Gold medal home hits the market

first_imgPROP CON: 30 Hawkesbury Rd MoggillTHE parents of Olympian-turned-developer Mark Stockwell have put their sprawling riverfront estate on the market for the first time. Myora Park at 30 Hawksbury Rd at Moggill sits on 4.15 hectares, and has been the family home for more than three generations. As for Myora Park, the homestead and estate could easily fit in to an Aussie outback drama series like A Country Practice.It has five bedrooms including a luxurious master suite with large walk-in-robe and ensuite, a guest wing, a large home office and library, high ceilings, space for four vehicles plus a large workshop, formal and informal lounge and dining spaces, handcrafted parquetry flooring, bi-fold doors, two-way log fireplace, lead light accents and timeless chandeliers. Wraparound verandahs allow for stunning river viewsThe homestead sits on over 10 acres quality acreage and is just 23km from the Brisbane CBD. MORE: Brisbane’s hottest listing for 2018 has sold The study/libraryPrior to joing the family business in 1992, Mr Stockwell represented Australia as a swimmer at the 1984 Olympics and 1986 Commonwealth Games. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago The home is full of traditional featuresThere is also a gourmet kitchen with integrated appliances, outdoor entertainment spaces, a pool, tennis court, spa, sauna and barbecue amenities. Mark Stockwell has many fond memories of the home, which was built by his late father in 1979. The family bought the farm land in 1978.“We moved there in 1980 when I was about 16. We had been living on Pinjarra Rd and my sister and I were mad about horses … my parents bought the place for the horses,” he said.“I had this dream of going to the Olympics and competing in equestrian but about a year later (after moving in) I stopped riding and started swimming and went on to compete in that.“It’s a special place and there are so many family memories … we have a large family and mum and dad loved getting us all together.”Mr Stockwell said it would be hard to let the property go but “life goes on”, with his mother now living with his family.“These types of places don’t come up very often,” he said. “It’s high up on the junction of the Brisbane and Bremer rivers and it is rural land still in the Brisbane City Council area,” he said.“You feel like you are in another world.”Myora Park is listed with Benjamin Smith and Kel Goesch of Brisbane Real Estate – Indooroopilly.center_img The Stockwell homestead is on the market for the first time.“Steeped in history, sophistication and built with unparalleled craftsmanship, this opulent family homestead has been positioned to capture the spectacular and commanding river views where the Brisbane and Bremer Rivers meet,” the realestate.com.au listing says. The stunning property is just 23km from the Brisbane CBDThe home is listed in the name of Necia Stockwell, according to CoreLogic property data.Her son Mark Stockwell is the managing director of Stockwell Property Group, a company founded by Bill and Necia Stockwell in 1952. Mark Stockwell poses for a photo at South Bank ahead of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Photo AAP/ Ric FrearsonStockwell currently has eight projects either completed, under construction or in the pipeline, including Encore and Virtuoso at West End, and Boggo Road Village. RELATED: Twin towers set to sing at orchestral site What a spot to just sit back and watch the river rise and fall!Perhaps the most outstanding features are the stunning wrap-around verandas and the entertainment pavilion, which have been designed to embrace the stunning riverfront views of the Brisbane and Bremer rivers.last_img read more

