL Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditKOBE BRYANT-HELICOPTER CRASHKobe Bryant helicopter had nearly cleared blinding cloudsLOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators say the helicopter that crashed and killed Kobe Bryant and eight others was almost out of blinding clouds when it plunged and slammed into a Southern California hillside. February 8, 2020 PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Canadian Nick Taylor remains the leader heading into the third round of the PGA’s Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Taylor birdied four of his last five holes at Pebble Beach Friday for a 66 to take his first 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour. He is at 14-under 129.Jason Day is two shots back after an 8-under 64. Day made two long birdie putts across the green, holed a 40-yard wedge for eagle on the dangerous par-5 14th and made a couple of big par saves to move into contention.Defending champion Phil Mickelson also got in the mix with a burst of four straight birdies after the turn at Monterey Peninsula. He made bogey on the long par-3 ninth to finish his round of 7-under. He was three shots behind.LPGA-VIC OPEN French skating chief resigns amid sexual abuse scandalPARIS (AP) — The long-serving head of France’s skating federation resigned Saturday amid suspicions that he covered up for a coach accused of rape and sexual abuse by former figure skaters.Announcing his resignation today, Didier Gailhaguet denied protecting the coach and cast blame on a former sports minister. He said no one at the federation was aware of alleged wrongdoing.Paris prosecutors opened a criminal investigation this week into accusations from 10-time French champion Sarah Abitbol that she was raped by skating coach Gilles Beyer from 1990-1992, when she was a teen.Two other former skaters have also accused Beyer, and denounced a lack of support from the federation. Associated Press DOPING-SCHOEMANEx-Olympic swim champ blames contamination for failed testUNDATED (AP) — Former Olympic swimming champion Roland Schoeman is blaming contaminated supplements for a failed doping test last year. The South African claims that he didn’t knowingly take the banned substance (GW501516), which failed medical trials and is considered a cancer risk.Schoeman was banned for a year by world swimming body FINA (FEE’-nuh). His ban ends on May 17 and he says he’s still aiming to compete at the Tokyo Olympics. He won three medals at the 2004 Athens Games including gold in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. He’s also a three-time world champion.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgVasilevskiy finished with 22 saves for the Lightning, who are the road team for Game 6 on Thursday.NHL-CAPITALS-LAVIOLETTECapitals hire Laviolette as coachWASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals have hired a Stanley Cup-winning head coach for the first time in their history.Veteran bench boss Peter Laviolette is replacing Todd Reirden, 14 years after winning a Cup with the Hurricanes. He also led the 2010 Flyers and 2017 Predators to the Cup final. MLB-SCHEDULEUNDATED (AP) — Ryan Yarbough won for the first time in 16 appearances while helping the Tampa Bay Rays stay four games ahead of the second-place Yankees in the American League East.Yarbrough gave up one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings in the Rays’ 6-1 downing of the Nationals. It was his first win since Aug 11, 2019 at Seattle.Nate Lowe belted a solo homer and worked out a bases-loaded walk as the Rays improved to 3-4 in a seven-game stretch against last-place opponents.Elsewhere on the major league schedule: UNDATED (AP) — The New York Jets will play at least three games without running back Le’Veon Bell after he injured a hamstring during Sunday’s loss to the Bills. Head coach Adam Gase said Monday he didn’t want to put a timetable on Bell’s return, but said it was possible it could take some time because it’s a soft-tissue injury.The Jets also announced they have placed rookie wide receiver Denzel Mims and second-year linebacker Blake Cashman on IR.In other NFL news:— Drue Tranquill has been placed on injured reserve by the Chargers . The second-year linebacker broke his left ankle during the first quarter of Sunday’s 16-13 victory at Cincinnati. Associated Press The 55-year-old Laviolette became an NHL head coach with the Islanders in 2001, guiding them to playoff berths in each of his two seasons at Uniondale. He spent 5 1/2 seasons with Nashville before being dismissed in January.NHL-WILD-BRODINWild sign BrodinST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have signed defenseman Jonas Brodin (YOH’-nuhs broh-DEEN’) to a seven-year, $42 million contract extension. The 27-year-old native of Sweden had a career-high 26 assists in 69 games during the virus-shortened season. Butler converted a three-point play with 12 seconds left in overtime to put the Heat ahead for good in a 117-114 triumph over the Celtics. Adebayo blocked Jayson Tatum’s dunk attempt in the final seconds to seal the win.Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) had 29 points, Jae Crowder scored 22 and Butler finished with 20 for Miami.The Celtics outscored the Heat 27-10 over the final 8:17 of the third quarter and led by 14 early in the fourth. Tatum scored 30 points and Marcus Smart had 26 for Boston.Game 2 is Thursday.NBA-RAPTORS-NURSE Isles beat Bolts in 2OTEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The New York Islanders will spend at least two more days in the Edmonton bubble after extending the Eastern Conference final to a sixth game.Jordan Eberle scored on a 2-on-1 break 12 ½ minutes into double-overtime to give the Isles a 2-1 win over the Lightning. Anders Lee lugged the puck deep into the Tampa Bay zone before sliding a pass to Eberle in the slot.Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) was superb at times while stopping 36 shots, with some of his best stops coming in OT.The Islanders ended an 0-13 skid on the power play when Ryan Pulock blasted a shot past Andrei Vasilevskiy (vah-sih-LEHV’-skee) 15:41 into the game. New York maintained the lead until Victor Hedman’s goal four minutes into the second period. Right fielder Aaron Judge is expected to be activated later this week. He’s been limited to one game since Aug. 11 because of a strained right calf. Also around the majors:— Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner has been activated from the 10-day injured list after missing 13 games with a strained left hamstring. Turner entered Tuesday’s action batting .282 with two homers and 20 RBIs in 32 games during the shortened season. NFL-INJURIESJets shelve Bell — The Bengals claimed former Browns kicker Austin Seibert off waivers but expect Randy Bullock to be ready to play in Cleveland on Thursday. Bullock missed a 31-yard field goal with 2 seconds left Sunday when his left calf cramped.— The 49ers have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent receiver Mohamed Sanu (sah-NOO’). He had 26 catches for 207 yards in eight games with New England last season.— The 49ers are seeking to identify the fan who sent racist messages to Arizona safety Budda Baker. The team says it will ban the person from future games and events. Baker tweeted a screenshot of the derogatory messages on Monday that came after his hit Sunday injured All-Pro tight end George Kittle. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWSWisconsin chancellor: Big Ten football still on hold Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULENuggets do it again…Heat beat Celts in OT to take openerLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have advanced to the NBA’s Western Conference finals by storming back from a three-games-to-one deficit for the second straight series. Nurse gets extensionTORONTO (AP) — Head coach Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors have announced a multiyear extension without divulging the terms. Nurse has won the Atlantic Division title in each of his first two seasons at the helm. The Raptors captured the NBA title last year before finishing with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference this season.Nurse was originally signed to a three-year deal in June 2018 to lead the club.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS September 16, 2020 — Tony Gonsolin worked seven innings and Edwin Rios homered for the Dodgers in a 3-1 win over the Padres. Justin Turner had three singles in his return from the injured list, including an RBI single in the first. Los Angeles ended San Diego’s eight-game winning streak and regained a 2 ½-game lead in the NL West. — Huascar Ynoa (WAHS’-kahr ee-NOH’-ah) combined with three relievers on a four-hitter as the Braves topped the Orioles, 5-1. Freddie Freeman laced a pair of RBI doubles and Adam Duvall smacked his 15th home run to help the NL East leaders move 3 1/2 games ahead of second-place Miami. — Boston’s Tanner Houck gave up just two singles over five innings to win his major league debut, 2-0 over the Marlins. Jackie Bradley Jr. broke up a scoreless game with an opposite-field double off Miami starter Sandy Alcantara (al-KAN’-tah-rah) in the sixth.— Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) belted a two-run homer and Adam Haseley supplied a two-run single for the Phillies in a 4-1 verdict over the Mets. Jake Arrieta worked 5 1/3 innings before leaving the game with a hamstring injury.— Willson Contreras and Cameron Maybin were plunked by consecutive pitches from Nick Wittgren in the ninth inning, forcing home the winning run in the Cubs’ 6-5 triumph over the Indians. Javier Baez homered for Chicago, which withstood a two-run homer in the ninth by Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) to increase its lead in the NL Central to five games. — Keston Hiura (HEER’-uh) and Daniel Vogelbach each homered and drove in four runs as the Brewers destroyed the Cardinals, 18-3. Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) and Ryan Braun also provided longballs to support Brett Anderson, who allowed two runs over six frames.— Tucker Barnhart homered and Brian Goodwin prevented one with a leaping catch as the Reds earned their season-high fourth straight win, 4-1 against the Pirates. Michael Lorenzen was sharp in a spot start for Cincinnati, allowing one run and four hits while striking out six over five innings.— The Diamondbacks coughed up a seven-run lead before David Peralta hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning to give them a 9-8 victory over the Angels. Longtime Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun had two homers, three hits and a career-high five RBIs in his return to Angel Stadium.— The Giants-Mariners two-game series scheduled to begin Tuesday in Seattle has been postponed due to smoky skies caused by the West Coast wildfires. The teams will now play Wednesday and Thursday at Oracle Park in San Francisco, with game times to be determined.MLB-WORLD SERIES World Series to take place in Texas; bubble plans announcedUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball has announced the ballparks that will serve as neutral sites for the upcoming division series, league championship series and World Series.Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, will host the World Series as part of a bubble agreement between MLB and the union. The bubble is designed to minimize exposure to the coronavirus. The AL Championship Series will be at San Diego’s Petco Park and the NL at Globe Life, a retractable roof stadium with artificial turf that opened this year. The ALDS will be at Petco Park and Dodger Stadium, while the NLDS will play out in Arlington and Houston’s Minute Maid Park.The wild-card round will be held in the stadium of the top-seeded teams. — DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit drove in five runs apiece as the Yankees ripped the Blue Jays, 20-6. Voit smacked two of the Yanks’ five home runs and Gary Sanchez added a three-run blast with four ribbies in New York’s sixth straight win.— The White Sox have a three-game lead in the AL Central after Tim Anderson and James McCann homered in Chicago’s 6-2 win versus the second-place Twins. Dane Dunning limited Minnesota to one earned run and three hits while fanning seven over seven innings.— Antonio Senzatella fired a six-hitter and Elias Diaz smacked a go-ahead, two-run homer that pushed the Rockies past the Athletics, 3-1. It was Colorado’s first complete game since German Marquez went the distance in April 2019. — George Springer and Martín Maldonado (mahr-TEEN’ mal-doh-NAH’-doh) homered for the Astros, but Alex Bregman hit a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh to lead Houston past the Rangers, 4-1. José Urquidy (ur-KEE’-dee) allowed three hits and a run in seven innings for his first win of the season.— Miguel Cabrera homered and doubled as the Tigers beat the Royals, 6-0 to end a three-game skid. Matthew Boyd bounced back from a rough outing with a strong performance, throwing five-plus scoreless innings and giving up just two hits. Update on the latest sports The Nuggets trailed by two before allowing just 33 points in the second half of a 104-89 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Denver’s comeback follows its rally against Utah in the first round and puts the Nuggets in the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2009.Jamal Murray poured in 40 points and Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) had a triple-double of 22 rebounds, 16 points and 13 assists. Gary Harris and Jerami Grant each had 14 points in the win.The Nuggets limited Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard and Paul George to a combined 24 points, with Leonard scoring 14. Montrezl (MAHN’-trehz) Harrell had a team-high 20 points off the bench for the Clippers, who were trying to reach the conference finals for the first time in franchise history.The Nuggets now prepare for the Lakers. Los Angeles comes off a five-game series win over the Rockets.Earlier Tuesday, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo (ad-ah-BY’-oh) have helped the Miami Heat take Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against Boston. UNDATED (AP) — The University of Wisconsin chancellor says Big Ten football will remain on hold until there are answers to questions about COVID-19 testing and tracing, along with possible long-term heart issues related to the coronavirus. Big Ten leaders are reconsidering a fall season after a weekend of meetings about a plan to begin play as soon as mid-October. Wisconsin chancellor Rebecca Blank would not predict which way a vote to return to play would go. She says once Big Ten university leaders have their questions and concerns addressed, “we will try to plan a delayed season.”Also around college football:— Arkansas State’s home football game against Central Arkansas has been pushed back from Saturday to Oct. 10. Arkansas State announced Tuesday that the team cannot assemble a full two-deep depth chart at a specific position group due to player unavailability. The statement did not reveal if the postponement was COVID-19 related, but the program said the “health and safety of our student-athletes will always come first.” The playoffs were expanded from 10 to 16 teams due to the shortened regular-season.MLB-NEWSStanton activated after missing 32 gamesUNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees have activated designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton, third baseman Gio Urshela (ur-SHEH’-luh) and right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga from the 10-day injured list.Stanton missed 32 games with a strained left hamstring, Urshela was out with a bone spur in his right elbow and Loaisiga was sidelined with a medical condition the team did not specify. — UAB quarterback Tyler Johnston III is out indefinitely with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. Johnston has thrown for 293 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in the first two games against Central Arkansas and Miami.last_img read more

