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first_imgThe company has more than 100 million paid subscribers in what Chapek touted as a “significant milestone” affirming the company’s move to streaming its coveted content direct to homes.That includes some 60.5 million for Netflix rival Disney+ along with some 35 million for Hulu and 8.5 million for its ESPN+ sports service.Earnings in the fiscal third quarter were hurt by the pandemic, with Disney’s theme parks, resorts and cruise ships closed or operations suspended, according to the California-based company.”The most significant impact in the current quarter from COVID-19 was an approximately $3.5 billion adverse impact on operating income at our Parks, Experiences and Products segment due to revenue lost as a result of the closures,” the company said in a statement. Disney also reported higher costs to launch its online services.Disney shares were up 4.5 percent in after-market trades that followed release of the earnings.”Despite the harsh realities we are facing today, we have made some encouraging progress,” Chapek said on an earnings call.”We’ve begun a responsible phased reopening of our Parks in Shanghai, Paris, Tokyo, and Orlando, as well as our shopping and dining area, Downtown Disney, in Anaheim.”Theme park reopenings have involved new health and safety measures including a mandatory mask policy, temperature screenings, and capacity restrictions to promote social distancing, Chapek noted.Disney executives said some television and film production has restarted, and that the return of professional sports matches promised to return ad revenue to its ESPN arm.‘Mulan’ heads to homesChapek announced that Disney’s much-delayed blockbuster “Mulan” will skip the big screen and premiere on the streaming platform Disney+ next month, as coronavirus keeps theaters shut across much of the United States. The unprecedented decision – described by Chapek as a “one-off” for a Disney blockbuster – is the latest major blow for movie theater chains already reeling from the pandemic.”Mulan,” a mega-budget live action remake of the tale of a legendary Chinese warrior, will be available from September 4 in homes to Disney+ subscribers for an additional $29.99.”We see this as an opportunity to bring this incredible film to a broad audience currently unable to go to movie theaters, while also further enhancing the value and attractiveness of a Disney+ subscription,” Chapek told an earnings call.The film will launch simultaneously in theaters in territories such as China which do not have currently announced Disney+ launch plans.The move comes as coronavirus cases stall reopening plans for theaters in key markets such as New York and Los Angeles.”We are looking at ‘Mulan’ as a one-off, as opposed to trying to say that there is some new business window model we are looking at” regarding movie launches, Chapek said.But he added that the experiment would provide “very interesting” information on consumers’ willingness to shell out $29.99 for a new streaming title.If successful, the price would help to “recapture some of that investment” in a “fairly expensive” movie, said Chapek.”Mulan” cost an estimated $200 million to produce.Topics : The Walt Disney Company on Tuesday reported its quarterly earnings were hit hard as the pandemic emptied theme parks and cruise ships, while it hit a new milestone for streaming subscriptions.The entertainment colossus said it lost US$4.7 billion on revenue of $11.8 billion – about half of the amount of money it took in during the same period last year.”Despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, we’ve continued to build on the incredible success of Disney+ as we grow our global direct-to-consumer businesses,” Disney chief executive Bob Chapek said in an earnings release for the quarter ending June 27.last_img read more

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first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago11 Grove Street, Albion, is for sale.He said most inner-city homes within the entry-level price range were almost uninhabitable, but this house “ticks all the boxes”.“On the north side of Brisbane, one or two per quarter might come up that fit that criteria — within that price range, in good enough condition to move in but also with the opportunity to renovate in the future,” he said. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE This cottage at 11 Grove Street, Albion, is for sale.IT will be the battle of the first home buyers when this super cute, turn-of-the-century workers cottage goes under the hammer on Thursday night.If you’re a would-be first home buyer in Brisbane, you know how hard it is to find a three-bedder within 4km of the CBD that needs nothing done to it and comes with a budget price tag.But that’s what’s up for grabs at 11 Grove Street, Albion. 