Virus deaths nearly doubling Milan’s normal mortality rate

first_imgDeaths still rising Lombardy was reporting about two-thirds of Italy’s virus deaths when the rate of officially registered infections was still soaring daily in the early part of March.Neighboring regions with high death tolls have been reporting lower infection rates throughout the crisis.AFP’s comparison of the data reflects that.The neighboring Emilia Romagna region reported 1,640 COVID-19 deaths last month.That corresponds to around 40 percent of its estimated monthly deaths average of 4,150 for 2018.The Piedmont region around the industrial city of Turin reported 854 COVID-19 related deaths.AFP estimates that it would have otherwise witnessed around 4,486 deaths.A report authored by an Italian expert at European Society of Anaesthesiology also looked at the data and found that Italy’s death toll will keep rapidly climbing for some time.”The data suggest that the increase in numbers of patients in intensive care in both the Lombardy region and Italy as a whole are likely to have peaked,” the report said.But “the numbers of deaths in hospital will continue to increase at the maximum rate for several days to come”. 969 is a lot The northern Lombardy region that includes the financial capital Milan turned into the global epicenter of the pandemic when Italy overtook China’s official death toll on March 19.Lombardy is Italy’s industrial heartland and includes heavily-affected cities such as Bergamo and Brescia to Milan’s east.The region recorded 99,542 deaths from all causes in 2018 — a rough monthly average of 8,300.It reported 7,176 coronavirus deaths in March.All countries’ monthly deaths vary depending on the season.United Nations data show Italy recording the highest number of deaths in January and the lowest in June.March turns out to be a statistically average month.This suggests that Lombardy’s official toll from COVID-19 last month — 7,176 — was just under 15 percent shy of the number of people who would have statistically been expected to die in March without the epidemic.Bergamo Mayor Giorgio Gori said Wednesday he does not trust the official figures and thinks the real toll may be twice as high.The mayor tweeted a newspaper analysis suggesting that the COVID-19 toll in the Bergamo province was “between 4,500 and 5,000, and not the 2,060″ officially reported.”How many are infected then?” the Bergamo mayor asked.He cited a local statistics agency analysis indicating 26 percent of Bergamo province’s 1.1 million people had the virus.”I fear that the figure is higher,” the mayor tweeted. Italian officials acknowledge that their coronavirus data are incomplete with deaths from COVID-19 related causes outside hospitals often not counted.The number of people who died after catching the virus without ever being tested is unknown.So is the number of people who died of other causes because they could not get treatment from hospitals dealing with a ceaseless flow of COVID-19 patients.Some newspapers are asking why jumps in March deaths reported individually by some cities do not appear to be reflected in the national tally.”The death count does not add up,” the Il Fatto Quotidiano said Wednesday.Here is what the official figures do show. But the tolls being read out daily by health officials in Rome can often seem hard to quantify.The civil protection service disclosed a record 969 deaths for last Friday.That sounds like a lot — but how does that compare to the number of people who usually die in Italy in a day?AFP tried to figure this out by comparing 2018 data from Italy’s official statistic agency ISTAT — the last available for all regions — and the coronavirus deaths reported by the civil protection service in March.center_img The torrent of Italian death data reveals that the region around Milan with a population of 10 million reported almost as many coronavirus fatalities in March as it would normally have done from all other causes.The Mediterranean country of 60 million people is living through its worst disaster since World War II.It registered 12,399 COVID-19 related deaths last month — thousands more than officially reported by any other country. Topics :last_img read more

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SPDB Financial Leasing Acquires Two CMA CGM Vessels

first_imgSPDB Financial Leasing, part of Shanghai Pudong Development Bank (SPD Bank), has signed an operating lease agreement for two 11,380 TEU CMA CGM boxships. The signing ceremony took place in Shanghai on November 18, 2019, the bank said in a statement.Under the agreement, SPDB Financial Leasing purchased two vessels from the French shipping company CMA CGM.No details on the price have been disclosed.The transaction is said to be the first cross-border leasing project involving domestic financial leasing companies in the Lingang New Area.As explained, the deal is in line with the SPDB Financial Leasing’s strategy to expand its presence in the ship leasing sector.The Chinese company currently owns seven CMA CGM containerships and two Pacific Gas VLGC LPG vessels, data provided by VesselsValue shows.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Marijuana users 5x more likely to develop alcohol addiction – study

