Joseph Mariathasan: Should investors revisit local-currency EMD?

first_imgJoseph Mariathasan weighs the pros and cons of local-currency emerging market debtArgentina just undertook its first international bond issue since its 2002 default, raising $16.5bn (€14.7bn) in an auction four times oversubscribed. As there is clearly demand for all types of emerging market debt (EMD), perhaps the time has come to revisit local-currency EMD.Emerging market local-currency debt is a large and rapidly growing asset class. It is very liquid and available to any investor, so it cannot be ignored. But it has not been giving decent returns since the 2013 ‘taper tantrum’. Not surprisingly then, investors are reluctant to consider it seriously.But with the asset class, it is important to separate out the structural long-term opportunities from the shorter-term cyclical headwinds we have been experiencing. The longer-term opportunities are tremendous, with local-currency debt now a $6trn market, accounting for 20% of the global bond markets, while emerging markets account for 40% of global growth. Hard-currency EMD, by contrast, is a declining asset class primarily because emerging countries have developed the institutional infrastructure to be able to issue in local currency across the maturity spectrum. That structural change makes emerging markets very different in character today from what they were a decade or two ago.The reason EMD has not been more prominent is the political risk associated with emerging markets. The volatility of the institutional framework of emerging markets compared with those of the developed world and the propensity for the frameworks of those institutions to change gives rise to the risk a country sets on a cycle that can lead to questions over its debt sustainability. Pension funds may also face reputational risk if they invest in a country that then hits the news as a result of political instability – Russia is a case in point.But some of this may be misconceived. The economist Jerome Booth believes the market pricing of sovereign risk can be thought of as having three component layers. The first is quantitative based on macroeconomic ratios such as debt/GDP, fiscal deficits, etc. This garnered much attention during the euro-zone crisis with the work of economists Reinhart and Rogoff (2009) on sustainable levels of debt/GDP.Second, Booth sees a policy layer, reflecting the ability of policymakers to implement sound economic policy, engender the spread of a market economy and for policy to react in an intelligent and timely manner to events. This depends on the development of a robust institutional framework incorporating independent central banks, savings intermediaries such as pension funds and insurance companies, and a regulatory framework that seeks to enforce a level playing field through the rule of law.The third layer consists of just perceptions of risk, which Booth describes as the “prejudice layer”. The most significant development across emerging markets as a whole and in Asia in particular has been the phenomenal institutionalisation of their economies dramatically improving the ability of policymakers to implement policies. “In the 1997 Asian crisis, it was locals who fled the markets first, selling local assets and the currency to shift to safer havens,” he writes. “There is central bank independence now, a growth of domestic pension funds and institutional investors mandated to invest in domestic assets.”But political risk also creates opportunities for active bond managers. The standard JP Morgan benchmark index suffers from the requirement to include only countries that have easily accessible bond markets. That means the index is essentially weighted towards 12 countries and lacks exposure to major Asian issuers such as Korea and India. But active managers are able to provide the full armoury of derivatives to generate proxy exposures to the bond markets. What that means is that investors should not regard benchmark indices as the minimum risk position for local currency EMD.Perhaps the key issue for potential local currency EMD investors is not whether they should be investing but when. The danger for many investors is that of trying to time entry to hit the very bottom and, as a result, enter the market once it has bounced back some way. But that is human nature.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPElast_img read more

Woodside enters Bulgaria. Buys offshore block stake from Shell

first_imgAustralia’s Woodside has agreed to acquire from Shell a stake in an offshore block in Bulgaria.Woodside said on Wednesday that it had entered the farm-in agreement with Shell to buy a 30% non-operated participating interest in Block 1-14 Khan KubratThe block is located within the continental shelf and exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Black Sea.“This opportunity targets an emerging oil and gas province close to existing infrastructure and markets,” Woodside said.Planning is in progress to drill an exploration well in Q2 2019.Woodside on July 24, incorporated Woodside Energy (Bulgaria) Limited – a wholly owned subsidiary incorporated in England and Wales.The Shell transaction is subject to satisfaction of conditions precedent.last_img read more

