MINISTER within the Ministry for Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe met ‘Thunderbolt Flour Power’ Guyana Under-17 Boys’ National football team winger Orvil Daniels on Monday to congratulate the 14-year-old for his standout performances at the International Tournoi Paul Chillan in Martinique.Daniels, from Annai Central in the Rupununi, scored the opening goal in a memorable 3-1 win over Caribbean powerhouse Haiti on Saturday, and was a constant attacking threat during the tournament last week, which also involved French-speaking Caribbean territories such as Guadeloupe, Martinique and French Guiana.To commemorate his remarkable achievements, Minister Garrido-Lowe presented Daniels with a framed copy of Guyana Football Federation’s ‘ExtraTime’, which featured an article about the player’s rise to the Under-17 national ranks. ‘ExtraTime’ is a weekly production published in the Guyana Chronicle newspaper.“When I received the news of Orvil’s outstanding performance against Haiti, I was overwhelmed with emotions. I am so excited for him and his future as a footballer, but more importantly, what this means for every young boy and girl throughout the hinterland communities that dream about playing football for Guyana,” Minister Garrido-Lowe said.“I am deeply moved by the emphasis on hinterland football development by the new leadership of the GFF. Their commitment to empowering indigenous footballers by creating opportunities is in perfect alignment with the demonstrated focus of the Government of Guyana.”Guyana Football Federation Youth Development Officer and Under-17 head coach Bryan Joseph said the GFF was working to give more young talented boys and girls from hinterland communities the chance to reach their potential and to play for Guyana’s national teams.“We’re here today to honour one of the youngsters – Orvil Daniels. He went to Martinique and he did exceptionally well,” Joseph said. “This is part of the ongoing efforts of the Guyana Football Federation and the Ministry to ensure that the Guyana national team is fully representative of all individuals across the land, including Regions 1, 7, 8 and 9.
Associated Press June 4, 2020 The league announced its move to “Phase 2” of a potential return Thursday night. Earlier in the day, it unveiled the final details of the 24-team playoff format that will be used if play resumes and the Pittsburgh Penguins announced one of their players tested positive for the coronavirus.During this stage, players can skate or work out in groups of up to six at a time. Unlike training camps, which could begin sometime in July, these workouts are not mandatory for players, who can choose to skate in their current city even if they don’t play there.___The American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe plans to proceed without spectators.Featuring two-time defending champion Tony Romo, Steph Curry, Aaron Rodgers and Charles Barkley, the 80-player event at Edgewood Tahoe is set for its original dates of July 10-12. All prize money will be donated to COVID-19 charities and regional causes. A day after announcing a deal with its players’ association to resume the season with a tournament in Florida, Major League Soccer says teams may resume training.MLS says each player and staff member must complete two tests for the coronavirus 24 hours apart, 72 hours ahead of the start of training. Every player also must have a test for antibodies and a physical.Once training starts, players, coaches and some staff must be tested for the virus every other day. An individual who tests positive would be isolated, tested again at least 24 houts later, and all close contacts would be tested. High-risk individuals must be cleared to participate by the team’s chief medical officer in consultation with the MLS medical staff.Testing for antibodies will take place every three months. Testing providers must be authorized by the FDA or Health Canada.Training rooms and gyms will be restricted to a maximum five people, and lockers should be spaced a minimum 10 feet apart. Doors should be left open. “While canceling the remainder of our season weighs heavily on us, we recognize that it is the most appropriate action to take for our league,” NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim said.The league suspended play March 12.___NASCAR is set to run its All-Star race on a Wednesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway and added one more weeknight Cup Series race as part of its latest revised schedule through July.NASCAR has revamped its schedule in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and announced even more changes on Thursday. Cancellation policies detailed in IOC accounts cost $14.4 million for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and $12.8 million for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.The IOC said last month it set aside $650 million to cover potential extra costs for the postponement.Costs for organizers in Japan are expected to run to billions of dollars.