Biden’s deep Israel ties could ease Obama-era tensions: Experts

first_imgPolitical comfort zone Tamir voiced concern that Biden is steeped in an American political tradition that urges disagreements with Israel to remain discreet.During the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, Biden pointedly refused to criticize a 2001 Israeli missile strike in Nablus that killed two children, saying disputes with Israel should be “aired privately”, even after George W. Bush’s administration had publicly condemned the incident.While Biden has openly criticized Israel since then, Tamir argued that he remains naturally inclined to address pro-Israeli audiences and reference his affection for the Jewish state, absent any tough love.”He needs to get out of his political comfort zone… (and) leverage his superpower force” on Israel, by pushing it to consider difficult but essential decisions, like seeking a viable resolution with the Palestinians, Tamir said.As Shavit noted, Biden may be compelled to alter his approach towards Israel because the Democratic Party now includes “more progressive” Israel skeptics, notably supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders, who has called Netanyahu a “reactionary racist”.Whether he is capable of adopting a tougher public posture towards Israel is an important but “open question”, Tamir said.He added: “You need to push us, because the Israeli political system is so deadlocked, you cannot reach a historic decision without being pushed.”Topics : Netanyahu’s acrimonious relationship with Biden’s old boss, former president Barack Obama, is well documented.But some experts say a Biden win would be welcomed across Israel’s political and military establishment — not just by Netanyahu’s rivals on the left.Biden has long been a vocal supporter of the Jewish state, saying in a 2015 speech that the US must uphold its “sacred promise to protect the homeland of the Jewish people”.Such a history of defending Israel is key to winning the trust of Israeli leaders, perpetually sensitive to international criticism. Jerusalem embassy Biden’s record on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict extends beyond the flashpoints of the Obama years. He supported recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital two decades before Trump triggered global outcry by doing so.Biden supported a 1995 Senate bill to establish a US embassy in Jerusalem by 1999, saying the move would “send the right signal”. His 2020 campaign says that if elected, Biden would not reverse Trump’s embassy move, but would reopen a consulate in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem “to engage the Palestinians”. Biden has also dismissed Trump’s controversial Middle East peace proposal as a “political stunt” and pledged to pursue fresh negotiations on a two-state solution with the Palestinians at the table.The Palestinian Authority was not consulted on Trump’s plan, while Netanyahu’s government gave substantial input. Not just Obama’s VP Biden served in an Obama administration that often clashed with Israel. Netanyahu was outraged by the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and, in an unprecedented diplomatic slight, took advantage of a Republican party invitation to condemn it in front of Congress without a presidential invitation. Just weeks before Obama’s term ended, Washington abstained on a UN Security Council resolution condemning Jewish settlement construction in east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, a decision that left Netanyahu fuming.”We cannot hide it. There is a problem between Israeli officials and the Democrats,” said Eldad Shavit of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies.But Shavit, a former military intelligence officer who worked in Netanyahu’s office from 2011 to 2015, stressed that Biden was comfortingly familiar to Israel’s political class.”Biden knows us and we know him,” Shavit said.center_img “We like people who love us,” said Nadav Tamir, a past diplomat and foreign policy advisor to former Israeli president Shimon Peres.”There is no doubt Biden is a friend who has very strong emotions for Israel,” he told AFP.But experts suggested Biden could also restore the traditional American role of interlocutor between Israel and the Palestinians.The Palestinian Authority has cut ties with Trump, accusing him of egregious bias towards Israel.Biden “will do much better than Trump on the real issues because he understands that the Israel-Palestinian issue is not a zero-sum game,” Tamir said.   During Joe Biden’s first trip to Israel in 1973, he met prime minister Golda Meir, who chain-smoked as she detailed regional security threats days before the Yom Kippur War.Biden, a newly elected senator at the time, later described that meeting as “one of the most consequential” of his life. In the more than four decades since, his career has been punctuated by a staunch defense of Israel, especially in its handling of the Palestinian conflict.Biden, set to become the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee next week, will face in Donald Trump a president that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described as Israel’s best friend to ever sit in the White House.last_img read more

