Gov. Wolf Announces Inclusion of Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation or Expression in COVID-19 Data Collection

first_img May 13, 2020 Gov. Wolf Announces Inclusion of Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation or Expression in COVID-19 Data Collection Equality,  Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today took another step in his commitment to fair treatment and inclusion of LGBTQ Pennsylvanians by announcing ways the community will be counted in COVID-19 data.As counties in the commonwealth move from the red stay-at-home order to the aggressive mitigation efforts of the yellow phase, the Department of Health will be conducting extensive case histories investigations as part of contact tracing on those who test positive for the virus.The department has chosen to work with Sara Alert, a new data collection platform and has requested a system modification to the platform to collect sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data. The department is an early adopter of the technology and this system modification will provide for the platform to collect this data in all states and entities that use it moving forward.The department has also requested from the eHealth Authority Board that the state’s six health information organizations work to capture sexual orientation and gender identity or expression data from electronic health records that can then be used by health care providers to report their COVID-19 data to the department.It is a top priority to ensure that all people in Pennsylvania who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 have access to diagnostic testing. To ensure a healthy Pennsylvania for all, especially during these unprecedented times, the Wolf Administration will only partner with organizations and entities throughout our response to COVID-19 that have an established commitment to non-discriminatory practices.This is a practice echoed in the governor’s statement of nondiscriminatory standards of care, announced on March 30.“Pennsylvania’s standards of care – in times of crisis and not – are based on an ethical allocation framework, meaning care is provided equitably across all populations without regard to patient age, race, gender, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, ethnicity, religion, or socioeconomic status.”Since taking office, Governor Tom Wolf has fought for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians.In April, he announced a Health Disparity Task Force, chaired by Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, to address the unique needs of Pennsylvania’s vulnerable populations, including our LGBTQ community. The desire to collect SOGI data on COVID-19 cases was recommended on behalf of the advocacy from community leaders to the task force.Any Pennsylvanian who feels they or a loved one have been discriminated against in any way can contact the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission here.Ver esta página en español.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

New Czech government looks set to dismantle second-pillar pension system

first_imgThe Czech Republic is close to forming a new government, whose policies include closing down the second-pillar pension system.The second pillar was introduced by the former government of Petr Nečas at the start of 2013.It was funded by diverting 3% of the 28% social contribution, alongside an additional 2% of wages from members.The system was voluntary, but the decision, once made, was irrevocable. Nečas pushed through the changes despite warnings from Bohuslav Sobotka, chairman of the opposition Social Democrats (CSSD), that his party would scrap the system should it win the next election, scheduled at the time for 2014.Nečas resigned in June following a series of scandals, while his presidentially appointed successor Jiří Rusnok failed to win the confidence vote for his caretaker government in August, precipitating an early general election in late October.Following protracted coalition talks, Sobotka now looks set to lead a three-party coalition with political newcomer ANO 2011 and the Christian Democratic Party (KDU-CSL).The coalition agreement includes merging members’ second-pillar accounts with those in the third pillar, and cancelling the 3% contribution.The change would have a minimal impact on Czech finances, unlike Poland’s current second-pillar overhaul.Pavel Jirák, chief executive and chairman of the board at KB Pension, said: “My expectation of this outflow is CZK800m (€29m) in 2014, slightly more than 0.2% of the state budget for pensioners.“It was more of a political than an economic issue. The change is expected from the beginning of 2015.“None of the participants would lose their second-pillar money through the merger, in accordance with the Czech constitution.”What is not clear at this stage is what happens to those second-pillar members, thousands according to Jirák, without an existing third-pillar account.The overall take-up of the second pillar is relatively low, with 83,753 members as of the end of November.