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first_imgWhatsApp Print Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Linkedin Advertisement LimerickNewsResumption of Services Across UL Hospitals GroupBy Staff Reporter – July 9, 2020 426 Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live center_img WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads University Hospital LimerickUL Hospitals Group is gradually resuming services across its six sites and patients are being advised of precautionary measures to take in advance of and during their time in hospital in the context of the ongoing public health emergency.As part of our pandemic response, we took the decision on March 6th 2020 to defer almost all elective activity, including inpatient and day case surgery and outpatient appointments. Emergency and time-critical services have been protected throughout the pandemic and we commenced virtual clinics in many specialties for our outpatients.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up While virtual clinics will remain a significant feature for the duration of the pandemic, many patients require a face-to-face consultation or a physical examination or investigation. Our outpatient clinics are now gradually increasing the number of patients attending in person across the Group.Scheduled surgery as well as endoscopy and other diagnostic investigations have also recommenced in UHL, University Maternity Hospital Limerick, St John’s Hospital, Ennis Hospital, Nenagh Hospital and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital.We are carefully scaling up these services in line with the national public health guidance and in a manner which optimises patient care while minimising risks to patients, staff and the wider healthcare system. In line with IP&C best practice and the new realities around physical distancing, this will mean fewer patients in waiting rooms and in clinical areas at any one time and fewer patients on theatre lists on any one day.In advance of attending for an appointment or being admitted for a planned procedure, we are asking that patients take a number of measures in advance of or during their time in hospital. These include the following:–          We may ask patients to cocoon or to self-isolate in advance of their procedure or appointment–          We may ask patients to consent to a COVID-19 test in advance of a planned admission–          We may ask patients to wear a face mask/other PPE or to change the face mask/face covering they are wearing on arrival–          We may ask patients to complete a COVID-19 questionnaire over the phone in advance of coming to hospital and to repeat same on arrival. Patients with symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to stay home.–          We may ask patients to attend at less social hours to facilitate extended operating hours of services–          We may ask patients or those accompanying them to wait in their car until closer to their appointment time–          We may ask patients to attend another hospital for their procedure/appointmentIn all cases, patients will be contacted in advance by letter, by phone or by text and patients asked not to attend unless they have recently heard directly from the hospital.We ask that in the case of children attending for a procedure or appointment, they are accompanied by one adult only and that no siblings may attend. In the case of day surgery, persons accompanying the patient will not be permitted to wait in the hospital and will be asked to return once the patient has recovered.The increase in activity coincides with Phase 3 in the Government roadmap on the reopening of society. However, the visiting ban remains in place across our six hospitals. We have commenced work on how visiting restrictions can be eased pending national guidance on same.More information on the resumption of hospital services nationally and what we are asking of our patients is available here.Colette Cowan, CEO, UL Hospitals Group, said: “We are very pleased that patients are again coming in for their appointments and for their procedures. Across society we have had to adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19 and our staff are no different.“During the pandemic, we have kept our emergency services open; we have re-imagined the physical environment; and we have adopted new ways of working so that by the second month of lockdown, we were back up to 50% of our usual outpatient activity, almost three in five of those appointments being completed virtually.“Our theatre staff redeployed to support critical care and are now returning to their substantive posts as we scale up planned surgery.“We are also asking our patients to do things differently. The buy-in from our citizens in terms of the public health advice has been the single biggest factor in containing and suppressing COVID-19 in the community.“Vigilance remains the watchword as acute hospitals stand up services. The capacity challenges faced by our hospitals in advance of the pandemic have only increased as a result of it.“There are currently 122 beds under construction in UHL and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital however compliance with physical distancing will require us to close beds elsewhere. For the foreseeable future, we will need to reduce footfall in our hospitals and see fewer patients physically in our clinics and in theatre.