Liverpool won’t field weakened team in FA Cup tie at Chelsea — Klopp

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Watford tempts Troost-Ekong with five-year deal Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Liverpool’s regulars will return to the starting line-up for Tuesday’s FA Cup clash at Chelsea, manager Juergen Klopp said on Monday. The Anfield club had fielded their under-23 players in the previous round. Liverpool’s under-23 side, led by their former coach Neil Critchley, beat third-tier side Shrewsbury Town in a fourth round replay. This was after Klopp refused to field senior players since the match was played during the winter break of the English Premier League. Liverpool also fielded a young side in the League Cup against Aston Villa, a game they lost 0-5. This was due to a fixture crunch while the senior side were playing in the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar, which they won. Klopp has now said he would take no chances as they looked to progress. He said: “It’s a different situation to the last round. “The team that played at Shrewsbury was a team that made sense for us at that moment. “We didn’t get the result we wanted, so we had to play a different team in the replay.” “It won’t be the team that played Aston Villa and Shrewsbury, for sure. “There will be boys in the squad, but if they start we will see. “The team that played at Shrewsbury was an FA Cup team at that moment. “If Chelsea make changes, I don’t know if they will, it will still be a very experienced team… “It’s the last 16 of the FA Cup and we want to go through.” A 0-3 loss at Watford over the weekend ended Liverpool’s unbeaten EPL run and many criticised centre-back Dejan Lovren for giving their strikers opportunities to score. But Klopp was quick to jump to the centre-back’s defence. “If anyone blames Dejan Lovren for our defeat, I can’t help these people,” Klopp said. “It was a massive challenge for Dejan to play against Troy Deeney. “Joe Gomez has had similar problems. “Both Dejan and Joe have played sensational games for us in this position. “Fitness and rhythm is the most difficult to get in professional football. “Dejan is an outstanding centre-half. “If you can tell me one player from Saturday that played at his normal level, I would be surprised.” However, Klopp said the performance at Vicarage Road would have no bearing on team selection for the trip to Stamford Bridge. “The defeat has nothing to do with line-up tomorrow (Tuesday) night,” he added. “We always play with a team which gives us the best chance to reach the next round.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: FIFA Club World CupFrank LampardInjury crisisJurgen KloppLeague CupLiverpoollast_img read more

COVID-19: CONMEBOL sets out protocols for football restart

first_imgAsuncion: Players will be barred from spitting and must undergo temperature checks before each match under new sanitary guidelines outlined by the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL). The measures, which also include a ban on kissing the ball and recommendations for clubs to reduce the risk of injury to players after three months of inactivity, was sent to CONMEBOL’s 10 member federations on Thursday. CONMEBOL did not set a date for a return to the Copa Libertadores – South America’s equivalent of the UEFA Champions League – or the second-tier Copa Sudamericana, however, it said football was “closer”. IANS Also watch: #NewsMakers: RK Somorjit Singh, Manipur BJP Spokesperson in an exclusive chat with Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more

Cricket News Karachi Ends 10-Year Wait For International Cricket, But Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Game Rained Off

first_imgNew Delhi: Pakistan had to wait for close to a decade for international cricket to return. In 2015, Zimbabwe played three games in Lahore while the matches involving the ICC World XI, West Indies and Sri Lanka were all played at Lahore. However, for Karachi, they have had to wait for 10 solid years to get some international cricket going. The Pakistan vs Sri Lanka game was the first game at the National Stadium since 2009 when incidentally, Pakistan and Sri Lanka squared off with the Sri Lankans winning by 129 runs. However, the fans, who have been waiting for so long for a game, were left bitterly disappointed.Karachi’s first international game after 10 years was abandoned as heavy rain the previous night and an incessant drizzle left the outfield in a bad state at the National Stadium. The groundstaff were trying their best to get the outfield in good shape. However, there were big puddles near the boundary areas and with the drainage system getting clogged, the chances of play resuming looked bleaked. The cut-off time for a Twenty20 game was 8:00 PM local time but the decision to abandon the match took place at 4:30 PM local as the groundstaff tried in vain to clear the excess water. However, the weather for the second game at the same venue is more promising and chances of the match getting truncated are close to nil. Also Read | Pakistan Playing Matches In UAE Not An Option Anymore: Cricket Board CEOSri Lanka’s tour to Pakistan was under a cloud after reports emerged that the team could be targeted in a terrorist attack. The withdrawal of 10 top players also did not help. There were allegations from Pakistan’s Science and Tenchology Minister that India was coercing the Sri Lanka players to not tour Pakistan. However, the Defence Ministry of Sri Lanka gave the go-ahead and the team arrived in the country under massive security. Also Read | World Needs To Help Pakistan To Revive Cricket After Decade Of Terrorism: Misbah-ul-HaqThe series is the first for Pakistan under Misbah-ul-Haq, the new head coach and chief selector. Misbah captained Pakistan for close to six years and in 56 Tests but he never managed to do that at home in Pakistan. Misbah played just five Tests in Pakistan and ahead of the first match, he has urged the world to help Pakistan revive their international cricket.”Cricket world need to do more, not only for Pakistan but for any country where it is hit. Pakistan is a cricket-loving country and it would be injustice to deprive them of international cricket, so I hope that the world will support us more and more. Otherwise the survival of cricket will be difficult,” Misbah said.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Better day for London trio but Manchester pair head table