“By far, the most important reason has been the threat from the CSSD party, since the discussions about the creation of a second pillar started, to cancel it,” Jirák told IPE.The requirement for workers to contribute an additional 2%, their inability to withdraw their monies before retirement and the legally capped low commission that pension companies could pay financial intermediaries also contributed, he said.“We are still convinced the creation of the second pillar was the right step towards diversifying financial sources for retirement, and a good long-term solution given the unfavourable demographic trends and their negative impact on state pension financing,” he added. “So we are against this merger – but without any power to stop or influence it.”last_img read more

Coronavirus: Six ways to make social isolation better

first_imgThe home office has sprung up in all sorts of spaces in properties across the country given no one but essential workers is allowed to work outside the home.Social isolation may be a godsend for introverts and hell for extroverts, but there are six things that can be done to make your experience better – and improve life post coronavirus. Especially if “Australia’s existing ‘shutdown’ could turn into a ‘lockdown’ in localities where a spike in the growth of COVID-19 infections occurs”, he said.“If they haven’t already, Governments should be assessing ways they can improve the liveability of all Australians in such a scenario, without risking their exposure to COVID-19.”It was the perfect opportunity to put in place liveability measures that experts had been pushing for over the years, including putting people before vehicles, ensuring easy access to products and services close to home and letting property owners created detached workplaces at home. E-bikes and closing off streets for exercise in areas without proper parks were among suggestions for a better lifestyle during shutdowns.There were six things residents should push for from their elected members, he said. 1. Close some streets temporarily to vehicles “Employees might be forced to work from home until at least October. As many parents are not in a position to work productively around kids, in shared houses or small apartments, councils could temporarily relax legislation to allow property owners to build affordable granny flats, demountable units or studios above garages, or convert their garages into offices.”Mr Day said the separate micro workspaces would also help young entrepreneurs start up businesses. 3. 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Allow for pop-up shops and services in suburbscenter_img Mr Day recommends that eBikes be introduced to low-density suburban growth areas during lockdowns as a low-cost alternative to cars and to guarantee social distancing.“E-bikes also cover much longer distances than conventional bikes. On an e-bike, a rider can attain an average speed of 22 km/hr, compared with the average 15km/hr on a standard bike.” 6. Let people out more than once a day to exercise “Residents of a neighbourhood having to visit a single remote major supermarket or shopping area, to purchase essentials, makes social distancing a challenge, and often necessitates driving.”Mr Day said governments could relax planning provisions to allow for ‘pop-up’ retail shops – including market stalls and food trucks – in any neighbourhood.“This would provide for localised food purchases, alleviating the need to drive to major retailers, boost more small business trading, and ensure that residents do not travel far from home. It will also enable local businesses to have a greater chance of survival in this financially challenging climate.” E-bikes could be introduced into low-density suburbs to help families save money. 5. Ramp up eBike access QLD backs down on emergency laws with renters to pay own way “With gyms, sporting centres, playgrounds, beaches, and even some coastal walks closed, councils could consider designating signature streets for access other than by car to enable residents to run or walk daily along generous pathways.”Mr Day said in March New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio opened up thoroughfares for walking and cycling in each of the five boroughs to cut down on large gatherings in local parks.“Australian councils could nominate signature streets with substantial tree canopies, lighting, and continuous, uninterrupted routes to promote safe and accessible exercise areas. This action would also reduce recent heavy cycling and pedestrian movement on existing popular walkways, such as coastal esplanades, which are often only 1.5m to 2m wide – inadequate for prams, pedestrians, and bikes to all be accommodated on the one pathway.” Allowing garages to be turned into permanent workspaces or letting owners build small offices in the backyard will help both current and future liveability. 2. Let people build affordable detached workspaces at home “Children, pets, and those who live in small, balcony-free apartments or share houses need to head outdoors more often. Minimal time spent outside the confines of the home could also lead to an increase in social issues, such as domestic violence and an adverse impact on health and wellness.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Chelsea close in as Havertz misses Bayer Leverkusen fitness tests

