The man on the phone quickly came back with $920,000 and there was another pause.Bids went up in $5000 lots, with the local couple looking done at $935,000.They looked toward their opponent — the man on the phone — to see what he would do next.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago“$945,000,” he yelled. Our local couple paused as the agent spoke in the ear of the buyer.He was informing him that we needed more money to get the property on the market. The buyer obliged and after a few conversations he increased his bid to $960,000 and the property was announced on the market and subsequently sold.As the crowd applauded and the neighbours went off to celebrate their new values, the buyer made his way inside to sign the contract. MORE First home buyers cashing in this spring It was only a month ago that I called an auction on Rockbourne Terrace in Paddington where a Melbourne buyer blasted the local competition out of the water with a $900,000 knock out bid.These and other stories like them are adding more weight and evidence to the urban whispers of buyers heading north from Sydney and Melbourne looking to take advantage of the Brisbane house prices.If this trend continues, the added competition in the market will continue to put upward pressure on prices.This will see the gap between the east coast capital cities house prices return to a more appropriate level. Haesley Cush is an auctioneer and principal at Ray White New Farm. MORE Ride-on mower seals the deal Ray White New Farm auctioneer Haesley Cush calling an auction earlier this year. (AAP image, John Gass)On the stroke of midday last Saturday I stood in front of a quaint little workers cottage at 10 Bowler Street in Paddington. The sky above was a rich shade of silver from cloud cover and faint drops of rain fell intermittently, enough to be noticed, but not enough to be worried about.Quite a large crowd had been gathered by Brandon Wortley, the marketing agent, and a number of them had bidding cards in their hot little hands waiting for things to proceed. Based on feedback from the buyers prior to the auction, and past performances, we expected an opening bid in the vicinity of $800,000 as a starting point.I called out to the crowd: “Ladies and gentleman can I have an opening bid?”A buyer close to the fence with a phone pressed to his ear called out “$900,000”. This buyer had gone for the knock out punch right on the bell.I was aware of this buyers backstory. He had sold his house in Sydney but we were yet to find out the details of that price. He was looking to buy in Brisbane and potentially move back up.After what seemed like an eternity, a couple in their late 40s or 50’s raised their card and offered $915,000. MORE Trophy home sale price revealed
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James Morrison (hamstring) is out for two months and Darren Fletcher (knee) remains a doubt for Saturday’s FA Cup game with Peterborough. The club are trying to push the Sandro deal through so the Brazil international can play against Posh at The Hawthorns. Boss Tony Pulis told a press conference: “We’re interested in Sandro but nothing’s been done yet so that’s ongoing. “Whether we can do a deal or not we’ll have to wait and see. We’re working on it if we can get a deal done we’ll get a deal done.” Sandro has made 11 appearances for Rangers this season but has not played for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s Sky Bet Championship side in 2016. He has played 28 times for the club, scoring once, since a 2014 switch from Tottenham. The deal would give the Baggies a boost with winger McManaman likely to miss at least six games as they aim to stay clear of the Barclays Premier League bottom three. The 24-year-old has made 14 appearances for the Baggies – but just two starts – this season and 24 in total after joining from Wigan last January. Chris Brunt is also a doubt to face Posh with a calf injury and Pulis insisted he will not rest players. “I’ll pick a strong team again,” he said. “I know it’s a three-game week, I think if they’re well managed and well prepared then they should be able to cope with three games a week.” Press Association Midfielder Sandro is having a medical with the Baggies ahead of a move until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent transfer. The switch will bolster the Baggies’ midfield after McManaman was sidelined with an ankle injury which is likely to keep him out until March. West Brom are close to sealing the loan signing of Sandro from QPR but have been dealt a blow with the news that Callum McManaman has been ruled out for six weeks.
