Long out of Pinstripe Bowl for surgery on benign brain tumor, SU career done

first_imgSyracuse senior punter Rob Long will have surgery to remove a benign brain tumor, according to a press release from the university’s athletic department. The surgery will force Long to miss the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 30, the final game of Long’s Syracuse football career. Long will not practice with the team leading up to the bowl game at Yankee Stadium, in which the Orange will face Kansas State (3:30 p.m., ESPN), according to the release. The tumor was revealed in an MRI performed on Dec. 2. Long informed the Syracuse sports medicine staff that he was experiencing headaches for several weeks leading up to the MRI, according to the release. Long ends his Syracuse career second in yards per punt (43.3), behind only Sean Reali. He started for the Orange at punter for all 48 of his collegiate games, from 2007-10, totaling 11,381 yards. That mark is also good for second best in school history, behind former SU punter Brendan Carney. In 2010, Long punted 64 times for a total of 2,806 yards. He averaged 43.8 yards per attempt, second in the Big East.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The news of Long’s benign brain tumor and the imminent surgery comes after Long was absent from the football program’s initial Pinstripe Bowl press conference last Friday. Long was originally scheduled to partake in the media opportunity alongside SU head coach Doug Marrone and Long’s fellow 2010 SU captains, Derrell Smith and Ryan Bartholomew. Marrone, Bartholomew and Smith attended the event. Long did not. There was no news of Long’s condition or why he was absent from the press conference at the time. Marrone has not commented as of Monday night. Long commented regarding the news via his Twitter account Monday evening: ‘Thank you for all the support and prayers it is all appreciated by me and my family,’ Long wrote. ‘We are staying strong and positive for a full recovery.’ Long soon followed up the first Twitter post with another. He promised he will be with the Orange for the Pinstripe Bowl. ‘I will be in NYC on December 30 with my teammates at Yankee stadium,’ Long wrote. ‘I refuse to let anything keep me from being there.’ aolivero@syr.edu Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on December 6, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Student remembered for his enthusiasm, intellect

first_imgMikhail Vinaykin, a Ph.D. candidate in the chemistry department who was known for his “contagious curiosity,” died in a motorcycle accident on Exposition Boulevard on Tuesday morning. He was 24.Vinaykin grew up in Russia and attended St. Petersburg State University, where he received his undergraduate degree in physics. He moved to the United States to begin his graduate program in chemistry at USC in 2009.Scholar · His colleagues remembered Mikhail Vinaykin a student with an engaged mind who was on his way to becoming a gifted scientist. – Photo courtesy of Jahan DawlatyProfessors endearingly referred to Vinaykin as “Misha” and described him as an enthusiastic student who had a knack for the sciences.“I’ve been around for a long time so there’s not many things that surprise me,” said Professor Alex Benderskii, Vinaykin’s research adviser. “But Misha surprised me almost on a daily basis, and that’s really special.”Vinaykin was in his fourth year of the program. His research focused on ultrafast nonlinear spectroscopy with a focus on hydrogen bonding and water. Vinaykin’s peers said they remembered his dedication and a commitment that had very few limits.“Misha was highly motivated and very interested in science and knowledge,” said Fadel Shalhout, a graduate student who worked with Vinaykin. “If he experienced problems in research he spent all night in the lab figuring it out.”Professor Jahan Dawlaty, a first assistant professor of chemistry, said he was immediately impressed with Vinaykin when he came to USC. Vinaykin inquired the most and seemed the most engaged in discussions, he said.“Misha asked questions until he had the right answer, which was the sign of a good scientist,” Dawlaty said.Vinaykin was Dawlaty’s teaching assistant for his upper-level chemistry class this semester. He connected with the juniors and seniors he taught, Dawlaty said. The day after Vinaykin’s death, Dawlaty began his class with a minute of silence.“He certainly did have a fan club of students because some [students] only attended his discussion session,” Dawlaty said. “Many students were quite sad and shocked.”Students outside the chemistry department also admired his curiosity.“He was always asking questions and he was eager to learn more about the French language,” said Annie Capaldi, an undeclared freshman in his French class. “I think we all gained a little bit by being in the class with him and witnessing his passion for learning.”Vinaykin, in addition to sharing his passions for the sciences, also had an infectious personality. Graduate students who studied with him said he had a good sense of humor and a love for travel.“In his 24 years of living,” Shalhout said, “he probably experienced as much as a 100-year-old man. He lived life to the fullest.”Vinaykin’s death has left a vacancy in the department that will not be easily filled, Benderskii said.“He absolutely had a big role in the chemistry department,” Benderskii said. “Everyone knew him, and he had a lot of friends and a lot of faculty knew him and were enthusiastic about his prospects.”Columbia University and other top institutions were courting him for his two- to three-year post-doctoral work, according to Benderskii.Vinaykin’s parents are flying into Los Angeles on Thursday from Russia. Plans for a memorial service are pending.last_img read more