___Borussia Dortmund has defended a group of players who were accused of breaking Bundesliga hygiene rules while getting haircuts. Voluntary workouts for football players who have been medically cleared can begin on June 15.The school said players have been prescribed quarantines in preparation for their return. All players will be tested for COVID-19. Players will be limited to groups of 20 for their workouts and will be supervised by performance enhancement and sports medicine staffs.A date for the return of the rest of the team will be set later.___The National Hockey League is allowing team facilities to reopen and players to take part in voluntary on- and off-ice workouts beginning Monday. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Penn State will begin bringing some students back to campus Monday, including 75 football players. Division I schools are not supposed to have fewer than six sports for male athletes. CMU announced last month it was dropping men’s track and field, citing university-wide budget cuts. That leaves the school with five men’s teams — baseball, basketball, cross country, football and wrestling.“This waiver has been granted for the 2020-21 and the 2021-22 academic years,” athletic director Michael Alford said in a statement. “We continue to research and determine the best course of action to return the department to full compliance. I want to thank the NCAA staff for making this an efficient process and for understanding the difficult decisions the COVID-19 pandemic has forced our department to make.”___The NCAA has set a new schedule for early entrants to the NBA draft to withdraw and return to school.The NCAA announced Thursday that it would give players until 10 days after the NBA scouting combine or Aug. 3, whichever comes earlier. This comes three weeks after the NCAA postponed its deadline, which was originally scheduled to fall on Wednesday. Dr. Jeffrey Kovan, the school’s director of sports medicine, was also part of the video conference. He quickly said that one student-athlete had tested positive, his father died, and his mother and sister also tested positive. Kovan said the athlete was asymptomatic and retested negative a few weeks later.The school did not disclose the athlete’s identity or his sport.“We’ve had a couple others that have had symptoms, without testing positive that we know of,” Kovan said.Michigan State athletes can begin returning to campus June 15 in preparation for voluntary workouts. Football, basketball and volleyball players will be the first to undergo testing.After testing, athletes will be instructed to self-isolate for a week, and those testing positive will be quarantined for 10 days. On June 22, athletes who initially tested negative will be given a second round of testing. Athletes who receive a second negative test will be cleared to begin voluntary workouts. They will be split into small workout groups based on people they live with. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports “The event has a tremendous tradition and is critical to that beautiful resort region,” Romo said. “It’ll be fun to try to win again but the sense of community and charity fundraising will be most important.”NBC will televise the tournament.___Notre Dame says it will test all its football players for COVID-19, starting June 15, before they can begin using the school’s athletic facilities for voluntary workouts.The Fighting Irish players are expected to travel back to campus from June 8-17. Testing for football players and and employees will be conducted June 15-19. Players and employees will be tested for COVID-19 and antibodies for the coronavirus, which would signal previous exposure to the disease. NASCAR will keep its scheduled twinbill weekend later this month at Pocono Raceway. The track is still scheduled to hold a Truck Series and Cup Series race on June 27 and an Xfinity Series and Cup Series race on June 28. The compressed schedule because of the pandemic has forced NASCAR to run races from all three national series multiple days a week. NASCAR crammed five Cup races on the schedule from May 17 to May 31.The rest of the Cup schedule includes a July 5 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 12 at Kentucky Speedway, the All-Star race on July 15 at Charlotte, July 19 at Texas Motor Speedway and July 23 at Kansas Speedway. The new schedule wraps Aug. 2 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.The All-Star race is usually held in May and New Hampshire was bumped from its July date. Pocono, Indy and Kentucky stayed the same.NASCAR also scheduled five Truck races and six second-tier Xfinity races. The Cup Series races again Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.The schedule for the rest of the season will be released at a later date. Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said the seven athletes are from three sports, and all were asymptomatic Thursday. They learned of the positive results Wednesday night.The athletes who tested positive and are living off campus will self-isolate there or at home for 14 days. Those living on campus will self-isolate in their residence hall or at home for 14 days.Damphousse said contact tracing has begun, and anyone who has been exposed to any of the seven athletes will be required to quarantine for 14 days.“This is a day that we knew would come, not just at A-State, but for colleges and universities across America,” Damphousse said.An Arkansas State spokesman said he didn’t know how many athletes have been tested since they began returning to campus for voluntary workouts. The NHL’s season remains “on pause,” but the Penguins will participate in the approved playoff format whenever the season resumes.___Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini says the reaction from Champions League opponent Valencia after he acknowledged testing positive for the coronavirus is “really very offensive.”Valencia expressed “surprise” and a top health official in the Spanish region said Gasperini “lacked responsibility” for traveling to Spain with symptoms of the virus. He recently told Italian media he felt sick the day before the March 10 match in Valencia.Gasperini tells Sky Italia, “I know that I respected the protocols. I was in quarantine like everyone else until training resumed. I never had a test. It was only in May when (the entire team) had blood tests that I realized that I had had the virus.” The Save Soccer Foundation will need definitive approval at a federation meeting on Monday.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “it’s an initiative which doesn’t have precedents and represents a great assumption of responsibility which the (federation) is taking in favor of the whole soccer system.”The fund consists of 21,700,000 euros ($24,500,000). It will give up to 5 million euros ($5.6 million) to each of the two divisions below Serie A as well as the same amount to support clubs from the amateur soccer league.It will also give up to 3 million euros ($3.4 million) to soccer players and the same amount to coaches and their staff.The fund will also provide 700,000 euros ($800,000) to help women’s soccer clubs that are set to complete the season. The Latest: 75 Penn State football players to return Monday The phased approach will include quarantines for players returning before they get tested. Players who fly back will be expected to quarantine for seven days before they get tested and those who drive will be expected to quarantine for three days before being tested. Players will be housed at the Morris Inn, an on-campus hotel in South Bend.“We’re going to have positives. I think that’s to be expected,” Dr. Matt Leiszler, head physician for Notre Dame football. “That being said, we need to do a really good job of controlling those. The things that play into that are a really robust contact tracing system to ensure if we have a positive we’re going to move really quickly in coordination with the university to limit those other close contacts so we don’t end up with a cluster.”Leiszler said Notre Dame players will be tested again for COVID-19 after their initial test but did not specify when that second test would occur.___Central Michigan says it has received a waiver from the NCAA regarding the minimum Division I sports sponsorship requirements. German newspaper Bild reports that some of the players were pictured without face masks during appointments at home with a celebrity barber. Forward Jadon Sancho was among the players.League rules during the coronavirus pandemic say players should minimize contact with people from outside their household. They have to wear masks for large parts of game days unless actually on the field.Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says he spoke with the players about their behavior and adds that they only removed their face masks to pose briefly for pictures. Zorc adds that the 20-year-old Sancho is still “very young.”___The Italian soccer federation is launching a fund of nearly $25 million to help clubs and their members following the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “The intent is that if we keep our volume, our number of athletes together in a small set, and their strength coach works with just that group when they work out, and somebody in that group is positive, then we can isolate that individual group as opposed to the whole team,” Kovan said.Common areas like locker rooms and lounges will remain closed. Athletes will be given masks and required to wear them while in facilities, except during workouts.___A member of the Pittsburgh Penguins has tested positive for COVID-19.The team announced Thursday that an unidentified player has been diagnosed with the coronavirus. The team says the player was not in Pittsburgh at the time of test and has been at his home since first experiencing symptoms. The club said the player is “recovering and feeling well” and those who have been in close contact with him have been notified. Valencia said after the March 10 game that about 35% of its team had the virus.Gasperini adds, “Looking back, I think that was the period when I didn’t feel well. But I never had a fever or any sort of respiratory problems. When I left from Bergamo I felt fine. I had some problems that evening and the day after (the match).”Experts say the first leg on Feb. 19 in Milan was one of the biggest reasons why the virus was so deadly in Atalanta’s home city of Bergamo. The match has been dubbed “Game Zero” by Italian media.