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first_imgInside Syracuse’s locker room after its Feb. 4 win over then-No. 9 Virginia, John Gillon wished he could be the center of a court-storming celebration.For the second time in a week, fans rushed the Carrier Dome floor — after head coach Jim Boeheim’s unofficial 1,000th victory. It came seven days after Syracuse’s upset of then-No. 6 Florida State, which triggered the first of three court stormings this season — all in the span of a month.“I want to be in the middle of it and people holding me up,” Gillon said. “… Me dancing with everyone.”Gillon’s wish almost came true last Wednesday. His banked-in, buzzer-beating 3-pointer against Duke gave the Orange its third win against a Top 10 opponent at home. Fans rushed the court again. After Gillon finished mean-mugging near the scorer’s table and averting the mob of teammates, he headed for the celebration engulfing the hardwood. Fans waited with outstretched arms.Unfortunately for Gillon, a line of Carrier Dome staffers stood between him and the swarm. Live on ESPN with sideline reporter Allison Williams waiting to interview the fifth-year senior, he darted for the crowd before Syracuse director of athletic communications Pete Moore pulled Gillon’s shoulders to bring him back to isolation. Even though he was the hero, Gillon would not have made it to the fans with a Red Rover-like wall in front of him.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs much as these moments highlight players in the spotlight, it’s the security staffers outside it whose arduous job has been to maintain civility during a court storm not once, but three times this season.“They can’t do that,” Chief Facilities Officer Pete Sala said. “The last thing we need as an institution is one of our players get into something after the game … God forbid they don’t play in the next game.”For security, court-storming preparations begin well before tipoff. If Syracuse hosts a game Saturday, as it does this week against Georgia Tech, Sala holds a Tuesday meeting to discuss security measures for the game. Protecting against a court storm is especially important if an unranked Syracuse team hosts an opponent ranked as high as Florida State, Virginia and Duke. Sala then meets with referees and game operations staff an hour before tipoff, before meeting with Syracuse Fire Department members to ensure safety protocol is followed in the case of a court storm.There are four security groups represented at the Carrier Dome during any given game: yellow-shirted Dome staffers (“yellow shirts”), city fire department members, Department of Public Safety officers and Syracuse Police Department officers. The size of each group fluctuates based on the magnitude of the game and size of the crowd. For example, DPS Chief Bobby Maldonado assigned 40 officers to the Duke game, the most he’s staffed at a home game this season.If a court-storming seems possible with five minutes remaining in a game, Sala radios his yellow shirts to move into position. DPS officers, some coming down from the stadium’s upper levels, do the same. Neither Sala nor Maldonado revealed their group’s court-storming formation.“I can tell you that there are specific positions that we have our people in place,” Maldonado said. “… It’s our job, really, to keep people at bay.”Security prohibits students from filling the aisles before the buzzer sounds. When students walk on the court, about 30 yellow shirts form a wall aligned with the Carrier emblem. This way, teams can shake hands if desired and players, coaches, officials and scorer’s table equipment are protected.After Gillon’s buzzer-beater, Syracuse team security guard and DPS sergeant Andy Clary scrambled in front of the players’ mob to ensure it had gone untouched. Sala and other officers surrounded Gillon and ESPN cameras after he maneuvered into space and the team filtered back into the locker room. Security won’t order students to leave the court, as long as they allow players, coaches and officials to safely exit the floor.“We just celebrate and get out of there before somebody loses a leg or something,” Syracuse freshman forward Taurean Thompson said.Through three court storms there has been no damage, save for Boeheim’s chair after the Duke game, when Eric Devendorf threw it aside to join the celebration. Students and elder fans have been as civilized as those in charge of protecting against court storms have hoped. In turn, security hasn’t had an issue fulfilling its main goal: Monitor the court storm, don’t restrict it.“I think my staff does one of the best jobs in the country,” Sala said. “… You can’t stop it, so how do you manage it?” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 2, 2017 at 10:53 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more


