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WLAX : MISSING HISTORY: Syracuse falls to Northwestern in program’s 1st-ever national title game

first_img Published on May 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Once again, Syracuse had a chance to stage a comeback.Trailing by two goals in the waning minutes of regulation against Northwestern, Katie Webster took a stick to the head, drawing a free position shot and setting up a prime opportunity for the Orange to cut into the lead.But Sarah Holden’s stick was deemed illegal and a jump ball was awarded in place of the free position. The call cost Syracuse arguably its best chance to cut into the Wildcats’ lead late as NU came away with possession and ran the clock down into the final minute.‘I wasn’t happy with the call,’ SU head coach Gary Gait said. ‘I thought it was a yellow card type check. … It was a crazy situation.’Northwestern held off Syracuse for an 8-6 victory to win the national championship Sunday in front of 7,127 at LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y. The Wildcats’ defense limited the Orange’s opportunities on offense and held SU to its lowest scoring output all season. While the No. 4 seed SU (19-4) struggled due to a lack of possession, but it also simply failed to execute against second-seeded Northwestern (21-2), who won its seventh national title in eight years.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse dominated possession early and took a 2-0 lead, but failed to stretch its lead beyond two goals in the first half.Ultimately, SU’s inability to strike more in the first 10 minutes came back to haunt the Orange‘NU wanted to make it a low-scoring game,’ Gait said. ‘We thought they would and we tried to put pressure on them and get some turnovers. And when they decide to play that style of being up one or two and wait out the clock and it’s not great for TV and it’s not great for our girls, but it’s a way to win championships.’Northwestern rode its stingy defense – ranked second in the nation this season allowing just 7.57 goals per game – led by Tewaaraton finalist Taylor Thornton to the championship.The Wildcats held the Orange’s top playmaker and Tewaaraton finalist Michelle Tumolo to just one shot on the night.‘We had some really key matchups on the defensive end and just playing back to the basics solid one-v-one defense,’ Thornton said. ‘… We knew we could send some slides on people. Just a great, tremendous job of communication on our end.’SU’s lack of opportunities also made it tough to break through offensively.Syracuse won just one of 10 draws in the first half and couldn’t get into any sort of rhythm on offense.And when the Orange finally did get opportunities, they were often squandered quickly.Syracuse had a chance to seize the momentum when it finally cut the deficit to one midway through the second half. Devon Collins ran free around the crease and fired a shot wide that appeared to be backed up by Michelle Tumolo. However, Collins stepped over the crease line for a violation to turn the ball back over to NU.SU attack Alyssa Murray said with Northwestern dominating possession, the Orange didn’t have many quality opportunities.‘You have to give them credit. They played a great game,’ she said.Still, SU also reflected on its historic season, in which it reached its first national title game in program history.Defender Janelle Stegeland and her senior teammates, who won’t be back to try to avenge the championship loss, have unwavering confidence in the direction of the program after their unprecedented success this season.‘I’m so proud of this team and we kept talking about what it feels like to have a great run and hit a lot of benchmarks,’ Stegeland said. ‘I think this team is going to come back and I think they’re going to win it.’dbwilson@syr.edulast_img read more

Angels hope JC Ramírez will accept minor league assignment, work to regain velocity