P&O Ferries Flagging Out Dover-Calais Fleet to Cyprus

first_imgPan-European ferry and logistics company P&O Ferries has decided to flag out its Dover-Calais fleet  from UK to Cyprus flag amid Brexit-related concerns.Specifically, by switching its flag to Cyprus the company aims to benefit from the tax arrangements in place in the European Union. “In advance of Britain leaving the European Union on March 29, 2019, we undertook a review of the flag status of our ships on the English Channel. For operational and accounting reasons, we have concluded that the best course of action is to re-flag all ships to be under the Cyprus flag,” a spokesman for P&O Ferries said in a statement.“The Cyprus flag is on the ‘white list’ of both the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding, resulting in fewer inspections and delays, and will result in significantly more favourable tonnage tax arrangements as the ships will be flagged in an EU member state.”The UK’s National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has condemned the move.“This is pure opportunism from P&O, whose long term aim has always been to switch the UK fleet to a tax haven register, as they have already done with most of the Irish Sea and North Sea fleet.  We demand immediate assurance from P&O that the pay and terms and conditions of over 730 RMT members in Dover are not under threat from this move,” RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said.“If P&O think they can use Brexit as a smokescreen for introducing the low cost crewing model on the vital Dover-Calais route then they have got another think coming.”According to P&O Ferries, there are no plans to make any other changes, including the terms and conditions of any of the seafarers, as a result of the new arrangements.The reflagging concerns six ships and comes as the UK nears what is likely to be a no-deal Brexit from the European Union.last_img read more

Vote Alex Maxwell – Enquirer Player of the Week

first_imgVOTE FOR OUR QB, ALEX MAXWELL!Alex Maxwell, East Central – Maxwell’s 33 carries, 187 yards and four rushing touchdowns paced the Trojans’ 35-13 win over Evansville Central.Voting open until 3pm Friday, November 17, 2017Vote: Enquirer high school athlete of the week, Nov. 13EC Athletic Office will be selling Semi-State tickets all week in the AD Office and during lunch on Thursday. & Friday. Cost is $10.00.Be sure to listen to The Trojans this Football Friday Night on WRBI with our Countdown To Kickoff after the 6 PM News.Photo courtesy of www.eastcentral trojansfootball.com.last_img

