Why Arsenal are confident of signing Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace despite £80m valuation

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 28 Jun 2019 11:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link620Shares Comment Why Arsenal are confident of signing Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace despite £80m valuation Advertisement Unai Emery will bolster his squad at the Emirates this summer (Picture: Getty)First-team stars Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lucas Torreira have all been linked with summer moves, while Arsenal are also believed to be open to selling Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal and Calum Chambers.Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas, meanwhile, has urged Gunners boss Emery to sign two centre-backs ‘immediately’.Asked what Arsenal require during the summer transfer window, Nicholas said: ‘Immediately two centre-backs. They need a bit of pace, they’ve never really had the pace at the back.’Arsenal kick-start the 2019-20 Premier League campaign with a trip to St James’ Park to face Newcastle United.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Arsenal are confident of signing Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are confident of signing Wilfried Zaha this summer despite Crystal Palace’s £80million valuation, according to reports.Ivory Coast international Zaha has rocked the Eagles by reportedly pleading with the club to reach a transfer agreement with London rivals Arsenal, who he supported growing up.The 26-year-old returned to Palace in 2015 following an unsuccessful spell at Manchester United and enjoyed another impressive season for the south London club, scoring ten goals and providing five assists in the Premier League.Zaha has previously admitted he may have to move on to realise his ambitions and has now decided he wants to join the Gunners, who finished fifth in the Premier League last season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal are now preparing an official offer for Zaha, who Palace have insisted is not for sale unless an offer of around £80m is presented.That could prove to be a stumbling block for Arsenal, who only have around £45m to spend this summer, but the Gunners remain confident of striking a deal, according to the Daily Mirror.It is claimed the north London club are buoyed by Zaha’s desire to wear an Arsenal shirt, and believe Palace will be forced to accept a substantially lower fee when push comes to shove.Arsenal may also have more than £45m to spend during this summer transfer window if they are able to offload several players. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Net-zero asset owner club gains UNJSPF, nears targets framework

first_imgIt also said that joining the alliance would give it “access to the best-in-class knowledge from peers on Paris-aligned climate finance change and will help enhance our sustainable investing approach to convert our assets to carbon neutrality by 2050”.Investors joining the NZAOA commit to action to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their investments to net-zero by 2050, to be aligned with the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. There is a strong emphasis on engagement, with asset managers and policymakers as well as corporates, as the means of delivering on the group’s net-zero commitment.As part of this, the group is very much seeking to advance the state-of-play with respect to net-zero portfolio target-setting. Members of the NZAOA commit to setting and publicly reporting on intermediate portfolio decarbonisation targets.The first such targets have yet to be published, but according to Anqi Dang, sustainable investment analyst at Allianz, one of the NZAOA initiating organisations, the tentative timeline is for the group’s target-setting framework to be ready for external feedback by the end of this month.The idea would be to be able to publish the finalised framework on the NZAOA website by the end of September, and for individual members of the group to have a bit more time to elaborate their respective targets, by the end of this year or perhaps the first quarter of next year for some members.Anqi was speaking during a webinar held last month by think tank 2° Investing Initiative in the context of international climate reporting awards that the latter organises with the French ministry for ecological transition and others.She emphasised that the NZAOA’s main focus was to have “real world impact”. In an apparent nod to some criticism of net-zero commitments, she said that alliance members were seeking portfolio emission reductions to “absolute zero”, but that the existence of hard-to-abate sectors entailed the necessity to consider carbon offsetting or negative emission technologies.This would only be as a “parallel effort or last resort,” she said. The UN Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) has joined the UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance (NZAOA) as it looks to have its target-setting framework ready for external feedback by the end of this month.UNJSPF’s joining means the coalition has gained 15 members since it formally launched in September last year.In a statement, the UN pension fund’s investment management office said: “As a pension fund with long-term investment horizons and liabilities, UNJSPF is vulnerable to the financial impact resulting from both transition and physical risks caused by climate change. It is our fiduciary duty to protect the long-term financial interest of our beneficiaries.”“As codified in the Paris Climate Agreement and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, we have a key role to play in catalysing decarbonisation of the global economy and investing in climate resilience,” it added.last_img read more

