Published on September 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm Anna Crumb had big expectations for her roommate-to-be. Literally. After getting her room assignment for the 2010-11 academic year at Syracuse University, the freshman back went online to do some research. She searched for pictures of Leonie Geyer. What Crumb saw was a big, powerful field hockey player, menacing her opposition. But when the two freshmen finally met in their Shaw Hall dorm room in August, Crumb was taken aback by what she saw. The image of the huge player from Neuss, Germany, dissipated, and a shy, soft-spoken freshman replaced it. ‘I assumed that she was going to be bigger,’ Crumb said. ‘But she is this tiny, little, petite girl. When she plays, she plays so big. She kind of owns the field when she plays.’ Owning the field — and the stat sheet — is all Geyer has done since arriving on Syracuse’s campus. The first-year midfielder has started in eight of nine games the Orange has played this season and is tied for first on the team in points with 12.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Though her stats and grasp of the system may tell people otherwise, head coach Ange Bradley said Geyer is still transitioning between life in Germany and life in the U.S. Geyer is 3,728 miles away from her hometown and still adapting to her new situation. ‘She is just so quiet, and then when she does say something, you’re like, ‘Oh, OK,” Bradley said. ‘She is just feeling it all out right now, still in that ‘trying to figure it out’ stage.’ Geyer’s journey to the U.S. began when assistant coach Lynn Farquhar saw some video clips at Sport-Scholarships online. Based on what she saw in the clips, Farquhar said Geyer was worth visiting in the winter. For Geyer, it was just the idea of coming to the states and experiencing a different lifestyle that was intriguing. When she realized a school with a good field hockey team and good academics was coming to her, it seemed too good to turn down. ‘Syracuse was just the best pick,’ Geyer said. Geyer never visited the campus or the country before deciding to commit. All the firsthand knowledge she had received about the school and the new country had come via the screen of her computer all the way back in Germany. But she did have contact with some of her teammates before leaving for school. This summer, two of the Orange’s other foreign players, sophomore backs Amy Kee and Iona Holloway, played in a summer league overseas and met with Geyer in Achim, Germany. Both Kee, a native of England, and Holloway, a native of Scotland, had already gone through what Geyer is currently going through. Adjusting to living in a different culture while balancing the pressures of being on a nationally ranked field hockey team and the expectations to do well in classes were things the two sophomores knew all about. Geyer said those two players, along with junior midfielder Martina Loncarica, a native of Argentina, have served as crutches for her to lean on when adjusting to life in America is at its toughest. ‘They understand my situation,’ Geyer said. ‘Everything is different. They know this — they have done this before in their first years when they came here, and everything was different for them. ‘They know how I feel and can help me with it and try to explain to me what it means to play here. Trying to explain what is different and what I can do to get better.’ But despite all of the changes and adjustments, Geyer has blossomed on the field. Both Crumb and Geyer said they have been surprised at the numbers that appear next to Geyer’s name on the stat sheet. After just nine games, Geyer is already being mentioned with the likes of two-time All-American Lindsey Conrad. But Bradley said she isn’t surprised at all by what her prospect has accomplished. In fact, it’s what she expected. ‘I thought she could,’ Bradley said. ‘She played on the under-21 team in Germany. You’re a pretty good player if you can be one of the top 30 players in Germany, especially since they’re No. 3 in the world. ‘If you can come into the system and adapt to the cultural differences, I think you’d be fine and be in a position to start to dominate.’ email@example.com Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
“Honestly, this was the most confident game I’ve had all season,” Okongwu said per the Associated Press after USC’s win over the Beavers. “It was really fun coming out there and playing against a sold-out crowd.” USC is coming back from a two-game road trip in the Beaver State, where the Trojans fell to No. 12 Oregon in double overtime but triumphed over Oregon State. A couple of costly turnovers and mistakes late in the Oregon game caused USC to suffer their second Pac-12 loss, but the win over Oregon State proved the Trojans’ potential is still alive and well in the conference. Okongwu is top-five in the Pac-12 in rebounds, blocks and field goal percentage this season and does not seem to show any signs of slowing down. He and the Trojans — the best in the Pac-12 in rebounds and the worst in free-throw percentage and turnovers committed — will attempt to stop a Utah team that currently ranks first in the conference in free throw percentage. Freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu has been a top rebounder and shot blocker in the Pac-12 this year. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) Having won four of its last five games and sitting in a tie for second place in the Pac-12, the USC men’s basketball team will face Utah Thursday night at Galen Center. Led by phenom freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu, the Trojans are set to play a Utes team led by sophomore forward Timmy Allen that is coming off two straight wins against Washington State and Washington. USC will also have to look out for Utah redshirt freshman center Lahat Thioune in the paint, as the Senegal native is the Utes’ leader in field goal percentage at 72.2%, making him their most efficient player while averaging just 17 minutes per game. Expect Allen, Thioune and freshman guard Rylan Jones to run a majority of Utah’s offense and look for Okongwu and Rakocevic to make important plays near the rim on both sides of the ball. Senior forward Nick Rakocevic is 8-15 from beyond the arc, leading USC in 3-point percentage. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan) “Rakocevic and [Okongwu], those guys are a load inside,” Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak said at a press conference Tuesday. “[USC is] an elite rebounding team in our league, shot-blocking team. They provide a great post presence for those guys and then they’ve got a bunch of capable shooters and athletes.” USC head coach Andy Enfield and his team should also expect Utah to both commit and draw lots of fouls given the two teams’ shooting percentages from the charity stripe. The Trojans have arguably struggled at the free-throw line more than they have anywhere else on the court this season. However, as Enfield said after the Oregon State win, USC’s resilience both at home and on the road “is a credit to [USC’s] players” at this point of the season and is what has helped the Trojans catapult themselves into a tie with No. 20 Colorado for second place in the conference. The crowd of more than 9,000 in Corvallis, Ore. was in for a treat as they got a chance to watch a united USC team that has excited college basketball fans with acrobatic plays from Okongwu and freshman guard Ethan Anderson, a clutch comeback win against Stanford led by sophomore guard Elijah Weaver and solid 3-point shooting from senior forward Nick Rakocevic and redshirt senior guards Quinton Adlesh and Daniel Utomi. USC and Utah will tip off Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Galen Center.
