Syracuse adds pitching depth with return of pitcher Lindsay Taylor

first_imgWhen Lindsay Taylor entered the game in the seventh inning against Yale last weekend, she threw her first in-game pitch in more than a year.After partially tearing the labrum in her right arm, Taylor underwent surgery in June during which her bicep was folded over the labrum to tighten her shoulder.“She’s overcome a lot of adversity,” Syracuse pitching coach Mike Bosch said.Three days after closing out Yale, Taylor started and pitched two innings against Hartford, marking the first game this season that neither Jocelyn Cater nor Sydney O’Hara started. When Lindsey Larkin pitched the final five innings, it became the first game that neither Cater nor O’Hara pitched at all.Taylor’s return gives Syracuse (12-14, 0-3 Atlantic Coast) more flexibility while allowing its two aces to rest. Cater and O’Hara have combined to log nearly 90 percent of SU’s innings. While still on a pitch count, Syracuse expects Taylor to rack up more innings this weekend when it faces ACC foe Boston College (14-13, 0-6) in a Saturday doubleheader and Sunday matchup in Plymouth, Massachusetts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I don’t think she’s quite at the point where she can throw seven innings for us,” Bosch said, “but anything she can give us is greatly appreciated right now because a pitching staff is only as good as every little piece on it.”After operating almost entirely with a two-pitcher rotation for the first five weeks of the season, Cater said she finally feels like SU has a pitching staff.As Taylor continues to work her way back from injury, the staff will only grow stronger. This weekend, Taylor will likely pitch up to three innings over the two days, head coach Leigh Ross said.“(Taylor) just gives us more depth all around and different looks, that’s the key,” Ross said. “Lindsay’s got a great change-up so it’s not necessarily giving someone a break. It’s what’s going to work right now, what’s going to be effective against this team, these hitters.”Taylor should work particularly well as a change of pace with Cater who throws very hard, Ross said. A tentative plan for this weekend is to have Taylor pitch an inning or two in the middle of a Cater game to throw Boston College hitters off balance, which Ross said “stinks” for BC.Cater and O’Hara both hit when they’re not on the mound, so before Taylor offered another starting option, they both played nearly every game.“It takes a little pressure off me and Sydney,” Cater said. “Every day at practice it impresses me more and more that she’s throwing more and it gets me excited.”To track her recovery, Taylor’s coaches studied the speed of her pitches during Wednesday’s practice to ensure she stays consistent. As long as Taylor’s speed and technique are steady, her workload can continue to increase, Bosch said.“I think I’m doing well with my progression,” Taylor said. “I think I’m right where I should be.”She is concerned about how her arm will react to cold weather, though. Her first two games were in Florida and all of her practices in Syracuse have been indoors, but the team will be outside this weekend.Like the rest of her rehab, Taylor will see how it goes and base her innings off how she feels.“At some point of her career in the last six months, eight months, didn’t really know if she’d even be back on the mound,” Bosch said. “To see her back on the mound, awesome.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 20, 2015 at 7:49 pmlast_img read more