first_imgBy Steve TongueLONDON (Reuters) – London clubs’ erratic start to the Premier League season improved with victories for Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal on Saturday but Manchester sides continued to make the running, with United and City leading the way on 10 points each.United surrendered their 100 per cent record in a lively 2-2 draw at Stoke City after Pep Guardiola’s City had trounced 10-man Liverpool 5-0 to replace their neighbours at the top for a few hours.Stoke took the lead just before halftime through Cameroon international Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, then conceded an equaliser less than three minutes later, as Nemanja Matic flicked on a corner and Paul Pogba’s header hit Marcus Rashford and went in.Romelu Lukaku put them ahead in the 58th minute, only for Choupo-Moting to equalise.City benefited from the dismissal of Sadio Mane before halftime as they inflicted Liverpool’s heaviest defeat since Juergen Klopp took over almost two years ago.The Senegalese forward was adjudged guilty of endangering an opponent by catching Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson in the face with a high foot.Already trailing to a Sergio Aguero goal, Liverpool conceded two more to Gabriel Jesus on either side of halftime and fell to a rare five-goal defeat when Leroy Sane also scored twice in the final quarter of an hour.Ederson was taken off on a stretcher but suffered no break and tweeted later that he was fine.KANTE ROCKS FORMER CLUBChelsea had a 2-1 win away to Leicester in the meeting of the previous two seasons’ champions.N‘Golo Kante scored against his former club soon after halftime to extend Chelsea’s lead after Alvaro Morata claimed his third goal in four league games since moving from Real Madrid.Leicester, having made two changes at the interval, halved the deficit with a Jamie Vardy penalty but the champions held on to move into third place.Tottenham’s Harry Kane reached 100 goals for the club with a freak opening effort in the comfortable 3-0 win at Everton, adding a second later.After the home side started brightly, the England striker deceived goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from way out on the right wing just before the half-hour.“I got a lucky one but sometimes you need that,” he said.Christian Eriksen scored the second after Pickford made a good save from Ben Davies and Kane knocked in Davies’ pass a minute after the interval.provided a boost ahead of their opening Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley, where they are playing home league games this season but have yet to win one.Their north London rivals Arsenal, heavily criticised after defeats by Stoke City and Liverpool, were easy winners at home to struggling Bournemouth, prevailing 3-0.Danny Welbeck gave them the lead and close-season signing Alexandre Lacazette doubled it before halftime. After Jermain Defoe headed against a post Arsenal broke out for Welbeck to claim his second.Bournemouth were pushed into the bottom two on goal difference by their fourth successive defeat.Promoted Brighton, back in the top tier for the first time since 1983, achieved their first win, by 3-1, at home to West Bromwich Albion.New signing Pascal Gross scored twice and Tomer Hemed added the third before a consolation by James Morrison, giving West Brom a first defeat.In the day’s other game unbeaten Watford moved above Southampton and into the top four by beating them 2-0 with goals by Abdoulaye Doucoure and substitute Daryl Janmaat.Bottom club Crystal Palace play at Burnley and Swansea City host Newcastle United on Sunday, while West Ham United who, like Palace, have lost their first three games, face Huddersfield Town on Monday.last_img read more

