Vettel to leave Ferrari at end of F1 season

first_imgFour-times Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel will leave Ferrari at the end of the season, the Italian team announced on Tuesday.”This is a decision taken jointly by ourselves and Sebastian, one which both parties feel is for the best,” team principal Mattia Binotto said in a statement.”It was not an easy decision to reach, given Sebastian’s worth as a driver and as a person.” “What’s been happening in these past few months has led many of us to reflect on what are our real priorities in life,” he added.Vettel said he would now take time “to reflect on what really matters when it comes to my future”.German media, who flagged up the departure on Monday night, reported Vettel had rejected the terms being offered by Ferrari.Italy’s Gazetta dello Sport newspaper recently reported Vettel, who won 14 races with the team and is their third most successful driver, had been offered a one-year extension with a salary reduction.The German, who won his titles with Red Bull, told reporters last month he could have a new deal done before the start of a season delayed by the coronavirus outbreak.Ferrari had also said the German was their first choice to partner Charles Leclerc.Binotto said there was no one reason that led to the split “apart from the common and amicable belief that the time had come to go our separate ways in order to reach our respective objectives”.Leclerc, who won two races last year and is only 22, has a contract until 2024 and is seen as Ferrari’s future and likely first champion since Kimi Raikkonen in 2007.The Monegasque outperformed Vettel last year in his first season at Ferrari, finishing ahead of him overall and taking more points, poles, podiums and wins.Australian Daniel Ricciardo, at Renault, and McLaren’s Spaniard Carlos Sainz have been installed as the leading candidates to take one of the most coveted seats on the grid.Six-times world champion Lewis Hamilton has also been linked to Ferrari but has repeatedly indicated he intends to stay with Mercedes.  Vettel, who joined in 2015 with the dream of emulating boyhood hero Michael Schumacher in winning titles with the sport’s oldest and most glamorous team, is out of contract at the end of the year.Where the 32-year-old German will go now, and indeed whether he will remain in a sport whose delayed season has yet to start due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are the big questions.”The team and I have realized that there is no longer a common desire to stay together beyond the end of this season,” Vettel said.”Financial matters have played no part in this joint decision. That’s not the way I think when it comes to making certain choices and it never will be.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech names Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney as his toughest opponent

first_imgChelsea hero Cech has hailed Manchester United legend Rooney (Picture: Getty)Rooney, who is now playing for Championship club Derby County, remains the record goalscorer for both Manchester United and England.Cech, meanwhile, also said he would ‘not change a thing’ from his 11-year stint at Chelsea.‘When I look back, I’m happy for the good things, I’m obviously not happy with the things that didn’t go exactly as we wanted, but they played an important part, so I wouldn’t change a thing,’ the 37-year-old added.‘It was a great journey. I really enjoyed it. If I had the chance, I would do it all over again.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Chelsea stars blanked Christian Pulisic on team bus before first training sessionMORE: Paul Merson sends message to Manchester United transfer target Jack Grealish Comment Former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech names Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney as his toughest opponent Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 May 2020 6:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares Advertisement Petr Cech has hailed Wayne Rooney as his toughest Premier League opponent (Picture: Getty)Former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has named Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney as his toughest opponent.Cech made close to 500 appearances for Chelsea and won four Premier League titles and the Champions League at Stamford Bridge after signing from Rennes in 2004.The Czech Republic legend left Chelsea in 2015 to join Premier League rivals Arsenal and went on to become a key player for the Gunners before retiring last year.Cech is considered one of the best goalkeepers in Premier League history and has explained why former Manchester United and England forward Rooney was the player he was ‘most wary of’.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Wayne Rooney,’ Cech told Chelsea’s official website. ‘Every time we played against United I had to make sure I was aware every time he had the ball, because he was very unpredictable and very clever.‘He is a guy who can chase, who can fight, who can run, who is clever with his shot.‘He could score from the halfway line, he could try and chip you if you were too high. That was a challenge I enjoyed.’last_img read more

