Syracuse to play rescheduled game against Miami 5 weeks after Irma blew Hurricanes season into chaos

first_imgUPDATED: Oct. 11, 2017 at 6:29 p.m.The Publix and Winn Dixie’s in Miami resembled a “zombie apocalypse.” Inside the grocery stores, Miami resident and Hurricanes defender Tati Pardo gazed at empty refrigerators, bare sections where water normally sat on shelves and a few boxes of packaged food.In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which hit Miami late on Sept. 10, spurring university-wide evacuations, drivers raced through broken streetlights that should have been four-way stops. Objects blown by over 100 mph wind gusts littered the streets. Trees collapsed sideways in Pardo’s yard, just as they did for UM coach Mary-Frances Monroe. Players heard about people fighting over supplies in stores.“It was just so dark because none of the street lights were working … it was just really dangerous,” Pardo said. “Everything looked really ugly. It still does, Miami looks kind of brown now instead of bright and green.”All of Miami’s (4-7, 0-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) women’s soccer players except for Charlsey Zyne and Pardo fled Coral Gables, Florida, during the storm. Six games into the 2017 season, the athletes escaped to Orlando or one of a half-dozen states. Miami’s final two nonconference games were cancelled. Now, the team travels to Syracuse to make up the delayed would-have-been-ACC opener with the Orange (6-5-2, 1-3-1 ACC) on Wednesday at 1 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs Irma approached, it was the first Category 5 hurricane to threaten Florida since Wilma in 2005. The University of Miami evacuated even the storm-equipped freshman dorms. On Sep. 6, following a six-game road trip, Monroe let her team go. Her house was open to anyone who needed it and those unable to return home could go north to Orlando for shelter.Monroe and deputy athletic director Jennifer Strawley talked at least 20 times every day leading up to the storm, she said. They tried to come up with a plan for what was predicted to be a Category 5 hurricane, the magnitude of which Monroe has not handled. So, the athletic department decided to have everybody leave campus.“That period was actually very scary,” Pardo said. “It was looking like (the storm) was coming right toward us … I was jealous of (teammates) leaving, because in the early days we thought it was going to hit us directly, so I thought my house was going to be destroyed.”The rush to get out became more difficult with airlines charging “almost $2,000” for one-way tickets, Monroe said. Senior forward Ronnie Johnson struggled to find a flight to Toronto. When she finally found one from Orlando, she had no means of getting there. Sophomore midfielder Lexi Castellano invited Johnson to stay with her in northern Georgia instead.Sophomore midfielder Kristina Fisher and redshirt junior goalkeeper Phallon Tullis-Joyce crafted a survival kit, complete with food, batteries and a flashlight. Tullis-Joyce went to Shoreham, New York, to ride out the storm. Fisher stayed in, Jupiter, Florida.The team’s exodus was complete when Irma’s path shifted west and hovered over south Florida as a Category 3, then weakening another Category 2. Zyne, Pardo and Monroe, all staying at home in Miami, sighed in relief.“The wind gusts were the scariest,” Zyne said. “It kind of sounded like a freight train or something like that. It was really loud … I had two dogs in the apartment so I actually had to go outside during the hurricane to let them go to the bathroom … one of my dogs actually fell over when I was walking her because the wind was so strong.”Zyne had planned on taking the LSAT in Syracuse on Sept. 16. With the delay, she had to travel there alone. When she reunited with teammates in Virginia, it had been 11 days.Players in other states could run or get touches on soccer fields. For Zyne and Pardo, downed powerlines and flooded streets made going outside too dangerous. One week after the team dispersed and the storm died down, Monroe gave them 48 hours leeway to make it back in order to coordinate flights or provide enough time for long drives.“To be honest, (soccer) wasn’t my priority,” Monroe said. “Of course I’m a soccer coach and I’m super competitive, but it was the worst timing possible.”The hurricane occurring in the midst of their schedule forced the team to immediately prepare for another road trip. They had only played one home game over one month into their schedule due to the cancellations.On Sept. 14, half the team returned three days prior to another road trip to Virginia to open ACC play. Johnson and Castellano drove 18 hours to be there. Miami suffered numerous power outages. The university had none, preventing it from using the facilities. To practice, the team traveled five miles to use Christopher Columbus (Florida) High School’s field.“You guys can either be victims or you can take control of this situation,” Monroe told her players.They did some conditioning, but mostly got into two teams and scrimmaged to get touches.“Everybody was just really lethargic,” Johnson said. “The first two practices we had, the first one with part of the team and the second one where we had the whole team back, it was a little bit strange. Then the third day it started feeling back to normal.”The team departed for Virginia on Sept. 17 to get acclimated early. They had only three practices on hand and under 24 hours together as a full team. Virginia’s coach Steve Swanson, a long-time friend of Monroe’s, invited the whole team over to his house for dinner. It was the beginning of nine-day road trip before playing their first home game in over one month.The Hurricanes took the field for their first game in over two weeks on Sept. 21, losing 1-0 to Virginia. But, to Monroe, she was proud of her team because that game meant more than soccer.In the weeks since, Miami has yet to win an ACC game as it travels to Syracuse to play the game that Irma stole from them in September. The Hurricanes season has been one of nonstop travel, but they’re relieved nonetheless.“It definitely stinks for us,” Pardo said. “(But) it could have been a lot worse.”This post has been updated with appropriate style. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 11, 2017 at 12:38 am Contact Bobby: [email protected]last_img read more