Iran beat India in semis to script historyJakarta : Iran scripted history in the annals of world kabaddi by stunning India 27-18 in the semi-finals of the 18th Asian Games here on Thursday.This is the first time since the traditional rural sport was included in the Asian Games in 1990 that the Indian men’s team will not take home the gold.Apart from ending India’s 28-year run as defending champions at the Asiad, Thursday’s defeat was also India’s first at any major tournament. Along with the Asian Games, India have won every World Cup, Asia Cup, and South Asian Games till now.This is also Iran’s first victory over India in the knock-out stages of any tournament. For the Iranians, this is also revenge of sorts for their defeats to India in the finals of the last two Asian Games.In a match which saw a thrilling battle between Indian raiders and Iran’s defence, Iran proved superior. Iran struggled initially but used their expertise in the super tackle to script an amazing comeback.Right from the start, Indian raiders struggled to get points while Iran, on the other hand, maintained their dominance throughout the match thanks to their defence. Iran took most of their points through super-tackles which helped them overpower overwhelming favourites India.The match was off to a somewhat tentative start before exploding with power-packed action in the second half. Both teams displayed a strong, physical style and sometimes overt aggression which kept the packed stadium at the edge of their seats.Rishank Devadiga drew first blood for India through a brilliant raid followed by three more consecutive points, thanks to defender Girish Ernak.When the scoreboard was reading 4-0, Iran defender Nabibaksh grabbed Rishank to open his team’s account.Experienced raider Pardeep Narwal also joined the party and stole few points to make score read 6-1. But after that Abolfazl Maghsoudlou got the big fish as he touched defender Girish to send him out.When the score was 6-4 in favour of India, the series of super-tackles started for Iran which blew away India’s attack.India started giving away easy points and both teams went to the halftime break locked at 9-9.The second half saw Iran dominating Indian raiders. The late substitution of star player Rahul Chaudhary also allowed Iran to put pressure on India.Rahul came on the mat with less than 10 minutes remaining and straightaway took three points but lack of support from defence and other raiders put Rahul on back-foot.Monu Goyat, Pardeep, Rishank also looked hapless in front of the Iran defence and went off the mat one by one.Iran Nabibaksh then touched Mohit and Girish towards the end to inflict an all out on their opponents and dash Indian hopes. In the end, Abozar Mighani and Fazel Athrachali made it a formality and comfortably marched into the final. IANS
NEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – Virat Kohli’s wide range of shots makes him one of the most versatile batsmen of his era and the India captain says it was a tweak to his stance that brought him a deluge of runs in recent years.Kohli made his India debut in 2008 as a flashy batsman but has since combined compact technique with elegant shot-making.In a Facebook live chat with Bangladesh one-day captain Tamim Iqbal, he said ditching his earlier stance opened up scoring options for him.“I changed because I wanted to score all over the ground. The static position was limiting my shot-making options,” said the 31-year-old, who goes back-and-across in his current stance.“It works for many, Sachin Tendulkar for instance. He had no issues because of his superior technique and hand-eye coordination.“I had to tweak it to suit my game. When someone first told me it could open up my options, I thought of giving it a try.“Luckily, it clicked and I immediately started executing shots which I never thought I could.”Kohli averages 50-plus in all three formats, has smashed 70 international centuries and boasts an exquisite cover drive.Among his contemporaries, Australian Steve Smith has an unorthodox but effective stance, standing open to the bowler and shuffling across the off-stump line, and Kohli said batsmen had to find out what worked for them.“I always feel you should be open to changes … You can’t stagnate, you have to keep learning,” he said.“If you keep playing in the same manner, opposition will figure out your game. You have to be ahead of the game.“So try it and drop it if it doesn’t work, but any batsman should be open to positive changes,” added Kohli.
