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Real Madrid’s Ramos, Bale, Marcelo, Isco out of CL vs Moscow

first_imgMadrid: Real Madrid’s squad headed for Moscow on Sunday, where the team is set to play the upcoming UEFA Champions League match against CSKA Moscow, but Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Isco Alarcon did not travel.Coach Julen Lopetegui has named 20 players for Tuesday’s match, including Vinicius Jr, who made his La Liga debut against Atletico Madrid on Saturday and is looking to make his Champions League debut in Russia, reports Efe.The Spanish coach decided to give a rest to captain Sergio Ramos after he suffered a cut to his left eyebrow during the Atletico match.Bale underwent medical tests to determine whether he has a muscle injury, after being replaced at halftime during the Madrid derby. Marcelo suffers a muscular problem and Isco recently underwent surgery for appendicitis.Lopetegui will be forced to make changes in his team due to the four key players’ absence.The list included: Keylor Navas, Thibaut Courtois, Kiko Casilla, Carvajal, Alvaro Odriozola, Jesus Vallejo, Raphael Varane, Nacho, Sergio Reguilon Rodriguez, Casemiro, Federico Valverde, Marcos Llorente, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez, Vinicius, Mariano Diaz Mejia and Karim Benzema. IANSlast_img read more

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16th Annual DeSinco Trading 11-race cycle programme on today

first_imgCYCLE coach Hassan Mohamed will conduct the 16th Annua1 DeSinco Trading 11-race cycle programme under the company’s Degree brand today around the inner circuit of the National Park commencing at 09:00hrs.The feature event over 35-laps is open to Schoolboys, Novices and Invitational cyclists and will see veteran rider Junior Niles go all out to make a successful defence of the title he won last year in a time of one hour 18 minutes 22.77 seconds.Niles, unlike last year, will this time around have to stave off the challenges of Team Evolution members such as Raul Leal, Orville Hinds, Michael Anthony and Marlon `Fishy’ Williams, who are all in good nick and who have been dominating the 2016 cycle season.Apart from the Team Evolution members, Niles will also have to be wary of Hamzah Eastman, Andrew Hicks and Warren McKay among others.Today, also, Niles will be defending the veterans’ Under-50 years five-lap title which he also won last year in a time of 12 minutes 45.48 seconds, but will once again get stiff competition from the likes of Kennard Lovell and Paul Cho-Wee-Nam.Jamal John won last year’s 10-lap race for junior and juveniles in a time of 26 minutes 37.14 seconds and while he is in good form, he is sure to get keen opposition from Andrew Hicks, Raphael Leung, John, Akeem Wilkinson and Romello Crawford among others.Last year, Oziah McAulley won the five-lap race for mountain bikers and could repeat the feat once more this year. His time for the event last year was 13 minutes 35.07 seconds.Toshana Doris, who won the three-lap race for boys and girls 12-14 years old last year, is expected to be tested by a host of newcomers who recently completed the National Sports Commission’s eight-week `Teach Them Young’ programme that was organised by Mohamed.A representative from DeSinco Trading is expected to witness the day’s activity as well as to assist with the presentation of prizes to the respective winners.last_img
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The Latest: Stadium in São Paulo to be turned into hospital

