Vulfpeck Releases “Eddie Buzzsaw” Featuring Saxophonist Eddie Barbash

first_imgEarlier this year, Vulfpeck released their highly anticipated new album, Mr. Finish Line. Today, the band has released a new video and a “new” song titled “Eddie Buzzsaw”, which features roots saxophonist Eddie Barbash of Jon Batiste and Stay Human. However, while the band noted that this was the song’s premiere, fans who’ve gotten the chance to listen to the latest from Vulfpeck might find it familiar. “Eddie Buzzsaw” uses Eddie Barbash’s electrifying sax to remix a track off Mr. Finish Line, “Vulf Pack”.Vulfpeck Releases New “Tee Time” Music VideoStaying true to Vulfpeck’s on-point branding, in addition to the single “Eddie Buzzsaw”, the group also released a new music video. In line with the aesthetic of Animal Spirits, the video sees Jack Stratton return to the soccer field, this time with a toy saxophone in hand to mime out the vibrant playing on the new-ish tune. You can check out the video for “Eddie Buzzsaw” below.last_img read more

Colombia Rises to the Cyber Challenge

first_imgBy Dialogo April 01, 2013 Botnets, ethical hackers, malware, rootkits… all terms that sound like they come from a conversation in a Star Trek episode, but yet are now becoming household names in the face of an incipient domain of conflict. In fact, “12 of the world’s 15 largest militaries are building cyberwarfare programs,” said James A. Lewis, a cybersecurity expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., to The New York Times in September 2012. Many European Union countries, the United States, South Korea, Japan, and Brazil are among those. To stay on top of their game, Colombia is taking important steps forward to tackle cyber threats, a relatively new scourge that is growing exponentially, and defines a potentially new and contested realm for conflict in the 21st Century. In the summer of 2012, the Colombian government made a commitment to broach cybersecurity and cyberdefense in order to enforce national information security, specifically through official organizations that would develop the bases and generate mechanisms to guarantee national security. The document, called CONPES 3701, established policy with national guidelines for cyber defense and cyber security for Colombia. With this guiding principle, the South American nation officially concerted a whole-of-government approach to counter cyber threats and criminal activities in a coordinated and mutually supportive manner. By linking three parallel organizations designed to execute specific responsibilities in the cyber space domain, including the Joint Cyber Command (CCOC, for its Spanish acronym), the National Police Cyber Center (CCP) and the Ministry of Defense’s Computer Emergency Response Team (colCERT), Colombia built an initial cyber unit. The CCOC was created with an initial force of 20 experts from backgrounds in communications, engineering, aviation and intelligence from all three Colombian Military branches to tackle cyber defense of the state, respond to cyber attacks, ensure critical infrastructure protection and defend military computer networks. On the other hand, the operating staff at the CCP, which depends on the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Directorate and Interpol, undertakes cyber security through law enforcement, investigation and prosecution of cyber-related crimes. Finally, the Ministry of Defense’s colCERT is mainly responsible for duties such as mitigation, prevention, addressing cyber incidents, as well as providing technical expertise and cyber security vulnerability awareness. In December 2012, representatives from the Joint Cyber Center at the United States Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM), and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), visited Colombia for a Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) with Military representatives of the newly-created CCOC and colCERT. The CIO is the Dept. of Defense’s primary authority for the policy and oversight of information resources management, to include matters related to information technology, network defense, and network operations. “Since you’ve already gone through the long road [of development], we hope to gain keen insight on the steps toward making our joint cyber command operational …,” said Colombian Navy Captain William Hernandez, one of the CCOC participants at the SMEE. In addition to setting the landscape for the capabilities needed to build a cyberspace operation force, in the three days of discussions, the partner nations shared ideas on topics ranging from the military roles in cyber; the civil, economic and military perspectives on its importance; the challenges this new domain presents, as well as the importance of having a national strategy to dictate procedures and actions. Other important discussions included cyber responsibilities to defend the homeland; the importance of multinational collaboration and information sharing as critical enablers; and critical infrastructure protection, among others. Colombian Army Colonel Erich Siegert –current CCOC director– and his staff of cyber experts took advantage of the exchange to gain insight from SOUTHCOM cyber experts on creating a joint cyber command of their own, on how the U.S. initially stood up the United States Cyber Command, and on creating opportunities for future collaboration and recommendations. Col. Siegert explained to Diálogo that 30 enlisted military personnel, 10 from each service, were selected to go through a customized cyber specific training program. “Half of these were assigned to the CCOC, while the other half went back to their respective service to work cyber operations from within,” he said. “Our intention is to expand from the organization we set up on November 12,” he underscored. So much so, that in order to emphasize the significance of the CCOC, the General Staff’s goal is to upgrade the director position to that of a general officer as soon as 2013. Colombian Army Captain Milena Realpe, who also attended the SMEE, clarified that a presidential directive empowered the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff to exercise tasking authority over the services for cyber related activities. “The CCOC was designated Colombia’s defense joint and strategic lead for cyber,” she said. Ultimately, the CCOC hopes to sustain a 24/7 operational capability with direct coordination from each of the Military services. “Each service will have dedicated cyber forces to work service-specific issues and coordination for the CCOC,” said Col. Siegert. All in all, the triad between the CCOC, colCERT and CCP represents Colombia’s first critical steps against emerging threats in cyberspace. “The country’s commitment to creating these organizations makes the South American nation a regional advocate for cyber cooperation and positions it as a proactive participant in the global movement for action in cyber operations,” said U.S. Air Force Major Michael Donahue, SOUTHCOM cyber expert.last_img read more

