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The new Zagreb edition of the magazine with as many as 208 color pages represents the capital of Croatia in all its best aspects. Also, Time Out Zagreb promotes numerous opportunities that Zagreb offers to foreign and domestic urban researchers, eager for diverse cultural, entertainment, oenological and gourmet experiences. The magazine is edited and written by people based on their experiences, which gives special value to the same, and thus the popularity of the Time Out edition. As of this year, Zagreb has a new tourist guide in English as part of the world’s most famous tourist franchise guide Time Out. As part of the new Time Out Zagreb, there is a special, integrated one an article on health tourism in Zagreb as an extremely important and constitutive part of the growing tourist offer in the metropolis. Martina Bienenfeld, director of the Zagreb Tourist Board, pointed out that this is just the beginning of cooperation, and that another edition of Time Out Zagreb will be released this year, and that the plan for the second year is to mark all four seasons through four Time Out Zagreb editions. . “Everything that happens in Zagreb deserves to be a part of this magazine. The best part is certainly that it is written by journalists based on real experiences, which allow the Croatian capital to have its own tourist story 365 days a year.Said Bienenfeld. Speaking about the diverse tourist offer, the director of the Bagatin Polyclinic Ognjen Bagatin He pointed out that Zagreb and Croatia can and deserve to be the top destinations for health tourism in Europe. He also emphasized that with quality communication we can attract tourists, educational centers and potential investors, with the most important being the togetherness and synergy of forces from the social, hotel, cultural and health segment. Time Out Zagreb joins other editions in Croatia this year: Time Out Istria, Time Out Rijeka and Time Out Croatia 2019. With this publication, Zagreb for the first time gets its special edition in the Time Out global media family of print and digital media, which is published in 58 countries and 315 cities with an audience of 242 million readers worldwide. Although today the digital platform is stronger, ie the online edition, certainly as well as a quality rich print edition has its value. You can download the digital edition of Time Out Zagreb 2019 HERE
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reveals Gabriel Martinelli’s greatest attribute Mikel Arteta has heaped praise on Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has heaped praise on Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli and says his greatest attribute is his ‘personality’.Brazilian star Martinelli, 18, is rated as one of the most promising players in world football and has scored ten goals in 23 appearances for the Gunners this season.The teenage sensation made his Arsenal debut in August 2019 and Arteta has been impressed by both his ability on the pitch and his attitude off it.‘For me the biggest one [attribute] is his hunger, his attitude and his willingness,’ Arteta said on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT‘After that obviously he’s a player that is a threat on goal, he can finish, he can run in behind and he’s a fighter.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But the biggest attribute is his personality when he’s on that pitch. It doesn’t matter what type of game it is, he just wants to win and do his best every single day.’Arteta returned to Arsenal in December after being confirmed as Unai Emery’s permanent replacement.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAnd Gunners hero Emmanuel Petit has been impressed by Arteta’s start as manager despite Arsenal winning just three times since he took over.‘When Mikel Arteta took over at Arsenal, the team was sick,’ Petit told Paddy Power.‘Sick on the pitch and in the dressing room. They were losing shape and blindly going nowhere. They were weak. Advertisement Arsenal manager Arteta is a big admirer of Martinelli (Picture: Getty)‘Now, after several weeks of the Arteta regime I’ve seen different things happening in terms of intensity, togetherness and work rate off the ball.‘They haven’t been winning as many games as they’d like but they also haven’t been losing. Sooner or later, they are going to start winning games.’Arsenal, who are currently tenth in the Premier League, face Newcastle United next weekend.MORE: Unai Emery slams Arsenal players: ‘Some did not have a good attitude’MORE: Juventus preparing to sell Aaron Ramsey just year after Arsenal transfer Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 10 Feb 2020 11:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares Advertisement
Madison, IN—Madison Ribberfest BBQ & Blues, known as one of Indiana’s ‘Best Music Festivals’, and an official Indiana State BBQ Championship is now among the many events in the world affected by COVID-19.Madison Ribberfest will be taking a new approach for this year’s festival. The Ribberfest committee is moving forward with the planning, and what is typically a two-day event will be reduced to one day, planned for Saturday, August 22nd, 2020. Dave Butler, Ribberfest Committee member since its inception in 2002 added, “We have been really excited about the show we put together for this year, so to say we are disappointed would be an understatement. However, we are already working hard to develop a one-day festival full of great blues music, food, and camaraderie.More information will become available for this event as the committee plans. Chairpersons for the different aspects of the festival will be reaching out to stakeholders to discuss this year’s event.
