Published on February 25, 2016 at 12:09 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Related Stories Kelly Cross, SU women’s lacrosse player, was driver of car that crashed into Mount Olympus stairwell, DPS confirmsKelly Cross, women’s lacrosse player that crashed into Mount steps, no longer enrolled at SUKelly Cross, women’s lacrosse player who crashed into Mount steps, reinstated to team Facebook Twitter Google+ Kelly Cross walked to the sideline and huddled around a team she was not a part of until a few weeks before.In early February, the team had yet to play its first game, but preparation began by playing inter-squad scrimmages. Moments before, amid the shouts inside the Ensley Athletic Center, the senior assisted on a goal, distributing to players she’d known for years but hadn’t been teammates with in months.The midfielder was indefinitely suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules in late March 2015. Four days before announcing her suspension, Cross was the driver of the car that crashed into the Mount Olympus steps. Cross was allowed to practice in the spring during her suspension, but couldn’t travel or play in games. By August, she was no longer enrolled at Syracuse.“She’s gone through a lot,” assistant coach Regy Thorpe said. “We’re very proud of her. I think most people would maybe pack it in and transfer. She dug her cleats in and did her stuff off the field in the community that she needed to do to come back.”About 13 hours before the crash, in one her best career games to that point, Cross scored a hat trick, picked up five ground balls and forced two turnovers at then-No. 7 Northwestern, which beat then-No. 5 Syracuse 11-10. After working to return to the place she was at before the suspension, Cross gets the chance to follow up last year’s performance when she sees the Wildcats again Sunday as No. 2 Syracuse (4-0) hosts No. 7 Northwestern (1-1) at noon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn Cross’ return, she’s started only one of the team’s four games, but scored five goals and grabbed three groundballs. It’s a continuation of the success she saw in her first year contributing for the Orange as a junior. Before the suspension, she started all 11 games, scoring 14 goals and assisting on six, ranking fourth on the team in points.“She came right back to where she was beforehand,” said teammate Riley Donahue. “She’s been very consistent, as she was last year.”Cross declined an interview for this story. She is concentrating on moving forward, Cross said through an SU spokeswoman via email, and she’s focused on this season after addressing what happened and working through it with her family and teammates.After the time off, coaches and teammates have seen her work hard to get to where she was before by running extra sprints and working outside of practice.“You can train on your own but it’s not game speed,” Thorpe said. “The offense she knows. She’s got chemistry with the players. But now she’s getting herself into really good game shape.”In her incremental improvements, she’s worked her way back to the player head coach Gary Gait calls one of his best midfielders. Her return, he said, strengthens the defense and scoring of his squad.Through that extra work, both coaches said that Cross has developed into a vocal leader for the team. Donahue said Cross has brought “positive energy,” directed players both on the field and off and led a team that includes her sister, freshman Julie Cross.“She’s going to increase our offensive and defensive output,” Gait said. “We’re expecting a lot out of her.” Comments
CHARLES CITY — It’s estimated a record number of Americans will be on the road for the 4th of July holiday than any previous holiday, and Iowa’s law enforcement officers will be out in force looking for speeders, drunks and other lawbreakers.Floyd County Deputy Sheriff Brian Tiedemann says the increase in patrols comes from the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Special Traffic Enforcement Program or STEP. “The roads are going to be congested, traffic is going to be heavier,” Deputy Tiedemann says. “You’re going to have more people coming into town for the 4th of July festivities. There’s going to be a lot of people from out-of-town that are coming back for family reunions or class reunions.”Iowa’s STEP initiative invites law enforcement agencies statewide to participate in increased traffic patrols over five dates this year including July 3rd through 7th. Tiedemann says the event’s main goal is raising awareness in seat belt use and driver safety. “Use your head, be safe, remember to buckle up,” Tiedemann says. “Watch your speed limit. Make sure when you’re following someone that you give them three seconds distance. Stop signs, make sure that you stop and look twice in both directions before pulling out.”He warns motorists who like to speed that traffic violations can prove costly, as fines range from 40 to 200-dollars without court costs, depending on the infraction. “We’re not out there to make money. This money goes back to the state general fund,” Tiedemann says. “We’re out here because we want people to be safe. I’ve always said this and I’ve been in law enforcement over 28 years, I would much rather write ten citations than to cover one fatality accident.”The other dates in Iowa’s STEP effort are St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day.
