Senior Elwell anchor of SU women’s soccer as team goes from doormat to Big East contender

first_imgMarjory Elwell has been through it all. The Syracuse women’s soccer defender has been through the injuries. She’s been through losing. She’s been through a coaching change. ‘I think as a player, I’ve definitely grown,’ Elwell said. ‘Because especially in my class, I’ve had to overcome a lot.’ And now Elwell is finally going through a competitive season. One of only two seniors on the Orange, Elwell has seen the team transform this year from a mediocre program into a competitive member of the Big East. ‘It’s definitely been frustrating,’ Elwell said. ‘Because every year, I feel like our team has the ability to do so much more than it does, and it always just ends up being really frustrating.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text In each of the previous two seasons, the Orange had recorded only five victories. Head coach Phil Wheddon’s team has already won six games this season and has a chance to finish the season with a winning record, a feat the program has not accomplished since 2003. Prior to coming to Syracuse, all Elwell knew was winning. She won back-to-back state championships at Moorestown High School in Moorestown, N.J., while making the all-state team three times. Graduating with a 65-14-3 career record, winning was something Elwell was accustomed to, to say the least. But coming to SU in 2007, the outside back joined a struggling squad that had won a combined eight games in the past two seasons. Elwell started four matches her freshman year as the Orange won seven games. It seemed like the program was on the rise. But then Elwell went through her first big change. The plug was pulled on then-coach Pat Farmer. In came Wheddon. And there was an immediate change in the atmosphere of the program. Elwell noticed how Wheddon, unlike Farmer, demanded intensity from his players in both games and practices. ‘Phil really encourages competitions at practice, so each practice is like a tryout,’ Elwell said. ‘You have to constantly be on your toes and know that there’s someone else fighting for your position all the time. I think that’s a positive thing, because no one really feels comfortable at their position.’ Although Syracuse only won five games in each of Wheddon’s first two seasons, the team showed renewed inspiration and a passion to improve. The third coach in program history knew it would take time to rebuild the roster and implement his defense-first approach. In 2008, the Orange defense kept opponents scoreless for four consecutive contests, spanning 301:40. Elwell strongly contributed to that impressive accomplishment, starting seven games over the course of the season. She started another five games last season. ‘She’s someone,’ Wheddon said of Elwell, ‘you can turn to in every situation.’ But even though SU was improving and Elwell was contributing, she couldn’t stay healthy. The only other senior on roster, Megan Bellingham, who called Elwell ‘one of the best teammates (she’s) ever had,’ has seen her battle injuries for the better part of four years. ‘She’s definitely had ups and downs with injuries,’ Bellingham said. ‘She’s known what it’s like to come back from nothing, right after surgeries. She’s always positive and always works hard, even when things aren’t going her way.’ This season, Elwell has nursed a sprained right ankle that has helped keep her out of all but five games. But she returned Sunday against Seton Hall in a 0-0 tie, starting on senior night at SU Soccer Stadium. Elwell wants to get back to winning. After all, this is her last chance. ‘I only have a few more weeks left of soccer in my career,’ Elwell said. ‘Ever.’ The Orange faces Marquette, which is undefeated in Big East play, on the road before heading to Tampa, Fla., to close its season out against USF in what could be the most important game of Elwell’s career. Whether the team makes the tournament or not, Elwell has put in four years of sweat and tears into the program. She has overcome the injuries (for now). She has overcome the change. She has overcome the losing. ‘I feel really positive about this season right now,’ Elwell said. ‘I’m hoping that this year will finally be the year we make the Big East tournament. I definitely feel like we have all the components it takes to do that.’ [email protected] Published on October 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more


