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Best kitchen gadgets to fast-track your Thanksgiving prep » Gadget Flow

first_imgPhilips Soup Maker Puréeing MachinePhilips Soup Maker puréeing machine pouring soup OTOTO Mark-Eat Silicone Basting Brush OTOTO Mark-Eat Silicone Basting BrushOTOTO Mark-Eat silicone basting brush with jam The Gadget Flow Daily Digest highlights and explores the latest intech trends to keep you informed. Want it straight to your inbox?Subscribe ➜ June Oven Intelligent Countertop Oven – Advertisement – KitchenAid Cordless 5 Cup Food ChopperKitchenAid Cordless 5 Cup Food Chopper in black on a counter FinaMill Electric Spice GrinderThe FinaMill electric spice grinder on a table Philips Soup Maker Puréeing Machine Philips Soup Maker Puréeing Machine THAWTHAT! DELUXE Thawing TrayEven with the best of intentions, you might forget to start thawing early enough on Thanksgiving day. That’s no problem with the THAWTHAT! DELUXE Thawing Tray, which thaws meat, ensuring your meal maintains its flavors thanks to its thermal liquid that’s sealed inside. Furthermore, with non-slip silicone feet, it won’t move around. And its built-in drip tray won’t let liquid reach your countertop. Best kitchen gadgets to fast-track your Thanksgiving prep OTOTO Mark-Eat Silicone Basting BrushYou won’t need to buy a baster for your turkey when you have the OTOTO Mark-Eat Silicone Basting Brush. This brush looks like a yellow highlighter, but it comes with a useful pump for simple basting. The brush helps you distribute cooking liquids evenly. Best kitchen gadgets to fast-track your Thanksgiving prep Heat-Resistant Silicone Cooking UtensilsHeat-Resistant Silicone Cooking Utensils with a cracked egg NiNJA Novel Kitchen Knife Philips Smoke-less Grill with Rotisserie Attachment Indoor BBQPhilips Smoke-less Grill with Rotisserie Attachment indoor BBQ on a kitchen counter Philips Soup Maker Puréeing MachineWhip up a delicious batch of pumpkin bisque with the Philips Soup Maker Puréeing Machine. This gadget helps you make soups in just 18 minutes and comes with six preset programs. It even makes compotes and milk-based soups. The Saki Automatic Pot Stirrer really gives you an extra hand in the kitchen. This cool product on our list of kitchen gadgets for Thanksgiving stirs your soups, stews, gravies, sauces, and more so you don’t have to. It prevents burnt pots and leaves you free to work on other things.FinaMill Electric Spice GrinderYou want to make sure your Thanksgiving meal is as fresh as possible, and the FinaMill Electric Spice Grinder lets you do just that. This battery-operated spice grinder uses interchangeable pods that you can switch around and even store your spices in. THAWTHAT! DELUXE Thawing TrayTHAWTHAT! DELUXE thawing tray on a wood table Best kitchen gadgets to fast-track your Thanksgiving prep Best kitchen gadgets to fast-track your Thanksgiving prep June Oven Intelligent Countertop OvenJune Oven intelligent countertop oven in a kitchen – Advertisement – Heat-Resistant Silicone Cooking UtensilsThe Heat-Resistant Silicone Cooking Utensils add a bit of style to your kitchen. And since they feature durable silicone, these tools can withstand heat from your frying pan and oven. With their ergonomic shape, each one is comfortable to hold. Best Thanksgiving AccessoriesNiNJA Novel Kitchen KnifeThe NiNJA Novel Kitchen Knife is another great item on our roundup of kitchen gadgets for Thanksgiving. This kitchen knife can cut through pretty much anything and is great for chopping the raw veggies you need for that casserole. Each of the knives in this series has a double-edged blade with a titanium coating. Best kitchen gadgets to fast-track your Thanksgiving prep Butter Twist All-in-One Butter Tool NiNJA Novel Kitchen KnifeNiNJA novel kitchen knife with lemons KitchenAid Cordless 5 Cup Food Chopper Vegetable DicerThere’s just not enough time to chop everything you need to chop on Thanksgiving day. That’s where the KitchenAid Cordless 5 Cup Food Chopper Vegetable Dicer comes in. Rechargeable, it