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Brazil tops 25,000 virus deaths

first_imgBrazil’s death toll from the new coronavirus surpassed 25,000 on Wednesday, as the country emerged as the latest epicenter in the global pandemic.The health ministry said it had confirmed 1,086 new deaths in the past 24 hours, the fifth time the daily toll has exceeded 1,000 since the crisis accelerated in Brazil a week ago.That pushed the nationwide death toll to 25,598. The country of 210 million people now has 411,821 confirmed cases of the virus, second only to the United States.Experts say under-testing means the real figures are probably much higher.President Jair Bolsonaro is facing mounting criticism over his response to the health and economic crisis.The far-right leader has downplayed the seriousness of the virus and railed against stay-at-home measures, arguing the economic fallout risks causing more damage than the virus itself. Topics : ‘Brazil’s worst war’Brazil is facing the crisis with an interim health minister, army general Eduardo Pazuello — the third person to hold the post in a month.His predecessor quit, reportedly because he disagreed with Bolsonaro on hydroxychloroquine. And the president fired the previous health minister, also after clashing over how to respond to the pandemic.Meanwhile, hospitals are dangerously close to the breaking point in the hardest-hit areas, and the outbreak is not expected to peak here until next month.”We are particularly concerned that the number of new cases reported last week in Brazil was the highest for a seven-day period since the outbreak began,” Carissa Etienne, director of the Washington-based Pan American Health Organization, said Tuesday.One of Brazil’s best-known doctors, the neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis, called it “the worst war Brazil has ever faced.””We never had an event like this. We never lost 25,000 people in a span of three months,” Nicolelis, who is coordinating the virus response in the impoverished and hard-hit northeast, told AFP.”We never got invaded in our history, but I’m referring to this virus as an invasion. It came like an invading army, and it’s invading the whole of the country.” But most state governments have stuck to the World Health Organization’s guidance and closed non-essential businesses.Sao Paulo, the country’s industrial hub and hardest-hit state, extended its stay-at-home Wednesday until June 15, though Governor Joao Doria announced a gradual reopening of “some activities” would be allowed from June 1.Bolsonaro has meanwhile pinned his hopes on the medication hydroxychloroquine, which — like US President Donald Trump — he has touted as a potential wonder drug against COVID-19.Brazil’s health ministry recommends doctors in the public health system prescribe hydroxychloroquine or a related drug, chloroquine, from the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.It said Monday it stood by that guideline, despite the WHO ending clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine over concerns about its safety and effectiveness against the coronavirus.last_img read more

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Tee off your new life with laid-back vintage cottage

first_imgThe home is just a short walk away from the water.The post-war home is a quick stroll away from the waterfront and with the main road connection to the Memorial Bridge it is ideal for anyone wanting to commute in to the city. The backyard entertaining area is perfect for a BBQ.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019Set on a 607sq m allotment, the house retains its vintage cottage look, but previous owners have put their mark on it to keep it very modern. “The front deck was done by the lady in before us,” Mrs Bermingham said. The home has hardwood floors.“We removed that and put in the entertaining area.”The area is paved and unlike an undercover deck she said it can be used for lots of things. “It’s nice because it is not too restrictive,” she said. HOT PROPERTY: This Clontarf home will be going under the hammer.WHEN Claire Bermingham moved down to southeast Queensland from the top end, they did not want to be smack bang in the hustle and bustle.So after a few months renting they picked a simple three-bedder close to the water at Clontarf. “I was working in Brisbane and it was handy to be close to the city, but not be in the city,” Mrs Bermingham said.“It just had a good feel.”center_img The home has been updated over the years.The couple made their own changes in their two years inside the home, including updating the bathroom. Outside they made some bigger changes when they removed a shed in the backyard to put in something a bit more family friendly. “It was falling apart and something of an eyesore,” she said. The layout is designed to embrace the bayside breezes.Some of her favourite things about the home is the storage, including the his and hers walk-in wardrobes in the master bedroom and the sea breezes that flow throughout.With the family planning on moving somewhere else, she said it would be ideal for an older couple looking to downsize.“It is really close to the golf course,” she said. The home at 69 Elizabeth Avenue will go to auction through LJ Hooker — Redcliffe on Saturday, June 9 at 3pm.last_img read more

