Syracuse locked in as No. 3 seed in conference tournament after 5-0 loss to No. 9 Robert Morris

first_img Published on February 23, 2018 at 10:59 pm Contact Adam: [email protected] | @_adamhillman Three minutes into the third period, SU head coach Paul Flanagan looked dejected with his hands on his hips as Syracuse faced a four-goal deficit to No. 9 Robert Morris.With a top-two finish and a first-round bye in next week’s College Hockey America tournament up for grabs entering the weekend, Flanagan had no answer to his team’s performance.“Wish I knew (what went wrong),” Flanagan said.Syracuse (12-19-2, 11-7-1 CHA) has clinched the third seed in next week’s CHA post-season tournament after falling 5-0 to No. 9 Robert Morris (19-7-4, 13-3-3 CHA). After failing to score on 16 first-period shots, SU only tallied 10 more for the rest of the game.In order to reach the top two in the conference, the Orange would have had to defeat the No. 9 team twice in two days. While SU will now have to win three games in three days starting next Thursday in order to win the first CHA title in program history, the Orange remain confident that it can “break the streak.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The team’s faced nothing but adversity so it’s not like we can’t win (the title),” redshirt junior Brooke Avery said. “It’s a little more difficult now; it’s not out of the question. It’s just another battle for us.”With six and a half minutes remaining in the second period, the Orange faced a two-goal deficit. After senior forwards Stephanie Grossi and Alysha Burriss failed to convert on a 2-on-1 breakaway, the Colonials sped back down the ice, trying to ice away any opportunity for an SU comeback.Robert Morris junior defender Kirsten Welsh received the puck at the blue line on a return pass from senior forward Jessica Gazzola. SU senior defender Megan Quinn began to skate towards her, late to recognize the play.Welsh’s shot fake tricked Quinn, opening up a clear chance at net. While senior goaltender Abbey Miller was able to stop the first attempt, the rebound went right to freshman forward Lexi Templeman, who stuffed the puck into the net and propelled Robert Morris to a three-goal lead.“If I was watching this game, just showed up and watched this game, I would label us as a poorly coached team,” Flanagan said. “We didn’t have them ready for that second or third period.”Even though SU ended up with one more shot than the Colonials, it was outscored by five. This is the ninth time that Syracuse has failed to score this season.The “disappointing” effort has now forced the Orange into a predicament where it has to win three games in three days at next week’s CHA tournament. Before the playoffs begin, the team is confident that it can turn its fate around if it approaches tonight’s loss against RMU with the right attitude, Grossi said.With the loss, SU will now face last-place Rochester Institute of Technology on Thursday, March 1. The Orange outscored the Tigers 22-3 in four matchups this season.“Past couple years we’ve had that automatic bye,” Avery said, “but it’s not like it can’t be done.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Counted out: Andrew Gillum acknowledges Ron DeSantis’ election as Florida governor.

first_imgAfter the preliminary results of the Nov 6 general elections, and a machine recount, on Saturday Florida’s Democratic candidate for Florida governor finally conceded defeat to Republican Ron DeSantis.Having lost to DeSantis by a slim margin of 33,400 votes based on the preliminary results of the mid-term elections, Gillum withdrew his original concession given to DeSantis on election night and agreed to a machine recount of the ballots that were cast. The recount was in accordance with Florida law which indicates if a candidate loses an election by a margin of less than  0.50 percent a recount is required.At the conclusion of the state-wide machine recount on Thursday, November 15, it was evident that Gillum had not made any significant inroads in the original vote count, and that DeSantis had retained the winning margin.Making his final concession in a video livestreamed on Facebook from Tallahassee on Saturday, Gillum, accompanied by his wife R-Jai, said, “We said we would fight until the last vote is counted. Now that we are rounding that process out, R. Jai and I wanted to take a moment to congratulate Mr. DeSantis on becoming the next governor of the great state of Florida.”In his video message Gillum said Florida’s need to be updated and brought “into the 21st century.” With his failure in his quest to be governor, Gillum now returns to his post as Mayor of Tallahassee, but said “There will be more to come. This fight for Florida continues.”His wife R-Jai also said, “This is not the last of Andrew and R. Jai Gillum.”After Gillum’s concession, DeSantis tweeted: “This was a hard-fought campaign. Now it’s time to bring Florida together.”last_img read more

From furlough to free-to-air: Premier League becomes a political football

first_img“When the furlough scheme and the discussions around player salaries and taking pay cuts arose, my feeling was that was opportunistic on the part of government and actually very cynical,” Professor Simon Chadwick, Director of Eurasian Sport at Emlyon business school told AFP.“Within weeks the government had flipped again and suddenly this is important for national well-being, social cohesion and national identity, providing a diversion from the pandemic.“This was the government using football to achieve its own ends, rather than of football itself, or fans and the population.”– Mass audiences –Attention from politicians was certainly not welcomed by players, particularly as they set up a fund to generate funds for Britain’s National Health Service (NHS).Hancock was accused of “deflecting” underfunding of the NHS by Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend, while Newcastle’s Danny Rose said players’ health was being put at risk to boost the national mood.However, the pressure from government for free-to-air matches could yet have long-lasting benefits for the English top-flight.For the first time since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, the BBC will show four live games before the end of the season.Amazon and a Sky freeview channel will also bring more live games to a wider audience.Cricket and golf are among the sports to have suffered consequences of disappearing behind a paywall in the UK.“It is important that as many people as possible can access our games,” said Premier League chief executive Richard Masters.By being beamed back to the masses on its return, the Premier League could ensure absence makes the heart grow fonder and increase its already massive following.Share on: WhatsApp premier leagueLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  The green light for the Premier League’s return owes much to a political will for the national game to lift spirits in the country hardest hit by coronavirus in Europe.Suspected and confirmed deaths from coronavirus in Britain passed 50,000 according to analysis from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this week.Restrictions on personal freedoms remain in place, while plans to reopen schools to all pupils in England have been shelved until September.Yet, on Wednesday, Premier League stars will return to live action with the government revelling in its role to ensure 33 of the remaining 92 games of the season will be shown on free-to-air platforms.Prime Minister Boris Johnson told parliament last month that the return of live sport to television “could provide a much-needed boost to national morale”.On the day June 17 was set as the date for the Premier League’s return, Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Sport, said football had a “special place in our national life.”– Furlough fury –However, the Premier League has not enjoyed such political backing throughout the course of the pandemic.In the early weeks of April as clubs scrambled to respond to a sudden drop in revenue, Liverpool and Tottenham were among the top-flight teams that signalled their intent to use the government’s furlough scheme for non-playing staff.The scheme, designed to protect jobs once lockdowns are lifted, has seen the government cover the cost of 80 percent of wages up to a maximum of 2,500 ($3,100) a month per employee.Yet, the sight of last season’s two Champions League finalists using tax payers’ money without cutting the wages of players provoked a furious reaction.Conservative MP Julian Knight accused the Premier League of a “moral vacuum.”At a daily news briefing at the height of the crisis, even Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Premier League players to “take a pay cut and play their part”.Both clubs bowed to the public pressure and quickly reversed their decision to use the scheme.last_img read more