Laney holds his line, leads every lap in Dakota Tour feature win at Southwest

first_imgCody Laney was the $2,200 feature winner at Southwest Speedway, on a record-setting night for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds on the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour. (Photo by Byron Fichter)DICKINSON, N.D. (July 13) – Cody Laney followed the script Hunter Marriott had written the night before in winning Wednesday’s Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour main event.In front of a packed grandstand at Southwest Speedway, Laney led all 30 laps in topping the $2,200 to win feature for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds.A track tour record 90 Modifieds saw action at Dickinson. Marriott had led from start to finish Tuesday at Williston Basin Speedway and challenged Laney in the late going before settling for second at Southwest.“I knew if I could hold my line, I’d be all right,” said Laney, new to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot and a three-time winner this season in his home state of California coming into the night. “Hunter was the one who worried me … I saw his nose a couple times but I kept hitting my marks.”Laney started outside the front row and held off Lucas Schott following a pair of early restarts. Marriott settled into second on lap 11 and tried high and low to get past Laney as the race ended with a long green flag run.Laney held Marriott in check, gaining a little breathing room before taking the checkers.Pole starter Dale Mathison ran near the front of the field all night and finished third. Schott and Ricky Thornton Jr. completed the top five.Two-time and defending champion Elijah Zevenbergen outran 2014 tour king Dalton Flory in the $800 to win IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.Zevenbergen caught Flory for the lead on lap eight and stayed in front the last 17 times around the track.They pulled away from the rest of the pack in the waning circuits, leaving Joe Flory and “B” winners Andrew Altenburg and Jordan Durward to finish in that order behind them.The final tour date is Thursday, July 14 at Dacotah Speedway in Mandan. Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens and hot laps start at 6 p.m., and racing gets underway at 7 p.m.Dacotah Speedway also hosts the Friday, July 15 $10,001 Legendary for IMCA Modifieds. Racing starts at 7 p.m.The Dakota Tour finale and Legendary will both be broadcast by IMCA.TV.com.ResultsModifieds – 1. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 2. Hunter Marroitt, Brookfield, Mo.; 3. Dale Mathison, Clearwater, Minn.; 4. Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; 5. Ricky Thornton Jr., Harcourt, Iowa; 6. Steven Pfeifer, Minot; 7. Tom Berry Jr., Boone, Iowa; 8. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa; 9. Jason Wolla, Ray; 10. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 11. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 12. Spencer Wilson, Minot; 13. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa; 14. Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; 15. Tim Perkins, Bismarck; 16. Travis Hagen, Williston; 17. Jason Grimes, Jamestown; 18. Travis Olheiser, Dickinson; 19. Josh Eberhardt, Jamestown; 20. Clint Hatlestad, Glencoe, Minn.; 21. Ryan Schroeder, Devil’s Lake; 22. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.; 23. Brad Hartigan, Dickinson; 24. Mark Dahl, Bismarck; 25. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha; 26. Robert Hellebust, Minot; 27. David Brown, Kellogg, Iowa; 28. Troy Heupel, Williston; 29. Mike Hansen, Dickinson.Heat winners were Hansen, Mathison, Laney, Schott, Thornton, Marriott, Ruter, Pfeifer, Dahl and Dotson.1st “B” feature (top three) – 1. Berry; 2. Perkins; 3. Hagen. 2nd “B” feature – 1. Grimes; 2. Eberhardt; 3. Schroeder. 3rd “B” feature – 1. Noteboom; 2. Hartigan; 3. Brown. 4th “B” feature – 1. Hatlestad; 2. Alvarado; 3. Hellebust. 5th “B” feature – 1. Wolla; 2. Taylor; 3. Olheiser. 6th “B” feature – 1. Shryock; 2. Wilson; 3. Mari.Provisional – Heupel.Stock Cars – 1. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan, Iowa; 2. Dalton Flory, Williston; 3. Joe Flory, Williston; 4. Andrew Altenburg, Truman, Minn.; 5. Jordan Durward, Grand Forks; 6. Jeremy Swanson, Westby, Mont.; 7. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; 8. Joren Boyce, Minot; 9. Chris Ellis, Stanley; 10. Keith Mattox, Ray; 11. Cody Nelson, Kenmare; 12. Scott Yale, Minot; 13. Kelly Henderson, Minot; 14. Matt Lang, Turtle Lake; 15. Brock Beeter, Minot; 16. Beau Deschamp, Bottineau; 17. Jake Nelson, Williston; 18. Chris Hortness, Estevan, Sask.; 19. Bill Jones, Lignite; 20. Michael Vennes, Minot; 21. Rob Stenvold, Minot; 22. Gary Goudy Jr., Stoughton, Sask.; 23. Scott Gartner, Bismarck; 24. Austin Daae, Estevan, Sask.Heat winners were Joe Flory, Speckman, Dalton Flory and Boyce. “B” feature winners were Durward and Altenburg.last_img read more

Indiana Conservation Officers urge Hoosiers to ‘Spring Aboard’

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana Conservation Officers are again partnering with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) to encourage boaters to “Spring Aboard” and enroll in a boater education course.Working in partnership with states, online providers  and Boater exam are offering course discounts for students who enroll in or complete a course during the Spring Aboard campaign from March 17-23.“An informed and knowledgeable boat operator is much more likely to recognize hazardous conditions on the water and avoid a boating mishap”, said Indiana Boating Law Administrator Lt. Kenton Turner.Online classes are available 24/7 and provide state-specific information needed for your boating location.  Indiana Conservation Officers also offer classroom courses.  Hoosiers can click here for online courses.  For classroom course options, visit www.register-ed.com/programs/Indiana for classes offered in your area.  Online users should use VIP Code: SpringAboard19 for discounts.last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2018, RR vs KXIP Highlights: Rajasthan Royals survive elimination, beats Kings XI Punjab by 15 runs

