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Sand Eagles Crash out of Beach Soccer World Cup

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first_imgTo their credit, the Sand Eagles gave an excellent account of themselves, with Victor Tale, Emmanuel Ohwoferia, Godspower Igudia, and Bartholomew Ibenegbu getting on the scorers sheet.Nigeria’s Head Coach, Audu Adamu, opted to stick with same five players who started in the previous game against Mexico in which they needed a last gasp Abu Azeez to win 5-4.Three times Iran took the lead against Nigeria, and three times the Sand Eagles came back before moving in front themselves towards the end of the third period.The Asian side drew on all their experience to level the match and then win the shootout to reach the last eight for the third time running.Penalties were also needed on Tuesday to decide the other important match as Switzerland defeated Senegal from the spot to advance to the last eight.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Sand Eagles bowed out of the ongoing FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017 in the early hours of Tuesday after losing 2-1 on penalties to Iran.Regulation and extra time scores deadlocked at 4-4 before the gallant Sand Eagles capitulated in the shootout.In what was an intriguing back-and-forth battle between two sides looking to make the last eight, Iran’s Mohammad Ahmadzadeh and Mohammad Mokhtari scored two of their four goals.Iran showed why they are Asian champions and also ranked number five in beach soccer in the world as Ali Nazem and Amir Akbari scored their spot kicks to set up a quarter-final clash with Switzerland on May 4 while Bartholomew Ibenegbu was the only Nigerian who converted his penalty with Victor Tale and Ogodo missing theirs. Nigeria finished third in Group B behind Italy and Iran.last_img read more

Syracuse to face 3 Frozen Four opponents in 2017-18 slate

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first_img Published on July 25, 2017 at 6:23 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse ice hockey will skate against three Frozen Four teams from last season in their 2017-18 schedule, announced Tuesday afternoon.SU opens its slate on the road with a weekend series against Bemidji State after opening the 2016-17 season at Tennity Ice Pavilion against the Beavers. After a weekend off, the Orange will start a nine-game homestand, kicking it off against 2017 national runner-up, Wisconsin.College Hockey America play will also begin during the homestand when Syracuse welcomes Penn State on Nov. 10 and 11. The Orange will also get its first rematch with Robert Morris — which downed SU, 2-0, in the CHA title game in 2017 — the weekend of Jan. 5.Syracuse will also play defending national champion, Clarkson, twice during the 2017-18 slate. One game at Tennity on Dec. 5 and another game in Potsdam, New York, on Jan. 30.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSix teams on SU’s schedule finished last season ranked — No. 1 Clarkson, No. 2 Wisconsin, No. 3 Boston College, No. 7 Cornell, No. 8 Robert Morris and No. 10 Northeastern.Syracuse’s full schedule (conference games in bold)at Bemidji State, Sept. 29, 8 p.m. at Bemidji State, Sept. 30, 4 p.m.Wisconsin, Oct. 6, 4 p.m.Wisconsin, Oct. 7, 3 p.m.Providence, Oct. 13, 3 p.m.Providence, Oct. 14, 3 p.m.Northeastern, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.Northeastern, Oct. 21, 2 p.m.Boston College, Nov. 4, 3 p.m.Penn State, Nov. 10, 7 p.m.Penn State, Nov. 11, 3 p.m.at Rochester Institute of Technology, Nov. 17, 6 p.m.Rochester Institute of Technology, Nov. 18, 3 p.m.Lindenwood, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.Lindenwood, Dec. 2, 3 p.m.Clarkson, Dec. 5, 7 p.m.at Mercyhurst, Dec. 8, 6 p.m.at Mercyhurst, Dec. 9, 1 p.m.at Robert Morris, Jan. 5, 7 p.m.at Robert Morris, Jan. 6, 3 p.m.Cornell, Jan. 9, 7 p.m.at Colgate, Jan. 16, 12 p.m.at Penn State, Jan. 19, 6 p.m.at Penn State, Jan. 20, 3 p.m.Mercyhurst, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.Mercyhurst, Jan. 27, 3 p.m.at Clarkson, Jan. 30, 7 p.m.at Cornell, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.Rochester Institute of Technology, Feb. 9, 7 p.m.Rochester Institute of Technology, Feb. 10, 1 p.m.at Lindenwood, Feb. 16, TBDat Lindenwood, Feb. 17, TBDRobert Morris, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.Robert Morris, Feb. 24, 3 p.m. Commentslast_img read more

