St Modwen reports a triumphant six months

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Freshman forward Carolin Hoffmann excelling on defense

first_img Published on September 26, 2017 at 9:49 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Whenever Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley is asked about Carolin Hoffmann, Syracuse’s second-leading goal scorer, Bradley’s response usually has little to do with her offensive prowess.“Her ability to defend as a forward is really good,” Bradley said when asked why she recruited Hoffmann. No. 7 Syracuse (8-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) has not only benefitted from the freshman’s five goals but her ability to set the line of pressure for a defense which has allowed just five goals in 10 games.Most often against its opposition, SU controls possession and works its way into the attacking third before the other team can retake control. When the Orange’s opponents win the ball back and look to move up the field, they must first bypass the Orange’s forwards, specifically Hoffmann.Her work establishes the tone for the rest of the line. With her stick held in an outstretched right arm, Hoffmann sprints back and forth as the opposition’s backs swing the ball across the field. If there’s a misplaced touch, Hoffmann quickly goes from moving laterally to choppy steps directly on the ball.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“She fits really well into our system,” Bradley said. “The way that we like to run an offense as well as a defense.”Back in Germany, Hoffmann played for HTC Uhlenhorst Mulheim, a highly successful club team. While Hoffmann was with the team, it was promoted to Germany’s top league. Bradley pointed out how impressive it was for a high schooler to be playing with Olympians, but Hoffmann remembered it also meant she didn’t always stand out.“My old coaches always said that my defense is like my biggest weakness,” Hoffmann said.That contrasts why Bradley recruited Hoffmann in the first place. The freshman credited practicing over the summer once she arrived in Syracuse as the reason behind her defensive improvement, also because Bradley emphasizes on-ball pressure when the other team control possession. Hoffmann also said she saw improvement because of the players around her.“It’s not only the forwards, it’s also the midfielders, who structure us and tell us how we have to stand,” Hoffmann said.That communication comes from Syracuse’s defensive third. Goalkeeper Borg van der Velde relays instructions to the the backs who advise the midfielders. As a forward, Hoffmann needs a lot of pieces behind her to click before fully understanding the defensive assignments.And, so far this season, they have. Both of Syracuse’s losses have come in overtime, which forces teams to drop normal lineups of 11 players down to seven each. When playing in regulation, the Orange has succeeded mostly by keeping the ball pinned in the opponent’s end of the field. And the team’s second-leading scorer has keyed up that pressure.Following Syracuse’s 5-0 dismantling of Bucknell on Sept. 2, Hoffmann was asked about what led to the success on that day. She pointed to the defense, even though she scored a goal. And when asked Sept. 20 about her defending, Hoffmann concluded her answer with a favorite line: “Defense wins championships.”“Honestly, I don’t really think about like ‘I have to do this, I have to do this,’” Hoffmann said. “I’m just playing.” Commentslast_img read more


first_imgJohn with his chequeYoung Donegal man, John Gallagher, was on top of the world today when he picked up a cheque for €41,096 at National Lottery HQ.The 28 year old won the prize when he match five numbers in last Friday’s (15 November 2013) EuroMillions draw.“I checked my ticket on Friday night. It must’ve been about half two. I couldn’t believe I had five numbers. “I even woke up my Mam to double check the ticket,” smiled the Carricknamohill native.John bought his lucky €3 Quick Pick ticket in Hegarty’s Centra on the Main Street in Killybegs, Co. Donegal, only deciding to play after hearing his friends chat about the €100 million Superdraw jackpot.A player in Spain won that magnificent prize.John plans to buy a new car with his windfall and looks forward to celebrating his good fortune at Fawlty’s Bar in Killybegs.   DONEGAL MAN SCOOPS WINDFALL ON LOTTO EUROMILLIONS was last modified: November 19th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:euromillionsJohn GallagherKillybegslottolast_img read more