Mikael Silvestre reveals key difference between Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger

first_imgMikael Silvestre reveals key difference between Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger Metro Sport ReporterThursday 9 Apr 2020 4:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Comment Ferguson and Wenger are two of the most decorated Premier League managers (Picture: Getty)Ex-Manchester United and Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre has admitted Arsene Wenger was a lot more hands-on in training than Sir Alex Ferguson, who would spend time away from the pitch scouting players and meeting agents.The former France international had spells under both legendary Premier League managers who had sustained success in English football with completely contrasting styles.During his nine-year spell at United, Silvestre won four league titles, an FA and Champions League trophy, before making the move to the Emirates Stadium in 2008.But while the 42-year-old only played under Wenger for two seasons, he saw big differences in the two managers’ approaches.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told Stadium Astro: ‘Arsene would be on the pitch every day, coaching, preparing the sessions and running the sessions with the assistants, but he’s in charge.‘Whereas Sir Alex was passing the responsibility to the assistant and first-team coach.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news live FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirushttps://metro.co.uk/video/fifa-team-five-ways-tackle-spread-coronavirus-2131812/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘In terms of reviewing and talking to the players after the games, evaluating the performances, Sir Alex is straight after in the dressing room. ‘Whereas Arsene would wait [until] the next day, reflect, watch and then talk to us at the training centre. Sometimes you would wait two days to get his assessment and views on the game, he would rarely talk after the game.’Arsene Wenger was famed for his attacking approach to football, dubbed ‘Wengerball’, which Silvestre admitted was a joy to play.He added: ‘I enjoyed his vision, the way he was preparing, it was all about Arsenal the way we play, it doesn’t matter about who we face we always want to play quality football on the ground with short passes and progress forward in a nice way.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsFerguson would go several days without taking a training session due to his commitments off the pitch, where he effectively filled the role of a director of football.Silvestre continued: ‘It was a different model, it used to work with Sir Alex because sometimes he wouldn’t come to training for 2-3 days and he was probably scouting and meeting agents doing all the other parts of the role.‘That’s when Steve McClaren, Carlos Queiroz, Brian Kidd would take charge of training and it would be business as usual even if the gaffer wasn’t there.’MORE: Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson sends class message to NHS workersMORE: Lionel Messi was starstruck when Thierry Henry joined Barcelona from ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

