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Funeral services pending for Dave Farren Sr.

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – An IMCA Modified racing legend passed away Sunday in his hometown of Des Moines.Services for Dave Farren Sr., 70 are at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Avenue in Des Moines.Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 29 at Hamilton’s. In honor of Dave’s favorite color, friends are asked to wear purple.Farren began racing an IMCA Modified in 1984; his first full season was 1985.IMCA’s national champion in 1986 and 1988, he became the all-time wins leader in the division by passing Jack Mitchell and Bobby Layne, and also won for the 100th time in his career in 1988.His career total of 199 feature wins is now fifth all-time in the division.“Dave was one of the early IMCA Modified drivers who made an impact on the growth of the divi­sion,” said Kathy Root, former IMCA president and now chair of the sanctioning body’s executive committee. “He was a true budget racer who proved you could win championships with the most basic equipment. We send our condolences to Dave’s family and his many friends.”Farren’s single season best win total was 32, in 1988. He won 29 features in 1986 and 24 in 1987. He won 18 local track championships between 1986 and 2001.A nine-time qualifier for the Modified main event at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, his career-best finish was sixth in 1985. He also qualified for the Race of Champi­ons four times.Survivors include his wife Peggy; sons David D. Farren (Jolynne), Jim Gannon, Jr. (Kim), Tim Gannon (Ronnette); seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and brother Dean Farren (Pam).Memorials may be made to the family. 

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McIlroy hopes hang on final major

first_img “At the end of 2013, if I have not won another major I will be disappointed.” Two months after expressing those thoughts, McIlroy was replaced as world number one by Tiger Woods and now finds himself third in the rankings behind Phil Mickelson. And unless he retains his US PGA title next week at Oak Hill, that disappointment of not winning a major championship in 2013 will hit home too. The bookmakers have the 24-year-old from Northern Ireland as a 28/1 seventh favourite to lift the Wanamaker Trophy again and it is hard to argue with those odds. In fact it could easily be argued they are not generous enough. McIlroy won five times last year, including his second major by eight shots at Kiawah Island, to finish top of the money list on both sides of the Atlantic. But he has recorded only one top-five finish in a turbulent 2013 that saw him damage his reputation by walking off the course during his defence of the Honda Classic and bending one of his new clubs out of shape during the final round of the US Open. In the majors he has managed just one round under 70 – a closing 69 in the US Masters – and is a collective 28 over par after missing the cut in the Open Championship after rounds of 79 and 75. That opening round at Muirfield led McIlroy to offer a withering assessment of his own performance, labelling it “brain dead” and claiming he sometimes felt “like I’m walking around out there and I’m unconscious”. Such honesty made for great headlines, but is it great for McIlroy? “Sometimes (I wish I wasn’t so honest) but it’s just me,” he said. “I am not going to sit up here and pour my heart out but I will tell you how I am thinking and what’s on my mind. If I get asked a reasonable question I will give a reasonable answer.” The answer to McIlroy’s problems on the course may prove harder to find, but the Ryder Cup star is hoping a few enjoyable rounds with friends back home in Northern Ireland last week, coupled with the advice of putting coach Dave Stockton, will set him on the right track. He insists his game was in worse shape at this time last year before a fifth-place finish in Akron kickstarted a stunning second half of the season. And he believes competing at Firestone is the perfect preparation for what lies ahead at Oak Hill, venue for the 1995 Ryder Cup and the scene of Shaun Micheel’s US PGA triumph in 2003. “They are both old-fashioned, traditional golf courses,” McIlroy said. “The fairways at Oak Hill have a little more bend to them, you have to shape a lots of shots at Oak Hill; here a lot of them are straight out in front but the greens are similar, quite small and sloping and the par threes at both courses are strong holes. “I’ve heard the rough is up at Oak Hill from when I was there six weeks ago so I’m looking forward to seeing what that’s like.” “I don’t play golf for the money, I am well past that,” McIlroy said in Abu Dhabi after signing a deal reported to be worth around £150million over 10 years. “I’m a major champion and world number one, which I have always dreamed of being, and feel this is a company that can help me sustain that and win even more major titles. Press Association At the press conference to announce his multi-million pound deal with Nike in January, Rory McIlroy was keen to stress major titles mattered more to him than money.last_img read more