Press Association At a blustery Britannia Stadium, with the game only going ahead after two pre-match safety inspections given the storm-force winds prior to kick-off, Flores deservedly earned Swansea a point from a 1-1 draw with Stoke. Prior to grabbing his third goal of the season, the past month had proven to be a wretched one for the 26-year-old. Chico was at the heart of controversy that resulted in West Ham’s desperate bid to overturn a three-match ban for Andy Carroll after the two clashed in a 2-0 defeat for the Swans on February 1, with the defender over-reacting to a challenge. Chico was also apparently involved in a training ground bust-up with Garry Monk prior to Monk being made interim manager. Monk recently insisted the incident had been blown out of all proportion and that he and Chico were all smiles again. Chico then duly played his part in Saturday’s thumping 3-0 south Wales derby win over Cardiff as Monk began his managerial career with a bang after taking up the reins from the sacked Michael Laudrup. And he was in the right place at the right time to deftly flick home a Pablo Hernandez cross beyond the despairing reach of Asmir Begovic in the 52nd minute to keep Swansea in 10th place. Arguably, Swansea should have won the game as they were the better team for the most part, aside from one spell in the first half when Peter Crouch bagged his eighth goal of the season in the 17th minute. Crouch first teed up Peter Odemwingie for a thumping right-foot drive that crashed back off the post straight to the lanky striker whose follow-up deflected off a diving Leon Britton trying to block. Around 90 minutes before kick-off, it appeared highly likely the game would be called off given the battering the stadium received from the winds. Perched on high ground, Stoke’s home venue is renowned as one of the bleakest in the country. So given its exposure to the elements there was every chance it would fall by the wayside, as had two other top-flights matches at Manchester City and Everton. But after surviving the two safety inspections, in fairness, the ferocity of the wind had eased by kick-off, although there were still gusts on occasion. For the players it became a simple matter of keeping the ball on the ground, and in the opening exchanges it was Swansea who fared the better with such a task. It was Stoke, though, who carved out the first chance, with Charlie Adam firing in an angled 20-yard drive in the 10th minute that was smartly smothered by Michael Vorm down at his right-hand post. Then came Crouch’s opener, and it could have been 2-0 in the 20th minute but for Vorm tipping a dipping 20-yard effort from Marko Arnautovic over his crossbar. Swansea’s best chance of the half came when Nathan Dyer flashed a 20-yard drive of his own across goal, with Begovic at full stretch. Two minutes beforehand a petulant kick from Adam on Dyer, that earned the Scotland midfielder a yellow card, sparked a melee that also led to Swansea captain Ashley Williams having his name taken by referee Jonathan Moss. In control at the end of the first half, though, Swansea were out of the blocks at the start of the second, with Wilfried Bony firing just over the angle of bar and post from the edge of the area 90 seconds in. Five minutes later and up popped Chico with the equaliser, and at that stage Stoke were undeniably second best all over the pitch. That forced boss Mark Hughes into making a double swap soon after, with Steven Nzonzi and Oussama Assaidi on for Arnautovic and Jonathan Walters. Four minutes after his introduction, Nzonzi should have been on the scoresheet, but both he and Crouch were inches away from steering in an enticing cross from Adam. Twelve minutes from time and Swansea thought they had the winner when a Bony shot was nudged goalwards by Begovic, only for captain Ryan Shawcross to hook off the line. Then in the 86th minute Begovic pulled off a stunning save to deny substitute Jonathan de Guzman from 22 yards. Swansea bad-boy Chico Flores finally made the headlines for all the right reasons after a month to forget for the Spaniard.