“We are also asking patients to consider all their care options – Injury Units, GP and GP out-of hours – before presenting to the Emergency Department and to use the phone where possible.” she said.Prof Brian Lenehan, Chief Clinical Director, UL Hospitals Group, said: “We are conscious that the unfortunate but necessary suspension of so much scheduled work as a result of the pandemic has been difficult on our patients. During the pandemic, we continued to operate emergency and trauma lists in theatre, including cancer patients.“As we gradually scale up our services, we will be prioritising the sickest patients first in line with national guidelines and with the agreement of the clinical leads across the various specialties.“It has been heartening in recent weeks to see more scheduled cancer and vascular cases in theatre, for example, and the increase in cardiology patients attending the cath lab.“Across UL Hospitals Group we have worked hard to increase our in-house COVID-19 testing, to establish new pathways to keep patients safe, to protect our critical care capacity through the course of the pandemic and to date to minimise any nosocomial spread of COVID-19.“In all of this, the safety of our patients and staff has been paramount and that will remain the case as we slowly and carefully increase services in the coming weeks,” Prof Lenehan said.Need information and advice on COVID-19? Go to www.hse.ie/coronavirus Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleCouncil commits to traffic calming on Hyde RoadNext articleCommittee on Covid-19 Response to discuss meat plants Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Emaillast_img read more


first_img Tags: Juab/Manti/Track Brad James Written by March 23, 2018 /Sports News – Local Track Roundup: 3/23: Juab Mountain Valley Invitational FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailNEPHI, Utah-Friday afternoon, Juab High School hosted the Mountain Valley Invitational, featuring various schools in the Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network coverage area.The Skyridge Falcons of Class 5-A took the boys title with 127 points while Manti’s boys finished fifth overall with 58 points and Juab placed seventh with 41 points.The girls’ champion was Class 6-A Lone Peak, as the Knights posted 184.5 points. Juab placed 5th with 71.5 points and Manti was 6th with 37 points.In the girls’ 100-meter hurdles, Juab’s Natalie Tolbert placed fourth overall, with her teammate, Krista Nielson, finsihing fourth overall in the 300-meter hurdles.Ronnie Walker of Juab also had a strong showing as she placed third in the 100-meter dash and fifth in the 200-meter dash.The girls’ 4 x 100 saw Manti put forth a solid finish as the Templars placed third overall, with Juab finishing in fourth in the event.The girls’ 800-meter run saw Juab’s Whitney Slater place third while Allie Bridges of Manti finished fourth. Slater was also solid in the 3200-meter run, finishing fifth, and her teammate, Whitlee Rosquist, fisnished seventh.The girls’ long jump was another strong event for Juab as Bayli Heap placed fourth and Emilia Anderson finished fifth.In the girls’ medley relay, Manti finished third with Juab placing fourth.Juab’s Lilian Reese was the champion in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet and Saige Cowan took the crown in the javelin with a toss of 109-01 feet.In the girls’ shot put Manti’s Kjerstin Birch finished fourth, while also placing sith in the girls’ discus. Naomi Boorman of Manti finished fifth overall in the event.For the boys, Manti’s Josh Blauer and Cooper Parry finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 110-meter hurdles. The Templars’ Jordan Cheney placed 7th in the 1600-meter run as well.The boys’ 4 x 100 relay saw Manti finish fifth and Juab place sixth overall. In the 400-meter dash, Manti’s Riley Searle was fifth and Jaden Sterner placed sixth.In the 300-meter hurdles, Juab’s Mcray Stevens finished second with Cooper Parry of Manti placing fifth.The 4 x 400 relay for the boys saw Manti place 2nd with Juab in 4th and Juab’s Jackson Rowley and Zac Cowan placed 2nd and 4th respectively in the boys’ javelin with Manti’s Andrew Valentine placing fifth in the event.Juab’s Reese Darrington finished fourth in the shot put with Valentine finishing fourth in the boys’ discus for Manti.The Templar boys won the medley relay in a time of 3:49.34 as the team consisted of Riley Searle, Keenan Moulton, Jaden Sterner and Jordan Cheney.last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]A[/dropcap]16-year-old Muslim American girl who frequently gets taunted for her religious beliefs. A son of Mexican immigrants who’s been discriminated against all his life. A father of two who has never attended a protest before but wanted to introduce his kids to the political process.These were some of the diverse faces of the several hundred protestors who demonstrated outside GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s rally at Grumman Studios in Bethpage Wednesday night.Standing for several hours just beyond the entrance to Trump’s much-ballyhooed campaign stop, incensed protesters waved signs amid bone-chilling temperatures, decrying what many perceive to be Islamophobic, racist and misogynistic comments from the delegate-leading Republican hopeful.