Broken leg for Nick Scholfield | Racing News

first_imgNick Scholfield is hoping he may yet be able to return in time for the busy Christmas schedule after breaking his leg in a freak incident at Fontwell.The multiple Grade One-winning jockey suffered the injury on Friday when he was cannoned into by a loose horse as he crossed the finishing line in fourth on Shintori in the Star Sports Owner’s Club £20K Guarantee Handicap Chase.- Advertisement – He was due to ride Champagne Court in the feature Badger Beers Silver Trophy Handicap Chase at Wincanton on Saturday – but will be out of action for several weeks at least.“I’ve fractured my tibia,” said Scholfield.“I hope I can get back as quickly as possible – if I could do it in six weeks, that would be what I’m hoping.”- Advertisement – Go Steady had unseated his jockey Bridget Andrews at the third-last, but then ran loose before careering into Scholfield.He admits his frustration at the injury, just as the new National Hunt season begins to step up a gear, but acknowledges many others are encountering far more trying times during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.“In these times, this is not so bad,” he added.- Advertisement – “It was unusual circumstances – something you don’t expect – so it’s frustrating from that aspect.“I’d crossed the line and finished the race on Shintori.“I was just pulling up, and a horse that had fallen was galloping (loose) and it has just ‘T-boned’ my horse, and my leg was stuck in the middle, and it caused me to fall off.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Concerts Committee plans virtual semester

first_imgWhile Instagram Lives are low-budget and more manageable to set up, such interactive events can amass huge crowds and provide ample opportunity for music promotion and merchandise sales. Travis Scott held a similar event on Fortnite, with almost 12 million viewers from around the world in attendance.  “If the artist wants to post about it, I wouldn’t be mad because then all of their fans can come too,” Gibbs said. “At the end of the day, I just want as many people to enjoy our events as possible.”  While the future of live shows may currently be uncertain, Gibbs, Kronenberg and the Committee are actively working to provide entertainment and events for USC students.  “We’re definitely going to try and have some sort of virtual programming, whether that be panels or special smaller events with either student artists or non-student artists,” Gibbs said. Concerts Committee co-executive director Samantha Gibbs, along with her team, is now dealing with a colossal dilemma: How can the organization do its job when concerts and big crowds are prohibited for the time being? Stepping into its mid-Spring semester role, Concerts Committee’s new executive board is entering uncharted territory this coming school year. Alongside co-director Faiz Haque, Gibbs and the rest of the team have been challenged to drastically alter the traditional Welcome Back Concert held every August.  While traditional large, in-person events like the Welcome Back Concert and Conquest! are out of the question, Concerts Committee is quickly pivoting toward providing entertainment for students at a socially acceptable distance — virtually. Having previously featured artists such as Saweetie, Migos, Gunna, Playboi Carti, Trippie Redd and Still Woozy, Concerts Committee works with agents to book performers for its events, which are free to USC students.  The transition to a digital interface will force the Committee to think outside the box, experiment with new methods of viewer engagement, promote smaller online events and partner with more student artists. However, Concerts Committee views the many challenges of the current virtual-only landscape as an opportunity.  While the exact format and headliner of the event are yet to be announced, Concerts Committee is working to make sure it’s a virtual music experience like no other.  Because events will be online, Concerts Committee is in an unprecedented position to publicize them to a much wider audience than usual, perhaps opening it to not only the USC community but each artist’s fans as well.  Ben Kronenberg, the assistant director of marketing for Concerts Committee, acknowledged that his responsibilities this semester will be a far cry from the average school year. He said that the now-typical Instagram Live concert content is overdone, often unengaging and as a result, “disheartening.” He will work closely with his creative teams to find new ways to reach out to and engage students and get people excited about a digital event. Jared Khan, a junior majoring in quantitative biology and an avid concertgoer, recently attended a 100 gecs music festival on the Minecraft platform. He said he enjoyed the novelty of the experiential event, noting that it was “more of an emulation of a real concert versus a passive viewing party.” Khan was also quick to point out that it was not identical to a typical concert experience. While Concerts Committee hasn’t yet officially confirmed any events, opening up virtual events would be an opportunity to publicize both the Committee and some of USC’s own artists, Gibbs said. USC Concerts Committee is responsible for orchestrating some of the biggest and most exciting events of the school year. From the Welcome Back Concert to Conquest! and Springfest, members of the committee create and coordinate unforgettable live music experiences for USC students.  The organization recently teased the opening acts for its Welcome Back event. Partnering with the Black Student Assembly, Concerts Committee announced via Instagram Aug. 10 that its event will feature Kyle Lux and Jordyn Simone, two up-and-coming artists and USC students.  In typical years, Concerts Committee employs a variety of methods to reach students and promote their events, using a mixture of digital and terrestrial marketing strategies, such as social media platforms, email blasts, on-campus promotion and tabling on Trousdale Parkway. However, with campus life disrupted by a virtual semester, the Committee is forced to get creative in its outreach methods. Unlike Instagram Live concerts that have become commonplace during the lockdown, Gibbs said that Concerts Committee is brainstorming ways to make the virtual concert experience as interactive and creative as possible for attendees.  “We’re trying to pull something together that’s really interesting and unique from what we’ve seen previously with livestreams and stuff like that,” said Gibbs, a senior majoring in communication. “We’re just trying to make it so that whatever we do is something enjoyable and something maybe different than what we’ve seen over the past few months.” Tentatively planning to livestream its music events, the committee is working to create engaging and inimitable experiences for students logging on from around the globe.  Crowds that once filled music venues at McCarthy Quad turn to virtual means of the concert experience due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Ling Luo | Daily Trojan) Springfest 2020 was supposed to be held in late March in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum but was canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus. With a nearly empty campus in August and restrictions imposed on large gatherings, sporting events and live shows in L.A. County, Springfest won’t be the last concert cancellation.  “Everyone in any role anywhere now has to really learn what resilience is and how to … make the best out of the situation,” Kronenberg said.last_img read more

