Syracuse eliminated by North Carolina, 8-4, in the ACC quarterfinals

first_img Published on May 11, 2017 at 11:45 pm Contact Matt: Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 6 seed Syracuse (31-19, 10-11 Atlantic Coast) was no match for No. 3 seed North Carolina (37-18, 14-9) on Thursday night in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. UNC bounced the Orange from the ACC tournament in the quarterfinals by a final of 8-4.AnnaMarie Gatti failed to get out of the first inning, allowing four runs and earning only one out — on a fielder’s choice. Alexa Romero followed Gatti in relief, but the All-ACC freshman struggled as well, giving up three runs during her 3.2 innings. After the first inning, Syracuse trailed 6-0.Faith Cain homered in the top of the second to put SU’s first run on the board, but Cain was the only player to get two hits against UNC.The teams traded runs from the second to fifth innings, and entering the top of the seventh, on the brink of a loss, SU trailed 8-2. Jessica Heese walked to lead off, followed by a throwing error on Sammy Fernandez’s at-bat to put two runners on. Following two straight outs, Bryce Holmgren drove in Heese and Fernandez on a double to right-center field. Toni Martin came in to pinch-hit on the next at-bat but popped out to second base to seal the Orange’s fate.SU now must wait for Sunday, May 14, for the NCAA tournament Selection Show to see if it earned a spot as one of the 32 at-large bids.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

Cullen to return to Dublin fold

first_imgCullen has been appointed as the county’s new High Performance Director.The 31-year-old will move from his current role as a strength and conditioning coach with Leinster Rugby to take up the new position.Also last night, the Dublin hurlers defeated hosts UCD by 4-15 to 3-12 in the Bord na Mona Walsh Cup.last_img

English Premier League Features more Players in Russia 2018

first_imgOverall, 113 of the 736 players at the tournament in Russia play in the English leagues, rising to 136 if you include Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad.Spain has 58 foreign players at the tournament in its leagues, followed by Italy on 54, Germany 50 and France 37.However, France’s defender Samuel Umtiti is putting his friendship with Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi on hold until Saturday’s last-16 clash with Lionel Messi’s Argentina is out of the way.Asked if the pair had been keeping in contact in Russia Umtiti replied: “No messages. I prefer to see him on the pitch, afterwards, we can chat. Now is not the right time for me. But I get on very well with him. He’s a very good guy.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The English Premier League has more players featuring in the FIFA World Cup in Russia more than any other league, with 136 players out of the 736 at the tournament.The Belgium squad that pipped England 1-0 in their last game in Group G Thursday, has no fewer than 11 Premier League players.English clubs have also shown a liking for Brazilians. Seven Brazil players ply their trade in England alongside seven Senegalese, seven Danes and six Argentines.last_img read more

Cool heads required as Addo bashing intensifies

first_imgHerbert Addo will return to the shores of Ghana after his team’s horror showing in Sudan to discover a country in depressing and unforgiving mood.The 2011 Championship of African Nations may not have caught on here thanks in no small part to the incredibly poor television coverage that ensured that either the feed was going off too many times or we did not have the chance to see the final group game at all. It was proof that mass coverage does not guarantee quality.For Addo too, the tournament was a stark reminder of the perils of coaching, of how one moment you are king, the next utterly worthless.One website used the word useless in their headline to describe the Aduana FC coach. On social networking sites Addo’s reputation was battered.Yet this was the same man who a few weeks ago was the darling of a growing and strong voice for a local coach to handle the senior team. Two months in football can make a lot of difference.Addo had gone to the championship with high hopes. He spoke of going one better than Milovan Rajevac’s team that finished as runners up in Ivory Coast two years ago. He had in a way upped the ante and expectation level when he claimed in his campaign for the Black Stars job that as local he knew the players and could get the best out of them. Handed a wonderful opportunity to do that, he fluffed it big time. He lost a chance to make a case for his Ghanaian colleagues; he blew an opportunity to send a strong message that in the hands of local coaches, Ghana football is safe.But it is utterly dangerous to make sweeping generalizations based on Addo’s miserable week in Sudan. You can’t judge locals based solely on how poorly Addo’s team has done. You can’t call them all incompetent as a result. You can’t in fact all of a sudden run Addo down because his team played so poor, without spirit and without pride. He afterall only last season guided a team straight from the lower division of Ghana football to the league title. He was the same man who in 1997 took AshantiGold to the CAF Champions League finals.But he failed miserably this term. It leads to major questions of course about the quality of the Ghana league but the answers to those questions cannot be conclusive. Only two years ago, Ghana came mighty close to winning it, some have argued endlessly that players from here should be dominating the regular side.One thing is for sure though and it is that there are major issues that needs fixing urgently. Slaying Addo may satisfy an immediate emotional need to let off steam and channel frustration elsewhere but it will take more than that to right the wrongs of Sudan. And that will require cool, thoughtful heads not given to rush judgements.By Michael Oti Adjei/Kickoff.comlast_img read more

