Van Persie scores in United victory

first_img Van Persie scored his first goal for over a month to put United ahead and Radamel Falcao got on the scoresheet before Wes Morgan’s own goal sealed the win, which moves Louis van Gaal’s men up to third in the Barclays Premier League. Marcin Wasilewski scored in the second half, but the Foxes were unable to pull off another great comeback like they did in the reverse fixture last September, which ended 5-3 to Leicester. Press Association The tempo was slightly quicker, but Leicester goalkeeper Schwarzer remained untested in the opening exchanges. The home fans became annoyed at their team for not going on the attack against the bottom team in the division. Too often they passed the ball sideways or backwards. Nothing seemed to be going for the hosts. Rooney’s attempted cross-field pass ended up in the East Stand. Angel di Maria showed his class by chesting down a Leicester clearance, but he followed it up by putting his volley into the crowd too. Van Persie spurned an opportunity moments later, scooping a shot high and wide from the edge of the area. The home supporters needed a goal to lift their spirits and Van Persie delivered it in spectacular fashion just before the half hour. Blind pinched the ball off Andrej Kramaric and chipped a clever ball over the Leicester back four towards Van Persie. The striker showed true class by watching the ball over his shoulder before stabbing past Schwarzer first time for his ninth of the campaign. Five minutes later, United doubled their lead. Van Persie started the move, brushing his man off the ball to find Di Maria. Schwarzer spilled the Argentinian’s shot and Falcao scrambled home his fourth goal of the season just before Ritchie De Laet and Wasilewski could intercept. United were now playing at their free-flowing best. Falcao and Di Maria exchanged passes in a quick counter, but they could not test Schwarzer. With Leonardo Ulloa isolated up front, Leicester could offer little on the attack and two minutes before the break they found themselves 3-0 down. Rooney’s corner skidded off the head of Blind and Morgan, who was caught out by the flick-on, accidentally diverted the ball into his own net. Leicester’s supporters, rather optimistically, insisted they were going to win 5-3 again. Just after introducing Esteban Cambiasso at the break, the Foxes hit United on the counter, but Kramaric’s attempted bicycle kick failed spectacularly. United remained by far the superior team though. Adnan Januzaj, making his first league start in almost three months, wanted in on the act, but his swirling 25-yard shot dipped just over Schwarzer’s bar. Ulloa had a pretty desperate penalty appeal turned down when he slipped in the box on the hour. A brief moment of panic followed when substitute David Nugent nudged last man Phil Jones off the ball, but David de Gea came out to stop the former England striker. Van Persie earned a standing ovation when he came off with 22 minutes to go. Leicester grabbed one back when Wasilewski headed in at the far post, but there was not enough time to mount another comeback and United coasted to victory. Robin van Persie ended his dry spell with a spectacular finish that propelled Manchester United to a comfortable 3-1 win over Leicester. Van Persie spoke candidly this week about how disappointed he was with his form this season. The Dutchman said his performances had not been up to scratch and conceded he did not know if he had done enough to earn a contract extension. But on Saturday he looked something like the Van Persie who scored 30 goals in his debut season at the club. The Dutchman watched Daley Blind’s chip pass over his left shoulder before expertly stabbing the ball past Mark Schwarzer with his right boot. Replays showed the 31-year-old may have been slightly offside, but he did not care. Falcao rounded off a move which Van Persie started five minutes later and the three points were in the bag at half-time after Morgan turned Wayne Rooney’s corner into his own net The win – and the fact that they scored three goals – will give confidence to Van Gaal’s team, who had scored just five goals in their previous six matches. For the first 20 minutes, United looked just as flat as they did in their last home match – the 1-0 defeat to Southampton. last_img read more