“No more room for hate, America is great!” protesters chanted from where they were sequestered, as pro-Trump Long Islanders made their way to the rally one day after their top pick for the White House suffered a brutal defeat to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx) in Wisconsin.“Trump’s a fascist!” they screamed in a rhythm that mimicked a “Let’s Go Yankees!” chant.“Hey-hey, ho-ho, hateful Trump has got to go!” the bundled bodies billowed as the evening sky melted to black.Protesters began huddling around 4 p.m., occupying a space across the street from Grumman Studios’ entrance dubbed the “Free Speech Zone” by local law enforcement authorities, which attracted an odd mix of pro-Trump followers and his many detractors. Some business savvy supporters sold Trump apparel—hats, shirts, and buttons—beside a food truck vendor advertising Halal meat.Busloads of Trump supporters responded to some of the jeers with a flash of their middle finger—a greeting even some children riding on board took part in.The protest was mostly peaceful until a large group of Trump fans who had failed to enter the Grumman Studios because the venue was at full capacity started a counter-protest that prompted an hours-long standoff under the watchful eye of Nassau County police officers in riot gear and cops mounted on horseback.Nassau County police officers in riot gear stand between Donald Trump protesters and the GOP frontrunner’s fans.In order to maintain the peace, officers separated the rival groups, prompting chants of “Build that wall!” from Trump supporters, who ironically were the ones being blocked off.The Trump group yelled “White Lives Matter,!” recommended that protesters “Get a job,” and chanted, “Leave this country!”They also took on the two Democrats vying for their party’s nomination. 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Bernie Sanders (I-Vt), a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist, was dubbed a “Communist,” and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner, was chided for perceived lies she supposedly spewed.“We do our jobs, we come home, we want to watch some Netflix and binge on some brownies.”When a Trump supporter condemned Clinton for her untruths, someone on the other side of the rally responded, “Fuck you, we don’t like her, either.”At one point, both sides engaged in dueling “U-S-A” chants, as if to demonstrate one side was more patriotic than the other.So went the first anti-Trump demonstration on Long Island in 2016: High school insults were traded, bravado did not manifest into much of substance, and demonstrators chanted until their vocal chords gave out.Aside from the broadsides exchanged by both sides, protester after protester said they had deep misgivings with the GOP favorite and were uncomfortable with some of his remarks he’s made on the campaign trail about Muslims, Mexicans and women.Mahira Siddiqi, a mother of three from Hicksville, felt compelled to attend Wednesday’s rally because of rampant Islamophobia careening through the media.“I think a lot of the people who are out here don’t really know any Muslims that closely, and I think if they took the time to talk to some of us they would realize that we’re just like them,” Siddiqi told the Press.“We do our jobs, we come home, we want to watch some Netflix and binge on some brownies,” she added. “And we want to raise our kids in a peaceful society, and we want our kids to have the same opportunities that we did. And for most of us, we were born here, so this is home. This is it.”Siddiqi lamented that both her 11- and 8-year-old are old enough to understand to some degree that anti-Islam sentiment is roiling America today.She said she tries to shield them from the rhetoric because “it just hurts my heart for them to have to feel that.” But she felt compelled to take her place in Bethpage.“Because the level of hate has just gotten so much, it’s become necessary for people who maybe normally would not go out and be activists to do so,” she said.A business-savy Long Islander selling Donald Trump apparel outside his rally in Bethpage. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)As if on cue, Jeff Zilberstein, 42, of East Islip was sauntering around the barricaded area with his 7-year-old daughter perched atop his shoulders.It was the first time Zilberstein ever attended a protest. He decided to make it a family affair, bringing along his wife and two kids.“I think that they need to understand what the political process is all about. I’ve never done this before,” Zilberstein said. “You can agree to disagree about a lot of things, but I have a hard time agreeing to disagree about Trump.”To him, the bombastic reality TV star and businessman’s being in the race “was a joke to begin with—and he’s not a joke anymore,” he said.Benjetta Miller of Bay Shore was standing under a tree holding a “Stand Against Islamophobia” sign.Miller, a Sanders supporter who is not eligible to vote in the state’s April 19 primary because New York’s closed primary rules don’t allow registered Independents to cast a ballot, said she’d vote for Clinton in the general election if it came down to it.