Sergio Ramos will be sorry if we win: De Jong

first_imgThe Hague: The illegal efforts to force a second yellow card by Real Madrid’s captain and defender Sergio Ramos were ill-advised and should Dutch team Ajax prevail in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 he will rue his actions, midfielder Frenkie de Jong has said.The Netherlands international De Jong, 21, who is set to join Barcelona in the summer, called out Ramos’ hubris as the Spanish forward was penalized and will have to sit out of the Tuesday match and also any second match the Spanish powerhouse may advance to if Madrid were to beat Ajax, reports Efe.”Maybe Sergio Ramos will regret it if Ajax pulls off an upset Tuesday at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium or if Ramos finds himself unable to play in the first leg of the quarter-finals,” the Dutch midfielder told the daily Netherlands newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.With just one minute to go on February 13 before the end of the match, after Spain winger Marco Asensio had sealed the 2-1 Madrid victory over host Ajax, Ramos deliberately earned a yellow card by blatantly fouling Ajax and Denmark forward Kasper Dolberg.”Looking at the result, I would be lying if I said I didn’t force it,” Ramos said after the match.Ramos, 32, clearly did force it, hoping that by sitting out of the second leg round of 16 match, he would clear all former yellow cards against him and be ready to play in in the first leg of the CL quarterfinals without any risk. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

With Legends Classic title, Orange finally beginning to live up to early hype

first_img Published on November 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments Jim Boeheim wanted to answer one last question. There were things left unsaid.Seated at the Boardwalk Hall podium, he scanned the assembled press in Atlantic City, N.J., for any further inquiries about his team’s Legends Classic championship. He would make sure everything was cleared up, even if he and the press were told — urged — by a tournament employee that the press conference was over.With the one final question, he cleared the air about Syracuse’s performance through six games. He attempted to do it after he was asked about his comments after Syracuse’s second game, when he called the Orange ‘overrated.’ Once more he cleared the air about what he meant then and where he feels the team is now.‘I said that (we were overrated) four games ago,’ Boeheim said. ‘I just said what was obvious. Well, when we haven’t played well, we have won. We haven’t played well for five games, and we managed to win the five. Tonight we did play well, and that was the difference.’That was the big difference. With the end of the two-game tournament in Atlantic City, N.J., Boeheim and the Orange players felt SU took strides in playing like a Top 10 team. But more specifically, with the 80-76 victory over Georgia Tech Saturday, Syracuse basked in the first performance of the young season in which SU believed it played up to its talent.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was what was expected out of the Thanksgiving weekend trip. Boeheim and the SU players said it would be the first true test of the year.The No. 8 Orange (6-0) will look to build off that performance Tuesday while hosting fellow 2010 Central New York NCAA Tournament team Cornell (2-4) at 7 p.m. inside the Carrier Dome. The Orange and the Big Red both reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament last year, as Cornell lost to No. 1-seeded Kentucky in the Dome.But it’s a game that comes for SU light-years away from the 86-67 win over Canisius on Nov. 14, when Boeheim called the Orange overrated.At the crux of that: After the five games with which Boeheim wasn’t pleased, SU found a rhythm, especially offensively. A successful offense was the paramount step off the two tussles against major conference teams. SU shot 48 percent over the weekend after entering the games shooting 40 percent — and 32.6 percent in first halves.For SU guard Scoop Jardine, Saturday’s win was much simpler, though. It was just that — a win.‘It’s a win, we get better from it,’ Jardine said. ‘We learn from it.’With the matchup against the Big Red, Syracuse will have to learn against a similar inferior opponent like the four SU faced to start the season. Cornell is a shell of the team that last appeared in the Dome. It lost four starters from last year, along with head coach Steve Donahue. The sole returning starter is junior guard Chris Wroblewski, who is averaging a team-high 15.3 points per game.Unlike Cornell, Kris Joseph is professing that this year’s incarnation of SU is a team without just one go-to player. He was happy with the Legends Classic title, calling it a ’10 out of 10′ as SU won the way he expects to win this year. Not by blowing out teams but by playing a physical, balanced, competitive brand of basketball.‘We are going to have to fight till the end,’ Joseph said. ‘And one thing I found out about us is we have a lot of heart. … That’s one thing we are going to need to do throughout the remainder of the year. Keep fighting.’SU fought enough for the win. But after the game, the scene of Boeheim not at the podium but in SU’s locker room hinted at the fact that he said SU still has a ways to go.Void of almost all of the press, Boeheim’s sons smiled and kidded as they coddled the Legends Classic trophy. Around the locker room wall, though, their father slumped in a chair with an entourage of a half-dozen people circling him. He was tired from the weekend.There is more that needs to be done, and he said that.‘This was a tremendous tournament for us,’ he said. ‘But we have certainly got to play better.’aolivero@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