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W&T buys Magnolia field from ConocoPhillips for $20 million

first_imgU.S.-based oil and gas company W&T Offshore has bought ConocoPhillips’ stake in the Magnolia field, located in the central region of the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, offshore Louisiana, for $20 million.Magnolia platform; Source: ConocoPhillipsW&T said on Thursday it had completed an oil-weighted producing property acquisition from ConocoPhillips.The acquisition is comprised of a 75% working interest in and operatorship of the Magnolia field located at Garden Banks blocks 783 and 784 for $20 million, and the assumption of all abandonment obligations associated with the properties, as of the effective date of October 1, 2019, subject to normal and customary adjustments.Tracy W. Krohn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are pleased to announce another purchase of producing properties that meets all the criteria we have outlined in the past as necessary to drive increased shareholder value from acquisitions. At the beginning of the year, we announced that we were looking closely at acquisition opportunities and that the current environment for acquisitions in the Gulf of Mexico was very good. We have now executed two accretive transactions in 2019. We will continue to actively pursue any opportunities that meet our criteria and are accretive to W&T.”The acquisition consists of ConocoPhillips’ 75% working interest in the Magnolia field which is located in approximately 4,700 feet of water about 180 miles south of Cameron, Louisiana. It was discovered in 1999 and developed through a Tension Leg Platform (TLP) which currently includes six producing wells that are tied back to a regional production hub at the Enchilada platform at Garden Banks 128, approximately 50 miles away.The effective date is October 1, 2019, and the transaction closed on December 12, 2019. W&T’s reported production volumes will reflect Magnolia’s production immediately following the date of closing. The cash acquisition cost was funded from W&T’s available cash on hand and revolving credit facility.Total net proved reserves to be acquired are 4.1 million barrels of oil equivalent, of which 67% are oil and 5% natural gas liquids. Current reserves are proved developed and 73% of the reserves are classified as proved developed producing.The Magnolia field produced approximately 2,300 Boe per day (82% oil) net to ConocoPhillips in the month of October 2019. The transaction added 11,500 gross deepwater acres (8,600 net acres).Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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Special Olympics Looking For Athletes

first_imgThe Special Olympics – Ripley Ohio Dearborn Counties delegation is recruiting athletes to participate in this year’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS) Games in Indianapolis.EKS Games are held in September and include equestrian, flag football, softball, corn toss, long distance run or walk, and unified volleyball.Special Olympics 2015 EKS Games Athlete Call OutIf interested in participating, you must attend the call out meeting on June 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lawrenceburg Fire Department. Both people with and without intellectual disabilities are encouraged to participate. For more information about athlete eligibility, please visit www.soindiana-rod.org/athlete. For additional questions, please email info@soindiana-rod.org.Country 103.9 WRBI is a proud Media Sponsor for Special Olympics.Courtesy of Ripley Ohio Dearborn Delegation Coordinator Greg Townsend.last_img read more

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Mane better than Salah in last three seasons – Whelan

first_img “Liverpool are showing their credentials by keeping hold of players because usually when Real Madrid or Barcelona come calling – players jump off. “Liverpool are showing their strength. They have the money to match Real Madrid and they are serious about retaining the title and going further in the Champions League. To do that you need to keep these players. “I am sure Liverpool are telling Sadio Mane they will be investing this summer to make them even stronger.” Prior to the suspension of the Premier League due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2019 African Footballer of the Year was the leading top scorer for the Reds with 14 league goals in 26 outings, two efforts behind Salah. read also:Haaland rates Mane above Salah, Partey and Ndidi Liverpool sit at the summit of the league table with 82 points, with a 25-point gap above second-placed Manchester City. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 With his contribution of 16 goals and seven assists after 37 appearances across all competitions for the Reds this season, Mane has been subject of transfer interest away from Anfield despite having three years left on his current contract. The Senegal international has established himself as a key player in Jurgen Klopp’s team since his arrival from Southampton in 2016, helping Liverpool win the Champions League title, the Super Cup and Fifa Club World Cup last year. Aware of Liverpool’s financial capability, Whelan said ‘massively important’ Mane needs to be rewarded with an improved contract to fend off interest because he is a crucial player. “It is massively important they get him tied down to a new deal,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Show the player what he is worth and reward him for the performances he has put in. He has been exceptional. Over the past three seasons, he has been absolutely crucial and better than Salah.Advertisement Loading…center_img Former Leeds United and Middlesbrough forward, Noel Whelan, believes Sadio Mane has been in top form than Mohamed Salah in the last three seasons and he deserves a new Liverpool deal.last_img read more

