Women’s club rugby team increases competition, campus presence

first_imgTags: Breakfast Bingo, Charity Day, Claire Kozlowski, Colleen Tigani, Notre Dame Women’s Rugby Football Team, Women’s Rugby Photo courtesy of the Notre Dame women’s rugby team The Notre Dame women’s club rugby team plays in a tournament at Ohio State University in The team is a Division I club sport and competes against teams in the Big Ten.Although varsity sports are a big aspect of the Notre Dame experience, club sports also have a large impact at the University. The Notre Dame Women’s Rugby Football Club, which is growing both in numbers and competitively on campus, is one example.“We’re a Division I club sport [in the Midwest Rugby Union] and we play in the Big Ten,” senior Colleen Tigani, president of the club, said. “We usually play local teams like Michigan or Michigan State, but then we also travel to Penn State and Ohio State. We are a very competitive club. We have regular practices twice a week, meetings as well, run-throughs on Friday and games on weekends.”Senior Claire Kozlowski, the team’s field captain, said they originally played only a version of rugby that had fifteen-member teams, but it added a team of seven in order to go to Philadelphia for the Collegiate Rugby Championship this May.“This is our first year starting a sevens team, which is actually the type of rugby that is going to be in the Olympics in 2016,” she said.Kozlowski said the team aspect of rugby is what motivated her initially to join the club.“When I was a freshman one of the upperclassmen in my dorm, who I played flag football with … was like, ‘You should come play rugby.’ and I said, ‘No thank you, I don’t want to die.’” Kozlowski said. “I went to a practice and never played rugby in my life … but fell in love, and everybody was super encouraging [and] super welcoming, and that’s how it has been the past four years.”Tigani said the team, which also includes Saint Mary’s students, has improved her entire experience at Notre Dame.“For me right now, it’s kind of like a second family.” she said. “You run into girls on the team outside of practice, and it’s like, ‘Oh I know you!’ And it’s weird to explain, but it’s kind of like you always have a person on the team that’s going to be there for you in your classes or outside of sports, then you also have that bond of coming together and playing as a team.”Kozlowski said rugby teams have a camaraderie that makes the sport less intimidating than it seems.“Rugby is one of those games that unless you play it it’s really hard to explain,” she said. “Literally every single moment, you lay your body out on the line for your teammate … and you know that your teammate is doing the same thing for you.”Tigani said the team will host events this semester in order to fundraise, including Breakfast Bingo on Friday at 10 p.m. in LaFortune Ballroom.“There will be breakfast food, and there’s going to be a bingo tournament and different style bingo games and prizes,” Tigani said. “But I think our biggest event will be the weekend of April 12, our Charity Day. We do pink jerseys and pink socks, and we raise money for breast cancer awareness and research. It’s actually going to be paired with our alumni game this year, so some friendly faces will be back to play us.”Looking forward, Kozlowski said she would like to see an increase in membership.“The less they know about rugby the better, we like to say,” she said. “We really like to teach people. That’s how every single one of us started.”Tigani said she encourages those interested in joining women’s club rugby to email her at [email protected]last_img read more

Ukraine imposes social distancing steps amid flu surge

first_imgOct 30, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Ukranian officials today shuttered schools and banned public meeting for the next 3 weeks in the wake of a spike in pandemic flu and the country’s first H1N1 deaths, which have sparked speculation that the disease has become worse in some patients or that another pathogen is circulating.Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko announced that the spikes in virus activity were affecting three parts of western Ukraine where large number of respiratory illnesses have been reported since the middle of October, Reuters reported today.She said the emergency order banning public events also applies to political rallies. She is running as a candidate in the presidential election against other candidates, including current President Viktor Yushchenko. Both candidates have cancelled election events.Yuschenko told reporters that 11 people have died of pandemic H1N1 infections, though the health ministry said it has confirmed only 1 death, according to the Reuters report. The National Radio Company of Ukraine (NRCU) reported that two labs have confirmed 11 pandemic H1N1 cases, but it didn’t mention the number of deaths.Meanwhile, Polskie Radio, based in Warsaw, reported today that more than 2,000 people have been hospitalized and that 33 had died from an unknown virus in the Ukraine. The report said Polish health officials are monitoring the outbreak.Though authorities in Poland have not ordered border closures, they are advising those traveling to the Ukraine about how to protect themselves from the flu.The report identified the hardest hit areas as the Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Lviv regions.For at least the past week contributors to influenza news blogs and message boards have been translating Ukranian news sources to sift for clues about the Ukraine’s spike in respiratory diseases.One translated report posted on the Flutrackers message board said some of the fatalities were young people who had severe hemorrhagic pneumonia. A regional health chief was quoted in one of the translated stories as saying autopsy revealed lungs soaked with blood.CIDRAP News was unable to confirm if officials from the World Health Organization had sent a team to assess the flu outbreak in the Ukraine or if experts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had been asked to consult on the outbreak. No information was immediately available from the US Embassy in Kiev.See also:Oct 30 Reuters storyhttp://www.reuters.com/article/GCA-SwineFlu/idUSTRE59T2YA20091030Oct 30 Polskie Radio reporthttp://www.polskieradio.pl/thenews/international/artykul118988_poland_closely_monitors_ukraine_flu_epidemic.htmlOct 30 NRCU reporthttp://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=103341Flutrackers Ukranian outbreak threadhttp://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=130185last_img read more

