TOWSON, Md. — Alyssa Murray raised both her hands above her head and smiled after her goal at the end of the first half pushed Syracuse ahead by seven.After she and sophomore attack Kayla Treanor had been held in check in the Orange’s first two games of the NCAA tournament, they finally broke free for a combined nine first-half points against Virginia.The game wasn’t close to over, but Treanor and Murray had reassumed the roles they’d played all season. Their collective resurgence paid off in No. 2-seed Syracuse’s (21-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast) 16-8 win over the sixth-seeded Cavaliers (12-9, 3-4) in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Friday.With the win, the Orange will face top-seeded Maryland (22-1, 6-1) in the national championship on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on the same field.After struggling to score against Stony Brook and Boston College in the first two rounds, Murray finished with six goals and three assists while Treanor added four and three.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The execution was exceptional and we stuck to our game plan,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “We took advantage and we adapted to the way we play defense.”Virginia’s defense was different from what Syracuse had seen earlier in the tournament.Stony Brook and Boston College were quick to slide and double-team Treanor and Murray. For the most part they shut them down, as the duo scored just three combined goals against BC on Saturday.But the Cavaliers decided to play straight up, putting one defender on each, to Gait’s surprise.“When we realized they weren’t doing that we said, ‘Hey, you two. Get it done,’” Gait said.Nearly a week ago, Treanor and Murray watched as the supporting cast of scorers did a job they usually do.But it took only 55 seconds into Friday’s game for Treanor to reclaim her role. She juked a defender on the baseline, did a stutter step in front of the goal and fired a shot into the back of the net to give SU the lead on its first possession.Just more than eight minutes later, standing just to the left of the goal, Treanor fired a pass to a cutting Murray, who whipped a shot into the net to make it 3-0.And when Murray and Treanor weren’t finding each other, they were finding someone else. The two combined to score or assist on 13 of the first 14 goals, and 14-of-16 overall.“It’s just a reflection of our offense and the work we’ve put in all year,” Treanor said. “We executed well today and our offense played really well, and we just finished the ball.”With Syracuse up 5-1, Murray had a shot off a penalty from the baseline. She charged toward the goal, shifted her body and fell to the ground as the shot hit the back of the net.“I think not having a double team is just something that we haven’t faced in a while,” Murray said. “Maybe that’s why they tried to do it.”It’s been a season highlighted by the tandem’s offensive capabilities, and that continued in the Orange’s biggest game to date.Treanor’s goal with 24:51 left in the second half put Syracuse up 11-4, and gave her 76 goals on the season, a program record.Murray’s nine-point game shot her up to third on the program’s all-time points list.But they’d be the first to tell you that this season isn’t about the records or blowout wins.It’s about what hasn’t happened yet, and what will be on the table against Maryland on Sunday.“We’ve done all the preparation we can do at this point,” Murray said. “We only need to execute now.” Comments Related Stories Gallery: Syracuse cruises past Virginia, earns spot in national championshipSyracuse defense spurs offensive outburst in semifinals win over Virginia Published on May 23, 2014 at 7:13 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+
“I’m proud of how our … Paradise >> The head coaching era of Orlyn Culp for the Red Bluff High football team began on fire Friday night at Paradise. At least for the first 24 minutes. Up 10-0 at halftime on the road against the reigning Northern Section Division II runner-up and perennial power Paradise, Red Bluff couldn’t quite see it all the way through, falling to the Bobcats, 21-17 in a non-league contest. Red Bluff (0-1) continues its season-long road trip at Shasta next week.