Mile Jedinak’s second-half penalty secured Crystal Palace a gutsy 1-0 victory at West Ham and guaranteed the Eagles’ survival in the Barclays Premier League for another season. If the league began when Tony Pulis took over in November, Palace would have started the game eighth in the table and this win meant they now sit 13 points clear of the relegation zone with three matches to play. Only Chelsea have a meaner defence than Palace since the turn of the year and West Ham appeared increasingly bereft of attacking ideas in front of a home support that jeered all three of Sam Allardyce’s substitutions and greeted the final whistle with a chorus of boos. Allardyce made two changes to his starting line-up as Kevin Nolan returned from a hamstring injury to replace Antonio Nocerino in midfield and George McCartney came in for Guy Demel at the back. Pulis started with a five-man midfield as Kagisho Dikgacoi was picked ahead of injured striker Marouane Chamakh. Upton Park rose to its feet for a minute’s applause before kick-off in memory of former West Ham forward Dylan Tombides who died of cancer aged 20 on Friday. With the match under way, the hosts shaded an uneventful opening 10 minutes in which Andy Carroll enjoyed the best chance, heading over Nolan’s cross after a sloppy clearance from Joe Ledley. After a tentative opening, Palace gradually settled into the contest and almost broke the deadlock when Dikgacoi headed towards the net but Carroll was well-placed to clear off the line. Palace were gathering momentum as Yannick Bolasie turned McCartney inside-out down the left before delivering a deep cross to Scott Dann who headed narrowly over under pressure. The Eagles took the resulting corner quickly and Adrian Mariappa’s driven shot was blocked by the diving Nolan, who was fortunate the ball narrowly avoided his arm. In the 33rd minute, the home side were aggrieved not to be awarded a penalty, and with some justification, as Jedinak appeared to deliberately nudge Carroll over to prevent the forward reaching Matt Jarvis’ cross. West Ham finished the first half the stronger as Mohamed Diame’s drilled shot from close range was stopped by Julian Speroni and seconds later the Palace goalkeeper did brilliantly to fend away Carroll’s powerful header from six yards out. The second period began brightly and Carroll should have done better when Stewart Downing’s ball reached him at the back post but the striker hesitated before dragging his shot wide. Palace could have been given a penalty when Jason Puncheon, who endured a quiet afternoon, was brought down by Pablo Armero but referee Martin Atkinson was unmoved. Only three minutes later, the Hammers left-back was again at fault in the box as he clipped the legs of Cameron Jerome. This time Armero was less fortunate as Atkinson pointed to the spot and Jedinak whipped the ball past Adrian to give Palace a 1-0 lead. Pulis’ side could have doubled their advantage in the 67th minute when some frantic defending twice presented Puncheon with chances in the box but the winger was unable to convert. Bolasie’s cross then just eluded Jerome as Palace began to dictate possession and enjoy the simmering atmosphere at Upton Park. The home supporters mocked Allardyce when the West Ham boss replaced Jarvis with Carlton Cole in the 70th minute and some jeered Downing when he was brought off for Joe Cole soon after. Joe Cole’s introduction did at least produce some attacking spark for the Hammers as the former Liverpool midfielder first shot wide from the edge of the area before volleying over with four minutes to play. But it wasn’t to be for West Ham who will have to wait to secure their own status in the top flight next year with seven points now separating them from the relegation places. Press Association
Paris: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, fighting it out for the year-end world number one spot, edged closer to a possible Paris Masters final clash as both eased into the last four on Friday. The 33-year-old Nadal, who can secure the end-of-year top ranking ahead of Djokovic by winning his maiden Bercy title, beat French wildcard Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (7/4), 6-1. Nadal is bidding for a record-extending 36th Masters crown and will take on Denis Shapovalov in the last four on Saturday after the Canadian youngster thrashed Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-2. The Spaniard has reached the semis for the first time at the event since 2013, having withdrawn injured before the quarter-finals on his last appearance in 2017. “I’ve had a lot of injuries in this tournament (historically),” said Nadal. “I’m happy to be back in the semi-finals.” Djokovic had earlier crushed seventh seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-1, 6-2 and will next face Grigor Dimitrov, who saw off unseeded Chilean Cristian Garin 6-2, 7-5. Nadal has now reached 73 Masters semi-finals in total and is two wins away from his 85th ATP title, but only third indoors. Tsonga was rock solid on serve in a first set which did not see a single service game from either player even reach deuce.But second seed Nadal stepped it up in the tie-break, with two incredible winners on the run helping him take a crucial one-set