first_img(Tallahassee, FL) — A lawsuit being heard today that could speed up payments of unemployment benefits in Florida.Florida has been the slowest state in the nation at processing coronavirus-related unemployment claims, and it’s lagged behind much smaller states in simply getting money into the hands of its citizens.The state is being sued for problems with the website people use to file unemployment claims. Less than half of those who have applied for benefits have gotten paid. A judge in Tallahassee will hear arguments, virtually, today. Lawyers representing the plaintiffs hope a judge will order the state to pay benefits immediately to everyone who has yet to receive anything. Gov. Ron DeSantis said he will ask his office of inspector general to investigate the contract with the company that built Florida’s broken unemployment website seven years ago.DeSantis said he wants the inspector general, an office that was created in 1994 to provide internal oversight of state agencies, to investigate how the state spent $77.9 million on the website, CONNECT, and how the contract was amended numerous times.“There’s a lot of money that went in to this,” DeSantis said. “I think everything needs to be looked at, 100%.”The announcement of an investigation into a past administration was a rare rebuke of his predecessor, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott. The two Republicans have become political rivals, and Scott was quick to cast an eye on DeSantis’ chief of staff, Shane Strum, on Monday.Strum was chief of staff for former Gov. Charlie Crist when Deloitte Consulting was awarded the multimillion-dollar contract a few months before Scott took office. Scott oversaw the development and rollout of the site, which launched in 2013.DeSantis has continued to blame Florida’s unemployment crisis on the seven-year-old CONNECT, calling it a “jalopy” in past press conferences.On Monday, DeSantis said the system was so bad that the system would have been overwhelmed even in a slight recession.“If we had anything other than 3 or 4 percent unemployment, this would have been a problem,” DeSantis said. “So that’s not a good use of taxpayer money.”last_img read more


first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsBeggars can’t be choosers.Which is why the Nelson franchise will gladly take its first two points of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season, a 3-2 victory over the visiting Penticton Lakers Sunday afternoon a the NDCC Arena.Connor McLaughlin scored the winning goal midway through the third period to give Nelson its first win in five attempts.Twice the 2010 KIJHL finalists took a one-goal advantage.Colton Schnell gave the Leafs a 1-0 when he tucked the centering pass past Adam Harris in the Laker nets.Andriano Mungioli tied the game in the second before Patrick Martens restored the Nelson lead with an unassisted marker just over a minute later.But Rylie Gallagher beat Marcus Beesley three minutes into the final frame setting up McLaughlin to be the hero.Nelson out shot Penticton 30-22 in the contest.Nelson netminder Beesley registered his first junior hockey win.The win lifted the weight of the world off the Heritage City franchise especially after Nelson took it on the chin Friday and Saturday against two Murdoch Division opponents.Beaver Valley Nitehawks doubled the Green and White 6-3 at the NDCC Arena to open the weekend on a sour note.Six different Nitehawks found the score sheet for the visitors.McLaughlin had three points for Nelson, two goals and an assist.Braden Redschlag rounded out the scoring for Nelson.Beesley registered the loss for the Leafs.Saturday, the Grand Forks Border Bruins looked like KIJHL contenders against the Leafs.The Bruins scored six power play goals, including three in the opening period to erase a 1-0 deficit, en route to a 6-2 trashing in the Boundary City.Nelson gets another shot at the Bruins when the teams hook up Friday in Grand Forks.Saturday, the Fernie Ghostriders, the team Nelson edged in the Kootenay Conference final, pay a visit to the Heritage City.Puck drops at 7 [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180322_RyanMartinDry and chilly today and tomorrow. However, we should see ore sunshine statewide, and temps may moderate just a touch for tomorrow.Our next system noses into SW Ohio Saturday around midday. This system is diving southeast, and will end up missing a large chunk of Ohio. At this time, we think rain finishes the day from I-70 southward to the tune of .25”-1”. North of I-70, we see nothing. The map at right shows cumulative precipitation by Sunday midday. Cold air blasts