can chop up to 40 onions. If it runs low on battery, use the 10-minute quick-charge feature that gives you enough battery to chop up to 11 onions or enough ingredients for a single large meal. It can even mix, purée, and whip a variety of different ingredients for hearty dishes. Best kitchen gadgets to fast-track your Thanksgiving prep Finalizing your Thanksgiving day menu? Don’t forget about your kitchen gadgets. Having the right tools at your disposal can help immensely with your cooking prep. Check out these gadgets for ways you can be ahead of the game this Thanksgiving.Making Thanksgiving dinner is a marathon. To make it to the finish line with your sanity intact, it’s key to prepare some of your food ahead of time. Stuffing, sweet potato casseroles, and pumpkin pie can all be made in advance. So, to help you in your efforts, we’re presenting you with some of our favorite kitchen gadgets to streamline your Thanksgiving prep.Related: 14 Tech-free never-seen-before products to enhance your kitchen- Advertisement – Small gadgets like this butter twister can make all the difference in shaving minutes off your cooking time. You could also splurge and treat yourself to a high-quality stand mixer with enough capacity to mix up to 13 dozen cookies in a single batch! If you’re looking for a way to fast-track your Thanksgiving dinner preparation, check out the gadgets below.Best Thanksgiving GadgetsKitchenAid Pro 600 Series 6-Quart Bowl Lift Stand MixerA good stand mixer is an essential gadget in any kitchen, and the KitchenAid Pro 600 Series 6-Quart Bowl Lift Stand Mixer is an excellent one. It’s bowl can mix enough dough for 13-dozen cookies. It easily mixes light and dense mixtures alike.June Oven Intelligent Countertop OvenThe June Oven Intelligent Countertop Oven is another of our favorite kitchen gadgets for Thanksgiving. This gadget gives you an extra oven, toaster, dehydrator, broiler, and warming drawer. It also comes with over 100 professionally developed programs for automated cooking. Heat-Resistant Silicone Cooking Utensils Butter Twist All-in-One Butter Tool June Oven Intelligent Countertop Oven Butter Twist All-in-One Butter ToolButter Twist all-in-one butter tool on a cutting board Best kitchen gadgets to fast-track your Thanksgiving prep OTOTO Mark-Eat Silicone Basting Brush Philips Smoke-less Grill with Rotisserie Attachment Indoor BBQIf you want to get a bit more creative with this year’s Thanksgiving meal, try the Philips Smoke-less Grill with Rotisserie Attachment Indoor BBQ. It provides a smokeless cooking experience right from your countertop. Using advanced infrared heating technology, this tabletop grill produces up to 80% less smoke than a traditional grill. And it can heat up in as little as one minute. Heat-Resistant Silicone Cooking Utensils Butter Twist All-in-One Butter ToolKeep your kitchen tidy while you’re baking with the Butter Twist All-in-One Butter Tool. This gadget holds your butter so you don’t have to, keeping your hands free of grease. The integrated steel cutter slices precisely when you rotate it. It even has markings for each tablespoon, so you get the exact amount of butter you need. Are you ready to blast through your Thanksgiving recipes this year? With the help of these kitchen gadgets for Thanksgiving, you’ll make it to T-day relaxed and ready. What kitchen gadgets do you find indispensable for the big day? Tell us about them in the comments.Want more tech news, reviews, and guides from Gadget Flow? Follow us on Google News, Feedly, and Flipboard. If you’re using Flipboard, you should definitely check out our Curated Stories. We publish three new stories every day, so make sure to follow us to stay updated! Lauren has been writing and editing since 2008. She loves working with text and helping writers find their voice. When she’s not typing away at her computer, she cooks and travels with her husband and two daughters. 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Bulog seeks approval to import 200,000 tons of sugar ahead of Ramadan

