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Moscow residents open homes to psychiatric patients, disabled children during lockdown

first_imgTopics : “So right now we are sitting in pretty strict self-isolation. All our groceries are delivered, everything we need is contact-free delivery and we don’t go outside,” Muratova said on a call, adding the plan is to do so at least until July.”The main thing for me is that I can be with a girl friend here,” Nina, also on the video call, said.They are cooking together and finding activities for Nina to do, Muratova said, adding that Nina was enjoying having her own space for the first time and being able to take showers alone, rather than in groups.”Unexpectedly positive outcomes””All over the country, institutions house hundreds, sometimes thousands of people in one place … If one gets sick with coronavirus, so will everyone else,” Lida Moniava, director of a Moscow children’s hospice, said.In a call with regional governors on Friday, President Vladimir Putin said if such outbreaks occurred, it was due to a failure of leadership: “Outbreaks, as a rule, occur as a result of our incomplete work. Because we have missed something.”Last week, a psychiatric hospital in Russia’s northern city of Arkhangelsk reported an outbreak of 79 coronavirus cases. Two facilities housing children with special needs went into lockdown this week in Siberia’s Chelyabinsk region after staff members tested positive for COVID-19, Interfax reported.”It’s terrifying, but sometimes terrifying situations can produce unexpectedly positive outcomes,” Moniava said, referring to the new government policy.”Thanks to the coronavirus, an event occurred that is unprecedented in the whole adult and child boarding house system … The doors of these institutions were thrown open.”Five staff members at Moniava’s Lighthouse Charity Foundation have taken in severely physically disabled children home from two Moscow city orphanages for the quarantine period.Medical beds rigged with all the necessary equipment to support the children’s breathing and movement were installed in their homes, and the orphanage set up a WhatsApp chat group to provide medical advice and tips to the children’s new hosts.Moniava said the paperwork granting temporary adoption rights was handled by authorities within a day.Vica Lobanova, a 28-year-old editor working remotely during Moscow’s lockdown, who offered to share her home with Svetlana, from the same psychiatric ward in Elk Island park, said that in their case the paperwork was more arduous.Delays brought Svetlana, who knew of the spread of the coronavirus from the news shown on a television in the ward, to tears. With around 100 people on her building’s floor, keeping a safe distance would have been tough.Now self-isolating in Lobanova’s flat, Svetlana, who has been in institutions since her early teens, spends time playing with Lobanova’s dog and taking online classes.”I gave Sveta one of my two laptops and it has Zoom and Sveta knows her schedule, puts in the conference number herself,” Lobanova, who also volunteers with Life Route, said, adding that the decision was a straightforward one for her.”I live alone, I have a one bedroom flat … so I have space,” Lobanova said. Concerned about how fast the coronavirus could spread in the densely populated ward, Muratova decided to use a new government emergency measure allowing people to take residents of state institutions home during the lockdown to get Nina out.Muratova, a 30-year-old marketing researcher, already had a flatmate, so she moved into temporary accommodation provided by her volunteer group, the Life Route foundation.Nina, who has spent her life in children’s homes and then the psychiatric hospital, moved in with Muratova the next day.With Moscow in a partial lockdown, the two women are self-isolating, and as Nina’s disability means she is not considered to have legal status, they are unsure how to register her for a digital pass allowing some excursions outside.center_img Moscow resident Arina Muratova knew something was wrong when the messages she received from Nina, a patient at Psychiatric Hospital No.22 who has become a friend during her voluntary work there, suddenly lost their usual, optimistic ring.The hospital had gone into a precautionary lockdown, aimed at preventing the spread of the new coronavirus, and Nina, 26, was feeling more confined than ever.”They were already living in isolation,” Muratova, who has volunteered for three years at the hospital in the city’s Elk Island park, said. “Now their [living space] had been shrunk to a tiny cube.”last_img read more