___Seven Arkansas State athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating for 14 days. ___A fraudster has used data of Brazilian soccer star Neymar to request a government handout paid to informal workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.Day Crespo, a spokeswoman for the Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain striker, confirmed the information to The Associated Press after it was reported by local news website UOL. Crespo also said Neymar has already informed authorities about the incident. The handout is of about $170 a month. A representative of Brazil’s state-run bank Caixa Econômica Federal was not immediately available for comment. UOL said the request on Neymar’s behalf was accepted, but its status was changed to “under analysis” after its report was published. Fraudsters used data from other Brazilian celebrities to receive the government money in the Latin American country hit hardest by the coronavirus.___ That June 3 deadline was set to come 10 days after the completion of the combine, but the NBA postponed the combine amid the coronavirus pandemic and has yet to announce a new date.In a statement, the NCAA said the Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee worked with the National Association of Basketball Coaches on the new timeline and “believes this is the most equitable alternative available in these unprecedented circumstances.”“This provides the utmost flexibility to student-athletes testing the waters to make the most informed decision about their future during this uncertain time,” NCAA Senior Vice President for Basketball Dan Gavitt said in the statement.___The NBA G League has canceled the rest of its season. Oklahoma State and Marshall have announced they’ve each had three athletes test positive.___The International Olympic Committee is in talks with insurers over compensation for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Games.Olympic operations director Pierre Ducrey says there is “an open discussion” between the IOC and insurance brokers “to try and find the right level of compensation to help us bear the cost of having to wait another year.”The IOC pays for insurance against the cancellation of an Olympics but it is unclear if its policy covers a one-year postponement. Food is restricted to individual, prepackaged meals and individually wrapped utensils, and 10 feet of distancing is necessary while eating.Staff is to use appropriate personal protective equipment.___Michigan State says a student-athlete’s father died of COVID-19 and the athlete tested positive but remained asymptomatic.Athletic director Bill Beekman was part of a video conference with reporters Thursday to discuss the school’s plans to have athletes back on campus. When asked if any athlete or athletic department personnel had tested positive in the past three months, Beekman said nobody that he was aware of — but that he might not necessarily have all the information. read more
Sadio Mane…Senegal Senegal and Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane, is looking forward to The Reds defending the UEFA Champions League title they won last season in addition to picking the English Premier League for the first time in a very long while.Sitting alongside Manager Jurgen Klopp, after Monday’s training, Mane was asked by reporters which of the two trophies he would want to win this season: “would you prefer winning the Premier League or successfully defending the Champions League this season?“Good question,” began Mane. “I would say both, both are important and both are my target. We have nothing to lose, we will fight for both. “We are better this season than last season, we are working hard every single day.”Interestingly, Mane will be facing one of his former teams when the Austrian side visit Anfield this evening. The Senegalese forward played at Red Bull Salzburg from 2012 to 2014 before he joined Southampton.“It’s a special game for me,” Mane added. “I played two-and-a-half years at Salzburg, and for sure they will be ready for me. I will be ready for them as well, I will be really happy to see my ex-team-mates but at the same time I would love to win,especially as Liverpool lost the opening Group E game to Napoli.”WEDNESDAY FIXTURESGenk v Napoli (5.55pm)Liverpool v Salzburg (8.00pm)S’Prague v Dortmund (5.55pm)Barcelona v Inter (8.00pm)Leipzig v Lyon (8.00pm)Zenit v Benfica (8.00pm)Lille v Chelsea (8.00pm)Valencia v Ajax (8.00pm)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
Henrietta Ukaigwe Many members of NSJID paid tributes to their colleague when news of the tragedy broke last week.“The Queen of Female Football in Nigeria is gone,” Tunji Coker, a member of NSJID based in Canada wrote about Ukaigwe, a prominent advocate of female football in Nigeria.“About 11 of us founded Female Football Interest Group (FFIG) at the National Stadium in Lagos, Nigeria, around 1996/7,” recalled Wasiu Sodeinde, now based in the United States. “She really soldiered on and became the face of FFIG. May God rest her beautiful soul!!!”Ukaigwe, a former president of FFIG also worked in several media organizations, including Vanguard and MINAJ.Elder Bode Oyewole, a former chairman of Shooting Stars Football Club, also worked for Tribune newspapers in Ibadan. Both died on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.“I can’t believe it,” said United Kingdom-based Caroline Nwankwo, the incoming assistant secretary of NSJID.“Oh my God! I’m speechless!!!” said Rasheed Adewuyi, incoming treasurer of NSJID based in the U.S.