“There’s just no room in our country, in our government, for a Donald Trump,” she said.The Ahmed family from Woodmere would agree.Sarfaraz Ahmed, his wife and daughter, Yursa, decided to attend the rally to protest what they consider racist remarks espoused by Trump, and because their family has been the victim of Islamophobic comments.“Our kids go to school, and they’ve been harassed. They’ve been called names because we wear different clothes,” said Sarafarz, adding that his children have been branded “terrorists” by bullies.“We are here for 40 years—my brother came [in] 1973,” added the Pakistani immigrant. “All the kids were born here. Grew up here. Went to school here.”His 16-year-old daughter Yursa, who attends private school, expressed her disappointment that people would judge an entire religion based on the acts of a select few.“It’s like a classroom. When one kid messes up, the whole class doesn’t have recess,” said Yursa, who has been taunted by people when she goes into New York City. “Why do we have to suffer if someone else messed up?”The Ahmed family from Woodmere lamented anti-Muslim sentiment in America today. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Muslims aren’t the only ones who felt compelled to speak out.“The reason I feel like joining is because a lot of people of my skin complexion would rather hold their silence than stand up and let their voices be heard,” said 22-year-old Key Martinez of North Bellmore. “I’m not an illegal immigrant, but my family are, so I’m here for them.”Martinez has specifically objected to Trump’s proposal to have Mexico build a wall to prevent people crossing America’s southern border.If his family hadn’t come more than 25 years ago, he’d never have the opportunities now offered to him.“I’ve been discriminated all of my life,” said Martinez, who attends Nassau Community College where he also works. “This is the first time I get to stand up for that.”Martinez summed up what many other people in the crowd said they have been feeling as they’ve watched Trump tour the country while promising to make America great by banning Muslims, putting the Muslims that are here in databases, keeping Mexicans out, punishing women for abortions if they’re deemed illegal (before he backtracked), and lessening America’s role militarily by suggesting countries like Japan and South Korea should develop nuclear bombs to defend themselves.“He is prejudice,” Martinez said, “and there’s no way of denying that.”last_img read more


first_imgIf you just want results… There will be a results map on The Times’s home page, and yes, the infamous needle will be back — but only for Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, the only states providing granular enough information for our experts to make educated projections of uncounted votes.If you want constant updates… Times reporters are live-blogging all day and night. This will be your one-stop shop for minute-by-minute updates: race calls, on-the-ground reporting from swing states, news about any voting issues or disruptions, and more.If you want to check in every so often… Times journalists are also producing a live briefing from roughly 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. ET, with an overview of what’s happening in the presidential race, the Senate and House races, and the voting process itself. Mr. Bullock’s loss complicated Democrats’ strategy for taking the Senate majority, which relied in part on picking off vulnerable Republicans in conservative-leaning states.- Advertisement – Senator Steve Daines, Republican of Montana, beat back a strong challenge from Gov. Steve Bullock on Tuesday to win a second term, keeping a crucial seat in Republican hands as Democrats pressed to try to wrest control of the Senate.Mr. Daines, 58, a Bozeman businessman long active in Republican politics, survived tens of millions of dollars in attack ads by the governor and his Democratic allies, questioning his business ties to China and his support for repealing the Affordable Care Act and its guarantees of coverage for pre-existing conditions.- Advertisement – Here’s a guide to The Times’s election night coverage, no matter when, how or how often you want to consume it. Despite Montana’s conservative leanings and the certainty that President Trump would carry the state, Mr. Daines was considered at risk because of Mr. Bullock’s long electoral history in Montana, having been elected statewide three times.He remained popular as governor, and Republicans had the tricky task of persuading people that voting for Mr. Bullock for governor was different than sending him to Washington, where they argued that he would become part of an ultraliberal Democratic majority. Election 2020 ›How to Follow the Election Results- Advertisement –center_img Both candidates were well known to Montana voters. Mr. Daines was defeated in his first statewide run for lieutenant governor in 2008 but was elected to the state’s sole House seat in 2012. He then won election to the Senate in 2014 after John Walsh, the Democrat who had been appointed to the seat, was accused of plagiarism and forced to withdraw. Mr. Bullock was elected attorney general in 2008 and won terms as