Syracuse’s international players find solace in showing game emotions in native languages

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 16, 2017 at 10:33 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham A steady din carries through Drumlins Tennis Center on game days. The faint hum from dozens of fluorescent lights, the chatter of fans and coaches and the steady rhythm of “thwacks” coming from each court as a rally ensues all contribute to the noise.When a rally subsides and a point is won, it’s often punctuated by the hollers and screams of a Syracuse player, especially when they speak multiple languages.“Half the people on the team have a specific thing they always say,” said Gabriela Knutson, a Czech Republic native.Six different players for Syracuse (7-12, 4-8 Atlantic Coast) are fluent in at least one language other than English. That offers players a unique avenue to express emotions and vent aggression without fans, opponents, and most importantly, officials, catching on to what they are saying. Three players — Knutson, Anna Shkudun and Masha Tritou — admitted that they use the mask of other dialects to let the occasional, or frequent, curse word fly.“It just feels great you know,” Greece native Tritou said. “I’m taking it out of my system and I just feel more relaxed after that, and I’m like, ‘OK, now, play.’”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOf all the multilingual players, Shkudun is the most vocal. The Ukrainian native alternates between English, Russian, and Ukrainian. It gives her a chance to vent her frustrations of missing a shot long or planting a return in the net without letting the whole venue know quite what she’s saying.But she knows it’s not entirely a secret.“It’s cool that no one really understands,” Shkudun said, “but at the same time, some people can guess.”While Shkudun, Tritou and Knutson all admitted to cursing, none divulged what they say.Codie Yan | Staff PhotographerWhat they all did convey is even though they can say almost whatever they please, it is almost never directed at their opponent. Cursing is reserved for themselves. Tritou does it often, Knutson and Shkudun each a little bit here and there. Libi Mesh, who grew up in Israel, said she tries not to, and checks herself carefully when she feels emotions are reaching a boiling point.“I try not to say bad stuff on the court,” Mesh said. “… I could, but I try to avoid it.”Knutson is far less worried about controlling her language, and she knows that there are many things said in Czech that would otherwise have her holding her tongue in English.“I think it comes naturally at that point,” Knutson said.Besides the obvious ability to curse, players often bellow far more tame, words and phrases.Of all the things players shout, Shkudun’s “v kort,” which is roughly Russian for “play inside the court,” is probably the most specific.One phrase that bridges all speech patterns and cultures on the team is the classic, “come on!” Shkudun and Tritou can be heard yelling it in Russian as “davai” while Mesh opts between Russian and the Hebrew alternative of “kadima.” Tritou — who speaks Dutch, Greek, Russian and English — will occasionally blurt it out in Dutch as “kom op.”Knutson often shouts “legs” in Czech to herself, accompanied by an open palm to her thigh. Her mother, Ilona, used to urge her on as a child, encouraging use of her lower body. Knutson’s Czech iteration of legs, “nohy,” is closely related to Shkudun’s Russian rendition of “nogi.” Mesh’s Hebrew version, “raglaim,” stands out.“Whatever happens,” Mesh said, “whatever language comes out, it’s what comes out.”SU head coach Younes Limam stresses body language with his team, and their actual language plays a role in that. Limam want his players to mask any nerves or discomfort by getting fired up and giving an occasional yell or shout. Similarly, if a player wins a big point, he wants them to celebrate it and own the moment.As for the swearing, Limam doesn’t get involved.“I try not to know,” Limam said. Commentslast_img read more

