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first_imgTo mark the passage of the last home game of the 2013 Irish football season Saturday, Notre Dame fans celebrated in a variety of ways. One group of students used the game as a venue to express their opposition to the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as “Obamacare.” The Generation Opportunity tailgate, which occupied six tailgate spots in the JACC lot, said they wanted to inform young people of the other options available to them besides participation in the federal health care exchange established by the new law. The Washington, D. C.-based group Generation Opportunity is described on the group’s website as “a free-thinking, liberty-loving, national organization of young people promoting the best of Being American: opportunity, creativity and freedom.” The tailgate Saturday was not the group’s first event -according to a Nov. 12 article in the Huffington Post, the group previously partnered with University of Miami College Republicans to put on a tailgate at the Virginia Tech-Miami game on Nov. 9. Junior Mark Gianfalla, president of College Republicans, attended the tailgate event. He said the tailgate attracted a sizable crowd. “People of wide variety of ages, from between the ages of 15 to 50 or so, attended the tailgate,” Gianfalla said. “Alumni, students and non-ND folks, were there as well.  Throughout the course of the day, I would say 200 people came by.” At Saturday’s tailgate, Gianfalla said tables were set up with refreshments, one table with 70 pizzas, and another offering Opt Out T-shirts, sunglasses and other merchandise. Gianfalla said the tailgate introduced Generation Opportunity’s ‘Opt Out’ campaign to Notre Dame’s campus, a program that aims to reach young people deciding whether or not to purchase health care plans through the federal health care exchange. “We recognize better options are available outside the exchanges, so we’re overwhelmingly choosing to Opt Out and buy insurance that better meet our needs and budgets,” David Pasch said in a Generation Opportunity internet article. Gianfalla said the tailgate was designed as an informational event, which worked to alert youth of the benefits of searching the private sector for insurance plans. Obamacare is not the ideal option for those in need of insurance at a young age and that the private sector offers much more appealing insurance plans for their age group, he said. “I think Notre Dame was a perfect location for such an event as a college campus where the outspoken liberal minority of the student body often overshadows the conservative majority, and where the student body needs to know that conservative values and ideals are just as popular with the youth of this country as the ‘popular’ liberal ones,” Gianfalla said. Gianfalla said he believes conservative values – like those supported by groups like Generation Opportunity – sway and will continue to influence young voters. “A little known fact is that Chris Christie won 49 percent of the youth vote in his recent gubernatorial election, and [Ken] Cuccinelli won the vote of 18-to 24-year-olds in his recent Virginia race,” Gianfalla said. “The fact that young people are increasingly turning to conservative politics to ensure their best interest is even more apparent as the Obamacare disaster moves forward.” Gianfalla said he believes Generation Opportunity plans to continue partnering with groups at other colleges to develop similar events.   Contact Charlie Ducey at cducey@nd.edu.last_img read more


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first_imgBen Reuler, executive director of LIFT-Chicago, lectured on the non-profit organization’s work helping people to escape poverty Wednesday in Geddes Hall. Reuler, a licensed social worker, leads the Regional Advisory Board at LIFT-Chicago and directly supervises the program team as well as the development and communication team. Yale University students Kirsten Lodal and Brian Kreiter founded LIFT in 1998. Lodal and Kreiter wanted to establish a neighborhood center where families could receive assistance from trained volunteers in their searches for jobs, housing and public benefits. Sixteen years later, LIFT has spread across the country with 100,000 members in six major cities all with the goal of building personal, social and financial foundations that people need to get ahead. According to LIFT’s pamphlet, “The challenge is to systematically listen to the people you serve and design solutions around what they tell you they need. At LIFT, we call this a human-centered approach to social change.”“Every one of us experiences shaky ground moments during life,” Reuler said. “We all need the same thing: support. For many people, this support comes from LIFT.” Reuler specifically described the struggles of Angela Allen, a former beneficiary of LIFT. Allen was experiencing a major “shaky ground moment” when she divorced, received a breast cancer diagnosis, and lost her job. Reuler said LIFT supported Allen’s medical bills, and today, she is healthy, employed and an active member in the community. Reuler said there were three important goals to address when working to eradicate poverty today. Society needs to change the narrative of poverty in this country, disrupt the status quo and hit for singles because the home runs will come, he said.“We all have the power to inspire change and we certainly all have the power to lift,” he said. Tags: LIFT, povertylast_img read more


