November 17, 2020

New York woman meets baby she gave birth to in COVID-19 coma

first_imgA woman in New York has met for the first time the baby she gave birth to in early April while she was on a ventilator in an artificial coma because she had a serious form of COVID-19.Yanira Soriano, 36, was intubated for 11 days in an intensive care unit before recovering “miraculously” to welcome her fourth child, her doctor told AFP.”We really did not know if she was going to survive at all,” said Benjamin Schwartz, head of obstetrics and gynecology at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. “Most patients on a ventilator don’t survive.” But she finally turned a corner and was released from hospital in a wheelchair to the applause of dozens of health care workers on Wednesday. Her husband, who wore a mask like everyone else there, gently handed her their baby boy, Walter.Soriano was eight months pregnant when she became infected, around the same time as her husband, who had a less serious case and was able to remain at home.She was hospitalized and placed on oxygen but her condition quickly deteriorated.Doctors feared that a lack of oxygen might put the baby in danger, but also that the pressure from her large belly might prevent her lungs from functioning well. They just had time to tell her they wanted to perform an emergency cesarean section before she was placed in an artificial coma — with Soriano urging them to do whatever it took to save her baby. “The mother knew that that was happening, but then got really bad right before the section was performed and ended up on a ventilator, and not being awake to the birth of a child,” said Schwartz.The baby, who was only slightly premature, is doing well. He was transferred to a children’s hospital in New York, where he was picked up by his father on Tuesday.In some rare instances, babies born to mothers with COVID-19 tested positive themselves when they were checked shortly after birth — but this was not the case for little Walter, whose test came out clear.The pandemic has extracted an especially heavy toll in New York, where more than 11,000 have died statewide.The prognosis for patients who need to go on ventilators because their lungs are failing is poor, with only around 20 percent surviving the ordeal, according to the state’s governor.Topics :last_img read more

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PensionsEurope warns of ‘back door’ tactics with IORP II Directive

