Cuba, Barbados play to amusing draw

first_imgBARBADOS and Cuba played to an amusing scoreless draw yesterday at the Leonora Track and Field Facility, on the second match-day of the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Caribbean Qualifiers.It was not the result Cuba’s head coach Lazra Ruiz Alfonso wanted, especially after he watched the girls from the Land of the Flying Fish defeat Guyana 5-1 on Wednesday.Result meant that Cuba will now have to beat Guyana by five goals and, while for the ‘Lady Jags’ they will be playing for pride since technically the defeat against the Bajans, coupled with yesterday’s outcome, was enough to eliminate them from the competition.Meanwhile, the game between Cuba and Barbados was one where both teams came out looking hungry, but, the ‘Bajans’ stuck to their script – play deep in the defence and let Cuba attack.It was a plan that was evident from the opening whistle by referee Joanne Monestime, since Barbados didn’t attack much on the counter, but rather defended like their life was on the line. After all, the team would like to qualify for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup next year in Uruguay.Cuba came close on several occasions to scoring, but not as close as Elianne Valdes Sarmiento’s penalty midway through the second half.Sarmiento was tasked with giving Cuba a lead and possibly the win, but her effort came crashing off the crossbar; much to the dismay of the vociferous Cubans supporters in the stands.The game offered little after the missed penalty and when the referee signalled the end of the game, it was Barbados who celebrated as if they won, because of their superior goal difference in the group. …Cuba, Guyana in interesting final Group ‘D’ clash Sundaylast_img read more

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Syracuse thrives with patient approach, defeats Wolfpack, 5-2

first_imgUp 5-4 in the second set, Breanna Bachini hit her second serve in, and a 12-shot rally followed.Her opponent hit the ball into the net, and Bachini hunched over with an exclamatory “Come on!” to celebrate the point, her first in her match-winning game.The scene was not uncommon throughout the match, as Bachini won several long baseline rallies and expressed her joy afterwards.Syracuse (8-11, 3-10 Atlantic Coast) beat North Carolina State (10-14, 1-12), 5-2, on Friday afternoon at Drumlins Tennis Center with strong groundstrokes and patience. The match was full of long baseline rallies as a result of these elements, and the team was able to capitalize and take the victory.Bachini, who won her match 7-5, 6-2, played against a player she had lost to handedly last season. This time, she was determined not to face the same outcome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Coach (Shelley) George came on the court and the first thing she said to me was ‘So how’d this go last time?’” Bachini said. “… She goes ‘OK, you just got to get more balls in play,’ and that’s exactly what I did out there. And it worked.”While she did a good job of keeping her shots in the court, she still hit them with powerful strokes, maintaining her aggressiveness in the match.She did so while waiting for the right moments to attack.“I definitely wanted to make her stay out there for longer points,” Bachini said, “use my fitness to my advantage, I guess.”Bachini said her backhand was stronger in today’s match than it has been recently, as she had more success with keeping it in play. It’s something that she tried to improve when practicing during the week.Sophomore Valeria Salazar also played a match that featured long rallies from the baseline, and she won 6-4, 6-4.“I was staying low pretty well, hitting deep shots,” Salazar said. “And I was just trying to be patient and try to make her miss or try to get that short ball to win.”Salazar’s mindset in the match was to force her opponent to stay back, and she used her varied game to her advantage in this regard. As opposed to hitting solid groundstroke after solid groundstroke, she tried to mix up her arsenal of shots.When she was up 5-3 in the second set after winning the first, Salazar played a point that lasted for over 20 shots. Throughout the point, she used not only strong groundstrokes with topspin but also drop shots and a lob that won her the point.“I think that’s the kind of player I am,” Salazar said. “I’m kind of handy, so I’m able to do those shots, like slices or try to mix up with the spin.”Senior Komal Safdar defeated her opponent easily 6-1, 6-2, and in the later stages of her match, she found success in a similar way to that of Salazar and Bachini.At one point in the second set, two points that occurred in close proximity to each other featured a long baseline rally that Safdar won when her opponent hit the ball into the net.Head coach Younes Limam coached his players to go for longer points and liked what he saw.“We’re trying to be a little bit more physical and really being patient,” Limam said, “because at the end of the day … it really comes down to very few points.” Comments Published on April 17, 2015 at 7:44 pm Contact Kevin: kjpacell@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Women’s hockey: Badgers up winning streak to 16 with pair of wins over Dartmouth