Panhellenic elects new president

first_imgWith the semester coming to an end, the Panhellenic and Interfraternity councils are beginning to transfer to new leadership.The Panhellenic Council announced Monday night that Ayushi Gummadi, current vice president of scholarship, will be next year’s president. The 12 positions on the Panhellenic executive board were also officially announced Monday night following applications and interviews that occurred over the past week.“We have a really great board in place and a great foundation upon which we can work,” Gummadi, a junior majoring in business administration, said. “We just need to make sure we are prepared and organized to put the word out about our philanthropies. It’s important to be able to work with not only with the Panhellenic community but the university as a whole.”Applications for positions on the Panhellenic executive board were due Nov. 19, and interviews were held Nov. 21 and Nov. 22 at  the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority house. The entire executive board, along with Panhellenic delegates, were present for each interview.“I have full faith that the new board will do a good job in keeping up Row relations,” said Laura Redfern, current president of Panhellenic. “My advice would just be to stay objective, keep an open mind and be nice to each other.”Each Panhellenic chapter presented a slate with their selections for the positions, and current board members voted on the candidates. Candidates who earned the majority vote were contacted by the member of the board currently holding that position.Redfern said she is excited for the new board to uphold Greek traditions such as the Greek Gala and golf tournament while fostering relationships between the houses.“I’d like to see them maybe expand on relationships with the other Greek councils and continue philanthropic events,” Redfern said. “It would also be really good to focus on fun programming for new members too so they can continue to stay friends with people in other houses.”Beth Saul, assistant dean for Student Affairs and Director for Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development, said she is looking forward to working with the new board.“A group of energetic and committed women … will work together to continue the Panhellenic momentum,” Saul said in an e-mail.Saul said she has high hopes for the upcoming executive board.“Increase the positive gap between the Panhellenic GPA and the all women’s GPA, provide strong support for high standards in the Panhellenic community, keep the momentum and interest in recruitment and joining, plan events that are classy and enhance the image of USC Greeks and the Panhellenic community specifically,” Saul said.IFC elections will be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Kappa Sigma fraternity house. Twenty-one candidates are running for 14 positions on the executive board, said Eric Ronan, current IFC president. Applicants were interviewed and the current executive board put together a slate that will be voted on by all of the fraternity presidents on Wednesday.Four men are currently running for IFC president, but candidates can still run if not listed on the ballot. Ronan, for example, was not slated for president last year but won the vote of the fraternity presidents and was thus elected to the position.Ronan said the new board will play a role in bolstering IFC’s relationship with the university.“I really hope that the new board can continue to strengthen the relationship that our board has built with the university, specifically Student Affairs and the Department of Public Safety,” Ronan said. “It would be great if the next board can advance us philanthropically through hands-on community service events and increase our academic standard.”As departing IFC President, Ronan had advice for the new president.“My best advice is for him to really take a step back and talk with all of the presidents of all the houses,” Ronan said. “Try to come up with the best sort of direction and always be in contact with the university.”last_img read more

Lyon Center updates floors, pool deck

first_imgThe Lyon Center completed renovations during winter break intended to improve its facilities.Facility maintenance has updated the floors in all of the Lyon Center’s common areas including hallways and stairwells, according to Justine Gilman, director of Recreational Facilities and Fitness.Renovation · Students play ping pong in the upstairs hallway of the Lyon Center. The Lyon Center finished installing new flooring in the common areas including hallways and stairways over winter break. – Jennifer Schultz | Daily Trojan Gilman said the Lyon Center is currently working to replace the pool deck, which is scheduled to be finished in the middle of February.The pool area will continue to be improved this semester as external landscaping and fencing for the pool are currently in a concept stage. The Lyon Center is also looking to redo the dive tower later this semester.Some students, however, wish the Lyon Center focused the renovations more on the machines.“[The flooring] doesn’t really mean a lot to me,” said Travis McLain, a sophomore majoring in interactive entertainment. “Maybe some more machines would be better because the cardio ones get really crowded.”Dana Levin, a junior majoring in biological sciences, said she would work out at the Lyon Center if there were more machines.“I don’t go to the Lyon Center much because its always just a bit too crowded but if they are adding in more spaces, the changes might entice me to go more often,” Levin said.Gilman said the center is constantly trading old equipment for new equipment, but more machines are not likely to be added in the near future.“As for adding a number of pieces, I don’t see that happening right now in terms of space,” Gilman said. “But we will continue to trade out and bring in new equipment.”Nehi Ogbevoen, vice president of Undergraduate Student Government, said he hopes the construction will benefit students and address their past complaints about the Lyon Center.“We kept hearing complaints from students about how the machines are broken, spaces are limited, and we are very excited about the new renovations because it will begin to address some of these needs,” Ogbevoen said.In addition to the flooring and pool deck renovations, the Lyon Center is awaiting new digital televisions that should arrive by the end of the month, Gilman said.“When the university went from analog to digital, 50 percent of our TVs were analog, so we are replacing the old to bring in the new digital ones,” Gilman said.Inconveniences to students were minimal because the bulk of the renovation took place during break and the multiple rainstorms in Southern California caused only minimal delays, according to Gilman.The Lyon Center was closed from Dec. 14 to Dec. 17 to seal the flooring, but only parts of the center were closed during the rest of the renovating process.The construction was a collaborative effort of USG, Recreational Sports and Programs and Recreational Facilities and Fitness.Chris Cheng, USG president, said there are a wide array of possibilities for university construction in the future.“Now that the campus center is done, it opens up the door for new construction projects across the campus,” he said.last_img read more