first_imgKai Havertz missed Bayer Leverkusen’s fitness assessments over the weekend. The 21-year-old is being strongly linked with a move to Chelsea. And according to Bild, Havertz attended Leverkusen’s facility for coronavirus tests on Friday and Saturday, but not to undertake his personal tests.Advertisement read also:Don’t blame Akpeyi for Kaizer Chiefs woes – Mayo Frank Lampard is looking at the Germany international to complete his summer spending spree. The Blues boss has spent big money on Ben Chilwell, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech; while Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr have signed on free transfers. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In ThailandWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?Will You Recognize Celebs In Their Kid Photos?7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The GlobeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visitcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Jack Grealish’s Aston Villa Under-21s punishment continues

first_img Press Association Villa are bottom of the Barclays Premier League and seven points from the safety line but Garde will not call on Grealish to help them at St Mary’s. He said: “He has trained this week with the under-21s because it was the plan. He knew that. I know when he might return, he knows as well and when he will I will tell you. “Like every player Jack made a mistake and he has to pay the consequences for that. If another player does something wrong he will have the same treatment. “Jack is young and will be back because when he is fully committed in his job he will be a good player.” Ciaran Clark is suspended and Micah Richards is struggling with a knee injury meaning Jores Okore is expected to return in defence while Gabby Agbonlahor could make a comeback after a month out with a calf problem. Garde added: “We are still in a bad position – not a crisis – we know we have to win games and didn’t win the last one, we’re disappointed because we should have had better result (against Watford). “The performance of the players pleased me but we made too many mistakes to win.” Jack Grealish’s Aston Villa first team exile continues after boss Remi Garde confirmed he will remain with the under-21s for the time being.center_img The midfielder will not play at Southampton on Saturday as he serves his punishment after being pictured in a nightclub following the 4-0 defeat at Everton almost two weeks ago. Press Association Sport revealed on Monday the 20-year-old would link up with the under-21s again after missing the 3-2 defeat to Watford on Saturday. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgNHL-SCHEDULEFlyers extend win streak, stay tied with CapsUNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have retained their share of first place in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division by earning their ninth consecutive win.Claude Giroux’s second goal of the game snapped a 1-1 tie midway through the third period of the Flyers’ 3-1 victory at Buffalo. Carter Hart turned back 38 shots in winning his seventh straight decision and 10th in his last 11 games.Both the Flyers and Capitals top the division with 89 points. In other virus-related developments:— The Islanders and Hurricanes conducted postgame interviews outside their dressing rooms Saturday in an effort to avoid the spread of illness. Players convened in the hallway or near the corridor where the Islanders skate onto the ice.— The Giants, Nationals, A’s and other teams are taking Major League Baseball’s recommendation and pre-signing cards and baseballs to hand out to fans, cutting down on interactions around the ballpark. At the Giants’ complex in Scottsdale, Arizona, stadium personnel disinfected railings shortly before fans arrived for an afternoon game against the White Sox, and the team is spending extra time sanitizing around the clubhouse and other facilities.— The women’s world hockey championships in Canada have been canceled because of the virus. The two-week tournament was set to open March 31, with venues in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia. The 2003 tournament scheduled for Beijing was called off because of the SARS outbreak in China. General manager Sean Marks says it was a mutual decision.Atkinson was 118-190 in 3 1/2 seasons of his first NBA head coaching job.Also in the NBA:— Warriors guard Stephen Curry missed Saturday’s game against the 76ers because of the flu. The team also said that Curry is not at specific risk for COVID-19 or coronavirus.