Swaby targets Brazilian star Marta

first_imgGRENOBLE, France:Like most current fans of international women’s football, top Reggae Girlz defender Allyson Swaby could not escape the appeal and influence of spell-weaving, Brazilian goal machine Marta.Tomorrow, the AS Roma defender will come face-to-face with a player she grew up idolising, when the Reggae Girlz face Brazil in their opening match of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup at 3:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. Jamaica time) at the Stade des Alpes.Despite the Brazilian’s recent injury issues and her advanced age, marking her is an assignment that most defenders would lose sleep over.However, the 22-year-old Swaby can hardly wait, as she looks to help the Jamaicans to a positive result in their début on this stage.“She (Marta) is obviously the biggest name in women’s football. I grew up in the US, but one name that would always come to mind is Marta’s. Everybody wanted to be the number 10 when they are little. It’s going to be incredible to play directly against the player who inspired so many people and I am really proud and honoured that I will be able to say I am on the same stage as her,” Swaby told The Gleaner yesterday from the team’s hotel in the slow-paced ski town. BEST OF ALL TIME Marta, 33, is regarded as the best female footballer of all time and has been dubbed the ‘Pelé in skirts’ by the man himself. She is a six-time recipient of the FIFA World Player of the Year award, the latest nod coming in 2018, and has won two silver medals at the Olympic Games. She also walked away with the golden ball and the golden boots from the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, after scoring seven goals at that tournament.Swaby, who joined the Giallorossi last November, is anticipating the test and believes her time in the Italian capital has helped to prepare her for challenges such as the ones she will face throughout this tournament starting tomorrow with Marta and her South American teammates.“I am definitely looking forward to the challenge. However, at the end of the day, it’s another game, we are going to do what we do and they will do what they do. We obviously have to be aware of really talented players, but at the same time, we have to stick to what we know and go out there and do our best,” Swaby noted.“The experience at AS Roma has been incredible for me,” she added. “I have grown so much as a player and obviously as a person who was kind of thrown into an environment I had never been in before. Obviously, the league also is a lot more technical than anything I had experienced so I was able over the last few months to focus on a weakness of mine, I have grown a lot and I am more confident going into the World Cup.”Jamaica’s other Group C opponents are Australia and Italy, another team that the powerfully built Jamaican is looking forward to facing in France. KNOWING THE ITALIANS “I have grown to know some of those (Italian) players really well because some of them are my teammates and also others I have played against. I will probably feel the most relaxed of the three (group) games because I have experienced the opponents a little bit (but) we will do our homework as a group and make sure that we are fully prepared for that challenge,” Swaby stated.The experienced campaigner also highlighted the Jamaicans’ camaraderie and singled out the team’s resolve as a major tool in their arsenal against their more fancied group opponents.“I think the coaches have found a group that has really gelled and meshed well together. Obviously, all the players here are really talented and there are a lot of talented players, who didn’t make the roster, but it’s not always about the individual, it’s about the cohesion and we have depth and we also have the common goal in mind,” Swaby said.“If anybody has watched us play, we never roll over and die. We are a team that’s always in the game. People can expect to see resiliency from us,” Swaby submitted. andre.lowe@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

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City Women 2020/21 fixtures confirmed

