continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Paula Awe, a former assistant manager of an Indiana credit union who ran a check-kiting scheme along with her manager, was sentenced last week to 18 months in prison.U.S. District Court Judge Jon E. DeGulio in Hammond, Ind., also ordered Awe to pay $180,000 restitution and to serve two years of supervised release following her prison sentence.She pleaded guilty to bank fraud in February.Awe and her manager, Sandra Santay, of the Lakeside Federal Credit Union in Hammond, had each been operating two independent check-kiting schemes that fraudulently inflated their respective share accounts over three years, according to court documents.The scheme was detected by a routine NCUA examination.
Deciding between sports and academics was the hardest decision Sierra Shafer had to make. The three-sport high school athlete had been accepted into Syracuse’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, but the Orange’s coaching staff never responded when she sent in her highlight tape. She would have been able to play at any of the other schools she was accepted into.Shafer eventually chose Syracuse, eliminating her chance to play at the collegiate level. She joined clubs and reported for Citrus TV. She even won the N. James Polney Award, which is given to Newhouse’s freshman of the year. Even without soccer in her life, Shafer was was involved at SU.But the summer in between her freshman and sophomore years, she received a chance to play soccer at SU.“I remember it like it was yesterday,” Shafer said of when she was invited for a tryout. “I woke up one morning and was checking my phone and saw I had an e-mail from (assistant coach) Neal Bhattacharjee … I literally didn’t believe it. I had to read it 10 times.”Shafer impressed in tryouts and made the team. Ever since, she has been the third-string goalie for SU. Though she is behind all-Atlantic Coast Conference goalie Courtney Brosnan, the junior has learned from goalie specialist and head coach Phil Wheddon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe team was short on goalies and the coaching staff had remembered Shafer’s video from her application.Shafer woke her mom up with the news, who sprang out of bed in shock. She went to work for her job at SU Athletics later that morning and discussed it with her boss, Sue Edson, who recommended taking advantage of the offer.“Within a week, it was everything from signing papers (to) getting NCAA stuff in, going through compliance and within a week I was just on the team,” Shafer said. “It was the craziest experience of my life.”Once the frenzy of joining the team died down, Shafer began to acknowledge her place on the team. She didn’t expect to overtake Brosnan, one of her closest friends and Syracuse’s starting keeper.But Shafer was rapidly improving on the field with help from Wheddon, who has coached with both the men’s and women’s U.S. National Team programs. Wheddon took extra care of the goalies, Shafer said.“Obviously she was good from the start,” Brosnan said, “but working with (Wheddon) who is one of the best goalie coaches around, and she’s definitely raising the bar.”Despite improving, Shafer still only joins the team for home games. She doesn’t get time on the field, but recognizes how she can contribute.“My goal is to travel with the team and to influence people in a way that I don’t have to be on the field,” Shafer said. “but I can cheer them on and encourage them and work off the field.” Comments Published on October 7, 2015 at 10:32 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
“I don’t pay too much attention to stuff I can’t control,” Smith told reporters. “I know baseball is a business at the end of the day. It’s just how the game is. I love New York. I only want to play for the Mets. This is all I know. This is home for me and my family. I love it here and I’m just trying to establish myself and just get better every day.”Dominic Smith on trade rumors:”I don’t really pay attention to too much stuff I can’t control…I love New York, I only want to play for the Mets…this is home for me” pic.twitter.com/r5pHfpAezy— SNY (@SNYtv) July 18, 2019Smith is having a breakout season for New York as he’s slashing .294/.376/.536 with nine home runs and 18 RBIs in 81 games. The team has even started to play him in left field in order to get him more at-bats. Related News If you’re in a pinch, call @TheRealSmith22.#MustC https://t.co/HZI3CBTBqa pic.twitter.com/8kqNnYdTUR— New York Mets (@Mets) July 18, 2019The Mets are expected to be sellers before the July 31 trade deadline and they’re reportedly exploring moving Zack Wheeler, Jason Vargas and Todd Frazier, amongst others.New York, however, enters play Thursday on a four-game winning streak and is just five games out of the second wild-card spot with a 44-51 record. MLB trade rumors: What could Yankees, Astros, Padres offer for Noah Syndergaard? Noah Syndergaard addresses trade rumors, says he loves being with Mets Dominic Smith does not want to leave New York.The 24-year-old’s name has begun to surface in trade rumors because he’s behind star Pete Alonso at first base on the Mets’ depth chart. But, Smith said he hopes he isn’t moved. Mets manager Mickey Callaway praised Smith when he spoke with reporters after a 14-4 win over the Twins.“Offensively, we knew he was capable of this,” Callaway said, via Newsday. “You could see the sweet swing, the plate discipline, his ability to go the other way, his ability to pull the ball. I think his ability to move around and play multiple positions and do it pretty well is the surprising part and the thing that we’re kind of proud of right now.” GM Brodie Van Wagenen: Mets will take ‘underdog role’ as trade deadline approach changes