Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A second severed arm was found in Hempstead a half mile from a similar discovery made a day prior—two days after a dismembered woman’s body was found in Bay Shore, police said.Hempstead village police confirmed that a 911 caller reported finding the second body part on Stewart Avenue near the corner of Cornell Street at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.Suffolk County police confirmed that homicide squad detectives crossed the county line to respond to the scene, same as they did the day before.Nassau County police declined to comment, but the department’s homicide and third squad are investigating, authorities said.The first arm was found near the corner of Webb Avenue and Washington Street at 2 p.m. Wednesday, police have said.A day before that and 22 miles away, two people walking to the Fire Island ferry terminal found an unidentified dead woman’s partially dismembered body in a vacant lot on the corner of Gilson Street and Maple Avenue on Tuesday morning, police have said.Suffolk medical examiners are performing an autopsy on the woman’s remains to determine her identity and cause of death. Nassau medical examiners were examining the first arm, although authorities did not say where the second arm was taken. It is unclear if the three sets of remains belong to the same person.Suffolk police have also said that they dispatched their K-9 units to the Gilgo Beach area as a precaution, but added that they have no evidence of a link between the Bay Shore discovery and the unsolved Gilgo Beach murders.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York More than a foot of snow is forecast for parts of the East End with four to six inches for western Long Island, meteorologists warned Saturday as a winter storm hit the area.The highest accumulations are likely to be on the South Fork, although the storm is forecast to bring heavy snow, 30-mph gusts and temperatures in the 20s to all of LI, the National Weather Service said in a winter storm warning issued for Nassau and Suffolk counties through midnight. The conditions are expected to make for slippery roadways and reduce visibility to a quarter mile, making for hazardous travel conditions.“The best practice right now is to stay off the roads,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini told reporters Saturday during a news conference. Noting that there were already 20 vehicle crashes at the start of the storm around 11 a.m., he said those he must drive should reduce their speed and leave enough room between vehicles to stop.The storm is impacting much of the East Coast. Parts of New York City and the tri-state area are also under a winter storm warning. The storm is the first major snowstorm of winter and of 2017, although it fell short of more serious blizzard conditions.The heaviest part of the snow is expected during the early afternoon before it tapers off this evening. NWS officials noted that anyone who must drive should bring food, water and a flashlight in case of emergency.Nassau and Suffolk county officials as well as smaller local municipalities said they are deploying hundreds of snow plows to clear and salt roadways island-wide. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said if there is any silver lining, it’s that the storm hit on a weekend when most people are off from work and can stay home.“It is fortunate that the storm is occurring on a Saturday,” Bellone said, encouraging residents to make it a family day. “It’s always easier when the roads are clear.”
He was also on the Board of Directors from 2015 to 2019. Andrew Hafer was named the new president and CEO. Roseann Cole, Chairman of the Board of Directors said, “[Hafer] is such an asset to our community and the Chamber is pleased and excited to have him on board.” OWEGO (WBNG) — The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce announced a new president and CEO Monday morning. He worked with Tioga Opportunities since 2007 and served as the Energy Services Director, Community Services and Operations Manager. Hafer will replace current Chamber President and CEO Gwen Kania. Kania has served as president and CEO since 2014 and worked in the chamber for over a decade. Hafer starts his role as president and CEO on May 29.
Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Granny busted for cocaine makes history in Trinidad by: – June 15, 2012 Share Share Tweet Seventy-one-year-old Grace Pierre-Holder is the oldest person ever jailed in Trinidad for attempted drug trafficking..PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Friday June 15, 2012 – Seventy-one-year-old Grace Pierre-Holder may have landed herself in the slammer for the next six years, but the old gal did so in style, making history as the oldest person in Trinidad to be jailed for attempting to leave Piarco International Airport with cocaine in her possession for the purpose of trafficking 12 years ago.The silver-haired grandmother’s 29-year-old co-accused, Daenah John-Finn, carved her own niche as the youngest Trinidad national on record to be charged in an airport case in relation to possession of cocaine.The elderly Pierre-Holder, of Simon Street, Gasparillo was ordered to serve six years simple imprisonment, while John-Finn, of Old Southern Main Road, Claxton Bay Junction, Claxton Bay, was sentenced to five years with hard labour.The sentences were handed down by Justice Carla Brown-Antoine in the Fifth Criminal Court at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain.Both women were found guilty of the offence on May 3, but sentencing was postponed to allow their attorneys to make pleas of mitigation on their behalf.Leading evidence on behalf of the State were attorneys Renuka Rambhajan and Taterani Seecharan while Pierre-Holder was represented by Senior Counsel Theodore Guerra and attorney John Heath.John-Finn was represented by attorneys Ravi Rajcoomar and Jenna Lucky-Samaroo.Pierre-Holder and John-Finn were among a group of four arrested at Piarco International Airport while waiting to board an American Airlines flight to London via Miami on February 10, 2000.All appeared to be mooching along smoothly until police officers discovered they had packages of cocaine concealed in the male Clarks leather shoes they were wearing.All four were scheduled to return to Trinidad on February 13, 2000, but neither they nor their now-famous shoes ever left the ground.Pierre-Holder’s daughter Michelle Leslie and John-Finn’s boyfriend Jason Connell were the other members of the well-heeled group.Connell was found guilty on May 11, 2006 at the Arima Magistrate’s Court and ordered to pay $25,000 forthwith or serve three years in prison. The fine was paid. Leslie pleaded guilty on January 30, 2008 and was fined $50,000 by an Arima Magistrate.In passing sentences on Pierre-Holder and John-Finn, the judge said those involved were part of a very carefully planned operation.She went on to disagree with the assertion by made by Pierre-Holder’s attorney that his client’s age was a mitigating factor.“Age should bring wisdom and society expects that our more mature citizens would be an example to our younger ones. To put it plainly, (she) should have known better,” Brown-Antoine said.Caribbean 360 News 82 Views 2 comments Share
Gareth Bale returned to the team and Real Madrid came back to beat Osasuna on Sunday as a 4-1 victory in Pamplona strengthened their hold on top spot in La Liga.Bale had been left out completely for Madrid’s previous four matches but the Welshman returned to the squad and the starting line-up at El Sadar, in a surprise show of faith from coach Zinedine Zidane.Gareth Bale made his third start of the year in Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Osasuna in La Liga on SundayA fortuitous deflection meant Bale assisted Isco’s equaliser too before Sergio Ramos put Madrid in front after Unai Garcia had given Osasuna an early lead.Substitutes Lucas Vazquez and Luka Jovic then scored from late breakaways as Real pulled six points clear of Barcelona, who play at Real Betis later on Sunday.“I’m pleased with all the players and what they’re doing,” said Zidane. “It’s very good to stay in front.”Barca’s exit in the Copa del Rey overshadowed Madrid’s own shock defeat at home by Real Sociedad in the quarter-finals, a loss that brought a dramatic end to their 21-match unbeaten run.But Zidane will be relieved to see his team swiftly back on track with a performance full of the kind of resilience that Real’s rivals have so lacked in recent weeks.Bale also keeps coming back under Zidane and the 30-year-old had chances to add a goal to a spirited display before going off to a decent reception from the away support in the second half.This was only his third appearance since the turn of the year.“People want there to be a problem but there isn’t one,” Zidane said. “He did well, offensively and defensively he gave everything. He was a bit short of fitness at the end, so he came off.“We know the player he is and that he will give a lot from now until the end of the season. Let’s count on Gareth.”– Hazard yet to return –Eden Hazard is still yet to return after recovering from a foot fracture. Real play Manchester City in the Champions League in less than two weeks.