Schwarzenegger Institute names academic director

first_imgIn his 14-year career at USC, Mazmanian served as dean of the Price School and the founding director of the USC Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise. His areas of expertise include environmental policy and climate change.Mazmanian replaces Nancy Staudt, previously a law professor and vice dean at the Gould School of Law. As director, Mazmanian hopes to highlight environmental policy issues.“We will be emphasizing the political, economic and cultural changes that are going to be required not just in California, but the nation and the rest of the world in both mitigating and adapting to climate change,” Mazmanian told USC News.Mazmanian has partnered with the institute and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in the past through his research as director of new initiatives for Price’s Center for Sustainable Cities, according to Bonnie Reiss, global director of the Schwarzenegger Institute.Schwarzenegger, who chairs the institute and serves as the Governor Downey Professor of State and Global Policy at USC, said he was looking forward to new environmental policies proposed by the institute.“I am so pleased to have Dan Mazmanian join my institute as our academic director,” Schwarzenegger told USC News. “[Mazmanian] is a perfect choice for so many reasons, especially with his expertise in environment, energy and climate change, which is an important focus of our institute.”Reiss said she believes that Mazmanian has made significant contributions to the Institute through his past position as dean of the Price School.“The fact that he has been a dean and been at USC so long, and is so passionate about his work and his students will allow us to access all of the brilliant faculty and people at USC,” she said.Students say they look forward to increased research opportunities in the social sciences as the Schwarzenegger Institute continues its development.“I think it’s so amazing that USC has all these research opportunities,” said Caitlin Greenho, a freshman majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. “It makes us stand out as a university and gives students an unrivaled advantage not only to learn from others in partnership with the Schwarzenegger Institute, but to make their own discoveries under the leadership of faculty like Professor Mazmanian.”Mazmanian said that students have the opportunity to get involved with the institute through events and personal interaction with its leadership.“One way is by attending as many Schwarzenegger Institute events as possible, introducing oneself, and sharing interests with others present, in particular, Bonnie Reiss the global director of the institute and me,” Mazmanian said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “A second is to stay alert to email announcements that are routinely distributed, by Schwarzenegger Institute and most others, when assistance is needed on projects, and apply.” Professor Daniel Mazmanian of the USC Price School of Public Policy has been named the new academic director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy.Bipartisan · Left to right, Sen. Michael Bennet, Sen. John McCain and ABC News Radio correspondent Ann Compton speak on campus in April 2013. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

Tipp hurlers will have more ‘belief’ this year

first_imgTipp FM’s live coverage of Dublin V Tipperary gets underway at 4.50pm on Saturday and will be brought to you in assocation with Donal Ryan Motor Group Nenagh, Thurles and Roscrea. He thinks that having won All-Ireland and Munster titles in 2016 they should be confident about being in the mix to claim more trophies in the months to come.The Premier play their first competitive match of the season against Dublin in Division 1A of the Allianz National League on Saturday evening.Their boss says Tipp will have to improve on their performances last year to be in contention for the game’s big prizes.last_img read more

Lagos Model College Shines at Ola-Oki Lagos Scrabble Tourney

first_imgAlabi Emmanuel of Lagos State Model College won the junior category after posting 12+1490 points, Azeez Akorede also of Model College got 10+1007 points to came second, while Anjolaoluwa Femi of Francis Xavier School came third with 9+861 points.In the senior category, Albert Emmanuel of Ajara Grammar School with 12+1816 points came first, followed by Gazal Aishat of Lagos Model College with 10+686 points, while 9.5+1307 points gave Gnahon Michael of Ajara Senior Secondary School the third position.Alabi Emmanuel and Albert Emmanuel were the Most Valuable Players (MVP) in the junior and senior categories respectively.Initiator and sponsor of the competition, Dr. Olabodunrin Waheed Oki praised the spirit of sportsmanship of the participants, adding that the partnership of the Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Sports Commission had really changed the fortune of the competition.“I want to thank Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for the state’s financial and logistics support. We are so much grateful because these have added values and glamour to the event. I’m glad that outstanding athletes discovered in this competition will be joining the state camp for future national and international events to further expose and groom them. I believe that in the future we will have world champions coming out from Ola-Oki Scrabble Tourney, ” he said.Winners in both junior and senior categories were given laptops, trophies, t-shirts and exercise books. Second positions got Techno DroiPad 70 with trophies, t-shirts and exercise books. Third placed winners got Scrabble Dictionaries, t-shirts and exercise books. Fourth to tenth positions received school bags with exercise books. All participants were given certificates of participation.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Athletes of Lagos Model College were the cynosure of all eyes as they took home most prizes in the final day of third edition of Dr. Ola-Oki Scrabble Championship in Badagry on Wednesday. The competition was held at Ola Oki Medical Centre, lbereko Badagry.At the end of three days brainstorming activities from no fewer than 300 students of schools within Education District 5, Lagos State Model College was adjudged the best school of the tournament. In the top five rating determined by the technical officers of Lagos State Scrabble Association, the Model College students came second, fourth and fifth in the senior category, while the students of the college came first and second in the junior events.last_img read more

