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Cornell holds first day of classes as students contemplate holding each other accountable

first_imgSome students, like Sophomore Luke Verzella say they aren’t bothered by the new restrictions. As students got into their rhythm on Wednesday, reaction to the new restrictions was mixed. This comes after the Tompkins County Health Department announced earlier this week a cluster of more than 20 confirmed cases of the virus among students. They say the cases were a result of a series of small gatherings and are mostly close contacts. In addition to a plan that includes twice weekly testing for undergraduate students and weekly testing for graduate students, the University is also implementing a system for all students and community members to report violations of the University’s policy, something that sophomore Elin Antonsson says she supports. “I think that it definitely makes us more accountable,” he says. “I think that’s good because it’s one thing to put a rule in place but having other people hold us accountable is important and I think it  will lead to good success and hopefully we’ll stay on campus as long as we can.” “I think that the steps that Cornell has taken have definitely worked and I think I feel safe on campus and I think that my friends feel the same,” he said. “I’m just happy to be back on campus even being able to see all of my friends who I wasn’t able to interact with as much over the summer is definitely awesome and it allows us to at least have some of the college experience.” Students are taking classes partly in person and partly online, while under orders from administration to refrain from holding social gatherings. “It’s kind of disgusting in my opinion,” he said. “Everybody should have respect for one another and trust each other to do the right thing lead by example but in terms of shaming your fellow students, that’s not an environment that anybody wants to be a part of.” “We need to be distanced in order to contain the virus and I think Cornell is doing a good job of making sure kids stay accountable and that we’re all doing our part,” she said. Agaronnik on the other hand says he worries the policy will result in students ganging up on other students. ITHACA (WBNG) — Students at Cornell University began the semester on campus Wednesday, returning to a much different environment than the one they left in the Spring. Verzella says he feels the nature of college life and the habits of college students likely left the administration with little choice but to find a way to crack down on gatherings. “This is not college, the reason you go to any school is not to sit at a table and click on some lectures it’s about the people and the students,” said senior Levy Agaronnik. last_img read more

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After injury-plagued 3 weeks, player begin to recover for SU

first_imgRoshan Fernandez | Asst. Digital EditorWithout Golubovskaya – who’s played second or third singles this season – the rest of the Orange moved up a position. That pushed sophomore Sonya Treshcheva or freshman Kim Hansen into third singles for various matches. During her freshman season, Treshcheva had never started higher than fifth singles for the Orange. In her four matches playing third singles this year, she’s 1-3 while Hansen won her only match at that spot.Without six healthy players, Syracuse has eked out a 2-2 record. Matches within doubles became more difficult when the Orange couldn’t field three pairings, and they lost that point even in their two wins against St. John’s and Boston College. As a result, Syracuse had to find different ways to win four singles matches.“At the end of the day, you need four points,” Limam said.Against Boston College, Golubovskaya regularly grabbed the back of her upper right leg as well as her lower back. After her singles match against Kylie Wilcox ended, Golubovskaya laid down on a towel to the side. A trainer walked over to Golubovskaya, took hold of her right leg and bent it in various directions.SU didn’t come anywhere close to finding four points against Columbia and Duke, winning just two match points in total. Kozyreva returned against the Blue Devils but just played singles. After the match, Kozyreva and Limam agreed she was rusty during that first singles set. But as the match wore on, Kozyreva improved. First, it was learning to trust her left ankle and jump into her serves. After that it was a matter of “feeling” Hannah Zhao’s game, the ball against her racket strings and the court under her feet, Kozyreva said. Once the Russian freshman reacclimated herself, she won the second set 6-4. “It was a lot of effort to get back on court in the short time,” Kozyreva said. Now, Limam and Syracuse just hope she can stay there. Comments Published on February 26, 2020 at 10:55 pm Contact Thomas: [email protected] | @ThomasShults5 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Sofya Golubovskaya walked into Younes Limam’s office on the morning of Feb. 15 and faced her head coach. For the past week, Syracuse didn’t know if it’d have enough players for the Boston College match. Golubovskaya’s undisclosed early-season injury compounded with Polina Kozyreva’s hurt ankle from eight days prior.But a couple hours before SU faced the Eagles, Golubovskaya decided to play through those injuries and step on the court for the first time in a month.“I’ll do anything for our team,” Golubovskaya told Limam. That meant avoiding a forfeited point.As Syracuse started its 2020 season 6-0, injuries threatened to end the streak. Just days after Golubovskaya returned, she played just two sets against Columbia — one in doubles and one in singles – before retiring due to injury, and the Orange lost their first match of the year. Two days later against No. 10 Duke, she didn’t play at all. And with Syracuse (6-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) entering the heart of ACC schedule, fielding a full lineup is vital against lineups where four ranked singles opponents await. “We’re controlling what we can control,” Limam said. “You know, sometimes it takes a little bit longer to recover.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe week leading up to the match against Columbia, Golubovskaya had been “day-to-day,” according to Limam. But before warmups, Golubovskaya’s entire right arm and shoulder were wrapped by the training staff. After she retired in singles, trainers placed an oversized ice pack on Golubovskaya’s shoulder blade, tightening it with tape which they wound around her body.last_img read more

