Milik, Lozano strikes help Napoli win on return to Serie A action

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Arkadiusz Milik and Hirving Lozano both scored headers as Napoli followed their Italian Cup triumph with a 2-0 win at Hellas Verona in their return to Serie A on Tuesday. Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik scored against Verona Napoli beat Juventus on penalties in the Italian Cup final last week after eliminating Inter Milan in the semi-finals, but this was their first league match since beating Torino on February 29 before the coronavirus lockdown. Almost four months later, they extended their Serie A winning streak to four games against one of their rivals for a European place, while keeping their slim hopes of Champions League qualification alive by moving to within nine points of fourth-placed Atalanta. Gennaro Gattuso’s side remain sixth, three points behind fifth-placed Roma, who play Sampdoria on Wednesday, and four points ahead of eighth-placed Verona. “We can’t relax, we don’t even have to think about the Champions League,” said Gattuso, whose side face struggling SPAL on Sunday. “We must continue on this path, believe that work gives us important things, as happened in the Cup. “I don’t know if these 11 games will be enough for us to get into the Champions League, we must already think about the challenge against SPAL.” Polish forward Milik opened the scoring on 36 minutes, nodding in Matteo Politano’s corner. Davide Faraoni thought he had equalised for the hosts after an hour, but his goal was ruled out for a Mattia Zaccagni handball in the build-up. Lorenzo Insigne missed a chance for a second for the visitors with 10 minutes remaining by curling a shot over. Read Also: Video: Schmeichel saves Leicester with penalty stop in Brighton draw The Sardinian side move up to 10th place with SPAL second from bottom and facing relegation to Serie B next season. Torino and Udinese play later on Tuesday in a match between two sides fighting the drop and struggling Genoa host Parma. But Mexican international Lozano, on as an 84th-minute substitute, rose high to head home a Faouzi Ghoulam cross six minutes later. Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina denied Samuel Di Carmine and Miguel Veloso as Verona suffered their first defeat since the league returned to action. Gattuso’s side honoured club record goal scorer Dries Mertens with a special badge on their jersey: “Dries Mertens, Napoli’s All-Time Top Scorer.” The Belgian, who has scored 122 goals for the southerners, came on for the last 20 minutes. Cagliari, meanwhile, earned their first league win since December 2 with Giovanni Simeone scoring three minutes into injury time for a 1-0 win over SPAL.center_img Loading… Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Did You Notice How Natural Simba’s Movements Looked In The Movie?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarA Little Cafe For Animal Lovers That You Will Never Want To Leave5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

WBB : Orange cruises through WNIT despite extended time on road

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ It worked out exactly how Quentin Hillsman wanted it to.After the Syracuse head coach learned his team would be playing in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament on March 12, Hillsman hoped the Orange would play all of its games on the road, away from the distractions of home.‘I was hoping that it wouldn’t backfire on us because I knew that we could go out and it could go either way,’ Hillsman said, ‘but to their credit they embraced it, and I think that being on the road has made us a stronger basketball team.’The Orange (22-14) began its road journey in the first round of the WNIT in Hartford, Conn., and the trip has worked out perfectly thus far for Hillsman and his players. SU has survived four elimination games in nine days to advance to the WNIT semifinals, in which it will take on James Madison (28-7) in Harrisonburg, Va., at 7 p.m. Wednesday.It was the first time in 22 years Syracuse captured four consecutive road victories, dating back to the 1990-91 season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange opened the tournament with a 59-42 win at Hartford on March 16. Three days later, Syracuse trounced Drexel 65-43 and emerged victorious again in Philadelphia last Thursday with an 82-68 win over Temple.Syracuse’s players and staff then traveled to Toledo, Ohio, last Friday. They had less than a day to prepare for their matchup with the Rockets.‘It was just more so us being mentally focused and coach Q just letting us know this is a business,’ forward Iasia Hemingway said. ”You know we’re going to be traveling a lot, but just stay focused, and I know you’re all tired, but don’t give up because we are a good team and we’re playing well and we don’t want to come up short.”Trailing by five with 2:10 remaining in the second half, a newfound unity and resiliency surfaced to carry the Orange to victory. First, Syracuse point guard Rachel Coffey hit a fadeaway 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left to send the game into overtime.And in the extra session, with SU’s two centers off the court due to foul trouble, reserve forward Troya Berry nailed what proved to be the game-winning free throw.‘With Rachel hitting that big shot, we were like, ‘Let’s just take this home,” Hemingway said. ‘That 3 was meant for a reason. It was meant for us to win for a reason and everything happens for a reason, so fortunately we got the win.’The road trip also led to a change in Hillsman’s coaching style. The SU head coach said he has learned to not overanalyze certain situations and to loosen the reins on his players to a degree, allowing them ‘to do their thing’ and to save their legs.The road also enabled the coaches to break down film with the players without any disturbance, as they had nowhere else to be.After Saturday’s win over Toledo, Syracuse returned home before getting ready to leave for Virginia.Now, only two games stand in the path of the Orange capturing the WNIT crown.‘When you’re out for that long period of time and you’re in the environments that we’ve been in, you have to band together and lean on each other,’ Hillsman said. ‘Secondly, because they’re playing so well they have the confidence in each other.’The next chapter of Syracuse’s tournament run leads the Orange to the JMU Convocation Center, a hostile environment that Hillsman deemed ‘eerie’ because the band sits right over the court.But if SU has proven anything in the WNIT, it’s that it embraces challenges. If the Orange can stretch its road winning streak to five, just one obstacle stands in its way of earning the tournament title.‘We just know that we need to come out strong and do the same things that we do at home,’ SU guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas said. ‘We’re not reluctant to be playing on the road at all, so we’re just looking forward to it.’adtredin@syr.educenter_img Published on March 27, 2012 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

