MLAX : Syracuse hampered by turnovers in surprising loss to Georgetown

first_img Published on April 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img They walked around the field near their sideline slowly and solemnly. Heads down, hands on hips, sticks slamming into the turf, Syracuse’s players appeared pained and dejected. The loss carried a heavy burden, tossing the Orange’s future into doubt and casting a cloud over its final week of the regular season.Syracuse wore the look of a solidly defeated team after a sloppy performance in its 10-8 loss to Georgetown. Toward the end of the day, Syracuse looked fatigued and out of energy.‘I don’t know if it’s the number of games we had in a short period of time, if that came into play,’ SU head coach John Desko said. ‘I don’t know. It’s definitely not the time of year when you want to see the number of turnovers that we had in the game, especially when it’s so important for us today.’A rushed offensive effort led to 22 turnovers. The No. 14 Orange (7-6, 3-2 Big East) couldn’t take care of the ball, and throughout the two-goal loss, SU’s offense simply looked off. It couldn’t create opportunities, failed to find the holes in Georgetown’s zone defense and when the final buzzer signaled the end of the defeat to the Hoyas (6-6, 2-3 Big East) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, more questions pertaining to Syracuse’s postseason hopes were raised than answers.Despite the loss, Syracuse will be the No. 3 seed in the Big East tournament. The Orange will take on No. 2 seed Villanova in the semifinals in Villanova, Pa., May 3.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe 22 turnovers were the most SU committed since its second game of the season Feb. 26, when it had 25 in a 10-9 win over Army.SU’s second turnover came less than four minutes into the game when Hoyas attack Travis Comeau disrupted a Syracuse clear attempt and scooped up the ground ball as Brian Megill lost it. Comeau took the ball up field and scored to tie the game 1-1.Late in the second quarter, the officials called Syracuse for stalling, and midfielder Henry Schoonmaker stepped out of the box to give GU possession, removing SU’s chances of building on its 3-2 halftime lead.When Georgetown switched into a zone defense, it only grew worse. Aside from the turnovers, the Orange often rushed shots without solid placement.‘We played a lot more zone defense than we have all year, and that wasn’t a bad thing for us to do,’ Georgetown head coach Dave Urick said. ‘It made them work a little bit harder to get the shot that they wanted and take a little bit more time off the clock.’The Hoyas were not efficient with the ball either, finishing the game with 23 turnovers.But as the game progressed, especially late in the third quarter into the fourth – when Georgetown scored four unanswered goals – the Hoyas limited their mistakes.Desko could not pinpoint the reason for his team’s lack of control. The Orange looked fatigued. And Georgetown’s zone defense was also especially effective.For a Syracuse team that averaged 16 goals in its last two contests, this wasn’t one to be proud of.‘I don’t know,’ Desko said. ‘It’s definitely not the time of year when you want to see the number of turnovers that we had in the game, especially when it’s so important for us today.’The Orange only had three turnovers in the fourth quarter, but it hardly ever had the ball. Syracuse won 1-of-8 faceoffs in the final period.Despite that, SU capitalized on its limited opportunities to match Georgetown with four goals. It was the 19 turnovers in the first three quarters that spelled disaster for the Orange.Syracuse has one week to prepare for Notre Dame in what might be the most important game of the season. The Fighting Irish boasts one of the best defenses in the nation. Excess turnovers by SU will likely strip its chances of a win.There’s a cloud of uncertainty hovering over Syracuse and its chances to reach the NCAA tournament, and the Orange has one week to clear it away.‘It’s kind of solemn, it seems like,’ goaltender Bobby Wardwell said. ‘I think we’re going to come out ready to work tomorrow, fight all week and look to get the win against Notre Dame next weekend.’cjiseman@syr.edulast_img read more

