For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Mumbai: Sourav Kothari of ONGC and Siddharth Parikh of Railways produced impressive performances on Saturday as they blew away their respective semi-final opponents to storm into the final of the Rs 3.8 lakh prize-money CCI Billiards Classic 2018.The tournament has been organised by the Cricket Club of India (CCI) in Mumbai.In a 150-minute semi-final encounter, the Kolkata-based Kothari, a former Asian Billiards champion, showed good break-building abilities and started with a bang amassing a 211 break, his third double century effort in the competition, to brush aside the lukewarm challenge from seasoned pro and compatriot Alok Kumar, marching to a 652-231 victory.Also Read | India U-16 football team to play Turkey, Oman in Istanbul cup Besides the mammoth break, Kothari had a century run of 130 and two breaks of 74 and 63 wrap up the match.Alok Kumar, who was unable to offer much of a fight, could only manage a half century break of 52.On a side table, Parikh picked up steam from the start to send his Railways teammate Ashok Shandilya crashing out in the penultimate round.The lanky Parikh potted consistently and constructed two century breaks — 115 and 198 and over half a dozen half centuries as he waltzed to a 991-424 victory without much ado.Earlier, Dhvaj Haria of IOC who had made a magnificent 288 break in the round of 16, could not continue with the same form and suffered a defeat at the hands of ONGCs Alok Kumar in a quarter-final match.Read More | Third Test in Nottingham, India struggle after good start from openers Results: semi-finals:Sourav Kothari (ONGC) beat Alok Kumar (ONGC) 652 (211, 74, 130, 63)-231(52); Siddharth Parikh (Rlys) beat Ashok Shandilya (Rlys) 991 (90, 66, 115, 83, 198, 52, 70, 63, 55)-424 (53, 55, 65).Results: quarter-finals: Sourav Kothari (ONGC) beat Rohan Jambusaria (Mah) 733 (82, 100, 108, 84, 132, 114)-439.Alok Kumar (ONGC) beat Dhvaj Haria (ONGC) 636 (138, 64, 62)-560 (153, 178, 78); Ashok Shandilya (Rlys) beat K Venkatesh (Rlys) 759 (89, 56, 91, 54, 123)-409 (56); Siddharth Parikh (Rlys) beat S. Shrikrishna (BPCL) 704 (51, 158, 53)-597 (50, 51, 79).
Published on March 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments Michelle Tumolo watched the losses pile up for the Syracuse women’s lacrosse team. At 2-5 after a loss at No. 2 Northwestern on Wednesday, SU’s fifth-ranked program at the start of the season has struggled in each of its losses.And now for the SU attack Tumolo, the sense of urgency is starting to kick in. With Big East play about to start, Tumolo thinks the Orange’s season is on the line in its upcoming game at Rutgers.‘It’s basically our season,’ Tumolo said. ‘If we want to keep going in the playoffs, we need to start winning these games.’It may seem like that for Tumolo, but schedule-wise, it’s just the start of conference play. Most of the Orange’s nonconference schedule is complete. It has a chance to learn from past games and create a better record at the start of the Big East season. And that’s what Tumolo and Syracuse plan to do.‘The Big East games are the biggest,’ Tumolo said. ‘Because we want to win the Big East, and that will help us make it to the (NCAA) tournament.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThose games start Saturday when SU opens up Big East play at Rutgers at 1 p.m. The game, SU’s fifth straight on the road, is a huge one. With the team under .500, every game becomes even more important.Big East play is what matters most. The team still has two nonconference games left, but the Big East schedule is where the focus is right now, as six of SU’s next seven games come within conference. The schedule begins against a 6-2 Rutgers team, albeit one that hasn’t faced a schedule nearly as daunting as SU’s. The Scarlet Knights have only played two ranked teams, while Syracuse has played five.But Tumolo still sees the Scarlet Knights as a scrappy team that could give SU a hard time with their athletic ability.‘They might not be getting all these goals, but if they’re getting the ball, they’re going to have the ball in their stick and we’re not,’ Tumolo said. ‘You can’t take anyone lightly, because we’re not on the winning category, so we have to keep every game as a hard-fought battle.’Battling is what Syracuse has done most of this season. Aside from a blowout loss to Virginia on Feb. 27, SU kept the score close in every game.Attack Tee Ladouceur knows the Orange can perform better. For Ladouceur, it’s only a matter of time before everything comes together. And she’s ready to let the Big East know that Syracuse is still strong.‘We really want to show the Big East that we are here and we’re ready to win games and we’re contenders this year,’ Ladouceur said.But Ladouceur still acknowledges the mixed results that have come with SU’s start to the season. With such a young team, she said, mistakes are bound to happen in the early going.‘We see moments of brilliance, and we see moments of a young team,’ Ladouceur said.SU hopes to see moments of brilliance this Saturday. Both Tumolo and Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said the game against Rutgers is ‘huge.’The Big East has an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, so it’s important the Orange start off on the right track in conference play — especially after rocky results in the nonconference portion of its season.‘We’ve had some tough games in the nonconference schedule, and we haven’t come out with the wins,’ Gait said. ‘So it’s imperative to have success in the Big East.’And Tumolo knows the team has the ability. Its game against Maryland on March 12, one Syracuse lost by two goals, gave the team a confidence booster because each member of the team played well. But it still ended with a loss.Now SU has to start turning those performances into wins. That starts with putting the nonconference record behind it and moving onto the games that will determine whether or not the team plays in the NCAA tournament.‘We would like to obviously win our nonconference games,’ Ladouceur said. ‘But when it comes down to it, the only thing that matters is Big East play.’email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+
Published on August 26, 2017 at 1:51 pm Contact David: firstname.lastname@example.org After securing a 5-0 lead in the opening set, Syracuse (2-1) never looked back in a 3-0 shutout win against Niagara (0-2) on Saturday morning at the Women’s Building.Amber Witherspoon led the Orange with a game-high 11 kills along with a .667 hitting percentage, while freshman Ella Saada finished with 16 digs, five kills, an assist and an ace. Jalissa Trotter, coming off a 35-assist performance against Grand Canyon on Friday, produced yet again for SU, totaling a game-high 19 assists.The Orange boasted a balanced attack during an opening 25-16 first-set victory. Saada and Witherspoon each pitched in two kills. Offensive errors were at a minimum, an issue that plagued SU in its loss to Grand Canyon.The second set was dominated by Witherspoon. The senior middle blocker totaled seven kills in the second set alone. Her performance jumpstarted a 12-2 run that saw the Orange go from three down to seven up in an eventual 25-20 set victory.Niagara pushed Syracuse to the limit in the third set. After falling behind 12-4, the Purple Eagles went on an 8-2 run. The two teams exchanged points throughout until Niagara established a 22-20 lead. With a potential fourth set looming in the distance, SU rode a 5-0 run to win the set, and the game, 25-22. Ebangwese provided two kills to secure the victory for the tournament hosts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+