first_imgRT.com 18 February 2016Family First Comment: “The study authors discovered that adults who had used marijuana at the first assessment and again over the following three years were five times more likely to develop an alcohol use problem, compared to those who had not used marijuana.”People who smoke marijuana are five times more likely to develop an alcohol problem, according to a new study by two New York universities. The research also found that cannabis makes it more likely for existing alcohol use disorders to persist.“Our results suggest that cannabis use appears to be associated with an increased vulnerability to developing an alcohol use disorder, even among those without any history of this,” Renee Goodwin, associate professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, said in a statement.“Marijuana use also appears to increase the likelihood that an existing alcohol use disorder (AUD) will continue over time,” she added. Both alcohol abuse and dependence fall into the category of AUD.The researchers analyzed data from 27,461 adults enrolled in the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions who had first used marijuana at a time when they had no history of AUDs. Each person was assessed at two points in time.The study authors discovered that adults who had used marijuana at the first assessment and again over the following three years were five times more likely to develop an alcohol use problem, compared to those who had not used marijuana.Additionally, adult problem drinkers who did not use cannabis were significantly more likely to be in recovery three years later, compared to people with AUDs who used marijuana.The researchers have called on additional studies to determine whether youths are affected in the same way as adults.“If future research confirms these findings, investigating whether preventing or delaying first use of marijuana might reduce the risk of developing alcohol use disorders among some segments of the population may be worthwhile,” Goodwin said.The study, conducted by researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the City University of New York, was published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.The research is supported by a separate study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry on Wednesday, also affiliated with Columbia University. That study found that adult marijuana use was associated with a greater likelihood of developing alcohol and drug problems, including nicotine dependence, over three years of follow-up.READ MORE: https://www.rt.com/usa/332874-marijuana-alcohol-addiction-study/last_img read more

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Area Girls Basketball Sectional Scores (2-2)

first_imgArea Girls Basketball Sectional ScoresFriday  (2-2)Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ WaldronJac-Cen-Del  74     Oldenburg  30Waldron  35     Morristown  29Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ South RipleyMilan  41     SW Hanover  39South Ripley  59     North Decatur  38Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ South DearbornGreensburg  55     Rushville  46Batesville  56     Lawrenceburg  50Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ East CentralColumbus East  39     Columbus North  29East Central  56     Bloomington North  33last_img

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Lady Trojans Successful Weekend At Southport

first_imgEC Volleyball traveled to Southport for their annual invitational. JV finished 2nd, losing only to Southport in the championship. Varsity finished 3rd.  EC vs. Indianapolis Scecina.  Lost in 2. We started very slow in both sets, but gave them a run for their money at the end. I believe we are the better team, but we didn’t prove it on the court until it was too late. Scecina was very disciplined and I think that frustrated us. These girls showed a lot of heart int he second set being down more than 10 at one point. They refused to quit and ended up tying the game at 20 before giving up the final 5 point run to end the match.    EC vs Scecina at Southport 8-24-19EC vs. Indianapolis Lutheran. Won in 2. We came out strong in the first set, attacking from every avenue to start the match. We pushed from the service line and offensively. In the second set, we let them stay in the game and go point for point too much, but they held strong and finished it in two.    EC vs Lutheran at Southport 8-24-19EC vs. Tri-West. Won in 3. This was probably the best game of the day for us and definitely the strongest competition. We were fired up and our defense came up big in all three sets. The girls finally bought into what the coaching staff has been saying and it showed on the scoreboard. We played our best volleyball of the season in this match and only look to build from here.    EC vs Tri-West at Southport 8-24-19 (1)Varsity is now 3-2 on the season.    Next up: Rushville in our home opener on Tuesday. Freshmen start at 5:30, JV and varsity will follow.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.   ECVB JV finished 2nd in the Southport tournament losing to the home team, Southport.  EC vs. Indianapolis Scecina. ECVB JV started their morning off with a victory against Scecina. Even though we suffered behind the serving line, and gave one too many free points, the girls gathered themselves and finished strong. After the first set finished the jitters left and the girls played with more confidence and togetherness.  With one win in, we continue on to play Indianapolis Lutheran next in the Southport Invite.    EC vs. Indianapolis Lutheran.Against Indianapolis Lutheran ECVB JV pulled out a tight 3 set victory. Lutheran was a very well matched competitor for they fought back throughout the entire match. With the lack of communication we dropped the second set but came back and went on a run in the third set. The girls were able to come together and figure out how to win in a pressure situation. EC vs. Southport.    ECVB JV lost to the host team in two sets with the scores of 20-25 and 18-25. With the lack of communication and effort we laid down to Southport in two sets. Southport was a very disciplined team and it was very noticeable in the defensive aspect of their game. The girls continued to attack and push back but could not quite pull through. A loss can teach you a lot more than a win can and it is those lessons we will take and grow with.      ECVB JV is now 4-1 on the season.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Josefa Andres.last_img read more