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NBA makes addressing growing fan behavior problem a top priority

first_img“We’ve added any sexist language or LGBTQ language, any denigrating language in that way, anything that is non-basketball related,” said Jerome Pickett, the NBA’s executive vice president and chief security officer. “So ‘your mother’ comments, talking about your family, talking about test scores, anything non-basketball related, we’ve added that in as well as being something that we will go and pull a fan out of the seat and investigate what happened.”Westbrook and Cousins were subjected to racist taunts in Salt Lake City and Boston and the fans involved in those incidents were banned by the Jazz and Celtics. Lowry was shoved by a minority partner of the Golden State Warriors’ ownership group, seated courtside during the NBA Finals, and that person was banned from team business for a year by the league.There were more. Those were just the highest-profile ones. The NBA would not release exact numbers – and the totals are believed to be very low – but Pickett said the ejections of fans in the courtside area still more than doubled last season.Westbrook declined comment for this story, saying through a Rockets official that he was not comfortable discussing the matter. But the players’ union insists that the problem is getting bigger and bigger.“Last season, I began to sense even at the games I was attending that there was a certain, I’ll call it absence of civility, that permeated the games,” said Michele Roberts, the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association. “I was seeing more bad-mouthing opposing teams that were not simply ‘you suck,’ which every one of us will tolerate, but really nasty, nasty comments being directed at players.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Celtics banned a fan for two years for directing racist chants at Cousins. Westbrook was involved in a pair of incidents in Utah that came to light last season; was offended by a fan during the 2018 playoffs by a fan calling him “boy” before a playoff game, and then last season was involved in a back-and-forth shouting match with another fan.The Jazz banned both fans for life, and Westbrook was fined $25,000 by the NBA for threatening the fan involved in last season’s incident.“I try very hard not to have my default answer be, ‘It’s racism.’ I really do because I don’t think that necessarily advances the argument,” Roberts said. “If it’s undoubtedly that, then I’m happy to say it.”It’s not always racism, either – Roberts also said she’s received complaints from many white players about being the subject of nastiness from fans.Amira Davis is an assistant professor at Penn State specializing in 20th Century American History with an emphasis on race, gender, sports and politics. She believes fans feel more emboldened now to say whatever they like, without fear of repercussions.“There have been plenty of sober fans yelling slurs and attacking players in the worst way,” Davis said. “I think it’s a mix of all of those things and when looking at predominantly white spaces like Utah and a largely black labor force, it ratchets it up a little bit more and makes it a lot more intense. Particularly in this political climate in which it’s very easy to project onto high-profile black athletes and pathologies and misconceptions about the black community.”Fan behavior is not just a concern in the NBA. It is being noted everywhere.Racist chants and taunts are a major issue in European soccer, including at a Euro 2020 qualifier between Bulgaria and England last week. Green Bay and Philadelphia fans fought in the stands at Lambeau Field last month. The Atlanta Braves had fans stop doing their “tomahawk chop” during the playoffs earlier this month. During the AL Championship Series between Houston and New York, Astros manager A.J. Hinch told umpires that he felt the behavior of fans at Yankee Stadium had crossed the line and that it “was becoming a dangerous situation.”“There’s no place for that,” Hinch said, referencing matters like debris being thrown from the stands toward players and taunts directed toward some of the Astros. “Both teams will agree. And it’s really hard to stop fans from doing that. But it’s also very dangerous.”And the athletes are not always just victims, either.Golfer Bio Kim was suspended by the Korean PGA for three years for making an obscene gesture at the crowd during the final round of a tournament that he won, angry because of noise from a cellphone camera.In the NBA, the league is expanding the area in arenas most closely monitored when it comes to player-fan interaction. The top-priority area used to be just those seated with feet on the court itself or maybe the first couple rows of courtside seats; now, that area goes several rows deep in every building, plus the areas where teams and referees enter and exit the court.The fan code of conduct, a standard announcement at every NBA arena for years, is now being shown and promoted more times in each game. Season-ticket holders have been put on notice by teams that they may lose their seats even if they give their tickets to someone who goes over the line and harasses players or officials too vociferously.Fans believed to have been involved in incidents will be removed from seats while officials investigate; many times, when a security guard asks those in a certain area what just happened, no one would volunteer information with the suspected heckler present.“I think players are definitely vulnerable,” Golden State’s Draymond Green said after the Lowry incident. “Any time you’re in a situation where you can do no right, like in defending yourself, you’re vulnerable.”center_img About a dozen NBA players gathered for a teleconference with officials in the league office this summer, making their case about what they believe is one of the biggest problems in the game.Fan behavior, they said, is getting worse.The numbers show they’re right, and if that isn’t troubling enough race only adds to the complexity of the issue: Most NBA players are black, and it seems like most of those in the closest seats are white. Not every incident is racially motivated, though some clearly are.After high-profile incidents involving Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus Cousins, Kyle Lowry and others last season – including ones involving racist taunts – zero tolerance for abusive or hateful behavior is now to become the NBA’s policy going forward. The league is changing and toughening its code of conduct for fans, especially putting those in closest proximity to the players and the court on alert that anything over the line will lead to ejections and possibly more.last_img read more