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first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Adam Lambert Turned Down HedwigWe have to admit that here at Broadway.com we’ve been wondering why on earth Adam Lambert hasn’t headlined Hedwig and the Angry Inch on the Great White Way yet. We just know that Lambert would have killed it belting “Midnight Radio”…and all the rest. We now have our answer. “They offered. I’m flattered they asked me, but it’s not what I want to do right now. It’s an amazing role. Maybe one day. The thing about it is I don’t want to get in drag for eight shows a week,” Lambert told Queerty. We’re focusing on the “maybe one day,” part of that quote if you don’t mind, Mr. Lambert. Fortunately, we currently have the incredible Broadway.com Audience Choice Award-winning Darren Criss in the role at the Belasco Theatre, so we’re off to wig out over him (again!).Lea Michele Sheridan Smith Eyes Funny Girl Move over Lea Michele, there’s another potential Funny Girl headliner in the frame. British stage and screen star Sheridan Smith is in talks with director Michael Mayer about headlining the show at the Menier Chocolate Factory, the Daily Mail reports. Smith won two Oliviers in consecutive years for Legally Blonde and Flare Path; Mayer won the Tony for Spring Awakening and was nominated for Hedwig, Thoroughly Modern Millie, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and A View From the Bridge. This could end up being a West End—and Broadway—match in heaven.Jason Alexander is ‘100 percent’ Better Than Larry DavidJason Alexander has just taken over for Larry David in Fish in the Dark and he recently stopped by Live! with Kelly and Michael to chat about returning to Broadway. Is the show better with Alexander in it? “100 percent!” the Tony winner joked (we think!). Check out the interview below and then see for yourself if Alexander is an improvement (!) at the Cort Theatre through July 19. View Commentslast_img read more


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first_imgThe home at 105 Lower Cairns Tce, Paddington, it up for sale.This bold Paddington beauty has just as much charm inside as it does out. Jane Andersen had no intention of selling her 105 Lower Cairns Tce home but recently caught the travel bug and decided to downsize. The dining room at 105 Lower Cairns Tce, Paddington.Outside on the patio is where Ms Andersen likes to spend most of her time.“In winter you get the sun and in summer it has nice cool breezes,” she said.“If people are over, we come out if it’s cup of tea time or wine time.“I’ve spent a lot of my life sitting back there.” A bedroom at 105 Lower Cairns Tce, Paddington.Ms Andersen has lived in the one-level house for 28 years and she hopes others can enjoy the home as much as she did.“I’d lived in Sydney and Melbourne previously so the architecture of the house resonated with me,” Ms Andersen said. “From the moment I walked in it had a really nice feel for me.”More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The living room at 105 Lower Cairns Tce, Paddington.Ms Andersen has done bits and pieces to the house over the years but has left classic touches such the beautiful ornate cornices.The home has stunning polished timber floors, and features three bedrooms, a renovated bathroom and kitchen, a separate laundry and a single remote lockup garage.center_img The kitchen at 105 Lower Cairns Tce, Paddington.She also likes to potter around the garden, calling it her “little garden sanctuary”.The home is in a convenient location, with Ms Andersen often walking into the city for work.She said she believed the home would be best suited to a professional couple, but Ray White Paddington estate agent Sonya Browne said the home could also be easily modified for those with mobility issues.“Being all one level it would be great for an older person who doesn’t want stairs and it could be easily altered to suit those with a disability,” she said.last_img read more


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first_imgChinese President Xi Jinping has, called on BRICS countries to strengthen confidence in growth, and boost coordination within the emerging-market bloc to jointly cope with global challenges. Acknowledging that the five countries are facing increasing complexities and experiencing slower growth, President Xi has proposed that they upgrade their economic structures for long-term development. He made the remarks at a BRICS leaders’ meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South African President Jacob Zuma attended the meeting. They have called for an early implementation of the 2010 reform plan of the International Monetary Fund. The five leaders also strongly condemned Friday’s terror attacks in Paris, and reaffirmed their commitment to international cooperation in combating terrorismlast_img read more


