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Other Sports Srikanth seals final spot at India Open after 17 months

first_imgSrikanth makes his way through to final after 17 months. The 26-year-old from Guntur eked out a 14-21 21-16 21-19.Srikanth used his flat tosses and deep lifts to engage his rival. New Delhi: Former champion Kidambi Srikanth broke a 17-month long drought by reaching the finals of the USD 350,000 India Open after prevailing in a three-game thriller in the men’s singles competition here Saturday. Srikanth had entered the finals of Commonwealth Games last year but he failed to reach the summit clash in any BWF superseries or BWF World Tour tournament since his French Open win in October 2017. The 26-year-old from Guntur eked out a 14-21 21-16 21-19 triumph over China’s Huang yuxiang in an engrossing semifinal.He will face either second seed Viktor Axelsen or India’s Parupalli Kashyap in the final.”It’s been really long since I reached a final. I’m just happy to be here, playing the final again,” Srikanth said. “I was trailing in the decision and I am happy to pull it off. I’m happy to come back in the second. It was about keeping the shuttle in. The crowd kept me going.” Srikanth used his flat tosses and deep lifts to engage his rival into rallies but Huang was also up to the task before the Indian managed to hold on an 11-10 lead at the first break. The duel continued before the Chinese moved to an 18-14 lead after the Indian lost a few points at the net. Srikanth saved two game points with a cross-court smash and a precise net shot before hitting wide to lose the first game. In the second, Srikanth came on his own, opening up an 8-4 lead after playing some exceptional strokes. Two smashes took him to the 11-4 mark at the interval. The Indian continued to dominate the proceedings after the breather and roared back into the contest when the Chinese hit the net.In the decider, Srikanth was a step ahead initially but a wrong line call, a smash going wide and a net error allowed the Chinese to make it 8-7. The Indian, however, ensured a slender 11-10 lead at the break. After the change of sides, Srikanth constructed the rallies but ended up hitting wide and long to fall behind 15-17. A precise on-the-line smash helped him to draw parity 18-18. He pounced on to a weak return and then grabbed two match points after Huang hit wide. The Chinese saved one before hitting the net. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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The low-down on Boeheim’s Army before The Basketball Tournament tips

first_img Published on July 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtbloss PHILADELPHIA — The Basketball Tournaments starts Saturday with regional play in Philadelphia and Charlotte, North Carolina. Boeheim’s Army, a team composed of SU basketball alumni, plays at 6 p.m. in the northeast region’s preliminary round home of Philadelphia University. As the region’s No. 3 seed, the former Orange take on 14-seed DuBois Dream, a team of players hailing from the DuBois, Pennsylvania area. As the seeding shows, DuBois Dream is a clear underdog.Here’s what else you need to know for this weekend’s action:What is The Basketball Tournament?TBT is a 64-team, single-elimination tournament. The games are five-on-five. Anyone older than 18 is eligible, and most teams are made up of guys who played for the same college program or grew up in the same city. It is broadcast and streamed by ESPN. The winning team takes home a prize of $2 million.Teams enter through a variety of avenues. Nine teams in each of the four regions are chosen strictly by fan voting. Boeheim’s Army was one of the top vote-getters in the northeast region. Six more are at-large teams, meaning they met certain requirements, including the minimum of 100 fans and seven players. The final team in each region competed in a play-in tournament, called TBT Jamboree.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMeet the squadNew members of Boeheim’s Army include Trevor Cooney, John Gillon, Scoop Jardine and DaShonte Riley. Altogether, the roster includes eight current pros. Also playing are current SU assistant Eric Devendorf, C.J. Fair, Rick Jackson, Donte Greene, James Southerland and Brandon Triche. However, Southerland is unavailable this weekend because he’s out west participating in the NBA summer league play, and Greene won’t be in Philadelphia until Sunday. Boeheim’s Army will play then if it wins Saturday.The team is coached by former SU big man Ryan Blackwell and managed Kevin Belbey, a former student manager for SU and a graduate of both the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and SU’s College of Law.Joe Bloss | Senior Staff WriterThrowback at TBTThis the third TBT entry for Boeheim’s Army in TBT’s four-year existence. Last year, it advanced the Super 16, after going one step further the year before and losing in the regional championship game. 2016’s loss came at the hand’s of The Untouchables, a team of mostly Pitt alumni. In 2015, Boeheim’s Army was a top seed but fell in a close matchup to City of Gods, a team that had five players with NBA experience.Former players not joining the Army this year include Hakim Warrick and Demetris Nichols.Counting chickens before they hatchIt’ll take a two wins from each team to get there, but should top seeds prevail, Boeheim’s Army would meet SuperNova, a team of Villanova alumni in the Super 16. SuperNova’s roster is made up of multiple players from Villanova’s 2009 Final Four team, including Scottie Reynolds and Reggie Redding. The matchup would be clash of a storied Big East rivalry.If Boeheim’s Army wins Saturday, it will play the winner of City of Gods and Gaelnation, a team of Iona alumni. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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