After years of booming kicks, Taylor Bennett seeks a diversified approach

first_img Published on September 25, 2017 at 10:50 pm Contact Bobby: Facebook Twitter Google+ When she needs to clear the ball out of her zone, goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan defers to Taylor Bennett. Bennett winds up, swings and pummels the ball 60 yards downfield. It’s a skill that got her to this point in her career. It’s also one she’s looking to stifle.Bennett has relied on her ability to drive or serve the ball far across the field. It’s a staple of her game. Now, to fit head coach Phil Wheddon’s philosophy of short passes for Syracuse (5-3-2, 0-1-1 Atlantic Coast), she’s working to offer shorter passes to bolster SU’s transition game.“My philosophy is very much in possession and keeping the ball,” Wheddon said. “I think any time you put the ball in the air and play a long ball it’s a 50/50 ball. I’d rather keep the ball on the ground and keep it moving.”Growing up in Dryden, New York, about 40 miles south of Syracuse, Bennett made varsity as a seventh grader.  Her mother, Janine, doubled as her physical education teacher and soccer coach. Her sister, Leighann, owns Dryden High School’s single-season goals record.Bennett loved to score. She practiced the timing and precision needed to launch the ball high and far, and it began to yield encouraging results. She flourished by putting the ball in the air above young goalkeepers who couldn’t block the upper parts of the net. She grew into a larger frame and diversified between shooting, serving and driving off her right leg.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBennett was recruited to SU as a defender, so she shifted her focus away from goal-scoring and toward defense. She moved positions under her mother’s coaching on the Syracuse Development Academy. Instead of firing balls on net, she worked on kicking them across midfield out of her zone.Last year, Bennett started in all 19 games. Her leg was an asset on free kicks. It also gave Wheddon a layer of versatility. She scored against Cornell on Aug. 31 after an early foul in the box gave Syracuse a penalty shot from close-range.“We can connect with one or two touch-passing,” Wheddon said. “But also (have) the ability to play that longer ball when needed.”This year, Syracuse shifted to a three-back system, placing more pressure on Bennett and the rest of the defense to get stops shorthanded and start a counter attack.For Bennett, that meant playing wider on her section of the field, positioning herself while organizing players and kicking fewer long balls.This season, SU has turned over balls immediately after getting stops when opposing teams cut in between its defense. The long ball can quickly move it out of the zone, but it becomes readable by defenses who drop back to track and fight for the ball.“You have to pull it out, play short around them and play some balls in on the ground at player’s feet,” Bennett said, “so that I give my own players a rest and they don’t have to run all the time.”On Sunday against Clemson Bennett set up several opportunities for the Orange by looping balls from the midfield on set pieces into the goal area.On passes, she’s looking to bend the ball around defenders and keep the ball on the ground. The goal is to not rely on the long ball for advancement. Her power jump-started her career early in her life. Now she’s adjusting to keep pace.“We’re challenging Taylor to play with more diversity,” Wheddon said, “and play penetrating balls on the ground and link passes and combine more.” Commentslast_img read more

Official launch of women’s GPA

first_imgSixteen year’s after the Gaelic Players Association was created, the women’s GPA will be formally launched today.The representative body for female inter-county players will be aligned to the men’s GPA, which has also helped to get them up-and-running.The Women’s GPA will seek to defend and protect the rights of our ladies footballers and Camogie stars and this morning’s launch is expected to be attended by several Irish sports stars.last_img

Everton’s Moise Kean ‘set to pay £160,000 fine’ for hosting COVID-19 party with lapdancers [PHOTOS]

first_imgEverton striker has incurred the wrath of the club after he apparently hosted a house party despite the lockdown in the UK due to the coronavirus pandemic.It has been reported that a number of women who were at the party were “performing lap dances and other sexually suggestive acts.”Kean is believed to have posted the videos in his private Snapchat group.The player is now facing disciplinary action from the club, with the Daily Star reporting that he will be hit with a £160,000 fine.In a statement, Everton said it was “appalled to learn of an incident in which a first-team player ignored government guidance and club policy in relation to the coronavirus crisis” and “strongly expressed its disappointment to the player”“Everton has regularly stressed the importance of following all the government guidelines – including rules and advice for inside and outside of the home – through a series of official communications to all staff members, including players,” the club added.“The amazing people in the NHS deserve the utmost respect for their hard work and sacrifice. The best way to show them respect is by doing everything we can to protect them.”Kean is the latest player to break isolation regulations in the wake of the freeze on football.Man City defender, risked not playing for England again after hosting a sex party where he reportedly invited two sex workers and paid them £2,200 each for their services.Earlier Aston Villa star Jack Grealish was reportedly fined £150,000 for ignoring the restrictions only to end up crashing his car into two others.Jack Grealish, following his accidentReal Madrid forward, Luka Jovic is also under investigation in Serbia after leaving isolation to attend his girlfriend’s birthday party.Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng was also fined by his club after he left his home to visit his son in hospital, despite a lockdown being in place.last_img read more