first_imgThe State Logistics Agency (Bulog) is seeking the government’s approval to import 200,000 tons of sugar to stabilize prices during this year’s Ramadan, which will begin in late April.The agency’s director for operations and public services, Tri Wahyudi, said in Jakarta on Wednesday that the sugar price, which had exceeded the government’s current price ceiling, was expected to further increase during the fasting month when food consumption is far higher than on normal days.Imports, he said, were needed in order to increase the supply in the market because the sugarcane in the country could only be harvested after Idul Fitri, a celebration that comes after a full month of fasting. “The sugarcane can be harvested after Idul Fitri. So we propose an import of 200,000 tons. It is sugar for consumption, not raw sugar for industries,” Tri was quoted by Kompas as saying.Tri acknowledged that the agency had received requests from various parties to import sugar because they feared the price increase would continue if Bulog did not increase the supply in the market.”We have submitted our proposal to import sugar to the coordinating economic minister. We need to import to stabilize the price,” he added.At present the sugar price has reached Rp 4,000 per kilogram, exceeding the government’s price ceiling of Rp 12,500 per kilogram.In 2018, Bulog did not import sugar because it had around 400,000 tons of sugar stocks ahead of Ramadan. (hen) Topics :last_img read more

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Unai Emery hails impact of Freddie Ljungberg since joining Arsenal coaching team

first_imgArsenal’s youngsters are thriving right now, with Ljungberg playing a key role (Picture: Getty)‘And I’m sure that Freddie, his involvement now with the transition from the academy into the first team, is vitally important. I suppose that’s why he’s been brought in and every single one of them [the young players] that have come in have not disgraced themselves.‘I thought the other day [against Frankfurt] was the perfect game for them to come in, but I don’t think anybody was expecting Saka to do as great as he did. I think there’s a lot of optimism about someone like Joe Willock, you’d like to see him play more, but I thought they were brilliant in a time for Arsenal when it’s not the greatest defensive-wise, they’ve come in and given everyone a little bit of a lift.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Unai Emery hails impact of Freddie Ljungberg since joining Arsenal coaching team Ljungberg effectively replaced Steve Bould on Emery’s coaching staff (Picture: Getty)‘He knows Arsenal perfectly, the young players, he helps us every day in training, the matches and before,’ said the Arsenal manager after Tuesday’s thumping Carabao Cup win against Nottingham Forest.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He knows the characteristics of the Premier League. I’m very happy with him.‘Each assistant has their work. We are together to speak with the players. We are in the dressing room, we spoke about all the situations individually. We share some moments.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityGunners legend Ian Wright also revealed that, having spoken to many of Arsenal’s youngsters, they all enjoy working under Ljungberg and he was a very canny appointment by Emery.Speaking on The Kelly and Wrighty Show, he said: ‘They speak very highly [of him]. All the youngsters, you speak to Joe [Willock], Reiss [Nelson], all the young guys, they’ve got nothing but great stuff to say about Freddie. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 25 Sep 2019 9:15 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link608Sharescenter_img The Swede has been credited with helping to integrate Arsenal’s youth players (Picture: Getty)Arsenal manager Unai Emery has praised the impact of Freddie Ljungberg since joining the first-team coaching staff, highlighting his work with the club’s clutch of emerging young players.The 42-year-old, who spent almost a decade with the Gunners as a player, was promoted to assistant first-team coach over the summer after his impressive work with the Under-23s side.Much of his role focuses on integrating the young players he coached previously – such as Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock – into the senior team, and Emery has been very happy with what he’s seen from Ljungberg so far. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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As promised, new Guatemala president cuts ties with Venezuela

first_imgPresident Alejandro Giammattei takes part in a mass inside the Metropolitan Cathedral after his swearing-in ceremony in Guatemala City, Guatemala on Jan.14. REUTERS/FABRICIO ALONSO “We have instructed the foreign minister that the only person left in theembassy in Venezuela should return, and that we definitively end relations withthe government of Venezuela,” Giammattei said. “We are going to close theembassy.” GUATEMALA City – Guatemala’s new President Alejandro Giammattei cutdiplomatic ties with the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro onThursday and ordered the closure of Guatemalan embassy in Caracas. The conservative Giammattei, who took office on Tuesday, had alreadyindicated he would cut ties upon assuming position.center_img “His government will surely become another bad joke,” Rodriguez wrote. “Ourrespect and affection for the people of Guatemala.”(Reuters) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Rodriguez, in a response on Twitter,accused Giammattei of bowing down to the administration of U.S. PresidentDonald Trump.last_img read more