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Miller: I’m hoping the Cubs’ long title drought continues

first_imgThe Chicago Cubs ending the franchise’s 108-year World Series drought would be a great story.But I can think of one story that would be even better: The Cubs’ drought reaching 109 years.Unless you’re a fan of the team, why would you pull for such a torturously wonderful and wonderfully torturous tale to suddenly vanish? What’s the point of pain if the rest of us can’t find delight in the suffering of others? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Think about it. You never read heart-wrenching, collar-drenching essays about “short-suffering fans.”This is the reason I was pulling for Golden State in the most recent NBA Finals. I wasn’t against LeBron James winning. But I was for LeBron James not winning, thus extending for another season his delicious struggle to secure a championship for beleaguered Cleveland.Remember, this is sports, not love. Here, absence makes the heart grow harder, and Cleveland fans are famous for possessing tickers of Teflon. Historically, it wasn’t like they had any other choice.James and the Cavaliers won, of course, and now here we are, just four months later, and Cleveland is right back in the title hunt again. This time, it’s the Indians chasing ghosts that retain their invisibility, but, thanks to LeBron, have been stripped of their invincibility.Cleveland’s baseball team hasn’t won a World Series since 1948, the sort of futility trumpeted in “Major League,” a movie that itself is now so old that, at the time it was filmed, Charlie Sheen was still considered moderately normal.It was English writer Sir Arthur Helps who once observed, “Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid joy.”In that case, fans of the Indians, Cubs, Dodgers and Blue Jays should have enough combined strength to bench press Burbank.Baseball’s current final four has gone a total of 227 years without winning a World Series. That’s two-plus joyless centuries, the kind of monotonous, unforgiving reality typically reserved for things like communist oppression.Placed in that context, it almost sounds like the only reliable source for those latest box scores would be the New Testament.Old Sir Arthur died in 1875, meaning he wasn’t alive for the Cubs’ most recent championship. Then again, who was around back in 1908?Emma Morano was, for one, the Italian woman considered to be the oldest living human being today at age 116. It’s pretty well known, however, that Emma is a hockey fan.As you are certainly aware, the Cubs haven’t won in a long time, a long time being the same year baseball adopted the sacrifice fly rule.When the Cubs last claimed a World Series, spitballs were still legal and major league teams nicknamed the Naps, Doves and Superbas were playing.They didn’t sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch of the 1908 World Series because the song hadn’t yet been released. It is quite possible, though, that Harry Caray was singing something somewhere.This is the mountain of soul-aching nostalgia against which the Dodgers will be leaning over the next several days. This, plus the fact they’re representing a franchise that hasn’t won since 1988.There’s a real sense that the Dodgers have something special happening. The “Win for Vin” movement remains alive, as does the notion that this bunch is operating with 25 hearts but only one heartbeat.Also undeniable is the way the Dodgers have persevered through a season that can rightly be described as “next man down,” an unending series of injuries depleting a roster of its depth but not its talent.As Dodgers fans know, the waiting is supposed to be the hardest part. But the losing isn’t exactly easy, either.So, a drought will end over the next couple weeks, while three droughts continue. I have my rooting interest, the story of the Cubs so much better if they pay proper homage to their depressing past.Everyone knows their history. Here’s hoping — 103 regular-season wins and all — they’re now groomed to repeat it.center_img The Red Sox going 8 1/2 decades without a title was much more interesting than the Red Sox winning three titles in one decade.Likewise, I think most Dodgers fans would agree that watching the Giants fail year after year for more than 50 years was preferable to watching them win the World Series three times in five years.In fact, I think most Dodgers fans would agree that anything would have been preferable to that, including the application and subsequent removal of a misspelled tongue tattoo.In this business, we root for stories, not teams, and the better story always will be the continued push against agony and angst in the pursuit of a championship that simply won’t be caught.That’s how it is in our nightmares, right? Running, crawling, reaching and stretching toward something that somehow, someway remains just beyond our desperate grasp?last_img read more