USC Sports Business Institute hosts MLB Commissioner

first_imgThe USC Sports Business Institute hosted Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred on Wednesday for a discussion about the key accomplishments of and challenges for the MLB to date, while also providing insight into the direction of America’s pastime in the years to come. The event, which took place at L.A. Live was part of the institute’s ongoing Commissioners’ Series and was moderated by David Carter, executive director of the Sports Business Institute and an associate professor in the Marshall School of Business.Manfred has served in his capacity for a little over a year after stepping into the  role of the MLB’s 10th Commissioner on January 15, 2015. He was elected by a unanimous vote of the 30 Major League clubs in August 2014. Prior to succeeding long-time Commissioner Bud Selig, Manfred worked as the league’s Chief Operating Officer, where he oversaw labor relations, baseball operations and development, and finance, among other principal areas. “I think having been with the league for 20 years, he knows his way around the domestic issues and the opportunities internationally,” Carter said.Manfred began by elaborating on his transition to becoming the league’s top executive and how heads of various other major domestic leagues aided him in that process.“No one was more helpful to me in the transition process than [NBA Commissioner] Adam Silver,” Manfred said. He said that the commissioners talk about areas of mutual interest on a frequent basis, notably National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, due to the business relationship that the two leagues have. Last August, MLB Advanced Media purchased the rights to all of the NHL’s digital platforms in a groundbreaking partnership that was worth approximately $600 million over a six-year period. A former lawyer, the 57-year old New York native spoke at length about how the league is trying to appeal to a younger demographic. With over 75 million tickets being sold every year, he praised the efforts of the 30 major league clubs to attract a younger audience by tailoring the overall ballpark experience to their tastes. “We do have a younger fan base, but I think the issue is how we deliver our product in a way that is acceptable to them in consuming the product,” Manfred said. Manfred believes that the “trip” with younger people is technology and the MLB, along with its Advanced Media arm, is hoping to ensure that baseball is available on platforms that the younger audiences will generally go to as a primary source of information. He added that the league would be rolling out a new partnership with Snapchat this upcoming season. The commissioner also touched on an issue close to home, in which many Los Angeles Dodgers fans are still blacked out from watching Dodgers games, due to the inability for Time Warner Cable to come to a mutual agreement with many of the other local distributors. Manfred said that the league has talked to the parties involved to try to encourage them to  achieve a resolution, but also that he doesn’t have much leverage in those negotiations. “The club doesn’t really have a seat at that table and we’re at least one removed from the club,” Manfred said. A major focus this year for the league, according to Manfred, is labor relations. He briefly touched on the their upcoming negotiations with the MLB Players Association for a new collective bargaining agreement when the current one expires on Dec. 1. Manfred guided the renewals of the agreement in 2002, 2006 and 2011. The 2002 labor pact was the first in over 30 years that was settled without incurring a work stoppage. “We’ve had 20 years of labor peace and I have confidence that we will be able to come to an agreement,” Manfred said. Other topics Manfred tackled later in the talk included the expanding role of daily  fantasy baseball, which he said isn’t going anywhere. In addition, he touched on the subject of diversity and how the MLB is attempting to branch out to other international markets like China, Mexico and Cuba. “It’s important that our product be diverse,” Manfred said. “Compared to any other major professional sport in North America , we are by far the most diverse sport.” Overall, the conversation was well received by the 300 or so professionals, alumni and students at the event.“Our goal is to make sure we have a really solid, topical discussion, maybe not going really deep on any one topic, but dotting the landscape on things the audience would be interested in hearing about,” Carter said. USC students were also impressed with Manfred’s ability to delve into so many different themes, such as diversity, youth participation and international development.  “It was clear that Commissioner Manfred has had a tremendous impact on the game of baseball already and I’m excited to see how the league grows in the future with him at the helm,” junior business administration major Schuyler Corbin said.Commissioner Manfred’s visit marks the SBI’s ninth Commissioners’ Series event, which is dedicated to hosting the leaders of America’s premier sports leagues and organizations.“It speaks volume to the strength of the Marshall School and USC when a commissioner will come out on his own dime, on his own time and spend some time with us,” Carter said.last_img read more