Anthony Martial hands Manchester United injury boost ahead of Arsenal clash

first_imgMartial is set to feature (Picture: Getty Images)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Anthony Martial will be in contention to face Arsenal after a groin injury.The French winger has not featured since Manchester United’s first leg defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on February 12 – a result that was overturned by his team-mates in a dramatic 3-1 away win on Wednesday.He has since missed clashes with Chelsea, Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Southampton and PSG but he is now set to return to the squad for the Premier League trip to the Emirates, while Solskjaer also hopes to have Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera available.‘Eric [Bailly] is fine,’ Solskjaer said in his pre-match press conference. ‘Anthony will be available and hopefully we’ll have Nemanja and/or Ander ready as well, so looking better for it they just need to have another couple of days training with the team, they’ve done their recovery work.’ADVERTISEMENT Comment Solskjaer will have the winger available (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)The meeting with Arsenal could prove to be season-defining for the Red Devils boss, with just one point separating the two teams heading into the clash.AdvertisementAdvertisementBoth are hoping to finish inside the Champions League spots come the end of the season, with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur also competing for the two likely available slots.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterFriday 8 Mar 2019 10:07 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Advertisement Anthony Martial hands Manchester United injury boost ahead of Arsenal clash Advertisementlast_img read more

McDaniel tops round 2 of Nor-Cal Challenge Series

first_imgANTIOCH, Calif. (May 10) – It wasn’t a pretty win but Randy McDaniel’s run to the $1,000 Saturday checkers at Antioch Speedway put him on the ballot for the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.McDaniel survived a crash-filled IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main event in the latest installment of the Nor-Cal Challenge Series. He made a pit stop to repair damage early in the race, managed to re-enter the track without losing a lap and found himself in the lead on the final restart, with Troy Foulger chasing him in a very battered car.Third place finisher Tom Purcell was the happiest of the drivers afterwards. A full-time engineering student at the University of Nevada, Reno, had never raced at Antioch Speedway before. It was just the third time out for his new car. “I tried to stay out of the trouble. I came from all the way in the back to third place,” he said. “I’m very happy with my third place finish, even though the car is damaged. I’ll take third place any day.” Feature results – 1. Randy McDaniel; 2. Troy Foulger; 3. Tom Purcell; 4. Jake Dewsbury; 5. Brian Cass; 6. Chris Elbert; 7. Nick DeCarlo; 8. Ryan McDaniel; 9. Carl Berendsen; 10. Dave Duste Jr.; 11. Richard Papenhausen; 12. Kellen Chadwick; 13. Aaron Crowell; 14. Joe Carr; 15. Brian Azevedo; 16. Danny Dozier; 17. Chester Kniss; 18. Bill Egleston; 19. Anthony Slaney.last_img read more

Regional Under-19 cricket..

