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Maryland runs away from Syracuse in ACC tournament final

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The Atlantic Coast Conference championship was a game for Syracuse to prove its worth. To solidify its hold on the nation’s top ranking and a conference it had joined this year.It was a chance to get redemption for its only loss this season, and show that the tide was shifting in a matchup it had only won once in 15 tries.But as Maryland rushed the field as the final seconds ticked off the clock, No. 1 Syracuse (16-2, 6-1 ACC) was only left with what could have been in a 13-7 loss to the No. 2 Terrapins (19-1, 6-1) in the ACC tournament final on Sunday in front of 687 people in Chestnut Hill, Mass.“That was an outstanding Maryland team,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “… I thought they did a great job of getting turnovers when they needed and ground balls in the second half. I think that was the biggest difference.”Maryland started quickly out of the gate, scoring the first two goals of the game, as it eventually built a 6-3 lead. But each time the Terps seemed to have a grasp on the game, the Orange responded.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter Maryland made it 2-0, Syracuse scored two of its own. After UMD built up the three-goal advantage, Syracuse hung around to make it 7-5 going into halftime.In the second half, though, Syracuse wasn’t able to respond. A two-goal lead quickly became five, and any hope the Orange had to win its first-ever ACC tournament was quickly dashed.The difference for SU came at the draw circle, a place it’s dominated all season. Kailah Kempney and Kirkland Locey couldn’t get it going, losing 13-of-22 on the game, which led to a 27-to-15 shot advantage for Maryland.“They obviously dominated the draw control, especially in the first half, just winning the possessions,” Gait said. “I think our defense was under pressure all game long — couldn’t get possession for 70 percent of the game.”Kayla Treanor finished with three goals to lead Syracuse, but it wasn’t enough. Brooke Griffin and Taylor Cummings both collected hat tricks to lead the Terrapins.Syracuse came into the day as the No. 1 team in the country, but needed a win to validate that ranking.It had its opportunity, but came up well short.The Orange will now return home to finish up the regular season against Loyola (Md.) on Saturday at the Carrier Dome before awaiting its seeding for NCAA tournament, which starts the weekend after.“We didn’t quit,” Gait said. “Played until the end. And we have lots more lacrosse left this year.” Comments Published on April 27, 2014 at 6:02 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3last_img read more

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Students rally for fossil fuel divestment

first_imgMore than 100 students attended the Divest SC Rally hosted by Environmental Core and the Environmental Student Assembly, which was co-sponsored by nine other programming boards in the Undergraduate Student Government, including the Latinx Student Assembly, the Queer and Ally Student Assembly and the Black Student Assembly.  Jenni Hunting, a freshman majoring in international relations and environmental studies, said she attended the rally to protest the University’s investment in an industry that could threaten her future. “From the moment I arrived [at USC], I received questions about [divestment],” Folt wrote in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “At the time I said it was important to me, but not something I could tackle in my first semester given other demands. I’m speaking with members of the Investment Committee and will be meeting with students … later this month.” Tianna Shaw-Wakeman, co-organizer and Environmental Core representative, started the protest by telling students they didn’t need to know the details of investing to understand its impact on younger generations. “If you understand that investing in fossil fuels is investing in human suffering, is investing in us not having a future, that’s all you need to know [in that] USC must … make our futures better, must divest,” Shaw-Wakeman said. Student environmental groups led the protest with chants of “Divest! Divest! It’s in our best interest” as protestors held signs with slogans such as “No time for fossil fools.” (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) In response to the December letter, Folt’s office reached out this week to the Divest SC Rally organizers to coordinate a day to speak with students about their demands and questions regarding divestment.  Hyman called out world leaders and USC administration for expecting individuals to make their own sustainability efforts when the fossil fuel industry accounts for 76% of the carbon emissions in the United States.  Hyman ended the event by reminding students that in order to enact real change, the school needs to know that these issues matter to the student body as a whole, not just a select few. He also let attendees know that President Folt plans to meet with the coordinators of the event later this week to discuss the University’s potential divestment from the fossil fuel industry and reinvestment in renewable energy. Organizers planned the strike after sending a letter to President Carol Folt in December demanding that USC disclose details of its $5 billion endowment, specifically its investments in fossil fuels. center_img “The University has been telling you to turn off your AC and use a fan to save energy, has told you to carry around a metal straw, has told you that climate change is a wicked problem,” Hyman said. “And has also been telling its investment office to invest in coal, natural gas and petroleum oil.” “People of color are way more affected by problems with pollution and their health,” Mauss said. “When we fight for ourselves, we’re not just fighting for us, we’re fighting for our entire community. It’s really important that we remember that we’re not just these privileged students fighting for divestment, we are fighting for something that is bigger than all of us.” Students and faculty crowded around Tommy Trojan Monday bearing posters with slogans like “No time for fossil fools” and “I refuse to pay for a college that won’t be here long enough for me to graduate” to protest USC’s role in advancing climate change through their investments in fossil fuels. As sounds from the rally echoed throughout Trousdale Parkway, ESA co-director Claire Mauss addressed the crowd in English and Spanish. She informed the crowd that more than half of people of color live within 30 miles of an oil rig, which seriously affects their health in the long run.  “At the end of the day … I believe [Folt] is conscious of the issue, and I believe what she needs is a legitimization both to her and the Board of Trustees that these demands are legitimate, they’re profitable and they have precedence in other countries and other institutions,” Hyman said. “We just need to keep on making our case.” “For me, it’s just holding USC accountable to their sustainability promise because … all over campus, I see signs saying, ‘We’re a sustainable campus, zero waste!’ and frankly, it’s bullshit if we’re continuing to invest in fossil fuels,” Hunting said.  ESA co-director Nathaniel Hyman led the crowd through chants of “Divest! Divest! It’s in our best interest!” and reminded attendees about the growing number of studies showing how little time is left to reverse the effects of climate change.  Protest leaders encouraged students to add their personal stories to the dialogue by voting, lobbying and spreading awareness about climate change. last_img read more