Syracuse racks up high strikeout numbers entering conference play

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Corinne Ozanne knows where to find the largest number on Syracuse’s stat sheet, no matter which one of her four years at SU she’s talking about.“It wasn’t hits. It wasn’t RBI’s. It wasn’t batting average,” Ozanne said.“It was strikeouts.”In Ozanne’s freshman year, the Orange struck out 400 times — the highest total since she’s been here This year, SU has already struck out 17 more times than its opponents in its first 17 games of 2016.As the Orange (8-9) prepares to face its first Atlantic Coast Conference foe in North Carolina (10-10) after a season in which SU earned its worst conference record (4-13) in Syracuse history, SU head coach Mike Bosch says that fixing his team’s strikeout problem may lead to an overall improvement in ACC play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We take care of that, we can create things offensively,” Bosch said. “I think we got better at it last weekend. I think we have a better idea of the strike zone as it is for each batter.”Syracuse struck out 78 times in its first 13 games this season with two notable outliers. The Orange struck out 13 times in its season-opening win against Long Beach State and 10 times in a loss against Purdue.SU improved last weekend by only striking out 15 times in four games, but that may change with ACC play due to increased competition, according to Bosch.“It’s just a well-balanced, top-to-bottom conference,” Bosch said. “Obviously, since we had seven teams get into the NCAA tournament last year, the NCAA verifies that.”There are signs that SU’s strikeout total may decline in 2016. Syracuse lost one of its leaders in strikeouts, Mary Dombrowski, to graduation. Danielle Chitkowski, who was second on the Orange with 45 strikeouts in 2015, has only struck out seven times this season.Syracuse assistant coach Alisa Goler says she discusses strikeouts with her team every day. But due to the team’s defensive versatility and her strong pitching core, the strikeout total sometimes takes a backseat.“If we’re going to compete and strike out like that,” Goler said, “we’re going to compete and we’re going to strike out. What matters to me is that we’re taking advantage of people in scoring position.”But on multiple occasions, SU has left runners in scoring position due to strikeouts. In SU’s extra-innings victory against Bryant, Hannah Dossett struck out in two consecutive at-bats that left five total runners on base. In a 5-2 loss to California State Northridge on Saturday, Andrea Bombace’s strikeout to end the sixth inning left Sydney O’Hara and Aliyah Wade on first and second base, respectively.Ozanne admits it’s hard to limit strikeouts, especially in a sport where failure is acceptable 70 percent of the time.“It’s all a mind game,” Ozanne said. “I hope the strikeout number goes down, but it’s going to be a big factor.” Comments Published on March 9, 2016 at 10:38 pm Contact Chris: cfthomse@syr.edulast_img read more

Gallery: Syracuse loses to Wake Forest, 64-43

first_img Published on November 11, 2017 at 9:55 pm Syracuse (4-6, 2-5 Atlantic Coast) fell to Wake Forest (6-3, 3-3), 64-43, at home Saturday. WFU quarterback John Wolford accounted for six touchdowns and almost 500 yards of total offense. With the loss, Syracuse will likely need to win its final two games to become automatically bowl eligible. Standing the way is a trip to Louisville, Kentucky, to face reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson. Then, in the final week of the season, Syracuse hosts Boston College two days after Thanksgiving. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Daniel Graetzer: Mediatech – “Spain is now too big to ignore”