into the state overnight Saturday night and Sunday morning. That means there is a very real chance that the precipitation will end as some sloppy wet snow. Again the better chances for accumulation will be in southern Ohio, where the liquid is moving through, but even there, you see the best precipitation be outside of the coldest air. Still, we have to leave the door open to minor accumulations of a coating to an inch over about 30% of the southern part of the state.Dry for Monday of next week, but then we see a very complicated mess for the Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday time frame. We kick things off with a front for Monday overnight through Tuesday. This event can bring .05”-.5” precipitation to 70% of the state. From there, we see additional chances for showers Tuesday and Wednesday that can bring another few hundredths to few tenths. If you combine all three days together, you end up with .25”-.6” rain totals over about 60% of the state. It will be a wet period, but not overly excessive moisture. Temps climb for Monday on south winds ahead of this mess, but then pull back to near normal and slightly below normal levels for midweek. We shift back to a dry pattern briefly for next Friday.Easter weekend looks wet still, but we are shifting our storm system back about 12-18 hours. Rains now likely develop Saturday evening, the 31st, and then really ramp up for Easter Sunday, the 1st. This is mostly due to the low splitting, and the first wave pushing farther south and east. This will set up similar to what we saw with the events over the past 24 hours, and a strong storm could move up the coast again. So, with this change in arrival and track, we are pulling our range back to .5”-1.5”, and the upper end of the range may develop over southern Indiana. From there, we are dry for the 2nd through the 4th, and a strong storm complex moves through around the 5th. This front will look to bring rains from .25”-.5”, but may raise the specter of a few thunderstorms as well. Strong high pressure will move in for the 6th forward.last_img read more


first_imgHe performs like a champ and starts racking up his YAC immediately — watch No. 9 (poor guy) go limp as he tries to take down the big man. Also our friend No. 31 is back. He tries to help No. 9…kind of. It doesn’t amount to much.Here’s what Castleman said about the catch.“He threw it to me, concentrate, concentrate, catch. Took off and I started running and they hit me.” More like he hit them…Screen Shot 2015-01-05 at 3.24.38 PMPhoto via USATSIHere’s the video of that. Look at those paint chips!Castleman kept going though even though he didn’t know whether No. 9 was dead.“I didn’t go down so I kept running and I was like nobody has hit me yet and kept looking to see where they were at.”This was the moment everyone on Washington’s sideline realized what was happening. Here’s a look via okstate.Screen Shot 2015-01-05 at 3.25.36 PMFella No. 1 is likely the kicker who didn’t make his grades and is just thankful he’s not on defense right now. Guy No. 2 is a fourth string QB looking for a 15-point play in case OSU scores.No. 3 is like “welp, they did it again” and No. 4 will have a job in insurance by the time spring ball starts.Castleman continued on. Watch him cut (“cut”) back towards the middle of the field as No. 20 jumps on his back for a ride.“I glanced up at the screen (video board) and I thought, ‘Oh gosh, they’re right there.’ I tried cutting back in and that wasn’t happening and the check engine light came on and I had to go down.”At this point in the broadcast you can hear Kanell screaming in the background “GO BIG FELLA!” which was pretty awesome.The whole thing was just a truly unbelievable ending of a very bizarre season. In a lot of ways it almost had to end this way.Chris Petersen, your thoughts?“When you get in bowl games there are always some new little wrinkles and he (Castleman) got away from us a couple of times.”I should say so. Gundy even admitted he should have gotten No. 91 involved in the offense earlier in the season. “I thought that I ought to be hit in the head with a board for not using him on offense.”The Oklahoman turned the moment into a great headline and Castleman crushed the postgame quote:Castleman also noted that this isn’t a game he would soon forget. “Coach (Glenn) Spencer talks about that you’re always going to remember your last game. I promise you, I’ll remember this last game.”We all will.Here’s the entire thing in video form (sorry, no sound).Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! James Castleman is a large, large man. (USATSI)James Castleman is a large, large man. (USATSI)It was too much to be believed as it was happening.Part of the reason for that is that it was taking place at 1 in the morning Oklahoma time but part of it was because, well forgive my unbelief, but Mason Rudolph and James Castleman were catching passes in an Oklahoma State bowl win and that’s just so far from where OSU was in October that it’s borderline unfathomable.I did want to take one last look at the Castleman catch and rumble for 48 yards because it was one of my favorite plays in recent OSU history.Deep dive time — let’s go.As Castleman trots out onto the field Danny Kanell says the following on the broadcast:“Would you trust a 320-lb. defensive lineman to carry the football in this situation?” His play-by-play guy responds “Would I? I would trust that guy to do almost anything.”He turned out to be correct even though right before the play Kanell followed it with “they would never throw it, would they? A little play-action…”The first amazing thing about the play is how smooth No. 91 looks when he goes in motion. We have fullbacks and tight ends that don’t look this fleet of foot when going in motion.The next thing is No. 31. Poor No. 31. I’d fall down too if Castleman was running straight at me like that looking like he wanted to truck stick me. And he never recovers.This is when Castleman knew he might be getting the look from Rudolph.“Honestly, I didn’t think he was going to throw the ball to me until the play was going and the guy that was supposed to be guarding me fell,” Castleman said. “I was like, ‘Oh man, Mason’s going to throw me the ball. Oh gosh, what’s going to happen?’”Then the actual catching of the thing. Gundy said Castleman probably has the best hands on the team and I believe him. This is an incredibly difficult maneuver — especially given the situation — and Castleman has never done it before in a game!last_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southend chairman Martin reveals more Larsson talks plannedby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthend United chairman Ron Martin has revealed more talks are planned with Henrik Larsson over the manager’s job.Former Sweden, Barcelona, Manchester United and Hoops striker Larsson was an interested spectator as the Shrimpers picked up a 1-0 win at MK Dons on Saturday under the guidance of caretaker boss Gary Waddock.Martin admits Larsson, who scored 242 goals in 315 games for Celtic, is high on his short-list to replace Kevin Bond.He said: “Having Henrik Larsson join us on Saturday was simply part of the continuing interview process.“I have a number of people to see this week and shall also be talking further with Henrik.“This necessary due diligence to find the best option for the club is also not a negative reflection on Gary Waddock who is, in any event, well placed to influence our thinking.“The team under his guidance did excellently against MK Dons.“Whilst it is possible I am, nevertheless, doubtful a decision will be made, and implemented, by the weekend.” last_img read more


first_imgHouston: The stage is all set for the mega “Howdy Modi” event in which President Donald Trump will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi where they will address over 50,000 Indian-Americans, but the torrential rains triggered by a tropical storm have wreaked havoc in Houston, killing 2 persons. Tropical Depression Imelda slammed Texas on Thursday, causing devastating flooding, power outages and prompting urgent rescues and warnings across southeastern Texas for people to stay indoors. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of emergency for 13 counties in southeastern Texas. Two persons were killed on Thursday. One was electrocuted and drowned while trying to move his horse and another man drowned after driving his van into floodwaters and submerged, according to sheriff’s office. However, the volunteers of the “Howdy Modi” event are upbeat and confident that all the attendees at the sprawling NRG stadium in Houston will have an experience they will cherish all their lives. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Leading volunteer Achalesh Amar told PTI that over 1,500 volunteers have been working round the clock to make the event a grand success. “We are going to have a fantastic programme on Sunday”, he said. The mammoth event reflects the growing size, power and complexity of the Indian-American community, both in the Houston area and the US, he said. President Trump, along with a number of high-ranking US government officials – including governors, members of Congress and mayors – will join Prime Minister Modi to attend the “Howdy Modi!” event on Sunday. “This is going to be a kind of family celebration. We want to say, ”Look at our community here! We are successful. We are strong. We have done good things