Flanagan prepares to face former school St. Lawrence

first_img Published on February 4, 2014 at 2:11 am When head coach Paul Flanagan decided to begin a startup program at Syracuse, he left a program at St. Lawrence University that he’d built into a powerhouse.During Flanagan’s tenure, his teams reached five NCAA Frozen Fours during his nine seasons. His most memorable stretch was from 2003–07 where his teams tied a college hockey record with four consecutive Frozen Four appearances.But for Flanagan, he approached a point in his coaching career where it was time to embrace a new challenge.“It was a unique situation for me because I was in a place that was pretty dear to me,” he said. “It was a point in my life that both personally and professionally, this was a real good opportunity.“If I was going to do something new, this would be the time to do it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFlanagan’s new squad will face his old program for the first time when Syracuse (14-11-2, 6-6-2 College Hockey America) welcomes St. Lawrence (9-14-3, 8-5-3) to the War Memorial on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Saints are now led by Chris Wells, who Flanagan coached as an assistant on the St. Lawrence men’s ice hockey team.When Flanagan was offered the opportunity to take over the St. Lawrence women’s team in 1999 after 11 years as an assistant for the men’s team, he was enticed with running a program that was fairly new to Division I hockey.“It was the right place at the right time. I had a young family,” Flanagan said. “I wouldn’t have to travel as much and quality of life would hopefully improve dramatically.”The success that ensued was an admirable story. He compiled an overall record of 230-83-24 with St. Lawrence, giving him the sixth-best winning percentage in the nation among active Division I coaches.For nine years, he built his alma mater to national prominence and became a renowned name in women’s ice hockey. Flanagan’s name resonated across the country, which prompted senior Jenesica Drinkwater to join the new program at Syracuse.“He’s awesome. He’s been a big name,” Drinkwater said. “He’s always communicated well with me. It’s been a great experience here.”His outlook on how to build the program at Syracuse did change compared to his time at St. Lawrence. Flanagan originally began his tenure at St. Lawrence with some Division III players, as the program was only two years old at the Division I level. Coming from a school with only 2,000 students, Flanagan was ready to join a more prominent athletic program at Syracuse.“I liked the idea of being around a bigger athletic department,” he said.Flanagan used the Syracuse name to branch out with recruiting. He sought out players along the Midwest and up north in Canada. The Orange currently has eight seniors on the roster — many of who believed that Flanagan would build a competitive program like he did at St. Lawrence.Senior captain Margot Scharfe left her hometown of Toronto to play for Syracuse. She liked how she would join a new hockey program that is under the roof of one of the premier brands in college athletics.“It’s a great way to come here and be a part of history,” Scharfe said. “It’s going to be crazy to see where this program is in 10 years. It’s been a privilege to be a part of it.”Since taking over in 2008, Flanagan is 85-97-16 at the helm in Syracuse. However, the Orange is coming off a program-best 20-15-1 finish last year that culminated in aCHA championship game loss, and sits at 14-11-2 this season.Drinkwater noted how Syracuse has improved since becoming a part of the new program four years ago.“It comes from Paul and our assistant coaches working hard everyday,” Drinkwater said. “With our new facilities being added on, it’s been great. It’s just going to continue building.”As Flanagan prepares to face his old team, he has developed a competitive program at Syracuse that continues challenging itself against quality opponents, and is competing for conference championships.In hindsight, he doesn’t regret the move one bit.“There’s no looking back,” Flanagan said. “We make those decisions, and it’s been great. It has been exceptional.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Chabad breaks ground on new expansion

