Miranda Ramirez’s 12-match win streak snapped as SU falls, 5-2, to No. 27 North Carolina State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 7, 2017 at 8:16 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham It had been 75 days since Miranda Ramirez hadn’t scored the final point in her singles match. The freshman entered Friday rolling on a 12-match win streak — two shy of tying the Syracuse single-season record —  dating back to Jan. 22. But against No. 27 North Carolina State, Ramirez’s near-historic roll terminated.Since the last time Ramirez lost, she even became ranked, checking in at No. 79 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings.“In tennis, sometimes one point here and there makes the difference,” SU head coach Younes Limam said, “and I think that’s what happened today.”The loss in three sets in No. 1 singles for Ramirez, 3-6, 6-4, 5-7, was a major stumble for Syracuse (6-10, 3-6 Atlantic Coast) as it fell, 5-2, to No. 27 N.C. State (17-7, 6-5) at Drumlins Country Club on Friday. After getting dismantled by the No. 15 doubles pairing of Martina Frantova and Anna Rogers, Ramirez faced No. 59 Frantova again. An emotional and mistake-filled match ensued, with Frantova edging a victory.A stagnant 6-2 loss in No. 1 doubles quickly turned into a dreary No. 1 singles first set for Ramirez. Straying into the unfamiliar territory of trailing, she dropped her first set, 6-3. The normally even-keeled Ramirez knew she needed to change something to get going, and that’s when she let her emotions bleed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarly in the second set it was frustration. When Frantova won a game to tie the second set, 1-1, Ramirez thwacked her racket onto the court as she looked down in disgust. A missed shot or poorly placed volley had Ramirez running her free hand over her brow, muttering to herself.“I can’t believe I missed that,” Ramirez said on the court.Even Frantova let emotions fly. Down 4-3 in the second set, she dropped a point that tied the game, 30-all. Frantova had originally called it out, but the umpire overruled her. Frantova retorted with a few choice words and was assessed a penalty, giving Ramirez a 40-30 lead.But the fracas only fueled Frantova, who went on and won the game anyways, tying the set, 4-4.“I think it’s just because it was a much tougher match,” Ramirez said. “… I was trying to get myself into it.”Codie Yan | Staff PhotographerRamirez looked off from the opening serve. A few nagging injuries — including some skin ripped off by athletic tape on her right foot — hindered her from feeling fully comfortable. As a result, shots went long, first serves carried wide and drop shots were smothered by the net. The spike in unforced errors took a visible toll on Ramirez, as she began to look more dejected with every miscue.Even with the uncharacteristic errors and emotions, Ramirez strung important games together in the third set, taking a 5-2 lead. But Frantova chipped away at Ramirez’s lead, eventually taking the lead, 6-5.Facing match point, Ramirez fired a return into the net, and the streak was over.“We all lose and win,” Ramirez’s doubles partner, sophomore Gabriela Knutson, said. “We all accept our losses.”In the aftermath of Ramirez’s most crucial miscue, the freshman slammed a ball into the green tarp behind the court as Frantova screamed on the other side of the net. All of the emotion had finally boiled over.“Ultimately,” Ramirez said, “I’m just going to go back to the practice court and forget about this the best I can.” Commentslast_img read more