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ICC World Cup World Cup 2019 India vs New Zealand Semifinal: New Zealand enter final; India eliminated

first_imgNew Delhi: Before the semi-final clash between India and New Zealand, many former commentators and cricketing analysts were congratulating Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team. No one had given New Zealand a chance. In a rain-affected semi-final which saw it being played for two days, fortunes fluctuated. Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson slammed fifties and New Zealand huffed and puffed their way to 239/8. Many cricketing analysts had slammed the nature of the Old Trafford wicket, with former Australia skipper Steve Waugh saying that a total of 240 was par. However, New Zealand have always punched above their weight in World Cups. Matt Henry took out Rohit Sharma for 1, denting his prospects of becoming the leading run-getter in an edition. Trent Boult got rid of Virat Kohli for 1 with an inswinger. India were reduced to 5/3. With Dinesh Karthik and KL Rahul falling cheaply, suddenly it seemed there was a match on the cards.19:44 hrs IST: That’s it from us. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did to bring this to you. Do join us for the second semi-final as England play Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Till then, it’s tada from Vedant and Siddharth. It will be a long night for all of us. 19:33 hrs IST: Matt Henry was awarded as the man-of-the-match. 19:24 hrs IST: So it’s all over! India is eliminated from World Cup 2019. New Zealand enter World Cup finals for the second time in row. Both Jadeja and Dhoni played their heart out, but fell short by 18 runs. 19:21 hrs IST: WICKET! Knocked him over. New Zealand is one wicket away from entering World Cup 2019 final. 19:19 hrs IST: WICKET! Dhoni gets run out after scoring fifty!19:13 hrs IST: India need 31 runs off 12 deliveries to make it to finals. 19:11 hrs IST: WICKET! Boult bowls a slower one and bat turns in Jadeja’s hand. Kane Williamson didn’t do any mistake. Seventh wicket down. India need something special from MS Dhoni. 19:07 hrs IST: India need 37 runs from last 18 balls. After 47 overs, it’s 203/6. 18:59 hrs IST: 100-run stand between Jadeja and Dhoni. And two need to continue if India fancy their chances to play World Cup 2019 Final. After 46 overs, it’s 198/6. 10 came off the over. 18:56 hrs IST: A sensational boundary from Jadeja’s bat. This is turning out to be an exceptional innings. After 45 overs, it’s 188/6. 18:51 hrs IST: So the equation has come down to 62 off 36 balls. Seven runs from the over. After 44 overs, it’s 178/6. 18:46 hrs IST: Three singles from the over. After 43 overs, it’s 171/6. 18:40 hrs IST: FIFTY! What an innings this has been from Ravindra Jadeja. Came at a time when India needed the most. His 11th ODI fifty! After 42 overs, 168/6. 18:36 hrs IST: Another delightful shot from Ravindra Jadeja. Nine came off the over. After 41 overs, it’s 159/6. 18:32 hrs IST: 150-up for India and Jadeja and Dhoni are still there. After 40 overs, it’s 150/6. India need 90 off 60.18:27 hrs IST: 50-run partnership between Jadeja and Dhoni. 18:26 hrs IST: Second six from Jadeja and 10 came off the over. After 39 overs, it’s 141/6. 18:23 hrs IST: A boundary and single from Jadeja’s willow. After 38 overs, it’s 131/6. 18:18 hrs IST: Another sensational over from Mitchell Santner. Runs are just not coming for India at the moment. After 37 overs, it’s 126/6. 18:15 hrs IST: Four runs from the over and after 36 overs, it’s 123/6. 18:09 hrs IST: Six runs from Santner’s over and the partnership between two stands 27. After 35 overs, it’s 119/6. 18:07 hrs IST: Eight runs from the over. A boundary came off the over too. After 34 overs, it’s 113/6. 17:59 hrs IST: First six for team India – came from Ravindra Jadeja’s bat. After 33 overs, it’s 106/6. 17:57 hrs IST: The required run rate is ticking over 8 now. India is on the verge of a disappointing exit unless we see something special from MS Dhoni. After 32 overs, it’s  97/6. 17:52 hrs IST: Two runs and a wicket. After 31 overs, it’s 94/6. 17:47 hrs IST: WICKET! Santner tossed the ball up and Hardik Pandya tried to smash it over the long on fielder but couldn’t. Sixth wicket down. New Zealand are four wickets away from entering Finals. 17:45 hrs IST: The first 30 overs belong to New Zealand. They have been able to keep Indian batsmen on backfoot. After 30 overs, it’s 92/5. 17:40 hrs IST: Couple of runs from Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s willow. After 29 overs, it’s 85/5. 17:37 hrs IST: One run from the over. Both batsmen are taking their time in middle. After 28 overs, it’s 83/5.17:33 hrs IST: Just two runs from the over. After 27 overs, it’s 82/5.17:30 hrs IST: Three runs from the over and one hasto say that runs are just not coming at the moment. India need something special. After 26 overs, it’s 80/5. 17:27 hrs IST: The first 25 overs are done and dusted and New Zealand is right on top. Two runs from the over. After 25 overs, it’s 77/5. 17:24 hrs IST: So MS Dhoni has now come to the crease. It is becoming difficult for India to even play full quota of 50 overs. After 24 overs, it’s 75/5. 17:17 hrs IST: WICKET! Mitchell Santner tossed the ball up and Rishabh Pant tried to clear middle-order fielder – but couldn’t. India lose half-side. 17:14 hrs IST: One came off the over and India see themselves at 71 runs for the loss of 4 wickets after 22 overs. 17:10 hrs IST: MAIDEN OVER! Mitchell Santner starts with a maiden over. After 21 overs, it’s 70/4. 17:05 hrs IST: Jimmy Neesham replaces Colin de Grandhomme into the attack. After 20 overs, it’s 70/4. And now we will be having a full game. 17:02 hrs IST: Just two runs from the over and New Zealand bowlers are not letting the batsmen top open their arms. After 19 overs, it’s 62/4. 16:57 hrs IST: Good over for India. Ones and twos – and nine came off the over. After 18 overs, it’s 60/4. 16:52 hrs IST: 50-up for India. It took them almost 17 overs to achieve this feat. After 17 overs, it’s 51/4. 16:47 hrs IST: Colin de Grandhomme replaced Matt Henry into the attack and starts off with a decent over, giving mere four runs. After 16 overs, it’s 47/4. 