for Houston!” We would like Modi to know all of this,” organisers said. Swapan Dhairyawan, president of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH), said he has witnessed how Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner”s visit to India in November 2018 enhanced the bilateral trade. Dhairyawan said he was confident that Modi”s visit to Houston and his meeting with President Trump and top CEOs will “make new inroads in furthering business opportunities in oil and gas, healthcare and Innovation Houston”s three core sectors”. “We need a non-stop flight from Houston to New Delhi. Modi announced a direct flight from San Francisco to New Delhi during his 2015 speech in Silicon Valley, chamber members hope the same happens at Houston,” he said. Jagdip Ahluwalia, founding Secretary and Executive Director of the IACCGH, said President Trump attending the event was a sign of the “growing importance of the US-India relationship”. “From 2018 to May 2019, India moved from being Houston”s 9th largest trading partner to its 4th largest trading partner preceded only by Mexico, China and Brazil”, he said. According to the US Census Bureau Foreign Trade Division, the trade between Houston and India is up 82.2 per cent, with Houston exports to India up 106.5 per cent and India”s exports to Houston up by 48.8 per cent. “Modi”s last visit to Washington and meeting with Trump led to a multibillion dollar deal by India to buy US crude oil, which was multi billion dollar deal by India to buy US liquefied natural gas, a lot of which will ship from our region and we are positive Modi”s visit to the home of the energy hub, NASA will lead to a new series of bilateral opportunities between our region which IACCGH is here to help facilitate and support,” Ahluwalia added. Before Prime Minister Modi will deliver the community address, he is scheduled to have a round table meeting with various energy-related top business leaders. There are also some community-related brief meetings involved during his short trip to Houston, which includes meeting Kashmiri Pandits settled in the US. Jugal Malani, chairperson of the Texas India Forum, said “Our community loves Prime Minister Modi and the multi-million-dollar event is fully funded through resources raised within the community. The mega cultural show will highlight Indian heritage and we have performers from all across America joining in”. Meanwhile the Houston Chronicle reported that the US-based relatives of two Kashmiris have sued Prime Minister Modi in a federal court on Thursday ahead of his visit in Houston, alleging that his unilateral action to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 has led to the detention of many persons. Some protests by the International Humanitarian Foundation of Houston are also being planned against Modi”s visit and some pro-Pakistan and anti-Kashmir billboards have also appeared at some places in the city. According to sources, over 10,000 people will protest the Indian government’s decision to end Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. However, the Governor’s Office, city officials along with a huge pool of volunteers, are working towards the grand success of the event.last_img read more


first_imgBerlin: Lucas Hernandez, the most expensive signing in Bayern Munich’s history, says “unbelievable” fees are currently being paid on the transfer market, putting pressure on the players concerned to justify the astronomical sums. The 23-year-old 2018 World Cup winner signed for 80 million euros from Atletico Madrid and became a Bayern player in July after recovering from knee surgery in March. The Frenchman cost nearly double the price of Bayern’s previous record signings — Corentin Tolisso, from Lyon in 2017/18 for 41.5 million euros, and Javi Martinez for 40 million euros from Bilbao in 2012/13. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThe price Bayern paid for Hernandez is dwarfed by the world record 220 million euros Paris Saint Germain paid Barcelona for Brazil forward Neymar in August 2017. “Transfer fees have recently become more and more exaggerated. Unbelievable sums are being paid,” Hernandez told broadcaster DAZN. He has played the full 90 minutes in four of his last seven games and is set to feature when the Bundesliga leaders play Tottenham Hotspur away in the Champions League on Tuesday. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersHernandez says he is obliged to justify the price tag Bayern paid. “Due to all the trust the club has placed in me with this sum, it is now up to me to pay it back on the pitch and to give my all,” he added. “One day the club, should also be proud of the fact that they spent this money for me.” He expects a tough away clash in London against Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs after helping Bayern win their opening Group B game 3-0 at home to Red Star Belgrade a fortnight ago when Tottenham threw away a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw at Olympiakos. Striker Robert Lewandowski has scored in each of Bayern’s last eight games, leaving him with 12 goals in nine matches this season, with Philiipe Countinho, on loan from Barcelona, is superbly running Munich’s attack. “It will be a huge and difficult game for us, but we have good players with high individual quality and we are a great team,” added Hernandez.last_img read more


