What Kwanzaa means for Black Americans

first_img The Anatomy of Fear By Frank Dobson, Associate Dean of Students, Vanderbilt University Kwanzaa celebrations. Black Hour, CC BY-NC Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate On Dec. 26, millions throughout the world’s African community will start weeklong celebrations of Kwanzaa. There will be daily ceremonies with food, decorations and other cultural objects, such as the kinara, which holds seven candles. At many Kwanzaa ceremonies, there is also African drumming and dancing.It is a time of communal self-affirmation – when famous Black heroes and heroines, as well as late family members – are celebrated.As a scholar who has written about racially motivated violence against Blacks, directed Black cultural centers on college campuses and sponsored numerous Kwanzaa celebrations, I understand the importance of this holiday.For the African-American community, Kwanzaa is not just any “Black holiday.” It is a recognition that knowledge of Black history is worthwhile.History of KwanzaaMaulana Karenga, a noted Black American scholar and activist created Kwanzaa in 1966. Its name is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili, the most widely spoken African language. However, Kwanzaa, the holiday, did not exist in Africa.A candle is lit each day to celebrate the seven basic values of African culture.Ailisa via Shutterstock.comEach day of Kwanzaa is devoted to celebrating the seven basic values of African culture or the “Nguzo Saba” which in Swahili means the seven principles. Translated these are: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics (building Black businesses), purpose, creativity and faith. A candle is lit on each day to celebrate each one of these principles. On the last day, a black candle is lit and gifts are shared.Today, Kwanzaa is quite popular. It is celebrated widely on college campuses, the U.S. Postal Service issues Kwanzaa stamps, there is at least one municipal park named for it, and there are special Kwanzaa greeting cards.Kwanzaa’s meaning for black communityKwanzaa was created by Karenga out of the turbulent times of the 1960’s in Los Angeles, following the 1965 Watts riots, when a young African-American was pulled over on suspicions of drunk driving, resulting in an outbreak of violence.Subsequently, Karenga founded an organization called Us – meaning, black people – which promoted black culture. The purpose of the organization was to provide a platform, which would help to rebuild the Watts neighborhood through a strong organization rooted in African culture.Karenga called its creation an act of cultural discovery, which simply meant that he wished to point African-Americans to greater knowledge of their African heritage and past.Rooted in the struggles and the gains of the civil rights and black power movements of the 1950s and 1960s, it was a way of defining a unique black American identity. As Keith A. Mayes, a scholar of African-American history, notes in his book,“For Black power activists, Kwanzaa was just as important as the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Kwanzaa was their answer to what they understood as the ubiquity of white cultural practices that oppressed them as thoroughly as had Jim Crow laws.”Overturning white definitionsToday, the holiday has come to occupy a central role, not only in the U.S. but also in the global African diaspora.A 2008 documentary, “The Black Candle” that filmed Kwanzaa observances in the United States and Europe, shows children not only in the United States, but as far away as France, reciting the principles of the Nguzo Saba.‘The Black Candle’It brings together the Black community not on the basis of their religious faith, but a shared cultural heritage. Explaining the importance of the holiday for African-Americans today, writer Amiri Baraka, says during an interview in the documentary,“We looked at Kwanzaa as part of the struggle to overturn white definitions for our lives.”Indeed, since the early years of the holiday, until today, Kwanzaa has provided many black families with tools for instructing their children about their African heritage.Current activism and KwanzaaStudents celebrate Kwanzaa. Black Hour, CC BY-NCThis spirit of activism and pride in the African heritage is evident on college campus Kwanzaa celebrations – one of which I recently attended. (It was done a few days early so that students going on break could participate.)The speaker, a veteran of the Nashville civil rights movement, spoke about Kwanzaa as a time of memory and celebration. Wearing an African dashiki, he led those in attendance – blacks