16:41 hrs IST: Just one run from the over and it’s time for DRINKS! After 15 overs, it’s 43/4. 16:37 hrs IST: Five runs from the over and Henry completes his seven overs. After 14 overs, it’s 42/4. 16:32 hrs IST: Lockie Ferguson came into the attack and showed his class starightaway. Just two runs from the over. After 13 overs,  it’s 37/4. 16:30 hrs IST: DROPPED! Neesham drops Pant on 18. 16:28 hrs IST: It has been a clinical first spell from Matt Henry. Three wickets for 18 runs. After 12 overs, it’s 35/4. 16:24 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya off the mark with a boundary. After 11 overs, it’s 30/4. 16:18 hrs IST: The first 10 overs belong to New Zealand. They have been able to stamp their authority in the initial overs and have put Indian team on backfoot. With Rohit, Rahul, Kohli, Karthik back to the pavilion, it’s important for Pant to play till the end. After 10 overs, it’s 24/4. 16:14 hrs IST: It took Dinesh Karthik 21 deliveries to open his account. Even then, six came off the over. After 9 overs, it’s 19/3. 16:09 hrs IST: Three runs from Henry’s over – all from Pant’s willow. After 8 overs, it’s 13/3. 16:05 hrs IST: MAIDEN OVER! It’s been 16 deliveries from Dinesh Karthik, and he is yet to open his account. Another maiden over as Indian team see themselves at 10/3 after 7 overs. 16:04 hrs IST: STAT ALERT: The last time both Virat Kohli & Rohit Sharma got dismissed for a single figure score before today – vs Pakistan in the CT 2017 final16:02 hrs IST: A boundary of the over and Rishabh Pant left the remaining balls. India enter double digits. After 6 overs, it’s 10/3. 15:58 hrs IST: A single and five dot balls. Both Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant are taking their time in the middle, which from a distance looks good. After 5 overs, it’s 6/3. 15:53 hrs IST: MAIDEN OVER! This has been an exceptional start from New Zealand. No run and a wicket. After 4 overs, it’s 5/3. 15:50 hrs IST: WICKET! Another wicket down. It has been a clinical start for New Zealand. Three wickets in no time. Top-three back to the pavilion. After 3.1 overs, it’s 5/3. 15:44 hrs IST: WICKET! Trapped right in front and India under trouble. Two wickets in four balls. Oh dear! India under trouble. Trent Boult picks his first wicket. After 2.4 overs, it’s 5/2. 15:42 hrs IST: A wicket and three runs from the over. After 2 overs, it’s 5/1.15:40 hrs IST: WICKET! Rohit Sharma tried to play away from his body and gets a slight nip went through to the keeper. Matt Henry provides first breakthrough. After 1.3 overs, it’s 4/1. 15:36 hrs IST: Some lateral movement early in chase as the Indian team manage couple of runs from the first over. Both batsmen are off the mark. After 1 over, it’s 2/0. 15:31 hrs IST: After 10 minutes break, the action begins. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are out in the middle. Trent Boult will take the new ball. Here we go! 15:21 hrs IST: New Zealand’s innings has finally ended after 20 hours. They have ended on 239/8. The target for India will be 240. Clear skies, slow wicket. Tricky chase on the cards but advantage India.15:16 hrs IST: WICKET! Bhuvneshwar Kumar takes his third. Mitchell Santner slams a four but Henry in the process of quick runs, holes out to long on. New Zealand are 232/8 in 49 overs.15:10 hrs IST: WICKETS! Brilliant stuff from Ravindra Jadeja. He is totally changing the game. He effects a brilliant run-out of Ross Taylor with a direct hit for 74 and Latham holes out next ball off Bhuvneshwar Kumar as New Zealand stumble. New Zealand are 225/7 in the 49th over.15:03 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar nails a couple of yorkers but Taylor and Latham make good progress. New Zealand are 217/5 after 47 overs.14:57 hrs IST: Out come the Indian players and we are set to resume. Ross Taylor holds the key for New Zealand. 14:50 hrs IST: There is some confusion on the duration of the innings break. It will depend on the New Zealand innings. Confirmed, it will be a 10-minute break.14:36 hrs IST: There are blue skies and the sun is out currently in Manchester. This is great news. One hopes that the rain does not come at least for close to 4-5 hours.14:30 hrs IST: In case, the rain comes down after 20 overs of India’s chase, it will be constituted as a result. Finally, the hope is that there is a result which puts one team to the final rather than a rain interruption.14:27 hrs IST: Once again here are the rules. If the game gets washed out today, then India will go through to the semi-final. In case it is raining, then all efforts will be made for a 20-over game. No super over.14:17 hrs IST: If the New Zealand innings finish in 3.5 overs, will there be a 40-minute break for lunch? Nope, it will only be 10 minutes.14:12 hrs IST: Fans and organisers will be hoping that there is enough play for at least India to play 20 overs so that it can constitute a game. If India go through to the final due to a rain interruption, the feeling will be pretty hollow. By the way, the weather in Edgbaston for the second semi-final between England and Australia is also iffy.14:02 hrs IST: The hourly weather forecast says there will be no rain until 4:00 PM local time. One hopes that the match does not go that long.13:50 hrs IST: If there is no rain, then the advantage will be with India. In case of a truncated match, the advantage will be with New Zealand. So far, according to the current weather, does not look like a truncated game at least for now.13:32 hrs IST: Live visuals from the ground show that there is NO RAIN. That is a good sign. There are no covers on the outfield.13:30 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the match between India and New Zealand. No, this is no longer an one-day international. It is a two-day international, with the rain forcing the semi-final to go into the reserve day. The forecast is currently dry and one hopes that the rain stays away. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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`Big Guns’ arrive for GCF’s National Road Race championships slated for today