first_imgActive members of Chabad at USC gathered together for the groundbreaking of the new renovations to the Chabad House. The event featured a home-cooked brunch, a self-guided tour of what changes will be made to the house and speeches by leaders in the Jewish community.Groundbreaking · Students, administrators and supporters of the Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center at USC gather Sunday to celebrate the start of construction on a new building. – Devra Traiman | Daily TrojanThe ceremony marked the first effort to fundraise for the 125-year-old house’s renovations. Because of the history behind the home, not many foundational changes can be made: The only option is expansion while keeping the look of the inside the same.Chabad has been at USC for 13 years, and has used the house for the past 10; however, the house is now in a state of disrepair and requires a good amount of maintenance.Some of the plans include extending the kitchen out by eight feet, tripling the size of the dining hall and adding a large porch on the second level for social gatherings. The ceremony featured posters of computer models of the new house, as well as proposed floor plans.The renovation costs could total than $3 million, so leaders at Chabad are reaching out to the Jewish community to raise funds for the hopefully year-long construction project.Some students who frequent the Chabad house, like Jordan Harmon, a senior majoring in fine arts, said they fully support the renovations.“It’s necessary because the bigger the Chabad house, the more Jews that can come; it deserves help, the people here are amazing and they need a new place to create Jewish life,” Harmon said.Chabad’s primary weekly event is their Shabbat, held every Friday night for all students or community members who wish to eat, socialize and celebrate their faith.Many students rave about the delicious home-cooked food made by Rabbi Dov Wagner’s wife, Runya Wagner. This warm welcome usually sees the dining room packed to capacity, with students overflowing outside the house.Chabad leaders hope the renovations can help them successfully cater to the school’s growing Jewish presence.“The dining room is packed all the time, there’s no room and they’re really splitting tables,” said Eric Pakravan, a junior majoring in business administration. “If you need to leave, the whole room has to stand up so you can leave the dining room, so [renovation] is definitely very needed, and hopefully it’ll bring more people to Chabad in the future.”The open arms of the Wagners and the Jewish Greek life in fraternities like Alpha Epsilon Pi and Sigma Alpha Mu have helped the Jewish community at USC become very close, and religious leaders hope this renovation will add to this relationship.“More than other religious groups on campus, Chabad really provides a family setting and a home away from home,” said Varun Soni, dean of religious life at USC. “To create this incredibly nurturing and supportive environment, we really do need a bigger space here.”Though raising the money will no doubt be a challenge, the Chabad House sees the renovation as necessary to acheive their dreams.“That’s what we’re doing here today: Dov and I had our hopes and dreams, populations and balance sheets, but ultimately we’re doing a ground-breaking,” Runya Wagner said. “Not because we’ve got the commitments in hand, or the money in the bank, but because we know it needs to be done. And if it needs to be done, it will be done. That I can guarantee you.”last_img read more

SCALE hosts vigil for workers

first_imgMembers of the Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation and supporters from the USC community gathered around Tommy Trojan on Thursday in remembrance of the 289 Pakistani workers who died in a factory fire in September.Remembrance · Students held white roses and photos of workers who were killed in a factory fire in Pakistan to encourage the university to sign onto the Worker Rights Consortium. – Grace Ko | Daily TrojanSCALE’s current initiative is to encourage USC President C. L. Max Nikias to join the Worker Rights Consortium, a labor rights organization that investigates working conditions at factories.The group claimed that the Pakistani factory used the monitor UL Responsible Sourcing, which they said has ties to the production of USC apparel.Director of Trademark Licensing and Social Responsibility at USC Matt Curran said UL Responsible Sourcing did a one-day compliance assessment of the factory for KiK, a German retailer.  The assessment took place nine months before the fire occured and was the only time UL Responsible Sourcing audited the factory, Curran said.Curran also said the factory does not produce any USC products.Two men who were involved in the factory’s daily operations are being held in jail pending judicial inquiry, according to The News International, Pakistan’s largest English newspaper.During one part of the candlelight vigil, SCALE member Sarah Newell read a statement while the entire gathering repeated the statement.“What we are asking is simple,” Newell said. “We have a responsibility to use the power of our student voice to demand changes for better and safer workplaces that make USC apparel. The Trojan Family consists of everyone from President Nikias to students to our dining hall workers to the garment workers who sew our apparel. The Trojan Family doesn’t end at the borders of our campus.”Members of the Sirens, USC’s all-female a cappella group, joined SCALE and sang at the vigil to show their support for the vigil.Newell highlighted the importance of USC groups working together to address labor exploitation.“We would like to invite the student body to stand with us and ask the administration to sign on to the WRC,” Newell said. “We love USC, we want to be able to wear our Trojan clothes with pride [and] we want to not be ashamed that they’re made in sweat shops.”last_img read more