lead. Tsonga’s serve briefly deserted him in the second game of the second set, as successive double faults allowed Nadal to claim the first break of the match and he then sped to victory. Djokovic swats aside Tsitsipas Djokovic said he played “one of his best matches of the season” to thrash Tsitsipas. The 32-year-old dispatched his Greek opponent in only 58 minutes. The 16-time Grand Slam champion went into the match with a 2-1 losing record against Tsitsipas, but put the young world number seven in his place with a commanding victory. “I played one of the best matches of the season,” said Djokovic. “I prepared myself very well for this match. I lost to Stefanos about three weeks ago in Shanghai. And obviously I went through the videos and understanding on what I did well, what I didn’t do so well, what I can do better.” Novak Djokovic can ensure the race to be the best player at the end of the year reaches the ATP Tour Finals in London by winning a fifth Paris Masters title. (Image credit: Getty Images)Djokovic will be usurped by Nadal at the top of the rankings next week, but can ensure the race to be the best player at the end of the year reaches the ATP Tour Finals in London by winning a fifth Paris Masters title. The defeat ended Tsitsipas’ run of three consecutive semi-finals and dealt a blow to his confidence ahead of his maiden appearance at the season-ending championships, which start on November 10. Djokovic holds an 8-1 winning head-to-head record against Dimitrov. “He (Dimitrov) has been one of the best talents we had in the sport in the last decade,” said Djokovic, who is bidding to tie Pete Sampras’ record of finishing as the year-end number one on six occasions. “He’s been playing some terrific tennis this week… I don’t play too bad myself, so it’s going to be for sure a good one.” Dimitrov marches on Former world number three Dimitrov last reached the semis at a Masters tournament in Monte Carlo in 2018, but has rediscovered his form in recent weeks after heading into the US Open ranked 78th. The Bulgarian became the lowest-ranked player to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since 2008 at Flushing Meadows, before losing to Daniil Medvedev. World number 42 Garin, playing in his first Masters quarter-final, served for the second set at 5-4, but the 28-year-old Dimitrov reeled off three straight games to claim an impressive victory. Also Read | Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic Enter Paris Open Masters Quarterfinal Shapovalov cruised into the fourth Masters semi-final of his young career by ending Monfils’ bid to reach the ATP Finals. Home favourite Monfils was one victory away from pipping Italian Matteo Berrettini to a ticket to London, but was blown away by a brilliant Shapovalov performance. “He (Berrettini) had better give me a bottle of wine or something,” joked world number 28 Shapovalov. For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
By Richard MartinBARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – A mesmeric Lionel Messi scored twice as he inspired Barcelona to a 3-0 win over Juventus, to get off to a flying start in the Champions League Group D yesterday, avenging last season’s quarter-final elimination by the Italian champions.Messi broke the deadlock on the stroke of halftime by playing a slick one-two off Luis Suarez and arrowing the ball beyond Gianluigi Buffon, finally getting the better of the veteran Italian in his fourth game against him.The Argentine was also the catalyst for the second goal, forcing Juve to scramble the ball off the line and allowing Ivan Rakitic to shoot into an empty net in the 56th minute and add to his strike against Juve in the 2015 final.But Messi was far from done. For his second and Barca’s third he received a pass from Andres Iniesta and ripped more holes in a depleted Juventus defence before lashing beyond a dejected Buffon, scoring his seventh goal in three games.Juventus, who were missing five key players including defensive warrior Giorgio Chiellini, looked a shadow of the team that beat Barca 3-0 on aggregate last season to reach the final, and have conceded seven goals in their last two games in the competition over two seasons.Like Barca, Juve arrived at the game with three wins from three in the domestic league and with their own Argentine Paulo Dybala also in electric form with five goals in three games.But their long list of absentees, which also included Mario Mandzukic, Claudio Marchisio and Sami Khedira, proved costly.Miralem Pjanic did manage to trouble Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the first half but the Spaniards, who have been facing instability off the pitch but look fresh and confident on it under new coach Ernesto Valverde, did most of the talking.Messi gave the Italians nightmares from the word go, but captain Andres Iniesta was also in electric form, while record-signing Ousmane Dembele had an impressive full debut, making for a party atmosphere at the Nou Camp to accompany the show put on by their relentless Argentine talisman.“When we play at this speed it’s very difficult to play against us,” Rakitic told reporters.“Barca don’t change coaches very often but now we have new ideas and we’re very happy with how things are going.”