Lamar Jackson’s mind-boggling numbers now end all NFL MVP debates

first_imgJackson is trying to become the ninth player to win both the Heisman for the peak of his college career and NFL MVP. Newton was the last to do it in 2015. Jackson would become the third QB to pull off the double, joining Newton and Cowboys Hall of Famer Roger Staubach.The only question for Jackson is staying healthy, and for his Ravens to keep winning. After the Rams, they have one more big “prove-it” game this Sunday against the 9-1 49ers.However you add it up, Jackson has a ridiculous statisitical resume and is the most indispensable player in the NFL this season, given he’s operating and dominating in an offense built around his strengths. Just as the Chiefs’ system and Mahomes led to perfect harmony, Jackson is hitting a high note with the Ravens that no one else can match. There’s more on Jackson vs. Vick and Jackson vs. Newton. Jackson has rushed for 60 or more yards in eight consecutive games, breaking a mark set by Vick in 2004. Jackson also has 1,558 rushing yards in his career, surpassing what Newton did in 2011-12 for the most by a QB over his first two NFL seasons.Jackson, going into the Rams matchup, was only 24 rushing yards shy of being the first player in NFL history to eclipse 3,000 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in each of his first two seasons. He took care of that in the first half. So what we’re seeing isn’t only special to 2019, but it holds up as one of the most remarkable individual performances the pro game has ever seen, like we have never seen it from the game’s most important position.MORE: Full betting preview for Ravens vs. RamsLamar Jackson, the passerJackson never completed 60 percent or more of his passes in any of his three college seasons at Louisville, including during his Heisman Trophy campaign in 2016. He went into Week 12 at No. 11 in the NFL at 66.3 percent, and that’s up to 66.9 percent. He also is No. 6 in yards per attempt at 8.1 and now has a passer rating of 111,4, tied for third. He leads the NFL with 8 percent of his pass attempts going for touchdowns.Jackson became only the second QB to post a perfect traditional NFL passer rating (158.3) in two games (Dolphins Week 1, Bengals Week 10) in a single season, joining Steelers rival Ben Roehtlisberger, who did it 12 years ago.Since ESPN devised its QBR (total quarterback rating) in 2006, the league leader in that metric has won NFL MVP seven times. Jackson (78.2) before Week 12, was No. 1 and will stay there, currently edging Mahomes, who was tied for the league lead last season when he won.Jackson has had two turnover-filled games — a Week 4 loss to the Browns (two INTs) and a Week 5 rebound win over the Steelers (three INTs). He has zero turnovers in eight of 10 games. He has yet to throw an interception in the red zone this season. Lamar Jackson is about to make a second straight season of a breakout second-year QB winning NFL MVP.There are still five weeks left in the 2019 NFL regular season after Jackson’s now 9-2 Ravens ripped the Rams 45-6 in Week 12 and there are several other quarterbacks, led by Russell Wilson, having banner years to lift their teams. There’s also one special running back — Christian McCaffrey — piling up legendary modern numbers. Lamar Jackson, most of the Ravens’ offenseWhen you add Jackson’s 2,427 passing yards this season to his rushing total in 2019 you get 3,303 total yards produced. The Ravens had accumulated 4,286 yards as a team before facing the Rams. Jackson was accounting for 71 percent of that output. He’s also leading the league with his average of 16.4 points scored per game (30 total TDs), which represents 46.6 percent of the Ravens’ league-leading 386 points.Jackson set a record for a quarterback with his 147 rushing attempts as late-developing starter as a rookie in 2018. He’s on pace to carry a significantly bigger load for his team, 180 carries, this season.MORE: The Lamar Jackson NFL Draft story is perfect blend of sneakiness, risk-takingLamar Jackson, the winnerFor those don’t believe “wins” are a quarterback stat, too bad, because the ability to deliver against high-quality opponents is the foundation for an MVP case and for assessing the position that dominates the award. It’s now become a standard part of winning the Heisman, too — whether you bring your best in the biggest games.Jackson, in the three of the past four games, was the better overall QB on the field in head-to-head wins over Wilson’s Seahawks, Tom Brady’s Patriots and Deshaun Watson’s Texans. In the first game, at Seattle, he rushed for 116 yards in a hostile environment. Because of Jackson, the Ravens won those games by a combined 108-43, averaging 36 points per game with an average margin of victory of nearly 22 points.center_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/95/26/lamar-jackson-102019-getty-ftrjpg_14cw51sm4xvb718mvhyxpj1szd.jpg?t=-1811420346&w=500&quality=80 But no matter how great the rest of the pack looks, Jackson is quite literally running away with — and also passing himself to —the league’s highest individual award, succeeding Patrick Mahomes in 2019. The live eye test and highlight tapes are two things, but they are backed up by plenty of statistical evidence to solidify Jackson as the most impressive and important player in the NFL, therefore ushering in a new most valuable player.If you still weren’t a believer going into Week 12, Jackson should have convinced with you a ‘Monday Night Football’ performance for the ages in Los Angeles: 15-of-20 passing, 169 yards, 5 TDs, 139.4 passer rating, 8 carries, 95 yards rushing. These are all the awesome numbers for Jackson that make the MVP debate an open-and-shut case.NFL WEEK 13 POWER RANKINGS:49ers, Seahawks, Steelers & Bills rise; Cowboys, Raiders fallLamar Jackson, the running backOK, we’re poking a little fun here at those who suggested Jackson was better off giving up QB in the NFL after winning the Heisman at Louisville and pursuing playing wide receiver instead. Jackson still does play another “position” along with quarterback, and he does it at an extremely high level.Jackson went into Week 12 ranked No. 11 in the NFL in rushing yardage for the season with 781 yards. He now has 876 yards. He leads his own team, right ahead of Mark Ingram, who was No. 12 before getting up to 778 yards against the Rams. Of all qualified runners, through his 124 attempts, Jackson now averages a league-best 7.1 yards per carry. He was tied for first with eight runs of 20 or more yards on the season going into Week 12, and added a 29-yard burst against the Rams. His six rushing TDs went in tied for 10th.Jackson is on pace for 1,274 rushing yards through 11 games. That would shatter the NFL single-season mark for a QB, Michael Vick’s 1,039 yards in 2006. He’s on pace for 9 rushing TDs, one shy of the total Cam Newton had during his 2015 MVP campaign. Jackson has already rushed for more yards than Newton ever has in a single season.last_img read more