Dutch pensions regulator clarifies reasons for ‘reliability-check’ failures

first_imgThe Dutch pensions regulator, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), has explained that it rejects candidates for positions on pension funds’ boards only when those candidates omit “important” information on their CVs. The DNB, in a Q&A on its so-called ‘reliability check’ for trustees, said merely forgetting to provide information would not, in and of itself, trigger a rejection.It also stressed that it carefully considered the content and seriousness of any CV omission, as well as its connection with the sought-after position, although it added that the “attitude, explanation and response” of the person in question could also affect its final judgment.Last month, the supervisor ordered Joanne de Graaff, a professional pension fund trustee, to resign after she failed its reliability check over what she dismissed as a “technicality”. De Graaff claims she mistakenly failed to mention in her CV that she had been a board member of the Pensioen Coöperatie – an initiative to provide pension funds the benefits of scale through cooperation – which went bust in 2009.Although she conceded this had been a “stupid mistake”, she stressed that there had been no evidence of any wrongdoing.The reliability test was conducted during her reappointment as a member of the supervisory board at SPT, the €1.6bn occupational pension fund for dentists and dental specialists.De Graaff – who also served as a board member on Zoetwaren, the €1.8bn pension fund for confectioners – said she felt “hurt” by the regulator’s decision, and questioned whether it had anything to do with her being “outspoken” about supervision, particularly as applied by the communications watchdog AFM.Last year, she described mandatory texts in the uniform pension statement (UPO), as prescribed by the AFM, as “backward”.Over the last four years, more than 50 applicants have failed reliability checks for various positions at Dutch pension funds, according to the DNB’s own figures, released in January.These rulings included the case of Jan van Walsem, who claimed the watchdog forced him to step down as chairman of the €5bn pension fund for painters and decorators (Schilders) for having “the wrong attitude”.According to Van Walsem, he had not been “sufficiently obliging” with respect to the regulator’s recommendations.last_img read more

Extensive renovation takes Gold Coast estate from dated to daring

first_img You’ll feel like royalty in this property. A Swarovski crystal chandelier gives it a touch of glamour. It won’t be hard to get out of bed each day in this bedroom.For example, Mr Wiltshire said the parquetry was all hand-laid while all the cabinetry was custom-made to suit the house.“It’s been an extensive renovation and it’s had a lot of difficulties along the way as well,” he said.“The process itself has been a very long one but we’re very happy with how it’s ended up.”Bright wallpapers, ornate ceilings and feature light fixtures, including a Swarovski crystal chandelier, distinguish the home.A formal living and dining area, family room and kitchen are at its heart, all of which open onto a wraparound terrace.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoA bar in the foyer, sunken lounge room and wine cellar complete the ground floor.The second level is home to the main bedroom with two walk-in wardrobes and an ensuite that opens onto a balcony. You’ll want to jump straight in that bath. There is plenty of space to entertain or soak up the sun outside. Entertaining guests will be a breeze under the pavilion.There are three other bedrooms on the upper floor, each of which have ensuites.Outside, a Florida-style pool takes centre stage while a pavilion with a barbecue, pizza oven and bar fridges is perfect for entertaining guests.“It’s an unbelievable place to entertain,” Mr Wiltshire said.He couldn’t decide whether the pavilion or kitchen, which was “incredible to cook in”, was his favourite part of the home.Mr Wiltshire said it would be sad to say goodbye to the property but it was the right time for the family.“We do love it, it’s been a passion for a long time,” he said.The marketing agents are calling for expressions of interest in the property until October 4. The Gilston property at 25 Fyfes Rd has a quirky style.MOVE over modern mega-mansions, one extravagant and eclectic estate is about to steal the limelight.And the best part is, it has a history as colourful as its vibrant interior.The Spanish mission-style property at 25 Fyfes Rd, Gilston, is unlike any other on the Gold Coast.Built by a Malaysian prince in the 1970s, it has a unique character that has been protected by multiple owners over the years.It was also known as one of the Coast’s most notorious party houses after ‘pyjama party king’ and property developer Bernie Elsey bought it in the 1980s. It has a history as colourful as its interior. Vibrant wallpaper is one of its highlights. Ornate ceilings are also a standout feature.In more recent years, it has been home to Gold Coast lawyer Andrew Wiltshire, his wife Alanna and their children.They bought it six years ago, attracted to its unusual style, with the intension of making it a family home.“We bought it with the view of renovating it (but) we wanted to maintain the character of the home,” Mr Wiltshire said.“It’s taken, on and off, probably about four years to renovate.”They spared no expense in the home’s transformation, which has taken its style from dated to daring.They changed its floorplan, moving into a four-bedroom self-contained guesthouse on the grounds while work was underway, and carefully considered every inch of its details. MORE NEWS: Would you pay almost $5 million to bulldoze a house? MORE NEWS: Agents’ open house ‘horror’ stories revealedlast_img read more