With the conclusion of Saturday’s annual Spring Game, the University of Wisconsin football team saw its spring practice session draw to a close.Although still much remains to be decided during summer workouts and fall drills, the spring practices gave fans a first look at what Wisconsin might look like in year 1 A.B. (after Barry). Here’s what was learned and what still is a mystery, in each of the position battles that took place this spring.Running backsThe one question that has been on everybody’s mind: who is going to replace Brian Calhoun as the UW starting tailback this upcoming season?At the moment, there is still no answer, especially considering that talented recruit Lance Smith has yet to arrive on campus.”I like how the running backs have come along,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “But we’ll see what Mr. Smith can bring to the table.”Redshirt freshman P.J. Hill has shown probably the most natural talent, and was the first-string runner for the Cardinal squad in the Spring Game. However, Dywon Rowan probably had the most impressive camp of any offensive player, showing great vision and surprising elusiveness to go with his raw power.Jamil Walker has been impressive at times, but inconsistent. He too could very well be the Opening Day starter though. Freshman Jerry Butler is a burner, tough to hit squarely, but didn’t stand out enough. Ditto for freshman Dion Foster.FullbacksEither Bill Rentmeester or Chris Pressley will start; that much is certain. Both have drawn the praise of Bielema for improving from one year ago.”They’ve been able to do the things we’re asking them, more so than they were a year ago, [which] has really made a big difference as far as the way you can think offensively,” Bielema said of his two fullbacks earlier this spring.Pressley looks downright dangerous both as a blocker and especially as a ballcarrier, as he seems too seek out defenders to bowl over. Rentmeester has been very solid, if not spectacular. The two represent excellent depth at the fullback spot.QuarterbacksJohn Stocco is the undisputed starter, and God help the Badgers if he goes down, as both backups Tyler Donovan and Dustin Sherer have been terribly inconsistent, turnover-prone, and generally unfit to lead the offense at their current state of development. Donovan has shown flashes, so for depth the team could use him getting his game back in full stride. A big question: Will UW carry five quarterbacks next year, with the additions of incoming freshmen Maurice Moore and Scott Tolzien?Offensive LineThis has been a serious area of concern for Wisconsin during the spring. Having to replace three starters, as well as dealing with several other injuries along the line, has forced the Badgers to put together something of a patchwork line during spring drills.”We’re not where we need to be along the offensive line, just because of people not practicing,” Bielema said.The good: Kraig Urbik has played excellently, while Mike Van Someren proved that he is dependable and durable, and could challenge for a guard spot this fall, or at least represent solid depth.The bad: There were a bevy of mishandled snaps this spring, and while the quarterbacks are often to blame, new center Marcus Coleman hasn’t made enough strides in spring.”Marcus Coleman isn’t where we need to have him to be for that opening game, Sept. 2,” Bielema said.Will Joe Thomas recover fully? All signs point to yes, but there is still much to be seen.Wide ReceiversJunior Paul Hubbard improved his stock monumentally and should see plenty of playing time this season. Marcus Randle-El showed hands of glue and is very elusive in the open field.A question mark will be ultra-talented Jarvis Minton, who missed most of spring due to injury. Bielema said this was a position where the incoming freshman like Lance Kendricks and Daven Jones can come in and contribute right away.Tight EndsMaybe the most up-for-grabs position on the team. Out of Andy Crooks, Travis Beckum and Sean Lewis — all of whom changed positions — the one that can come out and wow the coaches in fall should get the No. 1 spot.Beckum has the ability to be a game-breaking receiver at this position, but he is still learning.Defensive LineThe deepest and maybe strongest unit on the whole team. The group looked flat-out dominant against the offensive line many times during spring, and that was without projected starting defensive ends Matthew Shaughnessy and Jamal Cooper.Justin Ostrowski could still challenge Jason Chapman for a starting tackle role, but Nick Hayden will certainly start at tackle. Kurt Ware had a monster spring and could be poised for a breakout year.LinebackersIf the defensive line is as good as it should be, and the tackles can keep opposing o-linemen off middle linebacker Mark Zalewski, then Zalewski could be a serious challenger for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Elijah Hodge is being groomed as his successor and is a great No. 2 guy right now.The two outside linebackers, DeAndre Levy on the strong side and Jonathan Casillas at weak side, are somewhat green but very talented. The depth is solid there too.Bielema has raved about the motors of the group and seems to feel as good about linebacker as at any position on the team.CornerbacksSophomores Jack Ikegwuonu and Allen Langford went through the fire a year ago and look all the better for