governor in 2012 and 2016, the latter when Mr. Trump was on the ballot as well.Mr. Daines almost avoided a serious re-election challenge this year altogether. Despite pleas from national and state Democrats to run for Senate, Mr. Bullock resisted and instead embarked on a run for president. But his candidacy never gained traction, and he dropped out of the race in December 2019. He made clear then that he would not run for Senate and Mr. Daines looked to be running against a much weaker candidate. But at the last minute, Mr. Bullock, citing the encouragement of his wife and daughter, entered the race. Besides a barrage of attacks against Mr. Bullock on a range of ethical accusations about state contracting and other issues, Republicans closed out their campaign raising the alarm about the potential that Mr. Bullock would cement a Democratic Senate majority and a progressive agenda in Washington. Republican ads often featured him with Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.Trying to appeal to independent and conservation-minded voters in Montana, Mr. Daines joined a push this year to require that the federal government for the first time fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which preserves and acquires public lands. He and Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, who lost his seat on Tuesday, traveled to the White House in February to personally lobby Mr. Trump to sign the legislation if it passed, even though the administration’s budget office had proposed zeroing out funding for the program. Grasping the political implications, Mr. Trump agreed and both Republican senators campaigned hard on the accomplishment. Though Democrats believed they had their best possible candidate in Mr. Bullock, they said they always knew that winning Montana would be difficult given the Republican advantages in the state. They had hoped that the fact that Mr. Trump was running behind his 2016 showing would be enough to push Mr. Bullock past Mr. Daines. – Advertisement –last_img read more


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first_img Published on February 4, 2018 at 8:59 pm Contact Matt: [email protected],Comments are closed. Comments Danny Varello raced to midfield from the Syracuse sidelines, leading a charge of nearly the entire team. Those on the field tackled freshman midfielder Jamie Trimboli, whose acrobatic goal captured a 12-11 overtime win against Duke in the Carrier Dome.Varello reached the dog pile mobbing Trimboli, and leapt on top. Trimboli’s game-winning goal made him the hero in SU’s fourth-straight one-goal victory.But it was Varello that won the possession for the Orange that led to the victory.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“You’re as good as your last faceoff,” Varello’s father Joe constantly preached. “Very few people in a lifetime will be in a moment like that.”Varello was just a freshman, and a backup to Ben Williams, Syracuse’s greatest faceoff specialist in history. But several times during the 2017 season, the SU coaches called on their freshman specialist for a lift in crunch time. Williams struggled during the middle of the season, after injuring his shoulder. When SU needed something different Varello offered it, Syracuse head coach John Desko said. Williams has since graduated, and Varello, a sophomore, is now the lead faceoff specialist for a young team searching for its first Final Four in five years, the longest drought ever for a Syracuse team since its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1979.,Varello faces a demanding challenge, replacing an All-American in Williams. The two-time Tewaaraton nominee broke the program records for faceoffs won and groundballs picked up in just three seasons. Williams was the “physical specimen” of the team, Joe said. He was the strongest and the fastest, and the player everyone wanted to transform themselves into. Varello didn’t just want that, he needed it.“Ben’s my biggest role model,” Varello said last season. “I look at Ben, I’m like, how can I be the player he is?”The position is perhaps the most physically demanding in lacrosse. Williams fit the mold perfectly.“You look at Ben compared to any athlete, his muscle tone, his strength, speed,” Joe added, “you’re comparing (Danny) to an Adonis.”• • •Within the first year of Varello’s soccer career, Joe realized it was not the sport for his son. Rather than playing the game with touch and finesse, a young Varello would track down his opponents and knock them over.“I always got penalties,” Varello added. “I was definitely a little too tenacious out there.”Instead of soccer, Varello preferred football, where he could “ram his head into people.”Around the same time, in 2010, a 12-year-old Varello continued his pursuit of physicality when he began taking lessons at the Fogolax Academy in Huntington, New York, with faceoff specialist coach Matt Schomburg.“He was like a little round mound of rebound,” Schomburg said. “Like a little Charles Barkley.”Varello wasn’t a natural athlete, Schomburg said. But Varello was naturally gifted as a faceoff specialist. He had incredibly quick hands, in part, due to their sheer size. At 12, Varello had bigger hands than some high schoolers, Schomburg said.