Sugar shows support for Levy

first_img Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs’ third head coach in a year, has endured a tough start to life at the White Hart Lane helm, failing to get his side playing the attractive, incisive style which became a hallmark of the Argentinian’s time at Southampton. Worse still, the north Londoners have struggled to pick up points, with Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Stoke their fourth defeat in just six Premier League home matches. Former Tottenham chairman Lord Sugar has defended current incumbent Daniel Levy amid increasing pressure. That poor start has seen those from Pochettino to technical director Franco Baldini come under fire, so too divisive chairman Levy. Supporters are aiming a lot of ire in his direction but former Tottenham chairman Sugar believes that anger is misdirected. “All you can expect from a chairman is the following: to provide the money for your football staff to do what they want to do, negotiate hard and bitterly if one of your best players has got a death wish to want to leave, and to provide an environment like a new stadium or training ground and all that kind of stuff,” he told talkSPORT. “That is all the chairman can do. “People saying ‘Levy out, Levy out’, they don’t know what they are talking about. If Spurs are going to progress, he is their best ally. All he can do is listen to the managers that he appoints. “They got £100million a year ago for the sale of Gareth Bale. They went out and spent it on seven players. Baldini, or whatever his name is, and Andre Villas-Boas must have had some input into that and therein lies the problem, in my opinion. “If we have bought the wrong players and the money has been used irresponsibly, you have got to look at the person that guided you in that direction.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Football News Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice, yet Juventus held to a draw in Serie A

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Milan: Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice but champions Juventus had to settle for a point as a late Gervinho double snatched a 3-3 draw after promoted Parma staged an impressive comeback in Serie A on Saturday. Juventus’ dropped points allowed Napoli to cut the gap on the leaders to nine points after a confident 3-0 win over Sampdoria. Massimiliano Allegri’s side had already had their confidence shaken after a 3-0 defeat to Atalanta shattered their hopes of winning a fifth straight Coppa Italia. Saturday’s draw was not the response Allegri had called for ahead of their Champions League last 16 first leg tie against Atletico Madrid on February 20.”I’m happy for the goals but not the result,” said Ronaldo. “Parma didn’t do anything special, they waited for us to make a mistake. But we’re not worried, we know it will be a great season for Juventus.” Juve, hit by injuries to defenders Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli, have now conceded six goals in their last two matches. But they still have a comfortable nine-point lead over Napoli with Inter Milan 20 points behind in third.   “It doesn’t change anything, but we must not take anything for granted,” said Allegri. “We were too light in defence. It was the first time this back four had played together.” Juventus lined up with an inexperienced back line of Leonardo Spinazzola alongside Uruguay defender Martin Caceres who got his first start since moving from Lazio. Sami Khedira rattled the post twice, before Ronaldo opened the scoring after 36 minutes with Daniele Rugani again scoring for the hosts on 62 minutes. An Antonino Barilla header clawed one back for Parma two minutes later before Ronaldo completed his brace to return to the top of the Serie A goalscorers’ chart with 17. Juventus still are in the lead in the Serie A.Juventus’ 3-0 defeat to Atalanta shattered their hopes of winning a fifth straight Coppa Italia.Juventus are still unbeaten in the Serie A this season. But Ivorian Gervinho threw his side a lifeline on 74 minutes and grabbed a point at the death for Parma who remain 12th in the table, 31 points behind Juventus.    “At least we satisfied those who complained we weren’t entertaining,” said Allegri. But the beautiful football doesn’t pay off, at the end of the day you have got to just kick it away from your goal.” The seven-time reigning champions nevertheless remain unbeaten this season having dropped points just twice before against Genoa and Atalanta.            Napoli power back         Earlier Arkadiusz Milik and Lorenzo Insigne scored quick-fire goals and Simone Verdi added a third from the spot as Napoli got back on track. AC Milan had dented Carlo Ancelotti’s side’s title hopes with a goalless draw in the San Siro last weekend before dumping the southerners out of the Coppa Italia midweek.         “Napoli are back strong,” said Ancelotti. “Today we found the depth and the ability to quickly overturn the game. The two tests against Milan were not our usual selves; we’re back to our normal standard.”           Sampdoria striker Fabio Quagliarella was thwarted in his bid to set a new record of scoring in 12 consecutive Serie A games as the side from Genoa also missed the chance to move up into fourth and the Champions League places. But Quagliarella — who is from Naples and had scored in Sampdoria’s 3-0 win over Napoli earlier in the campaign — was denied his best chance to make history by a sliding Kalidou Koulibaly tackle.       Napoli skipper Marek Hamsik — reportedly set for a move to China — returned from injury and orchestrated the opener after 25 minutes in the San Paolo Stadium. The Slovak international’s cross found Jose Callejon who burst through to provide the assist which Milik finished off for his 12th league goal this season.   Less than a minute later Insigne connected sweetly with another Callejon assist for his first league goal in three months.               Napoli was awarded a penalty for a Joachim Andersen handball but despite the calls of “Kalidou, Kalidou” from the crowd for the Senegalese defender to take it after his towering performance, it was Verdi who stepped up to convert in the final minute. Sampdoria remain sixth, two points off AC Milan in the final Champions League berth. highlightslast_img read more