Charlotte’s 67 wins the ‘Henry Cooper’

first_img Tags: Charlotte Heath, Henry Cooper, Kent, Nizels 25 Jun 2018 Charlotte’s 67 wins the ‘Henry Cooper’ England teenager Charlotte Heath saved her best till last to score a four shot win in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters at Nizels, Kent.The 16-year-old from Huddersfield, Yorkshire, shot five-under 67 – her best competitive round to date – to win the girls’ title, ahead of Amy Taylor (Bawburgh, Norfolk).It was an impressive achievement by Heath, who just made the cut, but then grabbed her chance and powered up the leaderboard.Heath, a member of the England Golf national girls’ squad, was in England’s winning teams in last year’s U16 matches against Scotland and Switzerland.She finished the Henry Cooper on 12-over par and was joined in the winners’ circle by the team of Enrique Dimayuga (Walton Heath, Surrey), Max Hopkins (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) and Hannah Screen (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) who snatched victory for England in the Nations Trophy.Their team total for the first two rounds was three-under par and they beat Wales on countback, by virtue of the better second round. Screen and Dimayuga are pictrured below receiving the team trophy.The boys’ title was won by Laurenz Schiergen of Germany on 14-under par.last_img read more

Cadiz CF returns to scouting project in India

first_imgAdvertisement 60caNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5x6gWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec4gv( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 419Would you ever consider trying this?😱4olCan your students do this? 🌚4yz3Roller skating! Powered by Firework LaLiga SmartBank club, Cadiz CF, has been scouting talent in the country since the past year for a scholarship opportunity. Young aspiring footballers from India have been selected to visit Spain and to receive football training from top coaches. Over a period of four weeks, from 18th January to 16th February 2020, Cadiz CF will conduct trials in 22 cities across India to select students for this scholarship.Advertisement Following the success of the last two trials, attended by more than 300 students, Cadiz CF has organized these trials for the third time in India. The trials, being organized in tier-I and tier-II cities, will have participation from over 2500 students. Four coaches from Cadiz CF – Pablo Grandes, Francisco Arias, Alex Almeida and Joss Junckler along with Quique Gonzalez, Director of Grassroots Football will be holding the trials. From the students who participated across three age categories (Age Groups: 11-14, 15-17 and 18-23), some of them will be selected to visit Cadiz, Spain.Advertisement Today, Cadiz CF also announced an association with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to launch the AIFF Masters, which will provide students with experiential learning opportunities on aspects of football in India and globally. The program will be set across Mumbai, New Delhi and Cadiz. It will allow students to participate in activities such as live tournament exposure, match staging and learn more about clubs and team management, leadership, sponsorship, marketing and more to improve their football knowledge.Founded in 1910, Cadiz Club de Futbol, S.A.D., is a professional football club which plays in the league’s second division, LaLiga SmartBank. The club is based in Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain and legendary players like Magico Gonzalez and Kiko Narvaez have played in it. Cadiz CF has been investing in talent in India since last year and sees tremendous potential in the talent in the country. Grassroots development has been an important mission for LaLiga and its clubs in India and several key projects like LaLiga Football Schools, Cadiz CF’s trials and more have been undertaken to achieve that.Advertisement Jose Antonio Cachaza, Managing Director, LaLiga India said, “India has tremendous potential and it has always been very clear to us. In all the activations and engagements we have done over the past three years, we have seen the talent and following for the sport grow in the country. Our commitment towards developing football and LaLiga not only in Spain but across the globe remains unwavering. A Spanish club with a strong history like Cadiz CF has recognizing this shows us their commitment and we are very happy to work with them towards this.”“We are delighted to be back in India in search of talent for our club. The country has a lot of potential and following the incredible response we have got in the past, we decided to expand this project and bring our grassroots coaches to visit more cities,” said Kike Pérez, Corporate and Business Director, Cadiz CF. “This project is very important to us, at Cadiz CF, as such initiatives are key to the development of professional football in any country.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Fire at Blithewald, Days Before VNA Showhouse Gala