first_img Share StumbleUpon Daniel Graetzer,As further tier-1 operators emphasise regulated market growth, can the Spanish market deliver solid business conditions and long-term value for industry stakeholders?SBC speaks to Daniel Graetzer, executive director at Mediatech Solutions (R Franco Group) an industry technology supplier founded in Spain, on how the Spanish market is developing and becoming an attractive proposition to new players.____________________________SBC: Hi Daniel, great to catch up ahead of BOF 2017, Spain has had a rocky transition in its industry regulations can you detail to SBC readers how Spain has developed as a gambling market? Daniel Graetzer: Hi SBC, great to catch up…The Spanish online gambling experienced a record-breaking year in 2016 in terms of revenues and turnover last year. Sportsbook revenue rose 32% on the previous year to €238.2m, while casino revenues enjoyed an even greater boost of 73% on 2015 figures following the addition of online slots to the permitted product verticals.The Spanish regulator, the DGOJ, has worked very hard to create an appealing jurisdiction and the result is many in Europe are now taking notice of the Spanish market for the first time, with annual turnover of more than €10bn and revenues of more than €400m. The figures represent strong progress for a market that only regulated in 2012.SBC: Is the Spanish market a genuine prospect for industry stakeholders, or does the reality of business and its regulations point towards a limited oligopoly of players having success in the market? DG: The Spanish market is now simply too big to ignore, if recent financial figures are anything to go by. That’s not to say success in Spain is easy, far from it, as the market is becoming increasingly more competitive and there is still a sizeable number of players who still bet offshore.However, Spain has yet to reach the maturity that we have seen in the UK and Scandinavia, and there are definitely opportunities for operators who can bring innovation and agility to the market.The recent appointment of Juan Espinosa Garcia, who has worked at the DGOJ since 2013, as the new director general of the regulator is another encouraging sign in this process, and I expect the jurisdiction to continue to perform strongly under his stewardship.SBC: As an industry platform provider, how has R Franco set up its resources and capabilities to function within the unique Spanish gambling market?  DG: For us, it’s important to have a flexible platform that can adapt to and comply with the demands of the local market, whether that be player preferences or regulatory requirements. It is simply not enough to roll out one-size-fits-all solutions in a market as vibrant as Spain.Since Mediatech Solutions was acquired by R Franco, the combined group can now boast a great deal of land-based heritage as well as cutting-edge digital expertise, which is a potent combination in this multi-channel age. We are continuing to develop a host of new products that utilise this expertise, and many will be industry firsts in Spain.SBC: As a Spanish industry stakeholder, what unique market consumer trends and habits do you see within the Spain’s gambling market. What unique features should new market entrants be aware of?  DG: I believe operators who integrate a flexible platform, run by those with local expertise that will allow them to market effectively, adapt the user experience and prioritise the product offering based on demand and regulation, will flourish in the market. We saw this in action when online slots were licensed for the first time in 2015.Ultimately, it will be those who understand the intricacies of the region who build market share, with those who attempt to roll out ‘one-size-fits-all’ products unlikely to gain much traction.SBC: How do you see the Spanish market evolving in the coming years. What core challenges and debate need to drive the Spanish industry agenda to ensure growth and stability?DG: I think the future is bright for the market, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of Europe’s major operators make moves in Spain in the coming months and years.With a solid and evolving regulatory framework in place, the challenge facing Spanish gaming now is to push forward innovation across areas such as server-based retail gaming, where we are now able to create a full omni-channel experience, and expand into new verticals such as virtual sports.SBC: You will be speaking at BOF 2017 on the Spanish betting market, what do you want delegates to take away from your session?DG: Of course, I want them to enjoy the session! I suppose the key point is that the Spanish market is here to stay, and there’s huge opportunities for growth from operators who decide to enter the market, provided they are willing to be agile and innovative.___________________________Daniel Graetzer – Executive Director at Mediatech Solutions, R.Franco GroupDaniel Graetzer will be speaking at Betting on Football Conference () on Spanish and Latin America market prospects and developments. Click on the below banner for more information. Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020last_img read more

‘I’ll give my best for Vejle Boldklub’ – Raphael Dwamena declares after joining side

first_imgStriker Raphael Dwamena says he intends to give his best for his new club, Vejle Boldklub, after he signed for the Danish outfit on Thursday.Speaking following his unveiling, Dwamena said: “During my first visit, I experienced a beautiful city, where the surroundings must be some of the most beautiful in this country. I look forward to giving my best and all for the club.” He stated that he believes in the project sold him by the club and insisted that he was ready to contribute significantly to the side’s ambitions.“I have been shown a project that has already proved strong in just a few years. That project and the club’s big mission to ensure survival in the 3F Super League I will and can contribute to,” he said.Dwamena’s has had some health issues which have stunted his career. He joined Spanish Second Division club, Real Zaragoza on loan from Levante in 2019 but was ruled out of on-field action later that year due to a heart issue.The player’s heart condition, which had previously scuppered a move to the Premier League had apparently resurfaced.He underwent surgery successfully in January and believes that he is in great condition ahead of the new campaign.“I come to the club in good physical condition and look forward to getting to know my new teammates. I want to show the club’s fans that I come with the clear ambition to make a difference and make an impression.”Technical manager at Vejle Boldklub, Jacob Krüger, said the club belies Dwamena could be the key to a successful campaign.“Raphael Dwamena is a physically strong striker who has both speed and good technique. It is a player we believe can help ensure a good season in the Super League. “Raphael will be a great addition to our offensive line. He joins the club after a successful rehabilitation. Despite this, the necessary time has been spent to ensure that the player is fit for fight.”See Dwamena’s unveiling video:Black Stars striker, Raphael Dwamena, has signed for Danish club Vejle Boldklub, 7 months after his successful heart surgery.Here’s his unveiling video #CitiSports pic.twitter.com/IcQcQFu1cI— Citi Sports (@CitiSportsGHA) August 20, 2020last_img read more