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Verneda Wendelman

first_imgVerneda Wendelman, 85, of Dillsboro passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Ripley Crossing in Milan.  Verneda was born Wednesday, July 18, 1934 in Pierceville, Indiana, the daughter of the late Clarence and Edna (Lafary) Cook.  She married Dale Wendelman and he preceded her in death on December 24, 2011.  Verneda was a member of the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Dillsboro.  She worked for the South Dearborn School Corporation as an office assistant and a bus driver, she was also a member of the Dillsboro Civic Club.  She enjoyed being with her family, crocheting, loved the outdoors, her flowers, mowing, and running the sound system for the county fairs and festivals.  Dale and Verneda had a spectacular Christmas light display with over 33,000+ lights at their home for the community to enjoy for many years.Verneda is survived by her daughter Kimberly (John) Ascherman of Aurora; grandchildren Kyle and Hannah Ascherman; sisters Mary Bultman of Napoleon and Marie (Harold) Shelp of Milan.  She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Edna.A public graveside service will be held at 11 AM Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Oakdale Cemetery, Dillsboro, with Pastor Deb Beason officiating.  Memorials may be given in honor of Verneda to the Dillsboro Civic Club.  Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 146, Dillsboro, IN 47018, (812) 432-5480.  Please reach out to the family through our website at www.filterdevriesmoore.com to leave an online condolence message or a memory of Verneda.last_img read more

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Rohr set to unleash new players against Ukraine

first_imgRelatedPosts Rohr lists Musa, Ekong, 23 others for Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has revealed that he is prepared to test new players in Tuesday’s friendly game against Ukraine. The Franco-German, who was not in any way despondent, stated this when he addressed the pre-match press conference on Monday. He stated: “This game is a big opportunity for us to begin our build-up towards the 2021 AFCON and the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. “Some of our key players retired from the team after the last AFCON in Egypt and some others are not here owing to injuries and other issues. “We have some new and young players here so it is a good opportunity to see what they can bring to the team. “We hope for a good game against a very solid team playing at home.” Stand-in captain William Ekong said: “Ukraine is a strong team with a lot of very good players across Europe. “I know a few of those in Italy where I play. “This game is definitely going to be very tough but we will give our best and also make it very difficult for them. “I believe it will be a very good game.” A camp source hinted that the young guns are, however, rearing to go, seeing the situation as an opportunity to win the heart of Coach Rohr and be considered part of the mainstream going forward. Germany-based goalkeeper Maduka Okoye is in camp to give Francis Uzoho and Ikechukwu Ezenwa a stiff fight for the number one shirt, while usual suspects Olaoluwa Aina, Chidozie Awaziem, Leon Balogun, Jamilu Collins and William Ekong will try to ward off the challenge of Semi Ajayi (listed as defender) and returnee Bryan Idowu at the rear. In the middle, Oghenekaro Etebo and Alex Iwobi should be ahead of returnee Anderson Esiti and new boy Joseph Aribo. It remains to be seen how Kelechi Iheanacho will fit into the middle equation. The fore is brimming with youth and vitality with Victor Osimhen, Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze, Paul Onuachu and Samuel Kalu all available, alongside new birds Joshua Maja and Emmanuel Dennis. Italian referee Paolo Valerie will take charge of proceedings at the 31,000-capacity arena, with his compatriots Alessandro Costanzo and Stefano Alassio assisting, while Ukrainian Vitaliy Romanov will serve as fourth official. Ukraine, like most jurisdictions of the former Soviet Union, broke off from the collapsed mother nation in 1991. Both the Ukraine Football Association and the country’s senior team came into existence also in 1991. Nigeria and Ukraine have never met at senior level, but a group phase clash at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland earlier in the summer ended 1-1. Ukraine eventually won the championship.Tags: 2021 AFCONAFCONGernot RohrSuper Eagleslast_img read more

