first_imgStephanie Watts and Jasmine Watson made a pact in center field.In the second game of a doubleheader against Rutgers on Saturday, they swore they wouldn’t give Scarlet Knights center fielder Lindsey Curran the chance to track down their fly balls.Curran robbed two potentially game-tying home runs to help Rutgers upset the Orange in the first game, so Watts and Watson promised they’d clear the wall this time.‘In between games, I went up to Watson and I challenged her to hit more home runs than me,’ Watts said. ‘It was a friendly thing, but we wanted to make sure we got those home runs back.’Both players smashed home runs that sailed over Curran, earning them redemption in a 5-3 win over the Scarlet Knights at Skytop Softball Stadium on Saturday. Syracuse (34-11, 11-3 Big East) defeated Rutgers (22-24, 9-10 Big East) 1-0 in the series finale Sunday to take the weekend series.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It was great to see them bounce back like that after catching those bad breaks in game one,’ head coach Leigh Ross said. ‘That’s just the way the game is sometimes, but obviously they were disappointed about it.’Watts and Watson both hit long fly balls that would have cleared the fence and tied the game 3-3 to give SU pitcher Jenna Caira a shot to win a game in which she set a career high with 18 strikeouts, but Curran took them away.Curran’s most spectacular catch came when she took away Watts’ homer. In the fifth inning, Rutgers starting pitcher Alyssa Landrith threw the second baseman a changeup that she said she could ‘put some power into.’When she launched the ball to deep left center, Watts assumed she had tied the game.But Curran had other plans. She leapt at the last second and extended her glove over the outfield fence to prevent a home run.‘I thought I had it for sure,’ Watts said. ‘I actually started into my home run trot to first because I thought I had it. She made a great play, but it was a bummer to see.’Curran’s glove robbed Watson in the next inning, too. The center fielder snatched another potential game-tying blast at the fence.‘It was frustrating,’ Watson said. ‘You had two big chances to tie the game, and it just didn’t happen.’Watts and Watson decided to turn their frustrations into a friendly home run competition to start the second game. Watson said it was the perfect way to break the tension of losing a game both players felt they could’ve won for their team.In the second inning, Watson drilled her ninth home run of the year to put SU ahead 1-0, buckling the knees of Curran when she realized she couldn’t track down the deep shot to straightaway center field.When she realized she hit the home run that evaded her in the previous game, Watson threw her hands up in elation on the jog to first base.‘I was a little happier to hit that one than I would’ve been otherwise,’ Watson said. ‘I’ve been struggling lately, and with what happened in the first game, it just felt good to hit one there.’Watts chased starter Abbey Houston out of the game an inning later with a two-run shot of her own, pushing the Orange lead to 3-0.From there, SU was in control, and in Ross’ eyes, Watts’ homer meant she was even with Curran for the two runs she denied them in the first game.‘You control what you can control, but it was a little bit of poetic justice,’ Ross Published on April 22, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: | @nicktoneytweets Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img

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first_img(REUTERS) – ALLYSON Felix won her 12th world title, and her first since becoming a mother, as the United States claimed the inaugural world championship 4×400 metres mixed relay on Sunday.In doing so, Felix, who won her first gold in 2005, overhauled Usain Bolt’s record of 11 world titles.Felix ran the second leg as the U.S. team also featuring Wilbert London, Courtney Okolo and Michael Cherry won in three minutes 9.04 seconds — a world record for the new event — to finish ahead of Jamaica and Bahrain.The team draped themselves in U.S. flags as they celebrated their win but, with barely any spectators in the Khalifa Stadium, went straight down the tunnel instead of completing a lap of honour.Seven of the eight teams chose to run the first and fourth legs with men while Poland went for men in the first two legs and women in the last two.That meant the Poles finished the second leg with a healthy lead which was cut back in the third leg and obliterated within the first 100 metres of the fourth as Justyna Swiety-Ersetic was overtaken by Cherry. Poland eventually finished fifth.Felix, 33, has also won three world titles in the women’s 200 metres, one in the 400 metres, three in the women’s 4×100 metres relay and four in the women’s 4×400 metres relay.last_img