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals managed to survive elimination when they took a 15-run win over Kings XI Punjab at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on TuesdayOpting to bat in this must-win game, Rajasthan Royals could only muster 158 for eight despite Jos Buttler’s blazing 58-ball 82 at the SMS.Despite a decent total on the board, Rajasthan staged a strong fightback with the ball as it restricted Kings XI Punjab to 143 for seven in the stipulated 20 overs.Languishing at the bottom of the table prior to this game, RR have now moved to sixth place, while KXIP remained in third position.RR reduced Kings to 19 for three in the fourth over and the visitors struggled to recover from the horrendous start, as they soon found themselves stuttering at 45 for four and then 66 for five, with eight overs left.For Kings XI Punjab, Rahul played the lone ranger with 95 off 70 balls, his fourth half century of the ongoing league. KXIP needed 32 runs in the last over and Rahul’s six and two fours were not enough.The good start was provided by Krishnappa Gowtham as the off-spinner scalped dangerous Chris Gayle with the first ball of the third over. The spinner slid one down the leg side and Gayle charged down the wicket, only to be excellently stumped by Buttler.The massive breakthrough spurred Royals and they soon had more reason to cheer as Gowtham removed KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin, who promoted himself up the order, two balls later.Jofra Archer then got into the act as he had Karun Nair hitting one high in the air for Jaidev Unadkat to complete a well-judged catch.Wickets kept falling and runs were too hard to come by but Rahul held fort, mixing caution with aggression with his team in a crisis situation.Ish Sodhi bowled beautifully to not only take a wicket – of Akshdeep Nath — but also stymie the KXIP run rate. The New Zealand leg-spinner’s turning deliveries and variations had the legendary Shane Warne applauding from the dugout.Earlier, Buttler led the way with a 82-run knock before Kings XI Punjab bowlers fought back.Pacer Andre Tye was the most successful KXIP bowler, returning figures of 4/34, while mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman picked up 2/21 in four overs.Buttler began Royals’ innings in earnest, hitting Marcus Stoinis for two successive boundaries in the first over.Skipper Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed by Tye, who fooled the batsman with a knuckle ball, inducing an edge to extra cover. But Buttler continued his onslaught on the Rajasthan bowlers as he picked two consecutive boundaries off Tye.Gowtham also departed quickly as he was sent back by Stoinis in the seventh over.A half century partnership then ensued between Buttler and the talented Sanju Samson (22) but the run rate dropped as the Royals batsmen, including the Englishman, struggled to find the boundaries.After the brisk start, there was a period in the middle overs when Rajasthan Royals failed to hit a boundary for 25 balls. Buttler finally managed a boundary off Mujeeb Ur Rahman and then got a four off the bowling of Axar, thanks to poor fielding by Tye.But that was it as RR again went without a boundary for 14 deliveries before Samson produced a flat-batted six off Ravichandran Ashiwn, sending the ball over long-off.Samson brought up the fifty partnership by playing Ashwin for another boundary, but Mujeeb struck for Kings XI Punjab when he had the batsman who struggled to play freely during his 18-ball stay in the middle.Finally, Buttler’s innings came to an end when Mujeeb had him stumped with Royals’ score reading 132 for four in the 17th over. He stuck nine fours and a six.Stuart Binny hit Tye for a six but Rajasthan simply lost their after a flying start.(With inputs from agencies) last_img read more

Former Man City Defender, Onuoha, Feels Unsafe in USA

first_imgOnuoha moved to Major League Soccer in 2018 after spells at Manchester City, Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers in the English topflight.“I am always very wary of how I behave and how it could be viewed by people who have power,” Onuoha, 33, told the BBC Sports yesterday.“For me personally, overall I don’t like to say it but I have a fear and distrust towards police.”Onuoha highlighted America’s gun culture and the widespread use of armed police as reasons why he felt less safe in the United States.“In the UK, I am more comfortable because if something happens it probably will not be deadly – but over here because of their rights it is more common that altercations become deadly,” he said.“When it comes to any kind of brutality, if it’s from the police, if they read me the wrong way then my life could be taken. I feel that every single day. It is not just me but everybody else as well.”Onuoha said he was trying to avoid being over-critical of the police and admitted there were good officers.“But the fact is over here they are just people from society with a badge and a gun and a lot more power,” he added.“If you worry about the man next door, why would you not worry about the person patrolling the streets who now has more power, more guns but the same views?“I never go out and feel 100 percent safe.”Newcastle defender and US international DeAndre Yedlin has also revealed his grandfather is glad he is playing in England because he would fear for his life back home.“A couple days after George Floyd’s death, my grandfather texted me and told me he’s glad that I am not living in the US right now because he would fear for my life as a young black man,” Yedlin posted on Twitter.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nedum Onuoha…feeling unsafe in America AFTERMATH OF POLICE BRUTALITYIn the wake of racial injustices on African Americans and blacks by police personnel in the United States of America, Real Salt Lake defender, Nedum Onuoha, has expressed “fear and distrust” of the country’s security system.The killing of unarmed George Floyd by a white policeman is largely responsible for the civil rights protests sweep across the country since last weekend.last_img read more

