Annie Toczynski looks to improve hitting as SU’s new starting left fielder

first_img Published on March 30, 2015 at 11:10 am Annie Toczynski was only a high school sophomore in California when she committed to play softball for Syracuse.“She always finds a way to put the ball in play,” head coach Leigh Ross said of Toczynski in high school. “I think that was always the connection; we need a kid that’s just going to put the ball in play.”Since she entered the starting lineup on March 7, Ross said Toczynski has done just that, despite striking out in 11 of her 34 at-bats on the season. Now, the left fielder has started 12 of SU’s (12-17, 0-6 Atlantic Coast) last 14 games after making vital adjustments to her swing. Toczynski is more confident at the plate, but is batting just .147.Ross said Toczynski was injured in the fall, stunting her growth as a freshman. When she started playing, she was leaning over too much at the plate, putting too much weight on her back foot and letting go of the bat with her left hand during her follow-through.“When I overthink, that’s when I mess up because I try to hit home runs,” Toczynski said. “But I have to realize now that I’m not a home run hitter, I’m a scrappy hitter and that’s my role here.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSince Toczynski is right-hand dominant but bats left-handed, she has a tendency to pull her weaker hand off the bat. Ross struck a chord in Toczysnki’s mind when she told her to “punch the pitcher” in her follow-through.“Focus on your left hand, drive it back up the middle, that’s going to be your extension,” Ross said.Additionally, the head coach videotaped Toczynski’s batting stance to show her how far she was leaning over the plate. Until she saw it, Toczynski couldn’t fix the problem.Toczynski went to hitting coach Matt Nandin’s optional hour-long hitting sessions before practice to work on her new swing.“I was more on my back foot, leaning back. It was really ugly,” Toczynski said. “Now I’m more centered and stepping toward the pitch instead of stepping (straight up and down).”As she worked to fix her swing, Toczynski just needed a chance to show what she could do.Before the season, left field was slated for Riley Johnson, who was injured in the first weekend of games. For the next month, the position was largely a revolving door.Against Virginia Tech on March 7, Toczynski made the second start of her career, going 1-for-2 with a single and a strikeout. Ross was impressed with her feistiness at the plate.“It’s the courage to actually swing the bat and put the ball in play that we’re looking for,” Ross said.Toczynski said she had to dial back her aggressiveness at the plate to stop pressing for hits. Now, she takes what the pitcher gives her.Though her stats don’t show it, Toczynski always finds a way to make contact with the ball at the plate, Ross said, and she regularly records quality at-bats.“Don’t look at the points, don’t look at your batting average,” Ross said. “As long as you’re having good at-bats and you’re seeing the ball well, those balls are going to fall.”But this weekend’s games may have proven the merits of a different freshman.After starting the first of a three-game set with Louisville, Toczynski sat while fellow freshman Rachel Burkhardt manned left field. In the series finale, Burkhardt connected on a three-run home run, the first of her career.The future lineup card is yet to be announced, but Toczynski seems to have earned her team’s respect, no matter her position.“She showed up in practice, the coaches saw that, they figured they’d give her a shot in the game,” outfielder Mary Dombrowski said. “She’s enthusiastic, she’s always calling out the plays … and she’s always eager to get the ball, which is good to see.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Barcelona Grabs Enyimba’s Bassey