“I thought, ‘This kid can beat anyone … if (he) can get in shape,’” Schomburg said. “He’s just a naturally gifted, talented kid.”Schomburg considers four key traits in evaluating the skills of a faceoff specialist: speed, balance, technique and power. Within just a few weeks of practicing, Varello had already tackled the first three. The one he lacked, surprisingly, was power.In his youth, Varello had the size, just not the strength to match it.By his sophomore year of high school, though, things were different. Varello became the starting faceoff specialist for Smithtown West (New York) High School. Despite being one of the youngest starting faceoff specialists in the county, he showed promise with his lightning-quick hands and his raw power, which came into form as he aged.“You’re not going to push him off his spot,” Smithtown West head coach Bob Moltisanti said. “He’s a fire hydrant.”But as the strength began to emerge that year, he still wasn’t maximizing his potential. He needed to be quicker. Between his sophomore and junior year, Moltisanti emphasized the importance of footwork and agility in becoming a successful faceoff specialist.Varello listened, visiting the track several times per week to work on his foot speed and explosiveness. By his junior season, Varello combined the power and speed to become one of the best specialists in New York.And he only continued to improve. By the end of his senior year, Varello was Smithtown West’s all-time leader in faceoff wins as well as a two-time All-Division and All-Suffolk County honoree.“To see him transform from a 14-year-old kid to an 18-year-old young man,” Moltisanti said, “that was special.”• • •In high school Varello was the star. When he arrived at Syracuse, that dynamic changed. He wasn’t the top at his position, or even second. Williams was the best, and no one else seemed close.Varello impressed Williams early on in fall practices, though. The two faced off over and over, with Varello winning a few, Williams said. He praised Varello’s “really fast hands,” the quickness with which he clamps his stick down on the ball.“I realized he was going to be a guy that would make me better,” Williams said. “You want to be challenged and have someone to compete with.”Varello earned his opportunity to compete early in the season. An injury forced Williams to miss SU’s home contest with Army. But Syracuse head coach John Desko opted to call on senior Cal Paduda to replace Williams.Paduda won the first faceoff, which led to an SU goal. But he couldn’t do much more. Paduda finished just 3-of-13, and SU found itself down 8-4 toward the end of the second quarter. Desko turned to Varello to win at the faceoff X.He thrived, winning 10-of-17, and leading an SU comeback. Despite the 14-13 SU loss, Varello succeeded, winning 58.8 percent of his faceoffs against Dan Grabher, the fifth-leading faceoff specialist in the country in 2017.“I proved to everyone that not only do I play well in practice,” Varello said, “but I can play in those big games.”Coming off five-straight one-goal games, in which SU went 4-1, the Orange hosted Duke one month after Army. During the previous three contests — all SU victories — Williams struggled after returning from injury, finishing 36-of-69.Against Duke’s Kyle Rowe, Williams’ troubles escalated. Despite winning just four of 17 faceoffs, Syracuse held a two-goal lead entering the fourth quarter. But eight seconds into that frame, Duke scored immediately off a faceoff win.Desko replaced his All-American with Varello. SU needed its unknown freshman to help lead then-No. 5 SU to a win against the 11th-ranked team in the nation.Varello marched out and looked up into the stands. Seventy-three hundred people packed the Carrier Dome, the largest attendance of the year, and of Varello’s life.From the start, Varello consistently beat Rowe. His first faceoff win led to an Orange goal. But SU turnovers handed Duke a two-goal lead.With just more than six minutes left, Syracuse rallied. Varello won the following faceoff with ease, and sprinted directly toward the Duke goal, setting up an easy Brendan Bomberry finish.Following another SU goal, both teams were knotted at 11. Neither side broke the tie in the final 1:30 left in regulation. Instead of going back to Williams in the overtime period, Desko trusted Varello to win the last possession.“When I went in, I knew our coaches were really, really, really betting on this Plan B to work,” Varello said.Varello looked up to the stands one more time before crouching down into position. He and Rowe attacked each other, trying to win the ball, but Varello gained control and gave SU the possession. Forty seconds later, Trimboli netted the game winner before the mob ensued, and Varello, the unsung hero, went unnoticed.The following Monday in practice, Varello approached Williams, who was coming off the worst game of his career.“‘Shake it off,’” Williams remembers Varello saying. “‘We’re going to do great going forward and we’re going to work on things together.’”“That meant a lot to me,” Williams added. “Especially for how well he played in that game. It spoke a lot about him as a teammate.”• • •Syracuse’s conditioning test consists of three sprints of 440 yards, Varello said, which combined, must be completed in 214 seconds — three minutes and 34 seconds. Williams never failed his test. When Varello attempted his first test his freshman year, he finished in 215.