first_imgFollowing City Women’s opening two rounds against Everton and Chelsea, Tanya Oxtoby’s side will travel to Meadow Park to take on Arsenal on Sunday, October 4th (2pm) before back-to-back home games against Aston Villa (Sunday, October 11th, 2pm) and Birmingham City (Sunday, October 18th, 2pm).The Robins’ away trips to face Manchester United (Sunday, December 20th) and Everton (Sunday, January 17th) have both been moved to a 12pm and 1pm kick-off respectively.City Women have two mid-week Barclays FAWSL fixtures which see them take on Tottenham Hotspur at The Hive (Wednesday, February 10th, 7.45pm), before welcoming Manchester City to Twerton Park (Wednesday, March 17th, 7.30pm). As part of the season run-in, the Robins will travel away to the Banks’ Stadium to take on newly promoted Aston Villa on Sunday, April 25th with an early kick-off time of 12.30pm.The Robins’ home games will be played at Twerton Park, the base for Vanarama National League Bath City, with a number of games in BS3 to continue the club’s commitment to showcase Barclays FAWSL football in world-class facilities.Information on Season Cards will be released next week as arrangements continue for the return of crowds to watch the top flight of English Women’s football which showcases world class players and some of Europe’s top teams.The Continental Cup fixtures, which sees Tanya Oxtoby’s side face three teams from the FA Women’s Championship – Lewes FC, Crystal Palace and London Bees – in Pool F will also be announced next week. See full fixture list below:Sunday, September 6th (2pm) – Everton (H)Sunday, September 13th (12.30pm) – Chelsea (A)Sunday, October 4th (2pm) – Arsenal (A)Sunday, October 11th (2pm)– Aston Villa (H)Sunday, October 18th (2pm) – Birmingham City (H)Saturday, November 7th (3pm) – Manchester City (A)Sunday, November 15th (2pm) – Tottenham Hotspur (H)Sunday, December 6th (2pm) – Reading (A)Sunday, December 13th (2pm) – West Ham United (H)Sunday, December 20th (12pm) – Manchester United (A)Sunday, January 10th (2pm) – Brighton & Hove Albion (H)Sunday, January 17th (1pm) – Everton (A)Sunday, January 24th (2pm) – Chelsea (H)Sunday, February 7th (3pm) – West Ham United (A)Wednesday, February 10th (7.45pm) – Tottenham Hotspur (A)Sunday, March 7th (2pm) – Reading (H)Wednesday, March 17th (7.30pm) – Manchester City (H)Sunday, March 8th (2pm) – Birmingham City (A)Sunday, April 4th (2pm) – Arsenal (H)Saturday, April 24th (12.30pm) – Aston Villa (A)Sunday, May 2nd (2pm) – Manchester United (H)Sunday, May 9th (2pm) – Brighton & Hove Albion (A)All fixtures dates and times are subject to change following broadcast selections.Following government guidance, the start of the 2020/21 Barclays FAWSL will be held behind closed doors with all games available to watch via the FA Player App.Further information on when fans will be able to attend Barclays FAWSL game, season cards and matchday ticket pricing will be released in due course in line with government announcements.Supports can sync all of Bristol City Women’s fixtures for the 2020/21 season straight to their calendar via the button below. SYNC CITY WOMEN FIXTURESlast_img read more

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Q&A: Stoops, Eliot wrap up UK spring football