first_imgHowever, it does not provide further guidance or detail on what schemes should actually produce.While conceding the seen version was only a draft, and the Commission may make amendments, Leppälä said some of the organisation’s members were concerned over the lack of detail in the Directive.“It leaves a lot of room for European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) to develop the binding rules,” he told IPE.“This measure should not, and can not, lead to a risk-based solvency framework.“This risk evaluation framework has to be something that does not actually necessitate having the capital requirements, in the same way as the envisaged holistic balance sheet,” he added.“When it is unclear what the content is, it leaves room for EIOPA to bring in the holistic balance sheet model through the back door.”Leppälä stated the amount of secondary legislation to be added into the Directive by EIOPA was a main concern.“The level I [of regulation] is very open to democratic debate within the European Council, in public, and in the Parliament,” he said, “but many essential rules are set in levels II and III, where it is binding legislation but really up to EIOPA to prepare it.“It is far from open and democratic,” he said.“EIOPA does play a very central role, and it is difficult for us to see what the outcome will be and have our views represented in that process.”The finalised Directive is expected to be published within a month, and will include provisions for governance, transparency, long-term investing and a framework for cross-border schemes.It also expected to remove the requirement for cross-border schemes to be fully-funded.The secretary general did say there would be many aspects of the Directive where the lobby group and the Commission would fully agree.He also stated the organisation’s support for increases in governance and transparency, but “only where it makes sense for IORPs and is proportionate”. PensionsEurope has warned of potential “back door” tactics with the revised IORP II Directive, as a lack of clarity on certain articles leaves gaps for solvency requirements to be forced onto schemes.Matti Leppälä, secretary general of the lobby organisation, said while still in draft, he feared the lack of clarity in the Directive, in particular on risk evaluations, could see solvency requirements resurface.A leaked copy of the a draft IORP II Directive showed, among significant detail on member communications and scheme governance, plans for a risk-evaluation framework for pension schemes.It requires schemes to produce risk evaluations immediately after any change in its risk profile, taking into account funding requirements for specific risk profiles, and a qualitative assessment of sponsor support.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe Mavericks were without forward/center Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) because of right knee soreness.Lou Williams pumped in 36 points and Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard had 32 for the Clippers, who trailed by eight heading into the fourth quarter.The Jazz are a win away from advancing to the second round following a 129-127 win over the Nuggets in Game 4. Donovan Mitchell scored 18 of his 51 points in the fourth quarter and was 15 of 27 from the floor. He’s averaging 39 1/2 points in the seconds, including a 57-point assault in the opener.Jamal Murray set a Denver playoff record with 50 points. That topped the old mark of 45 set by Spencer Haywood during the 1970 ABA playoffs, when the team was the Denver Rockets.Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) contributed 17 points and 11 rebounds for Utah. Mike Conley added 26 points in his second game since returning to the NBA bubble after leaving for the birth of his son. Update on the latest sports — Kyle Lewis and Austin Nola belted early solo home runs and Sam Haggerty’s two-run blow gave the Mariners a 4-0 lead in the fifth inning of a 4-1 win over the Rangers. Justin Dunn allowed just one hit over six scoreless frames before three relievers finished the combined three-hitter.— Rio Ruiz drove in four runs and the Orioles gained a four-game split by downing the Red Sox for the second straight day, 5-4. Winning pitcher Thomas Eshelman entered the game with two out in the first inning and walked his first batter before retiring his last 13.— Kiké (KEE’-kay) Hernández hit a three-run drive and Mookie Betts went deep twice in a seven-homer assault that propelled the Dodgers to an 11-3 pounding of the Rockies and a three-game sweep. The Dodgers have won 11 of 12 games overall and own the best record in baseball at 22-8 at the halfway point of this abbreviated season.— Fernando Tatis (tah-TEES’) Jr. made two spectacular plays at shortstop and Manny Machado hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to help the Padres earn a 5-3 victory and a three-game sweep of the Astros. San Diego has won seven straight, all against Texas ballclubs.— Mike Yastrzemski (ya-STREHM’-skee) smacked a go-ahead homer on his 30th birthday to help the Giants pick up their season-high sixth consecutive win, 6-1 over Arizona. Alex Dickerson added a three-run homer off Hector Rondon (rahn-DOHN’) in the seventh to provide cushion and make it a 5-1 game. August 24, 2020 — Cubs ace Yu Darvish struck out 10 over seven innings of his career-high fifth consecutive victory, a 2-1 triumph over the White Sox. Kyle Schwarber belted a two-run homer in the sixth inning to help the Cubs end the White Sox’s seven-game winning streak.