WLAX : SU erases late 3-goal deficit, storms back for win over Louisville

first_imgLouisville still had control. Despite blowing a three-goal fourth-quarter lead, Louisville had possession and was circling the net looking for that final goal. With less than a minute left to play, Syracuse and the Cardinals were tied at 10-10.Then came Syracuse’s chance to cap an improbable rally. The Orange’s Jill Cammett forced a turnover. Attack Tee Ladouceur floated around the Louisville goal as Cammett passed downfield. Ladouceur cut up in front of the goal in time to catch a pass from Michelle Tumolo.With 50 seconds left on the clock, she turned toward the goal with her stick poised in the air. One second later, she launched the ball into the middle of the net. She jumped into the air, bouncing up and down as her teammates screamed. It proved to be the decisive tally as Syracuse (6-7, 4-1 Big East) secured its 11-10 victory Thursday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘They had the ball for about a minute, and what do you know, Jill comes up with it,’ Ladouceur said. ‘And we get down the field and we start making plays. And that’s what it’s about.’The final goal capped off a four-goal run for the Orange, including another by Ladouceur and two by midfielder Sarah Holden, who had a career-high four goals and two assists on the day. After a lackluster performance by the Syracuse offense for the majority of the game, the team was able to get its energy up and mount a furious rally in the last six minutes.Down 10-7, Syracuse’s offensive surge started with a free-position shot awarded to Holden. She passed the ball to a wide-open Ladouceur, who finished. But it was Cammett who really fired up her teammates. Just minutes before starting the game-winning play, she forced a turnover to shift the momentum of the game.SU head coach Gary Gait said the momentum shifted in large part to Cammett’s play. SU went on to score three goals in the final 3:23. Cammett inspired the biggest difference between the Syracuse team that wasn’t scoring and the Syracuse team that won.‘It was the energy level, the sense of urgency,’ Gait said.And the comeback bucked the Orange’s struggles playing from behind this season. The team had not yet overcome a halftime deficit for a win before the game against the Cardinals (10-5, 3-3 Big East). But Thursday, the team appeared to have learned from past mistakes.‘We’re capable of scoring in bunches and making runs,’ Gait said. ‘In other games we didn’t do that. We didn’t finish. We didn’t make the run. In this game, we did. Maybe it’s the fact that we’re at home and they believe in themselves better when we’re at home. But they made the plays and that’s the difference between winning and losing.’The Syracuse attack was more cohesive in the last part of the game. Gait attributed that to the team attacking as a group and moving well off the ball.Defensively, the Orange was able to slow down its opponent as a whole, although Louisville senior attack Liz Lovejoy had the game-high five goals. Gait said occasionally it is better to pressure a team’s offense and let one player have a successful game than it is to focus on that one player. Overall, he was pleased with how the team defended.‘Defensively, from (goaltender Liz Hogan) in the net, all the way up through the attack we were showing that we can transition the ball and finish,’ Gait said.Hogan had nine saves on the day. In those last few minutes, however, the excitement of the offense drew her forward. She began sneaking up out of her goal, even crossing the midfield line at times. Given the situation, she said she was not too concerned about leaving the net open.‘I don’t know if I necessarily get nervous,’ Hogan said. ‘It’s more like an extra support for them because I’m obviously the open one. You have that advantage when the ball’s in the offensive end, so I just try to help out.alguggen@syr.edu Comments Published on April 20, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Men’s basketball hosts crosstown rival