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Eriksen won’t abandon Spurs

first_img Fifth-placed Tottenham take on league leaders Chelsea in west London on Saturday, amid a packed March schedule that will make or break their top-four ambitions. With Arsenal, Southampton and Liverpool to come before the month is out, Eriksen knows pulling off a coup result against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea would be the perfect boost. Eriksen missed Denmark’s 1-0 England defeat in midweek with a back muscle spasm, but expects to be ready to face the Blues this weekend. “Recently I’ve been really satisfied with how it’s gone,” he said. “I think he (Sherwood) is more English in his style than Villas-Boas of course, you can see that in the way we play. “But for me it’s been good, for me personally I’ve had the chance to play, so of course it’s been great. “A win would show everyone that we are top-four contenders, it would show we are still in the race, that’s what we want. “If we want to get to the top four we have to win these games, and that’s what we’ll try to do. “If we win again it’s so close that anything can still happen. “Everybody still has the focus to push towards the Champions League, and hopefully we’ll get there. “I hope we’ve got momentum now, you only gain confidence from winning. “All that matters at this stage is the points, it doesn’t matter how you win, we saw that against Cardiff. “It wasn’t pretty, but we won. “But we still do also know we have to play better to beat Chelsea, or Arsenal, we know that.” Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen has hinted he would seek a move away from White Hart Lane should Spurs fail to secure top-level European competition next season. But Denmark’s Eriksen has refused to make similar threats, instead focusing on Spurs’ Barclays Premier League top-four push. The former Ajax playmaker believes Tottenham will prove their Champions League credentials if they beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this weekend. “I don’t know how other guys are thinking, but I’m happy where I am, and hopefully we’ll get to the Champions League anyway,” he said. “I think it is important for the club, and the calibre of player that could come, or stay. “I think everybody wants to go to the Champions League. “I’ve tried it before at Ajax, and you see everything is bigger, the atmosphere, the TV rights, the people watching. “The Europa League is great, but the Champions League is what everybody wants, it’s the best place to play.” Eriksen admitted he is enjoying a new lease of life under head coach Tim Sherwood, ever since the departure of Andre Villas-Boas earlier this season. The 22-year-old is relishing a more pivotal role under the former Blackburn midfielder, and is keen to repay Sherwood’s faith. Christian Eriksen would not abandon Tottenham simply for missing out on Champions League football next season. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Fletcher deal off – Van Gaal

first_imgDarren Fletcher’s proposed move to West Ham is off, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has announced. Press Association But Van Gaal appears to think the 30-year-old will remain at United, where he has five months left on his contract. “I think so,” Van Gaal said when asked if Fletcher was likely to stay at United. Fletcher has been at United for 20 years, but his experience has not been enough to earn him a regular first-team place under Van Gaal. The Scot has started just four Barclays Premier League for the Dutchman even though he was named as one of two deputies – along with Michael Carrick – to captain Wayne Rooney at the start of the season. The United boss hopes he can give the midfielder more playing time in the rest of the season. “He is my third captain so it is not a problem for me (if he comes back),” Van Gaal said. “Manchester United just want to help him play more. For him now that is a big pity. “We want to help Fletcher. That is my only concern. I am very happy he is coming back.” Van Gaal claims the Hammers wanted to make the deal temporary, rather than permanent, causing the deal to collapse. “I thought Darren was going to sign a contract,” Van Gaal told BBC Sport. “But at the end they look for a loan and that was not the agreement. “When you allow your player to go to London for the medical, there is no problem. At the end there is no agreement, it is strange. “I don’t know what is happening there but the agreement is different there. On Saturday it is off.” Speaking after West Ham’s 2-0 defeat at Liverpool, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce confirmed the deal had stalled. “Fletcher broke down on negotiations this morning. I really don’t know (what will happen) at this moment in time,” Allardyce said. Fletcher has also attracted interest from West Brom and Valencia. The long-serving midfielder looked set to leave Old Trafford for the Hammers after he had a medical at the London club on Friday. But United boss Louis van Gaal said after Saturday’s win over Leicester that the deal had fallen through after West Ham moved the goal posts. last_img read more

