LIRR Adds 8 Trains for Jewish Holidays

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Long Island Rail Road is adding eight eastbound trains from Penn Station on Wednesday and Friday afternoon for commuters leaving work early for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.They include three trains each on the Port Jefferson and Babylon branches and one train each on the Port Washington and Far Rockaway lines.The Port Jeff trains leave at 2:08 p.m., 2:29 p.m. and 3:24 p.m. The Babylon trains leave at 2:32 p.m., 3 p.m. and 3:31 p.m. The Port Washington train leaves at 3:40 p.m. and the Far Rockaway train leaves at 3:48 p.m.For additional information, customers can consult the LIRR’s website or contact the LIRR’s Travel Information Center by calling 511.last_img

Nesconset Man Charged With 2-Week Crime Spree

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Joseph BottiA man has been arrested for allegedly robbing four businesses and burglarizing a house near his Nesconset home in a two-week span this month, Suffolk County police said.Joseph Botti was charged Sunday with four counts of robbery and one count of burglary.Fourth Squad detectives said the 27-year-old suspect robbed a Ralph’s Italian Ices in Nesconset on Dec. 9, a Citgo in Saint James on Dec. 14, a Party Hardy in Nesconset on Dec. 16 and Game Stop in Lake Grove on Dec. 19.He also allegedly broke into a home on Truval Lane in Nesconset on Saturday.Botti will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img

World Cup of questions: Q&A with John Trask

first_imgUniversity of Wisconsin men’s soccer head coach John Trask is heading into his fifth season as head coach of the program. Last season, he led the program to its first NCAA Tournament berth in 18 years, where the team got its first NCAA Tournament victory since the program won the 1995 national championship. The Badger Herald talked to Trask about seeing his former players in this year’s World Cup, dealing with the large amount of young players on this year’s team and what he expects from the Badgers this season.Badger Herald: The World Cup has come to a close, and there are a few older guys on this year’s U.S. team that you coached during your time as an assistant in Major League Soccer. What is it like for you to see guys that you oversaw in their younger days in the MLS representing the country in the World Cup? JOHN TRASK: It’s really exciting. There were nine guys I was familiar with on the initial list of 30. Five of them made the team, and obviously guys like Kyle Beckerman, DaMarcus Beasley and Brad Davis. Some of those guys got some great playing time. It’s just really exciting. Nick Rimando was with us when he was a young goalkeeper in the MLS. So I go way back with a lot of the guys that represented the U.S. and [they] had a great run to get out of the group of death.BH: Your assistant coach Ian Sarachan was asked to join the coaching staff for the U.S. U-17 Men’s national team training camp from July 5-12. Do you have any comment on what he’s meant to this program’s recent success?JT: Ian played for me at [the University of Illinois in Chicago]. It’s tremendous to see him acknowledged as one of the top young coaches in the country when they put the staff together. I want to thank Richie Williams and the rest of the staff for bringing Ian in. I know he felt it was a very valuable learning situation. [There will be] long days and a lot of questions as they are getting ready for qualifying next April, but I know Ian really enjoyed working with those players.BH: Moving on to this upcoming season at UW, you have some big shoes to fill. You lost Tomislav Zadro and A.J. Cochran, offensive and defensive players of the year in the Big Ten last year. Who are you looking at to fill those shoes, both now and a few years down the line?JT: No question we are looking for big things out of Drew Conner. He’ll be a junior, and he’ll be one of our captains. He was an all-Big Ten performer last year for us. So hopefully, we’ll be able to give him a bit more freedom to make some plays on the offensive end. While different than Zadro, we feel that he can have a huge impact and help carry the load in the midfield and with the goal scoring for us. I’ll also mention Jacob Brindle. Jacob is a player who has been waiting in the wings behind guys like Nick Janus. He had eight goals last year, and he’ll be a senior captain. I feel he will be a huge component going forward. On the defensive side of the ball, we have returned some very important players like David Caban, who is one of our seniors this year. We are going to need these young players — if not all of