CLEVELAND >> Just as he accepted his 2016 NBA championship ring at center court, Timofey Mozgov experienced something else that brought a huge smile to his face.Before his first game playing the Cleveland Cavaliers after leaving them last summer via free agency, Mozgov’s former teammates smothered him with a large hug. “I have a lot of attention today. I kind of like it,” Mozgov said before the Lakers’ 119-108 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena. “I see people smile and it makes me smile.”Mozgov has made the Lakers smile. The reasons go beyond Lakers coach Luke Walton raving about his defensive presence and mid-range shooting that has spurred season averages of 8.3 points and five rebounds per game. “He gets upset a lot, which is entertaining to the whole team and the staff because we don’t understand what he’s saying,” Walton said. “It literally happens every game. Everyone kind of finds humor in it.” The Lakers also found humor in Mozgov warning a Lakers staff attendant not to lose the ring. Several players also marveled at Mozgov’s ring by his locker. “If he wants to give it to me, I wouldn’t deny it,” Lakers forward Nick Young said. “Secret Santa gift.”Though Mozgov sounded grateful for the warm reception both among former teammates and fans, he experienced frustration last season. Then, Mozgov averaged only 6.3 points on 56.6 percent shooting and 4.4 rebounds after losing his starting spot and experiencing limitations with his surgically repaired right knee.Still, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue praised Mozgov for his work ethic and positive attitude. “You need great guys like (Mozgov) on the bench,” Lue said, “that support the right things.”Mozgov respectfully declined to revisit his free-agency decision that entailed signing with the Lakers to a four-year, $64 million deal. But he sounded in high spirits both over his health and playing for the Lakers. “I like it. We have a young good team and play hard,” said Mozgov, who had only two points and a missed dunk against Cleveland. “We grow up together.”Mixed emotionsWalton’s return to Cleveland brought conflicting feelings. He sounded in pain when asked if the former Golden State assistant rewatched Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals when the Cavaliers secured the NBA title by overcoming a 3-1 deficit. “You don’t get over losing Game 7’s,” Walton said. “It sticks with you for the rest of the life.”Although he “had a blast” in his lone season with the Cavaliers (2012-13) as a dependable veteran, that coincided with the Lakers trading him midway through the 2011-12 campaign. “It was really hard,” said Walton, who played for the Lakers from 2003 to 2012. That was the only team I ever played for and that was family.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Sheffield United have appointed Nigel Adkins as the club’s new manager.The former Southampton and Reading boss was unveiled as the Blades’ eighth manager in as many years and has signed a three-year contract at the Bramall Lane helm.Adkins, 50, replaces Nigel Clough, who was sacked along with his six-man coaching staff nine days ago following the club’s remarkable League One play-off semi-final defeat to Swindon.Andy Crosby has been confirmed as assistant manager and Dean Wilkins as first-team coach.Adkins, out of work for just under six months after being sacked by Reading in December 2014, said his “end-goal” is promotion to the Premier League.He has a proven track record, having twice guided Scunthorpe to the Championship and led Southampton to successive promotions from League One to the Premier League in 2012.Bradford boss Phil Parkinson and out-going Brentford manager Mark Warburton had been among those linked with the job, while former boss Neil Warnock ruled out a return to the club.The Blades had an approach to talk with Parkinson turned down last week and it is understood the South Yorkshire club were not willing to trigger the get-out clause on the Bradford boss’s contract, which has a year left to run. 1 New Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins