Ighalo’s Resurgence with Super Eagles Excites Kanu

first_imgOdion Ighalo Femi SolajaFormer Nigerian Captain, Nwankwo Kanu, was full of praises for Super Eagles forward, Odion Ighalo, as the Changchun Yatai star in the Chinese Super League has rediscover his scoring tricks.The former Watford FC player, whose exploit in the Chinese league was complete opposite of his performance for Nigeria at the last World Cup in Russia has suddenly warmed himself back into the hearts of soccer loving Nigerian as the leading scorer with six goals in the AFCON 2019 qualification series. Kanu commended the striker for his ability to come out of his goals-drought to rediscover himself again for the national team.According to Kanu, “it is not possible for Ighalo to deliberately miss those scoring chances most fans are crucified him for, rather it was unfortunate that he did not make best use of the balls that could have buried mighty Argentina in that crucial match at the World Cup in Russia.“Fans need to appreciate the state of mind of a footballer. While in other clime they are encouraged, it is sad here we crucify them as if it is a deliberate act not to write ones name in gold with goals,” observed the former Arsenal legend.The Atlanta Olympic gold medalist expressed his happiness that all that is now history for Ighalo.“For Ighalo to have banished the ghost of Russia 2018 and return to winning ways in the national team shows that he has conquered the psychological problem within a short period. This is good for him and the country too,” remarked Kanu in an interview during the investiture ceremony of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) at the Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi’s Palace last TuesdayHe also advised football fans not to be too emotional at crucifying players saying that aside the fact that players have to go through a lot of rigorous training to reach that height, they are family men too.“When you throw stone at your hero just because he did not play to your expectation, you are not in anyway encouraging him to hit his prime again rather it’s the other way round. There is the need for us to cultivate the habit of encouraging and not the other way round,” he advised.Since his superlative opening goal in last year’s 4-0 rout of Cameroon in Uyo, Ighalo fired blank. His most culpable gaffe was the miss against Argentina at the World Cup.However, even when he resumed goal scoring by netting in Nigeria’s third goal in the 3-0 defeat of Seychelles away, many football fans still did not reckon with him, possibly on account of the relative strength of the opposition and possibly because the goal was from the penalty spot.All that changed after a five-star performance against Libya which saw him score five goals in two matches this month.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Iwobi, Smalling Bids Rejected by Arsenal, Man Utd

first_imgAlex Iwobi (right) Iwobi is not agitating to leave but is willing to move if a deal is agreed.Smalling, 29, is one of seven centre-backs at United after the £80m signing of his England team-mate Harry Maguire.He has made 323 appearances for the Old Trafford club, winning Premier League titles in 2011 and 2013.Watford have signed England forward Danny Welbeck on a free transfer after his release from fellow London side Arsenal, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.Welbeck, 28, spent five years at Arsenal but played only 14 games in all competitions in his final campaign.“The Hornets are delighted to confirm the signing of England international forward Danny Welbeck on a free transfer,” Watford said in a statement on the club’s website.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Free agent Welbeck joins WatfordEverton have had a £30m bid for Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi and a loan offer for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling rejected.The Toffees are expected to return with an improved bid for 23-year-old Nigeria international Iwobi – but it is likely to have to exceed £40m to be accepted.Iwobi is under contract at the Emirates until 2022 and made 35 Premier League appearances last season, scoring three goals and assisting seven.last_img read more

Italian Football Chief Ready to End Season in August

first_img“It’s premature to think of a date, but we must think positively, also for the health of Italians and hope that this situation will end as soon as possible.”The FIGC chief had last week expressed his hope that the championship could resume on the weekend of May 2.A meeting is scheduled for Thursday between the representatives of the Italian league, FIGC, the players’ union, coaches and the government to evaluate the future.“There are many issues,” said Gravina.As for the suspended championship, Gravina rejected either cancelling or assigning the title as the table stands where champions Juventus were leading by a point when the season was halted.“This would lead to an unpleasant scenario. As long as possible, I will continue to reject these options.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Italian football federation (FIGC) President, Gabriele Gravina, said late Wednesday he was determined that the Serie A season would be concluded even going into August.All sports in Italy have been suspended until April 3 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic which has forced the postponement of Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics.“We will do everything to complete the championships, if necessary we will ask for the support of UEFA and FIFA to go beyond June 30 and play also in July or August,” Gravina told Radio Marte. Italian FA chief executive Gabriele Gravinalast_img read more