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Dominica hosts 51st Session of Caribbean MET Council

first_imgLocalNews Dominica hosts 51st Session of Caribbean MET Council by: – November 16, 2011 Mrs Sheryl Etienne-Leblanc. Image via: Dominica Meterological ServiceCaribbean Weather Officials are meeting in Dominica for the 51st Session of the Caribbean MET Council.Senior MET officer Sheryl Etienne-Leblanc says the official meeting which got underway here on Monday will discuss several issues.“This meeting is an annual meeting of metrological services. It comprise of three related meetings. The first two days the Boards of Governors where permanent secretaries met to discuss matters of programs and projects for the MET services within the Caribbean. On day three MET directors will meet to discuss matters and on Thursday and Fridays would be the meetings of ministerial councils where the ministers will discuss the projects and program,” she said.According to Leblanc budgetary issues, staffing and future programs and plans were also discussed.“These meetings are done annually where we come together and look at our needs and our shortcomings and where do we go from there based on issues across the region and the world. We try to put measures in place for the advancement of the MET offices across the Caribbean”, she added.Meantime an opening ceremony is carded for 9am on Thursday at the Fort Young Hotel.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share 29 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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Mourinho remains team-orientated

first_imgJose Mourinho accepts there are frustrated and even unhappy individuals in the Chelsea dressing room but is confident such players are ready to help the team during this hectic festive period. It is a period Chelsea look well placed to succeed over due to the strength in depth at their disposal, which sees top-quality internationals amongst those having to wait patiently for a chance. Mourinho knows that brings with it a certain level of disgruntlement, yet believes it makes the players hungry and ready to bring the Blues success. “I’m very club, club, team, team, club, group [orientated],” the Portuguese said. “I think everybody has to be ready to sacrifice for the team, to give everything for the team, to think about the team, not to be selfish. This is the way I want a team to be. “I think it is right when you say that players are unhappy or players are frustrated, that they need to be patient. I don’t have a secret to keep players happy. “But the reality is that, to be professional and work at a high level, you don’t need to be happy. All of them are professionals. “The team is more important than themselves, and the club [is]. “Even the ones not playing like [Mark] Schwarzer, who hasn’t played a second, but if he has to play tomorrow he would be ready. Why? Because he is very professional and he trains very well. Press Association “We don’t have a secret to keep them happy because we don’t keep them happy. “We may have a secret to make them work every day at a high level.” One of those frustrated players appears to be Petr Cech, who this term has been displaced as number one by Thibaut Courtois. Mourinho says the long-serving Czech is one of the top three goalkeepers in the world, but would have no problem bringing a fit-again Courtois back in at Stoke. “I put the team up,” the Chelsea boss said when asked how Cech would find out. “It’s my decision and the players may not be happy with the decision, or not agree with the decision, but they know my decision is not to favour somebody or to punish somebody. “It’s what I think is best for the team at a certain moment. This is the way I do it. “It’s one of the first things I say to every squad at the beginning of the season: I don’t give explanations to players unless they ask me for one. “If somebody come to me and ask me to explain, obviously [no problem]. But, by principle, I don’t explain things. “I have to see if Courtois is 99 per cent or 100 per cent. If he’s 99 per cent he doesn’t play for sure. “I have to make life easy for me. If I explain to one, I have to give them all explanations. In Christmas, I’d spend all the time giving explanations.” Mourinho gave a curt response when one Chelsea player knocked on his door – “I said [the other guy] was playing better, closed door, goodbye” – and says even the likes of Mario Balotelli and Iker Casillas did not approach him at former clubs. “It’s the concept of helping the team,” he explained. “The one that comes on in the last five minutes, he can be a crucial player. “If he makes a mistake, the team loses. If he does well, the team wins. It is the concept of the team – everybody wins, everybody loses.” An exceptional start to the season means the west Londoners head to Stoke on Monday at the top of the Premier League and, in theory, able to win an unparalleled quadruple. Mourinho joked the only quadruple he is interested in right now is fourth consecutive victory in all competitions when the Blues play their first of five matches over the next 14 days . last_img read more