God bless you Lindsey and your family. Your life story can be a blessing and a helping tool to so many people. Rev. Robert Shaner 7yr Lisa Fortunato Dougherty 7yr Jodi Larkin 7yr Published on February 17, 2014 at 3:20 am Contact Jesse: firstname.lastname@example.org | @dougherty_jesse,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. This is such a beautiful story. My daughter is a freshman pitcher for Rutgers University and I know how hard she worked to achieve her goal as a Division 1 pitcher. I can’t imagine going through what Lindsey went through medically, and still begin able to achieve her dream to play ball at a Division 1 program. All young/ high school athletes should read this inspiring story to help them to realize that if you work hard, nothing can get in your way of accomplishing your dreams … Even going through trauma and so many obstacles to overcome. Lindsey worked extremely hard to get where she is now, and she and her family should be very proud of her accomplishments ! My daughter just picked up her first collegiate win, and I know how exciting it was for her and all of us ! I’m glad her mother was there to share that big moment with her! I’m going to have my daughter read this article. Thanks for sharing and good luck to Lindsey in the future! Great photo, Emma! Someone should fix the caption on the photo of her first day of kindergarten. The black strap is on her right arm, not her left. Courtesy of Jodi LarkinBefore the first day of Kindergarten Lindsey is all smiles. Her backpack is connected to the black strap on her right arm and monitors her blood pressure throughout the day.Nothing could stop Lindsey from smiling on the first day of kindergarten. Not the early wakeup. Not the damp weather. Not the strap on her arm or the machine in her backpack that tracked her blood pressure.“Can you see the black thing on my arm, Mom?” she asked, as she danced around the wooden porch, her apple name tag flapping off the white T-shirt that did little to hide the strap on her right elbow.“Nope Lindsey, I can’t see a thing,” Jodi answered.“Good!” Lindsey said, jumping off the porch as her backpack let out a low hum.School was different for Lindsey. Around lunchtime, every day, she’d visit school nurse Lori Dempsey to have her blood pressure recorded and take medicine for her kidneys. If a classmate brought in cupcakes for a birthday, she’d have to decline.But while she was watched closely by her parents and teachers, she also learned to take care of herself.That’s how I always knew her. The girl who needed the most attention of all the ones I baby-sat, really needed the least.Dolores Purtell, Lindsey’s babysitter for many yearsShe fell in love with sports in grade school, and played them just like everyone else. She tried basketball, football, dancing and gymnastics — even though the last two make her cringe looking back — but fell in love with baseball.Courtesy of Jodi LarkinLindsey started out playing baseball until she switched over to softball when they made a team for her to play on. She wasn’t happy at first, but then fell in love with the sport.She played baseball with all the boys until she was 12 and the town formed a softball team for her to join. She was reluctant, but started garnering attention on the mound immediately after she made the switch.“Once I got to regionals and I saw all the talent and saw how I did with those caliber of girls,” Lindsey said. “I thought playing college softball was actually an option.”Then she zeroed in on that goal. When Lindsey was 13, she told her parents she needed a new pitching coach after the coach told her she’d never throw 60 miles per hour or play collegiately.They obliged, and two months later she was putting 60s and 61s on the speedometer.She started training with strength and conditioning coach Dennis Dewane at CNY Speed Training.When he opened the gym in the morning, she would be there waiting for him. And when he closed it at night, she’d want to keep going.In high school, Jodi would text Lindsey over and over asking if she’d be home for dinner. Lindsey’s phone was in her bag on the side of the G. Ray Bodley softball field, as Lindsey threw pitch after pitch into the backstop. No catcher. No coach. No one around.Most nights, she’d heat up a plate of food while icing down her left arm.“Even if she can’t remember all of it, her past and what she went through has everything to do with the hard worker she has become,” Jodi said. “It’s just inside of her that no one can tell her what she can or can’t achieve.”Lindsey was just a freshman reliever and didn’t expect to pitch when Syracuse head coach Leigh Ross told her to prepare to take the mound in the team’s second home game last season.Senior Stacy Kuwick had already gone six innings and sophomore Lindsay Taylor was sidelined with an injury. So heading into extra innings, Ross handed Lindsey the ball.“She was nervous,” said SU pitching coach Jenna Caira. “I told her I wanted three things. I wanted a first-pitch strike, I want a strikeout and I want a ground ball.”When Lindsey jogged out to the mound for the start of the seventh inning, tears started streaming down Jodi’s face in the stands.Courtesy of Jodi LarkinLindsey trains in the Central New York snow, working on her strength and conditioning as part of her workout routine.Lindsey threw a first-pitch strike and turned to Caira, a smile spread across her face.Jodi kept crying, now shaking in her seat.Then Lindsey got a ground out and looked at Caira again, her smile wider this time, her mom juggling the past with the present and standing to cheer for every out.She may not have gotten the strikeout that Caira wanted, but after throwing four innings, Lindsey walked off the field with her first collegiate win.