NewsCommunityRunway run a runaway successBy John Keogh – November 7, 2014 936 Facebook Print Twitter by Bernie EnglishSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] THE Limerick branch of the Samaritans is set to share in a €26,000 donation from Shannon Airport, thanks to a memorable fundraising programme by airport staff, supported by Bank of Ireland. Three initiatives organised by airport staff over the past 12 months saw it raise its largest figure to date across its annual designated charity programme, with all proceeds going to the airport’s 2014 designated charity, the Samaritans.The main event was the Bank of Ireland Runway Run held on ‘Independence Day’, July 4 – the first night run on an Irish airport runway.1,000 runners went to the line for a floodlit 5km trek along the airport runway that raised more than €17,000, largely thanks to generous Bank of Ireland sponsorship. Runners came from as far afield as Cork, Mayo and Dublin for the Runway Run, which was fully booked three days in advance.As part of the fundraising campaign, airport staff also embarked on a huge endurance test for a day in May as they braved driving wind and rain to cycle 175km from King John’s Castle in Limerick to the Cliffs of Moher and back to Shannon Airport.The first leg of the programme was a musical celebration in December of last year when more than 900 gathered in the main terminal building and gave generously at a rip-roaring free show by the queen of accordion music, Sharon Shannon.Speaking at the presentation of the cheque at the airport, Shannon Group commercial director Andrew Murphy said staff were delighted to put their weight behind fund raising for the Samaritans. WhatsApp Previous articleMary gives depth to the little voiceNext articleCouncil silence over Scare Factory closure order John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Email Linkedin
In the past two seasons, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team could not afford to have now-junior forward Sam Dekker take a night off on offense.While Wisconsin would rather Dekker not take a backseat scoring-wise, this season, he is finding other ways to contribute and help the fifth-ranked Badgers win.Coming to Wisconsin, Dekker was, for the most part, an isolation scorer, and as a result his effectiveness on the court was limited.This season, in Wisconsin’s most recent home game against Minnesota last Saturday, Dekker struggled offensively, scoring only five points on 1 of 8 shooting in 36 minutes. It was his first time scoring in single digits in his past 11 games.But this time, perhaps unlike past seasons, Dekker’s effectiveness over the course of the game against Minnesota wasn’t held in check and the Badgers won, defeating the Gophers while staying in control for the majority of the game.Now in his third year with the team, Dekker has taken a big leap toward becoming the all-around player head coach Bo Ryan and the entire program desire at Wisconsin.And that, perhaps, has been the biggest step the junior has taken this season.“I’ve had to focus on the little things,” Dekker said. “Those things like moving without the ball kind of propel my game in a way that raises the other aspects of it as well.”Movement off the ball has been a large factor in Dekker’s increase in offensive efficiency in his third season as a Badger. That movement does not just open up easy opportunities for Dekker to score, it also opens up opportunities for the entire team.“Getting an offensive rebound off your movement, or seeing guys trap Frank [Kaminsky] and being able to cut off of that, it opens an alley for me,” Dekker said. “When you have teammates that are unselfish enough to get you the ball in those situations, it makes our team better and it makes the game come easier to us.”Dekker has also shown better decision-making over the course of the 2014-15 season.Earlier in the year there were times when Dekker took ill-advised shots early in the shot clock that disrupted the flow of Wisconsin’s offense.Jason Chan/The Badger HeraldThose mistakes never went unpunished, as he was usually sent to the bench shortly after. His time on the bench appears to have taught him his lesson.Dekker began using his strength more to attack the basket, and as a result, his shots have been smarter and more efficient.“He knows his strengths and knows he didn’t need to settle for jump shots as much as he was,” redshirt senior guard Josh Gasser said. “That’s just the point [Ryan] was trying to make. He has such a great skill-set and great size that he can affect the game in a lot of ways, so he wants to be able to prove that.”Dekker’s increased motion and decision-making on offense have not only shown results for the team on the court, but also personal results in the box score, as Dekker is shooting 52 percent from the field so far this season – his highest mark in his three years.Dekker has proven to be a very versatile player on the offensive end. Through 28 games this season, Dekker is averaging 13.1 points. He scored in double figures in all but two of his last 19 games, and both of his 20-point performances this season have come in the last five games.However, as is the case with most Ryan-coached players, Dekker’s improvements started with his work on the defensive end of the floor.Jason Chan/The Badger HeraldBut versatility on offense requires Dekker to be the same on the other side of the ball. Being a lengthy, athletic wing player, Dekker holds the responsibility to guard multiple positions and be active on every defensive possession.Dekker’s improvement in discipline on defense required more than just physical stature. It’s required the proper mentality.“To play defense on every possession and be accountable on every possession, that’s been a habit he has had to build,” associate head coach Greg Gard said. “He’s gotten better with his stance, his footwork has gotten better, his strength is better and his stamina is better. All those physical things have gotten better.“But mentally he’s been able to discipline himself a little more to lock in and focus for that specific possession,” Gard said.Coming into the season, the hype surrounding Dekker involved his scoring and his offensive versatility. But now, 28 games into the season, it is more than clear that Dekker’s ability to do the little things on the court are what is helping him make the biggest strides.It is those little things that are helping Dekker grow as a player as he works to reach his full potential.“He’s been more active, more involved, in better position defensively and more active on the glass,” Gard said. “The other parts of his game have improved, and with all those things combined, he’s trying to make himself a more complete player.”