Mets manager Terry Collins a familiar face for Dodgers

first_imgCollins had good teams in Houston but ran into clubhouse lawyering and interference from owner Drayton McLane.His first two Angels teams competed well. In 1999, the club couldn’t resist signing Mo Vaughn as a free agent from Boston. Vaughn set himself up as a leader before anybody really knew him. The clubhouse curdled, Vaughn clashed with closer Troy Percival, Collins upbraided players in front of their peers, and the unfiltered words of coach Larry Bowa didn’t help.“The team that I gave him had some really good people individually,” said Bill Bavasi, the Angels’ general manager who hired Collins in 1997 and was fired at the end of 1999, after Collins had resigned.“When you got them together, they were toxic, like a nuclear waste dump.”Collins went back to the Dodgers as an instructor. He managed China’s Olympic team. He managed Orix in Japan. He even managed the Duluth Huskies, a college summer league team.When Sandy Alderson took over the Mets, he identified Collins as a longtime player-developer who could comfort and inspire. It helped that Paul DePodesta, the Dodgers GM when they won the West 11 years ago, was Alderson’s assistant.Fred Claire had that Dodgers job in 1988, their last championship team. He isn’t surprised Collins has become a New York media favorite.“He is determined, he’s honest and he’s fearless,” Claire said. “Bill Schweppe was our farm director in 1974. He saw Terry playing for Sherbrooke, a minor league team in Connecticut, and saw how determined he was, and he traded for him so he could play for our Waterbury team.“I really don’t think we’re going to see a guy like Terry again, a guy who’s been in the game for 44 years in all those capacities.”In Salem, Va., Collins played with a hulking 21-year-old outfielder named Dave Parker. At Albuquerque, Collins managed Stu Pederson, whose son Joc will be playing centerfield against Collins next week.Through it all, Collins’ eyes have remained on high-beam. He could have been on the manager’s track in L.A., but he derailed himself when Tom Lasorda criticized the performance of some Dodgers callups from Albuquerque.“My comment was something along the lines of, ‘Now that the Dodgers are losing, why is it a big deal what we do in Albuquerque?’” Collins said one day in Anaheim. “I was wrong.”He was also done, in Lasorda’s eyes, and became the manager for Buffalo, Pittsburgh’s Triple-A club. He then joined Jim Leyland’s staff in Pittsburgh and parlayed that into Houston.His first four Mets teams played, hard, despite injuries to Johan Santana and David Wright and other failed trips to the free-agent bazaar. Underneath, pitchers like Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndegaard and Stephen Matz were ripening.“People want to hire the fresh face,” Bavasi said. “But Tal Smith (the former Houston GM) told me that managers can be better with a second chance, because they can reflect and say, ‘You know, I thought I was doing such-and-such, but I really wasn’t.’ The third chance can be even better.”Sometimes, you just need a good Flushing. New York is not for everybody. Neither is Terry Collins.The same blazing gaze you need to get through the Lincoln Tunnel also gets you through four steamy, futile summers in Queens.In Collins’ previous managing stops in Houston and Anaheim, he was considered too edgy, too emotional, a little guy whose heart had moved past his sleeve and onto his fingertips.Turns out, Collins was a New Yorker waiting to happen. In his 24th year of managing, Collins is in the MLB playoffs for the first time. He is 66, with an often-unrequited faith in the game.Everyone could see the intensity, but few connected it with his patience. The Mets were equally patient with Collins, through four losing seasons in the belly of the New York beast.Next week he will lead the Mets against the Dodgers in the National League Division Series. That leads to a lot of other stories, but Collins, like all survivors, has changed with the habitat.“I didn’t think I’d get another chance,” Collins said during 2011, his first New York season. “But I said that, this time, I’ll never take it for granted that a player knows what I’m thinking.”Collins began spending batting practice on the field, going from station to station, giving every player a chance to small-talk, campaign, complain. It is a zone of privacy in plain sight. Tony La Russa used to do it. It’s inexplicable that others don’t.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