first_imgThe Latest: Stadium in São Paulo to be turned into hospital The Athletics Association’s statement comes a day after the International Olympic Committee set itself a four-week deadline to decide on a delay.Athletics Association president Christian Taylor and vice president Emma Coburn say “we’re imploring the IOC to announce the postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympics much sooner than in four weeks’ time.”Taylor is a long jumper and Coburn is a runner. Both competed for the United States at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.The group says more than 4,000 athletes have responded to a survey it conducted, with a large majority favoring postponement.Dina Asher-Smith, the world champion in the 200 meters, has also called for a quicker decision by the IOC. The 45,000-seat stadium that was built for the 1950 World Cup is expected to have more than 200 beds and should be ready in 10 days. Construction began on Saturday.___The president of the Norwegian Olympic Committee is recommending that athletes from the country are not sent to the Tokyo Games if they take place as scheduled.Berit Kjøll says “it will not be possible to carry out a Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in July as planned” because of the growing coronavirus outbreak.Kjøll says she respects the IOC’s request to “come up with a well thought-out and good plan for when the games can be completed.” The IOC says it will make a decision within four weeks and the Russian Olympic Committee endorsed that plan by calling for “complete support.”The ROC says “we view as unacceptable any attempts to bring pressure on the organizations in charge responsible of staging the games and to force them to take rash decisions.”Canada has said it will boycott the Tokyo Olympics unless they are postponed and Australia has called for athletes to prepare for a 2021 event.Russia was faced with sending a neutral team to the Tokyo Olympics under sanctions from the World Anti-Doping Agency. But those measures can’t be implemented until there’s a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where hearings have been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. It’s unclear whether CAS could still rule before the Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start July 24.___ ____More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press AOC chief executive Matt Carroll says Australia has athletes based overseas and training in central locations around the country.“With travel and other restrictions this becomes an untenable situation,” Carroll said.The Canadian Olympic Committee earlier said it won’t send athletes to the Tokyo Games unless they are postponed for a year, becoming the first country to threaten such a move in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.The committee sent out a statement Sunday evening saying it was willing to help the IOC search for alternatives, but that it was not safe for athletes, “their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training for these games.”The IOC says it is considering all options. The Tokyo Games are scheduled to start July 24. The Norwegian federation previously had said the Tokyo Olympics should only to take place once the coronavirus outbreak “is under firm control” worldwide.The Canadian Olympic Committee has said it will not be sending athletes to the Olympics unless the games are postponed by a year. Australia says it was advising its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021.___Basketball governing body FIBA is telling players around the world to stay inside.FIBA president Hamane Niang and secretary general Andreas Zagklis says that in “no circumstance should our passion to play basketball surpass the importance of following the instructions of the public authorities” when it comes to helping ensure public health. FIBA says it plans to make decisions soon about the Basketball Champions League, the Basketball Champions League Americas and the Basketball Africa League — as well as all suspended international competitions.FIBA also is monitoring the Olympic developments as the world begins bracing for — and in some cases, advocating for — a postponement of this year’s Tokyo Games. Since qualifying is not yet completed, FIBA says “there is a growing need for answers to be provided quickly.”Niang and Zagklis added that “we will not ask our players to go somewhere, where we would not send our own children.”___Russia has backed the International Olympic Committee’s approach of taking time to consider postponing the Tokyo Games and condemned the body’s critics. March 23, 2020 The latest postponement means there will be no Formula One races until the middle of June at the earliest.The race at the Baku City Circuit was scheduled for June 7.The first seven races of the Formula One season had already either been postponed or canceled.___A group representing track and field athletes has called for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The British sprinter writes on Twitter “does this mean that athletes face up to another FOUR weeks of finding ways to fit in training – whilst potentially putting ourselves, coaches, support staff and loved ones at risk just to find out they were going to be postponed anyway.”___The Australian Olympic Committee has advised its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021.Ian Chesterman, Australia’s team leader for Tokyo, says “it’s clear the games can’t be held in July.”“Our athletes have been magnificent in their positive attitude to training and preparing, but the stress and uncertainty has been extremely challenging for them,” Chesterman said in a statement released Monday by the Australian Olympic Committee. The Spanish soccer federation and the Spanish league say the suspension of professional soccer in the country will continue until government officials “consider that they can be resumed without creating any health risk.”The soccer competitions had been initially suspended for two weeks, but on Sunday the government said the country’s state of emergency would likely be extended, meaning the entire nation may have to remain in lockdown until at least April 11.Spanish authorities say more than 33,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus in the country, with 2,182 deaths.___The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. ___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics would be unavoidable if the games cannot be held in a complete way because of the coronavirus impact.He was commenting on the International Olympic Committee plan to examine the situation over the next few weeks and make a decision, which could include a postponement.Abe, speaking at a parliamentary session, ruled out the possibility of a cancellation.Whether Tokyo can hold the Olympics as planned from July 24 has been a major international concern as the COVID-19 pandemic has spread globally. 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White Boy Auto Spares onboard for GMR&SC Endurance meet

first_imgWHITE Boy Auto Spares of Lusignan is the latest company to show its support for the upcoming season-opening Endurance meet of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC).The company confirmed their sponsorship yesterday with a release saying, “We are pleased to be onboard with the GMR&SC Endurance meet. We look forward to a fruitful partnership.”Five classes will be in action on the day which will feature both bikes and cars competing in separate races.In the first class, cars up to 1500cc will be considered eligible, with the second class being from 1501 to 1600cc. The third class will see cars in the 1601-2000cc class with the unlimited class featuring cars over 2000cc.On the release of the calendar yesterday, president of the club, Rameez Mohamed, commented, “We know that the guys (racers) were asking for early indication of events so we tried as much as possible to get that out so persons can prepare.”He continued, “We also saw the need to get the bikes involved (for this Endurance) as well because they are an important stakeholder in racing and the support for them during the last outing was outstanding.”“What we also have this year is the Endurance calendar being done on a championship basis rather than by meet so persons can rebound from a bad weekend to still fight for a championship.”The Endurance championship will be followed by a local drag race meet on February 11 with the club’s Annual General Meeting set for the February 16.last_img read more

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Syracuse sweeps Temple, clinches program-record 19 wins

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Anastasiia Rukavyshnykova could sense it. The match was slipping away from her. And Syracuse’s CC Sardinha would not relent. And on top of everything, umpire Charlotte Dlugolenski overturned her line call. Down four games to two in the second set, Rukavyshnykova’s frustration came out toward the umpire. She barked her dissatisfaction but returned to the baseline.‘I called the ball the way I saw it,’ Dlugolenski said. ‘I have to be verbally asked by the player whether the ball was in or out. I saw it in so I called it in, and that’s probably what caused a little bit of controversy.’Line calls aside, Sardinha inflicted enough frustration on Rukavyshnykova to cruise to a 6-2, 6-1 victory. And in SU’s final regular-season match of the season, Rukavyshnykova’s trials exhibited what opponents have come to realize all season — this is the best Orange tennis team ever. Good enough to irritate opponents nearly every time out.The Orange swept Temple 7-0 Saturday to bring its final record to 19-2. It is the best finish in SU history. To add to that, the team finished off the year undefeated at Drumlins Tennis Center, its home court, and is riding a 13-game winning streak into the postseason.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite a few bumps along the way, coming in the form of those questionable line calls and a match that wouldn’t end, Syracuse defeated Temple 7-0. ‘They know exactly what needs to be done,’ head coach Luke Jensen said. ‘They are not fazed by what’s on the other side.’The team has a program-record 19 wins. SU’s success is due in large part to Sardinha, who as a freshman is playing the No. 1 spot.The numbers are a testament to the program Jensen has built. It is a last hoorah for the seniors who will not get to play another home game for Syracuse.But perhaps most especially, the numbers stem from the mental position SU has put its opponents in time and time again.Sardinha beat Rukavyshnykova at the No. 1 spot by the largest margin of anyone on the team. Orange volunteer assistant coach Chuck Wiggins was coaching Sardinha’s match. And Wiggins thought Sardinha’s performance was next to perfect. Despite the excitement on the other side of the net, the freshman was unrelenting with her focus. ‘I don’t think she struggled with a whole lot today,’ Wiggins said. ‘She’s a fighter from the beginning of the match until the end of the match, and she will not give up until the last ball is struck. I really couldn’t find much fault with her today.’ But Sardinha’s opponent was not the roll-over-and-die kind of player. Sardinha acknowledged that Rukavyshnykova was a more challenging adversary than many she has faced this season. Rukavyshnykova made her frustration apparent in her questions to the official. In the second set, with Sardinha up 4-2, Rukavyshnykova called Sardinha’s serve out. Unsure about the accuracy of her opponent’s call, Sardinha checked the umpire, who overruled the call, deeming the ball in play. Sardinha won the point, and the serve was recorded as an ace. Rukavyshnykova was not pleased.Throughout the match, Sardinha maintained her composure. She found her opponent’s weak spot, her forehand, and tried to consistently hit it there until Rukavyshnykova made an error.Sophomore Alessondra Parra’s match was somewhat of a struggle. The longest match of the day by far, it ended three hours and 21 minutes after the matches started. Eleanor Peters finished her match before Parra had even started her second set.If consistency was what helped Sardinha win her match, a lack of it was what slowed Parra down, at least in the first set.‘I kept going down and then getting back up, so it was pretty inconsistent on my part and I was teetering,’ Parra said. ‘It was very close — she almost pulled it out.’Parra simply tried to get every ball in during the second set, and that rhythm allowed her to close it out, 6-3. Other than a few hiccups, including the longest match of the day in Parra’s win, SU was dominant. And finishing the record-breaking season with a sweep sends a clear message to the opponents Syracuse will face in the Big East championship in a little less than two weeks.The nuisance is coming.‘(The 19th win) just means that after all the hard work they’ve put in, it’s going to be tough to beat us,’ Jensen said.alguggen@syr.educenter_img Published on April 11, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

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The harsh realities of collegiate football

first_imgI’ve been coming to USC football games for as long as I can remember.I’ve been to games as a giddy kid, a drunken student and a dispassionate journalist. I don’t have to tell you which setting was the most fun.As I look back on the three years I covered the team and the 17 years I was a fan, it’s always the glory years that resonate most strongly. I remember when the program started to turn around in former coach Pete Carroll’s second year, when former quarterback Carson Palmer made his Heisman run, which paved the way for Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush to form a few of the greatest teams to ever don the cardinal and gold.Those years come to mind because the state of the program today is so far from what it was then.The Trojans won’t be in contention for the national title next season, regardless of the fact that NCAA sanctions probably won’t allow them to play for it, anyway. Based on the display put on at the Coliseum last week, USC is facing an uphill battle to simply stay relevant in the Pac-12. The program has been so hampered by NCAA penalties and coaching changes that it’s like a wounded animal, a sad shell of its former self.But the reason I look back fondly on the glory days of Trojan football is not just because of the double-digit victories and strings of conference titles and national championships. Whatever Carroll titles his books, no team can win forever or even stay competitive forever. Ups and downs are part of sports.What made those years special was the purity I perceived in it all. I was a kid who reveled in Saturdays at the Coliseum. I wore the No. 11 and No. 5 USC jerseys with pride in high school. I didn’t care about not having an NFL team. The way I saw it, college football at USC was superior anyway, because it was about honor, tradition and soul, while the NFL was all business.Pretty naïve right?While he was at USC, Bush was the most electrifying athlete I’ve ever seen in person. He regularly did things on the football field I’ve never seen anyone else do. His explosiveness, his vision, his leaping ability were exhilirating to watch. There was nothing like the anticipation that would build in the Coliseum on a fourth down when the opposing team was punting to Bush and the whole crowd was chanting, “REG-GIE, REG-GIE, REG-GIE!”I first heard Bush had possibly done something wrong when I was a junior in high school. It’s absolutely insane to think that five years later, USC is not only still paying for his transgressions, but is still unsure about the full extent of the penalties. If the results of the appeal are not announced in the next two weeks, I will have completed four years of college before the coffin was finally closed on USC’s skeleton.What Bush did didn’t make me like him less or respect his talents less. But it was the first time I started to doubt the purity of college football.Turns out this sport is just as much about business as the NFL.Looking at the scandals that have littered the college football landscape in the past year is enough to demonstrate the harsh realities of college sports. Not even 16-year-old me could have sat through the mercenary sale of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton or the shady lies of Ohio State coach Jim Tressel without recognizing the hypocrisy of it all.As I moved through college and grew more jaded, I understood these issues from different perspectives. Players took money because they were getting screwed by schools and the NCAA, who were making millions off their image. Top juniors went to the NFL because the timing was right and they wanted to start cashing in on their earning power as soon as possible. Coaches left for greener pastures because they were promised fatter contracts and more control.Although it was sometimes ugly, it was logical. Everyone is always looking for an edge. It was a hard lesson, not just about football. In life, this is the way things work. That’s why when I think about USC football, I like to go back to a time before I was cynical and when I was convinced I was watching something uncontaminated.That famous touchdown run Bush had against Fresno State always sticks in my mind, the play where he exploded to the left sideline, stopped on a dime and cut back for a score. He basically won the Heisman on the play, the Heisman he would later give back before it was stripped from him. It led to a touchdown that didn’t count actually, in a win that was later vacated, during a season that is now tainted.But if I don’t think about all the fallout that came later, I can appreciate it for what it was.What a great run. “Middle Ground” ran Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Josh at jjovanel@usc.edu.last_img read more