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter ANAHEIM — JC Ramírez’s lost velocity proved to be a significant issue for the Angels, who on Thursday removed him from the roster.Ramírez, who was out of options, was outrighted. Because he’d been outrighted previously, he has a right to refuse the assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake and become a free agent.The Angels would like to keep him, in hopes of trying to get him back to level he was before Tommy John surgery.“If he were to go to Salt Lake, it would allow us to get him more regular work and hopefully that would aid in him returning to form,” Manager Brad Ausmus said.center_img REMEMBERING SKAGGSChicago White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito, a close friend and workout partner of Tyler Skaggs, will pitch on Friday at Angel Stadium for the first time since Skaggs’ death.“It’s been tough,” Giolito told reporters on Thursday. “Coming back here is a bit weird. …  It would be much better if I can come out here and get some dinner like we were planning on doing, but it’s been tough.”Giolito, who was born in Santa Monica and attended Harvard-Westlake High, has been wearing Skaggs’ number on his cap. He returned to Santa Monica for Skaggs’ memorial service last month.“He was a great guy,” Giolito said. “A lot of things have been said about him over the past couple of months here but the biggest thing for me, the impact he left on me, was his attitude toward baseball, his attitude toward life. I carry a lot of that with me. It helped me, just the carefree, charismatic part. That’s who I am in our clubhouse. It’s definitely something I took from him when I was much younger.”ALSOAndrelton Simmons, who has a sprained ankle and bone bruise, said that he’s going to start swinging a bat on Saturday. Simmons still isn’t sure when he can return, though…Tommy La Stella, who broke his leg, said he’s been walking on a treadmill and running on an anti-gravity treadmill. He has been throwing. He said he’s not sure when he’ll be back, but the initial timeline had him returning in late August or early September. …Patrick Sandoval, a product of Mission Viejo High, on Friday will pitch for the first time at Angel Stadium, a park he said he attended about 50 times growing up as an Angels fan. He said he has at least 20 friends and another 20 family members that he knows will be at the game on Friday. …Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Kevan Smith, on the injured list because of back spasms, said he feels like he could be ready to be activated when he’s eligible next Wednesday. Because the Angels are off next Thursday, though, he thinks they may wait until next Friday to activate him. …Luke Bard, out with a bruised triceps from being hit by a line drive, is expected to be activated in the next day or two. …Keynan Middleton is scheduled to pitch for Salt Lake on Friday. Middleton, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, is expected to pitch two or three times at Triple-A before being activated, barring any setbacks. …UP NEXTAngels (LHP Patrick Sandoval, 0-0, 5.59) vs. White Sox (RHP Lucas Giolito, 12-6, 3.42), 7:07 p.m., Fox Sports West Ramírez’s fastball averaged 95.5 mph in 2017, his breakthrough season as a starter. He pitched just twice in 2018 before needing surgery, and when he returned to the majors a few weeks ago, the velocity was still lacking. He averaged 91.0 mph in five games.Ausmus said Ramírez’s repertoire was there, but the fastball wasn’t.“I think the velocity difference was sizable,” Ausmus said. “The pitches themselves didn’t necessarily look that different other than the velocity change.”Ramírez had allowed four runs in eight innings. He said after he returned that he knew the velocity was lacking, but he figured it would come back with time. Ausmus said last weekend that it could return by next season.The Angels had a roster decision to make on Thursday, though, because Adalberto Mejia returned. He had been on the restricted list to attend to a personal matter. Once he returned, the Angels needed to put him on the active roster.last_img read more

Lakers vs. Timberwolves: Time, TV channel, how to watch online

first_imgHow can I watch Lakers vs. Timberwolves on TV?The game will be broadcast on TNT.How can I stream Lakers vs. Timberwolves?You can stream the Lakers-Timberwolves game on fuboTV (7-day free trial).Where will Lakers vs. Timberwolves be played?The Lakers-Timberwolves matchup will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. The Lakers and Timberwolves will face off Thursday in Los Angeles. The Lakers enter the game with a 25-23 record, good for ninth place in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves are also struggling this season at 23-24, currently occupying the 11th spot in the West. The Lakers and Timberwolves have played each other three times already this season, with Minnesota winning two of those contests.  WATCH: Lakers vs. Timberwolves live or on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Los Angeles has not been the same since LeBron James was ruled out with a groin injury in December. The Lakers have lost four of their last six games, and now point guard Lonzo Ball is down with an ankle injury. Rajon Rondo, however, is expected to return after missing 14 games. The Timberwolves have won their last two games, both victories over the Suns. The team is 4-3 since Ryan Saunders took over as head coach following the firing of Tom Thibodeau. The Wolves have been getting a boost from Karl-Anthony Towns, who is averaging 22.5 points and 12.3 rebounds this season. Here is what you need to know to catch the Lakers-Timberwolves game:When is Lakers vs. Timberwolves?The Lakers and Timberwolves will meet on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 10:30 p.m. ET.last_img read more