first_imgMicheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has called on Sinn Féin to rule out coalition with Fianna Fail after the next election.Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla EasbuigIt follows comments from Padraig Mac Lochlainn TD on social media that he would be prepared to be part of a government with Fianna Fail under certain conditions.The Independent councillor said Sinn Féin needs to decide if it wants to be part of a left government or a coalition with Fianna Fáil. “It can’t ride two horses. Padraig Mac Lochlainn took to social media to issue a clarification of his position following an interview with a national newspaper on his views on forming a government after the next election. While he correctly ruled out coalition with the right wing Fine Gael party under any circumstances, he would only rule out coalition with the equally right wing Fianna Fáil if it was that party leading the government.”“In fact he went further in saying that he personally would support a government which included Fianna Fail if they accepted a ‘left or progressive’ programme for government. It is a ridiculous notion that Fianna Fail is capable of ‘progressive’ let alone left politics. Does Padraig need reminding that this was the party which brought in the troika and the era of austerity after they had allowed their builder and banker friends to wreck the economy? It is unfortunate timing that he picks this week to make overtures to Fianna Fail when it has emerged that in the last government Fianna Fail was planning to hit us with even higher water charges than the current government.”“Sinn Féin has been saying that it wants to be part of a government of the left. If they are serious about that then they must categorically rule out coalition with Fianna Fáil under any circumstances, just as they have done with Fine Gael. Holding the door open to the ‘progressive’ Fianna Fáil il is just not on.”“In the next election we have a historic chance to finally break the Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael/Labour stranglehold of right wing governments. If we want a government which will introduce real wealth redistribution through a wealth tax, an increase in corporation tax, the closing of tax loopholes, the elimination of USC, water charges and property tax, we are not going to get that with Fianna Fáil. All those who genuinely stand on the left will reject a deal with any of the parties of the right.” COUNCILLOR CALLS ON SINN FEIN TO RULE OUT COALITION WITH FIANNA FAIL was last modified: October 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfianna failMicheal Mac Giolla EasbuigSinn Feinlast_img read more

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to five years in prison

first_img21 October 2014Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to five years in prison for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.Pistorius was also sentenced to three years, suspended for five years, for firing a pistol under a table at Tasha’s restaurant, in Johannesburg, in January 2013.He was initially charged with premeditated murder and three additional charges relating to the incident, which include the unlawful possession of ammunition and contravention of the Firearms Control Act.In her ruling last month, Judge Thokozile Masipa found the Paralympian guilty of culpable homicide.She also found Pistorius guilty of reckless endangerment of people and property after a gunshot went off at Tasha’s.Masipa ruled out the convictions of murder and attempted murder. She said the State had failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Pistorius intended to kill Steenkamp.The sentences would run concurrently.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Smith saves TNT

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Taking charge upon realizing that their final play off an inbounds was broken by the San Miguel defense, Smith put the ball on the floor and got a shot off June Mar Fajardo as the Texters belied all pre-series predictions and immediately took the upperhand in the series.“I screwed up in the last play,” TNT coach Nash Racela said as he really called for Jason Castro to have the ball with the game on the line. “San Miguel did a good job covering Jason and Joshua just had the presence of mind to attack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They denied everyone [from receiving the inbounds, except Smith], and he really had no choice but to make the play,” Racela added.Smith, who has torn ligaments in his right foot, is still day-to-day even if he made the game-winning shot, according to Racela. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? Akari, Hapee join Open tourney Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Joshua Smith vs June Mar Fajardo. PBA IMAGESJoshua Smith continued to hobble on one good foot and remained to be the big difference for TNT KaTropa.The 330-pounder drove for a running baby hook in the final 1.6 seconds on Wednesday night and keyed a 104-102 decision by the Texters over highly favored San Miguel Beer for a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven series for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIEScenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ But San Miguel counterpart Leo Austria is now firm in his belief that their “problem” will be back, at least for Game 2 slated Friday also at the Big Dome.“Next time, we have to contain Smith, he’s the problem,” Austria, obviously dejected after coming out of the locker room, said. “It was hard preparing for this game because we didn’t know (until the last minute) who we will be playing against.“For sure, Smith will be there in Game 2 for them,” he said.Smith finished with 21 points with rookie RR Pogoy leading the Texters with a career-high 27, counting 13 in the final frame that helped keep the Beermen at bay.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View commentslast_img read more