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Ian Wright reacts to ‘beautiful’ Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang behaviour

first_imgIan Wright reacts to ‘beautiful’ Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang behaviour Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 11 Mar 2019 1:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisementcenter_img Aubameyang and Lacazette have scored 34 goals between them this season (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright has heaped praise on Arsenal strike duo Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, branding their interaction with one another against Manchester United on Sunday as “beautiful”.The Gunners beat the Red Devils in impressive fashion on Sunday, with the latter of the two strikers scoring the club’s second goal from the penalty spot to secure a 2-0 win.However, before the penalty, Lacazette gave his team-mate a little encouragement and asked him to forget the other recent high-pressure spotkick his missed against Tottenham a week earlier.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The way Lacazette gave the penalty to Aubameyang and gave him that little speech about taking that and scoring, what what it will do for him, it was a beautiful thing to see,’ Wright said on his YouTube channel.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Last week after the Tottenham game, people were saying Aubameyang should be sold because he missed a penalty against Tottenham. And now this week he’s score a goal against Manchester United from the penalty spot.‘Let’s face it, his demeanour in the way he took the penalty was exactly the same. It’s not like he was doing anything flash against Tottenham, that’s how he takes them.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 errors‘I’m very pleased with the outcome. I was very nervous about the game. Now all we have got to do is get behind the boys for Rennes.’Arsenal take on the Ligue 1 club in the Europa League on Thursday as Unai Emery’s side look to overcome a 1-3 aggregate scoreline.They then take on Newcastle on April 1 as they look to maintain their fourth spot in the Premier League.MORE: Wright praises Solskjaer for making Ozil ‘disappear’ against Man UtdWill Arsenal finish in the top four?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisementlast_img read more

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Arsenal transfer target Nicolas Tagliafico scores embarrassing own goal for Ajax

first_imgAjax comfortably won the game despite the own goal (Picture: Sky Sports)Tagliafico fired the ball straight into his own net, but shrugged off the mistake with little fuss.Arsenal already have a host of defensive stars under performing and Emery is tipped to make quite a few changes in the summer.If Arsenal qualify for the Champions League, Emery is aiming to sign at least five players in the coming transfer window.But should Arsenal finish outside the top four of the Premier League again, Emery will have just £40m in transfer funds.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Arsenal transfer target Nicolas Tagliafico scores embarrassing own goal for Ajax Coral BarryThursday 4 Apr 2019 5:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link190Shares Nicolas Tagliafico own goal for Ajax (Picture: Sky Sports)Nicolas Tagliafico scored a humiliating own goal for Ajax in an otherwise routine win for the Eredivisie leaders against Emmen on Wednesday night.The 5-2 win over Emmen, who are bottom of the league, sent Ajax a point clear of second-place side PSV Eindhoven – who have played a game less.Arsenal are tracking Tagliafico this season as Unai Emery has drawn up a list of full-backs capable of replacing Nacho Monreal.Nicolas Tagliafico with one of the greatest own goals you’ll see this season 😂🤷‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/TM7wHgUCow— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) April 3, 2019center_img Advertisement Comment ADVERTISEMENTCeltic’s star Kieran Tierney and Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell are also up for consideration, but Emery is said to be a big fan of Tagliafico.Ajax value Tagliafico at around £17million, but Arsenal fans will be wary to see the 26-year-old produce a calamitous own goal against Emmen.AdvertisementAdvertisementUnder no real pressure, Tagliafico plays the ball back to his goalkeeper, only for the speed of the pass to catch his stopper off guard.last_img read more