11 Grove Street, Albion, is for sale.Ray White Wilston principal Alistair Macmillan said the property had generated 150 inspections during its four-week campaign. Mr Macmillan said it was rare for a three-bedroom home in great condition so close to the CBD to become available at an entry-level price point. 11 Grove Street, Albion, is for sale.And don’t worry about being outbid by an investor because all the interest in the property has come from owner-occupiers.“Our strongest portion of the market right now is entry-level buyers,” he said.center_img 11 Grove Street, Albion, is for sale.The house is on a 405sq m block and features original pressed metal ceilings, tongue and groove walls and polished floors.An extension offers an updated kitchen, living and dining areas and a large back deck. 11 Grove Street, Albion, is for sale.Mr Macmillan said the beauty of the place was that the buyers could move straight in or choose to renovate further. Albion train station is within walking distance and a range of restaurants are just around the corner.According to Corelogic, the median house price in the suburb is $705,000.last_img read more

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first_imgDefensive MVP-Senior Catherine Gregg (Cat led our team in the back court this year with 4.6 digs per set and 448 digs on the season. She was second on the team in receptions with 3.9 receptions per game and 383 for the season. She refused to let the ball hit the floor when she was on the court and even managed to play her best volleyball with a broken toe at the end of the season.) FRESHMAN AWARDS: 14-0 season recordMVP- Charsan McCoryMost Improved- Rebecca ParnellBest Server- Charsan McCory Most Improved- Sophomore Alicia Rosemeyer (As the season progressed, she became more comfortable and confident in her role and along with that, her role become more consistent and more important. She started the season on JV, dressing varsity, but due to injuries, ended as a full-time varsity player who had a major impact at the net, specifically in blocking. When we needed a different look and a stop defensively at the net, we could rely on her to get the job done.) EIAC MVP:Junior Mackenzie Ewing (Mack led the conference offensively hitting .312 on the season and .282 in conference play. She was 85% serving in the EIAC and led our team in conference games with 24 blocks)Senior, Catherine GreggSophomore, Molly GreggSophomore, Brilan McCoryVARSITY AWARDS: 31-4 season recordTrojan Award- given to the player(s) who lead by example on and off the court, who communicates well with the team and the coaching staff, excels in the classroom, and is a leader.Junior Bailey Grunkemeyer & Sophomore Molly Gregg Offensive MVP- Junior Mackenzie Ewing (Mack led our team in points this season. She led the team at the net in every statistic. She had a team high 295 kills and 632 attempts. She had the best hitting percentage on the team at .312 and the top kill percentage on the team at 46.7%. She was also 86% serving on the season and was #3 on the team in aces with 40. She scored over 400 points for us this season.)center_img EC Volleyball held their awards banquet. Following dinner, the coaches recognized each team’s accomplishments and handed out awards. (files and pictures are attached)IHSVCA ACADEMIC ALL-STATE: Senior Anita AligThis is the highest honor a student-athlete can receive! To receive this award, the coach must be a member of the IHSVCA, the player must be a senior varsity player and have a minimum 3.5 GPA and either a 1110 SAT or 24 ACT score. Anita was our only senior to qualify! Congrats to Anita for all she accomplished on the court, but even more so, in the classroom.EIAC ALL-CONFERENCE AWARDS: 14-0 conference record (back to back undefeated conference champs) Best Server-Sophomore Molly Gregg  (Molly had the highest serving percentage on the team at 95%, which is five percentage points higher than our team average. She was second on the team in aces this year with 58. She served 148 more times than anyone else on our team- in part because she was our first server, but in part because she was our best server.)JV AWARDS: 22-2 season recordMVP- Junior Grace EgbersMost Improved- Freshman Allison HuismannBest Server- Junior Anna Andres Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.last_img read more

