first_imgIt’s been beat into player’s heads over and over. The batting cage repetitions are focused on creating the best hitting techniques for all players, but one mistake can cut a session short.“We work on pitch selection all the time,” senior Sydney O’Hara said. “If you swing at a ball, you’re out, and if you let a strike go by, you’re out. It’s game-like.”Syracuse (24-15, 6-9 Atlantic Coast) stands at third in the ACC with a .387 on base percentage, only .004 short of second place North Carolina and not far out of first place Florida State, with .458. The Orange, which is among the bottom in the home run rankings, scores most of its runs from having people on base.“Be aggressive, but be aggressive with strikes,” sophomore second baseman Alicia Hansen said. “If you want to swing at the first pitch, do it, but make sure it’s a good pitch.”Syracuse takes advantage of this aggressive mindset to give its players more opportunities to score. After contact, players are told to run out whatever they can. Whether SU pops one up to the pitcher, grounds a slow-roller to the second baseman or hits one high into the outfield, the team always expects the ball to drop in its favor. This mindset has gotten them on base in situations that almost certainly appeared as sure outs.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Fluke things happen,” said sophomore shortstop Sammy Fernandez, the team’s leadoff hitter. “You always want to try to get that extra base if you can.”O’Hara, who leads Syracuse in batting average and the country in on base percentage, notices when her team starts to swing at pitches they shouldn’t. She used constant examples of the games versus Boston College, where she and others on the team would swing at balls out of the zone and how that contributed to the low run total and total number of people on base.Being able to extend at bats is important to the Orange.  An important skill they go over is the two-strike approach at the plate. According to O’Hara, as well as assistant coach Alisa Goler, it is the hardest thing to master. This can be tied back to the cage work the Orange do that punishes just one mistake at the plate, as a mistake with two strikes will.The extensive work in the cage and the aggressive style of SU hitters leads to greater production. Goler is confident that if Syracuse can deliver runners on base, the results will show.“The game always knows,” Goler said. “It knows if you put in your time, it knows if you’re lazy and not doing it, and I know with the work that they’ve put in that when they’re in the box, with runners on base, good things are going to happen.” Comments Published on April 17, 2017 at 10:41 pm Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

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first_img LIVE TV READ | NFL: Colin Kaepernick To Make His Long-awaited Return To The NFL?READ | Rijiju Gives Cash Awards To Wushu World C’ships Medalists Press Trust Of India SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 15th November, 2019 10:53 IST World Para-Games: Sharad Claims Silver, Mariyappan Takes Bronze India’s celebrated para high-jumpers Sharad Kumar and Mariyappan Thangavelu qualified for next year’s Tokyo Paralympics after claiming a silver and a bronze 1 year ago ‘Drugged, raped and blackmailed’ by Shah Rukh Khan’s friend and producer Karim Morani, says Delhi-based actor narrating shocking ordeal “It’s been a hard time. I have been playing continuously. Now I need a break. I am going on a holiday from here with my friends who have come down to cheer for me from London,” said the 27-year-old, who has completed his Masters in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Sharad, the former world no.1, stayed in the lead initially clearing the bar at 1.67m until 1.83m before Grewe surged ahead with 1.86m to be on top. India’s celebrated para high-jumpers Sharad Kumar and Mariyappan Thangavelu qualified for next year’s Tokyo Paralympics after claiming the silver and the bronze medal respectively in the World Para-Athletics Championships here. Two-time Asian Para Games champion Sharad Kumar cleared the bar with season’s best effort of 1.83 metres, while Mariyappan, a Rio Paralympic gold-medallist, settled for the bronze, also with a season’s best performance of 1.80 metres here on Thursday evening. The gold went to Sam Grewe, who won the top honours with a championship record of 1.86 metres. READ | Triple MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo Retires WATCH US LIVE Meanwhile, seven world records were broken on the day, taking the total to 44 with one more day still to go. This surpassed the London 2017 Worlds mark of 34 world records. “What everyone is talking here is how many young and new players are competing here. Some of the athletes were not competing and many were not competing in London 2017. They are all young and showing incredible results,” International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons said on the record numbers here. “This has been the best ever Para Athletics Championships in terms of performance of the players,” he added.  