Maria Tritou secures Syracuse a doubles point in Syracuse’s 6-1 victory over Buffalo

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 18, 2017 at 4:18 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 Maria Tritou set up behind the baseline, took three dribbles and unleashed her serve. Syracuse held a 6-5 lead in the third and final doubles match after breaking the Buffalo serve in the last game and was up 40-15.The serve ended up as a fault. Then, the 6-footer from Greece took a deep breath and wound up for her second serve: double fault. Anna Shkudun walked back to her partner to give her a high five, and the two assumed their original positions for the second match point.This time, Tritou’s serve fell inbounds, setting up a return by Buffalo. A backhand return sent the ball back to the Orange, whose return was accompanied by a rush of the net.At first, the decision to rush forward appeared to backfire, when the Bulls’ return was lobbed over their heads. But the ball landed out of bounds and Syracuse had won the match, and doubles point.“It was really nice to win doubles,” Tritou said smiling. “(The win) Really boosted our confidence.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse (2-4, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) had split the first two doubles matches. But Tritou’s serve forced the long return that gave SU the win. She also came up big while winning the third singles match in the Orange’s 6-1 win over Buffalo (2-2) Saturday.Minutes after winning the doubles match, Tritou moved from court three to court two to begin her singles match against Merceds Losada-Rubio. Her momentum carried over from her doubles match, and she promptly took a 3-0 lead in the first set after breaking her opponent’s serve twice.The hot streak was short-lived, however, and ended when Buffalo won a break back and held serve to bring the score to 3-2. Tritou angrily bounced the ball into the floor before her serve to begin game No. 6. Fortunately for the Orange, Tritou’s frustration translated into winning three straight games to take the first set 6-2.Losada-Rubio rebounded in the second set, and after six games the score was knotted at 3-3. Tritou responded by breaking serve to take a 4-3 lead, but then suddenly lost her touch. Buffalo won the set 6-4, sending the match into a tiebreak to 10 points.Tritou dropped the first point of the extra set, prompting her to take a break to compose herself.“I just said that I have to win this,” she said. “This is mine.”She won the next two points in dominant fashion. She took a 2-1 lead with the streak and ran with it, never trailing again to win the tiebreak (10-7) and the match.“I tell the team everyday…we have to go out there and compete and close matches,” SU head coach Younes Limam said. “I was very proud.” Commentslast_img read more

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Le’Veon Bell has more than $500K in jewelry stolen by ‘girlfriends,’ police say

first_imgLe’Veon Bell had a bad May.Police in Hollywood, Florida told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the Jets running back had $520,000 worth of jewelry stolen from his home May 25. “This felt so good, not doing (anything) for a year and things like that,” Bell said. “I’m excited.”It was amazing, just running around and being able to trash talk and catch some balls, and just sweat in your helmet, and things we take for granted when you’re playing. To have that whole year off, and to come out here and play football again, it felt so good.” Le’Veon Bell says relationship with Jets coach Adam Gase ‘is great’ The report obtained by the Associated Press indicated that Bell returned on the day in question to find his home in disarray along with several items of jewelry missing.He also found the two women gone. The police report referred to the women as Bell’s “girlfriends,” according to the Associated Press. Related Newscenter_img Among the items missing were two gold chains with diamonds, a black panther pendant with black and white diamonds and a Rolex watch.Police are still investigating the matter.Bell reported to Jets camp this week and participated in practice for the first time in a year Tuesday. He had missed all of the team’s voluntary workouts over the previous few weeks. Jets’ Le’Veon Bell makes appearance at mandatory minicamplast_img read more

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How NASCAR’s All-Star Race at Bristol became the first big test of U.S. fans returning to sports venues

