India fight after Smith, Maxwell score tons in Ranchi

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyRANCHI, India (Reuters) – India mounted a positive reply after Steve Smith’s unbeaten 178 and Glenn Maxwell’s maiden century powered Australia to a series-high 451 on day two of the third Test yesterday.Lokesh Rahul made an elegant 67, his fourth half-century in five innings, before Pat Cummins dismissed him in the paceman’s first Test after more than five years in the wilderness.India were 120 for one at close, still 331 behind, with Murali Vijay unbeaten on 42 and Cheteshwar Pujara on 10.Home skipper Virat Kohli, who did not take the field since sustaining a shoulder injury in Thursday’s second session, is expected to bat.Earlier, lion-hearted left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja bowled the bulk of the overs to claim 5-124 and he effected a spectacular run-out to wrap up Australia’s first innings.After Australia had resumed on 299-4, paceman Umesh Yadav broke Maxwell’s bat in two with the very first delivery but could not really unsettle the batsman.The normally swashbuckling Maxwell assiduously inched his way to become the second Australian cricketer after Shane Watson to score a century in all three formats.After reaching his hundred with a fierce cut that flew through the slips for his ninth boundary, Maxwell looked quite overwhelmed by the achievement as he embraced Smith with a huge bear hug, took off his helmet and kissed the badge.He added four more runs to his score before edging Jadeja to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha for 104. Maxwell also hit two sixes and faced 185 balls in his four-hour vigil, the longest he has spent at the crease in an international match.Better known for his exploits in the shorter formats, the 28-year-old grasped his chance in his first Test outing in more than two years to build a series-high 191-run partnership with his skipper.Smith, who crossed 5 000 Test runs in Australia’s 800th Test, the first-ever at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium, was in complete control at the other end.His 19th Test century, which contained 17 boundaries, is the highest score by an Australia captain in India, eclipsing predecessor Michael Clarke’s 130 in Chennai four years ago.EASY SINGLESYadav admitted bowling to Smith was quite a challenge on a batting-friendly wicket.“Singles are coming easily and the outfield is so fast that you just need to place it in the gap and it would race to the boundary,” he said.The paceman also expected his team to benefit from the track.“It’s a 100-run-a-session wicket. We also made 120 today. Plus minus 20-30 runs, but we’ll try to get there.”Jadeja, who bowled more than a third of the overs in the Australia innings, kept India in the game, dismissing Matthew Wade for 37 and the scoreless Cummins in the same over.Smith missed his double-century when he sprinted for a risky second run and bowler Jadeja, his back to the stumps, collected a throw and flicked the ball onto the wicket to run out Josh Hazlewood.Maxwell predicted Cummins would trouble India when the third day’s play resumes.“He’s a guy who can get that variable bounce with the way he digs the ball into the wicket,” he said of his team mate.“Hopefully, he’s extremely effective for us tomorrow. That extra pace is hard to adjust.”The four-Test series is square at 1-1.AUSTRALIA 1st innings (o/n 299-4)M. Renshaw c Kohli b U. Yadav 44D. Warner c & b Jadeja 19S. Smith not out 178S. Marsh c Pujara b R. Ashwin 2P. Handscomb lbw b U. Yadav 19G. Maxwell c Saha b Jadeja 104M. Wade c Saha b Jadeja 37P. Cummins b Jadeja 0S. O’Keefe c Vijay b U. Yadav 25N. Lyon c Nair b Jadeja 1J. Hazlewood run-out (Jadeja, Rahul) 0Extras: (b-9, lb-11, nb-2) 22Total: (all out, 137.3 overs) 451Fall of wickets: 1-50, 2-80, 3-89, 4-140, 5-331, 6-395, 7-395, 8-446, 9-449.Bowling: I. Sharma 20-2-70-0 (nb-2), U. Yadav 31-3-106-3, R. Ashwin 34-2-114-1,R. Jadeja 49.3-8-124-5, M. Vijay 3-0-17-0.INDIA 1st inningsL. Rahul c Wade b Cummins 67M. Vijay not out 42C. Pujara not out 10Extras: (lb-1) 1Total: (for 1 wicket, 40 overs) 120Fall of wickets: 1-91.Bowling: J. Hazlewood 9-2-25-0, P. Cummins 10-1-22-1, S. O’Keefe 10-3-30-0, N. Lyon 11-0-42-0.last_img read more

Santita Ebangwese plays women’s soccer after 4 years with Syracuse volleyball

first_imgSantita Ebangwese moved her body to the rhythm of stadium music in SU Soccer Stadium as Syracuse women’s soccer warmed up for its 2019 season-opener. Teammates around her laughed and joined in.During her four-year volleyball career, Ebangwese would dance with Jalissa Trotter and Christina Oyawale as part of their pregame tradition. Ebangwese’s family is from Cameroon and Oyawale is from Nigeria. When a good beat came on, everyone was encouraged to pay homage to their culture, Oyawale said. A couple times during last season, the trio was even able to get volleyball head coach Leonid Yelin, typically stoic on the sideline, to dance along.Before Ebangwese brought her dance moves to the soccer team, SU hadn’t won a game in nearly a year, spanning from Sept. 2, 2018 to Aug. 29, 2019. She was brought in by first-year head coach Nicky Adams to bring positive energy and a new voice to a failing program. Syracuse went on to beat Colgate that day. Then, defeated Siena four days later.