Canadian beef mislabeling leads to US recall

first_img The class III recall carries no health risk in part because the meat came from cattle younger than 30 months old, which are considered too young to have BSE, Matt Baun, an FSIS spokesman, told CIDRAP News. In BSE-infected cattle, central nervous system tissue is considered likely to contain the misshapen proteins, or prions, associated with the disease. US beef import rules are aimed at keeping spinal cord material and other high-risk cattle tissues out of the food supply. Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (or 1-888-674-6854) weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time. The products also contain “Est. 2748” inside the USDA inspection mark, according to a Jul 28 news release from FSIS. The patties were produced on July 15, 16 19, and 20 and were shipped to distribution centers and stores in Florida, Maine, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Jul 28 FSIS news releasehttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_028_2004_Release/index.asp The Canadian government, which discovered the problem, has temporarily prohibited Quaker Maid’s beef supplier in Canada from exporting to the United States, according to Reuters. Imports of Canadian beef have been restricted since the discovery of a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Canada in May 2003. Ground beef is among the items still not allowed into the United States.center_img Reuters news service quoted USDA officials as saying the mislabeling occurred in Canada and the incident poses no risk to human health. USDA said the recalled beef was safe to eat because, although it was made using hydraulic pressure, central nervous system tissue had already been removed from the carcasses, according to news reports. See also: The USDA banned all imports of Canadian beef and live cattle after the BSE case was discovered in 2003. The agency reopened the border to boneless meat (but not ground meat) from cattle younger than 30 months old, boneless veal from calves younger than 36 weeks, and fresh or frozen beef liver in August 2003. Live cattle and other categories of beef are still banned. Quaker Maid Meats, Inc., of Reading, Penn., is recalling 5-pound boxes of “Philly-Gourmet, 100% pure beef, homestyle patties” with packaging codes of 1974 or 2024; 3-pound boxes of “Philly-Gourmet, 100% pure beef, homestyle patties” with packaging codes of 1974 or 2024; and 3-pound boxes of “The Philly Homestyle Beef Patty” with packaging codes of 1984 or 2014. Aug 3, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – A Pennsylvania firm has voluntarily recalled about 170,000 pounds of ground beef patties made partly from Canadian beef that was mislabeled and ineligible for import to the United States, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced recently.last_img read more

Smaller unit complexes are the winning ticket for investors

first_imgCasa di Julia in Windsor is ticking all the right boxes for investors in the boutique development market.EXPERIENCED developers, a winning location and good apartment design tick all of the right boxes for the Casa di Julia in Windsor.Ray White City Precinct director of projects Elisa McMahon said she chose to take on the project because it was not only a boutique development in the right location, but there was also certainty around construction. “Brisbane is seeing a lot of apartments being delivered and while investors are still very active they are also very educated and are now really focusing on boutique projects,” she said.Ms McMahon said she chose to work with Casa di Julia as construction is set to start this month and the developer had a proven track record with 20 years experience in the Brisbane market.“I’ve looked at about 30 projects in the last six months and what I’ve decided is I’ll only work with experienced and knowledgeable developers in Brisbane,” she said.“These developers are very responsive to the market, they are seeing what the market wants and delivering those products.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoCasa di Julia in Windsor offers affordability and good design.Casa di Julia features 14 one and two-bedroom apartments up to 83sq m, with some offering city views.Ms McMahon said the main selling features for the apartments were their affordability and design, as well as their location.“They have great proximity to the city, but being a bit more of a fringe suburb they’re starting to get into that middle ring area which is a bit more protected from an oversupply point of view,” she said.“From a tenancy point of view their proximity to the Royal Brisbane Hospital will see a lot of demand from people working there.”Ms McMahon said the properties location in a cul-de-sac was also a winning factor, with a quiet street location a big bonus within the three kilometre to the city zone.All units have their own lockup garage and completion is expected later this year.last_img read more