— The Pacers say point guard Malcolm Brogdon will be out indefinitely with a torn left hip muscle. Brogdon is listed as week to week. — Sam Merrill scored 17 of his 27 points in the second half, including a contested 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left to lift Utah State to a 59-56 victory over No. 5 San Diego State in the Mountain West Tournament championship. Neemias Queta scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half for the Aggies, who trailed 27-11 in the first half and at one point went nearly 13 minutes without making a field goal.— Sixth-ranked Kentucky rallied from 18 down to beat Florida, 71-70 at Gainesville. Nick Richards scored 17 of his 19 points after halftime to help the Wildcats avoid their first losing streak in three months.— No. 7 Florida State clinched the ACC regular-season title with its 16th consecutive home win, 80-62 against Boston College. Balsa Koprivica (koh-prih-VEET’-suh) posted 15 points and Dominik Olejniczak (oh-LAY’-nee-chuhk) had 14 points as the Seminoles finished 16-4 in the conference.— No. 22 Virginia picked up its eighth straight win as Mamadi Diakite (MAH’-mah-dee dee-ah-KEE’-tay) contributed 17 points and eight rebounds to a 57-54 downing of 10th-ranked Louisville. Kihei (KEE’-hay) Clark posted 18 points had a team-high 18 points for the Cavaliers, whose late-season surge allowed them to finish in a tie for second in the ACC.— Marcus Zegarowski made all five of his 3-pointers and finished with 23 points to lead 11th-ranked Creighton to a 77-60 victory against No. 8 Seton Hall and a share of the Big East regular-season title. The Bluejays finished the game on a 21-6 run, won for the 11th time in 13 games and came away with the top seed in next week’s conference tournament. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEJayhawks take outright Big 12 crownUNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Kansas has wrapped up the Big 12 regular-season title with a little help from West Virginia. March 7, 2020 — Vernon Carey Jr. poured in 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead 12th-ranked Duke to an 89-76 win against arch-rival North Carolina. Tre Jones had 21 points and Cassius Stanley added 19 as the Blue Devils finished in a second-place tie with Virginia in the ACC.— Jermaine Samuels had a 3-point play with 5.6 seconds left as No. 14 Villanova survived a late scare to defeat Georgetown 70-69. Saddiq Bey (sah-DEEK’ bay) led the Wildcats with 18 points.— Samir Doughty made eight of 13 3-pointers and finished with 32 points as 17th-ranked Auburn beat Tennessee 85-63 to end a two-game slide. Doughty finished one off his career high in points, going 10 of 17 from the floor overall.— Miller Kopp provided 22 points and Northwestern pulled away in the second half to beat No. 20 Penn State, 80-69. The Wildcats scored a season-high 46 points in the second half and ended a seven-game home losing streak.— Nate Reuvers (REE’-vurs) scored 17 points and No. 24 Wisconsin held Indiana to just one basket over the final 10 minutes of a 60-56 comeback over the Hoosiers. The win gives the Badgers at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season crown. — The Predators pulled out a 1-0 win over the Stars as Juuse Saros (YOO’-see SAH’-rohs) blanked Dallas for the second straight game. Ryan Ellis scored a power-play goal in support of Saros, who made 37 saves in his fourth shutout of the season and 11th overall.— Vincent Trochek’s first goal as a Hurricane was the game-winner 1:36 into overtime as Carolina downed the Islanders, 3-2 to end a four-game skid. Josh Bailey tied it with 4:58 left in regulation before New York fell to 0-3-3 in its last six games.— Dustin Brown had three goals and an assist in the Kings’ fifth straight win, 7-3 over the Wild. Blake Lizotte and Trevor Moore scored 53 seconds apart in the second period to help Los Angeles improve to 8-2-1 in its last 11 games.— The Rangers are three points out of a playoff berth after Travis Zajac (ZAY’-jak) and Kyle Palmieri each had a pair of goals in the Devils’ 6-4 win against New York. Blueshirts netminder Igor Shesterkin (shehs-TUR’-kihn) allowed five goals on 23 shots over two periods in his first game since sustaining a rib fracture in a car accident on Feb. 23.— Mike Hoffman had a goal and an assist while the Panthers scored three times in the third period to down the Canadiens, 4-1. Chris Driedger (DREE’-gur) stopped 33 shots on a night Florida retired Roberto Luongo’s (loo-AHN’-gohz) jersey No. 1. Washington kept pace with a 5-2 win over the Penguins as Nic Dowd scored twice for the first multi-goal game of his career. Nicklas Backstrom, Richard Panik and TJ Oshie (OH’-shee) also scored to back Braden Holtby, who stopped 26 shots in the Caps’ fifth victory in their last 14 games.The Penguins lost for the seventh time in nine games to fall five points behind the Capitals. Sidney Crosby scored for the third straight game and Evgeni Malkin notched his 22nd for Pittsburgh.The Flyers begin their game two points behind Washington.