“Santita is Ms. Syracuse, right?” Adams said. “She does well on the court, on the field, and then academically, so I’ve asked her to mentor our young kids … she’s been able to mentor them and keep them in the right lanes.”Last year at this time, “Ms. Syracuse” was on the volleyball court, leading SU to its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance. Ebangwese’s accolades on the court include two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team accolades and a 2018 American Volleyball Coaches’ Association (AVCA) All-American Honorable Mention.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGraduate student Santita Ebangwese traps the ball in the match against Fordham University. Elizabeth Billman | Asst. Photo EditorWith one year of NCAA eligibility left and knowing she would be at Syracuse completing a master’s in biomedical engineering, Ebangwese thought “why not?” Soccer was the first sport she played before pursuing volleyball and basketball instead in high school, and when she heard Adams would take over the Orange’s program, she reached out. She’s listed as a backup goalkeeper, but on an injury-riddled SU (2-7-2, 0-3-1 Atlantic Coast) team, Ebangwese has played in four games this year as a striker.“Volleyball I remember I used to be everything,” Ebangwese said. “I understand the game, I understand the IQ, I understand touches, what needs to be happening, when. That is the uncomfortableness of soccer, but hey, I’m here to have fun and just be whatever they need me to be.”Adams gave Ebangwese a two-week tryout with the team in the spring even though she hadn’t played the sport in eight years — since middle school. Ebangwese said her body remembered more than her mind did when it came to juggling techniques and dribbling. In practices and game, there are moments of hesitation before passing which become turnovers because of wrong decisions. Regaining field awareness has been the toughest part, she added.But Ebangwese quickly regained her touch and adapted to her second collegiate sport, and Adams said she thought the graduate student could add depth, especially given the number of injuries SU suffered last year.“I was just like, ‘How can I help you? What do you need me to do?’” Ebangwese initially said to Adams.Kevin Camelo | Co-Digital EditorAfter she made the team, Ebangwese had to revamp her training to get ready for the fitness tests at the start of the season. She hadn’t worked on “true cardio” for four years, she said. Instead of training for jumping and explosiveness for volleyball, she now had to focus on running and agility. Ebangwese had to work on short sprints and more long distance running to be able to stay on the field as a forward.The work Ebangwese put in to succeed in the fitness tests inspired the rest of the team, redshirt sophomore Kailee Coonan said. That’s been a constant praise for Ebangwese going back to her volleyball career.“She was one of those kids doing two-a-days when nobody knew she was doing it,” assistant volleyball coach Derryk Williams said.She’s relearned most of her technique but still reverts back to how she played volleyball at times, especially when going up for headers. It’s a three-step move in volleyball which she still uses, Ebangwese said. Two steps, one with each foot. Then, she plants both feet back down, one at a time, before exploding up.Ebangwese’s impact comes mostly off the field as a role model in the locker room. Yelin called Ebengwese “everything a coach would like to have.” When Oyawale was dealing with personal issues her sophomore year, Ebangwese helped without being asked to. She cooked for Oyawale, kept her company and made jokes to cheer her up.It’s the type of locker-room presence Adams and the rebuilding Syracuse program needs.“Her values on and off whatever it is, the court or the field,” Adams said. “I thought they were, as a head coach at a Syracuse program trying to rebrand the image of this program, something that I thought would be valuable in the locker room for us.” Comments Published on October 8, 2019 at 10:20 pm Contact Arabdho: | @aromajumder Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Stanley Cup Final 2019: Former NHLer Ville Nieminen talks winning the Cup, Game 6 and more

first_imgYou have to live in the moment. Enjoy the moment and play shift-by-shift and period-by-period. That’s their mental toolbox.And then Bruins’ toolbox is to get inside, get inside first, win the self-battle, ruin the party and take whatever it takes as long as it takes. And those are the keys. And then if you think about a tactic, Bruins need to win battles, Bruins need to box in. It’s going to be pucks out versus pucks in and defensive awareness and where the puck possession is going to start.It depends on how the Bruins are going to use all their stop plays, all the neutral zone free pucks. What their forwards going to do with the puck for their D so they can get their line rush going. If they can’t get their line rush game going then they have to battle all the time and they are not going