“All I thought was ‘Lindsey, you’ve come so far,’” Jodi said.Many years ago, when she looked out the back window of the Caravan at Syracuse, Lindsey’s head was full of questions. Her future was uncertain. Her health always the focus for her and her family. But now when Lindsey drives toward the Adams Street exit and into the city that saved her life, she no longer wonders where she’s going.Banner photo by Emma Fierberg | Asst. Photo Editor Comments Another day. Another check-up. Another drive that Jodi Larkin could make with her eyes closed if her 5-year-old daughter Lindsey wasn’t in the car.Jodi walks out of their Oswego, N.Y., home and straps Lindsey into the back seat of their Dodge Caravan. She settles behind the wheel, puts the key in the ignition and starts to pull out of their driveway.But before they leave, Lindsey rattles off a few questions.Where are we going?…Are we going to the doctor?…Am I sick?I don’t feel sick.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJodi turns around to see her daughter, blonde hair bouncing with the engine, brown teddy bear clasped to her chest.“We’re just going for a ride, sweetie,” she responds.They go back and forth. Lindsey, always inquisitive, drilling her mom with question after question. Jodi, always careful, masking their destination as long as she can. But as they come around a bend, Lindsey starts noticing a familiar landscape. She recognizes the highway, the Crowne Plaza — or as she calls it, “the round hotel” — and the Syracuse skyline.“Are we going to my hospital, Mom?” she asks.Sitting by a window in Goldstein Student Center 15 years later, Jodi looks out at the snow-laden SU Softball Stadium. She stares deep into the field that Lindsey now calls home, and tears up remembering the journey her daughter took to get there.“It was really hard hearing your little girl refer to the hospital as ‘her hospital,’” Jodi said. “But that’s just how it was.”Lindsey Larkin will be the first to tell you how much she cries, and show you how much she smiles.The 20-year-old pitcher often finds herself speaking in cliches. They make her blush, trail her eyes to the ground or let out an awkward laugh. Sometimes laughter turns into tears.But she grins more than she doesn’t — that’s the Lindsey everyone has always known.“That kid was always beaming, and still is,” said Millie Sherman, Lindsey’s grandmother. “Sometimes I didn’t know how, but she really never stopped.”Courtesy of Jodi LarkinAlways smiling but also intense. Lindsey started playing all sports at a young age and didn’t let her medical problems stop her from running around with everyone else.Now a sophomore pitcher on the Syracuse softball team, Lindsey’s smile punctuates the story that hides behind it. A story that includes regular hospital visits from the time she was 8 weeks to 8 years old, a gastroenterologist, urologist, nephrologist, cardiologist, otolaryngologist, infectious disease specialist and pediatric surgeon.A life-threatening allergy, a severe kidney reflux and a life-changing surgery that finally healed her, and the family that never lost hope or sight of a healthier future.Yet when she’s asked about the eight years that now define her as a person and athlete, Lindsey squints her eyes. She racks through her brain and looks up, searching for anything that resembles a memory.She finds it impossible to vividly recall a thing.If you go through a traumatic experience such as being in the hospital until you’re 8 years old, you don’t really want to remember any of that.Lindsey LarkinDr. Manoochehr Karjoo’s voice bounced off the walls of the hospital room.“Get this baby off milk. You are killing her!”Lindsey was just 8 weeks old and, as her parents put it, lifeless at Crouse Hospital. She was initially scheduled for a five-day visit, but it took another six — with a spinal tap, numerous doctors and multiple research teams from Upstate Medical School — to find that a milk-protein allergy was on the verge of taking her life.The Larkins had started giving her formula and the hospital was doing the same. The doctors had never seen this combination of side effects before.But tests finally revealed that it was the protein in the formula that gave her high fevers, colitis, urinary tract infections and E. coli in her bloodstream.“It was like two weeks of hell,” Jodi said.That was the first time she survived. The doctors stabilized Lindsey and told the Larkins that she could never have milk, chocolate, ice cream or any other dairy products.Courtesy of Jodi LarkinWhen Lindsey was in the hospital, her family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Syracuse so they could be close to her. She started doing charity work with the organization as she got older, and here she is walking in a fashion show with Dr. Michael Ratner, a pediatric surgeon who helped her through her medical problems.But somehow, she’d accidentally eat dairy and each time she did they’d be right back in the hospital where it all started.