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first_imgThe video closes with the players demanding the NFL state that it condemns “racism and the systemic oppression of black people,” and that the league “admit wrong in silencing” players from peacefully protesting. The players also want the league to state: “We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter.”AMERICA PROTESTS-COLLEGE FOOTBALL-SOUTH CAROLINAGamecocks march for FloydUNDATED (AP) — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp and football players joined others in a protest march from the Governor’s Mansion on Friday.The march of several hundred people went the nearly 2 miles from the governor’s residence to the State House. South Carolina quarterback Jay Ulrich carried a sign, “Matter is the minimum. Black lives are worthy. Black lives are beloved. Black lives are needed.” It is the seventh straight day of rallies in South Carolina following the death of George Floyd. June 5, 2020 CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross had surgery on Friday for a congenital fusion in his spine that will keep him off the field this upcoming season.Ross was being monitored for a shoulder injury suffered in March, but head coach Dabo Swinnery X-rays revealed that two vertebrae in his spine were fused and he had a bulging disc.Ross had a team-high 66 receptions last season for 865 yards and eight touchdowns.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OKLAHOMA STATENCAA hits Oklahoma St with postseason ban in corruption case Update on the latest in sports: NFL-PATRIOTS SOCIAL JUSTICE PLEDGEPatriots pledge $1 million to social justice causesBOSTON (AP) — The Patriots say team owner Robert Kraft’s family is pledging $1 million to local grassroots organizations to promote social justice causes.A statement and video released on the team’s website Friday says the money will be distributed over the next 10 months in $100,000 monthly donations. The recipients will be chosen in collaboration with Patriots players.The groups selected will be those “fighting for equity, working to end systemic racism and creating meaningful change in our community.” NFL JAGUARS PROTEST MARCH‘Today we say no more’: Jaguars march to sheriff’s officeJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are taking a stand against inequality and police brutality.The players, their families, coach Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell marched from their stadium to the steps of the local sheriff’s department.The Jaguars started their march at 9:04 a.m. local time Friday to signify the local 904 area code. The protest comes two days after owner Shad Khan spoke against racism in a letter on the team website.Wide receiver Chris Conley wore a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt. He said: “Today we say no more. Today we see a nation that can’t await change, a city that won’t sit still or be quiet.”AMERICA PROTESTS-NFL PLAYERS VIDEONEW YORK (AP) — Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) is among more than a dozen NFL stars who united to send a passionate video message to the league about racial inequality.The 70-second video was released on social media platforms Thursday night and includes Saquon Barkley, Michael Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr., Deshaun Watson, Ezekiel Elliott, Jamal Adams, Stephon Gilmore and DeAndre Hopkins, among others. — The Italian soccer federation says teams will be allowed up to five substitutions in matches, although there will still be only three pauses to bring players off the bench. Italian competitions will adopt the temporary rules change when they resume next week. If matches go into extra time and teams haven’t used all five of their substitutes, they can make a fourth interruption at the end of regular time or between the two halves of extra time. The Italian Cup will be completed next week before Serie A is set to resume on June 20.— Chelsea has been declared Women’s Super League champion after the season was stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic. The English Football Association’s board decided to determine the final standings on a points-per-game basis. Manchester City was a point ahead of Chelsea but had played an extra game when the season was suspended in March.— The Asian qualifying tournament for the World Cup is set to resume in October after the coronavirus pandemic forced games in March and June to be postponed. The Asian Football Confederation says it agreed with FIFA (FEE’-fah) to schedule two dates in October and two in November to complete the current groups. Twelve teams will advance to a further group stage next year.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-CLEMSON-ROSSRoss to miss 2020 season following back surgery UNDATED (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has approved a plan for Muirfield Village Golf Club to have at least some fans for the Memorial in July. That would make it the first PGA Tour event with a crowd since the tour was shut down March 13 by the coronavirus. DeWine says plans submitted for the tournament were approved by local officials. He said on Twitter that casinos, racinos, amusement parks and water parks will be able to open on June 19.In other sports developments related to the coronavirus outbreak:— Liverpool could win the Premier League title at home after all. Police originally indicated they wanted the Reds’ second game after the restart against Crystal Palace to be staged at a neutral venue because of concerns that supporters could congregate outside Anfield. But the league now says the game on June 24 is scheduled to be at Liverpool’s home stadium. Liverpool leads Manchester City by 25 points and is two wins from ending its 30-year title drought.— The University of Maryland will begin allowing its football players to begin voluntary, individual workouts under the supervision of the sports medial staff on June 15. Football players will be permitted to return to campus on June 8 for medical screenings. The athletes will be tested for symptoms of COVID-19 on a daily basis.