Mind Rocks today, with Arjun, Deepika and Yo Yo Honey Singh

first_imgFrom Arjun Kapoor to Deepika Padukone and Yo Yo Honey Singh to Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. The India Today Group Mind Rocks Youth Summit is back in Delhi with big Bollywood stars, the new brigade of young MPs and sports and music icons.So all through Saturday, get ready to speak and with your icons on at Siri Fort Auditorium.Like last month’s Mind Rocks Chandigarh edition, this one too promises to be as much fun and interesting. There will be music and songs and dance, along with some serious talk and some heart-to-heart chat.The day will open with a power talk by Piyush Goyal, India’s new power and coal minister.Next will be your chance to speak to Finding Fanny star Deepika Padukone, as she shares her takes on grit, glamour and guts.She will be followed by Arjun Kapoor, the new heartthrob on the block after the success of 2 States. Watch Bollywood’s Ishaqzaada speak about how he came into his own.The next session will see Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the Olympic medalist and a Lok Sabha MP from Rajasthan, share stage with AAP leader Manish Sisodia. They will speak on how the public office needs to be reinvented.Then it’s a date with India’s finest women cricketers and wrestlers. Stars of our women’s cricket team, Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj, and wrestling stars Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari will speak on making it to the big league.Also meet up close VJ Andy and actor-singer Sophie Choudry.Celebrity fashion designer Suneet Varma and Snapdeal’s young CEO Kunal Bahl will also be there, speaking about how to make the cut.advertisementAfter Chandigarh, Bhagwant Mann, the satirist who is now an Aam Aadmi Party MP, is back on popular demand. Hear him speak, in his inimitable style, why politics needs a sense of humour.Jive then to the soulful songs of Rabbi Shergill, the sardar of Sufi who regaled all at Mind Rocks in Shillong last year, and feel astounded at the courage and expertise of danseuse Shubh Kaur Ghumman.The day will wrap up with a bang, as Yo Yo Honey Singh, the new superstar rapper and the heart of all new Bollywood dance numbers, takes the stage.last_img read more

10 months agoBurnley boss Sean Dyche: January market unforgiving

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Sean Dyche: January market unforgivingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche admits they finding the January market ‘unforgiving’.Dyche admits the rising cost of players is making the transfer window difficult for Burnley.”It’s not like we are going to magic up £50m to go and sign who we want,” Dyche said. “I think predominantly the Championship is one of our markets.”It’s hard enough trying to get players out of the Championship for what I call ‘real money’, as in normal, sensible sort of money. So you try the Premier League, and as you can imagine, it’s very, very difficult.” last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea assistant coach Cudicini pleased for Morata after FA Cup brace

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea assistant coach Cudicini pleased for Morata after FA Cup braceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant coach Carlo Cudicini was full of praise for Alvaro Morata after their 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest.Morata scored twice as FA Cup holders Chelsea advanced with a 2-0 third-round win over Forest at Stamford Bridge.”I think Alvaro played an important part in today’s performance, he was very good in terms of working for the team, offensively but mainly defensively,” said Cudicini. “It was very important for him to score two goals which can only be good for his confidence. We are all pleased with his performance but we were even when he didn’t score in previous games so hopefully it will be good for his morale that he scored, and hopefully he will be more free in his mind.”Gianfranco Zola mentioned in the press conference before the match that for a striker it’s difficult when you go through a spell when you don’t score many goals, so his body language was a bit down, but in training he’s working very hard and we all knew that sooner or later he would be able to turn the corner and start scoring goals. Thankfully he did it today, it was very important because we really care about this competition and we want to do well.” last_img read more

Vince Gill To Perform At William Shatners Hollywood Charity Horse Show

first_imgOrganizers for the 23rd Annual William Shatner Hollywood Charity Horse Show, Sponsored by Wells Fargo, announced today that country music legend Vince Gill will perform live at the event to be held on April 27, 2013.The Hollywood Charity Horse Show, Sponsored by Wells Fargo enters its 23rd year of fundraising with a spectacular affair at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Burbank, California.Guests will be treated to an exciting arena show with Tommy Turvey and a world-class reining competition, followed by a western dinner catered by Stonefire Grill. The evening concludes with a special LIVE performance by country music legend Vince Gill.Proceeds from the event will benefit special-needs children’s charities across the city of Los Angeles including: AHEAD With Horses, Camp Max Straus, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Hollenbeck Police Activities League (PAL), St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Painted Turtle and others.“Over the last 23 years, we have been able to help thousands of young Angelinos thanks to the support we receive from our generous sponsors and attendees,” commented William Shatner. “We are so fortunate to have the great talent of Vince Gill for our entertainment this year. He is absolutely terrific and generous with his time and support.”Information about the 23rd Annual “ Hollywood Charity Horse Show, Sponsored by Wells Fargo” at, or 818.509.2290.last_img read more