Men’s tennis: Badgers look to continue hot start on the road

first_imgUniversity of Wisconsin men’s tennis is not done with their hot start to the season.The No. 30 Badgers (13-1 overall, 3-0 Big Ten) are winners of seven-straight games — the last three coming against ranked opponents — ahead of their match against No. 14 Northwestern (17-2 overall, 3-0 Big Ten). A win over the Wildcats would be the team’s first victory over a top-20 opponent since 2010 when they defeated No. 13 Illinois 4-1, but it will not be easy.The Badgers will need to travel to Evanston, where Northwestern has remained unbeaten in 13-straight matches dating back to last season. In the Wildcats’ nine home games this season, they’ve only dropped nine total points.Northwestern is led by two top-50 singles players, No. 13 Konrad Zieba (10-4) and No. 42 Sam Shropshire (8-4), and No. 97 Strong Kirchheimer (15-1) at the first, second and third singles spots. The three haven’t kept a consistent lineup and are likely to be switched around as head coach Arvid Swan sees fit.But the Badgers and Wildcats each faced TCU earlier on the season, which could give some insight as to what individual matches will look like on Saturday. Zieba is likely to face off against Josef Dodridge (9-3) at first singles in a quicker paced match, followed by Shropshire vs. Alexander Kokorev (6-7) at second singles and capped by Kirchheimer vs. Lamar Remy (9-4).Last time outWisconsin had a packed weekend coming off spring break, during which team handled No. 56 Iowa in a 4-1 win Friday, but had to fight back to defeat No. 71 Nebraska 4-3 Sunday.The Badgers dropped the opening doubles point against the Cornhuskers and quickly found themselves down 3 to 1 in the match after Dodridge and Kokorev fell in their matches. Remy won in three sets in the third spot, followed by Osgar O’Hoisin and Chema Carranza to tie the match at three.With all eyes on the final match, John Zordani defeated his opponent in three sets, winning the final game 6-4 to complete the comeback. The match showcased a gritty side to the Badgers, one which they’ll need to defeat a tough opponent on the road.First serve is 6 p.m. Friday.last_img read more

NSA assures of a successful Ghana-Sudan World Cup qualifier

first_imgThe National Sports Authority (NSA) has met stakeholders to discuss and institute measures aimed at ensuring a successful 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Ghana and Sudan at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi on Sunday.About 40,000 spectators are expected to throng the Stadium, necessitating measures to protect lives and property before, during and after the match.Mr. Saka Acquaye, Ashanti Regional Sports Director, told newsmen in Kumasi that the venue was noted for its friendly atmosphere and as such it was imperative that preparations were put in place.In all, he said, a total of 190 police personnel including officers, as well as a team of security personnel from the National Security, Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and Ghana National Fire Service would be on hand to maintain order.In addition, a team of medical personnel drawn from the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), paramedics and the National Ambulance Service would also be detailed to attend to emergencies.The GNA Sports gathered that the NSA was in serious discussion with the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) as to how best the Stadium could be provided with an uninterrupted power. When Ghana hosted Lesotho at the same venue last year, the game was abandoned temporarily due to power cut to the floodlights.last_img read more