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first_imgNick Sweigart outran a fast field of IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars for his second PASS checkers of the season Sunday at Selinsgrove Speedway. (Photo by Dan DeMarco) This Saturday night, PASS makes its first appearance of 2020 at Lincoln Speedway in  program that will begin at 7:30 p.m. Landon Price was fourth, and Aurand took his first PASS top five in nearly two years with fifth. By Frank Buhrman “I didn’t really know where I needed to be, top or bottom,” Sweigart said in victory lane of the lapped traffic situation, “so I was kind of floating back and forth, and I figured I’d run the top until I felt pressure, and I really didn’t feel any pressure. I guess it was more mental pressure at that point, so I just decided to go to the bottom and commit there.” While Sweigart was all but cruising out front, a torrid battle was going on for second place, where Kassidy Kreitz held off Ken Duke to notch a career-best series finish. center_img Sweigart, who started fourth and took the lead from Ron Aurand on lap five, was never seriously challenged after that, working lapped traffic perfectly. The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win was his second of the year and his seventh overall with PASS.  SELINSGROVE, Pa. (June 28) – Nick Sweigart became a multiple 2020 Pennsylvania Sprint Series winner Sunday when he captured the 20-lap feature run as part of Speedweek at Selinsgrove Speedway. Feature results – 1. Nick Sweigart; 2. Kassidy Kreitz; 3. Ken Duke; 4. Landon Price; 5. Ron Aurand; 6. Dominic Melair; 7. Erin Statler; 8. Devin Adams; 9. Derek Hauck; 10. Johnny Scarborough; 11. Kyle Keen; 12. Jared Zionkowski; 13. Garrett Bard; 14. Jake Frye; 15. Doug Dodson; 16. Dave Graber; 17. John Walp; 18. Reed Thompson; 19. Mike Alleman; 20. Dave Wickham; 21. Andrew Boyer; 22. Dylan Smith; 23. Kenny Heffner; 24. Kruz Kepner; 25. Will Brunson. “I didn’t feel like I wanted to push too hard the last couple of laps with the lapped traffic, I didn’t want to get myself into an incident there,” he continued, “so I just kind of eased up a little bit, and we’re here. It all played out.”last_img read more

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first_imgELLSWORTH — Ellsworth’s Landon St. Peter won the consolation bracket in the 106-pound division at Saturday’s All-State wrestling championships at Nokomis High School in Newport.St. Peter began the tournament with a win over Calvin Peck of Nokomis in the quarterfinals. After falling to Bonny Eagle’s Colby Frost in the semifinals, he bounced back with victories over Foxcroft’s Austin Jackson and Mountain Valley’s Vinny DeRoche to claim the consolation win.As a result of his third-place finish, St. Peter qualified for New England’s regional championships, which will be held tomorrow, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, at Providence Career and Technical Academy in Providence, R.I.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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first_imghighlights India lost in the semi-final of the 2018 World T20.The next World T20 will be played in Australia.Australia are the defending Twenty20 champions. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img New Delhi: Mithali Raj, who is the ODI captain and remains committed to play the 50-over World Cup in 2021, is not an automatic pick in the playing XI for the Twenty20 International. The 36-year-old, who was controversially left out out of the playing eleven for the World T20 semifinals against England last year has been on the receiving end of reports which speculated that she would retire from Twenty20s after the end of the England series at home. However, she ended up playing in all three games and now she has made herself available for the series against South Africa beginning on September 24. The matches are part of the build-up for the Women’s World T20 which will begin on February 2020 in Australia. “I am definitely available for the T20 series next month but, at the moment, haven’t really thought about the T20 World Cup. I usually take it series by series,” Mithali told to PTI about her retirement plans. Mithali highlighted the problem areas India need to work on as they aim to compete with far superior teams like England and Australia in the World T20. “As a team, we still have a lot to catch up on the T20 format but we do have youngsters coming in and with the exposure of T20 leagues around the world they will get more experience and mature faster. Genetically we can’t be like other teams but we can be more smart in our planning and shot selection. We worked very hard on our fitness in the recent camp in Bangalore and you can see the girls are much fitter on the ground and that reflects in their drills,” Mithali said. However, one selector added that the side is looking for young talent as they aim to groom a group of players for the marquee event. “Mithali has been a great of the game but she needs to decide soon on her T20 career. The T20 World Cup is six months away and the selectors need to try out a few players. And for that, they also need to know what Mithali’s plans are. She is also not an automatic pick in the eleven,” a BCCI official said.  