first_imgMORE: Odds to win the 2020 NASCAR All-Star Race“We know that hosting this event comes with tremendous responsibility,” Bristol Motor Speedway general manager Jerry Caldwell recently told USA TODAY. “We are the first major sporting event to have a significant crowd. We don’t take that responsibility lightly.”This is an opportunity for us to demonstrate to the country how we can go back to doing some of the things we love to do in a safe and responsible way. This is where we live. It’s a great responsibility.”The 2020 NASCAR All-Star Race last month was moved from its traditional location at Charlotte Motor Speedway to Bristol in part because Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Sullivan County officials agreed to allow so many fans at the facility. Fans for years have advocated for NASCAR’s moving of the All-Star Race to different tracks, so 2020 suddenly became an ideal year to experiment. (And it helps that Speedway Motorsports owns both Charlotte and Bristol.)There would be risks, especially since COVID-19 cases have continued to rise in Tennessee and Lee recently extended the state’s emergency declaration that limits gatherings of 50 people or more with some exceptions.Wednesday night’s NASCAR All-Star Race, of course, was one of the exceptions. And to their credit, officials at Bristol Motor Speedway appeared to have done everything they could as they tried to set an example of how sports leagues can begin to allow fans to return to their facilities in a relatively safe manner.How many fans are allowed at the NASCAR All-Star Race in Bristol?Bristol Motor Speedway announced it would sell up to 30,000 tickets for the 2020 NASCAR All-Star Race. The track ended ticket sales Tuesday night, and according to the Associated Press, at least 20,000 people attended the race.Bristol Motor Speedway, of course, is a massive, colosseum-styled facility that seats more than 160,000 people. When Virginia Tech and Tennessee played football in the track’s infield in 2016, the game set a college football attendance record of 156,990 people.So even 30,000 people in the stands would have represented less than 20 percent of the track’s capacity. Multiple NFL teams have announced they will allow roughly the same percentage of their stadium capacities if allowed to host fans at all. (Getty Images) Battle at Bristol pregame https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/67/80/battle-at-bristol-pregame-getty-ftrjpg_lvpm5ek6gue01jsnweewkaz1x.jpg?t=388878815&w=500&quality=80While the Speedway had plenty of health and safety protocols in place to mitigate coronavirus risk at the track, some are worried about how the event will impact the region outside the facility even though Caldwell estimated almost half of the attendees would be local.“It’s going to greatly increase the risk to our community for COVID-19 spread,” Karen Shelton, the director of the Mount Rogers Health District in Southwest Virginia, recently told the Bristol Herald Courier. “The race track itself may have a great plan in place, but the rest of the community has to deal with 30,000 people in the community between hotels and restaurants and all the things that go on.”Said Caldwell to combat that narrative: “This is essentially a one-day show. A lot of these folks that are coming in, it’s going to be much like what happens every single day now. I mean, we live at the intersection of (Interstates) 81 and 26. We have lots of people stopping on a daily basis visiting gas stations and restaurants when they’re traveling through the area. We’re going to have a lot of folks doing that same kind of thing. They’re going to be coming in for the event, and they’re going to be heading back to wherever they live.”COVID-19 safety protocols for fans at NASCAR All-Star RaceBristol Motor Speedway’s health and safety protocols for those in attendance at the NASCAR All-Star Race were such that it would barely resemble the typical fan experience.One of the coolest things about attending a NASCAR race is one being able to bring his or her own cooler into the facility, but coolers at the 2020 All-Star Race were prohibited in an effort to limit interaction between fans and security. Only clear, soft-sided bags (14″ x 14″ x14″ and smaller) were allowed.That’s just a small part of the extensive COVID-19 protocols the track implemented for Wednesday night’s race. Social distancing was a key factor in ticket distribution and was implemented during the race. Masks were required in areas where people tend to congregate (restrooms, concessions, etc.) but not required when fans were socially distanced in their seats.The track also implemented an assumption of COVID-19 risk waiver people needed to sign in order to buy tickets.Straight from Bristol Motor Speedway’s COVID-19 protocols page, below are all of the measures the track took in its attempt to host more people than any sports venue in the world has held since March.TicketsAll ticketing will be conducted digitally to eliminate contact pointsSeating will be strategically assigned at the time of purchase to ensure social distancing between groupsNo will-call or in-person ticket pickup services will be availableTickets start at $35 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and underGuest services personnel will be on hand during the event to help answer questions and provide guidanceTransportationTrams and shuttle buses will not operate during this eventGolf cart shuttles will be reserved for guests with limited mobilityFree parking is available at Speedway ParkingPaid parking options are available at neighboring propertiesFace coveringsGuests are encouraged to put on masks once they enter the propertyFacial coverings are required whenever guests are in common areas such as gates, restrooms, concessions, souvenir stands, elevators, concourses and suite-level hallwaysMasks may be removed once guests are socially distanced in their assigned seatsWellnessIf a guest purchases a ticket and then becomes ill, a refund will be issuedAll BMS personnel will be temperature screened on event day and wear a face covering at all times. Personnel will also wear gloves, as needed.Whether on grounds or off, BMS encourages all residents and guests to observe the practices of social distancing, frequent hand washing, wearing a face covering in all public spaces, and using hand sanitizerEntry/exitGuests will receive notification of designated entrance times and assigned gateAll guests accessing the suites will undergo temperature screenings before entering elevatorsNo re-entry after leaving the facilityOn completion of the race, a staggered exit plan will be in effect (BMS will provide guidance for dismissal of seating areas to help reduce crowding on concourses and in aisles)Social distancingGuests are asked to socially distance at all times while on grounds (floor markings at concourse, concession and souvenir stands and directional traffic flow signage will be provided)BMS’ ticket office will stagger seating throughout the stands to provide for a minimum of six feet of distance between groupsSuites will operate at a reduced capacity, in line with Tennessee state guidanceCleanlinessHand sanitizer stations are available throughout the groundsBMS will follow enhanced cleaning procedures, especially in high-touch surface areas such as handrails and bathroomsFood/drink and souvenirsAll purchases from food and souvenir stands will be electronic transactions (debit and credit cards only, no cash or checks)Only clear, soft-sided bags 14″ x 14″ x14″ and smaller will be allowed inNo coolers or glass containers permittedBristol Motor Speedway’s gift shop inside the Bruton Smith Building will be closedCamping Wednesday night’s NASCAR All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway was going to be interesting with or without fans in the stands. The annual non-points Cup Series race took place at the world’s fastest half-mile for the first time in its 36-year history, and a handful of rule- and visual-related changes were being tested at the 2020 All-Star Race.But many tuned in Wednesday night with attention to what would happen during and after the NASCAR All-Star Race allowed up to 30,000 fans in attendance, the most that have been permitted at a sporting event since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down live sports globally in March. No on-grounds camping, other than a limited number of overnight RV spaces, will be availableArea campgrounds will open on Tuesday, July 14, and close on Thursday, July 16Additional ChangesThe following amenities have been temporarily halted in order to comply with industry guidelines and help reduce the risk of transmission:On-grounds concertsPublic access to infield (no track walks or hot/cold passes)Public access to drivers’ meetingDriver meet-and-greet sessionsHeadset/scanner rentalsGolf cart rentalsFan Zone, corporate and vendor displaysPay phones”While some new procedures may cause a temporary inconvenience for a limited time, it’s a small price to pay to ensure that we can continue to enjoy live sporting events,” said Caldwell. “Bristol Motor Speedway is known for a number of firsts in the industry, so we would encourage all of our guests to be supportive of these protocols and set the standard for how large events can be conducted safely during this pandemic.”last_img read more

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