Pedestrian critically injured in hit-and-run incident

first_imgHayden, In. — Indiana State Police say a North Vernon man is in critical condition in a Louisville area hospital after being struck by a vehicle that left the scene.A report says at 4:38 a.m. Sunday it is believed a Toyota truck struck Davon Lee Shine, 24, on eastbound U.S. 50 near County Road 700 West. Lee was found on the side of the road transported by air ambulance. He was last reported in critical condition.Investigators are looking for tips from the public to find the Toyota pickup truck. Police say the truck is likely to have front-end damage. Information can be left confidentially by calling 812-689-5000 or 812-346-5111.last_img read more

Defensive slumps have nearly sunk Syracuse in recent weeks

first_img Comments Published on March 19, 2019 at 12:16 am Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez The shot clock wound down, and Adam Charalambides was desperate. The Rutgers attack was nearly parallel to Syracuse’s Drake Porter near the crease when he flung an underhanded shot. Porter barely flinched, watching the ball bounce past him and into netting as the buzzer sounded. From the sidelines, Orange head coach John Desko walked onto the turf with extended arms. Officials convened, and the goal was awarded. It was early in the first quarter of the March 16 contest and already, it seemed like Rutgers’ offense was clicking. When asked about Charalambides’ six-goal output, Desko leaned back and took a deep breath.“That’s a great question,” Desko said. “We were a little disappointed, we had guys marking him and he backdoored us a couple times.” The play was a first for Porter in his first season as a starter. The junior goalie’s played well, posting more than 13 saves per game — the top mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Defender Nick Mellen has been regarded as one of the best defenders in the country by experts and opponents. But even with stalwarts and the talented backline, the numbers haven’t equated. No. 12 Syracuse’s (4-2, 0-1 ACC) defense has allowed multiple scoring runs in recent weeks, leading to a loss to Virginia and almost costing games against Johns Hopkins and RU. Its defense is middle of the road in caused turnovers (24th), stopping man-down chances (28th) and scoring (29th). Through six games, Syracuse’s defense is just average.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis Sunday, the Orange host No. 2 Duke — the highest-ranked opponent they’ve played this season with a top-15 offense — so the backline might need a stronger performance to match their thriving offense. The close contest with Rutgers wasn’t the first time Syracuse stumbled with an opponent’s early game plan. Two weeks prior, Virginia’s Michael Kraus exposed SU’s struggles with “big-little” matchups on March 3. It was the first time an offense utilized that strategy against Syracuse, Desko said, and it wasn’t prepared.Kraus paced the Cavaliers with six points, including a diving play where he charged the crease from behind-the-cage and flicked a shot past Porter for one of his three goals. SU adjusted its defense, assigned specific matchups but on the final goal of the game, Mikey Herring slipped free from a screen and scored the overtime winner. “Syracuse did a really nice job defending us one-on-one, and they didn’t want to slide,” UVA head coach Lars Tiffany said. “We wanted to continue to exploit that.”Susie Teuscher | Digital Design EditorThe Orange appeared to solve their defensive problems a week later against Johns Hopkins. When the ball swung behind Porter’s net, the goalie stepped behind and pressured the ball while two poles patrolled the crease. Yet the Blue Jays still leapt to an early 5-1 advantage. Their attack seized one-on-one matchups and used ball-screens to generate space and pressure with transition. While scoring from atypical players like Brett Kennedy and Peter Dearth salvaged the win, the defense almost sunk SU below .500.And this past Sunday, it allowed a Rutgers team playing its third game in eight days to establish another early lead. The RU duo of Kieran Mullins and Charalambides handed the Orange their worst defensive-frame of the season, scoring six times in the first. Syracuse stressed the importance of stopping RU’s transition game in practice, Desko said. But even though the Orange “beat it to death” before Saturday’s game, the Scarlet Knights still tallied a couple of fast break goals. But as seen through its up-and-down defensive stretch, Syracuse has adjusted well, but its opened other gaps. This past Sunday, it came in the form of Mullins operating from behind the goal, employing a now-familiar inverted-offense. SU’s defenders dropped into a zone when Mullins dropped low. But Rutgers countered and Charalambides capitalized. The 6-foot-2 attack rotated through crossing motions and the self-identifying non-dodger caught passes and whipped in goals. He scored on all of his first five shots, once causing Dearth to bend his stick over his head and shake his head at a replay. “We went into halftime and said, ‘Enough’s enough,’” Desko said. “If others were gonna hurt us, let them do it, but we can’t give this guy anymore.” The second-half strategy centered on stopping Charalambides with the 6-foot, 227-pound Tyson Bomberry. The senior face-guarded RU’s main threat and when SU rotated assignments, that defender retained the pressure. Syracuse’s defense settled. It allowed the attack and faceoff units to solve the Scarlet Knights’ defense and goalie Max Edelmann. Eventually, the fourth quarter turned into a shootout, and the offense took over, saving the team from its first defensive slump of the season.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Yaya Toure criticised by Manchester City fans following touchline embrace with Pep Guardiola

first_imgYaya Toure has become embroiled in a social media backlash after being criticised by Manchester City supporters following a touchline embrace with Pep Guardiola moments after Wednesday’s last minute Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich.While team-mates including goalkeeper Joe Hart were shown being consoled by opponents in the wake of Jerome Boateng’s 90th-minute winner, Toure, who played under Guardiola during his spell at Barcelona, was pictured hugging and joking with the Bayern manager at the end of the game.With Toure’s subdued performance in the Allianz Arena proving to be his latest below-par display since angering the club’s supporters with claims of unhappiness at the Etihad Stadium at the end of last season, the Ivory Coast midfielder now faces a battle to turn a tide of increasing frustration with his commitment to the club.One City fan tweeted, ‘The quickest Yaya moved all night was to shake Pep’s hand,’ with another claiming that ‘Yaya cuddling Pep, just not what we want to see after his performance tonight.Toure’s contribution on the pitch was highlighted by others, including one tweet which said, “What’s with Yaya Toure laughing and joking with Pep at the end there?? Should have pulled ya finger out tonight instead!! Certainly not funny!!”Having enraged supporters in May following claims by his agent, Dmitri Seluk, that City had failed to show Toure sufficient respect by failing to celebrate his 31st birthday appropriately, the player ultimately performed an about-turn following suggestions that he was ready to consider his future at the club. But despite his insistence that he was still fully committed to City, the club rejected the opportunity to reward the player with a new contract, instead handing new terms to David Silva and Sergio Aguero.Having signed a new deal towards the end of the 2012-13 season, it is understood that City currently have no plans to open discussions over improved terms with Toure.The midfielder is expected to figure against Chelsea on Sunday having missed last Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Arsenal due to a late return from international duty in Africa.last_img read more