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Southampton have best return

first_imgSouthampton are the club punching heaviest above their weight in the Premier League in terms of performance compared with wages paid to players while Chelsea are also over-achieving, latest figures have revealed. Saints are only ranked 16th in the top flight in terms of their wage bill – £55.2million – and yet are currently seventh in the Premier League. Chelsea are 10 points clear at the top of the table but are only the third-highest payers with a wage bill of £192.7million behind Manchester United (£215.8million) and Manchester City (£205million). Bottom-club Burnley’s wage bill is just £21.5million including £6million in promotion bonuses, one-tenth the size of United’s. The biggest under-achievers are QPR, with a £75.3million wage bill even from a season when they were in the Championship making them the eighth-highest payers – yet they are down at 19th in the Premier League table. QPR’s salary bill was almost twice what the club earned in total last season. The wages costs and profits or losses of all top-flight clubs for 2013/14 have now been confirmed via annual accounts posted at Companies House and overall there is a close correlation between total salary bill and league position, with the current top four in the Premier League also the four biggest payers. The combined accounts of the 20 clubs shows over overall turnover rose to £3.07billion from £2.3billion in 2012/13 with wages increasing too but at a slower rate and totalling £1.84billion compared with £1.59billion. The latest figure shows salaries account for 59.9 per cent of turnover compared with 71.7 per cent for the same 20 clubs a year before. The increase in income is mainly down to the Premier League’s lucrative television deal that came into effect for the first time last season. The cash injection has led to six clubs who were in the red in 2012/13 now being in the black. Apart from those clubs who were promoted from the Championship last season, only Manchester City, Aston Villa and Sunderland ended the 2013/14 season having made a financial loss. Premier League director of communications Dan Johnson said the clubs’ decision two years ago to introduce spending controls had also contributed to a positive financial outlook Johnson said: “There are two reasons for this. The first is increasing revenues and the second is the financial criteria the clubs have voted in two seasons ago which put financial sustainability at the heart of how they want to go forward.” The measures introduced by the clubs capped the amount they could use television money to pay for player costs. It also put a long-term limit on a club’s overall losses. The figures also show Sunderland are the ninth-highest payers but are 16th in the table. Premier League clubs’ financial figures for 2013/14 (2012/13 in brackets), in order of wage bills, all sums in £ sterling. Manchester United: wages 215.8m (180.5m); turnover 433.2m (363.1m); wages to turnover ratio 50 per cent (50 per cent); profit after tax 23.8m (146.4m). Manchester City: wages 205m (233.1m); turnover 346.5m (271m); wages to turnover ratio 59 per cent (86 per cent); loss after tax -22.9m (-51.6m loss). Chelsea: wages 192.7m (172.6m); turnover 319.8m (255.8); wages to turnover ratio 60 per cent (67 per cent); profit after tax 18.4m (-49.4m loss). Arsenal: wages 166.4m (154.5m); turnover 298.7m (242.8m); wages to turnover ratio 56 per cent (64 per cent); profit after tax 7.3m (5.8m). Liverpool: wages 144m (131m); turnover 256m (206m); wages to turnover ratio 56 per cent (63 per cent); profit after tax 0.4m (-49.9m loss). Tottenham: wages 100.4m (96.1m); turnover 180.5m (147.4m); wages to turnover ratio 56 per cent (65 per cent); profit after tax 65.3m (1.5m). Newcastle: wages 78.3m (61.7m); turnover 129.7m (66.5m); wages to turnover ratio 62 per cent (91 per cent); profit after tax 18.7m (9.9m). QPR wages 75.3m (78m); turnover 38.7m (60.6m) ; wages to turnover ratio 195 per cent (129 per cent); loss after tax -9.7m (operating loss 65.3m but £60m debt write off as one-off income injection) (-65.4m loss). Sunderland: wages 69.5m (57.9m); turnover 104.4m (75.5m); wages to turnover ratio 67 per cent (77 per cent); loss after tax -17.1m (-13m). Everton: wages 69.3m (63m); turnover 120.5m (86.4m); wages to turnover ratio 58 per cent (73 per cent); profit after tax 28.2m (1.6m) . Aston Villa: wages 69.3m (71.9m); turnover 116.9m (83.7.m); wages to turnover ratio 59 per cent (86 per cent); loss after tax -3.9m (-51.8m). West Brom: wages 65.4m (not available); turnover 86.8m (69.7m) ; wages to turnover ratio 75 per cent (not available); profit after tax 9m (£8,000). West Ham: wages 63.9m (56.2m); turnover 114.9m (89.8); wages to turnover ratio 56 per cent (63 per cent); profit after tax 10.3m (-3.5m loss). Swansea: wages 62.3m (48.1m); turnover 98.7 (67.1); wages to turnover ratio 64 per cent (72 per cent) profit after tax 1.7m (15.3m). Stoke: wages 60.6m (60.3m); turnover 98.3m (75.5m); wages to turnover ratio 67 per cent (77 per cent); profit after tax 3.8m (-31.1m loss). Southampton wages 55.2m (41.4m); turnover 106m (71.8m); wages to turnover ratio 59.3 per cent (65.5 per cent); profit after tax 33.4m (-7.1m loss). Crystal Palace: wages 45.7m (18.7m); turnover 90.4m (14.5m); wages to turnover ratio 50.5 per cent (124 per cent) profit after tax 17.2m (3.6m). Hull: wages 43.3m (25.9m); turnover 84.5m (11.1m); wages to turnover ratio 64 per cent (72 per cent); profit after tax 9.4m (-25.6m loss). Leicester: wages 36.3m (26.8m); turnover 31.2m (19.6m); wages to turnover ratio 116 per cent (136 per cent); loss after tax -20.8m (-34m). Burnley: wages £21.5m (£15.3m); turnover 19.6m (15.2m); wages to turnover ratio 110 per cent (100.6 per cent); loss after tax -4.2m (-7.8m). Press Associationlast_img read more