Kambi clears WLA Security certification

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Updating the market, Nordic Nasdaq-listed European sports betting platform and software supplier Kambi Group Plc (Kambi) has informed that has passed the ‘World Lottery Association Security Control Standard’ certification, underlining its position as the secure choice for both public and private operators.The‘WLA-SCS certification is granted following a comprehensive audit by WLA officials of Kambi security services and client provisions and procedures.  The certification is a significant step in Kambi’s ongoing mission to offer operators the secure choice in the provision of sports betting services.Commenting on the update, Kambi CEO Kristian Nylén commented: “Kambi is well-known across the industry for its commitment to the highest levels of compliance and security, and we are pleased to be able to build upon our reputation with this certification.“Meeting this standard puts Kambi in a strong position to pursue public procurement opportunities in the future, and highlights us as the secure choice for lottery operators looking to add a sports betting component.”Updating investors, Kambi will continue to strengthen its services and provisons to licensed lottery operators. Last year the firm announced it had signed a MoU with NOVOMATIC Lottery Solutions, with the mission to provide a powerful, full-service gaming solution to government regulated lotteries.last_img read more

National Lottery launches £600m direct impact fund for UK charities

first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Related Articles Share Share National Lottery Community Fund issues £14m in Climate Action grants August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit National Lottery operator Camelot Group has announced that it will further support UK charities operating through lockdown hardships by rolling out a ‘£600 million impact fund’. Through its existing stakeholder network, the National Lottery will direct immediate funds to charities that have been impacted hardest by COVID-19 circumstances and further aims to support organisations supporting the most vulnerable UK communities during this crisis period.Funding will be made available to charitable organisations working in community support, disabilities, education, heritage, environment and sports.  Launching the initiative Dawn Austwick, Chair of The National Lottery Forum, said: “The National Lottery has always supported projects that help people and communities across the UK thrive. And now, the funds available are switching focus to support communities, arts, heritage, sport, education and the environment to mitigate the unprecedented pressure they are coming under as the country rallies to overcome Covid-19.”The National Lottery’s £600 million impact fund will be distributed to organisations through its support network.£300m will be allocated to the National Lottery’s ‘Community Fund’ – providing six months of extra support to community-based charities.UK Heritage will receive £50 million in additional funding which will provide immediate relief for UK organisations working on heritage projects and initiatives for the next four months.Sport England has secured a £157 million support package, helping its stakeholder community navigate financial hardships and further maintaining vital health and physical activity programmes.The Arts Council secures an additional £144 million in lottery funding, supporting its working community and helping maintain projects interrupted by the pandemic.In addition, the National Lottery impact fund will support regional organisations such as Sports Wales, Creative Scotland and Arts Northern Ireland during the crisis.Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said: “Since the National Lottery began in 1994, its dedicated players have raised more than £40 billion for good causes across the UK, making an enormous difference to people’s lives and the issues they care about. “In these uncertain times, lottery funding takes on an even greater significance, as we come together to deliver a national effort. So I am delighted that the National Lottery is channelling its support to help those most in need across these sectors.“This will help to support jobs and economic growth, allowing us to support vulnerable people who are relying on us, and continue to keep Britain active, educated and entertained both during and after this epidemic.”last_img read more

GFA Elmina venue media officer passes away

first_imgThe GFA’s venue media officer at the Nduom Stadium in Elmina Aminu Mohammed (Zylla) has passed away.The sudden death of the Takoradi based radio presenter occured whiles he was on his way to Elmina to perform his official duties for the Ghana Premier League match between Sharks and Hearts of Oak.The experienced broadcaster has been the GFA’s venue media officer for the past three years at the Essipon and Nduomstadium until his untimely death.The Ghana Football Association wishes to extend its sincerest condolences to the bereaved family.Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this difficult moment. May God grant our dear brother eternal peace.last_img read more