Bulldogs Fall To Dragons In Baseball Action

first_imgThe Bulldogs drop 7-4 game to New Palestine despite efforts of Bryan Hoeing.Bulldogs vs. New Palestine Varsity Baseball (5-8)Bryan Hoeing went 1-3, but the Bulldogs still fell to New Palestine 7-4 in seven innings on Thursday.Hoeing reached base two times in the game for the Bulldogs. He tripled in the seventh inning.Wyatt Schebler shut down New Palestine while he was on the bump. Schebler held New Palestine hitless over 2 2/3 innings, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out one.Andy Edwards got it done on the mound on the way to a win. He allowed three runs over five innings. Edwards struck out three, walked four and gave up five hits.Brett Westerfeld ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He allowed seven runs in 3 1/3 innings, walked three and struck out one.The top of the second saw the Bulldogs take an early lead, 1-0.New Palestine survived the Bulldogs’ surge and put up one run of its own in the second. New Palestine scored on an RBI single by Wes McBride.New Palestine didn’t relinquish the lead after scoring five runs in the fourth inning when it scored on a groundout by Braden Roberts and an RBI triple by Keegan Watson.After pushing across one run in the top of the seventh, the Bulldogs faced just a 7-4 deficit. An RBI single by Westerfeld fueled the Bulldogs’ comeback. But it was not enough to overcome the Dragons.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Alex Davis.last_img read more

Tammy Abraham set to pen Chelsea new deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea sink Brighton to make winning start Tammy Abraham is close to signing fresh terms with Chelsea.The 21-year-old England international has been prolific under Frank Lampard, netting nine goals in 11 appearances.And it looks like he’ll be rewarded with a lucrative new contract that will significantly increase his current £50,000 per week wage packet.Abraham’s contract is set to expire in June 2022, but Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano says a new one is in the pipeline.“Chelsea are ‘close to an agreement’ and ‘more than confident’ to extend Tammy Abraham contract. Totally confirmed,” Romano wrote on Twitter. Tags: ChelseaTammy Abrahamlast_img

