Syracuse splits doubleheader with 10-inning victory over Grand Canyon and shutout loss to No. 5 UCLA

first_img Published on February 18, 2018 at 11:06 pm Contact Eric: | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (4-3) began its doubleheader on Sunday with its most exciting victory of the year, but followed it with its second shutout loss in as many days immediately after.The Orange opened the day with a 9-8 extra-innings win against the Grand Canyon Antelopes (3-7), a contest in which SU fell behind early but came back to win in 10 innings. The elongated game meant that Syracuse had to start its game against the No. 5 UCLA (8-0) later than scheduled, but Bruins starting pitcher Rachel Garcia made sure that the game ended quickly for the Orange. Garcia was perfect through six innings against Syracuse, ultimately allowing just one hit over seven innings, striking out 10 en route to a 6-0 complete-game victory.A day after pitching the second perfect game in SU history, Alexa Romero was back starting in the circle for the Orange against the Antelopes. She saw much less success on Sunday, allowing five consecutive runs to GCU in the first four innings before settling down to allow her offense to heat up.A 5-0 deficit after three and a half innings quickly turned into a 5-4 game after five innings, kicked off by an RBI groundout by Lailoni Mayfield in the fourth. A scoreless top of the fifth by Romero was followed by the Orange’s most successful frame of the day, a three-run bottom half punctuated by a Neli Casares-Maher RBI double that cut the lead to one.The Antelopes doubled their lead in the top half of the sixth thanks to a Jordon Keeton double to center field, but SU wasn’t done scoring. Bryce Holmgren’s single in the bottom of the seventh, one of her four hits on the day, scored Syracuse’s fifth and sixth runs after an Antelopes error to tie the game at six and send it into extra innings.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe teams traded a run each in both the eighth and ninth innings before a scoreless top half of the tenth by AnnaMarie Gatti led to the deciding inning for the Orange. Casares-Maher, starting the inning on second base due to the NCAA’s tiebreaker rule, reached third base on a bunt by Mayfield and scored the game-winning run during the ensuing at-bat, thanks to a GCU error.Syracuse’s highest-scoring game of the year didn’t translate into the second game of its doubleheader, thanks to the performance of the redshirt-sophomore, Garcia. Gatti started for SU but had control problems in the loss, going two innings and giving up four runs on five walks and two hits.The Orange didn’t tally its first hit until the top of the 7th, when senior Sammy Fernandez singled to the left side to serve as SU’s first baserunner of the day. Holmgren was hit by a pitch two batters later and the Orange had a last-gasp rally of sorts in the works, but a groundout by Casares-Maher and a strikeout Rachel Burkhardt, her third of the day, ended any hope of an SU comeback.Syracuse wraps up its road trip against Cal Poly at 11:30 a.m. on Monday. Commentslast_img read more

Ronaldo rape allegation: Las Vegas police reopen case

first_imgPolice in Las Vegas have reopened a sexual assault investigation from 2009 at the request of a woman who has alleged she was raped by Cristiano Ronaldo.Kathryn Mayorga says she was attacked by the Portuguese footballer in a hotel room in the US city that year.Juventus forward Ronaldo, 33, has dismissed the claim, first reported in Germany’s Der Spiegel, as “fake news”.His representatives said he would take legal action against the magazine.Der Spiegel said Ms Mayorga, 34, filed a report with Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident.In 2010, she reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo involving a $375,000 (£288,000) payment for agreeing never to go public with the allegations. Her lawyers are now seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.Las Vegas police confirmed they had investigated a complaint in June 2009, but added they had no suspect in the case.”At the time the report was taken, the victim did not provide detectives with the location of the incident or suspect description,” a statement said.”As of September 2018, the case has been reopened and our detectives are following up on information being provided,” it added.Ronaldo joined Italy’s Juventus from Real Madrid for £99.2m ($128m) earlier this year. The Portuguese international is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.last_img read more