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit sizes up Playoff argument between Alabama, Oklahoma

first_imgSo, how do the Crimson Tide get that No. 4 spot? Herbstreit sees a chain of events that must happen first for that door to open again.”I think if you are an Alabama fan, you want LSU to win out and eliminate Georgia, you want Utah to stumble to Oregon or Colorado,” he said. “Then, you need Oklahoma to fall to Oklahoma State or Baylor. If all those things happen, it’s going to be, ‘Who else are you going to put in other than Alabama?'”Herbstreit continued his partnership with Allstate this season, which has added the Allstate Playoff Predictor. He predicts the Allstate Mayhem Moment every Tuesday on Twitter. “College football is pretty easy to come up with some Mayhem moments,” he said. “The hard part is to try to locate one this week.” With two weeks left in the college football season, ESPN “College GameDay” analyst Kirk Herbstreit sees how the one-loss teams stack up for that final College Football Playoff spot, if the chalk holds.Georgia, likely to remain ranked at No. 4 in the next set of Playoff rankings, is in the best position if it can win out and beat LSU in the SEC championship game. No. 7 Utah is in position to slide into that fourth spot with a Pac-12 championship. If those two teams lose, however, Herbstreit is willing to preemptively size up what could be the final argument if No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson win out. Who would the committee choose between No. 5 Alabama and No. 9 Oklahoma?MORE: Why Alabama will (or won’t) make Playoff with Mac Jones”You could make a very strong case a 12-1 Big 12 champ Oklahoma is going to go by Alabama at that point,” Herbstreit told Sporting News. “I think how these games are played, even though it’s 12 or 13 games and we’re supposed to look at that, how these next two weeks are played will go a long way if it comes down to Oklahoma and Alabama, which would be ironic given Jalen Hurts is involved.”Alabama (10-1) closes its season with a matchup against No. 16 Auburn (8-3) in the Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday. The Crimson Tide beat Western Carolina 66-3 last week in their first game without star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who was lost for the season on Nov. 16 with a hip injury. The Iron Bowl will serve as that moment for backup quarterback Mac Jones to impress the committee, much like Ohio State backup quarterback Cardale Jones did in the Big Ten championship in 2014.”They are the team that doesn’t have the resume and they don’t have their star player,” Herbstreit said. “If there ever been a team that has the eye test, it’s Alabama against Auburn.”Alabama, of course, will not play in the SEC championship game. That scenario didn’t stop the Crimson Tide from holding off Ohio State for the final Playoff spot in 2017. The Buckeyes knocked No. 4 Wisconsin off the No. 4 spot in the Big Ten championship, but the 27-21 score affected the perception.”I remember thinking going into the day thinking if Ohio State beats Wisconsin, they are kind of punching their ticket,” Herbstreit said. “If you remember that game, they kind of were OK. It wasn’t crisp, and it opened the door. Alabama, of course, went on to win the national championship.”MORE: Week 14 College Football Playoff pictureOklahoma (10-1), meanwhile, hasn’t exactly won the perception battle. The Sooners lost 48-41 to Kansas State on Oct. 26, and had close calls against Iowa State, Baylor and TCU, teams they beat by a combined eight points. The Sooners face No. 21 Oklahoma State before a rematch with No. 11 Baylor in the Big 12 championship game.”They are kind of limping to the finish line, but they still have ranked teams to play in their final two games,” Herbstreit said. “They have this opportunity to play and try to play well.”Herbstreit believes the best method of separation would come in the conference championship game. That is the card Alabama cannot play, and Oklahoma would need to take advantage of.”That would be the game if you’re an OU fan and you want to win and look good doing it to potentially separate themselves from Alabama,” Herbstreit said. “I just kind of say as a guy who typically thinks of Alabama as, ‘Hey guys, sorry, they are one of the best,’ I just don’t personally feel that way.”last_img read more