and whites and those of other ethnicities – in Kwanzaa songs and recitations. On a table decorated in kente cloth, a traditional African fabric, was a kinara, which contains seven holes, to correspond to the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa. There were three red candles on the left side of the kinara, and three green candles on the right side of the kinara. The center candle was black. The colors of the candles represent the red, black and green of the African Liberation flag.The auditorium was packed. Those in attendance, young and old, black and white, held hands and chanted slogans celebrating black heroes and heroines, as diverse as the civil rights icons, Rosa Parks and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Jamaican musician Bob Marley.It was a cultural observance that acknowledged solidarity with the struggles of the past and with one another. Like the black power movements, such as today’s Black Lives Matter movement, it is an affirmation of “Black folks’ humanity,” their “contributions to this society” and “resilience in the face of deadly oppression.”Karenga wanted to “reaffirm the bonds between us” (Black people) and to counter the damage done by the “holocaust of slavery.” Kwanzaa celebrations are a moment of this awareness and reflection.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. TAGSBlack AmericansCelebrationcommunityCultureDefinitionExplanationhistoryholidayInspirationKwanzaaMeaningThe Conversation Previous articleNo matter the year, good memories can always be foundNext articleWhy everyone needs Linen Curtains Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! 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Charlie Hebdo editor’s acquittal in Mohammed cartoon case hailed as positive for French society

first_img RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story to go further FranceEurope – Central Asia FranceEurope – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more A Paris criminal court today cleared Philippe Val, the editor of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, of “publicly abusing a group of people because of their religion” by publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. Reporters Without Borders welcomes the verdict and hopes it will set a judicial precedent. Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says March 22, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Charlie Hebdo editor’s acquittal in Mohammed cartoon case hailed as positive for French society RSF_en Organisation Follow the news on France News June 2, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders hailed a Paris criminal court’s decision today to clear Philippe Val, the editor of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, of “publicly abusing a group of people because of their religion” by publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed a year ago. The case was brought by the Paris Grand Mosque, the Union of Islamic Organisations of France (UOIF) and the World Islamic League.“The court’s verdict accords with the French republic’s values and is good for French society as a whole,” the press freedom organisation said. “We hail the judges’ finding that the limits of free expression were not exceeded in this case. This ruling is a victory for press freedom and in no way is a defeat for a community. We hope it will set a judicial precedent.”The UOIF announced that it would appeal, but the Paris Grand Mosque said it would not.The outcome of this key trial for the defence of press freedom follows a similar decision by Danish judges acquitting the editors of the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, the first newspaper to publish controversial cartoons of Mohammed.In the French case, the three plaintiffs had demanded 30,000 euros in damages from Charlie Hebdo, while the French public prosecutor’s office had recommended acquittal. Val had additionally faced a possible sentence of six months in prison and a fine of 22,500 euros. As he left the court today, he expressed his satisfaction and confidence in the French judicial system, commenting: “We have been vindicated by the court.”Val had received strong backing not only from French journalists but also many politicians, including UDF presidential candidate François Bayrou and French Socialist Party leader François Hollande, who voiced their support for the weekly during the two-day trial on 7 and 8 February. Interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy, the UMP presidential candidate, had also indicated his support, commenting that he preferred “an excess of cartoons to a lack of cartoons.”The lawsuit concerned three of the six Mohammed cartoons which the weekly published on 8 February 2006. Two of the three had appeared in Jyllands-Posten in 2005. One of them showed Mohammed wearing a turban in the form of a bomb about to explode. The other showed him saying: “Stop, stop, we have run out of virgins.” The third, which was on the cover, was by French cartoonist Jean “Cabu” Cabut. It showed Mohammed with his head in his hands saying: “It is hard to be loved by idiots.” May 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