Kyle Kuzma pours in 31 points as short-handed Lakers lose to Timberwolves on Christmas

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousMinnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler drives to the basket past Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, right, battles for a rebound with Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns celebrates after making a basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMinnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, left, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns dunks against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, right, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler drives to the basket past Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, right, battles for a rebound with Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)NextShow Caption1 of 6Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, right, battles for a rebound with Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)ExpandLOS ANGELES – Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball were both in black, dressed more appropriately for a funeral than the scheduled coming out party for one of the NBA’s brightest young teams.Ingram was out with quad injuries. The player tasked with putting the franchise on his back, Ball, was sidelined – appropriately enough – by a sprained left shoulder.That left Kyle Kuzma as the last standing member of a baby big three, the lone representative of the lofty ambitions set forth by Magic Johnson and the Lakers. The Lakers lost their Christmas matchup to a Minnesota Timberwolves team playing at strength, 121-104, but it provided yet another opportunity for Kuzma to shine.In front of a national audience, the rookie forward played 41 minutes and poured in 31 points, the most by any Lakers rookie on the holiday. He shot 8-of-18 from the field, making six 3-pointers and nine free throws. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersKuzma has scored at least 20 points in five of his last six games, including a 38-point outburst at Houston on Dec. 20. In that span, he became the first Lakers rookie to score 25-plus points in three straight games since Jerry West.After Minnesota built a 10-point lead in the first half, the Lakers climbed back to trail just 53-52 at the halftime break. Kuzma hit his fourth 3-pointer on the Lakers first possession of the third quarter to put the Lakers up by two. It would prove to be their largest lead of the game.While the Lakers led early in the fourth quarter, Minnesota pulled away behind 23 points apiece from Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler, as well as 21 points and 10 rebounds from Karl-Anthony Towns.Julius Randle added 16 points for the Lakers, while Josh Hart, in yet another spot start, added 12 points in 39 minutes.The Lakers will be without Ball at least through this week, and on Monday, they were down three of their normal starters, including Ingram and Brook Lopez, who will be out until the middle of January with a sprained ankle.center_img Against the Timberwolves, not a single starter was the same as opening night on Oct. 19 against the Clippers. Jordan Clarkson started in place of Ball, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Josh Hart, Andrew Bogut and Kuzma rounded out the first five.Clarkson finished with 17 points, but needed 23 shots to get there. He missed his first seven attempts, but finished 8-of-23 from the field with seven assists and six rebounds.“He’s proven before I think naturally he’s a scorer,” Walton said. “That’s what he does best.”But without Ball, the Lakers may need him to be more of a distributor.“We want to play an unselfish brand of basketball,” Coach Luke Walton said. “Obviously without Zo there we’re going to have to make a concerted effort there to get that ball moving and as one of our primary guards some of that will definitely fall on him.”If this season is not to be judged by wins and losses, as Walton often preaches, then there was reason to see Monday’s loss as progress for the Lakers. Not so much because they were able to maintain a free-flowing, share-the-ball style of play without Ball, but because of Kuzma.In the process of establishing an identity, they seem to have found a star.last_img read more

Bayer’s fans Banner: Emir is one of us!

first_imgWith a banner that said “Emir, one of us”, fans of Bayer, Leverkusen supported the stopper of this team, Emir Spahić, during the affair of fight with a security guard.Fans of ‘’Pharmacists’’ held banner during today’s match of Bundesliga in Mainz, in which their team won with a score of 3: 2.Bosnia and Herzegovina’s national team player did not play in this match due to injury, and before the official club announcements about the “case Spahić”, newspaper Bild reported that Leverkusen already decided that he will no longer play for this club.It is clear that Spahić has fans support, but how will it affect the eventual commutation of this decision remains to be seen in the next week. (Source:

