first_imgRead also: Three Indonesians who attended mass prayer in Malaysia test positive for COVID-19He said a special task force would soon be deployed to handle COVID-19 patients in North Sumatra. “Patients with COVID-19 will get free treatment,” Edy assured, citing that being infected with the deadly virus could be categorized as an “emergency” state. Restuti Hidayani, a member of North Sumatra task force formed to deal with coronavirus contagion, said at least 75 people were currently under observation in the region. They were all being treated in isolation rooms, which were “spread across a number of hospitals”.Read also: Think you have COVID-19? Here’s how to get tested in IndonesiaAdam Malik Hospital in the capital Medan reportedly received five additional suspected cases on Monday, bringing the total number of isolated patients at the hospital to eight. “Our isolation rooms are at full capacity right now,” the hospital’s coordinator for COVID-19 handling, Ade Rahmaini, said. As of Wednesday morning, Indonesia has reported 172 confirmed COVID-19 cases, resulting in five deaths. (vny)Topics : The North Sumatra administration says it is preparing 1,000 isolation rooms to handle potential COVID-19 patients in the region, as the number of confirmed cases in the country continues to rise.North Sumatra governor Edy Rahmayadi said that his administration had already prepared 330 isolation rooms by Wednesday, while the North Sumatra Police would help with another 400 rooms.”I have coordinated [with various relevant parties] to provide more, in the hope that we could eventually provide 1,000 such rooms in the near future,” Edy told journalists after attending a coordination meeting to deal with the coronavirus spread on Tuesday. last_img read more

first_imgPresident Vladimir Putin urged Russians to stick to social distancing rules and said he wanted to avoid another strict lockdown on Thursday, when the daily tally of new COVID-19 cases was the highest in more than two months.Russia’s COVID-19 response center recorded 6,595 new infections on Thursday, the highest daily count since mid-July. Moscow had 1,050 new cases, more than any other city or region in Russia.Russia exited lockdown in early June, and many shops, businesses and the transport network in Moscow are now operating as usual, though office occupancy rates remain sharply lower. Topics : Guidelines on social distancing remain in place, and people must wear face coverings in shops and on public transport in the Russian capital, though some flout those rules which are not rigorously enforced.”You have to ask people to observe the necessary rules, including the mask regime,” Putin said in video conference with regional governors. “Of course, this is not always comfortable for people, but falling ill is worse.”I would really, really not like to return again to the restrictive measures we introduced this spring.”Officials in the capital have insisted there will not be another lockdown and have played down the prospect of a second wave.center_img The number of coronavirus patients hospitalized in Moscow each day increased by around 30% in the last week, the capital’s COVID-19 response center said on Thursday, but did not provide patient numbers.The response center said 149 people had died nationwide in the last 24 hours, taking the overall death toll to 19,948.Russia’s case tally of 1,128,836 is the world’s fourth-highest.Consumer health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor on Wednesday said Russians returning from abroad by plane would have to self-isolate from now on until they could produce a negative coronavirus test. Foreigners must provide a negative test to enter the country.last_img read more

first_imgThe Pensions Trust has therefore updated its Statement of Investment Principles and voting and engagement policy to make reference to climate change risks.It will also incorporate climate change risk analysis and reporting requirements into new mandates where appropriate and make sure this is part of the discussion during manager update meetings.The third part of its policy is about actively engaging with the wider investment community and policymakers on climate change.As part of this, The Pensions Trust – which has been a signatory to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) since May 2010 – has decided to become a member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC).The pension scheme received an A rating in the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP) survey 2013-14 on the management of climate change risks and opportunities for pension and superannuation funds.The Pensions Trust now ranks 17 out of 458 asset owners on the Asset Owners Disclosure Project’s list of top-rated asset owners, up from 92, a C rating in 2012.The top-rated