first_imgWINTER TRANSFERFemi SolajaThe recent partnership between the League Management Company (LMC) and its Spanish counterpart, La Liga, may have started yielding dividend following tuesday’s announcement by FC Barcelona officials that they have secured the services of Nigerian striker Ezekiel Bassey from Enyimba FC. The Catalan club announced on its official website that it has snapped up the dashing Nigerian forward until the end of the season with a further two-year extension option at the end of his current deal.“FC Barcelona and Enyimba Football Club have reached an agreement for the transfer until the end of season of the player Ezekiel Joseph Bassey for Barça B,” The club said on its official website.“The agreement includes a purchase option for two more seasons. The 20-year-old Nigerian striker will undergo medical examination in the next few hours.’’Although the Enyimba striker will play for the Team’s B squad in Spain, should the player make a promising show, he is likely to be drafted into the reserve team of the Team ‘A’ in the current season.The 20-year-old signed a provisional two and a half-year contract with the Spanish giants after successfully completing his medical examination late yesterday.In his reaction to the deal, Enyimba FC Chairman, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, expressed gratitude to the Shehu Dikko-led League Management Company (LMC), whose partnership with the Spanish La Liga laid the groundwork for the move.“This transfer of Ezekiel Bassey reinforces the fact that the LMC are making significant progress in the development and advancement of the league,” he said. “We are confident that this transfer will pave the way for further movement of Nigeria Professional Football League players to Spain and help them compete at the highest levels.”Enyimba thanked everyone at FC Barcelona for the successful outcome of this transfer and wishes Ezekiel Bassey all the best going forward.The Barcelona B side is currently topping the table with 46 points from 23 matches and last weekend played 1-1 home draw against second on the table, Alcoyano FC who are have 43 points.Although Barcelona B side will be away to Baleares FC this weekend, the Nigerian can make a debut the following week when his side plays host to Mallorca B.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Team Nigeria Continues Gold Rush Everywhere as Games Hit Home Straight

first_imgTeam-Nigeria- Aminat Adeniyi also retained her African Games title in the 62kg class with another gold medal in the kitty for Team Nigeria.In badminton, Team Nigeria’s squad in the sport won one gold and three silver medals.The only gold medal was won by Anuoluwapo Opeyori who beat Georges Julien Paul of Mauritius in the Men’s Singles.Before then, Dorcas Adesokan had lost the Women’s Singles to South Africa’s Johanita Scholtz. The loss was also followed with that of the pair of Deborah Ukeh and Dorcas Adesokan losing the Women’s Doubles to Hadia Elsaid and Doha Toufic of Egypt.In track and field, Nigeria’ s Ese Brume won the gold medal in the women’s long jump with a 6.69m jump.Olajide Omotayo defeated Aruna Quadri 4-2 to win the men’s singles table tennis event gold medal.In the women’s singles, Egypt’s Dina Meshref retained her title to become the first female Egyptian to win the title back-to-back.To beat Cameroun’s Sarah Hanffou, who had earlier edged out Nigeria’s Edem Offiong in semifinal, Meshref took charge from the start and controlled the match till end at 11-7, 11-4, 11-2, 11-7 to the admiration of the Egyptian fans.In boxing, Nigeria’s Temitope Shogbamu defeated Mozambique’s Alcinda Panguane 4-1 in the women’s 69kg final to win the gold medal.In Women’s Canoeing C1 500m, Ayomide Bello won the gold in 2 mins, 37.13 secs.Ayomide again paired Goodness Foloki to post 2mins 13.6o secs to win the gold medal of the women’s canoeing C2 500m.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeWorld wrestling No 3 Odunayo Adekuoroye overwhelmed Emmam Ibrahim of Egypt 10-0 in the final of their 57kg category fight of the wrestling events of the 12 African Games in Morocco to claim the gold medal.In the 68kg category, Commonwealth Games champion, Blessing Oborududu, overpowered Anta Sambou of Senegal 6-0 via pitfall to also win the gold medal of the event while Nigeria and African champion, Blessing Onyebuchi also beat Ivorian Amy YOUIN 10-0 to win the top prize in the 76kg class. That gold was the fifth of the day for Team Nigeria from wrestling alone.last_img read more