“It wasn’t the time today again and I hope we’ll see him next week,” said Zidane.Osasuna were the better side in the early stages and took a deserved lead when Unai put his head in front of Casemiro’s dangling foot and steered the ball into the corner.But the visitors improved as the half wore on and Isco volleyed in an equaliser after Bale attempted to divert Ferland Mendy’s cross, with the ball deflecting kindly into the Spaniard’s path.Ramos was lucky to escape a red card after sliding in on Ruben Garcia with a high foot and Madrid’s captain took full advantage of his reprieve as he nodded in Casemiro’s looping header to the back post.Luka Modric had a strong claim for a penalty after he nipped the ball away from Pervis Estupinan in the area before Osasuna enjoyed their most threatening spell.Inigo Perez’s shot whistled just over and Ruben dragged wide from Nacho Vidal’s pull-back after making space with a neat dummy past Ramos. Read Also: Grealish reveals preferred club from Man Utd, Real Madrid, BarcelonaBale went off to applause from the small number of away fans, and Vazquez came on to add a third. Osasuna’s defence were occupied by a Karim Benzema burst and he fed right for Vazquez to drive in. Jovic smashed in a fourth in injury-time.Sevilla lost ground in the race for the top four as they conceded two late goals to lose 2-1 at struggling Celta Vigo.Iago Aspas equalised in the 78th minute for Celta and substitute Pione Sisto scored the winner in the 91st after Youssef En-Nesyri had put Sevilla in front with his first goal for the club.After one win in five league games, Sevilla drop to fifth, behind Atletico Madrid on goal difference. Celta climb out of the relegation zone and up to 17th. Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right Now6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooNo Good Disney Role Models For Boys?The 90s Was A Fantastic Decade For Fans Of Action Movies
FARLEY, Iowa (Sept. 13) – Jason Schueller led most of the way and pulled ahead late in winning Friday’s Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN feature at Farley Speedway. The $1,500 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified series victory came during the Yankee Dirt Track Classic and put Schueller on the ballot for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Mark Elliott qualified from his “B” feature and advanced 15 spots to second while new series point leader Mike Van Genderen was third. Mark Schulte and Jerry Luloff rounded out the top five. Schulte drew the outside front row start and led the first two circuits. The third starting Schueller was alongside and ahead by the width of his bumper when the next lap was scored, then began to pull away before a lap seven caution tightened the field back up. Elliott was up to fourth by lap 10 and got by Schulte for second on lap 15. A series of yellow flags interrupted the race after midway before Van Genderen set his sights on second.Elliott held off that challenge but neither driver was able to make any progress in reeling in Schueller before the end of the 30-lapper. Van Genderen, however, took over the top spot in the standings when Ronn Lauritzen was relegated to 21st place.The championship of the fourth annual series will be decided in the tour finale Saturday evening, Sept. 14 at Farley. That event pays $2,000 to win. Schueller’s victory was his Hawkeye Dirt Tour first. Forty-four Modifieds were entered at Farley for the 10th series event of the season.Feature results – 1. Jason Schueller, Dubuque; 2. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 3. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 4. Mark Schulte, Delhi; 5. Jerry Luloff, Independence; 6. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 7. Kurt Kile, Nichols; 8. Matt Gansen, Zwingle; 9. Ron Barker, Dubuque; 10. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 11. Dakota Hayden, Wilton; 12. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 13. Bob Moyer, Dubuque; 14. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 15. Mitch Morris, Eldridge; 16. Zach Less, Hopkinton; 17. Steve Stewart, Burlington; 18. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 19. Jerry King, Waterloo; 20. Chris Horn, Cedar Rapids; 21. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 22. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 23. Shawn Ryan, Waterloo; 24. Jason Roth, Hazel Green, Wis.1st heat (top four) – 1. Schulte; 2. Moyer; 3. Van Genderen; 4. Roth; 5. Elliott; 6. Kile; 7. Tyler Madigan, Peosta; 8. Matt Werner, Colona, Ill.; 9. John Gartner Jr., Bismarck, N.D.; 10. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 11. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids.2nd heat – 1. Morris; 2. Hayden; 3. Barker; 4. Stewart; 5. Less; 6. Kenny Kostenbader, Freeport, Ill.; 7. Dennis Betzer, Central City; 8. Justin Rix, Olin; 9. Jeremy Gengler, Lancaster, Wis.; 10. Keith Pittman, Waterloo; 11. Gustin. 3rd heat – 1. Schueller; 2. Gansen; 3. Luloff; 4. Cordes; 5. Shryock; 6. Mike Burbridge, Delhi; 7. Dugan Thye, Burlington; 8. Pete Bonin, Platteville, Wis.; 9. David McClain, Potosi, Wis.; 10. Steve Vannatta, Platteville, Wis.; 11. Shaun Slaughter, Iowa City.4th heat – 1. Ryan; 2. Carter; 3. Lauritzen; 4. Horn; 5. Hogan; 6. King; 7. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; 8. Wolla; 9. Wade Steinmann, Monroe, Wis.; 10. Mike Weidemann, Dubuque; 11. John Campbell, Dubuque;1st “B” feature (top three) – 1. Elliott; 2. Shryock; 3. Kile; 4. Werner; 5. Gartner; 6. Thye; 7. Bonin; 8. Olson; 9. Madigan; 10. Vannatta; 11. Burbridge; 12. Droste; 13. Thompson; 14. Slaughter; 15. McClain. 2nd “B” feature – 1. Hogan; 2. Gustin; 3. Wolla; 4. King; 5. Gengeler; 6. Betzer; 7. Kostenbader; 8. Campbell; 9. Steinmann; 10. Less; 11. Pittman; 12. Waterman; 13. Weidemann; 14. Rix.Provisionals – Less and King.