first_imgBy Luke ReddyBBC, Sport boxing reporterTHIS was the greatest version of Mike Tyson, and Donald Trump wanted to make sure Frank Sinatra could see it.The current US president demanded the ring at his Atlantic City casino be lowered so that the legendary American singer did not have to arch his neck for a view of the action.After all that, Sinatra did not turn up on fight night – but Tyson did, with menace. And Michael Spinks was there too, briefly.Actors Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty were among the famous faces ringside in Atlantic City.It took 91 seconds. Spinks never fought again. A man with 34 straight wins, one of which had ended the 48-fight unbeaten record of Larry Holmes, was bowled over by fear, fury and ferocity.The 1988 bout – unpicked by Mike Costello, Steve Bunce and former world heavyweight champion David Haye as part of the new BBC Sounds Greatest Fights podcast – was the pinnacle for ‘Iron Mike’.Thereafter a cocktail of mismanagement, distraction, defeat and prison would turn an unbeatable force into a fallible human.Trump sat ringside. The $11M he paid to stage the bout worked out at around $121 000 a second.But the spotlight was on his resort and the Monday night fight allowed gamblers a full weekend to wager an estimated $344M (£282M) in the city’s casinos, almost $130M (£107M) more than an average four-day take.Tyson was bringing crowds – and fear – like no-one else in the fight business.Mike Tyson moved on to 35 wins from 35 fights by beating Michael Spinks.FEEL THE FEARIn the changing rooms, Tyson punches a hole in a wall after Spinks’ manager objects to the way his hands are gloved.“In the other changing room, the real story is how Spinks is falling apart,” says Bunce. “Emanuel Steward said Spinks told him he was not going to be able to leave that room.”In his white gown, 31-year-old Spinks raises his hand in the ring. Watching it back, Haye remarks: “He just looked petrified, absolutely petrified. I was about seven and remember fearing for him.”Tyson, three days short of his 22nd birthday, is pushed by a security-heavy entourage of around 100 through the crowds. The eerie accompanying music conveys to the 22 000 attendees that something menacing is in the air.Ring announcer Michael Buffer has already reeled off the names of around 80 celebrities at ringside. Sinatra may be missing but actor Jack Nicholson looks on as Muhammad Ali – who tipped Spinks to win – stands in the ring and tells his pick to hit and move.Within 45 seconds Spinks throws a right hand and Tyson ducks it before hammering back. If Spinks was tentative initially, such moments suck away even the faintest belief.“The punches Spinks are throwing are ‘stay-away-from-me’ punches, ‘how-long-can-I-last punches’,” remarks Haye.A left uppercut followed by a right to the body sends Spinks down for the first time as a professional. He nods, steps forward and instantly walks into a right hand that ends the show.Brief it may have been, but Ring Magazine named it round of the year. Spinks would later admit: “Fear was knocking at my door big time.”Costello says: “It was one of the most destructive performances in the history of the heavyweight division.”Haye replies: “I think this was the best Tyson there ever was. At this stage he is as unbeatable as you can ever imagine any fighter in history ever being. Prime Lennox Lewis, prime Muhammad Ali – whoever you say, they are going to have one of the hardest nights of their life against this guy.”Tyson had 35 wins and seemed unstoppable. He used his press conference to ask journalists why they ignored his boxing ability and only gave him credit for his ferocious knockouts.Bunce adds: “There was no-one at that time talking of what we talk about now – a great defensive boxer. All they talked about was annihilation.“That Tyson belongs with the greatest on great nights. Unfortunately where he went after that, with each calamity and disgrace, he starts to issue himself with an exit warrant from any top list. But on that night, that was a fighter that could go anywhere.”SINATRA’S ADVICE UNHEEDEDTyson picked up $22M for beating Spinks and held the three major heavyweight belts at the time. ‘Iron Mike’ had it all.But within months he and actress Robin Givens were heading for divorce, manager Bill Cayton was ousted and long-time trainer Kevin Rooney – who had steered Tyson’s career following the death of former trainer and father figure Cus D’Amato – was replaced.The few elements of consistency in an otherwise chaotic life had disappeared. Within two years his titles were gone too, surrendered to James ‘Buster’ Douglas in one of sport’s greatest shocks.A fighter who had become an icon for a generation of young would-be boxers had already seen his best days come and go.