first_imgBarbados, T&T heading for tense finish; Jamaica eye victoryBASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC) – Barbados hit back against defending champions Trinidad and Tobago while Jamaica got the upper hand against Leeward Islands, on the second day of the fourth round of the Regional Under-19 Championship here Monday.At Molineaux, Barbados entered the day trailing by 66 on first innings after being bundled out for a paltry 77 but returned to bowl out out T&T for 116 and set up an interesting final day on Tuesday.Sachin Seecharan once again led T&T with 40 while Avinash Mahabirsingh, batting at number nine, chipped in with 23.The Trinidadians failed to make the most of their first innings advantage, crashing to 18 for four before Seecharan and opener Leonardo Francis – who spent three hours and 140 balls over 17 – revived the innings in a 50-run, fifth wicket stand.Left-arm spinner Camarie Boyce was the best bowler with there for 33 while Kemar Burrowes (2-10), Jarion Hoyte (2-12) and Raniel Smith (2-12), all picked up two wickets each.Barbados require 183 today for victory.At Conaree, Jamaica put the Leewards under pressure heading into the final day after securing a first innings lead of 56 runs.Resuming on 114 for four, they were eventually dismissed for 219 with Raewin Senior converting his overnight unbeaten 25 into 38 while Dominic Samuels got 30 and Darren Small, 28.They were 170 for seven at one stage but Samuels and Kristoph Virgo (22) rallied the innings in a 41-run eighth wicket stand.Fast bowler Kian Pemberton snatched four for 28.In their second turn at the crease, the Leewards lost two wickets in ending the day on 44 – still 12 runs behind.At St Paul’s, the contest between Guyana and Windward Islands seemed headed for a draw after the Guyanese batted all day to reach 206 for four and carve out a first innings lead of 52 runs.Resuming on 90 for one, they got half-centuries from Kevelon Anderson who made 60 and opener Javid Karim who converted his overnight unbeaten 44 into 57.The pair put on 81 for the second wicket to lay the foundation for the innings.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe FBI is investigating the discovery of a noose found in the Talladega Superspeedway garage stall of Bubba Wallace. President Steve Phelps says security has been stepped up for Wallace since the noose was found on Sunday. NBA-RAPTERS ARRIVE IN FLORIDARaptors to bring preps for restart of NBA seasonMIAMI (AP) — The Toronto Raptors arrived in southwest Florida on Monday, set to begin their preparations for next month’s restart of the NBA season. If the Raptors return to the NBA Finals, they could be in Florida for nearly four full months. The reigning NBA champions will start training for the season restart later this week at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, making that school their home base until they head north to the Disney complex near Orlando, Florida, around July 7. — Atlanta United president Darren Eales says the team remains on pace to begin full team training on Tuesday, assuming there are no more positive tests for COVID-19. Eales says the two players who have tested positive are in isolation but are expected to be with the team for the MLS Is Back Tournament in July at Walt Disney World. He says the tests of asymptomatic players are evidence the protocols set up by MLS “are working.” The players who tested positive last week have not been identified.— Iowa’s athletic department says nine athletes, coaches or staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week. That accounts for nearly one-quarter of the 40 tests conducted in that time frame. Since the beginning of the return-to-campus protocol May 29, there have been 12 positives among 386 tests.— Wisconsin officials say that two Badgers’ athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating. Those positive results came from the 117 athletes who participated in the school’s initial campus screening.— Two Rutgers football players have tested positive for the new coronavirus. Coach Greg Schiano discussed the test results Monday during a conference call. It was his first media availability since the team was allowed to return to campus last week for voluntary workouts.— Atlanta United president Darren Eales says the team remains on pace to begin full team training on Tuesday, assuming there are no more positive tests for COVID-19. Eales said Monday the two players who have tested positive are in isolation but are expected to be with the team for the MLS Is Back Tournament in July at Walt Disney World. NASCAR-TALLADEGA-NOOSEBlaney wins, race starts with show of solidarityTALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) —Ricky Stenhouse Jr. edged Ryan Blaney to win the second stage of a rain-delayed race at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. The day began with a show of support for driver Bubba Wallace. Fellow drivers lined up and pushed his car to the front of pit road in a show of solidarity. The entire 40-driver field and all their crew members followed. After the car came to a stop, Wallace climbed out, sat on the window ledge and sobbed. Richard Petty, his Hall of Fame team owner, gently placed a hand on Wallace’s shoulder. The move came one day after a crew member found a noose in his garage stall. Wallace is the only fulltime Black driver in the top NASCAR series. Two weeks ago, he successfully pushed NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at its facilities. The move came one day after a crew member found a noose in his garage stall. Wallace is the only fulltime Black driver in the top NASCAR series. Two weeks ago, he successfully pushed NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at its facilities. Update on the latest sports Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says clubs will issue schedule, asks whether players can report for training by July 1 baseball descends into the type of labor strife that led to eight work stoppages from 1972-95.With the collapse of a negotiated deal, playoffs are set to remain at 10 teams rather than expand to 16, and the proposed expansion of the designated hitter to games involving NL teams would be off. Also falling through for now is a planned experiment that would have had a runner start each extra inning on second base.An initial deal March 26 called for players to receive prorated salaries, but that agreement did not require MLB to play in empty ballparks.Players refused to alter from their insistence on prorated salaries, and MLB finally agreed last week during a meeting between Manfred and union head Tony Clark. But the sides remained about $275 million apart after weeks of talks. MLB offered 60 games and $1.48 billion from salaries that originally totaled $4 billion, plus a $25 million postseason players’ pool. The union wanted 70 games and $1.73 billion plus a $50 million pool.Both sides are expected to file grievances accusing the other side of acting in bad faith. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s time in high school will be showcased when about 22 hours of footage of the late basketball star playing games and giving interviews will be sold on July 23 by the auction house Profiles in History. The footage is from the media library of Stu Ross, who produced “High School Sports Show,” a syndicated weekly television series seen in 35 cities. About 60% of the Bryant footage is of games involving the Lower Merion Aces from the Philadelphia suburbs. Ross’ library includes 130 hours and more than 700 athletes, including LeBron James, Tom Brady, Michael Phelps, Ryan Braun, Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal.WNBA-MYSTIC PLAYERSMystics’ Natasha Cloud, LaToya Sanders to skip WNBA seasonWASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Mystics players Natasha Cloud and LaToya Sanders are opting out of participating in the 2020 WNBA season for the league’s reigning champions. Cloud says she wants to “fight on the front lines for social reform.” Sanders says taking the season off “is what’s best for my health and family.” Associated Press MLB-CHICAGO-CROCHETWhite Sox announce deal with 1st-round draft pick CrochetCHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have signed first-round draft pick Garrett Crochet to a minor league contract that includes a signing bonus worth $4,547,500. Crochet went No. 11 overall in the June 10 amateur draft. The 20-year-old left-hander made one start before his junior season at Tennessee was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, striking out six in 3 2/3 scoreless innings. The 6-foot-6 Crochet is known for his blazing fastball. He went 5-3 with a 4.02 ERA in 18 appearances with the Volunteers during his sophomore season, averaging 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-CONTRACTPlayer’s association rejects MLB scheduleNEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association rejected a proposed 60-game schedule by a 33-5 vote. What awaits the Raptors is a different setup than what will be the case for the other 21 NBA teams that will be participating in the restart at Disney. Other teams will be working out at their home facilities, but as the NBA’s lone team from outside the U.S., the Raptors would have had some logistical difficulties in having players gather in Toronto to prepare for the trip to Disney.Elsewhere in the NBA:— Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans will skip the Florida-based resumption of the NBA season. He is the first known example of a healthy, eligible player sitting out. Bertans can become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and is expected to command a big contract as one of the league’s top 3-point shooters. The Wizards are allowed to sign a replacement player for Bertans as early as Tuesday.KOBE BRYANT-HIGH SCHOOLKobe Bryant high school footage to be auctioned on July 23 — The National Hockey League has begun winnowing its possible locations to resume the season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Blue Jackets were informed Monday that Columbus will not be one of the NHL’s hub cities. Columbus was one of 10 finalists, including seven in the U.S.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-CUNNINGHAMOklahoma State’s Cunningham staying despite postseason banUNDATED (AP) — Cade Cunningham, one of the nation’s top basketball recruits, has chosen to remain at Oklahoma State despite the program being banned from the 2021 postseason. Cunningham won the Naismith High School Trophy given to the nation’s best player. The 6-foot-7 point guard was a key piece of Oklahoma State’s highly ranked recruiting class. Many wondered what the one-and-done prospect would do. Cunningham announced in a video he posted to social media that he would stay.Earlier this month, an NCAA infractions committee panel handed down numerous penalties related to findings that former assistant coach Lamont Evans accepted up to $22,000 in bribes intended to help steer athletes to certain financial advisers. Oklahoma State is appealing. UNDATED (AP) — Veteran forward Chris Thorburn has announced his retirement after playing more than 800 NHL games since 2005. Thorburn spent his last time on the ice celebrating the St. Louis Blues winning the Stanley Cup last season. Despite playing just one game for the Blues in 2018-19, he was the fourth player handed the Cup. Thorburn played 801 regular-season games for the Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets and Blues. He skated in four playoff games with Winnipeg in 2015. The 37-year-old from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, finishes his NHL career with 53 goals, 81 assists and 968 penalty minutes.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS2 virus cases following Djokovic’s charity event ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Two tennis players have now tested positive for the coronavirus after participating in Novak Djokovic’s charity tennis exhibition in Croatia. Borna Coric, ranked 33rd in the world, tweeted that he feels well and has no symptoms, but is urging anyone who has had close contact with him to be tested for COVID-19. Three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov also has said that he tested positive for the coronavirus. Djokovic will now be tested as well. His media team says he has no symptoms but “he needs to do the test and then we will see what’s going on.”Elsewhere in sports news affected by COVID-19:— Ravens coach John Harbaugh is confident his team’s training camp will begin as scheduled next month despite the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking on a video conference on Monday, Harbaugh said he expected the NFL would have a plan in place that would enable teams to start practicing in late July. Harbaugh said they’ll just have to be very adaptable, and flexible and smart about what they’re going to do and that testing was the main thing. The Ravens have replaced 13 scheduled on-field practice sessions with virtual classes so far this offseason. — When Brooks Koepka goes for a historic three-peat in the PGA Championship, there won’t be anyone at Harding Park to cheer him on. The PGA of America confirms the first major of this unusual year won’t have spectators. The PGA Championship is scheduled for Aug. 6-9 in San Francisco. It’s the first major of a golf calendar reconfigured because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Open is scheduled for September and the Masters is in November. The British Open was canceled. No one has ever won the PGA Championship three straight times in stroke play.— Jonquel Jones, the star center for the Connecticut Sun, has decided not to play in the WNBA this season because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Jones led the Sun to the WNBA Finals last year, averaging almost 18 points and more than 10 rebounds in the postseason. She becomes the first WNBA player to cite the virus in opting out of the upcoming season. Renee Montgomery, the former UConn guard now with the Atlanta Dream, had previously announced she will skip the season to focus on social justice issues. June 22, 2020 Their announcements follow those of other WNBA players who have said they won’t be a part of plans for a 22-game schedule that would begin in late July. Connecticut’s Jonquel Jones is going to sit out because of concerns about COVID-19. Atlanta’s Renee Montgomery is missing the season to focus on social justice issues.NHL-THORBURN RETIRESVeteran NHL forward Chris Thorburn announces retirementlast_img read more

