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Syracuse moves on to ACC semifinals with penalty-kick victory over UNC

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Hendrik Hilpert walked out to the net as his teammates stood arm-in-arm watching from midfield. Hilpert spit in his gloves and jumped up and down in a jumping jack like motion as North Carolina’s Warren Marshall lined up for the penalty kick.Orange midfielder Liam Callahan had just curved a shot into the top left corner of the net to give Syracuse a one-goal lead in the game-deciding penalty kicks.Marshall took his shot and Hilpert dove to the right. The ball skied over the crossbar and the SU goalie raised one fist in the air from his spot on the ground as his teammates converged.“When you get to a penalty shootout it’s a bit of a lottery. It could go either way,” head coach Ian McIntyre said.After 110 minutes of overtime and regulation ended gridlocked at 1-1, Syracuse (12-5-2, 3-4-1 Atlantic Coast) beat North Carolina (14-2-2, 6-1-1) in penalty kicks, 4-3, on Sunday to advance to the semifinals of the ACC tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU will head to Clemson on Wednesday for a matchup at 7 p.m. in the ACC semifinals.“I’m very pleased for the guys,” McIntyre said. “I think they deserve this. It’s always nice to stay alive in tournament play and move on.”The Orange took a 1-0 lead 27 minutes into the game. Tarheels defender Jonathan Campbell stuck his foot out to stop a cross by Callahan and deflected the ball into the net as SU forward Chris Nanco crashed into the goalie.It took a few seconds for any call to be made or players to react, but the own goal put SU ahead.A one-goal, zero-save affair in the first half turned into a 14-shot, seven-save second half that saw UNC score its only goal to tie the game.Tucker Hume raced past SU midfielder Juuso Pasanen and hit a strike from 25 yards away that Hilpert got a piece of, but still found the back of the net with 30 minutes left.“You get worried when we didn’t score that second goal and they came back,” McIntyre said.Syracuse and the Tar Heels each saw big chances through the rest of regulation, but each time the goalies answered the challenge. UNC’s James Pyle made multiple point-blank stops on Ben Polk and Nanco shots. Hilpert fought off a shot from 25 yards out headed for the top left corner, then got his fingertips on a line drive free kick from about 19 yards out.Following two overtime periods, the game went to penalty kicks.“There was no real pressure on us I didn’t feel because we were the underdog and ultimately the seven seed,” McIntyre said. “I just wanted the guys to be loose.”Oyvind Alseth, Oskar Sewerin and Nanco scored for SU before Callahan’s goal in the sixth round put UNC’s ACC tournament hopes on the foot of Marshall.When Syracuse lost to the Tarheels on Oct. 10, the Orange squandered a 1-0 lead that it held for more than 52 minutes of the game. SU watched UNC tie its 1-0 lead again on Sunday, but lasted through penalty kicks to get the win.“To come out on the other side is a testament to how this group is evolving and moving forward,” McIntyre said. Comments Published on November 8, 2015 at 4:05 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettuslast_img read more

AMERICAN IDOL: We have a winner

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first_imgJordin Sparks, an amateur teen singer from Arizona, was crowned the new “American Idol” on Wednesday after the record-breaking TV talent contest came to a finale at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Sparks, 17, who auditioned for the sixth season of the show in Seattle, had no formal music training, and now gets a record contract and a place in the showbiz spotlight, joining five previous “Idols.” The daughter of former pro-football player Phillipi Sparks, Jordin outsung hip-hop-inspired runner-up Blake Lewis in the competition that drew a record 74 million votes. TV’s highest-rated show opened with Sparks and Lewis dueting on the Beatles song, “I Saw You Standing There.” It opens with the line “Well, she was just 17,” a nice fit for the 17-year-old champ. Kellogg, Pop-Tarts and Coca-Cola are major sponsors, and all the judges, hosts, and contestants are often seen drinking out of cups bearing the Coca-Cola logo. Wednesday’s extravaganza included guest shots from Motown star Smokey Robinson, “Idol” season one winner Kelly Clarkson, Gladys Knight, season five winner Taylor Hicks, Tony Bennett, season four winner Carrie Underwood, Bebe and Cece Winans, Bette Midler, and hip-hopper Doug E. Fresh. Green Day performed John Lennon’s acerbic “Working Class Hero,” a song whose message of anti-consumerism surely sailed over the heads of most in the audience. And in the most touching segment, four of the five previous “Idols” (third season winner Fantasia couldn’t make it because she’s appearing on Broadway in “The Color Purple”) did numbers from the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album, released 40 years ago this summer. To help fill the two hours leading up to the big moment, host Ryan Seacrest introduced blooper reels of memorably failed auditions and joke bits. Sparks also performed the Motown chestnut “You’re All I Need to Get By” with second season winner Ruben Studdard, a segment that had Abdul dancing at the judges table. Even as “Idol” winner Sparks begins thinking about cutting her album, there are no guarantees millions will buy it. Record sales vary widely among winners. Last year’s winner, Hicks, hasn’t broken the 700,000 mark with his debut, while Chris Daughtry, last season’s fourth-place finisher, has the top-selling album of all season five contenders with 2.5 million albums sold. Fifth-season runner-up, Sherman Oaks’ own Katharine McPhee, sold around 322,000 copies of her debut disc, according to Nielsen SoundScan.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Earlier in the day, Hollywood Boulevard was packed with fans holding signs and cheering for their favorites as the stars floated down the red carpet. Across the street, around the pool of a trendy hotel, “Idol’s” British owners-producers Fremantle Media, which has aired local versions of “Idol” in 35 territories worldwide, celebrated with a private party where spirits were high and top-shelf liquor flowed. Some poolside chatter centered on judge Simon Cowell, who announced he would be leaving the show in four years once his contract was up after the 10th season. His fellow judges, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, had no comment. The consistently popular “American Idol,” a copy of a British series called “Pop Idol,” is a ratings and revenue bonanza. Athough its 25 million average weekly viewers declined in recent months, Fox won its third consecutive season among 18-49s when the season ended Wednesday. The network’s 4.0 rating and 11 share comes in 0.3 ratings points over CBS, giving it the biggest margin of victory for any network in five years, according to the trade publication Media Life. This year, a 30-second spot averaged more than $600,000, according to Advertising Age magazine. That makes it the highest priced regular season commercial buy, followed by ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” at a reported $394,000 per spot. Wednesday’s season-ender was expected to top the 29.4 million viewers that watched last season’s finale, and commercial spots for the finale reportedly went for $1.3 million. last_img read more