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-19:943c8042af4a31d9d0718856 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-839918-4175179146001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. On if consistency means not having bad days, bad meetings: “Yeah, and one play leading into the next and all those things. Or one day, one period leading into the next. So, I just feel like we’re getting good work, and the guys are concentrating and focusing on the things that we’re stressing.” On which players took the most dramatic leaps this spring: “I think that both quarterbacks made some big improvement. I really like what they’re doing. I think Garrett Johnson really took a big step. Blake Bone really had some big plays. Again today really had some flashes of catching the ball and making some impressive catches today. Josh Forrest I think is a guy that made some big improvement along with Ryan Flannigan. Those are positions that you know you need to improve on. I feel like they have. Again, as I’ve talked about a few times, I think through the middle of our defense with the nose guard, the backers and up through the nickels dimes and safeties I feel like we’re getting better. We need to continue to improve and get some depth outside at corner.” On if there are positions that stood out for needing reinforcements from 2015 class: “I think just like I mentioned, possibly corner would be one. And then give us some depth at some other positions.” On if there are any battles in good-on-good periods he particularly enjoyed watching: “Yeah, quite a few. I really think it’s been very competitive most of the spring. That’s what I like to see: good competitive plays, instead of one side or the other doing well because the other side was inept. I’m seeing more and more quality football plays. That’s when you know you’re growing: when a guy may be covered and comes down with a big catch or it looks like he’s going to make the catch and we strip it out of there. So, there’s been good competitive plays. We’ve been a cleaner football team.”Kentucky football’s Stanley “Boom” Williams no longer just big-play guy On what he wants to see from QBs over the summer: “Just continue to do what they’re doing. Just continue to be good leaders, continue to improve and really focus. Quarterbacks need to keep everybody accountable in the summer. We’re not allowed to spend time with them. Certainly we’re not allowed to be around them when they have a football, so they have to do that on their own and the quarterbacks certainly have to take charge of when they’re throwing and making sure and keeping accountability and having guys there and making sure we’re getting good work in when they’re there because they need to improve throughout the summer. The whole team.” On my it’s important players are having fun: “Well as you’ve heard me say many times: the mentality as soon as they walk in the building can be positive or negative. There’s no replacing that positive energy and guys believing in what they’re doing and having a positive effect on other guys. So when they’re out there bouncing around and everybody’s enjoying it and competing hard and working extremely hard but getting competitive with each other in a good way, I think it’s very important.” On if he’ll announce it publicly when he talks to the QBs and names a starter: “I don’t know if I said that. Did I say I was going to name a starter? Hmmmm. (Grinning.) I think I did tell Alan that I was going to name one, but I’m going to sit on that. I’ll let you know. If I’m ready to go public, we’ll call a meeting and call y’all in here and let you know.” On in his impressions of new OC Shannon Dawson this spring: “I’ve been very, very impressed. I was very happy with what Coach Brown, what Neal was doing and where we were going. I knew we would be better this year, for sure, just with the personnel – and we should be heading into Year 3. So I was very pleased with what we were doing. I really like what we’re doing right now. I just think it was exactly what I was looking for and I just feel like we made a lot of strides and I like what we’re doing schematically. I think our players are really enjoying it, like I said, and in some ways maybe eliminated a little bit of thinking, a little bit of pressure off certain guys. So overall, I’ve been very pleased.” On how much Andy Buh coming on and the restructuring of the defensive staff accomplished what he wanted there: “Very important. It was important. I really like the changes that we made defensively, as far as how we’re structuring our staff and what we’re doing. I definitely feel like that’s going to benefit those young outside backers. And we need to get a few guys in here from this class, certainly a couple junior college that will be in the mix as well. With Alvonte (Bell) out there at outside backer, he’ll need some individual attention. So really pleased with Coach Buh and the moves that we made and how we set up the staff. Feel very good about it.” D.J. ELIOT (D-coordinator) Opening statement: “Good wrap-up to spring, good competitive practice. Guys were excited to be out there and finish things up. We were able to get a lot of guys in this spring and see how they looked. And today in practice, too, especially on defense, we tried some different looks, tried some different things to finish spring out, and now we can build off that and go into the offseason and into the summer and continue to get better athletically and continue to use the meeting time that’s allowed to get players better mentally and have them understand the game better. We’re looking forward to getting our new guys here in June and getting that team camaraderie with them, but also starting to develop them and head into August and get going.” On the first steps toward replacing Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith this spring: “Yes, I think at those positions we have good players that can do some good things. I don’t see – you can’t say, ‘Who’s the next Bud?’ Last year, everybody was asking me, ‘Who’s the next Avery?’ Well, that’s not going to happen. Avery’s a special player and does things his own way, and do was Bud and so was Za’Darius. But I do think at those positions, we did a good job of developing some guys and I feel good about our progress moving forward into the fall.”Parker, Dupree confirmed to attend NFL draft On if he thought about that a lot during last season, getting replacements ready: “Right, I was, I thought about that. And we think about that at every position. You have to continue to build on your younger players and continue to get them better throughout the fall. And we had extra practices at every position to do that for the younger players and for the guys that weren’t getting as many reps at those positions. So that’s something that, like I said, we were thinking about and we were working toward, but we do that every year at every position.” On Jason Hatcher getting experience last season: “I think that the more game experience that any player gets, the better that he’ll be. So now that Jason has those extra game reps that he got, I think it’ll make him a better player. He’s been there, knows what it takes. He’s been in that atmosphere. He knows what the competition’s like in this league and how hard he has to work to be successful. I think that experience will definitely help him in the long run.” On how much progress DT Melvin Lewis has made: “I think that Melvin, he may be one of the most improved players on our team from the start of him coming here to where he’s at now. He came in two Augusts ago, and we opted to redshirt him. Really was just a big kid, but not a very good player, to be honest with you. And he’s worked hard and he’s done what he’s been told to do and has made himself a good player. He is a good nose guard. He’s a guy that I am very proud of and feel very confident about at his position, and he’s completely earned that. Nothing was given to him, and he didn’t walk in here a good player. He’s a guy that, like I said, he may be the most improved player on our team from when he came in to where he’s at now.” On if Lewis is a guy they can hold up as an example to other players of hard work paying off: “Exactly. Exactly. And we have that talk all the time about sometimes coaches are gonna push you to the limit, but the player has to make the decision that he wants to be great, too. And Melvin was one of those guys that made that decision.” On this offense being harder to prepare for and why that is: “I think that that offense is one that’s tough to defend and it has been at all the places that it’s been run. One reason is because they are able to spread you out and throw the ball around and they’re able to play fast and they’re able to play with tempo. But yet they’re also able to run the football. And when you have that combination, it’s tough to defend on the defense.” On Kengera Daniel: “At our defensive end position, we