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What Arsenal players have said about interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg

first_imgLjungberg is a popular figure among the Arsenal players (Picture: Getty)Freddie Ljungberg has already impressed Arsenal’s first-team having been promoted to Unai Emery’s staff in the summer.The club legend earned his coaching stripes working with the academy before departing with Andries Jonker to work as the Dutchman’s assistant at Wolfsburg.Ljungberg subsequently returned to coach the Under-23s before being promoted to Emery’s backroom staff in the summer.The 42-year-old will now take charge of the side on an interim basis ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match against Norwich, a decision which reportedly has the backing of the players.ADVERTISEMENTEmery, himself, was a big fan of Ljungberg’s, saying: ‘He knows Arsenal perfectly, the young players, he helps us every day in training, the matches and before. Willock says Ljungberg has been his mentor (Picture: Getty)Joe Willock‘Freddie is not only such a legend at the club, he’s an unbelievable manager and coach. He’s a mentor for me, he showed me a lot behind the scenes that people don’t really know about.‘Every day I’m working with him and I’m learning from him. He’s improved my whole overall game. If I’m being specific, getting in the pockets when I’m playing No 10 and attacking at No 8.‘He showed me a lot of different tactics to get space and turn to attack other teams. Those are the main things really.’ Emery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt lossTo 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 6:03FullscreenEmery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt losshttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-defends-arsenal-teams-performance-frankfurt-loss-2059112/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.‘He knows the characteristics of the Premier League. I’m very happy with him.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Each assistant has their work. We are together to speak with the players. We are in the dressing room, we spoke about all the situations individually. We share some moments.’Here, Metro.co.uk looks at what other big-name Arsenal players, past and present, have said about one of the most flambouyant players in the club’s modern history…Bukayo Saka‘He helps so much. Sometimes when I don’t understand what the coach [Emery] is trying to communicate with me, I have a better communication with Freddie. He speaks better English.‘Freddie’s has been a player at this level before, an Arsenal legend, and it’s vital for me because I play in the same position as him and he’s been a big part in my progress. Freddie is very supportive of me, he was teaching me some tactics at half-time but I can’t quite remember what he was saying because he does give me a lot of information but it was always helpful.‘It was such a great night for me. I’ve always dreamed of this moment from when I was a kid to score a goal for Arsenal Football Club. Now, I’ve done it, I just want to keep working, stay humble, get that feeling again one day.’ Advertisement Coral BarryFriday 29 Nov 2019 11:25 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.8kShares What Arsenal players have said about interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg Comment Advertisement Nelson said Ljungberg has high demands (Picture: Getty)Ainsley Maitland-Niles‘There’s quite a few things [I have learnt from Ljungberg] really. He knows me as a winger, so attacking-wise he’s helped my game a lot.‘Defensively, I go to someone else to help me because they’re two different styles that I have to play. Him personally, he’s pulled me to the side a lot and has shown me different techniques and ways of beating players, ways of crossing the ball and shooting. ‘It’s helping me and I’m happy to have him around because he’s such a big figure in the team.’Reiss Nelson‘Ljungberg’s demands are very high. He’s a great coach as well and I think he’s got very high standards for the young group that we have.’AdvertisementAdvertisementIan Wright‘Arsenal players speak very highly of him. All the youngsters, you speak to Joe [Willock], Reiss [Nelson], all the young guys, they’ve got nothing but great stuff to say about Freddie‘And I’m sure that Freddie, his involvement now with the transition from the academy into the first team, is vitally important. I suppose that’s why he’s been brought in and every single one of them [the young players] that have come in have not disgraced themselves.’MORE: Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez apologises to Unai Emery after his sackingMORE: Arsenal target Carlo Ancelotti after sacking Unai Emerylast_img read more

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ITF Urges Sri Lanka to Release Detained Ukrainian Captain