them, well over half of them — to step in and play major minutes for us and take on important roles for the team. So, while it will be tough on them, it’s also exciting and something I know these young players are looking forward to.BH: You mentioned Jacob Brindle, who is most likely going to be your biggest scoring threat this year, as he was your second leading scorer last year. Do you think he is ready to take on a leadership role? Has he done anything already to prove that he can be the leader of this team?JT: We named Jacob as one of our three captains early in the spring, and we’ve discussed it with Jacob. A lot of our scoring punch was Chicago kids and Jacob is as well, and I think he has been waiting in the wings for this moment where he could, not make it his team, but step into the forefront. He’s always had a role where he was usually coming off the bench for us, as he had some very good players who were a year or two older who were in his way, if you want to put it that way, of getting onto the field.BH: With losing a handful of key players from last year’s team, you are left with only three seniors on the roster this year. How do you approach coaching a team with lot of youth and inexperience?JT: There is no question that with the type of schedule we’ve put together that we are really going to challenge these young players, beginning with the UIC exhibition game right through the Notre Dame exhibition game. That’s where you learn a lot about your team. You play some of the best teams in the country and you see who seems to have the mental and physical abilities to compete at that level immediately. We feel very good about some of our young players that are already on campus, but from the new goalkeeper coming in, Adrian Remeniuk, all the way up to field to Tommy Barlow and Mark Segbers, we feel very good about the recruiting class that’s coming in. Obviously they’re replacing a lot of experience and a lot of minutes, but that can work in your favor as well. We are very optimistic and looking forward to getting the season kicked off.BH: Last year, you led Wisconsin to its first NCAA tournament berth in 18 years as well as its first postseason win since taking the national championship in 1995. With expectations increasing, how do you attempt to live up to them especially after losing some key pieces from last year’s breakthrough team?JT: I think you have to be realistic when you are facing a team that made the NCAA tournament for the first time in 18 years. There are going to be ups and downs, peaks and valleys, and I think we, as coaches, need to be a bit of a guiding light. But at the end of the day, if we can get these guys poised and ready to compete in the Big Ten with our nonconference schedule we are going to feel very good about the future of the program come mid-to-late September.BH: Another expectation for this team is to keep that home unbeaten streak alive through this season. What is it about McClimon that helps you guys continue to refuse to lose?JT: Getting a result is something we talk about as a program. We are very excited about it. Our unbeaten streak at home goes back to October of 2012, and I know the guys take a lot of pride in it. And it’s not just our outgoing seniors. It was all the younger players who were a part of this drive. We are at 14 now, and we have two very difficult teams at home to kick off the season in San Francisco and Xavier. If we are fortunate enough to get results against two very good programs, we have a chance to go into the first Big Ten Network game on national TV against the newest member of the conference in Rutgers with a chance to continue the streak. It’s something that we take a lot of pride in as a program, and the longer we can keep this streak going, the better it is for our student fans and for all soccer fans in Madison.BH: What are your overall goals and expectations for the upcoming season?JT: I don’t put numbers on goals. I didn’t have a number of 14 on my mind this past year. We go in every game wanting to compete and do well. The key is that we learn to become a better team and that we’re realistic in our expectations. … The nice thing about our schedule this year is that we don’t have win every game due to the [rating percentage index] of the Big Ten, as well as our out-of-conference schedule. If we can keep ourselves above .500, I think we stand a very good chance of getting ourselves back into the NCAA tournament, which is ultimately every program’s goal across the country. If we can blend in some of the new talents and utilize what’s already on campus, we feel very good about having a good season.last_img read more