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BRANCHING OUT: Evan Molloy had been the paper champion in a family of Syracuse lacrosse royalty — until now

first_imgCourtesy of Jamie MolloyJim Brown, the former Syracuse football and lacrosse great, was convinced to come to SU by Evan Molloy’s grandfather. Everywhere you look, there are reminders of Molloy family success. In SU’s locker room, nameplates hang above each locker listing past players who wore that number. Above No. 32, there’s Kenneth’s name. Uncle Ken (29) and his dad, Jamie (7), are there, too. Molloy will never reach the records and accolades as those family members. But now, Molloy has a final season to be everything he expects of himself.“You have to think you’re the best player on the field and no one’s going to score on you, whether it’s true or not,” Molloy said. “That’s who I am. That’s what this whole (Syracuse) thing was. I wasn’t playing and there was still the idea of being the next great Molloy.”In Molloy’s favorite story about his grandfather, the ranking naval officer asks the fresh-faced recruit: Well, son, how many goals did you score on those bastards from Army?Somehow, the other aspiring midshipmen discovered that Kenneth arrived to boot camp in 1943 from Syracuse, where he was a two-time All-American attack on the lacrosse team.“Seven goals, sir,” Kenneth replied.The officer named Kenneth a PT boat captain on the spot.After Kenneth earned a Silver Star and returned home from World War II, he met a girl named Mary at Archbold Stadium during the 1946 homecoming football game. They soon married and moved to Manhasset on Long Island. There, Kenneth heard about a 13-letter athlete at Manhasset Secondary School named Jimmy Brown.Ohio State had recruited him for football and the New York Yankees offered a minor-league contract. But Kenneth had another idea. He convinced Brown that Syracuse would soon be a power on par with Ohio State and fibbed he had the power to grant Brown a scholarship. Syracuse coaches had not scouted Brown and did not want black players on the team, according to Mike Freeman’s biography, “Jim Brown: The Fierce Life of an American Hero.” But Kenneth bet they would offer a scholarship after seeing him play. Unbeknownst to Brown, Kenneth wrote Manhasset community leaders and raised tuition for Brown’s first two semesters.Molloy JimBrown Letter by Michael Burke on ScribdNineteen years later, Brown asked Kenneth to introduce him at his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony. When Brown occasionally visited Manhasset, he regularly stopped by and saw Kenneth’s growing family.The youngest son, Jamie, loved wearing his large, leather-armed Syracuse Varsity jacket and playing with the Onondaga Nation wooden lacrosse sticks in the garage. The 6-year-old watched Floyd Little run all over Pittsburgh at Shea Stadium in 1965. Jamie never could replicate the bruising style, though. He stood 5-foot-7 and weighed 110 pounds in high school. For his own safety, Kenneth moved Jamie to lacrosse goalie.Colleges heavily recruited Jamie, but there was little doubt of where he’d land. He started all four years at Syracuse and still holds the program records for saves in a career with 766. Jamie played under Roy Simmons, Jr., who famously said to his freshman classes on their first day that they owed the program their first-born sons.But Jamie’s first son, also named Kenneth, never had an athletic career because he was born with clubfoot. Jamie threw his second son into the cage as early as he could. He taught his son to scoop, cradle, own the crease and, later, to let the upperclassmen pay for drinks at Harry’s Bar.He raised Molloy in a house never lacking sticks, in a town never absent of boys wanting to play lacrosse. He wanted to carry on the family tradition like his father had relished doing, but sometimes it felt too heavy. He switched to attack in ninth grade and set the school scoring record at small Berkshire (Massachusetts) School.