first_imgFollowing a narrow loss to the Stanford Cardinal earlier in the week, the Trojans men’s basketball team will try for a victory against its crosstown rival when the UCLA Bruins visit the Galen Center on Wednesday night.The Trojans (9-7, 1-3 Pac 12) were able to keep it close against Stanford until the very end and dropped their Pac-12 meeting, 78-76. Sophomore guard Julian Jacobs led the Trojans with 16 points and freshman guard Jordan McLaughlin and sophomore forward Nikola Jovanovic added 14 points and 13 points, respectively. The two spent a lot of time on the court together in the game, and head coach Andy Enfield was happy with how the two played together.“I liked what we saw. Julian was playing well at the point, Jordan was really good coming off screens and making plays,” Enfield said. “Jordan’s a true point guard and Julian is really a point that can play the two because he has bigger size, but I’m fine with both of them playing either position.”Stanford (11-4, 3-1) was led by senior guard Anthony Brown, who had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Cardinal was able to earn its third straight win over the Trojans. Junior forward Rosco Allen had a career-high 18 points, 12 of which came from behind the arc. Senior center Stefan Nastic had 15 points and senior guard Chasson Randle added 12.The Trojans were able to cut the deficit to one at the end of the game, led in part to a flurry of points by Jacobs and freshman guard Elijah Stewart. Stanford missed a few 3-point plays, and USC capitalized on the miscues to give themselves a chance to win. McLaughlin, in his first game back from injury, turned the ball over in the closing seconds and Stanford made a clutch free throw to preserve the win.Despite the tough loss, McLaughlin was able to stay positive.“We battled and we can get some positive things out of this,” said McLaughlin. “At the end of the day, that’s all we can ask for.”The Trojans look to move on from the defeat as they face the Bruins (10-7, 2-2) on Wednesday night. UCLA is led by freshman forward Kevon Looney, who was recently named Pac-12 Player of the Week after averaging 21 points and 13 rebounds in the Bruins’ two conference wins over Stanford and California. Looney is the only freshman in the nation to be averaging a double-double, and he ranks 12th in the nation with 10.3 rebounds per game. With Looney leading the way, UCLA ranks first in the Pac-12 in rebounds per game (41.4) and offensive rebounds per game (13.9).Not only will USC try to win the battle of the boards down low, but they will also attempt to contain the main scorers on the Bruins. Sophomore guard Bryce Alford ranks seventh in the Pac-12 in scoring and leads the Bruins with 15.4 points per game. Sophomore guard Isaac Hamilton has provided consistent scoring for UCLA and has scored in double digits in 12 of 17 games on the year.Enfield is treating the contest as if it is just another game.“UCLA is a terrific team — very talented, very well-coached — and they’re playing well right now,” Enfield said. “For us to have a good Pac-12 record, they’re one of the 11 teams we have to beat. So we look at that as another Pac-12 game with a little extra enthusiasm because they are local, it’s a rival, and it should be a great crowd in here. But we’re looking to really ramp this up on a national scale and the first thing we have to do is win league games.”In addition to conference standings, the game will count toward the BMW Crosstown Cup, a competition between the two schools that includes all sports. The winner of the game will earn 15 points toward the season’s score which the Bruins currently lead 45-10.“It should be a very exciting game,” said McLaughlin. “We’re getting better every day in practice, so it should be a fun game.”The game will tip off at 6 p.m. at the Galen Center and will be broadcast on ESPN2.last_img read more

