Syracuse’s nonconference schedule released

first_imgSyracuse’s nonconference schedule has been fully released, Syracuse Athletics announced Tuesday afternoon. Seven of the 13 games will be in the Carrier Dome.Of the Orange’s non-Atlantic Coast Conference opponents, only one finished last season ranked: No. 2 Mississippi State. The Bulldogs lost the national championship game to South Carolina after snapping then-No. 1 Connecticut’s NCAA-record 111-game win streak.SU will also be taking part in four separate showcases and tournaments. The first is the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, beginning on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23. Syracuse will play three games in the tropics, taking on Wisconsin, Vanderbilt and George Washington.Days before Christmas, the Orange will head west to Las Vegas to take on MSU, as well as the University of Nevada Las Vegas, in the Duel in the Desert. SU will also take on Northwestern in the Big Ten/ACC challenge at home and play Coastal Carolina in the Carolinas Challenge on CCU’s campus.After falling in the second round of last season’s NCAA tournament at the hands of UConn, Syracuse will open its season at home against Morgan State on Nov. 10.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on September 12, 2017 at 3:12 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Finding Ronaldo’s successor: The dilemma of Man Utd’s ‘cursed’ Number 7 shirt

first_imgEvery club has a jersey number they either retire or give to special players to wear for their incredible performances.Real Madrid has the number 7 jersey which was worn by Spanish forward, Raul Gonzalez and later, by Cristiano Ronaldo who scored 451 goals in his 9-year stay in the Spanish capital.Ajax Amsterdam have the number 14 jersey number as their most valued treasure because for many years, it was worn by Mr. Ajax himself, the late Johann Cryuff.It is more of a cliché that the prolific players in most teams from the club level to the national team hand the number 10 jersey to their “star players”.Eden Hazard wears the number 10 for Belgium, Luka Modric wears the number 10 for Croatia, and Kane wears the same for England and the list goes on and on.After the departure of Chilean international, Alexis Sanchez, the iconic number 7 jersey at Manchester United is vacant and up for grabs.Sanchez vacated the No.7 shirt this summer after his disastrous 18-month spell with United was brought to an end by Inter Milan.The iconic shirt has been worn by some of Manchester United’s best players- Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo.Can Jesse Lingard step up to the task?Among the current list of players, Jesse Lingard is the most likely to inherit the prominent jersey number.The England international currently wears the number 14 jersey for the Red Devils and has been a regular player in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.Former Manchester United forward, Louis Saha, has expressed concerns following rumours that Lingard has been asked to take over the iconic shirt number.Per the Express, he said:“I mean, no disrespect, Jesse’s a player from the academy and he’s been there a long time, he understands.”“But as I mentioned, it’s not just something that you just claim.”“It’s something that people give to you for some reason because you now have attached to your back something that represents the club, you represent the club, the history and all that.”“You can’t take that lightly, it’s not just about you thinking that you have the potential.”“I don’t think that he done it seriously. When you know the history of that number, you know [there is] a responsibility.”The underlining concern of Saha rests within the fact that the 26-year-old has, in fact, failed to score a goal or register an assist since December.As such, he believes he cannot lead the team just as the likes of George Best, Eric Cantona, and Ronaldo all did.Is the number 7 jersey now cursed?Since Ronaldo’s departure to Real Madrid in 2009, a number of players have tried and failed to live up to the very high expectations of wearing the famous number 7 shirt.The likes of Michael Owen, Antonio Valencia, Angel Di Maria, and Memphis Depay struggled for goals in the shirt, while United’s current number seven, Alexis Sanchez, has only bagged twice since his arrival from Arsenal in the January window.Owen could only find the net five times, while Di Maria and Memphis managed six goals between them in the league.The fact that those Manchester United players who wore the number 7 have scored only 13 goals in 138 league games is actually quite shocking considering how much that shirt means to the Red Devils and what the previous owners of the shirt did for the club.It’s been 9 years since Cristiano Ronaldo left Man Utd. In those 9 years seven players have worn the number 7 shirt, managing to score a combined 13 league goals. Crazy. 😳 pic.twitter.com/sUd0qxNWfh— EPL Bible (@EPLBible) September 28, 2018What should be done?Two obvious things come to mind on how the “curse” can be averted.The first is that Jesse Lingard should take the bull by its horn and improve on his performances for the team.The Lingard of 2016 is the same player we see in 2019, with no significant improvement except for a few goals that were scored at important times. Cue the winning goal in the 2016 FA Cup final and one against Southampton in the 2017 League Cup final.The other alternative should see Man United’s CEO, Ed Woodward, scouting and buying a proven playmaker who can contribute a good share of goals and restore the glory days at the club.The team, in honesty, lacks goals. New signing, Daniel James has been able to grab 3 goals in 4 league starts but a lot more is needed.Although Alexis Sanchez scored just a few goals, the departure of Romelu Lukaku could be a problem and that is simply because Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have not been able to score 15 goals per season since they both got their opportunities in the first team.Giving the iconic jersey to the Welsh man could be the start of something surprisingly new, however, it will be too much burden as he is fresh to the club.In conclusionIt may be extreme to retire the shirt, but players would perhaps rather avoid picking the no.7 at Old Trafford once Sanchez has walked out the exit door.last_img read more