10 months ago Amitabh Bachchan: Here are 6 of his most romantic songs to cherishcenter_img First Published: 15th November, 2019 10:53 IST FOLLOW US Mariyappan, who failed to clear 1.83 metres in his last attempt, later admitted that he couldn’t perform his best. “I am disappointed with what I performed today. Considering that I have been living and training in Ukraine for the last three years; faced the harsh conditions, I should have given a better performance. I need to re-check my schedule, my planning and many other things,” Sharad was quoted as saying by the Paralympic Committee of India. Written By 1 year ago Delhi HC issues notice to A Raja and other accused in 2G scam case as CBI moves plea for early hearing WE RECOMMEND 9 months ago Nishad wins bronze; secures quota for Tokyo Paralympic Games COMMENT “My body didn’t open up. I didn’t get my best one here. The conditions were a little cold in the evening. I hope I can do better in Tokyo 2020 and live up to the expectations of my coach, Satyanarayana,” he said.  READ | ‘Boycott To Withdrawal’ IOA Still Threatens A Pullout From 2022 CWGAlso performing in the same event was Ramsingh Padhiya, who settled for fifth place with an effort of 1.77 metres. Earlier in the day, Lal Vinay Kumar, the Asian Para Games bronze-medallist, claimed the bronze in men’s 400m T44 event, and a Tokyo 2020 spot, finishing in 55.49 seconds. After the penultimate day’s action, India has nine medals — two gold, two silver and five bronze — from the Championships. China lead the medals tally with 53 medals including 23 gold medals, followed by Brazil (37) and Great Britain (24).           last_img

first_img 1 month ago TNM vs NG Dream11 prediction, team, top picks, New Zealand Basketball League live game Van Aert, the in-form Belgian, led home a select lead group of race favourites to deliver Jumbo-Visma’s third win of the race as Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates) became the big casualty in the battle for yellow. Pogacar led the chasers over 1’21” in arrears while the Bennett group eventually crossed the line a whopping 14’32” down, with a final gruppetto containing the remaining sprinters another minute or so back. Bora-Hansgrohe energised a fascinating Stage 7 to take back the green jersey while Wout van Aert won the stage and a number of GC riders lost time.The brilliant Wout van Aert took a second win of the Tour de France after an explosive Stage 7 saw the peloton blown apart from the outset and Peter Sagan move back into the green jersey. Ineos’ hard work took a blow when their Ecuadorian rider Carapaz picked up a puncture which saw him dropped to the chase group that contained both Pogacar and Landa after both riders had been earlier waylaid by respective mechanicals and crashes as the race passed through Castres. Joining Bennett in this frustrated chase group was the Dauphiné winner Martinez, whose GC travails continued as the gap gradually stretched to over five minutes, with the sprinter gruppetto even further in arrears, settling in for a day battling the time-cut.Read: Alaphilippe Dedicates Tour De France Stage Win To Late Father Tour debutant Pogacar was dropped in the crosswinds during a frenetic conclusion to an already highly combative 168km stage, the 21-year-old crossing the line over a minute down to plummet out of the top 10 and lose the white jersey.Read: Alexey Lutsenko Soloes To Stage 6 Glory On Mont Aigoual Britain’s Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) successfully negotiated the accelerations and echelons to retain the yellow jersey by three seconds on Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) as Frenchman Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) moved up to third place at nine seconds after what proved to be the most captivating stage of the race so far. Written By With Ireland’s Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) among those caught out by the early fireworks, Sagan was able to move back into the virtual green jersey in the intermediate sprint. On a day that looked destined for the sprinters, the majority of the peloton’s fast men were shelled out the back of the peloton inside the opening 10km of the race by some ferocious tempo-setting by the well-drilled Bora-Hansgrohe team of Sagan, sniffing out an opportunity in the heat of southern France. 