Syracuse volleyball falls to Iowa State, 3-0, for worst start since 1987

first_img Published on September 3, 2016 at 9:20 pm Contact Jake: jafalk@syr.edu Syracuse’s poor start to the season continued Saturday as the Orange (0-4) lost in three straight sets to Iowa State (3-2) in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Orange failed to win a set for the second straight contest and has won only two sets through four games this year.SU is off to its worst start since 1987, when the team lost its first five games of the year.The Orange won the first point of the first set and was able to get ahead 5-4. But then Iowa State scored eight of the next nine points to take a commanding lead it would never give up. The Cyclones won the first set 25-14.The second set was much of the same. Iowa State pulled away and eventually won nine of the final 12 points to win the set 25-15.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s closest chance at a set victory came in the final one of the game. SU was able to tie the set at 12 and pull within two to cut Iowa State’s lead to 23-21. The Cyclones scored the next two points to end the game.The Orange was out-killed 48-23 and had a poor hitting percentage of 3.1 percent.Libero Belle Sand made the 2016 Nebraska Invite All-Tournament Team. Anastasiya Gorelina led the team with 10 kills and Santita Ebangwese led the team with five blocks on Saturday.Syracuse will look for its first win of the season as it returns to the Women’s Building to host the Syracuse Tournament on Sept. 9-10 against Hofstra, Siena and Penn State. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

AFCON: Best paid coach in Africa sacked

first_imgGabon sack Costa, appoint Garrido ahead of CANLibreville, Gabon | AFP | Africa Cup of Nations hosts Gabon have sacked coach Jorge Costa little more than two months before the start of the 2017 tournament, the country’s federation announced on Friday.The Fegafoot first cancelled a Costa press conference scheduled for Friday morning before announcing the departure of the 45-year-old former Portugal defender.He has been replaced on an interim basis by compatriot Jose Garrido, who had been working for the federation as a technical director and previously worked as a coach in the Middle East. He will give a press conference on Saturday morning, Fegafoot said.Garrido must then prepare for the crucial World Cup qualifier away to Mali in Bamako on November 12. Costa, who had been in the job since 2014, oversaw a 0-0 draw at home to Morocco in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in his final match in charge last month.His absence from the draw for the Cup of Nations in the capital Libreville on October 19 did not go down well in the country.Gabon will play Guinea-Bissau in the opening match of the tournament in Libreville on January 14 before also facing Burkina Faso and Cameroon in Group A.Ex-Porto stopper Costa had initially been let go at the end of June due to his “uneven” results but was then reappointed in August with the aim of getting to the final of the Cup of Nations.He was the best-paid coach in Africa with a monthly salary of 70,000 euros ($78,000)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Wenger vows to stick with troubled Arsenal

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal’s turbulent January hasn’t affected his desire to remain in charge of the troubled Premier League club beyond this season.Wenger’s side head into Saturday’s clash with Crystal Palace in crisis with their star forward Alexis Sanchez preparing to join Manchester United.Since beating Palace on December 28, Arsenal have taken just two points from their three league games to leave them trailing eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the fight to qualify for the Champions League.Adding insult to injury, the Gunners suffered an embarrassing FA Cup defeat at Championship side Nottingham Forest earlier this month.Wenger’s problems have once again thrust his future into the spotlight, with fans once again calling for the Frenchman to resign after 14 years without a league title.But the 68-year-old has vowed to revive Arsenal’s fortunes and, asked this week if this could be his final season, Wenger said: “No, that’s not the way I respond.“I agree completely that 2018 until now has not been very positive but I am long enough in the job to know that what is important is how we respond to it and to focus on the performance.“My personal situation is a bit secondary to all of that, what is important is how the team responds and what we make of 2018.“We have many challenges, it is difficult at the moment, but as well very exciting because we have many challenges in front of us and we can come back in the Champions League.”– Vilification – By the time Arsenal face Palace, Sanchez could finally have got his wish to leave, with reports claiming the Chilean is on the verge of a £30 million ($41 million, 34 million euros) move to United that would make him the league’s highest paid player.Wenger hopes the closing of the transfer window on January 31 will provide Arsenal with clarity and a renewed focus.“We of course play the semi-final (of the League Cup) next week and after we have the Europa League as well, which is another target, so we have to very quickly get over this transfer period because for us especially this period has been more disturbing than ever,” Wenger said.“Why? Because we have big players that are at the end of their contract and that is the first time that it happens, that we have such influential players close to the end of their contracts and it has been more destabilising than ever.“I have no stress measurement at all. The experience I have helps me to focus on what is important at the right moment.”Despite Arsenal’s woes, Palace boss Roy Hodgson believes the vilification of Wenger is unjustified.Hodgson ranks Wenger alongside former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson as one of the greatest bosses in English football history.“I think there are managers like Arsene who deserve the utmost respect because of what he’s done in the game of football, not least here in England,” Hodgson said.“He’s a record-breaker in almost every category and basically the only person in my era who could really hold his hand up and say ‘this guy and I are in the same category’ is Alex Ferguson.“He’s been criticised many times in the past but he could lose the next 50 games he ever plays and it certainly wouldn’t change one bit my respect for him as a manager or a person.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Cespedes steals show from All-Stars, wins HR Derby