South African film chosen to air in the US

first_img10 September 2015The South African film, Ayanda and the Mechanic, is one of two acquisitions announced for Ava DuVernay’s African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement.Along with Out of My Hand, the South African film was chosen by the group following its screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Ayanda and the Mechanic won the Special Jury Prize in the World Fiction Competition at that festival.The new releases were an initiative to broaden the focus of the organisation and highlight the work of Latino, Asian, Native American, Middle Eastern and female filmmakers, the group said.It was founded by DuVernay in 2010 through a collaboration with key black film festivals and arts organisations. The American director, screenwriter, film marketer, and film distributor, was the writer and director of Selma (2014), the acclaimed biopic of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. DuVernay is the first female African American director to have a film nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture.Renamed Array on 8 September, the group will continue to release and champion movies by black filmmakers from the African diaspora, as well as those by women and other filmmakers of colour.Tilane Jones, the group’s executive director, told TheWrap that both these films were terrific. They reflected Array’s broadened scope.Actress Terry Pheto, the co-producer of Ayanda and the Mechanic, said DuVernay had long been a promoter and distributor of black independent films, reported South African newspaper The Citizen. “DuVernay herself recognises this and is proving to be a force to help bring about needed change,’ she said.“She is not only a savvy film marketer and acclaimed director, but also a black woman entrepreneur who is deeply committed to increasing the representation of black people on the big screen.’Pheto played a leading role as Miriam in the 2005 Oscar-winning feature film Tsotsi.So excited to announce that @Ayandamovie has been picked up for US distribution by the incredibly talented @AVAETC! pic.twitter.com/UhdSADfvVm— Terry Pheto (@TerryPheto) September 9, 2015The @Ayandamovie team is beyond grateful to have our film distributed in the US by @AVAETC, @SaraBlecher @News24 http://t.co/U3r0s66SQI— Terry Pheto (@TerryPheto) September 9, 2015Ayanda, the latest film by award-winning director Sara Blecher, is a tale of love, friendship and growth in contemporary South Africa. It opens in local cinemas on 2 October, and is set for release in the US in mid-November.The film has also been screened at prestigious film events such as the Cannes Film Festival.Source: TheWraplast_img read more

5 Steps to Finding (and Closing) Video Production Jobs

first_imgLet’s take a look at the five steps to help you find — and more importantly close — jobs and clients for consistent work you can count on.For everyone who’s ever worked in freelance or as part of a video production company knows, the constant chase and struggle of finding (and keeping) clients is truly endless. It can be a boom or bust industry, which means that even while work is flooding in you have to be on your game to make sure you’ll have leads ready for the lean months, too.And while there are plenty of pieces of advice for how you can best position yourself in getting more work by networking, creating solid demo reels, and — you know — consistently doing good work, some of the biggest challenges in the video production world come from closing those connections and setting up jobs and clients for repeat business.Here’s how to lock in your leads.1. Make Yourself a Known CommodityYes, a part of this is networking and meeting people (and don’t get us wrong — networking is a very important part of the process of finding and developing leads). But, perhaps a more important part of the process is making yourself known as a commodity. Not just who you are, but what you do and how well you do it. If you operate in a specific film or video niche, for example, it’ll help if you’re known as a documentarian, or a run-and-gun guru, or the RED Dragon master.2. Check in and Be PersistentImage by G-Stock Studio.Once you have some connections and leads, it’s perfectly alright to be persistent in checking in and making yourself part of their business. Don’t pester. Look for social cues of being intrusive. But, for the most part, sending a text or email every week or so (or heck even a call, if you’re old school) is a great way to stay on your client’s radar, in case a need or problem might come up that you could fill or solve.3. Do Research and Make SuggestionsAnother great way to “close” clients and secure jobs is to do a lot of the research yourself. For many video professionals, the job these days isn’t so much as a day laborer providing a defined service, but more as a marketing consultant who’s there to work with a company in helping them grow their business, impress their own clients, or provide value.If you’re focused on a specific industry (say the legal field, advertising agencies, real estate, etc.) you can and should do your own research. See what their competitors are doing with video. Look for some of the best, most successful examples of a project you’d like to pitch diving into, then provide some solid insights into how and why it would help your clients out.4. Have Your Camera, Gear, and Team ReadyImage by Gerain0812.You also want to be ready for any opportunity the moment one pops up. This is a fast-paced industry, and for better or worse, it’s why a lot of veterans get burned out or simply move on to other, more consistent roles. The young and hungry will always be the ones to be the most successful, mostly due to their eagerness and responsiveness to opportunities.If you’re operating solo, then having your gear organized, charged, and ready to go is a good way to start. But, even if you have a team (or have a group of friends who can help you assemble a crew in a hurry), having those contacts prepared will help you move whenever the ball is suddenly put into motion.5. Don’t Stop After the First ProjectPerhaps the biggest mistake that many freelance videographers make when working with clients is treating every project as a one-off job. There are no one-off jobs in the video world. If a client needs you or your company for one video, there will undoubtedly be more video needs in the future. At worst, it might be a yearly job if it’s for a specific event.But more often than not, if you do a good job and your work gets results, there will most probably be more jobs for you in the future. It’s just up to you to stay engaged, communicative, and always ready and responsive for when that next opportunity presents itself.Cover image by H_Ko.For more video industry advice and tips, check out some of these articles below.5 Quick Tips to Help Gain New Video Production Clients7 Things Clients Look For in a Video Production Company7 Things All Video Professionals Should Share with Clients5 Ways to Add Value to Your Corporate Video Production ProjectsFreelance Tips: 7 Best Practices for Invoicing Clientslast_img read more