Executive apartment close to Brisbane River and CBD

first_imgThe apartment at 10/75 Barker St, New Farm is in a prime location.THIS executive one-bedroom apartment is a perfect lifestyle property. The apartment is in a prime position in central New Farm and only a moment’s walk from cafes, restaurants and the cinema.The Brisbane river and the CBD area within easy reach too.The property is bright and airy and features floor to ceiling picture windows.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The bedroom is light, bright and spacious.The contemporary design of the apartment sees the spacious living flow out to a generous tiled balcony enjoying lovely northeast breezes and aspect. The gourmet galley kitchen with ample cupboard space and the open plan dining and living area make entertaining easy. A large bedroom with build in robes adjoin a fully tiled bathroom. The property has airconditioning throughout, ample storage and a secure car park. The complex has a lap pool, recreation room and lift access.last_img read more

Industry experts warn agents need to make like Silicon Valley and innovate to survive digital age

first_imgSarah Hackett & Steve Carroll are keynote speakers at AREC 2018UBER and AirBnB may not have much in common with the Australian real estate industry, but they had showed that local agents need to lift their game.That was the message from two key innovators in the Queensland real estate industry as they warned that Silicon Valley would disrupt the local industry in ways agents would struggle to keep up with.Place Bulimba managing director Sarah Hackett and realestate.com.au’s director of industry relations Steve Carroll will talk at AREC 2018 about the challenges and benefits of new technologies.Mr Carroll said that modern tech giants like Amazon, Uber and AirBnB had rapidly changed consumers expectations for service across all industries, including real estate.“Consumers are saying if Amazon or Uber can give me that experience then I expect my agent to give me that same experience,” Mr Carroll said.A generation ago buyers and sellers were accustomed to only touch base with agents in business hours, but this had changed. Apps like Uber had shown how seamless the user experience can be.She said it was common for hundreds of emails and messages received by agents were for simple questions that should have been put on the online listing.An over reliance on technology was also a problem, and Mr Carroll stressed that agents needed to remember that the “human element” could never be replicated by a website, chatbot or algorithm.“The research we have done is despite all this technology the human factor is massive,” he said.“If the seller is selling because they are going through a divorce or being made redundant, Sarah being able as a human to show that empathy is important, technology and robots will never be able to do that,” he said.AREC18 will be held on the Gold Coast on May 27 and 28. For more information or to register visit www.tret.com.au or call 1800 335 336. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17 Agents need to ensure that listing information is easy to access for potential buyers.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoMs Hackett said it was common to get hundreds of emails and a full message bank by the end of a working day as people became accustomed to a world of instant information.Instead of staying awake 24 hours a day to respond to emails, she said agents needed to make sure they used their online portals efficiently so consumers had all the information they need.“I think it is providing more information on a webpage, as it is with internet shopping, that needs to be standard,” Ms Hackett said.last_img read more

Karsyn’s Krusaders, Three Wide Media Night June 21 at Independence

first_imgBy Ryan ClarkINDEPENDENCE, Iowa – Three Wide Media is teaming up with Karsyn’s Krusaders to sponsor the Saturday, June 21 weekly racing program at Independence Motor Speedway. A number of promotions will be part of the June 21 event to help raise awareness and money for the fight against cancer. An “ultimate fan package” raffle will be conducted throughout the evening, offering the winner a two night/three day stay, plus Karsyn’s Krusaders merchandise, a free subscription to Dirt Late Model or Dirt Modified magazine, gift cards and much more. Karsyn’s Krusaders merchandise will also be available for purchase, plus a number of items will be thrown into the stands throughout the evening. The one-of-a-kind KK grill car will be on display and pace the five features. Cancer survivors will drop the green flag to start the five feature events.June 21 is also the Saturday Showcase for the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division. Increased prize money will be up for grabs in that division, which will be a weekly points race following normal qualifying procedures.Gates open at 4 p.m. on June 21, with hot laps at 6 and racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Kids ages 11 and under will be admitted free if accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $25. Karsyn’s Krusaders is a not-for-profit charity started in 2010 by Andy and Jessica Miller to raise money and awareness of cancer, with a focus on childhood cancer. Karsyn’s Krusaders is a dirt track automotive racing-based cancer charity that works with drivers, race tracks and race fans across the country.The charity’s motto, “Kickin’ Cancer’s Butt One Lap at a Time,” the logo and name is based on the Millers’ daughter Karsyn who was diagnosed with high risk leukemia at age three in 2008. Karsyn was successfully treated and today is a vibrant little girl who continues to be the inspiration for the charity that helps children and their families across the country. For more information on Karsyn’s Krusaders, visit www.karsynskrusaders.org. For almost a decade now, Three Wide Media has proudly published Dirt Late Model, Dirt Modified and Flat Out Magazine.Whether you like dirt Late Models, dirt Modifieds or Sprint Cars, Three Wide Media has you covered. It’s adrenaline – cover to cover. To subscribe, advertise or for more information, go to www.threewidemedia.com.For the latest speedway news, visit www.independencemotorspeedway.com or contact Ryan Clark at 319 361-3795.last_img read more