MLB wrap: Trevor Bauer throws no-hitter through 7 innings, sets MLB record

first_imgTrevor Bauer has been virtually unhittable this year.The Indians right-hander no-hit the Blue Jays through seven innings in Cleveland on Thursday before exiting after 117 pitches. While he had control issues (five walks), he also punched out eight hitters. Fastball, breaking ball, changeup, everything worked for Bauer against the Blue Jays.Unhittable.— MLB (@MLB) April 5, 2019Indians relievers lost the no-hit bid in the ninth, but Cleveland won 4-1.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN Coming off his best season in 2018 (12-6, 2.21 ERA), expectations were high for the 28-year-old Bauer, but he’s far exceeded those in his first two starts. In his previous appearance March 30 against the Twins, Bauer allowed only one hit in seven innings, walked one and struck out nine, although he got touched for an earned run. In case you’re wondering, that base knock came with one out in the fourth, so Bauer currently has a streak of 10 2/3 hitless innings.Bauer is the first pitcher in MLB history to pitch five or more innings in back-to-back starts to open the season and allow only one hit.Studs of the NightYankees shortstop Gleyber Torres hit two home runs and went 4 for 4 with four RBIs in New York’s 8-4 win in Baltimore. He became the youngest Yankee to have a four-hit game with three extra-base hits since Joe DiMaggio in 1936.Athletics right fielder Stephen Piscotty had four hits, including a homer, and five RBIs in Oakland’s 7-3 victory over Boston.Braves lefty Max Fried gave up one hit in six scoreless against the Cubs (he was perfect through 5 2/3 innings) in a 9-4 win. Atlanta slugger Nick Markakis went 5 for 5 with three doubles and five RBIs to key the offense.Stephen Strasburg struck out nine and gave up only three hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings for the Nationals to earn the win against the Mets.Dud of the NightOrioles first basemen Chris Davis struck out in all three at-bats and is now 0 for 17 with 11 strikeouts this year.HighlightsMemo to MLB third-base coaches and baserunners: DO NOT challenge Oakland center fielder Ramon Laureano’s arm. Ever. BREAKING:RAMÓN DID IT *AGAIN*#RootedInOakland— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) April 4, 2019Kyle Schwarber makes a great diving catch.Schwarb-air.— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 5, 2019The Tigers score a couple of runs in ho-hum fashion, but kudos to the team’s Twitter person for having a nice sense of humor. It’s easy to be in good spirits when you’ve started the year 5-3 after a 98-loss season.This is a video of a bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly.It’s not the most exciting video, but we have the lead, SO BACK OFF. ☺️— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 4, 2019What’s NextCubs (1-5) at Brewers (6-1), 8:10 p.m. ET — The Cubs are off to a rocky start, while Christian Yelich (four home runs, 1.531 OPS so far) and the Brewers look ready to repeat their success from last season. Lefty Jose Quintana gets his first start of the season for Chicago. He was both good and bad in his only other appearance this year, a scoreless four-inning stint March 30 against the Rangers where he gave up five hits and three walks but struck out eight. The Brewers will counter with Brandon Woodruff, who won his first start of the year.last_img read more

