Dalung, who spoke to State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhhammadu Buhari, said until the NFF was overhauled, the football governing body would continue to embarrass the government.He said the issue of non-payment of the allowances to the players and their coaches was not properly handled by the football governing body insisting that the footballers would have understood the position of the government if the NFF had properly engaged them.Dalung said: “The problem can be compartmentalized into two things: one is the inability to approach government with request for intervention because what we need is intervention. The budgeting of the sports is done by the administration. Ours is intervention, just like when you have a fire disaster, if they have requested for funds in time, the process would have been easier and I think that was not done.“And after the triumph it was not managed properly. There are issues of pending salaries of the coaches. The coaches have not been paid for a long time. The coaches too have these grievances alongside, I think it is a complex situation but the entire governance of football deserves an urgent surgery. If that surgery is not done we will always live with the embarrassment.“I am talking about the governance of football administration in Nigeria. Government has to do the surgery because they have been at the receiving end of the embarrassment. We must be prepared to do this to save the future of football in Nigeria. We must come together to find solutions to see how these issues can be tackled.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tobi Soniyi in AbujaMinister for Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, has said that football governance in the country required an urgent surgical operation to stop incessant embarrassment to the government.He said this in Abuja while explaining the inability of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to settle the victorious Super Falcons after winning the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations football competition held in Cameroon.
Top-flight side Cologne have had no further Covid-19 infections after three people tested positive last week.The trio are “symptom-free” but remain in quarantine for 14 days, said the club.The Bundesliga is set to become the first major football league in Europe to return to competition.Officials suggested resuming on 9 May but the government delayed the decision and a restart may now be on 16 or 23 May.Cologne said in a statement that “only players who have been tested negatively twice in succession are allowed to train and play”.The DFL added: “A second wave of tests will be carried out this week – here too there may be isolated positive test results, especially since one of the tasks of this second round is to reduce the likelihood of ‘false negative’ findings that can never be completely ruled out.”Last week, chancellor Angela Merkel said that any decision on if and when sports activities could resume would be taken on Wednesday, 6 May.The league has been suspended since mid-March because of the global coronavirus pandemic.The DFL has warned that many top-division teams will be in an “existence-threatening” financial position if play does not resume by June.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Clubs in the top two German divisions have returned 10 positive results from 1,724 coronavirus tests, the German football league announced yesterday.Clubs have been training in groups, with the tests taken before a planned return to training as teams.Measures including “the isolation of the affected person” have been taken, said the DFL.
He believes governments at various levels cannot be left alone at this crucial time due to the non-existing structure for palliatives to be evenly distributed, hence good spirited Nigerians should also get involved.“Although, I have been doing this since the coronavirus became a major issue in Nigeria as I try to reach out to people on individual basis. But this time around, I embarked on a bigger project to help more people,” Anuna noted.He admitted that with the current situation in the country more Nigerians need to step up and help others.“Many people in Nigeria are in dire need of help. When I read or hear stories about people not being able to feed their immediate family members, I get disturbed. My effort is just a drop in the ocean because of the poverty level in the country,” he stressed.Anuna said Nigerians are resilient people who have faced worse situations in the past as he stated that, “if we all come together as a people, the Covid-19 pandemic will be defeated in no time.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram D’Tigers’ player, Kelechi Anuna, yesterday donated Covid-19 relief materials to people in his home town, Mbieri in Imo State.Anuna who was a member of the 2017 silver winning Afrobasket team, said the initiative is part of his own way of helping the less-privileged get by through the tough time occasioned by the pandemic.“We distributed food and Covid-19 materials through my foundation, Kelechi Anuna Foundation on Sunday. This was part of our plans to take the message of one-big family and survival to the people of Mbieri.”