Awards from new sponsor Demon Decals go to state champions in IMCA’s Central region

first_imgThe owner of Demon Decals adds to the recognition drivers earning those titles in IMCA Central Region states in both the 2020 and 2021 seasons.  Demon Decals gift certificates will be presented to IMCA Modified, IMCA Late Model, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod, Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod and Mach-1 Sport Compact state champions during the national awards banquet in November, or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.  State champions in all divisions in Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma all receive $100 gift certificates from the first-year sponsor located in Rising City, Neb.  “This is a unique program and one that is ideal for a company like Demon Decals. Their support of tracks and racers in the central part of the country is going to make a difference not only this year, but in the next couple of seasons,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “It is great to have them on board in 2020 and beyond.” RISING CITY, Neb. – Damon Richards knows first-hand the challenge that goes into and the sense of accomplishment that result from winning an IMCA state championship. “We’re really excited about this program,” said Richards, who earned the 2016 Nebraska State Hobby Stock title during his 14-year IMCA career. “It gives us the opportunity to expand and get our name out in front of a lot more people.” center_img “Winning a state championship is a neat deal,” said Richards, son of Charger Chassis owners Jamie and Shelly Richards. “We raced at a lot of different tracks that season and ended up winning it by five points, so I know how hard it is to do.”  In addition to making wraps, decals and T-shirts for circle track competitors, Demon Decals does signage and logo design, banners, graphics, lettering and wraps for commercial, recreational and personal applications. “We already do about 250 wraps a year now,” he continued. “Working with the largest sanctioning body out there is one way to help a lot of drivers in all the IMCA divisions.”  More information is available by calling “The buddy down the road that does wraps” at 402 367-8464, at www.demondecals.com and on Facebook. last_img read more

The Latest: Croatian soccer hopes to resume on May 30

first_imgPurslow tells talkSPORT radio that “we haven’t got to the crucial protocols that relate to actually playing football. Until we crack the code of making our great contact sports safe then the conversation we’re having is hypothetical.”Aston Villa has joined Brighton and West Ham in expressing public opposition to the current “Project Restart” plan that would see all remaining games played at neutral stadiums.Purslow says “we have six home games left to play so any Villa fan would agree that giving up that advantage is a massive decision for somebody running Aston Villa and I certainly wouldn’t agree to that unless the circumstances are right.”Villa is in next-from-last place in the Premier League and two points from safety with 10 games remaining.___ May 6, 2020 The country’s 10-team league is set to resume with all games in empty stadiums on June 6 amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Croatian federation is led by former player and UEFA executive committee member Davor Suker. It says final approval must come from public authorities. Lower-level leagues will not be completed.Dinamo Zagreb leads the league by 18 points over Rijeka with 10 matches remaining.Four clubs are in contention for the runner-up spot and a place in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Croatian soccer federation says it wants to restart the season on May 30 with the cup semifinals. Soccer players in Spain are going back to their team’s training camps for the first time since the country entered a lockdown nearly two months ago because of the coronavirus outbreak.Players for Barcelona, Real Madrid and other clubs arrived for medical tests and to start preparing for the return to training this week.The majority did not wear masks or gloves. Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez were among those without masks when they drove into Barcelona’s training center. Antoine Griezmann, Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic had masks on.Real Madrid players Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema arrived without masks like most of their teammates.The training centers of all clubs were disinfected in the last couple of days. All players and members of the coaching staff are going to be tested for COVID-19 before training can resume. PSG says club volunteers have helped charity staff “make, assemble and store hygiene kits and health equipment for those most at risk.” More than 2,000 people have benefited from hygiene and household kits.PSG president Nasser al-Khelaïfi says the charity’s “wide-ranging work in many fields is more essential than ever.”___Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow says Premier League clubs have yet to settle on protocols to ensure a safe return to playing during the coronavirus pandemic.The league is trying to find a way to resume in June but group practice sessions have not yet started. The Latest: Croatian soccer hopes to resume on May 30 German soccer could be cleared to resume when Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with the governors of the country’s 16 states.The dpa news agency reports that May 15 and 21 are being considered by the federal government as start dates for the Bundesliga.The league has introduced blanket coronavirus testing at clubs and is eager to finish the season by the end of June. That is when some player contracts expire.The push to resume has faced a backlash. There have been at least 11 positive tests of players and staff since testing began last week and Hertha Berlin forward Salomon Kalou was suspended after posting a video showing social distancing measures being flouted at the club.___ Players will initially train individually. The league wants a training period of about a month before it can restart in empty stadiums. It hopes to resume sometime in June.___Paris Saint-Germain has donated 100,000 euros ($108,000) to the Action Against Hunger charity amid the coronavirus pandemic.The money provides charity workers helping those at risk with protective equipment such as surgical masks, goggles, gloves, gowns, gels and thermometers.The Parc des Princes has been operating as a support base for the charity in the Greater Paris region. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press last_img read more