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Woman raises kitten that turns out to be wild puma

first_imgA small “kitten” named Tito has stolen a lot of hearts but has a big secret, Inside Edition reports.The secret is that Tito is a wild puma.When Florencia Lobo and her brother discovered two babies abandoned near Santa Rosa de Leales, Argentina, they assumed they were two little kittens who had lost their mother.“We thought that it was an abandoned cat who had given birth,” Lobo told Reuters.The pair took the animals home, but only Tito survived.Two months later, Lobo took Tito to the vet for a check-up and was told he is not a kitten but a puma jaguarundi, which is a type of wild cat.Lobo has since brought Tito to a wildlife preserve where he can be cared for by experts and possibly released back into the wild.Lobo says she will never forget her time with Tito.last_img read more

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Colours Boutique on board with Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’

first_imgFASHION and sport apparel giant, Colours Boutique, continued its invaluable support of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Championship, donating an assortment of team uniforms for each of the seven zones yesterday.The presentation occurred at the company’s Robb Street location and was conducted by company representative Creanna Damon.Sixteen sets of uniforms will be handed over to the teams entering the round of 16 stage in the Georgetown edition.Each team will receive seven shirts, and as many trunks and socks respectively, totalling 336 pieces overall.Receiving the uniforms on behalf of the tournament was Three Peat Promotions Rawle Welch, coordinator of the event’s Georgetown, East Coast Demerara and National Championships.Welch, during brief remarks, thanked the company for their vital support, which is integral to the overall and continued success of the tournament.According to Welch, “The value of this contribution cannot be understated. Colours Boutique must be commended for their continued assistance in the development of grassroots sports. The uniforms add an even higher layer of professionalism to what is the marquee and most anticipated street football tournament and we are exceptionally grateful for the contribution.”The event resumes tonight at the National Cultural Centre tarmac with the round-of-16 Fixtures.last_img read more