India’s Test pacers bound for South Africa tour set to play Ranji Trophy semi-finals

first_imgVirat Kohli has been rested for India’s limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka while Hardik Pandya opted out of the Test series against Sri Lanka. However, there was no such break for India’s Test specialists bound for South Africa later this month.Kohli and Pandya, have of course, shared far greater workload than the Test specialists. The India captain has been the busiest cricketer in the world while Pandya, who debuted in 2016, has been a constant for Indian teams in all three formats in 2017.In what could be a wise move, BCCI decided to keep India’s Test players match-ready for the first Test against South Africa which begins in Cape Town on January 5.The Indian board decided to allow the likes of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav to turn up for their respective states in the Ranji Trophy semi-final from December 17-21. Bengal will be playing Delhi in Pune in the first semi-final while Karnataka will take on Vidarbha in the second semi-final.”Shami and Wriddhiman Saha will turn up for Bengal while Ishant Sharma might turn up for Delhi. Umesh Yadav will get to play for Vidarbha against Karnataka which will have KL Rahul in their ranks. Since there aren’t any practice games in South Africa, it is only fair that they play Ranji Trophy,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Wednesday.It is learnt that the national selectors also wanted the Test specialists to play the semi-final.When asked CAB joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya said: “Yes, Shami and Wriddhi will be playing for Bengal. It has been a good move by BCCI to allow the top stars take part in a marquee match. Ranji Trophy is the premier tournament and at a stage like semi-final, it will be a boost for the Bengal team to get two of its senior most players,” Dalmiya said.advertisementHowever when contacted, a senior DDCA official said that there is still no clarity whether Ishant will be available for the match.Ishant, who has captained the side impressively at the group league stage also bowled brilliantly taking 20 wickets in four games.The final is set to be played at the Holkar Stadium in Indore from December 29.  (With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

9 months agoLaLiga announce all Segunda Division matches available for free on YouTube

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say LaLiga announce all Segunda Division matches available for free on YouTubeby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga has announced that all matches from its second division, LaLiga 1|2|3, will now be available for free via YouTube to millions of consumers worldwide.Starting this weekend, the LaLiga YouTube channel will provide live English commentary from this season’s LaLiga1|2|3 matches in over 155 countries, bringing the competition to large global territories where no previous transmission had been in place. The regions covered in the deal include major markets in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, with all content provided via geolocation. The broadcasts, which are due to begin from today, will provide a significant increase in coverage of LaLiga1|2|3, offering thousands of Spanish football fans around the world the chance to follow their favourite teams for free. For those not yet familiar with the competition, the channel will provide an exciting new platform to get better acquainted with the historic teams playing in the division, such as RC Deportivo, Real Zaragoza, Malaga, CA Osasuna and Cadiz CF.In addition to broadcasting the eleven matches from each game week, a 50-minute highlights programme will also be available to provide a summary of the major events from each match day.In Spain, matches will continue to be shown through existing broadcast operators beIN Connect, Orange, Telecable, Telefónica and Sky.Melcior Soler, director of the LaLiga Audiovisual department, said: “The way we consume live sports is being changed by a new generation of online broadcasters, and we are committed to using such channels to extend the appeal of our competitions. This move will strengthen the LaLiga 1|2|3 by bringing it to an entirely new global audience, in a format that we think will really appeal to the viewer.” last_img read more

a month agoAubameyang seals comeback win for 10-man Arsenal over Aston Villa

first_imgAubameyang seals comeback win for 10-man Arsenal over Aston Villaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery has lauded Arsenal’s character after they came from behind twice to beat Aston Villa 3-2 at the Emirates on Sunday.John McGinn gave the visitors an unexpected lead in the first-half, who were soon ahead with men on the pitch after Ainsley Maitland-Niles was a shown a second-yellow card.Fortunately for the Gunners, Nicolas Pepe’s converted from the penalty spot to score his first goal for the club and level the scores, only for Wesley to restore Villa’s lead with a poacher’s goal a minute later.But it wasn’t over for Arsenal, as substitute Callum Chambers made it 2-2 after 81 minutes before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s superb free-kick completed the comeback.Speaking after the game, Emery said: “I think here we are doing and creating good spirit with our supporters and the players, they are feeling that. “But it’s first our commitment, our behaviour, fighting for each ball and also taking some risks for attacking and above all we are using and when we were one less player. “That is good. Today is two things for me: the first is that character, that connection with the supporters, and after this, how we can improve defensively and throughout the first 11. “Really we lost more balls than we wanted and this is the one situation we didn’t have the control over in the first 30 minutes like we wanted. It’s one thing for me to improve and to work with the players. “With that victory it’s better and after last week against Watford it was competitive and today, we need to take a good balance in our emotion, in our mentality but today I think we can be happy and it is one step ahead.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more