Q&A with Syracuse legend Casey Powell

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Casey Powell is one of the greatest players in lacrosse — specifically Syracuse lacrosse — history. The former No. 22 is part of one of lacrosse’s most storied families: His brothers Michael and Ryan each starred for SU and donned the famous No. 22. Powell was a three-time first-team All-American for the Orangemen, a two-time most outstanding player, and is Syracuse’s second all-time leading scorer. Now, the legend of the sport is hosting a show on Sirius XM Radio leading up to the final four. The Daily Orange had a chance to talk with Powell at final four media day on Thursday.The Daily Orange: You know about as much lacrosse as anybody, so what should the more casual fan know about Denver?Powell: Well, they’re a very dynamic team. They have a lot of Canadian players. Canadian players are very tough to defend. They play a pick-and-roll game that, as Americans, you don’t see a lot growing up, so it’s new and it’s a different way of attacking the defense. They’re obviously well coached, a long-time rivalry for Syracuse-Princeton and now Coach (Bill) Tierney has brought that program up to relevance, so this should be a great matchup that way. But they get the ball up and down the field and they play well all over, so this should be a fantastic season.Syracuse, at the beginning of the season, didn’t look as strong, but they’ve learned how to win, they’ve had a lot of close, one-goal games and this could be a heavyweight fight.The D.O.: Syracuse’s defense has held opponents to single-digit goals in six straight games now. How do they match up with that Denver offense?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textC.P.: Well, their defense is playing good at the right time, so it’s going to be important. It’s going to be important that they keep this going the same way. Obviously, historically Syracuse is a run-and-gun team, but I don’t think that’s going to be the case this game. I think they’re going to have to control the ball, obviously it’ll be important at the faceoff circle to do a better job there and control the ball on offense, play less defense and see Denver’s offense as little as possible.The D.O.: People say this might be John Desko’s best coaching job, taking the No. 12 team, running a different style than people are used to — do you think this is as good a job as he’s done?C.P.: I really do. It’s unbelievable what he’s done with this team. As I said, at the beginning, being a former Syracuse player, we weren’t too optimistic about this year’s team’s performance after watching them play early, but they’ve really come together. They’ve shown how hungry they are and Coach Desko and his staff has done a great job putting all the pieces together. Their offense is playing great, the defense is playing great, they’ve figured out the goalie situation and they’re kicking on all cylinders, so I commend Coach Desko and his staff for the job they’ve done this year.The D.O.: It’s a No. 1 seed, a No. 4 seed, a No. 7 seed and an unseeded team. Can you remember a final four this wide-open?C.P.: You know, when we saw the bracket, the top 16, we knew it was going to be good. Bryant and Detroit maybe on the outside, maybe Towson, too, but there was at least 10 teams that would win it all. I knew this would be great and last weekend was unbelievable matchups and it just keeps getting better.The D.O.: JoJo Marasco is the only No. 22 to not have a national championship, but he’s a Tewaaraton Trophy finalist. What has he done to elevate his game this season after maybe disappointing in his early years?C.P.: Well, I wouldn’t say disappointment. Disappointment in his mind, in his eyes. He strives for the best, and that’s what I like about him. He continues to work hard. His goal is to win a national championship and here he is, in position A, ready to do so. But he’s been an outstanding leader, he’s represented not only the No. 22, but Syracuse University to the fullest, we’re very proud of him. I’m glad he’s worn No. 22 and his name will be next to Gary Gait’s and mine and my brother’s in Syracuse lacrosse history.The D.O.: Any predictions for this weekend?C.P.: I do, I’ve got a prediction. I’ve got Syracuse-Cornell in the Battle of Upstate. And I’ve got RIT winning, and I’ve got Le Moyne winning. And then Onondaga winning.The D.O.: Upstate sweep?C.P.: Upstate sweep. Then hopefully they’ll shut the town down. Comments Related Stories Syracuse, Denver coaches swap traditional styles of play, prepare to meet in final four Syracuse seniors rejoice, reflect ahead of final four Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on May 24, 2013 at 1:16 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Jamaica establishes task force to monitor US trade sanctions

first_imgThe Jamaican government has established a task force to address any fallout in bauxite operations from the decision of the United States to place sanctions on imported steel and aluminum.The task force is being established as the proposed sanctions could have an effect on the Russian owned company, UC Rusal, based in Jamaica.To examine “options and possibilities”Transport and Mining Minister, Robert Montague, said the taskforce will examine “options and possibilities” and would include representatives from the Ministry of Transport and Mining, Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Attorney General’s Chambers and the Jamaica Bauxite Institute.Consultations underwayThe sanctions, which were applied by the US on April 18, will affect operations at the Windalco plant in Ewarton.“We are consulting with the US Government, the Russian Embassy and UC Rusal. We will update the country in a more fulsome way very soon. Discussions are at a very delicate stage,” Montague said, adding “we are aware of some of the challenges but we cannot yet show our full hand. We have also moved to protect the interests of our citizens and their assets.”He said the Jamaican government has had a series of consultations with the stakeholders with three principles in mind: protecting the workers’ jobs; protecting the environment; and safeguarding the country’s economy.He told parliament that the government has revoked the mining permits around some of the lands at Kirkvine.Meanwhile, the European Union said Friday it plans to bring its case against new U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum to the World Trade Organization (WTO).If that happens, the 28-nation EU would join China and India in triggering the WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism over the American trade penalties.The EU has already prepared US$1.6 billion in retaliation against U.S. goods including steel, orange juice, motorcycles and bourbon whiskey.last_img read more

Buju Banton’s ‘Upside Down 2020’ Album Debuts at No. 2 on…

first_imgSongs such as ‘Memories’ featuring John Legend at 21, ‘Yes Mi Friend’ featuring Stephen Marley, and Cherry Pie featuring Pharrell at #49 were some of the standout songs. Buju’s highest charting song on this week’s iTunes reggae top 100 was ‘Blessed’ which hit #10. Buju Banton’s album ‘Upside Down 2020’, his first in a decade, sold 2,995 copies in its first week and debuted at number two on the chart (which combines streaming and sales). Now being hailed as an official successful comeback, Dancehall veteran Buju Banton secured the number two on this week’s Billboard Reggae Albums Chart with his latest release. ‘Upside Down 2020’ is Banton’s follow-up album to acclaimed ‘Before The Dawn’, released in 2010. That album won a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album that year and was Banton’s last project before he went to prison in the United States in 2011. Released June 26 by Gargamel Music/Island Records/Roc Nation, the 18-track set featured eight of nine Buju Banton entries in the top 100 iTunes reggae charts. last_img read more