FILLMORE They wiggle and splash, thousands to a trough, united by a single thought feed me. “They’re hungry,” said Ed Toves, assistant manager at the Fillmore Fish Hatchery, as he surveyed an outdoor rainbow trout pond on a recent morning. The fish react with each approaching footstep, stirring ripples along the surface of their 100-foot rearing pond. “The fish are always hungry. All they do is eat and grow.” Toves is part of a crew of eight state Department of Fish and Game staffers at the 64-year-old hatchery along the Santa Clara River a mile east of Fillmore charged with raising more than 1 million trout a year for anglers throughout Southern California. Though not exactly sport fishing in the wild, the hatcheries satisfy the public’s demand for fishing without overtaxing California’s natural waters, as state officials intended. When the fish are about a year old about 10 inches in length they’re released into the lakes and streams between Kern and Orange counties. Last week, some 3,600 rejoined nature at Castaic Lake they’ll either survive to spawn as their parents had, or be a meal for the ospreys, bass or fishers. “It’s straightly professional,” Toves said. “There are a little too many to name.” While the trout are nurtured in Fillmore, they were spawned some 200 to 300 miles away in either the Mount Whitney or Hot Creek hatcheries in the eastern High Sierra. Trays of 350,000 translucent orange trout eggs, each about the size of a cultivated pearl, arrive four times a year by truck and head straight for the incubator. They’ll sit there for about two weeks most will hatch into sac fries, named for the nutrient sacs hanging from their bellies that serve as their prime food source until they’re ready for the rearing ponds outside. “That’s what they’re all living on right now,” said Toves. “As soon as they absorb the sac, we’ll release them.” Just outside the incubator shed are two rows of concrete ponds some 4,000 feet total where the trout will spend the next year eating and growing in 59-degree water pumped out of four on-site wells. They sit under a protective cage of bird netting. On the other side, egrets and herons gathered around a drainage culvert they know a good meal when they see one. A truck rolls past the ponds three to 10 times a day, spitting out meal. The pond bubbles in hunger as the mix of vitamin-enriched animal and vegetable matter hits the water. The fish grow about an inch a month on the 1,500 pounds of food the hatchery scatters each day, Toves said. “It’s just like taking care of a baby,” he said. “You try to ensure their health and well being, and to make sure we have a good product for the public.” Besides feeding, Toves and his crew have to keep an eye out for diseases such as gill bacteria and scale mold. “The fish need constant attention,” he said. “We’re here for the angling public. A happy fisherman is what we’re striving for.” Come stocking time, grown trout are poured into a truck-mounted tank for transfer to area reservoirs. Last week, about 3,600 graduated, and fish and wildlife technician Stephan DeLongfield was ready to offer them a lift to Castaic Lake. He checked both the tank’s and the lake’s temperatures. If it’s too low or too high, the fish might end up in shock. The hatchery doesn’t stock fish in the summer. “They get really lethargic in the heat,” he said. “But 74 degrees is the cutoff.” The tank was 57 degrees, and the lake 60 degrees just right, and DeLongfield uncovered the pipe on the side of the tank. Hundreds of trout hurled into the shallow edge of the lake, though some took a bit of pole-prodding before making for deeper waters. It’s a hard life for trout in the wild they’re prey to other fish and birds. In fact, moments after their release, an osprey swooped down and snatched one out of the lake. “He’ll take it back to his nest,” DeLongfield said. “Not all of them will get eaten right away. But a good number will feed the bass in here.” And there are fishermen, such as Parker Wright. The 15-year-old from Laguna Niguel was bass fishing lakeside when he chanced upon the stocking he had a bite within seconds. “It’s a feisty one,” he said, reeling one in. He unhooked it and set it free. “I don’t call it fishing at this point,” DeLongfield said. “I call it catching.” Wright said he has been fishing for six years, and counts a 50-pound albacore caught in the oceans of Mexico among his prizes. “I want to become a professional some day,” he said. “It