New-look Saints fail to fire

first_img Both sides resisted the urge to bring in their big-money summer strikers as Shane Long and Brown Ideye were left warming the Southampton and West Brom benches respectively. The duo came on, but could not make telling contributions, with Baggies boss Alan Irvine no doubt the happier of the two managers to settle for a share of the spoils. The former Italy Under-21 international had Southampton’s first chance of the game, but could only glance an eighth-minute header wide of a post. But again it was the travelling fans who saw their side come close to breaking the deadlock as Graeme Dorrans had his low shot bravely blocked by Saints captain Jose Fonte. Southampton started to turn the tide in their favour and it was Jonas Olsson who had to block Pelle’s effort after good work down the left by Ryan Bertrand. Pelle was again involved as Tadic’s cross drifted just too high for the ex-Feyenoord man to reach, with West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster caught in no-man’s land after a mix-up with Andre Wisdom. England international Foster was on hand to make the first real save of the game as he pushed away Tadic’s close-range effort after the Serbia international had done well to initially win the ball back. Long was introduced at the break in place of Steven Davis, with Ideye brought on for his Baggies debut 10 minutes later. But it was Tadic who wasted the best chance in the early stages of the second half, drifting inside unchallenged before rolling a tame shot at Foster. West Brom hit their hosts on the break and Sebastien Pocognoli’s deep cross was headed into the side-netting by Ideye. That proved to be Pocognoli’s last contribution as the Belgium international was forced off, with Jason Davidson, another debutant, taking his place. Tadic was proving to be the man most likely to make something happen and he came close to his first Saints goal after drilling Long’s knock-down narrowly wide. With Southampton starting to ask more questions, James Ward-Prowse hit the outside of a post with a bending free-kick, with Foster seemingly well-beaten. Irvine’s side were dangerous when they went forward and Ideye continued to impress as he turned Fonte inside the box and forced the best save of the match out of a sprawling Fraser Forster. But neither side could fashion a chance to take all three points with a late winner, with a point apiece a fair reflection of a forgettable afternoon. Southampton and West Brom played out a goalless draw as Ronald Koeman’s first home game in charge of Saints failed to usher in an exciting new era. In such a tight game the lingering question was all too obvious. Could Adam Lallana or Rickie Lambert, both sold to Liverpool over the summer, have unlocked a West Brom defence that was more sturdy than the one which conceded twice to Sunderland last weekend? Koeman brought in Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic to cushion the blow of losing his England international duo but, despite signs of sharpness from the latter, neither could take on the mantle of Southampton’s match-winner. The game proved to be a missed opportunity for the new manager and his own recruits to show Saints fans they are moving on from a summer of upheaval. Having impressed for large parts of their opening defeat at Liverpool, Koeman warned other clubs would have taken note of how good his side are. But it was the visitors who started well at St Mary’s, with Irvine’s charges also looking to make an impact. Baggies’ captain Chris Brunt had a shout for a penalty as early as the second minute, but referee Roger East was unmoved as the Northern Irishman fell inside the area while looking to turn the Southampton defence. Brunt was involved again shortly afterwards as his cross was met by Victor Anichebe, who reacted quickest to swing a boot at the ball, only to see his effort fly wide. With former West Brom striker Long again only starting from the bench for Koeman’s side, fellow summer signing Pelle was given the responsibility of operating as the main forward. Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse falls in 2nd round of ACC Tournament to North Carolina

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 19, 2019 at 7:58 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.educenter_img After defeating No. 8-seed Georgia Tech to advance to the second round of the ACC tournament, Syracuse’s run was halted. On Friday, the No. 9-seed Orange (13-12, 5-9 Atlantic Coast) were dominated by No. 1-seed North Carolina (27-1, 14-0) in a 4-0 rout.The match was moved indoors to the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center in Durham, North Carolina due to weather. No. 56 Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez were quickly dispatched by No. 7 Jessie Aney and Alexa Graham, 6-1, after going down a break to start. Shortly after, a tornado warning suspended play for about 45 minutes.Once play resumed, the UNC pairing of Sara Daavettila and Alle Sanford finished off Sonya Treshcheva and Guzal Yusupova 6-2, with head coach Younes Limam once again opting to split up Treshcheva and Golubovskaya (who was paired with Dina Hegab). The Orange’s losing streak in doubles now extends to 10 games with the last coming on March 15. Masha Tritou, playing at fifth singles, was the first to fall. After starting tied 1-all, Tritou would not win another game against No. 118 Aney, losing 6-1, 6-0. No. 97 Ramirez went down two breaks early to No. 14 Daavettila and lost the first set 6-3. Ramirez struggled in the second set as Daavettila won 6-0.North Carolina clinched the match at first singles. No. 13 Knutson jumped out to a 4-2 lead up a break, but fell in the first set 6-4. As with Ramirez and Tritou, the second set did not feature a winning game for the Orange as Knutson also fell 6-0. The remainder of the matches went unfinished.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe No. 30 Orange now have to wait until April 29 to see if they will receive an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament.last_img read more

Mortgage Rates Rise in Response to Positive Economic Indicators

first_img December 5, 2013 441 Views Mortgage Rates Rise in Response to Positive Economic Indicators Long-term mortgage rates saw a jump this week following better-than-expected economic reports.[IMAGE]””Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ released Thursday the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey, putting the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) at a rate of 4.46 percent (0.5 point) for the week ending December 5, up from 4.29 percent last week. A year ago, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.34 percent.The 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.47 percent (0.4 point), up from 3.30 percent previously.[COLUMN_BREAK]Reports were mixed for adjustable rates. The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.99 percent (0.4 point) this week, up from 2.94 percent. The 1-year ARM, meanwhile, averaged 2.59 percent (0.4 point), a slight drop from 2.60 percent.Frank Nothaft, VP and chief economist for Freddie Mac, pinned the increases on encouraging growth in private jobs and “”new home sales””:https://themreport.com/articles/october-new-home-sales-speed-to-fastest-pace-in-six-months-2013-12-04.””Private companies added 215,000 new jobs in November according to the ADP employment report, well above the consensus. In addition, revisions added 54,000 jobs in the prior month,”” Nothaft explained. “”Lastly, new home sales rose 25 percent in the month of October to a seasonally adjusted 444,000 annual pace, though this followed a weaker than expected September report and downward revisions over the summer months.””””Bankrate.com’s””:http://www.bankrate.com/ weekly national survey showed increases all around. According to the site, the 30-year fixed average rose to 4.55 percent this week, a gain of 11 basis points, while the 15-year fixed average increased 15 points to 3.62 percent.The 5/1 ARM was up more modestly, rising 4 basis points to 3.33 percent. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bankrate Freddie Mac Home Sales Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Service Providers 2013-12-05 Tory Barringercenter_img in Data, Origination Sharelast_img read more