THE JUMPMore than a year after injuries, Brittney Sykes has one more shot to be the player she once was

first_img Published on November 9, 2016 at 11:47 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Comments Brittney Sykes insists she’s ripe for stardom. Her summer was ordinary enough: she assisted on the new director of athletics search committee, hoisted 500 3-pointers a night and pondered her year ahead.That’s about as normal as her last three summers have been. Two she spent recovering from ACL injuries, which had cut down her career and lengthened her path to a pro career.This offseason, Sykes stayed in Syracuse for both summer sessions. After dinner every night, one of Sykes’ roommates, Isis Young, said Sykes would go back to the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center for extra shots. She hadn’t had this much time to prep for a season since 2013.“Now that she has confidence in her knee, she should have an unbelievable breakout year,” Syracuse assistant coach Tammi Reiss said. “I think she’s ready to show people the real Brittney Sykes, not the Brittney that came off two ACLs last year.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSure, she started every game, averaged more than 10 points per contest and helped lead Syracuse to its first-ever national championship game. But last season did not represent the kind of player she is, Sykes and those around her said.She said she could have added more to a national title-contending team. A medical redshirt two years ago gave Sykes a fifth year of eligibility and a second chance to prove that. Sticking with her strengths has put her on an ascent with just one more level to reach: “She wants to be that player she was,” Regina, her mother, said.,Sykes thrived at University (New Jersey) High School. Yet when Sykes’ freshman year basketball coach, Felicia Oliver, told her she’d grow into a Division I prospect, Sykes looked up at her coach, gazing in disbelief.“I don’t see that,” Oliver recalls her star guard saying.But coaches did. They inquired about Sykes, a lean guard with a knack for getting to the rim. She drew offers from Rutgers, Duke, Notre Dame, Penn State, Georgetown and Syracuse, among others — so many that Oliver didn’t know what to do with a mailbox full of letters. At times, they’d just pile up in a bin.Those who know Sykes laud her athleticism. Once she developed that, her former coaches said, her skills developed and she started to flourish. By Syracuse’s opening night in her freshman year, she cracked the starting lineup. She logged 63 starts through her first two seasons.I think she’s ready to show people the real Brittney Sykes, not the Brittney that came off two ACLs last year.Tammi Reiss, SU assistant coach“She possesses the athleticism that gives you the ability to play in the WNBA,” Reiss said. “She is probably one of the best athletes I’ve ever seen.”But when the 2014 NCAA tournament came along, Sykes, at the end of her sophomore campaign, tore her right ACL, forcing her to miss the bulk of the year. She re-tore her ACL on Jan. 4, 2015 against Notre Dame, just three games into her return from tearing it the first time.Faced with yet another ACL tear, Sykes sulked. For most of the ensuing months, pain irked her. The ability she showed early had dimmed. Reiss said Sykes’ first step has regressed because of the injury.Sykes has shown glimpses of her skillset. Her sophomore year, she averaged a team-high 16.6 points per game on 50.5 percent shooting from the field. Her 24-point game against Albany in the 2016 NCAA tournament, also her first 20-plus point game in more than two years, sent Syracuse to its first-ever Sweet 16. She posted 17 points in both the Sweet 16 and national semifinal games.center_img In her 41 games since returning from injury, though, she’s averaged just 9.7 points per game. Last year, she shot only 35 percent from the field. Sykes acknowledges the decline.She felt slighted when she wasn’t named to the All-ACC team. That she wasn’t even mentioned gives her one more thing to prove. She’s fine with qualifying as overlooked but she wants to be special, an All-ACC and All-American selection.“At first I hated talking about my injury just because it was one of those things you didn’t want to talk about anymore,” she said. “It’s something you want to depart from, detach from, say that’s not you.“But then you mature up, come to the realization that it did happen and you made it through. My testimony is that those two injuries saved my career, and ultimately my life.”How Sykes looks at the world, her thought process and her stepping into a leadership role have changed this year. Looking back, she said the injuries taught her not to take anything for granted. Sykes isn’t dwelling on what could have been.There’s a stark contrast in her tone when she talks about what drives her. She takes on a mellow demeanor and her voice softens, far from her normal, jubilant self. She wants to become a household name, or the “master prototype,” Oliver said.Her maturation began with a resolution to, hours after a national championship loss, forgo the WNBA Draft and stick for her fifth year at Syracuse. Now, the seasons drained by injury, the decision to come back for a final year, the prospect of another NCAA tournament run have added up.Before tipoff on opening night against Rhode Island, Sykes said she’ll grab a seat on the Syracuse bench. She’ll look to the crowd, give her signature nod and take it all in.“It’s finally here,” Sykes said. “This is my last go-around. So why not have a lot of fun with it?”,Banner photo by Jessica Sheldon | Photo Editorlast_img read more

