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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GOtv Boxing Night 15: I’ll Destroy Iberu, Fijaborn Boasts

first_imgReigning African Boxing Union (ABU) welterweight champion, Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi, has vowed to finish off Kazeem “Iberu” Ariyo, his opponent for the national light welterweight challenge bout slated for GOtv Boxing Night 15 on 29 July.The bout, which is the second one between the two boxers, is one of the seven scheduled to hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo (formerly Liberty) Stadium in Ibadan.The former national welterweight champion boasted that his opponent will fall in the first round. “I have defeated him before and I know what to do to defeat him again. I am a knockout specialist and Iberu will be knocked out in the first round,” Fijaborn bragged.The biggest fight on the night is the African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight title bout between Ghanaian challenger, Nathaniel Nukpe, and reigning king of the division, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph.Other bouts on the card at the event include the cruiserweight clash between Michael “Lion Heart” Godwin and Idowu “ID Cabasa” Okusote, international light middleweight contest between Akeem “Dodo” Sadiku of Nigeria and Franc Houanvoegbe of Benin Republic.The event, sponsored by GOtv and Bet King, will be beamed live on SuperSport in 47 African countries. The best boxer at the event will go home with a cash prize of N1 million alongside the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Iowa legislature’s top Democrats call for statewide shelter-in-place order

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa is among the five states which do not have some sort of a shelter-in-place or stay-at-home order within its borders.The top two Democrats in the legislature are urging Republican Governor Kim Reynolds to join change that. Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen of Des Moines and House Democratic Leader Todd Prichard of Charles City say issuing a statewide shelter-in-place order would send “a clearer message about the serious nature of this pandemic.”They say the current patchwork of recommendations is confusing and there’s growing frustration about the lack of information on Iowa’s plans and capabilities for combatting COVID-19. The two Democratic lawmakers say data provided by private researchers shows Iowans are taking some steps to flatten the curve of COVID cases, but the dramatic increases in case numbers show it’s not enough.The other states which do not have shelter-in-place orders are North and South Dakota, Nebraska and Arkansas. There are eight other states where orders are in place in cities or regions. Earlier this week, Governor Reynolds said she can’t lock the state down because it would disrupt the supply chain and impact essential workers.The two Democratic lawmakers say other governors have exempted critical occupations in their shelter-in-place orders. Senator Pedersen and Representative Prichard also called on the governor to release more information about the state’s efforts. Yesterday, Reynolds was asked if she will release the data she’s using to make COVID-19 decisions.“We’re looking at the percent of the population greater than 65. We’re looking at the percentage of identified cases requiring hospitalization,” Reynolds said in reply. “We’re looking at the rate per 100,000 impacted in the past 14 days. We’re looking at the number of long-term care outbreaks, so those are some of the metrics that we’re looking at, but there are other assumptions going into it as well.”Reynolds did not say whether she would release any of that data to the public.Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, a Democrat from Dubuque; Congresswoman Cindy Axne, a Democrat from West Des Moines; and Congressman Dave Loebsack, a Democrat from Iowa City have all called on the governor to issue a stay-at-home order.Here’s the letter: COVID-19 Letter to Governor PDFlast_img read more

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