first_imgTHE arrival in Guyana of some of the country’s leading cyclists two days ago has sent tongues wagging as the Guyana Cycling Federation’s (GCF) National Road Race Championships is slated for today and choosing a winner would be a difficult task.Shaquille Agard, Hamza Eastman, Andrew Hicks and Geron Williams all arrived in Guyana two days ago and will join the other U.S. based Guyanese, Paul DeNobrega and Raynauth `Obeahman’ Jeffrey, as well as French Guiana based Orville Hinds and Michael Anthony, for today’s 103-mile event which wheels off at 08:00hrs from Homestretch Avenue.These overseas based riders will be joined by over 20 locally based riders who, over the past two to three months, have been showing tremendous form.The defending champion of the event is Continental cyclist, Geron Williams, who also rides for Team Foundation of the United States.As was mentioned recently, it is left to be seen if Williams will be able to acclimatise for today’s event, as is the case with the other overseas based cyclists who arrived just two days ago.DeNobrega and Jeffrey returned home more than one week ago and so they should have already acclimatised for today’s grueling event which this year will cover a greater distance than in previous years.The overseas based riders will be coming up against a host of riders who have been in good nick recently, such as: Jamal John, Walter Grant-Stuart, Alonzo Ambrose, Mario King, and Romello Crawford.last_img
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Homecoming bookstore sales down