It has been learnt that the selectors will speak to Mithali about her plans ahead of the team selection.While India are doing okay in ODIs, they need a lot of improvement in T20s, having lost their previous six games. The team doesn’t have much time left to sort out its combinations. After the South Africa series, India travel to the West Indies before playing a tri series in Australia ahead of the T20 World Cup.last_img read more

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first_img Published on June 17, 2017 at 11:49 am Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Of course, Lydon will be playing almost exclusively man-to-man defense at the next level, but defensive IQ usually carries over regardless of system. Lydon should be able to adjust quickly.Upward trajectoryA typical knock on some four-year players is that by the time they come into the NBA, they’ve already reached the peak of their development. It was one of the concerns a few years back for former Orange center Rakeem Christmas.But Lydon just recently turned 21. And while he didn’t necessarily develop into the bona fide scoring threat some projected him to be, he still improved many aspects of his game. His freshman season, as a more minor part of the offense, he had more turnovers than assists. He improved his passing this season, even as he was tasked with shouldering a larger load of the offense and with SU struggling to find consistent point guard play during nonconference play. He also improved his free throw percentage while taking more attempts.If Lydon can continue growing the supporting assets in his arsenal, while deploying his NBA-ready 3-pointer, he could be a great fit for most NBA teams in the short and long term. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Quickness and footwork are skills that will help define Lydon’s game at the next level, mastered by some of the games best shooting big men. Milwaukee Bucks forward Mirza Teletovic, who is also 6-foot-9 and who last year set the record for most 3s made by a reserve in NBA history with 181, has mastered that skill. Below is a video of him doing it as a member of the Brooklyn Nets. Starting at the 0:34 mark, Teletovic curls off a screen toward the key. He jumps as the pass is thrown, and by the time he lands, he’s readjusted his feet to face toward the basket, ready to jump right back up and start the shooting motion.center_img Lydon’s ability to drain shots and open up the floor should fit right into most modern NBA schemes.Active handsLydon shifted around a lot in his two years at SU. His natural position seems to be the power forward. Sometimes though, SU head coach Jim Boeheim bumped him down to small forward when playing alongside two other bigs, like Tyler Roberson and Coleman. Other times, Lydon played as an undersized center.He didn’t let that impact him at the defensive end though, where Boeheim frequently praised his play. Playing out of the Orange’s zone, Lydon was one of just five players in the Atlantic Coast Conference to average both a block and a steal per game. He timed his jumps in the passing lane correctly, even when playing right in the middle of the zone. His shot-blocking prowess was highlighted on a country-wide level against Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 two seasons ago. Tyler Lydon is headed to the NBA after two seasons at Syracuse, and he’s a near certainty to have his name called at some point in Thursday’s NBA Draft.The 6-foot-9 forward finished his collegiate career with per-game averages of 11.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. He also shot 40-percent from deep while drilling 93 3-pointers.Currently, several mock drafts have him projected to go near the end of the first round, down from the mid-first round he had been projected in the early and middle portions of his sophomore season. Here are three reasons why teams should consider drafting Lydon.Stretch fourIt’s no secret that 3-point shooting is at an all-time high in the NBA. Two seasons ago, there wasn’t a single team in NBA history that had made 1,000 or more 3s over the course of the 82-game season. In the last two years, three different teams have done it. Twelve teams had at least 800 3-pointers made this year, while in the five seasons between 2008 and 2013, there were only five teams who made that many.