first_imgThe International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has called on the Sri Lankan government to release a Ukrainian seafarer who has been detained in Sri Lanka since 2016.Captain Gennadiy Gavrylov has been prevented from leaving Sri Lanka since his arrest on June 23, 2016, in connection with the police investigation relating to the Sri Lanka-flagged offshore support vessel Avant Garde.The Avant Garde was engaged in maritime security and piracy prevention and firearms and ammunition stores were kept on board for the purpose of this role, according to the ITF.In October 2015, the vessel was awaiting clearance to enter port anchored outside Sri Lankan waters on the orders of the company, when it was seized by the country’s authorities and forced to enter its waters. Captain Gavrylov was arrested in relation to illegal importation of arms.“For over three years, Gennadiy Gavrylov has been stranded in Sri Lanka desperate to go home, while Sri Lankan authorities refuse to grant him permission to leave the country,” Stephen Cotton, ITF general secretary, said.“International law is clear on the rights of individuals who are subject to detention by state authorities, if any person is arrested or detained on a criminal charge, they should be permitted to stand trial or be released within a reasonable time,” Cotton added.“Taking into account the circumstances surrounding Captain Gavrylov’s arrest, and taking into consideration his current ill health and the long time he has already spent in detention without charge, we implore the Sri Lankan government to intervene and allow Captain Gavrylov to go home,” concluded Cotton.last_img read more

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PSG chief eyeing move for Chelsea midfielder

first_imgPSG chief Leonardo is eyeing a move for Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayako. PSG’s midfield is facing major changes, with the situations of Julian Draxler, Ander Herrera and Leandro Paredes all up in the air. read also:Chelsea’s Bakayoko open to Paris Saint-Germain And among the names to potentially arrive is Bakayoko. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo12 Actors Who Always Play Bad Characters The France international is currently on-loan with AS Monaco and isn’t in the long-term plans of Blues manager Frank Lampard. Le 10 Sport says Leonardo has been impressed by Bakayoko’s form and is keen to bring him to Paris.Advertisementlast_img read more

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10 Aklan jail guards face probe over jailbreak

first_imgOn Sept. 21, inmate JR Isuga Ruizescaped from the provincial jail in Barangay Nalook, Kalibo. Anotherinmate Jose Tropa also bolted his jail guard in Batangas portlast Oct. 1 after attending a court hearing in Manila.   Ruiz, who faces rape charges, was takeninto custody on Sept. 28 in Malinao, Aklan. Meanwhile, Tropa, chargedfor double murder, remains at large.  KALIBO, Aklan – The provincialgovernment here launched an investigation to determine possible lapsescommitted by 10 jail guards of the province’s detention facility following therecent jailbreak of two inmates. “Titingnan natinang culpability ng mga jail guards samga regulasyon ng ARC (Aklan Rehabilitation Center,” said Neron, who chairsthe Provincial Board’s peace and order committee. Ruiz was reported missing during acount at the jail about 5:30 p.m. He climbed the perimeter fence at the backportion of ARC./PNcenter_img According to Neron, the jail guards – ArielMelgarejo, Lonie Villanueva, Ronel Rebustes, Joey Reyes, Bernabe Aquino,Rod Cosete, Arlito Pastrana, Darrel Recio and Ronelo Rentino – wereordered to explain their side before the investigating body last week. Other members ofthe full-blown investigating body are Provincial GeneralServices officer Medelia Solanoy, Provincial Human Resource Management officerMethuselah Santamaria and acting Provincial Legal officer Atty. LoreleiLaserna-Rovero.  Gov. Florencio Miraflores enjoinedthe probers headed by provincial administrator Atty. Selwyn Ibarretaand Provincial Board member Nemesio Neron through an ExecutiveOrder No. 50. last_img read more

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Ighalo ‘banished’ from training pitch