Safety warning issued as harvest picks up

first_imgAMES — The harvest will soon ramp up to full speed and that can lead to some hectic days on the farm.Iowa State University , professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering Charles Schwab says this year is an example of how tough the harvest season can be on the health of farmers. The late planting could lead to a later harvest and a rush to get all the crops in. “You window of harvesting is shrinking and you’re waiting for the right conditions and your stress level is increasing — those all impact the body — impact the decisions you make,”Schwab says.Schwab says one thing farmers need to do is take time to meet their nutritional and other needs during the harvest. “When you work long hours, if you are not taking breaks to replenish your body and refresh your mind, then some of the decisions may be poor. Poor in that they put your health at risk,” Schwab says.He says not taking care of yourself could end up causing more trouble in the long run. “It’s not that you can’t work long hours — but take breaks, have people check on you — and be aware that the longer you are working at a particular activity you need to take breaks to refresh your body and give it a chance not to get locked into that…stupor of not seeing the dangers that are approaching you,” according to Schwab.Schwab says just remember you can get a lot done while still taking precautions. “We’re dealing with a lot of pieces of equipment that come out during the harvest — and we just need to recognize that this is also the time to be safe,” Schwab says.The crop report out last Monday showed a minimal amount of crops had been harvested.last_img read more

Port of Olympia Anticipates the Arrival of Mount Rainer

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of OlympiaThe Mount Rainier, a Weyerhaeuser vessel, is expected to arrive at the Port of Olympia‘s Marine Terminal on July 31, 2018. After loading logs it’s scheduled to depart around August 8, 2018.Steamship Line:  Pacific BasinVessel Flag: Hong KongLog Destination: China/KoreaBoard Footage: 5.8 mmbfCustomer: WeyerhaeuserStevedore: SSAAgent: Talon Marine ServicesTentative Work Schedule: Day shifts (idle on Sunday)Tug:  Brusco Tug and BargeAbout the Port of OlympiaThe southernmost deepwater port on Puget Sound, the Port of Olympia owns and operates an international shipping terminal that handles a range of breakbulk and project cargoes. The Port also owns and operates Swantown Marina & Boatworks, a 733-slip recreational marina and boat haul-out/repair facility, a regional airport and a growing real estate divisionlast_img read more