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLydon’s biggest redeeming asset is his 3-point ability, and he showed in college that his range can extend out to NBA levels. His added advantage is his size for the position he projects to play. Out of the top 50 3-point shooters in the league this year, based on percentage of 3s made, only eight were 6-foot-9 or taller. Lydon’s ability to space out the floor away from the ball and play in the pick-and-pop game should translate very well to the next level as a shooting power forward.Where Lydon really excels as a big is his ability to position himself before the shot. Take this example from a game against Wake Forest this season, starting at the 30-second mark of the video. Lydon walks toward the left wing, motioning as if he’s going to set an off-ball screen to free up a shooter.But as Frank Howard dribbles hard to the right, Lydon comes back around a Dajuan Coleman screen at the top of the key. As Lydon runs toward his spot on the top of the key, from left to right, his feet are pointed out toward Howard and the Syracuse bench. In one stride, while catching the ball, Lydon pivots both feet toward the basket. When he lands and sets to shoot, he’s already squared up to the hoop. This allows him to get off the shot almost immediately. An extra second to twist his body around after catching the ball might have been just enough for the Wake Forest defender to get over the screen. But Lydon’s talent to get ready before the shot resulted in three points.last_img read more

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first_img Comments Evan Foster checked into fall camp for his senior season at West Bloomfield (Michigan) High School in what seemed to be a brand new body. The summer before, he grew three inches taller and added roughly 30 pounds.The fast, skinny kid came back a grown man.“Very rarely do you see a kid transform from his junior year to senior year in a manner that Evan did,” Ron Bellamy, Foster’s high school coach, said.Foster’s late-stage recruitment resulted from a physical change between his junior and senior years in high school, spurred mostly by a rapid growth spurt. As the junior strong safety prepares for his second season as a starter at Syracuse, he senses the next progression is coming. A move forward that will boost SU and potentially take Foster where he’s always wanted: the National Football League.“I know one of Evan’s goals since he was a little boy has been to play in the NFL,” Bellamy said. “And you know, Evan knows he’s scratching that surface. He’s not there yet, by no means.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBy all accounts, the four Foster brothers — Brian, 27; Aaron, 25; Nicholas, 23; and Evan, 20 — are a close-knit family. Growing up, the four hurtled around outside, said their mother, Marva, except when they were inside bouncing on the furniture. Marva saw fingerprints on the ceiling and caught on.With the camaraderie came the smack talk, and naturally, Aaron said, Foster made an easy target for the three older brothers. Ribbing rarely became malicious, but when Foster asked for a Corvette for Christmas, he did not hear the end of it.“Everybody threw that out the picture,” Foster said, laughing.Foster is a self-proclaimed quiet person, and Aaron attributes his brother’s taciturn style to the flack he took from his three older brothers. There’s always a chance the next thing Foster says will be rushed, and the older three brothers will pounce. He needs to be deliberate when he speaks.“When you’re the youngest brother of four,” Aaron said, “you can’t speak first and react later.”But Foster’s bond with Aaron is particularly strong. A successful safety at WBHS and Bowling Green State University, Aaron provided the blueprint for Foster to follow.Early in Foster’s high school career, he seemed a run-of-the-mill player. But he was always compared to his older brother. During a mid-October bye week in college, Aaron drove north through Toledo, Ohio, and back to the Detroit suburbs to watch a then-sophomore Foster play in a Thursday night junior varsity game.“I’m telling you,” Aaron said, “he had like three or four missed tackles for touchdowns. Like bad. Like, ‘Who is this kid? Who is his brother? He can’t be Aaron’s brother.’”Bellamy, who caught passes from Tom Brady at Michigan, trusted that Foster would eventually arrive. Aaron was a late bloomer, too. Bellamy saw the coverage skills and noted Foster was “twitchier” than Aaron, referring to his ability to change direction and explosiveness.Still, at about 5-foot-9-inches tall and 175 pounds at the conclusion of his junior season, Foster wasn’t a likely candidate for a Division I offer.His growth spurt hit early in the summer. Starting to look the part of a Division I safety, Foster got his first offer from Eastern Michigan early in June 2015.Wasim Ahmad | Staff Photographer “Low and behold,” Bellamy said, “he transformed himself into a hell of a high school football player.”At a camp later in June, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Foster worked out with Nick Monroe — who coached Aaron for four years — then the safeties coach at Bowling Green under Dino Babers.On a sweltering day where Foster felt he underperformed, Monroe walked away impressed by his athleticism. A mix of defensive back drills — backpedaling, breaking on the ball, clearing hips — and a combine-style workout showed Monroe everything he needed to see. The offer came days later on June 29, and Foster committed that day.Bellamy recalled telling Babers not to overlook Foster.“You have the steal of the 2016 recruiting class,” Bellamy remembered saying.“Yeah, he’s a really good player,” Babers replied.“No, no. You don’t get it coach,” Bellamy said. “You got the steal of the class.”After playing his entire senior season committed to Bowling Green, on Dec. 7, 2015, Foster’s recruitment took a turn. Babers left BGSU for Syracuse and took Monroe with him. Foster followed suit, decommitting that day.Foster’s attachment to playing for Monroe trumped his pledge to Bowling Green, mostly because of Monroe’s relationship with Aaron.Marva and Darryl, Foster’s father, liked Bowling Green not just because of the familiarity, but also the geography. They didn’t want their youngest as far away as Syracuse.Ultimately, because of Aaron’s prior experience with Monroe, they trusted their son would be taken care of. On Jan. 25, 2016, he committed to Syracuse.“That was everything,” Darryl said. “It wasn’t even Dino. It was coach Monroe. I basically all but told him, ‘He’s yours now. He is your responsibility.’”During his growth spurt in high school, Foster didn’t notice a sudden change because, to him, the differences were subtle. At SU, he didn’t get instantly better after his sophomore year but learned from mistakes through the season, spring ball and now fall camp.When the improvements converge, the jump happens.Foster’s stature is ideal for an NFL prospect — 6-foot, 223 pounds — and his combine numbers are catching up, Bellamy and Aaron said. Foster ran a 4.43 40-yard dash and bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times over the summer, Bellamy said. Minkah Fitzpatrick, a safety from Alabama who went 11th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, ran a 4.46 and hit 14 reps on the bench press at the NFL Combine.“(Evan) needs to understand that his body is going to be what fuels the good play,” Aaron said.“Whether it’s getting more rest,” Aaron continued, “drinking more water, stretching or getting more treatment. Getting in that ice tub after practice. Maybe just taking a nap.”When Foster came back for his senior year of high school, Bellamy and his staff decided to work him with the linebackers.As Jabrill Peppers popularized the “viper”, a hybrid safety-linebacker, position at Michigan Stadium 37 miles to the northeast, Foster played a similar role for West Bloomfield.“I have three kids on my football team like that right now,” Bellamy said. “I tell Evan, we call it the ‘Evan Foster.’ I got (a) linebacker whose name is Lance Dixon, 2019. He just committed to Penn State, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, runs a 4.4. Well guess who that is? It’s Evan Foster.”The Orange transitions to a 4-2-5 defense this season, removing the third linebacker from the field — meaning Evan will have to play with more physicality, Bellamy said.Foster views it as a matter of confidence. It’s less about his ability to play physically, he said, but his comfort level getting downhill and making plays near the line of scrimmage. He wasn’t sure of himself last season. But after a year of being pushed harder than ever by Monroe, Foster feels he’s there.“Being able to mess up and hone in on my mistakes and understand what I’m doing wrong and just allows me — really it’s a mind thing,” Foster said, “and it allows your feet to do the job.”After building up and surging forward in 2015, Foster seems primed for the same in 2018. Bellamy, Aaron and Darryl agree that when the mental, physical and psychological traits come into focus, Foster will skip forward once more.Only this time, Foster needs to leap.