FACT: Late-Term Abortions Are Never Medically Necessary

first_imgThe Federalist 26 February 2019Family First Comment: “Defending New York’s late-term abortion law as necessary to protect maternal and fetal health is disingenuous, if not downright dishonest. There is no situation in which late abortion is the only, or even the best, solution to a maternal or fetal health crisis.”#chooselifeFor babies with abnormalities, perinatal hospice is an option. For mothers whose lives are threatened by complications, emergency C-section is an option.New York’s law legalizing abortion after a child’s gestational age of 24 weeks was caught in the crosshairs of President Trump’s state of the union address a few weeks ago. “Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth,” said the president.Dozens of news outlets rushed to quibble with his words. An NBC “fact check” labeled the statement false. The law allows abortions “after 24 weeks if the fetus is not viable or when it’s necessary to protect the life of the mother,” the fact-checker reported.Defenders of this law and those like it say it is moderate and compassionate, concerned only with making sure women with life-threatening pregnancy complications are not left to die. But if one looks at the medical and legal context for the law and understands what exactly the terms mean, it becomes clear that the reality is much less straightforward—and much darker.Viability and AbnormalitiesFirst, let’s look at the idea of “fetal viability.” In Roe v. Wade and many state abortion laws, “viability” means the fetus has reached a sufficiently advanced gestational age to be able to survive outside the womb—22 weeks, with current medical technology.But the New York law uses the term “viability” in an unusual way to signify a life-limiting birth defect. Some fatal birth defects, such as Potter’s syndrome or thanatophoric dysplasia, are often detected at the 20-week ultrasound, with abortion recommended as the only option.But ultrasound images are not perfect. Some babies diagnosed by ultrasound as having lethal defects have turned out to be completely normal. Even when severe birth defects are present, babies can undergo surgical repair after birth.READ MORE: http://thefederalist.com/2019/02/26/fact-late-term-abortions-never-medically-necessary/last_img read more

Barkley ‘treated with balance’

first_imgEverton manager Roberto Martinez admits Ross Barkley is a player who generates extreme opinions – both good and bad – but claims the club is the only place where he is treated with balance. “He will benefit a lot in the future after this difficult season. “Remember this is his second full season in an important role in the first-team squad – that is a short period to see a player getting through experiences. “What I enjoy from Ross is he enjoys the responsibility and enjoys taking control of the big moments in games and he has an incredible technical ability which, with the physicality he has… you don’t see many players in world football have those abilities. “We are really enjoying seeing Ross growing.” In an interview earlier this week, Barkley said he viewed himself as a striker but Martinez said that was probably a little too advanced for the youngster. He admitted the number 10 role is Barkley’s best but he has been played in a variety of positions to help aid his development into a more rounded footballer. “At the moment his most effective role has been as a number 10 just playing off the striker,” said the Toffees boss. “Ross, as he gets games under his belt, could play in different positions with the attributes he has as a player. “Probably now he enjoys the role playing as a number 10 and he has done that well this season, although for his development it is important for him to play in different positions and he has done that and it has improved his tactical awareness. “He is not a player who has to play in one position to have an impact in the game and that is something I see as a real strength.” Press Association “I think Ross is a young man who is used to having to deal with extremes,” he said. “When he plays well he is probably the best footballer that England could have and when he has a bad game it is the end of the world. “It doesn’t surprise me he made a very good impact when he came on in both games for England. “We are well-balanced around Ross. We know who he is and how good he is through good moments, through bad moments and we don’t get carried away when the extreme surroundings affect comments about his performances. “We are very much level-headed in that respect. We know how important he is for us and for the future of Everton.” Martinez praised the way Barkley has coped with a testing time in the current campaign, when he has had to adapt to playing in different positions after excelling in a role behind the striker previously. “Ross has achieved an incredible level of maturity this season,” added the Spaniard. “He had to go through a period of strong difficulty the same way we have as a team and he has learned a lot. The 21-year-old has been criticised for playing out an ordinary season with the Toffees but he was praised for two positive substitute appearances with England in the last week. Martinez, who accepts the midfielder has endured a difficult time recently, claims that highlights perfectly the way Barkley has been treated since his breakthrough season in the previous campaign, where he was nothing short of a revelation. last_img read more