— Yadier (YAH’-dee-ehr) Molina had four hits and top prospect Dylan Carlson hit his first career homer as the Cardinals dumped the Reds, 6-2. Harrison Bader added a two-run shot for St. Louis, which won three of four in the series.— Outfielder Roman Quinn threw out Dansby Swanson at the plate to end the Phillies’ 5-4 win over the Braves. Alex Bohm, Rhys Hoskins and Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) homered to give Philadelphia a 4-0 lead by the third inning.— Trea Turner was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored in the Nationals’ lopsided victory over the Marlins, 9-3. Winning pitcher Anibal (AH’-nih-bahl) Sánchez allowed one run and five hits over a season-high seven innings. — Gregory Polanco’s two-run blast in the eighth inning pushed the Pirates past the Brewers, 5-4. Bryan Reynolds, Jarrod Dyson and Adam Frazier furnished RBI singles in the Pirates’ third straight win since a nine-game losing streak. Kemba Walker poured in 32 points in his first NBA series-clinching win.Jayson Tatum finished with 28 points and a playoff career-high 15 rebounds.Harris had 20 points despite his lengthy absence in the second half. Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) finished with 30 points and 10 boards for Philadelphia.Also in NBA first-round action, Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Mavericks a 135-133 triumph over the Clippers, evening the series at two games apiece. Doncic was sensational despite playing on a badly sprained ankle, delivering 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists.Trey Burke finished with 25 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 21 in a game that featured eight lead changes in OT. Jorge Bonifacio hit a two-run homer and Niko Goodrum and Grayson Greiner had solo shots for the Tigers.Elsewhere around the majors:— Nelson Cruz blasted his 10th homer and Marwin Gonzalez had two RBIs before closer Taylor Rogers dodged trouble in the ninth inning of the Twins’ 5-4 win against the Royals. Cruz hit a solo shot an estimated 453-feet to center field in the ninth inning for a two-run lead, helping Minnesota win its eighth series in nine tries this season.— Mark Canha (KAN’-ah) lifted a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to give the Athletics a 5-4 win versus the Angels. Oakland trailed 4-2 before rallying on RBI singles by Stephen Piscotty (pihs-KAH’-tee) and Sean Murphy in the sixth.— Josh Fleming won his big league debut by pitching five innings of two-run ball in the Rays’ 5-4 decision over the Blue Jays. Austin Meadows drove in two runs and Brandon Lowe (low) provided an RBI single that put Tampa Bay ahead to stay. MLB-NEWSPence designate by GiantsUNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco Giants have cut ties with outfielder Hunter Pence, ending a second stint with the fan favorite that didn’t go nearly as well as his first.The 37-year-old was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for utility man Daniel Robertson, who was acquired Sunday from the Rays for cash or a player to be named later.Pence was hitting just .096 with two home runs and six RBIs in 17 games. He was a fiery, emotional leader for the Giants from 2012-2018, helping anchor teams that won the World Series in 2012 and 2014. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSRaptors, Celtics complete sweepsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics will tangle in the second round of the NBA playoffs after completing four-game sweeps. The Raptors put an emphatic stamp on their sweep by blasting the Nets, 150-122.The Raptors had two players score at least 20 points off the bench, led by 29 from Norman Powell. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) added 27 points on 12 of 14 shooting and grabbed 15 rebounds. Toronto set an all-time NBA record with 100 bench points.Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) finished with 20 points and 10 boards as the lone Toronto starter with more than 10 points.The Raptors are 11-1 in the bubble, with the lone loss coming against Boston.The Celtics took advantage of an injury and defeating the 76ers, 110-106. The game changed when Tobias Harris crashed to the floor at the 2:40 mark of the third quarter. Without Harris, Boston went on a 12-0 run and eventually led 96-79 in the opening minutes of the fourth. DOVER, Del. (AP) — Kevin Harvick has regained the NASCAR Cup Series victory lead by dominating Sunday’s race at Dover International Speedway.A day after Denny Hamlin opened the doubleheader weekend with his sixth win to match Harvick and one-upped his closest rival to claim NASCAR’s regular-season title. Harvick has 56 career Cup victories to tie Kyle Busch for ninth on the career list.Martin Truex Jr. was second and Jimmie Johnson third. Johnson is on the bubble, four points outside of the cutoff with his fate to be decided under the lights at Daytona. NFL-NEWSNFL asks lab to check reliability of its COVID-19 tests UNDATED (AP) — The NFL has asked a New Jersey lab to investigate a new batch of COVID-19 test results amid reports from several teams of false positives. The league didn’t identify which teams got positive results, or how many there were. Among teams reporting false positives, the Minnesota Vikings said they had 12, the New York Jets 10 and the Chicago Bears nine. Other teams that were affected are the Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns. In other