asset owners are those that score AAA to A.Stephen Nichols, chief executive of The Pensions Trust, said: “The Pensions Trust is thrilled to receive an A rating in the AODP survey. The potential impact of climate change is a key focus area for the Trust, and this achievement recognises the work being undertaken to ensure regulatory risks from climate change are considered in investment decisions, and further reinforces the Trust’s commitment to being a responsible investor.” In other news, European investors worth €7.5trn have urged policymakers to act quickly on climate proposals by the European Commission (EC).Stephanie Pfeifer, chief executive of the IIGCC, said about the publication of the EC’s 2030 energy and climate proposals: “[The] proposals are an important first step to restoring investor confidence in the EU’s vision for a low-carbon energy future. A 40% emissions reduction target is the minimum necessary to keep Europe on course for a low-carbon economy, as outlined in the EU’s 2050 Roadmap. Achieving this target is well within member state capabilities and crucial for long-term policy certainty.”Pfeifer said plans for reform of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) had been long awaited and that the establishment of a reserve mechanism that could support a strong carbon price was a welcome move. However, she said investors would like more clarity on how this reserve mechanism would bring about a meaningful carbon price over the long term.She added: “A well-functioning ETS, which puts a high and stable price on carbon, is critical to delivering investment in low-carbon and renewable technologies. The separate target for renewable energy must therefore be designed so it complements the broader mix of EU climate policies. National governments will now discuss these proposals ahead of a meeting of leaders in March.“Investors need policy fixed for the long term to plan multi-decade energy investments. The longer policy is delayed, the more severe Europe’s energy investment challenge becomes. Policymakers should act with urgency and waste no time in turning these proposals into legislative reality.”Lastly, a survey by extra-financial analysis provider Vigeo on governance structures and corporate responsibility has found significant differences between countries and sectors.European companies are most advanced regarding the supervision of corporate responsibility by their board of directors and within their audit and control systems, according to the study, while North American companies are more advanced in the integration of corporate responsibility criteria within their executives’ remuneration.Companies operating in highly regulated contexts, or in sectors exposed to stakeholder scrutiny, are those that strive most to demonstrate corporate responsibility is actively supported by their directors.Vigeo’s study provides a list of companies whose governance structure is more advanced in the leadership and control of corporate responsibility processes. Fouad Benseddik, director of methodology and institutional relationships at Vigeo, said: “Although much remains to be done, innovative practices identified by Vigeo show that tools and processes exist that will facilitate the implementation of corporate governance.”Vigeo carried out the study based on the assumption that corporate responsibility is more credible if supervised by a governance structure.Within the study, the supervision by the board of directors, the perimeters of the audit and internal control and the inclusion of corporate responsibility criteria in executive remuneration are compared between regions and sectors.The survey was based on its rating of 1,223 companies listed in North America, Asia and Europe. The £5.7bn (€6.9bn) UK occupational pension fund The Pensions Trust has announced it has adopted a climate change policy to help ensure climate change risk is explicitly considered throughout the investment process.Its policy is firstly about understanding how exposed its portfolio is to climate change. This will include a review of its portfolio to understand where there might be value at risk, which will be used to inform its future investment strategy.The second part of its policy is about making sure new and existing investments are managed in way that takes account of climate change risks.last_img read more