Head games: Concussions are demanding more care with each career they destroy

first_imgHrinya blacked out. He woke up with an IV in his arm, lying in a hospital bed. That’s when one of the SU trainers broke the news to him.  ‘But physically, I’m still all there. But my brain is weak.’  Neal said when assessing concussions the day of and after the incident, trainers and doctors look in three different areas of the athlete: cognitive (basic skills and thought), semantic (sensitivity to light, headaches, nausea) and effect (responding to questioning, crying, silence).  The younger an athlete is when he or she sustains his or her first concussion, the worse it is, Neal said. The young brain is still immature, so repetitive hits to the head cause the athlete to be prone to more concussions.   ‘The actual hit is the worst part of all of this,’ Hrinya said. ‘What I felt like after. It’s a crazy pain in your head, confusion; you don’t understand what’s going on in your body or brain. Other than that, the hardest thing for me, physically, is I could still play this game and do it well. It’s not like I tore a ligament in my knee where I can’t run the same. In 2009, the National Football League passed new rules regarding concussions mid-season in order to protect players from returning to play too soon after suffering a concussion. The new rules trickled down to the collegiate and high school levels, skyrocketing the reevaluation of how to deal with concussions.   His scholarship would be honored since he suffered a medical injury while playing football. Even through coaching changes, Doug Marrone’s staff made a conscious effort to include Hrinya in practice. He filmed practice for Marrone all of this past season. But regardless, Hrinya’s father, Darrin, was devastated that his son’s career was over, Hrinya said.  Hrinya, then a senior in high school, suffered his first concussion at that moment. He went to tackle a player on the opposing team, and the two players’ helmets smashed together. The hit knocked him out. The feeling of delirium, nausea and confusion ensued. ‘I was so upset that I’d never be able to do this again,’ Hrinya said. ‘This was my life and all I do. That’s when I was like, ‘Can’t believe it’s over.” A concussion is the physical response to a blow to the head, said Tim Neal, the assistant director of athletics for sports medicine at Syracuse. A concussion can occur from a hard hit to the head, face or neck, or any type of jarring force where the head gets smacked hard, Neal said.  ‘He’s always sitting in the pitch black,’ said Robinson, a senior. ‘I asked him, ‘What are you, a vampire or something?” Hrinya stood seven yards away from his teammate during a practice drill. He sprinted forward, attempting to tackle his teammate. The force knocked both of them out.  After that hit, Phillips joined the ranks of Hrinya in career-ending concussions.  After Hrinya’s third concussion during his sophomore year of college, his lifestyle started to change. Headaches occurred more frequently. He always wears sunglasses outside because his eyes are sensitive to light. He sits in the dark watching television or playing video games because he gets migraines.  In a fog, he remembers the trainers asked, ‘How many fingers am I holding up?’ Derek Hrinya laid on the turf, staring out into space. Colors were off. Everything was distorted, blurred in some way. He was nauseous. Then, started to vomit. He tried to stand up but fell.  Neal said the next step is raising the athlete’s heart rate to make sure all symptoms have ceased. Trainers monitor athletes as they exercise. If symptoms return, the athlete takes more time off. If symptoms are clear, the athlete can return to drills, gradually. Then light-contact and, eventually, full-contact practice can occur.  -30- Even after Phillips was technically no longer on the SU roster, trainers forced him to come in for regular check-ups with doctors because his migraines persisted.  A year passed after concussion No. 3. Hrinya played through his sophomore season at SU. The Orange’s practice turf was cold and hard from the November chill.  ‘I felt like I was in a dream world,’ Hrinya said. ‘Like nothing was real. I kept spinning in a circle. The world was shifting.’ Hrinya took the Standardized Assessment of Concussion (SAC) test after his third concussion and said he ‘failed miserably.’ The test is a series of questions and patterns. Hrinya remembers being asked to repeat a group of numbers backward. He was not successful.   For Dalton Phillips, a former SU long-snapper/tight end, concussions are all too ‘common.’  ‘Physically, I could still play this game,’ said Hrinya, a communications and rhetorical studies major planning to graduate this May. ‘And do it well.’ ‘My dad was really upset about it. You know, your son goes to a D-I school, you have NFL aspirations,’ Hrinya said. ‘My mom was really upset but at the same time relieved I wasn’t going to play football anymore. But (she) didn’t want it to happen like this.’ Neal attended a collegiate athletics summit on concussions April 9, as the NCAA continuously revises its policy regarding concussions. Neal said Syracuse University boasts a very conservative policy, with no risks, when it comes to concussions. Neal said the NCAA will sponsor concussion education for coaches and athletes starting next season so everyone is aware of the signs and risks of concussions.  Hrinya ran out onto the field with his teammates during SU’s final game against Cincinnati in 2007. He looked up at the Carrier Dome stands and glanced up at the crowd. That’s when he realized it was really over. Neal said the most frustrating part for athletes, families and coaches is the waiting. Being diagnosed with a concussion does not give a finite time for when a player can return to play. It’s a case-by-case basis.  His football playing days were over, just like so many others in Hrinya’s position. Playing through multiple concussions has developed into a national trend among young athletes. Hrinya’s story just hits closer to Syracuse. eHe s Neal recalled Hrinya’s situation. The history of concussions before even entering college destined Hrinya for trouble from the start.  The side effects  Published on May 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm ‘After that concussion I was really, really messed up. I was throwing up, I couldn’t function at all. Worst one I ever had. I thought I was going to die.’ Voices sounded like they were 1,000 miles away. The doctors sat Hrinya down, but he could not make out what they were saying.  ‘The trainers (at SU) are on it,’ Phillips said. ‘If you have any symptoms, if you had a concussion, they are very cautious of how long they keep you out.’ He explained Hrinya had suffered another concussion. This one was so bad that Hrinya couldn’t play football anymore. He was deemed medically unable to play. This was the end.  Facebook Twitter Google+ ‘My concussion came right before the end of the season,’ Phillips said. ‘Tim Neal said, ‘You’re done. I hate to end it like this for you, but don’t want to take any risks.” ‘I didn’t know how to react,’ Hrinya said. ‘I was not expecting that at all. There were so many emotions running through my head that I just zoned out.’ Andrew Robinson, a former SU player and Hrinya’s roommate, flicks on all the lights when he enters the apartment. Hrinya has to go upstairs to be in the dark. ‘But I was the one that got the concussion,’ Hrinya said. ‘Because my head is so screwed up. Hit. Thud. Smack. Multiple concussions have plagued Phillips as well. He lost consciousness and suffered a concussion Nov. 14 during Syracuse’s 10-9 loss to Louisville. Phillips said he barely remembers the hit or much of the day after his concussion. His memory did not return until later that night in the hospital.  Hrinya, now a senior at Syracuse, resumed playing for Warwick Valley Central High School. He faced the hard reality that concussions are common in football. But his mother, Elizabeth, wanted him to stop playing immediately. ‘Concussions are serious,’ she told him.  ‘Are you crazy?’ Hrinya said he asked his mother back in 2006. ‘I have a full scholarship to play at SU. I’m still going to play football.’ Comments The final blow  Two years and three concussions later at Syracuse, Hrinya, the former Orange safety, has suffered four major hits that resulted in concussions. Three while on SU’s roster, all during practice. By the fourth concussion, Hrinya was deemed medically inactive to play football.last_img read more