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MLB playoffs 2019: Three takeaways from Rays’ convincing wild-card win over Athletics

first_img MLB playoffs 2019: Three takeaways from an improbable Nationals wild-card win There’s really not much more to say, but we’ll still say some things.MLB playoffs 2019: Three takeaways from Rays’ convincing wild-card win over A’sDon’t get it twisted, Charlie Morton is one of the most clutch pitchers in MLBYes, the A’s missed some opportunities in the wild-card game (more on that later) and no, a lot of people don’t know much about Charlie Morton, but over the last three years, Morton has turned into one of the most clutch pitchers in MLB and one of the best in general. Related News The Rays have earned the right to face off with the Astros in the American League Division Series after a 5-1 win over the A’s in the AL wild-card game.Charlie Morton tossed five innings while allowing one unearned run, Yandy Diaz hit two homers and the Rays combined to hit four in total. Morton didn’t have great control Wednesday, but he fought through five innings and only allowed one run which was unearned after a three-base error on a Marcus Semien ground ball. The 35-year-old righty did enough to earn the win and has now come away with victories in three winner-take-all games in the playoffs since 2017.He was the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the ALCS in 2017 as well as Game 7 of the World Series. Since signing with the Astros in 2017, Morton has revitalized his career, going 45-16 and making back-to-back All-Star games. His first year with Tampa Bay has been a great one and he is showing no signs of slowing down with age.Charlie Morton, 79mph Curveball and 96mph Fastball, Overlay. pic.twitter.com/AZOEoId6BV— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 3, 2019Missed opportunitiesThe A’s were one of the best-hitting MLB teams all year long. They were eighth in runs scored, 11th in on-base percentage, 10th in slugging and 10th in OPS. They finished fifth in home runs and also showed the ability to string hits together and beat teams if they couldn’t hit the ball out of the park.But Oakland became plagued by a problem late in the season and that problem reared its ugly head again in the wild-card game. While the A’s were OK with runners in scoring postion on the season (.252 batting average), they were abysmal down the stretch finishing the year on a 2-for-46 slump.They struggled again Wednesday, leaving the bases loaded in the first inning and runners on first and third in the fourth. What’s worse though is they had at least a runner on base in every single inning of the game except the ninth and yet they could not score an earned run.The A’s couldn’t figure out how to plate a runner at the end of the year and it cost them.A historic skidThis isn’t funny anymore. MLB playoffs 2019: One reason Athletics, Rays could win World Series The A’s cannot win a winner-take-all game to save their lives. With their loss to the Rays on Wednesday, Oakland has lost nine straight winner-take-all games. What makes it seem even worse though is when you hear the last time the A’s won one.That was in 1973. And again, to make matters worse, six of those nine games have been at home.Again, this isn’t funny anymore. MLB playoffs 2019: Walker Buehler will start Game 1 for Dodgers over Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryulast_img read more

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