Armed Forces Championship Builds Camaraderie Among Services

first_img After a long, hard-fought battle of the skills, the Armed Forces Championship basketball tournament came to an end at the Paige Fieldhouse, this past April at the Marine Corps base in Camp Pendleton, Calif. The best selected players from all five services came from around the globe to compete in the men’s and women’s basketball tournament with the Air Force taking home the gold in both categories this past April. The men’s final score was 71-65 against the Army with the women’s Air Force team taking home a victory of 67-51 against the Army. “It’s been a great tournament; every team is very well-matched and well-coached,” said Thomas Fisher, athletic director of the Semper Fit Division, Marine Corps Community Services. “Throughout the whole world, all the services have intramural teams or varsity teams, and from there they select their best players to go to a camp. From there they select who will move up to higher levels like this and compete against the other services.” Throughout the duration of the tournament, warrior ethos on the court was comparable to any combat training environment. The competitive spirit was alive and well at Paige Fieldhouse. “In team sports you’re fostering leadership, you ‘re fostering teamwork…you’re under adverse conditions,” said Fisher. “It’s not the same as combat, but as far as adversity, you can use what you do in athletics [in combat]. It’s a safe way of fostering leadership. “ All five services had something different to bring to the table, just as all five services have different, yet equally important missions. “We’re all in the same fight; we’re all protecting freedoms for our country,” said Fisher. “It is good to come together and promote the fact that every service has a different mission and to compete against your fellow brothers and sisters is rewarding. This is a once in a lifetime experience.“ Despite their athletic ability and skills on the court, playing basketball isn’t an everyday job for these players. These service members come together once a year to compete for bragging rights. “These are the best available performers,” said Fisher. “Some are deployed and aren’t able to compete. I’m just highly impressed with the players.” It is important for players who are selected to perform at the best of their ability and enjoy their time being able to play, said Onyenma Nwaelele, guard from Seattle who is stationed at Kingston Air Force Base, Miss. “To be a part of this is something special,” said Nwaelele. “I like interacting with people from all over the world one week a year. I’m just proud to be a part of something big…something special.” The best players from all the men’s services will continue on to play at the World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 12 – 25 and the women will finalize the competition in Coco Beach, Fla. By Dialogo May 09, 2011last_img read more

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Sheridan Street finds niche at center attacking midfielder for Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ On a warm offseason practice in the spring, outside forward Sheridan Street received a through ball from a teammate and blasted it into the net. Street was coming off a successful sophomore season in which she notched three goals in seven starts for the Orange. But suddenly, new assistant coach Kelly Lawrence blew the whistle and called street over. “Sheridan, I think you’d play better in the midfield than on the outside,” Lawrence told her. The comment shocked Street. She had spent her career at Syracuse as an outside forward. She was accustomed to being solely a goal-scorer, and now her new assistant coach thought she’d play better as a midfielder.Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon agreed with Lawrence. He felt that Street’s skillset, which had morphed into being technically cleaner, was more suited for the center attacking midfielder position. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe decision was made. Street, a natural goal-scorer, has been forced to morph into a facilitator and organizer at center attacking midfielder. Despite a gradual transition taking the summer and part of the 2016 season, Street has grown into what Wheddon calls “a catalyst on the attack.”“It’s ultimately about putting players in the positions where they will succeed,” Wheddon said. “We have a lot of depth at the wide forwards and not as much in the midfield.”Street had from the spring to the fall to transition into a center attacking midfielder, a position she had never embraced in the past. She also transitioned while playing for her club team this summer. Her club coach allowed Street to switch positions to properly prepare for the Orange’s season. But she ran into multiple problems while adjusting. Street felt uncomfortable not being present on the defensive line. She has a keen, natural sense of placing herself in scoring positions. Now, as a midfielder, she’s been forced to restrain herself from joining the front of an attack. Street didn’t shoot nearly as much as she had in the past, which frustrated her. Playing center attacking midfielder requires a wide vision of the field and quickly distributing the ball on the attack. Those qualities weren’t Street’s forte.“Understanding the different runs was very hard for me,” Street said. “I would often find myself in a wide space. I was playing like an extremely wide midfielder. My spatial awareness on the field was an issue for me throughout the summer.” Her struggles at the position persisted when she returned to Syracuse in the fall. Street had started seven games for the Orange in 2015. Despite starting SU’s first two games in 2016, Street moved to the bench on Aug. 28 against Albany and was used as a late-game substitution.Street insisted she gradually transitioned instead of breaking through in a single moment. But Stephanie Skilton, Opal Curless and Carolin Bader bolstered her transition by helping her figure out her position through chatter during games and practices.“Not just regular game talk though,” Street said. “They would say, ‘Sher, I need you here, I need you there.’ That really helped me transition.”When Syracuse played Buffalo on Sept. 15, Street finally returned to the starting lineup. In the 63rd minute, the Orange and the Bulls were scoreless. Street stood back as Curless fired an open shot on net. UB’s goalkeeper deflected the ball in Street’s direction.Street had been trained to create opportunities, but she still had a knack for attacking. She sprinted toward the ball and blasted it into the net, giving the Orange its decisive goal in a 2-0 victory.SU has scored only three goals through six games of ACC play. For the Orange to make the NCAA tournament, it’ll need Street to create more chances in its four remaining games. “Her distribution, quickness in changing the point of attack, and texture of passes have improved dramatically,” Wheddon said. “She’s grown great at solving problems and escaping tough pressure. In the ACC, the midfield is where some of the most dangerous players play. So we’ve needed her there and she’s done great.” Comments Published on October 11, 2016 at 10:13 pm Contact Byron: [email protected]last_img read more