first_img England right-back Glen Johnson will miss the World Cup qualifying double-header against Montenegro and Poland as he has been sidelined by an ankle injury sustained a month ago against Manchester United. However, when the squad reassembles next Thursday Rodgers hopes to have him and others available for selection. Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hopes to come out the other side of the international break with his team’s injury problems almost cleared up. “It will give an opportunity for someone else to come in. Hopefully that will prove seamless and they can come in and continue with a good performance. “Whoever plays in there has to understand the dynamic of what is required and they may have to curtail their game a little bit. “If you move freely and empty that space it leaves it too open. “Our movement and fluidity in the other half of the field is getting better but you have to make sure you have that tactical discipline and whoever plays in there will have to have a similar function.” Aly Cissokho has been out with an ankle knock since the end of August, while Joe Allen has a hamstring problem, Philippe Coutinho a shoulder blow that has required surgery and Sebastian Coates a knee injury. “Glen’s out on the field and hopefully after the international break he’ll be ready to come back into the squad,” said the Reds boss. “Aly Cissokho trained over the course of the last week or so, so I think after the international break he’ll be fine and fit. Joe Allen likewise – he should be ready for the Newcastle game. Glen Johnson and Coutinho will not be long after. “Obviously Sebastian Coates will be that bit longer and has a bit more to do yet but apart from that we’re getting back to our numbers now.” Rodgers’ immediate concern is not injury but suspension with Lucas Leiva suspended having already accumulated five bookings, which means he sits out Saturday’s visit of Crystal Palace. With the Brazil international Rodgers’ only genuine defensive midfielder, he will have to do some tinkering with Jordan Henderson the most likely option to fill the position. The Reds boss admits someone will have to adapt their game to fill the role occupied by Lucas, who is almost back to his best after a surgery on a cruciate knee ligament problem in 2011. “There’s no doubt Lucas has started the season well. He’s a very honest, committed player who understands what it is we’re trying to do,” Rodgers said. last_img read more

first_imgLONDON: Arsenal showed signs they can excel under coach Mikel Arteta with an impressive 2-0 win at home to Manchester United in the Premier League on Wednesday while Southampton sunk Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 and Chelsea were held 1-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion.Nicolas Pepe was in inspired form as he gave Arsenal an early lead and Sokratis made it 2-0 before halftime, galvanising the home fans who finally had something to shout about following a miserable run by their standards.Brighton forward Alireza Jahanbakhsh’s brilliant equaliser denied fourth-placed Chelsea back-to-back league wins. However, United’s defeat meant Chelsea were five points clear of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and six clear of Spurs.Chelsea, like Spurs, have also struggled for consistency over the festive period.Cesar Azpilicueta celebrated his 100th start as Chelsea captain with a 10th-minute strike and the visitors held on to that lead until the 84th minute, with Iranian Jahanbakhsh coming off the bench to spectacularly earn his side a point, firing home an incredible overhead kick.“When I saw the ball, I just tried to hit it as hard as I could and the bicycle kick was the only option,” he said. “I’m going to watch it a couple more times.”The result helped Brighton end a run of nine straight league defeats by Chelsea stretching back to 1983.Spurs have suffered from inconsistency after an early bounce under under Jose Mourinho and their loss at St Mary’s to a Danny Ings strike further derailed their push for a top-four finish, while their problems mounted with Harry Kane limping off injured.Days after a laboured showing in a 2-2 draw at bottom side Norwich City, Spurs could not find a way back into the game after Ings’s goal in the 17th minute.Kane thought he had equalised late in the second half, but he was adjudged to be offside. The England captain then hobbled off, seemingly with a hamstring injury.A hamstring injury to Harry Kane that forced the England striker off in the second half ensured it was a miserable start to the new year for Tottenham, whose manager Jose Mourinho was booked for an altercation with the home coaching staff.After a bright start to the Mourinho reign at Spurs, the Portuguese has now lost three of his nine league games in charge and a haul of four points from their last four games has seen them fall off the pace in the battle for a top-four spot.Mourinho has cut a relaxed presence since replacing Mauricio Pochettino in November but the frustration showed on Wednesday.