Scott Robertson keen to assist Lions in South Africa

first_img Written By First Published: 21st August, 2020 07:49 IST LIVE TV Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVEcenter_img Last Updated: 21st August, 2020 07:49 IST Scott Robertson Keen To Assist Lions In South Africa Super Rugby-winning Crusaders coach Scott Robertson says he has offered to assist Warren Gatland in coaching the British and Irish Lions on their tour to South Africa next year COMMENT Super Rugby-winning Crusaders coach Scott Robertson says he has offered to assist Warren Gatland in coaching the British and Irish Lions on their tour to South Africa next year.Robertson, who coached the Crusaders to the Super Rugby Aotearoa title this season after winning the full Super Rugby tournament in each of the previous three years, said in a radio interview Friday his offer is being considered by Lions management.“I’m waiting. We’ll see what happens,” Robertson said. “Obviously there’s a lot to work out with COVID and the British and Irish Lions tour. But we had a couple good conversations since and (Gatland) has got to go through his line of management to make a decision.”Robertson, 45, said he approached Gatland after missing out on the All Blacks head coaching role last season. New Zealand Rugby appointed Ian Foster, the former assistant to All Blacks coach Steve Hansen, in part citing Robertson’s lack of international coaching experience.Once I missed the All Blacks job I actually reached out to Gats and asked him if I could go on that tour,” he said. “I thought, look if I can’t be involved with the All Blacks, what’s the biggest thing – or actually bigger in its own self the Lions tour — to get involved.”I said ‘look, I would love to help you if I can’.”Something that really drives me and motivates me is probably to learn and understand. Obviously Gats has been hugely successful at the international level as a coach so he’s a person to learn off and also allows me to not have to go offshore to actually coach and get that international experience.”Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