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Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, TV Presenter Pilar Rubio Tie Knot

first_imgSeville: Real Madrid star defender Sergio Ramos and Spanish TV presenter Pilar Rubio tied the knot at the Seville Cathedral in a wedding ceremony attended by leading sports and entertainment personalities.The wedding, officiated by Dean of the Archdiocese of Seville, Francisco Ortiz, was held in front of 500 guests on Saturday, who paraded past a crowd of reporters and members of the general public.Guests gradually arrived over a period of two hours starting at 4.15 pm, while shortly after 6.15 pm Rubio made her entrance wearing a low-cut white gown and holding a bouquet of black flowers, reports Efe news.After arriving at the cathedral in a Cadillac, the 41-year-old reporter and TV presenter greeted the public and members of the press and posed for photos.The 33-year-old Sergio Ramos, a native of Camas, a town in Seville province, arrived a few minutes later on foot, since only the bride and the couple’s three children used motor vehicles as transportation.The captain of both Real Madrid and the Spanish national team sported a different look than in his most recent matches with La Furia Roja, with his hair and beard neatly trimmed, and walked arm-in-arm with his mother, Paqui Garcia. IANS Also Read: I Wish To Retire At Real Madrid: Sergio Ramoslast_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditGOLF-MEMORIALRahm in command at Muirfield VillageDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jon Rahm will move to the top of world golf rankings after a convincing victory at the Memorial. July 20, 2020 Update on the latest sports UNDATED (AP) — NFL players are publicly pleading with the league to address several health and safety concerns on the eve of training camp. The league informed teams on Saturday that training camps will open on time even though discussions with the players’ union regarding testing for the coronavirus and other health and safety protocols are ongoing. Rookies for Houston and Kansas City are set to report Monday and rookies for other teams are due on Tuesday. Players for all teams are scheduled to report by July 28. Many prominent players expressed their thoughts in a social media blitz Sunday.Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, whose wife is pregnant, wrote: “We want to play football but we also want to protect our loved ones.”And Saints quarterback Drew Brees tweeted, “If the NFL doesn’t do their part to keep players healthy there is no football in 2020.” He wrote, “We need Football! We need sports! We need hope!” The seven were among the former free agents the clubs had to make decisions on by Sunday, five days ahead of opening day.New York Mets catcher René Rivera and Colorado catcher Drew Butera were given $100,000 retention bonuses this weekend, allowing those teams to keep them with minor league contracts.Among those released ahead of the deadline were Philadelphia pitcher Francisco Liriano and infielder Logan Forsythe, Mets first baseman Matt Adams and Washington reliever Fernando Abad.Released players remain eligible to re-sign with the teams.In other major league news: Some drivers took a knee and others again did not in disorganized scenes before Sunday’s race. As in the previous two races this season, all drivers were supposed to gather before the national anthem to stand while wearing “End Racism” T-shirts. Hamilton and others like his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took a knee but others appeared to be hurriedly arriving late and not even in position.OBIT-SALINASHead of Bolivian soccer dies after contracting coronavirusLA PAZ (Bolivia) — Bolivian soccer federation president César Salinas has died from complications linked to COVID-19. He was 58. The federation announced the death on its social media channels. Joey Logano finished third, with Kyle Busch coming in fourth a day after he finished ahead of the field in two races. Series points leader Kevin Harvick was fifth.NHL-PENGUINS-CROSBYSidney Crosby out with health issuePITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is dealing with an unspecified health issue. Crosby left a team scrimmage early on Saturday and then was held out of practice a day later. Neither head coach Mike Sullivan nor assistant coach Mark Recchi (REH’-kee) offered any detail on what might be ailing Crosby. Bass said he spoke with general manager Ross Atkins and emphasized that players prefer a big league stadium. The