“I was rude. I clearly deserved the yellow card as I was rude. I was rude to an idiot. Because I was rude I deserved the yellow card,” Mourinho said of his caution for appearing to go into the home technical area to have words with a member of the Southampton technical staff.Third-placed Manchester City secured a 2-1 victory over Everton, while David Moyes’ West Ham United reign got under way with a 4-0 hammering of Bournemouth.Manchester City stayed one point behind Leicester after handing new Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti his first Premier League defeat since he took charge of the Merseyside club.It took until the 51st minute for City to click into gear as Gabriel Jesus scored two goals in seven minutes to put his side 2-0 up.A mistake from stand-in City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo allowed Richarlison to score but City held on for the win.Leicester City recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory at Newcastle United — their second away win in as many games.Former Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez got the ball rolling before a stunning strike from James Maddison made it two before halftime while Hamza Choudhury rounded off a fine victory for Leicester, who closed the gap with leaders Liverpool to 10 points.Moyes enjoyed a flying start on his return to the West Ham helm, with a Mark Noble double helping the Hammers to thrash Bournemouth at London Stadium.The result allowed West Ham to climb above Bournemouth, who are now in the bottom three having won one of their last 10 league games.Watford continued their resurgence under new manager Nigel Pearson as they made it three wins from their last four games with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.Aston Villa earned just their second away win of the season with a 2-1 success at Burnley, who have now lost six of their last eight games. AgenciesAlso Read: Premier League: Chelsea down Arsenal in ill-tempered derbyAlso Watch: Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya honours elephant calf with ‘Assamese Gamosha’ on Jan 1, 2020last_img read more

first_img…has one hand on titleKINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Three-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars beat Jamaica Scorpions in a nerve-jangling contest here Saturday, to increase their lead at the top of the standings and virtually assure themselves of a fourth straight title in the Regional Four-Day Championship.Set a 136 for victory at Sabina Park on the third day, Jaguars stumbled and stuttered their way to their target, before achieving victory 45 minutes before the scheduled close, when tail-ender Veerasammy Permaul (10 not out) turned off-spinner John Campbell into the on-side for a single.The run chase was carried by opener Chandrapaul Hemraj who top-scored with 40 while Keemo Paul got 21, but Jaguars collapsed from 64 for two to 84 for six as they lost four wickets for 22 runs in quick time.Paul, who counter-attacked lashing three sixes in 11-ball cameo, put on a crucial 30 for the seventh wicket with Permaul to edge Jaguars closer to their target.Drama ensued, however, when Paul was stumped off left-arm spinner and captain Nikita Miller. And with only nine runs added, veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul was caught close-in off by Fabien Allen for 16 looking to work Miller away on the leg-side.The double success for Miller left Jagurs tottering on 123 for eight, handing Scorpions a huge chance to snatch a late win.But Brandon King dropped Gudakesh Motie (6 not out) at second slip in a critical miss for Scorpions and he remained with Permaul to see Jaguars to their sixth win of the season.Miller was the best bowler with four for 64 to end with an eight-wicket match haul.Earlier, Scorpions were dismissed for 212 in their second innings after resuming from their overnight 167 for five.Opener Assad Fudadin added nine to his overnight 61 before falling lbw to left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer, after facing 192 balls all told and striking seven boundaries.He extended his sixth wicket stand with wicketkeeper Aldaine Thomas to 39 before becoming the first casualty of the day.Thomas lasted 118 deliveries and hit four fours before going bowled by Paul, as Scorpions lost their last four wickets for 19 runs.Left-arm spinner Motie finished with four for 39 while Paul picked up two for 33.SCORPIONS 1st Innings 106Jaguars 1st Innings 183Scorpions 2nd Innings(overnight 167 for five)J Campbell c Paul b Motie 62A Fudadin lbw b Reifer 70J Blackwood run out 9B King b Motie 0P Palmer run out 10F Allen b Permaul 4+A Thomas b Paul 36D Green c Johnson b Motie 0*N Miller not out 4D Jacobs c Persaud b Motie 0R Leveridge lbw b Paul 0Extras (b5, lb4, nb8) 17TOTAL (all out, 80.5 overs) 212Fall of wickets: 1-112, 2-127, 3-133, 4-149, 5-153, 6-192, 7-193, 8-197, 9-212, 10-212.Bowling: Paul 13.5-3-33-2, Joseph 3-0-27-0, Reifer 13-4-26-1, Johnson 2-0-16-0, Permaul 23-3-62-1, Motie 26-9-39-4.JAGUARS 2nd Innings (target: 136 runs)C Hemraj c wkp Thomas b Green 40V Singh lbw b Leveridge 3*L Johnson c King b Campbell 16A Persaud b Jacobs 7S Chanderpaul c Allen b Miller 16+A Bramble c wkp Thomas b Miller 3R Reifer lbw b Miller 6K Paul st Thomas b Miller 21V Permaul not out 10G Motie not out 6Extras (b7, lb1) 8TOTAL (8 wkts, 58.3 overs) 136Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-48, 3-64, 4-72, 5-76, 6-84, 7-114, 8-123.Bowing: Leveridge 8-3-7-1, Miller 19-7-64-4, Campbell 20.3-6-37-1, Green 4-2-6-1, Jacobs 7-1-14-1.last_img read more