NFL news:— The Ravens have terminated the contract of seven-time Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas. The action stems from Thomas’ fray with defensive back Chuck Clark at Friday’s practice after Thomas admittedly blew a coverage assignment. — Washington has released wideout Cody Latimer amid his legal issues before he practiced a single snap with the team. He was arrested in May and charged with a felony count of illegal discharge of a firearm. He also faces charges of second-degree assault, menacing, prohibited use of a weapon and reckless endangerment. Associated Press NBA-NEWSFines from Magic-Bucks scuffleLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Magic forward James Ennis and Bucks forward Marvin Williams have been fined $15,000 each for a fight that led to their ejections from Game 3 of their teams’ first-round playoff series Saturday. Ennis and Williams had been competing for rebounding position midway through the second quarter of the Bucks’ 121-107 victory. They exchanged shoves as they headed back up the floor. NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSB’s top Bolts in Game 1 UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins have opened the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by defeating the team that took the No. 1 seed from them in the round-robin tournament.Brad Marchand scored the eventual game-winning goal and had an assist while the Bruins were building a 3-0 lead in a 3-2 win over the Lightning. Marchand tallied 1:17 in the third period and set up Charlie Coyle late in the first.David Pastrnak (PAHS’-tur-nahk) had a power-play goal and Jaroslav Halak (YAH’-roh-slahv hah-LAHK″) stopped 35 shots for Boston. Halak blanked Tampa Bay until Victor Hedman scored twice over the 11 minutes.Meanwhile, the Golden Knights are 8-1 in the Edmonton bubble after cruising to a Game 1 victory in the second round. Reilly Smith, Mark Stone and Alex Tuch (tuhk) each had a goal and an assist to support Robin Lehner (LEH’-nur) in the Knights’ 5-0 shutout of the Canucks. Vegas took the lead on Jonathan Marchessault’s goal midway through the first period. That was enough offense for Lehner, who turned back 26 shots in his first shutout in 17 postseason games. In other baseball news:— The Angels will face the Indians in the 2021 Little League Classic at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The game is scheduled for Aug. 22 at Bowman Field in front of a crowd predominantly made up of players, coaches and parents in Williamsport for the Little League World Series. INDYCAR-INDIANAPOLIS 500Sato claims second Indianapolis 500 crownINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Takuma Sato snatched a second Indianapolis 500 victory as the Japanese racer held off Scott Dixon and ultimately won under caution. 304th-ranked Popov wins Women’s British OpenTROON, Scotland (AP) — Sophia Popov became the first female golfer from Germany to capture a major title when she won the Women’s British Open by two strokes at Royal Troon. Popov went into the final round with a three-shot lead. She bounced back from a first-hole bogey by making five birdies in her 3-under 68. Jasmine Suwannapura was the runner-up after shooting 67.Popov is ranked No. 304 and dropped off the LPGA Tour last year. She hadn’t previously won on the LPGA Tour, the second-tier Symetra Tour or on the Ladies European Tour. The Islanders completed a five-game series win against the Capitals on Thursday.MLB-SCHEDULETigers shed Indians hexUNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have won a three-game series in Cleveland after absorbing 20 consecutive losses to the Indians.Tarik Skubal and Daniel Norris combined to pitch six innings of one-run ball in the Tigers’ 7-4 victory over the Indians. Miguel Cabrera drove in two and Detroit belted three home runs in the rubber match of the series. Vancouver netminder Jacob Markstrom was pulled midway through the third period after allowing five goals on 34 shots.NHL-CAPITALS-REIRDEN FIREDCaps dump ReirdenWASHINGTON (AP) — Todd Reirden is out after just two seasons as head coach of the Washington Capitals.The Capitals won two division titles in each season under Reirden but failed to capture a playoff series. He replaced Barry Trotz, who led the team to the 2018 Stanley Cup before heading to the Islanders in a contract dispute. IndyCar officials declined to throw a red flag after a violent crash by Spencer Pigot (pee-ZHOH’) with just a handful of laps remaining. Pigot needed medical attention on the track, the crash scene was a debris field and there was no way the race could resume without a stoppage. Dixon dominated the race and asked on his radio if IndyCar was going to give the drivers a final shootout to the checkered flag, NASCAR style. But the five-time Indy-Car champion had to settle for second after Sato led him across the finish line under yellow. Sato’s teammate, Graham Rahal (RAY’-hahl), was third.NASCAR-DOVERHarvick gets 7th win of season PGA-NORTHERN TRUSTJohnson back at No. 1 after dominant winNORTON, Mass. (AP) — Dustin Johnson played the final two holes in near darkness after a late storm delay and finished with a birdie for an 8-under 63 and an 11-shot victory over Harris English at The Northern Trust.It was the 22nd victory of his PGA Tour career and fifth in a FedEx Cup playoffs event, tied with Rory McIlroy for most. Johnson finished at 30 under and returned to No. 1 in the world. WOMEN’S BRITISH OPENlast_img read more