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Judges Warned Not to Take Money from Those Seeking Justice

first_imgChief Justice Francis Korkpor wants the Liberian media exercise due diligence to any story about the country’s justice system. Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor Sr. has warned judges to live above reproach and stop using the court as a place to get rich or for money making.Justice Korkpor made the statement in Ganta, Nimba County where Magistrate Nyan Ben was turning over to S. Yarlor Saywon as new Stipendiary Magistrate of the Ganta Magisterial Court.“People rush to us for redress for situations they are faced with. They come to the court frustrated and need a result for their problems, but if a judge begins to demand money, you increase their frustration and make them to lost hope,” he said. “Don’t take bond fees from anyone and use your 13.5 to help the party litigant, not for intimidating or exploiting the people.”The Chief Justice, who was very frank in his deliberation at the turning over ceremony, urged judges to use the resources at their disposal to discharge their duties, and should not take money from people who are seeking for justice.Although he did not mention any punishment for any judge found in such judicial malpractice, he admonished them to be strong and do things according to the law by helping the people get their just justice.“If you do the right thing and the people thank God for your sake, that alone will make you live long and be respected in the community,” he said.The Chief Justice statement was really applauded by those in attendance, with many of them expressing satisfaction because he spoke on the ill of the judicial system.(From left) Ganta City representative, Judge Emery Paye, Incoming Magistrate Saywon, Chief Justice Korkpor, Outgoing Nyan Ben, Associate Magistrate Owen Freeman and Ganta City Solicitor Wilson SokpahGanta Magisterial Court is one of the leading courts in Nimba County that faces several challenges, including limited manpower and inadequate space, said the outgoing Stipendiary Magistrate Nyan M. Ben. The Chief Justice said it will be taking care of.Stipendiary Magistrate Nyan M. Ben served Ganta for the period of four years, something the Chief Justice said it was too much for a judge to stay in one community.The incoming Stipendiary Magistrate Yarlor Saywon, II meanwhile assured the public of a good working relationship and called for cooperation from the citizens and all party litigants.Magistrate Saywon served as principal for both Yini High School in Ganta and later at Tappeh Memorial High School in Tappita. He also served as a teacher at the John Wesley Pearson High School in Ganta and again as Superintendent of Nimba from 1999 to 2001.Chief Justice Korkpor explained that his reason for endorsing the turning over ceremony is because Ganta is one of the cities in Liberia with people of diverse backgrounds.“In so doing”, he said, “I am here to sound some warning against some of the judicial malpractices in the court.”The Supreme Court justice also warned the citizens to respect the law of the country and give the judiciary chance of discharging their duties.“Don’t law into your own hands , by beating accused or carrying on mob action,” he said.“Don’t try the people in a mob court, seek court’s remedy and respect the view of the court, but, if you are displeased with a court’s decision appeal to the higher court for redress,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Officials break ground for national football center