1 month ago NBA barbershop from 2K neighbourhood being built by league at Orlando bubble A brief foray off the front from Belgium’s Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) never looked likely to stick, and when the much vaunted vent d’Autan blew up a storm inside the final 35 kilometres, what was left of the peloton split in two on the approach into Lavaur.Read: Wout Van Aert Wins Tour De France Stage 5 For Jumbo, Adam Yates In Yellow With Bennett out of the picture, Sagan was able to move back into the virtual green jersey despite being beaten by Italy’s Matteo Trentin in the intermediate sprint at Saint-Servin-sur-Rance. The 17 points put Sagan five points clear of Bennett in the virtual standings – with more points still up for grabs at the finish. Last Updated: 4th September, 2020 23:17 IST Crosswind Chaos As Wout Van Aert Wins Again And Peter Sagan Takes Back Green Bora-Hansgrohe energised a fascinating Stage 7 to take back the green jersey while Wout van Aert won the stage and a number of GC riders lost time. Sagan was unable to build on the hard work done by his Bora teammates, the misfiring Slovakian disappointing in 13th place – enough, however, to see him return to the top of the green jersey standings with a slender lead of nine points over Bennett.But with his second stage win of the race, both riders may well be looking over their shoulders to van Aert, who has now risen to third place in that classification – proof that the 26-year-old’s thrilling consistency and superior kick. Benoit Cosnerfroy (Ag2R-La Mondiale) just about managed to hold on to pick up the maximum king of the mountain points going over the first climb of the day, the Cat.3 Cote de Luzencon, before the seven-strong Bora train swept past leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. With Trentin dropped, Sagan’s chances of a first win in 14 months looked more likely – although he would face opposition from van Aert and a French contingent that included Bryan Coquard (B&B Hotels-Vital Concept), Christophe Laporte (Cofidis) and Hugo Hofstetter (Israel Start-Up Nation). Belgian’s Jasper Stuyven was also there for Trek-Segafredo, whose GC riders Porte and Mollema had missed the split.Read: Delayed But Alive, Tour De France Sets Off From Nice The Bennett chase group came within a whisker of bridging over with 150km remaining – but, like Tantalus in thwarted pursuit of forbidden fruit, the prize remained cruelly out of the Irishman’s reach. Saturday’s short but sharp 141km Stage 8 features three climbs including the Col de Peyresourde ahead of a downhill finish into Loudenvielle. All eyes will be on Roglic to add his own second stage win following teammate van Aert’s heroics on Friday – and with it, the yellow jersey. Belgian breakaway specialist Thomas De Gendt zipped clear ahead of the summit to take the two KOM points. De Gendt then kicked on in an ambitious bid to turn round the fortunes of Lotto Soudal, whose sprinter Ewan, the Stage 3 winner, was out of the picture. Despite his best efforts, De Gendt never saw his lead increase to much more than 45 seconds as the Ineos Grenadiers soon came to the front after the Cat.4 Cote de Paulhe ahead of the expected winds on the run into the finish. FOLLOW UScenter_img Digital Desk With Pogacar dropping to 16th in the overall standings, Colombia’s Egan Bernal, the defending champion from the Ineos Grenadiers takes over the white jersey ahead of two stages in the Pyrenees. Most crucially, the green jersey of Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) found himself the wrong side of the split as Bora threw down the hammer in a bid to restore their man Sagan to the top of the points classification. Looking to heap the pressure on the distanced riders, Thibaut Pinot’s Groupama-FDJ did the lion’s share of pacing alongside Miguel Angel Lopez’s Astana and the ever-present Jumbo-Visma on the approach into Lavaur. SUBSCRIBE TO US It was Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen (NTT Pro Cycling) who opened up the sprint with Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) right on his wheel. But after Alaphilippe bumped into Stuyven, the dynamic changed as van Aert powered through to add a second Tour stage win to victories in Strade Bianche, Milano-Sanremo and the Dauphiné since the restart. De Gendt’s flurry off the front was terminated shortly after the riders passed through Castres – just as the main pack hit the cross-tailwind with 35km remaining. If the early narrative of the stage was about the green jersey, the focus now shifted to yellow as Ineos strung out the pack almost instantly creating numerous splits. Jumbo-Visma remained attentive to the threat, as did the yellow jersey of Adam Yates, while Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) contributed to the hurt on the front. All the LIVE action