Tom Cleverley set to return to action for Everton against Aston Villa

first_img Cleverley, who was on loan at Villa from Manchester United last season before joining the Toffees over the summer, has been working his way back from an ankle injury sustained in August. Ahead of this weekend’s Barclays Premier League clash with the midlands outfit at Goodison Park, Martinez told Everton’s website: “Tom is fully fit now. Tom Cleverley is poised to make his Everton first-team return against former club Aston Villa on Saturday, with Toffees boss Roberto Martinez having declared the midfielder fully fit. “He had a little bit of a cold over the weekend that stopped him from training but he is back now and it is about making sure he gets in enough work in order to be considered 100 per cent. “He is not far away from being available for the squad.” Meanwhile, Martinez has emphasised it is still too early to say when full-back Leighton Baines will make his first appearance this season. Baines – who has also been troubled by an ankle problem – came through 90 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly against Preston last week, providing a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win. And Martinez said: “The (international) break has been exactly what Leighton needed. “He has been able to have contact with the football and develop that match fitness that he needs. “We need to be cautious because it was a re-injury, and he has been sidelined for a long period of time. “We will give him as much time as we can but we are in a positive period. A lot of good work has been put in, he had the behind-closed-doors game and every day in training is another step towards getting him back to full fitness and being available. “I think it is too early to tell when that moment will be when he can be reintroduced back into the team but certainly every day is a step towards that.” Martinez has also revealed defenders Tyias Browning and Brendan Galloway are both doubts for the Villa game due to minor knocks that saw them withdraw from the England Under-21s squad as a precaution. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Local cross-country runners compete in Bucksport, Caribou

first_imgBUCKSPORT — Runners from five Hancock County high schools took part in their second meets of the 2018 cross-country season Saturday.Locally, the Bucksport Invitational drew runners from Bucksport, George Stevens Academy, Sumner and Deer Isle-Stonington. The meet pitted competitors from those schools against other Class C teams throughout eastern Maine.In the boys’ 5K run, Caden Mattson of GSA placed second behind Evan Merchant of Jonesport-Beals with a time of 17 minutes, 58.83 seconds. Sumner sophomores Luke Barnes and Logan Carter finished third and fourth with times of 18:00.68 and 18:33.04, respectively.The girls’ side featured just 10 runners, and Lauren Morrison of Mattanawcook Academy was the winner with a time of 22:11.38. GSA’s Grace Broughton (second) and Lanny Zentz (third) also posted strong finishes.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe GSA boys won the team competition in Bucksport with a score of 17 points. Lee Academy placed second with 55 points, and Bucksport took third with 64.Ellsworth competed in the Caribou Invitational against some of the top Class B and Class C teams. The Eagles brought a total of nine runners for the seven-heat boys’ and girls’ competitions.Junior Matt Shea finished second in his heat and fourth of 75 overall on the boys’ side with a time of 17:35.16. Caitlin MacPherson crossed the finish line in 20:27.41 to place third of 11 in her heat and third of 67overall.The Ellsworth boys finished behind Hermon and Caribou with 12 points. The girls’ team did not receive a placement as only four runners competed.Below is a list of the top-10 individual finishers and all team scores from the Bucksport meet and all Ellsworth individual finishers and team scores from the Caribou meet.Bucksport, boys’ individualEvan Merchant, Jonesport-Beals, 17 minutes, 1.21 secondsCaden Mattson, George Stevens Academy, 17:58.83Luke Barnes, Sumner, 18:00.68Logan Carter, Sumner, 18:33.04Travis Hunt, Narraguagus, 18:44.49Jacob Warner, Mattanawcook Academy, 19:00.33Ian Renwick, GSA, 19:04.47Andrew Szwez, GSA, 19:04.64Sean Schweizer, GSA, 19:11.79Davide Zanotta, Lee Academy, 19:20.92Bucksport, boys’ team scoresGSA, 17Lee Academy, 55Bucksport, 64Bucksport, girls’ individualLauren Morrison, Mattanawcook, 22:11.38Grace Broughton, GSA, 22:38.67Lanny Zentz, GSA, 22:44.32Alyssa Turner, Narraguagus, 22:52.12Tess Williamson, GSA, 22:59.07Josie Czuj, GSA, 23:04.69Oshi Ragot, GSA, 23:05.58Susanna Jakub, GSA, 23:05.97Dayana Ortiz, Narraguagus, 25:35.76Aryanna Beal, Narraguagus, 29:56.52Bucksport, girls’ team scoresGSA, 15Caribou, Ellsworth boys’ individualMatt Shea, 17:35.16Beckett Markosian, 18:09.34Calvin Nelson, 18:25.00Bryce Carter, 18:57.80Mark Berry, 18:58.15Nick Cormier, 19:07.64Alex DeWitt, 21:56.42Caribou, boys’ team scoresHermon, 5Caribou, 8Ellsworth, 12Old Town, 22 Orono, 23John Bapst, 33Presque Isle, 36Maine School of Science and Mathematics, 40(9T) Greater Houlton Christian, 41(9T) Washburn, 41Caribou, Ellsworth girls’ individualCaitlin MacPherson, 20:27.41Abby Mazgaj, 21:44.81Miriam Nelson, 21:55.79Emma McKechnie, 22:28.47Caribou, girls’ team scoresOrono, 5Caribou, 12John Bapst, 20(4T) Fort Fairfield, 23(4T) MSSM, 23(4T) Old Town, 23Houlton, 34Hermon, 38Fort Kent, 42last_img read more