West Indies plummet in ODI rankings

first_img(CMC) – WEST Indies have slipped to number nine in the ICC One-Day International rankings, compounding their misery of being eliminated from the ongoing World Cup in England.In the latest rankings released Thursday, West Indies lost three ratings points to slip to 77 points, below Sri Lanka who regained eighth spot with 78 points.The drop comes on the heels of a poor showing by the Windies at the World Cup where they have lost five of their seven games and won just once.They lie eighth in the 10-team standings on three points. Their 125-run defeat to India on Thursday at Old Trafford ruled out any chance of them reaching the semi-finals.India have, meanwhile, returned to the top of the standings with 123 points following their unbeaten run at the World Cup while previous number ones, England, have slipped to second on 122, after losing three matches in the tournament.West Indies had last month finally moved out of ninth place in the ICC rankings, following their impressive 2-2 draw in the five-match series against world number one England in the Caribbean.They had previously spent several years at number nine, causing them to play a qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe last year March, with the likes of Nepal, Papua New Guinea and United Arab Emirates, in order to qualify for the World Cup.Hosts England and the remaining top seven teams in the rankings at September, 2017, gained automatic qualification.West Indies have two remaining matches at the World Cup against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.ICC ODI rankingsIndia123England122New Zealand114Australia112South Africa109Pakistan96Bangladesh92Sri Lanka78West Indies 77 Afghanistan60last_img read more

Women’s Hockey: Badgers set to face off against Bemidji State at home

first_imgThe No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (8-0-0 WCHA) look to defend home ice this weekend as they take on the Bemidji State Beavers (3-2-1) in the team’s second conference series of the season.Last weekend, the Badgers pulverized Long Island University as they dominated their two-game series, sweeping the Sharks 10–2 and 12–0. In their matchup against LIU on Friday, Wisconsin scored six first-period goals, tying them for fourth-most goals scored in a single period of play. This stupendous effort also marked the first time the Badgers scored six goals in a single period since Feb. 14, 2016.Saturday night was perhaps the most dominant win the Badgers have had all season, as they outshot Long Island 80–6, breaking the school record for most shots on goal in a single game. The previous record was 72, which was set during a dominating 11–0 Badger shutout against Lindenwood Sept. 25, 2011. Women’s Hockey: Badgers continue to roll through early season competition with third straight sweepThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (6-0-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) left Madison for their first WCHA series of the season Read…In addition to stellar team play, nineteen different Badgers found the scoresheet during the team’s sweep, including five players scoring for the first time in their collegiate careers. Freshmen Chayla Edwards and Grace Shirley found the back of the net of Friday night, while freshman Dara Greigg, sophomore Jesse DeVito and junior Grace Bowlby got theirs on Saturday. Sophomore Sophie Shirley accumulated her first career hat-trick on Saturday night, marking the first three-goal effort by any Badgers this year. Junior transfer Daryl Watts once again shined on the ice, as she amassed four points Friday night and extended her scoring streak to eight goals in seven-straight games. This impressive feat ties the Patty Kazmaier Award winner for fourth in Wisconsin history alongside recently graduated Annie Pankowski and her impressive scoring streak last year. Saturday’s contest saw Watts’ scoring streak end, however, but the immensely talented forward still leads the NCAA in points with 25 in just eight games.Women’s Hockey: Badgers continue to roll through early season competition with third straight sweepThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (6-0-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) left Madison for their first WCHA series of the season Read…Bemidji State is the last team to have defeated Wisconsin in a 2–1 victory over the Badgers in February. Wisconsin still holds the upper hand in the matchup though, as the Badgers are 74-6-4 all-time against the Beavers, and 35-4-1 all-time at home.Puck drop is set for 2:07 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, and the games can be followed live on Twitter @BadgerWHockey.last_img read more

