USA edge Nicaragua 1-0 to top Gold Cup Group B

first_img..Panama blank Martinique 3-0DEFENDER Matt Miazga scored in the 88th minute to give the United States the margin of victory it required to capture first place in Group B with a 3-0 victory over Nicaragua in the CONCACAF Gold Cup at FirstEnergy Stadium on Saturday night.After Panama topped Martinique, 3-0, earlier in the day to move provisionally atop the table, the Americans needed to win by three goals in order to avoid a quarterfinal meeting with Costa Rica.The U.S. had two penalty kicks saved by Nicaragua goalkeeper Justo Lorente, but Miazga’s late header – off a Graham Zusi free kick – settled matters. Opening knockout round opposition will be the third-place team from either Group A or C in Philadelphia on Wednesday.Alejandro Bedoya set-up the first goal in the 37th minute, slicing a right-wing cross to Joe Corona. The midfielder cut back, slotting the ball through several bodies for a 1-0 edge.Five minutes into the second half, Nicaragua’s Marlon Lopez pulled down Dom Dwyer in the box to concede a penalty kick. Dwyer took it himself, but Lorente dove to his right to deny the Sporting Kansas City star.Kelyn Rowe punctuated a tremendous passing sequence to boost the U.S. into a 2-0 advantage in the 56th minute, finishing from close range in the left side of the box for his first international goal in his third appearance. Once again, it was man of the match Bedoya providing the service.Lorente saved his second penalty — after a handball in the area — denying Corona in the 63rd minute.Nicaragua played the final five minutes a man down after Luis Copete was issued his second yellow card.last_img read more

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Polina Shemanova’s 30 kills not enough in SU’s 3-2 loss to Florida State

first_imgDown 14-11 in the fifth set, Syracuse needed just one final push to keep the game going. After two SU kill attempts were dug during the rally, freshman Polina Shemanova finally converted one, her 30th kill of the match, a career high.But the next point went to Florida State (11-7, 7-1 Atlantic Coast), giving FSU a 3-2 match win and completing its comeback from being down two sets to zero. Despite the Orange (10-6, 6-2) keeping each set close, never trailing by more than six in four of the five sets, SU couldn’t quite get enough production to finish. While Shemanova racked up her 30 kills, the rest of SU combined for only 36. “[The Seminoles] have two very reliable outside hitters; we don’t have that,” head coach Leonid Yelin said. “We have only one outside hitter: it’s Polina. We’re not keeping somebody fresh in the most important game.”Blessing Emole | Digital Design EditorAdvertisementThis is placeholder textUp front, Santita Ebangwese provided some balance with 16 of those other 36 kills. Several times when SU needed a big point, Ebangwese converted a slide hit to get past Florida State’s strong blockers.The Seminoles came into the game ranked 15th in blocks per set and finished with 11 on Sunday. The SU players weren’t intimidated coming in, though.“I never change my game plan,” Ebangwese said. “I hit like I always hit. They’re a decent blocking team, but I do my job.”But while Ebangwese was able to contribute, Yelin acknowledged there were plays when she didn’t make the best decisions. When FSU went up with two blockers, he saw the Orange sometimes hit straight into them when that could’ve been avoided.A lot of it also comes down to setting, too, Yelin said.“I think our setter on those situations—when it’s possible it’s good and she has options—she should be able to see a middle blocker on that side where she’s moving,” Yelin said. “And she was just going to Santita, she just so trusts her, but you have to see it.”Syracuse tried to create a balance to Shemanova with its other main outside hitters, Yuliia Yastrub and Ella Saada. Yelin frequently subbed the two in and out, but neither provided the answer.“It’s not a game plan,” he said. “It’s not to keep everyone fresh. It’s just about for a whole match, Ella [hit] -.067 and Yuliia [hit] -.143. So between those two, we didn’t find anyone.”That attacking failure reflected a match-long offensive difficulty for the Orange. Syracuse hit just .187, while Florida State finished at .291. Syracuse also had 11 more attack errors than the Seminoles.Yelin expects better going forward, despite not knowing who some of the contributors beyond Shemanova might be.“We don’t have enough players in the starting lineup,” Yelin said. “Unfortunately I have to be saying it’s true, we don’t. We don’t. So it’s our job to find out those players.” Comments Published on October 14, 2018 at 6:02 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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ITF Bans Cecchinato for 18 Months for Match-fixing

first_imgItaly’s Marco Cecchinato has been banned for 18 months and fined 40,000 euros (£33,500) for match-fixing, says the Italian tennis federation.The 23-year-old world number 143 was found guilty of altering the outcome of his match against Kamil Majchrzak at an ATP Challenger in Morocco in October. Riccardo Accardi and Antonio Campo have also been banned and fined for their roles in attempts to fix matches.Accardi was given a 12-month ban while Campo was suspended for four months.Cecchinato, who is able to appeal, was found guilty of “several other instances of sports corruption” and suspended until January 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img

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DCMS calls for further review into loot boxes

first_img Submit The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is due to launch a call for evidence into loot boxes, which could see the video games feature reclassified as a gambling product. Loot boxes have been a topic of controversy in recent years, with concerns raised over whether they encourage children and younger audiences to gamble. Loot boxes are items embedded within games, containing randomised rewards which are uncertain at the point of purchase. These can be cosmetic, such as ‘skins’ that change the appearance of an in-game character, or provide users with an advantage in gameplay.This video game feature is currently not covered by the UK’s existing gambling legislation due to the lack of monetary value associated with the items ‘won’ – as the topic of loot boxes blurs dynamics between competitive gaming and gambling.  “They are a virtually speculative commodity that only help to normalise and encourage young people to take a chance,” said the Labour MP Carolyn Harris, who chairs a cross-party group of MPs investigating gambling-related harm.“All too often this will lead to youngsters developing an addiction to gambling.”In September 2019, DCMS called for further restrictions to be placed on the sale of loot boxes to those under 18. Carrying out a report on ‘addictive and immersive technologies’, the DCMS argued that online games should receive the same levels of age restriction as physical sales of gambling products to best protect its users, and that the gaming industry should contribute financially towards independent research into the long-term effects of gaming.Meanwhile the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) had previously urged the Conservative Government to introduce legislation which would classify loot boxes and skin betting as legally-recognised forms of gambling. Related Articles Swansea City drops gambling sponsor August 21, 2020 On-course bookmakers return to UK courses in two-week trial August 17, 2020 Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

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