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Briton John cops A. Ally and Sons 50-mile cycle road race

first_imgBy: Colin Bynoe Jr.CYCLING action resumed in the ancient county of Berbice with a scintillating 50-mile cycle road race yesterday, organised by Randolph Roberts and sponsored by A. Ally and Sons General Store in remembrance of the late owner who passed away earlier this year.The race pedalled off outside of A. Ally and Sons Mega store, Main and New Street, New Amsterdam and advanced to the Number 35 Village, before turning back to its place of origin.Briton John showcased his cycling skills throughout the race with many tactical moves as he stopped the clock with a winning time of two hour, 12 minutes and 36 seconds (2:12:36), ahead of race supporters’ favourite Andre ‘Padlock’ Green who had to settle for a close second.The final 50 metres of the race was eye catching as the three wheelsmen– Briton John, Walter Grant Stuart and Andre ‘Padlock’ Green powered their way to the line.John narrowly fended off Green to take top stop while Walter Grant Stuart put the pedal to the metal claiming third.Meanwhile, Kenrick Moses finished fourth, Marcus Keiler fifth, season riders Andrew Hicks, Ajay Gopilall, Ralph Seenarine, Balram Narine and Mario Washington rounded off the top 10.Eight prime prizes were up for the taking with Marcus Keiler taking three, Deeraj Garbaran two, Balram Narine one while Green and Junior Nile took one each.In the novices category, Ralph Seenarine rode to victory ahead of Mario Washington, Jason Sampson and Donovan Fraser. The 12-14 categories saw young Aron Rajnarine taking first spot; second was Shazim Yakub while Ravikant Mootoo took third place. Special recognition was given to 69-year-old Daniel Rigby who participated in the race.The presentation of prizes took place immediately after the event. Managing Director of A. Ally and Sons, Fizal Ally, stated that he was very pleased with the way the race was conducted.“We will continue to give back to the community, and plan to make this activity an every year thing” And hope to raise the bar in terms of the prizes and the standards of cycling in Berbice.last_img read more

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CAF, Yobo Pay Tribute to Keshi Four Years after He Passed…

first_img”In 2013 Keshi became the second person to win the #TotalAFCON title as player (1994) and coach, when he led the @NGSuperEagles to their third trophy in South Africa,” CAF tweeted.Similarly, Joseph Yobo who captained the Eagles Class of 2013 to Nigeria’s third continental honour, also paid tribute to the Illa-born former footballer.“Dear coach, it’s been four years today since you left us to rest with the Lord. You are deeply missed but your legacy lives on! Rest on the Big Boss,” Yobo wrote on Instagram.The late Keshi was capped 64 times by Nigeria and scored nine goals.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Four years after the death of former Captain and Coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) yesterday paid glowing tribute to the ex international fondly called the Big Boss.The former Anderlecht supremo died of cardiac arrest on June 7, 2016 in Benin City aged 54 years.CAF said in an emotional tribute to the late Nigerian Coach: “Today we remember Captain Fantastic, Stephen Keshi, who left our world on this sad day 4 years ago.last_img read more

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Louisville’s Powell, UConn’s Todman lead way for Big East running backs