— Italian top-flight soccer clubs are asking for no title winner or relegations if the season is stopped again. One of the ideas the Italian federation is planning in case of another stop is the use of an algorithm to decide the final classification. Italian media reported 16 of the 20 Serie A teams voted in favor of not relegating anyone and not assigning the league title unless it is mathematically certain. A final decision is expected to be made during the next FIGC council meeting on Monday. The Tokyo Olympics are to open on July 23, 2021. They were postponed this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.Endo is the latest powerful politician to speak out this week about the games, bracing the Japanese public for possible changes and costs.Tokyo Governor Yurkio Koike said Thursday the games were likely to be downsized and undergo many changes.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKMemorial could be first PGA event with fans on hand The video says “change always begins with listening.” The recipients will be invited to speak with the team’s executive staff and senior management across the Kraft Group’s businessesVIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLMore than half of NFL coaching staffs not at team facilitiesUNDATED (AP) — More than half of the 32 NFL teams did not have their coaching staffs back at their facilities Friday even though the league has approved such returns where local governments allow them.NFL teams have been performing all their offseason duties virtually since their facilities were closed by Commissioner Roger Goodell in late March due to the coronavirus pandemic.center_img The league is taking a slow approach to reopening those team buildings, with the latest step allowing coaching staffs to return. Only players currently rehabilitating injuries are allowed at the complexes.TOKYO OLYMPICS-DEADLINEFormer Olympic minister says March is deadline for TokyoTOKYO (AP) — Next spring has been set as a possible deadline by a local lawmaker for deciding if the postponed Tokyo Olympics can go ahead.That’s the judgment of former Japanese Olympic minister Toshikai Endo. Japanese television NHK quoted him at a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TEXAS STATE-RACISM ALLEGATIONSTexas State to look into allegations of racismSAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Texas State has ordered an investigation into a former basketball player’s allegations of racist remarks by coach Danny Kaspar.Athletic director Larry Teis calls the allegations deeply troubling and said the investigation would be handled through the school’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX.Former Bobcats point guard Jaylen Shead posted the allegations on Twitter late Thursday, accusing Kaspar of singling out black players with racist taunts and threatening to have a foreign player deported. Now, the introductory race will take place on a high-speed, high-banked Texas oval, where it has not been tested.BOXING-OBIT-RADEMACHERPete Rademacher, 1956 Olympic boxing champion, dies at 91CLEVELAND (AP) — Olympic boxing champion Pete Rademacher has died at age 91.Rademacher won a gold medal at the 1956 Melbourne Games and fought Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight title in his first professional bout. Rademacher is the only boxer to fight for a championship in his first pro bout. Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma State men’s basketball team has been hit by numerous penalties by the NCAA infractions committee, making it the first school to be punished following the federal corruption investigation into the sport.Penalties include a one-year postseason ban for the team for next season. The ruling includes three years of probation, a $10,000 fine and a reduction in basketball scholarships for the program.The punishment comes the day former Oklahoma State assistant men’s basketball coach Lamont Evans was found by the infractions committee to have violated ethical-conduct rules by accepting up to $22,000 in bribes from financial advisers.Schools like Kansas, North Carolina State, Louisville, South Carolina and Southern California were investigated for corruption.Oklahoma State issued plans to appeal, saying it was “stunned by the severity of the penalties and strongly disagrees with them.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-LABOR STANDOFFPlayers holding firm in battle with MLBNEW YORK (AP) — Major league players and owners continue to fire salvos instead of fastballs. Shead transferred to Washington State before last season.INDYCAR-WINDSCREENIndyCar drivers uncertain how aeroscreen will work at TexasINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Some IndyCar drivers are nervous heading into Saturday’s season-opening race at Texas. They will be racing on one of the series’ trickiest tracks, in stifling heat and with the new windscreen for the first time.The protective device was supposed to make its debut on a road course in March. But when the pandemic shut down the sports world, series officials revised the schedule. Players accused teams of “depriving America of baseball games” as part of a money fight created by the coronavirus pandemic. They raised the possibility baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred might push ahead with a shortened season over the union’s objection.Union chief negotiator Bruce Meyer has sent a letter to Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem threatening that an attempt to play without an agreement could lead players to block any attempt to expand the playoffs and deny consent to neutral-site