NBA wrap: Nuggets clinch playoff spot with win over Celtics

first_img Isaiah Thomas opens up about return to Boston, facing Celtics SKRRRT pic.twitter.com/VS5XPxK0aJ— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) March 19, 2019Jusuf Nurkic climbed the ladder in Portland’s 106-98 victory over Indiana.JUSUUUFFFFFFFFF pic.twitter.com/gFA1zatMcy— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 19, 2019What’s Next?Nets (36-36) at Kings (34-35) 10 p.m. ET — Brooklyn and Sacramento are two of the NBA’s most exciting young teams. The Nets are in the playoff picture, while the Kings will have to fight to make the postseason in the West. Regardless of the standings, these squads will both bring plenty of intensity Tuesday. The Nuggets clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2012-13 with a 114-105 victory over the Celtics on Monday.Denver (47-22) is just the second Western Conference team to secure a place in the postseason in 2018-19. Golden State is the other. Denver extended its winning streak to four games with the victory. Boston had won two straight, but will have to start over against the 76ers on Wednesday.Studs of the NightPaul George tallied 31 points and nine rebounds in the Thunder’s 116-107 loss to the Heat.Stephen Curry accumulated 25 points, seven rebounds and eight assists as Golden State lost to San Antonio, 111-105.Collin Sexton scored a game-high 27 points to help his Cavaliers take down the Pistons, 126-119.Duds of the NightMario Hezonja scored eight points on 3-of-10 shooting in the Knicks’ 128-92 loss to the Raptors.Kenrich Williams scored eight points on 3-of-10 shooting in Dallas’ 129-125 overtime loss to New Orleans.Jamal Crawford managed just five points in 26 minutes as the Suns lost to the Bulls, 116-101.HighlightsJoe Ingles nailed this step back jumper in Utah’s 116-95 victory over Washington. With 114-105 victory tonight in BOS, @nuggets clinch the #NBAPlayoffs! #MileHighBasketballNikola Jokic: 21 PTS, 13 REB, 7 ASTWill Barton: 20 PTSGary Harris: 16 PTS (4 3PM) pic.twitter.com/dQoajgRySy— NBA (@NBA) March 19, 2019The Nuggets had plenty of scoring, as seven of their players reached double-digits in points. Nikola Jokic led the pack with 21 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists on the night.On the other side, Kyrie Irving poured in a game-high 30 points. Related Newslast_img read more

Kellen Moore is the play-calling key to unlocking Cowboys’ Super Bowl potential

first_imgAfter their scoring offense failed to reach its potential under Scott Linehan, the Cowboys needed to make a change. Dallas finished No. 17 and No. 22 in points scored over the last two seasons, respectively. In 2019, the team should be closer to a top-five unit. That’s what it was in 2014 and 2016, seasons in which the Cowboys went a combined 25-7.2019 NFL PREDICTIONS:AFC East | AFC West | AFC North | AFC SouthNFC East | NFC West | NFC North | NFC SouthDuring the Tony Romo era, the Cowboys hit their peak offensively in 2007 with Julius Jones, Marion Barber, Hall of Famer Terrell Owens and future Hall of Famer Jason Witten. That was the first year in which now head coach Jason Garrett served as offensive coordinator.Now Moore is charged with getting Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper and, yes, Witten to that level of scoring prowess. When one factors in Michael Gallup (when healthy), Randall Cobb, Tavon Austin and rookie running back Tony Pollard, the Cowboys have a complete cadre that allows them a myriad of playbook options.Moore is not blowing up what Linehan did; nor should he. Dallas gives itself a high floor of production simply by handing off to Elliott behind an elite offensive line. At the same time, Moore, who like Garrett is a former Cowboys backup QB, is more of an extension of the head coach in his play-calling.A signature of Garrett’s best work was getting many players involved to diversify the offense. The Cowboys in those years were more versatile and multiple, therefore making them more unpredictable compared to what they were under Linehan.Another element of that offensive success in Dallas was explosiveness. Owens got it started as a game-breaker for Romo, and then Miles Austin and Dez Bryant carried the torch.SUPER BOWL RIPPLE EFFECTS:From Jerry to Zeke, who benefits most from a Cowboys ring?Both of those characteristics should show up for the 2019 Cowboys.Elliott is the bread and butter of the backfield, but there is room for exotic spreads. Pollard will change the pace a la Lance Dunbar, and Tavon Austin will change the direction with his backfield touches.Prescott also will get more chances to throw deep downfield to Cooper and Gallup. Cobb and Witten will be better positioned to use their savvy in the middle of the field.​ If Sporting News’ prediction of the Cowboys winning Super Bowl 54 comes true, you can bet the promotion of Kellen Moore to offensive coordinator in Dallas will have had much to do with it.When it comes to coordinator of the year candidates in 2019, the Cowboys’ 30-year-old elevated quarterbacks coach belongs at the top of the list among new play-callers. Linehan tended to get complacent and restrain the volume of personnel. That will be corrected with Moore.The Cowboys needed a jolt of aggressiveness without straying too far from their ball-control ways. They needed to evolve to get to the explosive level of the NFC’s three best teams over the past two years — the Rams, Saints and Eagles.Thanks to Moore, Dallas will build on the areas in which they already excel while tapping into greater possibilities with their players. The result will be the Cowboys bridging the gap from good to great.last_img read more