Obokoh delivers on defensive end in expanded minutes against Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Chinonso Obokoh’s teammates encouraged him and told him to be aggressive. Rakeem Christmas was in foul trouble and bound for the bench. There were more than 16 minutes left in the game.But Obokoh didn’t say much back to his team. He just shuffled to his spot at the right block, waiting for Aaron Brown to take his free throws.Making his first appearance since a five-minute, four-foul performance on Jan. 11 against Florida State, Obokoh had a quiet, but career-high night tallying 16 minutes, four rebounds, two fouls and a block in Syracuse’s (14-5, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) 69-61 win over Boston College (8-9, 0-5). He remains a non-factor on the offensive end of the floor, but defended and rebounded well. It was all that was asked of him and all that was needed for SU to hold on against the Eagles.“He got us some extra possessions on offense and he played good defense and made people take tough shots and he was big down low,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “And that’s what you need a big guy to do. He came in and he did what he could do. I’m really proud of him.”Defensively, Obokoh said he just needs to stay in position and out of foul trouble. He wasn’t thinking that much when he took the floor, he said, and was much more ready for the occasion than when he came off the bench against the Seminoles.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think he had some good minutes for us tonight,” SU forward Michael Gbinije said. “It was nice to see Chino play. I’m a Chino fan myself.”With 6:35 left in the game, BC’s 7-foot-1 center Dennis Clifford dribbled on the right side and put up what would’ve been an easy two points, only for Obokoh to swat the ball away as Gbinije came over with help from the side.Obokoh attempted just one shot from the field and said that all he’s asked to do is set screens and get rebounds on offense. Beyond that, Tuesday’s game was just an adjustment to more minutes, but one he felt ready for.“I play against Rak, the best big man in the country right now,” Obokoh said. “He’s so good. So I know how to move around. So other guys out there it’s a little bit kind of familiar.” Comments Published on January 21, 2015 at 12:08 am Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_last_img read more

Wenger gets boost as Arsenal sink Watford

first_imgOzil was equally profligate when he weaved through on goal, only to clip his shot too close to Karnezis.There was less assurance about Arsenal towards the end of the half and Cech had to plunge to his left to save Richarlison’s header.But Watford couldn’t take advantage and Granit Xhaka’s 20-yard blast after the interval almost deceived Karnezis before he grabbed the ball just before it crossed the line.With the momentum back in their favour, Aubameyang doubled Arsenal’s lead in the 59th minute.Mkhitaryan was the catalyst, slipping a pass to Aubameyang, who beat the Watford offside trap and rounded Karnezis before slotting in his third goal since his club-record move from Borussia Dortmund in January.There was more cause for Wenger to wear a rare smile a few minutes later.Ainsley Maitland-Niles conceded a penalty with a foul on Pereyra, but when Deeney stepped up to take the spot-kick, Cech made a fine save that preserved his 200th clean sheet in the Premier League.Mkhitaryan bagged his second goal in successive matches with a low strike that crept under Karnezis in the 77th minute.Share on: WhatsApp Shkodran Mustafi’s early opener and a cool finish from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put them in control.In a moment of sweet vindication, Watford captain Troy Deeney, who had questioned Arsenal’s spirit earlier this season, had a second-half penalty saved by Petr Cech.Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s strike wrapped up the points, but there was concern for Wenger as Mustafi limped off in the closing stages.Arsenal, who had lost eight of their previous 14 matches in all competitions, remain in sixth place and trail fourth-placed Tottenham by 10 points ahead of their rivals’ trip to Bournemouth later on Sunday.Winning the Europa League guarantees qualification for next season’s Champions League and, with Arsenal’s hopes of achieving that goal via a top-four finish looking bleak, it was no surprise Wenger prioritised the continental competition.With the second leg against Milan looming on Thursday, Wenger rested Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny and left Jack Wilshere on the bench.Aubameyang was one of the established stars who started for Arsenal and the Gabon striker should have opened the scoring when he raced onto Mesut Ozil’s pass and shot straight at Watford goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsene Wenger received a welcome boost as Arsenal eased a little of the pressure on their beleaguered boss with a 3-0 win over Watford on Sunday.After a wretched run left Wenger fighting to save his job, a 2-0 win at AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday offered the Frenchman temporary respite from the torrent of abuse he has endured this season.Maintaining the momentum from that last-16 victory in the San Siro, Wenger’s side ended a run of three successive Premier League defeats with a solid display at the Emirates Stadium. Deeney had infuriated Arsenal by accusing them of a lack of “cojones” after Watford beat Wenger’s men in October.Fuelled by that jibe, Arsenal took the lead in the eighth minute.When Ozil swung a deep free-kick towards the far post, Mustafi punished slack marking by Jose Holebas and Adrian Mariappa as the German defender powered a close-range header past Karnezis.– Rare smile –Watford weren’t fazed and Abdoulaye Doucoure’s low strike deflected off Mustafi to force a good save from Cech.Cech alertly kept out Richarlison’s dipping free-kick, but Roberto Pereyra should have done better than blaze the rebound over. For the second successive home game, a significant amount of seats were empty as fans stayed away in protest at Wenger’s woes.The subdued atmosphere lent an ‘end of an era’ feel to the match, but it didn’t bother Arsenal, who had a point to prove to Watford captain Deeney.last_img read more