NBA commissioner Adam Silver must oust Donald Sterling today

first_imgWith the world watching, the NBA is ready to pounce on Donald Sterling this afternoon.The question now is, how vicious will the bite be?And will it be enough to calm the growing fury that extends beyond just the Clippers players and coaching staff?Because nothing less thAn the full force of morale justice will suffice. Nor should it.The NBA deserves better than Donald Sterling.Los Angeles should not have to stomach somebody so callous and hateful as the steward of its emerging professional basketball team.We’re better than that, and it’s up to the NBA to do something about it.This is what we know: New NBA commissioner Adam Silver will speak today from New York, and it’s expected he will lay out a blueprint for a heavy-handed punishment that many hope will lead to the banishment of Sterling as the Clippers owner. Sterling is accused of making racist remarks on a now infamous audio-taped conversation with his girlfriend. On it, he urged her to cease bringing African-Americans to Clippers games or taking pictures with them.The tape was released by TMZ.com late Friday night and immediately caused an unprecedented social outcry that grows by the dayThat the drama is unfolding while his team plays the Golden State Warriors in a first-round playoff series only adds to the anger and disgust, putting the Clippers players in an impossible position of balancing their professional goals with their moral compasses.Meanwhile, it’s put fans in an equally difficult predicament.Do they root for the Clippers, and in a roundabout way support their seemingly racist owner?Do they protest by not showing up, thus depriving the Clippers of the much-needed fan support in a critical Game 5 against the Warriors?It’s a difficult situation on all fronts, which is why Silver can play such an important role this afternoon when he speaks from New York.Silver, who took over from longtime commissioner David Stern this year, can soothe some of the feelings by levying as strong a punishment possible under his jurisdiction.His options range from fining Sterling and suspending him indefinitely to potentially backing him so far into a legal corner he has no choice but to give up ownership of the team.Anything less than the maximum sentence — and likely a path that leads to Sterling eventually vacating — might cause an adverse effect with Clippers players and their colleagues across the league.Not to mention an outraged public hoping the NBA does the right thing.We will soon find out what Silver is prepared to do.Here is hoping he removes Sterling — or maps out a course that leads to his ouster.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Full field heads to Wiltshire for English senior championship

first_img17 Apr 2012 Full field heads to Wiltshire for English senior championship A full field of 120 leading golfers from all over the country will contest the senior women’s English amateur championship at Tidworth Garrison Golf Club, Wiltshire, next week, from April 24-27. The quality field includes the British senior champion, Felicity Christine from Surrey (pictured), together with a host of fellow senior internationals – and a strong contingent of local players led by Wiltshire second team captain, Jayne Long. The five-handicapper is one of five members of Tidworth who have entered, alongside another five from other Wiltshire clubs. They include Sue Sutton of Ogbourne Downs who was an England selector and, like Jayne, is a past county champion. Neighbouring Hampshire is supplying an impressive 15 competitors, who include leading senior player, Chris Quinn of Hockley. The scratch player has won this title three times, has been British senior champion and has also won the English senior strokeplay title. Other senior internationals in the field include past champion Caroline Berry (formerly Marron) of Cheshire, Roz Adams of Surrey, and Janet Melville of Nottinghamshire. Missing from the action, though, is last year’s winner, Sue Dye of Cheshire, who is unable to play because of family commitments. Altogether, the field includes players from almost 30 counties and the new “intake” of those who have reached their 50th birthday includes Amanda Mayne, the former Somerset captain and a two-handicapper. The full field will play 18 holes of strokeplay qualifying on each of Tuesday and Wednesday, April 24 and 25. The top 16 players will qualify for the championship matchplay flight and the next 16 will go into the second flight knockout. The matchplay starts on Thursday and the finals off both flights will be played on the afternoon of Friday, April 27. There will be a consolation stableford competition on Thursday, April 26 for those who do not qualify for the matchplay.   Image copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Senior Novice Leafs