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MBB : Cohen: Superior outside shooting separates 2009-10 Syracuse team from this season’s group

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments It’s Jan. 14, just before 8 p.m. Syracuse and Providence won’t tip off for more than an hour, but SU’s best shooter is already out on the floor warming up.He’s sweating through his sleeveless Orange compression shirt, firing up jumper after jumper. He doesn’t miss.He rains 3-pointers from everywhere beyond the arc, with nearly every shot swishing perfectly through the basket. Come game time, though, the sweat on his forehead has long since dried. He won’t see the court tonight. He never does.That’s because SU’s best shooter is Trevor Cooney, a freshman who head coach Jim Boeheim elected to redshirt this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘If you want to say that there aren’t some great shooters on this year’s team, yeah, you’re right about that,’ former Syracuse forward Leo Rautins said.And as we enter the unpredictable fray that is March Madness, not having a great shooter is a major concern. The last season in which SU held a No. 1 ranking was the 2009-10 season. That team also earned a No. 1 seed. That team had two great shooters.The lack of consistency from beyond the arc, coupled with Fab Melo’s limited offensive game compared to that of Arinze Onuaku, are the two main reasons why that Syracuse team is better than this year’s Syracuse team.The NCAA Tournament is single-elimination. An off night can mean a slew of nights off until next year’s season begins. And that’s why having a cold-blooded, knockdown shooter is more important.Enter Andy Rautins, son of Leo Rautins. He was, put simply, an assassin. Six times he made five or more 3s in a game his senior year. Fifteen times this season Syracuse has made five or fewer 3s in a game as a team.Oh, and Wes Johnson hit 41.5 percent from long range, too. That luxury cannot be undervalued.‘I think with Wesley and Andy we were a little more consistent from the perimeter that season,’ SU assistant coach Gerry McNamara said. ‘I think this year we’ve had multiple guys that are capable of making shots, we’ve just struggled.’Struggled might be a bit of an understatement. The 2011-12 Orange ranks 155th in the country in 3-point field goals made per game. It ranks 162nd in 3-point field-goal percentage.Do you remember the last juggernaut team to roll through the regular season despite a slew of average-at-best shooters?Memphis with Derrick Rose. The Tigers rolled all the way to the national championship game with just one loss, 38-1. The knock on them all year was that no one on that team could make a jump shot on a regular basis.Not Rose. Not Doneal Mack. Not Willie Kemp. Sometimes Chris Douglas-Roberts.That team shot 34.9 percent as a team from 3-point range and lost to Kansas to finish the season as national runner-up. The Tigers shot 6-of-22 from 3 in the title game.Syracuse is an even worse shooting team from long range than Memphis at 34.3 percent.‘Come NCAA Tournament time, I think you say your prayers and hope that you don’t hit a cold spell,’ Rautins said.But let’s say you do hit a cold spell. Let’s say the up-and-down shooting of Dion Waiters, Scoop Jardine and Kris Joseph is mostly down.Wouldn’t it be nice to have an inside presence who could score consistently in the low post? That’s certainly not Melo.Don’t get me wrong. What Melo brings on the defensive end of the floor for this year’s team is not even close to anything Onuaku could provide two years ago. His athleticism around the rim is a boost, too. Lob city.Yet there’s something to be said for that prototypical big man who can post up and produce. That was Onuaku to the tune of 20 games in double figures his senior year with four games of 15 or more points.Melo has reached double figures only 10 times this season, and he’s never topped 15 points in his whole career.‘Arinze was a very good rebounder, and he was a low-post presence offensively,’ McNamara said. ‘… I think the biggest difference was Arinze that year was more of a threat to score.’But Onuaku got hurt. His injured knee killed Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament. DaShonte Riley wasn’t ready, and SU fell to eventual runner-up Butler. All around the SU community, it’s widely believed that a healthy AO gets the Orange to at least the Final Four two years ago.When healthy, that team was the perfect three-headed monster. Onuaku inside, Rautins outside and Johnson doing whatever he wanted.No brainer. I’ll take the old guys.‘We had guys crying when he hurt his leg,’ McNamara said. ‘… If he doesn’t go down, I’m a firm believer that we make a Final Four run.’Michael Cohen is a staff writer for The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at or on Twitter at @Michael_Cohen13. center_img Published on March 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