Gauteng matric results best in South Africa

first_imgAlexander Johannes, Gauteng’s topachiever, with former principal Tony Reeler. Some of South Africa’s top achievers. MEC Barbara Creecy (middle) said theirturnaround programme worked. Parents jubilant for their children’s results.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Charles PhahlaneHead of CommunicationGauteng Department of Education+27 11 355 1530 or +27 71 860 4496RELATED ARTICLES• SA matrics excel despite hardships• SA matric results up by 7%• Top marks for IEB matrics• Poor schools score textbooksBongani NkosiGauteng has for the first time achieved the best matric marks in the country, beating the long-time results champion, the Western Cape.Schools in the inland province achieved a 78.6% pass rate for 2010, a 6.8% increase from 2009.But the Western Cape didn’t do too badly either: it accomplished a 76.8% pass rate, up from 75.7% in 2009. It had the highest pass rate after Gauteng.Gauteng’s results victory has earned the province much praise.“For the first time ever, Gauteng is the top-performing province in the country. We do indeed have a great deal to celebrate,” said Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy.“This [78.6% pass rate] means that we are only 1.4% short of our 2014 target of an 80% pass rate.”Creecy announced the province’s results on 6 January 2011 at Wits University, where she was joined by the top matriculants and their parents. The youngsters were honoured with certificates of recognition and bursaries.The students, who will soon enrol at universities, scored several distinctions each and are eligible to register for bachelor degrees of their choice. They have all been awarded bursaries worth R40 000 (US$6000) by the provincial government.Some 43% of matriculants in Gauteng obtained a university entrance pass.Alexander Gerhard Johannes from Pretoria Boys High School is Gauteng’s top achiever – he notched up nine distinctions for his final exams.Pupils at state schools across the country have been applauded for their efforts – especially in light of last year’s teachers’ strike and the Fifa World Cup. All schools were closed for the month-long tournament, and this took away valuable learning time.“Despite all the difficulties, these young people really came to the party,” said Creecy.Gauteng owes much of its success to the Secondary Schools Improvement Programme (SSIP), which was implemented at the beginning of 2010. The programme targeted 276 underperforming schools in the province and gave them more attention and resources.“We identified those schools that were underperforming and gave them more time and invested in them,” said Creecy.Mosupatsela Secondary School, one the beneficiaries of the programme, turned out one of the province’s top performers, Neo Modimokwane.Modimokwane obtained four distinctions in accounting, economics, mathematics and business studies.Her school was one of the top five achievers in the programme with an 85% pass rate. Inqayizivele Secondary School was the overall champion with 94.8% of matriculants passing.The others are Lethukuthula Secondary with 88%, Zitikeni Secondary with 81% and Lesiba Secondary School, which achieved a pass rate of 75%.More than 200 of the schools in the programme improved their results. “This programme involved extra classes on Saturdays starting from the second term in April, during the World Cup and during the September holidays,” said Creecy.“The classes were expanded into a catch-up and exam preparation programme after the strike.”Although not part of the SSIP, Beverly Hills, another Gauteng school, grew its 2009 pass average of 55.1% to 86.9%.About 300 schools will be involved in the programme in 2011. Now that the provincial government is confident about the performance of 60 schools that were part of the initial SSIP, they will no longer be part of the scheme.Pretoria schools shineAs in previous years, schools from Pretoria performed well in 2010. Students there scored the top marks in Gauteng.Pretoria Boys High School is one of a number of schools in the province that achieved a 100% pass rate. Principal Tony Reeler is proud of his school, attributing its success to a good work ethic.“There’s no magic ingredient. It’s only hard work, there’s no substitute for hard work,” Reeler said.The school has improved on its previous pass rate of 99.7% and has set a benchmark, which it aims to reach every year from now on.“If a child gets to matric, I don’t see a reason why that child should not pass,” said Reeler.The overall pass rate in South Africa was 67.8%, the national Department of Basic Education announced. Results have improved significantly across all nine provinces.last_img read more