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Dodgers seeing success against southpaws

first_imgThe Dodgers now have a 6-8 record against left-handed starters this year and 36-25 against right-handers.Puig returnsPuig was able to pinch hit in the eighth inning and grounded out. It was his first plate appearance since Tuesday.“We’re still being a little careful” with Puig, Mattingly said. “We know he’s probably only going to get one at-bat. We’ll see what happens (Saturday).”Baez back, tooThe Dodgers activated reliever Pedro Baez from the 15-day disabled list and optioned left-hander Ian Thomas to Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to the game. Baez struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth inning.“It was a right-handed situation and we had some runs,” Mattingly said, “so it wasn’t like he can’t make any mistakes his first time back in the big leagues for a while, so it was a good situation for him.”Baez had not pitched since May 13 because of a strained right pectoral muscle.AlsoBrandon Beachy threw 60 pitches over four innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The right-hander allowed two hits, walked three and struck out two. It was his third minor-league rehab start as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery in April 2014. … Brandon League is expected to make rehab appearances with Oklahoma City on Saturday and Monday. … Paco Rodriguez’s minor-league rehab is over, Mattingly said, but the left-hander is expected to meet with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache before he’s cleared to return to the Dodgers, possibly Monday in Arizona. “I think it’s a matter of seeing ‘em,” Mattingly said. “Sometimes you don’t see ‘em. The ones we saw (earlier in the season) were pretty good. (Madison) Bumgarner’s not too bad. And (Jorge) De La Rosa’s given us trouble historically. We saw Bumgarner three times and De La Rosa three times. So the ones we saw were pretty good.”Backup catcher A.J. Ellis got the start against Nicolino because Mattingly said he prefered Ellis to switch-hitting starter Yasmani Grandal against a lefty. Ellis went 0 for 2 against Nicolino.Yasiel Puig, who was still dealing with a broken callus on his left palm, and left-handed hitter Andre Ethier both sat in favor of Scott Van Slyke and Alex Guerrero.Van Slyke hit a two-run home run against Nicolino in the second inning. Another right-handed hitter, Howie Kendrick, had a single and a lineout in his two plate appearances against Nicolino and finished with four hits. Guerrero finished 2 for 4.“We have some really professional hitters, especially against lefties,” Ellis said. “Scott Van Slyke is as good as anybody I’ve ever played with, as far as facing left-handed pitchers. We missed him for a while when he was banged up. Alex Guerrero is dangerous against batting against anybody, but it seems he has big hits against lefties as well.” MIAMI >> Even during the halcyon days of April, when it seemed anything the Dodgers hit left the yard, their lineup had a fatal flaw. It couldn’t hit left-handed pitching. The Dodgers finished April with a .185 average against lefties — bad for a bad team, let alone one expected to contend for a World Series. They’ve gotten better since, batting .257 against southpaws in May and .241 so far in June.Friday they did something they haven’t done all season by beating left-handed starters on consecutive days. One was a hard-throwing veteran (Jon Lester); the other a younger finesse pitcher (Justin Nicolino).Dodgers manager Don Mattingly admitted that this provided some satisfaction.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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“Smallie”, Nero to know fate today

first_img“Mango Man” murder caseNearly one month into the trial before Justice James Bovell-Drakes, a 12-member jury is expected to determine the fates of Mark Royden Williams, called “Smallie”, and Sherwin Nero, called “Catty”, in relation to their alleged involvement in the August 30, 2007 murder of Kumar Singh, called “Mango Man”.The defence and prosecution presented closing arguments earlier this week and the matter was adjourned to today for summation and jury deliberation. The panelMark Royden Williams, called “Smallie”, and Sherwin Nero, called “Catty” are on trial for murderof 12 will determine whether or not the duo is innocent or guilty. “Smallie” has led his defence by implicating Inspector Suraj Singh and other ranks in torturing him into signing his caution statement. He had told the jury that upon his 2008 arrest, he was handcuffed, beaten and shocked into signing the police document.Singh was killed after gunmen stormed his premises and allegedly made off with cash and jewellery while his relatives were visiting from Suriname.During the testimony of Singh’s wife and daughter last week, it was explained that bandits fired several shots when the family home was invaded. While the two women did not see the faces of their attackers, the jury had been told that an ex-Police rank transported the duo from Kumar Singh’s Cove and John, East Coast Demerara home via horse cart which the defence views as implausible.Prosecutor Tamika Clarke is appearing for the State while the two men on trial are being represented by Attorney Nigel Hughes.last_img read more

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