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Syracuse wins first ranked game since 2016 with walk-off

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 23, 2020 at 2:54 pm Contact Cameron: cbmckeon@syr.edu Until Feb. 23, Syracuse (5-7) had gone almost four years without a win over a ranked opponent. The Orange’s 3-2 walk-off win over No. 20 Texas Tech (10-5) snapped that streak. Sunday’s matchup went to extra innings tied at two, and Syracuse escaped in the top of the eighth, doubling off the runner at second with a lineout to right field. In the bottom half, Gabby Teran came all the way home from second base on a Rebecca Clyde groundout. The walk-off victory is Syracuse’s first win over a ranked opponent since Mar. 26, 2016, when the Orange took down No. 19 Notre Dame.The Orange got revenge two days after suffering a late-inning, comeback loss to the Red Raiders, scoring the winning run in the eighth to secure its second win of the weekend. In total, SU went 2-3 on the weekend.The Orange got on the board first in the fourth inning, putting together a two-out rally and stringing together three hits in a row to grab a 1-0 lead. Alex Acevedo got it going with a two-strike single followed by a base hit from Toni Martin. Paris Woods capped the rally with an RBI single.Freshman starter Catie Dobbs was brilliant through 4.1 innings before getting pulled for Alexa Romero. Texas Tech capitalized on the pitching change, recording three consecutive singles to tie the game at one. Karli Hamilton’s sacrifice bunt later in the inning put the Red Raiders up 2-1 in a comeback reminiscent of the opening game of the Houston Challenge on Friday, in which Texas Tech came back and held on to defeat the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse had other plans in this one. A pinch-hit home run courtesy of Lailoni Mayfield in the sixth tied the game up, spoiling the Texas Tech comeback effort. Kaia Oliver had replaced Romero in the top half of the sixth and continued her trend of getting in and then out of trouble, with the Red Raiders leaving the bases loaded in the sixth and two more in the seventh.Dobbs, in her second career start, allowed no runs over 4.1 innings pitched, striking out four and conceding two hits. Texas Tech left 11 runners on base, putting up threats in nearly every inning thanks to seven walks and reaching on errors, but failed to score more than twice.The Orange finished the Houston Challenge with a pair of wins and three losses, the other victory coming against Louisiana Tech on Saturday. Syracuse has a five-game slate set up next weekend, beginning with another meeting with Rutgers, whom the Orange have lost to twice already this season. Commentslast_img read more

UEFA Set to Introduce a Third Club Competition

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first_imgEurope is set to introduce a third club competition from the 2021-22 season, the head of the association representing Europe’s biggest clubs announced on Tuesday.Before Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided to copy the model of UEFA, it was running three continental competitions from 1992 to 2004 before it merged the CAF Cup with the then African Cup Winners’ Cup competition to form the CAF Confederation Cup, the continent’s version of Europa League of UEFA.According to reports from Reuters, European Club Association (ECA) Chairman Andrea Agnelli told his members at a meeting in Split, Croatia that the new event would bring the “overall number of clubs” involved in UEFA club competition to 96, the ECA said on Twitter. “Pending approval of the UEFA executive committee, the ‘green light’ has been given to introduce a third competition, bringing the overall number of clubs to 96, as of the 2021-22 season,” Agnelli said.Agnelli is also president of Juventus and sits on the UEFA executive committee, occupying one of two seats allocated to club representatives. UEFA was not immediately available for comment.Europe currently has two club competitions — the Champions League, which features 32 teams in the group stage, and the second-tier Europa League, which has 48.Europe used to have a third competition for winners of domestic cup competitions, known as the Cup Winners’ Cup, but it was abolished in 1999. Domestic cup winners now enter the Europa League.The ECA has previously called for more clubs to be involved in European competitions and a “greater certainty of matches” for participating clubs.Agnelli also repeated his call from last year for a drastic overhaul of the international match calendar, which is drawn up by global soccer body FIFA and allocates dates for national team games.“A detailed assessment of the existing International Match Calendar is required prior to presenting a new model post-2024. The current model needs modernising,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more