Vote to censure USG Senator Meagan Lane fails

first_imgDuring the meeting, Geschwind requested the senators vote through an anonymous ballot. They unanimously rejected his request, which resulted in a transparent vote. Sen. Max Geschwind moved to censure Sen. Meagan Lane at an Undergraduate Student Government meeting Tuesday. Geschwind alleged that Lane had not upheld officer conduct when she used “vulgarity” in a USG meeting two weeks ago during her senate update presentation. “My memory has become a little fuzzy since those words were said, and I really don’t want to butcher the words accidentally,” Geschwind told the Daily Trojan after the meeting. When asked by other senators to identify which comments he was referring to, Geschwind refused to name specific comments Lane made that prompted his motion to censure her. At the Jan. 15 meeting, Lane delivered a routine update on her current USG activities. Similar to other senatorial updates delivered this semester, Lane began her presentation on a personal note by talking about her boyfriend and winter break. “Quite frankly it just felt like a personal attack,” Lane told the Daily Trojan. “If I had said something offensive or done something I shouldn’t have done, then people would have remembered it, they would have known about it and it would have been dealt with. But it wasn’t.” Geschwind, a senior majoring in political science, is not eligible for re-election this year. USG Sen. Max Geschwind moved to censure fellow senator and vice presidential candidate Meagan Lane at the USG meeting Tuesday. (Emily Smith/Daily Trojan) According to Geschwind, other USG members, who he requested remain anonymous, encouraged him to use his power as senator to call for Lane’s censure. The Senate voted against the censure 11-1, with Geschwind casting the dissenting vote. Geschwind’s motion to censure Lane occurred a week before the USG voting period; Lane is currently campaigning for vice president. “Max, your language tonight is not only coded, it is racially charged,” said Sen. Michaela Murphy, who is running for USG president as Lane’s partner. “I am … beyond disappointed in your actions tonight, especially the fact that you did not say anything to Meagan before this. It’s shocking.” “It does feel very conveniently timed,” Lane said. “To bring something up that happened two weeks ago, the day after [the debate], is very suspicious … I don’t want to make any accusations about Sen. Geschwind … but in fairness to myself, it felt horrible to be up there. I was shaking [and] holding back tears.” “[Regarding] Sen. Murphy’s comments — because she said my comments were racially charged — I was so saddened to hear her say that,” Geschwind told the Daily Trojan. “I shouldn’t take it to heart because I feel like we were all a little caught off guard.” “I believe that we need to hold each other accountable,” Geschwind said during the meeting. “A couple of points in the agreement form that we signed was that we wouldn’t tarnish the reputation of this organization that we serve publicly. That’s what I believe happened two weeks ago due to [Lane’s] use of vulgarity and poor behavior.” Following the end of the vote, Geschwind told the Senate he should have reconsidered his actions during the meeting. “The way I went about it was wrong. I regret some of the things I may have said,” Geschwind said. “Going back, I may have done it differently … I should have had that conversation with her.”last_img read more

Trojans set to take on Cardinal

first_imgThe USC men’s volleyball team will embark on a four-match road trip that begins this weekend against No. 3 Stanford and No. 14 Pacific.The No. 1 Trojans (16-1, 15-1) have been firing on all cylinders, winning 10 matches in a row heading into the final stretch of the season.USC leads the conference in total offense and defense. The Trojans’ offense is remarkably efficient, with a league-best .358 season hitting average. The Trojans hold their opponents to a league-low .244 hitting average. USC also ranks first in kills per set and digs per set.Daily TrojanAnd this weekend, the Trojans might be better than ever.“We’ve really been getting better offensively over the past week,” said USC coach Bill Ferguson. “The improvements might not translate into our hitting numbers immediately, but they will in the long run.”Although significantly less dominant, Stanford (16-6, 12-5) is the defending national champion and is second place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.“Me, Tri [Bourne], Maddison [McKibbin] and Henry [Cassiday] have known and played with a lot of the Stanford guys growing up in Hawaii, so there’s a huge rivalry here,” said senior setter Riley McKibbin. “And Stanford is the most hostile environment I’ve played in. It’s going to be a fun and exciting match.”The Trojans swept Stanford last month at the Galen Center. Junior outside hitter Tony Ciarelli finished with 12 kills earned at a .667 clip with five aces.