first_img…Sparta Boss, Gold is Money through to ‘KO’ stageSPARTA Boss, Gold is Money, Rio All-Stars, Leopold Street and Bent Street earned elimination berths in the Inaugural Rio Indoor Street-ball Championship on Saturday at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue.Sparta Boss downed Alexander Village 3-1. Gregory Richardson, Ryan Hackett and Nicholas MacArthur scored in the fifth, seventh and 11th minutes, respectively,For the loser, Kacey John scored in the eighth minute. Similarly, Gold is Money sneaked past Sophia 1-0. Josiah Charles netted in the eighth minute.Meanwhile, Rio All-Stars blanked Spot-7 by a 5-0 scoreline. Kelsey Benjamin netted a double in the sixth and 12th minute while Job Caesar, Jermin Junior and Andrew Murray scored in the ninth, 16th and 18th minutes, respectively.Leopold Street dismissed Ol Skool 5-1. Dorwin George scored a hat trick in the eighth, ninth and 18th minutes, while Mark Jhalu and Darren Benjamin scored in the fourth and seventh minutes, respectively. For the loser, Timothy Thomas netted in the 13th minute.Bent Street crushed BV 5-0. Colin Nelson smashed a helmet-trick in the fifth, seventh, 12th and 16th minutes, while Pernell Schultz netted in the ninth minute.In other results, Albouystown crushed Stabroek Ballers 4-1 while Gaza Squad and Island All-Stars battled to a 1-1 draw.The tournament continues on Thursday at the same venue.last_img read more

first_imgAntoine Griezmann scored twice as Atletico Madrid swept aside Marseille in Lyon to win the Europa League for the third time in nine years.France forward Griezmann opened the scoring by punishing Andre Zambo Anguissa’s poor touch to coolly slot home, then dinked in a casual second. Captain Gabi drilled in the third goal late on as Atletico again lifted the trophy they also won in 2010 and 2012.The outcome could have been different had Marseille forward Valere Germain taken an early chance, before Griezmann’s lethal finishing allowed Atletico to take control.Marseille skipper Dimitri Payet, an injury doubt before the game, lasted just half an hour before hobbling off in tears.Without their inspirational midfielder, the French side caused Atletico just one major scare as ex-Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou headed against the post.Atletico have been one of Europe’s most consistent teams in recent seasons, breaking Barcelona and Real Madrid’s stranglehold on La Liga by claiming the title in 2013-14.Second in the Spanish top flight with one match remaining, they are on course for a top-three finish for the sixth straight season and have appeared in two Champions League finals in that period, losing on both occasions to city rivals Real.With manager Diego Simeone in the stands – serving a four-game ban for being sent off in the semi-final against Arsenal – Atletico repelled Marseille’s early thrusts and produced a performance which has become a trademark under the Argentine.Griezmann’s clinical double took his tally for the club this season to 30 before Gabi added the third as the Ligue 1 club tried in vain to breach a backline that has conceded just 33 goals in 58 games all campaign.Atletico conclude their league season against Eibar on Sunday, and it remains to be seen if that is Griezmann’s last game for the club as he has been heavily linked with Barcelona.Payet has been Marseille’s star man this season – his 22 assists in all competitions the most by any player in Europe’s top five leagues.The former West Ham midfielder was struggling with a thigh problem before the game and, despite being passed fit, crumpled down in the opening period and was clearly devastated as he made his way off the pitch.France boss Didier Deschamps names his 23-man squad for the World Cup on Thursday, and Payet will be left wondering whether he will be fit.It was his clever through ball in the sixth minute that set Germain in on goal, but the striker struck horribly wide from 10 yards out.Former Aston Villa full-back Jordan Amavi struck a fizzing drive straight at goalkeeper Jan Oblak late on as Marseille lost their third final in this competition – twice under its previous guise as the UEFA Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgIn the first quarter on Saturday, the Badgers