US Legislative Committee Approves Funding for the Fight Against Drugs in Mexico

first_imgBy Dialogo May 11, 2009 Today the Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives firmly approved a bill for additional costs for the current fiscal year, including US$470 million for the fight against drug trafficking in Mexico. The funds will be used to purchase surveillance aircraft, helicopters, and other resources, and represents an increase of about $120 million over the amount requested by the White House. During the debate on the measure, most of the Democrats insisted on the urgency of continued support for the Mexican government’s antinarcotics efforts, to prevent the spread of violence caused by drug cartels across the border to the US. Funds for Mexico in this bill will contribute to the purchase of three surveillance aircraft and four additional “Blackhawk” helicopters. United States approves funds for the fight against drug trafficking in Mexico The White House had requested a total of $350 million for Mexico and the southwest border, $66 million of which was for the purchase of three “Blackhawk” helicopters that were eliminated from the 2009 Merida Initiative budget. However, during a negotiation process legislators increased aid for Mexico and border surveillance to the new sum of $470 million. The bill for additional costs for the fiscal year 2009, which ends on September 30, total $94,200 million, or $9,300 million more than requested by the White House. The initiative, which must be voted on in a plenary session of the House of Representatives and the Senate, also includes costs for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and help to stabilize Pakistan. The bill “reflects the intention of President Barack Obama to gradually end the war in Iraq, strengthen efforts in Afghanistan, and stabilize Pakistan,” said the Committee Chairman David Obey. In total, the bill to be voted on by the full House next week authorizes $78,400 million for the Pentagon, or $4,700 million U.S. dollars more than the White House asked for. Other factors include financial assistance for the Middle East, and Africa; tackling the global financial crisis; and supporting the efforts of the international community to “identify, contain, and curb the spread of a pandemic.”last_img read more

Laurel man charged in Connersville burglary investigation

first_imgConnersville, In. — Indiana State Police and officers from the Connersville Police Department arrested a Laurel man for burglary Saturday.Around 9:30 p.m. police were called to the Turtle Creek Apartments to investigate a report of a man making threats and trying to enter an occupied unit. The occupants told police the man could be in Laurel at a residence on Lafayette Street.Police located and arrested Billy Burkhart, 30, for felony burglary and intimidation and taken to the Fayette County Jail.last_img read more

Fifa World Cup FIFA World Cup 2018 Highlights, Spain vs Russia: Akinfeev the hero as Russia stun Spain in penalties

first_imgNew Delhi: Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018. The third last-16 clash of the 2018 FIFA World Cup 2018 sees Spain and hosts Russia go head-to-head at the magnificent 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Spain come into the game off the back of being pushed all the way by a stubborn Morocco side in a 2-2 thriller in Kaliningrad. A lovely 91st-minute backheel flick from Iago Aspas – initially ruled out for offside and then reinstated by VAR – ensured that Spain finished top of Group B (W1, D2, L0).Group A runners-up Russia (W2, D0), who are making their first appearance in the WC knockout stages since 1986, sealed their place in the last-16 with a game to spare after beating Saudi Arabia (5-0) and Egypt (3-1). Stanislav Cherchesov’s side suffered a comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Uruguay in their final group encounter.Highlights of Spain vs Russia: For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. # The first half of today’s match has just finished.