The Latest: Canadiens temporarily lay off 60% of employees

first_img March 24, 2020 Governing body European Professional Club Rugby announced the decision a day after a conference call by the board.The Champions Cup and second-tier Challenge Cup had already suspended the quarterfinals scheduled for next month. Now the semifinals on May 1-3 and the finals in Marseille set for May 22-23 are off.EPCR says it “remains committed to completing the 2019-20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season.”___The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will start Thursday as planned in northeastern Fukushima prefecture but with no torch, no torchbearers and no public because of the coronavirus outbreak. Japan’s NHK public television says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose a one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics during talks with IOC President Thomas Bach.Abe says a postponement is unavoidable if the 2020 Games cannot be held in a complete manner amid the coronavirus pandemic.Abe held telephone talks with Bach after IOC said it would make a decision on the Tokyo Games over the next four weeks.___The European club rugby finals in May have been suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. World Athletics says it is talking with organizers about “alternative dates, including dates in 2022.”The championships in Eugene are due to run from Aug. 6-15, 2021. That would conflict with the Olympics if the same July-August slot as originally planned for 2020 is used next year.World Athletics adds that it is looking at a new qualification system to account for the postponement and for the havoc wreaked on the 2020 schedule by the coronavirus outbreak.___The president of the International Paralympic Committee says postponing the Olympics and Paralympics to 2021 was “the only logical option.” The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100%” to his proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bach had previously said the IOC would make an announcement about postponing the 2020 Olympics in the next four weeks.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Montreal Canadiens are temporarily laying off 60% of employees while the National Hockey League season is suspended. Associated Press Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment CEO Scott O’Neil announced the move in a letter posted on the Devils’ website.The cuts are scheduled to last for three months and will amount to roughly 6% of the employees’ yearly salary if the pandemic subsides.The Devils of the NHL and the Sixers of the NBA are owned by Josh Harris and David Blitzer, who are the founders of HBSE.___Modern pentathlon has canceled the remainder of its World Cup season and postponed the world championships from May to September or October. Taiwan’s professional baseball league has set April 11 as the revised date for opening day.The start of the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball League’s season has been delayed twice this month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The CPBL’s website says the opening game would go ahead in a closed stadium but there could be up to 150 season ticket holders allowed entry under strict social distancing guidelines if the government approves.Sports leagues across Asia have been postponed or suspended because of the virus outbreak. The professional baseball and soccer leagues in Japan are aiming to start or resume their seasons in late April.___ The Paralympics are governed by the same contract as the Tokyo Olympics.IPC president Andrew Parsons says “by taking this decision now, everyone involved in the Paralympic Movement, including all Para athletes, can fully focus on their own health and well-being and staying safe during this unprecedented and difficult time.”___USA Cycling chief executive Rob DeMartini tells The Associated Press that athletes were surveyed over the weekend by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and that the consensus was that postponing the Tokyo Games was the correct call.DeMartini says “training disruption and qualification challenges are too big to overcome even if the environment returns to a degree of normal by late summer.” In a statement, the group said that while it commended the IOC for its decision, it also pressed the committee to engage with athletes while deciding on a new date for the Olympics.The statement said, “As shown over the past several weeks, no athletes, no Games.”___World swimming body FINA says it will talk to the Japanese organizers of the 2021 world championships about a possible schedule clash with the Tokyo Olympics.The championships are planned for July 16-Aug. 1 in Fukuoka.center_img DeMartini says that he is a fan of a “soonest possible” reschedule but not until the situation is a bit more predictable. That could mean early in 2021 or an Olympics that is pushed into the fall of next year.DeMartini says “we just need to be sure everything is being done to protect their safety.”___IOC president Thomas Bach says he did not discuss new dates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.One option would be July 23-Aug. 8. That is exactly one year from the now-postponed July 24-Aug. 9 dates. Bach says the exact dates is a question for the Tokyo organizing committee and an International Olympic Committee panel overseeing the preparations.Swimming and track have their biennial world championships scheduled to start in July or August 2021.___IOC president Thomas Bach says “alarming figures” in the past few days about the coronavirus were key to deciding the Tokyo Olympics must be postponed.Bach cites the World Health Organization “saying in the last couple of hours that Africa has to prepare for the worst.” The IOC has been advised by the WHO, which said Monday the pandemic is accelerating.Bach says the original health issue for hosting the Tokyo Olympics was “could Japan offer a safe welcome” and the IOC was confident it could.___The Tokyo Olympics have been officially postponed until 2021.The International Olympic Committee along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers have decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. If an exact one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics is agreed upon, it would take place July 23-Aug. 8.FINA says talks with Japanese officials will “determine flexibility around the dates of the competition, if necessary and in agreement with the IOC.”The governing body cites priorities including “athlete wellbeing and maximizing opportunities for aquatics stars to compete at the highest level.”___The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers have cut salaries for employees making more than $100,000 and put them on a four-day work week as the franchises deal with the impact of the coronavirus. The four remaining World Cups — two in Sofia, Bulgaria, another in Budapest, Hungary, and the final in Seoul — had already been pushed to May and June but have now been officially canceled.The worlds, relocated from Xiamen, China, to Cancun, Mexico, and set for May 25-31, were rescheduled. The new dates were to be determined.Governing body UIPM says it welcomed the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics and will finalize plans to revise qualification.___The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, could be moved from 2021 to 2022 after the Olympics were postponed. The Latest: Canadiens temporarily lay off 60% of employees Groupe CH, which owns hockey’s most storied club, says the layoffs go into effect March 30. Groupe CH also is establishing a $6 million assistance fund that will enhance employment insurance to make sure employees receive 80% of their salary for the following eight weeks and be available for loans to employees.Owner Geoff Molson says: “We are working extremely hard to limit the impact this situation will have on our employees.”___One of the key worldwide athlete groups that called for postponement of the Tokyo Games termed the IOC’s announcement a “bittersweet victory.”The group Global Athlete says it was appropriate for the International Olympic Committee to make the call Tuesday, instead of on a four-week timeline that it had suggested over the weekend. There will be an Olympic flame carried in a lantern and transported by a vehicle along what organizers hope will be empty roadsides.The Tokyo Games and the relay have been caught in limbo since International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said four weeks were needed to decide on an inevitable postponement of the planned opening on July 24. He has ruled out a cancellation.___Australian soccer’s A-League has suspended its season indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.That brings an end to all professional football competitions in Australia and New Zealand. Football Federation Australia chief executive James Johnson says the latest measures imposed by the federal government made it impossible for the A-League to continue. The league had only a few regular-season games remaining before the playoffs. Johnson said the postponement will be reviewed on April 22.Johnson says “as a national competition played in all parts of Australia, as well as New Zealand, mission complicated became mission impossible.”Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Melbourne City at an empty stadium on Monday was the last game completed. Sydney FC leads the standings with 48 points after 20 games.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Pathway to Success: Junior transfer Staats arrives at Syracuse after long journey filled with loss, injury, growth