I love Toastmasters. If you want to learn to speak in public, there isn’t a better place to start. You only get better at speaking in public by speaking in public. While I was in the program, I saw some amazing transformations. You would know two other members of this club: Lewis Howes and Sarah Storer.What I didn’t like was the name of the first level of achievement. The words “competent communicator” always struck me as not being the right name for the achievement, even if accurate. Though competent comes before excellence, no one should aim to be competent, especially not someone who works in sales.ExpertiseOn a recent interview, I was asked to share a secret to success in sales (even though there are no secrets, everything being well-known and documented, and the real differentiator being the willingness to do what most others refuse to do). Even though it isn’t a secret, there isn’t much conversation about the need to become an expert. Being competent isn’t a competitive advantage, but being an expert surely is.When you say the word expert, many people believe that they need to be an expert in their business. It is true that you need to study and become an expert in your industry. You also need to know everything that you do different, why you deviate from your competitors, and how those differences make a difference. All of this is good and necessary.Others believe the word expert means they need to be an expert in their client’s businesses, a task that can prove more difficult. You have to work hard to learn how your client’s think about their businesses, but good questions can help you learn from all the contacts you meet with while you are selling. You can bend the learning curve in your direction if you do the work.The BorderlineWhere you need to be an expert is on the borderline where your business and your client’s business come together. The real expertise is knowing enough about your business and your client’s business to be able to provide advice worth taking. You have to understand why your client should change, and how they should change, while also possessing the experience of knowing how to help them produce the better future they are capable of achieving with your help.Competency is merely a milestone on the way to expert. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now
In a controversial demand, mayor of Aligarh Shakuntala Bharti and a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from the area Sanjeev Raja demanded that school girls should not be allowed to carry mobile phones. While speaking at an event at the Uday Singh Inter College in Aligarh, Ms. Bharti, who has courted controversies in the past, said, “Why do young schoolgoing girls need mobile phones? It is one of the reasons why girls of Aligarh are going in a wrong direction and meeting wrong people.” Parents’ responsibilityWhile agreeing with Ms. Bharti, Mr. Rana said, “I wonder why young girls cover their faces while riding motorbikes. It is like the idea of using mobile phones when all they have to do is go to school from home and come back home from school. It is the parents’ responsibility to prohibit girls from covering their faces.”
Statistical highlights on the fourth day of the second cricket Testbetween India and New Zealand on Monday .# India (262/5) haverecorded their third highest fourth innings successful chase in India,behind the 387 for four against England in Chennai in 2008-09 and 276for five against West Indies in Delhi in 2011-12.# India’s above score is their fifth highest fourth inningssuccessful chase in Test Cricket — the highest is 406 for four againstthe West Indies at Port of Spain in 1975-76.# India enjoy 100%winning record against New Zealand at Bangalore, winning all three — by 172 runs in 1988-89; by 8 wickets in 1995-96 and by 5 wickets in 2012.# India’s 2-0 series win is their third in a row against New Zealand — their previous two series wins being 1-0 in 2008-09 in New Zealandand 1-0 in 2010-11 in India.# Only once before India had wonthree successive series against against New Zealand — 2-0 in 1955-56 in India, 1-0 in 1964-65 in India and 3-1 in 1967-68 in New Zealand.# India have won three Tests in succession against New Zealand — by an innings and 198 runs at Nagpur in 2010-11 followed by an innings and 115 runs at Hyderabad and by 5 wickets at Bangalore.# India had first won three Tests in a row for the first time against New Zealandin the 1960s — by 8 wickets at Wellington, by 272 runs at Auckland in1967-68 and by 60 runs at Mumbai in 1968-69.# Mahendra Singh Dhoni has played four successive innings of 45 ormore against New Zealand — 98 at Nagpur in 2010-11; 73 at Hyderabad and 62 & 48 not out at Bangalore in the just concluded series.# Dhoni is averaging 60-plus against New Zealand — 482 runs in 10 innings, including five fifties, at an average of 60.25. # In Indian wins, Dhoni is averaging 49.57 — 1636 runs in 40 innings, including three centuries and 12 fifties.# Dhoni’s impressive winning % of 48.71 is the best amongst the Indiancaptain (minimum five Tests) — 19 wins, 10 defeats and 10 drawn gamesout of 39 played.# The five-wicket win at Bangalore is India’s 14th out of 20 playedat home under Dhoni’s leadership — the most by an Indian captain onIndian soil, overtaking Mohammad Azharuddin’s tally of 13 wins in 20Tests.