# 45+2′ Igor Akinfeev makes a superb save to deny a header which was nodded by Diego Costa (Spain) after a cross from the side.# 45+1′ Diego Costa (Spain) runs onto a loose pass inside the box and releases a tremendous shot low towards the middle of the goal. However, Igor Akinfeev anticipates the shot and makes an easy save.# There will be a minimum of 2 min. of added time. # 41′ Goal! Artem Dzyuba (Russia) wins the battle of wills and sends an unstoppable penalty past David de Gea into right side of the goal.# Gerard Pique (Spain) receives a yellow card.# 40′ The ball spins up and hits the hand of Gerard Pique (Spain) after he fails to control it and the referee blows his whistle for a foul. The referee gives a penalty kick to Russia!!# 39′ Roman Zobnin (Russia) whips the ball in, but it fails to reach any of his teammates as the opposition’s defence averts the threat. Russia force their opponents to concede a corner.# 37′ Bjorn Kuipers blows his whistle and it’s Diego Costa (Spain) who is penalised for an offensive foul. Good decision by the referee.# 35′ CHANCE! Aleksandr Golovin (Russia) takes a short pass in his stride and attempts to beat the keeper from mid-range, but the shot screeches just wide of the right post.# 30′ Mario Fernandes (Russia) nearly creates a chance, but his attempt to pick out a teammate with a through ball does not come off.# 28′ Yuri Zhirkov (Russia) rolls the ball short to a teammate from the corner instead of sending a cross into the box.# 27′ Aleksandr Samedov (Russia) sees an unmarked teammate and attempts to send him a low pass. However, one of the defenders reads the game perfectly and averts the danger. The ball is out of play and Russia manage to earn a corner.# 25′ Isco (Spain) attempts to slip the ball through the defence, but is unable to find any of his teammates.Ramos is so dangerous off set pieces these days he doesn’t even need to touch the ball… 😅#ESPRUS pic.twitter.com/fec0HuFCBc— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 1, 2018# 24′ Ilya Kutepov (Russia) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball.# 23′ Aleksandr Samedov (Russia) puts a cross into the box from the free kick, but the defender gets there first.# 22′ Bjorn Kuipers couldn’t ignore the rough tackle by Sergio Ramos (Spain) and blew his whistle. Russia get a free kick.# 19′ A pass by Jordi Alba (Spain) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.🎉Parties in the streets of Moscow or Madrid tonight?#ESPRUS pic.twitter.com/1rntRNXEjS— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 1, 2018# 18′ The ball possession is 74:26.# 14′ A short pass finds Roman Zobnin (Russia). He spots the keeper off his line and shoots from mid-range, but the ball sails high over the bar.# 13′ The game is interrupted as Artem Dzyuba (Russia) is flagged offside.# 12′ OWN GOAL! The free kick is whipped in and the ball hits Sergey Ignashevich (Russia), who finds the back of his own net. 1:0.# 10′ Yuri Zhirkov (Russia) makes a rough challenge and the referee blows for a foul. Spain earn a free kick.# 8′ A crossfield pass from Sergio Busquets (Spain) fails to find any of his teammates.# 7′ Great teamplay by Spain as they control the ball with a lot of short passes. Patience is the key if they want to find a gap in the defence to score.# 6′ Isco (Spain) sends a lofted cross into the box which is headed clear.# 5′ Yuri Zhirkov (Russia) is in the right place at the right time to receive a rebound and decides to shoot from long range, but his effort is immediately blocked.# 4′ The resulting corner from Aleksandr Samedov (Russia) only finds one of the defenders, who heads it out of danger.# 4′ Aleksandr Golovin (Russia) delivers a promising cross into the box, but it’s cleared. Russia force a corner. They send men into the box.# 3′ Jordi Alba (Spain) goes on a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as an opposition player blocks him.# 1′ Sergio Ramos (Spain) attempts a long crossfield pass, but the defence does well to intercept the ball.# Kick off!# Kick off is nearing! Let us know whom are you supporting using #NNWorldCup on Twitter and we will feature the best of the tweets here!# Both the teams are out and the National Anthems are on!# Bjorn Kuipers got the nomination for today’s game and will try his best to be a fair judge and not make any mistakes.# Russia were the most clinical team in the group stage with a conversion rate of 25.9%.🏟️ Where #RUS’s #WorldCup journey begins and ends?Or the location of arguably their greatest ever triumph?