USC receives $25 million grant from National Science Foundation

first_imgA USC professor has been awarded a prestigious grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a center that will study microbes beneath the ocean floor.College of Letters, Arts & Sciences Professor Katrina J. Edwards received a $25 million grant from the NSF to create the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI). NSF grants are extremely competitive — this year they were awarded to just five out of 247 proposed programs. Each grant allows for the creation of a new science and technology center.Deep sea · USC professor Katrina Edwards received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the organisms below the ocean floor. – Photo courtesy of Katrina EdwardsC-DEBI, the center Edwards will establish with the grant money, will initiate sub-seafloor biosphere expeditions and research, and will develop education and outreach programs based on its findings. Although most of the work will be field work completed on a ship, the center will also run out of an office on campus.“Marine research has been hobbling along for decades ever since we discovered, from core samples taken in the 1980s, that microbes existed within all marine sediment,” Edwards said. “This grant has come at a remarkably advantageous time, given the advances in research technology, and will over the next two years help shape the field of microbiology.”The money from the grant will be spread between research endeavors — instrument purchase and upkeep, lab work, expeditions to take core samples — and the administrative costs of new education and outreach curriculums.Edwards has been working to better organize and facilitate sub-seafloor research since her arrival at USC three and a half years ago.Her proposal for the NSF grant began with a workshop supported by the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at USC, where she gathered a group of international biologists committed to pioneering a center similar to C-DEBI. A pre-proposal was drafted in October 2008, followed by a second proposal in April 2009. It was not long after NSF reviewers visited campus in October that USC officially received the grant for the center.The center’s first initiatives will include three separate drilling junkets supported by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, to be completed over the next several years. Edwards herself will lead the team exploring the Atlantic Ocean’s North Pond, a location she has been studying since February 2009, with an expedition set to take place in September 2011.An emerging scientific view holds that up to one-third of all biomass carbon might exist buried in marine sediment. The center, beginning with these expeditions, will examine what the presence of microbes beneath Earth’s surface means for the global carbon cycle, the nitrogen cycle and the planet as a whole.Through this grant, C-DEBI hopes to bring together a diverse group of biologists to explore the implications the deep sea biosphere holds for Earth’s systems. Edwards believes the funding will help scientists in the field better streamline their efforts.The center’s other main initiative, to subsidize education and outreach programs, is set to begin this summer as part of C-DEBI’s broader aspirations to educate the public about its discoveries in geobiology.Borrowing from the ideas of the Center of Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE), an NSF Science and Technology Center grant from 2006, C-DEBI is designing its outreach enterprises to be non-exclusive. C-MORE implemented outreach program “K To Gray,” referring to its pursuit of every age demographic.“We are aiming these programs at everyone because we feel that the knowledge we will gain from this field of research is particularly transformative. We need everyone to be aware of it,” Edwards said.Vice Dean Dani Byrd of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences said USC is thrilled to have the center housed here and that the grant, much larger than those that normally come through the College, is a testament to Edwards’ leadership and her team’s commitment.“It’s incredibly rare to see such a globally diverse group of scientists, all of whom are leaders in their fields, come together for such a coordinated effort,” Byrd said.Edwards attributed much of the success to her colleagues, noting that she was proud of the effort they put forth in what she felt was a short period of time, and that she felt privileged to lead such a talented group of scientists.“The support from within the university and from within the College has been incredible,” she said. “The faculty has been with us through every step in this process. Not many universities can capitalize on their own talents and resources at a level similar to USC’s.”Outside of her work with C-DEBI, Edwards is a geobiologist, microbiologist and oceanographer, working with mineralogy on the side. She has been studying the deep sea her entire professional career and has been moving systematically toward deep biosphere research for the last six years.last_img read more

