After fast start, Syracuse is failing to play up to potential against ranked opponents

first_imgYounes Limam’s body language hasn’t changed all season when addressing the media. The fifth-year Syracuse head coach stands with his arms crossed and mulls over each question before responding. Regardless if SU has just won or lost, Limam believes in his team, he said, and defends their play.This year, No. 32 Syracuse (10-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) hasn’t had the same success it did last season, countering Limam’s early expectations of his team. He’s said multiple times this season that the Orange have the potential to win all six singles matches and take all seven points in a match. Wins against then-No. 30 Virginia Tech and then-No. 3 Georgia Tech showed the Orange could do it last season. But the results haven’t come in 2019 with just one win against six ranked opponents.“I’m a big believer on playing a tough schedule,” Limam said. “It’s only going to get harder the next couple of weeks, and our ultimate goal is to be ready in May and at the end of April.”Since defeating then-No. 9 Michigan in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, Syracuse has had opportunities to defeat top teams — then-No. 19 Virginia, then-No. 16 Ohio State, then-No. 7 Pepperdine — but hasn’t capitalized.In SU’s loss on Sunday to then-No. 15 Wake Forest, it happened again. The depth Limam raved about, third singles and down, lost their matches. The Orange dropped both first and third doubles in tiebreakers, but the SU head coach still felt his players played some of their best tennis all year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“You look at every match, the main thing is to compete hard, extremely hard from start to finish,” Limam said, “and I think we’ve done that the last two matches. Now we need to have that same mentality on a daily basis.”To create day-to-day intensity, Syracuse has turned to with the idea that every point is a deuce point. It creates an “urgency,” Limam said, and the mindset that there are “no points off” against ranked teams.After a loss to No. 37 Georgia Tech on March 3, Syracuse started practicing doubles with more intensity, Dina Hegab said. Fast starts are key because the matches are only one set, and top teams won’t relinquish early leads. And slowly, the Orange’s doubles play has followed suit.“We played one of our best doubles this past weekend, and just came up a little bit short,” Limam said. “But I’m very pleased on the direction that the team is headed.”As Syracuse starts the brunt of its conference play, it’ll face five top-25 opponents in the span of less than a month, including three-straight starting on Sunday against No. 15 Florida State. When SU earned its highest ranking in program history earlier this year at No. 10, its rise as a top program in the ACC was being quantified. Coming out of its ranked stretch of games with a winning record would improve its ranking, which has dipped 22 spots.As the questions began this week, Limam stayed loose even though SU was coming off another loss on Sunday. He continued to defend his team’s performance and repeated what he has preached all season.“I still go back to, we are a deep team,” Limam said. “We’re going to have a very special team when everybody plays at their potential.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 19, 2019 at 10:57 pm Contact Arabdho: | @aromajumder last_img read more