U.K.’s Architype Wins Ashden Award for Commitment to Sustainable Design

first_imgBy at least one estimate, the buildings U.K. architecture firm Architype has designed since its inception 25 years ago have produced 35% less carbon dioxide than comparably sized structures built to code.And while some Architype designs incorporate renewable-energy installations, the superior performance of its buildings derives largely from an emphasis on airtight shells, thorough insulation, passive solar gain, and natural ventilation – essential precepts of Passivhaus design. That approach, and the firm’s longtime commitment to the use of sustainable materials, earned it a 2009 Ashden Award during a ceremony in London last month.Architype, with offices in London and Hereford, was one of two finalists in the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy’s business category, and won a prize of 15,000 pounds (about $24,000 U.S.). Awards also were given to charities, schools, and local governments for sustainable-energy achievements, and in international and outstanding-achievement categories.Established in 2001, the Ashden Awards are intended to both publicize the work of green-building advocates and practitioners and help them further develop that work.As noted in an Ashden Awards press release, Architype hasn’t stopped trying to improve the performance of the projects it works on: the buildings in its portfolio that are scheduled for completion in the next two years are expected to be 65% more energy efficient and generate 75% less CO2 than they would if they were built to code.last_img read more

Hornets Sink Sinking Knicks, 103-102

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker didn’t know whether to celebrate or breathe a sigh of relief. So he did a little of both.Walker’s driving left-handed layup as time expired lifted Charlotte to a 103-102 win Dec. 5 over the New York Knicks, snapping the Hornets’ 10-game losing streak.Walker finished with 11 points on 4-of-15 shooting, but his second game-winner of the season saved the Hornets the embarrassment of squandering a 20-point lead for the third time.“We needed the win,” coach Steve Clifford said. “It’s been three weeks since we won — and we won the most close games in the league last year.”The Hornets haven’t had that same success this season. “Hopefully we can build off this,” Walker said.Walker received a half-court inbounds pass with 4 seconds left around the top of the key, faked to the right and blew past Pablo Prigioni, finding an open crease down the left side of the lane.The right-handed Walker put the ball up with his left hand over Amare Stoudemire and off the glass for the winner, sending the Knicks to their seventh straight loss.“I didn’t have much time and I knew I had to get to the basket in a hurry,” Walker said.Walker said he thought Prigioni was overplaying the screen, leading to “an open lane” to the basket. With a foul to give, Prigioni reached for Walker’s jersey, but couldn’t grab him.“We probably could have kept the ball in front of us a little better,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said.It was the second heartbreaking defeat for the Knicks in two nights. They lost 90-87 at home to LeBron James and the Cavaliers on Dec. 4.“A loss is a loss and you never feel good about a loss,” Anthony said. “To come back down 20 and to take the lead by one and have 4 seconds to go, I don’t think you can ask for more than that. Kemba made a great play at the end and I take my hat off to him.”The Knicks were outrebounded 41-34 and fell behind 80-60 late in the third quarter. “Once (the deficit) was so bad we didn’t have any choice but to compete,” Fisher said. “It is good they showed that, but it was too late.”Gerald Henderson scored a season-high 22 points and Al Jefferson had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Hornets.The Knicks stormed back from 20 down late in the third quarter behind 32 points from Carmelo Anthony to take the lead with less than a minute left. But Anthony missed a mid-range jumper and the Hornets grabbed the rebound to set up the winning shot.The Hornets (5-15) led 80-60 near the end of the third after holding Anthony to two points on 1-of-4 shooting in the quarter.That changed in a hurry. Anthony scored 15 points in the fourth period, including back-to-back 3-pointers — one that gave the Knicks a one-point lead with 47 seconds left.Charlotte extended its lead to 20 in the third quarter after Henderson started heating up and Jefferson took control in the low post with a series of old-school, up-and-under moves that Stoudemire struggled to defend.J.R. Smith had 14 points for the struggling Knicks (4-17).(STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Even During His “Farewell” Thanasis Giannakopoulos Unites (Vids)