from Stage 8 – Cazères-Sur-Garonne to Loudenvielle of Tour de France can be watched on Eurosport and Eurosport HD from 05:00 PM IST onward on September 5, 2020. Spain’s Mikel Landa (Bahrain-McLaren), Ecuador’s Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), Australia’s Richie Porte and his Trek-Segafredo teammate Bauke Mollema of the Netherlands were all caught out after the expected winds wreaked havoc in the peloton, while Colombia’s Dani Martinez (EF Pro Cycling) shipped the best part of 15 minutes. LIVE TV The fast tempo on the exposed, rolling roads of the Aveyron saw sprinters Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates), Giacomo Nizzolo (NTT Pro Cycling) and Elia Viviani (Cofidis) all shelled out the back inside the opening 10 kilometres. 1 week ago Delayed but alive, Tour de France sets off from Nice COMMENT Green, however, may prove a distraction for Jumbo-Visma and Van Aert will be back on domestique duty for teammates Roglic and fifth-place Dumoulin on Saturday as the race enters the Pyrenees for the first of two mountain stages that should test the yellow jersey credentials of Yates at the end of the first week of racing.Explosive start after Bora drop the bombAll talk of the famous vent d’Autan blowing strong in the final third of the stage proved something of a red herring as Bora-Hansgrohe tore up the script – and the hopes of most of the sprinters – before the peloton had even passed under the stunning Millau viaduct. Bora continued to drive the pace on the long, but gentle Col de Peyronnenc, driving a nail into Irishman Bennett’s coffin in the hope of delivering Sagan to his first win in over a year. WATCH US LIVE First Published: 4th September, 2020 23:17 IST 5 days ago Wout Van Aert Wins Tour de France Stage 5 for Jumbo, Adam Yates in Yellow WE RECOMMEND 4 months ago NBA considering Disney World as site to resume season, say reportslast_img

first_imgFormer Black Stars great and African footballer of the year Ibrahim Sunday has told Joy Sports that the dominance of the West African sides at this year’s African Cup of Nations currently ongoing in South Africa was to be expected judging from the mechanisms put in place by these nations.Seven out of the eight teams that made it to the quarter final stage of the competition are from the ECOWAS sub region with only the hosts South Africa coming from the Southern part of the continentFor Sunday, who featured on the Joy Sports AFCON Diaries simulcast on Radio and Television, the dominance was to be expected.He traced this dominance from the late 80’s where some of these nations took to the path of unearthing players through academies and nurturing their talent.He was full of praise for the various individuals who conceived this idea together with some French nationals to set academies in Ghana and Mali with these nations reaping the fruit of their labour.“The idea of horning and developing football talent through academies came about as a result of an idea conceived by some expatriates from France in the late 80’s, specifically in 1987.West Africa have always produced abundant talent but they had to be horned. Thus it was essential that this idea was given a try and it’s obvious that some of these nations are benefiting tremendously from them. Just look at how a war ravaged country like Mali have made it to the semi-final of the competition. Malian great Salif Keita was one of the brains behind these academies and has produced all these players who have been featuring for the side in the last decade.I have to also add that comparatively to the other parts of the continent; the sub region is blessed with abundant talent which has led to players from the sub-region making it big on the global stage. We may not have the funds as compared to the other parts of the continent like Northern and Southern Africa but the passion demonstrated by the locals coupled with the training and technical direction they get makes nurturing of talent quite easy.”He also added that the nations in the sub region also take the competition seriously as compared to their counterparts in the South and in the North.For him, the sport has played a significant part in uniting the people on the continent in a way no other sport does and the demonstration of this passion will continually be to the benefit of football loving nations.On the lighter side though, he attributed the successes of the West African teams through herbal medication though he was quick to admit that the advantages gained from the usage of herbal medication may be minimal. All four semi-finalists at this year’s CAN namely Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali and Nigeria are from the West African sub-region.last_img

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