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United new boy Odion Ighalo was nearly forced to stop a training session after the University of Manchester women’s team failed to recognise the striker. Ighalo joined the Red Devils in a last minute January loan deal from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua as a stopgap option after Marcus Rashford suffered a back injury. With United’s first team squad over in Spain for a warm weather training camp during the winter break, they opted not to bring Ighalo with them due to concerns he might not be allowed back into the country because of heightened immigration control over the coronavirus outbreak. As a result, the 30-year-old stayed in England and worked on his fitness with performance coach Wayne Richardson. Some of those sessions took place on the University of Manchester’s playing fields in Wythenshawe and he was nearly forced to leave after the university’s women’s team turned up for their own training session. Not recognising Ighalo as Manchester United’s newest signing, he was asked to leave as the field had already been booked. It then had to be explained by university staff exactly who Ighalo was and everything ended amiably, with Ighalo taking selfies with the team. “Nobody knew who this guy was and there was a bit of back and forth between them,” an onlooker told the Sun. “The girls were pretty feisty about him being on their pitch. “The team just wanted to start their own session but it all ended amicably and a few had their pictures with him.” So far, Ighalo has made three substitute appearances for his new club and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already had plenty of praise for the new recruit. “For me, Odion is a different type of striker for us,” the Norwegian said. “He’s a box striker, a goalscorer, we’ve seen him training, he knows his craft and how to train as a centre-forward. “He’s a fantastic professional and human being and has already added to the squad. The boys have taken to him. I hope he’s going to sharpen up quickly. “He’s been out of season, he needs to do a little bit extra after training and we try to give him as much game time as possible. He had a good chance at Chelsea, but I’m sure he’ll take his chances.”Tags: idion ighaloManchester UnitedMarcus Rashfordlast_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgWORLD TEAMTENNIS-FANSWorld TeamTennis hoping to play before fans within weeksUNDATED (AP) — World TeamTennis says it is planning to allow up to 500 spectators at outdoor matches during its three-week season from July 12 to Aug. 2 at a resort in West Virginia.All tennis events sanctioned by the ATP, WTA and International Tennis Federation are on hold at least until late July because of the coronavirus pandemic. But World TeamTennis is not affiliated with those tours and no ATP or WTA ranking points are available for its matches.World TeamTennis is increasing its prize money to $5 million. That is $1.5 million more than for its 2019 season. The decision, announced Tuesday by Commissioner Gary Bettman, is not a guarantee that games are coming back. The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association must still figure out health and safety protocols and solve other issues, including where to play.Still, ironing out the format represents significant progress since global sports were largely shut down in March as the coronavirus outbreak turned into a pandemic. Bettman has said the goal has always been to play again and award the Stanley Cup, but details remain uncertain.Instead of limiting the Cup chase to the usual 16 teams that qualify for the playoffs, the league and players agreed to expand the field to 24 of its 31 teams because of the unusual circumstances.The top four teams in each conference ranked by points percentage will play separate round-robin tournaments to determine seeding. The remaining 16 teams will be seeded by conference.Games are expected to be played in two hub cities and Bettman said and 10 are in the running: Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh and Minneapolis/St. Paul in the U.S. and Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver in Canada. VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL-ROSSDolphins owner says there will be a 2020 seasonMIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says there definitely will be an NFL season in 2020.In an interview on CNBC, Ross says the question is whether there will be fans in the stadiums.The NFL has said it expects to play a full schedule beginning Sept. 10 but is preparing contingency plans in case the coronavirus pandemic makes venue changes or games without fans necessary. May 27, 2020 Ross says the NFL’s flexibility will allow the league to start on time. He says the country needs sports entertainment.VIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLPlayers call MLB economic proposal `extremely disappointing’NEW YORK (AP) — A rookie at the major league minimum would make a higher percentage of his salary than multimillionaire stars like Mike Trout or Gerrit Cole under a sliding-scale proposal by big league teams that players found “extremely disappointing.”Major League Baseball made the proposal to the players’ union on Tuesday during a digital meeting rather than the 50-50 revenue-sharing plan that owners initially approved for their negotiators on May 11. In addition, the union said “the sides also remain far apart on health and safety protocols” aimed at starting the pandemic-delayed season around the Fourth of July. The reigning Cup Series champion rarely speaks on non-racing issues.In other developments related to the coronavirus:—Iowa State athletic director Jaime Pollard is telling Cyclones fans that football home games will be played at no more than 50% capacity at Jack Trice Stadium, pending a change in state and local health guidelines. That means no more than 30,000 fans. About 22,000 season tickets have been renewed, leaving about 8,000 seats to be filled.