Despite a small dip in October sales for the USC Pertusati Bookstore, officials said the store’s retail sales show signs of recovery, consistent with the nationwide trend.According to Thomson Reuters’ tally of 30 major chain stores, national retail sales for October rose 1.8 percent compared to last October. Though inventory numbers have not yet been finalized, Daniel Archer, director of the Pertusati University Bookstore, said sales in the month were down about 0.7 percent — $250,000 less than the $3.7 million earned last October.Book Drop · The USC Pertusati Bookstore recorded a 0.7 percent drop in October sales, but officials are optimistic sales will increase over the course of the coming months. – Geo Tu | Daily TrojanArcher said the relatively small size of the dip is significant. Officials were prepared for worse, he said, particularly considering USC played less home football games this semester.“The fact that we had these numbers even though we had more football games last year actually makes it a victory,” Archer said.Archer added he was confident the sales would increase by the USC’s final home game against Arizona on Dec. 5. Last year, the bookstore made $3.3 million in sales in November and $3.9 million in December, Archer said. This year, the bookstore is hoping to at least match last years’ numbers.“Flat is the new ‘up’ in retail,” Archer said.Home games tend to be more lucrative for the bookstore, Archer said, generating an average of $600,000 in sales during the week as opposed to about $200,000 for away games or bye weeks.Alumni and fan purchases account for most of those sales, he said, so the bookstore focuses on selling merchandise such as USC gifts and clothing.“The Trojan brand right now is one of the hottest in the country,” Archer said. “The Pete Carroll era has been a big piece of why the brand’s popularity has grown. In the end, it’s all driven by Trojan fanatics.”The sales can also be affected by the success of the football team, according to Lars Perner, assistant professor of clinical marketing at USC.“Clearly the better the team is doing the better sales will be,” Perner said. “It’s a very critical situation. The more we win and the more national media coverage we get, the more demand there is.”Though USC has lost two games this year, Archer said the three upcoming home games will generate substantial revenue for the bookstore.Although retail sales declined only slightly, textbook sales took a larger hit.“There’s something I refer to as ‘the textbook crisis in America,’” Archer said. “Prices have gotten to the point where students are looking at foregoing buying textbooks.”Textbook sales, which are strongest at the beginning of each semester, were down about 14 percent compared to 2008, while other book sales were down about 8 percent, according to Raymond McDermott, the manager of course materials for USC Bookstores. Used textbook sales remained about the same.For the last couple of years, textbook sales have leveled off as more students turn to alternative sources for textbooks, McDermott said. But, he added, the state of the economy last year contributed to a more significant drop than usual.But finally, sales are beginning to improve, he said.“It’s only now that most retails are starting to see any kind of pickup,” McDermott said. “The holidays might not be as good as previous years. Even though the recession has ended, the job situation is still horrendous and people aren’t spending on books because of it.”According to Archer, the book sales and retail sales are independent of each other. Although there are spikes in textbook sales at the beginning of each semester and in general merchandise sales before football games, the bookstore’s computer sales remain more or less constant throughout the year.
This weekend will provide the UW men’s track team with a few opportunities to highlight its skills and prepare for the upcoming conference meet as the Badgers head to Iowa to compete at the Drake Relays in Des Moines and the Loras Open in Dubuque.UW men’s coach Ed Nuttycombe emphasized the difference between the two meets.”The team going to Drake will include a 4-by-100 relay team, a sprint medley relay team … Paul Check on the hurdles, Derek Thiel will vault, and we have two jumpers in Alonzo Moore and Rick Bellford, so it’s a relatively small group, but a good group,” said Nuttycombe.He pointed out that the Loras meet is “a little lower key, but it gives the guys a chance to get a lot of repetitions and … run multiple events if need be.”For two of Wisconsin’s runners, the Drake Relay has extra meaning. Senior captain Rick Bellford, who won the triple jump and was a member of the winning 4-by-100 meter relay team at last Saturday’s UNI Twilight, is coming off a foot injury.”It’s definitely not 100 percent but … it’s getting there,” Bellford said.He said he has been doing “a lot of pool work [and] a lot of icing” in attempts to speed up the recovery, but adds that practicing every day has slowed the process a bit.Bellford, who will be running the 4-by-100 as well as the long jump and triple jump, hopes to make his regional qualifying mark in the triple jump at Drake.”I think that’s just the goal for this weekend,” said the senior of his expectations for this meet.Nuttycombe would also like to see a strong performance out of Bellford.”I think he’s going to have to run a good solid leg in the 4-by-100 relay,” the coach said.Nuttycombe added that he hopes that Bellford can gain a little confidence in his jumping while staying healthy as the final few meets of the season approach.Sprinter Demi Omole hopes to continue the success he has had in the past at Drake. The junior is a two-time defending Drake Relays champion in the 100-meter sprint and is hoping to make history by winning it for a third time.”It’s really exciting to try to be the first athlete ever to win three straight Drake Relay titles in a row, so I’m looking forward to that,” he said.Coach Nuttycombe said it will be interesting to see how Omole compares against this year’s competition, since the fields at Drake are always tough, but the junior seems confident in his abilities to three-peat.”I’m much more fit than I have been in the past,” Omole said.Nuttycombe also expects senior Alonzo Moore to perform well at Drake. Like Bellford, Moore is coming off a strong showing last weekend at UNI after winning the long jump. The senior will look to earn his second first-place finish in as many weekends as he competes in the triple jump.Nuttycombe and his runners have their sights set on the Big Ten Championship and the NCAA Regional, but they realize that they need to use this weekend to get them to where they want to be.”We’re hoping to … set ourselves up for a good position for the Big Ten Championship two weeks from now,” said Nuttycombe.The team will have one more meet next weekend here in Madison before the conference meet.”We have a home meet next week,” Nuttycombe said, “so that’s always fun to get a chance to run at home.”