veteran reliever added that players are willing to share a home venue with another team and make other sacrifices.Canada denied the Blue Jays’ request to play at Rogers Centre because the regular-season schedule would require frequent travel back and forth from the United States, where COVID-19 cases are surging.The team’s minor league options are its training facility in Dunedin (duh-NEE’-dehn), Florida, or its Triple-A affiliate stadium in Buffalo.NFL-TRAINING CAMPSNFL players urge league to address health concerns Salinas had been admitted to a private clinic in La Paz this month for treatment after contracting the coronavirus. The former chairman of Bolivian club The Strongest became president of the national federation in 2018.center_img Rahm closed with a 3-over 75 for a 9-under total, three strokes ahead of second-round co-leader Ryan Palmer at Muirfield Village. The 25-year-old Spaniard was leading by seven shots on Sunday before a double-bogey on the par-5 11th cut into his advantage. Rahm later received a two-stroke penalty after being initially credited with a five-stroke win.To become the No. 1 golfer, Rahm had to win the tournament and hope Rory McIlroy finished no better than third. McIlroy tied for 32nd.Rahm joins Seve Ballesteros as the only Spaniards to reach No. 1.Tiger Woods carded a 76 for the second time in three days, leaving him at plus-6. GOLF-NICKLAUS-CORONAVIRUS NASCAR-TEXASChildress gets 1-2 sweep at TexasFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Richard Childress Racing had a successful day at Texas Motor Speedway.Austin Dillon stayed in front after a restart with two laps to go and beat rookie Tyler Reddick to the checkered flag. That gave Childress a 1-2 NASCAR Cup finish and quite a show for spectators spread out in the stands.Dillon raced to his third career win and first since Daytona at the start of the 2018 season. He stayed in front on three late restarts, the first after an incident with 29 laps left that shuffled the fast car of Ryan Blaney to a lap back. Associated Press The Penguins have about two weeks to get ready to face Montreal in the qualifying round of the playoffs.MLB-FREE AGENTSWalker, Volquez, Holland, Morrison make opening-day rostersUNDATED (AP) — Philadelphia second baseman Neil Walker, Texas pitcher Edinson Vólquez and Pittsburgh pitcher Derek Holland have made opening-day rosters.So have Milwaukee first baseman Logan Morrison, Cincinnati pitcher Nate Jones, Tampa Bay pitcher Aaron Loup and New York Yankees pitcher Luis Avilán. — Nationals outfielder Victor Robles took part in his first workout of the summer following a two-week quarantine. Robles had some at-bats, ran the bases and says he should be ready to start opening day.— The Tigers have announced that Matthew Boyd will start the season opener against Cincinnati. Boyd had been slated to start the opener in March and now will get the chance a few months later. VIRUS OUTBREAK-MLB-BLUE JAYSBlue Jays looking at alternate sites for home gamesTORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays want to play their home games in a major league ballpark this season. That’s according to pitcher Anthony Bass, who says the front office is working to find a major league ballpark for the team. Nicklaus, wife recovered from coronavirusDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jack Nicklaus says he’s recovered from a health scare.The golf legend revealed during Sunday’s CBS telecast of the Memorial that he and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus at the onset of the pandemic.He said his wife had no COVID-19 symptoms, while Nicklaus had a sore throat and a cough. Nicklaus said they were home in North Palm Beach, Florida, from March 13 “until we were done with it” on about April 20.Nicklaus and his wife, Barbara, turned 80 a month apart at the start of the year. HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIXHamilton wins 8th Hungarian GP to equal Schumacher F1 recordBUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has won the Hungarian Grand Prix for the eighth time to equal Michael Schumacher’s single-venue record and take the championship lead. Hamilton’s latest victory from pole position was as comfortable as the nearly 9-second margin over Max Verstappen suggested. The British driver’s 86th GP win moved him just five behind Schumacher’s F1 record of 91. Hamilton is also demanding more support from Formula One’s governing body and urged other drivers to make more of an effort in the fight against racism. last_img read more