first_imgRUMSON–The house that was to be the centerpiece of the VNA’s Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Showhouse caught on fire around 12:30 p.m. today, just days before Saturday night’s gala and open house next week. No injuries are reported.The house, known as Blithewald, is a 19th century home set on an estate at 76 Buena Vista Avenue. According to county property records, the owner is Thomas Widener and it was assessed in 2015 at $2.4 million.On Monday morning, several designers were working in the house, preparing their spaces for opening day. The bi-annual showhouse features more than 40 top interior designers, decorators and landscape artists from the tri-state area. It is the biggest fundraiser supporting the Visiting Nurse Association of Monmouth County, based in Red Bank. The homeowner was not living in Blithewald at the time of fire, in preparation for the event, which draws more than 10,000 people.The VNA issued a statement on their Facebook page, “The cause is unknown and no injuries were reported at this time. We will provide updates about the Preview Gala and Show House tours as information becomes available. Thank you for thoughts, prayers and your continued support.”Eileen Buriani, owner of Kidegories of Shrewsbury, was designing one of the boys’ bedrooms when she was summoned out of the building, down the stairs. “We came down and we saw the flames shooting out. There was no smoke upstairs at all. I didn’t think it was a quick-moving fire.”“It’s such a beautiful home. What a shame,” she said,James Yarosh, an art dealer from Holmdel, had lent artwork to designers exhibiting at the show, including some of his favorite pieces from his own home. “I’ve been talking to designers today, and it’s just so upsetting,” he said. “People do this from their heart, to create beauty, for charity. I’m so upset for all the artists and designers,” he said.Fire at Blithewald is extinguished. Photo courtesy Chris HalsteadPat Mills, owner and head designer of Byford & Mills in Little Silver said her team had just completed its work in the sitting room, off the master bedroom, on Friday. They had hung grasscloth wall coverings, commissioned a special handbraided rug and furnished the room with sofas, an L-shaped couch, and a desk. When she heard about the fire, she ran to the site and saw the house in flames. A firefighter was standing in the balcony, off the room, breaking through the ceiling, and water hoses were soaking that portion of the house. “It was horrifying,” she said.She lamented the sight of Blithewald, “a piece of Rumson history” going up in flames, with all the hard work from a huge community of designers.  “Piece by piece you knew your room was being destroyed,” she said. The artwork exhibited in her room alone was valued at $150,000, she said.Next door neighbor Monique Bolsius was among several people who watched the scene unfold. She said she felt so sorry for the army of volunteers who had been working on site for two months to ready the house for its moment in the spotlight. “Its devastating. It’s just so unfortunate,” she said.Denise DeMarco arrived at the house this afternoon to complete a project, to hand paint one of the historic fireplaces. Volunteer firefighters representing Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Middletown, Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Sea Bright and Eatontown were on the scene, Rumson Road was closed between Bellevue and Kemp Avenue, and the air was filled with the smell of smoke. “It breaks your heart. So much of it was volunteer work. It’s not just money, it’s their time.” — By Christina Johnson, with reporting by John Burtonlast_img read more