Derby match a must-win for Badgers

first_imgAfter dropping its seventh straight match, a 5-2 second-half scoring barrage to the two-time defending national champion No. 8 Indiana last Friday night, the struggling Wisconsin men’s soccer team (4-9-0, 0-3-0 Big Ten) is looking to finally get back on the winning track as they take on Marquette University (5-6-1, 1-5-1 Big East) at 7 p.m. tonight at the McClimon Soccer Complex.The Badgers hold a 13-9-6 all-time record against the Golden Eagles, including a 2-1 win at McClimon in 2003, and a thrilling 5-3 victory last year in Milwaukee. In last year’s match, Marquette opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, but then allowed five straight Wisconsin goals — three by graduated forward Jed Hohlbein — before scoring the last two of the match.This year, however, the Badgers are without the scoring prowess of Hohlbein, and have instead had to rely on younger players to provide the offensive thrust. As a result, head coach Jeff Rohrman’s club has scored only 13 goals this season, and only three in the past six matches.Although Wisconsin broke its two-game drought by scoring two against Indiana Friday, Rohrman was displeased with the way his team played defensively against the Hoosiers. However, he believes if the team can get a few goals against an offensively challenged club like Marquette, it can come away from the match favorably.”We did do some things well going forward [against Indiana], but I was also a little bit concerned with the goals that we gave up,” Rohrman said. “Against Marquette, we just have to be a little smarter in how we play defensively and where we give the ball up. If we do the same things we did offensively last Friday, then we should be OK.”Wisconsin freshman midfielder Kenny Dix believes the team’s goals against Indiana last Friday have given the team the momentum it needs to start scoring more goals and chalking up some more victories.”I think now that we’ve found the net a couple of times, we’ve got a little bit more confidence — we’ll definitely start to score more and win some games,” Dix said.While the Badgers are in the midst of a seven-match losing streak, the Golden Eagles arrive in Madison coming off of a 1-0 victory over UW-Green Bay last Wednesday. The victory for Marquette snapped a three-game losing streak of its own in which it lost to conference opponents No. 13 Connecticut, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh.And while Marquette’s offense has only tallied seven goals this season, its defense has kept the club competitive thus far. Head coach Steve Adlard’s club has allowed only 14 goals this season — six of which came in its loss to No. 13 Connecticut.”[Marquette] hasn’t given away a whole lot of goals this year, with the exception of maybe Connecticut,” Rohrman said. “It’s going to take a great effort on our part to get more than one [goal] by their defense. From what I know about each team, I think it will be a low scoring game. It would be nice to get four or five [goals] in on them, but that would be a surprise to me if we do get that many.”As both Wisconsin and Marquette employ a more defensive style of play, the Badgers feel they will have an offensive edge in tonight’s matchup. After losing to UW-Milwaukee earlier this year, the Wisconsin squad is also feeling the pressure of facing an in-state rival.”It should be a good match,” Dix said. “We know that [Marquette] is a really direct team, so they play into our style very well. It’s also an in-state match, so we’ve definitely got to take it seriously and turn things around and start winning some games.”Since UW hasn’t won in over a month — last defeating Butler 1-0 on Sept. 18 — a victory tonight over Marquette would finally end Wisconsin’s loss streak and would prepare them for a pair of Big Ten matches on the horizon. Rohrman’s club returns to the pitch Sunday, traveling to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a match with the Michigan Wolverines before returning home to face Michigan State next weekend.last_img read more

UW ready for in-state rival Marquette

first_imgNick Janus and the rest of Wisconsin’s freshmen will be tested as they experience a mid-week match on the road for the first time.[/media-credit]It’s rivalry week for the men’s soccer team as they hit the road to take on Marquette.After dropping a 1-0 overtime decision against No. 16 Creighton, the Badgers feel as if they have to win this physical rivalry game.“It’s always exciting to play a rival in state such as Marquette and Milwaukee,” senior midfielder Jon Rzepka said. “It’s a big game because obviously we need a win. It’s going to be physical. It’s going to be hard playing away, [but] I’m looking forward to it.”“They have a nice field, the atmosphere is going to be great. It’s exciting for me, I know the team is excited too especially just to try and get back in the winning column.”While their defense proved to still be rock solid against Creighton – forcing the game into overtime – Wisconsin is focusing on getting the ball rolling and finding the back of their opponent’s net.Through seven games the squad has only tallied four goals. Keeping in mind their defensive principles, the Badgers are focusing on getting more players down into the offensive third and finally connecting with the back of the net.“We’ve kind of become a really good defensive team and have got our principles down and we can figure out how exactly we’re going to play defensively,” junior midfielder Austin Spohn said. “We can kind of sacrifice the ends and allow them to push up so we can get that goal.”“We’ve been kind of doing everything right as far as possessing the ball and attacking, we just haven’t gotten that goal. Hopefully getting the numbers up will definitely help.”Focusing on scoring some goals the Badgers know they’re in for a fight with the Golden Eagles. In their first mid-week game of the season, the competition Marquette will bring isn’t the only tough part of the game.For the young Badger squad this will be the first time they have to go on the road, or even play a game, in the middle of the week between school and other upcoming exams.“Road games in the middle of the week when you have school and exams and all that coming up is a little tougher,” Spohn said. “You have to go to class before you hit the road and it makes it a little bit harder, but we expect to win this game.”“None of our freshman have ever played in a mid-week game,” head coach John Trask said. “They’re going to be getting out of class, going on a bus, playing on a Tuesday night – sometimes that’s a great thing, sometimes when they’re able to just concentrate on the weekend on their soccer, it’s just a different vibe that you have and it’ll be a new experience. I told the guys that we’re expecting another very good performance out of them.”With expectations of winning in mind, the Badgers still expect a physical game from the Golden Eagles.Marquette has also been rebuilding its program over the last few seasons and are on a two game unbeaten streak sitting at 2-3-2 on the season.“They’re an edgy program,” Rzepka said. “They’re trying to have a good season and perform well. Every time we play a rival game it’s going to be really intense and physical. There’s a lot of seniors on their team too that are just trying to go out strong. It’s going to be a tough game – it always is – we just have to be ready to play a physical game while playing our own game.”last_img read more