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Tampa Bay ended the Bruins’ four-game losing streak as Anthony Cirelli and Mikhail Sergachev (SUR’-gah-chehv) scored short-handed goals just 62 seconds apart in the first period of the Lightning’s 5-3 victory at Boston. David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nahk) scored his 48th goal for the Bruins, who trailed 3-0 after one period and watched their lead in the Atlantic Division shrink to seven points over the Bolts. — Kevin Love scored 27 points including the go-ahead basket with four minutes remaining as the Cavaliers downed the Nuggets, 104-102 to complete a sweep of the two-game season series. Collin Sexton also scored 27 points and Matthew Dellavedova (deh-lah-veh-DOH’-vah) had a career-high 14 assists to help Cleveland end a four-game losing streak.NBA-NEWSKenny Atkinson out as Nets coachUNDATED (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have made a surprising coaching change with the team on track for a second consecutive playoff berth.The Nets have parted company with Kenny Atkinson and put assistant Jacque Vaughn in charge for the rest of the season. The move comes with the team 28-34 and seventh in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Associated Press — Chris Tierney atoned for his missed penalty shot by scoring 35 seconds into overtime to give the Senators their fourth win in five games, 2-1 at San Jose. Nick Paul also tallied and Craig Anderson stopped 31 shots as Ottawa took the opener of a five-game road trip.PGA-ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONALHatton leads through 54ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tyrrell Hatton is the third-round leader at the Arnold Palmer Invitational as he seeks his first PGA Tour victory.Hatton braved strong winds in shooting a 1-over 73 that puts him two strokes ahead of Rory McIlroy and Marc Leishman. Hatton has earned four international victories during his career. The Rockets wasted James Harden’s triple-double of 30 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds while Russell Westbrook sat out the game.Houston is 1 ½ games behind the Jazz in the West and only one game ahead of Dallas for the Southwest Division lead.The Jazz picked up their fifth straight win as Bojan (BOY’-ahn) Bogdanovic furnished 32 points in their 111-105 decision over the Pistons. Donovan Mitchell scored 25 for Utah, which squandered a 22-point, first-half lead before going on an 18-2 run in the fourth quarter.The Jazz swept a four-game road trip that also included games against the Cavaliers, Knicks and Celtics.Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action: NBA-SCHEDULERockets lose againCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Houston Rockets have fallen another game behind Utah in the battle for the fourth seed in the NBA’s Western Conference and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Rockets have lost three straight after winning six straight and 10 of 12.Terry Rozier scored 24 points and had six assists for the fast-starting Hornets in a 108-99 win over the Rockets. Charlotte roared ahead 20-0 while Houston missed five 3-pointers and committed eight turnovers on its first 12 possessions.Devonte Graham had 23 points and PJ Washington added 22 to help the Hornets end a three-game losing streak. Devon Dotson had 17 points and the Jayhawks finished 17-1 in the conference be defeating Texas Tech, 66-62. Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah az-ah-BOO’-kay) was the key man for the Jayhawks, providing 15 points, 11 rebounds and a putback with 1:41 left that put them ahead to stay.Baylor’s big chance for a share of the conference title ended when the Mountaineers used a big second half to down the fourth-ranked Bears, 76-64. West Virginia went on a 21-5 run and held Baylor without a field goal for eight minutes midway through the second half.Emmitt Matthews scored a season-high 18 points and freshman Oscar Tshiebwe (SHEEB’-way) added 16 with 12 rebounds for WVU.In other top 25 games Saturday:— Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) contributed 27 points and third-ranked Dayton rolled George Washington 76-51 on Saturday to finish the regular season with its school-record 29th victory. Jalen Crutcher added 21 points on 5-for-8 shooting from 3-point range in the Flyers’ 20th straight win, matching the team mark set in 1951-52. McIlroy also shot a 73 to fall into a tie with Leishman, who carded a 72. Four others are within three strokes of the lead.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNBA tells teams to plan for empty arenasUNDATED (AP) — The NBA wants its teams to prepare to play games without fans if necessary because of the coronavirus crisis. The league circulated a memo to its teams Friday telling them to prepare in case it becomes necessary to play games without fans or media, as sports leagues in Europe have already done. The memo detailed potential actions that teams might need to take “if it were to become necessary to play a game with only essential staff present.”The memo, obtained by The Associated Press, says teams should identify which team and arena people would be needed to conduct games, and be able to communicate quickly with non-essential staff, as well as ticket holders and corporate partners. Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