games in the postseason.Major League Baseball made its initial economic proposal on May 26, offering an 82-game regular season schedule and a sliding scale of cuts beyond the prorated shares of salaries the sides agreed to on March 26.Players responded on Sunday with a 114-game regular season schedule running through October and no additional cuts. Each player would get about 70% of his original salary under the union’s plan and roughly 22-47% under MLB’s proposal, including $200 million tied to the postseason being completed.Management quickly rejected the union plan and said it would not offer a counterproposal given the insistence of the players’ desire for a longer season that would spill into November. Among MLB’s objections concerns November baseball that could be canceled by a second wave of COVID-19. He knocked Patterson down in the second round before being counted out in the sixth.  Rademacher had dementia for years and his brain will be donated for medical research.last_img read more


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first_imgWhat a difference a week can make. After enduring its fair share of criticism following a lackluster performance in last Saturday’s season opener against Bowling Green, the Wisconsin defense rebounded to ground the Temple Owls’ offensive attack in UW’s 65-0 blowout victory.Just a week after Bowling Green’s spread offense tore through Wisconsin for 42 points and 531 total yards, the Badger defense held the Owls to just 45 total yards for the game. The performance capped a roller coaster week for a UW secondary that allowed 458 yards in the air last week against Bowling Green quarterback Omar Jacobs.”We were on some of our secondary guys pretty hard this week and I thought they responded,” head coach Barry Alvarez said. “I thought they anticipated well. Obviously this team isn’t going to throw the ball as well as what we saw a week ago, but yet they were still scary when you watched them on film.”Added junior strong safety Joe Stellmacher, “It was a long week of practice. Coaches were on us everyday. The spotlight was certainly on us in the defensive backfield, but we took the challenge. I thought we competed well today and held them down.”Last week’s showing prompted the UW coaching staff to make a pair of changes, with redshirt freshman Allen Langford stepping in for Levonne Rowan at left cornerback and Stellmacher taking Johnny White’s starting spot. Both Langford and Stellmacher looked solid in their first starts of the season.”I know Langford, I didn’t see any balls going over his head,” defensive coordinator Bret Bielema said. “I think he competed and he was in there a long time. Joe has good tempo out there. He’s in the game on and off the field.”The Badger defense took control from the start of the game. After gaining 13 yards on five plays on its first possession of the contest, Temple failed to total another yard on its remaining 22 snaps of the first half.Bielema’s defense held Owls’ starting quarterback Mike McGann to just three completions on 16 attempts in the opening half and repeatedly pressured the Temple signal caller. Sophomore defensive end Kurt Ware led the way for the young defensive line, tallying a pair of quarterback hurries to go along with a sack in the opening stanza. Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Gino Cruse also recorded a sack, the first of his UW career.”The front four played so good,” linebacker Dontez Sanders said. “They got a lot of push today, they got a bunch of sacks, balls out and everything. I think they played real good today.”Wisconsin effectively rotated a total of eight players through the defensive line prior to mop-up duty, with four different linemen recording quarterback hurries to go along with the group’s four sacks and five tackles for loss.”I think Jamal Cooper’s got a chance to be a special player,” Bielema said. “Kurt Ware does a nice job in there. (Mike) Newkirk, his name just keeps popping up, and he’s a strainer, and he just really works hard. [Jason Chapman is] good in there, Nick Hayden’s good, so [defensive line coach John Palermo] rolls guys through there and I think it’s really working out well so far.”Wisconsin’s run defense was equally as solid, limiting the Owls to a paltry total of minus-19 rushing yards in the first 30 minutes.Temple’s offensive fortunes did not improve after the break either. Ware forced McGann to fumble on the Owls’ second play of the half with his second sack of the game. On the next snap the senior quarterback had his pass intercepted by UW free safety Roderick Rogers, before giving way to backup Shane Kelly.”What I liked, in the second half, there were some guys out there that don’t see much time,” Bielema said. “We were on them about don’t be sloppy, don’t let the game get away from you. I liked the way they responded, they were competing right there until the end.”McGann returned later in the game, but neither he nor Kelly found any success. For the game, the two combined to complete just six passes on 26 attempts against the revamped secondary.”I saw a big improvement,” Stellmacher said. “I thought a lot of guys weren’t playing tentative this week. It was a lot more guys were just playing and reacting this week. You didn’t see the wide eyes that you saw last week. So that was very encouraging. And I thought we improved 100 percent.”last_img read more