There’s no place like home

first_imgNo college basketball broadcast would be complete without the timeless act of announcers dropping buzzwords into their commentary that excite the average fan and fill airtime.Among the group of phrases and exclamations heard over and over again stand several overused terms that don’t have easily discernable meanings: slasher, hustle play and extra pass, and several terms that are overemphasized: diaper dandy, PTPer — the latter two being attributed to the incessant, but loveable, screaming of Dick Vitale.Included among the ritual of throwing out buzzwords is the eternal mentioning of the home team playing with either a “sixth man” or having a home-court advantage. Like they have for its poorly used cousin terms, most hoops fans have come to tune-out the term. After all, hearing it every single time a game is on gets old quickly.Well, despite being as cliché as possible and used as often as Steve Lavin’s tube of hair gel, home-court advantage is very much real and important.On this page last week, Brigham Young University protecting its home winning streak of 27 games against a surging UNLV team was cited as a “Game to Watch.” Had the game been played in Las Vegas, or for that matter, on any other 94-by-50 foot court in the nation, the mediocre Cougars trying to upset the Rebels wouldn’t warrant more than a casual mention to non-Mountain West Conference fans.But, funny things happen when teams play at home, and sure enough BYU protected the Marriott Center, blowing out UNLV in a 90-63 win.In the past week alone, three solid but unspectacular teams playing at home — Virginia, Indiana and North Carolina State — were able to pull impressive upset victories over highly ranked teams. Playing on the road, on the opponents’ home court, probably would have meant crushing losses for all three teams, but with the support of the home crowd, the upset victories were made possible.Sean Singletary, the Virginia point guard, arrogantly pointed his finger right at the ESPN camera after hitting an incredible shot which ended up the game winner as the Cavaliers upset Duke. The arrogance of the senior was able to emerge as he played at home because unlike playing in Cameron Indoor Stadium, Singletary was playing in front of a crowd wearing blue and gold and supporting him.It’s inevitable that any debate over the greatest upset of all time will center around Joe Namath and the Jets in the 1969 Super Bowl, or the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team defeating the Soviets in Lake Placid, but in the pantheon of college basketball, tiny Chaminade’s victory over #1 Virginia in 1982 ranks as the biggest upset in history. Despite having a total enrollment of just 800, Chaminade, in front of 2,500 fans, was able to upset Ralph Sampson and the nation’s top team while playing at home in Hawaii. The Cavaliers, playing 4,000 miles from home, were shocked by their 77-72 loss. Though a very different outcome most likely would have occurred if the game had been held in Virginia, the game was in Hawaii and the Cavs were stunned.Even more impressive than a school with a student body of 800 playing at home upsetting the nation’s best team though, is the ability of anyone, regardless of whether they play basketball or not, to help determine the final result of a college basketball game.You don’t need to be 6 feet 5 inches with a chiseled upper body, a silky-smooth jump shot and have an off-the-charts basketball IQ to affect the outcome of a college basketball game. All you really need is a ticket, the ability to yell and a shirt the color of everyone else — though a rainbow wig and funny necktie might help.An entire stadium standing and yelling while the opposition tries to settle into an offense or shoot free throws can be pretty distracting. Try writing a paper with 15,000 people wearing red and chanting derogatory things about you while you work. It wouldn’t be a very comfortable working environment.And, despite what they may say to the media, coaches don’t have a surefire way to game-plan against a raucous crowd. Teams can’t go to a box-and-one on the student section, and there’s no way to run the high post against the school band.Home-court advantage comes into play even during the postseason. That’s why in about a month and a half, every college basketball analyst from Joe Lunardi to Rick Majerus is going to advise people to pick teams playing near home. They’ll tell the wonderful stories of George Mason winning at the nearby MCI Center and provide recommendations about teams playing in their home states in the first couple of rounds. As predictable as it is though, they’re going to be right. Teams playing at home do have a clear advantage, and when the games matter most in the NCAA tournament, schools playing in front of a packed house of their fans are probably going to win more than they lose.Maybe that’s what makes college basketball so great. In a world and a sport where everything — team names, styles of play and even rules seems to change every year — it is nice knowing there’s always going to be home-court advantage. As sure as the home school’s mascot is going to be engaging in various hijinx and the cheerleaders are going to be hopelessly optimistic, it is never going to be easier to win on the road in college basketball.last_img read more