By Jeremy FoxOSKALOOSA, Iowa (July 2) – Cayden Carter raced to a $2,000 payday on night two of Southern Iowa Speedway’s Budweiser Great American Stock Car Shootout.The Shootout brought many of the top drivers in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division to Oskaloosa and the 30-lap main event didn’t disappoint.Derrick Agee and Damon Murty ran 1-2 in the dash earlier in the evening and started on the front row. Murty took advantage and grabbed the early lead with Agee staying right behind while Mike Hughes, Nathan Wood and Carter battled for position.It looked as if Murty was going to take the big check home but after the halfway pit stop it was Carter taking the lead away on lap 19 and staying in front to the finish. He took the win over Murty, two-time defending race winner Zack VanderBeek, David Brandies and Agee.Curtis VanDerWal and Dustin Griffiths were $1,000 feature winners in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, respectively.VanDerWal won the pole dash and maintained an iron grip on the lead despite four cautions and the ensuing restarts. The victory was his sixth locally this season.Jason McDaniel, Tim Plummer, Brett Lowry and Cory Van Zante completed the top five.Craig Brown and Griffiths led the Hobby Stock field to green. Griffiths grabbed the top spot and held off numerous challenges from Brown in a contest that stopped only for the pit stop at midway.Danny Thrasher got by Craig Brown for second with two laps to go. Nick Ulin and Travis Bunnell rounded out the top five.Announced on Thursday Night were the three newest members of the Southern Iowa Speedway Hall of Fame, Dean Sylvester, Danny Wallace and Jim Brown. They will be inducted on Wednesday, July 15 during intermission of the Southern Iowa Fair Races featuring the rescheduled IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour event.July 2 ResultsStock Cars – 1. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 2. Damon Murty, Chelsea; 3. Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon; 4. David Brandies, Wilton; 5. Derrick Agee, Moberly, Mo.; 6. Mike Hughes, Oskaloosa; 7. Daniel Hilsabeck, Adel; 8. Brad Pinkerton, New Sharon; 9. Johnny Spaw, Cedar Rapids; 10. Shane Paris, Muscatine; 11. Todd Reitzler, Grinnell; 12. Cody Agee, Huntsville, Mo.; 13. Todd Phillips, Packwood; 14. Jason See, Albia; 15. Daniel Gordon, Oskaloosa; 16. Nathan Wood, Sigourney; 17. Michael Peterson, Montezuma; 18. Caleb Crenshaw, Fort Worth, Texas; 19. Jerry Pilcher, Bloomfield; 20. Les Blakley, Fairfield; 21. Michael Bilyeu, Indianola; 22. Doug Sylvester, Ottumwa; 23. Casey Greubel, Lacona; 24. Joe Zadina, Corning; 25. Brock Welch, Oskaloosa.Last-chance qualifier (top five advance) – 1. Pinkerton; 2. Zadina; 3. Peterson; 4. Phillips; 5. Blakley; 6. Bilyeu; 7. Ron Christopher, Forney, Texas; 8. Gordon; 9. Robbie Merkle, Des Moines; 10. Welch; 11. Bob Lynch, Ottumwa; 12. Duawyne Herb, Hiawatha; 13. Austin Evans, Independence); 14. Donnie Pearson, Oskaloosa.Dash – 1. Derrick Agee; 2. Murty; 3. Hughes; 4. Carter; 5. Wood; 6. Paris; 7. Cody Agee; 8. Hilsabeck.1st heat – 1. Reitzler; 2. Pilcher; 3. Spaw; 4. Zadina; 5. Blakley; 6. Bilyeu; 7. Herb; 8. Phillips. 2nd heat – 1. VanderBeek; 2. Sylvester; 3. Greubel; 4. Gordon; 5. Lynch; 6. Peterson; 7. Merkle; 8. Pearson. 3rd heat – 1. Brandies; 2. See; 3. Crenshaw; 4. Pinkerton; 5. Evans; 6. Welch; 7. Christopher.Northern SportMods – 1. Curtis VanDerWal, Oskaloosa; 2. Jason McDaniel, Eldon; 3. Tim Plummer, Norway; 4. Brett Lowry, Montezuma; 5. Cory Van Zante, Sully; 6. Brandon Dale, Memphis, Mo.; 7. Jared Van Deest, Holland; 8. Scott Vanbuskirk, Hedrick; 9. Charlie Weber, Sigourney; 10. Trent Brink, Bussey; 11. Greg Strohman, Webster; 12. Michael Guthrie, Ottumwa; 13. Scott Brau, Brooklyn; 14. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; 15. Logan Anderson, Oskaloosa; 16. Danny Brau, Brooklyn; 17. Colton Livezey, New Sharon; 18. Matthew VanGelder, Pella; 19. Kyle Hill, New London; 20. Leroy Groenendyk, Oskaloosa.Dash – 1. VanDerWal; 2. McDaniel; 3. Anderson; 4. Lowry; 5. Livezey; 6. Van Zante; 7. Hill; 8. Weber.1st heat – 1. Carter; 2. Dale; 3. Strohman; 4. Plummer; 5. Guthrie; 6. Scott Brau; 7. Groenendyk. 