Ghana XI vs Cameroon: Kwadwo Asamoah, Baba Rahman start

first_imgBlack Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has named Kwadwo Asamoah and Baba Rahman in his first eleven to face Cameroon in an Africa Cup of Nations Group F game.The duo missed out on Ghana’s 2-2 draw against Benin on opening day.Captain Andre Ayew has also passed a late fitness test and will start up front alongside his brother Jordan, both of whom scored against Benin.Rahman replaces Lumor Agbenyenu at left back while Asamoah will start in a midfield three with Mubarak Wakaso and Thomas Partey.Jonathan Mensah also starts in central defense alongside Kassim Nuhu after he came off the bench following John Boye’s red card in the last game.Ghana XI vs Cameroon:Richard OforiAndy YiadomBaba RahmanKassim NuhuJonathan MensahMubarak WakasoThomas ParteyAndre AyewJordan AyewChristian AtsuKwadwo Asamoahlast_img read more

Wilson Elementary Takes Over Northern Lights Arena to Celebrate ‘Reading Month’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisWilson Elementary School took over the entire building at Northern Lights Arena celebrating a major accomplishment.This year’s theme was ‘Get in the Game and Read’ and that’s just what each grade level did.Students enjoyed activities including a relaxation station, ice-skating, gymnastics, roller-skating, and more. Feeling grateful students were truly thankful to their teachers and staff for allowing them to have a break outside of the classroom, just for a day to be a kid. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious ‘Tree Sale Fundraiser’ could plant seeds for next wildlife huntNext Michigan Fan’s Hat a Good Luck Charm for Basketball Teamlast_img read more

Photos: Baba Rahman eyes laurels with new club Chelsea

first_imgNew Chelsea signing Baba Rahman has set his sights on winning trophies as his relationship with the English Premier League champions begins.Rahman, who was key to Ghana’s run to second in the last edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, brings experience from Kotoko, and Germany’s Gruether Furth and Ausburg. He is hopeful of landing a regular role in left back with Chelsea.With the defending EPL champions currently struggling, Rahman is looking forward to contribute to a revival and eventual silverware.“I’m ready to play and fight for the club and also give my best. My goals are just to win titles with Chelsea and to give all my best,” said Rahman“I’m very happy here and i want to tell the fans to just keep supporting the club and that i will do all i can to make things happen for myself and the club.”The 21-year-old was given a tour of the Blues’ Cobham base on Tuesday after completing a £21.7million move from Bundesliga outfit Augsburg. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

James Robert Chaney, 54, Wichita: April 29, 1960 – Nov. 28, 2014

first_imgJames Robert Chaney, 54, of Wichita, died November 28, 2014.James was born April 29, 1960 in Belleville. He was the son of E.J. and Margie (Hall) Chaney. He Graduated from Belleville High School in 1977. James enjoyed golfing, watching any kind of sporting event, especially KU sports.James is survived by his father, E.J. Chaney of Rancho Viejo, Texas; brother Mitchell and wife Susan of Brownsville, Texas; son Kendric Chaney of Wichita, Kansas; special friend Valarie Holmes of Wichita.He was preceded in death by his mother, brother Steuart and his wife Lechia Chaney.Memorial services will be held on January 7, 2015 at 5 p.m. at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington, Kansas.last_img

Dodgers talk to Puig after his latest arrest

first_imgIn this June 16, 2013, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig watches from the in the dugout during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers have told outfielder Yasiel Puig the organization is “very disappointed” with his behavior in the wake of his second arrest this year for reckless driving.The team issued a statement Sunday that said Puig’s behavior “is a very serious issue to us.” The Dodgers said they would continue to educate the 23-year-old Cuban defector and strive to further develop his growth off the field.Puig was arrested Saturday in Naples, Fla., after the Florida Highway Patrol clocked him going 110 mph in a 70-mph zone.Authorities said Puig was arrested and charged with reckless driving and taken to the Collier County Jail for processing. Puig lives in the Miami area during the offseason.In April, when he was still in the minors, Puig was charged with reckless driving and speeding after Chattanooga, Tenn., police clocked him going 97 mph in a 50-mph zone. The charges were dismissed in November after Puig completed community service in Los Angeles.Puig was an instant sensation with the Dodgers last season, batting .319 with 19 home runs and 42 RBIs. He helped them reach the NL championship series, where they lost to St. Louis, and he was runner-up for the Rookie of the Year award.Puig signed a $42 million, seven-year contract in June 2012, a record for a Cuban defector. He received a $12 million signing bonus and made $2 million last season.last_img read more