Football News Chelsea get some reprieve with victory, Arsenal stumble to loss in Europa League

first_imgChelsea lost 6-0 to Manchester City in the Premier League.Chelsea will face Manchester City again in the League Cup final.Arsenal lost 0-1 to BATE Borisov in Europa League. highlights Pedro swung over a cross which Lasse Nielsen should have headed away, but the defender failed with his attemped volleyed clearance and Barkley was on hand to control and stab into the net. Uwe Rosler’s Malmo piled on the pressure at the end of the half, but Barkley twice produced crucial headers at the other end to keep Chelsea in front. But the Premier League giants took total control of the tie in the 58th minute with a wonderful counter-attack. Barkley led the charge before picking out Willian, and the Brazilian powered to the byline before cutting the ball back for Giroud to flick in a cool back-heeled finish. The French striker has now scored five goals in six Europa League games this season, despite only netting once in 23 matches in domestic competitions. But Malmo did grab the goal their efforts deserved in the 80th minute, as Anders Christiansen slotted past Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.Arsenal beaten in BelarusArsenal face an uphill battle to progress after a 1-0 defeat by BATE in a game which saw Alexandre Lacazette sent off for elbowing Aleksandar Filipovic with five minutes remaining. Stanislav Dragun put BATE ahead just before the break in Barysaw and Arsenal never threatened an equaliser, with Lacazette’s late dismissal also ruling him out of next week’s second leg in London.Unai Emery’s side have now won just two of their last nine away matches — last weekend’s victory over the Premier League’s bottom club Huddersfield and an FA Cup win against third-tier Blackpool. Elsewhere, Napoli began life without record goalscorer Marek Hamsik with a 3-1 win in a fiery atmosphere at FC Zurich.           Lorenzo Insigne, who has replaced Hamsik as captain after the Slovakian’s move to China, scored the opening goal, with Jose Callejon and Piotr Zielinski also on target. Celtic’s European adventures appear to be over for another season after being outclassed 2-0 by Valencia at Parkhead. Denis Cheryshev and Ruben Sobrino got the goals as the Spaniards extended their recent unbeaten run to six matches.Inter Milan claimed a 1-0 win at Rapid Vienna despite Mauro Icardi snubbing the trip after being stripped of the captaincy over a contract row, with Lautaro Martinez scoring the winner from the penalty spot.   Wissam Ben Yedder’s 22nd-minute strike helped record five-time winners Sevilla take a large step towards the last 16 with a 1-0 victory over Lazio in Rome, while Benfica backed up their 10-0 weekend thumping of Nacional by winning 2-1 at Galatasaray.      Salzburg, semi-finalists last season, lost 2-1 at Club Brugge, while 10-man Sporting Lisbon were beaten 1-0 by Villarreal in the Portuguese capital. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. London: Chelsea claimed a 2-1 victory at Malmo in the Europa League last-32 first leg to ease some of the pressure on beleaguered coach Maurizio Sarri, while Arsenal suffered a shock loss to BATE Borisov. Visitors Chelsea desperately needed a response after back-to-back humiliating away losses, with last Sunday’s 6-0 thrashing by Manchester City following a 4-0 reverse at Bournemouth. Ross Barkley took advantage of a defensive lapse by the home team on Thursday to put Chelsea ahead on the half-hour mark, with Olivier Giroud adding a 58th-minute second before Malmo’s late goal gave them a glimmer of hope ahead of next week’s return match at Stamford Bridge.    Chelsea face Manchester United in the FA Cup on Monday, before facing City again in the League Cup final on February 24. “I am happy because we played with confidence and it wasn’t really very easy after the last match (the defeat by City),” Sarri told BT Sport. “I think I am always confident but sometimes we had the wrong approach with matches so we need to be careful in every match.”          Sarri named a strong team, although he did leave Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard on the bench. Chelsea found themselves up against a spirited Malmo outfit in the first half, roared on by a vociferous home crowd, but kept the Swedes at arm’s length before Barkley grabbed their first away goal of 2019.last_img read more