BEN CLASSON/Herald photoThe Badgers do things last-minute. They exchanged ?SecretSanta? gifts following practice Wednesday ? just days shy of a month after theChristmas holiday itself. They?ve won or tied five games this year whentrailing heading into the third period. And they?ve put together a nice stretchof games in WCHA play ? more than two months after the conference slate began.Of course, that?s just how they roll, says forward KyleTurris.?I think it just shows the team character that we have. Itshows that we?re not going to give up,? Turris said. ?The game?s never over,and we?re going to compete until the final buzzer sounds.?While head coach Mike Eaves agrees it?s better late thannever, he also believes that isn?t always the best approach.Despite the team?s uncanny ability to come from behind,Eaves understands that the formula for winning doesn?t have to live up to theteam?s ?never say die? mantra. Instead, it?s about getting off to fast starts.?All things taken equally, I?d rather have and establish thelead early in the game,? Eaves said.At 10-10-4 (6-8-2 WCHA), the Wisconsin men?s hockey team iscomfortably saddled right in the thick of the conference standings. But theramifications of leveling with WCHA-leading Colorado College hold much to bedesired.Like Oliver Twist, the Badgers are hungry for more; theywant to be among the league?s elite.If years past held any sway, Wisconsin would have gottenthat chance this weekend against Minnesota. Alas, the Gophers are having anuncharacteristically down season (12-10-4) ? they were predicted to finishsecond in the standings ? and are, in fact, tied with the Badgers.Still, this first of two meetings between the two teams willgive the Badgers a chance to slingshot themselves up in the WCHA standings andPairwise rankings as the season heads to a close. Given Minnesota?s tendency togive up leads in the third period ? the Gophers have allowed 24 third periodgoals in WCHA play while scoring just seven times ? Wisconsin may also get afew more opportunities to put its come-from-behind nature to the test.?It?s a big opportunity for us; we can?t let it slip away,?UW forward Ben Street said.?Because of the position we?re in, every weekend representssomething significant,? Eaves added. ?It?s almost like every game will becomethe most important game of the season because we don?t have a lot of wiggleroom, and we have to get points here in order to be where we want to be.?Despite being riddled with inconsistencies throughout, bothWisconsin and Minnesota are playing well of late. Minnesota is currently ridinga three-game unbeaten streak and has just one loss during the month of January,going 3-1-2 over that time.Meanwhile, the Badgers, thanks to a two-goal effort bysophomore Michael Davies against Alaska-Anchorage last Saturday, capped a 2-1-1road stretch ? their first road win this season ? and are riding a three gameunbeaten streak of their own.?You can certainly be encouraged by the way that we playedand the points that we got in two tough environments,? Eaves said.However, to Eaves, nothing signifies that his team is comingtogether more than its performance over the past two weekends.?The best team-building experience you can have is going onthe road and winning together,? he said. ?You can climb ropes courses or campout together, but winning on the road together brings you as close together asanything that you can do.?What?s more, the power play finally paid off with theBadgers scoring three times in six opportunities after a 15-game stretch inwhich the main advantage netted a mere three goals in 59 chances.?We made a couple of adjustments and got a little morefreedom in what we can do, and I think that?s helped us a lot,? Street said.But the team doesn?t want to get too comfortable. Turris isapproaching the series with the mentality that Wisconsin lost its last timeout.?We don?t want to overdo ourselves so that we?re makingstupid plays,? he said. ?We need to play within our system.?Contrary to the offensive-minded hockey both teams havegrown accustomed to playing ? Wisconsin this year and Minnesota historically ?the games between these two border rivals have been low scoring. In their fivecontests last year UW and Minnesota combined for a mere 17 goals ? meaning thisseries could come down to goaltending.Shane Connelly has been rocky at times in the net forWisconsin but nothing compared to Minnesota?s opening day starter Jeff Frazeewho, after allowing nearly three goals per game, was benched in favor offreshman Alex Kangas.In order for Wisconsin to continue its recent success, Eavesstressed the importance of putting pressure on the young goalie.?Like all young goaltenders it?s aboutrebounds. It?s about getting used to the pace of the game,? he said. ?So one ofour tasks will be to get a lot of pucks on this young man and see how hehandles them.?