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Galanza proud to hard work finally paying off for Lady Falcons E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ Read Next The 2-hectare lot where the field sits was provided by the Manila Jockey Club Inc.“This is a great moment for those who love football,” said Araneta. “Our dream is to have a national football center, which our national team players can call home. We thank Fifa for funding and the MJC for their magnificent generosity in making the site available for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary CARMONA, Cavite—The first phase in the development of a national football center was unveiled yesterday with the International Football Federation (Fifa) officially turning over the artificial turf to the Philippine Football Federation at San Lazaro Leisure Park here.Fifa council member Mariano “Nonong” Araneta, who is also president of the PFF, turned over the Fifa-funded project to PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes in a ceremony attended by several Asian Football Confederation and Asean Football Federation officials.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

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Make it 17: Indians win 17th straight, beat Orioles

first_imgRead Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Cody Allen, right, is congratulated by catcher Yan Gomes after the Indians defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 in a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — The crowd of 30,459 stood and cheered as Cody Allen fanned Trey Mancini for the final out.Make it 17 in a row for the Cleveland Indians.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT MAN UPCleveland’s winning streak has come with a pair of 2017 All-Stars on the disabled list — ace reliever Andrew Miller (right knee tendinitis) and left fielder Michael Brantley (sprained right ankle). Second baseman Jason Kipnis (strained right hamstring) is also on the DL.“I remember there was a day in here a while back and I said something about this could be our time to shine,” manager Terry Francona said. “Guys get chances that maybe wouldn’t of before.”TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: 2B Jose Ramirez (sore wrist) missed his third straight game. He hit seven homers and drove in nine runs during the team’s unbeaten road trip.UP NEXTBaltimore right-hander Jeremy Hellickson makes his eighth start since being acquired from Philadelphia on July 28. He is 2-3 with a 6.87 ERA with the Orioles. Cleveland right-hander Trevor Bauer seeks to extend his career-long winning streak to nine games. He is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in four career starts against Baltimore. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Messi nets 3, Dembele debuts as Barcelona routs Espanyol Baltimore rookie Gabriel Ynoa (1-1), making his first start of the season, allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings. The Orioles were three games out in the wild-card race entering play.Giovanny Urshela’s third-inning double tied it at 1. Carlos Santana scored on Bruce’s single past a drawn-in infield, and then added an RBI double in the fifth.Lindor hit his 28th homer in the seventh.The Indians nearly pulled off two spectacular defensive plays in the first. Urshela, playing second base for the first time in the majors, made a diving stop behind the bag of Manny Machado’s ground ball. Throwing from his back, Urshela nearly got Machado at first.Machado took third on Adam Jones’ single. Mancini hustled down the line to beat a strong throw from shortstop Lindor, who ranged behind second for his grounder.The Indians went 11-0 on a road trip that ended Thursday. Cleveland extended the streak with a 5-0 win Friday in the opener of a 10-game homestand.ROLLING ALONGCleveland slugger Edwin Encarnacion singled in the seventh and has reached base via a hit or walk in 32 consecutive games.FOR STARTERSOrioles right fielder Austin Hays made his first big league start, batting ninth and going 0 for 2. A third-round pick in the 2016 draft, Hays hit .329 with 32 homers and 95 RBIs before his promotion from Double-A Bowie. View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “It’s kind of weird, but it’s also a lot of fun,” Tomlin said.The Indians haven’t lost since Aug. 23. They have outscored their opponents 118-30 during the streak, but their latest win was a close one.The Orioles jumped in front on Mancini’s infield hit in the first. It was the first time since Cleveland’s last loss that the Indians didn’t score first.Tomlin was pulled after Tim Beckham’s 20th homer leading off the sixth. Five relievers then combined for four innings of one-hit ball.“They’re a heck of a team, man,” Beckham said. “They have everything they need to win ballgames. You just give it your all and don’t waste any at-bats because you can’t afford to.”ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Francisco Lindor homered and Allen finished off another impressive performance for Cleveland’s bullpen, helping the Indians beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 on Saturday for their 17th straight victory.“It’s one of crazy those things where you’re just playing good baseball,” said Allen, who earned his 25th save. “We’re not really thinking about it as much as you guys are.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCleveland’s franchise-record streak is the longest in the majors since Oakland won 20 straight in 2002. The longest streak in baseball history belongs to the New York Giants, who had a 26-game run in 1916, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Giants’ streak included a tie, which doesn’t count as a game in baseball.Jay Bruce’s fourth-inning single put the Indians ahead to stay, and Josh Tomlin (9-9) pitched into the sixth to win his fifth consecutive decision. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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National Training Camp