Somalia eject Uganda cubs in CECAFA U-17 event

first_imgKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Defending champions Uganda Cubs are out of the on-going CECAFA U-17 Championship in Burundi.The Cubs suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Somalia at the Gitega Stadium in one of the semi final matches played on Wednesday.Uganda Cubs who won the trophy when the Championship was last held in 2009 failed to match the Somalia team that reportedly played a highly passing game.Ahmed Farhaman scored the lone goal for Somalia early in the first half, while Uganda Cubs had Sula Mpuga miss a penalty in the second half. Before the semi final Uganda Cubs drew 1-1 with Tanzania in the opening group B game before defeating Sudan 3-0. “It is disappointing that we created several scoring chances, but failed to win the game,” Uganda’s coach Peter Onen said after the game.Tanzania joined Somalia in the final after they humbled Kenya 2-1 in the second semi final game also played the same day. Somalia started the tournament with a 3-0 loss to Zanzibar, but were awarded the points and three goals after Zanzibar was thrown out of the tournament when they were discovered to have 12 over age players in the tournament.The Somalia team handled by Salad Farah Hassan went on to defeat Kenya 1-0 in another group game and also drew goalless against the hosts Burundi.The tournament that attracted Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia and hosts Burundi is fully sponsored by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA).***URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Mistrial Declared in Case of WPB Doctor Accused of Rape

first_imgA mistrial was declared Monday for two counts in the case of a West Palm Beach foot doctor accused of raping a woman in 2016.Court records show the jury found Scott Strolla, a podiatrist and surgeon, guilty as charged to video voyeurism, but couldn’t reach a verdict on whether to convict Strolla of sexual battery on a helpless person and sexual battery on a victim 18 years or older.Strolla and the victim knew each other from Facebook and offered to buy her drinks at a bar on Clematis Street, according to an arrest report. The victim then said she remembered waking up in Strolla’s house in the Mariners Cove neighborhood with Strolla on top of her engaging in sex. She said she remembered “clicking sounds” like a camera.When she woke up, she said she could not understand what she was doing at Strolla’s house, according to the report. She told Strolla she called an Uber and went outside and called 911 from the bushes down the street.Strolla has a status check on Wednesday, according to court records.last_img read more

Women and Girls’ Golf Week: TV and radio presenter Jenni Falconer on her golfing adventure