to win. ST. LOUIS — Over the course of eight NHL seasons, Ville Nieminen got the chance to experience two Stanley Cup Finals. In 2001, the left wing was a member of the Cup champion Colorado Avalanche who needed to win Game 6 — like the Boston Bruins. Three years later with the Calgary Flames, Nieminen’s team led 3-2 before losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games. Sporting News spoke with the former NHLer and current Lahti Pelicans (Liiga) head coach and Finnish broadcaster prior to Game 6. MORE: Blues fans are ready for a St. Louis Stanley Cup titleSN: What was the atmosphere like in the locker room leading up to the game in 2001 and how does it connect to the Blues in Game 6?Ville Nieminen: In 2001, the situation was not the same [because it was a Game 7] but at the same time, the Blues know that. They have to do it now. They’ve been coming since January 3, being last in the league and they have nothing [to do] but to win until today.Now they have something to lose and I don’t know how they are going to handle that. But at the same time… they have only one game they are playing and that’s their strength. So they have to rely on their mental philosophy for that one gameplan and change nothing.Let’s make history. #WeAllBleedBlue— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) June 9, 2019It’s going to help them that they saw that third game at home, how everything went wrong; but they have closed out the series-clinching games 3-0 at home so those are the good experiences. But the biggest factor right now is that they having nothing but to win but right now. Are you eager and have the will to win or the fear to lose? Do you play for a win or not to lose?SN: Game 3 vs. Game 4 were different atmospheres at Enterprise Center. Tonight should be like Game 3. How do they not get enveloped in that?VN: There’s lot of different type of players that in Game 3, the atmosphere and the mental side, the hockey romantic [i.e. the crowd, the loudness, the winning in front of the hometown fans] was so strong that it went wrong for the players. Players cannot be romanticizing the hockey. Only the people in the stands can.Players have to be all business and when you are all business it’s going to really help in the playoffs. You need more hockey romanticizing in the regular season but not in the playoffs because the atmosphere is already so high and so strong. I feel like they the players made the mistake in Game 3 that they went to that [to romanticizing].So Game 4 all business; Game 5 all business. Plus, when they play that hitting game, hitting game needs to be played all business without feeling because . . . if you are on the physical side and hitting it’s all business; if you add to that too much emotion to your hitting game you’re going to the penalty box.Alex Pietrangelo: “We know what Sunday is, but the group is calm and we’ve done a really good job of refocusing after games. I don’t really get a feel from anybody that the emotions are too high right now.” #stlblues— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) June 7, 2019SN: Jay Bouwmeester has played a long time in the NHL without seeing a final, let alone a Cup. In 2001, it was Ray Bourque who was looking to finally win. What was it like witnessing Bourque in Game 6?VN: In Colorado, we were in a situation like the Bruins are in right now and Ray had a three-minute pep talk before our game. Our team got pumped up and it relieved the pressure and at the same time, we were really pumped and focused. He said that they are trying to win this game in the first period so we need to be really good in the first period and then it’s going to be little-by-little, shift-by-shift, it’s going to our advantage. So that’s how we survived in the Meadowlands Game 6 [against New Jersey Devils]. SN: It had to help that you had players like Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy and Peter Forsberg who won the Cup in 1996? The Blues do not have that experience.VN: Yes. Everybody is trying to win it for themselves but if there are some other things on top of that, if there is a storied player like Ray Bourque it is very influential for the team. That’s going to set your own will because you want the guy who hasn’t been able to be in this situation before and now it’s his chance and his last year, it’s going to generate the energy, generate the focus, accelerates everything. How you have to be at my best. I wanted to win for myself but I wanted to be at my best for that guy and in 2004 they had Dave Andreychuk and they had the same story.STANLEY CUP FINAL: Watch Game 6 live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)SN: Expectations for tonight?VN: I don’t know. Both teams need mental toolbox and what comes from there. Blues, all basics, shift-by-shift, period-by-period. Live the moment, play the moment. Everything else is going to take care of itself when it’s all said and done. You don’t have to worry about it. You don’t have to worry about how you’re going to lift [the Cup], who I’m going to wave to, what kind of party [it will be], am I going to drink first from the bowl? Everything else is going to be taken care of.last_img read more