“If he is having that impact surely he belongs in the top 10 heavyweights of all-time but the argument against that is that on those nights he was really asked to find something he didn’t,” Costello says.Haye replies: “I find it hard to say someone is in the top five of all-time if they have never had to come back to win.“He was a baby in boxing terms, but at 21 he peaked. Had he had Rooney in the corner, people looking after him and investing his money, he could have been number one, without a doubt.”Less than four years after that night in Atlantic City, Tyson was imprisoned for rape. After his release a brief reign as world champion followed by losses to the likes of Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis. A career that promised everything, and delivered plenty, left behind too the disappointment of potential unfulfilled.“Listen kid, it’s not how good you’re doing, it’s how long you’re doing good,” Sinatra once told Tyson.We will never know how good Tyson might have gone on to be.But on the night in Atlantic City that Sinatra missed, he did not need long to do good.last_img

first_img Tags: fall sportsNYSPHSAA If interscholastic sports are to take place in New York State this fall, they will do so on a delayed basis and without the lure of regional or state championships.At the recommendation of its COVID-19 Task Force, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Thursday that it would not hold its slate of fall state championships in November.Also, NYSPHSAA decided to push back the start of fall sports until Sept. 21, four weeks after teams were scheduled to begin practices. And the possibility of further postponements remains on the table.“We recognize this is challenging for everyone,” said NYSPHSAA executive director Dr. Robert Zayas. “The decisions made at the state level are based upon data and statewide infection rates all in an effort to stop the spread of (COVID-19) and reopen responsibly”.As of now, interscholastic athletics remains prohibited across the state based on state Department of Health guidelines.A determination will be made in the first week of August if schools are to open on time the first full week of September, with Governor Andrew Cuomo saying schools can open if infection rates remain below 5 percent and the state’s regions remain in “Phase Four” of their reopening processes.NYSPHSAA’s COVID-19 Task Force met for the third time on Thursday after two meetings in June and after the State Department of Education released, earlier in the week, a 23-page guideline for schools looking to open after they were closed in mid-March.Aside from making the decision not to have state championships in the fall, NYSPHSAA also waived a seven-day practice rule for fall sports teams and, encouraged geographic scheduling for games and contests – if there is a fall season.If regional differences, school closings and pandemic outbreaks force further delays, NYSPHSAA is prepared to move most fall sports to a 10-week stretch from March 1 to May 8 in between the usual winter and spring seasons.Football, soccer, cross country, field hockey, volleyball, girls swimming and Unified bowling would all make this move, with girls tennis moved to later in the spring.As for the winter season, NYSPHSAA’s condensed schedule would have it begin Jan. 4 and end March 13, including basketball, ice hockey, indoor track, wrestling, bowling, gymnastics, skiing and competitive cheer.Then the third 10-week slate which would run April 5 to June 12 would include lacrosse, baseball, softball, outdoor track, tennis and golf.“We will continue to follow state guidance and work collectively with state officials to ensure high school athletics will start responsibly in the future,” said Zayas. “We must be willing to be flexible and continue to explore all options with student safety as our main focus.”Any of these plans, said Zayas, remain subject to further changes, depending on what state officials decide in the weeks ahead. And those changes could include having non-contact sports (such as baseball, softball and golf) in the fall while still moving football and soccer to early 2021.One certainty is that NYSPHSAA’s COVID-19 Task Force will meet again to discuss further options once state guidelines are updated.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img

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