# The unbroken match-winning 96-run sixth wicket partnership between Dhoni and Kohli is India’s third highest in the fourth innings of aTest match — the highest is 136 between Sachin Tendulkar and NayanMongia against Pakistan at Chennai in January 1999.# Sachin Tendulkar has totalled 1590 runs at an average of 37.85 in57 innings — a record for most runs in the fourth innings in Tests,bettering Rahul Dravid’s tally of 1575 (ave.40.38) in 57 innings.# Tendulkar has been dismissed ‘bowled’ in three innings in a row — a dubious distinction recorded by him for the second time in Tests –the first instance was against England in England in 2002 when he wasbowled by Matthew Hoggard, Dominic Cork and Michael Vaughan.# Only Rahul Dravid (55) and Allan Border (53) are ahead of Tendulkar’s tally of 51 ‘bowled’ dismissals.# Suresh Raina has recorded his sixth duck in Tests — his second against New Zealand.# Virat Kohli has posted five innings of fifty or more in succession inTests in India — 52 & 63 against the West Indies in Mumbai in2011-12 followed by 58 at Hyderabad, 103 & 51 not out at Bangalore– all three in the series against New Zealand.# Kohli enjoys an outstanding record in Tests in India — his tallybeing 327 at an average of 81.75. He became the sixth Indian player topost a hundred and a fifty in a Test match against New Zealand. RahulDravid had registered the said feat twice, including a century in eachinnings once.# Kohli has got his first Man of the Match award for posting twoexcellent knocks. He has registered a hundred and a fifty in the sameTest match for the first time.# His aggregate of 154 (103 &51 not out) is his best in a Test match, bettering the 138 (116 &22) against Australia at Adelaide in January this year.# Kohli’s run aggregate of 212 (ave. 106.00) is bettered only by Cheteshwar Pujara’s 216 in the present series.# Zaheer Khan has become the eighth Indian bowler to complete 100 wickets or more in India.# Pujara has top-scored in the series — 216 at an average of 72.00in three innings, including a hundred — his best performance in a Testseries.# Ravichandran Ashwin has been adjudged the Player of the Series for capturing 18 wickets at 13.11 runs apiece — the most by abowler in the series.# Besides his excellent bowling performance, he has totalled 69 runs at an average of 69.00 as a batsman.# Ashwin’s Player of the Series award is his second in Tests — the first was for his superb tally of 22 wickets at 22.90 runs apiece and making121 (ave. 40.33) against the West Indies in India in 2011-12.# Ashwin, in four Indian victories, is averaging 17.74, claiming 31wickets, including four instances of five wickets or more and oneinstance of ten wickets in a Test match.# Sehwag and Gambhir were associated in a stand of 77 — India’s first fifty-plus partnership in 12 innings in Tests.# Sehwag, with one six today, took his sixes’ tally to 89, bettering Brian Lara’s tally of 88. Only Adam Gilchrist (100) and Jacques Kallis(92) have posted more sixes than Sehwag in Tests.advertisementadvertisement
Country music super star Martina McBride paid a visit to the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana last Friday, May 15, in Gary, Indiana.Martina McBride And Team Martina Visit Food Bank of Northwest IndianaCredit/Copyright: Sheila JonesShe performed at the Star Plaza Theater in nearby Merrillville, IN, just outside of Chicago, on her 2015 “Everlasting” tour that night.Martina’s “Team Martina” global volunteer group participated in the food bank visit, attracting local fans – and those from as far away as Texas and Florida – who joined the team for the day helping the food bank. Before enjoying the concert that night, fans volunteered alongside Martina to sort and box over 300 packages of food to be distributed to local food pantries to help those in need and fight hunger in northwest Indiana.Martina McBride And Team Martina Visit Food Bank of Northwest IndianaCredit/Copyright: Sheila JonesThe Food Bank of Northwest Indiana distributes 4.5 million meals annually and serves as a link for hunger relief to children, families and seniors throughout Lake and Porter Counties in Indiana.McBride, long known for her philanthropic work, was awarded the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award last week in Nashville at the 2015 Music Biz Convention and will receive the Beacon of Hope Award in a ceremony at Lincoln Center on June 6 for her work in helping orphaned children at Covenant House International. Her “Team Martina” charity initiative encourages fans to volunteer in their own home towns and out on tour to help good causes in the communities that Martina performs in. Fans may join the group by visiting TeamMartina.com.This summer, the team has adopted a children’s orphanage at Covenant House International and, partnering with McBride, will provide music instruments to the children living there. Fans may make donations to the music program online from now until June 26, 2015, for a chance to win prizes like a personal video message taped just for the winner by Martina or attend a private sound check with her or win lunch with her in Myrtle Beach, SC, this summer to benefit the children’s orphanage.Visit Crowdrise.com/Soundcheckor TeamMartina.com.McBride, four time CMA Female Vocalist Of The Year, released her first cook book late last year entitled “Around The Table” and she most recently signed to Nash Icon Records, a joint venture between the Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus. She is expected to release new music later this year.