2nd heat – 1. Vanbuskirk; 2. Osweiler; 3. Van Deest; 4. Van Gelder; 5. Danny Brau; 6. Brink.Hobby Stocks – 1. Dustin Griffiths, Ottumwa; 2. Danny Thrasher, Agency; 3. Craig Brown, Eldon; 4. Nick Ulin, Agency; 5. Travis Bunnell, Hedrick; 6. Bobby Greene, Eddyville; 7. Dale Porter, Bloomfield; 8. Jamie Songer, Ankeny; 9. Adam Bonnett, Martensdale; 10. August Bach, Newton; 11. Brandon Potts, Eldon; 12. Aaron Martin, Ottumwa; 13. Steve Allen, Oskaloosa; 14. Clayton Webster, Ottumwa; 15. Christian Huffman, New Sharon; 16. Ron Downing Jr., Ottumwa; 17. Kevin Fee, Knoxville.Dash – 1. Brown; 2. Griffiths; 3. Thrasher; 4. Ulin; 5. Songer; 6. Porter; 7. Bill Bonnett; 8. Potts; 9. Adam Bonnett
New Delhi: The ICC Cricket World Cup in England is just five months away but it seems Australia, the five-time and defending champions have decided that this is the time for a total overhaul in their ODI side. The squad picked in the three-match series against India has included some surprise picks and omissions. The squad sees the return of Peter Siddle, who last played an ODI against Sri Lanka in Sydney in 2010, along with Nathan Lyon and Usman Khawaja. Lyon, who is primarily Australia’s gun bowler in Tests, has played just 15 ODIs and last played in the format during the series in England in which Australia were whitewashed 5-0.The likes of D’Arcy Short, Ben McDermott, Ashton Agar and Chris Lynn have all been dropped while the fast bowling trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood has all been rested. In a statement released by Cricket Australia, chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said key players had not capitalised on their chances. “Travis Head, D’Arcy Short and Chris Lynn have had opportunities to cement their spots, but unfortunately, they have not been as productive as we would have liked in recent times when playing ODI cricket for Australia. With a focus on improving our ability to post competitive totals we’ve recalled Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb and Mitch Marsh to the squad. Usman is a batsman we know can put vital runs on the board at the top of the order, and Peter is not only a fine player of spin bowling, he’s also a batsman we know can hold an innings together while keeping the scoreboard ticking over,” Hohns said.Read More | Virat Kohli booed in Sydney Test, Ricky Ponting calls it an ‘absolute disgrace’Siddle played in the Domestic One-Day competition and managed to take nine wickets in seven games for Victoria. Khawaja has not played ODIs for Australia since the series against Pakistan. The dropping of Lynn has evoked mixed response. The Queensland right-hander failed in the series against South Africa, managing scores of 15,44 and 0. However, in the Big Bash League, he blasted 84 for the Brisbane Heat against the Sydney Sixers at the Carrara Oval. Short has underperformed in four ODIs while in the Twenty20 series against South Africa, he did not gain much success.Read More | Pujara slams third ton in series, gives India decisive advantageThe heavy workload of Cummins, Hazlewood and Starc in the Test series against India sees them getting rested for the ODIs but Australia have suffered a jolt with Nathan Coulter-Nile, their other pace option, being rested after complaining of back soreness in the Big Bash League for Perth Scorchers.Australia play three ODIs against India, starting on January 12, with the remaining matches being played on January 15 and January 18. Following the end of the ODI series, Australia play Sri Lanka and then could embark on ODI tours to India and the UAE against Pakistan. The series against Pakistan could see the return of David Warner and Steve Smith following the end of their one-year ban imposed on them following the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town.Australia squad for India ODI seriesAaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 29, 2018 at 10:22 am Contact Danny: email@example.com | @DannyEmerman Through his first 12 games at St. Bonaventure, freshman Kyle Lofton has proved point guards don’t need to bark out instructions to be effective. He knows he can be a leader without being the loudest in the locker room and on the court. “He’s vocal when he has to be, but he’s not the loudest kid,” Tom Espinoza, who coached Lofton