Meal replacement company Soylent has imports blocked in Canada

first_imgSoylent, the meal replacement drink that’s been called both “the future of food” in breathless headlines and “the end of food” by the New Yorker, can no longer be sold in Canada due to a failure to meet federal food regulations.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it advised Soylent earlier this month that the company’s drinks do not meet the compositional requirements for meal replacement products, and that imports would have to be halted unless regulations were met.But the agency is not recalling Soylent products as there’s no health risk to consumers.In a statement posted on Soylent’s website, CEO Rob Rhinehart says the company intends to comply with CFIA regulations, even though the company feels “strongly that these requirements do not reflect the current understanding of human nutritional needs.”He goes on to say that he doesn’t know how long it will take for Soylent to adapt to CFIA’s requirements, and that the company can’t yet estimate when their products will be available to Canadians. The company did not provide a spokesperson to comment, but said in a statement that they are “working hard to resolve the categorization issue.”Soylent, which offers meal replacement drinks both in bottles and in powder form, started when Rhinehart was working in Silicon Valley in 2013.The product is built around the idea that home cooking is unnecessarily time-consuming for busy people in a work-obsessed culture, and is often more expensive and less healthy than it could be.“It turns a full meal into a one-step process. It makes things a lot less complicated. And when you’re busy, it takes eating off your plate,” reads Soylent’s website.The product — which is designed to deliver a healthy ratio of carbohydrates, fat, and protein — is sold less as a drink and more as a lifestyle. The company’s branding and packaging similarly embrace efficiency over esthetics with stark labelling.Soylent offers users a subscription service and bottles purchased on its website aren’t offered in units smaller than 12 (each bottle is $3.75 for a 400-calorie portion). Soylent is not available in Canadian stores.The company recommends that consumers “ease into” incorporating Soylent into their diet and start with a single drink per week.“This will allow your body to adjust to this new food source. Once you are acclimated to Soylent, you can customize your intake to your liking,” the company’s website reads.Soylent launched with a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2013, raising over US$700,000, and the brand grew quickly. The company has been selling in Canada since 2015.This isn’t Soylent’s first run-in with food inspection agencies. Last October, parent company Rosa Foods recalled Soylent’s utilitarian-sounding “food bars” along with an earlier version of their food powder after customers complained about suffering gastrointestinal illness.“Fitting with our desire to err on the side of caution, we are reformulating Bar and Powder 1.6 to remove the likely ingredients. Turnaround should be fairly quick,” Soylent posted on its website at the time. The food bar has not yet returned to Soylent’s roster of products.Soylent’s website specifies that the company wasn’t named after the food-replacement wafers that famously turned out to be made of human flesh in the 1973 movie “Soylent Green,” but for its tamer counterpoint in the book that inspired the movie. In the 1966 science fiction novel “Make Room! Make Room!”, soylent is a harmless combination of soy and lentils.Steve Euser, a Toronto-based landscape architect, says he’s been a regular Soylent drinker since the product was made available in Canada. After his father suffered a spinal injury in the spring of 2015, the bulk of the workload at the design firm they run together fell to him.“I was working very, very long hours and eating healthy — actually, just eating — was a problem,” Euser says, adding that relying on Soylent for breakfast and lunch saved time and kept him from eating junk food.Once his father returned to health and his work life calmed, he cut down his intake: these days, he says he only replaces one meal a day with Soylent.“It’s frustrating,” Euser says of the CFIA decision to halt Soylent sales. “I can’t buy a product that I want to buy, that is available elsewhere, that is perfectly safe.”last_img read more