Leading the team in points, Smith will try and help Wisconsin bounce back against Alaska Anchorage.[/media-credit]For the Wisconsin men’s hockey team coming off a series split to Minnesota, practice this week has gone on with the same consistent intensity, something head coach Mike Eaves expects to see as the team prepares to host the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves this weekend at the Kohl Center.“The work ethic and pace of practice has been pretty good, but we’d all be smiling a bit more if we could put some pucks in the net,” he said.After a disappointing loss to the Gophers last Saturday, the players, along with the coaching staff, have not been shy in expressing their aggravation with the lack of goals.“I think everyone is upset about last Saturday so practice has been high tempo, battling as hard as we can,” UW junior defenseman Brendan Smith said.The Badgers missed an opportunity to sweep the Golden Gophers last weekend following a Friday night victory, losing 5-2 on Saturday despite significantly out-chancing their border rivals.Eaves had plenty to share with his team following the loss, as the Badgers watched the game film earlier in the week.“We showed six clips yesterday, it was a good clip in the beginning and a good clip at the end, so you can imagine what kind of sandwich that was,” Eaves said. “It was an honest tape, and we saw how close we are.”Eaves has not been disappointed with his team’s effort, as the Badgers have dominated in possession and shots on a nightly basis, but finishing the chances they create has been an issue this group is still trying to work through.“Right now we just need to find a way to score goals and finish,” UW sophomore forward Derek Stepan said. “Each guy has taken his own notes, bearing down when chances come, and that has been the main focus.”As one of the team’s top goal scoring threats, Stepan admitted the missed opportunities are building up some frustration.“For me, I’m kind of gripping my stick,” Stepan said. “I remember watching my own tapes and there were three chances that just have to be put in the back of the net.I’ve got to loosen up and hopefully find the net here soon.”Moving forward, the coaching staff is doing all it can to recapture this team’s scoring touch, and it’s confident it will come.“I think are best times are still to come from the guys. We need to find a way to get some dirty goals, some gritty goals,” Eaves said. “The pretty ones will come because that’s who you are. We just need to work hard and continue to get chances, because it will come around.”Stepan and the rest of the Badgers will look to keep the scoring chances coming this weekend as UW welcomes Alaska Anchorage.After evaluating the Seawolves, Stepan noted the work ethic as a standout trait.“They’re a hardworking team,” Stepan said. “They’re going to go hard to net, they’re going to play tough and finish their checks. We just have to match that intensity and bring it more.”A weekend removed from an intense rivalry series against Minnesota, Smith acknowledged the challenge Alaska presents, and he wants to make sure his teammates do the same.“The biggest thing is I don’t want the boys to take Alaska for granted,” Smith said. “Because if we do that we’re going to find ourselves in trouble.”Stepan and Smith are on the same page in regards to the threat the Seawolves pose.“Anyone in the WCHA can beat you,” Stepan said. “You have always got to come ready to play and you really cannot take anyone for granted.”Alaska Anchorage may not have the reputation Minnesota boasts, but the Seawolves are coming off an impressive 7-3 victory against Denver, and Eaves knows this is a tough team coming to Madison.“They aren’t fragmented, they play together, and that makes them hard to play against,” Eaves said. “They give themselves a chance because they play hard and because they play as a team.”Smith and the rest of the defensive pairings are prepared for an offensive attack that is coming in with confidence.“Alaska came out flying against Denver and they’re going to come in and try to push us around,” Smith said. “We want to move the puck up and get it into our forwards’ hands and eliminate Alaska’s time and space.”
Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments LOS ANGELES — This time, pass heavy wasn’t supposed to be the game plan.The Syracuse offense running 17 more pass plays than run plays wasn’t what SU head coach Doug Marrone envisioned for Saturday’s game against Southern California. And because of that 38-pass-to-21-rush dynamic, the Orange finished with less than 100 total rushing yards for the second straight week.‘This week we came out, we wanted to do a couple of different things,’ Marrone said. ‘We had some shot plays we wanted to take, we wanted to be able to be 50-50 and be in a close game and be able to run the ball.’Unlike last week, when Marrone said Syracuse came out with a plan to pass against Rhode Island’s defense, SU’s goal was to establish both a solid passing and rushing game to keep the Trojans defense honest. But running back Antwon Bailey struggled to get going on the ground, and the Syracuse defense couldn’t contain the Trojans in a 38-17 loss in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Orange was forced to throw often to try and come back from a double-digit deficit in the second half.Despite Marrone’s desire for balance, Syracuse came out attacking through the air on its opening drive. Quarterback Ryan Nassib conducted an efficient 12-play, 70-yard drive down the field, completing all eight of his passes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut much of SU’s early aerial push came on short passes to Bailey. The running back couldn’t gain substantial yardage on the ground, but he found success catching the ball in the flat.The senior, who caught 35 passes last season, had just one reception in the first two games this year. But he caught four passes for 34 yards on the Orange’s first scoring drive, capped off by a 23-yard field goal by Ross Krautman.‘We were ready to go and came down and got the ball first and made some plays,’ Nassib said. ‘It was unfortunate that we couldn’t get a touchdown, but we were happy to move the ball and get some points.’Syracuse took those three points on the opening drive but struggled to score the rest of the game. There was no rhyme or reason to when the Orange’s drives stalled — at the USC 48 on one drive, a three-and-out in another.But there was reasoning behind why the drives stalled. Too often, Nassib was faced with throwing deep on third-and-long because the Orange didn’t run the ball well enough to set up a third-and-short.‘This was a big night for us on defense,’ USC linebacker Chris Galippo said. ‘And we went into the second half and played solid. The first two weeks we gave up too many big plays and big drives. Tonight we were able to avoid that.’Syracuse came out of the locker room to start the second half down 17-3, a score that could have allowed for the Orange to keep a balanced offense early on.But after the Trojans’ marched down the field and scored a touchdown within four plays, SU had to really open up the offense and became one-dimensional.Down 24-10, Syracuse drove into Trojans territory, at the USC 35, and threatened to cut into the lead. But failed second-and-third down plays ended the threat.On third-and-8, Nassib was sandwiched by USC defensive linemen Shane Horton and DaJohn Harris. They both collapsed on the Syracuse quarterback, bringing him down for a loss of 4 yards and forcing the Orange to punt.USC scored on the ensuing drive and pushed the Trojans’ lead back to three scores, squashing all hopes of a comeback.‘It kind of had to do with the flow of the game,’ Bailey said. ‘… They made some great plays, and they made some good adjustments.’Syracuse leaves LA with some question marks on offense. Bailey had fewer than 15 carries and fewer than 50 yards rushing for the second straight game. Nassib displayed accuracy, completing 67.6 percent of his throws, but most of those throws were of the short-range variety.And the Trojans sacked Nassib three times on Saturday — the second straight game in which the SU quarterback was taken down on three separate occasions.So while Syracuse has moved the ball through the air, it hasn’t put the points up to go with it.‘Toward the end I made some mistakes trying to do too much, and that’s when the offense stalled,’ Nassib said. ‘They dialed up more pressure and did some things we hadn’t seen.’firstname.lastname@example.org Published on September 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: email@example.com | @mark_cooperjr