“Yeah you’re playing, you’re making plays,” Bellamy said. “But are the scouts stopping your film? And rewinding and watching it again? And rewinding it? And watching it again?“The moment that happens, that’s the moment you become a first-round draft pick.”Cover photo by Paul Schlesinger | Staff Photographercenter_img Published on August 30, 2018 at 11:39 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham,“Low and behold,” Bellamy said, “he transformed himself into a hell of a high school football player.”At a camp later in June, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Foster worked out with Nick Monroe — who coached Aaron for four years — then the safeties coach at Bowling Green under Dino Babers.On a sweltering day where Foster felt he underperformed, Monroe walked away impressed by his athleticism. A mix of defensive back drills — backpedaling, breaking on the ball, clearing hips — and a combine-style workout showed Monroe everything he needed to see. The offer came days later on June 29, and Foster committed that day.Bellamy recalled telling Babers not to overlook Foster.“You have the steal of the 2016 recruiting class,” Bellamy remembered saying.“Yeah, he’s a really good player,” Babers replied.“No, no. You don’t get it coach,” Bellamy said. “You got the steal of the class.”After playing his entire senior season committed to Bowling Green, on Dec. 7, 2015, Foster’s recruitment took a turn. Babers left BGSU for Syracuse and took Monroe with him. Foster followed suit, decommitting that day.Foster’s attachment to playing for Monroe trumped his pledge to Bowling Green, mostly because of Monroe’s relationship with Aaron.Marva and Darryl, Foster’s father, liked Bowling Green not just because of the familiarity, but also the geography. They didn’t want their youngest as far away as Syracuse.Ultimately, because of Aaron’s prior experience with Monroe, they trusted their son would be taken care of. On Jan. 25, 2016, he committed to Syracuse.“That was everything,” Darryl said. “It wasn’t even Dino. It was coach Monroe. I basically all but told him, ‘He’s yours now. He is your responsibility.’”During his growth spurt in high school, Foster didn’t notice a sudden change because, to him, the differences were subtle. At SU, he didn’t get instantly better after his sophomore year but learned from mistakes through the season, spring ball and now fall camp.When the improvements converge, the jump happens.Foster’s stature is ideal for an NFL prospect — 6-foot, 223 pounds — and his combine numbers are catching up, Bellamy and Aaron said. Foster ran a 4.43 40-yard dash and bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times over the summer, Bellamy said. Minkah Fitzpatrick, a safety from Alabama who went 11th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, ran a 4.46 and hit 14 reps on the bench press at the NFL Combine.“(Evan) needs to understand that his body is going to be what fuels the good play,” Aaron said.“Whether it’s getting more rest,” Aaron continued, “drinking more water, stretching or getting more treatment. Getting in that ice tub after practice. Maybe just taking a nap.”When Foster came back for his senior year of high school, Bellamy and his staff decided to work him with the linebackers.As Jabrill Peppers popularized the “viper”, a hybrid safety-linebacker, position at Michigan Stadium 37 miles to the northeast, Foster played a similar role for West Bloomfield.“I have three kids on my football team like that right now,” Bellamy said. “I tell Evan, we call it the ‘Evan Foster.’ I got (a) linebacker whose name is Lance Dixon, 2019. He just committed to Penn State, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, runs a 4.4. Well guess who that is? It’s Evan Foster.”The Orange transitions to a 4-2-5 defense this season, removing the third linebacker from the field — meaning Evan will have to play with more physicality, Bellamy said.Foster views it as a matter of confidence. It’s less about his ability to play physically, he said, but his comfort level getting downhill and making plays near the line of scrimmage. He wasn’t sure of himself last season. But after a year of being pushed harder than ever by Monroe, Foster feels he’s there.“Being able to mess up and hone in on my mistakes and understand what I’m doing wrong and just allows me — really it’s a mind thing,” Foster said, “and it allows your feet to do the job.”After building up and surging forward in 2015, Foster seems primed for the same in 2018. Bellamy, Aaron and Darryl agree that when the mental, physical and psychological traits come into focus, Foster will skip forward once more.Only this time, Foster needs to leap.“Yeah you’re playing, you’re making plays,” Bellamy said. “But are the scouts stopping your film? And rewinding and watching it again? And rewinding it? And watching it again?“The moment that happens, that’s the moment you become a first-round draft pick.”Cover photo by Paul Schlesinger | Staff Photographer,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.last_img read more