Wheddon implements national-team drills at Syracuse’s practices to improve scoring

first_img Published on September 20, 2012 at 2:48 am Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu It’s a continuous pattern that has plagued the Syracuse women’s soccer team this season. Offensive attacks create shots, but don’t result in goals.SU has scored 13 goals on 134 shots in nine games this season. Opponents have scored the same 13 goals in just 75 shots.To capitalize on goal-scoring opportunities, head coach Phil Wheddon has turned to three practice drills he’s used during his time with the U.S. national program. The drills, which include playing on a shortened field and playing one-on-one matchups inside the box, look to prepare the Orange for game-like goal-scoring situations.SU (4-4-1) will put these drills to the test at 7 p.m. Friday in Louisville against the Cardinals (6-2). On Sunday, the Orange will play in Cincinnati against the Bearcats (3-5-1).“These players need to feel that pressure,” Wheddon said. “We haven’t done it necessarily this season, so we’re going to be doing more and more of those types of things to make sure we’re ready for game situations. It’s easy to do exercises where you put players in situations where they’re not under pressure, but we’re trying to put our players under some pressure to score.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn these drills, players always have a defender around them and are forced to make quick decisions.The shortened field drill consists of moving one net to midfield and the other to the top of the 18-yard box. Players play six-on-six games for two minutes. Both teams are allowed to use a limited amount of passes to four players positioned around the perimeter of the field. Whichever team loses has to sprint to the other side of the field and back. If both teams don’t score, they both run.In the rain on Tuesday morning, the SU forwards moved to an adjacent field to work on another drill directed at scoring from inside the box.An offensive player lines up a few yards above the 18-yard box, while the defender lines up to the offensive player’s left atop the box. The attacker passes the ball to the defender, which is then returned to her for a shot. While the defender passes the ball back to the forward, she runs to defend the shooter. The attacker must control the ball quickly and shoot.“We’re definitely working on finishing as forwards from the front third,” Erin Simon said. “Just trying to finish the ball more as a team and working on placement, and not shooting it over the goal.”A third drill has an offense of six players facing a defense of five. The offense works on finding an open player and creating scoring opportunities on crosses and through balls.Jackie Firenze, who has two goals this season, says the drills have helped.“Every day in practice we try to make it really competitive, especially when we’re working on finishing and attacking,” Firenze said. “We always hold each other accountable, as well as ourselves, to put the ball in the back of the net, and hopefully that translates to the real game.”The team has seen its offensive potential at times this year, including a three-goal performance against a talented UConn team. But the inconsistency remains.“It happened again Sunday (against Providence),” Wheddon said. “We created three or four really good goal-scoring opportunities and didn’t put them away. And it cost us.“It does seem to be a pattern for us. Obviously we’re trying to break it. We worked on finishing today (Tuesday) and will continue to do so as we move forward.”Against Albany, St. Bonaventure and Army, Syracuse more than tripled its opponent’s shot count, but with only one more goal (3-2). In those games they are a combined 1-1-1. Syracuse has only been outshot in one game — its 2-0 loss to Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio — and they matched shots with Colgate and Providence.“We can finish under no pressure, it’s easy.” Wheddon said. “It’s ‘Can you do it under pressure?’ Everything we’re doing now is giving our players as much of a game-realistic situation as possible.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse rallies for overtime win over Carleton in Canada