“I was at a super high level of focus,” Ciarelli said. “I can’t expect to go out and hit and serve those numbers again, but I’m going to keep doing what I do regularly and help out the best I can.”Stanford has won seven of its last nine matches since playing USC, and lost a closely contested five-set match to Long Beach State last weekend.“We were really locked in [the last Stanford] match because we came in with a heightened level of focus, especially because we lost to Pepperdine in a tough five-set match the week before,” Ferguson said. “Stanford will be hungry.”On the other hand, Pacific (10-15, 4-13) has struggled lately, compiling a 4-6 record since the February match against USC, including sweeps at the hands of UCLA, UC Irvine and Hawai’i.Although its record is less than prestigious, Pacific ranks first in the MPSF in blocks, averaging 2.94 per set.“They’ll serve very tough too,” Ferguson said. “Teams tend to serve much better at home, and they seem like they’re ready to turn it up a notch.”If the Trojans win these two matches, they will clinch the top seed in the upcoming MPSF tournament.“It would be something special,” Ferguson said. “The MPSF is the toughest league in college athletics. But we have to focus on Stanford and then Pacific, or else this speculation won’t mean anything.”last_img read more

Malcolm Regisford provides Colgate needed versatility at center

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 7, 2015 at 9:22 pm Contact Jack: jfupton@syr.edu When a pair of Colgate centers left the team this offseason for unknown reasons, it left the Raiders depleted of a true center. But to head coach Matt Langel, there’s no such thing.“The way the game of basketball is being played,” Langel said, “there aren’t necessarily defined positions anymore … while we don’t have an old fashioned 7-foot, back to the basket center, we try to recruit guys who can be versatile.”Rising juniors Jack Fleming, John Fenton and Wyatt Hagerty are no longer with the team. Fleming transferred after the season to Rollins College, while Fenton and Hagerty left the team for personal reasons. All big men, Colgate is left with two freshmen that play the five.Of the 10 players from last year’s team that aren’t on the 2015-16 roster, three of them were centers and eight were taller than 6-foot-4. Colgate brought in a six-man freshman class that didn’t include a player that played the center position in high school. Heading into Tuesday’s matchup with Syracuse (6-2) in the Carrier Dome, the Raiders (2-5) will rely on versatility to fill the void of a natural center.“It’s going to be a big task for us,” senior Austin Tillotson said. “If we can control the boards, we have a pretty good chance. You never know.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSix-foot-eight freshman Malcolm Regisford is leading Colgate in rebounds, averaging nearly seven per game. Because he signed his commitment to Colgate late in the process, he was aware of the players who wouldn’t be returning to the team and his opportunity to play big minutes for the Raiders opened up.“I was just ready to work hard,” Regisford said. “I was ready to play wherever the coaches needed me to be for us to be successful.”The freshman, who is listed as both a forward and a center on the Colgate website, didn’t play the role of a true center in high school. He spent a lot of time close to the basket as one of the bigger players on the team, filling the role of a “big,” he said.Regisford fills the vacancy of Colgate’s lack of a true five. He’s as close as the Raiders will get to having someone who can match up against the likes of SU’s Dajuan Coleman and Tyler Lydon.“He can move like 6’11’’ guys,” Tillotson said. “The way he uses his low center of gravity, he should definitely be considered a true center.”Tillotson knows Regisford can improve, but is adapting well to being thrown into the fire in his first season.Tillotson works with Regisford on developing a jump shot, saying that he will continue to improve with experience. Tillotson also mentioned that Regisford is pushed by fellow freshman Dana Batt.Batt, who has only accumulated four points and 16 rebounds in limited minutes this season, is a 6-foot-9 center who provides intermittent depth when Regisford isn’t on the court.Even without experience or height at center, the Raiders have held their ground on the boards for the most part this year and have been outrebounded by less than four boards per game.The Orange has been outrebounded by a margin of just over three per game, dealing with similar issues with a lack of depth at center.SU plays two centers. Chinonso Obokoh has played limited minutes in four of Syracuse’s eight games this season and Dajuan Coleman has started every game for the Orange. Coleman is still shaking off the rust from a two-year absence.And just like the Orange, Colgate is working with youth at the position to make up for a lack of depth. It may put the Raiders further behind than they already are, but it’s the only thing at its disposal.“We’re a young team,” Regisford said, “working hard, trying to get better everyday.” Commentslast_img read more