B&H representatives in Beijing: Tuka and Alić are counting the Hours until the World Cup

first_imgAmel Tuka and Hamza Alić, B&H representatives at the World Championship in Athletics which starts today in Beijing, will participate in the qualifications for the final part of the biggest festival of the athletes in the world. B&H athletes Amel Tuka and Hamza Alić completed their last preparations before the qualifying performance, and they are counting down until the opening hours of the great competition in Beijing. Hamza Alić will be the only representative in the shot put in this competition, after the second B&H representative in this discipline, Kemal Mešić, canceled his performance due to the injury. In an interview, Alić emphasized that the preparations went very well and that he is looking forward to Sunday when the qualifications and the final competition in his discipline will take place. “I am very satisfied with the conditions that we have here in Beijing, and the preparations for this competition were carried out already in Zenica. When it comes to the other competitors, favorites are a lot ahead of me, but there is no giving up in this sport. There are always surprises, and nothing can be excluded,” said Alić. B&H diamond on the 800 meters, Amel Tuka, should have his first race early in the morning, at 5.50 a.m. CET. He will run in the group that is not a big problem for him, according to the results of his opponents, and in an interview he said that he is fully prepared for the competition. Air quality in Beijing is very bad, which will be a problem for the most of the athletes. Tuka said that he is still getting used to their climate, but he is not worrying too much about these things. “I’m still getting used to the new climate, since there is great humidity here and it’s a little bit hard to breathe, but we will see how it will all look tomorrow. The conditions are the same for all of us and we will all run at the same weather,” said Amel, adding that he already completed his main training in Zenica. (Source: read more

City of West Palm Beach Makes Push to Prevent Texting and Driving

first_imgThe city of West Palm Beach and West Palm Beach Police are reminding drivers about the new texting and driving law.Watch press conference with West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James here.It went into effect on July 1, but citations won’t be issued until next January.Right now, everyone’s in a warning period.Police teamed up with the city to launch a Vision Zero Safety team.They will focus on three critical intersections in the city:Broadway between 36th and 59th Street.Palm Beach Lakes between Dixie and Village.Okeechobee Boulevard between Dixie and Indian Road.last_img read more

Final hole birdie sees Kemp to his Holy Grail

first_img“I’m chuffed to bits,” he said after collecting the trophy. “But I made hard work of it with a bogey at the 16th when I hit a six iron into a bush. I left it in there, got it out with my third shot then took three more for a bogey six.“It put me under pressure because I knew the situation. I knew I needed a birdie at the last to win and I managed to do it with that ten footer.”On a scorching day in the shadow of the Malvern Hills, for most of the time it seemed a two-horse race between Kemp and playing partner Williams. There was seldom more than a stroke between them but when Scarrett posted a 70 to set the target at one under 212, there was little room for error. 7 Jul 2013 Final hole birdie sees Kemp to his Holy Grail John Kemp found the missing link in his long and successful career when he rolled in a ten foot birdie putt on the final green to win the Logan Trophy, the English Men’s Mid Amateur Championship at a sun-drench Worcestershire Golf Club.The 45 year old from Bedford carded a closing 72 for 211, two under par, and a one stroke winning margin over playing partner Paul Williams from Lancashire and local man Paul Scarrett.Kemp (image copyright Leaderboard Photography) came into the championship with three British Mid Amateur titles but was lacking the English crown despite two runners-up spots. “I just want to get the monkey off my back,” he said with a round left. And he did just that. Both Kemp and Williams went out in 34 but the Lancastrian began faltering with three bogeys in five holes, while Kemp dropped a shot at the 11th. But they were tied again when Kemp took his six at 16 and they came to the par four last with still a shot between them. Both found the green in regulation with Williams some 30 feet from the pin and Kemp around ten feet away. In front of an eager crowd in front of the clubhouse, Williams coolly draining his for a superb three, which meant he, Scarrett and Kemp were level on one under.It looked to be a sudden death playoff but Kemp was not to be denied and although his ball seemed to hesitate on the edge of the cup, it dropped it to the cheers of the crowd.“That was a great way to finish, wasn’t it,” added Kemp. “It’s the sort of situation that tests you and I’m glad I passed that test. I played the front nine O.K. but the wind was different today. It switched around and all the holes played differently. It made it tricky but I’m glad I had the guts to finish the way I did.”For his part, Williams said: about his final putt: “Well, it had to go in, didn’t it? I holed quite a few of them. John’s a great fellow and a true champion.” Scarrett’s closing 70 certainly put the cat among the pigeons and he deserved his runner-up spot. But the best round of the day, a 68, was posted by Steve Watton from Burhill in Surrey with five birdies which hauled him up to equal ninth place on 219.Thomas Burley from Somerset made a brave defence of the title he won last year at Saunton with a closing 72 for 221 and 14th place.last_img read more