first_imgDespite an early start time and a crushing defeat for USC, the Homecoming game against Stanford on Saturday brought in more sales to the USC Pertusati bookstore than expected, though not as much as last year.The bookstore made about $300,000 on Homecoming day, and approximately $550,000 over the entire weekend.In previous years, the bookstore averaged about $1,000 in sales per minute during peak Homecoming hours; this year, sales topped out at $930 per minute.Daniel Archer, director of the bookstore, said part of the reason for the decline in sales might have been the early kickoff. A 12:30 start, he said, meant customers didn’t have much time to purchase merchandise beforehand.But more customers than usual purchased bookstore merchandise after the game, which Archer attributed to the unfortunate results.“Sadly, it’s ironic … So many people left the game and our store was really busy,” Archer said. “It’s almost like retail therapy.”Archer said once “disenchanted fans” left the Coliseum, they needed to do something else to distract themselves and found shopping at the bookstore a good option.Archer said this accounted for the unusually strong sales during the second half of the day — that is, about $50,000 in sales from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.Though sales were still down from last year’s Homecoming, Archer said sales were actually higher than anticipated, which he partially attributed to the recovering economy.Overall, Archer was pleased with the results of bookstore sales, saying they were “very comparable to … last year,” and that it was a successful Homecoming weekend for the bookstore.last_img read more

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Syracuse wins 3rd straight, downing Notre Dame in 5 sets