“I am just pulling myself together…I’m still in shock,” said US-based Dare Joseph, pioneer president of the Female Football Interest Group. Ukaigwe succeeded Dare as president of the group.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigerian Sports Journalists in Diaspora (NSJID) has extended its heartfelt condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of Henrietta Ukaigwe whose sudden passing last week threw Nigerian diaspora sports journalists into mourning.At the beginning of its first Board of Directors’ Election on Sunday, NSJID observed a moment of silence in honor of their two colleagues. The new organization comprising active and former Nigerian sports journalists all over the diaspora, also set aside 10 minutes for tributes for the two departed colleagues.“This is indeed very tragic,” said Eyobong Ita, the US-based incoming president of the organization. “To lose a colleague is painful enough, but to lose two colleagues on the same day is a humongous tragedy.” read more
There have definitely been some awesome, terrible uniforms through the years — the San Diego Padres’ camouflage quickly comes to mind and just for my buddy Miami Dave over there I’ll throw out the bright orange jerseys of the NFL’s Miami Fishes, but the most awesome, terrible uni comes from another football team in the Gator State. We’re talking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976-1996.Head to toe, there is no jersey that tops it, so let’s start with the helmet. From afar, perhaps it looks like your usual white helmet with a burnt, yes burnt orange facemask, but let’s face it: there was no reason for the Buccaneers to be seeing those helmets from the bleacher seats, so they also had to deal with the pirate that would have made a “Pirates of the Caribbean”-esque Johnny Depp look like Prince Charming. We’re talking the feather-in-cap pilferer of the world, winking at his lady friends while clutching a razor-sharp dagger between his teeth. If you need a visual, just imagine my former point-counter point foe Tom Ziemer wearing a feathered cap — he’s already got the charming wink and dagger, you’ve just got to imagine the hat.As for the actual jerseys, how can you not love these unis? The terrible orange which the best quarterback in league history, Steve Young, donned to begin his career, transferred from the helmet down to a straight burnt orange jersey coupled with some bright white pants. I tell you what, just play Tecmo Super Bowl once — it really doesn’t matter if you see the whole jersey or not, just look at it in Nintendo mode. Obviously for the helmet, you’ve just got to see that up close.Perhaps the worst thing about these jerseys is that they were replaced by some terrible digs, and not of the terrible, awesome variety. Let’s be honest Tampa, you upgrade from burnt orange to pewter? Give me a break. read more
The Carrier Dome isn’t an unfamiliar place to play for Syracuse — the Orange played a handful of games in the storied stadium last season. But for a young team, the change of scenery is still jarring.SU (5-7) returns to the Dome this weekend for a pair of games that marks its first matches in the Atlantic Coast Conference after leaving the Big East.In its first ACC game, the team will face Florida State (7-4) on Sept. 28, followed by a matchup against Miami (Fla.) (7-3) the following day.The Orange heads into these important matchups having played in a large dome that it has had little practice in this season, although they will practice there this week. This will be the first time it plays a match there this season.“It’s a huge difference of feeling the ball,” outside hitter Silvi Uattara said. “The atmosphere is a little different.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHead coach Leonid Yelin believes that to take full advantage of playing inside the Dome, the team needs to have two things: a much stronger familiarity with the court and a large crowd cheering it on.Yelin worries that due to his team’s unfamiliarity with the Dome and its usually underwhelming crowd size, it is underutilizing an advantage it could have.“We’re not playing in a gym where we’re practicing all the time and we don’t have a huge crowd,” Yelin said. “That’s why playing in the Dome is not a huge advantage.”Yelin added that the reason they choose to play at a location in which they have little experience is for recruiting purposes, although it does not always help.“Its basically for recruiting,” Yelin said. “I know it probably even hurts us. We want to change the perception of volleyball at Syracuse and show the commitment to volleyball from administration. Everyone in the nation knows the Dome, so it’s something.”Yelin’s players, however, feel that playing in the Dome is something of an advantage.Uattara sees the positives, and her reasoning sheds light on the recruiting benefits of playing in the Dome.“There are so many games in the Dome,” Uattara said. “All our football games and basketball games are going there. For me, and I don’t know about for all other players, but for me, it’s like, I really want to play in the Dome.”Junior captain Nicolette Serratore is also among those that see the weekend in the Dome as a good thing.