— Formula One carmaker McLaren says 1,200 jobs will be lost across its entire group’s operations because of the coronavirus outbreak. It was not immediately clear how the cuts would affect the group’s F1 operation. The sport has yet to start its 2020 season amid the pandemic. The cuts represent about a quarter of the group’s workforce.— New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted that as long as the NFL’s Giants and Jets and the NHL’s Devils follow health and medical protocols, they could open training camps or even hold competition. The NFL’s preseason and training camps wouldn’t begin until midsummer — teams are doing virtual workouts in place of the usual on-field activities because of the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLNHL to move straight into playoffsUNDATED (AP) —The NHL will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of 16 if it is able to resume play. The five-time All-Star has not played in an NBA game since December 2018. Surgery for bone spurs in his left heel ended that season and while he was working his way back from that, he tore his left Achilles tendon and needed another operation in 2019.That held Wall out for all the current season, which was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.He spoke during a video call to discuss his relief program to help pay rent for people in the nation’s capital affected by the coronavirus pandemic.BAFFERT-HORSE DRUG TESTSReports: 2 horses trained by Bob Baffert fail drug tests Update on the latest in sports: — The top men’s soccer league in Ukraine will resume Saturday in empty stadiums after a suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Ukrainian Premier League says it has received approval from the country’s health ministry to restart. No games have been played since March 15.COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERYProsecutors say guilty plea coming in college bribery caseUNDATED (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to bribing Georgetown University’s former tennis coach to get his daughter admitted as a fake athletic recruit.Robert Repella pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Prosecutors are recommending a sentence of 10 months in prison and a $40,000 fine. NASCAR-BUSCH-MASKSKyle Busch supports wearing a mask in publicCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Busch says he supports wearing a mask in public so “we all can take care of our neighbor” amid the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a rare instance of the two-time NASCAR champion wading into a social issue.Busch entered the debate after images from short tracks over the weekend showed packed grandstands with little social distancing and few people wearing masks.He retweeted a photo from South Alabama Speedway in Ozark, Alabama, and added his own message. Busch applauded fans for supporting their local short tracks but suggested mandatory masks for admission for “healthier practices.” Salaries in the major leagues range from $563,500 at the minimum to $36 million each for Trout, the three-time MVP outfielder on the Los Angeles Angels, and Cole, the pitcher signed by the New York Yankees as a free agent. According to a study by The AP, 369 of 899 players have salaries of $600,000 or less, according to the rosters frozen in March.In other MLB news:The Oakland Athletics are placing their scouts and selected other front office employees on furlough and cutting the salaries of other executives as part of a cost-cutting move in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.A person familiar with the plans said Tuesday that the furloughs will begin next week, although the team’s amateur scouts are expected to stay on through the draft June 10-11. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced the moves.The furloughs will apply to professional and amateur scouts and other front office employees on the business side. The A’s will continue to pay the health care, 401K and pension costs for their employees. Charging documents released Tuesday say Repella paid Georgetown tennis coach Gordon Ernst $50,000 in 2017 to get his daughter admitted as an athlete.Repella is the 55th person to be charged in the nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.NBA-WIZARDS-WALLWall says he’s fully recoveredWASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards point guard John Wall says he’s fully recovered after two operations that sidelined him for the past 1½ years. He also says he is “itching” to get back on the court next season. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Published reports say that two horses from the barn of two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert have tested positive for a banned substance.The New York Times and Louisville Courier-Journal have cited unidentified sources in reporting the positive tests occurred during the recent meet at Oaklawn in Arkansas.The Times says one of the horses to test positive for lidocaine was Charlatan, considered a top contender for the Belmont Stakes in June.Baffert says he’s disappointed the Arkansas Racing Commission has violated its rules about confidentiality until the stewards have weighed in with a ruling.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img
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MBB : Olivero: SU needs to fix zone deficiencies after being exposed in 2 losses