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MBB : Beasts of the East: A look at the 4 teams vying to advance from Boston to New Orleans

first_imgNo. 1 Syracuse (33-2) vs. No. 4 Wisconsin (26-9)Thursday, 7:15 p.m., TD Garden, CBSSyracuseLooking back: Syracuse survived a scare in its first NCAA Tournament game, beating No. 16 UNC Asheville 72-65. Top seeds are now 112-0 all time against No. 16 seeds. The Orange rebounded from its subpar performance by pulling past Kansas State, 75-59, in the third round.Syracuse’s offense vs. Wisconsin’s defense: This game will be a test for the Orange offense’s patience. Wisconsin leads the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 52.9 points per game. UW held North Carolina, a team that averages 82 points per game to 60 on Nov. 30.Syracuse played three teams this season that allow less than 60 points per game – South Florida, Eastern Michigan and Georgetown. The Orange won all three, but scored just 56 against South Florida and 64 against Georgetown.X-factor: James Southerland. The junior forward shot 20.4 percent from 3-point range in 18 Big East regular-season games. But he has come alive in the NCAA Tournament. He’s tied with Dion Waiters with 30 points in the two games and has made 5-of-7 3s. Against a Wisconsin defense that doesn’t give in too many places, a couple of triples from Southerland could make a difference.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat Syracuse needs to do to win: Win the tempo game. Wisconsin has the least amount of possessions per game among Division-I teams. The Badgers also have the second-least amount of turnovers per game. Syracuse has to speed the game up and take Wisconsin out of its comfort zone in the half court. The Orange’s ability to turn Kansas State over 14 times helped it get out in front.WisconsinLooking back: Wisconsin’s defense stayed consistent in its first two NCAA Tournament games, allowing the Badgers to blow out Montana, 73-49, in the second round. UW then stifled No. 5 Vanderbilt – a popular pick to make the Final Four – in a 60-57 third-round win.Wisconsin’s offense vs. Syracuse’s defense: While Wisconsin is known for its defense, the Badgers are sneakily efficient on offense. UW’s nine turnovers per game, second-least in the nation, helps its cause on that end.Still, the Badgers are not going to match up well athletically against Syracuse’s long 2-3 zone. In Wisconsin’s only other game against a Big East school, the Badgers turned the ball over 12 times in a loss to Marquette. The keys for UW’s offense to be successful will be hitting 3s – Wisconsin shoots at a 36.2 percent clip from deep – and second-chance points. The Badgers average about 10 offensive rebounds per game.X-factor: Mike Bruesewitz. Head coach Bo Ryan said Bruesewitz was due, and the junior forward certainly got hot from 3-point range in Albuquerque, N.M., this past weekend. After failing to nail a trey in eight straight games – missing 14 in a row in that stretch – the 6-foot-6 forward made 4-of-6 in UW’s two games. He plays 25.7 minutes per game, so those contributions will be important.What Wisconsin needs to do to win: Convert on its second-chance opportunities. Kansas State grabbed 25 offensive rebounds against Syracuse on Saturday, but it scored just 20 second-chance points. Ryan Evans, Bruesewitz and Jared Berggren all average five or more rebounds per game, and what they do with the ones they grab on the offensive glass could determine who moves to the Elite Eight.No. 2 Ohio State (29-7) vs. No. 6 Cincinnati (26-10)Thursday, 9:45 p.m., TD Garden, CBSOhio StateLooking back: Ohio State cruised to a 78-59 win over No. 15 Loyola (Md.) in the second round to set up a matchup with No. 7 Gonzaga. The Buckeyes were challenged by the Bulldogs all game long, but they ultimately pulled away to earn a 73-66 win and move on to the Sweet 16.Ohio State’s offense vs. Cincinnati’s defense: The matchup between these in-state foes pits an Ohio State team loaded with offensive weapons against a stingy Cincinnati defense. Four Buckeyes players are averaging double figures in scoring in NCAA Tournament play, while the Bearcats have held their opponents to 70 points or fewer in their last 11 games.First-team All-American Jared Sullinger has been a force inside for the Buckeyes, averaging 17.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Deshaun Thomas has emerged as a big-time scoring threat in the tournament. He has poured in 24.5 points per game, nearly nine more than his regular-season average. With William Buford and Aaron Craft also capable scorers, OSU poses a tough matchup for the Bearcats.X Factor: William Buford. The guard is the lone senior on the Buckeyes roster. He is third on the team in scoring, second in assists and third in rebounding. In addition to his all-around game, he provides Ohio State with experience and veteran leadership that can often be valuable in pressure situations.What Ohio State needs to do to win: Get out in front early. If Ohio State can use its scoring power to jump out to an early lead, it should be in good position to advance to the Elite Eight. The Bearcats have played in two ugly games so far, overcoming poor shooting performances with defense. The Buckeyes won’t want to let Cincinnati hang around with a chance into the second half.CincinnatiLooking back: The Bearcats just got by No. 11 Texas in the second round of the tournament, holding off the Longhorns’ second-half comeback for a 65-59 victory. Cincinnati then upset No. 3 Florida State in the third round with a 62-56 win.Cincinnati’s offense vs. Ohio State’s defense: Cincinnati boasts talented threats in the paint and on the perimeter, but the Bearcats offense isn’t always efficient. Against Ohio State, UC might hit a roadblock. The Buckeyes are 14th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing a stingy 59.3 points per game. If the Bearcats are going to be successful, they’ll need Sean Kilpatrick to continue to knock down outside shots and Yancy Gates to maintain his status as a rebounding machine.X-factor: JaQuon Parker. When Parker finds his shooting stroke, the Cincinnati guard is another threat in the Bearcats’ offense, but he typically flies under the radar with Kilpatrick and Gates getting so much attention. Against Texas, Parker scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds. Against Florida State, he finished with nine points, and though he only went 2-of-8 from the field, he drained five of his six free throws.What Cincinnati needs to do to win: Limit Jared Sullinger. The Bearcats have to try and do what few teams have managed to do all year to beat Ohio State. Cincinnati has to find a way to contain Sullinger – no easy task, considering he is averaging 20.4 points over OSU’s last five games. If the Bearcats can find a way to stop Sullinger, they’ll have a shot at advancing to the Elite Eight. -Compiled by The Daily Orange Sports staff Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on March 19, 2012 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

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Funderburk, Trudo among those off field on Monday

first_img Published on August 12, 2013 at 2:51 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2 Six Syracuse players didn’t practice on Monday. A handful watched from the sideline — offensive guard Rob Trudo was off the field as Omari Palmer took his place in drills and linebacker Josh Kirkland watched from the side, as well. But the larger questions were about the ones who were absent, particularly a pair of transfers.Wide receiver Quinta Funderburk, an Arkansas transfer, and JUCO defensive lineman Tyler Marona were completely absent from Monday’s practice. Head coach Scott Shafer was vague as far as specifics, but he did cite injuries as the reason.“Nothing major,” Shafer said. “We’ve got a couple upper body, a couple lower body.”Defensive backs Josh Mims and Joe Stanard also did not practice on Monday. Stanard was injured last week, but Shafer didn’t say if the two were related.Shafer expressed confidence in the eventual returns of all six players who sat out on Monday. It’s nothing that should keep any of them out for an extended period of time, he said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Those kids will be good,” Shafer said. “They’ll be back when the time’s right. Nothing major, though. No surgeries — nothing like that. I feel good about them.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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AI project aims to improve negotiation skills