Women of Troy entering the home stretch

first_imgFollow Kurtis on Twitter @legen_daryKurt With only four games to go and the NCAA tournament right around the bend, the USC women’s volleyball team is approaching a two-week stretch that might define a season that once held so much promise.Diggin’ it · Sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio (right) leads USC in both kills per set (3.42) and points per set (4.45) this season. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan The Women of Troy (22-5, 12-4 Pac-12) are now effectively out of the running for the  conference championship but the team is still in position to earn a top seed in the NCAA tournament. They are third in the conference behind Washington (15-2) and Stanford (14-3) but are currently ranked No. 8 nationally and will hold the tiebreaker against the Cardinal should the two schools have the same conference record at season’s end.USC might have been in a much better position in the conference had last week’s road trip gone better, but the Women of Troy suffered two critical defeats at the hands of No. 3 Washington and unranked Washington State, one of the conference’s worst teams. The trip marked the first time all season the Women of Troy have endured back-to-back losses.“After those losses it’s all about figuring out who we are,” junior setter Hayley Crone said. “Actually, we don’t have much time to figure this out. We just have to move on really quickly and move on for the rest of the season.”In order for USC to win out they must win four tough games, starting this weekend at home against Arizona and Arizona State and concluding next weekend against Pac-12 spoiler Colorado and crosstown rival UCLA. All of the teams on the docket for USC still have NCAA Tournament hopes and will be gunning to take down the Women of Troy, still considered to be one of the top teams in the nation.The good news for the Women of Troy? All four of the remaining games will be played in the city of Los Angeles — three in the Galen Center and one right down the 10 freeway in Westwood. The bad news? One of those two losses came last weekend to a Washington State team that is currently second-to-last in the conference standings, and the loss in the fifth set came after USC held a 14-8 lead at match point.Though head coach Mick Haley certainly wasn’t pleased with the weekend sweep in Washington, his message to his team all season has been to learn quickly from losses and move on. That mindset holds especially strong now, as the Women of Troy must endure a dogfight to earn a favorable seed in the NCAA tournament.“I don’t think we have any choice about whether to recover,” Haley said. “We only have four more matches and then the tournament starts. We’ve put ourselves in a bad situation and we don’t want to make it worse.”The biggest question mark at this point in the year is likely the younger side of the squad. While the talent of stars such as freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu and sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio is unquestionable, their experience in pressure-filled situations — especially in tournament play — is minimal at best.“It’s tough on them,” Haley said of his younger players finishing off a long season. “We have three freshmen and a sophomore in vital roles and it’s very difficult; they’ve not ever been through anything like this … It’s a severe challenge for them. I think they’ll get it, but when you’re going through it, it feels like a lot of weight on your shoulders.”The first test for USC this weekend will be the Arizona Wildcats (19-9, 9-7), a team that snapped an 11-match winning streak for the Women of Troy back on Oct. 20. The Wildcats currently stand fifth in the conference and are attempting to claw their way toward a berth in the NCAA tournament.Sunday’s challenge will come against the Sun Devils of Arizona State (17-11, 6-10), a squad that was nationally ranked when they last faced USC but have since endured a rough stretch and dropped to ninth in the Pac-12 standings.Friday’s match against the Wildcats will begin at 7 p.m. at the Galen Center, and Sunday’s match against the Sun Devils will start at 11 a.m. at Galen Center. Sunday’s match will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.last_img read more