first_imgSandwiched inside a random Carrier Dome locker Saturday, Mike Hopkins looked defeated. Slouching between the grated orange metal following Syracuse’s 83-72 loss to Villanova, the SU assistant coach Hopkins was in the same position as Arinze Onuaku 10 months earlier.Ten months ago, the former SU center Onuaku cried behind a towel while stowing away, finding solace in a single EnergySolutions Arena locker. At the Sweet 16 in Salt Lake City, Onuaku’s career came to an abrupt end. The No. 1 seed Orange had failed. As his teammates fielded questions about the upset loss to Butler, Onuaku tried to block everything out.Saturday, though, there was no hiding behind a towel for Hopkins. The loss wasn’t of the same magnitude. Syracuse’s season isn’t over. But still, the assistant coach sat there for a moment, scanning the locker room and thinking. For a team at a crossroads, it was perhaps the most telling image of reflection.That crossroads comes from the Orange’s inefficiencies in what was a vaunted 2-3 zone.‘In the first half, we were not good defensively,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘We let them into the lane and let them get open 3s.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe failure of the 2-3 zone was the prime reason Syracuse lost to Pittsburgh Monday, as the Orange went down 19-0 in the game’s first eight minutes. It was the prime reason Syracuse lost to Villanova, as eight Wildcat 3-pointers helped Villanova to 40 first-half points.Five days prior to Saturday’s Villanova game, Hopkins could sense that this exact dilemma was on the brink of arriving. The Panthers exposed the Orange’s 2-3 zone for the first time all year. It explicitly showed all future SU opponents an efficient way to get ahead of Syracuse.‘What a lot of teams do,’ Hopkins said in Pittsburgh, ‘is they watch the tape, and they do it the same way. We are going to have to do a better job keeping those guards out of the lane because Villanova is a pretty good team.’Saturday, with a season-high 11 3-pointers, Villanova’s guards rarely got in the lane. The Wildcats pounced. But they didn’t do it in the same way as Pittsburgh. Rather, the opposite.And when watching the film, opponents can couple it with the grim reality of statistics. Pittsburgh and Villanova were polar opposites for this SU 2-3 zone. Against the Panthers, Nasir Robinson and company bullied SU for 32 points in the paint. Against Villanova, the Wildcats registered only two points in the paint at halftime, as 18 of their first 24 points came from behind the arc.Syracuse’s suffocating zone failed against two different approaches, and Hopkins’ worst nightmare came to fruition. Until the deficiencies in the zone are quelled, the Orange won’t be the top-five team it should be.In five days, SU’s zone defense was gutted. Now, instead of just watching the tape of the Pittsburgh loss, Seton Hall and the rest of SU’s 10 regular-season opponents will have two games to watch. Two different classes and lessons to be learned on how to attack the zone.That is a real cause for concern. That is the main cloud above Syracuse’s collective heads, as well as the heads of Boeheim and Hopkins.With Hopkins in the locker like Onuaku 10 months ago, the scene after Saturday’s Villanova game bore a resemblance to postgame Butler for SU’s coaches and players.Villanova lit up the Orange to hand SU its second consecutive loss. An 18-0 start to the season was forgotten, replaced instead by a losing streak. Questions remain to be answered.The paramount answer this team is searching for now is one that was on full display in front of 33,736 at the Dome Saturday and one that had Hopkins and others sitting coldly next to and in lockers.Will SU’s zone rehabilitate?If it does, this Syracuse team is one talented enough to prevent a repeat of Onuaku’s scene, not in January but March. And despite the frustrating loss Saturday, Boeheim still has hope.‘We can get there, but right now we’re not good enough to beat a top-five team,’ Boeheim said. ‘I think we can get better, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us.’Tony Olivero is the development editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at aolivero@syr.edu. Comments Published on January 23, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more