​Oshoala wins first league title with Barcelona

first_imgAsisat Oshoala has achieved her dreams in Spain as Barcelona emerged Spanish Primera Iberdrola champions following the abrupt ending of the 2019-20 season. The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RSFF) made attempts to complete the 2019-20 season but the inability to meet the government’s health protocol dashed their hopes, hence the cancellation. The announcement saw Oshoala’s team reclaim the league crown for the first time since 2015 despite being unable to see out their remaining games due to the Covid-19 crisis. Oshoala, who won her fourth African Women’s Player of the Year crown in January, made an unsuccessful bid to win a league title on her previous spells in Europe with Liverpool and Arsenal. The same fate she suffered on her initial loan spell at Barcelona following her move from Chinese Women’s Super League outfit Dalian Quanjian in 2019.Advertisement Loading… Despite her contributions, scoring eight goals in 11 games, including the Champions League final consolation goal as they could not celebrate a title. So they ended as runners-up last season. Since her permanent deal, the 25-year-old has gone on to celebrate her first silverware with the Copa Catalunya last August and helped them to the Super Women’s Cup triumph in February. Following the cancellation, Barcelona emerged champions with 59 points from 21 matches and Oshoala made an incredible mark for Luis Cortes’ team as she scored 20 goals in 19 outings. read also:Coronavirus: Oshoala, Ordega, Super Falcons stars join Falz’s Bop Daddy challenge The development means Barcelona have ended their five-year wait to reclaim the Spanish title and secured the crown without losing a game to become the fifth team to achieve such a feat. Meanwhile, many club executives are due to meet on Friday to decide on the final promotion places in Spain, as the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths continues to rise across the country. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Absolutely Unique Facts About KanyeDisney’s Live-Action Simba Was Based On The Cutest Lion Cub EverProbably The World’s Most Beautiful Ceilings!This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTarantino’s Latest Effort Will Probably Be His Best To DateBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting The Tasks Donelast_img read more

Tyus Battle overcomes slow start to lead Syracuse past Michigan State to Sweet 16

first_imgDETROIT — Tyus Battle shook his head. He clapped his hands, and he beat his chest. Syracuse’s sophomore swingman was visibly frustrated the entire first half.In the NCAA Tournament, against a Michigan State group that entered the NCAA Tournament ranked fifth, the Orange’s leading scorer was nowhere to be found. He’d missed all four of his shots and split a pair of free throws. He was out-hustled to a long rebound that gave MSU another possession, and he was stripped going for a layup on a fastbreak.Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim wasn’t happy with his team’s offense. And he felt he needed more from the team’s two star guards, Battle and Frank Howard.“I told them at halftime, ‘We can’t win without you two guys,’” Boeheim said. “‘You’ve got to go. Tyus, you’ve got to go.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange needed its star player, and finally he delivered. Battle scored 16 second-half points en route to helping No. 11 seed Syracuse (23-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) beat No. 3 seed Michigan State (30-5, 16-2 Big Ten), 55-53, on Sunday afternoon. It continues Syracuse’s improbable run through the NCAA Tournament, with its next game a rematch against No. 2 seed Duke in Omaha, Nebraska.Battle’s second-half run started with a tough floater over an MSU player two minutes in. He added another jumper, getting fouled in the process and converting the and-1.In the first half, against a strong Michigan State defense, Battle settled for tough jump shots and was short on a few. He started taking the ball toward the rim more in the second half.With about seven minutes left, Battle had the ball on the left wing, with the Syracuse support section right behind him. Former Syracuse star Derrick Coleman, who is second on Syracuse’s all-time scoring list, stood up from his seat and yelled, “They can’t take you Tyus, they can’t take you.”Shortly after, Battle’s job would get even harder when Howard fouled out. One of Syracuse’s big three was out and the Orange was still down four.“Me and Tyus just looked at each other and said, ‘We’re not going to let this game slip out of our fingers,’” Oshae Brissett, SU’s second-leading scorer, said. “We knew that this game was going to fall on us.”Tyus Battle didn’t hit a field goal in the first half. In the second half, his 16 led Syracuse to a win. Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerBattle, along with teammates Marek Dolezaj and Bourama Sidibe, picked up more points at the line for the Orange. That, combined with Oshae Brissett’s tough layup and stellar defense, helped give SU the lead.But the game was still in the balance. And to win, Syracuse still needed a bit more. And it needed it to come from Battle.With the clock ticking down under a minute and Syracuse up just one, Battle had the ball. He knew that Michigan State would try and pack the middle and stop his driving lanes. The Spartans knew he was going to shoot the ball.And as he’s done all year long, Battle made the clutch shot for Syracuse — a midrange jumper with 47 seconds to go to open up the three-point cushion SU needed.“I’m not worried about the first defender. I know I can beat him any time I want,” Battle said. “Once I went left, I saw he was with me a little bit, so I did a little step back just to clear space, and I didn’t get too deep, and I was open for a shot.”Against a weaker TCU team, the Orange was able to scrap by without its star player. That wouldn’t work against the Spartans. And not without Howard there to back him up.It took him a while, but Battle delivered.“With Frank out he’s going to have the ball and we’re going to go with what he can do,” Boeheim said. “And he made all the big plays in the second half.” Comments Published on March 18, 2018 at 8:51 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more