it. The coaching staff believes Ikegwuonu has all the tools to be an All-American corner if he wants.Langford could still be challenged for a starting spot, but he had a solid spring and it isn’t clear who could truly steal a starting spot from him. While Zach Hampton has shown to be a gamer, as well as a dependable option, the depth at this position is lacking.This is another unit that Bielema identified as being open for freshmen to grab playing time.SafetiesThe duo of Joe Stellmacher and Roderick Rogers looks to be a very solid one. Stellmacher is a general on the field and Rogers has shown to be quite the playmaker this spring.Johnny White is a great backup and Shane Carter probably had the best spring on the team, so this should be a position to feel good about come this fall.Special TeamsThe unit is set, period. While kicker Taylor Mehlhaff has been inconsistent on field goals, there is no one on the roster to supplant him right now, so his job is safe.Punter Ken DeBauche is a legit Ray Guy candidate right now.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on December 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: firstname.lastname@example.org | @mark_cooperjr Delaware State took the full 40 minutes to score more points than Syracuse’s Carmen Tyson-Thomas did in 17. The sophomore guard scored. She rebounded. She played tight defense. She did everything in the first half for SU. Her maximum effort in the first half allowed for her and the rest of the Orange’s first team to have a breather in the second half. Syracuse turned the game into a laugher. ‘Personally, I was all over the place, yeah,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘But our team, we were all really hustling.’ And until Delaware State hit a layup with 28 seconds to go, Tyson-Thomas was tied with the entire Hornets team at 15. Tyson-Thomas finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and two steals as SU blew away Delaware State, 87-17.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Despite an abbreviated day of work for the sophomore, who came into Saturday averaging 24 minutes per game, Tyson-Thomas put up big numbers. ‘Carmen’s a good player, so nothing surprises me when she does this,’ SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘She’s definitely one of our better players on the team, and she plays very hard. She’s very athletic on the boards, she can do everything on the floor.’ At times, it was easy. Tyson-Thomas caught an inbounds pass from Tasha Harris right under the hoop and for a quick layup early. But it was the other times, the hustle plays, when Tyson-Thomas made her mark. She slashed under the hoop to rebound a Troya Berry miss and got to the line after getting fouled on the putback. After a Phylesha Bullard miss, Tyson-Thomas was there to swarm the DSU rebounder, along with Bullard and Elashier Hall. Tyson-Thomas came out with the ball and took it in for another layup. The sophomore finished a rebound short of her fourth double-double of the season. ‘We were kind of all over the place and kind of rebounding, crashing,’ Tyson-Thomas said. Rebounding is the key to Tyson-Thomas’ success. Not a great shooter from 3-point range (22 percent on the season) or from anywhere on the floor (37 percent), Tyson-Thomas relies on getting offensive rebounds and putbacks to score her points. Despite being only 5-foot-9, Tyson-Thomas is SU’s leading rebounder, averaging two more rebounds per game than Kayla Alexander, the Orange’s 6-foot-4 center. The six inches in height difference mean nothing to Tyson-Thomas. She averages almost four rebounds per game on the offensive glass and had six Saturday. ‘It gets her going,’ SU guard Erica Morrow said of Tyson-Thomas’ rebounding. ‘Carmen’s a little weird, a little different, so different things get her going. Not necessarily scoring, but getting rebounds, getting hustle plays.’ Alexander and Tyson-Thomas work together on the glass. In the second half Saturday, when a rebound was just out of the center’s reach, Alexander used her height to tip the ball back in the air. Somehow, Tyson-Thomas leapt through and ripped the board down on its second time falling. On the ensuing SU possession, after a Hall miss, the ball was tipped around until it seemed to land in a Delaware State player’s possession. But Tyson-Thomas tipped the ball away from her and took it, making a one-handed layup from the baseline. ‘I can’t always get all the boards, and Carmen is a huge rebounder,’ Alexander said. ‘It’s good to have her in the game, get the easy buckets.’ Late in the first half, Tyson-Thomas held the ball at the top of the key. She fed it down low to Shakeya Leary, but the guard wasn’t done with the play. Tyson-Thomas swooped around her defender, and Leary gave it right back as Tyson-Thomas cut inside to receive the pass. She went up, made the basket despite a foul, and then sank the free throw to complete the 3-point play. Right after that, she was subbed out. Her right hand was bleeding from the contact on the foul. And less than two minutes later, she was back on the court, right hand bandaged but her motor still at full speed. ‘That was just a little cut, that was nothing,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘But effort, we all had the same amount of effort. We’re all very fiery, all over the place, and we just kept it going.’ email@example.com