Wisconsin’s title hopes erased in 58-43 loss to Michigan State

first_imgEAST LANSING – After a 20-point second half effort doomed Wisconsin in a humbling defeat to Purdue Sunday, the Badgers’ offensive futility seemed to finally be catching up with them. Catch up they did at the Breslin Center Thursday night as UW’s distant Big Ten title hopes finally crumbled in a 58-43 loss to Michigan State.Just like in the loss to the Boilermakers, head coach Bo Ryan said Wisconsin (20-10, 11-6 Big Ten) had open looks at the basket. But that could not alter the fact that the Badgers finished 29.4 percent from the field and a brutal 17.4 percent from three-point range.“I don’t really think I can explain [the shooting issues] and just have to have guys put them up confidently and once we get a few knocked down, we’re going to find that rhythm again,” freshman forward Sam Dekker said. “But yeah, today was just another day it wasn’t there from the outside.”When Jared Berggren sunk a 15-footer from the left corner to open the half, it appeared Wisconsin’s offense might return from the locker room following an 18-point first half with renewed energy. Yet even those hopes were quickly crushed as the Badgers missed their next 14 shots.That shooting drought – which lasted more than seven minutes – allowed the Spartans (23-7, 12-5) to take complete control with a 16-0 run and build a 21-point lead before the second half’s midway point. Senior guard Keith Appling – limited to just five points in the first period – led the onslaught by shooting 4-of-7 from the floor and grabbing 14 of his game-high 19 points in the second half. From that point forward, Wisconsin found itself playing a hopeless game of catch-up as freshman stud Gary Harris, alongside Appling, rediscovered the form that went strangely missing in the first half. Held without a single point in the first half, Harris posted 11 in the second half.The Badgers kept firing – missing 11 consecutive three-pointers before Dekker sunk a long ball with 12 seconds left – but they never cut the margin thinner than 15 points in the game’s final 14:17.“It’s always a combination of things – what they’re doing, what we’re not doing and you just can’t have those spells,” Ryan said. “We’ve been on the other end of that this year … you say to yourself after a game, ‘There’s no way in the world that team we just maybe beat by X number of points, there’s no way they’re that bad.’”Michigan State dominated the paint with 32 points to Wisconsin’s 12, often transforming turnovers into easy fast-break baskets that let them run away with the game.After a first half in which both teams combined for only 53 points, when Denzel Valentine dumped a pass to Travis Trice, who sunk a three as the buzzer sounded to give Michigan State a 25-18 halftime lead. That play served as a fitting opening act for a second half in which Michigan State grabbed the steering wheel and never even glanced into the rearview mirror.“When you’re in a hole, there’s looks that are open and some that aren’t,” said junior guard Ben Brust, the only UW player to finish in double figures. “Some that you probably wouldn’t want to take if you weren’t in that position. So early on, we were still there early and then just got in the hold and just couldn’t dig out of it.”The Badgers’ offense struggled mightily to find any easy baskets in the opening 20 minutes, hitting 33 percent of their shots and only two of their nine three-point tries. UW spoiled several early possessions and finished with eight turnovers in that first half, many the product of active hands and intelligent reads from Michigan State defenders.But Wisconsin’s interior defense kept the Spartans’ two premier post players – Adreian Payne and Derrick Nix – to a combined 4-of-11 shooting in the first half. The Spartans compensated by collecting six offensive rebounds in the first half, including one critical possession in which they misfired on two consecutive tries before Appling finally sunk a three-pointer.Those second-chance buckets proved crucial as Michigan State and Wisconsin shot the exact same percentage from both the field and three-point territory in the opening period.Only a 10-2 run over the closing 3:42 anchored by Brust and Dekker could save the Badgers from escaping an even uglier loss in East Lansing, where they have now not earned a victory in more than eight years.Their conference title hopes officially erased and only one game remaining in the regular season, Dekker suggested the double-digit loss may have been the wake-up call UW needed ahead of next week’s Big Ten tournament and the approaching NCAA tournament.“In that hot streak we had just the past three weeks, we thought we were invincible and we were playing good basketball,” Dekker said. “It’s just a thing you get into when everything’s your way, it becomes easy.“And now that we take two Ls here, things aren’t as easy for us now and we just have to be mature about it, we have to get back on the court and work 10 times as hard.”last_img read more