International Swimming Competition ”Youth for Youth”

first_imgInternational Swimming Competition “Youth for Youth” will be held from 18- 20 October at the Olympic pool Otoka in Sarajevo.The meeting is organized by the Association “Youth for Youth Sarajevo” and the Swimming Club Sport Time and with co-organization of JP ”Olympic Pool Otoka” d.o.o Sarajevo.The meeting is included in the calendar of international and European Swimming Federation (FINA and LEN) and is supported by the Swimming Federation B&H, the Federal Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Ministry of Civil Affairs of B&H and the Olympic Committee of B&H, is announced by the Olympic pool Otoka.The swimming clubs from Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Great Britain and B&H have confirmed their participation. The organizers of the competition have provided the cash prizes for the top three male and female categories.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

BiH’s A National Football Team ranked 49th

first_imgIn the most recent list of the best national teams announced today, the “A” national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as last month, ranks 49th with 1430 points.The list is led by the national team of Belgium ahead of France, Brazil, England and Uruguay.The opponent of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the semi-finals of the EURO 2020 play-offs, the Northern Ireland team is ranked 36th with 1476 points.Ranking list:1. Belgium 17652. France 17333. Brazil 17124. England 16615. Uruguay 16456. Croatia 16427. Portugal 16398. Spain 16369. Argentina 162310. Columbia 162249. Bosnia and Herzegovina 1430last_img read more

Country music’s big-city revival has industry upbeat

first_imgBut while country radio does well in large cities of the South and Midwest and even areas of the Northeast, it has struggled in some of the largest urban centers – no big surprise since countless country songs are about the virtues of simple country livin’ and the perfidies of the big city. The demise in Los Angeles was particularly unsettling given the city’s position as a top market for country album sales. Southern California also has a storied country tradition with legends such as Buck Owens and Merle Haggard honing the Bakersfield sound, and later country rock acts such as the Byrds, Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles leaving a huge imprint on popular music. Haggard, who once sang about moving to Montana because he was “tired of this dirty old city,” began his career playing around Los Angeles and San Francisco. He thinks the whole genre has lost its identity. “The days of originality and the things that made country music country music are not being played now,” Haggard said during a recent phone interview from his Northern California home. “The originality went away when they tried to play rock ‘n’ roll. I think that’s what caused it to go down in the big cities.” Conventional wisdom is that the cities are too ethnically diverse to support country radio, for which the traditional base is rural and white. But Rick Houlberg, a professor of broadcasting at San Francisco State University, thinks radio consolidation contributes to the problem. “No one is programming locally anymore,” Houlberg said. “The people who do the programming for these large corporate giants in many cases are very unsophisticated about it. They don’t know the market so they go with what is safest. “Someone in Florida or Texas thinks people in San Francisco or Los Angeles are not going to listen to country music. They’re still making huge amounts of money off of radio – so why deal with something that in their estimation may not work?” Emmis Communications Corp. said it was a business decision to switch KZLA from country to rhythmic pop in Los Angeles. At the time, KZLA ranked 20th among the 80 radio stations in Los Angeles and attracted about 550,000 listeners a week. Saul Levine, president of the smaller Mt. Wilson Broadcasting Inc., which brought country back to Los Angeles this week on KKGO, said his company can make the station work even at the revenue levels KZLA was reaching. But Levine sees opportunities for growth through market coverage and on-air personalities. “I see it as a very sophisticated market for country listeners,” Levine said. “It’s not pickup trucks with a rifle in the back. More likely they’re driving a Lexus or BMW or Mercedes.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! San Francisco is the latest to see a country comeback. Adult hits station KMAX, owned by Entercom Communications Corp., changed formats Thursday morning, becoming the city’s first country station in almost two years. Los Angeles, which has been without an FM country station since August when KZLA changed formats after more than 20 years, saw the launch of KKGO “Go Country 105” on Monday. People in the industry say having country radio in major markets is important for building the genre’s audience and promoting concerts and album sales. Satellite and HD radio take up some of the slack, but they still represent only a small part of the overall radio and audio entertainment marketplace. Some radio programmers think the crossover success of country-pop acts such as Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts makes the timing right for country to expand in urban markets. Country remains radio’s dominant musical format by far with more than 2,000 stations, according to data from M Street Corp. The next closest is contemporary Christian with about 900 stations. NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country radio has had a rough go of it in the big city. New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco all have seen country stations fail in recent years. But the return of country to the FM airwaves this week in Los Angeles and San Francisco has the industry upbeat about the genre’s viability in the nation’s largest markets. “It shows the strength of the format,” said Mike Peterson, program director at WUSN in Chicago, one of dozens of country radio programmers gathered here this week for the annual Country Radio Seminar. “It’s hot enough that companies think now is the time to jump in and take a shot at it.” last_img read more