Gokulam Kerala FC sign Kerala player Rishad PP

first_imgKOZHIKODE: Gokulam Kerala FC have signed Kerala player Rishad PP for the upcoming I-League season. Rishad, who is from Malappuram, is a midfielder and has represented various clubs in I-League second division and Kerala premier League. He was also part of the Kerala Santosh Trophy team that won the South Zone Qualifiers. He started his professional career at SAT Tirur Academy and then joined the academy of DSK Shivajians. Later he moved to Mumbai FC under-19 team. He has also represented Delhi United SC in the I-League second division. The 25-year-old usually plays in the holding midfielder position. “He is a tough player. He posses good work rate and has a fighting spirit. He can also play as a box-to-box midfielder,” said Bino George, the technical director of Gokulam Kerala FC. “I am happy to sign for Gokulam Kerala FC. This year Gokulam Kerala FC have signed a good number of Kerala players. I am glad that I am one of them. I have watched several of Gokulam’s matches at Kozhikode. I feel lucky to represent the club and love to play in front of the crowd,” said Rishad PP. “We welcome Rishad to our football family and wish him the best at the club. This is the third Kerala player we are signing this season. This shows Kerala has lot of talents and quality players,” said Gokulam Kerala FC Chairman Gokulam Gopalan. IANS Also Watch: AASU, AJYCP, Gorkha Union Join Against CAA, EIA in Digboilast_img read more

SB : Refusing to settle: Seniors have made mark on program, aim for Women’s College World Series