Live updates of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election

first_imgINEC confirms voting has started at LG Area 06, REG AREA04, PU 009 GSS Wuse Zone 3. (INEC PHOTO)LAGOS –  President Muhammadu Buhari’s first term is gradually winding up as Nigerians troop to the polls today, Saturday, February 23, to decide who will be Nigeria’s next president.Although there are 72 presidential candidates slugging it out in the 2019 presidential elections, five candidates stand out among the rest: President Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who wants to take Nigeria to “the next level”, Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who wants to “make Nigeria work again, and Omoyele Sowore of the African Action Congress (AAC) who wants to “take Nigeria back”.Others are Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) who wants to “offer Nigeria visionary, purposeful, competent leadership to build our future” and Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) who wants “to build a coalition of ideas around a strong ideology of a New Nigeria where things work and everyone is working to make things work”.Accreditation process about to begin as officials get everyone ready. (INEC PHOTO)Who will Nigerians give the mandate to become the next president among these candidates? Is it going to be President Buhari? Atiku? Or a new face?  PML Daily brings you insightful live updates as Nigerians troop out to cast their votes for their preferred candidates today, Saturday, February 23, 2019.FOR THE RECORDS: 72,775,502 voters are expected to vote at 119,973 polling units across six geo-political zones. Voting commenced at 8 am local time.Follow our live updates here.#NigeriaDecides2019Remember, you can use any of your FINGERS to VOTE but don’t let the mark cross into another box.INEC: Making your votes count… Consolidating our Democracy. pic.twitter.com/1EEq3ht2gc— INEC Nigeria (@inecnigeria) February 23, 2019Buhari, wife vote in DauraPresident Muhammadu Buhari and his wife, Aisha, have voted in the Presidential and National Assembly elections in Daura.The President, who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress was accredited just after 8 am and voted at 8:07 am.BREAKING: Dynamite explosions rock parts of Port Harcourt As residents of Port Harcourt, Rivers state prepares to vote, dynamite explosions have been heard in several parts of the state capital, Legit.ng a local daily reports.Areas affected include Rumuola and Diobu in the state capital. Also affected is Abonnema in Asari Toru local government area, the locality of Mr. Tonye Cole, All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the state. Legit.ng reporter heard the loud sounds of the explosion from PHLGA ward where he is monitoring the election.A security source who spoke to Legit.ng under the condition of anonymity confirmed the explosions but said no one was injured. ”Such things are normal around here. They simply drop the dynamites and run away. It is a tactic they use to scare voters away,” he said.Comments Tags: nigeria electionstoplast_img read more