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MBB : Syracuse motivated to reach Elite Eight with 2010 Butler loss still fresh in mind

first_img Comments BOSTON – The memories of the gut-wrenching defeat won’t fade. They can’t. They’re  permanently etched somewhere in the recesses of the head of each Syracuse player who sat in a tear-drenched locker room in Salt Lake City, Utah, two years ago.Images like that of Arinze Onuaku hiding himself in his locker behind a white towel don’t disappear. The black and blue logos emblazoned on the towel could not cover the black and blue bruises of the agonizing loss to Butler in the Sweet 16.‘I feel like it’s one of those experiences that you go through, and it’s always in the back of your mind,’ Syracuse junior forward James Southerland said. ‘You know how it is losing, so it’s like more will power and having the will power to win.’It’s been eight long years since the Orange has tasted the sweetness of a regional final, eight long years without playing for the chance to go to a Final Four. But a win on Thursday against Wisconsin pushes Syracuse into the Elite Eight for the first time since the 2003 national championship season. And the memory of having a magical season cut short by Butler in 2010 is fueling SU as it attempts to write its own history in 2012.Scoop Jardine, Kris Joseph, Brandon Triche and Southerland are the four SU regulars who experienced the heartbreaking loss to Butler. Now in Boston, the city from which Syracuse advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2003, they draw on that experience as motivation in hopes of avoiding further anguish.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We just couldn’t believe it,’ Southerland said. ‘We kind of felt like we still didn’t believe it was over after we finished. It was kind of hard definitely. I’m not trying to experience that again.’Standing between Syracuse and a trip to the Elite Eight is a Wisconsin team that Triche likened to the 2009-10 Bulldogs that sent the Orange home early.Both Butler and Wisconsin are ferocious defensively, holding their opponents to miniscule point totals. Both Butler and Wisconsin have a roster bereft of NBA stars, relying instead on superior effort and coaching.Triche admitted that SU didn’t know a whole lot about that Butler team. So by the time the Cinderella Bulldogs wound up playing for the national title, Triche said the horrible feeling was worse.It could have been Syracuse.‘It was very sad. We were down,’ Triche said. ‘Even though we lost (Arinze Onuaku), we really thought that we could win.‘Them making it to the finals that year made it feel worse because it could have been us.’Wisconsin, though, is a slightly different story. The Badgers have caught the attention of many around the country this season with a pair of wins over Indiana, a win over Vanderbilt and the No. 14 national ranking before the start of the NCAA Tournament. Holding its opponents to less than 53 points per game has been quite the statement as well.The Bo Ryan-led squad is by no means a Cinderella. Instead, it’s arguably the best defensive team in the country.The Badgers will push the Orange on Thursday, but this time Southerland and Triche said Syracuse is ready to push right back.The weight of the disappointing loss in 2010 and the surprising early exit to Marquette a year ago have festered within the SU players to drive them through this final stretch of basketball after the best regular season in program history.Only twice since 1990 has the Orange advanced past the Sweet 16, and Southerland said it has been a goal for the team since he stepped on campus three years ago.‘We had great players and all. We’ve just never made it past the Sweet 16,’ he said. ‘Especially our first year, our freshman year. It’s tough, but it’s something we wanted to get through and something we want to work on and get further.’Despite the slew of questions and comparisons about Butler the Syracuse players faced in their media session Wednesday, assistant coach Gerry McNamara said this group is only playing for themselves.What happened in 2010, 2011 or even back in 2003 – when McNamara played a key role in SU winning its only national title – shouldn’t be on the minds of this year’s players, he said.Instead, it’s about this group writing its own history.Said McNamara: ‘These guys need to worry about this year. That’s all that matters. They’ve been able to do that to this point, so why change it?’mjcohe02@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

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