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With a fresh face pacing the sideline, the Gaels are ready to take a leap forward

With an offseason of uncertainty looming, the women’s volleyball program found themselves at a standstill this summer.

Michael Ling — the team’s head coach from 2014-17 — resigned in early May, leaving Athletics with just five months to hire a replacement who, once acclimated with the job, would be pressed for time to build a roster and lobby recruits.

In late July, Queen’s filled their vacancy behind the bench with Ryan Ratushniak. After a five-year playing career at the University of Manitoba, Ratushniak segued into an assistant coaching role for the Canadian women’s and men’s national volleyball team, coaching in 50 different international games around the world.

When Ratushniak arrived to Kingston in mid-August, he was surprised with the quality of team he inherited.

“I kind of knew what I was getting into,” Ratushniak said, alluding to the research he’d done on the school and the state of the program prior to interviewing for the position. “[B]ut at the same time, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.”



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Nicole Addimando, 29, has been charged with killing Christopher Grover, her boyfriend. Addimando is accused of shooting Grover at the apartment they shared in Poughkeepsie, New York on September 28, 2017.

The mother-of-two who flagged down New York authorities to report an incident with her gymnastics coach boyfriend has been charged with his murder.

Nicole Addimando is accused of fatally shooting 30-year-old Christopher Grover at the apartment they shared with their two young children in Poughkeepsie, police said.

The 29-year-old suspect stopped a patrol officer just after 2 a.m. Thursday, saying there had been an “incident” with Grover at their residence. When officers arrived at the Dutchess Apartments complex, they discovered the coach dead from a gunshot wound to the head, the Poughkeepsie Journalreported.



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New Rochelle came back from a two goal deficit to defeat Suffern 4-2 at Suffern High School Thursday. Seth Harrison/Lohud

SUFFERN – As the final minute counted down of what would inevitably be a 4-2 win at Suffern Thursday afternoon, jittery members of the New Rochelle girls soccer team were waiting to erupt into celebration.

Huguenots head coach Francesco Notaristefano had other ideas.

“Relax, relax,” he instructed the girls as the horn sounded. “Like it was supposed to happen.”

It was an outcome that, by many accounts, wasn’t supposed to happen. New Rochelle lost to the Mounties last season, handily; it entered the game unranked in the Journal News/lohud preseason power rankings, while the hosts checked in as the No. 2 overall team in the section; and it trailed by two goals in the second half Thursday.

None of that seemed to matter to New Rochelle on Thursday. If anything, it fueled the Huguenots.



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Duke Riley earned a starting job at weakside linebacker as a rookie for the Atlanta Falcons.
Duke Riley earned a starting job at weakside linebacker as a rookie for the Atlanta Falcons.( | The Times-Picayune archive)

Former LSU linebacker Duke Riley earned a starting job for Atlanta in his first NFL game, Falcons coach Dan Quinn announced Friday.

Riley, the LSU team MVP last year, was a third round pick by the Falcons and will start at weakside linebacker in the Falcons’ base package. He will line up alongside former Tiger teammate and middle linebacker Deion Jones when the Falcons play at Chicago Sunday at noon.

In a sense, he outdid his close friend Jones, who didn’t earn the starting job with the Falcons until later in the 2016 season. Jones led all rookies with 108 tackles and helped the Falcons to the Super Bowl.

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“I make a lot of sacrifices to accomplish the things I want to get done…When you have ambitious goals; there is always a little ‘give and take.’”

-Tim Morehouse

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”

-Muhammad Ali

On most days, the alarm clock rings at 4:45 a.m. I open my eyes to two quotes taped to my ceiling, reminders that it’s time to get up and work:

“Never a day did I let the sun catch me in bed.” –Thomas Jefferson


“When I am not training, someone else is, and when we meet, he will win every time.”

Many days, I’m tempted to disregard the messages on my ceiling and close my eyes just for a little longer, but the papers have a way of challenging me to rise and kick off what are usually long days.

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The Arizona Cardinals have not made a move yet, but it seems like the team has an eye on improving the punting position.

After a fierce competition between Matt Wile and Richie Leone during the preseaon, which seemed to look like Wile took the job, the Cardinals are rumored to have eyes on a different punter.

Cardinals will pursue P Andy Lee, cut by the Panthers today. Seems a good fit for both sides.

Andy Lee has been one of the best punters in the NFL over the past decade, with three Pro Bowl appearances and three All Pro nods.

Last season, the 35 year old Lee averaged 49.1 yards per punt with a net average of 40.1 yards per punt.

He also had 18 of his 36 punts land inside the 20 yard line.

Lee has a history with Phil Dawson as well, so there won’t be much in the way of needing to get used to working together.

What do you think? Bring in Lee or roll with the winner of Wile or Leone?

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Welles Crowther, the former Boston College lacrosse player who gave his life to save at least 11 occupants of the South Tower of the World Trade Center in the Sept. 11 attacks, has a feature film about his story.

Crowther — whose identity became known months after the attack through stories of “the man in the red bandana” — worked on the 104th floor of the South Tower. He went up and down the stairs, carrying and leading groups of survirors to safety.

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In advance of next week’s first legal contact between NCAA DI coaches and members of the Class of 2019 (since new NCAA legislation was introduced in April), IL’s Terry Foy talks to High Point head coach Jon Torpey and PrimeTime club director Nick Daniello about their organizations’ approach to the event and their expectations for the day landscape-wide.

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Nepalese climbers have disputed reports that a famous rocky outcrop near the peak of Mount Everest has collapsed, saying the so-called Hillary Step is covered in snow but intact.

The British mountaineer Tim Mosedale said at the weekend that the section of rock first traversed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in their successful ascent of Everest in 1953 had collapsed – probably due to a 2015 earthquake.

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