No. 1 USC upends Long Beach State in straight sets

first_imgLate in the third and final set, senior setter Riley McKibbin soared into the air to challenge a ball directly above the net. Hovering in mid-air, McKibbin and a Long Beach State player palmed opposite sides of the ball, until the much shorter Trojan won the joust, sending the ball and the player to the floor.Emerging victorious with a smirk, the captain’s scrappy effort punctuated a dominating Trojan net display from the outset, as the No. 1 USC men’s volleyball team (2-0, 2-0) dismantled visiting No. 11 Long Beach State (2-3, 1-1) in straight sets, 25-16, 25-17, 25-17.Quite simply, the 49ers backcourt-based offense, while a topic of pre-game preparation because of its uniqueness, was ill-suited to counter an explosive, upfront hitting attack. Senior opposite Murphy Troy, sophomore opposite hitter Madison McKibbin and junior opposite hitter Tony Ciarelli combined for 28 kills, which were almost always uncontestable save for the occasional miraculous sprawling effort or unforced error.“We’re a big, mature team, with a lot of upperclassmen,” said head coach Bill Ferguson. “We’ve been paying attention to the little details that go along with executing these kills, especially our footwork and balance.”Amid the dazzling barrage of spikes, easy to ignore is Riley McKibbon and freshman libero Henry Cassiday’s instrumental setting and passing work. Murphy Troy—the game’s indisputable star with 12 kills, 9 digs, and 5 blocks—eagerly lent credit to the offense’s facilitators.“I think we competed really well,” Troy said. “It was a big game, and we showed up. The great passing made it a lot easier for the setters to give us easy hits.”Aside from an early 1-0 deficit in the first set, the Trojans never trailed during the match and never struggled for any prolonged stretches, thus never offering the 49ers any glimmer of hope to mount a comeback.Improving the blocking was a focal point of practice during the week, and the Trojans quickly demonstrated a better scheme, rattling of three consecutive blocks in the first set to shift momentum quickly and to jump out to a 5-1 lead.“I really like the way we blocked,” Ferguson said. “The guys were really tough upfront. With that said, it was a much different style of team we faced tonight; it was a much faster tempo. [Junior middle blocker Steven] Shandrick did really well and, of course, Murphy was phenomenal.”While the Trojans held the advantage in virtually all statistical categories, including hit percentage (.444 to just .091), blocks (11.0 to 4.0), digs (31 to 18) and aces (3 to 1); perhaps the most glaring difference between the two teams was apparent in an intangible sense.At many points, the 49ers, with sunken shoulders and hanging heads, appeared resigned to the reality that this was not their match. Conversely, the Trojans exuded the confident—bordering on brazen—swagger of a championship-caliber team. Whether it was Murphy Troy emphatically pounding his chest after another titanic kill or the Trojan reserves doing push-ups when they missed a kill during their warm-ups in between sets, the 49ers never approached the stratosphere of the Trojans’ intensity.The Trojans will take to the road for their next five matches, beginning Wednesday against No. 7 UC Irvine at 6 p.m.last_img read more

AnnaMarie Gatti hits career-high strikeouts, dominates in SU’s 2-0 win over NC State

first_imgAnnaMarie Gatti stood at the back of the circle and faced the outfield. She had just completed the second strikeout of the fourth inning and needed just one out to get out of a two-baserunner jam. She threw up two fingers.The ensuing groundout got SU out of trouble and contributed to the second shutout of her career in Syracuse’s (25-18, 7-11 Atlantic Coast) 2-0 win over NC State (22-24, 5-14). She struck out eight batters in seven innings, tying her career best. “I thought (Gatti and Romero) just competed,” head coach Mike Bosch said. “That’s the one thing I really saw out of both of them. They really went to batters and they took it kind of personally.”It was a continuation of Syracuse’s pitching dominant who won the first game of the doubleheader, 3-1, behind Alexa Romero’s career high 16 strikeouts. Syracuse got off to a quick start. An error in the first inning by third baseman Timberlyn Shurbutt on Hannah Dosset’s line drive scored freshman Miranda Hearn. But SU slowed afterwards. That was their only run until the sixth inning when a Michala Maciolek single scored Gabby Teran.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the runs were on the board for SU, so it was up to Gatti to perform.The first batter she faced set the tone for the rest of the game. NC State center fielder Jade Caraway went out swinging, the first of many batters to do so.Gatti wasn’t aware she was close to a career high, she said. It wasn’t until after the game someone told her she struck out eight batters to tied her career best. Previously, she had only thrown that many against Savannah State during a tournament in February of 2017. It was the first time she reached that mark against a conference opponent. “I’m not a strikeout pitcher so like just to be able to get that amount of strikeouts against an ACC school is the biggest win for me,” Gatti said, “whether we would’ve won or not.”Gatti slowed a bit, starting the sixth inning by walking the first batter. She got behind on the next count and NC State’s Sam Russ stole second to get into scoring position with no outs.Maciolek, the catcher, approached the circle. She told Gatti to relax and reminded her that the team had her back. The next play, Gatti got a strikeout.“I think I would have been a little more worried if we would’ve gone 10 straight balls or something like that,” Bosch said, “but she came back with a good pitch, got a good strike.”Gatti also played a role fielding. Multiple batters hit the ball directly toward her. Each time she would pick the ball up, and do what associate head coach Alisa Goler calls her ‘sassy walk’. After picking the ball up, Gatti paused for a moment and watched the batter run to first before tossing the ball to the first baseman. “Gabby (Teran) told me she holds her breath every time,” Gatti said. But, this game, she completed the toss each time. It was her third complete game of the season as the regular season comes to a close, and the ACC Tournament awaits. “Anna did unbelievable. It was great catching her,” Maciolek said. “It was a lot of fun. She was hitting her spots, she was striking people out, it was great.” Comments Published on April 21, 2018 at 8:01 pm Contact Kaci: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more