Sergio Aguero stretchered off while playing for Argentina

first_imgManchester City striker Sergio Aguero looks set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a hamstring injury in Argentina’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Ecuador.The 27-year-old, fresh from plundering five goals in City’s 6-1 Premier League win over Newcastle last Saturday, was carried off on a stretcher after sustaining the problem to his left leg midway through the first half in Buenos Aires.Aguero is set for a scan on the injury and has been ruled out of Argentina’s next game with Paraguay next week. Coach Gerardo Martino said the injury to his left leg meant he would not make the game in Asuncion.”Aguero had a problem from his last game with City, where he played well for 65 minutes,” Martino told reporters after the match. “We looked after him this week, he was moving well, very comfortable, but he felt the strain and unfortunately we are going to lose him.” Aguero’s injury was just the start of the bad news for Argentina: two goals in two minutes gave Ecuador a shock 2-0 win in Buenos Aires – Argentina’s first home defeat in six years – as the Andean side got off to a flying start in their bid to reach the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.Frickson Erazo headed home the first goal after 80 minutes and Felipe Caicedo doubled their lead when he finished off a quick counter attack just a minute later. Ecuador, who have qualified for the finals on just three occasions, troubled Argentina out wide the entire game and the home side could not impose themselves on a team 30 places below them in the FIFA rankings.Manchester City confirmed Aguero’s injury on their website, with a statement that read: “Sergio Aguero lasted just 22 minutes of Argentina’s opening World Cup qualifier against Ecuador. “The City striker, who scored five goals in his last game against Newcastle, pulled up holding his left hamstring while chasing a long ball downfield.”Former Blue Carlos Tevez replaced Kun who was stretchered off after receiving treatment with the game at 0-0.” Aguero, who has only just returned to fitness after a knee injury earlier in the season, must now be considered doubtful for when City resume their Premier League campaign against Bournemouth on October 17.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Armenian Genocide resolution vote delayed

first_imgWASHINGTON – A resolution declaring the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a genocide will not be put to a House vote this year after an international furor forced the bill’s Southern California supporters to seek a delay. In a letter Thursday to House Speaker Nancy Pelsoi, the bill’s lead sponsor, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, asked her to postpone a vote, possibly until 2008. “We want to make sure that when we take up the resolution that we have the votes to succeed,” Schiff said. “I think we will. I think it’s only a question of timing.” Vicken Papazian, spokesman for the Armenian National Committee in Glendale, said he respects the lawmakers’ strategy decisions and remains confident it will come to a vote. “The Armenian community is in no way discouraged,” Papazian said. “Armenians are a resilient people.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The resolution at one time had a record number of backers. Support eroded rapidly, however, after a key committee approved it last month. With Pelosi supporting the bill, its arrival on the House floor became, for the first time in decades, a likely scenario. Turkey recalled its ambassador in protest, and threatened to block vital supply routes to Iraq if the bill passed. About 70 percent of air cargo headed to Iraq goes through Turkey. Meanwhile, tensions raged between the U.S. and Turkey over northern Iraq, where Kurdish insurgents had staged several attacks on Turkish troops. Turkey had held back from invading in response to appeals from the Bush administration. But last week the Turkish parliament overwhelmingly granted the government permission to invade. “It’s pretty clear that they stumbled into a hornet’s nest greater than Adam Schiff or Nancy Pelosi probably ever anticipated,” said congressional scholar Norman Ornstein. “Clearly, the support was slipping away,” added Bulent Aliriza, director of the Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington, D.C., think tank. But, he added, “I don’t think the issue is going to go away.” Schiff said he doesn’t think it will either. He contended the measure is likely to regain support once the immediate crisis in Northern Iraq is under control. Both he and Papazian dismissed the possibility that Congress will grow weary of the issue and the battles it inevitably provokes between lawmakers and the administration. “Genocide never loses its relevancy,” Papazian said. The resolution declares that 1.5 million Armenians were killed, forcefully deported and displaced between 1915 and 1923 in a systematic genocide. Turks acknowledge committing atrocities against Armenians, but object to the word “genocide.” They say Armenians were killed when they joined forces with French and Russians to attack Turks and attempt to take control of Ottoman lands. More than 20 other countries have recognized the massacres of Armenians as genocide. Meanwhile, Republicans who in past years blocked consideration of the resolution, on Thursday ridiculed Pelosi for agreeing to delay it. [email protected] (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Matt Gatens Named Men’s Basketball Director of Operations

first_imgGatens spent the last season on staff at Auburn, the Southeastern Conference Champions, where he assisted in travel, development, scouting, video and camps as a graduate assistant. Gatens also aided in the development of the team’s guards, including All-SEC selections Bryce Brown and Jared Harper. Following his Hawkeye career, Gatens played professionally in France, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine. He returned to the United States to play for the Iowa Energy in the NBA Development League, but he suffered a torn ACL just five quarters into the 2016-17 season to end his playing career. An Iowa City, Iowa, native, Gatens was named Iowa’s ‘Mr. Basketball’ and the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior at Iowa City High School. He led the team to a 4A state title as a senior in 2008 and holds the City High record for career scoring. Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – Matt Gatens, a former University of Iowa standout who was most recently at Auburn, has been named the Drake men’s basketball program’s director of operations, head coach Darian DeVries announced Wednesday, April 11. Gatens was a four-year starter at guard for Iowa where he scored 1,635 career points, the sixth most in Iowa history, and averaged 12.8 points per game while averaging 2.3 rebounds per game. He was just the second Iowa player to record 1,600 points, 450 rebounds, 250 assists and 125 steals in a career. Gatens was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and two-time team captain as a marketing major.last_img read more