“I wanted to step out of my dad’s shadow,” Molloy said. “It’s tough to be like, ‘A goalie, just like your dad.’”Molloy came home in 10th grade, transferring to Manhasset Secondary School and returning to goalie. He thought he was better there. Both Jamie and Louise still question if his future might’ve been brighter at attack. Molloy sat behind an All-American in his sophomore and junior season and, he said, became the No. 2 option for most schools in recruiting.Virginia seemed appealing and so did Duke, but the top two goalie recruits were already committed there. He wanted to play, so he picked a school with a good track record for Molloys. But it didn’t work out that way. He redshirted and spent the following two years behind more established goalies like Bobby Wardwell and Dominic Lamolinara. In 2016, the position finally seemed his. Until Warren Hill, a world champion netminder, announced his transfer from Onondaga Community College to Syracuse.Hill won the job in the fall, cemented himself in the spring and melted away with the season. Syracuse limped to a 5-3 start before head coach John Desko made the switch. On April 6 at Hobart, Molloy made his first start and played more minutes in that game alone than in the three-plus prior years combined. SU won, 13-6.Shortly after 9 p.m., a plate of chicken wings arrived at the table inside the Sitrus on the Hill bar inside the Sheraton Hotel. Molloy had come straight from the team bus and the family talked more than they ate. Louise beamed at her son’s validation. Jamie delivered a scouting report on Cornell, the next opponent. In a way, the 23-year-old Molloy thought, his parents had finally seen returns on an 18-year investment.But he couldn’t feel settled as the starting goalie. Ten days after leaving the bench, Molloy held eventual-national champion North Carolina to seven goals. Thirteen days later, he did it again, en route to winning the ACC tournament MVP. He embraced it then. But even if none of that happened, that night at the Sheraton would’ve been enough.“Cementing the legacy of the Molloy family is something my dad accomplished way more than I did,” Molloy said. “But just to be a part of that is important. That’s where it comes full circle.”Banner photo by Jacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo Editor Comments Published on February 9, 2017 at 12:38 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.center_img Evan Molloy felt certain on the eve of his fourth birthday that he’d look different in the morning. Somehow older. Sometime after midnight, the door to his mother Louise’s bedroom swung open. Her son padded into the room and crept up to a mirror on the wall. He studied the reflection intently. Then the youngest male in the Molloy line touched his face in surprise. Nothing had changed at all, and some things never would.A year later, Molloy’s father Jamie took him to his first lacrosse practice and put him at goalie. A ball hit the 5-year-old in the head, ricocheted into the air and hit him again on its descent. “Following in your dad’s footsteps?” asked a friend’s father, the first of many to ask.Molloy’s father holds the Syracuse program record for career saves. His grandfather Kenneth is responsible for getting NFL Hall of Famer and Syracuse hero Jim Brown to campus. Yet less than a year ago, Molloy’s contribution to the family legacy was 22 minutes played in three seasons.“I might’ve resented the shadow a little bit,” Molloy said. “Especially when (my dad) is all over the record books, and I’m the third-string goalie.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNot anymore. The career backup subbed in midway through last season for a struggling star transfer and finally shined himself. Molloy transformed into the fulcrum of a floundering Syracuse squad suddenly tipping the scores back into its favor. In just over three weeks, a bench player became a conference tournament MVP. After last season’s meteoric rise, the redshirt senior is a locked-in starter and captain for the No. 6 Orange.last_img read more