first_img Published on October 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjr Comments At the start of the season, Louisville head coach Charlie Strong declared his running back, Bilal Powell, to be the ‘face of the program.’ What Strong didn’t say was Powell would be one of the faces of the conference, as well. And that’s what the senior is quickly becoming five games into the 2010 season — arguably the best running back in the Big East. His big games and highlight reel runs have turned the former backup into a star. After rushing for just 392 yards on 108 carries last season, he already has 689 yards on 91 carries. That’s good for second in the conference, behind only Connecticut’s Jordan Todman. ‘(Powell’s) a back that can get behind his pads, and he’s fast enough where he can outrun people,’ Strong said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Monday. ‘If he needs to, he can drop a hit and run over people.’ Powell, along with Todman and Pittsburgh running back Ray Graham, is at the top of the Big East in rushing halfway through the season. Two months ago, no one could have seen that coming.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Entering the season, Todman and Powell certainly weren’t the consensus picks to be No. 1 and No. 2 in the Big East in rushing. Instead, Pittsburgh’s Dion Lewis and West Virginia’s Noel Devine were. That pair was expected to contend for the Heisman Trophy. Todman, along with UConn (3-3, 0-1 Big East) as a team, came into the year with high expectations. Unlike the rest of his team, he’s exceeded those expectations en route to a season that has him among NCAA leaders. The junior is third among FBS players with 152.2 rushing yards per game. He’s racked up 761 yards on the season already, despite missing one game due to injury. Last season, he split carries with Andre Dixon, and both backs ran over 1,000 yards; but this season, he’s shouldered the load pretty much on his own. ‘That running back, Todman, he’s something,’ Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano said leading up to the UConn-Rutgers game last week. ‘I see a lot of Ray (Rice) in him when he is running the football. ‘There is a reason he’s as productive as he is.’ When it comes to Graham and Powell, neither back came into the season as heralded as their partners in the backfield. Graham played backup to Lewis as he ran for 1,799 yards and a Big East Offensive Player of the Year award as a freshman in 2009. This year, it’s Graham who has run for 100-plus yards in three of the four games he’s played this season, while Lewis has struggled. Graham’s 277 rushing yards against Florida International were the second-most in a single game in Panthers history. It’s a history that includes all-time greats, such as Tony Dorsett and Curtis Martin. ‘Ray Graham is playing really well; he always has,’ Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt said. ‘He’s probably made a few more plays than Dion. (But) we’re going to need them both.’ Louisville’s out to a 3-2 start, and much of the credit is due to Powell, who, for casual fans, came out of nowhere this season. Under former head coach Steve Kragthorpe, Powell never really got a chance to be the star back, as teammate Victor Anderson won the Big East Rookie of the Year award in 2008. But when Strong came in, he gave favor to Powell. And he never looked back. Powell started his season off with a bang, an 80-yard rushing touchdown in Week 1 against Kentucky. He has seven touchdowns to go, with his nearly 700 yards on the ground, and has scored in every game this season. He’s come into his own more than ever the past two weeks. Rushing totals of 157 and 204 yards (on just 18 carries) show that. He broke off a 47-yard run and had a 57-yard reception for a touchdown at Arkansas State, and in a 56-0 win against Memphis Saturday, Powell took a carry 74 yards to pay dirt. ‘He’s a player that works very hard, doesn’t say anything,’ Strong said. ‘I told him ‘We’re only going to be as good as Bilal Powell is.’ And he’s responded very well.’ Strong, in his first year as head coach, has invested plenty in the 25-year-old senior running back. So far, it’s paid off, as Louisville has a winning record as it enters Big East play. High risk, high reward. And Powell is reaping the benefits so far this year. ‘He’s just not only an outstanding football player, he’s an outstanding person,’ Strong said. ‘That’s why I feel it’s important for him to be the face of our program. A young man who responds to everything, does everything you ask him to do.’ Big man on campus QB Chas Dodd Freshman Rutgers Last week: 18-of-29, 322 yards, 2 TD’s Rutgers had plenty of faith in sophomore quarterback Tom Savage entering the season. And it was well warranted, after he threw 14 touchdowns to just seven interceptions in his freshman season. Oh, how things have changed since the beginning of September, though. After throwing just one touchdown in three games, and then injuring his throwing hand and ribs, Savage was replaced by true freshman Chas Dodd. And Dodd might not give the job back, even when Savage is healthy. After playing a near-full game against Tulane two weeks ago, Dodd stepped in for his first career start Friday night. In prime time. Against conference foe and rival Connecticut. The freshman threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns, throwing a game-tying touchdown pass with three minutes left in the fourth quarter, and led the Scarlet Knights 45 yards down the field for a game-winning field goal with 13 seconds remaining. Rutgers (3-2, 1-0 Big East) defeated UConn (3-3, 0-1) 27-24. ‘I think he’s done a nice job all through training camp and is certainly a little bit ahead of the curve as far as a football standpoint,’ Schiano said Monday. ‘When he got his opportunity, he really took advantage of it and played well.’ mcooperj@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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