Published on November 29, 2019 at 9:19 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez BROOKLYN — The boos started when Mike Watkins grabbed the second rebound. Penn State led by seven in the latter part of the second half, and Syracuse fans hoped for another stop to chip away at the lead. When Seth Lundy clanged a jumper off back iron, no white jersey blocked him out, allowing him to get his own rebound. When the following corner 3 ricocheted in the air on that same possession, Watkins, as he had through most of the contest, snatched it. Groans from the Orange faithful rang throughout the Barclays Center. As the shot clock sounded, framing the backboard in a red hue, Lundy sunk a 3. An arena camera caught him celebrating, shouting “let’s go, boys!” “Frustrated,” said Elijah Hughes postgame while staring across the Orange locker room, “I’m just frustrated. That’s probably the best way to describe it.” Syracuse’s (4-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) “painful” second-straight loss, this one a 85-64 stomping at the hands of Penn State (6-1), could be attributed to rebounding issues. PSU won the battle on the glass (57-28), scored 10 more second chance points than the Orange (17-7) and even added 10 3s, including Lundy’s dagger. But in the big picture, this defeat means more. Syracuse secured its worst seven-game start since 1996, providing a bleak outlook for the 2019-20 campaign. Aside from Hughes, who finished with 19 points, four rebounds and four assists, veterans expected to produce haven’t, and freshmen hoped to inject talent have been slow to adjust. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThese three early season losses stain an NCAA Tournament resume of a perennial bubble team. Nonconference blowouts against Seattle and Bucknell masked issues, but back-to-back potential NCAA Tournament teams proved that even the more modest preseason hopes should be tempered. Just ask Orange head coach Jim Boeheim. “I thought this team would take awhile,” Boeheim said, “It’s going to take longer. I thought it would take 10-12 games. I don’t know if it will be done in 15 or 20 games.” Friday’s loss mirrors the Oklahoma State game with another top-40 defense stifling a hit-or-miss offense. Another defensive breakdown. Another wasted opportunity. Like against the Cowboys, the Orange offense sputtered while their defense thrived. SU went 1-for-6 to start, the Nittany Lions a feeble 2-for-9. Penn State mustered an early advantage inside as Watkins wreaked havoc in both paints even while being an inch shorter than SU’s Marek Dolezaj and Bourama Sidibe. He swatted a Sidibe lay-up on one trip, and bothered others. Syracuse associate head coach Allen Griffin told Sidibe to jump while rebounding from the sidelines. All season, Boeheim has attributed Sidibe’s success with his movement inside and when that failed, Penn State noticed. On one side-out, Penn State fed an open Watkins on the block. He missed the first try and then tipped the put-back above a throng of SU jerseys and heads staring at Watkins, then at one another. Penn State — a team who struggles to rebound, head coach Patrick Chambers said — hauled 13 offensive rebounds in the first half. Sidibe said he’s dealt with a cold throughout the last week and running the court tonight made his chest burn. He told SU coaches he could play through it, but he tallied four fouls in 16 minutes. “I really feel like my body kind of felt weak tonight,” Sidibe said. “It’s not that I didn’t jump or nothing like that.” Kaci Wasilewski | Senior Staff WriterSU’s forwards ran into foul trouble again. Dolezaj committed his second foul with 12 minutes left in the first half, as PSU — an offense known for attacking the paint — drove. Lamar Stevens, PSU’s leading-scorer (17.7 points per game) beat Syracuse up the floor when the Orange pushed the pace. On three consecutive plays, Stevens flashed backdoor and found an open lane for either a make or set of free throws. When Wheeler capped a run with an open lay-up, Boeheim called a timeout before all five blue jerseys crossed half-court. Syracuse, a 3-point heavy offense, connected on its first deep ball 14 minutes in via Hughes from the wing. And like they have often this season, the Orange kickstarted their offense with more shooting. Hughes swished two more with a defender in his face both times. Guerrier caught a pass near his shins and hit from above the break. With time winding down in the first half, Hughes fed an open Dolezaj inside for two more points. They clawed back with Watkins off the floor and their shots finally falling. Spelling SU’s starting forwards, Guerrier exhibited an interior presence (posting his first career double-double) that the Orange needed. Yet, PSU managed enough offense inside to never let SU take the lead. They called only a few set plays, Chambers said, and found most of their offense exploiting the zone. And with the game nearly out of reach, Lundy’s 3 sealed Syracuse’s fate.Postgame, in the SU locker room, Buddy Boeheim recalled the play and sighed. The Orange had contested Lundy’s 3. They kept the game tight despite other issues — poor rebounding, transition defense and free throw shooting — hindering a comeback attempt. But the shot still slipped through twine, and for the third time in its first seven games, SU wasn’t good enough. In 1996, three losses in the first seven games meant an eventual trip to the NIT tournament. SU’s two NIT Season Tip-Off games in the Barclays Center have been a backbreaker for a young team with more problems than solutions and an unclear timetable to address them. “We got two young guards that are not doing the things we need to do to win,” Boeheim said, “And our centers aren’t. We don’t have a lot to look forward to and really pin our hopes on.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Ghana’s Richard Commey will be in action on Saturday looking to defend his IBF Lightweight title for the second time, when he comes against American Honduran Teofimo Lopez, at the Madison Square Garden.The fight which will be on the undercard of the Terrence Crawford vs Egidijus Kavaliauskas fight, will see the winner book a possible bout with Ukrainian multiple belt holder Vasyl Lomachenko next year.Ahead of the fight, Commey’s coach, Andre Rozier, has predicted an early finish if the challenger, Teofimo Lopez, makes an aggressive approach to the bout.“I don’t think he’s going to look to bang with us. Richard has realy big time power capability,” he told boxing talk.com.“All of those knockouts aren’t a figment of our imagination.“That young man can crack with either hand and it’s real solid power.“He can hit you with eith hand and you’re going to go and that would be a major obstacle for Teofimo to deal with. If he looks to bang it’s going to be a very early night.”Richard Commey became Ghana’s 9th world champion after defeating Russia’s Isa Chaniev to claim the IBF lightweight belt in February this year.