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Santa Walk/Run 5K set for Dec. 1

first_imgELLSWORTH — This year’s edition of the Santa Run/Walk 5K is scheduled to be held Dec. 1.The race will begin and end at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School. Costumes are encouraged but not required for the race, which gives 100 percent of its proceeds to the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center.Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers. The first 50 registrants will receive free T-shirts, and cookies and hot cocoa will also be made available.Registration forms can be found on be found online via the Wright Center website. They can also be found at Cadillac Mountain Sports, CrossFit Acadia and the Down East Family YMCA.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textContestants may also register the day of the race. Race-day registration runs from 8-9:45 a.m. and is free to the public, though donations are accepted. The race is scheduled to begin at 10.last_img read more

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Men’s and women’s golf compete at East Lake Cup

first_imgBeating Baylor · Junior Karen Chung has shot for par through 17 holes against Baylor. The Women of Troy lead the semifinal match 4-1. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports InformationThe No. 1 women’s golf team leads Baylor 2-1-2 at the East Lake Cup after one day of play in Atlanta, Georgia. The No. 3 men’s team is trailing Illinois 4-1. Monday’s semifinal matches were shortened due to rain and are scheduled to resume at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday with the finals slated for 10 a.m.If the Women of Troy are able to close out their lead against Baylor to advance to the finals, they will face the winner of the matchup between Duke and Stanford. Duke currently leads Stanford 4-1. A loss will place the women in the loser’s bracket.Should the men come from behind to beat Illinois, they will face the winner of the semifinal match between Georgia and LSU. The Bulldogs only need to close out a 4-1 lead tomorrow morning to advance.“We certainly could be in better shape at this point in our matches,” men’s coach Chris Zambri said. “That being said, there is no reason why we can’t prevail tomorrow with some good golf on the back nine. I like where we stand.”The men’s team is losing by one hole in four of its five matches. Sophomore Jonah Texeira maintains a par through 16 holes. Freshman Justin Suh and junior Rico Hoey trail by 1 through 13 holes. Senior Andrew Levitt also trails his Illinois opponent by one hole through 10 holes. Through nine holes, junior Sean Crocker is the fourth Trojan trailing by one.On the women’s side, senior Kyung Kim gave the Women of Troy a win with a 6 and 4 win over Baylor. Freshman Robynn Ree is leading her opponent by three through 13 holes. She was the Women of Troy’s top finisher in two of their three events. Juniors Karen Chung and Tiffany Chan shot for par. Junior Gabriella Then trails her Bear opponent by one through 11 holes.“It’s definitely a dog fight,” USC women’s coach Andrea Gaston said. “I don’t think you can ever predict the outcome of match play. It’s great to see Karen and Tiffany get their matches back to even on their last hole tonight. We hope we can finish strong in the morning.”The Golf Channel will broadcast the final round of the men’s competition live. This is the last competition of the year for both teams. The men do not compete again until the Amer Ari Invitational in Waikoloa, Hawaii, on Feb. 4 while the women play again on Feb. 7 at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes.last_img read more

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Sydney O’Hara’s 66-mph rise ball and abnormal bat speed propelled her to the top of the SU record books

