16 Sep
2020

Syracuse completes season sweep of Boston College in 5 sets

first_img Published on November 24, 2019 at 11:47 pm Contact Nick: nleconom@syr.edu After losing to both Louisville and Notre Dame on the road last weekend, Syracuse rebounded with a come-from-behind, five-set win over Boston College on Sunday afternoon. This is Syracuse’s second victory against the Golden Eagles this season, with the Orange winning in Chestnut Hill on Nov. 6 in five sets. Sophomore outside hitter Polina Shemanova led Syracuse with a game high 24 kills and 11 digs. In the first set, the Orange (11-13, 8-9 Atlantic Coast) jumped out to a 20-18 lead over Boston College (19-11, 10-7) with strong play from sophomore setter Elena Karakasi. The first-year starter was key in providing Shemanova and fellow outside hitter Ella Saada easy opportunities for kills. Syracuse kept scoring runs alive by capitalizing off Boston College attacking errors. But back-to-back kills from Golden Eagle outside hitters Cat Balido and Carly Kutschke tied the set at 20. Then, a slew of errors from Syracuse gave Boston College a set point, and the Golden Eagles took the set, 25-23 on a hiy from Karakasi that was blocked by Amaka Chukwujekwu.The Orange dominated Boston College for the early part of the second set. Solid play from junior middle blocker Dana Gardner forced Boston College into multiple attacking errors, as Syracuse secured a 20-14 lead with a kill from Saada. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textErrors from Shemanova and Saada, combined with consecutive kills from outside hitter Clare Naughton, cut Syracuse’s lead to 20-18. But Syracuse would hang on and win the set with three straight points, ending the set with a block from Gardner. The third set was defined by inconsistent play from both sides. Boston College opened the set strong, as stellar play from Naughton and Syracuse attacking errors led to nine unanswered points for the Golden Eagles, making the score 12-7. With the score of 14-8, two kills from Saada and four BC attacking errors drew the score level at 14. Boston College would find steady play toward the end of the set, as a kill from Jill Strockis won the set for Boston College, 25-21. The fourth set, though, was dominated by the Orange. Syracuse pushed the score to 24-12 behind Gardner and junior Yuliia Yastrub’s net play. SU won the set with a kill from Shemanova, forcing a fifth. Syracuse took the momentum gained from its fourth set performance into the decisive fifth. With the score tied at six, three kills from Shemanova sparked six straight points for the Orange. Later in the set, she forced match-point with her 24th kill. Karakasi won the match for the Orange with a soft tap over the net.Syracuse concludes the regular season with a match against 11-win Clemson on Friday in the Women’s Building. The Orange won the first meeting in five sets, as Shemanova recorded 24 kills in the road win.     Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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26 Aug
2020

Donald Sterling agrees to sell Los Angeles Clippers, drop NBA lawsuit

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Marking another drama-filled day for Los Angeles Clippers fans, owner Donald Sterling on Wednesday agreed to sell the franchise and drop his lawsuit against the NBA.Sterling’s attorney Maxwell Blecher said in an email that Sterling reached an agreement with his wife, Shelly Sterling, to sell the franchise to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.Donald Sterling’s apparent change of heart comes just days after he filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the NBA, challenging the league’s demand that he sell the basketball team he’s owned since 1981 after disparaging remarks he made about African-Americans were made public.Representatives for Shelly Sterling and Ballmer declined comment Wednesday. As of late Wednesday, Donald Sterling’s lawsuit against the NBA had yet to be withdrawn, according to online court documents.If Donald Sterling indeed drops his lawsuit and sells the team, the move would be unusual for the 80-year-old billionaire, who has a lengthy history of court battles, said Cari Grieb, an adjunct professor of law at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.“He usually litigates until the end,” Grieb said. “Until at least there is some sort of settlement.”Still, a sale would end the drama sparked by the April release of audio capturing Donald Sterling’s racist remarks, in which he told a female companion he didn’t like her bringing black people to games. The comments prompted the NBA to fine Donald Sterling $2.5 million and begin proceedings to oust him from the league and initiate a sale of the Clippers.The NBA’s action also prompted Shelly Sterling to quickly find a buyer for the team, to avoid the forced sale. Last week, the NBA tentatively approved Shelly Sterling’s pick of Ballmer to own the franchise after the Seattle-based former executive bid $2 billion. The NBA must still approve the deal, a move expected by the end of July.center_img As part of the agreement between Ballmer and Shelly Sterling, the NBA last week said it was withdrawing its pending charge to terminate the Sterlings’ ownership of the team. Shelly Sterling also moved to indemnify the league against any lawsuits, including those brought by her husband.Despite Blecher’s statement Wednesday that Donald Sterling would drop his lawsuit, the real estate magnate has given conflicting statements to the media over the last month.Weeks after the scandal broke, Donald Sterling reportedly signed a document allowing Shelly Sterling to sell the team. Then, last week he apparently changed his mind, and filed a lawsuit against the NBA. Attending a charity event Tuesday night, Donald Sterling told KNBC (Channel 4) that he was ready to “move on.”“I feel fabulous, I feel very good,” Sterling said. “Everything is just the way it should be, really. It may have worked out differently, but it’s good.”The Sterlings were under increasing public pressure to sell the team. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called for a “clean break” from the Sterlings, while Clippers coach Doc Rivers said last month that it would be “a very hard situation” if Shelly Sterling retained an ownership role going forward.Shelly Sterling ultimately pushed for a quick sale because “she didn’t want to tear the city apart, tear the fan base apart, and tear the Clippers apart,” her best friend, Kathrine Baumann, said in an interview with the Daily News this week.Baumann, who said that the Sterlings’ grandchildren were heckled at school after the Donald Sterling audiotape surfaced, praised her friend’s handling of the sale. “She put this together and delivered it in a neat package to the NBA,” Baumann said.Since the scandal broke, Donald Sterling’s legal moves have been “confusing,” Grieb said. But he is selling now for financial reasons, she surmised.“There comes a point in time when you think, ‘Do you want to keep fighting and incur more legal fees or do you want $2 billion?’” Grieb said.last_img read more

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