first_imgEach time Randy Staats dresses before a game, he’s greeted with the reminders of what turned him into this player.On his right shin is a winged No. 45 tattoo — a permanent reminder of a friend and the reason he wears the number. On his left leg, a bit higher up, is a scar on his knee — the remnants of a pair of surgeries that made him more than just raw talent.And the lacrosse stick that he holds in his hand — which used to be all that mattered for Syracuse’s newest star — is now just what matters most.Those are all part of why he’s just now arriving at Syracuse. Any player who ends up going through the junior college ranks to get to the Division I level, as Staats did for the past two seasons at Onondaga Community College, has a story. For some it may be grades, personal issues or size.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor Staats, it’s maturity. He didn’t work hard, but for a while he didn’t have to. Add in a pair of knee surgeries and a friend’s tragic death, and he’s had to grow up fast to finally join No. 2 Syracuse this season.“I just did everything in my power to be who I am right now,” Staats said. Luke Rafferty | Video EditorJust like it always had for former Syracuse star and cousin Cody Jamieson, lacrosse came easy for Staats. Like any other Iroquois boy, he had a miniature wooden lacrosse stick in his crib and started playing when he was 2 years old.Staats’ dad, Marty, a former box lacrosse player, introduced him to the game, but Jamieson quickly became his idol.Jamieson was 6 years older than Staats and was the best player in town. He always wore No. 88 — so Staats did, too.Without professional stars to look up to, the best kid in town becomes iconic. Jamieson wore it because a talented kid a handful of years older wore it. It wasn’t much longer before Staats was one of those.He made his way off the Six Nations reservation in Ontario for his freshman year of high school at The Hill Academy, a boarding school in Vaughan, Ontario. That was where he started to turn heads.There was plenty of talent at The Hill — Denver midfielder Jeremy Noble and Georgetown’s Travis Comeau played there, too — but Staats had something special.“A lot of players, even though he was younger, kind of looked up to Randy because he played at such a high level,” Hill Academy head coach Brodie Merrill said.His roommate, Jamieson Kuhlmann, couldn’t have been more different. Staats has an outgoing personality and an infectious smile, but also brings a certain swagger to the field. The game came so easy, so why shouldn’t he be confident?Kuhlmann, on the other hand, was one of the less experienced players at The Hill. A bit more shy and reserved, Merrill said.Photo Illustration by Drew Osumi | Staff Photographer Staats helped Kulhmann come out of his shell. He gave him the nickname, “Jammer,” and helped him become part of the tight-knit group that the first Hill Academy team was.“I think (Kuhlmann) really progressed and grew as a player and as a person through that experience,” Merrill said.That spring, The Hill traveled to Baltimore to face future Tewaaraton-winner Steele Stanwick and Loyola Blakefield, the No. 1 team in the nation. Merrill said Staats was the best player on the field.But it couldn’t last. The Hill was a bit too rigid for Staats. He was becoming a transcendent player, but he still had plenty of room to grow as a person.Before the next season began, he returned to Six Nations where he would play for McKinnon Park Secondary School in Caledonia, Ontario.It became not fun for me anymore, so I went back home. If I went there as a junior I’m sure I would’ve excelled, but I was just pretty immature at the time.Randy Staats, SU Attack/MidfielderIt didn’t get any easier for Staats that summer, when he lost his friend.After The Hill Academy’s first season, Kuhlmann was playing for the Toronto Beaches in the Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League, when an on-field collision knocked him unconscious on the field and into a coma.He died two days later.Staats honors him with the tattoo on his right shin and will wear No. 45 for the Orange this season.“All the guys were really tight, so it was a devastating loss,” Merrill said. “They kind of came to The Hill to maybe get away from some of the stuff that was happening at home and to choose a different path, so there was a unique connection for all of the guys.”Back in Six Nations, Staats still played some field lacrosse, but box lacrosse was the game of choice.Even in the deeply talented community, Staats was one of the best.