“I vaguely remember hating that,” Lindsey said, “being a kid and just having to lay there.”Then at a year and a half, the urinary tract infections returned. When they didn’t stop a year later, she was referred to Dr. Umeschandra Patil, an urologist and pediatric surgeon at Crouse.Dr. Patil found that Lindsey had a severe kidney reflux caused by a birth defect. Her ureters — muscle fibers that propel urine from the kidneys to the urinary bladder — were undersized and her valve hadn’t developed. The reflux caused infections that destroyed function in both of her kidneys.That’s when the hospital visits picked up — sometimes multiple times a week. When Lindsey would go to Crouse, Jodi and her husband, Cliff Larkin, would pack a bag of clothes to stay overnight.They’d bring their son James, who is four years older than Lindsey, to Jodi’s parents down the street and try to return the smile to their bedridden daughter’s face.When we went to the hospital, we never knew when we were coming back.Cliff LarkinIn 1999, the rate of Lindsey’s kidney loss was continuing and she needed surgery as soon as her bladder wasn’t irritated.And on July 6, 2000, Dr. Patil performed a miracle.Cutting a 10-inch incision from side to side, Patil built bigger ureters from Lindsey’s own body tissue. He formed them to fit her 6-year-old body, and so they would continue to grow as she did. What a great and inspiring story! Having been on the (far) sidelines, watching this family; first, struggle with, and overcome, Lindsey’s health issues with grace and endurance; and then Lindsey’s fierce determination and passion to overcome any and all obstacles put in her way! ex. Not allowing coach “A” to have any negative impact upon her dream, where another may have simply thrown in the towel so to speak! While amazing as Lindsey is, many Kudos to Jodi and Cliff for doing whatever was necessary, exhausted or not, to ensure Lindsey every opportunity to reach her dreams and goals! Congratulations on your successful journey, live the dream!!!!! Teri Sweeney 7yr syrguy 7yr Jean Brown 7yr On behalf of our family, we’d like to thank Jesse Dougherty. We all had kind of put that behind us and moved on with our lives and really never looked back. When he first asked me last year about doing this story, we were all hesitant and said no. I am so glad he asked again. What Jesse did with all our most precious moments was beautifully written. It was hard to share but I am glad we did. If Lindsey’s story inspires even just one person to dream big and follow their dreams then every bit of it was worth it.Enjoy life! Show more
USC coach Kevin O’Neill is very adamant that the Trojans’ identity is its defense, and that it needs to stop its opponents in order to have a chance to win.The Trojans (13-11, 5-6) deviated from their defensive-minded strategy in their first game against Oregon State, allowing the Beavers (9-14, 4-8) to score 80 points in a loss in January.“That was a stretch of the season where we relied too much on help [defense], and on [junior forward Nikola Vucevic] to change shots,” said junior guard Jio Fontan.Trojan played hard against the Beavers and it paid off.On Thursday, the Trojans displayed a renewed defensive toughness, defeating the Beavers 67-56 at the Galen Center.It was the first win in four attempts for O’Neill against Oregon State.“We played really good half-court defense,” O’Neill said. “We made some great hustle plays to get back in transition.”After trailing 11-6, the Trojans held the Beavers scoreless for more than seven minutes, going on a 12-0 run behind four points from senior forward Alex Stepheson.USC later went on a 9-0 run to extend their lead, and went into halftime leading 37-23.Oregon State cut USC’s lead to as little as five points in the second half, but the Trojans kept their defensive intensity, limiting the Beavers to 56 points, which was only one more than their season low.“We played more aggressively and smarter on defense,” Vucevic said.The Beavers are also renowned for their defense. They employ a 1-3-1 zone defense that is notorious for causing opposing teams to commit many turnovers.Oregon State came into the game leading the nation in steals, averaging 10.14 per game, and having committed less turnovers than their opponents in 14 of 22 games.The 1-3-1 zone defense did little to frustrate the Trojans though.The Beavers had nine steals, compared to five for USC, but the Trojans did a better job capitalizing on Oregon State’s mistakes, converting 28 points off turnovers, which was 18 more than the Beavers scored.The Trojans had 14 turnovers, compared to 19 for Oregon State.The Trojans were led by Vucevic, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds.Stepheson had nine points and nine rebounds, and senior guard Donte Smith contributed 13 points off the bench.Freshman guard Maurice Jones fouled out with eight points and a game-high six assists.Oregon State had a balanced attack, with 10 players scoring at least two points, and no Beaver scoring more than 11 points.The Trojans next host Oregon on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.Coming into their Los Angeles road trip, the Ducks have won four of their last five Pac-10 Conference games, including their last two.Ducks’ senior forward Joevan Catron is the reigning Pac-10 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after helping the Ducks sweep Washington State and then-No. 20 Washington last weekend.In those two games, Catron averaged 18.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists.USC fell at Oregon on Jan. 13, 68-62. In that game, which was the opening night of Matthew Knight Arena, the Ducks led by as many as 20 points in the second half.Catron did not play because of an injury in the first match-up between the two teams.