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first_imgKenta Maeda was virtually unknown outside Japan when he pitched his country into the semifinals of the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Three years later he led the Dodgers in starts, wins and innings pitched, and finished third in National League Rookie of the Year voting.For international stars with major league aspirations, the WBC has become a viable proving ground. This year’s 16-team tournament begins with pool play Sunday in Seoul, South Korea, and will crown a champion March 22 at Dodger Stadium.Major League Baseball, which organizes the WBC, has aspirations too. This year each national team was granted a list of 10 pitchers that could be added to its roster before each round. (The tournament consists of three rounds.) The goal was to encourage more major league pitchers, preferably the good ones, to commit to pitching a portion of the WBC — if not the full 16 days.That was not enough incentive for Clayton Kershaw, or Kenley Jansen, or even Maeda — to name three prominent Dodgers — to join in the fun. In Maeda’s case, he decided to spend spring training in Dodgers camp after speaking with club officials. Jansen is one of 10 names on the list of reserve pitchers for Team Netherlands, but he has said he won’t pitch in the WBC. Kershaw isn’t even on the reserve list for Team USA.“It comes down to a personal decision, and they have all of these competing interests that they have to contend with in terms of their own preparation and length of the season,” players’ union senior labor counsel Ian Penny told The Associated Press.Major leaguers on 25-man rosters were not allowed at the last Olympic baseball tournament in 2008 and they aren’t likely to be at the 2020 Tokyo Games, given MLB’s unwillingness to interrupt its season. That leaves the WBC as the sport’s international showcase.Unlike soccer’s World Cup, which is usually played at the end of most European club seasons, baseball prefers preseason, even though it means pitch limits in the WBC because arm strength is still building. A postseason tournament that starts in early-to-mid November would leave pitchers from eliminated clubs waiting around to resume competition.“Every time you start to drill down into a particular time of year and look at the logistics and look at the pros and cons, what sounds like an easy fix suddenly becomes a lot more complicated,” Penny said. So don’t expect many familiar names when the WBC returns to home soil. Dodger Stadium will host both semifinal games, March 20 and 21, as well as the title game March 22. Petco Park will host the top two teams from Pool C (Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, United States) and Pool D (Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela) from March 14-19.Those strategically placed brackets might enable Dodgers players Adrian Gonzalez (Mexico), Alex Verdugo (Mexico), Sergio Romo (Mexico), Kiké Hernandez (Puerto Rico) and Rob Segedin (Italy) to play tournament games in Southern California. If Canada somehow sneaks past the U.S. or the Dominican, 41-year-old pitcher Eric Gagne might fulfill his dream of returning to a major league mound.Julio Urias, who made his major league debut last year with the Dodgers, is among Team Mexico’s designated pool of 10 pitchers. But his innings limit for the year might prevent him from pitching in the tournament much, if at all.Angels pitchers Jose Alvarez, Yusmeiro Petit and Deolis Guerra are on the Venezuelan roster. The Netherlands team, including Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, will begin first-round play in Seoul with the possibility to advance to second-round games in Tokyo.The U.S. has never won the event — Japan won in 2006 and 2009 and the Dominican Republic in 2013. MLB is marketing the tournament as a competition for global bragging rights, but those will fade quickly. If history is any indication, the WBC, in its best moments, will offer an up-close look at the stars of tomorrow.The Associated Press contributed to this story.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more