“His skill level was there,” Jamieson said. “His maturity level wasn’t.”He was always bigger and stronger than most kids his age, and he definitely had some good genes. His dad was a great box lacrosse player and coached the Canadian Lacrosse League’s Iroquois Ironmen. The star, though, was Jamieson. He was the one who put up ridiculous numbers at OCC, and the one who had just scored the national championship-winning goal in overtime for Syracuse. All during his first season, and only his sixth game. SU hasn’t won a title since.But in 2008, Staats was just a 15-year-old like any other 15-year-old in Six Nations. He loved lacrosse. He wanted to make his own name, but he idolized the star in town, which just happened to be his cousin.Jamieson had become one of the biggest names in lacrosse, so his opinion carried a lot of weight within the Six Nations Arrows of the Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League. His word was enough to get Staats onto the team.Staats couldn’t wear No. 88 anymore, though — he was finally Jamieson’s teammate. He chose No. 83 because it was similar, but different enough to be his own.“Now kids are looking up to Randy and wear No. 83 and that’s awesome,” Jamieson said.There were times when he was as dominant as he was against kids his age, but he spent that summer growing. It was that same summer that he became one of three 15-year-olds to join the Iroquois Nationals under-19 team.Along with Lyle Thompson and Warren Hill, Staats helped lead the Nationals to a third-place finish at the Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships. Staats and Thompson played on the first line together and Hill was the team’s top goaltender.When Staats returned to the Arrows just in time for postseason play, he was a different player. He wasn’t as shy on the field and in Game 6 of the championship series he scored an overtime goal to extend the season.“That was probably my biggest junior career goal,” Staats said. “One of them, anyway.”So his swagger was understandable. He’d made a shot bigger than most people will make in their lives as a 15-year-old. He was playing competitive lacrosse with some of the sport’s biggest superstars. It was only a matter of time until he was one of the biggest names himself.In January 2010, though, that came crashing down. He was playing in a tournament down in Florida. He tried a dodge and tore his ACL.That injury kept him out for a year. During the fall he started playing again. Once again, he tore his ACL.Two full seasons without lacrosse. He missed both the 2010 and 2011 OLA seasons. Division I stardom was once a certainty. Now he’d need a pit stop at OCC.But it made him grow up. He never had to work this hard on a lacrosse field before.“I kind of just thought that lacrosse would always be there for me,” Staats said. “I kind of just took it for granted, and once it left me for two years I was pretty lonely and I was pretty desperate. “I just never wanted to feel like that ever again.”He didn’t have the same explosiveness that he did before the injuries, but everything else was improved. His knowledge of the game was still there and he’d continued to improve his shooting, passing and stick skills.He didn’t waste any time putting himself back on the map at OCC. He broke Jamieson’s single-season scoring record in 2013 and helped the Lazers to back-to-back national championships.“On the field, I couldn’t stand him,” said SU faceoff specialist Mike Iacono, who played against Staats in the 2012 and 2013 JUCO national championship. “Every time he gets the ball he scores. What the hell kind of crap is this?”Unlike most JUCO transfers, Staats wasn’t able to get on the field during the fall. It was a final hurdle that he had to cross in his long journey to Syracuse.He wasn’t always a lock to be in orange — he was close to 50-50 between Maryland and SU — but it’s a perfect fit. His cousin won the last national championship for SU, and the school has a rich tradition of Native American players.He’s always had the talent to succeed at Syracuse. Now he has the maturity, too.“I’m just excited to play for Syracuse,” Staats said. “I’ve been waiting a while to step on the field with all these guys.” Comments Published on February 13, 2014 at 1:30 am Contact David: | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Viterbi hosts National Engineering Week