AFE will take legal action against the RFEF for the recording

first_imgThis says article 197 of the Penal Code:1. The one who, to discover the secrets or violate the privacy of another, without your consent, seize your papers, letters, email messages or any other documents or personal effects, intercept your telecommunications or use technical devices to listen, transmit, record or reproduce the sound or image, or any other communication signal, He will be punished with prison terms of one to four years and a fine of twelve to twenty-four months.2. The same penalties will be imposed on those who, without authorization, Seize, use or modify, to the detriment of a third party, reserved personal or family data of another that is registered in computer, electronic or telematic files or supports, or in any other type of public or private file or registry. The same penalties will be imposed on those who, without being authorized, access them by any means and whoever alters or uses them to the detriment of the owner of the data or a third party.3. A prison sentence of two to five years will be imposed if they are disclosed, disclosed or transferred to third parties. the data or facts discovered or the captured images referred to in the previous numbers.He will be punished with prison terms of one to three years and a fine of twelve to twenty-four months, who, with knowledge of its illegal origin and without having taken part in its discovery, will carry out the conduct described in the preceding paragraph.4. The facts described in sections 1 and 2 of this article will be punished with a prison sentence of three to five years when:to] They are committed by the persons in charge or responsible for the files, computer, electronic or telematic supports, files or records; orb] are carried out through the unauthorized use of the victim’s personal data.If the reserved data had been disseminated, assigned or disclosed to third parties, the penalties will be imposed in the upper half.5. Likewise, when the events described in the previous sections affect personal data that reveal ideology, religion, beliefs, health, racial origin or sexual life, or the victim is a minor or a person with a disability in need of special protection, the penalties provided for in the upper half will be imposed .6. If the events are carried out for profit, the penalties respectively provided for in sections 1 to 4 of this article shall be imposed in its upper half. If they also affect data from those mentioned in the previous section, the penalty to be imposed will be imprisonment for four to seven years.7. It will be punished with a prison sentence of three months to one year or a fine of six to twelve months if, without the authorization of the person affected, disseminate, disclose or transfer to third parties images or audiovisual recordings of the one obtained with your consent in a home or in any other place out of the reach of third parties, when the disclosure seriously undermines the personal privacy of that person.The penalty will be imposed in its upper half when the acts have been committed by the spouse or by a person who is or has been attached to it by a similar relationship of affectivity, even without coexistence, the victim was a minor or a person with a needy disability of special protection, or the acts would have been committed with a lucrative purpose. The Association of Spanish Soccer Players has taken action on the matter after checking how several conversations had been leaked from the last meeting of the Monitoring Commission last Tuesday held, among others, by the Federation, LaLiga and the union, and will take legal action immediately. In those audios, unveiled by Cadena SER, the president of AFE, David Aganzo, supposedly looks bad for the footballers, among other things, when he says that “you have to be flexible” about the idea of ​​resting 48 or 72 hours when the competition returns, if you return, and you have than press the calendar. AFE has always upheld the idea of ​​it being played every three days, as a FIFpro brand, and in this conversation its top manager seems to leave doubts.The leak has sat like a shot at AFE, where it has bothered above all the fact that external agents to his organization question his role in this crisis with a movement that, they consider, has much more to do with the intention of wanting to confront his associates in a clear electoral strategy that will be also taken advantage of by an AFE sector that does not agree with Aganzo’s management. For this reason, AFE has sent a letter of disapproval to the president of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales, to the secretary general, Andreu Camps, and to the federal legal services, with a copy to all the other members of the meeting, in which beyond LaLiga there were also members of the futsal, beach soccer and women’s soccer competitions. In that letter, AFE states that an illegality has been committed in the use of a private, non-agenda meeting for third parties, and that it was not held under any collegiate body of the RFEF, it was “a meeting in good faith” between soccer operators.AFE confirms that there was no express agreement to record the meeting, according to the data protection law, so it understands that It is an extremely serious question to denounce since, in addition, it creates total mistrust for the future meetings that there must be to study the measures to be undertaken in Spanish football by the coronavirus crisis. In these appointments, on the part of LaLiga, Javier Tebas never participates but his right hand Carlos del Campo does.Several sources consulted by AS assure that none of its three AFE members who participated in the meeting, David Aganzo, Diego Rivas and María José López, were notified that it was recorded. Something that the RFEF denies. From AFE they say that the recording was made without express consent. In fact, the co-director of the legal services of AFE could not even connect properly at the beginning of the videoconference, and this was revealed, but those audios have not transpired. AFE understands that this way of acting is an “interference with the privacy of AFE as a legal entity” and that it may violate Article 197 of the Penal Code, since it has been possible to breach the Data Protection Law, whose violation could cause up to jail terms.last_img read more

João, the Portuguese of the moment

first_imgThe most valuable of the Cholo teamA coach, Simeone, who the footballer himself has praised in his latest statements. “I chose Atlético because it was where I can evolve.” In the general fall due to COVID-19 according to the accounts of transfermakrt that curiosity: João Félix is ​​currently Cholo’s most valuable footballer, ahead of Oblak (80 million) and Saúl (72). But not only that: the specialized page also positions the young rojiblanco (turned 20 in November) as the most valuable Portuguese of the moment. Yes. Ahead of Bernardo Silva of Manchester City (80 million) and also of Cristiano Ronaldo, the only one who has sat at Messi’s table (whose value falls to 60). João Félix sits at Messi and Griezmann’s table, if at that table in this League there was someone other than the Argentine. So at least the specialized website slides it transfermarkt in its last update, carried out under the parameters of a global cut in market value due to the coronavirus crisis. While in general the drop in most footballers is around 20%, in the case of Atletico it is only 10%, going from 90 to 81 million in market value. Only two players in LaLiga are ahead of him. Both of them. Leo Messi and Antoine Griezmann, with a value of 112 million and 96 respectively. But not only that. Transfermakrt Two other titles hang from his legs: most valuable footballer of the Atletico team and Portuguese of the moment. Signed last summer for 127 million euros, João Félix became the most expensive signing in Atlético’s history, after a dazzling breakthrough into the Benfica first team which immediately earned him the nickname of Menino de Ouro. “He hasn’t stopped surprising me in every game,” predicted a red and white legend like Paulo Futre in June. Before his name even sounded in the orbit of the Metropolitan Wanda, he already saw it with the red and white. “João Félix would fit perfectly into Atlético“he said. Afterwards, he has not stopped defending him, although his career in the first season has had more sparks than continuity, sometimes due to injuries (two lengths, a sprain and another muscle), sometimes due to his position on the field ( he even refused to play where Cholo wanted, the right, during the match against Granada), questioned by some, as in the case of Van der Vaart. “João Félix is ​​a great player, but he is in the wrong team … And with the wrong coach” last_img read more