first_imgThe Nelson Senior Novice Leafs are ready to let it all hang out at a tournament this weekend in Trail. The Leafs are 1-3 on the season, facing teams from Castlegar.Mallard’s Source for sports wanted to send the Leafs off on the right note with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, Jack Boyes, Larson Proctor,  Cash Linnen, Kale Gehrmann , Max Jean, Gunnar Evenson , Miller Tedesco, Grady Groenhuysen, Cohen Wolbaum, Drae Hudson, Dax Dewar, Ryder Nash, goalie Shea Andersen, Sawan Bhabra and Griffin Wanhalla.Coaches are Leif Luttmer, Kevin Dewar along with trainer Brian Boyes.The Nelson Senior Novice Tournament is January 8-10 at the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

Bolt, Fraser-Pryce head nominees for RJR awards

first_imgTrack superstars, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, headline a stellar cast of five men and eight women nominated for the 55th annual RJR Sports Foundation’s 2015 National Sportsman and Sportswoman Awards.Sports persons from seven categories will be up for awards on January 15, 2016, where the winners will be named.Bolt has won the main award on five occasions while Fraser-Pryce has won it twice.Bolt was the outstanding male athlete at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing. He won gold in the 100m, 200m, and 4×100 metres.Fraser-Pryce won the 100m at the World Championships in a brilliant 10.76 and also anchored the 4x100m team to victory in a championship record 41.07 seconds.The other male nominees are Fedrick Dacres for his discus gold at the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto and coming seventh in the final at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing; World Championships 110m hurdles silver medallist Hansle Parchment; shot putter O’Dayne Richards, who won bronze in Beijing; and Pan American Games 200m silver-medal winner Rasheed Dwyer.other nomineesIn the women’s category, the other nominees are boxer Alicia Ashley, who regained the WBC World Super Bantamweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over veteran Irish Boxer Christina McMahon; swimmer Alia Atkinson, who set a national record 30.11 seconds in taking silver in the 50 metres backstroke at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia; World 100 meters hurdles gold medallist Danielle Williams; Veronica Campbell Brown, who earned bronze at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing with a season best of 21.97 and also ran on the winning 4x100m relay team; Shericka Jackson, who earned an individual bronze in the 400m and gold in the 4x400m; World 200m silver medallist and 4x100m gold-medal winner Elaine Thompson and Sherone Simpson, who won gold in the 100m at the Pan Am Games in Canada in a season best 10.95 seconds, her fastest time in seven years.Michael Fennell, Jamaica Olympics Association president and chairman of the selection committee, praised the outstanding performers of 2015 at yesterday’s press launch at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.In defending those nominated, Fennell told The Gleaner: “Those are the people who have been preparing for the Rio (2016 Olympics). The only one outside of that would be Alicia (Ashley), who is a professional boxer, but these are the people who have been fine-tuning for Rio and it was a fantastic year for those people.”Gary Allen chairman, RJR Sports Foundation; Ingrid Card, vice-president group marketing and public relations at Sagicor Life; Christopher Denny, vice-president distribution Victoria Mutual; and Sean Latty, chief operating officer Digicel Jamaica Limited, also spoke at yesterday’s launch.Sir Hilary Beckles, vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies, will be the guest speaker at January’s awards function.last_img read more