played some of the worst football UW has seen in quite some time, leaving the packed crowd at Camp Randall Stadium groaning and cringing. And who could blame them?The defense was shaky, running back P.J. Hill wasn’t rolling over his opponents and Wisconsin committed six penalties in the first quarter to put themselves in a deep 14-0 hole against the lowly Marshall Thundering Herd.Luckily, the Badgers weren’t playing a good team.That 14-point deficit was soon erased after Wisconsin scored 51 unanswered points, silencing the Herd’s cries of upset. Regardless, Badger fans have much to worry about.First, against an under-matched defense, UW running backs racked up a mere 161 rush yards — a fraction of what they compiled against Akron.More importantly, the defense was outplayed for a good portion of the game. The secondary was attacked right from the start, and it seemed as if the defensive backs’ reflexes didn’t kick in until the second quarter.Nonetheless, the Badgers turned on overdrive and ended up destroying a team that they should have pushed around from the start. The passing game made up for a lackluster rushing performance, and the defense had three takeaways on consecutive possessions, giving Badger fans something to cheer for.Now, it may be that Wisconsin wasn’t playing as hard as it could at the start of the game. Maybe the team simply didn’t anticipate the Herd’s initial intensity and had to adjust to their aerial attack.As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t matter what excuse UW football claims. If the Badgers come out playing the way they did Saturday morning, they’ll have trouble coming back from deep deficits in the coming weeks.To be frank, the teams Wisconsin has not faced yet are much better than the teams it has faced. Moreover, it will be difficult for first-year starter Allan Evridge to bail out the Badgers and pass for 308 yards and a touchdown against better opponentsIn the coming weeks, Wisconsin football will be put to the test against ranked teams, first against the No. 21 Fresno State Bulldogs. Though not a conference game, the night game this coming Saturday will be a precursor to how the Badgers play the rest of the season.If anyone remembers the game at UNLV last year — when Wisconsin needed a miracle run from quarterback Tyler Donovan to win — it proved the Badgers need a lot of work. It showed in the team’s shaky wins in the following weeks and eventually in back-to-back losses to Illinois and Penn State.This year, the Badgers have an even tougher test against a team that came out of nowhere and is thinking upset over an inconsistent Wisconsin squad.Don’t get me wrong though — the Badgers are better than Fresno State. What is worrisome, however, is that for a fourth of the game last Saturday, the Badgers did not look like they belonged in the Football Bowl Subdivision. They got outplayed by a worse team and were able to come back and regain their stride.The problem is that they had to come back from two possessions down against Marshall. The Bulldogs won’t give up a lead like that so easily.Fresno State has a talented running back in Ryan Mathews and had a strong victory over Rutgers in week one. Simply, Fresno State is too good for Wisconsin to be able to beat with talent alone.If the Badgers play a solid four quarters, they should have no problem with the Bulldogs. If the Wisconsin defense forces turnovers and the offense makes plays, Fresno State will have a tough time competing with one of the most veteran teams in the country.But if the Badgers beat themselves like they did against Marshall, then Fresno State won’t have to try hard at all — Wisconsin will do most of the work on its own.If the Badgers beat Fresno State and Ohio State beats USC in the upcoming weekend, then the matchup on October 4 at Camp Randall will have national title implications. Maybe that will be enough incentive for Wisconsin to bring its best game. For now, we’ll just wait and see.Jonah is a sophomore hoping to major in journalism. Do you find yourself biting your nails at Badger games? E-mail him your thoughts at read more