“We played a couple games last year, so we know how the ball moves a little bit differently in there,” Serratore said. “We can definitely have a home-court advantage with it because it is a just little bit different. We’re having a few practices in there so it’s definitely good.”The two teams the Orange will be hosting in the Dome this weekend, Florida State and Miami, present strong challenges for a team that has been struggling.The Orange is coming off of a disappointing 1-2 record in the Purdue Active Ankle Challenge, while Florida State comes in having won two of its last three and Miami three of its last four.Serratore believes it will be important for Syracuse to start off its ACC season on the right note against such talented opponents.“I think that would be a huge difference,” Serratore said, “especially since our preseason didn’t go off as well as we were hoping it would.“Starting off the ACC on the right foot could really be that momentum that we need for the rest of the season.” Comments Published on September 26, 2013 at 12:45 am Contact Ryan: email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+ read more
Follow Darian Nourian on Twitter @dariannourian24 Maryland transfer Pe’Shon Howard has officially been added to the 2013-2014 USC men’s basketball roster, head coach Andy Enfield announced Monday.The senior point guard was given legislative relief waiver to return home to his hometown in order to be closer to his ailing grandmother.The 6’3, 190 pound guard adds a great amount of experience to Enfield’s roster after playing in 83 games, including 44 starts for Maryland over three seasons.“We are happy that Pe’Shon will be able to spend time with his grandmother who helped raise him here in Los Angeles,” Enfield said. “On the court, Pe’Shon will provide leadership and we expect him to have a terrific senior season.”Last season as co-captain of the Terrapins, Howard averaged 3.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game while leading his team to the NIT semifinals.Although originally from Los Angeles, Howard played his high school basketball at the prestigious Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. read more
Perseverance is something Jacki Gulczynski had to learn at a young age — and for all of the wrong reasons.On Sept. 17, 2008, when she was 15, her brother Lenny was killed while serving in Iraq, when the driver of the Humvee he was riding in lost control of the vehicle and crashed, ejecting him. He was 19 years old.“I think it puts life in a different perspective,” Gulczynski said. “Anybody who has a life-changing moment like that sees things differently.”That perspective has carried into the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball forward’s career, which doesn’t have much left in it. Gulczynski will take the Kohl Center floor for the final two times Thursday night against No. 5 Maryland and Sunday afternoon on Senior Day against Northwestern.And when asked what she’s most proud of during her time at Wisconsin, the answer is not a specific game, or moment, or shot. It’s a word. It’s a trait. It’s character-defining.Perseverance.During her senior year of high school, Gulzynski remembers looking onto the court from the upper deck of the Kohl Center, deciding to commit to Wisconsin.Now, gazing at the big, red ‘W’ at center-court again, Gulzynski realizes that her time in Madison is dwindling.“It’s bittersweet. The fans have been so good to us,” Gulczynski said. “We’re really lucky to play for such an amazing community and school.”Just like she has in the past, she’ll persevere through her career ending, too.Gulczynski’s first act of perseverance as a Badger came before she even set foot on campus. The spring of her senior year of high school, Wisconsin fired former head coach Lisa Stone, complicating her commitment.Bobbie Kelsey, the current UW head coach, visited her and her family in Gulczynski’s hometown of Carol Stream, Illinois. She decided to remain a Badger, saying she chose Wisconsin because of the community and the academics, which outweighed any other factors.It was on that visit that Kelsey heard the Gulczynski family story, and the first time she learned about Lenny, who had died only about two-and-a-half years before.“We will never let her forget his sacrifice and what he chose to do to protect us and our freedom,” Kelsey said.So every Sept. 17, when the team joins hands in a circle at the middle of the court like they always do, they dedicate a moment of silence to Lenny, and to remind Gulczynski of her teammates’ love and support.“We always make sure she knows that we’re thinking about her on that day,” Kelsey said. “It’s a hard day for her and her family, but when you have the support of the people around you, it makes it more bearable, not easier, just more bearable.”Perseverance has followed Gulczynski onto the court. After at one point averaging 13.0 points per game and 33.6 minutes per game, she has seen a decrease in both of those categories. Last season she averaged 7.9 points per game and 31 minutes, while averaging 29.5 minutes and 8.9 points per contest this season.Injuries the team suffered during her sophomore season propelled her into that scorer’s role, but she hasn’t needed to score as much because of a more balanced team attack, she said.“Roles can change,” Gulczynski said. “And I’ve been okay with that. It’s not about me, it’s about what’s gonna be best for us as a whole.”In all four of her seasons at Wisconsin, the Badgers have never been within seven games of .500 at the end of the season. Her record as a Badger is 49-94.