like guys that are long. Kengera’s 6-5, 6-6. And then they have to have enough size, too, to hold up in the run, and Kengera’s a 250-, 260-pound player. And then on top of that with Kengera, he’s athletic. So he had all the measurements and he had all the characteristics that we wanted too. He was a good student, he was a good person. And then since he’s been here, we’ve seen some good things from him in the fact that he also knows how to play. He knows how to play football. So not only was he a good athlete for that position, but he’s got some football savvy about him.” On players having fun and the value of that: “Well, ultimately they started playing this game because they wanted to have fun doing it. And if they ever lose that, then sometimes they lose their passion. So I think it’s important that, no matter how hard we push them and no matter how hard they want to succeed, they have to find the fun in the game, too. I think that’s good. We encourage that. And I think in the long run, they’ll be a better player if they take that approach to the game.”Four Downs | Wrapping UK football’s big spring On if players can have more fun when they’re more comfortable with the schemes: “I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know if there is more or – you know what I mean? I think that overall, when they have fun they’re good players.” On what they see at cornerback and what more they need there: “Well, that’s a tough position. You’re on an island, and the guy in front of you has every advantage over you. You don’t know where he’s going, and he does, and you’ve got to try to cover him. And a lot of times, in certain coverages, you don’t have any help, either. For that position, you have to be extremely skilled, but you have to be confident, too, because you’re gonna get beat because it’s so hard to play that position. It’s so hard to play that position. And you have to have the confidence to come back and be aggressive and execute your techniques the next play. I think that that’s something that we’ve got to continue to build on are those things at corner. We’ve got to be able to come back, play the next play, execute those techniques, be confident, be aggressive and know that those guys are in tough situations.” On C.J. Johnson: “C.J. has become a better technician, and I think he understands the defense better. He uses his hands better than he did when he first got here. Coach Brumbaugh does an excellent job of coaching fundamentals with our defensive line. When you get those junior-college players, sometimes they’re behind, depending on how they were developed and what they were taught or what they did, and C.J.’s done a good job of starting to execute the fundamentals that we expect from him. And one of the biggest aspects of that is using his hands.”* For instant updates on the Wildcats, follow me on Twitter @KyleTucker_CJ. Email me at ktucker@courier-journal.com. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-19:32ed592e5da9a611f82b7c0 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-165247-4175098835001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Spring football is over for Kentucky. The 15th practice wrapped up this morning, sort of an understated ending because of no spring game this year (thanks to ongoing stadium renovations). But Mark Stoops and Co. seem very pleased about what happened over the last few weeks. Here’s everything he and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot had to say after the last practice: MARK STOOPS Opening statement: “Good practice today. It was good to wrap up spring. No major injuries. As I told the team afterward, it’s definitely the most consistent we’ve been for 15 practices. We weren’t perfect for all 15, but the guys were really out there trying to make a conscious effort to improve on the things we point out in the meetings. We had great energy. Guys were really flying around this morning, having fun, competing, getting better the whole way through. Really pleased with the progress we’ve made. I feel like we have more depth. We have some good, young talent that we need to continue to work with. Overall very productive, very good spring. We need to keep that momentum, keep that consistency going here with the last two and a half, three weeks of school and have a great summer – physically and mentally getting tougher, getting stronger, getting bigger. And if we do that, then we’ll be excited heading into fall.” On the end of first spring versus this spring: “Well, just like I try to tell the players all the time; I try to be very honest with them and if I’m honest with myself, it can be challenging to say the least. But really you focus on what you can control and that’s truly what we did from day one to now: work with what we had, get what we had better, again mentally and physically, and that was the concentration the first spring. It’s a challenge when you know you need some sharper arrows.” On if he’d seen videos from Richmond incidents: “Yeah, I saw the videos. I’ve address that.” On if he’d seen them before release yesterday: “Not going to comment on that. There was no surprises to me yesterday. I’ve addressed it with the players and with the team and we’ve moved on.” On what qualities Jason Hatcher and Melvin Lewis bring to defense: “Jason’s a guy that I’m really excited about, getting some good experience a year ago, getting him out there in a position where he can make some plays. He’s very explosive. He’s always been a great pass rusher. He’s getting more and more comfortable on his feet and more and more versatile. So I like what Jason’s doing. Melvin’s just been very consistent. He has a chance to be a dominant player, a very good player. So he’s got to continue to work and have a good offseason, but we expect an awful lot from him.”Case file | Fight involving UK, EKU playerscenter_img On Kengera Daniel: “Very pleased with him. He’s going to be a very good football player, for a guy that should be wrapping up high school right now, he really did a good job. It was really beneficial for him to be here and get the 15 practices in and you can see him getting better and better. The weight room is going to really help him as he puts on more weight and more strength.” On if C.J. Johnson has made necessary strides: “Definitely. Definitely. I feel a lot better about him. When he’s not thinking as much, you see the talent and you see him making some plays. He’s another guy who needs to be more consistent.” On if move to 3-4 defense changes recruiting: “It does. It certainly does. No matter what you’re playing, 4-3, 3-4, 4-2-5, no matter what you’re doing, you know you need players and you need some outside backers and all that, but it does change it a bit for the body type we’re looking for.” On if the more hybrid body types are more available: “I think so. I think so. When we were recruiting to the 4-3, the big, strong defensive ends, I think a lot of people search for those guys. And so I think some of the guys who have a little bit more length and some athletic ability, give them a little more time to grow into their bodies, there might be a few more of those guys out there.” On how much better he thinks they are than the end of his first spring practice at UK: “Significantly better right now after the last day of spring here in year three and the last day of spring year one. Significantly better. Yes. I think it’s hard to put into words exactly. I just think it starts mentally. They understand what we want from them. They enjoy practice all the way through. Like I said, the 15th day – all the way through they were enjoying themselves, concentrating on getting better. I think mentally we’re much stronger. Definitely feel like we’re developing them to be a winning football team.” On if the culture is where he wants it: “I definitely believe we’re moving towards the culture we want. Yeah. Definitely making strides in that area. I feel very good about this team. Again, we know where we’re deficient and where we need to improve, but I like the attitude and I feel like we have good young talent that’s still developing that’s going to get better with every opportunity.” On what is most important to get where they want in the fall: “That consistency. We can’t have the ups and downs. It’s a long, tough season, and that’s the way it’s going to be. And that’s not going to change. So we need to continue to develop depth and we need to try to stay healthy, but there’s not a lot you can do to control that. I’d just like to see our team continue to improve mentally to be a consistent team, to every time we walk in this meeting room or walk out on the field to improve and get better. You can’t do that by just going through the motions. I see us being more consistent. Like I said with the opening statement, I feel like certainly this 15 practices, this spring has been the most consistent we’ve been.”Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more