Dom Madonna is living his dream as SU’s goalie

first_imgAnthony Grizanti couldn’t fathom what he heard on the other line of the phone. His nephew, Dom Madonna — an All-American starting goalie at Merrimack College — was on the verge of quitting lacrosse, the sport he’d lived and breathed his whole life.Grizanti heard the sadness in his nephew’s voice. This life of lacrosse appeared near its end.“He told me, ‘I don’t even care if I play lacrosse anymore,’” Grizanti said. “To hear him say that, to me, I was like, ‘You’ve got to get out of there. That’s not you.’”Madonna listened. He transferred from Merrimack and walked onto the Syracuse University campus in fall 2016 clad in orange and blue. Madonna, a Liverpool native, dreamed of playing goalie for SU his entire life, but after receiving little attention from premier Division I programs, he ended up playing lacrosse at a school that nearly drove him away from his life’s passion.Now, as a redshirt senior, Madonna is one of the leaders of a No. 10 Syracuse (4-3, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) team that needs excellence between the pipes to reach the Final Four weekend for the first time since 2013. For Madonna, simply stepping on the Carrier Dome turf is a culmination of a 22-year journey filled with roadblocks that nearly prevented him from reaching his ultimate goal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Growing up, you watch all these people play at Syracuse, and now you get here, and you get a shirt with an ‘S’ and your number on it,” Madonna said. “A lot of people I think take it for granted when they’re here right away. I really think being at Merrimack first was almost beneficial to me because you really appreciate what you have when you come here.”•••Resting on Madonna’s bedroom wall is a lacrosse stick head painted SU orange. It used to have a shaft that Grizanti dyed orange and blue, but that piece eventually broke because Madonna used it so often. On the back of the head is a No. 5 for Madonna’s favorite Syracuse athlete, Donovan McNabb. Madonna walked into his room every day and stared at the stick, fantasizing about playing for SU one day.Courtesy of Virginia MadonnaAt age 2, Madonna sent an 11-year-old Grizanti to the hospital by throwing a lacrosse ball at his eye with a baby lacrosse stick. By 3, Madonna was watching full SU games, and by 5 he was playing competitively.He wanted to be like the Grizantis — his uncles Anthony and Michael — who played lacrosse and were close enough in age to be his brothers. Both went on to play collegiately.When Madonna started playing, he turned to his uncles for help. He wanted to play goalie, sort of. Once in net, Madonna ducked out of the way of what Michael called “very light shots.”When the two forced Madonna to stay put, he started crying. In response, Michael and Anthony stood on both sides of Madonna and bounced the ball off his helmet until he stopped.Madonna quickly learned the ball wouldn’t break him. From that moment on, nothing could keep him out of the cage. One day while playing lacrosse outside, Madonna fell on pavement and cut his face. His cheeks were swollen, his face was scraped and it hurt to put on his helmet. Still, he practiced.Madonna was determined to play, but his chance to compete against the country’s best vanished. Prior to fifth grade, Madonna’s family moved to McKinney — a town in central Texas about an hour outside Dallas — where lacrosse was not treated like it is in New York. Madonna had to rely on community recreation teams to practice. None of the roughly 3,000 public high schools in the state had sanctioned lacrosse.“Down there in Texas they really had no idea what the hell they were talking about,” Michael said.Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorHis best training came from working with his uncles. Madonna filmed his games, even in middle school, and sent the tapes to Michael and Anthony for critiques. The two often visited McKinney for weeks at a time and worked with Madonna every day until the sun set. And when it did, Madonna’s father, Dominick, set up floodlights in the backyard so his son could keep practicing.“’You know Dom, we’ve been at this for a couple hours, you can take a break now,’” Michael would say. “And he was just like, ‘No. I’m good.’”One night after practicing, Anthony marched into Dominick’s home office and told him the family had to move back north. Madonna had the talent to play D-I, but he needed exposure from the country’s top teams. Dominick and his wife, Virginia, couldn’t believe what they heard.“You never really think he’s going to be able to play Division I,” Dominick said. “I mean you feel that way. Obviously you always think that. … You’re kind of stunned by it, that someone else thinks that way.”Within two years, Madonna’s family settled back into Liverpool, and Madonna’s young career began to bud. But in the world of lacrosse recruiting, it may have already been too late.Much of that, Liverpool head coach Mike Felice said, is the nature of lacrosse recruiting. Colleges often have an entire class filled before the players reach the 10th grade, Felice said. Madonna didn’t return to central New York until then, placing him at a major disadvantage.That year, as a 10th grader in 2011, Madonna helped lead Liverpool to an eventual triple-overtime loss in the New York Section III title loss to a West Genesee team featuring former SU greats Dylan Donahue and Tim Barber.“He played one hell of a game, and I’ll never forget that,” Donahue said. “We got one lucky shot.”The following year, Madonna led Liverpool back to the title game, beating West Genesee along the way and winning Liverpool’s first section title since 1989.