USC Coliseum likely choice to house NFL team

first_imgExperts speculate that the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will be used as a temporary stadium for the St. Louis Rams should the NFL team move to Los Angeles.Rams owner Stan Kroenke teamed up with Stockbridge Capital Group, an independent real estate investment firm, to unveil plans to develop 298 acres of land in Inglewood, the site of the former Hollywood Park racetrack. The mixed-use development will feature a world-class stadium that seats 80,000, a 6,000-seat performance venue, alongside retail, office hotel and residential space.The Rams moved from Southern California to St. Louis at the end of the 1994 season.Kroenke has been lobbying for a new stadium to be built for the team in St. Louis, which he hopes will receive public financing, but has been unsuccessful in reaching an agreement as of late. The Rams have the option to become year-to-year tenants at their current home, the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, on Jan. 28.Kroenke and Stockbridge have stated that the new development in Inglewood would not require public funding, though an Associate Press review has found that the developers expect to recoup nearly $100 million in local tax dollars after the first five years of operation.Official reports state that it will take roughly two years for a new stadium to be built for the team should they decide to move, thus opening the doors for the Rams to play temporarily either at the Coliseum, home to USC football, or Rose Bowl Stadium, home to UCLA football.In 2013, the university and the Coliseum entered into a 98-year lease agreement, which allows the school to operate and renovate the landmark structure.“In that lease agreement, there is specific attention paid to the potential temporary return to that venue, it wouldn’t be something that they would have to go back to the state about, its already covered, in other words the possibility was anticipated when the deal was negotiated with USC,” said Los Angeles Police Commissioner President and Price School of Public Policy board member Steve Soboroff.Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com discussed the potential boost having an NFL team at the Coliseum would be for both the university and its football program.“One of the things USC tries to do is say ‘Hey, we are your pipeline to the NFL.’ If they can be the home to an NFL football team even for just two seasons, I think that would help them do really well. You’re talking about a kid playing there on Saturday and then being able to go to an NFL game on Sunday. Now that the school is running the Coliseum it would be huge for them too, it would be more dates that they get the stadium full, parking full and concessions full,” Markazi said.Los Angeles is no stranger to the NFL potentially moving to the area, as numerous teams have used the threat of Los Angeles as a way to gain public financing to build a stadium. The San Diego Chargers are currently going through this phase with the city of San Diego and have also been mentioned as a possible candidate for relocation.“It does seem its more likely now than it has been in some time. It does seem like the league wants to return, but again, I think anyone who has been covering this or watching this from a far for twenty years, I don’t think we’re really going to believe it until it happens,” Markazi said.Soboroff, who was instrumental in bringing the Staples Center to downtown Los Angeles added, “I am hopeful that the NFL returns to greater Los Angeles and I think that all the momentum is in the right direction, more so than ever.”Jake Kelfer, a senior majoring in business administration, noted how some students would feel should an NFL team play at the Coliseum.“Having an NFL team in Los Angeles would have a positive impact on USC students because it would give students another team to support. It would allow students the chance to attend more football games. Many students come from around the globe at USC and have never seen a professional football game, so this would give them that opportunity. For students that love football, this would provide them an opportunity to attend even more sporting events without having to travel very far,” Kelfer said.On Jan. 9, former Anheuser-Busch President Dave Peacock and St. Louis attorney Bob Blitz announced a plan for construction of a 64,000-seat NFL stadium that would keep the Rams in St. Louis and open in 2020. The new development plan will cost more than $985 million and has been sent to the Rams and NFL officials.last_img read more

PlayStation 4 Sales Hit 100 Million Mark

first_img 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global PS4 sales have topped 100 million units, Sony revealed in its first quarter earnings.As The Verge reports, Sony announced 96.8 million PS4 sales at the end of the previous quarter, but a further 3.2 million sold by the end of June hit 100 million. In reaching the milestone when it has, the PS4 now counts as the fastest game console to hit 100 million sales.This makes PlayStation 4 the fastest home console to reach 100 million unit sell in.Faster than both the PS2 and Wii which were just behind.It took PS2 a total of five years and 9 months. PS4 was just 5 years and 7 months. pic.twitter.com/g4Bk8sckYf— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) July 30, 2019According to Daniel Ahmad, senior analyst at Niko Partners, the PS2 reached the same total in five years and nine months, where as the PS4 took just five years and seven months.With the PlayStation 5 expected to launch after May 2020, time is running out for the PS4 to move up the sales charts much further. In the all-time sales list, the PS4 is now within touching distance of the Nintendo Wii (101.63 million) and the original PlayStation (102.49 million). It should easily surpass them before becoming last-gen, but next on the list after that is the Game Boy, which achieved 118.69 million units sold. That looks to be out of reach.The only PlayStation not to achieve 100 million sales is the PS3, which only managed 87.4 million. How well the PS5 does depends on many factors including how much it costs, how good the initial games line-up is to give it sales momentum, and whether Microsoft manages to give Sony some strong competition with Project Scarlett. This story originally appeared on PCMag Register Now » July 30, 2019last_img read more