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first_imgPitch 11: 88 mile-per-hour sinker swung on and missed. Strike one.Pitch 12: 91 mile-per-hour fastball fouled off. Strike two.Rivera left Iona in June as the team leader in strikeouts and ERA. His confidence, athleticism and mechanics culminated together. He entered the realm of professional baseball at his developmental peak, still unsure what he profiled as a potential major league pitcher.“He’ll find success,” McGrath said. “He’s never been one to back down. He’s got fire in his belly that keeps him going.”Pitch 15: 86 mile-per-hour slider swung on and missed. Strike three.Improvement with the Doubledays has come in stages.Pitching coach Tim Redding said he’s never made more mechanical changes with another pitcher as he has with Rivera, who bounced between the bullpen and starting rotation.Redding moved Rivera to the right side of the pitching rubber to create a more intimidating angle for right-handed hitters, who see many of Rivera’s pitches look tantalizingly close to hitting them.“As the levels get harder, you have to really learn how to pitch,” Rivera said.  “Here, you throw one, they see it. The next one they foul it off. The next one, if you throw it again, they’re going to square it up.”Pitch 17: 89 mile-per-hour fastball outside. Ball one.Pitch 18: 92 mile-per-hour fastball fouled off. One ball, one strike.Pitch 19: 88 mile-per-hour lineout to right field.The final two Scrappers hitters Rivera faced reached base, but he exited the game with his team ahead. A job well done in Redding’s eyes.Rivera’s pitching with a confidence that manifested itself from turning around a baseball career at a dead end. He’s found solace in his father’s nightly words of encouragement, knowing he’s finally well equipped to forge his own path to the major leagues.“His dad can’t pitch for him, I can’t pitch for him, and pitching coaches in the future can’t pitch for him,” Redding said. “He’s just got to be comfortable with himself and realize it’s just him out there and not everybody else.” Comments AUBURN, N.Y. — Mariano Rivera III held up one finger, signifying his final pitch.His feet shoulder-width apart atop the bullpen mound; his metal spikes cracking the littered sunflower seed shells. The glove on his left hand and ball in his right came together at his waist, and he rocked back to begin his throwing motion.The catcher’s glove popped as it halted the trajectory of Rivera’s 90 mile-per-hour projectile. Rivera hopped off the mound after throwing his final warm-up pitch, and exited to the field through the bullpen gate past his fellow relief pitchers clad in red Auburn Doubledays hoodies.Rivera recounted the methodology of pitching as he approached the mound to face the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in the fifth and sixth innings on Aug. 26 en route to collecting his first professional win in the 27-pitch relief outing.“Staying calm and having a short-term memory,” Rivera said of knowing how to pitch. “Learning how to read the swings of batters.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“You know what pitch you threw and how they reacted.”Pitch one: 89 mile-per-hour fastball fouled away. Strike one.The 5-foot-11 right-hander developed rapidly in three years at Iona College and was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the fourth round of the MLB Draft this year based purely on ability, not because of a Hall of Fame pedigree as the son of former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.The younger Rivera persevered in his first professional season with the Doubledays, the short season single-A Nationals affiliate, who play 30 miles from the Syracuse University campus. He posted an underwhelming 4.15 earned run average, a struggle that helped him grow a new appreciation his “art.”The Rivera family lifeblood of pitching is on track to bear another success story.“I’m nothing like my father, I’m just starting,” Rivera said. “There’s nothing to compare. He’s up here and I’m down there.”Pitch five: 92 mile-per-hour fastball chopped foul. Two balls, two strikes.Pitch six: 84 mile-per-hour slider swung on and missed. Strike three.The fourth-round draftee has come a long way since maxing out at 82 miles per hour as a scrawny senior in high school, being used almost exclusively as a pinch runner.Equipped with nothing else but athletic genes and a familiar name, Rivera was taken under the wing of Iona pitching coach Sean McGrath in 2013. Despite a “vanilla” arsenal of three pitches, McGrath was amazed by Rivera’s arm speed.“There was little learning curve with him,” McGrath said. “It was, ‘hey, here’s your challenge, take it,’ and it was almost done.”Pitch eight: 82 mile-per-hour change-up swung on and missed. One ball, two strikes.Pitch nine: 91 mile-per-hour fastball grounded out to second base.McGrath unshackled Rivera’s lower body — improving his leg kick among other aspects of his windup — to give him up to 10 extra miles per hour on his pitches over three seasons at Iona.But as scouts dotted the stands to see Rivera in action his first two years, he faltered. Even with the blueprint for success in hand, an emotionally unstable foundation didn’t lend itself to building.Pitch 10: 90 mile-per-hour fastball blooped for a single.By Rivera’s junior year, McGrath helped his pitcher adopt the mindset that he didn’t need to impress every scout, just the right one.“They saw something that I myself didn’t see at the moment,” Rivera saidLogan Reidsma | Photo Editor Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on September 9, 2015 at 9:47 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more