The USC women’s volleyball team bounced back after a sweep at the hands of its crosstown rivals at home last week, knocking off No. 4 Washington (25-20, 28-26, 25-20) and Washington State (25-17, 25-15, 25-11) in straight sets.Road warriors · Senior middle blocker Lauren Williams led USC with 15 kills in the Women of Troy’s win at Washington State Saturday. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanNo. 13 USC (7-3, 2-1) went into Pullman Saturday and handily defeated the unranked Cougars (8-4, 0-2) behind a dominating offensive performance, as the squad hit .447 on the evening.“There was no letdown against Washington State, which was great,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “The team was really focused.”Senior All-American middle blocker Lauren Williams led all players with 13 kills while hitting .571, and Fuller added 12 kills for the Women of Troy while hitting .579.Two dominant runs in the first and third set keyed the victory for USC.The team broke away from a 4-4 tie in the opening set with a 15-5 run, then followed that with a 16-5 burst in the closing set.“We were really good at attacking throughout the match,” Haley said. “They couldn’t handle a 6-foot-5 body in the middle like [Williams].”USC started its trip handing Washington its first loss of the season Friday. It was the team’s first victory against the Huskies (9-1, 1-1) in Seattle since 2003.Sophomore outside hitter Sara Shaw and junior outside hitter Katie Fuller both recorded career highs with 15 kills to lead the Women of Troy.“I thought we had a chance to beat Washington,” Haley said. “I just didn’t know it would be a 3-0 win on the road. But we took advantage of a good situation. We played consistent[ly], made [just] a few errors and pulled it out.”After the UCLA game, Haley decided to move Shaw into the starting lineup in favor of sophomore outside hitter Kirby Burnham, who saw limited action against the Washington schools.The lineup change worked.Shaw hit .513 in the two matches while recording a total of 23 kills, 17 digs and two blocks.“Sarah has been sick for a long time, and is just now looking like she’s getting stronger,” Haley said. “[Shaw] actually has more playing experience than Kirby, and it looks like she has her confidence now, too.”Sophomore libero Natalie Hagglund tied a school record against the Huskies for most digs (30) in a three-set match, and senior All-American setter Kendall Bateman had 41 assists.USC comes home for two of the toughest matches on its schedule, squaring off against No. 1 California (13-0, 3-0) and No. 2 Stanford (8-1, 2-1) next weekend.“It’s going be a real battle against Stanford and Cal next week,” Haley said. “Cal is the No. 1 team in the nation, and Stanford is going to want to come in here and win after losing to them last week.”The Women of Troy host California at 7 p.m. Friday, then play Stanford at 6 p.m. Saturday evening.