Akudo and Her Football Dream

first_imgWhen Nigeria’s U-20 women’s team arrived in Canada for the first FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2002 (then a U-19 tournament), Akudo Iwuagwu was the youngest player in a very youthful Falconets squad. With over half of their players under the age of 18, Iwuagwu was just 15, but the striker was relatively experienced after having played in most of the side’s qualifying matches.Not only did her dream of playing in the World Cup come true in the first match against Japan, but the youngster found the net in a 1-1 draw. “I was very, very happy when I was given a chance to play in our first-ever match at a youth World Cup. And then when I scored our first goal, it was an unbelievable feeling. The whole team was celebrating. I tried to emulate Ronaldo’s goal celebrations and was concentrating on that.”Iwuagwu, who at the time was playing for Delta Queens, said that the goal was much more than just another goal she scored. “I feel privileged and honoured to have scored the first African goal in the event. But much more than that, the goal also set me on my further path. It was like a ticket to my future.” And what a future it became as Iwuagwu eventually featured in ten matches in the first three U-20 Women’s World Cups. In the run-up to the upcoming event in Papua New Guinea, FIFA.com looks back at her youth team experiences and ongoing professional career.Two years later, Iwuagwu was again in the squad as the Nigerians travelled to Thailand for the second world championship. The Falconets made the most of the experience they had gathered in Canada and stunned Brazil 3-2 with a last-gasp goal in the group phase. A draw against Italy saw them go through to the quarter-finals, where they faced eventual champions Germany.“We were very focused to beat Germany, but then we lost on a penalty shoot-out. It is one of those things that can happen to anybody. It can happen to any team, any time, any day, anywhere,” said Iwuagwu, who played in all four matches the Nigerians contested.The third U-20 Women’s World Cup was held in Russia in 2006 and the striker made it a hat-trick of appearances on the global stage. “I played very well. I played on the outside right and I created many of our goals. We beat Canada 3-2 and Finland 8-0 and again went through to the quarter-finals.”This time, Iwuagwu and her team-mates were determined to win as they faced Brazil for a place in the round of the last four. “We played very well and when the 90 minutes were over, the score was 1-1. Our goalkeeper was then red-carded and five minutes into injury time Brazil scored the winner and again we were knocked out.”After Russia 2006, Iwuagwu progressed into the Nigerian Olympic and full national team set-ups. “However, I did not make the Olympic squad and was also not in the African Championship team, so I decided that I wanted to concentrate on trying to become a fully professional player.”In 2013, she was offered the chance to play in Israel, when FC Kiryat Gat persuaded her to sign a contract. As a regular scorer for the club, she did so well that rivals Maccabi Holon came in with an offer for her services. At the moment, the 29-year-old has decided to no longer make herself available for the national team. “I want to concentrate on playing for my club. And it is working for me. Even though I am alone in Israel and my family is in Nigeria, I enjoy being here. The standard in the league is high. But I still have a dream. And that is to play for either Arsenal or Chelsea Ladies.”She is not worried that no longer playing for the national team will make it more difficult to be scouted by a bigger club. “Here in Israel people will see me playing. There was a team that wanted me to play for them in France, but I decided not to go as it does not suit my style. But I would be interested in going somewhere like Canada, Germany or England.”As much as she looks forward at her career, Iwuagwu looks back at the journey that has brought her to where she is today. “When I arrived in Canada I had no idea that I would be starting on something that has taken me to here. I did not believe that one day I would become a professional player. But today, thanks to that start in Canada, I am professional player.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Golden State’s Luke Walton feels prepared for interim head-coaching gig