Anderson throws 3-hitter for 1st CG as Giants top Dbacks 5-1

first_img First Published: 23rd August, 2020 10:38 IST LIVE TV Tyler Anderson pitched a three-hitter for his first career complete game, overshadowing a record-tying night for Zac Gallen as the streaking San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 on Saturday.Mike Yastrzemski and Alex Dickerson drew consecutive walks with the bases loaded against reliever Junior Guerra in the seventh inning to break open a tight game. Brandon Belt singled twice and had an RBI.Yastrzemski also made a spectacular defensive play when he crashed into the right-field wall to take away a hit from Ketel Marte in the sixth, helping the Giants win their fifth straight.Anderson (1-1) was sharp all night, allowing an unearned run while striking out four with one hit batter. The lefty retired 15 straight after giving up a one-out double to Marte in the first inning. Marte also doubled in the ninth. Arizona’s only other hit was David Peralta’s RBI single in the seventh.“It felt great,” said Anderson, who had never gone more than eight innings. “Our bullpen’s been getting a little worn out so it’s nice, especially probably for myself they’ve had to cover a lot of the innings in games I’ve thrown. For them to not have to throw today is great.”Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he didn’t think much about pulling Anderson, although Marte’s leadoff double in the ninth made him pause.“I thought if there was another guy that got on that would have prompted me to think about (using reliever) Jarlin Garcia, but he just kept getting outs. He continued to be efficient,” Kapler said. “He earned the right every time an inning ended to go back out and get the next three hitters. I think he hit 91 (mph) a couple of times in the ninth. Just an all-around gutsy performance.”Starling Marte scored Arizona’s only run after reaching on an error in the seventh. The Diamondbacks have lost four straight.Gallen gave up one run and three hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked four, including the first three batters he faced.The Arizona right-hander tied the record for most games allowing three earned runs or fewer to begin a career. Gallen’s streak of 21 starts ties the mark set by Aaron Sele of the Boston Red Sox from 1993-94.It came after a rough first inning, too.Gallen walked the bases loaded on 15 pitches, then got a mound visit from pitching coach Matt Herges before getting Belt to ground into a double play. Yastrzemski scored on the play.“It’s just a testament of trying not to let innings explode,” Gallen said. “It’s like that first inning – trying to minimize damage. It’s a testament to guys making plays. Just one of those things where I try to minimize damage and keep us in the game.”The Giants’ defense bailed out Anderson in the sixth after he hit Kole Calhoun with a pitch with two outs. Yastrzemski had to chase down Ketel Marte’s long fly and made a leaping grab as he crashed into the padded wall in right field.“I was so pumped. I was amazed he caught it,” Anderson said. “I just wanted to make sure he got up and he wasn’t hurt, slamming into that wall. Yaz is a great player. He goes after every single one.”After the Diamondbacks tied the game with an unearned run off Anderson, the Giants batted around in the seventh. Matt Grace (0-1) issued a pair of walks sandwiched around a pinch-hit double by Joey Bart. Yastrzemski and Dickerson followed with walks off Guerra to force in a pair of runs, and Belt’s single made it 5-1.FAMILIAR FACESThe four Diamondbacks cutout “visiting fans” for this weekend’s series in San Francisco are Hall of Famer Randy Johnson (earned his 300th win with the Giants on June 4, 2009), Luis Gonzalez (had two splash hits here), Mark Grace (five homers and one splash hit) and Roland Hemond. Another Arizona great, Matt Williams, already had a place in the stands for his contributions to the Giants from 1987-96.TRAINER’S ROOMGiants: Austin Slater was placed on the 10-day IL with a mild left groin strain sustained while running the bases Friday night. Slater has also been dealing with a strained right elbow. “It’s tough for the club but it’s even tougher for Slater,” Kapler said. … RHP Sam Coonrod (Grade 1 lat strain) threw a simulated game and could return soon. Kapler was mostly pleased with Coonrod’s velocity and overall health. … Bart, called up to be the team’s everyday catcher, was given a planned rest to keep him fresh. … OF Steven Duggar was called up from the alternate training site and started in center field.UP NEXTArizona RHP Luke Weaver (1-3, 9.16 ERA) is coming off a solid five-inning start against the A’s and will try to match that against the Giants on Sunday. Weaver beat San Francisco in his only appearance at Oracle Park last season. RHP Trevor Cahill (0-0, 1.59) goes in the series finale for the Giants. Cahill has pitched a total of 5 2/3 innings in his two previous starts this season.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News Written By FOLLOW UScenter_img COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 23rd August, 2020 10:38 IST Anderson Throws 3-hitter For 1st CG As Giants Top Dbacks 5-1 Tyler Anderson pitched a three-hitter for his first career complete game, overshadowing a record-tying night for Zac Gallen as the streaking San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 on Saturday SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

U20 World Cup: Africa gets two semi spots as Senegal, Mali advance

first_imgMali and Senegal have made sure that African teams occupy half of the final four spots at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.Mali defeated favourites Germany 4-3 in a penalty shootout, following 120 minutes that only produced a 1-1 tie.Julian Brandt gave the Germans the opening goal in the 38th minute and Mali goalkeeper Djigui Diarra saved a penalty before Souleymane Coulibaly headed the Eagles level in the 58th minute.The Africans, who beat Ghana 3-0 to get to this stage, are now on course to match their best result in the competition at least – when they finished with the bronze medal in 1999.The Eaglets will now meet Serbia in the semi-finals on Wednesday.Cubs heroics Senegal coach Joseph Koto (pictured below) masterminded defeated Uzbekistan 1-0 in the quarter-finals on Sunday morning.A well-taken late second half goal by Mamadou Thiam decided the closely-fought contest at the Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington, and set up a mouthwatering semi-final battle with five-time champions Brazil.It has been an enthralling ride for the debuting Senegalese after their opening day 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Portugal – who they could have met again in the semi-finals had the Europeans not fallen to Brazil in another penalty shootout earlier in the day.The Lion cubs drew 1-1 with Colombia in their second game before coming from behind to edge Qatar 2-1 in their final group game. They then outlasted Ukraine in a bruising quarter-final clash that was decided by a penalty shootout. Elsewhere, Serbia and the United States traded 18 penalties before Serbia emerged 6-5 winner of a match which had been locked 0-0 after extra time.And five-time champion Brazil was taken to penalties for the second match in a row before beating Portugal 3-1 following another 0-0 draw. Brazil will play Senegal in Wednesday’s other semi.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