Chick aiming at gangs

first_imgAmid questions about the effectiveness of Los Angeles’ gang prevention and intervention programs, City Controller Laura Chick said Friday that she wants to develop a comprehensive approach to stemming the city’s gang problem. Building on a recent report that called for an overhaul of the city’s anti-gang strategies, Chick said she will seek $500,000 to develop the plan as well as benchmarks to measure its progress. “This report has to be a very clear and very direct path to how does the city do it right,” Chick told the City Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Gang Violence and Youth Development. “The goal is not to simply create a successful program; it’s to eliminate gang violence once and for all. This is the most important thing that I think I can do in my years as a public official.” Chick’s efforts are the latest in city efforts to clamp down on surging gang violence. The San Fernando Valley, for instance, reported a 30 percent jump in gang-related homicides last year. And last month, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled the first phase of what he said will be a comprehensive citywide campaign to battle gangs. Los Angeles is home to an estimated 40,000 gang members, whom officials blame for half of the city’s violent crimes. The initial phase in Villaraigosa’s plan has focused on nearly a dozen crime-suppression efforts by the Los Angeles Police Department, including appointment of a gang coordinator to oversee the agency’s various programs and creation of a Most Wanted list of gang members. Officials also moved 50 officers to fight gang violence in the Valley, and the City Council has approved a reward of up to $50,000 leading to the arrest of any of those on the top 10 list. So far, three Most Wanted suspects have been nabbed in as many weeks. But the arrests have raised questions about the list and how the department has so easily apprehended so many suspects on it. Critics also say officials are hyping the gang crisis. By the LAPD’s own account, gang membership over the past decade has dropped from 65,000 to 40,000. And in the past five years, gang-related homicides fell from 401 in 2001 to 272 last year. Still, earlier this year a report by the Advancement Project found that gang violence costs taxpayers and victims more than $2 billion a year. The report, authored by respected civil-rights attorney Connie Rice, also found that the city’s gang-prevention and intervention programs cannot adequately address the problem because they’re too disjointed and lack accountability. Councilman Tony Cardenas said Chick’s report will help his ad hoc committee get closer to solutions and policies. “The Advancement Project report was heavy on identifying and quantifying the problem,” Cardenas said. “Laura’s report is more on the solution side and the mechanics of solutions.” Chick said she intends to hire a panel of experts to evaluate the Advancement Project’s recommendations and explain what the city would have to do to implement them. The consultants also would analyze the city’s programs – including economic development, graffiti removal and law enforcement – to see how they work and if they can be integrated. Rice said she intends to work closely with Chick in developing ways to track the progress of gang-intervention programs. “We want to be able to say: Here’s what you need to be doing and here’s how we’re going to evaluate you,” Rice said. (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more