Miranda Ramirez leads Syracuse to 5-2 home-opening win over Cornell

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Miranda Ramirez leads Syracuse to 5-2 home-opening win over Cornell

first_img Published on January 26, 2020 at 8:06 pm Contact Thomas: tgshults@syr.edu | @ThomasShults5 Facebook Twitter Google+ It all started in warmups when senior captain Miranda Ramirez yelled out instructions to her young teammates, of whom three of six are freshmen.After Syracuse lost the doubles point, Ramirez, the No. 80 singles player in the nation, huddled everyone up and urged SU to “take the singles, we can’t let them have any more breaks.” They listened, and Ramirez’s 6-1, 7-5 singles win clinched a team victory and SU’s fourth singles match win. Ramirez added a doubles victory to improve to 6-0 on the season in Syracuse’s (3-0) 5-2 win over Cornell (0-4).“We know that we have the confidence to beat this team,” Ramirez said postgame.SU lost the doubles point when partners Polina Kozyreva and Zeynep Erman, as well as ITA’s No. 48 Kim Hansen and Sonya Treshcheva both lost. Then, led by Ramirez, SU huddled and regrouped to win five of the first six singles sets.Even though Ramirez encouraged her teammates to play assuredly, her own confidence waned in her singles match against Ashley Huang. After cruising through the first set 6-1, Ramirez stumbled in the second. All looked to be going as planned for Ramirez, up 3-1 in the second set before coughing up three straight games, and falling behind 4-3.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHead coach Younes Limam said there’s “ups and downs” in tennis, and after taking a sip of Gatorade and consulting with assistant coach Jennifer Meredith, Ramirez turned to her trusty serve for back-to-back aces to swing momentum.“Mentally I had to stay strong and just sort of know that like I was better,” Ramirez said. “It was a little closer than I think it needed to be but it’s alright as long as I get the W in the end.”Ramirez’s aces led to her taking four the next five games, breaking Huang’s serve once. At one point, Huang led out a frustrated sigh, banging the green tarp by the wall with her racket after losing the set lead. After regaining the lead, Ramirez’s straight-faced demeanor also returned.Hansen and Guzal Yusupova played similarly in control, losing a combined four games total. Freshman Kozyreva, playing in place of an injured No. 111 Sofya Golubovskaya, won 6-1, 7-6 for SU’s fifth singles win.After its third straight win, Syracuse circled to stretch, with the veteran Ramirez leading the routine. Leadership comes naturally, said Ramirez. And even when she was struggling, Limam said he wasn’t too concerned with Ramirez’s match, evidence of the trust they’ve developed over the past four years.“They all owned their court, and I’m super proud of them,” said Ramirez. “So it’s a great team win today.” Commentslast_img read more

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Aguero hat-trick reboots Man City’s title charge

first_imgCity are again 12 points clear of second-placed Manchester United thanks to a ruthless performance capped by the brilliant Aguero, their all-time leading scorer, whose 11th hat-trick for the club took his tally for the season to 22 goals.Newcastle’s supporters must look at City and wonder how close they are to getting their own rich new owners after a week in which a potential takeover of the club by British businesswoman Amanda Staveley was branded “frustrating and a complete waste of time” by owner Mike Ashley.With Newcastle suffering from a lack of investment and hovering at the wrong end of the table, this contest was never going to be a comfortable one for Rafa Benitez’s visitors, especially as the gifted David Silva returned for City after overcoming a stomach complaint.Yet Newcastle still looked sharper at the start as Christian Atsu snatched at a great chance just 90 seconds in,failing to connect properly when well positioned on the penalty spot.City then began to dictate the match and John Stones went close for the hosts, poking just wide after an intelligent ball from Silva inside the area.City remained on top, with Silva, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Kevin De Bruyne posing problems for Newcastle.– Sterling denied –After 16 minutes, Leroy Sane had a glorious chance to open the scoring as he squirmed through the area before Javier Manquillo’s last-ditch tackle. Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | It was back to thrilling business as usual for Manchester City on Saturday as Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick helped the Premier League leaders to a 3-1 victory over abject Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium.Pep Guardiola demanded a response from his table-toppers following the 4-3 loss to Liverpool last Sunday that ended their unbeaten start to the league season. The City manager got just that as the hosts dominated, despite Newcastle making it interesting for a while in the second half thanks to Jacob Murphy’s fine finish. A minute later, City were denied what seemed a good goal as Raheem Sterling swept home following a ball from Silva at the back post. But Sterling was adjudged to be offside, although replays suggested he was not.The speed with which City, and Silva, had broken was ominous for Newcastle.To their credit, Newcastle kept the game scoreless until they succumbed 11 minutes before the break.As City continued to pour forward, De Bruyne delivered a fine cross from the left and Aguero got the faintest of touches to a header that slid past Karl Darlow into the far corner.The second half followed the same pattern, with City repeatedly on the attack and any hopes Newcastle had of earning a point seemed to evaporate when Manquillo hauled down Sterling in the 63rd minute.Aguero blasted the ensuing penalty past Darlow to double City’s advantage.center_img Yet, almost immediately, City were caught napping at the back and Murphy raced through on goal and lifted the ball over Ederson to halve the deficit.Newcastle’s spirits were raised further by Darlow’s extraordinary reflex save from Sterling and, all of a sudden, the Magpies were revitalised as Mohamed Diame twice tested Ederson from close range.However, with seven minutes remaining, City secured the three points — and settled their nerves — when Sane went on a mazy 30-yard run that sucked in most of Newcastle’s defence before he squared into the middle of the box where Aguero calmly completed his latest treble.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Liverpool ‘can beat anyone’, says Mane

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Sadio Mane says Liverpool “can beat any team in the world” as Jurgen Klopp’s men chase the Premier League runners-up spot and eye the Champions League quarter-finals.Liverpool are third in the table, two points behind Manchester United after just one defeat in their past 19 Premier League matches and are virtually guaranteed progress in Europe after a 5-0 first-leg win over Porto in the last 16.Klopp’s side have scored 103 goals in all competitions this season with their forward line of Mane, 31-goal Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino tearing opposition defences apart.“I can sense that the club is moving in the right direction,” Mane told Liverpool’s official matchday programme.“There were a couple of difficult years at Liverpool a while back but those things happen to every single club in the world.“At the moment we are in a good way so everything is possible. I think we have improved a lot in the past few months. We know that on our day we can beat any team in the world.” The Senegal forward said the team spirit at Anfield was good and confidence among the players was sky-high.“Every single player is always very happy playing with each other,” he said. “We always try to help each other and we work as a team.“I think that is the team’s power and the team’s purpose. Every single player would love to play in this team.”The forward believes the arrival of club-record signing Virgil van Dijk, who became the world’s most expensive defender last month at £75 million ($104 million) has already made a difference.“He’s a great player and I know him very well because he was my teammate when I was at Southampton too,” Mane said.“He is a very good addition for us and we are very happy to have him in the team.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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