first_imgParis: Serge Gnabry scored four second-half goals as Bayern Munich came from behind to hand last season’s runners-up Tottenham Hotspur a stunning 7-2 home defeat in the Champions League on Tuesday after Real Madrid escaped with a 2-2 draw against Club Brugge. There were routine wins for Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid, while Cristiano Ronaldo netted in a comfortable Juventus victory, but most of the drama was in north London. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju The evening started well for Spurs as Son Heung-min fired across Manuel Neuer and into the far corner to give Mauricio Pochettino’s team the lead against Bayern. However, the German champions came roaring back to leave Spurs on the receiving end of the biggest ever home defeat for an English team in Europe. It was the first time they had ever conceded seven goals in a home game. Two super strikes from Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski had Bayern ahead at the break and Gnabry, the former Arsenal winger, then scored two goals two minutes apart to make it four early in the second half. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters Harry Kane reduced the arrears from the penalty spot, but Gnabry ran through to complete his hat-trick on 83 minutes and he smacked in the seventh goal after Lewandowski had netted his second of the evening. Gnabry is the first player to score four goals against English opposition since Lionel Messi achieved the same feat for Barcelona against Arsenal in 2010. The result means last season’s beaten finalists already face a struggle to qualify from Group B after they drew at Olympiakos in their opening game. The Greek club were beaten 3-1 at Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday despite Ruben Semedo giving them the lead as the second-half sending-off of Yassine Benzia for the visitors changed the game. Milos Vulic equalised for Red Star before late headers by Nemanja Milunovic and Richmond Boakye secured victory for the Serbian side, who go to Spurs next. Meanwhile, Manchester City beat Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium to make it two wins from two in Group C. Ilkay Gundogan hit the bar for Pep Guardiola’s team in the first half before Riyad Mahrez squared for Raheem Sterling to tap in the 66th-minute opener. Sterling then turned provider for Phil Foden to secure the points in stoppage time for City. – Casemiro rescues Real – ========================= In the same group, Israeli forward Manor Solomon netted the winner deep in injury time as Shakhtar Donetsk came from behind to beat Atalanta 2-1 in Milan. Duvan Zapata had given the Italian side a first-half lead after Josip Ilicic had a penalty saved, but Junior Moraes equalised for the Ukrainian champions prior to the break, before Solomon’s late heroics. In Madrid, record 13-time champions Real were 2-0 down at half-time at home to Club Brugge, for whom the Nigerian forward Emmanuel Dennis scored a first-half brace. But Zinedine Zidane’s team came storming back as Sergio Ramos headed in before Casemiro claimed a dramatic equaliser in the 85th minute, seconds after Ruud Vormer had been sent off for the visitors. It is a first point for Real in Group A, which is led by PSG. The French club, again missing the suspended Neymar, beat Galatasaray 1-0 in Istanbul thanks to Mauro Icardi’s second-half goal. – New Ronaldo landmark – ======================== Meanwhile, Gonzalo Higuain set Juventus on their way to a 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in Turin before he set up Federico Bernardeschi to double their lead and Ronaldo completed the scoring late on. That strike means the 34-year-old Portuguese forward has now scored a Champions League goal against 33 different opponents, equalling a record set by Raul. Maurizio Sarri’s team share first place in Group D with Atletico, who ran out 2-0 winners away to Lokomotiv Moscow thanks to second-half goals by Joao Felix and Thomas Partey.last_img read more

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