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Tulane truly grateful

first_imgNine weeks ago, Tulane University football players had many things to be excited about. They were picked to finish third in the Conference USA preseason poll and were returning a talented crew of upperclassmen. Players were even discussing a possible return to a bowl game.”There are no specific goals, it’s just to be a champion,” Tulane quarterback Lester Ricard said in a preseason press release. “Whether that’s conference champion or some type of bowl. My expectations are high. I feel like we can go 13-0, max it out.”In the beginning, expectations were high and players were pumped. However no one was expecting Hurricane Katrina.When the hurricane hit eight weeks ago, it forced Tulane athletes and students to relocate for the semester. Green Wave athletes suddenly had different goals in mind. “We’re not going to use being a homeless football team as a reason to not try to succeed on the field,” Tulane head coach Chris Scelfo said in a press release. “We’re playing for a lot of people and the pressure is high, but our coaches and players are all up for the challenge. We are representing our university and our city and that gives us inspiration.”Though heads may have initially hung low, Tulane football players and other athletes have been grateful with their new homes. The football team has relocated to Ruston, La., and enrolled at Louisiana Tech University. Six other teams — men’s basketball, women’s swimming and diving, women’s volleyball, women’s soccer and men and women’s tennis have moved to Texas A&M University. Texas Tech has welcomed baseball and women’s basketball squads, while Southern Methodist University has admitted men and women’s golf. Both cross country teams will not compete this year.It’s been a rough two months for these athletes. They no longer need a win to be satisfied. Most players have been thrilled through simply competing.”Our team opened with an exhibition meet this weekend and that was the best four hours of therapy this group of student-athlete and coaches could have gotten,” Tulane head swim coach Daniella Irle said Monday in an e-mail. “Eight weeks ago we were not sure we were going to have an athletic department let alone a season. In these past eight weeks I can honestly say that this staff has been truly challenged both professionally and personally, as have our student-athletes. It has been very difficult at times but we also have had some very gratifying and humbling moments as well. I have always felt that the swimming and diving community possessed unusual generosity and camaraderie and I really know that to be true.”It may have taken a new home for these athletes to finally find the true meaning of sports — the thrill of competition — but they have been in a struggle to find ways to win. Though once tabbed the nation’s No. 1 defense after allowing an average of 176 yards per game, the football team has been in a rut, winning only two games this season. Tulane volleyball has only managed to post a 2-8 record midway through the season. Last year, the team won seven of its first 10 games.The Green Wave women’s soccer team has only posted one victory in 11 games, although it did not have an impressive record last season (7-10-2).All sports teams have found their schedules shortened. They have also been forced to play all games on the road.It’s a grim situation, but their seasons would not have taken place without the help of Texas A&M, SMU, Texas Tech and Louisiana Tech.”Our thanks go out to so many people who have made this season happen for us,” Irle said. “So many people have come together to help us provide our ladies with a season that is similar to what they had beforehand. [Everyone who has donated is] the reason we got off to a great start this year and the reason we are even in business right now. Our budgets are really non-existent at this time, so these gifts have been our only source of securing items and a sense of normalcy for our young women.”Though winning may not be a priority for Tulane, as it is for other schools, Green Wave athletes are satisfied by just competing, and that is what athletics should be about.last_img read more

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O’Brien confident of future for Tipp hurling.

first_imgO’Brien says despite some big name retirements, including Mullinahone’s Eoin Kelly, there is a host of younger players in the Tipperary squad for Eamon O’Shea and his management team to choose from.Tipp FM will have full live coverage of Sunday’s match against Dublin – throw in is at 2 o’clock. Former Tipperary hurler John O’Brien says the Premier County has plenty of young talent trying to break into the senior set up.The Toomevara clubman, who has 2 All Ireland and 5 Munster medals, retired from the Inter-County scene at the end of last season.Tipperary open their League campaign this Sunday against Dublin in Parnell Park.last_img read more