Garrett Richards throws one-hitter, but Angels lose 3-2 to Rangers in extra innings

first_imgHis shot off the left-field foul pole on Saturday was his fifth homer of the season.Any bad feelings from the previous day were held mostly in check. A day after being spiked in the leg by Odor’s controversial slide, Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons got his own chance to break up a double play. He slid cleanly into second base in the bottom of the fourth inning — but was called for interference when he moved too far past the bag.Simmons also took a fastball to the leg in the second inning, but the pitch did not appear to be intentional. Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels walked Simmons during his next at-bat, with his fifth pitch landing in the dirt. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Added Richards: “It was a good one to build off of.”After losing chunks of the last two seasons due to injuries, Richards has been difficult to predict. He has recorded at least eight strikeouts in three outings, including 11 in a 3-0 win over the Giants six weeks ago. He has also twice been pulled before the end of the third inning, lasting 2-1/3 frames in last weekend’s appearance at Yankee Stadium.But he has at least been present, making his 12th start of the year on Saturday after taking the mound just six times in both 2016 and 2017.Texas saw the good version of Richards. After the first innings, no Rangers got on base until the start of the seventh, when Shin-Soo Choo reached first on an error by third baseman Jefry Marte. A wild pitch pushed Choo to second, and he eventually scored after a pair of groundouts.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.A walk in the eighth inning ended Richards’ night. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Justin Anderson walked his first batter, then retired three straight with his next 14 pitches — including two swinging strikeouts. In the ninth, Blake Parker gave up a double to Jurickson Profar, who advanced to third on a wild pitch to Nomar Mazara.And then, some confusion: A sac fly by Adrian Beltre brought Profar home, but Carlos Tocci — pinch-running for Mazar — ran for second and was thrown out. Angels fans initially cheered, thinking the game was over, but a review ruled that Profar reached home plate before Tocci was tagged. Tie game, 2-2.“That’s a timing play,” Scioscia said. “They got the call right.”After a scoreless ninth by the Angels, Jose Alvarez took the mound. The reliever struck out Joey Gallo to start the 10th inning, then gave up a single, a walk, and a single. That sequence brought Rougned Odor home to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead.The Angels couldn’t respond. Luis Valbuena struck out swinging, while Ian Kinsler and Mike Trout flew out to center.Trout, who finished just shy of the cycle, was nevertheless a bright spot in the Angels’ lineup. The center fielder opened up scoring with a home run to left field in the first inning. He tripled in his next at-bat, his 1,104th career hit with the Angels, and singled in the sixth inning.He now sits in eighth place on the club’s all-time list, ahead of Bobby Grich (1,103) and behind Howie Kendrick (1,204). The outfielder has had at least one base hit in six consecutive games, his longest streak of the season.Kinsler blasted a solo shot of his own in the sixth inning. After a disappointing start to the season, the second baseman entered the day with nine hits in his last 15 at-bats — a stretch that included three doubles and a pair of home runs.Related Articles PreviousTexas Rangers relief pitcher Keone Kela, right, celebrates with catcher Robinson Chirinos after the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 2, 2018. The Rangers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler, left, celebrates with Mike Trout after a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, slides safely to steal second base ahead of the tag by Texas Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 2, 2018. The play was reviewed and overturned after Trout was initially called out. 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(AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)NextShow Caption1 of 13Los Angeles Angels’ Ian Kinsler, left, celebrates with Mike Trout after a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)ExpandANAHEIM — Garrett Richards’ yo-yo of a season appears to be spinning in the right direction.The right-hander had one of his best outings of the year on Saturday, allowing just one hit in the Angels’ 3-2 loss to the Rangers in extra innings. He threw 101 pitches, struck out nine batters and lasted seven innings — tying his longest start of the season.Despite the Angels falling to 31-28, it was a good sign for the 30-year-old, who entered the year as the most experienced starter in the rotation.“Garrett has great stuff from the first inning,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Maintained it until over his 100th pitch. Got a little bit tired. His command got a little wavy in the latter innings, but that’s as well as you can throw the ball. It was terrific.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more