first_imgDoctoral candidate Emmanuel Johnson is collaborating with two professors to create a virtual human that can help low-income populations with learning negotiation skills. (Deanie Chen | Daily Trojan)Doctoral candidate and Fulbright Scholar Emmanuel Johnson is collaborating with Jonathan Gratch, the director of virtual human research at the Institute for Creative Technologies, and Peter Kim, a professor at the Marshall School of Business, to create virtual humans that can mimic the art of negotiation. The three are examining methods to develop a better understanding of the human psyche. The group hopes to publish a working model that can be used to teach low-income individuals negotiation tactics, according to Kim.“One of the goals [of] the [National Science Foundation] grant that we received is to help underrepresented minorities who wish to succeed in STEM-related fields,” Kim said. “And so one of the goals points to sorting organizations you want to join. You need some basic negotiation skills and to be able to negotiate jobs effectively as you enter into these organizations.”Johnson said that his motivation to conduct this research was based off of personal encounters with the negative effect of inexperienced negotiation in America and his home country of Liberia.“You think about a negotiation as something that we do every day. And so I saw it as a very critical skill to have, to teach, because many things have been negatively impacted by bad negotiations,” Johnson said. “We look at a lot of urban cities in America, even in Liberia, and so my thinking was, if you can teach people how to negotiate better, maybe I could help them not get taken advantage of.” The team has developed the virtual human using game theory principles as a foundation, while adding on self-learning techniques to improve the program’s response width. Johnson said the concept of game theory provides a strong starting point for reasoning about multi-agent decision-making. “Once we have a model based on game theory ideas, we can build a system using various AI techniques that responds in a very natural way, as well as make offers that are appropriate,” Johnson said. Although the research has many academic implications, according to Gratch, the team is optimistic about the virtual human’s applications in other practical areas.“We want to explore the idea that AI could negotiate a car for you, or your salary,” Gratch said. “So part of what we’re looking at is how the system negotiates on our behalf, and also the concept of negotiation as a new paradigm where machine and people can interact rather than a person versus machine.”  While conducting research with his colleagues, Johnson recalled all the valuable lessons he’s learned for his academics and his future career path.“I got guidance as well as the validity that the system that I’m building is actually teaching that something that can be taught in the classroom,” Johnson said. “As Professor Gratch and I think about how to design these systems, Professor Kim helps us make sure that is grounded in actual practice.” The virtual human is still undergoing simulation and tests and will require some time before it is ready for public appearance. However, the three are continuing to work on the model and hope to release the negotiating virtual human in the near future.last_img read more

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Air Warriors Stun First Bank to Reach Final

first_imgZenith B’ball LeagueNew kids on the block, Air Warriors of Abuja, produced a valiant effort on Wednesday to reach the final of the Zenith Bank Women’s Basketball League National Final 8 by beating perennial champions FirstBank 62-61.Both teams had won their previous four games in the Final 8 and their semi-final game was billed as the clash of titans. FirstBank, who had been unbeaten since 2015 and have won nine national titles, looked on course for another win as they took a 15-7 lead in the first quarter.The Lagos club increased the lead to 32-23 points at the end of the second quarter and did not let up in the third quarter, extending their advantage to 49-36.But the determined Air Warriors fought back from the 13-point deficit to tie 58-58 deep into the fourth quarter.Air Warriors took the lead (60-59) for the first time with just 38 seconds left on the clock and held on for the narrow win before a hugely excited audience at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.Although the Elephant Ladies tied the game again at 61-61 with 30 seconds left, Air Warriors were undaunted and won by one point to reach their first final.The final of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League Final 8 will be played on Thursday at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Lagos.With the win, Air Warriors have guaranteed a spot in the FIBA Africa Zone 3 Champions Cup qualifiers in Cotonou scheduled for 28 October to 3 November.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Essien touches down in Athens ahead of Panathinaikos move

first_imgFormer Ghana international Michael Essien arrived in Athens ahead of his one million euro signing to Panathinaikos to a rousing welcome.The Bison touched down at 7pm local time on Monday in the Greek capital and hundreds trooped to welcome him at the stadium. Also in attendance were officials of Panathinakois.Upon arrival, the former Chelsea midfielder expressed his delight at the fans who met him at the airport.“Just touched down in Athens and the love of the Panathenaikos fans was incredible,” Essien tweeted.Essien is expected to sign a 2 year deal for Panathinakois after the expiration of his 18-month contract with Italian giants, AC. MilanOne of the most feared midfielders in his prime, the player’s persistent knee injuries have caused him problems in recent years.  In two seasons, he made just 20 appearances for Milan after winning nine trophies with Chelsea from 2005 to 2014.  –last_img read more