Comments Published on October 31, 2018 at 9:40 pm Contact Michael: email@example.com | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+ Julio Fulcar rolled three times on his side into the right crossbar of the Virginia Tech goal. Seconds earlier, he sent a ball trickling just over the head of the Hokies goalkeeper, but overshot the goal. It was his second close try of the second half, he didn’t convert on either. Fulcar perched up his head and slammed his hand to the ground three times before he rose gingerly and pulled down on his jersey. The frustration washed over Syracuse, who ended its hopes of a conference tournament run hardly giving itself a chance.“We created chances and put them under a lot of pressure and made life very uncomfortable for a good Virginia Tech team and that’s the positive we take away from it,” McIntyre said. “But obviously disappointed to kind of bounce out and not have a chance to continue our ACC games.”Syracuse (7-6-4, 1-4-3 Atlantic Coast) fell, 3-1, in the first round of the ACC Tournament to Virginia Tech (10-5-3, 3-4-1). Though the Orange outshot the Hokies 23-11, mistakes plagues SU and gave Virginia Tech wide open chances. McIntyre said he still is “very optimistic” that the Orange will see their name to the NCAA Tournament field. Syracuse has the “quality and the talent” to play, he said, but now Syracuse is forced to wait.“We were punished for a poor first half,” McIntyre said.The Orange’s resurgence began in its last matchup with Virginia Tech. Following a double-overtime loss in its last matchup, SU was forced to rethink itself sitting at 3-4-1 as it entered the thick of its conference schedule. McIntyre revered the talent and intrigue of the Syracuse roster, it just had to put it together. The Orange ripped off three-straight wins to follow, including its first conference win in nearly two years to then-No. 1 Wake Forest. A road tie to then-No. 11 Louisville and a seven-goal domination of St. Bonaventure seemingly validated the “belief,” McIntyre said, the streak helped the Orange install. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Syracuse’s season continued its ambiguity and a team that was thought to be changed — Syracuse freshman forward Hilli Goldhar said the Orange is “definitely a better team than the last time” it played Virginia Tech — reverted back to much of the same. Two ties and a loss dropped SU out of the top-25 ranking and put itself in a precarious position, traveling in the first round of the ACC tournament.The Hokies presented the Orange a challenge early on. Just 10 minutes into the game, Virginia Tech had broken into the Syracuse box several times In the 13th minute, Virginia Tech’s Nico Quashie received a through ball out in front of Kamal Miller. Miller caught up and wrestled the 6-2 forward away, who tumbled to the ground as Miller broke away with the ball. The chance was the beginning of an aggressive stretch for the Hokies, who pushed the ball up into the Syracuse box.In the 17th minute, Virginia Tech’s David Sanz finally broke all the way through and took a deflected corner off his chest. Before it hit the ground, he volleyed the ball into the back of the net. The rest of play that followed featured sloppy Syracuse passes, a lack of possession and tumbling pursuits of the ball from SU goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert.Later the in the game, Hugo Delhommelle sent a free kick into the head of an SU player and Buchanan was free for the cleanup, but his strike sailed high and hit the top bar. It bounced up again and Buchanan was called for a penalty in the box, stopping the chance. When Sondre Norheim tried to pull off a routine header to Hilpert in the 55th minute, Virginia Tech’s Kristo Strickler cut the pass off in midair and gave Virginia Tech its second goal of the barrage, which made a bounceback “very difficult” for the Orange.“It’s one of those things,” McIntyre said. “It can happen.”Despite 21 shots in the second half, the Orange fell short of every opportunity as the Hokies pushed ahead.A late Ryan Raposo goal had the Orange scurrying to start again, but with five minutes remaining, with was too late. As Quashie raced ahead of Orange defenders in the final minutes of the game, he had a chance to ice a game that was long past SU’s grasp. He rolled a third Hokies goal to the right of Hilpert, backpedaled and grinned. “We were throwing guys forward,” McIntyre said of the final goal, “and got ourselves caught.”Again and again, as they have for the entirety of the season, Syracuse’s conference opponents continue to come out on top.
Manchester United will hope to return to winning ways when they visit Swansea at 3.00pm.The final game of the day sees reigning champions Leicester City welcome West Brom to the King Power Stadium.Kick off is at 4.30pm. The North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium is just kicking off.There are two games at quarter past two.Liverpool host Watford at Anfield and Southampton make the trip to Hull City.