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s hockey team schooled Dartmouth this weekend, winning Friday night’s match 4-1 and Saturday’s match 4-0.The Badgers (16-0-0, 10-0 WCHA) fought hard against Dartmouth (4-4-2, 4-1-2 Ivy League), with goaltender Ann-Renée Desbiens only allowing one goal the entire weekend.Both games included some rather spectacular play, especially by Desbiens. One of Desbiens’ best saves happened Friday night, when she managed to see through two Dartmouth forwards to catch a puck midair.Emily Clark finished off Friday night’s game with an impeccable shot that she managed to slip past the Dartmouth goaltender’s foot. Clark celebrated her goal alone for about five seconds because she was the only person in the building who knew it went in.The Badgers also saw great performances from their freshman players, especially Sophia Shaver and Sam Cogan, who both scored a goal apiece Friday and Saturday respectfully. Head coach Mark Johnson believes this kind of play is crucial for the growth of these players.“They’re just getting their feet wet right now and in the next couple of weekends [going up against Minnesota and North Dakota] those experiences will help them in their growth,” Johnson said.Saturday got off to a slower start than Friday for the Badgers, with the first goal being scored by Sarah Nurse nine minutes into the second period. Nurse admits the scoreless first period helped to ignite a fire in Wisconsin.“We were peppering shots the whole game, and I think that getting the first goal opened up the flood gates for the whole team,” Nurse said.Nurse would end up scoring Wisconsin’s second goal of the night in the same period, a mere five minutes after her first shot hit the back of the net.Johnson also liked the way the team looked playing against a non-division team like Dartmouth, especially during a third quarter Friday night that got more aggressive as the clock wound down.“We competed at a high level against a physical opponent,” Johnson said. They challenged us and I thought that we responded very well. I like the number that we’re getting, because that indicated that we’re getting the puck quite a bit. We had numerous good scoring opportunities.”Both Friday and Saturday’s game helped two Badgers gain new accolades in their careers.Desbiens now has nine shutouts in the 2015-16 season, which ranks sixth on the NCAA shutout list. Annie Pankowski scored Wisconsin’s first goal of the night Friday, extending her point streak to 18, which is the sixth longest in Wisconsin’s history.Pankowski knew that Dartmouth was going to be a strong competitor, and knows that these wins show the strength of Wisconsin’s team.“We were expecting a great game,” Pankowski said. “And that’s what we got, was a fight until the end. I think that it’s a true testament to our team.”last_img read more

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Syracuse ranked No. 24 after 3 wins in a row

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 9, 2018 at 4:25 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Following three-straight wins, No. 24 Syracuse (6-4-1, 1-3-0 Atlantic Coast) snagged a spot on the United Soccer Coaches ranking list for the first time all season.The Orange beat Akron on Oct. 1, in Ohio. Syracuse then topped then-No. 1 Wake Forest Friday, 2-0 for its first ACC win in more than 700 days. On Monday, Syracuse easily defeated Ohio State, 3-0, behind another shutout from newly-minted ACC Defensive Player of the Week, Hendrik Hilpert.Five other ACC teams were featured in this week’s rankings: No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Wake Forest, No. 9 Notre Dame, No. 11 Louisville, No. 14 Virginia and No. 17 Duke. Two other ACC squads, North Carolina State and Virginia Tech, received votes as well.Syracuse travels to No. 11 Louisville (6-2-2, 3-1-1) for a game on Friday at 7 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

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Premier’s All-Ireland hopes dashed

first_imgMayo defeated the Premier County by 2-13 to 0-14 in today’s semi-final at Croke Park and will play either defending champions Dublin or Kerry in the decider on September 18th.Tipp make a good start to the game and by the 25th minute had build up a 0-6 to 0-3 lead, despite having Robbie Kiely black-carded.However, their momentum was interrupted by a goal by Jason Doherty of Mayo just shy of the half hour mark. The Connacht side made the most of that boost and went in at the break leading 1-10 to 0-7.Liam Kearns’ team got the opening score of the second half through a Michael Quinlivan free which was followed soon after by a point from Bill Maher.Moments later Tipperary had their best goal chance but Josh Keane’s effort was saved by the Mayo ‘keeper.The Premier County’s prospects of going to Croke Park again next month were dented by two key incidents – a second goal for Mayo from Conor O’Shea and the sending off of Tipp’s Bill Maher.Tipperary’s weren’t helped by the failure to score for twenty minutes of the second half either – they didn’t register between Hawkeye deciding that a Michael Quinlivan point didn’t go between the points and one from the Clonmel Commercials that was deemed to be legitimate.Despite the dissapointment of missing out on a place in the All-Ireland Final this year’s championship efforts is Tipperary’s best since 1935.The hope now for management, players and football followers across the Premier County is that the achievements of this year can be built upon.last_img read more