Syracuse’s pitching depth tested in nonconference play

first_imgLast season, Syracuse’s ace Alexa Romero pitched almost half of the team’s 339 innings (169.2). The year prior, she pitched 145.1 innings, also a significant majority of the team’s playing time. Now, with the addition of sophomore transfer Sophie Dandola, Romero will get a break.“I think our innings will still be pretty high up, and our pitch counts will still be high,” Romero said before the season. “I’m so excited. It’s kind of nice to have more of a pitching staff this year than last year.”The Orange (2-6) envision a deeper pitching staff to keep the opposing batters guessing and their arms rested for conference play, head coach Shannon Doepking said. So far, Dandola (19.1 innings) has occupied the circle more than Romero (13.1), who has struggled with her control. Now a junior, Romero knows having a more complete pitching staff is key to making a run through the ACC, she said. After leading the nation last year in strikeouts per seven innings (10.9), Romero sees Dandola, a top-25 finalist for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Freshman of the Year, as an equal counterpart in the rotation.“(Depth is) very valuable,” Romero said. “It helps her and it helps me not have our arms fall off.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnna Henderson | Digital Design EditorRomero, a left-handed rise-ball pitcher, said her style “meshes together” with Dandola, a righty, drop-baller. Dandola typically yields more grounders while Romero punches out more batters.Dandola said pitching the two in the same game or splitting a double-header could be effective because batters have to adjust to the difference in “eye level.” Through the team’s first eight games, Dandola has the best ERA (2.17) on the staff.In both of Syracuse’s wins, its starting pitcher played the whole game. Against Grand Canyon on Feb. 9, Romero pitched all eight innings, allowing two runs. In the Orange’s 11-1 rout of Penn State, Dandola allowed one run in five innings.But Romero hasn’t been consistent this season — she’s allowed eight earned runs in four appearances, walking 11 batters. Romero exited last Friday’s game against then-No. 24 Indiana after 1.1 innings of work and appeared to have discomfort in her throwing hand.“That, ultimately, is what’s going to be the difference between last year and this year,” Doepking said about the team’s pitching rotation. “Can we manage it and get the best two innings, three innings, four innings, whatever it may be that day, so that by the time we get to ACC, we still have fresh arms?”Miranda Hearn, SU’s third option, has also struggled. In 8.2 innings this year, she’s allowed seven earned runs and has walked nine. Romero helped the sophomore tweak her curveball in the offseason while the rotation works together to improve as a whole, Hearn said.Doepking said both Dandola and Romero will pitch heavy innings. Along with Hearn, Peyton Schnackenberg and Logan Paul are in relief and will help SU get through its grueling 53-game season.“Everybody knows we have great pitching,” Doepking said. “And I think we’re deep this year on the mound. Not just (Romero), but we have five good arms we can go to.” Comments Published on February 19, 2019 at 10:14 pm Contact Danny: | @DannyEmermancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Semenya’s Woman Status, Unquestionable, Says Lawyer