“It’s tough losing, and unfortunately throughout my career I’ve been on teams that have had losing records,” Gulczynski said. “But the team camaraderie … I think I’m proud of the girls for sticking through whatever obstacles we’ve gone through.”Because at the end of the day, the losses she’s suffered on the court don’t even come close to the loss she’s suffered in her heart.“I’m sure [Lenny’s death] motivated her to continue to push forward,” Kelsey said. “And that he’d want her to play tough and strong because those are some of the things he displayed in his service to this country.”There are happy moments too, like sinking six three-pointers against Penn State in a 23-point performance Jan. 6 of this year. Like being named to the 2012-13 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten list, or being named to the 2013 and 2014 Academic All-Big Ten teams (her major is civil and environmental engineering).There are the times when action is slow during the game, and Gulczynski will look down at the wristband on her left wrist, which displays her brother’s initials, something she started doing her sophomore year of high school for both basketball and volleyball.“It’s just something special that I have that always reminds me that I have my brother with me,” Gulczynski said.The Gulczynski clan has always been a military clan. Her father, Mike, served in the 70s and 80s. Now, her younger brother, also named Mike, was recently admitted to the United States Military Academy at West Point, giving up a promising career in volleyball. Her younger brother’s decision to join the forces prompted Gulczynski to add Mike’s initials to the wrist band, as well.“I’m just blessed to have that and think about them, kind of during the down times of the game,” Gulczynski said.When Gulczynski and the other three seniors are honored Sunday afternoon, neither of her brothers will be there. Instead, she will walk onto the court surrounded by her parents, aunts and uncles. But her brothers will be where they always are when she dresses in the cardinal and white — her left wrist.“I really wish both of my brothers could be here,” Gulczynski said. “Unfortunately they can’t, but like I said, I have them with me every time I go out on the floor. They stay with me right on my left wrist.”Sunday will also be the final time Gulczynski will play in front of the Kohl Center faithful, for whom she said she is incredibly grateful for.She plans on addressing the crowd during the ceremony, something she’s been thinking about before falling asleep for the last couple of weeks.“I wish I could go up to every single fan and thank them personally for sticking with us these last four years,” Gulczynski said. “I know we haven’t had the greatest of records, but for us to consistently get three, four thousand people a game, it means so much to me and to the college experience I had.”And while her basketball career will close in the forthcoming weeks, Jacki Gulczynski, better than anybody, knows there’s more to life than a game.“I have the perspective of life that [basketball] is going to end and I’m going to be okay, because I still have my family … I’ll be okay when I’m done with ball.” read more
The Trojans’ secondary took a hit on Thursday as senior safety John Plattenburg retired from football due to concussion concerns. Plattenburg is coming off a season in which he suffered two concussions: one prior to the start of the campaign and one during USC’s Rose Bowl victory in January.The Trojans were wrapping up their second practice of the spring when head coach Clay Helton made the announcement.“Because of medical situations, he’s chosen to just concentrate on academics and go ahead and pull away from football,” Helton said.Plattenburg arrived at USC in 2014 and started six of USC’s final seven games during his freshman season, splitting three starts at each safety position. He built on that foundation his sophomore year, appearing in all of the Trojans’ games except one due to illness and drawing eight starts. Plattenburg grabbed two interceptions in 2015 and won USC’s Community Service Award.He suffered his first concussion during 2016 fall camp, however, which forced him out of the Trojans’ first four games of the season. Plattenburg missed another two games working back into the safety rotation and was eventually limited to just six games (no starts) in his junior campaign, suffering another concussion in USC’s season finale against Penn State.Going into spring practice, Plattenburg was looking to carve out a role in the safety rotation in his final Trojan season.“Great kid; he’s done so much for us,” Helton said. “He’s a Trojan for life, absolutely love him, but he will finish out and get his degree. He has a special place in our hearts.” read more
Fellow fifth-tier side Lincoln will take on Premier League opponents as well – they’ve been drawn away to Burnley.In a round free of all-top-flight ties, holders Manchester United travel to Blackburn – while Manchester City are at Huddersfield.Chelsea take on Wolves away and Tottenham face a trip to Fulham. Middlesbrough will welcome Oxford – and the winner of Derby against Leicester have a trip to Millwall.