#ESPRUS pic.twitter.com/HGsLxPk3O2— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 1, 2018# Spain have never been beaten by Russia (W4, D2, GF12, GA4) and boast a perfect record against the Russians in major tournaments (W3, D0, L0, GF8, GA1). The two sides played out a 3-3 friendly draw in their last meeting back in November 2017.#ESPRUS // FORMATIONSHow would you have lined them up for this game? pic.twitter.com/VggM8Lw1To— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 1, 2018# David de Gea has conceded a whopping five goals from just six shots on target in the WC so far, but Spain boss Fernando Hierro has confirmed that the Man Utd star will keep his place between the sticks against Russia.# Stat attack: Spain are now unbeaten in their last 23 games (W15, D8) and haven’t failed to score in any of those matches.# Players to watch: No Spain player is hotter than Aspas right now. The quick-witted striker has reached six goals for the national team faster than anybody else (382 minutes). While, Denis Cheryshev was the joint-third top scorer in the group stage alongside Diego Costa with three goals.With Cheryshev beginning on the bench, who do you think could make the difference for #RUS?#ESPRUS pic.twitter.com/9CYqFArn1h— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 1, 2018Waiting for @andresiniesta8…#ESPRUS pic.twitter.com/OVx0W4gJoC— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 1, 2018# Russia XI: Akinfeev (GK), Ignashevich, Kutepov, Kudryashov, Fernandes, Zhirkov, Zobnin, Samedov, Kuzyaev, Golovin, Dzyuba# Spain XI⁠: De Gea (GK); Nacho, Piqué, Ramos, Alba; Busquets, Koke; Asensio, Isco; Silva; Diego CostaTEAM NEWS! Here’s how #ESP and #RUS will begin in Moscow 👇#ESPRUS pic.twitter.com/FtetYgKCtG— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 1, 2018#ESPRUS pic.twitter.com/XYv7py61sR— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 1, 2018😁 “We’re all one. We’re all happy together”🙌 Meeting fans from around the world in Moscow pic.twitter.com/YIAzjxJoV2— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 1, 2018Last time #RUS stepped out at the Luzhniki they scored five…How will tonight’s outing against #ESP pan out?#ESPRUS— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 1, 2018 # Aspas misses! Igor Akinfeev the hero!# Cherychev keeps his calm!# Ramos converts his penalty!# Golovin scores for Russia!# Koke misses! What a save by Akinfeev!# Sergey Ignashevich scores for Russia!# Pique scores for Spain!# Smolov scores for Russia!# Iniesta converts the first penalty for Spain!# A penalty shootout is the most dramatic part of any football match and this one is about to start.# All square after Extra Time and We will witness this year’s first penalty shootout!# 1 additional min. will be played.# 119′ Another attempt to send the ball beyond the defence by Iago Aspas (Spain) is thwarted and cleared to safety.# 117′ Aleksandr Golovin (Russia) swings in the corner kick, but one of the defenders leaps highest to head the ball away.# 115′ PENALTY APPEAL after Sergio Ramos (Spain) goes down under a challenge from the defender. All players chase the referee but he’s not interested in the penalty claim. Play continues.# 114′ Koke (Spain) sends in a lofted cross from a mid-range free kick. His effort, however, goes out of play.# 113′ Gerard Pique (Spain) decides to strike the ball towards goal, but his effort fails to threaten the goalkeeper after being well blocked by one of the defenders.# 111′ The shots on goal statistics – 8:1.# 110′ Daniel Carvajal (Spain) gets to the rebound just outside the box, but his attempt is blocked by one of the defending players.# 109′ CHANCE! Rodrigo (Spain) bursts into the box after a fine solo run. He looks up and tries to place a shot into the bottom left corner, but Igor Akinfeev makes a great save to deny him his moment of glory.# 108′ Daniel Carvajal (Spain) swings a cross into the box, but it’s far too close to Igor Akinfeev, who smothers the ball.# 107′ Andres Iniesta (Spain) collects a pass from the flank, looks up and fires in a goal-bound shot from the edge of the box which canons off a defender to safety.# The referee blows his whistle to end the first period of extra-time.# 105′ Aleksandr Golovin (Russia) makes an overly-aggressive challenge and Bjorn Kuipers blows his whistle for a foul. It’s a free kick to Spain, but it’s in no position for a direct shot on goal.# 103′ Fernando Hierro prepares a substitution. Marco Asensio is replaced by Rodrigo (Spain).# 102′ Iago Aspas (Spain) dribbles into space and finds himself in a shooting position, but his shot from the edge of the box is bravely blocked.# 100′ Marco Asensio (Spain) picks up a pass and tries his luck from mid-range towards the middle of the goal, but Igor Akinfeev is equal to it and makes an easy save.