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With increased production, Syracuse finds consistency in first line

first_imgSyracuse’s first midfield line is one of the youngest in the country.The most experienced player, Jamie Trimboli, is a sophomore who didn’t start until the sixth game of his freshman season. Then there’s the two freshmen. Tucker Dordevic, who was playing Oregon high school lacrosse less than a year ago, has started all 11 games. Brendan Curry, the son of SU legend Todd Curry, has started the last six.Though the three haven’t played together long, they still complement each other well, they said. Trimboli provides elite shooting ability, Dordevic employs power and Curry utilizes speed.Since Curry joined the top group against Rutgers on March 18, the top line has combined for 31 points, accounting for roughly 30 percent of Syracuse’s offensive production in its last six games. No. 9 Syracuse (7-4, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) has won four of the games, with its two losses coming to Rutgers and Cornell, which are both currently ranked in the Top 10. As the regular season enters the homestretch with the Orange hosting No. 14 Navy (8-4, 7-1 Patriot league), SU’s first line is only improving.“I think at this point, age isn’t really a number anymore,” Curry said. “We are playing. So you just kind of have to step up.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast season, Trimboli’s 10 starts marked the first time a freshman SU offensive player reached double digit starts since 2006. Trimboli entered 2018 as the expected leader of the midfield. And with two freshmen likely to breach 10 starts as Trimboli did a year ago, Trimboli has been the mainstay.He’s tied for third on the team in goals (16) and solely ranks third in assists (9) while tallying a point in every game this season. He’s had multi-point games in nine of 11 games, including five games in which he tallied three points.“He has taken somewhat of a leadership role,” SU head coach John Desko said. “He knew his role coming in. He’s going to have to be the guy in the midfield, especially when he has freshman as bookends on either side of him.”Trimboli’s breakout moment didn’t come this season. It couldn’t. A game-winning goal in his first ever start again Duke in 2017 covered that. His linemates, however, have emerged throughout the season.Against then-No. 3 Virginia, Dordevic took over. He scored three goals in the first three quarters, two of which came off roll dodges and the other on a spot shot. With less than 20 seconds left in the game and Virginia streaking on a four-goal run, SU’s drawn up play failed.Instead, the ball ended up in Dordevic’s stick at the top corner of the restraining box. He charged at the UVA defender, leveraged his body with a fake left and spun back to his right. Out of the roll dodge, Dordevic scored on the run and sealed the game for SU.“You know Tuck, he’s kind of a wild card,” Trimboli said. “He goes wherever he wants. When he’s going down one way you can’t follow him and get in his way because you know he can stop on a dime and come back any time.”A little more than a month later, the group’s newest member, Curry, had the hot hand. Last Saturday against North Carolina, Curry matched his season-high with three points. He put up the same numbers against then-No. 3 Duke in March, but the game against UNC was different.In his sixth start of the season, the freshman midfielder scored twice in the final two minutes, sending the game to overtime. Both goals came from raw speed.First, Curry took off from the midfield and sprinted straight down the alley, leaving a defender behind around the 25-yard line and scoring on the run. On his second goal, Curry utilized the space outside the hash marks, accelerating into the top-side of UNC’s defense before tying the game. In both cases, the Tar Heels failed to account for his speed.On SU’s first possession in the extended period, UNC overcompensated. As soon as Curry gained half a step on his defender, a UNC defender hedged, leaving a hole on the crease which Brendan Bomberry filled and subsequently finished the game-winner.“Brendan likes to use his speed and sweep around the end,” Trimboli said. “So you want to get through all the way to the end and put yourself to the back side.“It’s just chemistry. We’ve been playing for a couple weeks now.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 18, 2018 at 11:45 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44last_img read more

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Church Groups in Haiti to Stage “Silent March” As Protests Continue