“We always used to laugh and say, ‘Thank God Dom came,’” Felice said. “If it wasn’t for him, we probably wouldn’t be able to win that championship.”Despite being one of the top goalies in the region, Madonna, with limited college offers, landed five hours away at Merrimack, further from home than he wanted to be.During his freshman year, Madonna finished top-10 nationally in goals against average and earned a spot on the Northeast-10 All-Conference Rookie Team. That success continued in his second year. Madonna earned All-American Second Team honors while leading Merrimack to the NCAA Division II Championship semifinals, where the Warriors fell to Le Moyne.Heading into that contest, Madonna knew it would be his last game at Merrimack. He knew Merrimack was not the right fit. His mechanical engineering major was not officially accredited by Merrimack at the time, and the looming accreditation wasn’t guaranteed. And his Merrimack teammates didn’t share his passion for lacrosse, he said. Merrimack head coach Mike Morgan declined to comment for this story.“‘He would call me up and say, ‘I’m so frustrated. These guys are going out and partying. I don’t want to do that. We have to lift. We have to work out. No one’s taking it seriously,’” Anthony said. “That was tough. You’re out there busting your butt trying to go win that national championship and win that next game, and you see 10 of your teammates that are hungover from partying the night before.”School mattered to Madonna. Lacrosse was his passion. He yearned for a place where the two co-existed. He needed to come home.When Madonna decided to spend his last two years of eligibility elsewhere, he only applied to Syracuse.“I just think that there was this driving force in him that wouldn’t allow him to settle anywhere until he was at SU,” Virginia said.By the end of his sophomore season, Madonna had been accepted to Syracuse, and he committed to the school before knowing if he would play on the field. He and his family met with SU lacrosse director of operations Roy Simmons III and head coach John Desko to see about a potential spot.That summer, former SU attackman Jordan Evans walked into the locker room in Manley to work out. Right by his No. 22 locker was a new No. 25 locker for Madonna.•••In Madonna’s second start with SU, Albany couldn’t be stopped. Shot after shot found the back of the net, and the Great Danes repeatedly won the ball back on the faceoff. The offense couldn’t produce, and the defense couldn’t slow down the country’s highest-scoring attack.Madonna faced 50 shots and gave up 15 goals in a 15-3 thrashing that marked SU’s worst loss in the Carrier Dome since 1989. That marked a low point in Madonna’s career. After redshirting in 2016, playing backup in 2017 and holding Binghamton to four goals in his first start in 2018, he watched as shot after shot found twine. Even though there was little Madonna could control, he felt responsible for the loss.After the game, Madonna told former teammate Sergio Salcido that he felt embarrassed and unsure of himself. It was his first major start, Salcido told him. “Use it is as fuel.”The following week, SU hosted then-No. 9 Army in a game that went to triple overtime. Madonna made three saves in the first two overtime periods before making the biggest play of his career.Syracuse won the faceoff to open the third overtime period. Grant Murphy scooped the ground ball before passing back to Madonna. But Madonna didn’t find anyone immediately open on the clear. He scanned the field, looking left and right, before launching a 45-yard bullet downfield to a cutting Ryan Simmons. Simmons split the defense and fired the shot home for the win.“Holy sh*t moment,” Michael said. “My jaw was on the floor.”Josh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerMadonna’s eight saves and game-winning assist earned him ACC Defensive Player of the Week.After Madonna won the award, his parents called to congratulate him, but when they did, he wasn’t focused on the award. Instead, he just talked about what he needed to do to prepare for the next week’s matchup with Virginia. The next night, Madonna went to Anthony’s house for dinner. As soon as he walked in, his focus was lacrosse.“He says hi to my kids, and then the first thing out of his mouth is, ‘Hey, what did you think of the game?’” Anthony said. “I know after (every game) … I’m going to get that text saying, ‘What’d you think?’ He could have 20 saves and two goals allowed and I know I’m going to get that text or phone call saying, ‘What’d you think?’”Since the Army game, SU has gone 2-2, defeating two top-five teams in Duke and Virginia but also giving up a combined 32 goals in losses to Rutgers and Johns Hopkins. While Syracuse has struggled on the defensive end this season, it wouldn’t be competitive in some of those games if it wasn’t for Madonna’s play, Desko said.Still, Madonna feels responsible. He wants to anchor the team. But while he’s focused on the next game at hand, he thinks back to the journey that landed him in the position he is in.In early February, 30 people packed two rows in the Carrier Dome, all friends and family of Madonna. Virginia sat in the middle of the crowd, hoping to record the first time her son’s name was called in the team’s starting lineup against Binghamton. As she pressed record and her son’s name echoed through the Dome, Madonna’s fan section hollered so loudly that the recording is muffled.When the final whistle blew, the scoreboard read Syracuse 21, Binghamton 4. Madonna talked to Anthony, asking what he could do to improve. He talked to his parents, who were at a loss for words for seeing their son compete in the Dome. Friends and family mobbed and congratulated him.Madonna thought back to the four goals he allowed, wishing he could have those back, but then he thought about the big picture.“I knew I’d never be able to live with myself if I didn’t give it a chance,” Madonna said. “If I never made the move, I wouldn’t be playing lacrosse right now. That’s kind of the surreal thing.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 27, 2018 at 8:56 pm Contact Matt: mdliberm@syr.edulast_img read more