takes technique and patience.” Still, a few lucky ones might survive the year, DeLongfield said. “The big trouts we call them holdovers they might last a couple years,” he said. “They’ll come back and live to spawn another day.” [email protected] (661)257-5253 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Liverpool fans were excited by the prospect of Fekir moving to Anfield this summer, with the attacking midfielder having impressed for Lyon and France.Jurgen Klopp is now looking elsewhere to boost his squad, but theRE are plenty of alternatives to the 24-year-old.talkSPORT takes a look at four other attacking stars the Reds could move for with the deal for Fekir dead… 5 5 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Heard the one about the Jamaican-born, German-qualifying winger who’s played in five different countries before turning 21 and had England – mistakenly – scrambling to try and change his national allegiance?Like Fekir a tricky, left-footed winger, Leon Bailey is also blessed with electric speed, using it to help himself to 12 goals last season as he burst onto the scene in the Bundesliga.His efforts made him the talk of Premier League scouts last season, with both Manchester clubs and Chelsea reportedly taking a strong interest.High demand could price Liverpool out of the market, although with £53million freed up if Fekir doesn’t sign, don’t count them out of the race just yet. 2. Leon Bailey – Bayer Leverkusen 5 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The USMNT have little to celebrate at the moment. Missing out on World Cup qualification for the first time since 1986, an FA in turmoil and the retirement of several senior players has thrown the entire sport into crisis in the US.Left to defend its honour is Christian Pulisic, already on course to be the most successful US men’s player of all time.Just 16 when he swapped Pennsylvania for Dortmund, he already has two years of Champions League experience under his belt, along with nine goals in 21 international appearances.Strikingly similar in profile to Fekir, his ability to both create and dribble position him as one of Europe’s best prospects, and if Klopp does decide to utilise any goodwill with his former club, Pulisic will be the first name on his shortlist – having reportedly tried three times to sign him already without success. 5 Keita spent seven years in Barcelona’s academy before joining Lazio in 2012 REVEALED 3. 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For Monaco, the answer to losing Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Benjamin Mendy came in the form of this prodigious La Masia product, then of Lazio.Less in the Fekir mould, Balde’s playing style more closely fits the blistering counter-attacking method that propelled Liverpool to the Champions League final last season.The Senegalese, two-footed and a lethal finisher, is another headed to Russia this summer, joining potential new Reds teammate Sadio Mane in the Lions of Teranga’s starting lineup.Likely to command a fee far exceeding the £26million Monaco paid last summer, Balde’s under-the-radar talent would suit Klopp’s ‘heavy metal’ football perfectly as they push for a first league title since 1990. 1. Christian Pulisic – Borussia Dortmund RANKED REVEALED Stay with us, Newcastle United fans. Yes, this is the same Florian Thauvin whose half-season at St James’ Park produced just one goal, against Northampton Town in the League Cup. The same player who, inexplicably, decided to rock up to a home game in a tuxedo with Chancel Mbemba.Upon returning to former club Marseille however, it turns out Thauvin really is the player Magpies fans were promised when he arrived on Tyneside ahead of the fateful 2015-16 season.In 34 Ligue 1 appearances in 2017-18, Thauvin struck up a fearsome partnership with ex-West Ham man Dimitri Payet, on his way to 22 goals, 11 assists and a first France call-up.Named in Didier Deschamps’ 23 for Russia, he may struggle to force his way into the team ahead of Ousmane Dembele, Thomas Lemar and Fekir himself, but should he get his chance, his rapidly-growing reputation will gain further stock in front of a global audience – it may be time to act fast, Jurgen. Thauvin is resurrecting his career at Marseille after a torrid half-season with Newcastle brought one goal in 16 appearances Pulisic became Dortmund’s youngest-ever Champions League player last season 5 4. Keita Balde – AS Monaco huge blow