first_imgWalton quickly ascended in his short coaching career. He went from an assistant for the University of Memphis (during 2011 NBA lockout), player development coach for the Lakers’ Development League affiliate (2013-14) and a Golden State assistant (2014-15). That hasn’t surprised the Lakers, where the former 32nd pick played from 2003 to 2012 and won two NBA titles before ending his 11-year NBA in Cleveland. Veteran forward Metta World Peace became impressed with Walton’s expertise with Phil Jackson’s triangle offense and his friendly personality. Lakers coach Byron Scott reached the same conclusion after coaching him with the Cavaliers in 2012-13.“He has the right temperament for it. He has a very good understanding on how the game should be played,” Scott said. “One day he’ll make a fine head coach.”Although Walton said he “loved playing for Byron,” most of Walton’s coaching influence lies elsewhere. Former UCLA standout Bill Walton often wrote quotations from the late John Wooden on his son’s lunchbag during his childhood. Luke Walton played for Hall-of-Fame coaches in Lute Olson (Arizona) and Jackson (Lakers). “Lute Olson and Phil Jackson are pretty much opposite but they have some similarities about the flow of the game,” Walton said. “You try to learn from great teachers and use that to continue to grow.”Walton has done that by also following Kerr, which stems from playing for both Jackson and San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich. The Warriors run only aspects of the triangle offense so they can take advantage of the team’s strong outside shooting. But Walton still has embraced Jackson’s philosophies on teamwork and pace. “You have to attack in waves and everybody is in sync to where one guy moves and all four other guys react,” Walton said. “There’s a fine line between how fast you want to play and also playing to a rhythm and a pace that allows you to be successful if the fast-break isn’t there.” That approach also sums up Walton’s quick trajectory. But amid the unexpected regarding Odom’s health issues and an unexpected promotion, Walton sounded steady as he navigates the waters. The calmness in Luke Walton’s voice masked both his inner stress and the swirling chaos around him.The first part involved the former Lakers forward and Warriors interim head coach worrying about Lamar Odom since he was hospitalized in Las Vegas this week after becoming unconscious at a local brothel. Odom spoke briefly and had his breathing tubes removed in favor of a mask on Friday, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation. But the outlook on Odom’s long-term health remains pessimistic. “I’m not great, but I’ve been doing my best and hoping and praying that he somehow can pull out of it,” Walton said in a phone interview with Los Angeles News Group. “The frustrating thing is there’s not much else you can do. So I check the Internet every five minutes looking for updates.” The other part involves Walton suddenly becoming the Warriors head coach after Steve Kerr took an indefinite leave of absence to recover from a spinal leak stemmed from back surgery. It is not clear if Kerr will be with the Warriors (2-2) when they play the Lakers (1-4) tonight at Valley View Casino Arena. Walton added he has “no idea” when Kerr will resume head-coaching duties and that there is “no real timetable.”“It’s good, but obviously we can’t wait until Steve gets back,” Walton said. “We’re working, getting better and trying to get prepared for opening night.” Still, Walton feels glad to become the interim head coach for the NBA’s defending champions. That features the league’s MVP (Stephen Curry), the league’s Finals MVP (Andre Iguodala), an elite outside shooter (Klay Thompson) and elite defender (Draymond Green). “Steve is running the show and everything we do is efficient and is meant to be competitive and joyful,” Walton said. “I want to make sure we don’t have any slippage in that.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

‘Intuition’ tells Pique Neymar will stay with Barca

first_imgNeymar remains better off in Barcelona, Pique says.Washington, United States | AFP | Barcelona defender Pique remains convinced that Neymar will stay at Camp Nou, but said Tuesday his opinion was based on “intuition” rather than inside knowledge.“It’s a personal opinion from the conversation that I had with him and my intuition,” Pique said at a press conference on the eve of Barcelona’s International Champions Cup friendly against Manchester United in the US capital.“But it’s not official,” he added. “And it’s not for me to say if he’s going to stay or not.”On Sunday, Pique had tweeted a picture of Barcelona teammate Neymar with the caption “He’s staying” adding another twist to the ongoing saga of the Brazilian striker’s possible world record 222 million euro ($256.8 million) transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.Pique said his post hadn’t ruffled Neymar.“I was with Neymar and his friends in his room last night and he’s not angry at all,” Pique said. “On the contrary, he’s happy.“We’ve been speaking to him. We have a close relationship, not only as teammates but also as friends,” added Pique, who said he didn’t believe Neymar’s contemplation of a move was a matter of money. But he believes if it’s a matter of sporting goals, Neymar remains better off in Barcelona.“In Paris, if he doesn’t win the Champions League then he’s not going to get the recognition that he deserves,” Pique said.Argentinian defender Javier Mascherano said he had advised “Ney” to weigh all the pros and cons.“He has to put things in the balance,” Mascherano said. “What Pique says is the feeling of all of us, we want him to stay. We all want him to stay.”Meanwhile in Miami, Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery sidestepped questions about the possible acquisition of Neymar.“We have an obligation to talk about the present, about the players who currently make up the team, our next match,” Emery said at a press conference to promote PSG’s International Champions Cup friendly against Juventus on Wednesday.“If a new player arrives, we will talk about it then.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Steelers turn back clock to break out of funk