Croatia Knocks Host Russia out of World Cup

first_imgCroatia are only the second team in World Cup history – after Argentina in 1990 – to win two penalty shootouts in the same edition of the tournament.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Croatia has booked a date on 11 July with England in the FIFA World Cup semi-final after edging out hard-fighting hosts Russia on penalties in the match played in Sochi.The thrilling quarter-final match had ended 1-1 after regulation time. It also ended 2-2 after extra time, leading to the taking of penalties to decide the winner, in the match witnessed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Croatian President Kolinda Grabart-Kitarovic.The Luka Modric-led Croatia won 4-3 and the team owed a lot of gratitude to their keeper, Danijel Subasic, who made a lot of saves and also saved one of the Russian penalties.last_img read more

After hiatus from football, Clark emerges as explosive option for Syracuse

first_img Published on September 17, 2013 at 1:15 am Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass Three years ago, Christopher Clark balanced a 9-to-5 job at Starbucks with part-time night classes as a freshman at East Los Angeles College. Organized football appeared to be in his past after no schools offered the undersized wide receiver a scholarship out of high school.But encouragement from a friend motivated Clark to walk on to the football team, and eventually paved the way for an unexpected phone call.At 6 a.m. one April day in 2012, Clark’s phone rang and woke him up. It was then-Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone and wide receivers coach Rob Moore. They were offering him a scholarship. His dream to play Division I football was closer than ever.“The fact that Syracuse gave me an opportunity,” Clark said, “I told myself that I was going to give it my all when I stepped on the field.”Clark never anticipated he’d get that opportunity. After earning a scholarship from SU and contributing his junior year, though, he’s emerged as one of Syracuse’s most reliable receivers this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textZip in his step and a strong pair of hands have been on full display. Clark already has 11 catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns in his second year with the Orange.Eleven catches matches his total from all of last year.“Chris is a little guy,” Moore said. “Speed, quickness, all those little things.”Moore and Marrone were in pursuit of a wide receiver when they first spotted Clark.They looked at film of 40 or 50 wide receivers and Clark stood out immediately, Moore said. He didn’t have the size – he’s listed at 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds – or the Division I experience. But he did have blazing speed and strong hands.With the departure of Alec Lemon and Marcus Sales, Moore knew Syracuse would need receivers to step up. One of those playmakers was supposed to be Adrian Flemming, the big, physical wideout who Moore said “tries to bang you around.”But Flemming broke a bone in his left leg, ending his season, which thrust Clark into a significant role. Clark was crushed to see one of his best friends get sidelined, but knew the moment he’d trained for the past three years had finally surfaced.On Saturday against Wagner, Clark scored two touchdowns and toyed with the overmatched Seahawks defense. Both Drew Allen and Terrel Hunt have looked comfortable throwing to Clark, as he’s shown an innate ability to run dizzying routes and get open.But Clark never would have made it to Syracuse if he hadn’t changed his mind about playing junior college football.A friend who played on the ELAC football team convinced him to give the sport one more shot. After all, Clark had dominated at quarterback and wide receiver in high school. The team was in need of a deep threat. It was a perfect fit.So he gave the sport that stole his heart in high school another chance.Clark’s first year at ELAC was “nothing special,” but his next year was quite special, indeed. Thirty-three receptions. Six hundred thirty-three yards. Eleven touchdowns. All in 10 games.“It was a big year,” Clark said.That’s when Moore and the Syracuse staff noticed just how good Clark was. Despite his whopping numbers, SU was one of only a few schools to show interest.And Clark thought Syracuse was simply looking.He never expected the phone call that would send him from one side of the country to the other.Once it came, congratulatory phone calls and texts from friends and family appeared in bunches. The kid who worked at Starbucks and didn’t play for a team just two years earlier was going to suit up for Syracuse.“It was a big shock,” Clark said with a grin. “I told my mom. She started crying.”Fast forward two years. It’s summer. SU head coach Scott Shafer is at Manley Field House on a Saturday morning. Clark is out on the field by himself, drenched in sweat. He’s working with a tennis ball machine, strengthening his hands and sharpening his vision.Shafer’s son, Wolfgang, worked out with the team in the summer, and Shafer said his son told him Clark puts in more work than anyone else on the team.“It’s great to see a young man kind of have a taste of the fruits of his labor,” Shafer said.Clark never gave up on his dream to play Division-I football, despite the hiatus. He said he didn’t even have to go to class at ELAC. He didn’t have to stick with football, either. But he did both.“I just told myself, ‘Don’t stop,’” Clark said. “‘Keep working, keep working. Something’s going to come.’“And it did.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC forced to contend with nation’s best

