Syracuse’s bats silent in 2-1 loss to Notre Dame

first_imgSyracuse (18-15, 4-8 Atlantic Coast) lost to Notre Dame (24-12, 8-4), 2-1, on Saturday at Melissa Cook Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana.Alexa Romero started for the Orange, going six innings and giving up two runs on two hits. Unfortunately for the left-handed ace, Syracuse couldn’t give her any run support as the Irish’s Alexis Holloway improved her record to 15-8 on the year with a one-run complete game.Syracuse appeared to get its offense going early in the first, advancing runners to second and third with no outs for its best hitter, Bryce Holmgren. But Holmgren popped out to third, and after a fielder’s choice, walk and groundout, Notre Dame escaped the inning unharmed. The next three half innings saw the minimum nine batters, as Romero was efficient on the mound and the Orange offense quieted.Sammy Fernandez, who reached base three times, got all the way to third base in the third inning but was stranded there for the second time after a Lailoni Mayfield strikeout. The Irish notched its first baserunner in the third inning but didn’t threaten offensively until the fourth. That’s when Katie Marino hit a solo home run to left center, breaking the scoreless tie.The score stayed that way until the top of the sixth, when Syracuse finally responded. A Neli Casares-Maher leadoff single was followed by pinch-hit double by Hannah Dossett, scoring the third baseman all the way from first.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe bottom half of the inning began auspiciously for SU, with Notre Dame’s first two batters being retired. But a walk and a stolen base gave the Irish a runner in scoring position, and UND didn’t waste its opportunity. Abby Sweet singled up the middle, driving in the go-ahead and game-winning run after the Orange went down quietly in the seventh.Syracuse plays Notre Dame again on Sunday in a doubleheader, with first pitches scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Comments Published on April 7, 2018 at 6:10 pm Contact Eric: | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Blake Griffin’s strong second half powers Clippers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It was only his fifth game back from, you know, the “incident,” as it’s become known. His timing had been off, his rhythm was off and so was his shot. And all of that was evident as the Clippers’ game against the Dallas Mavericks began and Blake Griffin went 1 for 6 in the first quarter. But in his fifth game back after missing 45, Griffin recovered from his slow start and impacted the game as much as he typically did before the, ahem, incident, nearly amassing a triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in the Clippers’ 98-91 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at Staples Center. “I thought he turned into this guy who just started playing with amazing force and energy defensively,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “He got his hands on the ball. It’s funny, when your offensive game is struggling, you start doing all of these little things; he dives on the floor and keeps the ball alive, J.J. (Redick) gets the 3, that makes him have positive energy and the whole thing changes for him. You’ve got to feel that way sometimes to get yourself into the game. I thought that’s what he did.” The Clippers (52-28) won their fifth straight game and remain in fourth place in the Western Conference. The Mavericks’ winning streak was halted at six games and Dallas (41-39) continues to chase a playoff spot. The first half was close with Jamal Crawford and Redick being the difference-makers, but the second half was all Griffin. He capitalized on key possessions that helped the Clippers push the game out of reach. He did so by focusing on the defense and letting that rhythm carry over on to the offensive end. “I think at the beginning of the second half, I tried to put a little more aggressiveness in the defense and tried to let that get me going,” Griffin said. “Being aggressive offensively – like rolling to the rum instead of settling for jumpers – kind of got me going a little bit, kind of helped me to see the ball go through. That was kind of my mindset going into the second half.”The Clippers dominated the Mavericks in the third quarter. Dallas shot just 16.7 percent from the field and an even worse 1 for 9 from behind the arc in the third quarter while Los Angeles executed on both ends of the floor, bullying Dallas on the glass and exposing them in the paint.Spurred by Griffin, the Clippers used a 14-2 run in the third quarter to go up by nine points at 6:06. The Clippers wouldn’t let the Mavericks get close again, scoring 11 unanswered points to end the third quarter up 76-59.center_img Dallas’ push in the fourth quarter was met by Griffin, who scored seven points to finish the game. Redick scored 20 points going 4 for 4 from 3-point range. Crawford further bolstered his campaign for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award, coming off the bench for 22 points.Griffin’s 17 points was his most since Dec. 19. But with two games left until the postseason, the question is whether or not his game is where it needs to be and how long it might take to get it back. “We need to continue to integrate Blake,” Redick said. “I think defensively, we’ve been pretty good over the last three or four games when that whole group has been together. We need to continue to win, that’s the biggest thing.” last_img read more

No injuries after Air Choice One flight makes emergency landing at Mason City airport

first_imgMASON CITY — Nobody was injured after emergency crews responded to the Mason City Municipal Airport on Wednesday afternoon for an emergency landing. At about 1:45 PM, an indicator on an Air Choice One flight showed that the landing gear was not locked down into place. The plane circled above the airport while crews on the ground visually inspected the landing gear. The Beechcraft 1900 with five people on board including crew were able to safely land at the airport without incident. The Mason City Fire Department assisted airport officials with the plane landing.last_img read more

Spurs hoping for stadium boost in Man City Champions League clash

first_img“I think it’s going to be a very tough game,” he  said. “Manchester City is one of the best teams in Europe, not only in England. Tomorrow we want to start the game very aggressive, trying to dominate.”And he said the stadium could be a factor that works in his side’s favour.“Of course we hope and wish that… (it) is going to be amazing and going to be tough for our opponent and can help us to perform in the way we want,” he added.But City boss Pep Guardiola played down the stadium factor, saying it would have little impact on his players.“The stadium is what it is and of course in the Champions League all the games away, the supporters support the team more than ever,” he said.“It’s the second time that Spurs play at home so we know exactly what we are going to face.“It’s in our hands how we have to handle it so if we want to make a step forwards as a club, as a team, we have to know how to handle these situations. If we don’t it’s because we are not prepared still to go through.” London, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham are hoping for a lift from their new stadium as they prepare for the daunting task of facing quadruple-chasing Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday.Spurs won last week in their first match at their new home, beating Crystal Palace 2-0 to move back into third in the Premier League after a disappointing run of results.City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne claims Tottenham’s new ground will not be a significant factor in the first leg of the tie but South Korean forward Son Heung-min said the atmosphere could help his team, who had been based at Wembley since the start of the 2017/18 season.“Of course,” he told reporters at the pre-match press conference. “We take these plus points for us because maybe the City players don’t realise, they always play at home. We’ve been nearly two years away from our home stadium.“What we’ve done in the last two years was very positive and I think we missed home a lot and maybe we can show them tomorrow night what is the difference between Wembley and our new stadium.”Son, who scored the first league goal in the new stadium, said the opening match there was a special occasion.“It was just massive, I couldn’t believe it. I had an unbelievable night. I scored, we won, three points, clean sheet, everything,” he said.“It was very positive. I think it’s also very important to take this positive energy for tomorrow. When you think positive, positive things happen.”Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said the game against the defending Premier League champions, who are aiming for a clean sweep of trophies, would be one of the most important of his coaching career but vowed to attack. Share on: WhatsAppcenter_img FILE PHOTO: Tottenham new stadium.last_img read more