first_imgAs importantly as Spanoulis’ presence, Zeljko Obradovic paid special tribute by the casket of Thanasis inside of the Metropolis. The Fenerbahce coach spent many years and experienced great successes with Panathinaikos and he could not be absent from the public funeral service of Thanasis Giannakopoulos with whom he maintained a great relationship with. The Serbian coach arrived at the Athens Metropolis a little after 11:30 in the morning so that he could id farewell to the emblematic leader of Panathinaikos, with the fans of the club who were there giving him a very warm reception. “It is a very difficult moment for Panathinaikos and Greek basketball. Thanasis Giannakopoulos was a towering figure of European basketball. Thanasis and his brothers taught us to love our own team while not hating our opponent. Panathinaikos is a great club with a tremendous history and it will continue on its path of greatness despite the loss of the three brothers that brought the club to the top. Maybe the three Giannakopoulos brothers aren’t with us any longer, but they will always live on in our hearts”, said the Serbian coach. Former Panathinaikos coach Xavi Pascual also came to Greece and visit the Athens Metropolis so that he could say his goodbyes to Thanasis Giannakopoulos. The Spaniard was at the helm of the club for two years and spoke of the humility and grace of Thanasis Giannakopoulos. The final “goodbye” to the “typhoon” of the Panathinaikos family however had started from early in the morning with a public viewing of the casket at the Holy Metropolis of Athens. Friends, family and fans said farewell to Thanasis with the burial following the service happening in a more intimate setting. The Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, a noted fan of Panathinaikos also made an appearance at the Metropolis. TweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – In the span of one year, the Panathinaikos family has lost all three Giannakopoulos brothers that helped the club reach unparalleled heights in the prism of Greek sport. Thanasis Giannakopoulos’ nephew, Dimitris Giannakopoulos, 44, is charged with carrying on a unique legacy to continue the sacrifice of his family that has yielded so much success for Panathinaikos’ basketball team but the club’s other sporting departments as well. The Giannakopoulos family is one of Greece’s most affluent clans, amassing their fortune through decades of work in the private sector, founding and owning pharmaceutical giant, VIANEX.Even after his death, Thanasis Giannakopoulos showcased his majesty. The emblematic president and board member of Panathinaikos AO and BC  managed to unite, even briefly, the “eternal” opponents, allowing an emotional arrival of Vasilis Spanoulis to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens. The captain of Olympiacos BC decided to bid farewell to Panathinaikos’ “Typhoon” and so he found himself at the Metropolis a little before noon, with the crowd gathered there giving him waves of applause, leaving far behind any competitive rivalry. “My sincere condolences to the whole family. It’s an enormous loss. I thank him for everything. It was an honor for me that I not only met him but got to know him as well as I did. He was a top quality person and one of the top leaders of sports that we have in Greece. He pathologically loved what he did. There was always a special love and mutual respect. He had a lot of love for me and I had a massive amount of respect towards him too. Our relationship never soured”, said Vasilis Spanoulis in remarks he made at the site of the funeral service.last_img read more

Sensex rallies 154 pts on FMs growth byte

first_imgBuying in metal, auto, consumer durable and pharma counters helped the benchmark S&P BSE sensex to rally for the second session in a row by 154 points to end at 27,395.73 amid mixed to positive global trends and renewed buying by foreign funds.A statement given by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley that the economy is expected to grow “much better” in 2015-16 as compared with the current financial year also aided the sentiment. The Indian economy grew by 5.3 per cent in the September quarter from a year earlier, and is expected to grow 5.5  per cent in the current financial year that ends on March 31. Buying was seen across-the-board as 11 out of 12 sectoral indices closed with gains while only bankex finished with minor losses.Smart rise in Tata Motors, HDFC, RIL, ITC, TCS, SSLT, Sun Pharma, Hero MotoCorp, Hindalco, HUL, Coal India, Tata Steel, Gail India and BHEL mainly supported the sensex rise.Meanwhile, extending losses for the fourth straight session, rupee on Monday declined by 10 paise to log over 13-month closing low of 63.67 against the Greenback following sustained dollar demand from importers.last_img read more