first_img Published on October 22, 2012 at 2:56 am Related Stories STATEMENT GAME: Syracuse rushing attack sets tone in blowout win over ConnecticutSyracuse defense generates constant pressure, disrupts Connecticut offense in dominant winGallery: Syracuse dominates UConn in 40-10 victory His zip-up jacket was a slightly darker shade of blue, a block “C” embroidered over the left breast where an “S” might once have been. His hair was completely gray — silver, really — with the last of the black strands having already faded.And he stood on the opposite sideline in his return to the Carrier Dome, leading a new team against his old team for what was likely the final time.Paul Pasqualoni’s presence in Syracuse on Friday night was a throwback to the last time Orange football was relevant, the last time Central New York was on college football’s national map. As SU’s version of the old ball coach, Pasqualoni guided the Orange to nine bowl games in 14 seasons and presided over some of the program’s most successful years in history.New athletic director Daryl Gross fired him in 2004, and Pasqualoni took his coaching philosophies with him. And though they worked brilliantly in the 1990s — the prime of Big East football — Friday’s 40-10 blowout at the hands of the Orange demonstrated an inability to adjust to the changing landscape of college football as Doug Marrone, Nathaniel Hackett and Co. shredded the Huskies with their version of the modern-day spread offense.“(Syracuse’s) same concept of zone offense is the same thing South Florida does,” Pasqualoni said after the game. “Cincinnati is in it, Louisville is in it, everybody’s in that concept.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEveryone, seemingly, but Connecticut.There is no secret what you’re going to get when facing a team led by Pasqualoni and offensive coordinator George DeLeone, who spent 19 seasons coaching at Syracuse from 1985 to 2004. They are as old school as it gets — man coverage on defense, I-formation on offense — with little room for adaption, experimentation or improvisation.The Connecticut defense entered Friday’s game ranked sixth in the country in total defense, demonstrating that man coverage is an ideology that can still be effective. But its anemic offense, ranked 107th, simply cannot keep up against defenders that are exponentially stronger and more athletic than they were in Pasqualoni’s prime.UConn lined up in I-formation sets with two tight ends repeatedly against Syracuse, forcing tailback Lyle McCombs to battle a loaded box of defenders and forcing its wide receivers to win battles against double coverage on the outside due to a lack of deception and innovation.The result was a pitiful offensive performance that yielded negative-6 rushing yards as a team and a quarterback in Chandler Whitmer who was slammed by SU defenders time and time again.“There’s no question that once we got behind and we had to throw it, we felt the pressure,” Pasqualoni said. “They ran it well, they spread us out and they made big plays out of the short pass.”And that right there is the difference between the 64-year-old DeLeone and Hackett, SU’s 32-year-old offensive coordinator, whom defensive tackle Deon Goggins called “a wizard” earlier in the week. It’s the difference between Marrone, a coach who was raised on smash-mouth football, but embraced the development of the up-tempo offense, and Pasqualoni, who remains steadfast in an approach that worked two decades ago.Connecticut’s offense featured two, maybe three, targets downfield for Whitmer to throw to on a given play, and those receivers often ran predictable deep post and deep comeback patterns in obvious passing situations. Any semblance of balance was forfeited through an unimaginative running game that was swallowed up one year after it amassed more than 200 yards against the same Orange defense.Meanwhile, Syracuse’s offense on Friday was a beautiful blend of run and pass, of shotgun and single back, of power and finesse. Tailback Jerome Smith gained a career-high 133 yards on the ground through power running and pushing the pile, while wide receiver Alec Lemon torched the Connecticut secondary for 166 yards and a touchdown by taking advantage of quick throws and runs after the catch.“I think to get different guys out there — two tight ends, four wideouts, three wideouts — I think that made our guys be able to take a breath,” Hackett said. “Playing with the four running backs, I think all four of them had some carries, and I think that helped them, too. So the more fresh we can keep them, the more different things we can show, the better we will be.”It’s an illustration of how the Syracuse football program is progressing under Marrone, even though his career record (20-24) will fall short of Pasqualoni’s record (26-20) during his last four seasons at SU.At least Marrone is adapting, embracing the new direction of college football and continuing to work out the kinks of a new system that currently ranks tied for 39th in the country in total offense.Because across the way on Friday was a picture of a once-effective past that is now finding itself outdated. It’s what college football was, not what college football currently is.Said quarterback Ryan Nassib: “We really accomplished everything we set out for this game, and we executed on all three facets.”Michael Cohen is a staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at, or on Twitter at @Michael_Cohen13.  Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more