Missouri towns clash over rivalry between Division-II schools

first_imgMaryville, Mo., is covered with hunter green and Bearcat paws. The town of just less than 12,000 is fiercely proud of its Northwest Missouri State Bearcats.The same hunter green can be found just 45 miles down Interstate-229 in St. Joseph, the home of Northwest’s fiercest rivals, Missouri Western State. This week, like in every week leading up to a Northwest Missouri-Missouri Western game, the game is the talk of the town. Northwest fans bicker with Western fans and the MWSU campus comes to life in anticipation of the matchup.It’ll be the fifth meeting in three seasons for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association rivals. And this year, it’s a de facto conference championship.While St. Joseph is a city divided on the rivalry, Maryville knows no such bipartisanship. In a town of 11,972, 10,805 people packed Bearcat Stadium in 2010.“I doubt in Maryville you can survive wearing black and gold or having a Griffon sticker on because you’ll get your window broken probably,” Missouri Western head coach Jerry Partridge said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe heart of the rivalry is the schools’ proximity to each other. Western senior running back Michael Hill grew up in St. Joseph and remembers shuttling back and forth to Maryville to watch the game each year.“It’s always been blown up,” Hill said.But if location is the heart of the rivalry, then something more fundamental defines its origins. Northwest Missouri State fans don’t believe Missouri Western should exist. Until 1969, Northwest was the only full college in the area.“I think there were a lot of folks, especially Northwest people that thought surely it was a waste of money, there was no way that two state universities should be built that close together,” Partridge said.It was then-Gov. Warren Hearnes’ delivery on a campaign promise to add a four-year college to the region that resulted in Missouri Western’s expansion to a four-year college. Just 19 years later, then-Gov. John Ashcroft’s administration planned to close Northwest Missouri.The plan fell through, and the rivalry has grown since. Western held an 8-7 series lead in the first 15 years, but then the game started to take on national significance as Northwest was ranked in the Top 10 nationally each time the schools met from 1996-2000.Partridge is MWSU’s all-time wins leader, but he’s never won a conference title. Northwest’s always been in the way, winning 14 of the teams’ 17 matchups.“That certainly bothers me, no doubt,” Partridge said.The rivalry also plays out on the recruiting trail where the two schools compete for the best local talent. The recruitment battle tends to play out fairly evenly according to Northwest Missouri’s recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach Joel Osborn.Players usually pick the program they feel is a more natural fit for their game and careers, but the recruiting job is easier when coaches can point to the scoreboard.“It does give you bragging rights I guess,” Partridge said. “Any time you beat somebody and you recruit someone against them you say, ‘Hey look, we beat them.’”But MWSU’s only been able to say that once since 2003. Western won its first game in eight years against Northwest Missouri last season, and it took a 58-yard field goal from now-St. Louis Ram Greg Zuerlein to pull off the upset of the No. 3 Bearcats.Northwest Missouri got its revenge, though, in the first round of the NCAA Division-II playoffs. Western hosted and jumped out to a 16-0 lead in front of 8,420. The home team opened up another sizable lead of 29-14 midway through the third quarter before Northwest closed the gap to 29-27 at the end of the period.Western appeared to regain momentum when Northwest missed a 26-yard field goal with 8:07 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Griffons took over on their own 20, but quarterback Travis Partridge fumbled.“It might’ve barely hit the ground, but it started rolling, they pushed Travis out of the way and got it,” Hill said. “Going through it, once the fumble happened it was pretty much like slow-motion. … You couldn’t even run towards them because they didn’t have much distance to go to get in the end zone. It’s seriously like it happened yesterday.”Northwest took a 35-27 lead and held on for the win.The loss left its mark on Hill, but he tries to forget it and focus on the next round in the rivalry. A win for Western would bring a conference title to St. Joseph for the first time ever.And for all the storylines arcing over the game itself, that’s all that matters.“It would mean we’re conference champs. That’s what it means right now,” Partridge said. “And it means the work you put in this week has been worthwhile because you got a win.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 6, 2012 at 2:23 am Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_last_img read more