Marek Dolezaj exploits size mismatches in Syracuse’s win over Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Every game Marek Dolezaj plays extended minutes at center for Syracuse, SU head coach Jim Boeheim comments on it afterwards. Boeheim has said it’s not something the Orange can keep doing. Dolezaj is not big enough to play huge minutes against the Atlantic Coast Conference’s top centers.“It’s tough for Marek to play center,” Boeheim said Saturday. “He does a great job, he fights in there. It’s not gonna work, not in this league, just not gonna work. We gotta have the bigger guys do something, bottom line.”But again, Dolezaj proved effective in the paint despite his size disadvantage as Syracuse (17-7, 8-3 ACC) beat Boston College (11-11, 2-8), 67-56, on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. Dolezaj finished with seven points, five rebounds, four steals, three assists, two blocks and a charge drawn in 28 minutes. Checking in at 6-foot-10 but only 180 pounds, Dolezaj is lighter than every center he matches up against when he checks in to play the 5. But he’s also been at his most effective when he gets extended minutes..“Marek’s the type of guy to use his mental ability over his physical ability,” SU sophomore Oshae Brissett said. “He knows how to play the game better than anyone I’ve seen.”For the Orange to compete against the four ranked teams left on their schedule, 7-foot-2 Paschal Chukwu or 6-foot-10 Bourama Sidibe might need to step up. But Dolezaj isn’t concerned with that, he said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen SU hosted Clemson, Dolezaj drew a charge on the opening play of the game, absorbing contact from 245-pound center Elijah Thomas. The Slovakian sophomore racked up five steals when matched up mostly with 243-pound center James Banks III of Georgia Tech. He used both those skills against BC.Matched up frequently with 6-foot-11, 253 pound Nik Popovic, Dolezaj anticipated entry passes before tipping them away. His four steals all came in similar fashion. It’s the way Dolezaj has operated inside. He’s not letting the opposition benefit from the size disparity.“The big guy gets the ball, there’s really not a lot, what I can do,” Dolezaj said. “He’s 220, 240, I’m 180. There’s really nothing to do. If he doesn’t get it, that’s good for me.”The tipped passes helped spark a 13-2 run in the second half for the Orange, as Dolezaj’s deflections lead to run outs for SU’s guards. When a player catches near the foul line or the baseline, Dolezaj hasn’t always been in trouble, either. Saturday, 220-pound Steffon Mitchell caught at the elbow and looked to get to the rim, but Dolezaj slid in front and drew a charge without even falling.His anticipation showed as a rim protector as well, with Dolezaj blocking Luka Kraljevic twice in a possession during the second half. The BC Slovenian tried to pump fake the SU Slovakian, but Dolezaj didn’t fall for it and timed his jumps right twice. “We all have supreme trust in him to protect him in the middle of the paint,” Brissett said of Dolezaj.Dolezaj also continued to provide an offensive dimension that SU’s more traditional centers don’t bring. On one play, he drove and kicked to Buddy Boeheim for a 3. On the next trip down the floor, Buddy returned the favor with a drive and kick to a Dolezaj 3. Neither Chukwu or Sidibe even consider making either of those plays.And Dolezaj’s highest-success rate play, the catch at the left elbow, caught BC napping. He directed Elijah Hughes to the left corner while SU came down the floor, then proceeded to catch the entry and dish to Hughes for a layup.Down the stretch, with BC mounting a comeback, Dolezaj attempted an over-the-top pass to Brissett and had it picked off. Boeheim flung his jacket over the Syracuse bench. But the stops Dolezaj made as an undersized center earlier on Saturday meant that the Boeheim jacket toss was inconsequential. “I’m just proving I can play basketball,” Dolezaj said. “And I’m just trying to get as many minutes as possible, what I can get. It’s all about if you’re on the court, not on the bench. And I just want to play, be on the court and help the team.” Published on February 9, 2019 at 5:53 pm Contact Billy: | @Wheyen3center_img Commentslast_img read more

Super clash: Togbe Afede charges team

first_imgBoard Chairman Togbe Afede XIV has charged both the playing body and the Technical team not to relent in their efforts to win this season’s league title adding that winning trophies this season should be the concern of all.The Board Chairman mentioned that it is a taboo for a big club like Hearts of Oak to go four seasons without winning the league trophy adding that ” this must be the year we win it again to end that league drought,” “For me it’s unacceptable for us to go four seasons without the league trophy. Indeed we managed to win the Presidents Cup, but what the Board needs is the league and the FA Cup respectively which is believer is very much achievable. Winning the title is certainly not beyond us,” the Board Chairman mentioned.He praised the team for their wonderful performance last season, especially the second round.“Hearts can only get better from what we did last season especially during the second round, anything short of that will only mean that it was a fluke. Apart from the defeat to Ash gold in the second round, no team was able to defeat us and I believe that if the league would have been based on only the performance of the second round, then we might as well call ourselves the league champions because we played better than every team in the second round. “Our poor start to the league was also a factor which affected us dearly. I entreat you all to play this season’s games better than you did last term so that we will avoid the catch up scenario we found ourselves last season.”The Board Chairman also wished the entire team God’s blessings and pleaded with players of the team to continue to work hard with better focus to make good names for themselves and the club.last_img read more