FB : Cooper: Orange needs freshmen to grow up fast

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The dagger play came down to two true freshmen. Syracuse cornerback Brandon Reddish was in one-on-one coverage with Southern California wide receiver Marqise Lee.Lee won easily. He was faster than Reddish — blowing past the SU backup and running a crisp route to catch a 43-yard touchdown pass in stride, putting USC up by three scores late in the third quarter.And the play didn’t just mean a lot on the field. It exercised, in terms anyone can read, the big difference in the progression of USC’s young players compared to Syracuse’s young players.‘We did have some young guys out there and moving guys in and out, but we were ready for that,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said. ‘And again, I think I have to do a better job that we protect some of these kids when they get into the game on a quick turnaround.’The youth movement on Syracuse’s defense backfired in the worst way possible Saturday, as SU couldn’t stop quarterback Matt Barkley and any of his intended targets. Half of Syracuse’s starting secondary — safety Shamarko Thomas and cornerback Keon Lyn — got hurt in the third quarter and didn’t return.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLike Marrone said after the game, he needs to do a better job with some of the younger kids, getting them ready to enter when a starter goes down. But it’s Marrone’s wording that is curious.Protect. Syracuse needs to try and hide some of its young, raw defensive players when they are in the game.With that, the lack of depth and experience on the Orange defense was exposed. It’s a scary thought because Syracuse’s secondary was one of its supposed strengths entering the season.Instead, the SU pass defense is ranked 101st in the country after Barkley and Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price each had their way with it.And with each injury, the Orange’s lack of depth became more and more painfully visible.Reddish didn’t belong. There was miscommunication on defense when the subs went in. And Barkley ran them off the field.‘It was difficult, but that’s the sport of football,’ cornerback Kevyn Scott said. ‘Some guys are going to go down, that’s why you’ve got to have a two-deep at certain positions. So those guys got to be ready because we tell those guys, the backups, you’re an ankle away from getting in.’Making matters worse is the manner in which USC disassembled Syracuse’s pass defense. Star receiver Robert Woods made some plays, but not as many as he usually makes.Instead, Barkley found the USC freshmen, who played with the presence of veterans.The two longest touchdown passes of the game went to tight end Randall Telfer and Lee, two freshmen. Another freshman tight end, Xavier Grimble, caught Barkley’s fifth touchdown pass.USC head coach Lane Kiffin was pleased with how prepared his freshmen were — the opposite of Marrone’s sentiments.‘Randall Telfer, Christian Thomas and Marqise Lee all came up big for us tonight, and I’m proud of the improvement they showed,’ Kiffin said. ‘Guys are going to make mistakes starting out so for them to contribute for us tonight really gives us something to build on.’Syracuse needs to start seeing more progression from its young players each week. These players got time against Wake Forest due to injuries, and SU rotated a lot of players in and out against Rhode Island.Yet they made mistakes — mental and physical — Saturday. There are two weeks until Syracuse opens Big East play against Rutgers, and the Orange defense is well behind where it should be.This defense cannot hold onto last year’s numbers. It isn’t that team. The 2011 Syracuse defense is ranked 84th in the nation through three weeks — 77 spots lower than last year.There was no word Saturday on Thomas’ condition, but if he and defensive end Chandler Jones are both out for any period of time, the Orange defense, at its current state, will struggle mightily.Syracuse has played three games, but the defense still feels like an unknown. They seem to have talented athletes and players who could be good.But will they figure it out in time?‘We got caught up in some bad matchups and bad coverages,’ Marrone said. ‘They had some good route combinations, and we weren’t in a position we wanted to be in.‘We have some young players, but in the long run it will help those kids.’For now, that’s just a hope. Because it’s only helping SU’s opponents in the short run.Mark Cooper is an asst. sports editor for The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at mcooperj@syr.edu or on Twitter at @M_Coops_Cuse. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Colorado State transfer Barrett balances life as father of two, football star