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Lakers’ LeBron James talks conditioning, potentially playing without fans on podcast

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It would have been a homecoming for LeBron James – and although he’s played in Cleveland many times as both a Cavalier and an opponent, that’s not something he takes lightly.Instead, James was at home on Thursday, like most everyone else in California and so many people throughout the world during the COVID-19 outbreak that has shut down the NBA for the foreseeable future. It left James thinking about what work would have been like if he and the Lakers had been able to visit for their scheduled road game in Cleveland, and how he would have been able to see the 2016 championship banner he won there and been able to play in front of his friends and family.“That would have been so cool,” he said. “Kind of bummed out about that.”The NBA’s foremost figure has found himself entertaining the same kind of melancholy wishes that are shared around the country and world as millions have withdrawn from their daily routines to slow the spread of the virus. The Lakers are no exception: Players are in the midst of a two-week quarantine (two unnamed players have tested positive for the virus). The NBA has kept relatively tight-lipped about any strategies to return to play and shorten its postseason, but many theories have been proposed. James said he wished for at least a week-and-a-half of training camp and between five and 10 regular-season games before the playoffs begin.“One thing you can’t do is go straight into the playoffs,” he said.Almost all of the available strategies likely include a return to play without fans, something James initially spoke dismissively of at the outset of the coronavirus threat before changing his position and saying he would do it. But in the podcast, he also made clear that playing without fans would not be his preference. He suggested (perhaps tongue-in-cheek) that if the NBA plays without fans, games could be held in team practice facilities and live-streamed.“What is the word ‘sport’ without ‘fan’?” he said. “There’s no excitement. There’s no crying. There’s no joy. There’s no back-and-forth. There’s no rhyme or reason. You want to go on the road and dethrone the home team because of their fans, and vice versa. And that’s what also brings out the competitive side of the players, to know that you’re going out on the road in a hostile environment, and yes, you’re playing against the opponent in front of you, but you really want to kick the fans’ (butts) too.”The players have stayed in touch with the Lakers franchise through conference calls, and James said the team maintains a text message thread in which they keep in contact with one another. In the meantime, he’s tried to enjoy more time with his family, which he admitted is hard to do during the season.“When I’m away on the road, and we can indulge in trying to chase that championship quest,” he said. “(Quarantine has) given me an opportunity to kind of take advantage of being with my kids every day because they don’t have school. Being with my wife all the time. Being with my family. We’re just here every day, doing TikTok videos. Watching shows, doing movies, playing card games, doing Uno, doing all type of stuff. It’s been fun.”James has also stayed in touch with other projects: For “Taco Tuesday,” James’ I Promise School delivered tacos to 343 families in Akron, and he expects to do it again next week.James also said his sequel to “Space Jam” is coming along as well, slated for a June 2021 release. Most of the filming is done, and the animation work can be completed from home.“Being indoors is actually great for us,” he said. “We’re still on target. I’m looking forward to it. During this time right now, I wish we could release it right now.”center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersJames has holed up with his family in his Brentwood home, where he broadcasted on the “Road Trippin’” podcast on his Uninterrupted media platform with Richard Jefferson, Channing Frye and Spectrum’s Allie Clifton.While quarantine could be seen as rest from the grind of 63 regular-season games in which James has led the NBA in assists per game, he disagreed with that notion – suggesting that the abrupt suspension of the season could be difficult to come back from given his age.“My body was like, ‘Hey man, what the hell is going on. It’s March 13, you’re getting ready for the playoffs, why are you shutting down right now?’” he said. “And I was right there turning the corner, I felt like I was rounding third base and getting ready for the postseason. So the rest factor, I think it’s a little bit overly blown, especially when you’re in the full swing of things.”James has been giving regular public updates on social media platforms, including Instagram, Twitter and TikTok (where videos of him and his family dancing are regular fixtures). But James also said he’s training five times a week: He has home access to a gym and a hoop, an advantage over many players who typically rely on offsite conditioning at gyms and team facilities (the Lakers’ team facility in El Segundo has been closed since last week).James said he’s expecting to be able to return to work with Mike Mancias, his longtime trainer, by Monday. While he acknowledged he expects some players to return out of shape if the NBA is able to resume this season, he himself has sometimes done two workouts in a day out of restlessness: “It’s like I Am Legend right now.”last_img read more

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