first_imgDuring an Oct. 16 game at McDonald’s Swim Stadium last season, California attacker Ivan Rackov, then a junior, did little to endear himself to a sportsmanlike USC men’s water polo team.Tough act to stop · USC faces No. 2 California on Saturday in Berkeley, Calif., and must contend with senior attack Ivan Rackov — the reigning winner of the Peter J. Cutino Award — given annually to the nation’s top collegiate water polo player. – Photo courtesy of The Daily Californian Upon scoring his third goal of the match on a crafty long-distance shot in the second quarter, helping the Golden Bears jump out to an 8-2 halftime lead, Rackov pointed at USC goalie Joel Dennerley, waving three fingers in the air to signify his hat-trick clinching goal.Though California eventually won 12-9, Rackov’s boastful jab surprised many, considering just a month earlier USC had topped Rackov and company in the semifinals of the NorCal tournament en route to winning the tournament title.“Personally, do I care for some of his antics,” senior driver Peter Kurzeka asked rhetorically. “You know — to each his own. He was awarded the best water polo player in the country, so he’s free to do what he wants, and we’re not here to judge that.”USC faces Rackov and No. 2 Cal on Saturday at the Spieker Aquatics Complex in Berkeley, Calif., looking to notch its third win in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play.Despite Rackov’s decorated résumé, USC isn’t flinching.“We’re going to worry about our own game,” Kurzeka said.Though USC prides itself on a diverse scoring attack — 10 different Trojans scored in the team’s 13-3 rout of No. 12 Loyola Marymount last Saturday, there is no confusion as to whom Cal will feature as its main trigger man.Rackov, winner of the Peter J. Cutino Award as the top male collegiate water polo player in 2010, unquestionably remains the Golden Bears’ most prolific player, according to Dennerley.“He’s probably the most dominating player out there right now,” Dennerley said. “He led the NCAA in scoring by a lot last season. He’s a guy who’s dangerous wherever he is in the pool, and is Cal’s biggest weapon.”The numbers, at least, confirm Dennerley’s assessment.Last season Rackov’s tallied 79 goals — an average of 2.8 goals per contest. By comparison, sophomore driver Nikola Vavic, USC’s leading goal scorer in 2010, finished with 49 goals.Rackov’s well-rounded skill set makes him nearly impossible to defend.“He has a really strong water polo IQ, where he just sees the game really well,” Kurzeka said. “He’s fast, and he has a great shot.”This season Rackov appears as if he might even shatter last season’s mark, as he has already registered 49 goals through the Golden Bears’ first 16 games — a pace that would surpass last season’s goal mark, especially if Cal is able to play deep into the postseason.Though USC and Cal’s offensive numbers are strikingly similar these last two seasons, with both teams consistently averaging around the 13 goals per game mark, the way these two programs strategize their attacks is a study in contrast.USC features seven different players who have scored at least 10 goals this season, and its leading goal scorer, Kurzeka, has only accounted for 14 percent (21 of 149) of the team’s total scoring. By contrast, Rackov has accounted for 25 percent (49 of 196) of Cal’s goals thus far. As a result, the Golden Bears’ offense often ebbs and flows depending on his play.Though Rackov’s talent remains undeniable, it is his demonstrative demeanor that has irked some of the veteran Trojans in the past.“He’s a good water polo player,” Kurzeka said. “Some may not like him, but everyone always hates the best player. He scores a lot of goals, and he always has the ball in his hand like the best player usually does.”For all his offensive prowess, Rackov would likely exchange some of his goal scoring these last few seasons for the three NCAA championship titles his USC senior counterparts possess.After all, the Trojans got the best of Rackov and the Golden Bears last season.In the 2010 NCAA title game against USC, Rackov scored the go-ahead goal to make the score 10-9 with 5:02 remaining in the fourth quarter.The Trojans, however, quickly notched the equalizer and forced overtime where they won 12-10, thus earning the “three-peat.”last_img read more