Solinsky hopes to bring success with him outdoors

first_imgFor five-time All-American distance runner Chris Solinsky, all the awards, honors, and accolades aren’t important.They never have been, they never will.Rather, Solinsky has only cared about running consistently over his past three seasons at UW.And consistent he’s been.Going into the 2006 track and field season, there was little Solinsky could do to top the accomplishments of his previous two years.Nevertheless, he has achieved everything he had hoped for — to stay consistent.At the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships, Solinsky successfully defended his title in the 3,000 meters, becoming the first runner in school history to repeat as a national champion since 1971.Whereas collegiate athletes would be ecstatic with a national championship victory, the indoor 3,000 meter crown isn’t as important to Solinsky when looking at the big picture.”Going into the season, it was one of the bigger goals on my mind,” Solinsky said. “But the main thing was putting in a good indoor season and then try to have good outdoor season.”Even though Solinsky’s main aspiration is to simply be a steady runner overall, there’s no doubting his desire to win in any competition — and it was ever apparent last week at the Indoor Championships.After a disappointing third-place finish in the 5,000 meters in the first day of action, Solinsky became determined to win the event no matter what the following day.”I was kind of angry,” Solinsky said of his 5,000-meter run. “I thought going in that I had a real strong chance of winning it and for it to come down to just a kick and being out kicked kind of ticked me off.””It was definitely motivation for me.”As if he needed any more motivation.In the 3,000 meter run, Solinsky made sure he didn’t make the same mistake he did in the 5,000 meters.Even when the event’s pace started at a fairly slow pace, Solinsky felt as if he had to win no matter what.”I wasn’t going to let it come down to down to the last 100 meters again,” he said. “I decided with just over 1,000 to go to get in position and try to pass people.””It worked,” he added. “It broke the field up and it made it whoever wanted to hurt more on that day feel pain and get the win.”The slow pace isn’t one of Solinsky’s particular preferences, but it certainly worked to his advantage this time. In fact, any time a race comes down to whoever has more desire to win, he feels as if he is the clear-cut favorite.”I’m definitely a guy who goes out and just hammers,” he said. “I can handle a hard pace for a long time.”With the indoor season now complete and the track and field team heading outdoors, Solinsky’s aspirations have changed a bit.He still wants to stay consistent and he has plenty of motivation, but just for once he would like to put together a solid outdoor season overall, because if Solinsky were to have an Achilles’ heal of any sort, the outdoor season would be it.It’s not like his outdoor seasons have been horrible — they just haven’t ended in the way he had envisioned.In 2004, he qualified for the NCAA outdoor championships in the 5,000 meters, but was unable to finish due to the extreme heat in Austin, Texas and last year he struggled early — at least in his personal opinion — before running a personal best of 13:37.55 in the 5,000 meters at the USATF outdoor championships, finishing 10th overall.This year, however, he has a great desire to run consistent throughout the whole outdoor season.So in actuality, his goals for the outdoor season are really the same as they are indoors — he simply has a greater motivation given the past two disappointing seasons.”My goal is to actually have a good outdoor season,” Solinsky said. “I haven’t really been able to put together a solid season outdoors.”To accomplish his goal, Solinsky has turned to a former teammate of his — Matt Tegenkamp.Now a professional runner for Nike, Tegenkamp has taught Solinsky invaluable lessons on the track as the two still maintain a great friendship to this day — they still talk, exchange race strategies, and even run together.”Basically, he just taught me how to race,” Solinsky said. “The guy had a killer instinct on how to race. He made every move when it was needed to be made and he knew to pick his place — that was one of the main things I learned from him.”While Tegenkamp has showed him what running at the professional level is like, Solinsky isn’t thinking about it any time soon.”If I’m lucky enough, [I’ll] be in that position when I’m done with college, but I don’t think that’s anywhere near where I’m at right now,” Solinsky said. “It’s out there that it could happen, but I’d have to say not at this moment.”last_img read more

MBB : Power: Jackson looks to continue recent offensive dominance that has propelled winning streak