Wanted for TV: A Tony Romo-like defensive mind for NFL broadcasts

first_imgFox loosened the reins for on-air talent, inviting personalities like Doug Gottlieb known more for their expertise outside football to work as NFL sideline reporters. Former safety Adam Archuleta of CBS is viewed as an up-and-coming talent who could eventually grow into a lead analyst role.The question now is whether TV networks will follow the Romo playbook. Or call an audible and get creative with a defensive-minded TV talent.Romo may be so original, there may not be another Romo out there. So maybe it’s time for networks to zig when everybody else zags. But what if these networks are missing the forest for the trees? If the Patriots’ suffocating 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl 53 proved anything, it’s defense still wins championships.Instead of finding another Romo, maybe networks should hire, or promote, a former defensive player/coach who can better explain what’s happening on the other side of the ball next season.MORE: Why Witten is leaving broadcastingThere’s no debate 2018 was the Year of the Quarterback, with NFL passers setting all-time records for touchdown passes (847), passer rating (92.9) and completion percentage (64.9). Romo was the perfect guy to ride this offensive explosion. He and partner Jim Nantz called a perfect game during the Pats’ wild 37-31 AFC championship game win over the Chiefs, with league insiders and fans marveling at Romo’s ability to predict plays pre-snap.But guess what? Despite all the offensive fireworks, the 2018 season still culminated in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever. The 16 combined points eked out by the Patriots and Rams in Super Bowl 53 were even fewer than the 21 points scored by Dolphins-Redskins in the Jurassic era of 1973’s Super Bowl VII. Watching CBS’ telecast, viewers were often left to wonder how and why the Patriots were able to throttle the Rams, the second-highest scoring team during the regular season at 32.9 points per game.MORE: CBS’s coverage risks with Tony Romo paid offWhat were they doing that made Rams QB Jared Goff look like a scared, confused kid? What happened during the game that led Sean McVay, the Rams’ 33-year-old whiz kid, to admit he was “outcoached” by 66-year old Bill Belichick?The ebullient Romo did the best he could during a nearly unwatchable game. In the fourth quarter, he instantly dissected the Pats’ blitz that forced a nervous Goff to heave a wounded duck off his back foot, leading to an easy pick by Pats cornerback Stephon Gilmore.”They went all-out pressure. Belichick waited the whole game to send it,” Romo said. “And Gilmore wasn’t going to get beat deep. Waiting for the big-time interception.”I also liked Romo’s insta-analysis of Brady’s interception on his first pass attempt. Wily Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips fooled Brady by showing man coverage when the Rams were actually playing zone. Even 41-year-old Tom Terrific makes makes mistakes.WATCH: Tony Romo’s best calls of the 2018 season”Brady, right at the end, knew he was making a poor decision,” Romo noted.Still, Romo was out of his element, calling a static, defensive struggle, according to David J. Halberstam’s “Sports Broadcast Journal.””Because Romo is an experienced offensive player, he took a slight step back because of his limited expertise from a defensive perspective,” Dan Mason wrote in his Super Bowl review. “Due to limited scoring opportunities, Tony couldn’t really get into the kind of groove that drew him great praise in the AFC championship game. Being unable to thoroughly break down the defenses might have exposed Romo a bit.”I talked to another industry source who was not impressed with Romo’s performance on the Super Bowl broadcast stage. Yes, Romo had some nice moments. But there was not enough analysis, he thought, of a Patriots defensive gameplan that may turn out be Belichick’s masterpiece.MORE: Seven steps to fix ‘Monday Night Football'”We need to find a Romo for defense,” said the source, who asked to remain anonymous. “Maybe (NFL TV networks) figure viewers don’t care about the difference between Cover 2 and Cover 3? Well, then we should show them. We have 100 cameras out there for every frigging game. Let’s use them.”This is not to pick on Romo or CBS. If the NFL is an offense-driven league, so is the TV coverage. In 2018, the four lead game analysts for CBS (Romo), ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” (Witten), NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” (Cris Collinsworth) and Fox’s “Thursday Night Football” and Sunday afternoon coverage (Troy Aikman) were all offensive stars in the NFL.Lo and behold, the league’s TV partners employed roughly three times the number of ex-QBs, receivers, running backs and former offensive coordinators as game analysts this season than they did former D-linemen, cornerbacks/safeties, linebackers or defensive coordinators.Here’s a breakdown of network NFL game analysts in 2018 season, along with their former player positions/coaching roles:OffenseNBC: Collinsworth (WR)ESPN: Witten (TE); Brian Griese (QB)CBS: Romo, Dan Fouts, Trent Green, Rich Gannon, Steve Beuerlein (QBs); James Lofton (WR); Jay Feely (K); Bruce Arians (HC/OC)Fox: Aikman, Brady Quinn (QB); Daryl Johnston (RB); Mark Schlereth (OL); Cris Carter; Greg Jennings (WR)DefenseESPN: Booger McFarland (DL)CBS: Adam Archuleta (DB)Fox: Charles Davis, Ronde Barber (DB); Chris Spielman (LB); Jeff Fisher (HC/DC)With Jon Gruden leaving ESPN for the Raiders last year, and Arians returning to the sidelines to coach the Buccaneers this year after only one season with CBS, there’s a shortage of ex-coaches calling games.That’s surprising given that John Madden is still viewed as the gold standard for color analysts. But ex-coaches turned TV talkers like Bill Cowher (CBS), Rex Ryan and John Fox (ESPN) and Jimmy Johnson (Fox) tend to prefer the studio to games due to the lighter workload and easier travel schedule.STEELE: Remembering the glory days of Cosell, Meredith and GiffordBut things could be changing in network TV booths. ESPN made McFarland, a Super Bowl-winning defensive tackle, a co-equal with Witten. Front office insider Louis Riddick nearly won the lead “Monday Night Football” analyst job that went to Witten. Wanted for TV: The Tony Romo of defensive game analysts, somebody who can analyze defenses as well as Romo does offenses.The former Cowboys quarterback turned CBS lead game analyst has taken sports television by storm, uncannily predicting plays before they happen. The NFL is a copycat league, and there’s been a gold rush by its TV partners to find the “next” Romo. Consider ESPN hiring ex-Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (Romo’s former road roommate) as “Monday Night Football” lead analyst for 2018 before he left the broadcast booth to return to the field in 2019.last_img read more