Fognini: “Federer and Djokovic are hard to beat, with Nadal it’s different”

first_imgFabio Fognini is among the most troublesome gamers that the circuit has given lately. The San Remo tennis participant has alternated nice sporting successes with some tone outings, which has not prevented him from being eleventh within the ATP rating.In an interview for the Dutch NRC, Fognini analyzed how his clashes with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal have been on the circuit. “When Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are on the high, it is vitally troublesome to beat them. They play very quick and don’t provide you with area. With Rafa Nadal it’s completely different. It’s a extra bodily recreation and destroys you mentally with the exchanges. However you possibly can play in opposition to him, you possibly can run. “ If we analyze Fognini’s video games in opposition to the gamers of the Huge Three, the Italian has confronted a complete of 16 occasions with Nadal, with a steadiness of 12 victories for the Balearic and 4 for the Italian, whereas within the eight video games he has performed in opposition to Djokovic and within the 4 matches with Federer, Fognini has fallen defeated.Fognini additionally talked about his temperamental conduct that has typically performed tips on him throughout video games. “Generally through the video games I get offended on the approach I play. Outdoors tennis I attempt to take pleasure in life. I’ve my character and sure, there have been issues that I had to have accomplished in another way in my profession. Generally I didn’t reap the benefits of my expertise. If I hadn’t been lazy, I’d have gone additional in tournaments. Many occasions I favor to sit on the sofa than prepare for a match. “last_img read more

Impressive run by STETHS’ Ellis

first_imgNigel Ellis of St Elizabeth Technical stole the spotlight at yesterday’s JAAA-Puma Development meet at Kirkvine with a fast 21.37 seconds to win his heat of the Class One 200 metres.Running against a negative wind of 0.3 metres per second, Ellis ran away from his rivals for an easy win in the fastest time of the day among high school athletes.Herbert Morrison High’s Bonanza Cunningham (21.42) was second overall, with Green Pond High’s Orlando Fisher taking third overall in 21.49.Kingston College’s Roshaun Rowe was best in Class Two as he won in 21.70 ahead of Kevin Stone of Petersfield (21.86) and his Kingston College teammate Yashawn Hamilton, 22.13.best timeIn Class Three, Antonio Watson of Petersfield High led the way with 22.73. Andre Bent of William Knibb, 22.89, was second overall ahead of Papine High’s Shemar Willis, 23.12.Among the girls, Edwin Allen High’s Patrice Moody won the Class One 200m in 23.93 for the best time overall, getting the better of Holmwood Technical’s Shante Deer, 24.42.Manchester High’s Daszay Freean topped Class Two with 23.78, beating Edwin Allen’s Shellece Clarke (24.76) and Christine Irving of Holmwood, 24.77.Last year’s Class Four double sprint champion Joanna Reid of St. Jago High impressed in Class Three with a leading time of 24.10. Holmwood’s Dyandra Gray was second overall in 24,54 with third going to Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen, 24.55.GC Foster College’s Samantha Curtis was best among the women in the open half lap event after stopping the clock at 24.05. She got the better of Donya Ewars of the University of Technology, 24.33. Curtis’ teammate, Natasha Russell was third with 24.71.University of Technology’s Travene Morrison stole the spotlight in the men s 200m as he won his heat in 21.14 ahead of G.C. Foster College’s Javon Gray, 21.42 and Emmanuel Dawlson of Sweden, 21.49.last_img read more