Florida’s Kenny Boynton hit a 3-pointer from a few feet beyond the arc to put Florida up by three with 9:19 remaining in the second half. Coming down the court, he and teammate Bradley Beal celebrated as the Gators on the bench rose to their feet in excitement.On Syracuse’s ensuing possession, Brandon Triche nailed a 3-pointer from the right wing to even the score. But the SU guard remained emotionless after hitting the big shot in an intense back-and-forth game.His stoic reaction has been common throughout his career at SU.‘I’ll get there and be hyped so he can get there like that because he can go into the moment and doze off in games, but he sees me there and I’m clapping,’ point guard Scoop Jardine said. ‘… I’m slapping on the floor, that’s gonna get him going and also does get him going.’Triche has been among Syracuse’s (8-0) most consistent performers so far this season, but the guard is still gaining confidence in his third year as a starter. He is second on the team in scoring with 12.1 points per game, leading the Orange to victories with his efficient play on offense. Triche and SU will take on Marshall (5-1) in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn an impressive 72-68 victory over No. 12 Florida on Friday, Triche paced the team with 20 points. He scored 13 in the second half and went 9-of-9 from the free-throw line to help the Orange hold off the Gators late.He scored on a variety of drives and mid-range jumpers to go with that huge 3 to tie the game.‘The thing with Brandon is that he’s done that in the past, he’s come in last year, get nothing and then get 15 in the second half,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘I still don’t think he realizes how good he is. I just don’t think he realizes. I don’t think anybody can guard him, and I think he’s a tremendous player.’Triche displayed his all-around ability throughout the game Friday.He gave Syracuse its first lead of the game. Triche received the ball on the right wing, put his head down and dribbled a few feet to his left before knocking down the shot over the defender to put the Orange up 18-16 in the first half.Later, Triche banked a shot in from the left block in traffic after being knocked to the ground by Florida forward Will Yeguete. The Orange guard finished a three-point play with the free throw to put SU up 25-21 with 4:41 left in the half.Triche said he tries to stay aggressive and confident on the floor every game.‘I’m trying to get there,’ Triche said. ‘I have to make sure I believe that as well, but it starts every day just make sure you go out there and being comfortable and making sure everybody else knows that as well.’His confidence shined through when he hit that big 3 to end a Florida run and help SU take control of the game. In a poor shooting half by the Orange, Triche made the first of just two shots from beyond the arc for Syracuse.That 3-pointer took back the momentum for the Orange and set the stage for Jardine to take over the game in the final eight minutes.For Kris Joseph, Triche’s offensive production was crucial for his team to get the win. Even though the rest of the Orange struggled to knock down shots, Triche remained confident and kept shooting.That confidence hasn’t always been there for Triche, but it is something Jardine has noticed he has developed in the last two years.‘Brandon, he worked hard and that’s how he gained his confidence,’ Jardine said. ‘But the most important thing is I tell him all the time he’s the best player on our team because I know he needs to hear that.’firstname.lastname@example.org Published on December 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: email@example.com Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
In Syracuse’s season-opener, the Orange defeated Jacksonville 21-8 Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla. behind five goals and six points from freshman Kayla Treanor. She tied the SU record for most goals in a freshman debut, set last year by sophomore Kailah Kempney.Junior Alyssa Murray scored three goals and dished out two assists for a five-point performance. Kempney, senior Becca Block, junior Katie Webster and sophomore Devon Collins scored two goals each.The Dolphins struck first Sunday with a goal by Brit Orashen two minutes into the game. But Syracuse responded with eight unanswered goals in the next 10 minutes to take control. Jacksonville battled back to make it a 10-5 game, but Treanor scored with four seconds left in the first half to take back momentum for SU.After the Orange took a 13-6 lead, JU fought back to cut the deficit to five again 10 minutes into the second half. But Syracuse dominated the final 20 minutes of the game with another 8-0 run – including a three-goal, 17-second stretch – to put the game away.SU junior Alyssa Costantino made four saves in the first half and sophomore Kelsey Richardson recorded four stops in the second half. Syracuse executed in the draw circle, winning 21-of-30 draw controls.