Mo the man for fantasy football managers

first_img Related Articles ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 SBC’s Charlie Cole sits atop the League of Legends, as the Premiership heads into yet another international break.Gameweek 11 saw Cole record 53 points, the same as James Birch who trails in second, with Mohamed Salah’s 15 points making him the side’s top scorer. Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling chipped in with eight and five respectively, however, things could’ve been much better had Harry Kane (4 points) not carried the captain’s armband.Amongst the movers and shakers in the upper echelons of the league is David Lees, who’s 61 points saw him leapfrog several places into the top ten despite also having Spurs striker Kane installed as captain.  Salah, who along with Bournemouth defender Steve Cook earned the highest round score of 15 points, top scored once again, backed up by Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta (12) and Watford playmaker Richarlison (7), as Lees charged into seventh spot.SBC’s Conall McCabe also took advantage of some lacklustre scores to climb up to 20th in the standings, courtesy of a 67 point haul.  Almost half of his total was acquired by captain Salah (30), while Alvaro Morata’s goalscoring exploits in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United earned the Spanish striker 8 points.This week’s top scorer comes from the side currently ranked at 33 in the League of Legends, as Tony Kershaw, rather fortuitously, romped to 70 points.  With captain Dele Alli out injured it was vice captain Salah (30) who earned the double points duty, back up by Morata (8), Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey (6) and Burnley defender Matt Lowton (6).A North London derby kicks off round 12 of the Premier League after the international break, as Mauricio Pochettino takes his side to the Emirates.  Elsewhere, Manchester City travel to Leicester City, Manchester United welcome Newcastle United to Old Trafford and the league’s basement side Crystal Palace will hope to snatch their second win of the season at home to Everton. StumbleUpon Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Share MansionBet adds Bristol City to sponsorship portfolio August 20, 2020last_img read more

Spillemyndigheden reports decline in Q2 betting

first_imgShare Danish gambling prepares for MitID launch June 26, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Spillemyndigheden adds technical requirements on game and wagering reporting June 23, 2020 The widespread cancellation of live sports has hindered betting activity in Denmark, with figures from the country’s regulator Spillemyndigheden showing a decline in GGR.Publishing its statistics for Q2 2020, the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the Danish betting and gaming industry are apparent with the betting sector reporting a 41.22% decline in GGR for the quarter, falling from DKK 635 million in Q1 to DKK 373 million.Online casinos saw an uptick in activity, with GGR jumping from DKK 555 million in Q1 to DKK 673 million, largely driven by the closure of land-based casinos and gambling arcades.Gaming machines were the key driver for GGR, contributing 73.7% of GGR for the period. This was followed by roulette, which amounted to 9.7%, and blackjack a further 7.3%.Last March as Denmark enforced its national lockdown, Spillemyndigheden relaunched its nationwide advertising campaign increasing the exposure of its ‘StopSpillet’ gambling helpline and ‘ROFUS’ self-exclusion programmes.In June 2020, there were 23,469 Danes registered with Spillemyndigheden’s ‘ROFUS’ national self-exclusion database, compared to 19,255 in June 2019.The majority of registrations in June 2020 were permanent registrations, with 68% opting to permanently exclude from gambling. Approximately 18.4% of gamblers chose to self-exclude for a six-month period, 8.8% selecting a three-month self-exclusion period and 4.73% for one month.There were 86 calls made to the country’s StopSpillet gambling helpline during Q2, with males aged between 18-25 making up the majority of callers.Most of the calls were made by gamblers themselves, while 40.7% were made by relatives and a further 2.33% made by a consultant.Further Danish 2020 regulatory developments saw Spillemyndigheden announce that it had updated ‘Danish Gambling Act’ technical requirements on game reporting, creating a unique segment for virtual sports games to be individually audited by licensed operators.Spillemyndigheden new technical requirements have been added alongside customer protection enforcements, which require all operators to promote the ROFUS self-exclusion scheme across their domains, in addition to ensuring all customers set mandatory deposit limits upon registration. Submitlast_img read more

