Syria’s ‘brutal’ war enters 10th year

first_imgAt least 384,000 people have since died,including more than 116,000 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rightswar monitor said Saturday. (AFP) When Syrians took to the streets onMarch 15, 2011, they could scarcely have imagined their anti-governmentprotests would turn into a complex war entangling rebels, jihadists and outsideforces. SYRIA’S brutal conflict enters its 10thyear Sunday with President Bashar al-Assad’s regime consolidating its hold overa war-wracked country with a decimated economy where foreign powers flex theirmuscle.center_img Syria’s war has killed hundreds of thousands of civilians and displaced millions. AFPlast_img

Syracuse awaits NCAA tournament fate after 4-1 ACC tournament loss to Duke

first_imgSyracuse entered Thursday’s ACC tournament first-round matchup against Duke likely needing a victory to continue its season. Last time the conference foes met, Duke won at J.S. Coyne Stadium. SU failed to record a shot that day for the first time in 13 years.  Within five minutes on Thursday afternoon, Duke scored, and the Orange never recovered. No. 3 Duke (15-4, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) scored two goals in the opening nine minutes, defeating No. 17 Syracuse (8-8, 1-5), 4-1, to advance to the ACC semifinals. Before the game, Syracuse’s seniors, Jamie Martin, Caroline Cady and Roos Weers all stressed the implications of this game in Chapel Hill. All three agreed that a win against Duke, a team safely in the NCAA field, would give them a good chance at the NCAA tournament.All three also agreed that a loss likely meant that Thursday’s game would be the final one of their careers. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We need to focus on getting one more,” Martin said Tuesday. “If we lose Thursday, I think we’re done.”Less than five minutes into the game, Duke’s Caroline Andretta corralled a pass from Erin Scherrer and finished her 12th goal of the season. Scherrer added a goal herself five minutes later to double the Blue Devils’ lead.Duke continued its barrage of shots on goalie Borg van der Velde, until eventually, a third goal came. Sixteen minutes into the second half, Haley Schleicher converted a penalty stroke from a foul right in front of the SU goal.Weers scored a goal of her own from the penalty spot eight minutes later but it was merely a consolation score. On Duke’s 21st and final shot of the game, Rose Tynan capped off the four-goal outburst. The loss means that SU has now conceded at least three goals in its last four games.  Syracuse is now forced to wait. Sunday night at 10 p.m., the NCAA tournament bracket will be revealed. It’s an 18-team field, with 10 automatic qualifiers. SU will have to hope it’s one of the eight at-large teams. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 1, 2018 at 4:26 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edulast_img read more