Syracuse field hockey picked 3rd in ACC poll, 2 players make preseason All-ACC team

first_imgNo. 2 Syracuse field hockey was picked to finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason poll, one year removed from winning its first-ever national championship.No. 1 North Carolina, which the Orange knocked off, 4-2, in the 2015 title game took the first spot in the poll with 34 points. No. 5 Virginia finished second in the poll receiving 28 points, and No. 4 Duke took the fourth spot with 22 points.Along with the preseason team rankings, the poll also included the preseason All-ACC team. Syracuse junior back Lies Lagerweij and junior midfield/forward Laura Hurff were named to the team.Lagerweij was an ACC All-Tournament selection in 2015 and was a key defender on the Orange back line which allowed just 1.00 goals against per game, the third-best in the nation.Hurff was a National Field Hockey Coaches Association first team All-American selection in 2015, starting all 22 games for the Orange and scoring three goals. Two of the goals were game winners.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on August 23, 2016 at 9:46 pm Contact Matt: 2016 Preseason All-ACC Field Hockey Team Coaches PollEmily McCoy, Sr., M, Boston CollegeAshley Kristen, Jr., F, DukeNicole Woods, Jr., F/M, LouisvilleAyeisha McFerran, So., GK, LouisvilleJulia Young, Sr., B, North CarolinaEmma Bozek, Sr., M/F, North CarolinaLies Lagerweij, Jr., B, SyracuseLaura Hurff, Jr., M/F, SyracuseTara Vittese, Jr., M, VirginiaLucy Hyams, Sr., M, VirginiaJule Grashoff, So., F, Wake Forest Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball game day: Everything to know about Cornell matchup

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 27, 2016 at 11:58 am Contact Paul: | @pschweds Syracuse (7-5) faces Cornell (3-8) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Big Red is the Orange’s final nonconference opponent before Atlantic Coast Conference play begins on Sunday. SU enters Tuesday’s matchup already in unchartered territory having lost five nonconference games for the first time in program history.Here are answers to your game day questions.How can you watch the game? The game will be broadcast on regional sports networks. In the Syracuse area, it will be broadcast on YES. Here are local listings for YES based on provider.Time Warner: 321 (digital subscribers) and 53 (non-digital subscribers)Verizon Fios: 576 (high-definition) and 76 (standard definition)DirecTV: 631For those not in the Syracuse area, here’s a list of the networks that will be showing the game.FOX Sports South/FOX Sports CarolinasComcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic PlusFOX Sports MidwestSportsTime OhioFOX Sports San DiegoFOX Sports Prime TicketROOT Sports Rocky MountainFOX Sports FloridaROOT Sports Pittsburgh AlternateFOX Sports OklahomaROOT Sports NorthwestThe game will be blacked out on ESPN3 throughout New York state and a large portion of the East Coast.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhere does SU stand after losing by 33 to St. John’s? One beat writer argues that the program has reached a new low.Who is Syracuse looking to for a boost off the bench? Taurean Thompson has been the Orange’s best low-post offensive weapon, but his defense is still a work in progress as he adjusts to the center position.What needs to improve for SU? Its defense, which gave up 93 points in its most recent game to St. John’s.What do our beat writers predict? All three picked the same team to win. Find out what they thought, here.Anything else to know about Cornell? Here’s a preview of the Big Red. Commentslast_img read more

No. 4 Syracuse eyes revenge against No. 1 Notre Dame a year after 100th anniversary blowout loss