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRanked No. 1 in the preseason by Inside Lacrosse, the Orange won its sixth consecutive season-opener. SU returns to Florida on Jan. 26 to play the U.S. National Team at the Champion Challenge. The Orange’s first home game will be Feb. 17 when it hosts Maryland, a Final Four team a year ago.Ice HockeySyracuse missed out on a chance to seize control of the College Hockey America conference, dropping to a pair of losses at No. 7 Mercyhurst at the Mercyhurst Ice Center in Erie, Pa. Friday and Saturday.The Orange (10-10-1, 4-3-1 CHA) was shut out for the first time since January 2, 2012 in the first game Friday before falling 4-1 Saturday.On Friday afternoon SU was saddled by its failure to punish Mercyhurst on the power play. The Orange went 0-for-5 and crucially forgave MU at the 13:18 mark in the third period, down 1-0 with a power play opportunity.The Orange stayed even with the hosts through two periods until Christie Cicero put the Lakers ahead for good 3:08 into the third period. SU went on to outshoot Mercyhurst 9-5 in the final period but never got the equalizer, even skating six-on-five nearly all of the last minute of play.SU goalkeeper Kallie Billadeau equaled MU’s Amanda Makela with 24 saves.Saturday afternoon belonged to Mercyhurst. The Lakers outshot the Orange 12-6 in the opening frame with Emily Janiga giving the hosts the edge 12:17 into the game on a power play for a hooking call on SU captain Jacquie Greco at 11:57.Again, the Orange failed to punish its hosts enough on the power play. Mercyhurst committed 12 penalties to SU’s six. By the time the Orange finally capitalized on Greco’s five-on-three tally 17:19 into the second period, Janiga had already scored twice more.SU went into the third period trailing 3-1but was outshot 14-8 in the final frame and conceded a fourth goal just 2:29 in.Billadeau finished with 34 saves. The losses drop SU to fourth in the CHA while Mercyhurst’s four points from the weekend boosted the Lakers to 16 points in the conference – four ahead of Robert Morris and seven clear of the Orange.Syracuse visits No. 4 Cornell Tuesday at 7 p.m.Track and fieldLast Friday the Syracuse track and field team traveled to the Armory in New York City to compete in the Gotham Cup. The event that annually kicks of the spring season hosted 45 college teams located throughout the Northeast and East Coast regions.After the men finished 56th in last year’s NCAA Championship, Syracuse looked to use the Gotham Cup as a starting point for 2013. Upperclassmen runners led the way as five athletes finished in the top five of five different events.Senior Lauren Penney was at the forefront of the Orange’s success, edging out second-place finisher Nicole Traynor from the NY-NJ Track Club (4:47.57) with a time of 4:46.03 in the women’s mile.Freshman Shania Harrison and junior Jaquan Holland provided a pair of second-place finishes intheir respective 60-meter dashes. In the women’s race Harrison (7.42) finished behind formerSyracuse runner Flings Owusu-Agyapong (7.32). In the men’s race Holland (6.87) finished just .08 seconds behind Jeremy Bascom from the Central Park Track Club (6.75).In the men’s mile, senior Tito Medrano finished in second place with a time of 4:15.59.Saint Joseph’s runner Paul Szulewski (4:14.36) took home first place.Another bright spot for the Orange was senior Will Watson, who finished in fifth place in the men’s long jump. The best jump of the day for Watson came at 6.87 meters.Senior Amadou Gueye finished fifth in the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.01. Threespots behind Gueye was Syracuse sprinter Donald Pollitt (8.05).This Saturday, Syracuse will travel to Ithaca, N.Y. to compete in the Upstate Challenge. Last year, both the men’s and women’s teams finished third behind Cornell and Buffalo.TennisSyracuse (0-2, 0-1) came up short in its first spring match of 2013.The No. 72 Orange lost 6-1 to No. 43 South Florida Saturday in Tampa, Fla. at the USF Varsity Tennis Courts.No. 2 singles junior Maddie Kobelt gave SU its only victory when she defeated No. 75 Loreto Alonso Martinez 6-1, 6-2. The win was Kobelt’s first against a ranked opponent in her SU career.Sophomore Jimena Wu came up short in her No. 4 singles match against Paula Montoya, 6-1, 5-7, 11-4.Looking to earn her first collegiate victory, freshman Sophia Dzulynsky narrowly lost to Alessandra Bonte, 6-7, 6-4, 15-13 in No. 6 singles.The Orange returns to action during the weekend when SU faces Georgia Tech on Jan. 17 and Georgia State on Jan. 19, both in Atlanta. Comments Published on January 14, 2013 at 12:29 am Related Stories Darkangelo’s hat trick helps send Syracuse to 6-0 win over Colgate Facebook Twitter Google+