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Hart volleyball team claims its first win of the season by beating Holton in four sets

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New Zealand players make sombre homecoming after World Cup blow

first_imgWELLINGTON (Reuters) – A group of rueful New Zealand players touched down on home soil yesterday, still coming to terms with the gut-wrenching defeat to England in the World Cup final. Pace bowler Trent Boult was among six Black Caps players making a low-key homecoming at Auckland airport, soaking up commiserations from a few fans and well-wishers.The left-armer was still haunted by the deflection off Ben Stokes’s bat in the 50th over that raced to the boundary and helped send the final into a Super Over before England claimed the win on the total boundaries scored.“It’s natural to nitpick, to wonder about all those little things and how it could have been a totally different game,” he told reporters at the airport. “I’ve been living that last over in my mind a lot — somehow I got hit for six along the ground which has never happened before. “To see the scores level (after the Super Over) and still lose, yeah, that was a pretty unique situation.”England’s maiden World Cup title denied New Zealand their first but the class shown by Black Caps captain Kane Williamson and his players in defeat generated global acclaim.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she wanted to put on a home-coming celebration for the team but their different schedules and commitments have put the idea on ice for the time being. Boult said he was overwhelmed by the messages of support from the public.“We’ve just been on a plane 15 hours and there were a lot of Kiwis saying ‘we felt for you’,” he said.“I didn’t really know what to say. Obviously, we’re all hurting and we’re sorry for letting everyone down. “I just want to get home, walk my dog along the beach and try to forget about it but it’s gonna be a hard one to swallow for the next couple of years.”last_img read more