NPFL Goes Tough on Players, Bans Nasarawa Utd’s Komolafe for One…

first_imgATTACKS ON REFEREESThe Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has given a one-year ban to Nasarawa United’s Paul Seun Komolafe for assaulting match officials during a top-flight game against Plateau United.Komolafe was also found guilty of inciting the club’s supporters to commit violence against match officials. The team’s Equipment Manager, Aliyu Mohammed Hamzat, has also been banned for life from all NPFL match venues and activities for same offence.The north central region club will also have to play their games behind closed doors for an indefinite period and given 10 days to pay a fine of N4,250,000 for breaches of league rules.The fine includes N1,250,000 compensation for the match officials.The club’s spokesman Eche Moses, was also fined $300 and cautioned for ‘releasing or causing to be released, a written press statement unfairly criticising match officials, a conduct deemed capable of bringing the League to disrepute’.Several attempts to curb violence in the nation’s domestic leagues in the past have failed.The League Management Company (LMC), who organises the NPFL, said it hopes that severe punishments such as these for clubs will serve as deterrent to protect match officials and the country’s domestic football.The LMC was set up in 2012 in an attempt to revive the troubled top-flight of Nigerian football blighted by leadership problems to TV rights and sponsorship disagreements, violence on the pitch, corruption off it and a badly organised calendar.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more