Byron Scott searches for closers after Lakers suffer fifth consecutive loss

first_imgPlaying musical chairs with a starting lineup is not conducive to winning in the NBA. For the Lakers, they are not winning and that’s why it’s never surprising when first-year coach Byron Scott announces he is changing the starting lineup.After starting Carlos Boozer, Ryan Kelly, Robert Sacre, Jordan Clarkson and Wayne Ellington the past seven games, Scott on Sunday against Dallas started Ellington and Clarkson at the guard positions, Wesley Johnson and Jordan Hill at the forward spots and rookie Tarik Black at center. It will stay this way for a good 10 games, Scott said before his team was defeated 100-93 by the Mavericks at Staples Center.Black had six points, four rebounds, two assists and a block in the first half, after which the teams were tied 44-44. His brightest moment came on a strong drive to the basket that began at the top of the key and culminated with a left-handed layup. Black finished with six points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in 26 minutes.Boozer led the Lakers with 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench, Clarkson and Johnson scored 15 apiece, Ellington scored 13 and Ed Davis had 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Scott said the main reason for this lineup change was to get a long look at Black, who at 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds is not the biggest post in the world; he was a power forward in his college days at Kansas.“I wanted to see Tarik Black a little more,” Scott said before tip-off. “That was the big reason. Kind of change it a little bit more to an athletic starting five than the previous one.”Black had played in 17 games for the Lakers since coming over from Houston, for which he played 25. Black had started six consecutive games for the Lakers, then Scott changed the lineup for seven games beginning with a Feb. 22 victory over Boston at Staples Center.Black played a grand total of 13 minutes during those seven games – he played four minutes against Boston and nine minutes in Friday’s loss at Memphis. He rode the bench the five games in between.That apparently didn’t mean Scott does not think highly of Black. Quite the contrary.“He’s really strong down there,” Scott said. “He’s udersized, but I want to see what he can do in a 10-, 15-game stretch with maximum minutes played, to see if he could play out there, see if he can stay out of foul trouble, see if he can rebound the ball like I think he can and run the floor, defend.”Black was relaxed as he spoke with reporters at his locker before the game. He had averaged 4.5 points and 5.1 rebounds while averaging 17.1 minutes before Sunday. Certainly, he is hopeful of making a lasting impression over the next few weeks.“Yes, sir,” he said. “But this is my rookie season. I have a long way to go to become the player I want to be. As of right now, my rookie season, I’ve gotten a lot of playing time, a lot of experience other guys haven’t gotten. And right now is another opportunity just to get better; that’s the way I’m looking at it.”Black likes what he has shown thus far.“I’m progressing very well because I work on my game every day,” he said, with both humility and pride.But he wasn’t thrilled that his team led 90-84 Sunday with 6:35 to play, only to have it outscored 16-3 down the stretch.“It sucks, man, it sucks,” Black said. “It’s a bad feeling, man, when you’ve got the game in your hands, you have control of it. We just let it slip away.”Clarkson said Dallas won because it got “Defensive stops and they were scoring, making shots.”The Lakers’ widest margin of defeat in this five-game skid is seven points three times. They led by four points (71-67) after three quarters at Memphis on Friday before the Grizzlies outscored them by 11 in the fourth.Closing out games in victorious fashion is not coming easy, to be sure.“(It’s) a talent thing,” Scott said, “and experience kind of helps.”The Mavericks had no such trouble, thanks in part to Ellis, who scored eight of his points in the fourth.“He was huge,” teammate Chandler Parsons said. “It’s nothing new to us. We’ve seen him do it a lot this year. He’s one of the better closers in the game in the fourth quarter, so we are going to need him to continue to do that and hit big shots for us.” The Lakers led 77-75 after three quarters. The score was tied 90-90 with 4 1/2 minutes left in the game, then the Mavericks (41-24) took over. The Lakers (16-46) have lost five in succession, the Mavericks snapped a two-game losing streak.“Not bad,” Scott said afterward of his 11th different starting lineup. “Good energy. I thought we played hard, as we’ve been playing. … I thought Tarik was active, just like I wanted him to be.”Dallas got 31 points from Monta Ellis, 13 off the bench from Al-Farqou Aminu and 12 from Dirk Nowitzki. The Lakers outrebouned the Mavericks 47-33.Kobe Bryant was on the Lakers’ bench for the first time since his season-ending rotator cuff injury.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