Freshman takes on surprise leadership role for women’s basketball

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first_imgThe women’s basketball team has shown flashes of brilliance this season. The Trojans looked strong when they defeated No. 25 Texas A&M on the road in November and when they dominated Colorado to open up conference play — and even last weekend, when they heartbreakingly lost to No. 13 UCLA by just four points.However, the team has also experienced the lowest of lows, recently snapping a seven-game losing streak: a disastrous run that sent them plummeting down the Pac-12 standings. Part of their descent can be explained by the unexpected. There was senior guard Jordan Adams’ ACL tear in December, which may end her collegiate career (barring a medical redshirt). Sophomore guard Aliyah Mazyck’s foot fracture kept her out for two weeks, and the team’s leading scorer, junior forward Kristen Simon, had an unexplained three-game absence. But within all of the Trojans’ misfortune, there has been one pleasant surprise — the play of true freshman point guard Minyon Moore, which even she was not fully anticipating. “I didn’t come in here expecting to make such a big impact,” Moore said. “But as I’ve started to play and get in the groove of college basketball, I’ve started to get the confidence.” Averaging 10.8 points and 4.58 assists (eighth in the Pac-12), Moore is stepping up her game at a time when her team needs her the most. For her, the Trojans’ recent string of bad luck is no reason to back down or make excuses, especially considering what she had to overcome just to become a Division I basketball player. “I tore both my ACLs and meniscuses when I was high school,” Moore said. “Those were probably the biggest challenges that I’ve had to face. Just having back-to-back ACL injuries and surgeries and keeping my mindset correct because I had to work, work, work in order to get scholarships. That was the biggest adversity that I’ve had to face, but going through that experience has shown me that I can get through anything.” While Moore was scratching and clawing to receive scholarship offers after her injuries, her older sister Mariya Moore, a more heralded recruit out of high school, was already starring at Louisville. Now a junior averaging 12.8 points a game, Mariya continues to be a source of inspiration and rivalry for her younger sister. “Growing up we had a lot of competition,” Moore said. “Our dad would always have us go out and play one-on-one versus each other. Seeing her with all these accolades, and seeing her in college basketball and as a McDonald’s All-American has given me a goal to set for myself. It’s like she has that last name on the back of her shirt, so I need to go out and play for our last name. It’s given me something to work for.”When asked if she strives to one day be better than her older sister, Moore responds as one might expect a younger sibling to.“Yeah, definitely,” Moore said. “She and I joke around all the time about our teams, and if we play each other, who’s going to win. It’s always a family competition, but it’s all love.”When watching Moore, the most striking aspect of her play in both practice and games is how she conducts herself as a floor general, despite being among the youngest players on the team. Whether she is talking on defense, making commands on offense or screaming calls from the bench, the freshman’s presence is always felt. “Being a freshman, I don’t really consider it as, ‘These are upperclassmen so I can’t be a leader to them,’” Moore said. “Since I’m a point guard, I have to take that leadership role, and if my team doesn’t know where to go, I have to lead them. I think that I have adopted a leadership position even though I’m a freshman.”Despite her rapid ascent in such a short period of time, Moore knows she will need to improve parts of her game to reach the next level. “My shot and my left hand,” Moore said. “In the beginning of the season it was really easy for me, because I’m really right-hand dominant and teams didn’t really know about me yet, so I was able to go right every time and score really easily, but now that they’ve scouted me I need to change it up.” Quarterback Sam Darnold may be the most celebrated freshman at USC, but there is another newcomer on campus who is making waves. And like Darnold, she just may be the spark that turns a season around. “If we bring our effort and talent, we can win every game that we play from here on out,” Moore said. “I see these next upcoming games as opportunities for us to show that we’re bouncing back, and we’re coming out stronger.”last_img read more