# 97′ The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Aleksandr Erokhin (Russia) is coming onto the pitch as Daler Kuzyayev cannot continue after picking up an injury.# 97′ Koke (Spain) tries to hit a shot towards goal from long range, but he miskicks the ball and it flies high over the crossbar.# 95′ Isco (Spain) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players.# 93′ Jordi Alba (Spain) decides to strike the ball towards goal, but his effort fails to threaten the goalkeeper after being blocked by one of the defenders.# 92′ Daniel Carvajal (Spain) beats the defender to the ball in the box and shoots, but the ball flashes well past the left post.# Extra time will now be played as the result of this match was not decided in normal time.# The second half has finished, but the result of this match is still yet to be decided, and we will have EXTRA TIME!# 90+2′ Fedor Smolov (Russia) takes a shot from the edge of the area, but it goes harmlessly wide of the right post.# We will have 4 min. of added time.# 90′ Sergio Ramos (Spain) fails to connect properly with the corner kick and plants his header way over the bar from the centre of the box.# 90′ The resulting corner from Isco (Spain) is cleared. The ball goes behind for a corner. Spain will have an opportunity to threaten the opposition’s goal.# 89′ Koke (Spain) swings in a dangerous cross from the resulting corner kick, but none of his teammates manage to outjump the defence. The ball is out of play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Spain.# 88′ Denis Cheryshev (Russia) is penalised for holding. Bjorn Kuipers signals a set piece. It’s a free kick to Spain, but they probably won’t attempt a direct shot on goal from here.# 85′ Iago Aspas (Spain) is first to latch onto the rebound inside the penalty area. He sends a promising shot towards the bottom right corner, but it is denied by the goalkeeper who pulls off a superb save.# 85′ CHANCE! A sweet pass finds Andres Iniesta (Spain) on the edge of the box, and he drills the ball towards the bottom left corner. Igor Akinfeev is almost caught out but pulls off a brilliant save at the last second.# 84′ Andres Iniesta (Spain) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears the ball away.# 83′ A fine lofted pass into the box, sent by Koke (Spain), is intercepted by the opposition’s defence.# 82′ The corner from Marco Asensio (Spain) is cleared away by the defence.# 82′ Another attempt to send the ball beyond the defence by Isco (Spain) is thwarted and cleared to safety. Spain have been awarded a corner kick.# 80′ Daniel Carvajal (Spain) sends a teasing cross into the area, but Igor Akinfeev intercepts the ball.# 80′ It is time for a substitution. Iago Aspas (Spain) is on for Diego Costa.# 76′ Andres Iniesta (Spain) slides a pass forward, but one of the defenders cuts it out.# 74′ Marco Asensio (Spain) sends in the corner, but fails to find the head of any of his teammates, allowing the defence to clear.# 73′ A pass by Sergey Ignashevich (Russia) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end. The referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick to Spain.# 71′ Roman Zobnin (Russia) is literally asking for a yellow card with his behaviour. The referee agrees and books him.# 69′ Fernando Hierro prepares a substitution. Nacho is replaced by Daniel Carvajal (Spain).# 68′ 8:5 – the total goal attempt statistics.# 67′ David Silva goes off the pitch and Andres Iniesta (Spain) comes on.# 66′ Aleksandr Golovin (Russia) looks to break free, but his touch lets him down and he loses the ball.# 65′ Stanislav Cherchesov has decided to introduce fresh legs, with Fedor Smolov (Russia) replacing Artem Dzyuba.# 64′ Diego Costa (Spain) is adjudged offside.# 61′ Substitution. Denis Cheryshev (Russia) in, Aleksandr Samedov out.# 60′ David Silva (Spain) spurns a big chance! He makes himself some space to meet a cross and from near the penalty spot sends a header well wide of the left post!# 58′ Isco (Spain) takes the corner but only sends it into a huddle of the defenders and one of them makes a good clearance.# 58′ Isco (Spain) attempts to send a low pass into the box from the edge of the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence knocks the ball to safety. The linesman makes the right call and Spain will have a corner.# 57′ Aleksandr Samedov (Russia) puts a dangerous cross into the box, but the corner is cleared by the first man.# 55′ The free kick is delivered by Marco Asensio (Spain) but it’s not one of his best and is easily cleared.# 53′ Ilya Kutepov (Russia) is literally asking for a yellow card with his behaviour. The referee agrees and books him.