first_img Published on May 9, 2017 at 7:42 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+ Sydney O’Hara had accepted the deal. She would fulfill her lifelong dream of playing softball at Syracuse, but as an outfielder and not in the pitcher’s circle. Despite 741 career strikeouts in high school, the SU coaching staff doubted O’Hara had the movement and control to pitch in Division I. Then, former Syracuse head coach Leigh Ross witnessed something that changed her mind.In a spring 2013 scrimmage against Saint Dominic (New Jersey) Academy at Manley Field House, O’Hara, a Cicero-North Syracuse (New York) High School senior, dominated for five innings. As Ross watched from behind the backstop, O’Hara pinpointed pitches up and down the plate and spun the ball side to side. The scrimmage ended and O’Hara wasn’t just a hitter anymore.“At that point, she knew she had nothing to lose,” said Kim Aupperle, O’Hara’s childhood pitching coach. “… So, when she got the opportunity to pitch, she had that sense of, ‘I have nothing to lose I am just going to throw the sh*t out of the ball.’”One year later, O’Hara threw a no-hitter in her first career start at Syracuse and has since averaged more than one strikeout for every inning she’s pitched. But the now-senior has also made good on the promise Ross once saw in her. The first baseman and pitcher is a national player of the year finalist and ranks first in two national categories: batting average (.480) and on base percentage (.629). She ranks second in saves (six). O’Hara enters her final ACC tournament having already overcome injury and expectation. But for O’Hara, the individual success simply won’t be enough.“She gets off on being the best,” said Kerry Bennett, her high school coach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough O’Hara has blossomed into a DI pitcher, she at first got looks only for her prowess at the plate. O’Hara, who tied the NCAA record with four home runs in a single game against North Carolina State on March 10, wasn’t always a power hitter. She couldn’t be, as her ambition usually exceeded her ability.The summer before eighth grade, O’Hara hung around the Gillette Road Softball Complex in Cicero, New York. On Mondays, she played in her age group. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the 13-year-old perused the field, looking to fill in for teams with players up to 18 years old wherever someone needed an extra player. But on Thursdays, O’Hara took her biggest jump.She played second base and right field for teams in the 23-and-under league that needed the extra bat. She didn’t swing away against competition nearly twice her age, so she turned to slap-hitting. She refined the technique as an eight-year-old when she was a self-described “tiny little thing.”At the direction of Bennett, who eventually coached O’Hara for four years at Cicero-North Syracuse, O’Hara switched from batting on her natural right side to the left side of the plate to slap hit. Bennett assured O’Hara and her father, Jim O’Hara, that the switch would be beneficial. Whether O’Hara stayed small and speedy or stopped slapping all together, coaches love lefty hitters.“I like to challenge myself,” O’Hara said. “Obviously, I would get really frustrated if I struck out or bobbled a ball in the infield. … But my parents kept me sane and said, ‘Well, you are playing against college girls, don’t beat yourself up over it.’”***Ally Moreo | Photo EditorAs she sought better competition, O’Hara looked for ways to get better herself. Aupperle introduced the seventh grader to “the spinner,” a tool usually used by high school pitchers to increase crucial movement on pitches.“I handed it to her and said, ‘You are not going to like this until you really understand it,’” Aupperle recalled.The hockey puck-like disk has two laces on it, matching those on a softball, and its visible rotation makes movement easier to track. When throwing a curve, the disk should spin flat like a pancake. With a riser, it should spin vertically end over end. If the spinner wobbles, the pitcher’s fingers are too rigid, Aupperle said, and she needs a looser grip.The spinner gatewayed to the curveball and rise ball in O’Hara’s arsenal. She made one of her first pitching appearances for C-NS while she played varsity as an eighth grader. Bennett took O’Hara out of her standard spot in the outfield to save his more valuable arms for the looming playoff run. O’Hara doesn’t remember how many runs she let up at Liverpool that day, but she remembers getting “hit around pretty well.” She wasn’t ready yet. She hadn’t mastered the spinner.“The better her spinner got the better her pitches got.” Aupperle said. “It was almost like an addiction. The better her spins would get, the flatter the spinner looked, the more she wanted to keep doing it.”In the meantime, O’Hara provided value by knocking around other pitchers herself. She hit her first of 25 career homeruns for Cicero-North Syracuse in a game she wasn’t supposed to play in. Bennett originally told the freshman she wouldn’t be playing against Henninger (New York) High School. But no run production arrived from his starters, so Bennett summoned O’Hara from the bench. That day, she didn’t slap hit as she usually did. The lefty swung away and batted in all four runs for C-NS, including her first home run, in a 4-0 victory.