first_imgNEW YORK (AP)—Yoenis Cespedes certainly made his mark at the All-Star game—and he’s not even on the roster.Actually, it was a dent.Oakland’s second-year slugger won baseball’s Home Run Derby with a dazzling display of power Monday night, becoming the first player left out of the Midsummer Classic to take home the crown.Cespedes beat Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round, hitting the decisive drive with five swings to spare. The outfielder from Cuba flipped his bat aside and raised his left arm in triumph when he sent his 32nd homer of the night some 455 feet to center field, where it caromed off the back wall of the black batter’s eye.“You come for a show in New York. He put on a show,” said Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer.The final addition to the field, Cespedes was the fourth player not selected for the All-Star game to compete in the event.Cespedes hit a whopping 17 home runs in the first round—more than any other player managed in their first two trips to the plate.Citi Field opened in 2009 with a cavernous outfield and yielded the fewest home runs in the majors over its first three seasons, according to STATS. But the Mets erected a new fence in front of the old one, dubbed the Great Wall of Flushing, before last season. That trimmed dimensions by up to 12 feet and lowered the height of the wall from as high as 16 feet to 8 all around.But it’s still no hitter’s haven. In fact, hometown favorite David Wright had joked he would take his Derby swings from second base.Wright and another hometown darling, Pirates slugger Pedro Alvarez, were both eliminated in the first round. Alvarez went to high school in New York City and grew up in the same Manhattan neighborhood as Manny Ramirez.Wright managed five home runs as the sellout crowd of 43,558 chanted “Let’s Go Mets!”“I ran out of gas,” he said. HOMETOWN DARLING—National League’s Pedro Alvarez, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, watches his hit during the MLB All-Star baseball Home Run Derby, on Monday, July 15, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Your comments are welcome. Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courierlast_img read more

Saint Martin’s Theater and Music Departments Present ‘Into the Woods’

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s University“Witches can be right/Giants can be good/You decide what’s right/You decide what’s good.”These and other intriguing lyrics by Stephen Sondheim can be heard beginning April 5 when the Saint Martin’s University theatre and music departments present the Tony Award-winning “Into the Woods,” the Broadway epic in which everyone’s favorite fairytale characters are brought together for a timeless but relevant piece of American musical theater.With book by James Lapine, this riff on the creations of the Brothers Grimm follows a baker and his wife who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival “more than anything;” and Jack, who wishes his cow, Milky White, would, well, give milk. When the baker and his wife learn they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the couple sets off on a journey to break the spell.  Everyone’s wish is granted. But everyone learns to be careful what they wish for when the often disastrous consequences of their actions return to haunt them later.Performances will run April 5 – 6, and April 10 – 12 at the State Theater, 204 4th Avenue E, in downtown Olympia. Tickets at the door are $12 for general admission, and $7 for students, seniors and military personnel. Admission April 9 is Pay-What-You-Will. Advance Tickets can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com.Performance times are as follows:7:30pm, April 52:00pm, April 67:30pm, April 10, 11, 12last_img read more