first_imgThe 2008 National Training Squads (NTS) for the Men’s Open, Women’s Open, and Mixed Open will participate in the Training Camp at the NSW Academy of Sport in Narrabeen. The camp will be the first since the Australian Teams defended the 2007 World Cup in South AfricaThe NTS combine with the Australian Youth Squads as they prepare to reclaim the Youth World Cup in New Zealand in January 2009. The 18’s Boys, 18’s Girls, 18’s Mixed, 20’s Boys, 20’s Girls, and 20’s Mixed will be put their paces by some of the leading coaches in the country.Leading referees will also be involved in the camp under the direction of the National Referee Panel with a mix of practical and theory sessions.Combined with the event will also be a Women’s Leadership Coaching Workshop in what is sure to be a busy weekend for the Touch Football fraternity.For further information about TFA’s High Performance Program, please visit http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=3780&pID=14last_img read more

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UNC Honored Coach K’s 1,000 Wins Before Tonight’s Rivalry Game

first_imgCoach K honored before game against UNC.UNC and Duke just tipped off in the latest installment of their classic rivalry. The first game between the two teams back on Feb 18 was an overtime thriller, before which the two schools joined together to honor legendary former UNC coach Dean Smith, who had just passed away.Tonight, UNC returned the favor, presenting Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski with a plaque to commemorate him reaching the 1,000-win plateau. The public address announcer at the Dean Dome also thanked Krzyzewski for the respect he showed Smith after his passing.Great moment by @GoHeels players and Coach Roy Williams to honor Mike Krzyzewski’s 1,000 wins. #UNCvsDUKE pic.twitter.com/v67UFaeJvu— Durham Magazine (@durhammag) March 8, 2015Cool gesture on UNC’s part, and a great show of admiration and respect within the confines of a heated rivalry.last_img read more

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Video: Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser, Nigel Hayes Show Off Their Awesome Handshake In The Locker Room

first_imgJosh Gasser, Nigel Hayes perform their amazing handshake.Wisconsin’s pre-game locker room appears to be a loose one as the Badgers prepare for their Sweet 16 contest against North Carolina in Los Angeles. Prior to their West Region semifinal contest against the Tar Heels, Wisconsin sophomore forward Nigel Hayes and senior guard Josh Gasser showed off their awesome handshake in the Staples Center locker room. Check it out:  Wisconsin and North Carolina are set to tip off at 7:47 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on TBS.last_img

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Plane crash probe has begun in Paris Ethiopian Airlines

first_imgAddis Ababa: An investigation has begun in Paris into the cause of the crash of a Boeing jet which left 157 dead, Ethiopian Airlines said Friday. “The Ethiopian delegation led by the chief investigator of (the) Accident Investigation Bureau has arrived in the French Safety Investigation (BEA) facilities and the investigation process has started in Paris,” the airline wrote on Twitter. The two black boxes from the plane that went down Sunday were brought to Paris on Thursday.last_img read more

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