ABL: Standhardinger proud of Hong Kong team despite semis exit

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “With all my heart, I believed that we can win the championship,” he said after posting 16 points, 10 rebounds, two assists, and two steals. “Me personally, I feel like we could have won the whole thing.”It was a tough pill to swallow for the Fil-German big man, who carried big expectations after a stellar showing for Gilas Pilipinas last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAveraging 22.8 points and 11.9 rebounds, Standhardinger has established himself as a frontrunner for the end of season awards, with some already pencilling him as the ASEAN Heritage MVP.All of that, though, are just secondary to Standhardinger, who puts his team first over individual success. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES “I am proud to be part of the team, of Hong Kong Eastern. This team is great. I have new brothers, I have a coach who’s a great coach and more importantly a great human being. Everything was professional and it was a family,” he said.The 28-year-old Standhardinger also shunned questions about what the future holds for him, specifically his next journey with San Miguel in the upcoming 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“I’m not gonna talk about myself or my future career. If you want to talk to me about my team, then I’ll answer, but if you want to talk about myself, then I won’t answer. I say that will all due respect,” he said.Even in defeat, Standhardinger showed great character as he reaffirmed his commitment to winning and kept his sight on the task at hand rather than what lies beyond.“With a heavy heart, I continue my journey,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award CONTRIBUTED PHOTOChristian Standhardinger’s only goal when he signed with Hong Kong Eastern for the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League was to help the squad become the league’s first ever back-to-back champions.But Standhardinger’s dream ended after his team got swept by San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the semifinals following a 79-72 loss in Game 2.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pacquiao on Roach split: ‘I have not made my final decision’ View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’last_img read more

GOL Reform Agenda under Threat

first_imgFormer interim President Dr. Amos C. Sawyer says many reform initiatives the Unity Party government has embarked on since its inception in 2006 will be of no use if certain people are bent on marginalizing others in the Liberian society.Speaking in Gbarnga, Bong County at the National Development Summit on Monday Dr. Sawyer, chairman of the Governance Commission, said that the numerous on-going reform exercises in the country are meant to make Liberia an inclusive, peaceful and harmonious society. This would be unlike the past when a minute segment of the country’s population had onto itself the wealth of the country and influenced every sector, economic, social and political, thereby marginalizing majority of the citizenry, he said.Making a presentation at the event, the GC boss noted that exclusivity, which is entrenched in the Liberian society, was the root cause of the prolonged civil crises in the country that brought the already underdeveloped Liberia to its knees.Some of the major reform initiatives that the government has embarked upon include, land, the governance structure, the revision of the constitution for possible amendment that would reflect the aspirations of all Liberians and many more. He said it is ambiguous to note that while all of these are being undertaken for Liberia to reflect a unified country, there are some people trying to bring division through legislation.Dr. Sawyer told President Sirleaf and others present that one important issue that is currently occupying the Governance Commission and other reform bodies on the software side of the reform agenda is the constitution review process.“We learned that the joint committee at both houses are finished with their work and have made presentation to the full body,” he said.Dr. Sawyer said the logic about the reform initiative in the country is about inclusive growth, reducing marginalization, and participatory government, but some of the propositions are totally against these principles.“The constitution review process is not a different point of the national agenda for reform, but rather it is part and parcel and it is the logic driving all of these documents. This logic is about inclusive growth, reducing marginalization, and participatory government,” he said.Dr. Sawyer added, “And that is the spirit within which we should see the propositions. So if there are propositions that are going in another direction, these fundamental logics that we hold so dear are under threat. It is dividing us rather than uniting us. It is against the whole spirit and direction of the reforms. We are talking our national vision – one people one nation. We want to end marginalization that kept our country backward for so long.”He also spoke about the electioneering process in the country, which he described as another important area on the soft component of the country’s reform agenda, which the GC and others are working on. He said adequate preparation, logistical preparedness, voting education and efficient management system and prompt mediation into arising claims will be extremely important to ensure free and fair election processes in the country.“These will be very important as we go into the electioneering processes that are fast approaching. These are some of the important things that we should focus on while tracking our success in the agenda,” he said. He stated that all stakeholders in this regard, including the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, are being engaged to ensure that the country comes out successfully in 2017.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more