first_img Published on November 21, 2013 at 1:16 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Shaquil Barrett’s mind was swirling. Packing up his luggage as he prepared for a plane ride to Colorado, where he would begin his sophomore season as a transfer at Colorado State, Barrett got the kind of news that made him put his bags down. His girlfriend Jordanna was pregnant. “Some weird emotions came over me,” Barrett reflected. “I don’t know what it was. It was just a wave of emotions that I had.”Fast forward to two and a half years, and Barrett has two children. He’s married and lives with his family in Colorado. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSpend just one minute talking with Barrett and you know he’s a family man. He chuckles at the slightest mention of his kids. But for Barrett, being a family man is only a part-time job. During the days and weekends, he is one of the most feared linebackers in the country. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound senior is tied for third in Division I with 10.5 sacks.On the field, he takes care of business. But off the field is when his work actually starts. “It’s pretty hard,” Barrett said, again chuckling. “I wake up with the kids. That’s probably the hardest, because I need sleep. I probably get like five hours of sleep every night.” Barrett has morning duty because the moment he gets home from practice, Jordanna Barrett gets dressed and goes to work at a local fast-food chain. She’s there from 5 p.m.-12:30 a.m. every day, working to help fund a family.“Just adapting to the whole, ‘We’re not going to eat out tonight because we need diapers’ kind of thing has been more difficult,” Jordanna Barrett said. “We’ve sacrificed a lot of things that we would rather do. We just don’t do it.” Luckily for the Barretts, the Colorado State football team has adopted the kids as its own. Jordanna Barrett said there are some players that she was wary at first to let play with her children, but now Shaquil Barrett Jr. and Braylon are like nephews to the team. Bernard Blake, Barrett’s teammate, is often called on to babysit the kids. It’s a role he said he does without complaint. “I don’t look at Shaquil as a teammate, I look at him as a brother of mine,” Blake said. “And any time you can spend time with your family, that’s just what you do.” Having children for Barrett has forced him to mature. It’s forced him to think about his kids more than himself, Jordanna Barrett said. It was a wake-up call for Barrett, but not the first time he’s needed to rethink his future. In high school, in his hometown of Baltimore, Barrett wasn’t succeeding in school and his athletic performance was dwindling as well. He decided to follow in his brother’s footsteps and attend Boys Town High School just outside of Omaha, Neb., a school designed to turn kids’ lives around. Jordanna Barrett said the school helped shape her husband into the caring person that he has become. “If they had stayed in Baltimore, I don’t think either one of them would have been anywhere near where they are today,” she said. “Just for being mature, it got him on the straight and narrow, and football-wise, it exceeded every expectation of him.” For Barrett now, every aspect of his life is successful. He knows the future won’t be easy, but he’s content with the present. Whenever he takes the field on Saturdays, his family is in the crowd. Shaquil is old enough now to point out his father on defense during games. As Barrett works toward a potential NFL career, he fully acknowledges that his future is secondary to his responsibilities.“I have to meet my wife’s needs,” he said, “and meet my kids’ needs.“I put my needs on the backburner sometimes.” Commentslast_img read more