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Woman who killed husband’s mistress had binoculars, ammo, rubber gloves, earplugs: Police

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A woman who police say carried out a calculated plan to kill her husband’s mistress brought a trove of items with her including binoculars and ammunition.Jennair Gerardot, 47, of Wilmington, Delaware, knew about her husband’s affair with 33-year-old Meredith Chapman of Pennsylvania, according to Radnor Township Police.Gerardot rented a car about two weeks ago in Wilmington and on Monday drove near Chapman’s house in Radnor Township, a Philadelphia suburb, and parked on a side street, police said.Gerardot broke into Chapman’s house and waited for her to come home, police said. As soon as Chapman walked in the door, Gerardot shot her in the head, police said. Gerardot then turned the gun on herself, shooting herself in the head, according to police.Found inside Gerardot’s rental car were binoculars, ammunition, rubber gloves and earplugs, police said, and emails and texts indicated Gerardot’s attack was pre-meditated.  Jennair Gerardot’s husband, Mark Gerardot, was in the driveway when officers arrived at the scene. He told them, “My wife may be inside,” police said.Police said they believe Mark Gerardot was in the area because he had planned to meet Chapman for dinner, and when she didn’t arrive, he became concerned and went to her house.  Mark Gerardot worked for the University of Delaware from November 2017 to April 2018 and he left the university earlier this month, University of Delaware spokeswoman Andrea Boyle Tippett said.Chapman worked at the University of Delaware from 2010 to March 2018, Tippett said. She also received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in 2007 and her master’s from the university in 2015.  “Everyone who knew and worked with Meredith is heartbroken,” Tippett told ABC News via email. “As a proud alumna of UD, her commitment to her work was exceeded only by her boundless energy. She believed earnestly in the power of communication to bring people together, whether to achieve their collective goals or simply to share their stories. We will miss her.”Chapman also worked as an assistant vice president of marketing and creative services at Villanova University and ran for the state senate in Delaware in 2016.A former student remembered Chapman as a mentor and role model.“She was a vibrant and engaging teacher who went out of her way to help grow the communications careers of students at the university — young women in particular,” the student told ABC News via email.“During her 2016 run for district senate a group of students, including myself, helped to support her campaign and she let us know that working with her UD students motivated her to be a better professor and advocate for a stronger education system and job opportunities for the next generation,” the student said. “Even though she lost the election, Professor Chapman accepted her loss with grace and utilized it as a teaching moment to inspire us all to take risks and pursue our passions no matter the odds.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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Riley Battin is no Keith Van Horn, but hopes to emulate former Ute basketball star