Sumner County Sheriff weekly jail bookings: May 2 to May 4, 2015

first_imgDurham, Robert B.50Wichita, KS300 E 18th St, Wellington, KSWPDDUI/TOC/Refusal to submit test4/29/15 Harper, Tamara32Wichita, KS2000 N. H St, Wellington, KSWPDDriving while license cancelled5/2/15 Monday 0600  to  Monday 0600  WEEKLY   BOOKINGS 4/27/2015 thru 05/04/2015          Becknell, Chauncy C.25Wichita, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOServing sentence4/27/15 Flemming, Andrew S.31Wichita, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOServing sentence5/1/15 Wood, Joshua J.39Haysville, KSSedgwick County JailSGSOFTA4/28/15 Russell, Aaron S.21Wellington, KS801 W Harvey, Wellington, KSWPDCriminal damage to property5/2/15 Fleming, Everett G.34Wellington, KS900 N Plum, Wellington, KSWPDDomestic battery/ Criminal trespass4/28/15 Dick, Jason C.41Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSGSOProbation violation5/1/15 Byers, Jami C.36Wellington, KSPoplar St. & 8th St., Wellington, KSFTAFTA4/29/15 Hurt, Paul H.42Wellington, KS501 N Washington, Wellington, KSSUSOServing sentence4/30/15 Helton, Seth W.22Wellington, KS200 E 30th, Wellington, KSSUSODUI/License Restrictions/ Duty to report accident4/30/15 NameAgeHome TownArrest locationAgencyChargesArrest date Tammany, Brandon M.28Derby, KS100 S Drury Rd., Wellington, KSSUSOPoss of para; Poss of opiate; License to be carried and exhibited upon deman; Poss of opiate; Poss of opiate5/4/15 Saunders, Joseph S.61Wellington, KS500 W. Harvey, Wellington, KSWPDDUI5/1/15 Lira, Cory W.33Wellington, KS1000 W 8th St, Wellington, KSWPDPoss of opiate/Use possess  para4/30/15 Schuttler, Jennifer R.28Wichita, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOServing sentence5/3/15 Ford, Justin L.41Wichita, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOPV4/28/15center_img Parks, Angela M.30Hutchinson, KS610 E. Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOServing sentence5/1/15 Bruce, Charles D.27Great Bend, KS211 N 2nd St., Mulvane, KSMPDViolation of protection order5/1/15 Finney, Gregg A.39Wellington, KS610  E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOPV4/28/15 Kent, Bobby   J.35Wellington, KS501 N Washington, Wellington, KSSGSOProbation violation5/1/15 Corley, Heather N.24Wellington, KS1408 N Washington, Wellington, KSWPDSedgwick County Warrant4/30/15 Thomas, Dennis E.59Conway Springs, KS215 N 5th St, Conway Springs, KSCSPDDUI5/2/15 Sumner Newscow report — The Sumner County Sheriff Office report for May 2 to May 4, 2015 weekly jail bookings are as follows: Shugart, Steven D.26Wichita, KS610 E Hillside, Wellingtonn,  KSSUSOServing sentence5/1/15 Williams, James A.43Oxford, KS516 S Illinois, Oxford, KSOXPDCriminal threat4/30/15 Doll, James E.33Conway Springs, KS111 N. 8th St, Conway Springs, KSCSPDBurglary/ Theft of prop serv5/1/15 Coleman, Kirk D.45Wichita, KSSedgwick County JailSGSOServing sentence4/30/15 Black, Amanda L.32Wichita, KSK-53/Boxelder St, Mulvane, KSMPDProbation violation5/2/15 Brown, Richard C36Wellington, KS610 E Hillside, Wellington, KSSUSOServing sentence 05-01-15 Awunglefac, Napoleon27Wichita, KSKTA I-35 MM11, Wellington, KSKHPWarrant arrest5/2/15 Sparkman, Lisa M.35Wichita, KSI-35 MM33KHPDriving while habitual violator/ Operate vehicle w/out liability ins5/1/15 Crisman, Neal C40Oxford, KS100 S Perth Rd, Wellington, KSSUSOVehicles; unlawful act registration; DWS; Oerate vehicle w/out liability insurance5/3/15 Avery, Derrick J.22Wellington, KS1019 Shady Lane, Wellington, KSWPDFTA/Criminal damage to property4/27/15last_img read more

Amgen to pay $186 million

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We can use this one-time payment to invest in the research program at the hospital at a time when funding from the National Institutes of Health has been cut off significantly,” Slasman told The Associated Press. The arthritis drug’s creation stems from research done at Massachusetts General led by a Harvard University researcher. The hospital signed a licensing agreement with Immunex Corp., the Seattle-based company the initially developed Enbrel in the 1990s. Amgen, based in Thousand Oaks, acquired Immunex in 2001 and began reviewing its licensing contracts. Amgen spokesman David Polk said his company was “pleased to reach an amicable resolution to this issue.” Under the royalty agreement, Amgen’s obligations to the hospital have increased with Enbrel’s sales growth. The drug posted $2.6 billion in sales in 2005, up 35 percent from the previous year. BOSTON – The drugmaker Amgen Inc. has agreed to pay Massachusetts General Hospital $186 million to settle a dispute over royalties the hospital was paid for its role in helping develop Enbrel, a drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. The one-time payment will free Amgen from obligations to pay future royalties from North American sales of Enbrel, the hospital said in a news release Tuesday after the settlement was reported in The Boston Globe. The hospital will continue to earn royalties on sales of Enbrel made outside North America. Combined royalties from Enbrel accounted for nearly $65 million of the hospital’s $90 million in licensing fees last year, hospital spokeswoman Peggy Slasman said. Mark Edwards, a managing director of Recombinant Capital, a consulting firm, said the settlement is a show of strength for Enbrel. “One, that Amgen would be willing to buy out the product, and two, that they are strong and getting stronger and that they are willing to give the university an offer it can’t refuse,” Edwards said. Amgen shares rose 13 cents to close at $67.61 on the Nasdaq Stock Market.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more