STEADY GOING: Drake Porter built himself into SU’s third goalie in three years

first_img Comments Drake Porter’s stickwork was off. He angled himself poorly in net. His clearing ability, the trait Syracuse head coach John Desko would later deem a differentiator for goalies, was a bit behind. Yet, Edge Lacrosse, a club team program in Toronto which cut Porter seven summers ago, formulated a plan to keep him.Alan Tsang, Edge’s program director, offered Porter a training spot on the roster. He viewed Porter as a “project” who couldn’t start in his first season. Tsang recognized Porter’s talent, so, instead, Porter led Edge’s secondary squad. In his third campaign, Porter ascended to the starting role. Potential equated to expectation, and the lesson in patience worked. In 2019, Syracuse is hoping it works again.This past fall, after sitting for two years, Porter’s status as starting goalie was “temporary,” Desko said. Months of first-team reps did nothing to separate the junior from the pack. On Jan. 9, Desko wouldn’t name a clear front-runner. If Porter’s quick hands and ball-stopping ability carried him to SU, his intensity did, too. In high school, he talked to himself during games, asking “What are you doing?” to no apparent answer. He’d yell “Let’s go!” in big moments and scream at his teammates in others. To become the third starting goalie in three years for the No. 10 Orange, he needed to find the balance between both. Desko’s comments didn’t change the plan. The same one set in motion when Porter was 4 years old. The same one that’s supposed to end with Porter standing in the net for SU’s first faceoff.“I don’t want to build it up too much in my head,” Porter said. “I’m doing what I do. I love playing lacrosse every day. The difference is, I get to play on Saturdays now.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text,Porter started the process at age four when he followed his brother, Chris, to practices. At Markham Thunder Peanut Lacrosse, based out of a Toronto suburb, he indoctrinated himself while surprising his dad, Dave, who had picked up a stick just twice before his sons started playing. Friday nights were soon spent at Toronto Rock’s, a National Lacrosse League team, home games.While in a United States hotel for Chris’ travel hockey team, Porter flicked on ESPNU and saw a regular season Syracuse matchup. Porter was glued. He searched YouTube videos of then-SU goalkeeper John Galloway — the last Syracuse goalkeeper to win a national title — and mimicked his play.Porter and Chris exchanged tips through text as Porter fed into his new passion, eventually identifying Edge Lacrosse as the next step in his development. It didn’t matter that Edge held practices an hour away.“You’re either gonna like having balls shot at your head or not,” Dave said. “Strangely, (Porter) seemed to really like it. He took it from there.”While growing up, Porter played a variety of sports including hockey and football. His emotions flowed through each team and practice. Porter said he carried the same mindset through every game: The next one will be the best. At times, it fueled him to play better, but for some, his intensity hindered progress.Individual sports hurt the most, and the isolation of a golf tee box brought the same pressure as a goalie net. Porter said he’d smack the pipes or his own head in response to letting in goals. It seemed, Dave said, that Porter usually snapped out of it 24 hours following the contest. Though, it eventually returned when Porter played on “weaker teams,” Dave said — or ones that led to Porter facing more doorstep shots.Coaches wanted Porter to channel his competitiveness. It appealed to some, like Tsang, who identified it in the Edge tryouts. Coaches wanted Porter to recognize “tomorrow was another day.” But tomorrow led to the next game. Losing the provincial championship in his junior year of high school, after “riding an emotional high,” triggered a phone call with his brother.