first_img Related Utah’s Keith Van Horn goes up for a dunk. JEFF ALLRED, DESERET NEWS Unlike Van Horn, who started from Day One in 1993, Battin didn’t start until his seventh game, but he hasn’t come out of the starting lineup since. Although he had a couple of rough games at the start of Pac-12 play, he played as well as anyone on the team in non-conference play, said coach Larry Krystkowiak. Most recently, he posted 11 points, four rebounds and four assists against Washington State.“From all the numbers we crunch and put together, he’s been the most productive in terms of plus-minus, in terms of doing more positive things than negative things and how his teams do when they’re on the court together,” Krystkowiak said earlier this month. “He can pass, he can defend. … He’s cut of the right stuff mentally and physically, he’s super coachable and he’s got a great skill set.”Krystkowiak said he was first impressed with Battin a few years back at one of Utah’s summer “elite” camps. He said while other players would come up with excuses not to endure as the six-hour days went along, Battin thrived.“Riley, from start to finish, competed his butt off through that whole thing,” Krystkowiak said.Battin averaged 24.7 ppg and 12.3 rebounds for Oak Park High, where he was Ventura County Player of the Year. He chose Utah over mostly Eastern schools, such as Davidson, Vanderbilt, Clemson and Ohio State, as well as the Pac-12’s Colorado.“I had a good relationship with the coaches and had a good vibe on campus, the players, the coaches, the area,” Battin said. “Overall it seemed like the perfect fit.”However, it took Battin time to get acclimated to college basketball, according to his coach.Hopefully I can be there someday. My goal my whole life has been to play in the NBA. – Riley Battin“When he came here in the summer, he looked like a fish out of water,” Krystkowiak said. “He kind of reminded me of me when I started college. It wasn’t as easy as he thought and it was actually a little bit embarrassing.“But he took it to heart and he went home for a few weeks before he came back to school in August, and he was a better player. And a month later he was a better player.”Battin describes himself as a team player who may not always be the flashiest guy on the court.“My versatility — how I can go inside or out,” he said when asked to describe his game. “My ability to pass. … I like to get shots for people, and feel like I have a good sense of where people are on the court.”While he has a long way to go to get to Van Horn’s level, Battin sees him as someone to emulate.“Hopefully I can be there someday,” he said. “My goal my whole life has been to play in the NBA.”For now, Battin is trying to move the Utes up the Pac-12 standings beginning with Sunday afternoon’s game (4 p.m.) at home against Colorado.“It’s a pretty open conference right now,” he said. “If we keep on the grind and the process we are right now, we’ll be just fine.” SALT LAKE CITY — Let’s get this straight right off the bat. Nobody’s saying Riley Battin is going to be another Keith Van Horn, the Utah forward who became an All-American and the school’s all-time leading scorer by the time he completed his senior season in 1997.There are some similarities between Battin and Van Horn that are worth considering, however.Both players grew up on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Battin from Oak Park, northwest of L.A., and Van Horn from Diamond Bar, east of the big city.Both came to Utah with nearly identical measurements, both 6-foot-9 with Battin a little bulkier at 220 pounds compared to Van Horn’s 215 when he started.Battin is a versatile player who can battle inside, yet step outside and sink 3-pointers, much like Van Horn used to.Both earned spots in the Utah starting lineup as true freshmen, Van Horn back when the Utes were in the Western Athletic Conference and Battin in the Pac-12.When asked if he’d ever heard of Van Horn, who graduated from the U. the year before he was born, Battin replied in the affirmative and said that at least a couple of people have made a comparison with him to Van Horn.Right now their numbers are a long way from each other. Van Horn averaged 18.3 points as a freshman, when he started 25 games and shot just over 50 percent from the field. Battin is currently the fifth-leading scorer for Utah at 7.1 ppg and fourth in rebounding at 3.4 rpg. He shoots 47.1 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from 3-point range. Utah basketball: Barefield adjusting to opposing defenses Brad Rock: Utes ‘in the moment’ as Pac-12 women’s basketball gauntlet fast approacheslast_img read more

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Eagles’ main man signs on

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Scrumptious smells in station

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Diones nails triple jump silver at Asian Athletics C’ships

first_imgClippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES LSU title parade draws massive crowds Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Ernest John Obiena also made the country proud on Friday after claiming the bronze medal in men’s pole vault, an event usually dominated by China, Japan and South Korea.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Navarro dazzles in first game with Stagscenter_img Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends01:08SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:09SEA Games: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Xu Xiao of China likewise registered 16.45m but Diones had a better second best jump of 16.43m compared to Xu’s 16.41mIt was the third medal of Diones in an international meet the past three months after winning the gold in the 2017 Thailand Open last June.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The BS Criminology graduate from Jose Rizal University also topped the Ayala National Athletics Open in Ilagan City last May where Diones reset the national record to 16.70m.After these feats, Diones is now a strong contender for the gold in the coming Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur. New Philippine record in men’s triple jump by Harry Diones (left). Photo by June NavarroTriple jumper Mark Harry Diones is now a force in the continental scene after capturing a silver medal Saturday in the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, India.The 24-year-old from Libmanan, Camarines Sur jumped 16.45 meters behind the golden effort of China’s Zhu Yaming (16.82m).ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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