first_imgby Will GravesAP Sports Writer  PITTSBURGH (AP) — The ball was snapped and Jarvis Jones sprinted forward.A moment later, he was in the Buffalo Bills backfield. A split second after that, Buffalo quarterback E.J. Manuel tumbled meekly to the Heinz Field turf in apparent surrender. Jones stood up and walked back to the Pittsburgh Steelers huddle. No big celebration. No histrionics necessary.Instead, Jones was all business. The rookie linebacker figures he was just doing what he gets paid to do. Sure, he didn’t think he’d have to wait nine games into his career to pick up his first professional sack. Whatever joy Jones felt at ending the drought didn’t come close to the relief of helping the Steelers restore a sense of normalcy to their universe in a 23-10 win over Buffalo on Sunday.“We just came out and played our style of defense,” Jones said. “We were getting after the quarterback, pressuring, giving our offense the best chance to put points on the board.”The Steelers (3-6) spent a week reading the obituary on the 2013 season after the New England Patriots embarrassed them in a 55-31 loss. In the span of 60 minutes against a team in the midst of its own rebuilding process, Pittsburgh’s resilient defense played with the kind of discipline and tenacity it has lacked for significant stretches this year.Buffalo managed just 227 total yards, 80 coming on a meaningless touchdown drive in the final minutes with the game already decided. Rookie Manuel never appeared comfortable in a pocket that never appeared settled. Running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson found little room to move.Though the Bills aren’t the Patriots, not even close, Pittsburgh couldn’t afford to be picky. The Steelers had already been beaten by the likes of Tennessee, Minnesota and Oakland this season, and looked a step slow while doing so.The missing step returned against Buffalo. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau promised a return to fundamentals in the aftermath of the debacle in New England. His players responded with sure tackling and a swagger seen only in spurts.When Spiller or Jackson tried to bounce a run outside, the Steelers shut the door. When Manuel tried to avoid pressure, Pittsburgh chased him down. When he looked for a receiver, he often checked off to a safety valve for a short gain because nobody else was open.“We didn’t have to press in any way,” safety Ryan Clark said. “We didn’t have to create plays or do anything extra. Everybody was able to just do their job and I guess that was a big thing for us as a secondary was not trying to play everything.”Instead, Clark and company could sit back and attack whenever Manuel tried to challenge them. When Manuel threw deep over the middle in the fourth quarter hoping to kick-start a rally, Clark tracked it down and returned it deep into Buffalo territory to set up a late field goal.Clark briefly considered pitching the ball to Troy Polamalu before keeping it himself. Though Clark ended up 13 yards short of the first touchdown of his 12-year career, he wasn’t exactly complaining. It hadn’t been the easiest week for the Steelers. His pick helped seal Pittsburgh’s best performance of the year and lay the groundwork for what it hopes is a more productive second half.“The only thing we could do is try to prepare enough to beat the Buffalo Bills and be a good enough team to do that,” Clark said. “That’s all the week offered us, and that was the goal.”The next one will be significantly tougher: NFC North-leading Detroit Lions (6-3) and all-everything wide receiver Calvin Johnson next week. The Lions present a significant step up in class. The game plan, however is unlikely to change. It rarely does for one of the NFL’s most stable franchises.“You just want to stop the run and get after the quarterback,” linebacker LaMarr Woodley said. “You get after the quarterback, you allow your secondary to make plays. You do that, you play good against the run, you do what you’re supposed to do and your offense puts points on the board and usually you’re in a good spot.”___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org Buffalo Bills’ EJ Manuel, left, is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers’ Jarvis Jones during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)last_img read more

KIJHL teams struggle to finalize rosters after BCHL pushes back start of regular season