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 22, 2017 at 9:51 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu Syracuse (20-12, 12-7 Atlantic Coast) defeated Notre Dame (21-9, 11-8) in five sets Wednesday night at the Women’s Building. It was the Orange’s third five-set game this season and its third consecutive win.Kendra Lukacs (13 kills), Amber Witherspoon (11 kills) and Ella Saada (10 kills) paced SU’s offense, with Jalissa Trotter posting a season-high 47 assists. Witherspoon manned the front line, recording 16 blocks, while Belle Sand (29 digs), Lukacs (19 digs) and Saada (18 digs) controlled the back row.The game opened with both teams trading points before the Orange took an 18-13 lead after a 6-2 run. Then, the Fighting Irish powered a 7-1 run to even the score at 19. Down 22-23, SU scored three straight off two kills from Santita Ebangwese and a kill from Anastasiya Gorelina, winning the set, 25-23. Ebangwese and Lukacs each tallied four kills in the set.Notre Dame started the second set hot, gaining a 13-5 advantage on kills from four different players. The Fighting Irish gradually built off its lead with two service errors and three Syracuse attack errors, and went on to win the set, 25-15. The Orange struggled on offense and registered just seven kills.Up 8-7 to start the third set, the Orange scored five of the game’s next six points. With the score knotted at 16, SU scored nine of the set’s final 11 points off six Notre Dame attack errors, winning 25-18. Syracuse’s defense stood tall and posted 10 block assists, with Witherspoon contributing on nine of them.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Fighting Irish opened the fourth set up 11-6 before SU gradually battled back and evened the score at 16 after a 5-1 run. Down 21-23, the Orange scored two straight off a Trotter kill and Lukacs service ace. Then, a Lukacs service error and Ebangwese attack error handed the visitors the set, 23-25.With the fifth set knotted at seven, Syracuse scored six straight points with three coming from Saada kills. After two Notre Dame points, Saada and Lukacs powered back-to-back kills, ending the game, 15-9.Syracuse plays its last game of the regular season on Friday, as it hosts Louisville looking for its sixth straight home win. The game starts at 1 p.m. in the Women’s Building. Commentslast_img read more

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Maddi Welch ‘a wall’ in Syracuse’s 2-1 win over Penn State

first_img Published on January 25, 2019 at 10:52 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman Maddi Welch certainly has the hot hand.After mixed results last weekend, Welch solidified her spot at the top of the goalie depth chart by making a career-high 33 saves in Syracuse’s (6-17-1, 6-5 College Hockey America) 2-1 win over Penn State (9-11-4, 4-7 ). Plus, she did it all while playing against her sister, Abby, and in front of six family members in the Tennity bleachers. “She was a wall tonight,” sophomore defenseman Kristen Siermachesky said.Welch focused on slowing the Nittany Lions’ offense by holding soft shots for faceoffs and angling more challenging attempts to the corners to allow her defense to clear more easily. Limiting second chances is the main indicator, SU head coach Paul Flanagan said, of a confident goalie.In the first period, Welch recorded 12 saves, most of them routine stops. Early in the game, Penn State’s Katie McMillan slammed her stick against the boards in frustration after Welch caught her wrist shot from the right circle. Meanwhile, sophomore defenseman Jessica DiGirolamo gave SU a 1-0 cushion with a bouncing wrist shot from the top edge of the right circle.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPSU tested Welch more in the second, but the senior made two key stick saves to thwart odd-man rushes. During a power play late in the second, Welch made back-to-back saves with her leg pads before Natalie Heising ripped a wrist shot from the right circle, which Welch calmly snagged out of the air with her glove. Penn State’s frustrations continued, especially after redshirt senior Brooke Avery slotted a shot into the top shelf to give Syracuse a 2-0 lead.Since the beginning of the season, Welch has focused on limiting rebound chances, she said. Siermachesky called her rebound control “amazing.” Deflecting pucks into the corners takes pressure off defenders because it’s easier to clear from there instead of cleaning up in front of the net where there’s more traffic, Flanagan said. It took 47 minutes and 30 shots on goal for PSU to finally break through Welch. On a power play with 13 minutes left in the third period, Welch couldn’t funnel a shot to the corner like she had all night, and Penn State’s Katie Rankin finished the rebound. That cut Syracuse’s lead to 2-1, but Welch only had to make three more saves to secure the SU victory. Two of Welch’s 33 saves came against her sister, who would yell after shots to make sure Welch knew it was her. Though Welch said playing her sister Abby didn’t add any motivation, she said the two have a sibling rivalry. When they return home for summer, they practice against each other, keeping score of how many shots she rejects versus how many Abby scores, Welch said. Tonight, it was Welch two, Abby zero. Half of Syracuse’s wins this season have come against Penn State, with Welch in net for all of them. She’s allowed three goals in three games against the Nittany Lions, including a shutout on Nov. 3. In those games, Welch has rejected all four of her sister’s shots.  “She’s on a roll,” forward Anonda Hoppner said of Welch. “We owe a lot to her.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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