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Brandon Ingram adds to the Lakers’ defense

first_imgEL SEGUNDO >> It was the promise of offense that led the Lakers to draft Brandon Ingram. First, the length that allows him to breeze past defenders, to create space and score over and around challengers. Second, the sublime scoring intuition.However, while the Lakers wait for that part of Ingram’s game to mature, he is averaging 7.2 points through 10 games, they have found him helping in other, less-advertised ways. Namely: Defense.Late in Tuesday’s win over Brooklyn, Ingram met Nets forward Trevor Booker at the rim for a dramatic blocked shot to preserve a four-point lead.“He’s a good defender,” coach Luke Walton said. “He’s got a good feel for where cutters are coming from and how to use his length. If he puts his mind to it in practice and the games, down toward the end of games when it gets tight, and he really locks in on defense, he’s really tough to score on.” Ingram’s defense has been a factor in the Lakers’ 7-5 start. He and the team will be tested in the coming weeks with a tightly-packed schedule that includes the Spurs, the Thunder and a pair of games against the Warriors.“We’ve got a very tough stretch coming up,” Walton said. “There’s going to be some ups and downs and we’ve got to continue to just come in and work and continue to trust in what we’re doing. Whether we’re winning games and losing games and keep working on getting better as a team in what we’re trying to do.”Old and newWalton does not descend directly from the famed Gregg Popovich coaching tree, but there is a connection.Walton coached with Steve Kerr in Golden State and Kerr is close with Popovich from his time as a player with the Spurs, an organization Walton admires.“In my opinion they’re the most professional team there is in this league,” Walton said.The Lakers play host to San Antonio (9-3) on Friday, marking Walton’s first head-to-head coaching matchup against Popovich. The Warriors did not face the Spurs last season until after Walton’s 43-game run as interim coach.The NBA’s longest-tenured coach has disciples leading teams throughout the league and Walton is one of them, even if he has done his studying from afar.However, there is at least one lesson Walton has picked up from Popovich and that is coaching to the strengths of players on the roster. Popovich’s teams have played fast, they have played slow. The modern Spurs play nothing like the coach’s early teams in San Antonio.“You look at the big picture of what’s your own team’s personal strengths or weaknesses,” Walton said, “and you try to coach around that instead of just having one style and, no matter who your players are, doing it that way.“The way he’s done it on the move is incredible, without really any slippage from rebuilding processes is absolutely incredible.” Walton first told Ingram of his potential as a defender during his pre-draft workout last spring. Ingram was surprised to hear it.Through high school and one season at Duke, Ingram said, he paid little mind to defense. To be told that could be his calling card?“Coming into this league I would have never thought of something like that,” Ingram said.However, long and lean are among the most valued attributes in the modern NBA and Walton sees endless defensive potential in the young forward as he learns how to play angles and use his body, like on the block against Booker.“Once he fully understands it and fully commits to it, he’ll be great at it,” Walton said. “To play defense anyway at this level at his age is near impossible. These are grown men you’re playing against and normally it physically just beats you down, but he’s been pretty good with it.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Dance of the Millions: How much did Zeljeznicar earn this Summer?

first_imgAfter being defeated by FC Standard from Liege last night (0:1), the Sarajevo FC Zeljeznicar ended its European adventure. The Blues played very well, and in the end just a little bit of luck was missing. Thanks to the excellent plays of the team from Grbavica, as well as some other factors, the team from Zvornicka 27 is on an excellent path to resolve the financial difficulties with which the club has been dealing for a long time now.From UEFA only, Zeljeznicar earned 630.000 Euros this summer (first qualifying round 200.000, second qualifying round 210.000, third qualifying round 220.000 Euros), and the cherry on top was the transfer of Edin Dzeko to Roma.According to information coming from the Apennines, Dzeko will go to Roma for 20 million Euros. Of these 20 million Euros, Zeljeznicar will get 3.5 percent, which is 700.000 Euros.Prior to the match against Standard, Josip Kvesic was sold and the Blues cashed 115.000 Euros. One day before the match, it was announced that Rijad Bajic will go to Konyaspor, and last night the Maniacs said goodbye to their favorite. According to the information in the media, Bajic’s transfer will amount to 400.000 Euros.The exact information on how much did Zeljeznicar earn from the sale of tickets is not available, but it is estimated that the team from Zvornicka 27 cashed 50.000 BAM from the match with Balzan, 180.000 BAM from the match with Ferencvaros, and 250.000 BAM from the match with standard. Thereby the Masindzije earned 480.000 BAM from the tickets sold in their European matches.If the transfer of Edin Dzeko and Riad Bajic is successfully realized, Zeljeznicar will this summer earn somehow incredible money for the BH football. All summed up, the Blues have earned 4.140.000 BAM this summer. Taking into consideration the expenses of travelling and the organization of matches this summer, the Blues will certainly have 3.500.000 BAM remaining, which is a really unbelievable amount of money for the BH football circumstances.(Source: radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

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