first_imgLacey Kohl remembers Syracuse’s preseason goal three years ago. As a freshman in 2009, her and her team’s objective was to win a game in the Big East tournament.Compared to now, the Orange’s expectations are night and day.With two Big East tournament crowns, two NCAA appearances and an NCAA tournament win in the last three years, Syracuse has continually upped the ante. Winning an NCAA tournament game as SU did for the first time in school history last year by beating Louisiana State won’t achieve satisfaction.‘This year our goal is to be playing on May 31,’ SU head coach Leigh Ross said. ‘Playing in the College World Series. That is our goal as a team.’After achieving its mission of winning one tournament game last year, the Orange lost a sense of urgency to move forward, dropping its next two games and getting eliminated from the NCAA tournament. In 2012, though, Syracuse will make it its first priority to not let that happen again. Syracuse’s goal has surpassed what most Northeast schools enter their seasons with. With the Orange’s high expectations for its postseason potential, SU’s seniors know the bulk of the team’s success is going to fall on their shoulders.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor Ross and her entire team, winning one game in the tournament won’t be enough.Each of the last four years, Syracuse has raised the bar another notch. With an experienced and talented group that boasts seven valuable seniors, being one of the last eight teams standing in the country isn’t where Ross hopes her team is. It’s where she expects the Orange to be.And it’s the last chance for the group of seniors who advanced the program to where it is to reach an even greater stage.Her players echo that same lofty ambition. For Kohl, now a senior catcher, it wasn’t easy getting over the Orange’s elimination at the hands of Texas A&M and LSU. But one thing that helped her get over it is she knew had one more chance to make a deep tournament run in her final collegiate season. The seven seniors include Kohl, Jenna Caira, Lisaira Daniels, Kelly Saco, Stephanie Watts, Leah Porter and Gaby Torzilli. All besides Porter and Torzilli have been key cogs in the last two teams.In the tournament last year, Kohl said SU wasn’t intimidated, but it was still a shock to the system dealing with something it hadn’t all year.‘The atmosphere was foreign to us,’ Kohl said. ‘The game obviously was not, so I think the atmosphere kind of had an effect on the way we played.’Texas A&M head coach Jo Evans, whose team topped Syracuse 13-5 in the tournament, said it’s hard for a team like Syracuse to know what to prepare for when pushed into big-time games. Facing a hostile environment when going up against a team like the Aggies takes time to adjust to.Evans said it’s an advantage most Southeastern Conference, Pac-12 and Big 12 teams have over a Big East school like Syracuse. The Big East teams simply don’t see the same type of crowds and hype during the regular season that the softball-powerhouse conferences endure. ‘It takes some getting used to if you’ve never been put in that environment,’ said Evans, who brought her team to 10 straight tournament games. ‘Young teams can possibly be rattled by that sort of atmosphere. They’re just not used to it.’But after two straight years in the NCAA tournament, the Orange is no longer unfamiliar. From the warm-ups to the additional media attention garnered at the biggest games of the season, Ross said the only way to get ready for the other aspects off the diamond is to actually be there.The senior class has dealt with three previous years of a variety of pressure situations. It includes two Big East championship games that were decided by one run — both Syracuse wins.So the Orange is used to games with little room for error.‘We kind of know the routine,’ said Daniels, who transferred from Georgia to Syracuse before her sophomore year in 2010. ‘We kind of know what it takes to be at prime all the time.’The experience Syracuse has is an indication of how strong the team has been the past few years under the direction of Ross and the seniors on this year’s roster. Ross said this year is unquestionably her strongest squad since she’s been with Syracuse.Caira posted an impressive 1.51 ERA to go along with her 35 wins last season. Between her play for Syracuse and the Canadian National Team, she has cemented herself as one of the nation’s premier pitchers.As for the offense, Syracuse has the luxury of four players returning with a batting average above .300, with Daniels’ .351 average and team-best 67 hits leading the way.But it’s not just the numbers on paper that convinced Ross her team is a legitimate contender. She believes Syracuse has the intangibles to make a postseason run.‘The skills you’re going to have and you can find athletes that have skills, but it’s the intangibles, it’s the mindset, it’s the chemistry,’ Ross said. ‘All those things combined.’That combination has them mentioned among the top softball programs in the nation. Syracuse was one of the top teams outside the Top 25 that received votes in the Feb. 14 ESPN/USA Softball poll.It’s rare for a team from the Northeast to gain that sort of national attention. Evans said the only other team she’s knows of that usually gets that sort of hype is Michigan, a perennially ranked squad.But the added attention doesn’t equal added pressure for Syracuse players. The seniors, who have already left a mark on the program in taking it to two NCAA tournaments, are not affected by the expectations.Caira doesn’t want younger players on the team to feel like they need to win one for the seniors.Kohl said patience is the key.‘I think that’s the most pressure, staying patient with everybody else who this is completely brand new to,’ she said.Last season, Ross could sense the complacency among her players after Syracuse’s NCAA tournament win over LSU.A letdown ensued. Against other top softball schools, Syracuse’s postseason run unraveled in a downward spiral from there. It lost to Texas A&M, and was eliminated in a rematch with LSU. Syracuse was soon on a plane home.‘We knew that we had accomplished our goal. I think what we did as a team is we had the letdown,’ Ross said.This season, Kohl said the Orange can go as far as the SU seniors want to go. And all seven seniors want to reach the Women’s College World Series, she said.It all trails back to the group of seniors. They gave the program a facelift. From the first time they all practiced, Ross could tell the group had ambitions to do more.‘I think they set a tone from the moment they stepped on campus as far as the tone of wanting to outwork any other team in the country,’ Ross said, ‘and there’s a pride and a standard that they’ve set.’dgproppe@syr.edu Published on February 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Emotional BC shocks No. 9 USC, 37-31