# 53′ Sergio Busquets (Spain) reacts well to get to the rebound and takes a shot from the edge of the box, but he fails to get the ball through the players standing between him and the goal.# 51′ Nacho (Spain) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted.# 51′ Diego Costa (Spain) finds himself some space to meet a beautiful cross from the free kick, and from near the penalty spot he attempts to score with a header. His effort lacks accuracy and floats high over the bar.# 49′ Aleksandr Golovin (Russia) jumps into a tackle and Bjorn Kuipers blows his whistle for a foul. Spain have been awarded a free kick.# 47′ Jordi Alba (Spain) picks up a cross inside the box and unleashes a quick shot towards the right side of the goal. His promising effort is kept out by Igor Akinfeev, who pulls off a stunning save!# Half-time substitution. Stanislav Cherchesov decided to make a change. Yuri Zhirkov (Russia) is replaced by Vladimir Granat.# The whistle blows and Bjorn Kuipers starts the second half.last_img read more

Doubles pairings propel Orange past Cardinals in 4-2 home victory

first_img Published on March 27, 2015 at 7:23 pm Contact Kevin: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ The first two doubles matches had split results, and all eyes were on Valeria Salazar as she served to win her doubles match with Komal Safdar. She hit a powerful serve and then proceeded to hit a solid groundstroke off a short bounce later in the point. They won the point off an unforced error from Louisville to go up 40-30, and their fans went wild.“That’s one of the things that she does really well,” Syracuse head coach Younes Limam said, “… she almost plays better under pressure.”A few points later, Safdar and Salazar won the set. It was one of two victories, along with one from Amanda Rodgers and Rhiann Newborn, that earned the doubles point for Syracuse (7-8, 2-7 Atlantic Coast) over Louisville (10-10, 2-5). And it helped propel the Orange to a 4-2 victory on Friday afternoon at Drumlins Tennis Center.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSafdar and Salazar played a strong match from the start, going up a break early at 2-1 and breaking again to take a 6-3 lead.Their service games were equally strong, including one in which Salazar served that only took four points to complete and another on Safdar’s serve that took them five.Despite giving up a break in the next game as a result of unforced errors, they continued their success by holding serve for the rest of the set and winning 8-6.“We took care of our serves today,” Safdar said. “And then on the returns that gave us a little bit more room to go for things, and we just made our returns in and we got to the net and we finished the point.”Rodgers and Newborn found a similar final result, but not before struggling for a while.The pair broke Louisville in the first game, but then gave it right back to them on Rodgers’ service game. Their next service game, this time with Newborn at the baseline, was also broken, and the Cardinals were up 3-1.“I just think we were having a slow start,” said Rodgers, a contributing writer for The Daily Orange. “We weren’t … moving our feet as much, we were missing some returns, just some easy shots that we were missing, and they were kind of stepping it up with the energy.”From there, it was all Rodgers and Newborn.They fought back quickly, breaking Louisville to get back on serve. In their next game, they showed their confidence by fist-pumping and yelling after they won a lengthy rally.They went on to win six of the next seven games, taking the set 8-4.Newborn said their success came from aggressive play, with the pair attacking the net player and getting to the net.“We didn’t give up,” Newborn said. “We were just playing really well and of course, they were missing a whole bunch.”Rodgers, Newborn, and Safdar all went on to win their singles matches, giving Syracuse the victory.And Safdar said winning the doubles point certainly helps the later stages of matches.“The momentum, that’s a huge key,” she said. “Just winning that point, having the crowd invested in it, it carries right over into singles.”The doubles point that Syracuse won on Friday was SU’s first since March 1 and the second since February 14.After such a slump, Limam was happy with what he saw. In particular, he praised the team’s ability to win its service games and play well at the net.“They came in with a lot of energy,” Limam said, “and I thought we did a great job at not panicking even when things weren’t going our way at some stages of the match.” Commentslast_img read more