first_imgPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – The Haitian Conference of Religious (CHR) has announced plans for a “national silent march” across the country on Tuesday as it warned of the “unprecedented humanitarian crisis” as opposition forces demand the resignation of President Jovenel Moise.In a statement, the CHR said that it has taken note of the “unprecedented humanitarian crisis in which the country is in the process of tipping over” and the situation “is the result of a much deeper crisis affecting the very foundations of our coexistence in its political, economic, social and religious dimensions”.It has also been critical of the “total bankruptcy of our republican institutions – the executive, the legislature and the judiciary – and the responsibility of our political, intellectual and economic elites in the deterioration of the situation”.The religious group said, as a result, it was calling “on the conscience of everyone, especially the head of the executive power to take note of the seriousness of the hour and make a wise decision for Haiti accordingly.“Due to the insensitivity and indifference of different political actors to the future of the country, because of the general climate of insecurity, we find ourselves obliged to keep the doors of our institutions closed. Until a happy outcome of the crisis is found in the best time,” it said.The CHR said that at a time when Pope Francis invites “us in his prayer to be witnesses of the Gospel, courageous and ardent so that the mission entrusted to the Church, we decide to make two symbolic gestures but very significant“We are in solidarity with the victims of this crisis that has already lasted too long, by donating blood to the Haitian Red Cross, visit of hospitals for the delivery of the product of our collection of drugs and medical equipment.“In deep communion and in permanent solidarity with our suffering people, we will walk in silence from 9:00 am on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, in all major cities of the country to pray, celebrate our faith and implore Divine graces on our country and our people.“We will go from the church of Christ the King to go the sanctuary of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at Bel-Air and finish with a Eucharistic celebration to be presided over by our Archbishop.“We invite the clergy of our ten dioceses and the faithful Catholics, members of all other religious denominations, all socio-professional sectors, all men and women of goodwill to join us in raising the cry of our pains,” the CHR said in its statement.Meanwhile, teachers are expected to stay away from classes on Monday as their unions urge them to participate “in a peaceful march…to demand the resignation of the Head of State and the reopening of schools”.The political and economic crisis in Haiti was triggered by the publication in January 2019 of a report on the Venezuela-funded PetroCaribe Oil initiative, under which Caracas provided oil and other petroleum products to Haiti under a preferential agreement.Moise, who came to power in 2017, has denied any wrongdoing and has named former prime minister Evans Paul to head a team that would hold discussions with all stakeholders to discuss a way forward.Moise has urged Haitians to “identify their real enemies’ and again warned that the system which deprives the country of developing is alive and well in the country.“The system has the capacity to regenerate each time. The people must be able to identify their real enemies,” he said last week, adding “this system that generates misery, poverty, exclusion, has come to an end and we must work together to prevent it from regenerating”.Last week, CARICOM said it was “deeply concerned” over the protracted political crisis in Haiti and that it is still awaiting a response from President Moise for a good offices Prime Ministerial delegation to visit.The decision to send a delegation comprising, CARICOM Chairman and St. Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the Bahamas Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis had been taken at the CARICOM Summit held in St. Lucia in July this year.last_img read more

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William Hill reduces cashburn as focus shifts to reopenings

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit Share StumbleUpon William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 William Hill has reduced its ‘cashburn’ and further restructured terms on its debt bonds, as the company secures full financial flexibility navigating COVID-19 headwinds.Publishing both a Q1 trading update for the unaudited 17 weeks to 28 April 2020 as well as a COVID-19 update, William Hill revealed that retail closures, a drop in sports betting markets and international coronavirus lockdowns had hampered operations during the period.The operator divided its update into a pre-Coronavirus period (the period to 10 March), and the COVID-19 impacted period (period from 11 March – 28 April).Prior to international lockdowns, group total net revenue fell by 5%. US operations continued to drive growth, with a 26% increase in sportsbook amounts wagered, and a 30% increase in total net revenues.Sportsbook amount wagered fell by 6% for the group’s online division, with a 7% growth in UK online total net revenues.In the period from 11 March – 28 April, William Hill revealed a 57% slump in group-wide total net revenue driven by a combination of retail closures, a drop in sports betting markets and international coronavirus lockdowns.The operator also confirmed that it is targeting a H2 ‘phased reopening’ of its retail estate across the UK, and is ‘carefully monitoring developments across the US in the nine states where it is in operation.The drop in online sports wagers was ‘less than anticipated’ for the group, with customers ‘continuing to place bets on alternative products such as table tennis and emerging market football’.Total net revenue in the US took the largest hit, having fallen by 90% in the seven weeks to April 28, while retail like-for-like dropped by 85%.The operator currently offers online sports betting across four states, and confirmed that it ‘will be launching online casino in the second half of the year’.Ulrik Bengtsson, CEO, commented: “William Hill has overcome many challenges in its 86-year history, and I am exceptionally proud of the team and their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have worked hard to protect them, and in turn they have done the same for our customers.“We reacted quickly to the cancellation of sports activities and the closure of our retail estate. We took immediate measures to save costs, reduce cash outflow and minimise non-essential expenditure by negotiating with our suppliers, cancelling pay rises and executive bonuses and suspending the dividend.”William Hill also addressed previous guidance issued on COVID-19 contingency measures, revealing that each additional month of shop closures to impact core earnings by up to £15 million – which equates to approximately half of the initial estimate.The bookmaker further confirmed that it has waived its Revolving Credit Facility (RCF) covenants for 2020 – which will see William Hill defer payments on £200 million bond deferred to 2021/2022.Undertaking analysis of COVID-19 developments, William Hill stated that due to ‘limited visibility’ regarding the duration of ‘virus related restrictions’, the company would withdraw all future guidance.Instead, the betting group will focus its resources on the resumption of sports beginning with this weekend’s restart of the German Bundesliga and UK and French horseracing taking place in June.Bengtsson added: “We have preserved liquidity and amended the terms of our net debt covenant, leading to significant balance sheet headroom. This will enable us to continue to invest for growth, most notably in the US, as plans there to roll out sports betting continue apace.“Our ambition to build a digitally led, internationally diverse business of scale is proving beneficial during the disruption as our international online business has performed very strongly. We have accelerated product developments in the US in particular to ensure we are well positioned when sports activity reopens.“Our product development teams elsewhere have also excelled themselves during this period of remote working, deploying a range of important new products, most notably a gaming front end to improve navigation and speed for the UK market.“We remain focused on player safety employing ever more customer protection. We are taking care of our teams, securing as many employment opportunities as possible and we are ready to power up the business as soon as COVID-19 restrictions permit.“Our strategy for the Company remains a simple one – to win with our customers, build agile collaborative teams, and get things done – execution. We are developing products that we are proud of and that will improve William Hill’s competitiveness for the long term.”last_img read more

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