first_img TV and radio presenter Jenni Falconer describes her golfing adventure and urges more women and girls to follow her and Get into GolfWhy did you want get into golf?It baffles me as to why women in general aren’t playing as much golf – they’ll go and join a gym, they’ll go to a spin class but they wouldn’t think ‘I want to go and play golf in my free time’.So my aim is to show that we should be going to play golf, it is possible and it is something that is just as enjoyable as all the other activities women do in their spare time. Golf can appear to be one of the least-accessible activities at the moment and it does seem to be such a male-dominated sport so let’s change that!I’ve always wanted to play golf, and I decided that 2018 was the year I was going to learn. I’ve never played before so I wanted to know if it’s possible and if I can do it. Luckily I’ve recruited some friends to help me try and achieve it, and the PGAs of Europe added the extra challenge of giving me just a few months to go from a complete novice to competitor in front of spectators at the European Tour’s GolfSixes!In at the deep end then! How did you prepare?The PGAs of Europe and love.golf got me started. love.golf is a programme designed specifically to focus on coaching women. I am also a regular at a driving range near to where I live and did a lot of extra practice there particularly as I was learning over the months when we had snow, rain, hail and general freezing weather conditions….sometimes I just needed to be under cover!How had you progressed by GolfSixes?By the time of the Golf Sixes, I had definitely improved – getting more confident with my driver and a lot more consistent with my irons. My putting was also much better….it was nerve-racking to play with so many pros on the day but I loved every minute and despite first tee nerves under the eye of a fairly large crowd, I soon relaxed. There was a great mix of people playing in the pro-am alongside me – admittedly they were much better and far more experienced than I was – and they were really encouraging and supportive of the fact that I was new to the game. I would love to play in the tournament again next year – this time just be a lot better! Haha!How were your first tee nerves?The first tee nerves really do get to you…at that stage I was nervous teeing off in front of anyone let alone a large crowd cheering you on whilst you did it. Not surprisingly I messed it up and it rolled off the tee….oh dear!What’s happened since then with your golf?Since then, I have played more, practiced more and worked on various disciplines from my swing, grip and stance to really learning how to relax whilst hitting the ball. I have played a lot on golf courses with a few friends too and that has been a huge contributing factor to my improvement. Watching and learning from others – making mistakes with others and laughing about them so as not to take it too seriously and also witnessing friends also make errors only boosts your confidence that it happens at times to everyone.I have also played in a couple more tournaments – the big one was the Celebrity Cup weekend at Celtic Manor. That was without doubt the best golfing experience I have had so far in terms of the incredible course on which we were playing, dealing with the pressure of the competition, huge crowds on every hole, great camaraderie between players and for me playing so intensively helped me improve even more.What do you enjoy about golf?I love the time out, away from emails, phones, general stresses – this is like a period of calm where your focus is entirely on the game. I guess for that reason it’s a form of meditation, where you can switch off and train your mind to think only about your swing, and then once that’s out the way – you start thinking about your next shot. It’s also a lot of fun, whilst challenging, the latter being an element I really embrace as I am constantly striving to improve.What are your golfing goals?I suppose one of my golfing goals is to encourage more girls to take up the sport – it is such a shame that it is seen as a game played predominantly by middle aged men, but things are moving forward – there is much being done to try and change the perception and find ways to make it more accessible to women, in particular those who haven’t played before. If you are keen to learn, there should be an easy route to go down into order to give it a go.On a personal level, my main goal is to improve – I have been working hard and playing as often as I can. I am now a member of a couple of clubs and so want to build up the confidence to play with other members and by doing so hopefully I can work on bringing down my 36 handicap. I truly love this sport and can’t believe it has taken me so long to give it a shot. 2019 is going to be a rather big year with the Solheim Cup being at Gleneagles and as a Scottish girl who now truly loves golf, I am hugely excited about what might be ahead.How are you sharing your golfing adventure?Throughout my initial learning period, I was sharing my golf experiences on social media and the PGAs of Europe were also documenting it as we went on using #FalconerForeGolf. You can follow on my instagram account @jennifalconer.What would you say to any woman or girl considering playing golf?You need to just give it a go – see what you’re missing out on, I am certain that you will love it! It’s an amazing opportunity to have ‘me time’ whilst learning a new skill, you really have to focus and in doing so you push all stresses about life to the side for that time you are on a golf course. What’s more, you have a great laugh with friends, you meet new people, you are outside in the fresh air and it’s a great way to keep fit….make sure you wear a fitness tracker – you’ll be in awe at yoursteps!!• Inspired by Jenni to Get into Golf? Visit www.getintogolf.org to find free and low cost beginner activities across the country.Caption: Tips from the top: Jenni Falconer (centre) with Georgia Hall and Charley Hull (image courtesy PGAs of Europe). 1 Aug 2018 Women and Girls’ Golf Week: TV and radio presenter Jenni Falconer on her golfing adventure Tags: Get into golf, Jenni Falconerlast_img read more

Trudeau Tory to discuss gun violence a day after police funding announced

first_imgTORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to meet with Toronto’s mayor today to discuss possible strategies to combat gun violence.The prime minister’s meeting with John Tory is set to take place a day after the federal, provincial and municipal governments announced they would jointly offer $4.5 million to Toronto police to tackle gun crime.The force has been grappling with a rising numbers of shootings over the past two years, with 14 separate shootings recorded over the recent long weekend alone.Police have said the vast majority of those incidents were gang-related.Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said Monday that the funding was welcome but did not immediately say how it would be spent.Saunders said he will lay out his plan to deal with gun violence in the coming days.Ontario Premier Doug Ford said in a statement that the province’s $1.5-million contribution comes from reallocating money that had previously been earmarked for part of a four-year anti-gang funding effort.The Canadian Presslast_img read more