first_imgThe Viterbi School of Engineering and the Klein Institute for Undergraduate Engineering Life programming committee hosted Engineering Week as part of National Engineers Week, a week in February dedicated to raising awareness of the positive contributions engineers make to society.Christine D’Arcy, assistant director of student engagement and career connections at Viterbi, said the events this year covered social, community outreach, academic and career aspects.“We have fun social events, just to bring the community together and celebrate all of the hard work everyone puts into engineering. We also have academic events, like the quiz bowl, testing your knowledge,” D’Arcy said.National Engineers Week was started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers in conjunction with George Washington’s birthday. Washington is considered the nation’s first engineer, notably for his survey work.“[E-Week celebrations] have changed over the years; some years we do more stuff than others, but the last couple of years, the KIUEL programming committee has taken on programming for students for the week,” said D’Arcy.D’Arcy said the outreach events have been an important part of E-Week for a long time.“We’ve been doing Discover Engineering Day with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and then this year is the first year we’ve done something for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day,” D’Arcy said. “So we had about 30 middle school students from Englewood here to learn about circuits and computers. We’re doing a workshop on pitching and presenting, which is all the important skills engineers need to be successful.”KIEUL was established to provide Viterbi undergraduates a variety of personal and professional activities that will enhance undergraduate engineering student life experiences outside the classroom.“This year is probably one of the biggest planning committees we’ve had in recent years.  We have students from all majors and years participating in the planning committee. It’s really representative of all the different types of students we have here at Viterbi,” D’Arcy said.Betty Stearns, marketing coordinator of the KIEUL programming committee, said she knows a lot of people are looking forward to Viterbi Ball because it’s during midterm season and it gives them something to look forward to.“This year, we stepped up our social media game a lot,” Stearns said. “All of our events have had a higher attendance, especially Viterbi Ball — we sold out much quicker. The Kickoff Carnival was really successful and done very professionally.”Viterbi Ball is a formal dance that gives engineering students the opportunity to listen to good music, unwind with friends, and make lasting memories of their undergraduate experience at USC.“One of the things we advertise for E-Week is that it’s a fun opportunity for engineers to get out of their hole that they go into when they study and just have fun with other engineers,” said Stephanie Ego, secretary of the KIEUL programming committee. “We have Viterbi Ball and it’s against the stereotype of what people usually think of what engineers do or don’t do.”D’Arcy said they invited a couple of new speakers this year from companies such as Tech Talks by SanDisk and Facebook.Jonathan Mooser, a senior engineer on the Feeds Ads team at Facebook and a graduate of the PhD program at Viterbi, spoke about how his experience at USC has helped shape his career aspirations.“Who you work with is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make,” Mooser said during his presentation. “The real reason I left my first job is that the whole company is run by marketers and not engineers, and that there was no upfront heavy investment in technology.”D’Arcy discussed how Viterbi events centered around career programs are meant to help students have an easier time post-graduation.“The career related events make students think about what they want to do after they graduate and how they’re going to make an impact on the field of engineering after they leave USC,” said D’Arcy.last_img read more

Tipp champions Burgess Duharra in Munster final action

first_imgThis afternoon’s big game sees Tipperary senior club camogie champions Burgess Duharra face Clare Champions Inagh Kilnamona.Burgess Duharra, off the back of their 6-in-a-row in Tipp, are going for 2-in-a-row in Munster and the Clare opponents stand in their way.Inagh are in their first ever Munster camogie final at this level. Photo: Tipp FM / Stephen Gleeson And Burgess Captain says while it’s great that they get to play in such a large venue, the result is the most important thing…Throw in at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick is at 2 o’clock and Tipp FM’s live coverage comes in association with Munster Van Centre Cahir.last_img