first_imgSouth Africa;s Caster Semenya’s lawyers have insisted that the world and Olympic 800m champion is “unquestionably a woman” before a court case against athletics’ governing body.Semenya is challenging a proposed IAAF rule that aims to restrict the levels of testosterone in female runners.UK’s The Times reported that IAAF lawyers will say Semenya, 28, is a “biological male” as well as classified as female. Caster Semenya The IAAF denied on Wednesday it will class any athlete with “differences of sexual development” (DSD) as male.“Ms Semenya is unquestionably a woman,” said Semenya’s lawyers in a statement on Thursday.“She is a heroine and an inspiration to many people around the world.“Ms Semenya is fighting for her right to run without being required to undergo unnecessary medical intervention – she is fighting to run free.”The case will be heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) next week.The IAAF intended to bring in new rules on 1 November last year but put that back to 26 March to wait for the outcome of the legal challenge from Semenya and Athletics South Africa.The rules will apply to women in track events from 400m up to the mile and require that athletes have to keep their testosterone levels below a prescribed amount “for at least six months prior to competing”.Semenya’s lawyers said she asks to be “respected and treated as any other athlete”.“Women with differences in sexual development have genetic variations that are no different than other genetic variations that are celebrated in sport,” they said.“Her genetic gift should be celebrated, not discriminated against.”The IAAF said it accepted the legal sex of DSD athletes – of whom Semenya is the most notable – “without question” and permit them to compete in the female category.“However, if a DSD athlete has testes and male levels of testosterone, they get the same increases in bone and muscle size and strength and increases in haemoglobin that a male gets when they go through puberty, which is what gives men such a performance advantage over women,” it added.“Therefore, to preserve fair competition in the female category, it is necessary to require DSD athletes to reduce their testosterone down to female levels before they compete at international level.”IAAF lawyer Jonathan Taylor told The Times that if Cas rules that the governing body cannot implement the new rule, “then DSD and transgender athletes will dominate the podiums and prize money in sport, and women with normal female testosterone levels will not have any chance to win”.In response, Semenya’s lawyers said: “There are different regulations for DSD athletes and transgender athletes.“Ms Semenya respects the rights and interests of transgender athletes around the world.“Her case, however, is about the rights of women such as Ms Semenya, who are born as women, reared and socialised as women, who have been legally recognised as women for their entire lives, who have always competed in athletics as women, and who should be permitted to compete in the female category without discrimination.”Semenya, a two-time Olympic champion and three-time world champion, has previously been asked to undertake gender testing by athletics chiefs, but no results have officially been made public.Her lawyers repeated the statement the South African made when she announced she would fight the rules last year: “It is not fair. I just want to run naturally, the way I was born.“It is not fair that I am told I must change. It is not fair that people question who I am.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Gyan to give Black Queens special gold-medal package on birthday Nov 22

first_imgGhana captain Asamoah Gyan will be unveiling and presenting his ‘special package’ to the Black Queens team on his birthday, November 22.Gyan will be hosting another A-list party at his Basilica de Baby Jet residence when he turns 30.The Shanghai SIPG ace will be using the special occasion to redeem a pledge made to the national women’s team for their historic gold-winning feat at the 2015 All Africa Games.“There will be so many things going on at the party and there is a surprise I will give to the team [the Black Queens],” Gyan told“My birthday will be on the 22 of November and I have invited the Black Queens to deliver my special package to them.”Asamoah Gyan recounted the interaction he had with the Black Queens team prior to the commencement of their campaign at the All Africa Games in Congo, Brazzaville where he was touched into making a $10,000 donation to the team. “First of all when they [Black Queens] came to the camp, we had dinner and everything was ok,” he recalled.“We were cracking jokes and they were happy to see the Black Stars players but I was so observant and I was watching their reaction.“I saw sadness on their faces and I could see they were not happy and therefore I had to ask what was going on.“There I was told what was going on in their camp which I don’t want to talk about but all that I will say is that the players were very very sad. “And as a footballer I don’t like to see a fellow player being sad.“After the donation you could see the joy on the faces of the players and all they said was that they were going to win the cup.“At that moment you could see that their spirits at that moment was very very high. So I also felt it, I felt so felt they were going to win the cup.“There is always a reason. Maybe I would say I was their guardian angel because most of them wanted to leave the camp because they were not happy.“We give thanks to God and yes, I have got a package for them. I would do what I have to do to also show appreciation.” A series of donation will precede Gyan’s big birthday bash on November 22 as tradition through his Asamoah Gyan Foundation.The foundation which recently made a donation to the Ghana Blind Union – Suhum Sector – are however yet to determine targets for the donations.“It is good to give back to the community and we plan to do some donations too,” Gyan added.“The Asamoah Gyan Foundation have been doing great things and we will be doing some this time around. “I will sit with my team to determine where these donations will be made.”The former Sunderland striker’s love for music is well publicized and he will be using the occasion to also launch his musical band.“I will be launching my band, my musical band because everyone knows I have a passion for music,” he said.“I would want everyone to come to listen to good music too.”– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more