first_img Published on August 23, 2013 at 10:19 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Syracuse trailed by as many as 15 points, but finished its third game in three days without its star, C.J. Fair, and never wavered. Facing a perceived lesser opponent in Carleton University, SU battled back to force overtime and eventually beat Carleton 69-65 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Friday.Tyler Ennis, the freshman guard playing in his native Canada, was once again the star for Syracuse. He scored 15 points in 44 minutes to lift the Orange out of a 32-23 halftime deficit and to the four-point victory over the Canadian national champions.When he was on the court, though, Fair was in his usual role as the star. The forward sat out Thursday’s win over Bishop’s University after bruising his leg on Wednesday. He led Syracuse with seven points in the first half before leaving the game with seven minutes remaining in the second half after bruising the leg again.The Ravens were in command for much of the game. They vaulted out to a 7-0 lead before taking the nine-point edge into the break. Midway through the second half, Carleton’s lead ballooned to 47-32, but a 14-0 run put the Orange right back in it.The Ravens shot back with five unanswered points, but a mid-range jumper by Trevor Cooney put SU on top for the first time, 56-54, with just under four minutes left. Another Carleton 3-pointer – the Ravens attempted 40 and made 10 – gave them the lead as the game ultimately headed to overtime tied at 59.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse scored five of the first seven points in overtime, but Carleton answered to slice the Orange’s lead to 66-65. Forward Jerami Grant then sunk a pair of free throws to ice SU’s third victory in three days of its Canadian tour.Syracuse will conclude its trip north of the border on Saturday at 7 p.m. against University of Ottawa. The Orange will be without Fair, who head coach Jim Boeheim said will not play.Before the close call with the Ravens, the Orange had notched a pair of wins of 40 or more points against McGill University and Bishop’s University. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Women’s soccer splits weekend in North Carolina; field hockey falls short at No. 1 Maryland