‘Star Wars Squadrons’ release details: Date, price, gameplay trailer for new EA title

first_imgOne of the more relieving things the company announced is that there would be no microtransactions in this version, a stark difference from “Star Wars: Battlefront II.”MORE: Top PS4 reveal takeawaysHere are the key details to know regarding the game:What is the story for ‘Star Wars: Squadrons’?In single player action, you’ll alternate between play a New Republic’s Vanguard pilot and a fighter in the the Empire’s Titan squadron in a battle for galactic supremacy.”This is the definitive Star Wars pilot experience,” says the narrator of the trailer, which can be seen below.Star Wars Squadrons features a single player mode, multiplayer mode, cross-play, and you can play in VR!— IGN (@IGN) June 18, 2020When is the release date for ‘Star Wars: Squadrons’?The game will come out on Oct. 2 for all current generation platforms. It’s unclear if or when the game will be available on the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox.How much will ‘Star Wars: Squadrons’ cost?The price point is set at $40 — a pretty reasonable mark considering the absence of microtransactions in this edition.What should you expect from online features?Core online gameplay will consist of squads of five fighters who can choose from eight customizable base ships: Tie Fighter, X-Wing, Tie Interceptor, A-Wing, Tie Reaper, U-Wing, Tie Bomber and Y-Wing.The trailer promises a high level of personalization for ships, including both cosmetic and strategic choices that are unlocked for free by playing matches.Will there be crossplay for ‘Star Wars: Squadrons’?Yes. EA now seems to be fully embracing the crossplay gaming wave, and “Star Wars: Squadrons” competitors on PS4, Xbox and PC will all be able to join each other online. The EA Play 2020 showcase on Thursday afternoon gave “Star Wars” fans a treat with full details regarding the upcoming release of “Star Wars: Squadrons.”EA provided a lengthy video trailer as well as a number of modes and features players can enjoy when the game drops in October. What systems can you play ‘Star Wars: Squadrons’ on?At release, the game will be available on PS4, Xbox and PC. Additionally, there will be VR support on the PS4 and PC.How will microtransactions work in the new game?It appears there won’t be any microtransactions in “Star Wars: Squadrons.” That means level-ups will come purely from playing the game rather than shelling out additional cash.What other details did we learn about the game from EA Play?Locations you’ll be able to visit include Yavin Prime and Galitan. Familiar characters include Wedge Antilles and Hera Syndulla.last_img read more

Clarke emerges as leader for the Mountaineers

first_imgby Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier Being a lineman isn’t football’s most glamorous job. In fact, it can be grueling.But Will Clarke, a redshirt junior at West Virginia, loves the challenges that his position presents. “You have to learn to be tough out there,” the 6-foot-6, 269 pound Clarke said. “You see those big fullbacks and tight ends out there and they’re about to run in at your throat. You have to be ready to take that on at all times.”He’ll represent West Virginia—a newcomer to the conference– this week at the Big 12 media day in Dallas, TX.“He’s been a great leader for us in the spring,” West Virginia defensive coordinator Joe DeForest said. “We’re looking forward to seeing the hard work that he’s put in over the summer and the progress that he’s made for when fall camp starts up.”DeForest came to WVU from Oklahoma State with current Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen and has moved Clarke from his natural of defensive end position to tackle, this season.“We feel like if his athleticism is applied as an interior lineman, we’ll get some matchups in which (Clarke) will have an advantage,” DeForest added.He started 11 of his 13 games in 2011 for WVU and recorded a sack in their 70-33 romp of Clemson in the Orange Bowl. This year, he wants to further his reputation as a humble leader.“I understand my role on this defense and take great pride in it,” Clarke said. “I want to be able to do the things that people did for me when I was a young player.”Majoring in criminal justice, Clark plans to graduate next spring. With the fifth year of eligibility he earned by redshirting, he plans to begin graduate courses.“Not only is it important for me to achieve on the field, I know I need to show people how it’s done in all aspects,” he added.Jay Barlow, the reigning Courier defensive MVP, is preparing for his first season at Division-II California (PA). He recalled his first day at camp as a freshman in 2008 at Allderdice when he faced Clake, a then-senior, in drills.“He put me flat on my back,” Barlow said. “It was something that I wasn’t used to. I’d always been the best hitter up to that point.”Since, the two have kept in touch and Barlow attributes much of his success to Clarke’s mentorship.“He’s been in my ear the whole time he’s been in college,” he said. “He educates me as to what it’s like and what to watch out for when I get there. But, what’s really special about Will is that he’s always himself. He always remains his true humble self at all times.”Clarke admits that his daily schedule can be a bit overwhelming.“Typically, my days can start as early as 5:30 and can end as late as 10:00pm,” Clarke said. “I wake up that early to be in and out of the gym so that I can be on time for class. After that, there’s usually practice. Not to mention, I must dedicate the necessary time that I need in order to study. I can’t lie, it gets pretty hectic.”Yet, he swears by being a good example.“Doing the right thing is a great motivator for me in dealing with different challenges,” he said.(Malik Vincent can be reached at or on Twitter @malikvincent.) WILL CLARKElast_img read more