“The thing that was most noticeable when she was younger … was the sound of the bat hitting the ball was a lot louder than the others,” Bennett said. “She gets everything together on a swing and maximizes the bat speed. You don’t have to see it, you can hear it.”The sound comes as a product of O’Hara’s tireless work with her father at Gillette. It’s a place that, if the fields are locked, the two call a little league coach and soon they become available. The O’Hara’s four-day-per-week routine begins with swings off the tee and progresses to Jim soft-tossing from 10 feet away. There, over the years, O’Hara has practiced throwing her hands fully through the zone against outside pitches and learned to either take the pitch opposite field or foul it off in hopes of a better pitch to hit.O’Hara needed those lessons, particularly entering her senior year of high school. C-NS had fallen in the state championship game three years in a row. After her junior year, C-NS fired Bennett after an alleged bullying scandal. Prior to the season, O’Hara, a senior captain, met with new head coach Mary Beebe. She told Beebe the team had unfinished business, and she wasn’t going to leave high school without winning the state title.The first baseman and pitcher was now best equipped to deliver on that promise. Though she rolled her eyes at each training session with Aupperle as she broke out the spinner, it had helped O’Hara finally break through into a starting role in the circle. She had won central New York Player of the Year her sophomore and junior years, but she never won the team award she wanted most.To bring the team closer than it had been in years past, O’Hara organized team bonding events such as pasta dinners throughout the season prior to games. She sat down with Beebe four or five more times during the season to make sure things were going according to plan.Her final season with C-NS ended the way the previous three hadn’t. O’Hara struck out 12 batters in seven innings and hit two homeruns to beat East Meadow (New York) High School and win the state title.***Ally Moreo | Photo EditorAs a freshman at Syracuse, O’Hara posted a 3.83 earned run average and hit .333 before hitting a road block in her sophomore season. At first, she told the coaching staff her arm was just getting tired and needed rest. But the soreness in her throwing elbow worsened with each outing and her right hand swelled up like a balloon midway through the season. O’Hara thought she had a blood clot, but the sonogram came back negative. Doctors diagnosed her with an MCL tear in her right elbow.She was shut down for nearly a month in 2015, but even upon her return against North Carolina, the sophomore struggled to find her old success. She allowed 13 runs in her final 5.1 innings pitched of the 2015 season.Over the next six months, O’Hara wasn’t allowed to pitch or workout her upper body. Her exercise was limited to running for the summer leading into her junior year.O’Hara’s inability to train in the offseason showed on the field. She posted her worst batting average, .272, in a single season at SU and only managed to throw 62 innings in the entire season with her arm still limited by the injury.“She set her mind to it mentally that was she going to leave Syracuse on a high note,” Jim said. “She told me that before the summer (after junior year), because she was a little disappointed.”Syracuse strength and conditioning coach Will Hicks pushed O’Hara into the best shape of her life, she said, headed into her final season. The utility player spent all but three or four days the entire summer at Manley Field House training with Hicks. Over Thanksgiving break, she completed “workout bingo,” choosing five workouts in a row off a board — including gasser sprints, ab workouts, and stair master routines, among others — to spell out “bingo.” During winter break, O’Hara completed all 25 workouts, blacking out the board and earning a deduction of one gasser off her conditioning test as a reward.The workouts prepared O’Hara for a historic season. She set a program record for career saves (11) as she compiled more strikeouts this year, 125, than in her last two seasons combined. In the week following her four-home run game, she became the first Syracuse athlete to win ESPNW player of the week, while also having her highlights featured on SportsCenter’s Top 10.“The game knows what you do,” Bosch said. “I think the game is giving back to her this year for all the time she’s put in over her years here and even before her time here.”***Ally Moreo | Photo EditorThe player who wasn’t supposed to pitch at Syracuse was reluctant to reflect on her SU career before it ends. When her father mentioned the looming final home game of O’Hara’s career, his daughter quickly noted her focus is on the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and not the end of her career. It’s the way O’Hara has always been.Now, the girl from Cicero-North Syracuse can’t help herself but peek back. She maintained numbers that she said don’t mean much to her, but that represent one of the most impressive stat lines in program history. And all she wanted to do was be here.“(It was always about) just being local and showing my teammates and younger girls that anything is possible,” O’Hara said, tears leaking from the corners of her eyes. “Whatever you work toward and put your mind to, it will happen.” Commentslast_img read more

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#Donkomi: Raphael Dwamena completes loan move to Real Zaragoza

first_imgGhanaian striker, Raphael Dwamena has completed his loan move to Real Zaragoza in a season long loan from UD Levante.The Black Stars striker played just 15 matches in the 2018-2019 season for Levante where he had just one assist and no goal to his name.The 23-year-old moved from FC Zurich to La Liga after an impressive season in Switzerland scoring 21 goals in just a year.The striker made his first Black Stars appearance in 2017 has scored two goals in three appearances.Speaking at his unveiling on Wednesday, Dwamea indicated his willingness to play his part in helping the team succeed in the coming season.“Real Zaragoza is a huge club with history and I want to help the team meet its objectives and go to the Primera Liga.The Segunda is a tough league but for me, the most important thing is to help the team and work hard at all times.”Dwamena will be handed jersey number 9 for coming season.last_img read more

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