at Putnam (Connecticut) Science Academy, said. “Kyle has that leadership quality. People just go with him and respect him — it’s amazing.”Lofton, St. Bonaventure’s silent floor general, developed a jump shot after scouts questioned his shooting ability. After earning no Division I offers, he proved himself at Putnam, where he helped win the school’s first prep national championship. In his first 12 games for St. Bonaventure (4-8), Lofton leads in the team in assists (4.0 per game) and logs the second most minutes (36.6). But entering Saturday’s game versus Syracuse (8-4), the 6-foot-3 point guard will have to learn to overcome his soft-spoken personality to thrive in the Carrier Dome’s rowdy environment.Instead of being vocal, Lofton leads by example. He knows every play from each position and often reminds his teammates where to be in practice. He soaks in advice and wisdom from his more experienced teammates and applies it in games.Lofton has always been soft-spoken, teammates and coaches said. Still, he often struggles to communicate, a necessary skill for point guards at the highest level, SBU senior Nelson Kaputo said. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think he’ll just become more vocal the more comfortable he gets playing the game of college basketball,” Kaputo said. “At the end of the day, he’s still a freshman … so he has a long way to go.”At Putnam, when some of his teammates signed with D-I schools and left campus before graduation, Lofton stayed and locked himself in the gym to continue improving his jump shot even after the season ended. Lofton improved his jumper and studied the intricacies of pick-and-roll offense, learning how to read a defense while there. He built muscle and became a better leader on the court. As his play grew more confident and aggressive, his shot followed. Lofton has an unconventional shooting form where he removes his guide hand from the ball a half-second before releasing the ball. After scouts questioned his outside stroke, Lofton shot 40 percent from beyond the arc at Putnam and currently shoots at a 34.4 percent clip with the Bonnies. “It was unbelievable what he did with us,” Espinoza said. “So it’s not a surprise what he’s doing at Bonnies.”He’s brought that same work ethic to St. Bonaventure in his first year. In addition to his passing and “elite” defense, Espinoza said, Lofton has also taken a scoring role, averaging 13.9 points per game, third-most on the team. He dropped 23 points at Vermont, 20 against Boise St. and 15 versus then-No. 17 Buffalo. At St. Bonaventure, Lofton often prefers to put his teammates in positions to score by passing to them in their spots, Kaputo said. Against Syracuse’s 2-3 zone, Lofton plans to be aggressive, looking for passing lanes to his teammates at the high post, he said. The biggest difference between D-I and the prep league, Lofton said, is the pace of play. He didn’t expect to play this many minutes this early in his freshman year, and he admits to feeling fatigued in some games.The speed of Saturday’s game against Syracuse may be more of what Lofton’s accustomed to. According to teamrankings.com, SU averages 69.4 possessions per game, 294th out of 353 D-I programs. Though Syracuse has struggled offensively, they remain tough at home, with a 7-2 record in the Carrier Dome. However, Lofton may get an extra boost from playing in the same arena as Carmelo Anthony, his favorite player growing up. Lofton’s envisioned his Dome debut since middle school, when he dreamed of lacing up orange shoes for Syracuse. In the raucous crowd of his childhood dreams, Lofton may struggle with the sole element of his game that’s held him back — he’ll need to make his voice heard. “It’s gonna be loud,” Lofton said. Comments
Cáit Devane scored all three of Tipp’s goals – but it wasn’t enough to get past Limerick, in the camogie yesterday, who just edged the game.Limerick captain Niamh Mulcahy fired 15 points as the Treaty side won by a point – 1-20 to 3-12 – at Semple Stadium to keep their hopes of emerging from Group 2 of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship alive.Tipperary now face into two tough away games against Offaly and Wexford in the coming weeks. Photo © Tipp FM & Denis Vahey Photography