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Polina Shemanova named ACC player of the week

first_imgPolina Shemanova was named the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the week earlier today. The sophomore shone this past weekend, recording 45 kills, including 22 in Sunday’s 3-0 victory against North Carolina State. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Orange (6-11, 3-7 ACC) as they wrapped up their last of four consecutive road games. Continuous kills from Shemanova kept the Orange afloat in a close game against the Wolfpack. Though SU won in straight sets, it never secured more than a three-point lead throughout the match — consistent play from Shemanova made the straight-set victory possible. The sophomore, who leads the ACC in kills per set (4.85) and points per set (5.55), only had three attacking errors after struggling to reduce her errors earlier in the season. The outside hitter has proven to be a crucial part of the Orange defense as well with 19 digs in two games this past weekend. Friday, Syracuse suffered a 3-1 loss at North Carolina, but Shemanova recorded 23 kills, only one fewer than her season high. She did, however, register nine attacking errors and three service errors. SU struggled to get going offensively, aside from Shemanova, who saved a potential blowout by keeping the score respectable. This season, Shemanova has played in every single set and the Orange offense has run through her. She has 301 kills, 119 more than second-place Ella Saada. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNext week, Syracuse looks to earn consecutive wins for the first time since mid-September as it faces off against Notre Dame and Louisville in back-to-back home games on Friday and Sunday, respectively.  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 28, 2019 at 8:43 pm Contact Roshan: rferna04@syr.edu | @Roshan_f16last_img read more

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Sanusi Edges Udoh on Disciplinary Count to Emerge NPFL’s Top Scorer

first_img*Enyimba’s Oladapo sets sight on glory as Super Six beginsIbrahim Sanusi of Nasarawa United has been declared the highest goals scorer in the just ended regular season of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).Sanusi tied with Akwa United’s Mfon Udoh on ten goals at the completion of matches going into the Championship Playoff to determine the season’s Champions. The League Management Company (LMC) in arriving at the decision to declare Sanusi the top scorer of the season relied on provisions in Rule A9.4, A9.5-2 which stipulated considerations to choose the lead scorer in the event of a tie of two or more players.Disciplinary records which is the second consideration to brake a tie favoured Sanusi as he only bagged a yellow card all through the season as against two recorded for Udoh.Chief Operating Officer of the LMC, Salihu Abubakar in making this known, said “from our records, Ibrahim Sanusi of Nasarawa United and Mfon Udoh of Akwa United have ten goals to their credit but the Framework and Rules of the NPFL made provisions for determining the top scorer should there be a tie as has happened”We have considered the provisions including Rule A9.4 which prescribed that the player that scored the highest number of goals at the end of the season shall be declared as highest goal scorer”.Abubakar further cited Rule A9.5 which states that If two or more players scored the same number of goals, the next consideration as listed on Rule A9.5.1 is that the player with the least number of goals from the penalty spot.“Again, we have ascertained from the records that both players scored twice for their respective clubs from the penalty spot which led us to the next consideration in RuleA9.5.2 which states that the player with the better disciplinary records in terms of the least number of caution and expulsion cards will be declared as highest goal scorer for the season’, Abubakar clarified furtherIt would have been the second season that recently married Udoh would finish as top scorer had he clinched the award.He still holds the record of the most goals in the league for a season after he netted 23 goals in the 2013/14 season playing for former Champions, Enyimba International.Meanwhile, Enyimba midfielder Austin Oladapo has set his sights on the top prize of the NPFL Super Six Playoffs which begins today at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.The six-team tournament will offer The People’s Elephant, alongside five others, the opportunity to claim the NPFL title, as well as entry into Africa’s club competitions next season.Oladapo, was an integral part of Enyimba’s qualification for the playoffs with consistent performance in the regular season, and the CHAN 2018 silver medalist is bidding to replicate such displays and win laurels for his team.“I am hungry for glory,” the 23-year-old began.“This is an opportunity for me because I’ve not been able to win any major trophy. I know what the premiership will mean to me, to my career, to my family as a whole.“So I’m desperately waiting for the super six to kick off on Tuesday and I’m hoping I’ll be able to give out my best that will give me this major League at the end of the day.”Aware of the quality of the opposition at the tournament, Oladapo knows exactly what Enyimba must do to win silverware.“We know the teams – Rangers, Lobi, Kano Pillars, Akwa. They are all big teams and we are here to fight.“We are here to fight because we know what we want and it’s not going to be easy. We are here to fight to make sure at the end of the day we are able to get what we want”Enyimba will be involved in the opening game of the tournament, with the mighty clash with Rangers International set for 3pm.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more