first_imgThe ninth-ranked Trojan football team suffered its first loss of the season this Saturday, a 37-31 beatdown at the hands of unranked Boston College.Craving some defense · Sophomore safety Su’a Cravens and the USC defense was completely overwhelmed by Boston College’s ground attack Saturday, as they gave up 452 yards rushing to the Eagles’ offense, including a 66-yard touchdown run to Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanRedshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler finished the game 31-for-41 for 317 yards and four touchdowns, but USC’s inability to run the ball or stop the Eagles’ own dynamic rushing attack left the Trojans looking for answers as the Eagles’ faithful flooded the field after the game.BC (2-1, 0-1 ACC) put up an astounding 452 rush yards, while USC (2-1, 1-0 Pac-12) totaled just 20. The 452 rushing yards were the most the Trojans have given up since the 1977 Bluebonnet Bowl, when Texas A&M put up 486.“[Boston College] controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and the end result was we didn’t get it done,” USC head coach Steve Sarkisian said. “We need to improve.”USC had been preparing for BC quarterback Tyler Murphy all week, but appeared completely caught off guard by his speed. The Trojans allowed him to rack up 202 total rush yards, including a 66-yard scamper with just over three minutes left in the game that sealed the upset for the Eagles.“He just beat us with his skills,” sophomore safety Su’a Cravens said. “We were anticipating him to run the ball, we knew he liked to scramble. We just didn’t execute. Third downs came up and he was just running all over the field, so we’ve got to take the fall for that.”Murphy started slowly, though, which allowed the Trojans to jump out to a 10-0 lead.Midway through the first quarter, Kessler hit junior wide receiver George Farmer in the end zone for the Los Angeles native’s first career touchdown. A 52-yard field goal from senior kicker Andre Heidari later in the first quarter put the Trojans up 10-0.BC cut into the Trojans’ lead with a four-yard touchdown run by Tyler Rouse, but a missed extra point by kicker Joey Launceford left Trojan fans feeling confident.Kessler answered with a 51-yard screen to redshirt junior running back Javorius “Buck” Allen to extend the Trojans’ lead, but from then on out, it was all Eagles.As the clock wound down in the first half, BC’s Sherman Alston ripped off a 54-yard touchdown run to put the Eagles up 20-17 at halftime.Though the Trojans looked sluggish at times in the first half, fans were anticipating a spark once senior linebacker Hayes Pullard stepped back on the field for the third quarter. Pullard received a targeting penalty in the second half of the game at Stanford and was forced to sit out of the first half of Saturday night’s game.But despite Pullard’s best efforts, the Eagles continued to manipulate the Trojans’ defense to open up the second half.“[BC] just went out there and executed the plan,” Pullard said. “We couldn’t just beat them off of raw talent. We have to base our focus on preparation, being able to contain these high-profile quarterbacks. That’s what we’re going to be playing against in the Pac-12, so I would look at this as more of a gain than a loss.”Though Pullard and the USC defense couldn’t stop the bleeding, the Trojans’ offense was nonexistent. The Eagles sacked Kessler on third down on each of USC’s three drives in the third quarter, forcing the Trojans to punt deep in their own territory every time.The Trojans’ offensive line finally showed its inexperience, as Kessler was sacked a total of five times in the game.“[BC’s defense] did a good job getting to me,” Kessler said. “We should have made some better calls on my part and my O-line’s part, it was a combination of both.”When the Trojans got desperate late in the fourth quarter, Sarkisian called for Kessler to throw the ball more often, and he provided a spark the team had been missing all game. Kessler went 17-for-20 in the fourth, including a touchdown toss to sophomore wide receiver Darreus Rogers with 1:18 left to cut BC’s lead to 37-31.Murphy, on the other hand, went 0-for-2 in the fourth quarter and just 5-for-13 on the game.The bye week comes at a good time for the Trojans, who were outgained 506 to 337 in total yards. USC will have a week off before returning home to host Oregon State, and the squad is ready to get back to the drawing board.“The loss was hard,” Sarkisian said. “We’ve got a very disappointed locker room, but I really believe we’ll bounce back. We’ll do it in great fashion.”last_img read more