first_img Published on March 29, 2017 at 11:44 pm Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturco Syracuse rarely thinks about upcoming matchups weeks in advance, but this one is different.Last year, Notre Dame smacked Syracuse hard in a celebration of SU’s 100th lacrosse season to win its first game in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse had entered with two straight overtime road losses, hoping to rebuild momentum with a home win. SU honored its lacrosse legacy before the game and at halftime, yet the contest itself did anything but.Notre Dame struck just 1:18 in and never trailed. The Fighting Irish pummeled the Orange 17-7, its worst drubbing in more than two years. This season, No. 4 Syracuse (6-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) can avenge that loss with a trip to South Bend, Indiana to take on top-ranked Notre Dame (5-1, 1-0). A third ACC win gives Syracuse its most since joining the conference. But that’s not why this game at Arlotta Stadium has been on players’ minds since before the season even started.“I’d like to circle Notre Dame,” senior attack Jordan Evans said on Jan. 26. “The 100-year anniversary, getting our butt whooped at the Dome was not a very good showing for us. It really just sticks in my mind and bothers me.”“Obviously Notre Dame’s notorious for their defense,” redshirt junior Matt Lane said on Jan. 29. “They’ll be a very good matchup for us.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s high stakes,” senior defender Scott Firman said on March 23.The strongest facet of Notre Dame’s game is its gritty defense: eighth in the country and forcing eight turnovers per game. It’s what makes UND difficult to beat, even with the team’s middling rankings in almost every other statistical category. In just one game all year — an 11-10 loss to then-No. 5 Denver on March 12 — the Fighting Irish has surrendered more than 10 goals in a game.Offensively, the team ranks No. 22 in the country. Notre Dame has struggled to overcome the loss of its quarterback, attack Matt Kavanagh, who netted a team-best 50 points last year. He had a hat trick and six assists, responsible for more than half of Notre Dame’s 17 goals against SU in 2016.The Fighting Irish returns attacks Ryder Garnsey and Mikey Wynne, who scored five and four goals last year against SU, respectively. Garnsey especially assumed a larger role without Kavanagh and leads the team with 14 goals and 14 assists.Firman will guard Garnsey, the nation’s No. 2 recruit and last year’s ACC Rookie of the Year. “The Phantom,” as goalie Evan Molloy calls him, has quietly dominated in his first collegiate year at close defense. He has limited some of college’s best to below-average games: Albany’s Connor Fields (scoreless, four assists) and Johns Hopkins’ Shack Stanwick (scoreless, one assist).“He just shadows everybody around, and he’s really quiet and to himself,” Molloy said. “He’s huge for us, especially losing Nick Mellen. He had that role last year, Scott’s stepped up and he’s been playing great in transition, great communicator and a great leader. You can’t ask for more from a defenseman.”By cutting off alleys toward the cage, Firman forces the No. 1 attack on opposing offenses to work from behind the net. The players sit and watch, trying to facilitate the offense rather than creating plays themselves.Trying to shut down Garnsey was not what hurt the Orange last year. Syracuse failed to clear the ball on eight separate occasions. The team’s 15 turnovers helped create offense and possession for Notre Dame, tiring out the defense.“For us not to clear the ball is kind of a telling story,” SU head coach John Desko said after last year’s April 2 game. “It just means that mentally something was wrong today.”This season, SU has a 92.1-percent clearing rate, tied for second in the nation. Much of that success comes from new starters: Tyson Bomberry’s box lacrosse background, Firman’s quick feet and Molloy’s accuracy on long passes. SU pushes transition and racks up easy goals that usually become difference makers in its current streak of six straight one-goal games.“Can’t beat them one-on-one,” senior attack Nick Mariano said, “but as a team.”Transition offense originates not only on defense, but also at the X. A quick faceoff win with a burst of speed creates a man-up advantage. But SU has struggled the past two games where it usually dominates. Faceoffs are the reason SU fell into a hole and narrowly escaped in back-to-back overtime games against JHU and Duke. Faceoff specialist Ben Williams has always been the reliable player SU needed in the past — until recently. (He finished 4-of-18 against Duke and 9-of-18 against Johns Hopkins.)Even with Notre Dame coming in at No. 51 in faceoff percentage, P.J. Finley owned Williams last year when Williams won just 11-of-24 at the X. With a weak transition game and faceoff struggles, Notre Dame jumped out to a quick lead that SU never overcame.Giving possession back to UND right after a goal creates a domino effect. The offense sits and waits for its chance while the defense tries to limit opportunities. One goal becomes two and eventually the game slips out of control as it did in Notre Dame’s double-digit victory.“It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there,” Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan said. “There’s not huge margins in the difference between teams.”Notre Dame is the No. 1 team in the country. But SU is only three spots behind. Notre Dame may boast the better defense, but Syracuse possesses the better offense. Saturday will be a battle of two ACC brutes, one with hope and the other ready to crush it. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more