No repeat in Boston as Red Sox eliminated from playoff race

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first_imgBoston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, left, watches from the dugout during the bottom of the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — It’s official: There will be no repeat in Boston.The World Series champion Red Sox were mathematically eliminated in the late innings, then lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Friday night when Willy Adames had an RBI single in the 11th.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? LATEST STORIES TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: OF J.D. Martinez (left groin tightness) could start Saturday night. … Cora doesn’t have a date for when LHP Chris Sale (left elbow inflammation) will resume throwing. Sale, rehabbing in Florida, spent time with teammates before the game. … INF Michael Chavis (sprained left shoulder) will mostly likely be shutdown for the season.Rays: CF Avisaíl García left after six innings after feeling dizzy. Cash had no update postgame. … INF Brandon Lowe, out since July 3 with a bruised right shin and later a strained left quadriceps, is to play in an instructional league game Saturday.UP NEXTRed Sox RHP Travis Lakins (0-1) will start a bullpen day Saturday night against Rays RHP Tyler Glasnow (6-1), who will be making his third start since returning from a right forearm strain.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments Titles stay put as Filipino fans get real treat in thrilling WWE Manila return A year after going 108-54 to win their third straight AL East title, the Red Sox (80-73) were knocked out during the ninth inning when Cleveland beat Philadelphia, around the time Mitch Moreland hit his second two-run homer.Boston lost eight of its opening 10 games and 13 of its first 19, then struggled to recover. After moving into second place on July 27 at 59-47, the Red Sox skidded to a season-worst eight-game losing streak.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“We were very inconsistent from the get-go and it just carried over throughout the season,” manager Alex Cora said. “We never put (together) one of the stretches that we knew we could, but other teams were better — New York and Tampa in our division. They did an outstanding job.”There has not been a repeat World Series champion since the 1998-2000 New York Yankees. Ten of the last 18 champions failed to reach the playoffs in the year after their title. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ “That’s kind of the question we’ve been asking ourselves, why is it so difficult?” Boston starter Rick Porcello said. “It takes a lot out of you to make a run and win the World Series. Maybe some carryover to that. Also, you’ve got a bullseye on your back. All those things are things you think you should be able to deal with, so it’s hard to answer that really.”Tampa Bay (91-63) remained tied with Cleveland for the second AL wild card, two games behind Oakland. While the Red Sox have the highest payroll in the major leagues at $228 million, the Rays have the lowest at $66 million.“We’re learning a lot about ourselves right now in this environment,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “It’s the best environment that we can be in going forward.”Mike Brosseau and Daniel Robertson drew two-out walks in the 11th from Trevor Kelley (0-3), and Adames lined a single to left that scored pinch-runner Johnny Davis from second base.Diego Castillo (4-8) struck out Moreland with a runner on first to end the top of the 11th.ADVERTISEMENT Moreland put the Red Sox ahead 2-0 with his seventh-inning homer off Charlie Morton on an 0-2 pitch, then tied the score against Emilio Pagan with an opposite-field drive to left.“It’s just been an uphill battle the whole year,” Moreland said. “We got off to a tough start and it seems like it kind of snow-balled on us.”Porcello gave up three hits over six scoreless innings. After a pair of walks by Darwinzon Hernandez in the seventh, pinch-hitter Nate Lowe grounded into a run-scoring forceout, Adames hit an RBI double off Marcus Walden and Josh Taylor threw a run-scoring wild pitch.Ji-Man Choi made it 4-2 on an eighth-inning RBI double off Andrew Cashner.Morton, bidding for a career-high 16th win, allowed two runs and five hits over 6 1/3 innings.“For us to be down by a couple runs late in the game and comeback, it’s gritty,” Morton said.Mookie Betts went 0 for 5 as a designated hitter in his return to Boston’s lineup after missing a week with left foot inflammation. Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi came out in the third due to a bruised left thumb and will likely be sidelined for a few days.Tampa Bay’s Austin Meadows was hitless in four at-bats, ending a 16-game hitting streak.REMEMBERING ROBERTOThe Rays took part in Roberto Clemente Day. The team wore T-shirts honoring Clemente during batting practice and Clemente’s son, Luis, threw the ceremonial first pitch. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:40Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuelast_img read more