“It bothered him,” Joe said. “He wished he was better prepared conditioning-wise.”After Duke, Varello struggled the remainder of the season, winning just five of his remaining 17 attempts, finishing with a season percentage of 52.2.In the offseason, the coaches didn’t want him focusing on his faceoffs though. Instead, they wanted Varello to play lacrosse — midfield, attack and defense — and focus on getting in better shape.“I told him I didn’t want to see him until he was 10 pounds lighter,” Schomburg said.And Varello listened. Every day over the summer, he headed to the track at Smithtown West and did sprinting workouts.Then he would play midfield in tournaments on Long Island to work on his stickhandling and to see the field better once he wins the faceoff. To improve on faceoffs, Varello met up with Gerard Arceri of Penn State, Austin Henningsen from Maryland and both specialists from Hofstra, all of whom live in the area.The five would meet at a small indoor facility, and spend the entire day facing off against each other. It was almost a “top-secret exclusive cub,” Varello joked.“You get five guys in a room and a couple of whistles,” Varello said. “That’s really all you need.”He changed his diet to cut carbs, even though it’s almost impossible coming from an Italian household, Varello said. He quickly shed those 10 pounds and continued working on his technique with Schomburg.Kevin Camelo| Digital Design EditorNow, entering his sophomore season, Varello has improved his all-around game. He has gotten stronger and faster, improved his off-ball skills and his quickness at the faceoff X.“He even may be a hair quicker than Ben,” Desko said.And he passed the fitness test that haunted him since last year.“Danny looks at himself and to a (former) senior like Ben,” Joe said, “‘I’ve got to be in that shape. That’s my goal. I’ve got to eat right, I’ve got to be lean. I have to condition right. My position demands it and my teammates are counting on it.’”Williams finished his career at Syracuse with a faceoff percentage of 61.4 percent.Heading into this season, Schomburg gave Varello a prediction for his season mark: 62 percent. Varello thought the number was too low.“Prove me wrong,” Schomburg said to Varello. “Let me see how good you are.”Banner photo by Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerSponsored bylast_img read more


first_img RTSmunity: Data is imperative to esports’ success in the betting industry April 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit GVC Foundation backs Eastern European Championship tennis appeal June 17, 2020 Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Related Articles European-wide sports integrity body ESSA has issued a statement, detailing that it will move to consult its industry members on the findings and recommendations of tennis’ Independent Review Panel (IRP).This week, at a press conference in London, sports law QC Adam Lewis revealed the IRP’s two-year study into tennis integrity, in which the independent panel reviewed the sport’s match-fixing, corruption and betting-related issues.In its study, the IRP has detailed significant concerns relating to professional tennis’ operating structure and the sports relationship with betting.Lewis and the IRP have recommended a number of drastic measures to protect the middle and lower ranking levels of tennis from betting-related corruption.Recommended provisions, which have been initially accepted by tennis four major governing bodies (the ATP, WTA, ITF and Grand Slam Board), include a drastic reduction of live-scoring data feeds made available to bookmakers.Furthermore, the IRP recommends that tennis governing bodies reclassify the global qualifying criteria for professional tennis athletes (ie who can be deemed a tennis pro).  In its quarterly ‘suspicious betting’ industry updates, ESSA has highlighted the number of betting alerts attached to tennis events, which have far outweighed other professional sports.Updating industry stakeholders, ESSA governance detailed“ESSA welcomes the publication of the Review Panel’s interim report and the extensive recommendations contained within it. These relate to multiple areas including the availability of betting on tennis events, betting sponsorship of those events and the sale of event data to betting operators.ESSA will now begin to consider the detail of the interim report and to consult with our members, which represent many of the largest regulated betting operators, to determine how best to respond to the report’s initial findings and recommendations.It is important to highlight that this is an interim report, which opens a further period of discussion and consultation. ESSA and its members have been working closely with the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) to address potential betting related match-fixing throughout this process and are committed to working with them to tackle corruption. This has delivered a number of positive investigative actions and sanctions and we will continue to work in partnership with the tennis authorities.” Sharelast_img read more

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