Group of 5 predictions 2019: Conference picks, biggest games, Heisman hopefuls and more

first_imgUCF won 25 consecutive games and still didn’t get a shot at the College Football Playoff in 2018. That’s an indication that Group of 5 schools might never get a chance in the current four-team format.The American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference, Mountain West and Sun Belt still must fight for respect in case the eight-team playoff arrives. There are still chances to prove it against the Power 5 this season. POWER 5 PRIMERS: ACC | SEC | B10 | B12 | P12Whether those conferences take advantage remains to be seen. Sporting News’ look at the Group of 5 in 2019:Group of 5’s biggest games of 2019Fresno State at USC (Aug. 31). The defending Mountain West champions can make a statement under Jeff Tedford, and it will be interesting to see how their defense gets after USC quarterback JT Daniels.Boise State vs. Florida State (Aug. 31). The Broncos are no stranger to the big neutral-site opener, going 4-3 against Power 5 teams since 2009. This is a chance to knock off the Seminoles in their backyard at Jacksonville.Houston at Oklahoma (Sept. 1). The Cougars won the last time these teams met, and this matchup gets the Sunday primetime spotlight. It’s Jalen Hurts’ Sooner debut and D’Eriq King’s return from injury.Cincinnati at Ohio State (Sept. 7). Former Ohio State interim coach Luke Fickell returns to his alma mater to take on the Buckeyes and first-year coach Ryan Day. That should add another layer to an in-state game that can get chippy.Stanford at UCF (Sept. 14). The Knights beefed up their schedule with this game against a traditional Pac-12 contender. This is another way to build equity with the Playoff committee. Credit Stanford for making the cross-country trip, too.Appalachian State at South Carolina (Nov. 9). The Mountaineers also play North Carolina on Sept. 21. New coach Eliah Drinkwitz has a tremendous opportunity in these matchups.Group of 5 Heisman hopefulsD’Eriq King, QB, Houston. King totaled 50 touchdowns in 11 games last season and will be the catalyst of new coach Dana Holgorsen’s offense. Big numbers should follow.Mason Fine, QB, North Texas. The two-time Conference USA Player of the Year has new co-offensive coordinators in Bodie Reeder and Tommy Mainord, but the playmaker should be able to keep the Mean Green in the conference championship picture.Jordan Love, QB, Utah State. Love is a longshot for the Heisman, but his efficient play is worth noting after he finished with 32 touchdowns and six interceptions last season. The Aggies also have a nonconference date with LSU.MORE: Ranking coaches 1-130 for 2019 seasonGroup of 5 stat that mattersAbout that 25-game win streak: Only six teams have enjoyed longer streaks since 1990, and each played in what are now considered Power 5 conferences. That includes Miami (1990-92, 2000-02), Nebraska (1994-96), USC (2002-05) Florida State (2012-14) and Alabama (2015-16). Those power conference schools won national championships. UCF’s two-year streak was magnificent, but it will not be treated the same as those other teams’. That is the biggest problem with the four-team format.Group of 5’s biggest question: Who’s up next?Boise State, Houston, Western Michigan and UCF have represented the Group of 5 in the College Football Playoff era. Two of those four teams went undefeated in the regular season. Which Group of 5 school will create that buzz this year?Group of 5 conference champion predictionsAmerican Athletic Conference: UCFEven with their quarterback questions, the Knights are the most talented team in the conference. Cincinnati, South Florida, Memphis and Houston will be in the mix as well.Conference USA: North TexasIt’s tough not to go with UAB again, but we’ll pick the Mean Green to break through with Fine, who has started in 36 games the last three seasons. It’s a great way to cap a stellar career. Mid-American Conference: OhioThe Bobcats were close the last two seasons, but this is the year where quarterback Nathan Rourke — who has averaged 38 total touchdowns the last two seasons — delivers ageless Frank Solich his first MAC championship.Mountain West Conference: Fresno StateThe toss-up with Boise State is the same, but we’ll go with Tedford’s running game and defense. The Bulldogs can make a larger splash against USC and Minnesota in September, too.Sun Belt Conference: Appalachian StateThe Mountaineers have more than enough talent to win the conference, even with a first-year coach. That starts with dual-threat quarterback Zac Thomas.last_img read more