“There was a turning point where I realized we were losing the game and that sort of just,” Porter said recently before pausing, “it really dragged me down.”,Porter focused on his breathing to calm down. In lieu of screaming at his defense for missed assignments, he emphasized proactive communication. He developed relationships with the instructors that helped him the most, like Greg Reid, the varsity coach at St. Andrews (Ontario) College. Reid even cut Porter from a recreation-league team years earlier when Porter was “overconfident” and slacked through tryouts. But Reid specifically demanded personal growth as Porter’s recruiting profile grew, with no exceptions. Porter soon drew offers from elite high school programs in the U.S. and Canada.He wanted to stay in Canada, but Dave was told that D-I colleges preferred U.S. goalies. Porter eventually transferred to IMG Academy (Florida) for his senior year.Through Edge Lacrosse, Major League Lacrosse veteran Dillon Ward connected with Porter for summer sessions and became Porter’s first goalie mentor. He taught Porter what YouTube videos couldn’t, starting with the importance of angles. Before Porter walked onto Syracuse’s campus for his freshman year, he traveled to Orangeville, Ontario, Ward’s hometown, and studied goalie techniques on the field that Ward grew up playing on near Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre.Porter entered the fall as one of four goalies on the SU roster, yet he didn’t redshirt because he competed to be then-starter Evan Molloy’s backup. He appeared in one game his freshman season — tallying two saves against Cornell on April 11, 2017 — and impressed another backup, leading eventual-starter Dom Madonna to turn to a teammate and say, “Wow, this kid really does step it up in big games.”Madonna had noticed Porter’s talent in practice, when the latter was on scout teams. He also realized Porter’s persistent fire that sparked in fall ball and caused Porter to text Ward for advice. But Madonna reached out to Porter. He said he went through similar struggles in high school. The two confided in between drills, sometimes offering a pat on the shoulder after a string of tough shots. Throughout last season, with Porter listed as the backup, Madonna emphasized communication with the backline.Porter’s focus turned to 2019 as the prior season ended and Madonna graduated. After the fall, Desko called Porter into his office. Porter still wasn’t told he’d be the starter. He wouldn’t hear that until six days before SU’s season-opener against Colgate. But, Desko said, Porter had done enough to keep his post atop the Orange’s depth chart. As he walked outside, Porter called his brother and celebrated before quickly remembering the unfulfilled goal. For just a moment, Porter saw the bigger picture. And the plan seemed to be working. Cover photo by TJ Shaw | Staff Photographer Published on February 8, 2019 at 9:59 am Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.last_img read more

Two English clubs in Champions League action.

first_imgDaniel Sturridge is unlikely to start for Liverpool tonight when they face Real Madrid at the Bernabau.The striker has travelled with the squad but manager Brendan Rodgers doubts he’ll get over a calf injury which has kept him out since September.Rodgers says he also considering resting Steven Gerrard for the game. Arsenal could give a first start in 10-months to the fit again Theo Walcott this evening. They’re taking on Anderlecht at the Emirates Stadium.The Gunners will claim a place in the knockout stages with two games to spare if they win at home and Galatasaray fail to beat Borussia Dortmund.last_img