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‘My dance floor’ – Emotional Ronaldinho soaks in Camp Nou on return to Barcelona [VIDEO]

first_imgNo club and player in the mid-2000s were more synonymous than Barcelona and Ronaldinho.The outrageously skilful Brazilian became the best player in the world while at the Catalan club and produced a number of memorable performances.At the peak of his powers, Ronaldinho terrorised defenders across the world, but particularly at the Camp Nou, where he and Barcelona called home.Never was the Brazilian’s brilliance more prominent than when he booted up in front of his home fans.This week Ronaldinho, who won two La Liga titles and one Champions League crown with the Blaugrana, returned to the Camp Nou, this time as a guest.As he walked out into the stadium, Ronaldinho looked around in awe. He was then asked: “Home sweet home, Ronnie?”Ronaldinho replied with a broad smile on his face: “This is my backyard, my dancefloor.”The video, posted by Barcelona on Twitter ended with Ronaldinho urging fans to visit the stadium as well as the former world player of the year sticking out two fingers on each hand in his patented celebration.Take a look at the video below:❤️ it when @10Ronaldinho drops by. Love. It. 🤙🤙 pic.twitter.com/t81A6MnP9y— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 11, 2020last_img read more

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Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency Holds Event to Help Residents With Bills

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisStaff of the Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency held a program to help out residents in the area. If you’re struggling with some of your bills, there is a place and group that could possibly help.The staff at the Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency held an outreach event to help residents complete applications with finding affordable housing, paying utility bills and more.The agency also says it’s about making people aware that the organization is in the community.“Alot of people don’t know about our programs, and I think that’s why we’re here is to make them more aware on what we have to offer. They know about DHHS, and St. Vincent DePaul. NEMCSA has a lot of programs that people don’t know about, and they’re really good programs that will help them with a lot,” Kendall-Thompson said.Kendall–Thompson said it doesn’t hurt to ask for help, especially if there’s a place or organization that is created just to do that.“It doesn’t hurt to ask. A lot of people don’t know what counts as income, a lot of people think food stamps count as income but we don’t count that for the heat assistance program for example. But other than that they don’t have income so they come in and only have food stamps, they’re going to qualify for the program because they have zero income,” she added.When it comes to the application income guidelines are limited. Kendall–Thompson said NEMCSA plans to hold more events like the one in the future to help out residents and other community based needs in the area. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: DHHS, NEMCSA, Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency, St. Vincent DePaulContinue ReadingPrevious Early College Students Set to Graduate in MayNext Residents Tell WBKB News What They’re Doing for Easterlast_img read more

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Donald Sterling ban: Lakers president Jeanie Buss praises Adam Silver’s ‘great leadership’

first_imgLakers president Jeanie Buss officially marked one of many NBA owners that applauded NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for issuing Clippers owner Donald Sterling a life-time ban after making racially insensitive remarks on an audio tape.Read the rest of this post at Inside the Lakers: bit.ly/1hPaqML Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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Ski team of Armed Forces of B&H and ski team of EUFOR Sarajevo are the most successful participants of the competition on Bjelašnica

first_imgMember of the team  of Armed Forces of B&H, Jasmin Dupovac and the member of  the team of EUFOR Sarajevo, Monika Kasper are the most successful participants of the International competition in alpine skiing, which was held today on the Olympic mountain Bjelašnica  in the organization of NATO in Sarajevo. In the male competition, 74 competitors took part in the competition, while the female competition had only 8 competitors.After two giant slalom races, Dupovac was first, while Gregor Presker (Slovenian Embassy) was second and Narcis Hujić (Armed Forces B&H) was third. The most successful teams of the competition were the teams of Armed Forces of B&H and EUFOR Sarajevo.In the female competition, Monika Kasper was first, Astrid Linhard was second and Snežana Golijanin was third. All three were members of the team of EUFOR Sarajevo.Teams from the NATO Headquarters in Sarajevo, EUFOR, Armed Forces of B&H, Intelligence and Security Agency of B&H, Border Police of  B&H, and Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Federation of B&H, Ministry of Internal Affairs of RS, Ministry of Internal Affairs of Sarajevo Canton and Prosecution of B&H participated in this competition.last_img read more

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Šetkić in the Second Round of ITF Tournament in Antalya

first_imgB&H tennis player Aldin Šetkić qualified in the second round of ITF Futures Tournament in Antalya, worth 10.000 dollars.In the first round Šetkić won against George Von Massow from Germany with 7:6 (7/4), 6:2.The 26 year old player from Sarajevo will play for placement in the quarterfinals with Tinotend Chanakir (Zim) – Barkin Yalcinkale (Tur).B&H tennis player Tomislav Brkić was very successful in the first round of the tournament in Antalya as well. He will play for placement in the quarterfinals with Sean Berman from the USA.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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