first_img Published on October 21, 2013 at 12:03 am Facebook Twitter Google+ After losing 1-0 to No. 4 North Carolina on Thursday, Syracuse (7-9-1, 3-7-1 Atlantic Coast) kept its post-season hopes alive with a 2-1, double-overtime victory at North Carolina State (6-11-0, 1-10-0) on Sunday.The Orange struggled with UNC’s tight defensive pressure on Thursday, and was unable to register a single shot. Summer Green scored the only goal of the game off of a free kick in the ninth minute.On Sunday, freshman forward Stephanie Skilton netted the game winner in the 109th minute when junior Alexis Koval dribbled the length of the field and fed her the assist on the right side of the box. Skilton drilled the shot past NC State goalkeeper Mackenzie Stelljes for her team-leading ninth goal of the season.The two teams played scoreless until the 61st minute, when freshman Taylor Haenlin collected a rebound and put the ball by Stelljes for her first goal of the season to give Syracuse a 1-0 lead.The Wolfpack responded less than two minutes later. Caroline Gentry crossed the ball into the box and Jackie Stengel chipped her shot over SU goalkeeper Brittany Anghel for the equalizer.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnghel finished with eight saves, including two in the second overtime, to preserve SU’s chances at an ACC Tournament berth.Syracuse will play its final home game of the season against Maryland on Thursday at 7 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium.Field hockeyFreshman forward Karlee Farr continued her hot streak, but No. 1 Maryland (15-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) used a late surge to beat No. 4 Syracuse (12-2, 2-2) on Friday night.Maxine Fluharty barely snuck a shot past SU goalie Jess Jecko with 49 seconds remaining to tie the game, and Jill Witmer converted on a penalty corner in the opening minutes of overtime to propel the Terrapins to a 2-1 victory over the Orange on Friday at the Maryland Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex in College Park, Md.The battle of top-five teams did not disappoint in the first half. Maryland held a small 7-to-5 shot advantage, but neither side could capitalize with a goal.Farr, the reigning ACC Player of the Week, broke the scoreless deadlock in the 49th minute with her sixth goal in the past four games and seventh overall. Leonie Geyer added her team-leading 11th assist on the play.Syracuse desperately tried to hang onto its slim advantage, fighting off two penalty corners in the final five minutes of regulation. However, Jecko was only able to get a piece of Fluharty’s shot during the final minute, and the ball trickled past the goal line.Only 2:37 into overtime, a third penalty corner proved to be the charm as Witmer shoveled a shot into the Syracuse net for her team-high 14th goal of the season.The Orange returns to J.S. Coyne Stadium to welcome Wake Forest next Saturday at 1 p.m. and Cornell the following day at 2.Ice hockeySyracuse followed a disappointing 2-1 performance against Providence on Friday with an offensive explosion in a 4-1 win over the Friars the next day.Goalie Kallie Billadeau made 25 saves against the Friars in Rhode Island on Friday night, but yielded two pivotal goals to the Friars’ offense.Providence struck first when left-winger Janine Weber scored a goal 5:58 into the first period. After Billadeau kept Providence in check until the second period, center Corrine Buie delivered a goal to give the Friars a two-goal lead.Trailing 2-0 in the third period, defenseman Brittney Krebs scored on a Syracuse power play goal to cut the deficit to one, but that was the only goal the Orange would manage in the losing effort.Four different players led the charge on offense for Syracuse on Saturday. Defenseman Caitlin Roach scored a goal with 6:18 left in the first period to wake up the stagnant offense.Forward Allie LaCombe capitalized on a power play with 18:43 left in the second period.That was the first of two goals in the period. Forward Margot Scharfe added a goal two minutes later to give the Orange a comfortable 3-0 lead.Forward Julie Knerr put the game officially out of reach with her goal, which came nearly 10 minutes into the third period.Syracuse returns home to Tennity Ice Pavilion on Friday for a matchup with Boston College at 7 p.m.VolleyballSyracuse (8-12, 3-5 Atlantic Coast) swept the weekend, beating Maryland (11-9, 3-5) in straight sets Friday night, and Pittsburgh (12-9, 4-4) in four sets on Sunday afternoon.In Friday’s match, the first set was a tough one. Syracuse won the set 30-28 after having to play extra points to decide the winner.Once the set was tied at 7-7, Syracuse went on a 4-0 run to take an 11-7 lead. It would maintain this advantage until the Terrapins went on a 4-0 run of their own to tie it at 14 apiece.This would be the story for the third set, as well, as SU had to play to 29-27 to clinch the match.In Sunday’s match against Pittsburgh, the Orange jumped out to an early lead and eventually won the first set 25-17.In the second set, Syracuse lost its only set of the weekend 22-25. The Panthers went on a dominant 5-0 run, putting them up 17-11, which would prove too much for Syracuse to overcome.Outside hitter Silvi Uattara performed exceptionally well, tallying 18 kills and 12 more digs, moving her double-double streak to three games.Syracuse will play in the Carrier Dome on Friday night when it hosts Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. The Orange will then return to the Women’s Building on Sunday to face Clemson at 1 p.m.Cross countryThe Syracuse men and women both competed in the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational and Princeton Invitational on Saturday.The men’s team placed eighth in Madison, Wis., leading all ACC teams in the race. Sophomore Martin Hehir led the Orange, finishing 26th with a time of 23:49. Redshirt freshman MJ Erb finished five seconds later in 37th.The women’s team placed 11th in Wisconsin, finishing in front of all ACC schools, as well. Sophomore Margo Malone finished 30th overall out of 254 runners with a time of 20:22. Sophomore Meredith Speakman and junior Jessie Petersen both finished in the top 60.In Princeton, N.J., the men’s team only had two runners competing individually. Andrew Palmer finished in 64th with a time of 25:01, and Ryan Perry finished in 137th place with a time of 25:36. The women’s team competed with a full team and placed 17th overall. Angelica Peck led the Orange with a 32nd-place finish, and Molly Malone and Rebecca Skodis placed in the top 100 for the Orange.The Orange will next compete at the John Reif Memorial in Ithaca, N.Y., on Oct. 25.—Compiled by The Daily Orange sports staff, sports@dailyorange.com Commentslast_img read more

Renee Baumgartner leaves Syracuse to become athletic director at Santa Clara

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 23, 2015 at 8:18 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Deputy athletics director and chief of staff Renee Baumgartner, who has held that position at Syracuse since 2011, has left the school to take over as athletic director at Santa Clara University.Baumgartner oversaw the daily operation of all of SU athletics, according to her Cuse.com profile, and was a liaison with the men’s basketball team and had direct supervision of the volleyball, women’s soccer, softball, women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams.She worked in administration at the University of Oregon for 17 years, where she was the women’s golf coach as well. She graduated from Southern California, the same state as Santa Clara, which is located in the Bay Area.Santa Clara has been searching for a new athletic director since Dan Coonan left he school in April to work for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, according to the Mercury News.Baumgartner is the first member of the administration to depart since Syracuse announced the hiring of Mark Coyle on Friday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more