MLB Futures Game 2019: Full rosters, start time, TV channel, schedule

first_imgTwo days before the 2019 MLB All-Star Game, some of baseball most promising prospects will compete in the Futures Game.The event, slated for July 7, will pit top American League talents against the best from the National League. Thirty-six players on Baseball America’s list of the top 100 prospects will feature in the contest. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNA few players from last year’s Futures Game are already big league contributors. Examples include Yordan Alvarez (Astros), Keston Hiura (Brewers) and Fernando Tatis Jr. (Padres). It’s likely that several youngsters in the latest showcase will soon break through to MLB as well.Sporting News lists the full rosters for each team and, below them, answers frequently asked questions regarding the 2019 Futures Game.MLB All-Star rosters | Futures Game roster | Celebrity softball game rosterAmerican League Futures Game full rosterThe AL team will be managed by Jim Thome. Notable staffers include Sean Casey and Nick Punto.PitchersPlayerTeamLevelBrendan McKayRaysMLBJ.B. BukauskasAstrosAAJustin DunnMarinersAADeivi GarciaYankeesAAMatt ManningTigersAANate PearsonBlue JaysAABrady SingerRoyalsAADL HallOriolesAGrayson RodriguezOriolesAJordan BalazovicTwinsAPosition playersPos.PlayerTeamLevelCJake RogersTigersAAACSam HuffRangersACRonaldo HernandezRaysAIFJorge MateoA’sAAAIFNick MadrigalWhite SoxAAIFIsaac ParedesTigersAAIFEvan WhiteMarinersAAIFWander FrancoRaysAIFNolan JonesIndiansAIFRoyce LewisTwinsAOFDaniel JohnsonIndiansAAAOFJo AdellAngelsAAOFJarren DuranRed SoxAAOFLuis RobertWhite SoxAAOFJarred KelenicMarinersANational League Futures Game full rosterThe NL team will be managed by Dennis Martinez. Notable staffers include Omar Vizquel and Jerry Manuel.PitchersPlayerTeamLevelAdbert AlzolayCubsMLBBen BowdenRockiesAAAAnthony KayMetsAAAIan AndersonBravesAADustin MayDodgersAAAdrian MorejonPadresAASixto SanchezMarlinsAALuis PatinoPadresAMacKenzie GorePadresAPosition playersPos.PlayerTeamLevelCDaulton VarshoDiamondbacksAACJoey BartGiantsACMiguel AmayaCubsAIFWill CraigPiratesAAAIFIsan DiazMarlinsAAAIFCarter KieboomNationalsAAAIFAlec BohmPhilliesAAIFGavin LuxDodgersAAIFNolan GormanCardinalsAOFMonte HarrisonMarlinsAAAOFDylan CarlsonCardinalsAAOFChristian PacheBravesAAOFTaylor TrammellRedsAAOFHeliot RamosGiantsAOFAlek ThomasDiamondbacksAWhat time is the 2019 Futures Game?The annual contest will take place Sunday, July 7, at 7 p.m. ET.What channel is the Futures Game on TV?It will be broadcast on MLB Network and streamed on The announcers for the matchup are Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds and Jim Callis.Where will the Futures Game be played?Progressive Field in Cleveland will host the Futures Game in the buildup to the 2019 MLB All-Star Game.Which MLB team has the most Futures Game prospects?Barring late changes to the rosters, the Rays, Mariners, Padres, Marlins and Tigers are tied for the lead with three Futures Game members apiece. Every MLB team has at least one representative.What is the format for the competition?Unlike in previous seasons, when the Futures Game pitted a World team against a U.S. team, this year’s version is separated by American League and National League. The change makes the contest more comparable to the MLB All-Star Game than it was in the past.Another difference is the length of the game. For the first time, it will be an abbreviated seven-inning affair. Starting lineups will be determined by Jim Thome and Dennis Martinez, the respective managers for each squad.Who votes on the Futures Game roster? writes that rosters are determined as such:”Major League Baseball, in conjunction with MLB Pipeline, Baseball America and the 30 Major League Clubs, selected the 25 players currently on each team.”How long has the Futures Game existed?The Futures Game has been around since 1999, when Boston hosted the first edition.last_img read more

Tomorrow: Opening of the Tennis Tournament “Open RTC Barcelona 1899 – Sarajevo 2014”

first_imgSarajevo – The 18th International tennis tournament “Open RTC Barcelona 1899 – Sarajevo 2014 – Memorial: Namik Terzimehić and Juan Antonio Samarach” will be held from 18th to 23th August at the fields of the “HEAD Tennis Academy” in the CRS Koševo.The tournament is organized for tennis players up to age 16 and is the first ETA European tennis tournament in B&H, and third in the region.A large number of participants is applied this year: 125 participants from 25 countries, including Australia and Canada.The first holder in the junior category is Bosnian player Sanin Zukić while the first female holder is Nefisa Berberović from B&H.The opening ceremony will take place on Monday at 19:30 o’clock while the main part of the tournament begins on Tuesday at 09:00 o’clock.The tournament has a memorial character in the name of the founder of the TC “Tenis PRO 1996” Namik Terzimehić and Juan Antonio Samaranch, a big friend of the sportsman of Sarajevo and B&H.The idea to create this tournament was born in cooperation with the Royal Club from Barcelona “RTC Barcelona – 1899”, a club with a hundred years old tradition and world famous players, supporting this tournament for the past 18 years.(Source: Fena)last_img read more