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ A postgame bash was the only way to describe it. It was a Philadelphia party enabled because of Syracuse’s most brutal in-game player and his ferocious offensive attack: Rick Jackson.Mere minutes following No. 17 Syracuse’s 69-64 win over Villanova, an Orange party ensued in a slender Wells Fargo Center corridor adjacent to the SU locker room. The likes of Syracuse-basketball present and Syracuse-basketball future, as well as members of Jackson’s Philadelphia past, were all accounted for.‘Everybody (is here),’ SU guard Scoop Jardine later said of the scene inside and outside of the SU locker room. ‘Everybody. My high school team — my and Rick’s high school coach, right there!’It was the best example of postgame bliss SU head coach Jim Boeheim and Syracuse have showcased all season. With a wide grin planted on his face before he took the press conference podium, Boeheim slapped hands with 2011 SU recruits Trevor Cooney and McDonald’s All-American and Philadelphia native Rakeem Christmas — the nation’s No. 1 center for the Class of 2011, according to Boeheim’s celebration with Christmas amid the Syracuse scrum would not have been possible were it not for the play of arguably the No. 1 big man in the Big East, a senior Christmas hopes to follow. Christmas spoke with a merry Boeheim because of a specific element in Jackson’s performance.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor Jackson, it was an attacking offensive game in stark contrast to the last game Syracuse played against Georgetown. On Feb. 9, Jackson played the final five minutes of the game as a coy offensive player due to his four fouls — two of which were called on offensive charges. His forced lack of aggression lost the game for SU the first time, and against Georgetown this Saturday (noon, CBS) at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., Jackson will need to continue to play the way he did offensively against Villanova.‘When you sit for nine, 10 minutes, it is hard to come back in and have that same killer edge, especially when you have four fouls,’ Jackson said on Feb. 9. ‘You don’t want to commit silly fouls, and that’s what happened.’Jackson utilized that ‘killer edge’ against Villanova. More importantly, he used it on the offensive end. In 38 minutes, Jackson attacked the Wildcat bigs vertically in a near-perfect offensive game, going 8-of-9 from the field.That 89 percent clip from the field came not because of sharp shooting. It was due to a hunger to take shots from the easy spots Jackson fought for. Five of the eight makes came on dunks, and one came on an alley-oop layup. The layup was just one of several alley-oops on the night for Jackson, who hammered home pass after pass from Jardine as the duo took over in their hometown.Carl Arrigale, Jackson’s high school coach, and two current Neumann-Goretti (Pa.) players celebrated with Jackson and Jardine in the postgame scrum.They spoke of Jardine’s 20-point outing, despite foul trouble, and Jackson’s slew of dunks from Jardine. The two stars on the night had combated foul trouble enough to lead SU to the win. Jackson had two first-half fouls, and Jardine sat for a crucial near-five-minute stretch in the second half with four. It was shades of Jackson versus Georgetown.‘I just think he never got into it,’ Boeheim said of Jackson on Feb. 9. ‘He never really got back into the game. We need him, obviously, offensively. He’s been so steady for us all year, and we need him there offensively.’In a whistle-friendly game Monday at Villanova, Jackson was again in first-half foul trouble. But this time, he avoided his third foul until the final three minutes of the game, even though he attacked the basket with the same hunger.Jardine played the final 7:35 of the game with four fouls. And he excelled, scoring soon after he entered and breaking the Wildcat press to lead SU to the win.Postgame, Jardine was euphoric as he introduced his Neumann-Goretti family. There was Arrigale and Lamin Fulton, a senior guard who will play at St. Peter’s. And there was a freshman, name unknown to Jardine.But he was from Neumann, and that was all that mattered when celebrating. He was welcome after Jardine won the game for SU. A win finished off by Jackson, who coolly sank two free throws with 4.6 seconds left to end the game.Jardine welcomed the nameless freshman to join in, promising he would recruit him to play for SU to follow in the footsteps of Jardine and Jackson, who came to Syracuse together.In his last game at Syracuse in Philadelphia, Jackson harnessed the element that had been missing in his offensive attack. And he’ll look to continue that against the Hoyas.Said Jackson: ‘They’ll always remember what you did when you came here.’ Commentscenter_img Published on February 23, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Miller emerges as front-runner at center

first_imgJohn Miller has emerged as the front-runner at the center position for Syracuse.The rising junior began taking first-team snaps at center on April 6, allowing Rob Trudo to shift back to left guard where he started all of last season. And in the last week and a half, Miller’s helped the offense maintain a more consistent flow in practice.“It’s been like, ‘Wow, this kid’s really good,‘” SU offensive coordinator George McDonald said. “Enabling him to move over to center allows us to put Trudo at a more comfortable position and allows us to keep the continuity of the line we had last year somewhat intact.”McDonald and quarterbacks coach Tim Lester both called Miller a natural center, with snapping as his clear strength. Lester recalled Trudo having difficulty placing his shotgun snaps, especially early this spring when he was first transitioning into the position.They came high, low, left and right — often leaving the quarterback in an awkward position.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When you’re trying to hand it to the guy standing to your right and the ball is literally snapped to the running back,” Lester said, “you put your hand in his belly to catch it, no one knows what to do at that point.”SU head coach Scott Shafer said the job isn’t Miller’s yet, but he’ll start at center in the Spring Game on Saturday. Comments Published on April 16, 2014 at 12:49 am Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more