SunSport readers back Dier after he confronted fan who abused his brother

first_imgSUNSPORT readers have given their backing to Eric Dier after the Tottenham star confronted a fan who abused his brother in Wednesday night’s FA Cup defeat.We asked you what you made of the Spurs star, 26, storming into the stands to support his family and you responded in your thousands.2 Fans have backed Eric Dier after he jumped into the stands to defend his brotherOf the more than 5,000 readers who cast a vote, a whopping 62.3 per cent believe Dier did the right thing.Just 19.5 per cent of fans believe he was in the wrong, with a further 18.2 per cent saying it depends on what the fan did.Dier leapt over seats as he raced to the top of the stand to confront a fan after Tottenham were knocked out of the FA Cup by Norwich on penalties.Initial reports claimed the player – who scored his penalty in the shootout – had been defending team-mate Gedson Fernandes over claims he’d been racially abused.But we can reveal the real reason behind the 40-cap England star seeing red – because he was heroically defending his younger brother, Patrick.A source revealed one fan had been shouting abuse in the direction of Dier, despite him being one of very few Spurs stars to have a decent game in North London.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesThe player’s brother, who was seated nearby, tried to calm the man down.It is believed the pair got into a heated exchange and Dier jumped into the stands to protect his sibling.It’s not clear what sparked the row and if the supporter involved is a Spurs fan.Tottenham are not expected to take any action against Dier, who could be heard shouting, “he’s my brother, he’s my brother” during the clash in one fan video.The FA are now investigating the incident and they will speak to Spurs stewards and fans nearby for their observations.2 Jose Mourinho has never won a penalty shootout in EnglandMORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearDier is likely to face a misconduct charge for leaving the pitch area – and could be charged and fined.But the FA could be lenient towards him due to the circumstances surrounding his family and thanks to their strong anti-abuse stance.Fans had already taken to Twitter to show their “respect” to Dier for his heroic behaviour.Jose Mourinho reacts to Eric Dier incident saying he was helping his younger brother during altercationlast_img read more

Perasol, UP ready for risk of possible forfeitures

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DAY6 is for everybody OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up UST refuses to give in despite 0-4 start LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt had been a whirlwind of a Saturday for University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.Rob Ricafort was finally able to suit up for the Fighting Maroons and in his first game, they silenced defending champion De La Salle 98-87 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img How to help the Taal evacuees In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson READ: Rob Ricafort secures TRO, set to play for UP vs La SalleBut there’s a chance that golden victory—and other possible wins where Ricafort would play in —could be forfeited in case Ricafort’s 20-day restraining order, which will lapse on October 11, is declared invalid.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut that’s a risk UP head coach Bo Perasol is willing to take.“Those sort of things have been dealt with by the lawyers at UP,” said Perasol in Filipino. “For them it’s a bigger evil if you don’t follow a court order than abide by the rules of a league.” View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The UAAP eligibility board initially denied Ricafort the chance to play in Season 80 as the Fightin Maroon will exceed the age limit of 25-years-old in January of 2018, smack in the middle of the sporting calendar.READ: UAAP: UP can field in Ricafort, but face risks if TRO ‘invalid’Perasol, however, is confident the TRO’s clauses will stand and that Ricafort is an eligible Maroon.“The lawyers can take care of it, I’m not a lawyer so this kind of stuff is beyond me,” said Perasol. “If our wins are forfeited then that’s too bad but I’m sure the lawyers know where they’re coming from and they’ll have this straightened out.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more