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily SportsA decision by B.C. Hockey League governors to delay the start of the regular season has thrown a serious monkey wrench into the way Kootenay International Junior Hockey League coaches select their teams.In years past BCHL rosters would have been set by the second week of September allowing KIJHL teams the opportunity to fill out their respective teams with released players.However, this season BCHL brass decided to delay the start of the season until September 23rd a full 13 days later than the start of the 2010-11 campaign.“All of us Junior B teams are waiting for our vets or kids we’ve talked and recruited to when they are coming down the pipe,” Leaf coach and GM Frank Maida told The Nelson Daily Sunday afternoon following practice at the NDCC Arena.Maida has committed to 16 skaters and one goalie — veteran puck stopper Andrew Walton along with a handful of 17-year-old players making the Leafs one of the youngest teams in the league.“We’re all in the same boat,” said Maida. “I’ve been talking to a lot of the teams and we’re all waiting.”“There are teams that are getting kids back now which allows them to make other decisions on kids who have tried out,” Maida added.“But for most of us it’s a new learning curve, especially me having just taken over the team six weeks ago.”The current situation means there could be more exhibition-like games when the KIJHL begins play Friday with ten games.“We’re going to leave a couple of spots open for players released from BCHL teams,” Maida said.“(Because) once we commit to school kids they’re here for the season so we don’t want to over commit ourselves. We want to save spots for those players we think we’re going to get back.”Maida did release six players during the weekend.Gone are forwards Dallas Barker and Joel Marte, defencemen Brandon Smith and Morgan Parker along with goalies Sam Monk and Treeman Kirka.All the players, except for Smith, were 17-year-old players. Smith is 16.Hogg awaits deal back to OkanaganThe Nelson Leafs currently have only one goalie remaining in camp as last season’s starter Darren Hogg remains at home in the Okanagan waiting on a trade.“Darren wants to play in the Okanagan,” Leaf coach Frank Maida said. “Teams in the league know he’s up for a trade but I haven’t had anyone contact me yet.”Hogg made the Kootenay Conference Prospects Team last season and was tearing up the league before getting injured during a road trip in Golden.The injury was season ending forcing the Leafs to go with Marcus Beasley for the remainder of the year.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Alab Pilipinas posts 3rd straight win, downs Singapore in OT

first_imgBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:29Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lawrence Domingo collected nine markers and seven rebounds, but almost cost Alab the victory after he fouled Hanbin Ng on a three-point attempt with 1:58 remaining in regulation that had Singapore tying the game at 75.Chris Charles carried the load for the Slingers with a double-double of 22 points, 11 rebounds that went with four blocks, and three assists, while Ng stepped up big for his crew as he went 4-of-5 from three to nab 15 markers and two boards.Mandani added 13 points as Singapore dropped to 3-5.The scores:ALAB PILIPINAS 89 — Balkman 26, Brownlee 17, Parks 11, Domingo 9, Raymundo 8, Urbiztondo 8, Celiz 3, Hontiveros 3, Maierhofer 2, Sumalinog 2, Alabanza 0.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments SINGAPORE SLINGERS 80 — Charles 22, Ng 15, Mandani 13, Alexander 10, Low 10, Goh 9, Liew 1, Folkoff 0, Kwek 0, Oh 0.Quarters: 21-17, 36-36, 63-60, 78-78, 89-80.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTruly turning a new leaf in the new year, Tanduay Alab Pilipinas stretched its winning run to three games after holding off the Singapore Slingers in overtime, 89-80, Sunday in the Asean Basketball League at OCBC Arena in Singapore.Renaldo Balkman paced the Philippine side with 26 points, eight rebounds, two assists, four assists and two blocks, while Justin Brownlee triggered the pullaway in the extra period and finished with 17 markers, seven boards, eight assists, two steals, and two rejections.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Bobby Ray Parks Jr. unloaded 11 points and none bigger than his three-point play with 1:10 remaining that put the nail in the coffin as Alab took the 87-78 advantage.The Filipinos finally got their act together in OT and held Singaporeans scoreless for the better part of the period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRobby Celiz drained the left corner three off a Parks dime to put Alab up, 78-75 with 50.2 seconds to go.AJ Mandani forced extra time with a booming 3-pointer, 78-all, with 12.2 seconds left after Brownlee’s potential game-sealing floater rattled out. Wright catches fire as Phoenix deals NLEX its 1st losslast_img read more